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01/18/2019 - 5:52pm The 1996 team holds a…

The 1996 team holds a special place in my heart because its my freshman year team.  The fact that I finally pulled the trigger on a gorgeous #37 white Jarrett Irons replica just two weeks ago speaks to this.  The offense was terrible, but the defense had one of the greatest collections of names in history.

01/13/2019 - 5:43pm I got a great deal on it…

I got a great deal on it during the NCAA Tournament run last year and I have not regretted the decision.  Quinn is a really great writer, and, hey, bonus, Faux Pelini.

01/08/2019 - 8:55pm Two notes: 

1). This was…

Two notes: 

1). This was not meant to be an exhaustive list, I was just pondering off the top of my head.

2). My data comes from http://football.stassen.com/records/opponent.html  Their caveats are listed in the header.

01/08/2019 - 6:06pm I am always here for Kool…

I am always here for Kool-Aid Man appearances (provided they are not actually in my house.  That gets expensive.)

01/08/2019 - 2:04pm Latest on the Temple search…

Latest on the Temple search from Adam Rittenberg and Bruce Feldman, FWIW:

https://twitter.com/ESPNRittenberg/status/1082713963048198145

Rittenberg: - Excellent recruiter with ties to the state. #NIU coach Rod Carey and #EasternMichigan coach Chris Creighton also involved here.

Bruce Feldman  @BruceFeldmanCFB - SOURCE: #Wisconsin offensive coordinator/OL coach Joe Rudolph has interviewed with #Temple for the Owls head coaching job, and word is he was impressive.

I did not realize Creighton was a possibility, but I mean, by goodness, in three years, he's taken Eastern to twice as many bowl games as they have ever made before.  Hats off to you!

01/08/2019 - 1:46pm Excellent research.  The…

Excellent research.  The Stassen database let me down it would appear, I thought my Cornell number was off and it was.  There are four missing games in there somewhere.

01/08/2019 - 1:43pm Of teams that Michigan has…

Of teams that Michigan has played post-World War II out-of-conference, Michigan's nine games against Army, even if over 50 years ago, would be one of the highest numbers for an out of conference foe.

Since 1945, Michigan has played

  • Notre Dame 32 times (zero bowl games)
  • Navy 14 times (zero bowl games)
  • Washington 12 times (four Rose Bowls)
  • UCLA 11 times (two bowl games)
  • USC 10 times (eight Rose Bowls)
  • Army 9 times (zero bowl games)
  • Eastern Michigan 5 times (zero bowl games)
  • Western Michigan 5 times (zero bowl games)
  • Florida 5 times (four bowl games)
  • Alabama 4 times (three bowl games)
  • Central Michigan 3 times (zero bowl games)
  • Air Force 3 times (zero bowl games)
  • Cornell 2 times* (zero bowl games)


Perhaps "long history" is a touch overstated, but Michigan, historically, did play the service academies, half of that Navy number came during the Bo era.  So with Army as an independent, needing dates to fill, and likely not demanding a one and one, it seemed probably that the Athletic Department saw it as a better name on the home schedule than say Middle Tennessee State (which they got the week before to replace Arkansas after they jettisoned that series to restart Notre Dame.)

*-Besides Army (5-4 all time), Cornell is the only program that has played Michigan more than five times that has a winning record all-time against the Maize and Blue (they're 12-6 overall against Michigan all-time.)

01/08/2019 - 11:32am Sha-la-la-la.

Sha-la-la-la.

01/08/2019 - 11:10am They do.

https:/…

They do.

https://fbschedules.com/notre-dame-football-schedule/

01/08/2019 - 11:08am When the Big Ten went to…

When the Big Ten went to nine games and seven teams per division, it made sense to have a "permanent" cross-over team for a six-year cycle that would allow every team to play every cross-divisional opponent home and away with the last three years inverting the assignments of the first three years.

The Big Ten used recent records or some such to determined that Michigan should play Wisconsin and Ohio State should play Nebraska.  I believe that flips when this current run of six games (which ends in 2021) ends and Michigan will get six straight with the Huskers.  Joy.

01/08/2019 - 11:06am When Michigan was scheduled…

When Michigan was scheduled in the summer of 2015, Brendan Quinn's article in MLive closed with:

Since going 10-2 in 1996, Army has finished under .500 in 17 of the last 18 seasons.

Army has since gone 2-10, 8-5, 10-3, 11-2.  I think if anyone had been told that when this game was scheduled, they would have been shocked.

Michigan likely scheduled Army because they viewed it as a win-win, a G5 opponent but one with a name and one that Michigan has a long tradition of playing, albeit it decades ago.  You never know what you're going to get in non-conference scheduling.  Sometimes you get a rising team, sometimes you get a falling team.

