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12/04/2012 - 10:06am If we get two more schools...

... I'd be shocked of they were Kansas and Virginia Tech. Likewise, I'd be shocked if they weren't Georgia Tech and either UVA or UNC. I fully expect this to happen at some point. My question is: does it stop at 16 or do we add the other of UVA / UNC and (gulp) Duke? And what does that mean for Notre Dame? A Big Ten with two ten team divisions is possible but I don't see a 20th team out there that Big Ten presidents would tolerate except maybe Pitt (once you take Duke and ND,what's another private school?)

06/26/2012 - 12:09pm One idea

One thing i never understood - why do we so frequently conflate honoring the Fab Five - whether it be the idea of them as a unit without names or the four minus Webber - with the Final Four banners that were taken down.  Isn't the legacy of the fab Five so much more than those two Final Four appearances?

If Webber was ineligible for those two Final Fours, I very much understand why we wouldn't re-hang the banners?  Why not hang a banner simply honoring the Fab Five? 

05/24/2012 - 5:20am The fourth reason may be the most important

Not that I disagree with an of he three points made by 11W, but it's somewhat irritating that a fourth reason that Hoke had more success than RR did isn't mentioned: he had better players - not "basically the same players."

Jr returning starter heirs an trophy candidate at QB
Actual returning starters on the OL including the Rimington award winner
Senior versions of Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen
Junior version of Jordan Kovacs
Depth at WR

Let's not forget who we had starting on offense in RR's first year.

05/24/2012 - 4:59am This is all excellent advice

Better than mine.

05/23/2012 - 10:24pm My pleasure

Uptown really probably stops around Turtle Creek Blvd and Blackburn Sts to the northwest and northeast, respectively. North of that is just other parts of Oaklawn until you get to the ritzier Highland Park around Hawthorne and Armstrong Avenues.

I definitely was staying in Park Cities. Hotel ZaZa is in the heart of uptown though.

05/23/2012 - 9:33pm Uptown Dallas defined

Uptown Dallas is a nice, fun, somewhat fancy area between downtown Dallas and Park Cities neighborhood. It is loosely defined as the area between the Woodall Rodgers freeway to the south, the North Tollway (to the west), US-75 (tobthe east) and it may go as far north as Mockingbird Lane (but some would say that's getting in to Highland Park). SMU's campus is (beautiful; worth a look) and just north of Mockingbird Lane in University Park. Those to neighborhoods with "Park" in their names make up the larger area called Park Cities.

Addison is a city north of Dallas (I-635 is roughly the northern border of the city of Dallas). I would not recommend staying up there. It is perfectly pleasant but suburban. There is a new mixed-use (commercial/residential/retail) development confusingly called Ptown hatis being built along I-635; but that's totally different. The Galleria is one big shopping mall. I don't recommend it if you want to go see what Dallas is all about.

In the uptown area, there are lots of bars and restaurants along McKinney avenue (the southern portion of it) and in the Knox-Henderson area (where Knox Knox St and Henderson Ave come together) especially to the east of US-75 all the way toward Greenville Ave and the cute M Streets neighborhood (named because all of the east-west streets begin with the letter M). The area around Fitzhugh Ave is also getting cool.

I usually stay at one of two Kimpton properties when I am in Dallas. Both are technically in University Park by SMU- Hotel Palomar or The less expensive Hotel Lumen. Hotel ZaZa is a new hip hotel further south that has a cool restaurant and bar. That would be fun. If you want to Less expensive, there is a La Quinta Inn in Uptown right on US-75 and Garrett Ave and a Best Western as well.

You have to check out the Katy Trail Ice House when you're in Dallas. Huge outdoor beer place right along a running trail. Feels very "Texas". Everybody goes there before Mavs games and walks the trail to the arena. Have fun!

05/11/2012 - 8:08am Dallas BBQ isn't the greatest...

... compared to what you might get in Austin area, but I've enjoyed the brisket at Bartly's in Grapevine. Cool counter service / Formica chair type atmosphere. There are always fireman there when I've been, which is a good sign.

