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07/18/2018 - 2:37pm Worst: USC's "Conquest" (at…

Worst: USC's "Conquest" (at least the small part that their band does between plays).

07/18/2018 - 12:52pm LGA and Spirit FTW.

LGA and Spirit FTW.

07/16/2018 - 4:23pm Something high in fiber. …

Something high in fiber. (Maybe that should be filed under nutrition.) Jasper is old enough to value an uneventful "morning after."

07/15/2018 - 9:25am Best post so far. (I'm…

Best post so far. (I'm serious.)

Show the lady this classic article from 1982(!) and measure her reaction:

Seriously -- if she's open to anything else (gemstone, maybe even titanium), you've got a keeper.

07/11/2018 - 1:18pm I agree. I often use the …

I agree. I often use the "manufacturer's rep" example. If you play Big Ten football and wind up using your Eligibility degree to sell widgets, no one will care exactly where you went to school. There are guys like that all over the auto industry.

I don't know what Stephen Spanellis has planned for a career, but the Michigan Difference might matter for guys like him. They're in the minority, though.

07/09/2018 - 12:26pm I'll be there. I look…

I'll be there. I look forward to meeting some meathead ND fans. For some reason, all the ones I meet in Ann Arbor, through work, and socially are nice people.

07/08/2018 - 1:38pm I generally like your posts,…

I generally like your posts, but I think this one is a partial miss.

Michigan's offensive line performance was spotty in Carr's last few years. (Some people, not necessarily you, cite Jake Long and do some odd extrapolation across the other positions.) There's an excellent discussion of this on, of all places, MGoBlog back in 2008:


07/08/2018 - 9:57am Back in the day we used to…

Back in the day we used to call posts of this type snowflakes.

07/05/2018 - 1:18pm Carr "beat the tar" out of…

Carr "beat the tar" out of mostly poorly coached MSU teams. Saban and Dantonio (small sample there, of course) were pretty competitive.

Lloyd most certainly did not beat the tar out of Jim Tressel.

RichRod was 2-1 against ND. Why not bring him back? /s

06/30/2018 - 5:08pm oldblue: Sorry your friend's…

oldblue: Sorry your friend's son is disappointed. FYI, Harbaugh has plenty of enemies. They don't need PR assistance. Kindly consider your wording before posting again.

06/29/2018 - 12:43pm And yet, most guys manage to…

And yet, most guys manage to be bland and PC when asked questions about other schools. That's often the case in the yearly piece on (the State of) Michigan's top recruits.

Dobbs has *much* to say in that article. I think he sounds pretty insecure at times. 

He's a young person so I'll give him plenty of slack, but he's a behavioral outlier so far.

06/24/2018 - 8:32am In case anyone (like Bluey…

In case anyone (like Bluey and his band of MGoBlog enablers) is curious about the 247 recruiting profiles of Wisconsin's offensive line, which was described as the country's best, here they are (composite and position):

LT: Michael Deiter (NA, 62)
LG: Jon Dietzen (343, 34), Jason Erdmann (walk-on ... no 247 recruiting profile)
C: Tyler Biadasz (NA, 52)
RG: Beau Benzschawel (NA, 130)
RT: David Edwards (638,21)

Three "NA" rankings and one walk-on in the top six ... three of those guys made the SI list of top 100 players.

Benzschawel was 6'6" and 240 and Edwards 6'7" and 240 as HS seniors (i.e., "TOO SMALL").

Recruiting rankings matter, but they're not destiny.


06/23/2018 - 2:43pm Serious request: Citations,…

Serious request: Citations, please.

If you're a subscriber to sites specific to all those schools, I'll be impressed. (Not sure how else you'd have information on which offers are real ...)

06/17/2018 - 10:18am So, you do virtue signalling…

So, you do virtue signalling, too? You're well-rounded.

Also, this should "asplode" anyone's ironometer: "People will defend anything they have a personal attachment to."

06/14/2018 - 8:36am Your data on 3-star…

Your data on 3-star prospects (Samuelson, Runyan, and Ulizio) is very limited. Ulizio is the only one that can be counted against the current staff.

I think it's too early to conclude anything about Spanellis. Early returns are at least decent. The '17 guys haven't even seen the field.

