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11/14/2018 - 9:49pm Wow!  May be the best…

Wow!  May be the best November game from a Michigan basketball team ever.  At least the best I can remember.  With this defense, the sky is the limit for this team.  Hopefully, the revenge tour continues  againt UNC in 2 weeks.

11/14/2018 - 7:38pm Incredible first half on…

Incredible first half on many fronts.  Wow - Iggy is the real deal.  Rare to see a freshman play at that level.  Now, the guys need to finish them off.  

11/14/2018 - 3:09pm This has to be a good sign…

This has to be a good sign after visiting last month.  He has to be seriously considering coming here, and probably wants to check out some more details.  

11/14/2018 - 1:19pm Definitely, Gray and…

Definitely, Gray and Charbonnet are the headliners here.  Please, please, please, hoping Gray has an outstanding visit and the two guys hit it off.  

11/12/2018 - 6:22pm People fretting about…

People fretting about Samuels need to take some smelling salts or just take some really deep breaths.  The coaches see all these guys in practice extensively all season long and know who is the best to carry the ball, and in what order.  I assume that Tru Wilson has earned the carries over Samuel and based on what we've seen, I'd say that is correct.  Hopefully, Samuels will continue to improve and earn more carries.  

11/12/2018 - 1:40pm Agree completely.  

Agree completely.  

11/12/2018 - 1:37pm Yes, but the point is he's…

Yes, but the point is he's not a real professional play-by-play person.  He's a color commentator in a job he's not well suited for, regardless of his long ties to Michigan football.  I agree with those who think Michigan deserves better.  All they have to do is find a good play by play guy, move Brandstatter into the color slot, and give Dan Dierdorf a friendly pat on the back, and wave goodbye.  

11/12/2018 - 7:12am This was our first trip to…

This was our first trip to Rutgers, as part of our goal to go to a game at every Big Ten stadium.  I agree with most of the comments about the gameday experience.  Basically, it was kind of boring and lame IMO.  As others pointed out, the attendance by Rutgers fans was poor.  It was by far the least vocal and large student section I've ever seen.  Their band seemed like a largish-high school band by comparison to Michigan.  The PA system was pretty poor and seemed to be only on one end of the stadium.  There were not enough restroom facilities and had long lines out the door despite the relatively low attendance.  The layout of the stadium and field was fine, but I wouldn't want to sit in the upper deck, as it's steep and wind exposed.  

Tailgating.  We brought all our stuff to set up a tailgate, and although the strong winds made it difficult, it turned out fine.  In general, the options on where to tailgate if you want to set up a tent are limited.  The stadium sits next to a golf course and is across the road from a nice, big treed park.  Yet they don't allow tailgating or parking on either.  We ended up at the St. George Greek Church, which is really close to the stadium. They were very nice and accommodating in allowing us to find a place to set up our tent.  The cost of $35 is very reasonable too.  They have indoor bathrooms too, which is a plus.  The best part was the upper lot where we were was filled with fellow Michigan fans.    I think the few other Rutgers lots where you can pay cash on the day of the game are a lot further walk from the stadium and would not have had nearly as many Michigan fans.  

Driving around New Brunswick was a real pain compared to Michigan.  The river going through the middle of everything limits access quite a bit since they don't have many bridges going across it.  This means the traffic is a lot worse most of the time.  Fortunately, with one person driving and the other using Google maps we managed to get where we needed to go.  

Having gone there once, we are unlikely to go back in favor of other away game sites where the game day experience is better.  

11/11/2018 - 10:50am So is 4:00 the new 3:30…

So is 4:00 the new 3:30 kickoff time, to accomodate more media timeouts and reviews?

11/09/2018 - 4:44pm We just arrived here in New…

We just arrived here in New Brunswick.  Already saw a bunch of Michigan fans in the hotel lobby.  I brought all our tailgating stuff, but am concerned about the conditions tinorrow.  Low 40's and windy.  I'm going to try the Greek church first and go from there.  Yellow lot is huge, but quite a ways from the stadium.  (Yes, I do know there is a shuttle).   We'll be in section 110 on Michigan side of field.

11/07/2018 - 11:09am I'm not sure how many people…

I'm not sure how many people on this blog know how long he's been the band announcer.  He was doing it in 1977 when I was a freshman at Michigan, so I know it's at least that long.  In my Michigan fandom, I've never known anyone else doing the announcing.  

11/06/2018 - 6:32pm The hotel thing is what I'm…

The hotel thing is what I'm trying to figure out.  Yeah, you check now on the travel sites and everything in a 10 mile radius of the stadium is booked.  I have to believe a lot of those reservations are from various fanbases who may not get to the game.  We'd definitely like to go if Michigan gets there.  Indy is a great place to visit for sports events.  Lots of great places to eat near the stadium area.  

11/06/2018 - 6:25pm Yup.  I was careful to make…

Yup.  I was careful to make no typos.  

11/06/2018 - 2:44pm SO creepy looking.  It's…

SO creepy looking.  It's still hard to understand how he was able to marry into the Harbaugh family.  

