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 Jan 19, 2019
Must listen for Wolverine non-homers.

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MGoBlog's channel featuring the very professional, very visual, podcast with Brian Cook, Seth Fisher, Ace Anbender, and David Nasternak, plus The Teams history podcast with Seth and Dr. Sap, The Ace Pod, The Michigan Hockeycast, the MGoBlog Roundtable on WTKA.

Episode Date
The Ace Pod 3.4: Big Man
58:53

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: BOWLING GREEN INSTA-REACT

Alex Cook joins the pod to discuss Michigan’s season-opening win over Bowling Green. Three newcomers had particularly big performances. We think the Chaundee Brown shooting is (somewhat) sustainable. Center depth is good. Depth everywhere is good.

SEGMENT TWO: POST-BG HOOPS MAILBAG

Alex sticks around to help answer your basketball questions, most of which have something to do with Hunter Dickinson. Also: how the game impacted our outlook for the season, how to divide the minutes in the frontcourt, potential overreactions to game one, and the physics of Terrance Williams.

SEGMENT THREE: BIG TEN FOOTBALL PICKS

Recorded before the OSU-Illinois game got thrown into serious question. Connor makes a sicko under pick so Ace doesn’t have to do so.

 

MUSIC:

  • “Big Man”—Antibalas
  • “Feelin’ Alright”—Ohio Players
Nov 26, 2020
MGoPodcast Supplemental: The 2020-'21 Hoops Preview
02:08:20

This is a supplemental podcast. Normally we use a bye week to preview the upcoming basketball season. But since we had none, we recorded segments across various MGoPodcast sessions. Here they are together, plus two more segments on opponents and Michigan's place in the pecking order that we recorded just for this episode.

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. The Guards

starts at 1:00

A bit shaky situation but a lot of options. Mike Smith is hard to extrapolate because he's a spot-up shooter in a bad league who probably should have had more assists if his guys could convert at all. Small so may be a defensive liability. For those situations you have Eli Brooks, who goes on Three-li streaks and brings a defensive presence, but we can directly correlate his shooting to bad defenses, and his floater hasn't happened yet. At the two we're probably looking at Chandee Brown and Franz Wagner (when he's not the three). Franz came on late last with his drives, though he's going to need to be much more of a creator. Hope the wrist injury explains the shooting issues. Defense really came along—still growing and has those gumby arms. Down-roster contributions as they come: can Nunez at least be a shooter? Can we get more than freshman stuff out of Zeb Jackson?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. The Wings

starts at 22:07

They have a lot of guys with a lot of length. If Franz is really 6'10" now he fits in here or as a very weird guard. Livers and Chaundee Brown give them.

3. The Bigs and Rotation Predictions

starts at 44:07

The minutes crunch pushes three potential starters into this spot. We think Johns is going to get the most minutes because he can quasi-start at the four along with all the wings, and gives them the best late-game opportunity. He's streaky. Big Country is a great slop-baller with legit post moves but limited defense. The wild card is the 7'1" freshman, who shoots left-handed, and can do so.

4. Around the Big Ten, Part I: The Lows and the Knives

starts at 1:04:18

Year two is the second year zero under Hoiberg at Nebraska. Northwestern might be about to hit their floor. Penn State is back to being a dude and some guys. Maryland lost its two stars and hasn't recruited nor developed enough to function without that gravity. Minnesota is thin but we do like some of their roster's parts. Rutgers is back in headbands, and brings back nigh everybody, but can they continue to play so inspired in a quiet RAC? Indiana is their usual selves, and constructed terribly: who plays double bigs these days? Purdue, ah Purdue, you've got a center it was worth losing Haarms for, but you don't have two centers and the schedule is very compressed.

5. Around the Big Ten, Part II: The Contenders, and our Predictions

starts at 1:33:15

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, plus Michigan and where we think they'll land in the standings this year. Illinois is Maryland last year: a great guard and a great big, but not quite deep. Iowa is very deep at scoring, with the Kenpom Player of the Year Who Can't Defend leading the way, and some majorly important parts coming back. MSU is missing their PG and C but they're MSU and Izzo will have a new generation configured. Ohio State lost the Wessons but has an ace coach, might be too thin at center. Wisconsin can play five out so it doesn't matter that they're Wisconsin-level talent. Michigan is deep with a lot of options but there's no way to get a complete team on the court.

MUSIC:

  • "Flight of the Valkyries"—Daniel Bryan walk-up version
  • “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)"—Johnnie Taylor
  • “100 Days, 100 Nights”—Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • “Different Strokes”—Syl Johnson
  • “How Do I Get There”—Don Bryant

 

Nov 25, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.3: Named After a Human
01:00:27

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

---------------------------------

1. Broadcast Shenanigans & Wisco Game 1

starts at 0:57

Wisconsin's crew was a playful mess and they gave us another entry in the "how to pronounce Brisson" contest. Thomas Bordeleau was a huge part of game 1 with two assists. Michigan came out slow, withstood a strong second period. Beniers/Ciccolini recreated their goal, Lambert had the pass of his career. Not much Mann could do about either goal. Michigan needs to not hit opponents face first into the boards. Kent Johnson is working on adjusting his playing speed to the NCAA.

2. Wisco Game 2 & Notre Dame Preview

starts at 27:08

Choppy game overall, Michigan struggled in the second period and fell down 1-0. Tough shift from Jack Summers. Johnson and Beniers are Michigan's best line, score the equalizer with Granowicz. Michigan spends way too much time in the box, some justified, some not. Michigan just seemed a little bit off. Mann made some big saves, Bordeleau won it in OT. B1G's new standings points system makes so sense. MSU/ASU are pretty equivalent, Minnesota swept PSU. Notre Dame is not high scoring and have a new goalie, anything less than a sweep is a disappointment

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Leaving it On the Grass"—Herman Edwards Remixed
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
THE USUAL LINKS
Nov 24, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.10: Yes We Remember
01:32:34

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Offense/Clock Management/State of the Program

starts at 1:00

All hail the Cade McNamara era, which began mid-way through the fifth game because. He's sharp, not perfect, and it's Rutgers. Also hail lead running back Hassan Haskins, whose cutbacks were the design of the play and righteous. Bell was a force everywhere but the stat sheet. We still can't pronounce Filiaga any better than he can block. Clock management was ludicrously bad.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hot Takes + Defense

starts at 22:07

Let's read Vedral's passing stats. The biggest problem was Dax Hill; Seth thinks the coaching situation at safety is really showing. Ross was picked on until he got through the pick. Their 3-3-5 isn't a great pass defense either because the extra linebacker, Ben Van Sumeren, isn't very good in coverage. Cornerbacks were not a problem this time; small favors. The walk-on safety and linebacker were not issues either.

3. 2020 Hoops Preview: Bigs, and Rotation Predictions

starts at 44:07

The minutes crunch pushes three potential starters into this spot. We think Johns is going to get the most minutes because he can quasi-start at the four along with all the wings, and gives them the best late-game opportunity. He's streaky. Big Country is a great slop-baller with legit post moves but limited defense. The wild card is the 7'1" freshman, who shoots left-handed, and can do so.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:04:15

We actually have to talk about Ohio State this time because Indiana came within a touchdown in their top-ten matchup; Allen coached a masterful game but they had one too many mistakes to pull off the upset the top 49 states in the union were rooting for. Penn State started the new guy and benched him for the old guy, their OL is abysmal, and they should be favored (they're not). Nebraska wore their black shirts to be pants by Illinois. Northwestern's defense shut down Wisconsin because 72-year-old Hankins still run's Bo's defense in Evanston.

MUSIC:

  • “Beach House"—The Hours
  • “Make My”—The Roots
  • “Buddy”—The Orwells
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 22, 2020
MGoRadio 6.4: Well Ma'am Here's Your Problem
01:04:36
The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code GOBBLE27 for 27% off your next purchase!

And let's not leave out our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy.

1. Wisconsin After UFR

starts at 1:00

It was bad. You don't need us for that. Linebackers especially are disappointing.

2. Michigan Hockey is Fun and Exciting, with MGoHockey Correspondent David

starts at 12:07

Wisconsin has talent but Michigan turned the ice them as soon as they began to call penalties (which were weird ones). Brisson's incredible passing. Not mad about UW's second goal. Gawd is our power play scary.

3. Basketball Preview Part II: The Wings, with Ace Anbender

starts at 40:50

They have a lot of guys with a lot of length. If Franz is really 6'10" now he fits in here or as a very weird guard. Livers and Chaundee Brown give them

4. Rutgers Preview

starts at 1:01:48

Why are we envious of Rutgers again? Their passing game is rough because they need everyone to stay in and block; if Shameen Jones is beating us finish your drink. Other side of the ball, it would be nice if Michigan still knew how to do the things they did last year.

MUSIC:

Today we're featuring Detroit-based band Bump.

  • "Last Chance"
  • "Keep It Close"
  • "Motorland"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

Nov 20, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 11/19/2020: Right That's Gonna Fix It
51:38

Things discussed:

  • The Wisconsin disaster: what's wrong with the program?
  • Craig is having technical difficulties.
  • Seth: FUNDAMENTALS. Decide what your system is and play the guys who are best at it. Give yourself a floor.
  • Sam says they're thinking of a QB change, trying new things to see what sticks.
  • Joe Milton broke down. Andrew Vastardis isn't getting it done.
  • Different guy is breaking down any play. Can't fix that in a week or three. Michigan's going to be under .500 this year.
  • You can see all the decisions that got them where they are, but where do you go from here?
  • "We're the Rutgers now."
  • Brian is Head Coach for a day.
  • Recruiting: Still works? Still works. Give JJ McCarthy and Junior Colson credit. 2022 5-star defensive backfield is on the way?

Recording is here: https://twitter.com/michiganinsider/status/1329426134719631368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Nov 19, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.3: Reasons to Quit
01:33:55

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: THE DEVIL ADVOCATES

After a quick rundown of our post-Wisconsin feelings (not great!), Connor presents the case for keeping Jim Harbaugh on as head coach, with the caveat that this is a thought exercise so please don’t go to Montana in an attempt to hunt him down. Dan eagerly takes the other side of the argument. Everyone agrees that even if Harbaugh is allowed to stay on, huge changes would need to be made. Even then, it’s not the most palatable option.

SEGMENT TWO: COACHING CANDIDATES, NOW A WEEKLY SEGMENT

After last week’s Matt Campbell-centric segment, we’re going to discuss at least a candidate or two per week, because this is the football stuff we can actually look at without hating what we’re doing. This week we look at a top-end and bottom-end outcome. First, we explore Luke Fickell’s record at Cincinnati and whether the lifelong Buckeye could fit in Ann Arbor. (The upshot: we’d like to see them take the shot, at least.) Then, we look at the other continuity option: getting rid of Harbaugh and promoting Josh Gattis in the hopes of hitting on a young coach who’ll modernize the offense and recruiting.

SEGMENT THREE: BIG TEN PICKS

Ace and Connor each went 4-2 with their picks last week. Dan, who took some bolder stances by choosing money lines over point spreads, is looking to bounce back from a 1-5 week. Connor and Dan end up in relative lockstep while Ace plays semi-reluctant contrarian. Does anyone dare take Michigan -9.5 at Rutgers?

 

SEGMENT FOUR: DO NOT DRINK THESE DURING THE RUTGERS GAME

A Twitter prompt about terrifying-but-serviceable drinks turned into a thread and now a segment reading off the best/worst concoctions you (and we) drank in college. At least one of these includes an ingredient that’s definitely not meant to be consumed by humans. MGoBlog cannot possibly state enough how much it recommends against drinking anything mentioned in this segment.

MUSIC:

  • Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson—“Reasons to Quit”
  • Andrew Bird — “Scotch & Milk”
  • The Budos Band — “Old Motor Oil”
Nov 18, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.2: Four Kyle Connors
01:00:16

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

---------------------------------

1. Game 1 lololololol

starts at 0:57

Michigan scored 8 times, pick your favorite goal. Complete dominance in every facet, lines seemed indistinguishable. Passing was precise and Michigan moved to open ice incredibly well. Power play is lethal and penalty kill created OMR's galore. Strauss Mann did what was necessary, saved a 2-on-0. Michigan could've even had 10 in this game if they converted most of their chances. Cam York has been reborn.

2. Game 2 lolololololol and Wisconsin Preview

starts at 55:59

Michigan might've been more dominant in game 2, yet got bad puck luck... still won 3-0. Eric Ciccolini got a goal, Johnny Beecher got rocked, then the game got chippy thanks to old friend James Sanchez. Michigan's PP was deadly again but ASU's goalie was even better. Lambert looks a step quicker and his shot is back. Owen Power looks ready for prime time already. Michigan's possession numbers were stupid good. ASU probably isn't bad, they probably aren't great. That Michigan steamrolled them is significant. Wisconsin has better athletes but will be down Dylan Holloway. Swept ND, will be an important litmus test to see if Wolverine dominance continues. Michigan is favored though.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Leaving it On the Grass"—Herman Edwards Remixed
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Nov 17, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.9: Rebellion Comes From Within
01:24:11

Special Guest: MGo-Hockey correspondent David Nasternak

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. The Wisconsin Disaster

starts at 1:00

We started off badly and have some injuries so we're just going to half-ass this terrible segment and try to get it over with as soon as possible. But it wasn't a sad field goal. Hey yo!

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. 2020-'21 Basketball Preview: The Backcourt

starts at 16:25

A bit shaky situation but a lot of options. Mike Smith is hard to extrapolate because he's a spot-up shooter in a bad league who probably should have had more assists if his guys could convert at all. Small so may be a defensive liability. For those situations you have Eli Brooks, who goes on Three-li streaks and brings a defensive presence, but we can directly correlate his shooting to bad defenses, and his floater hasn't happened yet. At the two we're probably looking at Chandee Brown and Franz Wagner (when he's not the three). Franz came on late last with his drives, though he's going to need to be much more of a creator. Hope the wrist injury explains the shooting issues. Defense really came along—still growing and has those gumby arms. Down-roster contributions as they come: can Nunez at least be a shooter? Can we get more than freshman stuff out of Zeb Jackson?

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 39:55

Is Arizona State not good? ASU's been inflating their tournament resume. Even Moyle got a Hensick move on these guys. Defensemen hopping up, seeing Cam York the first rounder. Reality check line. All-effort line. Power play is unstoppable unless there's an extra stick on the ice, penalty kill had five shots and two breakaways vs six shots and zero scoring chances. Wisconsin has a grad transfer goalie and some talent to skate with Michigan.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:06:07

The scouting is good. Michael Penix-Peyton Ramsey grudge match. Maryland took the COVID way out against Ohio State. Michigan State is very much not good. Minnesota is very much not good either. Michigan-Rutgers for the bottom of the Big Ten East or is Penn State still in the running?

MUSIC:

  • “Heat Wave"—Snail Mail
  • “The Motivator”—T.Rex
  • “That Old Pair of Jeans”—Fatboy Slim
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 15, 2020
MGoRadio 6.3: The Block Heard Round the World
01:15:56
The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code GOBBLE27 for 27% off your next purchase!

And let's not leave out our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy.

[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1. Indiana After UFR

starts at 1:00

What are we doing?!?

2. Fritz Seyferth

starts at 12:07

Stories of Michigan recruiting in the '80s from a fullback hero of the '70s.

3. Basketball Recruiting with Matt from Endless Motor

starts at 40:50

It's good.

4. Wisconsin Preview

starts at 1:01:48

It's not going to be good unless they all have COVID.

MUSIC:

We're pleased to feature the Noble Three, which was a collab from listeners Tres Crow and Patrick Rickleton.

  • "Our Love"
  • "Shipwrecked"
  • "Paperback Writer"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

Nov 14, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 11/12/2020: A Gym, A Room, and Some Food
50:31

Things discussed:

  • Basketball recruiting: We love Frankie Collins trying to dunk on Chet Holmgren. We love 5-stars.
  • First come first served: when Houstan committed Chet gave them a call.
  • Juwan Howard has a Villanova model going: Tschetter and Barnes and Collins and Bufkin to grow and Houstans and Diabates to win now.
  • Craig discusses 1950s pro wrestling, which we don't know why this is good news, but it's not talking about football.
  • Offense vs Indiana: GO TO THE EDGES? Joe Milton: fine. Michigan doesn't know who they are anymore. Why is Honigford at tight end not tackle. Where are the reads? Why are you taking Mason off the table? RUN THE QUARTERBACK! SCREEN!
  • Ronnie Bell's breakout: repeatable?
  • Defense vs Indiana: Everything comes back to they can't cover Man. Guys are at least in position to contest but they don't play the ball well, intercept, take advantage of their positioning.
  • Wisconsin: Who's getting off the bus? Graham Mertz?
  • Wisconsin defense: Gonna bring guys and not let you run. Weakness in the secondary can be exploited but it won't be because we don't scout our opponents.

Video: https://twitter.com/michiganinsider/status/1326888942335979521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Nov 12, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.2: Human Performance
01:44:38

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast.

 

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: THE HARBAUGH NARRATIVEWe don’t feel anymore, so we soberly assess how Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan tenure can/should be viewed. There are too many facets of college coaching to oversimplify matters but a couple consistent themes come up.

SEGMENT TWO: SOUP

A discussion of what traits we’re looking for in the next football coach—if we’re looking for specific traits at all. Offensive guy or defensive guy? Established P5 coach or young up-and-comer? Perhaps both? The pod has picked a favorite candidate it didn’t expect to collectively choose but now we’re chanting SOUP SOUP SOUP.

SEGMENT THREE: FOOTBALL MAILBAG/WEEK FOUR B1G PICKS

Ruminating on the coordinations. Where does Michigan stand in terms of talent in the Big Ten? We don’t think salvaging the 2021 class should factor into a Harbaugh firing decision. Our sponsor cursed it, don’t blame us. A quick discussion of our favorite non-revenue sports and the barriers to actually following them.

We display a terrifying amount of faith in Rutgers and Maryland (against the spread, at least) this week. Dan betrays the Bajakian Revolution.

SEGMENT FOUR: BASKETBALL, OUR HAPPY PLACE

Alex Cook jumps in to talk about Moussa Diabate and the rest of the 2021 class. We also discuss the class fit with Hunter Dickinson and whether this year’s team may rely too much on the freshman center. Alex is now the show’s good vibes guy. Sorry, Connor.

MUSIC:

  • “Human Performance” — Parquet Courts
  • “Salt in the Soup” — Poets of Rhythm
  • “Player’s Ball” — Outkast
Nov 11, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.1: Goalies are Voodoo
01:27:01

We've rebooted with David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

---------------------------------

1. The TEAM

starts at 0:57

Beecher and York give Michigan some nice pieces to start with. The next six forwards are all interchangeable. Optimistic about Ciccolini's upside? Mel likes how Lambert is playing. The Moyle-GVW-Raabe line could help close out games. Really good group of returning defenders and Strauss Mann is a dude. Maybe the best recruiting class in college hockey history? Kent Johnson, Thomas Bordeleau, Matt Berniers, and Brendan Brisson are all pretty much the same: blue chip recruits who can skate, playmake, handle the puck, and score. All would have been the top playmaker on last year's team. It's crazy that Philippe LaPointe and Josh Groll are reserve pieces. Owen Power is a unicorn and not going to the WJC and Jacob Truscott should be fine. Will Erik Portillo get to play?

2. THE ENEMY, and Feelings

starts at 55:59

The schedule is weird. Midweek games now! A lot of games in short amounts of time! Michigan should be close to the top of the B1G. ASU is now an honorary member and they're a legit program. Wisco still has talent and a new goalie but do we really believe that they will be better coached? Notre Dame is still Notre Dame, probably another treading water year. PSU lost everybody, Michigan should light up the scoreboard against them. Minnesota is the other contender for the top in the conference with everyone back. OSU resets a bit, MSU still trying to dig out of a decade-long chasm. Feelings? Contend for the B1G, make a run in the tournament, this program is on the right track

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Get Ready"—2 Unlimited
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
THE USUAL LINKS
Nov 11, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.8: Pavlov's Claps
01:15:22

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Emotional Check-In

starts at 1:00

How much did you watch? The problem with hiring Jim Harbaugh is what does Michigan do if he doesn't work? Is it just us? It's us.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hot Takes and Offense

starts at 20:52

Joe was fine, the running game was not. Why are you turning your quarterback's back against THIS TEAM? Why are you trying to test the edges of a defense that blitzes the edges? Do you even watch opponent film?

3. Defense

starts at 41:12

What was it about those specific claps that were different than all the other claps? Was it the tone? I don't understand. Tom Allen put some sort of deep sleeper in the program and had them hypnotize Michigan defensive linemen

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 57:41

The scouting is good. Michael Penix-Peyton Ramsey grudge match.

MUSIC:

  • “Deadlines (Hostile)"—Car Seat Headrest
  • “Coming Down From Love”—Bobby Caldwell
  • “Let Yourself Go”—Syl Johnson
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 09, 2020
MGoRadio 6.2: I Brake for Jake
01:36:30
The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program, which was Ashley's this week.

And let's not leave out our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy.

[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1. MSU After UFR

starts at 1:00

What went wrong? Can it be fixed? Was it just obvious?

2. Indiana Preview

starts at 26:36

Embrace the chaos.

3. Ann Arbor Institutions Program

starts at 45:53

Rishi and I have been doing the Ann Arbor Institutions thing so we wanted to talk some war stories and other tales from the process. Yes, we're going to bring them all back.

4. Gimmicky Top Five Ann Arbor Institutions Gone But Not Forgotten

starts at 1:00:13

The zoo!

Get ready to remember some places. Mine included Ann Arbor Sports Memorabilia, Arbor-Ypsi Bowl, Blue Front, Del-Rio, Fox Tent & Awning, Liberty Street Video Store, Moe’s Sports Shop, Oyster Bar & Spaghetti Machine, Pretzel Bell, Raja Rani, Seoul Korner, Steve & Barry’s, Steve’s Lunch, Stucci’s, Sushi.cum, Sweet Loirraine’s, Thano’s Lamplighter, Tower Records, Zorba’s, Dinersty, White’s Grocery, Taste of Italy, Elbow Room, Leopold Bros, The UM Zoo, and Shakey Jake Woods.

MUSIC:

We're pleased to feature Ann Arbor legend Shakey Jake Woods.

  • "Hippy Boy"
  • "Baby Love"
  • "Baby Please Send Me Somebody to Love"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

THE USUAL LINKS:
Nov 07, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 11/5/2020: Give State Credit
47:35

Things discussed:

  • We eat our crow.
  • Where was the QB run game?
  • Fake Craig on Twitter
  • Ben Mason and Chuck Filiaga missing assignments
  • Minnesota's defense is just awful
  • Slow corners: what to do? Not much they can do.
  • What were they seeing in practice?
  • Don't blame the refs for DPI/DHolding—those weren't close calls.
  • Where were the downfield throws?
  • Pressure and coverage go hand in hand but MSU was looking at the fly route immediately and nobody's pass rush gets home in time for a first read like that.
  • What can they clean up, what's just missing (e.g. a downfield passing game).
  • Why didn't we test MSU on the edges???
  • I sneak in a little Indiana preview.
Nov 05, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.1: We've Been Had
01:38:34

What’s the worst they’re going to do, get burned?

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host The StausCast.

SEGMENT ONE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAN

Dan’s birthday was on Halloween. That game was also on Halloween. An unfortunate series of events ensue.

SEGMENT TWO: FEELINGSBALL

The vibes are bad again. Why does this coaching staff always seem to leave gaping holes in the roster? Have we done a complete 180 from last week? Where are the fast cornerbacks? WE SAID, WHERE ARE THE FAST CORNERBACKS?

SEGMENT THREE: LISTENER MAILBAG

Were we all wrong about Harbaugh or does this program have a hard ceiling? A question that makes Ace feel very old. The lack of upset wins is really crushing the program when combined with the inability to consistently beat rivals. We are now worried about Indiana, yes. How can this program salvage the season? Did the lack of an egregious Ben Mason personal foul set the wrong tone? How should Michigan handle rotating their glut of skill position players?SEGMENT FOUR: BIG TEN PICKSMan, this slate is ugly, and now it’s only six games thanks to Wisconsin. The teams we universally put our faith in are… Maryland and Minnesota? Yikes.

Songs:

  • “No Place to Fall” — Townes Van Zandt
  • “Half Full Glass of Wine” — Tame Impala
  • “We’ve Been Had” — The Walkmen
Nov 04, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.7: Didn't Take the Points
01:19:46

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Offense

starts at 1:00

The QB runs were absent and so was the interior run game, which was terrifying because their DL were beating up our OL. Another offense that can't throw more than 15 yards downfield: touch passes sail 20 yards over their receivers.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Defense

starts at 21:59

The 3-3-5 continues to get gashed. Michigan hasn't recruited a cornerback who can run since Ambry Thomas.

3. Basketball & Hot Takes

starts at 37:35

But hey, 5-star recruit. Will Jimmy Howard win a title in the next five years?

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:00:33

Well it turns out the defense of Minnesota is horrible, Ohio State does horrible things to people, Illinois stayed in a game with their fourth string quarterback, Indiana is a powerhouse now apparently, and oh dear Northwestern-Iowa is some terrible football.

MUSIC:

  • “Stardust"—Willie Nelson
  • “Drunk on the Moon”—Tom Watts
  • “Drown”—Chastity Belt
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 01, 2020
MGoRadio 6.1: School Down the Road State
01:26:50
The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program, which was Ashley's this week.

And let's not leave out our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy.

[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1. Minnesota After UFR

starts at 1:00

What about the DTs Brian? What can we find to complain about on the offense? Nothing.

2. Caleb Houstan…Hoostan? Howstin?

starts at 25:38

Matt from Endless Motor joins us to discuss the 5-star.

3. Gimmicky Top Five Michigan State Facts, wsg Scott Bell

starts at 42:38

Here are some important things for you to know about that school down the road state.

4. That School Down the Road State Preview

starts at 1:03:38

We disagree with PFF about how bad it is to lose to Rutgers.

MUSIC:

I'm repping a band I got really into 20 years ago, TimeCube, who at the time was just one kid.

