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01/17/2019 - 3:53pm So wait, because some fools…

So wait, because some fools sit around on their butts playing video games a lot, we shouldn't worry about the fact that football seems to have a direct link to brain damage?

There have been all kinds of news stories about how sitting around and not getting any exercise is bad for people.  That doesn't mean we should ignore the possibility that football is causing long-term brain injuries.  I'm not saying football should be shut down, but ignoring the possible link here is just foolish.  

There are a hell of a lot of ways to get exercise in life that don't involve having your brain rattled around in your head.  

01/17/2019 - 2:40pm "Life lessons" are bullshit…

"Life lessons" are bullshit if they come along with brain damage.

We don't have any definitive data yet on any of this.  But it sure feels like the early days of research into cigarettes and cancer.  Everything points to football being super bad for your brain, but no one really wants to fully believe it or acknowledge the ramifications of that yet.  

Finding a solution for this problem may be almost impossible as well, especially if they find that CTE is caused by an accumulation of all the small hits and not the big hits.  You can probably legislate a lot of the big head-targeting hits out of the game, but if it is the years and years of small hits that adds up to CTE, there is no way to get rid of those.  

01/16/2019 - 1:13pm It's one thing to be evil. …

It's one thing to be evil.  It's another thing to be evil and run your mouth about how evil you are.  

MSU tied themselves to this asshole.  Why they didn't fire him at least a year ago is beyond me.  

01/15/2019 - 4:32pm Dude started more games at…

Dude started more games at Michigan than most people could dream of in their lifetimes.  Hopefully he finds a place where he can finish out his career playing and not sitting on the bench.

01/11/2019 - 12:00pm I'm sure we didn't want to…

I'm sure we didn't want to lose Washington, but if the trade is Washington for Gattis, I'll take it for this reason:  I'm pretty sure Don Brown knows a thing or two about linebackers.  But we clearly have been struggling with our WR & downfield passing game.  It sounds like Gattis is equal or better to Washington in recruiting and coaches a position group that we desperately need to improve in.  Not saying we don't have talent there--we clearly do--all of the guys there have shown flashes of big things.  But we need to take the next step in our passing offense and hopefully Gattis is the guy to get it done.  

I mean, in a perfect world we would have both of these guys, but the world ain't perfect, so I'll take what we ended up with.  I'm pretty sure Harbaugh and company will fill in a good defensive coach and as long as Brown stays the D will be very good again. 

People are down on Brown after the last 2 games, but the D was ravaged by injuries and people missing over those last 2 games.  Yeah it sucks that they couldn't adjust, but when you play a high-risk pressure D, you depend on your guys being great, and the reality is, our backups just weren't good enough against the teams we played.   Plus guys like Winovich were playing at who knows what level of effectiveness--I'm guessing he was no better than like 60-70%.  

01/10/2019 - 2:17pm Rose shot 32.4%, 32.0%, and…

Rose shot 32.4%, 32.0%, and 35.5% from 3 in his 3 seasons here, from a shorter line.  Iggy is shooting nearly 40% this season.  This is of course a small sample size, but it is considerably better that Rose ever shot.

Iggy has 15 assists all year.  Rose had 136 his freshman year.  
Iggy is a slightly better rebounder.

I guess I just don't really see a comparison, other than the fact that they are both 6' 7" 6' 8" ish, play basketball, and are/were both pretty good.   Their games just don't seem similar to me at all.   But to each his own.  


01/10/2019 - 11:25am Really?  I don't see this at…

Really?  I don't see this at all.  Rose was a freak--a 6' 8" point guard.  Iggy is way more polished around the rim and is a better 3-point shooter.  Rose was a guard had one of the best handles for a tall guy since Magic.  Iggy is clearly a power forward.  Rose was the leader of his team and always had the ball in his hands. Iggy is (for now) a complementary piece.   Rose was a rail thin guy who blew by people.  Iggy bulls his way to the rim.  

They don't really remind me of each other in any way really, other than they are both good as freshmen.  

01/09/2019 - 9:09pm Good lord, can you imagine…


Good lord, can you imagine the bookkeeping on that?  Every team would have to hire an extra staff menber just to track what quarters every player was eligible to play in.  

