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MGoRadio 7.3: A Teddy Bear and a Bunch of Magnets

MGoRadio 7.3: A Teddy Bear and a Bunch of Magnets

September 24, 2021

1 hour and 16 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire.

The Video:

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1. Rutgers Preview: Offense

They’re going to test Daxton Hill on the edge; let’s see how that works out for them.

2. Rutgers Preview: Defense

Not as bad, still doing the Stunt 43 thing. Can Michigan outflank them or is it another battle of Cannae? McNamara kind of game.

3. Gimmicky Top Five Favorite Rutgers Moments Since The Joined the Big Ten.

Good Morning,

Michigan has began a war with Rutgers University. Our Order, represented by some of Rutgers elite student leaders, see it fit that this rivalry be hereby declared.

We have had enough of Michigan. Fence the Garden was brought forth because of Mr. Harbaugh, and us Scarlet Knights are ready to protect our state. We R battle ready.

Tonight sparked the beginning of the end for Wolverine Football, and no longer will they return to their former glory. The Curse of The Bambino reigned for 86 years, Michigan's will last for 28.

4. NIU After UFR

What happened on That One Drive is the only thing we learned.

MUSIC:

Tonight’s featured musician is Terry Klein, from Austin, Texas, whom you can find at www.terrykleinmusic.com. He told me to save “Too Blue to Get That Far” for a loss but it’s too good to sit on. That’s Bart DeWin on the organ fyi.

And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro:

  • “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark
  • “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat

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.

WTKA Roundtable 9/23/2021: Competence Confidential

WTKA Roundtable 9/23/2021: Competence Confidential

September 23, 2021

Things discussed:

  • The opening makes sense if you heard what we were tearing up laughing about before the segment started, which is Vance Bedford saying Michigan fans who aren’t excited about this running game need to take some Viagra.
  • Sam wants our thoughts on how well the team is playing vis a vis preseason expectations.
  • OL charting: They don’t screw up very much! This game was like 80%, and when one guy made a mistake they fixed it.
  • Seth: JJ McCarthy has some competition for AJ’s best friend because Vastardis can move. He’s draftable.
  • DL charting: They don’t screw up very much either! Came back to Earth from Washington but not a weakness, and Hill-Green and Gray have been surprisingly effective when the were expected to be sore spots.
  • Caveat: haven’t faced good QBs yet.
  • QBs: should they find a role for McCarthy? Seth: yes. Other guys: no.
  • Rutgers and Wisconsin previews.
  • What’s going on with Kerry Coombs and Ohio State?
MGoPodcast 13.3: Advanced Time Management

MGoPodcast 13.3: Advanced Time Management

September 19, 2021

1 hour and 25 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, Information Entropy, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!), and this episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge. Take their survey to decide what to do with Lucky’s.

1. Offense vs NIU

starts at 1:00

That was thorough. Takes us 15 minutes to bring up the passing game. The rushing game has a diversity of power instead of inside zone—split zone is really their IZ. It all works.

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

2. Defense vs NIU

starts at 25:06

Also quite thorough. Michigan has never seen a QB keeper on an arc read (because they never see it in practice—zing!). Scripted drive put the DTs on edge duty, that got cleaned up. No attempts downfield Rocky? Ready for the Stanford 4th and 1 fire drill.

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory

starts at 37:03

Why are they kicking a field goal on 4th and 2 on their only successful drive? Seth thinks they had Caden Kolesar out there for Washington because he’s a vet and the atmosphere wasn’t going to bother him, but the plan was to go with AJ Henning all along. One that he let bounce showed why, what happened after that also showed why it was a good plan. Congrats to the specialists on their day off.

4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 51:58

Nebraska’s defense holding Oklahoma to a manageable score is more surprising than Oklahoma’s defense allowing Nebraska to shorten the game. Ohio State’s defense is…bad? Does it matter? Michigan State faced a Miami team that punches itself in the face, but their new RB is legit. New Jersey defeated a maize and blue team with wings on their helmets.

MUSIC:

  • “Paving the Runway”—JJ Heller
  • “Running Away”—Freak Power
  • “Mr. Blue Sky”—cover by Mayer Hawthorne
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 7.3: The Moth Joke

MGoRadio 7.3: The Moth Joke

September 17, 2021

1 hour and 3 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire.

The Video:

 

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1. Norm Macdonald Tribute with the Sklars

starts at 1:00

Randy and Jason Sklar come on to remember the humor of Norm Macdonald, whose humor inspired them and the humor of this blog. Here’s the Moth Joke:

2. NIU Offensive Preview

starts at 27:01

They’re a racecar with Rocky Lombardi under center. Tempo and a speedy running back, and they’ll take their shots downfield. Alex doesn’t hate any of their linemen.

