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11/18/2018 - 5:55pm That doesn’t account for the…

That doesn’t account for the defensive lapses.  He is right, OSU will set us on the fire up the seam if there are secondary lapses like that.  Need to tidy that up.

11/18/2018 - 5:51pm I have said that a couple of…

I have said that a couple of times since Harbaugh got here, but unfortunately it has turned out to be..... just what it is.

11/18/2018 - 5:50pm This game is an entity in…

This game is an entity in and of itself.  The Maryland game doesn’t matter.  The Purdue game doesn’t matter.  Prepare yourself for it, the crowd will be nuts, the tension nearly unbearable.  The Michigan v. OSU game, with a lot on the line like this year, may be the biggest pressure cooker in all of sports.  Literally, throw out the records, the PFF and S&P advanced whatevers.  Gonna be a war man.  Buckle up.

11/18/2018 - 5:23pm Yeah, there are a lot of…

Yeah, there are a lot of people on here that think this will be like a 42-10 game.  We are not THAT much better than OSU.  We are a damn good team, but they are one-less Top 10 team with a really good QB, and it is a road game.  It will be a battle.

11/18/2018 - 4:13pm Haskins is a death machine…

Haskins is a death machine who is routinely on the money with 30-40 throws.  Dobbins had cavernous holes and ran hard.  Maryland Caveats apply, but their offense look formidable.  This is not an offense that we are going to “shut down” or hold to under 200 yards of offense.  They have a ton of talent.

Their defense is the worst I have ever seen at Ohio State.  The issue looks like more than coaching, their personnel seems lacking and I have no clue how that is possible.

Michigan, on the other hand, has a terrible tendency to run Higdon into the line twice in a row when we get into the red-zone.  It would actually appear that third and long is their actual desired outcome.  Our play-calling does change in the red zone.  I know a lot of people say there is no such thing as “red zone offense.  For us there is, and it is a struggle.

All in all, Michigan wanted to be there mentally yesterday but they weren’t.  All they cared about was that they won, and I think they knew they could sleep walk and do that so that is what they did.

Next week will be a battle.  OSU had every reason to shut it down yesterday literally like 9 times and they bounced back.  They will not be down-trodden next week, they will be on an emotional high.

Five opportunities for me to look stupid next Saturday.

1. Haskins throws for 2 touchdowns and over 200 yards;

2. Michigan offensively owns OSU and controls the line of scrimmage;

3. Higdon and Evans combine for at least 150 yards;

4. Shea Patterson breaks one big run;

5. For some fucking reason, we still get hosed by the refs.

Michigan 37-30.

 

11/18/2018 - 3:57pm You don’t see that part of…

You don’t see that part of the post where he says “no worries fans and blog-goers, I’m good to go and will play against Ohio State next week at noon EST.”

Weird, you should look again.

11/18/2018 - 3:44pm I think it is more just a…

I think it is more just a lack of people to put their in their place.  There are a ton of 3+ loss teams this year.  Really weird year for rankings.

11/17/2018 - 8:25am It’s “Mar-tellus.”

It’s “Mar-tellus.”

11/16/2018 - 7:00pm I don’t know if a catch to…

I don’t know if a catch to beat Indiana can be the best Michigan play ever.  I did not live through it, but ....ever?

11/16/2018 - 6:43pm Charlie Weis is crazy as…

Charlie Weis is crazy as hell, just a different kind of crazy.

11/16/2018 - 3:19pm Exactly.

Exactly.

11/16/2018 - 2:56pm The reasoning is that…

The reasoning is that Alabama has nearly a 10 year track record of being a historically dominant football team/program and that this team is, even by their standards, incredibly good.  And that if Georgia beats this Alabama team, that must mean that they are a great team too.  Nobody, and I mean nobody, on a national scale, is giving any indication that they would take such a loss to mean that Alabama may have merely been overrated, and I don't really see the committee concluding that either.

It is not really Alabama/Georgia that is the problem for Michigan right now.  It is an undefeated ND team that beat Michigan and a really bad BIG West. 

Frankly, I don't think Alabama is going to lose.  They just played two good teams back to back weeks and neither teamed threatened to score a point.  Georgia is a step up from those teams but they are going to have to play the game of their life and get lucky to be in the game.

11/16/2018 - 2:42pm I believe the game is at…

I believe the game is at Yankee Stadium is it not?

11/16/2018 - 2:40pm It may be outrageous but it…

It may be outrageous but it is nearly consensus that if Alabama lost to Georgia in the SEC title game that both would be in and UM would be out.

Seriously, pretty much the only place where that is not a given is on this blog.

11/16/2018 - 1:12pm I think we will likely see…

I think we will likely see quite a bit of Martell in two weeks.

11/16/2018 - 12:49pm Those are my sentiments as…

Those are my sentiments as well.  It has always struck me as a really unusual play.  That is a type of game winning play that you would quite literally never see now.  Absent an incredible anomaly, it physically would not be possible.

