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08/03/2018 - 4:43pm The weight gains are eye…

The weight gains are eye popping to me. I don't ever recall ever seeing so many consistent gains across the board. That has to be the result of a change in S&C. Hopefully, the conditioning doesn't suffer.

08/01/2018 - 2:38am I've been a subscriber since…

I've been a subscriber since they went live. I've read Steward Mandel (editor of the All-American, the college football portion of the Athletic) forever it seems. They have Bruce Fledman, who I used to read at ESPN, years ago and a bunch of other really quality writers. They have a couple writers who used to write for the Michigan Daily (Nichole Auerbach and Chantel Jennings) as well. It's very much worth it, imo.

11/20/2017 - 5:27pm Respond on the Field

I'm assuming that JOK means that BE has a history of making mistakes on the football field because that's what BE was criticizing JOK about. If that's the case, yes BE has some drops, but he's an all time Michigan great and to be honest, I'd rather see Malzone on the field on Saturday than JOK. Don't want to be crticized, don't play or play better. Them the rules.


11/20/2017 - 12:11pm Ourselves?

I love it (no, I don't really) when people include the collective in their own thoughts. If you disagree with something someone says, maybe you should distance yourself. I follow BE on twitter, he's not a fan of JOK. I don't have a problem with that. I can't even hold a grudge against BE because he's never done anything to me. Disagree with something he says/does, fine, but that's on you. Don't put it one everyone. 

09/26/2017 - 3:28pm High to Low

I'm wondering if O'Korn changed his reads as the game progressed. In his first few drives he threw more to the outside receivers. The reads took longer and his DSR was low. However, as the game progressed, he came off those reads a lot quicker and got the ball to his tight ends and slot receivers. 

09/24/2017 - 10:15pm Dangerous to put Speight out there

I went back and rewatched the film and Speight is just not seeing the feild and getting the ball away in time. It's like he has 'sparring partner syndrome'. Speight is a liability to the team and to himself. He's taking hits that he shouldn't be taking because he isn't getting rid of the ball. Even on the play he got injured on, he had a tight end open in the flat and he was looking dead at the blitz. In stead of dropping the ball off, he took the hit. Can't put a guy out like that on the field. 

08/20/2017 - 12:54am Content

With the start of the season, I have to imagine that there is going to be a traffic surge. I'd much rather have a stable site full of good content than a new site that isn't quite ready and in which I can't find the UFR for the week. 

08/20/2017 - 12:46am Joined Date

Maybe because I don't post a lot but that joined date is important to me. My brother has a Rivals membership and he's like 250+ months gold member or something...I'm like that's crazy. 

08/10/2017 - 9:46am When Was Speight hurt?

I've been rewatching all the games from last year and in the Maryland game, Speight was really the best that I've ever seeen him. He was lights out for most of the game. However, on his last series before OKorn took over, Speight got hit after he threw the ball. When he got up, up he was rolling his shoulder like it was hurt. He didn't throw a signifcant pass after that point and the next series OKorn took over. The next week was Iowa. Maybe I'm off on this but the Speight that came out and played since that point was not the Speight that had been getting better and was looking like a real QB. 

01/04/2017 - 12:22pm Rutgers

Cristobal is probably the best recruiter in the Nation and I'm probably underselling him. His recruiting is legendary. Cristobal was Rutgers when Greg Schiano was having success there. It isn't a stretch to say that Schiano's success was directly tied to Cristoball's recruiting. When Cristobal left to go to FIU, Rutgers went back to being Rutgers. Cristoball got TY Hilton to go go to FIU over a lot of other big programs. At 'Bama, Cristoball has been top 3 national recruiter every year he's been there. Losing him would be a huge loss for Bama and a huge get for Oregon.

11/14/2016 - 9:26pm Out for Season v. Out for Regular Season

The attorney in me says that the statements should be read very carefully. Both easily could be true. In fact, Brian never said Speight was out for the season.

09/09/2016 - 7:15pm Citizen Band Radio

I tuned in and thought I was listening to a cb transmission (CB, not to be confused with CBC or CBS). Good to see that this isn't going to be the standard quality going forward.


At least not intentionally. 

09/02/2016 - 6:42pm Amazing Place

The world should never forget that Content is King. I love this site. I love the sites that get linked from this site. The writing is top notch. This site reflects AA; it's the most educated city in the country and this the most educated college football fan site anywhere.

Thanks Brian, Ace,Seth, Adam...special shot out to some of the long term posters that I see a lot. Great to see The Other Brian post...great article...ah, I'm all up in feelings...

