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07/19/2018 - 12:05pm Yes, he was dreaming about…

Yes, he was dreaming about chrome gold winged helmets and it was a fucking nightmare and he woke up screaming to discover he'd pissed his pajamas.

07/18/2018 - 10:19pm It's well known that Genghis…

It's well known that Genghis Khan's armies played American tackle football when they weren't raping and pillaging. The only real difference is that instead of leather footballs they used decapitated noggins of their captives.

Genghis was originally an enthusiastic proponent of the triple option, but over the years transitioned to a run-oriented spread attack.

07/18/2018 - 4:19pm "THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT"

"THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT"

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07/17/2018 - 7:25pm Visiting somewhat less…

Visiting somewhat less frequently (very possibly due to light summer content) and dramatically less time per visit. 

Once football season gets closer I assume I'll be spending more time per visit. 

07/17/2018 - 12:31pm What kind of idiot buys a…

What kind of idiot buys a new 2018 for $37.5K, drives it for 250 miles, and then sells it for $14,000 less than what he originally paid for it? That's insane depreciation for a vehicle that's not even one model year old.

Something ain't adding up here.

07/15/2018 - 3:10pm I proposed to my future wife…

I proposed to my future wife one month after we started dating in 1976, but because I kept feeling like I didn't have a good enough job I kept putting off actually pulling the trigger. Finally she gave me a "shit or get off the pot" ultimatum, with the message clearly being that she'd leave for more decisive pastures if I didn't get my act together. We got hitched in 1979 and she's still putting up with me today.

07/15/2018 - 1:41pm I don't care what level of…

I don't care what level of track you're competing in or how good the competition is—to come from as far back as he did in a punishing race like the 400 is damn impressive.

07/14/2018 - 11:13pm Unpossible—an elite WR from…

Unpossible—an elite WR from southern California has never stayed home to play for USC before. They’ve always come to the midwest to play for Michigan until Harbaugh was hired.

07/12/2018 - 4:01pm This version of MGoBlog is…

This version of MGoBlog is like voluntarily going back to rotary landline phones, cars with no AC, and black and white TVs.

07/12/2018 - 10:00am This doesn't seem like all…

This doesn't seem like all that big a story, but I'm surprised there's only 40 comments—in the MGoBlog olden days of yore, this would still have led to a 200-comment thread boiling with anti-ND/Kelly vituperation.

Maybe it's because it's summer and people are off doing things in the real world, but it seems odd to me.

07/11/2018 - 10:14am Here we go again... as…

Here we go again... as predictable as the changing of the seasons.

 

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07/10/2018 - 3:47pm If there was a Saskatchewan…

If there was a Saskatchewan Fighting RichRods t-shirt, I'd buy it.

07/10/2018 - 2:22pm It's a long way from South…

It's a long way from South Florida to Saskatchewan, but I'd love to see Denard in a RR uniform. In some ways the Canadian game is more wide-open than the American version, so maybe he'll get the opportunity to do what he does best.

07/10/2018 - 1:37pm The subtitle of the Motley…

The subtitle of the Motley Fool article you linked:

"We'll likely see a lot of autonomous driving innovations over the next five years, but it'll be decades before we'll see driverless cars everywhere."

07/10/2018 - 1:33pm "The US is designed around…

"The US is designed around the car, and that ain't changing in the foreseeable future."

People living in major cities and urban areas might not be attached to the idea of having their own cars, but that's been the case forever. Those who think that Americans en masse across the country are going to forego the independence and ultimate mobility that owning their own vehicles gives them are simply choosing to ignore how people prefer to live, for better or worse. They completely fail to understand how central auto ownership is to the American psyche and culture. 

There are two related things at play: the development of autonomous driving technology, and the question of ownership. Autonomous driving capabilities will gradually be integrated into human-operated vehicles so that the driver can opt for either mode, depending on the circumstances. Obviously that's already occurring with basic functions like the auto-parking mode some models have.

This is different from the notion that the majority of Americans will give up owning their own cars altogether at any time in the foreseeable future. That ain't happening, absent some major dislocation in external factors affecting automobile transport to begin with, like a catastrophic and long-lasting increase in oil/gasoline prices.

 

07/10/2018 - 1:13pm If you have the opportunity…

If you have the opportunity to listen to Beckmann's PBP early in his career and compare it to the PBP toward the end, the difference is very noticeable.

The early Beckmann was crisp, quick, on-point, with clear enunciation. At the end, he was loose, not nearly as crisp, slower, and sometimes even a bit mush-mouthed. On a couple of occasions it sounded to me like he was broadcasting after having a few too many drinks.

Age takes its toll.