11/16/2018 - 12:11pm We are close to what, the…

We are close to what, the 14th anniversary of that wonderful night?

Seems like yesterday.

11/16/2018 - 11:52am Last word.

 

Last word.

 

11/16/2018 - 11:51am I want to get the show on…

I want to get the show on the road.  Rutgers does really feel like a bye week for fans.  In my mind the Penn State game was the "last game" that Michigan played and it feels like it has been too long since I watched a "real" game.

11/16/2018 - 11:40am Are you lacing them up right…

Are you lacing them up right now? 

Seriously though, you and Ed Oliver are kind of the same.  You suck at hockey, and he is likely going to be the number 1 pick in the NFL draft.  I can certainly see how you would have some unique insight into the decision he is facing.

11/16/2018 - 11:28am Hockey!

"Hockey!"

11/16/2018 - 11:24am "I play hockey.  Look at me…

"I play hockey.  Look at me.  I am a hockey player."

11/16/2018 - 11:13am After trying, and failing,…

After trying, and failing, to engage you as a reasonable poster a couple of times and seeing you turn troll for literally no reason, it has occurred to me.

You are just a dick with really bad ideas.  You think you have any idea what this decision entails because you "play hockey."  That is both kind of funny and kind of sad.

I think you should just move on, like entirely.  The blog was a better place before you got here.

 

11/16/2018 - 10:53am I am a veteran of many sore…

I am a veteran of many sore backs after weekend golf rounds.  Does that count?

In all honesty though, I have to disagree with your take here.  A Top 10 NFL pick who plays well and gets to that second contract makes multi-generational money.  30-40 million dollars.  They are not "kids" anymore or even merely football players.  They are corporations.  Their entire family tree is set for literally 100 years if they handle it correctly.  We are talking their kids, grandchildren, great grandchildren.  And a lot of times were are talking about people who came from very difficult situations and have a winning lottery ticket that could change their family's existence forever in ways never dreamed possible.

I don't think these players are sitting out because they don't "love football," I think the are doing it because that money is no longer abstract and is literally within an arms reach.  At that point, the risk-reward analysis becomes far too lopsided.

I don't think the kids who do continue to play are "fools" like some people say.  Kyler Murray is risking a hell of a lot for the love of football right now and that is pretty awesome.  At the same time, I cannot criticize a Top 10 pick for shutting it down in the least.

11/16/2018 - 10:46am I think this is a pretty…

I think this is a pretty terrible take AK.  All the guy had to do was literally exist at the game without being disruptive and everything would have been fine and he could not manage that. 

I have no problem with draft bound players putting their own interests at the top, but they cannot do so and still make themselves the center of attention.  A football coach is trying to win football games and keep players motivated.  It is not an easy balancing act now that NFL bound players are now "hurt" more later in the year when there is less to play for, while the coach still has to ask everybody else to give 100%.  If he wants to sit out, fine, but he doesn't have to go out of his way to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the coach who is still trying to coach the rest of the team.

11/16/2018 - 10:07am Nor does Houston owe him…

Nor does Houston owe him anything more than what he is getting.  Either play or don't play, but don't be "hurt" and then run around and make a spectacle before the game.  It is a bad look, kind of disrespectful to the opponent and puts the coach in a bad position.  I doubt anybody is forcing him to be on the sidelines. 

And do I think NFL teams care that he is not playing?  No.

Do I think he will have to have a few conversations at the combine interviews as to why he went all "do you know who I am" and was trying to physically confront his coach.  Yes, I think he probably will.

11/16/2018 - 9:41am Fantastic Boyz in the Hood…

Fantastic Boyz in the Hood shout out.

11/15/2018 - 7:10pm Dude, you are a good poster…

Dude, you are a good poster but I don’t think anything you just said is true.  Matthews is the alpha of this team, I think Poole will be the go-to scorer by the end of they year, and I really, really don’t think Iggy is a “one and done” guy.  I think you may have a misread on this team right now.

11/15/2018 - 1:56pm I feel like Poole is going…

I feel like Poole is going to be something special once he figures himself out.  You can see all of these really shiny tools in his toolbox and he wants to use them all at once but is not quite sure what all of them do yet.  He may have some growing pains but when he does figure them out there are some "may seem ridiculous" comparables that may not actually be that ridiculous.  He can jab step somebody out of the gym right now and he is still really raw.  Once he figures out what tool to bring out after that jab step he is going to be a really, really tough cover.

11/15/2018 - 1:32pm I know that our offensive…

I know that our offensive numbers were not spectacular, but we played a really attacking style of game that can be far more consistent than a three-ball heavy offense of past years.  I don't think we looked offensively challenged last night, I think our offense look kind of scary good for stretches actually.

11/15/2018 - 1:13pm Tongue in cheek much?

Tongue in cheek much?

11/15/2018 - 1:12pm That is actual footage of me…

That is actual footage of me pushing a boulder up a mountain.

11/15/2018 - 12:49pm It doesn't matter.  It is…

It doesn't matter.  It is just funny.

