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08/15/2018 - 8:57pm Hey cool, let's revisit this…

Hey cool, let's revisit this prediction after the MSU game, shall we?

08/15/2018 - 8:48pm Yeah, good times.

Thanks…

Yeah, good times.

Thanks for sharing. You're officially only a semi-troll.

08/15/2018 - 7:27pm Not my problem.

Not my problem.

08/15/2018 - 7:24pm Really good at pass…

Really good at pass protection, you say? Forget the red-shirt. He's seeing the field this year. I'll be taking his notable zeros frequently in beat the house (on Mazenbrew.com) this season.

08/15/2018 - 9:01am In answer to your question,…

In answer to your question, the field of mathematics has defined a constant for that:

A crap-tonne!

08/15/2018 - 8:59am Yep, the past fifteen years…

Yep, the past fifteen years or so have had plenty of moments when we needed to look up the plural form of the word "doofus."

08/15/2018 - 8:57am 7 - Yeah right.  Greg…

7 - Yeah right.  Greg Mattison seemed to do pretty well with all of your players on D in his first season.  It was a crime he didn't win the Broyles Award for the top assistant coach that year.

08/15/2018 - 8:52am Yup, 2014 had 6 low points…

Yup, 2014 had 6 low points any one of which could arguably be THE low point of the worst 10 year period of Michigan football.

You left out one that was my personal low point: getting pantsed by ND in the last game between the two teams for a while.  I wanted that win badly, as a final "Eff you!" to them for ending the series in such a douchy way.  We lost; it happens.  But the way we lost was indescribable!  After the first two drives ended in missed FGs, not a single possession that came even close to scoring.  Repeatedly getting gashed for scores on short passes.  The dawning sensation that the two guys who were supposed to be our best player on defense and offense, Blake Countess and Devin Gardner, were our biggest liabilities (and frankly were better players as freshmen, before our stellar "player development" got its meathooks into them).

I watched that game in a standing room only Michigan bar.  I threw my hat on the floor and stomped on it, in public, more than once.  (Later in the season, during the Maryland game, the bar owner asked how my hat was doing.)  I left the bar before the end of the game, and immediately deleted the MGoBlog app from my cell phone.  I didn't watch any games, or go to any Michigan fan web sites, and avoided hearing college football scores for the rest of the non-conference part of the season.  I finally calmed down and came back just in time for all the other low points you described (making Gary Nova look like Tom Brady was a particularly piquant moment).

08/15/2018 - 8:24am And thank God for the…

And thank God for the message board.

08/15/2018 - 8:08am The intro for those who can…

The intro for those who can't remember recruit names is excellent.  Double-plus-good.

08/15/2018 - 8:03am "by the end of the summer,…

"by the end of the summer, the MGoFanbase is like a huge pack of extremely nervous, hypersensitive, semi-starved dogs who are as likely to attack each other as they are true outsiders. Throw them the most insignificant, meaningless morsel of 'information' in the form of Gerry DiNardo BTN argle-bargle and the response is a pack-wide slobbering frenzy"

Word!

08/14/2018 - 7:40am To be fair to Peters (and…

To be fair to Peters (and Peoples-Jones, and the WR corps...), Peoples-Jones had his foot down in the end zone against Wisconsin.  Peters never has to run the play where he fumbled if the replay official does his ding-dang job!  And, don't get me started on Wisconsin's head hunting...

However, I do share the view that Peters had his chance, and was found wanting.  I expect Shea to start, and wouldn't be surprised at all if McCaffrey is the back-up.

08/13/2018 - 11:57am Valid point.

Valid point.

08/06/2018 - 5:32pm Good for him!

Good for him!

08/05/2018 - 6:03pm Stony Brook?! Dang, I hope…

Stony Brook?! Dang, I hope he is good with the books, because clearly the football career is not a happenin' thing.

Who is a bigger bust: Derrick Green or TJ Wheatly?

