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10/15/2018 - 7:19am Plus: Wisconsin still had…

Plus: Wisconsin still had their starting offense in — it’s only garbage time when both teams are doing it — Michigan was doing it on offense, but for some reason Cryst changed his mind after surrender punting.

If WI is going to leave their starting offense in, then you take advantage of that opportunity for more quality reps for the starting unit — the idea that they don’t need those reps is ludicrous — and you also don’t put yourself in a position where you have to suddenly put players back in the game after they thought they were done for the day. That IS a recipe for injury.

09/30/2018 - 5:52pm I think you’d need to make…

I think you’d need to make it a full time job if you’re going to do that. All Big Ten refs have other jobs and lives outside of football — none of them are getting rich doing this — becoming a public figure isn’t supposed to be part of the job description. Still, some kind of explanation that is not behind closed doors would be a good idea.

09/30/2018 - 3:00am I thought he took his eyes…

I thought he took his eyes off the ball — maybe looking to turn upfield

09/28/2018 - 8:56am One does not preclude the…

One does not preclude the other. Both things can be true — MGoBlog can have been wrong about Nebraska AND Michigan can be “elite” as you say.

09/28/2018 - 8:01am If the broadcast was right…

If the broadcast was right and Frost brought in 50 scholarship players this year (both freshmen and transfers), that compounds the team’s coaching-change adjustments. His only non-chaos thing is bringing his entire UCF staff — so Frost doesn’t have one problem Harbaugh had to contend with (developing a staff) — but coaches don’t play the games and one or two UCF transfers doesn’t change the fact Frost doesn’t know what he’s got on the field.

I think you’ll see them improve after this shake-out year, but developing players like Wisconsin isn’t easy — Frost doesn’t really strike me as a program-builder, but we’ll see. It’s what he’s trying to do, but I don’t know if he has the same leadership qualities as his model Barry Alvarez. 

09/19/2018 - 9:19am Thank you for stopping. You…

Thank you for stopping. You are wrong, and I hope you can enjoy watching this offense as it unfolds this season. Sure, there are personnel issues that limit what it can do, but this looks to me like the best design yet in Harbaugh’s tenure. This is a 9-3 team, but it is going to be in every game, even ones that go bad early like ND did. Some luck and you never know.

This is OT here, but the defense probably got the most out of this game, facing that excellent QB in the second half with the refs artificially extending the drives and moving the ball. Nobody got hurt, thank god.

09/19/2018 - 8:35am I think the point that you…

I think the point that you’re missing is that at some point in the game you’ve got to be able to run the clock. You can’t leave your defense on the field the whole game, no matter how good it is. Otherwise, you end up in a RichRod-style shootout where you score in a minute while the other team grinds down your defense. It’s exciting and excruciating at the same time, but in the end you lose the game because the opposition controls the clock.

You practice this against a defense that still believes it can win in Michigan Stadium — you don’t wait until you’ve got the game under control.

09/19/2018 - 7:14am Pretty sure that’s a typo…

Pretty sure that’s a typo for “Because that’s noT how you become a ninja.”

... or I’ve got no sense of humor and the typo is exactly why it needs to be a T-shirt?

09/18/2018 - 12:56pm dunno — something about a…

dunno — something about a golden-maned god using an mundane, down-to-earth phone, I guess — he’s outspoken for good causes and has an awesome major (evolutionary anthropology) — in short, I don’t get it either, but he is meme-worthy in a lot of ways 

09/18/2018 - 12:44pm I thought it was a trick…

I thought it was a trick play — the OL stays motionless, pretending not to know the ball was snapped, the DL rushes by, then they throw a screen pass with most of the OL out in front of it.

If so, didn’t work. 

09/14/2018 - 10:14am I thought his point about…

I thought his point about not ruining young players was more about not moving them around — a young player needs to learn his position: footwork, execution of line calls, and so on. Thus all the discussion above re: toilet-paper technique. So Hudson will stay at RT and Mayfield at LT for this season.

