|01/17/2019 - 10:21am||Damn it!||
|01/13/2019 - 2:21pm||I thought he must be out-…||
I thought he must be out- haven't heard his name.
|01/12/2019 - 5:49pm||Don't think Maryland will…||
Don't think Maryland will win 80 percent of their games but I'm not so sure about plummeting. They have a great inside -outside combo with Cowan and Fernando. The latter is a grown man. Teske better eat his Wheaties before we play them.
|01/11/2019 - 2:06pm||Look we are likely going to…||
Look we are likely going to lose multiple games, so I'm not worried about it (I'd prefer we not lose any games ever). I assume your question is we are going to have to lose one and what would be the best timing?
Our BT schedule has been front-end loaded with home games and the 2 road games were against two of the lesser teams.
I'd sign up for 15-5, no questions asked, as long as that did not include 0-2 against Sparty. Otherwise I think 15-5 gets us a share of the title at worst. @Indiana, @Wisconsin @MSU and @Maryland all all going to be very tough, not that any of the remaining road games will be easy.
|01/10/2019 - 10:57pm||All 5 starters in double…||
All 5 starters in double figures and Livers missed joining them by 1 point. It is good to have him back.
|01/10/2019 - 4:39pm||Precisely.||
|01/09/2019 - 4:53pm||I agree. I think he is…||
I agree. I think he is anything but a surefire NFL prospect.
|01/09/2019 - 2:21pm||great points.||
|01/09/2019 - 2:19pm||Haskins actually did not run…||
Haskins actually did not run much and most of his passing yards came from throwing it 5-15 yards in the air and catching guys in stride for big gainers.
|01/07/2019 - 3:12pm||You're a bigger man than I…||
You're a bigger man than I am. I don't wish him any luck at all.
|01/07/2019 - 10:41am||Will endorse Britt, Grant,…||
Will endorse Britt, Grant, Tarpley, and Rose as excellent defenders. The largely forgotten Thad Garner was pretty good too.
|01/06/2019 - 9:52pm||I'm prepared to queue up my…||
I'm prepared to queue up my VCR with the replay of today's big win over IU if I start to get bored.
|01/06/2019 - 9:22pm||Fantastic atmosphere at…||
Fantastic atmosphere at Crisler today. Hope we look back at today as the a turning point for Brandon Johns becoming a significant contributor- we need him.
We still miss Livers. To be fair IU is missing their starting PG and they will be very tough at Assembly Hall.
Our balance really helps us when one player or two is having an off game. Iggy, Mathews and Poole have all asserted themselves in multiple games this year when we were going through a cold stretch and needed it.
Mathews defense today (as usual but moreso), was terrific- he took zero possessions off on defense and was up in Romeo Langford's grille.
Z was really aggressive in driving and had a great two way game.
|01/06/2019 - 10:36am||1) #1 is number 1. AC was…||
1) #1 is number 1. AC was electrifying to watch catching passes and returning kicks. He was personally responsible for getting Bo to incorporate the forward pass into the offense. 3-time AA on at least one team and a consensus as a senior.
2) #2 is number 2. "Charles in charge" was both the best cornerback and best all around football player I have watched in nearly 60 years of watching college football.
3) Denard. He was a reason to watch a team in otherwise trying times. Performances away and home with Notre Dame for the ages. Never gets due credit for clutch performances in critical games including Nebraska and OSU in 2011. And though the glorious Sugar Bowl victory was shy on offense, he put two key passes right where they had to be for us to win.
4) "Touchdown Billy Taylor." As a fan of running backs, he was the first great Mich back that I got to see in person multiple times during his career.
5) Rob Lytle "The blond bomber from Freemont Ohio." An unselfish blocking fullback until he got his chance to shine at tailback, and shine he did.
Honorable mention: The many, many great offensive linemen from Tom Mack to Jake Long (and the long list in between, which if I made it, I would be afraid of missing guys). This is what made Michigan football excellent, year in and year out.