Go Blue.

08/08/2016 - 4:09pm How is a trap formed?

Two dope boys and a Cadillac....

09/28/2015 - 10:10pm Dear Ma, I made it

Well, I called and got on the show. How about that?

09/04/2015 - 5:57am Maybe not as ridiculous

Seemed to me that Utah was able to stack the box and Michigan couldn't pass them out of it. Hit a couple of the deep throws and those safeties stop walking down. 

11/04/2014 - 12:45pm A lot to digest

That's a lot of info...great addition the site. 

10/24/2014 - 1:21pm Epic

This post must be preserved.

08/30/2014 - 2:26am Why MGoBlog is special

I don't comment alot but thanks for your comment. I have a 11 year old son and I can't wait to watch the game with him. 

01/29/2014 - 3:36pm Taxable..

Scholarships,football scholaships and basketball scholarships, probably should be taxable now. However, I completely agree with LordGrantham, and have made the argument to several colleagues that if this current movement for doing away with the notion of 'student athlete' to one of an student employee, deserving of 'fair' compensation persists, then too comes the dreaded tax man.


It isn't hard to calculate the financial benefit that the student athlete receives. For a school like Michigan, easily > $30k p/y. If this is treated as compesation to the student 'employee', the student would be required to pay taxes on that amount. Also, this could have a profound effect on the student's parents, who are likely still claiming this 'well compensated' individual as a dependent.

01/09/2014 - 2:05am Mario Cristobal - OL?

If Michigan can manage to grab Mario Cristobal for the OL coach, that would be a huge recruiting coup. MC was the mastermind behind Rutgers recruiting success under Greg Schiano and he recrutied both TY Hilton and Jonathan Cyprian (Jacskonville Jaguars starting safety) to little known FIU. He has huge huge ties to South Florida and is regarded as a masterful recruiter. Previously was head coach at FIU.

12/05/2013 - 1:40pm X1

The difference between the PS3 and the PS4 is that the PS4 has better internals. Interface wise, the PS3 and the PS4 are very similar. The upgrade from PS3 to PS4 is not that significant because game play hasn't changed between the two consoles.


The difference between the Xbox 1 and every other gaming machine is very significant. I have my cable box plugged directly into my XBox and I use my Xbox 1 controller (or Kinect) to control everything. I can go from playing a game to watching TV without ever havign to put my controller down. On Saturday, I was watching the Alabama/Auburn game while using the ESPN app to scroll through all the other games that ESPN was showing...using my Xbox. The sheer amount of things that you can do with an Xbox 1 is staggering. Plus, Microsoft is indicating that the apps available on Windows 8.1 will be available on the X1...crazy.


Video game programmers didn't need more processing power to make video games. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 both had more than enough power to do everything that video game makers wanted to do with video games. After a certain point, game companies start losing lots of money trying to make a game too complicated. While the graphics may be better on the new systems, I don't expect to see a huge jump in actual game play between either the PS4 or the X1.



09/17/2013 - 4:00pm Get in the hole

Fitz is not hitting the hole hard at all. He's looking at the blocks before he even receives the ball. If he explodes through the hole he has a chance to break a long one here. Instead he pitty pats in the backfield and the blocks collapse around him. This was something that he consistently did all day.

01/08/2013 - 3:58pm Whenever I see Stauskas I

Whenever I see Stauskas I instantly think of American Pie and Stiffer's mom....

09/12/2012 - 1:00pm That makes sense

But it leads to the question: Why is Kovacs setting the edge??!? I wanted to scream at the TV. It felt like I was watching the Indiana game with GERG all over again. Brian writes it up as if Kovacs was supposed to be setting the edge. That can't possibly be true...can it??

09/12/2012 - 12:41pm Setting the edge

If I remember correctly, the sideline reporter spoke with Mattison at half time and he said that the CB weren't coming up fast enough to stop the run. When you look at the CB alignment, the CBs were playing around 10 yards off the ball as if they were afraid to get beat deep. That seems crazy to me against a triple option team. I'm not sure why the corner's weren't playing more press coverage, reading through to the backfield and setting the edge with S giving over the top help. That seems a more preferable than having the CBs catching blocks 10 yards down field with the S being forced to set the edge coming from the middle of the field. On a number of plays there was backside pursuit if only the edge had been set. Frank Clark consistently was chasing on the backside when the ball went away from him.

