Member for

8 years 3 months
Points
950.00

Recent Comments

Date Title Body
05/13/2018 - 8:05am Right now, I have a Top 3 on

Right now, I have a Top 3 on sunshine rotation ...
Bearded Iris Homestyle IPA
Noon Whistle Gummy
HOMES Same Same Different

The first two you will need to either go to the brewery or have someone mule the cans for you. HOMES, however, is in A2 off Jackson Rd. They usually have something good in cans if you stop by for a bite.

03/24/2018 - 9:32am Good thing the Lions play in

Good thing the Lions play in the dome ... Less concern about weather.

02/17/2018 - 8:30am Way to beat the figthings!!!!

Way to beat the figthings!!!

02/10/2018 - 8:48am Hit the Hydration Station in

Hit the Hydration Station in the south end of the stadium. Cups are small but I grab one or two on the way in and out from the Pioneer tailgate area.

02/07/2018 - 12:25pm I disagree with your

I disagree with your assessment of expectations because they lack context. Here is Dabo Swinney’s record at Clemson:
2008 4-3 (took over mid-season for a failing program)
2009 9-5
2010 6-7
2011 10-4
2012 11-2

I would argue that our “down year” is better. And Dabo didn’t have the advantageous senior laden class that Jim had in Year 2. I honestly think Jim played to the strengths of that team to WIN instead of blowing it up to rebuild in his model (ala Rich Rod). Think of as such and you’re probably more on track.
Year 1 as a fact finding mission.
Year 2 as leading a senior team in what they do best.
Year 3 as a down blip because of youth, coach turnover, scheme changes.

It leaves Year 4 as a chance, with experience and consistent coaching to surpass what a coach like Dabo did and have Michigan humming. I agree that JH is the coach we want and need. His rise is just different and shouldn’t be considered in the same context of other power programs who turned it around.

02/04/2018 - 10:27am I tell them to make sure to

I tell them to make sure to use commas ... “will have won 6, more than any other player”.

Then I tell them that Dylan is probably just a Sparty in hiding who will forever have an inferiority complex over the fact U of M has a QB that started 50/50 his senior year and is now the GOAT. You could combine Smoker, Cousins, Cook and never get there. Brady is the greatest story in NFL history - with his late draft pick with terrible combine numbers and transition from Bledsoe to MVPs, all the SBs, and marrying a super model.

01/18/2018 - 9:52am On account of the whole two

On account of the whole two suns thing.

01/09/2018 - 11:52am Wanted to be comment 51 so I

Wanted to be comment 51 so I could make a 50 Replies of Gray reference ... The new mommy porn book for the football diehard.

#ItsALotLamerThanItSoundedInMyHead

01/09/2018 - 8:25am Your point is valid about a

Your point is valid about a team like Stanford being able to pull multiple stars away from the machine that is Bama. But I think you miss the greater point here ... When these kids were impressionable younger football players they watched a Stanford team get put back on the map by our very own coach and then continued on with Shaw. They had some amazing wins over USC and Oregon that took national spotlight. They had players like Luck and McCafferey starring on a big stage in bowl games. Where is Michigan? Those same kids watched a program implode with RichRod and Hoke. The only star we had was Denard. But it’s not like we were playing multiple big bowl games in a row. You need some sustained excellence to turn the tide in recruiting. Be good. Get stars. Have stars shine. More want to come. Win even bigger and better. Nothing changes over night even if we wished it did.

01/02/2018 - 8:39pm I’ll get in on the positive

I’ll get in on the positive train. I have been talking people off the ledge for two days. Next year will be a special one for this program. Book it.

01/01/2018 - 9:47pm It was a great game.

It was a great game. Probably a Top 5 all-time based on teams, individual player stories, programs, semifinal, etc. But might not even be the second best Rose Bowl ever. Last year’s Penn State vs USC was pretty epic. Texas vs USC or Texas vs Michigan in the 2000s were pretty amazing back to back. There was a Wisky vs UCLA in the late 90s I remember being pretty back and forth.

