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07/10/2018 - 11:23am I love Brandstatter but play…

I love Brandstatter but play by play is not his thing. I would have rather seen him replaced in his U of M role, stay doing color for the Lions and, better yet, go back to color for Michigan. There could be a three-man booth with Dierdorf like the old Monday Night Football (or lots of pro and college teams), with Shepard or Champion doing PBP. 

06/24/2018 - 10:14pm The biggest question I have…

The biggest question I have his: why does Bernard need glasses? 

06/13/2018 - 2:22pm Design stuff... Tightening…

Design stuff... Tightening up line heights and eliminative a few weird breaks would go a long way for me. Having Joined and MGoPoints fit on one line (same line as upvote/downvote) would be good too, Monosnap 2018-06-13 14-05-16.png
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06/08/2018 - 12:06pm I miss the old site. Am I…

I miss the old site. Am I still supposed to be getting the joke late-90’s Fab 5 site on my iPhone? Must be cached. I’m getting the new site on my iPad. 

05/22/2018 - 12:52pm Isn't that what ANY preseason poll is?

A prediction of where the teams will finish at the end of the season, taking their schedule into consideration? Otherwise are "actual pre-season" polls based purely on who has the most talented players coming back, and ranks them accordingly, regardless of schedule? Then as the season progresses the same poll realizes "oh, crap, they had to play THESE guys?!? If I only would have known that..."

But, ATHLON's pre-season poll actually games out all the games, predicts wins and losses through the entire season, and predicts where all the chips fall. If ALL pre-season polls don't do that, then that's dumb but raises an interesting question. If Michigan's #12 preseason ranking bakes in that they'll lose to Notre Dame in the season opener, shouldn't they just keep their ranking if that was expected? And they are also expected to beat Penn State and MSU on their way to losing to Wisconsin and Penn State ... If all that happens do they just sit there at 12? Only if they lose to, say, MSU do they drop? 

It's kind of like if the #1 and #2 preseason teams meet in a kick-off classic, shouldn't the loser remain at 2? I mean, everyone knew they were playing each other and must have figured that game would be their only possible loss. Which makes me think maybe pre-season polls are truly just based on talent amassed on each team, and then once the season starts and games are won and lost, things get shaken up. 

But if Athlon truly gamed out the season, they're predicting an awfully big Mexican standoff between OSU, PSU, MSU and UM.  

05/16/2018 - 4:45pm Not so much an opinion, but got me thinking of a question:

Did Coach Harbaugh have a "passing game coordinator" and a "run game coordinator" at Stanford or the 49ers? And how does that work? On running downs the run game coordinator calls the play and passing downs the pass-game guy gets it? What if it's a 3rd and 4? (I know defenses make personnel changes on passing vs. running downs but that's a little different.) Then somehow Harbaugh has veto power if he doesn't like the run play? Does he ask the passing guy what he's got available to run?

So my unpopular opinion is we'll never win the B1G or make the playoff running our offense this way. We can get back to a 2016-level season this year with the talent we have on defense, but that season ended up short of those major goals. 

05/16/2018 - 11:31am I believe Gardenhire was fired the year Leyland retired

so he was available then, but the front office wanted to try to catch some sort of trend going on with hiring young up-and-coming managers that was based soley on John Farrell beating Mike Matheney in the '13 Series. And they end up hiring him anyway, when we could have had him for the last 4 years. 

04/13/2018 - 3:43pm Yeah...

I watched the entire series and it was painful. I saw zero benefit to doing this. Zero benefit to the university, zero to recruiting, zero to the kids, zero to the coaches, zero to the Harbaugh family, and a giganitic negative for giving our rivals a bunch of meme footage of our players crying on the sidelines.

Nothing against the kids and they all played along just fine, definitely a group of excellent young men. But I can't believe a camera crew sat across a Red Lobster and filmed Rashan and his mother having that conversation. We did not need to see that. Somebody tell me why any of us would need to eavesdrop on that. 

A bad distraction. Stupid idea I hope they never do again with Michigan. Go put a camera in everyone's face in Columbus, South Bend or East Lansing next time. 

04/05/2018 - 10:42pm PLINK-O


04/05/2018 - 8:40pm Had zero interest in

Potentially losing to OSU in the final. Nice.

04/05/2018 - 8:22pm Roll call?

The X is amazing. Just chillin in one of the restaurants until the M game. They’re serving alcohol!!!

