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12/18/2018 - 3:32pm If I'm Shea (or McCaffrey),…

If I'm Shea (or McCaffrey), I'm sitting out the OSU game next year. I don't want to risk injury and we have a track record of getting QBs hurt in that game. Who cares about the team, or the season or Michigan or anything else? That's all meaningless. Just nonsensical exhibitions in the grand scheme of things. Just think of yourself and fear injury with every fiber of your being. You're going to make so much money, man. That's all that matters. Not commitment, integrity, any of that campy bullshit. Watch from the couch. You've "earned" it.

12/18/2018 - 3:27pm Bingo. If I'm DPJ, I'm…

Bingo. If I'm DPJ, I'm sitting out the Middle Tennessee opener next year. Just a meaningless exhibition.

12/18/2018 - 3:23pm You agree it's meaningless,…

You agree it's meaningless, but would like to remove the meaning of it as it relates to annual record.

So you're saying it has meaning.

Thank you for perfectly illustrating how counterintuitive this all is. The 2018 Michigan Wolverines have a game left on the schedule. That game counts. I'd expect the 2018 Michigan Wolverines to participate. Disagreeing with that very simple black-and-white concept is something I can't reconcile.

12/18/2018 - 2:39pm Would you be okay if Shea…

Would you be okay if Shea Patterson and DPJ sit out the Middle Tennessee State opener next year? I mean, it's meaningless. Why take the chance? They will someday have a family to provide for. You can't be out there playing deathball and risk murder in a meaningless game, right?

What if we're out of the B1G race come late November. What if we're (God forbid) 4-7. Can those guys sit out OSU? I mean, it's meaningless. They have a future to consider, not this silly game guaranteed to result in paralysis, right?

I'm obviously going to extremes to make a point, but I don't think we're that far off from these hypotheticals rearing their ugly head. We're accepting players openly quitting their teams with games left to play. When did this become okay? I don't understand. Why does anybody play at all? Why don't we skip these dangerous games that (almost never) result in career-threatening injury and just hold a series of 40-yard dashes and combine exercises for 3 months? That's the point, right?

I mean, you don't care about Christian Turner's health? You don't care if he lays his life on the line for Michigan? You'll sacrifice him to the injury gods, but Higdon is exempt? Why? Why don't we sit everybody? Why is Turner's ACL expendable, but Higdon's is not?

12/18/2018 - 2:21pm I'm saying it. What did any…

I'm saying it. What did any Rose Bowl ever "mean"? Explain the meaning.

It was a year-end destination. Playing a PAC-10 team meant nothing other than pride, record and ranking - same as this Peach Bowl.

12/18/2018 - 2:16pm *3.92 years

*3.92 years

12/18/2018 - 2:14pm I laughed. Good point.

I laughed. Good point.

12/18/2018 - 2:13pm I agree with everything…

I agree with everything except "He gave everything you could possibly ask for".

I would ask him to finish the season with the team and not quit before it's over.

12/17/2018 - 5:43pm Incorrect. Going private…

Well, kinda. Going private allows you to restrict who gets to see your own tweets. So by unlocking, he let's the world see his announcement that would normally only be seen by his approved followers.

But any idiot can tweet at him right now and he'll see it. Unlocking doesn't change that. 

12/17/2018 - 4:17pm From the 2017 Wisconsin UFR …

From the 2017 Wisconsin UFR (last one before he transferred):

Still mostly Gentry/McKeon at TE, with a number of 3 TE formations that also had Bunting.

The game before that, 2017 Maryland, Wheatley did not chart in the blocking:

https://mgoblog.com/content/upon-further-review-2017-offense-vs-maryland

I'm not going back any further because I know what it's going to show: Wheatley was passed up by every TE and you are wrong.

12/17/2018 - 3:38pm The "try to control the…

The "try to control the clock offense" was also the "try not to get 3 QBs murdered in the same season again because we still don't have any tackles offense".  I know you wanted to put Andrew Steuber on an island against Chase Young. I've jotted that down. I'm just suggesting it might not have been a good idea.

12/17/2018 - 3:34pm That's the crazy part. He's…

That's the crazy part. He's going to take a year off to go play somewhere else. If everything went as expected, he'd be a top performer for this defense in 2019 and could be an NFL draft pick in April of 2020 -- 5 months before he'll see a college football field again.

He either didn't think this through at all or he reeeeaaaally didn't want to be here anymore.

12/17/2018 - 2:28pm Seems that way. But maybe it…

Seems that way. But maybe it's just a sign of the current college landscape? I really don't know. I'd be interested to see the numbers from other schools and how we stack up. Feels excessive for sure.

