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01/12/2019 - 5:04pm I thought the trajectory…

I thought the trajectory changed too.

01/10/2019 - 1:02pm I noticed that all the other…

I noticed that all the other freshmen on the list were 5*s.  Shows that a Canadian high 4* = an actual 5*. 

01/08/2019 - 2:55pm I absolutely can blame him. …

I absolutely can blame him.  How can you sell passion for your school to your players and then jump to their arch-rival who has been beating them every year?  Let's just say that I wouldn't want to end my career with such a move that shows no loyalty to your team and its players.  These coaches are making a fortune off of fan commitment.  And, yes, they can be and are often fired.  But a guy like Mattison is different.  He has had a great career.  He could at least run it out without showing total contempt to his team, players, and fan base.  His name will not be worth much to Michigan loyalists.  I know that he doesn't care, but that's the point.  He should care.

12/29/2018 - 8:41pm Your point about signature…

Your point about signature wins may be a valuable one, too.  After the Wisconsin game this year (which felt like a signature win at the time), our team really elevated its play.  Meanwhile, the OSU debacle a month ago seems to have lowered our teams sense of will today.  Ergo, we've got to find a way to beat the Bucks.

12/29/2018 - 8:11pm Fair enough.  But Dabo but…

Fair enough.  But Dabo but that ACC vs. B1G difference really is a big one.  With FSU down, the ACC is no challenge for Clemson.  And Dabo was helped big time by the refs in some of those early wins against teams like FSU.

12/29/2018 - 8:09pm And access to a lot better…

And access to a lot better talent.  Which is why we are not basically Iowa or Northwestern.

12/29/2018 - 8:07pm This.  I watched the Clemson…

This.  I watched the Clemson-South Carolina game, in which the Gamecocks torched the Tiger defense for 500 yards in the air.  Clemson couldn't cover anyone.  Then, in the late 3d quarter, the Clemson O-Line just started to gash the Carolina d-line, and the game was over.  I said to myself, "That is what we need in our O-Line, and until it happens we will not be champions."  Looking forward to year 2 of Warinner.

12/29/2018 - 5:39pm Which is why I really hope…

Which is why I really hope there is something like an actual QB competition this off-season.  I really like Shea -- he's got moxy.  But I also think there is a very good chance that Dylan provides a lot more if he can only get onto the field.  For one thing, Dylan will pull and be a real danger when he runs.  For another, he's got a better deep ball.  I hate the thought that Dylan may languish on the sidelines without a real shot to start, when Shea hasn't really shown the ability to operate this offense.

12/29/2018 - 5:03pm Bo was celebrated because of…

Bo was celebrated because of the dynamic man and leader he was, who turned around our program for a generation.  Harbaugh is also celebrated because of the dynamic man and leader that he is.  I'm as down as anyone, and a bit dismayed by the state of our program after a season of great expectations.  But give him some time -- it takes a while to achieve greatness in a clean program.  In Dabo Swinney's fourth season, Clemson went 10-3 and lost 70-33 to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.  Living in South Carolina, I well remember how despondent the Clemson fans were over the state of their program.  Chins up, fellas.

12/26/2018 - 11:47am This actually makes me more…

This actually makes me more interested in the game.  I'm interested to see how Anthony does at MLB and I am looking forward to Turner at RB.

12/26/2018 - 11:11am If you graduated high school…

If you graduated high school in 78, then we were classmates at UM.  But I know we've already had a conversation about the not-forgotten V-Bell!

My SC Wolverine stems from my permanent residency in the wonderful state of South Carolina.  My avatar is my front door with the colors flying.

12/24/2018 - 3:10pm It depends on what the child…

It depends on what the child is interested in.  Unless she is determined to have the big college experience, then the answer is clear: she should go to Princeton.  Michigan is awesome and I am so grateful to have gone there for my undergrad.  I'm also glad I went to an Ivy for my graduate degree.  One thing I learned there is that a degree from a school like Princeton does open more and different doors than even a Michigan degree.  You also have the school size issue.  At UM, you have the massive lecture halls, etc.  At a smaller Ivy, you are more likely to interact with your professors.  I wouldn't go to all the Ivy's (Yale, for instance, is a mess these days.)  But Princeton is terrific.  So is my grad alma mater, U Penn.