03/09/2012 - 8:10am 1 seed is incredibly unlikely

But a 2 seed is definitely possible. If we beat OSU to reach the conf finals (having beaten them twice this year), it's possible we move past them just for that. Win the whole thing and we're definitely a 2 seed ahead of them.

I also think a 3 seed is on the line today for Michigan. Win and we got it; lose and we could slip to 4. Marquette and Georgetown lost and, barring an ACC championship from Florida State in which it beats UNC and Duke, I think the only threat to earn a 3 seed other than the four teams universally on that line (Baylor, Mich, Marquette, Georgetown) is the Indiana / Wisconsin winner. Since Marquette and Georgetown already lost one (Georgetown) would be more likely to slip to a 4 than Michigan would. But if Michigan loses to Minn, we could slip below Georgetown on the S-curve.

02/19/2012 - 10:14am This blog does

Check out the 2013 offer board:

02/18/2012 - 10:42am Indeed

I'll take any site in MI, Indiana, Ohio or Chicago. I can't believe I am saying this but, if not in Michigan, Ft Wayne, Columbus and Cincinnati aren't horrible places to play.

11/26/2011 - 10:24pm If Georgia wins...

... everything is out the window, but not because Michigan doesn;t finsih in the top 14 of the BCS rankings.  Michigan is likely out no matter whether it is in the top 14 or not.  My "no question" comment was about whether or not we finish in the top 14 in a scenario that matters.

I don't see LSU losing to Georgia, but if it does, and LSU/Bama finish 1/2, which they likely still would - a) LSU still has a beter resume than any other 1-loss team, and b) voters wouldn not want to give Bama a benefit for losing to LSU at home - there will be three SEC teams in BCS bowls (UGA still gets the Sugar) and, with Houston a likely AQ, only one at large bid left, which the Fiesta would get to select, and I agree with you that it would most likely be Stanford. 


11/26/2011 - 10:04pm We're in

We'll finsih in the top 14.  No question.

Sugar will get first choice of teams, and we'll likely be it.  Crazy.  Only way I can see it going any other way is if Oklahoma State loses to OU on some fluke and somehow seems like a more attractive opponent for Houston, which the Sugar Bowl will almost assuredly take with its second selection.  No way Stanford is a team that they want given the likely opponent.

11/21/2011 - 8:15am Sugar Bowl likely picks undefeated Houston over Big East Champ

If no SEC team is available to be selected, the Sugar Bowl would very likely pick Houston. Houston is driving distance from New Orleans and it's not likely that any other team eligible to be selected would travel to New Orleans nearly as well (save, perhaps, Michigan). The only Big East team that would even come close would be Weat Virginia.

11/01/2011 - 10:48pm Something that will never happen

How nice would it be to have five "BCS" conferences with 62-64 teams fighting for five AQ spots and four or five "non-BCS" conferences with anywhere from 40-60 teams in a playoff for one AQ spot and the rest of the Sun Belt and WAC just busted down to FCS?

10/23/2011 - 5:14pm Depends on the game

Except for extreme circumstances, all of the official Michigan bars (in Manhattan at least)  will have Michigan basketball games on if they are on BTN or ESPN.  Your best bet to watch with other fans would be at Professor Thom's on 2nd Ave.  As somebody said, above, though, none of the bars draw a huge crowd for Michigan basketball unless them agme is not televised in NYC (NCAA Tournament, for example).

09/13/2011 - 10:52pm Cool. Thanks a lot


09/13/2011 - 4:54pm This response string is great

I love it.  I don't have many points because I rarely post, but I've been around for quite a while.  Nevertheless, I'll probably forego disturbing your parents; though I appreciate the precise estimate of my awesomeness.

You see, I'm not from Fargo; but I'll be there for a wedding.  And, despite my advanced age, I do know how to use Google.  I'm not particularly indolent; rather, I thought a kind user, such as NDSU_Blue, would know the area well and could recommend a bar that not only subscribed to BTN, but would be happy - even eager - to put on the game for me, and perhaps a few other like-minded Michigan fans.

Major props to FgoWolve and NDSU_Blue.  Thanks guys / gals.

