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09/19/2018 - 12:49pm Thanks for posting the…

Thanks for posting the content here, Isaiah.  Great stuff as always.

09/19/2018 - 12:40pm Such a big pickup in so many…

Such a big pickup in so many ways. Beating Alabama for a 5 star. Filling an area of need. Next year is going to be awesome!

09/18/2018 - 11:09am An alternative explanation…

An alternative explanation to the S&C program: the weather.

09/17/2018 - 6:57pm One of DPJ's TDs was a fake…

One of DPJ's TDs was a fake jet sweep with Ambry Thomas -- so I think you're being a bit uncharitable there.  Otherwise great stuff as always.

09/17/2018 - 9:58am Yeah the fact that Brady…

Yeah the fact that Brady Hoke didn't recruit Shea when Michigan was his dream school is baffling.

09/17/2018 - 9:56am Actually, he has only punted…

Actually, he has only punted 8 times in three games, which is rather low.

09/17/2018 - 9:16am This is insane -- good find…

This is insane -- good find Comrade.

09/17/2018 - 9:07am Technically, the offense…

Technically, the offense scored 38 points, which is less than what SMU's previous opponent put on them, but I hear you, Comrade.

09/16/2018 - 5:27pm Most of the penalties were…

Most of the penalties were BS—the pass interference calls in particular. SMU basically should have only scored 7 points (the first touchdown on the busted coverage).

09/15/2018 - 10:19pm Worst-officiated Michigan…

Worst-officiated Michigan game I can ever recall in my lifetime. Nearly every PI call was BS. The roughing the passer call was BS. The targeting call was BS. Those calls accounted for at least 14 of SMU's 20 points. Take out the ref BS and this was a solid game.

09/15/2018 - 9:08pm The reffing was outrageous…

The reffing was outrageous. Every single pass interference call was BS. The roughing the passer penalty was BS. The targeting call was BS. The calls were responsible for at least 14 of SMU's points. Literally the worst-called game I have ever watched in living memory, and that includes OSU 2016.

UPDATE: I understand the refs were from the Sun Belt conference. How do we allow this?

09/15/2018 - 2:52pm Wow. Troy just went up by 11…

Wow. Troy just went up by 11 with 6:45 to go.

09/14/2018 - 12:53pm Well, at least SMU has cute…

Well, at least SMU has cute co-eds

09/14/2018 - 11:19am As a Commie, I shudder with…

As a football Communist (but not one IRL), I shudder with fear every time I hear Brian use the term "Year Zero." For those not familiar with Cambodian history and/or have never seen The Killing Fields:

The term Year Zero (Khmer: ឆ្នាំសូន្យ chhnam saun), applied to the takeover of Cambodia in April 1975 by the Khmer Rouge, is an analogy to the Year One of the French Revolutionary Calendar. During the French Revolution, after the abolition of the French monarchy (September 20, 1792), the National Convention instituted a new calendar and declared the beginning of the Year I. The Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh was rapidly followed by a series of drastic revolutionary de-industrialization policies resulting in a death toll that vastly exceeded that of the French Reign of Terror. The idea behind Year Zero is that all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded and a new revolutionary culture must replace it, starting from scratch. All history of a nation or people before Year Zero is deemed largely irrelevant, as it will ideally be purged and replaced from the ground up. In Cambodia, so-called New People—teachers, artists, and intellectuals—were especially singled out and executed during the purges accompanying Year Zero.

09/14/2018 - 8:17am Fascinating story about the…

Fascinating story about the Detroit Wolverines. A shame they're not still around.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_Detroit_Wolverines_(NFL)_season

09/13/2018 - 12:52pm Haha this is awesome,…

Haha this is awesome, Comrade!

09/12/2018 - 10:34pm Communist Football (read…

Communist Football (read-option and RPO).

09/12/2018 - 6:03pm Here's the full Warinner…

Here's the full Warinner press gaggle (courtesy Isaiah Hole):

09/12/2018 - 5:05pm You should plug your stuff…

You should plug your stuff more often, Comrade, it's great. I especially appreciate that you post the videos of the press gaggles on YouTube.

