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02/17/2019 - 9:12pm We watched it last week…

We watched it last week. Great documentary, a real glimpse into the mind of a psychotic, amoral, unsympathetic sociopath. And what made him so dangerous, among other things, is that not only how smart he was with knowing how to take advantage of the law enforcement system, but how “normal” he was. He was just like any other guy, and could alter his face to make himself look completely different. Him, Dahmer and Gary were the human manifestation of evil.

Shame he wasn’t beaten to shit and hospitalized. How many more lives would’ve been saved if he was?

02/17/2019 - 7:19pm I’ll say the same thing…

I’ll say the same thing about him that I’ll said about Nick Bosa: feel bad for him, never want to see a kid injured, but I’m not sorry this team doesn’t have to face him.

02/16/2019 - 6:45pm From the guys who are about…

From the guys who are about to be drafted: Devin Bush. I think he’s the most NFL-ready. Gary has the highest ceiling but I think Bush will have the better career. Gary’s career here was underwhelming compared to expectations. But Bush was an absolute stud the last two years, had All-American results, and is exactly what today’s NFL is wanting in its linebackers.

For who is still on the team through next year: my money is on Ruiz or Bredeson. They really came along this season and with another year under Warriner, they will mold themselves into great NFL candidates. Maybe DPJ too.

02/16/2019 - 12:59pm Great defensive effort, but…

Great defensive effort, but we should be up by a lot more. Maryland turned it over 13 times and we’re only up 9. 

Hope Teske finds his shot in the second half. None of his shots have really even been close.

02/16/2019 - 12:48pm If Teske could make even…

If Teske could make even half of these shots....

Just not his day.

02/15/2019 - 2:46pm Considering Francois was…

Considering Francois was little more than a tackling dummy back there, it makes sense. 

02/15/2019 - 12:30pm Next year may be a small…

Next year may be a small class, depending on attrition. I don't know. Not 100% in tune with the roster situation and how many guys are slated to graduate. So that may play a part.

But I'm also sure that the way our season ended, with yet another resounding thud for the umpteenth year in a row, played a part as well. I'm sure there are plenty of recruits and their families who are now going to sit there and say "let's see Harbaugh beat OSU and win the Big Ten before I even consider visiting, much less committing." 

Hate saying it, but if I was a completely neutral recruit with no prior ties to either school, wasn't looking for "the better business or engineering school," but was rather making my choice solely on football, then I'd choose OSU over Michigan. And until Harbaugh starts beating OSU, that's more often than not how the situation is going to unfold. 

02/15/2019 - 9:12am I don't dislike Better Call…

I don't dislike Better Call Saul, and it definitely has its moments. But this last season was really slow and almost completely uneventful. I think that part of the larger issue with Better Call Saul, is that no matter what it will always fall short. Because it will always be compared to Breaking Bad, and that is an impossible standard to live up to. Same thing will happen with the Netflix movie they're coming out with that will focus around Jesse's escape. 

I think the same thing will happen with the GoT prequel series. Could be good, and if it was completely by itself and had no ties to GoT it may even be great. HBO seems to always produce quality shows. But it will have an impossible act to follow, so it will never be what GoT is/was. Those kinds of shows just don't come around very often. 

02/15/2019 - 8:24am So where is the douche who…

So where is the douche who wanted KBA fired?

02/14/2019 - 4:55pm I didn't read the books, but…

I didn't read the books, but come on, man. This show is right up there with Breaking Bad as one of the best ever made. Great drama, phenomenal acting, suspense and betrayal at every turn. What's not to like? 

You remind me of all the people who said the LOTR movies sucked compared to the books. Well, the movies got nominated for and/or won Best Picture every year, and GoT gets nominated for and wins slews of Emmys every single year. So they must be doing something right, or you just have poor taste in TV. 

What I am wary of watching is their GoT prequel series that will come out in the next few years. I think that is going to be to GoT what Better Call Saul is to Breaking Bad. Okay, decent, but not that good. In part because it will never be able to live up to its predecessor. 

02/14/2019 - 4:08pm I’ve got an 8 year old lab…

I’ve got an 8 year old lab and a 4 year old mastiff. Both are in good health but I’m terrified of that day when it comes. I had to put three family dogs to sleep when I was growing up, and I wasn’t even at the vet when it happened. These dogs are the first ones I’ve ever had where I felt like they were my dogs. 

Some of the worst days of my life have been when I’ve had to say goodbye to my dogs, but the happiness they bring to your life far outweighs the pain of one day losing them. 

Hope you enjoy your day with Merlin, and that he has a long, happy and healthy life. 

