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12/15/2018 - 5:39pm How about if EspNcaa is…

How about if EspNcaa is going to have 5 million bowls that no one wants play in except the 4 teams in 3 playoff & champ bowls, then the same pockets funding the bowls must pony up lifetime-income insurance for athletes who play. It’d take time for market to develop, but they already sell such insurance on handfuls of individuals basis, so it can be done

12/08/2018 - 1:49pm does anyone recall: what was…

does anyone recall: what was the line on this game at tip-off? Just curious

12/06/2018 - 9:02pm I follow best I can with…

I follow best I can with virtually no games televised. Mix of radio broadcast and the resident MGoBlog “tracker” (thanks I Bleed Maize & Blue!!)

12/05/2018 - 5:45pm

12/01/2018 - 11:12pm It is possible the other…

It is possible the other team’s level of play varies from week to week also. OSU looked like flaming dog poo most of year; tackles got eaten alive by MSU, Minnesota, Purdue, everyone. Yet Haskins not even a hurry from best pass rush they faced all year. UM held every team before OSU to around 20pts under their average, yet OSU got their most of the year vs us. It wasn’t coaching on either side: it was matchup — the thing they do best offensively we struggled with, when pass rush was working, and got annihilated by when not — and they played their best game of the year by far. Or, yeah, Don Brown who has had top-whatever defense for something like last decade with 2 different teams and levels of personnel, best adjuster in game, suddenly can’t coach and didn’t adjust? Get off my lawn with that ridiculousness

11/28/2018 - 12:05pm True enough. I tend to think…

True enough. I tend to think it's the line play also: winning in the trenches and good blocking makes everyone a play-calling genius because everything works; bad blocking & every coach is an idiot, with bad calls, horrible plan, who got out-coached because nothing works. Works that way on defense too: why couldn't Brown adjust to fact that only way to stop OSU is pressure Haskins without blitzing your LBs who have to stop the crossing as it comes over the middle & then he they are quite mortal even awful at times, but we couldn't get pressure at all, even blitzing backers.

We also tend to ignore the other team: OSU hadn't played CLOSE that well in the trenches on both sides all year, but of course against us they would like the #2 team in the country that everyone thought they were pre-season and not the basket case they looked against MSU.

11/28/2018 - 11:48am I share your frustration,…

I share your frustration, but your response is off-target factually in a couple of ways:

1) No, these 4 years with JH are _better_ than any four-year stretch since 1997-2000. I.e., you have to include the (one) undefeated season to get to a better four-year stretch. So, literally, objectively: better than Lloyd Carr post-NC.

2) And there are not many (any? I didn't pour over those records too far back, but by impression) 4-year stretches before 1997, excluding that NC year, that have better record either. So, like I said, factually: we are very literally & rather exactly "back" to where we were, excepting 1997, and except that 0-4 v. OSU & regularly competing for championships. Big exceptions.

And like I also said, we want more now, and should want more, damn-rightly so, and most-especially including that beating OSU more than rarely when they're under sanctions and competing for championships part. That's Part II.

I'm just hopeful that progress continues on into Part II now, and not regression on Part I.

11/26/2018 - 9:41pm I saw and was wondering…

I saw and was wondering about this too. But the issues on offense weren’t the play calling or the personnel: it was the matchup in the trenches. The O line didn’t get as badly manhandled as the D front 7, but they lost their matchup pretty badly also. When line is protecting and making holes, every call and every RB and QB look brilliant. When not, the coaches are idiots who put the wrong players in to make the wrong plays

11/25/2018 - 7:47am They dominated both lines, &…

They dominated both lines, & that was the game. If Haskins had time to throw those crossing patterns, they were going to score, a lot. He did. If they got pressure on Patterson and stopped the run decently enough, we were not going to be able to score with them & probably turn the ball over a couple times. We did. 3 times counting the blocked punt, I think, to their one unforced error (21-7 on that alone). It’s line play, as usually is, and they won that on both sides of the ball, by huge margin.

11/25/2018 - 7:43am The record against all the…

The record against all the better teams is:

PSU 3-1

msu 2-2

wisky 2-1

iowa 0-1

bowls 1-2

and, yeah, 0-4 vs OSU

so we’re one of the second tier now, and just at the moment and by the last 4 years head-to-head record, the best of that second tier.

If somehow that doesn’t look like turn around in 4 years to you after the previous 8, well whatever man. Sucks losing to OSU & getting blown out sucks even worse, but if you’re thinking Harbaugh is the problem instead of part of heading in right direction and the best damn option we’re ever going to have, by an enormous margin, then you’ve lost your mind. You are neglecting how low we’d sunk and how much distance OSU, & even MSU & PSU, put on us & the rest of the field during that stretch.