11/06/2018 - 1:45pm Great tip on the Alumni…

Great tip on the Alumni Tailgate.  It's on Fitch Rd. right near the stadium.  Here's the link on how to get tickets.  It looks like it runs 1-3 p.m., and costs $45 per person ($35 for alumni association members).    

EDIT:  In looking at the site, this event may be sold out.  You can always contact them to check though.  

11/06/2018 - 1:36pm In reading their website at…

In reading their website at least, it sounds like they fill up the lot from back to front, and would require you both to drive in at the same time.  But I've not been there before and in practice they may not do that.  

11/06/2018 - 12:55pm Thanks.  We have to pick up…

Thanks.  We have to pick up our daughter at the Amtrak station on Friday, so all that is convenient to go to.

11/06/2018 - 12:47pm Thanks for the info.  On the…

Thanks for the info.  On the map it doesn't look that far, but that's almost always the case.  30 minutes is what we're used to walking to get to the Big House from where we park, so that's doable.  

11/05/2018 - 2:19pm Didn't he also have a cameo…

Didn't he also have a cameo appearance on the Munsters show back in the day?  I think it was an episode where a Rams scout saw Herman kicking a football into orbit when he was in a park playing with Eddy.  

11/05/2018 - 10:33am Exactly what we've come to…

Exactly what we've come to expect from the worst fanbase in college football.  Brain shrinking microbes must be in the water down in Columbus.  

11/04/2018 - 10:55am My most excited moment at…

My most excited moment at the game yesterday was the Tarik touchdown (before they called it back).  What a great receiver he is - so smooth.  I'd like to see us really use him against Rutgers to get him fully back into the offense.  

11/04/2018 - 10:52am Yeah, I don't know about…

Yeah, I don't know about Franklin.  He's a good recruiter, but you guys can do better I think.  My favorite "Franklin moment" personally was the Purdue game where he iced his own kicker with a timeout.  Maybe he should delegate calling TO's to an assistant.  

11/04/2018 - 5:44am I was there and heard hardly…

I was there and heard hardly any boos.  Mostly loud cheers.  

11/03/2018 - 6:29am IDK about BTN, but I saw a…

IDK about BTN, but I saw a huge ESPN bus rolling into town Friday.  

11/02/2018 - 1:33pm Holy smokes - what a list of…

Holy smokes - what a list of players!  Let's hope for a big win tomorrow.  

11/01/2018 - 1:05pm I appreciate ALL of Michigan…

I appreciate ALL of Michigan's players from the walkons on up.  Putting in all the time and work they're doing, plus going to school is amazing to me.  But I think Quinn will be banging the 50+ yarders again before the season is over.  

11/01/2018 - 1:01pm Some people should not be…

Some people should not be head coaches and Don Brown is one of them.  He loves doing what he's doing and likely doesn't want the stress of being the big dog at his age.  In fact, he's said before that he doesn't want to go anywhere else at this point in his career.  And this isn't like the old days where the DC is paid very modestly.  He's making a ton of money.  So, unless he has really rich ambitions, the move up to HC just wouldn't be worth all the extra crap involved in the job.  

11/01/2018 - 11:15am Right on the mark.  For one…

Right on the mark.  For one thing, he doesn't seem to realize that he can't be looked at as any kind of credible media person when he makes predictions to "motivate" some team.  Anyone can be a loudmouthed, opinionated personality to get clicks and attention.  But you can't be both.  

I lost respect for Ray a few years back when (on WTKA p.m. show) he would constantly badmouth and otherwise denigrate the value of athletes getting their degree vs. leaving school to make money.  And he wasn't just talking about first round draft picks either.  

10/31/2018 - 3:38pm Watch what happens in…

Watch what happens in Columbus as we get closer to The Game.  Meyer is going to make some announcement that this will be his last game and ask the players to "win one for the Gipper".  Thus he will go out as the ultimate tool of all time in head coaching ranks.  

10/31/2018 - 2:17pm I'm not worrying about our…

I'm not worrying about our defense showing up to kick some Penn St. ass.  They will.  I just hope the offense has the same fire, especially after the week off.  Michigan definitely wants to strike quickly in this game scoring-wise, and get up on them early.  Our OL and running game will be key to moving the chains and keeping the PSU offense off the field, just like the Wiscy game.  

10/31/2018 - 11:30am Good riddance.  This…

Good riddance.  This actually gives me a small, tiny, glimmer of hope that the Big Ten actually cares about the quality of the basketball officiating, AND is going to do something about it.  

10/30/2018 - 1:13pm Reading about how well…

Reading about how well Simpson and Teske were doing the pick and roll repeatedly is music to my ears.  They did that so well in one game this last season, and I kept waiting for them to continue doing it in subsequent games.  But nada.  That's one great way to get Teske more scoring opportunities, which we'll really need post-Wagner.  As far as him getting three's this season, I'll believe it when I see it.  But I do like to hear that now!  

