Member for

10 years 2 months

Recent Comments

Date Title Body
03/25/2018 - 1:29am Thanks Charles

In the end amazing contributions on both ends make up for the misses! Well done!!!

01/24/2018 - 3:49pm Let's see what he can do

Looks like a solid tackler and a pretty decent cover guy. As others have said if he can bolster our issues on slot fades and saftey/nickel coverage or is a better backup CB than Watson, then its ++, if not, coming from Utah which is a very well-coached team, I'm sure he'll add depth and competitiion which is a net positive.

12/04/2017 - 7:26pm Stay Classy, San Diego

Gonna be tough w/all those Sparties and Cougs in the same zip code. Was so hoping my next door neighbors and I could have been there in person for the rematch of the century. They still claim there should've been time left for another play in '97 - just another opportunity for a Woodson pick!

12/03/2017 - 6:47pm Thank you - great job, though still on the disagree side

Amazing analysis and use of multimedia to make salient points about this play. While I completely agree that the starting qb at Michigan should be able to make this read, I just felt that given the momentum in the game and what was working, we should've started with a shorter pass, simple roll out or one of the new formations for a run or fake read option that nearly sprung Higdon earlier- we were successful with these and it allowed JOK to get some easy throws in. With a semi cogent QB at the helm I would have no issue with the play call. Given the fact that O'Korns mental struggles under pressure were well documented, it was a really tough time in the game to decide to rely on him to make a play, even if it was simple. I do agree that to win "The Game" you have to play real football, and pretty much everyone else wearing a winged helmet did that ... Please angry Michigan QB/OL hating god, go back to your dark realm and leave us be in 2018!

11/20/2017 - 3:06pm lack of experience = limitations

There are many variables to solve to be in the "right" play in any given situation - agree that more deception is warranted, but making sure your center/QB and receivers are familiar with all the checks based on front/tendency etc. is much easier with experienced players. For example you don't want to run that reverse play into an edge blitz (see Hudson vs. Gophers) and would Peters know enough to recognize and audible out of it? Failing that, would the line/receivers be saavy make-in play adjustments required to adapt to that situation? Seems like they are reasonably incapable of that given all the issues we see with protections.Agree that there should've been more variety in the game plan/play calls  to keep the badgers on their heels, however, with a young team there is only so much you can install in a given week, especially with Peters in his second start in a truly hostile environment against a real team (sorry Terps).  

10/27/2017 - 11:15pm Akers v. Dillon

Impressive showing.. please chuck & co. Show us the magic next year!

10/20/2017 - 3:02pm 12-7 M

This will be Penn State's version of our MSU game.

10/11/2017 - 6:44pm "D" velopment

Great to see the pipeline of star defensive players continuing to grow and building on very solid star + diamond in the rough blend of recruiting. If only we could say the same O line. I'm in the hopeful camp, but man this week sucks!

10/11/2017 - 1:37pm Bounce it, mate!

I played FB at a small college and what we were taught in the backfield when the DE pinches on power or other play where you usually have a kick out for a DE playing edge, you try to log him when he pinches (e.g. take the outside shoulder vs. inside shoulder) and cover him up. Then the TB was supposed to bounce outside that block. If you look at this play, due to the way the corner played man on DPJ, there was space vacated on the edge/flat here. Might've been a 5 yard gain or more with evans' speed/shiftiness. since the LBs were all caught inside and IMHO, Hammering Panda could've covered the DE vs. continuing to try the kick out. There are "in play" counters depending on how the defense plays a particular play like this. I wonder how good our young O is at understanding these nuances and if they are coached to..I drew a picture, will try enbedding, later. 

08/25/2017 - 8:27pm Damn!

I have 10 execs from my biggest customer flying up here from Austin on Tuesday for our big quarterly meeting.. Guessing we'll need to move that one. 

Godspeed, Texans!!

08/24/2017 - 3:03pm Advice

Have lived in Seattle since 2003. I commute to Redmond each day from NE seattle on the 520. There is a toll but it's not a terrible since my comp is a 1.5 hour commute to the South or East Bay from SF prior to that. 

If you are single looking to go out to bars, restaurants etc. and are ok with a semi-suburban vibe Kirkland/Juanita is a great option if you want to stay on the east side, but you get a pretty generic albeit fun experience though it's right on the lake and there are some solid bars and restuarants. Bellevue is fine if you want to live and work in the same place but expensive and not really anything different than you find in other "high end" corporate areas (Somerset, Scottsdale, Domain in Austin, any NJ/NY suburb). Not my cup of tea. 

