At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Lebron here. Got some advice for you, maybe it'll help you get things together. Of course, I wouldn't really know, because man, I have never played as shitty as you did these past few games. That last drive against USC? Wow, which way did you think your team was going? :) I won't even mention Purdue. Purdue, hmm, sounds
like something you step in. And you sure stepped in it.
So here's my advice. Despite what everybody else does ...
- Don't murder people
- Don't steal from me, or from yourself
- Don't kill people
Especially number 2. Steal from me and I will f*** you up.
Who stole from me, Dwade?" "That guy, TP." "That guy? I'm gonna f*** him up."
Definitely: don't have regret about not going to Michigan, where a coach could
have utilized your skills about 1000x better than your current one. Regrets are for losers. Or, deep thinkers. Either way, your should clearly stay away from them.
Regret Poster: Awesome
Don't throw the ball again, ever. Ever! Just run the damn thing. On a passing play,
frustrate your coaches by simply calling an audible to a QB keeper. They'll only complain if you don't score a lot of touchdowns, like you did in high school. Note: you must learn how to audible. Second note: you must learn how to run in college. Third note: when you get in trouble, just dribble out of it. It works for me.
LB: Actually, this time I dribbled into trouble... Green, lovely, trouble.
Speaking of which, don't think about high school. Remember last year, when you said it was all like high school? That was because there was a lot of talent around you. Now, it's on your shoulders. And, unlike high school, you kind of stink at QB. So try to forget all that, and stop sucking.
TP in High School: The Helmet Hides The Ears
Also, don't talk back to Tressel. In fact, don't talk to Tressel. He is OLD, and wears some kind of sweater without arms. Does he have unusually warm arms? I hope so, because he needs to give you a hug. But don't talk to him; he'll probably mumble about
the "I-formation" or some such stone-age bullshit, and where will that get you? After all, there is no "I" in "TEAM". However, there is a "TROLL" in "TeRreLLe pryOr", for what that's worth.
TP And The Gargoyle: Old Pals.
Also, be careful talking near Tressel. For example, here is an innocent conversation you might be having:
- "Does anyone have a knife to spread this butter on my toast?" Or...
- "What is the point spread on that game?" Or maybe...
- "Now that I suck, chicks sure won't spread their legs for me anymore."
Coach: Already Nuts
Also, one final tip: don't worry about the ears. You'll grow out of it, probably. Unfortunately, though, your head isn't getting bigger these days (that only happens when you get too successful). Thus, losing just accentuates your ears even further.
As always, the "Least Good/Best Bad" game of the week, aka the Pam and Ray Show, is Illinois (1-5, 0-4 Big Ten) v Purdue (2-5, 1-2 Big Ten). That game is ESPN2, but Northwestern v Indiana is on BTN? Key matchup: Pam Ward drinking game versus sharp objects. Although credit to Illinois for pulling a fast one and not really benching Juice last week. This week, they will have a redshirt freshman's name to pull out of the hat as well.
Colorado (2-4, 1-1 Big 12) v Kansas State (4-3, 2-1 Big 12). Even though CU pulled out a win against Kansas last week, Kansas lost two fumbles and threw a pick as well. Kansas scored on their last 5 drives, and it only proved that Kansas's defense was worse than CU's offense. Add to that a KState team who has played no one and lost to some of them. After squeaking out wins against powerhouses Massachusetts and Iowa State, they got pounded by Texas Tech. Key matchup: Tyler Hansen versus himself.
As much as I'd like to pick Maryland v Duke for Game 3, I'll go with Washington State v Cal. Washington State's win (singular) is against SMU, by 3, so yeah. Cal has been "offensively challeged" against Oregon and USC, scoring 3 points in each game, until exploding against UCLA for 26 in a loss. In the same way as vinegar and baking soda explodes. Key matchup: Cal versus Evil Cal. Also, Washington State versus QB roulette wheel. They seem to be platooning 3 or possibly 4 QBs. Fortunately, no one seems to be showing this game, and with the spread at 36, that seems like a good idea.
How Tate Stacks Up Against M QBs of 2005-2008Update 10/22: Lots of changes. Reorganized. New Sheridan charting added. New, better metric proposed. Now fat-free!
Note: links all open in a separate window/tab, in case you were afraid of having to find your place again.
[Editor's note: bumped to front page for holy crap reasons.]
This is a collection of data inspired by Coach Schiano's brilliant new visualization of the Henne/HenneMallett/ThreetSheridammit/UseTheForcier Chart.
