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MGoRadio 8.0: The Literate Fanbase

MGoRadio 8.0: The Literate Fanbase

September 1, 2022

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The Video:

[After THE JUMP: Things discussed.]

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1. Colorado State Preview

Starts at 0:10

They took Nevada! The transplant is going to take some time but we think they'll be decent eventually. They imported the most important parts of what was going to be Nevada's offense, including a slot bug, Melquan Stovall, who's going to give Rod Moore or Mike Sainristil all they can handle. Last year's CSU is basically useless for scouting purposes except their DT and LBs gave Iowa the business.

2. Ben Mathis-Lilley

starts at 14:57

Inspired by an MGoBlog post, Ben Mathis-Lilley set out to write a comparison of college football cultures until his publisher said Michigan fans read books. So he wrote The Hot Seat: A Year of Outrage, Pride, and Occasional Games of College Football. You are in it! You can buy it here. New Yorkers: He will be at the Dram Shop with Jane Coaston on September 13th.

3. Offense After Previewing

starts at 30:47

Offensive line: forgot how young these guys were! Admit that they might not have been the #1 OL if you go over the course of the entire season; the voters of that award clearly got excited for Ohio State. But so did we! Brian and Seth go back and forth over whether Erick All is a star. Receivers don't have a hole—going to be hell to figure out how to stop them. More of a believer in McNamara now.

4. Defense After Previewing

starts at 53:42

Alex thought athleticism vs the spread was the main reason Colson kept getting out there instead of Hill-Green. Brian doesn't say it's going to happen but if a DE does pop it is probably Derrick Moore. More optimistic about a lot of defenders, including Mazi Smith and DJ Turner.

Featured Musician:

Detroit/Ann Arbor's Summer Like the Season (band's site, instagram) is a 2022 Kresge Artist Fellow form whom I was very late to the party (read about them on Metro Times). I sent a message, and lead singer/drummer/guitarer Summer Krinksy replied from a umich.edu address. The trio's vibe is sorta Metric, sorta St. Vincent, very DIY, and our clips can't do it justice because they build songs like how I try to write—taking different elements and teasing them until they all come together in a crescendo that makes sense. Songs:

Also because Across 110th Street will get our Youtubes taken now now, the opener and outro:

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

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WTKA Roundtable 9/1/2022: It’s a Good Thing

WTKA Roundtable 9/1/2022: It’s a Good Thing

September 1, 2022

Things discussed:

  • McNamara/McCarthy situation: Don't expect them both back next year, but this year it's better to have two. Previous situations: guy who did it with Stanford and the 49ers did it best. Best-case scenario: McNamara wins the Heisman, goes first overall, and McCarthy returns to lead us to a natty.
  • 1999 Revisionism: The injuries on the OL were a bigger part of that story than the QB competition.
  • Colorado State preview: Wolves in sheep's clothing? (Good one, Craig). They were decent last year because they had Trey McBride (first TE off the board) and that team is almost all gone: one DT and one linebacker are the only guys who were 1st team. They even put the inside linebacker Seth thought was their star behind a 195-pound RS freshman walk-on.
  • Depth Chart: Clever to name 20 starters per side. Mason Graham: he's doing it against Michigan's OL so it's got to be real. Zak Zinter is going to be awesome.
  • Pass rush has to come from the DTs this year. Mullings: if they could spare him from LB (he'll have to start with NHG out) he'd be an RB. Jimmy Rolder? True freshman linebacker is true freshman.
  • Purdue/Penn State and Notre Dame/Ohio State.
MGoPodcast 14.0.c: 2022 Preview, Opponents

MGoPodcast 14.0.c: 2022 Preview, Opponents

August 26, 2022

2 hours and 17 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing (to the podcast at least) TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass. Free episode:

1. Eyabi Anoma and Non-Conference

starts at 1:00

Brian thinks Anoma is a multi-year project but could be a useful WDE this year on passing downs. CSU is bad Nevada via the portal. Discussions about who you’d like to see on an ideal non-con schedule. Brian wants ND, Alex wants no one, David is in the middle. Hawaii has no one returning and will likely be horrible. UCONN’s DC quit and that says it all.

