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01/27/2018 - 5:04pm “MSU should sue ESPN”

Ahhh . . . you’ve already tried that. Multiple times. It didn’t end very well for you. In the last go-round, your suit was found to to be lacking merit to such a degree that you got to pay ESPN’s legal fees. So, sure, by all means, you should sue ESPN.

07/28/2017 - 4:34pm Moeller rather than Carr

Belatedly fact-checking, I guess Moeller was still the coach in 1994, not Carr, who took over the following year.

07/28/2017 - 4:26pm Walter Smith

On former #2 Walter Smith, referenced and pictured above, if my recollection is correct he was named team captain in 1994, despite a season-ending leg injury.  

He led the team out of the tunnel to touch the banner on crutches for most of the home season. For senior day, he led the team out in full uniform and without the crutches to quite an ovation.

Late in the game, with the result not really in doubt, Lloyd put him in for a play.  He limped over to line up as WR near the sideline.  On the snap, the QB threw the ball to him and he sorta fell over out of bounds before anyone could hit him, so he got on the stat sheet for his senior year with one catch for a yard or two.  He had been an inspirational leader for the team all year, so the Michigan faithful went crazy when he got that lone catch.  Those that didn't know the backstory thought it was a pretty bizarre reaction for such a ho-hum play.

It was my senior year, too (and I'm generally a sap), so it was one of my favorite Michigan football memories.

Memories have faded above over the last 20+ years, so apologies if I have any of this wrong, but that's how I remember it.

07/05/2017 - 4:14pm good catch, uncle leo

You are correct.  Roddick's 2003 win was at US Open, not Wimbledon as I incorrectly stated.  That was the last time a US man won a grand slam singles title, and Roddick's lone grand slam title. 

He made the final in 2009 at Wimbledon, losing 16-14 in the fifth to Federer.  That was the last time a US man reached a grand slam semi-finals in singles.

07/05/2017 - 2:45pm no winner since 2003; no semi-finalist since 2009

They showed a graphic during yesterday's ESPN coverage that an American man had not won a grand slam singles title since 2003 (Roddick at Wimbledon) and hadn't even made a slam semi-final since 2009.  Having grown up with the game through Connors, McEnroe, Sampras, Courier, and Aggasi (and even Chang and Roddick, who seemed to be the heir apparent for a while), I would have never believed a drought of this length was possible.

06/05/2017 - 4:46pm does not make it clear whether video was involved

Contrary to the comment above, the fact that a fellow player reported it to the head coach does not negate the possibility that a videorecording was invovled.  The Jones Day report makes it clear that they were not investigating the underlying incidents, only whether the coaches and other university representiatives followed the proper protocols when they received information suggesting a possible sexual assault.  There is nothing in the Jones Day report about whether there was or wasn't a video or any other aspect of the underlying events.  If there was a video involved, that would likely lead to additional charges if/when those are announced.

06/02/2017 - 2:48pm shortcomings of Olympic model

The Olympic model is ripe for abuse.  It would be nearly impossible to distinguish legitimate endorsement deals from boosters bidding for players under the guise of a phony endorsement.  If you're willing to abandon all of the amateurism rules and let it be an open and free market for prospective college athletes, that's a principled position; but treating the Olympic model as somehow preserving a sense of amateurism seems wildly optimistic to me.

Of course the most elite players would continue to go the the most elite programs.  What did I say to suggest otherwise?

Figuring out individual compensation might be a headache, but it wouldn't be the school's headache.  It would be between the professional team and the drafted athlete.  They do that all of the time and no one seems to gripe about it being too much of a headache.

06/02/2017 - 1:27pm on ramp to pay for athletes?

I think a system along these lines is about the only feasible way to get money to NCAA athletes.  If a professional team is the source of the funds, the school can avoid Title IX concerns that make most other ideas non-starters in the real world.  Despite all of the "there's enough money to gou around" claims, there just isn't if the school has to pay every scholarship athlete the same amount (and heaven help you if you don't under Title IX).  Michigan and a handful of other schools might be able to pay out a pittance to everyone, but the vast majority of NCAA schools couldn't even do that.

A draft-and-follow with pay, also legitimizes the source of the funds if the pay is only permitted to come from a professional sports team.  That preserves at least a bit of spirit of the "amateur" concept, as opposed to allowing boosters to openly bid for players.

