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01/29/2019 - 4:51pm Back in 1994 when it was -30…

Back in 1994 when it was -30 something (-69 with the wind chill), we still had classes.  I had one class that day and walked across campus to get there.  Back then I was an idiot who never wore a hat, gloves or zipped my coat.  I did that day.  

01/29/2019 - 12:30pm I had a history course with…

I had a history course with Damon Denson.  Seemed bigger than 6'.  Maybe that is because I am 5'9" (5'11" with the 90s Italian helmet hair). 

01/23/2019 - 1:23pm I went to HOMES back in…

I went to HOMES back in August and was extremely impressed with both the beer and the food.  If I lived in Michigan, I would jump all over that even though it is a little pricey for a beer pairing dinner.  They had me at barrel aged sour beers.

01/18/2019 - 12:45pm One night, after your high…

One night, after your high-school team loses a game it should have won, you’ll be walking home from the stadium and you’ll see your friend’s grandmother sitting on her front porch — a sweet old lady … one of those old-school, heart-of-gold grandmas. You’ll smile, wave and say hello, addressing her as ma’am, just like Pap taught you.

And she’ll be like, “What in the hell’s wrong wit y’all boys losing a game like that! G’on and get yourself home, boy. Get outta here!”

What do you even say to that?

The answer is … nothing. You just do as she says and get your ass home.

My high school football coach was originally from Western PA.  He used tell stories about players having to sneak home after a loss because people in his town would cuss out or throw rocks at them for losing.  I always assumed he was just drunk and exaggerating.  Now, I know he was drunk and telling the truth.

01/17/2019 - 2:41pm I'm assuming this means Ben…

I'm assuming this means Ben Mason is going to get more carries.  

01/17/2019 - 1:12pm The positive buzz of the…

The positive buzz of the coaching hires has almost washed away the bitter memories of the end of last season.  Hope might be the first step on the road to disappointment, but it springs eternal.  

01/16/2019 - 5:08pm The dream of a Maize and…

The dream of a Maize and Blue Samoan War Dance in Michigan Stadium is alive again.   Praise Random Chance.

01/10/2019 - 1:51pm The Cards have a lot of…

The Cards have a lot of options, especially if Murray decides to pursue football.

There was an article in a SF news paper today, referenced in a Ringer article, that the A's think Murray is going to the NFL.  Murray is supposed to report to Spring Training on 2/15.  The Combine is a couple weeks later.  QB work outs are on 3/2.  If he skips Spring Training and makes an appearance at the Combine, then we have an idea of what the kid is going to do.  

Using Spotrac.com for the contract data, trading Rosen would be a $8,158,776 dead money cap hit to trade him (it's all prorated signing bonus). If you can designate a trade a June 1st transaction like a cut/release, then it is a very reasonable $4M-ish dead money cap hit in 2019 and 2020. If the Cards really do love Murray, moving Rosen isn't an issue. The team getting Rosen is getting an ultra cheap QB ($570,000 Salary+$709,898 roster bonus for 2019 cap hit of less than $1.5M) with upside.  Accordingly, the Cards should be able to take Murray and move Rosen if they prefer Murray.

The Cardinals could also trade down.  Imagine the Giants (6th pick) with Murray, Barkley and OBJ.  The Cardinals should be able to get the OL help they desperately need at #6 plus have additional picks to rebuild a depleted roster.

01/02/2019 - 3:15pm This was expected, although…

This was expected, although I am not sure he is 1st round pick.  

I wish him the best in the NFL, which means avoiding being drafted by the Lions.

01/02/2019 - 9:54am I wish him well. 

Seems…

I wish him well. 

Seems like a mid to late round prospect as he isn't much of a blocker and was pretty inconsistent catching the ball.  I don't know if another year changes that.  He is tall with surprising speed for his height, so he should be drafted.  I just wouldn't expect that to happen before the 4th or 5th round, best case.

