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06/08/2018 - 9:37am Thank you.  Now that was…

Thank you.  Now that was useful information!

06/07/2018 - 5:13pm Thank you.  That worked…

Thank you.  That worked immediately.

06/07/2018 - 4:51pm Is there going to be a home…

Is there going to be a home page where articles are posted?  If that exists, I cannot find it.

06/07/2018 - 4:47pm Is there a new website…

Is there a new website training program?  I can't find the new website.  If I try to bring up MGoBlog, all I get is a dancing Norwood and a bunch of links that don't work.  Instead, I have to go to Google, search for MGoBlog and then click on its link for MGoBoard.  Once there, if I click on oMGoBlog at the top of the page, I am back to a dancing Norwood and a bunch of links that don't work.  HELP!!!  PLEASE HELP!!!

05/08/2018 - 2:47pm Corvette

When I was a teenager (late 50s and early 60s), the only real choice was the Vette.  I have always loved the 1957-60 Vettes.  Then, when the 1963 Corvette came along, WOW!  I can still remember seeing it at the Detroit Auto Show in bright red.  Years later, I did buy a used 1964 Corvette coupe and really enjoyed it; great car, very fast and (unfortunately) an unbelievable cop magnet.

05/08/2018 - 2:34pm Be grateful

If you never had a Pantera, be grateful.  I bought one in 1972 and had it for about 13 or 14 months, of which it was in my actual possession for about 2 months and back at the dealer for one repair or another for the balance (repainted in whole or part 5 times, cracked manifold, clutch cable crimped, A/C inoperative, wiring harness issues).  Cold weather invariably brought about a three step process:  (1) pour hot water onto the door lock to get into the car, as the locks would ALWAYS freeze; (2) remove the engine cover to allow the automatic choke to set as the carburetor linkage would also ALWAYS freeze solid; and (3) once the automatic choke was set, it would ALWAYS stick, so that I would be roaring along at 4,000 rpm in 1st gear and unable to shift to second until the engine heated up enough to thaw whatever was causing the choke to stick (second gear at 4,000 rpm was way to fast for leaving the neighborhood).  After I had the car, I read an article in a car magazine that said that someone seeing a Pantera desperately wanted to be inside while the driver was desperately longing to be outside.  I was reminded of that article one day when I was on my way to the Ypsi dealer where I had bought the car (Sesi Lincoln-Mercury) to (again) bring it back for service when someone came running up to me to tell me my car was on fire.  I calmly looked back, saw smoke billowing out of the engine compartment with no flames, assured him that the smoke was not terribly abnormal (it turned out to be a cracked manifold), and continued on my way to the dealer.  I couldn't get Ford to take back the car, so I eventually sold it.  The day the guy who bought the car was coming to look at it, I started the car before his arrival (wanted it warmed up so I could be confident it would start), saw smoke coming out of the engine compartment, took everything apart to get at the engine, found it was a cracked hose, taped the hose with duct tape, pointed out the duct tape to the fellow who came to look at the car (wanted to be honest with him) and went for a test drive.  I was surprised (and incredibly grateful) when he bought the car.  It amazes me when I see how much people are now paying for them.

04/11/2018 - 11:16pm Still remember

Kitchitikippi from when I was a kid.  Also Tahquamenon Falls and Sensey Wildlife Refuge.

04/03/2018 - 8:20am Wagner

Not sure he will go.  He seems to love being in college, being at Michigan and playing college basketball too much to turn the page.  He may decide to put in the work to improve his pro prospects instead of taking the immediate leap.  Either way, I hope he does what is best for himself.  Great young man.

04/03/2018 - 8:16am Glass way more than half full

This team was great to watch.  Great kids, great heart and a great team.  We didn't have a true star, but we did have a TEAM.  Bo would have been proud.  I was happy and sad at the same time last night, but very proud of the heart and character of our team and our coach.

03/22/2018 - 10:04pm Go Blue!

And they did!  What a game!!!

03/22/2018 - 10:03pm Wow

Just wow!!!

