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10/15/2018 - 10:17pm I mean, this is a dig, but…

I mean, this is a dig, but the post is littered with similar digs which just don't mask the overall 'oh shit, this just got f*cking serious' vibe.


In related sentiment, I LOVE IT (and am simply enjoying this while I can)

10/15/2018 - 2:19pm Am I the only one who reads…

Am I the only one who reads this in an internal Jim Jefferies voice?


"Joe Milton, who had approximately zero rushing yards in high school, is switching fields and outrunning the whole Badger defense to the other sideline! I thought this was Diet Coke, not Meth Coke! Who put meth in my Coke? Did you also give some to Paul Chryst? Ah that's fine then, good move."

09/21/2018 - 10:33am "Their fans think that it is…

"Their fans think that it is the greatest thing ever, but simultaneously that everything about it is being handled improperly at all times"

Neg away, but this sums up M fandom for many of the recent years.

09/14/2018 - 9:57pm I mean, I logged in just to…

I mean, I logged in just to comment.  I don't know if anyone sat and watched the entire 4 minute video and didn't think that was an incredibly apt description of Maryland football

07/03/2018 - 2:45pm Thanks!   Given the recent…

Thanks!   Given the recent changes (no mobile app, my impression of general DGAF-ness - how long upgrade took/what you think of it/politics on main page(!)). I can't be the only one thinking it, right?

I'll lurk here for the Game Recaps, Previews, and UFRs, but Wolverines Wire may bump to my most oft-refreshed source of M content.

06/07/2018 - 4:39pm Unsurprising.  Just look up…

Unsurprising.  Just look up Gilbert Levin and his Labeled Release experiment from the original Voyager probes.

12/08/2017 - 10:11pm Beware...

I'm waiting for them to make good. I ordered (and was charged) for 2 on 10/30. Fulfillment 11/18. Will have by 12/01.

That changed to fulfillment by 12/01 will have by Xmas.

Called & Spoke w customer service Monday. Will have and ship out this week.

Here I sit Friday night and still says "awaiting fulfillment"

11/18/2017 - 6:01pm (in my best 30 for 30 voice)

What if I told you Cardale Jones only threw 3 passes vs Michigan in his career?


<mind blown>

10/22/2017 - 8:24pm JFC. This horse isn't dead yet?

Night games are hype games and two full recruiting cycles aren't enough for Harbaugh to overcome 8 years mediocre Michigan teams. Night games are when good teams play. Michigan is not yet a consistent good team.

I wonder what all these people who just want noon kickoffs going happen when Michigan IS good enough to make the CFP. You think they'll just have the Michigan semifinal at noon?

10/08/2017 - 11:55am This. All of this.

There were two or three 'coverage sacks' in the first half when the offense had no momentum. Isaac fumble was an absolute killer, and O'Korn in the second half lit hhen offense on fire. But the receivers can't seem to get ANY separation.

03/18/2017 - 9:57pm Take This Job...

Wasn't a really good read and was very poorly edited, but some stories were great. Especially the one of a 10 year old Jimmy knocking himself out cold at Michigan Stadium playing on the steps, but getting up and firing the football back up 50 rows to the thrower.

02/01/2017 - 12:44am GOAT approved

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11/08/2016 - 6:53pm I can't unsee it. Holy hell.

My eyes.  They burn.

11/06/2016 - 12:46am Overcoming marginal offensive PI...

Setting up 2nd and 34 which Evans turned into a (near?) TD. Shamefully that play was not ruled a touchdown, but 2nd and 34 no big deal w today's offensive dominance.

11/05/2016 - 8:13pm This was truly a dominant first

Performance for the first three drives... Over 265 yards of offense, 8 players running for a combined 110+ yards, Speight was 8/9 for 166 yds, as a team we had 14 first downs, and had faced only one third down.

This team is scary good and I'm enjoying every damn minute.

11/01/2016 - 8:01pm From someone who just

named their 2nd born Charlie Woodson you have my support.

10/30/2016 - 12:30am Hands down

Peppers returning that 2 pt try to finish Sparty. Dantonio sucks, and got precisely what was deserved for that 2 pt attempt.

10/28/2016 - 12:52pm Love Wetzel from his book Death to the BCS

Quick, good read IMO

10/27/2016 - 9:17am Looks like TV on mute with WTKA on ...

Brock Huard is an asshat, plain and simple.

I remember vs PSU last year he kept advocating Hackenberg scramble in space vs Peppers.  Sounds like a man who did his research.

10/23/2016 - 1:16am Amen

For those in the Chicago area this pissed me off to no end. Local anchors cutting to reporters interviewing drunks in Wringleyville... On 7 different channels.

10/23/2016 - 1:15am The stat about Michigan

Leading all of FBS with 6 first half shutouts this year. It amazed me so I went back through the games, and sure enough, except for the Colorado game, Michigan is out scoring opponents 178-0 before halftime this season.

10/06/2016 - 1:49pm True story

Dude had been to jail for DUI and assault charges. Ah, the good old days when anyone could coach kids.

