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12/20/2018 - 10:46am To be the old man yells at…

To be the old man yells at cloud for a moment, the real reason behind this is that bowls aren't special anymore. With the playoff and the proliferation of bowl games, anything outside of the playoff isn't special. Players and fans don't care about a bowl game that much anymore.

Even into the late 1990s, going to a bowl game was still pretty special. In the 1998-99 season, only 5 Big Ten teams made bowl games. This year, there are 9 Big Ten teams that made bowl games. When every .500 team (and some teams under .500) make a bowl, it's pretty expected for every player to make a couple of bowl games in his career. For Michigan, the players expect to make bowls every year. It's a big who cares when it happens now.

The other thing is that the playoff has made it even more apparent that the rest of the bowl games don't matter. The former BCS bowl games had some cache in the BCS-era. That's dead now. I didn't even know the Peach Bowl was a "big" bowl until we got placed in it. Going further, I don't even know which bowls are NY6 bowls now. I can still name the BCS bowls. 

So, every bowl outside of the playoffs has been devalued. Of course players are going to skip them. Fans were already skipping a lot of bowls; that will probably get worse.

Incidentally, this is probably one of the reasons playoff expansion happens. The bowls are money makers for the people running them, and that's probably threatened right now.

11/29/2018 - 1:25pm GERG has had such a weird…

GERG has had such a weird career since the late 90s. He had 2 super bowl winning defenses in Denver, and then 2 years later, started a period where he had some of the worst defenses in the NFL. He goes to Texas, has a good defense. Then he goes to Syracuse and Michigan and was an abject disaster at both places. Then he goes back to Texas and actually makes that defense better when he became DC. I don't know how he did at SJSU, to be honest.

It's a stretch to say he had a "pretty decent career as a coordinator outside of his Michigan tenure." His NFL defenses in the early 2000s were really, really bad. But he's also had some pretty good defenses in the NFL and at Texas. I don't understand it at all. Because I've been a fan of his defenses when they've been really bad (2000 Broncos, his time at Michigan), and I cannot understand how his defenses could possibly be good. 

Anyways, this is going to be a disaster. Robinson has been out of coaching for 3 years now, and he's been out of high-level coaching since 2013. He's clearly a crony hire by Mack Brown. I would be so pissed if I were a UNC fan.

11/19/2018 - 9:59am I was cracking up pretty…

I was cracking up pretty hard when Brian was smashing the garbage can so loudly we could hear it. Think I got some funny looks walking to work, laughing like I was some vagrant on a come down at 7am...

10/11/2018 - 10:27pm I bought my then 9 month old…

I bought my then 9 month old to the Maryland game in 2016. It was absolutely fine. It's probably better to bring them when they're not really mobile. I'm thinking about coming back with him next year, when he'll be 3 and a half (for a crappy game that I don't mind leaving early).

Some tips:

  • Be prepared that at least one of you will have to leave early with the baby. So, get cheap tickets. 
  • Everybody, including the baby, needs a ticket (this almost bit us in the ass ... wife planned the trip and tickets and didn't realize this).
  • We did have to go through some special screening with the baby gear, but it wasn't a hassle at all. Added maybe a minute, if my memory is correct.
  • Noise protection is good to have, even if you don't end up using it.

There's really not much special to it. I think younger is better, definitely easiest when they're not walking or crawling. He loved the carrier, and we used it a lot for other things, so it was easy for us. The biggest thing is just to be flexible and not expect to be able to see the whole game. 

For what it's worth, it is pretty cool to have a bunch of memories with my kid as a baby in the big house. I'm glad we did went to that game with him.

05/08/2018 - 11:52pm I also live in Denver. Some

I also live in Denver. Some other suggestions:

  • Check out a film on the rocks. 
  • Along those lines, a concert at Red Rocks might be something you can sneak in at night.
  • There's some decent hiking trails within about 20 minutes of downtown. This time of year, you can get in a quick hike after work if you want to. Check out Green Mountain - it's 20 minutes driving from downtown, and you can do a 2 hour hike after work, get to 7,000 feet in elevation, and have a sweet view of downtown.
  • In addition to the Rockies, there's a rubgy team called the Glendale Raptors that might be fun to check out if you're up for something like that.
  • Walk over to the highlands and check out the restaurant/bar scene there.
  • Boulder is worth a half day if you can spare it.
  • Denver Central Market is a cool place to grab dinner.
  • Biker Jim's for gourmet hot dogs, including rattlesnake! 
  • Cherry Cricket is Denver's official dive bar - huge, juicy hamburgers, good beer selection. Walking around Cherry Creek can be interesting, but it's pretty snooty.

