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10/20/2018 - 10:00pm MSU had the #1 run defense…

MSU had the #1 run defense entering the game.  Harbaugh's plan was to wear them down and apparently it worked.  Yes, there is room for improvement.

10/20/2018 - 9:58pm They called the play because…

They called the play because it works in practice.  It is not a miracle when you call your shot.

10/20/2018 - 9:45pm The heart attack was in East…

The heart attack was in East Lansing.  MD went to Sparrow hospital.

10/19/2018 - 12:36pm M beat NW@NW,  NW beat MSU…

M beat NW@NW,  NW beat MSU@MSU,  and the transitive property ALWAYS works in life.  If Wisconsin isn’t good then PSU isn’t good.  

On the other hand, Dantonio’s doesn’t play to win as much as he plays to test you or make you miserable for every part of 60 minutes or more.

Michigan is favored for all the right reasons

10/19/2018 - 12:24pm MSU should not have lost to…

MSU should not have lost to NW or ASU, but they did.  And PSU hasn’t an impressive win (lots of last second run up the score points).

10/19/2018 - 12:13pm I love Devin but he was not…

I love Devin but he was not a good QB. If he was a good QB he would know all about MIKE (MLB) by his sophomore year [because that is the guy in his way on most every play and you don’t need a coach to tell you that.]

10/17/2018 - 9:18pm I really like Warinner's…

I really like Warinner's explanation that there are maybe 5 things or decisions a lineman has to execute during a play.  He tells them which two to focus on while he then sets a scheme to minimize the importance of the other three things so the lineman don't have to worry about them.  So when Harbaugh calls the right play, the offensive line is well set to deliver.

10/17/2018 - 3:05pm Every game counts as one (1)…

Every game counts as one (1).  The Wolverines have not won enough games to win the East since it was created.  This practice is the most important practice, this play is the most important play, and this game is the most important game.  

Control the controllables.  

10/16/2018 - 10:10pm Crap, whiskey tango foxtrot,…

Crap, whiskey tango foxtrot, another play to setup a trick play.

10/16/2018 - 2:44pm Advanced stats can only do…

Advanced stats can only do so much to adjust first downs and yards according to the opponent at the time.  e. g.  QBs look great when they have an extra half second or two.  When #5 played number #85 the adjustment is less meaningful than the adjustment when #5 played #15 and that pollutes the value of fancy stats to evaluate #5 about to play #12.  

I love advanced stats but as most of us know - the refs, a great play or play call, a turnover, and/or a fortuitous bounce can easily swing 7-17 points the wrong way.

10/15/2018 - 9:18pm Throw in the annual…

Throw in the annual retaliation or phantom personal foul on Michigan.  Damn, the refs just don't seem to notice the after the whistle cheap shots initiated by MSU.

10/15/2018 - 9:02pm Sorry to hog by replying to…

Sorry to hog by replying to an early post but 10 is right and the give them three for being at home.  So I heartily agree.

10/15/2018 - 8:57pm Unlike Hoke and RR, Dantonio…

Unlike Hoke and RR, Dantonio recruits a bevy a quarterbacks to find an occasional excellent one.  He then focuses on walk-ons and developing people for 5 or 6 years.  He also seems to me that he was the first coach to coach regular hand grabs by DBs making the refs choose throw a flag on every play or let them grab.  Brian Kelly called them out on it.

10/15/2018 - 8:48pm He recruits to his system…

He recruits to his system and works to put as many 6th year seniors on the field as possible.  2 or 3-star recruits that plan like 4-stars in their fifth year.  Mark D. has 20 seniors this year.  Even if they aren't starters they know the system and can rotate or step in for the injured.

10/15/2018 - 8:35pm I noticed way back in the…

I noticed way back in the 1980s that it isn't a big game unless the Wolverines lose.  Once we win it is no longer considered a big game or a big win.

10/14/2018 - 12:08pm Next week, the Wolverines…

Next week, the Wolverines face the number one rush defense.  Effective Wolverine passing will be needed to set up running plays.

Althought PSU did put 205 rushing yards on MSU so we will see.

