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11/14/2018 - 12:53pm Bush in the top #10 seems…

Bush in the top #10 seems high.  I think he could go first round, but I don't expect him to go top 10.

But what do I know?

I think Gary has amazing NFL potential, but could scare people off a bit with his injury history, depending on details.

11/14/2018 - 12:50pm Why is Shea doing a TD…

Why is Shea doing a TD celebration during pre-game warmups while OSU is running onto the field?  Someone tell him to turn around quick before he gets run over!

11/13/2018 - 12:05pm It may be easier to complete…

It may be easier to complete passes when the defense has to put 10 guys in the box to stop you from running 20 yards on every play.

Denard was the best runner that I had seen in college football since Barry Sanders.  Not at QB, at ANY position.   Defenses sold out everyone to stop him from running.  

11/13/2018 - 12:03pm Harbaugh was actually…

Harbaugh was actually incredibly underrated.  He finished 3rd in the Heisman voting.  He changed the QB position at Michigan forever IMO, dragging us into modern football.  

He's always been my favorite Michigan QB, though we have had a ton of amazing QB's after him, so you can't really go wrong.

11/13/2018 - 11:59am I saw all of those seasons…

I saw all of those seasons and Harbaugh was better than everyone on that list except for '91 Grbac.  '91 Grbac was unbelievable, except when the O-Line completely broke down (see the Rose Bowl)

Of course, Desmond had something to do with this!

Griese was consistently solid and a great game manager but didn't have the playmaking ability of either Grbac or Harbaugh.  Without the '97 defense Griese wouldn't have been able to win us shootouts IMO.  

Henson had more athletic ability than anyone but just seemed to not make a big play here or there when we needed him too.  Small sample size of course--he didn't get many big games to play in.

Denard was Denard.  Hard to compare him because he was basically Desmond Howard/Anthony Carter playing QB.  



 

11/13/2018 - 11:55am The draft this year is…

The draft this year is really weak on QBs, so Patterson might make a business decision to go simply because if someone needs a QB, he might be one of the best options.  

11/13/2018 - 11:54am That's 25 TDs in 12 games. …

That's 25 TDs in 12 games.  Or over 2 a game.  That's really good.   Even in the pass-crazy NFL, only the leading QB (Mahomes) is averaging significantly over 2 TD's a game, and he is on an all-time record pace.  

11/13/2018 - 11:49am Not really fair to judge…

Not really fair to judge Leach on his arm.  He was an option QB who threw the ball to keep defenses honest.  He ran for 552, 638, 375, and 611 yards in his 4 years as QB, including 34 TDs.  But by his JR & SR years he became OK through the air.  He never had good accuracy, but he kept things around 50% and limited his INTs.  

11/12/2018 - 12:16pm I believe adding Rutgers is…

I believe adding Rutgers is the worst power 5 conference school expansion that has happened in the last 50 years.  

11/09/2018 - 2:57pm Exactly.  This would be…

Exactly.  This would be pretty easy.  5 P5 conference champs would be auto-bids. 2nd best SEC team would probably get in.  Then you either let in an independent like ND or throw a bone to an undefeated G5 team to stop their whining.  At that point, there is one spot left, and you could pick anyone and be right or wrong.  

11/09/2018 - 11:32am Yeah, he was more animated…

Yeah, he was more animated then.  Remember, he hadn't proved ANYTHING yet before that season.  This was his first major bowl win and capped off a 12-1 season for a school that had been a perennial doormat.  2010 was just his second winning season with them.  He was still a completely unproven commodity coming into that season.  

Now that he's been to a Super Bowl and is pretty much established as an upper-tier coach, it is probably better for him to dial it back a bit.  He doesn't need to "make waves" as much as he used to to have a big impact.  Plus, everything he does at Michigan now is under a microscope, which didn't used to be true at Stanford.  I think he realized that last year and is trying to find the balance between the old "crazy passionate" Harbaugh and new "top respected coach" Harbaugh.  

11/08/2018 - 3:59pm There is no "data".  It is…

There is no "data".  It is just the standard "SEC IS AWESOME" BS.

