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01/23/2019 - 9:37am That might be true for the…

That might be true for the skill position guys who, anecdotally, seem to have this problem more than linemen. I've talked to some linemen from the college level and one that was a pro and when they were done, the first thing they wanted to do was slim down. They were so sick of carrying that weight and doing all that needs to be done to maintain it that they couldn't wait to eat normal and just do regular workouts. It's a lot of work for some of those guys to maintain 300+ lbs. Now, the guys who are doing the same amount of work to stay at 220 and lean are a whole different animal. 

12/20/2018 - 10:16am Definitely true and I'd…

Definitely true and I'd argue it's keeping him from being somewhere in that Charbonnet area. 

12/06/2018 - 11:20am Agree. The Big 12 has a…

Agree. The Big 12 has a great setup. They play everyone. There's not dodging Oklahoma or whoever in a certain year while someone else plays all the best teams. Their conference game could be an issue because you will see a quality team if you're Oklahoma, for instance, and you could lose and also lose a playoff shot but it's much more fair and it does a much better job of finding the best teams. I would cut every conference down to ten teams. If you want divisions, fine, but everyone plays everyone. I'd also cut the season down to 10 or 11 games and expand the playoff. We'll see how good the SEC looks then when they don't have their own basement to beat on and they don't get to schedule 3-4 cupcakes. 

11/29/2018 - 8:46pm Of course he isn't serious…

Of course he isn't serious. I can't imagine how daft you'd have to be to not get Portnoy's whole schtick. He thrives off people paying attention to him out of hate. 

05/10/2018 - 9:43am Right, but we're talking

Right, but we're talking about accusations. Murder is a little easier to provide evidence for. So much of sexual assault is based on the word of the accuser and the defendant so for someone to be convicted, there will usually be a solid amount of evidence. I'm not saying the numbers given aren't accurate but they don't take into account dropped cases. I'd also say that a 10% fale accusation rate is incredibly high. 

05/10/2018 - 9:38am My bet is they're Lions about

My bet is they're Lions about what they knew. 

02/28/2018 - 3:55pm I think Miles is just having

I think Miles is just having some fun here at Kenpoms expense. This doesn't seem as much mean spirited as just a little fun with the model that was cleary a ways off. 

02/12/2018 - 5:11pm Just came from there. Las

Just came from there. Las Sendas and Long Bow would be alright. Neither are incredibly hard and they're affordable. Troon North is absolutely awesome. We played both sides when we were there and I had huge expectations and it delivered. It's also a course, where if you play the middle tees (Silver I think) everyone can have fun and the course is manageable. That said, really pricey but if you play 36, that second is 20% off so it's a little more afforable. I would say that if you have guys I didn't play We-ko-pa but I've heard it's in the same realm. We played Legend Trail which is a little further north and it was solid. Red Mountain is another that's one of the more affordable options. 

02/10/2018 - 9:59pm The best offensive position

The best offensive position group last year was RBs. TEs have been good since Jay was hired. He should be the least of anyones worries on offense. 

01/05/2018 - 6:19pm Well evidently it is because

Well evidently it is because people are visiting his blog and listening to his podcast, not yours or mine. As for season previews- he was pretty damn close this year. I think he had them at 9-3 before knowing the starting QB would be hurt and the #1 receiever would be hurt. I think he's usually bashed for being to pessimistic in his previews as well, which would lead me to believe he's been right the last few years. 

The fanbase is somewhat toxic. ALl fanbases can be somewhat toxic. Are they heavily influencing the program? Not right now but they influenced the program when Rich Rod was hired and a powerful portion didn't like it. Then they influenced the hiring of Hoke which was a relative disaster. You're right that the reality has not meant the hype but that doesn't justify idiocy like asking if Don Brown is good or not. 

At the end of the day, after the USC game, there isn't anything left to add. That game didn't change the season no matter what some hearts seem to feel. It sucks that they didn't win but winning 35-10 didn't change that there was a need for change on offense even though a lot of the fanbase would have felt better. 

The main point is that Brian, who I disagree with a lot, doesn't owe you, me or anyone else anything. He isn't a fanbase elected official who owes people answers. He's a guy that runs a blog and does radio shows and it's provate business. If he doesn't want to re-write the same stuff over and over, he doesn't have to. 

