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09/24/2018 - 2:29pm Wow...logged in only to…

Wow...logged in only to comment on how phenomenally accurate that list is  - I have 3 kids and that order is exactly how it goes down. 

06/29/2018 - 2:26pm This comment relates only to…

This comment relates only to the design - it underwhelms significantly to precedent, comparable, websites of competing Universities (yes, ElevenWarriors). Specifically, the font is not clean, the spacing is too broad, and the banner is childish. Overall the designing is not appealing and discredits the strong content that this blog is reputable for throughout the years - it is the standard. As a result, I am coming on this site significantly less - how much? I used to check it out twice/day and now it is every-other-day, so a 50% decline as I gather Michigan news from other sources.

05/23/2017 - 10:55am Goodbye old friend

You were a smooth operator and added to the character's legendary cannon of dialogue. You will be missed.

From Dr. No (1962) when he was at the beach with bond girl "Honey Ryder":

Bond: 'Don't worry. I'm not supposed to be here either.'

Honey Ryder: 'Are you looking for shells, too?'

Bond: 'No, I'm just looking.'


05/18/2017 - 2:29pm Honest Question

What is the distinction between an NCAA mandated test coming out positive for weed vs the Cops finding you high and in possession? Should it not carry the same penalty? Or is it a matter of jurisdiction where the NCAA desides the penalty for one of its mandated tests?  Shouldnt the UF coaches/adminstrators carry the same penalty as the NCAA (or vice versa, in which case Mitch could of played another season at Michigan, albeit miss a few games).  I just got mad at the world thinking thru all this...

06/02/2015 - 12:15pm Double Post

Double Post

06/02/2015 - 11:56am New Job, Same Approach, Hopefully Different Results...

This from Brandon:

“In many cases, they are similar situations,” Mr. Brandon said of Dominos and Toys “R” Us. “They are both great global brands.” well as...

“The company needs to put itself in a position where it can complete globally,” he said. “It’s about performance and execution.”

10/10/2014 - 10:57am Watch out for the caller from Alabama

I heard that lady that called Finebaum's show earlier in the week to yell at Cowherd (ie. "CowTurd") just called into his show again to yell at bluebyyou....

Its no joke, Michigan is national championship status when it comes to research - there was a WSJ article a few years ago on the Tech Transfer Department - they are the most productive in the nation based on 'inventions patented' and royalty revenue

10/10/2014 - 10:33am Mark Slive and the SEC will not be outdone...

ESPN and Adam Rittenberg have already written a cover article on the depth of the SEC's nanomechanical capabilities and the antiquated laboratories in Ann Arbor.  The SEC is launching an even bigger and bettern Nanomechanical Lab in Tuscaloosa.  Genetically engineered versions of Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum will lead the network...err..ahh...Lab

10/08/2014 - 3:10pm 11W Deserves the Clicks

The article was well written and a thoughtful editorial from the perspective of a college football fan; it was even self-reflective and cautionary to all Buckeyes that this type of systematic failure can happen anywhere - even to them. 

That all being said, my favorite reference is to DB as a "child emperor" - that was a laugh out loud moment.

10/08/2014 - 3:03pm So...

...then all is good in Camelot? 

10/08/2014 - 12:15pm Yes it does...

It stings really badly.  We lost the patriarch of our program.  There is no one to galvanize the program and bring it together.  Dave Brandon wanted so bad to be THAT guy. I wonder how that’s going....

08/29/2013 - 9:35am Are we talking about the game

Are we talking about the game or the post-game after party at Ricks? 

08/29/2013 - 9:34am Fitz & the Secondary

On Offense: Fitz's productivity is reflective of the offensivel line and the much discussed interior. Also, as we saw in 2011, a healthy, productive Fitz = good things

On Defense: our Secondary. Its been awhile since we have seen a solid to semi-dominant secondary.  We have seen signs of it the past two years but it has been infrequent.  Hopefully this is the year that their effectiveness is more sustainable. 

