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12/04/2018 - 7:49am That is an interesting…

That is an interesting theory about the team knowing in advance.  My only reluctance in agreeing with you is that it would be very difficult for that many people (100+), most of whom are young and tied to social media, to keep that secret this long.  Maybe we will learn more.

11/16/2018 - 6:06pm I'm a fourth on the board…

I'm a fourth on the board who was at the 1979 Indiana game.  I was a freshman and wasn't sitting with my usual group from my dorm, instead sitting with a woman who was both from my small town high school and a UM freshman living in the same dorm.  I'm guessing I thought it would be an easy, boring game that would allow the two of us to spend time catching up without having to pay much attention to the game.  Instead, it was stressful, both as a fan watching the game and between the two of us who always had a love/hate relationship.

She wanted to leave before the game was over.  (!!)  I was like, no!, er, yes - okay, but, no!  My indecision took me outside the stadium with her before I decided to let her go and walk back into the stadium to watch, hoping for a last minute miracle.  Can you imagine I almost missed it?  

I walked in and stood at the entrance at gate 35.  I saw the Lawrence Reid "fumble" to an irate Lee Corso, stopping the clock at 6 seconds and allowing one final play.  I saw the miraculous pass to Carter, him almost falling over (he was practically horizontal twice, once in each direction), and then scrambling into the endzone.  The place went absolutely berzerk.  

Of all the videos of the game's conclusion that are available on youtube, I like this one framed by the Michigan Replay segment the best.  It is complete. It has Ufer.  And it has Bo Schembechler asking Jim Brandstatter, "what is a Valhalla?"

08/31/2018 - 1:16pm Awesome.  Thank you.

Awesome.  Thank you.

08/31/2018 - 10:33am Who is the recruit that Sam…

Who is the recruit that Sam was leaving to interview in Tampa?  

08/22/2018 - 8:20pm It might make Drake look…

It might make Drake look better to future employers -- universities who do not favor the football coach over the university president.  He may be looking past his current set of "customers and employers."

08/21/2018 - 5:58pm This was my first thought as…

This was my first thought as well. 

Dickey was the mediocre QB who was the starter during most of my freshman year, 1979, in the shadow of Leach.  Wangler was the backup who could pass (especially to the new freshman, Anthony Carter -- Wangler to Carter).  It was said at the time that Bo was content with BJ most of the time, but when he needed to go deep, he had to whip out the Wang.

I mean, get this on your 12-year-old line.

07/13/2018 - 12:08pm It's weird.  All my other…

It's weird.  All my other podcasts update just fine.  I emailed MGoBlog (I think Seth), but have not heard back.  It is not a big deal during this quiet season, but when football season starts I'm going to want to hear the weekly podcast as well as the MGoBlog Roundtable.

07/09/2018 - 2:00pm I continue to have the same…

I continue to have the same problem with Podcast Republic on my Android phone.  Any suggestions?  I'm missing the podcasts.

07/01/2018 - 10:43am I have refreshed my podcast…

I have refreshed my podcast player/catcher (whatever the apps are called generically) several times and I can't pick up a new MGoPodcast after the last one on May 31.  Is this podcast not being pushed out through the usual channels?

06/21/2018 - 5:31pm My wife and I still miss…

My wife and I still miss Drake's.

06/13/2018 - 1:16pm I prefer the old.

As with…

I prefer the old.

As with so much recent web design, the new site has too much white space and large photos, and not enough compact text to view on a single screen.  I would rather scroll around less trying to figure out what is available.

03/26/2018 - 3:17pm Detroit Mercy

Bacari was at Detroit Mercy, wasn't he?  Catholic school might have a different standard (unless you are a purple-faced football coach at Notre Dame, perhaps).

01/28/2018 - 7:19am The Reporters

Do you think they were the usual sports reporters who depend on quotes and access to do their job covering the team?  Those sort of reporters practice access journalism and I also think many of them simply do not know how to ask a question.

I would prefer that guys like Dantonio had to face real investigative reporters who are pursuing the sex abuse investigation and have no need to hold back against a football coach.

01/05/2018 - 11:45am Ed Feng and Ira

As I was listening to the podcast this morning, I noticed how much Ed and Ira sounded alike.  They had a brief conversation and it almost sounded like a soliloquy.

