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12/05/2018 - 2:24pm Technically, this college…

Technically, this college tradition was already ruined by having if after Thanksgiving.  The Saturday before Thanksgiving was a much better time for it.    

12/04/2018 - 1:41pm +1 for perfect response.  

+1 for perfect response.  

12/04/2018 - 12:39pm I agree with this to a point…

I agree with this to a point, but how do you explain Cardale Jones?  I think Urban had his preferences, but could be flexible when necessary.   

12/04/2018 - 9:56am That's true.  Instead of a…

That's true.  Instead of a pink slip, does an OSU coach get a little pink pants charm?  

12/03/2018 - 12:37pm I like this, but would add…

I like this, but would add one more qualification: the conference champion must have had at least one non-conference game be against a major conference team (maybe counting Notre Dame as an ACC team for this purpose).  Teams that play only cupcakes for non-conference games should not be rewarded.   

11/20/2018 - 11:44am Great post, but I think…

Great post, but I think Michigan may adjust even sooner, or at least its offense does.  Michigan has outscored its opponents by just 61-45 in the first quarters of its games, with 41 of those points scored in two games.    

11/09/2018 - 2:54pm I try to read everything,…

I try to read everything, but there is a lot of jargon that either I'm new to or I have forgotten.  

I have thought about putting together an Annotated UFR for just one game (offense and defense), but I don't have the time or energy to put it together, nor the talent to make it entertaining.  I do think that could be helpful, though.    

10/31/2018 - 1:13pm Those bite-sized Snickers…

Those bite-sized Snickers are incredible.  

10/18/2018 - 11:33am Isn't there always a 60%…

Isn't there always a 60% chance of rain in East Lansing?  

09/23/2018 - 7:13am That is a great idea.  BC is…

That is a great idea.  BC is a good school with a solid football history in an excellent market.  

09/15/2018 - 8:06pm Evans does not appear to be…

Evans does not appear to be much of an interior runner.  Wilson actually looks better in those situations.  

09/15/2018 - 7:59pm (No subject)

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09/09/2018 - 10:14am This is an excellent point.  

This is an excellent point.  

09/09/2018 - 8:33am How would Bizarro Nick…

How would Bizarro Nick Sheridan spin this:

"Since embarrassing themselves, college football, and the entire State of Michigan against Alabama in 2015, the Dantonio-led Spartans have gone 14-13.  

This, obviously, is on Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. His preparation failed. His changes have yet to work. And his continued recruitment of felons, sexual deviants and racist half-wits has led to predictable results. 

Overall, MSU made mistakes that it can, presumably, clean up. My gut says the defense will play better.

And State showed some life in the third quarter.

But that offensive line is beyond troubling.

And the lack of explosive plays is beyond concerning.

On this night, it looked a lot like the last two seasons.

When the Spartans went 13-12.

And that’s on Dantonio."

Wow, that was easy!  it's almost like I just lifted entire sections of the Free Press, and substituted in "Dantonio" and "MSU"!  

09/07/2018 - 1:37pm Michigan went 96-15-3 in the…

Michigan went 96-15-3 in the first decade of Bo's tenure.  The only teams that have met that standard for the past decade are Alabama and Ohio State.  So if Michigan can start winning 86% of their games again, I won't care if anyone calls them "elite."  

  

 

08/24/2018 - 12:39pm Looks like the Ohio Supreme…

Looks like the Ohio Supreme Court has not taken a position as to whether text message are public messages:

https://www.rcfp.org/ohio-open-government-guide/iii-state-law-electronic-records/e-how-are-text-messages-and-instant-mess

08/24/2018 - 12:30pm Can deleted messages from a…

Can deleted messages from a private phone be subject to FOIA, if the phone's user is a public employee?  

08/01/2018 - 12:12pm So Zach Smith is basically…

So Zach Smith is basically Ramsay Snow.  

01/24/2018 - 1:04pm It depends.

