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12/04/2018 - 8:33pm Yeah, it’s for first year…

Yeah, it’s for first year. It’s a Chicago thing, apparently, as both Northwestern and the University of Chicago refer to freshmen as first years.

11/29/2018 - 5:00pm If I learned anything from…

If I learned anything from Gene Hackman in the Replacements it’s that Sumo wrestling and offensive line play are exactly alike. That, and don’t be a duck.

11/17/2018 - 7:56pm If I hadn’t watched the OSU…

If I hadn’t watched the OSU game beforehand, I’d be saying if Michigan plays like this next week, there’s no way we win. But if OSU plays next week likemthey played this week, there’s no way Michigan loses. They’ll put up points, but Higdon and Patterson will run (and throw) all over them.

11/14/2018 - 12:08pm Dawand Jones is a big dude…

Dawand Jones is a big dude. Interesting offer sheet, too, with USC and FSU offers. 247 says Greg Frey is his primary recruiter at FSU even though Jones seems like the antithesis of a Frey Tackle.

Is UM looking at him as a fall-back in case other OL recruits go elsewhere?

11/08/2018 - 4:45pm Even the sports they used to…

Even the sports they used to be decent to good at (Women’s basketball, baseball, soccer) have cratered since they joined the Big 10. I guess they help us to have our own Lacrosse league?

11/08/2018 - 4:38pm NY and NJ have lots of good…

NY and NJ have lots of good players in their HSs (as we’ve learned to our benefit) and Schiano somehow managed to convince enough of them to go to Rutgers to put together a good team. There was a moment when I thought they might be able to get to, say, just below the Iowa/MSU level of performance (I.e., usually a winning program but rarely relevant for league championships) but then it turned out, as you say, to have been a Schiano blip. Flood did pretty well with Schiano’s players but could not keep the recruiting momentum going.


(Full disclosure: I grew up a Rutgers fan in the 80s and might still be a Rutgers fan if they were in the AAC. They’re an embarrassment to the Big 10, though, and I wish they would just go away. It sucks that Michigan has to play them every year and only occasionally gets to play Minnesota.)

11/08/2018 - 3:44pm Rutgers-New Brunswick is a…

Rutgers-New Brunswick is a normal State University, and a fairly prestigious one at that, although not in Michigan’s league. Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark are separate campuses with separate admissions and separate academic programs. They are largely commuter schools, but certainly not community colleges (not only do they offer bachelors degrees, they have multiple graduate programs.) I don’t know if they have their own sports teams, though the players are all students at the New Brunswick campus.

11/06/2018 - 2:59pm Louisville used to recruit…

Louisville used to recruit Ohio pretty well. I figured that Kentucky's improved Ohio recruiting was coming at Louisville's expense/partly explained their collapse rather than coming at the expense of second- and third-tier B10 schools.

10/24/2018 - 9:50am I don’t think your…

I don’t think your interpretation is crazy or clearly wrong, but I also don’t think it’s as obvious as you seem to think it is. She said Gary decided to play through it, hoping it would heal on its own but given how tough practice is, it never had the chance. You could read that as criticism of the coaching staff for not letting him ease up in practice at the start of the season to give him time to heal or you could read that as him making his own decision about his rehab and it not working out.

I think either reading is plausible, but I suspect that Harbaugh would have rather had Gary miss SMU than MSU and would not have rushed him back if Gary didn’t want to play.

10/23/2018 - 9:03am Are we sure it repeated and…

Are we sure it repeated and that the reporters didn’t just ask the same questions over again?

10/20/2018 - 5:10pm Some questionable play calls…

Some questionable play calls and decisions on offense in the rainy portions of the game, but overall a good job and great defensive coaching.

I think we should throw out the jet sweeps, though. They don’t seem to work much for us and we have enough other offensive weapons.

10/16/2018 - 10:55am Yes, that is true.

Yes, that is true.

