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12/15/2018 - 4:23pm Didn't catch that... What…

Didn't catch that... What was said?

12/03/2018 - 12:13pm I totally agree.  If I were…

I totally agree.  If I were going to the game, my two young boys would love to see a player or two strolling through the lobby, even if they didn't say hello!

11/27/2018 - 5:08pm I read somewhere recently…

I read somewhere recently that he even still has a house there.

11/27/2018 - 11:55am Not worse than my 4 year old…

Not worse than my 4 year old telling me yesterday he should get an Ohio State shirt to wear so that he can root from them in all of the games they play, except maybe Michigan.

He's at that developmental stage where handling losing is difficult... Now that I think of it, many of us here are still in that stage.

10/24/2018 - 10:52am Thanks!


10/24/2018 - 10:28am Thanks for the perspective!

Thanks for the perspective!

What's DSR?

09/26/2018 - 11:51am And because they already…

And because they already have their degree from the university... which is why these amateurs when to their original school to begin with, right?

09/12/2018 - 8:50pm From the Marching Band's…

From the Marching Band's weekly e-newsletter:

10:00 AM  Rehearsal - Elbel Field

12:00 PM  Brunch

2:00 PM    Percussion Step-Show - Front Steps Revelli Hall

2:00 PM    Visualization Inside Revelli Hall

2:35 PM    MMB – Victors in the Street

2:40 PM    Leave for Michigan Stadium

2:50 PM    Arrive at Michigan Stadium

3:10.PM    M Band Pre-Game

3:30 PM    Kick-off

09/12/2018 - 7:24pm The University of Michigan…

The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security offers a Child and At-Risk Adult ID Wristband Program during large-scale events held at Michigan Stadium. Important information, such as a contact number and seat location, can be written on the wristband. This program helps security and law enforcement personnel to reunite a loved one if they become separated from their parent or guardian. Wristbands are available at gates 1, 2, 4, 8 & 9.


09/12/2018 - 11:56am We'll be there with my 4 &…

We'll be there with my 4 & 6yo boys... My parents will be there too, so we have a 2:1 adult:kid ratio.  I expect they won't be in their seats the whole time, and if we leave early (or some of us leave early) we're okay with that.

Want to do it while everyone's healthy and we still can... Hopefully that will be the case for many years to come, but why wait?

Go Blue!

05/25/2018 - 6:30am Some coaches managed...

Maryland played 4+ QB's last year, including their 5' 8" walk-on Air Force transfer who started against us. 

They threw 15, including 10 from Bortenschlager, who was their 3rd string when the season began.


(EDIT: Not arguing against the quality of the OSU game plan.)


05/23/2018 - 12:52pm Thanks!  ...Strange that the

Thanks!  ...Strange that the other one is different.


Edit:  Got it, finally.  247 ranking vs 247 composite, right?  I generally only think of the composite.

05/23/2018 - 12:48pm The overall ranking list says

The overall ranking list says "Last updated on 05/23/18 at 10:40 AM CST" and doesn't list him at #12?…

05/23/2018 - 12:45pm #12?

Apoligies if I'm missing something.  I see Karalaftis as the #12 SDE and #153 overall...

05/05/2018 - 10:18am Thanks!

So is that 8, or 32?

Seriously though, thanks for the message. I'll email now!

05/05/2018 - 10:11am Could work!

I'll check in with the ticket office to see what the story is with group tickets.  That might be a possibility to let us have tickets in-hand before the game.

Once our numbers are more set and we know what's going on, I'll let you know.

If you want to leave your  email --at--  here I'll check in with you as things go along.

Go Blue!

05/04/2018 - 2:41pm Thanks!


I'm hoping that you're prediction is correct. It's part of the reason we chose that date. SMU worked in our schedule, and ironically is probably the most desirable game for us.  My boys don't want what we'd consider a good game.  They want as much of a blowout with as little tension as possible! 

It's been a few years since we had season tickets.  When do they get sent out?

01/14/2018 - 11:52am Thanks!

...All kidding aside, I appreciate the info!  They're 3 & 6, but I'll definitely have it on the list to watch when they're a bit older.

01/14/2018 - 9:31am Ah, yes. Willis Ward and the

Ah, yes. Willis Ward and the infamous 1930s Georgia Tech incident.  My boys and I discuss it weekly...

What was that again?!?  :-)

01/04/2018 - 12:07pm Woods a starter?

Thanks for the updates!

My questions:
Woods started the bowl game... So technically a returning starter? 
Was Mone a starter, or just in the rotation?

