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07/20/2018 - 10:55am Supposedly it was a red flag…

Supposedly it was a red flag with the SAT and it was the college board that raised it.  Doesn't excuse UCLA's admissions department dragging its feet but given the cause of the issue Michigan is probably wise to let this one go.  

UCLA admissions is notorious for stuff like this, but it's also not their job to enable the football team.  That said, UCLA has had an insanely hard time recruiting kids out of Serra and this is not going to help them one bit in the future.

07/19/2018 - 4:19pm Click 

Bait

Click 

Bait

07/16/2018 - 11:07am Kid: "I'm Hungry"

Me: "Nice…

Kid: "I'm Hungry"

Me: "Nice to meet you hungry, I'm Dad."

Someday it will get a laugh.

07/15/2018 - 10:18pm That's a shame as I liked…

That's a shame as I liked the place. Burger, Onion Rings and a shake was a fun order every once in a while and the location was convenient.  Wonder what will go in it's place? 

07/15/2018 - 11:50am It wasn't as blatant as the …

It wasn't as blatant as the "Hand of God" but it looked pretty deliberate, if a bit crafty.  Definitely deserved.

07/15/2018 - 11:49am Beautiful Goal, so well done.

Beautiful Goal, so well done.

07/03/2018 - 12:33am The issue is there is no-one…

The issue is there is no-one in the program that knows how to get over the hump and win when winning time comes on the road and you can see that in the way the team CRUMBLES with the slightest adversity when they're on the road.  I don't think that can come from the coaching staff and right now I just don't know who's going to step up and make that play to win on the road.  

It sucks and I hate feeling this way about the team I root for, but until they do it for a couple of years consistently I am just going to assume they'll find a way to lose a big road game.

07/02/2018 - 5:55pm The narrative has always…

The narrative has always overwhelmed the team's performance and it's only going to get worse this year if they don't learn to pull their heads out of their asses when they're on the road and win during winning time.  Sure, Luck has been bad, but Connelly's point about Harbaugh needing to get the monkey's off of his back is a good one.  Lots of talent, but the offense has a LONG way to go and the defense had a bad habit of giving up big plays at the wrong times.

This year feels really critical and I wonder if it's going to strengthen the team or break it.

07/02/2018 - 5:39pm Nashvillian as well:  Would…

Nashvillian as well:  Would add to the pro's:

Great access to outdoor activities

Very family friendly

Con's:

Clay based soil, plus hilly areas mean that when a big rainstorm hits, my yard gets completely washed out.  Fighting drainage issues is taking up a ton of time and energy and I HATE digging french drains.  

07/02/2018 - 12:03pm Great news and welcome…

Great news and welcome Aboard!!

07/01/2018 - 10:00pm Probably, but that's why…

Probably, but that's why they need to have a great season.  Nothing has changed about that.

Looks like he's going to be one hell of a player though and can't wait to see him on campus.

07/01/2018 - 10:00pm Probably, but that's why…

Probably, but that's why they need to have a great season.  Nothing has changed about that.

Looks like he's going to be one hell of a player though and can't wait to see him on campus.

07/01/2018 - 9:42pm Great news and solidly in…

Great news and solidly in line with Lakers tradition, grab superstar in his prime, add him to a talented young core, Profit!!

06/26/2018 - 1:25pm Ah, another troll account,…

Ah, another troll account, fabulous.

06/26/2018 - 9:02am Anyone getting a bit of a…

Anyone getting a bit of a Chris Evans vibe here as well?  

I like this pickup a lot.

Welcome aboard!

06/25/2018 - 4:27pm Based off of results, seems…

Based off of results, seems completely fair and there's even a question as to why Chryst isn't ahead of him.

We may not like it, but right now all the "fun" around the program has been thoroughly earned.  Hopefully this year changes the narrative.

06/25/2018 - 1:06am Welcome Aboard!

Huge pickup…

Welcome Aboard!

Huge pickup at an area of need, now go get Rodas Johnson and call it a day at DT!!

06/24/2018 - 2:51pm Great stuff, Welcome Aboard!

Great stuff, Welcome Aboard!

06/22/2018 - 3:08pm Interesting pickup, even…

Interesting pickup, even more interesting if he sticks, but if he's projected to go in the first three rounds of the MLB draft I don't know that I'd get that excited about him making it here.

