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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.

07/02/2018 - 1:27pm I can't figure out which…

I can't figure out which term you apparently don't understand... "Debate", or "double standard"

If you believe that the stated and oft trumpeted policy of "no politics" being enforced against one brand of politics only (i.e. that which Brian et al ascribe to) is not a "double standard" than we really can't have much of a debate, can we?

07/02/2018 - 11:46am Child, please...  Go ahead…

Child, please...  Go ahead and google "straw man argument"

 

No one brags about Ford because of his athletic accomplishments. 

07/02/2018 - 11:37am What is with the urge many…

What is with the urge many users feel of posting "Hello" information as soon as possible on the board with the apparent hope that you get it up JUST before the guys get their post up on the main feed?  

07/02/2018 - 11:21am You misudnstand the "No…

You misudnstand the "No Politics" policy. Political posts are ALWAYS accepted, provided they agree with Brian's hard-left leanings. 

 

07/02/2018 - 11:18am That's some intelligent…

That's some intelligent commentary right there.  -1 for using the word "retard".

07/02/2018 - 11:17am False.

Being a Supreme…

False.

Being a Supreme Court nominee or justice is a great career accomplishment, regardless. We as graduates of the greatest university in the world love to take pride in many of our non-athlete graduates (Gerald Ford, James Earl Jones, astronauts, etc.). Nothing wrong with being excited for one of our own making it to the pinnacle of their profession.

Methinks thou dost protest too much. I am betting you have a problem with the post for ideological reasons, ironic given your insistence that it doesn't matter where on the ideological spectrum you fall.

07/02/2018 - 11:00am Yes. with a functioning…

Yes. with a functioning comment mechanism. Which I am using to comment. Any questions?

07/02/2018 - 10:59am My point is not where…

My point is not where politics do or don't belong, just the obvious double standard. Debate the presence of double standard if you like (you will lose). Otherwise, move along.

07/02/2018 - 10:25am You don't get to decide what…

You don't get to decide what is political and what isn't. Brian decides what is political. The criteria are:

A) Does Brian and his minions agree with it? 

  • If "Yes", then it is not political
  • If "No", then it is political.  Commence deletion.

 

 

06/26/2018 - 2:35pm It's a lot of  fun for the…

It's a lot of  fun for the person (whoever that is) that works the strategy for the entire UM team. The rest of us are just pawns. We don't get to decide anything, and if we state the obvious (like the Clemson alliance is completely 1-sided and we get very little benefit with mostly downside since they can't control their "rogue" players) then you get derided as not understanding the big picture or the mechanics of the game.

Sadly I continue to take and follow my orders, even though I have mostly lost interest.

06/25/2018 - 9:13pm I don't get the "rant"…

I don't get the "rant" against the scouting services? They have always sucked for anything outsitde of the top 50 or so recruits, now they are just admitting it by basically not even trying. The teams' coaches are much more accurate, and always have been.  We love to treat the star ratings as some kind of "empirical evidence" of a recruit's value, but in truth, the services are really a bunch of guesses. If the talent evaluators were any good they would be working for an actual program somewhere.

06/21/2018 - 9:27am No one  has yet explained…

No one  has yet explained adequately why we continue to allow Clemson "rogues" (blah blah blah) to screw us in the northeast. They obviously can't control their redneck loser fans so they are not an ally in any real way.  

Screw it...

 

06/09/2018 - 10:59pm Mmmmmkay I get it now... …

Mmmmmkay I get it now...  Let's get after it Crosley et al!

06/07/2018 - 8:53am Your username is blasphemous…

Your username is blasphemous.

 

06/07/2018 - 8:50am That, sir, is a work of art…

That, sir, is a work of art.  Well done.

06/07/2018 - 8:48am You cannot be serious... …

You cannot be serious...  Yes, the folks here are unabashed UM fans, but the heaps evidence for prosecutorial misconduct related to MSU athletes is no conspiracy theory.

06/06/2018 - 12:44pm Which will obviously…

Which will obviously continue to happen. Also still looking for any real reason to trust what your clemson guy counterpart is telling you.

06/06/2018 - 9:37am Well done, MGoTeam!

As a…

Well done, MGoTeam!

As a longtime bitcher/moaner of the old site and the delays in getting the new site up, I offer a hearty "THANK YOU" and virtual pat on the back.  

Some minor glitches that have been noted below, but overall the new site looks and works great.  Congrats!

