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

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

 

#100

WTKA Roundtable 6/20/2024: Transformational Ooze

Things Discussed: ---Storytime with Craig Ross: Transactional vs Transformational. ---Recruiting: Class of 2025 is like Class of 2023, which was a pair of three-stars and Raylen Wilson out the door at this point in the cycle. ---Brady Hart on Ohio State: "Not everyone's got the same culture as Michigan." Got the JJ to build a class around. Sam points out that's been their best classes (Henson, etc.) ---Sam: Michigan had four QBs they were heavy on, #1 was probably going to Oklahoma no matter what, and they got Hart on campus early in case he wanted to commit before the other two. ---Other guys. RB Jasper Parker has offers from everybody except LSU; do they think they can come back and get him? Has those great feet (like Karan) and is a good receiver. ---Jordon Davison: OSU/Michigan battle despite OSU having 2 backs already. ---Michigan really wants: S JaDon Blair, might be a ND lean (really likes Marcus Freeman, being next Kyle Hamilton but better, has known their staff longer than Morgan). But interesting thing from Blair re: Michigan: "They are lagging behind no-one on NIL." ---Their #1 overall target is probably CB Shamari Earls, who's a Will Johnson-caliber dude. Other schools did a great job negative recruiting against Steve Clinkscale. Gonna be a fight with Georgia though. Seth: If you want to prove to me that Michigan's NIL is lagging behind nobody, win a battle with Georgia. Noted: Will Johnson is probably one of the best-paid players in the country. But UGA is going to pay a lot up-front. At least we'll know before the season it seems. If Michigan wins it's because they need a CB immediately in 2025. ---Pac12 teams in the Big Ten: They're already Big Ten teams. They've got Jestin Jacobs at middle linebacker: that's a Big Ten team. A purple team with Michigan's former kick returner at slot receiver: that's a Big Ten team. USC's the weirdo, but as far as QB situations in the Big Ten go, a guy who played as much as Aidan Chiles did last year after being in Lincoln Riley's system for 4 years is pretty dang good. ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

52 MINS

52:27

20 Jun 2024


#99

WTKA Roundtable 6/13/2014: Hi, I'm the Problem It's Me

Things Discussed: ---Pre-Show: Seth & Craig are on. Craig says punk rock and opera are the same thing. ---Preview of Texas: they thought they'd get DTs. Respect for Ethan Burke out there. Most concerned about our secondary making some mistakes because they're not Sainristil and Rod Moore anymore. ---Paul Finebaum: Ryan Day is the king of excuses. Talk about his reaction to Erin Dunstan leaving OSU for a better job at Michigan where she has more connections (he cussed her out and had her escorted from the premises). What's up with OSU? They still haven't come to terms with the problem about themselves, so all of those expensive pieces are going to be less than they would be elsewhere. ---Michigan slow recruiting? Had to replace the staff, Sherrone Moore has built an Alabama-level recruiting department but the proceeds of that are long-term, not going to prevent this from being a transition class. ---Craig: Why is pass defense more expensive than rush defense? Seth: Because NFL offenses spend on pass offense. ---Is Wink too aggressive? He talked about how he used more sim pressures on Mahomes, that it's a determination made on personnel and opponent, not philosophy. ---Sam: Aamir Hall looks like Josh Wallace But Fast. Ricky is more of a nickel corner (read: dime). ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

59 MINS

59:43

13 Jun 2024


#98

WTKA Roundtable 6/6/2024: The Tale of Joe Blue Tony

Things Discussed: ---Analytics: You have to know how they're made to understand their value. FPI is going to punish Michigan for having a much tougher schedule than Penn State. SP+ is made from scrubbing play-by-play data and roster data, and isolating what different factors mean. PFF is made from pass-fail grading. ---They are predictive up to a point, and then from there it's up to the analyst to understand how it applies to a specific team, e.g. defensive SP+ in the Big Ten West can't handle how bad B10 West offenses are, and measures that say 5-star quarterbacks in their third year of starting are good but not if they've spent that time behind one of James Franklin's OL. ---Craig Ross tells the story of the gangs of his high school, and Joe Blue Tony. Moral of the story: Jim Harbaugh wanted love, it was over when they pulled the plug on the TRO case. Sam: makes some sense. ---Seth: Michigan's mistake with Harbaugh is they decided to stay in the Big Ten and NCAA instead of joining the NFL, which has the Lombardi Trophy. ---Two-loss teams in the Playoff? Depends on who they beat, if they win the B10. ---I share my proposal for <a href='https://www.mgoblog.com/content/case-big-ten-showcase'>three showcase games</a> to replace the Big Ten Championship Game. BRIEF SEGUE: THE SHOWCASE PROPOSAL Instead of a 1 vs 2 game for the championship we play the best three games that weren't played during the regular season. #1 plays the best team they haven't played, #2 plays the best they haven't played, etc. Where necessary the conference is allowed to make judgement calls so that there is always a *clear* champion after the games are played. The games are all played on championship Saturday in three major cities within the Big Ten footprint (New York, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, etc.). Downside: it's another Big Ten game, not winner-take-all, although in many cases the #1 game will be winner-take-all. Upsides: three big games instead of one, opportunities to enhance resumes for six teams with Playoff hopes, no rematches, no weird Big Ten champions who finished behind better teams, lost to other teams, etc. ---Jaishawn Barham: Like adding a 1st rounder. PFF coverage score last year was bunk. He could be an NFL DE, a lot of his Maryland tape he's not the guy making the sack; he's the guy causing the sack. His versatility is what Michigan's wanted from the LB position all along. Think he's going to be a star this year then go pro. ---Is coverage more important than pass rush? That's what the Ravens were about. It's true in the NFL because the NFL puts most of its money into beating pass rush: QBs who read out everything and know what to do with the ball immediately, tackles to protect them outside, etc. ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:02