PS. How did I possibly leave out Desmond? If possible for a Heisman winner, I think he is under-appreciated. Although this list is "favorites" not necessarily the best- he was both one of the best, and a favorite.
|01/04/2019 - 2:16pm||If Chambers doesn't make it,…||
If Chambers doesn't make it, maybe he can star in a second Breaking Bad spin-off, or possibly join the cast of Better Call Saul.
|01/04/2019 - 2:14pm||If IU is really without…||
If IU is really without Phinisee (I'll believe it when I see it), that would be a bit of an offset. I have been really impressed with him this season,
That said, I very much hope Livers can play- he is a an important piece of our team-at both ends.
|01/04/2019 - 9:18am||Yet the offense runs better…||
Yet the offense runs better with Simpson on the floor. He had the second highest offensive rating last night (to Poole). Add his defense and I cannot see giving him fewer minutes.
We did miss Livers on offense last night.
|01/03/2019 - 3:55pm||That's a fair point but you…||
That's a fair point but you don't have go all of the way back to Bo, you can just go back to Jim's Stanford teams. The line sure made Toby Gearhart look good.
|01/03/2019 - 3:20pm||Think an even better stat to…||
Think an even better stat to compare would be all first team Big Ten selections (larger sample). Our offensive line was generally the strength of Michigan football until it began falling off with late term Carr, where we'd have one really good guy and another pretty good along with 3 journeymen or worse. Hart might have run for another 2000 yd in his career with better blocking. As it was he helped mask some of the deficiencies. This fall- off also coincided with late Carr's failing both against OSU and in bowls. (remember when Carr had a spectacular record against ranked teams? That record was slowly eaten away in his last 6 or 7 years. RR and Hoke had consistent recruiting misses at the position.
As was astutely noted earlier this week by someone on this blog, the O-line is the unit that takes the longest to come together and where time in a system is so crucial (see Wisconsin). Jim is building this, this years' haul looks particularly promising. If we can continue then we will be very good for years to come and it will make every other position on the team look better.
Bo thru Carr had some great collegiate running backs, but the NFL record of success is pretty sketchy by comparison (Hoard and Wheatley were decent). One theory dating back to Bo was that his backs got beat up in 3-4 years of college ball because his practices were so tough. I think a better explanation may be that they tended to look better compared to their college peers because of running behind superior lines.
|01/01/2019 - 4:13pm||Plus he actually made it on…||
Plus he actually made it on 4th down, though we weren't given credit for it. The spot was lousy.
|01/01/2019 - 11:53am||Ahead of the curve- he will…||
Ahead of the curve- he will sit out 3 straight years at Michigan to avoid injury and get ready for the NFL draft.
|12/30/2018 - 2:40pm||As I recall Richt's Georgia…||
As I recall Richt's Georgia teams were in the top 10 in arrests most years.
|12/30/2018 - 12:52pm||MSU didn't have a pulse?||
MSU didn't have a pulse?
|12/30/2018 - 12:41pm||Like Penn State?||
Like Penn State?
|12/30/2018 - 10:38am||You're not cheering me up.||
You're not cheering me up.
|12/30/2018 - 10:37am||"Nearly full strength"…||
"Nearly full strength" except that Higdon was by far our best tailback. Evans is pretty good in space, but cannot break a tackle, and the other guys seem a step slow. In addition Steuber had a bad game and JBB was one of our best run blockers all season long. That's two key cogs out of 11 positions.
|12/30/2018 - 10:30am||Jake did have an insurance…||
Jake did have an insurance policy. I don't know the terms or what it paid, but he did have a policy. When you start skipping games to avoid an injury that has not occurred yet (as opposed to trying to play with an injury), it is a dicey business. Yes you limit your risk but you can never know to what extent.
|12/28/2018 - 1:39pm||I sincerely doubt that the…||
I sincerely doubt that the head coach is apathetic. He chooses his words carefully and he's not about to throw players under the bus- there is nothing to be gained by that.