08/03/2018 - 8:33am Satire has had a hard time…

Satire has had a hard time keeping up with reality lately.  My guess is that admin leave will include the Jim Tressel, get a ride off the field on the shoulders of your players treatment (as a thank you for keeping your mouth shut about all that other stuff we don't want the NCAA to discover).  I'm guessing that ex-Coach Smith will be getting a handshake with plenty of Benjamins for the same reason.

Seriously though, this admin leave feels like it's just what it's supposed to be: a temporary leave of absence so we can find the truth (or the version of it that we will use for PR purposes) without Coach Meyer affecting the inquiry.  My guess is that there's a good chance OSU will report out a sequence of events that will justify reinstating him.  You're entitled to whatever cynicism you have regarding the reliability of that report, or the convenience of its timing.

08/03/2018 - 8:25am I will never understand why…

I will never understand why he didn't want to switch to OT.  The depth chart at TE was backed up until he was a 7th year senior, and with young guns coming in each year.  Meanwhile, there was a black hole at OT.  He was great as a blocking TE, and with the athleticism he flashed at TE, he clearly could have been a very agile OT.  Finally, those OT guys make a ton of money in the NFL, probably more than TE, especially if you aren't Gronk.  (And news flash: if you can't make the top 2 TEs on your college team, you're not Gronk.)

Best of luck to him, and I hope he finds whatever he's seeking.  I would really like him to get that Michigan degree, but whether he sticks around long enough to finish up a Bachelors is up to him.  Farewell, and you'll always be welcome back as a Michigan Man.

08/03/2018 - 8:17am Done

Done

08/02/2018 - 2:10pm Amen

Amen

08/01/2018 - 2:33pm Speaking as an employee of a…

Speaking as an employee of a Federal Inspector General office, this is a true statement.  Being a whistle-blower is hard.  Now, some people are "mandatory reporters" in some situations, usually those involving a child.  I doubt that would have been Coach Warinner's situation, but there are times when a hard thing is legally required.  However, it is still a hard thing to do.

08/01/2018 - 7:50am I used to listen to him a…

I used to listen to him a lot when I still drove to work.  When he is talking for himself, he is usually going for the contrarian hot takes angle.  Sometimes they are insightful; sometimes they are asinine.

However, the reason I listened was his interviews.  He is terrific at getting people who are in sports but are not athletes to talk about how they approach their jobs and what they are thinking.  His regular chats with former NFL coaches were can't miss listening, and his interview of a players' agent was one of the most interesting things I've ever heard on sports talk radio.

07/31/2018 - 7:09pm If hot seat means at risk of…

If hot seat means at risk of being fired, I don't think any record on the field would be bad enough.  I'm not saying success is guaranteed; I am saying switching coaches (again) would be no more likely to succeed than simply riding with Harbaugh to whatever record he reaches.

We've had two failed coaching hires in a row. Neither of those outcomes was likely. It's hard to imagine how a coaching prospect could be better suited to coach Michigan than Harbaugh, and we have every reason to think he will succeed. If he can't do it, it's not the coaching; it's something about us. There's no point to looking at someone other than him. If the best he can produce is Kirk Ferentz results, that's our ceiling.

07/31/2018 - 7:23am Yet another reason, as if we…

Yet another reason, as if we needed any, to avoid Twitter under any and all circumstances.

07/31/2018 - 7:23am Yet another reason, as if we…

Yet another reason, as if we needed any, to avoid Twitter under any and all circumstances.

07/30/2018 - 5:12pm I choose to believe he's…

I choose to believe he's just messing with the reporters. The alternative, that the platonic ideal of a program saving coach is turning into Les Miles before our very eyes (especially after two consecutive whiffs), is too horrible to contemplate.

07/30/2018 - 8:02am Oh there are so many correct…

Oh there are so many correct answers for so many different reasons.  I'll stick to football since I know it better:

- Us. How many times have we responded to getting our butts kicked by joking about how the other team's fans will be working for us in about 5 years?  But wait there's more!  Grammar nazis on a college sports blog site!  And the piece de resistance, what other fan base combines such lofty expectations that every season is a disappointment, with crippling insecurity about our team's perceived inability to execute at a pee-wee football level of competence?  (I know, I know; San Francisco 49er fans from the 1990s, but my point stands.)