08/23/2018 - 10:06pm But Brady had legitimate…

But Brady had legitimate reasons for not wanting to give access to his cell phone to someone he doesn’t trust. Think tabloids, his wife, and so on. He’s an international celebrity, unlike Meyer. You can’t make the same kind of assumptions about Brady’s reasons for refusing to provide access to his phone that you can make about Meyer’s decision to delete his texts.

08/23/2018 - 6:36pm Ulizio down the depth chart…

Ulizio down the depth chart is a good sign, and in retrospect the fact he got a chance to try to prove himself last year helps underline just how thin they were on the line.

The fact we haven't heard anything about him means others have passed him by, I'll guess. Nothing more. But his experience is nonetheless useful in various ways, and he'll likely be very busy at practice, at least.

08/12/2018 - 3:26pm Basically ten years, not …

Basically ten years, not “almost two decades” — the 2007 team had a decent OL, same left side as 2006, with some younger talent at center and on the right.

But yeah, it does feel like twenty years have passed since then...

08/06/2018 - 7:41am If Ripken Jr had any class…

If Ripken Jr had any class he would have broken the streak when he tied Gehrig — dude had a disease named after him. My sister-in-law is dying from it right now. It is brutal. Breaking that record was Cal’s prerogative, but if he really wanted to be a legend, he should have left Gehrig’s name where it was.

08/03/2018 - 3:41pm I don’t think that is…

I don’t think that is decided until later. They document the injury in real time, but the sixth year doesn’t get applied for until then. He was injured against Air Force in week three, so he’s good.

Here’s hoping Black never applies for it because he leaves before then, for the first round of the NFL draft after winning his second Heisman.

06/05/2018 - 7:26pm I'm on a computer right now…

I'm on a computer right now so not testing it, but the site itself should be a lot more mobile-friendly, so apps won't matter.

I'm up-voting everybody who posts in this thread. Woo-hoo!

05/31/2018 - 11:36am Hmm

Heven't seen a good explanation for this. Only real fact we know is that his contract ended after this season, i.e., now. Presumably contract-renewal talks have been ongoing behind the scenes.

I'll guess he doesn't want to sign a new three-year contract with Real because he wants to take over Les Bleus in 2020 when Deschamps's contract ends. Sooner if they crash out of the World Cup early. Nobody's rooting for that, and they should win their group easily, but you never know.

05/21/2018 - 8:31am Was his son with him?

An entire thread and no mention of Ben Miles? The FB who just left the Nebraska program?

Seems like now would be when they'd be looking at possible landing places for him.

He would be in the same class as Ben Mason, so not ideal for Michigan, but maybe worth a visit/conversation?

05/13/2018 - 4:44pm Hear, hear

This is likely to be the media narrative going into the season, and you can bet your ass it’s been the focus of negative recruiting against Michigan.

To hell with that. Don’t waste your time explaining why it’s a weak narrative. Michigan will settle this on the field.

05/11/2018 - 3:18pm I

I can't speak for WH, but to me "undeserved success" (other than a lack-of-institutional-control here and there) means that Ohio State hasn't faced Michigan teams capable of challenging them since 2006/2007. The reason you're here on this site at all is because The Game is a game, as it were -- in recent years it hasn't been, until Harbaugh.

If I were you, I'd be worried about Harbaugh having a competent QB again, and probably more than one of them. The gravy train is done for.

05/11/2018 - 8:50am Positive take

I wouldn't expect it to be much different from all the OSU games in the Harbaugh era -- it will be tight and Michigan will have a chance to win. I really like Harbaugh's response to the losing. He hasn't lost the team or the program -- if anything, he is stronger for it, a better coach. That's a rarity, and it seems real.

Last year was the floor. Once Speight went down, whatever chance for stable QB play and making in-game adjustments they had was shot to hell. Peters wasn't ready to handle that.

