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11/12/2018 - 2:06pm This is exactly right. I…

This is exactly right. I actually thought that Clemson hit was a penalty (under the rules) - he not only slammed him to the ground with his full body weight, he keeps going and put his left knee into him as he's getting up (not hard, but totally unnecessary).

So if they're not going to call that Clemson hit, there is no way on earth they should call the one on Bush. The only reason they did is because Bush hit the QB hard, a 1/2 second after he'd released the football.

And I'm fine with not calling the Clemson hit -- as long as you don't pick someone up and then slam them down, with the body weight on top, it's just a hard tackle to me -- but the NCAA needs to be consistent (shocking, I know).

11/12/2018 - 1:03pm Is Grant Perry injured? Is…

Is Grant Perry injured? Is that why Oliver Martin is playing so much, or is there another reason Martin has "suddenly" emerged?

Perry hasn't caught a pass since MSU, and has basically done little since the ND game.

11/12/2018 - 12:59pm Yep, that's true. I was…

Yep, that's true. I was surprised Belleville didn't get him the ball more on offense (I would make sure he touched it at least 10 times a game -- he's a threat to go to the house everytime he touches it), but I understand it -- they have so much talent, it makes sense to spread it around.

He did return both kicks and punts, and WB did a nice job covering that (and kicking away from him).

11/12/2018 - 12:34pm Agreed. I've not, remotely,…

Agreed. I've not, remotely, seen every top recruit but he has excellent size and his speed reminded me of Daxton Hill -- I have no idea which one is faster in a footrace, but in relative terms: when I watch those highlights of Hill, he had a different speed than the other players that were on the field with him; same with Barnett. 

11/12/2018 - 12:26pm Yes.
They also have sharp…


They also have sharp uniforms and, for some reason, only 2 heater blowers on the sideline which was funny to see how their players, at a school that I assume has a high budget, had to take turns heating/drying their hands (Belleville also only had two heat lamps, so maybe it's an MHSAA regulation or something!)

11/12/2018 - 11:52am That's certainly true, but…

That's certainly true, but still. I'd love an explanation of why, on multiple consecutive running plays, he literally took a couple steps forward and stopped -- didn't go find someone to block, didn't even touch anyone. I was stunned the first time I saw it, and then it happened again.

He's a top athlete, for sure. But I would think you'd want linemen with a bit of mean streak, who seeks contact and crushing blocks. I certainly didn't see that, at all, though again, perhaps that's how he's coached (I didn't see that from other OL, though).

11/12/2018 - 11:43am Oh yeah, Belleville has a…

Oh yeah, Belleville has a handful of other players who I could have mentioned, like their sophomore QB (who is a bit short/thick for a prototype QB, but has a nice arm and showed good accuracy, esp for such a crappy night) but I didn't want my already long post to get even longer.

You are right about Paige, now that you mention it -- I didn't know of him before the game, and didn't watch out for him, but he made some plays.

11/07/2018 - 1:21am Eli Brooks looked good…

Eli Brooks looked good. Teske is a player. Poole had some nice passes. And most importantly, the D is still a strength. 

Beyond that? Ugly, with embarrassing free throw shooting and weak 3pt shooting. And the less said about the freshmen, the better.

Beilein will coach them up, but he has a lot to do.

11/06/2018 - 2:33pm Just to emphasize this point…

Just to emphasize this point -- and focus it on Rutgers, our actual next game -- a 9-0, #2 in the nation Michigan team led by Jim Harbaugh managed to lose, at home, to a Minnesota team that earlier in the year lost 63-0 to Oklahoma *and* 33-0 to Ohio State *and* 52-23 to Michigan State.

One game at a time, take nothing for granted.

11/05/2018 - 9:54am People can vote for whomever…

People can vote for whomever they want, but now is not the time (if it ever is) to throw away votes on non-serious write-ins.

For example, in a recent interview "Kelly says she disappointed with how the current board has handled recent situations, including the Larry Nassar case and the hiring of interim university president John Engler."

So do a bit of research, and vote accordingly. 

10/26/2018 - 2:37pm I don't know about "exploded…

I don't know about "exploded" with haters.

There certainly are (were?) are vocal minority of people who didn't like certain recruits (like relatively lowly ranked Ronnie Bell), but they are just loud --- let's not count them extra b/c of their Maizen "look at me!" tendencies.  If you look at his "Hello" post, most people were positive.