10/30/2018 - 1:07pm Well, if he does spend 20%…

Well, if he does spend 20% of his time "writing pure troll" articles, it makes your point about him being a "good writer overall" completely irrelevant IMO.  If a writer spends any time being a troll, it undermines his/her credibility for whatever else they write.  I will take your advice though about not taking him too seriously - I won't even click on the link.  

10/29/2018 - 6:00pm If this event helps bring…

If this event helps bring the two sides together more, I'm for it.  I'm still not happy about what he did and how he didn't tell the truth to the Grand Jury.  But in the grand scheme of things and all of the bigger corruption we're seeing in college basketball today, it's time to move on.  I look forward to seeing him in the Big House again on Saturday.  

10/29/2018 - 4:36pm Pretty much.  The backup guy…

Pretty much.  The backup guy is no bargain either for our defense.  He's bigger than McSoreknee, can run well, and looks to have at least as good of an arm.  

10/29/2018 - 4:33pm I don't understand half of…

I don't understand half of what he said, but that doesn't matter.  I think though that this situation is pretty common at many of the other football and basketball factories.  There's no "lifetime relationship" between the school and ex-athlete, and no loyalty.  I think this should be one of Michigan's big recruiting advantages, as long as we can live up to the bargain.  

10/29/2018 - 4:28pm At least we know it isn't a…

At least we know it isn't a night game.  We're planning on driving out for the game and setting up a tailgate.   It would really be nice to know the time of the game to make our specific plans.  I agree with the comment that this just discourages attendance to the games.  Announce it now and be done with it.  

10/28/2018 - 12:54pm Very sad.  As a kid, I…

Very sad.  As a kid, I remember watching Bill Freehan play.  He was one of the stalwart Tiger stars from that era.  Our family's experience with hospice care is that many of their volunteers and employees are some of the kindest, most caring people you will ever meet.  What they do for patients and their families is incredible, especially considering how difficult the circumstances can be.   

I wish Bill and his family a peaceful end to this situation.

10/28/2018 - 11:34am I can't wait to see what Don…

I can't wait to see what Don Brown has planned for Ped State's offense.  He's been simmering ever since last year's game waiting for a chance for payback.  

10/28/2018 - 11:20am How did you like him icing…

How did you like him icing his own freshman kicker yesterday with a timeout late in the game?  Brilliant strategy 

10/28/2018 - 11:17am Stanley was one of the big…

Stanley was one of the big reasons they lost.  If he had had even a solid game, they likely win.  Also, Iowa's safeties are awful.  No way McSoreknee scores on that long run against us.  

10/27/2018 - 12:53pm So far, looks like Purdon't…

So far, looks like Purdon't showed up instead of Purdue.

10/26/2018 - 6:41pm There should be no…

There should be no depression among Michigan fans this week.  Our team is #5 and playing great.  We're in the driver seat for the Big Ten East.  Our remaining rivals look very beatable.  We have a weekend off to just relax and watch some good football games.  The fall weather is great.   The Michigan basketball season is getting close to launching another potential B10 champion team.  Recruiting is looking up.  Things are great.

I have my usual Manhattan tonight and look forward to watching IU vs. Minnie-ha-ha.  

 

10/26/2018 - 3:53pm Pretty much.  Ever since the…

Pretty much.  Ever since the Rays Of Light book self-promotion he was doing (how ironic is that?), his attitude has been getting worse and worse - for whatever reason.  In the last months of his time with Jamie on the WTKA afternoon show, he was getting intolerable to listen to.  And now, it sounds like he's sunk into a whole new well of bitterness.  It's probably a combination of things I'm guessing.  The assistant coach gig that never happened is probably a core cause.  But he should probably get some counseling or go to some motivational seminars to try and exorcise his anger and bitterness before it consumes him.  

10/26/2018 - 2:35pm I think you're spot on.  I…

I think you're spot on.  I think this is the very reason OSU doesn't at least play in the college football championship game every year.  Michigan has played them dead even in a number of the recent games with a significantly lower average player H.S. rating.  And look what Purdue did to them this year and Iowa last year.  Egos and expectations of deserved playing time can eat away at a team's cohesiveness.  

10/26/2018 - 11:28am That's almost a certainty…

That's almost a certainty now, unless Purdue becomes Purdon't suddenly again.  

10/25/2018 - 10:31am I agree completely.  After 2…

I agree completely.  After 2 tough games, the latter of which was MSU, Michigan could use the extra week to re-ground and re-focus themselves.  Typically, Michigan comes out flat in the week after the MSU game.  The extra week reduces the chances of that.  Of course, it also give the team a chance to get some injured guys back, and fix the other issues you mention.  

10/25/2018 - 8:15am These threads need to go…

These threads need to go away, at least until we beat PSU.  Even then, getting the OSU gorilla off our back is far more important now than thinking about playing Alabama.

10/24/2018 - 11:31am Maybe you're just WAY…

Maybe you're just WAY overthinking her post.  Either focus on something else for a while (like a good book) or go down to Schembechler Hall and try to track down RG to ask him yourself.  Good luck with the latter.

10/24/2018 - 11:27am I really hope this finally…

I really hope this finally shuts up the negative, "Rashan is gone" doomsayers on this site once and for all.