12/11/2017 - 3:04pm Nit picking

Since you busted my chops on accuracy, I'll point out that a move from 8th to 4th (which happens with the addition of Patterson & Anderson & the removal of everyone else) is "literally" 4 places, not one or two as you asserted.  As I mentioned in a reply to one of your other numerous posts here, I thought that amount of movement was relevant.  If you and others do not, it doesn't hurt anyone.  

Again, I don't disagree with anyone who says they aren't interest in this concept. Adding volumes of comments saying basically the same thing just makes the board a less friendly (and user friendly) place to be.

12/11/2017 - 2:57pm Staying classy.

Not trying to pick a fight, but I'd say there is a difference between politely disagreeing, and posting 4 (now 5) different times with some variation of the same idea.

I think we all get it.  This is not heavy insight that is of any direct relevance to on-field production.  It is still a topic of interest to some.  If the thread weren't cluttered with a bunch of folks trying to tell others what is or is not relevant/interesting, perhaps it wouldn't be so annoying & tedious to review.

12/11/2017 - 2:52pm Personally, I was curious to

Personally, I was curious to know how things changed in the rankings, whether it was a little or a lot.

I would also suggest that (theoretical) a move of four places from 8th to ~4th would represent a a much bigger deal than a move of four places from something like 25th to 21st.  Again, if that concept isn't of interest, no worries.

It seems that many feel strongly enought about the topic (at least in concept, if not content) to comment (in some cases multiple times.)  I in no way disagree with folks who say "so what?" as it relates to next season.  It's a quick little exercise which was of interst to some.

12/11/2017 - 1:48pm Good point.

Will update the post now.

12/11/2017 - 1:47pm Agreed

I totally agree.  Just like looking at this year's ranking isn't going to win us any games. People still do it, for whatever reason(s) they find it interesting.

I have noticed previous discussions on the average recruiting ranking for playoff teams, etc. which is what got me thinking about it.  I in no way meant to imply this would somehow mean anything specific on the field, just playing around with what the class as a whole "looks like" with this updated iteration.

11/30/2017 - 9:20am Competition

Sam Webb & Ira Weintraub made a good point recently that with Georgia back, Miami back, Clemson a notch better, etc. the competition for recruits in the region is much different than it was when FSU recently won the national title.  Combine an increased level of difficulty for success with the other frustrations and it seems more understandable, at least to me.

01/11/2017 - 3:46pm Me too...
Wish the t-shirts

Me too...

Wish the t-shirts didn't fit tight in the arm pits.

10/19/2016 - 4:09pm (No subject)

10/19/2016 - 4:06pm Recruiting by the numbers: Why the sites get the rankings right


Odds of Becoming an All-American, by Recruiting Ranking
5–Star: 1 in 4.
Top 100: 1 in 6.
4–Star: 1 in 16.
3–Star: 1 in 56.
2–Star: 1 in 127.
All FBS Signees: 1 in 45.

09/30/2016 - 2:26pm Front/side

I wonder if once they're on real people the M will be more on the side and the jumpman more in the front, making their proximity (and apparent misaligmnent) less?

08/11/2016 - 10:44am Thanks

I thought I'd heard that report/rumor, but wan't sure.  Thanks for the info.

08/11/2016 - 10:17am PSU Night Game?

I was just searching for this recently... Has any more come of the rumor that Penn State might be a night game?  If it is a night game, I can probably go and would plan on it.  Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to a day game.

07/06/2016 - 11:56am I gave up too... Not worth

I gave up too... Not worth the headache to find out a bunch of info we already know (based on the content of the little I read)

02/16/2016 - 12:37pm Getting to the Playoffs

At this point the odds seem to be weighted much more on the liklihood to get to the 4-team playoff.  If you are willing to assume that any SEC west team has a higher likihood of a conference loss than OSU, then OSU is much more likely to get to the playoff, thus a much higher chance of winning it.

I'm not saying that I think OSU should or should not be the favorite, but the choices aren't OSU or the SEC west champ, its OSU vs each specific SEC west team who may or may not even make the playoff.

02/05/2016 - 3:26pm Sorry if already asked...

How is the number of Early Enrolee slots determined?  How many will there be next year?  Is it as many as you can back-date?  As many 5-years leaving after the fall semester?

02/02/2016 - 2:43pm Outliers?

This is pretty cool to check out.  One question:  How did you decide which were outliers?

Kingston Davis, for example, has readings of : 2.75  -  3.0  -  3.25  -  3.5    I'm not sure why the 2.75 is more of an outlier than the 3.5.

Same with Nate Johnson.  Two 3.25s, a 2.75 (only .5 below those two) and a 4.0 (.75 above those two.)  It would seem that if there is an outlier there, it is the 4.0, not the 2.75.  (The 4.0 is 0.69 above the average. The 2.75 is 0.56 below.)

