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05/02/2018 - 1:26pm Root cause

Thanks Brian for explaining the root causes of the offensive line issues in 2017. Communication and execution are fundamental issues for any team sport let alone such a complicated one like football.

Onward, let’s pray that these issues will be addressed in 2018. I have much hope for the team this year but the offensive line is still the biggest question mark.

02/27/2018 - 8:50pm I like the ca_prophet idea

Brian has convinced me that the NCAA is suppressing athletes for the benefit of NCAA officials, highly paid coaches, networks, etc. So let’s open it up and make it a free market system. Ca_prophet’s idea has merit because of the longer-term medical cost of getting hurt/concussions would place even more value on getting an education + medical coverage being a safety net for those who graduate. Who could prevent such a thing from happening? What if Michigan started providing medical coverage now? Are they allowed to do this?

02/20/2018 - 4:48pm Best way to start the day . . . with Carl

Carl’s philosophy toward life shines through his voice; clear, confident, soulful, humble and intelligent. We love listening to him in the morning.

01/31/2018 - 2:29pm The Team! The Team! The Team!

Nov 22, 1969 was my first game. Didn’t care much about football at the time due to my lousy experience with high school football and Michigan’s big loss at Ohio State. My roommates were from Flint and someone gave him tickets because they didn’t want to go to the game and be embarrassed like the previous year. So we paid $10 for the tickets went with his friends. The seats were in the freshman student section, down low in the end zone.

We became more and more excited as the game went along.  When the game finished we rushed onto the field and helped pull the goal posts down. Whoa, what a great first time Michigan football game! I graduated in 1972 then MBA from U of M in 1974. Live on the north shore suburbs of Chicago and I’m a Wolverine for life.

My Aunt was getting her Ph.D in English and Ann Arbor was far enough from my hometown of Pittsburgh to satisfy my needs. I read an article about a young man in 1967 who was a Michigan student who purchased a significant quantity of weed and flew back to Michigan and sold it on campus. That seemed enterprising, interesting, unique and rebellious. I loved the campus and the academics. Didn’t sell any weed but did work for the Daily and worked as a “hasher” (busboy) in a sorority. Exciting times. I remember being at the Daily when the news was coming over the teletype about the Supreme Court ruling about the Pentagon Papers being published by NY Times/Washington Post.  We were very happy about the Freedom of the press in those days too.

12/07/2017 - 1:44pm So Deontay Anderson is very intelligent

If he understood what was happening after he arrived at Ole Miss and self-imposed a redshirt, then that is self-discipline plus an indication of a higher quality person. Sounds like someone we want.

12/07/2017 - 1:27pm Why did Deontay Anderson redshirt?

He was a 4 star recruit. Did he get hurt?

Exciting news about all the recruiting. 

11/17/2017 - 3:26pm Great Story

Thanks Adam: Love the depth of this profile of a Wolverine. It is not easy to play any sport in college. This demonstrates how the mental toughness is just as important as the physical capabilities. I better appreciate Patrick as a student and as a player. Love the desire and perseverance. Now let’s go and ruin Wisconsin and Ohio’s seasons!

10/11/2017 - 5:40pm Love this level of detail

Thanks Adam/MGoBlog. Great to see this level of detail from the players and/or coaches. Interesting and informative.

Looks easy when you see a play well done but from my time of playing/coaching any sport . . . it takes hours/years of practice.

06/12/2017 - 5:03pm Penguins

Loved watching the Penguins pass the puck. Very exciting to see Carl Hagelin’s speed to chase down the loose puck and slam it into the goal for the clincher. Love to watch the offense in hockey, hate the grabbing by the defense. Make the goals bigger and the rink international sized. 

04/14/2017 - 11:09am Great Guy

"Family, faith & football" were his priorities. Sounds right to me. Love the family and the team. Sorry for his passing. 

02/27/2017 - 11:35am Any chance that synchronized skating becomes an Olympic Sport?

Any chance that synchronized skating becomes an Olympic Sport?

It is cool to watch. Your wife have any insight on this? My daughter is competing in this sport. 

02/09/2017 - 1:07pm worth a try

Looks reasonable. Let's see what Delany says to InterM!

02/09/2017 - 11:33am Great stuff

Fits nice - long & lean style - looks great. Thanks

01/12/2017 - 9:40pm great overview

Love the historical perspective.

