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11/13/2018 - 5:43pm Just win out and make the…

Just win out and make the playoffs.  You have to play Alabama sooner or later, in all likelihood, and it doesn’t mater if it is the first game or the second.  You might even say the first game is preferable in that you might be able to sneak up on them more so than in the final.  But either way.

11/13/2018 - 2:26pm Late games in September are…

Late games in September are fine, but it seems that other than ND, the September games tend to be early.  By the time November rolls around, anything after an early start sort of sucks, IMO, as it gets cold and dark after 5:00 or so.  

11/13/2018 - 8:27am That’s an excellent point. …

That’s an excellent point.  These quasi neutral site games where no one local cares for the teams involved typically suck, unless you are talking major bowl games.  I suppose the league wants to be guaranteed a large venue for potential ticket sales, and maybe prefers an indoor venue late in the year.  But, yeah, do it like baseball now does, best record gets home field.

11/12/2018 - 8:14am No chance.  He will be head…

No chance.  He will be head coach of another NFL team next season.

11/11/2018 - 8:08am Sounded as if this was a…

Sounded as if this was a plain old redshirt, and not a medical redshirt.  If he has never redshirted, he can do so for any reason at all, if he plays no more than four games, and at any point in his career, as I understand the rules.  So this may be wholly above board.

11/11/2018 - 8:05am Learned from Leveon Bell,…

Learned from Leveon Bell, perhaps?

11/06/2018 - 10:06pm Simple self interest.  They…

Simple self interest.  They are hoping OSU beats a higher ranked Michigan team so they can argue they belong in the playoff if they then win the Big Ten title game.

11/05/2018 - 12:33pm I just don’t see three teams…

I just don’t see three teams going undefeated.  Not sure which team loses, or who beats it, but upsets seem to happen late in the season.  Win out, and I am confident we make the playoffs.

11/05/2018 - 9:39am I agree with you, BUT I…

I agree with you, BUT I remember 1973 and how the Big Ten screwed Michigan out of a Rose Bowl appearance after the tie with Ohio State.  Never trust the bureaucrats who decide these sorts of things in private, there are always hidden agendas.  

11/04/2018 - 3:22pm Yes.  And isn’t it wonderful…

Yes.  And isn’t it wonderful to kick the crap out of a team that tried to score a TD on the last play of the game a year ago when they had a huge lead, a team that was laughing at you as they ran up the score the previous year, a coach that displayed the least sportsmanship since Woddy went for two in 1968?  Damn, I enjoyed this game.

11/04/2018 - 9:29am Thanks!  While I understood…

Thanks!  While I understood what it meant, I never realized where it came from. Good old Mike. 

11/03/2018 - 7:47pm I was disappointed that, on…

I was disappointed that, on the last drive, Penn State did not face a fourth and 7 or something down around our 10.  I really wanted to see if Franklin would have kicked the FG.

11/03/2018 - 7:16pm I heard they were the best…

I heard they were the best team in the Big Ten.

11/03/2018 - 7:12pm Just when I started to think…

Just when I started to think we were getting way too conservative, the swing pass to Evans and the short pass to Gentry for the TD came out of the bag.  Just ground them down, and pulled out something different after PSU got over committed to stopping the inside run.  So happy that jackass Franklin got payback for his cheap effort to try to score at the end of the game last year.

11/01/2018 - 8:42pm I had the good fortune to…

I had the good fortune to represent him in the 80’s when he and SI were sued for libel.  Not only was he an excellent writer, but he was way, way more intelligent than the average journalist out there, which no doubt contributed to his ability to write as effectively as he did.  It also made him a hell of a good witness.  Good dude.

10/31/2018 - 11:02pm Hell, if we had kept…

Hell, if we had kept Arkansas on the schedule instead of buying the game out to schedule a second straight ND game in Indiana, that looks like an easy win over an SEC school this year.

10/31/2018 - 10:59pm That was really interesting,…

That was really interesting, and a lot of data to back up the opinions.  Thanks for posting.

10/31/2018 - 4:46pm The guy is a hoot.  I…

The guy is a hoot.  I clicked on the link to the wedding advice, and he nailed it.  What a piece of work.