01/01/2018 - 9:42pm Maybe (1) stop drinking or

Maybe (1) stop drinking or (2) take your Zoloft. Weren’t you the dude calling our coach HarSLAW and HarNAW in another thread. It was a crappy season - we can all agree on that. Today’s game sucked. Take your lumps like a man.

01/01/2018 - 9:41pm Maybe (1) stop drinking or

Maybe (1) stop drinking or (2) take your Zoloft. Weren’t you the dude calling our coach HarSLAW and HarNAW in another thread. It was a crappy season - we can all agree on that. Today’s game sucked. Take your lumps like a man.

11/29/2017 - 7:30am @drakeoncake instagram

@drakeoncake instagram

11/26/2017 - 5:51pm I hope he does well wherever

I hope he does well wherever he goes. He kept positive in spite of injuries, fan dislike, junk o-lines, etc. OTOH, excited to see the QB battle royal of BP, McCaff, Milton, and (I guess fingers crossed) Shea Patterson.

11/25/2017 - 8:09am Dude ... They’re cows. Of

Dude ... They’re cows. Of course they’re easy. The most fight you’ll get is a moo as you grab them by the haunches.

11/22/2017 - 6:39pm I am worried about this team

I am worried about this team ...
1) Lack a floor general. This 3-headed monster at PG looks disjointed.
2) We struggle to hit foul shots. Teske, Matthews, Moe (still early this season) are all laying bricks at the charity stripe.
3) We seem a little WEAK inside. Lacking the gritty rebound, important put-back, or finishing through the foul.

I have faith in JB. I think they’ll improve as the season goes on. But right now I see PAIN when we play UNC and a rough go in the B1G. Hoping these kids get in sync soon.

11/21/2017 - 1:08pm I don't disagree with your

I don't disagree with your assessment that, with all the factors going for us like year 2 of offensive scheme / developing o-line talent / almost entire returning defense, we should be better than 10-3.  The BS is when you spill that over to this year when all of those things were against us.  

11/21/2017 - 1:01pm I totally just did the same

I totally just did the same thing ... For this entire season - especially after the MSU game - I have commented on this blog and talked to my friends / family in a similar vein.  This season was always going to be a challenge - new offense coordinators / scheme, freshmen WRs, replacing Jake Butt, etc - without having to play duck-duck-goose with your QBs.  

Sorry we lost to MSU in a monsoon - that stung.  Sorry we got hamblasted by Penn State - they were better.  Sorry we got beat by Wisky after our promising young QB got carted off in front of our young team.  But mostly ... I am sorry we beat Florida so soundly.  It gave friends, neighbors, rivals, and sportswriters ammo to say we're behind the chains with improvement.

We need to learn to think about things in context.  Which is why I particularly like the Greater Than / Less Than summary.  Next year's schedule is rough.  But the talent / experience returning coupled with year 2 of offense scheme promises to be special.  Just have faith and patience.   

11/17/2017 - 8:59am Damn autocorrect making me

Damn autocorrect making me look dumb ... *loosens own collar*

11/16/2017 - 9:35pm Personal choice ... ReBBQ in

Personal choice ... ReBBQ in Ferndale. Served out of a food truck stationary in a liquor store parking lot. Everything comes in styrofoam containers. Amazing sides like collared greens and smoked mac-n-cheese. If you can catch them on smoked kielbasa and pierogi night, to go with the brisket, even better!!

11/16/2017 - 11:55am Great Dane Pub off Doty

Great Dane Pub off Doty Street.  Good food.  Great beer.  And it is a good hangout for fans.  We went there in 2007 after the game Mallett started in place of injured Henne.  Even though we lost the fans bought us beer, shared some good laughs, and shared common rooting stances for the later games.  Camp Randall is an excellent experience.  Have fun in a pretty awesome college town. 