What's the deal with Patrick Kugler? He was very highly rated coming out of high school. I heard he had a shoulder injury. Is he better and couldn’t he be a contributor in 2017? Or is there too much uncertainty because he has not contributed yet?

10/13/2016 - 11:09am Thanks

Thanks Raptor for making this available. Ordered some gear for the cold winter months of biking here in the Chicago area. Do they have Michigan biking helmets?

09/30/2016 - 2:45pm 11 points for Wisconsin?

They might score 9 or 12 points and I have to buy my wife (a Wisconsin alumni) dinner if Wisconsin scores more than 12 points but I predict Wisconsin does not score 11 points. Actually I'll buy my wife dinner no matter who wins. Desert is another matter.

09/21/2016 - 12:27pm Syracuse Game

The Syracuse game was dominated by Donavan McNabb. Our defense couldn't stop him. My daughter and I attended the game and it was very frustrating because the defense seemed unprepared. The fact that it was Brady's first home game was a bad coincidence. The fans saw Michigan win an exciting Rose Bowl and National Championship in January and had high expectations. Out of left field comes a spread team that Carr/Jim Herrmann did not know how to handle. This was after Michigan lost the opening game of the season on the road against ND. Fans took some frustration out on the offense & Brady but the mistakes may have been wide receiver related. Watching the game live, the fans in the stands were flabbergasted with the Michigan coaches. The article is not correct of course but brings back the controversy of Brady vs. Henson. There is an important lesson here. Sometimes the player without the hype ends up the better player. Brady vs. Henson and how that motivated Brady to improve would have been a better story. 

06/09/2016 - 2:39pm Great subject

My buddy & I once drove over a mountain pass in Colorado just as the storm snow was clearing and we stopped the car and screamed for joy for the beauty of the mountain vista and the excitement of new snow – we were headed to Aspen.

Top of any decent ski slope

Any pristine beach with good surf action - Hawaii has so much beauty

Yosemite – once climbed to the top of Half Dome and saw the sunset

Napoli Coast on the western edge of Kauai

Havasu waterfall at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Bermuda, especially after sailing for 10 days in stormy weather

Sistine Chapel ceiling

Michigan stadium at the start of a big game

One of my daughters just visited Machu Picchu and Bali and her pictures looked amazing

Some of the places suggested on the topic above make me want to visit. Greek Islands and New Zealand both sound amazing. 

05/26/2016 - 3:01pm 21st Century power – who has it?

“@CoachArtBriles does not exist” should be the byline for an entire issue of MgoBlog. There are many universities where Baylor type problems exist such as Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, etc. The NCAA does not have the will power to bring justice to these situations. Public opinion and the threat of the Feds (Title IX) is wielding power right now.  It makes me sad that we are depending on a few reporters to bring to light these type of situations. There should be better leadership about female equality – in college.

The power of sports and hero/winning worship is not new. Female empowerment is a good thing. Better education, enlightenment and civilization are all good things. Having better education and sports equality for females is relatively new in the history of the world. The USA has been a leader for this. However, seeing the Baylor and Florida State situations is disturbing to me. I love sports especially college football and Michigan football. But my priorities are with women.  I’m male and I have benefited from have strong, educated women in my life – my mother, aunts, cousins, teachers, sisters, wife and daughters. I’m in favor of equality for women.

Art Briles, the football staff and university staff should be roasted for the situation at Baylor. The death penalty would be fine by me. The same should happen at other schools. Maybe people would start to get the point. Women in the 21st Century America (or anywhere) should not be afraid to attend a university or any school. That is more important to me than winning any game or sport. I hope that is true for Michigan.

Thank you Brian for helping to make this point. 

01/29/2016 - 9:58am Congratulations

Great news. All good names but is there going to be an official “Hello” post?

Healthy babies are a blessing. Congratulations to the Cook family. 

11/03/2015 - 3:49pm Quality

Yes, we come for the depth of quality analysis and stay for the passion (and humor).  Keep up the good work!

07/02/2015 - 11:22am Yes, North Allegheny

North Allegheny is located in a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. NA has been powerhouse in football for most of the past decade. #1 HS nationally in 1990, won state championship four times, went to the state finals three times in a row recently winning two. Produced five NFL players. Historically was a pipeline to Penn State. Produced current Wolverine Patrick Kugler who should take over as the starting center in 2016. #1 sports school in PA in terms of state championships in all sports. We were terrible my senior year.

