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09/20/2018 - 7:38am JoJo the Whale is the new…

JoJo the Whale is the new Editor-in-Chief after his shadow killed his predecessor.

09/20/2018 - 7:30am are universities simply more…

are universities simply more vulnerable to hive mind mentality and a "protect the fort" stance due to their insular campus "community identity" and do they have a dangerous ability to avoid / dodge the national media, scrutiny, and accountability because of this?

Only if they want to be.  Historically Michigan has shown itself to be willing to put integrity and reputation ahead of wins.  When the Ed Martin scandal surfaced, we didn't obstruct or deny; we opened ourselves up for investigation and cooperated fully, to our extreme detriment.  U of M basketball had to wander in the wilderness for the better part of a decade while our hated rivals danced on our grave, but we emerged on the other end the better institution. 

The OSUs and MSUs will roll their eyes at such Pollyannaish outlooks, but the stain of compromise will always be on their institutions.  Glory is fleeting, but reputations, reputations take a long time to repair.  Sometimes they never recover.

09/20/2018 - 7:15am Martinez hobbled

Frost…

Martinez hobbled

Frost lacks offensive weapons

Huskers rebuilding

09/19/2018 - 3:58pm So who's Mason "The Line"…

So who's Mason "The Line" Dixon?

09/19/2018 - 3:52pm DRAGO!!!

DRAGO!!!

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09/19/2018 - 3:48pm (No subject)

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09/19/2018 - 3:47pm Naw, they're just dragging…

Naw, they're just dragging Paulie around in the snow...

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09/19/2018 - 10:58am Obvious conclusion from that…

Obvious conclusion from that quote is that Meyer doesn't care at all about morals....no surprise there.

09/19/2018 - 8:35am I had that as part of a…

I had that as part of a bourbon flight one night at my favorite restaurant.  That and Old Weller Special Reserve were the highlights.  You have my envy, sir.

09/19/2018 - 7:55am (No subject)

5 Star commitments should be saluted with whiskey...always whiskey.

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09/19/2018 - 7:34am Kalis and Magnusson were the…

Kalis and Magnusson were the OL recruits that had us all losing our minds back in 2012.

09/19/2018 - 7:25am You don't think Michigan's…

You don't think Michigan's secondary can do as good a job, if not better, as BYU in covering Wisconsin's receivers man-to-man?  Uh, OK.

09/18/2018 - 4:12pm They did serve it over white…

They did serve it over white rice if memory serves, so I guess that checks out?  I enjoy good Chinese cuisine.  Mary Markley cafeteria Steak Kow was NOT good Chinese cuisine.

09/18/2018 - 4:08pm I think use of PEDs in…

I think use of PEDs in college football is an area where all major programs look the other way.  When folks on the internet get into slap fights over some programs being unethical with the retort being, "ALL programs cheat"; this is the part where that statement is true.  Where it's not true is with regards to the extent that some programs will go to entice players to enroll at their university.  Enter the bagmen.

09/18/2018 - 4:00pm The Cris Carter comments…

The Cris Carter comments came after we got rolled in 2015.  Carter essentially said our OL was undersized to compete with OSU and he was correct.

09/18/2018 - 3:58pm From what I saw of the BYU…

From what I saw of the BYU game, Wisconsin lost because the Cougars stacked the box to keep Taylor in check and Hornibrook couldn't make them pay for it.

09/18/2018 - 3:56pm Markley served something…

Markley served something called Steak Kow every Wednesday evening.  I'm still not sure what that stuff was.

09/18/2018 - 3:26pm He watched the ND and…

He watched the ND and Western game and said our OL is playing MUCH better than in the past few years.  I said "well, what about our tackles?".  His reply is that all OL have a weak link, you just have to scheme around it.  He's seeing that this year with most of play calling this year.

Hooray?  I would be more interested in his opinion on the OL of some of our competition, because while I agree that you scheme your gameplan to circumvent your weaknesses, I'm not sure I see as many weaknesses in the likes of Wisconsin or the Buckeyes.

09/18/2018 - 3:18pm  If you have a better QB,…

 If you have a better QB, you always have a chance and I believe that we have a better QB than OSU this year.

While I agree that Shea Patterson is easily the most talented QB Harbaugh has had to work with in his time at Michigan, I'm not sure he's a better QB than Haskins.  That guy has every bit the arm that Shea has and he's just as accurate.  Dwayne Haskins might be the best QB that Urban Meyer has had in his time at OSU.

