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04/02/2018 - 7:46pm At the dentist

Predict Michigan wins tonight due to Improbability Drive

04/02/2018 - 6:18pm delete

04/02/2018 - 5:15pm compare 2017

BTT- Michigan beat Wisconsin 71-56

NCAA tournament, a week later, (8) Wisconsin beat (1) Villanova by 3 in the round of 32.

04/02/2018 - 3:47pm Question on the BTT

The statistics at the top here say we did not shoot particularly well in the BTT (34%), i.e. not much better than the crappy shooting in this tournament (31%, although the NCAA tournament stats were worse in games other than Texas A&M, so perhaps that is the answer to the question).  So how did we win every game but Iowa in dominating fashion?  We took out MSU and Purdue (full strength), a 2 and 3 seed, and those games were not close.  With only average 3 point shooting.  What does that mean.

04/02/2018 - 1:13pm check the math for the BTT

My $5 calculator says the calculation for the BTT is wrong.  Is it the percentage calculation or the inputs.

02/22/2018 - 4:55pm error

error

02/22/2018 - 4:54pm what's wrong with a 6 seed

Why not be a 6 seed.  You postpone day of reckoning with a 1 seed, and for that you play a slightly better seed in the 1st two rounds.  So what.  Unless Michigan will be a 2 or 3 seed (unlikely) a 6 seed is not only fine but in my view preferred to a 4 or 5.  Let the team get their sea legs under them in the first weekend and delay the 1 seed until the regional final, when they will paint their masterpiece.

02/07/2018 - 9:44pm surprise that the offense is the problem.

Would help if the PG could hit the open 3s the opponents give him.  Maybe it will happen this year and the offense will catch fire.

01/23/2018 - 4:57pm Threw a football around the Law Quad in 1982 once

It is not accurate to say that Brady is not athletic.  Consider not just the very quick, accurate throws.  Also consider the many clutch throws that win these games against the best defenses (Seattle, 2014, this Jaguars team, and don't forget what I think is Brady's best game: the losing effort against the 2015 Broncos in the AFC championship game).  Nobody is open, he waits and waits with the rush closing in, then steps up and if he has time he extends like a pitcher with long legs and long arms and with all those limbs extending he hurls the ball throw space on a rope like a boulder hurled by a medieval contraption.  I suspect none of us realize how hard that ball is travelling, and with accuracy, but I can say no other QB extends like that.  That is an athlete.  His hard and accurate throws were apparent in his first start, the losing effort against ND in 1998.  The wife (material) and I knew that the new QB was something special during that game.  (Like others, we did not know then how far it would go).  Athleticism for a QB is not running a 40.  Brady has the ability to get the ball to a high velocity that is rare and with accuracy that is also rare.  He is not naturally talented at some things the way Aaron Rodgers is.  But what he does well he does in an unparalleled way.

01/09/2018 - 8:56am serious question on steroid use at Alabama

The Alabama  defense is both big and fast, and has been for a long time.  I only watched the second half of last night's game .  #48 threw a punch at a Georgia player on a kickoff, then erupted on his own sideline.  Later in the game he made a one arm tackle on a kickoff return.  From a distance it looked like a facemask, but it was actually just an arm on the upper body of the runner.  I have never seen anything like that in college or NFL.  Couuld this guy be clean?  

09/03/2017 - 3:22pm Wife agrees

The problem with Speight is mental. He will never be great, but he should be good.

04/29/2017 - 10:28pm chesson is the clearest candidate

Before Harbaugh, I did not think he would crack the startng lineup, unless it.was for his blocking (see Notre Dame 2013).

04/13/2017 - 5:15pm Check out the 2007 class

Not a good recruiting example. More of a recruiting disaster that hampered the Richrod years. Some good players; a lot that didn't pan out or left. This example shows the limits of recruiting rankings.

03/17/2017 - 3:50pm reminds me of

I only watched the play by play line, i.e. no live action, but this had the feel of the 1990 Loyola Marymount game (for those who can remember).  Except in that one LM also hit all the threes.  Also LM won by a lot.

