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07/13/2018 - 2:34pm It’s very easy to make the…

It’s very easy to make the argument for Franklin/PSU because people tend to project based on what just happened.

If you get away from narratives (“Michigan hasn’t done X since 2006”) and just focus on the roster, there’s much more reason to believe U-M can rise from 8-5 than there was for Penn State when they went 7-6. 

07/10/2018 - 11:43am Agreed, so long as US gas…

Agreed, so long as US gas prices remain a global outlier.

If they rose to Europe’s level ($6 to $8 a gallon), things would change. 

07/03/2018 - 4:02am 100 plus his jersey number

100 plus his jersey number

06/10/2018 - 6:03am That’s just Doc being a good…

That’s just Doc being a good guy. If you notice, he also makes mention of the AHL and ECHL when he can. He attended a couple of hockey schools (Miami and BG) and just seems to appreciate all levels of hockey. 

05/19/2018 - 8:48am It’s baffling that anyone

It’s baffling that anyone considered Nebraska a possibility. They’re on OSU's schedule through the rest of Burrow's eligibility.

05/16/2018 - 6:02pm The bowl record is a fair

The bowl record is a fair point. Bo shines more as a program builder/maintainer.

At the end of his tenure, U-M’s recruiting was such that they could march into Ohio and take their very best players. That is not nothing. No matter what Harbaugh does, it is difficult to imagine that ever recurring.

05/16/2018 - 5:54pm The buildout of sports

The buildout of sports facilities on South Campus has gone way too far. It looks like an Olympic village, not a school.

05/16/2018 - 2:09pm Breslin has said he isn’t

Breslin has said he isn’t running

05/10/2018 - 4:47am Least bad option?

That's illogical. It’s only the least bad option if you’re thinking solely about the 2017 season—which CLE shouldn’t have been, since the team was going to suck no matter what.

Given that Peppers is one of their top assets, they should’ve been prioritizing his development by playing him where he belongs.

05/09/2018 - 12:31pm Eh—2020 still has Bucky and

Eh—2020 still has Bucky and Penn State

05/08/2018 - 1:27pm They said the same thing to

They said the same thing to Daniel about his crane crap

05/03/2018 - 2:19pm Recruiting

Recruiting explains why it isn’t a great OL. It doesn’t explain why rushers are barreling through untouched.

Michigan has some physical limitations with its tackles, but it’s not like we’re throwing 280-pound freshmen out there. The bigger problem is confusion.

04/30/2018 - 10:00pm That said, Brady and Brees

That said, Brady and Brees are the two oldest QBs in the league (by some distance), and Wilson was found by and developed at NC State. Cousins is the only current pro starter that the Big Ten has truly produced in over a decade.

04/30/2018 - 4:59pm Fair points all, but remember

Fair points all, but remember who he’s competing with. McCaffrey hasn’t stepped on the field yet and Peters had the training wheels on big-time last year.

That latter point is critical. Michigan was far more cautious with Peters (despite his familiarity with the playbook) than they were with Rudock, who didn’t even have a spring practice. Patterson also is a better fit for an OL that’ll need the QB to improvise.

I would take the opposite point of view: The only reason the starting job is even in question is because Patterson just got here.

04/30/2018 - 1:00pm Gary, sure, but who else?

Winovich is a SR but we already have options on the roster. Bush’s production is outstanding, but I’m not sure he’s an early entry guy at his size. Higdon and Perry have plenty of guys behind them.

And then there’s Patterson. He’s an early entry threat, but again, by 2019 one of Peters/McCaffrey/Milton should be good to go.

04/27/2018 - 4:17pm Crazier than subs?

Crazier than subs?

04/21/2018 - 1:58pm Wimbush

The weird thing about him is it’s not like he can’t throw it. When they went up to EL, Wimbush tore State up through the air. This is a Brian Kelly team; you know he wouldn’t bring in a QB who can’t throw.

04/21/2018 - 1:43pm No chance

Nebraska is on OSU's schedule through the remainder of Burrow's eligibility. There’s no way OSU would release him there. (Still needs a release even if it’s a grad transfer.)

04/20/2018 - 2:38pm But on the flip side, State

But on the flip side, State was one of the youngest teams in the country last season. Qualitatively, they should improve.

If Lewerke gets hurt, yes, they’d be in trouble, but that goes for just about any team losing its starter (save Bama and, unfortunately, OSU).

