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09/19/2018 - 2:53pm Up and at them 1 upvote for…

Up and at them 1 upvote for Rainier Wolfcastle reference.

Those 90s FSU-Florida games were events. They went after each other and you could sense the bloodthirstiness of the crowd through the TV.

09/19/2018 - 2:48pm Yes, but they were pretty…

Yes, but they were pretty butt after that if I recall correctly.  With the exception of that 2000 Rose Bowl appearance I don't really remember them being very good for a while until they got Saban. They tore through coaches and had some shitty seasons.

Clemson wasn't worth a damn during that period and Ohio State is way better now than it was then. I don't ever remember Oklahoma being particularly good until they snuck up on everybody and won the NC in 2000 with first year coach Stoops.

Miami was good, then got shitty, then got good again then got shitty again and then might be good again now.

It's all cyclical. Michigan's time will come around again too. 

09/18/2018 - 4:59pm Exactly, should we tell…

double..

09/18/2018 - 4:51pm Exactly, should we tell…

Exactly, should we tell canzior about the horrible CEO-to-average worker pay ratios we have in this country? Productivity has increased for decades and CEO and executive pay has also exploded. Your average joe doesn't see any of it though. Maybe they deserve a slightly larger share of the profits?

09/18/2018 - 2:37pm What a load of bullshit…

What a load of bullshit. This is the same argument used by the ultra-wealthy and the media when any candidate even hints that maybe we should tax them a little more. 'Oh no, if we're taxed at a slightly higher percentage, then we just won't work anymore'.

There's money to go around.  As someone mentioned maybe they should get their own house in order because there are plenty of coaches and administrators making tons of money/

BTW I know shes the the head honcho but she gets $500K/year and a free house to live in. Every college seems to have a number of officials like this and yet college costs keep going up.

09/18/2018 - 2:28pm I would also add that the …

I would also add that the 'education' they get for free isn't worth much. THey're often pushed into dumb, easy classes so they don't have too much homework or distractions. Its not worth it to be fed a sub-standard education just so they can be ready to play Bowling Green on Saturday. And then after four years they're gone and the university couldn't give a shit about them. 

The only reason an athletic scholarship is a deal now is because a college education is so overpriced to begin with. Otherwise, they're not getting the same product.

09/16/2018 - 2:41pm I thought you couldn't…

I thought you couldn't either. I don't think you should be able to, it seems like it should be illegal. If you just stopped the clock to talk to your team for a few minutes then why would you need to do it again?  

I was watching the BYU-Wisconsin game and was shocked that BYU took two TOs to ice the kicker.  It worked. But I could've sworn it was illegal. Maybe in basketball you can't take two consecituve TOs? Anyway, it should be illegal again. I don't like it.

09/15/2018 - 10:56am Yep - at the beginning they…

Yep - at the beginning they detail all of the NCAA violations the program incurred. They broke every rule from recruiting violations to academic fraud to performance enhancing drugs. Now that I'm familiar with the misdeeds of SMU it def appears it was based on SMU. It was also an attempt to make a 'Major League' of college football.

The cast is amazing - Kathy Ireland, Hector Elizondo, Fred Thompson, Jason Bateman, ROBERT LOGGIA, ROB SCHNEIDER. SINBAD.  SINBAD!  Even the guys who played Stonehands and the annoying dean have been in a ton of stuff.

I would love for there to be a bunch of Necessary Roughness referecnes on this blog this season.

09/15/2018 - 10:32am St. Cloud State

Florida…

St. Cloud State

Florida Gulf Coast

Coastal Carolina

Stetson

Gonzaga

Arkansas-Pine Bluffs (I don't know why I always that was funny)

(but I guess they don't really have FCS football teams)

09/14/2018 - 6:11pm Yes, Devin. Yes, my son, let…

Yes, Devin. Yes, my son, let the hate flow through you.  

And beat the shit out of them.

