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09/17/2018 - 1:51pm Que sera, sera.


Que sera, sera.

Either Wisconsin or PSU. Assuming PSU continues to do well, and the possibility of a no loss Wisconsin vs. one loss Michigan is gone, it has to be PSU. Imhe. But sadly, it is all driven by money. TV money, more specifically.

09/17/2018 - 12:30pm Whatever. Right now, they…

Whatever. Right now, they are knocking OSU more than they're knocking Michigan. For vastly different reasons, obviously.

09/16/2018 - 4:49pm The mods and proprietors can…

The mods and proprietors can do whatever they please.

But I will say, I don't go through the snowflake threads very often either. I'd personally much rather have more threads, and I can decide for myself whether I want to go to a particular thread.

I thought snowflakes started because in the old mgoblog version, you couldn't page down the thread titles easily. So it became very important to limit the number of threads. That no longer is the case, so I would much prefer that there be a plethora of threads. Snowflake threads? Not a fan.

09/13/2018 - 9:37am I no longer read enough or…

I no longer read enough or post enough to pick up on the trolls, and study their syntax, and their replies to each other. If and when they can be removed, great. However, generally, they seem to self-destruct / self-immolate.

09/11/2018 - 11:52am Where is Penn State?

Where is Penn State?

09/11/2018 - 11:23am While I disagree with the OP…

While I disagree with the OP, I'm not going to have a hissy fit about whether it is a terrible post or not. I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

However, I will address the content of the post itself.

  1. I'm thrilled to have multiple QB's on the roster, and be able to even have this conversation!
  2. Do we believe that the coaching staff knows what they're doing? In particular, does the OP think that JH (with feedback from Hamilton, and maybe McElwain,) made the wrong decision in starting Patterson over McCaffrey? Perhaps the OP has the coaching insight and acumen to do this. I certainly don't.
  3. Imhe, a good QB doesn't necessarily throw the ball the furthest or the hardest. A good QB leads the team to wins. I want the QB that gives Michigan the best chance of winning. If JH thinks that is Patterson, that's good enough for me.
  4. Regarding McCaffrey and PT, I'd love to see Michigan get way ahead in the next 4 games. Should we be able to do that, pull Patterson and put McCaffrey in the game, in the 3rd quarter even, definitely the 4th Q. You protect your starter from injury, you keep your starter fresh, and you give your 2nd string guy more experience, which could be needed. (As an aside, do the same thing at every position. More experience for the 2nd string is critical in building a team where it is "next man up" rather than "deer in the headlights." This is especially important at QB, and also on the OL.
09/10/2018 - 12:52am I hated being a Bears fan…

I hated being a Bears fan tonight. Just had that sinking feeling, especially when Fuller dropped the pic. Smh. Just like the game vs. OSU last year. Argh.

09/09/2018 - 1:33am You missed the sarcasm, from…

You missed the sarcasm, from what I can tell.

08/20/2018 - 1:48pm And that's with losing a…

And that's with losing a pounds worth of dreads.

08/20/2018 - 11:18am Recruiting is an interesting…

Recruiting is an interesting business. I completely agree with space coyote's observation that some kids leave other areas to come to Michigan, and some kids leave Michigan to go somewhere else. You can't pine for Zach Harrison in the Columbus area to come to Michigan, and then be salty that some kids from the Detroit area want to go to Columbus or points south.

I am interested, however, if there is a climate or vibe or type of player more attracted to one school than another. If you were hanging around the OSU or MSU or PSU or Wisconsin or Michigan locker room and the team, would they largely be the same? You could expand this to Stanford and ND and Bama and Georgia and Florida and Miami and Oklahoma and FSU. Part of the climate shifts over time with the changes in the coaching staff and the boosters/bag men and the academic climate and team success. Still, you routinely hear kids say about a team, "it felt like home." What makes Michigan feel like "home" to a kid?

