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11/17/2018 - 11:11pm Herbstreit is not all that…

Herbstreit is not all that well-liked by OSU fans. I don't think fear of their reaction will factor into his pick. 

Not that it matters what Herbstreit thinks. 

11/16/2018 - 1:16am If I had to choose, I would…

If I had to choose, I would say it's a tie between Ed Warinner and Don Brown. And if I had to choose only one, I would say Ed Warinner because OL had been the weak link for the better part of the last decade, and none of the other OL coaches we went through during that time had much success in turning it around.

But honestly, this is like choosing the nicest car out of a lot full of Ferraris. You can't really go wrong.

11/16/2018 - 1:08am (No subject)

11/15/2018 - 11:53pm The problem is that OSU will…

The problem is that OSU will play its best too. They may have a game or two every year in which they inexplicably shit the bed (at least that's been the pattern lately), but that never happens against us (regrettably). 

11/15/2018 - 11:50pm Well if Herbstreit says it,…

Well if Herbstreit says it, then I look forward to watching Coach Les Miles and the Wolverines take 15 years of frustration out on the Buckeyes. GO BLUE!

11/15/2018 - 6:22pm This is one of those…

This is one of those questions that's difficult to answer for the most wonderful reasons.

11/15/2018 - 12:03am Wow. I certainly wasn't…

Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting that

11/14/2018 - 5:25pm Hoping we can get revenge…

Hoping we can get revenge. 2013 still stings more than 2018 though. We had a very slim chance against that Villanova team from the get go. They were loaded with talent and firing on all cylinders. We could have played them 25 times and Villanova would have won 22 or 23. 2013 was a different matter, however. We played a competitive game against a staggeringly dirty program, a game that turned on a handful of plays (at least one of which was a clean block that was called a foul). I'm still bitter over that one. 

11/14/2018 - 10:43am I've always thought their…

I've always thought their uniforms were meh. There's nothing all that distinctive about them. At least ND has their golden helmets.

Having said that, the uniforms of pretty much every team not named Michigan are just meh. And that is an objective fact with no bias whatsoever, obviously.

11/11/2018 - 11:01pm It's the NFL. Except for…

It's the NFL. Except for Belichick, every coach is basically a lame duck. 

11/11/2018 - 10:52pm Yeah, he's not coming to…

Yeah, he's not coming to coach here. If he takes the year off from coaching, he'll spend some time in Ann Arbor and help out as Jim asks him to (possibly as a talent evaluator, part time volunteer analyst, or dude who addresses the team from time to time). But a full-time paid assistant coach? Nope. 

11/08/2018 - 6:28pm Thanks for clarifying.

Thanks for clarifying.

11/08/2018 - 9:20am FSU is bad at the football…

FSU is bad at the football and should feel bad. ND is not losing to FSU.

11/06/2018 - 5:25pm Seeing as how we haven't…

Seeing as how we haven't lost to IU since 1987 (one of the very few winning streaks that survived the RichRod and Hoke eras) and the game is at home, I think we're more a part of their revenge tour than vice-versa .

11/02/2018 - 6:24pm Hate to say it, but for me,…

Hate to say it, but for me, family is one of the few things that takes priority over Michigan Football. Go to your cousin's game and catch the Michigan game on replay or on-demand later. Cheer hard for your cousin and stay off social media and the interwebs.

11/02/2018 - 1:35pm Seeing as how over half of…

Seeing as how over half of those in attendance (probably) weren't even alive when Chris Webber was playing for Michigan, and many weren't even alive when the Ed Martin scandal was unfolding, I doubt there will be much booing.

11/01/2018 - 1:52am 1) 38/M

2) Is this a…

1) 38/M

2) Is this a serious question? Is there any correct answer other than "all of them"?

3) I've basically told her it's non-negotiable. She's also an alum (we met in Philosophy 101 in Angell Hall), so she gets it even if she's not the biggest fan. But it's a little easier here on the West Coast with so many noon games, which is 9 AM here. The game is usually over by 12:30 PM and we have the rest of the day to do whatever. Also, I don't much care for pro football, so we also have Sundays.

10/25/2018 - 7:07pm This video is just begging…

This video is just begging to be turned into one of those "Me when [something awesome happens]" memes. 

10/24/2018 - 6:05pm Why do they have LSU so low?…

Why do they have LSU so low? That's weird.

We're about where we should be (i.e., right on the cusp). As long as we take care of business, we should get in.

10/24/2018 - 1:51pm You do realize that Shea…

You do realize that Shea Patterson played in a passing spread at Ole Miss and that he broke their single-game passing record last year, right?

He's not risk averse. The conservatism is by design. And it's not that complicated; establish the run to set up the pass. That's vintage Harbaugh. And so far, it's working. In fact, it's a huge credit to Shea and to the offensive staff that he's been able to adjust seamlessly from Ole Miss' pass-first offense to Michigan's run-first offense. 

