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11/24/2018 - 9:47am Taking my 6-year old to the…

Taking my 6-year old to the UM Alumni Assoc. watch party in Boston at Finn McCools. Better to go through this with others than watching alone. 

11/23/2018 - 5:47pm Freshman year, 1991, Desmond…

Freshman year, 1991, Desmond game. Besides the game itself, I remember the Daily editorial which was such a magnificent troll job I have rarely seen its equal since. 

10/31/2018 - 7:57am Was about to post this, glad…

Was about to post this, glad someone beat me to it. Good lord that is a dumb take.

10/22/2018 - 1:37pm Thanks so much for doing…

Thanks so much for doing this. I actually tried to as well, but am lazy (it turns out Brian's voice does not mix well with my Dragon dictation software).

08/31/2018 - 10:34pm I was at both the 91 and 94…

I was at both the 91 and 94 games and definitely would vote for The Catch as being more iconic (though both games were amazing). The thing that sucked about both seasons was the following week (FSU in 91, Colorado in 94) was a real buzz kill, albeit in different ways. 

08/31/2018 - 1:57pm I agree about the O-line…

I agree about the O-line being key, but I think that the simpler approach Warriner is taking combined with ND losing their O-line coach to the Bears (and 2 top 10 picks) is going to make Michigan even with ND in that department. 

08/29/2018 - 6:54pm Don’t know the guy, but I do…

Don’t know the guy, but I do know men (friends and family) who were accused of some pretty bad stuff by their exes which was proven to be demonstrably false in family and criminal court. It’s hard for a lot of these folks to not project their own experience (just like abuse victims i know also do) onto other situations. 

Fwiw if you are purely playing the odds it’s way more likely than not that there was abuse. 



03/26/2018 - 10:42am That's great news

Do you know if they are JP's or coach Conry's recruits? In any case it's a great foundation to build on.

03/26/2018 - 9:29am I wonder this as well

I've never had a definitive take on how Cal has been terrible since coming to UK. In the absence of that I consider Cal to be like Saban, (with his liberal use of medical dismissals,) someone who leveraged early career sketchiness to help build a rep he can now trade on while generally following the rules. I actually find Cal to be refreshing insofar that he treats the NCAA one and done situation like the joke that it is, and has built a brand that catered to NBA first rounders out of HS who want to have a fun gap year and learn hoops/travel around with other AAU all-stars. 

03/26/2018 - 9:24am This is a big deal

The fact that UM is ranked this year is a huge step for the program. I loved JP but there were clearly some hurdles that had to be overcome and it appears coach Conry has gotten them to another level early on. Lax recruiting starts really early compared to hoops and even football, so the long term effects of this on the talent coming into A^2 won't likely be seen tomorrow (though tbf I don't know what the status is of their upcoming classes) but their focus on D and smart play will keep them in a bunch of games with top opponents like MD which should make them that much more competitive in the meantime. 

03/24/2018 - 7:46pm Just bought tix for tomorrow!

Section 122. Any other UM folks going let me know where you will be!

03/24/2018 - 9:38am Barkley pick is CBB equivalent of the Corso curse

I want just one weekend with that guy in Vegas, I could get rich off of anti-Nostradamus’ picks

03/22/2018 - 1:30pm Also Lax...

Given the win at ND there is a decent chance for a tournament birth, which would help.

03/21/2018 - 10:24pm Thanks for the update !

That’s a great win.

03/19/2018 - 3:35am Finding out where UM fans sit (or does it matter)?

Not a huge hockey person but figure that I can take my 5 year old to his first UM game. My question, is there a way to figure out online where UM fans are sitting? It’s not obvious to me based on the ticket website. I’d call the UM office but am flying from Asia all day todayand am a bit concerned tix will be gone.

On that latter point, I can attest to the fandom of BU (and NEU) hockey fans and would be really surprised if Sat was not sold out (Sunday if BU or NEU lose I would imagine it would be easy to find tix if you take your chances).

02/12/2018 - 1:08pm Some thoughts (I'm a psychiatrist)

1) I wish him well and hope for his sake and that of others in his life, that he gets to the better place he cleary wants to go to

2) It's impossible to diagnose from afar. However the described behaviors from media and other reports are often seen in folks with bipolar illness. T

3) Causality and responsibility are tricky things in health (are you overweight because of your metabolism or actions you have chosen to make? The answer is yes) and are expecially true in mental health. Bipolar illness is real and can benefit from treatment. So can personality disorders and other conditions. Does that mean Manziel should not be held accountable for any actions that might have hurt himself if he meets criteria? Legal definitions aside, the answer for most of us is "of course not". However, it also means that there are potential explanations for his behavior that might elicit more sympathy from people, and help frame the concept of substance use and certain behaviors in general, which brings me to my main point:

3) Athletes are objects of our projection, not just affection. We use them as a way to express feelings we have about others including people we interact with including our family, friends, and co-workers. I mention this because in my experience people who "believe" Manziel's problem are at their root character flaws and not treatable illness tend to act the same towards people close to them (and towards themselves), which on balance I consider unhelpful to society because of the tremendous undertreatement of mental illness in the country. Whatever your feelings about Manziel, I hope that people can at least acknowledge the possibility of him having a treatable illness and that the many other people out there who might be having similar challenges can see in his case (and of the responses of those to it) support for seeking help. 

