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11/18/2018 - 11:17am Black's dropped TD should…

Black's dropped TD should have been pass interference. Watch the replay. He was clearly hit before the ball got there. I can't believe the announcers didn't talk about it.

11/17/2018 - 1:23pm Looks like OSU spent the…

Looks like OSU spent the week prepping for Michigan and not Maryland.

11/14/2018 - 8:47pm Next Brad Stevens. 

Next Brad Stevens. 

11/14/2018 - 7:26pm We not only have the best…

We not only have the best defensive coach in football, but also hoops. I hope they can convince Yaklich to stay and eventually take over for Coach B.

11/11/2018 - 11:02am Also, look who we play next…

Also, look who we play next weekend. INDIANA...Peters' home state. This is something college coaches in all sports do. When you play a team from your home state or area, they try and get those kids some playing time. Peters got in for one series (as probably promised) and was first off the bench. If it's a blowout next week, Peters will likely get more snaps and Joe will likely not see the field.

11/08/2018 - 11:50am #5 - "Stay Healthy" should…

#5 - "Stay Healthy" should be #2 behind winning

11/07/2018 - 1:18pm How do we know those tips…

How do we know those tips were correct, though? Maybe, Shea played him. 

11/07/2018 - 10:54am If you can buy from a legit…

If you can buy from a legit dealer or at a dispensary in a legal state, you will realize that there are plenty of strains that don't cause paranoia. If you are already are someone with anxiety, etc, try avoiding the sativas at first (although not all of them cause that). And the person who said the weed you smoked in college was bad....is right. Never knew what I was smoking in college, etc...now its like picking out your favorite craft beer or wine. Oh, you need a nice wine to pair with your fish? Here, try this. Oh, you need a strain for anxiety? Then I recommend this. Oh, and one for focus and motivation to combat depression? This is really nice.

Not trying to push it on anyone, but if you are curious, there's nothing to worry about. Personally, It's been great for me. I went off two medications I was on for over a decade and no longer need some anti-anxiety to sleep at night. I should add...my productivity and output hasn't been like this since I was in high school.

11/04/2018 - 2:03pm Yup...if we knock off OSU…

Yup...if we knock off OSU and make the playoffs, the flood gates will open. Just baed on this season already, recruits will be more interested. However, if we make playoffs, they will now know Harbaugh has the program back and that the "sky is falling" stage is over (or just hyped up from irrational fans and media talking heads).

11/01/2018 - 3:04pm Yes, he said it either this…

Yes, he said it either this summer or during spring ball. Basically said  "I have no interest in being a head coach at this stage of my life." Obviously, he can change his mind, but I think he's content with where he is and his role at Michigan.

10/29/2018 - 6:23pm Mine happened in a…

Mine happened in a basketball game and I had no issues during the game. When I came back, I had slight pain when the trainer put me through a fitness test, but only when I had to do those horizontal crossovers where you slide to left or right and crossover your legs (what they hell are those things called?). Anyway, since that wasn't really a basketball move, I was allowed to play. 

If it is a sprain, it all depends on the grade of the sprain. Grade 1, he will play. Grade 2: If he plays, he wont be 100%. Grade 3: not playing and likely done for year

10/29/2018 - 1:39pm All I read on Saturday was a…

All I read on Saturday was a sprained knee

10/29/2018 - 12:59pm I am curious to see an…

I am curious to see an update on him. I sprained my MCL in a game once. It initially hurt, but I was able to keep playing because the body was warmed up. By the time I got off the bus after the game, I was limping and in pain. When I woke up the next morning, I stood up out of bed and fell to the floor. (I couldn't put any pressure on it). In total, I missed a game and about a week. 

So, we will see about his sprain. I suspect he will play, but you never know how his body will react after it cools down.

10/24/2018 - 12:48pm He should help, but let's…

He should help, but let's pump the brakes just a bit. Not only does he have to get back into game shape, but he also has to develop chemistry with Shea. Tarik showed he is an exceptional route runner, so I imagine he will need some time to get those cleaned up as well. If he plays against PSU, Black should be in good form for OSU.

I suspect Harbaugh will be VERY cautious with him and his return. Maybe a few plays against PSU then build his load against Rutgers (if we throw it more than 10 times) and Indiana. 

10/23/2018 - 4:58pm There is so much to like…

There is so much to like about him. Guy must be a work horse because not only does he go to school and play football, but has a family. It's really impressive and he's carried himself with class the entire time. Been following Michigan football since '79 and he's one of my favorites to play since then.

10/23/2018 - 4:53pm From his very first carries…

From his very first carries I was impressed. At the time, we had slow backs who didn't hit the holes hard. When he got his first carries, it was like "Holy Shit! That guy runs hard!"

