|12/17/2018 - 2:30pm||So what do you think our DL…||
So what do you think our DL is going to look like next season, without Gary, Solomon, Winovich, and Mone? Can we even field a DL next season?
|12/17/2018 - 2:07pm||Well that certainly sucks.
Well that certainly sucks.
Seems like roster and ego management is definitely not a strong suit of our coaching staff.
|12/14/2018 - 1:01pm||Team A:
2013 #15 ranking;…
2013 #15 ranking; 2014 #17 ranking; 2015 #9 ranking; 2016 #11 ranking; 2017 #16 ranking; 2017 #8 ranking
2013 #4 ranking; 2014 #20 ranking; 2015 #37 ranking; 2016 #8 ranking; 2017 #5 ranking; 2018 #22 ranking
One team has been to the playoffs the past 4 years and won a national championship in 2016, the other has come close to the playoffs twice but has failed each time.
Point is, recruiting is important but its not like you need to finish in the top five every year to make it to the playoffs every year. We are close, our recruiting is good enough, and believe it or not, we've made progress towards our goals every year, with an expected step back in 2017. We bounced back this year despite having our own fanbase turn on the team.
|12/13/2018 - 6:08pm||These kind of comments don't…||
These kind of comments don't help. As our first lady would say, "be best."
|12/12/2018 - 11:32pm||Something smells fishy about…||
Something smells fishy about this whole thing, and if so, I'm just now sure who's playing who.
Two years ago, Najae Harris allegedly ditched his plan to switch to Michigan at the last second. At the time, I wondered if Saban had put him up to this as a way to fire shots at Harbaugh. This year Dax dumps us, then within a few days there is talk of this isn't over? Is this just crootin', are Dax and Saban in on a second long con, or is it Harbaugh and Dax going at Saban? Probably just crootin', but it does seem like Saban doesn't like Harbaugh after the whole camp tour thing.
|12/12/2018 - 3:58pm||"The cold is what really…||
"The cold is what really makes the cysts hurt"
|12/12/2018 - 12:51pm||I will give you 5-1 odds…||
I will give you 5-1 odds that Gary is selected before round three. We can find an escrow site or have a trusted M_go_user hold the money is escrow. There is no way he gets past the second round. There is almost no way he gets past the first round.
|12/11/2018 - 7:36pm||This^^ I will also add that…||
I will also add that your GF should keep a journal about her recovery, including pains she experiences during her recover and things she is unable to do as a result of the injury. She should also write down a detailed account of what happened to her on the day of the accident as soon as possible, so as to do it while her memory is fresh. She should save all communications (i.e., texts, emails, etc.) from anyone affiliated with her employer as well. If she can get a copy of their safety protocols/employee training materials/etc, she should do so.
Also, if health insurance is the main concern, she can start looking for a new job. She does not need to and probably would not file suit immediately. After she is ready, she can quietly look for a new job while she continues to work at her current job.
Finally, my two cents...I would 100% sue, unless she really wants to stay at this job for the rest of her life. When I was in 7th grade, I had a bad accident on a local ski hill. I broke both my tibia and fibula on the smallest non-bunny hill, as a result of what I would describe as a pot hole near the bottom of the slope that someone had dug out probably the night before (it was my first run of the day and it was still very early). When I got to the first aid area, they insisted it was a minor injury and they made me try to walk on it. When I put all my weight on my leg, it was one of the most physically painful memories I can remember. Because I was there with the community ed program, they refused to give me any pain medication. Also, they did not attempt to call my parents to come pick me up. As I injured myself on the first run of the day, I sat in the "infirmary" for about seven hours, was carted on an office chair to the bus (repeatedly bumping my leg), and by the time we made it back to the drop off point and to my parents, I was unable to see an orthopedic specialist at the emergency room (Saturday nights I guess). I spent over two months in a cast up to my thigh. I couldn't participate in swimming for a whole season and I had a pretty crappy spring recovering. In any event, even as a seventh grader, I knew I was about to get paid. That was until my dad said "we are not suing anyone, that's not what we do." Some 25 years later, I am still pissed that my dad didn't want to pursue legal action. Their insurance would have paid out the claim and I would have had less student loans to worry about. The point is, don't be worried about the repercussions of suing. Your GF will get money to help her cope with the awful injury. It won't make the pain she's enduring now go away, but it will make her life a bit easier in the future.
|12/10/2018 - 2:18pm||It will continue to expand…||
It will continue to expand to other areas, as these neighborhoods get filled. I mean look at the area between Indian/West VIllage and downtown. Five years ago, those were pretty bad areas. Now more people are buying up properties and moving in. Same thing with Southwest, Milwaukee Junction, the North End, East English Village, Boston Edison, and other neighborhoods that were not high on people's list of places to live five years ago.