06/06/2018 - 9:23am Fair enough. Can you explain…

Fair enough. Can you explain why the game is "not like Risk at all"? Should we not focus our energy on preserving protected territories and limiting the number of territories exposed to attack?  My recent orders did not do that.

 

06/06/2018 - 8:57am I like this idea and have…

I like this idea and have just started "playing" about a week ago.  Observations:

  • My orders have made zero strategic sense, and I am a risk afficianado. Our "generals" need to be fired.  I am making my own decisions based on what is actually smart. This is also known as mutiny.
  • We should be 100% focused on preserving our hold on the new england "peninsula".  Clemson just tore us a new one because our orders were defending outlying areas with zero strategic benefit. Which brings me to:
  • The "alliances" are complete BS. Whoever is "in charge" of Clemson that we are coordinating with is either outright lying or has zero pull with his constituents
  • The jury is still out on whether the rules of the game make any sense at all.  I am leaning towards "no".
  • I am very pleased with the new site. Looking forward to voting capability on the board.

 

06/04/2018 - 8:40am Are you serious?

Of course luck exists in sports. Not saying that our poor perforamance against OSU lately has been all luck, but still. If you don't think luck was involved in the blocked punt against MSU, I don't know what to tell you.

05/22/2018 - 9:12pm I hope this is sarcasm.
 

I hope this is sarcasm.

 

05/22/2018 - 9:09pm Mo changed the program in a huge way...

What people forget is that Moeller's offense was revolutionary.  It was no huddle back when that was something, and at a traditional place like Michigan it was REALLY something. Cam Cameron was Sam Wyche's assistant at Indiana before he (Wyche) took the no huddle to the NFL and used it to lead the Bengals to the superbowl. Mo let Cam take that offense and make it Michigan's. Amazing stuff.  

Mo was also the first college HC to have a full time recruiting coordinator on staff (Bob Chmeil).  Michigan's recruiting footprint got so much larger during Mo's time - into Florida (Rod Payne), California (Toomer), and Texas (Mercury Hayes and Jarrett Irons).

The NFL talent that came out of that program during the Mo years was incredible; Howard, Alexander, Wheatley, Toomer, Runyan, Law, Skene, Steele, Grbac, Collins, Riemersma, Tuman, etc.  I could go on and on... not to mention the all americans who didn't get drafted highly or have great NFL careers... Hutchinson, Payne, Irons, Horn, Morrison, Jenkins, Stanley, Biakabutuka, etc. 

We'll never know for sure how the history would have changed, for better or worse. I know this; it's too bad we never had the chance to see Mo try to take UM to the next level.  With that staff I have no doubt he would have gotten close.

05/22/2018 - 9:00pm That play

was not called in the huddle. It was an audible by Grbac.  Still ballsy to go for it though.

05/22/2018 - 8:56pm This comment is complete bullshit

I was there on the inside of the program the entire Mo tenure. It was 100% clean. No question.

In fact one of the most dismaying thing about the ordeal was that Mo used to say every single year to the incoming freshman class: You have to be not just as clean as other students at the university... but cleaner. You have to know that people in the communitiy are going to try to take advantage of your fame or your position, and they will cut you loose when the going gets tough. You are not special - so don't expect any special treatement from anyone if you get in trouble, expect them to be harder on you BECAUSE you are a football player..

What sunk him that night at the Excalibur was when the audio tape of him hit WJR a couple days later with him in a drunken stupor saying "You can't do this to me! You know who I am!"

Once that tape hit the airwaves and the evening news, it was over. 

 

05/22/2018 - 1:57pm Charles is always right

when it comes to OSU. Not one person on MGoBlog, myself or the proprietors of this site included, has any right to disagree with him on this point. He has earned a lifetime exemption from criticism on any opinion OSU related.  

I am not being sarcastic.

05/22/2018 - 1:41pm +1

Because obvs.

05/22/2018 - 1:40pm It's a poor craftsman that blames his tools

It's a poor craftsman that blames his tools

05/22/2018 - 7:56am "Score the ball"

This has got to be the most annoying phrases in basketball commentary.  "He can really score the ball" Ugh.

Close second - Using "disrespect" as an objective verb.

 

Also - get off my lawn.

05/18/2018 - 10:01am "too expensive" *sniff sniff

Looking forward to another 6 months of whining about how expensive the Jordan gear is  every time something new comes out.  It gets so tiresome - it's like class warfare for sports fans.

