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06/08/2018 - 2:31pm I never thought I'd see the…

I never thought I'd see the day when Michigan Track and Field makes the front page! Oh Happy Day. Love this story and love Ace's writing. What a gutsy smart performance from Ben. 

On a separate note, Ace is pretty slow for a skinny guy. I have averaged that 5K pace for a marathon (42.2K) and was never anywhere close to UM varsity status (did run with MRUN). 

 

 

06/07/2018 - 11:22am Not sure others on here are…

Not sure others on here are aware of how shocking this victory was. "Before tonight, Flanagan had never finished higher than 14th in an NCAA final. He did not even qualify for this meet last year, finishing 22nd at the East Regional. And he entered tonight’s race as the 19th seed, with a 29:13.72 pb."

So he had to PR by almost 40 seconds while closing the race with a 56 second lap. Wowzers. 

 

http://www.letsrun.com/news/2018/06/upset-city-michigans-ben-flanagan-stuns-everyone-win-10000m-title/

03/05/2018 - 12:53pm Jordan Morgan

I originally read this as JORDAN MORGAN with a shoe. Would absolutely buy if he had one.  Michael Jordan, the UNC guy? No thanks. 

 

01/05/2018 - 1:15pm Status of 5th year guys

Definitely bring back - Mone, Winovich, Watson. 

Probably bring back - Furbush, JBB (maybe he can just play on 1st and 2nd downs?)

Probably firm handshake - Marshall, Bunting. 

Definitely firm handshake - Wangler. 

 

 

 

12/07/2017 - 11:45am Lies

So according to twitter Taggart did quite a bit of lying during the past 2 weeks to the media, public, UO fans, and UO recruits. Not evasion of questions, but downright lies about whether he was in communication with FSU and when. Do you think he pays any consequence for this?

Given that Florida went red in the 2016 election that is a clear sign that people there don't care about honesty/integrity so I'm guessing FSU fans/school won't care. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/05/2017 - 12:48pm Wierd

Honestly not sure why Harbaugh wants 16 teams. This is a disgrace and many of the important late season games (Conference champs, Bama/Auburn, etc.) would become meaningless. The best part of college Football is Fall Saturdays in home stadiums. Once the post-season hits I stop watching (except for UM).  

I am in favor of 6 only with 2 byes. That way there is still lots to play for in Reg season in terms of getting in and getting the bye. 

11/30/2017 - 1:43pm Wow

Anyone who voted against Hurst should be stripped of their right to vote. This is simply insane, he is the BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY according to PFF. This is lunacy. 

08/08/2017 - 11:01am Cal

All these teams are worse than Cal?!?

06/26/2017 - 10:31pm Demotion

This is equivalent to the provost at UM leaving to be provost at Oklahoma. Why would he accept a lower position?

06/10/2017 - 8:05pm Incredible

Absolute shocker, she was not favoured and was in last with a lap to go. Closed in 61, congratulations to Jamie!

04/12/2017 - 5:41pm Orange Pride

Wins out. 

11/22/2016 - 11:49am Chris

Chris, 

Thanks for going to Briarwood Chipotle in June 2013 so I could see your massive self and afro in person (also Strobel, Godin, R. Glasgow were there). Also thank you for being such a tremendous player and contributor to UM Football. Double-meat! 

 

 

11/01/2016 - 11:55pm Can we make The Playoff at 11-1?

Another takeaway from the link is the following: If you click the button for Ohio State to win out and UM to beat Maryland, the odds for Michigan to make the playoff are STILL 25%. 

But, I think something is wrong with the tool because in this scenario it still gives Michigan a 10% chance to win the Big Ten. My understanding is that if OSU wins out, Michigan cannot make the Big Ten title game (PSU could based on the HTH with OSU, but in the event of a 3 way OSU would go in so UM can't get in on 3 way). 

 

 

 

 

10/18/2016 - 4:50pm Sure

In my opinion people on here are being rediculous. OF COURSE if we lose the game then AFTERWARDS people will all argue that we still deserve a spot in the CFP Playoff. Why would you not want it?

First of all home field is worth a lot on College FB, like 5 points. If we lose by 1 this means that in a neutral field we would be favored over them. It means we are actually better than them. 