06 Jun 2024


#97

WTKA Roundtable 5/30/2024: The End of the July Monarchy

Things Discussed: ---PSU loses a lawsuit where Franklin was overruling his doctors. Let's not throw stones; Harbaugh never overruled his doctors but the case did reference a Harbaugh quote and it's not hard to imagine players were often pressured to play while injured. Ben St-Juste's story does exonerate him a bit. Solution: this is something the NCAA should be rigorously enforcing. ---Utah State gets nailed for tampering: COI still doing what they do. ---Seth's solution: formalize the system that used to be under the table: Scholarships (Tuition/Room/Board/Stipend) stay nontaxable if you're an undergrad playing at the school you signed with out of high school, once you're a grad student you get a 2nd school that's nontaxable. Incentivizes schools to invest in players' educations, incentivizes players to stay at one school and get their degrees, emphasizes the value that college sports have over all other professional sports. ---NCAA's solution: get rid of walk-ons in football and basketball. This runs away from what they're best at, but it would help the USFs out there who want to play at being D-I without investing in more sports. ---Torvik's early rankings like B10 teams: let's talk about how useful these stats are. ---Opponent portal pickups. Fresno State got a nifty slot bug from Missouri State that I'm pretty sure we're gonna see. Texas lost a CB but picked up a better one, didn't replace the DTs like they wanted to. Oregon got better, look like the class of the conference this year. ---Vibes: Oregon looks like a title contender, Ohio State looks like less than the sum of their parts. They'll always be good because they are never satisfied, but other than Caleb Downs they mostly just got better where they were already good. Think Michigan's worse than they were last year but they're not 10-point dogs. ... Read more

30 May 2024

52 MINS

52:59

30 May 2024


#96

WTKA Roundtable 5/23/2024: I Know the Sign for That

Things Discussed: ---DBs from the portal: went from no depth to great depth. Both pairs complement each other: Johnson can tackle, Hall can cover. Mangham incredible ceiling, Walker extremely high floor. ---Relitigating retaining Harbaugh: can't ignore that he was expected to go to the NFL after winning a national championship a year ago. NCAA/Petitti were hostile, sure, but blaming Warde is overplaying the hand. ---Break: Silly Buckeyes. ---Settling House: Schools acting like getting the confs to sign off matters; what matters is whether the players agree to it. Getting involved with private equity/FSU getting some sort of loan. ---At some point you need collective bargaining or it's not going to end. ... Read more

23 May 2024

48 MINS

48:52

23 May 2024


#95

StickballCast 0.0: Then and Now

1 hour and 36 minutes With Alex Drain and Craig Ross  Segment 1: 2024 Softball Season Recap  ---Season recap, month-by-month ---Looking at the big picture  ---Key performances, top players, and areas for improvement  ---The incoming softball recruiting class  Segment 2: A Quick 2024 Baseball Overview  ---Pitching: improved, but still not great  ---Taking stock of the Tracy Smith era  ---Brief B1G Tournament preview: hard to know what to expect MUSIC  ---"Not Strong Enough" -- boygenius ---"Right Back To It" -- Waxahatchee ---"Everybody Has A Dream" -- Billy Joel  ... Read more