01/09/2019 - 4:42pm For people saying the tiered…

For people saying the tiered system won't deter it enough, i just don't agree.  a 15-yard penalty is a big deal.  Players will get chewed out by coaches if they do it any more than occasionally by accident.  And if anyone does anything ridiculous, the refs can still toss them.  

Anything is better than the "spin the wheel and see what happens" rule that is in place now.  

01/09/2019 - 4:40pm But the new rule will give…

But the new rule will give even terrible crews cover, because for the most part they aren't going to eject someone unless it is an obvious ejection.  Yeah, there will still be terrible targeting calls, just like there are terrible PI calls and terrible late hit calls etc. 

But I'm guessing that unless you have Sun Belt officials, ejections will only happen on OBVIOUS INTENTIONAL helmet-to-helmet missile strikes.  

01/09/2019 - 3:44pm This is desperately needed. …

This is desperately needed.  Targeting 1 would be most penalties and would hopefully, like late-hit penalties, deter most intentional helmet-to-helmet contact, but not incur ridiculously random ejections.

Targeting 2 would be used for egregious fouls where someone launches themselves into someone's head with an intent to deliver a kill shot.  

I couldn't support this more.  Targeting as called right now is the stupidest penalty in the history of college football. 

01/08/2019 - 11:58pm Well, maybe because he's a…

Well, maybe because he's a former Michigan All-Big Ten player, and college assistant coaches now make big $$$.  Mattison made $525,000, so Michigan can clearly pay at least that much or more to his replacement.  

But you're right that he can probably make more money as an NFL assistant, so he would have to have a special desire to come back to Michigan for this to work.  The guy is 60 though--so coming back to Ann Arbor to cap off his career might sound good to him, rather than continuing to bounce around the NFL.  

01/08/2019 - 7:04pm Everyone bashing this…

Everyone bashing this possibility is hysterical.


The guy played at Michigan (he was 1st team all-Big Ten) was a grad assistant here, coached d-line at Ball State, Navy, CSU  (under Earl Bruce) & Notre Dame (under Holtz), then went to the NFL and coached D-line for the Eagles, Packers, Redskins and Panthers.  THEN he was the Panthers D-Coordinator for 6 years, during which they 3 times finished in the top 10 in both yards against and points allowed.

Then he was the D-Line coach for Green Bay for 9 years and Oakland for 1.  

So the guy has as much D-Line coaching experience as ANYONE, and was a pretty decent NFL defensive coordinator as well.  Bagging on him as some NFL reject is just bullshit.  

He's coached under Ray Rhodes, Marty Schottenheimer, John Fox, Mike McCarthy, Jon Gruden and as I mentioned before, Lou Holtz & Earl Bruce.  

Sure, there are questions about recruiting.  But questioning the guy's credentials is just stupid.

01/08/2019 - 2:42pm IMO Teske is not the place…

IMO Teske is not the place this team most needs an upgrade.  Teske's defense and rebounding are crucial to the team's success.  

Of course Webber is better than Teske because he's one of the best players in history, but honestly if you had Webber on the team, you could probably play Webber at the 4 and Teske at the 5 and have them on the floor together.  You would be giving up shooting for sure, but Webber could guard the perimeter just fine as a stretch 4, and can you imagine the offensive rebounding you would have with both of them out there?

That's why I'd rather have Rice, since Rice would give you a guy at the 4 to just bomb away and put up 25-30 points with.  But Webber would of course play insane defense and give you 10 rebounds a night.  So, yeah, of course he'd be awesome too.  

01/08/2019 - 2:26pm Yeah, as many have already…

Yeah, as many have already said, the answer to this is always Glen Rice, though Chris Webber would also be an acceptable answer.  

Rice set records back when shooting 3's was still a new thing.  He shot nearly 52% from 3 his senior year (yes the line was marginally shorter).  In comparison, Stauskas topped out at 44%.  Not dinging Stauskas--he was awesome.  Just pointing out how incredible 52% is.  

He'd be shooting 6-10 3's a game under Beilein.  

