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11/15/2018 - 7:11pm Washtenaw











11/15/2018 - 11:13am "Are we really getting hyped…

"Are we really getting hyped about basketball in mid november?"

Why not? It might be too soon to pencil Michigan into the NC game against Duke, but there's nothing wrong with getting excited about how the team looks at the moment. It's what fans do.

11/14/2018 - 8:34pm Same here... everybody I…

Same here... everybody I know who did it cheaply are still together.

11/14/2018 - 3:11pm And who shoots a crap anyhow…

And who shoots a crap anyhow? What caliber ammo do they use? Is the crap fresh, dried, or frozen? Is it human crap or bovine crap? These are things we need to know before we start blasting away.

11/14/2018 - 1:03pm "For all I care they can…

"For all I care they can wear ass-less leather chaps..."


11/14/2018 - 12:42pm "In the end you'll wish you…

"In the end you'll wish you eloped."

That's what we did 39 years ago. We didn't go crazy or go broke doing it, and we're still together.

11/13/2018 - 2:53pm I'm continually amazed at…

I'm continually amazed at how hard writing an accurate, informative, and concise title seems to be around here.

11/12/2018 - 9:48pm "Rich Rod would be an…

"Rich Rod would be an interesting possibility."

Especially if Harbaugh poached a recruit from the Boilermakers on signing day—then RR could complain about Snake Oil. (cue Twilight Zone theme)

11/12/2018 - 9:41pm Little pencil-neck pissant.

Little pencil-neck pissant.

11/12/2018 - 4:41pm "In practice I don't think…

"In practice I don't think our standards for athletes are too different from most schools"

I've asked Sam Webb specifically about this and he's spoken about it on numerous other occasions as well, always with the same point: while it's possible for Michigan football to bring in kids who are *at* the NCAA minimum, in practice it's always been very limited, and in fact other programs—like Alabama, for example—have far, far greater latitude in recruiting kids who wouldn't get offers from Michigan. Those who say that Michigan's academic requirements for recruiting aren't functionally higher overall than most other schools are simply wrong.

11/12/2018 - 2:11pm While I think eventually RR…

While I think eventually RR would have been as much of a failure at Alabama as he was at Michigan, it might have taken longer since he wouldn't have had to worry about high school grades  as much in recruiting.

11/12/2018 - 1:30pm "Louisville has demonstrated…

"Louisville has demonstrated it'll pay anything, do anything, and allow anything to win at basketball and football."

Yep, pretty much anything.


11/12/2018 - 1:25pm From 1988 through the 1992…

From 1988 through the 1992 season, Miami went 55-5, won two NCs, and finished #2 or #3 the other years.

The DL coach of those dominant teams was Cajun Brady Hoke, Ed Orgeron.

11/12/2018 - 9:39am You're harshing my buzz, man.

You're harshing my buzz, man.

11/12/2018 - 9:18am Commence the Karlaftis Derby.

Commence the Karlaftis Derby.

11/11/2018 - 11:50pm I get your point—the Lions…

I get your point—the Lions franchise is the graveyard of NFL head coaching careers—but Harbaugh would be—by far—the most accomplished HC among all those hired by the Fords.

I'd be shocked if it happened, though.

11/11/2018 - 9:36pm He should take a year off,…

He should take a year off, then take the Lions job after the 2019 season. Hard to imagine the Lions will be much improved after another season under Patricia. 


11/11/2018 - 9:33pm Zach Smith = Tommy DeVito

Zach Smith = Tommy DeVito

11/11/2018 - 1:45am Clemson 27 BC 7


Clemson 27 BC 7

ESPN: “The battle for first-place in the ACC Atlantic Division was not much of a fight.”



11/10/2018 - 9:24pm Total yards: Clemson 212  BC…

Total yards: Clemson 212  BC 58

TOP: Clemson 16:10   BC 7:20

11/10/2018 - 8:16pm So much for the confident…

So much for the confident assertions that FSU could make it a game because they had assloads of talent.

Clemson will win easily.

11/10/2018 - 8:13pm Considering that NW players…

Considering that NW players actually have to play school at a damn good institution, good on Fitz.