22 May 2024

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:31

22 May 2024


#94

WTKA Roundtable 5/16/2024: Nobody Likes a Kelly

Things Discussed: ---Craig tells a story about spelling pronunciation, like how people pronounce the 't' in often for the first time since it disappeared in the 15th century. ---Nobody likes Chip Kelly you say? This isn't news. He's not there to bring the love; he's there to give them a running game because Michigan's been playing then six on eight on the box. ---Meta Game evolution: Kelly is there to give them a QB run game. Wink is going to blitz more because he has different talent now. Brown's problem was not enough difference-makers at DT; Wink has WJ, Graham and Grant and doesn't have Sainristil/Moore to call opponents' plays for them.  ---OSU going run QB? They have time to develop Sayin, can afford to go slowly because they have a 2-game cushion with their easier schedule. ---Portal recruiting: Seth wants Sam to stop giving us names—just do every recruitment like Rubin Jones. Lost a CB who got shredded in Texas's defense to Illinois, lost a DT to LSU, what's up Sam? ---Answer is they're probably getting two of their targets at safety so they can leave Zeke Berry at Nickel and Ja'den McBurrows can give them corner depth. Problem is Michigan isn't recruiting starters. ---Corner depth? Time is now for Jyaire. Want a guy from the portal. Sam thinks they have a dude in JoJo Edmonds coming in. ---Why is Michigan not offering the same NIL as LSU/OSU/USC? Donors haven't been conditioned for this. They were all just at Chad Tough, which it's hard to argue that's not a better use of your dollars than a second-string cornerback. ---After the break: Softball. Congrats on B10 championship. Next year looks great, with only Keke Tholl departing and bringing in JJ Putz's daughter. Got a lucky draw in B10 tourney, got a horrible draw in NCAAs. ... Read more

16 May 2024

50 MINS

50:47

16 May 2024


#93

WTKA Roundtable 5/9/2024: The Dayenu Roster

Things Discussed: ---LSU is out of NIL money? They got outbid for an MSU DT and Brian Kelly says "We don't buy players." That'll be news to Bryce Underwood; hope his checks clear. ---Spartans getting in their feelings about Jaden Mangham possibly transferring to Michigan (or Ohio State or Minnesota). Want to prevent him from graduating. There's an intrastate program that allows you to finish your MSU degree at Michigan. Why can't this work for other guys? It's a formal in-state program. The reason academic programs like this don't associate with athletic transfers that much is schools other than Michigan are good at making exceptions for athletes. Michigan should have done so for Terrence Shannon; they probably were right to turn down Caleb Love. ---Brian: Good time to be a Michigan fan; long-term prognoses for OSU and MSU not great. ---Dusty May's presser: Best first presser ever? He's a great communicator/teacher who gave us a lot of information, addressed exact questions. He was watching OSU games for fun? Seth: He was probably watching OSU games because he thought he'd be coaching them. ---Dusty's offense: two point guards, wants all of his players to be facilitators so the ball can't get stuck, can't get trapped. All of these guys have an out: good passers or at worst they can shoot it over anybody. Kinda like Beilein's where the PG with a 64-bit decision tree. Dusty May wants lots of guys with 16-bit decision trees. Tough part: lots of teaching to get it down. ---Rubin Jones perfect glue guy. I'm calling this now: I'm the #1 Rubin Jones fan around here. No takesies. ---Competition in the Big Ten? Oregon and UCLA will be decent, MSU standing pat with a bubble team, OSU is new coaching, Purdue graduated everybody. Michigan will probably be…top 4, 6-seed? Expect them to lose some games early as they learn to play with each other. ---Roster May built is ideal but for a star. I call it the Dayenu roster because everybody's one flaw from being in the NBA. Craig: May wants to be fun as well as good. Seth: Sounds like he's one of us. ---Football in the break: Terrance Brooks. Watched him vs Washington last year, when he was getting burned because he was in man all day. He's..Vincent Gray? Technically solid, smart, big, good ball skills, not a burner. Need to give him help; Michigan would be a good fit because they use so much poach coverage to take away the post. Texas was terrible because they were playing so much press quarters with no help on the double post and fade. Michigan takes that away. ---Schools cutting sports because of paying athletes? They'll say that, but they shouldn't. They're paying just 10% of their budget to players; pro leagues pay 55%. Will happen at the mid-major level because their conferences don't make sense and football is already a massive expenditure that they finance with student fees. Brian: that's a marketing fee; they can just cut back on marketing. ---What we want to see from Congress: your cap is based on how many scholarships you give out. ... Read more

09 May 2024

52 MINS

52:42

09 May 2024


#92

WTKA Roundtable 5/2/2024: I Wanna Go Back to Michigan

Things Discussed: ---Draft Takeaways: Nice that Saban kept being like "I love this dude!" Brian: Michigan and Iowa are the best two teams at developing talent; Michigan also recruits in an area where you win a national title if you outperform like that. ---Seth: Harbaugh recruited at the same level as previous Michigan coaches but where they were getting 20% to 33% of their players to the NFL, Harbaugh is putting *60 Percent* of his players in the League. ---JJ McCarthy: Threw as many passes in the first three Qs as the other guys. Would I trade Goff for JJ, Neil? Can't break up a team on a Super Bowl run, but JJ is more valuable than Goff by far; he's gonna be under team control for a long time. ---Junior Colson: Sam shares that Minter told him to go pro after the championship because he and Harbaugh were going to the league and they're gonna come get him. ---Amorion Walker: If he'd stayed at receiver he'd be the breakout player of the year, but he burned his redshirts both years and then was at cornerback and Ole Miss—that is a hard position to play, and it's probably gonna need to be next year before he's a breakout player. ---CJ Charleston: He's here to be a veteran presence. Sinagosa brought him over from YSU. Tough sell getting receivers. ---DT? Looks like PT wasn't there for their top prospect CJ West so they're moving on to the GVSU guy (Suggs). ---Jaden Mangham? Seth: YES TAKE ALL THE FALCONS! Brian: I don't want anybody who thought it was a good idea to play for Mel Tucker. He's also against taking anyone from Belleville. ---Break: Basketball recruits. ---Post-break: NCAA has an opportunity with House negotiations to sit across the table from *somebody* and create a sustainable future. Brian: Pendulum swung too far, single transfer rule was correct. Seth: Best thing would be to create an incentive formula that gets small schools out of a huge tax bill and makes players want to stay put. ... Read more

02 May 2024

47 MINS

47:09

02 May 2024


#91

Michigan HockeyCast 6.26: April Lookin' at October?