01/08/2019 - 2:25pm In college, Webber's 3 point…

In college, Webber's 3 point shot was a line-drive ugly thing that you did NOT want him shooting.

01/08/2019 - 11:50am C'mon.  Washington left…

C'mon.  Washington left because he wanted to leave.  What information do you have that he left because he wasn't being paid enough?

01/08/2019 - 11:35am Look at it this way.  The…

Look at it this way.  The guy obviously had little loyalty to Brown or Michigan.  Better to find out now after one year than later. 

He was a LB coach.  Even if he was good, We can find another good LB coach.   Let's maybe find someone who actually wants to be HERE. 

01/07/2019 - 5:22pm Right.  As great a Beilein…

Right.  As great a Beilein is, his defenses were pretty terrible until Yaklich showed up recently.  Yaklich fixed that IMMEDIATELY and has sustained it.  He's the real deal.  Who knows if he can coach offense, but he's obviously a smart and driven guy and I'm sure he's absorbing everything he can from Beilein about offense right now.

It's obviously hard to predict what a guy who has never been a major coach would do.  But it's clear as day the impact Yaklich has had on this program, and it's HUGE.  I'd be all for him getting a real shot at the job if he's willing to stay on for a while until JB is done.  

01/07/2019 - 5:10pm The only reason to outbid…

The only reason to outbid OSU to keep Washington is if Brown is leaving and you want Washington to be the DC.  Or if you want Washington to be DC soon.   And I don't know that you can call him DC material yet, at least for Michigan.  

I'm sure Washington is a good coach, but if he wants to leave Brown and go coach at Ohio State, then, unless this is all about money, I'm not sure what you do about it.  

01/07/2019 - 4:54pm How about in 1997 when Greg…

How about in 1997 when Greg Mattison left Michigan to go to Notre Dame?

01/07/2019 - 2:07pm Yeah, while this whole story…

Yeah, while this whole story has a ton of WTF's?  in it, to me the biggest WTF is why Ohio State wants to make Mattison their DC?  I mean he's a solid DC, but Ohio State can hire almost anyone in the country.  He was #1 on their list?  I mean, I can see Mattison being a top choice at any number of schools looking to upgrade, but Ohio State is in the rare position of being able to pick and choose pretty much anyone.    And their pick is Mattison?  Really?  

Seems an odd choice to me.  

01/07/2019 - 1:48pm That's the thing.  People…

That's the thing.  People are upset about this.  But Brown leaving and Mattison becoming DC again at 70 would have IMO been been way worse.   IMO Mattison was always an above-average but unspectacular DC.   If we have to replace Brown, I would look in a different direction.   

If OSU wants Mattison to be DC, I kind of have to ask, why?  They can get any DC in the country.  Mattison is a solid choice and I can certainly see a lot of teams that would benefit from him, but I find it hard to believe he was #1 on OSU's list.  

01/07/2019 - 1:38pm C'mon, the guy was our DC…

C'mon, the guy was our DC back in '96 and just straight up made a lateral move to Notre Dame.

He's a good coach, but he has always looked out for himself.   And if Harbaugh really didn't renew his contract, well then he can go wherever he wants to.


Edit:  Ok Sam Webb reporting that the story about Harbaugh not renewing his contract "totally false".  So it's just Mattison bailing for a better job.  IMO still not very surprising after '96.  

01/07/2019 - 1:26pm I mean, this sucks because…

I mean, this sucks because he's once again going to one of our rivals.  He did this to us before, bailing on us to go to Notre Dame, but that time it was a lateral move.  This time, he'd be taking a promotion, which, you know, what are you going to do?  Harbaugh demoted him from DC to DL coach, which is a MAJOR demotion.  So if someone wants to make him DC again, you can't really be mad at him for wanting to be a DC.

It's just bullshit that it is Ohio State.  

01/07/2019 - 11:42am I am not ancient, but I have…

I am not ancient, but I have been around for a while.  Excusing the absence of a national title, the last 365 days or so has easily been the most impressive stretch of time for Michigan Basketball in my lifetime.    

