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10/22/2018 - 11:09am And another +1 just for the…

And another +1 just for the phone.

10/22/2018 - 11:07am I remember that very well,…

I remember that very well, and was dumbfounded when I first heard it. I thought, "What the hell? He's still pulling for UM to lose, even though their win would benefit his team? What kind of petty, miserable SOB is this guy?"

The subsequent years have answered that question. He's the perfect coach for Inferiority State U.

10/21/2018 - 7:05pm Or, putting it another way:

Or, putting it another way:

Michigan has gotten their 42nd win over MSU in George's lifetime.

And if this were anything like the Super Bowl, George wouldn't be allowed anywhere near a microphone.

10/19/2018 - 9:20pm I want them killed right in…

I want them killed right in the face.

I want them beaten so badly that all you can hear is the wailing of their women and children.

Then I want their field plowed and sown with salt so that nothing will ever grow there again.

 

A beating right out of the Iliad - I don't think that's too much to ask.

10/16/2018 - 1:58pm Except they spell it SAATN.

Except they spell it SAATN.

10/16/2018 - 10:27am Really enjoyed the inside…

Really enjoyed the inside look at Abbott's life. I was struck by what he said about sometimes getting tired of being called an "inspiration" when he was younger, and just wanting to be a ball player. It never occurred to me before, but I can understand his point.

And as a fellow Flint native, it was nice to see scenes of the old hometown back in the day, before it was a source of lead-in-the-water stories and depressing economic news. It really was a pretty good place to grow up.

10/15/2018 - 2:51pm And a rose by another other…

And a rose by any other name would still be a major bowl game.

10/15/2018 - 12:25pm The only thing I learned…

The only thing I learned from Prufrock was that Eliot was way beyond my comprehension.

In that way, he's much like the blog's discussions of offensive line blocking schemes. Despite my best efforts to keep up, I get lost and pretty much stay that way.

10/15/2018 - 8:20am This is why I love this blog…

This is why I love this blog. I don't know of another place where a post on a five-star recruit can take an abrupt shift to a famous poem by Carl Sandburg, UM's poet-in-residence in the 20's.

This also lets me to share my favorite Sandburg story (which I'm sure has been posted here before, since everything else has been.) Per the Literary Traveler:

"Frost himself was inclined to down-play this notoriety. When the President of the University, Marion Burton, suggested to Frost that he was as popular as the celebrated football coach, Fielding Yost, Frost responded by proposing that they test the soundness of this idea by scheduling a poetry reading that would coincide with an upcoming football game. He then cautioned President Burton 'If you come to my poetry reading, you will be the only one there, because I shall be at the football game.'"

Edit: This would have been a hell of a lot more effective if I hadn't used a quote about Robert Frost and mistaken it for one on Sandburg. I can only blame my egregious error on a lack of caffeine.

I would throw myself upon the mercy of this blog, but who am I kiddin'? - this blog has no mercy (and is damn proud of it). Therefore, I fully expect to be pelted with rocks and garbage.

10/13/2018 - 3:57am Valenti does stick out -…

Valenti does stick out - just like a clogged toilet in the men's room.

10/11/2018 - 4:37pm This may be the most…

This may be the most informative UFR I've ever read - because until now, I had no clue what "rubbin's racin'" meant.

I figured it was something they talked about at the cool kids table. Knowing that it comes from a mediocre Cruise movie makes me feel much better.

10/09/2018 - 10:52am He rode at a very slow pace…

He rode at a very slow pace on a goofy-looking scooter?

Watching that would still be preferable to listening to him.

10/09/2018 - 4:16am "But if he's correct, it's…

"But if he's correct, it's by accident."

Well, you know the old saying: "Even an obnoxious clock is right twice a day."

10/08/2018 - 3:55pm Many great moments in the…

Many great moments in the this game: the Mason hurdle, the Wangler diving TD, the Watson pick-6, and Patterson playing tag with the Terps ("You can't catch me, nyah nyah nyah!")

But my favorite was after DPJ got laid out by the cheap-shot, which was punctuated by his flying mouthpiece. I was really hoping that there was no injury, and figured he was done for the day.

But there was on the next drive, taking the pass down the sideline for a TD. And who was throwing the blocks downfield? Our big tree of a TE, and everyone's favorite bulldog, Tru Blue.

If Wilson keeps this up, he may get his own well-deserved version of the Order of St. Kovacs.

10/08/2018 - 7:56am Looks like I picked the…

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

10/06/2018 - 5:56am "Marcus, you were a Michigan…

"Marcus, you were a Michigan legend ..."