01/05/2018 - 11:32am Yeah, maybe he was but at

Yeah, maybe he was but at this point I think he's just legitimately sick of arguing the same things over and over with the same result. He has his current opinion on the state of things, which is well documented and it hasn't changed, so going to battle with a guy who wants to pick apart Don Brown isn't something attractive to him. He's also said he's sick of the constant overreaction to things with little in the way of perspective on the whole situation. He's not like us where he pops in once or twice a day and reads this stuff, chimes in and goes back to his other job. He has to deal with this insufferable fanbase all day, every day. I can understand how that gets exhausting. 

01/02/2018 - 5:39pm Some of you take football way

Some of you take football way too seriously. It will be interesting on some level regardless of the disappointment brought back up. Maybe it will center around human interest stories involving the players and will be interesting that way. Maybe it will show coaching dynamics and be interesting that way. 

01/02/2018 - 2:56pm I mean, I get how it's easy

I mean, I get how it's easy to go after the young coaches son with little credentials, but his position units have been good. Among the list of worries for Michigan's offensive leadership, Jay Harbaugh isn't at the top. 

11/28/2017 - 10:36am There have been a few.

There have been a few. Starting to happen more and more as guys figure out that avenue. 

10/25/2017 - 10:33pm What? Do you mean to tell me

What? Do you mean to tell me it's not their fault they can't beam themselves through a wall that is the LOS most of the time? It's not their fault there are frequntly 2 different options to try and block in passing situations? I'm not buying it. I'm going to sit over here and bitch just to bitch because my feelings are hurt that Michigan isn't undefeated. Whoever the guy is that's getting interviewed, he stinks. 

10/22/2017 - 2:11am I mean, he is, tonight. PSU

I mean, he is, tonight. PSU did what they wanted and they got every matchup they wanted because they knew he would refuse to change. His stubborness has been lauded in the past but it killed them tonight. He has an NFL DL, an NFL LB and good corners and he decided it was fine to let PSU feed on everyone else. This isn't going to be a problem that lingers because we aren't going to see this combo often, but McSorley, Barkley and Hamilton are built to kill his defense. Two huge matchup problems with LBs and Ss and a QB who can escape and run, not to mention throw the deep ball. You have to go zone at some point. 

10/22/2017 - 2:06am Listen, there are a lot of

Listen, there are a lot of problems. Let's make a list. First of all, you have a bunch of young receivers without a proven WR coach which leads to a bunch of young guys not learning very quickly. Then, you have an OL made up of various components that range from not that good to really young. Then you have a QB who is really gifted but rarely has any time or anyone open. You watch tonight and when he had time, there was no one open. When he had someone open, he had no time. The guy can only bail himself out of trouble so many times and to be honest, JO was about the least of the worries. I think Fisch was very good at what he was here for. I think Hamilton isn't. Our passing game design is absolutely the opposite of what is needed. Then, when they find some stuff that works, they quit doing it. I get that it won't work forever but nothing else is working. I watched PSU just keep getting perfect matchups all night. 

I also thought Don Brown was awful tonight. I'm going to give you three things and you tell me if man coverage is a good idea. The first is a RB that excels in space and has elite speed and he really likes catching the ball out of the backfield. The next is a very mobile QB with incredible feel for the pocket and an elite ability to run. The third is a very good slot reciever who excels in short routes and down the field. Does it sound like a good idea for your secondary to be in man and does it sound like a good idea for your LBs and Ss to be matchup up with those guys? No. It doesn't. 

06/06/2017 - 5:03pm There're two lines of

There're two lines of speculation. One is that he got here and the S&C staff broke him almost immediately, which I would guess was precluded by him not being in shape at all when he got here. 

The other is a personal issue but I've heard a couple times that there is a personal issue but it's not neccesarily the sole reason he left.

My opinion that it's a combination. He wasn't completely in when he got here and then the training staff pushed him over the edge. He was going to be a depth guy with an outside shot of starting this season. 

