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06/19/2018 - 1:13am Yes, I do. Gary and Winovich…

Yes, I do. Gary and Winovich have the potential to be first round draft choices and both are committed to making the defense the best in the nation. I do not expect our safeties to play as poorly this year and they will have relief from the constant assault opposing quarterbacks will be under.

You could tell after Gary's reaction in our lost to State how competitive he is. The defense which returns all but one starter kept us in many games we had no business keeping close. They are older, more experienced, and hungry to prove themselves.

I truly believe our offense will be more than serviceable this year and potentially better than the 2015 group. People forget that our offense was able to score pretty well in 2015 and 2016. 2017 was an aberration. I think if we would have had Jake Rudock back in 2016 we would have won the National Championship. The narrative of Harbaugh can't win the big one a farce and this year I think he will lead the team to win all of them. 

I think our success this year will be all we need to get recruiting on track as well. The narrative was similar in 1997 and by 1998 Michigan had the #1 recruiting class in the nation.

06/19/2018 - 12:20am Notre Dame didn't lose a…

Notre Dame didn't lose a game at home last year. In fact, they blew out every opponent with the exception of Navy. This is going to be a tough match up for us.

Other obvious marquee games:

Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Michigan at Michigan State

Michigan vs Penn State

Michigan at Ohio State

06/19/2018 - 12:13am If Michigan can beat the…

If Michigan can beat the Domers then they will have a good shot at being undefeated when they play Wisconsin on October 13th.

I predict we beat Wisconsin at home. We win a revenge against Michigan State on the road. We blow out Penn State who no longer has Saquon Barkley or Joe Moorhead. The following two games against our rival Rutgers and Indiana should be easy victories.

We won't lose to Ohio State this year. Michigan is going to win that game by two touchdowns as our quarterback and offensive line will be much improved over last year.

Our defense will be #1 in the country and rival that of the 1997 Michigan defense.

 

06/16/2018 - 6:33pm The board apathy does not…

The board apathy does not appear to be affected by posts discussing the board apathy. 100+ posts for this thread.

More than likely the problem is stemming from the off season more than anything.

04/22/2018 - 1:15pm Sweet

Can someone hack the site and update it? :D Just kidding.

04/08/2018 - 1:09pm Starting to conclude

Starting to conclude that Michigan State excels at producing substance abusers and sexual predators. I will be in fear if my children decide to attend.

04/02/2018 - 7:52pm Why not create a thread

Why not create a new thread since we have to wait until the butt crack of dawn for the game to start. I am hating these late times and I hope this changes.

04/01/2018 - 6:59pm We have no moral stance

We have no moral stance against the Louisvilles of this world if we demand those banners be hung back up. I am glad Coach Beilein is handling Louisville championship questions with class but they cheated in order to win that just as Michigan cheated in order to secure the Fab Five recruiting class.

I think Webber is still salty over the timeout situation. Rarely does a mention of the Fab Five go bye without Webber's timeout being brought up.

03/22/2018 - 11:25am The football team

The football team, I believe, does an excellent job of explaining the importance of this number and the high honor to receive it. Devin Gardner could have reverted to #12 after his college career completed but he still wears #98 for the Nojima Sagamihara Rise of the X-League. I wouldn't be surprised if Rashan Gary carries on the tradition.

 

03/04/2018 - 7:47pm Michigan vs Iowa

Michigan vs Iowa - Big Ten Tournament

 

 

03/04/2018 - 7:46pm Michigan vs Nebraska

Michigan vs Nebraska - Big Ten Quarterfinals

 

 

03/04/2018 - 7:45pm Embed

Michigan vs Purdue - Big Ten Tournament Championship

 

03/04/2018 - 7:44pm Decided to embed all the games

Decided to embed all the games in case you wanted to relive the whole tournament run.

 

Michigan vs Michigan State - Big Ten Semifinal

 

 

02/27/2018 - 4:05pm The problem with the NCAA

The problem with the NCAA is not cheating institutions nor is it the atrocious one and done basketball rule but rather that the institution has backed itself into a corner where they cannot punish cheating institutions in a real and meaningful way. You don't get any blacker in regards to ethics than enabling a child rapist (Penn State); promoting an abuse culture (Baylor); or sweeping sexual assault alligations under the rug (MSU) without any harsh punishment dealt. The last successful punishment that affected change that I know of was Michigan's basketball cheating scandal which was finalized over a decade ago.

Since then North Carolina has been caught faking classes; Ole Miss paying players; and we are still seeing the early results of an FBI investigation in which two names implicated were cleared in less than a few days. The NCAA is a joke but it isn't because players are becoming bolder in accepting compensation but because they refuse to do anything about it and everyone knows it.

