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10/26/2018 - 10:51am I thought LCA was great, but…

I thought LCA was great, but may be biased off unique experience. Last year I got two unique opportunities for free. One to attend a Pistons game at LCA with "club" seats, and another court-side at Pacers/Cavs in Indianapolis. I should add I went to many Pistons games at the Palace in the early 2000's, both regular season to playoffs. My fun fact is I had tickets to every clinching series playoff game in 2003, and my father (as I was only 18 at the time) even had tickets available to purchase for game 5 of the finals and he cheaped out because he thought "they're not beating the Lakers" could have been at every series clinching win that year, but anyway.....

At LCA, wasn't sure what to expect, the seats were pretty great about 20 rows up mid court, was a great view, and the Pistons won. However, the best part was free food, and I mean a LOT of free food, and hospitality when inside the "club" area. Wasn't just stadium food, it was good. Brick fire pizza, wings, little bbq sandwhiches, olive and cheese assortments, nachos, salads, cookies, soda, I'm sure I'm forgetting things. Also had a club only bars that weren't free but were only in the club area so no waits, could walk right up and order an adult beverage. All in all the about $200.00 ticket to sit in the club seats, come hungry, the amount of food you'll eat will almost make up for the price. I'm sure if the Pistons become good these will go up in price. Litterally when I walked into the club area, and I asked the "chef" if I had to pay and he goes "all of this is part of your ticket" my eyes must of lit up like a child on Christmas day. I left so bloated and feeling bad about my diet... So worth it.

Compare to court-side seats I went to in Indianapolis for a Pacers/Cavs game last year. No free food, the Pacers court-side club sucked, same inflated prices in bar, and really nothing "special" aside from being courtside. Again, I didn't have to pay for these tickets, so I cannot complain, just comparing it to LCA. Not being a Pacers or Cavs fan it was still neat to sit courtside, but as far as anything "additional" there was nothing special.

10/10/2018 - 4:39pm Sure would be nice to know…

Sure would be nice to know what happened to Dwumfour. Injuries and lack of updates in CFB drive me nuts, especially in this case. Dwumfour looked like he was never touched on the play, yet had to be taken off on a cart on the field. I'm not sure what I think is an acceptable announcement of player injury, but just knowing that his career is or isn't in jeopardy should be an acceptable announcement. Non-contact injuries like that could have been anything to a blown out knee/achilles to a strained/sprained ankle. I guess my point is I'm not asking for details as much as knowing that his overall health and return are likely... Seems like not too much to ask for.

The other thing that is dumb is I watch probably every Monday presser from Harbaugh and the writers never ask, which seems like a simple question to me, "Is <injured player> practicing this week?". Wouldn't that be simple enough of a question for Harbaugh not to give his Brady Hoke-like answer of "he's working through something" and "I'm not a doctor" with his HurrDurr trollface. Every single football player that's went through camp and started/played significantly through 6 games is "working through something" but if they aren't practicing they aren't playing.

Drives me batty... but anyway /endrant

 

10/03/2018 - 1:02pm My analysis has noticed some…

My analysis has noticed some similar things. In some ways I agree - and you can, if you read between the lines, get the same message from Jim in his press conferences "if they just do what we teach them to do, and at the best of their abilities then...." I have no doubt that they teach them fundamentals of football at the same level of any coaching staff in America. But, they are students, amateurs, but also high profile football recruits - so make your argument as you will.

I've noticed that Harbaugh put a lot of interesting formations on the field combo'd with interesting play calls - mostly against WMU and SMU. For example, several times there were some spread formations with power running plays, single back ISOs etc...  Also saw a LOT of jet options being - none of them really went anywhere. This team will probably not be a good power spread team. Also, the jet options I feel are just a desire to get talent on the field that can't "catch" like a WR but has the WR mold. It's not ideal...

To me, as an overly optimistic UofM fan, I think they're putting things out there/ on film that they don't intend to actually use in the future to make teams practice against it. Now that they have shown power spread options, you at least have to account for it. The 20 variations of jet sweep options you have to account for. The 20 variations of trap/counter trap plays, you now have to account for. 

09/25/2018 - 1:30pm Who is this "Metellus" you…

Who is this "Metellus" you speak of? I believe you mean Martellus??? Probably him and Gary Rashan have special phones to use during the game.

