|05/21/2018 - 5:29pm||Commitment||
Ace, I've read your posts about CFS and I was already impressed by your dedication to MGoBlog. This takes it to another level. Here's to a speedy recovery for you, so you can get back to making me laugh incessantly about the sports we all love.
|05/21/2018 - 9:49am||Onwenu||
I wanted to say Ruiz, but I think he's expected to be the best OL this year so not much of a sleeper. I like Big Mike to be the sleeper because he has the measurables and skills to be elite and Warriner is gonna coach these guys properly (high MF hopes). Onwenu will be the one to really benefit from thinking less and letting his skills and size do the talking.
|05/07/2018 - 11:22am||Sandy||
Don't underestimate Sandy Bullock's importance to getting people to do anything. I love me some Sandy.
|04/18/2018 - 4:39pm||Focus||
I loved all the national publicity Harbaugh garnered for himself and the program last year. But, now it's time to get down to business and do the work. You know, like surfing MGoBlog...
|04/06/2018 - 9:46am||Upon Further Review||
I saw the OP and agreed with it. I remember watching last night and thinking that the commentary was noticeably pro ND. It's possible that the broadcasters were just running with the frontrunners, but I did notice it which is not what you want.
More importantly, Bucci was pretty bad with some of his calls and Melrose clearly missed several inferences/jokes. But, I did find him strangely enjoyable. I feel dirty.
Also, rough fucking week jeez.
|04/03/2018 - 2:35pm||Duncan||
I dunno mang, Dunk has got to shoot more than 3 FGs this game. I'm sure some analysis will show that Nova was trying hard to shut him down, but he's also gotta take some more initiative to get some shots up.
Props need to be given to Nova's D. They played us hard and shut us down pretty good.
We get to do this Final 4 thing again this weekend. I'll be hammered all the same with hopefully a title to celebrate at the end.
Go Blue Forever.
|04/03/2018 - 9:48am||Growing on Me||
Matthews keeps growing on me the more I see him play. Dude clearly has an NBA frame. I totally expect him to become more coordinated and poised as he gets older and I think he will be a real NBA asset soon. That being said, I would LOVE to see him back next year and wreak havoc.
|04/02/2018 - 5:53pm||Raise the Chair||
I propose that if we are blessed enough to witness a Michigan victory tonight that we hoist the staff of MGoBlog on chairs a la bar mitzvah-style. I will fly in personally to help.
|04/02/2018 - 1:39pm||Undefeated||
Currently undefeated in 2018 Championship Games. That gives me confidence.
|03/26/2018 - 2:41pm||Wow||
That's quite the nail on the head. I'm amazed.
|03/25/2018 - 9:16pm||Fruppets If You Will|
|03/25/2018 - 12:22am||Purdue Wolverines||
|03/23/2018 - 2:52pm||He Plays for Wanabi||
|03/23/2018 - 10:56am||Wyld||
Beilein is a wild man. It will never not crack me up that this is his idea of TOTALLY BONKERS.
|03/23/2018 - 10:53am||You Are Correct||
I'm an M&A specialist, but my passion is bird law.
|03/23/2018 - 9:07am||Ocular Patdown||
Only watched the first half of FSU-Zags last night, but the Zags seemed to have more of a plan last night whereas FSU is just going to throw tons of athleticism and size at us. FSU will likely have an advantage in the post (sound familiar?) but they also don't take a ton of 3s (almost 2 less per game than us) at a lower percentage (albeit not substantially). They are deep and going to want to run on us. Bunny Colvin seems like a good coach though.
|03/23/2018 - 8:56am||FTs||
Not to be overlooked and SSS caveat applies, but 7/8 shooting from the charity stripe team-wide.
|03/22/2018 - 9:55pm||Walk it Out|
|03/22/2018 - 5:43pm||Off Balance||
What about condescension would throw Brian's opponent OFF balance?
|03/21/2018 - 10:23am||My Handle||
I would absolutely change my handle to Novak's "Shorts" if I could.
|03/16/2018 - 1:19pm||Didn't See the 2nd||
Early foul on Z, so that makes more sense. I saw Beilein bench MAAR after his quick foul in the first minute and thought he had done the same to Z. Regardless, I still think it's a positive development potentially worthy of more discussion that Simmons played well in extended minutes and really served as a catalyst to the offense while it was anemic.
|03/16/2018 - 1:16pm||Agadore Spartacus||
Easily one of my faves.
|03/16/2018 - 9:34am||Only Have||
Ourselves to blame.
|03/16/2018 - 9:32am||Simmons||
I feel like it's a fairly big story (in these parts anyways) that Simmons got 14 minutes. He was helpful in getting us out of the rut in the first half, but it definitely felt like Beilein was trying to send a message to the team and specifically Z. In any event, Seeing Simmons be effective bodes well for this team's ability to hang.
|03/05/2018 - 1:25pm||Mean Muggin Gif||
Requesting a gif of Z mean muggin' in the second half. It was stellar. You know the one, going into commercial. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Edit: Delhiwolverine already clipped it. NEEDS THE GIF! WANTS THE GIF!
