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09/15/2018 - 10:54am I'll definitely be switching…

I'll definitely be switching back and forth between the UT and TCU games and will be rooting for both of these teams.

09/14/2018 - 10:07pm Their mascot is the Bobcat. …

Their mascot is the Bobcat.  Dennis Franchione (former head coach of Texas A&M) was their head coach from 2011 to 2015.

09/09/2018 - 8:43pm I don't get them either. 

I don't get them either. 

Just skinny girl clothes, fancy leather shoes, and LOTS of ads for women over 40 or of Russian origin.  

08/11/2018 - 7:53pm A blue soft cover 8.5 x 11…

A blue soft cover 8.5 x 11 inch book entitled, "University of Michigan Football:  The First 100 Years 1879-1979"

The vintage car and beer ads are great!

07/04/2018 - 12:22am Texas A&M

Texas A&M in football

02/01/2018 - 9:17pm Toxic Avenger

Toxic Avenger--that was messed up ( I told my son he should never subject his brain to that)

midnight movie as a 10 year old:  Phantasm    (really scared on the walk home!)

Apocolypse Now (snug into theater as a 7th grader--didnt need to see that at that age)

the original La Femme Nikita (English subtitles)--as a chemist I learned of new uses for sulfuric acid

I have never heard of the Serbian movie--not even going to read about; I'm getting too sensitive in my old age

10/15/2017 - 1:41pm Damn straight!

Damn straight!

08/31/2017 - 8:04pm Same in Austn.  Had to wait

Same in Austn.  Had to wait in line for one hour at the only available station--lucky to have made the commute home.

They keep saying there is plenty of gas--but many of the stations are out.

Told the wife to postpone the trip with the kids to the water park in New Braunfels this weekend as I dont want her to get stuck there.

Stay home and conserve (good excuse to not mow the lawn as well).

12/30/2014 - 5:48pm Shades of Fielding Yost!

Shades of Fielding Yost!

12/30/2014 - 11:25am HAIL!!!!


10/26/2014 - 3:06pm hard-baw


10/26/2014 - 3:00pm No way in hell Hoke wrote any

No way in hell Hoke wrote any of that--it is far too articulate for his feeble mind. 

I wouldnt infer any of Hoke's intentions from that released document.

10/05/2014 - 3:48pm I support this effort in

I support this effort in principle.

However, examine this document below from 2011-2012 concerning the revenues generated by events at Michigan Stadium.

Unless you are making a dent in the admissions number (~38% of revenue) then I am not sure how a delayed admission into the stadium affects DB other than being an embarrasing blip on his radar.

I was erroneously under the impression that a concession boycott could have some effect for those that are already committed to going to the stadium--but they are only about 2.5% of the revenue.

Anyway, I do like the idea proposed by the students, I just think it is important to think in terms of broader effects on the bottom line as detailed in the document attached as the only real way to get the administration's  attention.

10/05/2014 - 1:27am Also think he is gone at the

Also think he is gone at the end of the season.

However, I think it will be telegraphed well before then that Brandon WILL NOT be  in charge of the next hire (meaning he will be gone as well). 


10/05/2014 - 12:39am  
Careful, now.
Way back in


Careful, now.

Way back in the crazy days and late nights of the first coaching search after Carr, I calculated (and posted here) that Texas could overtake us in about 25 years in this category at the win/loss rates each program had at the time.  Fortunately for Michigan since then, TX has had (and continues to have) some issues winning games--so the status quo still holds.

I take the all-time win stat VERY SERIOUSLY  as something not be messed with.  However, it is within reach by others if we keep this shit up. 

Sure, the game and the pride we have in the program is about more than this statistic--but if the day comes when we longer have even this to hold on to, what then?  That is your bottom, IMHO. 

Fortunately, we are nowhere near that and I do remain confident the next coach gets us back to a familiar place.

10/05/2014 - 12:17am coupled with the fact that

coupled with the fact that Rutgers has displayed excellent abilities in blocking all sorts of kicks in the past couple of years (Brandy and Dierdorf rattled off some pretty impressive stats to this extent as foreshadowing shortly before the ill-fated kick, none of which I remember--doesnt really matter anyway)

10/05/2014 - 12:08am Suppose for a moment the the

Suppose for a moment the the Big House looks like Penn St. West next Sat night due to a near complete takeover by rabid Penn St. fans stil upset by what we did to them (repeatedly) during Carr's tenure.

Will it even matter?

I mean, revenue is revenue, right? And who cares who is buying the refreshments as long as they are being sold?  Bottom line is that it's the bottom line, right?

Is it embarrassing that the stadiums is filled with visitors instead of the home team fans?  Yes.  Bad for business?  No.

Dave Brandon = Jerry Jones.