3. NIU Defensive Preview

starts at 37:31

They’re bad—Seth says the program was torn apart by coaching changes and defections. Worst one was their DT whom they donated to Indiana.

4. Washington after UFR

starts at 48:16

Other than John Donovan, how seriously do we take the dual pavings? Semi-seriously.

MUSIC:

Tonight’s featured musician is Maxwell Thomas, a Chicago-based, eccentric yacht rocker who produces alt rock inspired by JRPGs.

  • Ghost
  • Rising Sun
  • Traveler’s Theme

And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro:

  • “Funk It Up Old School”
  • “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat

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.

WTKA Roundtable 9/16/2021: The School Bus Was Late

WTKA Roundtable 9/16/2021: The School Bus Was Late

September 16, 2021

Things discussed:

  • Welcome back Brian.
  • Thank you, John Donovan. Our defense had it easy.
  • Mazi and Hinton came in for Aidan-like scores but CONTEXT.
  • Hello there Rod Moore. Junior Colson less encouraging.
  • Ryan Hayes PAVED. Counter worked, why stop?
  • What does this say about the passing game? They clearly don’t have much confidence in it.
  • Seth: You play an opponent. Washington had safeties way back. Michigan has RUNNING BACKS.
  • Hockey recruiting: the Alabama of hockey, except recruiting matters less in this.
MGoPodcast 13.2: Who Flattened the Dogs Out?

MGoPodcast 13.2: Who Flattened the Dogs Out?

September 12, 2021

1 hour and 32 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 Information Entropy, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!), and this episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge. Take their survey to decide what to do with Lucky’s.

1. Offense vs Washington

starts at 1:00

Vastardis and co. were mauling Tuli and Taki. Lots of interesting runs with pullers going opposite directions. First play: T pull with a backside read. 2nd play: TE crosses one way, Jet and G pull the other way. OL going to come in for huge scores.

UW leaving 2 safeties back, playing one high, so why not? UW had LB flying outside when RB did, were not going to get edged. YOU CAN BLOCK BEHIND THE LINE GUYS! Erick All did work. Honigford is replaceable. Roman Wilson cannot block. Bell missed.

CADE: Bad reads. Didn’t have a lot of time but he spent too long on 1st reads and missed 2nd reads.

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

2. Defense vs Washington

starts at 32:37

Now you believe me about John Donovan. Why are you running on 4th and 4 when you haven’t run before? Why aren’t you reading an edge when Hutchinson is coming? Josh Ross much better game. Was popping OL. Mike Morris is happening. Hutchinson by god.

Wanted to get Giles Jackson out in space and M had that anticipated. Tried to test Dax Hill on the edge once. Kris Jenkins is happening. Might be a little small still but breakout candidate. Live action for Rod Moore.

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory

starts at 51:20

Refs had just one (two but the 2nd was overturned) bad call. Their old fashioned punt led to that 4th down play because they have an upback. Good decision to go on 4th and 1, but decision to pass on 2nd and 2. UW: Why not have Jackson return? M: Why Kolesar if he dropped one? Michigan Foug’d one to Jackson and it looked scary until German Green hewed him down. Moody good from….60?

4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:05:51

QUACK! We look for more MOONs on the schedule.

MUSIC:

  • “Mr. Brightside”—cover by Jada Facer
  • “I Ran”—cover by Janet Devlin
  • “Who Let the Dogs Out”—cover by Matt Mulholland
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 7.1: First-Time Red Bullers

MGoRadio 7.1: First-Time Red Bullers

September 10, 2021

1 hour and 13 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!).

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1. Washington Offense

starts at 1:00

Alex thinks the offensive line and John Donovan’s play-calling are the problems. Also the quarterback. Also all of their receivers are hurt.

2. WMU After UFR: The Offense

starts at 16:52

Jimmy Lake’s defenses always know what they’re doing however, and always have a never ending supply of NFL cornerbacks. Tuli and Taki up front will be a bigger test for our suddenly lively inner OL.

3. Phil Brabbs and Washington 2002

starts at 30:16

We remember the 2002 Michigan-Washington opener, from the perspective of the guy who made the winning kick none of us believed he would, and the guy who was given Red Bull for the first time before entering the stadium.

4. WMU After UFR: The Defense

starts at 51:30

Recalibrating how much I love the running backs. They put a lot on Josh Ross. NHG’s issues seemed fixable. Might also have to recalibrate how we think of DL statistics.

MUSIC:

Tonight’s featured band is Goat Motor, the Chicago-based funk rock band for whom reader Dustin Fillion does the bass work. Check them out on Spotify, or on their Facebook page.