03/13/2017 - 10:33am You're wrong. KenPom has OSU

You're wrong. KenPom has OSU as having played the 6th hardest defensive schedule and the toughest overall schedule. I don't know where you come up with the BigTen having better defenses than the Big 12. That team shoots the three well and they rebound on the offensive end. They are going to be a load for anyone. 

02/03/2017 - 3:27pm Jack had the better career.

Jack had the better career. Tiger played the best golf that's ever been played. 

02/03/2017 - 3:25pm Because he hates that

Because he hates that tournament and likes Dubai. Going there was stupid, though. He should have sat it out and gotten ready for Riviera. 

02/03/2017 - 3:23pm The last time he was healthy

The last time he was healthy he won 5 times and was POY in 2013. That's a long ways from forever. 

02/03/2017 - 3:20pm Freds back hasn't been good

Freds back hasn't been good in 20 years. Tigers knee and leg got screwed up in a damn kill house. He's hurting right now because he started lifting twice a day again and it's very possible this injury doesn't have anything to do with his previous one. He's kind of an idiot and he won't listen to anyone. 

Also, flying to Dubai was just a really awful idea. 

02/03/2017 - 3:15pm He had knee issues when he

He had knee issues when he was 6'0, 160. This whole steroid thing is ridiculous. If someone was roided up and worked out as much as he did, they would have been much bigger than he was. Sure, he was pretty jacked up compared to golf standards at the time but he was also lifting 2-3 times every single day. He was hardly some sort of freak show. 

Just watch a lot of these younger players. Very few will play far into their 40s because of the stress they will put on themselves. The Champions tour will be made up of a bunch of guys that weren't that great on the PGA Tour because the great ones are shot and they've already made enough money. Both things due to Tiger Woods. 

I also assume Graham Delaet was on roids as well because he had the exact same back injury. Again, hardly a unique injury to golfers. 

01/15/2017 - 1:43pm That's a decent comparison in

That's a decent comparison in that ISU was very competitive in all but 3-4 gmes and should have won at least 6. They blew both the OSU (nntOSU) and Baylor games late and lost to UNI in their first game. IMO, Tom Manning is a top 3 OL coach in the country. He took two former walk-ons, a fifth year transfer center, a RS freshman and one senior and somehow made a workable line out of that after the two starting tackles were hurt and suspended. I think this is a really good move for Dawson. He's going to work with a very good coach in a situation where he should be able to start. 

Everyone looks down on ISU, which is expected, but they look to be getting better and the coaching at Dawson's position is really good. 

06/02/2016 - 9:21am Don't you think, though, that

Don't you think, though, that that's the case because there isn't legitimate discussion to be had? There aren't reasonably cons to satellite camps. They will help quite a few kids and hurt none. They will help small schools all over when they are able to pair with a Michigan or OSU and get in front of the kids not good enough to go to the top tier schools and perhaps they would have never seen those kids. It will hurt the top tier schools in the southern states in a pretty small way. That's why I don't think we see substantial discussion. I don't think they have a case. 

06/01/2016 - 2:43pm There isn't an original

There isn't an original thought regarding publically funded stadiums. They are a shitty deal for the funding entity and it's not much of an argument. The point, for me, was more that he isn't going to be nuetered by HBO and I don't think there will be much off limits for him similar to Bill Maher. Actually, that's a perfect comparison. He was run off network TV because he said some things and Simmons was run off becase he said some things. 


Your last paragraph is false. Have you read "The Book of Basketball?" It's a good read and I'm not even someone who would be considered an NBA fan. He's a better writter than 99% of the journalists out there right now and that's the reason he knows talent like Mark Titus when he sees it. I know that his fanboy attitude turns people away but for me it's kind of nice to see someone who doesn't apologize for being a fan when it seems like the whole industry just wants to run away from any sort of allegience to a team or program. He's also the guy that brought us 30 for 30, so to sit there and say his products are crap is wrong. 

06/01/2016 - 11:29am I was sold with the line "I

I was sold with the line "I believe billionaires should pay for their own fucking stadiums."

05/11/2016 - 5:53pm Insanity is still the best

Insanity is still the best workout among the circuit training type lines, but I wouldn't start with it if I was doing it over. There is no modifier and I think I would have gotten much more out of T25 or Max 30 early on and I felt that Insanity was much harder on my knees right off the bat. 