09/13/2011 - 1:18pm Wow

ok; I liked the helmets, actually, but I did not realize how much these unis do, indeed, look like South Florida's.  The numerals are weird and I'm not a black pants fan.

09/13/2011 - 1:16pm Wow. Thank you for sharing.


09/13/2011 - 1:15pm I really love Picture Pages

Thanks to Brian and all the others who contribute.  Moving Picture Pages are cool, too, but the above really helps to see it frame by frame.

09/13/2011 - 10:27am Thanks

I love the Picture Pages.  Keep them coming!

09/13/2011 - 10:26am I actually like them

For an alternate uniform, these aren;t so bad.  Little things could be imporoved, IMHO, but I kind of like the bronze and the green Spartan.  Don't kill me.

09/11/2011 - 7:04pm Great shot!


09/04/2011 - 5:51pm Any place to watch in Fargo?

I'm going to be there for a wedding the weekend of the Eastern Michigan game?  Anybody know where I could watch it at 11 am CT on Big Ten Network with volume?  Good news is the Gophers aren't playing at the same time, to the extent that matters.

08/30/2011 - 11:54pm Depends what you're looking for

Professor Thom's has been a Michigan bar for a while.  It will be only Michigan fans, it will get backed with younger people, it will be loud, the sight lines to TVs aren't great.

Brother Jimmy's in Union Sq is newer for a Michigan Bar (newer in geenral).  It will also cater to other groups, so not 100% Michigan; it has better HD TVs; also will be crowded, but not just with Michigan people.

On the rare occassion when I have to watch a Michigan game at a bar (basketball; football is always on in HD at home), I go to The FOrum on 4th Ave and 12th St.  It is an unofficial Michigan bar but draws a decent number of Michigan people.  They have some well-placed HD TVs and will have volume for the Michigan game.  It;s not as much of a scene as the other two which I prefer, but you may not.

I don;t know of the new place on Front St in Brooklyn.  Could be promising.

I've gone to The Hill and to some place on 53rd St befrore and I found both lacking.

Good luck.


06/24/2011 - 8:01am It isn't "enforceable"

There is no guarantee that a greyshirt offeree would get a scholarship next year. There also is no guarantee that kids who sign LOIs will have scholarships the following year. But there are some generally accepted practices. If Hoke yanked Ricardo Miller's scholarship this year, there would be outrage and the same would likely be true if he reneged on an explicit promise to a greyshirt candidate.

06/22/2011 - 7:47am Maybe that means one NT

And one DT

06/12/2011 - 11:06pm Exactly.

Couldn't have said it better.  The jersey number was worn by some great Michigan WRs, but also run-of-the-mill Junior College transfers.  Braylon wanted it bad though.

EDIT: Silly me: Butterfield transferred away from Michigan (to a 1-AA school, I believe), not to Michigan from a  Junior College.  It was Russell Shaw that transferred to Michigan from a Junior College.

06/09/2011 - 2:40pm Is it possible...

...that the coaching staff sees Wormley (and/or Godin) potentially growing into a DT?

05/22/2011 - 10:49pm Thanks, Tom. A question...

... are we out of it for Tommy Schutt?  Seems like we have a lot of good options even if we are.

05/09/2011 - 7:22am Would/could Godin potentially move to DT?

He seems to have the size and our roster seems it will have the need.

05/07/2011 - 12:47pm Not to pick nits

But sales tax is a state issue, not federal.

03/11/2011 - 10:09am Lunardi moved Colorado ahead of Michigan

SImple as that.

03/05/2011 - 5:33pm What's wrong with the source?

Joe Rexrode is legitimate.

02/09/2011 - 5:33pm Thanks, Tim

I was surprised not to see OH S Allen Gant on the list of prospects that may be offered in the future.  Any indication on where Michigan is (or isn't) with him?

12/15/2010 - 7:26am Doyle is horrible

I was even more disturbed by the frequent use of the term Baby Blues to describe our team.

11/14/2010 - 8:35pm Check out a few neighborhoods

Ive lived in NY for 10 years and I agree with others: check out a few hoods and see what you like and what your money can buy in each. Take your time.
<br>However, from what you've written so far, it sounds like Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are good options for you. Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are wonderful but Clinton Hill is just slightly less convenient to public transport though more diverse than CG/CH/BH.
<br>If you want more info, just reply with your email address and I'll shoot you a note.

