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12/04/2017 - 12:11pm JoPa's Wounded Knee, present

JoPa's Wounded Knee, present

10/05/2016 - 9:33am SoFL Resident Here

Going to be riding it out.... doubtful we'll have power to see the game. Stay safe my fellow Floridians!

05/04/2016 - 1:01pm I will upvote this every

I will upvote this every time.

04/19/2016 - 2:26pm Oh boy...

A RR thread. Let the good times roll!





Repeat ad infinitum.



02/08/2016 - 4:02pm As to recruiting...

Let's not forget that Beilen runs a squaky-clean program. I hate to be *that* guy and make *that* excuse, but lets get real here. BBall recruiting is every bit as dirty, if not dirtier, than FBall recruiting. I don't think there's any coincidence that in certain classes, the top tier guys Beilein targets seem to initially have interest before mysteriously cooling on us down the stretch (or flipping, etc.). This goes double for guys who are under the radar, blow up once Beilein goes after them, and then end up with another program in the end.

I know nobody wants to hear it or really talk about it, but I think this issue is as much of a factor in Beilein's recruiting misses as anything. 

01/25/2016 - 12:53pm Not sure what your beef with

Not sure what your beef with ESPN is, but maybe try reading an article before commenting on it?


Bill Barnwell, the author, is an old Football Outsiders/Grantland guy and his posts are usually very much worth reading if you have any interest in football statistics or schematics.

01/09/2016 - 1:15pm *

I'll be back in a couple hours to upvote or downvote this post! 

01/06/2016 - 4:49pm S&P Rankings

Current S&P Rankings, for reference (Offense // Defense // Overall):

Alabama: 25 // 1 // 1

Clemson: 10 // 4 // 2

OSU: 14 // 8 // 3

M: 30 // 2 // 6

MSU: 27 // 12 // 13

If we can maintain a top-two defense (not infeasible with our returning group) while moving into the Top 20 on offense.... oh man.

01/04/2016 - 1:22pm So...

So... where are the people that wanted Shane Morris starting after the first couple games? Anyone? Bueller?

12/12/2015 - 1:54pm *



The important thing

was achieved: the KenPom spread

covered by UM


12/06/2015 - 11:06pm *

Here's a pretty good summary of what the board thinks:

12/02/2015 - 4:58pm LOL

Wilcox is a shoe-in to get fired at the end of the year. I have a number of USC friends and they all can't wait. Imagine all of the talent of Michigan's D, and none of the results. That's USC. They've gotten torn up all year despite having 5* guys at virtually every position.

11/30/2015 - 1:19pm Correct me if I'm wrong

I thought a rugby-style punter cannot be "roughed" once he starts running? This has happened to us already this season, and that's why Harbaugh has lost his mind both times roughing was called against us. You can't 'rough' a punter who is outside the tackle box - he is considered a runner.

11/11/2015 - 1:14pm "Best of Michigan" Tourney

There should be a "Best of Michigan" Tourney in basketball. Stupid idea for football, great for bball. Get WMU, CMU, EMU, Oakland, UDM, us and State together (or leave State out of it, whatever) and go at it.

11/10/2015 - 2:34pm Great Job Adam

This is a great feature, thanks Adam & Mgoblog team.

10/26/2015 - 12:56pm Motion

I move to officially change the abbreviation, from tOSU to Tosu.

10/22/2015 - 11:59am *

This is also why the coaches poll is absolutely meaningless.

10/21/2015 - 3:03pm *

The funny thing is that even his hindsight is bad. Go for it, in that position? You've gotta be kidding me.

10/21/2015 - 3:00pm *

First of all, no reason for ad hominem pointed at coach Hoke. Yeah, he's just doing his job and there's probably some sour grapes here as well (as well as a stupid comment), but there's no need to get personal.

That being said, the irony of Hoke retroactively giving out some Special Teams advice is rich indeed.

10/19/2015 - 3:53pm Another Example

Another example proving Brian's point that "little brother" is the perfect descriptor for MSU's program. If you want to be the big brother, act like the big brother, not a petulent child.

10/19/2015 - 3:50pm Agreed, But...

Agreed, but I think the Dave Brandon method of handling public relations (ignore them till they blow up in your face) is still fresh in the AD's collective mind, and once the "trash sites" had started playing up the death threats angle, a statement from the AD was appropriate. Maybe not necessary, but appropriate. Make your public display of support, get it out of the way, move on.