He was a big reason why I didn't keep playing football and took up golf (another HS fall sport for boys) instead.

10/06/2016 - 1:29pm The article

Clearly says the players came forward and decided to forfeit.

As a parent, I can't imagine seeing my son go up against someone that much larger (article says 117lbs on the same field as a 6'5" 300+ linemen).

HS ball is subjective - it's a big deal for some schools / regions and not so much elsewhere.

I played in Jr high and high school and got destroyed more than a few times, and I wasn't small in high school. Some schools just have players that will do that. In 6th grade our coach had us scrimmage a HS freshman team and it was a nightmare. Boys between 14 and 18 make this more of an issue.

I have no problem w the forfeit.

10/02/2016 - 12:30am Yards allowed by quarter today

1st - 70 (42 on 1st drive)
2nd - 28 (includes 20 yd pass)
3rd - 38 (includes 17 yd pass)
4th - 23 (includes 16 yd run)

09/10/2016 - 4:40pm Well done

If anyone doesn't get that reference may God have mercy on their soul.

09/06/2016 - 12:06pm Who is banging down the door to hire Ferentz?


Under Ferentz, Iowa has lost two or more conference games 14 of 17 years, and finished with a conference winning record less than 50% of the time. Even with last year's 8-0 run, he is 76-60 (.558) in the Big Ten.  
He's equally average OUT of conference (52-27, .584 winning pct).
And he is 5-7 in bowls (0-4 since 2010)
And I'm terrified of Nov 12
09/01/2016 - 12:57am He wrote a book...

Pilots Also Pray, which is (understandably) out of print. I've had it on my list for a few years but struggle to drop over $100 on an unknown. Anyone here read it?

07/02/2016 - 11:42pm Thanks...

I justified a large purchase based solely on this discount.

But this is too good not to own:

07/01/2016 - 4:14pm Ohio and Florida

Both states, even if their drivers are in other states, seem to piss me off the most.

03/18/2016 - 12:17pm Wasn't too bad, I didn't think...

I run a pool of 25. Yes, 3 brackets are busted due to Baylor and Purdue. Overall though, most people had Purdue losing before Elite Eight, and about half the field have all 8 Elite Eight remaining and 15 of 16 Sweet Sixteen. Only 4 of 25 are missing more than 1 Elite Eight team.

02/02/2016 - 1:49pm 50% of the way in ...

Go for it & stick with it.  I'm hooked now.

Via  Narrator is great.  Plot is there.  Took me probably until about 25-30% of the way into the book to see where plot lines start to converge.

Dialogue is really good and so is character development, hardest thing for me was figuring out what was important to the story and what was just a ridiculously high level of detail.

10/09/2015 - 4:58pm Ghostbusters

My 4 year old is going as a ghostbuster. I found an inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume.

10/02/2014 - 1:19pm I must have ...

I missed the chapter in Bo's Lasting Lessons that outlined how to act like a complete scumbag like this.  /s


How does someone figuratively give the finger to every one of his critics so effortlessly?

09/30/2014 - 2:03pm It Makes No Difference

09/11/2014 - 1:39pm The big difference is the NC

The big difference is the NC coaches made an immediate impact at the school where they took over

Unlike at Michigan after Carr '06-07 and Rich Rod, these coaches didn't have a roster to rebuild AND system to install:

Mack Brown (Texas 2005)
@ UNC, his first 5 years he was 24-31.  Final 5 years at UNC he was 45-15

@ Texas he was 70-19 in the 7 years before they won it all


Urban Meyer (Florida 2006 & 2008):

@ BG he was 17-6 in 2 years, then 22-2 at Utah.  He went 9-3 at Florida before winning it all

Les Miles (LSU 2007):
@ OkSt, he was 28-21 in 4 seasons.  He won it all in his 4th year at LSU, having gone 34-6 prior to that


Nick Saban (Alabama 2009, 2011, 2012):

@ MSU he was 34-24 in 5 seasons.  @ LSU he was 48-16 in 5 seasons with a championship in 2003.  @ Alabama he went 7-6 then 12-2 before reeling off 3 titles in 4 years


Gene Chizik (Auburn 2010):

He's the exception.  He went 5-19 in 2 years at Iowa St, then 8-5 in his first season at Auburn before going 14-0 behind Cam Newtown and some booster cash.


JimBo Fisher (see what I did there?) (FSU, 2013):

31-10 in 3 seasons at FSU prior to 2013 championship

03/11/2014 - 1:05pm THANK YOU

I took them at 30:1 last fall.

After the 8-4 start and McGary going down, I forgot all about that bet :)

03/10/2014 - 2:02pm The stats put out

On 2FG% and offensive efficiency are ridiculous.


I was shocked last night watching BTN's Basketball & Beyond last night, I was surprised to learn we gave Nebraska their only home loss.

UM went 5-0 @Minn, @Neb, @MSU, @Wisc, and @osu

Those 5 schools went 73-9 otherwise at home.


