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01/20/2019 - 10:44am I think we should be going…

I think we should be going to Teske in the post.  I think teams may have an inclination to double even if they don’t necessarily need to and it could open up the perimeter.  The outside shots we took yesterday were almost uniformly bad.

01/18/2019 - 1:57pm I am looking at kind of more…

I am looking at kind of more the "totality of the circumstances."  Weird start time, coming off a week off, #1 ranking in the balance, against a team that is severely due for a big win in what is always a difficult environment.  I just get the feeling this game in particular could be a snake pit. 

01/18/2019 - 1:55pm I get the joke.  But I have…

I get the joke.  But I have watched both Nevada and Gonzaga play quite a bit and I think they are legit.  It is the Tennessee and Auburn duo that I don't buy.  Every year I get my bracket I find Auburn and Tennessee and decide whether I have them going out in their first game or will grant them the dignity of a first weekend appearance.  (Put Cincinnati on this list for every year they are a thing, also).

01/18/2019 - 1:47pm I think this will be a…

I think this will be a difficult game.  Wisconsin just came up a little bit short in what would have been two big comebacks on the road.  I think they will play really well out of the gate and a week off usually lends to itself to rust.  The start time is also a little weird, it is effectively a "morning game" in Madison. I could see a double digit deficit for Michigan in the first half in this game.  I think we will respond and that it will be close throughout, but this strikes me as a losable game and I really don't see that many of those on the schedule.

01/17/2019 - 7:04pm This was a tricky season for…

This was a tricky season for Harbaugh.  Really, this season, the team we “had to” beat was MSU and we did that.  Retroactive, the 3 game stretch of Wisconsin, MSU, and Penn State doesn’t look like much, but keeping the team “up” for 3 consecutive do or die challenges (in terms of rebounding from last season) has to be challenging.  Those guys were dialed in for 12 consecutive quarters.  Frankly, and it isn’t an excuse, I think everybody was just gassed by OSU week.  

OSU did not have to put together a “we are back” campaign before the game, they kind of skated without expending much effort and focus.  Honestly, I think Meyer’s only concern this season was beating Michigan.  I think they probably prepped for Michigan literally all season.  If it looked like they didn’t care and did not prep for Maryland, it is because they did not care and did not prep for Maryland. He was gone after the season and he knew it.  He damn sure wasn’t going to lose to Michigan in his last game.

The biggest issue with me was that under the surface, their seemed to be a lack of cohesion within the Michigan program that was revealed after the chips fell.  The players did not seem really connected well with the staff and there seemed to be, if not discord, at least a lack of refined support between our core players and Harbaugh.  I think he is probably difficult for players to form a strong “bond” with.  Let’s face it the guy is difficult.  That seems like on open secret now.  I think the infusion of new young blood to the staff is just what the doctor ordered.

01/17/2019 - 9:38am The only issue with this is…

The only issue with this is that she really did not "fail" on her first chance.  She was briefly and unknowingly in proximity to a huge atrocity, that is about the extent of her guilt.  It was actually her reporting complaints to her boss that lead to the report being made to the FBI that resulted in the entire investigation.  I guess she can be held in contempt for not making a "citizens arrest" but that standard seems a little high. 

The entire issue with her hiring is really not about what she did or did not do, it is with Manuel not understanding that the hire needed to be discussed publicly contemporaneously in order to alleviate concerns.  He needed to explain why Faehn was really not culpable in the Nassar matter and that it would actually be unjust to hold her to account for it.  It is about optics, but it is not even really about the optics of hiring Faehn (she will get hired), it is about the optics of how the hiring was handled and what was not done that needed to be.

01/16/2019 - 2:55pm And, where is the portal?  I…

And, where is the portal?  How does one know when a new player is in there?  Does the player's picture appear in the sky like in the Hunger Games? 

I am also guessing that the portal is not actually like a thing that a player has go physically stand in, right?  That would seem overly burdensome.

01/16/2019 - 2:36pm The gravy thread is far more…

The gravy thread is far more interesting than the constant portal threads.  The portal sucks.  Life was better before I knew it was a thing.

01/16/2019 - 2:10pm Not every single time. …

Not every single time.  There are times when people have gravy that you have not cooked "juice" producing meat.  You are sitting here telling me that you "didn't even know" that gravy was sold in a jar?  Really? 

Wow.  Only on MGoBlog.