Of course, I am a Michigan fan, and inclined to be charitable. But I have the sense that Greg Harden and Gwen Bush are invaluable as support staff for the team and for the climate. I would be incredibly naive to think that Michigan players are uniformly interested in academics. But having said that, I don't get the sense that Michigan is as much of a lawless party school as some settings. And if there are Michigan bag men, they maintain a pretty deep cover.

08/17/2018 - 2:04pm That's extremely generous… That's extremely generous and thoughtful! I actually had highlighted this game as one to possibly attend with my son. (He had asked about going to a game.) 12noon starts are the best possible games for us, because they allow us to get back to the Chicago area for work the next morning. I actually am very aware of NAMI. As a pastor, part of my job involves counseling, and referring individuals with significant counseling needs to counseling professionals. They are an excellent organization, and serve a wonderful purpose.
08/17/2018 - 12:03am I've got my copies. If you…

I've got my copies. If you want, I'll sell you one for what I paid, plus shipping. I'm in Chicago.

08/16/2018 - 1:09pm Hmmm. Let me see what… Hmmm. Let me see what happens. (edit: nothing happens. Just an innocuous comment, which I can also edit.)
08/15/2018 - 3:47pm Man, what I wouldn't give to… Man, what I wouldn't give to have Michigan players on the OL and the All-America team. Two guys from Bama on the OL and All-America team . . . smh. Just looked at the Athlon Big 10 2018 All-Conference team, and there are 4 guys from Wisconsin on the first team OL. So much success is predicated on the offensive line. I hope that Warinner can work miracles, recruiting improves, and we return to the solid offensive lines of yesteryear. I have always thought the OL was critical, and the last 10 years prove it many times over.
08/14/2018 - 3:33pm Too ironic. This exact kind… Too ironic. This exact kind of titling is referenced by Brian in his FAQ or important stuff to know file. "Informative titles" is a key item. At least it was trivial and not important. I was hoping the post would be from umbig11 about how McKeon was tearing it up in camp. No such luck. Better something stupid about name pronunciation than an injury or improper shoe sales or the like.
08/10/2018 - 2:46am Obv. everyone is different…

Obv. everyone is different. Bought Samsung 4kHD 58", along with UHD 4k Samsung player and a Samsung 3.1 sound bar with a subwoofer. Prices were reasonable. Where I added a bunch, which was worth it, was a good movable wallmount (left, right, up down,) plus having a carpenter bury in the wall the power, 3 HD HDMI cables, internet cable, and cable to roof antenna. Wireless is fine, but a direct connection is great. And interestingly, 4k broadcast transmission is higher resolution than what you get through cable TV or Dish. This means that games transmitted via Fox or NBC are very high quality. (I don't know that any games will be on ABC or CBS.)

08/08/2018 - 11:36am I got stung by a couple… I got stung by a couple three wasps last week when powerwashing the deck and siding. Was irritating. But just enjoyed powerblasting wasps that came back over the next several hours. Not as effective as a shop vac, but enjoyable to see them go to their demise. (And gasoline would not have worked in this setting.)
08/07/2018 - 11:05pm Love that line and love the…

Love that line and love the kisses right after. Sweet movie I can watch over and over.

08/07/2018 - 12:57pm I occasionally think about… I occasionally think about how susceptible we are to the loss of the power grid. I happen to own a simple cottage about 20 minutes or so west of my home, near the Fox River. As simple as that cottage is, it would be a better place to be if the grid failed. There is access to water (apart from the grid,) and access to a toilet (apart from the grid.) It is quite comfortable except in the worst heat (lots of windows and screens and cross breeze.) Were I to add a wood stove, I could manage there year round. It was a summer community that would escape the heat of Chicago summers almost a hundred years ago. When I lived in Florida, I remember some old houses that predated AC everywhere with breezeways and plenty of live oaks, which were quite comfortable. In fact, we bought an overbuilt house from the 50's and had a dozen huge live oaks on the property. With the shade, that house was comfortable more than half the year without AC cranking. And in Ann Arbor, I lived with a professor and his wife in an old two story farm house heated with a wood stove. I think I split about 2 cords of wood one year. But with an old ice house, a creek, a hen house, a cellar, and a garden, that place was close to being impervious to a power grid shut down. I understand and appreciate "progress." Like everyone else, I love my smart phone and my HD TV and laptop and my hybrid car and my Nikon digital camera. But I am at least a bit apprehensive that I don't understand nor can I fix any of these items if they break, along with virtually all my appliances. I have always gravitated to being able to function in a pinch without utilities. EDIT: I don't know how to add paragraph breaks with mgoblog 3.0. Smh.
08/07/2018 - 6:37am That's very doubtful. I'm…

