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12/02/2018 - 8:00pm Reading through these…

Reading through these comments is interesting. I didn't start watching this game until right around the time the Georgia kicker missed a chip shot field goal. 

A lot of comments about how good the Georgia offense is. It must have been something in putting up a 28-14 lead on Alabama but when I began watching after the missed FG, the Georgia offense left nothing for Michigan to be envious of. On the last play of the game, Fromm has a great arm but with a lead in the 2nf half, Georgia looked content to try and sit on the ball. 

Alabama. Maybe that is the offense Michigan fans should be running. Both Tau and Hurts were looking to push the ball down the field. 

11/30/2018 - 8:44am It was Lewis who was beat by…

It was Lewis who was beat by Murray for the winning TD in the Orange Bowl though. 

11/30/2018 - 8:38am It was a greatinterception…

It was a greatinterception but Lewis should have knocked down that 4th down pass and given Michigan 1st goal. 

11/29/2018 - 8:44pm It does seem odd that you…

It does seem odd that you would say that. There were a number of stories about the Michigan shoes for sale in early to mid August of this year and you posted a couple of times in other posts during that same time frame. Now it is possible that you just didn't click or see the shoe stories but you also can't blame people for questioning how you missed the multiple stories about shoe sales yet managed to post in other topics during that same time frame. The possible shoe violations was a big story in August because of what had happened at UNC.

 

11/13/2018 - 9:02pm You have players like…

You have players like Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, and Austin Mack all tweeting that they were present for the Smith/Grimes verbal dust-up and are saying the n-word thing never happened. Those players make it sound as if it had happened, then there would have been a bigger exodus from Columbus. The story should not have been reported by McMurphy.   

11/12/2018 - 6:23pm IF Brohm were to jump to…

IF Brohm were to jump to Louisville, he is going to want to get moving on his Louisville recruiting class and I see things moving sooner rather than later for that reason. 

11/11/2018 - 5:04pm At the time of the Maryland…

At the time of the Maryland and Rutgers addition, all of college football was going through a kind of super expansion. There were concerns that the Big 12 was going to cease to exist. The B1G looked to expand it's footprint East and locking down the NY and DC markets was a good move on their part. I don't think anyone thought that Rutgers football would be this bad (they do have a win against Michigan),more likely, Northwestern every once in awhile rises, so maybe Rutgers can as well. It is still good to have that East coast market share. I think the B1G would love to pick off Virginia and North Carolina from the ACC to boost their East Coast footprint but that is a ways off. 

11/06/2018 - 9:09pm Whenever anyone mentions a…

Whenever anyone mentions a revenge tour and Indiana all you have to do is say, Lee Corso, John Wrangler and some freshmen kid named Anthony Carter. 

I don't think IU will ever recover from that loss. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEF6edfexco

 

 

 

11/06/2018 - 9:02am When out and about because…

When out and about because of the kids sports, I will listen to the games on satellite radio and then pull it up on my cell phone to watch it live. Radio is usually a play to a play and a half ahead of the television. 

11/05/2018 - 1:16pm "and there's a good chance…

"and there's a good chance we hold on to beat Wisconsin, too if he isn't injured."

 

That and if a B1G reply official actually looks at the television camera on the touchdown review to see the difference between a left foot coming down first versus both feet coming down simultaneously. 

11/05/2018 - 1:04pm A lot of people have already…

A lot of people have already answered this but I would add that Hamler in quite a few games has really put a spark in the Penn State offense with some electric returns. (I know already covered.) Michigan was kicking into the wind, they had just sprinted down the field so they are going to be a bit tired and they are backed up a couple of more yards. 

Franklin makes a bunch of head scratching decisions but being down as Penn State was, I saw nothing wrong with giving Hamler another chance to try and get a big return and generate some momentum. 

11/02/2018 - 8:49am I think there are many more…

I think there are many more articles out there which give a better overview of the Durkin firing mess. The heart of the matter is that UMD commissioned two investigations, one into the UMD football program and a second into the death of Jordan McNair. In both reports, the blame was directed to the training staff. Durkin may not have been without blame in either report but a lot of the blame was qualified and Durkin was not portrayed as having violated his contractual obligations. Things in the report made Durkin look more like a douche but the truth is that if you ripped the lid off of most FBS football programs you would probably see a lot of similar practices.

For all that, Jordan McNair died in 80 degree weather doing a conditioning drill that 99% of the FBS programs run in similar conditions. The training staff should have identified McNair's problems.

So what do you do with Durkin?