Just remember, in 2020, Oklahoma goes TO Army.

01/06/2019 - 2:20pm So we can all agree that…

So we can all agree that Seth's new FFFF graphic makes Romeo Langford look like a particularly stabby king?  I mean, no lie, but it just laid bare there.

12/26/2018 - 11:00am The 'Mats need no why.

The 'Mats need no why.

12/26/2018 - 11:00am 1). Yostal is the shortened…

1). Yostal is the shortened version of my AIM screen name "GoinYostal" which seemed funnier in 1997, admittedly.  Yostal just seems like it works.

2). It is a modified version of the old Yost Ice Arena logo that used to be on the ice at Yost.  I just added the Block M for use in other online forums to make it clear it was Michigan related.

12/20/2018 - 6:07pm The other bonus for the NFL…

The other bonus for the NFL is that you get guaranteed every division winner from the same conference playing each other the next year, plus at least one division winner from the other conference.  While it is frequent that teams go from first to worst and worst to first, you still end up with a lot of high caliber inventory for your league in addition to the divisional matchups.

12/19/2018 - 5:39pm Dying to find out tomorrow…

Dying to find out tomorrow which kids for whom I wrote recommendations got in and which ones we need plan B.  (I'm two for two on helping get a deferred kid in during the last two cycles, so we'll see what happens.)

12/14/2018 - 11:04am My only tiny disappointment…

My only tiny disappointment here is that he isn't wearing "The Unit" on his plaque.

*-This is a deep inside baseball, well, inside Michigan Hockey, joke.

12/13/2018 - 2:36pm  

Why does this version of…

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Why does this version of Buster look like he came from the same people that thought Poochie was a good idea?

12/05/2018 - 6:25pm I don't remember Bones…

I don't remember Bones saying that, but then again, it's Star Trek V, so I mean, my memory is hazy.

12/05/2018 - 6:17pm I know we're mad at the…

I know we're mad at the nerds after last night, but that is a really impressive number at Northwestern, coupled with the fact that they're doing it at Northwestern.  That's not easy.

Also, what the hell, Maryland?

12/05/2018 - 2:06pm Off season content hope:…

Off season content hope: Brian writes one of his thinkpieces on this:

*[#1 is when hockey reviews goals in case they were offsides. Offsides shouldn't even exist in hockey. FACT.]
 

Because I want to believe him, but moreover, I want to understand the ins and outs of it.

12/05/2018 - 11:01am Wolverbear...
You know, you…

Wolverbear...

You know, you say he's always been there, but we have visual, graphical evidence that Wolverbear was around for the Oosterbaan years.  He has to have old man strength.  Well, old wolverbear strength, but still...

12/04/2018 - 9:07am In a 3-way tie for 7th on…

In a 3-way tie for 7th on the last week, with Brees as my QB.

The two other teams win and I lose...to my seven-year-old son's team (which is now in third place) and miss the playoffs.

12/03/2018 - 4:11pm He'll keep calling me....he…

He'll keep calling me....he'll keep calling me. until I come over.  He'll make me feel guilty.  This is ridiculous...OK, OK, OK, I'll go, I'll go.  Shit.  

Also, Alan Ruck was 30 when he played Cameron.  He was 40 when he played Captain John Harriman.

 

12/03/2018 - 2:32pm This is very on-brand for…

This is very on-brand for you.

12/03/2018 - 2:27pm Apparently, it was Tracy…

Apparently, it was Tracy McGrady early in his NBA career?  Did not know that.

http://www.nba.com/allstar2003/then_now_gervin_mcgrady.html

12/03/2018 - 2:23pm That is one of the single…

That is one of the single best closers to a Brian column ever.  Full stop.

11/30/2018 - 1:47pm The joke basically went

The joke basically went
"What's the difference between Crisler and the Washtenaw County Morgue?"
"The morgue is better lit."

11/30/2018 - 8:11am Just a note: The M-Den at…

Just a note: The M-Den at Briarwood has a stack of cardstock posters celebrating Coach Beilein's 800th win and they're just giving them away (like whoa.)  I got five yesterday for myself and friends. Just a heads up.

11/29/2018 - 1:50pm [Nick Ward raises his wand] …

[Nick Ward raises his wand] "EXPECTO PATRONUM"

[a silvery pair of broken ankles emerge from the wand's tip]

[Dementor Charles Matthews just smiles and laughs in their face.]