07/20/2016 - 2:44pm I never post

I never post, but if I did it would be to upvote our fine student athletes.  What a fine thing to do over the summer.

04/28/2016 - 7:38am not a success at UA

My son overlapped Richrod at UA for two seasons.  Was very excited about Richrod, thought he fit with UA perfectly.  The bloom has now worn off and he says he and others find Richrod a big disappointment.  Usual complaints, defense,etc.

04/14/2016 - 10:40pm History

Grew up in Philly (Lower Merion HS, other grads are Kobe Bryant and McLovin).  I was in 11th grade the year before Springsteen exploded with the Born to Run album.  (Kids, an album is .  . Ok).  In Philly, Bruce was everywhere a full year before that, while unknown nationally.  He was constantly on FM radio.  WMMR, etc.  All the songs from the first two albums. He would frequently play at the Tower theatre (2000 seats) but I never went.   The songs were hard to hear, as the songs were high in emotion but not high in melody.  One day I heard "For You" for the hundredth time, and I finally could hear it.

When he exploded one year later, I realized I missed the old piano player and the old dynamic arrangements (that was a thing back then), and I didn't care for the Born to Run album.  For me, there will never be anything like The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle.  Kitty's Back, Rosalita, Sandy (the latter had to be listened to on the boardwalk at Atlantic City before gambling), Incident on 57th street, and the late night song at the end.  There was nothing like it, to this day, even by the Boss.  Wanted you to know.

03/12/2016 - 1:28am i can't let this stand. Neg away.

The Weathermen and some others were totalitarian, not anything good.  They were only  good in the mindless mythology of certain people of that time.  Will you ever wake up. Advance apology.  Had 1 1/2 margaritas at Maria's in Santa Fe.  Should have had one more to ignore this guy.  Just can't walk away, probably bec at one time I shared this view.

03/07/2016 - 6:00pm Thanks for posting the vote tallies

I did not realize that Woodson won in a blowout.  It was not even close..  Manning failed to win anything but the South, and failed to even place 2d in the West.  We all know the reason, that Woodson performed in clutch situations and Manning did not.  We all know of events after the vote, like is epic fail against Nebraska followed by epic failures year after year in the NFL playoffs (other than one Super Bowl victory.  The recent Super Bowl victory we all know was not earned by Manning).  In other words, the aim was true for the 1997 Heisman voters.

02/08/2016 - 9:43am Also agree

But the breakdowns I see are correctable brain farts, like where a player doubles the man  with the ball and loses track of his own man, even when his own man is shooting lights out .  Or misplays a screen.  Be patient, they will improve on defense.  Despite my agreement with the RR comparison,  I am more worried about lack of offense with this team.  Levert's return won't change anything overnight.  Frustrating, as the sophs had so much playing time last year i thought they would play in a more heady way now.

01/04/2016 - 8:46pm stretching

Did Rosenberg identify the specific weeks where too much stretching occurred?  Was it during class time, or in the summer.  Did he ask his sources about their summer schedule?

01/04/2016 - 8:39pm I don't like anything about

I don't like anything about your comment.  Keep it to yourself.

12/23/2015 - 1:17pm Evenyoubrutus is correct

I recall the story when we hired Shafer in 2008.  He had just finished the 2007 season at Stanford, and there was a story about Harbaugh finding him by looking at statistics of Shafer's time at WMU.  Harbaugh did not just hire someone he already knew.  One would hope that after identifying Don Brown, Harbaugh was pleased with what he learned about the specifics of his personality, coaching style, etc., and didn't just go for the statistics.

11/25/2015 - 11:08am Trouble

there have been a few plays this year by Willie Henry showing lack of judgment. Don't want to see a replay of the 3rd down penalty against Crable, 2006.