03/06/2018 - 7:42am My understanding

is that it is a medical procedure. The daughter of a friend had one removed (I know because my old friend regaled me with the story), and the procedure was quite expensive, the number that sticks in my mind is $10,000, but from what he said it was a good size tattoo.  Good luck.

02/11/2018 - 12:48pm Wilton Speight

would not be the first athlete to be affected by an injury even after the physical aspect was healed.  Jimmy Piersall wrote a book called "Fear Strikes Out" quite a while back (but recent when I was young) that talks about the emotional impact of injuries.  It may have taken Speight longer than one off-season to overcome the mental aspect of his injuries.

01/31/2018 - 9:12am And

Here are a couple of his stops in Ohio, where he was charged with something other than a drastically reduced offense:

In March 2016, an Ohio State Patrol trooper pulled Scott over near Ashland, Ohio for driving 87 mph in a 70 mph speed zone. He was also charged with driving without a license, a misdemeanor. Court records show he was found guilty on both counts and paid $330 in fines.

In April 2016, Scott was involved in a vehicle crash near Cleveland, Ohio. He was initially charged with leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a valid license, but court records show those charges were dismissed after Scott pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving, a minor misdemeanor in Ohio, and paid $531.

 

01/31/2018 - 9:07am He was stopped before they found out he was driving on

a suspended license.  It's unlikely that he was "randomly" stopped all those times, so he was probably also breaking some other law, the least of which would probably be speeding.  How many people on this board have been stopped that many times in the past four years?

01/29/2018 - 5:11pm Personal experience

It was a long time ago, but I transferred to Michigan after 2 years at West Point, and Michigan was so superior to West Point academically that it would not be possible to even try to make a comparison.  A paper that would have been an A at West Point would have been a C+ at best at Michigan.

01/28/2018 - 8:44am ?

Did I miss something?  Can you elaborate on your story?  That sounds like it should have gotten a lot of attention.

01/28/2018 - 8:39am Driving With Suspended License

When LJ Scott was arrested for what - the ninth time he had been driving on a suspended license - and then wound up playing the following Saturday, it told anyone paying attention everything they needed to know about the extent to which Dantonio placed winning above all else.

01/28/2018 - 8:21am Child Abuse

Your section pertains to child abuse, which would cover what went on with Nasser but probably not anything to do with either the basketball or football programs.  It may be that they sacrifice many who had connections to Nasser to try to save b-ball and football.

01/28/2018 - 8:17am Washington DC has had major coverage

It has been a big story in the Washington Post for several days, as well.

01/28/2018 - 8:15am Yes!

It was as if he said "I have been advised not to take any questions" and then saw 2 people who would just help him along and said he would take 2 questions.

It was so apparent that his "comments" had been written (and not very well) by MSU's lawyers that it was painful.

01/16/2018 - 11:01am Great article

and a great Michigan man.  Happy the injury did not happen at Purdue, as it appears time was absolutely critical to his recovery.  Judging from what happened this year with WS, if GN had suffered his injury there, he would be an amputee.  It shows how important great medical facilities are.

01/16/2018 - 10:45am Shows how hard it is to satisfy the fans

When you consider that OSU went 12-2 and finished fifth and that Wisconsin went 13-1 (its best season ever) and finished seventy, for them to have fan satisfaction of 65.9 and 63 is pretty astonishing.  It shows how hard it is for a team to satisfy its fans.  Sounds like they would have only gotten into the low 70s with a national championship if they were less than fully satisfied in the championship game!

01/15/2018 - 10:31am Congratulations!

Good for him.  A great young man and a terrific athlete.

01/08/2018 - 5:31pm Googled Abby Honold

If you read her story, you will fully appreciate how inadequately the University of Minnesota protects its female students.  Here is a quote from the Minnesota Star Tribune that describes enforcement efforts at that school: 

"What she didn’t know was that there had been more than 1,000 sex assaults reported since 2010 to the Aurora Center, the school’s rape prevention and victim advocacy department, according to a Star Tribune review of the center’s reports. Yet, according to the Aurora Center’s director, Katie Eichele, the total number of rapists who had been prosecuted was zero."