11/28/2018 - 6:51pm I am not an economics expert…

I am not an economics expert by any stretch, but the phrase "opportunity cost" keeps popping into my mind.  It is easy to say, in the abstract, that an adjusted amount of focus on the Ohio State game at the cost of losing a different Big Ten game (let's say, for the sake of argument, Wisconsin, so it's an out of division game, equaling what Purdue did to OSU) until it actually happened.  While that sequence of events would have ended better for Michigan (they would be playing this weekend, they'd still have an outside chance at the CFP) there are no guarantees that devoting more time, energy, focus, psychic energy to the OSU would produce improved results.  I realize there are no guarantees in life, but the presumption that doing more to beat OSU would likely beat OSU seems specious to me at best.

11/28/2018 - 2:35pm The one shame in all of this…

The one shame in all of this is that Michigan and LSU have never played.  I believe that is is one of the highest rated games in terms of teams that have the most wins in CFB history who have never faced each other.  Michigan/LSU would at least be interesting and different, but it looks like it's not going to happen.

11/27/2018 - 7:43pm Oh, yeah, Florida, for the…

Oh, yeah, Florida, for the third time in four years.  Meanwhile, Michigan has never played LSU and hasn't played Georgia since the 1960s, but woo, Florida.

(I know that Georgia is pretty much a lock for the Sugar Bowl against Texas because of tie-ins, but I kind of liked the idea of Michigan/LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.)

11/26/2018 - 3:50pm This is tremendous and very…

This is tremendous and very much "I understood that reference" for me.  Well done.

11/26/2018 - 12:28pm By goodness, I needed that. …

By goodness, I needed that.  Thank you!

11/25/2018 - 7:16pm Well done.  Four coaches…

Well done.  Four coaches there as well.

It is amazing as mentioned previously that of all of the big time schools in the country, only Ohio State has not had an extended period in the wilderness.

Consider this: Since Michigan State joined the conference in 1953, Ohio State has four total seasons where they were under .500 (you can add one more if you're generous and say .500 or less.)  That's it.  (We're not counting the 2010 record adjustment by the NCAA, which, by the way, was does everyone keep crediting that win to OSU in the discussion of 14 of the last 15?)  I don't have numbers handy, but when only 7% of your seasons in a 65 year period are .500 or lower, that is a tremendous amount of success.  Michigan has ten such seasons, twice as many!  

I don't want to screw up the craps metaphor, but whatever OSU needs to keep rolling to stay hot at the table, they keep rolling it.

11/22/2018 - 8:59am Seamless, well-balanced use…

Seamless, well-balanced use of old and new highlights, and great video quality on the 2018 stuff.  Awesome work!

11/20/2018 - 10:13am Happy to oblige:

A 1991…

Happy to oblige:

A 1991 editorial calling for graduation to perpetually be held in "the Big House"

From 1991, Brian Thompson talks about playing his last game in "the Big House"

From 1991, Erick Anderson talks about how the 31-3 victory was a great moment in the Big House.

It sort of continues with about 1-3 references a year, usually near the end of the year, and picks up steam as the decade ends.

Here's the full search

11/20/2018 - 8:16am I'm going to politely…

I'm going to politely disagree on The Big House moniker origins.  Keith Jackson definitely called in the Big House in the 1990s and there are plenty of football-specific references to Michigan Stadium (especially in quotes from players) going back as early as 1991 (again, The Daily archives prove invaluable).  I feel like the explosion of college football on television led to greater knowledge of the nickname, which filtered down to fans over time.

11/20/2018 - 7:27am So, I wanted to get to this…

So, I wanted to get to this yesterday, but life got in the way, but now I had a little time.

 

A quick search of the Daily's digital archive (a true treasure) shows that the first time I can find "The Game" being used in the context of the Michigan-Ohio State game is 1988, used in both a headline and in the context of Michigan being the overwhelming favorite to beat first-year coach John Cooper's Buckeyes in Columbus (Michigan won 34-31)

The next one I can find is 2002.  I'll keep searching because I feel like it was a thing in the 1990s, but I also feel like it was just as common

11/19/2018 - 12:39pm It's fluff, but like so many…

It's fluff, but like so many things this week, it's much needed and well deserved.  And yes, Brown deserves the Broyles Award, but he doesn't need it because everybody knows who the best in the business is.

11/15/2018 - 8:44pm I fought for Fielding and…

I fought for Fielding and lost, but Franklin at least connects to the great Dennis Franklin, so I will take it.

Also, you have to go Chalmers and then call the child Bump.

11/15/2018 - 5:08pm I like this notion of "old…

I like this notion of "old man game".  There were moments last night where he was using the backboard on shots in clever and creative ways, like testing out angles to see if they would fall and what we could do with them going forward.  It was pretty great to see that he's plotting and scheming even when well ahead.

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

[ESPN halftime push notification comes in]

 

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!