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07/14/2018 - 6:18pm Isn’t this Larry Nasser’s…

Isn’t this Larry Nasser’s job now?

06/19/2018 - 11:42am Depth Chart by Class and…

Depth Chart by Class and Unofficial Two-deep are still stuck on older editions.  I've tried to delete old browsing files but that doesn't fix it.



06/13/2018 - 11:46am Some people are color-blind…

Some people are color-blind.  I'm graphics-blind. I look for words on the screen and don't readily "see" pictures in front of me.  I'm terrible at comprehending cartoons, for instance.  So the change of graphic scenery is a non-issue for me.


I too will wait for the kinks to get worked out -- one that I know of is the Depth Chart by Class that's currently available is an older version, from last year.

05/18/2018 - 1:52pm Right?

In my mind I see Barrett with a very high FOOTBALL PLAYER score in terms of talent and IQ. Very excited about him.

05/18/2018 - 1:40pm Viper

Ending this piece with something about Viper, you made me wonder, out of no known corner of my brain, could Michael Barrett be a secret Viper in waiting? Isn’t he really similar to K Hudson in his HS background, I.e., RB/QB/athlete?


04/30/2018 - 12:38pm Newsome

Brian, IIRC, the most recent thing you had to say about Newsome's status was somewhat bearish, along the lines of his rehab taking longer than it should.  Putting him in the first group out is... brighter, no?  (please, please, please).



04/19/2018 - 12:10pm what school?

What neighborhood?  it's a big city.

04/19/2018 - 10:21am I agree with this

I think Crowell's attitude toward Michigan is either the cause of his players coolness to Michigan or it's a reaction to Michigan's coolness to them.  Either way, for whatever reason, it appears Belleville is whatever you'd call the opposite of a Pipeline.

Notice we're not hearing from the MLK or Cass Tech coaches on this.

04/02/2018 - 4:15pm Aw, crap.

God damn you, SRJK.  for the last 43 hours I've maintained a healthy, aloof, pessimistic detachment from this game.  Now, you've gone and gotten me nervously excited. So, all you've really accomplished is guaranteeing me a bigger hangover tomorrow morning than usual.  Thanks a lot. 



03/20/2018 - 2:34pm Performance vs. KenPom projection

I went back to the Game Previews for all of these last 11 games.  Michigan outperformed the KenPom projection in 9 of them.  (Outliers were Iowa in the B1G first round and Houston.)  Michigan was KenPom underdogs in five of those games going in.

The average outperformance vs. the projected differential in all of those games was a whopping 10 points per game.  So, Yeah, ESPN go ahead and seed them 15 out of 16.  Please!



03/08/2018 - 5:49pm You don't really know

TRU was owned by an alliance between Bain Capital and KKR who did a LBO on it a few years ago.  At the time of the purchase they probably knew it was toast and figured they could liquidate it and come out ahead.  They hired Brandon to lead that effort and no doubt Brandon knew exactly what he was getting into and charged with doing. 

People saying TRU going bankrupt was DB's fault do not know what they're talking about.  I'm sure DB is, as Brian put it, a "piece of shit human being".  But that doesn't mean he's an incompetent CEO.


02/12/2018 - 4:40pm Not a fan

I'm not a fan of golf in Arizona.  Human settlements and golf courses should not be located in places where there is not enough naturally available water to sustain them.

That said, I've been to Scottsdale once to play golf on a boondoggle, fully comped.  I gather both courses we played were very expensive.  I don't think you'll have much luck finding courses that aren't expensive because they're hard to maintain due to the abovementioned fundamental shortage.  Good luck, though.

And one legitimate playing tip: look for the highest mountain and keep in mind that everything slopes away from that, even though your eyes don't read it at all.  During one round I stopped my golf cart on the path.  thinking I was on level ground, I got out without setting the brake.  The damned thing started rolling away from the mountain.



01/29/2018 - 12:19pm Am I the only one?

I just hate these goddamned click-bait lists -- in order to see a list of 25 things, I would have to spend about 5 minutes loading and reloading from one page to the next, having the pages bounce around while ads spool up... no thanks.

I could subscribe to the magazine, but Forbes has been a piece of shit for a long time.  Not displaying this list on one page is a great example.

01/28/2018 - 10:32pm Pro

The post is about pro.

01/24/2018 - 9:08am Easy, fella

I was a solid RR supporter, thought he got shafted by a complete lack of support other than from fans like me.

All I’m saying here is those 8 guys you listed — exactly who I had in mind as RR “smurfs” — are not typical Harbaugh personnel. As for your last comment, come on, Man. That’s not me at all.