This is what this team needs - some attitude. In order to beat your rival, you must hate them and want to beat them. And inflict pain and shame upon them. That's why they're rivals! GO GET 'EM! Spill some green blood and break some Spartan hearts- LET'S GO!!

09/12/2018 - 12:18pm I was definitely a hot…

I was definitely a hot little potato during that Notre Dame game. (a hot drunk little potato).

09/12/2018 - 10:11am ...and kill the prime…

...and kill the prime minister of MALAYSIAAAAA!!!!!!

09/11/2018 - 12:46pm True (American Beauty is one…

True (American Beauty is one of my favorite movies). You also mentioned Columbine which was also a major shock to America's system and a sign that there were serious problems in our society and collective psyche.

I view everything from those years through the prism of a young, idealistic adolescent, which is what I was back then. And you might think its a little strange, but Woodstock '99 was a fascinating moment during that period and possibly a sign of things to come.

I think there will be a wave of nostalgia for that Y2K period, just before 9/11. In fact, Y2K was one of the best things about that time because so many people were freaked out about what would happen - and nothing did. 

Its an extremely interesting period in recent American history.

09/11/2018 - 11:38am There was a serious sense of…

There was a serious sense of innocence that was lost that day. That was a fascinating time to be alive and I was young and impressionable and coming of age during that time.  I was Class of 2000 so I was in my late high school years during the positive boom times of 1999, 2000 and Jan-Sept 2001.  I'm actually trying to write a short story that takes place during that time period and I'm trying to capture the mood. When I got to U of M it wasn't long before all those good feelings were gone. 

09/11/2018 - 11:18am I hear ya, it changed…

I hear ya, it changed everything and our country has never been the same since and probably never will be.  And there is a serious crisis of leadership and poor decision-making in this country that has led us down a dangerous path.

But you gotta stay positive, my brother! We're Americans and we can take control of our democracy so the republic never falls!

09/10/2018 - 1:14pm Should be kicking up some…

Should be kicking up some gnar swell up the east coast for you ocean junkies but be careful.  I usually think this is the best time of year to go to the beach up in the northeast because its empty (everyone watching football on the weekends) and the water is warm and the waves are great.  But, be careful, hopefully it blows out to sea and doesn't cause any trouble or damage.

09/07/2018 - 12:05am I dig this post as well…

I dig this post as well. Excellent content. 

If I had the technological know-how I would do one on officiating. Generally I would like to do detailed diary each week taking an unbiased look at the officiating and breaking down the major calls and missed calls. I think a lot of mgobloggers might react harshly to it but I find it kind of fascinating and I think its a worthy topic of analysis.  

I couldn't do it this week though because I was hammered drunk by the time the game even started. And by the end of it I was in no shape to analyze anything.

09/02/2018 - 12:59am i was so bummed because I…

i was so bummed because I like him so much but maybe he is?  they were so good in the 2nd half but im so confused because they also spotted ND 14 weak ass points. It seems like they had the capability to hold them to fewer but they didnt do it. And that was the difference in the game.  I'm still confused.

I'm mostly disappointed that this was so much last year - offense was sragnant and awful and the defense was great. If only the O provided a few more points it wouldve been an easy W.  So, in conclusion -  I dont know what to think? Help me, please.

 

09/02/2018 - 12:22am that 2nd TD was…

that 2nd TD was infuriatingly in a mIchigan player's chest. make the play, man!

08/23/2018 - 2:01pm Yes, setting up a secure…

Yes, setting up a secure comms system for intake of whistleblower claims is a serious challenge. 

I was thinking of structuring it as a nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

08/07/2018 - 12:46pm My brother was flying back…

My brother was flying back from studying abroad in Germany that evening and our town was the only area that even had spotty coverage. Me and my dad went to pick him up at JFK and we had no idea if he would be there or not or what the hell was going on.  We got there and it was like borderline pandemonium - half the place was in darkness, departure/arrival screens were out, people everywhere, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. There seemed to be no cops anywhere which was also weird and scary. We couldn't find him so we just got out of there. 

