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10/14/2018 - 5:32pm A great sound and fury…

A great sound and fury signifying nothing.

10/14/2018 - 6:28am Or, maybe he just wanted to…

Or, maybe he just wanted to reward Milton for working hard and get him a taste of live action in a game with a substantial lead. Just a thought...

10/10/2018 - 11:01am Now, now my children.

No…

Now, now my children.

No pity; no prisoners.

I'll shoot the first man who shows any pity.

10/03/2018 - 10:44am Given the times we live in,…

Given the times we live in, I'm simply grateful it wasn't a gang sign or a white power symbol./s/

JUST KIDDING! I love me my Chase. Heckuva player, heckuva person.

10/02/2018 - 11:23am I tend to agree this is a…

I tend to agree this is a toss up. My reasoning is:

1. At home or on the road, Michigan is always ready to play OSU. The only exception I can think of in either the Harbaugh or HOKE regimes is 2015, which was at home. The usual "we suck on the road" rule doesn't apply to OSU.

2. This team is FINALLY showing signs of improving as the season progresses, the O-line especially. In 2016 we came out breathing fire early in the season, but faded in November. This year OSU is breathing fire early, but the injury to Bosa is a little bit of luck regressing to the mean, WHILE we have an improving team working out its issues.

3. We finally have a playmaker at QB.

4. BPONE is real, but not a reliable indicator of future performance. Even if your team is clearly superior, winning 6 out of the last 7 games against an opponent is HARD. There is a lot of luck contributing to that, which can turn in an instant. In other words, it's a fancy way of saying luck regressing to the mean.

10/01/2018 - 7:41pm Or, the rules of football…

Or, the rules of football have become so complicated and subjective it's impossible for even highly trained officials to get everything right.

09/29/2018 - 10:22pm Wow, they actually called PI…

Wow, they actually called PI on OSU?!

09/29/2018 - 9:56pm Fortunate spot; fortunate…

Fortunate spot; fortunate bounce on a fumble; one handed finger tip snag of a misthrown ball. It makes me wonder if God is trolling football fans.

09/29/2018 - 9:49pm I see OSU has the same line…

I see OSU has the same line judge as the Game in 2016.

09/29/2018 - 9:31pm What I want to know is where…

What I want to know is where were all these PI flags a few seasons ago when MSU and Iowa DBs grabbed the receivers every single play?

09/24/2018 - 10:04pm Whitten is the best of the…

Whitten is the best of the bunch. He slapped down that nonsense about starting Fitzpicktric over Wiston pretty hard, as he, someone, anyone should have. Wiston needs more time to get used to game speed? WHAT?! How's Wiston gonna do that sitting on the bench another week?!

09/23/2018 - 11:03pm 3:16 left, 13 point lead and…

3:16 left, 13 point lead and the ball. So you're saying there's a chance?!

09/23/2018 - 10:31pm However, the seemingly…

However, the seemingly functional running game is modestly remarkable.

09/23/2018 - 11:49am But, I'm pleased to see them…

But, I'm pleased to see them head in this direction. Lord knows they are way overdue for a difficult coaching transition.

09/23/2018 - 11:46am I agree. However, I'm wary…

I agree. However, I'm wary BDOUE (the Bright Day Of Unrealistic Expectations).

09/22/2018 - 12:10pm Damn arm punts, but like the…

Damn arm punts, but like the next play.

09/22/2018 - 11:59am I hope the Wolverines toss a…

I hope the Wolverines toss a play action bomb or two early, nothing fancy, just get the back 7 off of run blitz all the time.

09/22/2018 - 11:38am Thanks a million. This is a…

Thanks a million. This is a great find. I've wanted to listen to radio casts of my favorite teams, but balked at what MLB and NFL wanted for the whole package. Now I can hear ALL my teams for $99 a year? That's a deal.

09/22/2018 - 11:09am Thread jack (I didn't want…

Thread jack (I didn't want to create a new thread for it):

Is anyone else having trouble livestreaming the radio cast from MGoBlue.com? I'm using my pixel phone running the Android OS, and the error message said livestreaming is not available on the phone, operating system or app.

09/20/2018 - 12:38pm Honestly, I'm impressed with…

Honestly, I'm impressed with Jay. Some folks think he's coaching at Michigan because of nepotism. I think his units have performed well, and he has a bright future. I'm not saying he's ready to succeed Jim, just that he's looking like a good young coach whose career is worth watching.

09/17/2018 - 8:27am Thanks BB.

I'm actually…

Thanks BB.

I'm actually somewhat encouraged by the last three games.  Yeah, we'd like to come out at the start of the season flinging our opponents to the side like rag dolls, like say 2016.  Here's the thing though with all our good starts since 2000.  Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Ended with losing the last two games in a row and/or 3 out of the last 4 (excepting the aforesaid metric ton of golden horseshoes season).  We joke about Tate Forcier and the September Heisman, but that reflects the sad reality that Notre Dame was just about the only rival we could beat somewhat frequently.

