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12/15/2018 - 1:15pm I also add my congrats to…

I also add my congrats to the list and wish it could be delivered in-person.  The only disappointment is that Michigan had the #1 defense, 10 wins, and the #6 team in the country, and Bush was the only first team All-America named by those five services.  That doesn't make sense until you realize how much importance the media must have placed on the results of the Ohio State game.  That definitely cost some national recognition since the game was so much in the spotlight that day.  Of course, we also think that was a disaster but I'm not sure it wasn't more of a failure of the coaching strategy rather than effort of the players. 

You would think that the results of that game would have equal or more bearing on the all-Big 10 teams but M was well represented on them.  Heck, M had 8 first teamers on the coaches' all-B1G team and OSU had just 4.

12/13/2018 - 3:28pm Tunneler had most of your…

Tunneler had most of your answer a while ago:

"End zone season tickets were $550 for 7 games in 2018, plus the "donation".  Season ticket prices haven't been announced for next season yet but the message from Warde Manual says that they will be up a little.  The donation comes first (by 1/31) and then you buy the tickets a couple of months later.  See that message and go to the link in it for more info.

 

12/13/2018 - 10:44am You are certainly dreaming. …

You are certainly dreaming.  It's not $80 for a season ticket.  It's $80 per seat in the end zone as a contribution in addition to the season ticket cost (also due in only a few months).  This is cold reality time for a lot of "fans" who detest that second loss so much that their season ticket fandom is also tested.

12/13/2018 - 9:11am Perhaps someone in Lima OH…

Perhaps someone in Lima OH can explain how Z/X averaged over 30 pts/game in high school without being able to shoot free throws at higher than a 50% clip or hitting many 3-pointers.  If he can't be successful at free throws, you would think he wasn't hitting a lot of driving layups.  Very confusing since this has no reflection on his super defensive and ball-handling skill.

12/13/2018 - 9:05am It's highly unfortunate for…

It's highly unfortunate for all concerned, but another spot for this year's class has apparently opened with O'Maury Samuels' departure.  Hard to believe there will be enough spots for all of the recruits.

12/11/2018 - 1:19pm Very interesting that the #1…

Very interesting that the #1 contribution by a freshman this year was made by someone who was totally off the recruiting radar and did not start the year as a scholarship player but as a walk-on, Jake Moody.  Harbaugh didn't even stay overnight at his house!  Recruitnik crazy people must have been dazed by this development.  No doubt it still doesn't assuage "their" loss of whatshisname from Oklahoma who is still in high school.  Ronnie Bell and Aiden Hutchinson were also above-average contributors but less than five-star recruits. 

12/08/2018 - 10:52am Michigan had a Groupon (!!)…

Michigan had a Groupon (!!) going for the Air Force game earlier this week, selling upper level, nose-bleed tix for $10 each.  Seems like this team should be beyond Groupon...  but it's really a football school, not basketball, especially at this time of year.

12/03/2018 - 4:42pm It seems to be agreed by…

It seems to be agreed by many that this program is probably #1 in the Big Ten right now.  I have been following M basketball since the mid-60's and haven't seen a "team" as consistently efficient and dominant as this one against quality opponents.  I will not soon forget watching Roy Williams throw in the towel with about 10 minutes to go, taking out all of his starters at once, totally frustrated.  What a compliment to Coach Beilein and the M team!  The question I have is:  how do they improve?  You know opponents will study film hard, improve themselves, and provide better competition in the future.  What a wonderful problem to deal with and hope Beilen & Company come up with some answers.

12/03/2018 - 4:33pm More obvious positives for M…

More obvious positives for M to care about this bowl:  Georgia and Florida are current hotbeds for M recruiting, equal to Michigan and Ohio but a distance away.  What a great opportunity to further expose the team to others who haven't been on-campus.  It's a little like those off-campus football camps that have been outlawed.

12/02/2018 - 5:14pm All you naysayers need to…

All you naysayers need to get another life or just forget M football exists until next fall.  The fact is that this is the best bowl matchup that M could have qualified for and in the best bowl that a non-Big 10 championship team could qualify for.  It is also the main lead-in game to the playoff games later in the day and will get plenty of attention, as the off-bowl games go.  It will be a great tune-up for next fall -- just forget that Florida is the opponent.  Hopefully, few players will opt out and it will be a good test.  And it is just 12 hours down I-75 when the weather is OK, so start your engines!

