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09/19/2018 - 9:19am Even after all these years,…

Even after all these years, the thought of South Quad's "Manhattan Meat Pie" still results in appetite reduction.

09/13/2018 - 10:22am Yes, as in "smarter than I…

Yes, as in "smarter than I am smart."

09/09/2018 - 11:58am Undoubtedly a small sample…

Undoubtedly a small sample size, but thus far Shea appears to be the best thing to happen at Michigan QB since Chad Henne, who played his last game in an M uniform on New Year's Day 2008 (M 41, FL 35). A thought experiment: if Shea started at Michigan last year, he would have made the difference in two games: most definitely against Sparty (JOK's three INTs in the second, monsoon-soaked half, with Sparty held to 14 pts for the game), and to a lesser extent, Wisconsin. That was a 10-14 game when BP got cold-cocked. WI went on to score an easy TD immediately thereafter to make the score 21-10, but the Michigan D then held WI to only a 4th-quarter FG. Of course, with BP out, the M offense went into semi-suspended animation. Had Shea played in that game, the outcome could have been decidedly different.

PSU and tOSU maybe not so much; PSU had Cyborg Barkley (and I mean that in a good way), and a great game plan. tOSU? --- well, the final was 20-31, so who knows? Anyway, a regular season 10-2 sure would have beaten 8-4.

09/02/2018 - 12:11pm Maybe no one will mistake M…

Maybe no one will mistake M's O-line for Wisconsin's. But:

  • Shea still hit on 67% of his attempts (20/30) for 227 yards. These are not John O"Korn numbers. In fact M passed for 249 net yards as opposed to ND's 170. Of course, a number of ND's 170 yards were long bombs for Hail Mary catches (pun intended), but Shea is the real deal, and M's passing game looks to be in good hands. 
  • And no, 1.8 yard rush average is not good (ND's average was only 2.8). Still Higdon did rush for a net 72 yards, including one TD. And speaking of that TD, did everyone see the block Onwenu made on the ND D-lineman that sprung Higdon into the endzone? It was authoritative.
  •  Total offense M 307 against ND's 302. M even won TOP. 

So yeah, first game against a ranked opponent whose QB might have had a career night. M was breaking in a new QB (read Jake Rudock) and a reserve WR (who had a good game). D basically picked it up in the second half. Now a couple games against less formidable opponents to get ready for the conference schedule. Don't expect miracles, but M will most likely surpass last year's 8-5. Left tackle? Who knows, but unless young Runyan vastly improves over the next couple games, look for one or two of those youngsters to get a shot. Go Blue.

08/23/2018 - 11:06am Anyone who thought Meyer…

Anyone who thought Meyer would receive any "punishment" more than this 3-nonconference game wrist-slap might be interested in a New York bridge I have for sale. 

08/21/2018 - 10:39am I dunno --- that's a thorny…

I dunno --- that's a thorny issue

08/15/2018 - 10:57am Jim Hackett is one of the…

Jim Hackett is one of the reasons I continue to hold Ford shares --- I have confidence in his ability eventually to lead Ford into a more profitable future. The high dividend yield, is of course another reason.

Yet a further reason is that as an investor rather than a trader I intend to hold the shares individually or in trust for many years. During that time, at least three things could happen: first, the shares could go to zero, c'est la vie. Second, under Hackett's direction Ford could become highly profitable, and investors could see the shares' value and bid up their price.

Third --- a highly speculative scenario such as the Ford family finally concluding they'd be better off owning Apple shares or just cashing out rather than continue to hold Ford shares. With the current Ford market cap at <$40B and the stock trading at about 5.5 times earnings, Tim Cook could swap the family's Class B shares for Apple common or preferred or simply write a check and buy all the family's shares (and all the rest of the outstanding common stock, for that matter) for what Apple would see as slightly more than pocket money, even given the premium he'd have to pay over market. Apple would then have the auto infrastructure it would need to pursue even more aggressively its autonomous vehicle and other auto-related programs.

Whatever happens, Ford will have an interesting future.


08/12/2018 - 11:24am Y'all are discounting…

Y'all are discounting Wimbush a little too much. This guy gained over 800 yds last season and scored 14 or 15 TDs. He is a running QB (think Brian Lewerke). Regardless of O-line replacements and an apparent lack of a go-to RB, Michigan's D --- as good as it is --- will have its hands full with Mr. Wimbush.