This season we expected to have a Alabama-level defense, and prayed that the O-line, QB and young WRs could be even just a little more productive than last season.  So, after three games, we have both an offense with issues to work on but some promise, and a defense with some promise but some issues to work on.  I'll take that in a heartbeat if it means that the team gets better as the season goes on.  There are signs that will happen (FINALLY!).

RIght now, Ohio State looks terrifying and we look flawed.  If we had to play them next week, we'd be in trouble.  In 2016, if they had to play us in September, they would have been in trouble.  Good news: the games not until Thanksgiving.  We have a whole season of growth ahead.

Finally, I take solace in the most eye-popping stat of the season: starting with the second quarter of the ND game, Michigan has out-scored their opponents 111-33.  Thank you BB for pointing that out.

09/15/2018 - 7:25pm "Grabby DBs" This drives me…

"Grabby DBs" This drives me nuts. Our WRs get tackled, no call. Then our DBs get called for a fraction of the same thing.  Same thing with our DEs.

09/15/2018 - 7:09pm DJP, WR, 3 TDs.

We haz nice…

DJP, WR, 3 TDs.

We haz nice things.

09/15/2018 - 6:17pm Two toughts:

WTF is with…

Two toughts:

WTF is with these refs?!

Can they call our game with MSU?

09/14/2018 - 3:29pm I look at the Personnel…

I look at the Personnel Diagram, and I see one dangerman for each squad.  SMU has three problem circles while Michigan has two.  SMU has 6 returning starters, and Michigan has 7.  The only substantive difference I can see is that we have 6 Top-250 recruits while they have none.  Maybe we should have more modest expectations for our offense; just a thought...

09/13/2018 - 7:18am Mostly 1, but with enough 2…

Mostly 1, but with enough 2 to get our future opponents wasting practice time preparing for something we don't expect to use very much.

09/10/2018 - 9:49pm A completed screen pass, two…

A completed screen pass, two blockers and the ball carrier against one defender. Does anyone make the block? Oh hell no! And the All Pro kicker shanks a FG attempt. 

New season, new coach, same football themed improvisational comedy troup.

09/10/2018 - 9:39pm That many?

That many?

09/10/2018 - 9:38pm P-ew! The Wolverines aren't…

P-ew! The Wolverines aren't the only team with a putrid O-line.

09/08/2018 - 7:47pm So we're switching to DCaff…

So we're switching to DCaff now? Sorry, I won't get tired of this pun for a while.

09/08/2018 - 7:33pm I may be the only guy on the…

I may be the only guy on the board who feels this way, but I like what Scott Frost is doing and I hope he succeeds at Nebraska. First, it really feels like deja vu with Harbaugh at Michigan, and I want both stories have a happy ending. Second, the B1G West really needs Nebraska to be NEBRASKA! again.

09/08/2018 - 7:21pm I noticed that too and…

I noticed that too and wondered the same thing.

09/08/2018 - 7:20pm Agree on second string, and…

Agree on second string, and can we now call the time we pull the first string QB as "switching to DCaff"?

09/08/2018 - 7:17pm Gordon Gee wasn't wrong…

Gordon Gee wasn't wrong about Notre Dame, but it has nothing to do with being Roman Catholic and everything to do with being grasping ass holes.

09/08/2018 - 2:58pm What is this? Culloden?

What is this? Culloden?

09/08/2018 - 2:53pm Switching to DCaff...

Switching to DCaff...

09/08/2018 - 2:37pm OL did it's job that play,…

OL did it's job that play, in an obvious passing down too.

09/08/2018 - 2:35pm Please get Shea out of there.

Please get Shea out of there.

09/08/2018 - 2:22pm It's Peters' time.

It's Peters' time.

09/08/2018 - 1:21pm Does Big Will Campbell still…

Does Big Will Campbell still have eligibility left?

09/08/2018 - 1:20pm To be fair, DPJ got his foot…

To be fair, DPJ got his foot down against Wisconsin.

09/08/2018 - 1:15pm YES!! WR TD!!!

YES!! WR TD!!!

09/08/2018 - 1:08pm Lighten up Eeyore.  This is…

Lighten up Eeyore.  This is the most fun we are going to have this season.

09/08/2018 - 1:04pm From your lips to God's ear.

From your lips to God's ear.

09/08/2018 - 12:42pm Man what a difference being…

Man what a difference being up 14-0 than down 0-14.  Makes everything easier.

09/08/2018 - 8:51am What a refreshing change…

What a refreshing change having Steve Urkel and Leon Trotsky references instead of professional wrestling. Do you take requests? Sheldon Cooper and Miyamoto Musashi, please?

