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11/29/2018 - 4:28pm The way that some people can…

The way that some people can fail upward is amazing.

11/26/2018 - 1:20pm No big loss.  When he was…

No big loss.  When he was out of the lineup there was no dropoff in the defense.  Even taking into account some mitigating circumstances, his career at Michigan was a very disappointing one compared to his status as the #1 highest ranked recruit in the history of the program.  I'm sure that he will go very highly in the draft but that will be based solely on measurable and not performance.

11/10/2018 - 6:45pm The offense today was Shea…

The offense today was Shea Patterson plus ten guys who decided to phone it in.  Especially Higdon. 

09/24/2018 - 9:23am Nebraska's passing yardage…

Nebraska's passing yardage seems kooky because the safety counted as a -11 yard completion. 

09/22/2018 - 6:34pm I completely wrote off the…

I completely wrote off the comments from earlier this week about how the players weren’t buying into Frost, but I got a very strong RichRod 2008 vibe from Nebraska today.  They were horrible at football and they showed terrible discipline.  Central Florida gave us a tougher game right after their 0-12 season than Nebraska today.  It’s one thing to just be digging out of a talent hole ala Jeff Brohm at Purdue, but it’s another thing entirely if your team isn’t all on the same page.  That adds no less than a year to your rebuilding job.  

09/22/2018 - 6:15pm Did anyone see the part…

Did anyone see the part where the FS1 graphics showed the Nebraska QB with -99 total yards?  You could be forgiven for thinking that wasn’t a mistake.

09/21/2018 - 12:41pm If Gary goes in the first…

If Gary goes in the first round after this year, then it will be on the basis of his high school hype and not his production.  He's really good but he's not elite.  Senior year Ryan van Bergen is the best analogy that I can think of. 

09/20/2018 - 11:24am Facing Scott Frost's offense…

Facing Scott Frost's offense every year is going to suck.  He combines old school Big 8 option play with modern sensibilities and concepts.  When I watched CFU last year I saw some stuff that I hadn't seen since the 90s, like the QB running a speed option and pitching the ball to the RB when he is five yards past the LOS. 

09/03/2018 - 8:31am I'll take the points all day…

I'll take the points all day long.  We didn't beat anyone by 28 last year despite playing a bunch of cream puffs.

05/03/2018 - 11:58am It goes beyond the design of

It goes beyond the design of the offense too.  He failed to put a dedicated WR coach in charge of our greatest WR haul in the history of the program and as a result, we got nothing out of any of them and we pissed away 1/3 of DPJ's college career.  A few of the players have said that the off season workouts lacked intensity -- a huge red flag -- and that might be why the S&C coach was fired.  The QB play regressed badly from the year before and sucked major amounts of ass.  Combine that with Harbaugh's glum, unenergetic demeanor on the sideline last year and it all paints the picture that he was mentally checked out.  Regardless of whether he was, it was hands down the worst coaching job of his career and I think that it rivals anything that we have seen at Michigan.  If he was checked out, then he better check the fuck back in, very fast, because we are falling further and further behind OSU recruiting by the day and we are now facing very formidable in-confernece challenges from other teams.  If the games play out according to chalk this year, then we will be 1-14 in our last 15 games against OSU. 


04/06/2018 - 10:28am I hope that the people

I hope that the people complaining in this thread about the commentary will remember this discussion the next time that somebody laments that NHL coverage isn't on ESPN.  Maybe this is a valuable reminder for how irredeemably shitty their sports coverage is and how they can ruin it with simple choices like putting shitty announcers on the game. 

03/29/2018 - 1:26pm This is so retarded that it

This is so retarded that it matches and maybe even eclipses ESPN level stupidity.  All they have to do is to find some former Michigan basketball player who can do competent color commentary, a Michigan alumnus who can do basketball play-by-play, put Tracy Wolfsson on the sidelines, and just put some other sideline reporter on the TBS broadcast.  You could probably find a guy calling play-by-play for high school games on the radio easily and he would do fine for this broadcast. 

A football kicker doing basketball color commentary?  Yay. 

03/25/2018 - 9:11am Since last season's loss to

Since last season's loss to OSU:

44-10 record, 3-0 versus MSU with all of those victories by double digits.

14-1 in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments with two B1G tournament victories.

I don't know what the hell happaned aftert that OSU game but it was a turning point for the program. 

03/25/2018 - 9:02am This season might be the

This season might be the greatest coaching job that we have seen at Michigan and not just in basketball. 

