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12/01/2018 - 8:29pm Well, I seem to remember…

Well, I seem to remember Patterson having an 81 yard run on a zone read so there's that.  Personally, I would have liked to see some fullback screens to Mason.  Would love to see what he could do with some space and a full head of steam.

11/28/2018 - 8:06pm I don't get all of the Brohm…

I don't get all of the Brohm hype (other than the potential Karlaftis flip).  I understand that Purdue smoked OSU......but they lost to EMU (that's right Eastern Michigan), MSU and had to win their last game just to make a bowl game.  Lots of love for 6-6.  Anyway, I guess it's good for Purdue.

11/28/2018 - 12:18pm Michigan owes Mississippi…

Michigan owes Mississippi State payback (or should I say, "revenge") for the last game on the Rich Rod Farewell Tour in 2010.  They lost by 38.....it was painful.

11/28/2018 - 12:08pm I think that Michigan…

I think that Michigan coaches could point to the fact that they landed 5 guys on the All B1G 1st Team and that might be enough to reassure some recruits.  They're probably more concerned about their personal/professional growth than they are about one game (even if it was that bad).

Am I the only one that was surprised that Gary made 1st Team All B1G?  I think that he missed three games (25% of the season).  I'd think that it's hard to be first team with that kind of gap in the resume.  Of course, I half expected Nick Bosa to make it and he only played three games.  It still baffles me that he beat out Hurst for DLOY last year.

11/27/2018 - 11:42pm OSU blocked a punt, returned…

OSU blocked a punt, returned an interception to the 2 and returned another interception (off the 3rd string QB) to the 19.  All three of those situations resulted in TDs.  That's 21 points in a 23 point loss.  Michigan certainly didn't help it's own cause with miscues during the game.

11/27/2018 - 10:55pm Michigan essentially ran the…

Michigan essentially ran the 2:00 offense with about 4:00 to go before halftime.  They went right down the field and scored a TD (and then scored again after the Buckeyes muffed the kickoff). I thought that they should run a similar scheme and tempo throughout the game.

11/26/2018 - 11:22pm I agree.  I can't believe…

I agree.  I can't believe that people are blaming a loss in Week 13 on a loss in Week 1.  Or that fact that Michigan had to play a crappy 7-5, geographic rival, MSU team in October.  If you can't get up for OSU after the past 15 years, then there's a serious issue within the program.  

Also, I don't get the "Notre Dame needs us more than we need them argument".  It's almost like people think that Notre Dame can't get other teams to play them.  USC is on the schedule EVERY YEAR.  Obviously, USC is down right now but they're as much of a college football "blue blood" as just about anybody not named Alabama.  Notre Dame plays 5 ACC games every year which means that teams like Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech will rotate through their schedule on a regular basis (they played two of them this year).  Notre Dame plays games in Ireland, Yankee Stadium and Jerry World.  That have their own freakin' TV network (well, you know what I mean).  I'm thinking that they don't need to play Michigan to be visible to the college football world or generate revenue. 

 

 

11/25/2018 - 10:38am I agree with this.  Michigan…

I agree with this.  Michigan scored 39 and left more on the field (going for two twice...and missing, Gentry's dropped TD).  Yes, OSU handed Michigan a TD with the botched kickoff return.  In my mind, the offense is fine, the execution (and play calling) was poor.  They rarely attempted to get wide with speed.  There might have been one screen pass.  TE'S dropped at least three passes.  It seemed like Shea was typically rolling in a direction that forced him to throw across his body.  Harbaugh and Hamilton had bad days.  However, I think that the offense will work.

11/24/2018 - 8:49pm Carr had a much better…

Carr had a much better record considering, you know, he won The Game multiple times.  He had actually had a winning record for most of his tenure (until the Troy Smith years set in).  Ended up 6-7 against the Buckeyes.

I'm definitely not on the "Fire Harbaugh" bandwagon and I still think that he is the best coach for Michigan.  However, this loss was largely on the coaching staff for lack readiness and adjustments.