If you want a more diverse cultural experience, live in Seattle. Living in the city allows you to get the Corporate Chic, highly curated craft beer experience Downtown, the fun/funky (though increasingly gentrifed) neighboorhood experiences of Greenwood, Ballard, Fremont with great bars, music scenes etc. and interesting cultural aspects of the south end (Vietnamese, Ethiopian, etc.)  you can choose if you want to pay through the nose and live next to the Amazon/Google/Facebook/Microsoft 20-30somethings, or find a more out of the way neighboorhood in the north or south of the city. Also easier to get to West Seattle and Ferries to the islands. 

Also, I really like the parks in the city (Golden Gardensw/beach on the sound, Magunson park with opportunity to go fishing/sailing on lake washington, Greenlake etc) 

If you are solving for commute agree w/commenters on the east side. If you are solving for quality of life, I'd vote for Seattle. For me it's worth the commute and crowds, for others it's not. 

On buying a house, two schools of thought. The bubble continues due to isolated economic trends and lack of developer-friendly zoning, so you need to buy now, or there's a better opportunity in a couple years if the economic cycle cools a bit, but it will remain expensive either way. 

Good luck and remember, nothing is as bad or good as people make it out to be. 



11/11/2016 - 2:41pm Hopefully they are saving a package for OSU

I think Gedeon, McCray and Dline can contain the Barrett/Weber combo, we need Pep to stop Curtis Samuel... you know Meyer is already scheming to RPS what we put on film here in terms of stopping inverted veer etc. I hope Brown has his own "Jordan Rules" in his back pocket with Pep playing the role of Joe D. for The Game.

11/02/2016 - 3:46pm Could not agree more

 I was screaming for a TO on the first drive.. I get not wanting to burn one in the first Q but it felt like we could really use one to chill out and adjust.

11/02/2016 - 12:54pm Fantastic Analysis and Props to Sparty

I was going nuts at the TV for M not setting the edge on some of these plays esp. Winovich when he was pinned inside and Lewis for not doing the cut/takeout of the FB on the TD play, thinking it was fundamentals, but it was actually State executing on a well scouted and scripted drive that RPS'd the shit out of us. As a former fullback, there is nothing more you like than being matched up with a corner on a run play. I would love to see the adjustments we made and/or stupid things State did to take them out of these matchups as the game wore on. You're right - maybe Harbaugh's effusive compliments of Dantonio are not hyperbole? Well done, Seth!

11/01/2016 - 7:37pm Same here

Flew down to meet a bunch of friends there and not only did like 4 people get hospitalized due to heat stroke, we had one of those blacked out drunken intra-friend fights later that night. It was a mess and the beginning of my massive frustration w/Navarre and his happy feet.

10/14/2016 - 11:26am The custom #5 Peppers jersey I bought

For my kid's bday. Oh wait. You can't do that - thanks NCAA for ruining the dreams of children!

I have the dunk retro's in maize and blue, love 'em

10/01/2016 - 12:19am Same here but my buddy who

Same here but my buddy who went to UTL2 will be there he brings good juju

Sent from MGoBlog HD for iPhone & iPad

09/02/2016 - 6:11pm Thanks Brian!

I will also cackle with knowing glee if one of the fullbacks scores a TD or Lawrence Marshall records a sack!

08/31/2016 - 2:59pm Fullback in fact the most interesting position

Takes the most marbles - ISO and power blocking of DE and LB

Takes great hands - screens, wheel routes, outs and stab routes

Need to be an RB that runs w/out a lead blocker - trap, counter and dive

Needs to understand pass pro and blocking assignments like a center - fronts, coverages and blitz packages





06/09/2016 - 8:32pm Torres del Paine

Been to Alaska (Denali close #2) been to S. Pacific (best beach-y), West Coast US,  Hawaii, Greece, MX, Peru and Central Europ -ornate architecture is crazy. But to get the mountain formations and the color of turquoise in the lakes you have to go for Patagonia and the area around Torres del Paine is unrivaled in that sense, IHMHO. The isle of Skye does look redonk though..

01/27/2016 - 3:51pm Bet he sticks at RB

I actually see more upside for him on offense. Really good vision and burst and great hands. I know the need is at S/LB but I'm crystal ballzing him to stick on O after playing on both sides.

12/31/2015 - 2:07am Gametime!

