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10/15/2018 - 9:57am These two posts (by East…

These two posts (by Eastside and Sam) are my two favorite, ever, on this site. 

10/07/2018 - 10:50am If I recall, that brought it…

If I recall, that brought it up to 35 (I think).  Round number, football-wise.

10/03/2018 - 6:21pm Right on.

Right on.

10/02/2018 - 7:51pm This is one of the most…

This is one of the most enjoyable threads I've read on this site in several weeks.  Thanks to everyone who civilly contributed intelligent observations.

09/03/2018 - 12:43pm This ^.

ND has some really…

This ^.

ND has some really good DEs, and they're good two-deep.  Yes, I noticed three times Runyan got pantsed.  And the same may happen in the B10.  But ND has a good D.  It could just be that Runyan is not an elite player.

08/28/2018 - 4:58pm Is your screenname a…

Is your screenname a reference to the former UM center John Vitale?

01/27/2018 - 11:04am One of the best comments on this topic I've read.

It's shocking, though unsurprising, so many dinged you for it.  I think your comment is extremely insightful.

11/27/2017 - 2:13pm Brian

I'm not one of your fans.  I don't like your writing style or humor.  But I really respect and appreciate your comments at the start of this post.

09/29/2016 - 8:01pm No!

I don't want to win unless Wisconsin is in full health at full strength!  Winning will be cheap and counterfeit [email protected]!!

In other news, I want Michigan to win decisively.  That's all.  No artificial Ra-Ra from me.

03/31/2016 - 1:29pm For the better part of a decade...

That's just shocking to hear and realize.  It feels so good to have top to bottom competence on the coaching staff.

 

03/28/2016 - 12:38pm Mone

No word on Mone?  No buzz about Mone?

02/05/2016 - 1:59pm Just like AJ Williams?

I remember people repeatedly stating, even treating it as a fait accompli, that AJ Williams was going to "grow out of" TE and end up an OT.  Now people keep repeating the same baseless speculation with Wheatley.  In fact, has any coach suggested that the left tackle (I'm spacing on his name) is going to move to center?  Or is that just more internet wisdom being passed off as a decision the coaches are certain to make?

Upshot: people should qualify their complete speculation as speculation, not as a decision the coaches are certain to make.

02/02/2016 - 3:19pm Title

of the short story?

02/02/2016 - 3:16pm I signed in

so that I could say how much I enjoyed this sub-thread.  1484, nicely done.  You made me L-O-L.

Anyway, I hated Infinite Jest.  And yes, I gave it a fair shot, about 100 pages worth.

05/12/2015 - 9:17pm Republic

Republic

05/12/2015 - 9:15pm Baby talk

won't help.

04/24/2015 - 9:47pm Your post

is awesome.  Love the energy!  The short sentences!  The pugnacity!!

04/24/2015 - 1:57pm Good post

Until the last two paragraphs.  No need to give advice to thousands of strangers.  And you say don't emulate him -- then emulate him in the close of the post.

Aside from all that, I like the post.

04/16/2015 - 6:02pm Tell you what,

I think the frisbee team sounds pretty cool.  They sound like a bunch of passionate goofs.

04/09/2015 - 10:11pm Whirleyball.

That takes me back.

10/15/2014 - 5:49pm Didn't expect to say this again but

I really liked Hoke's answers to the Norfleet "Atomic Dog" dance.  He seems to really like Norfleet.  And I had to chuckle when Hoke said:" 'Course I've heard of the song.  I'm 55, I've been around awhile..."

10/05/2014 - 12:02am I never posted this

because I know how everyone here loves Jake Ryan.

But in an interview after the ND, he said something to this effect: "We left it all on the field.  We gave it our all.  We're not gonna hang our heads about this game.  Just gotta get better for next week..."

I really couldn't believe it.  Michigan just got spanked, shutout, lost by 31 points in a rivalry game, and perhaps their best defender is...nonplussed.  Not even upset.  "We did our best..."  A 31-0 loss is your "best"?

And what I realized...that's the mentality Hoke has instilled in this team.  No fire.  No chip on the shoulder.  No mean edge.  They receive blows rather than deliver them.  It's just incredible to see, week after week.

Michigan's signature win on the season is...Appy St.

10/04/2014 - 11:22pm Michigan has 4 losses.

I don't see how they beat MSU and OSU.  That means Michigan has to win every other game just to be bowl eligible.

By the way: not at all impressed with Mattison.   

10/04/2014 - 11:09pm Mattison is disappointing.

Can we stop, or even slow down, any passing team?  Michigan has gotten torched all year.  And the blitzes are ineffective -- they get picked up or the guys are too slow to get to the QB.  Man, that defense was just porous.  3rd and long was practically a certain 1st down pick-up.

09/27/2014 - 11:36pm This is Hoke's

Bobby Williams moment.  I predict: the sooner he gets fired, the better.

09/27/2014 - 6:56pm Lost and clueless.

With each week that passes, Hoke is beginning to look like a joke.  Utterly incompetent.

09/27/2014 - 12:11pm My view,

and this is not an indictment of the players as individuals, as persons, but I see almost no passion out there.  No chip on their shoulder that says, "Enough, let's maul our opponent, simply for the sake of pride."  When after both ND and Utah losses I hear boilerplate comments from players -- "we left it all on the field we just have to play as a team" -- then, yes, they've taken after Hoke in the wrong way: namely, it sounds like excuses, a string of self-affirmations, instead of hunger.

09/26/2014 - 9:16pm Serious question.