01/23/2018 - 9:30pm It’s looking that way

A year ago, I thought this was going to be the strategic, small, selective class. And now it’s up to 21 with a couple more likely. This is the head-scratchingest class I can ever remember. And I’m not going to second guess the coaches; I never do. But, this reminds me of the early RR classes of All Smurfs. I get that the DL and OL hauls last year were awesome so not as much is needed there this year. But we’re now looking at a fall roster with 7 RBs, 16+ DBs, 10+ WRs and about 9 LBs under 225 pounds. This is not your grandfather Lloyd’s Michigan football team. And it doesn’t really feel like what I would have thought of as a Harbaugh team.

Edit: need to clarify “smurf”. RR recruited a ton of 150-170 pound athletes. This class only has a few that fit that description. But still, by harbaugh “Football Player” standards, a lot of the kids in this class are... not large people.

01/17/2018 - 12:20pm agreed on the cancer

I am a 247 subscriber and am starting to think about dropping it.  A long time ago I was a Scout subscriber and dropped it for the same reason I'm thinking of dropping 247 now: Scout sucks and has made 247 suck.  One would have thought the consolidation would enhance 247, not water it down.

01/16/2018 - 1:44pm Have we learned nothing?

I was so confident after last off-season's bloodbath of attrition for Dantonio, coming off 3-9, that their run of success was over.  I will never underestimate (or misspell) Dantonio again.



01/16/2018 - 1:39pm I could reply with a

I could reply with a follow-on joke, but I don't think this topic is one to joke about.

01/16/2018 - 12:59pm translation?

what does OTL mean?

01/15/2018 - 10:56pm Simpson needs help

Those last two FT attempts were painful to watch.

01/15/2018 - 10:54pm Northwestern

NU is NOT playing their home games in an NBA arena. You had my hopes up that it would be really nice to go see them play at United Center which is a five minute cab ride from my home. But no. NU is playing at Allstate Arena which is a dump in a dump of a suburb.

01/15/2018 - 10:40pm Very sad

This is not a band of my “prime”. I’m 58. But I love the Cranberries. Once in a while the aches and pains of being this old and trying to remain physically active force me to take drastic action: an ice bath. Lot of people will play some soothing spa-type music to quiet the screaming agony of the coldness. Not me. I go with a 15 minute set that features Zombie. Kill the cold with energy.

12/25/2017 - 3:16pm 45-7

Can of whoop-ass gets opened up in all phases. Business trip.

12/19/2017 - 2:11pm Outback Bowl ad

Being in the business, I thought I would splain a little about that Outback Bowl screwup.

First, I think it's likely the ad is coming from Ticketmaster, not the OB itself.

Second, what the paper ran is referred to as a "pickup", meaning an instruction to the paper to pickup the creative materials that remain on file from the last time this advertiser ran with this paper.  So, somebody at Ticketmaster's agency made the mistake of filling out the "materials" column with "pickup" instead of "new".  Often, the order is placed well in advance of having materials ready.  "New" would have told the paper to wait for materials before running anything. And, to be fair, somebody at the paper didn't bother to double check what they were putting into production, but that person might have been football-ignorant anyway.

Third, I would hate to be Ticketmaster's agency, what with hundreds if not thousands of different ads running in different markets every day.  They're going to make mistakes and the tedium of dollar-a-holler insertion ordering would drive us crazy.


11/27/2017 - 9:54pm Or,

I dunno. I was there when I was a kid 45 years ago. I’d be curious to know if someone else could confirm that it was still dingy and corny as it was then.

11/22/2017 - 3:47pm ... or...

And after O'Korn and Malzone get flattened, let's see how Gentry or K Hudson might do.

10/30/2017 - 3:06pm ditto

The guy's been writing empty puffery for years with the occasional strong and often wrong opinion.  Don't understand how that site is worth money to anyone.


10/29/2017 - 11:43am Autocorrect?

Sometimes it’s fun to try to reverse translate an autocorrection. I’m stuck on “the fourth spring his with name 72”.

10/08/2017 - 10:31pm Hello


10/01/2017 - 5:51pm A long time ago, Dan did

A long time ago, Dan did sideline reporting for Michigan games. I also happen to know he was a Michigan fan back before he didn’t have to hide it for professional reasons.

10/01/2017 - 1:25am Dan Dickerson

Dan Dickerson.

09/20/2017 - 10:50pm You're killing me

That Gif, oh lord. First, I, uh, really like pictures of Marilyn. Second, I love cigarettes, even though I finally swore them off after 43 years. Haven't had one in 22 months, not that I'm still counting.