It also makes it more of a meritocracy and acknowledges the realities of the economics.  Open it up to all sports and all genders.  If your sport has a professional league, allow NCAA athletes to be drafted and receive some sort of compensation from the drafting team.  If you're good enough and your sport is popular/lucrative enough, this would provide the athlete to monetize his/her potential much earlier in his/her career.  If you aren't good enough or your sport can't support payments to draftees at the professional level, you weren't going to be reaping economic benefits from your chosed sport in any case.

03/06/2017 - 11:01am Alternate uniform for Illinois?

For our game in the BTT against Illinois, we should wear our maize jerseys with the regular trim around the neck swapped out for plain white.  Walton would probably go off for a triple double.

03/02/2017 - 3:33pm he was before the timeout

Wilson was on the inbounder initially.  Michigan called the timeout and when they reset afterwards, they put Donnal on the inbounder rather than Wilson.  I guess you have to pick your poison:  do you want your bounciest guy on the inbounder or trying to nab the ball on the receiving end.

02/24/2017 - 1:54pm Title IX

Having someone other than the school pay is the only way to avoid the Title IX implications.

02/09/2017 - 10:09am Not sure I would rely on just a browser

Unless they've changed to process recently, I think you might need a Roku box or an Amazon Fire TV box, rather than just a browser to get started.  When I converted to PlayStation Vue last year, you needed one of those or an acutal PlayStation unit (which is more expensive) to initiate the service.  After the service has been initiated, you can use the service on a wider variety of devices (e.g., iOS), but you needed one of the supported streaming boxes to get it set up initially.  I think the streaming box will have some navigation advantages, too.

For me a Roku box and an OTA HD antanae were minor investments compared to the monthly cost reduction from cable.

02/09/2017 - 10:02am PlayStation Vue is the way to go

I would echo the recommentions for PlayStation Vue over Sling.  It has all of my sports based covered and more:  all ESPNs, BTN, FS1 and FS2, Fox Sports Detriot (in West Michigan--your area may have different or none) for Tigers games, NBC Sports (Premiere League), BeIn Sports (I would never pay for it, but it has German, Italian, and French soccer leagues, which I now watch on occasion).

I had Sling for about a year before the current version of PSV and would never go back.  The "virtual DVR" is a little wonky sometimes and not as good as a true DVR, but it is better than nothing.

01/17/2017 - 12:34pm And James Franklin

And James Franklin

09/19/2016 - 8:17am Wasn't Rumeal #21?

Wasn't Rumeal #21?

08/12/2016 - 10:11pm Jeter

My understanding is that Jeter took one semester of classes as a freshman before going full-time baseball. I think his initial plan was to take one semester of classes a year and play in the minors the balance of the year, but the baseball escalated quickly.

08/04/2016 - 9:51am M-Den may have them in the future

M-Den may carry them in the future. I don't know the current policy, but for a number of years--at least in the 90's and 00's--the M-Den carried the authentic helmets, with all of the accoutrements, including the "MICHIGAN" sticker above the face mask and the use warning sticker at the back right. My wife bought me one as a graduation present in 2002. It's proudly displayed in my office to this day.

Not sure if they continue to sell them to the public or not, but I would guess they will at some point.

07/19/2016 - 1:27pm Peyton wore #16

Peyton wore #16 in college.

11/17/2015 - 12:31pm Niyo

Niyo was my hallmate in Markley (4th Frost) freshman year 1989-90.

10/15/2015 - 1:01pm Fitzgerald's reaction

Fitzgerald's reaction at the left edge of the frame is pure gold.  I wish the gif went longer as I think the fist pump quickly turned into two arms outstretched downward pleading "WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

As it stands, it looks like spectacular sportsmanship as he celebrates Lewis's feat.

09/11/2015 - 4:46pm Dierdorf used "Big Blue" during the Utah broadcast

During the radio broadcast/audio streeming of the Utah game, Dierdorf referenced Michigan as "Big Blue."  It struck my ears as odd, too; but I think it is seeping into common usage.   

09/03/2015 - 2:56pm thanks

Wow.  Didn't expect a response from the master.  On behalf of me and, I'm sure, countless others, thanks for your fantastic contribution to the Michigan football experience (assuming this is really you).

Beckmann's radio call took over for the in-person PA experience when my visits became less frequent.  As my OP perhaps betrayed, I don't get to the Big House very often these days to hear the call live.  Two degrees and 25 years of season tickets are both in the rear view mirror.