  • "Adrian"
  • "Alteration"
  • "End of an Era"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

THE USUAL LINKS:
Oct 30, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 10/29/2020: Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony
47:52

Things discussed:

  • Offense things: YUM YUM YUM! Joe Milton had the training wheels on but his ability to run was fantastic.
  • Craig thinks there are some coded messages in the offense, e.g. Hey Donovan Edwards, look at this!
  • How they used Ben Mason: you've got a great fist and you can use him to scare people: Seth thinks the MLB screwed up his fit on the 70-yard Charbonnet run because he was terrified of a Ben Mason gap appearing on the other side of the formation.
  • What happened to split zone? It's still in the arsenal; the great thing about this game is it had counters.
  • Is Minnesota's defense terrible? Michigan accentuated their flaws.
  • Defense things: Don Brown messes with what you want to do.
  • Hutchinson, Kwity, and Gemon Green hoy!
  • 3-3-5 Talk: get Jean-Mary to teach you!
  • Edge issues?
Oct 29, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.0: Funky Stuff
02:02:20

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

SEGMENT ONE: RECURRING GUESTS! ALSO, FEELINGSBALL

Please join me in welcoming Connor Southard and Dan [REDACTED] aka “Thicc Stuaskas” as regular guests of the program. We lay out the podcast’s ethos: we’re going to enjoy this. Joe Milton emits extremely good vibes, as does the team in general.

SEGMENT TWO: LISTENER MAILBAG

Mel Tucker’s rivalry week bind. Any complaints about the offense? Bueller? How does the running backs room shake out? Yes, an incompletion was among the highlights of the night. More Milton hype. Not-so-rapidly firing several more questions, including our thoughts on Northwestern’s Big Ten West chances.

SEGMENT THREE: DAN’S RCMB SPECTACULARR

With bonus dramatic reading.

SEGMENT FOUR: BIG TEN WEEK TWO PICKS

For fans and degenerates alike.

Songs:

  • “I Found a New Way” — Twin Peaks
  • “Funky Stuff” — Jiro Inagaki and His Soul Media
  • “The Cool Change” — Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

“Do not post on there because I do not want to interrupt that delicate ecosystem.”

Oct 28, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.6: Sickos!
01:54:30

1 hour and 55 minutes

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might have a very popular podcast on environmental engineering. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

Also we had to go with the audio from the Zoom call for Part 4.

1. Offense

starts at 1:00

Milton eh? Blake Corum, eh? Charbonnet's blocks, eh? Ben Mason ooooooooooo (stop at the whistle baby). Wide receivers fast, kinda wondering why Jake McCurry was more visible than Cornelius Johnson. All had concentration issues but Gentry speed. We didn't think to mention the line until the end which is a very good thing. Also a good thing: Gattis's playcalling and how it incorporated Harbaugh stuff. 

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Defense

starts at 28:17

Before and After Dax (we think he'll be okay. Paige was not quite as okay in his absence. Kwity Paye, eh? Aiden Hutchinson, eh? Cam McGroon, eh? Dalton Hill, eh? Green looked fine—one push-off that was crafty work by the receiver and that was basically it. Gray still had to commit PI but he also stayed with Bateman most of the day. Edge issues popped up. OH HEY MICHAEL BARRET, EH?

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Feelingsball

starts at 58:39

COVID section. Punt block was a missed stunt pickup by Josh Ross. The Barrett return was Charbonnet dodging the ball then throwing a monster block. The Haskins stick was impressive. Herbstreit tries to pronounce things.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:14:42

We welcome in Jamie Mac of Just Cover Blog, who's bouncing off his seat to talk about Indiana-Penn State, but can't because we want to give a good 15 minutes to Michigan State-Rutgers. Also the rest of the Big Ten happened, much of it on Maryland's face.

MUSIC:

  • “Golden Age"—TV On the Radio
  • “Duck Down”—The Roots
  • “Kings Left Behind”—Ikebe Shakedown
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:

Last year Rutgers only scored 27 first-half points all of their Big Ten season, and they had 28 points yesterday.

 

Oct 26, 2020
MGoRadio 6.0: Unsexy Jug Tales
01:25:01
The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program, which this week's is Dominick's.

And let's not leave out our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy.

1.Preview Wrap

starts at 1:00

Things we learned about Michigan while doing the previews. Long discussion about the cornerbacks since they moved Sammy Faustin over. How do they treat Joe Milton at quarterback? Special teams: who should return punts?

2. Jug Myths wsg Greg Dooley of MVictors

starts at 31:03

Dooley joins us to talk about the real Jug story. No, they didn't break it and replace it. No, Minnesota wasn't trying to poison our water. No, Yost didn't care about his 30 cent jug or want it back until they decided to make it a rivalry trophy in 1909. Yes, Greg told Chase Winovich not to hold the jug like that.

3. Minnesota Offense

starts at 56:40

Their offensive line all returned BUT there may be some big COVID misses with the right side of their line, which went five deep and needs to draw in a sixth. The right guard is shifting out to tackle, the center is moving into guard, and they're drawing in a center who was decent in a little bit of time last year but the other guard might be iffy. If Michigan's DL can match up with that you shut down the system. You're probably not shutting down Rashod Bateman.

4. Minnesota Defense

starts at 1:12:00

An impressive nose tackle but not much back in the pass rush category except a bona fide freak who is not going to be a Carter Coughlin one for one. They're worried about their nickel back position. Yes, the corners are fine. The safety replacing Antoine Winfield Jr. is okay but a big drop because Winfield was great. Predictions.

MUSIC:

I'm excited to finally get a chance to share The Missing Chums, after interacting for years with their drummer (a huge MGoBlog fan) on Twitter. Everything's off their album Yes, You May. I had to ask really nice!

  • "Yes, You May"
  • "On the Dole"
  • "So So, Very Very"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

"I don't need people to get my jokes; they just need to hear them."

Oct 23, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 10/22/2020: One Way to Spin It
52:48

Things discussed:

  • Minnesota? Their 11-win season was a bit of a mirage. Their offensive coordinator is still PJ Fleck, right? Breakdown on Minnesota's offense: Ricky Rahne situation? Michael Barrett's debut against RPOs is iffy, DTs living against doubles iffy. Minnesota's front seven and safeties iffy and pass protection also iffy.
  • Never punt?
  • How Big XII are Big Ten offenses going to be?
  • How many Oklahoma State guys can we name?
  • Our big questions. Sam's is the secondary, cornerback specifically. Brian wants to know offensive distribution. Seth wonders what their offensive identity is going to be after a year when they started an option read team and ended up a pin & pull team. Craig takes the interior defensive line.
  • By the way CR, the Chris Perry screen game was pretty good but your point is well taken.
Oct 22, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.5: Loves Football, Likes Meat
01:35:26

This episode was recorded before a live Zoom audience from the UM Alumni Club of D.C. A portion of what the people who came paid will go to the scholarship fund.

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might have a very popular podcast on environmental engineering. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

Also my audio turned off in the middle of it, which got screwy.

1. Football Bits

starts at 1:00

Vastardis: "Very smart, loves meat, likes football – a lot!" –Jim Harbaugh. Nico Collins is not on the roster. Charles Thomas transfers, again with nowhere to go. How much of Minnesota has COVID? Michigan's been lucky/good to only have two contained outbreaks over the summer. Filiaga wins the guard job.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 14:54

We invite John Coleman from the UM Alumni Club of D.C. to name our five breakout players. Seth comes up with terrible (amazing) nicknames for his answers.

3. Hot Takes & Q&A Session, Part I

starts at 45:16

How hopeful are we for the season? How many Big Ten games will be canceled for COVID? Who's this year's Cam McGrone? How's the morale? Who does Michigan play in the Showcase? Chris Evans this time? How's hockey Ace?

4. Q&A Session, Part II

starts at 1:07:41

Warde Manuel: how's he doing? How does NIL change recruiting? How does the 2021 class finish? Who's covering Rashod Bateman? Why did Dylan leave? Impact freshmen? How's Jim's intensity?

MUSIC:

  • “New Cannonball Blues"—TV On the Radio
  • “Campfire”—Kevin Morby
  • “Bullet for the Bagman”—Menahan Street Band
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Oct 20, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.4c: Big Ten Fan Fiction
01:34:51

You have reached Part III of our preseason spectacular. The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I would be a trade magazine editor with uncool t-shirts.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. The COVID Schedule

starts at 1:00

How many games are in your cereal box?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. The Big Ten West

starts at 14:54

Wisconsin or Minnesota, but let's talk a long time about Iowa for some reason.

3. The Big Ten East

starts at 45:16

We run out of time before Ohio State.

4. Hot Takes & Incredibly Specific Predictions

starts at 1:13:58

Seth does a bit.

MUSIC:

  • “Thursday in the Danger Room" (feat Kamasi Washington)—Run the Jewels
  • “Girl of the North Country”—Howard Tate
  • “To Defy the Laws of Tradition”—Primus
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:

Probably for the best because that is a guaranteed super-spreader event.

Oct 16, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 10/15/2020: Battle of the Brands
49:27

Things discussed:

  • Rayshaun Benny and MSU’s interesting approach to his recruitment
  • Michigan vs Michigan State in NLI recruiting: just look at the Nike deals. MSU’s is $34 million over 10 years; Michigan’s is $160+ million over 11 years.
  • Joe Milton: what do we believe, what will it look like, speculation on McCaffrey is useless because nothing makes sense.
  • Nico Collins: any hope?
  • Dax wants to hit; he can play cornerback but doesn’t want to.
  • Don’t be that surprised if they pull him out at CB when needed.
  • Faustin is coming through, Gemon Green has enough talent to do so but hasn’t put it together.
Oct 15, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.4b: Skinny-Tushed Dudes
01:25:09

We'll have to use some authoritarian leader from Germany's past

We are back because we are supported by awesome sponsors. The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I would be a trade magazine editor with uncool t-shirts.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Defensive Line

starts at 1:00

The tackles are deeper and the ends are amazing, with all kinds of interesting new depth. Kwity Paye is the #1 freak of the year, and Aiden Hutchinson is the guy we think might be a 1st or 2nd rounder next year. So why are we so afraid? Oh right, because last year they were playing Carlo Kemp at nose and Jess Speight when they didn't have Kemp.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Linebackers

starts at 26:12

A wildman and the safe man. Josh Ross looked good at WLB before looking not as good (against Wisconsin) at MLB then spending the year redshirting. Cam McGrone done busted out and is Bush if Bush wasn't born a savant. We expect Michael Barrett to take over the Viper spot, and be the backup WLB, but things get interesting when you imagine how Solomon figures into that.

3. Secondary

starts at 44:17

Oh dear. We recorded this before Faustin and Dax flipped who's getting tried at cornerback but the fear still applies. Not that we need to fear all of it, if Seth would stop reminding us that Ohio State gets to feast on them again this year. Clone Dax Hill.

4. Hot Takes & Special Teams

starts at 1:08:15

SLAP is our new punting stat and Michigan's punters are good at it. Percent returned is bad but we know why. Who's the punt returner? We want anyone but Ronnie Bell.

MUSIC:

  • “Back to the Middle”—Deerhunter
  • “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”—The Dramatics
  • “Motion Sickness”—Phoebe Bridgers
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Oct 14, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.4a: For Content and Depression, the 2020 Offensive Preview
01:47:11

He looks like MMA Mr. Potatohead.

We are back because we are supported by awesome sponsors. The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I would be a trade magazine editor with uncool t-shirts.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Quarterback

starts at 1:00

Joe Milton is a Pahokee dude, Dylan McCaffery is going to graduate and transfer, which leaves us pretty light, no offense to the Cade McNamara hype we don't believe. Functional athleticism. QBs at Michigan after three years.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hot Takes and Hot Backs

starts at 21:35

Some of us believe in Charbonnet more than others, but the low thinks he's the best back since Hart, and the deepest stable of backs since, wow, the 1990s? Also Seth starts on about BEN MASON.

3. Tight Ends and Wide Receivers

starts at 54:52

There are a lot of fast little guys again, except Corn John. Erick All counts as a receiver. Eubanks could go downfield more, the slots can play outside, the fullback can line up at H-Back.

4. Offensive Line

starts at 1:30:57

A lot of things can go wrong and it will still be pretty good. Not worried about Vastardis, Hayes and Mayfield are the best tackles in a minute.

MUSIC:

  • “Seems Like a Long Time”—Rod Stewart
  • “Do the Dirt”—The Meters
  • “Body Movin'”—J Dilla
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Oct 12, 2020
The Teams: 1940
02:12:41

The Sponsor: If you're buying or reselling, talk to Matt Demorest at HomeSure Lending now and see if you can't lock in a low rate while it lasts. In addition to being more ethical, knowledgeable, hands-on, intelligent, and fun to work with, Matt's cool.

Previously: 187919011918192519321947195019641973197619801985 p.1&p.2198819911999

Special Guest: Greg Dooley from MVictors

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

1. Setup

(starts at 1:00)

Coming off the 1930s when the Yost Era peters out with a 1934 season with one win and another terrible 1936, with Michigan losing to all of the rivals in the late-'30s. Kipke's program is cheating AND losing, he gets removed, and Michigan goes with the John Beilein option, Fritz Crisler, in 1938, which is a major departure from Yost's SEC-ish era. What do you do with Kipke's recruits, including Harmon, who have these illicit promises?

Chicago is gone: who's the new 10th? Nebraska wants in: played 3 Big Nine teams, losing by 1 score to Minnesota and beating IU and Iowa, also played in the Rose Bowl. Top rival is Minnesota. In 1939 Harmon finishes 2nd behind Nile Kinnick in the Heisman.

2. The Team

(starts at 43:48)

BACKFIELD

  • RHB "Wee" David Nelson, future HoF coach who created the Wing-T offense, wrote the NCAA rulebook, and is the reason the Delaware Blue Hens look like washed out Michigan.
  • FB “Bullet” Bob Westfall: AA, 5th overall in the 1942 draft. Grew up poor in the shadow of Michigan Stadium. Worst case of asthma they’d ever encountered; once crawled home after he couldn’t get into the health center, and PLAYED the next day. Started every game 1939-’41. His career 1864 yards was the fullback rushing record until Bo. Listed size is a lie: he was 5’6/180. “Chunky Fullback” --WIsconsin State Journal. After the war he was finishing his degree but the Lions wanted to sign him, and his plan was to do both, but everyone fainted at the idea.
  • QB Forest “Evy” Evashevski: Played against Michigan for the Iowa Pre-Flight team in 1942. Was just 16 when he arrived after skipping 2 grades, wasn’t allowed to play in high school until he led the intramural team to an upset over the varsity team. Played LB on defense. Went on to be Iowa’s HC, and AD, caught cheating and was replaced by Bump Elliott. Evy came very close to getting the Michigan job after Bump.
  • HB Tom Harmon: If you don't know.
  • HB Paul Kromer: He and Harmon are the “Touchdown Twins” after combining for 9 of the 20 Michigan scored in 1938. Indeed in 1939 they combined for 17 TDs, though Harmon scored 14 of those. Injured all year, tried to play vs MSU but that didn’t work. Returned for OSU.

LINE

  • Guard Milo Sukup. Injured by Harvard, listens to the Minnesota game on the radio.
  • Guard Ralph Fritz. Could move really well for a guard, also really small and boxy.
  • Center Bob Ingalls. Good snapper but better on defense.
  • End Ed Frutig: Favorite receiver. Best punt blocker in Michigan history: had eleven career, five in 1940.
  • LT Albert “Ox” Wistert. Youngest brother, 2nd to play for Michigan. Number is retired by the Eagles. This one was a great offensive tackle. Tall and fast for a lineman.
3. The Nonconference Harmon Show

(starts at 1:01:53)

41-0 @ CAL. What, no warmups? Weren’t alone: Illinois played USC, Minnesota went out to Washington, who’d finish #10. Indiana got a visit from Texas. The Harmon Show on his 21st birthday. Returns the opening kickoff 94 yards. Returns a punt in the 2nd quarter 72 yards, Cal newspaper claims he ran another 100 going back and forth across the field. Then he had an 85-yard run and a Cal fan tried to tackle him on the goal line; he too failed. Scored 4 TDs, kicked all the PATs, threw a TD pass to Nelson.

Held Cal to 8 rushing yards, and let them past midfield only once Harmon sat for Cliff Wise. Also this happened:

MICHIGAN STATE COLLEGE. Attendance: 69,951: this is 2x any other home game. Harmon scores all three TDs, outgains MSU 312 to 49 in rushing. MSU was a passing team but you can’t throw on Michigan. They man you up. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: MSU gets a new coach during Michigan’s down year, 1934, and finally beats UM. This gets their coach a long-term contract and 8 years later his team’s a bunch of flailing tryhards who are obsessed with beating Michigan and don’t show out for any other game.

@HARVARD 26-0. Series: Michigan made three trips during the period that Seth & Craig Ross write about, and Yost went out there in 1914 during Michigan’s time in the wilderness. Then they scheduled home and home 1929 and 1930 that Michgian won. Now they agreed to another: Michigan goes out there first, with the return game in 1942. Harmon: 3 TDs and passed for a fourth, missed an XP. Outgained them 2014 to 61. M’s subs were out after 2 minutes in the 3rd Q.

4. The Conference Harmon Show

(starts at 1:23:27)

ILLINOIS 28-0. Avenging the upset in 1939. Harmon runs one and passes one to Frutig. Michigan outgained them 240 yards to 24.

PENN 14-0: JUDGMENT DAY. George Munger’s Penn team is ranked #8 and undefeated. One of the first games to be nationally broadcast over radio. Harmon: 28 carries for 142 yards, 8/12 for 51 yards and a TD, also punted. Scored on a 19-yard outside run when he got the edge.

Eastern football was old fashioned: if you were beating them up they would beat you up. After quite a bit of this Harmon’s shirt was already ripped half off his back. Finally Penn takes it out on Harmon’s teammates. Evy goes out and gets replaced by George Ceithaml. Milo Sukup with a vicious headshot late in the game. He’s hospitalized and his career is over.

5. The Three Contenders

(starts at 1:33:29)

Without Sukup. Starting Kolesar in his place. Halfback George Franck was the fastest player in the Big Ten, Tackle Urban Odson was also a consensus 1st team All-American, and guard Helge Pukema (hell-geh POKE-ehma). Junior halfback Bruce Smith had emerged as a breakout star while Franck redshirted in 1939. With sophomore Bill Daley prepped to break out as well, Minnesota had three outstanding runners, the former two of which would go on to make the College Football Hall of Fame. So would tackle Dick Wildung, another one of those important sophomores. Minnesota didn’t pass.

Gophers soaked the field to slow down Harmon. He could still pass: 9/14 for a TD to Evashevski. Minnesota’s one score is an 80-yarder when two guys fall down in the mud getting to him. Harmon slipped on a 4th down on the Minnesota 1 that would have put them up 7-0. Later he missed the XP on the Evy TD.

Another missed chance when Frutig blocked a punt.

December 6 Milwaukee Sentinel:

"It makes me sick to think of the chances we blew that day. We should have beaten them by four or five touchdowns. They're a good club, but we're better, and so is Northwestern."

Michigan: 15 first downs to Minn’s 6, one of which a bogus penalty. Minnesota goes 0/3 passing.

20-13 NORTHWESTERN: Coach: Pappy Waldorf. #3 team in the Big Ten, finished #8 AP with a 1-point loss to Minnesota. Michigan had gone 0-3-1 the last four years against these guys. Frutig blocks a punt out of bonds inside the NWern 1, Harmon converts, 7-0. Next drive NW has to punt from their endzone again, Harold Lockard caught it on the 30 returned it 25 yards to the 5. Westfall TD, 14-0 MIchigan in 1st Q.

1st play of the 2nd Q DeCorrevont throws a 49-yard pass but they muff the XP. GAME ON. But Cats muff another punt, wind takes it OOB (Fitzgerald.gif) at the NW 26. Westfall scores, Harmon misses the PAT. 20-6 Michigan. NW scores a TD near the end of the game to make it a 1-score game but Michigan drives out the remaining clock. Tackle Alf Bauman was 1st team AA, Guard Joe Lokane and center Paul Hiemenz were consensus 1st team all-Big Ten.

40-0 @ OHIO STATE: Nov 23. Four guys on this team were drafted: 1st team All-Big Ten QB in Don Scott, also HB Jim Langhurst, center Claude White, and HB Jimmy Strausbaugh. OSU won four games from 1934 to 1937 but Michigan won the last two.

OSU bulletin board material: Evy lit up a victory cigar with 30 seconds to play vs OSU in 1939. Teams traded possessions then Harmon had a long TD run. Paul Kromer returned from injury and returned a punt 80 yards. Harmon ran for three more TDs, threw two TDs (Evy and Frutig) kicked four PATs and averaged 50 yards on his three punts. Standing ovation for Harmon. 447 yards of offense to 125 for Ohio State (65 of which were on their last drive against the scrubs).

Aftermath: Ohio State appointed a special committee to “Investigate the football situation” which recommended they fire the HC. They would hire Paul Brown.

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MUSIC:
  • "Vigilante Man"—Woody Guthrie
  • "With Plenty of Money and You"—The Ink Spots
  • "Sing, Sing, Sing"—Benny Goodman
  • "Little Brown Jug"—Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS

 

If you want to compare him to a modern Michigan player it’s Denard, but it’s Denard running around a bunch of white chain smokers in 1940.

Oct 06, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.3: Anywhere But South Dakota
01:35:05

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Proceeds from the "Those Who Stay Home" collection are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and introducing Information Entropy.

[Hit THE JUMP for the writeup and the player]

1. How're the Hoops Going to Go?

starts at 1:00

How's the COVID going? What does it mean for Big Ten Basketball?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. The Freshman Class After Review

starts at 18:39

Half the battle for a cornerback is sticking with a guy. Three hundred pounds does not mean 300 pounds. Coulda used a DT or three.

3. Gattis Has a Presser

starts at 49:35

Where we constantly ask each other if Nico is coming back.

4. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Worst Reasons to Get COVID

starts at 1:07:59

Here are the links to Ace's top five:

  1. Florida Man Took Coronavirus Aid and Bought a Lamborghini, Officials Say
  2. Father and Sons Charged in Miami Federal Court with Selling Toxic Bleach as Fake “Miracle” Cure for Covid-19 and Violating Court Orders
  3. Florida man arrested after spraying substance labeled ‘COVID-19;’ charges dropped
  4. Florida man spent coronavirus relief money on 40-foot boat, prosecutors say
  5. Florida Man Attacks Lyft Driver Over Protective Coronavirus Barrier
MUSIC:
  • “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhh!”—Sufjan Stevens
  • “All Arise!”—The Decemberists
  • “All Star—Don't Stop Comin Edition”—Smash Mouth
  • “Across 110th Street”
Sep 28, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.2: Corn Sweats
01:20:30

Who has Alaska played anyways?

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

[Hit THE JUMP for the writeup and the player]

1. Football is Back. Okay?

starts at 1:00

Addressing the hottest takes against bringing back Big Ten football with daily rapid COVID testing and a 21-day sit-out period. Basically this.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Football Bits

starts at 19:42

Jalen Mayfield is back, Ambry and Nico won't be, and we're at different places regarding the Joe Milton hype that apparently pushed out McCaffrey. Position-by-position news and discussion basically.

3. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Five Things Nebraska Fans Should Be Mad About

starts at 48:29

How long does it take to get a Seth bit anyway?

4. Recruiting

starts at 1:10:11

Exit what's his name. Losing a 5-star basketball player to [checks notes] Stanford? Next year's class is going to be all kinds of messed up.

MUSIC:
  • “Sprawl I (Flatland)”—Arcade Fire
  • “Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)”—John Prine
  • “Ballad of the Dying Man”—Father John Misty
  • “Across 110th Street”
Sep 21, 2020
The Teams: 1985, Part II
01:45:18

PART I is here and covers the players and the nonconference games. Also people liked my album artwork so yeah, we made the T-shirt. I can't break it in for you like that but we put it on the softest shirt available. If you people want the sweatshirt above you're out of luck because I made it off something I found on e-Bay and then Ace bought. But you can still get in on the Brown Jug Shirt through the end of today.

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Previously: 187919011918192519321947195019641973197619801985 p.1198819911999

Special Guests: These are turning into Hardcore Histories with these interviews but what are you going to do when you've got Jim Scarcelli and Johnny Kolesar joining you to talk about the team that might have been Bo's best national championship claim.

1.NOT YOUR DADDY'S BIG TWO LITTLE EIGHT

Wisconsin 33-6 (starts at 0:47): Before there was Barry Alvarez the guy who built Wisconsin was Dave McClain, who beat Michigan in 1981 and went way back with Bo, who has nicknames for every guy they play. Kick six They're coming in with Nate "Blue Moon" Odomes, a 2nd round pick of the Bills in '87. Kick six ices the game after the scrubs give up Michigan's first TD of the year. The Badgers bus almost doesn't make it:

@Michigan  State 31-0 (starts at 8:01): Red-letter and Green-letter games. Revenge for Harbaugh. MSU's got their 1984 situation: quarterbacks are all hurt. That doesn't explain how Michigan also blocked their first punt and took a 14-0 lead in the opening two minutes. Some big names on that MSU team though, including the guy who set the Big Ten rushing record, RB Lorenzo White, plus WRs Andre Rison and Bobby Ingram, and Nick Saban who recruited everybody but the OL, which got eaten alive by Messner.

@Iowa 10-12 (starts at 22:50): #1 vs. #2. Fry was a psychologist. Iowa QB Chuck Long could have gone pro, runner-up to Bo Jackson for the Heisman. Other guys drafted: RB Ronnie Harmon, Soph WR Quinn Early, Ts Mike Haight and Chris Gambol, G Dave Croston, DTs Jeff Drost and Joe Schuster, DB Devon Mitchell, LB Larry Station. Fry’s Coaching tree was ludicrous:

 

Position Guy Became Head Coach Hayden Fry Hall of Famer Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Bill Snyder Kansas State god Offensive Line Kirk Ferentz Still Iowa's coach Defensive Coordinator Bill Brashier HoF DC for Iowa Defensive Line Dan McCarney ISU HC 1995-'06 Linebackers Barry Alvarez Wisconsin's savior Secondary Bob Stoops HoF HC with Oklahoma 2. THREE STATISTICS TO WATCH

Indiana 42-15 (starts at 37:10): One of those classic Bo games where it's close at halftime and a blowout after because the other team just played their whole season in the first half. Bo was fired up to coach against Bill Mallory: no Sally plays in this one!

