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07/14/2015 - 2:17pm Sacre Coeur?

Great views, yes; great architecture, no--a hodge-podge of Romano-Byzantine features.  Symbolically, it is also a hodge-podge:  

Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871[1] crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.[2]

Climb to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral for an equally stunning view of Paris.  

I'm happy to see Jim enjoying Paris, but sorry to seem him denigrate a great cathedral in favor of kitsch.


05/14/2015 - 2:38pm Shocking . . .

What name might that be?

02/20/2015 - 10:37am Enough

Jesus.  Move on.  

10/27/2014 - 11:17am Right on Charblue

Hoke's failure to get pissed about the two targetting penalties should get much more attention.  Dantonio, not Hoke, should step up and apologize for his team's unsportsmanlike behavior.  Where is Hoke's anger?  Support for his players has to be shown in game situations.

10/01/2014 - 2:43pm Bullshit. you called it out to spread your own.

Former players --"they"--are as unknown to you as to me, and to the rest of the readers of this blog.  But you think you are among the chosen few who understand "how to build an entire program . . . while maintaining integrity."  You know who they are because they are not we.

Because you have the second sight?


10/01/2014 - 2:30pm ihla17. Agree 100%

Do not be hateful toward our players.

10/01/2014 - 2:28pm Right on, darker blue.

Others have the right to say whatever they want, however.  On this blog, they have, but they are wrong to tell former players "they need to shut their mouths."

10/01/2014 - 2:24pm Hackney,
Your two point well


Your two point well taken.  I agree.


09/23/2013 - 12:21pm Turnovers --Systemic problem under Brady Hoke

See the Nick Baumgardner column in mlive.


Can a bye week fix a systemic problem?  Hopefully, we'll see improvement at one position at least.


09/19/2013 - 10:56am Connâitre cuit?

Cela n'a pas de sense.  Qu'est-ce que vous voulez dire?

02/07/2013 - 9:08pm Ohio had seven--

Of which Reid Fragel and Jonathan Hankins might have been ours if Carr (or Hoke) had been the coach instead of the dear departed RR.  

05/24/2012 - 3:11pm Ron Kramer DE?

Ron Kramer and Gary Maentz were tight ends. 

05/14/2012 - 4:43pm Well . . .

Larry Tregoning!

02/28/2012 - 6:46pm Yep, saw him--

Also Bob Timberlake and before that, Ron Kramer.

02/15/2012 - 11:23am Why do we care?

Good luck to him wherever he ends up.  From Michigan perspective, meh.

02/13/2012 - 11:31pm Jesus Christ

David Brandon is not a boy scout.  Neither is Brady Hoke.  Sometimes they deviate from the truth deliberately, sometimes--they just lose track of a past public statement. 

Sometimes Brian's posts read like a search for absolute consistency in Brandon's every utterance. 

Brian Cook is half blogger, half journalist, and he runs a great Blog.  But he's not a boy scout either, and he's not perfectly consistent.  None of is.  Jesus, even Christ couldn't count on his disciples to put together a coherent narrative.  Jesus was not a theologian on the hunt for the slightest deviation from an all-encompassing theology.  Jesus apparently sought to save people's souls, not monitor every utterance.

Dave Brandon is definitely not a theologian, nor is he a journalist or a blogger.  In his job, PR is King.  Right?  He was hired to lead and manage, which includes a large helping of PR.  I'm not crazy about some of his marketing schemes.  But PR and marketing aside, he's been a take-charge guy.  He's pushed through facility improvements in basketball and football, put the hockey program on the front page, and scheduled our first night game in the Big House.  We've got solid coaches and competitive, winning programs.  I think he's already the most effective AD we've had since Don Canham, and that period includes Bo Schembechler's tenure.

So this chicken feed stuff about "did he contradict himself" pisses me off.  Would it piss me off if Michigan and Ohio State didn't play annually on the last day of season?  Yes it would.  But I don't think Brandon will let that happen if he can help it. Is he a "corporate CEO type"?  Yeah, I think he is.  But if you could choose any other AD from the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, PAC 10, ACC, or Big East (including Notre Dame), who would be better?  And how, exactly?

02/13/2012 - 10:36pm Touchy are we?

Use every man after his just desert and who would 'scape whipping?

02/13/2012 - 5:38pm File

File under Brian:  Obligatory Brandon Bashing.

