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08/16/2016 - 10:23am When at Penn State they

When at Penn State they played

to a man they were flayed,

As by Ramsay or Roose 

at the Dreadfort.


To the line Hoke did ride

27 times out of pride,

and got one yard each time

for his effort.

10/11/2011 - 8:53pm Anyone know if there's a

Anyone know if there's a plausible alternative to Austin Jackson?  I'm not a baseball expert by any means, but it seems to me whatever benefit we get from his legs is offset by his (recent, admittedly) offensive ineptitude.  

09/07/2011 - 1:38pm The man should consider Northwestern

to be united with Chi Chi Ariguzo and Jeremy "Fried Ice Cream" Ebert.  

08/26/2011 - 7:18pm A few notes/corrections:

The word is that Kain Colter is the second QB off the bench, not Watkins.  In the early going they're actually calling him "QB 1b" -- I think he might have the start against BC in week one.   Colter is an athlete, could be a RB or WR if his dreadful passing doesn't improve, though that's what people said about Persa prior to his breakout last season.


The NU concept of "superback" is bizzarre.  Dunsmore is more like a hulking un-tackleable slot than a TE, Nagel is basically a fullback, and Rooks is a blocking only TE.  Kind of.  Dunsmore is a beast.


Among the LBs rumor is that Ben Johnson has been passed at SAM, I think by Proby.


At safety, freshman Ibraheim Campbell looks to play alongside Peters.  He's alleged to be fast, which is not something you hear a lot when discussing the Wildcats.


Special teams: watch out for Venric Mark in the return game.  He's a tiny burner who took one to the house vs Wisconsin last year.  He may be more involved in the run game too, but that's just a guess.

07/13/2011 - 1:55pm A few suggestions:

The Rilo Kiley song, as great as it is, belongs to a past era.  This year the tone should be less depressed, more blood thirsty.  Ideas:

Okkervil River, "For Real":

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Muse, "Stockholm Syndrome":

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Dirtbombs, "Underdog":

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Edit: I haven't been active in a long time, and somehow I forgot how to embed.  Apologies.

07/01/2011 - 11:32pm The original NU has a third blog that could be linked:


It's not updated frequently, but it's frequently genius.

11/20/2010 - 10:19pm I'm sorry you're the one to get the beating for this,

...because I've seen it all over the godamn place recently...


but you mean REGRESSING, not digressing.


Bonus: if you say "plus territory" to mean "in your opponents' side of the fifty" you should die.


11/06/2010 - 7:03pm I'm fine with the DC.

It's the offense that needs new blood.  At the end of the third quarter Persa was something like 11 of 15 passing, meanwhile his RBs were averaging about, oh, 3 YPC.  Wtf??   If he were allowed to chuck it 40 times NU puts this game away.  This was disgraceful.

11/03/2010 - 7:37pm You're so right.

I narc on my friends when they jay walk.  It keeps them from becoming child molesters.

11/01/2010 - 1:48pm leg 'er down a smack 'em yack 'em.
intr.v. jibed, jib·ing, jibes Informal

To be in accord; agree: Your figures jibe with mine.
10/15/2010 - 12:20pm 42-30


10/07/2010 - 5:18pm This is very true.

Before you read too much into Saturday's gaffe-fest at Minny, remember that last year NU lost to the Gophers and, unbelievably, Syracuse... before winning at Iowa and at home against Wisconsin.  The fact that the Wildcats won ugly despite three red zone turnovers is a novel and auspicious development.  

Other factors to keep in mind:

Fitzgerald has been stubborn as hell trying to find a non-Persa based run game, but will be forced to revert to his typical pass happy playcalling in tough games.  Persa's numbers are going to be astounding at least a few games this year.

TE/SB Drake Dunsmore is as scary  and essential as Ebert, and was out for the second half vs. Minny.  He's cleared to play against Purdue, so woot.   

NU shot itself in the foot with penalties the last two weeks but if the past is a guide that is unlikely to be a problem going forward.  Fitzgerald's teams are usually some of the least penalized in the league.

I think the Knowledge is right on at 6-2, but those two losses will still be competitive.

10/04/2010 - 8:43pm But:

Shouldn't the middle brother be wearing a CMU helmet?