@Illinois 3-3 (starts at 40:18): Illinois realizes Michigan's not using the Flanker, according to the Flanker. They ran the '83 front in '85 and Michigan had a hard time moving the ball; they also fumbled on the goal line.

Purdue 47-0 (starts at 55:07): Shutting out Jim Everett. Coaches talk to Harbaugh and convince him to throw to his guy. Nobody's dogging; Ohio State is still on the docket. Rod Woodson who? Kolesar smacks him in the mouth. Moeller's defensive philosophy was like Don Brown's: consistently inconsistent, but a lot more zone. Fired up from the beatdown in West Lafayette last year. He didn't know if we were rushing, dropping, shitting, pissing, he didn't know what we were going to do. Kevin Sumlin was an outside linebacker on that team too. Bo loved the name Brock Spack.

@Minnesota 48-7 (starts at 1:02): First game at the Metrodome. Half empty but LOUD. Lou Holtz option team. Quarterbacks back then could object to the noise and the ref could quiet them; there was like a 12- or 15-minute delay as Harbaugh played with the crowd. Turf sucked.

3. THE GAME, THE FIESTA, AND THE KICKER

Ohio State 27-17 (starts at 1:12:16): All the metrics came together. Johnny Kolesar's gotta be better than Chris Carter. Ask Jamie Morris why Harbaugh nearly gets killed on The Pass.

Nebraska 27-23 (starts at 1:32:31): Tom Osborne's option doesn't work when they turn it over, and the Huskers did a LOT of that. Best team they faced perhaps.

The Future: Was Bo washed up? This is is still his program because of the '85 team.

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MUSIC:
  • "Bastards of Young"—The Replacements
  • "The Heat is On"—Glenn Frey
  • “Across 110th Street”

He didn't know if we were rushing, dropping, shitting, pissing, he didn't know what we were going to do.

Sep 17, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.1: Un Grain de Sel
01:48:49

It looks like there will be football this fall, which means there will be hockey this fall, which is all I really care about.

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Proceeds from the "Those Who Stay Home" collection are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

[Hit THE JUMP for the writeup and the player]

1. Is football back? How?

starts at 1:00

The rumor is the Big Ten could resume play as soon as October 17th because there's a rapid saliva test that they think they'll have available on campus. Idea would be eight games + conference championship game a day before the playoff selection. How would this season look? Who made it happen? Call the Pac 12?

2. Game of the Week: Under the Lights

starts at 28:24

Apologies to Don Criqui? The first three quarters until the Lewis Kapron-Moore hanging on Denard play never happened. Denard-Borges in history, reassessing early Mattison, omigod the depth chart. Kovacs will be #32 forever. Notre Dame was stacked.

3. Observed Behaviors in Squirrels and Other Small Creatures During COVID

starts at 46:38

Gimmicky top five of things we've watched dogs and kids and kids that act like dogs do.

4. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Five Worst Ideas to Have a Football Season

starts at 1:16:05

Seth saves his real hot take for the analysis. Recruiting cycle blown up by the roster issue with last year's class being this year's class now. Cost us Drew Kendall most likely, might cost us a linebacker, and a Markus Allen. Frankie Collins and potential for a 5-star who sticks around four years?

MUSIC:
  • “Back for a Taste of Your Love”—Syl Johnson
  • “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt”—DJ Shadow
  • “With Arms Outstretched”—Rilo Kiley
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Sep 14, 2020
The Teams: 1985, Part I
01:45:09

The Sponsor: School's started and you don't know where to put it. If you're moving, talk to Matt Demorest at HomeSure Lending now and see if you can't lock in a low rate while it lasts. In addition to being more ethical, knowledgeable, hands-on, intelligent, and fun to work with, Matt didn't steal John Beilein then run him out of town.

Previously: 18791901191819251932194719501964197319761980198819911999

Special Guests: These are turning into Hardcore Histories with these interviews but what are you going to do when you've got Jim Scarcelli and Johnny Kolesar joining you to talk about the team that might have been Bo's best national championship claim.

1. SETUP AND PAYOFF

(starts at 0:50)

Sap and Seth set up the season because 1984 was rough. Has Bo lost it?

2. THE TEAM

(starts at 26:10)

The defense has a highlight video. The offense had Harbaugh.

3. THE NON-CONFERENCE

(starts at 1:04:30)

  • Notre Dame 20-12: Harbaugh is 2-10 in the first half. 'Soup' Campbell's reverse is called "Sally" which Michigan only ran in the big games.
  • @South Carolina 34-3: All we hear about are the Fire Ants defense. It's all over after Wilcher's helmet comes off.
  • Maryland 20-0: Seth's first Michigan game, Kolesar's first pass, the defense's first stand.

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THERE WILL BE A PART II

MUSIC:
  • "Glory Days"—Bruce Springsteen
  • "And We Danced"—The Hooters
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS

Jamie was a tough little, chiseled chunk of steel. You don't see the little bastard!

Sep 10, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.0: One Hundred Thirty Bins of Hate
01:46:00

This episode was recorded on a Zoom call with the UM Alumni Association Club of Greater San Francisco. Thank you to Jacqueline Miller and Tyler Tokarsky for having us.

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Proceeds from the "Those Who Stay Home" collection are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

1. It's Over Postponed/What Now?

starts at 1:00

Reaction to the Big Ten canceling fall sports, understanding the decision process (glad it wasn't us). It can be the right decision and they could still have gotten it wrong, if that makes sense.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Basketball

starts at 18:40

Picked up a few top 50 commits. This is a Beilein class, isn't it?

3. Q&A with the UM Club of Greater San Francisco

starts at 38:53

This podcast was actually very visual: we did it on a Zoom call with the San Fran UM Club, who had some excellent questions and pirate question.

4. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Five Worst Ideas to Have a Football Season

starts at 1:27:35

Hotter takes than an Iowa parent's letter to the Big Ten office.

MUSIC:
  • “It Was Over Before It Even Began”—Stephane Huguenin
  • “Sympathy for the Devil”—Rolling Stones
  • “It's Not Happening”—The Be Good Tanyas
  • “Across 110th Street”
Aug 24, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 8/10/2020: The Greatest Preview Ever Written About a College Football Season That Won't Happen
49:32

Things discussed:

  • Brian and I come on to talk about the team,
  • Yes even though there won't be a season,
  • Which we acknowledge,
  • But this stuff is all relevant anyways,
  • Even if they don't play in spring,
  • Sorry.
Aug 10, 2020
The Teams: 1991
03:20:27

How many times have you been mistaken for Eddie Azcona, Tyrone?

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Previously: 1879190119181925193219471950196419731976198019881999

Special Guests: We've got both defensive captain/Butkus winner Erick Anderson, and 1991 scout team running back of the year Tyrone Wheatley!

1. SETUP AND PAYOFF

(starts at 0:50)

Year 2 of Gary Moeller, coming off a year Iowa went to the Rose Bowl after Michigan lost to them and MSU by a point in consecutive weeks. Stadium renovated, back to grass! This one's personal.

2. THE TEAM

(starts at 9:50)

Offense: Elvis Grbac is Dr. Touch. Stacked backfield; Ricky was the cutter, Jesse had the feet, Wheatley had the speed, Legette had no neck. Desmond went into the season #2 to Derrick Alexander, who got hurt and walk-on Yale Van Dyne stepped up. Big, mean, versatile OL. Ty Wheatley's recruiting story.

Defense: Mike Evans is a walk-on from Massachusetts, Lance Dottin's another big time athlete from there. Hutchinson makes everyone look good, Buster Stanley and Tony Henderson were young for NG but great. Athletes in Brian Townsend and Neil Simpson rotate with big Martin Davis. Young corners Dwayne Ware and Alfie Burch and new safeties Otis Williams and Corwin Brown replacing longtime starters. J.D. Carlson's XP streak.

3. THE NONCONFERENCE

(starts at 55:04)

Slow BC start and constant big plays getting called back: no panic, just a setup for the Massachusetts guys to shine. Two big-time games: not gonna lose a 5th in a row to Notre Dame, total confidence even on the 4th and 1 call, but ND was full of talent. FSU threw out all the trick plays, including the Transcontinental, had some All-Americans, but Michigan was just as good.

4. THE BIG TEN AND ROSE BOWL

(starts at 1:41:54)

 Team finds itself, offense redesigned not just for Desmond but for scoring quickly so they don't have another FSU. Dangerous MSU and more dangerous Indiana, which needs a goal line stand (suck it Erick's brother!). Sleepy midseason—freshmen hit a wall, coaches keep them motivated for blowouts of Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, and Illinois. Ready for everything Ohio State had. Washington was another story—most talented team they played. Cornerbacks playing linebacker, linebacker playing end, and one of the best players of the era at DT.

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MUSIC:
  • "Scenario"—A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Lithium"—Nirvana
  • "Breakdown"—Guns 'n Roses
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS
Jun 01, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.26: Everybody's Had Their Bananas
01:41:52

"I pooped."

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now. Proceeds from the "Those Who Stay Home" collection are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

[Hit THE JUMP for the writeup and the player]

1. Basketball Picks up Two or One Grad Transfers

starts at 1:00

Something is weird with the recruitment of Nojel Eastern. Definitely the weirdest player in the Big Ten but not a bad one. Also got the kid from Wake Forest, who's 100% coming provided he gets a waiver. Chaundee Brown can shoot if you set him up but he's not a creator of his own shot. How do they all fit together? How much of a load can we put on Wagner?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

 

2. Do They Play Football?

starts at 21:439

If they're determined to have students on campus and play, what does that look like? Things at the start of fall don't actually look much different from where things were the moment they canceled the Big Ten Tournament. But they're going to do it anyway, at least until public pressure from something going horribly wrong ends it.

3. Hot Takes and Football Recruiting

starts at 44:14

We don't even get to all the commits, just the 4-star defensive players because it looks like there are about to be a whole bunch of them. Are they all going to play anchor? Of course!

4. Gimmicky Top Five Weirdest Game Environments

starts at 1:08:46

A lot of sad games and 2014 games and then Seth brings out the Comerica Park flying ants game.

MUSIC:
  • “Unbroken, Unshaven”—The Budos Band
  • “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Single Version)”—Car Seat Headrest
  • “Daydream in Blue”—I Monster
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
May 25, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.25: On Lockdown
01:52:30

"I'm trying very hard not to impulsively adopt a cat."

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be furloughed SBNation writers right now.

AND THEY ARE DOING THIS FOR CHARITY: Proceeds from UGP and the Bo Store right now are going to support our front line workers at Michigan Medicine.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and FuegoBox

1. Construction/Deconstruction of Michigan's Basketball Roster

starts at 1:00

Program was blindsided by DDJ and Castleton leaving, Isaiah Todd getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a suddenly cash-throwing G-league, and Josh Christopher going full Dave Brandon. Would we be this disappointed if both five-stars had bailed earlier? Good class for building for the future but it grates that we have the bad luck for the G League to start paying people half a million out of nowhere. It's going to be kind of a NTDP for the NBA: will force Michigan to go more into Top-30 guys instead of Top-10 guys. Talk Mike Smith: what's he good at? Vulnerabilities? Michigan might look for a late-riser recruit or if immediate transfers are allowed that'll be a big market.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Football Massachusetts Recruiting

starts at 25:29

Boston College blogger confused how Michigan expects to win championships with Boston College's guys. Exception: tight end. If you're going to get a 3-star out of Massachusetts it should be a Kwity Paye or Mo Hurst (who was nearly a 4-star and had an Ohio State offer). Can't compete with the big teams unless you get those talented defensive tackles—Michigan used to get them and now they're trying to Moneyball them.

3. Hot Takes and Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 50:19

Hot takes will make you angry but we've forgotten how to do this (also bring up the Fuegobox Choco Challenge: if 25 people play and tag Seth on twitter Seth will eat a death chocolate bar as well. Things go off the rails pretty quickly, and we are HUGE nerds. CFBRisk has two levels: participation and Texas A&M memes. If you invite Seth to your D&D group he will probably accept.

4. Rapid Fire Questions from the Internet

starts at 1:22:21

The A-Team of Michigan. Non-con home-and-home in football & hoops you'd like to see? Best & worst things about quarantine. Most important pantry stable. Favorite "social distancing" play. Strangest draft anomaly? Best way to ensure people stay 6 feet away from you? Favorite board game. Best game to watch during stay-at-home. Can you just make fun of MSU? Favorite Ann Arbor streets? Impact of shortened season? Writers who had the greatest influence on us (I skipped to save you all from 30 minutes of me naming people, and from having to defend Mitch Albom being on the list. Also Chris B. Brown and James Light as X's and O's writers, the guy who used to draw MS Paints on plays in the diaries was the inspiration for Neck Sharpies, Tres Crow, John Kryk and Steve Sap and Greg Dooley for drawing me into Michigan history, all the guys Brian & Ace mentioned especially DFW, Joe Falls, Adam Jacobi, the Banner Society folks, Natalie Wiener…I can't.

MUSIC:
  • "Ain't Gonna Give It Up"—Charles Bradley
  • "I Dream of Spring"—K.D. Lang
  • "Heroin"—The Velvet Underground
  • “Across 110th Street”
Apr 22, 2020
The Teams: 1973
02:41:41

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Previously: 187919011918192519321947195019641976198019881999

Special Guest this Week: Bob Thornbladh, former fullback, former Michigan assistant coach, and former Michigan broadcaster. As you might have guessed, he's got a lot to say.

1. WATERGATE AND PUNK ROCK

(starts at 0:50)

It's Year Five in the Ten Year War. The height of Big Two, Little Eight. 1972: Michigan wins every game, the officials blow Harry Banks’s TD dead inside the 1, and Bo goes for the win (FG would have gone to the Rose Bowl?). 1972 was the first year freshmen were eligible so the sophs had mostly played and there were redshirt freshmen. 1972 is when Title IX was enacted. Goes into effect in 1973.

New staff: Jim Young leaves for Arizona, taking Mike Hankwitz with him. Replaced with Jack Harbaugh and Elliot Uzelac. What did they do with Tirrel Burton?

National powers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas.

2. THE TEAM

(starts at 18:32)

[Hit THE JUMP for the player and rest of the writeup]

3. THE GAMES

1:06:33: @IOWA 31-7. Rainy and fumbly. Don't worry, Jack Harbaugh.

1:13:30: "STANFORD" 47-10. MMB goes co-ed. Vengeance is mine, sayeth The Leg.

1:19:13: NAVY 14-0. Eugene Robinson's column about firing Bo. One team runs a West Coast passing spread and is worried about stopping the no-run triple-option. The other team is Michigan.

1:26:29: OREGON 24-0. Franklin sits, Cipa passes, Chapman's short.

1:30:07: @MICHIGAN STATE 31-0. Gerald Ford's nomination, splish splish State fumbles.

1:38:17 WISCONSIN 35-6. Shutout streak ends on freak play late. “Thornbladh at LG broke loose for 31.”

1:49:16 @MINNESOTA 34-7. The Gordie Bell game.

1:45:21 INDIANA 49-13. The Dog Game.

1:54:20 ILLINOIS 21-6. Bob Blackman comes from Dartmouth. Pass-first with Jeff Hollenbach.

1:57:00 @PURDUE 34-9. 6-3 lead before an animated halftime talk by Bo.

Thornbladh takes us through the offense and how it worked back then.

4. THE GAME

(starts at 2:06:58)

Ten Year War hits its peak. Cornelius Green vs Dennis Franklin: two African-American quarterbacks starting against each other in the biggest game in football. Ohio State is #1 since end of September. OSU led by John Hicks, tears down the banner, gets an early lead. Archie Griffin dominates the first half, OSU builds a 10-0 lead. Michigan fights back and ties it 10-10, clearly the better team, but Franklin goes out. Bo tries a 56 yarder but it misses by an inch.

The Vote: Michigan gets screwed by Woody convincing other ADs, including two Michigan alums, to send the Buckeyes to face a terrible USC team because Franklin hurt his shoulder.

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MUSIC:
  • "Kodachrome"—Paul Simon
  • "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"—Al Green
  • "Paper Roses"—Marie Osmond
  • “Across 110th Street”
Apr 18, 2020
The Ace Pod 2.3: On Another Ocean, wsg Stu Douglass
33:10

“That moment and that feeling, the hush of that crowd, that sticks with me most vividly, for sure.”

I’m very excited to welcome Stu Douglass onto the show. The two-time Michigan basketball captain needs little introduction; he graduated in 2012 as the program’s all-time leader in games played and fifth in three-pointers made. Since his U-M career, he’s spent most of his professional basketball career in Israel, where he currently resides—a tricky situation at the moment that we discuss at length.

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

SEGMENT ONE: RUNNING THE ISO IN ISRAEL

We discuss Stu’s current contract situation in Israel, why he stayed when other Americans left for home, and what it’s like being isolated away from his home country. Stu discusses the challenges of staying in playing shape and how that could impact the restart of basketball in any league—there are major risks for players in moving too quickly but money will influence leagues to push it. Stu has some business plans and I probably should charge a commission if he takes my advice but we’re calling this one a freebie. We move into talking about his playing career in Israel, getting used to the country and style of basketball, sage advice he received early in his career, and the differences between Israeli ball (“half-assed sets and getting into a ball screen”), the NCAA/NBA, and other European leagues.

SEGMENT TWO:

We take it back to Stu’s playing career at Michigan, starting with a discussion of the 2011 MSU game and where it stands among his most memorable moments. There’s one in here that most of you will not guess. Stu reveals who Zack Novak was yelling at during the Aneurysm of Leadership—that answer also may surprise you, as it certainly surprised him.

He also discusses the behind-the-scenes, business-like approach even the most clean-cut college coaches take in the NCAA. John Beilein called him soft in his first drill at Michigan. We talk Beilein’s departure from Michigan and whether it came as a surprise to him, how much he keeps up with the current team, and his thoughts on how fans perceive the early entry process versus the realities for the players.

Mar 30, 2020
The Teams: 1918
02:06:09

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Previously: 18791901192519321947195019641976198019881999

Special Guest this Week: John U. Bacon, author of OVERTIME, ENDZONE, THREE & OUT, BO'S LASTING LESSONS, and other books, like WWI one about the greatest disaster you've never heard of.

1. WAR AND DISEASE: THE WORLD IN 1918

(starts at 0:50)

Germans start using U-Boats. Russia drops out, U.S. enters the war in April 1917. But the U.S. takes a year to get there. "Spanish” Flu: Killed 50 to 100 million globally. U.S. loses 110,000 in the war, 40% of whom die of the flu, and most of these before they even went abroad. Especially hit children (today they think people who’d gotten other flus had some immunity built up). Most who died did so from pneumonia. Spread from Camp Devens near Boston. U.S. didn’t want to incite panic so they kept it out of headlines and purposefully didn’t respond quickly.

Epidemic hit peak fear on October 11 and ⅔ games were called off. Athletic:

By the start of November, just 87 college games had been played nationwide. In 1916 and 1917, those figures had been 291 games and 253 games, respectively. The following season, 287 games would be played across the country before November.

[Hit THE JUMP for the player and rest of the writeup]

2. JOHN U. BACON

(starts at 11:24)

Rule changes: eligible receivers can catch the ball anywhere on the field.  Threat of cancellation: Germany’s spring offensive in 1918 was followed by the Allies’ 100 days offensive, and in the middle of that the Big Ten considered calling off its games. War teams: Chicago Naval Reserve went 4-0 vs Chicago, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota. Because so many players are leaving for the war they lift the Freshman rule for a year.

ROTC created in 1916 but can’t wait two years so they also create the SATC to train officers quickly. Most of the football team joined (since you could be drafted if you didn’t). Penn, Michigan’s rival through its Big Ten hiatus, lost 6 players in 1918. Every Saturday you’d have to field a different lineup. Stagg:

“I think I voice the sentiments of every coach in the country when I say we will teach football this season for Uncle Sam without having the desire to win foremost in our minds,” Stagg said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Our first thoughts will be to get the men into physical condition, teach them how to think and act quickly and show them the best way of charging and blocking. Team play in football corresponds to the unity of attack in the army. I think playing the game will make better officers.”

SATC means the federal govt, not NCAA, can set standards. Left it to the War Dept.

War Department (now State Dept) was running the homefront: quarantines and travel restrictions were being promulgated all summer. Finally clarified them in October:

  1. Academic standards

  2. No more than one and a half hours per day of football practice,

  3. No football games in October that required an absence from campus for a period longer than “Noon to Taps on Saturday”

  4. Only 4 November games per school, two at home, two on the road “which shall in no case involve longer absences than from retreat Friday to taps Sunday.”

  5. Can’t charge high admission for any game involving a military team.

Pitt bitched because they had to go into the city to use their field so they lost half their practice time getting there. Minnesota turned their entire program over to the local military guy (commandant), as in the Minnesota coaches were told to take a hike.

3. THE TEAM

(starts at 33:06)

Lose almost everybody, including second year in a row their captain (Tad Wieman) leaves to go fight in the war (he enlisted in the Aviation Corps). Also lost halfback Eddie Usher after the first game.

Who’s back then? Goetz (moved from end to guard to tackle), and Cohn.

BACKS:

Quarterback Kenneth T. “Mike” Knode (Sr) Was Maryland’s starting QB and transferred to Michigan. More of a baseball star, played pro ball for the St. Louis Cardinals. Older brother of Robert Knode, who also played for Michigan before becoming a Cleveland Indians All Star. He’s in the Univ of Maryland Hall of Fame.

Left Halfback John S. “Jack” Perrin (Jr). From Escanaba, left after the 1918 season and served in the Navy two years, then played again in 1920. Had a cup of coffee with the Red Sox in 1921 and bounced around the minors then tried pro football. Hart-like.

Right Halfback Abe Cohn (junior) (5), ACTING CAPTAIN: Star in basketball too. Jewish son of Russian immigrants, from Spokane (born in Portland, Oregon), dad and bros owned a furniture business. Via the Free Press he was a Brandon Minor/De’Veon Smith type:

"He made a gain practically every time he was given the ball and, when he was stopped, it always took two or three men to turn the trick.

Could have played into 1919 but redshirted basically so he could play in 1920, since 1919 was going to be packed with guys who were back from the war. Could play end or fullback too. Later became the head football and basketball coach at Whitworth College then Spokane University. On the side he was a PCC (now Pac 12) official, the last good one.

Fullback/Punter/Kicker Frank Steketee (Fr) Deserves mention among the great Michigan special teams specialists and great all-around athletes. Rare Freshman, president of his class, was supposed to be behind Eddie Usher but Usher got called up after the Case Western game, in which Stek had impressed as a sub.

In a punting era Frank was the best until Kipke--Stek once kicked a 100-yarder they say. Also one of the early range kickers, winning three big games in 1918 with his long FGs. Scored all the points in the Cuse game and intercepted the GW pass. Also had a hand in all 14 points against Ohio State, including a 73-yard punt that stopped at the 2 yard line. Only player in the West on the All-American team.

Member of M’s first swim team and a great gymnast (not yet a varsity sport), and played on the M hockey team a bit.  Steketee himself got called up in 1919 and served overseas in the Navy, came back and was all-Big in 1920. Served again in WWII as a medic.

FB Edward Usher: Injured after first game. Called up.

Backups: HB/QB Harlan Walker (Jr). Started the first game at QQ; RHB William R. Cruse (Jr) Detroiter who went on to be a football and basketball coach in Iowa.

ENDS:

Left End/RE: Robert Jerome Dunne (Fr). Class of 1922. Yes, Chicagoans THAT Dunne--his father Edward F. Dunne was the mayor of Chicago then governor of Illinois. Candidate for best all-around athlete at Michigan: starred in track and basketball as well, and represented the U.S. in track at the 1920 Olympics in the Pentathalon. Came back and moved to guard on the 1920 and 1921 teams, was 1st team All-American in 1921. Went on to be the line coach at Northwestern, Harvard, and Chicago. Became a state court judge in Illinois. Probate judge oversaw the sale of the White Sox to Bill Veeck.

Brother Maurice played for Yost 1913-16, and two more older brothers were athletes at Michigan. and another from 1944 plus and Arthur Dunne

Right End: Theodore or Edwin Boville? (Soph)

RE Arthur Karpus (So) Mostly a basketball star. Started the 2nd game (Chicago) only. Football/baseball/basketball star was the captain of the 1920-21 hoops team that won M’s first Big Ten championship. Became a mechanical engineer and worked for the highway commission.

End Fred Hendershot didn’t play much but he’s the great grandfather of the Indiana TE.

LINE:

Center: Henry A. “Ernie” Vick (Fr) The other star freshman would go on to be in the college football Hall of Fame. Vick was great at D and snapping. Kipke later said Vick was the best center since Germany Shultz. Said Yost:

“He is the most accurate passer from center that has ever put a ball into play. Under pressure he was dependable at all times.”

Mostly a big boxy “line plunger” (middle linebacker). Was finally All-American as a senior--by then Yost was consulting Vick on plays.Later was the catcher for Grover Cleveland Alexander on the 1920s St Louis Cardinals (Branch Rickey was coaching M baseball). Won a World Series in 1926. After baseball Vick came back as Michigan’s line coach for a time, then played some pro football, ending up on Halas’s Bears. Was later a football official for the Big Ten, and worked the Rose Bowl. Ended up in Ann Arbor.

C Elmer W. “Earl” Cress: Started the Case game and played well.

Left Tackle Angus Goetz (Soph). From Sault Ste. Marie, studied medicine at Michigan. Started the first game at guard. Had the huge punt block, elected captain in 1919 and 1920.

"There is one star on the team, and that is Goetz, a great player. ... It is a line from poor to good, with one great spot where Goetz stood

Story of Yost saying he would lose his ‘M’ if he played professional ball in 1922 (two years after graduation) and he turned down $2400 (10 games x $240) and Yost bragged about it. Goetz did play pro ball in 1922 and 1923 on the weekends while in med school. Became a leading orthopedic surgeon in Detroit (chief of orthopedics at Detroit Receiving Hospital). Served in WWII.

Right Tackle Chester Cale Morrison (2). Know nothing except he apparently died in 1960 in Florida. He has several surviving grandchildren.

