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05/07/2013 - 3:14pm Kovacs in Miami

Jordan Kovacs rips it up, right in the Lions backyard, three-time all big ten player and he goes undrafted? What part of game saving tackles and interceptions does the NFL not like?  

There were 21 Safeties taken in the 2013 draft this year.  Here is a look at how Kovacs performed during the UM pro day three cone drill and would have ranked at the combine.

Keep in mind that the three cone drill at the combine is literally a combination of everything a player needs.  It tests power, linear power, circular speed, multi directional speed and breaking.   

Kovacs Three-cone drill: 6.62 seconds (1st of 14 Safeties)

That is a fast cat fellas.  Dude can stop and go and get to a spot in no time.  


05/07/2013 - 2:09pm Do the math

10 non-smoking football players + 1 non-smoking football player  =  11 non-smoking football players

Which could comprise a football team.  

It won't work if you do 10 non-smoking football players + 1 smoking football player because there is too much running in football and smokers cough when they run.  I tried doing the math a few different ways, it just doesn't work.  

05/07/2013 - 11:49am And then grow up some more

Would you rather have a smoking punter chasing a return man as the last man to beat?  

Or would you rather have a non-smoking punter chasing a return man as the last man to beat?  

Team rules are important beacause they make the team stronger.   


05/02/2013 - 2:53pm I like it

The kid has talent.

05/02/2013 - 10:01am Talking Logistics

How would we start working towards that expansion?  Do we wrap around the brick colliseum to cover the north and south end zones, or do we do an outdoor seating vertical end zone expansion similar to what they are doing with Lambeau this year in their S. end zone?  

I do like the idea of getting closer to a solid 140,00.  


05/01/2013 - 4:50pm I see you young fella, it's a great year for the Derby

And gentlemen, please feel free to root against Pitino's horse:  Goldencents

There will be no refs at Churchill Downs bailing this horse out of an empty gas tank at the mile and 1/16th pole.  

Sorry Rick, your horse is going down!  Study up fellas, for the next few days it's all derby, trifectas, superfectas, boxes and wheels.   

05/01/2013 - 2:12pm Atlanta is a Convention City

It is one of the nation's biggest convention cities.  So, they may want to incorporate the stadium into their convention facility, in a fashion similar to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

If so, maybe it is more than just a sporting event facility, which could help make the case for a new investment downtown.  I'm speculating, but it wouldn't be a surprise if that's one of their non-sports targets.    

04/30/2013 - 9:27pm I see you Northwestern

Quietly hanging out with Sparty, Wisconsin and Iowa.

04/30/2013 - 8:05pm Is this the right font?

Anyone want to buy a yellow parapet steel "halo" full of Michiganisms?  We have the world's largest out back under some tarps.  Free if you haul OBO.    

04/30/2013 - 3:03pm Bacchus!!!!! WEEEEEEEE!!!! More Wine!!!!!!!!

The Senate thing was just a stupid rumor.  

That being said, it makes me think that all future AD contracts need the following safeguard clause:

  • "I pledge to steer very clear of embarassing bacchanalian partisan-politico mud festivals."

Congrats, you did not destroy your brand today via a self inflicated "kamikaze" death spiral into the side of a mountain, please don't do it tomorrow.  

04/30/2013 - 2:27pm Our Pizza Sucks!

But the lembas is tasty?

04/30/2013 - 1:10am Sorry

Recently, beginning in 2011, one significant Notre Dame home game is aired during the 7:30pm time slot per year, and this year it is USC.  

The 9/21/13 Notre Dame vs. Sparty game is a 3:30 pm kickoff on NBC.    

All of the other Sparty games are TBA.  However, if Sparty runs the early season gauntlet . . . Western MI, USF, Youngstown State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois?  


Is that even a football schedule?!

I guess Sparty could end up on primetime television as some sort of consolation prize for having the weakest schedule in the history of college football.  

Seriously, someone needs to look at this thing, the 2013 Sparty schedule is a total hilarious joke.  It looks as if a Big Ten team decided to pretend they were in the Mountain West or something.  They avoid Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Penn State.  Wow, thanks, let's have a playoff now, I guess.     


04/29/2013 - 4:31pm Little Bro

Are you afraid of the dark?  

04/28/2013 - 6:06pm What

What about Jabrill Peppers?

04/27/2013 - 5:10pm Your Right

Man, I would take a Ty Law 2.0 any day as well.  Both Wolverines are certainly worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame.  

But your right, if Peppers is being targetted for offense and special teams, that certainly wasn't Law's area of expertise . . . although Ty's three super bowl rings and 53 career NFL interceptioins also got the job done.   

I generally thought Jabrill Peppers was going to be used as a Cornerback, but that 10.77 second NJ 100-meter dash record and his highlight tape certainly makes you wonder.  

