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07/11/2018 - 6:42pm 3 minutes in Rob Renes…

3 minutes in Rob Renes crushes that Penn State double reverse in 1997.…

10/26/2016 - 9:39pm That's a totally garbage

That's a totally garbage offensive day for Michigan too. <5ypp is pretty bad

06/30/2016 - 8:33pm I bet Rutgers isn't in the

I bet Rutgers isn't in the top 50

05/31/2016 - 12:46pm Ditch Penn State, Rutgers,

Ditch Penn State, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Maryland. Play a 9 game conference schedule with the other 10 teams.

You've now heard a better idea.

05/31/2016 - 12:45pm Let's be clear, this is "A

Let's be clear, this is "A Modest Proposal," not some less than brilliant idea.

Second, this modest proposal has nowhere near the obnoxiousness of fan base. I want to know Oklahoma State's plan to get AAU membership.

05/20/2016 - 6:32pm Pretty sure Rutgers tickets

Pretty sure Rutgers tickets can be had for about $95 less than the Athletic Department's sale price.

05/15/2016 - 12:08am I played a game against Ian

I played a game against Ian Gold's brother in football. Played more or less to a draw, but we didn't run to my side much.

I also played a couple times against Ryan Van Dyke. Really tough to stop when things broke down.

04/25/2016 - 3:25pm I haven't understood why they

I haven't understood why they have football for a long time. It's so expensive.


04/20/2016 - 10:54am Peppers: top-10 (frowny or

Peppers: top-10 (frowny or happy?)
Lewis: top-15
Glasgow: 4th round
Charlton: 4th round
Thomas: 5th round
Kalis: 6th round

Overall, probably the strongest class we've had in a long time. Lewis is awesome, but not quite a prototype NFL corner, Peppers is just uber-talented, ideal size, and will be really productive. I think Kalis puts it all together this year and is drafted.

Oh yeah, forgot about Wormley. He's an early 2nd round pick. Chesson probably goes in the 4th or so.

04/18/2016 - 3:31pm Why would college athletics

Why would college athletics collapse? I don't understand this portion of the argument.

There's a tradeoff to be made between giving a salary to revenue athletes versus better facilities for non-revenue athletes. I'm concerned about building really high-end facilities for non-revenue sports from a budgetary standpoint. A building isn't a one-time cost, but rather an upfront cost and a commitment to maintain the building.

Building very high-end facilities that won't generate any revenue is a model that only works in today's world of college athletics. I'm not sure how long that model actually works, however.

04/18/2016 - 3:19pm I've always guessed the

I've always guessed the university subsidy was an accounting issue. Something along the lines of university maintenance maintaining the athletic buildings, but the athletic department not transferring money to the appropriate university account.

03/31/2016 - 9:53am As a Bay Area transplant, I'm

As a Bay Area transplant, I'm probably biased, but they're so much fun to watch, it's impossible not to like them.

Plus, they're basically the ideal John Beilein team. That counts for something in my book.

02/26/2016 - 11:22am I'd prefer he stay coaching

I'd prefer he stay coaching Michigan. He can run the State Department's Twitter feed, though. That would be fun.

02/14/2016 - 9:53pm Email: Spark

Email: Spark
Driving: Waze
Typing: SwiftKey
Music: Spotify
Organization: Evernote

I could easily do these and the stock Apple apps

02/01/2016 - 2:50pm I'm not really sure who this

I'm not really sure who this benefits.

If the goal is TV dollars, I'm not sure anyone gets more money. Maybe we'd get something more if Texas came in, but Texas would get less.

If the goal is football competition, you'd be bringing in a few teams to shore up the other half of the conference, but we'd never play them.

By the way, the Big 10 shares its revenue and won't let Texas be in charge. I can't see that ever happening unless they ditch the Longhorn Network. Even then, it's going to be a hard sell for both sides.

01/10/2016 - 11:59pm There's a keeping up with the

There's a keeping up with the Joneses factor here, except most coaches don't want to keep up.