12/20/2018 - 3:08pm It was the slide.

It was the slide.

12/06/2018 - 4:40pm No.

No.

12/01/2018 - 2:29pm Maybe this is because elite…

Maybe this is because elite recruits look on our depth chart and see DPJ, Nico Collins, and Tarik Black.

11/27/2018 - 1:59pm I love (and get it) how you…

I love (and get it) how you say "the only recruits" we end up with and then list four seriously outstanding recruits.  The reality is that JH is killing it this year in recruiting.

11/27/2018 - 1:55pm You are definitely right,…

You are definitely right, but I still think he goes pro.  He seems to have come here with that intention and next year's QB draft class will be way more competitive than this year's.

11/25/2018 - 10:10am The Clemson-Carolina game…

The Clemson-Carolina game showed what a dominant O-Line can do.  Clemson had huge flaws in that game -- couldn't cover anyone -- but their O Line kicked serious butt.  And they gashed their opponent all game long.  May Ed Warinner bring us into this state of affairs soon.

11/24/2018 - 8:14pm This is one source of…

This is one source of encouragement for next year.  I fully trust that Warriner's line will be kicking tail by this time next year.

11/24/2018 - 8:11pm Okay, but his point about…

Okay, but his point about lack of creativity played a role in this.  No disruptive shifts, hardly any RPO, just straight at em.  That made their bad linebackers look very good, which is saying something.

11/24/2018 - 8:08pm The yards after catch is not…

The yards after catch is not on our receivers.  In stark contrast to Haskins, Shea simply did not place the ball well today.  I realize he was on the run much of the time, but his ball placement crippled YAC, even when the ball was actually catchable.

11/08/2018 - 10:59am So glad to see a dangerman…

So glad to see a dangerman star on Metellus.  He deserves it.

11/05/2018 - 12:54pm It was the slide.

It was the slide.

11/01/2018 - 9:12pm My thought exactly.  What he…

My thought exactly.  What he says is true and it is the mark of excellent dbs.

10/28/2018 - 6:59am Thanks for this article.  I…

Thanks for this article.  I played in 3 Mud Bowls as a Phi Delt, winning two.  If I remember correctly, we had lost for the two previous years so the older brothers were delirious when we won my sophomore year.  My senior year, we lost after a bogus pass interference call was made against me.  Yes, I am still bitter.  Back then, we did not justify the Mud Bowl as a fund-raising event -- it was what it was.  But so much has changed.  I wonder if there even will be fraternities in 10 years.  

10/27/2018 - 4:54pm Am I the only one who sees…

Am I the only one who sees Turner as a dynamic, slashing RB?  I think he becomes the alpha dog.

10/26/2018 - 9:49am Actually, slot man, if I'm…

Actually, slot man, if I'm not mistaken.  The same verbiage was used of Chris Evans coming in.  Jackson might be able to fill his role.  

10/26/2018 - 9:47am Not to mention that…

Not to mention that Christian Turner has looked very explosive in his few carries.  Tru has been a revelation for sure, but it looks to me that Turner is in line for a lot of carries next year.

10/26/2018 - 9:45am Well, Tennessee is his home…

Well, Tennessee is his home state.  So it's a matter of priorities, not poor judgment.

09/29/2018 - 11:09pm Then what is it about high…

Then what is it about high character guys who run clean programs that the B1G hates so much?

09/29/2018 - 11:08pm I live near Clemson and have…

I live near Clemson and have two sons there, so I see a lot of Clemson games.  Week after week, their opponent gets completely jobbed at a critical moment, usually toward the end of the game.  Think the Texas A&M touchback -- that stuff happens for Clemson all the time.  But they never receive a gratuitous penalty.

09/29/2018 - 11:06pm Then what about the constant…

Then what about the constant flagrant holding of our DE's right in front of the refs without any calls?  It's ridiculous.  A 13 year old could do a better job.

09/29/2018 - 10:52pm I remember when we were so…

I remember when we were so fixated on getting Weber to commit to us, and then at the last minute some guy name Karan Higdon committed.  We were worried that this might cost of Weber, which it did.  But does anyone care about that now?  What a great player he has been for us.

