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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 Michigan (Field)Hockeycast 3.23: Muddy Sundy
58:26

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain. I think we’re going to rename this “The Michigan Othersportscast” and get a sponsor.

Segment 1: Field Hockey, Softball, and Baseball
  • Field Hockey Comes Oh So Close
  • Is it Sustainable?
  • Baseball Pitches...until Sunday
  • Softball also Pitches...until Sunday
Segment 2: Michigan Hockey Professional Alumni
  • We walk through the 15-20 NHL players
  • Werenski, Larkin, GLENDENING, Trouba
  • Hyman, Hughes, Max Patch
  • Carl and the Winnipeg Boyz

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MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "Crazy Town”—Butterfly
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
May 12, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 5/6/2021: A Bearskin Stuffed With Hamburger
01:02:04

Things discussed:

  • NFL Draft: is Justin Fields a good draft pick? What we think of the Lions picks.
  • The trolling Michigan fans draft! Extensive talk on Melifonwu.
  • How did a team with 8 draft picks lose to one with none?
  • Did sitting out hurt or help? Will opt outs be part of college football in the future?
  • Which Michigan draftee does well?
  • This is the year Chris Evans catches a lot of passes.
  • Devonte’ Jones or Frankie for PG next year?
  • Jones can rebound—that’s a real skill. Crafty player.
  • Chris Solari: Emoni Bates will be a 2-year player at MSU because of his strong feelings for Tom Izzo :)
  • Around the Big Ten: who got better who got worse?
  • Liddell transfer? Uh, right. Has there ever been a more delusional fanbase than Illinois?
  • Softball talk.
  • Strauss Mann: why did he leave? Portillo gets some time, NHL might not like big netminders but AHL needs goalies and rarely can you get a guy like Mann without a draft pick.
  • 1991 What If: Derrick Alexander doesn’t get hurt? When the drop’s to Yale Van Dyne…
May 06, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.22: We'll Miss You, Mann
01:00:12

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

Segment 1: Ode to Strauss and some Baseball
  • Best Michigan goalie since?
  • Strauss Moments
  • When/where will he sign?
  • What Does It Mean For Michigan?
  • Baseball vs Illinois...lotsa hitting, not much pitching...and some wind
Segment 2: Michigan Softball Sweep and the NFL Draft
  • When was the last time PSU beat M?
  • Does this mean or change anything?
  • Alex and his Lions
  • David and the Jets
  • 8 Michigan players were drafted...we try to guess things
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • Graduation (Friends Forever) - Vitamin C
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
May 04, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 4/29/2021: Mo Wagner’s Basement
53:03

Things discussed:

  • Coastal Carolina transfer DeVonte’ Jones: crafty, likes to steal it, three-pointer is more of a set shot not a pull-up. Athleticism questionable. Great around the rim. Great insurance policy. Can shoot a free throw. Can he D up? Will his shooters improve here?
  • Ceiling for hoops next year? Final Four team? We think Barnes is underrated, Chaundee-like jumper. Houstan is an instant third banana at the three. Those guys plus Eli and Johns give you shooting if it’s not coming from point.
  • Why hasn’t Franz declared yet? We’re not sure. Speculate he’s doing it after finals? Maybe Mo is using the Izzo’s basement situation?
  • How do they fit everyone together? Diabate at the four with Dickinson at the five? Tschetter? Think T.Williams is a better option for fourth guy in the frontcourt.
  • Dickinson growth: Right hand, shooting threes.
  • Football recruiting: What is Michigan getting in Tyler Morris? Seth says Golden Tate—so smooth, Sam says Ronnie Bell. ACL injury moved up his recruiting timeline, canceled his senior season.
  • Sam makes us watch film on FL 3* DT Jordan Phillips, whom we think could commit on the visit this weekend. We like. Seth thinks a commit would necessitate a lot of defense, as Alabama’s class right now is “Let’s wait and see who we want then take them.”
  • NCAA: 12-team playoffs, since they ruined the bowl games. Transfer portal effect on fandom? Emmert extension: very clarifying. There’s no cost to getting rid of that guy. NCAA is just going to do anything to avoid paying players.
Apr 29, 2021
The Michigan Non-Hockeycast 3.21: The Roguest of Them All
58:26

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]

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Segment 1: Baseball
  • Michigan beats OSU 2-1 in series; Including some awful Rainball
  • Michigan sweeps Minnesota...but that might not be saying much. See Game 1.
  • Michigan loses to Rutgers 2-1 in series; little hitting, only okay pitching
  • A look at the B10 Baseball Standings and future schedule
Segment 2: Softball
  • We quickly chat about a couple of Hockey recruits David saw
  • Michigan takes 3 of 4 in Columbus
  • Michigan overpowers Maryland 4-0
  • Michigan impressively takes 3 of 4 vs NW, including Alex's increasing bid for immortality
  • A look at the B10 Softball Standings and future schedule
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”—performed by Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Apr 27, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 4/22/2021: The Ingrained Provenance of Football
49:42

Things discussed:

  • Gymnastics Natty!
  • BTN Plus is awful. They are making it impossible to grow their fanbases because you have to be hardcore to be there. Production is the pits.
  • Was Michigan right to quash their spring and keep the spring game to a minute of useless tape?
  • Big discussion about how the program is killing any goodwill that’s left, only letting the haters air their grievances.
  • The 20- and 30-somethings aren’t as tied to Michigan anymore because they haven’t been engaged. They’re Dave Brandon’ing.
  • Basketball: did the opposite. Craig tells the story of Beilein walking the media through a practice.
  • How did Al Borges benefit from inviting Heiko in?
Apr 22, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 4/15/2021: They’re All Champions
51:38

Things discussed:

  • Eli’s return and how it affects the rotation.
  • Portal guys we might be looking at? Options have to be a cultural fit and be interested in a smaller role because unless it’s a star there isn’t 35 minutes to give away.
  • Take a Chaundee if there is one but you can roll with what you’ve got. You’ve got 80 minutes at guard, 30 goes to Eli, which leaves you 50 to get out of Collins, Bufkin, Zeb, and maybe Barnes, or find a transfer.
  • Sam: They might wait to see who doesn’t make it in the NBA. Brian: bench shooter.
  • Maryland got their center and guard: are they good?
  • Change at recruiting coordinator: Dudek to MissSt, Michigan gets Courtney Morgan. “Dudek certainly has a type and it’s weird as f—.”
  • Courtney Morgan: great dude, gotta grab him if you can. Seth says Morgan’s like Hart/Bellamy in that he can survive a coaching change at the top.
  • Strategy: load on on recruiting because the future’s going to be whatever comes after a rough year.
  • Xavier Worthy: best friends on the team were Joe Milton and Giles Jackson, who aren’t saying great things about Michigan right now.
Apr 15, 2021
The Teams: 1893
02:45:08

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. He’s a rad dude, and hasn’t recently made MSU change its name or made you listen to Dickie V for five minutes in the middle of a broadcast.

Previously: 1879, 1901, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1985 p.1& p.2, 1988, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2011 p.1 & p.2

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

1. College Football in the 1890s

(starts at 1:00)

Teams are starting up right and left—over a hundred of them in five years—and the few teams that exists are trying out “scientific” football and hiring their first head coaches. Chicago changes the game by creating a school that’s going to pour money into its football program as its primary marketing strategy. Ohio State uses their team to justify its existence to a state that hates them. Meanwhile there’s talk of a conference of Midwest teams. Michigan gets a coach.

2. The Team

(starts at 44:06)

Michigan’s in their second year of having a head coach, and converting to the Yale system. George Jewett and Michigan football’s role in anti-racism. Trainer Dad Moulton was a professional sprinter. Roger Sherman one of the first Chicago stars. Count Villa from Walla Walla is the guy who’d eventually convince Gustave Ferbert to leave his job as Michigan head coach to pan for gold in Alaska. Pa Henninger another super freshman on the line. Fatty Smith was one of the best blockers in the West. Big Jim Hooper was a character, became one of the last old-time mining men of Butte. WW Griffin was a left tackle for Michigan before he was a famous Chicago publishing house. Jimmy Baird is the star, but his brother is the guy managing the team. George Dygert is captain, which means he calls the plays.

3. The Games, Part I

(starts at 1:3259)

Two warmups against the DAC, then a rough game at Chicago where time is called with Michigan on on the one-inch line. Minnesota comes into town and trounces us en route to their national championship. With Dygert out, Wisconsin dominates us even worse, program is now at a super low. Then Michigan borrows some money from a professor to travel to Purdue, dominates them, and gets stiffed.

4. The Games, Part II

(starts at 2:14:37)

Stuck in West Lafayette and in debt, the team hops a train to Indianapolis to play DePauw, and win again. Follow that up by destroying Northwestern—this is a completely different team! Now we’re trying to reschedule on the fly, have a whole spat that ruins our relationship with Cornell. Michigan gets Chicago to play us again, and puts together a road trip to Kansas City versus Kansas.

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MUSIC:

All of these tracks are performances of a book of music given out as a souvenirs from the World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in Chicago, 1893

  • "Chicago Day Waltz”
  • "The Last Day of the Fair”
  • “The Chicago Dudes March”
  • “Across 110th Street”
Apr 12, 2021
WTKA 4/8/2021: Slightly Tower
53:04

Things discussed:

  • Who’s coming back? Eli solves a lot of the questions you have at guard. Chaundee would solve the rest of them plus shooting.
  • Do they go into the portal? Sam brings up Jacob Young but what do you get from him that you don’t get from Frankie Collins?
  • Point guard is the only question. If it’s a big question that says they don’t believe in Zeb. Marion Jackson of Toledo or another experienced distributor is the only spot maybe.
  • Sam: Not a guarantee that Chaundee and Eli return, but it makes sense for both.
  • The incoming freshmen: Diabate is going to be a switchable nightmare at the four or five. Houstan can be your shooter from the three.
  • Barnes: we’re slow-playing how excited we are about that guy. A lot of people think he could be the best player in the class. GR3 with a better shot LFG!
  • Eric Tolbert knew about the #2 NBA draft pick and didn’t tell Beilein about it.
  • Hockey: How many of these guys are coming back? Lots of them!
  • Football: the offense looks good, defense looks terrible. Seth: I believe the offense because the RBs looked good and we’re hearing the right things, and OL isn’t all injured.
  • Defense: Oy. Safety should be fine but everybody else is struggling, especially the linebackers and DL.
  • Noise is they can’t stop the run at all.
  • Part of that is probably the new system is complicated, and it’s too much for a young team.
  • Portal effect: Michigan’s transfer policy is bad across the board.
  • Who’s the quarterback?
Apr 08, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.20: Captain Jack & the Swashbucklers
01:12:47

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.