Others: RT/LG William Fortune (Jr): one of the few guys to go on to play in the NFL, RT Francis T. “Frank” Czysz, RT Albert Lent, LT CC Clash, Left Guard: Theodore “Theo” Adams (3), Right Guard Jean Paul Freeman (5)

LINEUPS:

Fletcher   Clash Goetz   Cress   Freeman   Lent   Dunne

                                         Walker

Perrin        Usher       Cohn

Chicago:

Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman   Morrison   Karpus

                                        Knode

                      Perrin       Steketee Cohn

Syracuse:Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman   Young   Morrison

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

MSC:

Dunne Goetz   Adams   Vick Freeman Fortune Bovill

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

Ohio State:

Dunne  Goetz Fortune   Vick Freeman Czysz   Bovill

                                        Knode

                        Perrin    Steketee Cohn

4. THE FIRST FOUR GAMES

(starts at 1:08:53)

via UMBentley

Originally there were games @Cornell, vs Northwestern (in A2) and vs Minnesota (at A2) but those were canceled when the govt made its rule. Wartime travel restrictions canceled the Cornell and Minnesota games, and they replaced them with games against Camp Custer and University of Mount Vernon, but then the flu pandemic canceled both of those plus the Northwestern game, so they got Syracuse instead.

[No games the rest of October because Camp Custer and Mount Union games canceled and MAC rescheduled]

Daily isn’t in the mood to discuss the game. It gets one line on pg 2:

“Football is a rough game for the Case lads. So they “hike” instead.

@ CHICAGO 13-0Nov 9, 1918

Resumption of the old rivalry after 13 years! Last time UC won that 2-0 game that broke Yost’s 56-game winning streak. 7,000 fans come.

Daily has a play by play.

Not a great game--Cohn and Knode both fumble away early drives, the second leads to an attempted drop kick from the 45 yard line that Goetz blocked and ran 55 yards for a TD. End of the 3rd Q Michigan is driving and is on the Chicago 7. Michigan comes out of the quarter in a fake punt formation, snaps it to Perrin who rumbles to the 1. Got it in next play but Stek missed the XP.

Stek has a bad game overall. Perrin is the star:

SYRACUSE 15-0

Nov 16, 1918

Cuse and Pitt are the best two teams in the East. Orangemen won the rest of their schedule 141-6.

Rain-soaked and muddy as hell. Stek misses a field goal from the 25, Knode fumbles at the Cuse 5 yard line. Second Q for some reason Cuse is passing and Cohn and Vick both get interceptions. Then Syracuse makes mistakes: offsides on a punt gives M good field position, and in the worst of the rain Stek kicks good from the 36. Next Cuse drive they get a roughing and Stek’s kick is good from the 35. 3rd quarter Stek misses from the 32, Vick gets another INT and so does Knode. M gets to the 14 and Stek makes it 9-0. Later on Stek intercepts and runs it in for a TD: 15-0, misses his own XP.

Henry Bullion of the Freep:

One man stood above all the rest in this sparkling triumph of the Wolverines. They'll be singing the praises of Steketee long after he trods the campus for the last time. All of the points assembled by Michigan are attributed to the educated toe and agility of Yost's brilliant fullback."

MICHIGAN AGRICULTURAL (MSU) AGGIES 21-6Nov 23, 1918

Classic M-MSU battle where Michigan held won the battle in the trenches while MSU had some electric play from the backfield.

About 15k crowded into Ferry Field (Yost: we need a new building). MSU is coming off a win over Knute Rockne’s (first) Notre Dame in East Lansing behind their new HC George Gauthier and their star African-American running back Harry Graves. Both bands played before the game and took so long it was getting dark. Coaches decided to skip halftime to keep things moving. Michigan’s got a solid 21-0 lead built up after their first drive of the 2nd half and go into cruise mode.

MSC scores the only points on Michigan late because it’s so dark out at the end of the 4th quarter that they throw a pass and Michigan doesn’t know the guy’s there. ONLY points scored on M all season. Bullion in the Freep:

"M.A.C.'s defeat is nothing for her to be ashamed of. It simply was a case of a better-conditioned and smarter eleven overpowering another that, though it lacked nothing in the way of fight that its enemy possessed, failed to cope with the superior knowledge of the game that was Michigan's by right of judgment and the attending conditions."

Defeated with Dignity!

5. THE GAME AND CLAIMIN' SHIPS

(starts at 1:44:48)

State of the Rivalry: Michigan first played them in 1897 and made OSU an annual game starting the year before Yost. Ohio State wasn’t in the conference yet so they were a nonconference annual rival from 1900-1906 and we just kept playing every year after that until 1912, when OSU joined the Big Ten and had to break it off (also broke off their original EoY rival, Kenyon College). At this point Michigan had a 13-0-2 series lead. So this game was M-OSU back together again, and placed at the end of the year. It’s warming up but it’s not THE rivalry yet.

OSU: No Chic Harley (war) who was one of the biggest stars in the game in 1916-’17 and 1919 (Yost asked to personally congratulate Harley after the 1919 game). The character in Leatherheads was loosely based on Harley, who was a player-part owner of the Bears. Chic lived a sad life after.

Michigan and Illinois didn’t play each other but OSU was a common opponent so beating the 13-0 mark by Illinois was the goal. Conditions were wet and slippery due to rain all morning. Stek got into a punt-a-thon with OSU’s Rife.

3rd Quarter Knode finally breaks the tie with a 30-yard TD run but while they’re celebrating a linesman FROM THE WRONG SIDE overrules the guy who was over the play and says no TD. Typical.

0-0 tie in the 4th quarter: 73-yard punt by Stek “stuck fast in the mud” on the OSU 2. Next punt Rife get blocked by Goetz. Bullion in the Freep:

"The pass from center was perfect and there seemed to be no fear that Rife would not get it away. But Goetz, one man who has starred in every game the Maize and Blue played this year, shattered the line and rammed the Buckeye punter. Leather and Goetz collided and the pigskin went bounding away with Goetz in hot pursuit. Three scarlet-robed athletes tried to block Goetz's path to the ball, but he thrust them aside and went to earth with it just as his rivals in the race catapulted themselves at the leather.

Later Stek faked an edge run and popped it to Dunne for a TD pass.

Big Ten Champs? 

Illinois and Purdue were also undefeated in B1G play: Illinois’s AD tries to claim the title with 4 wins (Iowa, at Wisconsin, Ohio State, at Chicago) to Michigan’s two (Chi and OSU). Illini try to use their blowout over Chicago, M stands on a road win at Columbus. Illinois by the way has two 7-0 October losses to Great Lakes Navy and Chicago Naval Reserve--both All Star teams. Maybe it’s a good thing M’s games were canceled?

National Champs?

Pitt went 4-0 under Pop Warner but then lost to the Cleveland Naval Reserve on 11/30, 10-9. They claim the 4th Q was extended to allow the cadets to take the lead. It ended Pop’s 30-game winning streak.

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MUSIC:
  • "A Good man Is Hard to Find"—Eddie Green
  • "Over There"—George M. Cohan
  • "Clarinet Marmalade"—Bix Beiderbecke
  • "Tishomingo Blues"—Duke Ellington, performed by Bunk Johnson
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Mar 19, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 3/12/2020: Tom Izzo's Basement
36:05

Things discussed:

  • COVID-19 and whether the Big Ten Tournament is canceled.
  • Hoiberg sick on the bench: where were their protocols?
  • Michigan's protocol: immediate quarantine for any player or coach.
  • The disease: America woefully unprepared, not enough tests available yet.
  • Rutgers talk: the most neutral of sites! Wisconsin has Mama Trice who is 30x more annoying.
  • Hockeytalk: Mann should be Big Ten MVP. Michigan's in a play-in game.
  • Pythagorean W-L for hockey has Michigan a massive outlier: five or more games below when other teams are at their goal differential.
  • More Rutgers talk: keep the shot volume comparable, they're not a pick and pop center three team.
  • DDJ and Eli: who's going to be the point next year?
  • Sam doesn't remember Chris Collins going down on all fours to implore his team to play defense.
  • Will WMU make a serious play ($380k is not serious; he makes $330k now) for WMU grad Saddi Washington?
  • Yak back on the market after this year?
Mar 13, 2020
The Ace Pod 2.2: I Need Somebody
01:22:17

This podcast is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who’s got a shiny new site to show off.

SEGMENT ONE: ALL-B1G EVERYTHING

With the Big Ten yearly awards out, we go over the selections and make our own picks. After starting out in lockstep with the media, we quickly diverge, and we took different approaches to assembling our second and third teams. Poor Daniel Oturu deserves better than second-team but good lord the big men in the conference this year are ridiculous.

SEGMENT TWO: BTT PREVIEW

Rutgers looks like a good matchup, particularly since Michigan has, y’know, already beaten them twice away from Crisler this year. In general, this is a good draw for a nine-seed, particularly if Michigan can make the requisite adjustments should they get to Wisconsin—they figured out too late that Brandon Johns needs to be the backup center in that game. Both of us get a little weird with our title game predictions.

SEGMENT THREE: MBB MAILBAG

Can Michigan win the Big Ten tournament? What about the whole damn thing? Also:

  • Describing Juwan Howard’s offensive philosophy
  • What the return of Austin Davis means for next year’s roster
  • John Beilein, Michigan assistant? (No.)
  • Why floor slapping is bad and people who do it should feel bad.

Alex brought up this wonderful Jae’Sean Tate moment and it’s worth treasuring:

SONGS:
  • “I Need Somebody” — Iggy & The Stooges
  • “Shiny New Model” — Bodega

 

The origin of this is Duke and that’s why everybody hates it.

 

Mar 10, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.24: Scrub City
01:40:41

"Nunez is killing us" –Mark Turgeon

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1. Hoops vs Maryland

starts at 1:00

Why is scrub city always so good against Michigan? Part of it of course is they needed to guard Jalen Smith at the arc and that creates space for the other guys. Nothing Michigan can do about Cowan hitting those shots: the guards contested but they're shorter. Michigan hasn't shot above 30% for six games: Eli and Livers are 0/8 from three, meanwhile the guys the scouting report says to let them shoot are 6/8. Maryland looks good: cut to the sideline and (former Michigan assistant) DeAndre Haynes is calling all the shots. Franz! D.J. Carstenson gets to litigate another ripped jersey, after X hits a free throw, which means he fouls out halfway through his free throws and Teske has to take the 2nd.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hoops vs Nebrasketball and Women's Hoops

starts at 23:23

Somehow their PG has had three difference suspensions in the last five games. Sloppyball: Nebraska had 22 turnovers. More good from Bajema. Women vs. Nebraska: KBA autobenches Naz after two fouls, and she gets no more fouls as Michigan comes back in the second half. Hayley Brown, Michigan's stretch five, hit a huge three-pointer at the end. Not a lot of upsets: Michigan's 7/2 win over Northwestern might move them up off the 8/9 line, which should get them out of playing a 1 seed on their home court.

3. Juwan's First Year: The Feels

starts at 41:33

There was a point in the season we were going to win the national title and an upset over Louisville away from being the #1 team in the country, and there was a point where we thought we were going to fall out of the playoffs. Went too far to making Jon Teske a paint guy and lost his pick and roll efficiency. Eli and Big Country earned roles on next year's team. DDJ became a much better defender and looks like a potential breakout guy next year. Livers slumped after his third (ankle) injury, trying to make things happen when he's the guy who needs to let the game come to him—going to be awesome as a complementary piece next year. Their two-point % despite not having a rim guy tells you how well they've been running stuff.

Next year: Todd is a 7-foot Franz Wagner, more sticks than Sticks, Hunter Dickinson is huge, and you know what you're getting from Austin Davis. Will Castleton develop? Long-term: program could be Villanova.

4. Hockey

starts at 1:20:53

Smack dab on the NCAA bubble after a pair of 3-0 wins over MSU in the BTT. Beating Ohio State basically locks up a bid, and losing makes them 40% or less to get an at-large. RPI margins are razor-thin: 11th to 17th are all basically tied. Wish we had another year of Hayhurst after he blew up in the 2nd half of the season. Mann > Hunwick? Brian: You guys might be right, but I'll never admit it.

 

MUSIC:
  • "Groundhog Day"—Primus
  • "Motion Sickness"—Phoebe Bridgers
  • "The Mystery Zone"—Spoon
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Mar 09, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 3/5/2020: My Dad Will Cry
39:14

Things discussed:

  • Appreciation for the seniors: when X arrived Brian asked in slack why did we recruit this 5'11" guy who can't shoot. To come back from that to one of the most definitive point guards in Michigan basketball is quite something.
  • Who's the next PG? Eli can run the plays; if Christopher comes he still needs to learn how a pick & roll works.
  • Stauskas jump for Franz next year? He's gotten better over the course of the season. NBA flight risk? Been way more active as a defender.
  • Wisconsin: Michigan struggles with fives who can shoot even without Brooks. Craig: in the first half the drop coverage was 1.4 PPP, it was 0.8 PPP versus switching.
  • Ohio State: banks should be worth –3 points. Why was Livers playing heroball (8/11 shots forced)?
  • Is Tom Izzo losing it? Will you miss the angry gnome when he's gone?
  • Clone Foster Loyer and play 13 Foster Loyers.
  • Maryland: Sticks is a problem, their shooters are bad or terrible so of course they'll go 5/7 against Michigan. Turgeoning is a verb.
  • Hockey: take away any one of numerous bad bounce goals this year and they win the Big Ten. Have a chance to dig out of the hole and get into the playoffs this weekend. All hail Strauss Mann.
Mar 06, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.6: Sloth
53:28

Back in December they were as dead as a trout in a bucket of motor oil.

wsg Craig Ross

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1. The ND and Minnesota Series

starts at 0:50

Deflating series against the super-defensive Domers. Get a split or get two wins and Michigan's in the driver's seat to win the conference, but they just didn't have the guys who can get a bucket.

Then they go to Minnesota, who's been hotter than Michigan in the back half of the season, expecting to finish 7th in the Big Ten. Gophers pour it on, and Strauss Mann is a wall. Weird bounce goal brings Minnesota back to 2-1, and then they call a really weak major that steals the game and what could have been a sweep. Craig likes Granowicz because he can do the Holmstrom heavy in front of the net. Mann is a god.

2. Craig's Penalties, Big Ten Tournament, MSU Preview, Pairwise

starts at 28:41

Fifteen seconds for horseplay, 30 seconds for hijinks, 45 seconds for tomfoolery, a minute for shenanigans, and giving him the business is a minute and a half. Roughhousing is 1:45, two minutes for roughing, and then various levels of Mayhem: 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree. Big Ten MVP? Have to get past MSU and their very good goalie to have a shot at OSU again. Sweep MSU and they're in the tourney? Pairwise can get to 12th at best, 14th likely if they don't get help.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Passacaglia/A Bud and A Slice"—Joe Jackson
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
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Mar 05, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.23: The Dagger Bank
01:24:23

It's been a rule since 1974: that was a big year for ululating.

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1. Hoops vs Ohio State

starts at 1:00

Ohio State gets two bank threes: can you remember Michigan's last (competitive) bank shot? Understand now how Purdue felt when they had to take Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan off the court. Michigan's trying all kinds of switches. Livers had a terrible week. Castleton hesitated on his corner three attempt. Very matchup-dependent team. Livers discussion: not great in the lane, stay in your role.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Hoops vs Wisconsin

starts at 27:30

Vastly worst defensive performance of the year. Wisconsin can't miss their threes but this time they're open. UW let X go crazy in the paint—it didn't really work for them. DDJ hits his breakaways and Michigan's got the lead at the end. Communication went badly but straight-up they got beat on drives. Wagner coming around. Why Nunez? Michigan this year is just incredibly unlucky in threes.

3. Hot Takes and a Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 45:55

Ways Brian is like Adam Sandler. You can't sue me for this: Saul Goodman is not real, first of all. There's a 90s open shirt with a t-shirt thing going on.

4. Hockey vs. the World

starts at 1:18:24

Old fashioned three-point weekend at Minnesota on the head of Strauss Mann.

MUSIC:
  • "Opposite Day"—Andrew Bird
  • "On Repeat"—LCD Soundsystem
  • "Lunch Lady Land"—Adam Sandler
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Mar 02, 2020
WTKA Roundable 2/27/2020: Cleveland Is Not In High Demand
37:09

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers has an athletic team that can't shoot the ball.
  • Trevion Williams is the right guy for Austin Davis to body up. Put him on a brute.
  • Eli changes hair to look like X, plays like X
  • Can Michigan go to Cleveland?
  • Wisconsin: bad matchup for Michigan because they're three-dependent. Micah Potter has been a monster (also ironic people were complaining about King's transfer like two days after Potter became eligible from his Ohio State transfer)
  • Ohio State: How do those pieces fit together so well?
  • Craig: Michigan got a fair whistle at Purdue—the awful whistle disappeared after the first 8 games (by which point M had played 6) but Michigan still can't get a call at home—Ohio State game was one of the most ridiculous stripe games of the year. Ohio State has some crazy kind officiating (FYI the director of basketball who oversees the officials is a former OSU coach.)
  • Dr. Anderson: The guy who fired Dr. A was surprised decades later that the guy still had a job at Michigan. Athletic Dept. doesn't choose their doctors so someone at the university reassigned the guy. Who knew what when?
  • Craig: Was told if people knew, it wasn't at the higher levels.
  • Josh Christopher/Hunter Dickinson: Dickinson's defense has come around, he can shoot, can he go right? Christopher is uber athletic. Giant Dosunmu, throw out his high school numbers because there's no coaching at Mayfair.
Feb 28, 2020
The Teams: 1879
01:39:48

Seth and Dr. Sap return for a second season of The Teams, brought to you by…

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Previously: 1901192519321947195019641976198019881999

Special Guest this Week: Craig Ross, who was merely a 2,850-year-old druid when…

1. ORIGINS OF THE GAME

(starts at 0:45)

Composite of the Harvard-McGill game, courtesy of the McCord Museum at McGill

Everything you think you know is wrong. Field and town games were purposely ignored through history, which puts a shroud over our records of these games going on in myriad forms throughout the Middle Ages. The American tradition comes out of England. We track the history of baseball because they're linked and it got there first. "Football" refers to all the soccer- and rugby-like games played with a large ball as opposed to "Handball" which used a smaller ball or "Stickball" from which tradition comes field hockey.

Football at Michigan: a guy named William Gailey, who also wrote "The Yellow and the Blue," and also Cal's alma mater, organized these 11-on-11 games that might have been more like soccer. There was also the tradition of "The Rush" which was a violent diag battle where the goal was to throw the other team over their fence. Muscular Christianity and the cultural shift toward a mass appreciation athletics. The athletics movement on campus: students organize sports as they like, create their own athletics association.

 

Pushball on Ferry Field in 1907. [UM Bentley Library]

Rutgers-Princeton: 100% soccer, but the rugby-like game (and things similar to rush) were around. Michigan wanted to play a soccer-like against Cornell but the game was canceled by Cornell. When does it become football? Rules tensions between places that had rugby- or soccer-like traditions but all called it "football." Harvard-McGill play a game of rugby with a round ball and 15-on-15, had a second game scheduled that was 13-on-13, and it's not clear if it was played. "Food poisoning" means they got drunk. Return game is in Montreal, has an oblong ball, is a very plausible argument that it was rugby. Craig thinks it was still 15-on-15 but it was definitely more like football than soccer. Harvard had a hard time finding opponents for their "Boston Rules" game—found Tufts.

Walter Camp: a situational extremist, as opposed to the open, moving rugby game. What helped Camp win out was everyone was mad at Dartmouth, the extremist who wanted a game more like The Rush. Banned things like dressing like an orc from Warcraft.

2. THE FIRST GAME

(starts at 50:00)

A drawing of the first game from the UM Palladium, 1880 [courtesy UM Bentley Library]

Camp's rules win out in late 1878, Michigan gets challenged by Racine and delays until next spring. Michigan puts on blue belts and blue hose and heads out to play a timed game of 11-on-11. We discuss the rules and the method of scoring a touchdown. Michigan dominates play, scoring the first TD in the first inning (half) but not converting it despite the Michigan fans and their umpire saying the ball went over the crossbar—like that's never going to happen again. Irving K. Pond scores another TD late and DeTarr makes the extra point good for a 1-0 victory (in modern terms it's 13-0).

3. THE TEAM AND THE TORONTO GAME

(starts at 26:04)

THREE-QUARTER BACK Edmond H. Barmore (IN): First quarterback in football. Son of a steamboat builder, director of the athletic association, graduated in 1881. Mustache came along. Moved to LA and got into the transfer business. Feted the 1901 team. Check out this mustache progression:

HALFBACK Charles E. Campbell (Detroit): Dad was a regent and law prof, caught the opening kickoff. Studied under Angell, big-time lawyer and civic leader in Detroit. Trustee of Mariner’s Church where I volunteer, where there’s a picture of him.

HALFBACK (didn’t make Chi trip): Collins Johnson (GR): Surgeon at Harper’s Hospital (overlooking the grounds where they played Toronto). Then was the district surgeon in GR for the railway. Made breakthroughs in Typhoid Fever at his lab in later life.

RUSHER John Chase (AA): Doctor, later General John Chase, Colorado National Guard commander. Dad was one of the first treasurers at Mich. Founded Denver Medical College. Known for leading troops against strikers: Ludlow Massacre was under his men.

RUSHER Irving K. Pond (AA): Engineer, son of a state senator. Architect who built a lot of the Arts & Crafts architecture in Chicago, including the Home Insurance Building, Hull House, The Lillie House, and the Lorado Taft Midway Studios, the Oregon Public Library, and the Union at Purdue and the Michigan Union. Rival of Frank Lloyd Wright. Also an amateur acrobat.

RUSHER Richard DePuy (North Dakota): on the 1878-1882 teams. Brother William was on the team one year. Became a physician in Jamestown, part of a company that became Johnson & Johnson.

RUSHER/KICKER/CAPTAIN David DeTarr (Iowa): First captain. Became a doctor in his hometown.

LEFT SIDE Randolph Thomas “RT” Edwards (AA): Father of Tom Edwards, the star tackle for the 1925 team. Owned the rule book (family brought a rugby rule book from Warwickshire, England). Lawyer and teacher and manager of a Seeds sales office.

LEFT SIDE Frank Reed (AA): Nothing available.

RIGHT SIDE Jack A. Green (Austin, TX): Nothing available.

RIGHT SIDE William W. Hannan (Dowagiac): Best athlete at the school, recruited by the athletic association but liked Law better. Became a real estate developer, top real estate guy in Detroit in the 1900s.

GOALKEEPER Charles S. Mitchell (Minnesota): Newspaper publisher/editor, editor in chief of the Washington Herald. Founder of the Athletic Association at UM. Captain of the senior football team. Attorney when he graduated.

FORWARD Frank Gates Allen (Aurora, IL): Moline Plow Company and the bank in Moline, Illinois. His home is the Moline Board of Education building.

SUB William B. Calvert (AA)

SUB Albert Pettit (AA): Real estate in Baton Rouge, LA: Grandfather of the basketball Hall of Famer.

We don't know how the Toronto game was organized but it took place on the ballpark they had recently built in an attempt to get what would become the Detroit Tigers into the majors. Two-hundred and fifty students got on a train that morning. The game started late because Michigan didn't arrive on time. It ended in a 0-0 tie. Little is known about the play because the newspapers covering it focused on the rules.

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MUSIC:
  • "Meet Me in Chicago"—Buddy Guy
  • "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General"—Gilbert & Sullivan
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Feb 27, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.22: Serious Irrational Confidence Guy
01:31:09

Don't change your hair late season, unless you become Zavier Simpson with a shot

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1. Hoops vs Purdue

starts at 1:00

Matt Painter goes full Tom Izzo for 2 and a half minutes, including a foul with 6 seconds left. Before foul time they were 15/40 on two's, 4/16 on threes includes the late one. Playing Williams straight-up with Davis worked: he's 5/16 before nonsense time. Thread of dig-downs made him pick up his dribble. Return games (nisi ref job at Iowa) have been much better strategically. Hot hand effect: Purdue goes under X and gets away with it, but the rest of the guys had beautiful assists too. DDJ, Franz coming on, Franz is two days younger and far ahead of where Caris was at this point of his career.

2. Hoops vs Rutgers

starts at 27:30

The Castletoning but first Nunez runs to the corner on a break. Pikiell has to drop the P&R coverage he wanted because X hit his first two. Michigan can win games vs tournament teams on the road without shooting well from three. Return of Teske's defense. Jacob Young why are you talking? Remarkable stat line. Jalen Rose hanging on Eli Brooks.

3. Hot Takes and a Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 45:55

Eli: rock the Rip Hamilton mask from here out.

4. Hockey vs. ND

starts at 1:18:24

I'm sorry I have my kid's birthday to get to and this was a miserable weekend that wasn't reflective of the effort.

MUSIC:
  • "Come Together"—Syl Johnson
  • "Sabotage"—Beastie Boys
  • "Knock Knock Knock"—Spoon
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Feb 23, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 2/20/2020: The Orc That You Hear
37:20

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers is a terrible shooting team. They needed half a dozen ludicrous shots to get to inefficient.
  • The Castleton'ing.
  • IU: hard to judge because Indiana's coaching was so bad. If there's one school that ought to be firing their coach right away and hiring John Beilein, it's Indiana.
  • Craig: Indiana game was their best of the season. IU's backcourt can't play man—whenever they tried something other than the high hedge X was killing them with they were running into each other.
  • How far up is Michigan trending: top four?
  • Brian sexy reads Jacob Young's stat line after the guy talked crap at X all night.
  • Caller: What to do with Beilein? Cleveland/Dan Gilbert have a terrible culture. The Cavs are high schoolers who rejected an adult.
  • Andre Drummond, nobody is picking up that player option.
  • Beilein walked into moronic management. What did he do at Michigan: he was careful about picking players based on their personality.
  • INCREDIBLE GOLLUM IMPERSONATION AT 29:00
  • Dantonio versus the Photo.
Feb 21, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.5: Back On Their Blades
50:02

wsg  Craig Ross

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1. OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU series

starts at 0:50

In grand Michigan Hockeycast tradition, we've shuffled our lines. In the co-host's chair this time: the distinguished one himself, Mr. Craig Ross. David and Craig look at what went right against Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State and where Michigan may have benefited from some sloppy play by opposing goaltenders. Then the guys discuss ways to beat Michigan and how different those are from years past. Thirty blocks!