09/20/2018 - 9:35am Sad part is, if he had even…

Sad part is, if he had even average D1 pass blocking skills he'd be playing on Sundays. 

I'm sure he knows this, and works his ass off on it. If this is true, must be incredibly frustrating. 

09/04/2018 - 12:28pm Depends on your perspective…

Depends on your perspective. If you thought this team was a true NC contender then yes, there are things that even if a level of "fixed" happens it probably is impossible to get a degree enough of "fixed" to get to NC level - for example, OT play and interior DL play. NC isn't happening.

If you think this team ceiling was somewhere around 10-3, then I think you can step away and say - lost by 7, opening game, on the road, at night, to a top team. There were plenty of positives, and plenty of things that can be fixed that can push this team to where they need to be to make it there. Heck, this may even end up being a "good loss" when all is said and done.

Reality is, 1Q, game 1 of a season, all things are pretty much a coinflip, but you can give advantage to the home team for the first few series. That second TD was a coinflip, and unfortunately it went to the bad guys. I'd say knowing this, give credit to Kelly and their offensive play calling. Coming out aggressive was 100% the way to start the game - before the advantage fades.

09/04/2018 - 11:25am That is probably true today…

That is probably true today. This team could use a few assholes. Say what you want, football is a mean game. Plenty of people that still display top notch character, but were still mean mofos - take Bo for example! Top notch character doesn't mean you aren't a mean SOB, just means you're a mean SOB with integrity.

Watch every player interview, who seems like a mean SOB? Who's presence during an interview intimidates you? Khaleke Hudson maybe? That's it...

Don't get me wrong, Braylon is a moron. But he's also not wrong. Braylon is a moron because his repercussions are different than ours and he doesn't seem to understand the size of his platform. 

08/30/2018 - 1:53pm This made me lol.

Those…

This made me lol.

Those Harbaugh genes sure are strong!

08/29/2018 - 4:33pm I've been saying this for a…

I've been saying this for a while now.

I'd rather not have a tradition with rapists/molesters/wife beaters. But I don't load the money cannons so it makes it none of my business apparently. 

08/28/2018 - 3:36pm Went to school with a guy…

Went to school with a guy named Andrew Johncock. We'd go to away track events as discus throwers (bad ones) and sign him up as John Cock, instead of Andrew Johncock.

So then the referee would announce the lineup "Smith up! Jones on deck! Cock in the hole!"

Funny every time...

08/22/2018 - 10:57am That's been my take on this…

That's been my take on this the WHOLE time. It won't be Urban that takes the fall, so who will it be? It's got to be someone.

08/15/2018 - 2:23pm But $F is one of the best…

But $F is one of the best short-selling stocks I've experienced. Never drops below $9/share, always ranges $9-11/share. Back when I was playing with RobinHood, $F was what was keeping me in the black while gambling on pharmaceutical companies to make/break their FDA testing. 

So, thanks Ford for that. Bailed me out when $MACK didn't get one of their drugs approved.

07/26/2018 - 9:32am My .02... And please this is…

My .02... And please this is me just simplifying things without breaking down X and Os.

Don schemes a defense to focus on shutting down one particular "thing" about the opponents offense and then counts on "exotic" playcalling to handle the rest. For example, say the opponent has a strong mobile QB best outside of the pocket. Don will scheme, mostly likely successfully a plan to shut down and contain the QB. Saw this in the early part of the OSU game last year. Likewise, the PSU game last year, UofM did pretty darn good at shutting Barkley down, had that first handoff for 70ish yards TD but finished the game with just over 100 yards total. You take out the bust, the rest of the game Barkley was neutralized. I think at doing this, there's no coach in the game better that can make a game plan to each and every week to do the single thing it's supposed to do.

Here's the knock on coach Brown. While I believe he's exceptional at game planning, I don't think he's quite as exceptional at adjustments in game. Again, the same games as above OSU and PSU. OSU game we knocked out the QB because of the designed scheme, this was a huge win. However, a new QB came in, different scheme, and the defense was not as effective. PSU even though we stopped Barkley, we had no answer for their QB who played (probably) his best game statistically of the season.

