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11/14/2018 - 7:24pm [ESPN halftime push…

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Ye Gods, man! 

11/12/2018 - 9:07am Because the cousin of BPONE,…

Because the cousin of BPONE, WFTSTD (waiting for the shoe to drop) my fear is that the only streaks that survived Rich Rod and Hoke are Michigan's 22 straight wins over Indiana (going back to 1988) and Michigan's 19 straight home wins over Indiana (going back to 1969) have survived some super wacky shenanigans during the entire Harbaugh era to stay alive. I sincerely believe this year is different, but my goodness, I overthink things a lot.

11/10/2018 - 10:32am I can't believe that Capri…

I can't believe that Capri Sun then, in a series of commercials, tried shaming people for puncturing the bottom because dang it, that actually worked.

11/09/2018 - 10:22am I'm trying to figure out if…

I'm trying to figure out if we see Milton tomorrow.  If he doesn't play tomorrow, it would ensure he could play in the Indiana, OSU, and Bowl Game with no issues if he were needed (I believe having only played against Wisconsin according to the player participation charts).  Simultaneously, he could sit next week and still have OSU and the Bowl Game.

I don't really know, but I find it interesting to ponder.

11/09/2018 - 9:52am Only if you get your…

Only if you get your interocitor working.

11/09/2018 - 8:07am I refuse to believe that…

I refuse to believe that Rutger could score against Murderwolf, even if Murderwolf were playing by himself.  He is everywhere, he is legion.

11/09/2018 - 7:29am So, for the last 17 years,…

So, for the last 17 years, every week in my classroom, I post my "Friday Five", my score predictions for five games of the week, which always includes when they are playing the Michigan game, Michigan State game, and the Lions game, plus two other college games of note (and a bonus pick.)

Starting last year, my now-seven year old son has wanted to make his picks as well.  He knows football well enough that he can make some picks.  For instance, he has tried to call Northwestern winning each of the last three weeks, including beating Iowa this week.

However, he also uses my picks to make his own.  To wit, my prediction this week is Michigan 49, Rutger 3.  His pick?  Michigan 50, Rutger 3.

He price is righted me!

11/05/2018 - 2:57pm I agree.  It was a tight…

I agree.  It was a tight window to get him to Ann Arbor from Baton Rouge for 3:45, his plane was delayed and he just made it.  I wonder if the day just got to him, whereas he usually has time to decompress between GameDay and the 8:00 PM kick.

11/01/2018 - 6:50am 1. 40 y/o M

2. 100%

3. 0,…

1. 40 y/o M

2. 100%

3. 0, none, zilch.  She had tickets before I did.  But I have become more flexible about NFL Sundays to accommodate things getting done on weekends.

10/28/2018 - 11:27am Backing this.

Backing this.

10/27/2018 - 3:13pm Wisconsin is without…

Wisconsin is without Hornibrook which I do think matters in our evaluation of this performance.

10/26/2018 - 1:29pm See, this is why we workshop…

See, this is why we workshop stuff!

10/26/2018 - 12:57pm This is the kind of big…

This is the kind of big picture thinking we need around here!

10/26/2018 - 12:47pm That's a good rule and I…

That's a good rule and I will work to abide by it in future tchotchke requests. 

10/26/2018 - 12:40pm Doctor,

My most sincere and…

Doctor,

My most sincere and humble apologies for this slight.  Because man I would be pissed at myself if I thought I could and then found out I could not.

10/25/2018 - 8:25pm Virginia Tech just went up…

Virginia Tech just went up 21-14 on Georgia Tech in Tech-mo Bowl in Blacksburg (on ESPN)

10/25/2018 - 7:01pm (No subject)

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10/25/2018 - 6:59pm No one from Harvard got in…

No one from Harvard got in double figures (I know, 27 points, the odds are low) but that's still kind of amazing to see.

10/24/2018 - 6:37pm Does anyone else remember…

Does anyone else remember during the 2010 conference realignmentpalooza that two ACC schools "went rogue" and approached two Big Ten schools.  One was confirmed as Penn State, but they never said who the other was.  I always thought it was Michigan State and I always wondered if Michigan State should have considered it.  They would have had one of the better ACC football programs at the time and their basketball team would have played top end teams right and left.  It never happened and it wouldn't be even remotely feasible now, but I still think about this from time to time.

