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10/15/2018 - 11:36pm Lots of stuff here that is…

Lots of stuff here that is complementary toward Michigan but this is one he repeats:

"I wrote yesterday and probably tweeted that one of the main differences between the Ohio State defense and the Michigan defense is that the Buckeyes always look like they’re about a man-and-a-half down, while the Wolverines generally look like they’re playing 13-on-11."

09/15/2018 - 9:42am Thanks for pointing that out…

Thanks for pointing that out about how he uses the same method of removing large gains to get average yards per attempt with OSU as well as Michigan.  I didn't realize he was doing that with OSU as well.  To a certain extent, it makes sense for him to do that.

06/15/2018 - 7:37pm Ian Gold, Greg McThomas and…

Ian Gold, Greg McThomas and Lawrence Reid were primarily linebackers but they’re on this list, and fairly high up too, given what I thought were limited snaps at RB.

06/03/2018 - 10:21pm Tarkanian left UNLV at 62

That's the closest I can come up with for a late career college to NBA jump but the similarities end there as I think Tarkanian had resigned or was forced out from UNLV while Beilen is the complete opposite (and thankfully so).

05/26/2018 - 12:40pm Glory

Great cast - great story

04/12/2018 - 11:24pm Good luck to Ibi

I'll remember him as part of the 1st half three point barrage by seven different players against A&M.

04/09/2018 - 2:13pm This is cruel

I had root canal done last week. Will miss Whoppers and forms of caramel.

04/04/2018 - 11:21pm No

Maybe it just took him this long to be so clever?

04/04/2018 - 11:08pm Hard to rate things on a 100 point scale

I like your idea of a survey of fans to get their feelings about the season but I have a hard time with scoring things from 0 to 100.  Can I even tell the difference between a 70 and a 71 on this scale?  Is the difference between 99 and 100 really the same as the difference between a 50 and a 51?  Maybe 0 to 10 would have been easier?

04/04/2018 - 6:17pm Another great thing about Mo’s ankle breaker

The specimen who must have gone out of his way to get his NJIT shirt is in the background.

04/03/2018 - 10:53pm Lack of independence?

I sort of relate this to Brian's note about 3PP in the last six games on neutral or away courts vs. the games in the NCAA tournament.  Those last six games were against opponents we were seeing for the second or third time.  I wonder if we just do a better job of exploiting matchups seeing other teams the second or third time around than typical teams?  Opponents are not randomly distributed over time.  Of course, not everyone plays better the second time around but maybe some coaches (and players) are better at making adjustments between games with the same opponent than other coaches..

04/03/2018 - 12:38am Thank you to the 2017-2018 team

With the great defense this year, you've laid down a solid foundation of hard work, integrity and excellence for future teams to build on. 

04/01/2018 - 8:36am No mention of this in the national media so far

which just plays into our super sneaky plan to win the championship on Monday night.

04/01/2018 - 12:15am Said the same thing in the press conference

"We tried to space it and cut hard, their length, they're really good defensively, they close the gaps,...they close the gap of opportunity really fast. We've done a really good job all year of spacing it, moving it...when a gap opens up or a breakdown opens up...they were shrinking the gap of opportunity so fast...I remember one back cut, it was wide open and all of a sudden they close to the body with their length and got a deflection" 

This defense is just ridiculously good.  I think it can carry us over Villanova.  That would be something to beat Villanova without shooting like against Texas A&M.

03/24/2018 - 11:43pm Best defense, period

They need to stop saying this is John Beilein's best defense - it's just a great defense, period.

03/20/2018 - 10:22pm Offense in B1G tournament

One thing that a lot of folks have been saying is that we wish the offense looked more like what we saw in the first nine games of the current 11 game streak, particularly in the Big 10 tournament.  In that streak, we had games with familiar opponents.  I trust in the coaching staff to be able to adapt to unfamiliar opponents, identify advantageous matchups, etc.  like in the NCAA tournament, although for whatever reason, it didn't seem to take place against Montana or Houston.  Hopefully that really was rust from the layoff.  But a part of me wonders if the team "overperformed" in the Big Ten tournament, taking advantage of our second or third look at opponents, which John Beilen and the staff excel at. 

03/16/2018 - 7:31pm Irrational thought during the game

"When is Duncan Robinson going to score his 6th point?"  Is that still a thing?