09/12/2018 - 1:15pm Great stuff Comrade --…

Great stuff Comrade -- thanks as always. Gives me optimism that we can scheme around the OT issue in the run game.

09/12/2018 - 10:45am Right here, Comrade: https:/…

Right here, Comrade: https://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/forbes-michigan-nike-4th-most-valuable-ncaa-apparel-deal

09/11/2018 - 3:57pm You seem to have misread my…

You seem to have misread my comment.

09/11/2018 - 3:46pm His point, like Steve Szabo…

His point, like Steve Szabo's, is that there's a good, old fashioned, red-blooded American way to play football: manball. Schemes that rely primarily on deception, rather than primarily on being bigger and stronger, are communist.

09/11/2018 - 3:43pm The whole reason I took the…

The whole reason I took the username is because a Michigan linebackers coach under Lloyd Carr called read-option dual-threat QBs "communist football."

Although some Wolverines said they didn't care what kind of offense they played, others said they're happy to know some more traditional ones are up next on the schedule.

"Thank God. We're happy about that," linebackers coach Steve Szabo said. "I call that Communist football. I'm so tired of it. Good, red-blooded Americans snap the ball, hand it to the guy and have a normal run game or pass game."

09/11/2018 - 3:39pm Embed didn't work in the OP,…

Embed didn't work in the OP, so here's take two:

"RPO is the purest form of communism."

You can't watch football without hearing "RPO" these days, and @coachfitz51 has some strong thoughts on the Run-Pass Option: pic.twitter.com/isVYvkPCvr

— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 11, 2018
09/11/2018 - 2:42pm Me three, Comrades

Me three, Comrades

09/11/2018 - 2:41pm This is incredible. But he's…

This is incredible. But he's staying on as an advisor to TB this season, which rules out an immediate transition to Det.  But he could step in as GM next year, and Holland could get kicked upstairs.

09/11/2018 - 12:51pm The "cash value" is the…

The "cash value" is the portion of the annual value that is cash compensation, vs. compensation in the form of apparel.  You'll notice that the "cash" and "apparel" numbers add up to the total "annual" number.

09/11/2018 - 10:57am Forbes also put out its list…

Forbes also put out its list for the most valuable football programs. Texas A&M is first, Texas second, Michigan third. Interesting tidbit from that article is that Alabama spends $16 million more than Michigan does on football or other things (presumably a lot of that is on its additional off-field analysts and staff, though it could be that Alabama depends on football for more of its university-wide budget): 

Michigan edges out Alabama for third on our list; both have averaged $127 million in football revenue over the three most recent years for which financial data is available, but the Wolverines come out ahead in our ranking thanks to greater profits in that time ($75 million to $59 million). Alabama actually ranks just tenth in team profit, since no other program comes close to matching the Crimson Tide in spending: Alabama football spends an average $68 million per year, a staggering 22% more than any other team in the nation. Ohio State rounds out the top five with $120 million in average annual football revenue.

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09/10/2018 - 12:32pm That too.

That too.

09/09/2018 - 9:04pm "I'll always be a Seminole…

"I'll always be a Seminole and bled garnet and gold." You'd better take that back if we play them in the postseason, Comrade.

09/07/2018 - 7:27pm To be clear, this is only a…

To be clear, this is only a record from the post-1949 era; Michigan and other schools didn't maintain modern statistics prior to that. But it is almost certainly true that some of Yost's point-a-minute teams featured backs like Willie Heston who ran for more than 350 yards. Albert Herrnstein once scored 7 TDs in a game, and scored 5 or more on 4 different occasions.

09/07/2018 - 6:58pm I remember watching the…

I remember watching the first drive and initially thinking "Hooray! Communist football is back!" and then thinking "but if you hand off to the RB every time, it's not actually a read option and it defeats the entire purpose of communist football." Sigh.

EDIT: someone above suggested that these weren't classic read option plays but rather RPO. That might make more sense. We shall see against WMU, I suppose.

09/07/2018 - 2:20pm Harbaugh's practice is to…

Harbaugh's practice is to list academic years, not football years. Hence only 5th year seniors listed as redshirts.

09/06/2018 - 6:00pm Hawkins not in the Secondary…

Hawkins not in the Secondary chart/table...awesome stuff as always though Brian.