Yeah, missing out on the title game was a major bummer.  But given that we only have one of those ever, and it came in a year where we finished 3rd in the Big Ten standings, 3 full games out of first, I would grade the end of last year combined with the start of this year as the best.

All hail Beilein!

01/03/2019 - 1:48am LOL.  Back when I was pretty…

LOL.  Back when I was pretty small, like maybe 10, maybe younger, I played in  a Euchre tournament with a guy that was CLEARLY stacking the deck.  It was a rotating partner tournament, and when he was my partner, he dealt me a lay-down loner hand. 

I knew he was cheating, and he was kind of pissing me off, because even back then I didn't like cheaters.  But I also knew he had REALLY stacked the deck and given me the only trump cards.  So I played the hand entirely backwards, leading out with the lowest trump and finishing up with the right-bower.  Of course, I took every trick because I had the only trump cards. 

He gave me the strangest looks while I was playing.  I just looked at him with no expression on my face while I played.   Dunno if I got my point across or not.  He probably just thought I was an idiot kid. 

01/02/2019 - 2:12am 4th rounders don't get 500K…

4th rounders don't get 500K signing bonuses you dumb fuck.  That would be his total pay for the average 3 year NFL career.

Dude, 4th rounders make a shit-ton more than 500k if they play for 3 years.  Yes, 500k would be the approximate signing bonus.  A 3 year career would net a 4th rounder out something around $2-2.5 million dollars probably.  So, yeah, pretty ruined life.

Once a player falls past the third round, most draft picks will sign a 4-year deal in the $2.4-2.9 million range. The only major difference late in the draft is the signing bonus, ranging from $400,000-600,000 in the fourth round to slightly more than $60,000 in the seventh round.

01/01/2019 - 11:01pm Spath is not very connected…

Spath is not very connected and his source is probably a person he knows, who knows a disgruntled person inside the program. 

Uh, he's basically saying there are possibly going to be surprise transfers.  Wouldn't those surprise transfers be DISGRUNTLED PLAYERS INSIDE THE PROGRAM??????

I know Mike.  He wouldn't be saying this stuff if he wasn't pretty sure it was legit.  I don't know what your definition of "connected" is, but he talks to a lot more people that have eyes and ears inside the program than anyone else I've ever known.  

Now, will those disgruntled players cool down and change their minds?   Maybe.  But I still believe something Spath says over most Michigan rumor mongers.  

12/29/2018 - 6:23pm I didn't think this was an…

I didn't think this was an important game and I wasn't going to live and die on the results.  But 41-15?  C'mon.  

12/27/2018 - 3:46pm I am no doctor, but I would…

I am no doctor, but I would put $$$ on the injury happening in the Indiana game.  Maybe he re-injured it or made it worse during OSU.  But the initial injury almost had to be that play vs. Indiana.

12/27/2018 - 3:45pm Seems to me more likely he…

Seems to me more likely he was hurt on that play vs. Indiana where he was lying on the ground forever.  He may have re-injured it vs. OSU, but he never seemed 100% in that game.  

If you watch the video of that play, it seems like it had to be a shoulder injury.   Maybe a rotator cuff tear?  That can happen when you break your fall with your arm.   If you watch the video, he extends his arm to try and stop his fall and at impact of his arm his whole body seems to crumple, as if something incredibly painful just happened:

He then absorbs a late hit, but I think the injury already happened. 

I'm guessing rotator cuff just because that is the type of injury that he might be cleared to play with.  However I think you can make the tear worse by playing with it, so maybe it is something else.

12/25/2018 - 12:40am Depends.  Does she really…

Depends.  Does she think she really wants to do engineering as a career? 

If so, I think the Michigan Engineering degree is superior, especially from a cost/benefit ratio.  I've been involved in hiring for some of the biggest tech firms on the planet, and, in general, engineers don't give a **** about ivy-league degrees.  In terms of engineering, it just isn't considered super impressive.  Things like MIT, Stanford, Cal Berkeley, Cal Tech and Carnegie Mellon are what impress in Engineering, and according to US News, Michigan is #4, right smack dab in the middle of those schools.  Purdue is #6, another excellent engineering school.