12/26/2018 - 9:47am 1) Malum In Se is latin for …

1) Malum In Se is latin for "inherently evil/wrong."  The Romans called obvious crimes like murder Malum In Se.  Something that was illegal just because the government said it was illegal was Malum Prohibitum.  As soon as I read about it in law school, I started using it online because it was usually available.

2) It is a picture of Colonel Mustard from Clue.  I used to be ColMustard on mlive back when mlive had its message boards.  I was more active on the Lions forum than the UofM one.

12/24/2018 - 12:28pm Rushing just three players…

Rushing just three players when defending a Hail Mary pass.  All it does is give the receivers time to get down the field and for the QB to have the time and room to throw a long pass into the endzone.  Stop the madness and bring at least 5 defenders to pressure the QB into a quick short throw or sack.

12/24/2018 - 12:24pm I only recognize one…

I only recognize one professional sports franchise using the name "Jets."  That franchise resides in Winnipeg.  As much as Coach Harbaugh probably wants to hoist the Stanley Cup, I remain confident he'll stick to coaching football in Ann Arbor for the forseeable future.

12/21/2018 - 4:17pm The Tennessee must have…

The Tennessee must have hired Ole Miss' bagman.

At this point, I am almost hoping he goes to Clemson.  At least with their recent success, it makes sense.

12/21/2018 - 3:09pm Even Ole Miss thinks the…

Even Ole Miss thinks the Tennessee bagman is needs to slow his roll and let the other bagmen "recruit" some players.

12/20/2018 - 4:41pm I thought Tennessee's bagman…

I thought Tennessee's bagman already had Crouch's commitment purchased for the Vols.  

12/20/2018 - 2:00pm I grew up in a Detroit…

I grew up in a Detroit Suburb but live near Clearwater Beach, FL now.  I almost never miss a UofM or Lions game.  However, I care nigh infinitely more about our Wolverines.   

I watch the Lions like Statler and Waldorf watch the Muppet Show, especially Fozzie Bear's comedy.  It is mostly laughing and jeering.  Losses don't hurt.  It is more an excuse to go to sports bar and drink with friends.  Opposing fans, even Packer fans, don't bother me.

With Michigan, I care.  The outcome matters.    It is joy or pain.  I can't just laugh off a bad call.  I have not murdered a MSU or OSU fan ... yet.    

12/19/2018 - 12:43pm No surprise here. 

May he…

No surprise here. 

May he always play his worst game of the season against Michigan and best game against Michigan State.  

12/11/2018 - 2:34pm I don't get the negativity…

I don't get the negativity towards Sam Webb.  He is the official, unofficial spokesman for the coaching staff.  If they feel confident about a kid, Sam announces he is confident about a kid.  If the coaches are surprised by a de-commit, so is Sam.  

Right now, I guess the coaches are hopeful for some reason about flipping Hill back.  Maybe they have rational reasons.  More likely, they are in denial.  I highly doubt he rejoins the class, but I would love to be wrong about this.

12/06/2018 - 3:52pm Fallout 76.

I enjoy the…

Fallout 76.

I enjoy the game a lot, despite all the glitches and issues.  I have always liked the post apocalyptic setting of the Fallout series.  Fallout 76 lacks the NPCs and most of the story elements of previous games, but retains the feel and mechanics of Fallout 4 in an online multiple player survival game.  My current preferred way to kill time.

12/06/2018 - 2:34pm No.

I am a nigh infinitely…

No.

I am a nigh infinitely greater football fan than I am basketball fan.  

12/03/2018 - 4:44pm The game has meaning for the…

The game has meaning for the program, the continued development of the players returning in 2019 and for recruiting the next wave of Wolverines.  

It is just the least interesting and appealing match up and I live in Florida.  We've played the Gators multiple times in recent years, so I really wanted to play LSU or Georgia.  I do not remember the last time we played either team.  A win over Georgia, for example, would have meant something to national perception and to recruits after their performance in the SEC title game.  Beating a middling, inconsistent Florida team is just what we are supposed to do.  

Now that we are stuck with the Gators, we need to crush them.  The last couple times, the Gators had basically quit by the mid-4th quarter.  Let's do that to them again.  

11/24/2018 - 9:45am Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in…

Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg, FL.  It has been the site of the Tampa Bay Alumni Club's watch parties for the past several years.  For the Game, we take the place over.  There will be several hundred of the Wolverine faithful.

11/23/2018 - 1:18pm Michigan is the better team…

Michigan is the better team this year.  We should win.

Nothing would make me happier than running out to an early lead and never looking back.  However, best case, I think it lower scoring and close at the half with Michigan wearing them down to grind out a win in the 2nd half by more than a TD.  What offensive success OSU has all game will happen mostly in 1st half before Don Brown adjusts to take it away.  We've seen this script several times already this year.

I would rather get into with a land war in Asia than get into a high scoring shoot out with this OSU team.  

 

11/21/2018 - 2:09pm Agreed.  He is the official…

Agreed.  He is the official unofficial spokesman for the coaching staff.  That has its benefits and its limitations.  

11/21/2018 - 12:55pm Sam's sources are the…

Sam's sources are the coaching staff.  His CB tells us that the coaches feel that confident about Harrison committing.  He generally doesn't put in a CB unless he has gotten the word from a coach.  Doesn't mean that coaches right to be that confident or that the kid won't change his mind.  

11/19/2018 - 4:26pm It sure looks like Meyer is…

It sure looks like Meyer is currently executing his Gator exit strategy.  

That said, if I had to guess, I think he returns next year and overhauls his coaching staff, especially on the defensive side.

11/19/2018 - 12:01pm John O'Neill is the only…

John O'Neill is the only college ref whose name I know.  Most refs aren't consistently bad enough to be memorable.  He and his crew are simply the worst.  

Either fire him or make him only officiate Rutger games.  

11/16/2018 - 2:57pm ND is the better team.  In…

ND is the better team.  In the climate controlled Carrier Dome, I would expect ND to prevail without too much trouble. 

If this game was played in a rain or snow storm, then who knows?  Weird things can happen in wet, cold bad weather games.  Luckily for ND, it is supposed to be clear skies and dry. I expect them to win and cover.

I am just rooting for us to win, stay healthy and sharp for OSU.  Beyond that, I am hoping that John O'Neill is no where near the Game or the Big Ten Title Game.  He worries me more than what ND does the next two weeks.

11/16/2018 - 2:43pm I would also cackle with…

I would also cackle with glee if Harbaugh issued Indiana some backhanded compliments after the Michigan's win and got Tom Allen's name wrong.  I'm 100% on board with faint praise and getting coaches names wrong to become his thing.  

"Indiana, uh, there're ... a football team with the right cleats.  They were prepared for the weather.  Todd Allen knows what time the game starts.  Todd has them organized, you know, in the same style uniforms.  He's molding them into a force, uh ... a force to be something more than ... enhance talent, maybe.  "

11/13/2018 - 4:24pm If ND and Michigan win out,…

If ND and Michigan win out, the only way that Michigan passes ND is if we flat out dominate OSU and NW.    Beating OSU, ranked in the top 10, by 20+ points in Columbus would get the committee's full attention.  Following it up by crushing NW while ND is idle could be enough to override ND's head to head win with recency bias being what it is.  I cannot see a close win against either or both schools being enough.

I am not saying we should pass ND.  We lost in a game never felt as close as the final score to me.  That is a lot to overcome.  I would just be happy to beat OSU by any margin of victory and NW to claim the Big Ten title.  Everything after that is gravy.

11/13/2018 - 1:31pm My Father and Grandfather…

My Father and Grandfather were at this game.  I grew up hearing about most of their section had left but they stayed to the very end.  It was the greatest comeback they saw live and one of their favorite Michigan moments.  My Dad had an audio cassette tape of Ufer's call of that game and would play it before big games.  I probably heard the call a dozen times before I ever actually saw the play.

I felt the same sense of pride having stayed to see entire comeback against Virginia in '95 when a lot of students and fans had given up and left.  That said, I tapped out and left the Perdue/Michigan game in '95 late in the 3rd quarter.  My devotion is strong but not that strong.

11/09/2018 - 1:57pm Two-year captain and…

Two-year captain and beatwriter-beloved MLB Deonte Roberts is probably a very honest guy because he doesn't believe in counter action or play-action.

 I particularly loved that line.  Football is not a game for men that honest.

11/02/2018 - 4:30pm I am hoping that …

I am hoping that "Improvement Week" resulted in actual offensive improvement.  I think we can grind out a victory by hammering away on the ground, but it would be nice to see Shea trusting the scheme and his teammates to throw with anticipation and get us a bunch of chunk plays.  When he trusts his reads and lets the ball rip quickly, this offense will go to another level.  We have the weapons to have an explosive offense.

I strongly believe the defense will mostly clamp down on PSU's offense and make McSorley's life miserable by the 4th quarter.  There might be a break down here and there for a big gain, but PSU will be lucky to approach 200 yards of total offense.

10/29/2018 - 12:30pm I guess we'll never see him…

I guess we'll never see him in Deadpool 3 now.

As for Hue Jackson, late last week, there was a rumor that Jackson and Todd Haley had a complete falling out over the direction of the offense.  It sounded like Haley was going to resign.  It appears Browns management sided with Haley over Jackson (and Hugh Jackman).

10/26/2018 - 2:21pm This is true.  However, it…

This is true.  However, it is just as important that we currently have a coaching staff capable of developing and properly utilizing players. 

Some of the three stars were under scouted and should have been ranked higher.  Some of them have been coached up and put in a position to succeed schematically.  Either way, kudos to Harbaugh and his coaching staff.

10/26/2018 - 11:56am First, bravo.

Second, how…

First, bravo.

Second, how is Sparty going to set their own couch on fire with all that wet mud on it?

10/26/2018 - 10:21am I fly up from Clearwater, FL…

I fly up from Clearwater, FL for the Red Wings last Saturday home game of the 2017-2018 season.  I felt completely the opposite.  I thought it was easily the most impressive pro hockey stadium to which I had been. 

I loved the look of the stadium, the layout and all the food and drink options.  The video boards and presentation were top notch.  Honestly, the only thing I did not like was the play of the Wings.  With Founders Detroit not too far away, it made for a really great Saturday afternoon despite the cold.

10/25/2018 - 2:10pm There are 2 missing carries…

There are 2 missing carries.  They list us as having 29 rush attempts, but it only adds up to 27.  Gardner had 18 rushes.  Toussaint had 8.  Morris had 1.  I cannot find the other 2 carries which apparently lost 22 yards.

MSU's rushing numbers do not add up either.  They list 39 total rushes but the listed rushes only adds up to 36.  The 3 missing carries lower their total of 150 to 142.

EDIT:  So there are team rushes?  They should list that separately in the stat box.

10/25/2018 - 1:46pm Coaches:I believe some, if…

Coaches:I believe some, if not all, assistant coaches are set off on recruiting visits, especially if they are the primary recruiter for undecided or waiving prospects.  This is the time to work on or firm up a commitment with a visit.  Besides recruiting it is a good time to self scout on areas to improve/correct and to take deep dive in film study on the critical games remaining (PSU and OSU).

Players: Number one is get their bodies right.  Rest/Rehab/whatever.  Some film study of their own play to look for areas of improvement and that of PSU and OSU.

Practice: In terms of practice, I would think it would be focusing initially on cleaning up on our mistakes and then getting the rotational and back up players more reps before we shift to PSU week.

