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10/09/2014 - 4:16pm So, we are winning in the 4th quarter,

 when it counts ....

10/01/2014 - 8:45pm My Theory Why Hoke May Win When (please let it

happen) Brandon is Gone: The head football coach is supposed to be the alpha male, and those who follow will run through walls for him when he requests it. It is built into the DNA of pack animals, such as  humans.  When Brandon sits in on football meetings (where he doesn't belong), it messes up Brady Hoke's status as the alpha male, and on some deep unconscious level, the players are confused and can't draw upon the level of all out commitment that would normally be present.

And yes, thank you,  I received a B+ in Psychology 101 and and an A- in Anthropology at U of M.

11/08/2013 - 5:48pm Here is my Michigan angle on this.

Martin played for Harbaugh, a tough dictator type coach in the  Schembechler mold who wouldn't tolerate Incognito type behavior on the team.  Martin thrived at Stanford to the point where he became a second round NFL draft choice.  Jake Long, if I have my timeline down correctly, left the Dolphins just before Martin arrived, thereby leaving an animal like Incognito to assume a leadership position. I certainly don't know Jake Long but with my Michigan colored glasses, I believe that there is a good chance that the locker room tone would have been less harsh with his veteran presence. 

06/21/2013 - 4:05pm The new scent

 is called "Odeur De Poulet."

06/18/2013 - 10:34am Right, but if that $10 million per student is accurate, and if

the principle kicked off say 3% per year in interest, that is still $300,000 per year per student, without invading the principle.  I don't understand why Princeton would cost so much, given its endowment.  

Great topic.  My children will be attending (hopefully) college within the next 5 - 10 years and the projected costs are daunting.  I will help them out to the extent I can but will not gut my retirement plan to do so.  They need to look carefully at the debt they will take on to pay for tuition, and what that will mean for their hopes of obtaining financial security in their lives.

05/08/2013 - 9:41pm My favorite:

"This evening we have a possum moon."

03/13/2013 - 2:55pm Nice analysis, Ace. Any insight as to what the problem was

with rebounding  IU's  missed free throws in the second half? On at least three occcasions and possibly more,  IU missed the front end of a one and one but then recovered the rebound off the miss.  I understand the unexpected long bounce off the rim creates problems.  Still, it went in IU's favor so often that  I couldn't help think that IU was doing something srategic  to get those rebonds, or our guys were doing something wrong.

02/15/2013 - 5:27pm Good post and I think you are on to something.

I love clean basketball and coach Beilen clearly preaches this and his players practice it.  I also believe that there is room in clean basketball to send a message with a clean hard foul.  One of the Michigan State bigs (I am not sure who) sent Jordan Morgan to the ground with a hard foul when  Jordan Morgan was going for  a dunk.  Dakich said it wasn't a foul and the refs called a foul.  The message the Michigan State player sent was that Michigan State controls the paint and it seemed that Michigan backed down after that.

Michigan doesn't send the same  message that it controls the paint.  I don't know whether going for so many charges is good or bad.  I do know that the Michigan defense doesn't send a message that their opponents have any reason to fear going in the paint.

I know Brian and others have mentioned that from a statistical analysis, running your offense through big players in the paint is less efficient than effective outside shooting.  However, on a more primal level, the team that is is able to be aggressive in the paint sets an overall tone that spills over to all other areas of the game. 




07/22/2012 - 10:46pm You Tube: Hitler Reacts to Notre Dame loss to Michigan

Don't know how to embed a video.  Someone please embed the youtube video  with this title.   The humor may bring tears to your eyes.

07/13/2012 - 10:52am Why read literature?

Because it helps us make sense out of our world.  The connection Brian makes between focusing on doing one's job (pulling  the refridgerator) as opposed to focusing on people knowing that you are dong a great job is pure gold.

03/22/2012 - 6:07pm A few years ago, the police killed a couger here in Chicago.

The  Chicago Tribune reported that a DNA analysis revealed that the couger originated from Montana or some other western state.  It is amazing the creature roamed so far.  Sad that the couger died, but no tranquilizers were availbable at the time and police believed that human lives were in jeopardy. 

Cougers are in the UP and northern lower peninsua as well, but one in  Ann Arbor seems far fetched, but not impossible.