10/02/2018 - 1:23pm Franklin’s record is good…

Franklin’s record is good enough to stand on its own.  

Vandy floated around 50 S&P under him with extremely weak schedule.  Right there with Duke and Northern Illinois.  

Wisconsin was pounding PSU until all the injuries (6 starters went down) so once again, a bit of luck.  But it is what it is.  I wouldn’t hire JF.

10/01/2018 - 6:28am Yeah, and I recall that many…

Yeah, and I recall that many had this as a trap game when discussing the schedule last summer.  Given Pat Fitzgerald, a full slate of seniors, and two weeks to prepare no one should be surprised that NW came out fast.  I think many of us (me too) looked at all their injuries and wrote them off.

09/30/2018 - 2:46pm There is  a significant and…

There is  a significant and relevant bias to rank teams you know above teams you don't know. 

 

09/30/2018 - 1:13pm ESPN has Maryland at home…

ESPN has Maryland at home for Minnesota - the Terps had two ridiculously long runs for TDs and benefited from 3 turnovers.  I do believe the Terps are for real but S&P+ has them as the same as Northwestern, tough but manageable.

09/30/2018 - 9:36am When is it not on the team…

When is it not on the team that fell behind?  Illogical supposition to say that in some cases the come-back doesn't really count in some way.

09/27/2018 - 6:37am WE didn't do anything wrong …

WE didn't do anything wrong (other than giving Martin free basketball tickets).  Martin gave money to players as Martin was holding cash from gambling operations and was looking for a place to invest it.  Martin funded players that went to Illinois, Missouri, and mostly Michigan.  The onlyl real problem was that Fisher gave Martin free basketball tickets which made Martin a Michigan booster and therefore Michigan was on the hook for the funding even though it was after the fact. The resulting penalty was attrocious as has been noted on this blog.

09/24/2018 - 9:44pm Franklin runs up the score…

Franklin runs up the score like no one else.  I would not be impressed by 4th quarter scoring.  Look at how and when  and by who the points were scored. PSU leaves their first string in longer than anyone else and play calling is score first and run clock second.  

09/24/2018 - 8:40pm Except we are MICHIGAN.  We…

Except we are MICHIGAN.  We are never desperate.

09/23/2018 - 6:57pm Holy cow!  The traditional…

Holy cow!  The traditional murderers row is not so scary looking at the moment.  

09/23/2018 - 5:56pm Furthermore, the definition…

Furthermore, the definition of a "big game" at Michigan is a game that first of all we must have lost because if we won it wasn't a big game unless it's OSU (and then OSU must have had no more than 2 losses.)

09/23/2018 - 5:48pm A man was asked for his…

A man was asked for his title. He said, "Sex Consultant"

He was asked for an explanation.  He said, "My wife gave it to me."

He was asked to explain further.  "Well my wife told me, 'When I want your fucking advice, I will ask for your fucking advice'."

So, yes, all fucks are significant and stand on their own merit.

09/19/2018 - 8:59pm Inexplicably, Lloyd talked…

Inexplicably, Lloyd talked about retirement for 2 years and somehow they could not agree on a smooth transition to the next coach.  This whole mess should have been avoided.

09/11/2018 - 8:14pm Yes, that is the best time. …

Yes, that is the best time.  Two Hearted Ale - is it named for the the river or is it named for the Hemmingway short stories?  Or both?  A very fine product never the less.

09/10/2018 - 9:06pm Never argue with  an idiot. …

Never argue with an idiot.  They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

09/08/2018 - 8:19am OSU would not have beaten…

OSU would not have beaten Oregon in the championship game is they didn't loose no less than seven (7) receivers (wideouts and tight ends) in the last four games of the season due to suspension and injury.  In the fourth quarter of the championship game they were running plays with two running backs lined up as wide outs.  It is hard to win a championship when your offensive playbook has been simplified for sustitutes.

Much has been made about OSU winning the game but few seem to  mention why Oregon lost the game.

09/03/2018 - 9:10pm Heavy sigh, rubbing forehead…

Heavy sigh, rubbing forehead . . .  How can a Michigan man act so much not like a Michigan Man? 