03/30/2018 - 9:09am Still is, as of within the last year at least.

I'm sure it's still going strong. Great place. I get to Charleston once or twice a year and always go to Mac's to watch Michigan if they're playing. I'd get there early ... place could get really packed. 

03/29/2018 - 8:33pm Got it, makes sense.

Thanks for your help!!

03/29/2018 - 7:41pm Wait.

Are you saying there are separate tickets for semis 1 and 2? I'm not sure I'm following you ... they don't literally have everyone move sections between games. 

03/29/2018 - 7:38pm Thanks! I plan to arrive a bit late,

since we have the late game. If the crowd thins for the second game maybe I'll be able to move about a bit in my section to find a comfortable spot, especially if the seat I buy puts me in the jaws of hell: Amongst OSU fans who stay to root for Notre Dame. 

03/27/2018 - 7:45pm Porter Moser

to Xavier.

03/25/2018 - 8:04pm Thanks

Yeah I”m glad to hear it’s the late game, that gives us more time. Was curious if I could buy the M game only.

03/25/2018 - 7:35pm Amazing television viewing

1. Watch UM go to Final Four last night

2. Watch UM go to Frozen Four today

3. Watch Duke count on Grayson Allen to make the shots to win the game for them and watch him fail miserably, followed by Coach K's sorry sad mug. 

4. Anything else on? Does this have to end? 

03/25/2018 - 7:32pm Do they sell the semifinal games separately?

I was looking at past attendance records and last year they had the two games listed separately with two different attendance figures. Looks like they sold them separately until 2006, then sold them combined-only, then last year they're listed as separate attendance figures again. 

I recall someone telling me when they went a few years ago they made you exit the arena and re-enter, even if you had tickets for both games.

03/25/2018 - 7:03pm Visiting colleges during spring break. That's our stop on 5th.

So, sort of random but mostly lucky. 

03/25/2018 - 6:57pm Thanks Bando!

Yeah, I'll only be in town on Thursday anyway. Was wondering if I should just take whatever tickets are on StubHub now (that I assume were just bought up by brokers from the NCAA?) or will more be "released" when the teams are set. Will the athletic department put some up for sale or will they all be spoken for by season ticket holders? 

03/25/2018 - 6:48pm Muppets tanned, rested and ready for this much activity.

Got plent of rest during football season. 

03/25/2018 - 6:46pm Ron Burgundy voice:

"This weekend is kind of a big deal." 

03/25/2018 - 6:33pm Quick: I'm going to be in St. Paul on April 5.

Wasn't going to go to the Frozen Four but now I'd like to go, obviously — should I grab tickets on StubHub NOW or should I try the athletic department once the game is set? 

03/24/2018 - 11:20pm I can’t believe it, yet I can totally believe it.

What an outstanding effort against a tough, deep opponent. Simpson handled the full court pressure so well. Wow. Crazy. Subs.

03/22/2018 - 11:25pm They made Casey McNab’s into a Panera? WTF???

What’s next, Schuberg’s is a Chipotle?

03/22/2018 - 11:20pm “The Alibi”

One of the greatest under appreciated bar names, ever.

03/22/2018 - 4:29pm Any idea the potential time of the

regional final game? On Saturday? When I'm supposed to be wine tasting in Traverse City and will need to devise an escape plan? Please tell me they're late games so that I may suggest finishing the "tasting" tour at a microbrewery with TV's? 

03/22/2018 - 3:21pm I was never all that excited about Virginia Tech

as we don't have much history with them besides the 2012 Sugar Bowl. And having VT and UW on the schedule along with that brutal B1G opening three games seemed like doom. So I hope they keep UW because I've always liked them and we have lots of regular season and Rose Bowl history. I always considered Don James to be very Bo-like, sort of the Bo of the Pac 10. The way Peterson has them going, that could be a gigantic season opener both home and away. 

03/20/2018 - 5:05pm Too much sense

made here. 

03/20/2018 - 5:03pm I was surprised to see they dropped Men's swimming too.

The rafters of Jones Natatorium are littered with MAC championship banners. It seems like they'd get a lot of good overflow swimmers from the area's fine Club Wolverine and other USA club teams, that weren't fast enough for Michigan but wanted to stay in the area. That's just a theory through observation though. 

03/19/2018 - 3:00pm It's at tweeted stat from the Michigan Athletic Department.