I know this is heresy to older Michigan fans, but at his peak I thought Beckmann was far superior to Ufer when it came to play-by-play. He certainly didn't deliver all the theatrical stuff that Ufer did between plays, but if you wanted to know exactly who did what on what play for what effect, Beckmann was better than Ufer.

07/10/2018 - 12:08pm Autonomous vehicles will…

Autonomous vehicles will replace human driver-controlled cars to the same extent that we're all going to have flying cars, garage-sized helicopters, and jetpacks, which for decades were projected to be "just around the corner."

Sure, there will be niche markets for autonomous vehicles in highly congested urban spaces where parking is at a premium, but the notion that average Americans in Oregon or Kansas or rural Pennsylvania are all going to ditch their own cars in favor of autonomous vehicles is an absurd fantasy that completely ignores how people use their vehicles in real life.

07/09/2018 - 9:36am "Ohio State and Penn State…

"Ohio State and Penn State have a much higher star rating per recruit."

OSU: 92.57

PSU: 92.02

UM: 89.82

I guess this means that Clemson is really screwed:

CL: 88.87

07/08/2018 - 10:21pm He’s going to be conflicted…

He’s going to be conflicted and confused all the way up to the moment when he announces his commitment to Ohio State.

07/07/2018 - 8:18am https://247sports.com…

https://247sports.com/college/michigan/ContentGallery/Michigan-Football-Recruiting-Michigan-commitments-2019-recruiting-rankings-119621063/#119621063_19

07/06/2018 - 12:59pm Why am I not surprised in…

Why am I not surprised in the least that a guy named Diamond Stone is linked to thousands in illegal payments.

07/06/2018 - 12:57pm In an article recently…

In an article recently published in the American Journal of Obstetric Medicine, research now indicates that a woman giving birth to a large child can come close to experiencing the excruciating pain felt by a World Cup soccer player when someone lightly touches his leg.

07/05/2018 - 2:18pm I don't think we're going to…

I don't think we're going to land Harrison, but getting his commitment would still be considerably more likely than getting Hill. Luring Daxson to Ann Arbor would be a gigantic recruiting upset.

07/04/2018 - 8:11am Regardless of the nature of…

Regardless of the nature of Michigan's recruiting pitch to Crouch, I bet he stays in the south.

07/04/2018 - 8:09am "When Sam Webb was talking…

"When Sam Webb was talking about the Grey commitment on the radio, he mentioned that Michigan would only take Crouch at running back."

Unless something has changed in the last 48 hours, that is exactly the opposite of what Webb has said about Crouch on multiple occasions over the past few weeks, which is that Michigan is looking at Crouch as much for defense as for offense, and has pitched him on the idea of playing both ways.

07/03/2018 - 10:44pm USC football by far,…

USC football by far, followed by FSU football.

07/03/2018 - 10:42pm 1-4.

Losses in '70, '77, …

1-4.

Losses in '70, '77, '79, '90, with the lone victory in '89 against his former assistant Larry Smith.

07/03/2018 - 10:37pm Paul Finebaum's entire…

Paul Finebaum's entire identity is wrapped up with the SEC. Moving to flacking for the BIG would be like Bob Ufer moving down to Columbus to do Buckeye games.

Whatever happens to Finebaum, he isn't moving to the BIG.

07/03/2018 - 3:40pm With a plaintive fiddle tune…

With a plaintive fiddle tune in the background, and images fading in and out, Ken Burns-style.

07/03/2018 - 12:12am As a Boomer myself, I have…

As a Boomer myself, I have no problem with the criticism being justifiably leveled at my age cohort for a variety of sins, but with respect to the Headlee Amendment it's not accurate to lay that entirely at their/our feet.

The Headlee Amendment was put into place in 1978, when even the oldest of Boomers were in their early 30s. Since I'm an old fuck I can assure everybody here that the prime movers for the Headlee Amendment—including Dick Headlee himself, born in 1930—were people considerably older than Boomers in their 20s and 30s, relatively few of whom were property owners.

The folks who spearheaded the drive to approve Headlee were people old enough to have owned their homes long enough to have to been socked by considerable rises in property taxes during the '60s and '70s, and there was a good deal of populist-style anger about it. In other words, these people were members of the so-called Greatest Generation.

 

07/02/2018 - 10:25am "It would be great to see a…

"It would be great to see a Michigan Man on the SCOTUS instead of a damn Yalie or Harvard Homer."

Your implicit assumption is that it's a given that a "Michigan Man" on the Court is "great." 

Regardless of where anybody falls on the ideological spectrum, who gives a shit what school a particular nominee matriculated from? This ain't the NFL—it's the judicial body whose decisions directly impact virtually every aspect of private and public life in the country, for good or ill.

