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09/02/2017 - 9:02pm Score and great performance

Score and great performance aside, I absolutely hated the uniforms.  HOWEVER, I am completely of the camp that my opinion matters somewhere around zero and if the players and recruits - first and foremost (fans who buy them secondarily) - like them, then I am fully in favor of them.  Whatever helps the program since ultimately changing uniforms once in awhile isn't going to hurt tradition or anything.

But yeah...  not nearly as pleasant to look at as our normal uniforms.


EDIT: first double post waaaahhhhhh.  Also, I'm 28 so there are "younger" fans who aren't in favor of the uniformz.

09/02/2017 - 9:01pm Score and great performance

Score and great performance aside, I absolutely hated the uniforms.  HOWEVER, I am completely of the camp that my opinion matters somewhere around zero and if the players and recruits - first and foremost (fans who buy them secondarily) - like them, then I am fully in favor of them.  Whatever helps the program since ultimately changing uniforms once in awhile isn't going to hurt tradition or anything.

But yeah...  not nearly as pleasant to look at as our normal uniforms.

08/24/2017 - 12:31pm This was a good critique of

This was a good critique of the show at this point:

It really seems like they are just trying to wrap up loose ends and don't really care how they do it.  Everything is pretty absurd.  The end of season 6 was awesome as the massive Targaryen invasion fleet sails with Dornish and Highgarden ships in it.  Then basically Dorne and Highbarden are completely wiped out within like two episodes of season 7...  Where are all their men and ships lol?  Like how does that happen?

I will still watch because it's still enjoyable, but this season has basically killed the show's chance at immortality in terms of being an all-time great show.

08/21/2017 - 12:52pm LOL

Logged in just to upvote, got a good laugh.

08/06/2017 - 8:37pm He did kill daddy though.

He did kill daddy though.

08/03/2017 - 10:05am A man can be destroyed but

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

07/26/2017 - 5:28pm Not trying to bash you or

Not trying to bash you or anything (I certainly don't have a dog in this fight since I left awhile ago and local politics in AA really have zero effect on my life), but care to present the counterarguments to his points?  

Generally it's hard to just say "you are wrong" without giving any reasons.  And I do think it could be an interesting discussion.

06/16/2017 - 12:35am I ran a 4.5 40 in high school

I ran a 4.5 40 in high school (hand timed, so prob like high 4.6 electronic timed). I have no doubt that with a little training I could still get below 4.7. I'm 28.

What you have to realize is a lot of these players you are talking about are very large people. Someone like a Devin Funchess is 6'5" and like what, 240 lbs? For them to run a 4.7 or 4.8 40 is insane.

For a small guy like me to do it (5'9" 175 lb) is really not a huge deal. Small fast guys are not super rare in the grand scheme of things.

What's difficult is to be a large fast guy who is also super strong - can block - and super coordinated - can catch the ball / evade tacklers / etc. That's what is rare and special for pro athletes. Many random guys can be really good at one thing, whether it be speed strength or coordination. Elite athletes are elite because they are good at them all.

09/05/2016 - 9:33am Oink.  Scott Frost is a piggy

Oink.  Scott Frost is a piggy pig.  Oink.

10/03/2015 - 4:14pm UNYIELDING.


07/24/2015 - 12:51am Can't really hate JT Barrett

Can't really hate JT Barrett either, both kids seem to have good heads on their shoulders unlike some other represensatives of that team...  I'm quite impressed with both actually, seem pretty mature.  

06/26/2015 - 9:51pm Dumbass Thing to Say

I would rather not win national championships / Big Ten championships than hurt these kids' lives.  At the end of the day, football is just a fucking game.  It doesn't really matter in the sense it doesn't really affect anyone's individual (realistic) standard of living.  Kicking kids off the team / off scholarships / forcing them to transfer purely for competiveness' sake is a real and terrible thing to do.

06/20/2015 - 4:20am Man I'm Old

Class of 2017, huh?  I was a class of 2011 BBA and graduation still seems like yesterday at times...

Anyway, congratulations to the OP.  As others have said, it's not all rosy in the Bschool.  Specifically, there's a lot of arrogance and a lot of tools in there who think that somehow Ross is better than the rest of Michigan.  I've always loved the school as a whole (and MGoBlog and football helps there, of course) so I didn't have that mentatliy, but watch out for falling into that trap.

Classes shouldn't be too tough (although Year 1 is a little more challenging) due to the massive grade-inflation.  You should definitely keep your GPA in the 3.8 range and above for jobs, which shouldn't be that hard with strategic class selection if you don't want to work that hard.

Make sure you join and actively lead / participate in clubs in the career fields you are interested in.  I didn't do anything there, which looks terrible haha.

