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09/21/2018 - 12:42pm Glad there was another set…

Glad there was another set of eyes on J. Glasgow as I was getting very frustrated in the second half and wondered if missing Hudson was part of it.

 

09/21/2018 - 11:49am I absolutely have a bad…

I absolutely have a bad feeling about this and think we're about to learn a LOT about this team, much like we did when Michigan went up against BYU in 2015, will they respond to an expected challenge like they did then, or will they fold the way they've been doing recently?  Going to be interesting to see for sure.

09/20/2018 - 11:55am Anyone else getting super…

Anyone else getting super nervous for Saturday now?

If Martinez is healthy they really look like they could be trouble.

Wondering with Hudson out for the first half if it might be advantageous for M to come out in the nickel and put Watson or Hill on Spielman.  

 

09/20/2018 - 10:34am Established program, big…

Established program, big winner, sends almost everyone to the pros, seems pretty self-explanatory.

09/19/2018 - 9:59pm This is a bad topic and you…

This is a bad topic and you should feel bad, this issue has been discussed ad nauseum and it's WAY late in the season to talk about this now, especially with no context as to why you're asking.

 

09/18/2018 - 8:10pm Fantastic News and Welcome…

Fantastic News and Welcome Aboard!

Exciting news and I look forward to seeing this class hit the field.

 

09/18/2018 - 8:09pm You must have never seen…

You must have never seen Shaq rap.

09/18/2018 - 2:06pm Not controversial at all,…

Not controversial at all, opinion shared by 95% of the country and about 75% of the blog.  But it's not like he's failed here, just been disappointing.

09/18/2018 - 8:48am Good man!

Good man!

My wife was watching the Emmys, wonder why she didn't tell me this little tidbit?

09/18/2018 - 8:45am Mine are great, but I also…

Mine are great, but I also have a team of kids who haven't been sucked up by the more, um, high-achieving coaches and so I think my parents are grateful that I make sure their boys get a chance to play.

09/18/2018 - 8:39am I do sometimes wonder how…

I do sometimes wonder how well he gets on with the rest of the team in the wake of those comments as UCLA has just as many young QB's as Michigan and with those comments he was, essentially, insulting those guys.

09/18/2018 - 8:35am It was homesickness more…

It was homesickness more than anything else.  Apparently(according to UCLA media) the only reason he chose Michigan in the first place was that he was such a USC fanboy that he couldn't bring himself to pick UCLA and he really wanted to play tight end and USC only wanted him for defense.  He'll do fine at UCLA(once he gets back from his 3 game suspension), but I'm not interested in anyone getting shamed for saying it maybe wasn't the best decision he could have made.

09/17/2018 - 12:14pm If you're on Okinawa, don;t…

If you're on Okinawa, don;t you have to watch after the fact?

I remember that any noon EST games in the states started at like three in the morning and I woke up to news of "The Horror".

09/16/2018 - 12:55pm In the case of UCLA, it does…

In the case of UCLA, it does, in the case of USC, it's just, "I'll be the guy to bring the Trojans back to glory."  Same thing will happen with Ohio recruits if OSU ever goes through a down period.

 

09/16/2018 - 12:46am There were at least three…

There were at least three wrinkles off of that jet sweep that I counted in the game and all were plays that opened up because SMU freaked out about Ambry, I am fine with it and I think they've learned their lesson about being predictable. 

09/16/2018 - 12:36am I think the targeting call…

I think the targeting call was bullshit and would have been upset to see a SMU as later have gotten the same treatment, bad and dumb call is a bad and dumb call.

09/15/2018 - 7:30pm Ugly, ugly, ugly, much worse…

Ugly, ugly, ugly, much worse when Hudson went out.  

Kept drives alive with bad penalties and generally just looked off all day.

Hoping this is just an off day, but there are definitely some concerns from this game watching SMU move the ball up and down the field at will.