10/16/2018 - 9:57am We complain a lot about the…

We complain a lot about the stupid questions asked in these pressers—and some of them are certainly downright dumb—but when Harbaugh refuses to answer questions where he actually has useful information to give, like injuries or why they made certain gameplay decisions, it’s not clear to me what the reporters could ask that wouldn’t be stupid. I understand why Harbaugh won’t answer those questions, but it doesn’t leave much room for good questions that can get useful answers.

10/15/2018 - 2:42pm There’s nothing wrong with…

There’s nothing wrong with being more tree than man.

10/03/2018 - 12:07pm At least now when I am…

At least now when I am getting my butt handed to me in Fortnite, I can console myself that it might be Chase Winovich doing it and at least I’m not getting destroyed by him as much as Northwester players had been.

10/01/2018 - 10:56am I do like this new trend of…

I do like this new trend of opposing coaches wantonly burning timeouts to ice players at positions not often iced. Here’s hoping Penn State decides to ice our kick-off specialist when the time comes.

10/01/2018 - 8:13am If we’re really going with…

If we’re really going with Juche for Uche’s nickname, I have an excuse to post my favorite YouTube video of all time.

Hopefully we’ll have Juche dance parties regularly in the opponents’ backfields.

09/30/2018 - 6:20am Do refs watch replays of the…

Do refs watch replays of the game? If so, how embarrassed is that ref going to be when he sees that Higdon was tackled and not the other way around? I don’t know how to solve the reffing problem but it seems to be getting worse and not better. (At least this time, Michigan was the beneficiary of some horrible calls as well.)

09/21/2018 - 6:22pm The freezing of the OL thing…

The freezing of the OL thing is something FSU did a lot when Trickett was the OL coach. The idea is that if a DL jumps offside, your OL don’t move to help prove that they didn’t draw the DL offside.  The downside’s are, of course, that you’re sacrificing the free play and, if the DL didn’t jump, you’re just getting your QB killed. It’s a dumb idea, and I think Trickett abandoned it in recent years, but there’s some weird logic to it.

01/05/2017 - 6:42pm Vastardis

Since you discussed walk ones onthe DL, what about Vastardis on the OL? Has the build to be a real lineman (as opposed to the other walk ons on the OL who are below 300) had some D-1 scholarship offers (ODU, Air Force, and, apparently, Northwestern) and got some camp chatter from Harbaugh.

A redshirt freshman 2-star walk-on as a starter is a scary thought, but it wouldn't surprise me if he made the 2-deep.

12/12/2016 - 2:50pm That math is only accurate if

That math is only accurate if you assume each committment is an independent event.  If there are positive (or negative) relationships between the committments, then the chances could be higher (or lower.)  Since these are mostly different positions, I don't think there would be any negative relationshios.  But if getting one recruit excites a later recruit or if the spacing of the announcement dates were planned, then there would be positive relationships. 

12/05/2016 - 12:01pm Good hire for Purdue; WTF is Brohm thinking?

This is about the best possible hire for Purdue.  No big name coach (except one looking for a last payday before retiring) is going to take the job and Brohm has done well for himself so far as both an OC and an HC.

But this is more likely tot stall Brohm's career rather than serve as a stepping stone to bigger things.  I'd have thought his .750 winning percentage and back to back conference titles would have gotten him a place with more winning potential than Purdue, but maybe they opened up the Big 10 network coffers and made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

10/22/2016 - 2:04pm George the cat

I also have an exotic shorthair (like George) and she does stand on two legs more often than any other cat I know, though not as often as George seems to. It is remarkably adorable and that video is awesome.

09/26/2016 - 6:08pm Wow

He's at least a foot taller than most of the other players on the field. Is that video taken from him playing in a pee wee league?

09/25/2016 - 10:03am Recruiting?

But can 'analysts' recruit? I thought only official coaches could have contact with recruits. I guess he could help identify recruits, but is that really his strong suit n recruiting?

09/19/2016 - 6:29pm No legs means no knees

I don't think your waist touching the ground means you're down, so he'd be good until his elbow hit the ground. It would pretty hard to tackle him without hitting his head, so that's good. In the other hand, he would probably struggle to see over the line.

09/15/2016 - 10:45am Drake

Those comments on Drake are not at all encouraging. Is he the most snake bit player ever at Michigan? And do we know what the current injury is? Could it be an actual snake bite?