09/07/2018 - 7:26am OK, I get the photo with…

OK, I get the photo with Leon Trotsky in it, but why Frida Kahlo?

09/05/2018 - 9:36pm Another optimistic note:…

Another optimistic note: surf over to brother site maizenbrew.com, and check out the two Film Focus columns, one each for the offense and defense. I was as BPONE as anyone the past few days. But, someone who breaks down film has made a damn good case it wasn't as bad as it looked. I for one am optimistic the issues, and they're real, can be fixed or mitigated. I'm standing by my prediction of a regular season record of 9-3, and second in the B1G East.

You don't have to agree, and frankly there is merit to the argument the sky is falling. I won't tell you what to feel. I think there is a chance this team turns out just fine.

09/05/2018 - 9:09am Amen brother!

Amen brother!

09/05/2018 - 9:07am This is a true Eeyore take,…

This is a true Eeyore take, and I don't buy it right now.  I still think Harbaugh will get it done, even though it is taking an excrutiatingly long time, on top of the 7 years of torture that preceded it.  However, I have to admit that this seems more likely now than it ever has, and I amazed.

No one.  There is no coach who can "fix" Michigan football because the problem is the Univ of Michigan, not the coaches.  Consider...

We've hired three head coaches; each represents a different philosophical approach.  Rich Rod was the hot head coach everyone wanted to hire (including Alabama) with the innovative system.  Brady Hoke was the "Michigan Man" who would get us back to what Michigan does well historically and understood our culture.  Jim Harbaugh is the unicorn, all things to everybody.  He's the hot head coach, the legendary alumni who gets the culture, a coach who innovates by refreshing the old school style that worked so well for us with Bo.  With the possible exception of coach Hoke, all of these guys succeeded everywhere they've been before and after Michigan.  Even Rodriguez took Arizona to a Pac 12 Championship Game.  So, either the water in Ann Arbor caused all of them to magically become substantially more stupid, or something else is going on.  What are the potential systemic issues that might cause Michigan to underperform?

Drugs.  We know there are programs who juice their players (cough, Michigan State, cough), and I believe we all think Michigan doesn't, if only for player safety.  Might that explain why our players fail to develop relative to their peers?  Ezekial Elliot vs. Derrick Green.  Wisconsin's and MSU's 3-star O-line recruits vs. our 4 or 5-star recruits.  Heck, Rashan Gary was one of the highest rated recruits ever, any year, any position. And although he is excellent and a future high first round NFL draft pick, let's face it; he's been overshadowed even at his DE position by peers within his recruiting class, like Joey Bosa or all the dudes on the Clemson D-line.  Consider also some of the criminal behavior other schools have to handle; perhaps one of the well known side effects of steroids?

"Character Issues."  We know other schools will continue to suit up players even after some fairly heinous behavior.  We're not completely "zero tolerance," but we put up with a lot less before we will dismiss someone from the team.  Also, other schools will steer players towards an "eligibility major" that will be useless to them after they graduate, whereas academics at Michigan are no joke.  Granted, many other schools are academically demanding too, but we are restricting ourselves to less than the full universe of Div 1 players, and competing with everyone else who wants them too.

Money.  Other schools pay players and their families; we're very confident Michigan does not.  Duh.  Queue all the arguments about which approach is more ethical, and the value of respecting NCAA rules that the NCAA refuses to enforce seriously.

Last and most certainly not least, Unrealistic Expectations.  (In other words, me and you, sweet pea.)  We think we are ENTITLED to a winning football program, AND one that restricts itself to doing things "the right way" (see above) because, gosh darn it, our parents and grandparents did, and we're special.  When reality fails to live up to our expectations, we grab our torches and pitchforks and go looking for someone to blame.  We make miserable the lives of the people who work punishing schedules under intense media scrutiny while trying only to help the young people in their charge get a good education, and live up to we fans' unrealistic expectations.  You think that might adversely affect their job performance?

I'm going to offer a little parable, and you won't like it.  The Univ of Pittsburgh won a National Championship in 1976 with Tony Dorsett (and many historians of the program think the 1-loss 1977 team was even better).  They had Dan Marino as their QB in the early 80s, and then they hired Serafino "Foge" Fazio as their head coach.  Great guy, long history in the program, Brady Hoke squared.  Pitt is only just now, almost 40 years later, digging out from the irrelevancy one (let alone three) unsuccessful coaching hire did to the program.

If Jim Harbaugh can't "fix" our program, we may be looking at a dark age comparable to the one Wisconsin started in the 1960s.  We may be irrelevant that long, and emerge from the twilight for reasons no can forsee and with the game substantially changed from what it is now.  In other words, our Barry Alvarez is currently playing peewee football, and those of us old enough to remember seeing Jim Harbaugh play in person may not live long enough to see it.

There, I'll see myself out and across the street to the dive bar.  You're welcome to join me.