09/06/2012 - 3:17pm Yeldon Play

I've watched the Yeldon run where Brian conclude who was actually at fault, over and over. I've concluded that it has to be Demens. Either the TE or the tackle releases on Demens but basically is stumbling and makes no real contact. Gordon comes up and forces the run back inside. Demens has to get through the 'very' weak block and stuff the whole right there. Instead, he trips over the offensive player's fingernail and leaves a gaping hole.

01/11/2012 - 3:56pm Slight Guy

Roy is not very physical and gets pushed around around by physical DBs. He struggled to get off the line and to get seperation. On slants, DBs routinely beat him to the ball (see Iowa, etc). When Dbs would get physical with Roy, often he would break off his routes and look for a pass interference call. 

Roy needs to be in the slot to be effective. Michigan desperately needs another outside guy, someone with speed preferably.

01/11/2012 - 12:52pm Roundtree

I don't know how anyone can have confidence in Roundtree. The kid is too small to play wideout. He consistently gets thrown off of his routes when he is jammed at the line. If Roundtree is to be successful at all, it will have to be in the slot where he can get a free release. The reason why he didn't have more catches this year is because he couldn't get open.

11/16/2011 - 1:10pm Awesomeness

Anytime I am left with my afternoon coffee dribbling down my chin, I have to say it was a damn good post. Great anaylsis and truly TBS.

10/03/2011 - 10:35am Reverse Bias

Looks like Michigan is getting dinged because their game film is actually broken down frame by frame and we see the weaknesses of the team. However, it is extremely hard for me to believe that a person can look at Illiniois game film and come away thinking that they are a better team than Michigan. 

09/11/2011 - 10:27am 'Jump Balls'

I wouldn't necessarily call them 'jump balls'. Notre Dame was playing man to man almost the entire night. The defenders had their back to the ball and couldn't see when the ball was in the air. All the receivers had to do was locate the ball.



08/25/2011 - 1:39pm In the Big House

Sport is a contrived event. It sits atop Maslow's pyramid. To the individual, sport is relevant as long as a person relates and cares about it. People care more when the team they follow does well, is admired, or hated. Losing, especially prolonged losing, doesn't cause anger, it causes apathy. Apathy is death of any sport (see NHL).

Is Rich Rod a good man? Was Bo a good man? Jim Tressel? For us, those questions are meaningless. What we care about is whether those individuals won games. Did Rich Rod cause people to care more about Michigan or did he inspire apathy? Is Michigan more or less relevant after RR. I hate Jim Tressel. Not as a person, but as a winner/cheater/Suckeye. John Cooper? I could care less. 

I don't know if Rich Rod is a loving father, a caring husband, a thoughtful son. What I do know is that there was a fuzzy stuffed animal on the sideline during the year Michigan had it's historically worse defense ever. Once overheard at a gentleman's club: Her 'I'm just doing this to pay rent', Him 'I don't care'.

Win Baby, Win.

08/25/2011 - 10:36am Class of '28

Doesn't seem so far off any more.  

08/22/2011 - 5:09pm Hustle Hard

Not that Ace? 

08/22/2011 - 3:15pm Congrats

Congrats to the new guys but you have some big shoes to fill. Congrats to the Mathlete, I've always enjoyed your posts. Onward and upward!!

07/25/2011 - 11:59am If taking the Bar tomorrow...

You should probably be doing some last minute studying, praying, breathing exercise, ...or at least that's what I was doing (probably a combination of all 3).  Good luck, relax and look forward to the time of no worries while you wait for the results to come back.  

07/24/2011 - 10:34pm The Voice Treatment

If I didn't have to look at the video, I can dig the song.  I had to channel my inner Cee Lo.  Not a bad use of Lupe.  

The video however... Can someone order up a Mulligan?  Wowzers.

03/12/2011 - 2:01pm Well Played

I almost spit up @ Sandra Bullock being through enough...

09/03/2010 - 11:51pm Thank You

I've been a guest on this board for a long time.  I've enjoyed reading the Blog post as well as the responses from the faithful commentators.  This is the only sight that I've been on, for any sport, where the content is driven by complex analysis and detailed review rather than selling access to players/coaches.  

But I was compelled to create an account today after reading the Michigan Preview.  I do a lot of writing and legal analysis for a living.  I know what good writing and analysis looks like. I know when a person has put in time, effort, and energy into a work.  I know these things and I can say confidently that hands down, the Michigan Preview this week is one of the Best Previews I've ever read.  Insightful, funny, detailed...

We are what we do.  You, my friend, do Michigan, therefore you must be a Michigan Man.  Thanks.  I appreciate what you do and I know others do as well.