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03/27/2018 - 11:02pm Well damn

Mods, go ahead and delete, and apologies to all.

02/05/2018 - 9:12pm Good no call?

Didn't really have a strong rooting interest in the game but I thought that was atrocious.  As we're all painfully aware, the Hail Mary is often successful when a tipped ball is caught by an unintended receiver.  The DB on that play was deliberately removing Hogan from the equation, and it definitely should have been called.

02/06/2017 - 11:21am The most staggering record

The Brady/Belichek records are amazing, won't be broken for a long time/ever, etc.  But wrap your head around the fact that the single-game receptions record is held by ... a Wisconsin running back.

12/31/2016 - 3:01pm Obvious thing is obvious

For most of the past two-plus decades, the RB coach (and, presumably, primary talent-evaluator/recruiter) was apparently not very good at his job.  Hate to say this because he seems like a great guy, but results-based charting . . . 

12/22/2016 - 10:41pm Your acronym is fine

i mean, it worked for KC Lopata.

11/29/2016 - 4:50pm USC

Beat Colorado at home and Washington on the road.

10/31/2015 - 7:54pm Based on the past two years

The rules specifically say Minnesota defenders are allowed to target our QB's chin.

10/03/2015 - 9:30am Sample comment

from the same "two years from now" thread posted on 10/3/13: "Despite first team All-American Joe Bolden, the defense will suck due to a huge hole at NT and no lock-down corner. But the offense, led by co-Heisman favorites Shane Morris and Derrick Green, will keep us in most games."

09/26/2015 - 11:57pm Depends

On where you're going to be.  "Dallas" is a huge place, and folks use it to describe a lot of different areas.  But in general, you should try:

Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell.  Not as good as Austin joints, but best in DFW IMHO.  Note -- proclaiming a "best BBQ" anywhere (either side of Mason-Dixon) is inviting open warfare and negs, but that's the best I've had in DFW.  The onion rings are ethereal.

Bob's Steak House -- if you're on expense account, there's one in Dallas (Highland Park area) and one in Grapevine, there's lot's of great steakhouses but Bob's is best in my book.

Ojeda's Mexican on Maple -- great Tex-Mex at a family-owned joint.  Javier's in Highland Park is also great.

Motor and Maple Burger -- great burgers, also try Twisted Root in Deep Ellum.

Flying Fish in Preston Hollow -- love this place although it's basically a bunch of fried food; kids love the ambience and photos on the walls.

There's a billion other places, but again, depends on where you're going to be.  If you're a foodie, there's a lot worse places than DFW to be.

09/26/2015 - 11:40pm For many years

I've silently admired your mod guidance and advice.  On this point, unfortunately, the student cannot teach the master.  I'm familiar with the difference between "Oh, Oh, Oh" and "Oy, Oy, Oy."

09/26/2015 - 11:25pm Actually

In 5 years I suspect it will be more true.

09/26/2015 - 11:15pm Fine, fine

so I'm not going to get an answer to my question.  I'm also seeing fog at Sun Devil Stadium, so obviously either 1) my TV has gone tits up or 2) I've seen far too many Draft Kings/Fan Duel/High voice Peyton Manning commercials today.  Or it's the vodka.  Yeah, it's probably the vodka.

09/26/2015 - 11:08pm That's not it

Appreciate the suggestion, but already thought of that, and that's not it.  Every other channel, every commercial, everything is in English but the play-by-play on that game. Is this happening anywhere else?

09/17/2015 - 1:52am Another #source

Steve's a friend and former neighbor of mine. I played cards with him the night before the OSU game that year; while he was disappointed with the just-completed season, he was fired up about his upcoming recruiting trips and it's safe to say "resignation" couldn't have been farther from his mind.

4 days later, his resignation was announced via boilerplate press release. As anyone who's read Endzone knows, it wasn't really a resignation, just like the many other coaches let go by Brandon.

In talking with him afterwards, he really had no idea why he was let go. He'd asked for a raise after the Final Four run (he didn't make anywhere close to the current coach's salary), and was rebuffed, and thought that might have been the beginning of the end for him. In retrospect, after reading Endzone, the reason is as obvious as it is stupefying: he was the face of Michigan soccer, and he wasn't one of Brandon's guys, so any success he had would never be attributable to Brandon.

As for why he quit coaching, the reason is simple: he loves Michigan, and wanted to raise his kids in Ann Arbor.

I don't know enough about soccer to know whether he was a great coach. I do know he combines a Harbaugh-esque love of Michigan with utmost integrity and competitive spirit. He should have been the guy who they named the stadium after following a 20-plus year career. Instead he goes down as just another example of Brandon's utter mismanagement.

12/19/2014 - 9:26pm Right there with ya

Although, I was always partial to Elle myself.  Could be that she was on the cover of the first swimsuit issue I ever got.  I also think she'd look great in khakis and a turtleneck..