09/14/2018 - 4:26pm Where's the link to the…

Where's the link to the kickstarter? THIS MUST HAPPEN!

09/14/2018 - 3:14pm Relevant.

Relevant.

09/14/2018 - 12:45pm So SMU's defense is...bad?

So SMU's defense is...bad?

I think that's the message, right?

09/14/2018 - 11:57am That's the issue isn't it?

That's the issue isn't it?

I don't want to see anyone being banned for posting opinions that are counter to the prevailing narrative.  And I think we all want to maintain that, BUT the WD alternate accounts thing is completely out of control and to me, indicates he needs help.

Given how the mods have acted in the past I am inclined to trust their judgment and, after all, this is Brian's site at the end of the day if he decides it's time to banhammer, then he gets to use the banhammer.

09/14/2018 - 11:04am Remember understanding helps…

Remember understanding helps you realize why you shouldn't feel bad about it.  It may give you context for how a person is acting, but there still isn't an excuse, being an asshole remains being an asshole.  I completely agree with Dragonchild's eloquent post, I may know why someone is being annoying and I may even have some sympathy for it, but at the end of the day they're still being annoying in spite of a LOT of feedback that they need to calm down.

09/13/2018 - 11:56am A) Xtramelanin is awesome

B…

A) Xtramelanin is awesome

B) This is a discussion we probably need to be having.

C) Doubling down when you've been caught being an asshole is more an issue than xtramelanin asking someone to calm down a bit.

09/13/2018 - 9:11am He almost gave away…

He almost gave away something interesting there at the end and then caught himself.  Man, I'd love to be a fly on the wall during a gameplanning prep.  I remember volunteer coaching my high school team and being in on the ground floor for it and obviously, never getting to go to lunch during football season for film sessions, but the level of analysis must be so much higher.

09/13/2018 - 8:39am Once again, thanks to FauxMo…

Once again, thanks to FauxMo, a dark new place has opened in my mind.

...

Thank you.

09/13/2018 - 8:07am It only counts as a fan-made…

It only counts as an mgoblog fan-made video if you eat a lemon as the culminating act.

09/13/2018 - 6:22am If they go to Stanford, they…

If they go to Stanford, they're serious about it.

Welcome to recruiting for Michigan, not quite academically prestigious enough for the nerds, not quite enough success on the field for the jocks.

09/12/2018 - 4:23pm Awesome news! Welcome Aboard!

Awesome news! Welcome Aboard!

09/12/2018 - 4:13pm In the beginning of the game…

In the beginning of the game where they needed to keep Notre Dame from going up big in order to give the offense some breathing room, they gave up a ton of big plays and bad penalties.  Yeah, they did what they had to do at the end of the game, but by that point I think the offense had proven it wasn't it's night and so ND didn't have to be particularly aggressive.

Not trying to concern troll, I just want to see some progress being made against some of the issues that plagued the team ever since Iowa '16 and I'm just not seeing it yet.  

09/12/2018 - 4:09pm On the one hand, great…

On the one hand, great perspective.

On the other hand, at a certain point issues become systematic and a weight on the program develops until someone, somewhere can overcome them.  The team in '16 was doing great until they went and laid an egg in a very winnable road game and then it felt like the wheels came off.  

I think people were looking to the Notre Dame game to see whether the team had moved beyond the inability to play on the road, the offensive line woes, the defense giving up critical conversions, and all anyone saw was the same ugly issues raising their head again, especially when the last time anyone saw Michigan in a competitive football game they were busy choking away a 19 point lead to South Carolina.  There's a point about being fair, there's also a point about asking if it's ever going to get better and when the answer to that question appears to be "No" and delivered by a coach we all put a lot of hope into, it's particularly painful.

I get where Shea's coming from, but I don't think this was the right answer.

09/12/2018 - 3:56pm LOL, okay, sure.  

Whatever…

LOL, okay, sure.  

Whatever makes you feel better, dude.