06/22/2018 - 3:04pm Wow!  One data point and you…

Wow!  One data point and you're jumping for joy?  Nice...

06/22/2018 - 7:21am Here I was thinking an adult…

Here I was thinking an adult movie, but I guess in the setup there isn't often much of a difference, just in the ending.

06/22/2018 - 7:05am As a Lakers fan, this…

As a Lakers fan, this pleases me greatly! Congrats to Mo and here's hoping for a long and successful run as a Laker.

06/18/2018 - 4:55pm Damn Shame!!

 

Damn Shame!!

 

06/18/2018 - 3:27pm Yeah, that penalty was awful…

Yeah, that penalty was awful, but I feel like England is just not sharp enough in front of goal right now.  They're creating chances, but nothing comes of it.  Interesting to see if Rashford makes an impact.

06/17/2018 - 7:49am What a weird year for in…

What a weird year for in-state recruiting and what terrible timing for it to be a weird year for in-state recruiting.  

06/15/2018 - 9:17pm I'm okay with darby as that…

I'm okay with darby as that's about the only way most Americans hear it and so they'll have a better chance of understanding what it means.  Otherwise I agree on the pronunciation.  

06/15/2018 - 3:47pm That Free Kick was amazing.

That Free Kick was amazing.

06/15/2018 - 3:06pm The Volkswagen ones are…

The Volkswagen ones are great, too.

06/15/2018 - 1:06pm An Own goal off a set piece…

An Own goal off a set piece in stoppage time....

Think you got what you wanted.

06/15/2018 - 10:03am Yeah, when the goalpost…

Yeah, when the goalpost becomes your best defender, the goal is coming.

06/15/2018 - 9:22am Well, yeah, that's the only…

Well, yeah, that's the only path forward for them.  Personally I hate this as it slows the game down and turns it into a slog, but it's the strategy that will work for them,hoping for that Uruguay goal to crack the game open.

06/14/2018 - 12:24am Recruiting news? On Mgoblog?…

Recruiting news? On Mgoblog?

When did this become a thing?

06/12/2018 - 8:42am Yep, entirely reasonable…

Yep, entirely reasonable perspective for them to have.  Sucks that Tressel lived to beat Michigan and ran up against late era Lloyd Carr and then OSU lucked into Urban just as OSU looked like they were about to actually hit a rough patch and Michigan were still stepping all over their cranks.  Once we beat them the Game will move back up the list real f'ing quick.

06/11/2018 - 12:30pm I was so excited for "The…

I was so excited for "The years of Rice and Salt" and thought it was such a great premise and for about the first 80% it was great and then the endgame got extremely boring and I couldn't finish it.  A fascinating mental exercise.

06/10/2018 - 11:57pm Co-sign, The Codex Novels…

Co-sign, The Codex Novels have an intriguing premise, but the characters just don't crackle the same way they do in The Dresden Files.  The Cinderspire novel he wrote was okay, but also not Dresden.

06/10/2018 - 11:51pm Just read A Confederacy of…

Just read A Confederacy of Dunces and loved every single page.  

Highly recommend it if you haven't read it already.

06/09/2018 - 11:57am Hope so, I used to live in…

Hope so, I used to live in Saline, so would love to see a Saline Hornet do well and graduate from Va. Tech.

Plus a lot of friends from the Air Force are Hokies and I would prefer for them to be happy rather than sad.

06/09/2018 - 11:55am Oh, that wasn't ironic.

So…

Oh, that wasn't ironic.

So you weren't being funny, just being an asshole.  Got it.

06/09/2018 - 11:39am You have a good point, but…

You have a good point, but it's probably not going to change anything for a few reasons:

1.  The in-state recruiting shenanigans that happened during the Rodriguez era left an impression on folks that most local Detroit coaches have an in-built anti-UM bias, or if nothing else that they have grudges against UM that MSU staffers have easily exploited in the past.

2.  Wheatley is gone and there really isn't a local Detroit-UM guy on staff to keep up that connection and so people assume that everything is going to go back to what they consider normal.

3.  We all love Sam Webb, BUT his job depends on access and so he is going to spin things as positively as possible, so him defending the Belleville coach and program and painting it in the best light possible is hard to take as an exoneration.