- Michigan State.  This program has retired the trophy for being a "Sore Winner."  Their head coach has led the charge into utter classlessness.  Also, recent current events have exposed the "University" as being a win at all costs program, nominally supervised by a clique of inbred cronies.  MSU delanda est.  Destroy the stadium down to the foundation.  Summarily execute the athletic department's leadership and sell the rest of the staff into slavery.  Plough salt into the playing surface.

- Ohio State. The fan base that made unhinged, irrational hatred of all things Michigan fashionable.  (Note to Bucknuts: to have a great rivalry, you need a great rival.)  I met a Ohio sports fan while in the Navy who went to an ND OSU bowl game, and even he commented on how the other OSU fans were the angriest group of people he'd ever seen.  The contagion has spread to other schools.  Penn State for one, which has worked out OK since Michigan and PSU have been on par recently.  More laughably it has spread to Rutgers and Illinois, who are the B1G's answer to the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions (football themed improvisational comedy troupes).

- SEC fans, collectively, and each fan base in its own special way.  I think we have all grown weary of hearing how inherently superior the SEC is because of all their championships and playoff berths, conveniently ignoring how the SEC biased press gets them way more playoff berths than any other conference, thereby giving them the opportunity to win more championships and perpetuate the fallacy.  But, let's not forget all the special little eccentricities.  LSU fans CALL THEMSELVES "coon asses."  Tennessee inspired the concept of the "Fullmer Cup."  (One of my favorite sports columnists refers to Phil Fulmer as "the biggest knob in Knoxville.")  An Alabama fan shot another Alabama fan because she was insufficiently distraught after the "kick six" game with Auburn, and a third Alambama fan poisoned a historic tree on the Auburn campus.  One of the SEC's rivalry games CALLS ITSELF the world's largest outdoor cocktail party.

  -- But, let's be honest with ourselves about Alabama.  We hate their fans because we want to be their fans.  They've established themselves as the more professional and consistent version of the New England Patriots while representing a Univerity located in a State with such love and reverence for higher education that some of their State Legislators openly question why the State needs more that one public university.

07/27/2018 - 12:15pm Point of information: Ohio…

Point of information: Ohio State covered up a team doctor molesting athletes for years.  The only point in OSU's favor is that now (finally) they appear to have hired a serious outside investigator to get to the bottom of it.  Whether that will continue, and how they handle any of the findings remains to be seen.

07/26/2018 - 12:03pm Phil Brabbs.  Due tackled…

Phil Brabbs.  Due tackled like a LB on kickoffs, and was a weapon on fake field goals.  He was exceptional at all the other little things PK do.  Unfortunately, he was questionable on actual field goal attempts.

All name division: how much does everyone love a defense (from the mid-90s) who had three starters name Steele, Sword and Irons?

07/26/2018 - 12:00pm That's because he was 1-7…

That's because he was 1-7 against OSU and in Bowl games.  Consistently finishing your season with two consecutive losses puts a bad taste in your mouth.  On the plus side, his last game was a beauty.

07/26/2018 - 7:51am Wait for the fourth quarter… Wait for the fourth quarter. Score all your points.
07/24/2018 - 4:06pm Mr. Higdon,

Welcome back…

Mr. Higdon,

Welcome back and glad to have you. Please work on your pass protection, and you will have a much better shot at the NFL.

07/24/2018 - 7:31am That's fairly hilarious. …

That's fairly hilarious.  Well played, Mr. Newsome, well played.

07/23/2018 - 7:46am What position will TJ…

What position will TJ Wheatly play if he sees the field this year?

07/23/2018 - 7:36am Why has the universe gone…

Why has the universe gone stark, raving bonkers since the plane landed in Iowa City in 2016?

07/19/2018 - 4:10pm Eye roll.

Eye roll.

07/17/2018 - 7:20am Sparty gonna Spart.  On the…

Sparty gonna Spart.  On the bright side, that will make turning them back into little brother that much sweeter.  Just don't let your daughter attend that University (or your son, for that matter).