11/07/2018 - 5:22pm These committee rankings are…

These committee rankings are only marginally less stupid than the BcS crap.

It should be so damn simple.  Take the Power 5 conference champs.  Let the committee pick the 3 at-large teams.  Play an 8-team tournament. 

I have no problem with the committee picking 3 at-large teams.  Letting them assert their bias into the entire selection process is absurd.  

11/07/2018 - 12:28pm The SEC has been gaming the…

The SEC has been gaming the system with the rankings for years now.  Get high pre-season ranking, make sure you play nobody in the non-conference schedule so you don't lose, then have everyone in the conference ranked and point to all of your ranked conference opponents.  And make sure you propagandize the hell out of the media to make sure people are always talking about how great you are.

 

It doesn't work without an elite program at the top that can actually win big games.  It was Florida for a while.  Now it is Alabama.   But the game has always been the same.  The SEC is a very good conference, but not nearly as good as the media makes them out to be. 

11/06/2018 - 4:10pm Beckman has a political…

Beckman has a political radio show for many years while being an announcer without it being a problem.  The issue came when he decided he should start weighing in on things like black people and fried chicken.  

When other schools can start recruiting against you by playing radio clips of what your announcer is saying about black people, it tends to become a problem.

Beckman was a fantastic announcer.  Unfortunately for him, he decided that his political show was more important to him.  

11/05/2018 - 12:57pm I mean, I get it that they…

I mean, I get it that they don't want people giving fake fair catch signals and then running with the ball.  But if that is a fair catch signal, then you are going to have to say that basically anything where you raise your hands above your waist and extend your hand is a fair catch signal.   Which is FINE, but then just do that.  

 

What is the point of defining a "valid" fair catch signal if you don't even care if people give it?

11/05/2018 - 12:54pm Since when does pointing at…

Since when does pointing at people look anything like waving your hand over your head?  

If they are going to call any movement with your hands a fair catch, then just redefine the fair catch signal.  

11/05/2018 - 12:52pm Wait, so the rule says ANY…

Wait, so the rule says ANY waving motion with your hand at all on a kick-off is now interpreted as a fair catch?   

 

If that is the case, then why not redefine the fair catch signal to "any waving motion with your hand"?????

11/05/2018 - 12:50pm The receiver absolutely did…

The receiver absolutely did NOT call for a fair catch.  He pointed at his blockers that he was going to return the ball to the right, telling them to set up their blocks to go that way.  That is all.  He didn't make anything close to the "hand waving over head" fair catch motion.  

However, if an official was looking out of their peripheral vision or something, they might have seen him waving his hand and gotten confused I guess.  

11/05/2018 - 12:45pm Maybe he was hoping for a…

Maybe he was hoping for a big return? 

Seems crazy.  Most coaches would take the ball on the 35 every time if they could.  But Brian has noted that Franklin does stupid stuff all the time so.......

11/05/2018 - 12:40pm Must have missed it--the…

Must have missed it--the kids were being really loud. :)  I was too busy watching the replay and trying to figure out how the **** that was a fair catch.

11/05/2018 - 12:40pm Cool, ok, I missed the…

Cool, ok, I missed the offsides penalty.  I was really hoping there was an actual reason for it and it wasn't just another total screw up.  

Still can't believe they called that a fair catch.  It wasn't even close to being a fair catch signal.

11/05/2018 - 12:38pm Pretty sure Harbaugh will…

Pretty sure Harbaugh will give them both reps in practice and if Milton is head and shoulders better than Peters, he will be the backup.  If it is close at all, Peters will be the backup.  

Harbaugh is pretty smart at this.  He will save Milton's redshirt, but not at the cost of losing a football game.  

11/05/2018 - 12:21pm Just here to say that Carl…

Just here to say that Carl Grapentine is probably the best PA announcer in the country, and probably has been for a long time.  That is all.  

11/05/2018 - 12:16pm Chris Webber made a mistake…

Chris Webber made a mistake when he was a kid.  However, because he did this at Michigan, and because he did it in a case where the Feds got involved and could get people to talk under oath he has been vilified far more and far louder than many many MANY kids who did this same thing at other schools, most of whom we never find out about.  There are almost certainly Michigan players pre-Webber that took cash that we never found out about.  

