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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.

12/18/2017 - 3:54pm Like NBA Backboards

Great diary. it should be doable to use sensors on the sidelines and in the ball to create a virtual ball and field that track the real ball on the real field. From there, the "chains" should be able to be set remotely by a simple controller - the "chain crew" could be reduced to one guy, or given to the replay official in the booth. Every first down the chain crew toggles a button that sets the line to gain.

The real question is - as you mention - how to determine when a runner is down? Short of putting sensors on every player all the time, I think a more elegant solution can have the chains light up when the program senses the plan has been broken - like the backboard lights up in basketball when the clock strikes 0:00. That way an official on replay can determine when the chains light up, is the runner down? Same thing for the goal line - was the runner down before the endzone lights up?

Currently, reviewing the spot fo the ball is barely more than theatrics - and since officials get "catch/no catch" wrong often enough with replay, it makes replay in general feel like another excuse for the guy in the red hat to waste our time. Having some visual indication of when the ball has actually crossed the plane can change that - make replay actually be worth a dang.

10/26/2017 - 10:35am Trademark? MGoLawyers needed

Still a valid question about trademark law: did Crisler steal from himself, or is his genius the property of his employer?

09/16/2017 - 3:23pm Speight had a stupid fumble

We recovered it though. And I think you're mostly right - we moved the ball and didn't finish drives. But because of that a mediocre AF team hung around all day. That is a problem

09/16/2017 - 3:20pm Edge blitzes

Why were they even getting to our inside runs with an edge blitz?

09/15/2017 - 8:52pm Asterix the Gaul

That comic was my jam. And don't be embarrassed of Tin Tin that was awesome too.

09/08/2017 - 4:42pm 100% Agreed

And -  while not a billion dollar industry at the time - the game was incredibly popular when it last changed. I do think the magnitude of how popular it is means the change is NOT going to come from a business like the NFL. Even college football up until the '80s - before TV money - was not quite a business yet. It's hard (but not impossible) for large businesses to adapt, but the fact that when Teddy Roosevelt was in office this game changed, became safer, and became ultimately more exciting and more popular makes me less cynical on football's future. And also far more willing to accept change.

Frankly, it's people like us who are going to lead the change. Not Roger Goodell or Jim Delaney.

09/08/2017 - 4:24pm The game will continue to change

Or if it dies, something else will fill the "contact team sport" niche. I imagine in the future it may not be the most popular game in America, and become more of a niche sport. As someone who loves the game more than the average American this makes me sad. But I think there are always going to be a number of young boys and men who will benefit from letting off steam in contact sports rather than trying to prove themselves in more disastrous ways. I thank god I had football as a kid and that my parents let me play - against their better judgment.

I don't think the NFL will change it - they've too much vested in the current game. I think any change will lead to a loss in popularity, for a time. I think it's as likely that we see football fall and rugby rise as our culture figures out what's acceptable. I think any changes will be led by middle class Americans who love the game and realize it needs to change or die to be acceptable to a society where people live long into their sixties and seventies, and dementia is no longer just a fact of life but a preventable condition based on a lifetime of choices and accidents. I'm imagining high schools or colleges in a football mad state like Pennsylvania experimenting with less players, less equipment, different rules to govern blocking and tackling.

Change is scary but it can also be fun.

08/01/2017 - 12:28pm 65 Teams in Power 5?

If you count ND, shouldn't there be 65 teams in power 5? Although not counting Notre Dame makes sense too. Might be worth putting in the lead for the next post

07/05/2017 - 7:23pm Great topic!

I read an excellent book once called "Engines of Change," which talked about 15 cars that shaped American driving. It concluded that the Model T is far and away the most important car in American history, and the real question was what's second. I agree with that - the Model T isn't only the most important car in American history, the only car that compares in automotive history is Karl Benz's first ever practical automobile. Nothing else changed American society as much, and the subsequently caused worldwide changes in infrastructure and transportation.

As for 2nd, I find the Jeep a compelling arguement while also pointing out there were quite a lot of things that helped us win WWII. So I'd like to make the case for the Ferrarri killing Ford GT - the win at Le Mans was the greatest moment in American motorsports history. I don't think that compares to being a major driver in the bloodiest conflict in human history that still shapes the world we live in today and allowed the triumph of democracy across Europe and East Asia...but it's still pretty awesome. Okay Jeep definitely gets #2 in my book.

But until something changes our driving habits as much as the T did by inventing our driving habits, the Model T has got to be king. So...the question will one day be the Model T or the first practical, affordable and widely distributed self-driving car?

06/09/2017 - 2:44pm There is baseball and softball at Tokyo

Thank goodness the Japanese love the game more than we do

06/09/2017 - 2:40pm I think this can be fun

I'm a bigger vball fan than basketball - but if there's beach volleyball, why not 3-on-3 basketball? Totally agree that baseball and softball should be in the olympics as well, but I don't see how that should prevent 3-on-3 basketball. Also I'm excited to see AI aback in action on this: https://big3.com