12/19/2014 - 12:39pm hilarious

cowherd just said chatsports is reporting harbaugh will announce he's taking the Michigan job on December 30.

It's the blind leading the stupid out there.

10/31/2014 - 3:04pm I cannot attend

due to living some 1200 miles from Ann Arbor.  So take this request FWIW:

For anyone for whom attending would not be crippling from a financial or temporal standpoint,please do what you can to attend.  Now is the time for the collective fanbase to put its money (and time) where its mouth has been for the last two months.  Yes, the coaches still patrol the sidelines, but I can think of no better way to show that the invective was directed at the administration, not the players, than to pack Michigan Stadium tomorrow.  Wear maize, get there early, watch the pre-game, sing the Victors at the top of your lungs, and be loud as hell.

I have to believe the players themselves would take some inspiration from seeing a nearly-full stadium (especially the student section) during pre-game.  Whether that inspiration will be enough to counter the (in)effectiveness of the coaching staff is uncertain, but it's got to be better than a tent stake.

I also have a request for Mr. Hackett (who I'm certain has plenty of time to read the blog this afternoon):  This strikes me as the perfect moment to kill the rawk music.  Kill it dead.  Do it tomorrow.  I'm sure you've been attending Michigan games for decades, and you must know how much it changes the experience. If you do nothing else in your interim tenure, this act alone would stake your claim as one of the greatest ADs in history.  (That last sentence is /s, but only slightly).

08/30/2014 - 11:26pm Mike Jones

Mike Jones

11/19/2013 - 3:34pm Hoke lip-reading

Pretty sure the last thing he says is "GLANDA!!" followed by the universal "get the f*** off the field" gesture.

07/08/2011 - 10:24pm not worth its own thread, but. . .

BTN airing 1981 OSU- Stanford right now. Big tackle was just made by . . . Chris Cicero. I'll bet that kid turns out to be a bang-up lawyer and proud Bucks supporter when his playing days are done.

05/26/2011 - 3:12pm Other ADs

Then there's Weidenbach Hall, and the Schembechler Building . . . and the Goss Halo (currently gathering dust in storage).

01/07/2011 - 2:39pm Miles rumors

At a holiday party in 2007, a gorup of 4 guys were discussing Miles.  Each claimed to have an "inside source" that had revealed what it was Miles did to piss everyone off.  Each of these guys is a Michigan alum living in AA with means to have access to/run in the same circles as UM higher-ups and/or AD personnel.  Each had a completely different story as to what Miles did.  The above-referenced rumor was one of them, but the others were completely unrelated.  That particular rumor has certainly bounced around more than others over the years, but IMHO that is as attributable to that rumor's salaciousness as to its potential truthfulness.

I accepted at that point I would never know the real story.  If Martin didn't reach out to Miles, there is a very limited group of people (Martin himself, perhaps Carr or MSC) who really know why.  Unless you hear it direct from them, I wouldn't put any stock in it.  Even if Brian or Bacon wrote a book about it, I'd take the info with a grain of salt unless it was backed with quotes from one or more of that small group, and the source(s) later stood by the quotes.  And that ain't gonna happen.

12/22/2010 - 7:02pm Meram

Rumor has it his scalding finish to the season has him focused entirely on prepping for the MLS draft.  Don't expect any further appearances in the winged helmet.  Obviously, good for him, but a downer for those hoping he might be the answer to our kicking woes on Jan. 1 or beyond.

11/27/2010 - 10:15pm Thanks for this thread

I agree wholeheartedly.  And it did have a significant impact on the game.  First, the TD KO return was caused in large part by a low, short kick -- not sure if Hagerup would have done better, but he's been handling KOs the last few weeks for a reason.  As soon as he caught the ball on the 15 without a coverage guy in sight, you knew it was trouble.  The shanked punt had a big impact as well.  All in all, it provided a nice teaching moment for my son (who I had "suspended" during our backyard football game yesterday for, let's just say, unsportsmanlike conduct).

One of the reasons I love Michigan (in addition to being a brainwashed lifelong fan and alum) is that we do things the right way.  And it gives me confidence that our AD will make what I believe to be the right decision in retaining RR.  In many places (cough, East Lansing, cough), a coach might have felt the need to bow to the UNACCEPTABLE crowd in order to keep his job, or at the very least felt that his AD wouldn't care about the shoddy discipline so long as the product on the field was good.  At Michigan, it's the opposite -- I believe the coach knows that letting a player play despite the rules violation would be a bigger black mark in the AD's book than the blowout loss.

11/22/2010 - 4:35pm Live sighting

Actually saw young Lloyd in person at the soccer game yesterday.  If was after the game, and he had that blissful smile on his face that I remember from earlier in the season.  It was good to see it again.