09/05/2018 - 12:41pm Hardly. You just had to have…

Hardly. You just had to have gone to college before 1997.

09/05/2018 - 12:29pm We also whiffed on graduate…

We also whiffed on graduate transfer tackles (Calvin Anderson). That's something we should have pushed harder for -- presumably there are some power five OTs who have a fifth year available.

09/05/2018 - 8:50am To Harbaugh's credit, he did…

To Harbaugh's credit, he did mix in read option concepts against ND. But they didn't really go anywhere because he didn't want to use Patterson as a run threat. All the read options were either handoffs to Higdon, with one or two quick throws mixed in.

09/04/2018 - 4:43pm This is a key, under…

This is a key, under-appreciated point: the level of competition Michigan faces every year is far higher than it has ever been. OSU and MSU are playing at historically high levels, and PSU is a top-15 team most years. Add in Wisconsin, a tough non-conference game, and a bowl game, and that's 6 guaranteed tough matchups every year.

09/04/2018 - 3:44pm We lost plenty in the Bo era…

We lost plenty in the Bo era. Bo was 5-12 in bowl games, including 2-8 in Rose Bowls, and lost games to ND in especially excruciating ways (e.g. the Rocket Ismail game). Bo never won a national championship. If MGoBlog had existed during Bo's era, there would have been plenty of MGoBoard meltdowns about predictable playcalling, inability to defend mobile QBs, etc etc.

Here was Bo's record in the 1980's: 10-2, 9-3, 8-4, 9-3, 6-6, 10-1-1, 11-2, 8-4, 9-2-1, 10-2.

Here is Harbaugh's record in the 2010's: 10-3, 10-3, 8-5.

Not that different, from my vantage point. Bo's best team of that group, 1985, was not that different from Harbaugh's best team, 2016. And Bo's schedule was generally much easier than Harbaugh's, especially within the Big Ten, where usually only OSU was any good. Penn State joined the conference after Bo retired.

09/04/2018 - 3:01pm I miss maize road pants,…

I miss maize road pants, Keith Jackson, and the grass turf at Notre Dame Stadium—in that order.

09/04/2018 - 12:49pm The Solomon story seemed…

The Solomon story seemed crazy from the outside, but from the inside it doesn't seem that crazy at all.

09/04/2018 - 12:40pm Thanks Comrade -- will look…

Thanks Comrade -- will look at it again. I only saw Higdon pick up an unblocked DL on one occasion. Brian's UFR will be interesting for sure.

09/04/2018 - 11:32am No, I don't like him…

No, I don't like him attacking the players the way he did, given his position. Also, Shea's game was even better than it looked if you take the protection into account. Whenever he actually had time to throw, he was lethal.

09/04/2018 - 9:34am I'm in exactly the same spot…

I'm in exactly the same spot Comrades. I watched this game and, while disappointed at the score, saw a lot of improvement. If Warinner can improve the OL, we're going to be very good.

09/03/2018 - 8:05pm I hope UMBig is right and…

I hope UMBig is right and Harbaugh is being cagey re OL plans.

09/03/2018 - 3:35pm Harbaugh in his press…

Harbaugh in his press conference said that the clock management was driven by conservative snap count due to road noise, new QB and line, and wanting to avoid pre-snap penalties. He resolved to get the issues fixed. 

The stats re QB pressures come from Zach Shaw. 

09/03/2018 - 1:08pm The Harbaugh quote was quite…

The Harbaugh quote was quite cryptic. "The way we'll play" could be in reference to formations, line calls, etc., and not in reference to the actual lineup (especially, as UMBig implies, after the first quarter).

09/02/2018 - 7:57pm Look forward to this Comrade…

Look forward to this Comrade. One thought — that second and 1 only happened because Shea slid too early and didn’t pick up the first down on his scamper. 

09/02/2018 - 2:26pm In one of Sam Webb’s posts,…

In one of Sam Webb’s posts during fall camp, I believe, Sam said that McCaffrey would be second string if Shea got injured mid-game, whereas Peters would start if Shea had to miss a game. So not sure if this knee tweaking is the full truth.