11/17/2017 - 3:50pm 1981

I distinctly remember the 1981 loss.  It was the opening game away on a Saturday afternoon (of course).  Back then, most games were not televised.  It was not unusual back then for us not to be following the game live.  Besides, it was against Wisconsin.

Instead, I was in the upper deck bleachers of Tiger Stadium with two friends from UM watching a sun-drenched doubleheader. 

When the final score of Michigan's loss to Wisconsin was announced by the public address announcer, it was a total shock.  As you said, Michigan was number 1 in the country, but more to the point we were playing Wisconsin.  To put it another way, we were playing a Big Ten team that was not Ohio State.  Wins were not always guaranteed, but they were assumed.

Great points about the difficulty playing on the road.

11/15/2017 - 2:48pm I think you are mixing up Kipke and Crisler


11/15/2017 - 2:48pm I think you are mixing up Kipke and Crisler


11/15/2017 - 2:44pm Kipke . . . and Crisler

I think Kipke was also fired, or at least sort of fired.

Meanwhile, your explanation to Jen should note that it is Crisler who is super tall, not Kipke.  Kipke is on the far left of the photo.

06/26/2017 - 2:50pm Written

Watching video is too slow.  Much more content can be absorbed in a shorter amount of time from written text.  

Also, video is not workplace friendly.

06/09/2017 - 12:09pm Alright, alright

I procrastinated long enough.  I'm in.

04/25/2017 - 6:30pm Tartan Turf

The 1969 turf was called tartan turf.  It was still there when I was a freshman in 1979 and for quite a few years later, as I recall.

The electronic scoreboard was new in about 1968.  It is the first one I ever knew.  I've seen pictures of the earlier one that had the clock with hands.  The 1968 scoreboard lasted until about the early 90s, when the first video scoreboards were installed.  (Those were probably the ones prior to the current huge video screen.

Looks at other questions . . .

I know we beat UCLA in 1989 (in the Rose Bowl stadium for a regular season game).  I was at that game.  Was that the last one prior to 2015?  Probably not, but maybe??

I don't know the 1927 mascots' names, but can tell you that the little dogs that pushed the ball up and down the field during halftime in the late 1960s and early 1970s were Whiskey, and then later his pup, Brandy.

03/31/2017 - 6:12pm Burns Park

I came here to add that the original game at the Fairgrounds was on the site of current Burns Park (and Burns Park Elementary).  My wife grew up in the neighborhood and went to Burns Park, along with her siblings.  I know that Ace grew up in the Burns Park neighborhood and I presume went to the school.

03/09/2017 - 11:31am Warde Manuel

Why do so many of you think this was Manuel's call?  Clearly it was not.  We don't know how hard he pushed; presumably he did push for a change.  But this whole mess is on Delaney.

By the way, are we really sure that Beilein didn't decide his team is ready to go and would rather not play a late game today followed by a noon game tomorrow?

01/27/2017 - 3:32pm McDivitt-White Corner

I remember when it was the McDivitt-White Corner before East University was completely closed off north of South University.  It was marked with a gradually rusting metal sign (at least as of the early 80s).  I think the Plaza is a nicer memorial.

01/23/2017 - 10:45am Spartan Bob

No one can run the clock like Spartan Bob.

01/20/2017 - 5:40pm My first thought

This was my first thought.

01/07/2017 - 1:33pm After 21 years living in Cleveland

After 21 years living in Cleveland, I can attest to this.  Cleveland Browns fans of the current generation have no concept of winning or what it might take to do so.  They, and the local media, have no ability to evaluate assistant coaches, and probably lack the information necessary to do so.  

They just know they don't like where they are and are always ripe to celebrate "change."

01/03/2017 - 1:39pm Thinking the same thing

He must have been about to be fired at UT.

12/30/2016 - 7:47pm Is that all there is?

Is that all there is? My athletic trainer son doesn't see anything concerning in this clip alone.

12/21/2016 - 12:00pm My first thought

I agree.  Last year's OSU game against MSU was my first thought as well.

12/21/2016 - 11:58am Pro se

I took a quick look at the complaint, which shows up as a pdf document at the bottom of the article.  I didn't read the content, but was struck by one fact:  it was filed by the plaintiff student pro se (without a lawyer).  Again, I did not read it, but it appears to be professionally done.  More important, who files an action like this without a lawyer (and why wouldn't a lawyer be interested in a contingency fee on a case like this that might garner some media attention)?

Perhaps there is less to this lawsuit than meets the eye.