02/14/2019 - 3:49pm She’s not working tomorrow…

She’s not working tomorrow. I am. That’s really the difference. If neither of us were working tomorrow we’d probably do something together. But it would be to just spend time together, not because it’s Valentine’s Day. 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t really mean much to me, anyway. Only reason it matters to me at all is because it matters to her. Otherwise it’s just another day. 

02/14/2019 - 1:36pm We're celebrating over the…

We're celebrating over the weekend, but Mrs. Perkis is going out with her friends tonight. She's a teacher and for whatever reason the county is taking tomorrow off for President's Day instead of on Monday. So, I will be staying home by myself and making the one thing I always want to make for dinner but she won't ever eat for as long as she lives: meatloaf. 

Seems very anti-Valentines Day to make and eat something I know my wife will never eat, but I don't get it. It's literally cheese, meat and ketchup. And I'm putting bacon in it. What's not to love? 

02/14/2019 - 1:18pm This. All you need to do is…

This. All you need to do is look at the rosters of the teams that made the national title game over the last 5-6 years. All of those teams (Alabama, Clemson, OSU, Georgia, Oregon, FSU) were stacked with 4-5 star talent. Maybe Oregon was on the lighter side, but they still had a ton of studs left over from Chip Kelly. 

I will concede that in individual player situations, rankings are not the end-all, be-all. Sometimes guys get overlooked or just blow up when they get to college. Like JJ Watt. A guy that no one recruited, and now he's one of the best NFL D-Linemen of the last 10-20 years. It's not often, but sometimes guys do outplay their ranking. 

But on the whole, you need a slew of 4-5 star guys to be able to win a national championship. That's why MSU got slaughtered by Alabama in the playoff. MSU may have been extremely well-coached, but so was Alabama. And Alabama had far more physically gifted players at every position on the field. Faster, stronger, bigger, everything. 

02/14/2019 - 9:11am Do More. Say Less. 

The…

Do More. Say Less. 

The basketball team has lived that. They show up, handle their business, win a lot of games, and move on. The only talking they do is through their results on the court. 

02/14/2019 - 9:07am Tough talk coming from a guy…

Tough talk coming from a guy who contributed to the death of a student. 

02/13/2019 - 12:35pm This. Put some frickin'…

This. Put some frickin' accountability on the team for not playing well enough to win.

But I suppose its just a sign of the times. When things don't go your way, blame someone else for it. 

02/13/2019 - 12:28pm I'm just tired of people on…

I'm just tired of people on this board solely blaming the refs when things don't go Michigan's way, or claiming that there is some conspiracy where people are out to get Michigan. What would the conference have had to gain by Michigan losing? We're the highest-ranked team, and if recent history is any indication, we're the conference's best chance at a national title. Even after last night. If these calls went against Penn State or if their coach got ejected, no one on this board would've batted an eye lash about it. But they went against us and Michigan lost, so there's a conspiracy and everyone is out to get us.....

I don't disagree that it was a bad call, but the team still, by its own poor play, put itself in a position where that call had to affect the outcome of the game. If you want to be upset at the refs, fine. But some people seem to forget that the onus is still on the team to make shots and play defense. Neither of which they did very well yesterday.

02/13/2019 - 8:49am Guess we're now beyond…

Guess we're now beyond holding the team accountable for poor play. Always has to be the ref's fault. 

The team played like crap on the road against a team that literally had nothing to lose. Penn State is not fighting for a spot in the tournament, so there was no pressure on them to do anything of note. They played better, and Michigan deserved to lose. Plain and simple. 

Michigan also played like crap in the other two games its lost this year. They in no way deserved to beat Iowa, and while the Wisconsin game was close, Matthews and Brazdeikis combined for I think four points. Maybe two. Michigan has screwed itself in all of the games it lost. 

I get it. It was a bad call last night, and Beilein had a right to be upset. But Michigan put itself in a position against an awful team where that call had to affect the outcome of the game. The #6 team in America shouldn't be in that position. Especially against an 8-15 team. 

02/12/2019 - 10:02pm Welp, this is what happens…

Welp, this is what happens when you don’t show up. Penn State literally has nothing to lose. They’re not making the tournament minus a divine miracle run in the BTT, and they’ve got the #6 team in their floor in a revenge game. I’d play like there’s no tomorrow, too.

The way Michigan has played the last month or so, they can’t have an off night on the road and expect to still win. No matter who they’re playing.

02/12/2019 - 9:56pm Purdue and MSU have,…

Purdue and MSU have, comparatively speaking, very easy schedules to close out the season with. We’ve still got MSU twice and Maryland twice. And Minnesota on the road. 

If you lose this game, your hopes for the Big Ten title are in serious jeopardy. 

