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12/20/2018 - 12:36pm I have zero problems with…

I have zero problems with Higdon, Bush, Gary or even Nick Bosa making a business decision. If they were my teammate, I'd be cool with it, I think. If the NCAA and the schools want to compensate them for playing in a bowl game fine. If they decide to punish them for not playing, that's bullshit.

The one thing I'd like to see is that bowl games don't count against the redshirt numbers. If Harbaugh said, "We're going to play 1) The people who are graduating/leaving who want to play, and 2) The people we expect to see on the field next year," I'd be super interested. You?

Then you can get a young guy into four games during the regular season, and work him into the rotation during the bowl practices, without his losing a season.

11/25/2018 - 3:12pm I was around for the twelve…

I was around for the twelve years John Cooper coached at OSU. This too shall pass. I hope UM doesn't mortgage its soul to make that happen.

Meanwhile, even including Saturday, this year was the most fun I've had watching UM play football since 2006, largely because of the defense that failed so spectacularly yesterday. If they pick themselves up and play well in the bowl game, I'm willing to call it progress and wait to see what happens next.

08/31/2018 - 10:15pm I believe what what the ND…

I believe what what the ND announcers do is “bollocks.”

I hope a promising season isn’t bollocksed up by bad OT play.

Pedantry, I know, but I’m a UM grad.

08/03/2018 - 7:21pm 4. No weight gains are the…

4. No weight gains are the result of natural growth processes. Teenagers stop growing when they leave high school.

07/23/2018 - 3:28pm If "waiting for admissions"…

If "waiting for admissions" is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, then I can't begrudge a person the desire to go to a great academic institution like Stanford.

Now, if he had flipped to Alabama or Michigan State...

Best of luck to him.

07/23/2018 - 12:49pm That is one skinny mofo for…

That is one skinny mofo for a tackle. Wow.

11/13/2017 - 1:33pm I was delighted

To see a tight end run up the seam and get a touchdown pass, especially if it keeps safeties honest in the run game going forward.

Plus, it seemed like Iowa would do that to Michigan a couple times a game when they played.

09/26/2017 - 7:23pm Any idea where I can get one of those flags?

Born in London, Ontario, UM 1978.

My dad knew a few kids from Saskatoon who played hockey for Michigan in the late forties, but I went there for the academics.


09/05/2017 - 1:09pm Personally...

I don't want to see a 63 yard field goal. Or a twenty yarder, either.

I want touchdowns and leads so big you can pooch kick with confidence.

Still, if, at the end of the OSU game, it's tied and he nails up a 45 yarder, I'll be okay with it.

08/04/2017 - 4:02pm That Brady kid...

...throws a pretty nice ball, eh?

Also, if you want smooth:

07/26/2017 - 6:45pm Iowa City

Has similar issues, at lower prices.

One of the things that grinds my gears is that here, the developers (who like everybody else would be Democrats, but our city elections are "non-partisan") also ask for tax abatements and so on when they build the dense housing that costs a quarter million and up for a moderately sized condo. And then, amazingly, there isn't enough money to build a transit system for moderate and low income people living in affordable housing farther from city center. (We don't have bus service on Sundays, for example.)

I don't have a degree in urban planning, so I'll just say that stinks.

We've owned a nice house close to downtown for twenty or so years, so I'm one of the ones who will probably benefit from all this. Still...

By the way, who are the people who want to move the students farther away from the football field and the basketball court?

07/24/2017 - 6:20pm Beau Benzschawel

I watched a bit of a Wisconsin game last year, and then looked up #66's name. You're right, he's the paradigm of a Wisky OL, and he can be fun to watch, if you like OL play.


07/11/2017 - 6:02pm I was a freshman...

I went to this game, and never saw a reason to go to another until I could afford really good seats. I still don't think I've attended a UM game that could top it.

Slade was in my German class. He was so beat up on Monday, he practically crawled into the classroom. That's what I remember best about UM/OSU.

06/23/2017 - 4:42pm My guess is that Los Lobos had a point to make

My speculation at the time was that Los Lobos invited them along on the tour to remind people that they weren't a pop band.