1 hour and 22 minutes With David Nasternak and Alex Drain This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad <a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'>Jonathan Paul</a> 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: Nametags All Around   ---Opener ---Forwards: Hopefully a lot more depth ---Defense: Many returners. Couple Freshman. One Eye-popping transfer. ---Goalies: One Transfer. One Freshman. Still Question Marks. Segment 2: A Mix, NHL, Stick/Ball Updates, Wrap-Up   ---Lines/Pairings? ---NHL Series Updates ---Stick/Ball Good? ---Have a Good Summer! MUSIC ---NHL on ESPN Theme ---"Hit The Road Jack" -- Ray Charles ---Ice Hockey (NES) theme ... Read more

30 Apr 2024

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:06

30 Apr 2024


#90

WTKA Roundtable 4/25/2024: Are You Afraid They'll Hate You More?

---Spring game takes: ------QB: Wasn't a good format (no zone reads, mostly under-center) for gauging Orji. It was him or Warren, and Warren wasn't a speed-reader upon further review. ------RB: Edwards is geared up. Tavierre Dunlap had a really good game. ------TE: Saw Marlin Klein's speed, has a good feel for timing blocks. Saw some Tonielli too. ------OL: Hard to judge Persi from guard, Gentry moved guys but also had some breakdowns. Big drop from there to Link, who looks like a future player. Like some young Cs, Raheem Anderson stood up to Grant, Guarnera looked plausible at guard. ------DT: Both Benny and Pierce were out so we saw Ike and some DEs they had to move down. Keep an eye out for Chibi Anwunah next year. Joey Klunder played hard. ------Edge: Guy is real. ------LB: Barham is big and can move. Hausmann looked really good. Rolder looked really good. ------S: Hard to tell, but Oden is a lot bigger than we thought, might be ready to contribute early. ------CB: Waller and Hill coming on. ---Waller to the portal: Sam says sometimes a guy asks for way more than the pay scale. There's a lot of nodding and talking around without actually saying that Kentucky has a reputation for promising more than they deliver. Schools have got to be sick of this by now. Sam: Gotta live in today, which means you gotta go tamper. ---Dusty May Builds a Dusty May Program Overnight! These guys were all primary creators for their teams; Rubin Jones is also an elite defender. Choosing to pursue Tre Donaldson of the two Auburn guys shows Dusty knew what he was doing, took the path of greater resistance. Roddy Gayle is in the draft if he doesn't shoot 28% from three, and he had a wrist injury to explain it. Sam Walters shot 43% on *contested* threes, because when you're a 6'10" pogo stick there's no such thing as a contest. Danny Wolf is a very underrated creator, should team with Goldin to be the best pair of Cs in the B10? Nimari Burnett can actually be Nimari now, and Tschetter can Tschetter. ---Concerns: They all have elevated TO rates (should come down as they aren't all forced to be creators), they're a bit weak defensively at the four (Walters has length but he was a beanpole freshman last year), and it's going to take time for everyone to get used to playing together. ---We're gonna LOVE Rubin Jones. Very good rebounder, very smart ballplayer, put Johnell Davis in a hell, which is probably why May wanted to go and get him. ---NFL Draft? Sorry out of time. ... Read more

25 Apr 2024

51 MINS

51:30

25 Apr 2024


#89

Michigan HockeyCast 6.25: How'd I Do?

1 hour and 27 minutes With David Nasternak and Alex Drain This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad <a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'>Jonathan Paul</a> 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: Goaltending and Defense   ---Opener ---Mighty Mites ---Up and Down Seasons ---Good, Not Great Segment 2: Forwards with News and Notes   ---Hero Line ---New Guy Impacts ---Bottom Six Plus ---Roster Updates MUSIC ---NHL on ESPN Theme ---"School's Out" -- MEMBA ---Ice Hockey (NES) theme ... Read more