If you want some restaurant recommendations, I can give you a decent amount. 

05/02/2018 - 11:05am I lived in Bursley my

I lived in Bursley my freshman year and enjoyed it, but I would still have preferred central campus. I had a lot of engineering friends that were on central campus almost as much as I was. Central is just a better place to be, because you can walk to basically anything.

That said, the only time bussing was a pain was for football games. During the school day, they come every 5 minutes or so, and it's a really quick ride to central campus. On weekends, they were less frequent, but still came enough to get to campus and back quickly enough. It's still easier to get around and do stuff on central, so I would recommend trying to get there.

09/17/2017 - 11:22pm Dude, Speight can't even see

Dude, Speight can't even see Perry at all while he's scrambling. He had to bug out immediately, and look where his eyes are. Maybe he should get his eyes downfield a second earlier, but I'm not sure it would make much difference. He has a 2 vs. 1 with Crawford and the defender right in front of him. If Crawford either blocks or runs a half decent scramble drill, this is a TD or a Hill TD on 4th and goal from the 1. Coming off that would be a bad decision. 

And that is ignoring the fact that this is an impossible throw for almost any QB to make. Yeah, Perry is open, but Speight is facing 90+ degrees away from Perry. Throwing that ball to Perry would require resetting his entire body downfield, which might make Perry run out of room to catch the pass. If he doesn't reset, there's a good shot it's a pick because it will be a floater.

This was a good play from Speight. He avoids the blitz and gets himself a 2 on 1 on the outside with an Air Force defender. Crawford doesn't make a decision, and Speight can't make a decision. Giving him a minus on this play is insane. Even with all that, it was fingertips away from being 6 points.

I get the frustration, but a lot of this thread is misguided bagging on Speight. Giving him minuses when there are unblocked players in his face is crazy. Getting off a half decent throw, which he did pretty consistently, is a good play. Your expectations are out of whack - this isn't the NFL and Speight is not Tom Brady.

09/09/2017 - 3:47pm Those shanked punts were not

Those shanked punts were not great. I think we should see Robbins next week.

05/25/2017 - 12:56pm Good stuff, as always, Ace. I

Good stuff, as always, Ace. I really enjoy reading these. One of the many things that separates mgoblog from other football blogs. I actually get to learn some football concepts.

02/03/2017 - 10:27am This one and the recruiting

This one and the recruiting mgopodcast showed up just fine in my iPhone's podcast app. Thanks, Ace! Whatever you did worked.

01/23/2017 - 10:27pm See, I disagree with that,

See, I disagree with that, too. Granted, I do live in a place where the biggest minority population is Mexicans, so I do have access to good Mexican food. But it's not a good example of Americanized-Mexican food either. The burritos are just meat in slop with cheese and salsa. Meh. Everybody raved over their burritos (same with Pancheros), but honestly, the Chipotle that opened up on campus blows them both out of the water. Literally if you get the added bonus of e coli.

It might be a better version of Taco Bell, but that doesn't mean it's some gastronomic delight. I really never understood the allure of BTB at all. I basically did not eat Mexican food in Ann Arbor when I was a student. There are too many other good places to get food from.

I will admit that their quesadillas were pretty good. But it's had to mess up a tortilla with cheese.

01/23/2017 - 5:13pm HOT TAKE ALERT

BTB is shitty. If you've ventured south and had some good Mexican food, you would realize that it's not actually good. Only thing I actually liked there was their quesadillas, which are pretty good. The burritos are plain bad.

12/23/2016 - 10:48am 2006 - Going to Colorado

In 2006, I was a sophomore at Michigan. On the day I was supposed to come home, Denver got hit with a huge snowstorm, dumping over 2 feet. That's a ton of snow for Denver. It shut down the airport for a good 2 days. I wasn't going to get back to Denver before Christmas by flying. Amtrak was sold out. So I took a Greyhound from Detroit to Denver. That was about a 30 hour trip that ended up taking more like 36 hours with some delays. Got into Denver about 1am on Christmas Eve. I think I actually ended up being lucky to get to Denver at any point. A few other people trying to get to Denver at the same time didn't get there until well after Christmas.

On the plus side, that snowstorm also stranded my future wife in Denver. We met on that break, when we otherwise would not have. Hard to believe that was 10 years ago.

09/24/2016 - 11:09pm DIdn't see the final box

DIdn't see the final box score, but Wisconsin was averaging just around 3 yards per carry at some point in the 4th quarter. Corey Clement had under 3 yards per carry. 

