The Ace Pod 3.11: Unbroken, Unshaven

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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

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