11/28/2018 - 5:41pm Another victory will…

Another victory will certainly help take us past the current doldrums of Michigan athletics dominated by the our primary revenue sport!  Favored by two -- that's two less than last Saturday.  Maybe they will even allow less than 69 points?

11/23/2018 - 7:43pm Fabulously insightful…

Fabulously insightful feature on Kinnel, who hasn't been featured much in print even though he is a captain.  Sounds like a Michigan man.

11/20/2018 - 6:57am With all the commits from…

With all the commits from warm-weather states (and few from Michigan), it just proves that global warming is for real!  Except that the last month has been 20 degrees colder than normal every day up here in the not-so-frozen north.

11/18/2018 - 9:51am About that failure for the…

About that failure for the refs to call a penalty on the "unintentional" kick of the ball before halftime:  maybe now refs won't be calling penalties for silly, unintentional things like offsides and those never-ending "pass interference" plays.  Of course, targeting is always intentional (depending on the situation, of course).  It was absurd and cost M at least a 7th field goal if not a touchdown.

11/18/2018 - 8:27am I find it hilarious (and…

I find it hilarious (and heartening) that Simpson had 11 rebounds as probably the shortest guy on the court and from the most unlikely position.  Only one offensive rebound so it wasn't because of his missed shots.  The next most was by Mathews but only 6.  Crazy!!

11/18/2018 - 8:21am We had a terrific punter…

We had a terrific punter about 30 years ago from Kansas:  Monte Robbins.  He holds the M record for longest punt (82 yds) and highest season avg (45, probably to be broken this year).  If this guy can be half as good, it will be another brilliant recruiting job by the Harbaugh staff.  It is interesting to witness the disparate locations where recruits are found by the M staff these days, and very few from Michigan itself.

11/18/2018 - 8:13am You may want to complain…

You may want to complain about so many field goals instead of TDs, but I can think of a few games that M has lost due to field goal failures.  So, if it takes six field goals to beat OSU, bring 'em on!  There is one commentary this morning that stated Jake Moody set not only a Michigan record but also a modern day Big 10 record -- the record of six was apparently set in 1900, probably by someone using drop kicks rather than field-held kicks.

11/16/2018 - 5:02pm I'm not your dad but…

I'm not your dad but probably about the same age if he was there.  I was there too during the first half, before Johnson got hot.  The cold, rainy weather was so lousy that I left at halftime for the first and only time during the last 55 years, and watched Johnson set the record on TV.  I wasn't disappointed that I wasn't there for the whole game though I certainly didn't expect his record would still be intact 50 years later.  Johnson was certainly a prime example of an alum who brought credit to himself and the University of Michigan, "the greatest University in the world."

11/16/2018 - 12:36pm Make me the third one who…

Make me the third one who was there and I concur that Ufer's exuberance spoke for all the M fans in attendance.  Though Carter was a proven commodity at that point, the odds of a winning play like that seemed impossible to almost everyone (except Wangler and Carter, of course).  Today, it is amazing to imagine that there was so much excitement over a single, winning play against a team with such an abysmal record as Indiana.  So, it wasn't really the opposition -- it was the realization that everyone would witness a win when a tie seemed all but in the books (overtime rules hadn't started yet, so a tie was like a loss).  And, of course, Bo was not known for allowing long, downfield passes like that.  Not to mention that Anthony had to hurdle a defender who looked certain to tackle him.  It was one of the most electrifying moments I have witnessed in attending games for the last 55 years!  (You had to be there!)

08/20/2018 - 8:08pm Hadn't heard negative…

Hadn't heard negative comments about Harbaugh from Michigan players before.  Hope that turns around quickly.  Glad that Durkin left the program whether Harbaugh somehow made that happen or whether Durkin did it on his own.

07/28/2018 - 9:39pm You probably thought no one…

You probably thought no one remembers Wally Teninga.  He is the husband of a cousin of mine and is very well worthy of mention along with those whom everyone does remember.  Of course, those 47-48 teams were all we had at #1 for almost 50 years.  He would also be part of a Michigan all-Business team.  He was one of those who shaped K-Mart and took it to its early stratosphere.  He left there 'way before its downfall to found the warehouse club retail movement.  What a guy!  Well done!

07/19/2018 - 2:51pm How about an all-Michigan…

How about an all-Michigan Ohio team just to rile up the Buckeyes?  An exception to the timeline could be made and name Bo as the coach.  Otherwise, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, et. al.  Even though Jim Harbaugh didn't play high school ball in Ohio, his Toledo connection could create another exception as quarterback.  Would the all-Michigan Michigan team beat the all-Michigan Ohio team?

