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01/03/2013 - 5:06pm SOBOCOP!

So glad that is a thing now. THJ or not, this should be a relatively comfortable W and a nice introduction to Big Ten play for the freshmen.

08/27/2012 - 12:42pm I think you guys are a little

I think you guys are a little down on Northwestern's offensive capabilities. I'm not saying they're going to be the greatest or most explosive offense in the conference or anything, but they definitely have enough to give people problems.

This isn't much to write home about this year, the weakest year for B1G wide receivers in some time, but...IIRC, Rittenberg ranked them the #1 WR group in the B1G and I don't know that I disagree. Yeah, Ebert and tight end Drake Dunsmore are gone but Christian Jones and Demetrius Fields are both very solid. Also, Prater is a wild card. At tailback, Mike Trumpy is back after an ACL injury knocked him out early in the season last year. Throw in a little scatback type in Venric Mark, and also watch out for freshman RB Malin Jones. 

Otherwise, I pretty much completely agree with everything else (I also think we're looking at 9-3). Two hours of podcast=100% Pure Colombian Awesome. 

07/11/2012 - 6:48pm That's awesome. Hey WH...I'm

That's awesome. Hey WH...I'm not sure how this would actually work in practice, but perhaps a Grapentine tribute video is in order? 

07/11/2012 - 2:02pm For the record, I wasn't on

For the record, I wasn't on Youtube with the express purpose of finding out what he looked like...I know that Google is a thing that exists. The fact that I didn't know what he looked like was a product of: a) kind of actively not wanting to know and b) not ever having Googled him, partly due to reason a but also because there really aren't too many reasons to think to do so. I was aimlessly bumbling around Youtube and decided that I wanted to see if I could find any videos in which his stadium announcing comes through relatively clearly, which lead me to that video/confirming via Google that he has a radio gig...FWIW. The more you know!

06/27/2012 - 3:30pm Re: the Dumba comparison to Woodson

I'm not sure if Button is a Michigan fan or vaguely affiliated with Michigan in some way, but he mentioned Ann Arbor a number of times throughout the draft (and even dropped a "Go Blue" at one point), so...I don't know. As for the comparison, his explanation was that, like Woodson, Dumba is apparently an extremely versatile defenseman. Just like Woodson played defense, offense, and on ST, Dumba can do a bunch of different things on the least, that was his explanation, FWIW. Just thought it was an interesting if not slighly odd comparison to make. 

04/23/2012 - 12:53pm The posts or the

The posts or the quarterbacks? Wait...don't answer that.

02/29/2012 - 12:49am That's definitely one of my

That's definitely one of my favorite episodes..."Sorry. I am a coyote."

Getting either Rancho Cucamonga or Damore'ea Stringfellow would go a long way toward assuaging the lingering disappointment of not landing one LEVITICUS PAYNE (that's a name that I feel like deserves all caps at all times).

02/26/2012 - 3:00am This really can't be said

This really can't be said enough. I would argue that these seniors are no less impressive than the football class of seniors that just left us. Thank you Zack and's really hard to believe that that was their last home game. The 2008-09 run to the tourney feels like it was only yesterday. 

This was obviously not the outcome that anybody, let alone Zack and Stu, was looking for, but I feel pretty confident that these seniors will take it upon themselves to make sure that the sting of this loss doesn't linger longer than it needs to. There are still quite a few games to win. 

02/21/2012 - 1:34pm SOBOCOP! Yes...I'm glad that

SOBOCOP! Yes...I'm glad that has stuck.

12/29/2011 - 1:21pm I was expecting just another

I was expecting just another MSM fluff article, and while it was that to an extent I thought this was one of the best things that I've read over there (i.e. Good stuff, particularly the part about Borges being a San Francisco Giants fan and somewhat reluctantly comparing Dileo to David Eckstein (GRIT). I can't imagine how fun this bowl trip has to be for Dileo; he hasn't made that many receptions but it seems that almost all of them have been either been touchdowns or big first downs (particularly the long pass against OSU). I hope he has the chance to make some plays playing in front of his friends and family once again. 