2. ND Preview, B10 Standings, PWR

starts at 29:35

Notre Dame is up next on Michigan's schedule, so David and Craig take a multifactorial look at where ND is right now and how this weekend might shake out. Then the Pythagorean theorem and some Bill James theories do a bit of heavy lifting to give insight into Michigan's expected overall and conference record; in other words, have they been lucky or a bit snake-bitten? A look at the Big Ten standings and what Michigan needs to do to win the conference follows, with some PairWise talk spinning out of that.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "NHL on Sportsnet Theme"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Feb 19, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.21: The Beilein Surge
01:34:27

Juwan Howard, play me more minutes, or I will destroy you!

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1. Hoops vs Indiana

starts at 1:00

Archie Miller: great basketball coach! All those dunks and layups all come from sticking to this insane strategy of high hedging vs X, even after Michigan had 41 points because of it at halftime. Everyone except the centers had a 128+ and after Franz they're all in 140. IU's three-big lineup leads to Michigan going zone. That Davis guy went 9/9, with more than half of them garbage buckets. Brandon Johns is like a cornerback with closing speed: closing feet!

2. Hoops vs Northwestern

starts at 26:21

When you can get Dikembe Mutumbo and World Wide Wes to Welsch-Ryan Arena, you have basketball pull. Leads to a discussion of bag, and hopefully NIL comes soon so it's moot. Chicago's Big Ten Team looked like they didn't care except that one backup center canning uncanny jumpers. Pete Nance looks so sad.

Some Big Ten: Greatest Michigan State Floor Slap of all time: turned around a 6.4% win chance. What is there to love about PSU's offense? They don't turn the ball over? Iowa had a once in a generation collection and half of it got hurt; good news is they're all back next year.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 55:18

Best Michigan State coach in five years, tournament seeding. Accessible five-holes. Children of Yost showed out for the MSU series at Munn! A bunch of them got a photo with Izzo.

4. Baseball and the NonRevs

starts at 1:17:43

Greatest week of non-revenue (and baseball) in recent Michigan history. Beat #1 Vandy and #3 ASU (we cherrypicked from polls) to start 3-0. Not going to have the pitching this year but very athletic outfield. WBB was climbing but got hit with a lot of injuries, including one to their star. Team goes where Naz, turnover battle goes. Men's tennis went on the road and was trucking people. Gymnastics is good: we need Jane for the gymnastics knowledge. Softball is 9-0, first-ever hit for a sophomore is a grand slam walk-off.  

MUSIC:
  • "Burn On—Major League Movie Theame"—Randy Newman
  • "Repetition"—TV On the Radio
  • "Wild Pack of Family Dogs"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Feb 17, 2020
The Ace Pod 2.1: Naz Is Like
58:09

This podcast is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who’s got a shiny new site to show off.

SEGMENT ONE: B1G BALLIN’

A look at the conference since we didn’t get to it on the MGoPod this week. Maryland finally gives the Big Ten a lock and Eamonn Brennan’s fingers a break. Penn State has quietly been one of the country’s best teams over the last month; if you’re looking at the metrics, so has Purdue, but they’re all over the place in reality. MSU is on a slide. Shame. In other things you hate to see, Northwestern collapsed again.

SEGMENT TWO: WBB UPDATE/MAILBAG

Nazilla continues to feast after her ESPNW player of the week honor. Michigan’s last two wins have moved them up two seed lines. Purdue was a hard fought battle, Minnesota a surprising blowout. Discussing how to get into WBB, where the Big Ten fits in the national picture, whether the women or the men have a better chance at making tourney noise, and how well this team has handled injuries.

SEGMENT THREE: MBB MAILBAG

Can we defense again? Changes Juwan Howard can make to maximize the team’s potential. Several questions related to the postseason selection criteria, plus ratings differences and the outlook for Austin Davis’s fifth year.

SONGS:
  • “Nas Is Like” — Nas
  • “Step Up” — The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Feb 12, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.20: Frampton Comes Alive
01:37:57

Ever had a gnome thrown at you? It's not a pleasant situation.

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1. Hoops vs Michigan State

starts at 1:00

Franz Wagner didn't score but his gumby arms were huge—got a good Wagner face from the block that was inexplicably called a foul. Turned on some rebounding potential. Comp? Michigan finally wins from the 3 point line. Nice to have Livers back, not just because Johns is a very good backup 4. Michigan renders Bingham useless—Johns and Davis could body him, and Livers means he can't be on the floor for spacing otherwise. Izzo's whiny bitch fest of a press conference. Why does anyone play for that guy?

2. Hoops vs Ohio State

starts at 25:46

The most insane call we've ever seen—doesn't help the refs that their explanation for the call is patently untrue. Complete officiating debacle—Kaleb Wesson should have fouled out—you literally can't take a charge if the guy is in the air before you get there! Bad both ways yes but asymmetric, and good lord. When's the last time Michigan ever got a gift game, because we have to eat 3 or 4 losses a year. Michigan is 96th %ile in short clock plays. Questionable coaching: drop coverage on Kaleb Wesson. Peak this season is cursed.

3. Hot Takes and Mark Dantonio

starts at 45:32

The XFL: a lot of good ideas for entertaining football. Seems like this league is set up for more success than previous ones. Kickoffs are cool, punting is bad, "Team 9" league-wide practice squad. Michigan's tourney resume vs State's: um, actually it's better.

Dantonio: run by Curtis Blackwell! Was clear if he was going to leave he would have gone to Beekman and gotten his money. Tom Mars is involved now. If Blackwell comes out clean here Michigan should hire him! MSU job: inheriting a rogue program after its best coach with two years of cratered recruiting. Timing is bad because you can't get in on the portal now, terrible fanbase, toughest division. Preemptive no's from Narduzzi, ISU's head coach.

4. Ace's Sconnie Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:18:02

Wisconsin's goaltending is TERRIBLE. Getting production from Granowicz. Potential #1 line with Beecher (muscle)/Hayhurst (creator)? Control their own destiny to win the league (have to win 6 in a row) but still outside looking in on tournament. They've improving: get the puck out of the zone cleaner, playing solid. Wonder what position they'd be in if they didn't take a bad luck goal against PSU and get rogered by the refs vs OSU. Only PSU in this league is a lock for the tournament but all the way down to MSU is bubble.

MUSIC:
  • "E=MC2"—J Dilla (feat Common)
  • "Rip Off"—T. Rex
  • "Jump Around"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Feb 10, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 2/6/2020: Snakebit Year
40:39

MSU things discussed:

  • Dantonio's irregularities: it sounds like he lied in his deposition (which is why Mars is getting involved?)
  • Does NCAA actually care about the alleged violations?
  • Is it a better job than Cincy? Cincy you can take to ND soon. MSU the last two recruiting classes: not so hot and total garbage. No matter who takes that job it's three and out.
  • The board of trustees hires the football coach, not the AD. Let's get some Michigan fans together and elect a board that's going to hire Brian Ellerbe!
  • Dantonio got away with it because there's no more bootlicking media in the Big Ten than MSU and OSU.

Basketball things discussed:

  • Craig: Bilas was right, it wasn't a basketball game.
  • Franz needs to shoot his way out of his slump.
  • This year's cascade of bad luck is payback for the national championship run two years ago.
  • Craig: some of the officials that used to be good have been wretched. Example: Teske is about to have a layup and they call him for 3 seconds and yeah it's a good call. Late in the game same thing with Wesson and he's in the lane for 8 seconds, same ref Carstenson staring at it. Wesson finally gets the ball, up two, the guy makes a three.
  • The call on Simpson: a call we've never seen and will never see again. Brian: pile all the bad luck into this season.
  • On Johns: are people paying attention to him now?
  • Michigan needs an infusion of athleticism badly. Zeb, Christianson, come on down. Without Livers the limitations of this roster are very apparent.
  • MSU? Without Livers they don't really have the firepower to win this game.
  • Funny how both basketball and hockey are both snakebit fundamentally sound teams missing talent.
Feb 07, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.19: Do Gods Have Burners?
01:22:04

They're probably unlisted because of people like you.

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1. Rutgers at MSG

starts at 1:00

When they scheduled this game they couldn't guess Steve Pikiell would bring about the Rutgers renaissance. Michigan turned it over 16 times and gave up 36 offensive rebounds and won because finally someone didn't shoot 50% from three on them. They did it by being more Rutgers than any other previous Rutgers: putting up contested bad shots galore. The Johns game! Having a rim-runner who can hit free throws is important. He also nailed the shot after the long pass sequence.

2. Nebraska at Lincoln

starts at 26:52

Wagner was taller than everybody but their center, who's not good. Their backup center was hitting stupid jacks at 50% when he wasn't stepping out of bounds. Cam Mack also went 5/7 from beyond the arc in this game. But since they're Nebraska, they have no size, no defense, and no way to keep Michigan off the boards. Eli Brooks saves the offense! Frustrated by Teske's lack of aggression so they go with Johns post-ups. Bajema: we think they can get a redshirt if he doesn't play again, and documents an injury.

3. Hot Takes and Big Ten Melee

starts at 39:59

Michigan's won 10 in a row at MSG—should they play their home games there? Brian tells us which sports his kids will play. Brad Davison, the crewcut psycho, sits out against MSU and Wisconsin still beats them. UW is also without Kobe King the rest of the year. OSU is without DJ Carton. Illinois is going to win the league—they've played good teams and they've changed up how they play defense, and everyone else murdered each other. OSU preview: Wesson lost weight, lost some of his post presence, gained an incredible three. They shoot a lot—please don't be unlucky again.

4. Ace's Ohio State Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:06:46

They won on Friday and didn't move up in Pairwise because everyone else won and it was a home game. Saturday was a classic Michigan loss: won Corsi, gave up five odd-man rushes. Coward refereeing for giving their captain just 2 minutes for knocking out Lockwood. Michigan down a whole line for the 3rd period. Don't even attempt to pass on 2-on-1s.

MUSIC:
  • "New York"—Cat Power
  • "Inside Out"—Spoon
  • "God's Gonna Make You Laugh"—Ephemerals
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Feb 03, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 1/30/2019: Some Predicate for Legitimacy
37:37

Hoops Things discussed:

  • Shots and the not of the going in. Also free throws.
  • Juwan was noncommittal about the length of X's suspension.
  • Fan: "Why am I watching a MAC game?" nailed the sense of that game.
  • Believe whatever's going on with Wagner's shooting it'll get fixed.
  • Also have to believe opponents who shoot 29% hitting 54% of contested and super-long threes isn't sustainable.
  • Teske was playing a little passive—playing Davis seemed like a response to that.
  • Aggressive Johns >>>> Regular Johns but it was Nebraska.
  • Craig: Without X and Livers they can't win more than 2 more games
  • Is there a redshirt possibility left for Bajema?

Hockey Things discussed (18m):

  • Back from the (unlucky) dead!
  • Team plays sound. Beat ND and tied PSU on the road this week.
  • Johnny Beecher is huge and flies around the ice.
  • In a HUGE hole, have ten regular season games left and need to get lucky to have a shot at the tournament.
  • Cavalry coming: like a class with 5 five-stars in it.

Baseball things discussed (30m)

  • Pitching staff was gutted, pitching coach interviewed around MLB and stayed.
  • Velazquez and RJ Moten off the football squad: can they help soon?
  • Getting some guys coming off injuries to replace the seniors who blew up last year.
  • Smart how they exploited baserunning. Philosophy and speed is there.
Jan 31, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.4: Mascot Fight
53:33

They Penn Stated Penn State

wsg  Adam Schnepp

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

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1. GLI, ND, and PSU

starts at 0:50

We mixed up our lines a bit and brought back Adam to talk about everything that has happened since the GLI. That tournament ended like many games from the season's first half, but since then Michigan has swept Notre Dame on the road and nearly swept top-ten Penn State in Happy Hockey Valley. We go through what changed, what's going well, and what has to continue for Michigan to keep their second-half success going over the regular season's final ten games.

2. To OSU AND BEYOND?

starts at 27:46

After the break we preview Ohio State and discuss why it's the biggest series of the season. There's some talk about mascots and a tiny bit about mascot fights, though the bulk is just on traditional mascoting. We then take a look at the conference standings and Pairwise to come up with a picture of where Michigan might finish and what they need to do to have a reasonable shot at making the tournament.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Blades of Steel"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
THE USUAL LINKS
Jan 30, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.18: Broken J's
01:39:47

Enjoy Rutgers Basketball this year because they're having our season.

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1. Illinois and Bad Luck vs. Michigan

starts at 1:00

I'm not even mad, I'm impressed that they keep missing these threes. Michigan had just 2 turnovers, won the OREBs by five. Debate between the everything is explainable and some things are random people. Eli, Johns are like Mo's three: if the first goes down we have it tonight. Michigan during this skid has been the 350th team in college basketball at threes. X did not attempt one. Two-for-one possessions. Sick of getting just random off-the-dribble mastery by 25% shooters when our 40%ers can't hit a wide open catch and shoot three.

2. Penn State and Bad Luck vs. Michigan

starts at 23:32

Michigan was 2/20 on catch-and-shoot threes (the ones you want), in this game. Myles Dread is getting ice cream of the future, weird and-ones, Curtis Jones has the game of his college career, because life is crazy like that. Is there a guy on their roster with peg leg? That guy's going off.

3. Hot Takes and Wide View

starts at 36:44

Dave's ringtone is just a choking sound. Delete the three point line. How mad are we about this season? Not very: this was a fragile team that lost Iggy and Poole and its coach and therefore couldn't afford to lose Livers. Things that tie to coaching point up from preseason expectations. Recruiting better than best-case scenario. Bags? Christopher is a guy who has cachet that Isaiah Todd does not—Todd you're catching in the early part of his development while Christopher is a 5-star because he's an immediate dude in college. Also: Hunter Dickinson, who's Teske. Williams projects as a four-year guy whom the other schools are always like "When is this guy gonna leave?" after he gets a critical offensive rebound again. Enjoy Rutgers Basketball this year because they're having our season.

4. Ace's Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:12:06

Old Fashioned road three points: 6-0 win and then a penalty-crazy Saturday. Significantly outplayed Penn State in the first game, got that pugilistic second game. They don't have the shooting or luck so their low shooting % was killing them—it's like going against a better goalie than Strauss Mann every game. Get even luck and they're a top of the Big Ten team, and that's what happened against Penn State and Notre Dame. Tying goal by PSU was such bad luck. They're good in Corsi, not giving up bad goals, generating good looks, don't have dangerous scorers and that's a weakness. Too late probably for this year but trending up for when the cavalry arrives. US game: watching Thomas Bordeleaux, who's gonna be a creator, but isn't flashy.

MUSIC:
  • "I Miss You"—Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes
  • "The Big Three Killed My Baby"—The White Stripes
  • "There is a Valley"–Bill Fay
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Jan 27, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 1/23/2019: Five for Twenty-Eight
44:28

Things discussed:

  • Shots not falling, perimeter defense? Could Livers have saved this?
  • Michigan gets a lead and then five turnovers in the next 2 minutes
  • Sam: Maybe run the offense through Teske? Cutters?
  • PSU did a good job of funneling usage to X. Michigan has three guys who aren't a threat against good defenses, which is two too many.
  • Michigan's 25% from three in renewed conference play. He makes a few of them and has gravity.
  • Lost Poole, Iggy, and Jalen Wilson from the list of guys who should be on the wing on this team. Franz's issues are ???
  • Why not give Cole Bajema a few minutes?
  • The fact that X can't shoot is a problem, but he's not the team's problem.
  • Terrifying observation: The Big Ten might have addressed the home/road officiating—nice of that to happen after Michigan's played 67% of their games so far on the road, right?
  • Free throw whistle is now 69-11. Most is style of play: X doesn't force contact. Most of the guys are jump-shooters.

New assistants things discussed:

  • Fine with Jean-Mary, Brian has a problem with a one-year rental on Shoop.
  • Sam: Michigan prioritized Campanile instead of going for the Kentucky guy Brian wanted
Jan 24, 2020
The Ace Pod 2.0: Coldest Days
33:33

This week’s podcast is, as always, brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship. Check out his shiny new site here.

Segment One: Iowa Thoughts

Yes, the officiating was one-sided even when accounting for playing style. There was still more to this loss, though, particularly outside shooting. While Luka Garza again had a big point total, he wasn’t unstoppable inside the arc, and a lot of this had to do with Juwan Howard being willing to send the occasional double-team. David DeJulius had an excellent game running the point while Zavier Simpson dealt with autobench.

Segment Two: Iowa Q&A

Topics include:

  • What’s to blame for the foul disparity: home cooking, style of play, or both?
  • What to do about the two-big lineups?
  • Who’s going to be the primary backup big going forward?
  • Is doubling the post here to stay?
  • How will this team look different in March?
  • Most villainous Wagner: Moe or Franz? 

Song: “Coldest Days” — The Rural Alberta Advantage

Jan 20, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 1/16/2019: That's the Whole Problem
44:10

Things discussed:

  • Anthony Campanile takes a bail move—turned down two DC jobs and Harbaugh blocked the Giants from talking to him. Just weird.
  • John Beilein's jump to the NBA is the dumbest move of his career. Sam: yes, this is his retirement gig, thinks recruiting, offseasons off, and the fact that the FBI probe couldn't even get the coaches they got on tape removed all had something to do with it.
  • Letting centers get career highs: worked when Garza went off and his buddies got zilch, not so much on the road. Cockburn, Trevion Williams, Oturu are just that good? Cassius Winston was making bad shots. Juwan's analytics betraying him when these guys are feeling it.
  • Teske won with zero help last year against everyone but Garza in Iowa City. You HAVE to force the ball to less efficient guys to take advantage of their holes.
  • We gotta talk about playing Eli Brooks less.
  • We gotta talk about getting the lower bowl filled at Crisler
Jan 17, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.17: A Noble Creature
01:27:57

If you come back for your senior year you might get to see Nana again.

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1. Hoops vs Minnesota

starts at 1:00

Michigan's worst defensive game in a very long time. Teske got run by Cockburn, Williams, Garza, and Oturu—just not Tillman. Marcus Carr is finishing through Teske's chest in this game. Why aren't they doubling? Especially in this game? Other things: Wagner finding a groove, still can't muscle guys. He's not a 4: guy Livers should have been guarding can muscle a freshman Wagner. Eli has to hit his open threes or they need to let DDJ start. Juwan's stubbornly sticking to his rotation despite ample evidence at this point that Nunez can't be out there.

2. Hot Takes and Purdue

starts at 27:02

Let C.J. cook! Trevion Williams puts up a career game, as one does. Teske made it difficult-ish on Williams, who had the game of his life. But if you're going to double off anyone it's the team with Aaron Wheeler and Nojel Eastern. Losing Haarms opens the door for Michigan to run their three-guard lineup, and Simpson goes 8/8 of two after that. Both teams were turning it over at first then it became a pretty good game. It looks like a Beilein team now.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Most Terrifying Things in the Big Ten This Year

starts at 45:34

Rutgers. Let the peacock fly! That joke this week man. I would like to see Michigan not give up career highs to every center they face. Is it fun or horrifying to cover a Big Ten this good? Ibi Watson is shooting 49% on threes.

4. Ace's Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:12:50

Sweep of Notre Dame that felt like all the rest of their games this year except the result. Straus Mann is a good goalie (ND has one too)! Big Ten has one team that's talented, Wisconsin, and they're terrible on defense. Recruiting is better than basketball.

MUSIC:
  • "Tired of Being Along"—Al Green
  • "Make a Change"—Durand Jones & The Indications
  • "War is Coming (If You Want It)"–Car Seat Headrest
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Jan 13, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 1/9/2020: Everyone's Secret Brother
38:19

Things discussed:

  • YES people I'm working on the book (this week in fact). Craig got a head start because he's been writing it as articles in HTTV for several years.
  • Josh Christopher: looks to pass, ability to get squared up. More impact as a one-and-done than Isaiah Todd. Intriguing to see him with Dickinson.
  • Terrance Williams: plays bigger than his size but has some skills away from the basket
  • First tournament in history with Rutgers and no UNC: none of the top-five picks are playing in the NCAAs this year!
  • Jae'Sean Tate would rub Icy Hot over his entire body. Nobody liked banging with that guy.
  • Need to learn some gamesmanship to prevent run-outs.
  • Anthony Campanile offered 7 figures—Schiano wants a huge assistant salary pool.
  • Purdue and beyond: Still a John Beilein team, still has a 6'6" guy playing wing, need to hit shots to win.
Jan 10, 2020
MGoPodcast 11.16: Speaking of Mega-Loogies
02:08:51

It's really uncomfortable here under the bus, Ace.

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1. Hoops vs MSU

starts at 1:00

Once Teske went out they went zone with Nunez. Breslin fouls on him nuked what was one of his best games. Still no answer for Cassius Winston—wish Michigan had just kept using the drop coverage and forced him to keep hitting his runner twos instead of hard hedges. When a Beilein roster shoots 5/23 from three on the road, it's a recipe. Johns so hesitant from deep after his early miss. Expected the Breslin, got the Breslin. Shout-out to Big Country who kept Michigan in this game with some cool finishes. Michigan doesn't know how to do enough gamesmanship (e.g. throw the ball at the ref's feet after a basket to prevent transitions off makes).

2. Basketball Outlook

starts at 24:02

First tactical issue all year was MSU's breaks. Will have the best non-conf resume of tournament teams. Brooks is up, Johns has shown signs, and Castleton needs to Garza up. Rutgers is one spot behind Indiana! Ohio State looked ragged against West Virginia, and losing to Wisconsin at home is hooo. Don't be disappointed if this is a six seed. Can't make fun of Richard Pitino for now.

Recruiting: Williams and Dickinson! Williams is JaeSean Tate/Kenny Goins late career/Iggy Brazdeikis-ish? Josh Christopher fills the NBA-level two-guard need that Michigan has way more than Greg Brown the 5-star who said he's taking a Michigan visit on his way to Kentucky or Memphis. Everyone thinks Christopher's going to end up at UCLA for…reasons. But Corey Evans moved his FutureCast to Michigan. Todd's a bigger recruiting get for showing what Juwan can get than what we'll get since he'll mostly develop after his one-and-done year. Get Chet! Would you take Beilein back right now?

3. The Citrus Bowl

starts at 11:11:28

Both an excellent and bad summary of Shea Patterson's career, since the thing he was good at he was terrible at in this game: Deep ball accuracy! Giles Jackson looks fast when he's playing Alabama. Imagining the game if they don't throw that horseshit flag on Aidan Hutchinson, or if Bell doesn't step out of bounds, or if Alabama wasn't just so perfect on their throws. Hard to have takeaways about Chris Hinton because they didn't try him until the end.

4. Football Outlook

starts at 1:35:14

Skill position looks very good, what do you have at quarterback? Blake Corum is the perfect addition to a running back room that adds Chris Evans too. OL seems fine—the guys leaving are probably getting passed by young'uns except for Ruiz. Most important guys on next year's team are Mazi Smith and Chris Hinton because DTs and QBs are the game these days. Outlook for the conference.

MUSIC:
  • "January Hymn"—The Decemberists
  • "Pony"—Ginuwine
  • "I've Been Searching"–O.V. Wright
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Jan 06, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 1/2/2020: The Cat's Wearing Pants
42:42

Football things discussed:

  • Thought it was going to be a bloodbath and it wasn't. Great script from Gattis
  • Everything relevant to next year goes well, Patterson doesn't give a quarterback a chance while Mac Jones is pinpointing bombs off his back foot.
  • Jeudy was the best player on the field, their QB played his best game and ours couldn't hit anything over 15 yards.
  • Season review: First-time coordinator stuff grew into what we more or less expected. Second half: shooting themselves in the foot, happens all the time in the Harbaugh era.
  • Great use of Giles Jackson as a quasi-RB.
  • 2020: Michigan gets most of their skill position players back pending some NFL decisions for Collins & DPJ.
  • Gotta replace three guys on OL but have Stueber, Filiaga, Hayes, Vastardis, kick the tires on Terrance Davis perhaps? Have a lot of ways to get to another good five.
  • Brian prefers McCaffery to going after KJ Costello—people in the building love Dylan, but he's got to stop taking big hits.
  • Weird that Steve Sarkisian didn't bother with crushing us with Najee Harris inside until the end. What does DT situation look like?
  • Secondary: Seldon can play, gonna see what they have in DJ Turner.
  • Brian: Next year hinges on Mazi Smith and Chris Hinton, and how good/healthy can Dwumfour be?
  • Specialty positions: "Shark" (Uche) and Viper will be interesting.

Hoops things discussed:

  • MSU: were about to lose to Seton Hall until they got some crazy nice officiating
  • Biggest difference this year is State can't shoot threes.
  • What's Nunez doing in practice that he's still ahead of Bajema?
Jan 02, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.3: Teddy Shots
51:02

wsg Bailey Johnson (@BaileyAJohnson_) hockey beat writer for The Michigan Daily

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1. Since Last We Met

starts at 0:50

David runs down the series since the last HockeyCast. The team is playing better but cannot get over the hump. Obviously the biggest issue is scoring, but what else is going on? Defense is much improved, and goaltending from Strauss Mann has been stellar.

2. Team Lines/Pairings Debate and Minnesota Preview

starts at 25:51

We chat with Bailey about her observations of the team. How has the culture evolved? How can they take the next step to become a good program? What are they lacking? What is going well? The team seems closer to being good than their on-ice performance and results would indicate.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Brass Bonanza"—Hartford Whalers
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Dec 23, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 12/19/2019: Sippin on a Santa Margherita
34:45

Brian still has bronchitis so he's out.

Football things discussed:

  • Craig's Underrated All-Stars: Dan Villari=Craig Krenzel. Aaron Lewis: see him as 3-tech or a nose tackle, and thinks he's terrific, will be 280+ when's all said and done, great hands. Mohan!
  • William Mohan: has the potential to be a McGrone/Bush, Sam says Khaleke because he's so fluid, rated as a safety.
  • Viper possibilities all have M's: Moten, Morant, Mullings, Mohan
  • KJ Costello: should Michigan pursue? Probably means losing one or two of the guys they have. Also means keeping him from a rival.