23 Apr 2024

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:57

23 Apr 2024


#88

MGoPodcast 15.27: Your Ring Makes You Look Fat

2 hours and 6 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to<a href='http://shop.undergroundshirts.com/collections/michigan'> Underground Printing</a> 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 <a href='http://undergroundshirts.com/'>undergroundshirts.com</a>. Our associate sponsors are: <a href='http://peakwm.com/mgoblog'>Peak Wealth Management</a>, <a href='http://www.realtorandlender.com'>Matt Demorest - Realtor and Lender</a>, <a href='http://www.annarborelderlaw.com/'>Ann Arbor Elder Law</a>,<a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'> Michigan Law Grad</a>, <a href='https://www.human-element.com/'>Human Element</a>, <a href='http://sharonsheating.com'>Sharon's Heating & Air Conditioning</a>, <a href='https://www.experience4m.com/venue/'>Venue by 4M</a> where we recorded this, The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats <a href='https://welcome.ufcfightpass.com/region/united-states?mgoblog'>on UFC Fight Pass</a>, <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>Autograph: Fandom Rewarded</a>, who just <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>launched an app</a> where you earn rewards for things like reading MGoBlog and listening to this podcast, and introducing <a href='https://givebutter.com/thosewhostay?utm_source=mgo&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=cfp-championship-mgo&utm_content=keep-team-together'>Champions Circle</a>, the NIL fund keeping our team together. 1. Spring Football Game - The Offense Starts at 1:00 Brian has survived a science Olympiad and is ready to talk about the spring game. The number of takes we have are minimal, nobody really popped off. The offensive line wasn’t playing as a group and a couple starters didn’t play so it’s hard to project them. Kirk Campbell has said that they’re not looking for a quarterback in the portal. Alex Orji’s game would be to run a lot and he can’t do that in a spring game where you can’t tackle the quarterback. Denegal and Jadyn Davis aren’t ready for this offense, so it’ll be either Orji, Tuttle, or Warren starting. Maybe Michigan is creating a read option offense but isn’t putting it on film? Brian wants Orji to start but thinks it'll be Warren. Marlin Klein showed off a bit of what they were talking about. Gentry was either blowing a guy up or not knowing who to block so right tackle might be a problem spot. The running backs all looked great throughout the depth. All the snaps for Max Bredeson. Craig is banging the drum about Raheem Anderson.  2. Spring Football Game - The Defense Starts at 36:03 Didn’t really see a defensive tackle stick out but part of that is because Wink Martendale blitzed a lot. TJ Guy might be a half step behind the starters but is going to be a contributor, the defensive end depth is great. The linebackers looked good, it was nice to see Rolder play well. Jyaire Hill looked fast and will be a star in time. You could begrudgingly be a cover-1 team this year. Zeke Berry was an excellent blitzer, much to Brian’s chagrin. McBurrows looked Mike Sainristil esque. The kicking was… at the point that they could potentially explore the portal.  3. Basketball Roster - Part One Starts at 59:35 Takes hotter than Michigan message boards when Kirk Campbell said they don't need a quarterback transfer. The best part about winning a national championship is reading rivals' tweets four months later. We have a semblance of a basketball roster! Tre Donaldson committed mid-recording. Assuming Vlad Goldin and Roddy Gayle transfer, we know pretty much all but one player in Michigan's rotation so let's go through them! Donaldson is your starting point guard, then you have three guards. Brian is very high on Rubin Jones out of North Texas. Guard will be night and day from what we've already had. Unexpected and welcomed center depth.  4. Basketball Roster - Part Two Starts at 1:35:39 Namari Burnett hasn't really announced anything so we're assuming he's back on the team. He should be a pretty good 20 minute per game backup. They should pick up Lorenzo Cason, an FAU decommit. Do they get another guard and what do the freshman minutes look like? What is going on at the 4? Will Tschetter is the only power forward. There's a basketball roster now and they're in a better spot than a lot of teams! Just got to fill it out now. This is a tournament team roster, can they gel together? What is their ceiling, maybe a four seed? In hindsight, Dusty May was the best coach available and Michigan hired him away from Louisville.  MUSIC: ---"Riverboat" — Jesse Roads ---“Vacations" — Midwest ---“Sinner”—  The Last Dinner Party ---“Across 110th Street” ... Read more

22 Apr 2024

2 HR 06 MINS

2:06:27

22 Apr 2024


#87

WTKA Roundtable 4/18/2024: Spinning Out of Others' Pockets

Things Discussed: ---Filling the basketball roster. Expect to get C Vlad Goldin (FAU), CG Justin Pippen (HS), PG Trey Donaldson (Auburn), W Roddy Gayle (OSU), and another guy they're going after under the radar. ---Like Gayle if they can get his 3P% up better than Saint Mary's Aidan Mahaney, who took a lot of bad shots. C Justin Abson (App State) is Ben Wallace. Is he an either/or with C Danny Wolf (Yale)? ---What's the holdup? Guys want to go through the draft advisory board process. Sam thinks we'll get a drumbeat of commitments in the coming days and weeks. ---NIL: Dusty May needs a little more. How deep does the donor pool go? Well it's complicated; you're talking a quirky small subset of people who can afford this, and their individual circumstances matter a lot. There's a lot they're supporting: Football (which we're getting it done), Men's Hoops, Women's Hoops, etc. Seth: Don't forget Mott and the University of Michigan. ---Spring Game: What does the OL look like? Are there any guys standing? Sam thinks we won't be able to watch Hinton, Crippen, and El-Hadi, which that's three of your starters. Who's next? Seth doesn't like that Giudice is ahead of Efobi. That battle for RT is more iffy than we realized? Sam thinks they want a guy in the portal for Gentry or Persi to beat. Seth: If you're saying they Anderson we're at eight guys they trust now. ---Ohio State Spring Game: Their DL pushed their OL around so much it colors everything. QBs were throwing the ball into defenders; chests. Craig thinks their secondary is good. Seth says the offense is very Chip Kelly, they might have something with Julian Sayin down the road but he's skinny and mistake-prone right now. ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:11

