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02/16/2019 - 6:02am 1. It’s morning - drinking…

1. It’s morning - drinking Kona Coffee. 

2. The spot. Changes the whole narrative on Harbaugh, the rivalry and probably improves recruiting for the year or so after (which were good but certainly not great classes). 

3. I’ve got Beatles playing right now on my phone so I’ll go with that for #3. 

02/10/2019 - 4:57pm Basketball, if played at a…

Basketball, if played at a high level and with heart (see Michigan basketball pretty much since Beilein arrived), is the opposite of boring. The game is exciting, fast paced, has tons of exciting moments and puts some awesome athleticism on display. 

I added the “with heart” part because at times, many NBA do not display this and just seem to dial it in (see the NY Knicks for the past 15 years). That results, to me, in basketball actually being boring. 

01/29/2019 - 10:58am Hard to think of LaMarr…

Hard to think of LaMarr Woodley as being small.  I remember him as being a beast, but I guess in pure height, he was on the shorter side.

01/28/2019 - 1:07pm I know that the TO was…

I know that the TO was against UNC, but my point was just that it add more interest to us being in the finals. 

01/28/2019 - 1:04pm Many of us care just because…

Many of us care just because we like seeing our team ranked at the top or near the top of these polls. Yes, they don’t do much because there is a whole seeding selection, but they do get airplay on the major networks, so it’s nice to see Michigan right at the top.

01/28/2019 - 12:59pm This exactly. The NCAA and…

This exactly. The NCAA and the networks would absolutely love a finals featuring Duke versus Michigan. Two incredibly passionate fan bases, duke being perhaps the greatest blueblood out there, and Michigan having perhaps the largest fanbase out there is a dream scenario. Throw in all of the storylines about a matchup coming roughly 25 years after the Fab 5/Weber time out, and the networks/NCAA would be salivating.

01/28/2019 - 10:34am The whole point of an…

The whole point of an algorithm-based model is to remove the "seems like," "impressive to watch," and other eye-test type aspects from the rankings.  These types of results are not meant to "rank" teams, but to predict how teams would match up if they play each other.  

01/25/2019 - 9:39am 4* LB with a 5* name. 

4* LB with a 5* name. 

Welcome and Go Blue, Savage. 

01/24/2019 - 2:05pm I have to assume that Brady…

I have to assume that Brady joins the staff as a D-Line coach.  He has bounced around a bunch since Michigan.  If he spends a year or so coaching his brother's D-Line, he could probably grab a decent MAC-level job once one becomes available.  

His time here was not a success, but I wish him well and would like to see him doing well in the MAC (as he did before he came here).

01/24/2019 - 1:05pm First, are you implying that…

First, are you implying that the Pats should stop winning for the good of the game?  Or that the league should step in and stop them from winning?  I hope not, as that would be pretty silly.

Here's the case for longevity:

The Pats are a dynasty.  Love them or hate them, people are tuning in to watch Tom Brady and the Pats go for their 875th super bowl win.  The ratings for the Pats-Chiefs game were high because of the whole "GOAT vs. heir apparent" and "old guard vs. new guard" type headlines. 

Also, are the Pats ratings lower than those of other teams?  I would suspect the opposite.

Also, also, by your logic, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Bulls were bad for the longevity of the NBA.  In actuality, however, the opposite is true; there was perhaps no better boon to the global popularity of the NBA than the MJ-led Bulls and their 6 championships.  

01/24/2019 - 11:51am I totally disagree.  But,…

I totally disagree.  But, that's like, your opinion.  

01/24/2019 - 10:48am This exactly.  I said almost…

This exactly.  I said almost the same thing below, but in way more words.  Your post is the tl;dr version of mine.

01/24/2019 - 10:46am Your post is terrible and if…

Your post is terrible and if you take it apart - which I am going to do below - nonsensical.  Every single point:

"Signals stolen- no repercussions"

Even if every allegation relating to Spygate were true, this occurred more than a decade ago.  There has not even been an accusation that the conduct continued.  Any, of course, the Pats success has continued unabated.  