11/10/2018 - 8:12pm I hope that's the case…

I hope that's the case because Karlaftis, but if I were a Louisville booster I'd be a bit nervous about what Purdue's season means about Brohm.

11/10/2018 - 8:08pm I'd expect indifference to…

I'd expect indifference to grammar from a Commie High grad.

11/10/2018 - 8:06pm A thread about other…

A thread about other conference teams is every bit as legit as yet another what-are-you-killing-your-liver-with-tonight thread. 

11/10/2018 - 4:22pm Purdue, 1976

Minnesota, 1977

Purdue, 1976

Minnesota, 1977

11/09/2018 - 1:34pm Harbaugh's reactions remind…

Harbaugh's reactions remind me of 65 Toss Power Trap.

11/09/2018 - 11:04am More here at the Bentley:

More here at the Bentley:

11/09/2018 - 5:37am As usual, you can’t help…

As usual, you can’t help showing the world that you’re a yammering jackass. Beamer was seriously burned as a child and had numerous skin grafts.

What’s next on your agenda? Mocking blind people? Making fun of those with polio?

11/08/2018 - 5:21pm Les must either really need…

Les must either really need the $$ or be bored out of his gourd if he's even thinking about taking the KU job. 

11/08/2018 - 3:54pm The Rutger "Fighting…

The Rutger "Fighting Queensmen" has a certain je ne sais quoi. The cheerleaders should wear red turbans and handkerchiefs.

11/08/2018 - 3:49pm The Michigan Football Bust…

The Michigan Football Bust has been held in Livonia since 1919? 

11/08/2018 - 1:57pm The last season FSU missed…

The last season FSU missed going to a bowl game was 1981, when they went 6-5. That has to be the longest streak in the nation.

Of course, that would have gotten them into some minor bowl today; if bowls were as numerous back then as they are now, the last time they would have missed a bowl was in Bowden's first season in 1976 when they went 5-6.

Per 247, recruiting class rankings for FSU and ND:

2014: FSU 4; ND 11

2015: FSU 3; ND 13

2016: FSU 3; ND 15

2017: FSU 6; ND 10

2018: FSU 11; ND 10

11/08/2018 - 1:09pm The Orange play in the…

The Orange play in the Carrier Dome, whose capacity for football is 49,262.

For the homes games against these conference rivals, Syracuse drew these gigantic crowds:

FSU: 37,457

NC: 35,210 

NCST: 40,769

Notre Dame could draw more than that in NYC with freaking Charlie Weis as coach.

11/08/2018 - 12:33pm That would be a big blow to…

That would be a big blow to ND, but I’m gonna take that with a big helping of anonymous internet salt until/unless it’s corroborated.

11/07/2018 - 6:29pm Maybe now every loser in the…

Maybe now every loser in the tri-county area won't feel compelled to drag their stoned asses to Ann Arbor, but it will probably continue for a few more years simply out of momentum.

I voted to legalize.

11/07/2018 - 6:26pm Anybody on the second and…

Anybody on the second and third teams.

11/07/2018 - 2:35pm Clemson hasn't played Auburn…

Clemson hasn't played Auburn this year—you must be thinking of TA&M, who they beat in College Station. Clemson had a 28-13 lead at the beginning of the 4th quarter and the Aggies scored twice to make it close.

Not long ago their games against FSU and Louisville would have been tough, but this year those programs have basically collapsed.

11/07/2018 - 2:27pm If Clemson turns the ball…

If Clemson turns the ball over the 4 or 5 times, maybe. Otherwise, you're going to be very disappointed.

11/07/2018 - 1:41pm "Syracuse will take care of…

"Syracuse will take care of ND next week."

I wouldn't put a lot of money on that. If the game were being played at Syracuse, there'd be a small chance the Orange could pull it off. With the game being played in NYC, the crowd will have lots of ND fans so there's no field advantage for Syracuse.

The best chance for a ND loss is at USC. It's not likely, but it's a true road game.

11/06/2018 - 9:51pm A high-character guy who…

A high-character guy who will transfer to a minor school, get some carries and a degree. Good luck to him.

11/06/2018 - 5:23pm I should have put /s at the…

I should have put /s at the end... I'm not worried about his one.