Plus, at that particular moment, Fishbone was a world class live band. They may still be. In the mid-80s, they were absolutely smoking.

It would be weird for Hancher to ask someone to avoid profanity, especially a comedian, but if that's what happened with MacDonald, then you are correct, it's not the same. Thanks for the information.

Gary Barta still needs to go.

06/22/2017 - 6:06pm Norm MacDonald and Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City

Los Lobos came through Iowa City in the mid-eighties when La Bamba was still #1. Fishbone opened for them. This African American punk, with a blond mohawk and silver-headed cane, came pogoing out on stage and the first words out of his mouth were "Let's party, motherfuckers!"

The yuppie dads who had brought their tween daughters to hear Los Lobos dragged their kids up the aisle and out. The people who remained danced their asses off.

Ann Arbor > Iowa City. And I love Iowa City.

As for Norm MacDonald, I've never found him all that funny, so I didn't go. I expect that three quarters (the younsters) of the audience stayed, and laughed their asses off.

But what's really obscene is the way the Iowa Athletic Department treats women, employees, athletes, and ordinary students.

05/31/2017 - 5:55pm "Pearson is now the only person you know who worked..."

Red Berenson was born and raised in Regina. A bunch of Wolverines came from Sasketchewan from the late forties to the early sixties.

My people are from Saskatoon, where Mike Babcock grew up. According to family lore, my grandfather, who ran a sporting goods store (Birney's Hardware) gave Gordie Howe his first pair of real skates. (Howe's autobiography says he bought them.) People of my dad's generation from Saskatoon are often Wings fans because of Howe and because of a few other guys who wound up in Detroit. 

My Dad worked in the ball mill in Flin Flon before he enlisted in the RCAF in WWII. He's dead now, but I'm pretty sure a couple of uncles and cousins did too, one time or another.

I didn't know most of this until after I graduated from UM, which made it all the more gratifying to find out.

11/27/2016 - 12:17pm Worst Call of All Time

For this Michigan fan, the worst call of all time was Charles White's phantom TD in the 1979 Rose Bowl, which went a long way toward denying Bo a national championship.

Not that that helps my mood at all.


06/05/2015 - 2:09pm In no particular order

06/05/2015 - 2:05pm I don't know what happened. Please delete.

06/05/2015 - 2:05pm I don't know what happened. Please delete.

05/14/2015 - 1:45pm If it helps the players have a better experience, do it.

Between my sophomore and junior years of HS we got a new fb coach. The only thing that didn't change for the better was that the new guy got rid of helmet stars for outstanding plays,

individual or team.

I'll bet a dollar the players would vote for them if we asked them. They're the ones getting hit in the helmets, so...

04/24/2015 - 5:56pm Supposedly in Brooklyn somewhere theres this one:

Hey 2C! We can hear you fucking!


12/20/2014 - 2:56pm Mattison staying would be nice...

Michigan people like good linebacker play, yes?

12/20/2014 - 2:56pm Mattison staying would be nice...

Michigan people like good linebacker play, yes?

11/12/2014 - 7:34am Screw the NCAA

UNC should have its accreditation suspended.

11/12/2014 - 7:30am The AD Budget

At most schools, the athletic department takes money from the academic side, usually in the form of mandatory fees. Michigan is one of a tiny number of universities that isn't diverting money from its core mission, education and research, to fund entertainment. (It always surprises students at Iowa when I show them the budgets when the AD doesn't break even and they realize their tuition subsidizes Ferentz's salary.)

The AD gives nothing to the university directly, unless you count the scholarhip tuition payments, which may or may not cover the cost of instruction.

The research is mixed on the topic, but a world-class nationally prominent educational institution like Michigan will usually have no trouble raising funds from, for example, business, law and medical school alums. AD donors, in general, with spectacular exceptions, don't give to the general fund--they may sign on for a capital initiative, but usually their money stays in the AD. (Think for a moment: what universities have the largest endowments?)

