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11/11/2018 - 6:32pm Awful. 

Awful. 

11/09/2018 - 5:37pm Will Michigan have more…

Will Michigan have more points than net punting yards? Not really a "Rutger." But will they? 

11/07/2018 - 7:43pm They say shit like …

They say shit like 'championships matter' now, and then send Ohio State to the CFP over the Big Ten Champ. Setting aside the fact that Undefeated ND beat Michigan and held them to one offense TD, Undefeated ND is ratings gold.

11/07/2018 - 7:12pm Yeah, I agree with this…

Yeah, I agree with this premise. You should add to that wins against solid non-ranked Power 5 teams. Like TCU (Ohio), Virginia (Indiana), Pitt (Penn State)

11/07/2018 - 7:00pm I don't know about that…

I don't know about that. Notre Dame seems like a clear cut #3 at this point in the season. Think about this. Does anyone else have a better win than Notre Dame? The answer is "no." Bama beat LSU, but Michigan >>> LSU. 

11/07/2018 - 6:55pm I remember lighting up a…

I remember lighting up a number in the law quad just as two AAPD officers walked by, circa 1998 or 1999. I was deer-in-headlights. They just walked by. 

 

11/07/2018 - 6:51pm NO! Hash Bash won! It is not…

NO! Hash Bash won! It is not going away. It should be an even bigger event, now that the hippies (finally) won something. 

11/07/2018 - 3:21pm Let's see.... 

Let's see.... 

11/07/2018 - 12:29pm The last couple years'…

The last couple years' rankings have swung so much at the end, it's hard to get too worked up about preliminary results. LSU looks like a Sugar Bowl team. No matter what happens the rest of their season OU or WVU will jump them, as they play twice late in the season.  

11/06/2018 - 1:47pm The Year 2006 Me would take…

The Year 2006 Me would take a redeye east, fuel up on a pork chop, Tavern Donuts, and local brews at Tavern on George, hit the game, and wash up somewhere South of Houston in the City later that night. 

11/05/2018 - 7:54pm He is quietly having an…

He is quietly having an outstanding season. 

11/05/2018 - 5:50pm There is some truthiness to…

There is some truthiness to some of that, but it reads like Cooper-era paranoia and defeatism. Refs didn't throw an interception at the goal line. 

11/05/2018 - 4:14pm A lot of promise has been…

A lot of promise has been shown. The '16 team was pretty Harbaugh, to my eyes, but beset by injuries and shitluck. 

11/02/2018 - 1:10pm The line swung like this for…

The line swung like this for the Michigan State game during the week. What usually happens in rivalry games is they narrow. 

11/02/2018 - 1:01pm Nice tribute, Brian. I was…

Nice tribute, Brian. I was obsessed with Das Hips at that same time. Saw every show within 150 miles of Ann Arbor on the Phantom Power tour. 

11/01/2018 - 7:12pm Not that I can talk, but…

Not that I can talk, but hommie put on some lbs. Thought he was Warren Sap for a minute first time I saw him on BTN

10/31/2018 - 7:01pm Setting aside everything…

Setting aside everything else about this, the result that the president would be fired but not the football coach was too much. 

10/30/2018 - 3:00pm All I remember was the…

All I remember was the halftime show. That was the most watchable part of the game. 

10/30/2018 - 12:52pm "scrimmage-based idea of the…

"scrimmage-based idea of the game"?! This is just desperately inaccurate.   

10/25/2018 - 3:28pm Starting early, taking…

Starting early, taking Friday off work and taking her to a place she loves for lunch plus her favorite wine-tasting spot (in combination with our anniversary)

10/25/2018 - 1:17pm D'oh! 

D'oh! 

10/25/2018 - 12:34pm Sorry but no. LSU has beaten…

Sorry but no. LSU has beaten two top ten teams. Including Florida at the Swamp. 

10/24/2018 - 4:48pm No, they probably won't. The…

No, they probably won't. The schools were in a sense the victims of the fraud. And to punish them for actions taken against their interests does not seem right under these circumstances (with the exception of Arizona, I think).