That's very doubtful. I'm too cynical about what teams actually do in a case like this. Obfuscate, wait, deny, find ways to apologize without actually admitting anything was done wrong.

07/29/2018 - 11:29pm I think it is individual… I think it is individual fans who are obnoxious. I know very cool MSU & OSU fans. And I have seen plenty of Michigan fans who are obnoxious. Every fanbase has 'em. Having said that, I do think MSU & OSU are particularly obnoxious fanbases for football. I hate PSU fans who defend JoePa at all costs. And Duke for basketball. I haven't been around the south, but I'm sure they have their share of bad fans too.
07/28/2018 - 6:57pm I'm going to call…

I'm going to call Indianapolis a home game. That's my choice.

07/12/2018 - 2:40pm One could argue that many… One could argue that many things on mgoblog are equivalent to being waterboarded by cat urine.
07/02/2018 - 8:25am Sounds like a good guess. I…

Sounds like a good guess. I'd imagine everyone, from Urban to Larry Johnson to family to guys at his school to the general public are in his ear about OSU. But then he has the reality of what he's seen and experienced first hand at Michigan. Winovich, Paye, and Vilain at WDE, along with Gary and Kemp at SDE, are good guys. Gary and Winovich will be drafted. Looking at Mattison and Brown, you have a solid coaching staff with a proven track record of developing players. They compare better to OSU than anyone else. Plus you have more defensive ends and tackles from Michigan in the NFL than any other positions (Taco Charlton, Frank Clark, Brandon Graham, Chris Wormley, Matt Godin, along with Mo Hurst, Willie Henry, and Ryan Glasgow.)

There are a lot of good reasons to consider both schools. Obviously, I'm a fan, and see things one way. But I really think he can't go far wrong either way.

07/02/2018 - 12:28am I don't expect Harrison to…

I don't expect Harrison to end up any place but Columbus. I refuse to get my hopes up. I certainly think of Da'Shawn Hand. There are too many good players Michigan has lost out on. I'd dearly love to see that change.

06/16/2018 - 11:19am EDIT: I wish they restored… EDIT: I wish they restored the edit feature. Or if it is hidden or not intuitively obvious, make it so.
06/16/2018 - 11:18am I was kinda fine with 2.0… I was kinda fine with 2.0 and am kinda fine with 3.0. It is harder to navigate, a bit, but that could easily be me. I figure it will take a while for them to get all the bugs out, plus I know they're working on HTTV. It is pretty hard to complain too much about free content. And beyond that, it is the content I want more than site navigation, so I'm mostly ok. Maybe apathetic, but ok. I think with 3.0, I am more of a lurker and less of a poster now. I have to figure out what I need to do to put out new posts, but honestly, I am happy letting people with real news and info put up posts. No one needs my hot takes or speculative questions.
06/15/2018 - 2:38pm Looks very nice. Glad to see…

Looks very nice. Glad to see this happening. Although, I would trade it all for a good offensive line!

06/13/2018 - 3:50pm Wow. Incredible story…

Wow. Incredible story. Heartwarming, heartbreaking. This is someone you really want to see succeed in school, sports, but more than that, in life. Thanks much for sharing this.

06/12/2018 - 2:43pm I've had no problems yet…

I've had no problems yet with getting on to mgoblog at laptop. Haven't been locked out, haven't had to reset my password. I did have to clear the cache tghe first time, but that's it.

However, I have not yet succeeding in getting on mgoblog via my mobile. The trut is, I haven't really tried extensively. Instead, I figure I'll wait a while (until camp in August?) when they hopefully have more of the glitches taken care of.

