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07/15/2018 - 1:39pm I think this is at the crux…

I think this is at the crux of why Coach B seems to lose these close recruiting battles for 5 stars.  Other coaches will make promises and commitments to these kids that Beilein won't do.  Coach B won't guarantee starting spots or bs kids about how great they already are.  He will tell them they can do what they're good at within the structure of the Michigan team strategy.    You can certainly see how that could make a difference in a close recruitment.  And if you're a one and done type of player, you're looking for the opportunity to get the most out of your one year as possible without having to fight for a starting job.  I have no problem at all with Coach B's approach.  I respect that he won't compromise what he believes in to do whatever it takes to land a one and done.  

07/15/2018 - 8:06am When I walk around the…

When I walk around the campus these days, I'm always amazed at how much its changed since the day I arrived there as a freshman in 1977.  Certainly, a huge amount of money has been spent replacing and renovating buildings like West Quad.  One of the most amazing makeovers is the whole area of the campus around the power plant area where all the new life science buildings are.  That area is unrecognizable compared to my days on campus when it was the arm pit of central campus.  

07/14/2018 - 3:30pm Well, if true, this is a big…

Well, if true, this is a big bummer.  But there are a few bright sides here.  One is that Michigan is pretty good at the PG position for the next 2-3 years assuming Brooks improves quite a bit by next year.  Would Carton have still been a big get? Yes, of course.  But, I think Michigan can still win just as much without him.  

Two, is that this opens a scholarship spot for another really good player - maybe at a position we're not as deep at.  Maybe this will really help now with Girard.  I think Beilein will still get another very good player to fill the spot.  It'll be interesting to see who the staff starts to really focus on.  

07/14/2018 - 2:35pm All true.  But you forgot…

All true.  But you forgot about the roadkill in your tirade.  Michigan could change its name to The Roadkill State if they wanted to, based on the enormous amount of it you see on and next to the roads.  I've driven in many other states, and I've never seen a state even close to as bad as Michigan in regard to not cleaning up dead animal carcasses.  I've seen some in Michigan that are so decayed, they've obviously been there for months.  Between that and the trash and the crumbling pavement, it sends the wrong message as you say to potential businesses that may be thinking about moving here.  

The real bottom line reason for it is they just don't give a shit.  They've developed low standards over the many years and just tolerate it.  

07/11/2018 - 6:43pm Thanks that makes things…

Thanks that makes things clearer.  Yes, shit happens and at least in this case it's July with plenty of time before signing day.  And as long as programs like ND or Michigan don't make a regular habit of it, it shouldn't hurt things in the long run.  

07/11/2018 - 8:27am I really hope this isn't…

I really hope this isn't this year's soap opera recruitment.  There seems to be one every year.  I hope for Zach's sake, that whatever decision he makes, everyone can just be at peace with it.  But I'm not optimistic that will happen if he picks Michigan.  As Yoda would say, "Ohio fans - perspective they have not".  

07/10/2018 - 2:02pm It's pretty obvious the only…

It's pretty obvious the only a-hole is the Sparty slap in your office.  I've never heard anything remotely to that effect about Brandy.  

07/09/2018 - 3:01pm Sam Webb's comments on…

Sam Webb's comments on Carton a few days ago was pretty optimistic sounding.  His take was basically that he feels very good about this one unless the recruitment were to be drawn out longer.  However, if he is planning on announcing within 2 weeks, that is definitely in Michigan's favor.    

07/08/2018 - 1:07pm Good news, but really no…

Good news, but really no surprise.  Sam Webb had basically predicted this.  He also said that an earlier decision favors Michigan.  If Carton draws it out all of a sudden, things become less certain.  But if the insiders are correct, an earlier decision is good news for the good guys.  

07/05/2018 - 10:29am Yeah, he is what he is…

Yeah, he is what he is athletically.   But he is a very good defender and solid rebounder.  So, we'll be fine with him there.  If Beilein and the coaches can work with him to develop a short range jump shot (like 10 footers or so) and continue to have Simpson look for ways to feed him the ball on breaks to the basket, he can increase his scoring average.  I doubt though he'll ever be a proficient 3 point shooter.  

07/04/2018 - 5:45pm I think this definitely is q…

I think this definitely is q good thing for us.  At least he is strongly considering Michigan, so it gives us a chance.  Yes, in the end, his proximity to Columbus may be the difference.  But you never know. 

07/03/2018 - 6:44pm Nothing to see here.  He…

Nothing to see here.  He hasn't played baseball since his junior year in H.S.   This is a last chance fall-back position in case his football career does not work out.  But if I were a betting man, I'd put my money on him being a football player long term.  