03/02/2018 - 8:36pm Well, thank you, JWG

...just like you said, down 3-1 only needed you to post...

Well done sir

02/16/2018 - 10:19pm Oh HAIL yes!

That was sweet. 22 blocked shots!

The team, the team, the team.

02/04/2018 - 8:19am That hurt

Down to 17 pairwise. Leapfrogged by Wiscy. They need to sweep more weekends

02/03/2018 - 4:51am Which 16 make Frozen Four?

Is it conference leaders, conference championship winners, then top pairwise not among those teams until get to 16 teams? If so, M is definition of on the bubble right now, eh?

01/13/2018 - 2:53pm Yeh-heh-heh-eh-esss!!

Oh man, that was sweet! Go Blue!!

12/30/2017 - 3:41pm Call stands = total wuss!

Iowa state RB clearly had crossed the plane. Ridiculous

12/10/2017 - 9:55pm As SQ said:

About. Damn. Time!

12/06/2017 - 5:47pm Peters QB rating

37 of 64 for 486, with 4 TD 0 INT is

Comp.% Yards/Att. TD% Int.% NCAA QB Rating

57.8125 7.59375 6.25 0 142.225

Sorry about formatting.

*competition-level asterisks apply to most of that

11/30/2017 - 3:18pm “Not bad for a Huge Recruiting Mistake”?

What’s the reference there?

11/29/2017 - 4:27am That right there

is one grade-A awesome post. Slow clapping respect, my man

11/27/2017 - 1:14pm Truth

Saw him on field warmups & dude looks like would snap in two if hit in game right now

11/27/2017 - 12:31pm There is no chance

they got complacent. OSU is pretty damn good (not top-4 great, but top-10, and what happened after that 14-0 punch in the mouth we gave them was that they woke up and punched back.

What was as impressive as that opening punch in my mind was that we took their counter and pushed back into the lead after the half.

A loss is a loss is a loss, and it sucks beyond believe that we’re like 3-17 vs our rivals in last 10 years, (gawd, that hurt just to type,) but there was also a heck of a lot to look at and find encouraging for the going forward. Way better than any time since this slide began

11/27/2017 - 12:23pm You’ll come in and improve them from 20-18 (12-12 Big)

to 28-10 (18-8 Big10)?

1 win vs MSU & 1 versus Fickel’s OSU previous 7 years, most of those 12 losses uncompetitive, more than a few horribly embarrassingly so, to 1 win already in first 6 games vs them and 2-3 others damn shitty can-we-get-a-friggin-break losses?

Yeah, what’s the guy been doing, other than Herculean success in righting the ship and heading us back on track? I mean, jeebers, he’s got that 40th ranked transition recruitment class all the way to juniors / redshirt sophomores this year and he can’t beat his rivals yet? You’re right, he’s done nothing...

11/26/2017 - 7:42pm Only if it returns them being the

Little Brother; otherwise, the irony sucks!

11/25/2017 - 2:08pm Thanks. Exactly what my untrained eye

saw also. And still if we make that interception, we’re up at least 7 at the half. Argh!!

11/25/2017 - 1:48pm Us against the world

All anger & fire next half.

11/25/2017 - 1:47pm Bull shit

Bull shit

11/25/2017 - 1:45pm Horrible spot

In an OSU game, imagine that?

11/25/2017 - 1:40pm C’mon. Hard enough to beat OSU

but to beat OSU and refs is hopeless. Another block in the back

11/25/2017 - 1:31pm Another block in the back

With no flag

11/25/2017 - 1:27pm Not allowed to complain about refs?

WTF? Two phantom holds & bad clock set.

Still, gotta catch that interception — that’s difference between upset alert & , not

11/24/2017 - 8:47pm Pitt is 5-7

They were 8-5 previous two seasons.

6-2, 5-3, and 3-5 this year in ACC.

Really? You’d rather that than 10-3, 10-3, 8-5/9-4?

Seriously folks: tap the brakes on the woe-is-us stuff

11/24/2017 - 8:39pm Right on.


11/24/2017 - 8:27pm Um, yeah, he was benched for Peters, so

He is exactly as you said: “the third-string QB now.”

11/24/2017 - 8:20pm How a team “turns around”;

Step 1) start beating and stop losing to middling teams

2) start closing the gap between the you and the top teams, but you will still lose games you should based on game-play have won (the Mickey Redmond theory)

3) then you start winning some & then many of those games, and now you’re the top dog

(Mickey also says that toward the end of these positive runs, you still win some games that you should by all rights lose based on play, then you start dropping them, and that’s when slumps begin)

11/24/2017 - 7:40pm An eminently reasonable take

Odd how refreshing it was to read.