09/25/2011 - 10:30pm Matt D, Excellent work. I was wondering

whether a  statistical analysis of this year's defense compared to last year  was possible and you did it.  I am not sure why some of  the comments are so harsh against you.  With my maize and blue colored glasses, I see that this year's defense is better and that it will get much better throughout the year.  The truth is that none of us will know for certain how good the defense is into we get well into the big ten season.  I am excited by 4 and 0 and likely 5and 0 record next week. However, I need to remind my self that this is about how the last two seasons started as well.  Your analysis provides a good cautionary note.  

03/17/2011 - 12:11am Jalen Rose's charitable support of education certainly is

worthy.  My point is that  I wish he would have softened the harmful  "Uncle Tom" talk in his documentary.  Again, he doesn't believe that now, but I would have liked that to be clearer in the film.  It leaves open the possiblity for some to misinterpret him as still believing that way.  


03/16/2011 - 10:57pm Get Off Of My Lawn!

I feel like the Clint Eastwood Character in Gran Torino in saying what I am about to say.

I agree with Grant Hill on this one, although his tone was too preachy. Rose in his documentary should have repudiated his prior "Uncle Tom" statement. I  get the point that this is what he used to believe, but he doesn't say what he believes now. I have heard that in recent media appearances, he explains his opinion, but he should have done so in the documentary. 

We couldn't keep our eyes off of  the fab five because (1) they were awesomely talented and (2) there was a fish out of water sense about them - inner city kids who embraced hip hop culture in an elite university setting.

The hip/hop notion that one can act "too white" by studying hard and embracing middle class values is harmful to the vast majority of under privileged inner city kids.  Jalen Rose should have clearly rejected it in the documentary.  Jalen Rose came from that environment and is a success but very few are blessed with the athleticism to  be able to follow him.  Grant Hill is a better role model   because his focus on educational values will help many more.

One final point: while I loved following the fab five at the time, a little part of me feels guilty because they in no way represented the better values of our University.  Some one else made the point that they could have gone to any university and created the same sensation.  By mere chance they chose ours, yet they had no real connection to what it stands for.  Those who attack Grant Hill merely because he criticises our fab five seem to have adobted the SEC and OSU views that "we don't care if cheating occured, as long as it is not too obvious and we win."  As Michigan fans, we are better than that. Our University stands for excellence.  Our teams are disciplned, tough,  hard nosed, and they play by the rules.  Chris Webber by taking money didn't play by the rules, and the wins are tainted.

11/06/2010 - 9:21pm Please stop picking on the guy.

Ezeh gives more of his heart and soul to Michigan than you and I ever did or will. 

10/12/2010 - 11:14pm This is more than a little disturbing.

Here are some random thoughts:

1.  There will need to be less hitting in practice.  There seems to be a cumulative effect of many "minor" hits to the head.

2.  There will need to be a lot more education  of coaches about recognizing the signs of concussion and keeping kids out of the game/practice when there is suspicion that a player has sustained one.

3.  I have heard it said that in 20 years, when researchers know more about the long term effect of concussions, a lot of middle class families won't let their children play football.  However, the game is so big that it will always exist. 

4. I will continue to watch this issue.  I have to admit that my conscience is slightly troubled by the thought that my love and passion for Michigan football is associated with a game where some of the kids may be sustaining long term brain damage. 


10/02/2010 - 9:56pm These stats are amazing, but did you sense how Denard

put the team on  his shoulders on the final drive?  The several prior drives looked sluggish.  When it mattered most, you could feel Denard running with more authority, willing the team to win.  What comes to mind is watching Michael Jordan, and the way you knew that he was not going to let his team lose.

10/02/2010 - 9:43pm Espn reports that Coach Rodriguez called the last

play that Robinson ran as  a running play that centered the ball for the field goal, in case Robinson didn't make it.

09/30/2010 - 10:23pm Looked the painting up on Wikipedia. It is by Leonardo Da Vinci

Jesus just announced that he will  soon  be betrayed.  The apostle whom Brady is hugging is James.  I wonder if James is more stunned by Jesus' announcement or the fact that Tom Brady is hugging him?

I also wonder if James is worried that the other apostles will think that he is the one who will betray Jesus, given that this wierd quarterback/time warp thing is happening to him?

09/24/2010 - 1:10pm Rufus' Poor Upper Body Strength

Despite poor technique, Rufus probably makes the first tackle if his arms were stronger.  An offseason under Barwis and Rufus not only makes the tackle at the 20 but the collateral damage also  takes out the FD.