Is he sentenced to federal pound me the ass prison?  

01/01/2018 - 2:19pm It’s almost like Peters had

It’s almost like Peters had to shake off some rust after not playing for a while. Or something:

11/29/2017 - 5:46pm Great work!

Thanks for preparing.  I wonder how Dom Brown's pre-Michigan teams do in this regard?

Are holds more likely to be called with:

 - Certain types of defensive plays?  

 - Certain types of offenses?  

 

11/22/2017 - 6:57pm Gentry will start at QB,

Gentry will start at QB, throw for 300 yards, scramble in a for a game-saving touchdown, take J.T. Barrett's mother Stacy Barrett out for a nice seafood dinner, and never call her again.  

11/22/2017 - 6:35pm I totally agree with you

I totally agree with you about this.  Having The Game after Thanksgiving sucks.  

10/30/2017 - 4:27pm It was pretty much like when

It was pretty much like when Nigel Tufnel returned to Spinal Tap.  Totally electric, even if Nordin exploded on his FG attempt. 

[Balas is totally Jeanine Pettibone.]

 

10/09/2017 - 2:29pm Fair enough, but I don't

Fair enough, but I don't think 4-8 says much, especially when those 4 wins came against opponents having off-years.    

10/09/2017 - 1:54pm This is worth a look, but I

This is worth a look, but I don't think the O'Neill record is that significant.  

From 2011 through 2016, Michigan's record vs. The Triad of Shittiness (OSU, MSU and Iowa) is 4-12.  Michigan is 0-4 in those games where O'Neill was officiating.

Small sample size aside, Michigan has recently fared poorly against these teams regardless of who officiated.  

 

09/24/2017 - 1:12pm Purdue, you just got O'Korn

Purdue, you just got O'Korn Holed!  

09/04/2017 - 1:08pm Thanks.

Thanks for the insight, everyone.  It makes sense that establishing a solid, "traditional" running game will improve Michigan's chances to hold scores late in games.  If nothing else, it was a good sign that Florida's defense looked pretty gassed by the end of the game.  

09/04/2017 - 1:01pm That's a very good point.  In

That's a very good point.  In all five of those losses, Michigan had the lead at some point during the fourth quarter (although Michigan did not really have a chance to manage the clock against FSU).  

 

09/02/2017 - 7:43pm Fair point, but hopefully

Fair point, but hopefully that trend won't continue against better offenses.  

And I'm 47 and my heart could use a little less strain.  

09/02/2017 - 7:32pm Weak 4th quarter offense

Since the Harbaugh Era began, Michigan has had twelve games decided by less than 14 points.  In those games Michigan is 7-5.    

In the fourth quarters of those games, Michigan outscored their opponents by just 74-69.

Michigan averaged just over 6 points in the fourth quarter of each of those games, and scored more than 10 points in the fourth quarter of just one of those games - last year's bowl game.  

Maybe the sample size is too small, and it would help to run some comps here with other teams, but that seems pretty anemic to me.  Should Harbaugh push the "regular" tempo later into the fourth quarter? 

07/20/2017 - 6:02pm Yeah, but hearing David

Yeah, but hearing David Schwimmer say "Juice" a million times was great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726Ujz_KOHE

07/11/2017 - 11:56am Drupal was RuPaul's seemingly

Drupal was RuPaul's seemingly slow-witted, country-born, identical cousin, as played by RuPaul, in the late 90's WB sitcom "Lady and Genteman."  Typically, RuPaul would fret over Drupal's seeming obliviousness when dealing with life in the big city, but in the end, Drupal would come through to save the day with some down-home country wisdom.

The character created some controversy when asked to present at the 1999 CMA Awards.  Apparently the CMA was late to discover that the actor playing Drupal - identified as "Andy Charles" on the show - was in fact RuPaul.  Despite concerns over losing advertising, the CMA decided to include Drupal after a show of support from Vince Gill, Shania Twain and Jeff Foxworthy.     