Segment 1: Draftees & Forwards

starts at 0:51

  • Alex mocks Michigan players to the draft.
  • Does not talk about the Sabres for 30 minutes. Does talk about the NHL for 10 minutes.
  • Forwards: grades & memories
Segment 2: Defensemen, Goalies, Special Teams

starts at 43:04

  • Defensemen, broken down and graded.
  • Goalie play: yay!
  • Special teams assessed
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Stuck in the Middle With You”—Stealers Wheel
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Apr 07, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.28: Figurative Cows
01:06:37

1 hour and 37 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

And let’s not forget 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

And introducing SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded this on because we’ve had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!)

1. Recapping UCLA

starts at 1:00

Shot quality disparity was huge, so the difference was really luck of the Juzang. Livers absence was noticeable because he’s your bucket man. Go down the line: Austin Davis and Hunter Dickinson are 50% at the rim. Missing 5 straight free throws. Wagner going 1/9 from the floor. Game-winning play gets Franz screamingly wide open and he hits nothing. Most flagrant hook and hold not called since the rule was put in place. Dickinson got scouted to death: right shoulder!

[The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP]

 

2. Who’s Returning and Transfer Portal?

starts at 14:26

We think Eli is coming back, and Chaundee Brown is 50/50, expect the rest to go. Eli really helps where they have holes next year—if he was a great creator that would be even more. Don’t want to recruit over your guys, so if they can’t get back Chaundee might as well roll with the freshmen and see which can play. Haven’t ruled out Mike Smith (expected to sign in Chicago) or Austin Davis, but he’d have to take a 3rd role.

3. What’s Back for Next Year: Frontcourt

starts at 23:38

Dickinson should get more effective, more patient, develop more post moves. Moussa Diabate at the very least should be a monster defensive center and play 30 minutes between the 5 and 4. Switchable terror, vertical terror, has an outside shot and can put the ball on the floor. In case of emergency Johns can chip in but he’s your 4 we think. See some Williams if his outside shot comes around, especially with Dickinson. Not seeing Tschetter yet but Houstan could do some 4 as well. He’s your new Livers: shoot, play D, has some athleticism that makes him a top-10 recruit. Alternatives if no Chaundee: Isaiah Barnes—GRIII-2. Jace Howard: And ones!

 

4. Raw Takes and What’s Back for Next Year: Backcourt

starts at 44:51

Eli will have this team organized on both ends of the floor, strong defensive player especially when there’s a wing-sized guy like Smith next to him instead of another floor-bound dude. Frankie Collins is Smith-sized but bouncy, super-explosive, deadly in the open floor, radiates winner. Similar to Zavier Simpson there’s a shooting issue, but he’s not a set shotter like X so that could come around. Zeb Jackson needs to take the wheel—Michigan’s best case scenario is if he turns into a starter. Kobe Bufkin and Isaiah Barnes are two freshman shots at a SG who’s just a shooter. Bufkin is a big riser, combo guard size, can be a secondary playmaker, gives you a chance at a Dwayne Washington, though Washington needed another year. Where does the creation come from?

MUSIC:

  • "Things Change"—Black Heat
  • “Life”—The Walters
  • “In the Garden”—Real Estate
  • “Across 110th Street”
Apr 03, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 4/1/2021: You’re Dwelling
47:51

Things discussed:

  • Tough game to lose, Michigan could have done one more easy thing right and they win, UCLA could have done one more really bad thing and not gotten away with it, and lost.
  • Oh right, the missed hook and hold. Grrrr.
  • You could hear UCLA calling out Dickinson’s movements.
  • Mad that Michigan didn’t go to Chaundee more.
  • Be mad about the coaching though? Juwan Howard is the national coach of the year and has the best class coming in.
  • Next year’s class: Frankie Collins has more lip curl than any guy before him. 
  • Caleb Houston lets the game come to him.
  • Moussa Diabate—makes you so switchable you can get away with mismatches elsewhere.
  • Which 5th year guy would you want back?
Apr 01, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.19: Go to Your Shed
58:20

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]

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Segment 1: The NCAA Hates Hockey

starts at 0:51

  • Alex is the Devil
  • Quality of Ice: poor
  • Locales...where?
  • Game times and stations do not cooperate
  • Plink-O results...again
  • Signing Watch and Transfers
  • NHL Rundown
Segment 2: Actual Michigan Sports

starts at 37:43

  • Baseball Rotation
  • New Hitters
  • Schedule Breakdown
  • Softball's Aces
  • Softball is also hitterless
  • Pay attention to Tennis!
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Fargo Theme”—Jeff Russo
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Mar 31, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.27: Read the Room
53:20

54 minutes. We’re doing that thing again where we publish a partial pod between games then finish up after the next one.

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

And let’s not forget 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

And introducing SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded this on because we’ve had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!)

1. Recapping FSU

starts at 1:00

Put that in your Seder. Florida State didn’t know what to do about Franz, Johns came alive. First time we’ve gotten to see Johns after a week to practice in this role, and first time we got to see Juwan coach with a week to prepare for a tournament opponent, something Beilein was always so good at. Chaundee can rise. FSU’s switching nerfed some of their better qualities.

2. Previewing UCLA

starts at 25:21

Weird team that wants to be big but lost two bigs and now overplays their 6’9”/260 foul-prone guy because the next biggest player is 6’6”. Kind of like Maryland in that they have a lot of scary wings who take a lot of jump shots, plus a wild-haired point guard who can pass (top-50 assist rate). Were underrated with the rest of their conference but drill down into the Synergy numbers and there are a lot of weaknesses, not to mention they’re all way smaller than Michigan’s frontcourt and no bigger in the backcourt.

3. A Farewell to WBB, Hockey, and Giles Jackson

starts at 42:57

Naz and the Browns took us as far as it could be believed, and further. Kind of like the 2009 basketball team that beat Clemson and hung with Blake Griffin, proving this is a program you can compete at. Hockey, man, at least it’s either star-touched Duluth or a team that’s never won it. Giles Jackson, man, at least we’ll always have the Indiana “return.”

[The player after The Jump]

MUSIC:

  • "I’m a Midnight Mover"—Wilson Pickett
  • “Angel Duster”—Run the Jewels
  • “Across 110th Street”
Mar 29, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 3/25/2021: Feeding Them Lots of Bones
54:48

Things discussed:

  • Vaccination Roundtable: somebody get Sam a shot!
  • LSU: Taking Will Wade to the trash can. Has LSU never seen a basketball? All they do is Iso, as soon as the 2Pt floaters weren’t falling and they shut down their PG things looked fine.
  • FSU: Very very tall. Big question is whether their 7-footer can take out Dickinson because they have the long athletic guards. It’s more Liam Robbins than Kofi Cockburn. FSU turns it over a lot and scores in transition with Scottie Barnes.
  • Cheap fouls.
  • FSU gives up threes, not two’s. Chaundee game again?
  • Alabama talk just in case: Seth likes that you can stop them at the rim and they’ll keep coming anyway. More afraid of FSU than Bama, not because they’re a better team but because they’re a worse matchup.
  • Women’s hoops: when they’re not just Naz they can beat anybody! Leigha Brown being a second banana puts Hailey Brown in the right role. Doing it with out Dilk!
  • Big Ten, where you go? Lots of love for Krutwig.
  • Hockey: bad draw.
Mar 25, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.26: Who We Thought They Were
01:14:26

This is the second of a pair of half-sized episodes so we could get one out between the games last weekend.

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

And let’s not forget 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

And introducing SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded this on because we’ve had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!)

1. Recapping LSU

starts at 1:00

That was terrifying. Hurrah for the regression to the mean on lean twos and floaters off the dribble. They were who we thought they were, weren’t they? Smith struggled with length but his offensive creation wasn’t missed when Chaundee was on the court. Also how nice is it that Michigan has so many guys who can win them a game? Also the refs: 10 really bad calls, split unevenly, felt worse because every possession was life or death.

2. Previewing FSU

starts at 25:18

Remember the last FSU team? They’re like that: super duper tall, use a lot of bench in weird places, including having the best player on their team, Scottie Barnes, coming off the bench. This is because they can’t defend the rim without their two 7-foot centers who haven’t faced a lot of post-ups. Not great off-the-dribble shooters which is good news because no guard is less than 6’4”.

3. Big TEHN!

starts at 48:23

We survey the carnage of our conference mates who didn’t make it out of the opening weekend, from least to most disappointing. Rutgers is now in the Big Ten since they didn’t make it out of Round 2 despite being expected to win at some point.

[The player after The Jump]

MUSIC:

  • "Manifest"—Andrew Bird
  • “Triumphant Sunday”—Soul Scratch
  • “Across 110th Street”
Mar 23, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.18: The Right Place at the Right Time
54:18

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]

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Segment 1: Michigan’s Regional & Alex on ESPN

starts at 0:51

  • Alex makes the call of his life
  • Michigan draw Duluth...OH NO
  • Maybe it's not that bad?
  • Goaltending and PK
  • Do defensemen score?
  • Goliath and the Yellow Jacket
  • Don't Take Penalties!
  • It's Just One Game
Segment 2: The Other Regionals

starts at 37:22

  • Chalk Goes to the Proven
  • Everyone is HOT HOT HOT
  • Minnesota and the Unprovens
  • Paper Tigers?
  • BC is stacked...but gets ND
  • BU is also stacked. St Cloud can't catch a break
  • Picks are stupid, I guess
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Party Rock Anthem”—LMFAO
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Mar 23, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.25: A McDonald’s Bag With Legs
45:42

We’re going to put out two half-sized episodes this week so we can preview LSU.

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices, and tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

And let’s not forget 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

And introducing SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded this on because we’ve had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!)

1. Recapping Texas Southern

starts at 1:00

Zeb Jackson for ten minutes—just want that guy getting some confidence in his shot. Interesting high-low with Terrance Williams, since he’s not a spot-up threat right now: keep him on the court with Dickinson. Speaking of Dickinson: don’t want him contesting 20% guards—fouling out was just a ref show. Other wings turned down open catch and shoot threes.t

2. Previewing LSU

starts at 20:22

Iowa stats but get there the opposite way: all the Isolation, very few baskets are assisted. They don’t play defense—Michigan will have to shoot well but that’s the big difference. Good news is Michigan just played at the football stadium in the BTT so they’re a bit used to shooting with the backdrop. LSU’s shooting is opponent-invariant, they don’t clean up their own boards because they try to block everything. Worried that LSU is so good at getting calls and converting at the line.