01/16/2019 - 1:43pm I should have read further. …

I should have read further.  I did not know he was a grad transfer.  I stand corrected as to Hurts.

01/16/2019 - 1:37pm This is getting kind of…

This is getting kind of stupid.  I am pretty dug in as a college football fan so I will continue to watch it for the immediate future but this basically free-agency.

01/16/2019 - 11:10am Interestingly enough, "up…

Interestingly enough, neither is actually correct. 

"Thumbs up" would not have been an option in the circumstance.  An emperor would either cover his thumb with the rest of his fingers for "live" or give a "side thumb" making reference to a sword for "die." 

The more you know....

01/16/2019 - 9:08am I understand your point, and…

I understand your point, and agree to a large extent.  I would respond, however, that I think Michigan State v. Ohio State has stuck its head up from the sand to be at least throwing its hat in the ring as "rivalry."  State has had some huge wins against OSU over the years, including a BIG title game victory and possibly the biggest upset (given the circumstances) in that last twenty years of BIG conference play.  The two regularly play intense competitive games.

That being said, State is facing a sink or swim moment and it appears to be that "sink" is far more likely at this point in time so I am not sure how long any blossoming rivalry will endure.

01/16/2019 - 9:02am I don't venture much into…

I don't venture much into the comments.  I doubt anything good comes of that.

01/16/2019 - 8:41am Check it out....

The…

Check it out....

The government pays us taxes for having to deal with their bullshit.

I have been thinking through that arrangement and believe it could have some traction.

01/16/2019 - 8:38am "Focused on" and "obsessed…

"Focused on" and "obsessed with" are two different things.

Michigan State is obsessed with Michigan. 

Ohio State is focused on beating Michigan, any way possible, by one point is enough.  That is the same approach they take if we are 11-1 under Jim Harbaugh going in or 5-6 under Brady Hoke.  The Michigan game is a singular affair, apart from the meaning and context of the rest of the season.  They never take Michigan for granted and the results speak for themselves.

01/16/2019 - 8:30am I don't join any communities…

I don't join any communities, but I go to other blogs to read content.  Some blogs are really good.  I would never like comment as "hey Michigan fan here" but I like to see some perspective from other fan bases.  It may surprise some people who don't read it but 11 Warriors is not, on balance, dismissive of Michigan football despite a compelling argument that they should be.  Most of the content on their blog about Michigan is serious and well-researched.  As could possibly be reflected on the field itself, one thing that "Buckeye Nation" is not is flippant about Michigan. 

01/15/2019 - 9:06pm I said I thought the fast…

I said I thought the fast food was a good idea.  That is my take on it.  Is that “triggering” you?  I’m getting confused?  Are you telling me to “give it a rest” because I said I thought it was cool, or because I have not acknowledged just how cool it was?  What is it that you are looking for?

01/15/2019 - 6:55pm I wasn’t “triggered” at all,…

I wasn’t “triggered” at all, if he is talking about me too, not what that really means.  Certainly have not heard of anybody being “triggered positively,” I am least pretty sure that is not proper use of the term.  I mean, I think I think DT is a complete clown show but thought that was kind of a cool idea to be honest.  Not sure if that is “triggered” positively.

01/15/2019 - 3:54pm I have to say, I am not sure…

I have to say, I am not sure how Trump had access to my recurring dream of where I am surrounded on all sides by unlimited varieties of fast food but it looked almost identical.

01/15/2019 - 2:10pm No they are just parroting…

No they are just parroting Mike Valenti.  Valenti uses the line "he goes to church with them" because he tries to paint the picture that Dantonio favors the "quality of the person" over football acumen.  It is a way to criticize him while also painting MSU as somehow morally superior.  I doubt Dantonio goes to church unless he has to for a wedding.

01/15/2019 - 12:29pm I think they were. …

I think they were.  Patterson made some great passes this season.  Patterson made at least one pass every game where I did a double take and rewound it to watch it again in real time.  He did not hit all of them, but he hit a lot of them.

01/15/2019 - 11:58am There are already a lot of…

There are already a lot of fans who think that McCaffrey should be starting.

I admit to being..... intrigued by what I saw this year from him.

01/15/2019 - 11:57am This is Gattis-Mania!!!

This is Gattis-Mania!!!

01/15/2019 - 11:43am That is kind of how I look…

That is kind of how I look right now.

Anyway, it will be AMC television release, so unless you have your own party, there will be no crowds.

