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07/18/2018 - 8:51pm There is literally nothing…

There is literally nothing you can shame about that man. Five Super Bowl rings, greatest QB of all time, more money than he could spend in 10 lifetimes, and married to a supermodel.

07/18/2018 - 1:57pm Raises for Yaklich too, I…

Raises for Yaklich too, I hope.

07/17/2018 - 9:01pm Yep. No app is kind of…

Yep. No app is kind of frustrating. The site is definitely not mobile friendly. 

I mean it’s not a big deal. Brian and Co. give us this site and content for free so they don’t owe us anything, but if my personal feedback is of any consequence, we need a mobile app again. I’m sure it’s not an issue of money, but I would more than happily donate $ to that cause if it were.

07/17/2018 - 12:20pm Nope. Never considered it. I…

Nope. Never considered it. I'm not going to make fun of someone who does, but cars are nothing more to me than tools that help get me from Point A to Point B. 

I like the cars I drive, but I by no means hold any emotional attachment to them, or give them names. 

07/16/2018 - 10:03pm Woke up the wife and the…

Woke up the wife and the dogs for this one with how much I was jumping and screaming.

Didn’t even care.

07/16/2018 - 8:00pm Pizza. Most any food day…

Pizza. Most any food day after day gets pretty dull, but pizza seems to not be the case. Or at least it takes a lot longer for it to be dull.

Pizza can come in a lot of varieties so that at least helps spice things up. Give me Lou Manalti’s pizza from Chicago and Lazzara’s Pizza From NYC and I’m a happy, happy man.

07/16/2018 - 7:51pm Brohm will be able to do far…

Brohm will be able to do far better than Louisville if he has Purdue continuing on an upward trajectory. If he has an 8-9 win season and maybe scores a big win over Wisconsin (its at home, certainly possible) he’ll be able to get the best job available next season. And I think there will be a better job available.

07/16/2018 - 7:43pm Meyer isn’t going to Notre…

Meyer isn’t going to Notre Dame unless he feels a personal calling to do so. There is literally nothing ND can offer that OSU can’t. 

I think he’s more likely to be tempted by the NFL than by ND, and I think even the NFL is a long shot.

07/16/2018 - 6:47pm I didn’t think about Orgeron…

I didn’t think about Orgeron for whatever reason. I still can’t believe LSU preferred him over going balls to the wall for Tom Herman. He’s Cajun Brady Hoke and is considerably less ethical.

07/16/2018 - 3:03pm I personally hate ice cream…

I personally hate ice cream cake, but to each their own. In no particular order:

1) Pizza

2) Steak

3) Most any breakfast item that is not a pancake. 

4) Short Ribs made in the Dutch Oven

5) Hummus

Honorable mention: BTB chimichangas, Cuban Sandwiches (it's got to come from FL, the crap you get in any other state is not the same), Goat Cheese Fritters, Gyros, anything with curry

07/16/2018 - 1:01pm I've never had an inherent…

I've never had an inherent problem with paying players. Universities make millions off of these guys so they should deserve a piece of the pie. My thoughts/questions behind it, though, are:

1) How do you differentiate what you pay your star QB vs. paying the back-up long snapper? I get that one player is clearly more important to the success of the team than the other, but do you just have the tough talk with the long snapper and tell him he's not getting paid as much? I can see how paying everyone equally would create problems as well. 

2) What about walk-ons? How do you handle paying them? Are they paid at all? 

3) Assuming everyone is paid according to the value they contribute to the team's success, how do you measure that value? And then how are you compensating players in non-revenue sports? Even if their sport generates no national buzz and no revenue for the school, does it mean they bust their ass any less in women's field hockey than they do in football? 

4) Lastly, I would hope that the receipt of these funds is contingent on attaining a certain GPA. Maybe make the GPA subjective to the major the athlete is studying (maybe you need to attain a 3.7 in General Studies but only a 3.0 in Engineering). Also, I would hope there is some kind of incentive for receiving additional funds if you stay through to graduation. What that would look like, I don't know. But you might as well try to incorporate SOME kind of incentive for these kids to stay in school. For your top-10 draft picks, I doubt it will make any difference to them. But it may make some difference to kids who are on the fence about leaving. 

07/15/2018 - 9:09pm Meh. Aside from the Quickie…

Meh. Aside from the Quickie Sauce, I never really cared for them. Went there maybe 2-3 times when I was in undergrad. They weren’t bad by any stretch, but they definitely weren’t my first choice.

If you’re stumbling down that way for late night food, BTB and Mr. Spots are far better options to begin with.