09/03/2018 - 9:56am Henne was injured all season…

Henne was injured all season and for Carr's last game he was first able to make all the basic plays so as to open things up for more complex (trick} plays.  Something as basic as a reverse doesn't work if the base run play isn't working.  Special plays almost always work because the other team is getting sloppy or over compensating.  Florida ran into a team that was finally physically able to run the plays in the playbook.

08/25/2018 - 3:55pm I am hoping that Indiana…

I am hoping that Indiana stuns PSU.  And Pitt will be a challenge. 

And most importantly, the Wolverines beat PSU in Ann Arbor . . .

08/24/2018 - 6:33pm Indiana appears to have a…

Indiana appears to have a solid roster that might be able to make some noise but for the fact that they play in what is arguably the toughest conference/division in the NCAA.

I am hoping that Indiana will pin a fourth loss on PSU but then that would put more shine on the MSU game and less on the PSU game which is okay as long as we win them all.

08/24/2018 - 6:16pm The last study I saw…

The last study I saw reported that 50% of all recruits are not on the team for their senior year.  Kind of like a regular student.  Michigan's engineering program was famous for letting us know at freshman orientation that you or the student next to you would not graduate from Michigan's engineering program.  

08/24/2018 - 6:20am Coach and Four for a haircut…

Coach and Four for a haircut.  They are still there!  I may have to get over to Ann Arbor for fauxhawk!

I look forward to watching this guy play as much as any other.

08/23/2018 - 9:40pm Jordan Ta'amu replaced the…

Jordan Ta'amu replaced the injured Shea at Mississippi and while not as good as Shea delivered some high powered offensive moments.  It is clear that Mississippi ran a prolific passing attack that delivered impressive offensive statistics.

I believe Harbaugh named Shea Patterson the #1 QB earlier than expected because Harbaugh recognized both that  Shea is the best option and it would be beneficial to run as many plays with the first string as possible to develop timing with the young receivers and allow the coaching staff a greater opportunity to determine how best to call plays with Shea.

08/23/2018 - 9:00pm Does Wisconsin get Chicago…

Does Wisconsin get Chicago back for the same reason?  Everything north of the southern tip of Lake Michigan once belonged to Wisconsin territory.

An undefeated season for the Michigan football team would go a long way to healing all wounds.

And yes, the response from stephenjrking was impressive and quick which makes me wonder what else is ready and loaded in his mind.

08/23/2018 - 8:13pm I agree but for reference,…

I agree but for reference, the ND pass defense efficiency was #5 in fancy stats.  I suspect it was aided greatly by the ND run offense.

08/22/2018 - 9:23pm The strength of last years…

Alex Bars (Sr, 315 lbs) is playing well?  1st brother was starting line backer at PSU.  2nd brother was an O-lineman for UM but did not start.  3rd brother is stepping up.  Dad played for the great Al Fracassa at Brother Rice in Birmingham, MI.

ND o-line is as big as ours.  Can Brian Kelly come up with a game plan that will help them stand up to the Michigan d-line?

08/22/2018 - 9:21pm The strength of last years…

The strength of last years defense for Notre Dame was their pass defense.  Their overall defensive stats were pretty good but not terribly intimidating (top 30ish).  I suspect the pass defense feasted on teams playing from behind against a team that could run time off the clock.  The defensive backs played the second half knowing the other team would be in pass mode.  They were well positioned be efficient and effective given the game situation and team makeup.  If Michigan has the lead or is within a touchdown most of the game then I expect Michigan to pull away in the end.

Although it may take more insight than I have to explain why an offense that was top 100ish can get to top 40ish. And I guess it is possible that ND improved more than we did over the summer but that is not quite what I am hearing out of South Bend.  The traditional ND bandwagon is a little quiet.

08/21/2018 - 12:53pm This list stirred up many,…

This list stirred up many, many good, great memories.  I forgot all about Marion Body.  I recall a few comments about his name.

Bunch, Boles, Hoard, Biakabutuka were always names that put a smile on my face.

Is Tripp Welborne on the sitting team?  Is there room for Vada Murray somewhere?

I remember the crowd cheering the first few times that Grapentine (or was it King) that pronounced Biakabutuka's name correctly and without hesitation.

