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11/15/2018 - 12:53pm Since we are talking about…

Since we are talking about Charles Matthews, I will just mention that sweet fadeaway he hit consistently last night.  When is the last time a Michigan player could consistently hit that particular shot.  I can't remember.  I think Hardaway's jumper was different.

11/08/2018 - 6:33pm I remember the 2003 guys…

I remember the 2003 guys listed in the comments.  That was a good class.  But it was nothing like 2016 in numbers and consistency, now that we can see how the class has developed.  Maybe the class of 1995 is worthy of attention, if you can look it up.

11/08/2018 - 9:40am Need to develop the passing… Need to develop the passing attack. It is not good enough yet to win in the playoff. Let this be a three hour passing scrimmage.
10/23/2018 - 12:17pm I will be impressed if…

I will be impressed if Michigan can score 37 points against anybody away.  Not sure how the computer gets us there.

10/17/2018 - 12:24pm Can we never again mimic the…

Can we never again mimic the talking heads on ESPN (and other outlets) whose incisive analysis is who has more to gain, more to lose, etc.  These result in nonsensical discussions and push people away from the kind of analysis we get on Mgoblog.  That is why we like mgoblog.  Let's ask, "Brian, is this kind more important for Michigan or Michigan State, for Harbaugh or Dantonio, for Patterson or Lewerke, for Ann Arbor or East Lansing."'  What analysis could possibly come from that kind of question.  Sorry for the rant.

10/15/2018 - 2:55pm What if it weren't a…

What if it weren't a business trip, but something fun, as if Pete Carroll were coaching USC again.  I have to wonder if "business" trips lead to players playing tight.  Lighten up and kick their ass.

09/06/2018 - 10:26am Can we wait until the team…

Can we wait until the team wins a single game before such fantasies?

09/05/2018 - 6:15pm I have no tolerance for such…

I have no tolerance for such threads.  If they are by trolls, then I understand.  For actual wolverine fans, I suggest the following games should be watched and then compare, with emphasis on 2014:

1.  2008 Toledo

2.  2012 Nebraska

3.  2013 Kansas State

4.  2014 first Utah, then Minnesota, back to back

09/04/2018 - 12:13pm I will be curious to see the…

I will be curious to see the defense UFR.  Specifically, I was among those that complained about   1) Hill starting the game with one or more busts; and 2) Don Brown not realizing that man to man left the defense open to wide open spaces for QB running, like on 3rd and 18.  Watched the game again Sunday morning, and it looked to me like Don started in zone.  On one of the first plays Hill was expecting a safety behind him, and when that did not happen he ran after the receiver.  He looked lackadaisical, but if the play was in zone, he was not lackadaisical.  Brown then dropped the zone quickly, leading to the  QB runs against man coverage.  So the defensive failure was that they tried zone and it failed badly and quickly, and was discarded for a problematic man coverage.  Did anybody else see that?  Wondering if I am right or not.

08/25/2018 - 4:57pm Here’s an exercise for those…

Here’s an exercise for those more knowledgeable than I am.  What if the Steve Fisher scandal happened at OSU.  Would Fisher have been fired.  Think about what happened.  Now think about how the Board of Trustees would spin it.

08/24/2018 - 10:35pm What would happen if OSU has…

What would happen if OSU has a less than stellar year.  Would the fan base find their integrity suddenly and turn on Urban?

08/23/2018 - 3:50pm Here are my thoughts on…

Here are my thoughts on Urban.  I withheld all judgment until facts came out of the investigation.  On the B10 Network last night, I watched White, Smith, Drake and Urban.  Intent is a jury question.  If I am on a jury for Urban, I am nailing him all the way.  Every place he cut Zach Smith a break, or the committee cut Urban a break, I am seeing intentional, well planned conspiracy.  A conspiracy of Urban and Smith.  So yes, Urban reported this to the AD.  But then he and the AD participated in a cover up conspiracy, so that reporting was moot.  Every slip of memory is an obvious lie.  The failure to report beyond Smith, this many years after the Ray Rice incident, cannot be explained by lack of knowledge or understanding of domestic violence.  Didn't know to report it to compliance people?  Lie to the media?  Fail to tell OSU in 2012 about the events of 2009?  Gee, how can this all be explained?  Intentional coverup, all of it.  All of it.  No memory lapse from medication.  All a deliberate plan.  The committee result was shocking to me.  

 I am not calling for his firing.  But compare it to the New Orleans Saints head coach that was suspended a year.  Why not go that route.  The man did everything possible to leave Smith in place for years, until it was out of his hands.  Who did that affect?  Which OSU players?  What was his contact with RB Ezekiel Elliot?  What did the players know.  There was no acting with his heart not his head.  He acted with his head deliberately and carefully to accomplish a well planned coverup.  I cannot look at the people on the committee the same way ever again, including Clark Kellogg, who I otherwise like.

08/23/2018 - 3:50pm Here are my thoughts on…


08/23/2018 - 12:26pm A lot of talent, but a lot…

A lot of talent, but a lot of turnover also.  It is my own view that OSU will not be a top 5 team this year. More like top 10 or 15, still high level.

08/23/2018 - 11:10am I expect MSU to be our…

I expect MSU to be our toughest game this year.  OSU and PSU will drop off more than expected.  Wisconsin is at home.  Don't be fooled by 3-9.  MSU is always good now, and this year will be their best time in several years.  Expect a slugfest and a true test.

08/23/2018 - 11:07am How low is the floor of this…

How low is the floor of this year's OL really.  The 2016 line did not have Glasgow, and after Newsome went down, how good was that line?  Not good enough to punch it in from 1st and goal at the 1 yard line against FSU; not good enough to avoid a safety against Iowa or run out the clock against anybody, or get a first down in the 4th Q against OSU.   Is the floor of this year's OL really much lower than post-Newsome 2016?  Looking for feedback.

08/09/2018 - 2:27pm There were so many problems…

There were so many problems with the offensive line last year.  I was just watching the MSU game.  In the first half, I saw a DE run right around the RT, I think JBB, who seemed to be stuck in concrete.  Another play MSU rushed only four, but spread out to the far left and far right (no politics), and one of the four was a delay by a DB from the right.  I think the two right side rushers got right through untouched.  That is a mental or coaching breakdown.  Can we expect the mental stuff to be fixed at least?  By the way, O'Korn was not good, but not as bad as I remembered.  The whole team had problems that night.

08/06/2018 - 11:45am It was apparent Bush was…

It was apparent Bush was real when he chased down Saquon last year, but until the NFL combine I didn't fully understand what that meant.  As to Kiper, be aware that about 10 years ago he had Obi Ezeh high up on his draft board, at a time when people here at Mgoblog (can't remember who) wondered if someone else could be tried at that position.

08/03/2018 - 4:26pm I recall Ohio State's second…

I recall Ohio State's second touchdown last year, a guy streaking from around the tight end position (not sure who it was or his position) straight into the end zone, where he was all alone as the ball came his way for the easy catch.  Did Ohio State catch Don Brown sleeping on that kind of play?

07/31/2018 - 7:08pm Jim is on the hot seat if we…

Jim is on the hot seat if we lose to Notre Dame 31-0.  Short of that, no, not on hot seat.  I agree with the posts that say our enemies want him fired because he is good.  Tired of hearing about it even on the board.  Enjoy the season.  There are still weaknesses on the team, but anybody who watched 2014 Utah and Minnesota and then saw Jim turn those players (less Gardner and Funchess) into sort of an offensive machine and start winning right away will be forever grateful.  The rest is crap.

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


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


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