Assuming Michigan's O-line picks up a stunt or two and gives Shea a chance to deal the ball, M in a close (3-7) point win. 

08/05/2018 - 11:21am Yes, Michigan (#14 in the…

Yes, Michigan (#14 in the preseason poll) opens against ND (#11 in the poll), while Wisconsin (#7 in the poll) opens against powerhouse Western Kentucky, somehow unranked. Other nonconference, formidable foes on W's schedule include Brigham Young and New Mexico. The only two preseason ranked teams W plays are Michigan and Penn State, both on the road. No wonder pollsters look at that schedule and say hell, how can they not finish the season at least 10-2, and probably better? Michigan, on the other hand, plays three ranked teams on the road and two at home --- five of the twelve regular season games are against teams ranked higher than M is ranked. Pollsters look at that as well and say "how the hell can M beat any or all of those teams? Maybe one or two, but all five? --- the odds are definitely against it.

This 2018 season, M's battle is uphill, to be sure. But better to have played the strong teams and lose a couple than to play the patsies and boast on a one-or-two loss season, as Wisconsin does virtually every year. 

08/05/2018 - 10:55am Urban Meyer has beaten…

Urban Meyer has beaten Michigan six straight times. It will take more than a "he said, she said" to oust him from his head coaching job.

07/26/2018 - 11:12am Karryon Higdon carries the…

Karryon Higdon carries the rock! Go Blue!

07/20/2018 - 12:20pm Nothing in Brandon's resume…

Nothing in Brandon's resume supports the idea he should have started over Speight at the beginning of last season. Even after Speight went down and O'Korn struggled, Coach Jim was reluctant to send Brandon onto the field --- until, that is, when he finally (Maryland?) decided he had no choice. 

Brandon's exit from the field in Madison was partly on him and partly on the O-line. Pocket awareness, especially behind an O-line that was less than fully protective, is as much the QB's responsibility as the guards, tackles, TEs and Rbs who are supposed to keep blitzing LBs away from him. And finally, Brandon's bowl game performance hardly convinced anyone, let alone the coaching staff, that he should have started the season under center.

07/01/2018 - 2:04pm Yes, even for shoulders as…

Yes, even for shoulders as massive as Mr. Dobbs's, that chip had to be awfully heavy. Let him go to East Landfill and let Darth Dantonio deal with him.

06/25/2018 - 10:58am I hope you're wrong, but you…

I hope you're wrong, but you're probably right. Wisconsin is the one game for which I have tickets. I'd prefer not to be still in the stands at 0-dark thirty watching our team struggle against the accursed Badgers. Bo said it best when he announced (paraphrasing). "At 1 o'clock we'll tee it up and play football, and we couldn't care less about some guy in Arizona or anywhere else." Unfortunately that ship has long sailed.

06/19/2018 - 10:27am Injuries don't seem to make…

Injuries don't seem to make a lotta difference with that team. They'll just slot in some other three-star recruit from Waukesha or somewhere and do just fine. I dunno --- must be all the cheese and beer these kids grow up on. No one --- except maybe Darth Dantonio --- get as much out of unheralded recruits as do the Badgers. But without reading the article, I suspect WI's as-usual cupcake schedule has a lot to do with them allegedly facing Alabama in the BCS semi-final.

Personally, I don't believe a word of it. Wisconsin still has to get past an at-home M on October 13th, and I'm betting on the Blue.

06/15/2018 - 11:14am The weeping, wailing, and…

The weeping, wailing, and teeth-gnashing over M’s record last year and its inability to beat regularly its principal rivals since Jim Harbaugh became coach seems to forget that in 3 years of coaching M football, Jim has not had a top-flight QB.

Jake Rudock was good, but remember he came to M because he lost his starting job at Iowa. Speight had his moments, but even before the Purdue injury questions arose about his ability to lead the team. O’Korn? --- well, the less said the better. When last fall WI LB Andy van Ginkle blindsided Brandon Peters in Madison after Peters had released the football and hit Peters so hard his head bounced off the turf a couple times (a cheap shot that wasn’t called --- to this day I know not why), the bowl game showed that Brandon never regained whatever form he had before his injury.