Again, I think it's the best toal body workout I've done at home, but it gets really intense. 

05/11/2016 - 5:50pm Good point. I didn't consider

Good point. I didn't consider cost. Usually I buy a different challenge pack every year so you basically pay half price for everything (which is still plenty but less than a gym membership). 

05/11/2016 - 5:45pm I would predict that if

I would predict that if anyone with even a somewhat reasonable diet just cut out refined sugars, they will see results. Pile that on top of a diet heavy in lean protein, vegetables and fruits, and you will see great results. Sure, it takes a lot of work to get into great shape, but its doesn't take a huge adjustment to get into good shape. Get rid of processed foods, which will cut out a lot of sugar intake, drink water instead of all other things (milk is fine, I just don't really like it) and some moderate excercise will make a huge difference especially if you stay committed. If there is some sort of regimen I would lean toward, it would be paleo but I have found that for me, just getting rid of sugar was a huge deal. Until you sit down and really look at how many things you eat/drink that contain a refined sugar, you don't really realize how simple that change can be and how much it can do for you. 

05/11/2016 - 10:06am Same here. I would sya,

Same here. I would sya, though, that if you are just starting back up, maybe T25 is better as it's just not as hard on you right away. 

05/01/2016 - 11:47pm Iowa State fan here. He's not

Iowa State fan here. He's not there anymore. Morris was the only successful recruit he brought in and he wasn't a good defensive coach. Doc Sadler was brought in specifically to help on the defensive end when Mann was there. Could he help in Michigan? Maybe but there are better options. 

04/22/2016 - 8:07am If you're not all there

If you're not all there mentally, you don't get a 25 on the Wonderlic. You get a 15 or something. If the right team, like the Steelers for instance, take Jones, he will be the steal of this draft. 

04/21/2016 - 8:40am He isn't at ISU anymore. He

He isn't at ISU anymore. He brought in exactly one guy that turned out at ISU as well. I don't think he's a great coach but don't lay their defensive blame at his feet. Fred Hoiberg didn't care about playing defense (this isn't a narrative, he didn't care) and when the head coach doesn't care about it, there's not much he could do. That said, I wasn't a big fan of him while at ISU. 

04/06/2016 - 9:37am All of that. Eat real butter.

All of that. Eat real butter. Drink real milk and if you have to drink pop/soda, drink the real shit. 

03/30/2016 - 11:19pm I left him out because it was

I left him out because it was reasonable to think, as a recruit, he could be a one and done. He may have been the only one I would say that at the time he committed looked like a two year or less guy. Burke, Stauskas, Hardaway and Robinson all looked like at least three year guys when they committed. Robinson blew up but clearly he should have stuck around. 

As a fan of another program (Iowa State) that has been a mediocre basketball program until recently and has had an awful football program for it's existence, it really irritates me when people complain about seasons that weren't all that bad especially if you consider the circumstances. Seriously, people need to step back and look at any team in the country, pull their best player off, take their best bench guard off, and then ask if Michigans result would be acceptable. I can think of maybe two teams that would definitely do better than Michigan (KU and Kentucky) under those circumstance. If you pull Allen of Duke, Niang of Iowa State, Valentine off MSU, Johnson off UNC, Brogden off UVA, etc, the results wouldn't be that much different. Then factor in he wasn't just 20 points a game, but more like 35 with his assist output, not to mention the other teams defensive focus and his own defense. That doesn't even take into account the experience issues and Spike. 

I also think people really don't understand that when halfway through a guys season (Stauskas) you realize he could go pro, you don't have time to replace that. Basketball recruiting takes place to early to make that turn at Michigan or any other school save about 5 of them. Michigan is even tougher because of JUCO policy. SO, then you have to replace him the next year and you're counting on a freshman. Hell, Beilein being able to go grab MAAR is a case for him. That kid is going to be really, really good when all is said and done. 