07/12/2018 - 10:42am One of the great honorable…

One of the great honorable mention defensive plays has to be in (I think) 1985 when Mike Hammerstein and another M defender Rodgers teamed up for a sack that completely blew Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter off the airwaves in laughter as they cited "Rodgers and Hammerstein" going crazy.  Hammerstein was an All-American that year.

For me, another wide receiver highlight play occurred in the 1978 Rose Bowl as Rick Leach and Curt Stephenson teamed up on a (then) Rose Bowl record 76 yard TD pass that brought M close to Washington.  It was a real highlight for me because Curt Stephenson is the only player from my high school in La Jolla CA who played for M in my elongated lifetime.  He made it as a walk-on who didn't play football in high school until somewhat as a senior.  He was just a fabulous athlete.  The record stood for over 30 years, until just recently.  It was also a highlight because it showed how Rick Leach battled and battled to win games.

The 1997 M-OSU game had many fabulous offensive and defensive plays as did the 1998 Rose Bowl.

07/12/2018 - 10:41am One of the great honorable…

One of the great honorable mention defensive plays has to be in (I think) 1985 when Mike Hammerstein and another M defender Rodgers teamed up for a sack that completely blew Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter off the airwaves in laughter as they cited "Rodgers and Hammerstein" going crazy.  Hammerstein was an All-American that year.

For me, another wide receiver highlight play occurred in the 1978 Rose Bowl as Rick Leach and Curt Stephenson teamed up on a (then) Rose Bowl record 76 yard TD pass that brought M close to Washington.  It was a real highlight for me because Curt Stephenson is the only player from my high school in La Jolla CA who played for M in my elongated lifetime.  He made it as a walk-on who didn't play football in high school until somewhat as a senior.  He was just a fabulous athlete.  The record stood for over 30 years, until just recently.  It was also a highlight because it showed how Rick Leach battled and battled to win games.

The 1997 M-OSU game had many fabulous offensive and defensive plays as did the 1998 Rose Bowl.

07/10/2018 - 2:16pm I agree that color is the…

I agree that color is the best work he does.  He seems to get some of the play by play facts wrong too often -- down, yard line, whatever -- when he does M games.  He certainly has had a long career with the Lions but it's not like firing Ernie Harwell.  The broadcast booth is the last place you would expect changes to improve a team, however.  Or are they listening as they play?

07/04/2018 - 11:38am Happy 7/4 for sure!

Thank…

Happy 7/4 for sure!

Thank you for bringing Denard highlights to us -- Rich Rodriguez will be most remembered for a dismal Michigan record and forgotten for the fact that he brought us one of the highlight Michigan players of all time.  That underthelights game against Notre Dame has to be one of the greatest Michigan games, and perhaps the greatest comeback, of all times thanks to the one Denard.  Talk about explosions!

Happy BBQ to all!  (Keep bringing the south to Michigan.  We can always use another Denard!)

06/28/2018 - 10:49am Good coaching jobs are few…

Good coaching jobs are few and far between.  Have any of the rest of you looked for one lately?  Getting started quickly at That School Down South is certainly better than other places that are totally off the radar for Michigan fans and others.  It will also give him even more reason to appreciate his Michigan heritage.

06/18/2018 - 12:58pm It would be interesting to…

It would be interesting to recompute the schedule strengths of Notre Dame, OSU, M State, and Wisconsin after taking M out of them.  They would likely all drop to near 100.  How does Nebraska rate #2 with Akron, Colorado, and Troy, along with their West brethren (and M)?  Doesn't make sense that it rates tougher than M.

06/13/2018 - 11:12am The one player that I can…

The one player that I can think of that's missing is Tom Curtis, All-American defensive back from the 60s.  He still holds the Michigan record for interceptions.  Quite certain he was a senior in 69 so most of his playing time preceded Bo.  According to the Michigan football history at the Bentley Library website, he was also the greatest pass interceptor in Big Ten history.  He should at least be a backup on the all-time team!

06/13/2018 - 11:01am The one player that I can…

The one player that I can think of that's missing is Tom Curtis, All-American defensive back from the 60s.  He still holds the Michigan record for interceptions.  Quite certain he was a senior in 69 so most of his playing time preceded Bo.  According to the Michigan football history at the Bentley Library website, he was also the greatest pass interceptor in Big Ten history.  He should at least be a backup on the all-time team!

