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03/27/2018 - 9:05am Great read

Thx for posting.

03/23/2018 - 9:56am And defense wins

And defense wins championships.

10/24/2017 - 12:36pm Word


10/06/2017 - 9:27am Amen

to the speed on defense.

Great music in the vid.

Thanks for posting.

08/29/2017 - 2:03pm Thanks for posting.

Thanks for posting.

12/04/2016 - 12:07am Wish

There was an 8 game playoff.

11/22/2016 - 4:15pm my idiot friend had a

my idiot friend had a bullhorn and was shouting anti-Buckeye things with this bullhorn across campus.  People were very pissed.  We narrowly got out of that situation alive.

Hilarious.  I doubt you could do that today without getting hurt.

10/26/2016 - 12:43am I approve

of this Defense.

10/12/2016 - 1:02pm Thanks

Thx for the suggestion WCB.

I upvoted you...thought I would help you dig yourself out of that little hole you're in.

01/04/2016 - 3:14am From Pagano's Perspective

If you think about it, the NFL head coaching gig is quite the grind.  Typically, you've had to prove yourself as an excellent coordinator, a top ten practitioner of your craft in the entire world.  Then you get to compete with 31 other top-ten-in-the-world-coordicator-types and roughly two thirds of you will be considered failures because your team didn't make the playoffs.

Which means there are some excellent, excellent football coaches, some of the best in the world, who "fail" every year.  (John Harbaugh, Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin, all Super Bowl winners, all out of the playoffs this year.)

Taking a postition as a defensive consultant at an excellent school like Michigan with a Jim Harbaugh coached staff to me sounds like an ideal situation.  Pagano could take his time reviewing the NFL landscape and make sure his next move has an environment that will favor his success.  He'd be paid low 6 figures with no pressure, doing what he loves with the daily entertainment of Harbaugh.


12/22/2015 - 6:25pm Great Memories

Great tribute.

Great piece Ace

10/30/2015 - 5:05pm ^This^

Take one and only one...

10/11/2015 - 11:03am Thoroughly Enjoyed The Post

OSU schadenfreude at its finest.

Thanks for posting The Team 16.

09/28/2015 - 11:21pm Embed Fail

Probably because the video was in the MLive article and not Youtube.…

09/28/2015 - 11:19pm Tentative > Decisive

Yup, the players talked about being too tentative in the earlier games, which comes from getting used to new schemes.  Sometimes it's nerves.  Sometimes it's the brain trying to process all of the coaching they've been getting for the past 5-7 weeks or so.

I think what we saw last weekend was the players starting to "get it".  All of the coaching started to sink in, they weren't thinking out there, they'd had enough good reps so they were just playing football.  The BYU coach said as much in his post game presser, that UM was more prepared, more physical, super-sharp, disciplined, precise execution (with a few minor exceptions like the fake punt).…

Perfect practice (good reps) > good precise execution > dominance

Man was their coach humbled.

09/11/2015 - 9:28am Level 5

One of the attributes of Collins' Good to Great Level 5 leaders is to accept the blame when things go south and credit your subordinates when they go well.

"Players win games and coaches lose them."

Belichik is a classic Level 5.

09/02/2015 - 12:06am Force of Nature

That was a great piece, thx OP for posting.


Our coach is a force of nature.

08/11/2015 - 4:05pm User

"Flashes shock and violence in his punch." IK Enemkpali 2014 draft profile:

08/11/2015 - 4:03pm Michael David

In college IK Enemkpali was convicted of battery on a police officer. Jets drafted him anyway, but cut him for battery on a quarterback.

08/11/2015 - 4:02pm User

Word is Geno Smith put his finger in the face of IK Enemkpali’s during and argument that wasn’t getting difused. Then came the punch

04/30/2015 - 7:34pm Jesus & Dr. Seuss
If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word and My Father will love him and We will come to Him and make our home with Him.  Jn 14.23
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  Dr Suess
02/17/2015 - 6:47pm A Classic Case

of when 1 upvote is simply not enough.

02/07/2015 - 10:58pm Isn't it obvious?

Deceit, bait & switch.

02/07/2015 - 1:35pm Classic

Well played ALLmaize

02/07/2015 - 1:33pm Great Point Black Socks

What good is a national championship when you make a bad name for yourself, when you show the world you've got a major flaw in your character.

02/07/2015 - 1:17pm Don't consider myself a scholar yet

Working on it...

But to me it means when you begin a plan or a scheme and your intent in the beginning is to utilize deception in the carrying out of the plan, you'll find that your plans can get pretty tangled up.  I think that's what the "first practice" part means.

For example, Meyer's in a corner now.  Like one of the other posters said, this is prime recruiting ammunition for every coach competing with OSU right now.