And there was a reason Peters didn’t get the ball earlier in the season: I think the term was “command of the huddle." Coach Jim didn’t think Peters had it, but eventually had no choice but to put him in the huddle and keep him there until he got knocked out of it.

Now, for the first time, Coach Jim has a 5-star QB who’s shown he has the moxie to take a team on his shoulders and win games. I was in the stands for Coach Jim’s entire M career, including the Hawaii game. Jim’s gutsy play inspired the entire offense, if not the entire team. All the players knew he was good; they knew he had the “right stuff,” and took their cue from him. Coach Jim knows what to look for in a QB --- maybe for the first time during his M coaching career, in Shea Patterson he’s found it.

Don’t judge Jim’s record as a coach until you see what he can do with a top-flight QB.


06/14/2018 - 12:12pm The Krauts --- mark it down…

The Krauts --- mark it down. Noch ein Meistershaft!

06/01/2018 - 9:31am Ah, yes

as well as the Henry J and the Crosley, other nameplates that will live in obscurity

05/26/2018 - 10:09am I couldn't agree more

My biggest beef with Dunkirk is the absence of any explanation as to how it was that the British gained the nine or so days necessary or organize that flotilla and evacuate some 300,000 British soldiers from the French beach. One explanation is another Hitler tactical error, in which he agreed with Goering that the German ground forces could rest and refit some miles away from the beach while the Luftwaffe took care of the British soldiers on the beach and the British ships in the Channel. That this plan didn't work out gave the British the time to evacuate the better part of their Expeditionary Force. 

The film would have been bettter served with a "Longest Day" or "Tora, Tora, Tora" back and forth, "herringbone" plot progression showing how the British and the Germans viewed and reacted to events.

05/26/2018 - 9:56am "Decoration Day"

as it was originally known was to honor the Union dead from the Civil War by "decorating" their graves. As a Boy Scout one of my "Decoration Day" tasks was to place national flags on the headstones of the Civil War dead in our local cemetery. And while in the service and stationed in North Carolina, one Memorial Day I inquired of a group of locals why it was that on Memorial Day in North Carolina all the local businesses remained opened. I was curtly, frostily informed that this day was "Yankee Memorial Day" and "we don't observe it down here." In fact  states in the Old South have their own Confederate Memorial Days, which most assuredly are not celebrated on the same day as "Yankee Memorial Day."

05/26/2018 - 9:54am Actual "Wartime" Movies

Films Hollywood produced during WW II provide some insight into the mindset of Amerticans who lived and fought during that time. Humphrey Bogart starred in a number of these films, including Across the Pacific (1942) depicting the sneaky, evil "Japs"; Sahara (1943) in which an American tank crew collects a veritable United Nations group of military stragglers who then unite to confront the Nazi menance; Passage to Marseille (1944) deals with the issue of the French Vichy government's collaboration with the Nazis, and who can forget the scene in Casablanca (1942) where S.Z. Sakall sits down with a "good" German couple on their way to America on the eve of Pearl Harbor. The scene sent the message that not all Germans were Nazis, so avoid stereotypes --- undoubtedly a nod to the fact that so many Americans of German descent were at that time fighting against those Nazi bastards. 

Another excellent wartime film is Wing and a Prayer (1944) an obviously highly censored, carefully crafted account of a lone American aircraft carrier sailing around the south Pacific, duping the Japanese into believing a whole task force was out there against them. The carrier's mission was to buy time for an American fleet buildup prior to the Battle of Midway. What the American public did not know --- of course --- was that military intelligence had broken the Japanese naval code and knew exactly where the Japanese ships were and how they intended to attack, making the American victory at the Battle of Midway the great turning point of the Pacific war.

A pleasant Memorial Day, and take a moment to thank --- or remember --- all those who served.

05/18/2018 - 9:28am A Tough Road Opener

Other than opening at, say, Tuscaloosa or Athens, M's road opener at ND is about as tough as they get. We know M's D will hold its own, even against a running QB. M really needs to spy or otherwise have a plan to contain Wimbush, who runs a helluva lot better than he throws. Hem him in, and M's got a shot.