Simply graduating from Michigan's Law School doesn't make anybody great.

07/02/2018 - 9:34am Can you elaborate?

Can you elaborate?

07/02/2018 - 9:28am Webb has spoken several…

Webb has spoken several times about the fact that Harrison doesn't like the recruiting process and hates talking about it to media people.

I don't know if this means he's likely to do the opposite of what people want him to do, but he sounds like a different kind of high school kid.

Pulling kids away from programs in their hometown is not an easy thing if the hometown program has made a strong push for them, which is why I don't think we'll get either Harrison or Karlaftis.

07/02/2018 - 9:22am "this comment from…

"this comment from WeimyWoodson on the MGoBoards comes from a guy who claimed to have coached him as a kid since 8th grade. He said Harrison was a big Ohio State fan and dished some good-natured ribbing over folks wearing Michigan gear."

There was somebody on MGoBlog earlier this year who asserted that he knew Mazi Smith's wrestling coach who allegedly told him that Smith was headed to PSU or OSU and didn't even have Michigan in his top 3.

 

07/01/2018 - 10:32pm The coaching staff may not…

The coaching staff may not want to expose him physically doing this, but I think he'd be a dynamite kick returner as a freshman.

07/01/2018 - 10:27pm "The junior ran wild on…

"The junior ran wild on Notre Dame... Saturday afternoon."

I like the sound of that.

07/01/2018 - 7:53am Welp, I guess there’s only…

Welp, I guess there’s only one course of action left for Manuel—fire Harbaugh and re-hire RR with Hoke as his DC.

06/30/2018 - 9:41am "The fact there has been…

"The fact there has been some radio silence by a, ugh, more vocal side of recruiting is the most telling sign."

It's almost like what happened after Beilein got his second squad to a NC game. I'm sure there's no connection....

06/30/2018 - 7:41am "Sam said there was a…

"Sam said there was a recruit who told him he was going to announce during the week and then backed off to give himself more time."

With Charbonnet's somewhat unexpected commitment, it wouldn't surprise me if that's what prompted Gray to think about things a bit longer. I bet there are plenty of other programs promising Gray he'll be their feature RB if he commits to them.

06/29/2018 - 9:29am "the Ann Arbor housing…

"the Ann Arbor housing crisis (where nobody can sell their home)."

 

Wut.

06/28/2018 - 3:40pm I'm going to go out on a…

I'm going to go out on a limb and say he'll get non-garbage-time snaps in 2019.

06/28/2018 - 12:14pm "the top 20 recruits have…

"the top 20 recruits have egos to match and... don't need the help; they see themselves as one-and-dones anyway."

The large majority of these elite top-20 kids don't have an interest in college beyond playing ball. They're not there to get an education—college is little more than a trade school.

They know that Beilein won't allow them to skate on fulfilling their academic responsibilities, and they'll opt for a guy like Calipari or Pitino or Boeheim or Huggins who will let them carry out the charade of being students.

06/28/2018 - 12:01pm "Essentially what recruits…

"Essentially what recruits are saying is, "I don't need to get better, I just need to go somewhere where my already-fine skills are showcased."   

In other words, what Red and now Mel have had to deal with in recruiting elite talent for the past 20 years 

06/28/2018 - 1:28am Here's the hot link:

http:/…

Here's the hot link:

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23918366/how-mount-union-became-college-football-newest-cradle-coaches

06/28/2018 - 1:25am Since I can't see any method…

Since I can't see any method of creating new posts on the board, I'll hijack this one to post this interesting article about the most successful college football program in the country that also happens to be the alma mater of Ed Warinner.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23918366/how-mount-union-became-college-football-newest-cradle-coaches

06/27/2018 - 9:28pm "It goes without saying that…

"It goes without saying that losing Hughes on top of Wilde would be a potentially crippling blow."

I've been watching the best players leave Michigan before their junior year—or earlier—for two decades now.

I wouldn't expect anything else.

06/27/2018 - 4:07pm Gary Moeller played for…

Gary Moeller played for Woody Hayes at OSU and was team captain for the Buckeyes, but I bet you would have had no trouble with Gary coaching for Michigan if you had been alive at the time.

The percentage of coaches who only coach at their alma mater is miniscule. Many, many of them end up coaching at one of their main college rivals.

06/26/2018 - 9:55pm (No subject)

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06/26/2018 - 5:37pm If I want to avoid stress…

If I want to avoid stress altogether, the last thing in the world I'm going to do is watch Michigan football, regardless of who we're playing.

Watching soccer is the exact opposite for me—it puts me in a blissful, drowsy state that's very similar to unconsciousness.

06/26/2018 - 5:33pm According to 247, Michigan…

According to 247, Michigan did not offer Mathis.