Sorry to be so cynical, but I really think this is how Brandon's brain operates.

10/04/2014 - 11:12pm How long before Brandon

How long before Brandon throws Carr under the bus for "advising" him that Hoke was the best guy for the job?

10/04/2014 - 2:03pm solid history of punking the

solid history of punking the turtle; I was at the first one of those.

10/04/2014 - 12:50pm Nick Sheridan.  Little Brown

Nick Sheridan.  Little Brown Jug.  Nuff said.

10/04/2014 - 12:48pm Pumped!

I'm kind of pumped to listen to this game tonight.  We have a decent track record of punking teams from the mid-atlantic/northeast. 

Predicting a Michigan win:  28-24.  Devin runs for 1 TD and throws for another; a RB scores the third TD, and special teams (or defense) gets us the fourth TD late to give us the victory.

Our backs are against the wall and we'll come out swinging!

Now you'll excuse me while I go fire up some Ufer on YouTube.


10/03/2014 - 10:44pm I agree with this.  In fact,

I agree with this.  In fact, I would posit to say he is already working on this angle.

If he can bring in a big fish, that might change the dialog about his job security.

 At this point he has  to have a home run lined up for immediate hire the split second Hoke is canned.

But there are some serious timing issues that make this seem improbable of actually being pulled off.  Mainly, would he still be around to do the hiring of a big name coach who most likely wouldnt be availbable until after a bowl game?   

Maybe a high profile coordinator would do the trick?  I know Michigan likes to hire coaches with prior HC experience, but the timing issues for a coordinator may not be as sticky.  I am not advocating any of this, just thinking aloud.

I have always felt that Hoke was a placeholder for a bigger hire to come later--but I am less sure of that now than I was a few years ago as I dont think winning football games is Brandon's main MO.


10/02/2014 - 1:38pm Seconded.


10/01/2014 - 9:58pm Precedent for ignoring the

Precedent for ignoring the money man:

Down here in Austin, the new AD (Patterson) didnt give a flip who billionaire Red McCombs (whose name is on the Business School--sound familiar?) wanted to hire as a replacement for Mack Brown.  Instead Patterson asserted his authority and hired who he felt was the best candidate.

Word is that the search was conducted for most part outside of the influence of the big boosters --and this helped create an environment in which a large culture change was possible in the football program. McCombs even said some fairly derogatory things about Strong immediately after he was hired--and was solidly and quite publicly rebuked for it. 

So, there is a predecent out there.  Ross is not the owner of the Wolverines.  Real change CAN happen.


10/01/2014 - 8:11pm Looks like I willl need to

Looks like I willl need to call the help desk--I graduated back in '92 so I dont think I ever had one of these ID's.

(that would be 1992, not 1892)

They cant keep old Willie down--I am too determined! 

10/01/2014 - 5:34pm "The End", by The

"The End", by The Doors.

(think Apocolypse Now)

10/01/2014 - 5:31pm i wonder if I HC search firm

I wonder if a HC search firm has been retained yet.

I know the AD does the hiring, but surely the process can start before that ???

10/01/2014 - 11:37am I still cant get in to get a

I still cant get in to get a uniqname--tried Firefox and tried Safari.

I smell a rat (or rather a very dirty, bad weasel)

10/01/2014 - 1:04am not processing my request for

not processing my request for a uniquname-thingy;

will try again in the AM.

stupid compooters

I want to sign this.  I WILL sign this.

09/29/2014 - 4:51pm Brandon is a bad weasel.

Brandon is a bad weasel.

Not a good weasel like a wolverine.

09/29/2014 - 4:40pm was thinking the exact same

was thinking the exact same thing earlier today.

It's all those MGoBlogger's fault!

Pretty clear thet Brandon and Hoke have an Us vs Them attitude now.  Problem with that is we are the customers. 

Amazing how fast we have moved to near wholesale fanbase alienation of this staff.

09/29/2014 - 3:19pm peanut butter jelly with a

peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat--how I miss thee.......:(

09/29/2014 - 10:13am That is so awesome!

That is so awesome!

09/29/2014 - 10:10am Sure, the tix have been

Sure, the tix have been sold. 

However, dont discount the effect of lost revenue due to unsold refreshments.  And the negative press from the cameras showing the empty seats.

09/28/2014 - 1:22pm I did.
It was pretty

I did.

It was pretty damning.  There were dumbfounded that Morris was left in as long as he was.

Dierfdorf kept referring to the fact that Shane couldnt defend himself, and therefore had no businees being out there. 

They both sounded tremendously relieved when Gardner went in.