04/14/2018 - 3:06pm Yeah, it’s a good move

He’s been in the national spotlight for some time now; that’s not an issue. And he’s not a crazy athlete with untapped ability, or a supporting-cast guy who needs to show he can get his.

Staying in school can’t just be about hiding out from the draft. There has to be something to gain—otherwise you’re just delaying what’s going to happen anyway.

04/12/2018 - 12:39pm It’s not that Stanford has a lot of sports

It’s that they’re good in a lot of them.

The scoring system takes your best 19 sports (4 of which are mandatory), so it doesn’t matter if you play more.

04/07/2018 - 11:18pm South Carolina

Touch the Banner did a great breakdown of who was actually on the field for U-M that day. It was basically a B or C team relative to who played in the season opener.

In other words, while it might’ve looked like they rolled over, the real problem was that they were on their 3rd-choice RT, 2nd-string QB, etc.

04/04/2018 - 2:07pm On the contrary, people are

On the contrary, people are overplaying Simpson’s offensive shortcomings.

Defense is half the game. PGs have even more defensive impact than their teammates since he guards the ball and thus can disrupt the entire flow. Aaron Craft likewise had major offensive limitations, but OSU won a lot of games with that dude.

It’s easy to point at Simpson because a broke jumper is an obvious deficiency, but you win on both ends. Even after this season, people still struggle to see that.

04/04/2018 - 1:53pm This should take care of itself

Seems unlikely that both Wagner and Matthews stay. But if they do, that creates a playing-time logjam that would bring about a transfer.

04/03/2018 - 6:45am If everyone returns, we're

If everyone returns, we're one over. But that’s unlikely. Even if both Wagner and Matthews returned, that would raise the likelihood of a playing-time transfer further down the roster.

04/02/2018 - 5:08pm In the words of Marko Ramius

I give chance in three.

04/01/2018 - 3:17pm Not necessarily.

The greatness is in outplaying your opponent six straight games. Maybe that’ll require a game for the ages, but maybe it won’t.

03/31/2018 - 3:35pm The block was clean, but it’s

The block was clean, but it’s ridiculous how people attach so much meaning to that call. Louisville was up 3 with about 5 min left. If they get the call right, our odds of victory still aren’t even 50%.

Now the Barrett spot, on the other hand...

03/31/2018 - 11:54am There needs to be a job

There needs to be a job opening, and it needs to be in an offense that doesn’t run the QB. When you put those two factors together, there aren’t many schools out there.

03/28/2018 - 1:11pm This is changing, actually.

This is changing, actually. Golden State is now starting to embrace longer 2s, recognizing that teams have overcorrected in their avoidance of them.…

03/25/2018 - 8:57am Would they?

If anything, Wagner might drop to 3rd team. These awards are made for guys who have counting stats or clear-cut NBA potential.

03/22/2018 - 2:13pm Does it work overseas?

Like in, say, Porto, Portugal?

03/22/2018 - 4:17am Not nearly as good? Gedeon

Not nearly as good? Gedeon led the team in tackles by a mile as a senior and also co-led in TFLs (with Peppers).

McCray is fine but there’s a reason opponents schemed to get him in coverage. Gedeon was a better pro prospect because of his athleticism.

03/22/2018 - 3:46am People keep saying this.

People keep saying this. Gotta remember: The 4 and 5 are totally different in U-M's offense. If you put Wagner at the 4, you’re asking him to take on an unfamiliar role. In the biggest game of the season. Against a tough defense.

Playing two bigs also creates more foul risk (they’re both on the court, so they’re both susceptible to post-defense fouls, over-the-backs, etc.) and throws off your rotation. If there’s five minutes of up-and-down action and they’re both gassed, what do you do—throw Davis out there?

U-M beat MSU and Purdue because it created its own mismatches, not because it tried to imitate those teams. The two-big idea should only be considered if things are going sideways and we’re desperate.

03/20/2018 - 8:20pm The spring game is

The spring game is technically a practice, so Patterson can participate no matter what. But he isn’t going to cause a spike in spring-game interest unless he’s 2018-eligible. Casual U-M fans are lukewarm on the spring game as it is—it’s hard to believe they’d be fired up to see a guy who might not play for another year and a half.

03/18/2018 - 8:00am Textbook example of why it’s

Textbook example of why it’s important to ignore narratives (“long-term decline”) and just focus on actual events.