09/19/2016 - 10:58am  Nebraska ran that play with

 Nebraska ran that play with Martinez lead blocking for Burkhead a couple of times a game. I expect there are going to be some counter punches out of that look or even that play. One that comes to mind is Morris faking like he's going to block and running past the safeties freaking out about Peppers.

 
09/19/2016 - 10:58am Nebraska ran that play with

Nebraska ran that play with Martinez lead blocking for Burkhead a couple of times a game. I expect there are going to be some counter punches out of that look or even that play. One that comes to mind is Morris faking like he's going to block and running past the safeties freaking out about Peppers.

09/02/2016 - 2:53pm Great article. Reads like

Great article. Reads like it's from the Daily, which is pretty high praise. Good luck to her this year.

09/02/2016 - 9:43am That Wisconsin OL information

That Wisconsin OL information is a great nugget. I had no idea about that, and that is crazy. Really good stuff, Jamie.

05/09/2016 - 10:50am Let's all take a moment to

Let's all take a moment to realize that Penn State hired the President of FSU during the Jamies Winston fiasco to be its President. I mean, how stupid can this institution be?

05/04/2016 - 4:27pm I'm excited about both of

I'm excited about both of these hires. Got a defensive specialist, who was a past head coach to boot. I like almost everything I read about him. Washington seems like a great fit, especially in recruiting. Well done.

04/13/2016 - 9:46am What Space Coyote said. It

What Space Coyote said. It has jokes. Brian is wrong there. I can understand how he thinks they're not funny, but there are jokes. Since golf is my main hobby, I love Happy Gilmore.

Christopher MacDonald is the highlight of the movie to me. His character and acting is fantastic.

04/07/2016 - 5:35pm Any of the 1 credit GeoSci

Any of the 1 credit GeoSci courses.

I found Psych 111 to be really easy, although I remember that there was one professor that was a lot harder than the others.

History 375 - Witchcraft. It wasn't a super easy class, but it was really interesting. You do have to do real work in it though. I think there were 2 exams and 2 essays you had to do.

If you can do upper level German courses, take German Soccer. Again, not an easy course, but a lot of fun.

03/29/2016 - 9:08pm Yeah, no kidding. This lineup

Yeah, no kidding. This lineup has been pretty much perfect. Beckerman is huge, because he provides a base to build on and an outlet for the CBs. He would have been nice to have against Guatemala's high press the other night...

03/28/2016 - 11:18pm Yeah, I tend to agree with

Yeah, I tend to agree with you. The U23 team's backline might be better the full men's team right now. I think the talent pool is deeper, although probably lacking a top end (for the US) talent like Donovan, Dempsey, or Gooch. Hell, in 2006, we were starting a 34 year old Eddie Pope at centerback. Gonzo is our 3rd or 4th choice centerback, and he's definitely better than 34 year old Pope.

But, the tactics and management by JK have been awful since the World Cup. The 4-4-2 he played against Guatemala was terrible. Mixx and Bradley are not holding midfielders, but that's what they played as. Yedlin was never used as a counterattacking threat, so why start him at right mid? Bedoya was more used in our counters, and he was pretty awful with them all night. Dempsey and Wood barely combined. Orzoco was a disaster. And then JK comes out and says after the game that there were a lot of positives. I mean, really? Ugh.

I would love to keep him as a technical director and get a real manager for the men's team. Don't think that would happen. I doubt money is that big of a problem - the USSF is pretty flush with cash from youth programs. But Gulati tends to hang on to managers too long, and JK probably wouldn't agree to stepping down as manager but remaining with the federation.

03/27/2016 - 3:37pm For what it's worth, Avs fans

For what it's worth, Avs fans generally do not think highly of Granato. He had a good, but not great record with the Avs, but he definitely underachieved. Especially in 2003-04, where they had a ton of talent (that was the year Selanne and Kariya went to the Avs), but finished 2nd in their division and bombed out of the playoffs in the second round.

Who knows how he'll translate to college hockey, but it seems like a pretty good hire to me. 

03/27/2016 - 12:21am Really fun team to watch,

Really fun team to watch, even with its obvious deficiencies. I'm not too upset by losing this game. It seems about right for this year. 

03/26/2016 - 8:37pm Yeah, not that it matters,

Yeah, not that it matters, but what the hell was he doing there?

03/26/2016 - 8:35pm Michigan is in do or die time

Michigan is in do or die time and they can't keep the puck in North Dakota's end. This North Dakota team is clearly better than us, but man if ending like a whimper seems very familiar.

03/26/2016 - 8:24pm Werenski was following his

Werenski was following his guy up the boards, but where was the other defenseman? Compher and Motte were closest to the guy in front of the net, but their job isn't to get that guy really.

