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06/19/2018 - 4:52pm I was referring to Jalen and…

I was referring to Jalen and Chris. 

And as someone already pointed out, Jalen just didn't get caught.

06/19/2018 - 3:59pm If they hadn't gotten in…

If they hadn't gotten in trouble, the university would have been putting them in the spotlight for the last 25 years to continue to profit off of their likenesses and accomplishments.

06/17/2018 - 9:36am A bug and a design critique…

A bug and a design critique.

The search function isn't working. I know someone else commented on that in this thread, but I haven't seen a recognition or explanation for it in here, so it's probably worth pointing out again.

Why does the banner need a background? It's busy and looks like a template from a wordpress blog. It also adds to the sense of misalignment when you're scrolled all the way to the top. There are just so many different vertical lines, and having the banner on a background just adds to that.

06/16/2018 - 12:44pm Somehow they've actually…

Somehow they've actually made it more difficult to follow long conversations in the comments. Just look at the first page of this post for an example of how awful it is.

Should have just paid for Disqus.

06/16/2018 - 9:35am Hey, my whiny board post…

Hey, my whiny board post made something happen here!


06/15/2018 - 8:56am After that match yesterday,…

After that match yesterday, Egypt probably shouldn't be expecting 3 points off of Russia. Not saying they won't get it, but Russia looked considerably better than they have the rest of the year. 

06/13/2018 - 12:06pm Is it really a better site…

Is it really a better site to consume staff-generated content?

It takes more scrolling to get to what they write. What they write is surround by a harsh white background. I'm not sure it's all that much of an improvement.

06/11/2018 - 1:54pm I can't believe they paid…

I can't believe they paid someone to come up with the design that leads to that abomination.

The second row doesn't really seem necessary on a site that isn't throwing up half a dozen posts a day where you might miss one.  It just looks like a bad copy of any of a dozen other sites done for no other reason that it's different than what came before.  And seriously, why would a design gets used that doesn't even bother to line up all of the disparate pieces?  It just looks sloppy and lazy.

06/06/2018 - 4:34pm Didn't there used to be an…

Didn't there used to be an option for just one unsigned book and the shirt?

06/05/2018 - 7:30pm This place is whiter than a…

This place is whiter than a family reunion in Montana in January. 

05/26/2018 - 7:51am Atonement is a better film

Atonement is a better film about Dunkirk.

05/21/2018 - 2:37pm Those are good for spreading

Those are good for spreading the mulch around the plants. 
When I helped my parents mulch, I'd use a big fork to get it out of the big trailer behind the truck and into the small one behind the tractor.  Then use the little fork to spread it in the flower beds.

I spent years doing that with them, and when I moved out of the area they replaced almost all of the mulch with decorative stone.  To this day, I question their timing.

05/21/2018 - 1:17pm It's a lot easier to stick a

It's a lot easier to stick a pitchfork into a wet pile of mulch than a snow shovel.

And yes, it's enormously less expensive to buy mulch in bulk versus by the bag.

Go forth and mulch!

05/09/2018 - 11:42am He's a reasonably fast guy

He's a reasonably fast guy who was really good at blocking as a freshman. I would assume playing on special teams fits right into his skillset.

05/01/2018 - 1:21pm This is the kind of stuff

This is the kind of stuff that used to cause Brian to write 2000 word take downs of other writers.



04/30/2018 - 12:28pm Not sure how Long gets so far

Not sure how Long gets so far in front of Hill. Wasn't it Long who was splitting time with Watson last year?

04/28/2018 - 10:54am I've dealth with dozens and

I've dealth with dozens and dozens of them in my life. If you don't have the ability to secure your trash, which isn't really that hard, then you need to learn to shoot. Aside from opossums, they are the easiest pest animal to shoot and kill. Drowning them or poisoning them is in no way humane. 

04/28/2018 - 8:17am Again. What the fuck is wrong

Again. What the fuck is wrong with you?

04/28/2018 - 8:16am What the fuck is wrong with

What the fuck is wrong with you?

04/27/2018 - 4:15pm I get why Hawkeye wasn't in

I get why Hawkeye wasn't in the movie, but not having Ant Man in it seems strange. Especially since they are still planning on doing the next Ant Man movie.

Anyone who is more versed in the comic books know what the image on Nick Fury's device was?

04/23/2018 - 12:26pm Can we please stop comparing

Can we please stop comparing everything to Bo? He thought the forward pass was the devil for the majority of his life and his offense was less complex than what Peters ran at Avon. 

04/23/2018 - 12:25pm "it looks disorganized"

"it looks disorganized"
It is disorganized. Even in his first year, there were multiple instances of plays getting in so late that there was no time for adjustments or reads. There is a reason that no winning program uses a system like this, and it should be blindingly obvious why.

I don't care why reporters are asking about it, because I don't blame assistant coaches for failures. Every single coaching failure is Harbaugh's fault. He's the head coach, he hires everyone, he's responsible for everyone. I guarantee you that he feels the exact same way.