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

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2. B1G East

starts at 28:40

PSU’s defense loses similar pieces to Michigan, Clifford is back, will the OL ever be better? MSU has more transfers, will the one-score luck run out? Indiana has a new screen-based offense and a rebuilding defense. Maryland has great receivers and Taulia, defense is atrocious… are we scared of them? Rutgers has a QB battle! OSU has a new defensive coordinator, can he fix the scheme, LBs, *and* DTs? Not worth talking about their offense

3. B1G West

starts at 1:03:45

Iowa’s offense is still despicable. Lose Goodson, lose WRs to Purdue, OL wasn’t great, OC still incompetent. Defense should be great! Nebraska is a team we’re mostly buying, lots of new shiny transfers, AND a special teams coordinator! Alex is buying Illinois long term but they shouldn’t threaten Michigan at all. Wisconsin found a running game, Mertz is still questionable, but defense will be good if the factory is re-stocked. PJ Fleck/Jerry Kill discussion. Tanner Morgan and Mo Ibrahim return, OL/defense needs to be rebuilt for Minnesota. Purdue returns a great QB and TE… we like Jeff Brohm. Northwestern exists. B1G West will be all 8-4 teams.

4. Hot Takes, Predictions, and Final Takes on the Season

starts at 1:44:24

Takes so hot it caused Brian to speak in tongues. Predictions on B1G West winner, B1G East winner, Michigan’s record, offensive MVP, defensive MVP, and Who’s Your Dude? Final takes on the season: feels like it’s coming down to a trip to Columbus and Michigan may have re-established tactical parity with OSU.

MUSIC:

  • “Pharmacist”—Alvvays
  • “So Typically Now”—US Girls
  • “What You Do To Me”—Teenage Fanclub
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 8/25/2022: Within the Last 40 Years

WTKA Roundtable 8/25/2022: Within the Last 40 Years

August 25, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Salute to Carol Hutchins. She surprised us all, and deserved to. Immediate situation isn't a concern. The program's long-term health is fantastic, and she built that. Women's sports at Michigan are fantastic, and she built them. She became the winningest coach in Michigan athletics history when I was in college in the early 2000s. Her name is up there with Yost. Who are we to have opinions on when she retires?
  • August football
  • Financial windfall from conference, paying the refs? Brian: will be the same people. Seth: not long-term. It's not a profession right now but a lifestyle, so you're working out of a tiny pool.
  • Want to see honest UFRs of their officiating, like MLB now provides.
  • Fall camp: situation sounds like exactly what we thought it was.
  • Eyabi Anoma: Further scouting.
  • TJ Guy: OLB vs DE. Can he crash?
  • We won't know if they can stop the run until Iowa because nobody is going to run until UConn.
  • NIL players' collective: 18% off the top seems too high for that to be a good deal.
MGoPodcast 14.0.b: 2022 Preview, Defense

MGoPodcast 14.0.b: 2022 Preview, Defense

August 24, 2022

1 hours 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing (to the podcast at least) TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass. Free episode:

1. Defensive Line

starts at 1:00

Despite Chris Hinton's departure, defensive tackle looks like a solid group! Mazi Smith was named the number one freak in the country by Bruce Feldman (in a good way). Is Mazi Smith finally happening this year? It might finally be happening this year, but he's definitely the biggest X-factor on the defense. Former MGoBlog Sleeper of the Year, Kris Jenkins, looks to be rounded into a Ryan Glasgow type. The depth takes a bit of a drop after these two. Consensus seems to be that Jim Harbaugh's "gift from the football gods" comment was referring to Kenneth Grant. Brian wants Alex to get older. George Rooks looks encouraging down the road. Jim Harbaugh says the defensive ends won't see much drop-off and might even be just as good - worst offseason lie we've ever heard? We feel good about Mike Morris, who should be a B+/A- player. After that, ehhh. Taylor Upshaw might be ok, Braiden McGregor hasn't been talked about much in camp. TJ Guy is a guy. Derrick Moore could be great but is a true freshman. Julius Welschof could be an X-factor! Brian wants a weakside end that eats peoples' souls and that probably doesn't exist this year. 

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

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2. Hot Takes and Linebackers

starts at 31:20

Takes hotter than whatever is going on in the capillaries in Brian's face from having to record all the hot takes segments at once. Linebackers are in a similar boat as defensive tackle - two guys coming on that you feel good about and then a pretty stiff drop-off. Junior Colson and Nikhai Hill-Green's development this season will be crucial for this defense, Josh Ross isn't around to solve your problems anymore. Junior Colson runs fast, sometimes in the right direction. Next man up is Michael Barrett, who is not an inside linebacker. Maybe they give Jaydon Hood a chance? The freshmen probably won't contribute much this year. Maybe they Ravens it and run one linebacker- wait they did that against Michigan State, never mind. 