18 Apr 2024


#86

Michigan HockeyCast 6.24: Deja Blue

1 hour and 21 minutes With David Nasternak and Alex Drain This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad <a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'>Jonathan Paul</a> 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: The Better Team Won   ---Opener ---Mistake Capitalization ---Upgrades Necessary ---Quick, Overall Takes Segment 2: Additional Mish-Mash   ---Title Game Rundown ---NHL Award Race ---Bat and Ball Sports ---Roster Updates MUSIC ---NHL on ESPN Theme ---"Mr. Blue" -- Catherine Feeny ---Ice Hockey (NES) theme ... Read more

16 Apr 2024

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:31

16 Apr 2024


#85

MGoPodcast 15.26: The 1983 Fighting Methodists Preview

2 hours and 30 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to<a href='http://shop.undergroundshirts.com/collections/michigan'> Underground Printing</a> 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 <a href='http://undergroundshirts.com/'>undergroundshirts.com</a>. Our associate sponsors are: <a href='http://peakwm.com/mgoblog'>Peak Wealth Management</a>, <a href='http://www.realtorandlender.com'>Matt Demorest - Realtor and Lender</a>, <a href='http://www.annarborelderlaw.com/'>Ann Arbor Elder Law</a>,<a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'> Michigan Law Grad</a>, <a href='https://www.human-element.com/'>Human Element</a>, <a href='http://sharonsheating.com'>Sharon's Heating & Air Conditioning</a>, <a href='https://www.experience4m.com/venue/'>Venue by 4M</a> where we recorded this, The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats <a href='https://welcome.ufcfightpass.com/region/united-states?mgoblog'>on UFC Fight Pass</a>, <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>Autograph: Fandom Rewarded</a>, who just <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>launched an app</a> where you earn rewards for things like reading MGoBlog and listening to this podcast, and introducing <a href='https://givebutter.com/thosewhostay?utm_source=mgo&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=cfp-championship-mgo&utm_content=keep-team-together'>Champions Circle</a>, the NIL fund keeping our team together. 1. Basketball Bits Starts at 1:00 We welcome Alex Drain to talk about Indiana football. But before that, filling up the basketball roster (coaches and players). Dusty May’s hires are recruiting focused, do they get an Australian?? Guys in the portal are guys the NBA doesn’t want, hence why they’re in the portal. Mark Pope to Kentucky is interesting but it’s probably a good hire overall. Would you rather play in the G league or get paid by Duke or Kentucky? Most of Michigan’s coaches look like A- hires. Getting a guy like George Washington III is a good get because they’re probably not going to fill all 13 spots, plus he could develop in his second year. They don’t have a recruiting class right now. Vlad Goldin feels like he’s in the bag, he’s on campus this week. Tre Donaldson has multiple crystal ball predictions for Michigan. Connor Essegian would hate Wisconsin which is a good culture fit! 2. Hockey Wrap-Up Starts at 45:31 Michigan loses to Boston College 4-0, who would then go on to lose to Denver 2-0 after the Denver goalie played the game of a lifetime. Don’t think Michigan played poorly like the Quinnipiac game last year, Boston College was just at another level. Michigan got into trouble in 4-on-4s, especially after Dylan Duke’s bad penalty. Seamus Casey probably wasn’t 100%, this was one of his worst games. Who’s back next year? The bigger question marks are on defense. Still no rumors on goalie and anyone left in the portal doesn’t have a great save percentage. Put up an NIL bat signal. 3. Previewing The Big Ten Part One Starts at 1:20:32 Takes hotter than Ohio State fans after losing to Oregon this year. Indiana football time! They essentially imported the whole JMU program plus a coach from Ohio. They landed four running backs from the portal, all of whom played significant snaps last year. Rutgers got a funny quarterback out of the portal. Minnesota and Rutgers like to trade their players a lot, apparently. Taulia Tagovailoa tried to get another year for no reason and didn’t get it. Maryland lost a lot and will have quite the drop off. We try to have Michigan State takes. Their defense has been hideous for years but they do return some of those guys. There are pieces on offense but the offensive line isn’t great., they’re a year zero. Penn State’s spring game had some concerning moments! Their top receiver is transferring and the shaky offensive line loses guys. Ohio State said “we’re never losing a football game again” so we’ll see if it works. Their QBs didn’t look good in the spring game. The defensive line dominated. Wisconsin hit the portal hard. Illinois' good defense is all gone. 4. Previewing The Big Ten Part Two Starts at 2:02:19 Northwestern has gotten one (1) guy out of the portal. They're playing on a practice field by the lake this season and that might just sum up their season. Iowa has Not Brian Ferentz as their offensive coordinator, how's that going to look? Spencer Petras is in the portal! "[Team] is playing in the Rose Bowl!" is already an old joke. Nobody got picked apart by the portal as much as Purdue. Dylan Raiola to Nebraska is exciting but it probably won't start well. There's a path to 8 wins there. Minnesota will be okay. USC is finally making an effort to play defense. Their schedule is brutal, though. It will be interesting to see UCLA without Chip Kelly, also their travel schedule is wild. Oregon is a serious football program. Washington's roster and staff has been gutted.  MUSIC: ---"Everyday Hustle" — Future and Metro Boomin ---“What a Difference She Made" — Jaylen Ngonda ---“Ready or Not”—  Shakey Graves, featuring Sierra Ferrell ---“Across 110th Street” ... Read more