Webber is also one of the best players to ever play at Michigan, and that is pretty much undeniable.

The hypocrisy in the college basketball system is ridiculous.  Do I wish Webber had stayed clean and just taken his money when he went pro?  Obviously.  Do I think he is a terrible person because he didn't?  No.  This happened 25 years ago.  It is time to bury the hatchet.  If college basketball shunned every star player that took cash under the table, there would unfortunately be barely anyone left to celebrate.  We can be unhappy with the circumstances of college basketball without shunning every individual player. 

I'm still glad we have Beilein who won't go there and does things the right way.  But as the current case is showing, the kinds of payments Webber received are still commonplace and even expected for players that are far less talented than Webber was.  It is disappointing, but reality.  

Maybe someday there will be a better system that doesn't exploit the players and doesn't encourage bag-men and under-the-table money.  In the mean-time, hating on Chris Webber doesn't do us any good.   Remember him as a fantastic basketball player and a cautionary tale on why we need people like John Beilein running our program.    

 

11/01/2018 - 4:27pm Here's the thing.  He's 63…

Here's the thing.  He's 63 years old, and maybe the best in the country at what he does (college DC).

Does he have some burning desire to be a head coach again?  If he does, then we are screwed.  If it isn't Maryland, it will be someone else soon enough.

However, if I'm Don Brown, I Iook around at Michigan, the kids I can bring into play defense for me, and my $1.4 million a year contract, and say "this is pretty damn good".  Yeah, as a head coach he could get another million or two a year, and that is big-time money.  But right now, he pretty much has job-security for the rest of his career at one of the best programs in the country.  He doesn't have to think about anything but coaching and recruiting defense.  He seems like a no-nonsense kind of guy, and being able to just focus on defense and avoiding all of the other junk a HC has to deal with in 2018 probably appeals to him.   

And $1.4 mil a year in Ann Arbor is more than enough to live like a king.

10/29/2018 - 12:43pm I hate to bad on a young man…

I hate to bad on a young man who is clearly having a rough go of it, but I disagree that Walker "looked solid" last year.  Higdon averaged 6.1 ypc.  Issac averaged 6.2 ypc.  Evans averaged 5.2 ypc.  

Walker averaged 3.4 ypc.  He gained 75 yards all season.  

I realize this was in limited carries, so one 50 yard run would have busted him up to 6 ypc.  But the reality is, he obviously never earned the playing time over those other 3 guys, and in the limited time he was on the field, he never did anything more than appear mediocre.  

He's currently struggling for relevancy on a Juco team.  Clearly this is a guy who, for whatever reason, just isn't living up to the hype that came along with him out of high school.  I feel bad for him.   Hopefully he gets a second shot somewhere meaningful, but that seems unlikely now.

10/29/2018 - 12:35pm Not sure how you can say…

Not sure how you can say this.  Wilson has run better for us than Walker is running for a freakin' community college.  

I understand his o-line probably isn't any good, but if Walker was really great, he should be dominating in COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  

10/25/2018 - 1:58pm Jeter signed a letter of…

Jeter signed a letter of intent but never attended Michigan.  He is a fan.  

10/25/2018 - 11:49am I actually think Higdon is…

I actually think Higdon is one of the least replaceable pieces we have on offense.  I like Evans, but I feel like the dropoff between Higdon and Evans is significant.  

Obviously if you are ranking importance, losing Patterson would also be disastrous, but I kind of wonder if McCaffery might be able to step in and do well.   And I have no sense of what an O-line injury would look like.   But Higdon seems able to find a lot of big extra yards on his runs when it looks like there is just nothing there.  

10/25/2018 - 11:44am Look, Harbaugh is not…

Look, Harbaugh is not perfect, or a miracle worker.  But look at some of the personnel decisions he has made.  

Defense needed a new guy, so he goes out and gets Brown, who is probably the best D-Coordinator in the country and one of the best we've ever had.  Michigan has had dominant defense before, but I don't remember them being dominant in back-to-back-to-back years like this since the early days of Bo.  And let's get real--defense is a LOT harder to play now than it was 50 years ago.  