Additionally, like every scheme in football, both offensively and defensively there are natural counters to it. Coaches spend lifetimes understanding these counters and how to adjust to them. Coach Brown is the type that says throw the counters out and just beat them "with aggression!". This may work better than a coinflip amount of times, but only slightly, and you're still prone to giving up big plays. There will be times where these big plays happen, and eventually a big play will happen during a big moment, it's just statistically going to with this defense. 

With that said, wouldn't trade him for any other coach in the game. Football is an agressive, mean game. Coach Brown's defense is the embodiment of that.

05/14/2018 - 10:56am Guess it's up to Vegas to act quickly. Just

Guess it's up to Vegas to act quickly. Just because online gambling is a thing doesn't mean it can't still be through an online casino owned by the Vegas casino owners. The onus is on them to get their asses in gear though.

05/10/2018 - 10:10am It happens a lot more than you think. I know a kid

It happens a lot more than you think. I know a kid at the very university this blog represents that was accused by an ex girlfriend months after they broke up with 0 contact that he raped her. Why? Because he was entering law school, she thought she found her golden egg, was hurt at the breakup and caused these allegations to get him kicked out of UofM. She damn near succeeded, but eventually dropped the criminal case, to start a civil case which was eventually dropped too. So he should probably have no future either right? What complete nonsense you're spewing.

05/10/2018 - 8:54am New DNA evidence? It didn't even stand trial

New DNA evidence? It didn't even stand trial man...

05/07/2018 - 2:59pm While we're in the time

While we're in the time machine can we go back to 2003 and draft one of Carmello, Bosh, Kaman, or Wade?

 

05/07/2018 - 2:41pm That was actually one of the

That was actually one of the first things I said watching this game too. Couple times when a player was so wide open most of us could have made the throw, and then watching Shea just make a solid throw directly to the receiver and be caught for a TD was oddly refreshing?

05/07/2018 - 2:37pm Yes but also OM's running

Yes but also OM's running game was not good neither. I think UofM running game going to be pretty good this year. And from what my eyes told me watching the game, OMs OL may have also been slightly worse than UofMs. Idk, hard to compare bad to bad and declare a "who's a little better" of just eye test and no metrics, but it's possible they were slightly not as good.

What I've always said about UofMs OL for the past 5 years or so has not be able the talent and/or ability, it's been the mental part of it. Idk why but they just seem to bonehead things like let a guy run directly through G/T with one of them not blocking anyone... Or just let a DT slip right throgh on the snap untouched. Or heaven forbid a simple twist stunt would completely destroy them. All of these were just simple fundamental things learned in rocket football, that for whatever reason have been missing from UofM players in recent years.

When the UofM OL locked on and engaged they were good, just a lot of bonehead WTF were you thinking type plays. Seldom (but still happened) were players just flat out beat, most of the time it was just mental breakdown, I think?

That's why hearing from the players that the OL got "simpler" may be a good thing, start with the idea that you have to at the very least block the dude lined up on your face, and proceed with building blocks from there. 

05/03/2018 - 7:52pm Personal theory on that: Don Brown can, given a

Personal theory on that: Don Brown can, given a week, put together a scheme that has a high probability of completely shutting down a teams star player. When they knocked Braxton this year is proof of that. Don had no idea what the heck they were gonna do with the backup and OSU shred them. Just my wild theory.

05/01/2018 - 7:20pm With Henne maybe not the same exact arm, but just

With Henne maybe not the same exact arm, but just as accurate. Plus much better feet, as it's beyond just scrambling he can make people miss.

05/01/2018 - 12:52pm Sorry for awful formatting/grammar/structure as

Sorry for awful formatting/grammar/structure as I'm on mobile.

05/01/2018 - 12:50pm Found these when searching for footage of Shea

Found these when searching for footage of Shea (idk about y'all I love college FB but don't find myself catching many Ole Miss football games). My thoughts are Shea is definitely an elite QB. He has the wheels to design run to maybe pickup 30 yards a game on design runs plays idk if Michigan will do that with him. His feet get him out of a lot of trouble that his OL often put him in. I think Ole Miss OL was probably on a similar level as UofM (just from watching pass plays). 3 of his 7 picks came off tipped balls that hit his WR first. His deep balls were incredibly impressive as he either hit a lot of them or made them catchable to only the WR who didn't make the play. He made every throw he should have. His passes come out of a cannon both short and long throws, but again very accurate. I'm 32 years old and I struggle to name another QB that's played for UofM that you can compare his arm to. When you combine his feet into the mix there's no one. I saw the numbers and was happy he came to Michigan. I watched his film and I became excited about the season. He's a special talent. If he remains healthy all season it will be the only season he spends wearing a winged helmet, he's that good.

