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10/09/2018 - 2:32pm Thanks for all of your good…

Thanks for all of your good work, Ace, and for sharing our passions as fans. We'll wait for you to come back. In the meantime, love and peace to you and yours, my friend. 

02/20/2018 - 5:50pm Heard the performance Saturday night

I was there for the entire 4 hours (intermissions included) on Saturday night. The performance was spectacular. Between the cleaned up edition and having the orchestra on stage and not in a pit, the performance was a revelation. 

This is something that could only happen at a place like Michigan: alumni and family connections. The world's most authoritative Gershwin scholars. Fantastic student and faculty performers. A University Musical Society capable of bringing in brilliant soloists. A venue like Hill Auditorium. 

Who am I kidding? There are no places like Michigan. 

There was also - of course. This is Michigan. - an extensive symposium in the couple of days leading up to the performance, discussing Porgy & Bess in historical context and in relation to our current ...uh... environment. 

You can learn more here:

11/22/2016 - 12:06pm 1/1/2008, Florida (+10.5)

The last time Michigan won a game in which it was this much of a dog or larger was the 2008 Capital One Bowl vs. Florida (+10.5). 

I.E. Allowing that U-M just isn't an underdog very often, even when we weren't very good at football, no significant "upset" wins under Messrs. Rodriguez and Hoke. 

(HT: Drew Hallett)

11/19/2016 - 12:40am Thank you, Seniors.

Whether four or five years, you've given "This Michigan of Ours" so much. Way to Go Blue!

10/12/2016 - 2:17pm Daily article, too

There's a terrific piece in the Michigan Daily (

It includes this sobering quote from Jake Butt: 

“It’s easy to look after a long practice or a long day of camp or a workout, you might be sore or tired, you might be injured,” said senior tight end Jake Butt. “And you might let that thought creep into your head where you want to feel sorry for yourself, or you want to find an excuse.
“And you look at a kid like Larry and his family and the way they’re facing such great adversity and still up there smiling, and still up there so grateful just to be a part of this team. We’re grateful to have him on our team, and we’re grateful for the example that he’s setting for us.”
Love this team and its leadership, and I love the way our team focuses on both its work and lessons that are likely far more important in life. Go Blue!
12/06/2015 - 11:41am I guess I understand why you'd assume this...

I was going to post countering your initial assumption #2 that Michigan fans outnumber Michigan State fans. State fans like to promote the idea of "Walmart Wolverines", but there are plenty of State fans (like there *are* plenty of Ohio State and Michigan fans) without a connection to the school. State's recent successes have enlarged these numbers.

More importantly, Michigan State's undergraduate enrollment is almost 50% larger than Michigan's (ca. 39k last year to ca. 27k at Michigan) and has been for quite some time. I'm going to make the generally accepted assumption here that people are most committed to their undergraduate institution. Combine those numbers over any length of time with the number of Michigan students vs. MSU students who come from out-of-state and who land jobs out-of-state, and the numbers balance within state can change pretty quickly. 

10/23/2015 - 8:36am People will come, Ray.

HT: bluelaw2013 for genius in appropriation. 


05/04/2015 - 7:43pm A. J. Holmes is the arranger of the OP version

Holmes is the arranger - the one given credit when I've seen this version performed elsewhere. He is a U-M BFA '11, if I recall correctly. He was part of the "StarKid" troupe that made the hilarous "Very Potter Musical" parodies when they were students, and he's now playing Elder Cunningham in one of the touring casts of "Book of Mormon"

Go Blue! 

04/21/2015 - 4:36pm Love being connected to a this program...

...that warrants, totally in the off-season, 10 or 12 column inches of op-ed in the Washington Post. #GoBlue!

02/06/2015 - 8:50pm Congrats!

What a fantastic accomplishment!

10/15/2014 - 8:42pm Thanks, OP, and Schlissel's comments on the overthrown pass

The OP is pretty much right on. I hope s/he won't mind me adding a couple of details.

President Schlissel actually did point out the irony that he caught an overthrown pass. He said it might have been intentional, and then he stuck in a little verbal barb about a lack of improvement if it wasn't intentional. He also mentioned being mildly perturbed that he gets photographed everywhere he goes, but no one got a picture of him catching the ball. 

I thought his comments about the non-athletic parts of the university were great. He's focused on excellence, on capitalizing on the breadth of quality programs at Michigan, and on the Victors for Michigan campaign priorities of student support and bold ideas in particular, with plenty of room for development and refinement of goals as he gets further into the job.

As Schlissel was finishing a comment about the breadth of excellence at U-M, Ross's phone rang. The ringtone was, of course, "The Victors."

He closed his comments on the athletic department with these [I think exact] words: "We'll fix the problems, but let's be unified in supporting these kids." [referring to the players.]