10/01/2010 - 1:17pm 62-24

Michigan wins, gets a defensive TD.

09/27/2010 - 5:08pm It'll be a strange one:
  • Iowa: home versus Penn State and Michigan State, at Michigan and Northwestern
  • Michigan: home versus Iowa and Michigan State, at Penn State, Northwestern off
  • Michigan State: at Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State
  • Northwestern: home versus Iowa and Michigan State, at Penn State, Michigan off (also OSU off)
  • Penn State: home versus Michigan, Michigan State, and Northwestern, at Iowa


PSU @ Iowa:  Iowa by 14 or so.  Claybourn makes haggis out of Bolden's innards.

MSU @Iowa:  Iowa  hangs on.

Iowa @ UM:  Iowa's RB corps has by this point been reduced to a walk-on border collie named Squiffy.  MM fears no scatback, Denard throws for 350 and UM rolls by 21.

Iowa @NU:  Shootout.  Iowa wins in OT.

MSU @UM:  RR breaks out some new tricks.  This one gets ugly.  56-24 UM.

UM @PSU:  UM, this one's close.

MSU @ NU: Persa's been held back in the OOC, as Fitz sought in vain a functional running back.  The quest will be abandoned, and Persa will launch 45 or 50 passes, completing 45 or 50 of them against that Spartan back 4 that reminds me of that Python sketch called "Upper Class Twit of The Year Contest" except of course on the class front.  NU by 20.

MSU @ PSU: The Twits handle the Haggis;  ugly.

NU @ PSU:  NU by a TD.  The two best LBs in this game wear purple.


Bonus:  Pryor is injured for at least three games, OSU dropping two of these.  Results:


Michigan: 8-0

NU:  7-1

after that

 who cares?


09/24/2010 - 12:26pm It'll be:



09/14/2010 - 12:21pm Buy Northwestern.

NU is in the midst of its annual September mystifying rough patch, but unlike past years (Syracuse '09) they found a way to win despite a clunker performance.  Ask Badgers or Hawkeyes how sucky that team turned out.  Then there's this:  (and remember that Persa played only the first half vs Illinois State)

09/10/2010 - 7:11pm 48-27

3 sacks for RVB.

Crist knocked out in the 2nd.

Dileo returns a punt 20+ yards.

09/10/2010 - 7:11pm 48-27

3 sacks for RVB.

Crist knocked out in the 2nd.

Dileo returns a punt 20+ yards.

09/08/2010 - 11:45pm Not a UM alum, but:

have you read Philip Rothlisberger's Loyd Carr's Complaint?  Pretty Good, a little crusty, definitely cleaner than his human stain.

09/08/2010 - 11:23pm Happy New Year!

Ian Goldfarb

Jibreel Schwarz

Antonio Whitefishsalad (what could have been???)


PS: mmmmmmmmm whitefish salad.

09/08/2010 - 10:47pm Duh


Tshimanga Rosenbiakabutukastein

08/23/2010 - 5:17pm I enjoyed this. JWR3 will be missed.

Though as a Wildcatz fan I'd love just once to be laughed with rather than at.


Eagerly awaiting NIT bubble week,



06/19/2010 - 1:25am Holy hell,

you're really bad at English.  I understand that the MGoBlog community can get a tad triggerhappy when it comes to grammatical or spelling errors, but:

I like see what y'all say

(you're on the left)

06/18/2010 - 10:03pm This would never work.

Dogs need simple, two or three syllable names.  Just imagine:


"Hey boy!  Hey boy!  Hey httpmgoblogcommgoboardotmichigandognames!  Drop it!

06/18/2010 - 10:00pm Chile.

The '73 coup that brought down Allende was an act of war. 

06/18/2010 - 1:55pm Star Tribune unreliable source.

How do I know this?

Holtz, 73, is a great commentator on college football for ESPN.

emphathis added.

06/14/2010 - 10:24pm The only swapping gonna happen:


NB: who said you couldn't penetrate the NYC market?

06/08/2010 - 9:11pm I know that the USA will shock the world in the next few weeks,

but I don't know who's doing PR for this guy:



/1000 words that prove that there is bad publicity.