Michigan's defense will have all it can handle when they face off against the Buckeyes in November.

09/18/2018 - 3:11pm Doesn't care about spreads? …

Doesn't care about spreads?  Doesn't Jim know that there are board posters out there to placate?

09/18/2018 - 11:31am It's what plants crave.

It's what plants crave.

09/18/2018 - 7:41am SMU throwing for 209 yards…

SMU throwing for 209 yards is not "gashing" our secondary, particularly when 25% of that total came on one busted coverage.  Stop overreacting.

09/18/2018 - 7:30am Getting screwed over by…

Getting screwed over by Relativity sucks.

09/17/2018 - 4:12pm For good reason...

For good reason...

09/17/2018 - 9:45am U of M has certain…

U of M has certain designated areas around the stadium for tailgating.  The University of Michigan Athletic Department website lists them all as well as policies regarding alcohol.

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There are also plenty of private areas near the stadium you can park as well.

My experience has been as long as you keep your alcohol in a cup and aren't walking around with it, the police will not bother you.

09/17/2018 - 9:37am 14 of 18 for over 200 yards…

14 of 18 for over 200 yards and 3 TDs, but sure, let's complain about the QB play.

09/17/2018 - 9:12am In arguments between players…

In arguments between players and referees, players rarely win.

Rightfully so, but I imagine that tenant presumes that the referee knows how to do his job correctly. 

 

09/17/2018 - 8:43am Even worse was the bullshit…

Even worse was the bullshit Pass Interference call on Kinnel.  That pass was 10 feet over the receivers head and 15 feet out of bounds.  No way that ball is catchable.  If the refs get that right, the defense gets off the field and Hudson isn't even able to commit a bullshit targeting play.

Awful officiating.

09/13/2018 - 11:52am Well if you strike out in…

Well if you strike out in Evanston, there are plenty of go-to spots in Wrigleyville.  Have a good time.

09/12/2018 - 2:26pm Take me now, subcreature.

Take me now, subcreature.

09/12/2018 - 1:25pm Also would like to see this…

Also would like to see this discussed.  Have considered making it a board topic myself.

09/12/2018 - 1:11pm True, but Warde didn't have…

True, but Warde didn't have to schedule the home and home completely on ND's terms.  Maybe Harbaugh signed off on a Game 1 date at South Bend just so he could get the rivalry back, but it's such a bad deal for us.  I feel like it's Warde's role to meet Harbaugh's requests, but within reason. 

Nobody looked at a revised schedule with Notre Dame, MSU, and OSU all on the road an determined that might be a bad idea?  Just tell Harbaugh, "Coach, I know you wanted to play the Irish, but they won't sign up for a game in Ann Arbor in 2018, and a road game in South Bend would give you 3 tough road games and leaves the fans with an even more unbalanced schedule for future seasons".

This idea that we had to give Notre Dame whatever they wanted to get them back on the schedule suggests we have zero bargaining power, which annoys me, because we shouldn't have that attitude.  We're the University of Michigan, we have some leverage we can exact in a negotiation.

 

09/12/2018 - 12:27pm But when is Shea going to…

But when is Shea going to finally show us Magnum?

09/12/2018 - 12:14pm Right!  We should totally…

Right!  We should totally have that play in our playbook.

Fire Harbaugh.

09/12/2018 - 12:11pm In a couple of months, we're…

In a couple of months, we're going to look back on that Notre Dame game and shake our fists in frustration that Warde Manuel allowed that game to be schedule on the road in Week 1.

09/12/2018 - 9:58am More like Sméagol and Gollum.

More like Sméagol and Gollum.

09/12/2018 - 9:01am There was definitely a sense…

There was definitely a sense that Michigan was on a downward trend as the Moeller tenure progressed.  As great as the 1991 season was, Michigan's two losses (FSU and UW) were pretty convincing blowouts that just fed the narrative in the national media that Big Ten schools weren't of National Championship caliber.  Further, while Michigan didn't lose a game in 1992, 9 wins to go along with 3 ties was pretty underwhelming to everyone.  Then 16-8 over the next two seasons, which included the Kordell Stewart Hail Mary and just what had become Michigan's penchant for unsteady performances week-to-week.  Also, while recruiting was good under Moeller, we started to see a lot more volatility in player retention at the time along with some player discipline issues popping up with more frequency.