[The player after The Jump]

MUSIC:

  • "The Offering"—Ikebe Shakedown
  • “Across 110th Street”
Mar 21, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 3/18/2021: There Are No Perfect Basketball Teams
01:06:46

Things discussed:

  • If MSU wants to give out their content for free they absolutely should be sponsored by a mortgage broker: just pick a good one.
  • Michigan minus Livers: we basically say what Ace is saying in the post below this one.
  • Breaking down the East: It was Michigan with Isaiah, now it’s a Michigan’s got the best
Mar 18, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3:17: The Thing You Never See
01:04:17

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]

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Segment 1: OSU Game

starts at 0:51

  • What Happened Last Weekend
  • Shoutout to beating OSU in tennis
  • PPG on first attempt
  • Morgan and York goal
  • Domination and Alex checks out
  • Luke Morgan and his penalty
  • Nappier takes
Segment 2: Minnesota Game/Brackets Talks/Ramblings

starts at 24:27

  • OMR chances, PPG for Michigan
  • Even play, but Michigan tallies again in transition
  • The Turning Point
  • The Breakdown
  • The Kill
  • The Thing You Never See
  • The Inevitable
  • What's Next
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Sloop John B”—The Beach Boys
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Mar 17, 2021
MGoRadio 6.8: Shaka Grew Out His Hair
01:33:00
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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

And let’s not forget 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, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

 

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

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1. Ohio State

starts at 1:00

Holding for the last shot good, holding for that long, not so good. Three point luck versus quality of looks. Why didn’t we recruit the kid from Grand Rapids? Lots of things could have been enough, but missing Livers when you lose a game of threes kind of makes it a one-note explanation.

2. Maryland

starts at 19:26

Why is Morsell so mad? Oh right his face got dented. Anyway Maryland is very loud for a team that got put in a trash can three times by Michigan this year. Wondering if Turgeon really wanted to go with Howard or if he trusted those around him to break it up first.

3. Livepodding the Bracket Reveal

starts at 30:45

First upset is App State isn’t in our bracket. Gonzaga got the tough draws that might be replaced by standby two’s. Seth’s about 20 seconds ahead so he gets to laugh for that long before the others learn things like MSU is in a play-in game.

4. Michigan’s Corner Preview

starts at 57:20

Good draw? We skip the 16 seed (sorry Virginia) to get into LSU and St Bonaventure. LSU is athletic and long but not coached at all—they chuck and chuck some more. St Bonnies doesn’t pull their starters off the court, pretty mid-range heavy as well. Guards are chuckers but they have a PF who gets to the rim. FSU is really tall as usual, Colorado wins at home because of their elevation but they’re way more beatable down to Earth.

5. The 2 and 3 Seeds on Our Side

starts at 1:20:28

Alabama is the most modern-coached team in the game—they shoot fast, shoot threes and at the rim, and are really good on defense. Texas is biglargehuge and could put Dickinson in foul trouble.

MUSIC:

Thanks to MGoReader Saulius Polteraitis from The Champaign Saints who offered to let us use their music on short notice here. Check them out on Spotify.

  • "Ghost Wedding”
  • "The Love Unconscious"
  • "The Winter Electric"
  • “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.

Mar 15, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 3/11/2021: Mild Cognitive Impairment
50:35

Things discussed:

  • Does Minnesota hockey have a claim on the Big Ten championship? At least they’re not being total children about it.
  • Craig Ross got a card to be part of a memory stimulation study for people with the memory of a goldfish.
  • Difference between Games 1 and 2 is MSU hit their bad shots and Michigan missed their good ones.
  • Worst Coach of the Year award
  • Franz Wagner left off the all-defense team is insane. Conspiracy!!!
  • Also we’re going to get @davidlectka some followers because this is the third time this week we’ve brought up one of his very good tweets.
  • Preview of MSU-Maryland today
  • Is the Big Ten the best conference? Yeah—the Big XII is just as strong at the top but they have several teams way worse than Nebraska. Iowa State is 2-22 this year.
  • Are we going to play Sister Jean?
  • Ohio State-Purdue preview.
  • Do you play Eli in the tournament if he’s not healthy?
  • Big Ten tournament preview.
  • Hockeytalk: Unless the complete morons use Pairwise this year for something other than intra-conference rankings Michigan is in the tournament.
  • Do you want Arizona State as the 8th Big Ten team? Illinois?
  • Spring practice: they’re going to take a 2-week break in the middle. Do we know ANYTHING? Noooope.
Mar 11, 2021
Michigan Hockeycast 3:16: Philosophical and Sentimental Finishes
01:02:11

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.

Segment 1: Ice Devils Game 1

starts at 0:51

  • Happy Birthday Craig!
  • Happy Weekend Barzal!
  • Early penalties and shots to Minnesota
  • First the bar, then the net for Michigan PP
  • Mannly Period
  • Penalties don't end until a change
  • HOLY KJ Backhander!
  • GET IT TO SUMMERS
  • Insane Mann save
Segment 2: Ice Devils Game 2

starts at 24:27

  • Mann again!
  • Early Michigan chances
  • Gophers take the necessary lead; Michigan answers
  • Alex is board and talks about rakes
  • Great finish again from Reedy
  • Worst PP you've ever seen
  • Michigan cleaning up penalties
  • Stauss gets awkward
  • Michigan almost rallies
  • B10 Tournament Preview
  • OSU Talk
  • What do sports actually mean??
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Here We Go”—N Sync
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Mar 10, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.24: Score Everything on Aggregate
01:09:58
1. The MSU Games

starts at 1:00

2. The Illinois Debacle

starts at 22:19

3. Raw Takes and Big Ten Tourney Talk

starts at 35:00

4. Hockey and WBB

starts at 58:58

MUSIC:

  • "Victory Lap: Danger Zone"—Post Animal
  • “Champion Requiem"—Mos Def
  • “Winners & Losers"—Luke Lalonde
  • “Across 110th Street”

 

Mar 08, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 3/4/2021: That’s Just Rational Talk
36:26

Things discussed:

  • Iowa: What did Wagner do: drove the basket, and Michigan completely disrupted Iowa’s offense: FOUR(!) assists.
  • MSU: they’re going to throw four centers at Dickinson and dare the refs to foul out the whole team. Credit to Tom Izzo for knowing his team can’t win if they play basketball.
  • State’s gotten some thruck from its opponents as well.
  • The Rocket Watts talk.
  • Did Illinois expose something? Seth: if you can single Hunter Dickinson and deny the middle Michigan can’t get into their offense, but who else can single Hunter and out-athlete Michigan outside?
  • Keep MSU out of the tournament!
  • Hockey: snakebit. Hit ALL the posts.
  • Football: the Quarterback Situation, been watching film on Allen Bowman and Seth likey, Sam notes he’s been injured. Allen likes to release the dragon, going to be interesting when he sees Michigan’s fast receivers get a step because he loves to chuck it downfield at the least prevarication. Comp: Alex “ol’ Tight Windows” Hornibrook.
Mar 04, 2021
The Ace Pod 3.11: Unbroken, Unshaven
01:02:22

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: ILLINOIS POSTMORTEM

Well, that sucked. Illinois guard penetration, Kofi Cockburn, and the Illini aggressively defending to keep the ball on one side of the floor all had major impacts in the loss. Can other teams repeat this? Should we be concerned? How do we feel about a potential postseason rematch? This felt like an extreme low-end outcome, ultimately.

SEGMENT TWO: READYING FOR THE RIVALRY

Previewing the home-and-home against MSU. Are we worried about the teams’ respective momentum? A very different matchup than Illinois, which should play in Michigan’s favor, save perhaps for the part where MSU has a lot of fouls to throw at Hunter Dickinson. Alex renders Ace briefly speechless by asking which MSU players are good for their roles.

SEGMENT THREE: FOOTBALL STUFF IS GOING… WELL?

Dan talks us through the additions of top-flight corner Will Johnson, big receiver Tay’shawn Trent, and quarterback transfer Alan Bowman. He also catches us up on a couple other key in-state recruitments and his twitter beef with MSU 247 Mods. Alex notes the likely inspiration for Trent’s first name and it goes over the Philly guy’s head. Why Dan’s Philly roots have allowed him to easily embrace the MSU rivalry. We may have taken some tangents in this one.

Songs:

  • “Unbroken, Unshaven”—The Budos Band
  • “Work” — Gang Starr
Mar 04, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.15: The Sleepy Weekend
45:39

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]

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Segment 1: Ice Devils Game 1

starts at 0:59

  • Twitter Polls and BTN Softball Adventures
  • Late 1st period goals
  • Even second period play
  • Ice Devil weird goal #1
  • Matty Beniers Hat Trick!
  • Many attempts hit iron
Segment 2: Ice Devils Game 2

starts at 17:41

  • Mann and the seniors start
  • Same as previous game but without the goals
  • Alex falls asleep
  • Shots that go wide
  • Cole Brady plays well
  • Ice Devil weird goal #2
  • Captain Jack ties it up
  • Shootout confusion
  • Minnesota Preview
  • What does it all mean?
  • Octopus Talk
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Everything’s the Same”—Billy Swan
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Mar 02, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.23: Mad Preemptively
01:12:20

1 hour and 13 minutes. Don’t forget: Next Saturday is our Roast of John U Bacon

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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com."

And let’s not forget 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, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

1. A Tribute to Louis Nix, and Indiana

starts at 1:00

We pay tribute to the life of one of our favorite players from a rival. Used the same gameplan as Iowa because why not. Hunter Dickinson: one of the best offensive big men but also one of the best defensive big men? Player of the Year? Franz also playing out of his mind. IU made some weird decisions. Was the first half clunky?

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

2. Iowa

starts at 23:51

We kind of talked about Iowa in the last segment but this is the real Iowa talk because HOLY COY. Remember when Garza went mano-a-mano with Jon Teske and scored 44 points? Yeah, Dickinson shut THAT guy down. Also Brandon Johns and Austin Davis did too while Franz took over the game. Most impressive win this year?

3. Around the Big Ten, WBB, Hockey, and a Softball Note

starts at 39:58

Illinois can win out but needs MSU to beat Michigan twice. Also Ayo-less Illinois almost let Wisconsin come back and end it. Thank you MSU for doing that to them. Also: MSU—what the heck, beating Illinois and Ohio State? They went to a hack-a-thon against Illinois and dared the refs to call a foul on literally everything. OSU has a point about the officiating but also: LOL.

Hockey gets a Red Tie, where they pepper their goalie (and crossbar) with shots and nothing goes in and the other team gets a stupid weird bounce. WBB also frustrating—note that we recorded this before the Maryland game was rescheduled for March 4. Meghan Beubien K-thon.

4. Raw Takes and Football Recruiting

starts at 58:18

Will Johnson Hello! What this means for the in-state class and some other big targets that Johnson talks to. We also run quickly through the boards that I have a handle on (IE not LB, DL, or OL) and the shadow effect of recruiting 5-star quarterbacks in the class before.