Go Bucky!

12/31/2015 - 2:02am Karma

This should be out given the earlier blown call on Tanner McEvoy.

12/31/2015 - 1:53am What a Trophy!

Much bigger than the Iron D

11/23/2015 - 5:05pm My son has the same PJs and is the same age

That is one devastating photo. My heart goes out to the Carr family - my wife is a '99 RN specializing in Pediatric Oncology and has seen this bastard of a disease firsthand; it's one of the worst pediatric cancers there are. RIP Chad hell of a fight you put up.

07/30/2015 - 3:10pm More Yedlin

We here in Seattle agree 100% with Brian.

07/08/2015 - 1:09am Blue and White Pants on the Road

Would be cool for a change up.

03/25/2015 - 7:07pm Wolverbear Whites!!!

Adaptation of the '62

All white

Blue sugar bowl numbers and blue stripe on shoulder, blue block M on the collar

Wolverbear on the hip, thin Maize and blue stripe down side of the pants

Jack and coke - do it..



11/07/2014 - 11:46am The Michigan I grew up with

Harbaugh, Elliot, Kolesar, Morris.. Winning B10 Championships and losing Rose Bowls. Bo screaming at the refs and me yelling at the TV with my Dad in our neighbor's basement at 5pm on New Years Day. Thanks for the memories.

10/08/2014 - 1:07pm I Demi Lovato your Josh Groban

To quote my children's favorite song of the past xx months:

Let it go, Let it go,

Can't hold you back anymore

Let it go, Let it go,

Turn my back and slam the door

of course ESPN is twisting the dagger for dramatic effect, what else would you expect.

Don't worry about the past live in the future with "THE KNOWLEGE" where this entire arguement is rendered moot!


10/08/2014 - 11:56am Nice Analysis

Got the same feel from watching how things have progressed and reading the UFRs. Learning a new system and getting comfortable with a coach's rhythm in calling plays and learning what works with the players (especially QBs as different in style as Shane and DG) takes time and apparently spring ball and fall practice wasn't enough, but in those practices you focus on "your stuff" and not as much on the different fronts and coverages that opponents will throw at you week to week and the game planning chess match.

Unfortunately we didn't have much of a luxury with this year's early opponents looking better than we thought, my view having watched Rutgers in person vs. WSU was it was always going to be a tougher game than anticipated, given the environment and Utah is better than advertised, although they seem to be an enigma losing to WSU then beating UCLA. Both teams we should beat by the M standard as referenced ad naseum here on mgoblog.

The Minnesota game is the one thing I just can't figure out. That team is not good, but I'm curious to know what the "sitting Devin" issue was, as it seems like something deeper than the yips and turnover issues. In all the interviews (e.g. Norfleet and Clark) the players and coaches allude to something he did though we'll probably never know what. Even without the program drama and Devin's issues these look like risky/poor decisions by the coordinators: bet the D scheme on Peppers along with hope for a pass rush we've never really had and too much tight formation manball and waggles on O. This alone doomed us from a scheme and RPS POV, but maybe that was Coach Brandon (that will be my own baseless internal narrative), at any rate it just piles up to a Mt. Everest of suckiness and ennui.

Would really love a candid interview with Nuss to compare the atmosphere and position coaching/player development between 'Bama and UM. Maybe we'll get that after this season.

Sucks that this is the situation, hopefully they team learns and can pull an upset or two out of this trash heap of a season while the program moves on to better days under a new regime. Would be nice to beat PSU, but then again I thought we would take it to Rutgers.


10/04/2014 - 3:59pm kenyon college lords and ladies.

D3... Was taken out of my last game as a senior when concussed after a tackle on a punt return. I couldn't remember anything for about 15 mins, plays, what I had for breakfast, my girlfriends name. I wanted back in but the team doc took my helmet and refused. This was in 1998. Also we had the Oberlin yeomen in our league..

10/03/2014 - 4:45pm It's always better on paper

4&5* Recurits

Cy Young winners


O lines

Hard times

When does basketball start?

10/03/2014 - 2:37pm adversity

This team 135 does not do well with it. 98's presence is worth at least 10 points. Rutgers 19-13.

In an alternate universe before Brandongate: Peppers plays offense, DeVeonGreen rushes for 100 and DG passes for 350+ with a couple nice scampers. M 27-17..

10/03/2014 - 2:07am Congrats Rich!

Great win for Rich, team looked tough on D, some outstanding RPS+ on O. It also shows how big a difference experience O linemen make.