I'm convinced that the offensive staff has some never-before-seen passing plays for Shea that they plan on breaking out in the Ohio State game (sort of like how Jim Tressel broke out a 5-wide set in the 2006 Ohio State game that they hadn't used all season and shredded our defense for 300+ passing yards... painful memory). 

10/23/2018 - 5:52pm Didn't he collapse on the…

Didn't he collapse on the sideline during the Indiana game? Honestly, I would be surprised if he's still there next year (and then I would be surprised if he doesn't resurface at Auburn/Louisville/USC/wherever the year after that). 

10/23/2018 - 12:35pm I highly doubt that OSU…

I highly doubt that OSU loses to either MSU or Nebraska. I fully expect that The Game will be for all the marbles this year. 

10/23/2018 - 12:30pm Warde is low-key and prefers…

Warde is low-key and prefers to remain in the background, and that statement is in keeping with his style. He's a bit different from the athletic directors we've had in the recent past; Jim Hackett was very visible in a good way (perhaps by necessity, since he inherited a mess), and David Brandon was very visible in a bad way. Warde is like neither of them. 

In any case, I'm sure they're handling it. 

10/17/2018 - 1:04pm My sense is that technique…

My sense is that technique is much more important for O-linemen (and D-linemen, for that matter) because unlike the skill positions, there's no way to improvise your way out of a jam (actually there is, but it's called holding). But if you have the size and the strength, then technique can be coached up and taught. Playing O-line doesn't entail as much raw athleticism as the skill positions (unless you consider strength a form of raw athleticism), but it entails a lot more technique and there's a lot more to remember. 

10/17/2018 - 12:55pm Why is this a thing?

Why is this a thing?

10/15/2018 - 8:33pm My understanding is that…

My understanding is that Hand chose Alabama over Michigan because Alabama had no problem with his plan to major in civil engineering whereas Michigan wasn't exactly thrilled with that idea. Though he didn't end up pursuing civil engineering, he did graduate from Alabama in three and a half years with a 3.4 GPA. Not sure the shot at his academics is warranted. 

10/15/2018 - 4:24pm Dantonio treats this game…

Dantonio treats this game like the Super Bowl and over-prepares for it every year. We'll likely see a number of looks and an overall level of intensity from MSU that they haven't shown anyone else this season. The same can be said for Michigan, but to a lesser extent since we have at lease one other rivalry game that outranks MSU in order of priority.

 

10/08/2018 - 7:40pm Oh my God. I had no idea Ace…

Oh my God. I had no idea Ace's health was in such a dire state. I hope it's not as bad as what it looks like in the video.

Thank you for everything, Ace. You will be sorely missed. Best wishes for a full recovery. 

10/04/2018 - 11:50am True, but I'm sure he's…

True, but I'm sure he's letting his players know that he's not pleased with their first quarter performance and working on fixing those issues. That's what I love about our coaches; they instill accountability internally, but they'll never throw their players under the bus externally.

10/04/2018 - 11:46am Easily the most charismatic…

Easily the most charismatic coach on the entire staff (and the top assistant, hands down).

10/02/2018 - 8:55pm It feels good to observe all…

It feels good to observe all of this purely as an amused spectator, confident that as long as Beilein is in charge, Michigan will never come up in any of these discussions (except perhaps in the context of "Recruit A choose school X and coach Y over Michigan and Coach Beilein because he was offered a nice five figure sum").

10/02/2018 - 7:38pm Shea definitely looks like a…

Shea definitely looks like a leader out there and a guy who has the utmost respect of his teammates (and as for our tendency to start slow, Shea doesn't seem to be the problem). I'm not sure if there's any precedent for transfers being elected captain, but if Shea sticks around for his senior year, I see no reason why he shouldn't be. 

10/01/2018 - 5:40pm We're not as good as PSU and…

We're not as good as PSU and OSU, but the other B1G teams still treat their game against us as if we are. 

09/26/2018 - 7:13pm Finding ways to circumvent…

Finding ways to circumvent arbitrary and nonsensical NCAA rules about "amateurism" is one thing. Enabling wife-abusers is another. 

09/26/2018 - 1:16am kill it with fire

KILL IT…
kill it with fire

KILL IT WITH FIRE

09/25/2018 - 5:23pm Their fanbase is known for…

Their fanbase is known for being classy and gracious towards opposing fans. They pride themselves on it. There's a sign at Memorial Stadium addressing visiting fans that says, "You'll never lose in a nicer place." I went there for the 2012 Nebraska game and my experience was overwhelmingly positive (aside from the outcome of the game). We were approached by random people on the street who thanked us for visiting and wished us a safe trip back. None of the fans trash talked or cursed at us. Even the drunk ones were happy drunks. 