Summer is coaches chance to work normal weeks, see their kids, etc. Most just don't want to go to satellite camps, much less organize them.

Harbaugh is the type of guy who is hyper competitive and loves this stuff, so he'll always have some edge there.

12/30/2015 - 11:24am With the injuries to

With the injuries to basically the whole defensive line and OSU's excellent defense keeping our defense on the field, we were dead before the game started. I actually thought Durkin did well given the circumstances.

We basically have Mattison that pass for the last couple years. Durkin did great and the team is less without him -- although Brown may actually be better.

12/30/2015 - 11:12am There's a specific fee that's

There's a specific fee that's part of tuition to supplement the athletic budget.

It's an arms race and they're trying to spend like everyone else without the financial capacity to do so.

12/01/2015 - 8:41pm My thoughts on this from

My thoughts on this from 2011


11/08/2015 - 7:39pm I mean, Harbaugh is going to

I mean, Harbaugh is going to Miami or Chicago, right?

Cut and run.

11/08/2015 - 7:38pm Bo was supposedly very angry

Bo was supposedly very angry with Illinois for firing Gary Moeller after 4 seasons.

They won the next two games against them by a combined score of 115-35.

Choose your enemies carefully.

10/11/2015 - 3:48pm Michigan ran about 1.2 plays

Michigan ran about 1.2 plays for every 1 play Northwestern ran. This is probably more dominant than it appears because we forfeited two possessions due to the kickoff return and interception return touchdowns.

It's a nice proxy for control because it removes pace. In the Michigan / Northwestern context, it matters a little less because they both play pretty slowly. Against a team like Indiana that really wants to play quickly, you'll see time of possession and play ratio diverge.

10/11/2015 - 2:40pm Time of possession is a proxy

Time of possession is a proxy stat, but the actual information is easier to find. I'd care more about a ratio of plays than game time. It's a four hour game, standing on the field for 4 more minutes vice standing on the sidelines doesn't matter. Running 30 more plays does matter, however.

10/05/2015 - 10:35pm He's a little too down on a

He's a little too down on a defense that's allowed 31 points in 5 games (minus the Utah pick six).

I like Michigan Monday, but you can almost sense genuine concern relative to OSU. Haven't been able to see that in a while.

09/25/2015 - 10:09pm That's a feint, there aren't

That's a feint, there aren't any Mormon name tags.

09/17/2015 - 10:51pm Smith is starting because

Smith is starting because he's the best pass blocker, period. Isaac is a monster and, in my opinion, shows much better vision. However, he basically can't pass block, so he can't play.

09/17/2015 - 10:41pm Disagree, the backs weren't

Disagree, the backs weren't split. This is a traditional wing-t, with the old "t" formation broken and the halfback on the wing.

09/09/2015 - 10:01pm They couldn't really move the

They couldn't really move the ball against a shitty FCS team. They'll have a couple nice plays, but a freshman QB against that defense isn't going to go well.

09/07/2015 - 4:34pm Was there a cost-benefit

Was there a cost-benefit analysis for any of the marketing ploys during Brandon's tenure?

In other words, was there an incremental dollar made from Beyoncé, Eminem, jet pack guy, etc? I understand what they got out of it, but what was the benefit for Michigan?

Oh yeah, Pop Evil, Appalachian State.

09/02/2015 - 3:21pm To be fair, there are many

To be fair, there are many other ways to ruin your financial future.

09/02/2015 - 2:24pm If safeties actually have to

If safeties actually have to account for a vertical passing game, I think 9-10 wins becomes the expectation rather than about 8. We're going to be able to run the ball better this season, but you're looking at another order of magnitude improvement if the safeties have to hang back.

The other piece you're not accounting for is if Jake Ruddock really does bring quarterback play up to a "B" level or not. If he's not ready to play in this system, there's a 6 win season coming.

Personally, I think we're getting an Arkansas season from last year. By the end of the year, we should be scary. The start might be miserable, though.

08/28/2015 - 6:32pm This ^^^
On my phone I'm

This ^^^

On my phone I'm occasionally taken from this site directly to the Apple App Store.

