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02/15/2019 - 12:07pm Tequila!

Tequila!

02/15/2019 - 9:59am For those who might've felt…

For those who might've felt a bit lonely yesterday on Valentine's Day, today is National Singles Awareness Day, MGoBloggers! Here's to all the singles who couldn't wear red yesterday and who always will Go Blue!

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02/15/2019 - 9:54am Obligatory "Bang Bang"…

Obligatory "Bang Bang" approval from Vincent Smith.Vincent Smith gif.gif

02/15/2019 - 9:52am (No subject)
02/13/2019 - 6:55am Will Poor Officiating + Lack…

Will Poor Officiating + Lack of Depth = Problems?

Adding to the poor officiating last night was the problem caused by lack of depth on the roster.

Despite the recent funk, I think that Michigan has over-performed this season. It might be that this team's great start to the season masked a weakness that could play out down the stretch.

Besides missing three of last season’s top four scorers (Wagner, Abdur-Rahkman, Robinson) and the three-point shooting that they provided, of the players who played in at least 30 of the 41 games last season, nine (including three freshmen, Poole, Livers and Brooks) averaged at least ten minutes a game and a tenth (Jaaron Simmons) averaged eight minutes a game.

This season, it’s likely that only seven players and one freshman (leading scorer Ignas Brazdeikis) will average as many as ten minutes a game; no other player currently averages as many as five minutes a game.

This team is getting worn down and the schedule won’t get any easier with four of the final six, regular-season games coming against Michigan State and Maryland, along with a road game against Minnesota.  After losing to the team with the worst record in the conference, splitting those six games wouldn’t be a shock, and that would make the Wolverines 8-6 over their final 14 regular-season games.

Strange Stat: Maybe experience in close games won't matter much down the stretch, but Michigan has played only four games this season that were decided by eight points or fewer, and only two of those were decided by two points (wins at Northwestern in December and at home against Minnesota in January).  The others were an 80-72 win at Crisler over Western Michigan on December 15 and last night's 75-69 loss at Penn State.  Last season, 12 of Michigan's games were decided by eight points or fewer, and by this time last season, the Wolverines had played in nine of those games. 

02/10/2019 - 12:19pm San Diego Fleet vs. San…

San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders Highlights. 

02/10/2019 - 12:18pm Atlanta Legends at Orlando…

Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos Highlights. 

02/08/2019 - 1:32pm "Wide open's Gallon! They…

"Wide open's Gallon! They left him alone!"

02/08/2019 - 1:21pm And now it's four!

And now it's four!

02/08/2019 - 1:03pm Would you like S'more Samoas…

Would you like S'more Samoas or Samoa S'mores?

02/08/2019 - 8:55am It’s National Boy Scouts Day…

It’s National Boys Scouts Day, MGoBloggers!  Be Prepared to make yourselves Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. And Go Blue!

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02/08/2019 - 6:24am He only signs married…

He only signs married quarterbacks.

02/07/2019 - 11:40pm There is no evidence that…

There is no evidence that former Michigan defensive end Chris Rock was his upstairs neighbor.  When last we heard of him, Chris Rock had joined the Ohio State football team as a walk-on in 2013. LINK

02/07/2019 - 11:01pm Magnus, thanks for the…

Magnus, thanks for the updates.  Any word on whether opportunities for carries will open up for Justin Feagin, Austin White and Kareem Walker?

02/06/2019 - 11:27pm Robert California. 

Robert California

02/06/2019 - 11:11pm He must've been the player…

He must've been the player to be named later in the Mel Pearson trade, right?

02/06/2019 - 12:19pm "PH"? Prentice Hall? Patrick…

"PH"? Prentice HallPatrick Henry? Paul Harvey? Pete Hamill? Phil HartmanPaul Hewson (a.k.a. Bono)? Priest HolmesPeyton Hillis? Percy HarvinPrince Harry?

02/06/2019 - 12:01pm Can he twirl a baton like…

Can he twirl a baton like Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin ("CM") Murphy?

02/04/2019 - 11:52pm Central Michigan also…

Central Michigan also received Shane Morris, Ja'Raymond Hall and Deron Irving-Bey in the Thomas Rawls deal. 

02/04/2019 - 6:38pm There are some outtakes from…

There are some outtakes from the NFL 100 Super Bowl ad available on YouTube that are equally good.  “Behind the Scenes” and “Compilation”

Director Peter Berg deserves a lot of credit for putting the ad together on fairly short notice. LINK

02/04/2019 - 3:35pm In no special order:  (1)…

In no special order:  (1) NFL - The 100-Year Game - Didn’t recognize all of the NFL stars shown, but it was a perfect ad for a Super Bowl (credit to director Peter Berg for getting that done in such a short time); (2) Verizon - Coach Anthony Lynn and First Responders; (3) Stella Artois - Carrie Bradshaw, The Dude AND The Most Interesting Man in the World making a brief appearance in the extended version that isn’t being show on YouTube; (4) Bud Light/Game of Thrones - Dilly Dilly never beats Dracarys; (5) Google - Veterans Job Search and Word Translation Search; (6) Washington Post - Democracy Dies in Darkness (narrated by Tom Hanks - clever shout out to the movie “The Post”); (7) Microsoft - Video Game Controllers for Special-Needs Kids; (8) Budweiser - Touting the Kings of Beers Brewed by “Blowin' in the Wind”; (9) Toyota Supra - The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” on the soundtrack; (10) Hyundai Shopper Assurance - Michael Bluth’s arrested development as an Elevator Operator

