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10/15/2018 - 2:08pm Had someone the other day…

Had someone the other day scoff at me for sharing similar sentiments.  Then I told said person that my fandom tenure has been limited to the late Lloyd Carr years through now.  Said person understood better.

10/15/2018 - 10:56am Same, and yet Michigan was…

Same, and yet Michigan was still on pace at the half (up 6) to cover a spread that many saw as overly generous going into the game (-10).  But yeah, it sure felt frustrating that the offense hadn't converted the opportunities into more points going into the second half.

10/03/2018 - 3:26pm I mean, he's simply offering…

I mean, he's simply offering his own opinion after reviewing the provided footage.  He's not claiming to know more or better than Don Brown.  If every recruiting discussion began and ended with deference to the coaches simply because they know more about football, it would be a boring board indeed.

By the way, I really think it's posts like this that give trolls ammo.  Ammo to whine about the board being an echo chamber.  Ammo to claim being persecuted just because they don't agree with everything the coaches do.  Don't give them the ammo.

09/30/2018 - 7:33pm This is such a bizarre,…

This is such a bizarre, tortured argument.  ND has improved by 2 touchdowns more than Michigan did over the same time period? Based on what? Did Stanford also not improve along the way? Just gibberish.

The reason Stanford is above Michigan is not because of the direct ND comparison. It’s because Stanford’s best win (Oregon) is far better than Michigan’s best win. Simple.

09/25/2018 - 10:16am Nobody is suggesting that…

Nobody is suggesting that Michigan throw the ball 458 times in a game like that, but Shea threw the ball 22 times and averaged only 5.5 yards per attempt.  DPJ, Martin, and Collins combined for 4 catches for 53 yards.

Harbaugh obviously doesn't care about style points, but those are pretty underwhelming numbers against a really overwhelmed team.

09/25/2018 - 1:00am He is right that it would be…

He is right that it would be reassuring to see the passing offense click and really breakthrough for a game, any game, just to see that Michigan can do it. There are enough weapons that the ball is getting spread around, but there are no ‘go-to’ players at this point.

The result is that the passing offense feels more tenuous and inconsistent than it probably is. Minor complaint in the grand scheme, I suppose.

09/24/2018 - 9:16pm Michigan has played in The…

Michigan has played in The Game without a healthy, starting QB from start to finish for the past how many years exactly? Nobody is actively rooting for the kid to be injured, but history also won’t care who played and who didn’t. Just win no matter what.

09/24/2018 - 8:25pm Would Bosa really risk a…

Would Bosa really risk a long-term injury that could affect his draft status just to play Michigan in The Game?

*checks recent history against OSU


*cries more

Yup, seems likely.

09/24/2018 - 12:40pm It seems clear that…

It seems clear that Wisconsin's defense at least has taken a step back compared to 2017. Iowa managed some absurdly low yardage last year but was able to rack up over 400 this past weekend.  And there's no way BYU puts up that many points in Madison last year.

Wisconsin's offense looks like it always does.

Michigan's defense is tracking as being roughly equivalent to last year's defense but might be susceptible to wearing down if Solomon is not healthy by that point.

Michigan's offense is a step up from last year even if McCaffrey is at the helm.

Prediction: Michigan will be favored and should win at home.

09/24/2018 - 12:16pm There is a huge difference…

There is a huge difference between respecting the great achievements of a known scumbag and actively rooting for said scumbag. 

For my part, I'll never understand the "yes, he's a scumbag but what he did isn't really THAT bad and so therefore I will root for him because he is good at sports" argument. There are so many people in sports who are talented and genuinely good people--sometimes even inspirational. Why the heck would I actively want Tiger Woods to win over those people? 

But hey, look at Urban Meyer! Boy, if Harbaugh had done THAT, we'd ALL for sure want him gone!  Because moral high ground!  Amirite?


09/17/2018 - 1:02pm Does this actually work?…

Does this actually work? Genuinely curious. Does long grass disproportionately affect faster teams? Because I’ve seen this idea elsewhere but would think long grass affects slower players as much as it does faster ones. 

09/16/2018 - 1:56pm There is something, though,…

There is something, though, to the fact that wading through the post-game snowflake threads eats up a lot of time. I generally parse through the first 50 or so comments before giving up. Maybe I am alone in this.

08/31/2018 - 11:19am Honestly hard to see any…

Honestly hard to see any freshman getting too much run tomorrow, which is a good thing.  Turner would see some snaps if he were healthy (he's not, it seems), so I'll go with Hutchinson, who's been billed as being in the 2-deep. 