|12/28/2018 - 10:58am||I respectively disagree. It…||
I respectively disagree. It is because of the fans that Michigan football is such a big deal such that we can fill up a 100,000 seat stadium, buy tons of sponsored merchandise. create large TV ratings and allow the university to provide first class facilities and fund scholarships for a full range of athletic programs. We can argue about the (in) adequacy of player compensation (and we have) in other threads- but this is very much about the fans who are the lifeblood of the program.
|12/28/2018 - 10:50am||Have been a little surprised…||
Have been a little surprised to see that my attitude- excited to see Michigan play our bowl and fretting about whether we win or lose is such a minority position here. Was glad to hear that Craig Ross, at least, feels the same way.
|12/26/2018 - 10:27am||Which Beatle is that? Ringo…||
Which Beatle is that? Ringo Starr?
|12/26/2018 - 10:00am||Shoes is one of 3 or…||
Shoes is one of 3 or 4 nicknames I've had for a long long time (associated with different groups of friends). Still searching for just the right avatar.
|12/26/2018 - 9:44am||Collecting cards and taking…||
Collecting cards and taking my young son to card shops and shows was a favorite activity we shared in the 1990's. Gibralter in particular was a big one I remember. We even got to meet John Wangler and Anthony Carter at one show and Harmon Killebrew and Ferguson Jenkins at another one.
I miss those days, what I would give to go back in time and relive them.
|12/24/2018 - 12:54pm||I think it is largely…||
I think it is largely defense that is holding Johns back at this point. On Sat he came in in the first half when the score was still close. In two times down the floor he got lost on a play and gave up a lay-up, on the next possession fouled a 3 point shooter. He promptly came out after that. Just needs to keep working and hopefully as you say, he helps significantly yet this season.
|12/23/2018 - 12:14pm||May have been technically a…||
May have been technically a sell-out and if not, very close to it. I can never remember a crowd like that for an equivalent game given the opponent and proximity to Christmas.
|12/20/2018 - 12:22pm||Actually there is no reason…||
Actually there is no reason why that cannot be insured. I believe some policies already have utilized a loss in draft level provision.
|12/18/2018 - 8:30pm||Why would an NFL team hire a…||
Why would an NFL team hire a coach in his mid 60's who has already failed in the NFL? Not just failed but quit on his team before the end of a season. People might point to Pete Carrol but he actually was pretty good in his first NFL go round and won a division title.
It might work if the NFL changed the rules so that Saban would get 5 or 6 first round draft choices every year which would be similar to his advantage at Alabama.
|12/18/2018 - 5:12pm||It's not a "glorified…||
It's not a "glorified exhibition" to me and I suspect it isn't to most of the team either, including to those seniors who have no realistic prospects of a pro career. How do they feel when they look back years from now and say well we lost the Peach Bowl but at least X, Y, and Z avoided any risk of injury, and A, B, and C got an early start on next season.
What if it is say a Vanderbilt who is playing in a NY6 bowl for the first time in school history, same logic for their star(s) sitting out because it isn't the play-offs?
|12/17/2018 - 9:18pm||Your high level recruits are…||
Your high level recruits are for the most part coddled and told they are the greatest thing since sliced bread from middle school on. Then they are told the same things when recruited. When they encounter some adversity, some persevere and some don't.
Was reading Tom VH's book and he talked about Tripp Welbourne's recruitment. Most thought he was headed to UCLA (he was from NC) in part because he hated cold weather and on his trip to Mich it was cold and nasty. He said Bo was the only coach who basically said if you work your ass off you might get to play when you're a junior. He was thinking WTF every other coach said he was a sure fire star and would likely play right away. Bo's approach instead of turning him off, appealed to him as genuine and he decided to go to Mich the night before signing day and never regretted it.
Is this a thing of the past and now you have to kiss every kid's ass all the time? I hope not.
A contrast is Lloyd's recruit- 5 star equivalent rb Kelly Baraka from Portage. Talent galore but he was treated with kid gloves all through HS and his parents enabled his bad behavior which was already evident. never played at Michigan.