03/19/2017 - 2:37pm I did a little . . .

 . . . and then my wife laughed and called me a pussy.

03/19/2017 - 2:31pm What a team.

If our bigs can play like that . . . wow.  

03/12/2017 - 5:08pm That was awesome.

What a run.  What a team.  

02/28/2017 - 1:16pm Proposed Harbaugh Rule for Civil Discourse

If someone expresses an opinion on the board you do not like, do not post a response that you would not post if the opinion-giver was Jim Harbaugh.  

02/27/2017 - 12:48pm Slowdown Defense

Has there been any previous analysis of Michigan's defense when in slowdown mode?  I feel like it has happened before where the other team becomes super-efficient in that situation, but my memory sucks. 

01/27/2017 - 5:28pm Is there a positive

Is there a positive correlation between where a recruit's mom wants her son to go and where that recruit actually winds up?

Every time I hear about some kid's mom wanting her son to commit to Michigan, it does not seem to happen.  

11/26/2016 - 6:01pm Harbaugh is a great coach,

Harbaugh is a great coach, but if he's going to get as emotional as he does over every bad call, he will need to do a better job of putting teams away.  The refs are reacting to Harbaugh's antics.  That's not right, but it's the way it is, and it matters in close games.  

11/12/2016 - 11:31pm Ferentz

Ferentz thoroughly outcoached Harbaugh tonight.  

04/09/2016 - 11:24am Let me clarify.  Ryan WAS the

Let me clarify.  Ryan WAS the exception given his ridiculous strikeout rate.  Most other pitchers did not throw nearly as hard back then.  In good old 1975, the average strikeout rate per nine innings was 5.0; in 2015 it was 7.8.  I know there are a lot of variables here, but there is a strong correlation between fastball speed and strikeout rate.  

Don't get me wrong; I don't think throwing harder means pitching better.  And I also think the pitch count focus can go too far.  But if teams are going to push their pitchers to throw harder, than extra attention to fatigue - especially with younger pitchers - makes sense.

Or we could just make it easier for everyone to obtain steroids again, which can really help with muscle recovery.  

04/09/2016 - 7:29am Old-school pitchers used to

Old-school pitchers used to pitch more, but they also did not pitch as well.  They could not throw the ball as hard consistently, which is in part why their strikeout totals were much lower than they are now (the other part is hitters becoming more selective and hitting for power rather than contact).

Nolan Ryan is the exception that proves the rule.  And he was also a reliever for the early part of his major league career, so his initial pitch counts were actually pretty low.   

 

03/18/2016 - 4:58pm Spartans?

Shartin'.  

02/13/2016 - 6:02pm Maybe not.  The Supreme Court

Maybe not.  The Supreme Court is pretty old.  This is morbid, but the next term may involve three appointments BESIDES the position formerly filled by Scalia.  

02/13/2016 - 4:24pm OK, this one's a little over

OK, this one's a little over the top.  

Just kidding!  Repeat bangs!!

02/13/2016 - 4:04pm I bang thee.  

I bang thee.  

02/01/2016 - 1:13pm 1. The 1997 OSU game and its

1. The 1997 OSU game and its aftermath.  I rank this #1 even though some drunken bastard fell from the tree outside the President's house and landed about 20 feet from me.  As I recall, he was saved by a combination of (a) his inebriation, (b) quick-thinking students placing mattresses at the base of the tree, and (c) his hitting every branch on the way down.  

2.  UTL I.  

3.  Taking my kids to their first Michigan game last year, and having them hear Jake Butt's name announced for the first time.  

01/31/2016 - 6:55pm Very gouda.  

Very gouda.  

01/28/2016 - 4:34pm Possible Guests

Everyone who is still alive from The Battle of the Network Stars 

Dustin Diamond

The Fonz

Farmer Fran

Waldo

Max Headroom

David Bowie (surprise!)

Chef Boyardee