MUSIC:

  • "I’d Fly Away"—Al Green
  • “Mr. Big Stuff"—Jean Knight
  • “Stupid Dreams"—Born Ruffians
  • “Across 110th Street”
Mar 01, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 2/25/2021: Pay Craig His Whiskey
51:30

Things discussed:

  • Ohio State: Like playing a Beilein team except…
  • At 5:35 we finally talk about the officiating (I said 6:35 because we were on for a minute before going on air and told the guys I was setting a timer). It wasn’t a “ref show” but the block/charge calls were almost all wrong and almost all for Ohio State. The push-off was ludicrous. Please call that Hunter Dickinson player control foul on Luka Garza.
  • Michigan’s three-point shooting was very much deserved: quality looks both halves.
  • Illinois? Michigan has length to guard Ayo, Cockburn does not pass out of the post.
  • Rutgers vs Indiana: Rutgers has an identity, IU has a lot of guys who do things well but watch their teammates not do those things well.
  • Hockey: record does not reflect the quality of their play. Portillo plays the puck all the time, just happened to misplay one in the 3-2 game not the 6-0 game.
Feb 25, 2021
The Ace Pod 3.10: Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party
01:11:46

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: REVISITING OHIO STATE

Mike Smith contributed more than the box score said. Maybe next time try Dickinson on Kyle Young? The benefits of sticking to the gameplan. Felt like Michigan got OSU’s best shot and still won. We’re the Tough Beilein Stylistic Opponent now.

SEGMENT TWO: POY RACE AND IOWA/INDIANA/ILLINOIS LOOKAHEAD

Luka or Ayo? While Garza is the favorite for good reason, we look at the argument that Dosunmu should be player of the year. Great offense overcomes great defense but does Garza push it too far? After that, we dive into previews of Iowa (great offense, makes other offenses great), Indiana (yuck, let’s move on), and Illinois (two major matchup problems and an interesting supporting cast). There may be a Michigan State tangent at the end because we can’t help ourselves.

SEGMENT THREE: THE COPE POST

We’ve wizened up and started making fun of really terrible articles on rival team blogs after wins now.

Songs:

  • “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party”—Courtney Barnett
  • “Campaign of Hate”—The Libertines
  • ”You Know Me”—Thunder Dreamer

 

Feb 25, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.14: Wish I Could See a Replay
47:39

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]

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Segment 1: Ohio State Game 1

starts at 0:59

  • BTN plus’s impossibly incompetent camerawork plus the Ohio State radio homer morons made for the worst broadcast experience in sports history.
  • Portillo fumbles the puck...much discussion
  • KJ PPG on a not the best PP
  • Another funky goal for OSU that we couldn't really see
  • A third OSU goal...also from distance
  • Michigan cannot generate great chances
  • Michigan's power play is reminiscent of their even strength chances
  • Matty Beniers gives Michigan a chance
  • Forechecking was not the best
Segment 2: Wisconsin Game 2, B10/National Standings, Culvers

starts at 25:36

  • The most boring first period of all time
  • Ways to die
  • Raabe on the Power Play!
  • AN AVALANCHE OF GOALS
  • The third period of little relevance
  • Snowden keeps dropping his stick
  • Goalie for the future debate
  • Michigan is stuck in purgatory
Feb 24, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.22: Barnburners
01:38:32

1 hour and 39 minutes, wsg the Sklars Brothers to promote our Roast of John U Bacon

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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com."

And let’s not forget 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, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

 

1. The Game, Which is The Game this year

starts at 1:00

That and that and that and the other thing and then yes, the officiating.

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

2. Rutgers

starts at 26:35

Anyone remember this game? Oh right, Pikiell admitted they’re going to settle for bad twos and then they did.

3. Raw Takes, Football Coaches, Around the Big Ten

starts at 38:27

We manage to keep it on the rails long enough to talk about Illinois before descending into Michigan State basketball talk. Three of five, baby! MSU is on a roll!

4. The Sklars and a Gimmicky Top Ten Barnburners

starts at 1:10:01

We bring in the Sklars to talk about our John U Bacon roast on March 6 to save the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. Then we play the Feud, as the Brothers Sklar have to guess our top ten Michigan barnburners in the last 20 years.

MUSIC:

  • "The Heat"—Jungle
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire"—Rage Against the Machine
  • “The Barn Tapes"—Andrew Bird
  • “Across 110th Street”
Feb 22, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 2/18/2021: Why Aren’t You Screaming at the TV?
53:26

This was taped before the Milton news obviously.

Things discussed:

  • Offense comes awake
  • Hunter Dickinson guarding guards, dominating the rim
  • Upcoming games w Illinois, Rutgers & Ohio State
  • Craig doesn’t think much of Luka Garza
  • Some hockey.

 

Feb 18, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.13: Moving Your Headskin
56:27

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]

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Segment 1: Wisconsin Game 1

starts at 0:50

  • Slow, start, but Michigan turns it around after the first Badger goal
  • Big Second period for Michigan thanks to Beydoun
  • Portillo stands on his head
  • Brisson, Ciccolini, Beniers, Morgan score
  • Rowe looks better for Wisconsin
  • Rolling 4 lines
  • Very little special teams
Segment 2: Wisconsin Game 2, B10/National Standings, Culvers

starts at 25:41

  • Mann starts
  • Holloway dazzles
  • Penalty Kills > Power Plays
  • Cole Caufield creates havoc
  • Wisconsin PP finally tallies
  • Unlucky for Michigan on the winner
  • Standings/National Rankings
  • Culvers dinner debate!
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Badger Badger”—Jonti Picking
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Feb 17, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.21: Steering Into the Skid
01:24:24

David Nasternak sitting in for Ace.

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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code NEWYEAR for 25% off your next purchase!

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 Information Entropy, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

1. Sports! Basketball vs. Wisconsin

starts at 1:00

Other than Eli’s offense and everybody else’s in the first half it went as you might expect it to go when a projected 1-seed coming off a three-week hiatus visits a [checks notes] 3-seed. Switching defense was the key in the second half. Wisconsin’s Reuvers seems broken.

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

2. Around the Big Ten

starts at 28:58

This isn’t all about Michigan State, nor is it all about Illinois fans thinking Michigan tried to dodge a performance that almost lost them a game to Nebraska. Ohio State continues to destroy people. Michigan State, of course.

3. Raw Takes and Gimmicky Top Five Shovelfuls of Advice for People Who Don’t Live in Snowy Places

starts at 51:37

We should all be very good at staying home by now.

4. Ace’s Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:10:01

Michigan splits with Wisconsin, which is up there with Minnesota as the most dominant team in the Big Ten. Portillo starts and does alright. Rust not a huge issue but the Badgers’ talent is.

MUSIC:

  • "A Hazy Shade of Winter"—Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Grey Ice Water"—Modest Mouse
  • “20 Years of Snow"—Regina Spektor
  • “Across 110th Street”
Feb 15, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 2/11/2021: Craig Ross Gets a Library Card
51:10

Around Big Ten basketball

  • The shutdown, relitigated.
  • Illinois thinks Michigan is ducking them, so cute.
  • Northwestern is like a Rich Rod first half. Audige is fun though.
  • What do you make of Ohio State? Good at getting great centers benched with fouls.

Hockey things:

  • Wisconsin dominated Minnesota, could be the favorite in the Big Ten now. Wisconsin had a guy at the Canada World Junior camp who wasn’t there when we played them but is dominating now.
  • Michigan dominated Notre Dame, looked poised for a run, is the rapport damaged?

Football things

  • Jaden Mangham would be the first Michigan scholarship player from Wylie E. Groves. Like him more on defense.
  • Mel Tucker had his brother at Colorado but that guy’s transferring to USF.
  • I’ve been to Boulder, Colorado, and I’ve been to East Lansing, and I know which one I’d rather be recruiting to.
  • Who benefits most from a move the Ravens defense? Seth: Chris Hinton, because he gets to go one-on-one with guards on the backside. Also the SAM-like players like Ojabo and Harrell.
Feb 12, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.12: Like a VHS Tape
01:09:30

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]

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SEGMENT 1: BIG TEN UPDATE, NHL OVERVIEW

starts at 0:50

  • Double Sweeps
  • Wisconsin is apparently really good now
  • Big Ten Standings and CHN P16 guesses
  • NHL Divisional Previews
SEGMENT 2: SUPER BOWL AND A GIMMICKY TOP FIVE

starts at 43:49

  • Alex hates the Patriots and the Packers
  • Remember when commercials were good?
  • Gimmicky Top Five Super Bowls/Moments We Watched
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Seventh Heaven”—Gwen Guthrie
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Feb 09, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.20: Novak Flushed It
01:50:07
The Guest

Zack Novak joined us for a segment, which is reason enough to put his Chicks Dig Scars shirt back up (think they’re organized by date created so you have to scroll to the end). Worth noting that Spike Albrecht does not have a shirt in the MGoStore.

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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code NEWYEAR for 25% off your next purchase!

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 Information Entropy.

1. Football Recruiting Doesn’t Suck Again

starts at 1:00

Mo Linguist has been loosed in the Volunteer state and is making it into the new Massachusetts. Also three DTs, one or two or all three perhaps ticketed for nose, when it looked like none.

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

2. Gimmicky Top Five Elements to Add to New NCAA Game

starts at 26:00

I didn’t realize this would be serious things until right before the podcast so I’ll have to write an extensive article about all of my ideas later. More or less we’re looking for a Crusader Kings II version of dynasty mode, with the Madden engine and more cheating.

3. Big Ten Shootaround

starts at 49:15

We go over what we’ve watched of the league. Illinois has figured out how to get Ayo right, Wisconsin can’t get Reuvers fixed and dies on the nights their fives can’t hit a three. Ohio State is weird, gets to the line, and can’t be ignored—credit to Chris Holtmann, who can’t recruit for some reason. Also Iowa: should they ever try to play defense? Also Michigan State.

4. The Zack Novak Hour

starts at 1:29:52

The true story of the legendary dunk contest. The Twitter beef with former Purdue point guard Spike Albrecht. Playing for Beilein. The secrets of Sanderson revealed!

MUSIC:

  • “Scratch My Itch"—The Soul Snatchers
  • “Getting On in Spite of You”—Remember Sports
  • “War”—Mos Def
  • “Across 110th Street”
Feb 08, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 2/4/2021: Great Kid, Don’t Get Cocky
51:35

Signing Day and the DTs

  • Rayshaun Benny: lolsparty, but even five-star DTs don’t
  • Most DTs play end in high school, Benny played mostly OT
  • Ravens front: take the 5-2 and change the names
  • Sam takes credit for seeing Alan Branch first, playing fullback in New Mexico.
  • What does this mean for Michigan State recruiting? Two highest rated recruits in their class got poached.
  • Scouting OL: the Kalis problem.

