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11/26/2011 - 9:54pm 10 year war

That is all.

10/03/2011 - 8:08am Hand them some lighter fluid

Hand them some lighter fluid and tell them there is a couch on the front porch.  Problem solved.

That is all.

04/05/2011 - 5:02pm Let me Google that for you....

I'm just sayin'....

03/31/2011 - 11:25am I was bottles only until I ran into Oskar Blues

I had always shunned cans for their metallic taste, but have recently been converted by Oskar Blues brewery.  Dale's Pale Ale has become a staple of my beer lineup, but is only available in cans.  The Dale's can seems to be of a higher quality than the Miller-Bud-Coors cans and there is no metallic taste.    I have also tried canned varieties of Sly Fox beers and found no difference between the bottled and canned product.  I hope (and am somewhat confident) Bell's will produce a high quality canned product as well.



03/18/2011 - 6:06am I'll be working....

...from the bar.

02/28/2011 - 2:20pm Novak the Hulk

The rebound Novak pulled down in traffic during the 2nd half was my favorite play of the game right up until his final trey and steal to seal the victory.  I love the way he throws off a pile of people and comes up swinging.  For those who don't remember the rebound,, has it up as play #3 of the 5 key plays post.   

Novak reminds me of Bill Bixby from an old episode of The Incredible Hulk when he busts out and throws off people twice his size to get to the ball.   Novak's a seemingly mild mannered guy who accomplishes unimaginable feats of strength when he's angry, and if you're going to play Michigan, you don't want to see Novak when he's wouldn't like him when he's angry.  





01/24/2011 - 6:55pm I started receiving blocked

I started receiving blocked attack notifications from Norton Saturday morning when I loaded mgoblog pages.  This only occurred with Chrome and only on one computer.  I ran scans with Norton and Malwarebytes and found nothing.  Uninstalled and reinstalled Chrome and have not received the notification since. 

01/21/2011 - 2:45pm Offensive power = average

In my book...

Offensive power = average output

Consistency = variance

Changes are measured across the entire season, not a single game.

I expect a lower average output and a lower variance for the season.   With less average output, we might see fewer average points, but we will also see less of a variation in points scored.  

For OSU game, I hope the impact of a variance improvement is more points scored as we close the gap between our maximum and minimum output.  I also hope an overall defensive improvement reduces OSU points scored for an outcome of a Michigan victory.

01/21/2011 - 2:00pm What about TOP?

I expect these things next year: Denard is a better thrower, turnover margin is a lot better (fourth year running, that prediction), all yardage metrics drop, scoring drops slightly from 25th but is better distributed across the schedule, FEI plummets. Improvement from the defense and, god willing, kicker will mask a drop in offensive power.

What, no prediction on TOP?  JK.  Don't tase me, bro.

I think this prediction is quite rational given our players, new staff, and the anticipated changes on offense and defense.  I also like that the expectation does not come with a statement on wins and losses at this point.  It's too early to tell.

Please add the "god willing" statement to any further predictions of turnover margin as well.  If we cannot improve in this category next year we will not be able to mask a drop in offensive power.

01/20/2011 - 1:50pm Borges could pull off a

Borges could pull off a pretty good Dr. Evil if he had better eyebrows.

01/20/2011 - 10:43am Welcome to Michigan!

You are going to play with




Go Blue!

01/20/2011 - 8:48am Michigan does not give up on people

I am sorry to see him go, but it is clear he will never have the attitude to push forward against adversity.  The victim mentality works great on Oprah.  It doesn't take you far in athletics or other pursuits.   

01/17/2011 - 1:27pm Frank's Red Hot Sauce

I put that S**T on everything!

Best commercials ever.

01/16/2011 - 8:05pm I think the question the OP

I think the question the OP is asking requires us to take a step back and answer this question more broadly:

Hope that helps.

- G 

01/16/2011 - 2:59pm That's actually pretty cool.

That's actually pretty cool.  I hope his Mom doesn't take it apart and put the pieces away when she cleans the house next week.  The lego stuff I built never lasted more than a few days unless I hid it after I built it.

01/16/2011 - 2:54pm That's a negative Ghostrider. The pattern is full.

I'll pass.  I like my job.  

