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11/01/2018 - 5:03pm Traffic is never too bad on…

Traffic is never too bad on I-96. Starts to slow a little only when you reach Ann Arbor city limits (duh). The only thing that can complicate that is an MSU home game with traffic going to Lansing--even then it's not too bad. Never fear: Sparty is at Maryland this weekend.

10/31/2018 - 9:15am How amazing to have the…

How amazing to have the potential for such a talented and successful basketball team this year, and still have the football team playing like it is!! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine (again, finally!)!

10/19/2018 - 11:19am Is it possible that, with…

Is it possible that, with the overwhelming success of the run game in the 2nd half, some of our zone-beating pass plays were shelved to save for MSU and/or PSU in the coming weeks? In other words, is it possible that our coaching staff recognizes the limitations of the passing game they put on film this week, but they're game-planning towards the next 2 games, knowing that the passing game may be of the utmost importance up against the #1 rushing D next week?

09/27/2018 - 10:38am Wow. Just, wow.

Wow. Just, wow.

08/29/2018 - 3:25pm Just looked to see who our…

Just looked to see who our crossover games from the B1G West would be during these years. Seems like a lot of Nebraska in 2022-2025...

08/14/2018 - 9:41am Thank you for this! Missed…

Thank you for this! Missed the live show last night and can't listen to videos at work (can watch video but no sound), so your summaries are very much appreciated (and well done!).

Can't wait for Sept. 1st!!!

05/23/2018 - 9:54am Cheap shot for sure

Cheap shot, way late for sure. But my first thought was "that hit wasn't that bad."

Is that a horrible way to think? He didn't hit him in the head. I feel like every year in college football in the U.S. there are quite a few more violent, legal hits within the game. Or late hits that are penalized (maybe not quite so egregiously late as this one).

I guess the difference here is the clear intent to injure after the play is well over. Interesting story. Who knew college football was even going on in Japan?

04/23/2018 - 11:51am Lucky to have gotten MAAR

Always loved this unusual story about his recruitment:

That Dave Rooney, a retired basketball coach and sometime scout, would call Beilein before all others upon seeing MAAR play, speaks volumes to the respect and admiration our coach commands in the coaching fraternity.

Thank you, Mr. Rooney. And thank you, MAAR. What an incredible playing career at Michigan.

12/07/2017 - 1:44pm Have to disagree

I've owned a Model S for 4.5 years now, and the car has been flawless: extremely well-made, fun to drive, virtually maintenence-free. Musk has delivered what he promised: a car that costs more up front but less over the life of the car. I have had literally no problems with the car.

He decided not to create or involve dealerships because their business model relies on service to create a great deal of income. The S (and now the X) have very good warranties that back this up (8 years, unlimited miles on the battery & entire drivetrain).

My interactions with Tesla as an organization have been wonderful as well. Again, they seem to genuinely want to keep EV-adopters happy rather than just make a quick buck.

Say what you will about Musk the man, but I believe he's succeeded with Tesla. Obviously, the next year or two will be extremely telling if he can get up to the goal of 500,000 Model 3's produced per year. If he reaches this level, how can you consider this company anything but a huge success (and consider them a major automotive manufacturer)? When is the last time since the early 1900's that a startup auto maker succeeded in the U.S.?

11/16/2017 - 9:22am Team's better later in the year

As probably mentioned above, the other way to look at this is that those SEC teams have a very early conference opponent (which could be a decent team) before they've figured out their problems and addressed them. I'd like to think that Harbaugh teams get better as the season progresses, and I'd actually prefer to play all the tougher games later (The Game last, as usual), even though losing late has implications for playoff inclusion as stated.

I just think it gives our team the best chance to win. If we opened the season with, say, Wisconsin, we may not have been too happy with the outcome. I feel like we've at least ironed out some issues now (running game/O-line personnel improving, RB's improving, more power than zone blocking plays=more success, Peters at QB, etc.), and perhaps will put forth the best effort this team is capable of this Saturday (and next).

An argument could be made for fewer injuries, more time to gameplan during the summer, etc. with earlier tough games, but I feel like our team's improvement over the course of the season outweighs those.

11/09/2017 - 10:12am Really?

How much circumstantial evidence do you need to start thinking this is actually going on?

Here's an article for you to check out:

Not sure if you've been paying attention to recent and not-so-recent NCAA investigations (Louisville hookers for recruits, Ole Miss paying players, OSU tattoos for memorabilia, Wisconsin Shoe-gate, the list goes on and on), but it seems this type of thing is pretty prevalent. Those are just the examples of the benefits given that were caught by someone's mistake/news investigation/illegal activity. Remember hearing that story about Denard and others from his recruiting class laughing about comparing what they were offered by other schools (cash, cars, etc.)? How about those twitter pics of all the Alabama players with sweet new pimped-out cars?

