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04/25/2018 - 11:48am I was going to say the same

I was going to say the same thing. Highly underrated park. 

04/10/2018 - 1:24pm "Even the wildly

"Even the wildly unpredictable NCAA shouldn't be able to screw this up."

 

I never ever doubt the ability of the NCAA to screw something up. The next time they get something right will be their first. 

 

 

03/29/2018 - 4:09pm Sounds like us, since we are

Sounds like us, since we are paying $375K to drop them.

03/23/2018 - 1:23pm I looked at expected wins,

I looked at expected wins, SEC comes in at 8.5 (so a little under their expectation), ACC is 12.3, Big XII is 8.4 and B1G at 6.7 (both already over achieved)

03/09/2018 - 2:15pm I am 100% prepared and

I am 100% prepared and expecting that we will be a #4 seed in Boise. I will be okay with that as long as the 1-seed is Xavier (and the 5-seed isn't some under-seeded team like a Wichita St). I also expect MSU to be ahead of on the seed line, despite not making any sense (they are ahead of us in just about every computer (and human) poll I've seen -- Media, coaches, Kenpom, BPI, Sagarin all have MSU higher).

03/07/2018 - 4:41pm FYI, NC State just lost,

FYI, NC State just lost, which is a PSU opponent and PSU has dropped to #78. Really need some of those teams on the 75 bubble to lose. 

03/05/2018 - 12:46pm PSU fell to number 76.

PSU fell to number 76. Immediately in front of them: Utah Valley, UNCG (whatever that is), and Charleston. We are rooting against them. 

12/20/2017 - 6:58pm I don't think so -- she swam

I don't think so -- she swam 4 years at UVM. I'm not sure of the NCAA intricacies, but I thought you could get a 5th year of eligibility if it is in a different sport.  

12/20/2017 - 4:25pm This is bad news. My wife has

This is bad news. My wife has a bone bruise -- it occured in April and it is still bothering her. If that is any indication, it might linger for the rest of the year. It might be a situation that it depends on how much pain he is willing to tolerate. 

12/19/2017 - 11:48am No he is doing I-U

No he is doing I-U

12/18/2017 - 5:54pm Predicting a win at the Trohl

Predicting a win at the Trohl Center seems optimistic. I will believe in victories @ Wisconsin (and Iowa, OSU and Indiana) only after the games end. Those 4 places are horror shows for Michigan, regardless of how bad the teams are. (Thankfully we don't play @ IU this year).

11/22/2017 - 1:17pm The Borg also adjust very

The Borg also adjust very quickly, so Michigan needs to constantly switch up its defenses

4-3 Under

4-2-5

3-3-5 Stack

Quarters Coverage

Cover 2

Double Eagle Bear Front

Same thing on offense:

Triple Option

Air Raid

West Coast Offense

Spread

Manball

Flexbone

11/22/2017 - 11:55am Hurst vs Price sounds like an

Hurst vs Price sounds like an epic battle.

Will we play more Cover 2, given A) Iowa and B) prevent the JT scramble (which we've had problems with at times)?

11/21/2017 - 1:07pm I'd say we are on or ahead of

I'd say we are on or ahead of schedule everywhere but Offensive Line, where we are way behind schedule. It is enough to offset the good, fix the OL and we'll be ahead of schedule.

11/16/2017 - 12:30pm For the season rankings, a 50

For the season rankings, a 50 is average. Average is a combination of my expectations and goals. My expectation for the season was 9-3, splitting the Big 4 (FLA/PSU/WIS/OSU) and losing one we shouldn't. My goals are 10 wins + wins over MSU and OSU.

So in my eyes the season has been more or less average, we have split the big 4 and lost one we shouldn't (MSU). Florida shitting the bed hasn't helped, but OSU losing @ Iowa, giving us a sliver of hope for a B1G championship bumps it back up.

The next two games are (obviously) make it or break it. Lose both and none of my goals are accomplished, and my expectations aren't met. Probably end up with a season score of 25 (or less). Beat Wisconsin and we can still win 10 games, even if we lose to OSU. I would probably give that a 50 or so (losing to both rivals sucks). Lose to Wisconsin and Beat OSU, would be very good around a 75. Win them both and the season score is about a 90ish.[A 100 is reserved for National Championships onl]

Game scores are purely feelingsball.

11/02/2017 - 1:20pm Don Brown interviews are the

Don Brown interviews are the best interviews.

11/02/2017 - 12:33pm I'd be okay with a 13-0

I'd be okay with a 13-0 Wisconsin team getting left out -- that schedule is a travesty. Otherwise lets go out and schedule the worst teams we can find. 

11/01/2017 - 4:44pm My hope every season is 10

My hope every season is 10 wins, including wins vs OSU, MSU and ND*.