04/27/2013 - 1:01pm Or how about Ty Law 2.0

Here is a quick snapshot of some of the very greatest defensive players Mattison has coached:  I'm missing quite a few as I only focused on NFL franchise All-pro credentials, but he has obviously had a chance to coach some of the greatest defensive players in the history of football.  If you start adding all NFL players and college greats . . . the Mattison list gets much larger.

  • Charles Woodson
  • Ray Lewis
  • Ty Law
  • Terrell Suggs
  • Ed Reed
  • Trevor Pryce
  • Haloti Ngata
  • Corey Redding
04/26/2013 - 1:36pm Calvin O'Neal

It's not easy to break through the Oosterbaan/Charles/Carter blockade at the C position.  However, that being said, Calvin brought a dominating intensity to the Linebacker spot that made him one heck of an All American during Bo's early years.   

04/26/2013 - 1:20pm Amani Toomer

Could also be thrown on the A recievers list.  He had a pretty nice stat line in the Super Bowl a few years back.


04/24/2013 - 2:48pm Want to talk about the Lions?


04/23/2013 - 5:41pm Seriously?

The sort of good news here, regarding not showing up on time, is that this is a problem throughout college football.  So, it's not specifically a Michigan issue. 

However, that being said, if you can't show up on time to enjoy a fall Saturday in the largest stadium on Earth.  If that stadium experience doesn't work for you, then you might as well not bother.  In fact, don't show up, because I'm guessing your the lowest common denominator and everyone in your section will suffer.  

There are going to be 115,000 people there, join them on time and put down the damn pom pom!   



04/23/2013 - 5:39pm Look

As much as I like the Hinsdale Central Red Devil Helmet's Horn's, I think a set of maize wings might be just what the doctor ordered.  

I hope Ian likes the idea of playing in front of 115,000 people in the greatest stadium in all the land.  


04/21/2013 - 10:41am Who are the Lions?

Weird.  Never heard of them.  

04/18/2013 - 7:48pm Excatly

We are actually levitating 971 feet above Everest, to be exact.  

04/18/2013 - 3:24pm Let's Do This!

When you take the thirty thousand foot view of the current state of Michigan athletics, you quickly realize that you are actually levitating 71 feet above the 29,029 foot summit of Mt. Everest, next to a space whale, geting to watch Coach Hoke climb the greatest mountain with a bunch of athletes in Winged Helmets.

This is really happening, and we are about to absolutely take it to the opposition, under the lights, in the World's largest football stadium.

04/18/2013 - 3:09pm Get Your Ice Axe Ready

04/18/2013 - 2:31pm Exactly

Leaving after your freshman year isn't what it used to be.  The NBA is full of giant veterans and journeymen just waiting for the first opportunity to send your 19 year-old self packing for the Belarus B League.  

Take advantage of the rookie scale, insurance and time commitment that is given to those who return and get drafted higher the next year.  


04/17/2013 - 5:12pm I would vote to rotate the banner like Google's homepage

Have a bunch of approved banners from both sports.  That way you can feature a bunch of different athletes and coaches within the structure of the banner logo/brand.  

04/17/2013 - 4:56pm Man

He straight up flew on that 1st dunk.  Eye level with the rim dude!

NBA likes that! 

04/17/2013 - 4:52pm Congrats to THJ! Best of luck in the NBA! Just like your Dad!

It's the Sophmore's team now.

If McGary and Robinson return (with Stauskas), it provides them an excellent opportunity to prove that they are worthy of being picked somewhere from 1-10 in next years draft.  

If you get drafted there, obviously, you get a much greater financial commitment and development commitment from whatever NBA team picks you.

Here is hoping they stay and take advantage of the opportunity, just like Burke did, and end up being rewarded in a similar fashion.   

04/16/2013 - 2:10pm Linked Up

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04/16/2013 - 1:59pm Let's get this straight

A few years ago we lost some games to Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State and USC.  Is there any other program we played against, during that period of time, that is now on probabtion?




04/15/2013 - 7:17pm Hollowell

If Hollowell keeps tackling and wrapping up on a daily basis, like he did in the Spring game, the rewards will come.  I certainly had to bust out the binoculars a few times on Saturday to realize it was Hollowell making a play on the ball.  

Good ball pursuit and tackling.  I hope he keeps it up.     

04/15/2013 - 1:18pm The Stadium Was Busy

I think it was pretty clear that there was a lot of touring activity going on at the Big House during the tourney run.  It must have been fun.      

"Hey, Recruit XYZ, any chance you want to tour the newly renovated world's largest football stadium, the Bill Davidson Player Development Center, a brand new Crisler Arena, and the Al Glick Field House . . . and take in a few epic Great 8, final four and National Championship basketball games."