07/15/2018 - 11:12am Go Croatia. Beat those…

Go Croatia. Beat those cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

07/15/2018 - 11:11am He has a much easier path to…

He has a much easier path to the court immediately if he goes to OSU. He has to wait his turn or share minutes here. He can go to OSU and be “the guy” right now. I’m guessing Holtmann told him he’ll build his team around him. Beilein already has a team built to contend right now. Carton would be a big piece of that, for sure. But he wouldn’t be THE piece. I don’t blame him for making the decision he did.

Getting him would’ve been great, but Beilein will keep winning regardless of the amount of stars next to the names of the recruits he brings in. Not worried.

07/14/2018 - 9:07pm You mean a top CA kid who…

You mean a top CA kid who lives right in USC’s backyard doesn’t want to leave LA? Much less come to the other side of the country?

Color me shocked.

07/14/2018 - 5:27pm Minus the World Cup and…

Minus the World Cup and Stanley Cup Finals, the summer is an absolute deadzone for sports. Just my personal opinion, but watching tennis and regular season baseball are probably the lowest on my sports totem pole. I’ll go to a baseball game, but that’s more a social outing than anything.

07/14/2018 - 11:28am The guy is from Amsterdam…

The guy is from Amsterdam. If he’s been anywhere near the Red Light District, he probably knows how to make it rain better than most anyone on this board.

07/14/2018 - 9:57am Also forgot someone on my…

Also forgot someone on my list. Rafi from The League. Just an amazing, psychotic, but absolutely hilarious character.

07/14/2018 - 9:55am Forgot to list him, but he…

Forgot to list him, but he is phenomenal.

07/14/2018 - 9:53am I probably won’t be able to…

I probably won’t be able to rattle off 25 names, but in no particular order

Homer Simpson

Sheldon Cooper

Tyrion Lannister

Walter White

George Costanza

Eric Cartman

Ramsay Bolton 

Ron Swanson

Arya Stark

Frank Underwood

Andrew Cunanan (not the real guy, but the actor who played him Assassination of Gianni Versace - he was disturbing but absolutely phenomenal)

Eleven

07/13/2018 - 6:56pm Did Antonio Callaway decide…

Did Antonio Callaway decide to go back to school or something?

07/13/2018 - 6:54pm Generally the deal is that…

Generally the deal is that unless they go above and beyond, as in beyond what they were hired for, there really isn’t a need to tip contractors. I didn’t tip the contractors who laid our hardwood floors a few months back. They did a great job, but nothing beyond what they were hired for.

What I’ve just done in the past is offer contractors any water and Gatorade in my fridge that they may want while they’re working. If I think they’ve done a good job when everything is done, I’ll offer them some beer, or in the case of some movers we had a few years back who were great, my wife bought them Subway and a huge party bag of Lay’s chips before they went on to their next job. But they really have to go above and beyond for me to tip them.

07/13/2018 - 8:03am I’m reserving judgment on…

I’m reserving judgment on Franklin until I see what his teams can do without Saquon Barkley, a generational RB, and Joe Moorhead, who literally saved Franklin’s job, running the show. 

07/11/2018 - 9:53pm Two sides to every story,…

Two sides to every story, but definitely does seem strange.

07/11/2018 - 9:50pm I mean this in the nicest,…

I mean this in the nicest, most decent way possible.

Fuck Luke Hancock. You don’t like it? Next time don’t play for a fucking sleazeball

07/11/2018 - 1:42pm I think it also depends on…

I think it also depends on the age group you're talking to. If you're talking to the older generation, Gen-X'ers or Baby Boomers who lived through the ten year war and watched Michigan rip OSU's heart out almost every year in the 90s, there is much more of a healthy respect for Michigan because they've seen Michigan at the top of its game. Or they've seen Michigan rise to the occasion and knock off plenty of OSU teams that were, on paper, just better. 

Of course, if you talk to the generation of OSU fans who grew up in the Tressel/Meyer era, they've known nothing but OSU dominance over Michigan. They largely have no respect for Michigan because there hasn't been a reason to have respect. Hatred is really just replaced with pity. That's why I firmly believe that the next time Michigan beats OSU, especially if it is a great Meyer-coached team, the OSU campus will be engulfed in riots. You've got 50,000 students who wouldn't know how to handle a loss like that. Such a shattering change to their status quo. 

07/10/2018 - 6:59pm He’ll go as far as the OL…

He’ll go as far as the OL takes him. If the OL can even be average this season, he could be one of the top 3-4 RBs in the league. 

07/10/2018 - 2:34pm The potential is certainly…

The potential is certainly there for a bounce back year. Harbaugh has got all the talent he needs. Probably the second most talented team in the conference, and more than enough of it is there to beat OSU. 

The team will go as far as the OL can take it. As far as Warriner can coach it. Hopefully the results come sooner rather than later. 

07/10/2018 - 2:29pm Can we just call it the …

Can we just call it the “Director’s Cup Presented by Stanford” and get it over with?

07/10/2018 - 2:27pm Great news! He’s earned it. …

Great news! He’s earned it. 