This season I expected 9-3, splitting the big four (FLA/PSU/WIS/OSU) and losing one we shouldn't. We are right on track for that. Yes it sucks that the one we shouldn't was to MSU, but it is clear that Dantonio renewed is contract with the devil to get all the luck in that game.

Win the minnows and split the Wisconsin/OSU games and it will be what I expected. I'd like the OSU to at least get to one of my goals.

 

*When we play them

 

11/01/2017 - 4:30pm It has been 15+ years since I

It has been 15+ years since I had a burger from McDonald's and it was completely inedible, but at least they have decent fries and breakfast menu. Burger King on the other hand has nothing edible there. Wendy's is tolerable, and I get a craving for the Baconator once a year/every other year. I love In-N-Out burgers but their fries suck. Everything sucks at 5 guys. For a burger I prefer the regional chains such as SmashBurger or Burger Me.

I'm a big fan of Chipotle/Qdoba or Baja Fresh. [Taco Bell and Del Taco are gross, especially sober].

I don't mind Subway, but it has definitely gone downhill over the 20+ years I've eaten there. I wish there were a Potbelly's near me because that is the best sandwich chain. Wich wich is decent as well. I'm always disappointed with Jimmy Johns.

I went to Chik-Fil-A once. I won't be going back.

10/23/2017 - 12:44pm Does this mean we don't have

Does this mean we don't have to play Wisconsin @ night?

10/23/2017 - 12:35pm Ha! I now have a mattress

Ha! I now have a mattress shopping online banner ad after reading this. Well Done!

10/17/2017 - 7:49pm Best Win By Year

Best Win By Year (based on S&P+ Rank)

2008 - Wisconsin #33

2009 - Notre Dame #27

2010 - Notre Dame #7

2011 - Notre Dame #11

2012 - MSU #15

2013 - Indiana #30

2014 - Penn State #47

2015 - Minnesota #26

2016 - Penn State #8

2017 - Indiana #44

Other Top 25 Wins - Nebraska (2011, #19); Wisconsin (2016, #11); Colorado (2016, #18)

The best win by S&P standards was a road win over an 8-5 Notre Dame team.

10/10/2017 - 1:34pm OT isn't going to get better

OT isn't going to get better this year. Or next year.

QB play will be erratic.

Where I think we can get better immediately is play-calling. It has been atrocious this year. Get rid of the fade, because we don't have a QB who can throw it (Peters probably can, but he needs to play first). I'd like to see more smoke screens to DPJ (instead of Crawford), he is much more explosive, and can turn 3-5 yard gains into 15-20 by making one guy miss. Don't throw the ball in a monsoon. I am fairly convinced that if we don't throw the ball once the rain started we win that game.  

10/05/2017 - 12:42pm It was a hell of catch. So at

It was a hell of catch. So at least we didn't have to sit through a 10 minute review of was that a fumble or incomplete pass.

10/02/2017 - 7:26pm Talk about...
Talk

Talk about...

Talk about...

 

I wish there were more MGoQuestions. Though Harbaugh seemed tight lipped today, not sure we would have gotten any useful information.

09/26/2017 - 12:47pm For most of the year, I have

For most of the year, I have thought that Speight hasn't been playing well, but was our best option because he wasn't making poor decisions.I was willing to live with the inaccuracy if he made the right decision with the ball. The highlighted play is the exact moment where I realized Speight was broken -- he panics before he even gets pressure on that play. He has been playing scared, afraid to throw to open receivers, afraid of the pressure that may or may not come (and yes with the OL play it has been a justified fear). His greatest asset last year was his pocket presence, with that apparently gone, I think it is time to try someone else.

 

09/03/2017 - 1:06pm CB -- It was about what I

CB -- It was about what I expected based on the previews and coaches comments. They have a ton of talent and they made some good plays and some not so good plays, but way more good than bad. We will play better passing teams than a team with no QB and #1 receiver suspended. 

RT -- Ulizio was rough, really rough. The good news is that he won't play anyone that talented until probably Wisconsin. He has many games to improve. 

09/01/2017 - 4:34pm Position Switch, didn't Drake

Position Switch, didn't Drake Harris switch from WR to CB as well? I would take that as a negative as well.

09/01/2017 - 1:46pm You are more optimistic than

You are more optimistic than I am, Brian.

Onwenu > Kalis -- Onwenu was behind Kalis last year, otherwise he would have played. I think he might get up to == but as bad as Kalis could be at times, he was still a solid OL if not good.

No Wildcat Package > Burning Snaps on that -- I read this as No Peppers > Peppers. I just can't get behind that. Sure the RPS at the end of the year was highly negative, but Peppers was pretty darn good.

Black/DPJ >  Chesson. The whole offseason has been spent telling us even the best Frosh WR are mediocre. I think they will be hard pressed to match his production much less his blocking ability.

