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08/16/2018 - 4:22pm I go at least one game a…

I go at least one game a year but haven't gone with my dad since I was a kid.  This would be a great chance.

07/19/2018 - 12:42pm Ottawa Hills isn't in Ottawa…

Ottawa Hills isn't in Ottawa County it's in Kent County.  In Harris' day there were 4 GR public High Schools OH, Union, Creston(Reuben Riley) and Central and they played in the City League along with GR Catholic Central(Obi Ezeh, Mark Huyge, Jalen Mayfield), West Catholic and G.R. Christian (Drake Harris).

11/23/2017 - 7:36am Preaching

XM, you mention preaching. Does that mean you are a pastor? I've wondered if there were more pastors on this board besides myself.

01/23/2017 - 2:46pm umbig11 Identity

In 2015 umbig11 posted on this board that he had access to extra UM v MSU tickets from the university ticket office and that he was willing to serve as a conduit to help mgobloggers to purchase them.  Being one of the few people to respond in time to his offer I've been able to interact with Mgoblog's favorite insider both by e-mail and over the phone.  I'm not going to punish his good deed by revealing his identity but I can share a few things so that we know where his info comes from.  umbig11 is a major donor who sponsors the scholarship of a current player.  I don't know how long he has sponsored player scholarships but he also told me the player he sponsored previously.  So I know the player he sponsors now is at least his second one.  I have no idea if he actually interacts with the player whose scholarship he sponsors but I did see one time that he provided early information regarding a situation that affected the player he currently sponsors.  

I can tell you that umbig11 lives out of state but attends every game, home and away.  I would assume that a job writing for rivals wouldn't sustain a lifestyle that allows someone to give generously to the school and fly to and attend 12+ games a year.  So my assumption is that Rivals is offering him some perk in exchange for inside information but that Rivals won't be any kind of real job for him.

Sorry for the very general information but I want to give his identity a wide berth.  However, I also wanted to quelch the thought that he worked for the university in any capacity.

09/27/2016 - 9:41am This


07/19/2016 - 11:47am Seriously?

Almost no one has defended Goodell or the NFL on this.  Talk about echo chambers, just look at this thread.  Everyone here is on Brady's side on this one.  It takes a lot of gall to say what everyone else is saying and then act like you're hopelessly outnumbered.

02/09/2016 - 10:55am Iowa

I got hit by a full beer can thrown at me and my girlfriend had a lit cigarette flicked in her face.  Other than a few jeers and taunts I was treated well in Columbus.  One guy bought me a beer for having the courage to come to Columbus by myself rocking Michigan gear.  You never know what kind of experience you're going to have in most of these places.  All you can do is go into it with a good nature and thick skin.  I would never bring children though.

02/09/2016 - 10:37am OSU

The Game is always a no-brainer for me.  Plus my experience in Iowa City was far worse than my experience at the shoe.  Mostly classy is not a description I would use to describe the Iowa fans I interacted with.  Every fanbase has a few lunatics, you might run into them and you might not.  It's out of my control so I don't even factor in opposing fans when I consider making a trip.  I'll be in Columbus this year.

12/01/2014 - 12:03pm Here's one

You must not be trying very hard because a simple argument could be made from the performance of their two teams.  In the three years that Harbaugh has been in the league his teams have performed equal to Belichick's teams in terms of how far they have advanced in the playoffs.  Considering that Harbaugh did this with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick and Belichick has Tom Brady I feel like a decent argument can be made there.  Also, Jim Harbaugh has a remarkable coaching tenure at Stanford to add to the resume hence the phrase "football coach" was used rather than NFL coach.  I'm not going to argue with anyone about Harbaugh/Belichick because I care less than zero about the NFL but I think there is an argument to be made.

03/25/2014 - 10:36am If this helps

I have a close relative who works in the athletic department at VCU.  They're high up enough that they are part of the traveling contingent during the A-10 and NCAA tournaments and were on the team charter to and from San Diego last week.  They told me that there has been zero chatter about this prior to the news coming out and in the past they had heard about the Illinois and UCLA possibilities before they were reported publicly.  VCU is a much smaller athletic department than a school like Michigan and pretty tight knit with basketball at the core.  My relative said that it's definitely possible that Shaka could take another job without them knowing until it was announced but they would be surprised.