06/07/2018 - 12:06pm Will be fun to watch this on…

Will be fun to watch this on the big screen at M Stadium in the fall and listen to 100K folks cheer him on!

03/04/2018 - 12:16pm M-MSU crazy stats

It certainly has been enjoyable to bask in the afterglow of yesterday's win overnight -- with the exception of anticipating today's game.  Part of the afterglow is looking at the boxscore and figuring out how M won based on the stats.  When was the last time M had stats like this:

1.  Beat a Top 10 opponent with 49 points in the second half!

2.  Actually outrebounded a Top 10 opponent

3.  Had 16 less shots than the opponent but only 3 less makes

4.  Hit 24 free throws, nearly 75% of them, compared to opponent's 9 makes!

What an amazing game.  More impressive than the win over Nebraska, given the opponent, though not quite as powerful as the first half of that game.

Go Blue against Purdue!  It will take a comparable effort, or more, to beat that team.

01/26/2018 - 1:56pm Remember February 20 1966?

Final score:  M 128, Purdue 94.  That was the game at old Yost when Cazzie Russell scored 28, Ollie had 21, John Clawson 21, Jim Myers 22, for a team total of 128 and Dave Schelhase hit an amazing 57 points for Purude on 42 shots (no 3's!).  Just like that Edwards guy, he could never miss.  Michigan took 96 shots.  What an incredible game!!  Has M ever had 4 get over 20 points in the same game ever since?  

01/15/2018 - 2:15pm More Keith Jackson

1VaBlue, You're right.  Mr. Big House did cover many other big games with other teams as well.  But even he admitted that he covered more games at the Big House than any other stadium, hence more Michigan games.  The clip of Bob Griese and him after the Rose Bowl is vintage.  "Hello, Heisman!"  Good bye, Mr. Big House.

01/15/2018 - 9:48am Residence Inn and Keith Jackson

Staying at the Residence Inn today.  Great place!  Customers rate it #1 hotel in Ann Arbor on TripAdvisor.  Where are you, MGoBlog?

Keith Jackson narrated most of the important games during Bo's coaching days and a few years later.  His M video history is remarkable, and he could easily be rated the #1 national announcer (not counting Bob Ufer) during that period.  It is very interesting that, as a Washington State alum, he called the 1998 Rose Bowl.  He was so identified with Michigan football that you would never have known that.  May God bless Mr. Big House, wherever his soul may be.

01/01/2018 - 10:08am The next chapter

This story is so terrific.  I am looking forward to the postlude which will provide an account of national championship success and NFL experience.  How will they all get drafted or signed by the same team?  You would expect them to get a business started together at some point that they could enjoy together for the rest of their years.  Outstanding insight!

12/20/2017 - 10:10am Another under the radar guy

So Harbaugh & Co. has signed another under the radar guy.  Given the 3 stars and less who have "starred" as All-Americans (such as Hurst) and future NFL stars (Glasgow brothers, etc), that doesn't bother me at all.  Seems like this is filling in the roster with players who will redshirt next year rather than expect playing time (thereby possibly transferring if unsuccessful), but possibly affecting recruiting numbers for the next few years.  Hopefully, they will have higher upsides than better known, higher-rated guys.  

08/24/2017 - 10:49am One night game a year

If the MSU game is played at night, it will occur before the snow flies and undoubtedly add to the fun for the crowd.  I cannot imagine a night game on any date after October 31.  The only thing good about a November night game (against MN) is how good the crowd looks on TV, and that might be how I would watch it.  Weather is so likely to be bad, it is a terrible weather bet that a crowd will appreciate sitting thru freezing, windy weather with no possibility of sun.  Perhaps this would be a good reason to sell alcholic beverages in the stadium.

03/26/2017 - 5:55pm The basketball gods and the surrogate M team

After three days of reflection, it is clear that the basketball gods did not want Michigan to win this game.  The surrogate Michigan team (which beat real M by only one point in spite of many M mistakes).known as "Oregon", beat Kansas that had blown out Purdue badly.  I am rooting for that surrogate Michigan team right now.  It is crazy that M came so close... and yet so far.

The real Michigan team was on the short end of almost every stat against Oregon, only had more three pointers on many more tries and a few more assists.  Winning what I call the "small stats" (free throws, assists, personal fouls, turnovers, blocks, steals, three pointers made) has been the foundation of Michigan's run through the previous six games.  They may have lost the rebounding battle in every game but their superiority in the details won them each victory.  