09/20/2010 - 9:48pm I do recall a Michigan guy tackling Brutus on the field

in Ann Arbor about this time.  He was on the field and not in uniform so I assumed he was a recruit.  He dove at Brutus' legs and took him down, which ripped off the Ohio State flag.  Brutus got up and threatened him with the flag staff.   It was crazy and hilarious.   Michigan 28, Ohio State 0.  (1983)

09/20/2010 - 9:41pm Rash, I call dibs on this photo for my avatar,

unless you want it.

09/12/2010 - 10:19pm I wish I could have felt that way but I honestly did not. Even

when we did score on our final drive, I still wasn't comfortable until Crist's final pass went into the Tuba section.

09/11/2010 - 10:12pm The recent Doctor Saturday article that was board linked here

made a good point that  the media will overreact to the results of today's game, but no one will really know  how good Michigan and Notre Dame are  until later in the season. While I would like to believe Michigan is great this year, I really don't know.  We won't know until we run through the gauntlet of Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. I frankly don't care if the media  says that we are awesome or unimpressive.  Lets just enjoy the journey.


09/11/2010 - 9:57pm Crist going out for most of 1st half was also a lucky break.

Not sure if we win if he would have stayed in.  Glad the guy was not hurt.  If he had a head injury, should he have even gone back in?  Another break was the recovery of our own fumble.


09/09/2010 - 11:49pm The guy keeps scratching the fleas on his left shoulder.

I am not sure who I like better, this guy or the red neck rocker.

09/09/2010 - 9:37pm Denard can throw over the top of the defense.

It sounds like Kelly doesn't expect him to do so, but because he doesn't know for sure, he can't bring the safeties too close to the line.  And by not doing so, he leaves space for Denard Robinson's shorter passes (and runs).  This is the beauty of Michigan's offensive system.

09/04/2010 - 11:28pm Brian Griese.

Tate's Dad should remind Tate of what went on with one of my favorite Michigan players.  Brian Griese was in  Coach Carr's dog house one year and leading Michgan to a national championship the next.   You never know what will happen, and you will never get a chance to find out unless you stick around.  

Also, lets take it easy on the kid.  I know how immature I was at 19 to 20 years old and I would hate to see my missteps under a microscope like this.  I am sure that  the ones who love and care about him will have the hard discussions with him about the error of his ways.

09/04/2010 - 10:38pm I like Matt Millen as a commentater.

When the U Conn's punter shanked it, Millen said "That was pathetic!"  He stated early that Michigan would do well because the offensive line was dominating.   Stay in the booth Mr. Millen and please don't manage another football team.

09/04/2010 - 10:29pm Agreed. We should have called a time out. Also give credit

to U Conn's coach for the  quick snap fourth down play.

09/04/2010 - 10:23pm Gibbons missed extra point looked to me like a botched hold.

Lord, I hope so, and that there are no problems with the field goal kickers. 

09/01/2010 - 11:37pm Presently, I don't see anything to dislike about Nebraska

and therefore I have a hard time seeing this as an intense rivalry game.  With Michigan State, the fans' inferiority complex  compels them to make fools of themselves, win or lose.  The Notre Dame fans are self righteous  whiners.    The Ohio State fans are thuggish hicks.  Nebraska fans in general seem classy so I will have a hard time hating them.   

08/27/2010 - 3:24pm Wait. I thought the red neck rocker

held the position of  Ohio State's Athletic Director.

08/18/2010 - 10:46pm + 1 to you all, my friends!!!

Go Blue!

Oops.  Computer Froze and I triple posted.  I am the only one getting negged!  Thats my luck.

08/18/2010 - 10:25pm + 1 to you all, my friends!!!

Go Blue!

08/18/2010 - 10:23pm + 1 to you all, my friends!!!

Go Blue!

07/09/2010 - 8:27pm Three million to charity is good, but

I don't trust his altruism.  What he is selling is his brand.  I am sure that his handlers advised him to proceed with the one hour show because it would  raise the profile of his brand, and increase its value by millions.    Don't get me wrong, the three million dollars is a good thing, but there is a bigger picture to all of this, but I think there was a better way to handle this, and a better way to raise three million dollars for charity.

07/09/2010 - 5:05pm Well written and I agree with you that

Lebron James is certainly free to go to wherever he thinks is best for his career and he is to be admired to some extent for having the courage to do what he thinks is best, even if it means drastic change.  What I object to is the spectacle he (and his handlers) created by agreeing to do the  one hour show.  It was disrespectful to the people of Cleveland, for whom I actually feel a little bad.   It is like breaking up with your girlfriend, but not telling her directly, but rather letting her hear it from others to whom you annnounce it first.  He had no legal or moral obligation to tell them first, but common decency suggests that he should have been low key about his decision, knowing that it would break hearts.  Narcissism seems to play a role here in that he cared more about all the attention on his decision rather than  whom it would harm.