Now, if she wants to go into business, or management, or things beyond engineering, Princeton may offer things that Michigan can't.  The Ivy Networking is real and powerful.  Michigan has great networking too, but it can't match what the Ivies do. 

But for anyone that wants to just be a great engineer, as an in-state Michigan student, I would absolutely go to Michigan and not think twice about it.  I had opportunities to go all kinds of places, but I stayed in Ann Arbor, and I've never regretted it, nor has it held me back at all.  Past my first job, no one really cared all that much what school I went to anyway.  They cared about my first job, which set up my entire career.  And I got my first job because the company's recruiter was from:

The University of Michigan. 

BSEE '94

12/24/2018 - 4:36pm…

Swinney translated:

"Dadgumit, I have no idea how my players got this illegal performance enhancing substance, that I will now pretend to have never heard of, in their system.  I will pretend to be a simple southern boy so that you believe I couldn't possibly have anything to do with this."


12/21/2018 - 5:43pm The mistake was Fisher let…

The mistake was Fisher let Ed Martin have free tickets and access to the program.  Because Fisher didn't want Martin steering kids away from Michigan.  I don't think Fisher ASKED Martin to send kinds to Michigan.  But he didn't tell him to stay away.  And if I was in his position, I don't know if I would have done things much differently either.  He was a brand new coach, with a completely depleted roster.  He NEEDED talent desperately.  Burning a bridge with the biggest amateur talent broker in SW Michigan would have seemed stupid at the time.  Of course, Fisher most likely had no idea that Martin was basically a mobster.  

I'm sure if he had to do it over again, he would do things differently.  It was a big mistake, made by a guy who was actually a really, really good coach and seems like a good guy too.  

12/21/2018 - 5:29pm Good news for pretty much…

Good news for pretty much everyone involved with Michigan football not named McCaffery.

12/15/2018 - 9:31pm You mean, the team had a…

You mean, the team had a lackluster game against a poor opponent?

That NEVER happens.  Abandon the bandwagon.

12/15/2018 - 9:29pm Go ahead and call the Peach…

Go ahead and call the Peach Bowl a "NY6" game all you want.  It won't make it mean a damn thing.  It's still a crap bowl on a crap day vs. a team no one wants to see us play.  

12/05/2018 - 6:12pm The stay/go decision in…

The stay/go decision in college basketball isn't THAT complicated

You have to answer two (difficult) questions:

1)  Am I am first round pick?  Is this definitive?
2)  Can I improve my draft stock by coming back for another year in college?

Most players who can answer question #1 yes should go.  Unless they can also answer question #2 with a definitive yes, in which case staying is an option because moving into the top half of the draft is massively lucrative.  

Anyone answering question #1 with a no or a hedged maybe should probably stay unless the answer to question #2 is no or doubtful.

Getting that 1st round pick is the gold mine.  Anything else is a grind.  We've seem some Michigan guys turn out great from the 2nd round, but man you stack the deck against yourself trying to build your NBA life from there.  

12/04/2018 - 6:14pm I don't get this coaching…

I don't get this coaching hire at all.  Ohio State can hire ANYBODY.  They hired Tressel, who had won multiple titles in Div 1-AA (albeit probably by cheating).   Then they hired Meyer, who had been considered one of the best coaches in the country for a decade.

Now they hire some dude that has never even been a head coach, and has only been an OC for a few seasons, with almost no longevity at any school.

Huh?  I mean, even if this guy has been impressive in his 2 years at OSU, huh?  Brady Hoke had a FAR better resume than this guy when Michigan hired him.  I mean light years better. 

12/04/2018 - 6:08pm Kenpom say us by 6.  Sagarin…

Kenpom say us by 6.  Sagarin says us by 8.  I'm pretty sure I'll listen to those two over anything ESPN says. 

12/04/2018 - 1:28pm What makes Teske special IMO…

What makes Teske special IMO are his hands and his basketball IQ.  Watch his timing on his blocks.  He waits on people, long past the point that most defenders have gone to block the ball.  He understands how to use his height/length.  He lets them by him, waits on them to put the ball up and then just flyswatters it away after they have shot it.  He doesn't try to stuff it out of their hands, which is where people usually get fouls.  Because he's so tall/long, he doesn't have to do that ****.  The offensive player is SURE they are clear and then the ball is just gone.

