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12/12/2018 - 8:40am I think Long has earned his…

I think Long has earned his shield.  Not 1st rounder but AA quality

12/11/2018 - 4:27pm the more liberal redshirting…

the more liberal redshirting rules for freshmen make roster management interesting -- if more redshirts are granted and stay the full five years (i know this is not a given here w/ JH's policy) then there will be smaller recruiting classes at schools that take advantage of the rule.

12/10/2018 - 10:06pm He’s actually got a point on…

He’s actually got a point on scheduling.  I wish voters would apply a similar standard to cfb 

12/10/2018 - 3:10pm That's criminal.  There are…

That's criminal.  There are not 3 LBers better than Devin.

12/10/2018 - 3:09pm Detroit will not fully come…

Detroit will not fully come back until they fix the school system.  That is going to be a tough one.

12/09/2018 - 9:52am Kind of ironic that I just…

Kind of ironic that I just watched the Graduate on TV a couple of nights ago.  "Are you trying to seduce me, Mr. Saban?" comes to mind.  Kid probably had every intention of sticking with his Michigan commitment but allowed himself to be sucked into a situation where he had them whispering in his ear the last few months.  I thought this one was pretty safe to be honest w/ Chris Partridge as the led recruiter.  Maybe bama went at this one extra hard to punish CP for turning his back on them last year.

12/07/2018 - 12:17pm Short, maybe.

Slow, never.

Short, maybe.

Slow, never.

12/06/2018 - 11:23am but will he play in their…

but will he play in their bowl game?

12/04/2018 - 8:49am Not surprised he is leaving…

Not surprised he is leaving but shocked that he didn't wait until after at least the early signing date.

12/02/2018 - 2:24pm Best of luck to him.  WOuld…

Best of luck to him.  WOuld have been nice if he hung around A2 longer.  The Michigan WRs definitely improved under him.

12/02/2018 - 11:15am Bad day for Pitt all around…

Bad day for Pitt all around I guess. 

Congrats ladies

12/02/2018 - 11:13am Ugh

Ugh

12/02/2018 - 11:12am The fact that herby had…

The fact that herby had Georgia moving to 3 in his view is a joke.  This is cfb where losses have consequences 

12/01/2018 - 6:42pm Every time they show the…

Every time they show the stands to show fan reaction it’s someone swearing.  Pretty funny 

12/01/2018 - 2:40pm He apparently is a good Wide…

He apparently is a good Wide Receivers coach.  That position group made big strides this year.

11/29/2018 - 11:06am Looking at the full list, it…

Looking at the full list, it seems like the coaches are giving Michigan more respect / love than the media.  For example, Gentry, Onwenu, Ruiz third teamers by coaches and only honorable mention by media.

11/29/2018 - 10:27am Eliminate OT

Real…

Eliminate OT

Real punishment for cheaters

Limited TV timeouts

Fewer bowl games

I think the playoff is fine as is.  If we expand to > teams we should have a prohibition on 2 loss teams (unless scheduling gets tougher).  Maybe go to 6 - all P5 plus one indy / Group of 5.  Eight seems too many - like rewarding mediocrity. 

No games against FCS teams allowed

P5 teams only allowed 1 non-P5 non conference game and all must play 1 road P5 non conference game (yes - I am looking at you Bama)

5th year eligibility for grad students only

MSU out of the B1G (note that Michigan has won a grand total of ONE natty since Sparty joined the conference - there isn't enough talent in the state to support two B1G programs so they have to go)

All games played on real grass

11/21/2018 - 4:20pm Pretty funny that the PSU…

Pretty funny that the PSU job has become a launching pad for coaches (O'Brien, Franklin) to get better jobs.  I guess they are not as big time as they thought they were.

11/17/2018 - 2:30pm Always a "thumbs up" to a…

Always a "thumbs up" to a good RCMB slam.

11/16/2018 - 5:54pm Les needs to stop dying his…

Les needs to stop dying his hair, or at least go to a lighter shade.  He looks like one of those men that refuses to age gracefully.

11/16/2018 - 5:52pm Love the grass field -- the…

Love the grass field -- the way football is meant to be played.  Just like those old black and white photos of the Lions at Tiger Stadium or the Giants at Yankee Stadium where there wasn't a blade of grass on the field, just mud.

11/13/2018 - 11:08am He was an icon.  I remember…

He was an icon.  I remember him on TV from when I was a kid in the '70s. 