The NCAA could allow for players to be compensated generously tomorrow and some institutions will still cheat. We will be back in less than a decade discussing moving the bar again because cheating has become accepted.

 

Hookers anyone?

02/27/2018 - 3:36pm Like the idea

I like the idea of everything being above board but your figures are way off. Michigan has more billionaires in the network than any other institution. Michigan would never miss out on any top notch basketball and football recruit on the sheer volume of capital we could throw at a player legally. This reason alone is why the NCAA will not change its rules.

Simply put, we would make the Alabamas of this world look like they are playing in the minor leagues when it comes to revenue generation for compensating players. Yeah the first 10 national championships would be enjoyable but then you would have to change the rules again.

02/20/2018 - 4:20pm I might get negged for this.

Jalen loves Michigan. I have no doubt he has aided in all the areas mention below but sometimes his mouth gets him in trouble and casts a negative light on Michigan.

Here is an article where Grant Hill, rightfully, corrects Jalen on his worldview and incorrect understanding of an uncle tom. No person is without flaws and I am not one that wants to see Jalen ex-communicated as a public figure of Michigan but I also do not fault those who have heard some of his remarks and hold a negative view.

https://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/grant-hills-response-to-ja…

02/20/2018 - 12:46pm Their logic

Their logic is dumb! The NCAA has backed themselves into a corner with big TV contracts and huge revenue streams from conference play. They can no longer (nor will they) restrict a team from playing on TV or issue the death penalty. This is the one way in which they can actually punish a school and they refuse to do it.

Louisville will continue to call themselves 2013 NCAA champions and merely exponging their record does nothing. No one will ever take serious "2013 NCAA championship vacated" but they must if the title is "Michigan - 2013 NCAA champions." College athletics is the only competition I know that punishes the clean losers more than the cheating victors. No wonder Louisville purchased prostitutes for its players and I am not shocked about the upcoming FBI investigation results.

01/03/2018 - 8:06pm ESPN

I made a post in the comments section of the article detailing Nick Saban whining over the CFP scheduling. Called Saban a failed NFL coach and middling Big 10 coach that didn't start shining until he had a huge talent disparity and clever scheduling. The comment had 120 upvotes and then was promptly deleted by ESPN.

01/03/2018 - 1:51pm Good for them

They should claim a national championship. They beat Auburn who beat Alabama; the team in the national championship game. Alabama's coach is currently complaining that he has to face a difficult team for the second week in a row.

I am happy for UCF and no program should be pigeon holed into accepting the NCAA's definition of a national champion especially if they are the only undefeated team in college football for that season.

Congrats to the University of Central Florida.

12/12/2017 - 3:06pm JBB out

JBB out; defense knows it is a pass play. JBB in; defense knows it is a run play. You do not want to tip off the defense in this manner. This dramatically lowers your chances of a successful play.

12/11/2017 - 6:03pm Ha

Realized my mistake after it was too late to correct the post. I hope infinite time to edit posts is a nice feature of the new site that will come out in 2025.

I disagree with an expanded playoff as it will add a potential four games to the season. The season already starts in July and currently does not finish until January. Powerful interests demanded an undisputed national champion but all we have created is a large mess in trying to determine one.

12/11/2017 - 5:58pm I don't see this being a problem

I think this solution is preferable than the University cutting a check to a player. One drawback is a players commitment to those contracts and the amount of time taken away from studies. The contracts could remove the need of getting a separate job but time constraints create a temptionation regarding study and grades. If Nike requires you to attend a photoshoot but you have to study for exams, what are you going to do? Nike is paying you and the school is not.

The best solution is for the NFL to create a semi-pro league and allow high school graduates that want to play in it to do so. No graduate that is able to be marketed and earn profit should be forced to attend a university. The NFL will never do this though because they already have a free league to evaluate talent in college football.

 

Meant to type foolhardy not full hard. Apologies. 

12/11/2017 - 5:28pm College Football

College Football is still wonderful and will remain wonderful for a long time. I disagree with changes that are taking place. I think it is full hardy to try and proclaim a true national champion in a sport where 100+ teams exist.

Also, I think if Brian has his way and college football players are paid then the game as we know it will cease to exist. Smaller programs will fold or drop divisions and a handful of major players will remain. You will also have other individuals injected into the game that will wreck its purity such as agents. I have a feeling we are heading that route and when we do I will turn away the college product for the same reasons I don't watch the NFL.

12/05/2017 - 12:33am Catch 22

Only one problem with your assessment; it comes from hindsight. Everyone at this point knows Peters was the better option but he never was given the chance to play because Michigan did not blowout any opponent to provide garbage time for him to get some reps. I am not sure how coaches evaluated practices but they do not always translate into quality game production (Think Hoke's practices).

