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11/14/2018 - 8:51pm Think 2018-19 Wolverine Men…

Think 2018-19 Wolverine Men's Basketball just served some notice to the nation.

11/14/2018 - 8:47pm Yes, yes he is.

Yes, yes he is.

11/12/2018 - 10:02pm On XM you usually get the…

On XM you usually get the home team announcers, occasionally they'll have both on different channels.

11/12/2018 - 9:53pm Dickerson is excellent.

Dickerson is excellent.

11/12/2018 - 9:51pm I agree both that he is…

I agree both that he is better as a color analyst (the same was true of the late Frank Gifford who transitioned from analyst to PBP), but that he is also far from the worst. I was an early adapter of satellite radio and over the years have listened to many, many different broadcasters from schools all across the country, and there are many that are worse. I also like Dierdorf.

11/12/2018 - 9:42pm Doesn't Blaha invert the…

Doesn't Blaha invert the time like instead of saying 3 minutes 31 seconds to go, he'll say 31 and 3 or something? Or is that only when he does basketball?

11/11/2018 - 5:09pm But doesn't Peters need some…

But doesn't Peters need some in game work, throwing, gaining timing with receivers, adjusting his pocket clock etc?

11/11/2018 - 5:01pm Leaping Larry Chene

Leaping Larry Chene

11/10/2018 - 2:49pm Exactly. Taking the safety…

Exactly. Taking the safety was the smart play but then you'd better execute either a good kick-off or punt.

11/10/2018 - 10:32am Yes, the arguments are…

Yes, the arguments are inconsistent. What happens on the field should "matter" so ND over Michigan, but Bama losing their title game at the most important time, doesn't matter. BS.

11/09/2018 - 5:15pm Losing to Rutger was worse…

Losing to Rutger was worse. App State was a good team, defending D2 champs about to be back to back champs, they did lose two games that year but both when their elusive and talented QB did not play. Think they would have gone .500 or so against the Big Ten that year and clearly would have defeated little brother.

11/07/2018 - 6:29pm Kelly Baraka? Oh wait, maybe…

Kelly Baraka? Oh wait, maybe I have that mixed up.

11/01/2018 - 5:02pm Depends on the criteria but…

Depends on the criteria but I would argue that by many measures Cazzie Russell would be the best all time basketball player at Michigan.

10/28/2018 - 9:15am If we win out, we are in…

If we win out, we are in great shape. I see two risks, 2 SEC teams and Oklahoma.

Still think ND is tricky and would prefer that they lose twice (unlikely) or not at all. If it comes down to a 12-1 Mich team against a 1-loss ND team (joining say Bama, Clemson, and either Okie or a second SEC team) then that head to head could make it a closer decision than we would be comfortable with. 

In the SEC the safest course is for Bama to win out. If they do that should eliminate a second SEC team. If they lose a close game to LSU, and the SEC champ (Georgia or LSU has just 1 loss), then 2 SEC teams are a strong possibility.

If ND wins out, then they are probably either #2 to Bama or #1 to Clemson or LSU/Georgia. A 1 score loss in the first game of the year at their place by Mich, is  going to hurt less than any other team's one loss (save possibly Bama to LSU).

IMO pull for Bama to win and for Okie lose another game.

Iowa losing yesterday sets up the decent possibility that should Mich and OSU get to the game unscathed, that the loser of the game gets the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize

 

10/28/2018 - 8:49am Anything in The Gray Man…

Anything in The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney. I'd start with the first one. Mindless action genre but well written and the reader is very good, particularly good to pass time in the car.

10/26/2018 - 7:45am Wasn't Karan a 4 star on one…

Wasn't Karan a 4 star on one site? 

10/25/2018 - 12:54pm 1) We need to win them all-…

1) We need to win them all- I think that would make us likely, but not certain to make the playoffs.

Much as this runs counter to my typical rooting interests we want:

2) ND to either win out, or lose twice. If they win out it preserves the very high quality of our road loss. If they lose 2, we can ignore them.

If they lose 1 and it is a close one, then if we are competing with them for the 4th spot, then there will be some sentiment that the head to head is the decisive factor. I do not agree with that, but I'm not completely comfortable that the committee won't see it that way.

3) We should pull for Alabama to win out (sigh). I agree with the posters above that a close Bama loss to LSU could put them in as a second SEC team along with a potential 1 loss SEC champion.

10/24/2018 - 8:06pm great point.

great point.

