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11/16/2018 - 9:24pm A book on the history of the…

A book on the history of the Michigan helmet. 

11/16/2018 - 12:05pm eh shaddup, i fixed it.

eh shaddup, i fixed it.

11/16/2018 - 11:53am We've actually begun…

We've actually begun discussing the "Star" things seriously internally now because the diagrams have become such a familiar feature of the site. I'll tell you where each guy stands right now:

PATTERSON: His passing went to the next level on this one but it's his legs plus his passing that make him one of the best QBs in the conference this year.

Higdon: Solid star; this was his first bad game all year. Expect he'll be a 1st day NFL pick.

Evans: Man, if we got to see him more he'd have a star, yeah.

Mason: I've been having fun all year accessorizing him, and was worried that a big outing against MSU or Wisconsin would force me to star him before I've got all the bits I've planned. Then he disappeared from the offense in favor of optioning guys, and there was no reason to use up his body against Rutgers. Might earn a star against Ohio State.Never had a guy "on watch" play as little as him except the time Chesson was injured.

DPJ: Solidified a long-coming star with his blocking the last few weeks. He's still behind guys like Cody White and Felton Davis as a killer downfield threat but he's getting there, and his return skills, though not relevant to offense, give him an extra benefit of the doubt. He can afford a couple of bad games before we'd consider removing the star now.

Collins: Might be getting there. A breakout OSU performance would probably do it.

Black: Let's see when he's healthy. It wouldn't take much since there's ample evidence he's the best receiver on the team when not hurt.

Gentry: First big game in awhile. Would have to be Butt-level at receiver for more than one game to make up for his Butt-level blocking.

McKeon: Was a candidate at the beginning of the year but solidly not right now. Would need a renaissance from him as a blocker or receiving target.

Runyan: Been tracking him closely and his play over the Gauntlet earned him a star. Is he the best left tackle in the conference this year? I think so--I liked him better than Wisconsin's pair and that is the only true competition. He was put "on watch" for the PSU game and delivered. I think his Rutgers game makes that dodgy again if he has a bad outing against IU, but he was a major reason Michigan rolled over Wisconsin-MSU-Penn State, and the latter two have some LEGIT defensive ends.

Bredeson: Been just on the edge of a star but not quite there for some time. Waiting for a breakout game to put him on notice. I asked Brian about him again this week.

Ruiz: A bit behind Bredeson but everyone believes he'll get there eventually. Still whiffs on guys in space too much. Hard to tell about line calls but I'm pretty sure he's doing a great job there and that's a secret reason Michigan has the best OL in the division.

Onwenu: Same spot as Bredeson.

JBB: Won't ever be a star because we've seen too much of his pass pro and never seen that actually be good, but he's firmly out of cyan territory now with is run blocking.

Mone: The defensive version of JBB: no pass rush = no star but he's great as a run stuffer

Solomon: Defensive Ruiz

Kemp: A guy.

Dwumfour: Volatile. Keep an eye out for him late 2019 though.

Winovich: The best DE in the country, should be in the Heisman conversation, belongs with Messner, Woodley, Oosterbaan, Petoskey, and Goebel among the all-time greats. Had the worst play of his career this week and I still say all this.

Gary: Low-key one of the best strongside ends in the country but stats not showing it.

Paye: Low-key becoming a guy who'll get a star early next year.

Uche: If we had a bench he's a star but you saw his run defense.

Bush: Probably the best MLB in the country this year. All-American for sure. 1st round draft pick. Easy shield.

Hudson: He's mostly avoided now, which tells you what you need to know. Best HSP in the Big Ten, might not win because of avoidance stats.

Gil: Alright. Would need one or two more games as bad as his Rutgers game before we thought about a Cyan.

Ross: Better than alright. Probably needs till next year to earn a star unless he has a monster day shutting down Dobbins and Weber.

Long, Hill, Watson: The first two might be shields if they came back--all three deserve to be all Big Ten along with Oruwariye of Penn State.

Kinnel: Is what he is.

Metellus: I gave him a star and he immediately gets injured. OSU game will be the real test, because their slots mostly outran him last year and Michigan needs to be able to win that matchup to control that offense without resorting to weak strategies. Hold Campbell and Hill to bad days and he'll probably graduate a star. Have a repeat of last year and he'll need half a season to earn it back.