11/09/2015 - 11:38am Jew lawyer here

-covering up the concrete is not admissible for purposes of fault, but some people will know about it anyway

-I have no opinion on Reggie Bush, but when watching the Denver game yesterday, I reacted to the Talib eyepoke with the thought that it was a criminal act.  If there were physical damages, I would consider a civil claim.  The laws of each state are different, and there are various exceptions, not to mention contract clauses, that will protect defendants in these situations, so I have no idea if a civil claim would succeed.  Just my own thought that it was a criminal act.  Nothing about the violence of the game justified what he did.  I would also suspend him for multiple games.  But that is just me, a Jew lawyer.

-as far as the Jew lawyer comment, regardless of the "pro-Semitic" concept that having one would guarantee success, I was insulted on a Monday morning, thank you very  much.  There was no /s, and I have never heard of that show, because I am old.  Consider your viewers when you broadcast this kind of thing.  Jew lawyer, Lower Merion class of '77, JD '85, living in New Mexico since '88.  My whole family has 1 or 2 UM degrees.  Some of us are Jewish and some are not.  We know how to kid around successfully, and this post would tick us all off.  Do I have to keep going?

10/14/2015 - 9:48am keith jackson

Referred from time to time to the Wolves

10/13/2015 - 7:21am hasselbeck

Tim

10/09/2015 - 6:37pm It is true that Renes came on

It is true that Renes came on with each additional year, to the point he was a monster against Alabama (at least that is the way I remember it, including one play that somehow was deleted from the Alabama game film.  I am sure that is why I can't find it.)

10/09/2015 - 6:33pm I appreciate your taking the

I appreciate your taking the time to reply, and this helps me understand the grades.  Now I have to take up the grading system,

10/09/2015 - 1:39pm couldn't agree more

There is no comment beyond the subject as nothing more is needed

10/09/2015 - 1:13pm what?

Did you actually see the 1997 defense?  Those grades are way too low.  I also agree with the comment that Biggs was better than your grade.  I was so stunned by the 97 grades I couldn't read any further.  Back to work.  And don't forget Ian Gold was on the 97 team, and actually played.

09/24/2015 - 12:15pm 1995

The article said the campus visit was January 1996, but it had to be 1995.  I also see no mention of Lloyd Carr.  I have often wondered about the success of the 1997-99 seasons, and how much of that was due to Carr and how much to Gary Moeller, especially with recruiting.  Chalk this one up to Moeller.

09/16/2015 - 11:26am perspective

How does this team compare to the one that beat Indiana last year.  Was that 34-10?  Where did that get us.  As someone who tried to explain away last year's drubbing by Notre Dame, I now just enjoy when the team plays well.  Having a top line is great, but not enough by itself.  Our super defensive line in 2006 (1-1-2007) did not help stop the pass in the second half against USC.  The line only can do so much.

09/09/2015 - 2:56pm What about Wisconsin's championship game bounce

So does this mean Wisconsin did not benefit from a championship game bounce with Mr. Simpson?

09/04/2015 - 11:55am reality check

Remember all the scoring in the spring game?  No, because the offense in the spring game was terrible.  The only change is a new quarterback with virtually no time to learn the system and work with the receivers.  There has been a lot of improvement since the spring game.  Expectations should be managed.  Offensive line and running backs were weaker than expected, receivers were stronger, QB was very good on many throws, but with 6-7 serious problem plays mixed in.  The problem with this offense is not the QB.  It is the running game.  It will improve.  (I also said this after 2014 Notre Dame).

05/13/2015 - 12:48am Tonight's the Night, Neil

Tonight's the Night, Neil Young

Tears of Rage, Dylan

Who by Numbers  

New York City Serenade

01/17/2015 - 9:18am Do you remember

that the Rodriguez staff had multiple guys with coordinating experience?  I don't recall that helping, and I bet people forgot because it was useless.  Also, the 2008 DC was the DC for that amazing Stanford team that knocked off USC in 2007, also something that didn't help us much.  And while I appreciate Jim Harbaugh's coaching tree (he has one), he hired said DC not by evaluating film or  but by looking at statistical improvement.  When we stole his guy, it didn't help.  (Commence argument about whose fault it was that the defense performed below expectations in 2008 - and of course that turned out to be the high water mark in defense in the RR years).  I am as excited as anyone, but I suggest that we can be enthusiastic without talking like we have already kicked ass.