11/03/2010 - 4:27pm Dorrestein

Watching this for the umpteenth time, I noticed something about Dorrestein that I didn't in any of the umpteen times I looked at the original picture pages or the non-captioned video.  Dorrestein does not get "caught up in the wash" -- he affirmatively releases from the DE and turns toward the playside guys that are being pushed toward him (about 2:05).  Almost like he was coached to do it.  This struck me as odd, given that we've seen Omameh and Lewan repeatedly hopping on such donkeys and whipping them senseless.  I never knew nothin' about OL play, but isn't the fix for this to simply continue pushing the guy in the general direction he wants to go, i.e., angled downfield?  If Dorrestein had done so, the guy wouldn't have gotten to the play side either (a) as quickly or (b) only 7 yards downfield or (c) possibly not at all if Dorrestein had enough push and knocked him off his feet.  Denard would've been well to the outside and presumably beyond his reach by that point.

09/29/2010 - 10:26am No

The Black Knight had plenty of moxie, but he (quite literally) got gashed.  I think we've got too many guys like that starting on D already.

BTW, I hate to be a spelling nazi, but it's Knight with a K.  And as all French soldiers know, it's pronounced "ka-nig-it."

09/23/2010 - 3:58pm The LB at the end

Check how the LB at the end of the play shoots Lewan a glance as if to say, "Where the hell did that come from?"

09/21/2010 - 5:12pm No, I don't know how to internet

But I do know you can get jerseys at

09/16/2010 - 4:44pm #22's read

Another difference (and the reason I don't think it would've mattered which slot was in on play 1) -- in play 1, he's immediately dropping into his deep half, which gives him the time and depth he needs to avoid the block and catch Denard on the angle.  In play 2, he actually steps forward on the snap, so when he starts on his angle he gets caught up in the wash.  I wonder if he got bitched out on play 1 for bailing so quick and thus being unable to catch Denard until 40 yards downfield, so when play 2 came up he's thinking, "Oh man, I gotta get upfield ASAP!"

Also, Te'o was blitzing on play 1, which meant that Omameh had to take him at the LOS, rather than getting on him five yards downfield and pushing him back.

09/16/2010 - 1:48pm Great idea, but

You mangled the lyric:

You don't tug on Superman's cape.

You don't spit into the wind.

You don't pull the mask off the ol' Lone Ranger

And you don't rush only 3 men!

09/16/2010 - 12:58pm Also don't forget

RR should get a +1 for hurdling Odoms' attempted OB cut block as he raced down the sideline -- although this might get cancelled out by a -1 on Odoms for missing the block . . .

09/14/2010 - 7:12pm Kelly

Interesting how he says he can't protect Crist more, and has to keep the zone read in the play call rotation,  "because of the spread offense."  I'm sure there's a segment of the domer population spouting off about how real coaches adapt their scheme to fit their personnel.  Particularly since I'm fairly certain that Crist's injury happened on a zone read keeper (he got mashed in the right side of the head by (I think) Mouton at the end of the play).  Hopefully, that segment is more powerful than the similar subset of Michigan fans, and Kelly gets run out of town before he gets a chance to get his own Denard coached up and on the field. 

09/14/2010 - 3:47pm The most amazing thing

I'm thinking back on the last two games, and I don't remember a single pass in which I said, "Whew, we're lucky that wasn't picked off."  Seems like his incompletions have either been drops, throwaways, or killing Roy Roundtree.  I attribute it to the coaching -- they are either drawing up plays in which there is always a first or second read that cannot be doubled, or Denard is uber-prepared for these coverages through film work, or Denard has been drilled so thoroughly on ball security that he will always take off rather than try to force it in.

09/13/2010 - 10:03pm Beautiful pic

There's a lot of soul-dong-punching going on in that picture.

09/13/2010 - 9:59pm Hate to be a spelling nazi

But you misspelled "weakly."

09/13/2010 - 9:49pm #16 running QB draw

Anyone else get a kick out of seeing #16 running QB draws into wide open spaces in the '81 game?  I expect a repeat this year.

09/13/2010 - 8:42pm The amazing thing is . . .

That quote is attributed to none other than George W. Bush.  How the heck did he know about Tacopants before any of the rest of us did?  I mean, I'm sure Cheney and Rove had know about Tacopants since the late seventies, and there's that photo of Rumsfield shaking hands with Tacopants in that grainy circa 1981, but I'm impressed that Bush was in on it, too.

09/13/2010 - 8:07pm Disgusting

I am so sick of coming to this board the Monday after a big win and what do we get?  Another transfer!?!  How many of these guys is RR going to run off before we're left with Denard, Molk, and 18 guys who aspire to be Kovacs?  But then again, having re-read the original post, I see there's no link.  What's your source, OP (or should I say, Melanie Collins)?  Have you actually talked to Taco?  I won't believe Taco's really gone until TomVH has gotten confirmation from Taco's dad (first name Nacho, I believe -- or is that our new OL recruit?  Tough to keep it all straight).