05/14/2015 - 10:40pm 1969 rushing the field

I'm in the dark blue in the center



04/30/2015 - 2:25pm North Shore

North Shore of Chicago. I wish I was on the North Shore of Hawaii although I wouldn't survive a day of surfing there.

04/17/2015 - 9:46pm 1961 Austin Healy 3000

Cost $900 in 1969. 


Image result for 961 austin healey 3000

04/15/2015 - 1:30pm well stated gbdud

gbdud stated it well. When the admin places a higher priority on students and alum then you gain comradery and spirit. 

04/15/2015 - 1:25pm spirit

Winning does not equal team spirit but there has to be a strong correlation. Having a better coach and better team performance should help revitalize Michigan’s student spirit. Having a current and future AD that cares about students and helping them to be engaged with real experiences will go a long way to improving student spirit.

Many, many years ago when I was a student, we went to the games because all our friends went and we had fun. When I attended my first Rose Bowl game in 1972, I purchase a random ticket on the street prior to the game and sat in a student section of LA kids. They were very surprised with the student cheering of Michigan. We cheered because there was no piped in music. It was either the band or cheerleaders and an excellent football team.

Not saying that was better than today. I attended the last UTL ND game and it was magical. Just need a good team and a good atmosphere and great things will happen. Current “temp” AD seems to get it. Can he build a staff that is more concerned with real experiences for students? Probably. Can they start to have a better dialog with current students? Probably. It does not have to be that complicated. I’m sure there are politics, budget concerns with passionate people with opposing points of view in the current athletic department that need to be managed. Current AD has the experience to handle all that. But so did the previous AD. What went off the tracks with the previous AD? Why did it happen? Interesting story behind the scenes – hopefully Bacon will get some of these stories out. Not the best decade for Michigan football but the other sports seem to be doing well.

02/11/2015 - 11:22am What would Jon say?

What would Jon Stewart say?

12/21/2014 - 10:00pm FSU should be ashamed

Florida State University should be ashamed. They and the local police care only about FSU football. The Feds should give them the death sentence. The Winston so called investigation was a farce. Evidence was destroyed, information was shared with Winston’s lawyer and not the plaintiff. This has all been well covered in national media. I know FSU grads are cringing and getting worried. Three of my best friends are FSU grads. They are sick about this.

Is this unusual for priorities to be given to football players instead of justice? It happens but it is not right or fair. I would never let my daughters go to a school where they shame women so much. Rape happens in many places and even good universities. But it doesn’t have to happen. Behavior can change. People can be brought to justice. The justice system can work . . . even within a university setting. Usually everyone needs training and a sense of urgency. Women have a right to an education without being afraid. FSU cares about none of this. I hope FSU burns in hell for their behavior. Have the Feds cut them off from funding. I hope they start losing football games and women stop applying to school there. They are despicable.

I want Michigan to win in athletics but not at the price of a lack of integrity.  

11/07/2014 - 11:49am we will be there

Meeting friends before the game and taking two of my kids. Easy 15 minute drive from the North Shore but I don't like the lack of tailgating. I like the small Ryan stadium. The two teams have actually played exciting games in the past 20 years. Hopefully, it is a fun and winning day. We will be looking for kids activities and I'll be bring extra beer to share with anyone wearing M gear.

11/06/2014 - 12:16pm Keep drinking . . .

JBE: Did Hackett really say "to keep drinking and stay up all night" in an email? If so, that is awesome. It shows a sense of humor. Hackett sounds a great AD. We could use someone that is capable plus is human. That sounds good to me!

10/10/2014 - 9:36am Thanks

Reading these UFR is a blessing. You get in-depth analysis which yields a better understanding of the this game and the team in general. It is based on facts - the humor and emotion is a bonus. Right now it helps all of us deal with these turbulent times. Brian, keep up the good work.

10/03/2014 - 11:32am Michigan #3 in San Francisco

Most of San Francisco has Michigan as the #3. This is surprising. Cool map. Thanks

09/05/2014 - 10:50pm Northwestern games


Northwestern University is just a few miles from where I have lived for the past 20+ years. They are on a quarter system. Their fall quarter starts on Tuesday Sept 23. The game on Saturday is against NIU (Northern Illinois U). Should be a close game. There should be plenty of tickets available since NW students are not on campus yet, their team is very suspect and it stormed big time today around Chicago. 