M's big question mark is of course the offense: we (that is, I) expect Shea to start behind an as-yet unproven O-line. Shea's escapability will be sorely tested as he attempts to get the ball to an improved DPJ, a repaired Tarik Black, and assorted slots and TEs. I'm sorry, but as much as I like Higdon and Evans, neither excite me as an elite, go-to running back. Both do well against lesser defenses in and out of the conference, but ND, despite its losses to the NFL and elsewhere, is not one of those defenses. I see both Higdon and Evans struggling to gain yards, which again puts the offense mostly in Shea's hands. 

A lot of questions for M in this opener --- maybe a few too many to be comfortably confident of a win. Go Blue.

05/16/2018 - 5:34pm For What It's Worth

Jill LePore’s article in a recent New Yorker notes that during the 1997 Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City bombing trial, Judge Richard Matsch tried mightily to limit the number of “victim impact statements” admitted during the trial’s sentencing phase, after the jury had found McVeigh guilty. Given that McVeigh’s bomb took the lives of 168 men, women, and small children, the number of persons “impacted” by his crime could climb into the thousands. Judge Matsch limited to 38 the number of victims who made statements; the jury sentenced McVeigh to death. Since the McVeigh trial, 32 states have enacted victim’s-rights laws, and some advocates are pushing for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing victim’s rights in all trials.

In Larry Nassar’s trial, after Nassar had been found guilty of the crimes with which he was charged, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina allowed 156 women to make victim impact statements. As author LePore points out, Nassar had been convicted of assaulting seven women, and a previous guilty finding on child pornography charges had netted him a 60-year prison sentence. Nevertheless, another 149 women or so addressed crimes for which Nassar had never been charged, “broadcast live, over seven days." Judge Aquilina then sentenced Nassar to another 175 years.

As LePore noted, “Some of what happened in the Nassar trial is as new as #MeToo. Much of it is as old as stoning."  

05/14/2018 - 11:47am Games UM Admissions Plays

When considering this issue, I usually don my conspiracy-theory headgear and conclude that for many years UM Admissions has played a careful game with the state legislature. UM admits just enough in-state students to placate the folks in Lansing, while seeing just how far they can push the out-of-state envelope to admit as many higher-paying students as possible. And Admissions has a large pool of highly qualified, well-heeled OOS applicants from which to choose. It’s not for nothing that college-bound students in New York refer to UM as “SUNY-Ann Arbor," recognizing that if they don’t make it into Cornell or Princeton they have a highly desirable B option.

Moreover, as the state university with the second-highest endowment in the United States (I’ve read that the Texas university system receives a chunk of oil revenues that makes it the highest) UM has from time to time considered to hell with the legislature and just become a private institution. Then, like Williams, Amherst, Harvard and Yale, all tuition bets would be off. "What the traffic will bear" would rule the day.

05/09/2018 - 3:57pm Forget it, pal

What happens in Mansfield, Ohio stays in Mansfield, Ohio.

05/09/2018 - 3:32pm Let them stay home

You're right --- many baby boomers in their 60s and 70s are physically unable to stand for extended periods during a football game. Many will not yell "sit down" or "down in front" to the younger people who stand much of the game and block the oldster's view; they'll just put up with it. And even if they did yell "down in front" it wouldn't do any good; the standees would just ignore them. But apparently your point is that to stand during the game is to support the team more devoutly than to just sit there and watch..Who knew? 

So yes, anyone over, say, age 60 or so should probably not be allowed in the stadium. They should stay home and turn the stadum over only to those who can "stand up and support the team."

05/02/2018 - 6:27pm One Possible Reason

Some ingrates might have raised questions about whether the donors or players could or would receive any benefits (inside information, payments to players, tickets, recruiting, etc) so to clear the air on that score they gave Coach Jim permission to reveal their identities. No more Ed Martins!

05/01/2018 - 11:07am "Win for Michigan. . ."

"Varsity, down the field

Never yield raise high your shield

Fight on to victory for Michigan and the Maize and Blue"

Great, great song --- every word of it, including the intro.

05/01/2018 - 10:41am Standard Attire in Madison

"Ann Arbor is a Whore" t-shirts and t-shirts advocating sexual relations with the State of Michigan are tenue du jour when Michigan travels to Madison WI to play football. Not really a pleasant experience for M fans, and one more reson to avoid that venue entirely.

05/01/2018 - 10:16am Sir, I demand satisfaction!

