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07/17/2018 - 1:01am The least talked aspect of…

The least talked aspect of Brian's post is the quality of the talent coming out of the USDA academies affiliated with the MLS clubs.  It's a game changer when it comes to the US and soccer.  

The quality of the youth players the US is producing is increasing every year.  We'll start to see the fruits in 2022 but come 2026 and especially in 2030, I fully expect the US to be a major player in international soccer. 

07/17/2018 - 12:47am In regards to the answer to…

In regards to the answer to your question, if just a decent percentage of players that go into basketball and football went into soccer the US team could have 11 players on the field with the speed and athleticism of Mpape (sp? - it's late and I'm drunk). 

As Brian mentioned with the MLS academies, it's coming.   We just need to be patient.

07/10/2018 - 11:36pm Not just posting frequency…

Not just posting frequency but also the frequency with which I check the site.

07/01/2018 - 7:30pm I say do something similar…

I say do something similar to hockey.  If the game is still tied after the first extra 15 minutes, the second 15 is 8v8 or 9v9.  

06/29/2018 - 12:53am The group stage with 48…

The group stage with 48 teams is going to be severely diluted and you're probably going to see a lot of these really bad teams completely park the bus and try to get out of the game with a 0-0 tie.  

06/29/2018 - 12:48am The other catch with doing a…

The other catch with doing a secondary draw after the group stage is how much time off a team might have.  If they did a draw Thursday evening/Friday morning there would almost have to be some sort of stipulation where the teams that played Thursday wouldn't have to play a game for a couple of days.  It would be a huge disadvantage for a team that played Thursday to get drawn into a Saturday or possibly even a Sunday game. 

06/29/2018 - 12:40am Curious about Portugal being…

Curious about Portugal being underwhelming?

They are a good team but I wouldn't say anything great.  I don't think the team as a whole scares the better teams but the fact that Ronaldo could carry Portugal to victory scares teams.  

In the 2016 Euro Cup they tied all 3 games in group play, won 1-0 in the round of 16 on a goal in the 117th minute, won on PKs in the quarters, beat Wales 2-0 in the semi's and then beat France 1-0 to win it.  Props to them for doing what they had and needed to do to win the Euro Cup but it wasn't anything close to a dominating run to the title.  

06/18/2018 - 12:37am What do you expect teams to…

What do you expect teams to schedule in non-conference play?  OSU usually has one solid to really good non-conference game every year.  They've done home and homes with USC, Texas, Oklahoma, VaTech, Miami (FL) and they've got a neutral field game against TCU this year.

Of course they're going to schedule a couple of Ws in the other two non-conference games.

06/08/2018 - 1:31am Part of it might depend on…

Part of it might depend on when you are thinking of starting a family.  For a couple with no kids, I'd say live closer to downtown.  Wash Park (Washington Park), South Broadway (South of downtown) are a couple of really nice areas in Denver where your commute to DTC wouldn't be too bad.  

If you're moving from CA housing prices shouldn't shock you.  Denver housing has exploded in the last decade or so.  Not sure what you mean by 'Amazon City' but we've lived here for 17 years and Denver has changed a ton over that time.  

06/03/2018 - 9:45pm Frey

did a damn good job with the olines he had at IU.  I'm guessing there were too many cooks in the kitchen last year.

06/01/2018 - 2:37pm Difficult schedule?

It doesn't look that bad to me:

Utah St

@ Arizona St

@ Indiana






@ Maryland


@ Nebraska



They have a couple tough back to back games (@ PSU, Michigan and OSU, @ Nebraska) but the rest of the schedule doesn't look that difficult.

06/01/2018 - 2:23pm Just a guess

but there was a quote from Kalis (I think) early in Harbaugh's tenure where he said he wished he would have had Drevno as oline coach his entire career at UM.  I'm guessing that Deveno was an upgrade in the oline's eyes compared to who was coaching them in '14 (and possibly '13).  The improvement Drevno brought (whether it was technique, attitude, football IQ, etc) might have overshadowed the complicated nature of what he was asking of them.

I know it's fun to pick on Borges but the offense under Nuss in 2014 was a disaster, much worse then anything Borges put on the field.  The oline might have been willing in 2015 to embrace any change after having endured the 2014 season.