09/12/2010 - 11:03pm You said it

Consider my Sparty bro-in-law.  I couldn't watch the game live, so had my phone off for radio silence purposes.  After I watched the game last night, I turned my phone back on.  There's a text from the aforementioned SBIL, to the effect of  "look at the Heisman candidate caving like a little girl at the first sign of adversity!!"  I'm not sure what prompted the text -- it came in about 5 pm, and I didn't go back to try to figure out what play he was talking about.  In all events, I happily replied, asking him if he cared to issue a retraction.  To his credit, he acknowledged that he had a large helping of crow on his plate.

09/08/2010 - 7:08pm John Thompson

Came immediately to mind -- my 13-year-old still says he was sure I was going to throw him down the stands in excitement when Thompson scored.  Same game also saw BG's big hit in the red zone.  Also, Warren had the game-clinching pick against Indiana last year (how's that gum, Lynch?).

09/08/2010 - 6:37pm Wonderful

Thanks as always for the work.  Two nitpicks -- in your substitution intro, you mention Mike Williams coming in.  Perhaps you had the duck/juice thing on your brain, but don't you mean Mike Jones?  Second, I think Obi deserved more credit on the fumble recovery -- he took on two blockers (allowing Floyd to be a free hitter), but still did not get knocked off his feet, which ultimately meant he was in position to make the recovery.

09/08/2010 - 3:10pm Yeah, that's one of the main

Yeah, that's one of the main reasons I'm having trouble believing the RABBLEGIBSONRABBLE talk going on.

09/08/2010 - 2:16pm Love your work, but . . .

Where do Shazor, Mundy, Johnny Sears, Chris Richards, etc. fit on your list?

I seriously do love your work, but this seems to be a "pattern" that has been occurring with some frequency even in the late Carr years.  I'm not sure that hanging it all on Gibson makes sense.

If you're looking for the one constant in all this, it's pretty obvious -- this is all Fred Jackson's fault.  (In case it's not obvious, that previous sentence is /s).

09/07/2010 - 3:28pm I loved the quote.

But I hated that the SI article referred to him as a "journeyman."  He's played 3 seasons, all for the same team, and increased his catches, yards, and YPC each year.  How is that a "journeyman"?

09/05/2010 - 9:59pm Brady-Henson

Anyone else remember watching the (I think) Syracuse game in (I think) 1999?  Lloyd was doing his "alternate first two quarters then whoever played better plays the second half" deal (can you imagine if he had tried that with the mgocommunity on the job?), and the cameras showed Brady on the sideline as Henson directed the victory in the second half.  Brady was scowling, and the announcer said, "That's the look of a quarterback who just lost his starting job."

Lessons:  a)  It is a TV show, and is made more watchable by injecting drama/controversy.  b) those announcers will be in a different city next week, watching a different game, and no one (except some guy 10 years later on a blog) will remember their idle speculation.  c)  How'd that Brady kid turn out?  Not saying that's what's in store for Tate, but he should note that perseverance can work in wonderful ways.

09/02/2010 - 12:26pm It's simple

I want OSU to be 11-0 every year heading into the Michigan game, to make that game as big as humanly possible.  At the same time, every time I see them actually playing, I cannot help but root for the other team (with the possible exception of Sparty).

So to answer the OP's question, as I sit here right now I'm rooting for OSU.  If I happen to turn on the game tonight, I'll be rooting for Marshall.  After the game, I'll be grimly satisfied if OSU wins.  I'll be positively giddy if they lose.

09/02/2010 - 1:03am I like the attempt at diplomacy.

I'll always think of them as the Bo and Woody Divisions, but PSU and Nebraska really do deserve a nod as well.  How about the Four Letter State Division and the 1997 National Champion(s) Division?

09/01/2010 - 9:58pm I wholly support Pryor

I wholly support Pryor talking to the media.  I think he should hold a press conference on his views on society, crime and world peace every week.  It would be even better if he had Maurice Clarett with him.  And best of all would be if they held the press conference on the Red Neck Rocker's staircase, with the RNR himself moderating the discussion.

09/01/2010 - 1:29pm Welcome to Michigan/Big Ten football

Michigan has been a red-letter day for every B10 school since time immemorial.  Perhaps it's my arrogance, but I believe that most teams get more pumped up about beating Michigan than OSU, even in years when we are down.  Why?  Most wins, biggest stadium, winged helmets, arrogant fans, brown jugs, whatever -- for most teams in most years, even a losing season can be deemed successful, and perhaps glorious, if you beat Michigan.  So I'm not so worried about all of the new "rivalries."  As the players have said about a zillion times on the CTK videos, "This is Michigan.  There's always pressure to win."

Bring it on.