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02/05/2019 - 4:45pm I stand corrected. I've only…

I stand corrected. I've only watched a couple of their games this year and their offense seemed plodding, but in a way that facilitated the pace they preferred on defense. Amazed to hear they're so high in KenPom. Fire up Chips.

02/05/2019 - 10:18am Would love to see us as a 2…

Would love to see us as a 2 that close to home, potentially facing a 1 seed who, like us, has some offensive question marks. Although UVA seems to be playing with a massive chip on their shoulder after what happened last year.


02/05/2019 - 7:59am We bow to your superior…

We bow to your superior knowledge of the game, o wise one. Infinite thanks for enlightening us poor ignorami.

02/04/2019 - 9:58pm Is this the player to be…

Is this the player to be named later in the Rawls trade?

01/17/2019 - 3:59pm No problem, I'll just go…

No problem, I'll just go ahead and edit my original po-

Well, sheeeeet.

01/10/2019 - 12:37pm So what you're saying is, it…

So what you're saying is, it ain't too goddamn boo-coo?

01/10/2019 - 11:23am The basketball program makes…

The basketball program makes it fun to be a fan while the football program makes it feel like a burdensome chore most of the time. I don't think you can fault Spath for talking about that issue. And it's about more than just winning and losing.

I took my wife (who doesn't give a shit about sports in general) and my 2-year-old to selfie night a couple years ago. Without being asked, Coach B held up my boy for a fantastic pic and told us he has "grandpa experience." Then when we were doing a family selfie with Herr Wagner, who was fresh off the boat, he asked for the phone and told us he was a "human selfie stick" in a thick German drawl. I love that picture. And then we got to chat with women's all-time great Katelynn Flaherty. It was all awesome, and free, and enjoyable for all of us, regardless of age or interest level in basketball. It humanized the team. If you have a chance to go to selfie night, go, particularly if you have young kiddos.

When I attend or watch a basketball game now, I mostly think "hey, this is pretty great!" even when we end up losing. The experience compares well to the games I went to from '92-'96 when I had season tix (minus the sleeping in tents outside Crisler to get good seats). When I attend or watch a football game, on the other hand, I regularly find myself thinking "this isn't as much fun as it used to be," even though we're winning at a similar clip to what we did in the '90s (well, other than '97).

So it's definitely about more than just winning. It's about an attitude toward the fanbase, and the many things the football program and the NCAA have done over the past couple decades to diminish the gameday experience: minimizing the band, raising ticket prices/fees, raising concession prices, diminishing the significance of the bowls, rendering a playoff appearance as the only "acceptable" measure of a successful season, instant replay (damn it to hell), endless commercial timeouts. Keith Jackson died and nobody has come close to replacing him. Even Harbaugh's annual "submarine" and his content-free press conference answers, which I used to kind of appreciate as a middle finger to dumb reporter questions, have gotten old and serve to further disengage this fan from paying as much attention as I want to.

All that said: I love watching Michigan football, I still want to be passionate about them, and I still want us to win. But it's become less fun and more like work. I'm tired of being badgered and taken for granted as a fan, and it would be nice if the program would take some baby steps toward re-engaging the fanbase. Throw us a mother-fucking bone, indeed, even if that's just letting us throw marshmallows at the cheerleaders again. If the Shining taught us anything, it's that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and that you shouldn't move into a haunted hotel in the mountains for the winter with your weird-looking wife and psychic child.

01/09/2019 - 2:35pm Keep zooming.

Keep zooming.

01/08/2019 - 3:34pm Interesting fantasty fb…

Interesting fantasty fb implications. Ashamed to say I drafted Josh Rosen (late) in last year's rookie draft for a dynasty league. Seemed worth a flyer but he was next-level atrocious this year. I was ready to dump him before next season but now that he's the next Pat Mahomes...


Oh wait, he still runs like a giant 1-year old.

12/01/2018 - 11:57pm Really just one. R and S Z…

Really just one. R and S Z Fly and find the open man, could be Stephen Baker, could be Stacey Robinson. Might be Meggett or Ottis Anderson in the flat.

10/24/2018 - 10:25am The guy has been nothing but…

The guy has been nothing but high character, high motor, big heart since he stepped foot on campus. I've seen him several times around Ann Arbor (several cool stories, bro) and he appears to carry himself with a quiet humility at all times. If he says he's not ready, I take that as 100% the reality of the situation, regardless of all the coachspeak and media speculation. He's a perfect representative for the program we want to run: passionate on the field, gracious off.

As far as OSU, there is of course the distinct possibility that they have 2 losses and us none in the B1G by that point. Would have to think this would lessen Bucky's motivation just a bit and contribute to a decision to save the deployment of the Intercontinental Gary Missile until a prospective playoff game in December. It's not like the backups aren't completely capable of continuing to perform at a high level in important games.

Anyone else itching for that PSU game to get here? Damn the bye week seems interminable.


