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01/19/2019 - 5:27pm We just don't match up well…

We just don't match up well against Wisconsin. Wisky's style of slowing down the game and forcing the opponent into a slugfest is the closest thing to kryptonite for Beilein. 

But on the whole, I'm okay with this loss. If Iggy doesn't struggle so mightily, we win. It was on the road against an unranked team. I would like to defeat all ranked teams and all rivals. We're still on track to doing that.

01/19/2019 - 12:59pm That AT&T doctor commercial…

That AT&T doctor commercial is hilarious (even though I hate AT&T as a company and will never give them a dime of my money).

01/19/2019 - 12:57pm Iggy and Charles need to…

Iggy and Charles need to show up in the second half. 

01/19/2019 - 12:51pm We might win a game in the…

We might win a game in the BTT and squeak into the first four, if we're lucky. Let's just hope we don't draw Providence in the opening round. 

01/18/2019 - 7:37pm I think Hackett appointed…

I think Hackett appointed him to take over the administrative functions of the head coach position in the aftermath of Hoke's firing, but Hackett was quick to note that he was not a candidate for the job. 

01/18/2019 - 5:31pm You're confusing Cal and…

You're confusing Cal and Stanford. Stanford can legitimately claim to be "above the fray" so to speak, since their ridiculously low admit rate for general admissions (below 5%) means that the lowered bar for athletes is still significantly higher than basically any other program in FBS. Cal, on the other hand, is in the gutter with everyone else. Cal's graduation rates were the lowest in the Pac-10 under Tedford, and he took a bunch of JUCO transfers and other misfits who had no business being at an elite academic institution like Berkeley (even taking into account the lowered bar for athlete admissions). They also shuffle their players into do-nothing cupcake classes like any other football factory school. Cal as a Power 5 football/basketball program and Berkeley as an elite academic institution are basically two different places. 

01/18/2019 - 3:35pm That's not how I read it…

That's not how I read it. His conflicted relationship with Michigan is well-known, but I think the letter puts it in the context of his mindset and the factors that helped shape his personality and his character.  

01/17/2019 - 12:45pm Sure, but the sheer scale…

Sure, but the sheer scale and frequency of the turnover on Saban's staff (coupled with the fact that curiously few of his former assistants speak glowingly about their time with Saban) leads me to believe that his prickly personality is also a factor. I don't see Dabo Swinney's assistants leaving Clemson in droves. 

01/16/2019 - 9:13pm Nothing about the…

Nothing about the officiating is on Warde. I'm not quite sure what he was supposed to do after The Game in 2016. Yeah, it sucked for the team and it sucked for us as fans, but the AD should only get involved in complaining about officiating when it's truly egregious beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

The whole Rhonda Faehn situation was really bad though. It's probably the blackest mark on Warde's tenure so far. If Faehn is in any way to blame for Nassar not being caught sooner, then she should never have been hired. If she isn't, then Warde should have stuck to his guns and defended the hire. That whole situation was mismanaged from start to finish. 

01/16/2019 - 8:31pm Could it be that Nick Saban…

Could it be that Nick Saban is not exactly the most pleasant person to work for? Maybe, just maybe, Alabama's high staff turnover is due to the fact that people generally don't like being around Nick Saban. If so, that would SHOCK me, I tell you...

01/16/2019 - 5:23pm Wow. That's cold (literally…

Wow. That's cold (literally and figuratively).

01/16/2019 - 3:32pm I like Jalen Hurts. Seems…

I like Jalen Hurts. Seems like a great kid with strong character who has handled his situation well. I'm rooting for him to succeed (except when Michigan crosses paths with him, if that ever happens).

01/15/2019 - 6:39pm Great to see Wolverines move…

Great to see Wolverines move up in the coaching ranks. The bar is pretty low for defense in the Big XII, so this should be a good opportunity for Roy to learn and grow.

01/14/2019 - 8:42pm Well this saga appears to…

Well this saga appears to have been a pretty big misstep by Warde Manuel.

01/12/2019 - 5:29pm I agree that Nebraska as the…

I agree that Nebraska is the most disappointing.

Putting aside the Beilein factor, I would say that Michigan is the most overachieving team seeing as how we lost three of our four leading scorers from last year's team and somehow managed to improve. 

