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11/07/2018 - 3:23pm I actually think this would…

I actually think this would be the smartest way to commemorate the 150th anniversary and I'm disappointed it didn't happen. I'm sure there are some good reasons and probably more stupid reasons it didn't. But it should've.

Also if I remember right, Rutger won that first game in 1869, and then didn't beat Princeton again until the Great Depression.

10/31/2018 - 4:21pm But...the super bowl

But...the super bowl

10/30/2018 - 12:42pm And M was about 5 touchdowns…

And M was about 5 touchdowns better than them that season. Getting absolutely smoked and winning a title is very dumb lucky

10/29/2018 - 2:20pm RE: Patterson's throw…

RE: Patterson's throw location on the near-pick that Perry raked out. Not excusing it - INTs are bad, bad, bad. But the location does seem to be influenced by the passing window the DL gave him.

10/26/2018 - 5:43pm First off, great topic.

First off, great topic.

Football has always been my favorite game, and the one I can talk on most. For those of us who played, especially at lower levels and some years back, football is primarily a hitting game. That's still a part of football's DNA, but it increasingly is becoming more of a passing game (as you point out) and that reflects what pick-up football is - the game is reflecting more what the casual fans' interaction with playing football is more than what die hards know the game as. As concussions become a bigger concern it will probably continue to change more into a passing game, but I hope it will always maintain it's strength/toughness/hitting DNA. If it doesn't, that's such a tremendous cultural shift of what football is, nothing can possibly compare.

Hockey is a team sport on ice. Baseball is a game of throwing, catching, and hitting, of hand eye coordination mixed with speed and teamwork. Basketball is seeing something similar with the explosion of threes - can anyone imagine the bad boy Pistons in today's NBA? However the DNA of basketball has always included skillful shooters. Football is a game that's always been changing, throwing wasn't even allowed when our fight song was written and almost half of our national titles were won. But in my mind, the recent shifts portend changes that can fundamentally alter the DNA of football in a way that makes the most rabid of football lovers worried.

Please don't take this as a "get off my lawn no change evar" comment. The game needs to change. But I hope it remains one where there is strength, blocking and tackling as well as throwing and catching.

10/25/2018 - 3:28pm I think this is my favorite

I think this is my favorite

10/25/2018 - 2:03pm I'm with Greg Dooley…

I'm with Greg Dooley regarding this - it's been so long since we've sniffed the B1G title and been to the Rose Bowl. Playoff would be nice, but didn't Bo say "you win the Big Ten, you're awarded the national title," or something to that effect? I take the playoff in the same stride - you're awarded a spot for a great season, but the Big Ten title is one we can win and haven't in a long while.

In addition to a lot of football being left to play that will absolutely shift the argument around, I'd also just flat be ecstatic to spend my NYD in Pasadena. If we keep winning I'm happy and wherever we spend the New Year will be a treat.

10/25/2018 - 1:30pm As many others have…

As many others have commented - I love when you drop these references to Roman history in here. And that quote by Brennus was always one of my favorites. And Chase Winovich oughta braid his hair so he can look the part of a modern day Brennus.

10/22/2018 - 7:50pm Beat ohio and it's not even…

Beat ohio and it's not even close. I'm fifty/50 on whether I'd rather go to the Rose or the Playoff.

10/09/2018 - 6:28pm I mostly agree with…

I mostly agree with everything you say - except I'm possibly the only guy in the world who actually finds baseball pretty exciting. The drama inherent in every at bat, especially with 2 strikes, compares to a 3rd down for me. I think the beauty of dazzling fielding and the athleticism of a spot-on throw compares visually with an aerobatic drive to the rim or a leaping catch on the sideline. While basketball has momentum swings on every possession that are compelling, sometimes it feels like a marathon of points, and you're just watching to see "will this be close before they slow everything down in the last five minutes?" The pitch-to-pitch and out-to-out drama of baseball keep me engaged in a way that only football can do better. 

But all that aside, I'm definitely more optimistic on basketball's future. I do think baseball has paths forward for international growth they haven't explored. And while I love football I expect the game to go through some hard changes before it gets a mass, international appeal.