"McCaffrey some sites had him graded as a duel threat"

I sure hope Dylan doesn't go around challenging people to duel with swords or pistols. That would have a negative effect on team morale, I would think.

04/29/2018 - 1:11pm Camp Randall 2017

One of the low points in my recent M football memories was last fall, sitting in the cold, windy Camp Randall stands and watching Badger LB Andy Van Ginkle blast though the M O-line unmolested and blindside Brandon Peters into next week. Van Ginkle wasn't credited with a sack because Brandon had already released the ball. Nobody (except me) said it was a late hit; nobody (except me) said it was unnecessarily rough, despite replays showing the hit caused Brandon's head to bounce off the turf a couple times.

To that point --- late in the third quarter --- the game was still competitive. WI had just scored and led 14-10. After Peters was carted off the field M was forced to punt. With some steam let out of the defense after the Peters' loss, WI drove 61 yards in a little under 2 minutes to make the score 21-10. After that, an O'Korn-led offense was virtually stagnant, but the D came back to hold its own. WI could only manage a fourth-quarter FG, which made the final score 24-10. 

The stats in that game showed WI RBs Jonathan Taylor and Kendric Pryor gaining 171 net yards on 22 carries (almost 8 yds per) This is not good, but not insurmountable. On the other side Higdon and Evans, running behind the M O-line and facing one of college football's better defenses --- gained 45 net yards on 18 carries (2.5 yds per). Those stats, plus the O-line's seeming inability to protect the QB, will not win many rivalry games. And how much better will the O-line be this year? Yes they're a year older, but they're mostly the same guys. Well OK, maybe a new coach can't hurt, and might even improve their performance.

Anyway, it's a good thing that the highlight video shows Shea Patterson has "escapability," because he'll need it. And let's hope Shea's ability to complete some passes to an older and rejuvenated receiving corps will loosen good defenses to the point that Higdon and Evans can find some running lanes.

ND on September 1 will tell a great deal about all of that.

04/27/2018 - 10:48am Utah Beach, 1944

Utah beach proved a less formidable challenge than Omaha for several reasons. Naval gunfire, was more effective than at Omaha, clearing many of the minefields near the beach. Aerial bombardment was closer to the target area as well. And the English Channel current pushed the 8th Infantry Regiment’s landing craft 2000 yards farther south than where they were supposed to land. The beaches over which they and other elements of the 4th Infantry Division came ashore were more lightly defended that were those where the landings were intended.

During our visit to the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, above Omaha beach, my wife and I searched among the crosses for someone from Michigan. We found a Sergeant Robert Stacy, a member of the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division killed on Utah beach on June 6th. Through the American Battle Monuments Commission and 4th Infantry Division Web sites we learned that Sgt Stacy enlisted in Detroit in March of 1941. He spent the next couple years stateside, during which time he was promoted to Staff Sergeant, which is --- and was --- a fairly quick rise through the ranks.

It appears that quite early in the war the U.S. high command designated the 4th Infantry Division as part of an eventual cross-channel invasion into mainland Europe. By January 1944, SSgt Stacy was in England, where he and thousands of others began preparations for Normandy.  He was wounded coming ashore on Utah beach, and evacuated to an aid station, where he died of his wounds that same day. Now almost 74 years later SSgt Stacy lies together with some 10,000 other American service personnel in a meticulously maintained cemetery in France.


04/26/2018 - 8:53am Beware the Running QB

Last fall B. Lewerke set up one TD and scored the other against Gary, Winovich, Hudson and crew. Of course that's all he got --- and unfortunately all he needed --- but the fact remains that a running QB like Wimbush poses a unique threat to any defense, including D. Brown's.

Let's hope Shea's eliglible so that even if Wimbush does engineer two TDs, they won't be nearly enough.

04/15/2018 - 5:27pm M can always use another 4-star CB

As for "Today is my personal last-minute Tax Day"  Ace: --- render unto Caesar!

Go Blue!

04/03/2018 - 9:36am Translation and disagreement

No one else has attempted a translation of this apt quote, so I'll take a not-too-literal crack at it (Brecht is not easy German to translate):

"And so it comes to a good end ---everything is reconciled. Of course if sufficient money is at hand, the end is mostly good!"