3. Secondary

starts at 54:21

Last year's secondary intro was "oh god oh no" (and it ended up being fine), this year feels much better! DJ Turner is the 4th Michigan player to make Feldman's Freaks list and was on a 3rd team All American list. Gemon Green has never performed at the highest level but has shown flashes. He's a decent to good Big Ten corner but the ball always goes through his hands, this is a good floor at cornerback. Enter Will Johnson: a true freshman who will absolutely see the field. Moving a starter from receiver to cornerback usually is a bad sign, but I think we feel... fine? About Mike Sainristil? He played offense and defense in high school and has the athleticism for the position so he might be decent in the new role. Those are probably the four corners that will get significant snaps, we probably won't see much of Jaylen Perry. At safety, are we sure Brad Hawkins doesn't have another year of eligibility? RJ Moten and Rod Moore will likely be the starters. They held their own in the snaps they played last season, including against Ohio State. The rest of the depth chart looks ok if they need to step up. There's been positive chatter about Quinten Johnson? Seth is high on Damani Dent. 

4. Special Teams and Defense in Summary

starts at 1:21:06

Special Teams: same as last year, the end. Jake Moody, Brad Robbins, AJ Henning, and Blake Corum are back. Also Ronnie Bell is back to return punts (/TweekACK). Shout outs to Jay Harbaugh for being the best special teams coach in the country and Cornelius Johnson for blocking two punts. Best special teams unit in the country? What would Nebraska's record be last year if they had Michigan's special teams? Overall defense feels rickety, there are maybe four or five spots that having to rely on backups would be bad. If you were starting a defense from scratch, starting with two good defensive tackles and good cornerbacks is a good start. Expectation for the defense is around top 20-30. 

MUSIC:

  • “No Beginner”—Serengeti
  • “Ode to Viceroy”—Mac Demarco
  • “Tidal Wave”—The Apples in Stereo
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoPodcast 14.0.a: 2022 Preview, Offense

MGoPodcast 14.0.a: 2022 Preview, Offense

August 22, 2022

2 hours and 2 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing (to the podcast at least) TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass. Free episode:

1. Quarterback and Running Back

starts at 1:00

Cade versus JJ, round 2…how long until McCarthy is too good to keep out of the starting lineup? More important question is how good is Cade McNamara, because he has excellent command of the offense, and had a Rudock-like second half of the season. He needs to hit next-level routes but showed he can, and still has a lot more runway than people think. Then again, McCarthy can be the Bryce Young who takes this offense to natty-level, which they may need. Orjicat? Running back is going to be sweet—you forget how good Corum was (best in the nation) before his injury. Neither he nor Edwards are probably power backs, which means they may need JJ to be a run threat to maximize their backs. Need a thunder dude to step forth; Mullings has the proverbial it if he can be spared.

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

2. Receiver and Tight Tend

starts at 41:41

With all due respect to Ronnie Bell, we’re starting with Cornelius Johnson, who is tracking towards 1st round pick. A lot of the meat that Cade left on the bone was CJ getting wide open on in-breaking routes. He needs to get his contested catch rate up to be elite. Ronnie Bell: the most effective slot in 2020, uncanny ability to turn 5 yards into 15, always better hands than credited. And then there’s LOTS of good depth. Hard not to be stoked about Andrel Anthony’s Braylon impression in year 2. Roman Wilson is so fast with underrated hands and leaps, and a better weapon for a big arm, but needs to improve his routes, gets stuck at the LOS. AJ Henning is fun, but rather see the top receivers in the slot. Going to be fun watching the freshmen develop. Seth is all in on Erick All, who’s the guy Michigan decided to run behind. Schoonmaker is an incredible athlete. They’re sitting atop a depth chart that’s been waiting for those guys to clear out. Is anyone a fullback? Max Bredeson perhaps?

3. Hot Takes and Offensive Line

starts at 1:13:09

The Joe Moore Winners add a Rimington Candidate that the whole team can’t stop talking about. Zinter is taking the next step to All-American. Seth loves Keegan’s awareness—Graham Glasgow 2.0. Ryan Hayes showed his limits but he can pull and he can knock around some guys…still needs to get stronger. Trente Jones gives us confidence because he seized the job so fast. The backups are not as known because they’re the next generation, but early returns inside are very positive.