 

11/23/2018 - 2:33pm MSU giving 27 points to…

MSU giving 27 points to Rutgers seems like the lock of all locks.  Rutgers caveats apply but MSU has only scored six points in each of their last two games.  They've only scored 27 or more in one B1G game.  If Rutgers scores a TD, I can't imagine Sparty getting to 35.  This seems like a -17 game at best.

11/22/2018 - 3:56pm I'll take the under on all 3…

I'll take the under on all 3.  Dantonio will be back.  The other two seem to be really up in the air.

11/20/2018 - 2:20pm Serious question......do you…

Serious question......do you REALLY think that USC is going to hire James Franklin?  I think that he's 3-12 against MSU, OSU and UM over the past five years.  He's already punching above his weight class at Penn State....I just can't see him getting an even better job at USC. 

Les Miles probably should have held out a bit longer before he took the Kansas job....

11/19/2018 - 3:16pm Well, they SHOULD have 3-4…

Well, they SHOULD have 3-4 losses.  Purdue hammered them, PSU got Franklin'd and Maryland imploded this past weekend.  That's three losses.  The MSU game was close until the official Sparty No! was issued.

All of the being said, there's absolutely no reason to be over-confident going into the game this weekend.  It's fairly apparent that Michigan has the better (or at least more consistent) team at this point.  However, turnovers, bad calls, trick plays, bad weather, blown coverages, missed assignments....could all come into play this game.

 

11/16/2018 - 3:17pm Not so consensus.  I just…

Not so consensus.  I just randomly Googled "Can Alabama Lose To Georgia And Make The Playoffs" and the first article that came up was from Sports Illustrated (a national publication, right?) and it was suggested that Michigan is a one loss team that could be ahead of Alabama.  It added caveats regarding the details of Bama's loss (controversial call, 3OT.....).....but they still suggested that Michigan would go.

Also, the Sporting News indicated that, "Michigan would be the best bet to win that argument against the Tide" when referencing one loss teams that could be ahead of Alabama.  

I live in Jacksonville, FL and the local person responsible for picking Gator Bowl (or whatever they call it now) teams was on the radio earlier this week and he suggested that the SEC could get two teams in......if Michigan loses to OSU.

I think that we have different definitions of consensus.

In other news, the Gator Bowl guy projected that they'd be taking NC State if they go with an ACC team.  It'll probably be MSU or Wisconsin if they pick a B1G team.  The SEC team is undecided....but they'd love Florida if they lose another game and fall that far.

 

11/13/2018 - 4:41pm Disagree.  Having a…

Disagree.  Having a conference championship game definitely makes a difference.  Let's say that ND had a conference championship game and had to play, oh let's say.......Clemson.  That would have a big impact on the rankings.  The Domers should definitely lose style points for not playing in a conference championship game.

11/13/2018 - 4:37pm I agree with your assessment…

I agree with your assessment.  However, I also think that a 12-1 UM gets in over an 11-1 Notre Dame.....even with the head-to-head loss.  I was having trouble convincing a Sparty friend of that earlier today.

11/13/2018 - 4:35pm I've seen a lot of people…

I've seen a lot of people talk about Michigan's TV appeal and I just don't think that's very important in this instance.  Do you really think that more people are going to tune in to watch Michigan vs Alabama than Clemson vs. Notre Dame.....or any other iteration of the Final Four?  It's the semi-finals....people would watch even if MSU was playing (and losing 38-0). 

11/12/2018 - 1:48pm Since the other games…

Since the other games featuring highly ranked teams are on Friday (OU vs WVU and U-Dub vs WSU), what are the chances that GameDay will be in Columbus for a Top 10 match-up between Michigan and OSU?  I'd say that it's pretty good except that both teams have already been featured on GameDay twice this year (although not in Columbus).  Michigan (@ ND and Wisconsin).  Ohio State (neutral with TCU and @ PSU).

11/11/2018 - 12:37pm Thank you for the dose of…

Thank you for the dose of sanity!