Rhino77 has the transportation correct. The campus is located on the lake, the NW stadium is located about a mile off campus, Evanston is nice while Chicago is wild, windy and wooly. Weather is expected to be cool (70 F) and decent. Ryan stadium is a small fan friendly stadium. It needs updating which will occur when they raise the money and/or their team performs. 

There are about 2 million Catholics in Chicago area so you will not have any trouble finding ND fans to watch the game with on Saturday night. There was a separate post last week or so about where to watch Michigan games while in Chicago. 

Have fun!


09/05/2014 - 5:35pm Funny

I can relate to that comment

06/25/2014 - 11:52am You should be banned

There is no reason to call someone such a name. It is shameful. You have no reason for insulting anyone like that. You should be banned. Red carded for life for biting comments!

06/14/2014 - 1:27pm Love Nik and the Bulls but

I doubt that he is still there when they have their first pick. A healthy Rose (a huge assumption) would allow Nik to have some spacing and time to learn the NBA. Would make watching the Bulls much more fun but I'm not holding out any hope for that to happen. Fun rumor. 

06/04/2014 - 1:32pm top three

Top three Michigan games

1. 1969 Ohio game. Beat undefeated Ohio and sent us to the Rose Bowl. I help tear down the goal posts. Most unexpected win.

2. Jan 1, 1998 Pasadena, NCG. Took my oldest daughter to see Michigan win a National Championship. Most spirit, fans were singing "Hail to the Victors" walking into the stadium.

3. UTL II took my wife to see a Michigan game - her first game. Most exciting to see Michigan beat ND at night. Life is good.

05/23/2014 - 6:58pm Love the WC

Looking forward to watch the WC. I know just a little about soccer and I could use Brian's commentary to help me better understand. Borges isn't coaching the US team is he?

One of my daughters played serious club soccer in the 90's and she met most of the US Women's team plus saw a couple of games in Chicago during the Women's WC. It was an awesome experience. Great atmosphere, good drama and plenty of excitement. Highly recommend attending a WC game if you have the opportunity.

04/29/2014 - 1:41pm Awesome update

All new information for me. I didn't know there was a cycling club at Uof M. I raced a couple of times in the 70's (enough to know I'm not good enough to be competitive). Please make an update this fall. I would love to purchase a jersey. Sounds like the club is making excellent progress. Thanks for the post.

04/25/2014 - 2:25pm Impact on NW football Union vote?

The NCAA didn't think about the impact of Mitch's ban on the Northwestern football union vote. If you were on the that team what would your vote be after hearing about Mitch?



04/25/2014 - 11:02am Sad for Mitch

He seems like a good kid, best of luck to him. I hope he stays healthy. "Just Win" will be our memory of him . . . plus his smiling face. 

04/19/2014 - 9:20am Intersting

I thought that ice helped more than this article indicates. Thanks!

04/16/2014 - 4:05pm Not happy

FSU cannot be proud of this. But it has happened in most places where sports are more important than human dignity/justice. It is an outrage that TPD/FSU was so blatant about the lack of pretending to care about a young women and her case. I’m not happy that people value football or any sport more than protecting the rights of citizens. I’m not surprised that ESPN is not running this on their front page because why would they investigate such a story. I’m not happy that in the 21st century in the USA you still have this good old boy BS stuff still happening and the police get away with being incompetent and the University does nothing. Can’t the Feds take away funding for this type of disregard of action from FSU? I feel bad for the young lady.

02/25/2014 - 12:41pm You are right

I do not know how to edit my post but I remember the credits at the end of Caddyshack saying the filming was in Kansas but when I looked it up on IMDb they said three locations in Florida including Davie. I stand corrected. Thanks.

02/24/2014 - 5:07pm Caddyshack story

Harold Ramis was awesome. He lived near me and I met him once. Nice guy. Bill Murray also grew up locally here on the North Shore of Chicago. Local legend has it that Bill Murray’s father worked at the local snooty country club/golf course (Golf Digest always had them as a top 10 snootiest clubs. One year they didn’t make it . . . local joke is that they sued to get back on the list). Mr. Murray got his sons jobs at the club as caddies. Supposedly, old man Murray made his kids help pay for their Jesuit high school (Loyola). The Murray boys heard and produced many funny stories from their mis-adventures working at the club. When Bill Murray and Harold Ramis started hanging out together and they started telling stories. The family stories of the Murray’s at the county club produced Caddy Shack. The local club wouldn’t let them film there . . . the script was too obvious. So they ended up in Kansas for the golf course scenes.  