 

09/12/2018 - 11:22am Defense played well or Notre…

Defense played well or Notre Dame turtled?  Open question and lets face it, when it was do or die time the defense died same as it did last year, you're kidding yourself if you're not concerned.

09/12/2018 - 10:42am Laying an egg like that…

Laying an egg like that against Notre Dame(Offensive line looks awful, defense seems vulnerable when it actually matters) was the worst thing to happen after the complete shit bowl game.  It'll get worse if they lose to MSU.  People are frustrated, tired of losing meaningful games, and starting to wonder if maybe, just maybe the emperor has no clothes.  This year is going to be pressure packed and telling fans to relax is not going to help the overall narrative.

09/11/2018 - 2:08pm I'm 6' 3" and wasn't the…

I'm 6' 3" and wasn't the tallest guy in any unit I was in, so yes there are height limits, but it's hard to come up against it unless you're a few standard deviations from the mean.

09/11/2018 - 2:05pm What do you mean by pedantic…

What do you mean by pedantic?

B-2's are a follow-on assignment IIRC, but you can get into Osprey's straight out of training. 

Yes, everyone knows that the majority end up in non-fighter cockpits, but the hook is the idea of flying fighters.

09/11/2018 - 2:02pm A buddy of mine was 6' 6"…

A buddy of mine was 6' 6" and the only cockpit he was too tall to fit into was the A-10.  It's mostly an issue with being able to eject.

09/11/2018 - 10:18am Assuming you're talking…

Assuming you're talking fighters rather than just general jets:

I was a pilot training instructor at a Joint Pilot Training Base so I had students in all three services and saw the relative selection rates for each.

In the case of Air Force vs. Navy, it's really Six of one, half a dozen of the other, most Navy pilots are helicopter pilots as there are a lot more choppers in the Navy.  But most Air Force pilots are tanker/transport pilots and the ratio is similar in terms of air frames.  Realistically, your best bet at getting into a fighter jet is through the Marines.  There are about a million little wrinkles that either improve or decrease your odds of getting a fighter slot, but it's more information than you need here in this space.

Also hope he chooses the right service, GO AIR FORCE!!!

09/06/2018 - 1:33pm Like you don't know who…

Like you don't know who Alexis Texas is.....

09/06/2018 - 10:25am Love the honesty, but what…

Love the honesty, but what he brings up with the way they acted in the first quarter is troubling, it confirms the whole, "Too nervous to play on the road thing."  Until that gets figured out, it does not matter how well prepared the team is or how talented they are, this shit is going to continue to happen.  

I must say I enjoy reading this presser as it gives lots of good info without being too specific and it sounds like Zordich is supporting his players.

09/05/2018 - 8:39am Good for him, hope he gets a…

Good for him, hope he gets a spectacular opportunity and a shame it never worked out at Michigan.

09/04/2018 - 12:49pm When I was a junior at the…

When I was a junior at the Air Force Academy, it came time to order my class ring, and we were given an option to put an inscription on the inside of it.  At the time I was on academic probation, because my grandfather had died, I had gone to his funeral in Kansas City and my lab partner had turned in a report that both of us had worked on, except the section I did was my own work and the section he did...wasn't(so I got no credit for a major assignment and got to spend three months confined to the Academy, all for trusting a classmate).  I decided to inscribe, "Yes it was" into my ring, so every time I thought, "Well maybe it wasn't that bad." I could take off my ring and be reminded, "Yes it was."  We all need an inscription for this game, so we don't buy the fools gold anymore.

09/04/2018 - 11:46am Some replies:

1.  I don't…

Some replies:

1.  I don't give two shits about what Michigan does to WMU, it tells me nothing about the rest of the season and frankly, doesn't move my needle one way or another unless they get on the struggle bus again.  Beating bad teams is all Harbaugh has been able to do since Iowa '16 and he needs to do something more than that for people to get back on the bus.  In other words, don't expect that anyone is going to move off of their anger due to that.  But I like that you tried to end on a positive note.