11/11/2017 - 10:13am Ohio State - I think the

Ohio State - I think the Buckeyes roll because of last week, Geiger windmill, etc ... OSU to cover.
Minnesota - I think we get more credit for our run offense than the gophers bad defense.
Iowa State - Playing good defense in a conference without it. This gets them past OSU.
Michigan - I think the running game keeps rolling. We cover.
Iowa - I wouldn’t sleep on Ferentz keeping this close. No win. But a tight ball game.
ND - Something about this team. And I like the 3.5 line. Leaves the door cracked for a FG game at end.

10/28/2017 - 8:14am Thank you, blog gods, for

Thank you, blog gods, for bringing back HOCKEY. I missed hearing about good goaltending and advantageous offense. The end of the Red era was tough. It seems like Mel is getting us rolling again but it will take some time. Go blue!

10/27/2017 - 12:33pm I’ll play this game

I’ll play this game ...
Michigan
Northwestern
Penn State
Minnesota
WVU
Florida
NC State
Arizona

In particular, I really like those lines for Minny and Florida. Not sure we can cover ours ... But I certainly am hoping so. I assume we “take a step forward” on offense his week only because Rutgers is so garbage.

10/27/2017 - 6:36am Why can we not struggle on

Why can we not struggle on offense this year with all the shitstorm of things ... New passing coord, fresh o-line, new line coach, injured QB, and freshmen WRs ... And instantly be bad next year? Teams don’t always improve over the year before when other factors are involved - like I listed above. The hot take that our record will be worse this year and we don’t look great equals next year can’t be good - I just don’t get it. Teams learn and improve with consistent coaching. Next year’s schedule is tough, but they always are nowadays. Some team always surprises. Some team is scheduled to get playoff hype.

Food for thought ... 96 we went 8-4, were worried about who would QB, and then you know how 97 went. Heck, Sparty went 3-9 last year and now is 6-1 with a favorable schedule to challenge the East.

10/26/2017 - 12:39pm Nice recipe Smokin Joe!!!

Nice recipe Smokin Joe!!!

Great minds think alike ... My wife runs a food blog where she made something similar as part of a Halloween party plate for a client. There were some other “spooky” items as well - like apple monsters.

https://foxeslovelemons.com/halloween-snack-dinner/

10/24/2017 - 11:59am I tend to agree with you. We

I tend to agree with you. We are talking about a lot more than just a young talented OC. Poor o-line recruiting by Hoke. New passing game coordinator. New o-line coach. Different position coaches. Young receivers. Loss of starting QB. You can’t say Drev is The Specific Cause of this turd product on the field.

In fact, the Penn State game was more on poor D play than anything. You knew a rock fight was necessary to win. You let Barkley go nuts in the first quarter. I know Penn State had a bye week, motivation, skill position advantage, etc. But our D looked young and scared.

One key to performance is year-over-year consistency of staff. Prime example up the road ... Sparty goes 3-9 and keeps its staff in-tact. Staff adapts, once they understand personnel, and find a steady gameplan for winning. And that doesn’t include the youth angle - just the consistent coaching. Add youth with common coaching and it is reasonable to expect a solid to impressive jump next season.

10/24/2017 - 6:08am He just shook up his

He just shook up his offensive staff ... Pep as passing coordinator. Frey as o-line coach. Plus position shuffling due to Wheatley leaving. It takes time for a team to learn with new coordinators. Make a switch again, after one year, and we probably do this all over again. I’d rather ride it out. It doesn’t work next year, when the team matures in regard to experience, and I am all for changing the offensive staff.

10/23/2017 - 7:23pm Do you only listen to The

Do you only listen to The Ticket ... All of your so called “hot takes” came directly from Valenti. Actually, Mike is that you?!?! The guy who says Michigan blows and Harbaugh ain’t worth the dough. But also called for PJ Fleck when Dantonio went 3-9 last season.

