is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two football ticket options will become available to University of Michigan fans beginning June 16 with the "Go Blue Ticket Pack" and the "Family Pack" option, the University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Wednesday (June 3).
Starting at $225, the Go Blue Ticket Pack allows fans to choose a single ticket for three games based upon tier and game selections. Fans can pick their game and seat locations according to their own preferences with a limit of eight (8) tickets per game. The Go Blue Ticket Pack allows fans to select one game from each of the following groupings:
- Tier 1: Michigan State (Oct. 17) / Ohio State (Nov. 28)
- Tier 2: UNLV (Sept. 19) / Rutgers (Nov. 7)
- Tier 3: Oregon State (Sept. 12) / BYU (Sept. 26) / Northwestern (Oct. 10)
- Additional pricing information for individual games: http://www.mgoblue.com/tickets/fbl-single-game.html
The popular Family Pack returns this season for the UNLV game on Sept. 19. The package includes a minimum of four (4) endzone tickets, four (4) beverages and four (4) hot dogs starts at $240. UNLV enters the season with intrigue after the school hired Tony Sanchez to lead the program. Sanchez posted an 85-5 record with six straight state championships at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School.
After opening on the road at Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3, Michigan's 2015 home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, against Oregon State (time TBD) and former Wisconsin head coach Gary Anderson.
Following are the dates when the football ticket packs will be available to different fan segments:
- Tuesday, June 16 - Donors to Michigan Athletics (500 or more priority points)
- Wednesday, June 17 -Donors to Michigan Athletics (250 priority points or more)
- Thursday, June 18 - Donors to Michigan Athletics (1 or more priority point)
- Friday, June 19 - Michigan Athletics Digital Community
- Join the digital community today at http://www.mgoblue.com/insider
- Ticket packs will be available to the general public after the digital community on-sale date
A POTENTIAL MODEL OF NFL DRAFT BEHAVIOR
As the next installment on an admittedly slow-moving series of diaries on the NFL Draft, I’ve decided to do the behavioral component of this study next. I have always been fascinated by the talk – the endless talk – in the run-up to the draft about who should go where, when you draft certain positions, and the like. I decided to look at it from a league-level view – it would be a little tedious to break it down to individual teams, and indeed the individual needs of teams vary from year-to-year and while it would be interesting to track a specific team to see if they’ve got developmental issues at a position, it is easier for purposes of a diary to see what the trends look like by position and round.
Building on data that I already had collected – from 1995 to this year’s draft, I first built a table by position or position group in the case of DB (too few players listed specifically as CB, FS or SS for it to be telling in their case) or P / K (which I combined for a similar reason) and totaled the number of players drafted in each position or group by round (n=4,810 in this study). There were some interesting things merely in the raw data:
Significantly more than any other position group, defensive backs of one kind or another are the most common in the NFL Draft per this sample. 957 of them, in fact, have been draft in the last 20 years in various rounds, close to one-fifth of all drafted players in that period. The next two in order of appearance in the draft should not surprise anyone, I think – linebackers (638, or 13.26%) and wide receivers (599, or 12.45%). What the table above is showing, of course, is mere totals and as you can see, some areas have a relatively steady hum of activity if you look at it like that. Another level of analysis was needed.
Here is the breakdown in terms of percent of total by position or group and by round:
Now, this is more interesting. You can see in the first round, for starters, a higher level of activity at defensive end, offensive tackle and quarterback, which you might expect. The second round tends to be a hodge-podge, if this data is telling us the right story, and then in the third round, activity picks up for offensive guards, linebackers and wide receivers. Running backs spike in the fourth round and you start to see a slight peak for tight ends in the fifth round. The seventh round is simply filling needs, hence the glut of green.