02/12/2019 - 2:08pm So a guy makes a mistake and…

So a guy makes a mistake and deserves to never be allowed to play the game again? 

I'm not condoning Hunt's actions and he should be held accountable for what he did, but you're acting like he cold-cocked the girl a la Ray Rice or Joe Mixon. If Joe Mixon is playing in this league, there is zero reason Kareem Hunt shouldn't be. 

02/12/2019 - 1:25pm Yeah, with as great a coach…

Yeah, with as great a coach as Meyer is, you had to wonder how his teams could look so woefully unprepared at times against vastly inferior teams. Specifically Iowa and Purdue. Even 2015 against MSU. Even though MSU had a great team that year, it was still on the road with a backup QB. That was arguably OSU's greatest team ever assembled, and they just got punk'd on their own field.

Wonder if they just get drilled and prepared on Michigan so much throughout the year that they sometimes forget to put enough emphasis on those other teams. Because when OSU came into the Michigan game....my god were they laser-focused, precise, lethal, and merciless. Don't know, just speculating, but I know they prepare for the Michigan game every single week. 

That's why I respect all the more what Nick Saban's teams do at Alabama. They somehow find a way to treat every game like they're playing Auburn. Every game is personal, and every Saturday, Alabama has the intent to go out, crush it's opponent's spirit and bury them in their own blood.

02/12/2019 - 11:33am I imagine it was just common…

I imagine it was just common courtesy. Day doesn't need Harbaugh's permission to talk to these guys unless its explicitly stated in their contracts, and I doubt it is. Probably just a "Hey, before you find out through the grapevine, I want you to hear it from me that I'm talking to your guys." I don't like Day, but he's definitely being professional about this. 

Coaching circles at this level are relatively small, and information between them travels fast. You don't want your colleagues to have the impression that you're a sniveling coward who goes behind people's backs to snatch their people out from under them. As long as you've got the balls to face your competitor and have that conversation directly, there's really nothing wrong in any of this. 

02/11/2019 - 10:01pm Such an absolutely hollow,…

Such an absolutely hollow, useless punishment. You can’t erase what happened in those games. People went and saw Ole Miss win.

02/11/2019 - 4:39pm Hate to see him go. Never…

Hate to see him go. Never want to hear about losing guys to injuries, but he's got to take care of himself first so I respect the man's decision. Can't imagine it was easy. 

As for his replacement, somehow I have to imagine that Wisconsin will just pull some other 6'5'' 330 lb stud off the assembly line and their run game won't miss a beat. At this point, churning out great offensive linemen and running backs is all automated for Wisconsin. They have it down to a science. 

02/11/2019 - 4:32pm The Browns have a great…

The Browns have a great future ahead of them if they don't royally screw this up. But history suggests they have a chance of doing just that. Not saying they will, but don't act like it can't happen. 

I imagine you're a Browns fan. You have every reason to be excited, but I'd pump the breaks on Baker being "the best young QB in the league outside of Mahomes." Discounting Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, both of whom helped pave the way for their teams to make the Super Bowl, is foolish. Carson Wentz would've won the MVP last year if he didn't tear his ACL, and Goff, while fading down the stretch this year, still took his team to the Super Bowl. If Baker goes and wins a few playoff games next season, we'll talk. Until then, I'd place Wentz, Mahomes, Goff, and also Watson ahead of Mayfield. All of them have playoff experience. 

 

02/11/2019 - 4:04pm Smart move, in my mind.

The…

Smart move, in my mind.

The guy is arguably top-5 in the league at his position, and at this point the Browns can get him for dirt cheap. He'll probably still be suspended for at least 25% of the year if not more, but if the Browns are pushing for the playoffs in November-December, he could be huge for getting them over that hump when he gets back. Also, what do they really have to lose? They were decent last year without him. They could be lethal with him. And they're the Browns. Their public perception as a competent organization isn't very good anyway, so if this doesn't work out, what will be said about the Browns that hasn't already been said? 

Also great timing considering Pittsburgh's offense is about to be gutted, the Bengals are a disaster, and you don't really know what you've got in Baltimore. If Cleveland finds a way to not screw things up, they could be positioning themselves for a big run here. 

02/11/2019 - 1:00pm Plenty of opportunities to…

Plenty of opportunities to prove ourselves and still move up to a potential one seed. Kentucky and Tennessee still have to play each other twice. Duke has to go to UNC, and UVa has to still play Louisville twice. 

And then we get MSU and Maryland twice. Will be tough but it could happen. 