Someday I'll have to explain to my oldest son that his first Michigan game experience (at less than six months old) was the season opener on 9/1/2007.  As I recall, they cancelled the game that day.  I wonder what would have happened?

Thanks again.

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09/03/2015 - 2:39pm not a shot at Brandstatter

My OP wasn't intended as a personal shot at Brandstatter.  He's being asked to do something that is very difficult and that he's never done before.  His background and love of all things Michigan are great for color, but for play-by-play, you often need to very quickly convey who/what/where/when without extra words that don't address those issues.  That doesn't play to his strengths.  Cadence and style get bonus points, but I'd settle for knowing what happened on a given play.  I'd be awful at it.

At times last year I could only gauge what happened by the degree of excitement or dejection in his voice as he said words that did not really describe the action for someone who wasn't watching it happen.

09/03/2015 - 2:12pm all audio-only platforms

Its the same source audio they stream.  So, for all of you whippersnappers, this affects the interwebs, too.  Yes, I'm old.

07/07/2015 - 4:03pm Reebock ---> Reebok (x2)

There may be some insider snark that went over my head, but I think these are just typos in the post (which poked fun at "Adidas" v. "adidas" copy errors).

07/06/2015 - 11:08pm Warrior

I believe that Warrior, while still headquartered in MI, is now a subsidiary of New Balance (not kidding). If so, that's not going to fly with the swoosh.

06/03/2015 - 2:24pm ump conversation

I understood the mic'd ump conversation to be something along the lines of:

Third base up who made the call:  "Hutch was asking for obstruction, but I did not have obstruction.  Did you have obstruction?"

Home plate ump:  "I did not have obstruction."

First base ump:  "I did not have obstruction."

I didn't hear any of the umps indicate they saw it as obstruction (all wrong, but all in agreement).  Did I miss that or is the summary in the post off?  I've already erased it from the DVR.

On the "Its great. . . to be. . ." chant, I was an undergrad from '89-'93 and the first time I heard it at M was after the '97 OSU football game.  

   

05/01/2015 - 4:37pm May 1

So today's the first day after April for IU hoops?

I'll see myself out.   

04/22/2015 - 6:19pm I don't have the answer

I don't have the answer either, but I just don't see how the helmet-with-no-facemask could work today.

I think you need to either get rid of the helmet entirely or keep it with the facemask.

04/22/2015 - 6:00pm Crown = top

It's pretty common to see a defender drop his head and light someone up with the very top of the helmet--the part that would still be there if the facemask was removed. I know that is what we/they are trying to get out of the game, but it just seems like allowing the possibility of someone taking a shot like that to the bare face is a nonstarter.

I'm not up on the science of it, so maybe I'm wrong.

04/22/2015 - 5:42pm Remove face masks?

I don't get the argument to remove the face masks, but keep the helmet. Doesn't that mean the other guy is going to use his helmet to smash your now unprotected face?

04/14/2015 - 1:09pm Graph correction

Based on this response alone, I think you need to move the Star Wars picture higher in your chart.

04/01/2015 - 1:35pm First TD

Q: First wolverine to catch a TD pass from Rudock?

[A: Brennan Beyer (11/23/2013)]

02/24/2015 - 10:51am Ed Kengerski

He was the sports guy for the CBS affiliate in Kalamazoo (WWMT-3) for quite a while. Is he now at U if M full time? Is he in addition to, or in place of, Doug Karsch?

01/19/2015 - 7:35pm He's ecstatic

He's ecstatic about the new situation.

04/03/2014 - 8:15am Free pizza?

What is this "free" you speak of?

03/23/2014 - 9:57am Not sure

I've erased the recording, but I thought it was one more syllable than that. "City" was the only thing I could come up with.

03/23/2014 - 9:40am Angry Morgan

It was definitely an interaction with a manager - not a coach or McGary - that was picked up on TV. I rewound several times to try to figure it out, but it was too brief of a shot to get the context. The manager's expression instantly went from a celebratory "you da man" to an anxious "please don't hurt me, Mr. Morgan."

Also, I tried to figure out what Morgan was shouting at the crowd after the flagrant foul committed against him near the end. The best my lip reading skills could come up with was "This is our city," which may have been directed toward the Wisconsin crowd. My brother-in-law (a Texas grad) was at the Thursday game and commented on how the Wisconsin contingent seemed to be actively rooting against Michigan. He was surprised as the Big XII way is apparently to always root for the conference brethren.