"It's also 2004 and I was wondering if you wanted to buy some stock in Google."  



04/14/2013 - 8:13pm Congratulations and Good Luck in the NBA!

Trey Burke set an amazing example, for all college athletes looking to go pro, how important it is to value player development.  By returning to school for his Sophmore year his stock shot way up and he has positioned himself to have the best possible chance at a very productive NBA career.   

Here is the 2012-2013 NBA Rookie Salary Scale.  What a difference a year makes!  Good luck to you!


Pick Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 QO
1 $4,286,900 $4,479,800 $4,672,700 26.10% 30.00%
2 $3,835,600 $4,008,200 $4,180,800 26.20% 30.50%
3 $3,444,400 $3,599,400 $3,754,400 26.40% 31.20%
4 $3,105,500 $3,245,200 $3,385,000 26.50% 31.90%
5 $2,812,200 $2,938,700 $3,065,300 26.70% 32.60%
6 $2,554,200 $2,669,100 $2,784,100 26.80% 33.40%
7 $2,331,700 $2,436,600 $2,541,600 27.00% 34.10%
8 $2,136,100 $2,232,200 $2,328,300 27.20% 34.80%
9 $1,963,600 $2,052,000 $2,140,300 27.40% 35.50%
10 $1,865,300 $1,949,200 $2,033,200 27.50% 36.20%
11 $1,772,100 $1,851,800 $1,931,600 32.70% 36.90%
12 $1,683,500 $1,759,300 $1,835,000 37.80% 37.60%
13 $1,599,300 $1,671,300 $1,743,200 42.90% 38.30%
14 $1,519,400 $1,587,800 $1,656,100 48.10% 39.10%
15 $1,443,300 $1,508,200 $1,573,200 53.30% 39.80%
16 $1,371,200 $1,432,900 $1,494,600 53.40% 40.50%
17 $1,302,600 $1,361,200 $1,419,800 53.60% 41.20%
18 $1,237,500 $1,293,200 $1,348,900 53.80% 41.90%
19 $1,181,800 $1,235,000 $1,288,200 54.00% 42.60%
20 $1,134,500 $1,185,600 $1,236,600 54.20% 43.30%
21 $1,089,100 $1,138,100 $1,187,100 59.30% 44.10%
22 $1,045,600 $1,092,700 $1,139,700 64.50% 44.80%
23 $1,003,800 $1,049,000 $1,094,100 69.70% 45.50%
24 $963,600 $1,007,000 $1,050,300 74.90% 46.20%
25 $925,100 $966,700 $1,008,400 80.10% 46.90%
26 $894,400 $934,600 $974,900 80.30% 47.60%
27 $868,600 $907,700 $946,800 80.40% 48.30%
28 $863,300 $902,100 $941,000 80.50% 49.00%
29 $857,000 $895,600 $934,100 80.50% 50.00%
30 $850,800 $889,100 $927,400 80.50% 50.00%


04/14/2013 - 6:57pm Also

If your athleticism gets you that much time and space, like we see in the highlights, one might just take their time and casually look a catch into the body.  

I'm thinking the hands are there when the D gets tighter.  

04/14/2013 - 6:51pm Yeah

You're right.  Actually, maybe we should bump him down to 3 Stars because he was committed to State in the first place.  Clearly the recruiting sites need to take into account bad decision making.  

Just kidding, this kids awesome and everyone should get the chance to change their mind and pick better college situations.    


04/14/2013 - 6:33pm I bet he gets bumped to 5 Stars

He has solely committed to playing football, and he switched his original commitment from State to a Michigan team, that on paper, has a significantly better QB, RB, OL, TE, Coordinator and WR situation.  

IMO, I think he has a much bigger ceiling and is a better prospect now that he is with Michigan.  5 please.  



04/14/2013 - 5:05pm Star Bump Question

Do recruiting services ever give players a "star bump" for changing a commitment from one team to another that has a higher level talent base?

If a player chooses to surrond himself with higher level recruits, in theory, he would immediately increase his own stock and abilitiy to perform.  It is afterall a team game and I wonder if the star system accounts for that, especially at positoin like WR.    



04/12/2013 - 10:46pm In My Opinion

I think public discourse and information regarding player insurance is underreported by the mainstream media. Actually, any reporter that fails to mention insurance policy options in their "going pro? yes/no article" is probably conducting journalism malpractice because they are blatently omitting huge financial instruments that many athletes have to consider.      

How many one and done NBA players could have benefitted from having better information regarding their insurance options?  I'm not sure, but we do know that more player development was needed for many of those college stars that ended up playing ball in Turkey, Sicily and Rome.  