08/29/2013 - 9:29am One Word

Karsch: "How would you describe this defense?" 

Frank Clark: "Freaky"

I like this. That is all. 

08/29/2013 - 9:25am Thank You

For posting this every year. I always enjoy reading the passage and thinking "It's time for some Football"  - Thank you. 

08/01/2013 - 1:02pm Agreed

...but am trying to curb my excitement....unsuccessfully. Side note: I cannot work today and am going home early, the Countdown to Kickoff video both made my day and ruined it (for any productivity)

08/01/2013 - 12:47pm Cannot confirm this but I

Cannot confirm this but I believe the protocol is that the GAs fill them out, the athletic department approves, and then they are submitted. Sometimes, especially at the end of the year, the Head Coach is involved. However, most of the time they have no idea what they voted.

08/01/2013 - 12:44pm That's a great spot to be

That's a great spot to be in...clear pathway to being in the top 10 by week 7, when the BCS computers take over, and we get off to the strong start that we are hoping for

08/01/2013 - 12:34pm That's awesome

Trying to do the same here but striking out on anything decent for such a large crew to sit together. In 2011 it was great seeing the majority of the crowd in Maize. When they played 7 nation army (yes, I know...but it was neat at the time especially after UTL part 1) for their students it actually worked in reverse and the Michigan fans took over and they pulled the plug on the music.

08/01/2013 - 12:29pm Well done, those are good

Have been to the stadium a couple of times and those are solid seats. The worst are 101 to 104, right under the visitor scoreboard. The angle is horrible. I would think the opposite side from 133 to 135 are equally as bad

08/01/2013 - 12:14pm It's actually not a bad

It's actually not a bad strategy on their part if their students/season tkt holders actually wanted to go to the game vs trying to cash in (who can blame them after so many years at the bottom/middle of the Conference). They dilute the supply, therefore lowering prices on sites like stub hub... Stub hub will likely raise its price while NU will lowers them.

08/01/2013 - 12:09pm That's a good deal. Endzone,

That's a good deal. Endzone, corner, or sideline? How were you able to score those? This reverse auction is driving up prices even at the online vendors. 2 yrs ago got sideline tkts online for 75 after fees

07/31/2013 - 12:40pm From experience, worst case

From experience, worst case scenario is 3rd week in August. I was in London for a summer and had the mistake of having them delivered to my temporary address there....I got them on the 22nd, a day before my return flight home, and believe that might be a worst case scenario.

03/15/2013 - 5:05pm Don't forget the Zubaz uniformz


03/15/2013 - 12:46pm Depends on what you want to do post grad school

Go to Columbia if you want to do anything relayed to Finance. They get more recruiters in that field. Don't judge them based upon the lack of scholarship money. Over the long run the ROI works out. Make sure that you want to do finance however as the non finance students are treated like IU football: strange, difficult to look at, and no one really knows if they belong.

For any other field go to Michigan. Better experience, more personable classmates, and profs.

02/19/2013 - 3:50pm Bravo

It's insight and thoughtful commentary like the above that has me tirelessly hitting F5 on my web browser. I believe that you have addressed and rationalized a key motive for BIG expansion that does not get much focus. Well done, unless you are really Jim Delaney in disguise...

10/25/2012 - 9:02am We are spoiled

I think the sentiments above regarding Denard being underwhelming this year are fair but only because we are spoiled by what Denard has done in the past. We are going to miss him when he is gone and wishing that we had a Davy O'Brien candidate to vote for.

10/05/2012 - 2:20pm Still have No. 5 Jersey in my

Still have No. 5 Jersey in my closet. Sad face...must move on but still too soon

10/05/2012 - 2:13pm That is one tough class. So

That is one tough class. So many names to remember and I am not even factoring the Volturi !!!