11/15/2018 - 12:16pm What a fantastic finish to…

What a fantastic finish to that article.  Nice work.

"FS2"

11/15/2018 - 9:04am We lost two current NBA…

We lost two current NBA players and another one playing in the d-league.  All top tier teams lose talent every year.  Nova is no different.  Ok, I get that they lost considerably more than that, but Duke, Kentucky Carolina, Villanova, players leave. That happens across the board.

To be honest, last year I thought we could and were playing at or near their level until Devincenzo went nuts.  Everybody just kinds of acts like that was a "common performance."  That guy was in a crazy zone and was making parking lot contested threes.  They were better than us last year but not twenty points better.  That was an even up game with a bonkers 5 minutes.

11/14/2018 - 9:31pm Helpless.  That is what Nova…

Helpless.  That is what Nova was tonight.  Completely helpless.  Awesome performance.

11/14/2018 - 7:36pm I just checked on this.

Yes…

I just checked on this.

Yes.  

11/14/2018 - 4:35pm Disagree that the games don…

Disagree that the games don’t matter.  They matter a good deal for tournament seeding. A win at Villanova world be huge for resume.

11/14/2018 - 11:57am All of that may be true but…

All of that may be true but I still don't think Harbaugh is going to have to worry about when he should sub in the "second string" during the game.  That is kind of ridiculous.

11/14/2018 - 11:53am The maize pants had become…

The maize pants had become highlighter yellow pants, our road jerseys had gone through several different irritating alterations with different kinds of stripes, piping, etc.  They were a shit show, and there was nothing traditional about them.  There were a couple of years under Hoke where not all players even had the same uniform. 

I think Harbaugh went to white just to scrap all of that shit and just get back to "a traditional" look even if it was not "Michigan's traditional look."  I think we could see the maize pants worn every now and then on the road like last year against Penn State but compared to the road BS that Michigan was sporting for almost every year under Adidas the current uniforms are a stark upgrade.

11/14/2018 - 11:09am Yeah, I You Tubed it.  Huh. …

Yeah, I You Tubed it.  Huh.  I remember OSU in white for both those games.  Misremembered I guess.

11/14/2018 - 11:08am Wow.  I know you may just…

Wow.  I know you may just call me a "concern troll," and I may very well be in some cases, but I don't think "second string" considerations are going to come into play here.  I like Michigan to win the game, but I think there are going to be more pressing matters that day than whether Harbaugh will "run it up."  Ohio State is struggling but they don't suck. 

11/14/2018 - 10:53am They could not have worn the…

They could not have worn the pictured (on twitter) uniform during the 2014 Playoff, they were never the "home" team as they were the lowest seeded team.  Correct?

11/14/2018 - 9:38am What is this new "hook em"…

What is this new "hook em" thing I keep reading.  I feel like I am being left out of a really cool joke.

11/14/2018 - 7:19am Not sure the BIG can talk…

Not sure the BIG can talk all that much with PSU that high and a 4 loss NW outfit with two terrible losses being in the Top 25.

11/13/2018 - 7:12pm A lot of times, yes.  In…

A lot of times, yes.  In this circumstance, no.

11/13/2018 - 7:11pm Yes.  I am certain that an…

Yes.  I am certain that an undefeated ND team that handed Michigan their only loss will get in over a Michigan team that lost to ND.  That is as close to “common sense” as you can get.

11/13/2018 - 3:43pm There is no way head to head…

There is no way head to head isn't going to trump all other considerations in this debate. If the BIG title game was against a one-loss Wisconsin team I would say it could at least be a realistic debate.  The reality is that if we get to the BIG title game we are going to be playing a team that lost to Duke and Akron at home (and that ND already beat too!), so bad year to pitch the conference title overcoming the head to head.

11/13/2018 - 3:37pm I think this is probably…

Yes, MGrowOld, I think that is probably what will happen tonight.  I don't think it changes anything though except for it gives people the illusion that these weekly reveals are something to pay attention to.

Everything holds, we win out, Bama beats Georgia - Michigan is in.

Complete chaos, we win out - Michigan is in comfortably.

We win out, everything else holds, Georgia beats Bama - We eat sad pizza and play WSU in Pasadena.   

(Unless..... Trump Card bitches!!! Georgia blows Bama out, then Bama eats the sad pizza and we are in).

11/13/2018 - 3:29pm What have we seen to…

What have we seen to indicate that Notre Dame has not improved as well, though?

They played a shitty game against Pitt.  I will give you that.  But the only other "real" transitive measuring stick to go on is the NW game and Notre Dame beat them more convincingly than we did even if they needed to hang on at the end a little bit.

If they beat Syracuse(#13 Syracuse, the only team to give Clemson a game all year) and USC to go undefeated they should get the nod over Michigan.  Nobody forced Harbaugh to chase down ND to renew the rivalry, particularly with the ultra-shitty term that we played them in South Bend first.  It was a bad deal but we have to deal with it now.