Crawford == Darboh. I would say Crawford == Chesson.

Other than that, great preview Brian. I do think the running game takes a major step forward (passing game probably a step back).

08/23/2017 - 1:39pm For double secret bonus, I'll

For double secret bonus, I'll say Anthony Carter.

 

Top 10 finishes:

AC (I think Herschel Walker was one of the winners)

Peppers

Jaime Morris?

Leach?

Braylon Edwards?

Others -- I am bad at this one (not that I am good at any of these, but I just never follow the Heisman).

08/11/2017 - 7:35pm This one is concerning. We

This one is concerning. We know our DL is going to be good, I would rather see something that they are equal, this might be a mild way of saying our OL is not good:

Michigan obviously has a ton to replace on D, but group up front has really impressed today. Appear to be ahead of OL.

— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 11, 2017

08/09/2017 - 1:45pm 1. 23-13
 
2. Wondering if

1. 23-13

 

2. Wondering if Texas A&M and Missouri count. Regardless, I will say Georgia because there is a lot of interest in this matchup but I think I recall seeing we've never played.

 

3. Alabama - I know Brady beat them (I'll say 3 times overall),

Florida - Carr's farewell, 2 years ago for sure (3),

Auburn - Can't remember off hand, but "certain" we used to play in the 80s (2),

Vanderbilt - I know we beat them in regular season contests (5),

Tennessee - Don't remember off hand, but think we've beaten them in a bowl game (2),

A&M - because I don't think they are the answer to 2 (1),

Missouri - see above (1),

South Carolina - I know we lost to them once, and I don't think we have a losing record against them (1),

Arkansas - Definitely beaten them in a bowl (1),

LSU - Guessing (1),

Ole Miss - We once set our total offense record against them with 700+ yards (1),

Mississippi St. - See South Carolina (1)

I'm forgetting the last SEC team and looking up is cheating.

 

4. Alabama - Jerry Jones classic for sure (5 losses),

Florida - Feels like we've played them enough to have a lost against them (1),

Auburn - see question 3 (2),

Tennessee - I remember their TE running through our secondary like they were standing still (1),

Mississippi St - Yea, trying to forget about this one (RR's demise) (1),

South Carolina - I wish we would have blocked Clowney (not as much as Vincent Smith) (1)

A&M - guessing (1)

Arkansas - guessing (1)

 

08/04/2017 - 2:25pm When I think smooth, I think

When I think smooth, I think Jerry Rice. I am sure DPJ's YMRMFSPA will be Randy Moss.

I think my expectations are completely reasonable.

08/02/2017 - 1:33pm No look answers

I'll go backward:

1998 - Griese

1993 - Wheatley, I think this is where he went off for 200+ yards in the first half.

1989 - Elvis Grbac? Second choice is Desmond

1981 - AC, just because he should.

1965 - ?

1951 - ?

1948 - Tom Harmon

1902 - ?

05/31/2017 - 7:34pm This is exactly what I do.

This is exactly what I do. Swim, come home, have breakfast, watch the first games. If the game is in the evening, I freak out all day, wanting the game to start. I don't know how everyone tolerates waiting around all day for the game to start.

To make matters worse, my wife typically gets antsy around dinner time and is tired of me watching football games all day. If Michigan isn't @ night, I'll usually hang out with her for a little while and then can watch the second half of the night games, depending on what is good/close.

04/20/2017 - 1:50pm Of the stadiums that I have

Of the stadiums that I have been to from best to worst:

1. Rose Bowl

2. Michigan Stadium

3. Camp Randall

4. ND [only because it is an exact replica of Michigan]

5. Ryan Field (I don't get the hate)

6. Illinois

7. Penn State -- I hate that god awful fake lion noise.

8. Sun Devil Stadium

9. Ross-Ade

10. Holloway Field

...

...

...

Spartan Stadium.

 

Yes I know some of these aren't in the Big Ten, but I've been to them I figured I should include them on the list.

03/23/2017 - 1:38pm Am I the only one who saw

Am I the only one who saw Reggie Miller is the analyst and cursed to himself?  I'll be at work for the first half, and will probably end up muting him for the second half.

01/23/2017 - 7:00pm It has been 20+ years since

It has been 20+ years since I've lived in Ann Arbor, so I recogonize virtually none of those restaurants.

My drunk food was always Back Room Pizza. Tried it sober once, almost put me off it forever.

Most of my go to places are now closed. I loved La Pinata when I was growing up. I'm sure if it still existed and I went there now, I wouldn't think it was very special, but man did I love that place.

I'm fairly certain everyone in my family induced labor by going to Szechuan West. Take that however you want.

 

For the upscale, I don't think I had as many options as there are now. Plus I was either A) a minor or B) poor. That said when we went "upscale" Palio's was the place or any of the Main Street ventures. I was never a fan of Gandy Dancer. Don't even remember why.