The NCAA could build a case for lack of institutional control against Arizona for Sean Miller's role. That Arizona learned of the facts and did not fire him seems like ratification to me.  This is many times more corrupt than the scandal that essentially killed Michigan basketball for 12 years. 

10/24/2018 - 4:40pm I get it. Paying players if…

I get it. Paying players if ethical, but not if you commit fraud to do it. And in any event it will be legal soon. 

10/24/2018 - 2:39pm Parts of Sparty's campus are…

Parts of Sparty's campus are scenic. Ann Arbor has some less-than-scenic strip malls. Let's be fair. 

10/22/2018 - 6:16pm His Opera of Grievances…

His Opera of Grievances plays so well with the Michigan State fanbase. Even if he weren't the most successful coach in the history of their program, he captures the zeigeist of Sparty so exquisitely I can't see him ever getting fired. 

10/22/2018 - 6:08pm If I could only pick one,…

If I could only pick one, yes, beat Ohio State and break the seal.

Also, Rose Bowl over the Playoff, as well as anywhere else Michigan could go. Rematch with the Wazzu or Washington. 

The Cotton Bowl is not literally the last place I would want Michigan to play, but playing for JFK-hating middle-aged Texas oilmen in an industrial park in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth is a pale substitute for arroyo seco and the pageantry of the Rose Bowl.

10/17/2018 - 12:17pm If you hate State, HONK

If you hate State, HONK

10/16/2018 - 3:39pm Time was SNU used to do a…

Time was SNU used to do a football run to East Lansing (like a slow-rolling van, all the way to Hades). Wonder if they still do that. 

10/15/2018 - 3:44pm Here's what I think. He's 4…

Here's what I think. He's 4-2 against Michigan in years where the teams have met as equals. (Wins in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017; losses in 2007 and 2012.)

That's pretty good. Michigan has been at a near-historic low the last eleven years. But that record, even more than the overall head to head, tells me he is a good coach, period. 

10/11/2018 - 1:29pm I don't agree with the…

I don't agree with the notion that Chicago is the B1G's biggest market. The Big Ten has always had a big footprint in New York, even before Penn State joined the conference. Rutgers was never going to be a stand-alone objective. It just fits into an already established conference fan base. This gets proven every time there is something like the B1G basketball tournament in the City. 

Look at this data. It's a bit old, but it shows Michigan has more alums in NYC than Chicago.

https://www.landgrantholyland.com/2014/5/7/5690888/where-do-big-ten-graduates-live-could-columbus-host-a-b1g-tournament

And that Rutgers brings 100,000 alums to the NYC market (which is less than half, BTW). I suspect that today the number of B1G alums in NYC is roughly the same as Chicago. 

Anyway you look at it 200,000+ alums in the NYC area for the B1G is a big deal. 

 

10/10/2018 - 3:58pm We need his speed on the…

We need his speed on the edge. Guy can fly. 

10/09/2018 - 7:02pm The Russians. They used to…

The Russians. They used to be the good guys, seeking freedom and opportunity in the U.S., wearing the winged wheel. They flipped. 

10/09/2018 - 3:01pm In the context of how the…

In the context of how the next three years went, that 2008 Utah game looks a lot different now. Michigan had several chances to win, Utah kept turning it over. There was a tremendous amount of talent on the defense (squandered). If Threet starts that game, Michigan wins.  

10/09/2018 - 2:43pm These radio guys, whoooo boy…

These radio guys, whoooo boy. 

10/09/2018 - 2:39pm If the NCAA can't get the…

If the NCAA can't get the sonofabitch who paid $100,000 for Deandre Ayton, they ain't going to lay a finger on Michigan here. 

10/03/2018 - 3:11pm A nice retrospective, and…

A nice retrospective, and you are right to credit Fitz for running a solid program despite the inherent disadvantages Northwestern has.

For me, what's missing here is the following context: stunning upsets and heartbreaking losses by Michigan to Northwestern in 1995, 1996, and 2000.