I have noticed that it seems somewhat more difficult to look at posts, and I haven't tried to figure out how to put up a new post yet. Again, I'm willing to wait for the powers that be to figure this out.

06/11/2018 - 12:15pm I noticed something not on…

I noticed something not on your list or in the comments that needs to happen. It hasn't really happened, and is necessary for Michigan to win championships. What is it? Michigan needs to improve recruiting. In both football and basketball.

I am not complaining, and recruiting has definitely improved in both sports. However, if Michigan is able to recruit in the top 3 - 6 schools consistently for several years, it will bear fruit. It seems we are losing too many recruiting battles with Stanford and OSU and Alabama and Clemson, etc., etc., etc. Worse is losing recruiting battles to MSU and Wisconsin, etc. On the football front, and especially want to see improvement on the O-Line. In basketball, with difference making bigs, something very hard to find.

Other than that, I echo the comments of many:  Beat Ohio State regularly.

06/04/2018 - 9:27am Fair enough

Fair enough. But they are in a good position with Carton (and McDaniels.) And they are still in the picture with Brooks and Watts. I will gladly take where we are now.

05/31/2018 - 6:42pm Night vs. Day games

A few brief comments

  1. There's a difference between hate and prefer.
  2. I'm one for balance . . . . some night games, some noon games, some 3:30 games.
  3. The fact is, I can't attend night games in AA, because of other commitments. So I prefer day games.
  4. Even beyond that, as regards balance, I love having breakfast, walking to the stadium on a comfortable bright sunny day with the leaves falling down gently.
  5. Night games can be electric. But I think it makes more sense for Big games . . . ND, MSU, PSU, maybe Wisconsin. If you have 6 games at night, they kind of cease to be special.
05/26/2018 - 12:21pm It will happen when it will happen

It will happen when it will happen. It will be what it will be. And, tbh, at this point, I'm not expecting too much from a site upgrade. Like many things in life (new phones, new cars, new restaurants, new TV's,) the hype often far outweighs the reality. If your hopes are very high for the nirvana of websites, the perfect, beautiful, fast, easy to use, friendly, great content website, you're pretty much bound to be disappointed.

05/26/2018 - 12:21pm It will happen when it will happen

It will happen when it will happen. It will be what it will be. And, tbh, at this point, I'm not expecting too much from a site upgrade. Like many things in life (new phones, new cars, new restaurants, new TV's,) the hype often far outweighs the reality. If your hopes are very high for the nirvana of websites, the perfect, beautiful, fast, easy to use, friendly, great content website, you're pretty much bound to be disappointed.

05/26/2018 - 10:59am So many good movies

Almost all movies I liked have been named:

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Band of Brothers
  • Das Boot
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Platoon
  • Gettysburg
  • American Sniper

There is one quiet film not on the lst which I greatly enjoyed . . . Joyeux Noel. Marvelous movie, definitely worth seeing.

I also would like to see more in the way of movies looking at World War 1, and also the Korean War.

05/26/2018 - 10:43am All about money

It is all about money.

Home games bring not only the gate, but also the resulting economics for the community, along with the crowds on campus. I guarantee every team with a passionate home base (OSU, PSU, Michigan, Nebraska, etc., along with big SEC teams, Pac10 teams, etc.,) economically would much, much prefer playing any two of Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Florida International, Air Force, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, etc., etc., etc. rather than playing a top 20 team in a home and home series. The exception is made for mayble one non-conference non-body-bag game. For us, it is Notre Dame.

Someone here in economics or close to an AD should be able to provide the numbers. But right now, Michigan makes about $46,000,000 annually, In football ticket sales alone. That is around 6 mil a game. Add to that all the meals, lodging, apparel, etc., and you probably see an economic impact of about $10 - $15 million per home game. Note that this doesn't account for media rights split among the Big 10 more or less equally, regardless of where games are played.


Michigan's biggest ticket revenue season came because of the number of home games, not the quality. In 2011, the Wolverines hosted eight games for just the second time in school history. Home games at Michigan were worth an average of $5.8 million in ticket sales during the five years studied.