Second, what if 2 or more of the conference champions have 2 losses? Do you really think the committee would take a 2 loss team over Michigan? For example, suppose Washington loses a regular season game and then gets upset in the Pac-12 Championship by someone else? Michigan would have a better resume than all Pac-12 teams. Then say Oaklahoma wins the Big 12. Would the committee put in Oaklahoma or random Pac-12 South team in over Michigan or a 1 loss Louisville. Of course not. 

So what we need is chaos, which took a big hit when that NC State kicker missed those 3 FGs. That hurt the chance of the Big Ten getting 2 teams in. 

 

 

 

 

09/29/2016 - 1:23pm 11-1

Is there any hope for an 11-1 team that is not a conference champion? My sense is not because they favor conference champions in the committee process. For this reason, I don't think our odds are very good for the playoff... we have to play in Columbus against in my opinion the best team in College FB. 

 

09/28/2016 - 12:45pm Kugler should Start

Here is my guess. 

LT- Newsome
LG- Bredeson
C- Cole
RG- Kugler
RT- JBB

09/27/2016 - 1:09pm Sticking to the rules, and

Sticking to the rules, and only considering non-starters from LY who were expected to contribute or actually contributed. 

 

Stock Up: Newsome, Asiasi, Evans, Higdon, Winovich, Kinnel, K. Hill

 

Stock Neutral: Gary, Poggi, D. Hill, 

 

Stock Down: Bunting, Wheatley, Ways, Harris, Bredeson, Isaac, Bush, Thomas 

 

 

 

08/09/2016 - 4:14pm Shelton Johnson

I believe Shelton Johnson works at Yosemite during the summer months. 

 

Shelton Johnson

07/07/2016 - 3:44pm Thanks!

Super interesting perspective and I appreciate the reponse! Per the other comment I do read your blog too. 

Safety is a concern to me and I think that the Kovacs/Wilson streak has lulled fans into not worrying about the position much. I'd love to land a top safety in the 2017 class and get some bodies for depth too. 

 

 

07/07/2016 - 3:06pm More details

Curious to get your take on Harbaugh's recruiting by position.

 

 As I see it:

Light on recruiting: Safeties, DTs.

Heavy on recruiting: TEs, RBs, slot WRs.

 

 

07/07/2016 - 1:27pm This is so stupid

This is really stupid, bad move. Look at the current roster, 2017 will be a relative down year because we lose so many players after this season. But then 2018 stacks up to be an awesome team, except now they have to go on the road against all rivals and strong teams. 

And this is AFTER Notre Dame ended the last series with a home game in an underhanded move. What is Warde thinking? 

My going in negotiation position would be 2 homes to start, then we can alternate. Also, can we please play 2 in every 4 years instead of every single year? Would like some diversity of who we will play, with say Arkansas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06/28/2016 - 7:41pm Big Hiker

I am a big time hiker and trailrunner but honestly don't see the point of doing the AT or PCT. I spent 3 weeks in Montana and climbed over 40 peaks. I was miles away from any other humans with only my partner. This is the kind of isolation and scenery that I prefer. 

To me spending 3-4 months in Glacier National Park, Cascades, Sierras, Tetons, etc. is superior to a through hike. More isolation, better scenary and more vertical gain and peakbagging to be had. 

 

 

 

 

06/21/2016 - 11:36am Format

 I hate tournaments that start with 24 teams and then play the group stages just to get down to 16, it makes the group stages boring and relatively meaningless. You play 36 games to go from 24 teams down to 16 teams. Then you play 15 games to go from 16 teams to 1 team. Makes no sense. 

A better format is to go from 24 all the way to 8, so that only group winners and top 2 non-winners advance. This would make the group stages awesome and more cuttroat. 

Another option would be to go down from 24 to 12 (top 2 in each group advance) and let the best 4 group winners (based on points with GD tiebreaker) get a bye. That would be cool too to introduce byes. 

 

 

06/10/2016 - 1:59pm Yes!

I agree with this as well. Why does it have to be an all or nothing? Why can't we play them every other year, continuing the rivalry but then also allowing us to scheule other major matchips. A win win. 

After the debacle of the last series starting AND ending with games at ND, they owe us one. Therefore I'd like the see the first 2 games of the series both in Ann Arbor. But this will never happen. 

