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01/23/2019 - 3:39pm According to the 247 link…

According to the 247 link above, Michigan signed eleven 3-stars, not 14. Our star average is .9058

Clemson signed 13 3-stars out of a 27-recruit class. Their star average is .9030.

01/21/2019 - 7:06pm Earl Morrall

Earl Morrall

01/21/2019 - 7:05pm That table is worse than…

That table is worse than useless. Not only does it list Brady with just one win, it also lists LA Tech QBs with zero wins.

Terry Bradshaw has 4 Super Bowl victories under his belt, and he played for LA Tech.

01/21/2019 - 12:03pm The ancient is welcome on my…

The ancient is welcome on my corner any time—he makes me forget I'm sorta ancient myself.

I was born in '53, when he was in class at UM. It's a very different university today, and A2 is a completely different town.

01/20/2019 - 11:06pm Tom Brady is now 3-0 in OT…

Tom Brady is now 3-0 in OT games in the playoffs. His opponents didn't touch the ball in any of those wins.

 

01/20/2019 - 10:50pm "Evidently the owners are…

"Evidently the owners are good with it."

If Martha Ford, Daniel Snyder, and whatever idiot owns the 49ers agree on something, you know it's bad.

01/20/2019 - 10:48pm Only an idiot would think…

Only an idiot would think that's my argument.

My point is that recruiting rankings don't by themselves guarantee victory—general strategy, in-game coaching, and player development also matter.

You're continually screeching that the reason Michigan can't beat OSU is because our recruiting classes suck in comparison to OSU's. Somehow, MSU, Purdue, and Wisconsin all have more victories over OSU in the Tressel-Meyer era than we do, even though the only time one of those programs had a higher-ranked class than Michigan was one of the MSU classes back during the RR or Hoke years.

01/20/2019 - 10:32pm I'm happy Brady is going…

I'm happy Brady is going back for another SB ring, but it's unbelievably stupid that the NFL continues to do OT this way, particularly in playoff games. It's idiotic.

01/19/2019 - 11:15pm Got about 5" of light fluffy…

Got about 5" of light fluffy stuff here in A2 so shoveling was a piece of cake—barely enough to raise the heart rate.

KC over NE, NO over LA. Rooting for KC over NO.

Just got my first bottle of Lagavulin 16 in about 18 months—been making do with Talisker 10, but Plum is now carrying hooch at state minimum prices so I took the plunge.

01/19/2019 - 11:07pm "We aint winning the big ten…

"We aint winning the big ten with Maryland talent."

Which team came closer to beating Ohio State: Michigan with Michigan talent, or Maryland with Maryland talent?

Which team came closer to beating Ohio State: Michigan with Michigan talent, or Purdue with Purdue talent?

01/19/2019 - 8:07pm "I don't think it's an…

"I don't think it's an overreaction at all."

LOL

"Just like the football team, can’t perform on the road."

Trying to slop our football program's road woes onto John Beilein's program—especially after a 17-0 start in the season immediately following our second appearance in the NC game—is the epitome of over-reactive horseshit.

01/19/2019 - 3:14pm I came here for the…

I came here for the ridiculous overreaction to our first loss and am not disappointed.

Jesus H. Christ on a stick, some of you people.

01/19/2019 - 2:02pm "That team—which spent way…

"That team—which spent way too long trying to run with QB BJ Dickey and didn't even start Anthony Carter"

In 1979, Dickey was the heir to Leach as an option QB, and he was in the game primarily to run the ball and hand off on option plays, not throw it. Dickey started 7 games and had 91 passing attempts. Wangler started only 4, yet had 130 pass attempts.

It was glaringly apparent to all of us in the stands that while Dickey was more effective running the ball, Wangler was far more dangerous throwing it, and the longest passes completed by each guy supported that impression:

Dickey's longest completions in his games were: 22, 23, 10, 66, 11, 14, 30 yds.

Wangler's longest completions in his games were: 20, 15, 39, 58, 26, 45, 71, 20, 66, 53.

Wangler had deep-strike capabilities that Dickey just didn't seem to have.