U-M had a bad year on the field and had a lot of turnover at Schembechler. As the house gets back in order, it’s only logical that things will pick up.

03/18/2018 - 5:20am A long time ago but

Rumeal vs. MSU at Crisler in 1990

03/11/2018 - 12:58pm Fewer things to win in

Fewer things to win in football, and fewer chances to win them. Just look at the 2013 basketball team and the 2016 football team.

Both lost out on a Big Ten title on an agonizing single play (basketball on the missed Jordan Morgan putback, football on the 4th and 1 measurement). But the basketball team got a mulligan in the NCAA tournament. The football team was every bit as good, but its season was effectively over.

03/11/2018 - 12:20pm KU to Nashville?

Why would Kansas land anywhere but Wichita? They’re a 2 seed at worst, and no one in the running for a 1 or 2 seed is remotely as close to Wichita as KU.

03/08/2018 - 8:18pm The last remnants of the Fab

The last remnants of the Fab Five (Jackson/King) got in at 17-13

03/06/2018 - 7:47am Harbaugh is 3 years

Harbaugh is 3 years in.

After 3 years, Beilein had 2 sub-.500 seasons.

03/01/2018 - 3:39pm Doesn’t Iowa have everything to lose?

That logic has never made sense. If you’re an Iowa senior, your career is on the line here. If you’re (for instance) MAAR, you still have the NCAAs no matter what. How is there more pressure on Michigan?

Now if you want to argue that it’s tougher for U-M because they’re expected to win, then I guess so, but that’s only a Vegas number. Not sure that has any bearing on the players.

02/28/2018 - 6:29pm Too bullish on the freshmen

Look at this year’s team. Poole is only now getting major minutes. Livers is starting but has a very limited role. Simmons isn’t a freshman but is another example of a guy needing more time than expected to adapt.

First-year players at U-M rarely come in and take huge roles, no matter how plug and play they seem.

02/27/2018 - 6:32pm Next season’s team will be

Next season’s team will be unusually athletic for the Beilein era, but there’s no comparison to the Fab Five.

Even if you set aside Webber, you have to remember that King (for instance) was more explosive from a purely athletic standpoint than anyone his size. Charles Matthews is nice but King in the open court was outrageous.

02/25/2018 - 8:55pm Big Ten is surely pleased

Big Ten is surely pleased Nebraska won. This saves the B1G from a really ugly Thursday at MSG. Had Nebraska been the 5 seed, the first two days of the B1G tournament wouldn’t have had a single team that’s projected to make the NCAAs.

02/23/2018 - 5:18am U-M ran for 4.8 per carry vs.

U-M ran for 4.8 per carry vs. OSU (sacks removed)

02/22/2018 - 1:06pm True although having a whole

True although having a whole team of those guys in 92 and 93 was pretty fun

02/20/2018 - 2:41pm That's a fair point for maybe

That's a fair point for maybe the first period of game 1, but come on, it's a Jeff Jackson team. Taking weekends off is the last thing they're known for.

02/20/2018 - 7:59am Would be great indeed. Delany

Would be great indeed. Delany has actually sounded open to it. He said that Detroit, Minneapolis and others should seek to host, and that it’ll be up to the schools.

So it comes down to whether the schools will be in favor of having the tournament go to a bunch of places instead of being rooted in Chicago/Indianapolis. If Detroit gets one, then it follows that OSU, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, etc. have a right to one—any school that has a suitable big-city arena in the vicinity. (In Nebraska's case, that could be Omaha or maybe even Denver—Delany specifically mentioned that the conference stretches to Colorado.)

Seems logical that all those schools would be for it. The only schools who might oppose are the ones who don’t stand to benefit: the Indiana schools (who already have a great deal), the Illinois schools and Iowa.

02/20/2018 - 12:45am First of all, what is this

First of all, what is this obsession with the Peter Principle? Second, how are Drevno and McElwain examples of it?

The Peter Principle says people will reach a level they can’t succeed at **and then stay there.** The second part is crucial. The whole idea is premised on the notion that the organization will either promote people or let them stay put in roles they aren’t suited for.

The sports business doesn’t work like that. McElwain had 1 year of incompetence at Florida and he was gone. Drevno had 1 such year at U-M and now his job is changing. This is the antithesis of the Peter Principle: They’ve been demoted and returned to positions in which they’ve had success before.