05/30/2013 - 1:43pm Doug Ditmar story

I went to HS with his kids.  One of his tons was totally obnoxious, so one night we TP'ed their house.  Mr. Ditmar went ape and called our school and made up a bunch of stuff about vandalism that wasn't true in an attempt to get the school involved.  So the school pulls some kids in to grill them and find out who did it but they never suspected us for a second and we laugh about it to this day. 

04/25/2011 - 9:26am Good Decision

I absolutely love going to games at Ryan field.  I went in '03, '05 and '07 and will probably go again this year.  Every seat is good and tailgating is easy because their lots are free, it's awesome.  I would say definitely do not buy your tickets through either school.  Ebay, stubhub or scalping at the venue are all way better.  I sat in the front row for below face in '05.  In '07 I had friends get tickets for free from fans outside the stadium.  If you do it one of those three ways you won't pay more than $30.

03/20/2011 - 11:08am Wow

+1 for mentioning Hayes Grooms.  Hurley and Hill had a lot of fun this week mentioning their record against Duke.  Let's hope Douglass and Novak (and the rest of the team for that matter0 can have some fun this coming week mentioning their record against Duke.  go Blue.

01/08/2011 - 7:00pm Remember T Woolf?

Having Woolfolk back will be huge for us.  Molk is huge fore the offense.  Obviously we have to retain one of our three capable QB's.  It's difficult to speculate on offense because we won't know what our offensive philosophy will be.  Basically our whole defense is (besides Martin) is a lot more potential than results so it's hard to say but my guess is Demens, Roh and Avery.  The talk is that Josh Furman and Richard Ash are really improving and Courtney Avery is improving every day so we'll see. 

12/30/2010 - 10:34am I now must disagree with you

I also think that Jack Morris is the most deserving.  He had the most wins of any pitcher in the 80's and he was "truly dominant" in the Playoffs.  Morris is under appreciated because his ERA is relatively high but Morris did what it took to win.  If the team scored 8 runs then he'd relax and allow 5 if they scored 2 runs then he'd bear down and allow 1.  I hope Larkin gets in but I don't think I'd call it a no-brainer.  I didn't follow his career closely but it never occured to me that he'd get into the hall when he was playing.  Best of luck to all three though, seeing any of those three get in would make me very happy.

12/27/2010 - 6:42pm Reminds me of someone

This guy rivals Pearlie Graves for most terrifying recruiting profile photo.  Based solely on this photo I'm predicting that he'll be an All'American.

12/27/2010 - 1:40pm Who cares?

It would be interesting if a day went by that the FreeP didn't bash RR.  Since when is people not liking RR news, very creative and nuanced journalism by the DFP.

12/27/2010 - 1:38pm I hope not

Conelius did a favor and not qualifying so we could avaoid wasting the scholarship that we had promised him.

11/10/2010 - 9:59am Thanks

I'm glad you're so worried about these poor college football players who are mistreated so badly.  After all can you imagine the atrocity of having to go to college to be considered qualified for a lucrative job?  It gets worse though, they get full scholarships, elite coaching and tons of national exposure.  They might as well be migrant workers.  I know the kids in my schools chapter of the Social Justice League were working tirelessly to free college football players.

10/13/2010 - 10:21am So many holes in the argument

A.  The players are paid in the form of room and board

B.  Players can refuse to go to college if they would like

C.  Players aren't ready for the NFL so they aren't ready to get paid, just like I wasn't ready for my job until I had my college education.

D.  The people you are talking about are the exception (There are a less Mike Martins and Denard Robinsons than there are Greg Banks and Rhocko Khourys out there)  You're proposing that we pay all players because a couple dozen kids each year have to wait one extra year to get paid.

E.  Where do you draw the line on who gets paid and can you draw a line?

F.  People who compare college th the minor leagues or the D-league have a seriously flawed comparison.  95% of these players will never set foot in a NFL training camp.  It's not the minor leagues, it's college just like college baseball, basketball and every other sport.