As we were leaving, my buddies who were in Ann Arbor at the time called and told me I was missing a truly special day in history. Blue Front and a few other beer stores in the neighborhood were just giving stuff away because their freezers/fridges were down. They were on the front lawn of our party house drinking free beer and eating free ice cream.

My brother walked through the door at 5 AM. They initially had to make an emergency landing in Boston, but then they were sent to Providence instead. He got on a bus from Providence to NYC and took the train out to LI in the middle of the night. He walked home from the station with all his stuff. Don't know if anyone in my family has a wilder travel story than that. 

08/02/2018 - 10:52am This dude uses the media…

This dude uses the media techniques of Sacha Baron Cohen but without humor or intelligence.

08/02/2018 - 10:43am It's been a while since this…

It's been a while since this guy's got any attention, too. Prepare for a really stupid minor media circus.

08/02/2018 - 10:36am He's a total fraud and full…

He's a total fraud and full of shit. Whatever he has will be suspiciously edited for maximum negative effect. This guy is such a creep he makes Urban look like the freaking pope.

08/01/2018 - 1:26pm Smith sounds like a real…

Smith sounds like a real scumbag but I'm not surprised that Meyer knew and didn't do anything about it. 

These situations are really tricky and it seems like its often hard to do the right thing. When I was in college, I knew someone who was in an abusive relationship and no one around her did anything to help her and looking back on it, it was extremely dangerous. It was lucky she got out of that relationship. 

But Urban is a grown-ass man and in a powerful position. He should've known better.

07/30/2018 - 4:15pm I eat a good deal of chicken…

I eat a good deal of chicken and have had an anxiety disorder for most of my adult life.

Correlation = Causation.

07/30/2018 - 11:34am Additionally I would say 1)…

Additionally I would say 1) write what you know and 2) write what you want to read.

I initially got into it because I wanted to write stories that I find entertaining and interesting. Especially after I went to a bunch of movies that seemed terribly-written. I said to myself - I can do better than that!

07/30/2018 - 10:58am true. I read a little essay…

true. I read a little essay he wrote about writing back in the day and I found it incredibly smart and insightful.

07/30/2018 - 10:57am Well put. Read a lot. And…

Well put. Read a lot. And write a lot. Re-read and edit your stuff a lot. 

I joined a writer's group in my neighborhood for a while. I found that pretty helpful because it gave me decent feedback and more importantly it made me keep up. I had to work on my stuff a lot so I could submit to the group.

There's a lot of advice out there for budding writers and if you're going to submit to journals or publishers just make sure you follow their guidelines and submit in the proper format.

It's hard. But the simplest advice is: just write.

07/26/2018 - 1:46pm Good q, I was assuming that…

Good q, I was assuming that Harbaugh, Beilein and Warde weren't factored in, but they probably are. Especially if the salaries are that high.

07/26/2018 - 12:51pm I've said it before and I'll…

I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's too much money in college sports and there's got to be ways we can pay the players. An average of $99K+? That's a lot of dough. I'm glad there are good-paying jobs like these for people in the area but I think there's reason to believe that we can find some money to pay football and basketball players an in-season monthly stipend or at least mileage or something.

07/26/2018 - 11:12am Same, I was right about to…

Same, I was right about to say 'as crazy as it is, Avant'. He was great.

07/24/2018 - 10:19pm Gotta want it. I must say,…

Gotta want it. I must say, it always seems like State wants it a lot more than Michigan does. I think this year should be a Revenge Tour for Harbaugh and Michigan. They just gotta bring it.

07/24/2018 - 10:16pm Time for all these punks to…

Time for all these punks to pay. 2018 the Year of Scorched Earth for all Michigan sports. Everyone is gonna feel it this year: State, Penn St, ND, Wisc, Ohio St. 