  Subhead:  consistency:  hobgoblin of little minds.

     Example:  Whitman.  "Do I contradict myself?  Very well, I am large, I contain multitudes."

02/08/2012 - 5:42pm Vous avez une problème avec la moquette 'buckeye'?

Dans mon avis voici un blog fou.  Peut-être ces auteurs admirent M. Warhol?

02/03/2012 - 6:47pm Where was the Knowledge?

When we really needed him?

02/03/2012 - 6:21pm Why don't we wait until he declares?

If he chooses Michigan, this thread will look very stupid.

If he doesn't choose Michigan, good luck to him.

02/02/2012 - 6:11pm Merci M. Michelin

Basically, we're waiting for the Ohio Supremes to schedule oral arguments and for the tOSU to file its response to the court.

I'm wondering --ok, hoping -- that if ESPN prevails, the records will reveal some mines worthy of press detonation and tender attention from the NCAA's bomb disposal squad.

02/02/2012 - 6:01pm Thanks!

Cool cat logo, SchrodingersCat--

02/02/2012 - 11:22am How quickly we forget . . .

that not too long ago Joe Tiller played Bret Bielema to Rich Rod's Urban Meyer. Tiller called Rodriguez a "Wizard-Hat Snake Oil Salesman".  Link:…

Rodriguez' conference "thefts" included Roy Roundtree (Purdue) and Michael Shaw (Penn State).  We MGoBlog blogsters were delighted by both of these commitments, deriding Tiller as a jerk, and applauding Rodriguez as a great recruiter. 

A bit of perspective before we jump all over Meyer. 



01/31/2012 - 11:52am Dance with us Henry!

Welcome to the best place you've ever been.  We're looking forward to seeing you on the field . . . soon, I hope.

01/30/2012 - 2:07pm Bad vibes about later targets

The last couple months have never felt quite right with regard to our remaining targets.  Too much hesitation, too much "50-50" reporting.  Anybody else feel that way?

On the bright side, Diamonds can be forever.

01/27/2012 - 6:40pm Well his cousin Sam Dodsworth

has settled in Italy.  Don't know if he still misses the midwest.

01/26/2012 - 1:55pm Which of our recruiting targets should not change?

No hints.  Work this out yourself.

01/22/2012 - 11:14pm Williams

It was a painful reminder of our kick return game prior to 2011:  'Hang on to the damn ball!' 

All of us can relate to that.

01/22/2012 - 11:11pm Your updates rock!

Hope the recruits swing Blue.  They will be very welcome in AA.

01/21/2012 - 11:45pm In the long run

we are all dead.

Of course it mattered.  Sooner or later we need to win on the road.  What was wrong with sooner?

01/21/2012 - 11:42pm I think the postings on this blog become more repetitive.


Scorn for MSU

Scorn for Ohio


Scorn for MSU

Scorn for Ohio

oh--and OT.

oh--and boring.

01/21/2012 - 11:36pm Grant Sam

The will to become a Wolverine

01/21/2012 - 11:35pm Much heat

damn little light.


01/16/2012 - 6:58pm Yeah, it's not a football school

But it's a great campus for frisbee golf.  And a great Saturday outing to Marin county--Stimson Beach or Mt. Tamalpais is always available.  Even a lowly grad student living in the beat-up married student housing in the Albany mud flats on San Pablo Blvd can dig Berkeley.  Great place, gorgeous campus.  Hard to beat.

01/16/2012 - 6:50pm WolvinLA2, can't agree. Berkeley is the best public.

See Wiki link,_Berkeley

"Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 70 Nobel Prizes, 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 15 Turing Awards, 45[8]MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes. To date, UC Berkeley and its researchers are associated with 6 chemical elements of the periodic table (Californium, Seaborgium, Berkelium, Einsteinium, Fermium, Lawrencium) and Berkeley Lab has discovered 16 chemical elements in total – more than any other university in the world.[9] Berkeley is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and continues to have very high research activity with $652.4 million in research and development expenditures in 2009.[10][11] Berkeley physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bomb in the world, which he personally headquartered at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II."


