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11/30/2018 - 6:17pm Harbaugh should have them…

Harbaugh should have them compete, like he always does.  Shea did well.  He even ran pretty well at times.  But, I do think a lot depends on whether there are any offensive changes coming next year.

I do think it is at least worth considering whether DM might be able to run more read option without losing a lot from our (insufficiently used) passing game.  If we stay the same or simply do more pro-style passing, then Shea is probably the choice.  If we consider a shift to using more read option, then DM.

11/21/2018 - 5:47pm THIS!


11/20/2018 - 11:36am Stupid.  From Redding, CA to…

Stupid.  From Redding, CA to Roseburg, OR (and, frankly, into WA) there were 10 weeks of fires from mid-July to the end of September.  And it was the third year in a row.  Fires out west are an annual and increasing problem...but climate change is not that thing (/s).

11/18/2018 - 5:14pm Since injuries dont really…

Since injuries dont really seem to happen during onside kicks, how about allowing onside kicks (not deep kicks), but if you fail then the receiving team gets to start at kicking team's 35 yard line?

That would prevent folks from doing it most of the game, except when trying a comeback.

11/08/2018 - 7:56am It proves that ND can avoid…

It proves that ND can avoid playing Clemson in the ACC championship.  If their affiliation with the ACC were real, they would have to beat a superior team at the end of the schedule when fatigue and injuries are at their season's peak, like every other member of the playoff.

I think they should get the benefit of the doubt as a 12-0 team with an early head to head over us.  Not sure I would feel the same if the team we played in the conference championship was 12-0 or 11-1...then I'd want to see ND suffer a hit for dodging their own championship game.  But this year, they will have beaten the same NW team as the UM team the hold head to head advantage over.

11/06/2018 - 12:31pm It's on sale!



It's on sale!

10/30/2018 - 8:10pm The debate associated with a…

The debate associated with a NW victory over ND would be intriguing.  Yes, ND will claim they should still get the edge because of the head to head outcome with UM. 

But, that was a long time ago and what if we have beaten NW twice by the time the final rankings are determined?  That is kind of an interesting wrinkle to the always-fun transitive properties of college football schedule analysis.  Is beating ND's victor twice enough to trump the head to head card?  If the NW victory over ND were strong enough, I think it might.

That fun little wrinkle would not play out until the B1G Championship.  

10/30/2018 - 6:55pm So, if a team's criminal…

So, if a team's criminal charges for the week exceed the number of points score...does that count as a Rap Sheet Rutger?


I am sure MSU has a few of these in the books.

10/28/2018 - 12:40am I listened to Into Thin Air…

I listened to Into Thin Air during the summer of 1999 when I was driving to start school in Ann Arbor.  For me, that is still the most riveting audiobook to which I have ever listened.

I like reading Krakauer's books but Into Thin Air was amazing as an audiobook.

10/14/2018 - 1:10pm I am wondering if there is…

I am wondering if there is any chance of flipping Luke Mccaffrey from Nebraska at this point?

Nebraska is descending into a tire fire.  But gosh, then again, they do hit harder than their conquerors.


05/18/2018 - 8:35pm Only part of the story...

The jock strap was bought by HBO’s John Oliver and donated to the last Blockbuster Video store in Alaska... a s gag to help Blockbuster drum up business.

05/08/2018 - 2:05pm My favorite comment

I like the comment that said:  "I didn't know Cobra Kai had an online MBA program."

03/06/2018 - 9:24pm Good Movie

I like the Big Lebowski. But for my money, my favorite Cohen Bros. movies are Miller’s Crossing and Raising Arizona.

Miller’s Crossing gets no mention for how excellent it really is.

12/31/2017 - 1:22pm Bama scheduling

I won’t blame them for FSU bottoming out this year. But, they typically play the minimal schedule they need to while still getting in championship discussion. That usually means a bye before LSU and an FCS team before Auburn. Most years they’ll play one decent non-conference opponent but rarely will they ever play two. So, they basically play a three game schedule to get to the SEC championship and national championship playoffs...and they almost always have an extra week to prepare for any marginally competitive game. The only exceptions depend on whether another team in their division or a cross-division is better than usual.

It may be smart but it does make me less interested in licking their boots. They are a great program but they are a great program that does not seek to stretch themselves if it might reduce their chance at a playoff berth.

12/31/2017 - 1:05pm Through 2021

The four year thing makes sense, but I guess it takes us through 2021 because they remain on our ‘20 and ‘21 schedules too...which means the four years begins next year?

12/31/2017 - 11:58am Question?

Why is it we play Wisconsin in ‘16, ‘17, ‘18 and ‘19 but play other teams in the West Division like once in eight years (eg, Purdue)?

I don’t really care that it makes our schedule harder, but I have family who went to Purdue and Indiana and like the family rivalry thing. So I am honestly curious about how it works and don’t have any sense of how often we should be playing teams besides Wisconsin.