01/15/2019 - 10:48am I could take about 20…

I could take about 20 seconds of verbal lashing from Nick Saban before I would lash out him violently and primitively, foaming mouth and such.

01/15/2019 - 10:04am FYI.  Breaking Bad movie in…

FYI.  Breaking Bad movie in the works.  Working title is "Greenbriar."  Allegedly supposed to double as the series finale of Better Call Saul.  Sounds pretty cool.

01/15/2019 - 9:56am It also seemed to me that we…

It also seemed to me that we had a lot of that in our playbook, but that the times in which particular plays were called were really odd.  A few plays stand out to illustrate this. 

A couple times in the Northwestern game, we called WR screens to Black on 3rd and medium/long.  The "Braylon-screen" so to speak.  The play would predicably get about 6 yards.  That is an ideal outcome.... on first down, not 3rd and 9. 

Next, play #2 from the line of scrimmage against OSU.  Higdon got 8 yards on first down and it looked like our offensive line was mashing.  For a team that clearly valued ball control and establishing its identity, you would think picking up that first down, if only that first down on that only possession, would have been paramount and that running Higdon again (not the same play) was certainly the move.  You would be wrong.  Slow developing two man route play-action sack.  Wha....?

Lastly, 3rd and 11 against OSU down 5 first drive of the second half.  Against straight zone coverage.  Dump off to Higdon v. two DBs with 12 yards to go.  I mean... the fu???  This particular play, to steal a phrase from Brian, was "malpractice-y."

That is why, to me, "play-calling" isn't this overly vague cop-out that some people are treating it as when it is brought up.  I liked a lot of our plays.  I was often left dumbfounded at when said plays were called.

01/15/2019 - 9:46am It seems we rely on a lot on…

It seems we rely on a lot on tight end blocking in our scheme.  It also seems that tight ends are not particularly good blockers. 

01/15/2019 - 7:35am To be honest, he did not…

To be honest, he did not really say that.  I think his brain wanted him to say that but his heart would not let him.

01/14/2019 - 3:58pm I get the feeling that…

I get the feeling that Michigan is going to start winning of these than they lose.

01/14/2019 - 3:36pm I hate when people start a…

I hate when people start a response to anything with "So."  Not a whole lot bothers me, I am not grammar police or anything like that, but "so" feels like a really cheap way to start a response.  It feels like a conversational "cheat."

01/14/2019 - 2:13pm Wait.  Jon Crispin made a…

Wait.  Jon Crispin made a good point?

Wow that really was a bizarre night.

01/14/2019 - 11:48am This may be the best, and…

This may be the best, and worst, argument in the history of MGoBlog.

Well done.

01/14/2019 - 11:20am She immediately reported the…

She immediately reported the information to Penny, who notified the FBI within one month of receiving the report.  We are not talking years here.  It is impossible to ascertain how she would have proceeded if the allegations were not provided to law enforcement for several months or a longer period of time, so she should not be held to account as if that was the case.

Michigan State knew that Nassar resigned from the position with the USA team and it is not reasonable to conclude that they were "in the dark" as to why he did so.  Hell, the first complaint that MSU got regarding Nassar pre-dated the knowledge that Faehn received by nearly a year. 

So, in order to conclude she is culpable, for something, it would look like "Faehn, 37 days on the job, only notified Penny, and did nothing more for an entire month before Penny determined that they had enough information to report it to law enforcement, and did not personally notify the Michigan State athletic department when 1) she testified that she did not even know that Nassar was employed by Michigan State, 2) Michigan State had already received and was investigating several reports of Nassar's conduct by MSU athletes, and 3) were aware that Nassar had resigned from USA gymnastics due to an FBI investigation into similar allegations."

This is not a Penn State/McQueery type situation.  Many people find no room for nuance in discussions such as these, but these are the very type of discussions where nuance is incredibly important.

01/14/2019 - 10:33am It would appear to me that…

It would appear to me that it wasn't something that was done under cover of night with hope no one would notice, but more that the proper information did not make it up high enough during the hiring process for a determination as to whether the hire was appropriate and how it should be presented to the public.  

Neither is a good look, but it is clear that Michigan gymnastics did not need her services, but rather she probably had a good rep for developing athletes and knew somebody who knew somebody and was offered a middling position that passed under the noses of the "higher ups" within the athletic department.  It is not like she is an everyday name in the Nassar thing, Congress questioned her for the like 7 minutes and was like "nah you're good."  With all of the changes going on with football, I think it is very feasible that the Manuel simply missed this.