10/23/2018 - 2:52pm He's a stud and my favorite…

He's a stud and my favorite player on the team. With some breaks and a little luck, he could reach 1500 yards if we make it to the playoffs. Obviously, he has to keep averaging what he currently is, as well how much playing time he gets against Rutgers and maybe even Indiana. Regardless, I think he has a promising pro career ahead of him.

10/22/2018 - 9:01am Buckle Up

https://www…

Buckle Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgdMa4vB-sw

10/19/2018 - 11:08am I don't know if it's his new…

I don't know if it's his new haircut or the Portland jersey, but Nick looks like he hit the weights this off season. He looks bigger.

10/17/2018 - 1:22pm After we hired Warinner, I…

After we hired Warinner, I went on YouTube and saw a bunch of videos of the drills he puts players through. I knew at that point he would be successful and why he had previous success. He builds these lineman from the bottom up. I played some D1 hoops and I can tell you the difference between D1 an D3 is strength, size, and speed. Sure, the D1 players also have skill, but I knew far more D3 players who knew more about technique and the game because they had to be drilled in the basics to compete. Where as big time athletes often relied on their physical superiority. But when you get great coaches like Warinner or even Beilen, they teach these high ranked kids exceptional fundamentals and basics, then build from there. Who knows what Drevno was doing day in and day out, but whatever it was, it didn't seem to be a good fit. Maybe the lineman were too young and Drevno put too much on them.

10/14/2018 - 2:17pm Last night Fowler made an…

Last night Fowler made an interesting comment that Nordin is like the golfer who goes up to the tee and smashes it every time. Maybe he just needs to take some heat off the kicks???? 

10/14/2018 - 12:14pm No Muppets until we beat OSU…

No Muppets until we beat OSU. That's my take on it.

10/14/2018 - 12:13pm I've always been a fan of…

I've always been a fan of home night games. There's just an electric atmosphere...and I dont care who we are talking about (Michigan or any other school). Players get amped for games like this and any advantage that it brings, is a great one. Might not be the best idea for games deep in the season due to weather, but it's clear The Big House gets louder at night games. I know Harbaugh doesn't like them, but he needs to get over it.

10/14/2018 - 11:31am We did a lot of great things…

We did a lot of great things in the game, but the one that jumped out at me was the "offense" finally seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder. They also had swagger and confidence. Been a while since I can say that about a Michigan offense. Looked like Shea has been watching some Baker Mayfield in recent weeks, too (and I dont mean they way he played per say, but his spirit, etc). He's a leader...and he should continue to grow the rest of the season.

10/14/2018 - 11:27am No thanks. I'll pass on a…

No thanks. I'll pass on a rematch in a conference championship. Always hard to beat a team multiple times in a season. Regardless, we have a lot of work to get to that point in the first place. I like this team. I like this staff. However, we still have room for a lot of improvement. One week at a time.

10/13/2018 - 10:06pm THANK YOU ED WARINNER! 

THANK YOU ED WARINNER! 

10/12/2018 - 7:40pm I like him too. And as much…

I like him too. And as much as we want to dump on Kirk, the two of them bring energy and passion into the booth. Yeah, some of the things Kirk says over and over are annoying, but they call an exciting game. They are a great team in the booth,

10/12/2018 - 7:27pm Better you don't know. They…

Better you don't know. They have got to be the act with the best name, but absolute worst music. If you can even call it that.

10/11/2018 - 8:53pm Oh, yeah. For sure

Oh, yeah. For sure

Traditionally that's how it plays out with where to live, etc....

10/11/2018 - 5:51pm Eh..not really. Sure, there…

Eh..not really. Sure, there are bridge and tunnel crowds that we all roll our eyes at, but in the NYC area, most people either head to northern NJ, NY State, or CT, once they have kids and move to the burbs for schooling (and a "relatively" cheaper cost of living). Rule of thumb is, if you work downtown or on the west side of the city, you move to NJ. If you work on east side/midtown, CT and Westchester are more popular options. It's all down to trains and buses. Parts of all those locations, including NJ, are VERY wealthy areas.

10/10/2018 - 2:12pm Its a huge game, obviously…

Its a huge game, obviously. And, I can easily argue that it is the most important game for JH up until this point and before next week. Do I believe in Harbaugh for the long haul? Absolutely. However, the program needs a jolt of momentum and respect from our doubters (and a win will also help the team with confidence). If we can run the table going into OSU, we most certainly will be in the CFB Playoff picture, but it will also be HUGE for recruiting to take the next step as a program. So, the Wisconsin game starts that journey. A loss to Wisconsin and the road for the rest of the season becomes even more difficult from a mental stand point. Sure, we can still win the division, but what does it do to the psyche of the team (and staff)????  This is a must win for us, despite the fact that we can still win the division and Big Ten regardless of this weekend's outcome.