Schools will never be great, but I think private schools will start opening up down here. This is not too far from what parents have to deal with in NY, Chicago, LA, SF, Oakland, Denver, etc.
|12/10/2018 - 2:13pm||I live in Detroit, and for…||
I live in Detroit, and for me, I love it. I like living in Michigan, however, despite having options to live in most desirable areas (i.e., I work from home and I make the requisite salary to live in those cities). Taking away the warm and fuzzies, such as friends, family, sports teams and leagues I play in, I think it becomes a little less desirable.
First of all, I don't think you can really compare living in Chicago, Denver, Silicon Valley, etc. to living in Detroit. First of all, those cities didn't have to climb back from the pits of disrepair that Detroit has to climb back from. This is both a positive and a negative.
The things that are negatives for Detroit also exist in some top level cities as well though. Chicago school districts are bad as well (maybe not as bad, but still crappy). Crime is just as bad in Chicago, and even worse in certain areas. My friends in Chicago lived in Logan Square (and so did I many years ago), and the random murders in a neighborhood where houses are priced at a million is nuts to me.
In Detroit, rents are getting kind of silly, but there are still plenty of good options under $1000. I lived in Corktown in a newer 2 bedroom loft that was 1400 square feet and I paid $1500 a month. I lived walking distance from all the restaurants and bars (and in many cases they were on my block or one block away). For $1500 a month in Silicon Valley, Denver, or Chicago, you would not get that type of space or location. If you wanted to live in New Center or Woodbridge, you can find lots of stuff for under $1000. If you venture out even further, there are better deals to be had.
Buying property is where there is a huge advantage. As I watch the condos go up in Corktown and Midtown, I am shocked by the 500k sticker price on a two bedroom condo. If you compare other cities, however, where are you going to find a new construction two bedroom condo or townhouse that is less than one mile from downtown for 500k? Even better, is older construction. My wife and I just bought a 1900 sq ft fully updated townhome in Woodbridge, with a garage for under 300k. 300k in Silicon Valley would not buy me a shack in Sunnyvale (believe me, I looked and the closes thing I found was a 600 sq foot literal shack in a concrete patch for 500k). Same goes for Chicago, you are not finding a home for less than 500k that is in a "safe" area. Furthermore, there are tons of opportunities in developing areas that are even closer to downtown than I am. For example, North Corktown still looks like Mississippi and homes can be found at Mississippi prices. But a brand new rehab single family home can be found in North Corktown for under 300k. My friends who had a huge loft in corktown (over 5000 square feet), bought it for 500k a few years ago and just sold it for 1.2 million (post Ford/train station bump). So there is an opportunity to make some money on real estate here, if that's what you are looking for.
With respect to Entertainment, Detroit is good depending on what you like. There are plenty of cool restaurants, bars, concert venues, but it pales in comparison to the bigger cities. The nice thing though, is if you live in the city, you pretty much get to know all the people at these establishments, which converts to lots of "VIP" service. If I a place is super trendy and hard to get a reservation, I can pretty much always walk in and get a table, despite the hour to two hour wait. Similarly, at bars, you get to know the bar tenders and owners pretty quickly, which never hurts. The one thing that sucks, is any place that is "cool" gets flooded with Quickenbros within six months. Now, if you are someone who wants to eat at a different place every time you go out, then Detroit isn't the place for you. There are probably 10-15 nice places for dinner that I would recommend, another 12-18 that I would recommend for less expensive dinner spots, 5-7 brunch places, 5-10 lunch spots, and that is it. Same thing goes for bars. If you like local music scenes and/or electronic music, Detroit is very underrated. I see great music all the time. National acts, not as great as other spots.