Also, as to no repercussions, the Pats were fined $$ AND LOST THEIR FIRST ROUND PICK IN 2008!  That's a pretty serious repercussion.

"Illegal motion on offense- blind eyes turned"

So you are alleging a league-wide conspiracy involving the referees and the NFL front office to not call penalties against the Pats?  Do you have any evidence to support this?  I hate to tell you this, but if you ever played football, on EVERY SINGLE PLAY, there is holding and pass interference (both offensive and defensive) that goes on throughout the field.  If the refs called every one of those penalties by the rules, there would be 5 flags on every play.  Same is true with illegal motion - if you are being hyper-technical, it happens a lot and is often not called unless it goes over the line.  Doesn't happen any more with the Pats than others.

"Destroying evidence in "deflate-gate," as petty as the investigation might have been- no consequences"

No consequences?  Didn't Brady serve a 4-game suspension?  Suspending arguably the best player in the league (and of all time) for 1/4 of the season seems like consequences.  

Also, the Pats forfeited their first round pick in 2016.  First round picks are pretty valuable.  Consequences.

"Tom plays in a garbage division, which isn't his fault, but begs the question, "Why has the AFC East been so lousy for so long except for Bob Kraft's organization?  Isn't the structure of the NFL draft supposed to insure parity?"

Again, are you alleging that there is a league-wide conspiracy to keep that division weak so that the Pats can dominate?  If you are, then you believe that three billionaire owners of the Jets, Bills and Dolphins would be willing to sabotage their own teams for 2 decades just to go along with it.  How would that even work?  As a NY resident, I can definitely tell you that the Jets suck not because of the NFL, the Pats or any conspiracy, but because their ownership and management are just a disaster.  This is really silly.

"Then there's the Kraft food conglomerate.  Also not Tom's fault, but an indirect contributor to his success.  I love capitalism, but I don't love all the lobbyists that Bob Kraft uses to his advantage."

Isn't almost every single NFL (or other major sports) franchise owned by some really rich person who owns a huge business that employs lobbyists?  What's your point here?  That Kraft uses his team of lobbyists to lobby for wins and super bowl championships?

"I can hear the "Lighten up, Francis" crowd now.  Forgive me for demanding some integrity around Tom Brady, regardless of the quality of his own character."

What, exactly, are you demanding, by the way?

 

01/23/2019 - 9:57am I am not responding to the…

I am not responding to the veracity of your comment regarding the NY Times.  That's your opinion.  

What I do want to comment on is why you felt that you needed to bring that opinion to this blog.  If you've read this blog for more than a minute, I am sure that you know the "no politics" rule. It exists because many of us like to come he and discuss something that we are all interested in - Michigan sports - without having those discussions sidetracked by political discourse.  If you want to discuss that, I am sure that there are comment threads on MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, Drudge Report, Politico or any other political news organization.

 

01/23/2019 - 9:10am Totally agree. I understand…

Totally agree. I understand that it is the players’ choice. But if you take on the captaincy, you have added responsibility to lead. Sitting out is not leading. 

Also, I get the decision more if you are a sure fire top pick. Is Higdon even going to be drafted?  Serious question. 

01/22/2019 - 1:24pm You're a snowflake.

j/k

You're a snowflake.

j/k

01/22/2019 - 11:23am Even if it were funny, you…

Even if it were funny, you know that it is going to lead to nonsensical political discussion, which most of us come here to avoid. 

Also, it’s not funny regardless of whether you love or hate the current POTUS. 

01/22/2019 - 11:22am I don’t think we are that…

I don’t think we are that different in terms of the set-up, but rather in the execution. For some reason, we are just slow in getting the plays in and we have shown no ability to go tempo. This has cropped up a number of times when we are trailing. 

01/18/2019 - 2:21pm I hear what you are saying,…

I hear what you are saying, but in the last game, they got blasted off the field without pretty much half of their starters; Higdon, JBB, Gary, Bush, Wino (injured), etc.  It was pretty obvious that the team didn't give a crap about that game.