04/28/2018 - 5:50pm Wait, so what you're saying is the NFL is hard and

Wait, so what you're saying is the NFL is hard and guys that have great college careers don't always make it. Check. So that means guys that have mediocre college careers have good pro careers?

04/28/2018 - 5:45pm My sister in laws brother, I would be happy with

My sister in laws brother, I would be happy with this pick!

04/17/2018 - 5:39pm Ehh is it though? Non-stop in the news this

Ehh is it though? Non-stop in the news this program is. Crap with satellite camps. Travel during the spring to meet the Pope. Signing of the stars. Blowing back to back games against your rival and bowl game. Quiet would be nice.

04/15/2018 - 9:48am Should be optimistic about - beating the Irish,

Should be optimistic about - beating the Irish, the fact that the guy that called a handoff to the TE is gone, this team will no longer be the youngest team in the country, Don Brown, Speight and O'Korn are gone, the biggest loss on D is being replaced by two players receiving incredible hype. That's about it for me. Same record as last year probably with more blowouts against the teams they should blowout.

03/08/2018 - 1:22pm I initiated TWD with the comic books. I probably

I initiated TWD with the comic books. I probably have every comic book from 50something to present (I probably should get around to selling those...) But I always said the book was better than the show. It was more dark, and definitely more brutal. Issue 100, killing Glenn actually turned my stomach for a good couple of hours. The show never did that. Now the show has deviated so far from the book. I haven't picked up this season after the Midway point and I think I'll keep it that way.

02/24/2018 - 2:21pm Good luck Drake. Ole Fleck may be gone now, but

Good luck Drake. Ole Fleck may be gone now, but they're still rowing the boat in Kalamazoo right now. Litterally, half the city is under water right now...

02/23/2018 - 12:10pm I'd say no... There's a reason they say the games

I'd say no... There's a reason they say the games are won/loss in the trenches. The M oline has been, at least not good, all 3 years under Harbaugh. Too many times blatant busts happened on the OL that caused QB panic. When a QB has no trust that they won't be injured throwing the ball (as 3 were this past season) then you can blame the OL. When the QB sits in the pocket for 5 seconds, never finds a WR or never scrambles or throws the ball away then you blame the QB. That may be over simplifying it, but I assure you the OL has been making the same mistakes with different personnel, this means coaching is bad.

02/12/2018 - 3:56pm OSU and USC come to

OSU and USC come to mind...

02/12/2018 - 3:48pm Well, the OL can shoulder some of the blame for 3

Well, the OL can shoulder some of the blame for 3 QBs. Terrible play calling, coaching, and scheming are the problem to the three QB injury incidents.

02/08/2018 - 11:10am Oh and also he would have been 13th at OSU.

Oh and also he would have been 13th at OSU.

02/08/2018 - 11:06am Some negative perspective...

Georgia took the number one class by flipping our number one overall recruit. This recruit was their 12th highest rated recruit.

So the rich get wealthy. The middle class stays middle class.

01/22/2018 - 4:06pm And they will be paid by us, Michigan tax

And they will be paid by us, Michigan tax payers.

01/18/2018 - 2:38pm This is true. But I won't be giving my money in

This is true. But I won't be giving my money in other ways - which there are ample and mostly a lot more.

I love Michigan football, I show my appreciation with my money. I don't appreciate the offensive coaching and this is my (only) way of showing that.

Above all else, it's really just disappointment.

01/18/2018 - 2:35pm Thank you. I know it probably seems

Thank you. I know it probably seems petty...

01/18/2018 - 2:33pm I get it, it may seem like a silly thing, but it's

I get it, it may seem like a silly thing, but it's my way of peaceful protesting. Like I said, I support the team and always will. I spend a lot of money also supporting the program. Not looking for new offensive staff seems ridiculous to me after last seasons showing. To go into this season with this same staff I don't support and therefore not getting my $.

