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11/19/2018 - 10:15am How about the 1950 Snow Bowl…

How about the 1950 Snow Bowl in Columbus? November 25, 1950: M 9, tOSU 3. Weather people accurately predicted that storm, and the authorities came close to postponing the game.

One of the better stories to come out of that contest was about Vic Janowicz, one of the Buckeye's star players (and Heisman Trophy winner). Before the game the coaching staff told him to put some sticky stuff on his hands so he could grip the ball. So he did. Then they said, "Naw, put these fur-lined gloves on instead. So he did. Then Vic found that with those gloves on he couldn't grip the ball. But when the trainers tried to remove the gloves, they couldn't because the sticky stuff basically glued the gloves to his hands. The staff had to cut the gloves off, and Vic played the game with tufts of fur all over his hands. Didn't bother him kicking a FG though, which proved to be the Buckeye's only score. 

M's Chuck Ortmann punted 24 times. M's scores came on two blocked punts, one for a safety and the other recovered by M in the Buckeye endzone for a TD.  GoBlue!

11/17/2018 - 10:11am David Hume, Bertrand Russell…

David Hume, Bertrand Russell, and Nassim Taleb --- wholly appropriate sources for a Michigan football blog discussion. Regardless of their compelling insights, however, the accumulated empirical data compel me to exclude the possibility of an outlier and to expect unreservedly this afternoon's outcome as something in the range of Michigan 35, Indiana 7. Go Blue !

11/15/2018 - 7:52am Interesting piece --- for…

Interesting piece --- for Tom Mars, no elite boarding school, no Ivy League undergrad or law school degrees. Rather, a orphan who became a cop and then decided to become a lawyer. Intellect, a passion for fact-checking, and an ability to package complicated material in a way people can not only understand, but find persuasive --- all hallmarks of a good lawyer.

Oh and by the way, thanks for the younger Shea, Tom. As you can see, we sure needed him.

11/14/2018 - 11:52am That '68 Wisconsin game in…

That '68 Wisconsin game in which Ron Johnson ran up and down the field several times was in fact televised. I remember watching it with one eye while using the other to help my wife tend to our newborn son, who arrived the previous April. 

This past April that newborn son became eligible for AARP --- Oh My God!

11/11/2018 - 10:43am Although the United States…

Although the United States entered the "Great War" (now known as World War I) after it had already raged for 3 years, 116,708 Americans died in combat, according to some of the better available statistics.  The United Kingdom lost 885,138. The largest number of KIAs were Russian (1,811,000) French (1,397,800), and German (2,050,897). 

The  Great War began because highly nationalistic states in Europe believed war was a preferable alternative to settling differences peaceably, especially after a young Montenegran student shot and killed the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne and his wife in June 1914. Germany believed war would enable it to assert itself even more forcefully in Europe, especially after its overwhelming victory against the French some 40 years earlier. Germany and other states expected a similar 19-century style skirmish that might last a few months and end in a negotiated settlement. But with the advent of new weapons and the stalled German advance in the west that eventually settled into murderous trench warfare, the war lasted slightly over 4 years and cost 40 million military and civilian casualties (dead and wounded, and not including the 1918 influenza --- Spanish Flu --- pandemic). 

And as regrettable as the reasons for its inception, the legacy of the Great War was even worse, given that it paved the way for another even more destructive European War only 21 years later.

What's the old Peter, Paul, and Mary song with the line: "When will they ever learn"?

11/05/2018 - 9:57am Exactly right. We are fans -…

Exactly right. We are fans --- meaningless, irrelevant fans. We can do or say whatever we want to, without concern that we will influence the team's destiny. I can game-plan today for Alabama or Clemson (or even for a rematch with that Catholic college in Indiana) in the BCS playoffs, and the cosmos, the fates, even the actual outcome of each remaining game, will remain wholly unaffected. Go Blue. 

10/31/2018 - 11:00am This is why I've always had…

This is why I've always had kind of a mild objection to referencing WRs, QBs, and so on as "skill" players or positions, implying that offensive linemen are simply big dumb jocks who only grunt and block.

As Magnus points out, mentally challenged O-linemen not only have trouble with complicated offensive schemes, they can get someone (a QB, for example) maimed. And lack of good coaching can achieve the same result, regardless of intelligence. Just ask Brandon Peters. The inability to recognize or pick up a stunting/blitzing linebacker in Madison WI last year almost cost Brandon his brain, and could be the reason why he's running behind Dylan today. 

10/19/2018 - 5:34pm If the reigning hypothesis…

If the reigning hypothesis is that for lack of a QB for the past two seasons Harbaugh would be at least 2-1 against Darth Dantonio, tomorrow will test that theory. M now has an actual, talented, QB who takes the team on his shoulders and in whom the team believes. The M D is a known factor that will take care of itself.

M should win in EL tomorrow by two scores. Go Blue.

10/18/2018 - 6:19pm Freshman year Friday night…

Freshman year Friday night before the MSU game in AA I along with several other cluelesses was assigned to guard Hill Auditorium against possible attack by Spartan hordes. The attack never came and next day M lost the game. All for naught.

10/16/2018 - 12:06pm It took a long time for my…

It took a long time for my rear end to thaw out after sitting in the stands for that 2015 game. That was an unseasonably cold, windy day for mid-October.