04/12/2013 - 10:23pm Insurance

Typically, the cost is roughly 1 percent of the policy's value, or abut $10,000 for every $1 million worth of insurance.  In basketball, contract money for the best rookie players - those expected to be chosen in the lottery/first round would generally get between 2-10 million.  

NBA rookie contracts are for two years and teams have an option on Year 3 and Year 4 of the contract.  

So, a player's family could pay approximatly $20,000 to $100,000 in insurance, depending on their lottery draft projection.  

Obviously, $10,000 to $40,000 policies that protect $1 million to $4 million are much more common, and these policies would cover the majority of draftable players in today's current market.    

Some families will take out loans for this type of coverage.  


04/12/2013 - 2:16pm Who are the Lions?

Seriously.  I have no idea.  

That being said, reading the clippings the past few weeks, I couldn't tell if Hanson retired or if he and the Lions failed to make it happen because of money/contract issues.  Reports were conflicted.  

However, based upon the sad history of the Lions, it wouldn't surprise me if they somehow botched signing Hanson and they, in turn, end up not making the playoffs this year due to kicker issues.

You read it here first, this is going to happen, and Lion's fans are going to wonder why on Earth they didn't give the third highest scoring player in NFL history a greater incentive to return.  



04/10/2013 - 8:13pm Blown Calls

Since this site has existed, has there ever been a Michigan fan outcry about officiating like this?  I was texting people about how bad the officiating was 10 minutes into the game.  At the time we had a 12 point lead and I was not betting on this game.  Usually fans complain about officiating after a close call in a crunch time loss, that is typical and expected, but the obvious game changing bad calls started rolling from the very start and lasted for 40 minutes. 

It would be nice to archive these calls in video and in writing . . . for the record, on mgoblog's main page, and draw some attention to a part of the game that needs to be improved in the future.  We are looking at about 10-25 significant game changing blown calls in Atlanta that went against Michigan, and then some more that went against UL.     

I was impressed that Steve Kerr and the annoucers brought up the officiating problems during the game, but traditional media is not going to give this much attention.  At the end of the day, the only observers with a true stake in this are moderate - high basketball IQ Michigan fans (For example, people that know goaltending, inbounding contact and kickball rules) and NCAA rules committee representatives.  


04/10/2013 - 4:47pm Move On?

Officials need to be subjected to the same scrutiny that we put on the players.  So, I don't think people should "move on" without continuing to draw some much needed attention to Monday's numerous officiating errors in a public forum that can drive home some accountability.  

The refs need to compete as well, and like our players, that is the only way they will improve. 



04/10/2013 - 9:48am The Kicked Ball

The kick ball would have also helped Michigan, as it would have forced Louisville into a riskier inbouding the ball situation with less time on the shot clock.  

Instead, play just continued.  


04/09/2013 - 10:44am We Can't Pretend Like This Doesn't Exist

The Jist:


(Reuters) - Hundreds of soccer matches have been fixed in a global betting scam run from Singapore, police said on Monday, in a blow to the image of the world's most popular sport and a multi-billion dollar industry.

About 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions League for top European club sides, have been identified in an inquiry by European police forces, the European anti-crime agency Europol, and national prosecutors.

Look, we just can't be naive and pretend we simply got bad calls.  Last nights game appeared to be fixed.  In a world where an Asian syndicate is deploying couriers with hundreds of thousands of dollars around the globe . . . . who is to say it isn't happening in a MI vs. Lou game with a 4 point spread. 
Match fixing is known to have happened in 680 soccer games around the globe.

Why would this only be isolated to soccer?   


04/09/2013 - 12:49am I agree

Even Steve Kerr started railing on the refs about ten minutes into the first half.  

Everyone saw it.  Our two best player's were in fould trouble from the start of the game . . . on phantom calls.  

Yeah, I know we point to the Hardaway goaltending and the Burke block (the obvious 4 points taken off the board), but there are a ton of other calls that need to be reviewed.  This was really bad.  

04/09/2013 - 12:42am What are you all complaining about

It's just the refs giving away two free throws to the other team in a close championship.  Add up the goaltending call, burke's second fould that benched him, and about 20 other highly suspicous whistles  . . . . and well, I doubt it had any effect on the game.  

04/09/2013 - 12:37am Egregiously bad officiating!

I have never seen anything this bad.

Someone needs to make a video review of these calls.  It clearly decided the outcome of the game.  


04/05/2013 - 10:47am Mattison Is Awesome

That is all I have to say.  

04/04/2013 - 2:31am Good Point

Why are these players taking their talent to the SEC?  

Vanderbility?  Ole Miss?  Auburn?  South Carolina? Arkansas? Texas A&M?  Mississippi State? Alabama?  Georgia?