Jordan and Nike Dri-fit is higher quality stuff than the cotton gear you can get at the "Meijer Team Store" next to the red wings bumper stickers and tigers camo hats.  If you don't like the price, then don't buy it.  The constant complaining about the price gets really old.

Michigan is an elite brand and attracted another elite brand. That means some of the stuff is pricey. If you don't like it, there is plenty of non-Jordan gear to be had. Go buy it and wear it and be happy. 

05/18/2018 - 9:53am So don't buy it then. No one cares

Nothing is more annoying that whining about how little some rich guy "gives back" with his own money... especially when you have no freaking clue what you are talking about.  Go ahead and give your millions (LOL) to whatever charity you support, and stop criticizing others for what they (supposedly) do and do not give.  Class warfare at it's worst.

05/04/2018 - 8:39am This thread will not end well

This thread will not end well

05/03/2018 - 2:14pm Scout?

Are those Boy Scouts or just "Scouts"?

 

*ducks

05/01/2018 - 8:37am I read the article

and it is so monumentally stupid that I don't even know where to begin. 

The reason behind it is purporting to fix the "problem" that some teams have no shot at the playoffs. Just look at the World Series participants since 2009 (the last year the Yankees won with the core players from their dynasty still around).  There are no dynasties.  The league that supposedly has 'fixed" the parity problem - the NFL - still has franchises like the Lions and the Browns.  Sometimes there are just losers.  Get over it.  

Even if lack of parity WERE a problem there are so many things that could be tried to improve it baseball before this buffoonery.  Also, and probably more significantly, ending the season for most teams on 9/1 when the "playoff" begins by this suggestion completely eliminates one of the best things about the game; MLB's reverence for season records and statistical comparison of one season to another. I can just hear it now. "Trout and Judge both hit 42 HR, but Trout played in 16 fewer games, so he should win the MVP"

I can't believe I just wasted 3 minutes typing this response such a collossally stupid and completely irrelevant concept.  I guess it's the offseason for MGoBlog, so that explains it I guess.  Football season can't come soon enough

05/01/2018 - 7:53am What if football was played on rollerskates

with a giant walnut for a ball?

05/01/2018 - 7:49am "I'm picking up your sarcasm."

"Well I should hope so because I'm laying it on pretty thick."

04/12/2018 - 12:52pm Really amazing...

I actually complimented Graham on twitter because I was so amazed that he had a rational thought about MSU, let alone put it in writing, in a column. To me it means he must know something that hasn't been reported yet - it isn't like him to burn a bridge unless that bridge is due to be dynamited in the coming weeks.  

Very surprising.

04/12/2018 - 8:14am Why?

Why post this? Was there no Mike DeBord or Les Miles news available?

04/11/2018 - 11:39am I could give you facts and

I could give you facts and figures...

04/11/2018 - 11:06am Jesus Christ Superstar references

Much appreciated.

(avatar checks out)

03/29/2018 - 11:02pm Sounds familiar

Like every other opponent they have faced thus far in the tourney. All of whom will be watching from the comfort of their living room.

03/28/2018 - 7:26pm I'll pull rank if I need to...

...after all, look at my zuchetto!

03/23/2018 - 3:46pm Damn. Beat me to it.

"People will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."

03/23/2018 - 8:00am Call in sick.

Call in sick.

03/21/2018 - 11:11am wut??

Adding receivers, varying formations, and complex shifting is EXACTLY what you should do if your QB can't make progression reads... it gives the defense more perceived offensive options on a play, when in fact there is only one or two. 

 

03/21/2018 - 7:47am Idiotic Sports Journalists

Coaches just laugh histerically inside when some idiot journalist asks if they are going to integrate "RPO" into the offense.  Run Pass Options in some forme or another have been in use since the 80s, but just because Collinsworth says it 40x during a broadcast then Graham Couch et al decide they need to ask it any chance they get.

They can't say "yes" because it is an asinine question, but if they say "no" then they will be presented as out of touch. So you get the answer "we'll have some of that in our offense".  Stupid question, nondescript answer. Welcome to sports journalism.

03/20/2018 - 7:35pm That is... not an argument.

Watch hockey and tell me lacrosse wouldn't be better on ice skates

Watch MMA and tell me boxing wouldn't be more fun with choke holds.

Watch football and tell me rugby wouldn't be better with helmets

Watch the Tour de France and tell me the Boston Marathon wouldn't be better on bikes.

etc.

etc.

etc.