09/06/2017 - 6:16pm standard operating procedure.

I suspect Brandon was hired with bankruptcy being a likely possibility for him to preside over.  that it's happening is not his fault.

08/31/2017 - 10:50am Easy?

Michigan got beat in Iowa by a decent team.  Yes, it was an upset but Michigan was not expected to win that game "easily".

08/30/2017 - 6:51pm No such thing

Harbaugh teams don't lose games they're supposed to win easily.

08/03/2017 - 11:50am wow.

I can't believe that would pop into anybody's  head but mine. I'm an excellent driver.

05/22/2017 - 10:08am Not sure what to think

Very Lynch-like in the interspersing of bizarre, seemingly unrelated elements. I guess I'm going to have to watch it again.

Speaking of arty made-for-TV work, the Amazon series I Love Dick is really, really good.

05/17/2017 - 5:36pm Advertising, Chicago

I'm C-Level of a small Media Buying service.  (We don't create the ads, we plan where they're placed, negotiate pricing with media vendors, etc.)  I lead all of the non-client-facing stuff -- Operations, Accounting, HR, etc.


05/16/2017 - 11:03am approaching a red light

I'm a guy that will let off the gas and coast when I see a stop light turn yellow up to 1/4 mile away.  I'll admit that this is a passive-aggressive fuck-you to the impatient asshole behind me who insists on throttling full speed all the way to the light so he can be in front of me and in the first position when it turns green.  So, who's the asshole in this situation?  I'm being honest -- is the expectation that I should waste gas to appease those behind me?

05/02/2017 - 3:05pm It's huge

I asked my wife for the book for Christmas.  It's huge.  And I don't mean in some sort of uber-significant way.  It's just frickin' huge, heavy, bulky etc.  We have three grandsons under 10 running around.  It's too valuable to leave on a "coffee table" for them to soil somehow.  I wish I'd gotten the smaller one.

As for the contents, there's some pretty good ones, sure.  But I'm regretting it.  Anybody want to bid for it?  Or can anyone think of a worthy donation recipient?


04/19/2017 - 6:37pm Some Guy

No way we see a commitment from Some Guy.  Michigan's never done well from USA athletes. 

04/12/2017 - 8:04pm Gotcha

On another note, I was recently playing golf on a hole surrounded by woods, just me and my buddy, when a tree started its fall to the ground. I can say with confidence that a sound was made.

04/12/2017 - 7:50pm Thanks

For this I wish I could get the sound. Love NDT.

What does he mean by "that would just be a bad day on earth"? Would it be bad for the moon too?

04/10/2017 - 10:06pm Exactly

Exactly what I was thinking, Magnus. In fact this thread is kind of meta. If the Mathlete and/or somebody else gained any web traction with this metric nationally, the effect would be to deflate the value of offers because kids would be encouraged to stretch the truth about their umpty-ninth offer. Pages and conversations like this just fuel the fire.

04/06/2017 - 10:44am I actually like the old clubhouse a lot

Not that this thing isn't nice and uniform and all, but the old clubhouse was a unique building.  I liked it.

04/04/2017 - 10:45pm Wow

Kid is a sleeper. Amazing tape. Weirdest offer list I've ever seen. Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Columbia. Nebraska, Hawaii, South Carolina, a few others and... Michigan.

03/27/2017 - 4:40pm it's all about personal preference

No wrong opinions about the taste of beer.  I have very good friend that will tell a bartender "I want the beer with the least possible flavor".  I don't hold it against him.

I LOVE Oberon and can't stand IPAs.  Why?  I don't like bitterness in my beer.  Oberon's IBU rating is 10, which is downright sweet to most of you IPA lovers, but liquid candy to me. Maybe the reason some people find Oberon inconsistent year-to-year is because you just keep ratcheting up your taste buds, keeping pace with the IBU arms race that seems to be taking place in the craft brew business.

Bottom line, I'll drink a Bud Light with my buddy if the only "good" beers on the menu are IPAs.




03/18/2017 - 12:06pm Huh?

I didn't realize they were playing in the tournament. I have a kid's birthday party to go to so if they're playing from 3-9, I won't be able to watch.

03/01/2017 - 10:26pm NU, please people

It stands for Northwestern University. And no, I'm not a Northwestern fan, I'm a diehard Michigan fan. But having lived in Chicago for 34 years, I have an appreciation for what is a great school and a great sports fan base. And they don't abbreviate Northwestern with "NW". Oh, and I'll never forget when they played southern cal in the rose bowl.