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02/05/2019 - 6:18pm Expelled?   in my experience…

Expelled?   in my experience, that means kicked out of school.  It doesn't sound like that's the case here.  Am I missing something?

02/05/2019 - 6:16pm without getting into the…

without getting into the nitty gritty, if this is just an eligibility issue, doesn't he just have to get eligible, meaning it could happen as soon as the end of winter semester?

if this is University-initiated rather than NCAA, does that mean he just has a higher bar to clear, or is there more to it than all of that?

12/04/2018 - 12:15pm Notre Dame

Notre Dame

11/28/2018 - 12:45pm I appreciate the thought and…

I appreciate the thought and time you put into your post, OP, but i feel like an important part of your theory is based on a bullshit notion, specifically:

"Michigan – as a university – has structural factors (not paying players, adhering to academic standards, caring about integrity, etc.) that prevent us from recruiting elite talent as consistently as Alabama, Clemson, and OSU"

i simply don't buy this.   and I think Harbaugh's recruiting is edging ever closer to the level required to actually compete with an Alabama or Clemson on the field.  

you basically tried to fancy-up the "they win because they cheat" argument, which is just jealousy and sour grapes.  
don't forget - a real spot of the ball in '16, or a functional QB in '17, and we're not having this discussion.

11/20/2018 - 11:48am exactly.  the author of that…

exactly.  the author of that ozone piece obviously has a rather limited frame of reference.   And yes, it just so happens that when the Rodriguez/Hoke era is still visible in the rearview, a number of M's stats vs good teams look pretty bad.   College football is cyclical and M is fresh out of a down portion of theirs.   Such is life.  If we win this weekend in Columbus, all that stuff matters less.

What I like is that it seems M is now trending upward, with nary a sign of slowing their momentum.  The attitude exhibited by the team this season feels like what a number of us have been waiting years for.  May it continue. 

Beat the Buckeyes.  Go Blue!

11/19/2018 - 11:25am "If Chase throws his entire…

"If Chase throws his entire body weight on a clearly down and sitting Haskins at the end of a play, I will be the first to voice my displeasure."


well, it appears he gave # 72 a reason for taking a shot at him.

I don't know if this was a response to something that happened earlier, but it's likely what prompted the dirty hit.  Hopefully the coaches catch this, and make it clear to the team that there's no place for this kind of nonsense on the football field.

09/22/2018 - 11:55am with the market falling the…

with the market falling the way it has been, it's possible there are plenty of Nebraska fans in town who bought tickets outside their Athletic Department's allotment.

05/27/2017 - 11:42pm If you watch

the short video linked in my post, they're both interviewed briefly.  Engineering school grads.

another Michigan (state of, not university of) connection to the team is Harbor Springs' own Matt Cassidy, who's one of the grinders on the boat.

05/26/2017 - 3:33pm old soul and r&b for me

Aretha Franklin live @ Fillmore West, 1970 (with King Curtis & The Kingpins backing her)

and a complilation of New Orleans R&B from the early 70's called Saturday Night Fish Fry.

these two are basically played on repeat lately when i'm at work.

05/26/2017 - 3:20pm 2 Michigan alum are part of an America's Cup team too!

2 michigan alum work with Oracle Team USA as well.  Racing begins tomorrow for the chance to win the Oldest Trophy in Sports!  And yes - the boats fly now.   Michigan Engineering :)

10/04/2016 - 10:20am I don't think it's a matter of

failing to read any fine print.  It's more that turning down a bowl invitation is mostly a no-no in the world of college football.  No athletic director who values their job would consider doing it, especially in the case of a program that almost never sees post-season action.

one thing to consider here as well is that every bowl is televised, and there's a payout associated with each one.  Most conferences stipulate these payouts are distributed amongst all conference members, so while the EMU Athletic Department may be in the red on this particular excursion, they're not in the red overall, given they're sharing the spoils of all the bowl money earned by all conference members, including their own bowl payout, should they earn an invitation. 