06/29/2012 - 10:41am "This stays with me"

Priceless emotional when I read that piece. It should be an MGoShirt. Very fitting article leading into Independence Day celebrations.

07/21/2011 - 9:22pm Cannot wait

Cannot wait for camp and the season to start (Hello count down to Kickoffs on -- too much speculation on the internets...

07/21/2011 - 9:20pm I am divorcing my wife...

...only so that I can get remarried at the Big House (maybe to my wife or Ms. Johansson if she finally accepts).

07/05/2011 - 10:14am Interwebs are on our side...

It helps that the Master of the Intewebs, Larry Page (Google Co-Founder & CEO), is a Michigan alumnus.  Nebraska has no chance.  They started the bot war, we will end it.

05/18/2011 - 6:07am Not full time

My recollection is that he took a few classes in Kinesiology and a few others intermittently while he was in Ann Arbor

05/18/2011 - 6:02am Rotating would be wise

Spread the wealth to other cities within B1G nation but only if they bid for rights and ensure a high standard for facilities / venue / accomodations.  Doing so would imbue broader fan support for the new B1G.  Fans will watch the B1G regardless, but they will be happier about it and names such as Legend & Leaders might become more manageable. 

05/17/2011 - 9:22pm Only upside for him...

He was a very versatile QB, physically has not matured and has potential, and his scouting report praises good things.  There is only upside for him based upon these reasons (and likely since expectations are already low).  

05/17/2011 - 9:15pm In TomVH We Trust

Very keen to hear the premise of all this and its implications -- hopefully nothing more than an 17 year old high school student basking in the attention (perhaps rightfully so, but before he is broken down and humbled). However, they do come in all varieties - such as Joe Bolden who took a trip to Ann Arbor only to commit in person with a gentleman's handshake.  

05/17/2011 - 2:29pm Footwork


I was always taught your footwork as a QB is critical in limiting interceptions; perhaps more so than decision making ability.  Overthrow/underthrow, velocity, time to allow the play/receivers develop, and not leading the D (via body position) into the route are all dependent upon footwork.  Unfortunately, this is where Denard needs to develop the most in his transition.  He is a hard worker and I have faith in him.

Mattison's 4-3 under D is aggressive and hopefully opportunistic towards causing more turnovers.  


05/17/2011 - 1:42pm Unfortunately...

I do not think that education is an ambition that SEC coaches and prospects share out of their collegiate football experience.  There are exceptions, count them on one hand, including Alabama QB McElroy and Tebow that were strong students.  

Rather, the path followed by Mr. Newton seems more rewarding: steal laptop, cheat on tests, have a family member solicit $180k unkowingly, drink "cam cam juice", win heisman, win national chapionship, leave after a year, publicly declare yourself an icon,  no. 1 draft pick.  Simple formula that does not require education.


05/13/2011 - 5:15pm Damn those tweets...

The Keg is definetely flowing at the golf event today.  Regardless, great to see our alumni back and in good spirits. 

05/13/2011 - 5:12pm If I could +100 you

If I could I would +100 you

05/13/2011 - 6:14am Similarly

I used to follow Pat Forde for a period 5-10 years ago, especially his work on the college basketball scene.  He published in smaller papers in the midwest and once in awhile in Chicago.  It was really detailed and objective work.   This was obviously before, however, ESPN brought him onboard and gave him "Forde Yard Dash" and the entire profession of journalism as well as the English language degraded. 

05/13/2011 - 5:59am That sir is probably the

That sir is probably the worst thing that you can say to a sports journalist - well done.

05/10/2011 - 2:43pm Thank you

That's a very comprehensive and solid analysis of Rivals 250 and impications for Michigan.  Cannot think of anyway to thank you other than this blog + referring any top high school prospect your way. 