Schools is the tricky one. The public schools here are pretty bad. I imagine you will start seeing more private school options as more and more young people are moving back into the city. We don't have kids yet, but we are kind of banking on this should we decide to have kids. In the case there isn't, I think we would probably look to Grosse Pointe private school options or do some due diligence on the charter schools in the area.
TLDR: Detroit is not for everyone, but if you have ties to Michigan and like city living it's a great option. Rents are getting a bit high, relative to old Detroit rents but not to other cities, but there are still great deals for people looking to buy homes close to Downtown.
|11/28/2018 - 5:40pm||Steuber did not impress. I…||
Steuber did not impress. I wonder if there is any way to coax Hudson into staying and competing for that RT spot or even a spot on the DL?
|11/28/2018 - 5:11pm||Based purely on speculation,…||
Based purely on speculation, but it seems like it's kind of getting late early for him. I hope he and Villian fully recover and reach their potential next year. I am more optimistic for Vilain, as BSJ hasn't played in a couple of years, came from Canada, doesn't have freakish athleticism (but has length), and wasn't really described as a technician.
If I had to bet, Vilain will have an easier time cracking the starting rotation than BSJ.
|11/28/2018 - 9:33am||This is spot on. What was…||
This is spot on. What was evident from that game is from a talent perspective, OSU had a gear that we didn't have. When challenged by being the underdog, they put it together and played their best game of the year.
Our game plan defensively was arrogant as much as it was shit. We assumed we could hang with their offense at its best without coming up with a specific game plan. That was wrong.
|11/25/2018 - 1:08pm||Content to run into stacked…||
Content to run into stacked boxes with Tru Wilson*
I'm not sure why in the biggest game of the season our walk on RB and WR were playing over Higdon and Black. Higdon would rip a 15 yard run and in comes Tru to stall the drive. Love his heart and his pass blocking, but if we are going to try to win the game with our running backs, then do it with the one who is likely to get drafted next May.
Still love Harbaugh as our coach, but man I wish he would be a little less set in his ways.
|11/23/2018 - 2:24pm||I have a couple of drams…||
I have a couple of drams left from a 15 year Balvenie that I was drinking on my wedding night. I promise to cheers with you in the aftermath of the victory.
|11/23/2018 - 11:47am||Jim Harbaugh is the King of…||
Jim Harbaugh is the King of the North!
|11/23/2018 - 11:46am||I commend the bravery. I…||
I commend the bravery. I would keep the celebrations internal during the game and then go celebrate near the sideline when victory is ours.
|11/21/2018 - 12:55pm||Sam may be a homer, but his…||
Sam may be a homer, but his CBs mean something. He doesn't fire them off based on a hunch or even someone saying he is leaning towards a school. He puts them in when the recruit does something more than that (e.g., silently commits, puts in for housing, files for financial aid, etc.). He says he has a gut feeling about something when its straight from the source. If its a Michigan source, he'll say something like "I have a gut feeling that Michigan feels he is leaning towards them" If its from the recruit he will say "I have a gut feeling that X will commit to Michigan when he gets back."
He may be a Michigan fan, but he takes his predictions and intel pretty seriously.
|11/21/2018 - 12:06am||It's pretty clear, he's…||
It's pretty clear, he's saving himself for the draft.
/s just in case
|11/16/2018 - 11:07am||It was a team issued jacket…||
It was a team issued jacket. I mean he could take some of his salary that he gets paid to play football for Houston and buy himself another jacket. Oh wait...never mind.
|11/12/2018 - 12:59pm||A conference should only get…||
A conference should only get one representative, period. This is generally a "rule" used to screw Michigan and one that is typically broken a few years later to bolster the SEC. In 2006, the biggest argument against Michigan getting a rematch against OSU is that they had a chance to win the conference and they didn't. In 2016, Penn State won the Big Ten and many thought Michigan and OSU were both worthy of going. The CFP selected OSU only, mainly citing the only conference rule.
In 2012, Alabama lost to LSU in the regular season, but the BCS broke their no rematches, win your conference rule to benefit Alabama. In 2016, Alabama lost to Auburn and was therefore unable to win its conference (Georgia did), and the CFP put Alabama and Georgia in the final four. Now both times, Alabama validated the respective committee, but who's to say that Michigan wouldn't have done the same. Alabama was given a second chance, when Michigan was not afforded the same luxury.