09/23/2018 - 5:19pm Poole is #2.

Poole is #2.

07/31/2018 - 1:18pm I read this as "bring a…

I read this as "bring a knife and mug, someone." The immediate mental picture was a group of M fans chopping the OP up and eating them out of a mug. And I'm thinking, what the hell Brutus, that seems dark even by mgoboard standards!

07/31/2018 - 12:40pm Given the trainwreck that is…

Given the trainwreck that is the Ward 1 Democratic primary this year, I wonder if Hughes felt he'd have a better shot than usual as an Independent.

07/31/2018 - 11:51am Liberty Plaza is a park in…

Liberty Plaza is a park in name only. It's small, dark, completely concrete, has no play structures, is too tiny to host larger concerts, and remains virtually unpoliced the majority of the time. It's as if the city intentionally designed it to have an example of why "a downtown park simply can't work!" You know what other cities have downtown parks that work? Almost all of them, big and small. There is no reason a city this size, with resources this abundant, shouldn't be able to effectively design and implement a non-commercial public good (aka, park) downtown. To argue otherwise is to support the notion that our current council is ineffectual and should be voted out.

07/30/2018 - 7:57pm I'm disappointed in Brian…

I'm disappointed in Brian for writing this. He's passionate about his city and uses this platform - his platform - to say something about the direction he believes it should take; I respect that. He's an intelligent guy and I usually enjoy his sarcastic irreverence. But here he takes the low road of characterizing everyone who disagrees with him as NIMBYs, throwing that term around in the same derisive manner as "snowflake," another noxious term which does nothing to promote real discourse about substantive issues. To simplify the opposing viewpoints in this year's city primary as pro- vs. anti-development, to characterize one side as anti-progress, or to keep barking about the Library Lot petition is to intentionally overlook the complexity of the major issues facing the city. Including: complete lack of affordable housing, inadequate funding of infrastructure improvements, rising rents for long-term business tenants, and increasingly burdensome taxation rates, among other cost of living increases. Opposition to the status quo on council is about a perceived lack of accountability, and an increasingly cozy relationships with out-of-town developers, from whom the city never seems to extract the kind of concessions they should. As the parent of a 4-year-old, one of my personal gripes is that there's nowhere to hang out outside downtown that doesn't involve spending money or constantly trying to keep my kid from running out in the road - so yeah, the idea of a park next to the library appeals to me. This city is changing - in some ways for the better, but in other ways the changes are serving to force people out, to exacerbate income and wealth inequality, to discourage diversity, and to make this a less liveable, less likeable city overall. When Ali in Ward 5 (my ward) says he wants to make Ann Arbor more like how he remembered it in 1985, I get what he's saying - he wants it to get back some of the weirdness, the class diversity, and the accessibility that made this town so great in the first place. That allowed a man like him to start a hole-in-the-wall falafel business and turn it into an Ann Arbor institution that is managing to survive the purge of long-term small business owners just like him. Just because he thinks that a 17-story luxury hotel might not be the best way to address affordable housing and rising rents doesn't make him a "NIMBY," it makes him rational. He's a downtown business owner; of course he wants the area to thrive; he's put his blood, sweat, and tears into this city 10 times longer than Shinola or one of the 12 Johnny-come-lately overpriced macaron vendors. Downtown is rapidly becoming the Somerset Collection, and that's not why I moved back here 6 years ago. It's certainly not a recipe for a stable, sustainable, or interesting city. In conclusion, vote Quimby, and Great Cornholio heartily encourages you to drain the mother fuckin' swamp around here while you're at it if you've got a vote in the upcoming primary.

07/01/2018 - 12:49am 1. Hitler

2. Trump*


1. Hitler

2. Trump*

3. Hitler

*I know we said no presidents but I thought I'd include the tiny-handed bastard since he didn't win the popular election, and fit so well with the rest of the list.

/Snowflake out

05/15/2018 - 2:44pm Maybe

we should all carry missile defense systems too, just in case the military is unprepared to handle a multilateral attack from several hostile nuclear powers. That'll make us all much safer! #murrica #secondfuckinamendmentbrah

05/14/2018 - 10:37am I would rather

my child run drugs and launder money than end up at that vile training academy for brotard rapists. The standards for admission are exceedingly low, and the standards for behavior even lower. A trash school.

05/13/2018 - 1:22pm Prescient?


04/09/2018 - 4:00pm Skor

eat the chocolate first, then the toffee.

03/15/2018 - 10:08am You mean

like NBA all-star Kemba Walker? They said that about him several years ago.

03/14/2018 - 10:01pm Douche


03/14/2018 - 12:14pm Bravo


03/13/2018 - 12:11am I heard the narrator

in a Ron Howard voice

03/10/2018 - 11:56pm The umbrage

was meant to be taken with the suggestion that their recent superiority in a limited few sports is somehow a result of their "refusing to accept mediocrity." Or by implication, that our teams have accepted mediocrity. It's a lazy narrative that ignores the complexity of why the two schools' football teams have experienced profoundly different results for the past 10 seasons.