  • “Hold Me Back”
  • “Slate”
  • “How Could I Be So Blind”

And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outtro:

  • “Funk It Up Old School”
  • “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat
WTKA Roundtable 9/9/2021: You Weren‘t Kidding

WTKA Roundtable 9/9/2021: You Weren‘t Kidding

September 9, 2021

Things discussed:

  • Understand run-run-run when Zinter is in there.
  • Sam: They didn’t think he would play much.
  • Vastardis! We were both down at him, but he had a game, was reading Ralph Holley well. The Henning TD was mostly Vastardis—Sam noted they also bluffed the DE with a feint from Vastardis. Graham Glasgow-esque job vs Holley.
  • Filiaga didn’t miss assignments. Good matchup for him.
  • Ronnie Bell on his way to a Heisman before we lost him. We talk about That Catch!
  • John O’Neill crew: Seth says it’s seriously time to do something. Keep the woman, let her build her own crew. Every single down these guys are screwing something up.
  • Breaktalk: Ron Hefley is playing for Kevin Kelly, the coach who doesn’t punt.
  • Washington talk: John Donovan sucks. He’s got a 6’3” guy playing RT and a 6’8” guy playing G.
  • Michigan defense: they’re putting a LOT on their plates. Safeties look well-coached. Green can’t plan zone. Vincent Gray can’t play man, except he did well against WMU’s fast guy.
  • Seth pronounces UW names.
MGoPodcast 13.1: The Cover’s Cursed

MGoPodcast 13.1: The Cover’s Cursed

September 6, 2021

1 hour and 38 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 SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded on during the pandemic because we’d had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!)

This episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge, started by a couple of readers to have the perfect, affordable, safe, and clean living/renting/working space near campus.

1. Offense vs WMU

starts at 1:00

Do we start with the good news (they can run), the bad news (Bell), or the future news (McCarthy). #SpeedInSpace is over—there were no reads and lots of fake reads that burned downs or delivered safeties and linebackers to the running backs immediately. In this game at least the RBs could put those defenders on their asses. JJ seems to be erratic.

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

2. Defense vs WMU

starts at 28:58

One drive of bleeding plus a Not Angry About That throw over Gemon Green (and a taunting on Ojabo) and then not much. Just a few gashes from LBs getting out of position. Hinton looked like their best DT, Hutchinson got to spend a lot of time on the sideline while they rotated a lot of guys. Mike Morris, hello there. Secondary looked okay but shaky—they’re better as a zone team.

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory

starts at 44:45

The hot takes are half the segment even though there was a lot of special teams, because the only game theory stuff was at the end of the 1st half (learn to manage a clock!). Much of the game was spent waiting around for Brad Robbins punts to land. Using Bell as a returner. Foug’ing it.

4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:00:35

We go long this time of year because there are so many games. Jamie does not recognize the existence of Iowa.

MUSIC:

  • “Stop Making This Hurt”—Bleachers
  • “Stay High”—Childish Gambino
  • “Nothing Else Matters”—cover by Phoebe Bridgers
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 7.0: Blue Jumbo

MGoRadio 7.0: Blue Jumbo

September 3, 2021

1 hour and 6 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com.

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they’ll buy your team lunch!).

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1. WMU Preview

starts at 1:00

We finally listed to you about putting the opponent previews first in these so you can listen to the rest on the way home from the game. Caleb Eleby gets the ball out quickly, has a LT who was a C last year and started at DT vs Michigan in 2018. Missing their star, Eskridge, who went in the draft as well as the star LT who also got drafted. Best offensive weapon is Skyy Moore. Defensively Seth thinks their good DT can get pushed around by Michigan’s front, but this is still the defense to #SpeedinSpace to death.

2. John U. Bacon: Let Them Lead

starts at 22:17

How do they let JUB take over a hockey team? Well it was the WORST hockey team. But anyway it’s a new Bacon book so we go off the rails and you buy and read it at letthemleadbybacon.com.

3. Talking Michigan Football

starts at 39:12

We FINALLY address the question everyone asks: What does Harbaugh have to do to keep his job? Answer is sell tickets to next year. Bacon: Washington game matters.

4. Seth’s Hockey Podcast

starts at 51:30

We’re running out of guys who can’t talk hockey so I get to the be dumb guy who shuts up as Brian and Alex Drain and Bacon discuss the better-than-Bama recruiting run Michigan’s been on.

MUSIC:

Tonight’s featured band is Georgia Mountain Stringband, which is reader Brendan Held’s bluegrass band. Check them out on Spotify, or on their facebook page.

  • “Hard Man to Love”
  • “Choctaw Mackinon”
  • “Bible Belt”
  • “Across 110th Street”
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