12/27/2011 - 5:19pm It's amazing how much better

It's amazing how much better things are now than they were on January 1st, really not at all that long ago. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning.

12/27/2011 - 4:50pm Jon Falk...what a guy. I'm

Jon Falk...what a guy. I'm reading through his book as some rah-rah pre-bowl game reading; it's amazing how many people he knows/people that know him as a result of his long tenure at Michigan. I'm sure he'll be setting up shop at the Rose Bowl very soon once again.

12/27/2011 - 4:38pm Truly a shame, but if Roy

Truly a shame, but if Roy Williams is still on an NFL roster then Braylon will be too. He showed a lot of promise early in his career and he probably still has a couple years or so before the athleticism starts to go (if it hasn't already). Hopefully he can figure it out.

12/07/2011 - 8:51pm My little brother played

My little brother played travel baseball with him back in the day...getting Jameis to Columbus would be an enormous coup for Urban. I'm not too worried about it, and on the small chance that he does end up there there's nothing to say but "you put your 5-star out there, we'll do the same with ours and let's play." Like someone already mentioned, if he has baseball aspirations then OSU wouldn't be ideal; they've been good of late as far as I know but the Big Ten is a dreadful baseball conference.

Either way, my philosophy regarding all things Urban/Ohio right now is "bring it."

12/05/2011 - 9:58pm Kork Is that a

Kork Is that a WLA reference or does that come from elsewhere? In any case, the fact that I'm going to get the chance to watch my Wolverines in NOLA after the last 3 seasons kind of makes all the haters completely irrelevant no matter how cogent their arguments (which they aren't, really). This season has truly been TREMENDOUS.

11/30/2011 - 1:46am Only just now got a chance to

Only just now got a chance to read this...well done. It's especially relevant for me since I'm only a year younger than you (i.e. the losing streak=1/3 of my lifetime). What a day and what a season...I'm still kind of taking it all in. Being 10-2 is nice, but knowing that the future is extremely bright is even better. 

11/30/2011 - 12:27am Random thought upon watching

Random thought upon watching the ending again, but...I love how Buckeye fans keep harping on the fact that "if Miller completed that last pass you guys would've lost to the worst Buckeye team in a while blah blah blah." Last time I checked, completing passes is kind of a part of the game of football. Also, Michigan would have had, what, 1:30ish left with two timeouts down one? Yeah, I'm pretty sure we would've had enough time to get six, let alone get in field goal range, given how we moved that ball that day. 

11/26/2011 - 12:14am

So close. Can't wait to give 'em hell and then some. BEAT OHIO

11/25/2011 - 11:52pm

I will never forget exactly where I was when I heard...still getting over it to this day. I think Bo will like what he sees on that field tomorrow. Go Blue and Beat Ohio.

11/25/2011 - 11:37pm

Trying to get to bed earlyish but I just can't...this whole "anticipation" thing is a lot more fun than the dread I've felt before The Game the last several years, that's for sure. Can't wait.

11/25/2011 - 11:34pm

This. I really don't care if they're 11-0 or 0-11, "drained" or jacked up on Mountain Dew...victory will be sweet either way. I just wish the clock would move a little quicker. BEAT OHIO.

11/25/2011 - 8:50pm It's been a while and it's

It's been a while and it's almost hard to envision what beating them feels's time for that to end. It's kind of like when Seth Rogan throws Danny McBride through the wall in Pineapple Express: THIS ENDS NOW. 

11/25/2011 - 8:46pm West Virginia...they are bad.

West Virginia...they are bad. Maybe it's just because I'm watching (I think the last WVU game I watched was the Syracuse blowout...Syracuse!)...throw out the record books and whatnot but there's no reason they should be losing/lose this game.

11/25/2011 - 8:41pm This is amazing. The

This is amazing. The MGoCommentariat's Paint skills knows no bounds. And, of course, #BeatOhio. 

11/25/2011 - 12:58am

Really enjoyed these. I would love for us to come out victorious for these guys, but given who they are you know they would say that it's about one thing: The Team The Team The Team. And that's why we love them.

