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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.

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.