12/17/2018 - 2:26pm Dude, I appreciate your…

Dude, I appreciate your general outlook. But that's not how this works. You can't plug in freshmen, especially on the interior line. We were already weak at DT this year and we graduated Mone & Marshall, now lost Solomon. There just aren't many game-ready, experienced bodies ready to go.

We have Dwumfour and Kemp. And they should be solid. Hopefully former 4-star Donovan Jeter can jump in the rotation in his 3RD YEAR here. Beyond that, we have nothing. True freshmen or emergency position flips. In my most optimistic Michigan fandom, I proclaim this situation "Not good".

12/17/2018 - 1:59pm Good eye. He's been taking…

Good eye. He's been taking an extreme amount of time at the stripe this year to the point I've been wondering if there's any kind of time limit on free throws in the rule book. It's definitely been working. 

12/17/2018 - 1:34pm Why do you care? I don't…

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12/17/2018 - 10:57am Gotcha. I thought you were…

Gotcha. I thought you were trying to figure out which school this is referring to:

"The coach was talking about why I should flip and stuff like that when I’ve been committed since June. Now, they just offered me. I’m two weeks from signing day."

You obviously were not. Moving on...

12/17/2018 - 10:54am According to 247, PSU…

According to 247, PSU offered a long time ago.

12/17/2018 - 10:38am It wouldn't be any of those…

It wouldn't be any of those schools (if that's what you're trying to figure out). Turner said he was already committed and the other school had just offered. Everybody you list offered well before his commitment to Michigan.

12/17/2018 - 9:51am Unpopular opinion: I think…

Unpopular opinion: I think Weber is better than Higdon. If we had JK Dobbins, Higdon would split with him too. Big fan of Karan, and I understand our bias due to Weber's recruitment, but Weber just looks like the better back to me.

12/16/2018 - 8:05am I really don't understand it…

I really don't understand it. I have a friend who does nothing but complain about the football team. Why would you voluntarily follow something that brings you nothing but panic and dread? Do something else.

12/15/2018 - 4:50pm And he wears #22.

And he wears #22.

12/14/2018 - 11:14am (Looks at Beilein's last…

(Looks at Beilein's last four recruiting classes ranked #12, #43, #31, #107, #30)

...Yeah, great point.

12/14/2018 - 11:01am Yes and yes.

It takes just…

Yes and yes.

It takes just as much effort on my part to follow along with recruiting via this blog as it did for you to visit this site, click the topic and unload your holy judgment.

12/14/2018 - 10:58am So it's possible but…

So it's possible but unlikely. Good info. Thanks.

I'm going to go back to following Dax Hill's recruitment now.

12/14/2018 - 9:59am Pep calls all the bad plays…

Pep calls all the bad plays. Everybody else calls the good plays.

12/14/2018 - 9:53am Because it's not a job. If…

Because it's not a job. If you pay players it becomes a job. That's not what we're doing here.

I would rather the entire college football system be shut down than pay the players. End it altogether. Then a semi-pro/minor league will inevitably pop up where these money-first, education-off-the-radar kids can go train for their NFL shot.

Then colleges will organically start club football teams which would eventually grow back into what this is supposed to be today. There are a million kids playing college football. 99% of them are at FCS or non-scholarship D-III, or toiling away at the bottom of the MAC and actually playing sports to represent their school and fund their education. That's what this is.

I don't need to prove this is untenable. It's tenable. It's just not the point. College baseball and college hockey have parallel avenues for those that want to go to college and those that want to get a paycheck. They are separate and both survive just fine. If it's so important for these kids to get paid, give them a league and pay them. That's not what college athletics is for.

12/13/2018 - 4:19pm Dude. It's the NFL Pro Bowl…

Dude. It's the NFL Pro Bowl fan vote. Don't blow this off like it's insignificant.

12/13/2018 - 4:17pm Stafford is fried. He's been…

Stafford is fried. He's been Lionized. It's over. He needs to be released or traded. He's a good quarterback who did a pretty good job here and desperately needs a fresh start. Same with the Detroit fans - they need a new scapegoat.

12/12/2018 - 2:35pm Where are all the dads of…

Where are all the dads of these basement bloggers? That's the real question.