10/10/2018 - 10:43am who cares

who cares

10/06/2018 - 11:39am ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's…

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's homecoming game will start in a delay.

Kickoff for today's game against Maryland (noon, ABC) has been "suspended" due to lightning strikes in Ann Arbor, according to a Michigan spokesman.

As of 11:15 a.m., gates to Michigan Stadium remained close due to nearby lightning strikes. They would open 1 hour prior to game time, a spokesman said.

It's been a wet and breezy morning in Ann Arbor, with storms moving in from the west. Players have not taken the field for pre-game warmups.

10/02/2018 - 11:30am IF it is a torn labrum, rest…

IF it is a torn labrum, rest will do nothing for it. And that's why I think it "could" be a labrum because he is still playing. Obviously, we wont know until draft time, but if we aren't in the CFB and it is indeed that injury, I suspect Gary will get surgery immediately after the season and skip the bowl game. It's a 3-6 month recovery time.

10/01/2018 - 3:01pm Having had one myself, it…

Having had one myself, it wouldn't surprise me if it's a torn labrum. It's an injury that can be quite painful at times, but it's also one that doesn't get worse. Usually, once the body warms up, it's less bothersome, but you can easily tweak it (pushing open large glass doors always got me). Only way to correct it is via a simple surgery. However, it's a rather lengthy recovery due to it being a shoulder. Anti-inflammatories and painkillers make the pain more manageable. 

09/28/2018 - 7:33pm Smoking: Sour Diesel w/Kali…

Smoking: Sour Diesel w/Kali Mist on deck

Now Playing: Tom Petty's "An American Treasure" (released today)

Thinking About: Making Murderwolf my desktop pic

 

 

09/23/2018 - 2:40pm Creative? Did you not watch…

Creative? Did you not watch the game. We attacked them on the ground with RB and FB. We hit open WRs and TEs. Special teams, etc. Sure, the O-Line (and team) still needs to prove themselves against top competition. However, after yesterday, it's pretty clear this team has weapons. Higdon, Mason, Shea, DPJ, Gentry, McKeon...and others like Nico, Evans Wilson, as well Ambry, Bell and some of the back ups RBs.

If the o-line keeps improving. Watch out. We have weapons.

09/23/2018 - 12:04pm We have weapons and the game…

We have weapons and the game plan showed it. If the O-Line continues to gel and grow, watch out. We have a QB (two in fact), Higdon is a very good back (and we have depth at the position), Mason is legit (he's going to see more carries as the season goes on), Gentry and McKeon at TE, and the WRs are growing up quickly. Add in Ambry and even Ronnie Bell...this could be a very scary offense by the time we get to the Wisconsin, MSU, PSU stretch.

Offensively, I thought the Nebraska game plan and play calling should be the starting point moving forward. I think some of the early game plans (ie: ND), were designed that way because the o-line needed more time to play in games. We are very close to it all coming together.

Again, the O-Line needs to continue to show improvement, but I think they do it. Still dont know how we will fare against OSU, but I could see this year's game be an all-time classic.

09/23/2018 - 11:55am Yes. Things seem to be…

Yes. Things seem to be clicking for DPJ. To be honest though, it seems some of the criticism thrown his way, lighted a bit of a fire under him. To my eye, he's playing more freely. Now that could just be things "clicked" or he could have just said "fuck it..im going out to ball." (Or even a combo of both). Whatever it is, he looks more comfortable and confident out there.

(Still think his first step is nothing "GREAT," but once he hits top speed, he's off to the races).

09/22/2018 - 1:30pm I believe he was referring…

I believe he was referring to "against ranked teams."

09/22/2018 - 1:29pm Is Warinner calling the…

Is Warinner calling the plays? At the timeout, team came over and Ed was carrying the play sheet.

09/21/2018 - 11:38am The season "begins" tomorrow…

The season "begins" tomorrow. It's a crucial game for so many reasons, but playing "WELL" and getting a "W" could create a collective belief, for both the players and fans, that propels this team to big things. (especially if Martinez plays the whole game). This seems like one of those games that teams and media speak about later in the season...the one where things "turned or clicked." That's how I see it in the big picture. Yes, the stretch of Wisconsin, MSU, PSU will be brutal and the hump that this team needs to jump (as well as OSU), but it starts tomorrow. 

We also need Shea to have a "Baker Mayfield" type of game like last night. One where Harbaugh opens it up to get the offense rolling so the players and fans "BELIEVE."

09/19/2018 - 11:03am Yeah, sociopathic tendencies…

Yeah, sociopathic tendencies for sure. 

09/18/2018 - 6:07pm It would be great if he did,…

It would be great if he did, but then again, I am bullish on DCaf. So, I think we will be fine at QB next year.

I'd rather see Bush or Gary stay another year. Not going to happen, but one can dream.

