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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. 

09/11/2018 - 1:19pm Yup. I feel terrible for the…

Yup. I feel terrible for the kid. MSU as a team? Not so much.

09/11/2018 - 1:17pm Hartbarger was injured on a…

Hartbarger was injured on a play that was blown dead before the snap due to a penalty. Sucks for the kid. Hate to see anyone get hurt that way, especially a punter. 

09/07/2018 - 12:43pm ...except that Wisconsin has…

...except that Wisconsin has had three head coaches in the past 7 years, which is even more than we've had. So coaching turnover in and of itself is clearly not the problem. 

I agree that firing Harbaugh is a non-starter. But let's also not pretend that the ongoing issues with the O-line and other aspects of the program aren't tremendously disappointing given the level of hype he came in with. This is year four and and he's had enough time to put his stamp on the program.

09/06/2018 - 1:25pm LOLZ SURE DUDE

LOLZ SURE DUDE

09/03/2018 - 6:56pm One of the most unsettling…

One of the most unsettling sights from Saturday (other than watching the O-line get blown up repeatedly) was Harbaugh's demeanor on the sideline. Even before we went down 14-0, he seemed... subdued. There was none of the swagger and intensity that we saw so often in 2015 and 2016. He looked like a man who was going through the motions. 

09/03/2018 - 1:00pm The score doesn't capture…

The score doesn't capture how lopsided this game was. ND only beat us by 7 because they stopped blitzing and went into prevent defense late in the 4th quarter, which lessened the pressure on our O-line and allowed us to squeeze out a touchdown. The defense did stiffen at halftime, but let's be honest: given the way we were being overwhelmed by ND's front seven, the game was never really in doubt. It's the same old bullshit. When you can't protect your QB in the face of a decent pass rush, there isn't a hell of a lot you can do on offense. 

09/03/2018 - 12:49pm For eight months, all we…

For eight months, all we heard was how much this team had improved and how hungry they were after last season and how the staff changes had worked wonders. And then we saw them shit the bed just like we've seen them shit the bed so many times over the past 10-15 years. I appreciate the optimism, I really do, but there's only so much shitting the bed I can watch before shitting the bed is what I come to expect out of this program. I mean, 12 years without a true road win over a ranked opponent in 16 tries? What reason do any of us have to think that they WON'T shit the bed? 

09/03/2018 - 12:33pm Well, shuffling chairs on…

Well, shuffling chairs on the Titanic and all. 

09/02/2018 - 10:05pm 8-4. We'll beat everyone we…

8-4. We'll beat everyone we should beat, but we'll struggle against any team with a pulse and continue to shit the bed when it matters the most. Harbaugh will fall to 1-8 against rivals. The MSU game will be closer this year, but we'll still lose. Ohio State remains a non-starter. The Big Ten Championship drought will continue, the Big Ten division championship drought will continue (actually we've never won one of those, so I don't know if the term "drought" applies), and the road wins against ranked opponents drought will continue.

This is, of course, barring some sort of dramatic mid-season turnaround. But after seeing last night's same-old-bullshit performance that followed eight months of hype about how much the team had improved, I don't see that happening.  

09/02/2018 - 9:54pm First of all, I never said…

First of all, I never said Harbaugh should be fired. Second of all, Dabo Swinney was a complete unknown who took a second-tier program and single-handedly elevated it into the first-tier. Harbaugh came in with the hype of a rockstar savior who was going to rescue our formerly first-tier program from the third tier where it had been languishing for far too long. He may have brought it into the second tier, but in year four, that falls far short of what we expected. And we've been absent from the first tier for so long that it's fair to question whether we even belong there anymore.  

09/02/2018 - 8:29pm Listen, man. It's year four…

Listen, man. It's year four. This is Harbaugh's team. He's had enough time to put his stamp on the program, and he has everything he needs for elite-level performance. We just got through eight months of hype about how much the offense has improved, how the O-line is leaps and bounds better than it was last season, how the new-look offensive coaching staff is a major upgrade, and how the revamped S&C program has transformed the team physically. And yet, we still saw the same issues that plagued the team last season, and the offensive line looked just as bad as it did last year (worse, in some respects). If this isn't the year when everything falls into place, then I'm having difficulty believing that it ever will. 

09/02/2018 - 12:34pm It's as if the offensive…

It's as if the offensive line has actually managed to regress from last season's mediocrity. Last season, they could run block but not pass block. Yesterday, they couldn't do either. 

08/29/2018 - 11:37pm I look forward to every…

I look forward to every season's 'The Story' post almost as much as I look forward to the season itself. This one did not disappoint. Well done, Brian.

08/29/2018 - 1:54pm Losing a kid to Stanford…

Losing a kid to Stanford sucks but also doesn't suck because it's one of the few football schools (perhaps the only football school) that's academically superior to Michigan across the board. As much as I bleed maize and blue, it's hard to blame a kid for jumping at an opportunity to get a Stanford degree without having to compromise on an elite football experience. Lots of recruits claim that academics are an important factor in their decision, but when they choose Stanford over Michigan, at least you know they're not bulshitting. 

08/28/2018 - 3:20pm However, those old Michigan…
However, those old Michigan teams flat-out wore most opponents down in the second half of games. When you demoralize your opponents by being bigger, faster and stronger, you're a team to be reckoned with.

Except for, you know, Rose Bowls and what not.

I'm all for bringing back the aspects of old-school Michigan football that worked, but expecting to beat the likes of  'Bama et al. by trying to wear them down doesn't strike me as the best strategy.

08/28/2018 - 12:29pm 1) Offensive line

2)…

1) Offensive line

2) Offensive line

3) Offensive line

4) Offensive line

5) Offensive line

6) Quarterback

08/16/2018 - 11:38am He's as good as gone.