09/12/2014 - 10:07am Amazing group of student athletes.

These student athletes are fantastic, and we'd like records like McGuire's for every Michigan team, eh? In his 23 years as head coach, they've won the Big Ten 9 times and finished second 9 times, won the NCAA Regional 9 times, and finished in the top 10 at NCAAs 11 times. Plus a dozen academic all-americans, and a bigger pile of academic all-Big Ten honorees.

Here's another impressive WXC article - an interview with alumna, all-american (6 times in track, though, not XC) and academic all-american Lindsay Gallo, now an assistant professor at the Ross School of Business at U-M: 

Go Blue!

07/15/2014 - 4:39pm Such a great legacy, Seth.

What you've written here and who you are are a big part of your father's legacy. Maybe this is trite, but he did a good job with you, and you're doing a great job for him. 

Love and peace to you and yours, my friend. 

05/14/2014 - 1:02pm (Thanks for changing the headline!)

It's so nice to read a link headline and have some idea what you'll get when click! Thanks.

03/08/2014 - 8:10am Thanks to Jordan Morgan.

So proud of the way that young man represents our great University.

Thanks, too, for the video. The sequence at the end with the two great passes vs. OSU, split by the Morris handoff to Morgan vs. Northwestern, followed by the two plays that iced the Syracuse game is brilliant. 

02/28/2014 - 1:58pm Congrats!

Given the application numbers and the caliber of applicants, admission is a really big deal! Make us proud. Go Blue!

08/25/2013 - 12:14am Got that pick when

Ryan Mundy (of all people!) hurried Smith on a blitz.

03/03/2013 - 11:05pm And it's spring break!

Kudos to the Maize Rage for showing up!!

03/03/2013 - 12:41pm Thanks for the updates!

Glad to have the score somewhere where I can keep up with it. Thanks. 

02/27/2013 - 2:40pm Reminds me of a Will Rogers quote...

"There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

Saban is a brilliant football coach and motivator, and obviously he's doing the right thing here. His penchant, though, for stretching the letter of the rules and as such ignoring their spirit makes him warrant every bit of the suspicion he gets for the way he manages the roster.

02/22/2013 - 10:56am MLive trolling hard today.

Burke gives reasonable answer to trolling question; it gets spun. This plus "Fragel, Michigan fan and - iirc - son of Michigan alumnus would have picked Michigan SIX YEARS AGO if Carr hadn't retired" just seem like something rather desperately not journalism.

02/10/2013 - 2:07pm Hail!

I'm so pleased with how the women are playing this year. Not to sell short the talent on the roster, but they're definitely far outperforming preseason expectations! Go Blue!

01/29/2013 - 4:15pm I call shenanigans on Niyo...

...remembering that UK was Number 1 at the end of January. I'm betting he had to look it up, or at least sit and think about it for a while. 

If it were a common recollection, why did I not hear anyone call Beilein on it until I read Brian's quote of Niyo's article?

Not that it matters. #1 now is nice, but only in that it feels good now. This team that I love still has hills to climb and goals to pursue. 

01/16/2013 - 9:31pm Zero google-stalking by anyone!

This gets me, too. No skype. No google-stalking. Te'o didn't make arrangements to meet her? Ever? Did he send her cards? Flowers? 

And no one else tried to find her either. Not Te'o's family. Not ND. Not a single media outlet fact-checked any of the story. It took four months for anyone to reveal that their was no obituary. No on attended or reported on her death or funeral despite the spotlight on Te'o. How is this possible?

12/15/2012 - 10:32pm plus 1 for "portmanteau"

The Michigan Difference!

11/26/2012 - 6:57pm Family.

I'm sorry for your loss, dlanny22, but so grateful for your story. I'm always proud to be part of the Michigan family, and I'm glad you have friends and comfort here. 

Peace to you and yours.

11/16/2012 - 2:18pm Dangling modifier haiku

So glad he stayed.
Despite what you might have read,
we needed him here.

10/16/2012 - 5:01pm Alumna, actually.


(Not to be a pompous-assed U-M alumnus (GREAT Latin classes!), but this is Michigan. I'm pretty certain our friend NFG is a male, and the Buckeye he married is female.)

10/15/2012 - 9:44pm Can we please...

...stop posting ESPN's continuing verbal fellating of Meyer?
And can we send an unsigned note to the NCAA to make sure this meeting falls within in-season hour limits?

10/12/2012 - 2:11pm THIS is Michigan.

That is all. 

08/29/2012 - 7:00am True, except that even 1 Kovacs would never get a chance... the Saban recruiting regime, else he'd probably be at 'Bama. 

08/17/2012 - 6:35pm It's really dusty in here.