06/01/2018 - 12:32pm Finally

can't believe it took this many posts for someone to say Everitt.  Dude played the 1991 season with a broken jaw.  2nd team All-American in '92 anchoring the line that was opening up holes for Wheatley.

06/01/2018 - 12:26pm In 2001

he was pretty much the main contributor on offense.  He had some blocked kicks on special teams that year too.

06/01/2018 - 12:12am Yup

that was probably the series right there.  Cavs had a chance to win it and blew - missed the 2nd free throw aand then JR pulling the ultimate bone headed play.

06/01/2018 - 12:10am Maybe but

for the NBA refs, that is their job.  They aren't working another job the rest of the year like college refs.  No one's going to be perfect but man, if these are the best the NBA can trot out to ref the Finals, it doesn't say much about the NBA refs that were sitting at home tonight.

05/31/2018 - 8:19pm Jimmy Johnson

Is the closest I can think of. Left the Cowboys after back to back super bowls. They had so much talent they still won a super bowl afterwards with Switzer as the head coach.

You could probably throw Bill Walsh in there too. Left the Miners after back to back super bowls (and something like 3 in 5 or 6 years).

05/31/2018 - 7:58pm Grbac didn't have a lot of luck in South Bend

1992 was a day game but a Grbac int sealed the tie. Michigan was driving late in the game in ND territory when Grbac threw an int over the middle. Holtz didn't bother trying to move the ball and possibly get into fg range. He played it conservative and made sure ND got out of the game with a tie.

05/31/2018 - 12:46am 2016

Josh Hart from Villanova. Mathews didn't average 15 pts/ game. He averaged just under 14.

05/31/2018 - 12:31am And

First year players tend to take a little time getting comfortable with Beilein's offense. There are exceptions. This nice thing is with Mathews coming back is the freshmen can ease I to their roles.

05/30/2018 - 11:57am You know it's the dog days of summer

when the front page posts by the staff are defunct michigan blogs and reliviing the horror that was Brandon.

05/29/2018 - 11:33pm I'd argue

Clemson has probably done better then OSU during Meyer's time in Columbus.

05/29/2018 - 11:25pm I think

Brian was wearing the maize and blue glasses when he wrote the 2017 offense preview.  It's been a couple of months since I re-read but despite the heavy losses to graduation with guys who were multi year staters, he was predicting it to be the best offense in the Harbaugh era,  I realize some things happened that weren't predicatble and the offense was worse then what anyone would have predicted but at some point youth and inexperience have to be factored into the equation.

05/28/2018 - 9:37pm Ceiling a lot higher

then the past group of underacheivres.

Are you expecting this next group to win the World Cup, make the Finals, make the semi's?  While 2018 is a definite disappintment in 2014 and 2010 the USA made it out of the group stage.  I'm not saying that should be the height of our expectations but making it out of the group stage isn't exactly chopped liver.  As someone mentioned above, the developmental system with the MLS teams has really changed how the youth in this country develop when it comes to soccer.  When the MLS started these acadamies they weren't going to be turning 16 and 17 year olds into world class players.  It was going to take boys going through these systems for most of their youth playing days before we as fans started to see the results.  As you mention with the the young players starting to play overseas, we are beginning to see the results.

05/23/2018 - 11:02pm Your memory is a little shaky

Gardner was a stud for most of that year.  208/345, 2960 yds, 21 TD, 11 int.  As a runner hed 483 yds and another 11 TDs.

05/22/2018 - 8:08pm Wisky and nebraska

Have to be happy. One less game against the East division is awesome for them.

05/17/2018 - 10:52am 2007

That's a maybe to me.  Tressell went 200% Tressell ball once OSU got the lead and they realized when Henne was passing he wasn't going to hit water if he fell out of boat.  I'm not saying UM loses no matter in that game, but OSU would have called a much different game offensively if they knew they needed to put more then 14 points on the board.


05/15/2018 - 10:19pm Gretsky

I'd say Gretsky might be the best in any sport.

05/14/2018 - 7:37pm While the premise is corrct

Brian explicitly states that both blow out losses were in the BTT.

05/14/2018 - 2:37pm I'm assuming you're talking about only football

Baseball and hockey both have minor leagues and the NBA has the D league or whatever it's called now.

05/11/2018 - 10:31am Why would you limit it to 4 year players?