The world is a sadder place today. We lost a talented and funny guy. Long live the spirit of Harold Ramis.

02/18/2014 - 6:06pm Some suggestions

You are brave. You have your hands full with young twins.

I spent 17 years in San Francisco and spent plenty of time in Napa and Sonoma. There are some good comments from the MGoWine drinking crowd above. 

Napa is more commercial and they tend to have better known and better quality wine makers. Sonoma is much bigger geographically, more relaxed and more rural. Napa has the best Cabs, they are about even in Chards, Sonoma has better Pinots, Napa has superior Zins. Napa has a warmer summer climate while Sonoma is closer to the cool Pacific air which produces better Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. The wine making in Napa has always been better than Sonoma except for a few small wineries like Flowers in Sonoma.

Napa:Oakville Grocery was already mentioned. Tough to beat for a nice picnic pick-up. Calistoga is worth the visit. The suggestions about the Napa wineries are good. I would add Schaumberg Winery. You need to make reservations in advance. Beautiful views of Napa from the top of the hills. Cool caves, excellent sparkling wine.  

Sonoma:Sonoma Square comments are spot on for younger kids.

Kenwood Inn

10400 Sonoma Highway

Kenwood, CA 95452


707-833-1293 spa, this is worth a visit – just to look.


Kenwood restaurant

Not related to the Inn, about ½ mile away

Very good food


Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards

10155 Sonoma Highway

Kenwood, CA 95452


Tour of the caves is worth it. You may be able to take tour of their vineyard. Up in the hills there is the ruins of an old winery overlooking the winery and Sonoma. Romantic view. Good Survigonon Blanc. Everything else is just so-so.

Healdsburg is a happening place. Good food and nice but expensive hotels. Good place for lunch with your family. Plenty of excellent wine tasting nearby.

Marin:Pt Reyes, Mt. Tam, Stinson Beach plus Muir Woods are worth at least one day and maybe two.

San Francisco: Mountain Lake Park (just off Park Presidio Blvd and Lake Ave in the Richmond district or in the Presidio park area). Ideal for young children. We lived just a couple of blocks away.

Coolest museum is Exploratorium. They recently moved and re-opened.  Hands on science experiments. Your kids are young but you should all enjoy it.

Enjoy! I'm jealous.




01/29/2014 - 1:00pm This is complicated

I appreciate Erik’s organization of the facts as they are now known. It is easy to see how facts and rumors are misunderstood just trying to read the initial reports and the 587 comments on Brian’s post on this issue.

I’m in favor of integrity, at all levels and at the cost of winning football games. I hope we never sink to the level of Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio, Miami, USC or Florida State in order to win any games. As the father of seven daughters, I’m favor of safety for all students. No one should be assaulted and everyone should be given due process. Shame, fear and anxiety are powerful emotions that often overlooked. They can plague a person for the rest of their lives.

I cannot say I’m proud of the University at this moment but I’m not rushing to judgment until we see or better understand more facts. There is plenty of good things happening at U of M right now (academics, arts and sports wise) but this elongated case has created bad PR. It makes me feel bad. We are all upset by this case and its impact on the community. I’m waiting to see if further clarification if forthcoming. Erik’s factual timeline was very helpful to better understand. Thanks.

12/06/2013 - 6:47pm Thanks Brian

Looking at MGoBlog is a joy. I love the insight, the details and fandom. I’m sorry that some people cannot filter their comments.

My wife is a pediatric psychologist. She helps people with social communication like impulse control, maturity, thinking about the other person, sharing their feelings, being appropriate, non-verbal communication, inference, etc. Most of her clients are people with issues like ADHD, social anxiety or people on the autism spectrum, like Aspergers. Most men under the age of 50 could use her help.

She is willing to provide counseling to those MGoBlog readers, posters, and banned posters. Some people can help themselves and others need help.

I’m interested in a healthy community and I support Brian in his quest for a bully free, social, emotionally mature blog site. Hail to the Victors.

11/05/2013 - 2:16pm Hoke won

Hoke won the wet T-shirt contest on Saturday, I'll give him that.