09/11/2016 - 11:27am Agree.

It seemed from first viewing that they were consistently getting run pressure against the left guard. I saw Bredeson get beat a few times and I wondered how much Braden was playing. If he was also getting beat as bad as Bredeson, that's not good. The rest of the line, though, looked fine.

09/10/2016 - 6:22pm Bama

Alabama is right now beating Western Kentucky in the 4th Quarter, 24-3. But Bama has only 80 rushing yards at less than 3 ypc. I'm not watching the game, but I'm going to guess they're running into a stacked box and after scoring enough points through the air (2tds on 330 yards) they've taken the foot off the gas and are content to keep slogging into stacked box. (They're backup qb is in on this most recent drive.). This is exactly what Michigan did today, although they performed rather better through the air and put up more points.

I wonder how many Crimson Tide fans are complaining that they can't run the ball and they're tired of the excuses,

09/15/2015 - 3:08pm News article confirms most of this

Here's an article from  which seems to confirm most of that, namely that Caroo was involved in a fight between his girlfriend and another woman.…

08/18/2015 - 8:42am Unless the cat moved the

Unless the cat moved the ladder to that position himself, what sort of dumbass puts a ladder right next to a operating cealing fan?  Also, my cat would totally climb that latter and try to touch the fan, although she would try to smell it first, which would end even more poorly.

08/15/2015 - 2:18pm Where next?

If it he wants to play, he wants to play.  If he knows that he won;t make the NFL, the only time he has left to play football is in college and he correctly assessed that wasn't going to happen at Michigan.

Yes, he's giving up a Michigan degree and a Michigan education, but you can get a good education elsewhere, too.  Indiana might want him, or Purdue.  And if he has to drop to the MAC, Ball State is a pretty good school and close to his family as are some of the schools in Ohio.

Sure, none of them are as good academically as Michigan, but they're good enough academically that I would not necessarily advise him against leaving if he were my kid.  It's important for him to be happy and have the chance to fulfill his dreams, too.

Regardless, best of lock to Samuelson.  It seems like it was a tough decision and he left in the classiest possible way.  I hope he manages to see the field wherever he goes next and succeeds at everything else he wants to do in life.

07/27/2015 - 8:39am My guess

I would guess that they add BYU and one of SMU or Houston to get to 12.  The two Florida schools would be interesting if they want to "expand their footprint," but neither really bring that much to the table outside of that.  Similar deal with Cincinnati.

Boise State brings nothing but football (no other sport, not a large market, pretty far away geographically) and I wonder how long their football team stays good with Peterson gone and wonder how good it would be with stronger competition.

The good news for the Big12 is that 6 of those 7 schools would definitely say yes (does BYU want to stay independent?) and each is a reasonable if not exciting addition.  So they can get to 12 and get their championship game with ease.

07/21/2015 - 12:10pm Me too

I'm with you.  I love Draftageddon.  In depth discussion of players from other teams that I otherwise might no little about?  Endless snark?  Mgoblog authors doing stupid things?  How can you not love this?

06/03/2015 - 11:29am No way is Captain America

No way is Captain America NCAA-eligible.  He profits off of his own image when only the NCAA is allowed to profit from his image.  The PEDs he took are irrelevant.

05/27/2015 - 3:56pm Rudock ain't no hero and

Rudock ain't no hero and that's understood.  All the redemption he can offer is being just pretty good.

05/26/2015 - 7:55am beech volleyball

I like your thinking, good sir, but you clearly have the wrong trees playing the game.  Willows are known to be the best at volleyball as their drooping branches give them a great ability to spike the ball.

Plus, trees are more mobile than you think.  In recent years, some have become very ent-ish and if the opposing team were made up of plant-haters likes orcs or cornhuskers, the trees could move quite swiftly to defeat them.

About the only problem I see, though, is that sand is not really our natural soil.  If it were dirt volleyball, we'd be unstoppable.

05/18/2015 - 4:29pm Flying trash and bodily waste in storage containers

So, a cross between playing in East Lansing and Columbus, but with more smog and less air.  Sounds like hell.