I remember that b/c I jumped on towards the backend of the comments and my positive assessment of him got a number of upvotes (I have no idea how many, and now neither does mgoblog since the site became 3.0), so a good portion of folks supported his recruitment and potential.  And I think it's safe to say pretty much everyone is pleasantly surprised he has become a contributor, and not just on special teams, during this true freshman year.

10/23/2018 - 9:35am I know. He is 77-9 at OSU…

I know. He is 77-9 at OSU. He has won at least 11 games every year there. He's won a national championship.  They contend at the highest level every year. He has never lost to Michigan.

For comparison, I think UM has won 11 games once in the past 20 years.

Yet the fan base seems to be sick of him, for football reasons (i.e., not him being lying fraud and enabler of criminals).

Fans are crazy.

10/22/2018 - 9:20pm Which is December 19.
If he…

Which is December 19.

If he is that concerned about being left out in a numbers game for a team that he wants to transfer to, he could leave after the OSU game -- November 24. Still would give him 4 weeks to decide, if he was in a hurry to sign.

And I don't see why he would be -- think how desperate we were to get any decent OT transfer with a pedigree to come here in the offseason; the large majority of teams will be more than happy to take a 4-star recruit with multiple years of eligibility left after December 19 (e.g., regular signing date of February 6).

10/22/2018 - 8:43pm Exactly. Kelly Bryant…

Exactly. Kelly Bryant leaving --- when he did --- made complete sense. It got him to where he was going (a new school) quicker. He will play somewhere in 2019, and will starting practicing with that team in January.

I have not heard a good explanation yet, if PT was the issue, why Hudson leaving now, as opposed to after the OSU game / B1G championship game makes any sense. It doesn't change his status with whatever new school he picks.

But kids are clearly being influenced by these high-profile cases; when they want to go, they go. And other coaches are more used to this free-agency and the idea of adding someone who "quit" (even if that's not what happened) on their previous team is more of an option.

EDIT: here are a three examples; there are quite a few more: (Oct 18) (Oct 15 -- one young man, after playing 6 games as a reserve, decided to quit to train for the pros). (Oct 19 - "freshman quarterback Jack Tuttle is no longer participating in team activities for reasons unrelated to academics or discipline" ; he was 4-star recruit, #8 pro passer in his class)

10/22/2018 - 8:22pm There is no "usual" -- this…

There is no "usual" -- this is the free-agent era of big-time college sports. It started in college basketball a few years ago (remember how big a deal it was when Spike left for Purdue and how shocked, SHOCKED a lot of people, including Beilein, were when that happened? Now, it's regular thing for 1-3 people to leave); the last couple years, it has really come in a big way to college football.

Clemson is the #2 team in the country; they have every amenity & level of success you can imagine. And Kelly Bryant decided to leave, mid-season, b/c he was passed on the depth chart (unlike in the Hudson case, Bryant did it early enough where he can play next year). That left the #2 team in the nation with no real backup at QB.

Would that have happened, even 5 years ago? Nope. But that's how it is now.

If *starters* start to leave -- well, then you've got something unusual.

10/22/2018 - 8:15pm Agreed. Again, that is where…

Agreed. Again, that is where you would hope the adults (e.g., parents) would be helping.

Assuming this is a PT situation, is that happening here?

10/22/2018 - 8:05pm "be it with PT, or…

"be it with PT, or relationship with your coaches, or injured, or literally whatever,"

There are a whole lot of reasons there, so obviously you react differently to different catalysts. My assumption (like others) is that it is PT based, as that is most logical based on the info we have (e.g., Steuber going in, unexpectedly to the fan base, on Saturday).

If he hates the coaches with the fire of 1000 suns b/c of some interpersonal issue and he doesn't see the point in working on that relationship b/c he's leaving in 5 to 6 games anyway, OK.

But if it's just PT, he's throwing away time. 

10/22/2018 - 7:59pm I do remember how impulsive…

I do remember how impulsive I was at 19; I sympathize. I also know I had some late-night calls with my parents who made sure I was thinking not just short-term. Is that happening here?

Unless someone gives me a real good reason that I am not seeing, there is no good reason to leave UM on Oct 22nd instead of on Dec 2nd, if his issue was playing time (which is the assumption).

By leaving 7 weeks earlier, it doesn't get him playing time any earlier elsewhere. He still needs to sit out next year (unless he came in with about 75 AP credits and is graduating in 3 semesters). 

10/22/2018 - 7:53pm No. There is no advantage…

No. There is no advantage. He can't redshirt this year; he can't join another team this year, as he can't enroll until the Winter semester at another university (at the earliest).