09/02/2016 - 5:31pm You really think

Hawaii is going to score a safety against Michigan??  what, a 4th stringer fumbles out of the endzone late in the game?   

08/31/2016 - 4:46pm how the heck

does anyone down-vote this thread/OP?

08/12/2016 - 2:13pm how on earth

does anyone down-vote a Jay Z quote??!


23 people should be ashamed of themselves.

08/10/2016 - 11:03am I paid fairly close attention to the

secondary market last season, and noticed that, if one wasn't picky about seating, one could buy last minute and almost always get in for face value or less.

07/08/2016 - 12:09pm I'll stay away from the usual mentions

and offer a couple off the beaten path.


first, if you like history, I suggest The Heavy Water War.  it's about the norwegian effort to stop the nazis from obtaining the heavy water necessary to build their nuclear reactor.

the other is El Patron Del Mal.   Some have described this as "Narcos on steroids."
it's the pablo escobar story from beginning to end, and really good.  It combines stylisitc elements of breaking bad, telenovelas, and docu-dramas, complete with archival news footage in areas.   it's really good, though I hate to call the whole thing 'entertaining'...If you know the history at all, as Pablo transitioned from gangster to terrorist, it gets somewhat disturbing.
Well worth a watch though, in my opinion.

07/08/2016 - 11:11am If you're in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area

I'd HIGHLY recommend Depot Town Tattoo, and the crew of artists there, especially Dawn Cooke and Jon Larson.


great artists, friendly place, excellent work.

06/20/2016 - 3:17pm It's worth noting

that the prosecutor went on to say he declined to prosecute because the search was improperly/illegally performed; and there's no law against having a gun in open view in a car in Louisiana.


"Spoke to attorney for Cam Robinson & Hootie Jones & he indicated DA declined to prosecute b/c initial arrest stemmed from "improper" search.

— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) June 20, 2016

Per Robinson & Jones attn., search was "improper" b/c there's no La. law against having a gun in open view in a car.
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) June 20, 2016

06/19/2016 - 12:25am This is awesome!

I love that it flies in the face of the SEC coaches and fans who were boasting that they weren't going to lose recruits to northern schools.

That said, I'm tempering my enthusiasm a bit until more about this comes out.  I was reading elsewhere that Solomon's mother didn't know anything about his wanting to commit to M.   Here's to hoping she was just out of his loop a little bit.
Then again, we temper our enthusiasm all the time anyways because we know none of this stuff means anything til they sign the, i'm untempering...

::lights fireworks::

05/27/2016 - 3:19pm I never said

that i didn't see a potential downside.  the intent of my post was to illustrate that at least some coaches feel it's a questionable rule, and that not all of us would  be critiquing every single one of them.  
  and while i respect where you're coming from with your martial combat analogy, I think it's rather misplaced.  the NFL rookies showing up at camp aren't nearly as unconditioned and unprepared with base knowledge as your hypothetical guy walking into your gym to learn how to fight.  These guys know how to fight, have been doing it in smaller leagues for years, and now, they've spent the last 5 months working out full time with specialized trainers, getting ready for this promotion to the big League.  They're not exactly minnows being thrown in the shark tank.

05/26/2016 - 10:42pm If another coach did it...

We'd be ragging on them?   speak for yourself.  last I checked, the NFL is a full contact, tackle-football league.  the only way to get better at tackle football is by playing tackle football.  Harbaugh knows this, and that's why he made his decision, rule be damned.

05/14/2016 - 9:30am I don't know...

I think this is pretty funny.  perhaps a bit misguided, but funny.
That said, what's they saying?  Don't poke the bear?

I'm sure Jim will have a good laugh in September.

05/03/2016 - 9:16am Living in town for a while...

I've had the good fortune of being able to see Laith play locally 3-4x/week for most of the last 10+ years, and usually at no cost to me.   I've seen a lot of music over the years, and Laith is without a doubt one of the more talented musicians I've ever seen perform.
I don't anticipate being able to see him for free much longer, and that's OK with me, he's worth the price of admission, whatever it is.