06/13/2018 - 2:14pm Unless they run out of money…

Unless they run out of money for their bagmen (or whatever they're called in the ACC) they should be fine.

06/10/2018 - 12:27pm OP: I wouldn't sacrifice any… OP: I wouldn't sacrifice any priceless fun of the you'll-only-be-18-once variety, but if you can spare some time, sure. It may mean that you you'll be able to do "something else" (like, say, attend a concert at the music school) some night when you're at UMich.
06/10/2018 - 7:27am As some here may know, his… As some here may know, his older brother Trey played for RichRod at Arizona and has been through at least a couple signed-then-waived cycles with a couple of NFL teams.
06/07/2018 - 12:10pm I was going to write "Oh,…

I was going to write "Oh, dear. Someone will need to hold Maizenbluey." Too late, obviously, as Bluey is the OP.

06/04/2018 - 11:14am "height with shoes"

Matt D: You seem pretty sharp. Is your line of work filled with people who can't do math at a 3rd-grade level? (I don't know why else we'd see two heights for every player.)

06/02/2018 - 10:41am MUST GET

"The coaches need to show that they can close the deal on an in-State kid at a position of high need."

DPJ says hi. Ambry, too. Should I list others?

06/01/2018 - 1:46pm BG

No kidding. I think he was much better than, say, Steele (a very good player who had an NFL career).

05/31/2018 - 8:41pm 1992

I think they beat Kansas and UNC (along with Kentucky, the Final Four teams that year) in consecutive games in Hawaii.

Should've won the championship that year ... sigh.

05/31/2018 - 8:46am -2

No offense, but I find fault with your reasoning.

I doubt that UMich ever intentionally "went away from Ohio." It doesn't take a genius to acknowledge the strong recruiting pull of Tressel and Meyer. Here's the important question: In the years where there weren't many Ohio players in the class, did the ones from other states (including Michigan) perform well? You seem to think there's something special about Ohio players. Who cares where they live?

Also, MSU got strong for a variety of reasons. They're elite (like it or not) at some combination of player development and identification of talent at the HS level. On this point, you seem to think that 3-star Ohioans specifically are special *and* that Michigan could've tipped the scales in the rivalry if only they'd taken *those* players instead of (say) someone from Wisconsin / Indiana. It's implied that "keeping them away from MSU" would've kept Sparty from unearthing talent in some other geographic area.

05/31/2018 - 6:19am prediction

Same as OP (9-3) but losing to (puke) Sparty instead of Wisconsin .....

05/28/2018 - 10:40am many of the same players

Many of the same players?! For starters, Florida's entire D-line was drafted that year. I don't think it's reasonable to compare the two teams.

05/28/2018 - 9:47am 2006

"And we WOULD have beaten Florida."

Wow. I think it's much more likely that Florida would've beaten us as badly as they beat OSU.

As usual, I can't believe the amount of tears that are shed for the 2006 team. It had significant holes on defense and a slightly better-than-average offensive line. No way was it on a national-championship level.

05/28/2018 - 9:43am 1993

Exactly. Pass the ball to Rose, who finds (I guess) Pelinka free in the corner for a game-winning three. Any number of other scenarios (three-point play by Howard) would've been find.

Also, I couldn't stand how much the writers were in love with Dean Smith.

05/28/2018 - 8:37am 2002

Excellent choice IMO.

05/27/2018 - 7:27am story

Farnn, make sure you read phil610's post carefully. /s

For all: This post is a great example of what happens when someone gets their news (and views) wholly from TV.

For the record, I'd still pick Jordan over James.

05/23/2018 - 10:43pm political ads

Are they still featuring "concerned woman" and "wise grandpa?"

05/23/2018 - 12:36pm rankings

Brace your collective selves for lots of whining about how Harbaugh has failed to *lock down the state*.

05/21/2018 - 6:29pm new arena

I saw them play (and get crushed by) Villanova this year. The new arena is nice and way more city-accessible than Rosemont.

05/21/2018 - 6:11am Swenson

Nice piece, EoT. I didn't get this, though:

"... staff’s disastrous decision to pass on Eric Swensen ..."