Michigan again had 8 home games in 2017, compared to 6 home games in 2018. That's a financial loss of approximately $20,000,000, half to UM, half to community? Easy for us sitting in arm chairs to crab about "body bag" games. But for anyone responsible for revenue streams, that is a huge income shift.

There's another reality here that we're not really talking about. The fact is, there is a huge pool of people who really barely give a rip about the team. I mean, obviously everyone who is a so-called Michigan fan "wants" Michigan to win. But cumong. There is a huge subset of students, family members, and others, who go for the party, go to get drunk, go to hang out with friends or family, go to tailgate, go for the atmosphere of being where the action is at. And honestly, that group spends just as much, maybe more, but they are not avidly following the game. (Comment:  I seem to recall Brian writing about his irritation in watching games with people who really aren't that into the game.)

And even with those who really, truly, are football fans, who know the team well, they STILL will go to games that are body bags. They may grumble about it, but they go. We may have been in danger of losing that with RichRod and Hoke and Dave Brandon. Smh. But as long as Jim Harbaugh fields a competitive team, that is winning 9 - 11 games every year, fans are going to go.

The way to fix this, of course, is for the pricing model to change more. When we can sell out games that are first rate (FSU, Florida, Auburn, USC, Texas, Stanford, ND) AND charge TWICE what it costs to go to a body bag game, then it starts to become more economically feasible to quit on body bag games. And even though more feasible, it still has a negative economic impact on the community.

05/22/2018 - 3:44am Here ya go

The first Portillo's hot dog stand known as "The Dog House" opened in 1963 on North Avenue in Villa Park. Owner and founder Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a 6' x 12' trailer without a bathroom or running water.

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05/22/2018 - 1:28am Actually depends on the dog

I just looked at yesterdog's menu. Definitely more of a coney style dog, with all choices on the menu having either chili or kraut. Mind you, I like both, but they affect the flavor of everything. With a good enough dog (Vienna or David Berg,) you can really taste and enjoy the dog itself, through the onion and mustard. Adding kraut or chili muddies the dog flavor.

Having said that, i think Portillo's is a bit overpriced for what you get. I'll go there with the fam or for a meeting. But the reality is I can get just as good (or better!) Ital beef or hot dog at a little place a couple blocks from where I'm sitting. Some of those little places have a lot more character.

The cake is extremely chocolatey, moist, hi-cal. I haven't had it for years, but love it.

05/21/2018 - 11:12pm Yep

There's a Portillos down the street about a half mile from my office. Had lunch there yesterday, in fact. My go to healthy meal is a grilled tuna steak sandwich or tuna Caesar. But yeah, a good Ital beef, or couple of dogs with fries just hits the spot. And Portillos has some very very good chocolate cake.

You're in New York? I was in Manhattan a couple years ago, and saw a curry hot dog. Never had it, but was intriguing.

05/21/2018 - 11:06pm You're most welcome

I must admit, several years ago I was kind of mesmerized by many of those videos. He did a concert in my suburb about 7 or 8 years ago, before he exploded with Queen. I was planning to go see him at House of Blues - Chicago, and wouldn't you know it, I had a family wedding the same weekend out of town. Quite the voice.

05/21/2018 - 10:05pm Out of curiosity I was going to google "Cotton Soft Boxers"

Out of curiosity I was going to google "Cotton Soft Boxers." But my life flashed before my eyes, and I realized the horror this would wreak. Smh. Outside of small targeted purchases (4k HD TV's and accessories, airplane flights, vacation condos, service trips,) I won't do searches.

About a month ago, I was reading a review on the movie, "The Death of Stalin." In the review was the word "ruched." Being I had never heard of this word, I googled "ruched." The first hit was a clothing company named Venus. (pro-tip:  any company named "Venus" should be a red flag.) Anyway, I clicked on the Venus link, and have regretted it since. There are 100's of lingerie and bra and bralette and hosiery and sexy dress ads, which now pop up all the time. Live and learn. I guess there are worse things than Venus. But still.