Is there absolute proof available with names, dates, amounts, etc.? Perhaps not. These bag men seem to be pretty good at hiding their activities (at least from a powerless, subpoena-less, warrant-less NCAA). Is there sufficient evidence around to suggest that these activites are going on? I would say so.

Am I naive enough to think that none of this goes on at Michigan? I am not, but I also think that the scope and scale of such efforts at U-M is far less developed and omnipresent as it is at SEC schools (and some others). U-M recruits well primarily because of what they offer: top-notch education, first-rate facilities, great coaching staff, excellent chance to maximize your shot at making the NFL, the chance to play at the largest stadium in college football, etc.

10/24/2017 - 10:11am Mattresses

No kidding, there was a mattress ad on the top of page banner. Nicely done.

10/11/2017 - 10:17am Really nice article

Also wanted to express what a tremendous piece of writing this is--great job, Adam! Really enjoyed learning more about Coach Pearson and his journey back to Ann Arbor. Looking forward to watching him re-energize Michigan Hockey!

08/18/2017 - 10:59am Don Flamenco!

Hilarious! Loved the old-school NES Punch-Out reference to Don Flamenco. Made me lol and also sums up my feeling about playing Penn State this year as well.


P.S. Does he eat or punch the rose in his intro dance?

04/20/2017 - 1:38pm Looking out over the edge of the bowl

The renovations have been, I believe, very good overall. I do, however, miss the open bowl. Our season tickets have always been the top row of the bowl, but now we have a larger wall behind us and club seats above us. You used to be able to lean over and check out what was going on outside the stadium on the concourse. So when Michigan got up 30 points on whoever they were drubbing that week, you could see how long the lines were for pretzels and hot dogs, people-watch, maybe even see someone hauled away in handcuffs. Ah, good times.

02/14/2017 - 10:21am Huh?

Somebody call for lurkers?

11/12/2016 - 6:21pm Lol

PUNT = GOLD. Hilarious!

10/17/2016 - 2:42pm Take a deep breath

Our defense is looking like it's historically great & Staee will fold like a cheap suit as soon as U-M gets up by 2 scores. Morale on the Spartan team is as low as it's been in the Dantonio era (understandably), according to a father of one of their players.

07/19/2016 - 10:21am Princeton & Vanderbilt

Attended both. Neither is a threat to Michigan at all.

It's fun every 20 years when Vandy has a good season, surprises a couple SEC teams, and makes a bowl game. Easy to root for the 1 school that does things mostly "the right way" down there against all the semi-pro monster programs in the conference.

Vandy basketball has actually been respectable over the years.

Princeton football is all about winning the Ivy League only, nothing else.

Especially loved watching Princeton basketball in the old days when they were the perennial scrappy underdog who could beat any great team on any given day with their unusual style.

07/09/2016 - 3:10pm Just took my kids on PWC last weekend

There is no problem here--just use common sense, no reckless speed/turns, etc. Just took my 3-year-old on our Sea Doo this past weekend: he sat in front of me and held onto my arms (in life jacket, of course) while I had 2 hands on the handelbars. We even took a couple rides with my 7-year-old sitting behind me as well, holding on to either my back or the seat strap (3-seater Sea Doo).

Worked fine. Legal as long as all have life jackets and those under 16 don't touch the handlebars. Friend of mine got a ticket from a prick cop riding with his 11-year-old in front of him "driving."

06/25/2016 - 9:37pm Pancake Pantry

Lived in Nashville for 4 years--loved it. Great city with lots to do, easy to get around, relatively cheap to live there or visit. I'd recommend going to Pancake Pantry for breakfast/brunch sometime during your visit. Been there forever, loved by locals & visitors alike; close to Vanderbilt campus. Maybe the greatest breakfast place I've ever found (and I've tried many!). Don't be discouraged by the line--it moves fast.
Nashville's a great, friendly city. Enjoy!

02/26/2016 - 8:23pm 68-60 Michigan

Fighting Beileins pull it out when they need it most

02/25/2016 - 10:56am Long cool story, Bro

In 2000, I was in medical school at Vanderbilt, and Edge Shave Gel came in to sponsor a campus-wide 4-on-4 flag football tournament sometime during the spring. Three of my classmates and myself entered this thing one sunny Saturday morning.

Background: one of my teammates had been a walk-on DB at Stanford, the other 3 of us had all played high school football at decent to very good programs. Also, we had been playing a Saturday morning pickup touch football game for several years now, so we were practiced.

