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11/06/2018 - 11:36am YES!  I was watching the…

YES!  I was watching the game from the 35th row with my 14 year old son, and he and I both knew which running back was in before every play, just by watching substitutions.  Evans vs Higdon has to be the EASIEST thing to be able to keep straight while calling play by play - they are never in the game at the same time, and they slowly jog onto the field 20 seconds before the huddle breaks, completely different body types, etc. There is literally no reason to ever get that one wrong.

11/06/2018 - 11:29am Yeah well I can't play…

Yeah well I can't play quarterback for Michigan better than John O'Korn but I know a crappy quarterback when I see it.

I think a program like Michigan should be able to pay the requisite salary to employ a play-by-play guy that can actually do the job.  Just sayin'.

11/06/2018 - 9:12am French fries?

French fries?

11/06/2018 - 8:59am Blaha is super annoying, but…

Blaha is super annoying, but he accurately describes the action. I mean basic stuff - play and player identification, time and score, down and distance, etc.  Branstatter misses at leats 50% of the important details.

11/06/2018 - 8:56am Agreed. The only thing worse…

Agreed. The only thing worse than having two color commentators on the UM broadcast tripping over each other (Branstatter and Deirdorf) is Lomas Brown doing color commentary on the Lions game. Whoever made that decision should be fired immediately.

Actually I take that back.  Will Tiemen doing MSU basketball is the worst I have ever heard at any level. There are 10 local HS basketball PBP guys in the GR area that are better.  And Terry Mills as color in our hoops broadcasts is up there too. 

Brutal. Every one of them.  

11/05/2018 - 4:03pm Was thinking this exact same…

Was thinking this exact same thing. Even Harbaugh is more Harbaugh-y this year. Last year he was a bit genteel and not willing to say anything to the media that was controversial; probably because we were't backing much of it up on the field. 

This year he is more fiery on the sidelines, more impetuous in the press room, and more willing to put his foot on the throat of the opponent in a blowout.  I like the Harbaugh-y Harbaugh.

 

11/04/2018 - 7:36pm Agree with coach on the…

Agree with coach on the energy in the building at that game.  Great crowd.  I was sitting in the 35th row near the 35 yard line. The only time the crowd sat down was during media timeouts.  Then everyone stood right back up again for every single play.  My 46 year old legs were tired after the game but I will never complain about that.

The stadium has been, at times, a little quiet and reserved in recent years.  Especially during blowouts like this one.  I loved the energy and I think it's clear the coaches and players sense is and love it too.  Keep it up, everyone.

11/02/2018 - 6:14pm No brainer. Go to the…

No brainer. Go to the cousins game. Listen to the stream on the radio. And don't be a jerk and make them feel bad that you are at the game by constantly mentioning how important it would have been for you to watch the Michigan game.  

 

11/02/2018 - 11:07am Nothing can make the hairy…

Nothing can make the hairy sweatshirt add worth it.

Except "Nachopants".  Beautiful.

 

11/01/2018 - 1:19am Nothing good EVER comes out…
  • Nothing good EVER comes out of Grand Haven, football wise.  Their coaches are trash, their kids are prima donas, and their parents are hyper-helicopter parents who wouldn’t let their coaches coach even if they didn’t suck. There is a reason they have never had any football kid come out of there. Ever.
  • Pronto Pups are good enough  to counterbalance their crappy football team
  • Their beach is one of the most overrated in the state.  Virtually any other beach on the west side is better.
  • Fricanos pizza is good enough to counterbalance their crappy beach.
10/30/2018 - 3:39pm no.

no.

NONONONONONO!

no.

no.

NONONONONONO!

More studies do not need to be done.  Also, the world is round and vaccines are safe.

10/30/2018 - 12:08pm I've never been a fan of…

I've never been a fan of givng the opponent bulletin board material, and I really don't like players getting into it in the media.

HOWEVA'  the little brother thing is such a perfect metaphor for the two programs, and it pisses them off so deeply, and they object to it so violently, that I am 100% in favor of it now.  Keep it going. It has been tough to use it much lately, given our recent struggles, but now that MSU football is back in the shallow end of the pool where they belong, we should continue to beat that drum until Mork's head explodes.

