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06/17/2018 - 11:26am Germany-Mexico on now

Germany-Mexico on now

Manuel Neuer looking to be at full strength.  Which is a good thing for the Germans...

05/24/2018 - 10:58pm That better be your water

That better be your water you're drinking!

05/24/2018 - 10:56pm I dunno, I think they are a

I dunno, I think they are a brilliant sendup of the whole concept of branding.

12/02/2017 - 6:44pm Rotate

I'd rotate it between Indianapolis, Detroit, Minnesota, and Chicago.  I'd be open to Cincinnati too.

11/19/2017 - 12:19am That was the last team we had

That was the last team we had that beat Ohio State.  (OSU was down that year, but still)

Plus they won 11 games.  They got a few breaks but they were a legit good team.  Not great but pretty darned good.

11/19/2017 - 12:18am That was the last team we had

(never mind)

10/10/2017 - 8:57pm I dunno.  Maybe it's poetic

I dunno.  Maybe it's poetic justice.  I missed almost the entire first half before I found a slightly sketchy website with a decent live stream.  If FIFA doesn't have the brains to make a game of this importance available in the US, they deserve to lose the US market.  Having the Americans crash out of the World Cup would be one way to do that.

09/23/2017 - 11:12pm Remains to be seen.  But

Remains to be seen.  But maybe.

09/23/2017 - 11:12pm Remains to be seen.  But

Remains to be seen.  But maybe.

09/23/2017 - 11:09pm Should make for a good UFR

Should make for a good UFR though.  I doubt they'll have any trouble figuring out routes and coverages on passing plays.

09/16/2017 - 3:55pm Forgive me for picking a nit,

Forgive me for picking a nit, but I don't know if I'd call that a garbage time TD.  AFA would have needed a TD and a field goal to win -- not likely in a minute and a half but crazier things have happened.  Bottom line: if I were coaching I'd have my first string offense out there to add points or run out the clock just to be sure.

Agree on everything else though.  We shouldn't have needed that TD.

09/03/2017 - 2:54pm He's gonna be 0-2 against

He's gonna be 0-2 against Michigan.

09/03/2017 - 2:53pm No, it's great! the beating

No, it's great! The beating tenderizes it.

09/02/2017 - 8:15pm This defense looked pretty

This defense looked pretty darn good -- solid or better at all three levels.  Line and backers were great.  Secondary was supposed to be the weakness but they made plays and I didn't see any busts.

08/06/2017 - 7:33pm Better Call Saul

I realize they're between seasons right now, but Better Call Saul is terrific.  Catching up would definitely be a worthwhile use of your precious tube time.

04/21/2017 - 10:15pm Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul

04/01/2017 - 9:26pm I doubt they'll drop the

I doubt they'll drop the game, since it would be a conference game.  (Ivy League)  They might agree to move it though.

10/15/2016 - 3:59pm I went to law school at

I went to law school at Illinois so I sort of keep half an eye on U of I.  The game thread is full of TWIS material -- and this is for a game they won even if it was Rutgers.

10/15/2016 - 3:47pm Way to Go Lovie Smith

The following is taken directly from the Illinois Loyalty blog:

Congrats to Lovie Smith becoming 1st Illinois non-interim head coach in inaugural season to win a B1G game since Lou Tepper (1992)

It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

10/10/2016 - 8:41pm Let's put it this way: if

Let's put it this way: if this defense is going to have a cool nickname, it will come out of something one of the players says, or maybe some comment from a coach, but it won't happen because some commentor on a blog says "Hey, let's give this defense a nickname!"

If Brandon were still here, he might try to assign the defense a nickname, but it would be a total marketing gimmick and it would suck and everyone would hate it.

In short, it it's meant to be, it'll happen on its own.

10/01/2016 - 8:21pm Q: Is Amara Darboh Fast?

A: He's fast enough.

10/01/2016 - 8:17pm My feelingsball take is the

My feelingsball take is the opposite.  Speight struggled at times against a very strong defense, but also delivered some excellent passes.  It looked to me like he's doing a decent job of reading defenses -- the one interception aside -- and the TD to Darboh was dead-on.

10/01/2016 - 8:17pm My feelingsball take is the

My feelingsball take is the opposite.  Speight struggled at times against a very strong defense, but also delivered some excellent passes.  It looked to me like he's doing a decent job of reading defenses -- the one interception aside -- and the TD to Darboh was dead-on.

09/30/2016 - 9:07pm Scotch

12-year-old Caol Ila, to be precise.

09/25/2016 - 5:27pm Or which Jim.  There's other

Or which Jim.  There's other Jims beside Harbaugh.

09/22/2016 - 10:45pm Dump Maryland and Rutgers

I'd take Pitt and Notre Dame.