Basketball things

  • Michigan State-Iowa had ten guys playing 10 minutes or more. MSU can’t get to the rim.
  • Is Michigan going to suffer from a layoff hangover?
  • The Iowa question: can you be good if you don’t play defense?
  • Brian doesn’t get why we’re opening restaurants for sick people and shutting down health athletic teams: security theater?
  • Seth: Baylor and Gonzaga may be the best teams but Michigan’s schedule is so tough they might deserve the top one seed.
Feb 05, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.1: Team Upturned Rake
01:05:02

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]

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SEGMENT 1: BIG TEN UPDATE, GIMMICKY TOP FIVE, MATTHEW STAFFORD

starts at 0:50

  • Craig Ross guest stars
  • Big Ten non-Michigan games
  • Big Ten standings/projections
  • CHN Power 16 updates
  • Gimmicky Top Five
  • Alex salutes Stafford, weighs in on trade
  • Does Goff suck?
SEGMENT 2: TENNIS VS BAYLOR, AUSTRALIAN OPEN

starts at 43:49

  • David catches a foul ball
  • Fenty/Siimar look good in Doubles
  • Michigan loses all 6 first sets in Singles
  • Fenty and Maloney come back
  • Beaty, Styler, Bickerstech have close matches
  • Siimar falls apart
  • Alex and Craig preview the Australian Open
Feb 02, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 1/28/2021: Three Hundred Years Ago I Was Hedging
50:10

Football Program’s Direction

  • Going with a recruiting staff: the right move for Michigan.
  • A John Beilein reboot?
  • Understand getting players but OL isn’t as pure star ratings as the rest, and Warinner was elite in his evaluations and preparing the guys to play.
  • Who makes moves for the future if you don’t plan to be around?
  • Fill in behind them with analysts. Greg Mattison?
  • This is a be good by 2022 plan; they’ll need some transfers for 2021.
  • Culture = Winning.
  • Feels like Harbaugh’s taking a home run cut.
  • Recruiting Ohio or New England: where do you put your resources?

Purdue Game/Hockey vs ND/Nazilla

  • Franz had a good game, thinks he didn’t,
  • Michigan hockey can’t get a call, did get the first goal both games.
  • Naz needs help, can’t afford not to have production from the Browns.
Jan 28, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.10: What Happens in Bowling Green
53:00

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]

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SEGMENT 1: THURSDAY NIGHT MASSACRE

starts at 0:50

Alex and David deviate from hockey and discuss multiple tangents . Michigan gets Notre Dame to play their style and it works well . Goals, goals goals! Portillo looks very comfortable in net... and using his stick.

SEGMENT 2: FRIDAY NIGHT BOATRACE

starts at 21:18

A couple of fluky goals in both directions. Similar style points, but better play from the Irish. NBCSN is going to shut down. Sad face. Jay Keranen just gets better. MSU deja vu...but with a different ending. PP/PK discussion. CHN Power 16 and Big Ten Standings.

MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “The Waiting”—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme

 

Jan 26, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.19: Stops
01:02:38
The Sponsors

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1. The Shutdown

starts at 1:00

Two weeks(?) without Michigan athletics because somebody wasn’t quarantined after coming home from the U.K. We discuss why it was necessary to shut down, how it went down, and how it might play out. We’re just baffled that this failure was allowed to happen.

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

2. The Last Game

starts at 18:50

Ugly game wasn’t that ugly unless you’re talking about Purdue’s shooting stats, which were a combination of Dickinson dominating Williams and the Boilers not having a Sasha Stefanovich to convert threes. It’s right that they went 2/18 because look how many of those were from terrible shooters. Seth likes that you can put Austin Davis out there against virtually anybody and score one for one, which eats up important minutes when you’re up by 11.

3. WBB and Hockey

starts at 43:48

Naz goes off for 50, brings Michigan back from down 16 but they lose because they’re out a Brown and the other can’t hit her threes. Nobody scored past the top four. Hockey looks good on NBC, came out on fire, can’t get a call.

4. Hot Takes and Warinner React

starts at 59:22

Seth is happy to have DeBord back. Think there’s some other shoe that dropped because no way you get rid of a guy like Ed Warinner on purpose. Offensive line coach and strength coach are coordinator-level positions.

MUSIC:

  • “Wait"—M83
  • “Sonny’s Lament”—Orgone
  • “Selfish Dreas”—The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • “Across 110th Street”
Jan 24, 2021
The Ace Pod 3.9: Glad and Sorry
01:22:53

Cover art by Seth Fisher, based on 'Ohh La La' by Faces

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: COACHES, ASSEMBLE

Dan laments a slow week on the RCMB. Before we dig into the football coaching staff, Ace reads some stats from the M-OSU WBB game, which featured Naz Hillmon scoring a program record 50 points and, well, not much else on the M side of the scoring column. Then we go through the completed defensive staff, how we feel about this youthful group, and also discuss the yet-to-be-finalized offensive coaching staff. It may have taken way too long but a couple of us may feel something approaching optimism? Hopefully a few of these guys will be around for the Soup Era. One thing is for sure, they upgraded the safeties coach.

SEGMENT TWO: POSITIONS THAT NEED REINFORCEMENTS

Naming five position groups that could at least potentially use a transfer in order of need. The top two are obvious, though not necessarily in the order you’d think. We throw out some names to target. A look at the 247 transfer portal reveals a depressing number of departing Wolverines, but also a healthy number of talented former Tennessee Vols.

SEGMENT THREE: BASKETBALL WITH LORD BAUNCELOT, MARYLAND EDITION

Alex joins us from his possibly haunted room in the Grand Castle and immediately reveals Connor’s darkest secret. Nice to see them win while Hunter Dickinson isn’t scoring. Also nice to see Dickinson not forcing his own offense when teams double. Franz Wagner is playing well enough to garner NBA attention. Isaiah Livers and Mike Smith got great looks and Livers, in particular, didn’t hesitate to take them. How do we want to see the backup center position sort out? Is Brandon Johns caught in a minutes crunch or is there more time available for him?

SEGMENT FOUR: BASKETBALL WITH LORD BAUNCELOT, MINNESOTA EDITION

Surprise, this section is shorter. Can Zeb Jackson be a contributor? Burn the rest of the tape.

Songs:

Glad and Sorry—Faces Mr. Ambulance Driver—Flaming Lips You Know Me—Thunder Dreamer

“That’s a good thing for a coach to be is with the program in a physical, real way. Literally, just be there. It’s good.”

Jan 22, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 1/21/2021: Ziyah Holman’s Boyfriend
38:30

New Football Staff

  • Linguist got Rashod Bateman to go to Minnesota
  • Coherent staff with a coherent vision? Sam thinks Nua is going to get more pluggers now that Brown isn’t demanding upfield dudes for scheme.
  • What do you want from Harbaugh right now? Recruit some guys.
  • Have some opportunity to reshape the roster with transfers this year.
  • Hart could stick around for a few coaches, or be one.

2021 Basketball Recruiting

  • Watched the IMG game, Houstan is already an efficient college player. Young Glen Rice?
  • Diabate is Jaren Jackson Jr. Jett Howard is THJ.
  • Really in it for Walker.

Maryland Game:

  • Maryland came to shut down Dickinson, Michigan came to shut down Maryland, and both got what they wanted.
  • Could Mike Smith come back? Yeah. Could Brown? Eh. Could Eli? He likes school as much as Seth, so maybe.

Hockey things discussed:

  • ND series is always tough on a young team. Score first.
  • Seth thinks M always plays well against ND on the second swing.
Jan 22, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.9: Lions Already Did It
45:05

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]

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SEGMENT 1: THE WEIRD OFFSIDES

starts at 0:50

What was that? What’s the dumbest rule you’ve ever seen applied oh right we asked a Lions fan.

SEGMENT 2: SCORING FIRST IS RECOMMENDED

starts at 20:29

Scoring first is recommended, especially if you’re playing Ohio State and the officials are going to get fired if the penalties aren’t even by the end of the 3rd. Can they play their game against Notre Dame?

MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • Brass Bonanza! - Hartford Whalers Song
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
Jan 19, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.18: I Know Someone in Guam
01:26:57

1 hour and 16 minutes

The Sponsors

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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. Hoops vs Minnesota (the bad one)

starts at 1:00

Michigan gets the Barn. I guess Eli Brooks really does matter to this team. Twenty turnovers. We keep saying these two things, basically.

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

2. Hoops vs Wisconsin (the good one)

starts at 19:39

Hoooooooly hoops. Mike Smith won’t back down. Eli Brooks shut you down. Isaiah Livers energy man and finding his role again. Chaundee Brown miserable to go against. Franz…oh man Franz is the freakiest freak show ever, in line for a badge upgrade on D. Dickinson broke Reuvers.

3. Big Ten Hoops

starts at 38:24

Nebrasketball and State are out for COVID concerns so just a few games to round up, and fewer that matter. Brian stans for Iowa, which they’re Iowa why are you getting into a shootout with them, Northwestern? Ohio State on an incredible luck streak. Rutgers on the receiving end of that luck streak. Penn State-Purdue was mostly entertaining for the Beilein memories.

4. Hot Takes, Hockey, and WBB

starts at 1:09:25

Good hot takes, hockey swept OSU and it felt good, though special teams still feel unspectacular. WBB blew out the bottom of the conference.

MUSIC:

  • “Let You Down"—Those Darlins
  • “Transitions”—Beastie Boys
  • “There Must Be More Than Blood”—Car Seat Headrest
  • “Across 110th Street”
Jan 18, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 1/14/2021: Why Bring Negativity Into a Positive Environment?
45:12

Wisconsin game discussed:

  • The officiating was so good Greg Gard complained his team didn’t get called for enough fouls.
  • Wisconsin couldn’t drive with Trice. Thought they could post up Livers with Reuvers and Smith with Davison
  • Mike Smith has become a lip-curled defensive Michigan point guard in record time. Could he return?
  • Too good to be true? Sam: defense is consistent. Seth: it might be because they have so long between games.
  • Who’s the most indispensable player on this team?
  • Minnesota preview? Both Gach is not going to beat you. Who do you like in a second matchup: Juwan or Pitino?

Mike Hart/Mike McDaniels/2021 quarterback:

  • Have Hart do all the pressers. IU fans despondent.
  • Sam: helps recruiting.
  • Craig: helps the feels.
  • Seth: helps behind the scenes with program guys, HS coaches who’ve been down on the program.
  • At least we can take solace in the fact that if Najee Harris was going to bring joy to Michigan fans…
  • Possible that Milton transfers but Michigan won’t get a transfer unless they find a guy who can start immediately.

Hockey things discussed:

  • Worst 11-3 weekend ever.
Jan 14, 2021
The Ace Pod 3.8: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
01:06:34

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: POST-WISCONSIN CACKLING

Alex is happy to be talking hoops. He gives his thoughts on the Wisconsin game while I fail to locate my pants. Then we answer questions about the scariest Big Ten teams left on the schedule, what areas of their game current players have improved the most, and where Franz Wagner slots in among the best defenders in recent memory.

SEGMENT TWO: THE ANSWER TO EVERY QUESTION IS GONZAGA

More hoops questions! Is the team peaking too early? What flaws could a good opponent exploit? What happened to Terrance Williams’ minutes? Who’s the last freshman in football or hoops to be as pleasant a surprise as Hunter Dickinson? A bit of contention on this next one: would you trade Mike Smith for X? Is Naz Hillmon gonna win NPOY honors? Listen as we hopefully give the correct takes.