06/30/2010 - 10:43pm Math genius here.

Lets assume he was unfaithful during his short  marriage a total  of 75 times.  That works out to costing him  $10 million dollars an episode. 

I bet he is having a touch of buyer's remorse.

06/27/2010 - 11:30pm The father of three boys here, ages 11, 9, and 6. Great post.

Our fathers imprinted a parenting model on us.  If we were happy as children with that model, we will probably follow it. 

My own father was intellectual and not at all sports minded. 

With my boys, now,   I let them win at basketball to keep them interested.  I am six foot two, 220 lbs, and they would never get  a shot off if  I played at even 50% of my rather limited ability.   I look forward to the days when we can have truly competitive basketball games, and no, I won't let them win then.  

06/11/2010 - 11:25pm Don't we have an agreement (even if unsigned) with ND to play

at least the next 10 plus years?  Breaking that deal would give us  unclean hands.  Lets not go there.

05/10/2010 - 9:49pm Coach Carr clearly exercised poor judgment in trusting Trent to

keep their conversation confidential.   I  don't have a problem with Carr sharing with Trent information that was highly relevant to Trent's efforts to establish himself as an NFL player, given the fact that Carr recruited him and they had a good relationship. This assumes that Carr reasonably believed that Trent was trustworthy.

04/18/2010 - 11:03pm Here is the way I piece it together:

Forcier did ok, not great against the 1st string defense. Last year, the Michigan offense was at least average in the Big Ten. The reason we had such a rough season was because the defense was far below average.

Now, certainly Forcier is at least as good as last year and probably a little better. The fact that he didn't light up the first string defense means the defense is significantly improved, which is cause for celebration.

Those with better memory than me can verify this, but I seem to recall that in the spring game last year, the first string offense looked awesome against the first string defense. We all assumed the defense would be good, so this gave us too rosy of an outlook.
Go Blue!

12/28/2009 - 11:23pm At first glance, it is strange that Joe Dumars' son would share

a name with Michael Jordan, in light of the bad blood and intensity of the rivalry between the "Bad Boys" era Pistons and the upstart Chicago Bulls. I personally loved the Bad Boys Pistons teams. True, they were physically tough and inimidating, but the "Bad Boys" concept seemed like marketing spin that people took too seriously. They won games with the non-glamorous hard work of defense, the brilliance of Isiah Thomas, and the steadiness of Joe Dumars. Even then, the impression was that Joe Dumars was a classy guy who was above the bad boys image. Remember when Danny Ainge tried to pick a fight in the playoffs and Dumars walked away? This is pure speculaton, but I would imagine that Dumars named his son after Jordan out of mutual respect.

11/11/2009 - 10:30pm A biting column.

I love how it captures the essence of how the self absorbed "reporters" from ESPN feel that something becomes newsworthy in the sports world because they decide to talk about it.

11/07/2009 - 7:43pm You hit the nail on the head. It would be crazy not to give him

five years.

11/03/2009 - 12:03am Do you remember the scene from the movie from the Titanic, when

the ship's stern rose high into the air like a skyscaper? A dude near the top lost his grip, and on his way down, he struck a railing or other hard object with a sickening smack.

On Saturday, I felt like that guy.

I agree with Brian that Coach Rodriguez should get at least four and I would say even five years. The excellent work in this post demonstrates that he inherited problems that will take time to fix.

10/21/2009 - 10:53pm Common decency.

You can sense it in most of what Brian writes. The putrid drivel by Daulerio at Deadspin discredits the blogs as an emerging(and eventually dominant?) news media source. Please continue to succeed with your blog, Brian. We need the trend of decency to go in your direction rather than Daulerio's.

10/16/2009 - 11:23pm Try Channel 9500. I have DirectTV in Chicago. When I set out

to record the game on the usual Big Ten Network channel of 439, all I saw was the OSU-Purdue game. After panicked searching, I found the Michigan game on the alternate channel of 9500. Good luck.

10/11/2009 - 7:55pm As I recall, Musberger at the moment of Minor's

run was talking about how physical and tough the Iowa defense was. This was Minor's rage triumphing over Iowa's Angerer.