How do you trust anything they say?


02/07/2015 - 1:05pm Pure Awesomeness

Absolutely love it.

02/05/2015 - 3:09pm Thanks MichiganMan14

For your service, for your mentoring of our country's young men, and for the great story.

It's sounds like a great fit.  A special young man at a special place.

Go Blue!

01/10/2015 - 3:36pm Quitting Not an Option

It would appear that Jimmy loathes quitters.

We understand that Kyle was probably 19 or 20 years old at the time and none of us is perfect and we all learn from our mistakes but if he did leave the team because he was pouting because he got demoted for not playing well, that's not good.  From the Sporting News:

"After expecting to redshirt as a freshman, he moved into the starting lineup midway through the season and started three games. He later was benched and didn’t play in Michigan’s bowl game. Bosch said the staff told him he had not performed well against Northwestern and Michigan State.  In this season’s opener against Appalachian State, Bosch played just a few snaps. He admitted to Sporting News that he was unhappy and considered transferring after going from starting guard to playing mop-up minutes.  Two days later, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke issued a release stating that Bosch had “taken a leave of absence for an undetermined amount of time for personal reasons” and that “we wish him the best and look forward to his return.”

I'm sure in Jimmy's mind, to walk out on your teammates mid-season is an egregious offence like desertion or going AWOL.  It's cowardice and it's antithetical to everything he's trying to build into the character of his team.  I'm also certain that if Jimmy had been the coach at the time, there would be no option to return.  Since he wasn't here, he probably did give Kyle a chance to compete for a back-up position.  Which is why Kyle said this:

"It just seems like now it just wouldn’t be possible for me to go back to Michigan and be as successful as I possibly can be.”

I bet though if Kyle was contrite and realized he had let his teammates down, realized that it's a great honor and privilege to play football for the University of Michigan, and proved to the coaching staff that he had learned his lesson, he prpbably could have earned a starting spot again.

Bo didn't say, "The team, the team, the team, unless you're unhappy about your playing time."

This is obviously conjecture and we wish Kyle all the best.

03/24/2014 - 2:18pm Wise Choice

Welcome to Ann Arbor young man and the prestigious University of Michigan.

All the best both on and off the field.

10/03/2013 - 11:13am Thanks

for the tip.

09/07/2013 - 10:43am It may be a little premature

It may be a little premature to label them Michigan Men but I appreciate the optimistic outlook.

And I don't believe the OP's conficence is misplaced.  Some of us (Brian? lol) had our doubts when Hoke was named head coach of our storied program, understandably so.  I know he didn't fit the profile of what I thought the ideal candidate should be (shows you how smart I am).

I envisioned a Bill Belichick/Bill Walsh hybrid, very cerebral, with a track record for fielding stifling defenses like our '97 squad.  I wanted someone who at the same time, could build an offensive juggernaut that would throw caution to the wind and dominate with aggressive play-calling and shrewd creativity.  My Maize and Blue soul was seeking carthisis of the pain of watching our typically significant talent advantage wasted by a way-too-conservative game plan.  I desired a football genius to make those years a distant memory.

Brady Hoke's unbridled passion and tremendous (using one of his favorite words) devotion and love for all things Michigan totally trumps every other consideration.  When you add to that his ability to recruit like-minded coordinators like recruiter and DC extraordinaire GMatt and Gorgeous Al, (getting the right people on the bus and the wrong people off, a la Good to Great" by Collins) you have the foundation for a successful program.

Add to that the fatherly care and genuine compassion for the young men in the program or family (Real recognize Real) and their commitment to the same (“How about you coach them as hard as you can for as long as you have them,” Mattison yelled back tersely. “YOU GIVE THEM EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT!!  ...that’s why you don’t go to Ohio State...”), is awesome.

I"m so excited about the trajectory of our program.

08/31/2013 - 1:46pm Great Job

Very moving.

08/30/2013 - 6:45pm Appreciate the Potential Rivalry

We're going to need a replacement.

And I bet Brandon and Hoke would give a free ticket to this year's UTL if someone would dress as a leprochan mascot with a chicken head.

Hope you guys have a great season and look forward to seeing you in the B1G Championship.

08/26/2013 - 11:16am Thanks in Advance

I just perused the first few pages.

Dude, you can write.

Thank you for the excellent reading material over lunch.

08/20/2013 - 12:06pm Best Quote Ever?

"There will be blood on the field and it won't be mine. … Quote it. Let them know."

07/20/2013 - 1:01am Novovirus

Duplicate, please delete.