15 Apr 2024

2 HR 30 MINS

2:30:22

15 Apr 2024


#84

WTKA Roundtable 4/11/2024: Unsafe at Any Speed

Things Discussed: ---Frozen Four: Battle of the Blue Bloods. Usually you're counting on single-elimination hockey to off one of the impossibly good teams but NOT THIS YEAR. BC is fully of snipers—their top four forwards are shooting 18% to 21%. ---Michigan's chances rely on controlling the puck, scoring on their cycling, and Barzo stepping up to cancel out the corners. ---Past BC it's the #1 overall pick or a Denver team full of draft picks. ---College hockey right now: draft picks will coalesce at a few bluebloods like BC, BU, Denver, Minnesota, and Michigan, but the mid-majors are filled up with overagers trying to stay in the game. Also the NHL is enamored with college hockey players, and the US development program has succeeded in keeping talent home that five years ago and beyond we were losing to Canadian Juniors. So there's as much talent and skill in college hockey now as there's been in a very long time. ---Naurauto: He's on track for the perfect roster construction, which is two lines of highly skilled early NHL picks and Quinnipiac's top line, bunch of guys who are just on the cusp of NHL ability and are thus behooved to play out their eligibility in college. ---Break: What's going on at tight end? Beetham in the portal—is that about money? Michigan doesn't seem to have an inline guy this year. ---After Break: Women's basketball gone national. You can tell it's come on because sports fans are filling the hate boxes instead of being patronizing. ---Michigan othersports: wrestling is #2 in the Big Ten (better than Iowa) and is full of transfers! We love softball, women's gymnastics has a following, debate won a national championship. ---Is there enough NIL to go around at Michigan? Probably not, because we want to compete in every sport and donors are getting fatigued. The system doesn't work for anyone except the administrators who are getting the fans to pay out the nose for everything and want to shunt NIL on them too. ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

