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09/20/2018 - 11:26am As long as we iron out the…

As long as we iron out the wrinkles in a win.  

09/18/2018 - 3:27pm And it's a whole day…

And it's a whole day committment, even if you don't tailgate.  Traffic is a nightmare, parking is a PITA, concession prices are high and ticket prices (plus fees) are ridiculous.  Then, if the weather is crappy, you get to sit there in the stadium, roasting in the sun or getting pelted with snow, ice or rain, while the commercials come one after the other.  And you sit there.... and sit there.

I know I'm old but I went to non-televised games where we kicked off at 1:00 PM and were done a little before 3:30 PM.  Between reviews and commercials, there's at least an additional hour tacked on now.

That extra hour gives you plenty of time to think about how comfy your sofa is, how big your home TV screen is and how nice it is to drink your favorite beer and to eat your favorite snacks.

That being said, I'm going this week anyway. I must be nuts.

09/18/2018 - 3:14pm JB almost never gives you…

JB almost never gives you the formation, who is positioned where, what type of pass route was run, what type running play was it, etc.  And that includes AFTER the play is over.

And Dierdorf never helps him.  He likes to yammer about what a great effort so-and-so showed.  Why, Dan?  Tell us what happened!!

Plus JB's voice just annoys me.  He talks like he is in a movie, trying to portray a gung-ho play-by-play guy.  He's way too forced.

09/14/2018 - 5:55am Go Blue!  Make the plays,…

Go Blue!  Make the plays, stomp SMU and nobody gets hurt.

09/11/2018 - 6:14am I did the same thing!!  You…

I did the same thing!!  You could hear the sounds from the field and the crowd noise but not Mowins' annoying voice.  It sounds like she is trying to force a southern accent, even though she is from upstate NY.

That being said, I used to mute UM TV broadcasts and listen to the radio but I've gotten away from that. I can't take Brandstetter any more.  He describes nothing, i.e. formation, type of running play, pass patterns, defensive sets.  Even after the play, he doesn't tell you what kind of play it was.  (Dierdorf is sadly no help)  Plus, he forces his voice as if he was in a movie trying to play the role of a play-by-play guy calling the last 2 minutes of a tied Super Bowl.  Just call the damn game and knock off the drama.

09/04/2018 - 11:41am That's what I saw…

That's what I saw offensively.  We moved the ball OK but left points on the board due to one disastrous play that ended each drive.  

Patterson looked good for a kid in a new offesne.  He made all the throws when he wasn't hurried and our WR's caught the ball.

09/04/2018 - 9:14am I think they will be OK.  It…

I think they will be OK.  It was Ruiz' first game as starting center and he struggled.  There's a reason that he was considered a shoo-in All American; he has talent and will improve.  Our run game will be good.

09/02/2018 - 8:35am Agreed. To me, Patterson…

Agreed. To me, Patterson looked very good, but for the OL blowing up in front of him. 

09/02/2018 - 8:33am What bugs the hell out of me…

What bugs the hell out of me is that we are projected to have more than enough talent and I think we do have more than enough talent in many positions to win consistently (WR, RB, Defense).

But it seems like the OL consistently has breakdowns and those breakdowns consistently kill drives, whether it's because of a TFL or hurry or a sack or a forced INT. Consistently.

09/02/2018 - 8:27am I'm not losing hope. The OL…

I'm not losing hope. The OL is still the biggest issue and, if we have a good coaching staff (and I believe we do), barring injury, they will improve and adjust. Good coaches' teams improve as the year goes on.  I believe they will get better.

Patterson showed me that he is a very capable QB, given time to throw and decide.  We left a lot of points on the board last night and they came back and bit us.  I'm not giving up. It's too early.

08/24/2018 - 6:52am I was thinking that SOMEONE…

I was thinking that SOMEONE should say something or brush that off of him. They probably figured that he is so intense, he'd probably lay them out for touching him.

08/24/2018 - 6:43am Finally!!! Game week is…

Finally!!! Game week is finally here.  I like our chances to be good.  Let this be the year.

