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12/13/2018 - 1:01pm Even the chart wants it to…

Even the chart wants it to be Josh!  It gives the downward star for top 250 recruit that Ross was but Gil was not.

12/12/2018 - 1:46pm Rashan Gary as an …

Rashan Gary as an "unshakeable #1" in the vaguely unsatisfied Michigan athlete's list?  

That doesn't seem right to me.  Anybody else have some nominations?

12/12/2018 - 12:52pm How much new info is there…

How much new info is there to gain from listening to six Michigan podcasts every week?  Personally, I find reading listening to Mgoblog podcasts and reading the website redundant.  Especially the Monday podcast/game recaps.  The only unique content is the Big Ten  weekly review, which is good.

Also, what do you gain from listening to them multiple times?  Maybe try another hobby like reading a book or something. lol

12/12/2018 - 12:00pm Gregg Williams shot us down…

Gregg Williams shot us down twice, too.  He didn't even have to interview.

12/12/2018 - 10:44am 23-8 doesn't seem like a two…

23-8 doesn't seem like a two seed, but Brian's greater point still stands.  Would take a disappointing big ten season for us to not end up with a very high seed.

12/12/2018 - 10:28am Definitely agree.  The other…

Definitely agree.  The other three you listed were more touted recruits with upside everybody could see.  

Maybe Beilein saw something specific with Davis.  Imo, his upside is a Jordan Morgan-type player.  For a team near the top of the big ten, ideally that's a really good backup center to someone like Teske. 

12/11/2018 - 3:19pm I moved to Detroit about two…

I moved to Detroit about two years ago due to my wife's job.  I'd spent a little time downtown, but I wasn't all that excited about moving there.  Now, I love it.  The changes that have taken place over the last 2 years alone are crazy.  It's an exciting place to be where seemingly every week there's new developments announced.  

I've never felt unsafe in downtown/midtown/corktown.  Like any big city, you have to be aware of your surroundings. It is pretty incredible to literally watch a city being reborn in front of your eyes.  Grocery shopping is a bit of a pain but with delivery options and the limited supermarkets around town, it's not that bad.  

Housing seems like it's lagging the demand.  It can be tricky to find an apartment with parking.  There's basically no inventory of homes/condos on the market for a reasonable price.  But that will hopefully change as more stuff comes online.  

I definitely want to stay down here a long time, but it could be tricky with kids, depending on the school situation if/when we have kids.  There are so many cool projects I want to be around as the come to fruition (Hudson building, Monroe building, Ford's Corktown Campus, Brush Park, etc.).  

One thing that gets lost when Detroit's comeback is discussed is just how far the city has to come back from.  The city's bankruptcy was only 5 years ago!  At the time, it was the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S.  Vacant buildings all throughout downtown and the entire city.  

It's no stretch to say the progress done in that short of time is incredible.  It's also no stretch to say there's a long way to go for Detroit to emerge as a fully functional city.  The progress in the downtown areas is slowly spreading to more and more neighborhoods but there's still so much work that needs to be done.  

The one major thing holding me back from being 100% bullish on Detroit is the lack of industry diversification.  A major hit to the American automotive industry could really cripple the city.  I know they're working to diversify, but it's still super heavily reliant on automotive.  

12/11/2018 - 12:47pm Duggan is far and away the…

Duggan is far and away the least corrupt mayor in half a century.  He has done very well to restore some semblance of credibility to the city's offices.  

12/11/2018 - 12:37pm Detroit can win some…

Detroit can win some comparisons to AA and GR...depending on what a person is looking for.  Considerably more tough for Detroit.  Detroit would likely have to have a "home field advantage" of sort to be considered.  

12/11/2018 - 10:52am It's actually a fairly…

It's actually a fairly common situation.  A lot of UM/MSU grads face that decision.  Moreso people from in state.  In the past it was Chicago v. suburban Detroit.  Not really much of a contest.

Now, it's Chicago v. Downtown Detroit.  Still not much of a contest at this point, but if your family is from Michigan, it at least gives you something to consider.  I see this happening in recruiting at my current job and among my friends who are from the state. 

If Detroit can start attracting more of these talented people, that's a great step forward.  Ppl who come to UM from the east coast/west coast/chicago aren't going to be moving toward Detroit. But if Detroit can start "winning" more of the Michigan and Indiana/Ohio kids, eventually it may become a more compelling case for out of staters.