What about a player who graduates after 3 years and does a grad transfer?

05/08/2018 - 11:23pm The online wasn't a bunch of freshmen

Cole was a 4th yr senior who had started the previous 3 yrs. Bredeson was a returning starter. Kugler was a 5th yr senior and JBB was a 4th yr junior.

05/07/2018 - 3:50pm As long as the oline improves

Michigan's oline last year made every team look like they had multiple top end pass rushers.

05/05/2018 - 3:13pm Best hitter average and power

No one comes close to Ruth for those two categories. Ruth has the 10th highest career batting average (something around .342).

05/03/2018 - 10:21am David Molk?

I think your point carries a lot of weight but don't forget about David Molk.  He was first team All-Big Ten in 2010 and came back for the 2011 season.

05/02/2018 - 9:51pm One other thing he admitted

Was something along the lines that they only had the Qb's go against the man to man scheme Brown loves to run in fall practice. So when they started playing games the QB's didn't have a lot of reps against the zone defenses other teams were playing.

05/01/2018 - 2:23pm I'm not sure

if using the Cleveland Browns and who they draft is the best example to use.

04/27/2018 - 6:18pm You have some high standards

In 3 years at Illinois he won 2 regular season big ten titles, made one elite 8 and 2 sweet 16's.

04/26/2018 - 11:53am If we're going

to nullify the opponents long runs when we look at how effective their running games were against Michigan, should we not also nullify the long runs Michigan's offense had when we are looking at how effective their running game was last year?


04/26/2018 - 9:58am I guess

Neither OSU, Wisky or MSU had very good passing attacks against the UM defense but those teams were all able to churn out better games then UM.

MSU ran the ball 40 times for 158 yds.  MSU passing was 11-22 for 94 yds.  Michigan passing was 16-35 for 198 yds.

Wisky ran the ball 34 times for 182 yds.  Wisky passing was 9-19 for 143 yards.  Michigan passing was 11-26 for 176 yds.  

OSU ran the ball 48 times for 226 yds.  OSU passing was 9-15 for 124 yds.  Michigan passing was 17-32 for 195 yds.  

04/26/2018 - 12:36am It's not about the yards

and ypc.  It's about what they can do against the better teams.  Last year against the better teams UM struggled.

MSU, 39 carries for 102 yds

PSU, 42 carries for 103 yds

Wisky, 37 carries for 58 yds

OSU, 36 carries for 100 yds

They struggled in 2016 against the better teams too.  The oline under Harbaugh is definitely better then it was in most of the Hoke years but they still struggle against the better teams.  I'm not expecting them to run all over the better teams but the running game can't get completely taken out of the game against the better teams either.

04/25/2018 - 10:29pm One of the better

Rushing offenses in recent years. The problem is the bar for a good rush offense at Michigan has been lowered a lot in recent years. For someone who grew up watching Michigan in 70s, 80s and 90s, last year's rush offense was meh.

04/24/2018 - 11:16pm Iowa

To me they are the under the radar team for next year.  I don't think McCaffery is that great of a coach but I think Iowa returns just about everyone, and a handful of those players have seen significant time the last two years.  

04/20/2018 - 12:44pm Yeah

He'd be stupid not to do this.  As long as he doesn't sign with an agent, he gets feedback from the NBA on his draft stock and what he needs to improve.

04/18/2018 - 7:28pm Covering crossing routes

OSU kept going to the crossing routes against UM and had success just about every time. As you mentioned the personnel questions are minimal. The defense is loaded and should be fun to watch.

04/18/2018 - 7:15pm Evans

I get what you're saying but I was pretty impressed with Evans against OSU last year. He had some really nice moves and I thought he ran with a lot of toughness. Thought there were a number of plays where he picked up extra yards when it appeared the play was over.

04/18/2018 - 11:11am Yeah

I can't wait to see the defense this fall.

04/15/2018 - 2:32pm With the world cup this summer

I'm guessing all the big name players will be sitting out these exhibitions.

04/14/2018 - 10:35am I remember that storm

I was in elementary school in Ohio. School was closed for a few weeks. We'd drive to school to drop off homework assignments and pick up the next round of homework assignments to do at home.

04/13/2018 - 11:14am I think

Harbaugh did.