At the very least ... Don’t make your hot takes be the low hanging fruit. Focus on how Pep and Drevno seem to have an identity crisis. Or how Harbaugh seems to not be adapting to his personnel. But the decades without relevance angle is sooooo played out.

10/15/2017 - 10:09pm Littler ... Using the old

Littler ... Using the old Queens English dictionary. Upvote!

10/14/2017 - 5:14pm Not sure that is true if TOP

Not sure that is true if TOP is as skewed as today. With Higdon running it that well / often and mixing in play action you can kill the number of possessions. That is what we’ll need to focus on the rest of the year. Defense can probably limit

10/08/2017 - 3:37pm This is Frey’s first season

This is Frey’s first season back as o-line coach. He did really well at Indiana after his time with Rich Rod. He’s had one off-season with a void from Hoke recruiting to move towards a zone blocking scheme. I like Dantonio has done with 2 and 3 stars but they’ve also had consistent coaching and seriously got pawned by our d-line anyway.

10/08/2017 - 2:09pm I was wondering this aloud

I was wondering this aloud with some buddies last week. I think there must be a level of burning desire within the underdog role. At Stanford all success was success - could have been a steady climb instead of a 3-4 year rapid rise and fans / program / team would have been ecstatic. I feel the expectation at a blue blood is to win, and win big. Players who commit must feel like they are the top of the game ... Not the guy who everybody overlooked. That pressure must be even bigger on Harbaugh - school you played for in a dumpster fire before you came back to coach.

Maybe this loss helps to flip that switch on offense. They need the swagger of being a disrespected young group that the defense established. Maybe this loss helps to make sense of Harbaugh realizing there are good coaches in a deep league like the B1G - the PAC-10 probably wasn’t this competitive back then in terms of big name coaching talent. Beat Carroll and Kelly and you were head of the pack.

The worse possible situation is that Harbaugh is a guy without a QB. Maybe it was Luck all along. One must hope not - given the rest of his record without the guy. But that could have been the biggest improvement Stanford got.

10/05/2017 - 11:33am Not scary but ...

Terror on Tillson in Romeo is quite the sight to see. It it this old farmhouse street where every house decorates. They have pirate ships, insane asylums, haunted circuses, skeletons playing hockey, etc. Each house kind of has a theme. Like I said, totally not scary. But if you’re a fan of decorating for halloween then this is definitely a place to head too!!!

09/24/2017 - 12:22pm Frey has them running a zone

Frey has them running a zone blocking scheme vs the power they were running the last two years. I think it just takes time to break in new starters - biggest is taking your experienced center and moving him to LT while you have a geeen right side of the line. Add to it a scheme change and you're beginning to take steps backwards. I think the bye week will help drill some issues found in film and we'll look much much better against Sparty in two weeks.

09/12/2017 - 8:05pm You know what they say about

You know what they say about clowns with big feet?
They wear big, funny shoes!

It's not big dicks. Get your mind out of the gutter.

09/10/2017 - 12:04pm Agree Magnus. It seems like

Agree Magnus. It seems like officials, this year in particular, are having issues with (1) interpreting targeting and (2) possession after catch. It's not a Michigan specific thing. Last night in the Okla vs OSU game there was an INT in the endzone botched - not even video reviewed - and a sideline pass that had to be overturned. It seems to me the best idea would be to rule for the receiver. You can always video review to see if it was bobbled or out of bounds. By calling the borderline ones incomplete you make the concept of "indisputable video evidence" hard to overcome. It's like a fumble - rule it as such because not doing so blows the play dead. At least this guys opinion.

09/10/2017 - 11:56am Uhhhhh ... 16 carries for 160

Uhhhhh ... 16 carries for 160 yards is pretty effective. That's 10.0 yards a carry. I remember some pretty effective ones against Colorado, MSU, and OSU that helped shift field position.