12/11/2018 - 10:02am The Qline would not be…

The Qline would not be useful to extend in it's current state because it doesn't have a dedicated traffic line and stops at all red lights.  At this point, it's a really nice bus that has a super restricted route.  Fine for getting from downtown to midtown but if you have like 3 people, its probably the same price and way more convenient to uber.

I agree, Detroit needs public transit, but it needs good public transit.  A lot of people in the suburbs don't want to have to commute downtown every day because of the traffic which is only getting worse.  The system you described would be great.  They also need something connecting the airport (and probably going the other way to AA).

12/11/2018 - 9:50am Most of that is a fair…

Most of that is a fair representation, but I disagree with "little or no money being put into the neighborhoods."  

While downtown has obviously seen the most tangible improvement, there is investment being made in the neighborhoods.  They just announced a $35 million investment yesterday by private businesses that is part of a $200 million investment.  It's certainly worth having the discussion if Detroit is doing enough for the neighborhoods (I'd say no) or about what more can be done.  But narrative that nothing is being done is flat out false.

I'm not trying to call you out specifically because I agree with your overall points, but I've seen/heard similar comments about the neighborhoods repeatedly.  

12/06/2018 - 4:54pm I admittedly don't follow…

I admittedly don't follow recruiting too closely, especially not during the season.  I thought Crouch loved his visit to UM and we had a legitimate shot.  What changed?  Was it just the OSU game?

12/06/2018 - 4:46pm It's pretty hard to compare…

It's pretty hard to compare the two.  For example, Beilein hasn't won the conference either year we we to the NC game.  Beilein won two conference titles ('12 and '14).  In '14, it was a three way tie but celebrated as a conference championship.

This year, football tied for the division championship (which might as well be the conference title) but that obviously means next to nothing.  

In football you basically have to win the conference outright to have a shot at the national championship.  Also, basketball has conference tourneys which give you another shot at winning a championship.  Super tough to compare.

12/06/2018 - 4:35pm Never buy bowl tickets from…

Never buy bowl tickets from the university.  Will always find a better deal on the secondary markets.*  Also, wait closer to gameday. 

* I have no idea how this would apply to Rose Bowl or CFP :(

12/05/2018 - 3:49pm What is this "patented late…

What is this "patented late-season freshman emergence" Ace is speaking of?  The only ones I can think of are '13 Caris and '15 Dawkins/MAAR.  '15 was due to injury.  

In general, it seems like Beilein ends up limiting his rotation down the stretch as opposed to expanding it. 

12/05/2018 - 9:43am I think Katie Nolan said he…

I think Katie Nolan said he's the reason she left Fox for ESPN

12/03/2018 - 9:38am I actually think this was a…

I actually think this was a big part of the pressure problems.  I think as a whole, this was a normal top 15/20ish defense outside of Devin Bush.  Having a sideline to sideline eraser at middle linebacker covers up a lot of potential problems (like middling DTs).  I don't think we got one stop once he went down.  

11/29/2018 - 10:39am People probably don't care,…

People probably don't care, since it wasn't what cost us the game, but it looked like the team badly missed JBB out there.  Tough spot for a back up to come in v. OSU's pass rush, but it looked like a really poor performance.

11/29/2018 - 9:48am I'm not sure about it being…

I'm not sure about it being easier/harder for a young secondary, but it's something to consider.  

Our strength next year will shift from CBs to Safeties for the first time in as long as I can remember.  It seems like mixing in more zone would be a great way to utilize star safeties and hide what could be a weak spot at CB if we lose all of our top 3 CBs.  

That said, we do have a lot of bullets in the chamber at CB and could be just fine.

11/29/2018 - 9:34am He was straight up asked…

He was straight up asked last week if this was "just another game" and he said "of course not."  

While I don't doubt OSU does everything mentioned, the idea that Harbaugh treats OSU as "just another game" is absurd.  

11/29/2018 - 9:31am I know it's not what he said…

I know it's not what he said, but I would argue his point was that MSU had better teams.  Even if we outrecruited them by rankings, MSU had superior talent those years.  They had some legitimately loaded teams. 

11/26/2018 - 5:18pm It was just weird

It was just weird

11/26/2018 - 10:48am No idea if this is true or…

No idea if this is true or not, but it may be plausible.  

Harbaugh's handling of Peters both last year and this year is one of the most puzzling of his tenure (Ulizio is probably number 1), even if it's not terribly consequential.  