10/24/2018 - 4:46pm As the logo coordinator for…

As the logo coordinator for my high school that I work at that opened in 1965 and thus alliteratively went with the Spartans, much to my chagrin for the last 25 years between student and employment, I have pushed very hard for all of our programs to avoid using the Michigan State helmet logo for the purposes of not getting sued.  We finally came up with a unique logo that has the helmet that also renders into the shape of an S, which while completely useless in battle, looks very cool overall.

10/24/2018 - 1:05pm There are far worse things…

There are far worse things to value in a QB.  I would also say that this would probably something instilled in Harbaugh by Bo and by his dad.  It's very old school, but it makes sense.

Yes, I hear the people who want the points, the right reads when they're there, but if the trade-off is missing out on some points while keeping the ball, I think I can live with it because of the defense.

10/23/2018 - 6:05pm Michigan State's rise in…

Michigan State's rise in recruiting under bad coaches at Michigan is similar to what I read about Boise State's long-run of national success for a non-Power 5 school because they were able to win recruiting battles with Washington and Washington State when both of those programs were in the wilderness.  Boise State isn't bad, per se, but Washington, under their former coach, has brought the Huskies back to a regular level of recruiting expectations for a PNW school located in a great city, to say nothing of the kids that Mike Leach can convince to go to Pullman, for crying out loud.

10/23/2018 - 5:27pm I really only have an…

I really only have an opinion on #4, so I'll just answer that one based on my (potentially incorrect) impressions:

I've seen a lot of really good arguments in the thread for Frost, and I think the "If he can't turn it around, where the hell do you go from there" one is compelling.  Frost is going to have a tougher time turning it around because Nebraska can no longer use their Big 8/12 ties to easily get into the fertile recruiting ground of Oklahoma and more importantly, Texas.  Nebraska has always had to recruit nationally and Frost's ties to the West Coast from his Oregon days may be very important.  But you still have to convince a kid to come to Nebraska. I also keep in mind that Frank Solich and Bo Pelini were fired after nine-win seasons at Nebraska.  I'm not sure what that means for Frost, but it is in the back of my mind.

Fleck has a more interesting case because Minnesota would like to have good football, but they're not obsessed with having good football.  They enjoy the Gophers, they would like to see them win, but they're not going to go crazy about it.  Fleck seems like he has those good Midwestern values and is good with the media and he has lower expectations...except that because of that, Minnesota could more readily see an ability to cut ties after say a disappointing 4th year than continue to row the boat.

I just find it hilarious that the Big Ten, after giving us six years of getting Wisconsin while OSU got Nebraska flips it and will give us six years of Nebraska starting in 2022, while Michigan State trades Northwestern for Minnesota (though given Northwestern's record against them in the last three years, they may welcome that change.)

10/23/2018 - 11:54am You got a lost steam joke in…

You got a lost steam joke in for the Boilermakers.  I see what you did there.

10/22/2018 - 6:05pm I think Klatt had developed…

I think Klatt had developed an internal narrative for this game based on his advance work of the game, and I have to admit, I'd rather have something like Klatt's stats-based one (Michigan is the best in the country on 3rd and short and the worst on 3rd and long would have stuck out to me as well.)

Did he have to say it every time?  No, but I think he just found the horse he was going to ride to the finish when it kept presenting itself.

10/22/2018 - 5:34pm (No subject)

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10/22/2018 - 5:18pm The success rate on there is…

The success rate on there is very telling, in my mind.  Michigan was moving the ball OK in the first quarter and the fourth quarter, but not at all in the second (when the drives kept stalling) and third (when the rain came back).  But Michigan State's success rate isn't there at all (which visually comports with what we saw.)

10/22/2018 - 1:04pm "They that sow the wind,…

"They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind."
Hosea 8:7

 

10/22/2018 - 11:47am It's even better that it has…

It's even better that it has clear rules and iterations!

10/22/2018 - 11:42am Not jumping to any…

Not jumping to any conclusions, but the "Uhhh I think coach D said I did not practice at all" is a super strange response.  Of all of the people who should know if you practiced, it should be the person being questioned.

10/21/2018 - 4:01pm I noted this morning that it…

I noted this morning that it was great work by the Fox director to get the shot and great work by DPJ to nonchalantly pretend like he didn't know exactly where the cameraman was.