 

 

 

 

05/03/2016 - 2:20pm Michigan Difference

But as a cleaner program with better quality kids, doesn't it benefit Michigan to schedule teams which are major programs but are likely to have lots of problems? Ole Miss, come on down in week 1!

 

 

04/12/2016 - 1:05pm Deyonta

I saw this thread and assumed that it was a female basketball player who was pushing gender boundaries by declaring for the draft. 

I have never heard of this person before. For this I can thank Jim Delaney for adding Rutgers and Maryland so that Michigan only played MSU one time over the whole season. 

 

04/11/2016 - 2:35pm Agree

Unfortunately I am not too excited about this guy and it's a position of incredible need. Cavet: Obviously I hope he is awesome and want him to become a baller. 

But the thing with a Kovacs or other limited athletically but sucessful safety is that these guys are 99th percentile on intelligence/field awareness. I hope Mettalus pans out but given the low recruiting rankings and general agreement on low ceiling, we have to hope that he is a 99% guy on intelligence/awareness. This is asking a lot. I wonder if this was a move to appease Bush and the Flanagan program. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04/07/2016 - 5:24pm Math 597

Definitely the easiest I took was Math 597, Real Analysis. The class is just the professor at a whiteboard the whole time doing mathematical proofs, pretty simple. Some Math PhDs were in the class but the very best had taken it already and didnt't take it at UM. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04/07/2016 - 3:31pm These rankings are downright

These rankings are downright silly. We play three top 10 teams from 2015 on the road. I am ignoring. 

To be honest, I'm glad we have an easier out of conference lineup. Last year would have been a lot different if we had a cupcake at home instead of going to Utah to open the season. We would have been ranked higher throughout the season if we were 6-0, and eventually 10-2. 

 

 

 

 

04/05/2016 - 5:29pm Agree

Because Glasgow was out for Spring and Gary hasn't arrived, I think they decided to go with a 2 deep to give all of the guys equal run in terms of playing time and opportunity. Probably the best move to maximize the DLine improvement/development during spring Football. 

But Fall camp is less about learning/development and more about preparing for the season, so I'd imagine they may shift things around and we get the jumbo D Line that we've all been salivating about. At least this is my hope. I could see using a smaller WDE on passing downs but against the run I'd prefer the JUMBO package of 4 NFL huge guys. 

 

 

03/28/2016 - 4:42pm Too many Backs?

I wonder about Harbaugh bringing in so many running back types. 

On one hand, Hoke never had playmakers on offense and the more potential playmakers you get the more likely you'll end with some on the field eventually. 

But, on the other hand we know the RB is larglely about the holes open and some other positions may be more important. O Line is boom or bust position (so you need a lot of "lottory tickets"), and D Line nowadays you need a solid 2 deep. We saw the value of a great secondary last season. 

 

 

 

 

03/24/2016 - 4:11pm Women's Ice Hockey

It's shameful to me that Michigan doesn't have Women's Ice Hockey! It's Michigan fergodsakes, we are a cold state with such a rich tradition in the sport. 

02/29/2016 - 3:09pm Play-in

This may be a controversial opinion, but I'd rather go NIT than play in one of those stupid play-in games. I refuse to watch those games or aknowledge that they even exist. Would rather see fewer teams make it. 

Win the next two games and I think we can get into the real tournament (i.e. field of 64). 

 

 

 

 

02/25/2016 - 6:17pm Brain Smith

Brian Smith is one of the most generic names in the US. I went to college with a guy with this name, he used to get stopped all of the time at airport security because it was also a name on the post 911 terrorist watch list. 

Don Brown

Brian Smith

Next we next a John Baker.

 

 

02/25/2016 - 11:49am Running

For me it was running in the 2013 Boston Marathon which was the year of the bombings. Luckily I had finished 45 minutes prior so I was not directly impacted. But between the awesomeness of the race itself followed by the  aftermath it was pretty memorable. 

 

 

02/19/2016 - 11:32am I was a track and field

I was a track and field athlete in undergrad at a school in a northern climate. The team went to southern California on Spring break. Going on the trip was my only chance to get a traditional spring break because my family otherwise didn't pay for me to travel during spring break in college. 