10/09/2018 - 2:27pm I'd be pretty okay with…

I'd be pretty okay with going to the Rose and getting snubbed from the playoff if we win out. But really, winning out is a tall order. Even finishing this schedule with 1 loss will take a bit of luck. Winning the Big Ten and beating OSU are tall orders and if we do that we'll be in a bowl that I'd be happy about.

09/19/2018 - 5:23pm Wow, didn't know Tennessee…

Wow, didn't know Tennessee had never had a Heisman winner

09/06/2018 - 5:22pm We all knew Mo Hurst was a…

We all knew Mo Hurst was a big deal, I guess we're seeing just how big of a deal in this game. Another good OL this week should give the younger guys another challenge, I'm sure they'll step up.

09/05/2018 - 11:44am So Stueber, Mayfield and…

So Stueber, Mayfield and Hudson all see the field this year, and we're still thin at tackle next year but hopefully with functional starters.

Shouldn't Logan Tully-Tillman be on this as well?

09/04/2018 - 5:34pm Thanks for posting this. I'm…

Thanks for posting this. I'm proud of our team, coach and school for honoring her and trying actively to make ours a program that is part of the solution, not the problem. Especially on the heels of this offseason, it's important for a major college football program to do something like this, and I'm proud that it's ours.

09/01/2018 - 12:38pm Dammit Brian this post makes…

Dammit Brian this post makes me noice how dusty this room is

08/31/2018 - 2:22pm -Be very happy and…

-Be very happy and cautiously optimistic for the season (unless there are big red flags)

-Be very sad, ruin my weekend, and have me cautiously optimistic for the season (unless there are big red flags)

08/31/2018 - 1:28pm I am very nervous. I hope it…

I am very nervous. I hope it stays dry. I smell another classic. I'm so happy it's football season.

08/30/2018 - 7:07pm This is very telling

This is very telling

08/30/2018 - 3:46pm This guy has principles and…

This guy has principles and I admire him. I'm incredibly moved by his resignation, and then his cojones to go to the press about it

08/29/2018 - 6:48pm Like most of us, I love…

Like most of us, I love football more than the average Michigan fan. I would stop watching, and I would be very sad.

If this happened but instead of a slap on the wrist Michigan or Harbaugh took forthright action to fire those who've done wrong, I'd keep watching. And still be shaken and sad.

08/27/2018 - 1:08pm That was beautiful

That was beautiful

08/27/2018 - 12:36pm I'd trade down to 8 wins if…

I'd trade down to 8 wins if it meant we got to beat OSU. But if I had some faustian option of picking either beating Ohio or winning the Big Ten, or even just the Big Ten East, it's a coin flip for me. 10-2 would be great but yea I'd rather beat Ohio than have another also ran 10 win season.

Beat Notre Dame.

08/24/2018 - 2:46pm On 1 I was reading an…

On 1 I was reading an article on Eleven Warriors where there were "mixed feelings" about the result, and a fair amount of folks saying he should have been burned harder (but also some saying "he didn't know")

I really hope you're right on 2. The Gibbons incident was the closest parallel, DJ Durkin has me wondering though. I hope we never have to see.

08/24/2018 - 12:26pm This story has depressed me…

This story has depressed me and made me question why I watch sports. I'll still watch but my love is absolutely shaken.

I take solace in two things: 1) A sizable portion of OSU's community seems angered at the light punishment, 2) While I'm not confident our University would handle things better, I am confident that the purveyors of MGoBlog would. And I hope that pressure would be enough for someone in charge to do the right thing.

08/23/2018 - 12:55pm "And then how are you…

"And then how are you supposed to care?"

There are so many conflicting thoughts and feelings about the sport I love and how it may actually be evil and terrible for kids. I want to change it because playing it and watching it were such a positive experience for me. Yet as the moral rot proves not to be a bug - it's the damn feature - I start to get apathetic about trying to preserve a sepia toned experience. And hearing that "it's always been bad" just makes me question my own history with this game.