Edit2: Ace already giffed it. Nothing gets by Ace.
|02/24/2018 - 2:52am||Recent Experience in OH||
Is a big plus. On a recent podcast, the guys were talking about how the national approach to recruiting wasn't going so well, and the staff may be refocusing on the midwest. Hopefully Ed has something to add here.
|01/31/2018 - 10:10am||Aubrey Solomon||
"He also said that unlike the Aubrey Solomon recruitment - everyone knew for weeks he was going to Michigan - this one is going to come right down to the wire."
|01/29/2018 - 2:56pm||
I don't Twitter all that much, but yeah I'm sure Brian's followers antagonize him a ton there. MGoBloggers can be an irascible bunch too, but I feel like this is a much better outlet than Twitter. But, this message board still needs a drastic overhaul to unleash it's [mostly good] fury.
|01/26/2018 - 1:47pm||I don't Know Much||
About bball, but I felt like playing Teske and Wagner at the same time should've/could've been tried last night.
|01/03/2018 - 11:57am||3-3-5||
Chase, Rashan, Aubrey. That's good right? Pretty OK?
|12/30/2017 - 11:42am||JFC||
|12/23/2017 - 9:50am||Snark||
The amount of snark on the board in favor of a tinge of analysis or opinion of football...with a TOUCH of snark.
|12/21/2017 - 1:11pm||Lost||
I've been completely lost without the podcasts. Happy holidays to the MGoTeam.
|12/19/2017 - 3:08pm||Stronger and Rebounding||
I disagree with this. His body is a lot stronger and his rebounding numbers are markedly improved. He also has doubled his assists per game and cut down a bit on fouls (which is a big thing for him).
|12/16/2017 - 5:09pm||Logical, but True?||
This makes plenty of logical sense. But, is it true of elite programs? Seems to me like recruits are gonna go to elite programs regardless of the depth chart. To be fair, I'm thinking of OSU, Bama, etc. Bama gets the best RBs seemingly every year. OSU has a crowded depth chart every year and 5-stars are still flocking there.
|12/13/2017 - 10:20am||Timing||
Timing bit us in football season, maybe it'll help us in bball catching Tejas before they adjust?
|12/13/2017 - 10:19am||Work||
Dude looks like he put in the work in the offseason and he's ready to beastmode.
|12/11/2017 - 5:56pm||Never Go Full Hardy||
|12/07/2017 - 9:22am||Mad Respekt||
For Ace's work here. HBD amigo!
|12/06/2017 - 11:47am||Nearby||
So I actually live in an apartment complex nearby and plan to grill and host at my place then walk over. No need to pay the Outback Bowl $50 for that. Plus, giant gas grill, bathrooms, and the home tailgate is a no brainer. If you're interested in swinging by, lmk!
|12/06/2017 - 9:50am||Tampanian Here||
I will be at the game and hosting a tailgate, so yes, the game is worth going to...for me. I didn't make it to any games this year, so this is a great opportunity. But, since you went to at least a couple of games this season, I think that would likely be enough.
My $0.02 on what's been discussed here is the following:
The tailgate scene for Bucs games is awesome. For a noon kickoff on the 1st, it will likely be good, but not great. Find the friendly Michigan fans and hang. The area around the stadium does suck. Brickhouse Tavern is a very good sports bar and Cigar City is among the best breweries in the country, so if it's open that may be a good stop. Other options are chain drek like Lee Roy Selmon's, World of Beer, Miller's Ale House, etc. I honestly think you will be able to snag good seats for $50/ticket on Stubhub Xmas-New Years week. Maybe bring the kiddos for the first half and watch the second half with lunch nearby, or vice versa?
TL;DR - You don't need to stress yourself out over this game since you went to multiple regular season games. It will still be fun if you know what you're getting into and where to go. Don't buy expensive tickets.
|12/03/2017 - 11:07pm||Hilarious||
People here need to lighten up. This is hilarious. Spartan fans getting worked up over a non-NY6, non-playoff game selection in TAMPA of all places (I live here, I should know). And combining this with a boycott of the asstastic Outback Restaurants. I mean, cmon!
|12/03/2017 - 11:00pm||Local Tampanian||
Here's my $0.02 and I've lived here for the past 5 years (in my early 30s):
First and foremost, I would not buy a package for this game/weekend. I would jump on flights and hotels ASAP, because so many other have already made plans to travel to the area over the winter holidays, but these tickets are not going to move in such a way that you need to pay over face value. In other words, I don't expect this game to sell out, and I personally will be waiting for at least 2-3 weeks to see how the secondary market develops because I expect people to be selling them below face - for good seats.
