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03/22/2019 - 9:32am The game is on CBS.  Go Blue…

The game is on CBS.  Go Blue and Go Mickey!

03/18/2019 - 2:36pm I think you mean cubicle. …

I think you mean cubicle.  Pretty sure Mr. Winston has taken over Mr. Simpson's office.

03/18/2019 - 10:31am Really good list.  Although…

Really good list.  Although it seems like a crime to mention Messner and Gary in the same sentence.  One was production personified and the other was "hype over performance."

03/06/2019 - 11:40am Has anyone read Fire & Blood…

Has anyone read Fire & Blood, the Targaryen history that came out last fall?  Is it worth reading?

03/06/2019 - 12:50am And we have a winner!  Lock…

And we have a winner!  Lock the thread.

03/05/2019 - 9:56am That was a great gimmick.  F…

That was a great gimmick.  F-I-V-E!

03/04/2019 - 11:53am Urban should be able to do…

Urban should be able to do the job while still having ample time to spend with his family and recover from his various maladies. 

02/13/2019 - 11:00am Or maybe it's just a bad…

Or maybe it's just a bad official and no conspiracy theory.  He was clearly rabbit earing and waiting for an excuse to T'up Beilein.  After the first T, both the other referees were in between Beilein and him and didn't call anything.  He wanted to showboat based on how he wound up to toss Beilein.

02/01/2019 - 3:18pm No, your post exactly sums…

No, your post exactly sums up his career at Michigan - disinterested at times and great other times.  If he were a football player, they'd say he has a low motor.

01/31/2019 - 11:58am There are always teams that…

There are always teams that don't respond to coaching very well and I'm afraid this is one of them.  Mel has proven that he is a good coach so I'm not worried about that going forward.

01/25/2019 - 11:09am Welcome aboard!  Nice early…

Welcome aboard!  Nice early pick-up.

Although I would prefer all future linebacker recruits be Roquan Smith level or better.

01/25/2019 - 9:27am They need to go on a run the…

They need to go on a run the next month.  Finish as high as possible in the B10 to get the easiest possible B10 tourney path.  Winning that is probably the only way they can make the NCAA tourney.  Good start last night.

01/17/2019 - 10:59am It's a combination of things…

It's a combination of things.  This year's team has an amazing ability to lose or tie close games.  They're in every game, often controlling play, but will miss on a couple good scoring chances or have a breakdown on defense that costs them the game.  Plus, the goalie play took a step back from last year's level.  Lavigne seems to be playing better lately so we'll see what happens down the stretch.  Nobody in the Big Ten is so good that we couldn't beat them and win the B10 tourney to make the big show.

01/15/2019 - 11:26am Reading between the lines,…

Reading between the lines, he probably meant "the entire Michigan staff, with one exception that rhymes with Hep Pamilton."

01/14/2019 - 1:28am Bang!  17-0, with some very…

Bang!  17-0, with some very good victories.  There is no way a one loss team should be ranked ahead of us.  #1 or bust!

01/08/2019 - 9:46am We do all get it.  We just…

We do all get it.  We just have to hope that Harbaugh does too.  And he hasn't shown he does yet.

01/08/2019 - 9:35am Did get a new car in 2018…

Did get a new car in 2018 and it's on the list - Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. 

I will say I'm curious to see what the new Chevy Blazer looks like.  I was always a Trailblazer man and only switched to Jeep when they stopped making them.

01/07/2019 - 10:12pm My Packers fan wife isn't…

My Packers fan wife isn't going to like this.  Seems like a really dangerous hire for the Packers.  He's only called plays for one year and finished with the 27th ranked scoring offense.  Plus, you never know when you hire a first-time head coach - there's a big difference between an assistant and the head man.  Seems like a risk for Rodgers last top years that they didn't need to take.

01/07/2019 - 1:35pm Kind of hard to believe that…

Kind of hard to believe that he isn't good enough to coach Michigan's defensive line, but OSU would hire him as a coordinator.

01/07/2019 - 9:36am Right after your defense…

Right after your defense gets pantsed in the last 2 games is not the best time to ask for a raise. 

01/06/2019 - 11:04pm We were at the Cold War in…

We were at the Cold War in Lansing, the Big Chill in AA and the Culver Cup in Madison.  All were great experiences.  Yes, the sight lines aren't great, but you can see well enough to tell what's going on.  All were very well attended so the atmosphere was fantastic.    

01/04/2019 - 9:34am It does seem like a trivial…

It does seem like a trivial pursuit.