I don't know if he will ever be ready, but it doesn't matter now. The reality-based depth chart will be Patterson, McCaffrey, Peters. Peters might get a short-leash first chance if Patterson is out, but having McCaffrey ready to go is a luxury Harbaugh has not had at Michigan before now. Actual QB depth. Another rarity, and the offense will be stronger for it. More confident.

So there's a decent chance Michigan will play OSU in 2018 with a healthy and competent QB, probably two of them. Harbaugh hasn't had that, outside of his first year, with Rudock.

05/03/2018 - 1:50pm Trust, but verify (what is the Latin for that?)

It's fine for the Raiders to take a chance on Hurst -- BUT that chance should be that a strong consensus of informed medical opinion clears him to play as long as he takes his meds.

I don't have a problem with him playing if the meds reduce the risk of heart problems to normal levels. Surely Michigan would not have cleared him to play if that was not the case.

I also don't have a problem with a "trust, but verify" clause in his NFL contract with regard to his taking the meds.

05/03/2018 - 12:19pm Greyshirt

Greyshirt would work, I think. He redshirted last year at Nebraska, so he's going to lose a year no matter where he goes.

So he pays for a year, then goes on scholarship for 2019. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think Nebraska can stop that.

But I doubt Michigan would want to do this -- it puts him in the same graduating class with Ben Mason, and it also reduces the size of the small 2019 recruiting class, while increasing the size of the large 2021 recuiting class.

04/30/2018 - 2:50pm Nordin

Not worried -- freshmen will be freshmen. He'll be fine. Knows what to expect now.

04/29/2018 - 5:47pm Note:

The Knicks hiring Howard would be part of their play for LeBron James. Good luck with that, but if anybody can shock the world, it's Juwan:

04/29/2018 - 3:21pm Plus

Plus he was basically a player-coach late in his career, especially for the Heat "big three" teams, where he was known for making halftime speeches -- he was 40 years old on the 2012-13 team. He started 900 games in his career. Five years as an assistant sounds about right, and the Knicks could be a good fit.

I don't know if anyone can overcome the idiocy that is JLD, but there have been some changes that might work in Howard's favor. For one, Dolan's family no longer owns Cablevision/Optimum, the source of their fortune and a major distraction for him as CEO. Now he's just a rich dumbass who inherited an NBA franchise. Probably manageable? Maybe?

04/28/2018 - 1:10pm Seems

Seems nobody's going to draft him to fill a position of need. So it will be a good defense late in the draft. Vikings, Steelers, Seahawks, Jaguars...

04/28/2018 - 12:47pm Contracts

Partially guaranteed contracts end after the second round. After that only the signing bonuses are guaranteed. Seems crazy somebody hasn't taken him at this point (Patriots on the clock at 114 now).

EDIT(s): Lions have traded up for that pick at 114 -- this is it? Nope! Hand!

04/20/2018 - 3:22pm Definitely staying to graduate

The assumption is that he won't play if he doesn't win the starting job. He graduates in December, so then would have two years of eligibility and immediate availability for the Spring practice wherever he goes.

BUT, it's possible he will end up playing even if he doesn't win the starting job and Tua is successful -- injuries, for example. I doubt Saban would screw him by playing him in garbage time, but there are plenty of scenarios in which 'Bama would need him to play. So it's uncertain as to whether he will have one or two years of eligibility when he transfers. Two is not a given.

04/10/2018 - 1:47pm Upvote

Logged in to upvote this. Articulates the heart of the matter.

And to argue that it's the timeline after January 25 that shows a continuing pattern of deception by Ole Miss.

They're arguing that they couldn't have known they would get caught beyond what had already been alleged in the first notice. That's weak, precisely because Freeze's program was dirty. Ole Miss was a dirty program, and they sold it as a clean program. End of argument.

And Shea Patterson isn't just any recruit -- he's an IMG product and because of that support he was squeeky clean.

03/31/2018 - 10:46pm Sitting MAAR

He was off his game and kept throwing up those threes, so JB sat him down (played 33 min, under his season average) — he looked better after that. Sitting him down did the trick. Also gave Poole free rein.