Despite how anybody feels about what Faenn did or did not do, the outrage that resulted was ultra-foreseeable, and would not have been worth the headache to Warde Manuel if he had been fully advised of the circumstances.  I believe this is probably a very unpleasant week or two for several people within the gymnastics department at Michigan.

01/14/2019 - 7:45am Yeah, I have read up on this…

Yeah, I have read up on this now and watched her testimony.  Frankly, I think this woman is getting rail roaded and I feel for her.

01/12/2019 - 7:40pm Thanks.

Thanks.

01/12/2019 - 4:59pm No, I wouldn’t.  I just have…

No, I wouldn’t.  I just have not done my own reading/research on the issue to determine if that is a good comparable.  

01/12/2019 - 4:56pm It was very...... Duke-ish. …

It was very...... Duke-ish.  I will that.

01/12/2019 - 4:33pm This is a pretty good take…

This is a pretty good take right now.  Anybody commenting about firing him and all that should make sure they have done their homework.  I have not yet, and cannot comment yet.  It would be flat wrong to allow guilt by association to be the societal threshold. If she did not do anything wrong she should not be treated like she has. 

01/11/2019 - 4:08pm Yes.  I have noticed two…

Yes.  I have noticed two things, both are resulting in misses short.  As you noted, he is holding the ball too long before he releases and the ball is not properly arched.  Secondly, Michael Jordan forever doomed us to the mid-range jumper always becoming somewhat of a fade-away.  MJ (and later Kobe) did it by design to create space where none existed, but players are forever emulating that midrange pull-up as a fade-away even when there is reason to do so.  Matthews was going straight up on that shot earlier in the year and it was falling but now he is fading on it and not putting additional arch on the ball to compensate.

He should shelf it and come back to it later in the season.  He has that shot but is having some issues with it right now.

01/11/2019 - 3:40pm This basketball season feels…

This basketball season feels like last season just never ended.  I felt so heartbroken at the time of the Villanova game last year but somehow I look back on that game and feel..... good?  Like it was just a small hiccup in a longer journey.   I could not ask for more than Michigan basketball.

01/11/2019 - 2:34pm You don't beat a team that …

You don't beat a team that "hung with you for 35 minutes" by 20.  State was up 13 at halftime.  Purdue did not hang with them.

Iowa was ranked and State annihilated them.  Northwestern took us to the wire and State destroyed them. 

State has been without their primary perimeter scorer and best defender as well. 

They are playing well and beating teams more convincingly than we are right now. 

01/11/2019 - 11:37am Ok thanks.

Ok thanks.

01/11/2019 - 11:27am Hey I am putting this up…

Hey I am putting this up here to see if I can get a response.  I did not pay a whole lot of attention to last nights game because I knew we were going to win but why did Livers start for Matthews?  That did happen, correct?

Edit - Actually, Matthews did not play until the 10 minute mark of the first half.  What up with dat?

01/11/2019 - 11:09am If Michigan was just the …

If Michigan was just the "hot new thing" in college basketball and the team was coming in for wild praise for the first time I would think it would be a valid question.  A good dose of humility can be helpful in that circumstance.  But the majority of the players on this team are coming off a season where they went on a similar run (toward the end this time) and played six times in the NCAA tourney pressure cooker, and they felt the pain of not doing the things they need to do to win in the title game.  Their mentality will be unchanged regardless of whether they keep winning every game or lose three in a row.  I have been a fan of several teams on runs where I thought a loss would do them some good but I don't think this is one of those teams.  (I would like to for them to win 3 BIG tourneys is a row, so if they have any losing to do I would certainly like it to be before that).

01/11/2019 - 11:02am I think that teams can lose…

I think that teams can lose for several reasons.  It can be that they are just outplayed or have a bad matchup, but it is crazy to think that a team's mindset does not have an impact on how they play.  Players and teams do simply choke. That is a really thing.  I don't think it will happen to this team because nearly all of the players have been to the mountain top and have been on a run before resulting in rapidly increasing expectations, but I don't think it is accurate to say that teams never lose for that reason.

01/11/2019 - 10:56am Agree that MSU is playing…

Agree that MSU is playing better right now, no clue who the better team will prove to be by the end of the season.  Recent history would certainly indicate it will be Michigan.

01/10/2019 - 3:34pm I don’t know him.  I hope he…

I don’t know him.  I hope he is the most awesomest.