The games were played on a shortened field and they had some ridiculous PAT system where you could go for 2 in the traditional way or throw a football at an inflatable shaving cream can from like 20 yards for 3(!). Needless to say, we went for 3 every time and converted most of them. Anyway, we proceeded to dispatch several fraternity teams, then a couple more club/IM teams, eventually making it to the semifinals against a team made up of varsity basketball players. These guys were athletic and much taller than we were, but somehow we scraped out a close come-from-behind victory. The finals were against a team made of varsity football players (DB's and RB's, I believe--still, D1 players). Again, close, hard-fought game that we ended up winning!

Four dorky medical students won the open all-campus flag football tournament! We were invited to travel to Atlanta to play in the SEC championship for this contest a week or 2 later but declined because we had exams. I still consider this to be my greatest athletic accomplishment, even though I won 3 team state championships in high school (1 football, 2 lacrosse). 

11/24/2015 - 11:00am Selling like hotcakes

I think Harbaugh has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.



(sorry, couldn't resist)

11/24/2015 - 10:38am *#$%& OSU gnome

One of my best friends in the world grew up near Akron an OSU fan. We have a standing bet that the loser has to display an obnoxious gnome (like you'd see in a garden) adorned with the rival's colors/gear (you can buy these) in a prominent place in your house for the entire year. Believe me, I'm getting sick of seeing that @#%$& thing in my home office... Hopefully, I can put it away Saturday.

11/06/2015 - 10:42am 24-10 Michigan

24-10 Good Guys

10/28/2015 - 2:44pm 2011 Sugar Bowl

How about the 2011 Sugar Bowl? I seem to remember a couple of key calls going our way on the way to a victory...

10/28/2015 - 1:25pm Mark

Now he's SUPER pissed you called him "Mike." No respect.

10/08/2015 - 2:07pm Wolverines

Michigan wins, 24-7

05/22/2015 - 9:33am I think DISCUSS Man has

I think DISCUSS Man has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start.

01/13/2015 - 4:52pm Best explanation:

Real estate is much cheaper on the west side of Michigan. $600K+ will buy you a huge house/property here. There just aren't that many listings in that range. Even in the nicer suburbs of EGR, Ada, & Cascade, your money goes pretty far.

We moved to East Grand Rapids from the North side of Chicago (Buena Park/Wrigleyville) eight years ago, and our cost of living was literally cut in half. I would highly recommend this area: great public schools, very safe, low cost of living, easy drive to Ann Arbor for Fall Saturdays or Chicago for a weekend, not to mention easy access to Lake Michigan and Northwest Michigan in the summers. It is a bit conservative, but downtown GR is slowly starting to become more interesting, with more going on, more to do, etc.

EGR was just listed this year as the "most educated city" in Michigan (a position Ann Arbor has always traditionally held) with highest percentage of citizens holding college/graduate degrees.

12/29/2014 - 3:10pm The NFL

Why is The Shield (TM) determined to crap in Michiganders' stockings this holiday season? Did you see the officiating in Green Bay?!?

11/05/2014 - 1:25pm Can't resist

Season of red shit, huh? May want to get that checked out...

09/24/2014 - 11:24am "the fate of the Ivy League"

I have to agree with the above comment: is the "fate" of the Ivies so bad? I understand the point of the article here--Michigan would love to remain in the FBS/upper echelon of college football without sacrificing all principles of fairness and the best higher education.

But, really? You're implying that Ivy League football = death. The commenter above has it right: it's not so bad. This is collectively what these institutions (the Ivies) decided upon, and guess what? It's working out O.K. for them.

09/11/2014 - 11:42am Tragedy

Tragedy in every sense of the word.

This story reminds me of a college classmate of mine who was on Flight 11 from Boston to LA, which crashed into the North Tower. He was on the flight to go out to tell a firm in LA that his firm was not going to go through with a deal they had been discussing, something they could have easily handled by phone or internet. It seems that this firm insisted on having a representative deliver this news in person. He was to come back to Boston that afternoon. Just an extremely unfortunate occurrence.

Hard to believe 13 years have passed already...

09/04/2014 - 8:57am 31-13 Michigan

31-13 Michigan.

Defense looks even better than expected and overwhelms Golson & co.

07/25/2014 - 12:17pm Have to second the Camp Randall, Notre Dame picks

My trip to Madison was in 2007, when Michigan had rebounded nicely from its early-season stumbles to be undefeated in the Big Ten. Was handed lots of free beer & brats wandering around pre-game at various tailgates, despite wearing full Michigan gear (I was with Wisconsin guys). Nice folks, good-natured ribbing, etc. Great stadium atmosphere. Unfortunately, Henne got hurt, and an overwhelmed Mallett couldn't complete a comeback: Michigan suffered its first conference loss. I was silently pissed as I shuffled out, and this big drunk guy in red overalls yelled at me, "Could be worse. Could be rainin'!" I retorted, "Good luck playing for the Big Ten Championship next week--oh, wait. That's us!" He stared at me dumbfounded as I was shepherded away by my Wisconsin-fan friends.