For alcohol, I never really went more upscale than Mitch's. I went to a brew pub once, I don't even remember the name -- I think it was on Liberty St. I did like that place, but at the time I didn't spend money on good beer. Nowadays I would love that place, if I could remember the name.

 

 

01/19/2017 - 1:43pm Thanks for putting this

Thanks for putting this together. A little suprising that ESPN is the leader. My only comment about the ratings is that it seems that you get the same amount of points for being the least wrongest as being dead on about a prospect.

12/06/2016 - 2:23pm 1. Team MVP - Peppers
2.

1. Team MVP - Peppers

2. Offensive MVP - Darboh, picked up Chesson's slack, and was our go to guy in big situations.

3. Defensive MVP - Peppers, his versatility allowed UM to do all kinds of wonderful things.

4. Special Teams MVP - Kenny Allen -- UM was one of the best if not the best in Average starting field position and Allen was a big reason why (Peppers is the other, but didn't do much the last 3 weeks). Allen also didn't miss a FG after the Wisconsin debacle

5. Best Offensive Player - Butt.

6. Best Defensive Player - Lewis. Peppers was more important, but you simply couldn't throw on Lewis

7. Most Improved - Offense-Mangnuson, he was probably our best lineman week in week out. Defense - Gedeon hard to believe he didn't get more playing time in previous years.

8. Freshman - Evans. Added explosive plays to our offense which we needed. Gary was great but seemed to hit the freshman wall.

9. Coordinator/Position Coach of the Year: Brown

10. Most Underrated: Magnuson -- we're going to miss him next year.

11. Favorite Offensive Player -- Butt

12. Favorite Defensive Player -- Charlton -- he was a beast by the end of the year.

13. Play/Highlight of the Year -- Train formation

14. Game of the Year -- Michigan vs OSU. Despite the outcome, these were clearly 2 of the top 4 teams in the country.

15. Favorite Moment -- Peppers returning the 2-pt conversion against MSU because Dantonio is a prick. I would have laughed so hard if MSU recovered the on-side kick.

 

 

 

11/17/2016 - 5:02pm I think he means that if the

I think he means that if the OSU team that played Northwestern shows up we would likely beat them. [Unless of course the UM team that played Iowa shows up]

11/16/2016 - 5:44pm They tried that a few years

They tried that a few years ago. UM always lost straight up when they strayed from the Kenpom prediction. Now they always pick whatever Kenpom does, lest they anger the baskeball gods.

11/04/2016 - 3:31pm Probably the same way that

Probably the same way that Iowa has the best OL in the country.

11/04/2016 - 2:02pm Yes, I was thinking of Oregon

Yes, I was thinking of Oregon State, and spelled his name wrong.

Gary Andersen is the coach of Oregon State and Mike Riley is the coach at Nebraska.

11/04/2016 - 12:26pm 1. I think it has to be

1. I think it has to be someone from the west, thus Wisconsin is my pick -- I think it will be too difficult to beat Harbaugh and Meyer in the same year.

2. Improves the most, I'll say Illinois. Lovie can coach and the west will be the easier division. [Though Purdue can make some noise with the right hire]

3. I'll be contrarian and say Nebraska will be the team to slide. They are recruiting low 3-stars and Gary Anderson will turn Nebraska into the Oregon State of the B1G.  I don't believe that Dantonio/MSU will slide despite this year.

11/03/2016 - 4:32pm I think I got the Refs at

I think I got the Refs at -22, which is easily the worst number I've seen by a factor of 2. It doesn't even include the OPI that Brian referenced or the first Lewis PI.  That is insane.

11/02/2016 - 2:28pm I, for one, will not miss

I, for one, will not miss Alex Olah one bit. That dude destroyed Michigan every single time.

11/01/2016 - 4:22pm I hate MSU -- they are

I hate MSU -- they are obnoxious losers and even worse winners. 1990 tripping Desmond to win the game. 2001 Spartan Bob blatant cheating. 2011 delibrately trying to injure our players. 2014 running up the score.

Also, I've mentioned this before, but I hate Indiana basketball so much that I want their football team to lose every game.

 

11/01/2016 - 1:32pm From a pure SOS standpoint,

From a pure SOS standpoint, Clemson > Alabama=Michigan, plus Clemson has already played their 3 toughest games. From a performance standpoint Alabama=Michigan>Clemson. With Alabama as defending champ, they will be #1. Depending on the weight they give the SOS vs performance Clemson and Michigan will be #2 and #3. Washington will be a distant #4 with Louisville and OSU right behind.

10/27/2016 - 5:45pm They also have Simone Manuel

They also have Simone Manuel and Ella Eastin; beating Stanford will be very difficult come NCAAs.