04/23/2016 - 1:22pm that doesn't explain

the numerous hospitalizations from training athletes down there.   Reading any of the scientific reports that have come out in the last year is horrifying.  The athletes will essentially be competing in raw sewage, with contamination levels more than *1 million* times greater than what most would consider acceptable, and those levels are consistent more than a mile offshore in Guanabara Bay.   

Yes, the mind-set of most olympians is such that they'd walk into machine-gun fire for a chance at a gold medal, but that doesn't make the conditions any better.

04/11/2016 - 8:14pm perfect

absolutely perfect

02/20/2016 - 6:20pm This.

you, sir or madame, win all the internet points.


01/26/2016 - 11:09am sorry, but

I had to stop reading at "We'll be the only school who does this".  your starting premise couldn't be more wrong.

01/26/2016 - 11:06am winner winner

chicken dinner.

If he's not breaking rules, fans shouldn't worry.  "Processing" is part of the game, and takes place at all the top tier (and those aspiring to be top tier) programs.   Call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day, it's competitive roster management, and as long as NCAA regulations are followed, I'm fine with it.
Having said that, and it should go without saying, but, I would hope that the staff is always honest with kids about where they stand.

01/19/2016 - 1:13pm seems like

two or three weeks from now would be a worse time.   aren't we still 3 weeks out from signing day?

or worse - pull it after a year or two?   telling him now allows him the best chance to reevaluate his situation and find a better option for his long-term future.

01/19/2016 - 1:09pm in the feelings world,

you're absolultely right.   In the big-time competitive football world, not at all.

01/19/2016 - 1:08pm Are you being

sarcastic?  or is this a set of really silly assumptions?  just because *we* are hearing about this now doesn't mean it's news to the staff, and it doesn't necessarily mean it's news to Swenson.

01/19/2016 - 1:06pm I think it's the

"playing football at a competitive level"  bit that's in question here...hence the staff telling him to look elsewhere.

01/19/2016 - 12:55pm I would argue that

your notions of Loyalty here are misplaced and/or inappropriate.   Telling a kid ahead of time "hey, it's not going to work out, you're likely not going to be able to get on the field" is better than bringing him in and letting him ride pine or not renewing his scholarship.   Now he has time and opportunity to reconsider his situation and his goals.

it's big time competitive football, feel-good stories don't win trophies.  If he can't compete, he can't compete, and it's better to tell him up front so he can readjust his expectations and hopefully make a decision that's better for his long-term future.


i'm not suggesting Harbaugh can do no wrong, i'm just suggesting this doesnt' fall under the 'wrong' umbrella.

01/03/2016 - 3:40pm yes

yes he will

01/02/2016 - 11:40am Are you serious?

Your analogy completely misses, and there's not really anything in that video clip that's offensive.   If Iowa had been competitive in the game, this wouldn't be an issue.  

Faux outrage over nothing from butthurt football fans.   ::yawn::

12/19/2015 - 9:16am I think

You want the stable full of talent at all times, no matter how they got there.  Anyone who shies away from this kind of competitive atmosphere isn't someone we want in Maize & Blue.   I really don't understand this hesitant, almost pussy-footing attitude some seem to harbor here...This is big-time college football, these kids are trying to be big-time athletes, they should live, practice and play in big-time competitive environments.  

  I understand that kind of focus didn't really exist over the last number of years, for myriad of reasons, but that doesn't mean we have to be ok with that kind of complacency.

12/17/2015 - 9:05am It sounds more like

you're in need of the help, if you're still bothered by people cracking Brady Hoke jokes.  This is the internet, you're allowed to make fun of people who don't perform well in their jobs.  If that's too much for you, change the channel or go outside.

12/13/2015 - 12:02pm But

That doesn't make him wrong.  

12/07/2015 - 1:29pm For obvious selfish fan reasons

I hope he comes back.   It'd be great to see what he can do with another year in the system.
Not to mention, it's got to be at least somewhat enticing to him knowing that he'd essentially be the #1 pass-catching option next year.    Then again, NFL game checks are pretty enticing too...   best of luck to him either way!