First, kudos, thanks, plusses, and a dozen sacrificed bulls go out to Coach Schiano. This is the most excited I've been about some new type of Michigan coverage since I read my first UFR.
I hope he doesn't mind if I go back and try to play around with the same stuff.
I went and made my own Excel spreadsheet (available here) to see if I could visualize some of the things we've been talking about here.
I replicated Coach Schiano's results (tossing out the screen metric).
One thing that stuck out right away, I think, is that the introduction of the "Marginal" metric (first discussed after FOOTBALL ARMAGEDDON in 2006 but not implemented until mid-2008) kind of hurts the QBs functioning under it. Erstwhile "catchables" for Henne/Mallett were discounted for late '08 through '09 QBs. In other words, performances before last year's Penn State game, especially in accuracy, might be kind of overrated.
Also, there were a number of games not charted during this period. These include Delaware State '09 (and high school stats, for much the same reason); Ball State '06 (Comcast was blamed); all bowl games;* and last year's Ohio State game, which was only UFR'ed under a shadow Bolshevik government, and thus cannot be trusted.
* (a UFR for the 2005 Alamo Bowl was provided, but since the entirety of that UFR was, literally, "Screw 2005!", I was unable to get any passing info from it)
Part I: Where We Do It By Downfield Success RatingThe metric we've been using, gleaned from UFRs, is Downfield Success Rating. This divides the Dead-on, Catchable, and Marginal balls against all downfield (read: "Pressure excluced") attempts.
BEST 5 GAMES BY A QB
Sheridan's Minnesota miracle looks even more miraculous now! Note, however, there were only 2 Dead-On throws, and 2 bad reads. Also, just one throwaway, no batted balls, and no pressure. That's the O-line and running game's fault.
In other coaching-related-results here, Henne's 2005 Ohio State game was scrumtrulescent by any metric, except apparently not good enough for DeBord to use the passing game to put the game out of reach. Not that I'm bitter...
WORST 5 GAMES
Sheridan's putrid, I-Survived-That-Game-Patch-Inducing game against Northwestern is, unsurprisingly, at the top. In fact, it may even trump several of my 7th grade sexual experiences in the category of worst-executed-thing-ever-done-by-man.
But I'm getting off topic. Note that Forcier's Iowa game actually made this hall of shame. So RR's pulling him for that game may be excusable. However, it is still my considered position that even with shoulder/weather/concussion/bad game, had Forcier been given that last drive, he would have pulled himself back to respectability.
Though 2008 dominated the Top 5, if you look at the Top 10 we get Threet v. Miami (NTM), three Malletts (Min, PSU, NW) and Henne's all-things-good-in-the-world-destroying 2007 game against Ohio State. [Much, much more after the jump.]
Over 75 years ago the Mudbowl game, as legend has it, started as an impromptu mud football game between SAE and Phi Delt on Homecoming weekend at the corner of South University and Washtenaw. As the years have gone by the game has become a campus tradition that now spans over 75 years.
The game itself is a relic of campus traditions of yore, so many of which have been stifled by the University, the city of Ann Arbor (the firemen used to come open the hydrants and supply hoses for the brothers to fill the bowl, now they have to pay for 100,000 gallons of water to be delivered), or have not had the fortune to be organized regularly.
The game is typically held on Homecoming weekend and traditionally involved SAE and Phi Delt playing until exhaustion in a no rules game of tackle football (until Phi Delt lost it’s charter in 1998). The annual charity event today involves SAE and the winner of the fraternity tournament, with two sororities playing their own football game at halftime (up and through the 90s, the sororities played a weird muddy rugby-like game that did not involve a football).
However, this year with an early homecoming date and so many home football weekends, it was impossible to hold the tournament in the midst of fraternity and sorority rush… so, the game is this Saturday, kicking off at 11:30am (in the SAE lawn @ South U. and Washtenaw).
Info from Mvictors notes that the sororities playing will be Kappa Kappa Gamma v. a combination of Alpha Phi+TriDelt (co-team resulting apparently from a panhel punishment). I can only note that this is not the only time that the Mudbowl has been involved in sorority scandal (Chi-O bribed their way into the event in 1993 with pizza/champagne/and a stripper&apparently Theta failed with their bid - a Keg of beer).
The fraternity event will see SAE play the winner of tonight’s fraternity final tonight between Phi Psi and Fiji. So, if you are going to be in town for the game this weekend, you can hopefully see several great football games… the Mudbowl is a charity event for Mott’s, so if you do come, find one of the people taking donations.