Furthermore, there is no margin for error in college football. In the NFL coaches can tinker and try different approaches within the game or players in formation as a loss is not the end of the season or the opportunity to play for a championship. One loss depending on where it is at in the schedule could eliminate your team from conference or national championship contention. It is not hard to understand why some college coaches play it safe despite the potential upside of a risky decision.

Glad we now know what we have in Peters, the future is indeed bright for Michigan football.

 

12/04/2017 - 4:37pm Don't mind it

Don't mind it one bit. Grow tired of their fan base whining about the every dumb thing outside of their control. Didn't think anyone cared about the difference between a Holiday and Outback bowl but found out Spartan fans do. They are a reflection of their bitter coach.

It is well past time they we kicked the crap out of an Earl Bruce decendant.

 

12/04/2017 - 10:34am Happy Birthday!

Brian,

Congrats on 13 years. I was going to post separately to interject some humor but here is a good place. Since this site has been around Michigan football has experienced some depressing seasons. I am putting the blame on you as Michigan graduates should be leaders. Not only is this site failing to lead in features, scalability, and ease of use but it looks like something from the web of the last century. The site has been the same since Michigan started to struggle. See the connection?

Michigan can win The Game next year but it will be solely determined on your leading and bringing us together to a glorious future with mgoblog. I know you can do this! If you fail then Michigan will lose The Game again without a doubt. Please do not let us down.

Also, dropping 30 pounds plus a hair cut and shave is in order, hippie!

 

Happy Birthday!

12/03/2017 - 2:37pm Hmm

100+ teams and trying to determine a true national champion? I would call such a task a fruitless adventure. Glad we are feeding the beast by debating this. It does not matter if OSU or Alabama gets left out the NC will always be mythical. 

Would be best if we scrapped the playoff and the BCS and went back to just polling and the bowl system. Winning a national championship is nice but I would rather let schools claim them if they see fit and preserve the sanity of their student athletes.

11/28/2017 - 1:55pm We are not on the same page

Sorry, we are not on the same page. Your comment presents the understanding that Michigan must remain in the Big 10. Michigan can do whatever it wants. The school is one of the finest academic institutions in the world. The football program transcends almost all of the NCAA let alone the Big 10. The Game pulled in ratings that surpasses NFL games. You need to admit that Michigan needs no one in the NCAA. The only tradition that our fans care about is The Game; Big 10 inclusion is way down the list.

"If you don't like leadership, get rid of leadership." The easiest way for leadership to be removed is for Michigan to threaten a move. Don't get me wrong, I would prefer the school find other avenues to accomplish goals but if the Big 10 gives Michigan the middle finger then Michigan can leave. The individuals who point and laugh because of what it "appears like" are the same one's that troll Michigan fans anyway. They are to be ignored. Michigan should always do what is the best interest of Michigan.

Michigan should not put up with substandard officiating in a league that is making money hand over fist off of its name. Michigan should not subject itself to substandard facilities in venenues that are drawing 10s of millions of dollars in TV revenue because of Michigan. Michigan should be able to practice whereever it wants as long as the students are acheiving in the classroom.

 

 

 

11/28/2017 - 12:42pm Would it be incorrect

Would it be incorrect to assume that Harbaugh's demeanor could be influenced by the fact that the season was being documented?

11/28/2017 - 12:30pm Second time

Second time you have made this comment. Michigan is no laughing stock. The NCAA has tried religiously to thwart what Michigan does. They care not how Michigan leads only that they are kept from leading. This is not isolated to the amatuer officiating but also to the substandard facilities and the refusal to let coaches make the most of their opportunities with the team.

What does the Big 10 offer to Michigan? What does Michigan offer to the Big 10? At some point you realize that changes need to be made and you will find it amazing how quickly they can be made when money or the significant loss thereof is involved.

This board has rehashed times infinity how the NCAA is a joke. At what point does the conference and the NCAA no longer become a joke?

11/28/2017 - 10:22am The missed holding calls

The missed holding calls were frustrating enough but you had back-to-back missed block in the back calls on punt returns by OSU as they were mounting a comeback. The second missed block in the back call was so egregious that Jim Harbaugh was on camera yelling about it.  The first time all season that I have seen Harbaugh that fired up over a non-call.

I am sick of fans laying into other fans about complaints concerning officiating. If either team makes a mistake on the field regarding their play then negative consequences ensue. What consequences are suffered by the officials for cosistent errors?

11/11/2017 - 10:18pm Ummm

Tell that to Bill Belicheck who was also fired by Cleveland.

10/22/2017 - 11:12pm Our veteran players

Unfortunately our veteran players on offense and defense are Patrick Kugler and Mike McCray (You could included Mo Hurst). Both are starting and have earned their spots but have clear deficiences.