As for OSU, yes, we got toasted.  OSU is a really good team with a crap ton of talent. We were not well prepared and we paid the price.  Terrible coaching, terrible result.  But one game, even the most important one, does not mean that the wheels have fallen off.  

01/18/2019 - 2:12pm Here's the reasons to be …

Here's the reasons to be "stock up" on Michigan:

1.  Offense:

QB - 2nd year of Shea > 1st year of Shea.  Also, he should be better protected as the line improves (see below) and will be playing in what I expect to be a better overall offensive game plan #speedinspace

WR - 3rd year DPJ, Nico, Black, Martin + 2nd year Bell  > last year versions of same players.  Also, #speedinspace

OL - Sr. Ruiz and Onweno > junior Ruiz / Onweno; Runkon = same as last year.  As for JBB, Mayfield has a higher ceiling.  While JPP was very good last year, he didn't play against OSU or in the Bowl.  So, when comparing possible improvement, it's really 2018 Steuber vs either 2019 Steuber or Mayfield.  That's another improvement.  Overall, the line improves.

FB - another year of growth and anger for Mason, so improvement

TE - while we lose Gentry, he was not enough of an impact player that McKeon, Eubanks or one of the younger guys can't fill the the role.  This is a wash.

RB - this is the only area of decline, since Higdon has a really good season.  That said, against better competition, he didn't do that much, and RB is the one spot that a younger guy can step in early.  If Charbonnet is able to step in and split carries with Evans, this could end up being a wash.

2.  Defense

Everyone expects a massive step back.  I am not so sure about that.  Why?

CB - we return Long and Hill.  While we lose Watson, against teams like OSU, he got toasted.  I think that a junior version of Ambry Thomas could be an improvement, especially in terms of athleticism and speed.

Safety - while we lose Kinnel, we return Metellus and all of the backups, and we add, oh yeah, the number 1 safety in the 2019 class.  True freshman hiccups aside, I expect Dax to step in and more than fill Kinnel's role.  And again, we are adding athleticism and team speed.

LB - this is a massive loss.  Bush is one of the best M linebackers EVER.  No way to sugar coat this.  I think that some group of Ross, Anthony and Gill will be good, but we will feel the loss of Bush.

DT - we lose Solomon, Marshal and Mone, but if we are being honest, none of them did much, especially against better OL.  Solomon showed definite potential, but because of injury, he never made much of an impact.  The returning crew of Dwumfour, Kemp, and Jeter should be able to replicate the production of this year's crew, and perhaps someone like Mazi or Hinton can step in and be an instant impact guy.  Either way, even if this unit is meh, so was last year, so it's not a huge loss.

Viper - Thank you for coming back, Khaleke.

DE - aside from LB (Bush), this is the spot that everyone points to as the reason that our D is going to step back.  I am going to disagree.  Here's why.  We lose Gary and Wino.  Both were good to great players.  However, against the lower-tiered competition, we would be just fine with Uche, Paye, Hutchinson an Luiji.  Against OSU and in the Bowl, largely because of injury, Gary and Wino were ineffective.  Meaning, that while the players stepping in for them are not necessarily as good, the dropoff from injured Gary / Wino to whomever plays may not be steep.  

So, overall, we improve at QB, WR, OL, somewhat FB, and possibly safety, and the only areas of definite decline are LB, to some extent DE and possibly RB.  

I know, BPONE, but I am actually really positive on next year's team.

 

tl;dr - we're gonna be fine

01/17/2019 - 10:10pm No. You are free to be as…

No. You are free to be as political as you want to be. And there are tons of places to be political (comment sections on foxnews, cnn, msnbc, politico, etc). 

This, however, is not one of them - it’s kind of nice having a place where politics isn’t thrown in your face (kind of like your comment just did)

01/17/2019 - 1:26pm As an aside, I hate that I…

As an aside, I hate that I have to hate Mattison, but I do.  

01/17/2019 - 1:25pm I think that Brian meant…

I think that Brian meant that in 5 years, Mattison won't be coaching anymore.  Mattison is old.  