07/02/2018 - 12:59pm I like the way you think,…

I like the way you think, delusional as it may be.  

07/02/2018 - 10:58am Although unlikely, getting…

Although unlikely, getting Harrison would make Michigan incredibly loaded at DE.  Wouldn't that be a luxury.  Let's hope.  

07/02/2018 - 10:57am No, I doubt very much that…

No, I doubt very much that will happen.  Najee Harris was one of the most ridiculous recruitments we've seen in terms of how drawn out and soap-opera like it was.  I'd put it top 5 along with ones like Malik McDowell.  I'd guess here that in the end Harrison will just pick either OSU or Michigan and that will be that.  

06/30/2018 - 4:03pm I hope it works out for all…

I hope it works out for all concerned.  John Kolesar and JH teamed up for one of the most memorable plays I've ever witnessed in the Big House - the long TD that broke Ohio States back in the 4th quarter in 1985.  

https://youtu.be/SlR5gdnWzSI

06/29/2018 - 11:43am Personally, I hope this post…

Personally, I hope this post is the last one on the Dobbs soap opera.  Time to move on.  

06/28/2018 - 6:54pm Agree 100%.  Castleton looks…

Agree 100%.  Castleton looks like he will be a beast in a couple years after Camp Sanderson is done with him.  He looks like he has more of a frame to add muscle than Mo had.  

06/26/2018 - 2:16pm I could probably think of a…

I could probably think of a few angles other programs could use to negative recruit us.  But this ND one is pretty piss poor.  South Bend is a hive of crime compared to Ann Arbor.  

06/25/2018 - 11:59am Great news!  Welcome to…

Great news!  Welcome to Michigan, Zach!

What really jumps out in the video highlights is the quick feet.  A lot of big, fast RB's in H.S. can outrun and overpower people.  But, Charbonnet has great change of direction and jump cuts that you don't see often.  Looks like his vision is very good too.  He has a lot of upside from my amateur viewpoint.  

06/24/2018 - 12:27pm All in all, a great day for…

All in all, a great day for Michigan football.

06/23/2018 - 5:24pm When I was in middle school…

When I was in middle school and high school in the 70's, there were very few people in that 6'5" or 6'6" range.  None in middle school and maybe a couple in our high school of 1,200.  Now, you see people that tall or taller all the time.  Better nutrition?  Growth hormones in the food?  

06/22/2018 - 1:33pm "They" is the real core of…

"They" is the real core of the problem here, not Engler.  I've said from the beginning the only way lasting change will happen is if the entire BOT is removed.  They are the cause of the rape culture at MSU and for the shameless attempts to sweep it under the rug.  Until they're all gone, you'll keep seeing the same old-same old from MSU.  

06/22/2018 - 12:34pm Great news!  Sounds like the…

Great news!  Sounds like the kind of tough, hard-nosed athlete Harbaugh loves.  Welcome aboard Joey!

06/22/2018 - 12:31pm As we've seen in the past on…

As we've seen in the past on commitment posts, we need to be aware that the recruits and/or their parents may be reading this blog.  So, any comments about the player should be made with this in mind.  It doesn't mean we can't say something insightful or objective about his skill set or areas he may need to work on or develop.  But, the generalized negative comments that make it sound like we're not happy in some way about the player's commitment can be taken the wrong way by the people affected.  There's a place for general gripes about recruiting, but probably not on specific player commitment posts.  That's my opinion anyway.  

06/22/2018 - 6:41am I think Matthews would be…

I think Matthews would be more likely to be a first rounder, but we'll see.

06/21/2018 - 11:42am I miss the V Bell.  That was…

I miss the V Bell.  That was a major hangout for me and my fraternity brothers back in the day.  

06/20/2018 - 1:39pm That's what I've been…

That's what I've been thinking.  And the year Carton arrives (assuming a commitment), we could also have 4 PG's on the roster assuming no attrition and Z stays for his full 4 years.  Maybe Beilein is keeping his options open.  

06/19/2018 - 3:24pm Good for Jalen.  But it's…

Good for Jalen.  But it's all for naught because Webber will never own up to anything he did.  I've long since stopped caring about a Fab Five reunion.  I'm far prouder of the current team and program under Beilein than I ever was of the team in the early 90's.  The championships and Finals appearances of the recent teams were all accomplished as a team and program - not as a bunch of 5 individual guys with their own separate persona.  

06/18/2018 - 1:53pm Very nice!  In this case,…

Very nice!  In this case, change is a good thing.  It's looked the same for so many years, this will really add more visual interest to the whole field.  