05/21/2018 - 9:28pm Carolina Blue, you should be ashamed of yourself

Carolina, you are gullible. "Soon?" This is an indeterminate word. It is a weasel word. 

  • The check's in the mail.
  • Your table will be ready any minute now.
  • (My teenager) - I'm going out "for a while."
  • Mexico will pay for a wall . . . and it will be built.
  • "It depends on what the meaning of is, is."
  • "Read my lips."

I personally no longer care about when the website changes . . . but I sure don't believe it will be "soon."

As for tighty whities, they have never shown up at mgoblog for me. And I am so irritated about this kind of tracking, I won't use a personal computer to search for virtually anything.

05/21/2018 - 8:48pm Lived in Chicago area 2/3 of my life

I've lived in the Chicago area 2/3 of my life, and rarely have deep dish. I'm not exactly opposed to it, but I don't crave it. However, there are some simple junk food things I like:

  • Vienna Beef or David Berg hot dogs, Chicago style, (onions, relish, mustard, celery salt, sport peppers, with a poppy seed bun.
  • Italian beef sandwich, crusty roll, extra juice, sweet peppers on top. Portillos is good, so is Buono beef, but there are plenty of mom and pop stands. Portillos got it's start at one about 5 miles from where I live (Villa Park.)
  • Thin crust pizza with sausage. Caputos makes italian sausage fresh daily. Drips with cheese and grease. Not healthy. But tasty.
  • Gyros sandwiches. Of course these are all over the country. But Kronos here in Chicago supplies tons of the meat.

I mean there are tons of great ethnic restaurants, but I do have a soft spot for Chicago fast food.

05/21/2018 - 8:17pm Going to a Queen Extravaganza concert April 2019

I'm going to go to Queen Extravaganza with Marc Martel is in the Chicago area in April 2019. I rarely go to concerts, but want to see this. If you are interested in listening, Martel has some incredible, incredible covers of Queen songs. Here are a couple. There are many more.

Somebody to Love

Bohemian Rhapsody

Oh, and I definitely am interested in the movie. Queen brings back memories of high school days.

05/21/2018 - 3:11pm Grain shovel

Yes, use a pitchfork for mulch. But I much prefer using a grain shovel and not a snow shovel. It scoops much better than a snow shovel.

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05/21/2018 - 11:49am Why we can't have nice things

What is it with yoose peoples? What's wrong wit yoose? You a moran or somethin? Ain't ya never read Brian's rules? Go on to Bolivia, ya punk.

And if this so called Hunter Johnson is the Clemson QB, why the heck another QB? Give me a 5 star LT and maybe another couple yuge and fst linemen Warinner can develop . . . 

Now, get off my lawn, punk.

05/21/2018 - 9:57am Someone on OL

I really, desperately want someone to step up on the OL. 

  • Bushell-Beatty?
  • Newsome?
  • Hudson?

I have to go with Hudson because he hasn't really played to speak of yet. But yeah, if Warinner can turn the OL around, this will finally become a sucessful football team. Still waiting.

05/10/2018 - 3:15pm MJ

LJ is bigger and stronger. But MJ was more competitive.

I realize you have to partially look at the other guys on your team, and the style of play, and officiating, and rules, and the quality of the rest of the league. But imhe, whether LJ was playing 25 years ago, or MJ was playing today, I would take MJ, and whatever he would do with his supporting cast.

(As an aside, I especially hate the way free agents work to create super teams. Maybe I need to just get over it, but I don't like what happened in Miami, and Cleveland to some degree, and with the Warriors. Just doesn't seem fair. If MJ had been able to stack a team like that? Sheesh.)

05/10/2018 - 1:38pm Good assessment

Again, as so many have observed, so much is on the offensive line and pass protection.

Looking at our opponents, I am particularly concerned about OSU. With their defensive line, and Bosa, and the performance of our offensive line over the last 10 years, plus the game being in Columbus, it is pretty hard to predict good thngs. If our OL could just be competent, just barely good, we could win a lot. But asking our OL to be good is asking an awful lot.