This is Jim Harbaugh's second year as his first recruiting class was a bust (ranked 50th) due to arriving late to game and the instability of Hoke's last two teams.

10/22/2017 - 11:05pm I would be surprised

I would be suprised if he held onto Drevno as well. Most coaches don't fire someone midseason after a bad game and for good reason. Drevno will be on staff until after the bowl game.

Saturday was annoying as we watched Michigan get beat and the LiveBlog was an insane mess.

10/22/2017 - 10:25pm I don't

The national media does. I read Michigan football articles on a google news aggregate and he is sourced with several media outlets. My guess is to provoke a juicy fued but I am unsure.

10/14/2017 - 9:05pm Karan Higdon and more post indiana
10/14/2017 - 9:04pm John O'Korn Lavert Hill post Indiana
10/14/2017 - 9:03pm Jim Harbaugh Post Game Indiana
10/14/2017 - 9:02pm Michigan vs Indiana in 40 minutes video
10/10/2017 - 11:01am Promised

Does not matter whether or not Michigan coaches promise championships. The program has 42 of them and the expectation is that you win championships. Harbaugh is the highest paid coach in the nation for this reason.

The last podcast by Brian and Ace explains some of the woes on offense and really break down why this is truly year two for Harbaugh. I am on the side that believes he will beat those teams regularly, we have just experienced two losses that could have gone our way making the record 3-2 as opposed to 1-4. We do not live in an era of patience and those games along with championships must be earned soon.

10/09/2017 - 8:02pm Embed for the board

Another 1948 Mad Magicians video by Wolverine Historian.

 

 

10/09/2017 - 8:00pm The other mad magicians

The other mad magicians video that WD referenced.

 

 

10/09/2017 - 7:38pm Hoke fell to this as well

Hoke fell to this as well with Darrell Funk. A lot of coaches seem to be consumed with staying in their network even at the top level rather than looking to hire the best person that will say yes. The Don Brown hire was a refreshing deviation for sure.

Two changes this season does not settle well. First, Jay Harbaugh's position change. Jay probably asked for the job and has aspirations of moving up but Michigan is not a "learn on the job" program. You are constantly facing competition that has the best resources and there is pressure to win every game. I fear we will suffer through a few years when Jay is finally bumped up to offensive coordinator. I wouldn't mind an experienced OC Jay Harbaugh coaching for Michigan after he receives that initial experience somewhere else.

The hiring of Pep Hamilton and Greg Frey as both have experience that offsets our current offensive coordinator Tim Drevno. What is the point of having Drevno? I have never seen the positive of layered leadership. I cannot imagine that running a football offense has become so time consuming that you need two additional coaches for playing calling and offensive line coaching. I am not a coach so I wouldn't know but from what I see, this is most certainly a negative.

 

10/09/2017 - 7:20pm We will

We will not see the haters stop mentioning this until...... we beat both Michigan State and Ohio State.

Although getting back to winning ten games a season is most certainly not "past glory."

10/09/2017 - 12:23am I am willing to bet that your eyes didn't roll

I am glad that you are appreciative of Michigan's rich history. The recent history is not rich and should not be ignored. Coach Harbaugh wasn't responsible for 2008-2014 but is paid $9 million dollars to put an end to the losing. Michigan has a lackluster record against rivals and top-tier teams. Do I believe Harbaugh can change this? Absolutely! Until the victories against MSU and OSU start, the fan base will be increasingly frustrated and no one should be shocked as to why.

10/08/2017 - 9:20pm 10 years and 3 wins

Three wins over your two chief rivals in 10 years will do that to your fanbase. I grew up in an era when Michigan was expected to beat Michigan State and Ohio State plus win the Big 10. Just "wait until next year" rings hollow after each disappointment. 

Michigan is 3-16 since 2008 versus the two. Simply unacceptible.

10/08/2017 - 6:12pm WOW!

The highlights and Coach Harbaugh's interview lasted only five minutes.

10/08/2017 - 3:38pm True

True but to be fair, many times when someone expresses a contrary opinion (IE the Oline is in trouble) we get pretty nasty. A lot of those posts were pretty harmless to start and then when the negbangs went down the interaction grew progressively worse.

Always appreciate your well thoughtout posts and read every one of them.

10/08/2017 - 3:27pm EvenYou

Painfully obvious that multiple problems exist and not just right tackle. The start of Ulizio was just a small indicator of what was wrong to start the season. SWN was quick to point that out and aggressively.

The overall communicated assumption was that the offense would be decent despite who was starting at right tackle. The play at that position has been horrendous along with the rest of the offense.

10/08/2017 - 3:24pm We and Beloved

We is the MGoBlog community.

Beloved was my attempt at humor. Should have just kept it as "a member of our community"