02/11/2019 - 12:53pm He had all the "tangibles"…

He had all the "tangibles" you'd look for in an NFL QB. Height, throwing arm, played in a modern pro system under BoB. Think he set a bunch of records in HS, and then threw for almost 3,000 yards as a true freshman on a PSU team riddled with sanctions. I honestly thought at the time that if BoB stayed, Hackenburg would've been the best QB to come out of the Big Ten in a long time. The thought had to be that if he could produce like that, as a true freshman, behind an atrocious OL, imagine what he could do behind just an average OL. Or even a great OL. 

But that didn't happen. Franklin and Hackenburg obviously didn't mesh, and then PSU's OL situation got worse and played a big part in dooming the kid's long-term future in the game. You could tell by the end of the 2015 season that Hackenburg had checked out and had no desire to be there anymore. Hard to blame him. He had to be tired of being essentially an unguarded tackling dummy his last two years. 

02/11/2019 - 9:11am I think he really could’ve…

I think he really could’ve been something if Bill O’Brien stayed longer. That system worked pretty well for Hackenburg in the one year that he started for BoB. 

He still would’ve been limited by the OL, but I think he would’ve been a lot better and more ready for the pros if O’Brien had stayed. 

02/09/2019 - 6:42pm The last two thousand years…

The last two thousand years are full of people who have masqueraded themselves as pious Christians to impress the masses and advance their own agendas. Why should it stop with college football? 

While this is by no means an indictment against all Christians, as I do know some good followers who are better human beings than I, it’s oftentimes that the ones who most tout their own piousness and “holier than thou” attitude who are the ones who are the biggest scumbags and hypocrites of all.

Religion can simultaneously bring out the best and worst in all human beings.

02/09/2019 - 6:23pm 1) When Duke plays like this…

1) When Duke plays like this, no one will beat them. They win tonight, and I think they win big. By 15-20, anyway.

2) At this point, a two seed for us seems about right. All the teams ahead of us, with the exception of maybe Kentucky, deserve to be ahead of us. So I’m good with it.

02/09/2019 - 3:25pm There’s still time for him…

There’s still time for him to get there. McGary wasn’t really on anyone’s draft board around this time of the 2012-13 season, and by the end of the tournament, people were saying he was a lock to be a lottery pick if he left.

Matthews’ strengths are attacking the rim and those mid range jump shots. Hopefully Beilein will find ways to arrange his gameplans more around those areas when the ball is in Matthews’ hands.

If Matthews can continue playing like that down the stretch, there’s no reason he can’t at least work his way into the first round.

02/09/2019 - 2:06pm Huge, HUGE win to stay at…

Huge, HUGE win to stay at arm’s length from MSU, Purdue and Wisconsin in the standings. Matthews saved this team’s bacon today. One hell of a game, my friend. 

Now, get to relax and watch what should be a great game between Duke and UVa. 

02/09/2019 - 2:02pm Matthews has woke the hell…

Matthews has woke the hell up. 

02/09/2019 - 1:50pm Hope this team has its…

Hope this team has its collective balls screwed on tight for these last six minutes. 

02/09/2019 - 1:38pm One second of play and then…

One second of play and then a commercial. Was that really even necessary?

02/08/2019 - 5:12pm The NCAA knew that if they…

The NCAA knew that if they blocked the waiver, then Fields’ family and his attorney would almost certainly start a smear campaign against them and brand them a racist institution through every news outlet that would have them.  

In times like these, once you’re branded with that mark, there’s almost no coming back. The NCAA decided its better to just wash their hands of the situation, give them what they want, and move on. Is it cowardly? Not sure, but I can’t say I don’t get their decision. 

I don’t condone racism in any form, but but Fields transferring was NOT about racism. It always was, and will only ever be about playing time. 

02/08/2019 - 4:53pm At this point, just do away…

At this point, just do away with the transfer sit out a year rule, because if you’re going to give Fields immediate eligibility over this, you might as will not even have the rule at all. 

I’m not condoning racist slurs, but that was (by all accounts) a one off situation from one idiot running his mouth. This incident was just an all-too-convenient excuse to be able to get out of Georgia and play immediately next year. If Fields and his family really felt like his safety and physical well-being were in danger, as they claimed, they would’ve yanked his younger sister out of UGa too, who just happens to be coming in to play softball there. Let’s cut the bullshit: this was only ever about playing time and not wanting to have to sit behind Fromm for another 1-2 years. 

I get it. Not questioning his decision to leave. The kid wants to play now and if he thinks he can do that somewhere else, he’s within his rights to pursue that. But that incident was the perfect card to throw at the NCAA to get his waiver. The NCAA didn’t want to have Fields’ family and his attorney pull the race card on them and be branded a racially insensitive institution, especially in this day and age where that mark is an irreparable kiss of death (rightfully so when the accusations are justified). 