03/31/2018 - 7:44am Both Jordan

Both are Nike/Jordan so nothing to get around. Harbaugh’s hat is sold as a “head coach” hat while the one that the rest of the coaches wear is sold as a “coach” hat.

It originated in Harbaugh’s first year, when they still had the Adidas contract. Adidas had to scramble to make the old-style hat and sweater he wore that year, with the darker Navy and traditional Maize. The rest of the staff, by contract, had to wear the other Adidas stuff, with the highlighter Maize and lighter Navy.

Nike just continued it — they’re happy, as they get to sell two different “worn on the sideline” hats, instead of just one. I guess there might also be a practical reason for it — it makes it easier to spot the head coach on the sideline if he’s got a different hat/sweater.

03/16/2018 - 12:37pm Also, the butt-foul

I had the sound off (people sleeping, and something about the broadcast team at the start of the game made me hit mute), so I didn't hear the commentary on it, but was the butt-foul hilarious or what? MAAR did a nice job reacting to that.

03/16/2018 - 12:24pm Whistles

Have to prepare for the quick calls. I'll probably get reamed for this, but my impression was the refs did okay last night after a really bad start. I think they realized that if they called Montana the same way they started out calling Michigan, Montana wouldn't have any players left by the end of the game.

They let Montana play that defense and they let Michigan cope with it. I was actually quite pleased. That was a good team playing badly (how far above their season average in turnovers were they?) against a team that is used to winning, but still in control.

03/16/2018 - 11:44am Yes, and

Yes, and he would need to be well-rested, having sat most of the first half of the previous game.

Nice job by Simmons and Brooks last night, closing out the first half after 0-10.

03/14/2018 - 2:01pm You can switch to a new tab

You can switch to a new tab and keep browsing, but you can't go back to MGoBlog -- the pop-up will just reappear. I think the ad network is playing whack-a-mole, so eventually you'll be able to use the site again, until the next time one of these ads gets through.

But the ad network does not seem to be policing itself effectively, because this keeps happening. So time to change ad networks.

03/14/2018 - 1:48pm Definitely not a virus

It may not be harmless if you click on the pop-up, but it's basically just that -- an ad that has a malicious pop-up built in that takes over your browser tab. It doesn't matter if you are running iOS or Android. Changing browsers might help but don't count on it, because all that means is the bad guys didn't design/test it for that browser.

MGoBlog should change their ad network for the new site when it comes out of beta. I can understand that it does not make sense to spend money/time to change the current site, but if this persists on the new site then that will suck. It sounds like they are using competent people to code the new site, so let's hope they are giving Brian good advice about which ad network(s) to use.

There is more at stake than in the past. I don't ad-block MGoBlog because I want Brian et al. to get paid as much as possible. But these days my phone is tied to all my devices, including my television -- if I have to clear/reset my phone browser to stop this damn thing (until the next time), it sets off a chain reaction through all my devices. It's a much bigger pain in the ass than it used to be. If this problem persists on the new site, then I'll start blocking ads on MGoBlog.

03/13/2018 - 1:42pm Yep

1st or 2nd round would be disappointing because this team looks like it has learned to hold leads, how to close out a game. For a while there they could falter toward the end. Yes, it has happened later in the season, but not so much and usually ref-induced (e.g., Iowa in the BTT).

So I really don't expect this group to falter in the face of the opponent suddenly getting hot, making contested threes to hang around, or something like that -- the kind of thing that leads to early tourney upsets. This team has proven, at least in my mind, that they can weather that and still win.

Ergo, it will hurt, precisely because I don't expect it. It's all gravy after that, and if I were a Tarheel I'd be worried about facing this team again, especially if I knew any Purdue fans.

01/28/2018 - 6:46am This ^


01/17/2018 - 8:30am Z could learn from this

"Cold blooded killer at work -- Do Not Disturb!"

