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01/06/2016 - 8:02pm Kareem Walker?

I was under the impression that Kareem Walker was wearing #6.

11/14/2015 - 3:33am All the best, Ace

Great to hear that you're doing better, and thanks for providing us with an update.

05/21/2015 - 7:36pm Re: Yost

Yost would also be turning over in his grave if he knew we had a black quarterback.  I'm not terribly concerned about conforming the program to his standards.

01/09/2015 - 2:31pm "M" = thousands, "MM" = millions

I believe it's a banking convention. By using "M" he meant thousands of dollars.

12/25/2014 - 2:38am Durkin wasn't the DC then

He was a DE/Special teams coach, so he wasn't the DC at Stanford. There's a post on SB Nation's Florida blog that looked into Durkin's tenure at Stanford, and talks about how strong the special teams were under his watch.

12/12/2014 - 5:25pm FYI

I'm almost certain Todd Graham is a defensive guy.  It's odd to think that, because his success seems to have been predicated on the strength of his offenses (at Tulsa and ASU), but he's actually a defensive guy who just hires kick-ass offensive coordinators (similar to Bob Stoops' hiring of Air Raid disciples).

10/23/2014 - 5:25pm Value of doing this UFR

Was that this really, really needed to be said...

"Morris had no business playing against Minnesota. Inserting him at all is malpractice and leaving him in past halftime is all but throwing the game."

...and while this may have seemed obvious to many of us while watching the game, taking the time to UFR this game helps provide meaningful evidence to demonstrate that this was the case.

Thanks, Brian.

09/16/2014 - 6:32pm Uhh...

Samardzija's last two years at Notre Dame were 77-1249-15 and 78-1017-12.  I'll take that and worry about defining positions later.

08/11/2014 - 4:26pm Drake reminds me of Andre Cooper

Cooper was a dual-sport guy who played WR at Florida State in the late 1990's and was deadly on jump balls. Had 15 TDs one year at FSU.

Hopefully Drake gets over these nagging injuries.

05/29/2014 - 2:19pm Huge fan of this series

There have been some dissenting views on this, so I wanted to outwardly support the series.  Lots of fun.

And, yes: that Venric Mark pick was BY FAR the worst of the entire draft.  Calhoun at least has ideal size and athleticism for his position and no durability issues, so there's a decent chance he breaks out and justifies the hype.  There is no universe in which Venric Mark over Melvin Gordon makes any sense, given the information at our disposal at this time.

05/15/2014 - 4:51pm EDSBS Bowl donation

I donated $80.79, for the final score of the 1989 NCAA Basketball Championship game.

Yes, wrong sport, but WHATEVA, I DO WHAT I WANT.

05/12/2014 - 1:39pm I am so damn happy for that kid

I have zero opinion about him as a player or whether we should have offered him or someone else.  And right now, I don't care.

All I know is there's this kid that has always dreamed of playing QB for Michigan, and his life-long dream came true today.  We can all relate to that.

Congratulations, Alex.  All the best.

03/25/2014 - 10:56am Two quick things

First of all, this is really cool analysis. Two items:

(1) What's Coach K's rank in the final (best and worst removed) metric?

(2) Oliver Purnell is now at DePaul.

01/29/2014 - 10:45pm Bravo

Excellent work, Ace.

One tip: I think it would have been more instructive to show the plays that led to Stauskas getting fouled, rather than showing his actual free throw makes.

But that was really excellent. The pick-and-roll section was great - you could really see how difficult it is to defend him on the P-and-R. He beat so many different types of P-and-R defense.

01/27/2014 - 1:09pm Winning without class?

How would the Sparties respond if someone on the team - let alone the coach - said "We've beaten them 5 out of 7 times, so where's the threat?"

12/10/2013 - 2:08pm Re: Free whiskey

Brian, I like whiskey as much as you do, but free whiskey would be a terrible idea.  Whiskey-makers wouldn't have any incentive to make a high-quality product, and so all the free whiskey would be of terrible quality.

Unless you, as King, forced them to make a small batch of top-shelf stuff just for you ... but then it wouldn't really be free, would it?

11/20/2013 - 3:38pm Yes!

I included Utah as one of the 5 teams I can watch on NBA League Pass Broadband for just this reason.  I'm looking forward to checking out his progress this season.

11/02/2013 - 8:31pm Fine

How about last year, when we had 3 fifth-year seniors on the offensive line, one of whom was a budding star under the former regime? If the only problem is experience, why did the interior line suck LAST year?

11/02/2013 - 8:03pm Winner


11/02/2013 - 7:39pm Most damning quote possible

Came from Heiko's "counterpunt":

"The next time Michigan executes a proper constraint against an opponent that over-defends a base play will be the first time."

10/17/2013 - 9:04pm Packaged plays?


Watching the game live I thought I saw Michigan run a couple of packaged plays, one of which was a pass completion to Chesson.

I didn't comment here given the rage-storm, but I figured you'd pick it up on the UFR.  Was I seeing things, or did we run a couple of packaged plays?

EDIT: Your description of the play was "Inside zone looking play to a pop pass to Chesson".  When I watched it live, I thought Gardner was reading a linebacker there.

10/16/2013 - 12:43pm RAGE

Says our Offensive Coordinator: "You guys have been Michigan fans for a while right? You saw what happened before we got here."