08/27/2018 - 2:30pm This is a dark entry in the…

This is a dark entry in the pantheon of annual season previews, and somewhat concerning to me because it might presage a different type of season coverage that the Mgoblog faithful (me anyway) have frenzied over in the days of yore.  If Brian's 'opening kickoff' is this bleak, will there be the usual effort put into weekly analysis, UFRs, technical film breakdowns, and the like?  One hopes, but the reality for anyone is that it is insanely difficult to fully invest in a task that one does not deeply enjoy.

Ultimately, it is Brian's blog to do with it what he will.  And we all read it for free (hello, though, Beveled Guilt) and aren't really in a position to complaint about content one way or the other.  But this place sure feels different, not just because of the new website, and this piece seems to confirm it.

08/27/2018 - 12:21pm I get that another OSU loss…

I get that another OSU loss would *very kindly* be described as disappointing, but a 10-win regular season with a schedule featuring 5 preseason top-12 teams is not "awful."  Especially considering that the scenario above would mean wins against MSU and ND (2-1 against rivals).

08/10/2018 - 12:56pm This will be a very…

This will be a very interesting recruiting class to revisit in a few years.  Rankings-wise, it's fairly underwhelming, but looking individually at these profiles you can see how the staff is assembling different pieces to fit overall team needs and roles. My guess is that we'll look back more fondly on the class than at the time it was signed.

08/08/2018 - 9:45pm "Except for the fact he didn…

"Except for the fact he didn't prove at all last year he was a match up nightmare."

Gentry averaged almost 18 yards per catch with 300 receiving yards from the tight end spot in an otherwise anemic passing offense.  That's a full 5 yards more per catch than DPJ managed (who, granted, was overthrown on a number of occasions) and is pretty impressive for his first real game action in college.  That's a sign of a very good offensive weapon.

07/25/2018 - 12:53pm Actually think the o-line…

Actually think the o-line did a very good job run blocking last season, especially considering the complete lack of any passing game threat.  Higdon would have easily cleared 1,000 yards with a passing offense that could approach 2015 or 2016 levels and keep defenses at least somewhat honest.  Penn State in particular seemed to be flinging safeties toward the line of scrimmage with almost reckless abandon, to good effect.

07/24/2018 - 11:52am Grant does not need to …

Grant does not need to "prove it by playing not sending childish smug tweets."  He seems to be pointing out that some reporter is pretending to know things about his own medical condition that we can infer may not be true based on Grant's response, or at the very least that Grant knows an awful lot more about.

Imagine that you've spent two years trying to recover from a devastating injury only to have people to whom you've never spoken claim to have insider knowledge about your medical condition.

And even if the information is accurate, what gives him the right to report on a college player's injury status? The so-called reporter is the one at fault here, not Grant.

07/23/2018 - 12:58pm Except that your OP does…

Except that your OP does nothing to actually invite discussion, mention the coaches' conferences all, or really do anything except to ask who's watching.  Not everyone who is critical or pointing out other threads on this topic are being trolls.

02/16/2018 - 12:47pm Space Coyote shining a light

Space Coyote shining a light into the 'Void of Despair' to add some balanced analysis that provides some actual context for the current program narratives? 

Yes, please.

02/16/2018 - 12:42pm Isn't that exactly what happened, though?

Then the narrative around here became "the offense is too simple/predictable, where's the innovation and misdirection from 2016??? The offense is stale! Burn it to the ground!"

Seems pretty obvious that being forced to play backup quarterbacks and true freshmen wide receivers (and DPJ, as talented as he is, needed a lot of polish) severely limited the playbook this past season.


09/21/2017 - 10:00pm I had forgotten about that

I had forgotten about that game. Now I remember why, and will promptly set about forgetting it again. Those early games that season set the stage for the bench Ruddddock crowd until the light eventually came on.

09/16/2017 - 4:44pm Those young weapons don't

Those young weapons don't seem to be creating much separation, though, and have already dropped a number of passes. It really is on the entire offense--all position groups have been underwhelming. Isaac is the lone bright spot, with flashes from Black.

09/04/2017 - 10:47pm "Seems to wilt late in close games"

2015 Minnesota (game-winning TD drive), 2016 Wisconsin (game-winning TD pass midway through the 4th quarter), 2016 OSU overtime (game-saving TD pass), and heck even the FSU game (though Evans of course notched the go-ahead TD) strongly disagree. Speight has led the team to a late game-tying or game-winning TD in almost 25% of his starts.

Speight's problems have been well-documented, but wilting late in games has not been one of them and is an unfair criticism.

The lack of consistent playmakers is very valid, however.  Whenever the team needed a big play from Darboh or whoever last year, it was not to be.

