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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:

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?


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


Max Headroom

David Bowie (surprise!)

Chef Boyardee


01/27/2016 - 4:14pm Needs a Rip Taylor appearance.

Needs a Rip Taylor appearance.  

Image result for rip taylor

01/27/2016 - 1:43pm Congratulations, Brian!

Congratulations, Brian!  Being a dad rocks.  

01/08/2016 - 10:19am How come nobody ever links to

How come nobody ever links to the Player Haters Tribune?  

01/08/2016 - 10:17am Gary is the Anti-Harbaugh.

Gary is the Anti-Harbaugh.  


12/29/2015 - 9:10pm Whatever.  Wake me up when

Whatever.  Wake me up when Sloppy Secondz are back together.  

12/10/2015 - 1:19pm I can remember stories about

I can remember stories about Brian Griese doing the same thing, too.  

Michigan football players love to get drunk and punch windows, apparently.

12/06/2015 - 8:04am Thank you.

+1 this.  

And why in the hell is Cook a lock for the first round of the NFL draft?  57% completion rating, and decent-not-great passing yards despite being surrounded by excellent coaching and teammates (not talking character here) - how is this special?   

11/14/2015 - 8:01pm Our baby's all grown up.

11/12/2015 - 12:43pm Everyone on this thread

Everyone on this thread deserves an upvote.  

11/04/2015 - 6:02pm Smith

Dollars to doughnuts Smith's ankle is hindering his ability to make cuts, something that he was not great at to begin with.  He really should play as little as possible this week, if at all.  Captain Obvious, I know, but ankle injuries are easily exacerbated.     

11/02/2015 - 2:26pm That's funny: Urban must have

That's funny: Urban must have moved the "NO" down a line from where it used to be.  

11/01/2015 - 6:04am There's nothing worse than

There's nothing worse than having a bad taste in your butt.  


10/11/2015 - 12:33pm I caught the tail-end of the

I caught the tail-end of the Ode to Joy performance on BTN, and it was awesome.  It sounded great, and what a perfect song for yesterday!  

10/11/2015 - 10:08am Totally.  I don't know why

Totally.  I don't know why people think college football is the sport of hillbilly wannabees.  

09/30/2015 - 2:37pm 2011 was just a way of making

2011 was just a way of making the next three years even more of a dong punch.  

09/30/2015 - 6:44am No, I think it's the Rampage

No, I think it's the Rampage at Alabama Splash Adventure.

09/30/2015 - 6:38am Nope, I'm pretty sure that

Nope, I'm pretty sure that was the feedback problem.  

09/19/2015 - 10:02pm Agreed

It's lame.  

You may want to edit the title of your post, though.