Basketball things discussed:

  • MSU played just 3 top-50 teams, all with their friendly Big Ten refs, all but one at home, versus 8 that Michigan played, with one at home.
  • Oregon put up four at-the-buzzer prayers that went in, Michigan was 25% from slam dunks; this was a game Michigan deserved to win, but wasn't good enough to overcome bad luck.
  • What's a "Juwan Howard" team? High eFG%, low turnovers (on both ends). TOs are mostly trying to make great passes.
  • Same defense as last year: no three-pointers (Oregon got their shooter loose though).
  • Killer play in this game was Eli trying to go around his back while up two: Michigan had a 41-20 run in this game!
  • Pritchard is the first guy to really get X—with Teske out of the game the lane is open bc X couldn't check him.
  • Teske/Johns: it was a matter of we're not going to help, and Johns was a dynamo late in that game.
  • Last play of the game: just didn't fall down. Why kill 15 seconds?
  • Johns! Good to have a smaller guy to use against 6'8" centers.
  • Livers shut Pritchard down: should we try an X-Livers-Franz-Johns-Teske lineup?
  • Miss having the option to put Charles on a guy like that.
Dec 20, 2019
MGoRadio 5.13: White Beard Talk-The Signing Day Podcast
02:38:18

wsg Steve Lorenz from 247Sports, and Adam Shnepp from MGoBlog

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1.Across the Crooked Blue Line, with Steve Lorenz: Offense

starts at 1:00

QB is a tough position for Michigan because of JD Johnson’s medical retirement. Tried CJ Stroud, but he picked OSU. Have offered Dan Villari instead, a hyper athletic bigger guy and only a three star. Should go to Michigan.

Michigan signed Blake Corum at RB, a borderline top 100 type who they had to hold off from OSU. Jay Harbaugh is the most underrated recruiter on the coaching staff. Corum is totally different than Haskins, Turner, and Charbonnet, built more like an OSU running back. RB has gone from the biggest question on the roster to maybe the deepest on the team. Gaige Garcia is nominally still in the class but on a wrestling scholarship, Tru Wilson might be best case scenario.

AJ Henning is an ideal slot receiver for Gattis. Will probably play next season in the Giles Jackson mold. Eamonn Dennis is one of the likely sleeper picks of the class, a lot of similarities to Sainristil, also a Massachusetts guy and could play CB. Michigan’s scouting has been pretty good recently. Roman Wilson was a spring bloomer, also very fast. This could be Michigan’s fastest class ever.

At TE, Matthew Hibner shot up the ranks but fell just short of 4* composite- 247 likes him a lot more. Hurt to lose Theo Johnson but Hibner makes it hurt less. Nick Patterson is probably not joining the class.

Not as big of an OL class as last year, this is more of a supplemental class. Michigan had to beat ND to get Reece Atteberry. Jeffery Persi is a Greg Frey type and is Seth’s sleeper of the class.

2. Across the Crooked Blue Line, with Steve Lorenz: Defense

starts at 25:20

Braiden McGregor was the crown jewel of this recruiting class, Michigan beat ND for him. Temper expectations for McGregor in year one because of a knee issue. McGregor often played all over the DL in HS. Aaron Lewis is a Kwitty Paye type DE.

Already a DE logjam going into next year, not a lot of rush for either to play. Kris Jenkins projects to DT as long as he puts on some weight. Michigan hasn’t neglected DT at recruiting, signed two top tier guys last year. Jaylen Harrell was a late pickup, a borderline top 300 edge with good bend in the Uche mold. Michigan chose Harrell over Van Filinger.

Kalel Mullings is a good MLB prospect who has comparisons to Anthony Solomon as a freshman, should play special teams. Osman Savage is a guy that Michigan loved from the first satellite camps. Mohan has a ton of athletic potential who could be the next heir to the Devin Bush/Cam McGrone throne. Senior film for a lot of the linebackers was terrific and reassured Lorenz about a lot of them. Versatility is a theme on defense now.

Jordan Morant has some Khaleke-type tape, Michigan fought hard to hang onto him. RJ Moten is more of a pure safety. Paige is a high floor guy, safe bet to be solid. Andre Seldon is a little short and has been playing both corner and safety, good athlete. If he was two inches taller, he’d be a 5 star, has great coverage instincts. Dorian Green-Warren will commit to a team (Michigan favored) at Army game, should enroll early. 

3. Superlatives, with Adam Schnepp

starts at 52:25

Overall this is an underrated class, with not a ton of big names. Hard to talk recruiting with people that don’t know a lot this year. Adam, Seth, and David go through their picks for biggest whiff, biggest recruiting win, favorite prospect, and more.

4. Five Questions, Five Answers, with Adam Schnepp

starts at 1:19:22

David has to bail for this segment so it’s just Seth and Adam. Michigan seems to be more interested in converting strong side DE’s into DT’s than recruiting DT’s straight up. Michigan needs to beat OSU and make the playoffs to get top tier recruits. Coaching staff seems to be doing more scouting than going after five stars recently. Michigan will probably be okay at QB, may need to rely on a grad transfer at some point. Some great names in the 2021 recruiting class, and Michigan has a 5* QB leading it off.

MUSIC:

I've been waiting all year to do this: Ann Arbor native (and friend of the family) Andr Mayer Hawthorne!

  • "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • "The Ills"
  • "The Walk"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

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"That’s when Michigan’s been at their best the last few years, it’s been when they’ve had defensive linemen who were unblockable."

Dec 19, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.15: Throwback
01:59:32

Brian is out so Craig Ross is sitting in for him.

No matter what your strategy is you don't want a guy dropping 44 on ya.

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1. Football

starts at 1:00

On Michigan's side only Nico seems like any shot at a 1st rounder, guys who declared and seniors are expected to play. On Bama's side, Jerry Jeudy said he'll play, and they have three projected first round receivers and eight guys projected in the 1st round who have a choice to make. Tarik Black leaving could mean Nico and DPJ are leaning toward staying? Receivers of the future: we'll see but Michigan can use their slots more.

Don Brown interviewed for BC job, went to OSU's DC (not Matty) so what happens with Mattison?

2. Louisville, Iowa, and Illinois

starts at 26:52

UL was a schedule loss: forced Teske to make threes or long two's with high hedges. Counterintuitive to blitz X because he's not a great shooter. Someone else with athletes will try this. Iowa: highest-scoring Big Ten regulation game since 2002. Michigan is balanced; Iowa is not because Michigan and Iowa both had the same gameplan. 44 points by Garza: an arena record? You coach to the game. Illinois: Michigan doesn't hit their threes, Kofi Cockburn is a problem. Lewis Garrison literally knocked out of this one; other two refs clearly capable of doing a better job with him off the court.

3. Hot Takes and Oregon

starts at 59:42

David's hot take voice is extremely British. Craig thought the Oregon game was one of the loudest ever. Craig advocates for a huge lineup with Johns & Franz with Livers at the 2. Impressed by Pritchard, who's the first guy to run X off the line. Two insanely long reviews.

4. Expectations

starts at 1:36:32

Johns could be a season-changer. Brooks's floater game isn't so efficient that you can discount DDJ taking more of his minutes down the line. Castleton is falling out of rotation as they find something they want in Johns. Trip around the Big Ten: Minnesota and Penn State are going to be tough to beat on the road, Ohio State looks like a real #1 thanks to Wesson.

MUSIC:
  • "Tell Them You Can't Leave"—The Amazing
  • "Woods"—Time Fading Lines
  • "Getting Better"–Twin Peaks
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Dec 16, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 12/12/2019: Where Have You Gone Duncan Robinson
38:49

Things discussed:

  • Citrus Bowl matchup: how much is Alabama showing up? Full bore not feeling great.
  • Bama defense has been somewhat vulnerable this year.
  • Sam: converted to the church of offense (we are not affiliated with this church).
  • Age of offense: part of that is rules—pick plays, going downfield on RPOs make it too easy for elite defenses to pick on even the best defenses.
  • This year who has an elite shutdown defense?

Basketball things:

  • Can't be too surprised when you're 3/18 from three. Couldn't really execute their defensive gameplan.
  • Credit to Illinois: played well. Cockburn hit his first 6 free throws: c'mon!
  • Juwan flubbed the substitution pattern some: Castleton shouldn't be out there when Cockburn is.
  • Illinois on the boards: that's what they do, but 41% of their misses is too much.
  • What we do is shoot, and Franz wasn't making them. Give him time, but Johns deserves some minutes.
  • Relearn the lessons about letting bigs get under the basket on transition.
  • Michigan's blocks are going back to the opponent. Stop blocking balls back into the hands of the opponent for easy buckets.
  • Like Juwan's plan against zone—this used to fritz out Beilein
  • Craig: not blaming the refs, but also not sad it was Lewis Garrison who got clocked.
  • Oregon: learned about them in Bahamas; they almost got past Gonzaga. UNC isn't that good.
Dec 13, 2019
The Teams: 1988
01:50:26

Seth and Dr. Sap bring you a podcast about Michigan's greatest teams. This episode: the season that began in the playoffs and ended as well as it could have. Our special guest: Mark Messner!

Previously: 1901, 1925, 1932, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1976, 1980, 1999

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1. THE EIGHTIES

(starts at 1:00)

VCRs, Cable TV, and the golden age of Independents. Michigan is coming off a horrible 1987 with ALL the turnovers, has a quarterback controversy, and is sharing Bo with his Athletic Director duties. Meanwhile the cheating is rampant, the recruiting is national, and Ohio State just dumped their 9 wins a year coach for the hot new thing because John Cooper had just beaten Michigan in a bowl game.

2. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM

(starts at 26:04)

Bo's first nationally recruited team. The quarterback panic of 1984 leads to a class of five guys, Taylor the steady hand, Brown the super talent. Speed with Tony Boles and nobody can tackle Leroy Hoard. Return two smallish speedsters outside in Kolesar and Calloway, with leaping Greg McMurtry pushing his way into the lineup. Two big blocking tight ends with surprising receiving ability. And then that line: All-Americans John Vitale and Mike Husar, huge Greg Skrepenak and Tom Dohring, and a young Dean Dingman.

Defense was a 5-2 that now called itself a 3-4 because it was easier to recruit linebackers than ends. Messner is now the leader inside. They're little but they get after it. J.J. Grant is a tackling machine, Erick Anderson displaces John Milligan, who's a better cover linebacker. Bobby Abrams and Alex Marshall were both Uche types but taller. They trusted big David Arnold at strongside cornerback but never felt comfortable with converted running back David Key and Todd Plate at weakside, with Tony Mitchell coming on as a nickel. Great talent at safety with Tripp Welborne and Vada Murray, but no depth. Mike Gillette assumes both kicking and punting duties, occasionally it seemed to be too much.

3. THE GAMES wsg MARK MESSNER

(starts at 50:00)

We meet Mark and go back through his Michigan career. Start the season vs #1 and #2 in the nation: (2012) yikes! Could have beaten them both.

L 19-17 @ Notre Dame (national champs)

ND gets the first KO return TD, Boles 59-yard KO return, Gillette 48-yard attempt wide right :(

L 31-30 to Defending Nat Champs Miami

Fake to Boles who dives over the pile and they all believe it, Michael Taylor turned loose, was playing unconscious . Tip off Miami 43 and Vada Murray intercepts. Michigan up 30-17 with 7 minutes to play, but then…ungh. Miami goes Tempo: TD, then next drive two M defenders run into each other and Miami goes all the way. Miami gets the onside kick, kicks GW field goal.

W 19-9 vs Wake Forest

Offense derping around. Wake takes a 3-0 lead in 2nd Q. Tripp Welborne drifts off coverage and intercepts Tony Boles on the edge. Messner safety! These are all Seth's memories because Messner is like "We played Wake Forest?"

W 62-14 @ Wisconsin

Tony Boles off to the races on the first play from scrimmage, grab 20-0 lead on an option pitch to him, and then he outraces everyone again to make it 34-0. “Seems like we’ve been on that field a couple of days.”

W 17-3 vs Michigan State (defending B10 champs)

State returned most of their defense from the Rose Bowl team a year before, but LOST TO RUTGERS and comes into this game winless. 10-0 lead at halftime and then Taylor throws a pick near-six (5 yard line) and M has a goal line stand Gillette punt blocked and returned for a TD but MSU offsides (Sparty No!) THE GILLETTE FAKE PUNT! 40 terrifying yard.

T 17-17 @ Iowa

Iowa “injuries” are the story all season but they’re all back. Iowa ran Harbaugh’s drop-and-draw. Iowa fans are deafening, Bo is livid at the ref because they called a delay of game on Taylor after Taylor wanted refs to quiet the crowd. Bo got a 15-yard penalty “called him a bad name.” Michigan scored anyways. Corner to Kolesar ties it up, Michigan has come back.

M at the Iowa 1 yard line, Tracy Williams fumbles on the 1.

“If had occurred later on in the season, Leroy Hoard would have had the ball.”

W 31-6 Indiana (Big Ten title contenders)

Leroy Hoard comes through in practice. Bo was yelling at the defense because they were doing a lousy job tackling him. Then it struck him a lot of defenses were having that problem. Hoard takes the first series for a long TD McMurtry reverse to Calloway.

W 52-7 @NWestern

Just up 17-7 and Bo was furious at halftime. Kolesar in the early 2nd half long return, blowout is on. End around to Kolesar too.

W 22-7 Minnesota

Rainy miserable day. First possession Taylor throws an INT and breaks collarbone. Demetrius Brown (16 interceptions in 1987). Ball is wet. It’s cold. So they went conservative. Gillette gets 5 FGs in the pouring rain. Messner held the jug: "THAT was cool!"

W 38-9 Illinois

Illini had upset IU so this is for the Big Ten championship! Had a good D, good passing QB, good RB, shit OL Fake punt to Erick Anderson works. Bo goes to his old 1969 Wishbones and grinds them down.

W 34-31 Ohio State

Welcome Cooper Era. Bo thought M was lucky to keep OSU off the board in 1st half. Gillette 56-yarder before the half. Defense struggled in the 2nd half but Leroy Hoard behind Dingman and Dohring takes back the lead. OSU up again, kicks off to Kolesar who takes it to the OSU 41->62 yard return.

Down 31-27, Brown lobs to Kolesar who is Jeremy Gallon. At about 48:50 here: “There is no Co.”

4. ROSE BOWL and WRAP

(starts at 1:35:49)

When Bo watched film on them he thought they had a great defense but Michigan did things well that USC . USC is a big, cumbersome team at the tackles, Bo’s quick little defenders (eg Messner). M playing crappy to start, missed 2 field goals. Rodney Peete getting outside on them. Safeties come down against the run. Kolesar escapes a big TFL and turns it into a 16-yard gain.

USC fumble, M goes down and goes up 15-14. Hoard takes over, big run, coverts a 4th and goal. Milligan game-sealing INT.

So what are they? 1980? The reason Seth became a big Michigan fan?

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MUSIC:
  • "Don't Believe the Hype"—Public Enemy
  • "Teenage Riot"—Sonic Youth
  • "Tribute"—The Pasadenas
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Dec 10, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 12/5/2019: In Ann Arbor It's Always 24-12
44:00

Football things discussed:

  • Best OSU team at least since 2014, probably ever
  • Most undisciplined game, especially by the defense, in a long time.
  • Craig calls out fans: 25,000 truck drivers invited, students late, even calls out MMB
  • You get to halftime down 12 it's over. Four key sequences: Patterson gets two called runs and doesn't cut behind his blocking for a TD, then fumbles the snap. Offsides. And two long yardage situations when they didn't cover a drag route.
  • Like the Wisconsin game because DTs can't hold up.
  • Sorta like the PSU game when PSU didn't do anything and Michigan shot themselves in the foot, except Ohio State kills you if you do that.
  • Sam: I get mistakes from Chris Hinton, but when it's Khaleke it's gotta be LBs just freaking out because they're overmatched. Haskins botched his 4th down run because pin didn't work 1st time and he cut back.
  • Brian: Justin Fields hasn't stepped on Ohio State's campus; doing nothing all day every day except football is why Ohio State wins this game; Michigan won't hit parity until they have that kind of dedication. M's DTs don't have the level of focus, OSU's players have learned how to dribble a football.
  • Heartening to see the offense come along. It's not "What are we doing?" anymore.
  • Scuttlebutt: McCaffrey can throw the ball. Sam: If Boston College calls Don Brown he'll take the call, but not sure they will.

Hoops things discussed:

  • Battle for Atlantis: WHY DON'T THEY GIVE YOU A TRIDENT? That floor is an abomination: always wet ballroom is gonna lead to injuries.
  • (Unless Juwan Howard is around) His speech at the end of the tournament established him as a mensch.
  • Credit to Ohio State's hoops team who beat an injured UNC on their floor. UNC might not be very good—they don't have their same five-stars and eyebrows guy anymore. Leaky Black is playing, Brooks just a guy at center, they're going to be .500 in the ACC this year.
  • Louisville: doesn't bother us—schedule loss since Cardinals have been prepping for Michigan all year. They were LOCKED IN for this game, especially with how they prepped for the screens. M had two days to prepare for L'ville and they had 2 months.
  • The Screens, The Screens, The Screens! UNC: Michigan runs you off so many screens there's no way to keep up. Like Michigan State: are you going to keep hedging as well if you're banging off screen after screen?
  • Won't matter for Iowa because Iowa doesn't play D. M's going to become a better post team, but that's not efficient offense.
  • X has to be better at faking passes that aren't there and going to Livers in the corner. Semi-contested threes are their money shot.
  • Ohio State the team to beat in the Big Ten? Of course: nothing goes wrong for those guys. What about Purdue—other than recruiting Matt Painter is among the best coaches in the country.
Dec 05, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.14: I'm Here to Serve
01:38:04

Fair warning: this is 80% basketball.

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1. The Game

starts at 1:00

One of the most frustrating things about this Game is the guys making the mistakes were the upperclassmen who dominated in their roles all season. Why have a defense? Sad field goals? Ain't gonna fire Jim Harbaugh because he's going to keep putting out S&P+ top ten teams. Ain't gonna fire Don Brown because he's one of the best. Josh Gattis looks like a keeper. Jon Runyan survived against Jon Runyan. We're never going to beat Ohio State until the system changes. Pay the damn players already.

2. The Battle for Atlantis: ISU and UNC

starts at 13:15

They should not play in this tournament again; surprised nobody got hurt when there's random water appearing all over the place. Are long twos good, because Michigan is forcing its opponents to take all of them. ISU: Wagner looks like another big out there, shot looks good. UNC: A beating, even with Michigan's two biggest stars fouling out with over 5 minutes left. Michigan's turnover-forced rate is terrible because they're forcing teams to dribble into two range then shoot. Also this was the Eli game (24 points on 16 shot equivalents). NBA thinking: if you have an isolation advantage go get it.

3. The Battle for Atlantis: Gonzaga

starts at 36:55

House money until they get a five-point lead and then it's on. X has changed his shot so it gets out quicker and he's still making them. Changes the offense that he can go to the paint either way too. Multiple times this year we've been furious about turnovers and then they put up a graphic and Michigan's above average. Wish we had redshirted him so we could see what he'd develop next year. Tired Teske: logged a lot of minutes and still managed to play good defense. Wagner's length was a huge problem for the Zags. Also he's as expressive as his brother when he gets a bad call.

Refs: Zaga was fine until the flagrant that wasn't. UNC was getting calls on flops; the one on DDJ when Cole Anthony jumped under him was atrocious.

Brooks was 1 of 6 from two but they were decent late-clock shots and a runner. Best case scenario for this season was DDJ or Brooks is starter-caliber and they both are. Brooks: still acts like a role player, just his role is assassin. Haven't seen Juwan's team increase ORebs from Beilein, suspect the 2-3 zone was from Phil Martelli.

4. Hot Takes and the Big Ten.

starts at 1:05:33

Going into the season it looked like MSU and the field. Michigan could beat Louisville and be #1 in the AP, not that rankings matter. Ohio State are also playing like contenders. Maryland is not. Purdue is too weird. In both of MSU's losses they doubled Winston until he gets the ball to Tillman and make him shoot outside. Rocket Watts: terrible start, Foster Loyer is unplayable. IU resurgence: not worried if their best player can be matched by Teske. Wisconsin is looking like what we thought Wisconsin would, and Reuvers is trying to do the Happ thing. Rutgers is a top 75 team; they're not good but they're not going to be the worst in the conference by far. Speaking of: Nebraska is abject. Northwestern too, but beat Providence. Louisville: terrifying on paper, blew out some barely top-100 teams. Juwan Howard: so…

MUSIC:
  • "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"—PUP
  • "NBA On NBC Theme"
  • "Basketball"–Kurtis Blow
  • “Space Jam Theme Song”—Quad City DJs
Dec 02, 2019
MGoRadio 5.12: The Broad Side
01:32:59

wsg legendary journalist Robin Wright, plus Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis, former Michigan OL Thomas Guynes, and our own Ace Anbender

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1.The Game 1969 with Dr. Sap and Robin Wright

starts at 1:00

Famed journalist Robin Wright calls into the podcast to discuss her experience covering the 1969 Michigan vs. Ohio State game, along with Dr. Sap and Seth.

2. Battle 4 Atlantis Recap with Ace

starts at 25:20

Is there a roof on the ceiling? No. Ace was impressed with the defensive turnaround between UNC and Gonzaga. There’s still a lot of low hanging fruit with this team: Franz being worked in, Simpson turnover rate quite high even after a strong weekend. Eli Brooks is a revelation, an excellent defender. Has any Michigan player progressed faster in one year than Brooks? Livers does not need a lot of space to get a shot up any more. Not facing many late shot clock situations. Michigan doesn’t allow you to take threes or have assists, they want you to shoot iso twos. Seemed like they got the short end of the stick when it comes to refereeing, fouls should go down when that corrects itself. No nervousness when Castleton comes into the game. If Michigan can beat Louisville…

3. OL Discussion wsg Thomas Guynes

starts at 52:25

Discussion about the OL at Michigan and across the B1G. Michigan doing better on twists on the interior, still struggling to move the line of scrimmage at times. An overarching theme in college football: a lack of competition. Who has Bama played? Who has Chase Young faced in terms of great OT’s? Haskins is the #1 at running back right now.

4. Indiana Recap and Ohio State preview

starts at 1:19:22

Indiana dinked and dunked quite a bit but their drives came to a quick end when Hutchinson, Paye, and Uche came off the edges. Michigan didn’t really respect Indiana’s interior OL. Shea was dealing on offense, we haven’t seen that guy in awhile. For the first time all season, Shea felt good enough to beat to OSU. Michigan did some new RPO stuff to confuse Indiana, getting them out quick enough to potentially avoid Chase Young. Ohio State has been dominant this season, and it starts with Chase Young, because there isn’t a ton else in the pass rush outside of Young. Of Davon Hamilton’s 4 sacks, 3 are against Maryland and Rutgers. Michigan needs to focus on Young and hope they have enough time to hit some downfield shots to make the defense loosen up. Corners Wade and Arnette grade out as okay but not great in PFF. Even if Okudah is on Nico, you still have to try. Linebackers are better but more exploitable to the RPO. Weather will probably be insignificant. Fields has minor ankle and thumb issues. Seth isn’t as impressed with the OSU OL. They spread it out and let Fields run it.

MUSIC:

The Seaweeds are a Minneapolis band made up of some Michigan ex-pats, notably longtime reader Paul Sonda. https://seaweedsband.com/

  • "Still Running"
  • "Sweet Country Life"
  • "My City"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Nov 30, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.13: The Dumb Indiana Feeling
01:43:58

That's what you need Nico Collins to do is to sit on somebody in the air.

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1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Start with the stupid—when Giles Jackson wasn't initially ruled down on his kickoff return we felt in for it. Announcers, Tom Allen's fire-up speech don't help. The Whop for Hawkins trade. First time one of the fearsome foursome receiver recruiting class got over 100 yards(!!!). Nico Collins DPI magnetism. Transition period didn't need to not do that. Things that don't happen anymore: confusion before a snap, timeouts because they're disorganized, running things that don't have a counter. Good downfield adjustments by the young slots. Who can stand up to these receivers? Wheel route to Giles Jackson: looks exactly like Michigan's RPO game. Interior OL: best Brian's ever graded.

2. The Defense

starts at 32:19

Indiana's scripted drive worked with those TE flare screens. Phantom DPI on Lavert Hill worked, Ambry and Lavert feel very differently in run defense: note how Indiana played a screen from trap coverage on that TFL versus how Hill stopped and the guy got around him. Then: shutdown time. Kemp and Hutchinson caused the pop-up that Dax Hill fielded. He's alright that guy, whose first start is broken down. He did fail to switch on one rub route. Dwumfour's limited role. The Uche idea: I believe in not trying to run a jet-around at the guy who immediately steps upfield. Lane integrity versus scrambles: a rare breakdown, next time Ramsey got sacked. McGrone missed a tackle on the TD. PI business: first play is horrible, second one is PI, holding behind the LOS: that's never been called before, but if the ball's in the air it's not defensive holding because—duh—the guy is basically a running back.

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, Game Theory, and Hoops

starts at 51:45

Do you know how to football? Yep, you play until the whistle! Last IU guy prevented what was going to be a 50-yard return. Wildcat snap on 3rd and 3 (unless you're running it twice?). Screwed up end of the half against IU again! Two-point conversion: legitimate tactical decision. Hart contributed to the Dumb Indiana Feeling with his first two very weak punts. Indiana's live stats were very drunk.

Speaking of very drunk: 86 possessions against Houston Baptist! Everyone's pulling out the record books at halftime. Bajema! X went left! Nunez: ~~~~~~euh, went 2/8 but most of those shots looked good. His defense…euh. Castleton looked nice, got up and down the floor well, more comfortable on defense. British student announcer was offended by HouBap shots; Brian was offended by Dragon Ball Z. Everyone but Wilson scored.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:14:06

Iowa-Illinois: too depressed to yell BIG TEN! Illinois forced a lot of FGs, Peters 4 YPA, Illinois lives off turnovers and died by the TO. One was a flea flicker INT. They have the Maryland offense of run defenses. Wisconsin-Purdue: Jonathan Taylor rampant. Backup kicker hit a 62-yard field goal (woulda been good from 62.3), breaking a record from the 19th century. Rutgers 140 yards of offense, MSU gets 5.1 YPP versus Rutgers. Rode Elijah Collins, and he got stuffed twice on 4th and 1. Devontae Dobbs rotated with 3 other guys at LT: roster mismanagement on the tackles is on the list of things wrong with MSU. Maryland played four quarterbacks against Nebraska—none had a pick (don't forget the six sacks though). Three yards short of a passing Rutger. Locksley-Gattis debate: resolved. Northwestern Rutger'd themselves by getting a lead (2-0) while having negative yards. Penn State evisceration (5 YPP) covered up by OSU fumbles. Penn State's rushing defense absolutely destroyed.