09/29/2018 - 10:26pm So what is it about Michigan…

So what is it about Michigan that we get scandalously jobbed every single week?  Is there something about our program that the B1G hates?  Because this is getting unbelievable.

09/22/2018 - 8:55pm Come on, show some sympathy…

Come on, show some sympathy for fellow sufferers.  Texas is just further back in the rebuilding process that we are.  But what there fans have been going through is pretty familiar to us.

09/21/2018 - 9:30pm I'm still dazed by the video…

I'm still dazed by the video of Shenault.  That dude can play!  (Oops, I checked and he was a 3*, so it's impossible that he is a great football player.)

09/18/2018 - 12:01pm I wonder if the injury to…

I wonder if the injury to Bosa will encourage JH to put Mayfield out there more.  The point is that this makes Bosa at least marginally more frightening.  I agree that it is hard to see why we don't have the younger OT's out there.

09/15/2018 - 1:45am And there's a lot of high…

And there's a lot of high quality recruits in PA, which they have to themselves.

09/12/2018 - 5:08am Yes, the 2006 team was…

Yes, the 2006 team was incredibly stacked.  Carr got derailed by not knowing how to adjust to the spread.  I still have nightmares of hims staying in the 4-3 against the Troy Smith spread offense of OSU.  That is what made us think Rich Rod would be a great hire.

09/08/2018 - 3:26pm But there's alot that goes…

But there's alot that goes into this.  For instance, if Shea gets into rhythm with his receivers, he can get the ball out more quickly.  That will itself mitigate the sacks from the DT looping around the end.  So it's the whole package and improvement in any area improves the whole.

09/08/2018 - 11:34am Maybe start working Gary in…

Maybe start working Gary in at DT?  

09/08/2018 - 2:17am I know that Nebraska and…

I know that Nebraska and Northwestern aren't cupcakes.  But if we can't beat them we simply don't have a good enough team to beat Wisconsin and OSU.  I remain confident, however, that we can win those games without too much stress.  Yet I'm certainly not trying to encourage the team to overlook them!  I'm just saying these are all very winnable games in which we need to be improving in order to beat Wisky.

09/07/2018 - 5:35pm I was feeling it for Brian…

I was feeling it for Brian all day, but it ended up actually being kind of encouraging.  I wonder how much of this was just first game.  A team can often improve a lot from week 1 to week 2.  Here's to hoping we get our acts together in time for Wisconsin.  This is the one good part of our schedule.  Sure, we get UW-MSU-PSU over a three game stretch.  But we also get five games to warm up between now and then.

09/07/2018 - 3:27pm What is the rumored injury?

What is the rumored injury?

09/04/2018 - 10:19am I was expecting lots of seam…

I was expecting lots of seam routes by our large TEs against their safeties, since their cornerbacks are thought to be very good.  Didn't see any of them.  And yet... despite what we will almost certainly look back on as just a poor performance, we could very well have won this game on the road.  Let's hope we get some identity rolling against the easier part of our schedule that is coming up.  Wisconsin at home will tell us everything.

09/03/2018 - 1:53pm Ya'll,  Shea is good.  He…

Ya'll,  Shea is good.  He will singlehandedly make us better than last year.  This was a tough first game on the road against a ranked team.  Let's wait to see how Wisconsin goes.  That will tell us much more. 

09/03/2018 - 1:32pm I also thought some of the…

I also thought some of the sacks/pressures were on Shea.  Once, there was an obvious blitzer on the right with no one to block him.  Shea made no adjustment and got sacked.  Could be imperfect familiarity with the playbook. 

09/02/2018 - 7:41am A team that is going to…

A team that is going to destroy SMU and Western Michigan.

09/02/2018 - 1:04am Since we have a series of…

Since we have a series of easy games ahead of us, now is the time to put the younger guys in at tackle and let them work some kinks out.  Because that was an utter disaster tonight with JBB and especially Runyan.  He single-handedly killed several drives.

09/02/2018 - 1:02am Plus, those early td's…

Plus, those early td's really threw our offense out of whack.  We deferred to the second half so our defense could shut them down.  Those two early scores put our offense in a bigger hole than they are comfortable with.