03/16/2015 - 2:55pm Good point

His name should obviously be "Tiny."

02/18/2015 - 5:19am panic attacks

I never suffered from PTSD, but I did go through a period when I had somewhat frequent panic attacks.  My memories of those attacks are clear and, as far as I can tell, accurate.  Unless PTSD-related panic attacks are fundamentally different from other anxiety-related panic aattacks, I'm not sure you can draw the conclusion you're drawing from her account.

02/18/2015 - 5:12am miss st.

I was at the Gator Bowl when we played Mississippi State.  Other than how annoying the cowbells were, the Miss. State fans were very friendly, before, during, and, especially, after the game.

Things might be different at the traditional SEC powers, but I wouldn't tar all fans in the conference.

02/18/2015 - 5:11am whoops

posted in the wrong place.  Ignore.

01/19/2015 - 2:36pm Peppers "behind" Arnette

Arnette's comment about how good it would be to have Peppers "behind" him suggests that Peppers is moving to safety, unless he meant Peppers would only be behind him metaphorically.  Given the positional depth charts, this isn't necessarily a bad move, but it kind of spoils the Woodson 2.0 thing a bit.

Or, perhaps I shouldn't read too much into off the cuff comments by recruits...

01/13/2015 - 9:57am 9-3, though 8-4 is more likely than 10-2

My money would be on 9-3.  I think we're very likely to lose to Utah (good team plus the 1st game PAC10 road game idea still gives me the heebiejeebies.)  I think we lose to OSU and at least 1 of MSU, PSU, and Minnesota.  (The third the least likely.)

Utah is having some coaching turmoil, so we very well could win that, and it's not impossible we sweep the trio I mention above and even OSU is winnable, I think.  On the other hand, our non-conference schedule is rough, as BYU and the other OSU aren't pushovers and the first B10 game scares me a bit as its a road game and it might take some time for the team to gel under a new coach and with a new (inexperienced) QB.

So, while I think 9-3 is most likely, I think we're more likely to fall short of that than exceed it.

01/07/2015 - 3:01pm But he claimed that hiring a

But he claimed that hiring a ST coach meant no TE coach and Drevno doing OL.  But there's still space for either an OL or a TE coach (or a OL/TE combo coach) even if everything else in the chart is accuratedly predicted..

01/07/2015 - 1:27pm Don't you get 9 assistants?

Don't you get 9 assistants?  Isn't there room for one more on staff above what Brian has posted above in the chart?  By my count, there are 8 assistants (Drevno, Wheatley, Morton on offense; Durkin, Mattison, Manning, Jackson on Defense; and ST coordinator.)

So, unless I'm missing something, there's still room for an OL coach or TE coach.

11/29/2014 - 12:40am I was wearing my Michigan cap

I was wearing my Michigan cap in a Florida supermarket this week and the elderly bagboy asked me when I thought Brady would be fired (turned out he grew up in Flint and retired to the South) and if I thought Harbaugh would replace him. He seemed more skeptical Miles would leave the SEC than Harbaugh would leave the NFL.

So, I don't think you can find a more casual fan than an old Florida bagboy and he wanted aharbaugh and thought it was possible.

11/18/2014 - 9:33pm Panda

Definitely has the closest body shape to Brady and the eating bonus will appeal to him.  Plus, they say "Slow down, relax," all the time, which is in keeping with Brady's philosophy on offensive tempo.

11/08/2014 - 2:33pm So, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl?

So, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl?

ETA: Which no longer exists, having been replaced by the Bitcoin Bowl.  There's an appropriate metaphor in that, too, I'm sure.

11/02/2014 - 12:34pm Different interaction with the media

Only reading the transcript and not seeing the video, but it seems like Hoke and the press interacted differently in this presser than previous ones (even after previous wins.)  There didn't seem to be as many testy exchanges, Hoke actually provided some specific answers (to injury questions, no less!), and their seemed to be more humurous banter.  Was Hoke more relaxed, were the media less aggresive, or am I reading too much into this?