Have been to Notre Dame five times--same experience: easy drive, super-friendly fans (almost too polite). Should also add that I've only seen Michigan win there as well (sometimes in soul-crushing fashion for ND), so that adds to my fondness for the place. Will go one last time in September.

Northwestern wasn't that memorable for me...

07/17/2014 - 10:08am Exactly

Couldn't agree more. The guys Hoke tends to recruit spend their summers *not* filling our pages with arrest reports and misdeeds. Perhaps the kind of guy that responds to this kind of recruiting doesn't fit that mold.

07/16/2014 - 2:21pm Great article

So sorry for your loss, Seth. But this piece is just great. Thank you.


Gonna hug my dad when I see him this weekend. 

04/30/2014 - 10:14am You might be surprised

As someone who spent 4 years at Vanderbilt, there is some serious talent there (and in Nashville in general) as well. Probably not the quantity of Oxford or Athens, but very respectable, nonetheless.

04/24/2014 - 5:40pm Survey Answers
  1. Did not attend
  2. 20+ (although most of these were my parents' (both alums), after transferring them to me, it's been 3 years now)
  3. 4
  4. 0
  5. No
04/18/2014 - 8:09am No Rose Bowl win since 2000 for Badgers

Just for the record, it's been a while since Wisconsin won a Rose Bowl (2000). I know, I know, Michigan's drought is longer...

04/10/2014 - 12:53pm Probably won't happen

Probably won't happen. As the interviewee even states in the article: "Who is opposed to these kids getting paid?" Southerners have "no moral outrage" whatsoever to this behavior, and the momentum is currently swinging more towards this line of thinking nationally. The chances of this network going down in legal/NCAA flames is probably very low now, but the possibility of making it more fair, equal, and transparent with new rules may be coming in the near future.

04/01/2014 - 10:45am Interesting Analysis

Interesting discussion here. When I started reading, I was hoping the OP would use the Points per Possession/offensive efficiency stats for each team for this game to help guide/determine which option would be better. In other words, based on 19:40 of this game, what is the true probability of UK scoring on that last possession? What had their FT percentage been to that point? While the above is an interesting way to look at it, I feel like you could use even more accurate data to get an even finer picture.

That being said, it's tough to second-guess this one, in my opinion. You've got a 35% 3-pt shooter (who had been shooting well in the second half, however) who takes a long (nba range), contested shot. That 35% is probably mostly on open looks, on the line, etc. You've got to like the raw chances of that shot missing, right? Rebounding that miss would be another story, and I agree with above comments that the put-back was the true play here.

03/11/2014 - 1:51pm Took 30-1 in November

I was in Vegas for a conference in November and bet Michigan 30-1 to win it all. Now those odds are looking pretty sweet.

02/26/2014 - 11:50am An hour before the game?

My apologies to the Maize Rage, but who cares about the atmosphere an hour before tip-off? Crisler was as loud as I've ever heard it during the game. The place only seats 14,000 or so as it is, and over 3,000 were students on Sunday. The students were there early because they had to line up & get in early to get their seats.

02/24/2014 - 9:41am Shared

In that scenario, we would share the B1G title. However, due to our wins over them head-to-head (1st tiebreaker), we'd get the #1 seed in the B1G Tourney.

02/08/2014 - 10:44am Disagree

I have to disagree here. Admittedly, I have no insider information, but based on being an athletic, active 21-year-old, he probably had a disc herniation & subsequent surgery to correct that. Without having spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, he may not ever need another surgery. In fact, disc herniations often resolve on their own, not requiring surgery at all. My best guess is that his was severe enough to require surgery.

If all this (all my guesses) is the case, he could be back by the end of the season.

02/05/2014 - 11:44am Awesome discussion

I really enjoyed this discussion and the linked articles about randomness in sports--great stuff. But I'm a big Ron Fartburg fan and didn't appreciate Brian's Canadian brother belittling him (linked article about NHL overtime loser points). 

12/14/2013 - 8:34pm Actually attended that game

I was actually in Miami for that incredible game. I remember being vaguely concerned about the Y2K hysteria that morning (Jan 1st). Bama fans were pretty tolerable then--the ones in my section were gracious in defeat. They had Shawn Alexander that year, who was a great RB. Amazing ending.