03/10/2018 - 11:47pm Maybe it's like Time's Man of the Year

and sometimes they pick guys like Hitler or Rudy Giuliani. Like, "hey, this guy sucks so bad he's actually impactful."

03/10/2018 - 11:40pm Any time,

Snorf. Cheers!

03/10/2018 - 10:48pm Fuck

off. You mediocre little bitch.

03/10/2018 - 10:46pm Fucking

nation full of goddamned puritan prudes.

03/09/2018 - 10:13pm I always pegged him

as a Pelkie man.

03/07/2018 - 6:45pm most

underrated prez.

03/03/2018 - 11:16am Does Arizona

ever remind you of MSU West? Cheaters without remorse and truly douchenozzle fans.

03/01/2018 - 1:55pm Respondent

hasn't watched enough SVU to be prepared for what comes next. Fade to Ice-T at the crime scene: "Young man never saw it comin'." Munch: "Guess someone's hoop dreams turned into a nightmare."

02/28/2018 - 12:09pm Ernie

calling the last inning played at Tiger Stadium, I remember him saying that he'd spent more time at the corner than he had at home over the prior 40 years. The man called games when it was still Briggs Stadium fergodsakes. He was still at the top of his game when they fired him, and if anyone deserved the right to retire on his own terms, it was him. He was baseball to generations of Tiger fans. While Bo might not have been the driving force, he clearly had a hand in it and for that he shouldn't get a pass. Also, I am unreasonably optimistic about the potential of this young rotation with Gardy at the helm!

02/26/2018 - 4:50pm Who wants to smell your mama's nasty pootang?

And yet, she waves it around like a maggot-ridden stack of roast beef.

02/15/2018 - 10:08am Poor comparison

Beavis and Butthead were dumb AND funny. More apt might be a dud like this goddamn Bob's Burgers they won't take off the air.

02/08/2018 - 5:42pm In A2 here, love real winter

until about February 1. The shoveling, persistent colds coming home from preschool, and gas bills have begun to outweigh the charm.

02/07/2018 - 6:20pm I think you mean

tooter. The tudors went out of the picture like 400 years ago. And everyone knows a legit chem session's gotta have some stank. #booklearnin'

02/06/2018 - 9:03pm Eastern mid-Michigan


02/05/2018 - 6:48pm Two much

for the America, you nailed that one on the head Sparky.

02/04/2018 - 12:48am Wow

is that the kind of trash you watch?

02/02/2018 - 10:37pm "7 miles east of Ann Arbor"...

also known as Ypsilanti.

02/02/2018 - 10:31pm Agree

I usually read through the comments after the game as a form of recap.

01/31/2018 - 9:36pm I mean

it's no Breitbart, and it's certainly no Weekly World News. So you're right on with your hot take.

01/30/2018 - 8:05pm Thanks

for that endearingly nauseous perspective. Haven't heard that 17,000 times before.

01/30/2018 - 11:56am Hmmm

could be either really f'ing delicious or get overpowered by the Sichuan pepper. Tread lightly, my friend! I made an oven batch one time with a sweet rosemary glaze, and they were awful...the rosemary flavor just dominated. Ashamed to say I pitched them. Since then I've been gunshy about non-traditional wing flavor profiles. Although, sichuan heat might work pretty well.

01/30/2018 - 10:51am Cousin

by arranged marriage.

01/30/2018 - 10:36am I will write you

every day until we meet again. You are loved, and will be missed, o child of god.

01/30/2018 - 10:33am Seriously

This is the user-driven content section. You're free to pick and choose what you want to read, or to, you know, create or share additional content. Instead you clicked on a thread you supposedly didn't want to read, then took the time to post a comment questioning other users' continued interest in said story. But here you go, I'll humor you:

Michigan offered 2020 Berea Heights (KY) offensive tackle Jerome McDougle yesterday. Although a middling 3* to all of the recruiting sites except ESPN, which has yet to rate him, McDougle's stock appears ready to soar based on a recent offer list including Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida State, and about half of the B1G, following on his amazing performance at the Saucony Lights Out Future Wave All-Starz Gala, where he was names "a guy to watch." When pressed for an adjective to describe him, more than one scout used the word "special" and none indicated that his motor might be low. Fade to comments...blah blah blah Trust in Harbaugh...blah blah blah why can't the class be all 5-stars?...blah blah blah love his tape...blah blah blah new assistant coach is really hitting Kentucky hard...blah blah blah yo its yo boy Franklin heah ayyight yall be callin me racist im finna be eatin at [insert shitty bbq joint here] sunday u can take my picture im furrilz yo...blah blah blah MOAR TACKLES PLZ.

/Recruiting roundup