Disastrous? Sure, he'd at least be another guy to throw out there at tackle. But .....

Everyone knows it's hard to project with O-line types, but it's far from clear that Erik Swenson is going to be a star (or even a starter) at Oklahoma. According to this, he is running with the second team going into his redshirt sophomore year:…

I think I'm interpreting it correctly. They mention another guy as the starting left tackle.


05/20/2018 - 6:10pm dye, skin

If you have the (young-looking) skin for it, I think dye jobs are OK. If everyone can tell, though (as is the case with Les), I think it's worse than grey/white.

Myself? I prefer to let nature take its course. (Yes, avatar checks out.)

05/19/2018 - 8:04pm don't think so

I've never been a fan of the "Coach _____ doesn't understand the importance of _____ rivalry" crowd (or some variant, like the ones that talk about emphasis). I'm sorry to see Woodson in that group of people.

05/17/2018 - 8:31pm for the unpopular opinion thread

I cringe every time I hear the "The Team, The Team, The Team" clip in the stadium. I think it's been overplayed.

05/10/2018 - 2:29pm Josh

I like (not really) how the Metellus drop has been blown out of proportion. Michigan could've gone three-and-out right after that. We'll never know.

05/10/2018 - 2:26pm line

I know. There's this crazy idea (where all of the Late Lloyd era o-linemen were about as good as Jake Long) that the offensive line was great during the Andy Moeller years.

05/10/2018 - 11:50am name

Funny. I know him as The Idiot.

I've given Mr. Rogers way more downvotes than upvotes (and there have been a few of those) on this site.

05/10/2018 - 11:38am baby

I see that a popular LeBron narrative has worked its magic on you. :)


Player comparison? Too apples-and-oranges for my taste. I'd take Jordan, though.

05/08/2018 - 10:26pm decision point

Is there anything interesting (restaurants / culture / sports) in the town? If so, go see it.

If not, stay inside and read or watch something you have queued up on Netflix / whatever.

If the town is boring there's no point in trying too hard to find something interesting.

05/06/2018 - 10:04pm Chicago

I'm in a similar urban environment and I have a subset of your doomsday set-up. Know of any good online resources for that type of thing (city survivalism)?

05/06/2018 - 7:01pm RichRod

It's a funny thing to be defending the disgraced RichRod, but the OP wrote: "... UM hasn't struggled this much in-state since the Rich Rod tenure."

RichRod got good players from Michigan every year. (Put '08 aside, as it was a hybrid Carr/RichRod class).

'09: Will Campbell, Cam Gordon (Sparty did very well in state that year, but Michigan got arguably better players outside the state.)

'10: Devin Gardner (This was another good year by Sparty, but at least two of their Top Ten state recruits -- Joe Boisture and Nick Hill -- didn't amount to much in the end.)

'11: Brennen Beyer (Not an impact player ultimately, but a Top Ten recruit that year along with Justice Hayes and Delonte Hollowell ... Hoke would later get Raymon Taylor.) Sparty got only three that year.

05/06/2018 - 5:31pm Ball Four

I'll second (or third) "Ball Four."

It will seem quaintly dated, but I understand it was a bombshell when it was released.

You'll get only Jim Bouton's views on everything, of course, but I often found myself taking his side.

05/06/2018 - 9:46am team sport

You know it's not five LeBrons vs. five Jordans, right?

You know it's a team sport, right?

You know that the supporting cast matters ... right?

05/05/2018 - 9:14am 'roids

They're bad, yes.

Remember that the pitchers were taking them, too.


05/04/2018 - 8:39pm Gladwell

I've heard far worse ideas, but I can't take Gladwell seriously. He's a hack who writes for Sparty-level people (or worse).

05/04/2018 - 12:28pm Duke

Laettner made the shot ... then we all had to watch a #$&@ing replay of it for the next twenty-some years because the NCAA's focus groups apparently loved it.

05/03/2018 - 1:19pm hypocrisy

You know the National Football League has long been preparing to go tobacco (industry) in a few years when they'll be at risk of being sued out of existence.

They probably had a couple of in-house actuary monkeys give them a frightening number on Hurst. Then, they used nods and winks to get the info to their sundry meat puppets for propagation.