Nov 25, 2019
MGoRadio 5.10: Go Back to Your Tik Tok
01:38:06

NOTE: Our sound card that converts the audio to digital crapped out so we were using a weird mixer this week. The audio quality suffered as the mixer found weird ways to emphasize some things and not others. Seth sounds far away. Brian sounded too quiet on the live feed. We should have it sorted out next week.

wsg Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) and Craig Ross

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1. Across the Crooked Blue Line, with Steve Lorenz

starts at 1:00

Steve Lorenz of 247 comes onto the podcast to talk about Michigan football recruiting, including the hunt for a QB, TE, and a CB.

2. Hoops So Far, with Craig Ross

starts at 25:20

Craig was right about Eli Brooks proving himself as a real player. Matt D thinks Brooks is Michigan’s best defender, Craig thinks it’s Teske. Defensive rebounding is rough but sample size. A glimmer of hope with David DeJulius. Little bits from Johns, Castleton, and Nuñez with Franz in the wing. The big question: can rebounding get better? Turnovers? Can the 3 guard lineup work? It’s working for Ohio State, with DeJulius playing better it could for Michigan. When Franz comes back he should get a lot of the Nuñez minutes and then some. Craig thinks OSU is the real deal. Purdue can’t shoot right now, should still make the tournament. Maryland’s 3 point shooting needs to be better, as does their free throw shooting. Pieces are there, but they’re Maryland. Elon seems to be a better team than advertised. App State isn’t bad. Both of those are better than Houston Baptist. Creighton is a top 40-50 team.

3. Michigan State After UFR

starts at 52:25

Michigan’s game plan was just toying with MSU. Michigan got to the edge frequently, getting 175 yards off of those and had a few RPO’s for 44 yards. Diverted the attention away from Willekes and Raequan Williams. There wasn’t much double A-gap blitz from MSU. State seemed surprised by the RPO’s like this is still 2015. Ronnie Bell had a phenomenal game, especially blocking. WR blocking as a whole was great. Bubble screens, end arounds to test the edges set up by blocking. Michigan is probably going to have to replace two wide receivers in the offseason and Brian feels okay about it. Michigan ran zero pin and pulls, while MSU probably practiced against it constantly. Patterson’s stats were great but he didn’t grade out well due to accuracy. Got bailed out by receivers, but not many bad reads. Defensively: not much to say. Metellus loses the plot a couple of times and a there’s a TD early but not many other negative things. Defensive ends being so good has allowed Michigan to mask some of the deficiencies at DT. Khaleke Hudson is now the greatest punt block guy in Michigan history.

4. Indiana Preview

starts at 1:19:22

This is probably the best Indiana in a long time. A trap game except everyone respects Indiana. Peyton Ramsey is back at QB while WR Whop Phylior is in concussion protocol and TBD. Nick Westbrook is somehow still at Indiana. All of their WR’s are loping downhill guys. Stevie Scott is back at RB, he’s just Big De’Veon Smith. They don’t get a lot of big runs and Michigan is good at preventing them. They might hammer away for four yards at a time but the interior OL is bad. Michigan will probably be in the 3-3-5 a lot. Indiana goes 5 wide all the time but it’s mostly dink and dunk. Seth is adamant that Michigan is a bad matchup for Indiana. The defense is not talented but well coached. Tiawan Mullen is a great corner and is a true freshman. Indiana is highly dependent on blitzing to get pass rush, which is good for Michigan since M is great at blitz pickups.

MUSIC:

The Lucky So & Sos are a Washington DC-based jazz/funk/hip hop band. Established in 2014, the Lucky So & Sos put on a high energy show heavy on improvisation that melds elements of bossa nova, samba, funk, Latin jazz, gypsy jazz and blues with hip hop. Find them on bandcamp. https://theluckysoandsos.bandcamp.com/releases

  • "Costa E Sol"
  • "History"
  • "Function Tax"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Nov 23, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 11/21/2019: The Title Remains It's Over Because It's Over
34:48

Things discussed:

  • It's over.
Nov 22, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.12: It's Over
01:54:15

Mark Dantonio come back out of the tunnel you coward so you can hear me bury you.

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1. The State of State and the Offense

starts at 1:00

It's over. Without the most unlikely finish in the history of football, Dantonio is 1-4 against Michigan, and that win is with five interceptions from John O'Korn. They lose the best parts of this team, their recruiting is worse than Tulane, and he's about to sit for a deposition. Who's taking over? Secret Santa to decide who's offensive coordinator.

After the shaky start they score on every drive. A relief to see Michigan come into a game like this and attack the secondary. Patterson buys time productively. Feeling good about Gattis now, which is important: can't keep going through coordinators. Counterpunches to the way MSU plays so aggressively against the run. Flare screens put LBs in conflict. Cornelius Johnson: brilliant play design. Guz Malzahn ran that play to beat Alabama. DPJ dumpoffs working because Sparty safeties are not 5-star athletes. Transcontinental: shoulda thrown it to McKeon. MSU's top tacklers were all in the back seven.

2. Defense and the

starts at 30:03

First late hit on DPJ was not a late hit. Aiden Hutchinson gets a PF for one shove in a mess around the goalie. Cody White and Luke Campbell got PFs for the same play: White got it for taunting. Black got one for flexing at nobody. Lavert Hill: one arm flex is okay even if you stop the play on purpose to do it. Jacub Panasiuk is the guy who on two separate instances tried to get Michigan injured: twisted Higdon's leg (Higdon got flagged) and tried to break Ruiz's ACL (Onwenu got flagged) last year.

Defense: says something that MSU's first play (and one of their better ones) was a backwards pass they fumbled. Max run by MSU is 4 yards—Michigan's defense this year isn't a TFL fest but they make it work by being stingy after a yard. Khaleke Hudson shatter machine tag: reactivated.

They got off the bus with their helmets on. Is that not the most little brother thing? Are they going to get out of bed with their helmets on? Sonny the equipment manager designed the pants and had a Bo hat on the statue while the game was on. Brian: I just thought they took Giles Jackson's pants. MOVE! and line shift worked again, turned a 4th and 1 into a punt block. Seniors are unloading on MSU on Twitter. Ambry Thomas is literally undefeated against blocks when this is what we were concerned about coming out of high school and he had the stomach issue. Dax Hill DPI: receiver is fighting to get somewhere but it's not the ball: Dax has won over the top of the route. Especially frustrating coming off the PI they didn't call on Nico. #FreeJulianBarnett

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, Game Theory, and Hoops

starts at 58:15

I need you to be as angry as a Panasiuk down 38 points. Fixing the environment in Crisler by filling the lower bowl. Harbaugh's WWE-style callout. Khaleke Hudson passes Marquise Walker as the greatest punt-blocker in Michigan history. Used Giles Jackson well in this game. Game Theory: 4th and 3 was a good idea, got a DPI, not M's fault it wasn't flagged.

Creighton: M managed to slow the game down. Nunez defensive liability, can see his shooting, is a placeholder for Franz. Eli Brooks is a trend. DDJ is coming on. Want to be up-tempo but Pink Teske problem nerfs that. Played Bajema.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:35:06

Flexing with one arm to avoid a personal foul. Northwestern won by 39, line moved to under that but if you got it on 40 you were brutally wrong. Iowa fluked away the Gophers. Jonathan Taylor has reached the records part of the season. The 21 points to Rutgers is the most Ohio State has given up all year. Johnny Langan even got a 1st quarter TD.

MUSIC:
  • "That's Where You're Wrong"—Arctic Monkeys
  • "Humble"—Kendrick Lamar
  • "God's Gonna Cut You Down"–Johnny Cash
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 18, 2019
MGoRadio 5.9: Losing Your Fastball
01:42:31

The institution of consensus-based representative democracy in America built on trust, compromise, and a mutual pledge to each other of our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

wsg Nick Hopwood of Peak Wealth Management

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1. Maryland After UFR

starts at 1:00

Patterson started well with accuracy and then really trailed off. Without a credible QB running threat, running out of the shotgun is only going to be mediocre and that’s where we’re at. They left Shea’s running in the garage. Brian not optimistic that it will all come together against a very good defense. Had a trap that was just power. This feels more and more like a Harbaugh run game week by week. Backs are going to need to be willing to cut up field if the pin and pull is now the base running game. Anthony McFarland stiffarmed McGrone. Mike Danna had a very nice game but unfortunately he’s going to be gone next year, will probably get drafted. Uche probably going to the NFL too. Vincent Gray had the best coverage of his career.

2. Gimmicky Top 5 things that are irretrievably broken

starts at 24:04

We count down the top 5 things that are irretrievably broken.

3. MSU Preview: Offense

starts at 1:08:32

OL has 3 guys who are definitely out, one guy sat out last week. Started two true freshman last week and starting a guard at RT. Devontae Dobbs seems to be hurt which is why he’s not starting on the offensive line. Top WR Darrell Stewart is out for this game, while their top TE is out for the year following Illinois. Two backup running backs are starting after a bunch of transfers, one of them looks like a dude: Elijah Collins. Receivers are Cody White and not much beyond that. Lewerke was doing a lot of running against Illinois.

4. MSU Preview: Defense

starts at 1:25:24

MSU’s defense has taken a step back from dominant to just good. Seth thinks it’s because they lost an NFL safety and replaced him with Xavier Henderson. Panasiuk-Williams-Willekes are a good defensive front but weakness now without Bachie. Just run power away from Willikes. Antjuan Simmons is good when he doesn’t have to think in the viper-like position. DT’s are really good. Josh Butler and Tre Person are not very good corners. Nico is going to be open. Nico Collins needs to get 15 targets. Their kicker has been wonky this season.

MUSIC:

Neco Redd, a neo-soul artist from the West side of Detroit. She toured Europe as a member of Amp Fiddler, and has worked with Boney James, George Duke and Kid Rock. Her debut album we're featuring is NO DISCIPLINE and she's currently working on a jazz project "Smoking Gun" with Amp Fiddler. Facebook: facebook.com/pages/NECO-REDD-EXPERIENCE, or Twitter: @NECOREDDLIVE 

  • "No Discipline"
  • "History"
  • "Detroit City"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Nov 16, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 11/14/2019: If You Aren't in Prison
40:03

Football things discussed:

  • State preview: Lewerke is less broken, they're 86th not 128th.
  • MSU played a better game than Illinois, but for a lot of Sparty Nos.
  • MSU was running Michigan's arc read—how little brother was that.
  • State's Brady Hoke Concussion Adventure: they tell the truth that they didn't give a shit if Lewerke had a concussion, then the medical staff is like waitaminute we've got to lie.
  • Bachie is a huge loss though they have more good linebackers. What they don't have are the elite secondary players.
  • This is just the cusp: recruiting has been a crater, and they're going to lose almost all of their good players.
  • KJ Hamler told the announce crew for MSU-PSU he didn't go to Michigan State because people don't come out right up there.
  • Credit to Michigan State for taking a comeuppance they've deserved for years.
  • Malik McDowell: everything people were worried about with him came true because he went to Michigan State.
  • Lloyd Carr did not like Bobby Williams.
  • Watch the Illinois game: Gotta dial up more shots.
  • The Dread: last year things felt bad even though Michigan was up a touchdown forever until the DPJ touchdown. But Michigan was still dominating that game.

Basketball things discussed:

  • App state: Zavier Simpson's worst game since he won the starting job, had a good game against Creighton.
  • Running sets that Juwan brought from the NBA. In the 2nd half the offense gets better because they're on offense by their bench and Juwan can yell at guys.
  • Pink Teske: was pretty tired out there—maybe tempo isn't going to help his style. Gave up a lot of OREBs. But Teske iced the game too.

Other things discussed:

  • Who's Alabama beaten? Brian: They'll have beaten Auburn; that's not as good as the other 1-loss teams. Oklahoma or Oregon is going to have one more win and a conference championship.
  • Buying Minnesota? Yes they can win the West. But they played even with Penn State, whom Michigan was better than on the road, so they're on our level.
  • Ed does a Brian impersonation.

Well your numbers are stupid

Nov 15, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.11: The Michigan State Beat
01:42:52

Say something to the alums and students and former players about the future of the program.

THE SPONSORS

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be all be very sad ex-Vox employees with “real” jobs.

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1. Basketball

starts at 1:00

Recapping a Sparty No! for the ages. From the 4th and 16 pass to Illinois's version of Nico Collins, to keeping an obviously concussed Lewerke on the field for a pick six, to extending Illinois on 4th down by tackling their receiver in the end zone.

Hoops vs Appalachian State. Nunez is a great shoo—oh he committed another foul. Wings: thin until Wagner can play. Ivory Towers lineup and three guard lineup tested. Eli Brooks more like Three-li Brooks: confident and can run the offense! Concern is for people who haven't seen Zavier Simpson play the last three seasons. Livers not off the dribble. Teske! Looked like a murderpost for the first half. Using his passing, saving his energy with the new pick & roll defense? Michigan going to try to draw fouls again! Around the league: Purdue looks interesting, Maryland looks talented as hell but going from watching Purdue play offense to Maryland is jarring.

2. Gimmicky Top Fives: Sparty No!

starts at 32:45

Get your piss hot.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 55:16

It's an ECAC team out there right now. Pastas sending pucks on net and they're not going in. Defense looks organized. Fixed some of the things that needed to be fixed, except the power play. Don't yet have the talent to be the team they want to, and don't have the experience to be a good not talented team. Next year there's going to be some totally rad dudes.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:19:03

A very validating Row the Boat performance: Tanner Morgan has his second-best game of the year, with Sean Clifford going almost toe to toe (three interceptions, 23 more attempts, one more yard). Can't count Purdue right now. Need to talk about David Bell, who's kind of a dude already. John L. Smith and Brady Hoke were better in their last four years than MSU. They're running arc read. Brian Ferentz invented the quarterback draw. Ohio State conspiracies: Chase Young gets suspended, he's from Maryland, and Young's DeMatha HC is a Maryland assistant; corroborated by onside kicks and more running up the score.

MUSIC:
  • "Scythian Empire"—Andrew Bird
  • "Horizon to Cliff"—Built to Spill
  • "The W.A.N.D."–The Flaming Lips
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 11, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 11/7/2019: The Ivory Towers
35:56

Football things discussed:

  • Bad OL we've faced warped our ideas of how good the defense holds up inside. Maryland had some good guards, managed to beat the DTs.
  • Don Brown has warped our expectations for defense: aw man they got over 200 yards because of garbage time.
  • Nico Collins has drawn 7 PIs this year, which is more than anyone in the country on a per throw basis because the leapy Kentucky guy whose quarterback is the source of the tagline.
  • Michigan was pretty good at adjusting to Maryland trying their best not to get edged by having the backs cut back inside.
  • Brian: backs haven't been leaving yards on the field.
  • There's a line between rearranging the deck chairs and having some continuity.

Hoops:

  • Different reactions to getting up 30 and then it's 4.
  • The Ivory Towers personnel: Castleton with Teske makes things very big.
  • Brooks when he is shooting well is a starting two, still think Franz is going to be on the court when he's healthy.
  • Craig argues this having not seen him play college yet—he's sold on Brooks at the two and Franz is at the three and Livers is at the four and Johns is on the bench. Doesn't like the Ivory Towers.
  • State is good, until you get to the Keebler Elf.
  • Gotta work inside-out, get something closer to Beilein's turnover rate.
Nov 08, 2019
Michigan Hockeycast 2.2: Abomination Eggs
57:10

Who's the last goalie you would take over Strauss Mann right now? Hunwick?

Chefs: MGoHockey Correspondent David "Bright Orange Burner" Nasternak and Adam "Blushing" Schnepp

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

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1. First Four Series Breakdown

starts at 0:50

We're a week into the conference season, which means it's time to recap (most of) non-conference play and take a quick look ahead. This time with 100% more continuity-related podcast jokes! Also 100% more Adam.

First, we run through each series. What went well? Where has Michigan faltered? What can advanced stats tell us about Michigan's play so far? We touch on opponent quality as well as which players have stood out.

2. Team Lines/Pairings Debate and Minnesota Preview

starts at 25:51

The lines we'd like to see based on what we've observed so far as well as the availability of personnel. In other words, key injured players are back, so where should they slot in? We also talk about special teams and what we may see from Michigan's power play and penalty kill in the future. Then we look ahead to this weekend's series against Minnesota at Yost, which involves the slow realization that we're living in Bizarro World.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Brass Bonanza"—Hartford Whalers
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Nov 07, 2019
The Teams: 1932
02:37:23

Seth and Dr. Sap bring you a podcast about Michigan's greatest teams. This episode: an unforgettable season nobody remembers, featuring special guest Greg Dooley of MVictors.com.

Previously: 1901, 1925, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1976, 1980, 1999

THE SPONSOR:

It is sponsored by HomeSure Lending. If you're buying or refinancing your home, this is the guy to talk to. He'll work on your loan directly and walk you through a process that can get really confusing really fast. I used him. Brian used him. Everyone else who used him is glad they did.

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1. FOOTBALL IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION

(starts at 0:40)

A huge report on cheating in college football—the Carnegie Report—comes back in September 1929 with the conclusion that everybody's cheating, the South is cheating blatantly and at incredible levels; the response is a national "meh." We discuss Michigan's part in all of this, and how much Kipke knew or encouraged it (it's all pretty sad and small to be honest). Michigan was lucky to have built all of their stuff in the '20s. Depression stuff: 1931 "Charity Schmaritty" game. NEW RULES: Most notable is you’re now down if any part of your body but hands or feet touch the ground (previously: knees or shoulders).

Yost is still around as AD and Kipke (a former MSU coach) is in his fourth season after surviving where other Yost successors did not, probably because Kipke had his own power base in the state. Coming off a disappointing season in 1931, replacing their entire line, everybody on their '32 schedule is going to be ranked at some point.

2. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM

(starts at 33:48)

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BACKS: If they had called the Heisman the Heisman a few years before we would all know the name of QB Harry Newman, the Denard of his era. Incredible that there are four or five guys on this team with more notoriety than him considering he was the best player in the country this year and next. LHB John Heston (Willie's son) is expected to be the big star, but got hurt and ceded time to blocking fire hydrant RHB Stanley Fay. Heston replaced by LHB Herman Everhardus, a lanky receiverish guy. Fullback John Regeczi (also the punter) is a blocky yooper, great "line plunger" (linebacker) and short-yardage back.

ENDS: LE Ted Petoskey is your Bennie Oosterbaan 2.0, played for the Reds. Willis Ward's story (by Dooley) was published on MGoBlog at the 100th anniversary of the football program and that sparked interest that led to the film. First black player on the team since the early part of the century. Extremely fast: one of the fastest people in the country. Kipke came in ready to integrate, had to find the right guy, was willing to throw down with anyone who started something.

LINE: Lots of injured guys and lots of new starters. C Chuck Bernard is an All-American, only lineman who makes it through the whole season, replacing Maynard Morrison the way Cam McGrone is replacing Devin Bush Jr. LT Francis "Whitey" Wistert, the eldest of the brothers is on this team. Weird that all three Wisterts played for different coaches in such different eras: Whitey during Kipke's heyday, Albert for Fritz Crisler's Mad Magicians over a decade later, and Alvin after the War under Oosterbaan.

LG Abe Marcovsky veteran G also injured against Ohio State. Tried to get back but couldn’t quite. LG John Kowalik a three-year starter, got hurt mid-season. C Gerald Ford: Shined on freshman team with Ward, and was rotated in as a second linebacker often. Edged out Willis Ward for the Meyer Morton Award. RG Cecil Cantrill: Big dude, minor injury vs IU. RT Russell Damm: Preseason starter at RT, vastly improved defensively, kicked in the head against Northwestern and left the game.

RT Thomas Austin: Later captain of the ‘34 team. Great defensive tackle. T/G Carl Savage: Also the FG kicker. Small guy but replaced Kowalik at G when he went out.

3. THE GAMES, THE GAMES, THE GAMES

(starts at 56:10)

26-0 Michigan State: Great Depression means nobody can afford to go to the game anymore, so they're doing things like double-headers. Michigan State College Aggies, "Iron Men" have a decent team now all of a sudden. MSC is actually favored in this game. No worries. Everhardus has a 32-yard “twisting, turning” TD run.

15-6 Northwestern: This is the LSU-Bama of 1932. Somehow a highlight reel exists from the Northwestern game. Pug Rentner, Northwestern's "Heisman" candidate, fumbles on the first play.

Also:

Michigan hurt by the new rules: Fay scored but new rule calls a ball dead when any part of a runner’s body touches the ground (elbows). Next play they go B gap and score. Had another chance from the 1 but fumbled behind the line on 3rd down, missed the kick, and under the rules of the time the ball went out to the 20.Northwestern shanks a punt but again M can do nothing with it.

14-0 Ohio State: Michigan band teaches them the script Ohio. Carmen Ohio was written on the way home from getting crushed at Michigan. Helmet stickers are from Bo, script Ohio is from the MMB, are any of Ohio State’s traditions their own?

“Helpless against Harry Newman’s accurate passing.” OSU had a few power drives but couldn’t get inside the M 20. Regeczi self-called a fake punt and got it. Next drive OSU’s Cramer tries it and is stuffed.

32-0 Illinois: Full house:

Not a great Illinois team. Just 19,013 showed. Injuries to Fay and Heston means Regeczi moved to Right HB, Petoskey moves to fullback, and Willis Ward starts. Newman to Ivy Williamson to open the scoring right away, 20-0 lead at halftime, Newman 76-yard kickoff return to start 2nd half. Michigan: 410 yards of offense, 296 on the ground. Petoskey: 187 yards on 21 carries.

14-7 Princeton: Year 1 under Fritz Crisler, from Minnesota. Crisler has Tad Wieman on his staff. Kipke has Bennie Oosterbaan on his. So you’ve got four Michigan head coaches on this field. Chilly and drizzly rain, perfect for Crisler’s big, grindy offense with fullback Jack James. Princeton got out ahead 7-2 in the first half and the conditions and Princeton wouldn’t let Newman pass. Princeton outgains but they fumbled a punt (from Petoskey) for a safety, and later Ivy blocked a punt at the 10, Bernard recovered for a TD. FINALLY Newman completes a pass, to Ward for a TD, but missed the PAT. Michigan gets an INT to stop a final Princeton comeback drive with

Nov 06, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.10: Fall Always Reminds Me of Monet
01:52:54

They can't get that caliber of recruit anymore.

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We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be all be very sad ex-Vox employees with “real” jobs.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic

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1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Tip your Uber drivers. Bifurcation of the fanbase between people defending Shea Patterson and those blaming him for everything. Liked the called QB run and the direct snap near the goal line. McCaffrey takes are too harsh. Are we disappointed? Sorta?

2. The Defense

starts at 32:35

Another sub-200 yard day obliterated by garbage time. Shutout also obliterated by the return. Feel bad because they were running Counter and our DTs aren't doing anything on them. Buying stock in NOT Booger McFarland's kid: stiffarmed McGrone. Josh Ross dressed, did not play, so redshirt still available. Metellus was playing down, they got him on the 3rd and 1.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 48:38

A return! Barrett buried a guy. Blocked punt on Maryland's left?-legged guy? They have a righty and a lefty. Quinn Nordin made his first attempt of the year. Hurry sneak on a 4th down that wasn't necessary because a review was about to show the spot was a full yard and a half short. Fake punt! Nice to have a former running quarterback as your upback listed as a linebacker. Flying wedge FTW! No fake punts from the spread punt except the rollout/nobody's here thing. Griese didn't prepare hard for this game. Miss Spielman.

4. Hoops & Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:11:22

Zavier Simpson is an important guy: we knew this. The green light goes on a lot earlier: good for Livers, fine as long as it's not an off-the-dribble two. Brandon Johns looked pretty good. Is he aggressive enough to be the fourth banana? Yes. Bajema redshirt? Nunez did not look good on D. Pick and roll coverage is now dropping the center.

Instead of double-byes, let's have Thanksgiving in peace. What a Big Ten week it was. Illinois-Rutgers! Illinois plays at an empty MSU next week! Brian wants Dantonio to circle his wagons for one more year but he's got a seven-hour deposition before they've got one running back and a Theo Day/Rocky Lombardi battle to start at quarterback—their AD is part of the Dantonio cabal so he could come back right? Didn't take long for Indiana to make fools of the Wildcat bettors. Nebraska's 400-pound guy deserved a TD. Martinez is playing bad quarterback.

MUSIC:
  • "Lost Ones" - Lauryn Hill
  • "On Your Face" - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • "Smooth Operator" – Sade
  • “Across 110th Street”
Nov 04, 2019
MGoRadio 5.8: How to Take a Bath
01:43:07

It feels more bipartisan than just about anything these days. Except attacking Blizzard.

wsg Richard Hoeg, small business attorney, who's going to walk us through the NCAA's response to NIL rights

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1. Name & Image Rights, wsg Richard Hoeg of HoegLaw

starts at 1:00

Richard Hoeg joins the podcast to the NCAA’s astoundingly retrograde response to the California bill, which doesn’t say what your mainstream articles blindly republished that it said. Read it for yourself!

2. Notre Dame After UFR

starts at 43:21

At long last: last year’s run game, but with some speed in space stuff. Michigan ran power to defeat the ND scrape exchange. Spread run game went from very bad to very good when deleting a guy became possible. Urban Meyer is unfortunately very good at analyzing football. Most important question: why did it take this long? There were some inexplicable ND screw ups and shouldn’t be underestimated. Still, run game is much better than running inside zone over and over again against Army. On defense, not much to talk about because Ian Book was dreadful. Made one read and then scrambled out of clean pockets. Hill and Thomas are significantly better than Vincent Gray at this point in time. Cleanest game from a defense in UFR history. Not a lot of organic pass rush, which could be concerning down the road. Uche dropped into coverage a bit. ND unprepared for zone. McGrone just needs to get a bit smarter and then he’s Devin Bush. Redshirt for Josh Ross?