Networking is absolutely crucial to getting jobs, so start early and learn how to do it right (e.g., without being annoying).  Learn from older classmates who were successful at getting good jobs.  I was always terrible at networking and though I ended up in pretty good spots, it would have helped a lot more if I knew what I was doing.

Anwyay, that's my unsolicited advice which is hopefully helpful for a freshly-minted BBA.  Unlike the other schools (which are and should be focused on more theoretical academic knowledge, say philosophy or something), the purpose of Bschool is to get you a job.  Use the school for its intended purpose without getting sucked in to a dbag mentality and you'll do well.

06/13/2015 - 8:16pm I think the ending was pretty

I think the ending was pretty hilarious as well...  Harbaugh just answers these questions like they are so blindingly obvious.  Great shit.

05/12/2015 - 1:25pm Troubling

I think it's worrying that King's former high school coach is speaking so much to the media about this - it seems that indicates relations have further soured between King and our coaching staff, boding poorly for us to pull recruits from there.

Obviously a high school coach would stickup for his former player, but the tone of his statements almost seems like a mistrust of Harbaugh's reasoning, whatever it might be.

05/08/2015 - 10:56pm Definitely - if you see this

Definitely - if you see this haha.  Hit me up over email or Facebook at jcorqian for either (I use gmail).

05/08/2015 - 10:52pm Thanks for compiling -

Thanks for compiling - interesting data.  Maybe Michigan isn't unique in this regard, but it seems to me at first glance that these lists are rather... short.  I guess I would have thought we would have had way more fumble returns for a touchdown in our school history, for example.  Same with kickoff returns for a touchdown.

05/06/2015 - 8:33pm Go Blue

Age: 26

Occupation: corporate grinder (going into asset management post school)

Schools: UM '11 (BBA), Wharton '17 (Expected MBA)

Location: worked 4 years in NYC, going to school in Philly

Most Michigan Moment: brough in a full-sized, authentic Michigan football helmet my first day of work and plopped it down in the middle of my desk for everyone to see in an extremely corporate environment.  Been there ever since - I'm not gonna be a soft bitch, gonna flaunt that Michigan pride.

05/04/2015 - 11:10am STARTUPS


03/25/2015 - 10:47am +1 for Infinite Grover.  Pure

+1 for Infinite Grover.  Pure genius.

02/16/2015 - 12:43pm Some Advice From a Fall 2015 Admit

OP, it seems we are the exact same age and are looking at a similar type of situation, so hopefully my advice is useful.  Just for background, I graduated Michigan undergrad b-school in 2011 and will have worked for about four years before starting business school in the fall.  I applied Round 1 to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Columbia and got denied by Stanford, waitlisted at Harvard, and accepted in Wharton and Columbia.  I will most likely be attending Wharton in the fall.

A couple things standout to me:

  • You seem in a rush to go to MBA because you hate your current job
  • Your GMAT is low
  • You have not stated what you want to do coming out of MBA
  • You are considering MBA programs lower-tier than Ross

Given these things, here's my advice to you, in order of priorities:

  1. Figure out what you want to do, at least directionally.  You seem to just want a career change but don't really know what your goal is.  This will get you slaughtered both in the admissions process and while at school, because your admissions story won't be all that cogent and even if you get in, you will have a hard time prioritizing what to do / how to spend time etc. and could very well potentially end up in a job you don't actually like (or can't find a job because you aren't focused enough).  I think this is extremely important and I am a firm believer that no one should go to MBA just to get away from their current job and without knowing themselves enough to know what they want (not that it can't change later).
  2. Get your GMAT score at least to 700.  This will make you at least competitive at top schools - you want the GMAT at least to be a reason not to go against you (even if it doesn't directly help you).  I firmly believe the GMAT is not a test of intelligence, it is a test of memorizing random tricks and applying them under time pressure.  If you study enough, you absolutely CAN get a score of over 700.  When I first started studying I got a 670 - through concentrated studying, I raised it 100 points.  This is possible if you put in the effort.
  3. Narrow down your schools based on a few criteria - I think the two most important are what kind of career you want coming out and if the right people recruit at that school (notice that figuring out what you want is the number one priority), and the location that you want to be in post-graduation.  Now the top schools will allow you to largely go anywhere (e.g., if you go to Stanford you can still get jobs in NYC), but if you are planning to look at lower schools then choosing a school based on where you eventually want to live is more critical because they don't have national reputations.
  4. I would rule out schools ranked lower than Ross.  I think Ross is a good option because basically most of the good companies who would recruit at a Harvard still come to Ross, and the power of the Ross alumni network is still decent nationally.  Now, once you go lower than that, you are losing these two pieces - you mentioned UW - Foster but I really think that's burning money and would just simply focus my efforts on getting a job / changing careers without MBA.  In business and law schools, the level of "prestige" matters incredibly (in contrast to, say, medical school - you can still be a doctor going to any medical school).