03/10/2018 - 12:47pm 1986

We were a #2 seed and lost to 7th seeded Iowa State that year.

01/23/2018 - 9:00pm Jemele Hill's commentary

"Michigan State needs to wear this shame. The university deserves this humiliation, derision, doubt, discomfort and every unkind word. We need to listen to every word from the victims and absorb all of their anger. They’ve dealt with this betrayal and violation of their trust for years. Michigan State only has to survive a few news cycles."


12/10/2017 - 12:04am Shared Craig's misery

Oh, to be a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Michigan during the 70s.  Losing Rose Bowls, losing Super Bowls.

11/06/2017 - 5:51pm Sharks

Brian and McElwain both seem to have this thing about sharks.

10/14/2017 - 9:39pm RS Freshman quarterbacks and selection bias

Some have commented that Peters should play because some other RS freshman have been  "successful".  I would think that are counter examples of RS Freshman QBs who are not doing so well.  But even if there aren't, we have to remember that the RS Freshman who are playing regularly and that you can see in game situations are not a random sample of RS Freshman quarterbacks - they are out there because their coaches think they give the team the best shot to win.   

If Peters has not shown enough in practice to earn snaps at this juncture, I can't see the staff playing him over O'Korn. That sends an awful message to the rest of the team - "If you screw up in a game, we'll toss you out and just throw in just about anyone".

But I do wish we were more developed at the QB spot.  And we had better receivers.  And better O-lineman.   

10/13/2017 - 11:46pm More than just experienced

Baas, Long, Stenavich on the offensive line, receivers like Edwards, Breaston, Avant were very talented.  Luck may have been a factor in getting Mike Hart.  Dudley and Massaquoi were also returning starters.

10/13/2017 - 11:38pm Above average QB may not be enough?

Just thinking that just having a "just above average" QB would not be enough to compensate for all the other problems with the offense trying to run this pro-style scheme.  Maybe if you have a much better than average QB and excellent receivers you can get by with a less than stellar offensive line.   

10/13/2017 - 12:12pm So to show wrongdoing...

The NCAA would have to have found that either 1) the classes were not offered to non-athletes or 2) that they were offered to non-athletes and the non-athletes did worse in these classes than the athletes.  Well no wonder they didn't find anything - too many overperforming non-athletes.

10/11/2017 - 12:11am One difference?

When I was at Florida State in the early 90s, FSU usually played night games and playing in the daytime was fairly unusual.  I remember the players saying the big difference was you could see a lot better in the daytime games.  I wonder if that actually has an effect on the game?

10/09/2017 - 6:42pm Wonder what would have happened

If we had been content to run the ball, even if we had to punt.  Punting is better than an interception under those conditions.  I know we were behind and I understand throwing to catch them off guard but being forced to punt is not that bad if MSU can't move the ball. 

10/08/2017 - 11:27pm Comparing just MSU games though

We were beaten 28-14, 29-6 and 35-11 in the Hoke years by MSU and I think those scores actually understate how badly we were beaten those years. 

OP forgot to include Rutgers in the record for rivalry games. 

09/24/2017 - 11:52am No

Now get off my lawn.

09/23/2017 - 10:18pm Hard to separate them out...

Seemed like it was a combination of being more willing to throw on earlier downs as well as throwing shorter passes and those tight end crossing routes.  I think that if Speight did not get injured, the playcalling would have moved in that direction anyway, since we weren't getting a lot in the ground game anyway.weren't moving the ball well enough on the ground.  I don't think that playcalling is unique to O'Korn.  Now, spinning out of a sack on third down to hit Perry on the TD drive is more unique to him, but the coaches can't be planning around that happening. 

09/20/2017 - 12:58am A mark of respect?

Was it just me or did it seem like there was more of our guys helping AF guys get up after plays (and vice versa) than in other games?

09/04/2017 - 2:19pm Luke Fickell game plans to stop


09/03/2017 - 11:46pm Unfortunately

that same guy predicted Florida would win by two touchdowns.  His analysis told him that in every facet of the game (FL run offense vs. Michigan run defense, FL pass defense vs. MI pass offense, even special teams), Florida was better than Michigan.

08/11/2017 - 11:39pm Was curious about this myself.

and had to look these up.  Stonum was suspended for the 2011 season and subsequently violated his probation and served a short jail sentence, after which he was kicked off the team.

Clark was kicked off the team November 2014 but before that, did play while on probation.