SEGMENT THREE: FINE, SOME FOOTBALL

Quick (we promise!) reactions to Harbaugh’s retention, Mike Hart’s hiring, and Mike MacDonald as a college DC. We answer one (one!) football question. Then I kick everyone out, dim the lights, and…

SEGMENT FOUR: SLOW JAMMING THE FANCYSTATS It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Songs:

“Ya Mama” — Fatboy Slim “The Line” — D’Angelo “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Instrumental)” — Barry White

Jan 14, 2021
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.8: You Didn’t Just Say That Thing
51:42

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]

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SEGMENT 1: THE 9-0 GAME

starts at 0:50

Jinxes and favorite Lions game. Game 1 and first 50 minutes of Game 2 is one narrative: Michigan is the better team. But the first game MSU’s defense falling apart was the story. Some of the goals MSU’s goalie gave up were terrible. State levels Kent Johnson—how is that not a major?—in the head after the 8-0 goal.

SEGMENT 2: THE 2-3 GAME AND RESET

starts at 20:29

The *WORST* way to start an MSU game is let them get a quick goal. Just a defensive breakdown on the 2nd shift of the game. Charlie Combs is a Just a Shooter™ and they made it work. Blankenberg was maybe right to play the too many men puck because MSU defenders were in the area. Second goal given up at the end was unforgiveable: all five players go puck-chasing. Freshmen coming along: is Beniers a top-five pick?

MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • NHLPA 93 Menu Theme
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
THE USUAL LINKS

You don’t just let Nik Stauskas shoot.

Jan 13, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.17: The Doom Face
02:03:39
The Sponsors

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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. Harbaugh Extension and Football Program Outlook

starts at 1:00

Ba ba ba ba ba basketball, gimme the ball cuz I’m gonna dunk it. Oh right, that. Ba ba ba ba

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

2. Hoops vs Minnesota

starts at 28:09

That. It must be miserable to play against Michigan. Eli loses a tooth so we get more Brown, like more Brown. Also like everything that Johns does except that he wont’ do more of it. Dickinson, oh Dickinson. Smith staying in front of Carr means he’s legit okay at defense now? Finding nits to pick in lieu of the canceled game against the picking Nits.

3. Big Ten Hoops

starts at 51:10

This segment is not entirely making fun of Michigan State, but there’s a lot of making of Tom Izzo’s insane roster management. Indiana is making everything out of one guy, often late in the clock. Illinois opponents found out how to slow down Ayo, and Kofi’s not getting the ball enough. Minnesota churning out disaster factory candidates. Iowa gonna Iowa. Ohio State again gets a Rutgers game with Myles Johnson in early foul trouble—nice to see something go that athletic department’s way for once. Wisconsin is interesting but beatable.

4. Hot Takes, WBB, and Hockey

starts at 1:44:40

With everybody out for COVID we have the Naz game. Might be putting too much on Dilk. Hailey Brown has been stepping up in Leigha Brown’s absence but the ceiling on this team is much lower without key parts of their roster. In hockey, an 11-3 weekend went almost as badly as it could, with the hockey gods awarding MSU goals on their first, penultimate, and last shots in a game Michigan otherwise dominated. Blech.

MUSIC:

  • “Static Buzz"—Snail Mail
  • “Science vs. Romance”—Rilo Kiley
  • “Porridge Radio”—Give / Take
  • “Across 110th Street”
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Jan 12, 2021
WTKA Roundtable 1/7/2021: Not to Go All Craig Ross (Goes All Craig Ross)
45:33

Football things discussed:

  • Putting down Don Brown
  • Harbaugh wants a guy who runs more Quarters, which Brown hates.
  • Only way to beat Ohio State is to run a pro defense.
  • Brian: nothing’s going to work.

Hoops things discussed:

  • Hunter Dickinson lfg
  • The center rotation
  • Big Ten re-rank question becomes a Wisconsin preview.

Hockey things discussed:

  • Lost more than Minnesota.
  • Refs gotta make some calls, even if it means putting Michigan’s PP on the ice.
  • They ARE a pretty team.
Jan 07, 2021
The Ace Pod 3.7: Tick, Tick
01:05:15

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: COACHTHOUGHTS

Our feelings about the latest rumors, why everything must take a painfully long time, how this could end up going, etc. Answering listener questions on Jim Harbaugh’s leverage, what he’d have to do to get off the hot seat if he signs an extension, and whether insider-y info influences our desire to see Michigan move on.

SEGMENT TWO: MORE COACHTHOUGHTS

Would we want Matt Campbell to bring his assistants? All of them? Some of them? Keep the scheme? Let him choose? (Please let him choose. Don’t RichRod era this.) Also, answering why you don’t hear much from the players during these situations.

SEGMENT THREE: TRANSFER TARGETS

We scour the transfer portal for some names, mostly at defensive tackle. Surprise, I know.

SEGMENT FOUR: DAN’S BASKETBALL PODCAST

Answering questions on M’s two-point defense, whether they’re the best team in the Big Ten, how they match up against the other contenders, and whether we should expect Hunter Dickinson to be around for very long. Also, Dan breaks down the difference between a Problem™ and a Bucket™.

Songs:

  • "Tick, Tick..."—MF Doom (RIP) ft MF Grimm
  • "Arrow Root"—Metal Fingers
  • "Eye"—Madvillain
Jan 06, 2021
MGoPodcast 12.16: Ukrainian Arms Dealers
01:36:56
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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

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. Northwestern Recap

starts at 1:00

Michigan is so hard to strategize for. Hunter Dickinson demands a double, and you can't double him. Running horns with a high-low—incredible that they're already on the back end of the playbook at this point in the program. Rules say you can't do a pullup on the rim but Seth is still mad they T'd up Chaundee. Announcers versus added probabilities.

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

2. Maryland Recap

starts at 36:22

Serious discussion on whether Hunter Dickinson has ties to the Ukranian mafia. Michigan goes 2-3 zone and sticks with it, and Michigan goes on a run. Dickinson's flex earns an awful technical. Maryland shoots the lights out and still can't compete. Having a hard time not saying things about Juwan that are fair for a 2nd year coach.

3. Harbaugh's NFL Flirtation

starts at 1:12:40

Toledo reporter Jordan Strack has it on good sources that Harbaugh's looking around at NFL jobs, and probably would prefer to take one if they call. Would they call? The NFL has taken far worse ideas than a guy who went to the Super Bowl in the third year of a four-year rebuild. So…Soup? Soup.

4. Hot Takes and Around the League

starts at 1:32:28

This conference is ridiculous—three centers are in the Kenpom Top 10 and a fourth got pushed out for Marcus Carr. We love Both (pronounced Booth") Gach. May not be the only Disaster Factory on Minnesota. We cursed Armaan Franklin into a sprained ankle by saying he's the reason IU is so much improved.

MUSIC:

  • “I Fall in Love Every Night"—Born Ruffians
  • “What We Haven't Got Yet”—JAWS
  • “Please Don't Call Me Crazy”—The Cactus Blossoms
  • “Across 110th Street”
Jan 05, 2021
The Teams: 2003
02:43:01

WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN NAVARRE

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Previously: 1879, 1901, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1985 p.1& p.2, 1988, 1991, 1999, 2011 p.1 & p.2

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

1. Intro and The Team

(starts at 1:00)

There's Early Carr (Woodson, Tom Brady, etc.) and Late Carr (Henne & Hart), but nobody talks about the Middle Carr years of 2001-2003. We revisit this generation at its peak, as a senior-quarterbacked team with a great defense goes on its own revenge tour against various types of spreads, plus Jim Tressel.

2. The John Navarre Story

(starts at 39:25)

 

The kid from Cudahy with a rocket arm and no chill shares that he was once committed to Northwestern until Rand Walker took over for Gary Barnett and the Cats went to spread. Had Barry Alvarez not been honest about a tight end offer we'd have another Wisconsin tight end. John's coaches hit most of the nasty fan stuff from him, but it was also far worse than you realize. The 2001 loss was a low point.

 

3. The Nonconference

(starts at 1:03:53)

CMU did not feel like a 45-7 game but Steve Breaston felt like a phenom. Trouncing Art Briles's second-ever game as a head coach was thrilling because his four-wide spread was goofy. Pierre Woods had a fingernail torn off. Trouncing Notre Dame, well, that was…weird? John thinks it was weird. The Oregon game was weirder. Seth's complete list of special teams follies.

4. The Big Ten Part I

(starts at 1:41:06)

via WH

Indiana stifles the offense but defense and special teams are believers. The game with the weird spread punt formation, which we all agree wasn't the reason Michigan lost (Narrator: But it was). The greatest comeback in Michigan history against Minnesota, with tips on how the Transcontinental is coached. Breeze past Illinois to spread-ass Purdue, who gets shut down because the cornerbacks are too good for everybody. The Chris Perry Game. The Jason Avant Catch Game.

5. The Nonconference

(starts at 2:11:19)

The Game, when Braylon was on, Avant got hurt, Perry shined, and the offensive line shut down most of the 2002 champions. Also the Rose Bowl against USC, and where this team stands among the pantheon.

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MUSIC:
  • "Modern Girls & Old Fashioned Men"—Regina Spektor and the Strokes
  • "Wet Blanket"—Metric
  • "A Gentleman Caller"—Cursive
  • "Mayday Disorder"—Apollo Sunshine
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS
Dec 30, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.15: Disaster Factory
01:49:40

If you wonder if the guy has a record out on Sub Pop: shooter!

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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

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. Nebraska Recap

starts at 1:00

We fight over how many minutes to give to Chaundee Brown, and whose.

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

2. Hot Takes and People Losing to Northwestern

starts at 36:22

Does this include Michigan State? Yes.

3. Jelly Fams Rules and Nominees, plus a Maryland Preview

starts at 1:12:40

Both Gath is currently second in the WHEEEEEEE rankings but we all believe in him, as well as some other guys with major potential to Leroy Jenkins their Big Ten basketball teams. Turgeon forgot to recruit a point guard.

4. Defensive Coordinator Candidates

starts at 1:32:28

If you can't have soup, ask for the spoon.

MUSIC:

  • “Christmas in the City"—Marvin Gaye
  • “God Rest Ye Merry Gents”—Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • “Souvenirs”—Andrew Bird
  • “Across 110th Street”
Dec 28, 2020
The Teams: 2011, Part 2
02:03:53

WITH SPECIAL GUEST DENARD ROBINSON. FOR THE WHOLE THING. AND HE LIKES HOCKEY!

Please listen to Part 1 first if you haven't already.

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: 1879, 1901, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1985 p.1& p.2, 1988, 1991, 1999, 2011 p.1

Special Guests: Craig Roh, author of The Pass Rush Bible and Denard Robinson

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

1. Under the Lights and Talking Hockey

(starts at 1:00)

The Notre Dame game. What was Denard's favorite sport to watch on campus? We play the Don Criqui call for Denard, who's never heard it before.