08/09/2017 - 7:45pm What this whole debate really

What this whole debate really boils down is your perspective on how much of Speight's 2016 performance in the Iowa, OSU and FSU games can be attributed to: (1) being a first year starter; (2) a shoulder injury; (3) offensive line and run game issues; and (4) inaccuracy against good opponents.  And, given that perspective, your thought on how much Speight can improve with another year of coaching.

And everyone seems to have a slightly different view of where all of that intersects.  Which is why we can all debate it to no end.  Which is good, because what else is there to do in the offseason?

08/09/2017 - 7:37pm Speight's throwing motion

Speight's throwing motion seemed visibly affected in the OSU game.  Throwing deep passes with a broken collarbone or whatever it was is not something most of us would be keen to attempt.  Couple that with the complete lack of production from the run game and OSU's defensive line, and it's actually quite easy to understand why Michigan didn't attempt it.

08/06/2017 - 11:50pm If not for the refs gifting

If not for the refs gifting OSU that first down or the Michigan defense stopping that play inches shorter than they did (depending on your view), Speight's touchdown pass on 4th down in OT of the OSU game is Michigan lore.

05/24/2017 - 1:38pm Holy apples and oranges

Holy apples and oranges argument, Batman.  You're comparing a composite Top-10 national player to a generic 3-star running back recruit, neither of whom have played a single snap of football at the college level.  The question at hand refers to two 5-star recruits, both of whom have played meaningful (if limited) snaps as freshman and therefore we can have more informed opinions about their respective talent levels.

11/01/2015 - 9:14am You are imputing something to

You are imputing something to WD he did not argue.  The OP reads more like an FYI.  It's other posters who are questioning the decision, not WD.

11/01/2015 - 8:38am Kid is a redshirt freshmen

Kid is a redshirt freshmen who has played fewer than 12 games in his career and is doing, well, THAT.

11/01/2015 - 1:51am Obviously, the defense was

Obviously, the defense was underwhelming.  There were a number of 'almost' plays that 'should have been' plays, but the players still need to make those.  Cause for pause.

But make no mistake, the players and Harbaugh value the Little Brown Jug, no matter how automatic thegame has seemed in the past.

The Hoke-inflicted PTSD, as you put it, is exactly why winning this game should feel so good. These are the types of demons Michigan needs to exorcise.

11/01/2015 - 12:32am This type of attitude after

This type of attitude after the last decade of Michigan football is baffling.  The team just won a rivalry game on the road at night against an emotionally charged opponent who soundly beat Michigan last year.  There's nothing "expected" about a win like that.

11/01/2015 - 12:23am Speight completed 3 of 6

Speight completed 3 of 6 passes for 29 yards and 1 (sweet, glorious) TD and engineered 3 drives that spanned about 40 yards total.  And you're ready to abandon both a player who had Michigan positioned to beat MSU and Harbaugh's judgment over the course of several months of practice and play.  Ok.

Nobody really argues that Rudock is a good QB, and yes, he leaves points on the table.  But there's still a reason he's playing.

10/16/2014 - 9:41pm In which case it takes our

In which case it takes our esteemed Athletic Department nearly 3 full days just to acknowledge the elephant-in-the-room word (concussion)?  Or it takes the Athletic Department "all day" on Monday to draft a multi-paragraph statement that should have been issued no later than Sunday?  Was Shane Morris not evaluated for a concussion in the midst of the media snowstorm after the game?  If not, why the heck not?  If he was, why was Hoke clueless the following day?

The whole episode was an incomprehensible failure to handle a hot-topic media issue.

09/18/2014 - 12:32am Well, sure

If you consider the traditional stance against doing radio interviews during games.  But it should theoretically be possible with the right equipment and headset.  

Hey, speaking of headsets, have you heard this thing about Michigan's head coach?  There's a rumor going around, I guess...

09/07/2014 - 2:24pm Perspective

Come on, RR obviously wasn't successful at Michigan, but those WVU teams beat good Georgia and Oklahoma teams.  And the Big East was much more competitive at that time.  And being .500 in the Pac-12 (generally considered the #2 conference) at Arizona of all places is no small feat.  And oh, by the way, that Arizona team you're belittling has beaten USC and Oregon the past two years.  Which is more impressive than anything Michigan has done in that span.

Let's just focus on fixing our beloved Wolverines.  If that's Harbaugh, ok.  If that's someone else, ok.

07/16/2014 - 11:00pm Goodness

So much hate for an optional, free night out with the family (or other guests of choosing) on the field of Michigan Stadium.



02/27/2014 - 11:30pm The 100-Yard War:  Inside the

The 100-Yard War:  Inside the 100-Year-Old Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry (Greg Emmanuel).  It was actually required reading for an introductory sports class during my time at Michigan.  Quick read, entertaining enough.