My guess is he’s still a longshot to get called up to Miami, but he’s still a former D-III player who now has a professional contract in the league. A testament to Robinson working his ass off, as well as Beilein continually finding diamonds in the rough. 

07/09/2018 - 2:55pm Really? I can't even imagine…

Really? I can't even imagine watching it live is all that enjoyable. Like the poster below me said, to each their own, but absolutely nothing about the sport of NASCAR itself seems all that entertaining or redeeming to me. 

I see going to NASCAR and a baseball game as more of a social outing than going to actually watch the sport itself. NASCAR even moreso. At least with baseball I'd get invested in watching the game if it was October ball or a Yankees-Red Sox game. With NASCAR, I can't envision myself getting excited to watch it at any time of year or for whatever championship it's for. 

I also have a hard time considering NASCAR to even be a sport. 

07/09/2018 - 1:15pm Going to a bar to watch is…

Going to a bar to watch is fun, but it's just better to watch at home rather than drop at least $50 on Uber, food and drinks. Especially for a game like this when I'd have to get to the Michigan bar in town at least an hour or two before the game to even hope to get a seat. 

Honestly, I'll probably just try to treat the day as any other day. Get up, mow the lawn, take the dogs on a walk, watch the UGa game with my wife (she's a UGa fan), have a few beers before the game, shut the drinking down by kickoff, and then just spend the next three hours hoping and praying that the OL has finally turned a corner, and that Shea is the real deal. 

07/09/2018 - 10:52am I'd definitely say so. Even…

I'd definitely say so. Even on bad RichRod teams, opposing teams would have to gameplan to get as far away from him as possible. 

And his NFL career, while hit with injuries and multiple DCs early on, has really taken off in recent years. 

07/09/2018 - 10:36am Thank you for reminding me…

Thank you for reminding me that my digital copy came last week. I suppose that's what happens when I drink my way through a holiday week. 

Welp, my work productivity level just went down DRAMATICALLY today. 

07/09/2018 - 10:34am I never understood how one…

I never understood how one could actually watch NASCAR. I'm sure they're fun social events to go to because you're out drinking all day (or you at least should be), but actually watching the race except for the occasional crash or the last 1-2 laps? 

It's literally watching cars turn left all day. Never understood how entertainment could be derived from that. 

07/08/2018 - 10:46am I’m not getting my hopes up…

I’m not getting my hopes up about pulling a kid right out of Urban Meyer’s own backyard, but stranger things have happened. 

07/08/2018 - 10:40am Says the guy starting a…

Says the guy starting a thread on a board he’s proclaimed to be pointless....

You smell that? I’m catching a whiff of irony.

07/08/2018 - 10:20am Did Bluey hack your account?…

Did Bluey hack your account? This is just negative and pointless, like every single one of his posts. 

07/07/2018 - 4:59pm Because they’re fucking…

Because they’re fucking Russia. Makes it pretty damn easy for me to root against them.

Was a great game to say the least, but it was great watching them lose.

07/07/2018 - 4:13pm Take that you damn commies.

Take that you damn commies.

07/06/2018 - 10:11am Ugh missing some great games…

Ugh missing some great games while being at work today. I know there’s games on tomorrow, but I’d rather see the lineup today vs. England/Sweden and Russia/Croatia tomorrow. 

07/05/2018 - 1:24pm Definitely a fair…

Definitely a fair perspective. We won what were considered at the time to be huge games over ND in 2009, 2010, 2013, thought that was going to be what propelled the team forward to a huge year, and we proceeded to fall flat on our face each time. Same with ND in 2014 after they shut us out. Think they ended the year 7-5 or something close to that. 

Would winning this game to start off the year be a big positive? Absolutely. Would much rather take that than a loss. But it's not the end-all, be-all if we lose. Night game in the first game of the year against a rival, very likely breaking in a new QB, along with an offense that has question marks just about everywhere except RB. Michigan could absolutely win this game, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them lose. Even if they do, all their goals for the season would still be on the table. They'd need to win out, sure. But you can recover from an early season loss. Especially if ND turns in a great season. 

07/03/2018 - 9:48pm GoT will be top-5 all time. …

GoT will be top-5 all time. 

As long as you don’t kill us all first, Night King. 

07/03/2018 - 9:46pm Game of Thrones

Breaking…

Game of Thrones

Breaking Bad

American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace - Darren Criss, who played Andrew Cunanan, was UNBELIEVABLE. He deserves an Emmy for his work. The rest of the show was okay but he was phenomenal.   

Simpsons (before mid-2000’s, the episodes since then have been awful)

Kenan and Kel - my guilty pleasure 

Big Bang Theory - Kaley Cuoco goes through the motions but the rest of the cast is amazing. 