02/08/2016 - 2:32pm Agreed

I've been searching around on the web and mgoblog to see who has the 2016 roster all set so I can download, at least for MICHIGAN. Apparently nobody does! Super lame. I am too lazy to spend an hour doing it, I just want to PLAY WITH RASHAN GARY. 

 

 

02/05/2016 - 9:13pm Download

When will this Michigan roster download be available? I just downloaded from BallHawgMichigan on my PS3 and I am getting the team from 2015 Fall with NO RASHAN GARY. I must start playing a dynasty with Rashan ASAP. 

 

When can I expect updated 2016 Rosters, at least for Michigan?? I care less about other teams. 

 

02/03/2016 - 6:14pm Theo Howard

The video was the top 5 plays for Theo Howard, please fix. 

01/27/2016 - 2:40pm Bryan Mone

Denard the same as Bryan Mone, makes sense right? NOPE.

 

01/14/2016 - 11:16am Soccer is killing us

No points at all from either Men's or Women's soccer. Disgraceful. We use the max # of scholarships and pay for top coaches, right? Then what gives? Why aren't we better at soccer?

Glad to see Cross Country contributing so much, those are strong programs right now. 

 

 

 

01/13/2016 - 4:47pm The Dual

Were you there when Denard won the 60m dash at the UM-OSU Dual Meet?

I was! It was his freshman year and he had played some in Football and many people knew him. I saw him outside warming up and said hi and go blue. He smiled.  That was close as I ever got to Denard!

 

 

01/13/2016 - 4:30pm 110H

13.73 is an excellent time in the 110H. From a quck glance at the Big Ten 2015 results, it is good enough to make final and score points in that meet. 

Impressive, especially since this was Drake's time from 4 years ago. I knew he was a hurdler but didn't realize the potential. 

 

 

01/12/2016 - 11:28am But if anything, this is a

But if anything, this is a good sign right? Hoke was 11-2 in 2011 but remember how many fubles we recovered? My memory says it was ALL of the fumbles. 

It means that we were actually good this past season, and not lucky. Move to the mean next season with the same dominant defense and we will be even better. 

 

 

01/08/2016 - 7:15pm Plans

I will not watch on NYE unless Michigan is playing. 

 

 

01/06/2016 - 7:40pm Feedback

I don't quite see why you need to have 4 divisions when in essence your proposal is really just 2 divisions. I would say instead to keep it simple: 

- 2 divisions of 8

- Play 6 division games instead of 7, so that you DON'T play every team from the division each year. You miss one team each year but there are protected rivals so that we never miss OSU (I'm fine with missing MSU once per 6 years). 

- Play 3 crossover games to ensure that you see other division teams at least every 3 years. 

 

I think this is virtually identical to your proposal. In either mine or yours, you have the potential for 2 undefeated teams from the same division (or paired divisions in your case) to not play each other and one must miss the B1G championship. But it would happen super rarely. 

 

01/05/2016 - 11:49am Not so fast

I believe that David and Sypniewski are scholarship guys from the beggining of their careers at UM. Their scholarships cannot be pulled....

So we do need more attrition, which is hard to peg at this point. You really never know, remember the situations from last year with Countess or Jack Miller. Who would have predicted these guys departing?

 

 

12/24/2015 - 11:53am I'm sure Harbaugh knew that

I'm sure Harbaugh knew that Durkin was ambitious and I agree with others that this is a GOOD thing for the program to be seen as a stepping stone to bigger jobs. 

However, I do think Harbaugh probably got blindsided by his decision to interview the week before the OSU game, which was unprofessional in my opinion. He should have told Maryland to wait a few days if they were interested in him. 

So, I would be 100% supportive of DJ and his decision to leave if it weren't for the timing and the performance against OSU where the defense was noticably worse (particularly around scheme/coaching) than in any other game of the season. As a result of this I am only 75% supportive of DJ in the new gig. 

 

 

12/22/2015 - 5:45pm Fair Enough

Fair enough, I see your point. Better to force some downfield throws which have a relatively low chance of connecting than getting gauged up the middle in the run game or leaving open easy throws underneath. Maybe DJ should have considered this strategy against OSU instead of spending his week interviewing for the next coaching gig.

 

 

12/22/2015 - 4:48pm Two wide open downfield

Two wide open downfield players and missed throws....is this really a sign of a good defense or a lucky defense?