10/19/2015 - 10:20am Happens all the time

Happens all the time but rarely called. Here's one instance where it was actually called last year, the ND long snapper talks about it happening all the time, he seems shocked they actually called it.

10/14/2015 - 1:12pm Kevin Grady

Kevin Grady. Would've been ideal in Harbaugh's offense, and I have a feeling a lack of motivation would've never been a problem either.

10/13/2015 - 1:24pm Ok, maybe 20 years ago,

Ok, maybe 20 years ago, still, the point stands. Maryland won 33 games in the first 3 years of the Ralph Friedgen era, for crying out loud ('01-'03).

Also, it's 500+ miles from Eugene to the Bay Area and nearly 1000 miles to SoCal. Maryland's campus is within 500 miles of most of OH, Pittsburgh, NYC & all of Jersey, Philly, Baltimore/DC area, etc. There's no comparison.

However the one thing I will say that Maryland needs to do to approach Oregon's level is to continue upgrading their facilities (already in progress, LINK)....

Again, I know it sounds far-fetched on the face of it, but with the right coach Maryland could really go places. I'm not if he would do it considering he'd have to face his mentor once a year, but if I'm Maryland I'm going all-out for Tom Herman.

10/13/2015 - 12:55pm I know we like to make fun of Maryland

I know we like to make fun of Maryland, but he has a point. Consider:

  • Maryland has the financial backing of the owner of Under Armour, Kevin Plank (obvious parallels to Oregon there)
  • Extra $ due to joining the B1G
  • Great natural recuriting area (much better than Oregon)

Obviously they don't have any great football tradition and the fanbase isn't exactly rabid, but you could've said the same things about Oregon 10-15 years ago. The other problem Maryland faces is that the B1G East is extremely competitive. 

However, if they hire the right coach (big if), I could see them seriously competing with MSU and PSU for third in our division on a consistant basis.

10/13/2015 - 12:49pm Defense First Drive

To expand on the "why does the D allow more on the first couple drives" Question - 

Don't forget, many teams script their first 10-20 plays, or at least have a very good idea of what they want to run right off the bat. This is usually a combination of:

1) New plays that haven't been put on film and the defense won't be prepared for (as Brian mentioned),

2) Plays specifically designed to exploit weaknesses the defense appears to have, and

3) Plays the offense has practiced enough for the coaches to feel confident they will be executed extremely well.

This combination of factors usually results in the opening drives being more successful... I bet if Brian got his hands on that data you would see this pretty clearly. It seems to me that this trend is espically noticeable in the NFL, where teams have more time to practice/prepare during the week. It seems every Sunday one or both teams score on the first drive, and then are lucky to end up with 20 points by the end of the game as the defenses make adjustments and settle in.

10/12/2015 - 5:04pm *

Not a laughing matter, dude. If even half the reports coming out about him are true, Sark needs some serious help.

10/12/2015 - 11:51am *

Making signs all about OSU still has my vote as the best idea.

10/09/2015 - 12:33pm Interesting Comparison

Michigan under Lloyd Carr = Post-Pete Carrol USC

Think about it. Both programs running vanilla pro-style Offense/Defense, both programs burning up the recruiting trail, both programs winning on sheer talent but typically underperforming relative to said talent.

The only reason Carr had more success than Kiffin/Sark have had is due to 1) he didn't face NCAA sanctions, and 2) there were less high-caliber college coaches in the late 90s/early 00s... 

09/17/2015 - 11:42am *

So bad they had to say it twice.

09/09/2015 - 10:43am Sam

Sam and Tyrone Wheatley are BFFs. So... I'd take Sam's word as pretty reliable when it comes to that position group.

09/04/2015 - 1:10pm Zero sacks

I think that has much to do with Rudock as the OL. He was getting rid of the ball quick when under duress (to the detriment of his accuracy, unfortunately).

I think we're all so used to Gardner holding onto the ball as long as possible trying to make a play with his legs and ending up getting sacked we forgot what it looks like to have a QB get rid of the ball when pressure's coming.

09/03/2015 - 3:40pm Great job Brian

Nice preview Brian. T-minus 5 hours!

09/01/2015 - 4:24pm 28-27

Michigan 28 - 27 Utah

09/01/2015 - 1:45pm Swamp Knowledge

"Swamp Knowledge" is my new favorite thing on the blog. Thanks Brian.