I think Indiana is about to take a tumble since they're entering a tough stretch in their schedule. Four of their next five are on the road, with their only home game against us. And that will be their third game in seven days.

Hate to say it, but the team about to make a run could be MSU. They may very well come to Crisler on 2/24 undefeated in the B1G.

01/12/2019 - 5:01pm Nevertheless, I'm still…

Nevertheless, I'm still outraged.

01/12/2019 - 4:57pm From the overhead view, it…

From the overhead view, it looked to me like it could have gone off the Duke player because the trajectory of the ball appeared to change when it passed over him. Based on that, I don't think there was indisputable video evidence to overturn the on-court call.

But when Duke is involved, gray-area calls will always be resolved in their favor.

01/11/2019 - 2:29pm Take off the homer glasses…

Take off the homer glasses. Anyone in that position would make whatever decision they thought was best for their career and their family.

01/11/2019 - 1:17pm I understand the concept…

I understand the concept that you're getting at, but your phrasing is a bit clumsy. No one wants the team to lose. If Michigan can somehow pull off the unthinkable and become the first team in the 64-team tourney era to finish the regular season and the postseason undefeated, then that would just be magnificent. But everyone understands that the chances of that happening are vanishingly slim. So what you mean is that if we have to lose a few games, who are we okay with losing to. I would like to win every rivalry game and every game against a ranked team. If we have to lose, then let it be a road game to a random team at the end of a quick swing, like @Iowa on 2/1, @PSU on 2/12, or @Maryland on 3/3. If those are our only three losses, then that would be amazing.

01/10/2019 - 5:29pm One positive for those of us…

One positive for those of us who were hoping for a shift in mindset and some ceding of control over the offense by Harbaugh: Gattis has no prior ties to Harbaugh or Michigan and likely wouldn't have come without an assurance that he would be handed the keys and given control over the playcalling. In other words, his title of offensive coordinator doesn't appear to be merely ceremonial as was the case with Drevno. 

01/10/2019 - 3:42pm This is good news and all,…

This is good news and all, but remember how excited we all were about Nussmeier and how that worked out? I'm cautiously optimistic, but the emphasis is on cautiously.

01/09/2019 - 10:48pm This pleases me greatly. 

This pleases me greatly. 

01/09/2019 - 3:07pm I emailed him about my son's…

I emailed him about my son's birthday and he responded with a nice happy birthday message (along with a word of advice to attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind). Putting aside some of his off-field antics and our disappointment with how the 2018 season ended, he is a very classy guy. 

01/09/2019 - 12:10pm I think 5 national…

I think 5 national championships in 10 years have earned Nick Saban a pass for his first blowout loss ever. If Michigan and Jim Harbaugh had that kind of track record, I wouldn't be as bothered by the OSU debacle. 

01/08/2019 - 11:27am WTF are you smoking? Our…

WTF are you smoking? Our hated rival, who has won SEVEN STRAIGHT against us and is four years removed from a national championship, poached one of our top recruiters (who also had two separate successful stints as our defensive coordinator), and this is somehow an indication of their desperation and inferiority?

01/05/2019 - 3:49am UCLA basketball is one of…

UCLA basketball is one of the most storied programs in college basketball but hasn't really accomplished anything in a long time and has been in a funk that is entering its third decade (sounds familiar). Under Sean Miller, Arizona basketball has been a solid regular season team but not a good tourney team. USC football has been lost in the woods since Pete Carroll left. Oregon football is still trying to recapture the Chip Kelly magic. Washington is basically the league's football power by default in the absence of USC and Oregon. In basketball, there's really no one without UCLA and Arizona. So yeah, the Pac-12 overall hasn't really amounted to much lately. 

01/04/2019 - 3:00pm The rich get richer. 

The rich get richer. 

01/02/2019 - 11:56am This is mostly because I…
This is mostly because I stopped thinking about Michigan's bowl game during the game. Like many people, some of them in pads and a helmet. Everyone knew that Michigan's season ended with the debacle in Columbus. This add-on exhibition was less an opportunity to accomplish something than an unwelcome reminder of college football's existence.
This. So much this. In fact, I don't think I've ever read anything written by someone else that so fully and accurately summarized my own feelings. Wow.
01/01/2019 - 10:27pm It's actually two in 18…

It's actually two in 18 years. Not that anyone is counting though. 