12/16/2016 - 1:39pm Woody Hayes

I had forgotten that Woody Hayes played Mr. Wilson in Dennis the Menace.

12/09/2016 - 11:55am same

same thought process here.

11/16/2016 - 1:03pm You mean wicked witch of the eastes.

You mean wicked witch of the eastes.

10/02/2016 - 12:07pm Agreed

I thought of the Air Jordan/Air Jourdan comparison immediately (and I know I am not alone).  From my seat at the Stadium, it was striking.  I think it is fantastic.

05/07/2016 - 11:10pm The Michigan League

My wife and I, both MGoAlums, were married in the Vandenberg Room on the second floor of the Michigan League.  Our reception was across the concourse in the Hussey Room.  It is a beautiful space and I think weddings in the League are much better than in the Union.  The League is much less travelled and the event is more private.  

For larger weddings, the League's ballroom is a good choice.

Good luck, congratulations, and of course, Go Blue!

05/02/2016 - 1:59pm 1985

I recalled the 1985 game between No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 Michigan (J. Harbaugh, QB) as a night game, but the records tell me it was a 3:30 start.  It was certainly dark by the time it ended with a tight loss for the good guys.

04/28/2016 - 8:12am Cargo pants

Cargo pants hadn't become Dad gear yet because those of us in the picture hadn't become dads yet.  

03/04/2016 - 10:04am Soo Locks

The Soo Locks have been one of the most critical assets to the United States manufacturing and national security since the Civil War.  Security during WWII was intense (and I think it has been ever since).

My understanding is that the real problem is that while there used to be four American locks, at this point (and for quite some time) only the Poe Lock (which was built in the late 60s replacing another lock by the same name) is wide enough to accomodate the large ore carriers that were built after it was opened.  (They were built BECAUSE it was opened.)   So, there is no redundancy.

Someone mentioned that the lock is fine.  It may be.  But it is the only one and any disruption shuts everything down.  Building another lock at the Soo is long overdue.

02/25/2016 - 5:43pm Too bad

Too bad.  I am really sorry this happened, but I am glad (and not surprised) that you are standing by your long-term sponsors.  I enjoy the podcasts tremendously and am glad they will continue.

02/24/2016 - 1:58pm Great topic; Here's my list


Planet Money

Whistlestop (by John Dickerson on Slate re historic Presidential elections)

Amicus (by Dahlia Lithwick on Slate regarding all things SCOTUS)


Undisclosed:  The State v. Adnan Syed (excellent follow up to Serial's first season)

StarTalk Radio (the Interview with God)

02/22/2016 - 3:12pm 1981 UM v. MSU

Two things about that game linked in this post:  (1.) It was the only away game I attended as an undergrad; (2) It was the game the Michigan alums watched during the film The Big Chill.

02/12/2016 - 4:42pm I agree

I agree.  The message itself is fine, assuming it is true.  The concern is th emotional tone from Beilein.  Is he reacting to stories made up by the press?  I'd like to know.  Is he frustrated with the doctors?  The training staff?  Caris himself?  Or just the situation.  

Unfortunately for him, inserting emotion into it makes it a more tantalizing story.

01/27/2016 - 1:35pm Congratulations!

OMG, congratulations to Brian and MGoWife!!

01/23/2016 - 10:13am Great shot.

And a bonus, it is in the Solon High School gym, where my kids went to high school.   Notable alum:  Jim Mandich.

12/31/2015 - 2:35pm Peppers

It sounds as if we could really use Jabrill Peppers on offense.  Is there an update on his status?  Will he play?

12/30/2015 - 2:33pm If not serious

If not serious, it would have been "to dumb."  #missedopportunity

12/30/2015 - 1:33pm One dollar

I thought Bill Martin worked for one dollar per year as a favor to his alma mater?  Wasn't that what Bacon said in Endzone?  Or was that only during the last few years of his term?

12/30/2015 - 1:29pm True

Yes, this is true.  Corporations seem to "value" the fact that their executive pay scale is higher than other corporations.  A corporate financial advisor I know once told me that many companies want to make sure that their executives are paid in the top 25 percent of their industry.  This essentially ensures that executive pay spirals upward, without any bearing on performance.

12/28/2015 - 1:01pm O'Neill?

Where did this come from?  I don't recall any incident in the OSU game involving O'Neill.  Have you heard about an injury during practice?