Glasgow also played while on probation for DUI.

So,"off the top of your head" is pretty good.

James Whitley, a co-captain, was kicked off the team at the end of the 2000 season (missed the bowl game) but I can't recall if he had any prior offenses.



07/09/2017 - 12:26am I remember reading

something like College Football News saying that if we were counting on Threet to break off a 50 yard run in each game, we'd be in trouble. Still, that was great to see him do that and how he played in that game.

07/09/2017 - 12:19am Wish I had taken his class

My first political science courses in international politics were with James Morrow and J. David Singer, both of whom I enjoyed taking their classes. I was a little lost in those upper level courses without having taken Organski's intro class.

07/09/2017 - 12:14am Took independent study with him

and I took that 20th century American Wars class. I never read his book about the phases of how soldiers remember wars but he talked about it in that class.

07/09/2017 - 12:08am I knew him when he was at Florida State.

and I was a graduate student. Great guy.

04/14/2017 - 10:57pm Agree

Think about the kids section at Barnes and Noble.  They usually have a Thomas the Tank Engine train set up for the kids to play with.  Having more toys out so that kids could try them out more would be in that spirit.  Like what you can do at Lego stores.

But DB might try to charge admission then.

03/17/2017 - 11:02pm MSU mention on the game

From Pistols Firing Blog:

"The one thing I’m not sure Oklahoma State expected is for Michigan to roll with them all the way until the very end. The Wolverines essentially played just seven guys, and they finished stronger than OSU wanted. The Pokes raised the pace of play in the second half (which is what Underwood wanted), and it basically did not matter.

It left Underwood with some existential questions to ponder afterwards.

“It’s one I’ve got to grasp, out-rebound an opponent 40-21 and lose,” said Underwood. “The game’s changing. The 3-point line is changing that way. We saw teams in our league that did the same thing.”

Unfortunately they saw a similar formula to what Big 12 teams used all season — rocking point guard and shooters everywhere. Can we not get a Michigan State or a Dayton just one time?"

03/15/2017 - 10:03pm Thank you for putting this up!

This was a great game on both sides.

High praise from Dean Smith:

"Rice just did a sensational job.  I don't think I've seen anything like that."

"I think we played very well, particularly in the second half.  And it wasn't enough.  There comes a time when you say congratulations to the other team.  I don't know how we can play any better."

03/14/2017 - 11:41pm Been looking for this myself

I saw this game on a tiny black and white TV back in the day when that was all I could afford as a grad student and have not seen it since.

The link to the Virigina game the OP provided has a channel with a lot of Michigan games (football and basketball).   


03/01/2017 - 9:09pm Ummm...

This will put steel in our spines?  Please?

02/25/2017 - 10:13pm I missed most of the second half

because my car got a flat tire coming back from the store at halftime.  I don't want to do that again.

12/04/2016 - 8:07pm I'm excited by this matchup.

I'm excited by this matchup. FSU had an 11 year bowl game win streak between 1985 and 1996. They have pretty consistent highly ranked recruiting classes. This is a great opportunity to make a strong impression in Florida (more so than against Florida last year).

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11/27/2016 - 11:08am a few things

1.  Speight - at the Ozone, there were OSU fans commenting that they were envious of our ability to throw the ball downfield and their columnists are giving him a lot of compliments.  This bodes well for next year.

2.  When he wasn't interfered with, I thought Perry played well as a receiver, making clutch catches (leaving out special teams play though)

3.  Kenny Allen was good - the announcers were commenting on him being the game MVP if we won.

11/27/2016 - 11:07am a few things

1.  Speight - at the Ozone, there were OSU fans commenting that they were envious of our ability to throw the ball downfield and their columnists are giving him a lot of compliments.  This bodes well for next year.

2.  When he wasn't interfered with, I thought Perry played well as a receiver, making clutch catches (leaving out special teams play though)

3.  Kenny Allen was good - the announcers were commenting on him being the game MVP if we won.

11/26/2016 - 5:49pm Mostly feel bad for the seniors

to have put up with so much over the years and lose this game.  Too many mistakes let OSU stick around too long.  

11/18/2016 - 9:01pm Amaizing...

ESPN uses Michigan to demonstrate principles of defense on one SMU possession.

11/18/2016 - 3:22pm from the Marquette Wire

Marquette made three fewer field goals than turnovers in the first half.