Neb played MSU and Wisconly once (2-0) & MSU and WISC played each other only once

MICH's one-plays had a .377 leage winning pct. MSU's had .466, WISC .488

UM played the other top 7 teams at least 2x, save for ohio state, whom we played once (on the road)

03/10/2014 - 1:57pm Thought the cosmic calendar was well done

Even though I knew the entire 'mankind is only a few seconds in relation to the universe', I thought it was well done, especially the inclusion of the asteriod which caused the dinosaurs to go extinct.  I thought the cartoon was longer than it needed to be, though I appreciated learning of the individual between Capernicus and Galileo.  The scalability of the observable universe is always fun to see, especially the tease NDT did with multiverses.


Really enjoyed the sentiment at the end with NDT meeting Sagan in the 70s and Sagan inspiring him to be the person he is today.

03/10/2014 - 1:11pm Seth Davis had us dropping 1

Seth Davis had us dropping 1 spot this week.

12/30/2013 - 1:27pm I'm enjoying

The irony of your post, which criticizes a) statistics and b) regurgitation of opinions put forth on this site, and is then backed up with statistics and blaming youth.


Intentional or not, well done sir.

12/30/2013 - 10:58am Dave Brandon

IMO, was guilty of this in 2010/2011.   Waiting solves nothing.  Once you know that what you have isn't cutting it, take action.


Brandon could have let RRod go after osu 2010 and aggressively gone after Harbaugh (SF didn't offer him until late Dec), etc.


But he waited.  And part of our underachievement this year can be attributed to the makeshift 2011 recruiting class which resulted.

12/25/2013 - 12:22pm Best gift ever

I suck at embedding pictures ... but my bother put together a promo event with Desmond Howard and Jalen Rose for the Notre Dame weekend.   He had them sign this and gave it to me for Christmas:

11/03/2013 - 11:55am Thanks LSA ...

Appreciate the additional insights.

I do undestand the limitations of statistics ... my genesis here was literally the thought 'we never used to not score TDs, right?"


It's one thing from the RRod era to realize we were inept due to personnel and execution.

This seems to be a new direction - I can recall many games in the past two seasons where we come out, the opponent stops what we're trying to do, and we just keep doing it anyway.   That 3rd and 2 QB option from Staae's red zone was a horrible play call.   I don't think we tried to roll out Gardner until our penultimate drive.   


Running into a brick wall over & over again (no pun intended) isn't going to weaken the brick wall.

11/03/2013 - 11:06am Misrepresenting stats?

So you're telling me if I dig through the PREVIOUS 42 SEASONS, I won't find one other stout defense?


Law of large numbers .... the fact that we have not scored a TD in 4 of our last 18 games when we failed to do so a total of 11 times going back to 1968 speaks for itself.   We don't make adjustments.  We come out and broadcast what we're going to do, and when the opponent makes adjustments, it gets ugly.


I noticed a trend.  I looked back to previous results and the trend I noticed is supported as something that didn't use to happen often at all.  There was no agenda, just the thought of 'how often did we used to fail to score a TD?'

10/21/2013 - 11:35am The difference / contrast:

MISSOURI has gone from 40ish to #5 in a few short weeks with consecutive wins over SEC schools.

Northern Illinois, Texas Tech, and Fresno St have not moved up in the polls more than marginally with consecutive wins over non-SEC schools.

10/21/2013 - 11:33am The point I was trying to make

Was simply that Missouri plays in the SEC, beats SEC schools, and shoots up in the polls.

This does happen every year it seems (conference major, unranked, starts out 6-0 or 7-0, shoots up in the polls).


However, I think too much is being made (as is usually the case) about "quality wins" over SEC competition.   You could easily frame an argument the SEC this year is not deep, is not cannibalizing itself, and is simply top-heavy with mediorcre teams.   A stigma that has plagued the Big Ten for many of the recent seasons (present season not included).


I am not commenting on the strength (or lack thereof) of the Big Ten this year at all.  I am only trying to present facts / results that point to the teams that play in the SEC this year, in a vacuum, away from the "SEC" label, are no different than other conferences.

10/16/2013 - 12:15pm That said, 2019 sets up nicely

@ Wisc, bye, Iowa/@ Ill

Division slate:  @ PSU, RUTGERS, @Maryland, BYE, vs MICHIGAN STATE, @ Indiana, vs OHIO STATE

10/16/2013 - 12:08pm So the MSU/osu home/home or away/away is permanent?


10/12/2013 - 10:59pm 1st down

Michigan ran 35 1st down plays Saturday. 

They ran Gardner 20% of the time for 9.1 yards per play
They threw 31% of the time for 15.1 yards per play
They ran Toussaint 43% of the time for 1.8 yards per play.

10/12/2013 - 10:26pm Two things:
  1. #1
    Michigan ran 35 1st down plays Saturday.

    • They ran Gardner 20% of the time for 9.1 yards per play
    • They threw 31% of the time for 15.1 yards per play
    • They ran Toussaint 43% of the time for 1.8 yards per play
    Funchess had 2 TD on 4 catches (accounting for 96 yards).
    His last target was with 13:09 to play in the 4th quarter