11/22/2011 - 1:03am

What do you expect? Quoting from "Roll Tide/War Eagle", he's got too much Buckeye in him. I hope we beat them by 40.

11/13/2011 - 8:26am Other than Mattison, who

Other than Mattison, who should easily win this IME...Todd Grantham has done a great job down at Georgia with that defense. UGA has been sort of under the radar this year after they started out 0-2 a la us in 2007, but the defense has looked infinitely better than it did in the derp-filled Willie Martinez years. If it wasn't for him, Richt could've been out of a job after this season. Chavis is not a bad choice either but with that much talent I feel like it's sort of hard to screw that up. He definitely is a good defensive mind though, going back to his days in Knoxville. 

11/08/2011 - 10:10pm Having gone to high school in

Having gone to high school in Alabama (thankfully Alabama was in the middle of a long streak of getting dominated by Auburn, so they weren't as insufferable as they are now), I can attest to a lot of what was in the truly is crazy down there when it comes to this game. I'm definitely not saying it's better than Michigan-Ohio State, but you're truly missing out if you haven't been to an Iron Bowl. I went in 2009 when a mediocre Auburn almost upset the eventual national champs...pretty awesome experience. But yeah, the overall derpiness of the fanbases, the history of rampant cheating, and Auburn's second-tier status as a program put this rivalry below Michigan-Ohio State for sure (although on a pure hatred level, the two are easily comparable). 

That said, the people that call into the Finebaum show (i.e. all the of people yelling and cussing throughout the documentary haha) represent the craziest of the crazies in the state, which is saying something. A lot of people are pretty insane but those folks are the absolute worst by a country mile. 

10/31/2011 - 4:47pm Just FYI, but apparently the

Just FYI, but apparently the awesomely-named Steele Jantz is not the starter at Iowa State anymore (unless he's injured or something)...according to the Texas Tech box score, "Jared Barnett" is. Sad news, I know. 

10/31/2011 - 3:32pm Man, Michigan Stadium is

Man, Michigan Stadium is slowly turning into "Mister Squishy" from DFW's "Oblivion." Focus groups WOOO! It's sad. I'm hoping that there's a way to effectively let DB et al know that this is probably (and I say probably because I really can't objectively account for the desires of thousands of other people) not what Michigan fans want. I was watching from home, but I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed the oversaturation of 7NA. The White Stripes are awesome, though, and some other Stripes songs is actually a really good suggestion.

As for the student section...yeah. I graduated this past year and i can definitely speak to the bottleneck nature of getting into the stadium. It's ridiculous but there's still no excuse for the turnout this year. I mean, it was definitely this bad at times BACK IN MY DAY (aka 2007-2011) but I can't really explain what's happening this year given our record. This happens at a lot of other schools too but I've been to some big time stadiums--namely Auburn--where the students show up en masse 45 minutes before the game has even started and it's awesome. Unfortunately, I feel like, given the nature of the student body, this is probably just how things are going to be forever unless certain incentives are instituted. I will say that we shouldn't downsize the student section because, despite the turnouts, it's still by far the loudest part of the stadium. However, something definitely needs to be done, and, not that it matters for me anymore, but I wouldn't mind something like what we've done with basketball being done for football. 

10/31/2011 - 1:28am As somebody who graduated

As somebody who graduated in April...there's no point in these types of posts. Do I wish that the alumni were louder and less down-in-frontish? Yes, don't we all. Do I wish that students would show up on time, not jingle their keys, and pay attention to the game instead of worrying about starting the wave? Absolutely. However, Michigan is not the only place where this type of divide exists. 

People are going to do what they're going to do...end of story. I wish everyone was as hardcore as the people on this site are but that's just never going to be the case, and antagonzing people for not being a certain way really doesn't accomplish anything. At the end of the day, both the students and the alumni bring something to the table re: the gameday experience. 