Um ... was he really a "legend"? Since I avoid the sports talk world, I had to remind myself who Marcus Ray was: Starting safety on the 1997 NC team, twice All-Big Ten, 2nd team All-American in 1997. A co-captain and pre-season All-American pick in 1998 who got suspended six games for associating with a sports agent. Ranks 7th on UM's career list with 10 INT's. Played eight games with Oakland and spent a season in NFL Europe.

So he was a very good college player whose success didn't continue in the NFL. (No shame there, since many college players' don't.) After that, he coached several Ohio high school teams, was a grad assistant at UM and CMU, and wrote a book of inspirational thoughts published by his own company. (In other words, a "vanity press" book.)

So - a "legend?"

No. Woodson was a legend. Tom Harmon and Bennie Oosterbaan and Ron Kramer were legends. Ray was a good college player who had some time in the spotlight 20 years ago. Now the spotlight has moved on, but Marcus is still chasing it. And if returning to that spotlight means throwing shit at Michigan under the guise of "expert analysis," that's a price he's willing to pay. Just as long as you notice him again.

10/04/2018 - 10:52am Don Brown is proof that we…

Don Brown is proof that we can has nice things.

10/04/2018 - 10:49am And if Don Brown actually…

And if Don Brown actually wanted to hoe a road, I'm not gonna be the one to tell him he's doing it wrong.

10/03/2018 - 4:04pm This is twice now that I've…

This is twice now that I've seen you pull the trigger on one of these numbnuts trolls.

You're quickly becoming my favorite mod.

10/02/2018 - 1:45pm I know the feeling. Every…

I know the feeling. Every time People's "Sexiest Man of the Year" goes to someone else, I die a little inside.

10/02/2018 - 5:49am "the play design for Higdon…

"the play design for Higdon's score was fantastic ..."

Yes, I'll give him that one. I saw them use that formation twice (although it may have been more): on the Higdon TD, and during the four-minute drill at the end when Patterson kept it for a first down. It was beautiful, running out of a pass formation. NW didn't quite know what was coming.

But some of that creative play-calling sure would be nice on first down, which seems to consist of "run up the middle like it's 1984." At those times, everybody from the defense to the parking lot attendants knew what was coming. Like you said, it's a wasted play.

10/01/2018 - 8:07am Nah. If it had been acid,…

Nah. If it had been acid, then the penalty would have been called on number Square Root of 47 for holding the fuzzy purple dragon.

09/28/2018 - 5:36am Damn - Thanksgiving is…

Damn - Thanksgiving is REALLY gonna be awkward this year!

09/27/2018 - 3:24pm Tshimanga Biakabutuka Cook.

Tshimanga Biakabutuka Cook.

Once she learns it, the kid will win every spelling bee until she graduates.

09/27/2018 - 3:15pm "Dude" for short.

"Dude" for short.

09/27/2018 - 3:13pm True. Now, if you'd said …

True. Now, if you'd said "Zoinks!," that would have been a completely different matter.

09/26/2018 - 5:31am  Please leave again and…

 Please leave again and check on us in 10 years.

 

There, I fixed it for you.

09/26/2018 - 5:23am This can't be real. Harbaugh…

This can't be real. Harbaugh is too tan.

(If I wasn't technically inept and could post a picture, I'd prove it.)

09/23/2018 - 11:17am I have every confidence that…

I have every confidence that Bo would have loved this kid.

The only way his performance could have been better is if Brandy and Dierdorf referred to him as "Murderface" (kudos to Brian for one of the great nicknames of our time.)

09/20/2018 - 5:25am "... but I still wonder if…

"... but I still wonder if Patterson's not making these pulls because he doesn't want to be running around with the ball."

It could be that he doesn't, but here's the thing: It's great when your QB has the ability to tuck and run, and turns a 3rd and long into a first down. But it's even better when you have a QB who can avoid mistakes, keep plays alive with his feet, and most importantly, HIT WHAT HE'S THROWING AT!

Last year we didn't have one (or we didn't have three.) Now we do. And I think keeping him healthy for 12+ games would be a good thing.

So if he doesn't want to be running around with the ball, and risk both his health and the team's season, I'm really OK with that.

09/18/2018 - 8:35am Amen to that. It's one of…

Amen to that. It's one of the reasons I stopped teaching and stopped umpiring youth baseball. I could never understand why some of those kids were such troublemaking jackasses ... until I met their parents. Then it made sense.