01/04/2019 - 9:30am Really good analysis.  As…

Really good analysis.  As disappointed as Lavigne has been this year, I think he's our best hope for this season.  He played at a much higher level last year and didn't allow the number of cheap goals he has this year.  If he could just get back to that level.  I think Mann has the higher upside and should be all set for next year with a little more seasoning.

Of course, if the team can stop with the bad break downs/ give aways, it would help either goalie.

12/26/2018 - 9:40pm Great analysis.  However,…

Great analysis.  However, any analysis of the defense has to start and end with the goaltending.  You aren't going to win many games when your goalies are saving at .882 and .877 clips.  Don't know what happened to Lavigne, but he looks like a different goalie than last season.  

12/18/2018 - 1:17pm I'd say the puppy isn't that…

I'd say the puppy isn't that cute and they should have recruited a better one.

12/18/2018 - 1:15pm Higdon is a captain and…

Higdon is a captain and Harbaugh should be unhappy with him.  He expects his leaders to be there for the team.  If he doesn't want to play, then he should GTFO.

07/10/2018 - 1:09pm I think my original point…

I think my original point stands.  Dayne won the Heisman in 1999, which was Vick's freshman year.  Vick won some other "player of the year" awards, but Dayne won the Heisman.

07/10/2018 - 1:07pm He average 6.0 yards per…

He average 6.0 yards per carry that year.

07/10/2018 - 9:19am Have to take issue with your…

Have to take issue with your Ron Dayne comment.  Dude ran for 2,034 yards and 20 TD's to cap off his career as the Division 1-A all-time leading rusher.  He deserved a Heisman.

06/16/2018 - 10:08pm That would actually be the…

That would actually be the easy way out for him.  Do you think he really wants to go out there tomorrow and play 18 totally meaningless holes?  Withdrawing would be doing himself a favor.

06/16/2018 - 10:05pm Have to disagree about it…

Have to disagree about it being a huge advantage not to play his next shot from well off the green.  He took a two stroke penalty plus the stroke for the putt.  Give Phil three shots from off the green and he will get it within four feet every time.

06/07/2018 - 2:51pm You misread the thread title…

You misread the thread title - it said "unpopular opinions."  Not "opinions everyone agrees with."

04/04/2018 - 11:45am Michigan can do this

If we played like we did in the Regionals, I think we take down Notre Dame.  OSU is better than Minnesota Duluth and I expect them to win.  That sets up an epic rival final.  It's really tough to beat a good team every time you play them, especially 6 times.  It reminds me of the 1993-94 season.  One of the best hockey teams Michigan has had beat Lake Superior all 5 times they played in the season and CCHA Championship.  But, LSSU took out Michigan in overtime, in the Regional Final, on their way to a National Championship.  It was really frustrating to be better than your rival all season, but lose the one game that counts most.  Let's hope that's the feeling OSU has Saturday night. 

02/23/2018 - 8:26am Good to see Drevno's family posts here

Everything you said is true, but you left out some important information.  Like the fact that Drevno coaches the OL, which was responsible for the 3 QB thing.  Also, and this was the final straw to me - we had a month to practice for the bowl game and yet the offense looked like a bad JV team in the bowl.  It's time to try someone else.

12/05/2017 - 12:06am Good teams make their own luck

You're right to an extent, but it wasn't all luck.  Ohio St. outhustled Michigan in the second half, that's "wanting it more."  And most importantly, Beilein did a terrible job with his personnel decisions in the second half.  The offense clearly looks better when Brooks is playing point guard.  So what does Beilein do when the team is struggling offensively, he plays Simpson 14 minutes and Brooks for only 6.  Robinson is a clear liability defensively and can't throw the ball in the ocean this year, so let's give him 30 minutes.  If he can't shoot, there is no reason to play him.  And why not give Poole more minutes when Matthews was clearly struggling?  That is "getting outcoached," not luck. 

11/14/2017 - 8:18am Neighborhood Parking

We've been there twice and both times we drove around the neighborhoods a couple blocks from Camp Randall.  Found some small apartment complexes that make residents move their cars on game days.  Good tailgating and only a few blocks away.

10/06/2017 - 9:22pm Nice win to start the Mel Pearson era.

Good win on the road.

10/06/2017 - 9:18pm 1:23 left, still 3-1 Michigan.

The team isn't going to be an offensive juggernaut, but better effort in the defensive end compared to last year.  Hughes might be only 17, but he looks like the real deal.

08/10/2017 - 3:14pm Shegos was the man

He and Piotrowski were clearly the best referees in the CCHA and thankfully were usually assigned to Michigan's big games because of that.  Was glad to see Brian correct Megaphone about Piotrowski. 