10/24/2018 - 6:41pm I get the "reprimand" for…

I get the "reprimand" for Bush (though I support him- he did acknowledge that he got too emotional) but why in the world was Harbaugh reprimanded?

10/24/2018 - 12:51pm From her statement:

 

From her statement:

 

"However he decided he could play through it and rehab during the week. However at Michigan it’s all or nothing."

 

Isn't the logical interpretation of this that Rashan wanted to be held out of practice and play on Saturday- but that Michigan (Harbaugh) doesn't permit this? It sounds like there is tension between coach and player and player's Mom. How is Angelique or Mgrowold wrong? 

I have zero problem with the position Rashan has taken, but it is also predictable that Coach would not see it the same way- Practice or you don't play- that is old school. That doesn't make it right, but we have an old school coach in that sense and I fully accept that too.

10/24/2018 - 12:33pm You are being unfairly (IMO)…

You are being unfairly (IMO) negged on this. Re-read her statement- It "sounds" like Rashan wanted to be held out of practice and still play. This is done all of the time in the NFL- see Aaron Rogers and dozens of other examples. In college, I don't know. At Michigan, under Harbaugh (and certainly under Bo), if you don't practice you don't play. Still believe that the team athletic staff cleared him and he was getting separate advice which differed from that.

10/23/2018 - 4:57pm Late first round, early…

Late first round, early second- just a guess and what physicals might reveal would impact  that plus or minus.

10/23/2018 - 4:55pm well said char.

 

well said char.

 

10/21/2018 - 11:20am great description

great description

10/21/2018 - 10:48am Couch is proof positive that…

Couch is proof positive that you don't have to be good at what you do to keep your job.

10/20/2018 - 1:39pm Maybe we could offer to…

Maybe we could offer to install a dome for them.

10/17/2018 - 8:27pm Major bummer if true, but if…

Major bummer if true, but if it dates back to last season then that is concerning and likely also negatively impacts how GMs will look at him. D-line is a position of depth and we do have other very good players. Of course we are far better with a healthy Gary, but I'd be more concerned if we lost Bush, Long, or a healthy Winowich than losing a less than healthy Gary.

10/16/2018 - 2:26pm OK- maybe he just pumps…

OK- maybe he just pumps whichever state school is doing best then.

10/16/2018 - 11:17am I have never heard him wax…

I have never heard him wax more eloquently about a team than I have for Izzo's Spartans.

10/16/2018 - 10:51am Not a fan of Gus either. He…

Not a fan of Gus either. He seems to work too hard to manufacture enthusiasm when it isn't warranted such that it is hard to distinguish from his voice when it really is a big play. Plus he definitely prefers MSU to Mich. Klatt is meh. Brian Griese is very good.

10/15/2018 - 4:00pm I always felt we would have…

I always felt we would have won in 2009 if Forcier had not hurt his shoulder against Indiana the week before.

10/15/2018 - 2:27pm My unscientific, based on…

My unscientific, based on memory, calculation was that Ben played maybe 15 percent of the snaps and that late it was Wangler, not him when we played a fullback.

10/14/2018 - 12:48pm Crowd was great last night…

Crowd was great last night. Section 5 stood for pretty much every play, and that is not typical for our section.

10/08/2018 - 6:05pm What are you calling the …

What are you calling the "original? The silent version or the Frederic March, Janet Gaynor version from 1937? Both of those and the Judy Garland/ James Mason version from 1954 were  better than the Streisand/ Kris Kristopherson one.

10/04/2018 - 9:29am He is a bargain at the price…

He is a bargain at the price. Considering the trajectory we were on in terms of on field performance, depth of talent (lack of), and loss of fan interest. All of college football is fighting n attendance challenges for many reasons. Michigan is not immune to that and I firmly believe we were in danger of a precipitous drop. Jim immediately restored enthusiasm. Now he does have to win and we do need to compete for conference titles (soon) or we won't maintain the enthusiasm but I hate to think where we'd be without him.

Say we had hired Dan Mullen. Good coach, we'd have a good product. Would he have won 10 games his first year, which was so important in restoring faith? I don't know. Would he have recruited as well and done it cleanly?

09/23/2018 - 5:44pm I agree with you. I do not…

I agree with you. I do not think it is at all assured that Frost will return Nebraska to contending status. He'd better re-establish their old Texas recruiting connection from the Osborne days (unlikely IMO) or create a pipeline from Florida and he's got a ton of competition there. As you say, it is a lot easier to win at Central Florida.