Given these things and just how hard it is to get into anywhere decent during Round 3, I would absolutely urge you to suck it up at the job and wait it out and apply Round 1 this fall.  First of all, you won't have the time to figure out what I stated above before Round 3.  Second of all, I think you should consider the longer-term implications of your decision rather than just running away from something.  I know the current job sucks (I'm in one I hate as well) but the risk of going back to school, doing something just as bad, and burning money at the same time is too high to not make an informed decision.

Sorry this isn't all rosy, but the real world is a cold place and I want to give as real of advice as possible.  Good luck with everything from a fellow die-hard Michigan fan.

12/18/2014 - 8:30pm I don't know if you can

I don't know if you can comprehend this, but the starting quarterback at the University of Michigan posting pictures at the hospital probably does a lot of good in of itself to raise awareness for the hospital and the sick patients.  In fact, there's a valid argument to be made that all the other athletes should post pictures too as it will raise even more awareness.

Go ahead, think about it.  I'll wait.

12/02/2014 - 10:24pm Me either, glad we were both

Me either, glad we were both able to.

12/02/2014 - 7:28pm My guess is maybe the search

My guess is maybe the search firm could help unearth some potentially viable and interested candidates through established relationships with agents and advisors in the event that obvious options A, B, and C somehow fall through.

11/26/2014 - 10:42am Confusion

So I'm a bit confused because I thought I had read right here on MGoBlog (perhaps in one of Brian's Searchbits posts) that Hackett was very reluctant to even take the interim AD job?  And that he was content in his retirement and definitely didn't want the permanent position but was just filling in because he is a huge Michigan supporter and former player with fairly good leadership experience?

Since then, I haven't heard anything along these lines and it seems more and more like his term is getting longer.  Just wondering if anyone had a perspective on this - doesn't seem like these two positions really reconcile.  Did he simply change his mind and decide he likes being AD?

11/15/2014 - 3:22pm Hopslam

To be honest, I don't really love Two Hearted.  I'm a huge Bells fan (and general small brewery / craft beer fan), but I don't think Two Hearted really differentiates itself significantly from many other pale ales out there.  Don't get me wrong, it's great, but not something I'd go out of my way for.  The Michigan ties and the good times I had while drinking it obviously make a difference, but it's not enough to make it outstanding.

Now Bell's Hopslam is a ridiculously distinctive and noteworthy beer that is much harder to find outside of Michigan (I live in NYC and have seen a few times, but nowhere near how much Two Hearted is distributed).  The stories I could tell about getting hammered on the deliciously enjoyable beer...

11/08/2014 - 5:41pm Life is life.

Life is life.

10/11/2014 - 6:02pm This is kind of a weird point

This is kind of a weird point to me.  I have no reason to doubt what you are saying (empirically it seems true), but who cares?  I am a fan of Michigan football and so long as a coach can help the Michigan Wolverines be successful, I honestly don't care if the players he develops are amazing in the NFL or not.  Would it be nice?  Of course.  Is it a priority / does it really matter to me?  Nope.

I'd be pretty happy with a Tebow, with a Prescott, or with a Gardner being used correctly.

10/04/2014 - 3:47pm Bosch's Status?

I'm assuming no one has heard any news with Bosch since he took his leave of absence with the team?  Just making sure I didn't miss anything, although I read the blog pretty religiously.

09/11/2014 - 7:54pm Sorry, I did miss it.  Honest

Sorry, I did miss it.  Honest mistake.  I actually read the boards religiously but probably just skimmed over it and forgot.

07/14/2014 - 10:57pm I haven't posted in a long,

I haven't posted in a long, long time, but dear God this was fucking funny.  Really made my day, thanks.

12/09/2013 - 7:52am Does Bollman call the plays?

Does Bollman call the plays?  I thought I read somewhere that he isn't handling those duites.

12/01/2013 - 8:55pm Although I don't post much, I

Although I don't post much, I read 100% of content on this site.  ST3, I sincerely hope this is your RS Junior year and you are back for more!

07/17/2013 - 8:07am Not to pick on you too much,

Not to pick on you too much, OP, but your post is a classic example of picking out an outlier to make an untrue assertion.  Sure, it worked for Michigan THAT YEAR, but that doesn't mean that you can use 1997 as a predictor for 2013 or any other year since of course the actual trend is for teams which are younger overall not to do as well.

