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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Recruiting Space: Fixing the Glitch

I get that there are no saints in recruiting these days.  And I realize U-M signed Harbaugh in order to give the Wolverines the best possible chance to once again hunt with the big dogs of college football.  But there is a best way of doing the "business" of college football recruiting.  Unfortunately, Michigan isn't doing that based on the blow back and perception after another player decomitted and then claimed he did so because the Michigan coaching staff stopped calling until finally telling him he was a "plan B."

MGo had a good take on this, but I'm still surprised that we couldn't see such an obvious (and avoidable) problem by being upfront much sooner (instead of, as it appears, trying to "ignore" kids away).  More disappointing is the response of some U-M fans falling all over themselves attempting to justify what we did as "better" than similar things we've all roundly criticized for years at other places (see: the SEC).  Legal and "within the rules," yes, but unsavory nonetheless.  Just because it's "us" doesn't make it less so.  In years past, if Ohio State did something similar (see: OSU RB coach leaving after Buckeyes Mike Weber signed), we'd be lighting up the Interwebs in righteous anger. And to proclaim "THIS IS DIFFERENT!!" (all caps, natch) is splitting hairs.  You can't ask someone to prom then tell them the week before the dance that you found a sexier date.  It's a dick move, even if it is allowed.

Bottom line: we have to "fix the glitch" in terms of our communication with borderline offers and recruits.  Or it's going to end up biting us in the ass.  Because right now, fair or not, it feels like our recruiting coordinators are the two Bobs from Office Space.

And if you're not familiar with the above (shame on you), here's the original clip:

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Alabama's Sugar Bowl Summed Up in One Picture

Our old MZone blogging pal, @AWoolley42, sent us this pic he saw on UniWatch of a 'Bama fan at the Sugar Bowl. I think it pretty much perfectly sums up the night for the Fighting Sabans. And I can't resist the perfect caption: ROLL...Turd?

I think this was the longest run by 'Bama all night.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What Jim Harbaugh Said vs What Michigan Fans Heard

Yeah, we admit it -- we Michigan fans are a tad excited about Harbaugh's arrival back in A2. Maybe a tad too excited as evidenced by the video below showing the difference between what Jim Harbaugh said vs what Michigan fans heard when he was introduced as the new coach and spoke at halftime of the U-M basketball game yesterday:

Unofficial Official Jim "Swim Lanes" Hacket Shirt

Like everybody else, I've been very impressed with "interim" AD Jim Hackett during the entire search process.  He not only landed the biggest fish in the coaching pond ocean, but he conducted the search in a way that did Michigan proud, both in the result and how it was handled.

Bravo, Mr. Hackett.

And so, while everyone has (rightfully) been focusing on shirts centered around our new coach, we came up with an idea in Hackett's honor using one of our favorite terms he used at his introductory press conference.  Unfortunately, the MZone Store long ago closed down, but maybe the M-Den or Moe's can run with it.

Go Blue!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Home Sweet Harbaugh

With sources - including Harbaugh's good high school friend and Bay-area sports reporter - confirming he's coming back to A2 to lead the Wolverines, I couldn't help myself with the video below.

And since his U-M playing days were in the 80s, his welcome back video could only be done with one song from that era.

Go Blue!

H/T to WolverineHistorian and Dr Sap on YouTube for some of the clips and to Seth (@misopogon) for THE 'pic at the end

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

BREAKING: Video of Michigan Plane on its First Stop in Latest Coaching Search

In a stunning exclusive, the MZone has obtained footage of the so-called "Michigan plane" on its secret first stop in U-M's search for its next football coach.  I think this video indicates what a longshot their top choice is.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Michigan Talifans Blow Up Speakers in Big House

(from MZone wire reporters) ANN ARBOR, MI - The Talifan - a radical group of University of Michigan supporters who adhere to a strict interpretation of what constitutes Michigan tradition - have blown up the speakers inside the Big House in order to prevent any further piped in music to be played inside the stadium.  A video of the destruction was posted today on their website OnlyWeKnowWhatTrueFandomIs.net (SEE BELOW).

"Only the one true marching band should be heard inside the stadium," said the group's leader, Tim Gundersack (BA, '97) from a secret location where he mooches off the wi-fi signal of a nearby coffee shop in order to write his blog.  "The Michigan gameday experience is sacred and should be exactly as it was in 1926, Field H. Yost's last year as head coach.  How can it be tradition if it's not traditional?"

According to Gundersack, the present day experience at Michigan Stadium has "changed" too much and "isn't the same as when (he) was there."  "Back then," said Gundersack, "everything cost a nickel and Michigan won every game.  Peace be with Bo."

Gundersack went on to explain the Talifan's rationale for blowing up the speakers.  "True Michigan fans didn't want the rawk crap they'd been playing over the speakers," he said.  "What does Seven Nation Army have to do with Michigan?  Nothing.  True Blue fans only want quality stuff that's played live by the Michigan Marching Band and is specific to our university.  Classic music like the Rocky and Bullwinkle theme."

The group has threatened to flame anybody who disagrees with them on their website, or block them on Twitter, or both if they try to leave a comment then tweet about it.  "Those who do not follow the way are nothing but Drew Sharps to me," said Gundersack before bitching about Michigan's refusal to switch to a modern spread offense.

Previously, the Talifan has opposed the renovation of the Big House, night games, and the use of non-leather helmets.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

New Michigan Logo for Dave Brandon Regime

In the honor of the Shane Morris incident, and the Coke ticket clusterf**k, and the skywriting over Spartan Stadium, and the fireworks, and the student section fiasco, and on and on and on, we think Michigan may need a new logo as long as Dave Brandon remains the AD.


ED. NOTE: Yes, during the days of the Original Mzone (respect) and even MZone 2.0, this post would have gone up the very day of Dave's latest "miscommunication." But, well, real life now.