07/03/2018 - 6:26pm This is a non-issue.

Shea…

This is a non-issue.

Shea was drafted in the 39th round of the MLB draft. At that stage of the draft there are no signing bonuses, no charter flights, no press conferences or hot cheerleaders welcoming you to the organization. You’re lucky if you make 30-35k a year. I know because one of my buddies got drafted by the Mariners in the 40th round several years ago. He lived in motels for several years and couldn’t afford more than going to AppleBees if he wanted to go out for dinner.

Next year’s NFL draft has no surefire early round QB candidates. The best candidates right now are Jarrett Stidham from Auburn, Justin Herbert from Oregon(who?), and Will Grier from WVa. Far cry from the QB class from this past season. Shea will take his chances, learn from the best QB coach in America this Fall, and go to the NFL draft from there. If he has even a halfway decent season, he can be off the board in the first round. If he has a good to great season, he’s guaranteed to be the first QB off the board and possibly a top-10 pick.

If EJ Manual could be a first draft pick, so can Shea Patterson.

07/03/2018 - 4:15pm This is just one end of the…

This is just one end of the pendulum swing. Give it 2-6 years and it will swing back the other way. The one silver lining to this country’s current administration is that it has energized the left to a level that was not seen 18-24 months ago. A lot of people who didn’t vote in 2016 are sure as hell going to be heading to the booth in 2020.

If you don’t like your administration or your representative, if you don’t think they’re listening to you, then vote them out of office. You very much have that right, and that’s not going away. I don’t think that would be the case in a fascist country.

07/03/2018 - 3:33pm Watching the World Cup has…

Watching the World Cup has been very exciting, but I have to say that watching all the “tripping” and players trying to sell the refs on how hurt they are has gotten fairly annoying. I’m admittedly not at all in tune with the game and how it works on a global scale, but a lot of these guys seem to try and fake their injuries, and it just takes away from the overall enjoyment of the game.

Is this encouraged by coaching staffs, or is it just an accepted part of the game?

07/03/2018 - 3:27pm Except this isn’t a…

Except this isn’t a political blog. It’s a sports blog.

I understand your premise but this isn’t the right place for it. We get plugged full of nothing but politics throughout our entire news cycle. Everything else around us has already been politicized and turned into an “us vs. them” mentality. There is no middle ground anymore. You’re either with us or against us. One of many reasons why I hate politics and both political parties in this country. 

I come here to escape that bullshit. Don’t take away one of the few havens I have left.

07/03/2018 - 11:43am Let's be fair to the defense…

Let's be fair to the defense: save for the PSU game and probably the Outback Bowl, you really can't blame them for any of last year's losses. It's not their fault that the offense couldn't get anything going and was constantly sending them back onto the field after only getting two to three minutes of rest on the sideline.

It's not their fault that the offense couldn't muster one single first down in the fourth quarter of the '16 OSU game. They were gassed by the end of the game.

For this year's Wisconsin game, yes they gave up some plays. But let's be honest: when O'Korn had to come in, everyone and their mother knew that game was over.

Sure, they've given up some plays here and there. But so does every defense. That's part of the game. The PSU game is the only game in Don Brown's Michigan tenure where I'd say the defense did not do it's part to help win the game. Even with the Outback Bowl, that game trajectory changed with offensive mistakes, specifically Higdon fumbling and Harbaugh outsmarting himself by handing off to McKeon.

07/03/2018 - 11:28am Not saying anything that…

Not saying anything that hasn't already been said, but this whole season comes down to how much the OL progresses. Or if it progresses at all. The defense will play at a championship-caliber level, Shea has proven he can make plays, the WRs finally have a coach and have a stupid amount of collective talent, Higdon and Evans are proven, and the tight ends are at a bare minimum going to be functional, if not good. The success and failure of this team all hinges on the OL and if it can finally get it right after a decade of wandering the desert.

My guess is that the OL starts off the year looking relatively unspectacular. Not awful, just not in a position yet to be reliable against better opponents. Remember Warriner's OL was atrocious against Virginia Tech and a few months later was grinding Alabama into a fine paste, so don't be surprised if they don't look very good against ND and can't allow the offense to muster more than 17-20 points. But I do think they will progress as the season goes along and directly help win at least 1-2 of the bigger games on the schedule (MSU, PSU, UW). How much they'll have progressed by the OSU game, or if it will be enough to finally stop being a liability in that game, that's anyone's guess.

My guess is 10-2. Lose @ ND while the OL is still trying to figure things out, but they proceed to win 10 straight, including a huge statement win from Shea and the OL in East Lansing. They're #4 heading into Columbus against #2 OSU, and produce another game for the ages. The OL looks markedly better and it's another game that could've legitimately gone either way, but OSU kicks a game winning FG as time expires. I just can't predict Michigan to win this game until I physically see it happen.