11/07/2017 - 4:54pm Completely Agree

I am sure that I am perceiving the incidence of private small-plane crashes to be higher than it actually is...but I feel like there have been several celebrity deaths due to small/private plane crashes.  John Denver, JFK Jr., Halladay, Troy Gentry, Payne Stewart...I am sure others. 

Owning and/or flying my own plane just seems like something I would screw up. 

Either way, the loss of Halladay is tragic.

09/09/2017 - 11:32am Corroboration

I think the point here is that the police report provides corroboration of other accounts that (1) Paterno knew of earlier allegations, (2) Paterno's own words confirmed it in a report McQuery gave (before he knew that Paterno would claim McQuery's report was the first he ever heard of it), and (3) it supports other third party accounts that Paterno was aware before 2001.

Paterno was not only only morally bankrupt for failing to report...turns out he was a self-serving liar who used his previously sterling reputation to cover up his own tacit complicity.

06/14/2017 - 7:37pm Michael Hedges

Kinda classified as new age...but could do amazing things with a guitar and even had his own unique two-handed picking technique.

Hedges was amazing to see live.  Died tragically in a car accident in 1997. 

03/23/2017 - 12:02pm It's all good

For my part, I was not looking to antagonize you.

Kiffin can be a scumbag.  And he may be in the right here.  Both can be true.  On that I suspect we can agree.

My guess is that Kiffin told him he'd give him a job, but the guy was required to go through the HR process by the university.  HR made him submit a background check.  He submits his info.  He moves to South Florida.  He fails background check.  He is not allowed to start work. 

If he moved before everything cleared, then that was his choice.  He knew he had a conviction and if he disclosed it on his HR application, he could have asked if it would prohibit his hiring.

Also, there are some states who have laws that prohibit public employers (like universities) from asking conviction information until the later stages of the hiring process.  Not sure if Florida is one of those.  That law allows folks with past convictions to get further in the hiring process and get hired more often because the employer considers the merits of the applicant rather than screens them out at the start.  The downside is that sometimes people move before the conviction info is discovered.  It is what it is.

03/22/2017 - 11:24pm Contingent Job Offers

It's very common to offer someone a job and include in the offer letter that the offer is contingent up passing a background check.

12/17/2016 - 8:34pm Yes. And I'd rather be

Yes. And I'd rather be services orally than by hand. But it doesn't mean that the latter is unwelcome or should be diminished by stating that I had a greater, unconnected preference.

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12/16/2016 - 12:29pm Totally Agree

We've hired coaches of elite recruits.  It has an impact.  People the kids feel comfortable with end up in the program with the top recruit.  Family members probably support having a coach who helped get the kid to that point at their university.  It's permissible and impactful.  

We probably don't need to escalte the bagman comments or comparing it to Treadwell.  We got beat for this recruit.  We wish him well and move on to the next.  

12/05/2016 - 11:41am And Mike Riley

Former Oregon State and current Nebraska coach Mike Riley.


So, Harbaugh, Rich Rod, Riley and Anderson...that's like four active coaches who have coached in both the BIG and Pac 12.

11/12/2016 - 11:30am Stupefied!

It's so weird how someone can have a favorite player, even if they were not the best player. I am stupefied. /s

09/10/2016 - 9:34pm Actually, it works better.

Actually, I think it works better when you spell it correctly. More absurd=more funny. It's Science!!

06/02/2016 - 5:55pm Famous UM Killers

I'll take Richard Loeb (of Leopold and Loeb fame) for $100, Alex.

05/02/2016 - 4:35pm Jon Snow to Leave Castle Black?

So, I have been thinking Jon Snow is slated to lead an army of wildings and other possible loyalists south...perhaps to unite the north in a defense against the white walkers or even to King's Landing (join forces with Dany?  Tyrion holds Jon in high regard so he might advise such an alliance).

The oath of the Night's Watch says that "my watch shall not end until my death."  He has died so he should be free to lead an army anywhere he sees fit...

04/24/2016 - 8:50am The Greek

He probably owed some mobster from The Wire known only as The Greek some serious drachma.

04/09/2016 - 12:24am I'll come to your clinic!

Dear high school coaches. UM is no longer able to host a satellite camp for your student athletes. If you band with other high school coaches put on a camp in your area and invite me to attend, I will be happy to serve as a volunteer. JMFH.

02/24/2016 - 7:57pm True, but...

All of that may be true.  But, he also may want to work a UM to be closer to his son during his remaining time as a UM player.  Then, when Henry is done, Biff can go back to Baltimore (if that is what he wants) or move up the ladder, as you say.

02/17/2016 - 3:18pm Natural Fill

It is possible to use natural fill rather than the crumb rubber on turf fields.  If the studies' suggest any cancer problems, it may be possible to install or maintain existing fields without the crumb rubber tires being used as the fill.  Of course, the natural fill is more expensive.