06/13/2018 - 2:11pm Assuming he's a one and done…

Assuming he's a one and done, I think Michigan, with the addition of him, would have an excellent chance at winning the national title in 2020.  And that would be another great selling point.  

06/13/2018 - 2:09pm Yeah well, that's the way…

Yeah well, that's the way you become when you're Duke.  You assume every top prospect can't wait to enroll at Duke and you can cherry pick who you want.  

06/12/2018 - 1:38pm That stinks.  I think I'd…

That stinks.  I think I'd not go swimming or boating in Ford Lake for a bit.  Too bad the women rowers practice on that lake.  

06/08/2018 - 10:45am Well, it would continue our…

Well, it would continue our streak of 5* running backs who either wash out, transfer, or don't have productive careers.  Bummer.

06/08/2018 - 10:42am Well, the McCaffrey boys…

Well, the McCaffrey boys certainly didn't feel it necessary to go to the same school.  Maybe all of them want to chart their own courses football-wise.  Good luck to him.  

06/07/2018 - 7:17am He meant Beilein and the…

He meant Beilein and the Pistons as the two groups.  Not U-M.

06/07/2018 - 7:15am I like the way you think. …

I like the way you think.  Beilein is so smart, I wouldn't put this past him.  Either way, I'm really pumped to "get him back".  

I'm also glad the site is back up.  Looks like people are having issues with posting gifs/images.  I'll have to give it a try later.

06/01/2018 - 6:49pm I think you may be right

The question is why is it necessary for him to do this?  Hasn't this issue dawned on Warde Manuel?  Michigan basketball is on the cusp of a whole new era of  continued high level success.  Let's hope that the powers that be in the Athletic Department don't let it slip away.

06/01/2018 - 1:15pm Hell yes!

That play is etched in my memory.  I never let my wife forget how she left the stadium early to go back and study, while I stayed (we were dating at the time so I didn't start  bringing it up until after we were married).  She got to somewhere on State St. when she heard The Roar from the stadium and ran into some store that had a TV on.  Memories.

05/31/2018 - 1:05pm Obviously, if he did want to come here,

scholarship room on the roster would need to be found.  

05/30/2018 - 5:34pm I could see Matthews being one of the top scorers in the

B10 next year if he works hard on his shooting in the off season.  Without a doubt the right decision for him.  Go Blue!

05/30/2018 - 4:11pm Hell yes!

Hopefully Jalen Wilson will Go Blue today to make the day complete!

05/30/2018 - 3:59pm The fact this decision has dragged on for

so long clearly indicates Matthews is really uncertain which way to go.  It's making me really nervous.  Hopefully, he will come around and realize that coming back will be the best thing for him at this time.  

05/30/2018 - 10:22am Amen on needing Matthews next season

If he leaves for the NBA, Michigan's ceiling for next season definitely drops.  I can't see a grad transfer, even if we could find one, nearly picking up the slack.  And there probably aren't any good enough high school guys left in the 2018 class who have any interest in MIchigan.  

05/29/2018 - 11:42am I was going to answer

no, but what's the point now?

05/28/2018 - 3:30pm Hot isn't the word for it

Here in Ann Arbor it has to be a record high for the day - probably around 95 right now.  Yesterday it was about the same.  

Remembering my Great Uncle John who died in the Pacific in WWII.  On my bucket list is to visit his grave in the Punchbowl in Honolulu.  Have a great Memorial Day everyone!

05/24/2018 - 3:07pm He won't go unless he's stupid

In college, he can use his ability to con high level recruits to come there where he can cruise to an easy winning schedule every year and get into the NCAA tournament.  In the NBA, where there is much more talent parity, his mediocre coaching ability will be exposed and everyone will be able to see behind the curtain.  

05/24/2018 - 3:03pm Seriously

You know as certain as sunrise and sunset is, Beilein will have a winning record against him eventually.  And the national media dipshits will still be raving about how great a coach Izzo is.  

05/23/2018 - 8:17am It probably had nothing to do with his

decision, but I'm going to tell myself that the shitstorm going on at MSU over the last years soured him on East Lansing.  $500 million is way too cheap for them to get out off the hook.  

05/21/2018 - 1:59pm 15 yards of mulch is a frickin HUGE amount

for someone's yard.  Fine for a commercial building  I guess.  Beilein must have a big property.  I agree though with the large snow shovel as the best way to move it - at least shredded mulch and not the big chips.  I prefer cedar - the smell is the best of all of them.  Some mulch plain stinks like shit.