08/19/2018 - 10:56am You might be right but it…

You might be right but it looks like he will have a redshirt season to work on mechanics and learning the system at the QB slot  Let's talk again next year.

08/10/2018 - 6:50am That's just it.  A receiver…

That's just it.  A receiver needs to A) get open on a route and B) catch the ball.  We are not deep enough in WR talent to be able to carry a roster spot for a guy that can only run jet sweeps.  And if you look at the numbers, those sweeps weren't that effective anyhow.

It's always too bad when a kid doesn't pan out though. I hope he has success somewhere.

06/06/2018 - 4:26pm Yeah, somehow Andre Drummond…

Yeah, somehow Andre Drummond doesn't strike me as a 5 that can shoot.  Very thankful he is staying but the Pistons would have been an awful job for him.

06/06/2018 - 10:08am Beilein leaving makes no…

Beilein leaving makes no sense to me, but then again, a lot that the Pistons do makes no sense.

04/27/2018 - 5:47pm Welcome

Great news. Let's hope he fits as well as we all anticipate.

04/24/2018 - 9:59am Well

Considering the talent level on this team, they are overachieving. 

04/24/2018 - 9:53am Don't get me started on Brandstetter

Sadly, I'd guess he quits the Lions' gig before the UM one.

Very good color guy who shouldn't be doing play-by-play.

03/25/2018 - 1:48pm I get it

I am pretty sure that was what he told his team to do. But once the best FT shooter has the ball, you either have to get the ball out of his hands fast or foul. And you need to do it quickly. What's the difference if you lose by two more points?

03/23/2018 - 10:51am True enough

But by that point, up 20+, we are very content to trade buckets. it's not like we were playing the same kind of intense defense and trying to expand the lead.

03/23/2018 - 10:41am Yeah well

We have a heady team that is able to get good shots.  We have gotten good shots all throughout the tournament.  If, in the first 2 games, we shot passably well, those games weren't close.  If we shoot like last night, obviously, we won't lose.

I like our chances a lot.  We are playing well.

Plus, in Beilein we trust.

03/20/2018 - 6:47am Hope so

Then again, we had a lot of open looks the last 2 games and didn't bury them. 

Oh well, the way to look at it is that we won anyhow and we are too good a shooting team to continue to miss at that rate.  

03/19/2018 - 6:27am Really enjoying that though

I pointed out to a Sparty friend or 2 that A) it can't feel good to get the nod to play in Detroit and then lose, essentially in front of a home crowd and B) at least they can spend the next few weeks rooting against us.

03/19/2018 - 5:59am True enough

But I look at it as, the more losses a team has, the more weaknesses that Beilien will find on film.

That being said, we can't look past anyone, not for a second.  The 2 previous games should teach that.

03/11/2018 - 7:58pm Hey

If we are going to win this thing, we can expect to beat someone really good along the way.

We can do this. Go Blue.

02/25/2018 - 8:00am Thanks Coach

It seems like every year, we are somewhat underwhelmed with Beilien's recruiting classes. But damn near every year, you can look at several kids on the roster and the development is amazing.

02/16/2018 - 5:55pm In all fairness...

...they get rid of Pep and go 0-16.

Just saying. :)

02/08/2018 - 12:51pm Saw that too

I was surprised that nothing came up during the presser about McElwain possibly coming on board.

02/07/2018 - 2:25pm That's it for me

I like the kids we got.  I wish we could have got a few OT's but we didn't. We move on and play with what we got.

02/07/2018 - 12:16pm you're right

A lot of people are coming and going.  I'd hope there is a plan here.

Odd though, that a OC elsewhere takes a job as an analyst.  That's not really even a lateral move, is it?

02/05/2018 - 8:05pm I like the Eagles team

Like the team but can't stand the fans.  They are a close second to Columbus in obnoxiousness.

02/01/2018 - 4:34pm Freep article

My first reaction was, "great, now that MSU is getting crucified, it's our turn, in the interest of 'balance'"

As I read it, it becomes clear that this is an issue that should be fairly easy to resolve, provided there's openness. Alas.