The contrast to what Simpson does on his way to the line this year is remarkable. He's distracted, looking around, not focused solely on the free throw. I'm not judging -- he's got a lot on his mind. But this is something he needs to learn to do. Especially the first shot -- the focus should be on it, not on what might happen after that. Rahkman isolated himself, tuned everything and everyone out -- he's not posing there -- he's doing his job.

01/02/2018 - 10:43am PSA

There's a basketball game tonight at 7 PM. Go Blue!

And yeah, it's about the team (i.e., the players), not you. Why don't people get that?

12/17/2017 - 7:58am Ugh

Might be okay if he were good at it, but it’s not his job and he sucks at it.

I’m not sure what the “director” of recruiting is supposed to be doing, but I’m pretty sure it’s not that.

12/13/2017 - 8:32am Back in the day

I'm not sure, but I think shot-blocking stats were first kept in 70s (NBA) and not until the 80s in the NCAA. Wikipedia tells me Vitale started at ESPN in December 1979 (he called ESPN's first college basketball game). So when he first started, what he said about Bamba's block may have been true. I'd be willing to bet he's been using that line since very early in his career. In his mind, he's been frozen in time since then, so I guess we can cut him some slack.

But yeah, I hit mute so didn't hear it.

12/04/2017 - 1:27pm Not quite, methinks

Speight has two years of eligibility remaining, same as Patterson. [Right? I didn't actually check this.] But Shea is a much better bet to jump to the NFL after a solid year leading Michigan. So Peters and DM are better off than they would have been with Wilton established, because it's more likely he stays until his eligibility runs out. 

Would people have been speculating on a Peters transfer if Speight had started the whole season?

Now, if Patterson doesn't get the waiver, then that would change things for Peters, because that means Shea would redshirt next year and still have two years remaining. On the other hand, Peters can graduate after next year and take the same route as Speight, playing immediately with two years remaining.

If Patterson is coming, it's partly because of the Cesar Ruiz connection. I posted this in the other thread, but it's worth a reprise here:

Patterson (#7) and Ruiz (#52) playing together at IMG academy.


12/04/2017 - 10:26am Not crazy to read it that way

Patterson wore #7 at IMG. Also note that Cesar Ruiz was his center there, one year behind him. Here they are together -- Ruiz is #52:

Also, it's probably worth noting that IMG isn't just any high school program. I'm not sure how it works, but I imagine they keep a close watch on the recruitment of their athletes. They have an investment in these players, and an NCAA recruiting scandal involving an IMG player or his family would be a big problem for them.

12/03/2017 - 6:45pm Yes, but

A lot of things can happen, injury-wise. Right now he qualifies easily for a medshirt. He could get hurt again in the future, later in a season. You never know. He might end up needing a 5th year to prove he’s healthy.

That said, if Black is ready and Peters is starting, then the coaches might see utility in having him play, to build chemistry for next year, also to help get him back to where he needs to be sooner rather than later.

11/29/2017 - 9:31am Maybe

LSU was a reality check, but there's been development since then. So maybe?

I haven't seen Carolina this year, but this kind of feels like a game in which Teske could make a difference. They will be focused on Mo.

Eli Brooks will start? Is that right? I like what I've seen from him -- there's a tenacity there. He's not ready, but you never know on a big stage like UNC. The future could be now, at least for one night.

Charles I. Matthews will get enough rebounds to keep us in it.

11/29/2017 - 8:43am Actually

It would be beyond awesome to actually be able to bet mgopoints -- you'd need a code genius and it would be total chaos, possibly a disaster, but it might be fun.

11/29/2017 - 8:29am Yes

I mean, if that were going on (breaking the Michigan commitment), that would be grounds for firing Harbaugh. I can deal with painful losses and pretty much anything else, but not that.

But I'm also supremely confident that is not the case. If young Mr. Hall is going to transfer, it's not because of anything like that. Harbaugh was known and respected as a players' coach in the NFL -- no doubt it's also true on the college level.

I understand that these guys want to play. You don't get to this level without being competitive, and that's something Harbaugh looks for. My advice to them would always be to stay and get the Michigan degree, but I get why they don't.