2. EMU, SDSU, Minnesota, Northwestern, the Defensive Turnaround

(starts at 25:07)

The defensive turnaround, where the Worst Waldo play came from, how much did they hate Minnesota. The one non-stupid Brady Hoke vs Northwestern game.

3. MSU, Purdue, Kinnick at Night, and John O'Neill

(starts at 1:01:04)

The Trash Tornado game and MSU's dirty brand of football. Purdue and the story of Fitz Toussaint. JT Floyd's renaissance vs Marvin McNutt. The meeting that changed the direction of the program. Vincent Smith's pass-blocking. The rule about wearing red. The defensive line game.

4. Nebraska, Ohio State, Sugar Bowl

(starts at 1:14:56)

Mike Martin forces a pitch on a speed option. Denard's kid helps us relive the Ohio State game for the first time again. Yeah, VT should have won the Sugar Bowl, but if you give them that you have to give Michigan MSU and Iowa back. Kevin Koger's Kogerland. David Molk's butt is nicer than Rocko Khoury's.

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MUSIC:
  • "Run Me Over"—The Babies
  • "The Day is Coming"—My Morning Jacket
  • "Gold on the Ceiling"—The Black Keys
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS

The hockey games was the best games to go to.

Dec 24, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.7: That's All I Know About Wolves
01:15:38

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]

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SEGMENT 1: Big Ten Schedule and Hockey Terms

starts at 0:57

The B1G has put out the schedule for the second half of the season. Michigan won't travel at all for a month stretch, all the WJC guys will be back by the time it starts. Then we talk about general hockey terms for those unfamiliar, including zones, odd man rushes, Corsi, and special teams stuff.

SEGMENT 2: Mailbag

starts at 33:46

We get to all of your questions. In this segment we discuss:

  • Which guys of Michigan's NHL talent will stick around
  • Who's to blame for PK woes
  • Modern hockey archetypes
  • ISU Football/Matt Campbell, Tottenham, and wolves
MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "I Wish You a Merry Christmas"—Bing Crosby
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Dec 22, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.14 : Not a Reason for the Season
01:54:21
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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

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. Across the Crooked Blue Line, wsg Steve Lorenz of 247

starts at 1:00

Steve wants to be like J.J. McCarthy when I grow up. TJ Guy could be a 10-year pro at OL, McBurrows underrated because he may be too small to play in the pros. Finishing:s still look good for Rayshaun Benny, who was Michigan head-to-toe until they lost to MSU. Rooks probably isn't an option. They have a 6'8"/235 potential edge guy from Brother Rice who may get some real offers. Ceyair Wright stars as LeBron's son; we're hoping he's more interested in Michigan Business School than USC Film School.

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

2. Across the Crooked Blue Line Pt 2: The 2022s

starts at 24:26

All eyes on the two five-star cornerbacks that Michigan has a legit chance with. Lots of other cornerback options out there as well, especially once you include all the athletes who could play running back or receiver or safety. We also run through the 2022 in-state class.

3. Hot Takes, Basketball Around the Big Ten

starts at 50:49

We're more scared of Wisconsin, less afraid of Iowa, more impressed with Rutgers, and unmoved by three point luck.

4. Gimmicky Top Five Best Advice for New Parents

starts at 1:35:35

Brian went with parenting rules in general while I believed the prompt was what it says on the tin and suggested things first-timers need to know, like put your newborn in a laundry basket in the middle of your bed, not a bassinet, not a drawer. Seriously, the laundry basket. You won't tip it over in the middle of the night like you would the $60 Bed, Bath & Beyond thing that is basically a pretty laundry basket. You can use it to transport the little creature as it sleeps. It can sense both parents nearby, so it won't panic at noises. And those times you do have to wake up and do something about it, you don't have to leave a warm blanket.

MUSIC:

  • “Tomorrow Never Knows"—801
  • “California Dreaming”—Bobby Womack
  • “Kids with Guns”—Gorillaz
  • “Across 110th Street”
Dec 20, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.6: Banking on a Myth
01:41:09

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. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: THE MEETING, DISCUSSED

The news that Jim Harbaugh is, as anticipated, sitting down with Warde Manuel to discuss contract terms elicited more of a fan reaction than we expected. What, if anything, should we take out of this? Yes, this could be a real extension offer; it could also be a continuation of talks intended to slowly push Harbaugh out the door. We don’t know!

SEGMENT TWO: RECRUITING BY POSITION GROUP

While occasionally getting into the specifics, we do our best to cover the thousand-foot view of the 2021 recruiting class, assessing the strength of each position group and our overall thoughts on the class. Also, our thoughts on how a better-than-anticipated Signing Day should impact the Harbaugh talks. (Short answer: not much.)

SEGMENT THREE: HOOPS WSG ALEX COOK

Alex and I take the chance during this hoops hiatus of sorts to discuss impressions on the team thus far, Hunter Dickinson, the backup center situation, Hunter Dickinson, potential developments in the rotations, Hunter Dickinson, updated expectations for the season, and Hunter Dickinson.

Songs:

  • Andrew Bird — “Banking on a Myth”
  • Curtis Harding — “Wednesday Morning Atonement”
Dec 18, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 12/17/2020: Happy Chanukah
52:18

Football things discussed:

  • Signing Day: great relative to expectations, Xavier Worthy instant impact
  • McCarthy and Colson held t
  • Harbaugh's contract and the assistants

Hoops things discussed:

  • Penn State game: ref issues
  • The center rotation
  • When is Franz?
Dec 17, 2020
MGoRadio 6.7: A Defensive Tackle Version of Mike Danna
01:18:00
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. Get started on your custom apparel order today at undergroundshirts.com and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% 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. Offensive Skill Positions

starts at 1:00

JJ McCarthy deserves a lot of credit for building this class. Donovan Edwards was their #1 target—THIS TIME WE'RE THROWING TO THE BACK! Tavierre Dunlap is a thunderous complement. Gattis seems likely to stick around and so are his receiver recruits. Xavier Worthy looks like ol' Chicken Legs himself. Other two guys can go get it…we think.

2. Offensive Line

starts at 25:12

Hansen is a tight end from Massachusetts but the sites are now wise to our factory. Willie Allen could figure to start next year if they lose Mayfield to the NFL, gives Seth a Grant Newsome vibe personality-wise. El-Hadi is a guy it shouldn't be so hard to get excited about—Mayfield is the comp. Also got themselves a 6'8" tackle from New England to hang some meat on. Two centers allow us to wax poetic about centers.

3. Defensive Recruits and the Punter

starts at 42:53

Over half of 247's punters are Aussies. Michigan punting is cursed. Also cursed: DT and CB recruiting, "Guy" jokes, and Dominic Giudice because he's the only DT-shaped object from the Nua era.

4. Wrap

starts at 1:015:04

Prospects still on the board, options, and a long discussion about cornerback and defensive tackle.

MUSIC:

My old friends from Tripstick of Ypsilanti, MI.

  • "Tired Eye"
  • "Weezy"
  • "Misery"
  • “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.

Dec 17, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.6: Semi-Anticipated
59:20

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.

SEGMENT 1: MINNESOTA

starts at 0:57

  • Even first period
  • Mann bails Michigan out
  • Penalty Kill lets them down
  • Johnson Wondergoal, then nothing
  • Coaching questions regarding Too Many Men and Not Pulling Goalie
  • Line matchup debate
  • More poor Penalty Kill
  • No finishing; looks like last couple years
  • Goalie change irrelevant
  • Minnesota >> Michigan, right now
SEGMENT 2: MIDSEASON CHECK-IN

starts at 33:46

  • Goalies? Check.
  • Defense? Ummmmmm
  • Forwards? About as expected, aside from a few things
  • PK? Nope.
  • PP? Good. Let's see more of it!
  • Transition Play? Up...and then down...kinda like everything else.
MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Blades of Steen (NES) music"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Dec 15, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.13: Running Out of Air
01:44:39
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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

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. Penn State Recap

starts at 1:00

Hunter Dickinson is a legit star. So nice to be able to run the offense out of the post when they're shutting down your perimeter. Johns as backup C went worse than it looks because they made threes, but wasn't bad. Box-outs were a problem for everybody. Turnovers were a problem. Respect shown to various PSU defenders.

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

2. Football Because We Must

starts at 30:28

Seems like the program is starting to come apart with rumors of hellacious transfers and a signing day happening before the coaching decision is really made. Ace points out if Warde screws it up or if Warde does a good job these things could look exactly the same at the moment.

3. Hot Takes, Gimmicky Top Five Things That Should Be Legal in College Football

starts at 48:05

Brian's hot take voice gave him a cramp.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:15:38

A weekend of slippery December football yields no alarms and no surprises, except Rutgers comes out on the good side of overtime. Nebraska can't handle the cold, says Seth, and Michigan State can't handle Penn State's talented receivers, and Wisconsin can't handle the football, and Ihmir Smith-Marsette can't handle touchdowns, and why are we doing this again?

MUSIC:

  • “Blue Blood"—Jiro Inagaki
  • “In Another Life”—Foxwarren
  • “Random Rules”—Silver Jews
  • “Across 110th Street”
Dec 14, 2020
MGoRadio 6.6: The Game
01:14:39

wsgs 1985-'88 WR John Kolesar, 1962-'65 QB/TE Tom Parkhill, and 1947-'50 halfback Leo Koceski. Special thanks to Dr. Sap for helping to dig these guys up!

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. Get started on your custom apparel order today at undergroundshirts.com and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% 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. John Kolesar: Bo and the 1980s

starts at 1:00

Kolesar introduces us to www.FORTHOSEWHOSTAY.com, which goes to support former Michigan players. He also talks about The Game under Bo, from his great 1985 play to the Guarantee, to the Earle Bruce game and the 1988 battle. Also son Caden is on the team so we talk a little modern football.

2. Basketball Talk

starts at 32:28

As we began recording we learned Austin Davis will be out 3 weeks, so we take a break from the old guys to discuss the impact of light center depth, and also preview the upcoming Big Ten season while we're at it.

3. Tom Parkhill: Bump and 1964

starts at 43:45

Injured for the last game of a magic 1964 season, when Michigan was a failed 2-point conversion from a national championship, Parkhill got to watch Michigan clinch a trip to the Rose Bowl from a unique vantage point: in the press box with

4. Leo Koceski: The Snow Bowl

starts at 54:40

Right halfback of the later Mad Magicians and senior for the Snow Bowl, Leo comes on to tell us how things really were back in the day.

MUSIC:

Today we're featuring Emily Scott Robinson, who was my camper at Crystalaire Camp once upon an age, and is now Telluride's sweetest and most awesome singer-songwriter.

  • "Better with Time"
  • "Westward Bound"
  • "Free My Soul"
  • “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:

 

We went to the Pretzel Bell and had a beer, and Dufek got lost, and found a girl to give him a ride to the union, and long story short that's where we get the Dufeks.