And that apathy turns to anger as I read headlines and increasingly come to terms that it's not just sports - it's every large institution that puts their faceless organization ahead of real people.

08/03/2018 - 3:56pm I thought that we had some…

I thought that we had some limit over the number of night games in a two year stretch, at least for home games? And I'd thought we'd done our quota since we had MSU and Minnesota as night games last year. Yet clearly if Nebraska and Penn State are planned at night, I'm mistaken in some way.

08/03/2018 - 12:52pm I get where you're coming…

I get where you're coming from. I'm a capitalist who's proud to work in corporate America, and I believe in the value of good finances. And far too many of our institutions, including public ones, are held to a standard on how much revenue they bring in. It's a useful and convenient metric but we've abused it and over-valued its importance. The stated core mission of most (all?) universities is to extend knowledge, learning and understanding - not to generate revenue for research. Both sides of that hyphen are related, but they are not the same thing.

08/02/2018 - 1:14pm Really tangential - but this…

Really tangential - but this quote is so relevant to Benedict Arnold. Had he died on his suicide charge at Saratoga, he'd be the hero of the battle that turned the Revolutionary War. But he survived, Congress didn't give him his due, the war kept dragging, he got disillusioned and became America's most infamous traitor.

But then you think of George Washington - who perhaps knew this quote, and so gracefully stepped aside. And was pulled back into the fray. And when politics started to get his name dragged into the mud as a villain by some, he stepped to the side again and set one of the great precedents in American political history, one that survived until FDR and when it was broken was amended into Constitutional law.

08/02/2018 - 11:57am Yea - my take from this is…

Yea - my take from this is it's really hard to be a college football coach. Most get fired. If you can string a couple of good ones together in a row, wow. And most (probably all?) blue blooded programs had at least one legendary coach give them a decade of success since WWII.

To the OP - great work on putting this together.

08/01/2018 - 1:13pm I sure hope that the…

I sure hope that the Michigan community would stand up to a popular coach who did something terrible the same way we stood up to an unpopular AD. That, unfortunately, is another thing none of us know until it happens.

07/30/2018 - 12:32pm Thank you for keeping me…

Thank you for keeping me informed on the local news of  city I know longer live in but will always love

07/02/2018 - 6:14pm Considering that everyone…

Considering that everyone laments the death of local news, and Ann Arbor is a city we all care about even if we’ve gone elsewhere - thank you for keeping us abreast of local issues.

06/06/2018 - 9:21am Couple minor bugs on mobile …

Couple minor bugs on mobile - clicking the profile icon on the top right doesn’t seem to do anything. When opening the internal links on the top left, there seems to be a bit of a hiccup when scrolling through those links (so it’s difficult to get to “where to eat in Ann Arbor.)

06/06/2018 - 9:11am As someone who usually reads…

As someone who usually reads on the train, I very much appreciate and like this

05/21/2018 - 10:37am I went there as an ROTC cadet

Your description is on point. It was one heck of an experience, and a valuable insight into what freedom means. One of the best places for anybody to visit.

05/11/2018 - 12:10pm AFN

Armed Forces Network was pretty solid for carrying M Football games. I filled it out by also getting an ESPN International package - this was 6 years ago so and I'm sure the streaming prices and content are all a ton more confusing now.

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm Summer of Beer and Whiskey

Not mentioned yet, and a real fun read about baseball in the dead ball era

05/01/2018 - 3:05pm This is a good proposal

While every team makes the playoffs, the best team in each league is automatically in the LCS - everyone else is basically in a "play-in" tournament.The end of the regular season for the top teams runs concurrently to the post season for the worst teams. It both values the regular season more than we currently do and makes a more bonkers post-season that makes tanking less appealing.

05/01/2018 - 3:05pm This is a good proposal

While every team makes the playoffs, the best team in each league is automatically in the LCS - everyone else is basically in a "play-in" tournament.The end of the regular season for the top teams runs concurrently to the post season for the worst teams. It both values the regular season more than we currently do and makes a more bonkers post-season that makes tanking less appealing.