That's part of the reason why I think they were an excellent addition to the B1G. Their fanbase is a model for others around the country. Respect. 

09/25/2018 - 10:14am College basketball…

College basketball recruiting is absolutely filthy, way dirtier than college football recruiting. Even if Michigan were a blueblood (which it isn't), it would still be hard for a squeaky clean coach like Beilein to regularly compete for 5-star talent. But there's no doubt that he's the best in the business when it comes to developing talent, so I never worry about missing out on elite recruits. We'll be fine no matter what. 

09/23/2018 - 2:05pm The problem is that apart…

The problem is that apart from Notre Dame (to whom we lost), we haven't really played anyone halfway decent yet. Nebraska might be the worst team we've played so far, B1G notwithstanding. So although I'm glad we won, I don't think we learned much from yesterday's game.

09/22/2018 - 10:59pm I think this game revealed…

I think this game revealed more about Nebraska than it did about Michigan. It's not just that Nebraska is low on talent. They looked completely discombobulated. They committed mental mistakes, dumb penalties, missed tackles, blown coverage, you name it. They just looked like a disorganized, undisciplined, poorly-coached team. 

I mean, I'm glad we won and all, but this might be the worst team we've played so far, B1G notwithstanding.

09/21/2018 - 7:43pm I remember back in '97, on…

I remember back in '97, on the day that Charles Woodson won the Heisman, Michigan Basketball also happened to upset top-ranked Duke at Crisler. My buddy and I went to that game, and after we rushed the court, we went over to the stadium and ran around on the field. We threw around a football we found and made snow angels. There were no locked gates and no security guards. Good times. 

09/19/2018 - 9:28pm ...though he shouldn't have…

...though he shouldn't have been. Lloyd tried to retire after the Rose Bowl loss in 2007, but was talked out of it by Bill Martin and Mary Sue.

09/18/2018 - 7:47pm No, it is not safe or fair…

No, it is not safe or fair to say that. This was a bad comment, and you should feel bad.

09/18/2018 - 7:39pm Nebraska was a good addition…

Nebraska was a good addition. I'm happy to have them in the conference, and my sense is that most Cornhusker fans have no desire to return to a Big 12 that replaced Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas A&M with a former mid-major (TCU) and a geographic outlier (WVU). Also, their removal from the AAU was unfair, and their fate was sealed by two Big Ten schools who voted in favor of their expulsion (Michigan and Wisconsin) because it was a very close vote. We can't complain about the fact that they're not an AAU member when we're the ones who helped kick them out of the AAU. Also, their one appearance in the B1G Championship Game is one more than we've had (*sigh*). 

But Rutgers and Maryland can go pound sand. I really hope that whoever succeeds Delaney can find a way to get rid of them. 

09/18/2018 - 2:20pm In 2015, we lost The Game 42…

In 2015, we lost The Game 42-13. That had less to do with QB play and more to do with our DC having mentally checked out, and with simply not having the horses to compete with OSU. In 2016, we DEFINITELY would have won The Game with better QB play, seeing as how we spotted OSU ten points with a pick-six and and another pick that set up an OSU field goal. In 2017, we likely would have won The Game with better QB play, seeing as how we jumped out to a 14-0 lead but could only manage six points the rest of the way after OSU shut down the run game because they knew we couldn't pass to save our lives.

This year, I'm reserving judgment until we get into the thick of the B1G schedule. It could be that Harbaugh is purposely limiting Shea's exposure as you say and is planning on unleashing him when we get to the meat to the schedule after the O-line has (hopefully, for the love of God) had a chance to gel. Or, it could be that we're simply not that good. We really won't know until Wisconsin at the earliest.

09/18/2018 - 3:34am What's hilarious is that…

What's hilarious is that articles written by people who clearly have no concept of college sports are matter-of-factly reporting Criss' "Go Blue" shout as an encouragement to vote Democrat this November. LOLZ. 

09/17/2018 - 8:16pm Bygone era, unfortunately. 

Bygone era, unfortunately. 

09/17/2018 - 4:19pm Well shit, I hope not. In…

Well shit, I hope not. In fact, I was hoping it's closer to 25%.

09/16/2018 - 6:06pm Reason number 4664446899654…

Reason number 4664446899654 why I prefer college football to the pros. 

09/16/2018 - 4:42pm I REALLY hope the vanilla…

I REALLY hope the vanilla playcalling is a conscious strategy to get by with revealing as little of the playbook as possible for our marquee opponents. I NEED to believe that. 

09/15/2018 - 7:41pm Northwestern is barely a…

Northwestern is barely a road game. We won't really learn much more about this team until Wisconsin.