Of course it's arbitrary. And? 

03/18/2018 - 12:34am No.

Man. Buns.

03/16/2018 - 8:54pm Cade

McNamara > Cade McNown.

03/09/2018 - 10:28pm Is depth perception a noted problem at LCA

Vs other arenas? Serious question.

03/09/2018 - 7:10pm Speak for yourself.

Alf was a good show. I’d say “way higher.”

02/14/2018 - 4:45pm Fantastic photoshop job on your featured banner image on the

post, especially Coach B screaming in the background. 

02/08/2018 - 11:48am First three years' records are similar too.


Year 1: 11-2; 2-1 vs. ND, MSU, OSU; BCS win. 

Year 2: 8-5; 1-2 vs. ND, MSU, OSU; Outback loss to S. Carolina

Year 3: 7-6; 1-2 vs. ND, MSU, OSU; bowl loss

First three years: 26-13, 4-5 vs. rivals, 1-2 in bowls, 1-0 in BCS (NY6) win. 


First three years: 28-11, 1-5 vs. rivals, 1-2 in bowls, 0-1 in NY6 (BCS) bowls. 

02/08/2018 - 11:42am I can't say I disagree with any of this.

Unfortunate to say, but true. 

This all started for me when I listened to the first few weeks of him and Jack's podcast. I really enjoyed it, but mostly for Jack. Jim seemed to just be sitting there half-working, half-participating. But in the back of my mind I was thinking "can't this just be Jack's podcast during the season, and have Jim participate in the off-season (or as an occasional guest?). 

Then the Michigan State night game happened. 

And the podcast thing took on a whole new dimension and I started looking at Harbaugh through a whole new lens. I still haven't really recovered much of my previous level of excitement about him, especially with the Outback performance. Something still seems a bit "off." Is it that I don't think he's' working hard enough? Stubbornly set it his ways? Doesn't care as much? Those are REALLY difficult things for me to say about this man, given his history. But I just said them. 

02/07/2018 - 6:45am I had absolutely no idea

that both Purdue and Iowa were in that ‘80 Final Four.

02/06/2018 - 8:32pm Just logged in to let all you guys know that you’re cracking me

right up.

02/06/2018 - 4:35pm So Ryan Hayes wants to play TE.

There goes another OT possibility. 

01/26/2018 - 4:35pm Yeah...

...perhaps if there's enough outrage they'll just go back to the two D's ... or, after a full season no one will really notice or think about it. They're still the crisp, minimalist whites regardless. 

This is messing around with more than just Nike changing the winged helmet to a slight matte blue, though. 

01/16/2018 - 11:05am Agreed.

Best podcast ever. I have a few podcasts that no matter the content of that episode I just like listening in on the conversation, and Brian/Ace and Brian/Roundtable are tops. Double-barrel emotional segments by Brian and Ace, was glad and honored to pretend I was a part of it. 

01/15/2018 - 8:59pm RuMaar


Seriously, MAAR had that steely look in his eyes waiting for the ref to hand him the ball ... knew they were going in.

01/14/2018 - 9:06pm That play unfortunately brought back memories of a play at the

end of the MSU game this year where McDoom would have had a similar catch over a missed tackle and run it in for a winning score. 

But he dropped it. 

I may not be remembering the play correctly, that game is still a very fuzzy memory to me even though I was there. 

01/09/2018 - 2:22pm Definitely Wisconsin instead of Washington.

1 Clemson vs. 8 UCF

2 Oklahoma vs. 7 USC

3 Georgia vs. 6 Wisconsin

4 Alabama vs. 5 Ohio State


That's pretty good except the B1G championship game would be played in this scenario (using the actual seeds) to see who gets the 5 or the 6 seed, and both are first-round road games I assume. I think in an 8-team case you might require a team to win their conference to get one of the top four seeds and a home game, thereby ensuring that at least four of the P5 championship games are for-sure "for" something. 

So round 1 is the week of Army-Navy on-campus of the top four? That's a shit-load of football for these guys to play. 

12/13/2017 - 2:55pm Isn't Northwestern on the road?

Northwestern is also on the road. Literally a UM home game usually, but it's in Evanston. 

12/12/2017 - 9:19pm On mobile yes.

iOS, Safari. Annoying. 

12/04/2017 - 4:51pm “Finally beat these guys”?

We beat them rather frequently in basketball don’t we? Like last season?


Or you were including football?