Perhaps this all has something to do with you standardization formula which shifted those ratings a bit.  Regardless, thanks for all of the effort!

02/02/2016 - 10:43am Not a bank, but...

Maybe not a "bank" but scholarships left after signing day could be used on a grad transfer (LB, QB?)

02/01/2016 - 10:47pm Only played FB for 2 years.

Only played FB for 2 years.  Apparently very athletic and excelled at basketball.  Raw, but a lot of upside.

02/01/2016 - 10:46pm Reports are that both kids'

Reports are that both kids' families are strongly in favor of them staying closer to him.  It sounds like a potential of a kid vs. partent situation.

02/01/2016 - 7:01pm Me too

Definitely missed the "not" on the first pass!

02/01/2016 - 4:22pm I seem to recall reading

I seem to recall reading somewhere that Hoke wanted King, but there were academic issues?  ...I'm not sure if Iowa took him or Michigan couldn't take him.

02/01/2016 - 2:53pm Garrett FishawAdmin49min The

Garrett FishawAdmin49min The Fish Bowl 3


Stay tuned around 7:30pm EST. We'll be releasing something I believe just about every Michigan recruiting fan with thoroughly enjoy.


I can't spoil it but I will say:

-Yes, it's about recruiting

-No, it's not insider information

-No, it's not a commitment post

01/27/2016 - 11:04pm DaiShon Neal

Daishon Neal is the kid who's family basically made up some bullsh!t about Mattison last year, so that would be the most likely bet.

I seem to remember Sam Webb with a quote which was something to the effect of "His high school coach can't really come out and say that the kid and/or his dad is an @sshole, but he is"  (That wasn't really the quote, but the sentiment was similar.)  

...Found Webb's info summarized HERE.  "I was told by [Neal's high school coach] that the other side of this entire story is an utter fabrication. In the meeting yesterday afternoon was the kid, the uncle, and the dad. The part about academics was completely misrepresented. Apparently Mattison talked about how kids with 4.0s and high test scores get turned away from Michigan all the time. He did that to highlight how academically prestigious the school is and lead into what a special opportunity to he had in front of him. The whole "Mattison got thrown out of the house" comment is fiction too. The kid walked Mattison to his car and talked about how high he was on Michigan. Suffice it to say Michigan thought it was most likely going to get the kid afterward. That the visit was twisted the way it was came as a complete shock."

01/26/2016 - 3:30pm No PSU

The assumption (which has been floated out there already) is that PSU is out and they are aware of that.

He's still a heavy, heavy M lean, but not formally decided/declared at this point.

01/19/2016 - 12:37pm Who's argument?

I have never stated, opined, asserted, or speculated that Swenson knew all along.  I simply pointed out that it could be a possibility and also that numerous assumptions are being made (positve and/or negative) to fill in the huge information gaps at this point.

I'll also point out that your response to what you asserted was my logic/argument is based on yet another assumption (that I believed to be true the hypotheticals I mentioned as an alternate possibility.)  While I have no way to know if your assumptions about Swenson are incorrect, I can comfortably say that those you made about me are off base.

01/19/2016 - 12:30pm More info

That would certainly appears to be a mark in the "learned more recently" column. 

To give a hypothetical in the other column, he might have been told previously that this was a possiblity only if things really picked up with a number of top recruits, as has happened in the last few weeks.

I'm not saying you're wrong & I'm definitely not saying I'm right (particuarly as I don't have an opinion/assumption on what happened here.)

01/19/2016 - 12:03pm Wait how long?

I missed where it was reported that Swenson just learned of this recently, along with the rest of the public.

01/19/2016 - 11:59am Unrealistic?

I'm not so sure what would be unrealistic about a 4* athlete choosing to go to a school where the coaches expected he would play rather than one where the coaches (hypothetically) said they expect he would not.

Again, I am not saying that he was not pushed out, but it isn't like Michigan is the only place an athlete get a good eduaction and play high-level football.  Perhaps it was his choice to look for an option where he could do both after he was told by the staff that they felt PT was highly unlikely for him at UofM.  

None of us know what has happened.  I'm not sure that either assumption is more or less realistic at this point.

Edit: Yes -- what Leaders And Best said.

01/19/2016 - 11:53am Exactly.

You hit the nail on the head.  

The big problem here is that *we* are just now hearing about this.  Clearly if there was some change in Swenson's status that occured more than a week or so ago, all of us should and would have been notified.  

Because we didn't know before, this must be new information to Swensen as well.

01/19/2016 - 11:48am Who said his scholarship was

Who said his scholarship was pulled?

"May not end up in this class"  =/=  "Scholarship pulled"

I'm not saying it wasn't, but we don't know that it was.