Hawkins: Everyone gets a bad game. A bad game and a lot of bad highlights from extended playing time makes me cock an eyebrow. A bad game against Indiana, who is built to attack this matchup with their slots, would put a cyan on him.

11/16/2018 - 11:27am Star up means he's good at…

Star up means he's good at his job. That one's serious, although I invented coaching stars originally as a DISRESPEKTful respect job for Mork.

11/15/2018 - 9:56pm Named my first Mira.
MI, Ra!…

Named my first Mira.

MI, Ra!

Bonus: Lots of people I've met have told me it means something nice in their language (and asked if I'm from there too). It means "Watch" in Catalan, "Look" in Spanish, "Wonderful" in Latin, "World" in Belarusian, "Me" in Persian, "Sea" in Sanskrit, and of course "Light" in Hebrew, which is what my wife still thinks it actually means.

Little does she know every time she yells at our daughter she's literally cheering for Michigan.

11/15/2018 - 9:44pm I actually know a guy who…

I actually know a guy who got Fielding past the committee.

11/15/2018 - 11:37am He is an excellent Olympic…

He is an excellent Olympic Sports director.

11/15/2018 - 11:36am Disagree. We are talking…

Disagree. We are talking about IU, not their opponent. Who cares about their opponent? It's IU week.

11/15/2018 - 11:35am Who? I'm focused on Indiana…

Who? I'm focused on Indiana this week.

11/13/2018 - 3:11pm Dude was in our bed…

Dude was in our bed thrashing at 2am because he was popping a tooth. His little head jerked back into the place that made him, and dad was down for the count.

11/13/2018 - 1:38pm Correct. Blackshear is a…

Correct. Blackshear is a major speed threat and Hawkins is late on his his switch call so he's frantically trying to let Kinnel know he's got to get to Blackshear.

11/13/2018 - 1:37pm I think I saw it once more…

I think I saw it once more. My rewatch of the game wasn't as deep as it usually is, and I didn't rewatch the last bit of garbage time.

11/12/2018 - 1:32pm I apologize. I'll do better.

I apologize. I'll do better.

11/10/2018 - 9:20pm Naturally.


11/10/2018 - 6:35am We dutifully set up the…

We dutifully set up the camera facing Brian every week and every week he moves it

11/09/2018 - 6:35pm turned it WAAAAAY down this…

turned it WAAAAAY down this time. Also changed our setup a bit.

11/09/2018 - 12:27pm They do. Their kicker is 8…

They do. Their kicker is 8/10 and can hit from 50+ and they have a very good aussie punter. Blackshear returns punts and their kick returner is that 3rd RB/athlete.

11/09/2018 - 12:13pm Sorry I lost track of the…

Sorry I lost track of the tickets. I have been crazy busy and the kids have been home. They're literally shouting right now.

11/09/2018 - 11:49am Long enough that I was…

Long enough that I was worried Slack had deleted the conversation for being too long ago.

11/09/2018 - 10:21am lol he is not Adam Biggers…

lol he is not Adam Biggers. VERRRRY different people. 

11/09/2018 - 10:19am Yes but I saw it before I…

Yes but I saw it before I saw your note.

11/09/2018 - 10:19am MSU vs OSU
Not a diary


Not a diary

11/08/2018 - 2:18pm I'm sorry it was the best I…

I'm sorry it was the best I could do without resorting to Texas State film or running back passes. Seriously this is Rutgers's best day on offense.

11/07/2018 - 4:01pm We can't figure out why they…

We can't figure out why they work on our staging site but not when we push them. Been several weeks in a row we've tried.

11/07/2018 - 6:35am WSG ryan

WSG ryan

11/07/2018 - 12:06am It's politics now but soon…

It's politics now but soon it will just be a Friday night drinking thread.

11/05/2018 - 11:43am Good find. I bet someone got…

Good find. I bet someone got major hosed by this to get it changed. Because otherwise every time you could draw a penalty (which happens often considering there are defensive players trying to block a play that could go either side of them and lots of opportunities for a block in the back) on an interception you could then grab the nearest guy's facemask and trigger and offsetting penalty to get the ball back.