It took her a couple of years to get a guy prosecuted for rape even though it seemed as if he had been raping another young women almost every week.  He is now in jail, but what Ms. Honold had to go through to get him prosecuted is astonishing (and very disappointing).

01/05/2018 - 3:13pm Exactly

Regardless of whether ND can replace his skill set, ND certainly cannot replace that name!

01/04/2018 - 5:08pm Agreed

Totally agree.  If you have a lot of work to do, the best approach is to focus on the work that you have to do.  It sounds like he was using valuable time that could have been used productively to find ways to cheat on his wife and then have meetings to make sure the cover stories were consistent.  It's like the old joke about the notice posted on the bulletin board:  The Meeting of Conspirators will be in Conference Room A starting at 2:00 p.m.  No wonder he didn't have time to coach the defense.

01/04/2018 - 12:29pm Mike Hart

What happened to Mike Hart?  That was a rumor I really liked hearing!

01/02/2018 - 9:03pm Go Blue!

Live for the future with optimism!

01/02/2018 - 3:41pm Yesterday's Impact

A lot of the fan base, certainly me included, were hoping that Peters would really show progress in yesterday's game, as we all know that is where we need a lot of progress for the team to really excel next year.  Instead, after a month of extra practices, Peters looked worse than he had in any other game, a fact repeatedly pointed out by the announcers. 

Most of Peters' passes were off the mark, and that was true when he had time, when he was rushed and when he threw on the run.  He stared down his receivers, waited far too long to throw, was extremely hesitant and frequently scrambled right into trouble instead of away from it.  Finally, on that last chance drive, when he needed 2 yards for a first down he took a slide instead of diving for the sticks. 

That last incident really worried me.  It was hard to tell whether his slide was caused by a total lack of situational awareness or a reluctance to take another shot.  That, in turn, made me wonder if he would suffer the same fate from his concussion as Wilton Speight seemed to suffer from getting injured last year.  If he cannot overcome that concussion, then he will not be an effective QB, and we will have to be looking elsewhere.

To me, that was a big part of what was so troubling about yesterday's game, the sheer disappointment at the poor play from Peters.  Of course, there were a lot of other reasons for alarm, like the handoff to McKeon, the frequency with which our D did not really get set before a quick snap and totally boneheaded plays like the Metellus PF.

01/02/2018 - 3:17pm Certainly cannot identify

a running back.  How many stars was Jonathan Taylor?

01/02/2018 - 3:15pm Too predictable

You can run a simple offense without being predictable or a complicated offense while still being predictable.  Regardless of whether you view our offense as simple or complicated, it certainly seems predictable.  It also showed, at least yesterday, a total lack of creativity.

01/01/2018 - 5:42pm I'm with you

Maize and Blue, through and through.  It makes it even more disappointing, but I will always look towards and hope for the future.  I continue to think JH is a great coach, but he does need to shake up his staff.  Drevno has been a disaster, and his son does not seem to be the answer.  Michigan should not be paying for his OJT.

01/01/2018 - 5:17pm Half the time

SC had 8 or 9 in the box and we still could not get a WR open.  That's a problem I cannot really understand.  Our WRs cannot seem to get separation and do not make tough catches, and at least today our TEs didn't come up with any tough catches either.

Today did make me worried about special teams.  Our punting was atrocious, and from a punter who was supposedly the best recruit in the nation.  DPJ had a fumble and at least one significant loss on a return while letting other punts bounce, thereby costing us serious yardage.  The only positive aspect of special teams was Nordin.

01/01/2018 - 4:39pm Best part

The best part - the only good part - of this game was Chase Winovich helping raise over $200K for ChadTough!  That was good coaching of the alumni by Chase.

The rest of the coaching sucked, even the D from the moment Higdon fumbled on.

The only good play by an offensive player in the entire game was Higdon's run down to the 1 yard line.  Apart from that, whenever one of our players had a chance to make a play, it did not happen.  We need more players who can make plays when you need a play.  We need more plays designed to let us pick up that last X yards into the endzone when we really need it.  Drevno cannot seem to design any of those plays.