08/19/2018 - 3:24pm I love the quotes in  the…

I love the quotes in  the article.  There seems to be a lot of emphasis on whether or not the coach "properly" earned their current positions.  Taggert and Franklin may have been in the right place at the right time.  I love the job Peterson, Whittingham, and Mullen have done (with lesser talent at earlier programs) and yet I don't hear their names that often (which may be a regional issue.)  Everyone loves Pat Fitzgerald.  I think Kirk Ferentz got a lot of credibility early on a Iowa when he had an offensive coordinator that would eventually win a Super Bowl.  It seems he as been treading water ever since (although I don't see how you let hime go if  you are Iowa.)

I like the article because it reminds me that it is easier to win when you have superior talent.  I think some have an issue either with play calling or personnel decisions which is also interesting.

08/14/2018 - 9:56pm Good stuff.  At age 4, my…

Good stuff.  At age 4, my daughter loved to shout BIAKABATUKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unforutnately, I am a less than perfect father.  She went to MSU even though she was accepted to U of M.  I will question some of my support decisions for the rest of my life.

08/14/2018 - 9:49pm Indiana 1979 - John Wangler…

Indiana 1979 - John Wangler to Anthony Carter

Mix it up with 

Gerald R. Ford: "Michigan Football Legend" Distinction

Yep, two time national champion and President of the United States

08/13/2018 - 10:15pm There is evidence that Hoke…

There is evidence that Hoke had a good first year based on seniors recruited by Lloyd Carr.

There is eveidence that Harbaugh had a good first year based on seniors recruited by Brady Hoke.

The Wolverines suffered greatly in 2014 and 2017 due primarly to a lack of QB play.  Hoke had a QB throw not one but two pick sixes on screen plays.  The only two I have seen in my life.

Defense has always been good.  See a pattern?

It ain't a full roster (in my opinion) without at least 18 seniors.  Only two teams have won the national title with less than 20 seniors, Clemson being the lastest with 15 seniors.  More than 20 seniors gaurantees nothing.  And obviously, a roster without a reliable QB is not a full roster.

08/12/2018 - 9:03am Hoke had a phenominal record…

Hoke had a phenominal record for growth in difficult environments.  He was undefeated in his last year at Ball State (even after beefing up the schedule.)  He had iirc 5 losses his last year at SDSU but all were to top 20 teams and by less than a TD (bar an early loss by 10 to a top 5ish team.)  SDSU was playing very well and way over their recruiting classes.  I predicted Hoke would be the Michigan head coach in the October before he was hired as he was the best coach available that would take the job.  That would take the job is a key factor.

On the downside, he totally misplayed the urgency to rebuild the QB roster.  He inherited a running back as QB and played his injury prone nature as well as possible.  He also inherited a WR as QB that RichRod reshirted for lack of football skills.  I suspect that much of the OL issues resulted from poor QB reads and audibles.  So blame Hoke for not fixing the QB problem but I also believe Hoke would still be here, loved and winning if RichRod left him a real true redshirt freshmand QB.

I will add that I think RIchRod's biggest issues was misundertanding the importance of recruiting players to be on the  roster for 5 years.  Too many flyers on athletes not ready for the rigors of college football.  How many players didn't make it even two years?  Image what Hoke might have done with a full roster.

08/11/2018 - 9:03am "could have died" is a reach…

"could have died" is a reach.  The the team neurologist was on the sideline and examined Morris.  Without breaking doctor/patient confidentiality he stood behind the concussion protocol during interviews the next day.  You can see the staff examining Morris in the background if you re-watch the game.  The in-game optics were horrible but a team doctor saying ready to play and the hospital doctor saying slight concussion the next day is not necessarily problematic.  (I suspect that more than a few players finished the game with a slight concussion.) The Morris family didn't find fault with the way they were treated.  While Morris stumbled at one point he also waved off help at others.  Shane Morris doesn't have a problem with the incident.  There is ample evidence that QB management for the game was less than ideal but concussion protocol was not the weak link.

08/09/2018 - 6:36am "just for the points" 

"just here for the points" 

interesting