01/16/2019 - 5:09pm Can he get Stefan Diggs and…

Can he get Stefan Diggs and DeShawn Hand to commit?

01/16/2019 - 4:09pm I don't know anything about…

I don't know anything about him, but as a former NFL player, who is very young, I expect that he will do well on the recruiting trail, either on his own, or in conjunction with others on the staff.  Plus, he is Samoan.  I want more large Samoans on our team just because they usually have cool names.  

01/16/2019 - 4:00pm Does he make gravy from…

Does he make gravy from scratch or buy it by the jar?  

01/16/2019 - 2:25pm Taking some of your…

Taking some of your suggestions:

"a longer version [of opponent watch] maybe after every 4 weeks about the general direction of the teams, important injuries etc"

You kind of get that on the Opponent Watch and then in more detail during the previews before each game.  I personally don't care about Purdue's injury situation unless they are playing us.  

"Maybe a story every so often during the season about teams other than Michigan. Not a human interest story about Georgia Football, but maybe a conference rundown or thoughts opinions on some of the top teams in the country"

I would not find that interesting, but that's just me.  

"An occasional article about Wolverines that have gone pro"

I would love that.  

"I also would enjoy an annual or semi-annual piece co-written by Brian and Ramzy at 11W. (Hate the sin, love the sinner and all that.)  He's a hilarious writer, one of the few on par with Brian and his sense of humor." 

unlikely to happen, but maybe something during the OT season or right before the Game would be really cool.

"I also wouldn't oppose a non-sports related post."

Not really interested.  I like hearing Brian's thoughts on Michigan.  Not really interested in world events or other topics.  We all come here because we love michigan content.  Too hard to find other topics that would be universally interesting.

 

01/15/2019 - 2:54pm This is a bad take.  Shea is…

This is a bad take.  Shea is a senior 5* QB who looked damn good until the entire team seamed to break right around the time of the Indiana game.  Playing in an offense that over-featured the running game (and yes, it was working well most of the year, so not being critical), behind a weak OL, he looked very good, considering that it was his first year in the system. Hard to blame She for the fact that Gentry had so many drops!

McCaffrey looked awesome in his limited time.  No doubt about that.  But I think that unless McCaffrey is so unbelievable during spring ball, and Shea takes 5 steps back, the job is rightfully Shea's to lose.  

01/14/2019 - 11:05am Ten wins for 3 of the past 4…

Ten wins for 3 of the past 4 seasons. In that only non-10-win-season, we were forced to play our 3rd string QB because both of the other QBs were hurt. Side note: we won every game that said third string QB did not appear in. 

I’d say we are doing great, especially considering where we were 4 years ago. 

01/11/2019 - 2:34pm You're not totally wrong. …

You're not totally wrong.  He has been a very good safety for us, and overall he is plus member of the defense.  However, there have, in fact, been a number of times when he was out of position or unable to recover on busted plays.  Basically, he has played great, other than those few times.  I think adding the word "often" with respect to him being out of position is being too critical, thought. 

Unfortunately, at safety, when you are out of position or can't recover, it shows up, usually in a big way because it means a bunch of yards, if not worse.  Reality is, though, that every safety gets out of position from time to time, but some can cover it with elite speed.  

01/11/2019 - 12:46pm "and will be gently ushering…

"and will be gently ushering an offensive coach to another job"

Talk about a potent throwaway line!

 

01/11/2019 - 11:27am As someone who lives in NY,…

As someone who lives in NY, I am hoping that after 2021, the B1G CG is played in NJ, home of the pride of the B1G; Rutgers.  

01/11/2019 - 11:25am This is a great point.  If…

This is a great point.  If we were playing in the Rose, I expect that Rashan and JBB, and likely Higdon, would have played.  And we would have won.  

01/11/2019 - 11:24am I agree - that's not an easy…

I agree - that's not an easy schedule.