09/16/2018 - 10:41am Yeah, he'll learn. Besides,…

Yeah, he'll learn. Besides, he has lots of company. There were plenty of people in the Athletic Dept. who once thought that highlighter yellow was the same as maize, too.

09/15/2018 - 4:48pm My brother-in-law took his 9…

My brother-in-law took his 9-year-old to his first UM game today. The kid is grinning like a demented Jack-O-Lantern in all the Facebook pictures. Bro-in-law reports that his youngest son made the following comment while looking at the stands before the game:

"Wow ... that's a lot of blue and yellow!"

 

09/14/2018 - 2:05pm Their brunches are fabulous!…

Their brunches are fabulous!

 

Or so I'm told ...

09/14/2018 - 9:43am I can verify this. Broke my…

I can verify this. Broke my right hand a few years back, and spent six weeks in a cast, trying to wipe from the left side. You tend to use a lot more paper, just to be safe.

 

Which probably has nothing to do with playing OT, so never mind.

09/13/2018 - 10:55am Are we absolutely sure that…

Are we absolutely sure that shooting them is out of the question?

Asking for a friend.

09/13/2018 - 10:53am Pictures or it didn't happen.

Pictures or it didn't happen.

09/12/2018 - 12:26pm Thank you. Speaking for…

Thank you. Speaking for myself and my other personalities, we appreciate that.

09/12/2018 - 5:29am Then I'm with you.

Then I'm with you.

09/07/2018 - 4:50am You misused "your" and "you…

You misused "your" and "you're" at the airport?

09/06/2018 - 12:59pm Osterman - and you're right,…

Osterman - and you're right, they were a good combo. Larry's professional delivery was a good mix with George's Arkansas twang. ("Liiiiive, from Tiger Stadium ...")

Got to meet Kell once. Nicest guy in the world: polite, soft-spoken, took a real interest in what you were saying (even though you knew he'd heard it all before). Ernie Harwell was famous for his personality, but George was right up there with him.

09/06/2018 - 12:51pm I've always thought there…

I've always thought there should be a Jim Price drinking game. You have to do a shot every time he replies, "Well, you're absolutely right, Dan ..."

You'd be yellow-hammered by the third inning.

09/06/2018 - 4:45am Had mine at 43, but they had…

Had mine at 43, but they had to go in because it had ruptured (which is pain that hope to never, ever feel again.) Five days in the hospital to make sure of no infection, tired for more than a week, no lifting for a month, and lost over 12 pounds. If Solomon is going through any of that, it's no wonder he wasn't playing much.

And ditto on the salty snacks, even 14 years later.

09/05/2018 - 2:00pm Yes, but there's one…

Yes, but there's one important thing he forgot to mention: You have to remember to first remove the stem.

 

Trust me on this.

09/05/2018 - 10:16am I also thought the old site…

I also thought the old site was better. But I've come to view 3.0 the same way I view my waistline from 20 years ago:

It might have looked better, but it ain't ever coming back.

09/05/2018 - 8:42am 15. Show some guts and go…

15. Show some guts and go for it on 4th down. Unless you don't make it. Then you should have played it smart and punted.

09/05/2018 - 4:10am Yeah, stop beating off the…

Yeah, stop beating off the horse!

 

Wait, that's not it ...

09/05/2018 - 4:07am Gee ... I didn't think I was…

Gee ... I didn't think I was talking that much.

Sorry.

09/05/2018 - 3:54am Make sure you have her call…

Make sure you have her call Harbaugh on the sideline during the game, and tell him what play to run. I'm sure he'd welcome that.

09/02/2018 - 10:40am I don't blame you, because I…

I don't blame you, because I don't do it either. I figure that the last thing any drunken rage-fest needs is one more loud voice.

But with the perspective that comes with a night's sleep, a pot of coffee, and three aspirin, three takes:

1. It sure is nice to have a QB who can actually hit a receiver where he can catch it, and pick up a first down. After last season, I'd almost forgotten what one looked like (and it looks like we have two).

2. I'll accept that Don Brown might be a defensive genius, like many have said. But it sure would be nice if he could be a genius in the first half, before his defense gives up 21 points.

3. For a QB who couldn't throw, Brandon Wimbush sure did learn in a hurry. Some of his passes were right on the proverbial dime. And if I were an Irish fan, I'd be thrilled about having a QB who can pull off a QB draw on 3rd and 18 for a first down. (Of course, as a Michigan fan, I was something less than thrilled.)