12/12/2018 - 10:31am Immediately thought of this…

Immediately thought of this blurb from a pre-OSU article on Brown:

A lesser mystery is that the 63-year-old Brown has never been an FBS head coach. Brown spent 12 years as a head coach at Division III Plymouth State (1993-95), FCS Northeastern (2000-03), and, following his good friend Mark Whipple, at UMass (2004-08). He won everywhere he coached, and in 2006, took the Minutemen to the FCS national championship game, where they lost to Appalachian State. Brown has a career record of 95-45 (.679).

A decade ago, UMass had no interest in moving to the FBS. Brown decided to go work for Friedgen as a steppingstone to getting an FBS head-coaching job. It didn't quite work out that way. Four years after Brown left, UMass moved up to the FBS.

Brown has been a head coach. He was good at it. He left UMass to get a crack at FBS and then lived in virtual east coast anonymity as a DC until Harbaugh came calling.

If his professional goal was to be an FBS head coach, this makes sense. He's an east coast guy; Temple makes sense. And given his age, he's running out of time to sit back and cherry-pick a better opportunity. This all kinda makes sense.

I hope he stays. But nothing here sounds "Harbaugh to Packers"-level crazy.

12/12/2018 - 10:20am It's a Durkin joke.

It's a Durkin joke.

12/11/2018 - 3:19pm It really is incredible…

It really is incredible. Even after Harbaugh and Warde explicitly renounced the NFL and all but made a blood pact to continue coaching at Michigan, I get a CBS Sports alert where Danny Kannel and some other shlub are basically saying "I've heard this so many times right before a coach leaves a program..."

It's a no-win situation. Very frustrating.

12/11/2018 - 12:08pm Agree. I don't mind him…

Agree 100%. I don't mind him missing. I mind him receiving the pass within the flow of the offense and having a wide-open look and watching his brain shut himself down right as he's about to chuck it. Just shoot it, man. They'll go in. It's between his ears.

I'm also rooting for Davis. I don't think he's been as bad as it's been made out here. But there is a noticeable downshift when he enters right now. They need that 8th guy to participate - be that Davis or somebody else.

Even with all of that, we're talking about a 10-0, Top-5, projected 1-seed. I'm not losing sleep over any of it.

12/11/2018 - 11:54am I have no worries from the…

I have no worries from the last 2 games.

It's pretty crazy that somehow our basketball expectations have been calibrated to now expect blowout wins every time out.

If the best strategy teams can come up with to outrun Michigan are post up buckets over Teske, we're going to go undefeated.

12/11/2018 - 11:46am Exactly. The closest thing…

Exactly. The closest thing we have to "free throws cost us the game" is a tournament Win in which we shot 8-for-9 from the stripe in the last 6 minutes of a tight game.

12/11/2018 - 11:21am Will it? Everybody said the…

Will it? Everybody said the same thing last year and free throws didn't cost us once.

12/11/2018 - 10:29am This is a 'me' issue, not a …

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12/10/2018 - 1:17pm Kansas has wins over #9 MSU …

Kansas has wins over #9 MSU & #3 Tennessee, and #21 Marquette. They have no losses.

Michigan's super-impressive wins are over #12 UNC, #17 Villanova and currently unranked Purdue.

I'll admit, it's much easier to discredit a team when you ignore all of the good they have done and make mountains out of their struggles.

12/07/2018 - 2:01pm Haha.

And no, I have no…

Haha.

And no, I have no idea if he repented. I don't think any of us do. I was just curious about the rules assuming he did.

12/07/2018 - 1:25pm This is an honest question…

This is an honest question from a guy who doesn't participate in organized religion: 

Isn't Christianity built in some way on the idea of forgiveness and that man is fallible? If Hugh Freeze messed up and admitted as much and said his hail marys or whatever, isn't he back in the good graces? Or isn't he afforded a 2nd chance?

Is there some deal where football guys are blackballed and have to live out their years in poverty? This seems very un-Christian to me, although I admittedly am ignorant on the topic.

12/07/2018 - 12:25pm I disagree that the CFP…

I disagree that the CFP sucks (it just needs to expand), but you're exactly right about the affect on the fans.

After the 2017-18 regular season ended, Michigan Basketball was 4th place in the conference, #15 in the country.

After the 2018 regular season ended, Michigan Football was tied for 1st in the conference, #7 in the nation.

Which one felt like the better season? Michigan Hoops, because they get to have an unnecessary end of season conference tourney and had a fortuitous run to the National Championship game. Football doesn't get that opportunity. And that's unfortunate, because they had a better season than last year's basketball team.

12/06/2018 - 3:42pm I follow. I know when they…

I follow. I know when they played, who they played and the outcome. I know their record (pretty much). I rarely get to watch because BTN+ is an outright scam and I refuse to support it. But I would and will this weekend.