10/20/2018 - 5:34pm ACE!  

 

Let's finish…

ACE!  

 

Let's finish getting #SixFigs4Ace!

https://www.gofundme.com/v7wmj-help-my-road-to-recovery

10/16/2018 - 1:03pm Trying out a box of #3…

Trying out a box of #3 pencils.

10/15/2018 - 10:30am I swear Thursday Night…

I swear Thursday Night Football was just an effort to prove they could put ANY NFL game on in a single window and draw a major number.  Browns/Bills was just doubling down on it.

10/15/2018 - 9:24am We make fun of Beano Cook…

We make fun of Beano Cook for some very legitimate reasons, but he was the person who explained to the NFL back in the late 1970s that they could boost their ratings by understanding "hate watching" (He didn't call it that, but it's the same premise.)  It's why the Cowboys are so frequently a national game, because people will hate watch them, especially the other markets in the NFC East.  Similarly, it's why regional coverage now understand that people want to keep tabs on the other teams in their division.

10/10/2018 - 1:12pm This is well worth the…

This is well worth the listen indeed.  Just hearing how much Jim likes hanging out with Jack makes me very happy.

10/09/2018 - 11:37am Amazingly, somehow not…

Amazingly, somehow not subtle enough.

10/09/2018 - 11:36am Anyone should feel free to…

Anyone should feel free to use it.  My 7 year old son has come up with his sign he wants to take, and honestly, it's better than anything I had (well, once my wife prohibited use of MurderWolf on the sign.)

10/08/2018 - 8:02pm (No subject)

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10/08/2018 - 7:57pm Ace,

If a person can be a…

Ace,

If a person can be a friend with someone just based on loving their writing and interactions on Twitter, then I consider you a friend.  Either way, I hope sincerely that your health can come around, but for sure, you will be missed.  Thanks for all the GIFs, all the laughs, and all of the insights.

10/08/2018 - 6:40pm In the spirit of nice things…

In the spirit of nice things about Wisconsin:

 

"Wisconsin: The Hufflepuff of the Big Ten."

10/04/2018 - 1:50pm When I was in middle school,…

When I was in middle school, around 1991, SI did a big cover story about what the fan experience would be like in 2001.

Though it took us longer to get here, many of the predictions made here have come somewhat true, except the part where they would pay fans to attend the games because it would be so much better to watch at home.  We should have probably known that one was never going to happen.

10/02/2018 - 10:00am Not a coach, just a fan, but…

Not a coach, just a fan, but an observation.

The two cases of "the first 15 play script killed us" this year came in the opener, when Notre Dame had all of Fall Camp to run through them, and Northwestern, which was coming off an open week, where they also had additional time to install and adjust them.  So if practice makes perfect, they also had additional time to put a shine on it that a normal circumstance may not.

09/29/2018 - 10:39am I enjoyed this a little too…

I enjoyed this a little too much.

09/27/2018 - 11:07am I know there's something…

I know there's something wrong with me when my overriding question from this wonderful sequence is "Wait, where did Murderwolf get a baseball bat on the forest moon of Endor?"

09/25/2018 - 6:29pm Fun fact: Of all of the…

Fun fact: Of all of the teams in the country, Michigan's -6 win differential against Cornell is the largest number of games below .500 against any one opponent Michigan has in its history.

So I am glad to see us get a win relative to a Cornell.

09/25/2018 - 2:11pm Provided they also do work…

Provided they also do work on Fridays, I'm in.

09/24/2018 - 8:25pm I had never pondered this,…

I had never pondered this, but now it's all I can think about...for at least five minutes.

09/21/2018 - 8:38pm Has anyone told Brian that…

Has anyone told Brian that Michigan is officially bringing back the maize Script Michigan third jerseys this season?  The video was awesome.

09/21/2018 - 8:37pm I know that others disagree…

I know that others disagree with this, but many of those "solid color" outs at other schools are done in the color of their primary home jersey or whiteouts, which means the away jersey can be worn. 

Marketing simultaneously wants you to shell out $90 for a navy Jumpman jersey and wear maize to the stadium, the primary place that you would expect a person to want to wear a jersey.  It's cognitive dissonance.

Also, once you get into winter jacket territory in November, you're going to have a heck of a time getting any sort of "color" out.