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06/20/2018 - 4:12pm With a 4.3 40 he might be…

With a 4.3 40 he might be faster than anyone on the team now?

06/19/2018 - 11:44pm You're probably right --…

You're probably right -- just going on my gut instinct, which is not always right.

I do remember being blown away by Collins and Griese, and then seeing Brady on another planet in his senior year when he was forced to split time with Henson, until finally even the most ardent Henson supporter would have to acknowledge that Brady was far better.

Henne never impressed me in the same way.  According to the stats, he was good as a junior, then regressed as a senior.  But my (lyin' ?) eyes tell me there was no comparison to Brady.  I see at Wikipedia that Henne has had a higher QBR in his junior year than Brady in his senior year, but I doubt the difference is significant.  Remember, Brady split time with Henson for much of the season.  

Watching Brady in 1999 was an experience I'll never forget.  Poetry in motion.  To tell the truth, I can't remember a thing about Henne in 2006.  Could just be me, I suppose.  On the other hand, it's probably not a coincidence that Brady went on to become the greatest QB of all time, and Henne was just another guy.  Sure, that doesn't count for college, but perhaps has value with regard to varying fan perceptions.  There is no doubt that Brady was ultimately the greater talent, and that he was ascending by the time he finished at Michigan.  Henne was a 5 star who never blossomed into a great player, IMO.

06/19/2018 - 4:43pm Also Braylon Edwards was far…

Also Braylon Edwards was far better than any of the other receivers. 

He played college football for the University of Michigan, earned unanimous All-American honors, and was recognized as the top college wide receiver. He was also the first receiver in Big Ten Conference history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and only the third to do so in NCAA Division I-A. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the third overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Following his senior season, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top receiver, was awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten Conference's most valuable player, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.


06/19/2018 - 4:36pm In fact, the Michigan QB…

In fact, the Michigan QB performance fell off a cliff when Henne started as a true freshman, and hasn't recovered since.

06/19/2018 - 4:35pm Re Brady v Henne in college …

Re Brady v Henne in college -- IMO Brady was much better.  Henne played more because he came in as a 5 star, but by the end Brady was twice as good.  It sometimes takes years to realize that the star ratings were wrong.

Todd Collins was also better than Henne, as was Griese.  

05/31/2018 - 3:02pm He did get a Michigan State

He did get a Michigan State offer.

05/02/2018 - 6:58am I wonder he compares with

I wonder he compares with David DeJulius?  DeJulius was certainly making some waves earlier in the year, and you have to love a point guard who can shoot like he does.  Michigan really benefited from shooting guard MAAR being able to handle the ball while being on the floor with point guard Z Simpson.

05/02/2018 - 6:52am Right, the thing about b-ball

Right, the thing about b-ball 5 stars is you're obligated to play them the first year and then they leave for the NBA.  MSU, for example, has done worse since they started landing 5 stars.

04/03/2018 - 12:19am Yeah, Villanove deserved to

Yeah, Villanove deserved to win because of DiVincenzo and, to a lesser extent, Bridges, hitting quick and long 3 pointers.  But the officiating was suspect, favoring whichever team was behind.

04/03/2018 - 12:09am Yes, great season, and

Yes, great season, and Villanova is a great champion.  Michigan has nothing to be ashamed of -- we left it all on the floor, but the better team won.  We play great defense, but 3-point shooting was the difference.

03/24/2018 - 11:25am 3-9 is pretty fucking bad. 

3-9 is pretty fucking bad.  8-5, not so much.

03/22/2018 - 11:37pm What a team!  Everybody

What a team!  Everybody stars, but MAAR sets the pace.

03/16/2018 - 5:11pm The announcing wasn't much

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03/16/2018 - 5:11pm The announcing wasn't much

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03/16/2018 - 5:10pm The announcing wasn't much

The announcing wasn't much fun.  There was no mention of the foul trouble and lineup irregularities for Michigan in the first half.  They shortchanged us of 2 wins in commentary at the end of the game (27 for the year instead of 29), although they did correct that.