11/20/2018 - 9:18pm 40 yard field goal.  This…

40 yard field goal.  This question made my stomach churn just thinking about it.

11/15/2018 - 10:55am Feel the exact same way re:…

Feel the exact same way re: expectation change.  I do think 'Nova just won't be as good as anticipated.  Still a tourney team but maybe in the 5-8 seed range.  An impressive win nonetheless.  

What impressed me most was that we dominated without even shooting the ball well.  While I think that's a season-long problem, at least the upside is a lot higher.  

I will admit, I'm always a little skeptical of really strong defensive teams with mediocre offenses come tournament time.  I might just be scared by Virginia.  

11/13/2018 - 1:21pm Agree completely.  I could…

Agree completely.  I could go for an every other year type thing.  I think the "rivalry" is primarily based on us teaching them the sport and us both having two storied programs in close proximity.  All of which make it a cool rivalry.  But the level of passion/hate between the programs nowhere near rivals UM v. OSU or MSU or even PSU.  

11/13/2018 - 1:09pm I may not recall all of the…

I may not recall all of the details, but my general understanding is that MSU handled this situation correctly from the start.  Immediately suspended all parties, did an investigation, fired blackwell, and kicked the 2-3 players off the team.  

You can question other aspects prior to the event (who they accept into their program, overall culture), but it seems like their response was by the book.  

11/09/2018 - 9:44am If the class had another…

If the class had another safety, we could roll out a full starting lineup with just that class

11/07/2018 - 4:15pm Okay, that could spark more…

Okay, that could spark more of a discussion.  Your original post wasn't clear that was the point you were intending to make. 

"Still a few weeks to go but, hypothetically - would we prefer to make the CFP, potentially get housed by Bama, or go to the Rose Bowl or some other high level NY6 bowl game and winI"

"Potentially get housed by Bama" is where the confusion came from.

11/07/2018 - 4:10pm I was more referring to…

I was more referring to season that involves coaching, game prep, etc.  

Obviously, there's stuff going on year round. 

11/07/2018 - 1:21pm I wouldn't mind seeing…

I wouldn't mind seeing Hutchinson in some extended time.  I thought he looked really good early in the year and hasn't played a ton since.  It doesn't really count, but I also love watching Uche play. 

Cam McGrone is the other one that comes to mind.

11/07/2018 - 1:20pm Buddy,,, I got some bad news…

Buddy,,, I got some bad news for you

11/07/2018 - 1:17pm This is a piping hot take. …

This is a piping hot take.  The kind I come to message boards for!  Bravo. 

You'd rather win a NY6 bowl game than have to play Bama in the playoffs?  That is ABSURD!  All bowl games that aren't part of the CFP are consolation prizes.  A way for players to practice/play one more game and fans to see their team one more time. 

That'd be like saying you'd rather Michigan lose in the Elite 8 last year because if they made the final four they'd have to play Villanova.  

11/07/2018 - 1:03pm Maybe Shea give him tips on…

Maybe Shea give him tips on MSU's D in exchange for Haskins giving tips on Rutge.....hahahaha I can't even type this with a straight face

11/07/2018 - 9:34am I'm not sure I agree with…

I'm not sure I agree with your corporate analogy.  Football is a season that lasts August-December, whereas a corporation exists year round.  Presumably, most of the players who transfer mid-season want to continue playing football.  By leaving in the middle of the five months and not being able to join a new team until the next semester (or longer), you're missing out on practices/game prep.  Presumably, this is where football players learn the most.  

From a mindset perspective, I understand the disappointment of being passed up.  But it seems like it'd be in players' best interest to continue practicing/playing with the team.  That said, I agree with some of the other points made re: the challenges of being a student athlete.

11/05/2018 - 6:29pm Would a team of 92 Ben…

Would a team of 92 Ben Masons beat a team of 92 of anybody else on Michigan?  We've seen him run, block, and tackle.  

I might take 92 Rashans or Winoviches, though.

11/05/2018 - 6:24pm I'm not positive about this,…

I'm not positive about this, but $100K from the right person would be enough to do it for any game.  That's big $ no matter what.  I think for regular season CFB, a $5-10K bet from the right person would also do it.  

11/05/2018 - 2:28pm There's no way Gary alone is…

There's no way Gary alone is enough to move a line that much by himself.  Gary would probably be worth .5 or 1 point tops.