07/21/2015 - 8:40am Too Many

I don't have the opportunity to attend many M games, but it seems like I have been in attendance for all the most heartbreaking ones of the past 10 years. Among them:

2005 Notre Dame, Minnesota and OSU

2007 App St.

2007 Oregon

2013 Outback Bowl - South Carolina

2013 Penn State @ Happy Valley

And of course, the one time I had tickets to a game that turned out wonderfully, I gave them up (2005 Penn State).

So I'm screwed either way I guess.

07/09/2015 - 4:09pm Haven't drank enough water >

Haven't drank enough water > recently took my multivitamin

05/25/2015 - 4:02pm Say what you will about Millen

Say what you will about Millen (Lord knows I have), but I've actually enjoyed his calls of some of our games. UCONN 2010 in partiuclar comes to mind.

05/20/2015 - 8:17pm Miss you big guy


05/20/2015 - 11:04am ...

"If his opinion is going to offend people, he shouldn't say it."


So he should have no opinions, then? Because that's what you're saying.

05/15/2015 - 8:29am Sigh.

Forgive me fellow mgobloggers, for I have sinned.

That was my freshmen year and due to the school over-selling season tickets to students, they made the overflow seats directly behind that endzone (same area you were). So my freshman year I had 5th row season tickets.

Of course, that year was (in retrospect, ironically) dubbed 'the year of infinite pain' due to how poorly we played. I am that pessimistic fan you know that always prepares for the worst, so at that point in the season disappointment had set in to the degree I didn't care to see us get thrashed by #3 PSU. So... I sold my ticket to a buddy so I could spend the day with my gf

In summary... my buddies were five rows up in the endzone witnessing one of the better moments in M football history while I was watching on the couch with my gf after dragging her back to the apartment when I saw the 4th quarter score while we were out shopping.

The biggest fan-related regret of my life.

05/08/2015 - 1:03pm :The Happening-ing

:The Happening-ing

05/08/2015 - 1:02pm Fire up the Hackett Signal

Ask this man what it will take to get him to Ann Arbor...

04/17/2015 - 8:21am Congrats Austin!

Pains me to say this, but the Freep had a nice little write-up on him. To spare you from clicking over there, here are the highlights:

- Coach B has been impressed with his extreme work ethic

- Last time they talked, Coach challenged Austin to get better at running the floor. Austin took this to heart, working with a family friend who is in SWAT to increase his running stamina 

- Spent his spring break running the beach in Florida while his family vacationed

- Hard work paid off, as he showed very well at an AAU tourney in Texas recently, where coach B witnessed his improved running of the floor

- Carries a 4.1 GPA and a 30 ACT score 

- Averaged 26 points and 17 rebounds a game last year.

- Lifelong fan of U of M

Extremely hard worker and extremely smart guy? Sounds like Coach B's type of guy.

Congrats Austin!


04/17/2015 - 8:06am Oh man

I had an ex-gf that graduated with you... LOL. Small world!

04/15/2015 - 1:09pm Eh

Good overview, but I do have a minor niggle:

#2 [win games] amounts to "hire good coaches," which is very important and not very interesting to talk about. You and I both agree that it's a better idea to hire Jim Harbaugh than someone else. The end.

I think this is at least a moderate oversimplification. Sure, coaching takes up the majority of that category. But there are many other factors involved, such as:

  • Facilites (I think the Amaker era would've looked quite different if he actually had some decent facilites to work with - the obvious tie-in here is with recruiting)
  • Cultural fit (Rich Rod, self-explanatory)
  • Cultivating an environment where home field is an actual advantage (this probably overlaps with point #3 about sustainability)
  • Scheduling (a major part of any AD's job, IMO, and one that Brandon was terrible at)

There's probably even more I haven't thought of. Would love to see you tease this out more, Brian.

03/20/2015 - 12:27pm Rooting Guide

Rooting guide:

1) Utter chaos

2) MSU loss 

3) ...?

4) Profit


I miss anything?

03/20/2015 - 12:16pm Still Mourning

Not sure what is more painful, not making the tourney at all like Michigan, or losing in the first round for the fifth year running in the most heartbreaking way possible like my beloved Arsenal. At least none of our fellow Premier League teams had any better success this year.

02/20/2015 - 12:53pm I Can't Help

I can't help you with this, just here to say I hope this works out. I'd love to have a copy of HTTV on my Kindle.

02/06/2015 - 7:31pm Congrats!

Congrats! From a fellow CoE alum.