Consider this, in the doomsday scenario, the Big Ten with a one loss OSU or Michigan, the Big 12 with a 1 loss Oklahoma or WVU, and the Pac 10 with a one loss WSU, would get shut out for two one-loss SEC teams, an undefeated ACC team, and an undefeated ACC-ish team in ND, that played mostly ACC cupcakes and did not play the ACC champion. IMO, this is trash from an optics standpoint.
I think a better model would be to have a conference select its lone representative. Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC championship, fine. Pick your representative. In this scenario, ND would be included in the ACC for selection purposes. If they want to align with the ACC, they should represent the ACC and not just get the benefits of being in a conference without the downside.
|11/12/2018 - 12:08pm||Looking at Iowa State's…||
Looking at Iowa State's schedule, they finish the season with a tilt against Incarnate Word. I have been following college athletics for over 20 years and I could not have imagined that this was even a school. I wonder if they play in the same conference as "Little Sisters of the Poor"
|11/12/2018 - 9:24am||Well played Doc.||
Well played Doc.
|11/12/2018 - 9:22am||Trying to figure out how to…||
Trying to figure out how to edit the title now. Any suggestions?
|11/07/2018 - 11:19am||I know it's not an exact…||
I know it's not an exact science, but 538 gives us a 40% chance to make the CFP as it stands today and an 82% chance of making the CFP if we win out. Lose one game and our chances go down significantly (down 11% if we drop a game). For purposes of discussion, it is assumed we need to win out to have a shot, and all models assume that happens for the sake of argument (and not assuming we are a given to run the table). The link to their model is:
Tinkering around with their model is where it gets interesting. If both of Michigan and Georgia win out, our chances sit at 78% and Alabama goes down to 32% from 75%. Their statistical model does not believe that a 1 loss Alabama team goes to the playoff over Michigan. If you adjust the model and assume Clemson, ND, Georgia, Michigan, and Oklahoma all win out, then Alabama's chances go down to 16%, but our chances in that scenario go down to 39% and Oklahoma going up to 67%.
Tldr: Based on Silver's predictions, his models don't believe that Alabama and Georgia are likely to both make the CFP (unless chaos ensues). His models don't love Michigan that much either, and prefer Oklahoma.
Using their models as the only indicator our rooting interests are:
Alabama to win out, though its not that important (83% if we both win out, 78% if both Michigan and Georgia win out).
Oklahoma must lose (if win out and Oklahoma loses, then our chances go up to 88% and up to 95% if that happens and Alabama wins out, but down to 83% if Georgia and Michigan win out but Oklahoma trips up).
Clemson losing to BC would see us go up to 90%, assuming we win out.
Notre Dame losing to FSU would see us go up to 94%, again assuming we win out.
Any combo of losses from the group above and a win out by Michigan puts us at around 98%.
|11/05/2018 - 5:35pm||I agree with your points…||
I agree with your points wholeheartedly. To add to this, I think their string of 3-and-out players is finally catching up to them on defense. Each year they seemingly have 7 or 8 early entrants into the draft. Many 4/5 stars are ranked based on their measurables and athleticism, but need time to develop (see Michigan 2017). Now they have gaps at LB, new starters in the secondary, and a lack of depth on the DL (now that Bosa is gone). They have a lot of talent, but not a cohesive bunch.
That's why I don't mind Harbaugh filling up the "bottom" third of his recruiting class with Harbaugh and Don Brown style grinders, who will end up playing five years. Those guys give you depth and solid starters to plug the gaps and scheme continuity. I know they were four stars, but Chase and Hurst are/were obviously a huge reason why we've had success up front the last two seasons. Harbaugh guys that are fully entrenched in the system. OSU doesn't really have much of those guys. This is also why I don't like seeing guys like Hudson and Singleton transfer in their RS Freshman year.
|11/04/2018 - 12:53pm||I want ND to remain in the…||
I want ND to remain in the top 4 and for us to have a chance to play them again in the CFP. This would set up the fifth installment of the revenge tour, one that would certainly draw a shit ton of ratings.