I had them 8-4, same 3 losses as you, but the 4th loss was to UF in the opener, not to ... F’ them, I won’t say it.

To manage the turnaround coach has managed from the 7 years before he got here, is amazing, actually. And bank it: this year is the low point — here’s where that 40th ranked transition recruitment year should be leading the team if it were a normal recruiting year — it sucks, but it’s also not remotely a sign that all is woe, there’s no up from here, etc.

People are forgetting two important things (among many more): 1) Harbaugh was brought here to stop the bleeding & build us back — he’s been an enormous success in his primary task; 2) back to where we were before the 7 years before JH, would mean seasons between 8/4 and 10/2 (were only 12 then) with only extremely rare seasons outside that & at least as many below as above, and that was against a Big2-Little8 Big10. Now, I happen to believe JH will bring us back to the high end of that, and soon, but not immediately. Anyone who thought he’d come in & in a year to two or three have us back to early Loyd years was deluding themselves.

Thanks Brian & the MGoBlog staff writers for all your excellent analysis. Hope the toxicity of comments & MGoBoard doesn’t wreck this awesome thing you’ve built

11/24/2017 - 3:33pm You’re 4-7...

...ooh, so gutsy to play like you’ve nothing to lose, because you don’t

11/24/2017 - 3:13pm Of 5-7 and staying home?

Because one lucky stars-aligned day?

Slight overreaction, wouldn’t you say?

11/24/2017 - 5:09am No doubt, need to start winning rival games again

But in 7 years pre-Harbaugh, team was 2-12 vs our two rivals, those wins coming vs Fickel’s OSU and on the great slide to last-second field goal vs a down MSU. Harbaugh will be 1-5 (most likely) with the miracles going the other way. There too, this year will be his UM teams’ nadir. “This week’s obsessions” were on-target. Things to work on still on Offense (coordinator/Oline coach & line are the consistent issues), but any notion that this team is in wrong track is nuts, or that “as bad as Hoke (or RR)” is absolutely insane

11/23/2017 - 7:11pm Yeah, like that ESPN wheel of probability thing...

...has us at 19.9% yo. (How the F?! Like decimal misplaced at least a digit to the right there.)

11/23/2017 - 7:00pm Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

No! Hell no! And it ain’t over now! Who’s with us?

11/23/2017 - 6:58pm Ask USC about that last line...

...give it a frickin rest, people: Harbaugh’s teams have had winning record in conference all 3 years, Hoke was .500 on that & RR had none. Hoke was 11-2, 8-5, 7-6, 5-8. This year will be his lowest. Look at next year’s roster like they did in “this week’s obsession”, look at the red shirts this season, & even with the brutal schedule, next year will be back on upswing. Really: give. it. a. rest. This year was tough; but not much tougher than we knew it was going to be (if you read any of the pre-season write-ups on this blog, you’d know that).

11/22/2017 - 7:28pm Thanks for the research & thread

That list genuinely feels like a positive. Add to QB development (BP), strength of RB’s coming back, have to be at least somewhat improved line & WR, and D returns almost everyone (Hurst a big loss by himself tho), and huh: they could really do well next year even with that brutal schedule. I hope someone reminds us of all this after Saturday (which is going to Suck with a capital UCK!

11/22/2017 - 1:49pm Same difference

666 the one, c-bus the other

11/22/2017 - 1:21pm Up vote

But can’t do that in on the app

11/22/2017 - 1:20pm I was only saying gotta still have hope

I’ll keep it (even while fully expecting to get destroyed, as that team should’ve been too—what was that team’s record?)

11/22/2017 - 1:06pm But remember when poor damn Devin Gardner’s

team was going to get slaughtered and yet a 2pt conversion? Glad none of us are playing or coaching The Game this Saturday

11/22/2017 - 1:04pm Commence the wailing & gnashing of teeth

(Or resume the..., I mean)

11/22/2017 - 12:59pm And this is the more-favorable chart

The FFFF Defense vs our O is going to leap out of our screens to bludgeon us with stars & shields vs cyan balloons in every direction

11/22/2017 - 12:42pm Um, check Hoke’s record

10-3, 10-3, 8-5/9-4, 7-6/8-5 would be better than Hoke even just by pure record actually, but I agree it would be disappointing as hell. Harbaugh resurrected this team. It’s ridiculous that anyone would question that (not that you were); it’s like people a) forgot how bad things were for the 7 years or so of hell before he got here, and b) forgot that before that hell we were between 8-4 and 10-2 every year for decades before with one or two exceptions on each side of that only, but, yeah, would be nice if we could ever get an offensive line and a string of nfl QBs again. A real O line coach, perhaps?