02/12/2018 - 11:42am Duplicate, delete


02/12/2018 - 11:41am Great write up!

As a former club player who knew JP, I was hoping for him to be able to fully take the team from a club to a DI success but understood that his time had run out. Given what I know about NCAA Lax it will take some additional groundwork (on the field and recruiting) to pay dividends in a couple of years. Hopefully Coach Conry will be able to pull that off.

I'll be back home in Philly on Saturday and hope to catch the game then. Looking forward to it!


02/12/2018 - 11:41am Great write up!

As a former club player who knew JP, I was hoping for him to be able to fully take the team from a club to a DI success but understood that his time had run out. Given what I know about NCAA Lax it will take some additional groundwork (on the field and recruiting) to pay dividends in a couple of years. Hopefully Coach Conry will be able to pull that off.

I'll be back home in Philly on Saturday and hope to catch the game then. Looking forward to it!


02/05/2018 - 12:03am So so proud of him

As a life-long Eagles fan and UM grad, I've never been so happy for someone as much as BG. He worked his a** off through major injuries, multiple defensive coordinators, and so much more (AFTER being on some **** UM teams) and deserves the moment as much as anyone.

02/04/2018 - 10:08pm bull****

McNabb, yes. Not BG. Once fans saw MSU hit they were stoked.

02/04/2018 - 8:29pm Gotta disagree

Brady is only clear player better on Pats (and so far that is debatable). 

Trenches aren't close by almost all ratings services.

B and B might still win it for the Pats but I would take rest of Eagles roster over Pats any day of the week.

01/29/2018 - 1:00pm Ok I laughed.

Don't forget the Unabomber (though we have to share him with Harvard and Berkeley)

01/28/2018 - 6:56am Depends on New AD I suppose

I would like to think that the decision of the new hire to retain vs remove/retire/whatever would not be influenced by their success but I kind of doubt it. With that in mind I do think that there will at least be a full investigation; something that has seemed to be a rare occurrence in EL the past few decades.

01/27/2018 - 12:00pm I am an A1 biased Eagles fan, but

Even when pricing that in my head says take the Birds with the points. To anyone who got in when the line was 6 I would say congrats. The Eagles could easily lose to TB12 and B.B. (we’ve all seen this movie before) but I don’t think the Pats have the talent this year to make it a blowout.

01/24/2018 - 1:47pm Want to lay odds on that?

I certainly think the Pats can win, but think anyone betting the Pats is going to get burned

01/21/2018 - 10:06pm Good lord

I’m from Philly so I’m sure I’m biased, but I’ve seen just as bad at Giants stadium, Oakland Colisseum, and even Foxboro/Fenway. Do I think the Eagles fans are in the bottom 1/3 of fanbases in the NFL? I could buy that. However people who bring up the Santa story and the Vet Judge etc are lazy and don’t know how to use Google.

01/10/2018 - 2:59pm That is a big loss

His family is a summer home up the road from my parents which made me read up on him over the years. Short version of what I found was that he was really really good at developing talent for an Oline that was a consistent strength for ND. Glad he has moved back to the nfl and can’t imagine this not having an impact in September

12/11/2017 - 12:54pm If you take out the 1997-98 UM season...

....being an Eagles fan the past 35 years has been quite similar to being a Michigan fan (at least in terms of actual performance)

12/10/2017 - 7:10pm About that Eagles winning thing.....

Wentz out. FML

Well, it was fun while it lasted

12/06/2017 - 11:46am As excited I was for Woodson

All I remember from the ceremony is looking at Randy Moss and thinking; I don't want to make that dude angry. That was some serious Matrix-y **** he was wearing.

12/04/2017 - 2:33pm My personal favorite

My brother in law who is a South Carolina grad told me this one:

Back in the 80s South Carolina played the other USC in a game notable in part for a sign the USC (Southern Cal) cheerleaders had which stated "Only our Trojans can cover your Cocks". 

They got suspended apparently.

12/02/2017 - 7:26pm It’s really amazing, isn’t it

I hope he made his homerism fellatio bonus this year.

12/02/2017 - 7:14pm Completely agree

In Athens now with the in laws (UGA profs) and people really liked Richt and are really happy for him at the U. Did it the “right “ way in SEC but change of scenery was really needed.

11/14/2017 - 7:35pm Eagles fan here

Per above, he really did not adjust to the NFL. The idea you can simply tire out defenses overlooked some pretty obvious things (predictability and the 53 man roster limiting substitutes on D, among others). He was also a terrible (terrible!) judge of talent in the draft. That being said, his system was and should still be a nightmare to coach against in college.

10/17/2017 - 1:34pm Really nice piece on Harbaugh’s son

Short but in some ways one of the most authentic-seeming portrayals of JH I’ve read. Highly recommended

10/07/2017 - 11:51pm Sure, that's it

and following your logic does that mean the president will lose (his job maybe?) for doing the same exact thing 2 weeks ago?