10/16/2018 - 10:25am Not sure that in 2015 M had …

Not sure that in 2015 M had "obviously superior talent" over Sparty. Connor Cook was a match for Jake Rudock at QB --- not necessarily better, but about as good. Sparty's defense was good to great, as usual. Sparty also outgained M on the ground by a wide margin.

I attended that game. I choose to recall not the fumbled punt but the duel between Jourdan Lewis and Aaron Burbridge. I had the glasses on them most of the game. Two highly talented athletes matching their skills against each other. Lewis was on Burbridge like the proverbial duck on a Junebug. Burbridge would shake Lewis one time, then Lewis would come back and break up the next pass. Sorry of course the game ended the way it did, but that Lewis-Burbridge matchup is for me that game's lasting memory.

FWIW, Felton Davis III, the "go-to" guy in the PSU game, was a freshman on that 2015 MSU team. He's the guy Long, Hill, and Watson will have to watch most closely, IMHO.

10/15/2018 - 9:57pm The old line that luck is…

The old line that luck is when preparation meets opportunity is really on point here. Many have said that MD's management approach is to try and keep the game close and wait for an opportunity to win. At PSU last week he wisely conserved his TOs, used them while stuffing PSU on three straight running plays, and got the ball back with enough time for Lewerke to heave the winning TD.

In the upcoming game M needs to put a couple early scores between them and Sparty to minimize the "luck" factor. The Spartan running game is nothing spectacular --- their O-line ain't like the Badgers, and they stayed in the PSU game by Lewerke throwing for 295 yards, despite horrible numbers: 25 of 53 and one INT (47%). I would bet that he won't get close to that passing yardage on Saturday --- not with Hill, Long, and Watson out there. If the M D can get a few three-and-outs and the M O can sustain enough drives to gas the Spartan D, it should be a good day for the good guys. Go Blue.

10/14/2018 - 8:13pm Not many similarities…

Not many similarities between last Saturday's game and this coming one. Hornibrook had a legit RB, Lewerke does not, especially if LJ remains <100%. As we saw, Hornibrook is not exactly a clone of Fran Tarkenton (anybody remember him?) whereas Lewerke can and will scramble and run. He can also connect with his receivers as he did against PSU, but M's D-secondary will be the best he'll face all season, and with every game PSU is to be less and less feared. The M pass rush will be the most relentless Lewerke will face all season. MSU's D-line and LBs will be as good as any M has faced, and that defense will be the M O-line's sternest test thus far. 

But given that M's D is at the top of its game --- especially with about everyone on the D-line close to completely healthy (com'on Rashan!) and with M fielding a true QB after two seasons without a real one, I like our chances. Go Blue!

10/09/2018 - 4:42pm The only time in many.many…

The only time in many.many years of watching M football that I was so disgusted I got up and left the stands. Walked around outside until halftime, then reentered. The halftime show was far more entertaining than the game, as I recall.

10/08/2018 - 11:29am Noon on Fox --- just…

Noon on Fox --- just announced

10/07/2018 - 7:36pm I was also at the game in…

I was also at the game in Madison last year. If Shea had been the QB, M would have won, hands down.

10/07/2018 - 7:27pm It'll be interesting to see…

It'll be interesting to see how Paye grades out OFR. My guess is that he'll hold up well on Saturday even if Rashan is limited (he most likely will play). With Winovitch at the other DE, M will be just fine. In the middle, "man-mountain" Mone will get as many snaps as he and his body can endure --- he would anyway, given WI's run-oriented attack. D Bush will be J Taylor's worst enemy; whatever other backs W puts out there M can handle.

Don Brown will scheme to ruin Hornibrook's day --- Hornibrook's a pocket guy, not known to have great "escapability." K Hudson should visit him regularly. Hill,  Long and the safeties will take care of whatever wideouts and TEs WI has left to run routes out there.

And M's offense will take care of itself. Nebraska had 132 yards of offense against M. Against WI, Nebraska had 518 yards of offense. Enough said, and Go Blue. 

09/25/2018 - 10:24am Because I still believe Andy…

Because I still believe Andy van Ginkle's hit on Brandon Peters in last year's Wisconsin game should have been called, my answer is no, officials are not protecting QBs "too much."

09/23/2018 - 1:04pm Not just Mark D's weather…

Not just Mark D's weather machine, but some damnfool occurrence like a muffed punt (2015) or an unfortunate occurrence like an only moderately talented M QB to go along with the monsoon (2017). 2016 showed that all else being equal, M can handily beat Sparty in his own house (yes, 2016 was a down year for them, but they still played pretty well in that game). And even though it was Nebraska, the O-line did a great job in both opening running lanes and in pass protecting.

Keep improving, and the Michigan men "up front" will become much like the Wisconsin O-line last night in the Iowa game. When Hornibrook dropped back to pass, his O-linemen just escorted the Iowa rushers around behind him, giving him time to step up in the pocket and throw for his +200 yards and 3 TDs. And according to the stats I saw, Hornibrook wasn't sacked once.

Now when Wisconsin comes to AA whether they'll escort Rashan and Chase in the same manner is wholly another question. They'll no doubt find that a much tougher row to hoe.

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.