I suppose their is a *tiny* advantage in that he and his family can start on a college tour in Nov 2018, sit in the stands and see if Purdue, Toledo, Kentucky, whatever are where he wants to be.

It would be like a much, much lower key version of what Kelly Bryant is doing *except* Kelly Bryant, b/c he left early enough and will be a grad transfer, can play next year. Hudson can not, so I don't see what is the rush. He could visit schools in December (e.g., leave after the B1G championship game -- yes, I am being optimistic) if he wants to enroll somewhere in January.

10/22/2018 - 7:41pm Time to do...what?
I can…

Time to do...what?

I can understand, based on this scenario, him leaving at the end of the year.

But he doesn't get to join some other program in November and start getting reps; he'll just sit around (and leave school, I assume?).

JBB seemed to literally be inches away from a game-ending injury. Chances are there will be some other injury in the next 5 or 6 games (hopefully not, but things happen).

Getting passed on the depth chart, so I'll leave 2/3 of the way through the season, does not make any sense.

10/20/2018 - 1:04pm Weather doesn't cause more…

Weather doesn't cause more variance in individual plays? Have you ever watched football?


Just to pick one obvious example, there are more fumbles when it is raining.

10/16/2018 - 12:17pm They are completely…

They are completely different injuries. His situation is not Bosa.

"Core" injuries (as shown by Verlander and Cabrera, to name two prominent examples) take many months to heal. The core affects basically everything an athlete does, particularly when it involves trying to push around 300 lbs men.

Gary's AC joint injury, depending on the severity, can be healed in 2-6 weeks. It is "just" his shoulder, e.g., "What’s unique about this injury is that most players are able to play through it if it’s only a low grade sprain." Clearly Gary has something more than low, but seeing that he has played through pain, it is very likely not severe.

Seems most likely he'll back for Penn State, if not this weekend, as that would be about 5 weeks.



10/14/2018 - 9:51am That's because you get what…

That's because you get what you pay for.

I have no idea how much Adam is paid, but as shown by Ace unfortunately having to step away from Mgoblog, Brian, in general, pays real money to the writers on this site.

At SBnation, they have a template they use across their 100-plus sites, which makes sense when you pay writers as little as $3 per blog post.

Mgoblog is a real community, which supports that community by contributing/paying real money. Not saying there isn't a lot of freely provided content (such as diaries or heck, all the comments on this post including mine!), but Mgoblog really is different. 

10/12/2018 - 4:34pm 100% Accurate.
I was briefly…

100% Accurate.

I was briefly listening to Valenti earlier this week, and he's literally already putting this troll take out.

10/12/2018 - 4:27pm Oh wow, as soon as I read…

Oh wow, as soon as I read your comment about the NFL playoffs and journeyman QB, for some reason I thought, "Hey -- he's Steve Bono!"

BTW, how ridiculous is this Upper Deck card? The intern who put this together must have laughed for days.


10/12/2018 - 3:40pm Tyler Magnum mention in the…

Tyler Magnum mention in the 2nd paragraph. I thought that guy graduated like 2 years ago!

I quickly Googled him to see his stats and up came a picture -- he looks so old, I think he played against Johnny Unitas at Memorial Stadium in the 1962 NFL Championship game.


10/12/2018 - 11:46am Is that legal? It certainly…

Is that legal? It certainly seems like it wouldn't be, but I don't know.

My very quick Google search seems to find posts focused on adding additional lights for illumination (e.g., on the top of your pickup truck) but I didn't find anything about side windows.

10/12/2018 - 2:07am I don't disagree with you,…

I don't disagree with you, personally -- I think the weather will be fine for football and there should be no rain, per the forecast.

But I will bet some people have been cautious, as the weather change (in terms of temp) has been so significant this week (it was 85 earlier in the week; it is currently 39), along with just how wet it's been since September (e.g., people getting notices about golf course parking being changed due to wetness).

10/11/2018 - 9:34pm I think a decent-sized chunk…

I think a decent-sized chunk of the fan base is still in wait & see mode with this team. With our recent general lack of success against ranked opponents, I'd guess there are not many thousands of people, who aren't already going, who want to spend $100 and up for tix.

Combine that with a relatively cold night game, it's been overcast, windy and rainy, that will keep it from being a hot ticket---though it will still be a sellout (and hopefully a lively crowd).