08/26/2015 - 8:55pm Depends on how you'd view

Depends on how you'd view failure

08/24/2015 - 10:53pm Thursday would probably be

Thursday would probably be best. Recommend doing it during the offseason if you'd like broader readership.

08/20/2015 - 6:05pm 18 year-old kids go to boot

18 year-old kids go to boot camp. The language there can be, uh, choice

08/12/2015 - 11:38am Intuitively, I'd say college

Intuitively, I'd say college teams are more predictable, because they're typically good at less than NFL teams. Most college teams can't pass and run well--they're lucky if they can do one of the two.

However, some offensive coordinators in college are doing some really cool stuff with run-pass options. I think the real trick would be to figure out somehow which player the quarterback for those teams is going to read on a given play. That would be a coup.

08/11/2015 - 12:50pm I always liked watching

I always liked watching Orlando Pace. He was just fantastic.

Andy Katzenmoyer was a super awesome player that was a lot of fun to watch play. His off the field personality doesn't really change that.

07/30/2015 - 9:38pm No, just awesome tasting.

No, just awesome tasting. Went during my honeymoon. We'll probably never go back, but it was a cool experience. They're actually the most approachable haute restaurant I've heard about.

07/30/2015 - 5:28pm The brioche at The French

The brioche at The French Laundry. Just amazing.

07/27/2015 - 2:59pm I'm not sure I get it. Can

I'm not sure I get it. Can you be clearer?

07/23/2015 - 10:07pm Don't eat any raw chicken.

Don't eat any raw chicken.

07/23/2015 - 11:34am So we're assuming they're as

So we're assuming they're as good today as they were then?


I would have happily taken Drew Henson for $1 and added Bo. Most teams were so bad when Yost was coaching that it wasn't really a fair fight.

The alternative is Brady, Wheatley, Edwards, Woodson, and Harbaugh.

Really poor job allocating dollars, Freep.

07/06/2015 - 6:35pm Maize and no alternates.

Maize and no alternates.

07/02/2015 - 1:07am Disagree. The 76ers have a

Disagree. The 76ers have a smart plan if the goal is to win big. The 49ers and the Raiders are possibly 1 and 2 in the awful franchise department.

07/01/2015 - 10:55pm For me, Vinology is the best

For me, Vinology is the best meal in the city. I always found Chop House overrated. Fleming's serves a significantly better steak.

06/18/2015 - 11:24pm Hard to argue with excellence

Hard to argue with excellence unless you make a grammar mistake in the press release...

During the 2014-15 academic year, Michigan was the only school to achieve exemplary Academic Progress Rate (APR) marks from the NCAA in football (above 990), men's basketball (995 and above) and women's basketball (995 and above). Additionally, all 14 U-M men's varsity athletic teams recorded perfect scores while 10 of the 15 women's varsity teams also earned perfect scores.

06/17/2015 - 11:06pm Well, not quite like

Well, not quite like Stanford. That was more akin to Purdue beating this year's OSU team by 3 touchdowns. Stanford was damn awful.

My guess is we struggle early, but finish a lot like Arkansas did last year--a seriously terrifying team that's more or less figured it out. 8-4 sounds about right, it's a question of how we get there.

05/22/2015 - 11:08pm Woody Hayes famously had a

Woody Hayes famously had a listed phone number for his whole career.

05/17/2015 - 11:11pm The deviations are the only

The deviations are the only way to keep the show going without spoiling the eventual books. Remember that.

HBO can't wait another 7 years for Martin to finish the books. The alternative is to modify the plot. Get over it.

05/17/2015 - 9:15pm We're going to need to find a

We're going to need to find a quarterback to hit 10 wins. We could easily be 2-2 coming into Big 10 play.

8 wins is pretty realistic is Rudock learns the offense. 10 would probably require the light to come on for Morris sometime this offseason. We've got a nice defense and should be fine in the running game. That's not going to beat MSU or OSU though. Add in some early season struggles and 10 gets hard to reach very quickly.