02/01/2019 - 1:37pm The story is long,…

The story is long, complicated and boring and it's mostly about fulfilling additional college pre-med requirements by taking summer courses that year.  At least I got to see the first U. S. concert performance of Blind Faith at Madison Square Garden in July 1969. So, as noted groundskeeper Carl Spackler likes to say, "I've got that goin' for me, which is nice."

02/01/2019 - 11:41am Thank you, rob f.  One of my…

Thank you, rob f.  One of my life's regrets is not going to Woodstock when I had the chance; so all I've got are the audios and videos from that documentary that was filmed that weekend.

02/01/2019 - 6:31am Today is National Freedom…

Today is National Freedom Day, celebrating the anniversary of President Lincoln’s signing of the joint congressional resolution that would become the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.national freedom day.png

 

02/01/2019 - 12:30am As a private university,…

As a private university, Syracuse ("Sportscaster U") doesn't fit the typical profile of a Big Ten school (Northwestern excepted), and they might've struggled in football in the Big Ten. They're 99-132 and have had only six winning seasons since 2000, but they;re 5-1 in Bowl games during that time.

Although Syracuse would've given the Big Ten a strong men's basketball program that occasionally draws over 30,000 people to its games, plus strong men's and women's lacrosse programs, they compete in only seven men's sports (no baseball, hockey, wrestling, swimming and diving, tennis or golf), compared to Rutgers' nine men's sports including baseball and wrestling (no hockey, tennis or swimming and diving.)

01/31/2019 - 11:24pm If you weren't alive or…

If you weren't alive or following college basketball during the United States' Bicentennial Year (1976) when dunking was illegal and there was no three-point shot or shot clock, then you'll be forgiven for not knowing about the 1976 Rutgers men's basketball team that went 31-2 (26-0 during the regular season; 2-0 in the ECAC post-season tournament and 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Michigan in the semifinals and UCLA in the third-place game)  

It most likely will take many years for Rutgers football to become attractive enough to bring in enough of the elite players like Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary from the northern New Jersey Catholic prep schools to become more competitive in the Big Ten. For now, they're going to have to settle for building up their other athletics programs. While few people have been watching, their women's basketball team has gone 17-4 and is 9-1 in the Big Ten this season.

01/31/2019 - 9:12pm William Wallace (?) Wagner. …

William Wallace (?) Wagner.  Has anyone on the world wide web indicated whether he has a brave heart?

01/31/2019 - 11:56am According to Bed Bath and…

According to Bed Bath and Beyond, he often hits the Target.

01/29/2019 - 12:32pm Whenever I see "Player X", I…

Whenever I see "Player X", I think of Molly's Game and Tobey Maguire (as played by Michael Cera.) 

01/29/2019 - 12:23pm Agree about the influence…

Agree about the influence Woody Guthrie has had on the generations of musicians who've followed him.

If there weren't a strict NO POLITICS rule here, I'd add a link to the song that referenced Woody's one-time landlord, but here's Woody's version of The Sinking of the Reuben James song (that is NOT the same song as the "Reuben James" song from Kenny Rogers:

01/28/2019 - 8:54pm It has been said that they…

It has been said that they're working as "assistants to assistants" (sort of like George Costanza as the Assistant to the Traveling Secretary of the New York Yankees). LINK

In theory, analysts are not allowed to coach, but who knows what goes on behind closed doors? LINK

01/28/2019 - 8:30pm I just dropped in to reply…

I just dropped in to reply to your "GTFO" comment..

I've got nothing against Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. I was playing their music on my college radio shows way back in the sixties and seventies, and any band with a song on The Big Lebowski soundtrack is okay with me. But their "Reuben James" wasn't the first "Reuben James" song I'd heard. 

01/28/2019 - 7:02pm Embed for Board (or Bored)

Embed for Board (or Bored)

01/28/2019 - 6:34pm Did someone say Primanti…

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01/28/2019 - 6:22pm Q.  "What's the benefit to…

Q.  "What's the benefit to sticking around (until) the spring?"

A.  Getting a degree from the University of Michigan if he needs the credits in order to complete his degree requirements.

01/28/2019 - 6:22pm Q.  "What's the benefit to…

Also, didn't Jake Rudock stay at Iowa in order to complete his degree requirements before he transferred to the University of Michigan during the summer?

If Brandon Peters is leaving, then it would make sense for him to complete his degree requirements first and then worry about learning a new playbook for his new team.