01/01/2019 - 8:04pm Isn't that the dude Mike…

Isn't that the dude Mike Gundy pulled out of obscurity from some D3 school in Pennsylvania? Why is it that we hire so-called big names who fail to live up to their billing, and other schools gamble on lesser-known (or totally unknown, in Yurcich's case) names who then hit it out of the park? 

12/29/2018 - 6:41pm Eh, whatever. What time is…

Eh, whatever. What time is the Binghampton game tomorrow? If I were John Beilein, I would be more than a little annoyed that my number 2-ranked, still-undefeated basketball program (along with the numerous banners Beilein has added to the rafters at Crisler) has to live in the shadow of a chronically-underachieving football program that seems to hog all the attention despite having failed to accomplish anything of consequence for the better part of two decades. Thankfully, Beilein is a much classier man than I.

We are a basketball school. Own it. Love it. Embrace it. Because John Beilein deserves it.

12/29/2018 - 6:10pm That's a separate issue…

That's a separate issue. Even without the bagmen, our recruiting is basically on par with that of Clemson and ND (who are in the CFP) and in the same ballpark as OSU, if recruiting rankings and star ratings are to be believed. But for some reason, those teams seem to get more out of their personnel than we do. 

12/29/2018 - 4:15pm Let's be honest with…

Let's be honest with ourselves: we're basically Iowa or Northwestern with more money, better marketing, and a bigger stadium.

12/29/2018 - 4:13pm Bo Pelini actually won his…

Bo Pelini actually won his division and went to Indy(and Dallas, when Nebraska was in the Big XII).

When we hired Harbaugh, we thought we had hired the best coach in the country. Well, Harbaugh isn't the best coach in the country (that would be Nick Saban). He isn't the best coach in the B1G (that would be Mark Dantonio, after Urban coaches his last game). He isn't the best coach in the B1G East (same). He isn't the best coach in his athletic department (that would be John Beilein). He might not even be the best coach on his own staff (Don Brown can lay claim to that distinction). Hell, he's not even the best coach IN HIS OWN FAMILY (that would be John).

12/28/2018 - 12:15pm Until we beat Ohio State, we…

Until we beat Ohio State, we need to adjust our expectations to the level of Iowa or Northwestern. Iowa and Northwestern fans don't talk about getting to the CFP. They talk about 10-win seasons and getting to Indy (which, incidentally, is something that Iowa and Northwestern have actually done and we haven't).

After the most humiliating, embarrassing, and demoralizing loss to Ohio State since the Rich Rod era, I feel like there's no point in contemplating any accolade other than finally beating Ohio State. That should be the singular obsession of everyone associated with this program. We sound delusional talking about getting to the CFP when we've never even been to Indy and haven't beaten a good Ohio State team since before Facebook was a thing. Honestly, I would have found a 1-11 season more satisfying if that one win was against Ohio State (an extremely contrived hypothetical, to be sure) than yet another season that raised expectations only to dash them in humiliating fashion. Once we beat Ohio State (a decent Ohio State team, not the throwaway-season aberration version of Ohio State that we beat in 2011), we can think about talking like "This is Michigan" actually means something other than chronic underachievement.

Until then, we're a basketball school and I'm pinning my hopes for glory on hoops. That's been a much safer bet of late. 

12/28/2018 - 11:47am Remember when we hired Jim…

Remember when we hired Jim Harbaugh in 2014 and no one thought that by the end of year four, we'd have zero wins against Ohio State, zero B1G championships (or appearances in the B1G Championship Game, for that matter), and zero CFP berths? 

12/27/2018 - 6:50pm Seeing as how 'Bama is 5-2…

Seeing as how 'Bama is 5-2 in CFP games,  has won two of the last three National Championships (not to mention five of the last ten), and hasn't lost a regular season non-conference game in forever, it's hard to argue that they're overrated in any respect, or that their success is in any way a product of the SEC arguably being overrated. 

12/27/2018 - 5:57pm Well that's an, umm,…

Well that's an, umm, interesting choice of words. 