Alan Mitchell started at WR for 10 games, and had 7 receptions for 91 yds; 12.9 yds/reception.

Carter started just 2 games, but had 17 receptions for 462 yds; 27.2 yds/reception

I don't know exactly how many passes Carter caught from Dickey vs how many he caught from Wangler, but it seemed clear that Wangler had a connection with AC that wasn't there with Dickey. It was extremely frustrating to the student fans around me to see Wangler on the sidelines and Carter barely utilized when it was obvious Wangler had the ability to get him the ball. Naturally the Indiana game cemented that impression.

The frustration got bad enough that at some point during the season some students in my section started a call-and-response chant: "Take out the Dick, put in the Wang!" 

I've always wondered if Wangler and Dickey were aware of that.

01/18/2019 - 10:33am "It reminded me of some…

"It reminded me of some extended feckless parenting I saw years ago."

My wife works as a preschool teacher—she has to deal with the consequences of feckless parenting every day. Most of the parents are well-educated and compensated professionals but they can be as clueless about raising kids as anybody.

01/17/2019 - 1:17pm " Another good bet: in five…

"Another good bet: in five years he'll be a better coach than Greg Mattison."

We'll see, but even if he's just as good, that's good.

01/17/2019 - 1:15pm "What that experiment proved…

"What that experiment proved, is that being an AD, requires experience in managing college athletics, not corporations"

My opinion of Martin notwithstanding, in general I agree with you, which is why I opposed the hiring of Brandon from the get-go. One of the biggest myths in our culture is that "businessmen" are always the best choice to run anything, whether it's educational institutions or government.

01/17/2019 - 1:11pm Martin was hired in large…

Martin was hired in large part to clean up the mess that Goss made, and I think he did an admirable job of that.

There were some accounts of Martin behaving dickishly in dealing with athletic dept employees, but the major black mark on his resume was hiring RR. At the time, he might have been the hottest young coach in the country. I think very few people at that time would have envisioned RR would crash and burn so quickly and so badly.

01/17/2019 - 8:28am "Compared to Brandon, Martin…

"Compared to Brandon, Martin and Goss, this guy is phenomenal... Buildings are being built or upgraded."

If you're going to use facility construction as a metric for evaluation, then you have no business lumping Bill Martin in with Brandon or Goss. Bill Martin was not without his faults, but no AD since Yost has done a better job in improving the physical plant of the athletic department than Martin.

01/17/2019 - 8:25am "Dodging and weaving and…

"Dodging and weaving and scheduling weak teams instead of Notre Dame is an insult to those who built the earned Michigan football tradition"

In 1904, national champion Michigan played football heavyweights Ohio Northern, Drake, Chicago Physicians and Surgeons, and Chicago American Medical School.

01/17/2019 - 8:18am Better than John Engler's.

Better than John Engler's.

01/16/2019 - 2:21pm Alabama Forever which is why…

Alabama Forever which is why I'm leaving for Oklahoma.

01/16/2019 - 12:23pm Purely from a public…

Purely from a public relations standpoint, Engler has been a fireman who brings a can of gasoline to each conflagration. That's not how you're supposed to do things when you're supposedly working in cleanup mode after a major scandal.

In other words, if he had simply kept his pie hole shut, he'd still have a job tomorrow.

01/15/2019 - 11:30pm I like this approach to…

I like this approach to headlines. So bracingly brief and to the point.

Nov. 22, 1963: "Dallas"

July 20, 1969: "Moon."

September 11, 2001: "Planes"

01/15/2019 - 11:24pm First, I don't take your…

First, I don't take your response personally.

Second, I'll set aside the issue of the prison-related lawsuit, since it's the Nassar case here that's relevant.

"the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”

It's this statement that has sparked this new round of controversy. That Engler believes some of Nassar's victims are somehow "enjoying... the awards and recognition" is mind-boggling in its own right, but the use of "enjoying" in this context is particularly noteworthy, because it's a weaselly way of bringing the old notion into play that women who are sexually assaulted actually sorta really enjoy it. Sure, Engler would strenuously deny intending that if directly questioned, but such a denial would be in the character of a withdrawal of an inflammatory question in a trial that is objected to by opposite counsel.

But let's say that I'm misconstruing the meaning of his statement, and that he intended nothing inflammatory. Even if that's the case, his language and phrasing is extraordinarily tone-deaf from a public relations or optics standpoint, and as somebody who has spent his entire career in the public arena with a considerable amount of retail political success, it's really rather bizarre that he's so orally ham-fisted. 

If you don't agree that his statement is tone-deaf, then we have little common ground on that aspect. All of the people I know who have read it—men and women—are beyond disgusted.

01/15/2019 - 9:41pm I get that it's easy to get…

I get that it's easy to have the feeling that Sparties don't care, but I've got both friends and family who are MSU people and they're every bit as appalled as we are, if not more so.

The problem is the goddamned MSU Board of Trustees, especially clowns like Joel Ferguson.

01/15/2019 - 7:18pm Friend of mine worked as a…

Friend of mine worked as a digital retoucher for a Lansing-area printer when Engler was governor. This printer had the job of printing Engler's Christmas cards each year, and of course the card featured photos of Engler and his family.

Each year, this guy's job was to digitally remove enough poundage from Engler to make him look "slimmer." He said it got progressively more difficult as the years went by.

01/15/2019 - 6:13pm One of the sad things to…

One of the sad things to learn as we age is that there is a depressingly infrequent correlation between native intelligence and moral character.

01/15/2019 - 6:09pm Proving yet again that there…

Proving yet again that there isn't any topic so straightforward and common sense that there isn't some jackass eager to say something stupid about it on the internet.

Our daughter had an emergency appendectomy when she was 10 or 11. Everything came out fine, thank God, but my wife and I were still scared shitless because all kinds of bad, crazy shit can happen when you cut open the human body. Removing the appendix isn't like filling a cavity.

01/15/2019 - 5:53pm "The Detroit Metro Times…

"The Detroit Metro Times highlighted Engler’s comment today, noting that when he was governor “Engler fought hard against a lawsuit brought by dozens of female inmates who had been raped by state corrections officers. Despite Engler’s efforts, it ended in what at the time was the largest payout in state history.”

The chairwoman of the MSU Board of Trustees, Dianne Byrum, distanced the board from Engler’s statement in a statement to the Chronicle of Higher Education: “His remarks were ill advised and not helpful to the healing process, survivors, or the university.”

https://deadspin.com/interim-msu-president-john-engler-says-larry-nassars-vi-1831774684?utm_medium=socialflow&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter

If John Engler had intentionally set out to make MSU look as bad as possible in the wake of the Nassar scandal, it's hard to envision him acting much worse than he already has. I have to think hard to come up with a more damaging performance by a public official in response to an institutional scandal than Engler's. To say he has stepped on his dick in every conceivable way doesn't begin to capture it.

01/15/2019 - 1:30am "both Dickerson and Kal are…

"both Dickerson and Kal are great radio voices for Detroit sports"

Kal is a million dollar guy with a ten-cent voice.

I was lucky to have grown up listening to Budd Lynch and then Bruce Martyn. While Kal is great at calling the PBP, his high, squeaky voice has always grated on me.

01/14/2019 - 7:12pm Jimmy Hoffa is buried at…

Jimmy Hoffa is buried at Area 51.

01/14/2019 - 7:08pm You're handling it the right…

You're handling it the right way—you're not getting pissy, you're acknowledging the humor of it, and taking your negs like a man. It's all good.

01/14/2019 - 3:44pm Of the Michigan teams I've…

Of the Michigan teams I've seen with my own eyes, the 1980 team is second only to the '97 squad in my esteem. By the end of the season, they were playing as well as anybody in the country.

01/13/2019 - 9:46pm Did gymnastics coach Bev…

Did gymnastics coach Bev Plocki have a say in the initial hiring decision or not?

If she did, and signed off on it, then seems to me Warde shouldn't be the only person who is feeling the heat.

The initial statement by U-M stated that Faehn's role in the Nassar situation was thoroughly vetted and she was cleared of any responsibility or culpability. Was that an accurate assessment or not?

If it was, and they really believed she merited hiring, then it should have been cleared with the Regents first, given the context, and then they should have stuck by her. If they weren't prepared to stand by her, then hiring her in the first place was dumb as hell.

01/13/2019 - 4:30pm Zach Abercrumbia sounds like…

Zach Abercrumbia sounds like a character in one of the "Twilight" movies.

01/13/2019 - 1:17pm (No subject)

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01/13/2019 - 1:13pm "yellow beer"

LOL I grew up…

"yellow beer"

LOL I grew up in the dim reaches of the past when Coors was regarded in SE Michigan as an awesome exotic beer because it wasn't sold east of the Mississippi. Once distribution went national and it became widely available around here, I understood why its other name was Rocky Mountain Cowboy Piss.

01/11/2019 - 1:42pm Depends on when the loss…

Depends on when the loss occurs. If it's during the regular season, yes I do. If it's during the conference or NCAA tournaments, no I don't.

01/11/2019 - 12:33pm How many coaches have we had…

How many coaches have we had at Michigan with full beards?

01/11/2019 - 10:12am Would Ira Harris have…

Would Ira Harris have donated all that dough to the program if his name wasn't going to be attached like a barnacle to the program that he has zero connection to other than through his wallet? It's not pure philanthropy for these folks—there's also a huge component of ego.

01/10/2019 - 10:38pm One more win ties the…

One more win ties the Michigan record for consecutive victories.

01/10/2019 - 9:40pm Nick Saban is a banty little…

Nick Saban is a banty little runt.

01/10/2019 - 8:26pm Well a guy can dream...

Well a guy can dream...

01/10/2019 - 8:24pm (No subject)

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01/10/2019 - 8:20pm Just throwing this out there…

Just throwing this out there: maybe we can all be extremely happy and optimistic about this hire but not immediately assume we're going 15-0 and that there might be some bumps and missteps as he and Harbaugh work things out next season. And that might be OK, and doesn't mean half the MGoBlogosphere needs to do a 180 and start calling for his head on a stick if we lose a game or two.

01/10/2019 - 4:32pm Right now, there are two…

Right now, there are two African American assistants on the staff, and there are some indications one of them won't be around much longer. In college football today, you need to have a diverse staff, especially when it comes to recruiting. I don't see that as a quota thing, but an entirely reasonable and common-sense recognition of the fact that a large portion of top recruits are African American kids who live in majority black communities.

01/10/2019 - 4:07pm If you take that view that…

If you take that view that our offensive scheme last season woefully under-utilized our receivers, then bringing in Gattis is a great move just on that basis alone. 

From a recruiting standpoint, it sounds like a home run.

01/10/2019 - 3:59pm Sounds like a positive…

Sounds like a positive development, at least from a recruiting standpoint. As for the OC stuff, I'm gonna wait and see.

01/10/2019 - 3:49pm "I'm not sure there has ever…

"I'm not sure there has ever been a worse 4 game offensive stretch in the history of the program."

In that 4-game stretch in 2013 that was so awful, we scored 67 points. Sure, not good.

But worst 4-game stretch in our history? Not even close.

The 1934 team went 1-7. During that season, these four games happened in a row:

Illinois: Michigan lost 7-6

Minnesota: Michigan lost 34-0

Wisconsin: Michigan lost 10-0

Ohio State: Michigan lost 34-0

That wasn't all during that season: in the remaining four games, we were shut out twice more and scored 9 and 6 points.

The 9 points came in our only victory, the famous game against Georgia Tech.

Those who claim that the 3-9 team in 2008 was our worst ever are simply uninformed—it was 1934, when we played eight games and were shut out in five of them.

https://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1934fbt.htm

01/09/2019 - 11:37am "Now why the hell would we…

"Now why the hell would we want to rethink that game?"

Re-thinking the OSU game to feel better is like suggesting to me that when I'm feeling down and depressed, I should re-live the time I got a case of testicular torsion in 8th grade. My left net swelled up to the size and firmness of a small lemon and the pain was like somebody squeezing my nut with a pair of pliers for about 2 hours.