All these factors combined for an atmosphere of unease with Moeller and when he had his meltdown, it gave the University the opening it was looking for to make a change.

09/12/2018 - 8:43am It probably wouldn't have…

It probably wouldn't have registered at all if the press knew that other Athletic Departments in the state school system were actively working to sweep rape of coed student athletes under the rug.

09/11/2018 - 3:44pm Whatever happened to "60…

Whatever happened to "60 minutes of unnecessary roughness"?

09/11/2018 - 2:37pm "MSU has $500 million in…

"MSU has $500 million in compensation funding allocated and now this person comes out of the woodwork?  I need some holes filled in here."

These fucking people have no souls.  I want this school out of my conference.  For real.

09/11/2018 - 2:23pm So the head of the MSU…

So the head of the MSU Athletic Department covered up rape of a student athlete by a department sanctioned physician.  Ever a more clear cut case of lack of institutional control, I haven't seen it.  Quantifying this in the language of NCAA regulations actually doesn't even come close to being adequate.

09/11/2018 - 10:12am Now every person with a…

Now every person with a smart phone can tweet, facebook, or message board their coaching expertise, and I think after awhile it becomes and echo chamber and more and more vitriolic.

Not just their coaching expertise.  I think you summarized the problems of social media in total with that paragraph.

09/11/2018 - 10:07am I had my 7 year old daughter…

I had my 7 year old daughter with me (her first live game) and I had a hell of time trying to explain to her why everyone was booing at the start of the game.  My preferred explanation of, "too many Michigan football fans are uninformed, immature, assholes" didn't seem quite age appropriate.

09/11/2018 - 7:43am But Jim Harbaugh makes $7…

But Jim Harbaugh makes $7 million a year and we're 1-5 against rivals and what has this guy really won in his coaching career...bawwwww!!!!!

I wish we could rebuild a fanbase as easily as you can rebuild a football program.

09/10/2018 - 1:02pm Yep.  I suspect that Shea…

Yep.  I suspect that Shea will be asked to hand off or pitch a lot, and when he passes, I doubt he wanders out of the pocket too much.  And we'll still win by 30.

09/10/2018 - 12:17pm MSU is very beatable.  Their…

MSU is very beatable.  Their secondary has gotten no better from last year and Patterson can definitely exploit that weakness.  Penn State looks very human without Barkley in the backfield.  Wisconsin and OSU are the games that are toss-ups in my mind....well toss-up might be optimistic when it comes to the Buckeyes.  Dwayne Haskins is really good and the Joey Bosa / Jon Runyan Jr. match-up is pretty terrifying.

09/10/2018 - 12:05pm This.  One thousand times…

This.  One thousand times this.  The O-Line had a rough game against ND, but let's keep improving week-to-week and maybe, just maybe, by the end of the season our biggest gripe will be lamenting that we scheduled the ND game for Week 1 rather than Week 3.

Sure the O-Line played against Western, so they should look better than when they ND.  Still, I saw fewer mistakes overall, which is a big reason we wound up with a score of 49-3 rather than say 34-17.  We shouldn't be booking hotel rooms for Indianapolis quite yet, but it's encouraging.

09/10/2018 - 7:37am Shea definitely would've…

Shea definitely would've made a difference against OSU.  We had receivers running wide open all over that field last year.  Having a QB that could exploit that would've completely changed the complexion of that game.  Shea Patterson on last season's team might have put us in Indianapolis.

09/10/2018 - 7:27am The DPJ out route for a TD…

The DPJ out route for a TD was the play that got me up out of my seat.  Western or not, Donovan was pretty well covered on that play and that was a tight window to squeeze that pass into.  Really impressive ball by Shea. 

09/10/2018 - 7:23am Yet, if Michigan had come…

Yet, if Michigan had come out and struggled to score against Western, you would have been all over this board with pessimism.  Sorry, you don't get to have it both ways.

Michigan did exactly what a team with championship aspirations should do to a team of WMU's caliber.  We shook off the ND loss, came out and handled our business from the start.  That has not always been the case in games like this in recent years.  Expectations should remain tempered until we see another team of substance, but this was an encouraging performance.

Obvious troll is fucking obvious.