Offensive line was struggling, so he jettisons his close personal friend who has coached with him forever and goes out and gets Warriner, who has a long history of offensive line success at Ohio State and then last year at Minnesota.   Yeah, the guy was a Buckeye for a long time, but Harbaugh didn't care--he knows how to evaluate talent, and he knew this guy could help him.  And he clearly has.  Our running game this year has clearly taken a step forward.

Sure Harbaugh has struggled to get in a good QB.  His work with Rudock was amazing, but until McCaffery, his recruits have failed to show much promise.  But ALL recruiting is hit and miss to a certain extent.  

I just keep coming back to one point.  Who the f*** would we hire to replace him that would be better?  I mean, I'm not willing to sit and watch us lose to Ohio State every year either, but at some point we have to realize that this guy is a really good coach who has had some unfortunate setbacks over his first few seasons here.  But compared to Hoke & Rodriguez, and even Carr in some ways, there have been a lot of things he does really well.  As Coward said, it would be crazy to give up on him, even if we lose to Ohio State again this year.

If we're sitting in 2022 and he's still winless against OSU, well then maybe I'll be singing a different tune.  

10/24/2018 - 5:09pm Abuse of a position of power…

Abuse of a position of power, extremely poor judgement, and a correct resignation/termination.

But does anyone really find this shocking?  Assuming this was not an assault, and the article doesn't mention anything about that, I don't really find it all that shocking.  Disappointing for his wife and family for sure, but not shocking. 

10/23/2018 - 3:12pm This is silly.  Of course we…

This is silly.  Of course we would rather play in the playoff, win or lose.  There is no guarantee we win if we end up in the Rose Bowl anyway.  

10/22/2018 - 11:58am Hard for us to throw stones…

Hard for us to throw stones given that our field from 1991 to 2002 was among the worst fields in the history of college football.  At least we gave up on the grass and went back to turf.  But that 11 years was painful, especially as time went on and things got worse.  

10/21/2018 - 8:40pm I was faked out long enough…

I was faked out long enough to know it was a great fake!

10/21/2018 - 8:38pm Sadly enough, a million…

Sadly enough, a million these days probably won't even allow you to quit your job and fully retire unless you are quite frugal for the rest of your life.  Better ask for at least a few million.

10/19/2018 - 12:15pm You can say whatever you…

You can say whatever you want about today's NBA, but one thing is true without a doubt.  Today's NBA players are significantly better long-distance shooters than the players of 30 years ago.  Love it or hate it, but players 30 years ago used the 3-point shot mostly as a novelty.   Most of today's stars use it as a primary weapon. 

Also, whoever had "Lebron's Laker debut will be ruined by NIK STAUSKAS" in the pool wins all the $$$.  WOW, talk about what a difference having a team that MOVES THE BALL makes.  The Blazers looked to find Nik in rhythm and he really delivered.  I've watched Nik play on his other teams and watched him standing around completely unused in the offenses and it has been crazy frustrating.  It was great watching an offense that looked to USE him as a weapon, not just as "uh, someone just dribbled out the entire shot clock--what should we do now?  Hey, maybe that Canadian dude can chuck up a shot?"  

We'll see if he can keep it up now that other teams will be looking out for him.  I suspect he will settle more into a 10-12 ppg kind of situation, not the All-Star type of performance we stay last night, but it will still be great to see a team actually look to use his talents rather than waste him. 

Personal note--I ran into (didn't really meet) Mrs. Stauskas at halftime of the NCAA game in Dallas back in 2013 when Nik was raining 3's on Florida.   Didn't really get to talk to her because she was rushing to get in and out during the break, but I thought that was kind of fun.  Must have been awesome for her to have Nik just destroying Florida in that game.  

10/18/2018 - 6:16pm http://www.espn.com/mens…

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25018425/attorney-adidas-executive-says-20k-payment-only-made-request-kansas-jayhawks-coach-bill-self

10/15/2018 - 5:50pm Bush's combination of speed…

Bush's combination of speed and strength is just crazy.   I'd venture he's faster than any inside LB we've ever had, and yet he's strong enough to take on O-Lineman and chuck them aside.