The already late advertised starting time of the game was delayed 30 minutes.  The TV station provided no information (that I heard, anyway) as to when the game would actually start.  They just kept playing commercials.

The first play of the game -- the jump ball -- was recovered by Michigan when Wagner hustled and went to the floor.  He was called for travelling.  But apparently he had possession so the next jump ball went to Montana on the alternate possession.

11 seconds later MAAR was called for a foul.

The most disgusting was the LOOOONG delay, followed by a few seconds of action, and then a commercial timeout.

There were a few good things:

- Ace's writeup

- The Montana coach is an excellent sport.

- Michigan players and coaches didn't let the nonsense get to them.  Excellent games in particular by Matthews and Simmons.


03/11/2018 - 9:17pm Definitely would prefer

Definitely would prefer Xavier to UNC.  But 4th seed Gonzaga will have to play Ohio State.  Ohio State has a relatively easy road with Gonzaga, then Xavier, before facing us in the Elite Eight.

03/07/2018 - 1:43pm Yes, that occurred to me. 

Yes, that occurred to me.  M's B1G tournament success the last couple of years has been thrilling.  With the round robin of top tier teams approach, the B1G tournament would be anti-climatic.

03/06/2018 - 1:22pm Beautiful!  Thank you

Beautiful!  Thank you

03/05/2018 - 1:43pm I was laughing out loud all

I was laughing out loud all through this post.  Extremely enjoyable

03/04/2018 - 9:14pm Gotta get Livers healthy

Gotta get Livers healthy first.

03/03/2018 - 9:44pm Bridges is big and can shoot,

Bridges is big and can shoot, but I don't think he's as athletic as some of our players.  I like Bridges as a competitor and team player.  It's not his fault that he is what he is.

03/03/2018 - 4:46pm Yes, I don't always watch

Yes, I don't always watch Muppets, but when I do it's after a Michigan victory.

03/02/2018 - 10:06pm MAAR

Yes, he's been underestimated quite a bit.  He has a really good handle and can drive to the basket whenever he wants.  He's perhaps our secret weapon tomorrow against the Spartans.

02/28/2018 - 11:09pm Too stupid to upvote.  Why am

Too stupid to upvote.  Why am I laughing?

02/17/2018 - 7:01pm First Game Turnabout

"Down by 20 just before halftime Monday night, Ohio State stormed back and dominated Michigan in the second half on the way to a 71-62 victory...  The Wolverines (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) shot a dismal 17.2 percent in the second half, after hitting 56.7 percent in the first...  When the Buckeyes were rolling back, Williams said the crowd at Value City Arena was as loud as he's heard in his previous three seasons in Columbus...  Ohio State led in the game for only 8:05, compared to 28:20 for Michigan." []



11/18/2017 - 9:47am Randy Creek = Hornibrook


11/14/2017 - 1:55pm Plus Davis

And the good news is that even if Wagner and Teske get in foul trouble, Davis will hold his own when he comes in.

11/09/2017 - 1:13pm Right

The Indiana game in particular sticks out.

11/09/2017 - 1:13pm Right

The Indiana game in particular sticks out.

11/09/2017 - 1:11pm Good Play Calling and a QB who was ON FIRE

Glad we don't play Iowa this year.

11/07/2017 - 9:28pm Rowin' the Boat

That Winovich wiggle was hilarious.

11/06/2017 - 9:46pm Evans has Reputation as One of our Fastest Backs

I don't know how many fakes this gets, but "He's been clocked at a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash". from

11/04/2017 - 1:24pm Rebounder

Rebounding seems to be our weak spot.  Teske was effective in that regard with 4 in 12 minutes.   Davis was also good in the rebounding department.  

11/04/2017 - 11:56am Rotation?

Simpson will play some, I'm sure, so I guess I should include him in my projected rotation.  I was thinking that someone in my projected rotation will be injured or otherwise unable to play, and Simpson will fill a spot.  

11/03/2017 - 11:25pm Big 10 Plus

I shelled out the $10 to watch this (and apparently 2 more M games this month).  