But I disagree. As many ofthers here have stated, with Moe, money is probably not the first objective. He'll make money whether he plays here or in Europe. Moe's first objective is whether he (or his coaches, NBA scouts, his parents) think he's accomplished pretty much what he can in college and whether it's time to get on with the next phase of his life, which undoubtedly is professional basketball.

As an aside, I wish Moe would talk with big man Frank Kaminsky, who went back to Wisconsin for his senior season largely for the fun of it and also made it to the final NCAA game. For Frank --- who as I recall was a first-round draftee --- that was undoutedly the right move, and he could give Moe some good advice.

04/03/2018 - 8:56am Wagner ist gegangen

Wagner's gone, IMHO. Another year of college "development" is what he will get in spades in the G-league, which is where he's headed after he's drafted in the second round. He'll get whatever additional development he needs there and be NBA-ready in the next year or two. Best of luck to him.

04/03/2018 - 8:43am In a nutshell

So-called "sixth man" Divincenzo (he played 37 minutes!) scored 31 with assists and blocked shots, while our sixth man went scoreless --- a real downer game for Duncan. That maybe wasn't the only big difference in the game, but it sure was one of them.

04/02/2018 - 6:29pm Mazel Tov, Seth

An excellent piece, thank you.

04/02/2018 - 12:35pm Yet another stat

Against K-State, Loyola-Chicago shot 50% from behind the arc. Against M, Loyola-Chicago shot 10% --- they only attempted 10 3-point shots, and only made one of them.

So there's that. Can M defend against the 3? Yes, M will limit Villanova's 3-point production. Not down to Loyola-Chicago's level, but will limit them nonetheless. And by now M has dealt with enough switching ball-screen defenses to work their way through them for decent 3-pt looks at the basket or dribble-drives thereto --- that's what they did in the last 10 minutes of the last game.

M will play D --- if their shots fall, M's got a chance. Go Blue.

03/28/2018 - 11:37am Bridges

has Miles to go before he rests. An elite BB talent, he's learned whatever little he can from Izzo and needs association with players of his caliber and coaches who know how to get the max out of him.

The three losses to M will fade out in the rearview mirror of his life as he signs contracts, banks millions, and embarks on the high-profile journey of an NBA up-and-comer.


03/26/2018 - 9:59am Nonrecurring Stats

Against K-State, Loyola-Chi shot 54.7% from the floor; 50% from outside the arc.

I’ve lived too long to guarantee much of anything, but I seriously doubt Loyola-Chi will shoot anywhere near those numbers on Saturday. This from the March 25th Tallahassee Democrat:

Michigan's defense is for real: Michigan came into the game boasting one of the best defenses in college basketball, and they lived up to the hype. Their on-ball pressure caused a lot of issues for the Seminoles, and they were never able to establish an offensive rhythm. FSU shot just 23.3 percent in the second half, and that wasn't because the Seminoles were missing easy shots. Every shot was contested, and FSU rarely got an open look.

FWIW, Loyola-Chi outrebounded K-State 36-28 --- rather remarkable for a small-ball team.

One other interesting stat is that against K-State, Loyola-Chi turned the ball over 15 times. Xavier Simpson probably can’t wait for Saturday.

03/25/2018 - 6:35am Sister Jean

is apparently the Loyola-Chi team chaplain. Sweet old lady that she is, she "guarantees" her team will win the NC. That's nice, but wholly irrelevant. 

What is relevant is that Loyola-Chi has had a couple last-second wins and had a convincing win against a higher-seeded K-State team that I thought would clean their clock. Loyola-Chi has several players who can shoot the 3-ball and a fascinating 6-9 big in Cameron Krutwig, whose hook-shot style of play evokes memories of George Mikan or others of that era.  Loyola-Chi is almost the mirror-opposite of FSU. They do have a 7-footer on the roster, but his near-permanent position is center-bench.

So Loyola-Chi's tallest guy doesn't pose nearly the in-the-paint threat that FSU's bigs --- all of them --- did. Xavier and Charles, the lanes are yours. And look for M to get its shooting eye back.

All in all, an interesting matchup with a good chance for an M win, regardless of what Sister Jean says.