As for accomodations, see below (and I'd be happy to answer any questions if anyone has them):
If the focus of your weekend is the game, I'd highly recommend staying at the many hotels in the near vicinity of the stadium. Within 2 miles of Raymond James stadium, there are easily 15-20 hotels of all price points. Easy enough to walk to Ray-Jay and avoid the hassle and cost of buying a parking pass. Obviously, if you want to bring a vehicle with grill etc., this isn't as important, but will still spare you any unecessary driving. Within this same area, there is International Mall (which actually has a collection of bars and restaurants called Bay Street), a bunch of good chain restaurants (it's all relative of course), the famous Cigar City Brewery (personal favorite), and you can totally make a quick in-and-out overnight trip like this.
If you don't want to stay in that area (which doesn't really have a good distinctive name, but I guess you could call it the Westshore District), I'd recommend staying in Downtown Tampa (the Marriott Waterside, Aloft and Hilton are the swankiest and have sweet views), but there are some other options too. Downtown Tampa has changed a lot in recent years and there is enough to make for a good weekend.
Nothing against Downtown St. Pete (DTSP), but it's pretty far away from the stadium (~30 minutes). DTSP is actually a lot more developed than Downtown Tampa, but the distance from Ray Jay makes it prohibitive IMO. Double that distance and inconvenience for the beaches (Clearwater or St. Pete).
As for Ybor and Seminole Heights, don't let people discourage you from going. But know they are the artsy indie hipster neighborhoods and include the riff raff that goes along with it. Again, these are areas that I frequent and enjoy very much, but you need to exercise some common sense like staying on main roads and not getting completely blasted.
Lastly, the Sout Howard Ave. are (SOHO) is a long strip of trendy bars and restaurants. Some of these places are upscale (e.g. Berns, Haven), and then you also have a section of shitshow [mostly] college bars (Macdintons, Yard of Ale, although they can actually be fun when students are gone), and plenty in between. The swankiest area of Tampa is called Hyde Park, which has a bunch of shops and restaurants, but not what I would call nightlife - more like lively restaurants.
|11/30/2017 - 2:53pm||Beilein||
After seeing Beilein work for about a decade, I've learned to trust him and expect that this team will round into form in the second half of the season. There are a lot of parts and a lot of talent here and there's not many better at molding that into a team than Coach B.
|11/27/2017 - 11:36am||Haskins||
I noticed Mone more after Haskins came in. Even more specifically after the announcers mentioned that Haskins is more of a pocket passer. Makes sense to have bigger DL in against a more conventional offense.
|11/21/2017 - 12:44pm||Sorely Needed||
Thanks for this post. It was sorely needed for those of us, myself included, who have allowed doubt to creep into our minds. There really are a lot of extenuating circumstances as to how we got here this season and they are not excuses, they are the reality. The one thing I worry about is that expectations for next year will now be through the roof. I also thought Brian addressed the one area where we can actually have gripes - offensive identity and coaching carousel. Is there an offensive Don Brown out there?
I assume the most appropriate response to all this is:
|11/19/2017 - 11:15am||Reasonable Take This Year||
But, the reasonable predictions next year will be much higher. If UM doesn't win 9+ games next year, questions will be asked of the staff, as THEY have set the bar, not just the fanbase.
|11/19/2017 - 11:10am||A Couple of Points||
If the team finishes 8-4 on the regular season, it will be exactly what most reasonable folks (including myself) expected. But, the goalposts need to be set for real now - is next year the year where we expect to compete with OSU? Is it the year after? The team took its lumps this year, but I would argue that this is the last season where this is an acceptable excuse for not winning 9+ games. The conference is terrible and even winning one of Wisco/PSU/MSU this year should be the floor going forward. Competing with OSU regularly is another matter entirely.
And for anyone making a comparison to Hoke, consider where you think the program would be if we let both his tenure and Harbaugh's extend for 10 years instead of 5. Hoke's program had fallen apart in year 5, while Harbaugh's is hopefully on the upswing. So, even if you don't think much of Harbaugh (get your head checked), consider that the team's FLOOR most seasons will likely be 8-9 wins and his ceiling is the friggin' sky.
|11/18/2017 - 9:25am||Mullen||
Still think Mullen gets the UF job.
|11/16/2017 - 10:02am||Great #Content||
Agreed with the conclusion that for UM to win this one, execution will have to be top notch, TO luck has to our way, and the elements will likely play a factor. As for gameplanning, before I even got to the conclusion I thought that keeping 2 blocky-catchy types on the field at most times would be the key. This would be a great game to really get the FB (cough, Hill, cough) involved and keep the defense honest and defending the edges as well as the gaps.