03/25/2018 - 8:38am If we don't hang the banners

If we don't hang the banners then we should at least let bygones be bygones and welcome back the Fab Five in its entirety.  There is no point in continuing to punish both Chris Webber and ourselves for things that football and basketball programs are routinely getting away with. 

03/09/2018 - 1:19pm The Pac-12 has a great TV

The Pac-12 has a great TV contract. 

03/05/2018 - 11:35am You know who did stop smiling

You know who did stop smiling and it was great?  Jim Delaney.  His reaction to getting booed at the trophy presentation was priceless.  And you could tell that he was miserable having to feign enthusiasm giving John Beilein the trophy. 

03/05/2018 - 11:09am I wouldn't even care if it

I wouldn't even care if it was a top team from one of those leages.  Even an Arkansas Pine Bluff would be better than nothing.

03/05/2018 - 10:01am If we could have scheduled a

If we could have scheduled a game this week, then we should have combed one of the other conferences who had a tournament final yesterday for a body bag game on Saturday or something.

03/02/2018 - 4:33pm When Simpson and Matthews

When Simpson and Matthews combine to hit 6 free throws in a row then it's just your day.

03/02/2018 - 4:28pm Dagger currently in chest. 

Dagger currently in chest.  Cutting through rib cartiledge.  Approaching heart.

03/02/2018 - 4:21pm Might need a TO if you're

Might need a TO if you're Beilein here.  Don't let them build up any momentum.

03/02/2018 - 4:18pm Keep the foot on the gas

Keep the foot on the gas pedal, fellas.

03/02/2018 - 4:14pm I'm not too scared by the

I'm not too scared by the "they need it more than us" business.  Desperation never did jack shit for us when we had sub-500 and NIT teams.

03/02/2018 - 4:13pm This one's close to being

This one's close to being done.

03/02/2018 - 4:07pm Boy are we ever getting the

Boy are we ever getting the "block/charge" calls going our way today.

03/02/2018 - 4:07pm Boy it sure is great to have

Boy it sure is great to have depth.  Lots of fouls on us the past couple of days and it's "next man up". 

03/02/2018 - 3:54pm I wish that we could get

I wish that we could get Poole going.

03/02/2018 - 3:49pm What a huge difference a day

What a huge difference a day makes in the officiating.  We're actually getting some discretionary calls here today and I daresay we've come out on top in that department even. 

03/02/2018 - 3:30pm I would have like to have

I would have like to have seen us run them a little further out of the building during that 12 minutes stretch when they had like one field goal.  Still, there are worse ways to end a half than up by 10. 

03/02/2018 - 3:20pm I feel the same way.  The

I feel the same way.  The lead feels pretty insecure.

03/02/2018 - 3:18pm Ibi Watson getting some good

Ibi Watson getting some good extended minutes. 

03/02/2018 - 3:11pm He was really good yesterday

He was really good yesterday but so far today it's the "old" Matthews. 

03/02/2018 - 3:10pm Good game so far but when

Good game so far but when Nebraska's shots finally start to fall it's going to get less fun.

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03/01/2018 - 3:42pm And this is why I wanted to

And this is why I wanted to play Illinois instead of Iowa. 

03/01/2018 - 12:16pm Our last victim was Iowa. 

Our last victim was Iowa. 

02/28/2018 - 8:32am I'd rather face Illinois.  I

I'd rather face Illinois.  I feel like Iowa has underachieved this year and all it takes for us to lose that game is a weird cold shooting game where we go 6-25 from behind the arc.

Ilinois just doesn't scare me.  At all.

02/27/2018 - 9:57am We should either re-hang

We should either re-hang those Fab Five banners or hang a 2013 banner.

02/27/2018 - 9:08am It’s becoming abundantly

It’s becoming abundantly clear that we never should have taken those banners down.

02/24/2018 - 8:49pm If you have any sort of

If you have any sort of nostalgia for hockey on ESPN then, holy shit, does your memory ever have some rose colored glasses.  The best thing that ever happened to the sport was NBC taking it over.

01/22/2018 - 5:49pm I fart lots in elevators.

I fart lots in elevators. Elevators are good places to fart. Silently, of course, and always with at least a few other people so that I will have plausible deniability.

01/18/2018 - 10:13am That was a big factor. 

That was a big factor.  Another big factor was the idea that Sandusky's behavior could, in no way, be deemed professional or appropriate in any way, shape or form.  There was simply no way to hand wave it away once you knew about it.  At least some of Nasser's behavior was condoned by other professionals in the field, which is mind blowing, but it did happen.  I don't know if they just didn't recognize the context in which he was doing the things that he did or if they felt pressure to exonerate the man, but for whatever reason, that did happen.  That was probably the chief factor in allowing it to continue.