03/30/2016 - 10:24pm JB just made the tournament

JB just made the tournament with a roll of duct tape, two screws and a bag of assorted nuts and washers. Oh, and he did it without the best player on the team who wasn't just the best scoerer or rebounder. Caris made everything go and the team went into the season planning on him being there. Then all of a sudden you have 2 experienced juniors and a bunch of sophomores/freshmen that hadn't seen much time. Less than 20% off college teams make the tournement and Beilein did it without his best player and his 6th/7th man. 

Get some perspective. The guy missed one tournament in 6 years, got to the finals and got to the elite 8 with 2 Big Ten Championships in there. All of this while hemorraging guys who you plan on having for at least 3 years, if not 4 (Stauskas and Burke). I think the guys earned a right to have a bad year when he also fought energies and freshmen due to the above reasons and then a year to get back on track. I thought Dakich should have been parked and he should have rolled with Mo from about midseason on but some of you act as if Michigan is Duke and should never have an off year. I have news. They aren't and they will. Off year #2 that everyone is so disappointed in ended in a tourney bid. Get over it. If you were offered that without Spike and Caris before the season, you would have taken it. 

Now, I don't agree with the restriction. If he's not good enough for you, you shouldn't be scared of him playing with you. I will say it gets a little stickier when you start talking about how he could help another team from an information standpoint. 

03/20/2016 - 1:14am They might get run by Iowa

They might get run by Iowa State. That haven't seen as versatile of an offense as them. They can run if you give them chances and they can operate in a low possession game if that's what you want. It will be an interesting game. It probably comes down to ISU being able to slow down Brogdon and how well Virginia can match up with Niang. I expect a lot of Brogdon on Niang. 

02/25/2016 - 1:00pm It took the biggest fluke in

It took the biggest fluke in Michigan history to finish with a worse record, not to mention all of the pure luck the 2011 team had. 

01/29/2016 - 2:46pm Yeah, I don't think so. There

Yeah, I don't think so. There used to be a time when younger people respected authority. Right now, it seems like the cool thing to do is disrect it at every turn. I'm sure there has been some of that in hostry as well, however, there were consequences before and there doesn't really seem to be any right now. 

01/29/2016 - 2:43pm I think everyone is. If he

I think everyone is. If he was "beating up" that kid, it looks like the kid came away pretty clean. 

01/29/2016 - 2:41pm What if said person Jaywalks

What if said person Jaywalks and then tried to hit the cop? There's one way that ends. 

01/28/2016 - 2:44pm I doubt ISU will have room

I doubt ISU will have room for him on signing day. If Allen isn't in shortly, they will go hard after Pro Wells. 

01/28/2016 - 12:23pm From the Iowa State side,

From the Iowa State side, I've wondered if UM wasn't holding him off since his visit. We really thought he was heading to Michigan. 

01/27/2016 - 10:06pm He would have comitted there

He would have comitted there early had the previous stff offered him. They didn't but the new staff came in and went after him right away, then he began blowing up. His dad is familiar with the area as he was the head coach at UNI and KU so whatever decision he makes will be pretty informed. All of that and there isn't much ahead of him for playing time. I think you'll see a little more from this staff with guys like Allen in the future. They seem much better at connecting. I still think it's Michigan but I do think ISU is the second choice. 

01/22/2016 - 1:55pm Allen has visits this weekend

Allen has visits this weekend and Monday. Nebraska and Iowa State I believe. 

01/13/2016 - 2:23pm The only good one I've heard

The only good one I've heard (I'm not real familiar with the stuff or how it affects you) is that there isn't a good way to test levels in a DUI type situation. 

12/11/2015 - 5:33pm Link:


He may have gotten knocked over by a 50 year old woman. He certainly didn't get run over by a mob of students as the media would have liked you to believe. I also don't know how your leg breaks due to that contact. 

12/11/2015 - 5:15pm Let's clarify some things. He

Let's clarify some things. He was not harmed by anything that had to do with the court storming. He wasn't hit by a student. He may have been barely touched by a lady near him but by video, it looks like he pretty much went down on his own. The early media narrative was completely wrong. I don't neccearilly think the storming was justified but it was a rivalry game in which ISU trailed by 20 in the second half and they came back to win, so whatever. Kids lined up for this game on Monday and if they want to get on the court for a few minutes, let them.