Then, they both sounded surprised when Morris went back in for one play to replace Gardner.  Mistakenly, they said that Speight had his helmet on and was ready to go in, which led to a small discussion about burning the red shirt.  After the commercial break, they were quick to point out their mistake and said that Speight never had his helmet on/was in jeopardy of losing his red-shirt.

They kept  trying to get the sideline guy (Crash?) to get them updates on Morris' health.   When they finally got the update is was in a very somber voice that Crash said they took Morris' helmet away.

At least this is how I remember it.  All very surreal.

09/28/2014 - 12:08pm I was doing the same thing

I was doing the same thing only at the computer as I listened over the internet--it sounded that bad even without seeing it with my eyes.


09/28/2014 - 12:28am Willie Heston's Predictions

My predictions:

1.  Hoke makes some sort of forced/scripted apologetic statement re: the Morris fiasco in order to keep his job for the duration of the season.

2. Hoke is gone at the end of the season no matter what.

3. Brandon keeps his job for the duration of the season unless there is a serious drop in revenue of stadium refreshments due to empty seats.

4.  Brandon knows Hoke is a dead man walking and is lining up the next head coach in order salvage his reputation as AD at Michigan.

09/27/2014 - 11:54pm If any of this is even partly

If any of this is even partly true, I wouldnt be surprised to see some off field issues resulting from this and the eventual label of "lack of iinstitutional control" levied--the same thing that led Bobby Williams to be fired mid-season.

09/27/2014 - 11:48pm I always felt this is exactly

I always felt this is exactly what went down in leading to this hire.

09/27/2014 - 11:19pm Not to give off any negative

Not to give off any negative waves, Moriarity, but i said the same thing in another post.

I live in TX, so I am exposed regularly to Jerry's ineptitude.

09/27/2014 - 10:51pm Same here.
Actually, I havent

Same here.

Actually, I havent wanted to hear him since last year.

When the game is about to come on over the internet, I put it on extra low volume until I hear Brandy just so I dont have to hear Hoke during the pregame.  Cant stand his voice or any of the things he says over and over that have little  to no substance. 

Never liked the hire of Hoke.  Brian's initial assessmenta and forecast of what was to come was SO right.  And yet I wished so bad when he said it he would be proven wrong. 

Brandon seriousy screwed MI football with this hire.  Funny thing is, I always thought Hoke was an iterim placeholder ( a pawn if you will) for THE BIG HIRE that Brandon had in mind.  Alas, I  have come to conclude Dave Brandon is the Jerry Jones of college football--profits are paramount, winning is an after thought.

To hear the fear for the safety of Morris in the voices of Brandstetter and Dierdorf today, that really got to me.  I havent even seen the footage yet.  This is unexcusable negligence.

09/27/2014 - 8:36pm Anger, not ennui. CAN HOKE NOW!

first post in 3 years..........


absolutely discraceful what I heard over the radio today--seeing it in person must have been much worse.

Surely, Schlissel can go over Brandon's head  on this and can Hoke for cause.

It's not about the losses.  Hell, there was a brutal stretch in the '30s when we couldnt beat Minny (6 in a row we lost to them).  It is the blatant disregard for player utilization, development and safety.

Not ennui. 


01/15/2011 - 2:25am I like Brian, but hope he is

I like Brian, but hope he is wrong for the sake of the program.

Most of me feels he will be vindicated in his feelings about this hire, however.

01/15/2011 - 1:17am Congrats, fuman.  Time to

Congrats, fuman.  Time to change the avatar now that you've been released to the half-way house.


edit:  oops, my bad. Looks like you're on your way.  Enjoy your night.

01/15/2011 - 1:11am Nah

Good? No.

Just the usual weekend Texican Boilermaker:  Tequila shot followed by a can of Pearl Beer. Actually, it's not bad.

Looking forward to the day when I can once again afford Hornitos (c'mon stock market....)

01/13/2011 - 4:14pm Chics and HotRods

That picture makes me think of GSimmons85 cruising the 'graph in the '80s--except I dont remember the chics in Redford looking like that.

01/12/2011 - 6:23pm That would be me, too.

That would be me, too.  Except I didnt have to do community college.

From the time I finished my BS degree at Michigan to the time I graduated with a PhD from Texas, I only received 2 B's--the rest were A's and A+'s.  

I was definitely motivated by the second chance.  

I see Tate back on the team in a year.

01/12/2011 - 4:00pm That title could be construed

That title could be construed as a good thing, right?

01/12/2011 - 3:58pm I can't help but think the

I can't help but think the real Pimp Hand belongs to Lloyd.

Why was he so silent during the whole Freep Jihad?

I know I'll get killed for this, but part of me thinks he might have had a hand in Rosenberg's hatchet job on RR.

01/09/2011 - 1:41am or............he is just

or............he is just holding out to take the Penn State job once JoePa's Head retires.