Thanks for sharing. Go, Brock, Go!

04/19/2012 - 5:08am This is Michigan, fergodsakes!

This thread is a perfect example of why I love Michigan and MGoBlog!

03/21/2012 - 11:37pm While Jared Sullinger says...

...Sure! Why not? I came back!

(*kidding, of course! But just to be sure, do not do this. It is against the rules. While this may be ok at OSU, we would never mention it or accuse them of such shenanigans, even in a joking or oblique manner!*)

03/17/2012 - 9:04am That we - and the coaches...

...will have to think about which five to have on the floor makes me giddy. How long has it been? I'm no expert, but if there's any expertise displayed above, we'll have at least 11 D-1 caliber basketball players, 8 with at least a year in the system, and at least 2 capable at each position. I would think that helps us a ton, if only because it raises the level of talent the guys play against every day in practice.

02/05/2012 - 10:03am Denarded

He did not "Tebow" along the boards. He clearly Denarded. 

Great goal. Great game. Among the best moments was the crowd's reaction when Blasi was begging for ANOTHER review of Miami's non-goal. Go BLUE!

01/29/2012 - 10:28pm Though the bowl ban..

Though the bowl ban actually helps him in recruiting this coming year because, just like this year, he didn't actually have to coach during the bowl season and into the recruiting period. 

12/25/2011 - 4:34am Peace on earth.

Goodwill to all.

Thanks to all, especially those who serve, and their families. Thanks for the blessing that the MGoCommunity is to me.

12/04/2011 - 10:32am This: Would happily trade for a shot at the championship.

I sure love the schadenfreude, but I would happily trade our current position to have had a shot at the championship. And I'm actually feeling a lot of empathy for State today, having been the relatively recent victim of a 42-39 loss in a very important game, decided in part by a flag the ref really had no choice but to throw.... Suck it up and go win your bowl game.

11/27/2011 - 9:35am 58-43-6

I'm nitpicking on a day when I shouldn't be, and I might be wrong, or I might be missing out on a blog convention, but I think with Ohio's vacated win last year, they're only taking credit for 43 wins. Shouldn't Michigan reflect the same in the loss column?

Great work on the season. Thanks for these diaries.

11/17/2011 - 3:45pm Way to Bleed, man. Thanks.

Bleeding and bragging about it is absolutely cool here. Go BLUE!

11/17/2011 - 12:33pm email your friends... the link (, sponsor code "goblue") on your twitter or fb. Thanks for the help!

11/17/2011 - 12:32pm, sponsor code "goblue"

Thanks, everyone for your input on this. Please give! It's a great cause, and we've beaten them soundly the last two years (especially when you take into account that they have about 20% more people on campus (faculty/staff/students) and a considerably bigger metro area than A2! My wife's a trauma nurse. She's told me in no uncertain terms how donated blood saves lives. 

The posters above are right. If you give at Michigan it counts for Michigan, and if you give in Columbus it counts there, so please do give if you're in Columbus, but don't do it at one of their blood battle drives!

Go Blue! (Bleeders and Best!), sponsor code "goblue"

10/31/2011 - 12:37pm P.S. Free internet access... a rarity in Australia. The only place I found it in Sydney was the McDonald's in Circular Qauy, and then it would probably be too slow to support a live stream. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Maybe someone more frequently local there has other suggestions.

10/31/2011 - 12:28pm 4am

If the kick is at noon in Ann Arbor, I think that converts to 4am Sunday morning in Sydney. Your best bet is to find a casino with a sportsbook and watch there, but they might not be open all night. Or contact the alumni association ( to see if they have a link to a group in Sydney. Go Blue!

10/16/2011 - 10:01pm This is true.

Which is why at every turn, I make no bones about the fact that State won that game outright and in pretty dominating fashion. MSU's win and assaults are completely separate issues. 

10/16/2011 - 9:57pm Not illegal.

Caveat, I don't know very much about football. Am I wrong, though, in my understanding that if you pancake a player you're blocking, you're allowed to keep them down until the whistle, as Lewan did, by pushing, as long as you're not holding?

10/15/2011 - 10:31am THAT was awesome!

I have been knocked out so many times this week by the amazing stuff going on at Michigan, and hearing a brilliant performance by the Michigan Symphony Band from this summer's tour to China is just another example. 

This is Michigan, fergodsakes! Go BLUE!

10/04/2011 - 6:36am I LOVED the endless sarcasm this week!
My favorite quote: 
"My experience with plays that are successful is that you only run them sparingly so as not to get too accustomed to offensive success. It makes you lazy."
08/23/2011 - 7:54pm I wish...

...but count me among those who expect little or no NCAA punishment to be levied on either Tressel or OSU. argh.