12/06/2018 - 12:03pm Well, it's actually 8-1…

Well, it's actually 8-1 Northwestern playing 8-1 Ohio State. And it's 8-0 Clemson playing 6-2 Pitt (No other ACC team was better than 6-2).  Not sure why out of conference results matter. They wouldn't be affected by any of these nonsensical proposals.

Again I ask, what is the problem? Ohio State won the better division (by going undefeated against the big scary East division). Northwestern won the lesser division and Ohio State got their conference championship. Is Ohio State upset about the divisions? They're the ones we all should be asking. They're 12-0 against the Big Scary East division the last two years.

I don't see the issue. The East is better. Obviously. Who cares?  If we beat OSU two weeks ago (or 2 years ago) we're in the CFP and these threads don't exist. Will radically altering the B1G divisions make beating OSU easier? Because that's our problem. Not divisions.

12/06/2018 - 11:16am No thanks.

I don't know…

No thanks.

I don't know what the problem is or what issue this is attempting to solve. Are we just making sweeping changes for the sake of change?

 

 

12/05/2018 - 2:34pm If any of these had any…

If any of these had any bearing on anything, this would be plenty. Alas, none of it is relevant to the conversation we are having. Moving Ohio State to the middle of the year, or switching up divisions won't change the possibility that:

1) You play quality teams from the other division

2) You have to play road games

3) Football teams get "lucky"

4) Important players get injured

5) Some games are treated as more important than others

What you are proposing, or at least supporting, doesn't change any of that. That's all going to happen no matter the make up of the divisions. Maybe 6 thru 10 will be better?

 

12/05/2018 - 2:21pm Ah yes, your unrelated…

Ah yes, your unrelated feelings. I will keep them in mind.

Do you have any thoughts on the topic at hand? Like the fact that 3 of the past 4 years the Big Ten East Champion and eventual conference champion went 6-0 against the vaunted Big Ten East? Only to be tripped up by a member of the B1G West? Any thoughts there?

12/05/2018 - 2:11pm Dude, don't start with that…

Dude, don't start with that. I called myself an idiot in that post because I think this topic is stupid. You've proven in past interactions to act like a lunatic when a debate gets away from you. Both you and your alter ego account. And if you would have left it at "Let's agree to disagree" (and I replied "Good idea") and not edited your reply to go off again, this would already be over.  (And I just re-read that. You got mad that I called you a "PTSD-suffering Michigan fan"? That was an insult to you? Yeesh.)

The Big Ten didn't have a CFP representative the past two years because Ohio State got crushed by Iowa and Purdue respectively. Those aren't division foes. Division realignment doesn't fix that. Those weren't the most formidable opponents on their schedule. Again, Ohio State is 12-0 against the Big Ten East the past two seasons. The division isn't the problem. That's not an opinion. That's a fact. It is apparently quite easy for the best team in the division to plow through the Big Ten East. Even stupid-ass Michigan State did it in 2015.

Poor us. Boo hoo.

12/05/2018 - 1:59pm Or don't. Beat Ohio State…

Or don't. Beat Ohio State and enjoy the cake-walk weekend in Indianapolis.

Why would Michigan fans care about this? We haven't been good enough to win this division. Why? Because we got pistol-whipped by Ohio State the last infinity times we had a chance to achieve anything worthwhile. Are you asking to remove OSU from the Michigan football schedule?

James Franklin is bitching about how hard the East is. Why? Because Michigan and Ohio State beat his ass. Is that what we're doing? "Somebody make it easier for us! This is too hard!"

Ohio State missed the playoffs two straight years. Why? Because they got hammered by Purdue and Iowa. They mowed through the East undefeated for the 2nd straight year. It is not hard to do if you have the best team in the division.

JFC, you guys. Maybe we can move to the MAC and be the next UCF! 

12/05/2018 - 1:41pm Good idea.

Good idea.

I don't believe that at all. Your post, to me, no offense, love you, is no different than the dude last week who wanted to take Notre Dame off the schedule. If Michigan is going to be the best in the country, you have to beat Notre Dame and Ohio State. And Penn State. And MSU. And Wisconsin. And Purdue. And Nebraska. And everybody else.

Only a PTSD-suffering Michigan fan would waste keystrokes figuring out how to game the system so we can make a playoff while proving to be inferior to our on-field competition. (And only a similar idiot would waste his time validating this nonsense with a reply.)

If we're good enough to make it, we'll make it. Even if we lose the last game of the year like Alabama did a year ago. You don't need schedule tricks. You need a great football team.