When did Gardner have good mechanics, good technical skills?  When did he display good field vision and the ability to go through progressions?  All I remember is people describing him as "raw" technically.   His QBing skill can't be "destroyed" if he never developed the skills in the first place.

09/26/2014 - 8:00pm Let me ask something.

Suppose Miller was a bad center.  He's a redshirt junior who has paid his dues; he's loyal to Michigan; he's on his 3rd OC.  But suppose he consistently called the wrong protections, suppose he consistently misidentified who he was supposed to block.  Say his snaps in the shotgun skidded on the ground or went over the QBs head.

Should he still start?  Or would you bring in Glasgow or Kugler?

DG is not getting the job done.  He's as much a deficit as a benefit.  To rag on Morris is unfair, because he has usually been thrown into action in a mini-crisis (DG's inability to pass last week, his foot injury that prevented him from playing in the bowlgame.)  

And if you point to Morris's bad bowlgame -- well, he was protected by the same Oline that performed so woefully all season.  Not exactly an impartial basis for judgment.

09/20/2014 - 7:30pm Michigan's D

isn't remotely as good as MSU's last year.

09/20/2014 - 7:20pm I predict

Gardner will continue to start, and will continue to misread blocks, take a sack rather than throw the ball away, lock on Funchess and not read coverage at all, show no touch, and of course throw interceptions.  Michigan will lose some otherwise winnable games as a result.

09/19/2014 - 10:30am "A diverse run game

with a simplified blocking structture."

Sweet words.

09/19/2014 - 10:23am That's refreshing to hear.

That Michigan's offense is in position to be sound, versatile and effective.

09/16/2014 - 7:11pm Yep.

Improvement and consistency with fundamentals.  That's what I want to see.

09/14/2014 - 10:53am I agree.

But at least it's better than not being able to run the ball against teams Michigan should dominate.

09/13/2014 - 7:45pm My impression, too.

And I like Deveon Smith.  

09/07/2014 - 3:34pm This, I believe, is the single, best diagnosis

of what's going wrong that I've read.  As a head coach, he inculcates an attitude of non-fire, non-urgency.  The team plays without attitude, and that's a reflection of a coach who claps his hands and says "let's go!" when his team is getting creamed.

08/16/2014 - 11:21pm Judging from Webb's twitter

Both Hurst and Henry are either quick, powerful, or both.  He led me to think that they're just good DL who outplayed the interior OL.

08/16/2014 - 10:15pm Per Sam Webb

"Scrimmage over.  Emphatic win by the D."

08/16/2014 - 10:10pm Yep.

Remember the supposedly titanic battles between Lewan and Clark preseason?  /sigh

05/29/2014 - 10:05pm Know what I'd like to see?

And I'm sure the tough testosteronie crowd on here will agree -- among men, that is!

I'd like to see Lewan go after a competitive heavyweight boxer.  Take a shot at him.  THEN I'll be impressed by Lewan's toughness.

05/29/2014 - 10:02pm "the PC crowd..."

An admission that you have nothing to say.

Yes, if someone belongs to a group you disagree with, violence is permissible.  GO BLUE>.>>WE"RE THE BEST THE VICTORS!11!

Lots of fights on campus?  With guys 6'7" 310 lbs and in excellent condition?  Yeah, right.

05/29/2014 - 8:21pm scumbag

Good riddance to Lewan.  In 5 years, he never matured.  He was a punk as a RS freshman, he remains one today.

12/07/2013 - 10:07pm Is MSU a rival?

I thought they don't count.

12/04/2013 - 8:07pm And THAT

is why you're not a staff member at Moglob!

12/03/2013 - 7:13pm Yep

Brian and his acolytes made up their mind about MaNBAlL GRrrRR 3 years ago.  NOTHING Borges can do will satisfy them.  We might as well resign ourselves to that fact.  Brian has no interest in a fair, neutral "analysis."  He has OregonDuck on the brain, with a pinch of RichRod.  It's a shame that that monomania corrupts an otherwise decent blog.

12/01/2013 - 12:13am Nah

This site is, after all, a business.  I don't thank the manager of 7-11 for making money off me.

I don't like Brian.  I think he's clearly biased, and too overreactive.  Nonetheless, I do think he (and his staff) have put together a (usually) worthwhile site.

11/29/2013 - 1:26pm atta boy!

THAT'S the way to support the team!

More ridicule for the entire football program!  No end to the ridicule!  Because we LOVE MEEEECHIGAN!!

11/27/2013 - 2:42pm K.I.S.S.

I've been a Borges defender for the past 2.6 years.  But to me, it comes down to this: It's the OCs job to make the offense work -- to compensate for weaknesses, exploit strengths, and make improvements where necessary.  Really, at this point I think all the Xs and Os and talk of strategy is beside the point.  Let's grant Hoke's and Borges's point: "there's always at least one guy who doesn't execute..."  Simple response: as the coach, you're responsible for that.  This offense is dysfunctional.  Whatever the (Platonically ideal) reasons why, the responsibility falls on the OC (or on the HC, for keeping the OC on).

11/27/2013 - 1:19pm derp

"The offense will probably never be good enough to put them at a consistently elite level..."

And the evidence supporting this guess?  Last 5 years, MSU's offense has been better than Michigan's: Cousin's better at QB; L. Bell better at RB; BJ Cunningham at least as productive as Michigan WRs; MSU knows what to do with a TE.  Their offense, while not all filled with sparkles and neon -- i.e., another boring Big10 offense -- has been consistent.  I see no justification for your "low ceiling" projection.

Unless, of course, it's because MSU doesn't run a Ducky type spread O.