02/26/2014 - 9:58pm "Neutral" scoring official

Funny reaction by the scoring official in the background during the handshake line. Right after Beilein shakes hands with the second assistant after Painter.

10/21/2013 - 12:39pm payback for late hit

The defender that Butt demolished on the long Funchess run (second picture of the post) is the same guy who had received a personal foul for hitting Gardner late in the endzone.  The television coverage had a pretty good view of the block, too. 

03/30/2013 - 2:09pm Bill Self's expression

Self's expression said it all when he signaled that he wanted a "full" timeout after Burke hit the bomb at the end of regulation.  It looked like he was wondering if the refs had something longer than a full timeout to offer.  Maybe an intermission? A power outage?  An adjournment?

03/25/2013 - 7:08pm bench order

I think the "stumbling white guy dance" is Bielfeldt.  He seems taller than the guy to his left (camera's right), who I think is Vogrich.

It's grainy, but I'd put the order, left to right, as:   Horford, LeVert, Stauskas (sans yellow top), Morgan, Bielfeldt, Vogrich, McLimans, Bartelstein, Akunne (not as demonstrative), Person.

03/25/2013 - 5:34pm McGary Smash alternate ending

On the McGary Smash play, I was hoping Trey would dump it down to McGary on the roll.  At Trey's release, McGary is at about the free throw line, building a head of steam to the rim.  As McGary looks back to see if the pass is coming, no one else is in the paint and the only defender even close (i) is flat footed and (ii) just saw what McGary did to the other guy.

No problem with Trey taking the shot himself, but the alternate ending had some potential too.

02/16/2012 - 1:17pm shorts slightly baggier

You could have made shorts for the whole 1989 team from the material used in a single pair of the "throwback" shorts.

02/16/2012 - 1:11pm off-center numbers

My recollection is that the NCAA made a rule change around 1990 that prohibited off-center numbering and we changed the jerseys to comply with that new rule.  Missouri, and perhaps others, also had an off-center design that was similarly nixed.  I don't know the current status of that rule or (if it still exists) whether a waiver can be obtained for a "thowback" game.  Others have indicated that we have used the throwback look recently, but I can't remember such an instance (not saying it didn't happen).

09/07/2011 - 10:54pm Hemingway hates donkeys, too

On the Toussaint TD that put us up 20-7, I got a chuckle at Hemingway doing his Lewan impersonation on the DB at the top of the screen.   

09/02/2011 - 5:38pm iPhone capable link?

Is there version of, or link to, the video in a format that an iPhone can deal with?  I'm getting nothing on the app and web versions of the blog.  Sorry if my question betrays a lack of tech savvy. 

05/12/2011 - 9:13pm Walter Smith 1994

One of my favorite all time moments was Walter Smith's 1994 finale.  Details fade with the years, so some of you may need to correct or supplement my memory, but my recollection is that he blew his knee out just before (or at the beginning of) his senior year.  He wasn't really an NFL prospect, so that was the end of the line football-wise.  He was elected captain and lead the team out of the tunnel and participated in coin-flips on crutches through the year. 

By the end of the season, he had rehabbed to the point that he could lead the team out without crutches for the last home game (Minnesota).  With the game in hand, Lloyd sent him out for a play in the fourth quarter.  Everyone who had followed the story knew what was about to happen.  He lined up as wide as possible.  At the snap, he took one step forward and the QB (Collins?) hit him with an easy ball so he could fall out of bounds (right in front of the student section) before the DB got there.  He needed help to get up, but made it into the record books for his senior season.

I've been a season ticket holder since 1989, when I was a freshman, and have been blessed to see many very special moments -- and a few heartbreaking ones too -- but that would be near the top for me.  Not an particularly significant "football" moment, but an awesome "life" moment.  For me, every bit as moving as the Mealer walk for me (taking nothing away from that).

01/05/2011 - 4:20pm Grasping

What if JH wants to come to Michigan, but insists he be paid market (NFL) value?
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<br>DB and JH agree to feign mutual disinterest so JH can shop himself to the NFL, then Michigan meets the NFL's best offer.
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<br>It's odd that they are going so far out of their way to sound disinterested in the one remaining outcome that makes some sense.
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<br>Grasping, I know. I'll root wholeheartedly for the next guy, regardless of who it is, but I'm looking for any marginally plausible scenario that ends reasonably well.

10/02/2010 - 12:51pm AM 1300 in GR has

AM 1300 in GR has Brandstatter and Beckman for the games.