09/16/2018 - 7:26pm Didn't a few people do this…

Didn't a few people do this after MGoBlog switched to the new format?

09/13/2018 - 4:19pm Nice little insight to crew…

Nice little insight to crew. I had a buddy who rowed at Brown and won pretty much everything you can at that level. However, since I know nothing about crew except the name of a couple of the big races, my buddy trained very early in the morning, and that Rob Lowe film from the 80s, it's cool to get a little insight into the mind of it's competitors. I need to ask my buddy about it. Don't know why it never crossed my mind before.

09/13/2018 - 1:52pm I played both D1 and D3…

I played both D1 and D3 hoops in college. Although, I played for a low level D1 school with a shitty coach, the days were crammed. In preseason, we had to run football stadium sprints 3 days a week at 6AM (often hungover) and then had to find time twice a week during the day to run timed 2 miles on the track. Add in, weight training 3 nights a week, pick up games with the team, working on your own game, ACADEMICS, and having some sort of social life (especially as a frosh)...and you have almost NO time for yourself. If you do have time, you aren't working hard enough.

At a place like Michigan, that work load is MUCH greater and MUCH MORE intense. They are clearly working two jobs right now (college student and semi pro athlete). Moreover, they are at a top academic institution, as well as a top D1 football program. So, not only do they have the academic rigors of a school like Michigan, but I suspect playing football there, or any other major D1 program, is like having a second job at a top investment bank or law firm. Additionally, they are still kids finding out who they are as football players and as people. Just look at how much you probably grew as a person in your first two years of college. I'll say this..I went to a very good academic college and had great grades from a top academic high school. D1 sports and performing well academically is TOUGH no matter what level you are playing at.....and you have to be 100% dedicated to excel at BOTH. It's even harder if you want a social life. So, I have a ton of respect for these kids. Their dedication, work ethic, etc. It's impressive as hell. And, I would bet on the fact that as much as Harbaugh runs his program like a pro team, he also probably expects his players to be more than just athletes and students. So, guys like Chase and Evans who use their free time to do community work, or Higdon who is a DAD, have even crazier schedules. It's why I really like someone like Higdon. That guy is a dedicated grinder. Student, semi-pro athlete, and father..at MICHIGAN of all places. He's not really at college. He's working full time.

09/12/2018 - 6:57pm I think it's important to…

I think it's important to state that the amount of responsibility put on DPJ as a true frosh (#1WR and PR) was a lot for any 5 star WR (heck..any receiver in D1 football). Not to mention the poor QB and o-line play last year he had to play with last year. So, while he "might" not be the freak 5 star that comes with such lofty expectations, he is having a pretty big impact so far...and his trajectory is on the up.

However, I will fully admit that he hasn't YET lived up to that 5-star ranking. And, I am not sure he ever will. I think he will end up being an All-American and will play in the NFL, but not the dominant force we expect him to be. He just doesn't seem like a natural born football player to me. He's supposedly very bright, so it wouldn't surprise me if he overthinks things on the field, as opposed to just balling out in games.

Yeah, these are hot takes and the only support I use to make these conclusions is my own eye test as a former D1 athlete. However, since day 1, he doesn't seem to look comfortable on the field to me. Maybe its a lack of confidence? Or longer adjustment to the D1 speed? Info overload? etc etc etc ..I mean...5-Star guys don't have issues catching punts if they are a returner. It doesn't seem to come natural to him.

I will end with this though. He is fast once he hits top speed, but I don't think he has a great first step or explosion. (Again...eye test) And I "think" that lack of a  5-star first step/explosion is what's not making me say "5-Star." But, I think he will mature into a VERY good receiver and route runner. He will move the chains and be our possession receiver. If the staff can get him the ball with more open space to attack, he will do even better.

Hopefully, I am wrong and something clicks during the season... he makes that HUGE jump by end of season and dominates games. When you have the skill set like he does, once the "mental aspect" is second nature, then you explode. So, hopefully it's just some more maturity and experience. 

09/12/2018 - 5:24pm I am not sure if it would…

I am not sure if it would hysterical if MK was actually Shea and he was trolling the board or frightening that our QB is spending so much time here.

09/11/2018 - 3:13pm re: the offense

Did anyone…

re: the offense

Did anyone happen to watch the Rams vs Raiders last night? Seemed like both offenses were similar to what Harbaugh wants to run. Obviously, west coast style, but the Rams open it up more. (Especially with the jet sweeps). Both had solid ground games too and receivers on long routes (and Goff had all the time in the world most of the game) They looked good last night, but I'm not sure we can execute it like that in CFB. A lot of nuance to the offenses and with professionals executing. Not saying it won't work in AA, but concerned that without the proper players (ie: o-line), we will struggle. Hope I am wrong, but if we start clicking, it's a nice offense to watch when firing on all cylinders.