G.  If you want to make a minor leagues comparison, here's one.  The value of an athletic scholarshipis equal or more valuable than a minor leaguers salary and when a minor leaguers career fizzles out they are left without an education.  Athletic scholarships set up athletes better for the rest of their life can the minor leagues do.

H.  Just because people don't take advantage of their compensation doesn't mean they aren't fairly compensated.  People propose paying players because of the large number of players who don't take advantage of their educational opportunity.  If I blow my paycheck at the casino it doesn't mean my boss didn't pay me enough it means I was foolish.  And don't tell me that football players can't get good educations because they're too busy or whatever because I can give you a long list of football players that were good scholars.

I.  These examples of home foreclosures and 5* WR's who might be 5th round picks (the NFL would never take a kid who hasn't demonstrated his talents at least one year in college) are the 1 in 10,000 scenarios.  Why further corrupt a system for two kids in the whole country.

10/07/2010 - 2:00pm He really is II

His dad (Wonderful Terrific Monds Sr.)  played minor league baseball.  As soon as I heard the name I knew it was familiar so I looked it up.  His dad played 7 years of minor league ball('93-99), mostly in the Braves farm system.  I saw this guy at a minor league game about 15 years back and the name stuck in my head.

09/26/2010 - 9:06am Rad!!!

I thought me and my friends were the only people who have seen Rad.  What a comically terrible movie starring a very hot Lori Loughlin aka Aunt Becky from Full House.  Breaking Away is a sweet movie, you need to watch it.

09/23/2010 - 11:55am More like 90%

Tate may not be able to start at 80% of the schools right now but Locker won't be at Washington next year and Pryor and Mallett won't be at their schools in two years.  Tate could start almost anywhere eventually.  Penn State might be somepace that he couldn't because Bolden is a freshman but then again he might be able to beat out Bolden.

09/15/2010 - 10:58am Spring game

I was at the spring game and I'm surprised at how well Robinson is playing.  Our defense is horrible and he went against the second team most of the time.  Last year Tate Forcier looked like Payton Manning in the spring game.  I'll take Denard's early production though.

09/15/2010 - 10:45am LSU

I guess I have no reason to argue that they should be higher.  They probably should have beat UNC by more.  However, I think they wil be a top 10 team by the end of the year.

09/13/2010 - 10:16am wait a second

So are you saying you'd rather pin your hopes to a high school junior than Cox, Touissant and Hopkins? 

09/12/2010 - 5:07pm Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who cares what the rule says.  We all saw it.  It was a catch by any definition.  If it doesn't piss you off that the nfl can find a way to call a perfectly good catch, not a catch then you need to grow a pair.

09/07/2010 - 11:46am Cink?!?

When was the last time he contended? the Brittish Open last year is the last time he played well.  Brandt Snedeker has had top 5's the last 3 weeks and he's #1 on tour in putting which is huge in Match play.  I probably would have picked 10 guys before I picked Cink. 

08/24/2010 - 10:26pm Good Post

Forget everybody who mentioned Bo's "The Team" speech because they would be crying in the corner if Brandon Graham had gotten hurt last year.  We all love Bo and his speech but losing good players can cost us games.  i think if anything your article demonstrates that Woolfolk's was less damaging and not more.

08/17/2010 - 5:44pm Best Solution Yet

I have alwas been fearful of how any playoff would affect the excitement of the regular season (as I've clearly stated) and small playoffs and plus one scenarios have more holes than swiss cheese.  One of the reasons I've opposed a playoff is because I'm afraid they will do it small and they will do it poorly.  However, I've always felt that a big playoff (16 teams most preferably) is by far the best scenario.  My ideal scenario is similar to what you laid out.  In mine I would give auto-bids to every conference which is something I think NCAA would want and would make it like all other sports.  It also would have less dispute about who is in than and allow for home games which I think are important.  Also, I would  have two home games and put the four winners in two BCS games and the four quarterfinal losers in two other bowl games.  While I am not on the playoff bandwagon yet.  You at least have identified the best and most logical playoff scenario.  I can't fault anything that you've said.  I just love college football so much I'm afraid that a playoff would diminish the excitement.

08/17/2010 - 3:17pm Did you watch?