1. Matthews is our best player.

2. Ibi Watson should be in the rotation.  Good athleticism which is what this team needs more of.

3. Brooks is a keeper!

4. Teske is good.

5. Simmons comes in with a reputation as a ball hog, but was restrained and effective tonight.  Look for him to be the PG come 2018.

8 man rotation:  Wagner, Robinson, MAAR, Matthews, Simmons, Brooks, Teske, Watson

Simpson will also play. Davis will a factor before his time at Michigan is over. 


10/04/2017 - 5:56pm Michigan will repeat what we

Michigan will repeat what we did against Purdue for 3 straight 2nd half TD's.  State will be unable to stop the passing game, and that will open up the running game.

09/27/2017 - 4:30pm Actually, I don't agree with

Actually, I don't agree with your lofty self-assessment.  Black was the best WR out of the gate (not including Perry who is more of a slot receiver) and Peoples-Jones is probably next after 4 games.  We haven't seen the other two, so it's hard to claim that they've struggled.

08/22/2017 - 2:11pm Jay Harbaugh gave more than

Jay Harbaugh gave more than just coachspeak, IMO.  He's quite well-spoken.  I liked the bit comparing coaching tight ends and running backs to playing different instruments in a band.

08/18/2017 - 2:38pm Harbaugh's Track Record on QB Depth Chart

Remember 2 years ago how the official line was that it was an incredibly close competition between Rudock and Morris?  Then we were told that Morris was being held out as a redshirt.  Only when Rudock got hurt did we learn that Speight was the real #2.

08/04/2017 - 2:47pm Yes!

Yes, apparently he has been excelling in the practices with the other NFL-bound gentlemen.

08/04/2017 - 1:56pm Right.  We could have 6 or

Right.  We could have 6 or more future NFL players in our receiving corps:

1. DPJ

2. Black

3. Martin

4. Crawford

5. Schoenle

6. Collins

7. McDoom?

8. Perry?

9. Nate Johnson?

10. Gentry?

11. Wheatley and all the other tight ends

08/04/2017 - 1:53pm I must admit I'm more excited

I must admit I'm more excited about these guys than I was about Darboh and Chesson last year, although I was quite excited about their prospects. 

Looking back to last year and we could easily have been undefeated with a couple more pass plays in each of our 3 losses.

08/01/2017 - 2:24pm Yes, our productively fell

Yes, our productively fell off a cliff last year after we shut down the train.

07/31/2017 - 5:48pm +1 for "lunchpail shaped like a football"

also "coaches daughters' brother" whatever that means.

07/31/2017 - 5:05pm Harbaugh Will Have No Choice But to Throw, Throw, Throw

Don't want to lose any of these receivers.

07/26/2017 - 1:52pm Metellus

From the Metellus hello post:

"Metellus was a Georgia Southern commit before visiting last weekend, when he and Gil both decommitted from other programs (Miami, in Gil's case). His other offers are from FIU, Miami (OH), Midd. Tennessee State, and South Alabama."

07/26/2017 - 1:42pm Josh Metellus

Josh Metellus was ranked in the bottom 5 of our 2016 class, and was one of only 2 true freshmen to start a game (along with Bredeson), and is projected as a starter this year.

06/14/2017 - 4:58pm Receiver Height

Re: "Black is going to play and looks like a primo fade threat even if he's a couple inches shorter than Collins." [Brian]

According to my research, Black and Collins are both 6'4".

06/07/2017 - 6:20pm Brilliant Analysis

That was absolutely perfect, MadMatt.  I agree the NBA is boring.  Occasionally, there are a couple of evenly matched teams in the finals and that is great theater, but otherwise it's too predictable.  

Both college and pro basketball offset predictability with absurd home court advantage, but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference in the end.

05/19/2017 - 11:01pm I Found Plus-Minus Stats

Confirms my suspicion that Wilson is indeed better (though not by as much as I would have thought):


Box Plus Minus (BPM):

Wilson: 9.4
Wagner: 7.2