Dude has NFL written all over him.  I'd love for him to stick around, but he is writing his draft ticket.  I can't believe he would go lower than the 2nd round if the draft were held tomorrow, and if I were a GM, I'd consider him in the latter-half of the 1st depending on what was available.   

I'm obviously crazy biased.  

10/15/2018 - 5:47pm Assuming Hurst's medical…

Assuming Hurst's medical condition never stops him from playing, I think it is clear he will end up being the best value pick in the 2018 draft.  A (now) clear first-round talent taken in the 5th round. 

 

 

10/10/2018 - 1:34pm No

No

10/09/2018 - 12:09pm Honestly, Gentry's height…

Honestly, Gentry's height was being wasted at QB.  Once you are sufficiently tall, there is not really much if any advantage to being taller, and it probably makes you a little less mobile.  

As a receiving TE, that height makes him a mismatch on every play.  

So, given that we know his skills translated, moving him to TE allowed him to use his physical height to maximum advantage IMO.  Sure he might have been a good QB, but he looks like a dominant receiving TE.

Probably won't go in the 1st round, but he's clearly NFL material in early rounds if he keeps this up.  

10/01/2018 - 4:14pm Football is, of course,…

Football is, of course, violent and can be dangerous.  But I would venture a guess that if you pulled out the statistics, the average fan is in more danger of a fatal injury driving to and from the game than the players are playing it.

Now, if you want to talk about the long-term dangers of the continual minor & major head injuries that they wrack up over a lifetime of playing, that is a totally different story. I suspect we will find out in due time that those add up to a terrible price and that a more than acceptable number of football players end up paying it.  But that is different that the immediate risk that any one game poses.   

09/30/2018 - 10:30pm Right, I had forgotten about…

Right, I had forgotten about the non-existant holding penalty on the Gilette fake punt in Bo's last game.  That was back when the game was done with split crews and after the game, a Big Ten ref heard the Pac 10 refs laughing about how they had thrown the game intentionally.  

 

09/29/2018 - 11:17pm Right, Blandino is just…

Right, Blandino is just trying to cover for what is clearly a call so unbelievably bad that no one can possibly even begin to explain it.  

09/29/2018 - 11:14pm Yeah, you know what? …

Yeah, you know what?  I'm sure your dad was a great coach.  But accepting incompetence doesn't really make you some sort of great person.  It just makes you a punching bag.

I understand the general sentiment at the small-time athletics level, where all the officials are basically volunteers and none of the games are on TV.  But this is big-time stuff.  Every game is on TV.  The coaches are being paid millions of dollars a season.  The programs rake in millions per game.  Accepting incompetence from the officiating and somehow pretending it doesn't affect the game doesn't somehow make you a bigger person.  

Every game is going to have some mistakes made.  But I think we can expect refs that can avoid making the worst holding call in the history of college football.  I've never officiated a game in my life and I guarantee you I wouldn't have made a call that bad.  

If Delany and his multi-million dollar salary can't figure out this problem, then find someone who can.  

09/29/2018 - 9:45pm I think this is worse than…

I think this is worse than White because White was in the end zone.  The moron just missed the fumble.  Incompetent, but a mistake.

 

This guy literally invented a fake penalty that has never happened in 100+ years of football.

09/29/2018 - 9:42pm O'Neil is such a joke.  It's…

O'Neil is such a joke.  It's like his goal in life is to ruin every game he officiates.

 

I can only imagine spending my entire life practicing something and being that horrible at it.  Of course, he is such a douchebag he probably thinks he is totes awesome.

09/29/2018 - 9:36pm I would say that official…

I would say that official had to be gambling on the game, but NW was already a lock to cover at that point.  I mean no one is THAT bad, are they?  

How can you watch football your whole life and ever throw that flag?

09/29/2018 - 9:32pm Don't think replay can…

Don't think replay can overturn holding.  Even the worst holding call in the history of football