11/08/2018 - 3:45pm It's not Monday Morning…

It's not Monday Morning Quarterbacking because I would have said the same thing before the play.  It wasn't the most judicious use of assets given the time remaining and score of the game (and the time of year).  Also, I hate referring to players as "assets" but I'm at work so I'm in that mode.

I understand that football is a physical game. I know that people get hurt.  Hell, the starting QBs from the last three teams that has played (Hornibrook, Lewerke and McSorley) have all missed time recently (or been pulled from games) because of injuries.

I'm totally behind the coaching staff and support their right to make decisions.  Sometimes they just make the wrong ones.  Kind of like declining the penalty on a kickoff out of bounds and not taking the ball at the 35 yardline.  I'm looking at you James Franklin.

 

11/08/2018 - 1:58pm There was less than two…

There was less than two minutes to go in a 42-7 game.  It could have been a handoff to the 5th RB at that point in the game. 

Perhaps you haven't seen any of the meaningful snaps that McCaffrey has taken this season (a 44 yard TD run against Wisconsin comes to mind).  He's certainly had game experience.....including a near TD run in the previous series against PSU.

11/08/2018 - 9:52am This!  I re-watched the PSU…

This!  I re-watched the PSU game last night (was at the game on Saturday).  It seems like having a QB run play with McCaffrey in the last two minutes of a blow-out was probably a mistake.  If Michigan gets a big lead, I hope that back-up players see a lot of action. 

11/07/2018 - 12:28pm You bring up an interesting…

You bring up an interesting point.  What would the BCS do this year is Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated?  I suppose that Alabama and Clemson would play for the NC but I suspect that Notre Dame's win over Michigan would be better than anything on Clemson's resume. 

I think that the four team playoff is better than the two team BCS.....and eight teams would be even better.

11/07/2018 - 11:01am Still not sure that I follow…

Still not sure that I follow the conspiracy theory.  The committee is made up of representatives from every conference.....as well as multiple "at large" members.  Most of them don't have a vested interest in tipping the balance toward the SEC.  

Herb Deromodi would most likely support Michigan's case.  PAC 12 guys like Ronnie Lott and Rob Mullens are possibly more aligned with the B1G over the SEC.  You could certainly make an argument that Bobby Johnson (former Clemson player) and Ken Hatfield (former Clemson head coach) would love to find a reasonable opportunity for Clemson to avoid Alabama in the playoffs.  I'll admit I'm concerned that Gene Smith is the B1G rep because, well, Ohio State. 

I just think that the committee is too diverse for "the fix to be in".  There's no reason for people from other conferences overly support the SEC.  A final four of Clemson (ACC), Notre Dame (essentially ACC), Georgia (SEC) and Alabama (SEC) would be disastrous for the committee.  The whole process breaks down if three of the P5 conferences are excluded.

Let's see how this plays out.....

 

11/06/2018 - 10:19am A former Michigan QB named…

A former Michigan QB named Jim Harbaugh finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in 1986.  I'm not sure if he went to NYC.....but he certainly would have in today's Heisman format.

11/01/2018 - 11:38am I disagree.  A one loss …

I disagree.  A one loss (conference champion) Michigan would have a better resume than a one loss Bama.  More wins against better teams.

The Committee can't possibly take two (essentially) ACC teams in Clemson and ND and two SEC teams in LSU and Bama.  Especially if one loss conference champs Michigan and Oklahoma are sitting on the outside.

There are still a lot of games to play so it will sort itself out but if Michigan runs the table....they are getting in.

 

 

10/30/2018 - 3:12pm I'm flying in from Florida…

I'm flying in from Florida for the weekend......and plan on hitting Fraser's after the game.  I used to love that place in the early/mid '90s.

10/30/2018 - 12:54pm Exactly!  PSU was one JT…

Exactly!  PSU was one JT Barrett 4th down spot away from missing the B1G Championship Game in 2016.  If Michigan wins this weekend, Harbaugh will be 3-1 against Franklin (worst case is 2-2).

As far as being stuck in the past goes....perhaps the writer missed Patterson's 81 yard TD run against Wisconsin.  Or McCaffrey's 44 yard TD run.  Or Joe Milton's 23 yard run....