01/16/2011 - 2:51pm It is what it is at this

It is what it is at this point.  I expected decommits after our conference play and bowl game performance.  RR would have had difficulty closing the deal with our verbals as well.  We can tolerate a dip in recruiting for one year while Hoke gets his team together.  Next year will be more critical unless Hoke pulls in a banner class this year.


01/16/2011 - 2:44pm You're right.

Hoke was probably not the first "choice" or the first person terms were thrown at.  He was the first person who met the hiring criteria and was agreeable to the terms.  DB wasn't going to make the final offer until it was clear it would be accepted and only one offer was made.  

01/16/2011 - 2:42pm Agree with your 1st paragraph.

See my post below.  Also, that first discussion of terms was probably not directly between Harbaugh / Miles & DB.  They have people for that.  DB engaged once it was clear that the candidate would, generally, agree to the terms Michigan was putting forward.  

When we read in the news that Pinkel or Fitz turned Michigan down, I doubt they did that after a 5 hour interview with DB.  It was done by their agents after the initial inquiry or set of inquiries from Michigan.


01/16/2011 - 2:35pm The key to understanding this situation: definition of "offered"

The way this likely worked with Miles, if LSU is telling the truth, is that Miles' agent talked contract terms with the office of the AD.  DB's visit with Miles probably did not include the phrase "Les, I would like to offer you the head coaching position at Michigan".  It was probably more along the lines of "So, we aren't able to come to terms, is that what I understand?"  or "Sorry we couldn't make this work" or "What do you think of Brady?"

I am not guessing here, either.  The typical first discussion I have when I am recruited for new positions involves expectations for compensation.  I have the same conversation with candidates when I am hiring as well.  The reason I do this is so I don't waste time putting someone through a long interview process if we are way off on our compensation expectations.  The higher the level of compensation, the longer this initial discussion lasts -- especially if your qualifications for the position are well established.

So, we get back to the definition of "offered".   I am sure someone at Michigan contacted Miles' people and basic terms were discussed.  Miles, obviously, was not interested in those terms and the discussion stopped.  DB probably never officially offered the job to Miles and he probably wasn't the person who talked terms with Miles. 

So no one is lying.  Everyone is telling their version of the truth.  

01/16/2011 - 9:43am Ric Flair gets more replies on this thread than a substantive

comment on our next DC.  I'm just sayin'.....

01/16/2011 - 9:41am We apologize for the delays in service.

Crews are actively working to restore your Michigan football program.  No estimate for restoration of service is available at this time. 

I doubt Hoke had a lot of time to spend on hiring a coordinator Wednesday or Thursday due to heavy media and PR schedules.  This weekend is a good time to finish putting a staff together.  I expect announcements early next week so the focus can return to player recruiting.

01/16/2011 - 9:35am Rock star or Michigan Man?

The Michigan Man wins every time.  I think Randy Shannon is a great hire, but after hearing about Michigan Men and how every staff member will have a fanatical love for our great University, I think a former staffer or player will be the likely choice.  Hello Vance Bedford.  

01/15/2011 - 7:40am DB: Money can't buy me love.

DB: Money can't buy me love.  

Maybe you should follow his lead.  Go buy yourself some love instead of banging out your frustrations on the keyboard.

01/14/2011 - 8:15pm one thing I've been wondering about.... why someone would dress up a dog?  also, i wonder why people don't capitalize the first letter of a sentence?  is it that hard to hit the shift key?  another thing i've been wondering about is why do people capitalize MSM when they can't use a capital letter to start a sentence?  i mean, that must prove that the shift key works on their keyboard, right?  oh yeah, like, another thing i'm wondering about is why someone would own a rat-dog in the first place and then dress it up and then take a picture but not start a sentence with a capital letter?  and one other think i'm wondering about is if people know what MSM is and if they prefer whips and chains or handcuffs?

i'm really curious what other people around here thing about this, if they've thought about it at all.

01/14/2011 - 7:52pm What to make of it?

Make like a tree and get outta here!

01/14/2011 - 7:03pm You get fired at Auburn and

You get fired at Auburn and take the next job offered.  

01/14/2011 - 6:58pm Your breasts are spectacular.

Your breasts are spectacular.  What's this thread about?

01/13/2011 - 6:01pm Those who stay.....