3. Hoops Exhibitions: What to Look For

starts at 1:07:14

Big questions: how much does Castleton play and where? And who plays at the 2 (DDJ, Brooks, Nunez, Bajema). Nunez is probably not in that seriously, not a good enough defender. Brooks looked okay at the open scrimmage, good defender. DeJulius was low efficiency in the scrimmage but is going to be an off the dribble, needs to be a knock down shooter. Question for 3-4: where does Isaiah Livers play? Teske will play 30 mpg, Castleton will play minutes, but the question is if the two can play together. With Johns, we don’t know about his mental state. He had a lost year of development as a freshman. Hopefully Howard can work with him. Should make the tournament, will take some losses early.

4. Maryland

starts at 1:29:57

Ghost of Matt Canada is still in Maryland. Super explosive but nothing else. Their receiving corps is Notre Dame: one big downfield guy and nothing else. OL is brutal. Their QB situation is a revolving door with Jackson and Piggy both sorta hurt and a really bad third option. Their pass defense is awful, littered with injuries. Jon Hoke is their defensive coordinator. DL is tiny up front. They also have no sacks. Will get to garbage time in a hurry.

MUSIC:

Featured tonight: Indian-inspired reggae from Nucciano/Jovon, a native Detroiter, classically trained violinist and Michigan fan who's been recording lately with Javonntee. Check out more of her stuff at Micuqu records, www.ja-le-la-entertainment.com/artists-page2.html

  • "What Are You Going To Do(With This)" ft. Javonntte
  • "So Hot"
  • “In the House"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

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Nov 01, 2019
The Ace Pod 1.13: Under the Dome
51:21

Cover by @blueandjoe. This week’s podcast is, as always, brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship. Check out his shiny new site here.

Before getting to your mailbag questions, I screw up which episode of the podcast this is, then have an extremely important discussion about the Stadium article in which every FBS coach and athletic director named their favorite musical artists.

The mailbag covers:

  • Did the team just hit its stride or was that a one-off?
  • Is the old Harbaugh back?
  • Which of the WRs return next year?
  • Potential emerging freshmen.
  • Dream home-and-home matchup.
  • Whether Michigan will benefit from player getting paid above board.
  • BioDome™ settings for particular circumstances.
  • What to do when you can’t watch live.
  • The ceiling for the basketball team.
  • We end with your top five rain game lifehacks, which may be a week late for some (and their phones) but hopefully will help many of you in the future.
MUSIC:
  • “400 Years (Jamaican version)” — Bob Marley
  • “My Favorite Memory” — Merle Haggard

 

Oct 31, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.9: Do You Want to Win or Do You Want to Be Comfortable?
01:44:37

I enjoyed his tweet afterwards; he got himself a milkshake and a gas station hot dog because he deserved it.

THE SPONSORS

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be all be very sad ex-Vox employees with “real” jobs.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic

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[After THE JUMP: Spam]

1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Spanellis: They call him Spam. Michigan rushes for 200 yards in the rain in a half. Whams and traps: Old Harbaugh stuff comes back (*cough cough just like Seth said they should in Foe Film cough*). A new bubble action gets Charbonnet past the safeties—that's how you get chunks! Brought out Down G, a big play on an arc keeper. Eubanks gave a guy a hammer panda. Ruiz and Onwenu were excellent at picking up blitzes on pin & pull, where you have to stop and pick that guy off. Went back to what they did last year and it turns out they run it well. Throwing it to Nico: how many times does he get interfered with? Turner: despite fumble issues, let's fix that and get this guy back in the rotation. If you play Jim Harbaugh and he's running 80% of the time you had a bad day.

2. The Defense

starts at 34:06

Michigan students are incredible towel-throwers. Agree it was harder to hit Cole Kmet than the camera. John O'Neill: the worst. Kelly got crap for throwing in a hurricane but he couldn't run either. Ian Book was bailing clean pockets. ND was running man beaters against Cover 2. Got crushed by Michigan's 3-3-5 stack even. Kemp had a great game. McGrone has Devin Bush speed with a greater physical package, but he's not a direct comparison: Bush has unreal anticipation too. The Hawkins INT taken away was a solid #2 all-time after the Northwestern call on Higdon. Brian Cook is the world's only John O'Neill defender.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 57:04

Low-hanging fruit from Texas Tech and Notre Dame. Okay with field goal because you could be in an Iowa-Northwestern situation. DPJ had to stop fielding pouncing footballs in the rain. Poncho take: get the pyramid kind with the arms inside because then you can go in a cocoon and go on Twitter. Sad ten-second runoff. Weather destroyed Book and they didn't have a plan B, but this was on par with Wisconsin/PSU wins last year. They've come a long way since last September.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:19:13

A lot of bad offenses, a lot of rain. Mick McCall vs Iowa goes how that matchup was going to—Reigning Big Ten West Champs Northwestern could not win any Big Ten games. Rutgers upsets Liberty—Johnny Langan don't go out like that to Hugh Freeze. Illinois has bowl eligibility in the likelihood column: has Rutgers and Northwestern (and MSU on the road). State scored (darn) but the beauty of Dantonio's quotes is… Hamler not going here is sad, the reason he gave for not going to MSU is beautiful. Julian Barnett transfer? Row the boat! Ohio State doesn't need to practice anymore. WHOP! Luke McCaffrey debut. IU's football program is in better shape than their basketball program. #Ninewindiana requires a win at PSU or when Michigan visits.

MUSIC:
  • “One More Night”—Stars
  • “They'll Need A Crane”—They Might Be Giants
  • “Don't Leave Me This Way”—Lee Fields
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Oct 28, 2019
MGoRadio 5.7: I’m Pretending It’s Occasionally
01:47:07

wsg Jane Coaston (@cjane87) senior politics Reporter at Vox with a focus on conservatism and the right, who got that gig by getting good at college football Twitter (Go Blue!)

also wsg Joe Pichey, writer of those MGoBBQ articles we'll bring back as soon as a sponsor steps up. Find him at Instagram at gobluebbq, and twitter: @GOBLUEBBQ.

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, who are the Dudes.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic (this link gets you 40% off your sub)

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1. College Football Prepares You For Some Stuff, Man, wsg Jane

starts at 1:00

Jane Coaston of vox.com joins the podcast to talk about Nazis, her professional experience, housing policy, and Michigan football..

2. Penn State After UFR

starts at 36:32

Defense: 283 yards but 28 points. All the yards on a few plays. Referee calls didn’t get better on review. Disappointing pass rush day. Drag route stops set up the damage down the field, safeties biting up. Hawkins busts on two TD’s. Michigan is bad at tempo. Time to roll with Dax Hill? Lavert Hill is still too grabby when he doesn’t need to be. Bubble screens effective but had some things go wrong. Michigan bouncing between a bunch of things and aren’t great at any one thing. Execution still lacks. Patterson’s reads still aren’t great, he isn’t keeping it enough. What were we working on all summer? Micah Parsons was phenomenal. Pass blocking phenomenal, run blocking not good. Patterson better but still not quite what you want. Drops not as bad on re-look. Throw it deep more..

3. Barbecue Tips with MGoBBQ Joe

starts at 54:08

Joe Pichey joins the podcast to discuss barbecue tips, his career, food trucks, and more..

4. Notre Dame

starts at 1:27:17

Ian Book seems to have regressed and both teams are disappointing right now. Notre Dame’s faced some bad defenses and has done okay against them. Don’t seem to be firing on all cylinders, especially in the passing game. Chase Claypool probably not underrated anymore. Chris Finke is back and is Drew Dileo. They are really good in pass protection according to PFF. Brian Kelly really doesn’t want to run. Michigan’s defense is pretty close to Georgia who did a good job against ND. Michigan’s defense should be fine. Offense more questionable. Can Runyan hold up against Okwara and Kareem? ND has great pass rushers. They deal with RPO’s like MSU does. They have feisty but small corners, throw deep balls against Troy Pride Jr.! But the weather… can Shea stay accurate in those conditions?

MUSIC:

Featured tonight: The A+ Machines, local Ann Arbor band from the late '90s.

  • "Antidote"
  • “Any Given Day"
  • “Come Back Swinging”
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

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It'd be nice to have a job where I just tee off on people. Is that a subtweet?

Oct 25, 2019
WTKA Roundtable 10/24/2019: Stop Trying to Cheer Me Up
37:08

Things discussed:

  • The weird road game when there's lots of mistakes, and this is still that game despite this being the best game they played all year
  • Harbaugh killed three drives in Penn State territory or near enough by not going for it on 4th and short
  • The mugging: can't argue the refs were the difference in this game.
  • Shea had a good day. Peoples-Jones's drop: two guys open crossing each other in the middle of the field, Patterson doesn't see it, then he rolls out and finds DPJ and the safety rakes it out—that's on Shea. Brian thinks Shea's performance was okay, not great.
  • Yippee they ran bubble screens and it worked because they've been ignoring it.
  • Regular screens: why hasn't one worked all year? It wasn't a pick if Charbonnet doesn't trip but it wasn't going to work.
  • Sloppy play—they still can't handle tempo (which is bad this week).
  • Sam: RPO illegal man downfield: correct call on Ruiz but PSU has a guy 8 yards downfield who breaks up Hawkins's interception attempt wasn't one. The push-off is 7 points or 4 if PSU gets back in range. The Collins thing! The mugging on 4th down! Need to have officials grading so it's left to people like Craig Ross to grade them.
  • Notre Dame: Brian says go ask Seth. Ed says they've got those DEs. Ian Book's a good QB. They've been trying to find a running game.
  • Michigan as they were in the 2nd half last week can beat them, but this is a solid opponent.
  • Back to Shea: if he has this game in context of a decent season we're down on his PSU game.
  • Brian: Stop trying to cheer me up and make me optimistic about stuff. It's not going to happen. It's not. It's a one-game season and we're going to get hammered in that game.
  • Caller: on the ledge, because it's the same old problems every season. Brian: we were hoping Harbaugh would come in and be a top five coach, and we're not there—we're on James Franklin level.
  • Isaiah Todd: The way Michigan stays as good as they were under Beilein is they recruit better.
Oct 25, 2019
The Ace Pod 1.12: The Harder They Come
01:13:56

Our own stadium needs to be a safe space for our kickers’ balls!

This week’s podcast is, as always, brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship. Check out his shiny new site here.

We’re also excited to build on our new partnership with The Athletic. This week, Michigan football columnist Nick Baumgardner joins me for the final segment to discuss his take on the Penn State game, his film study of Shea Patterson, the direction of the offense, weighing change against transition costs, and plenty more.There’s also the usual mailbag.

This week’s topics:

  • Which players benefit from Franz Wagner’s injury? How does it change the non-conference outlook?
  • Monstar lineups
  • Who benefits the most from the change to Juwan Howard?
  • KenPom preseason rankings
  • Women’s hoops outlook
  • An important PSA about kickers, footballs, and not throwing the home kicking footballs out of the stadium, lest Jon Falk hunt you down
  • Gattis feelings post-PSU
  • Should Don Brown change it up?
  • Speedy Eaglet

Thanks to all who sent in questions this week, and also to Nick for taking the time to dig into some tough big-picture questions about the football program while not veering off the road.

MUSIC:

“The Harder They Come” — Jimmy Cliff“Shape Shifter” — Laura Viers“

Oct 23, 2019
The Teams: 1950
02:17:03

Seth and Dr. Sap bring you a podcast about Michigan's greatest teams. This episode: certainly the weirdest season ever.

Previously: 1901192519471964197619801999

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[Description, diagrams, some video after the JUMP]

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1. MIDCENTURY FOOTBALL

(starts at 1:00)

From T-Formations to the Korean War and replacing rosters of war heroes with regular ol' sophomores, we look at football as it stood in 1950. Southern football is on the map, and programs are spending insane (for that time) amounts of G.I. Bill money on building projects, especially for their football teams. Recruiting is a thing, but not at Michigan. New facilities are a thing, but not at Michigan. Revamped passing games, War babies, bowl games, the new Coaches Poll, and your fists have to be in on your chest now.

2. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM

(starts at 20:41)

BACKS:

Bill “ol' One-Play" Putich for his 1 TD pass vs MSU. Not a great QB but smart. Was later moved to HB and was captain in 1951. VERY young--he turned 18 this season, as a junior. Real concern that Army was going to draft him ahead of the game. FB: Don Dufek: Chicago. Dad of Don, Bill, and Joe. Team MVP. They know him at Grand Valley as the AD who turned around the department. 702 yards on 174 carries (4 YPC) and 8 TDs--really he was averaging 5 YPC except that OSU game when he had 14 carries for 9 yards. LHB Chuck Ortmann: Star in ‘49 until he was concussed against Army. Hampered by back injury in ‘50 (could hardly bend over). RHB Leo Koceski: Was more of a slot role, see interview.

Backups: HB Don Peterson (5’10/175) charging for Leo's job from the start. LHB: Super sophomores: “mighty mites” Frank Howell (5’8/155) (also 3rd string LHB), Wes Bradford (5’6/155) and Don Oldham (5’8/166). Oldham in for Ortmann but awful fumble.  Also Dan Hill who was compared to the shifty return specialist Gene Derricotte. QB: Ted Topor, blocking type, converted fullback. Bill Billings (Flint), passer, go-to signal caller, good punter. Tom Witherspoon is a defensive specialist.

ENDS:

Sophs expected to take over. Nervous about this position though there’s hope for Perry. LE Lowell Perry (Ypsilanti, teammate of Hill), Fastest guy on the team, end-around maven, quick passing games, and makes guys miss. Also an excellent safety. RE Harry Allis: Longtime starter, stalwart. LE on defense is Ozzie Clark who's also a good TE, a big quasi-tackle. Big game against Ohio State. Backups: Sophs Fred Pickard, a combo TE, and Merrit Green on defense.

LINE:

Offensive C Carl Kreager. 6’4/220. Won’t wear gloves. Backup: John Padjen 5’9/180, plays C and G. Started football program at TF South in Chicago, his son Tom was HC for 40 years, and grandson John is now HC. RT Al “Brick” Wahl. Star of the team, captain, All-American. Nephew of Herb Stager. He came to Michigan in 1945 from Chicago but joined the Army that summer and missed the ‘46 and ‘47 seasons so he’s now 23 years old and a vet. LT Tom “Big Gun” Johnson born in Chicago but from Muskegon heights. Washed dishes, competed in football and track. Was Alvin Wistert’s backup but by the time he graduated he was one of the greatest tackles in Michigan history (more on defense than offense). Second African-American to play for the Packers, after former teammate Bob Mann a year prior. LT Bill Ohlenroth: Plays when Johnson needs a breather. Defensive RG Tom Kelsey (a converted end) and later soph Jim Wolter are playing a hybrid DL/LB position. Swing OL John Hess Sprained ankle vs Minneosta. OL Ralph Stribe moved to G this year because T was strong. Defensive LG Dick McWilliams: best MG in the country. 6’3/248 and immovable.

LINEBACKERS:

C Roger Zatkoff (Hamtramck), super sophomore, Meyer Morton Award, has to replace Dick Kempthorn “a 215-pound converted fullback, is a bone-crusher of the Kempthorn school. FB Tony Momsen, moved over from center, punted, blocked OSU punt and recovered it. Backups: Ted Topor (6’0/215) the blocking fullback, and Dick Strowzewski, who also plays T.

3. INTERVIEW WITH HALFBACK LEO KOCESKI

(starts at 38:10)

Recruiting in the late '40s, the training table rules, coming up under the Mad Magicians, Fritz Crisler's retirement, the Korean War, Dan Dworsky on the piano. The time he tried kicking. The '49 team and the comedown as the next wave takes over.

4. THE GAMES, THE GAMES, THE GAMES

(starts at 1:17:33)

Toughest season you can get, with most of the Top 10 on the docket, starting with #9 Michigan State College, "The Football Factory" which had recently been admitted to the Big Ten and immediately placed on some kind of double-secret probation, but beat us . Dartmouth was a good team in '49 but lost a lot of guys, Michigan wins 27-7. #2 Army at Yankee Stadium began the cascade of injuries, beat Michigan 6-27. #16 Wisconsin was a nice homecoming game after the 1-2 start, a 26-13 win. But then a trip to #14 Minnesota ends in a 7-7 tie with Michigan routinely stuck on the doorstep, and an 0-7 loss to #10 Illinois in the snow is a season-killer. Or is it? Indiana goes away 20-7, and Michigan defeats a tough Northwestern team 34-23, the only giant not to lose to them. And then there's the snow bowl.

 

5. ROSE BOWL

(1:51:01)

Michigan takes the train to Pasadena and beats #5 Cal. Why yes of course Sap has video of it!

 

Cal controls play in the first half but has their first huge run called back for an illegal formation, and misses an extra point try. Michigan figures out the trick to a team that cut blocks all the time: step back a yard at the snap then go over them. Michigan also learns the short passing game and takes it down the field to deep in Bear territory. Dufek took over from there.

6. WRAP

(2:04:18)

It will be some time (1964) before we have another Michigan team to profile, so Sap and I go into the future, where Michigan's facilities and hamstrung recruiting are falling behind the rivals, Woody Hayes is building a dynasty in Columbus that still hasn't really gone away, and we preview a coming fight over the Athletic Department head job that'll set the course of Michigan history for the rest of the century.

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MUSIC
  • "The Third man Theme"—Anton Karas (you should see this film if you haven't)
  • "Double Crossin' Blues"—Johnny Otis with Little Esther & the Robins
  • "If I knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake"—Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, and Clem Watts, performed by Eileen Barton
  • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"—Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, performed by Frank Sinatra
  • "Yipsee-I-O"—Ray Gilbert, performed by Carmen Miranda with the Andrews Sisters
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Clearly the ball either had the plague or halitosis

Oct 22, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.8: Throwing Copper
01:09:00

Do you blame Jim Harbaugh? No I blame Hoobastank.

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[After THE JUMP: ack]

1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

A few ways Michigan could have won. One would have been to catch the damn ball. Another would have been anything approximating even officiating because OMFG. Three would have been to recruit KJ Hamler. Bubble screens worked: yay. Shea had his best game this year but drops: DPJ had three. Great tradition wmith Herbstreit is when he does the downfield cam and sees nobody open when a lot of people are actually open. Why can't we run a screen? TE blocking problems. Finally they didn't fumble, and they dropped all the balls.

2. The Defense

starts at 26:43

Give up 283 yards and more than half of that is on four plays, including the Freiermuth pushoff. Penn State targeted two wide receivers this game. A few bad matchups but seriously they shut them down. Michigan's not Ohio State good, and Ohio State is the only kind of team that can overcome a team as decent as Penn State getting the calls they got.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 41:52

Three horrible fourth down decisions. Punting on 4th and 1 in plus territory, and your punter is terrible at pinning guys deep! Punt on 4th and 3 in the deep 3rd quarter. Surprised Penn State didn't put Hamler back there for the 58-yard field goal when you don't have Nordin available (they did, then called a timeout). This is the stuff the rest of college football has fixed. Frames called timeout on himself when there's 21 seconds left and he knows he's gonna punt.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 56:58

Jamie regretting he left his BPONE comfy chair. Brandon Peters mom dropping bombs on Twitter. Illinois had zero trips into the red zone, Peters is 9/21. Whole Rutger ruined, Rashad Batemen is a dude. New Gopherquests: Minnesota could go 12-0, and Rutgers could be the worst team in the history of the Big Ten. Iowa controls their own destiny in the Big Ten West now. IU's defense has improved.

MUSIC:
  • “Semi-Charmed Life”—Third Eye Blind
  • “Hopefulessness”—Courtney Barnett
  • “Plastic Beach”—Gorillaz
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Oct 21, 2019
MGoRadio 5.6: Junkyard Dogs
01:48:44

There needs to be a minimum number of charges Brandon Johns commits.

wsg Matty D (@endless_motor) from Endless Motor

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1. Isaiah Todd and Other Five-Stars wsg Matt from Endless Motor

starts at 1:00

Isaiah Todd has committed. First 5* since McGary/GRIII. Comparison is fluid and more switchable version of DJ Wilson. There are some motor concerns that made him drop 10 spots in the rankings. Brian is cautious on Todd, can he define a program or is he just a piece? Todd changes the perception of Michigan as one of Those schools. Makes Michigan relevant in elite basketball recruiting again. His mom was pretty protective and was a big factor in the recruitment. Everyone likes Juwan Howard. The college route seems to be preferred right now but we have to see how RJ Hampton plays out. Michigan will be gigantic next year. Big questions this year: what happens with Castleton and Johns this year? We’re likely to see a lot more transition this year. The issue for Johns is mental, not athletic, needs more confidence. Todd shouldn’t have the athletic limitations that Iggy had. More posting up with Juwan.

2. More with Matt: How Does This Class Finish?

starts at 36:32

Michigan has three more open spots in the 2020 class. One is held for Jace Howard but he can be pushed out to non-scholarship if needed. Juwan looking for a center: Mark Williams or Hunter Dickinson? Duke wants both. If Dickinson makes it out of Durham without a commit, Michigan is in good shape. Dickinson and Todd are good fits with each other. At the 2-3 spot Michigan’s got a few options they have a good shot at: Nimari Burnett, Josh Christopher, Moses Moody, and Jaden Springer. Hopefully M gets one. In the 2021 class Khristian Lander is a guy Michigan has a great shot at, maybe he reclassifies? Todd is already actively recruiting for Michigan.

3. After UFR: Illinois

starts at 54:08

Michigan revived their running game by going back to last year, mixing in the split zone and the pin and pull. Michigan is messing up the low hanging fruit, just not making the right reads. If those QB reads happen, chunk plays might start to happen. If those happen, passing game opens up. Mayfield did a lot of good things and some very bad things. Onwenu was dominant, other people now think he’s an All-American. Bredeson is underrated by the UFR grading system. Ruiz has scuffled this year. We need to see more blocking from Eubanks against non-Illinois teams. Brian is optimistic about Michigan’s running game against PSU. Bell turned 15 yards into 70. No one on defense was dominant, mostly everyone was good. Glasgow great, Kemp productive. Metellus had some uncharacteristic gaffes.

4. Penn State

starts at 1:27:17

Feels like it’s going to be a slog. PSU played Iowa like Michigan played Iowa. Two good defenses. Tommy Stevens deserts State College and Sean Clifford is now in. Noah Cain is really great at getting yards after contact, Michigan will have to be weary of him. Their offensive line still isn’t great because of the sanctions era. They rotate on the OL and Seth doesn’t know why. Clifford has Shea-disease, struggles against any offense who come after him because he panics. KJ Hamler gives them easy yards. Michigan’s pass rush should be a real factor. Against good defenses, their OL puts them behind the sticks, Clifford isn’t good enough to get them out. Outgained by Buffalo and Pitt, under 300 yards to Iowa. Their defense is somehow the best run defense in the country but level of competition is a factor. They’re mostly the same guys that Michigan paved last year. Michigan will need Onwenu to move Robert Windsor. PSU comes at you with the pass rush and play a lot of zone, not great for Shea and passing game.

MUSIC:

Featured tonight: MGoReaders, the Neal Anderson Quintet.

  • "Bacon Sundae"
  • “M-119"
  • “Parallel Fifth”
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

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Oct 18, 2019
The Ace Pod 1.11: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
01:14:28

So you get that rather heartbreaking background, and then you hear her sing, and you understand why she sings the way she does.

The podcast is, as always, sponsored by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship. You’re encouraged to check out his new site here.

This week’s podcast went on the long side again, as y’all gave me plenty of material. Topics discussed:

  • Dread Level: PSU
  • Several questions about the running game and why it is the way it is
  • Should Ed Warinner have been promoted to OC?
  • What’s with the kickers?
  • Favorite recruit that didn’t pan out
  • Coming out the other side of BPONE and into the HPONE
  • Let your child root for Michigan
  • Excitement level for hoops
  • The brutal schedule: advantage or disadvantage?
  • Longer honeymoon period: Juwan vs. Jim
  • Top ten songs of the decade
  • The 1995 Detroit Tigers
  • Pizza toppings

The top ten songs of the decade question led to a 50-song playlist, which Apple Music users can find here. Apologies, Spotify users, someone else paid for an iTunes family plan. Hopefully someone can copy it over.

If you want to get in a question for the next podcast, feel free to send them any time they come to mind, either by tagging them with #acepod on Twitter or emailing ace@mgoblog.com.

MUSIC:
  • “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”—Tame Impala
  • “Weekend” — Smith Westerns
Oct 16, 2019
MGoPodcast 11.7: Fumble Butter
01:30:43

You had the come to Jesus moment last year and you didn't come to Jesus.

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[After THE JUMP: Big Ten blowouts]

1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Are fumbles systemic or just really random and bad? Turner's the only fumbler we're worried about; that's why Haskins is ahead of him on the depth chart. Shea's reads are not going away—the 4th down was throw up your hands it's over. Ronnie Bell catch & runs, Eubanks shot down the field and got two blocks. Michigan's receivers may be in the BPONE; they're not getting much action.

2. The Defense

starts at 23:54

Fine until tempo, when they got illegal substitutions and weren't set. They don't tempo in practice so they're not ready for it…still. It's a program thing; Harbaugh's not going to be one of the top five coaches in the country. Michigan got got by the Michigan State OPI play. Metellus lost a ball in the sun? Just track the receiver—it's 3rd down. Too handsy in the secondary: Ambry, Khaleke. Vincent Gray needs another year to get his jams down. Glasgow tackle on Williams was awesome.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 42:56

Ace is okay with turtling at the end of the 1st half. Mr. Weird Punts. Blocked a punt: punter got the ball back and was 1 second away from punting it again. You can punt it to a teammate behind the line and he can advance the ball or throw the ball. Transcontinental punt. Subplot where Michigan kept trying to put Illinois players on the ball.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:02:20

We've had 23 league games and the average margin is 21 points. Only two underdogs this year: Minnesota over Purdue, and Purdue over Maryland. Rutgers vs IU: 1 passing yard. The rare passing Rutger. Wisconsin wipes MSU 38-0, say bah to dah UP eh? Feeling better about our trip to Madison. MSU drive chart! When you are yelling at Hondo, it's over. I feel this cold in my soul. What's the name of the fake punt, the Dark Mantonio? Minnesota backs were at 9 ypc at halftime vs a Martinezless Nebraska.

MUSIC:
  • “On the Rocks”—The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • “Wither With You”—Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  • “Mr. Big Stuff”—Jean Knight
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Oct 14, 2019