02/27/2013 - 8:00pm Good post, but you may want

Good post, but you may want to edit your title with a "<=" sign instead.

02/10/2013 - 12:27pm Thanks for this update, I for

Thanks for this update, I for one really enjoy hearing about all Michigan sports and would love to get regular info beyond football and basketball (which are obviously great).

11/25/2012 - 4:27pm Maybe they should call Tim

Maybe they should call Tim Beckman...  He seemed ready for the big leagues.  Oh wait, 2012 just happened...

11/25/2012 - 1:56pm It's an easily debatable

It's an easily debatable decision, but I wouldn't say it's inexcusable by any means.  Brian, the Mathlete, and others have been advocates of going for it on fourth down.  I would love to see what the math says in this situation.  We had been moving the ball pretty well on that particular drive as well.

People talk about the impact of not making it and all the downsides, but they don't focus enough on the upside.  Say we make it and really crush the spirit of the Buckeye defense, get momentum, etc.  There is such thing as generating positive momentum, not simply losing momentum.  There was a great Smart Football article about this.

11/25/2012 - 1:51pm Excellent post OP.  

Excellent post OP.  

However, I disagree on the 4th down play.  I watched it over and over (sickeningly) on the game highlights at MGoVideo and Denard had already been engaged by a Buckeye defender.  Lewan does whiff his block completely, you are right, but it's unlikely that Denard would have gotten 3 more yards while being slowed by a defender allowing Buckeye help to get to him.

While this wasn't a straight up the middle play, it also wasn't attacking the edge which we did earlier extremely effectively.  

I'm still not sure why we don't just have Gardner rollout with a run-pass option.  That seems like our best play threatening the defense in multiple spots.

11/25/2012 - 10:01am Thanks man, was just curious.

Thanks man, was just curious.

11/18/2012 - 4:35pm I wouldn't say it's commonly

I wouldn't say it's commonly available.  Here in NYC I believe only Time Warner and a few other providers carry it.  I have RCN and I can't get Big Ten Network, so have to stream or watch games at other peoples' places.

If they added some more East Coast schools, I'm assuming the other cable carriers will pick up BTN as well.

10/07/2012 - 4:07pm It's Galt...

It's Galt...

10/07/2012 - 12:17pm I think recruiting rankings

I think recruiting rankings can't really properly evaluate something that is key to how a player pans out: individual work ethic.  

Just like instinct, some players just have it and others don't.  This is the reason someone like a 2-star J.J. Watt can come in to Wisconsin at like 230 lbs and then turn into an NFL draft pick.

I just don't think there is any way to reliably predict work ethic, as you don't know how all the players will react to their adjustments in college, the status they get, the distractions, etc.

09/29/2012 - 2:56pm

This link basically has the information for every game out there.

09/04/2012 - 9:12pm Hoke has stated that Countess

Hoke has stated that Countess is normally the gunner on punt coverage.

09/02/2012 - 10:52pm I'm not disputing any of the

I'm not disputing any of the facts that you state.  They are are true and good.  My point is that a Big Ten team, if the Big Ten is really to claim a spot as one of the nation's foremost conferences, should never struggle with any of htese teams that you have metnioned.  I'm not saying you shouldn't schedule these teams or anything... just when you do you should annhillate them.

Credit to the FCS when it is due...  THe other side is that the Big Ten should be doing better.

09/02/2012 - 10:35pm I mean, I have nothing but

I mean, I have nothing but fondness for Northern Iowa...  I've been to some games there and I have run multiple track meets in the Unidome.  They recruit the best talent they can get (top Iowa talent mixed with some elsewhere, they have a great track program), but they should never even come close to the talent level of a Big Ten team.

Basically you are making my point...  There is no reason for any defending conference champ to lose to a better than average FCS team.  There is also no reason for any team in the Big Ten to lose to a team that is in a whole division lower than itself.  It's like another App. State...

09/02/2012 - 10:01pm Found a way to win?  Against

Found a way to win?  Against competition that is barely a level above FCS?  

I would hope that the Big Ten would be doing more than "finding a way to win" vs. Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa...  Those teams should not be in the same sentence as any Big Ten team.  I know for a fact that Northern Iowa cannot come anywhere near the talent level of any Big Ten school, since I used to live in Cedar Falls.

09/01/2012 - 11:55pm They have defenses that may

They have defenses that may be statistically as good as Bama's.  This does not account for the fact that Bama has a much stronger strength of schedule than either of those teams.  We will be able to move the ball much easier against either of those defenses- key word being easier relatively and not necessarily easy overall.

09/01/2012 - 5:00pm Big Ten looks like shit this

Big Ten looks like shit this year...