12/30/2015 - 6:11pm Now you are being a tool.

Are you really arguing that he should be forced out?

He committed to being a student and player at Michigan. Starter or bench player, we should allow every kid who commits to the program an opportunity to earn their degree. I would be very disappointed if we became a program that pulled scholarships before that happened or forced kids out because they did not develop into starters.

Maybe that would harm our ability to compete with Alabama, but I don't give a damn.

12/01/2015 - 9:32pm What is our best win?

Our best win is BYU? NW? We beat the teams we were supposed to beat. But none of the three best teams we played.

11/30/2015 - 7:40am Four years

I also don't have a problem with any school committing to four years with a coach, but I was one of the folks that thought Rich Rod should have been given a fourth year. I certainly have no problem with Purdue giving a fourth year to their current coach over the MAC flavor of the month (when they just attempted that path with Hazell).

11/22/2015 - 2:28pm What stunt?

Anyone know the stunt to which he is referring?

10/06/2015 - 7:31pm At the time...

I would say Drew Henson was over-appreciated when he was splitting games with Brady.  Carr invested a lot in keeping him away from baseball only to have him leave to play baseball--at the expense of playing time for a senior Tom Brady.

Henson was good when he played a full season as a starter but, to paraphrase Things to Do in Denver When Your Dead, his reputation far exceeded his skills (mammy-rammer).

08/25/2015 - 2:04pm The dumbest thing about this...

Setting aside the many good reasons we want it played every year, this is a dumb idea for even the most jaded branding/marketing wanker.

One of the main reasons that Ohio State and Michigan stay relevant when their performance is lacking is The Game.  Even if Michigan blows, they will still register on the national stage toward the end of the season precisely because The Game is played every single year, without fail.  The same will be true when OSU has a down year or period.  You start skipping a few years here or there and people will care less (ala UM vs. ND). 

Even a branding schmo should be able to see that it would hurt the brand.


02/28/2015 - 2:16pm "I got my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason."

"I got my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason."

Good reference. Well done. I wish I had a shout out on Ill Communication.

02/21/2015 - 10:06am Yeesh

Kelvin Benjamin ran a 4.61. Hard to keep pitching Funchess as a Benjamin type WR when he runs a full tenth of a second slower.

Will be interesting to see if he starts to market himself as a TE again to try and get back in the first round.

01/27/2015 - 3:43pm ADA Accommodation

I think this would stop if he submitted an ADA request for accommodation to his employer asking to be excluded from the media sessions due to a social anxiety disorder.

01/25/2015 - 12:15am I agree

He said plenty of positive things about UM. Many of you seem like you want to hate him and are just hearing the things that support your point of view.

And he said a lot of positive things during the last several years when UM has done well. He seems over the Amaker thing and has genuine appreciation for Coach Belein.

01/06/2015 - 12:09am Agreed!

I could not remember his name, but this is the guy from the Haloscan days that I was trying to remember. He was a regular and valued poster who suddenly announced his retirement from the site (no anger, no big causal event)...and then actually never came back that I saw. Seemed like a good dude.

12/30/2014 - 7:23pm In the context of this

In the context of this article, it's a fair comment. He moved from USD, to Stanford, to SF, to Umich without staying put too long. I read this less as a comment that JH really wants to be in the NFL and more as a suggestion that JH has been a bit of a nomad as a coach. I hope he stays a long time, but this comment by the Bee was a reasonable one--not another feeding of the NFL centric trolls.

12/30/2014 - 7:04pm Good natured piece. I

Good natured piece. I enjoyed that one and expect some of the kookiness that Harbaugh will bring. It's part of the total package.

11/22/2014 - 9:56am Vandy

I am not sure whether things have changed, but in the 1990s Vandy had a reputation for turning away the top recruits it could get due to very high academic standards--including eventual Kentucky star and Nashvillian Ron Mercer. I think they also had no athletic director or had some similar alternative structure that de-emphasized athletics.

11/08/2014 - 7:20pm Gerg Part Deux

Given the disaster that was The Gerg (his Super Bowl D Coordinator)was at UM, I think salvaging the career of another member of that staff is a poor idea. Skeletor be gone!

10/12/2014 - 12:29pm Junior Brown

Been a while since I've seen Junior Brown and his guit-steel.

09/19/2014 - 9:34am Chad Gaya

That's Chad Gaya, silly. The one that goes "then came the dog that bit the cat that ate the kid my father bought for twoooo zuzim". I think kid here means goat, not a song about human trafficking.

04/11/2014 - 10:15am In Soviet Russia

In Soviet Russia, you no pay for pay you!

[I see both sides of the pay argument, but I really wanted to make a Yakov Smirnoff joke.]