01/01/2018 - 4:20pm OL

For the most part, the OL pass pro was pretty good and gave him time to throw.  Maybe receivers just couldn't get open, but he stared down his first read on nearly every play, held the ball way too long and by the time he came off the first read it was WAY too late.

Run blocking sucked.

01/01/2018 - 4:08pm Pathetic on every level

The offense, and the playcalling in particular, was awful.  Did we have a single run that gained more than 10 yards?  I can only remember 1 that gained 8.

Peters stared down his intended receiver and never seemed to progress until he had already held the ball longer than he should have.  He did not look like the answer at QB, at all.

Peters had a sure first down on that last drive if he would have dived for the sticks, but, instead, he went into his slide a yard short (no situational awareness).

The D folded in the later stages of the game, as has so often been the case.  It played great until about halfway through the 3d quarter and then disappeared while SC put together its TD drives.  In fairness, it did come back to life at the end, but some of those plays in the late third and early fourth quarters were hard to watch.  And the D was frequently "tempoed" by not hustling to get ready for the next play.

The worst was the offensive coaching.  It is amazing that Drevno and Hamilton could not have come up with a better effort with a month to put it together.  Just sad.

01/01/2018 - 2:55pm Stupid

Has anyone ever seen a stupider playcall than the handoff to McKeon?  Why?  Third and one and you hand off to someone who has never taken a handoff before?????

01/01/2018 - 11:39am Smoothitron is doomed

Must not have wanted the job.  Did not predict a Michigan victory.  Some other bits were entertaining.

12/31/2017 - 7:16pm RB

The Lions have no running game and have not had a reliable running game (as best I can recall) since Barry Sanders retired.

12/27/2017 - 3:38pm Trip to

Carlisle Ford Nationals for the show’s 3 day run from June 1-3.  It is advertised as “the largest and most thrilling all-Ford event in the world,” and it includes (1) a showcase of over 3,000 vehicles; (2) indoor displays of concepts, customs and historically-significant cars and trucks; (3) test drives; and (4) the chance to buy or trade at a swap meet, a car corral and an auto parts sales event.  Can’t wait!  (And can’t believe my wife – who does not appreciate my car addiction – bought us tickets for all three days!)

12/23/2017 - 3:18pm Happy Birthday, Coach!

And many more, all in Ann Arbor!

Go Blue!

12/22/2017 - 12:44pm Thank you.

We are grateful, happy for her and proud of her.  To an extent, even for a great applicant it is like a roll of the dice, with too many well-qualified applicants for too few spots.

12/22/2017 - 12:41pm Congratulations!

You should feel proud.  It is a great university, a wonderful place to be and a wonderful place to be from.  My daughter certainly knows how I feel about it and was relating it to one of her girl friends who was visiting by pointing out my large chain saw carved bear with a Michigan hard hat, my Michigan garden gnome in front of the house and all the various and sundry items of Michigan clothing hanging in closets and on my body.  It was further confirmed when my cell phone rang by playing Hail to the Victors!

12/22/2017 - 7:34am And

Barrett was also a real leader for OSU.  It was clear that both the coaches and the rest of the players believed in him.  Replacing that level of leadership will not be easy, and that may well be where Haskins falls short.

12/20/2017 - 9:36am Any Recruiting Help?

Does this make it any more likely we get recruits that were leaning towards UCLA?

12/15/2017 - 1:39pm Good luck

My daughter is also waiting.  Hope you both get in.

12/15/2017 - 1:37pm Looks like it hurts him to smile

Maybe it does hurt him to smile and that is why he does it so infrequently and badly.

12/14/2017 - 1:51pm His loss

Can never understand why Kelly's demeanor on the sidelines does not more effectively repel recruits.

We will be fine without him.

Go Blue!

12/14/2017 - 8:24am Hope he makes it, think he might

I've always been a fan and agree that we could have used him more effectively.  At the start of the season, he looked like our best back and could have had a terrific year but for the injuries.  He had a couple of long runs where he just motored away from the defense, even though they were brought back because replay showed his foot had nicked the OB line.  You don't run away from guys like he did on those runs unless you are pretty quick.