2.  The team absolutely has a "loser's mentality: and the program as a whole has lost that special sauce.  There's a reason all 50/50 balls go against Michigan and it's down to a mentality that infects the program and will continue to infect the program until someone somewhere makes plays consitently.  And there is no-one on the roster to do that.  The thing is that this has become learned behavior and learned expectation that the worst will happen as well as no-one on the roster who wants to step up and win the moment.  Until Michigan gets a player who is willing to do that, then Michigan will continually be stuck here.  You don't continually lose 50/50 balls in a world where there is the law of averages, unless you have a roster full of good role players who don;t make plays.

Bad timing and all that, but this was the LAST thing the team needed after the bowl game and this is what we got.  It's all bullshit, it feels like they spent the offseason literally lighting practice plans on fire and as much as I see you trying to be positive, at some point there is a reason a 'loser's mentality" narrative develops and that's because Michigan absolutely has one.  If the defense consistently makes stops in winning time, if the 50/50 balls go Michigan's way every once in a while, if someone on offense makes a big play when one's needed, I'll start thinking things have changes but it's going to have to happen over the course of a couple of years before I believe Michigan is a program that one can believe in again.   

09/04/2018 - 11:16am Yep, no playmakers on either…

Yep, no playmakers on either side of the ball and NO fight when it comes time to either do or die.  This is Michigan football for the past ten years and it's a rot that goes beyond Harbaugh, just, sadly, I thought he'd fix that.  But fuck it, looks like I get my Saturday's back this year.

09/04/2018 - 9:55am Great point, who do we point…

Great point, who do we point to as the playmaker who's going to make shit happen?  There is not one on the entire roster, there are a ton of good and effective role players, but there is no Alpha dog who wants the big moment, and there hasn't been one for a LONG time, again speaks to something deeper going on in Ann Arbor vs. just disorganized coaching, it may just be that we're fucked until it somehow gets turned around.  Unless it doesn't and I'm starting to think it doesn't.

09/04/2018 - 9:52am Back to lack of organization…

Back to lack of organization, something is in the water right now and it stinks.

09/04/2018 - 9:51am Joe Moorhead, Justin Fuente,…

Joe Moorhead, Justin Fuente, Jeff Brohm, Matt Campbell, maybe kick the tires on Joe Rudolph.

Your move.

09/02/2018 - 10:34pm This is going to be like…

This is going to be like Hokes fourth year, book it.  Get ready for a long, painful ride.

09/02/2018 - 2:40pm It'd be nice but it's just…

It'd be nice but it's just not in the cards.  Everyone seems to play out of their mind against M and M just can't match that intensity.  Just a thing, sadly.

09/02/2018 - 9:41am It absolutely is the…

It absolutely is the beginning of the end, you pull what he pulled the first couple years and you'd better deliver, well, he's not delivering and it's down to the one area we didn't think we'd have to worry about in the offense.  He's earned the shit he's getting and yeah, some of it is unfair and yeah his luck has been awful but he decided to be big, swinging dick and put ND back on the schedule and open a season on the road.  It's all earned and I hope he's liking his crow right now.

09/02/2018 - 9:35am I said 5-7 before the season…

I said 5-7 before the season started and I am sticking with it, crazy schedule, crazily pressure packed year, can't find their own ass in road games with two hands, a flashlight and a map, O-line can't pass block to save their lives.  Worst part is Harbaugh COULD have opened this game against Arkansas at home in his fourth year and booked a victory against an SEC opponent, BUT he insisted we play Notre Dame again and has now sewn the seeds of his own fucking hotseat.  Brilliant!!!

You could tell in the first half they'd mindfucked themselves and they're going to continue mindfucking themselves through a hard schedule.  You thought THIS offseason sucked, it's going to seem like a stroll through the park compared to next year.