In all seriousness, I'm against expanding the CFP field beyond 4. The BCS was terrible but they got it right with the CFP. Four is the number that strikes the optimal balance between ensuring that teams who can lay claim to being the best have an opportunity to play for the title and preserving the value of the regular season. This year, UCF might have had an argument, but teams like Georgia and (sadly) Michigan that didn't win their conferences and failed their biggest tests have no business being in the CFP discussion.

12/26/2018 - 11:58pm This is one ugly-ass…

This is one ugly-ass football game.

12/26/2018 - 4:12pm The logistics of that would…

The logistics of that would be nightmarish for what essentially amounts to a glorified exhibition game. 

12/26/2018 - 4:09pm My username and avatar are…

My username and avatar are in honor of Justice Frank Murphy (LLB '14), one of two Michigan Law alums to serve on the US Supreme Court. He also served as governor of Michigan and mayor of Detroit. He is best known for his dissenting opinion in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the constitutionality of the US Army's Japanese internment program and is now regarded as one of the darkest moments in the court's history. His dissent, which was later vindicated when Korematsu's conviction was finally overturned in 1983, sharply criticized the majority opinion as "legalization of racism." Murphy wrote, "Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life."

12/24/2018 - 6:15pm Don't forget Providence…

Don't forget Providence. They're 10-3 with road wins over Texas and Boston College.

12/24/2018 - 4:29pm Why do you disagree? It…

Why do you disagree? It sounds like you're agreeing with me.

12/24/2018 - 4:03pm lol... I wonder how many…

lol... I wonder how many people will understand this reference.

12/24/2018 - 3:58pm But Michigan isn't the…
But Michigan isn't the center of the universe

THOU HAST BLASPHEMED

12/24/2018 - 3:50pm Also Michigan is great but…
Also Michigan is great but it doesn't really have the rep we think it does.

This may be true for football, but for academics, I absolutely disagree. As a Michigan native and double Michigan alum (BSE and JD) who moved to the West Coast to pursue a career, I've been surprised at the name recognition Michigan has and how impressed people here seem when I tell them I went to Michigan. I was also a participant in HAIL (the program in which Michigan Engineering alumni in various cities around the country interview undergraduate out-of-state applicants), and I was really impressed with the quality of applicants. About one quarter of the kids I interviewed were accepted and matriculated, and a few of those chose Michigan despite having been admitted to schools like Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona College, etc. Sure, we're not on the level of the upper-echelon Ivies or Stanford/CalTech/MIT, but I don't know any Michigan alums who think we're on that level.

12/24/2018 - 3:28pm I live in the SF Bay Area…

I live in the SF Bay Area and I continue to be amazed at how Berkeley manages to maintain its lofty reputation despite its struggles and challenges in so many areas. The school is perpetually broke and has had to scale back on basic services like trash collection. Its campus is dirty and crime-ridden. Its facilities leave much to be desired. The entire UC system, and UC-Berkeley in particular, has suffered for years from horrible mismanagement by clueless and incompetent administrators. A fellow Michigan Engineering alum I know who is doing his PhD at Berkeley tells me that class sizes in their intro UG computer science classes fill multiple auditoriums with video feeds because they can't afford to hire more professors.

Stanford, on the other hand, is legitimately the best university in the world, hands-down. But Berkeley? Massively overrated.

12/24/2018 - 3:07pm I told my son that his mom…

I told my son that his mom and I are supportive and very open-minded and that when he gets to college, we will be fine with him choosing whichever type of engineering major he wants, as long as it's computer or electrical.  

12/24/2018 - 3:01pm Congratulations to you and…

Congratulations to you and your daughter! Great to have options.

Ivy League schools are not known for their engineering programs. If your daughter is set on engineering, I would stick with Michigan. The added expense of Princeton isn't really worth the marginal bump in prestige. But if she's not 100% sure about engineering and wants to keep her options open, then Princeton might be worth it. The prestige of an upper-echelon Ivy League school coupled with the relationships she'll have the opportunity to build there (as well as its proximity to the major hubs on the east coast) would be invaluable in fields like finance, economics, public policy, etc.  

12/23/2018 - 12:31pm I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH…

I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE