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09/19/2018 - 8:37pm Sounds familiar.  Michigan's…

Sounds familiar.  Michigan's 2008 football team comes to mind.

09/17/2018 - 5:20pm Pep Hamilton spilled a full…

Pep Hamilton spilled a tall glass of Johnny Walker Red on the other 78 pages and it's all smudged.

09/17/2018 - 5:19pm Biggest problems for NU are:…

Biggest problems for NU are:

  • QB health
  • Penalties
  • Turnovers
  • OL inconsistency

And all of that before the ball is snapped versus Michigan, which is the most experienced and talented team NU has faced.

Adrian Martinez will start and play.  This kind of stuff is just more Frost psycho-gamesmanship.

Martinez twisted his knee very badly vs. Colorado when a defender rolled over on it. Frost initially wanted the league to look at the film of that one play, insinuating that the roll over was done by CU defender on purpose to injure.   Regardless, Martinez is not be 100% versus Michigan.

Michigan's defense is far more aggressive and effective than Colorado's or Troy's.  So expect to see backup Andrew Bunch play and for Nebraska;s offensive production to be mostly on the ground.

Nebraska has a great receiver in Stanley Morgan Jr. and two outstanding running backs in Ozigbo and Washington. But without Martinez at QB, the weaknesses along the NU OL become very evident.

 

09/17/2018 - 3:22pm College football officiating…

College football officiating remains pretty damn bad, make no mistake.

This is becoming a serious problem, one not isolated to Michigan games.

The NCAA needs to get its shit together, bite the bullet, and mandate full-time professional, certified referees for all major college football games.  This part time business is OK for high school games, but not college/NFL.

The players are getting screwed over, and so are the fans.

09/17/2018 - 2:26pm All I can say is Urban Meyer…

All I can say is Urban Meyer better be fucking ready for the onslaught of scandal questions after the Tulane post-game, and in subsequent days following.

 

09/17/2018 - 2:22pm In 1997 both Michigan and…

In 1997 both Michigan and Nebraska teams faced an equal share of weak opponents. Not their fault, but the difficulty of their schedules was very similar overall.

Michigan's defense was superior to Nebraska's.

But Nebraska's offense was easily superior to Mike DeBord and his signature QB waggle pass play Griese to Tuman every game. Also DeBord's offense was anemic - 26 points per game.  People defend this by saying Michigan's defense gave up only 9 pts per game, so it doesn't matter. 

Except it does matter in close games, as the Rose Bowl game vs. WSU (10-1, ranked 8th) proved.  As great as Michigan's defense played, WSU lost the Rose Bowl game to Michigan by only 5 points and almost pulled it out before time ran out.

Meanwhile, Nebraska annihilated Tennessee (11-1, ranked 3rd) in that Orange Bowl. The outcome was never in doubt.

Hard to say what would happen had the teams faced off as they should have.

All I can say is it is a damn good thing we don't have that stupid problem anymore, or stupid comments like that of Scott Frost.

09/15/2018 - 3:18pm Nebraska outgained the crap…

Nebraska outgained the crap out of them - and NU 22 first downs vs. Troy's 11

But 3 turnovers is tough to overcome

09/15/2018 - 3:02pm That ref crew in Lincoln has…

That ref crew in Lincoln has called 16 penalties in the game today. Jesus.

09/15/2018 - 2:57pm We can use that "BIG TENNNNN…

We can use that "BIG TENNNNN!" expression again this year. God, this conference SUCKS!

09/15/2018 - 2:55pm Uh. I apologize. The…

Uh. I apologize. The Blackshirts are AWOL folks.

09/15/2018 - 1:22pm Nebraska's alarm just went…

Nebraska's alarm just went off. Yeah, time to wake up Lil' Red.

09/15/2018 - 12:01pm Agree with prior comment…

Agree with prior comment. Someone should call up The Hague and file a complaint. Abuse of Human Rights.

09/12/2018 - 12:24pm Indeed.  That was LBSU's…

Indeed.  That was LBSU's worst loss in football since Cal Poly SLO (San Luis Obisbo) 65-12 back in 1959.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-09-27/sports/sp-10553_1_michigan-stadium

 

That offensive line, like the crowd, left a lasting impression on 49er nose tackle Nate Deaton.

"They don't hit you that hard, but they're so big they just get in your way like a wall of humanity," Deaton said.

After the goal-line stand, the 49er offense set the ineffective tone it would have throughout the game.

Quarterback Jeff Graham was erratic with his passes, and the team's early nervousness resulted in three illegal procedure penalties on one series.

The second time Michigan got the ball it drove 57 yards, with quarterback Demetrius Brown running four yards for the touchdown.

09/12/2018 - 12:16pm  Former UM Coach Bump…

 Former UM Coach Bump Elliott on Hayden Fry and the 1963 SMU @ Michigan game:

"I coached against him in 1963 when I was at Michigan and Hayden was at SMU," said former Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott. "We won the game, but his team was very organized, respectful and very hard to defend. I remembered that game when it came time to hire a new coach."

Source: http://data.desmoinesregister.com/hall-of-fame/single.php?id=365

Fry returned to Ann Arbor in 1981 as Iowa HC for the first time with a great defense that had already knocked off No.7 Nebraska and No. 6 UCLA.  Iowa then beat No. 5 ranked Michigan 9-7. Hawkeyes went to the Rose Bowl that year for first time since 1959.

By the way, some of the best and funniest stories about Bo Schembechler are told through the eyes of Hayden Fry.

09/10/2018 - 3:36pm Holy crap man!  Nice get by…

Holy crap man!  Nice get by Michigan!

What a great recruiting weekend!

More good news to come I'm sure.

Welcome Mr. Jackson!

09/10/2018 - 3:03pm I really liked that the…

I'd really like it if the Michigan Student Section would do more stuff like this:

http://mvictors.com/the-return/

I'd really like to see similar black & white or sepia banners for former players like Tom Harmon, The Wisterts, Dennis Franklin, Billy Taylor, Don Dufek, Barry Pierson, Reggie McKenzie, Gordon Bell, Rob Lytle, Rick Leach,Desmond Howard, Tom Brady and Charles Woodson, etc. etc. 

A reminder to us all how Michigan football Saturdays is a great tradition, Michigan Stadium is hallowed ground, and the players of the past made this place special.

09/07/2018 - 7:10pm I think we will all feel a…

I think we will all feel a lot better after the WMU and SMU games.

Body bag games are like morphine.

09/07/2018 - 5:32pm Michigan is OK for now…

Michigan is OK for now against WMU and SMU.

But holy crap when the Big Ten schedule rolls around...Sheesh!

09/06/2018 - 7:49pm Michigan 45, WMU 10

Michigan 45, WMU 10

09/06/2018 - 7:48pm As for DT, Michigan has Kemp…

As for DT, Michigan has Kemp, Johnson and Jeter.  Maybe they can show some flash?

In Mattison we trust.

09/06/2018 - 2:38pm Minor correction. Chase…

Minor correction. Chase Winovich wears No. 15, not No. 13.

 

09/05/2018 - 6:25pm It would be great to have a…

It would be great to have a Bolivia Corral for some of the Weisenheimer characters on this blog.

09/05/2018 - 4:37pm Why in the hell would anyone…

Why in the hell would anyone believe Jim Harbaugh is in the hot seat? I don't understand.

He has almost the exact same number of wins (28) as Bo, Mo and Lloyd at the same juncture of his HC career at Michigan. Seems kinda dumb.

09/05/2018 - 1:52pm Question:

Would it be…

Question:

Would it be possible to run a Full House T offense - 2 fullbacks and one tailback, and just run off guard (34 belly, 36 belly) all game long - effectively run-run-run-punting our way into the BIG10 championship game?

Yes, you'd face off against 11 in the box and probably loaded, stacked middle, but that opens up opportunities outside, amirite?

09/05/2018 - 1:14pm If you read the comments on…

If you read the comments on this blog, you'd think Michigan lost to Notre Dame 24-0 on Saturday night.  Michigan didn't play well and had a few stupid penalties and gave up some really big plays that could have gone either way.  But in no way did Michigan get blown out of the Stadium.

A lot of people want to bet against Jim Harbaugh this year, it seems, for reasons of pure spite. He's 28-12 at Michigan after 3 years and 1 fucking game.

Maybe some historical perspective is in order.

Consider that Lloyd Carr was 29-9 after 3 years and one game (entering his 4th year 1998 No. 5 in the country with all of his recruits), and then proceeded to have his ass handed to him in a high hat by Notre Dame 20-36 in South Bend. A week later Donovan McNabb and Syracuse shredded him and Jim Herrmann's veteran defense 28-38 in Ann Arbor, also in front a national TV audience. Carr's Wolverines finished 10-3.

Moeller was 29-5-3 at the same juncture.  Entering 4th year in 1993 UM beat Washington State, 41-14, but lost to Notre Dame in Ann Arbor a week later 23-27. Michigan was ranked No. 3 and finished 8-4, despite being one of the most deep and talented teams in the country.

Entering Schembechler was 28-5 entering 1972 season and barely beat a depleted Northwestern team 7-0 in the season opener. That same Wildcats team later went 2-9 after a successful 1971 season.  Michigan righted its ship as the season progressed and went 10-1. Only loss to Ohio St. in finale.

Harbaugh has played his 28 wins starting with a shitty hand and a fucked up deck of cards left by his predecessors.

He is definitely accountable in year 4. No mistake.

But I think it's really stupid to damn Harbaugh for another season opening loss on the road in this way, as if this never happened before in Michigan history.  Let us allow this season to play out before casting judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

09/04/2018 - 9:30pm You're making it worse dude…

You're making it worse dude.

The offensive tackle situation is dire. 

Yes, this weakness in the Michigan Death Star can be mitigated more directly and aggressively in games going forward. But a few more quarterbacks will have to die in the process.

This is a recruiting and injury issue. Not enough bodies. Lack of competition and just youth.

It's not going to get better this season.

If Newsome were healthy, the issue would be less stark. But we are Michigan fans, so even with a healthy Newsome back at LT, we'd find something else to complain and wave our fists at the sky about.

 

 

 

09/04/2018 - 4:05pm It would be hilarious is…

It would be hilarious is Michigan proceeded to go 11-1 after last weekend's loss.

I mean, that would be something else.

An MGOBOARD with shiny happy people for once.

 

09/04/2018 - 4:02pm It's pretty much the same as…

It's pretty much the same as what I had before: 9-3.  10-2 best case scenario.

You guys keeps forgetting what Michigan football holds in its back pocket once again this year.

And that one things is just how badly the BIG10 sucks at football.

09/04/2018 - 3:59pm I look at it differently.

I look at it differently.

It's Jim Harbaugh's obvious response to the profusion of critical comments on this very blog.

Like "Just what the fuck do you guys want from me?"

09/04/2018 - 3:56pm I think with the obvious…

I think with the obvious weaknesses at tackle, Michigan might consider keeping in Ben Mason and another TE to block while alternating Higdon and Evans, which Michigan does anyway.

Also, having two "turnstiles" at offensive tackle with a mobile QB versus a seething defensive line opens up all kinds of opportunities with screen plays and draws. 

09/04/2018 - 3:53pm Michigan is going to…

Michigan is going to probably demolish the next three opponents, including Nebraska.  So 3-1 going into the next ranked opponent, which will likely be Northwestern (on the road). 

However, I do think Northwestern might get Cutcliffed next weekend in Evanston.

09/04/2018 - 3:46pm The answer is no.

Michigan…

The answer is no.

Michigan is going to demolish Western Michigan this coming weekend. And annihilate SMU the week after that.  Nebraska is going to put up a fight in Ann Arbor, but will lose to Michigan also.

The main question for me is how long will the offensive tackles of Michigan allow us to enjoy the play of Shea Patterson at quarterback before he gets annihilated?

I'm thinking at least until the MSU game in East Lansing.  But I could be wrong.

 

09/04/2018 - 10:34am That was not an apology.

That was not an apology.

09/04/2018 - 10:05am Let's just enjoy Shea…

Let's just enjoy Shea Patterson's play for the next couple of weeks while he still lasts.  

09/03/2018 - 6:28pm Why did Wisconsin get 5 star…

Why did Wisconsin get 5 star OT Logan Brown instead of Michigan?

Devontae Dobbs is another 5 star OT who is chose Michigan State apparently.

Michigan will get theirs.  I am not worried at all.

09/03/2018 - 6:12pm Okay dude.

Sure. You can…

Okay dude.

Sure. You can think it. You can say it to your bathroom mirror while you are shaving.

But I think you know the difference from those two examples and making posts on Twitter to hundreds of thousands of people, right? Or how about making such statements to the players to their faces in the locker room or in the gym.

Yeah. I didn't think so.

09/03/2018 - 6:11pm One would expect a little…

One would expect a little more common sense from a 35 year old man.

But of course I have to be proven utterly wrong about such things.

Thanks Braylon, you colossal dumbfuck.

09/03/2018 - 6:06pm I just want to say it…

I just want to say it depends when you start watching the Michigan football movie. 

Some will tell you 1969. Others 1974 with Mike Lantry's kick in Columbus.

For me this was 1977. So yeah, I am old. 

I know of this BPONE of which you speak.

I entered that black pit while watching the 1978 Rose Bowl game on NBC. Curt Gowdy announcing. The pit revealed itself to me when a Washington Huskies LB named (of all names on the planet), Michael Jackson, violently tackles Michigan tailback Stanley Edwards, preventing him from hauling in the game-tying touchdown pass from Rick Leach heading into the southern Rose Bowl end zone. The football spins around on top of Edwards' winged helmet and falls down the back of his No. 32 jersey.....harmlessly to the ground.

Inconsolable.

We all have these moments. Even Nebraska fans have lived through the same moments of horror - usually against long-time hated rival Oklahoma coached by Barry Switzer, or against Florida State or Miami in some important year end bowl game. 

So eff it.

Fear not, Michigan football fans. And do not despair.

I made it this far and so can you.  It's not going to fall to pieces. Michigan is still a good football team, far better than most, and they are going to have a great season this fall regardless of last weekend. This team is going to improve and do better each week. 

That's what I believe.

They call us the "Michigan faithful". And I think that fact is lost on so many cynical and entitled bastards right here.

Understand something. These players are busting their ass and doing their best. We need to keep the faith and support them 110%.

And yes, in the words of Maureen O'Hara: “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”

GO BLUE!

 

09/02/2018 - 2:29pm The amusing thing is, if you…

The amusing thing is, if you have even an average offensive line that picks up blitzes from time to time, and moves the line of scrimmage semi-consistently, it covers up a crap ton of warts like coaching errors, clock management, poor game planning and in-game strategy deficiencies.

It's the offensive line guys. The offensive line.

 

 

09/02/2018 - 2:22pm Coach them? Yes.

Will you…

Coach them? Yes.

Will you win games consistently doing so? No.

There is no evidence that you can field a below average offensive line year-after-year and still win the majority your football games. And especially not against above average defenses.

In short, no, you can't get away with poor or even below-average offensive line play in the game of college football. This is why coaches recruit hard for the most talented offensive linemen that they can attract.

 

 

09/02/2018 - 2:10pm 58 yards rushing and 1.8 ypc…

58 yards rushing and 1.8 ypc.

Michigan continues to lose the battle upfront against any competition that is at or above mediocre.

Michigan will not defeat the MSUs, PSUs or Ohio States with a talent and depth deficient offensive line.

Takes years to develop good offensive lineman though, and sometimes you recruit top guys who ultimately flame out or get injured. And sometimes you get 2* and 3* guys who you can develop, and will be able to destroy Cincy, Illinois and WMU DTs, but will simply never cut the mustard against above average competition.

That all said, warts and all, Michigan played well enough to win the game last night.

But sometimes even 2 turnovers and seven penalties for -52 yards is enough to destroy your chances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09/01/2018 - 6:24pm Will Detroit Lions football…

Will Detroit Lions football ever be good again? Serious question.

08/31/2018 - 10:18pm (No subject)

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08/31/2018 - 10:11pm The Spartans do deserve to…

The Spartans do deserve to get pantsed by Utah State in the season opener at home.

Be fair. They deserve to lose.

08/31/2018 - 10:05pm Dantonio is shitting bricks…

Dantonio is shitting bricks right now.

08/30/2018 - 1:25pm It seems clear gentlemen,…

It seems clear gentlemen, and I apologize for being the one to have to tell you this, but many a Big10 quarterback this fall is simply going to die.

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08/30/2018 - 12:19pm Ben Mason off tackle:

It's…

Ben Mason off  guard:

It's called 34 Dive, on two, on two.  Ready?...break!

08/30/2018 - 12:18pm And then the NCAA raised…

And then the NCAA raised their epic double birds to all of the victims and their families and said "Fuck you too!".

08/29/2018 - 4:01pm Worth noting that Peter Bush…

Worth noting that Peter Bush played quarterback and wide receiver for Corona Del Mar Sea Kings!

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Go Sea Kings!!!!!

08/29/2018 - 3:52pm The man clearly suffers from…

The man clearly suffers from mental illness. smh.