I wish that I understood the psychology behind institutionalized sex abuse cover-ups.  The Catholic Church, Penn State, and now this.  Coaches were complicit.  Adminstrators were complicit, and even parents were complicit.  It has happened now it such a wide vareity of institutions and such a huge number of people that nobody should doubt that it could happen at U of M or your employer.  This has involved too many individuals to hand wave it away is just a few people being extremely evil. 

But was Sandusky's abuse of boys vs. girls a factor too?  Yes, it probably was. 

01/05/2018 - 10:44am 2016 was supposed to be that

2016 was supposed to be that bright day.  It was perfect timing -- we had a senior-laden team on both sides of the ball and a very favorable schedule in which many of our opponents were in building or rebuilding mode.  I was significantly more pissed off about going 10-3 last year than I was going 8-5 this year.  I don't think that people have come to grips with what a huge failure and missed opportunity the 2016 season was.  It might be another decade before we have a situation that favorable again.

Anyways, I'm not optimistic at all about next year.  The schedule is tough and I don't see any functional OTs emerging.  It's basically going to be the same offense but with a more athletic playmaker at QB who likely won't mesh with what Harbaugh will want to do on offense.  I'm putting the over/under at 7.5 wins. 

12/01/2017 - 11:45am Ultimately, Ole Miss during

Ultimately, Ole Miss during the Hugh Freeze era got a New Years Six bowl win and back-to-back victories over Alabama.  Since Freeze took over they are 4-2 against their instate rival.

Their punishment is missing a couple of PIzza Bowl caliber post season crap fests and having to take only 22 players in their next class instead of 28.  If I'm an Ole Miss fan, I'll delightedly take that trade.  No way in hell is this punishment a significant enough deterrent to keep anyone from dabbling in the payola market.  Which is why the market exists. 

11/29/2017 - 8:57am It would have been great to

It would have been great to see Sean McDonough do the PxP for this game.  He gets personally offended when the officiating is this bad. 

11/28/2017 - 3:54pm There are definite costs and

There are definite costs and risks associated with publicly crying foul, but at this point we don't have much more to lose.  It has got to be done.  Something has got to be done.  Attention needs to be called to it.  The conference needs to be embarrassed into action.  It's the only thing that's going to work.

11/28/2017 - 10:05am If this blog thinks that John

If this blog thinks that John O'Korn is the first QB to trash a winnable game against OSU, then you guys must not remember John Navarre in the 2001 game.  21 of 47 for 206 yards (4.4 ypa) with 4 INTs and a lost fumble.  He was so terrible in that game that he got yanked for Jermaine Gonzales for a series. Navarre redeemed himself somewhat by beating OSU in 2003, but history has largely forgotten how Godawful he was in the second half of '01.

Also -- if the worst part about writing for a fan site is dealing with the fans, then it's time to consider a new line of work. That's the type of arrogance and condescension that I would expect from the Freep or ESPN.

11/28/2017 - 9:44am There needs to be an active

There needs to be an active public stink about this.  It would be ugly, but in the long run, it would be worth it.  We are getting royally screwed, and that is obvious both with the eyeball test and with the statstics that show our opponents never getting called for penalties.  If we had sucky athletes who never won one-on-one matchups with their guys that might explain it, but we don't.  We have D-linemen who consistently whip their guys and then get hog tied or dragged down with no call. 

It's not just the close games where this happens.  We had a TD called off the board against Florida.  We had another one called off the board against Air Force.  Both of those were "Refs -4" type calls.  I'm so sick of hearing that the officiating is just "inconsistent" or "bad for both sides".  When have our opponents ever gotten screwed like this?  The last time that I can remember was Brandon Minor's TD against MSU.  Nine years ago we got a "Refs +4" call.  Yay.  I guess that the Penn State linebacker getting ejected last year was pretty close to being that bad, but we have had at least three or four bullshit targeting calls go against us to more than make up for it.

The refs have been spotting our opponents 7-10 points in about a half dozen games a year since Harbaugh took over.  In four or five games a year the officiating is legitimately even, and then maybe we get one game a year where our opponent legitimately gets hosed (e.g. last year against Penn State or this year against Purdue IMHO). 

I don't care what it takes at this point.  A press conference.  A private meeting.  I don't care if coach Harbaugh has to eat a fine.  i don't care if it looks like whining.  This bullshit has got to stop. 

11/11/2017 - 6:56pm You're crowing about a score

You're crowing about a score against a RichRod caliber defense after barely getting a single first down for the previous 30 minutes of play?