02/23/2014 - 1:11pm 5/10, 14 points, 3 assists, 1

5/10, 14 points, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 TO.  And you're complaining about people who are excited about this.  This board sometimes....

01/24/2014 - 5:57pm Not a single person was

Not a single person was actually making this argument, including the OP who knowingly posted a satirical article.  

Time to let it go.

01/09/2014 - 2:20am And this line of reasoning

And this line of reasoning has been duly noted.  Thank you.  But this particular discussion relates to the strength and conditioning program and that coach's ability to physically develop players.  In that context, it's not exactly controversial--or it shouldn't be--to say that younger players are not are strong as older players.  You can't turn a freshmen into a senior overnight, no matter who you are.

Now, whether the position/OC/head coaches maximize the available talent and skills on the field?  Different question entirely.

12/01/2013 - 2:30am Far, far less than 100%?

Imagine this:  You are a young but talented employee at a busines of whatever character you choose.  Being young, you are inexperienced and not well schooled on the traits that breed long-term sucess at a high, consistent level.  Being talented, you are capable of that same success and show the occasional flash of brilliance that justified your initial employment.

You may not have personally witnessed this, but if not you will.

09/02/2013 - 10:26pm Well, Denard turned the ball

Well, Denard turned the ball over at will against ND last year.  At ND.  At night.  And Michigan still lost by only one score. So there's that.  

I think you have some valid concerns about the 2 INTs, but you're going a little far here with the now-or-never angle.  It's not like the team has a lot of other options at QB.

08/30/2013 - 11:43pm For what it's worth, I did

For what it's worth, I did get group tickets, was not part of some remarkable group of rich alumni offspring, and scored Row A (front row) tickets my sophomore year.  Sometimes you're just lucky.

A year later we managed Row 25 with the same group.  And you know what?  Those seats were better.  A lot of people do not realize just how little you can see from the field.

07/28/2013 - 10:54pm So, to recap:  You

So, to recap:  You can:

  1. Argue with the umpire and say most anything provided you don't get in his face.  
  2. Issue insults of any kind provided that you're arguably making statements ("hey, you're a dumb### mother----!") and not technically "arguing" the call.
  3. Violate (1) and/or (2) above, but only if you're a star player and only under vague circumstances depending on game situation

If you argue, you can be ejected.  Period.  You are whining because you didn't like the call.  And maybe it was a bad call.  But it's ultimately the player's fault for allowing it to happen.  Arguing calls mid at-bat is never wise.

Bottom line:  There will always be a gray area for interpretation.  Players have to deal with it and fans do, too.

07/20/2013 - 8:25pm No cleats?

Honestly, think this through.  Do you know how many more serious ankle injuries there would be if not for cleats?  Imagine trying to plant and block in the rain or snow without them (or doing a hundred other things).  Good luck.  And to my knowledge there's no evidence linking cleats to concussions anyway.

And as another poster astutely observed, the rest of your proposed "rule changes" basically gut the game and leave you with flag football.  A hit can't cause an incompletion?  How do you even enforce that?  Who's to say whether the ball would have been caught or dropped?  An interval between a catch and permitted tackling?  Throw the ball to the sticks and let receivers gain automatic first downs because the defense is standing there stupid.  That's not exciting; it's immensely frustrating.  Nor can I remember a player sustaining a head injury while scrambling for a fumble.

Lastly, making helmets smaller is not at all an intuitive solution.  It might make players less likely to lead with their heads--I don't know--but it could also increase the chance of a head injury for inadvertent collisions--which are going to happen no matter what.

06/30/2013 - 12:50pm Because--and this may be

Because--and this may be shocking to you--the coaches sometimes know in advance where recruits are going to commit.  It's not exactly a coincidence that everyone recently predicted Scott to Clemson.  Don't you think, just maybe, the coaches know something to which we are not 100% privy?

03/11/2013 - 12:43am Your negative Nancy shtick is

Your negative Nancy shtick is truly getting old.  Kindly refer to your previous post and point out, oh where, it refers only to last-minute victories against GOOD teams. It's not even a defensible retort really, since you're the one who brought up this year's PSU basketball game, and I highly doubt you would tout them as a "quality" team.  Viva revisionist arguments, I guess.

02/13/2013 - 11:54pm Protip:  You are devaluing

Protip:  You are devaluing the word "epic."  Data sugests there is virtually no advantage to fouling in that situation (as discussed ad nauseum earlier).  Hardly epic.  Falling behind big in the first half to talented teams on their court?  Happens all the time, even to good teams.  Not epic.  Making a huge comeback only to lose steam after finally pulling even (Indiana, OSU)?  Also not uncommon.  And not epic.