Yes. I saw Denard Robinson complete 62% of his passes and account for 4,200 yards in an offense that was gearing up to be a death machine. Thanks for reminding me, jerk.

10/15/2013 - 6:53pm ???

Do you really think opposing teams didn't have video proof of how stupid Borges could be until Brian posted this?

(How do you think Penn State knew they could stack the box like they did?)

09/19/2013 - 3:49pm Works for me

Then bulk up Frank Clark another 10-12 pounds for next year and have him replace some of Jibreel Black's reps at the 3-tech.

09/11/2013 - 1:29am That was great, Ace

I LOL'd.

And I love that Nix has a sense of humor about all this.


lol *tear :)


09/03/2013 - 4:15pm James Ross

I'm partial to James Ross completely obliterating Zurlon Tipton so he couldn't recover the fumble.

09/03/2013 - 12:42pm Argh

Resisting the urge to think about how much better the interior o-line could have been last year if they'd incorporated more zone running plays.

08/30/2013 - 5:38pm Phenomenal work, Brian et al.

Go Blue.

08/26/2013 - 12:43pm Denard article in HTTV

Brian - I understand that you may not be totally satisfied with that piece, but it was really damn good.  I read it on a plane, and immediately had to take off my glasses to wipe my eyes - all the while looking around and praying nobody thought I was crying over a football player.

Hail Denard.

08/22/2013 - 2:40pm I wish I could "-1" myself

To answer a question posed by one of the tags, NO, nobody reads the tags.

Well done, Space Coyote.  Troll level: MASTER.

08/22/2013 - 2:33pm This is satire, right?

Please be satire.

07/27/2013 - 6:26pm We've got Hand

And we're gonna need it.

07/27/2013 - 6:21pm You guys

Seriously.  Come on, you guys.

07/15/2013 - 2:45pm Cool stuff

I can't help but think this somehow validates "Sharknado".

07/05/2013 - 1:04pm Braden

While also a 3-star, he was MGoBlog's Sleeper of the Year last year. Brian rated his ceiling as High and his excitement level as High:

07/04/2013 - 1:45pm Brad Stevens turned down UCLA


I suspect the only college he would have left Butler for was Indiana.

06/17/2013 - 3:36pm A whopping three recruits with only one four-star ranking?

Come on.  You guys.

06/05/2013 - 2:14pm ^^THIS

When you hear about that first step "get-off", that's *exactly* what you're looking for in a 3-tech in a 4-3 under.  It's a desirable trait in a NT as well (given the requisite size), but it screams PLAYMAKER at 3-tech.

06/03/2013 - 4:15pm Me too

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Let's summarize:

(1) The football team has no tradition to speak of (sorry, Anthony Thompson).

(2) The basketball team is a blue-blood, Mount Rushmore-caliber program.

(3) One of the basketball team's most conspicuous traditions is their candy-striped warmup pants.

Why not leverage the basketball tradition on the football side?  I think the candy-striped chrome helmets are cool, and it's not like they're bastardizing any major football traditions by doing it.

Heck, I'd go further and use the candy-stripe feature more widely, perhaps with UTL-style jerseys.  Do something creative like Northwestern did with their jerseys (leveraging the "Northwestern stripe").

06/03/2013 - 4:07pm Nice compilation, Brian

This is a really depressing development.  It's bad enough that there's a shift in population from north to south that's continuing to drain talent from the Big Ten footprint; now they're up in our base stealing our dudes.

At this pace, the bottom 10 teams in the Big Ten are headed towards MAC territory.

05/26/2013 - 5:34pm Yowzers

I literally LOL'd at the thought of Dymonte Thomas and Jabrill Peppers in the same defensive backfield.


05/26/2013 - 5:26pm Haha

So because the game went into extra innings, they decided to forego the announcement?

In any event: welcome, Jabrill!

04/29/2013 - 11:43am Per Sam, the call is in

It's Juwann Bushell-Beatty.

04/25/2013 - 4:53pm Meh

I'm guessing Brian will choose to eat one of these if it comes to it:…

04/14/2013 - 1:47pm Thank you, Trey


04/09/2013 - 1:54pm Emotions

I've got a million and one emotions right now, but when I spin the wheel it always lands on: we couldn't get a single stop in like the last 10 minutes of the game (or get a defensive rebound if we managed to get a stop).  If you can't get a single stop when the game matters most, it's hard to think you *deserve* to win, regardless of terrible officiating or random ball-bounces.  Those kids worked their tails off and lost with class.  I couldn't be prouder of them.

Sometimes the other team is better.

04/09/2013 - 1:53pm Anger over the call

My anger over the call isn't that it influenced the outcome of the game - I don't think it did.

My anger is because Trey Burke has made many magnificent plays this season, too many to count.  And that was the last magnificent play that Trey Burke made this's a damn shame that the world will remember it as a foul and not for what it was, as Ace notes, minus that context.

03/31/2013 - 5:22pm I'm going

I moved here 4 years ago for a grad program. Bought tickets yesterday and am going to the game with my sister.

This is insane. I'm just delirious with excitement and can't believe I'm going to watch Michigan play a Final Four game next Saturday.

03/29/2013 - 11:07pm Damn, son

With hindsight of what happened in the game, Brian's post is just eerily prescient.

Trey MF Burke, y'all.

03/29/2013 - 10:25pm I still can't believe what I just saw

Amazing, Go Blue!!