10/27/2011 - 3:50pm Sad but yeah, this was

Sad but yeah, this was expected...while it's not saying much, Hunstville was one of the few places in the South where hockey was relevant at all. Still, it was never any more popular than some of the other athletic attractions in town (AA baseball, the Huntsville Havoc, Arena 2 football), which is a shame because the Chargers have obviously had a relatively successful run for what their program is/was.

By the way, where were all of you Huntsville Michigan fans when I lived there? Didn't realize there were so many. 

10/26/2011 - 3:09am Wow...that's just awesome

Wow...that's just awesome (and sort of depressing, of course). 

10/25/2011 - 9:22pm It was hard to have

It was hard to have perspective at the time, but it's pretty obvious that 2006 was sort of a mirage...the Big Ten had three pretty good teams (people sometimes forget that Wisconsin was 12-1 that year, including a close bowl win against Arkansas), but after that what did we have? I still maintain that if the bowl matchups were switched (i.e. Michigan had drawn Florida and OSU had gotten USC) the results would've been different. I'm not saying that either Michigan or OSU would've won in that scenario, but for some reason I don't think Michigan gets blown out against that Gator team. Florida was good that year but there's no way they were objectively 27 points better than OSU. That was honestly one of Tressel's worst single game coaching jobs IME, and Troy Smith spending the 50 or so days before the game on the Big Boy diet didn't exactly help. 

Oversigning aside, the SEC's recent string of national title teams has won them their current national reputation, and deservedly so. National titles have been rare for the Big Ten, and until the conference can win one again things probably won't change. The Big Ten hasn't been the premier conference since, what...1999? Either way, it's been a while. The reality is can any of us say with a straight face that any Big Ten team other than Michigan or Ohio State is capable of winning a national championship? Wisconsin's best chance in forever was this year and they've already blown it. As somebody else already mentioned, the disparity in coaching quality is just as big of a factor as oversigning of the concept of "SEC speed." 

The first step is just winning bowl games, period, and unfortunately I think things look pretty grim for the conference this year come bowl season. 

10/25/2011 - 9:43am Unfortunately don't haz it

Unfortunately don't haz it yet...expected delivery is between October 28 and November 1, and considering I pre-ordered it back in June or July I think I can wait a few more days. I'm expecting the worst in a lot of ways but I don't think I've ever been more excited about a book about sports. Once I get it I'm definitely putting down what I'm currently reading to get through it as quickly as possible. 

10/17/2011 - 8:58pm "Is anyone going to listen to

"Is anyone going to listen to this?"

Haha...good stuff again this week. I think the bye will do the team (and us fans) a lot of good. 

10/14/2011 - 2:24pm's bad. Tomorrow's bad. Tomorrow will probably be the worst it's been in a while too. Once the game starts though, talk about anything other than the game and people changing the channel during a commercial--even just to check the score of another game--are ridiculously annoying. I just hope we can come out and have a good first quarter to make the rest of the game a little easier. 

10/14/2011 - 2:11pm Dangit Brian, I was reading

Dangit Brian, I was reading the post and hoping for a Michigan win prediction at the end to allay some of my can't be noon tomorrow soon enough. I think it'll be slightly more high scoring than you do but assuming something ridiculous doesn't happen in the special teams then I like our chances. 

10/14/2011 - 1:40pm For some reason I think it's

For some reason I think it's Odoms...maybe it's just because I want to see him do well but Brian's point about us tipping our runs with him in the game could be a deliberate thing (then again, maybe not). Who knows, but I just have a feeling Odoms comes up big at some point in the game. Another premonition based on nothing, but I think Koger has a big game too. 

10/13/2011 - 6:03pm Yeah...about that. OH GOD


09/22/2011 - 3:17pm Hopefully Borges/Hoke don't

Hopefully Borges/Hoke don't follow the Gruden "THE BUBBLE SCREEN IS NOT A REAL FOOTBALL PLAY HERP DERP" school of thought, because that should've-been-a-bubble-screen picture is hilarious. Like people have said, though, they're probably just saving it for later on in the season. Roundtree has done a lot of good things on bubble screens in the past, and he's nowhere near as quick or shifty as Gallon is, so we could get some serious yardage out of it down the road. 