4. Offense in Summary

starts at 1:42:11

So what would disappoint you? They’re Top 5 but if they want to get to Top 1 or 2 they need to hit on McCarthy or see McNamara turn into a Drew Brees. Hard to see him do that without the zone reads that make JJ effective. Corum isn’t going to get enough carries to be a Heisman. What did they lose in Gattis? Really hard to tell, but Weiss knows how to use motion to create weird running lanes. Want to see them open it up early against bad opponents. No more Washington games.

MUSIC:

  • “Are You Ready”—Rokotto
  • “Crazy Feeling”—Lou Reed
  • “Lady Luck”—Richard Swift
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 8/18/2022: The New Peacock Subscribers

WTKA Roundtable 8/18/2022: The New Peacock Subscribers

August 18, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Seth segment to talk basketball schedule
  • HAIL TO THE VICTORS IS OUT!
  • Eyabi Anoma: From a football standpoint he doesn't look like more than a Whittley-style contributor, unless he was injured. Doesn't pop on film. Worth the risk if you've got the scholarship—need to find out where they're at with that. Like this as a pickup for next year more than this one because he's coming from so far back. Motor issues, off-field issues hopefully mitigated by Poggi. Pretty sure he's got Jr/5th eligibility: 2020 was free for everyone.
  • Cade McNamara winning the race? That's expected. UFR shows he had a Rudockian renaissance later in the season. Still has a ceiling that stops at Georgia, but do you face that kind of defense in the Big Ten? It takes time to get a JJ to the level where he breaks the game. In JJ's favor: the running game needs space. Rubber meets road at Iowa.
  • The new TV rights deal: games on Peacock and Paramount+. Where's the money coming from? It's those of us who have to purchase streaming services.
  • University of California regents trying to block UCLA from joining.
WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2022: If You’re 5-11 You’re Rounding Up

WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2022: If You’re 5-11 You’re Rounding Up

August 11, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Brandon Naurato: Seems like a Marcus Freeman hire: will keep the recruiting going, could work out for a very long time.
  • Worried about Warde Manuel's role. Appearance is that he wanted to keep Pearson, and the refusal of the department to explain their timeline only adds to speculation.
  • Basketball phonebooks: Want to believe that Kobe Bufkin is now Kobe Buffkin.
  • QB competition: It's a fan thing because we want to know when JJ is going to lead us to a natty, but the program has been clear that McNamara remains the starter. These guys are on a football team together, and that's how they're going to approach it: the primary goal is to win, not to start.
  • Bruce Feldman's freaks. Michigan makes sure they are well represented by giving Feldman video and numbers. Still means something that they keep getting guys on there.
  • Where's the pass rush coming from? They're going to have to do it the Ravens way.
  • Linebackers: Don't compare Colson to Bush; he's more like Year 2 McGrone. He's also their best pass-rusher, but to use him that way they need to drop someone else into coverage.
  • Minter vs Macdonald.
The Michigan Hockeycast 4.27: Summer Cleaning

The Michigan Hockeycast 4.27: Summer Cleaning

August 9, 2022

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 after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: End of the Mel Era

  • What happened?
  • Who was involved?
  • Close Impacts
  • Rundown of each year on the ice
  • Could Michigan do better?

Segment 2: Brandon Naurato is a Go

  • Who is Brandon Naurato?
  • Was there anyone else?
  • How do we feel about this?
  • More Michigan Draft Picks
  • Overall thoughts

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MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" -- R.E.M.
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
WTKA Roundtable 8/4/2022: An End to Sweatpants

WTKA Roundtable 8/4/2022: An End to Sweatpants

August 4, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Mel/Wilmer Hale report: Why haven't they fired him already? Craig: report says to investigate more. Brian/Seth: the time for that was done over a month ago.
  • Football camp: we're looking at the linebackers, outside and inside and hybrid and nickel. Need to see an edge who can pass rush; interested what happens with McGregor. ILBs have to get over being young at a very hard position, NHG came along last year, when they let Josh Ross make the decisions and whichever kid followed. Depth is a real issue. Sainristil: hard to take it seriously when other nickel candidates—Moore/McBurrows/Berry—weren't available.
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