09/09/2017 - 5:54pm I'm not sure I can complain

I'm not sure I can complain about Drevno ... It might be an issue of losing Fisch. Today, we never took advantage of our highly athletic TEs on the LBs and safeties. It took until late 3rd quarter to get an isolation seam route with Gentry. It seems like we could have exploited that all day. Maybe Fisch would have, but that just isn't this Pep passing attack?! I just don't know.

09/09/2017 - 5:49pm I'll put this under coaching

I'll put this under coaching because it was a personnel decision ... Where has McDoom been with the highly effective jet sweeps???? DPJ did a nice job on the end around. But Cincy showed, all day, a lack of sealing the edge. Anybody know if he is injured or something?!?!

09/08/2017 - 8:26am To be fair, he knows a lot

To be fair, he knows a lot about the subject ... Braylon didn't just take plays off. He took entire games, seasons, etc when he got to the NFL.

09/08/2017 - 8:22am Bonus to you, sir, for the

Bonus to you, sir, for the usage of jagaloon ... Step Brothers was on Starz last night and I forgot that Mr. Dobach calls them jagaloons after Boats N Hoes.

09/07/2017 - 9:08am The thing that impresses me

The thing that impresses me is the way Urbz coached RB blocking. Dobbins did a pretty good job picking up pressure on passing downs and getting out in front for Barrett on QB designed runs. I think that is what separates the churn of OSU backs getting highly drafted. Zeke, Hyde, Weber, and now Dobbins all seem to have a firm grasp on blocking needs. That typically isn't the case with a HS star, 18 year old, who used to run around guys for like 200 yards a game. Credit to Dobbins for being teachable, Urbz staff, and Weber for being a team player. Now that I got done gushing over OSU ... F them! And I hope we crush Barrett on blitzes Weber / Dobbins can't pick up!

09/07/2017 - 9:01am What about Bunches of

What about Bunches of Funchess? Could you imagine the way Harbaugh would like him shaded off an OT or in the slot ... Would have been GAME OVER for any LB, safety, or nickel corner. He would have gotten vertical over the top and hit with slants. We really wasted his skill set.

09/06/2017 - 8:57am Pro Style Defenses in PAC-12

I found the article interesting until the last sentence about how to attack the rest of the Pac-12 ... This seems to not understand that UCLA took advantage of A&M shutting it down to early. They ran a pour clock burning offense and played prevent defense. Not to take credit away fro Fisch - he identified the slot routes and TE match-ups as favorable against the soft coverage. But to say that is a way to beat the rest of the conference. Stanford is going to play press coverage, USC has more talent on D, and Colorado has speed. UCLA won't be able to quick drop seam route all of those teams without some adjustment. There is no such thing as a pro style defense ... You run a 3-3-5, 4-3 over, 4-3 under, 4-2-5 and hope to identify potential mismatches. A&M was just an example of bad defense when you're up and trying to scrape out the win.

01/07/2017 - 1:54pm Bama Smoke Screen

I don't think it that big of a deal.  Maybe he just wants to a have a chance for some flyers to join the class in the 11th hour if he swing and miss on bigger name guys.  Plus I saw this reported at Bama's site ... I think it is an effort to try and sway Harris.  Make him think that his RB coach would be leaving right after he stepped on campus.  

01/03/2017 - 11:48am I see what you did there.

I see what you did there.  Nice work.

But in all seriousness on the Wilson thing ... This scares the crap of me when I consider what he was able to draw up at Indiana.  Its crazy to think that Urban would have two ex head coaches on his staff in Wilson and Schiano.  That is a whole lot of power tripping.  

01/02/2017 - 6:50pm Read the other post on this

Read the other post on this topic ... He has until the semester drop date which is later in Jan. I think it is 1/19. There is still time for him to commit to us.

01/01/2017 - 11:45pm QB and RB were not the issue

QB and RB were not the issue this year. It was the o-line that limited both the running game and passing game. Need to develop talent in the trenches to control the game. In all of these close games, if our o-line could help churn the yards and run the clock out, we win.