03/17/2018 - 12:21pm FWIW

During M's 2013 Championship run (with the Louisville Lapdancer's forfeit, M can kind of call itself champion now) Duke eliminated Sparty in the Sweet Sixteen. Duke and Sparty could well meet in the SS again this year. Even with the monumental upsets that have already occurred, Duke should get by Rhode Island today and Sparty has the talent to penetrate Syracuse's zone tomorrow. Whoever wins the Duke/Sparty matchup then (probably) has Kansas as the main obstacle before facing Villlanova in the Final Four, where (if Sparty should win) could result in an M-Sparty, big-enchilada final contest. Possible, but for Sparty, not probable (still, it's OK for a mere fan to look ahead).

Anyone want to predict an M vs U of Maryland-Baltimore County Final Four meeting?

03/16/2018 - 10:26am An Ugly Win, but

a win nonetheless. Montana shot 32% from the field. How much of that was M contesting shots, altering shots, blocking a couple? A lot, I would say. Although several M players got into foul trouble, Montana only had 11 FT attempts, of which they made 8. M made a respectalbe (for them) 64% of their FTs (14-22), but many of those came during the FT contest late in the game. M's sharpshooters only made 31% of their 3's (5-16). And Ace was spot on when he said Montana attempted few 3's (15) and made even fewer (3) for a 20% success rate. X's two early fouls put him on the bench during most of the first half, but Simmons proved a credible sub.  And of course Charles Matthews chipping in his 20 didn't hurt, either --- it was about time he stepped up, which he did big time.

In all, Montana presented some challenges M hadn't seen much of previously, and that plus the long layoff meant a game like this one was not unlikely. Look for a marked offensive improvement tomorrow night. 

03/12/2018 - 10:59am Edward R. Murrow

was our commencement speaker, but that was way back in the day.

Charles Woodson is an excellent speaker choice. A once-in-generation football talent, a philanthropist, and a genuinely good person. He exemplifies all that's best about the "leaders and best" Michigan tradition. Go Blue.

03/06/2018 - 5:03pm USS Yorktown lives on

Essex-class carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) was renamed in 1942 to honor the earlier USS Yorktown (CV-5) lost at Midway. The later Yorktown served until about 1970 when she was decommissioned and put on permanent display near Charleston, S.C. If you're ever in the area a tour is great way to spend a couple hours. Going below to the mess deck you pass the galley, where the ship's recipe for chocolate chip cookies is posted. The ingredient list begins with "500 eggs."

03/04/2018 - 12:06pm Tough Matchups

Haas in the paint, with Edwards, Edwards, and the accursed Mathias shooting from outside. But Penn State doesn't play nearly the D M does and only lost by 8, with their star player having an off night. 

In my finely-tuned BB mind, it comes down to denying decent looks to those outside guys and hasseling Haas inside. Because as we now know Moe Wagner commits the dumbest fouls in the history of humankind (paraphrasing his coach) I look for Teske to play an outsize role in this game, and for Luke Yaklich to reach into his considerable bag of tricks to come up with ways to take the steam out of Purdue's boilers.  M by 5 in a close finish.

03/04/2018 - 11:36am Bannister vs Landry

The duels between those two are an important part of sports history. When most believed a four-minute mile was beyond human capabilities, Sir Roger almost make it look true with his famous finish-line collapses, showing that he really did give it his all and then some.

Today, as pointed out, a mile run has almost turned into a long sprint, and world-class marathoners routinely post mile times just over 4 minutes for the entire 26.2-mile distance.

02/28/2018 - 12:54pm It's good that

the price is posted, but if you have to inquire about the price of a pair of Air Jordans, you clearly cannot afford them.

02/26/2018 - 9:40am Yes

Several years ago in an Edinborough restaurant I asked our server to recommend a good single-malt whiskey. She did, and then, recognizing my Yankee accent, said, "I suppose ye'll be wantin' ice with it." I said yes, that's usually the way I take it. She responded "that's a terrible thing to do to a good whiskey."

A further thought. When you're about to board your next overseas flight, stop in the duty-free and pick up a litre of Johnnie Walker Black Label. For price and quality, it's as good a blended Scotch as you'll find. Buying at the duty-free results in some savings, and it'll make your European (or other overseas trip) that much more enjoyable. Of course on your return trip you can bring back the unused portion of the bottle, but better yet you can drink and share the whole bottle while out of the States then buy another at the duty-free (1 litre per person) for your return home.