04/23/2018 - 11:36am For the life of me I can't

For the life of me I can't figure out why none of the offensive coaches can offer a decent explanation of how play calling on this team works. I also don't understand why they don't want to answer the question. Explaining that, after there have been a couple seasons of valid concerns about the speed and source of playcalls, isn't going to give the opponent some sort of strategic advantage. It's not like the opposing team is going to jam their communications because they know which specific guy is making play calls.

04/18/2018 - 3:17pm I didn't notice Purdue

I didn't notice Purdue playing games in the 50's and Haas is even less mobile than Teske.

04/18/2018 - 12:43pm The only way I see it

The only way I see it happening is if Castleton is a legit early draft choice after his sophomore year, and it's apparent that he'll be playing the 4 in the NBA. At that point, there is no reason to stick him behind Teske, and it would mean he's a better option than everyone else on the roster at the 4. Sort of how JJJ played at the 4 this year for MSU. I just don't know that he has the lateral quickness to play the 4 in the NBA, so it might be a moot point.

04/18/2018 - 12:27pm I think we can guarantee that

I think we can guarantee that Castleton isn't getting anywhere near 25 mpg this coming year, and it would be surprising if he got there the season after if Teske and Davis are both healthy and continue on their development track, unless they actually do run a 2 big man lineup with him at the 4.

He's an increbily intriguing prospect, but I think it's pretty safe to assume he's going to follow a similar development track to Wagner, except he'll have much more viable upperclassmen blocking his minutes.

04/18/2018 - 12:03pm "Castleton should be ready to

"Castleton should be ready to break out but Teske probably isn't an early entry candidate given the way the NBA is going."

And now everyone is going to start talking about playing two bigs in two years with Castleton as the stretch 4, right?

04/17/2018 - 2:17pm The last picture I saw of

The last picture I saw of McCaffrey was from late February, I believe. He looked like a guy who wouldn't die if he were playing WR and got hit. So basically, he looked a little smaller than Gentry his second year in the program. I'm guessing that is still a problem.

04/17/2018 - 1:49pm "Peters was a standard

"Peters was a standard freshman."
But was he though? He had a better Int RT than everyone aside from Luck, which includes Henne just chucking deep balls to Braylon.

I think that, and what we should assume is a greater understanding of the playbook, means he's in a pretty good position to take the starting job. Of course, that's all pending his confidence not being broken after his last couple of games.

If there is one thing we can all agree on, Harbaugh has shown he wants his QB to know the playbook and not turn the ball over. In that respect, Peters pretty much fits the bill.

04/16/2018 - 2:02pm I didn't realize it was the

I didn't realize it was the team hyping up the freshmen. 

And of course I was being negative, that's what we do on the internet. But I was being negative about the blog's incessant over-hyping of freshmen. I'd like to think I'm relatively realistic about freshmen in all sports. They mostly suck, through no real fault of their own. They suck because they're freshmen who have no clue how to play in the system yet, don't have the necessary conditioning or physique, and are trying to do all of that while navigating one of the biggest lifesytle changes imaginable.

I'm not the one who spent all last summer saying the freshmen WR were going to provide approximately 90% of the production from the previous year. I thought that take was patently ridiculous. Just like I think it's insane to think that more than one of the incoming freshmen will be anything more than a role player on next season's basketball team. 

In my opinion, it's pretty obvious Johns is the most likely to play a large role on the team. He's physically mature by comparison to most freshmen, he'll be at a position where his athleticism allows him to compensate for not knowing the system perfectly, and there is a gaping hole in the lineup behind Livers.

Freshmen PGs don't play, unless they're Trey Burke.
It shouldn't surprise anyone if Poole and Matthews average 33 minutes a game.
Freshmen Cs get abused, and there are two upperclassmen on the roster.

The young guys might get more run in the preseason, but I think we should all expect the rotation to tighten up to 8 guys in conference play, and those 8 are most likely to be X, Brooks, Poole, Matthews, Livers, Johns, Teske, and Davis, with Iggy being around the usage Brooks saw this year.

04/16/2018 - 1:25pm I'd wager he at least stays

I'd wager he at least stays in front of the new guys this year. Every off season people seem to forget how insanely difficult it is to pick up the offense, and now they'll forget how hard it is to learn the defense. And from watching the tape on the incoming potential 4's, neither one of them are all that great at boxing out, so that's yet another skill he's way more developed at.

04/16/2018 - 1:22pm Didn't say he wasn't. I

Didn't say he wasn't. I didn't even say it was a negative thing. Although, as per usual, if a comment can be at all seen as negative, the mgoblog hive-mind descends.

My comment could as easily be read as noting the huge potential of both groups, and wondering which group will be talked about and their futures imagined more. Maybe it will be basketball because of recent sucess, or maybe it will be football because of a larger audience.

04/16/2018 - 12:49pm Is last year's WR class or

Is last year's WR class or this coming basketball class going to have the higher hype to production ratio?

04/14/2018 - 9:19pm Do you mean Cuenca or Quito?

Do you mean Cuenca or Quito? Two vastly different, but both very nice, cities.