Those who stay.....


01/13/2011 - 5:44pm Of course

they can compete for the NC.  Will we be in the NC game next year?  No.

That's the point, though.  Focus on B10 championship #43.  That's a are more attainable goal for the short term.  

01/13/2011 - 5:39pm Exactly

You can control winning your conference.  You cannot control an algorithm or voting of the masses.  

You also cannot explain this to a reporter who is a knucklehead.  It's just easier to say that we play for the B10 championship.  

01/13/2011 - 4:49pm Winching -- what were you trying to yank on?

Winching -- what were you trying to yank on?  

SO, I think you are generalizing when you say that Denard has NO TOUCH.  I agree he could improve, but I think some of the hits he took early on were impacting his throwing motion and accuracy.  

He's probably not the best as a pure dropback passer due to his height.  Roll him out and he's very dangerous, though.  Luckily, the WCO is a great set for roll outs and quick throws that prevent huge face eating D-lineman from getting in the QB's grill.

01/13/2011 - 4:43pm Transitioning to the WCO

Transitioning to the WCO won't be simple, but I think we can do it.  The routes are likely more complex than what Denard is accustomed to in the spread we ran his first two years.  He'll need to synch up with the receivers' reads as well, which can be tricky.  Considering the leap Denard made from year 1 to 2, I think he has the ability and the work ethic to do what it takes to learn the offense for year 3.  

Our offense in 2012 will be dominating if we gameplan properly and the players make the adjustments we all hope for.   The danger, as with any offense (including the spread), is getting into a predictable routine (no adjustments for specific opponents) or moving away from short quick passes to downfield shots every series ala' Andy Reid.  

01/13/2011 - 4:35pm 750 / 3,000 next year.

750 / 3,000 next year.

01/13/2011 - 4:33pm 750 / 3,000

The first thing I thought of when Hoke was announced was how the Eagles used Mike Vick this year.  I'll take 750 yds rushing / 3,000 yds passing from DRob next year.  Our offense will move forward next year in the Great Lakes Offense.

BTW love the new TM, but I had to drop the Coast.  It was too long for me.  That's what she said.


01/12/2011 - 7:26am Mama always told me....

....don't double post

01/12/2011 - 7:25am Mama always told me....

....if you can't say nothin' positive don't say nothin' at all.

Welcome Brady Hoke!

Watch the video and enjoy!  I hope to see the Brady and Brandstatter introductory interview soon.   I, for one, welcome a person who talks of team and toughness from the start.  I am still a fan of RichRod, but was always disappointed that he projected a "scheme first"** persona.  I don't care if we have a Michigan man, but we need someone who builds a team and not introduces a scheme.  

I am also a fan of Borges and hope Hoke brings him along.  He has a stellar offensive track record and we are well suited to run a west coast style offense.  I would like to see more designed QB runs and draws than he ran at SDSU, and this is where adaptation to personnel will be key.  Denard could potentially put up 500-750 yds rushing and 3,000-3,500 yds passing in a west coast system featuring a running QB.  Look at Vick's numbers at Philly this year if you disagree.  


** IMO RR was scheme before team.  Discuss.

01/12/2011 - 6:54am Thank you...

....for actually researching the potential offense Hoke might bring to Michigan before posting some nonsense about pro style offenses and how we will now be a 2nd tier program because OUR NEW COACH doesn't run the spread.  I think everyone who has written a "DENARD SHOULD LEAVE OMG WTF !!!!!! " post needs to look at the potential our offensive talent has in a west coast based system.  If nothing else, read the wikipedia copy/past above.  Do the phrases "read and react", "short/quick passes","running backs as receivers", and "accurate and mobile QB" sound familiar?  Do you think we have anyone on our team who can excel with this as a base offense?  Think beyond Denard.  Think about our other skill position players as well.  

Also, take a look at the Borges interview from SDSU on YouTube (no link -- you're smart and you'll find it on your own).  He stated he would adapt (novel concept) his playbook at SDSU to match the talent on board.  I think a west coast scheme adapted to fit our talent is an excellent fit for OUR TEAM as we MOVE ON.

08/17/2010 - 5:05pm If she shaves her buckstache, she's a keeper.

If she shaves her buckstache, she's a keeper.