02/08/2019 - 10:30am A really good OL helps cover…

A really good OL helps cover up a lot of issues you might have at RB. Four of five starters return on the line (I believe only JBB is leaving), and they definitely made big strides last year under Warriner. No reason to assume they won't continue to do so next season.  

I agree in that its not an ideal situation at RB, but I suppose I'm more optimistic than you are. 

02/08/2019 - 10:25am Feel like this has been news…

Feel like this has been news for a while. But we'll be fine w/o him. Tru Wilson looked pretty good in the chances he was given this past season, Christian Turner should be a good one, and then you've got a great RB in Charbonnet coming in. 

If there is any position on the field where a true freshman can come in and make an immediate impact, its RB. As long as the OL keeps progressing, we will be fine at RB. It will also help our RBs that Patterson is always a running threat himself. One more guy that the defense has to account for. 

02/08/2019 - 10:22am He's going to be feeling…

He's going to be feeling that pain in 2-3 years. Especially if he has any other QBs transfer or get booted from the program. 

02/08/2019 - 9:00am Ehh I don't know. Don't get…

Ehh I don't know. Don't get me wrong, he's the GOAT. But strictly for his NFL accomplishments. He was good here, but I would not say his achievements here are worthy of a statue. 

In my mind, building a statue of someone on campus should be for the accomplishments he/she achieved ON that campus. So I'd say build one for him at Foxboro, but I don't know if he deserves one in Ann Arbor. 

There are plenty of other Michigan greats, athletes and non-athletes, who think would deserve a statue before Brady. 

Just my opinion. 

02/07/2019 - 12:45pm This is why I moved away…

This is why I moved away from the midwest. Down here in Atlanta, any snow we get (maybe 1-2 inches a year, if that) is gone by the next day. Also helps that my wife is a teacher, so if our kids ever did get snowed in, she'll be home with them anyway. And then my job allows me to work from home, so any snow days we ever actually do have wouldn't affect us much any way. 

We don't have kids yet, but I can't imagine how much stress this puts on parents who have no ability to work from home. Your kids have nowhere to go, but you still have to work. What if you're hourly and living paycheck to paycheck, but you can't go to work because otherwise no one is around to watch the kids? 

Shitty situation, but you can't argue with or reason with the weather. It is what it is. 

02/07/2019 - 11:53am You know what, Terry?! Let's…

You know what, Terry?! Let's just settle something! Peacocks don't fly!

By the way....don't go chasing waterfalls. 

02/07/2019 - 11:52am Nothing enjoyable whatsoever…

Nothing enjoyable whatsoever about Wisconsin basketball. They employ the worst aspects of the game: slow, boring, unwatchable. The pace of their game is slower than molasses. I get why they use it: it works, especially under Bo Ryan. But it still is an infuriating style of basketball to play against and/or watch. And then the flopping.....

I have a lot of respect for Wisconsin football, but outside of MSU/OSU, Wisconsin is probably my most hated opponent in the league for basketball. 

02/06/2019 - 12:33pm Tumultuous? Come on, man.

Tumultuous? Come on, man.

You make it sound like he's endured some personal tragedies. Sure, he's been let go from a few places and being fired from your dream job hurts. But he could've stopped working for good right after he got fired from Michigan and still had enough for a pretty good retirement for the rest of his life. He's walked away from his most recent gigs with millions of dollars in hand. And for some of the places he's been fired from since (specifically Oregon and Tennessee), he signed on to sinking ships that were more or less already doomed by the time he showed up, so he doesn't have to bare all of the blame in getting fired from those places. Especially Tennessee. Butch Jones was a dead man walking going into 2017, so Hoke getting fired that year was more explained by "wrong place, wrong time."

Life could be so much worse. He will never have to worry about where his next meal comes from, putting a roof over his family's head, wondering if he'll have enough money to live off of when he retires, being remembered as a good man or good husband/father, etc. I won't pretend that being fired doesn't suck. It does. I've been fired before so I get it. But he's got more than enough money to ride off into the sunset with and call it a career. 

I'd happily swallow my pride and get fired multiple times in exchange for millions of dollars. 

02/06/2019 - 12:20pm Not at all uncommon. Dirk…

Not at all uncommon. Dirk Koetter was Mike Smith's OC in Atlanta a few years back, and then when Dirk became head coach down in Tampa, he hired Mike Smith as his DC. 

Coaches want to hire guys they're familiar with, 

02/06/2019 - 10:28am Swallowed his pride as he…

Swallowed his pride as he basks in his millions. Hope he finds some success there, but could be a lot worse.