07/24/2018 - 3:19pm Let's not forget that in…

Let's not forget that in 2016 Michigan beat the shit out of a Penn State team that went on to crush everyone en route to a Rose Bowl berth.

07/24/2018 - 3:17pm You're not wrong about a lot…

You're not wrong about a lot of that but I think 'failure' is a bit strong. I'm a glass-half-full kind of guy so I wanted to respond to a few of your points:

  • Michigan may not have won a division title under Harbaugh thus far but keep in mind that with Penn St., Mich. St and Ohio St., this is the toughest division in the toughest conference in college football. It won't be easy. Not winning this division is not necessarily a sign of failure. 
  • Michigan did lose several games last year, but they lost to legitimately good (even great) teams and with the exception of Penn State, they were all competitive Ls. 4 of their losses came to teams that finished in the top 15 (#5 OSU, #7 Wisc, #8 PSU, #15 MSU).
  • Michigan has a QB now, so there should be more reasons to be optimistic this year. Last year was a disaster because Speight went down and Peters and O'Korn were terrible. That shouldn't happen this year [crossing fingers that Patterson doesn't get hurt].
  • Additionally, we've only been to one premier bowl game during Harbaugh's time and that was a down-to-the-wire classic against a great Florida State team. Last year's bowl was a mess but in Harbaugh's first year Michigan stomped a Florida team with an excellent defense. 

There's still a fairly small sample size to choose from so its possible all of these factors improve under Harbaugh (of course, it's also possible they get worse). If this was Year 9 and Michigan still had a bad record against rivals and in bowl games, then yes I'd be more inclined to say it's a failure. But I think there is reason to believe things will improve with time. 

I think the important thing to keep in mind is that Michigan has been strong enough to play competitively against excellent teams. And that is the big difference. We have to keep things in perspective and remember that prior to Harbaugh, Michigan was not competitive against top teams like this. 

I also like to think that some of the bounces will finally start to go Michigan's way this year. And when they do, everybody better look the f*** out.

07/24/2018 - 2:50pm Yeah man, I hear ya. I'm…

Yeah man, I hear ya. I'm onboard with Harbaugh and think he's done a great job and I think the program has some serious potential with him at the helm. But I would like to see some W's over rivals though. I'm definitely getting tired of that. We can start Sept. 1. GO GET 'EM!

 

07/24/2018 - 10:59am I feel like Michigan was not…

I feel like Michigan was not a good team last year but they still won 8 games, which is pretty impressive. The QB play was particularly atrocious but if Speight didn't go down it would've been a different season. The offense was pretty awful all around but they still won games and that's a testament to the coaching abilities of Harbaugh and Don Brown.

Last year was actually one of the more fascinating seasons in Michigan football in recent memory. Michigan had an absolutely terrible offense yet they only had one uncompetitive loss. They had leads vs Wisconsin, Michigan St., Ohio St. and in the bowl game and those were all pretty good teams. We all saw the product on the field and how frustrating it was to watch, especially in moments when they just needed a few plays on O (or at the very least to just not turn the ball over).

I think it shows that Michigan has a really high floor under Harbaugh. This year could be interesting, especially if Patterson can get in the flow of the offense and produce. Come and get it, ND.

07/24/2018 - 9:30am Gruesome News on Newsome

Gruesome News on Newsome

07/18/2018 - 10:18pm I'm not as versed in the…

I'm not as versed in the fine, minute details as most of you guys but I like the way Nagbe plays.  He always seems to be making things happen.  In the few times I've seen him play I thought he was a good playmaker who could create for guys on the attack, which USA needs. And then you just need someone to finish.  

Bradley still strikes me as a weird, weird player. Years ago I got so psyched about him because of his hard-nosed style and the fact that he wasn't afraid to shoot. But, he can look so good one minute and then be stumbling around, turning the ball over with horrendous touches the next. Perplexing.