Yet...  they were only one point short in this one.  That speaks to the terrific coaching and senior leadership, not to mention resilience, of this fine team.  The basketball gods could care less and Michigan just couldn't get to the top of the mountain.  Nevertheless, I thank the basketball gods for what they have given us over the past couple months... the greatest gift being a team of living individuals who surivived a near disaster air crash.  

I hope the players and staff realize the amount of inspiration, hope, and thrills they have delivered to their international fan base.  They will never be able to calculate those stats.  Bless them!

03/20/2017 - 12:25pm James Earl Jones

Too bad James Earl Jones wasn't in the crowd after the game so John Beilein could lip-synch his "Michigan is the greatest university in the world" comment!  It was great to hear it from Coach Beilein's mouth, though, but better with JEJ's fabulous delivery.

03/20/2017 - 12:21pm The Season

Very nice analysis.  I haven't attended a game all year but made it to Indy for Friday's game and felt rewarded even more than what this team accomplished during the plane crash-BTT run.  What an amazing 10 days or so of superior results from the team, Coach Beilein, and everyone else who has contributed to their success.  

Everyone would love to see them continue to the Final game, and win it for that matter.  But, you know, if the season ends this Thursday, it would be impossible to complain (except for possible bad ref calls, of which there are many right now) and only possible to extol the accomplishments of this group of men. I am not expecting it to end this Thursday.  My bracket features Michigan v Duke in the final game.  Now I will unofficially substitute South Carolina for Duke and look forward with ardor to an M-South Carolina rematch.  The outcome of that game is not in doubt.  Go Blue!

03/12/2017 - 1:43pm Five games in five days

You said that they will have played four games in four days, while Wisconsin will have played just three.  You forgot their game on Thursday afternoon when they beat death at Willow Run.  Given the stress of that incident, it should count as their first of five games in five days.  Godspeed our Wolverine team!  May their legs be with them and their energy overflow!

03/11/2017 - 9:25am Consider it done!  That crash

Consider it done!  That crash you heard last night was Maryland flopping in front of their home fans.  Hope that Stubhub has been busy since then with all the DC-area Michigan fans buying up the tix that Maryland fans had for today and (hope, hope) for tomorrow.  Go blue!

02/21/2017 - 2:42pm Restaurant Week

I've been eating at restaurants in A2 for over 50 years and my preferences are totally different from yours!  That's OK, and I appreciate alternate ideas since some sound interesting.  My suggestion for readers is to use Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor (one week in January and another in June, typically) and sample food from all over at reasonable prices.  It is easily the best week for restaurant eating of the entire year.

PS - The best prime rib is still at Weber's and the most outstanding atmosphere at Gandy Dancer.

07/12/2014 - 8:21pm I give you the 69 M-OSU game

I cannot believe how many comments have been posted and how the 69 M-OSU game has been forgotten as the greatest in "recent" history.  Now I know most of you were not born when this game was played.  But then you all must have heard the Bob Ufer replays and seen the replays on BTN.  

Fer God's sake this was the game when the World's Greatest College Football Team got beaten by Woody's understudy's team.

I have witnessed almost all home games since my freshman year in 1963 and can tell you that we have been blessed by many great games in that 50 year "recent" span.  All of the games mentioned were fabulous.  Even some losses (like Miami-FL and Colorado and even several OSU games) were terrific games but forgettable due to the outcomes.

The 69 game though takes my vote.  And that day was my first in Army Basic Training at Fort Ord CA so I missed it.  There was a group of 15 or 20 of us together from a Jackson MI Army Reserve group who listened to Van Patrick broadcast the Notre Dame game that day and pronounce the scores of M-OSU during his Notre Dame commentary.  We were delirious about the results of course.  There can be no other "greatest" game than M-OSU in '69!!

08/27/2013 - 3:05pm Wally Teninga

Wally Teninga was another big contributor to those teams.  Terrific story.  Many thanks.  

Think of it:  the teams from the late 40s are to today's teams as the teams from the early Yost era were to the teams when I attended U-M in the 60s.  Frightening.  Time goes fast when you're having fun!

11/03/2012 - 8:41pm BTN feature can be watched

If you didn't catch the feature on BTN before the game, you can watch it on btn.com.  Go to btn.com/tag/TV-feature-stories.  Just eight minutes long and very well done.  Nice interviews with both Stephenson and Taylor.  Of all the tough hits that have occurred in college and pro football over the years, it is a miracle that neither player was incapacitated by it as has happened in others.