11/05/2018 - 2:27pm That was a really good…

That was a really good explanation above, but I do get how number 2 was a bit confusing.  

From what I understand with regards to betting, the line is set based purely on how they expect the game to go.  For bookmakers, not all money is treated equally.  Money from sharps moves lines because of their knowledge/expertise.  Money from squares (regular bettors) won't move lines because the bookmakers think they know better than the squares.  

Another reason they generally don't like moving lines is the ability to "get middled."   If they line is PSU +15 and they get a ton of money on PSU, they could move the line to PSU +10 to encourage betting on Michigan. BUT, if it ends up Michigan winning by 14, they could be screwed on both ends.  In this case, they don't want money to be 50/50 because the money is at different numbers.

11/01/2018 - 10:50pm Sure, it's definitely overly…

Sure, it's definitely overly simplistic.  Personally, I think 538s numbers don't consider the benefit of the doubt Bama will be given because of how they've looked and their prior success.  Even at 38%, that's still a decently high number.

FWIW, 538 takes your side.  If Michigan wins out:

UM chance at playoffs: 86%

With Bama win: 85%

With LSU win: 87%

In conclusion: It doesn't really matter.  Win out and we're in.  

11/01/2018 - 10:30pm I get that Franklin's a…

I get that Franklin's a jabroni, but there's nothing wrong with him saying this.  

It's true.  Brian used to say it all the time about State (and the Seahawks) and people generally agreed with him.  It sucks when it happens against you, but it's great we've picked up on it.  

11/01/2018 - 1:10pm I get where your head is,…

I get where your head is, but I don't agree.  By my count, there are 11 teams still in the discussion for the CFP (top 10 and West Va).  This even seems a little overly inclusive (Kentucky/West Va.) but whatever your count, the idea is the same.    

If LSU loses, that number decreases by one.  If Bama loses, the number stays the same.  It's as simple as that.

There could be a situation that arises where a Bama loss here helps us, it's just much less likely than an LSU loss helping us.  

10/24/2018 - 9:39am If we lose to PSU, we have…

If we lose to PSU, we have no shot at the CFP, but I agree with what you're saying.  If he's healthy enough to play against PSU, no sense in resting the next two unless it's still bothering him once he gets on the field.  

If my math checks out, NW to the PSU game would put him at 5 weeks, so right in the middle of the 4-6 week mark.  Probably unlikely since he would probably have to practice some to play, but not out of the realm of possibility.  

10/22/2018 - 9:23am Serious question:  Since I…

Serious question:  Since I've heard it from my MSU friends and again here.  What are they cheapshots/dirty play they are referring to?  I know Winovich went low on Lewerke once.  Was there other stuff I missed?

10/12/2018 - 2:25pm Amen.  The Freep Warning…

Amen.  The Freep Warning thing is a load of crap.  That was many years ago.  There is good journalism, mediocre journalism, and not-so-great journalism at the Freep.  Local journalism is important.  I wish it were better - so does everyone else.  

The people giving Freep Warnings for stuff are the same crowd that will attack the media at the first mention of any scandal (MSU people attacking ESPN for reports on Dantonio and Izzo, OSU people attacking ESPN for Urban).  It's not a good look.  All three are obviously vastly different, but good grief, people, the Rosenberg thing was almost 10 years ago.  

10/03/2018 - 9:43am Haha...I took the bait

Haha...I took the bait

10/03/2018 - 9:41am Who was the Cincy coach who…

Who was the Cincy coach who got his start under the Bo tree?  Brian Kelly?

10/02/2018 - 6:00pm What?!? You really think…

What?!? You really think talk radio is driving Baumgardner's opinion and not the other way around?  Go look at Baumgardner's articles.  He watches the games and does the work.  There are literally clips of plays he breaks down!  He doesn't just give you his thoughts/opinions, he gives you support for the thoughts/opinions.

10/02/2018 - 5:55pm He certainly does not…

He certainly does not despise Michigan, although it might appear that way due to his melancholy demeanor.  Almost everybody who covers Michigan roots for Michigan.  It's clear Nick does not root for Michigan, but don't confuse that with him rooting against Michigan.  

This neutrality allows him a certain credibility that other people covering Michigan don't have.  He'll critique the coaching staff when appropriate and give them credit when appropriate.  When he is complimentary of players/coaches it means more, because he is willing to go the other way.  

If you disagree, read some of his stuff (or listen to his podcasts) on Beilein, and I imagine that will change your perspective.