11/11/2018 - 5:15pm Chris solari has a vote on…

Chris solari has a vote on the ap?  There goes the credibility of that poll 

11/04/2018 - 12:08pm It was a pretty clean game -…

It was a pretty clean game - no real chippiness.  I thought it was a classy performance on both sides.

10/25/2018 - 5:00pm I know that this is far in…

I know that this is far in the rear view mirror, but I am happier w/ Higdon vs. M Weber.

10/10/2018 - 6:57am What about Brandstatter &…

What about Brandstatter & Dierdorf -- NOT!!!

10/09/2018 - 4:47pm I was at a stadium recently …

I was at a stadium recently (Alabama) where they don't run off media time outs on the stadium scoreboard so they make the red hat guy hold a stick w/ an electronic countdown board on it.  The guys looked pretty pathetic holding the board which I though was an appropriate punishment for the 2 minute and 30 second stoppages.

10/08/2018 - 4:12pm I like Tru WIlson's…

I like Tru WIlson's willingness to block, but I am concerned that he is too "handsy".  I both the first clip and on the DPJ TD he clearly has his arms around the defenders body.

10/04/2018 - 1:23pm I was actually at that game…

I was actually at that game.  At no point were there any more than 60k people in a stadium that fits 100k fans.  It's kind of like the Braves experienced when they won the NL east for like 12 years in a row earlier in the decade and could not sell out NLDS payoff games.  Here's some advice for Mr. Saban:  stop scheduling glorified high school teams and maybe people will come to / stay at your games.

A couple of random thoughts on the experience while I am at it since it is always fun to view another school's traditions as an outsider:

The tailgating setup on the diag, which is a massive tree lined space on campus, was really really nice.

Having the stadium on campus - just a block off the diag - was a real plus and really added to the game day experience.  The stadium itself is nice enough but they need new video boards.  The current ones are like the first set we had at Michigan in terms of size and quality.  There are four - one in each corner of the stadium.  I hear they are installing a jumbo jumbo screen for next season.  it will be interesting to see how they configure it since the stadium is a bowl so I assume they are taking out seats.

The "elephant stomp", which is basically a pep rally held on the steps of the library on the diag where the band plays the fight song and other traditional songs was very impressive.  After that, the band kind of just walks over the stadium which was strange.

We attended the walk of champions" which is the team walking from the buses to the stadium.  Saban had his full grim game face on even though they were playing an obvious patsy

Damien Harris is really an amazing physical specimin.  He walked right past us at the walk of champions.  On a related note, it was kind of sad seeing Najee Harris fight for scraps in garbage time as the third string running back.

Bama's song at the start of the fourth quarter is the band playing Green Day's Basket Case with the fans waving four fingers.  The song has a great energy and (now don't shoot me) I prefer it to the song that we prance around to in the Big House.

All of their goings on during breaks - field goal kicking for prizes, family of the game, etc - are basically just tacky commercials sponsored by the local car dealer or feed and grain store.  Did not seem fitting for a national power.

Big Al, the elephant mascot, is a pretty big deal.  Well conceived and definitly a rallying point for the student an fans.  I am not really in favor of a mascot at Michigan, but Big Al works for them.

They do not put the commercial break time on the scoreboards.  Instead they make the TV time out guy hold a board on a stick (which he turns around for all to see) with a countdown clock on it.  I think this is sweet justice that I would love to see us do to the evil little man in the red hat.

The game was ho hum so we spent a lot of time sitting.  However, I am told that for SEC games fans basically stand throughout the game.  I have witnessed that at another SEC stadium that I have attended games at.  This is definitely in stark contrast to my 25+ year experience at the Big House.

The student section seems about the same as ours -- no better, no worse.  The arrived slightly late, left slightly early and made more than their fair share of noise when they needed to.

Overall, it was a great experience but I really need to get back down there for an SEC game.

 

10/02/2018 - 5:23pm I'd prefer him at running…

I'd prefer him at running back

09/24/2018 - 12:21pm With regards to the fair…

With regards to the fair catch booing on Nebraska - i think that was their fans more than Michigan fans.  The one's around me (and there were many) were highly critical of Nebraska's special teams play and in particular their return game.

09/20/2018 - 3:35pm Hopefully this doesn't…

Hopefully this doesn't influence his draft stock enough that he decides to come back to school next year.  Probably more likely that he decides to go to the NFL rather than risk further injuries.