Don't know how much of this if any, applies to Aubrey, but it certainly does apply to many of the kids who don't live up to expectations.
|12/16/2018 - 10:21am||True but I was there for…||
True but I was there for both games and there were fewer empty seats yesterday than against South Carolina. I have been going to games forever and for a mid-December game in which we were favored by 24, yesterdays' crowd both in terms of size and enthusiasm compared pretty pretty da-n favorably to historical norms.
|12/13/2018 - 6:26pm||Wait a second- the Rolling…||
Wait a second- the Rolling Stones cited MC5 as an influence?
|12/13/2018 - 1:10pm||Happy to see the Zombies and…||
Happy to see the Zombies and Roxy Music make it.
Always felt the Zombies were underrated in a similar way to The Kinks, but the Kinks kept going and justified their legendary status and the Zombies became ... Argent. There is an interesting link between the two bands in that bass player Jim Rodford was around for the original Zombies though not a member, then was an original in Argent before becoming the longest tenured bass player for the Kinks and then going back as part of the Zombies revival. RIP Jim.
Bryan Ferry was the quintessentially cool front man with Roxy Music, and though somewhat unfairly associated with club music, they had some great musicians in the group.
|12/12/2018 - 10:24am||The 30 for 30 was slanted to…||
The 30 for 30 was slanted to provide a point of view in the extreme. The "choking" of Neil Reed as shown on video was not as Neil had described it prior to the video surfacing in 2 key respects:
1) Knight had one hand, not both hands, around Reed's neck, Reed did not appear to be choking or gasping for air at any time. Knight's hand was in place for 2.4 seconds though the way that ESPN kept replaying it over and over and over, it made the viewer feel like it was a lot longer. Briefly grasping him around the neck, is more accurate than choking. As others have noted Bo sometimes grabbed players by the facemask, and yanked them to get their attention.
2) No one had to pull Knight off of Reed, Knight removed his hand voluntarily after the afore-said 2.4 seconds. Reed had alleged that Dakich and unidentified others had to pull Knight off of him. Dakich can be seen at the other end of the court in the video when Knight pulled back on his own.
Still this was just one of many examples of Knight losing his temper and that was a character flaw. Per Dakich (for whatever that is worth) the toilet paper incident was an urban legend before he (Dakich) got to IU, which was well before Reed got there, and he never saw anything like it, but now multiple guys "remember" it. That doesn't mean it didn't happen. Dakich also says Bobby never kicked the school president out of practice
Knight is a complicated guy. I didn't like him then (he got to IU around the time that I got to UM), and I don't like him now but the complete truth is likely more nuanced than the ESPN piece. Even though it's old, I recommend the John Feinstein book "A Season on the Brink." for what seems to be a balanced, warts and all piece on Knight. Along with the tantrums and bullying, he recounts Knight spending hours on multiple occasions at the bedside of a former player who had been paralyzed in an accident, something he did quietly and without reporters around.
As a Michigan fan, the book was particularly gratifying because although Knight pretty much owned us at that time, we beat Indiana both times that season which irritated Knight no end.
|12/09/2018 - 6:56pm||I'm not going to chastise…||
I'm not going to chastise anyone who elects not to play but I don't get the notion that we should expect guys not to play or that is the decision we hope they make. It's part of the season. It is not meaningless. Or would you say that if we were say knocked out of the BT division race the week before OSU, they should sit out that game? Or if we were knocked out 2 weeks before, they should sit out whomever was on the schedule that week?
|12/09/2018 - 3:06pm||Worked for Cazzie.||
Worked for Cazzie.
|12/09/2018 - 2:48pm||We catch a break not having…||
We catch a break not having to play @Nebraska. They are very good at home.
|12/08/2018 - 5:18pm||It looked like SC screened…||
It looked like SC screened more than any other opponent this season, sometimes bang, bang, bang, one right after another. It worked fairly well as they got some easy shots.
|12/08/2018 - 8:59am||Ricky was faster, I don't…||
Ricky was faster, I don't think it is that close. Love Z though.
|12/03/2018 - 5:45pm||Precisely.||
|12/03/2018 - 5:32pm||Precisely.||