 

10/30/2018 - 11:35am I don't think so.  I can't…

I don't think so.  I can't imagine that the CFP would consist of Clemson (13-0), ND (12-0), LSU or UGA (12-1) and Bama (11-1).....that didn't even win their division.  

Yes, I realize that it's happened before.  However, this scenario leaves out the Pac 12, Big 12 and B1G.  If 60% of your pool isn't invited to the party....the party won't go so well.  The committee would be faced with a huge dilemma (because everyone believes that Bama is a Top 4 team) but I just don't think that they could let them in at the risk of alienating over half of the conferences.  Particularly if you have multiple 12-1 conference champs in the mix (Michigan, Oklahoma....and OSU or Washington State to a lesser extent).

BTW.....I think that the OP's ranking is spot on for tonight.

 

10/22/2018 - 5:25pm I don't know.  Stanford was …

I don't know.  Stanford was #7 when ND beat them.  VA Tech was #24 when ND beat them.  If Michigan continues to roll, ND would have a win over a current Top 5 team.  I just don't see an undefeated ND falling behind a team that it beat head-to-head (even if it was in Week 1).

10/22/2018 - 4:37pm Wait, you think that an…

Wait, you think that an undefeated Notre Dame team that beat Michigan head-to-head would get a higher seed (4) than Michigan (2)?  I just don't see that happening.  The same with an undefeated Clemson team.  

 

10/19/2018 - 4:37pm This made me feel good at…

This made me feel good at first.....and then I realized that Michigan has been outscored 41 - 37 on the road this year.

I'm clinging to the fact the Michigan won in East Lansing two years ago as a rationale that it can (will) happen again.

10/17/2018 - 3:42pm The same with Schiano to a…

The same with Schiano to a certain extent.  He's in his third season at OSU but he certainly isn't an "up and comer".  Hell, he's already had an NFL HC gig.  Between Larry Johnson, Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson (former HC at Indiana).....I'm not so sure about the theory that Urban brings in young coaching talent and then expects them to move on.  Of course, you have Tom Herman, Luke Fickell and Chris Ash (can't type that without laughing....) on this list of young coaches who became HC's.

10/15/2018 - 3:44pm I'm in the camp that hates…

I'm in the camp that hates calling this a rivalry game.  However, I'm OK with calling it an "in-state" rivalry because, duh, they're in the same state. 

I reserve "rivalry" for OSU and Notre Dame.  Those are the teams that Michigan competes with (or at least used to) for B1G championships, high end recruits, national exposure.....things like that.  With all three of those teams in the Top 10....and ND back on the schedule next year.....it looks like it's coming around again.  

 

10/15/2018 - 2:07pm After re-reading....I can…

After re-reading....I can see how you meant Indiana this year!

10/15/2018 - 1:26pm Michigan (and Harbaugh!)…

Michigan (and Harbaugh!) lost to Minnesota in '86.....not Indiana.

10/14/2018 - 1:36pm LSU still has to play Bama …

LSU still has to play Bama (a likely 2nd loss). UGA would need to play Bama in Conference Championship  game.  Another likely loss.

It would be interesting if UGA wins out and Bama has one loss in Conference Chamionship game (to UGA)....but I don't see that happening.  A one loss Michigan team (on a 12 game winning streak) likely gets in.  Still a looong way to go.

10/09/2018 - 4:33pm That story was almost too…

That story was almost too ridiculous to believe.  The original seats cost $3.5M to install....and that was only a year ago!

I follow the Wings pretty closely and almost always purchase the NHL Center Ice package to watch them from out-of-state.  I decided not to do that this year.  I just couldn't justify spending the money (even though it's not that much in the larger scope of things) for the product that they're going to put on the ice this year.

 

10/09/2018 - 1:19pm In addition, Michigan would…

In addition, Michigan would be on a 12 game winning streak with its only loss coming on the road to a Top 4 team (by seven points).  Clemson's resume couldn't stack up with that.