I know that during my years at Michigan, the Mudbowl was my favorite day of the fall semester and I constantly meet people that learn I was an SAE at Michigan and talk to me about their Mudbowl memories...
Phi Alpha to all that attend, and go Blue!
|Boubacar Cissoko||Started||Started||Started||Started||Played||DNP||DNP||Inj. Only - suspended|
|Mike Jones||DNP||DNP||DNP||Played||Played||DNP||DNP||Inj. Only|
Rich Rodriguez has said that Boubacar Cissoko is expected to return to the field this year once he clears up the issues that got him suspended. That means he won't be redshirting. Only freshmen will redshirt this year, then, and the list of eligible guys is as follows:
- Isaiah Bell
- Jeremy Gallon
- Brendan Gibbons
- Cameron Gordon
- Thomas Gordon
- Mike Jones (Injury redshirt only, as he's played in a couple games - but not the DSU blowout).
- Anthony LaLota
- Taylor Lewan
- Michael Schofield
- Fitzgerald Toussaint
- Justin Turner
- Quinton Washington
A couple of these guys might be in the mix for playing time later in the year (especially Jones, since he's already played), so keep your eyes peeled.
Note: I'm thinking about doing these for just televised games. They may expand to other sports if I find the time.
- UM @ MSU
- Wednesday October 21
- TV: BigTenNetwork (BTN GameFinder)
The volleyball team makes it two televised matches in a week with this special midweek conference game against Michigan State at 7pm tonight. The game will be televised live on the BTN as the two teams play for the "State Pride Flag," the volleyball version of the Paul Bunyan–Governor of Michigan Trophy.
The State Pride Flag has been passed back and forth by the winners of the Michigan/Michigan State regular season series since its inception in 1990. The flag was flown over the state capital building on September 18,1990 to commemorate the rivalry. The flag is a normal State Of Michigan flag with the motto "Tuebor," meaning "I will defend," across the bottom.
Michigan, while trailing in the all-time series 32-45 (MSU claims it's 31-46-1?), also trails 18-22 since the inception of the State Pride Flag. Despite this record, Michigan has managed to supposedly win 11 of the 19 season series. Michigan has swept twice and been swept 4 times, the other 13 years have been splits. I'm not certain how tie breaker rules work.
This game has been moved to the Breslin Center as East Lansing expects a large crowd. This is the second straight year that the game at Michigan State will be played in the larger arena. Michigan lost there last year, and the Spartans do own a perfect 4-0 record all time in Breslin. We'll see on TV just how loud the Spartans can make it. Knowing their hatred of all Michigan teams ranked higher than they are, my bet is pretty loud.
As far as this year's Spartan team, they come in at 14-6 (2-2 BigTen) with a ranking of 33rd (other's receiving votes) in this week's AVCA rankings and own a #18 RPI. They own a 2-1 record against ranked opponents, beating then #12 USC and then #12 Illinois; they were swept at home by #1 Penn State in their last game.
Michigan State is lead in kills by junior right-side/outside hitter Megan Schatzle. Megan is the younger sister of former MSU All-American outside hitter Ashley Schatzle, but she's not nearly as dominant as Ashley was. Megan will predominately play the right side, but she gets plenty of sets as she leads the team with 3.13 kills per set.
MSU will split outside hitting between sophomore Becca Zlabis and redshirt sophomore Jenilee Rathje. They average 2.73 and 2.53 kills per game respectively, which is pretty low for BigTen standards.
The lack of hitting is made up in their block. MB Vanessa King is averaging 1.03 per game while her alternate, Mischelle Nelson is averaging 0.97. As a team, they average 2.4 blocks per set, which happens to be exactly what our opponents average against us.
The key to this game, much like against Penn State, will be playing a clean service game. Michigan needs to put the pressure on the Spartans with our solid serves. We need to limit the errors and keep a level head.
The other matchup to watch is how we block Schazle. Normally, you would use a combination of your middle blocker and right side hitter against an outside hitter, leaving your outside hitter with help from the middle blocker against their right side. Juliana isn't a huge blocking threat (she's definitely a great offensive player and pretty good passer as well), so we're going to need a solid performance from Rood and Fletcher to help support that side.
|Serve Errors||207||Service Errors||151||MSU|
|Serve Recep (SR)%||.944||Serve Recep (SR)%||.945||PUSH|
|Pass Errors||17||Pass Errors||29||UM|
|AVG Oppo RPI||69.75||AVG Oppo RPI||82.7||Slightly UM|