With Yaklish, the guy is super smart.  I would think that if he stuck around for a few years he could pick up Beilein's offensive stuff.  And he's got to be a better coaching candidate than most other people for us already.  The coaching world is hard--if Michigan made him a promise to be the successor to Beilein and paid him decently in the interim, I could see him sticking around for a while a waiting.

12/01/2018 - 11:21am Yeah, I have to say I think…

Yeah, I have to say I think cutting/banning him is an overreaction.  Not because he didn't do something wrong (he did).  Not because hitting women is OK (it Isn't).  Not because he shouldn't be punished (he should).  But because I think things should be fair, and this doesn't pass the smell test.

If there was no video, would he be gone?  Of course not.  Because it was a misdemeanor at worst and the cops didn't actually charge him.

If the fight had been all guys, would he be gone?  Seems like the answer would be no, which seems odd.

I'm not saying the dude didn't f*** up and doesn't deserve a suspension.  He may be a giant a-hole.  Maybe his lie was terrible, dunno.  But all of this "he should never play again stuff" seems overblown to me.

As someone else said, **** like this unfortunately happens more than we would like to know.  There just isn't video of it 


11/30/2018 - 12:24pm The basketball team is great…

The basketball team is great, but has 3 weaknesses IMO:

Lack of depth, especially no real backup to Teske.

Lack of a lights-out 3-point shooter (though Livers is shooting a crazy high 57% on only three attempted 3's a game.  I'd like to see him shoot more) 

Free Throw shooting.  62%.  

As long as Michigan keeps outshooting their opponents 46%-34%, they are going to be in good shape.  Just for reference, last year Michigan shot about 47%, but their opponents shot 43%.   

It was 45-45 in Big Ten play so that 34% is going to come up and the 46% will probably go down once Conference Play starts.   

11/24/2018 - 11:49am This is awful news.  As the…

This is awful news.  As the statement says, it is impossible to put into words what Maggie meant to the MMB.

11/21/2018 - 1:09pm Harbaugh had huge…

Harbaugh had huge expectations, for which I think it is OK to say he has fallen slightly short of, mostly due to all of the losses to our rivals.  But I think most of that can be attributed to us not really having good QB play.  Rudock was better than he should have been, actually quite a bit so.  Speight was servicable but nothing special, and then 2017 was a disaster.  Lloyd Carr didn't win without great QBs.  Gary Moeller didn't win without great QBs.  Moeller had Grbac and Collins.  Carr had Driesbach, Griese, Brady, Henson, Navarre, Henne.   So 3 of the best UM QBs ever + a guy with a ton of records.  

Harbaugh has everything going in the right direction, and now the recruiting is pouring in.   He's got Brown building a top 10 defense every year and now he's got his QB pipeline setup.  Assuming he is staying to see this thing through, the good times, IMO, are just starting.

11/20/2018 - 3:33pm Just one of many absurdly…

Just one of many absurdly obvious mistakes made that day.   I mean, I could step out there as a fill-in ref this Saturday and know that you throw a flag for that.    I'm pretty sure any casual fan could properly throw a flag on that play.  

Any ref that doesn't throw a flag for that is intentionally throwing the game.  There is NO other explanation (other than stroke or heart attack during the play).  No one can f*** up that badly.  It was intentional.   And there were at least two or three other calls that were just as obviously wrong.

11/20/2018 - 11:46am Moody clearly just won the…

Moody clearly just won the job.  
Nordin will have a chance to win it back, next season.

11/19/2018 - 3:17pm To be fair, UGA is actually…

To be fair, UGA is actually rated decently, and gets rated above several Big Ten schools.  Of course it isn't Michigan, but it's a solid school.  

11/19/2018 - 3:08pm Reading stuff like this just…

Reading stuff like this just reminds me even more how much this idiotic playoff format needs to die.  

Note:  not mad at OP--he is right that this is probably good for us.