Dec 11, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 12/10/2020: The Velvet Divorce
46:12

Football things discussed:

  • Kirk Herbstreit should have had to play QB for Ohio State
  • Warde's presser: recruiting clearly is not their top priority.
  • If Harbaugh wanted to come back for what Michigan wanted to offer it'd be done now.
  • Behind the scenes: Harbaugh probably testing NFL, Michigan likely checking out the alternatives.
  • The entire sky isn't falling: they'll still have most of a class signed on Wednesday.
  • Nobody's going to take a coordinator job on a sinking ship unless he wants the top job after.
  • Whatever you do you have to get a recruiting titan.
  • If Michigan's going to pay they're not going to get Isaiah Wilson.
  • Is there a Juwan Howard of college football?
  • Franklin hires guys because they have hot wives.
  • If you're a recruit and you have an opportunity to sign on to a transition class, you are going to get more of an opportunity to start.
  • Buyout doesn't seem plausible, so bottom line is if Harbaugh has an NFL exit he might take it and if he doesn't they sign an extension that Michigan can get out of if there's a bad year.

Hoops things discussed:

  • Big Hunter Dickinson! His +/- keeps going up. Just slicing through Toledo. Who in the B10 verse can stop him?
  • Perimeter communication needs work on defense.
  • Chaundee Brown shootin like that: Charles Matthews with a shot? Prefer him to a 5-star.
  • Around the Big Ten: MSU looks tough, Illinois's shooting is unsustainable but Adam Miller can play.
Dec 11, 2020
The Ace Pod 3.5: No Connection
01:01:55

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: OHIO STATE IS CANCELED

Discussing our feelings about the cancelation of the OSU game, which was obviously the right move for player safety, though our relief about not having to watch all that is secondary to concern for those stricken with COVID. We spend more time on whether OSU or Indiana should be in the Big Ten title game. You may be surprised by the consensus.

SEGMENT TWO: CRAZY LIKE A FOX?

We try to make sense of the current Jim Harbaugh extension rumors and Warde Manuel’s stated timeline. Is Manuel botching this or playing it as best he can with the cards he’s been dealt? It might be tough to tell the difference until we know the outcome.

SEGMENT THREE: EVEN WE AREN’T THAT SELF-LOATHING

We address the issue of whether Michigan is too difficult a job for a coach to win at an elite, sustained level.

MUSIC:

  • “Christmas Will Break Your Heart”—LCD Soundsystem
Dec 09, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.5: The Red Mound of Lettuce
56:26

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]

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SEGMENT 1: PSU G1&G2

starts at 0:57

A long discussion about hair and John Buccigross. Game 1 was strangely defensive. Michigan played well early but then faded later on. Are bad second periods becoming a pattern? GVW's line was the best, but he exited the game halfway through. Late game situations were nervewracking but Benier's empty netter iced it. Game 2 had a bizarre start, obligatory BTN+ discussion ensues. Michigan seemed to steady themselves and were in cruise control early in the second period.... then the wheels came off. An onslaught of goals buried Michigan in a 9-5 loss. PSU was angry.

SEGMENT 2: What went wrong & Minnesota Preview

starts at 33:46

DZTO's are now a major problem with this team. Mel has to clean that up. Michigan's penalty kill was also ruthlessly exposed. They're good at clearing the puck once they get it but they do little to take it from you or obstruct passing lanes. Just not enough defensive compete right now. Massive series with Minnesota upcoming... 5-5 is very different than 7-3. Both teams are playing with a hand tied behind their backs because of the WJC. Gut check time for the 2020-21 Michigan hockey season. How do they respond to adversity?

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Hockey Night in Canada Theme Song"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Dec 08, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.12: Eyeblinders and Earmuffs
01:35:00
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. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code HOLIDAY for 25% off your next purchase!

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. UCF Recap

starts at 1:00

We liked 65% to 85% of that game, depending on whether we were bothered by Kenpom time. Being bothered by Dickinson's minutes at the beginning isn't original anymore. Being bothered at block/charge calls on the other hand.

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

2. Harbaugh Extension?

starts at 23:18

The news so we discuss its likelihood, what it means for Harbaugh and the staff, and then try to talk ourselves into it when we're really more of the opinion that we'll just have to do it again soon..

3. Hot Takes, Women's Hoops, and Hockey

starts at 41:52

Muppets-worthy win over Notre Dame for the women's hoops team, which has more than Naz as the two Browns, one homegrown the other stolen from Nebraska's bench, have created one of the best forward groups in the country. Amy Dilk is coming on now too with a lot fewer turnovers. Hockey, well, it was and it wasn't. They are young, and getting pillaged for the next series.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:04:15

Indiana football. Frames punts on 4th and 1 and it goes 20 yards. Possible play-in opponents.

MUSIC:

  • “Running"—Baby Huey
  • “The Good Times Are Killing Me”—Modest Mouse
  • “I Don't Know”—Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Dec 07, 2020
The Teams: 2011, Part 1
01:24:47

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: 1879, 1901, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1985 p.1& p.2, 1988, 1991, 1999

Special Guests: Craig Roh, author of The Pass Rush Bible and Denard Robinson

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

1. Setup

(starts at 1:00)

The leadup: Rich Rod era, Practicegate, The Clans, The Process. Sap & Seth try to guess the membership and standings of the Legends & Leaders divisions. Introducing Hoke and his staff. And then, magically, the seniors step up and decide nobody's going to transfer.

2. The Team, with Craig Roh

(starts at 25:07)

Rich Rod left a team recruited for outside zone, big runs with the quarterback, and 3-3-5 defense. Craig helps us go through the roster and how they transitioned to the new staff's concepts.

3. Introducing Denard: Coaching Change.

(starts at 1:01:04)

Talking to the Wonderful One about his recruitment, Rich Rod, and that time he was so quiet yelling hike only Lewan jumped.

4. The WMU Game and Setup for UTL

(starts at 1:14:56)

The Jake Ryan coming out party. Brandon Herron was the most athletic dude on the team. Denard had no idea Dave Brandon told WMU's AD they're conceding. Lewis Kapron-Moore buys a man a drink.

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MUSIC:
  • "Year One, One UFO"—M83
  • "I Do"—Young Jeezy ft Andre 3000
  • "No Time for Dreaming"—Charles Bradley
  • “Across 110th Street”
Dec 05, 2020
WTKA Roundtable 12/3/2020: Stand and Cheer the Brave
50:36

Things discussed:

  • Herbstreit's conspiracy theory and Q-Anon the fanbase
  • Big Ten rules exist to make Ohio State happy.
  • Seth, a very huge and sincere Lions fan, wants Detroit to get Jim Harbaugh.
  • Michigan would probably have to start Dan Villari versus Ohio State.
  • Hoops! Turnovers are an issue. Oakland's zone frustrated them until they went to Dickinson
  • Advocating for Johns minutes over Big Country minutes. Even when Johns isn't having a good game he's getting you OREBs.
  • Starting not Dickinson does bake in a run after the first media timeout.
  • Hockey things: ND and PSU were predictable. World Juniors gutting us for the Minnesota series.
Dec 03, 2020
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.4: Their Little Trap
01:01:26

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]

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1. Notre Dame Game 1

starts at 0:57

Michigan simply made too many mistakes and Notre Dame played the game they want to play it. Got outworked on the boards on the second goal and Jack Summers mightily struggled on the second goal. After Michigan fell down they just panicked, poor line change and ND goes up 3-0. Good work to claw back in but ultimately not enough. Michigan outmuscled for the second straight week but this week it mattered.

2. Notre Dame Game 2 and PSU

starts at 27:08

Michigan cleaned it up defensively but also didn't get as many good looks offensively as in game 1. That sinking "here we go again" feeling heading into the third and then ND scores on the epitome of puck luck. Ugly York turnover leads to the empty netter. Truscott has been a pleasant surprise though. Should Michigan shuffle up the lines? Beecher's not a high end offensive guy and his line needs a spark. Wisconsin got swept by ASU, while MSU/OSU split games. Penn St. is running the same system but without the pieces to do it, playing a style this Michigan team will love to play. The Minnesota series in a week will see both teams shorthanded thanks to the WJC.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"-Soul II Soul
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
Dec 01, 2020
MGoPodcast 12.11: Porridge and the Urban Lifestyle
01:34:32

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. Take advantage of their 30% off Black Friday sale all weekend at ugp.io/ShopMichigan!

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. Penn State Recap

starts at 1:00

Wholesale fail. Can we all agree now that running off your starting quarterback is bad? Did they ruin Joe Milton so much in the last six weeks that they would rather stick with Cade when he can't even remove his mouth guard with his throwing arm? Defense just so many things wrong. Let's talk about new coaches.

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

2. New Coach Ideas Time

starts at 17:35

We run through the plausible name and then talk about 20 other guys. Bad year to be doing this if they don't get Campbell, probably.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 48:20

The slick kids run into the left wing lock. Gonna take more than dumping and chasing to beat a team that plays like Notre Dame, and that takes time and getting used to attacking through the neutral zone with speed and precision.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:04:15

Everybody's covering. Michigan State must be the most annoying team to play ever. Scott Frost has a new batch of complaints because his center can't snap the ball.

MUSIC:

  • “What's the Matter"—Twin Peaks
  • “Do I Have to Talk You Into It”—Spoon
  • “It's Too Late”—The Isleys
  • “Across 110th Street”
THE USUAL LINKS:
Nov 29, 2020
MGoRadio 6.5: Spiderdork Pointing
01:20:03

wsg Reid McCarthy of Ann Arbor Elder Law

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. Take advantage of their 30% off Black Friday sale all weekend at ugp.io/ShopMichigan!

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. Rutgers After UFR

starts at 1:00

Cade the savior? Milton deserved to get pulled and the confidence level went up but what happened was they started running their damn offense. They also used the things that you use against what Rutgers does. Defensively, DTs were good against a bad OL, Dax Hill had a Ryan Mundy game, the walk-ons can all play, the team needs at least a Kwity back.

2. Basketball Weekly, and Hockey

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

3. Penn State Preview

starts at 1:01:48

They're 0-5 but the best kind of 0-5. They've got a quarterback controversy but it's the best kind of quarterback controversy. They have a lot of offensive line holes but they're all 4- and 5-star holes. And they're biting off a bit more than they can chew on defense but that's only because they're running a defense for five-stars and they have a bunch.

4. Gimmicky Top Five Best Media to Consume While Quarantined

starts at 12:07

Reid always brings out the dorkiness, but I think Brian explaining the difference between Rogue-like and Rogue-lite may be a new low.

MUSIC:

Today we're featuring Emily Scott Robinson, who was my camper at Crystalaire Camp once upon an age, and is now Telluride's sweetest and most awesome singer-songwriter.

  • "Free My Soul"
  • "Westward Bound"
  • "Better with Time"
  • “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 27, 2020
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]

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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]

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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 NARRATIVE We 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.

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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