47 MINS

47:03

11 Apr 2024


#83

MGoPodcast 15.25: Chamberlain and I Combined for 100

1 hour and 49 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to<a href='http://shop.undergroundshirts.com/collections/michigan'> Underground Printing</a> 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 <a href='http://undergroundshirts.com/'>undergroundshirts.com</a>. Our associate sponsors are: <a href='http://peakwm.com/mgoblog'>Peak Wealth Management</a>, <a href='http://www.realtorandlender.com'>Matt Demorest - Realtor and Lender</a>, <a href='http://www.annarborelderlaw.com/'>Ann Arbor Elder Law</a>,<a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'> Michigan Law Grad</a>, <a href='https://www.human-element.com/'>Human Element</a>, <a href='http://sharonsheating.com'>Sharon's Heating & Air Conditioning</a>, <a href='https://www.experience4m.com/venue/'>Venue by 4M</a> where we recorded this, The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats <a href='https://welcome.ufcfightpass.com/region/united-states?mgoblog'>on UFC Fight Pass</a>, <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>Autograph: Fandom Rewarded</a>, who just <a href='http://link.ag.fan/mgoblog'>launched an app</a> where you earn rewards for things like reading MGoBlog and listening to this podcast, and introducing <a href='https://givebutter.com/thosewhostay?utm_source=mgo&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=cfp-championship-mgo&utm_content=keep-team-together'>Champions Circle</a>, the NIL fund keeping our team together. 1. Basketball Bits Starts at 1:00 Seth is once again the biggest dork. Will Tschetter is returning, Terrance Williams II hit the portal and declared for the NBA draft (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), and Dusty May has made some assistant coaching hires. Mike Boynton and Akeem Miskdeen have joined the staff. These moves seem like they’re recruiting focused. All three of the big three from FAU are in the portal, Nick Boyd released a big list of schools that did not have Michigan on it. Michigan should get Davis and Goldin. Have you met Louisville’s fanbase? What about the rest of Michigan’s roster? Brian gives his guess on 10-11 roster spots.  2. Football Spring Bits - Defense Starts at 38:36 As it turns out, the defense is better than the offense right now. They’re really high on Jaishawn Barham, the linebacker transfer from Maryland. Rolder is still dinged up and we don’t blame him for what happened against Ohio State. There is speculation on the CB2 chatter and why it’s more encouraging than this time last year. LB2 and CB2 should be fine. On the defensive line, TJ Guy is a guy (ahhh he did it). Etta is also encouraging. It won’t be last team’s defensive line but it should be a two deep we’re comfortable with. The last two questions are “what do we do without Rod Moore” and “who is the nickel back”? 3. Football Spring Bits - Offense Starts at 50:20 Takes hotter than our Kickstarter. On offense, it feels like Alex Orji is simply the leader at quarterback so far. To be fair, the offensive line is probably having a bad time against this defensive line. Semaj Morgan has been getting talked up which is not surprising. Donovan Edwards has apparently gained 15 pounds (with no mention of him catching passes). Marlin Klein is being called the best athlete of the tight ends. Not really any surprises along the offensive line. Sure, some of the problems at quarterback could be the defensive line dominating the offense line but those talks could also be covering up limitations of the quarterbacks. It could all work out but for that to happen you have to run the Denard offense and win some Iowa games. What would you consider a successful season this year? 4. NCAA Hockey Tournament  Starts at 1:19:48 Michigan hockey reaches the frozen four for the third consecutive year. Michigan scores three in the 3rd period after North Dakota was arguably the better team in the first two periods. This is the opposite of what the season narrative has been. Of teams that have made the frozen four historically, the numbers one, two, three, and six are in. This is the bluest of blue bloods frozen four. Denver is 100 duck sized horses. Boston College has snipers, can’t get into a shooting match with them.  MUSIC: ---"Miracles" — Alex G ---“Time Waits For No One" — The Rolling Stones ---“Will I See You Again”—  Three Sacred Souls ---“Across 110th Street” ... Read more

08 Apr 2024

1 HR 49 MINS

1:49:18

08 Apr 2024


#82

WTKA Roundtable 4/4/2024: A Chip and a Chair

Things Discussed: ---Dusty May's new staff: got himself a D guy and a recruiter. ---Good sign that he's addressing his first perceived weaknesses, bodes well for gathering the best players from FAU and bringing Khani Rooths back. ---Akeem Miskdeen: Like Dusty May, nobody has a bad word to say. ---Rebuilding a basketball roster: Feels confident they can get Davis and Goldin and others from FAU, adding Miskdeen gets them in the market for the Oklahoma State guys in the portal and Rooths, whom Miskdeen was recruiting to Georgia. Also after Yale's stretch C, Wolf. All of these guys are grad transfers or Yale. Say yes to a proven Big Ten player who's got a chip on his shoulder in Essegian, even if he's not a perfect fit for May's offense. Can add pieces from FAU's class to get some Zak & Stu types. ---Will they come? They all like May enough that they didn't leave FAU after going to the Final Four. Trey Townsend (Oakland) probably goes to MSU, isn't much of a fit because he's not a perimeter guy (35% but on just a handful of attempts from the arc). ---Will the NIL be right? Michigan won't commit the same mistakes again. ---Hockey: Two of the best third periods in program history. Has this been a turnaround in focus or in luck? Kind of both, but also Marshall Warren has come on, and now they're getting good shifts from everyone down the roster. ---The Michigan 2.0: GuloGulo reminded us Nazar did the same in his first game. ---Now we just need the most iconic fight in college hockey history to have the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. ---Ira: Most satisfying playoff win? Seth & Brian: Hell no! [both start naming bangers at Yost]. ---Seth: I don't hate MSU hockey fans. Brian: You must have a short memory. But rivalry doesn't feel hateful right now because MSU was so bad. ---Can they win the Frozen Four? They're facing the three best one seeds after knocking off #4 and #5 in the country, have a puncher's chance but the Boston schools are loaded to the gills with NHL prospects and Denver is Denver. Twenty percent? Will take it. ... Read more

04 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:53

04 Apr 2024


#81

Michigan HockeyCast 6.22: Not So Jolly Green Giants

1 hour and 53 minutes With David Nasternak and Alex Drain This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad <a href='http://www.michiganlawgrad.com/'>Jonathan Paul</a> 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: Epic Showdown ---Opener ---Blitzed and Overpassing ---Puck Luck For All ---Best Period of the Season? Segment 2: MSU Volume #6 ---Power Plays?! ---Rushes and Even Play ---Actual Best Period of the Season ---Tournament Wrap-Up and Notes MUSIC ---NHL on ESPN Theme ---"Seven Nation Army - Glitch Mob Remix" -- The White Stripes, The Glitch Mob ---Ice Hockey (NES) theme ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

1 HR 53 MINS

1:53:57

03 Apr 2024