10/29/2018 - 9:37am +1 imaginary point.  Now if…

+1 imaginary point.  Now if we could just get people to stop saying "Wisky" instead of "Wisconsin" or "Minny" instead of "Minnesota"

10/24/2018 - 4:16pm Gary and Bush both shoot up…

Gary and Bush both shoot up the boards after the combine. Their measurables will be ridiculous, and Gary has enough tape from last year to ease any concerns. Both of them have great motors that show up on tape as well - rarely taking plays off, if ever.  The NFL in recent years has moved more TOWARDS players of Bush's ilk than away - smaller, lightening fast competitors.

Patterson has the measurables for the combine, but tape is more important with QBs than it is with DT and ILBs. Hopefully he stays, although if he goes it will be because of an exceptionally strong finish to the season, which will make us all very happy.  

Also why is it that when chairs start flying during European basketball games, do all the male fans feel the need to take off their shirts?

Lastly - the Title IX issue with pay-to-play remains and no one has come up with a scenario that paying FB and MBB players can work with non-revenue and women's athletics still existing. If the NCAA loses big, college athletics as we know it fails to exist, so be careful what you wish for. 

10/24/2018 - 1:13pm I've already got my tickets,…

I've already got my tickets, but I am guessing that if you were willing to wait you could get at least $400 each for those tickets.  Those are primo for sure... certainly nothing less than $300 each.

10/24/2018 - 11:54am +1 imaginary point for the…

+1 imaginary point for the Wargames reference.  I concur. 

10/22/2018 - 3:04pm Back to the shallow end of…

Back to the shallow end of the pool, Sparty.

Also - Bob Ufer's 1979 broadcast bit is so 2018 I can't even believe it. Proof that the more it seems things change, the more they remain the same

Also - Josh Uche is terrifying.  I love him.

10/12/2018 - 4:44pm "Wiscy" and it's variants…

"Wiscy" and it's variants are NOT A THING!  STOP IT!

10/08/2018 - 1:56pm "collar pulling" made me LOL…

"collar pulling" made me LOL.

As for trickery, I trust this staff that they would only put those oddities on tape for a purpose - that they have wrinkles prepared that will allow us to capitalize when future opponents try to anticipate them.

 

 

10/08/2018 - 1:14pm No.

NO.

NONONONONO!

That…

No.

NO.

NONONONONO!

That is NOT how it works. Vegas doesn't take risks. THAT is why they build big casinos in the desert.

Obligatory annual explanation of how betting lines work: Vegas doesn't give a crap what the final score of the game is if they do their job beforehand, which is move the line to get equal betting on both sides, so that they make their money on the juice (the betting fee).  When they open a line, they pick a number that they THINK will put up equal betting on each side, but they immediately adjust it based on action, not based on what they think the final score will be.  

If the oddsmaker gets more betting on one side than the other, he is fired. Period. 

10/08/2018 - 9:28am For the one thousandth time…

For the one thousandth time.  "Wiscy" and it's variations are NOT a thing.  Stop it.

10/03/2018 - 8:50am He's 5'-9" and 200 lbs. We…

He's 5'-9" and 200 lbs. We're young and loaded at WR and short pretty much full for this recruiting class.  I'm sure he's a fine young man, but no thank you. 

10/01/2018 - 9:12am I have been more and more…

I have been more and more enamored with Shea's play this year as the games have gone on - but mostly his pure skills - the NFL arm, the pocket presence (knowing when to stand in there and when to take off).  But the broadcast of NW game really showed off his leadership. You could see him keeping his teammates in the game and visiting the defensive sideline huddle, and his teammates responding to him.  

With the transfer drama, I wondered what kind of a leader he might be. In the back of my mind I was trying to figure out what kind of kid would allow himself to get pulled into that program to begin with.  This game resolved those unfounded concerns.  

He played poorly, missed some open looks, had his teammates let him down with drops and penalties, and in the end made it happen.  He really has been a difference maker, as advertised.  Really looking forward to the big tests coming up.

09/26/2018 - 8:34am we have a winner

we have a winner

09/24/2018 - 8:39pm Is this really necessary? …

Is this really necessary?  Everyone knows the "rules", and the assholes and dipshits ignore them.

The quality of the board has plummeted because the up/downvote and point convention is gone.Bring the voting back, enforce the points rules for posters, and it will self correct in a jiffy.  Outliers that don't get it get dealt with by the Mods. 

Long, smug, self-righteous posts about board etiquette are a complete waste of time.

09/24/2018 - 8:48am "...how WE'RE going to run…

"...how WE'RE going to run this place now..."