Me: Visiting local area breweries.  Two of my favorites in Clearwater, FL are (7venth Sun and Arkane Ale Works) will be releasing special Halloween themed beers.  I want to try them all.  

10/23/2018 - 3:55pm 1.  I think he declares for…

1.  I think he declares for the NFL.  This is a very weak QB class.  A strong finish to the season and good individual works outs could result in him being drafted a lot higher than he probably should be.  I think it is in his best interests for his long term development to return.

2. My guess is yes after another off season to get stronger.  

3. Shea needs the reps.  Right now, he is mostly still waiting for guys to get open rather than throwing with anticipation or throwing them open.  If the offense was 2nd nature to him, then maybe I could see going with the back up.  Give him the 1st half to continue to sharpen up and then let McCaffery light up Rutgers in the 2nd half.

4. Frost.  Besides being a better offensive mind, he should be able recruit better at Nebraska than anyone can at Minnesota.  Nebraska seems unlikely to recapture their glory years, but they should out pace the Golden Gophers.  

10/16/2018 - 3:31pm Have we announced that the…

Have we announced that the next spring football trip is to Iran, yet?    

10/16/2018 - 3:25pm They'd probably be more…

They'd probably be more competitive than Rutgers

10/16/2018 - 2:12pm As I do not possess any…

As I do not possess any ability to affect the outcome, I am not doing anything special.  May Random Chance watch indifferently over us.

10/16/2018 - 10:07am 2008 was a horrible year for…

2008 was a horrible year for me, personally, professionally, economically and football-wise. 

A Wolverine and Lions fan, my two favorite football teams won 3 games combined.  Michigan had its worst season in 45 years and had its bowl streak snapped.  The Lions turned in the NFL's 1st 16 game un-victorious season.  I'm used to the Lions looking a JV team playing the varsity, but that was the 1st time the Wolverines looked like local enhancement talent to make our opponents look good every game for basically an entire season. 

Every weekend, instead of being a thrilling distraction from the challenges and problems of real life, football was somehow more depressing and hopeless.  Watching the games was an exercise in gallows humor.  May 2008 stay forgotten and forsaken. 

10/15/2018 - 2:09pm This.  Agree 100%

This.  Agree 100%

10/15/2018 - 2:06pm Rumor is that Peters was…

Rumor is that Peters was limited or injured earlier in the year.  I never heard what the injury was or its severity.  

He looked limited in garbage time of Nebraska game.  He just wasn't moving around well.  He was the third QB in that game.  Milton never saw the field in that one.

I don't if Milton has passed him on the depth chart for the season or if this was just a one game thing because of something we saw on film about Wisconsin's defense.  

I hope Shea stays another year, but I would feel good about McCaffery taking the reigns next year.

09/21/2018 - 2:11pm OSU and ND are what I…

OSU and ND are what I consider our two biggest rivals.  These are national programs with storied histories that rival our own.  The games matter more than just a win or a loss on our record.  

I don't consider PSU a rival in the same vein I don't consider Wisconsin a rival.  They're just a good conference opponent.  There is no bad blood or anything else that takes beyond being a tough game.  

I absolutely hate losing to MSU but I don't consider them a rival because I have zero respect for the program and their fan base.  The natural order of things is where we beat them unless the clock operator cheats or something similarly nefarious happens. 

09/14/2018 - 12:47pm I have nothing but contempt…

I have nothing but contempt for Michigan State. 

I have some respect for Ohio State as a football factory.  

Fin

09/10/2018 - 3:14pm I planned to attend a sour…

I planned to attend a sour beer event Saturday afternoon.  I was going to watch the 1st quarter or so and then go to the event.  After our 1st drive ended, I decided it was time to go to the brewery.  It had the feel of one of those games that should not have been close but remained close for far too long.  Many beers later, I was relieved and delighted to see the half time score.  

It is nice we have a few more warm up games before we face Wisconsin.