After the reports, I do not think that UMD could have fired Durkin with cause. That means that the buyout kicks in and that neighborhood is in the 5 million dollar and change real estate. It almost looks as if, Maryland didn't want to pony up the $5 million and have to hire a new coach and instead took the cheap way out to reinstate Durkin. That lead to a student revolt as well as an alumni and state government rebellion.

With a McNair lawsuit coming and who knows if Durkin isn't planning his own lawsuit, this mess isn't over yet for UMD.   

11/02/2018 - 7:54am The Maryland and Rutgers…

The Maryland and Rutgers entry into the B1G was a result of conference expansion, television revenue and basic conference footprint. Rutgers was never known as a strong sports program but the hope was that Northwestern has shown signs of life from time to time so maybe Rutgers could as well. 

Maryland had a strong ACC affiliation and it was hoped that the football program would grow and that Maryland would be a strong basketball factor. 

What the two schools offered were an east coast footprint in the New York and Washington, D.C. area. The problem is that the B1G is primarily a football conference and Rutgers and Maryland getting stuck in the East hasn't done them any favors. In all honesty though, who would be happy if Purdue, Illinois or Minnesota joined the B1G for the first time in 2014?

Notre Dame will never join the B1G as long as they have NBC as their own network. I do believe that the B1G should be looking to expand their east coast footprint and targeting UNC and Virginia. 

10/29/2018 - 3:33pm More like, "Ok, which…

More like, "Ok, which Assistant is covering Franklin to stop him from using a timeout?"

10/29/2018 - 11:43am Purdue was on the road…

Purdue was on the road against one of the country's best defenses and with under 2 minutes to play they were a blocked field goal away from tying the game and that is middling-to-poor?

10/24/2018 - 8:06am A lot of people have already…

A lot of people have already hit on the names, but if you don't think taking a walk-on (Jack Conklin) and turning him into a #8 overall draft pick 'is overstating it quite a bit' then you have luckily cleansed your mind of the @$$ kicking's Dantonio handed out for a couple of those years. The authors did a good job on talking about the changing Spartan program players but don't get it twisted, during that 2011 to 2016 time period, Michigan was looking up to the talent in East Lansing.  

10/22/2018 - 8:14pm Corey Malone Hatcher…

Corey Malone Hatcher medically retired because of an Achilles injury. 

10/15/2018 - 8:24am I wonder what Braylon…

I wonder what Braylon Edwards thoughts are on the offensive line?

09/25/2018 - 2:30pm I wonder how Greg Mattison…

I wonder how Greg Mattison felt about the beat down Michigan gave to Nebraska in regards to Daishon Neal?

For those who do not remember, back in 2015 Neal was a 3 star Nebraska kid who had originally committed to Nebraska but after Bo Pelini was fired sort of had a wandering eye. According to his father, he was a Michigan lean until Mattison came to visit and said something Neal and his father, didn't like. On a radio station, Neal said he was committed to Nebraska and that Mattison was escorted from his house. 

So how is that Nebraska pick working out?

09/17/2018 - 8:21am Sometimes those games are…

Sometimes those games are closer than you'd think (in the 45-21 range rather than 84-0).

 

I guess someone has the second sight.

 

 

 

08/26/2018 - 9:55am Years ago my wife and I who…

Years ago my wife and I who had been married less than a year were traveling through the South Bend area on a Notre Dame game weekend. We were both tired and were looking for a hotel room. Using the phone book (remember those?) we started in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, worked our way down to Niles and was into the R's in South Bend when we came across 'The Ritz.' 

Nice fancy ad in the yellow pages but they wanted $300 for the night. We were both very tired and quickly agreed and copied down the address. Using an atlas (how did we ever get around without driving directions on our phones?) I found the street and after heading the wrong direction began following it. Pretty soon, we were out by the airport. 

South Bend has a small regional airport which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I figured, near the airport, it must be some high-end business motel. It still took me a while to find it since I drove past it a couple of times. When I drove into the parking lot, my mouth fell open. It was a single story building which ran for about 500 feet. My wife and I were both tired and after a 2-minute debate, I decided to go and get our room. 

The lobby, if that is what you would call it, was guarded by a swinging glass door and a bug zapper. The zapper sounded like a tap dancer the way it was going and bigger bugs were circling it trying to get in to get zapped. The lobby had a couple of chairs and the clerk was situated behind a bulletproof glass counter. The guy was Asian and I could barely make out what he was saying but I handed over my high-interest Visa card and was given a key to one of the rooms. The key was attached to a rectangular piece of plastic which looked like the old bathroom keys they would hand you at the gas station. 