06/08/2010 - 7:29pm Yes, but

beavers are primarily nocturnal.  I have no clue how good their eyesight is, but I doubt that even on a moonlit night they'd be able to rely on shadows. 

One thought I had is that they may go by terrain slope, in that they're usually near a river, so the land is usually sloping toward the river, and so the tree is usually bending in that direction.  But when you walk the rivers around here, you see trees they've brought down that have fallen away from the river, which is a big fuckup if you're aim is to build a dam.

I should probably stop thinking about this, but I don't know why I can't.

06/08/2010 - 7:24pm Baseball:

I don't know why you can't play baseball in the rain. 

I still enjoy the sport, but man up.

06/08/2010 - 6:32pm You just need a ladder and a badge.

06/08/2010 - 6:16pm I don't know why you replied.

But no harm done.  I posted this because the Beatles thing is genuinely interesting to me, and there are lots of beavers where I live.  And it's the off season. 

06/08/2010 - 6:11pm Now, maybe, but

Sounds too gritty to me.  Too few steps between him and toast.

06/08/2010 - 4:50pm Don't sweat it.

I love the quote, and I'm pretty sure WW was joking.  In fact, why not make

this your avatar?

06/08/2010 - 2:30pm Is "he" me, or


06/08/2010 - 1:47pm Delightful:

...some bureaucrats hell-bent on being a hooker who won't do that.

is there any other kind?  Of bureaucrat, I mean.  Hookers come in all flavors.

06/06/2010 - 12:47pm Don't forget:

You pick up 10 senators and their clout w/r/t research grants.

Sadly, there's no way UVA and MD are in play (for state political reasons) unless the ACC becomes obviously destabilized by SEC expansion. 

06/04/2010 - 7:00pm Needs more


06/04/2010 - 5:34pm Friendly typo-catching:

I'm sure you meant Conelius.

06/04/2010 - 5:26pm (No subject)

06/01/2010 - 3:04pm 99% Agreed

Vandy - oops you already caught that one.

I actually think NU beats at least one of Wisconsin/PSU (probably PSU) but chokes against MSU or Minny. 

And you're spot on about NU dropping a total clunker out of conference just about every year.  It's maddening, and with this year's schedule there's no excuse.

The offense should be the best in the Big Ten, and that even feels weird for me to type.  The weak link in last year's squad was at RB, but I think Arby Fields will step up.  With that much experience on the OL and a running threat in Persa, he doesn't have to be Barry Sanders to get some yards.

I do worry about the defense though.  You're right about our LBs but I fear that we're going to see how much McManis meant to our pass D.  Maybin is OK but there's no way we're going to stop anyone with a pulse.


Thanks for a great article, Jamiemac!

06/01/2010 - 9:30am The Vuvuzela:

Become familiar with your mute button.  The vuvzela is a cheap untuned plastic horn played incessantly by every damn person in a South African stadium. 

The sound:

An article:

Which is great mostly because it contains the line:

The vuvuzela ranges in length from 2 to 3 feet. The longer it is, the harder it is to blow.

05/30/2010 - 9:18pm Close tab.

May require the completion of a criminal background check.

At which point 93% of Buckeye Nation hits ctrl+w.

05/30/2010 - 9:02pm Cool Ranch Doritos.

Is there an XBox in your kitchen?  If so, why?

05/30/2010 - 8:55pm XBox: $300

Makeup sex with a passionate British lady: priceless.

05/30/2010 - 7:01pm Rock seems better suited to a pro-style offense.

With the all the reads and misdirection in RR's game I'd say we should be recruiting from the improv world, rather than from among stand-ups.  This guy is entering his 20th junior year at Dr. Phillips HS in Orlando, and I'd be shocked if we don't end up offering:


He's an inch taller than Rock, and imo has better lateral movement. 

However, in the aftermath of the Dorsey signing there may be some reluctance among the coaching staff due to rumored character issues.


05/30/2010 - 2:15pm HUH?


05/29/2010 - 10:58pm 'Noun' is better

If you must use 'Blue Nation'.

About which: please don't.

05/29/2010 - 10:48pm We won't know for sure until the meltdown.

If you can goad him into one this evening I encourage you to do so.