It seems highly unlikely that Clemson or Alabama would lose, so it would take two major upsets (and Michigan winning the Game and the BTCG) to make it happen. But boy would it be awesome.
|10/22/2018 - 1:25pm||Seems like this is similar…||
Seems like this is similar to what's going on with Ziggy Ansah. This article pertains to Ziggy, but should give us some insight regarding what Rashan is going through: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/10/19/ziggy-ansah-injury/1698532002/
Reading between the lines, it seems like the shoulder won't get worse from playing but it is extremely painful and, therefore, limiting. I hope that he is able to recover sometime during this season. In a perfect world, we see Rashan at full strength. Otherwise, our guys are filling in admirably and will only improve.
Get healthy Rashan! Regardless of when he suits up again, he is a Michigan Man, a warrior, and a great representative of the university. Anyone suggesting otherwise needs a timeout to reflect on what they are saying.
|10/22/2018 - 12:14pm||That was me...And on my…||
That was me...And on my first post back after my ban, I apologized to the Mgoblog community for the emotional take. We all say shitty things behind our keyboard and my mod-imposed time out gave me time to think about the shitty thing I said.
Perhaps it was that public shaming I took that forced me to look inside and realize what a shitty thing it was to think and to subsequently put out into the ether. All I know is that when I saw Felton go down, I thought about Grant Newsome, that comment, and the implications for Felton Davis, and once again regretted that I said that.
But in case you missed it, I apologize for the childish shitty thing I said. That kind of rhetoric has no place in sports. I also apologize for making our fan base look dumb, we are (for the most part) better than that. I hope that the revenge tour is one that is played out on the field and within the spirit of the rules.
|10/22/2018 - 11:06am||I agree. I wouldn't mind if…||
I agree. I wouldn't mind if we kept the "open it up" version of the offense under wraps until OSU. In that scenario, OSU would not have anything to scheme for, assuming Shae is going to be a game manager based on a season's worth of film.
|10/21/2018 - 4:57pm||Critical difference:…||
Critical difference: Mccaffrey >>>>> JOK
|10/19/2018 - 4:41pm||Three hours of sheer terror…||
Three hours of sheer terror is exactly what I have been feeling. The lead up has been horrible. I just can't wait until the game is over. Hopefully what should happen happens and we exorcise the demon that is Dantonio and MSU.
This is our chance, but we will have to earn every bit of it. The blowout is even there, we just have to play the best game we've played under Harbaugh. Here's to our guys all being on the same page.
|10/19/2018 - 10:54am||I didn't think Josiah Scott…||
I didn't think Josiah Scott was done for the season, at least not officially. All the chatter has been he's targeting this week for a return.
|10/18/2018 - 11:38pm||Everyone agrees that LTT was…||
Everyone agrees that LTT was just as incapacitated. This is not to say being drunk is an excuse for a sexual assault, but in this case, with these facts, I think you are being a little extreme. Both parties agreed the sex was drunken, but consensual. He screwed up when he used her phone to take a video. This wasn't a case of sexual assault, as much as it was poor judgement by both parties.
|10/18/2018 - 11:00pm||So Grant Perry and LTT's…||
So Grant Perry and LTT's situations were different but Zach Smith's and LTT's were the same. Got it.
He was a kid that fucked up while drunk. Is it bad to take a video of yourself having consensual sex with someone who allegedly doesn't know? Of course it is. Is it the same as beating a woman or raping children and student athletes. IMO no and it's not even close. If you want someone to bash, Brandon Gibbons (and maybe Taylor Lewan) come to mind.
Lastly if you listen to the interview, he has turned his life around and is now helping at risk kids do the same. I would take him over you and your high horse any day of the week.
|10/18/2018 - 8:09pm||Partridge.
I would say the…
I would say the pecking order is:
Moore/Washington (based on recruiting abilities)
|10/16/2018 - 5:31pm||Ran a simulation of last…||
Ran a simulation of last year's game:
Apparently Malik Zaire, Felipe Franks, and someone named Kadarius Toney all contributed for Michigan.
|10/15/2018 - 3:05pm||Outside of the eye gouging…||
Outside of the eye gouging and what not, we kind of do the same thing and I it isn't a bad thing. Bush is an intimidator. Hudson as well. They smash the QB when blitzing. Our DBs are very handsy, and have good technique to make sure it isn't PI.