In 1995 Michigan was undefeated and ranked No. 7, and lost a bitter defensive struggle. Michigan turned it over 4 times, out gained Northwestern considerably, and were ahead at the beginning of the third quarter 13-9, losing 13-19. That game changed the course of the season. With a win, I bet Michigan's win against Ohio sends them to the Rose Bowl.

In 1996, Michigan lost at Northwestern in a game where Michigan led 16-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. They somehow lost 16-17. Again, Michigan was undefeated going into the game. It was a season-changing loss. Again. 

So, in the 4th quarters in 1995 and 1996, Northwestern outscored Michigan 27-0. 

In 2000, all Michigan had to do was run out the clock, and Anthony Thomas fumbled leading to the game-winning score. 46 second left on the clock. Second and three. Thomas had been mauling them. Northwestern had two timeouts left. Thomas breaks through the line, into the open field, and drops the ball. Had he not fumbled, he may have been gone. Had he just taken a knee after four easy yards, the game is over. First down and Michigan can just burn out the clock by taking three knees. That loss cost Michigan the Rose Bowl, without qualification. Two turnovers. The second one was totally unnecessary. 

Taking a step back, those losses in 1995, 1996, and 2000 were far more costly than the wins since then have been valuable. By a factor of between 100 and 1000.  

09/28/2018 - 12:53pm Based on aesthetic criteria,…

Based on aesthetic criteria, and the campus alone, Indiana Bloomington should be the best. Most beautiful campus I have been on (I'd take it over Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Duke, UNC, Notre Dame, all of the Oxford colleges). Bloomington, although it has a lot to do, isn't as fun of a college town as Ann Arbor or Madison, but the limestone buildings and uniformity of the architecture are truly incredible.  

09/26/2018 - 5:34pm Compared to the Oxbridge,…

Compared to the Oxbridge, though, that's nothing. Oxford is like 40% international. 

09/26/2018 - 3:37pm Oxford is No. 1 (take that,…

Oxford is No. 1 (take that, you dirty Tabs). 

UCLA being ranked ahead of Michigan does not make me smile. 

09/24/2018 - 5:25pm They got better than wait…

They got better than wait and see talent on offense

09/24/2018 - 5:24pm I see a 41-38 type of…

I see a 41-38 type of thriller here, and maybe the game of the year in the conference. This will be a match-up to enjoy. The result will not bear on how Michigan plays against these teams. Just crack a beer and relax. 

09/21/2018 - 3:46pm Ha! This looks like the late…

Ha! This looks like the late 1990s to me. Peak of Western civilization. 

09/18/2018 - 12:27am Who that is?

Who that is?

09/17/2018 - 2:43pm Also true. ND did not really…

Also true. ND did not really put Vandy away. 

09/16/2018 - 11:41pm Gimmick. SMU was not as bad…

Gimmick. SMU was not as bad of a team as had been assumed. UNT is 3-0 after thrashing Arkansas at Arkansas. That loss does not look as bad in hindsight. I watched a lot of Cal football when Sonny Dykes was the coach. HIs passing game was always on. 

09/14/2018 - 12:59pm If your description of the…

If your description of the EL police is accurate, it's a change from the late 1990s, and that is good. AA police are reasonable (even if you throw snowballs at their car), and by and large treat students with respect. As I see it the subtext of the EL riots in the 1990s was bad policing. 

09/14/2018 - 12:55pm Cops harassing college kids…

Cops harassing college kids at parties is as old as college life itself. East Lansing police are especially nasty. I recall provocation from the cops, and being hassled just walking from one party to the next. Against that backdrop look the cops SHOULD be cutting college kids breaks. Even if they are football players. 

09/12/2018 - 8:14pm I want to see Dylan…

I want to see Dylan McCaffrey all second half, is the philosophy I want to see. With M up 38-0. 

09/12/2018 - 12:17am Funny, I thought at first…

Funny, I thought at first you were referring to the Lions.