11/30/2015 - 6:44pm I don't think putting

one's OSU tickets up for sale is the equivalent of that person saying "I don't like it."

Most season ticket holders are paying for their seats 6 months before toe meets leather.  People's lives are fluid, things/plans/schedules/circumstances change.  As a wise man once said, "Life's what happens while you're busy making other plans."
Rather than complaining about the number of opposing fans who were resourceful and bought tickets on the secondary market, those Michigan fans who feel it's a big deal should encourage their friends to buy tickets and go to the game instead, leaving less tickets available for those damned RedCoats.  If they balk at prices, and OSU fans buy them instead, M fan only has their cheap selves to blame.

Nothing is stopping M fan from flooding the HorseShoe with maize and blue, either.

11/29/2015 - 10:53pm I'd bet dollars to donuts that

season tickets will never be made non-transferrable so long as there's a PSD in place.   

11/29/2015 - 10:14pm easier solution is

to stop caring about what other people do with their time, money, and personal scheduling.  


Other than the official alottment given to the opposing AD as dictated by B1G rules, there weren't many tickets used by OSU fans on saturday that couldn't have been purchased by an M fan.

11/29/2015 - 10:06pm eh, I think there are people with tickets

who sell them, and any interested buyer has access to them.   It's not the seller's fault if an OSU fan is quicker to dial up stubhub, or willing to pay a higher price than a Michigan fan for a given ticket.  The number of M fans who knowingly sell directly to Buckeyes is likely incredibly small.

Not to mention, with what some tickets were going for on the secondary market, can you blame someone for opting for a fistful of cash instead of sitting in the cold for 4 hours?   Michigan didn't lose because the people who bought John Everyfan's tickets were wearing red jackets.

11/27/2015 - 10:20pm west of the stadium

in the neighborhoods you'll find parking, and it's a pretty easy option so long as you don't mind walking 3-4 blocks.

11/27/2015 - 12:59pm if you're fairly mobile

and walking 2-3 blocks isn't a problem, park in the neighborhoods directly west of the stadium.  you shouldn't have trouble finding a spot reasonably close, and probably at $30-40.  

11/23/2015 - 2:35pm So sad

Rest in Peace, little champion.  

all the blessings to the Carr family.

11/23/2015 - 12:36pm This guy

is a legend.  He's famous amongst phish fans for his hilarious reviewing of shows based on looking at set-lists.   His football commentary isn't quite as entertaining, but, he gives good effort.

11/20/2015 - 12:47pm I think

you hear what you want to hear.  The guy is a lot more fair-handed than you're accusing him of.   Be honest - are you one of those fans who never got over Valenti likening Brady Hoke to Fred Flinstone?   That's fine if you are, just be up front about it.

11/20/2015 - 12:06pm it's not the backbone

of the show.  yes, during football season, it's a popular topic - but again, when the team is basement-dwelling bad, what are they supposed to talk about?  His negativity can grow tiresome, but when that happens, I try to put what he says in perspective.  and if i'm still tired of it, I change the channel.   He's positive when there's something to be positive about, and negative when there isn't.  it's called honesty.  I like it.  His new york cynic schtick can get old at times, but, if nothing else, it's still entertaining.  

I think too many michigan fans have thin skin when it comes to him, and I get it.  But, I grew out of it.  Most of the time I don't find he's being negative just for the sake of being negative.  He likes to troll M fans from time to time, but that's to be expected.  

11/20/2015 - 11:24am Their ratings would tend to

disagree.   I used to not be able to stand Valenti, but the last 2-3 years I've gained a bit of respect for him.  Personal feelings aside, I believe the Valenti & Foster show is a top 10 rated show nationally, despite not being syndicated.  I don't think Valenti is a hindrance to the station at all.  Quite the opposite.
The Lions moving to a station where they have more editorial input says more about a flailing franchise than it does the media outlets covering them.  It's also somewhat funny to me that this is 2015 and an NFL franchise is moving their broadcasts to the AM dial.