03/12/2018 - 1:35pm Roger Penske

In the midst of the recession in December 2008, he told us to learn Chinese. Kind of a depressing commencement. Of course that spring commencement had been at the Diag, which was kind of incredible. So, you win you lose.

03/06/2018 - 7:48pm Nice graph in this article

FiveThirtyEight did a series of articles a few years back on the big four North American sport leagues. In short, football and basketball are more geared towards favorites and home field advantage on a per game basis. Baseball and hockey are almost always 50/50 contests:

 

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/on-any-given-sunday-nfl-favorites-…

EDIT: Moneyquote, "In hockey and baseball, even the worst teams are generally given a 1 in 4 chance of beating the best teams. Meanwhile, in the NFL and NBA, teams like the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2014 and 2015 Philadelphia 76ers are sometimes given no more than a 1 in 20 chance by odds makers. And while only about 1 in 100 NHL or MLB contests feature a heavy favorite (75 percent or higher), about 1 in 4 NBA and NFL games reach such a standard. That is, about a quarter of NFL games each weekend are bigger mismatches than the most lopsided baseball or hockey games — think the Dodgers hosting the Phillies or the Sabres traveling to Pittsburgh."

There's another article they had where they talked about how many games each professional league would need to have a regular season that was "fair," but a) I think the per-game analysis is more relevant and b) I can't find it in a google search so here you go.

02/22/2018 - 10:43am I am especially happy for this group of women

Not sure if this has been posted but it’s worhh a read. Way to go, ladies!

https://www.theringer.com/olympics/2018/2/20/17031044/united-states-wom…

02/22/2018 - 9:32am 2-4*

It’s okay, Canada’s a great country. Tim Horton’s, Mounties, natural splendour (I spelled it Canadian for you), some land surprisingly south of 54’40” (no need to fight), and the second best women’s hockey team in the world!

(Also - you won your last gold 4 on 3 in overtime. “Dominant.”)

01/26/2018 - 6:31pm This is what concerns me

This is not an MSU problem - this is scarily more pervasive. MSU may be exceptionally horrible, but there are a lot of places which will let a winning athletic department with square jawed coaches who represent "the brand" get away with this (and the "Branded a Spartan" line made me icky). As long as these coaches win and say the right things, they'll sweep despicable acts under the rug and talk about how the coaches are role models. Penn St and MSU are the more monstrous examples, but I have a hard time believing it's not a lot more pervasive. We got a small taste of it at Michigan with Gibbons - thankfully the University did the rightt thing. I know that there are evil people who'll join successful programs in the future and I damn sure hope the University will continue to do the right things. And I hope for sure the AD will join them next time around.

01/10/2018 - 5:59pm Alan Branch, Brandon Graham, and Mo Hurst?

I know Graham was an end but he also WAS the Michigan D at a low point in Michigan defensive history

Start: Graham

Bench: Hurst

Cut: Branch

01/10/2018 - 5:50pm 4th Down and 5 I thought?

But yea, that's the one I remember most.

With QBs I think it's cut Griese, and the argument is Brady or Harbaugh based on college careers. With Receivers I think there's a consensus but it's a lot tougher. That MSU game did happen, and I'd say Braylon was the big reason Chad Henne and Mike Hart's only Big Ten 'ship happened their freshman year.

01/09/2018 - 5:45pm Got it

Front 7 on D and the blocky-catchy types on O for sure then

01/09/2018 - 5:24pm Yes this is a great idea

Are you sticking to current players? If you're doing former, I'd love to see a focus on the great lineman of Michigan lore - especially Steve Everitt (sp?)

01/04/2018 - 6:43pm Definitely "The Wire"

and "Breaking Bad" is solidly #2. GoT is a great show, and the first few seasons was up there, and when the 5th season deviated from the books I was hopeful it would go in a better direction. Unfortunately the last 2 seasons the characters and plots have lost some of their complexity. First 5 seasons definitely in contention with BB and The Wire. Although I'm not sure anything will top The Wire season 4.