The room was quite the surprise. It was done in a high green and white shag (mind you that had been out of style for at least 30 years). The bed was a waterbed which was built into a stand which was at least the height of most bar counters. On the wall behind the bed and on the ceiling were mirrors. After my wife and I climbed in bed, I noticed that there was a reinforced hook hanging from the ceiling. 

I tried to placate my wife who was beyond pissed by turning on the television. There was this huge satellite dish on the building and what do you suppose came on? If you guessed porn, you would be correct. Every single channel was porn. No Gideon Bible in the bedside nightstand but it did hold an impressive array of condoms.

My wife swore me to secrecy about that night and I couldn't help but think about it with the comments mentioning Niles and hotel rooms. 

08/24/2018 - 7:10am "When the goal is to get to…

"When the goal is to get to the NFL his track record is good at every position but QB"

I know he was a Michigan State recruit but don't tell that to the Dwan Mathis family.

08/24/2018 - 7:00am I always cringe at the 9…

I always cringe at the 9 touchdown pass number and think back to the Florida game where Speight hit Crawford for a TD pass on a 4th down play which was called back and turned into a field goal because of the ref mixing up which TE was downfield. Also, the Wisconsin game where the ref, as well as the replay official, couldn't see DPJ gt his foot down in the end zone.  It's not like there is a big difference between 11 and 9 but those were two touchdown passes taken off the board which should have counted. 

07/21/2018 - 11:21am That might make some sort of…

That might make some sort of sense if State were still playing in the Legends Division as they were on two of those trips and they could schedule 4 out of conference games. Even in the 2015 season there were 4 out of conference games. The 2015 season will not have any relevance to what happens in the 2018 season. 

06/15/2018 - 10:00am Speaking of walk-ons, I…

Speaking of walk-ons, I wonder if Matt Brown is going to pan out? He was a preferred walk-on who was the Ohio defensive player of the year in 2017. Early in his high school days he committed to Quinnipiac for LAX and then sort of exploded his senior year in football and last year took a preferred walk-on at Michigan.  

04/15/2018 - 8:29am In 1987, Bo lost in that same

In 1987, Bo lost in that same stadium to IU and the following year won a Rose Bowl. 

04/15/2018 - 8:15am If Michigan had even

If Michigan had even reasonable luck it would be 3-3.

2013 and Gardner's broken foot 2 point conversion attempt.
2016 game we all know about
2017 game when Barrett when down

You could even throw in the 2012 game with Michigan leading 21-20 at the half and then losing 26-21 and unable to cross the 50 for the whole second half. 

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than one of the good guys. 

 

04/15/2018 - 8:01am The Wilton Speight myth

The Wilton Speight myth continues about the fumble at the 1 yard line. Yes Speight did fumble but Ohio State marched all of the way out to the 19 yard line and on a 4th and 6, Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston tried a fake punt and was stopped 3 yards short of a 1st down. 5 plays later Speight hit Khalid Hill for an 8 yard TD pass. That fumble didn't change anything. 

09/03/2017 - 6:18pm Scenic Route

I love the scenic route as much as the next guy but when you turned down Dombrowski memory lane you definitely made a wrong turn. If there is one myth that Tiger fans hang onto it is the Doug Fister great pitcher myth.

After leaving Detroit, Fister had another top season in 2014 posting a 16-6 record, a 2.41 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. From there it was all downhill. In 2015 he was 5-7 and in 2016 there was an attempt of a comeback with the Astros followed by the next season of a minor league deal with the Angels.

What did the Tigers get back in return? Steve Lombardozzi a utility infielder who most likely resembles that stale bag of BBQ potato chips, Ian Krol a below average relief pitcher and a young left hander named Robbie Ray. Because Ray didn't develop as fast at the Tigers liked he was shipped off to Arizona for Shane Greene. Ray made the All Star team this year from Arizona.

Had Ray been allowed to come along slowly his left arm would be a great in the Tigers rotation. Instead because he wasn't ready as fast as everyone wanted him to be he was shipped out.

The Tigers did have a great rotation but there is no way the Tigers could have afforded Scherzers 7 year - $210 million deal, plus David Prices 7 year - $217 million deal. Remember the Tigers did try and hold things together giving Anibal Sanchez 5 years and $80 million.

Dombrowski was right with Fister, he bought low, sold high but the win now mentality moved Ray out to soon.