12/19/2014 - 11:32pm bullets

-cowherd is very ratings oriented

-he sees midwest college football recruiting as challenged due to weather

-he has strongly promoted Rosenberg, of course without mentioning stretchgate

-he is not always wrong.  But he strives to have strong opinions, probably for.ratings

12/12/2014 - 4:37pm you haven't raised the right question, Mr. Denver

With all the Buckeye position advantages against a team with a losing record and an awful head coach, how was this game tied late in the 3rd Q, 1 week before your 59-0 game.  Huh?  Answer that for me.  Mr. Santa Fe

12/12/2014 - 12:25pm More to the picture than meets the eye

I saw the Boston show of that tour in fall, 1978.  The second hand smoke made it seem better at the time than it was in retrospect.

12/06/2014 - 8:33am what an unpleasant group you are.

I shouldn't be in any group that has you as a member.  

12/06/2014 - 8:17am chicks

Do you use the term chicks just behind their backs, or directly to them.  Just curious .  I have been fighting this 1960s hippie derived misogyny for 35 years (born in late 50s).  You can keep keep it to yourself.  It is neither politics nor gender.  Call it manners.

12/04/2014 - 12:25pm the last time I heard 'you will like it a lot'

When Borges was fired, Herbstreit said Michigan fans will like the next hire a lot, i.e. Nuss.  I did like it a lot, until the season started.

12/03/2014 - 9:03pm two issues

1.  UM does not want to interfere with Harbaugh's contract.  This is separate from internal NFL rules on tampering.

2.  UM must compete with NFL teams that can offer draft picks.  We must offer cash to the 49ers, plus pay Harbaugh's salary.  49ers won't pay his salary whether he comes here or stays in NFL. 

This is a great idea.  Compete directly with the NFL.

10/23/2014 - 11:03am Prediction of victory

-I have been too optimistic each year since 2007

-I am almost always wrong

-but, given that people on this blog are trying to pretend there is no game on Saturday because of the monstrous beatdown we all expect, it has come to my attention that there is only one realistic outcome: victory.  That is my prediction.

10/05/2014 - 11:54pm Speaking of defensive coaching

In the second half, I knew each time Rutgers lined up a cluster of three receivers that our secondary would get flummoxed, and screw it up, and they did.  The only surprise was why Friedgen didn't do it more.  When he did it, I thought to myself, our guys are not trained well enough in the basics to play this right.  What is wrong with the defensive coaching where Friedgen could predict they are not well trained.

10/05/2014 - 5:01pm Unrelated point on Coaching search

Saw Dan Mullen on Sports Center talking to his team after yesterday's victory.  Talked about domination on every play.  Nothiing wrong with that kind of intensity/passion.  Perhaps every coach shares that but I am taking notice because of this year's success at MSU (NTMSU).

09/24/2014 - 7:43pm the 2001 defense

the 2001 defense was not good.  It was just better than 2000.  2000 was a big drop off from 1999 when all the 1997 sophomores finished their eligibility.  Current defense should be much better than 2001, which gave up 45 points to Tennessee, lost to a mediocre OSU team, etc.

09/22/2014 - 2:26pm I agree with the comparison to 2008

What does this offense do that is better than the tire fire in 2008 when we had lost Henne, Hart, Long, Manningham, Arrington, etc.  We had Threet-Sheridan, plus played freshman running backs instead of Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown, receivers may have been Stonum and Mathews.  Won three games.  Was a bad offense.  How is this 2014 offense any better than the 2008 disaster of an offense.

09/22/2014 - 10:22am Gardner may start

Gardner may start but is no longer the #1 QB.  Morris should play in the first half if a change is needed.  BUT why do people think Morris showed much in the bowl game.  I was there.  We knew it would not go well, and it didn't go well.  H e is older, so that performance may be irrelevant, but don't rely on it to make Morris the starter right now.