11/05/2018 - 10:20am What year did you ski? I…

What years did you ski? I skiied for Groves 1995-'98, captain in '98. Brighton League so we didn't compete very well at states or even regionals.

11/05/2018 - 10:15am Said it wrong the whole time…

Said it wrong the whole time on the pod and I was making fun of that. Shoulda put in quotes.

11/05/2018 - 9:33am That's a Google Play issue…

That's a Google Play issue with all Podbean pods. I don't understand it except maybe Google wants podcasters to switch to their platform.

11/05/2018 - 9:23am It did.

It did.

11/05/2018 - 9:22am I agree that regent should…

I agree that regent should not be a partisan position, but not on your characterization of Acker, since most of his career since graduation has been in public service. I think if he hadn't gotten sick and needed UMHS to save his life a couple of years ago he'd be running for U.S. Congress and most likely winning a seat. As with many other regents, Michigan is really profiting here off the fact that some of the best would-be candidates for higher offices would rather pursue normal careers and serve the university.

I also think you're vastly underestimating how many young attorneys work in personal injury. Might as well complain that too many bloggers are former message board posters.

11/05/2018 - 8:56am I'm disappointed this wasn't…

I'm disappointed this wasn't a podcast about politics.

11/05/2018 - 8:42am point well taken.

point well taken.

11/05/2018 - 8:02am I'm working on it now man. I…

I'm working on it now man. I was up till 2am with the other one. Please be patient; I do have to, you know, sleep.

11/03/2018 - 8:45am Yeah he's going to the NFL…

Yeah he's going to the NFL. Not an insider take, just an obvious one.

11/02/2018 - 10:54pm I added a bit from the…

I added a bit from the Youtube version because I don't have the rest. It sounds not great.

11/02/2018 - 9:03pm I have been told that the…

I have been told that the end of the podcast cut off. I am on my way home and will try to fix it when I get there

11/02/2018 - 6:40pm had an audio issue today I…

had an audio issue today I had to fix by removing our soundgate.

11/02/2018 - 11:33am Eh. It was a placeholder…

Eh. It was a placeholder anyway while I searched our 2016 archives for shots of guys who played then. Finally found the right one.

11/02/2018 - 11:20am Isn't it? I thought that was…

Isn't it? I thought that was from his INT.

11/02/2018 - 11:03am Ah, it was 2016 Reid was…

Ah, it was 2016 Reid was ahead of those guys.


11/02/2018 - 11:00am Thanks! I'll make some…

Thanks! I'll make some corrections but I'm sticking by my analysis of the LBs, particularly Johnson. They're having him charge at any run action because his reads are too slow--when he's asked to do something complicated he gets caught in the wash, and when a lineman got to him he got blocked. I've certainly seen worse linebackers but to my eyes that was the spot Penn State was trying to cover up by playing unsound.

I thought Reid wasn't hurt until later last year (he was on my 2017 chart) but you're correct and I'll fix that. It was Christian Campbell who started all last year over Oruwariye, who was credited on PSU's website with zero starts last year.

11/01/2018 - 12:08pm Here-a-Lee!


10/31/2018 - 8:31pm She's cooler about it now…

She's cooler about it now that my football habit bought her a house. 

10/30/2018 - 5:33pm Cover 1 is basically man to…

Cover 1 is basically man to man with a high safety (the 1) who can cover for any mishaps in the run and give help against posts.


Cover 2 is your standard split-the-field zone defense. Everybody is facing the quarterback, everybody has an area they have to cover, and you carry anyone who enters your zone until he enters the next zone and the guy playing that zone can pick him up. 


10/26/2018 - 8:21pm That is STILL our best shirt…

That is STILL our best shirt. Needs some updates:

Since when's a helmet offsides

Our linebackers were all injured

Our ends all retired


10/26/2018 - 10:04am Yes. 


10/25/2018 - 10:41pm Can't reference specific…

Can't reference specific players or else we would have so many shirts.

10/25/2018 - 2:56pm Ah, meant backside G and C…

Ah, meant backside G and C. Typo.

I think you might have been one of the few people who read a draft version that appeared for several minutes yesterday because we had a cache issue on the site that set every single article back to the version that was uploaded first. In a much earlier draft I drew it up with the defense in an under formation and that paragraph Was edited