To get a cleaner look at tendencies by position, I normalized this data by position and here’s that table:
It’s telling you a similar story to the second table, but what you are seeing here – for those who are not stats people – is the number of standard deviations above or below the average amount of players taken by round. This was merely to show in more stark terms where the spikes in activity were at various positions. Those individual graphs are below:
One thing I intentionally left out is longsnapper. This is not because I have anything against them, of course, for indeed as we know in Ann Arbor, they sometimes make serviceable wide receivers in a pinch (see Sugar Bowl for details). It is because – and this might just be a problem with the Pro Football Reference database – there has been only one longsnapper drafted in 20 years of draft data. Again, it might just be the database, but I nixed it because there are too many people like me here who would see n=1 for a position and grumble.
As with most of my diaries, I don’t have a particular conclusion here – there’s not really a message in this data other than that there seem to be definite trends in draft activity by position, and quite a bit of that is determined by teams trading up or trading down as well, but teams do that with specific players and/or positions in mind, so that strategy is not necessarily confounding anything here, in my opinion as there are oft-debated informal guidelines about where to draft various positions.
In any case, if this a reasonably accurate picture of modern draft behavior, then it is interesting to see what more than 30 teams’ combined draft strategies is producing.
Alternative title: How to make a post that makes you look foolish in 7 months.
Hopefully a flurry of commits happen in the next 3 weeks to firm up this list but here is a projected 23 man class. The apparent goal is "Fab25" which would be 25 but I had trouble plugging in DBs as UM doesn't lead for many and is not really in the conversation as a contender for many at this point. So most likely it will be guys we have not really heard of yet outside of Butler. (I have Hill not flipping to UM per current tea leaves) In theory someone like Enis could end up as a S down the road.
Please also note any class over 18 or so will require serious attrition in the coming half year. 25? We are not talking scalpel but butcher knife.
This 23 man class is a sort of "best case" perhaps - for kicks I plugged it into 247 and it generated a score of 262.8 which in 2013 terms would be #10, 2014 terms would be #11, and 2015 terms would be #14. Hoke's first full cycle class of 2012 was 25 players and #6.
The total class rank is influenced heavily by the # of players you have (i.e. a 23 man class will rank much higher than an 18 man class) - unfortunately 247's projection doesn't give you the average player rank which is a more fair comparison. i.e. an 18 man class with an average rank of 90.5 is in theory better than a 21 man class with average rank 87.5 even if the latter will be ranked higher.
|9||FB (LB)||David Reese|
|17||LB||Caleb Kelly or Devin Bush Jr|
|Alternate: OT Devery Hamilton, WR Dez Fitzpatrick, WR Korey|
|Banks (CB?), DE Daniel Joseph, LB Camilo Eifler, CB Lavert Hill|
- For ranking purposes I included Devin Bush Jr (not Caleb Kelly) - both seem to be an intense focus of a satellite camp.
- The whole defense is difficult to project, but LB is probably the one group with some visibility.
- No idea who our alternative would be at DT if not Gary.
- DEs are very difficult to project; I picked Murphy due to relationship with Harbaugh from older brother and Kelly as he will be on campus in 2 weeks and he is a Nebraska lean so reasonably flippable.
- Banks is a low rated WR that seems to be a fall back plan but in theory could be a DB recruit but Magnus says he is a WR recruit so I didnt put him in as a DB.
- We seem to be in the running for Hamilton as well but would we take 5 OL? I assume if all 5 say yes we would. Esp if a guy like Davis flips to a southern school - thus opening a new slot in the class, even if a diff position. (Evans could be your 2nd RB in such a case)
Prattville football coach and athletic director Chad Anderson said more than 200 players have signed up for Friday's camp at Prattville High School, and expects 300 to have signed up by the time the camp starts. The majority of athletes are coming from Alabama, but players have signed up from Mississippi and Florida. Players from California, Texas and New York have also expressed interest.
Also, USC and Sarkisian will be at the Dallas camp.
USC will be at our Showtyme Elite Football Camp . June 9,2015 . Gopher Warrior Bowl Stadium.— DallasShowTyme (@DallasShowTyme1) June 2, 2015
Happy to announce I've just committed to the University Of Michigan 〽️— Michael Onwenu (@_MXKEY) June 3, 2015