If these donors are steering endowment investments to their own firms and then collecting fees on those investments, those investments better be netting a return way in excess of the market.

01/29/2018 - 10:29am Makes sense

Izzo never really denied anything yesterday. He was just careful in saying that he cooperated with investigations.

01/29/2018 - 10:26am Heh

Every tournament game they win just means one extra time for reporters to hound him, with more and more reporters after every round.

01/29/2018 - 10:24am You're right

You know damn well ESPN isn't going to let this go.  One of the top college basketball coaches?  They are going to send reporters out to every remaining MSU practice, presser, game, every chance to get access to him, and they are going to continue to hound him with questions over and over.  "You ready to talk yet,Tom?  When is that going to be?  You talked to any attorneys for the U, Tom?"  Or worse, questions with details from years ago.  

Eventually, he'll either say something inappropriate or inaccurate and then it is going to be over.

01/26/2018 - 9:30am Supposedly

Per M&B, enos had a non-compete clause in his Arkansas contract that prevented him from signing with another SEC team after leaving Arkansas.  By signing with Michigan, Enos gets around the non-compete clause due him not going to an SEC team directly out of Arkansas.

I'm glad this guy won't be around, regardless of the rationale. 

01/23/2018 - 2:53pm Gross negligence would be the way to go

It looks like there were plenty of complaints by students, going back almost 20 years.  Causation may be a problem of proof for the earliest allegations, i.e. the refusal to fire Nassar might not be the cause of damages until it became clear enough that he was a predator and until failure ot remove him rose to the level of gross negligence.

Also, if I am Bill Schuette and am running for governor, the last thing I want to have to tell my assistant AG's to go into court and argue in defense of civil lawsuits by Nassar's victims is that the women shouldn't collect a dime from MSU because of governmental immunity.  PR nightmare.

01/17/2018 - 5:30pm I am sure

I am sure that nobody at their parade complained about the soft schedule.

01/17/2018 - 5:26pm Heh

I still have an occasional moment of Zen when I try to wrap my head around a 14-team conference called the Big Ten.

01/13/2018 - 8:57pm How Tough?

Tough enough to beat your sorry ass... AGAIN.  By TEN.

01/12/2018 - 7:21pm Shooter's chance

There's no logical way for us to match up well with these guys.

That being said, there's always games where you just shoot the lights out ... as opposed to the games where nothing falls. I am not thrilled about this one based on what I have seen so far.

01/09/2018 - 10:23am Moreover

I would expect that these types of bets (who's going to win the championship?) don't draw a lot of action as opposed to other bets (who's going to cover the line this week?)

12/30/2017 - 8:50am Face painting

No man should ever paint his own face. It's a man card thing, IMO.

12/30/2017 - 8:48am Especially

Especially when the ref comes swooping n off the sideline and jams the ball into place in less tan a second.  Most often, the spot doesn't matter, but when it does matter and we are getting "screwed" , I think back to every quick, seemingly arbitrary spot and get pissed.

12/21/2017 - 2:46pm No kidding

Like it's a "whiff" if they don't get all the 5-stars they are in on.

12/12/2017 - 2:59pm I'm no doctor

But if his doctors are saying that he could play, I'd believe them.  But at this point, nobody knows, one way or another.

12/06/2017 - 11:02am Help me out here

I've never gone to a bowl so I'm thinking it's tough to tailgate for a bowl game out of town.  I mean, don't you have to buy grilling equipment, plasticware, bowls, plates, serving utensels, coolers, tables, tents, not to mention finding a place to park?  If you're an out-of-towner, you're not bringing that stuff from home on the plane.

12/03/2017 - 5:07pm Call the bookie immediately

Although, one with half a brain won't take that bet.

11/29/2017 - 2:19pm Um

So you think that when an official sees what might be a hold, he is thinking about which team is going to make the playoffs before he throws a flag?  Is that what the refs discuss when they huddle up over a call? 

Maybe I'm naive but I think that the officials try their best to call a game straight.