10/31/2018 - 1:06pm I am old enough to remember…

I am old enough to remember jackass Woody going for two with a huge lead in the 1969 game and thinking at the time “WTF is he doing? This will come back to bite him.”  And sure enough, the best team ever went down in Ann Arbor 52 weeks later.  I had forgotten that jerk Franklin did essentially the same thing.  Great sports, both of them. Very classy.   Hoping to see a revenge replay, although this PSU team is by no means comparable to those OSU teams and a loss by them would hardly be so stunning.

10/30/2018 - 9:43pm Always root for OSU to lose…

Always root for OSU to lose.  Always root for ND to lose (adjustments allowed if either team is playing MSU and you hate them more).  Not worth worrying about the rest of it, too many games still to play.  If we win out, we are going to the playoff.  If we lose a game, we are not going to the playoff, so there really is only one thing to watch.

10/29/2018 - 3:44pm Patterson keeps doing what…

Patterson keeps doing what we need to win games.  Other than Jake’s five game stretch, he is the best QB we have seen since Henne in terms of passing the ball and managing the game, and he has shown he brings a legitimate running threat too.   He may not be perfect, but I feel really comfortable with him running the show.

10/29/2018 - 1:10pm Let’s hope we have a plan…

Let’s hope we have a plan this year for OSU’s backup, running QB.

10/28/2018 - 9:12am Watching him trying to burn…

Watching him trying to burn a time out to stop an already-stopped clock, and seeing his staffers grab him and pull him off the field was hysterical.  Elementary rule, and this overrated tool didn’t know it or got so emotional during the game that he forgot it.  Dantonio is a jerk, but his teams play above their talent level; Franklin’s play below theirs.

10/27/2018 - 2:20pm I heard they were the best…

I heard they were the best team in the Big Ten.  

10/27/2018 - 10:22am So let’s pummel Penn State…

So let’s pummel Penn State next week to underscore to Harrison he needs to be in Ann Arbor.

10/26/2018 - 5:40pm I would guess it is more…

I would guess it is more likely Marcus is just trying to draw attention to himself, or define his brand.  Whatever, calling a 5-3 Purdue team that lost to EMU the best team in the big ten is pretty absurd.  But it did get him a lot of attention.

10/26/2018 - 5:32pm Agree completely.  I don’t…

Agree completely.  I don’t know what people expected from Patterson, but he has far exceeded any Michigan QB in the last 10 years in throwing the ball.  He isn’t perfect, but no College QB, especially a guy in a system for the first year, ever is.

10/25/2018 - 10:43pm No Barkley this year, huge…

No Barkley this year, huge difference.  This year will look more like 2016.

10/24/2018 - 7:07pm I like that they made it…

I like that they made it clear the Michigan guys were in the right.  Aside from that, my only concern was some batty suspension for Bush.  No suspension, reprimand away, doesn’t matter.

10/24/2018 - 4:13pm I wonder if we may lose…

I wonder if we may lose fewer players to the NFL than we expected.  The case for Patterson to return makes sense.  Playing hurt all year has damaged Gary’s draft stock, and another season might catapault him into the upper portions of round 1.  Hudson hasn’t been the force he was last year, for whatever reason, and might benefit from another year in college.  Hard to figure with Long and Hill, as they rarely seem to be tested.  Would be nice to have at least one back to pair with (presumably) Thomas at the corners.  Bush seems like a sure early entrant.

10/24/2018 - 8:14am When he starts walking…

When he starts walking around wearing a sweatshirt that reads “in hoc signo vinces” with a cross on it, we will know he has really jumped the shark.

10/23/2018 - 2:24pm Just win all the remaining…

Just win all the remaining games and don’t worry about what anyone else does.  If we do that, we are in.  If we lose even one, we are out.

10/23/2018 - 9:21am All I care about is beating…

All I care about is beating OSU this year.  Urban can stay or go, they can lose another game or three.  Doesn’t matter.  Just beat them.

10/22/2018 - 1:21pm Good.  Dantonio has been…

Good.  Dantonio has been using that disrespect BS to disrespect Michigan.  Great to see Harbaugh call them out for this.