11/06/2010 - 10:05am Given the way things have gone

I would not be surprised to see Woolfolk at deep safety when he returns.

11/02/2010 - 8:11am Seems reasonable to me

This seems like a reasonable take to me, and one that's been espoused by others here before.

10/25/2010 - 7:08pm I think so.

DirecTV and Dish won't help you in the home, but commercial satellite packages should be able to get ABC feeds from various regions.  At least I think so; not 100% sure.  I imagine we can find out this weekend.

10/24/2010 - 5:41pm Right

Big Ten no longer has a carriage agreement with ESPN Gameplan. ESPN3 or a bar with satellite channels it will be for those who do not get the Big Ten prime time game on ABC. Don't be surprised if only Ohio and Minnesota markets get that game this weekend. A Michigan State-Iowa night game was unavailable a few years back in much of the Big Ten footprint (including Chicago) outside those two states when matched up against a game with far more national interest. We'll just have to wait for the regional coverage maps to come out to see. I'm certainly hoping my market (NY) gets Oregon.

10/24/2010 - 4:14pm Reverse mirror rules

Unless the Big Ten's contract with ABC/ESPN changed this year, ABC is only required to reverse mirror 3:30 pm ABC televised regional games; there is no requirement to reverse mirror prime time Big Ten games. Of course, ABC/ESPN can reverse mirror or us the standard def feeds to reverse mirror if it so chooses, but they are not contractually obligated to do.
<br>Michigan will be fine on ESPN. However, you may not get the Ohio State game depending on where you live.

09/20/2010 - 12:17pm The pecking order changes every week

IIRC, the pecking order, as you say, changes every week; and we don't know which weeks are which in advance.  This was true for the 2007 season and, I beliebe, still true today:

ABC/ESPN always gets first choice of Big ten games to televise.

In three weeks, BTN gets second choice - I believe BTN gets to pick those weeks and can do so 7-10 days before the scheduled games.

In three weeks, BTN gets third choice - same as above

In all other (six) weeks, BTN gets fourth choice.

ABC/ESPN can decide to put third or fourth choice games on any channel they choose of ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU (as the Big ten conference have deemed all of them widely available)

ABC agrees to mirror any regionally carried 3:30 pm Big Ten game on ESPN2 in areas of the country that do not get the Big Ten game on ABC.  Any regional prime time games are not included in the mirroring clause.

08/28/2010 - 6:31pm Oh, and Grant Mason

Sorry- forgot about him.

08/28/2010 - 6:27pm David Bowens was OLSM, too

David Bowens was OLSM, too

05/06/2010 - 1:38pm Minor correction on Big Ten TV deal

Unless something changed this year, I think there is one exception to the rule that "There is no such thing as a Big Ten football game you cannot get nationally."  I do not believe ABC is required to "reverse mirror" any prime time (8pm) Big Ten matchup that receives regional coverage on ESPN2.  In fact, I seem to remember this adversely affecting Michigan State fans in Chicago last year or the year prior.  I may be mistaken. 

03/13/2010 - 12:37pm FWIW, I lived in EL for 18 years

Best food near Munn - one of best in area - is affordable Middle Eastern place called Woody's Oasis in Trowbridge Center at the opposite end of the ShopRite. Very good, cheap and easy.

10/24/2009 - 10:51am great, great stuff.

thanks for taking the time to put together such thoughtful analysis.

10/15/2009 - 10:03am Wait... what?

If you don't like Lloyd Carr sitting in an Iowa box, fine, but let's not go crazy here.

I am very proud that Lloyd Carr represents the University of Michigan and our football team. He's not a Michigan Man? This is getting nutso.

10/15/2009 - 10:01am I'm fine if Rick Leach is worked up about it

But that doesn't mean:

a) we all have to (we're not sheep that blindly follow Rick Leach)...
b) it means we can somehow blame Lloyd for the Freep FOIA'ing team GPA records and writing a dumb article about it
c) it means we should blame Lloyd for the angst around the program the last few years