05/03/2011 - 2:40pm That's a pretty bold statement


That's a pretty bold statement to claim that the South cares MORE about Football than the Midwest.  Perhaps the members / viewers of this Board may disagree and I think at least 115K on Saturday's would also disagree with you.  I think that both geographies care deeply about Football in an equal manner, which would nullify your argument above.  Anyways, since "caring" is as evidential that this guy below actually exists I did not read the rest of your reply. Sorry.


05/03/2011 - 2:25pm Not sure what the ceiling is

Not sure what the ceiling is for new B1G and SEC deals.  Mike Slive is a very shrewd guy and will likely wait and see what the B1G gets to be a topper.  The thing that really gets Slive worked up is that no matter what he does the B1G will be more profitable unless he can get his own SEC network started.  Example:

* All Conferences will receive revenues from issuing syndication rights equivalent to their deal size. Pac-12 will get $225mm and SEC will get $205mm/yr, etc...

* The only exception is B1G which actually owns 51% of the JV with Fox (JV worth $8mm/school/year x 11 schools = $88mm/year) which equates to approx $45mm.  Hence, the B1G actually gets: $99mm/year from ESPN + $88mm/year from B1G/FOX JV + $33mm/year from BCS and other bowls + 0.51(Revenues from Sponsors/TV Ads - $45mm)/year  = $220mm/year + revenue from sponsors that is the envy of ever other conference.

Note: The numbers above exclude Nebraska and the $45mm/year is actually paid by B1G to their JV w/ Fox and reflected in the equation above.

05/03/2011 - 2:02pm Actually not necessarily...

Until there is more data on the revenue split between FOX and ESPN, the SEC Deal is still ESPN's golden nugget given the size of the investment and limited competition.  They are therefore incentivized to use their network to promote the Conference, its teams, and players to form an inherent bias in College Football (which they do very well).  For reference:

1) ESPN deal with SEC is $2bn amortized over 15 years, or $133mm/yr (link) representing 65% of the SEC's television income of $205mm as noted in the OP's article link and ESPN DOES NOT have to compete against FOX in the market, only CBS, whose presence is negligible both in syndication rights and economics.    

2) Meanwhile, ESPN's deal with the B1G is $9mm/yr per school or $99mm/yr ex-Nebraska or an implied $107mm/year w/ Nebraska.   This represents only 41% of B1G's television revenue of $22mm/yr per school (link).  Meanwhile ESPN competes directly with the B1G network (ie. FOX through their JV).   They are less incentivized to see the B1G be more successful than the SEC but need to compete for syndication rights purely for market share.

As noted, there is limited detail on the revenue split of the Pac -12 deal, ie. ESPN's investment.  However, it is probable that ESPN detests having to share the success of the Conference with FOX, their biggest rival in College Football syndication, which they do not need to do in the SEC.  

Further speculation (for anyone that's still reading):

* The bid of $225mm was partially due to an auction for a "control premium" over the Conference's syndication. Well played by Larry Scott, the Conference's commissioner.  There is no evidence for this but markets where ESPN does not compete with a national syndication network for such a "control premium" have significantly less deal sizes, either in aggregate or by school, as per the OP's referenced article regarding the ACC, Big 12, etc...  The only exception would be Texas well...because it's Freakin Texas and its always been an exception to everything since the Annexation of 1845.

* LA's major market status and ESPN's need to be the major sports syndication in LA, in conjunction with ABC/Disney, incentivize ESPN to focus on the success of USC...a la send Mark May to do a 10 - week countdown on Sports Center as to why the 2004/2005 Bush/Leinhart Trojans are the greatest College Football Team ever. 


04/21/2011 - 3:13pm unfortunately i believe that

unfortunately i believe that alot of debates, including "what came first - the chicken or the egg?" and the meaning of life will begin with RR for sometime on this board

04/21/2011 - 3:07pm History

History has taught us that nothing good ever comes out of arrogance.  I would rather be regarded as the Leaders and the Best through our actions.  OP was very brave with this post. 

04/19/2011 - 12:30pm Well done