Ummmmm... Might want to rethink the pronoun choice there.

09/09/2018 - 2:11pm Could not agree more. Those…

Could not agree more. Those two throws (to Martin on the sideline and the TD to DPJ) were accuracy we have not seen in a LOOOOONG time. In fact I invoked Henne to my two sons on both throws and I felt dirty doing it...  Of course WMU caveats apply, but of note is that  both those guys were well covered. The throw had to be perfect, and it was.  

Not to mention that the routine throws in the flat or to the RB out of the backfield are gorgeous, in that he puts it right in EXACTLY the right spot to the receiver can get YAC.  Completion % is one thing, but all caught balls are not created equal - - When you turn the reciever into a pretzel so he can get his hands on it vs hit him in stride so he can get 5 more yards or more, there is a world of difference.

I said it all last year - if we have even a serviceable quarterback against MSU or OSU we win both those games. Beginning to become optimistic, if not for this year than for next.

 

09/04/2018 - 10:40am I've never been shy about…

I've never been shy about criticizing Brian, but the people who are all bent out of shape because he is "too negative" can pound sand...

This blog is unique among any other sports blogs out there (Michigan or otherwise) because the guys do a great job representing the pulse of the fan base - not homer journalists, not athletic department mouthpieces, not hyperpartisan superfans... the REAL fan base.  Muppets, punt/counterpunt, etc.   All of it.  It's why most of us have been here for so many years, and why we keep coming back. 

Brian's attitude right now mirrors the vast majority of us. We are all wondering what, exactly, IS Michigan football at the moment?  It sure as hell isn't the powerhouse it once was until we start kicking Sparty's ass regularly and making the OSU rivalry a contested rivalry again.  It seems like in every big game we play, the field is inexplicably slanted in our opponent's favor.  We all assume that sometime soon the college football universe will right itself, but we have been waiting so long that assumption is beginning to become questionable, and with good reason. If you can't understand why Brian is despondent about the state of the program, then explain to me how his despondency is unwarranted. He is expressing the general views that most of us have - we are waiting for the return to glory, but we are getting pretty tired of waiting.

08/29/2018 - 2:59pm Just a META suggestion - it…

Just a META suggestion - it would be nice if the original depth chart on each of these position preview posts had each player's current height and weight.  

Otherwise, great previews all around.

I tend to be a little more confident in our OL than most, and that is because soooo many of the terrible sacks we took last year appeared to me to be caused by either outright missed assignments or more often a certain uncertainty off the snap by our OL's in pass protection. The supposed simplification of the system will really decrease those problems and allow our guys to play faster.  Plus Runyan and JBB are a year older, which  is always a good thing.

08/27/2018 - 3:24pm Milk, you are such a hyper…

Milk, you are such a hyper-agressive asshole. I despise you as a person. Please go away.

08/27/2018 - 2:56pm Thank you. Very nice "Ode to…

Thank you. Very nice "Ode to Kinnick".  It is a very nice building, for the reasons you named.  It is not as great as some other stadiums in our conference, but we describe stadiums differently than office buildings.  In other words, stadiums are more PLACES than they are buildings, and the people and context that a stadium contains and is contained in are as relevant as the bricks and mortar.

Kinnick is a very nice building, but it is a truly great place, because the surrounding location is in perfect harmony with the feeling inside, and because the fans are really outstanding - knowledgeable, prideful, and passionate without being idiotic douchebags like the ones in Columbus and East Lansing.  

A stadium is truly the sum of much more than it's physical parts - and Kinnick is one of the best.  

08/22/2018 - 9:06am I believe my avatar would be…

I believe my avatar would be perfect...  with "vado caeruleum" (which, according to Google Translate, is Go Blue in latin)

 

Edit - Seriously if anyone wants this file to make this sign I'll send it to you. Comment with a way to get it your way.

 

08/21/2018 - 2:22pm This is fantastic.  Could…

This is fantastic.  Could have worked in Dean Dingman somehow - maybe a 50s teen beach movie villain?  Corwin "Cornflakes" Brown for best nickname?  And I still think, despite the unfortunate ending, that  Tate Forcier was an all-timer.  Thanks for the work!

08/02/2018 - 4:47pm I agree

 

I agree

 

08/02/2018 - 4:36pm All this is so true... well…

All this is so true... well done, Brian.  

But even give all this truth, it is obvious that he HAD to have known.

