Having watched some recent MSU hockey, most notably the Championship game at the GLI and the most recent debacles, I thought it worthy to break down MSU's penalties this year to illustrate (THROUGH EXCEL!!!1!) how their penalties have gone through the year.
Bench penalties (too many players) & flops not included in penalties, clipping considered "tripping," unsportsmanlike and game misconducts, as well as grasping facemask and kneeing, considered roughing, game DQs ignored
7 boarding penalties. 5 in the past 3 games (wtf!?) and 6 in the past 6 games. 3 in one game against Miami? Come on dude.
Conboy has committed 29 penalties in 21 games. He had multiple games of 2+ (woot!) and one of those wonderful boarding penalties. Schepke, fwiw, just can't help himself (2) from doing that ("Sorry coach, they just keep falling down!)
What does this show? MSU might not be committing too many more penalties than their opponents (though you may argue they drag their opponent into scrums - see: Miami, UM). However, when 34 of your penalties are stupid scrums after the whistle (17%) and 29 (15%) are from roughing... you have a lack of self-control in your players. But when you had 2 boarding penalties all season and double that in a week? The coach has zero control.
I recently read an article on "The Big Picture" blog where Brian was interviewed (dated 20 September, 2007) and thought it was great. Had a good chuckle with it. Say what you want but Brian Cook is one of my personal heroes. Everyone has always been asked the proverbial question "name 5 people dead or alive who you would want to meet/have lunch/dinner with...", Brian would be one of them. Why you ask? 1.)I enjoy reading his blog articles; his sly, witty, sometimes sarcastic humor makes me laugh but always to the point, 2.)He's a huge, huge Michigan fan like myself, 3.)He lives in Ann Arbor, a college town/environment I would die to live in, 4.)He has created a "forum" for people to sound off thus creating an environment where people can express themselves with some but not much ridicule, 5.)He has some of the best group of people whose diaries/stories I love to read. I look forward to reading Brian's insightful witticisms and often times on the spot analysis that makes some if not most sports writers look clueless. Love the website and would be lost without it now. Keep up the good work Brian.
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Lo Wood, a teammate of Michigan commit Jeremy Gallon, is a cornerback prospect from the 2010 class who recently received an offer from Michigan. Now that his junior year is over, Lo has been working hard on improving for next year, working out 3 days a week, 4 hours a day on Saturdays. Michigan is high on Wood, and he's high on Michigan as well.
First some highlights, then the interview.
TOM: How did your junior year go, compared to how you wanted it to go?
LO: I did well. It was way better than my sophomore year. I improved on a lot of areas, and that’s really what I wanted to happen.
TOM: How do you think you did at the combine?
LO: I did well at the Army combine. I went against some new kids, so it was good to see how I would do against them.
TOM: Did you get a chance to meet anyone new, any recruits you've kept in contact with?
LO: Chris Beckman, the receiver. I talk to him, but that’s about it for new people.
TOM: I know you're already good friends with Ricardo Miller (2010 Michigan commit), what has he been saying to you?
LO: He’s just saying I need to hurry up and commit, and how much he loves Michigan. He’s been trying hard.
TOM: You're also teammates with current Michigan commit Jeremy Gallon, has he been talking to you at all about the process?
LO: No, Jeremy’s kind of quiet. He said they need more Florida kids at Michigan. I guess everyone in Florida is talking about Michigan, since they’re going there.
TOM: Who do you currently hold offers from?
LO: Michigan, Georgia Tech, FIU, Stanford, and Duke.
TOM: Do you have a leader right now?
LO: My leader is Michigan.
TOM: I know your family is involved in the process, what do they think, or say you should do?
LO: They just tell me to make sure it’s the right choice for me, they’re just letting me do the process myself. My dad does certain things for me so I can focus on school.
TOM: Do you have a timeline for how you see your recruitment going? Some guys like to wait; others just get it out of the way.
LO: We’re going to sit down and figure it out. We’re still waiting; we’re kind of waiting to see what happens at signing day, and make our decision from there.
TOM: What's your next step? Have you planned any visits yet?
LO: Sit back and relax for awhile, then we’re talking about taking some visits. Michigan will get a visit, we’re just not sure when yet.
TOM: What schools have you already seen, and what was the most impressive part of any of them?
LO: Florida, Georgia, and Michigan too. Michigan, just the atmosphere, the stadium, and the fans. I really liked how everyone knew who I was.
TOM: Describe what kind of player you are, what are you good at, and what do you need to improve on?
LO: I’m going to improve on tackling better, doing basic things, and little things in my coverage. I’m best at playing man to man coverage, and jamming.
TOM: What do you think about Greg Robinson becoming the new Defensive Coordinator?
LO: It’s great to hear that a good DC is coming. It sounds like he’s got great experience, and the fact that he’s won Super Bowls is pretty cool.
It is getting a bit slow and since I learned a lot of good information from my last post on the Coaching Arms race, I decided to go back to the well. I also hate to admit the number of times I refresh this page in a given day looking for new content, so I thought I would bring content to me.
There are a number of things regarding UM football that never made any sense. That was because I missed good coverage(living in Texas), did not have good access to data (blogs, recruiting sites) or just was not on the "inside" in regards to the program. One of those mysteries that I still wonder about is in the early 2000s when our secondary was nicknamed "The Suspect". Why were we so awful in the secondary? Was it recruiting, transfers, coaching, all of the above? How did we get that nickname, I assume it was from the dreadful play? What solved it? (maybe it was not solved if you look at last year).
I just saw Whitley's nice article on his recent charges and it all started to come back again. I would appreciate some insight from our crack mgoblog community. I will be interested to see how the response turns out.
I normally don't post, but just read; today, though, I've heard something that will interest all of you if it turns out to be true. A friend of mine that goes to Rider High School (Beaver's H.S.) in Texas says that a local paper has declared that Beaver will probably "Fickle Finch" out of his commitment and either - get this - recommit to Michigan, or make home at Texas Tech.
This was a local paper of which the credibility I don't know, as I'm not familiar with anything in that area. However, I thought it was worth posting for argument's sake. For a little extra, the columnist in their paper said he believed 60% in Beaver's recommitment to Michigan, but that TTU is on the rise and is, to sum it all up, a "sexier" choice for Beav.
I'd categorize this with rumors right now, but seeing as it's in a local paper, I wasn't so sure it shouldn't be given some attention and some thought, at least.
My friend knows a couple of the football players on their high school team personally, but doesn't directly know Beaver, which is why I have doubts as to the accuracy of this info at this point. We'll see, though.