01/18/2018 - 2:26pm If this is true...

I'll be boycotting the program this year. I'll still watch the games from home, but I won't provide money to the program. This may seem salty, and that's because it is. Losing back to back games being up by two scores, handing the ball off to a TE, the way the offense carried themselves in general last season - I cannot support the leadership that is putting that level of play onto the field. It's not fair to Don Brown the caliber of his defense and his counterparts on offense. It's not fair to the non-offensive players, and most importantly it's not fair to the offensive players to be receiving this level of coaching. I support The Team and I'll cheer every Saturday but I won't support the program that is allowing this level of incompetence on the field. I do hope that by this time next year I look foolish, but withholding my $ is my only way of protesting.

01/09/2018 - 8:16am The pivot point is the game against SC. Win that

The pivot point is the game against SC. Win that game set yourself up strong for a tough upcoming schedule. By the bowl game no one is young and inexperienced anymore. So instead we have an epic melt down (epic back to back game meltdowns) in a game that should have easily been won. I don't see Jim firing his o-staff and Enos is a meh hire. This schedule is miserable next year, 8-4 is likely and everyone saying playoffs... Playoffs???!!! I want to be optimistic but I'm a realist sorry.

01/09/2018 - 8:10am Alabama has been "cheating" for so long at what

Alabama has been "cheating" for so long at what point is this just the same argument a 5y/o gives when they can't beat you at a board game? "You cheat!"

01/09/2018 - 7:57am Agreed. Michigan is not an elite team. Not even a

Agreed. Michigan is not an elite team. Not even a really good team. And for one thing they're a soft team on offense. How many QBs has this essentially same OL over last two seasons gotten hurt? How many dirty hits this season? Did you one time see an OL defend his QB after these dirty hits? Nope. They're soft. They're weak. I love Michigan football as much as the rest of you but if you want to be a good football team your OL can't be Charmin soft.

12/29/2017 - 11:12am My gut tells me he loves college too much to

My gut tells me he loves college too much to leave. But it's also almost lunch time...

12/22/2017 - 7:03am That's why I sous vide

My mahi mahi is always 5* because sound vide anything is 5*.

But lately I'm 5* at getting sick (and it's pissing me off) viral flu like bug last week. Proceeded to get over that to go to a family gathering past weekend where half the family, myself included, got a stomach virus, which then led to me getting strep throat. Modern medicine a hell of a drug though. Out of the office all week to return today to I'm sure a nearly empty office.

12/21/2017 - 4:08pm TL;DRJUST WIN THE

TL;DR

JUST WIN THE GAME.

12/14/2017 - 10:36pm Saw it with my daughter and for some reason

Saw it with my daughter and for some reason someone cut an onion in my theater at the end. I loved the movie.

12/14/2017 - 7:45am What sucks is you take this site right here for

What sucks is you take this site right here for example, endgame for ISPs would be to pit sites against each other for profit. So say Comcast went to Mgoblog and said "your rival site is willing to pay us an extra $1000/month for "guaranteed hosting access" or some term they'll make up to sound important that basically means either give us more money OR access to your site via our Network will be slower.

12/14/2017 - 7:42am What you don't understand and are falsy advocating

What you don't understand and are falsy advocating is equivalent to saying "their weren't drunk driving laws (in year before cars were made) so why do you need them now??!!

In 2012 ISPs started controlling services and some out right denying them. People sued, then the ISPs countersued the FCC and as such these rules came about. Your assumption is false and spreading a false sense of reality.

12/12/2017 - 4:14pm My wife does. I sometimes have trouble dealing

My wife does. I sometimes have trouble dealing with it but not often.

#HumbleBrag

11/24/2017 - 1:09pm He's not wrong

And I'll piss people off with this comment but the OL - I question their manhood. Both hits on the QBs that knocked them out this year, and put them in the HOSPITAL were dirty hits and where was ANY offensive linemen to protect their QB. Idc if you get thrown out of the game, you show a message that if you do that there is hell to pay. Say what you want about Taylor Lewan he was an asshole, but you know what, someone hit his QB like that he would have retaliated. This OL was an embarrassment because of their play AND their demeanor. WEAK.