04/11/2017 - 1:36pm Thank You Red

Good testimonial by Brian.  Not only did Red build the Michigan program into a national powerhouse, he did it playing the most exciting brand of hockey.  Freewheeling, offensive and exciting, with a little more defense built in come tournament time.

Great memories of all the games my wife and I went to at Yost and Joe Louis.  Road trips to MSU, Western, Ferris, Bowling Green, Omaha, Notre Dame, Illinois-Chicago (and some suburban rink the year they couldn't play in the Pavillion).  All the Regionals at Yost, the Joe, Munn, Fort Wayne and Dane County.  The Frozen Four trips to Albany, Milwaukee, Providence, Cincinnati, Boston and Buffalo.  It was a great time and we have Red to thank for it.

For the future, Mel Pearson might not be the absolute best coach available, but he is the best coach for this particular job.  He was instrumental in building the Michigan program with Red and his importance was made obvious by the program's slide since he left.  He deserves the job if he wants it and I really hope he does. 

 

04/07/2017 - 9:08am You nailed it

Do all the things to honor him, but tell him that it's over.  The recruiting classes have really dropped off the last two years and we can't afford to waste another class.  Let's face it, it's hard for a coach to recruit when the kids know he could be gone anytime.  And the in-game coaching has fallen off since Mel left.  Bring back Mel and have him say all the right things about Red in a joint press conference.

01/20/2017 - 8:42am Yes Please

I wouild be very happy with either of them.  I'd prefer Mel, because to me he would be the returning hero coming back to fix things.  Gadowsky has done an unbelievable job at Penn St., but I'm not sure he would leave.  One of those two and I'm happy.

I think there's also a non-zero chance that Red wants to come back next year.  If Warde doesn't do the right thing and tell him no, I could live with that on one condition - he has to get rid of Wiseman.  It's obvious he's letting Wiseman run the team and it's obvious Wiseman isn't coaching a system very well.

01/19/2017 - 10:26am Can't get behind that

You lost me at "Yes, I know he's a Sparty."  If we were a lower level program that had to take a risk or if someone like Mel isn't interested, maybe I could get past the Sparty thing.  We can attract candidates on the same level as Cole, so being a Sparty is a disqualifier for me.

01/13/2017 - 10:57pm Crazy talent and great coaching in the 90's

6 Frozen Fours in 7 years - 2 championships and 4 semi-final losses.  And the year we didn't make it, we got screwed by the NCAA by getting paired in the Regionals with a very good Lake Superior St. team that we had went 4-0 against during the season.  They beat us in overrtime at a very hostile Munn Arena and went on to win it all.  The talent was incredible and the coaching was great.  

The 00's was more of a normal decade for what was still one of the best programs in the country every year.  

The 10's is very simple - Mel Pearson left to become head coach at Michigan Tech.   

01/10/2017 - 10:10am Thank You

The OP asks a valid football question and gets about two actual responses, along with about 15 others thinking they're cute or deeming it non-thread worthy.  Thanks for the valid response.

12/06/2016 - 8:43am Talent only goes so far

His work ethic is awful, which even when paired with great talent, doesn't usually work out very well in the NFL (see Jadeveon Clowney).  It's also a bad sign that most of the energy he expends during games is when he's rolling around on the ground acting like he's injured. 

BTW, most MSU players don't get bigger when they enter the NFL.  Wonder why that is?

11/14/2016 - 1:03pm OSU would have went

Penn State would have been eliminated due to a worse overall record, then OSU would go due to the head-to-head result with us.

10/15/2016 - 1:52am Have to disagree

I think calling Strong the Texas version of Rich Rod is a great comparison.  But, I can't believe many people would agree that Louisville to Texas and West Virginia to Michigan are lateral moves.  They're all power 5 schools, but that's about where the comparisons end.

10/13/2016 - 9:21am A second for the Airliner

They had great pizza.  I was going to add that following the Iowa Beer Band was fantastic, but I see they stopped the practice last year.

08/28/2016 - 11:36pm One glaring omission

I'm going to assume he's not in the top 4, and have to give some props to a hockey player that should be included in Michigan's top 25.  Brendan Morrison is Michigan's all time leading scorer.  He was 1st team All-CCHA 3 years. 2 time CCHA Player of the Year and CCHA Rookie of the Year in his freshmen year.  He won the Hobey Baker award as the NCAA's most outstanding player in his senior season.  And most importantly to us Michigan hockey fans, in 1996 he scored the overtime goal to give Michigan it's first national championship in 32 years.  He belongs in any Michigan top 25 list.