09/19/2011 - 1:42pm That video is absurd, sort of

That video is absurd, sort of like an audio-visual representation of Les Miles's soul.

Anyway, I like Jake Ryan but I think we can all agree that hopefully Cam Gordon comes back this week. Hillman is a pretty darn good player so hopefully we are a little more edge-conscious this Saturday otherwise things could get ugly (not saying that we'll lose, but it could be David-Letterman-finger-under-collar uncomfortable). 

09/13/2011 - 6:46pm Well, this guy definitely

Well, this guy definitely knows what will get Michiganders to read his columns I guess...

09/08/2011 - 10:23pm No offense, but this is such

No offense, but this is such a Michigan fan point to make. Last time I checked, passion (iin this instance, loudness) for football and intelligence are not mutually exclusive (despite the fact that it seems that way). Also, what is the "brand of hysteria" that the SEC boasts? What does that even mean/how is this brand different than that of PSU, Oregon, etc.? There are plenty of things to make fun of regarding Alabama, but turning your nose up at the thought up a well-attended spring game is just kind of arrogant. As somebody who has lived down there, trust me when I say that there are a lot of things to make fun of them for, but loving their team enough to go to a spring game is far down the list. 

Anyway, as a recent grad I'm dreading the day that I'll have to come back and start sitting outside of the student section. I remember being at the homecoming game in 2004 against Minnesota (the one with the game winning TD pass from Henne to Ecker), and a guy sitting in front of me sat stone-faced the entire game, not wearing a single article of Michigan clothing. Only at the very end of the game did I find out that he was a Michigan fan, which to be honest with you is ridiculous. 

I've been to PSU, OSU, and Auburn, and all three were much louder. Sure, the Big House can get comparably loud on occasion (the stadium during the Toussaint run mentioned at some point in the thread was extremely loud on TV, but then again that loudness was mostly due to the weather and not any desire to "help" the team). Unfortunately, this is the way things are. If you don't want to stand all game, fine I guess (I can't even sit when I'm watching in the comfort of my own living room) but for goodness sake show some emotion, act like you want to be there. Anyway, it's all incredibly frustrating but there's really nothing anybody can do about it. 

09/05/2011 - 3:26am 2008 Northwestern and it's

2008 Northwestern and it's not even close. The only other weather-related games that weren't that much fun to be at were the 2007 OSU game (cold+rain+less than 100 yards of offense) and this past year's Purdue game in WL (it was rainy and windy and for some reason I went in a t-shirt). But yeah, 2008 NU...the weather was awful and the product on the field was even worse. The Oregon game my freshman year in 2007 was equally depressing despite the weather being much, much better. We simply got dismantled that day in a way that we hadn't been since possibly the 2002 Iowa game...I stayed, but I always stay till the end regardless (it's an irrational policy, but I'm not changing it now or ever). 

09/02/2011 - 11:11pm "Here's to less drinking

"Here's to less drinking during UFRs. Go Blue."

Amen, but if the last few years have taught us anything it's that we can't have nice things (hopefully that changes with Mattison). This will be the first home game since 2006 that I won't be in the Big House for...depressing, but I'll be doing my fair share of yelling at home. For all those that are going, BE LOUD. 

08/30/2011 - 4:31pm

Joe Bauserman is not good at football. I doubt he makes it past the State game as the starter. Miller will be a good one but he is not Terrelle Pryor...regardless, I feel pretty good about the quarterback situation in Columbus (I think they go 9-3, FWIW).

08/28/2011 - 7:27pm

Stanford definitely deserves a top 5 spot but either the Sooners or Crimson Tide should be #1 (that's my title game prediction, in fact). FWIW, I don't think SDSU should be ranked but that is a game we could lose if we're not ready to play it. Lindley and Hillman can play.

08/26/2011 - 12:34pm

Dude, hivemind...thought the same exact thing (re: Funk) when I saw it this morning.

08/25/2011 - 6:47pm Borges is not an

Borges is not an idiot...anybody who watched SDSU at all last year knows that the shotgun will be a significant part of this offense.