11/06/2018 - 2:28pm Indiana's record against…

Indiana's record against Michigan is 9-57. 

Counterintuitively (to me), 7 of those victories over Michigan have come in Ann Arbor.

Be afraid?

11/06/2018 - 2:21pm Extensively discussed…

Extensively discussed yesterday:

11/06/2018 - 1:55pm Once upon a time back in…

Once upon a time back in 1961, the shotgun was a bizarre newfangled formation that only one team in the NFL used.

This SI article describes how the 49ers flummoxed the Rams, and yes, the Lions, beating the latter 49-0 using the shotgun.

And yes, I'm so old I have a clear memory of listening to that Lions asswhuppin' on the radio—formations may have changed over the years, but some things have remained constant.

11/06/2018 - 11:28am "Still don't understand…

"Still don't understand games like that."

IMHO, the most significant factor in those two losses was turnovers—we fumbled three times against Purdue, including one by Lytle in the closing minutes that led directly to the winning FG by Purdue. We turned the ball over 5 times against Minnesota, and that's a recipe for losing to anybody.

If we turn the ball over 5 times against Rutgers without a similar number of takeaways by us, then anything can happen.

11/06/2018 - 10:49am I don't think we're going to…

I don't think we're going to lose to Rutgers, and I don't expect the game to be close.

However, as an old Michigan fan I'll just throw out these sad historical tidbits seared into my memory.

1976: 8-0 Michigan rolls into West Lafayette as the #1 team in the country, fresh off two straight shutouts of overmatched conference opponents Indiana and Minnesota. The Wolverines face a 3-5 Purdue team coming off three straight losses, including blowout defeats by OSU and MSU. This game has all the appearances of being a no-contest laugher for Michigan.

Purdue plays inspired ball while Michigan plays like ass, fumbling three times, Jim Smith drops a sure TD pass late in the game that would have clinched the victory, and then the normally reliable Tim Wood misses a very makeable FG at the end of the game. Purdue wins 16-14. Sports Illustrated titles its article about the mind-boggling defeat with the memorable "Michigan Chokes on a Boilermaker."

1977: 6-0 Michigan rolls into Minneapolis as the #1 team in the country, fresh off a 56-0 demolition of #14 Wisconsin. The Wolverines are a 21-point favorite over a 4-2 Gopher squad that they had beaten 45-0 the previous year. While Minnesota was a better team than the Purdue squad that upset Michigan the previous season, the game looks to be a relatively easy victory for a dominant Michigan squad.

Minnesota plays inspired ball while Michigan plays like ass. A big factor in the game was the fact that Minnesota turned on its sprinklers the day before the game, and doesn't turn them off until 11am on Saturday. The natural grass field was turned into a muddy morass, totally negating Michigan's speed to the outside, and the Wolverines slipped and slid all game long, gaining only 80 yards rushing, far below their season average. Most crucially, Michigan turns the ball over 5 times, which enables the Gophers to beat Michigan 16-0, the first shutout in the Schembechler era and the first since 1967.

11/05/2018 - 7:43pm The football roster database…

The football roster database says that only three Delawareans have ever played football at UM—Tony Kelsie from the late '70s (who never lettered); Freddy Canteen; and Watson.

I find it hard to believe that's all, but if it is, Watson is far and away the best of the lot.

11/05/2018 - 7:40pm It's remarkable how much the…

It's remarkable how much the shoulder pads have shrunk in the last 40 years.

11/05/2018 - 5:33pm Tressel's teams beat…

Tressel's teams beat Michigan because they played better football. Period. 

All this hoo-ha about belief and confidence is putting the cart fifty yards in front of the horse. Belief and confidence that isn't preceded by solid excellence in the fundamentals of football is nothing more than planting a spike in the ground without being able to back it up. Achievement comes first.

Bo Schembechler and his teams were notoriously confident, but that's because the players worked their asses off in practice while being drilled by great assistants like Jerry Hanlon, Jim Young, Bill McCartney, and Gary Moeller.

This year's team is confident because they work their asses off in practice while being drilled by great assistants like Don Brown, Ed Warinner, Greg Mattison, and Mike Zordich, and the results of that hard work are evident in the games.