01/28/2019 - 6:14pm Not to be confused with…

Not to be confused with Reuben James

01/25/2019 - 9:51am (No subject)

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01/25/2019 - 8:53am It’s National Opposite Day,…

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01/25/2019 - 6:36am (No subject)
01/25/2019 - 6:34am Fewer. 

Fewer. 

01/24/2019 - 2:32pm Although George Campbell…

Although George Campbell still has his hands, it seems that he hasn't used them very well to catch a football thrown in his direction,

01/24/2019 - 2:30pm The report I linked to is…

The report I linked to is dated January 14 from The Michigan Insider on 247sports.com.  They wouldn't need a direct feed from the NCAA's official transfer portal to know information from their own website that was reported ten days ago.

01/24/2019 - 10:36am Have you ever seen this one? 

Have you ever seen this one? 

01/24/2019 - 10:28am Is that list missing Nolan…

Is that list missing Nolan Ulizio who reportedly entered the transfer portal earlier this month? LINK  Did he change his mind?

 

01/23/2019 - 11:31pm Eight ten-team conferences…

Eight ten-team conferences in what would become Division One, or the Premiership, or La Liga, or the Bundesliga, or Serie A, or Ligue Un, or whatever other name they'd want to give it (Prince of Wales and Campbell excluded).  Round-robin schedules in conference; alternate between five-home/four-away schedules each season; three games against teams from other Division One conferences.

Eight ten-team conferences in what would become Division Two.  The remaining FCS teams not selected for Division Two would compete in conferences of up to ten teams each in a Division Three.

Divisions Two and Three can decide on their own playoff systems, but they would not play in any of the traditional “bowl games” that would be available only to Division One teams.

Top team in each Division One conference goes to the top-tier playoffs; runners up in each conference go to a second-tier tournament; conferences have uniform tie-breaking system to determine conference champion and runner up.

All seven top-tier playoff games are played on consecutive Saturdays. First round is played at the higher seed’s stadium. Semi-finals and finals are in domed stadiums to eliminate risks of weather delays.  All seven second-tier playoff games are played on consecutive Fridays of the weekends when the top-tier playoffs are played and those semi-finals and finals are held in the same domed stadiums as the top-tier playoffs.  Seedings done by an independent committee.

That takes care of 16 teams and 14 “playoff-bowl games” for Division One.  Add up to 12 “non-playoff bowl games” in Division One for up to an additional 24 teams.  That takes care of up to 40 teams and 26 “bowl games” out of the 80 teams in Division One.

Teams that don’t make the playoffs or other “bowl games” have the option of holding up to fifteen additional post-season practices PLUS scheduling an extra game (if they can find a willing opponent from either its division or the division below it) between the end of the regular season and the start of the college football playoffs.  A Division One team could schedule a game against a Division Two team; a Division Two team could schedule a game against a Division Three team.

01/22/2019 - 9:00am Icy watch ewe did they're.

Icy watch ewe did they're.

01/22/2019 - 8:53am The only thing I've used…

The only thing I've used WalterFootball for is their database.  They make it easy to see that so many NFL Mock Drafts deserve to be mocked.

01/20/2019 - 10:09am The 17-0 start also might’ve…

The 17-0 start also might’ve disguised potential problems with this team that weren’t so obvious last season – wear and tear on the starters and contributions from the reserves.  Also, the parts missing from last season – Moritz Wagner (14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG), Muhammad-Ali Abdur- Rahkman (12.9 PPG, 132 assists to 30 turnovers), Duncan Robinson (9.2 PPG) and, to a lesser degree, Ibi Watson and Jaaron Simmons, haven’t been fully replaced yet. 

Compare last season’s reserves (Jon Teske, Jordan Poole, Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Jaaron Simmons and Ibi Watson), four of whom averaged at least ten minutes a game to this year’s reserves (Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Austin Davis, Brandon Johns and David DeJulius), only two of whom (Livers and Brooks) are averaging at least ten minutes a game and only one of the other three (Davis) averages as many as five minutes a game.

The starters this season are playing more minutes a game than last season’s starters.  Last season, there were only two starters (Wagner and Charles Matthews) who averaged at least 28 minutes a game.  This season, three starters are averaging over 30 minutes a game and Iggy Brazdeikis is averaging 29 minutes a game.  Jordan Poole has gone from averaging 12.2 minutes to 32.7 minutes a game; Jon Teske’s averaging 27.2 minutes a game, up from 12.3 minutes a game.

It might be too early to see how the additional playing time for the starters and the lack of significant contributions from three of the five principal reserves will impact the rest of the season for this Michigan team, but the schedule won’t be getting any easier and seven of the final 12 games are on the road. 

01/19/2019 - 8:43pm What a week for teams ranked…

What a week for teams ranked in the top ten. Duke lost to Syracuse, Virginia lost to Duke, Michigan lost to Wisconsin, Virginia Tech lost to Virginia, Texas Tech lost to Iowa State and Baylor and Kansas lost to West Virginia.  Here's when the scrambling in the NCAA basketball rankings will give bracketologists of the world headaches to last until Selection Sunday.