Agree with Yost, there is no Wisconsin on the PAC12, save Stanford, so I will be interested to see the outcome of that matchup, the weather makes a big difference and if you look at Oregon's style in the big games they've been in vs. athletic D lines (Auburn NC Game, Rose vs. OSU) they aren't nearly as explosive.


10/03/2014 - 1:52am Scooby was a 2*

Look at him now!

10/03/2014 - 1:49am Manball!!!

That guy is Vincent Smith size

10/03/2014 - 1:40am Women's soccer manager

Can kick better than our ranked recruit of a kicker.. Rod wasn't kidding when he said he would audition anyone.

10/03/2014 - 1:36am Washington is not playing tonight



10/03/2014 - 1:31am I understand the point of an awareness campaign

Twas' a bit of a rhetorical question and I while I don't doubt the intent, i disagree with Oregon's execution. Uniformz cost a lot of money, probably a lot more than gloves or towels or wristbands.. I'd love to see the financials on the campaign vs. ROI on donation. Seeing as how nearly every team does some variant of this do you really believe that the donations they get will exceed the cost of the gear (Uniformz, Shoes, etc)..Phil Knight can't keep from grandstanding even when it comes to charitable causes.

10/03/2014 - 1:21am Why can't we run that play with Peppers on O


10/03/2014 - 1:20am My wife made the point

Instead of spending money on special breast cancer awareness unis, why not just donate the money..

10/03/2014 - 1:17am Sack Time!!!


10/03/2014 - 1:15am Luck o' the Duck

Looked like Solomon could've pulled and  ran for the first but I think that last fumble was on his mind. Same thing happened vs. WSU.. Oregon is not the second best team in the country, but I will eat my words if they win the PAC 12.

10/03/2014 - 1:07am At least their return man

knows where to go with the ball.. Two holding penalties though

10/03/2014 - 1:06am 17-3

Hard to do anything starting backup tackles. If we're dealing in hypotheticals, how much better would M be with Dior Mathis and Jake Fisher.

10/03/2014 - 12:59am Here come the track stars

So nice to watch an exciting game

10/02/2014 - 6:41pm Saw them in Seattle vs. WSU

Agree w/Ace's take on their D. This team is a lot like Utah, with a slightly worse quarterback and similar defense with worse DBs. WSU is a gun, three step, leach-n-shoot and Halliday went bombs away after WSU stretched out Rutgers' D. Their pass rush was good and they held WSU to 6 yards rushing (on 14 carries I think knowing Leach they were called as pass plays and Halliday misread the signal). Caroo seems like the real deal, would be nice if we could just hand him to Peppers and say "give him nothing".. That's obvs not an option. Hopefully Louis/Countess/Taylor can stick with him as our safties are young and late on their help. Agree on that the less derpy offense wins. There's a chance If M goes DG Shotgun 4 wide with a few designed QB runs to keep them off balance. The slant game should be open, but having flown cross-country to attend the Minnesota debacle in person with my 5 year old son (his first game at Michigan Stadium), I expect to see lots of 3TE waggles and 3rd & long PA instead or whatever this weeks' version of the RPS takedown is..If somehow we can run the ball that would be a breakthrough, but that would actually take Nuss and Hoke giving more carries to the better running back vs. trying to keep things "equal" and going back to Green who is less than decisive with his cuts. I like how Smith runs out of the gun alot, Smith + DG = someone gets open somehow. Unfortnuately due to the transitive powers of college football, Rutgers beating WSU, WSU beating Utah at home and Utah beating M at home, I predict a 3 sack 3 interception outing for Garder with 67 yards rushing and 318 yards passing and a 17-10 loss with a blocked punt returned for a TD and inability to convert on 3rd and long being the main culprits.

08/10/2014 - 1:51pm Walter Smith '94 Captain

Is the player I was referencing, whoops. Also, couldn't find any pictures online so maybe a figment of my imagination. will search the freep archive.

08/09/2014 - 12:59pm Could've done better

Concur with the majority of posters on the iconic nature of the home uni. I don't know why it's so hard keep the classic design language but make it look modern, just use the normal solid number unis with thin single maize striped shoulders would look soo much better with the blue pants.  The number font and "fake" stripes just kill this design, which in total is not so Uniformzy. Concur w/blue pants on the road. Didn't we do that once or twice during the mid 90's? I recall a photo with Walter Johnson wearing them possibly?