"Berkeley's undergraduate program was ranked 1st as the top public university among "National Universities" in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[42]

Internationally, in 2011, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Berkeley 2nd in the world and the United States and 1st in California. In terms of "fields", Berkeley is ranked 2nd in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 3rd in Engineering/Technology and Computer, 15th in Life and Agricultural Sciences, 29th in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and 5th in Social Sciences. In its "subject" ranking, Berkeley is ranked 3rd in Mathematics, 5th in Physics, 2nd in Chemistry, 3rd in Computer Science and 4th in Economics/Business.[43]

The 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Berkeley 10th in the world, 7th in the United States, and 3rd in California.[44] The QS World University Rankings placed Berkeley 21st in the world, 14th in the United States, and 3rd in California.[45] (In 2010, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings.) In the 2006 international edition of Newsweek, Berkeley was the fifth-ranked global university,[46] and the Center for Measuring University Performance placed Berkeley ninth among national research universities.[47]"


01/16/2012 - 4:47pm It's an outstanding school academically

Agree with you, WolvinLA2, except on one point, Cal academics.  Cal is the best public university in the nation.



01/11/2012 - 11:47pm Right on.

And Michigan players have had issues that are worse than driving violations. 


12/27/2011 - 11:01am Good question.

My newest granddaughter comes to mind at once.

But I doubt that my optimism or lack therof is the more important question. 


12/21/2011 - 2:35pm Good breakdown of NCAA BS

Brian, it's time to issue a call, right?  We need an NCAA violation/punishment CHART.

Line up the offending institutions by rows, the rules violations by columns, and the NCAA punishiments as the row summary.

Hmmm--probably have to find a place for assumptions as well. 

But--sigh, it wouldn't work.  Instead, get a couple grocery bags of oranges, apples, grapes, etc. and match them up randomly. 

NCAA rules eforcement a la carte.



12/19/2011 - 6:52pm Attended UM & UC-Berkeley

AB UM, MA UC-Berkeley. 

So, yeah, Bay Area is better for climate.  Standford campus -- matter of taste; rich but pretty bland.  Berkeley kills it for gorgeous setting, and it may be not as hot in summer.   Much better for frisbee golf.

Anyhow, to a kid from the Northwest, indeed there will be lots of sunshine.  Not to mention that Stanford is an awesome University.  The only downside to the Bay Area?  Congestion, everywhere.  Too many cars, too many people.  And good luck finding affordable housing in Palo Alto. 

Good luck to Garnett & hope he goes Blue despite the message about his preference. 


12/19/2011 - 11:50am Final thought

IF Ohio gets hammered by the NCAA

AND Dunn tries to switch his commitment to UM


  -should Hoke refuse him


 -should Hoke accept him?


12/15/2011 - 12:50pm Indeed, a very modest proposal.

I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.

12/14/2011 - 1:23pm Coach rankings?

How can John Belein be ranked only 1 spot above Tommy Amaker?  Argghhh.

12/14/2011 - 1:10pm at last

Nirvana . . . happy holidays, blogmeister.

12/14/2011 - 11:04am tsk, tsk

Let the seniors be seniors.

YOU don't have to wear the damn uniform.  Unless you are a senior on the football team?

12/14/2011 - 7:25am Detroit News Dec 14, 2011

Michigan seniors selected alternate jersey for Sugar Bowl


12/13/2011 - 4:06pm Let it go

Tired of hearing about him.  If he comes, fine.  If not, fine.

I want to hear about recruits that want to play for Michigan.

12/12/2011 - 11:24am It's great, but -- think about PSU

Here's a contrarian view.

PSU.  Keeping critical information secret works ok if the information is not hurtful to others, criminal in nature, morally reprehensible, etc. etc. 

The danger of organizational secrecy becoming an institutional habit is real.

What do you think?

12/12/2011 - 11:19am "the spread offense of Ohio"

Characterizing Michigan's offense as "Pro / west coast" (Hoke) vs Ohio's offense as  "spread" (Meyer) may tilt Dunn's decision toward Michigan--I hope it does.

But is the offensive choice that clear cut?  Under Borges, our offense has been described as a hybrid, and as the 2011 season unfolded, our offense evolved more and more toward the spread.  Will the 2012 season see more or less of Denard in the spread? 

After Denard graduates, Dunn can reasonably expect Borges to "revert" to a pro-style offense.  But who knows for sure what the future holds?  Borges and Hoke may find that Denard opens up new ways of thinking about a hybrid offense.

What do you think?