07/16/2018 - 2:52pm The whining about how…

The whining about how worthless a Div 1 scholarship package is will never cease to make me see red.  Ask all the parents who plot and scheme and pray for scholarships of any kind how "worthless" a full ride is.  Yes, there are some programs that steer their athletes into choices that will merely keep them eligible and do nothing for their education.  (Footnote Dexter Manley graduating from college while remaining a functional illiterate.)  That's on the school and on the athlete.  If you're "too cool to play school" (and even Cardale Jones wised-up before he left for the NFL), you're the one whol pissed away the opportunity.

07/14/2018 - 8:00pm O$U

O$U

07/13/2018 - 3:15pm Mildly contrarian view: I…

Mildly contrarian view: I feel they deserve partial credit for investigating the situation promptly and acting on what they find. 

Don't get me wrong, I think Chris Ash is in over his head, and he has drawn the mistaken conclusion that the fastest road to success in the B1G is irrational loathing of Michigan.  I think the administration of the Rutgers athletic department has been a dumpster fire.  And, I think adding them to the Conference was a crass money-grab based on the delusional assumption that the cabel TV market will forever be what it was in 1995.  However, I'm just as OK with them in the Conference as some of the other teams that for years have had lame football programs.

07/13/2018 - 3:00pm Yeah, back in the good old…

Yeah, back in the good old days, with a side of "Sparty no!"  Good times, really miss 'em.

07/13/2018 - 7:40am This has been a surprisingly…

This has been a surprisingly insightful comment section.  I was sort of expecting, "no way," "consider the source," "West Pennsyltucky sucks! East Pennsyltucky rules!" etc.  Folks are backing up their opinions with real analysis.  Well done all.

07/11/2018 - 2:34pm Beverly Hills 90210
Browns 3
Beverly Hills 90210 Browns 3
07/11/2018 - 2:30pm The court finds that…

The court finds that plaintiffs failed to state a cause of action, and they lack standing to sue for the relief requested.  The defense's motion to dismiss the case is granted.

07/11/2018 - 9:52am Rashan Gary.

On one of the…

Rashan Gary.

On one of the best D lines in the country, the guy has been in the shadows of more established (Mo Hurst) and more flamboyant (Chase Winovich) teammates. SI did a list of the best pass rushing D lineman in the country; three Clemson Tigers and Nick Bosa, but Gary was no where to be found.

Dude was the consus #1 recruit in the nation, and one of the highest rated recruits ever, for a reason.  He cracked the two deep on the best d line/best defense in the country as a true freshman.  This is the season he's the featured pass rusher/TFL guy.

07/06/2018 - 6:55am Not trolling, just shaking…

Not trolling, just shaking down the Bama bagmen for a few dollars more.  "You know, I could still go to Michigan...Why yes, I think I can help this attache case full of Benjamins find a good home."

07/05/2018 - 5:06pm Yeah, that was what I…

Yeah, that was what I thought last year before the MSU game and the Outback Bowl. I pray to God I'm wrong, and my rational brain says the issue will be fixed, but emotionally I'm in a "show me" mindset. Way too much weird ass stuff, especially since the 2016 Iowa game, has happened for me to have confidence in anything.

07/04/2018 - 1:27pm Uh, that would be Gettysburg…

Uh, that would be Gettysburg. Clods and Generals was an abomination in the eyes of God.

07/04/2018 - 9:41am Non-college sports division:…

Non-college sports division:

The Minnesota "never sufficiently to be damned" Twins.  Twinkie, Twinkie. A thousand deaths are not enough for Twinkie! 

06/29/2018 - 7:24am Owengoblue, I logged into…

Owengoblue, I logged into the new site for the first time to say thanks.  This is interesting content, especially for the off season.  Please proceed, and consider making this a Diary entry.

06/01/2018 - 1:49pm Straight to the Profound Statements Board

"Thousands of years in the future scientists will be able to mark the [Drevno-Warriner] transition by the line of finely powdered, aerosolized quarterback that settled in rock strata worldwide after the 2017 season."