As for IU being before a rivalry game, we generally play our 3 OOC games at the beginning.  That leaves us only 9 weeks remaining.  Of those 9 weeks, rivalry games include MSU, PSU and OSU.  Pretty good odds that IU will be before one of those.  Also, IU is not that good at football.  We have just been mediocre over the past decade and they have played us well.  If we take the next step, we should never be worried about IU.  Trust me, OSU never says, "oh crap, we have to play IU before M or PSU."  Second also, while MSU is definitely a rivalry game, if you look at the trajectory of their program, by 2021, they are NOT going to be good.  Their recruiting has fallen off and they are settling into their historic spot of 5-7 win seasons and not being all that good at football. 

01/11/2019 - 11:18am Boring, but if we are…

Boring, but if we are looking to compete for a playoff spot, unfortunately this is a good move.  Unless you play in a weak conference and need a win against a top team for your resume, you get very little for playing a strong OOC game.  We play PSU, OSU and usually at least one of Wisco, Neb., NW or Iowa, so if we win out, we will always have the resume to make the playoffs.  Even if we drop one, if it is early enough and we don't go all OSU-against-Purdue, we are a lock for the playoffs.  No need to make our road harder.  

As an aside, this is a major flaw in the current playoff format.

01/11/2019 - 10:38am As good as the impact will…

As good as the impact will be on recruiting, I can't overstate how great of a hire this is from a please-get-rid-of-Pep perspective. 

01/11/2019 - 10:09am Who are the other two skill…

Who are the other two skill positions that you put out there with them?  Evens as a RB who get 5-6 targets a game out of the backfield and perhaps one of our young receiving TE?  Seems like that would be a tough group to defend.

01/11/2019 - 10:04am If there was an MGoBlog…

If there was an MGoBlog equivalent to the ESPYs, I would nominate this comment for best comment of the year.  So entirely spot on, and basically sums up the discussions that my wife and I have been having all season.  

01/11/2019 - 9:59am Hope he knows how to write …

Hope he knows how to write "You're a baller"

01/10/2019 - 10:44pm This team is awesome. Go…

This team is awesome. Go Blue. 

01/10/2019 - 5:03pm Its Happening? Again?

Its Happening? Again?

01/10/2019 - 11:00am I don't want to criticize…

I don't want to criticize Brian - this is his blog, and the content that we get here is free, so any criticism has to take that into account.  However, because of the quality and content of this blog, Brian has largely become the voice for the Michigan football fanbase.  After big events, or just any events, fans flock here in droves to get Brian's take on what's happening, and for information about the team that we all love.

As a result, Brian has build a successful profitable business that allows him to support his family, pay a mortgage, etc.  While Brian's somewhat eccentric personality is woven into the fabric of this blog, at the same time, when he goes through these periods in which he seems to either turn off, stop caring or just generally protest, it decreases my interest in the blog.  Admittedly, I go to MGoBlog throughout the day, but I immediately scroll down to the Board to see what other users are posting.  What has been lacking lately is the detailed analysis, the more in-depth reporting on events, and even insider tidbits relating to our team.  Some examples:

1.  Everyone knows that the OSU game was a debacle.  But, I, personally, would love to see a UFR to understand (a) which players played well; (b) which players were to blame; and (c) whether the scheme was entirely to blame or whether it really was an execution thing.  Same goes for the bowl loss.  Yes, meaningless game, but because we had so many starters out, many younger guys who will play next year saw significant reps.

2.  What's up with our team.  Many on here have speculated that something happened between our beat down of what was supposed to be the better group of teams on our schedule and the Rutgers game, in which we seems to go flat.  Was it a locker room issue?  Injuries?  Whatever it was, something was off.  I would be curious to hear Brian's take, and possible some information on this issue.  

3.  Coaching changes.  I get that these are only position coaches, but Brian has a ton of contacts - I would be curious to hear his reporting on (a) why these guys are leaving, and (b) who the staff is looking at as new coaches.

Again, this is Brian's blog - he can with it what he pleases - but in my personal view, as someone who has been coming here religiously since 2008 - for the first time ever, I have found that the overall vibe and quality of the blog is less than what it was.  Hopefully this is just a short-term thing.