Amy Lawrence eloquently spelled out on the radio today.  It takes a great leap of intentional naivete, if you read the text messages between Smith and Urb's wife, Shelley. Courtney sent Shelley repeated text messages expressing fear and frustration that nothing was being done.  Shelley, supposedly her friend and confidant, expressed similar dismay back to her that the police were not doing anything.

You need to somehow convince yourself that Shelley would not talk to her husband who was the abusive husband's boss.  There is just no freaking way. No way.

I honestly could give a shit less about how this impacts our chances to beat those assholes.  They are going to be very good in perpetuity with Urb there or not. I just want that smarmy douchebag to pay, and pay dearly, so I never have to see that loser's face ever again.

 

08/01/2018 - 4:31pm You are on crack if you…

You are on crack if you think that anything short of murder would cause that shithole of a “university” to fire Urb...

07/26/2018 - 4:14pm 100% of economists would…

100% of economists would disagree with you.

07/26/2018 - 2:03pm There is actually exactly…

There is actually exactly the right amount of money in college sports. The market has decided what college athletics are worth, and the consumers (you and I) pay for it.  Title IX, another result of utopian meddling in the markets, is ironically the thing that present the biggest hurdle to paying players "what they are worth".  Welcome to capitalism.

07/26/2018 - 2:01pm Excactly. +1 imaginary…

Excactly. +1 imaginary points for you.

It won't go over well with the socialist set on this blog, but these are simple facts. You like good coaches and high standards of academic integrity?  You pay for it. And no one EVER said that "There's no money" in the athletic departments. At least no one with any common sense. Yes, the money is abundant. That doesn't mean paying the players is as easy as writing them a check, with out completely destroying the sport(s) we love and violating Title IX.  

 

07/26/2018 - 1:55pm "There's no money" has never…

"There's no money" has never been an argument about paying players, at least by anyone with any credibility. But nice job crushing the straw man...

07/20/2018 - 10:57am I think we can stop calling…

I think we can stop calling WD a "kid". 

07/20/2018 - 10:51am He earned every penny. And…

He earned every penny. And donated much of it to a cause that will live on far past his days on earth.  Sounds to me like he earned his legacy.  Go away with your self righteous class warfare BS.

07/20/2018 - 10:41am Get over it with your class…

Get over it with your class envy BS.

When you are a billionaire you can endow whatever you want and do in anonymously. Until then enjoy having great coaches and a university that can afford to pay them. Or don't.  No one cares.

07/19/2018 - 10:35am This is sooooooo much better…

This is sooooooo much better than the fantasy draft format, which totally sucked. Thanks for listening to your customers and making it actually readable.

07/19/2018 - 9:45am For some reason,…

For some reason, Draftageddon is still a thing. I thought you were going to fix that.  

*ducks

 

07/19/2018 - 9:43am The points system is still…

The points system is still frozen, as far as I can tell...

 

07/19/2018 - 9:38am So yeah. The guy is a well…

So yeah. The guy is a well known douche, but this sounds like some petty divorce stuff to me. Not worth noting, in my opinion.

07/10/2018 - 6:15pm This is...  weird.

This is...  weird.

Brandstatter is a natural color guy. He is very good at it - fills in detail during the time between plays with fairly insightful details, opinionated without being brash, funny and smart, for a broadcaster.  And he really understands the Lions franchise history and fans...

That said, he is actually pretty crappy at play-by-play. His actual description of the action is adequate, but he's just not as polished as most professional play by play guys.  Then he and Deirdorf (also a good color guy), just stumble all over each other, essentially both trying to do color.   Someone should be fired from the Michigan football broadcast booth and replaced with an actual pro PBP guy.  I would keep Brandy and get rid of Dierdorf.

No one, however, is worse at their broadcasting job than Will Tiemen (sp?), MSU's hoops play by play guy.  Worst I have ever heard.

07/02/2018 - 3:01pm holy shit 

Standard= no…

holy shit 

Standard= no politics allowed

Double standard = two standards that are not stated in policy above. The two standards are:

1) We allow politics we agree with

2) We do not allow politics that we disagree with.

That is a double standard.

07/02/2018 - 1:43pm Sorry about the italics…

Sorry about the italics. That was unintentional.

Ford would be an obscure 1950s era interior lineman if not for his political (non-athlete) career. That's all I was saying. We take pride in him as a university community because of his becoming president. The football career is a political footnote, a la Jack Kemp.