In terms of recruiting high-end academic students, especially grad students, or world class faculty, the football team means nothing at all. (An anecdote: I was recruited to play football by the Ivy League and Indiana. I decided to go to UM for academic reasons. The first time I saw the Michigan helmet was the 1970 OSU game on television. That's when I realized UM was good at football.)

Schlissel has no control over how much or how little the AD emphasizes football. All he can control is whether or not the academic side cuts corners on athletes. I don't think UM is UNC, and I don't believe that UM is worse than Stanford in this regard, Harbaugh notwithstanding.

The only thing that he can do to piss people who are fans of Michigan sports, but not the school as a whole, is take his time with the AD hire. I love Michigan football because I love the university as a whole, not the other way around.

I say let him do his job.

11/11/2014 - 12:00pm What you mean is "envy."

It's a losing battle, I know, but I have a Michigan degree and it's worth something.

11/11/2014 - 11:47am His number one goal

Idealistically: maintaining a university that--for its teaching and research--ranks in the top 20 in the world.

Pragmatically: maintaining a national research university in a time of declining state revenues and increasing costs without pricing it out of the reach of ordinary students.

Personally: Looking at people's investment in athletics to the exclusion of other things and wondering why those people are so crazy, and how to keep them from screwing up numbers one and two.

My belief is this: He'll take his time, and hires an AD who will take his (her?) time, and Hoke is with us next year. I think a lot of people will dislike that, but in my experience, that's how guys like that operate.

And no matter what the pace--quick or slow--if the AD screws it up, that person is toast. If they get it right, they're the second coming of Don Canham.

11/08/2014 - 8:12pm I think he's gone.

I think we miss Mattison more than we like the new guy, at least for a while.

11/05/2014 - 12:29pm Bob Knight used to say it too

He meant that if you know where to go before your opponent does, you'll usually get there first.

Think Kovacs, who was an outlier.

11/03/2014 - 3:38pm We stand in the cold...

...they have surgery. And they know that fans will turn on them in a heartbeat. (Fans call athletes "gutless" and "stupid" and say "they don't care," all the time. Even UM fans.) So let them have their say.

I can live with "muggles." I've been called worse. Anyway, Hermione and Harry are muggles.

Seriously, the experiences of the athletes in a Division I revenue sport are nothing like ours as students or fans. 

That's the problem, by the way, not the opinions addressed.

11/03/2014 - 3:37pm We stand in the cold...

...they have surgery. And they know that fans will turn on them in a heartbeat. (Fans call athletes "gutless" and "stupid" and say "they don't care," all the time. Even UM fans.) So let them have their say.

I can live with "muggles." I've been called worse. Anyway, Hermione and Harry are muggles.

Seriously, the experiences of the athletes in a Division I revenue sport are nothing like ours as students or fans. 

That's the problem, by the way, not the opinions addressed.

11/03/2014 - 3:30pm I had no problem doing it

...when it was Jim Tressel. (Not Mott, but the tOSU hospital.)

10/20/2014 - 6:05pm I agree.

First Brandon goes. If the new guy comes in with a plan and wants to pull the trigger right away, fine. But if she/he doesn't, I'm okay with waiting a year, and letting the new AD do due diligence on the entire athletic department, and then making the change.

If the new person came in and said, "Big Ten Championship or gone," I think that'd be okay, even if some people would spend the year conflicted.

Michigan didn't become what it is in a year. It also didn't piss it away in a year. It's going to take years.

10/13/2014 - 1:37pm Damn right, I'm proud too.

In 1974 or 1975, I took an undergraduate poetry seminar with Joseph Brodsky, who won a Nobel in literature in 1987. Carl Proffer of the Slavics department was a major supporter of Brodsky's when the Soviets exiled him.

I can't say, "only Michigan," but the number of universities that could have done that is tiny, and, at that point, the number that would have was smaller. Interestingly, when Brodsky was named poet-in-residence at UM, only Robert Frost had had the same title before. Brodsky was proud as hell of that.

"I had a feeling I was witnessing the future. And now, more than 20 years later, Nakamura has rightly earned his Nobel Prize. I was a witness to this due to my attending the University of Michigan. Damn right, I'm proud to be a Michigan Wolverine."