He's as good as gone.

08/15/2018 - 1:24am There were plenty of…

There were plenty of lowlights from the 2014 season. Obviously the Minnesota game and the concussion incident were among the most embarrassing/disappointing/infuriating/depressing moments of that season. To me, what sticks out in my mind the most was the Utah game. Until then, I had never gotten the sense that the players weren't trying their hardest. Even at the lowest point of the Rich Rod era, it never seemed like the players were just mailing it in. But the visibly uninspired and borderline lethargic performance by the offense in that game was really eye-opening and depressing.

There was one play in particular I'll never forget that epitomized the downward spiral into which the Hoke era had descended: just before the game was suspended at about the 7:00 mark in the 4th quarter due to lightning, Shane Morris threw an interception after taking what seemed like forever to snap the ball (despite trailing by 16 points, the staff ran about ten seconds off the play clock in getting the play to Shane, in all likelihood due to Hoke's chronic game management issues). On the ensuing interception return, no one seemed to move with a sense of urgency in preventing a pick six, and only a desperation shoestring tackle by Morris himself prevented the touchdown. Coupled with the concussion incident the following week, to me that's the Hoke era in a nutshell.  

08/03/2018 - 12:21am Please don't ever refer to…

Please don't ever refer to Urban Meyer at "UM". Just don't do it. I shouldn't have to explain why.

08/01/2018 - 7:39pm Urban isn't going anywhere…

Urban isn't going anywhere. He might get suspended for a game or two and reprimanded, and OSU will put on a dramatic press conference in which Meyer, Gene Smith  and whoever else they trot out will insist that they have zero tolerance for violence against women and that abusers have no place at OSU. The situation will blow over and be promptly forgotten in six months  

07/30/2018 - 6:36pm You do realize that June and…

You do realize that June and the first ~3 weeks of July are the slowest time of the year for college football news, right?

07/23/2018 - 12:32pm This seems like a really…

This seems like a really ugly and unfortunate situation, especially since there are children involved. They're the ones who have my utmost sympathy (along with his ex-wife, if the abuse allegations are true). A family being torn apart and having its issues turned into a public spectacle is heartbreaking for the children, no matter who it happens to. The rivalry is secondary, to be honest. 

07/18/2018 - 10:32pm This is a disgusting…

This is a disgusting abomination of unholy proportions. 

07/18/2018 - 2:54am Just curious: is there a…

Just curious: is there a reason why you guys didn't migrate to Wordpress for the redesign? It would seem that Wordpress would provide a lot more versatility, given its enormous user base and developer community.

07/17/2018 - 5:30pm Justin Siller will represent…

Justin Siller will represent the Boilermakers' football program.

07/15/2018 - 5:55pm The impact of this is being…

The impact of this is being overstated. We're loaded at PG, so landing Carton would have been a luxury. Had he come to Michigan, he would have had to compete with David DeJulius and Zavier Simpson for playing time. At OSU, his path to an immediate spot in their starting five (and one-and-done status) is much clearer. It actually kind of feels good to say that we missed out on a highly-rated prospect because we already have plenty of talent at his position. 

We'll be fine. Best of luck to the kid.

07/06/2018 - 2:25am Very nice! 

I'm excited for…

Very nice! 

I'm excited for Poole's game to take a Stauskas-like leap from year one to year two. Kid is poised to be the most improved player on our team next year. 

06/25/2018 - 7:52pm Seems fair. But who cares?

 

Seems fair. But who cares?

 

06/24/2018 - 2:02am As much as I love to see my…

As much as I love to see my alma mater held in suchhigh esteem, these rankings are flawed to the point of being laughable. There is no way we outrank the likes of Columbia, Yale, Princeton, and MIT; there is no way Stanford ranks as low as 10, and there is no way Berkeley ranks as high as 2. 

06/16/2018 - 8:36pm To the extent that the…

To the extent that the coaches are having problems recruiting (and I don't even know if that's the case or not), a successful 2018 season will fix them. Just win and everything else will take care of itself. 

06/06/2018 - 4:51am Embed:

I'm getting more and…
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I'm getting more and more indications that Dwayne Casey is the clubhouse leader to get the #Pistons coaching job. #Michigan fans might get their wish.

— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) June 5, 2018
06/05/2018 - 7:25pm Embed (let's see if this… Embed (let's see if this works):

Jim Harbaugh referenced 2 players leaving Michigan yesterday...I’m told that internet speculation is true: Kareem Walker & Kekoa Crawford are transferring.

— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) June 5, 2018
06/05/2018 - 7:19pm In all seriousness,…

In all seriousness, congratulations. I know what a huge undertaking this must have been and what a major milestone it is for the blog.

Are there plans to go to HTTPS? Seems like a no-brainer, and fairly easy in this day and age. 

06/05/2018 - 7:05pm [INSERT CLEVER COMMENT HERE] 

[INSERT CLEVER COMMENT HERE] 

06/01/2018 - 10:23pm T-Pain.

T-Pain.

05/31/2018 - 1:18am Whaaaaa? Surprise,

Whaaaaa? Surprise, out-of-nowhere OL commit? LIKE.

Great day to be a Wolverine!

05/29/2018 - 11:25pm WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I

WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF ANYONE BY THAT NAME LA LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU

05/28/2018 - 2:30am Why are you doing this, man?

Why are you doing this, man?

05/26/2018 - 12:49pm My understanding is that a

My understanding is that a big part of the reason for the site upgrade is not necessarily that the current site is stale in terms of features and aesthetics, but that it was built in 2008 on a platform that is now essentially dead (i.e., Drupal). The new site is either custom-built or has likely been rebuilt from the ground up on a more actively developed platform (i.e., Wordpress).