10/02/2017 - 8:46am Ditto

Growing up near Philly I was a PSU fan first and know a lot of folks who still are. The situation with Paterno is unique in that he was for all intents and purposes the founding father of Penn State. Students drew on his reputation and words to do a lot of good (dance marathon, etc) and those ethos are still alive. I remember hosting the Lion Ambassadors my senior year in A2 and thinking how friggin earnest they were. The Sandusky thing was really really hard for them to process and essentially broke them into one camp that was mostly alums and mgoblog types (informed, etc) who still believe in the ethos of PSU but who shun Paternos memory and others (rcmb or, ahem mlive types) who are essentially tribalists and refuse to believe anything bad about St Joe

09/19/2017 - 2:12pm Hockey......

I am at MGH in Boston and work with a lot of folks involved either directly or peripherally with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and CTE. The one-liner I have from them and reading is that epi studies (not to mention ones with neuropath results) are always going to be hard to use as definitive proof however the %'s of related illnesses in NFL players is so significant that it's hard to think it is not damaging to those folks at a minimum.

One tidbit I picked up from someone who does concussion protocols for a number of pro and college teams is that the hockey teams (at least around where I live) are far more "see no evil hear no evil" about concussions than the football teams and that there is as much if not more hesitancy amongst protocol folks to have their kids playing hockey because of that.

09/19/2017 - 8:51am Love the Boost shoes

Amazing support for walking and running

09/11/2017 - 11:30am Agreed

Graham has even more help (Cox, Barnett, Jamison, etc) and a DC who is a pin back the ears and let them loose kind of guy. This is going to be a lot of fun to watch. 

09/10/2017 - 10:58am Most OSU comments are reasonable

I'll admit I indulged in some "freude" and went over to 11W but tbh most of the comments were reasonable. For example most of the comments about the OU celebration were of the "don't like it, don't get your ass kicked" variety which is frankly how I feel about teams celebrating similar wins in A2.

08/21/2017 - 1:32pm My half-a**ed theory on PSU and Wisky

I feel like Harbaugh's coaching is kyptonite for PSU more than any other B1G team.

1) OSU- great coaching and talent, thus even when Harbaugh might gain an edge home field and/or specific talent mismatches (or the, ahem, refs) can overcome them

2) MSU- good/great coaching that is focused on UM approximately 350 days out of the year but with talent difference not likely to matter 

3) Wisky- good coaching, good system, and good talent means with home field (night game, etc) and UM mistakes can win not easily but not on a fluke either

4) PSU- this is where I think UM has huge coaching advantage. That's why I am bullish on the PSU away game more than any other save MSU. Looking at last year's game it wasn't just talent that killed them, it was scheme, unforced errors, and a lot more that is at least partly due to coaching. Good friends who are connected with the program consider Franklin a cheerleader at best with a good but not OSU/UM caliber assistants. While the white out home field will indeed give PSU a big advantage (as well as on talent) I would be shocked if any PSU win was more than a close one

08/08/2017 - 7:50am I think this is on topic fwiw

Future opponent counts right? Good link in any case

08/03/2017 - 5:43pm I was at this one and can confirm…

07/20/2017 - 1:39pm Eagles fan here. Big, big, fan of this hire

This is a really interesting hire. Gamble had a tremendous rep before he entered the complete charlie foxtrot that was the Eagle's FO during the thirty months war otherwise known as the Chip Kelly vs Howie Roseman saga, one that Roseman eventually won (Gamble was considered a "Chip" guy fwiw). While Gamble is an NFL legacy (which I tend to think is more of a bad than good thing) given his father's role in the Eagles, most respected beat writers thought he was really sharp and a loss when he left. Of course, the move back to SF was potentially to the one worse spot at the time, but still I think speaks to his good track record.

What does this mean for UM? My guess is that Gamble is on a 2ish year plan where he will immerse himself in the college game to get him back to an NFL FO. In the meantime, however, he will be a really strong asset. My guess would this would be less related to recruitment logistics and more about developing players (and perhaps coaches) for the NFL, which of course can only help with recruitment down the line. 

05/22/2017 - 4:01pm I so wanted to donate $27.24

....because that would be a valid amount.

However I settled on $32.23 since it was for a good cause.

05/19/2017 - 8:38pm High likelihood of 9 wins (osu/psu/wisky losses)

Since a push is most likely in my mind I'd take the homer over as it's low risk.

05/03/2017 - 1:18pm Ditto

I understand why the moves were made, but am sad for JP who I briefly played with (I guess that means I'm getting up there).  I hope that he finds another gig that makes him happy whether that is in coaching or admin (where he has experience and I think could do a great job) or something else.

04/26/2017 - 11:35am Cosign.

Besides the trolling worthy of the best ex-Sparty's, she is so breathtakingly limited in her abilities I cannot believe she is failing up so successfully.

For an organization with people like Danny Kannell, Steven A, and (formerly) Skip Bayless that is saying something.