02/11/2014 - 6:32pm To answer the question in the letter...

In 1986, I saw Iowa beat MSU 82-71 from the ninth row in Hawkeye Carver. (I was a grad student and Wolverine fan, but I love Big 10 hoops. The section I was in was all law, medical and grad students because we were around more than four years and had great priority.) Scott Skiles had been arrested several times by then, and people were all over Jud Heathcote for letting him play. (Skiles himself said he'd have tossed a player that did what he did.)

The Iowa fans showed up with baggies of baking soda and oregano, and shook them at him every chance they got. The game was not as close as the score and was out of reach for MSU with about 10 minutes or so left in the second half.

With about four minutes left, one of the guys in front of me watched Skiles bust his ass to get back on defense, turned to the person next to him and said, "You can say what you like about that kid, he doesn't give up. He plays hard every second."

That seems about right to me.

01/30/2014 - 5:42pm If he's really for MSU, and his parents are for UM...

He should go to MSU. We should then shut up, except for the coaches teaching the OL recruits how to beat the shit out of him. Maybe he doesn't think he can hack the academics, which is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Have a little confidence--it's not so much that it's warranted, it's that it's less stressful.

01/09/2014 - 12:25pm He may not have had much to do with it...

Since he didn't recruit all these guys, but if he can create conditions for something like this to happen with the Michigan offense:…, I'll end my fandom happy.

The 2012 'Bama offensive line was one of the most fun units to watch I've ever seen, except that one game.

12/18/2013 - 12:09am The most heartbreaking moment in my fandom?


Losing games sucks. Losing your values? Sucks worse.

12/17/2013 - 8:42am Gotta like a kid

Whose final two are the two best public universities in the country, in terms of academics.

Good luck to him, no matter what.

12/10/2013 - 3:19pm Tampa 2

To #19: I think both teams should be required to play Tampa 2 defense the entire time.

12/10/2013 - 1:19pm Question

Does anybody know what he's saying/singing?

12/02/2013 - 10:02pm So you fire the coaches you hate...

And Jackson retires, what happens to the offensive recruits that haven't signed yet?

What happens to the other recruits?

Remember that when you fire a coach, if he's a good recruiter, you're probably firing a couple of his recruits as well.

If Jackson retires, it'll happen after signing day.

I'm no fan of Funk and Borges at this point. But I am a fan of the kids they're bringing in, and I'm willing to wait a year to see how it works out. Meanwhile the thing we loved about Hoke at first was his intense loyalty--to Michigan and his guys. Expecting him to become mercenary at this point in his life is delusional.

He can live with going for two and losing. He can also live with trusting Borges and losing. I don't think you can have the one without the other.

I think Space Coyote is making the most sense here, I really do. But then I'm old and I've learned a thing or two about patience along the way. It's not that I know that things will work out. It's that I know that we're a beat or two away from being able to tell for sure.

BTW, I have this feeling that Mike Hart will be able to make kids see Michigan in a positive light, in due time.

09/22/2013 - 12:30pm Cool with me (Delete this, please, if necessary)

If you need that affirmation.

09/22/2013 - 12:25pm This is actually responsive to the OP

And makes sense. Thanks.

09/22/2013 - 10:43am Is this why...

Gardner couldn't beat out Denard?

09/20/2013 - 1:50pm Further West in Iowa

KCRG (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City) says on their site UM/Conn. ZapTV's listings haven't changed from KSU/sTX.

09/09/2013 - 2:30pm Anyone else notice that "Drew Sharp"

Is the name of the kid gunned down by Todd during the train heist in Breaking Bad?

Is like Vince Gilligan reads this blog or something.

09/08/2013 - 6:58pm His Facebook page says...

that one of the things he values in life is "being a father." Nice example for his kids, eh?

I wonder what he'd say if a Notre Dame player did what he advises to his son?

09/08/2013 - 1:33am Screw what I think...

What do the players think? Gardner talked like he was happy about it. If so, that's enough for me.