4.  Twitter, outside of the breaking news aspect, exists for two reasons, virtue-signalling and ass-covering, so a Twitter explanation seems suspect as well.

For what it's worth I don't understand why a high school coach would want to develop a reputation for turning a kid against the local powerhouse and so I go with Occam's razor.  In this case the razor says that UM football isn't exactly a compelling value proposition right now and so all recruiting, including local recruiting is going to be harder until Harbaugh proves that whatever Gremlins make the team play like shit on the road and keep the O-line from being any good are gone.

06/09/2018 - 11:11am I believe you mean the ping…

I believe you mean the ping pong balls being dictated to go their way to keep Gilbert happy and engineer Lebron going back to Cleveland.

06/09/2018 - 11:01am That's my thought.  Golden…

That's my thought.  Golden State is a franchise that hadn't had much success outside of the Run TMC era and they built themselves up with an entertaining style of play and, with one notable exception, a group of easy to root for players.  

I was on a project in the Bay Area years ago and my co-workers and I  went to a Warriors game and I remember being enthralled by both the enthusiasm of the crowd and how much fun to watch the Warriors style of play was.  If I didn't already have a pretty strong NBA team allegiance, I could see myself rooting for this team.  

As it is, as long as Warriors fans don't rise to New England levels of obnoxiousness, I'm happy to have them be a dynasty. 

06/09/2018 - 10:41am Steve Lorenz seemed to feel…

Steve Lorenz seemed to feel it was inevitable, looks like he was right.

It's always tough to pull a guy that far away from home and the April visit was going to get further and further away in his memory as time went on.

The Spring visits are nice to at least get the exposure, but I almost think of it as bring in someone plausible who can go back and tell his buddies how much fun he had and pique THEIR interest for a fall visit is likely the best outcome.  With a spring visit commitment that isn't LOCAL-ish actually staying with the class being an unanticipated bonus.

06/08/2018 - 3:11pm Bad Ass, On and Off the…

Bad Ass, On and Off the track!

Congratulations Mr. Flanagan?

06/04/2018 - 11:34am One(or even two) loss(es)

One(or even two) loss(es) between Nebraska or @ Northwestern.  Nebraska is going to be fired up in their first year under Frost and will want a big scalp for that first year, either that or Michigan's insane luck against NorthWestern finally runs out.

Something stupid happening against one of the other three Big Ten teams.  Michigan's luck against Indiana is eventually going to run out, and Maryland and Rutgers may just have a big day. 

 

06/04/2018 - 10:46am The luck is eventually going

The luck is eventually going to run out against Indiana and NorthWestern.

Nebraska is going to be fired up for their first Big Ten Road game under their own hot new coach who came home.

There's space for something bad to happen.  

06/04/2018 - 9:24am Not a big gambler, but

Not a big gambler, but appreciate the internet tough-guying.

06/04/2018 - 9:22am Fine, a lack of self-belief

Fine, a lack of self-belief led things to spiral the moment anything went wrong in a crazily pressure packed year, see Maryland game.  Along with teams figuring Michigan was vulnerable and then playing at an elevated level of play, see Rutgers game.

Either way, the parallels right now aren't my favorite.

06/04/2018 - 9:19am They've really improved the

They've really improved the last couple years, but are completely one-dimensional, whereas Air Force and Navy will both pass the ball every once in a while.  So in a sense, they're still the least threatening of the option teams, but they have improved from where they were.

06/04/2018 - 9:12am I admit, it may be a little

I admit, it may be a little out there but this is how I see it.  The Notre Dame game is critical for the team in terms of narrative and pressure, if they come out and lose that one, then I see the season spiraling down as a lot of other teams will smell blood, much the way they did in Hoke's last year and the team can't respond every week to the various do or die scenarios.

I just need to see this team play a road game where they actually look settled, the offensive line able to pass protect against a wet sack being blown down the field, and for someone, anyone on the team to make a big play when it matters.  Without those things, I see 5-7.

  

06/04/2018 - 8:04am Good, Bad

Good: Defense and an immediate ability to take advantage of the talent on the roster.

Bad: The team remains fucking awful on the road, I was really surprised that that remains a thing. It's the whole reason my prediction for this year is 5-7, insane pressure plus an inability to find their asses with two hand and a flashlight while on the road, WITH this road schedule and it all looks like rough sailing ahead.