09/10/2016 - 7:07pm ISU 9 NW7

Looks like Northwestern's back!

09/03/2016 - 10:13pm I see two 50+ point blowouts

I see two 50+ point blowouts of mediocre football teams.  One's as good as another IMHO.

11/29/2015 - 7:00pm There Are Too Many Bowls

A bowl game should be a reward for a good season.  A few mediocre teams might sneak in, but when you've got losing teams playing in bowls, the whole thing is cheapened.

If the NCAA had any integrity, they would start paring away the bowl field until they were down to about a couple dozen.

But they don't, of course, so here we are...

11/08/2015 - 6:42pm Oopsie

Double-post

11/08/2015 - 6:41pm Don't Call It Schadenfreude

I'll admit to being pleased by the result.  And I appreciate the irony of Sparty losing on a bad call.  But don't call it schadenfreude.  This is a genuinely good result for Michigan.  We need MSU to lose twice while we win out if we are going to win the division.  Sparty just lost one of those two games.  If Penn State were in MSU's place, I'd feel about the same.

This isn't about hating Sparty.  Truth be told, I only let myself indulge in Spartan loathing for about ten days a year -- a week before the game and a couple days afterward.  The rest of the time I am indifferent.  It's keeping things in perspective.  That's part of being the more mature, bigger brother.

And yes, Sparty's probably going to take a step back next year, but it's way early to write them off as a contender in the league.

10/23/2015 - 12:16pm The band absolutely must pick

The band absolutely must pick up an arrangement of "Ride of the Valkyries" for when Wagner makes a big play.

Would be cool to hear that at football games too, but one thing at a time...

10/22/2015 - 6:15pm I negged for you.

I negged for you.

10/20/2015 - 1:54pm How do you know what effect

How do you know what effect the rule is having? Any stats or research to back that up?

All I know is if this is how they are going to enforce the rule, it will just be a matter of time before we see more late hits as offensive players try to manufacture helmet to helmet hits. That's what the refs wound up rewarding here.

10/20/2015 - 12:01pm It might have been well

It might have been well intentioned, but clearly its backfiring. There needs to be an adjustment.

10/19/2015 - 7:36pm And what else, pray tell,

And what else, pray tell, should we talk about? This is a blog that is primarily devoted to a football team. That football team played a game last saturday. That game featured some controversial decisions and ended with a rather interesting play.

Do you really expect us to talk about anything else?

It seems to me that a lot of the stoicism on display lately ("We lost. Deal with it") is really poorly disguised peevishness.

10/19/2015 - 1:32pm I was wondering - maybe this

I was wondering - maybe this guy was on to something? Maybe if every person in the stands had flipped the bird at the same time, maybe one of the refs would have thrown a flag, the play would have been nullified, and we would have won? Just a thought.

10/13/2015 - 10:01pm I believe that qualifies as

I believe that qualifies as "damning with faint praise".

10/11/2015 - 1:27am Darboh...

Darboh for All-Amara-can!

(Get it?)

10/04/2015 - 1:16am Yes, please do explain for us

Yes, please do explain for us the significance of 69%.

09/30/2015 - 9:35pm Move Along People...

...nothing to see here...

09/26/2015 - 12:52pm Nice blitz pickup there!

Nice blitz pickup there!

09/26/2015 - 12:51pm Not sure that shouldn't have

Not sure that shouldn't have been a false start...

09/26/2015 - 12:44pm Holy crap, that was a good

Holy crap, that was a good pass!

09/03/2015 - 2:01pm Working

Me? I'm actually working, for the most part. As long as I can get out of here by 6 or so I should be in front of my TV by kickoff. So I'm checking the blog every now and then, otherwise I'm keeping things going so I can walk out when I really need to.

08/21/2015 - 2:36pm Whatever The Truth Is...

...you will be pretty safe in assuming that Hoke will come out of this looking better than Brandon did. If nothing else, Hoke did not have the luxury of 17 hours of deliberation. Whatever mistakes Hoke made, they were under the pressures and demands of coaching a football game.

08/18/2015 - 10:05pm "Footbaugh"

I mean, really, why didn't I think of that?

08/04/2015 - 1:53pm Yes

It would be not just hypocritical but cynical for me to watch and enjoy football and deny my sons a chance to play. (Man, what a hit! Sure am glad that will never happen to anyone I REALLY care about!) I'll make them wait until middle school, but if I ever get to the point where I won't let them play the game then I probably shouldn't be watching either.

06/13/2015 - 3:37pm I was at that game.  During

I was at that game.  During halftime I decided I would consider it less of a football game and more an absurdist comedy.  Understood on those terms, it was actually quite entertaining.

06/02/2015 - 9:49pm From Michigan Man...

...to Toys R Us Kid.  Seems fitting.