10/11/2018 - 2:15pm Yes, it has been impressive…

Yes, it has been impressive. It didn't even trend locally on Twitter when it came out (and tons of stupid, unworthy stuff can trend there). 

He has -- deservedly -- built over many decades, in the area of integrity, a bullet-proof reputation. So when there is some sort of "3rd party twice removed" incident, UM (rightly) doesn't get sullied by it.

It also helps people care less and less about the NCAA & its ridiculous, hypocritical rules, but I think this is 95% Beilein.

10/11/2018 - 2:07pm I think you're both right:…

I think you're both right: adding Rutgers surely helped us get a player or three from NJ, as UM would be easier to see on TV for their parents and we'd come out to their home area a couple times over their career to see live.

But as shown by our recent efforts in Georgia, if UM focuses on a talent-rich area, UM can get those people, even 5-stars (e.g., Solomon; Taylor; Sims; Hinton; Jones) even if they're not in your conference. So even if the B1G hadn't added Rutgers, we still could have gotten at least some of those top players from NJ (and, of course, the recruits we didn't get would have been replaced by recruits from elsewhere, e.g., Ohio or Florida).

10/11/2018 - 1:43pm ...or you could read it the…

...or you could read it the most simple way -- that he was referring to media markets, of which Chicago is definitely #3 in the US. It has been for decades.

If you can show me any data that has Chicago with having #3 total eyeballs in the country for watching college basketball, I would agree with what you are saying.

But I have never seen that, nor have I seen anyone else post it.

10/11/2018 - 1:37pm Thank you!
That was all that…

Thank you!

That was all that I was saying. He has been remarkably disciplined in sticking with his "NYC is part of the B1G" (the city itself -- not just the cable subscribers that can be added to BTN, which is what we all agree was what he was mainly after), yet with the quote, he slipped up by putting NYC outside of the B1G.

10/11/2018 - 1:23pm As I answered earlier: he…

As I answered earlier: he doesn't just say it is No. 1 in the Big Ten (which could be valid, if he was using your reasoning). He said:

"It's the No. 3 market in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten."

Chicago is the #3 media market in the country, behind #1 NYC and #2 LA. Here's the list.

He's referring to media markets, end stop. Chicago is #3. NYC is #1. Yet NYC, somehow, is not in the Big Ten, according to Delany, which is different than he's maintained for years.

10/11/2018 - 1:17pm Not my point that NYC has a…

Not my point that NYC has a lot of Michigan grads; that's why I'm glad we regularly play non-conference tournaments there (e.g., at Barclay's in Brooklyn). But so does LA and SF for that matter (see how many UM fans turned out for our NCAA regional there).

My point is Delany has said, repeatedly, that now NYC is part of the regular B1G footprint. Yet his quote shows he really doesn't believe that, as he sees Chicago as the #1 media market in the B1G, even though NYC is much larger.

And to those saying, "maybe he's talking about passion for basketball" --- all truly global cities (like Chicago, LA, SF, NYC) with large populations do not care that much about college sports on a relative basis. I looked up the top 15 markets for ESPN ratings for basketball.

1) Louisville
2) Raleigh-Durham
3) Kansas City
4) Indianapolis
5) High Point-Greensboro
etc --

He slipped up. That's all I am saying.

10/11/2018 - 1:02pm Yes it does make him a…

Yes it does make him a hypocrite. He's not referring to basketball markets. It's literally right there in the quote.

"It's the No. 3 market in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten."

Chicago is the #3 media market in the country, behind #1 NYC and #2 LA. Here's the list.

He's not referring to "basketball" markets (e.g., passion for basketball) -- if he was, my guess is Indianapolis would be ahead of everyone, along with Louisville or Lexington, then perhaps somewhere in Kansas, etc.

He's referring to media markets, end stop. Chicago is #3.

And my point is that he's gone on & on for years about how adding Rutgers has put the B1G in NYC, but then when making this statement, he doesn't include NYC -- which means he doesn't REALLY believe it's part of the B1G footprint.

10/09/2018 - 12:15pm That's the former assistant…

That's the former assistant sports editor of the Albuquerque Journal.

He left about a year ago after having a "difference in philosophy" with his editors.

Can you believe this guy might be hard to get along with?


10/07/2018 - 9:02pm Why are you OK with that…

Why are you OK with that song, Vlad? It's not exactly pro-Russia.

10/03/2018 - 2:49pm Yes, I didn't really see…

Yes, I didn't really see much D1A burst or speed, which I recall he had.