10/21/2018 - 3:24pm Aside from the incompetent…

Aside from the incompetent coaching, one of the most infuriating things about the Hoke regime was that dumb apology for the stake planting on the MSU field.   I love knowing that Harbaugh told the guys to go out and celebrate on the logo.  State and Dantonio already  hate Michigan as much as possible, they already play dirty, a little “disrespect” won’t change anything.

10/20/2018 - 11:44pm With all the great athletes…

With all the great athletes Ohio State has on defense, they have played like crap for the last several weeks.  Recruits take notice, bad coaching in Columbus.  Especially defensive recruits.  

10/20/2018 - 7:07pm For all the great things…

For all the great things that it does, it is really unfortunate that the existence of the internet fuels these sorts of incredibly angry and over the top comments from people who face to face are probably relatively normal.  It just allows people to expose their worst selves.  People really need to breathe deep, and maybe think that they aren’t just talking to their friends when they post angry attacks on other people.  Anonymity does bad things at times.

10/20/2018 - 5:05pm Should have been a shutout. …

Should have been a shutout.  Would have been extra sweet.

10/20/2018 - 5:04pm Well, yeah, but without…

Well, yeah, but without Evans fumble on the ten, also completely different game.  They never once threatened to score except for when we set them up on that fumble.

10/20/2018 - 5:02pm We seem to play more…

We seem to play more conservatively in the first half, and to work on softening the other team up, then open it up in the second half.  I wonder if Patterson was programmed not to pull the ball in the first half so State would be stunned when he started to do it in the second half.  Sure worked when he did keep it.

10/20/2018 - 12:37pm I would just like to play…

I would just like to play them on a warm, calm day where our superior talent wouldn’t be compromised by lousy conditions.

10/17/2018 - 3:41pm Well, even if Wariner seeks…

Well, even if Wariner seeks greener pastures, presumably our experience with him and his methods will inform the hiring of the next coach, as Harbaugh seeks someone with the same “you need to master basic math before you study algebra, much less calculus”  approach.

10/14/2018 - 9:25am Watching this OL evolve and…

Watching this OL evolve and improve as the year goes on makes me twinge at the thought of the games we might have won the last three years with better OL coaching

10/13/2018 - 10:59pm I don’t know what they…

I don’t know what they changed at the half, but whatever it was, the running game which was pretty dismal except for Patterson’s long run in the first half, really exploded in the second half.

10/13/2018 - 10:57pm Unlike prior years, we don’t…

Unlike prior years, we don’t have a tired defense out there late in the game.  Huge difference.

10/13/2018 - 10:54pm What a difference a QB who…

What a difference a QB who throws accurately and can run makes.

10/07/2018 - 1:40pm That’s a pretty grudging…

That’s a pretty grudging take on the first half of the season.  The offense has looked better than at any time since the second half of the Rudock year, sharper, more varied.  It’s been night and day on QB play compared to last year.  The OL seems to have eliminated the penalties that plagued it in the past, and is playing far better than anyone thought it would.  The defense remains elite.  The punting game has been awesome, and kicking very good.  Yeah, the tough games are coming up, but this team feels as if it is far better equipped to win those games this year.

10/06/2018 - 8:21pm I just don’t get writing…

I just don’t get writing negative crap after a game like that.  The offense looked smooth and improved.  The defense choked Maryland for three quarters, when it actually mattered.  This was a fine performance against a pretty decent team.  Enjoy it.  Coupled with Northwestern beating Sparty in East Lansing, this bodes well for our encounter in a couple of weeks.

10/05/2018 - 8:13am But that’s so unfair,…

But that’s so unfair, because Manning often sucked in the playoffs and didn’t get as many chances as Brady, who has been consistently brilliant and taken his team to titles.

10/04/2018 - 4:19pm You may have hit on the key…

You may have hit on the key point: you couldn’t watch many of the games if you were not there in person years ago, you had to listen to them on the radio.  Now, every game is available on TV and TV’s are much bigger and clearer.  That said, there is nothing quite like being there.