For the game I fear a few things: the phantom targeting call on Bush or Hudson; bad weather; overconfidence from the players; and an unwavering commitment to the power run game. If none of those things happen or if most don't happen, we should come out with a W.
|10/15/2018 - 2:56pm||First of all, this is my…||
First of all, this is my first post since my timeout for making a crappy comment regarding Wisconsin. It was a really stupid thing to post and I regret making it. I am sorry, as it makes our fanbase look like a bunch of idiots. I hope you all can look past it.
As to MSU, my thought is that Dantonio is best when the other team believes that MSU sucks (DISRESPEKT) and they don't go for the kill early. In those games he gets his team to keep it close and then he breaks tendencies at the right time. Think in 2015, the trouble with the snap play wasn't the key to the game, the misdirection and pass to the fullback was the turning point in the game. He will have those plays set and ready to go. The key will be to not let them keep the game close. I feel if we get out to an early lead, they will have a hard time playing catch up on our pass D. If we come in with an approach that we are just going to run the ball down their throat and embarrass them, they will likely be able to keep it close and then the trademarked Dantonio strategery will come into play.
|10/08/2018 - 2:59pm||I am not the one to advocate…||
I am not the one to advocate head hunting or dirty play, but I really hope we blow someone's knee out this weekend. Two seasons ago, they almost killed Grant Newsome and ended his career with a dirty play, and last year they knocked out Peters with another dirty play, both of which were clearly intentional and went unpunished. I would hope we can get a non-targeting type injury, or even have a redshirt candidate LB go out there and exact some vengeance.
This kind of post is terrible. Your account is now blocked and you should feel bad.
|09/25/2018 - 3:07pm||St Juste played special…||
St Juste played special teams last year IIRC. Villian, however, was injured last season and this season, so he would be eligible for a sixth year. Which would be huge, as he would help fill the void left by Chase and Gary, and could end up giving us four solid years of production.
|09/23/2018 - 11:03pm||lol this post aged well||
lol this post aged well
|09/17/2018 - 4:28pm||I couldn't agree with you…||
I couldn't agree with you more. People are shocked when I tell them I don't go to games and turn down free tickets. I can't stand sitting with my knees in someone's back and someone's knees in my back for four and a half hours. They should give up the 112k capacity for more real seats (keep the student section the same). Otherwise, the amount of empty seats will just continue to grow.
|09/17/2018 - 4:16pm||Small nitpick here: In the…||
Small nitpick here: In the You're the man now point totals, if two players split first place they should wind up with more points than second place. As it stands, they (DPJ and Gentry) got two points by splitting the honor and Mettelus got two points for finishing second. This could have a major impact on the final season totals.
Wrt the targeting call, this is so dumb. So the QB can lower his head and try to move the pile forward, and the defensive player can lead with his shoulder, but the defensive player is penalized because of H2H contact? Why not put in a scrub QB and have him run it head first straight into the other team's best player a couple of times to start the game (which would be about as effective as our opening drive current strategy as it stands)
|09/15/2018 - 6:21pm||3 touchdowns (and counting)…||
3 touchdowns (and counting) since this thread was created. Bump for the lolOP
|09/15/2018 - 4:57pm||This team is severely…||
This team is severely hampered by the offensive line. If they can't pass protect they can't open up anything. At this point just throw the young guys in and see what happens. We know what to expect with Runyan and JBB.
|09/11/2018 - 2:33pm||I mean it may change a…||
I mean it may change a decision on a drive or two, but with our respective defenses, field position is going to be a major component of that game. Obviously will have to watch for fakes, especially if Rocky Lombardi is their punter, but I will take them kicking from inside their own twenty with a QB. Just hope that Harbaugh respects Dantonio's aggressive/predictably-unpredictable play calling tendencies against us and other big opponents.
|09/06/2018 - 3:31pm||Logged in to upvote this…||
Logged in to upvote this comment. Well played.
Sadly, I feel like our offense has a bit of Wile E. Coyote in them. The game plan always seems like it should work, then at the most inopportune time, it blows up spectacularly in our face.
|08/31/2018 - 6:40pm||Not sure how I feel about…||
Not sure how I feel about DPJ or Oliver Martin returning punts this season. Until we have a full depth chart of WR, we should probably have Thomas return punts.
|08/28/2018 - 10:05am||Scott Frost certainly doesn…||
Scott Frost certainly doesn't seem to care Neither do OSU fans.