07/20/2013 - 1:00am Novovirus

Yeah, not sure how I dodged what became known as the 21st obstacle but I had no flu symptoms.  I hobbled around for a couple of days as my legs informed me I had no business pushing them that far.

It's funny because I commented as we were waiting in line for one of the water obstacles, "I wonder if they added any chlorine to the water," and got some hearty chuckles from my fellow mudders that were within earshot.  We all knew that common sense thoughts concerning hygiene was somewhat antithetical to the spirit of Tough Mudder,  Yet 16,000 dirty sweating athletes sharing numerous relatively small pools of muddy water in series was a prescription for some type of pathogenic outbreak.

It could have been much worse.  Other obstacle course / mud runs have overwhelmed local emergency rooms when organizers tried to push the envelope of toughness and included challenges that were truly hazardous.

Anyway, I completed it, and I survived.

07/19/2013 - 5:01pm Sorry

Sorry I can't join you Doc.  I did the Tough Mudder a few weeks ago and had a blast.  Miles 11 and 12 were pretty tough on the calves though.  In spite of my pre-event electrolyte loading they kept cramping.  The good news is that my muscles were so tired by that point that the cramps weren't severe.  It just felt like my calves kept falling out of place.


07/07/2013 - 12:30am Gotta believe

Holland as GM for multiple Stanley Cup Winners, who's been working shoulder to shoulder with two of the best coaches in the game in Scotty and Mike Babcock for the past how many years; and who undoubtedly consulted Babcock before signing Cleary; both of whom evaluate hockey talent as their full time career and have been doing so very successfully for decades, know more than I do about the advantages of signing Cleary vs. letting him get away to say a Pittsburg who would be in our conference next year.

I think Holland is smart enough to do what Babcock tells him and I think Babcock is the best coach in the game.

07/03/2013 - 11:28am The Fighter

was a good movie.  Christian Bale was stellar in his portrayal of Marky's drugged up brother.  Won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and it was well deserved...quite the performance.

EDIT: "Mark's drugged up brother"

07/01/2013 - 9:38pm That's where I land.

9 wins.  Mostly because the Lions have found ways to lose for so many seasons that most opposting teams will look at this game in their schedule as almost a bye.  I think they'll catch teams off guard.

04/18/2013 - 2:02am Incredible

That was incredible.

04/05/2013 - 10:02pm Extremely Odd

You know their coaches have studied the film and they probably were so intimidated and afraid of shaking their players' fragile confidence that they're now just going to play a few clips, keep blowing smoke up their bunghole about their vaunted 2-3, and pray we don't show up.

08/26/2012 - 9:14am Agree with Chick

Brandon should hire you.

Excellent work.

05/30/2012 - 10:58pm Batshit Ohio Fans

I hope the death threats against LTT and his family are being investigated.

This shit is no joke.

I admire teammates sticking up for each other but I'd like to see some serious fines doled out or maybe even a little jail time for threatening to take someone's life.

This world is getting too crazy.

05/17/2012 - 11:00am Stand Your Ground

When a game gets that out of hand, you've got to be prepared to defend yourself and give back whatever they're dishing out with interest.  I've found that is the only effective deterrent.

If I was your teammate, I would have charged at the guy that boarded you and cold-cocked him in the face.  It sounds thuggish but when some asshat starts charging at guys and sending them flying headfirst into the boards from 3-5 feet away, that's how spinal cord injuries happen.

With two minutes left in a 10-1 game?  In a non-checking beer league?  Where everyone's got to get up and go to work the next day?

Hopefully you've got some guys on your team that understand Bo's definition of a team.

The bigger the better.

05/12/2012 - 2:40pm Left Leaning

I don't bring it up to start a political debate, only to point out a fact.

Providence has an openly gay mayor and is the only city in New England with gay bathhouses.

For many people, that would not be an issue.  I'm sure that may be a source of concern for others.

05/11/2012 - 12:00am Thanks Tally & Tripp

I actually thought of that Tally and forgot to list it.  Good thing because I wouldn't have articulated it as eloquently as you did.

And thanks for the link Tripp...good read.


05/10/2012 - 10:50pm It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine Laquon

Could there be a better situation than Michigan for Treadwell?

1.  Absolute stud quarterback, arguably best pro-style in the nation

2. Quarterback is in the same class so they'll have 4 solid years to develop the chemistry all great QB WR tandems possess.

3. Wide open clear path to immediate playing time.

4. Pro style offense

5. Bona fide offensive genius/mastermind in Borges (just see the last 6 plays or so called in the UTL game last year)

The road to a successful NFL career could not be more plain.

Come on Laquon, you know where the best opportunity is.

The sooner you commit, the more likely you will influence other nationally ranked athletes to join a class that should compete for a national championship by junior year.