I agree with your point - I always think its a good idea to have some savvy vets around and to have a good mix of wise old guys and young talented stars. Nagbe and Bradley could be perfect for that. I kind of wish Donovan was brought along to the 14 WC just to provide some veteran leadership and like 15-20 mins/game but oh well...

07/18/2018 - 12:32pm I wonder how much it would…

I wonder how much it would take for the U to rename the small rooftop on West Quad where I used to smoke weed with my buddies the "The University of Michigan L'Carpetron Dookmarriot Pot Porch".

07/18/2018 - 10:54am Yes! Beilein rules! Glad he…

Yes! Beilein rules! Glad he got that extension. He sure does deserve it, as does Yaklich and the assistants. I'm looking forward to February and March when they really turn it on in the Annual Beilein Surge.

This is a little ridiculous though (emphasis mine).

University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced Wednesday (July 18) that he and the David and Meredith Kaplan Men's Basketball Head Coach John Beilein

I mean, I guess I should be grateful that there are people out there who put up serious money for stuff like this but I think its weird.

07/17/2018 - 12:29pm Here's my barely soccer…

Here's my barely soccer-literate take on this. I just want USA to play an American brand of soccer. I don't know what that means exactly, but I would just like to see a USA team that plays with an American flare and attitude, similar to the much beloved '94 team. They had colorful characters and a chip on their shoulder and they played hard. This is all of course an intangible and not high on the list of what the program needs but I'd love to see a team I can really root for. I feel like the US models itself on Europe too much and it comes off like we're posers. If the US is ever going to win the World Cup, we're not going to do it trying to imitate the rest of the world. We gotta do it our own way!

07/13/2018 - 9:30am Too bad the Iroqouis couldn…

Too bad the Iroqouis couldn't hold on. They held a lead into the 2nd half but ran out of gas. The jetlag really caught up to them and the depth of Team USA was too much (USA's defense was also pretty great). Seemed like Jackson got some good minutes though. I'll be rooting for them going forward though. 

07/12/2018 - 11:57am I played against the…

I played against the Iroquois nationals once and I've never been hit so hard in my entire life. Dude hit me with a heavy slash on the arm and followed through with a solid body check. My whole arm went dead and I was like 'damn'.

07/12/2018 - 10:19am I always forget that Jeremy…

I always forget that Jeremy Thompson, former Syracuse great, is also one of the Thompson brothers. Unreal.

Had no idea Kyle Jackson was part Iroquois. Knew he was Canadian but didn't know he could qualify for the Iroquois. Pretty cool - glad Michigan has that kind of connection to the game's origins and traditions. 

 

07/12/2018 - 9:45am Whoa I didn't even see the…

Whoa I didn't even see the Hitler post. I don't even want to know what that one was about. My guess was that the OP was turned off by some of the board posts that were university-related but also had political elements (the Raymond Kethledge and Jim Jordan/Ohio State posts) and people might have gotten a bit carried away. I definitely mixed up a little in those comment threads.

My theory is that I don't want to see it on here either but, if I see something that is wrong or uncalled for, I'll call it out using facts and logic. Also, I will always do it as politely as possible. In the past I never would have done that, but these days I feel its increasingly necessary to speak up. 

07/12/2018 - 9:25am I love the Thompson family…

I love the Thompson family. So fun to watch. Lacrosse needs more dudes like them!

07/04/2018 - 10:50am Jim Jordan is a disgrace. He…

Jim Jordan is a disgrace. He's made a fool out of himself in the House for years now. Of course he would deny this: he couldn't even bring himself to say that the president tells lies:

http://www.newsweek.com/gop-lawmaker-jim-jordan-donald-trump-never-lied-889057

What an embarassment. Of course he would be a Buckeye.

07/04/2018 - 10:43am For real, it's scary how…

For real, it's scary how pervasive it is.  I get all fired up about the PSU/MSU/OSU scandals but I had a bad feeling Michigan will have a bad case like this soon, and almost every other school out there.