09/12/2018 - 6:06pm What a coincidence - I…

What a coincidence - I really want those two guys to take the jobs at some point this season as well.

09/12/2018 - 6:04pm No.  Not really.

No.  Not really.

09/09/2018 - 2:37pm Wow.  Lewerke's dad looks…

Wow.  Lewerke's dad looks like a chick.

/s?

09/06/2018 - 12:22pm (Sarcastic) Advice for all…

(Sarcastic) Advice for all Big House first timers:  stay in your seat and make sure that you yell at any and all people in front of you who dare to stand and try to cheer and / or raise the general energy level of the stadium at any point in the game.

08/30/2018 - 12:09pm TV timeouts are killing the…

TV timeouts are killing the live experience

08/27/2018 - 6:29pm This is all interesting to…

This is all interesting to me since I have not had the away game experience at Iowa.  What I have had is the home game experience against Iowa.  What is notable about that is that in 30 years of attending M home football games I have seen exactly 2 fights in the stands (not pushing and shoving but real fights involving some pretty vicious punching) and both involving Iowa fans mixing it up w/ M fans.  Not ND, not Sparty, not PSU, and not OSU, but rather Iowa.

08/25/2018 - 9:28am Ladies and Gentlemen, I…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Michigan's three main rivals:

The Ohio State Wife Beaters

The Michigan State Rapists and

The Penn State Pedophiles.

08/24/2018 - 7:49am Go Blue.

Beat the crap out…

Go Blue.

Beat the crap out of ND.

08/23/2018 - 12:55pm College sports (or at least…

College sports (or at least the big revenue sports) needs their own Kennesaw Mountain Landis.  (Except the big schools don't want it and wouldn't stand for a sever level of discipline.)

08/19/2018 - 7:35pm Trust me.  I know what I am…

Trust me.  I know what I am talking about from several years of first hand experience. 

High level travel baseball teams practice 2 to 3 times a week and play in tournaments every weekend.  If the kids play in an organized travel league (which many do) on top of that they are easily playing ball 5 to 6 days a week which leaves no time for little league.  And yes, it does start getting that intense at 11-12 years old or even earlier (and no, the coaches don't typically give a crap that you are playing for your local little league).

My son tried to do both for a year and it didn't work due to the intensity of his travel schedule.

My daughter, who is a pitcher, has done it in softball for a few years in order to get her innings in early and build her arm strength ahead of the travel tournament season bc little league tends to start games a few weeks earlier than travel ball.  The extra work was important to her since in travel pitchers can easily be asked to throw 20+ innings on tournament elimination day.  I know it's softball but the same principle and scheduling applies. 

08/19/2018 - 12:11pm In Michigan (and many other…

In Michigan (and many other places) you are 100% correct.  If they want to show the best 12 year old ball players they should show the end of summer champions tourney from Cooperstown.  Cooperstown dream part puts on an amazing string of tournaments all summer long.  Used to be 80 teams a week (may be more now) from all over the country on an invitation only basis with the winners of each week's tournament coming back at the end of the summer for a "best of the best" tournament. 

One of the big differences between high level travel ball and little league is the mound is 50 feet + vs. 45 feet for little league which evens it out between pitchers and batters.

08/15/2018 - 10:48am Fairly or unfairly, that…

Fairly or unfairly, that whole fiasco and the aftermath really tarnished Mary Sue Coleman's legacy in a lot of eyes.

08/15/2018 - 10:46am Two way tie -- the loss to…

Two way tie -- the loss to Toldeo under Rich Rod and the time poor Devin Gardner got pile driven into the ground a bizillion times by Sparty in East Landfill.

08/13/2018 - 3:46pm .. but definitely in time to…

.. but definitely in time to kick some Sparty tail!

08/13/2018 - 10:53am Another commit hopefully…

Another commit hopefully helps to improve our ties to Belleville as well.

08/08/2018 - 9:25am I'd be surprised if the…

I'd be surprised if the network ever took a principled position against any team, person or program.  They are basically set up to promote and support the conference.

08/05/2018 - 12:39pm If they keep him it would be…

If they keep him it would be great if job title basically changes in the media from "Ohio State Head Football Coach" to "controversial Ohio State head football coach".

08/05/2018 - 12:33pm I don't remember mentioning…

I don't remember mentioning M at all in my post.