Just look at the two plays after he makes the tackle for a loss (which was nice) at :56 -- he doesn't show any particular speed or nose for the football -- the first play the runner goes right by him, and the second one he bites on the small juke and then is lost in the wash as the RB goes for a TD.

Just one video, but I hope there are better videos of him than this one.

10/02/2018 - 9:07pm That's a bit harsh. 

But I…

That's a bit harsh. 

But I still haven't forgiven him, as he never apologized.

10/02/2018 - 9:20am So you're telling me I didn…

So you're telling me I didn't get it?

Fine way to find out!

10/02/2018 - 9:19am Agreed.  The rest was pretty…

Agreed.  The rest was pretty useless, but that answer was gold.

10/01/2018 - 4:04pm I think you could say that…

I think you could say that about everyone on this board :)

But I would agree -- he has had some weird takes lately, e.g., on Tru Wilson (since we're talking running). Wilson is not Mike Hart, but he has consistently fought for extra yards and often got them; yet Magnus said after SMU that Wilson only gets what the OL gets him. That's not accurate at all.

My guess is he's a) as frustrated as the rest of us that the team seems a step or two down from elite and b) tired (he's noted a number of times he is really busy).

10/01/2018 - 3:58pm This might be semantics, but…

This might be semantics, but I would argue we're not perfectly fine in terms of TDs in the red zone. We're pretty good (as you said, 67%, 14/21), but we need to improve. Here are our next 4 top opponents:

- Penn State: 92% (23/25)
- Wisconsin: 81% (13/16)
- Ohio State: 75% (18/24)
- MSU: 64% (12/19)

MSU's offense is unimpressive this year, so us being closest to them doesn't make me feel good.

And as I said, Harbaugh *has* shown he can be creative and/or smart -- the play design for Higdon's score was fantastic, and the use of Mason last week was both surprising and inevitable. But we can't waste plays, like we continually do.

10/01/2018 - 2:53pm I sure hope so, because the …

I sure hope so, because the "sure" yardage seemed to be there, numerous times.

10/01/2018 - 2:20pm I don't either. Especially…

I don't either. Especially now that we have a QB who can move. He's not Denard, but we should be able to utilize his speed to get more options for the play calls when we have goal to go. I haven't seen it, at all, this year.

I mean a freakin fade/touch pass to Perry! Might as well bring McDoom back and try to hit him in the corner over a DB.

10/01/2018 - 2:16pm I'm not sure if that is true…

I'm not sure if that is true, but even if it is, that's Higdon. He has a lot of very good, even great, qualities (tough runner; good open field speed), but his vision (combined with cuts) has always been so-so at best. He's a senior and this is known.

So if you're playcalling is relying on Higdon making huge cuts away from where the play is called, that's seem unlikely for anything approaching regular success.

10/01/2018 - 1:53pm Our playcalling was…

Our playcalling was disappointing, to say the least. The number of Higdon runs, slamming into the line to the left, in the second half -- almost always resulting in a 2nd and 9 -- was mystifying. It was like we were going Lloydball, except we weren't up at the time -- we needed to score!

Contrast that with the clever (and not surprisingly, effective) playcalling where Ben Mason was put in motion (out of that "is it legal?" four person up top formation) and Higdon scores and easy TD (as would have Mason; NU had no idea what was happening); then, smartly, that same formation was used later, but Patterson kept it and got a key 1st down. I know most play calls can't be "wrinkles" but we are so uncreative for long stretches it is mystifying for alleged pro-level play callers.

Also, perhaps Patterson was surprised as everyone else that Northwestern seemed to have people covered deep; he seemed unwilling to believe what was in front of eyes, which was often Higdon or a receiver open for an easy 5 yards (plus more, if they make a man miss) dump off. Maybe we don't know what to do without Evans? But then we didn't look for him in the passing game against ND. So I don't know what's going on.

09/25/2018 - 3:12pm This would have been a…

This would have been a perfect name for a '90s era Keith Jackson to say. "A big hit by #44, Mr. Cor-nell Wheeler!"

After listening to Tim Brando this weekend, I miss Keith more than ever.

09/24/2018 - 8:34pm Maybe I'm scarred by the…

Maybe I'm scarred by the Detroit Tigers recent history with "core" injuries, but him coming back this year seems unlikely if this issue is at least somewhat serious.

Granted Verlander and Miggy are older than Bosa, but football is also a more violent sport. It took those guys many, many months to come back to top effectiveness. I don't see how he can sit out for many weeks and then be ready to go until, say, the bowl game.