04/14/2018 - 7:28am I wonder if your Blizzard of

I wonder if your Blizzard of 78 is the same one that hit Indiana. Several of my friends were born 9 months after that one. There are stories around my hometown of people getting to their cars after the blizzard to find tracks from snow machines across the roof.

04/13/2018 - 12:50pm You're conflating two

You're conflating two different statements.

Zordich's statement that you can't diagnose something without a kid practicing is absolutely false, and patently stupid.

Two different doctors, one of which was a Michigan alum, failed. Which means it's entirely possible that the medical staff advising current Michigan players could be wrong as well. 

My entire point is that it is best to trust the judgement of the players. Feel free to disagree.

04/13/2018 - 11:18am I had a full evaluation from

I had a full evaluation from two doctors saying I could practice and play. I knew I hurt, but my coach didn't care. Ended up doing so much damage that I lost all of my scholarship offers because no school was going to pay for my surgery on the off chance that it would fix the problems to the point I could play again.

Two surgeries later I was informed that pushing through the pain and playing meant that I would never walk right again and would have continuing issues for the rest of my life.  So please, tell me more about full evaluations.

04/13/2018 - 10:28am "I’m just confused by how do

"I’m just confused by how do we know what injury it is if he doesn’t come out? I think practicing is a way to find out what that injury is."

That's not how you determine what type of an injury a player has. How is it people reach such advanced levels of coaching and apparently have not even a basic understanding of medical science?

04/13/2018 - 9:49am I'm not sure which is more

I'm not sure which is more awkward, Harbaugh's baby story, or Craig Ross explaining why something is funny.

04/10/2018 - 5:36pm I feel like something got

I feel like something got lost here about Filiaga.

"“Warinner likes Stuebs,” “Hudson is Michigan’s next NFL left tackle.” Filiaga  Everyone agrees the battles will extend well into fall camp."

Also, I'm not sure I understand the concern about Onwenu's pass pro. I thought it was Brian's position that the majority of his mistakes last year were either him being a frehsman, or the call getting screwed up by Kugler. 
Mostly I'll just be sad if a planetoid comes out to be replaced by not-a-planetoid.

03/31/2018 - 4:24pm You must be really tired up

You must be really tired up there on your cross.

03/28/2018 - 1:31pm I'll be honest, I don't know

I'll be honest, I don't know much about US Soccer because I only watch good soccer. I'm not surprised that they fall in the same camp as every other US sports organization that I've dealt with or read about though. As a nation, we suck at organizing on a national level, and only really do well because of a massive middle class population that is addicted to sports.

03/28/2018 - 12:39pm I would hazard to guess that

I would hazard to guess that US Soccer needs to learn the same lesson that USTA learned when it comes to working with colleges. Unless the player in question is a generational abberation, you're better off nudging them toward spending at least some time in college. If for nothing else the social growth that occurs and the physical training they'll get at big D1 schools.

Colleges shouldn't be relied upont to develop the very top end of the talent pool, but they're better equipped to train the athletes that make up the bulk of the playing base. College soccer coaches just need to be approached and supported as equals by the national organizing body to make it a more interconnected system.

03/27/2018 - 5:42pm I watched every Michigan game

I watched every Michigan game that was televised this year. I don't recall them ever turning the ball over because they couldn't inbound it. Same with last year.

03/27/2018 - 4:28pm I would consider having to

I would consider having to burn timeouts on multiple occassions and turning the ball over at least a handful of times because they couldn't get the ball in as being "bad" at something.

03/27/2018 - 3:25pm My assumption with complaints

My assumption with complaints about inbounding is that whenever they have an issue, it makes people remember several years ago when the team was legitimately bad at inbounding the ball. I'm sure we all remember timeouts being burned and turnovers from not getting the ball in. If I remember correctly, this was when Spike and Trey were inbounding the ball, and if the opponent put a tall bouncy guy in front of them, they were pretty well screwed. After that year is when they built in the safety valve of chucking the ball deep over the 10 second line.

03/26/2018 - 1:15pm Between the malaise and most

Between the malaise and most of the writing staff being sick for two months, I think a lot of news on the football front got ignored. I didn't know about several of the transfers, or where the ones I knew about ended up.  

03/26/2018 - 12:53pm Brendan Quinn is reporting

Brendan Quinn is reporting that this isn't happening. Said he "confirmed" that the rumor is untrue. Based on his recent run of articles, I'm guessing he asked John directly.

03/24/2018 - 1:11pm Yep. I graduated from a small

Yep. I graduated from a small school about an hour north of Indy in 98. The Pacers with Reggie were so much fun back then. I could cheer for them knowing that I could enjoy them all the way to the point the Bulls destroyed them, and it would be a fun trip. 

03/24/2018 - 12:24pm The only reason this 90's

The only reason this 90's teen from Indiana ever cheered for a non-Jordan Bulls team was because Reggie talked so much shit and nailed so many threes. Not bad fora 6'6" guy who could barely dunk and was only the second best basketball player in his family.