09/13/2018 - 10:51am Here's a thought- maybe we…

Here's a thought- maybe we can get Shea to start throwing left-handed!

09/12/2018 - 12:33pm If Carr had retired a year…

If Carr had retired a year earlier, his successor would have been either Mike Debord or Ron English.Our losses to App St and Oregon in 2007 took each of them out of the running.

09/11/2018 - 8:43am Thought this might be a rant…

Thought this might be a rant against d-caf coffee akin to low fat milk.

09/11/2018 - 8:41am Nebraska is not a top tier…

Nebraska is not a top tier job IMO. They historically did well by recruiting Texas strongly and they had a strength and conditioning program superior to almost everyone- that and the tradition of winning. 

Think both of the first two edges have greatly diminished and the tradition of winning is further in the rear view mirror. Maybe Frost can recruit well in Florida, convincing kids to come to Lincoln, Nebraska, but I think that is unclear.

09/09/2018 - 11:24am Royce Freeman or Jordan…

Royce Freeman or Jordan Howard @Green Bay?

09/04/2018 - 6:10pm problem is that there were a…

problem is that there were a lot of 4Ls in there.

09/03/2018 - 8:24am Name them

Name them

09/02/2018 - 5:57pm We are basically on the same…

We are basically on the same page. Last year we opened with a win over Florida and despite warning signs and some sloppy play we thought we were on our way. Florida finished 5-7. We won't know for a few more games but if ND is a top tier team, then the fact that we didn't win on the road at night in our opener, would not be a cause for major handwringing.  The QB play was highly encouraging and that will ultimately lift our ceiling. The O-line probably won't get good enough to make us a play-off team, but that doesn't mean it can't improve at all. How many equal or better defenses will we face?

 

 

09/02/2018 - 2:13pm It's going to be a long…

It's going to be a long season for UCLA. At least fans can go the beach on fall Saturdays.

09/02/2018 - 9:42am 1) I’ve always said that it…

1) I’ve always said that it is very tough to know how good or bad you are after one game.. Everything is based upon how good people expected you to be based on last season, returning starters etc. Notre Dame could be the best team in the country or they could be a 6-6 team- we don’t know. It appears that they are very good but we’ll see. Fans are always internally focused, i.e. because Mich upgraded at QB we should beat ND on the road at night in our opener, when in fact ND may well have improved just as much. Winbush certainly looks better than at any time last season. He made some big throws. The one TD our back-up safety was there and barely missed the ball- it’s a game of inches.


Some positives:

2) Patterson and in brief action, McCaffrey, looked better by far than our QB play last year. I guess Peters hurt his knee in practice this week.

3) Our defense after being shredded in the first half, gave up virtually nothing (less than 100 yards and 3 points) in the second half. Now some of that was probably Kelly going conservative with the lead. We played most of the game without Mettelus after the early targeting call.

4) An opening game on the road loss 24-17 to ND won’t kill us if ND is a 10 win or better team and we get better.

At this point it is all about the offensive line. With our schedule if they don’t get better we are probably looking at 7-5 or 8-4. If they do get better, 9-3 or even 10-2 is possible if the QB improvement is as good as it appears to be. MSU and PSU were not impressive at all. We at least will not be overrated for awhile now and its possible we will even be underrated.

The fan base will run around panicking and we’ll have to listen to some of them and Finebaum rip Harbaugh until we do win some big games. I have not lost faith.

09/01/2018 - 5:26pm It's one lousy rumor which I…

It's one lousy rumor which I haven't been able to confirm with anyone. The guy reporting it is saying a friend who is in South Bend is saying it. I don't know the first guy very well and I don't know his friend at all. Probably irresponsible of me to even mention it but my point was with the line moving in our direction, I think that reduces the likelihood it is true.

09/01/2018 - 5:01pm Think there were actually 2…

Think there were actually 2 moves, first from Mich +1 to Mich -1, then to Mich -2.5. This late that is a fairly big move on such a big game that would have a lot of money already bet on it. 

Apparently then the rumor that Shea tweaked his ankle this week that I heard about 30 minutes ago, seems less likely true, which makes me feel better.

09/01/2018 - 11:01am Love it! I was afraid this…

Love it! I was afraid this was going to be one of those 5 on each side highlight clips. It's aaalllll Michigan!

08/30/2018 - 1:51pm Most of the OSU fan base …

Most of the OSU fan base (based upon my unscientific sampling of one person, who is active within the group), thinks 3 games was too harsh and that Smith should have been fired for not standing up more for Urban.