01/10/2019 - 9:39am The only reason that Poole…

The only reason that Poole is not on that list is that it is still relatively early in the season, and over the first few games, Poole's shooting and overall offensive game were not great.  He has since turned it on BIG TIME.  If he keeps up his current pace, those first few games will become insignificant and he will almost certainly end up on a bunch of these types of lists.  

01/10/2019 - 9:36am I despise Duke bball -…

I despise Duke bball - dislike them even more than I dislike MSU and OSU bball.  That said, I can't help but really like Zion and enjoying his overall game.  Dude is just exciting, and really fun to watch. 

That said, I cannot wait to watch Beilein's boys shut him down in late March.

01/10/2019 - 9:33am I am not a Jets fan (Giants…

I am not a Jets fan (Giants and Pats), but if I were, I would not love this hire.  The Jets had a choice between a relatively stable, experienced, solid and low-floor guy in MCCarthy and a higher-risk candidate in Gase.  If he works out, he could be a great hire, but given his record at Miami, he could also be gone in 4 years.  

If I were the Jets - always in flux, never stable, and constantly in rebuild mode - I would have gone with McCarthy, just to steady the franchise, get the team to respectable (and stable) and legitimize the team as something other than a clown show.  Maybe he turns out to be great, but if not, when he leaves, they are in a better place (in what will likely be a very weak division over the next few years).

01/09/2019 - 1:35pm They scored 16 points.  Yes,…

They scored 16 points.  Yes, they moved the ball well, but at the end of the day, it's about points on the board, and scoring 16 points when you run out literally the best OL in CFB, with 4-5* players at every single position (backed up by other 4-5* players) and a Heisman contending QB is getting shut down.  Even going by yards, a #31 offense, with that talent, would be a disappointment.  Caveat, of course, that they were playing an insane defense, so I do get your point - maybe "shut down" is a bit of an overstatement.  But, they were certainly slowed and stopped. 

01/09/2019 - 1:20pm What are you talking about? …

What are you talking about?  He was obviously referring to Terminator.  Duh.

01/09/2019 - 1:17pm A few things:

1.  I almost…

A few things:

1.  I almost never criticize posters for their posts, but if you are going to post this, at least also post the response or summarize it.  The mere fact that Jim responded doesn't mean anything.  Was it simply "Thanks.  Go Blue" (which could be written by an intern who has, as his/her only function, the job of responding to the millions off emails coach must receive), or was it a detailed response.

2. No offense to your friend, but does he really think that sending coach an article from yahoo about how Saban evolved his offense is going to get JH to suddenly think, "damn, why didn't I think of that.  Go figure."  

3.  Side note:  Despite fielding an entire team of high4* and 5* talent, Saban's evolved offense got completely shut down by Clemson.  Just saying. 

01/08/2019 - 3:43pm I don't necessarily agree,…

I don't necessarily agree, but:

Money - I can't imagine that OSU has a bigger money cannon than us.  After Benedict Mattison, I have to imagine that if that were the only issue, we could have kept him.

Opportunity - we have an aging DC and a new opening to be DL coach.  Whatever opportunity exists at OSU, we have the same.  

Happy wife - I don't know anything about Al Washington's wife, but I cannot imagine a single person being happier in Columbus than OSU.  Seriously, not as a homer who hates all things OSU, but the town itself is pretty non-descript and crappy, whereas Ann Arbor is pretty amazing, in terms of food, culture, things to do, etc.  

As for your last point, culture - I can see this being a difference.  Michigan, because of who our HC is, certainly has a certain culture.  OSU also has its own culture, which is something a bit more SEC than B10.  Maybe this is a factor.  

I still think that the biggest thing for most coaches would be the opportunity to step into a loaded, stable and winning team.

01/08/2019 - 2:33pm This is the best take on the…

This is the best take on the (position) coaching search.  Watch Alabama / Clemson - the play-calling was fine, but what jumped off the page was the insane athleticism of the players.  You give Harbaugh, Dantonio, Day, hell even Brady Hoke, that level of talent, and they are going to win.  Coaching is really important, but recruiting is critical.  To me, I would hire the two best recruiters you can get your hands on, as long as they are good enough at their job.