The BCS would have settled it by having an undefeated Nebraska play West Virginia and we would have had an undefeated national champion.  With the bowl alliances West Virginia and Nebraska ended up in different bowls.  If you're going to try to suggest a 4 team playoff in the '93 scenario then that FSU/ND regular season game would have been drastically downplayed and that's my original point.

Utah vs. 3-9 Michigan was a close game in '08.  Oklahoma or Florida would have hung 50 on Utah. 

My whole idea is that good teams should be putting teams like Boise State, Utah and TCU on their schedule so that A.  We get an even better regular season and B.  We can feel better about the two teams that make it to the championship game.

08/17/2010 - 2:22pm Missed the Point

It doesn't matter if football is different than basketball or a 64 team tournament is different than a 4 team one.  The point is that it's a FACT that the masses prefer a great 15 week regular season to a great 2 or 3 week post-season.  Also, I defy you to illustrate how a playoff would make the regular season mean more.  Tell me how the'06 UM/OSU game would have been MORE meaningful if both teams were already in the playoffs.  For you to think that you have presented a valid argument is what is astounding.

08/17/2010 - 2:17pm Missed the Point

I'm not arguing that the current system (which wasn't in place in '93 by the way, so your point is moot) is a more fair way to pick a champion.  As a Michigan fan I didn't really care who won the championship in '93 anyway.  My point is that the current system is more exciting and a better product.  No one has put up an argument to dispute that yet.

08/17/2010 - 11:50am Disagree

The plus one sounds good until you think about it.  You're just as likely to have a three way dispute after the bowls as before.  Also it punishes a team that plays a great opponent verses a team that plays an easy one (there's always a weak BCS team ie. Hawaii).  Also it's a punishment if there is clearly a best team after the Bowls.  Should Alabama have had to play another game after beating Texas last year?  Who would they have played?  Should they have had to beat Florida again?  The plus one doesn't accomplish what people claim it would accomplish.

08/11/2010 - 2:11pm Did you see the Spring game?

If you did you knew that Turner wasn't any good anyway.  I forgot he was on the team until this morning when I heard he was transferring.  I would consider it a bad day if I heard that Cullen Christian wasn't looking good or Cam Gordon got hurt or something like that.  I'm not happy he's leaving but I'm not sad either.

08/11/2010 - 11:32am Who Knew?

Who would have guessed that a guy rocking a flat brimmed, cocked sideways, camo Met's hat at an Astro's game would be such a douche?

08/09/2010 - 7:33pm Prescott Burgess!?!?

Was it helmet to helmet to helmet or late hit?  I forget but if that incidental contact doesn't get called a penalty then Jim Tressel gets to debate Urban Meyer on television for a title game spot.

08/09/2010 - 12:49pm Bad Facts Bad Comparison

David Duval got his first win in late '98 which wasafter Tiger Woods got his first few wins and a full two years after Woods turned pro.  His fall from grace started in 2002 or 2003 which was well after Woods appeared.  He won the '01 Brittish Open on the heals of the Tiger slam.  Also, calling him THE dominant player is a little strong.  Duval won twice at the end of '98 and twice early '99 to steal the #1 spot from Tiger for a couple of months while Tiger worked on a swing change.  He didn't hold the spot long and didn't win a major in that span.

As for bad comparison.  Duval suffered from vertigo and back problems.  Both things that can cause you to change your swing and make it difficult to find it back.  Tiger hasn't had any physical problems whatsoever. 

Tigers problems are 1.  A long layoff from the game 2.  Constant distractions and 3.  Firing his swing coach and tryiong to fix his problems himself.

Tiger will get those 5 majors.  You can count on it.

08/08/2010 - 4:53pm Huge mistake

English has to know better than to say something like this.  Fatherlessness(if that's a word) is a huge problem in this country.  Mom's go to heroic lengths to raise their kids but kids need dads too.  However, this is not the way to address the topic.   Ron English would be better off addressing the topic by commiting publicly to be a strong male influence to as many players as possible.

08/07/2010 - 2:41pm What about Derek Dennis?

Derek Dennis is the biggest recruit we've had in years, he would have been a first or second round pick.  How big is his scholarship?  Michigan has at least 3 guys that i can think of who have made the big leagues in the past few years and at least 10 that are in the minors.  If Fish says he can't get exposure at U of M he's lying.