03/26/2016 - 8:18pm Bleh, once again a goal for

Bleh, once again a goal for them as we're getting a stronger foothold in the game.

Oh man, and it hit Racine's glove on the way through. He's been great this game, but that looks like one he should stop.

03/26/2016 - 8:10pm I forgive you Compher!

I forgive you Compher!

03/26/2016 - 8:07pm Woah, what's this called

Woah, what's this called again? A powder pay? 

03/26/2016 - 7:34pm Holy shit Compher, that was

Holy shit Compher, that was awful. We were growing into the game, too. Their forecheck is brutal, but no excuse for that mistake.

03/26/2016 - 7:24pm Dancs was about 6 inches away

Dancs was about 6 inches away from a top shelf goal there. Damn.

03/26/2016 - 7:19pm So Connor gets hit with the

So Connor gets hit with the puck gone, and no call. And then we called for that. Come on refs.

03/26/2016 - 7:08pm Compher is awesome. I think

Compher is awesome. I think he's the glue that holds this team together. Definitely the glue that holds the CCM line together, although Connor would be good anywhere.

03/26/2016 - 6:51pm What about 72 to 24? That's

What about 72 to 24? That's what we're on pace for now. 

I don't think this team can win a game like that. Not against this skill.

03/26/2016 - 6:40pm Hot take: we can't get

Hot take: we can't get outshot 24-8 in every period and win.

03/26/2016 - 12:51am In sum,

In sum,

03/26/2016 - 12:36am Klinsmann got pretty much

Klinsmann got pretty much everything wrong tonight. Mixx at holding mid, Orozco was a disaster, Bedoya was worse, etc., etc.

That said, we aren't going to win a game when nobody can put the ball in the net. I'm not sure how good Motta was, because we kept putting it right at him. Altidore was the best save he made. 

We should still get through to the Hex, since we get T&T and Guatemala at home this time. But I'm really not sure we got out of the Hex. I wasn't on the fire Jurgen bandwagon, but I am now. This was a disaster on many levels, most of which he can be blamed for.

03/19/2016 - 10:23pm Sweet revenge from them

Sweet revenge from them keeping us out of the tournament last year.

03/19/2016 - 10:16pm Here we go. Hold onto your

Here we go. Hold onto your butts.

03/19/2016 - 10:14pm What a shot. No goalie would

What a shot. No goalie would have stopped that one.

03/19/2016 - 9:57pm Think the Minnesota's goalie

Think Minnesota's goalie need to pick his jock up off the ice after that Connor goal. That was awesome.

02/19/2016 - 2:16pm I really do think it's a

I really do think it's a legitimate point of view that NCAA athletes spend too much time on their sports and deserve a break.

The problem is that they've gone about and selected what might be the smallest thing to complain about. Something to legitimately target would be having basketball tournaments during finals, forcing athletes in sports like softball and baseball to spend a month away from campus to start the season in February, paying players what they are actually worth, etc., etc., etc.

It's a recruiting issue masquerading as a THINK OF THE CHILDREN concern. Just be honest about it.

02/19/2016 - 2:02pm A+, Would Read Again

02/08/2016 - 10:27pm Seriously, I'm a lawyer, too,

Seriously, I'm a lawyer, too, and I can't imagine doing criminal defense. Major props for you for doing it.

02/05/2016 - 10:58am I don't really see how this

I don't really see how this is news. To be clear, I don't think Harbaugh is going anywhere. But he's not going to say anything different until he's doing his first press conference at a new gig. Look at any other coach that's moved jobs. None of them say they plan on leaving or anything like that. I really don't see how this is different.

All that said, I believe Bacon when he says that Harbaugh won't be leaving ever. But Harbaugh's answers to questions about other jobs won't be changing even if he is seeking a new job somewhere else.

02/04/2016 - 6:14pm Wonder if there's any chance

Wonder if there's any chance he plays on both sides during a game. I'm sure his ability to play DE is a bonus in Harbaugh's eyes.

Really excited about him. He'll probably be on the field right away as a blocking TE it looks like. Love it.

02/04/2016 - 6:02pm Looks really good. A few

Looks really good. A few thoughts:

  • Magnuson is probably rated a bit too high. Probably even with Kalis and Braden.
  • Cole probably rated too low. I'd put him at a 90
  • Ryan Glasgow definitely should be in the 90s, too.
  • Think you could probably bump Dawson and Kugler down a bit, but since they're backups and haven't seen the field, your guess is as good as mine.

Other than that, looks pretty accurate to me.