10/07/2018 - 2:40pm I don't know about a…

I don't know about a probable playoff berth for OU or Texas.  The Top 4 "probables" at this time are Bama, Clemson, OSU and Notre Dame.  If they stumble, UGA, or UM/PSU might be the next up.

My guess is that WVU is the Big 12 team with the best chance of getting in.  Based on SOS (and a potentially undefeated ND)....I think it will be hard for a one loss Big 12 team to make the playoff.  SEC, ACC, B1G and ND would all get there first.

 

10/04/2018 - 2:10pm I think that I was at the…

I think that I was at the games against Navy in 1976 (70-14) and Duke in 1978 (52-0) as a middle school student from Brighton.  In retrospect, those were probably sub-MAC level teams by today's standards.

10/02/2018 - 10:08am Did anybody else notice that…

Did anybody else notice that Higdon got a lot of 1st down carries?  In fact, he got Michgan's last six carries on 1st down.  All of them went for one yard or less.  I found myself yelling at the TV for them to mix it up a little bit because that clearly wasn't working.  To be fair, I think that Higdon also had runs of 18 and 30 yards on 1st downs earlier in the game.  It was just the six in a row that was getting to me.

10/01/2018 - 4:32pm Penn State played Illinois…

Penn State played Illinois in Iowa?  That's quite a trick!

09/25/2018 - 4:11pm Rivals and 247 have him…

Rivals and 247 have him listed as a 3-star.  ESPN didn't have him rated (but I'm sure that they will at some point).  I'm not sure how all of that adds up to *3.5.  Fuzzy math?

Personally, I don't care what he's rated.  I trust the coaches to issue and accept offers as they see fit.  I just don't understand the constant need to offer rationales or provide self imposed "boosts".  He'll be on campus in two years and we'll find out more after that.  Welcome aboard, Cornell!

 

09/25/2018 - 11:20am I've heard a couple of times…

I've heard a couple of times that PSU will be a night game (including something about the support staff already being told to prepare for it).  That's all still a rumor.  Is it possible that Michigan could have three consecutive night games (Wisky, Sparty and PSU).....with a bye week thrown in the middle?    

I'm flying up from Florida for the PSU game (and hosting a few Nittany Lion fans).  I'll be pulling for your suggested 3:30 start time......and possibly Game Day! 

09/24/2018 - 8:34am It's crazy to think that…

It's crazy to think that they'll play five games in September.  That's almost half a season in one month!

09/10/2018 - 1:38pm There's a 100% chance that…

There's a 100% chance that Crabtree Valley Mall will flood if you get more than 2" of rain.  Good luck!

09/07/2018 - 3:24pm I never said that…

I never said that redshirting for offensive linemen didn't matter.....just that it's a bit over-rated.    Michigan currently starts three OL who didn't redshirt (it would have been four if Grant Newsome was still available).  Why is that?  Because they are better than the older players on the roster who did redshirt (or they were at least better than the available options when they were freshmen).   

It seems to me that the real issues are depth, talent level and player development.  Not necessarily the idea redshirting.  I'm more concerned that there's a NEED for actual freshmen to start more than I am about the concept of freshmen starting.

 

09/07/2018 - 1:32pm I think that we just do math…

I think that we just do math a little differently.  Regardless of whether Bredeson or Onwenu are redshirt sophomores or true juniors, they're still in their third year in the program.  Their development is essentially the same (except now they have extra game time experience).

 

09/07/2018 - 12:24pm Redshirting, while valuable,…

Redshirting, while valuable, I think is somewhat over-rated.  It seems like it mostly has to do with a freshman getting acclimated to college football and "growing into his body". However, does it really matter at this point if Ben Bredeson or Michael Onwenu are redshirt sophomores or true juniors?  If anything, they're more advanced because they have played.  To look at it another way, Runyan and JBB both redshirted and how is that working out?  

I think the more critical aspect is identifying and developing talent.  I'd take a whole line of Mason Cole's if I could get them....and he didn't redshirt.

All of that being said, I really hope that Michigan is able to redshirt Jalen Mayfield this year to be able to add a little more depth and stability down the line.  However, if he offers them the best opportunity to win.....then he should probably be on the field.