07/29/2010 - 10:07am And Big Chill is actually a good movie

Those two dorks can go to Ohio State for all I care, that movie is lame.

07/18/2010 - 6:54pm Very interested

I agree.  Sports like golf, baseball, softball and volleyball have a small but hardcore following.  It would be great to hear from someone who knows.  Thanks and good luck in your career.

07/18/2010 - 6:45pm Roundtree is fast

But everyone knows that Odoms and Stonum are faster.  Plus a couple of incoming guys are faster.  Particularly DJ Williamson.  Williamson won the state 100M and he won it Usain Bolt style.

07/18/2010 - 8:20am Huge!

This is a huge story for Wolverine athletics.  Congratulations Lion!  Represent at the Masters and U.S. Open!  We knew you were clutch when you hit a hybrid to 2-feet on the 18th hole last year to close out USC in the national quarterfinals.

07/13/2010 - 9:52am Pick UConn

UCONN will cost a lot more but it will be so much more exciting.  Don't worry where you sit.  YOu can see the game well from any seat.  Use ebay but don't start seriously looking until the Sunday night before the game.  I also stay West of Main street and park in a neighborhood west of the stadium for free and walk.  It's about a twenty minute walk but half of it is past the practice field and the soccer field and Crisler arena.  If you want to tailgate go to Pioneer high school, it's $15 cheaper than the golf course.  If you go to UMass don't buy tickets until game day and make sure to barter because you will be able to find $10 tickets if you're patient.

06/03/2010 - 10:15am I disagree

When there's a weak chopper to first on the last hitter of the perfect game, you have to call the guy out if it's even close.  You have to make the hitter earn a hit.  So I don't applaud Joyce for making the tough call.  I will applaud him for handling his mistake like a man and a pro and I feel bad for him.

05/11/2010 - 11:32am Nice Try

You claim to be neutral but you clearly aren't.  By citing those passages from page 50 and 54 you are insinuating that RR has done the things that Bo said not to do.  What has RR actually done to alienate people or to toss out traditions.  Because WR's don't wear #1 anymore and there are several "apostles" instead of 2 captains, does that mean RR is throwing away the past and alienating the people who came before him?

I've been to most of the games and the spring games.  Jerry Hanlon is around the team a lot.There's always former wolverines hanging out and supporting the program.  I've heard RR say on several occasions that he wants alumni to feel welcome.  The only alumni that I have heard criticize RR are guys who played for Lloyd.  I don't know what Lloyd has done behind closed doors so I'm not placing any blame.  I just don't see where RR is getting a bad rap in all of this.  RR's only crime is going 8-16.

05/11/2010 - 11:22am Some people should see that passage

Lloyd should see that passage and be asked, is that how you are conducting yourself?  Dave Brandon should see it and be asked, are you holding Lloyd to that standard?  To be fair someone should show RR the passage from page 54 and ask him the same types of questions.

There is so much that Lloyd has or hasn't done that I know nothing about and the same is true for RR.  I can't say who is at fault for what because I don't know the private business of these two guys.  But I do believe that if Lloyd is being honest with himself, he has to admit that he hasn't given RR the same support that Bump Elliot gave Bo. 

I'm sure both Rodriguez and Carr have made mistakes and had shortcomings.  However, Rodriguez is doing everything he can to move this program forward and see it be successful.  I'm not so sure the same is true of Lloyd Carr.

05/04/2010 - 2:20pm Equal Time

I would vote for equal time if Adler played football for Michigan but he didn't.  You posting his link and harping on the writers of this blog shows more partisanship than anything they did.  If Runyan was a D then you wouldn't have a problem with it.  You guys are the ones making this blog political.

04/29/2010 - 11:54pm Cut him some slack

There's a lot of places where guys who aren't on campus yet are at the bottom of depth chart even though we expect them to play this year.  I.e. Demar Dorsey and Cullen Christian, who are guys we .  The two-deep is adjustable so they will adjust it as people move.  Right now when the players are unknown quantities then the edge goes to age and years on campus.

The one thing I noticed was Cam Gordon still listed as WR  on the roster.  He switched to safety.