at least it's not just us?
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.
I think he would jump to Texas quickly if they came offering $6M-$7M a year. It seems there was a coach that used it as a stop and went on to big things.
When asked about the Texas job:
"I see Michigan State as a destination, not a stop," Dantonio said. "That's how I see it. Flattering, but that's how I see it."
Former Iowa star receiver Derell Johnson-Koulianos took to twitter the other night to rant against his former coach, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.
As most of you may remember, DJK was arrested and charged with several drug-related crimes in December of his senior season, leading to a suspension for his team’s bowl game.
While the result of the arrest eventually became a simple marijuana possession guilty plea, DJK was never able to find work in the NFL, despite having the physical talents necessary.
Many have theorized that his former coach, Kirk Ferentz, may have “blackballed” himfrom the NFL due to a strained relationship between the two. Whether or not it’s true, the former wide receiver is soon going to release a tell-all book that, we’re guessing, is going to be a scathing account of what he claims goes on behinds closed doors at Iowa. Ahead of its release, DJK went OFF today on Twitter.
What do you guys think? Is DJK just another spurned player out for revenge and a big pay day? Or could there be some smoke to this fire? Would be HUGE news if true. The book is reportedly due out next summer.
DJK posts several tweets regarding the matter, all of them can be found in the linked article. I chose a few to post here:
Would u like it if u slaved for someone 4 5 yrs then when you arrived @ adversity they abandon you & tell potential employers not 2 hire u?— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
I knew after my first conversation with KF at Iowa it wasn't. Going to be a good relationship.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
The money, the drugs the dictatorship of a program. All of it will be in the book.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Put me in a room anytime anywhere w| KF and let's him deny anything I have to say. Sum1 make it happen. His recruits will hear about it all.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
At least 10 NFL teams said to me "We understand you made a mistake but my concern is no one at Iowa had anything good to say about you."— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
Recruits need to consider this about KF before going to Iowa. It's all good when you're converting 3rd downs and touchdowns but don't F up.— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
[ed: bump for epicness. contains swearing, obviously. Wait. What? Oh are you f-ing kidding me about JT Compher breaking his foot. I HATE ALL THINGS.]
THE STATE OF OUR OPEN THREADS: A SEASON IN PROFANITY
We’ve entered December and the relative lull between the end of the regular season for football, bowl games and conference basketball. We have undoubtedly looked back on 2013 and said our peace and expressed our frustrations with how things went this year.
As you know, of course, your frustrations were measured here and compiled into a series of short summaries which began to appear midseason, and this was called “The State Of Our Threads”. I was the originator of the idea, but I actually was not the first to post it because I was a little leery of how people might react to the self-effacing blog humor that it was meant to be. I have CooperLily21 to thank for introducing this initially.
Well, now that the season is over and our thoughts have collected, it is time to look at how we got mad, what made us mad and how often we were mad.
For the same of simplicity, I tracked seven words or types of references. One of them, specifically “put in Morris”, was more for something which will appear in another part of this work. It was a very productive year with 4,843 occurrences of these tracked words and references. All of them as well as their relative frequency of use are in the table and chart below.
|TOTAL||AVERAGE||STD. DEV.||% oF TOTAL|
|"put in Morris"||187||15.58||16.81||3.86%|
There were some other interesting statistics to report as well.
The average number of instances of the tracked words for a home game, for example, was 256 and for away games, it was 611. In other words, we swore at an average rate 2.38 times greater during our away games than our home games. I am fairly certain our performance in some of those games has a hand in that number.
The average thread size (or combined posting volume in both threads, if there were two) for a home game was 1,283 posts, but for an away game, it was 1,929. As noted above, this is probably due to performance in some of these games which led to some of us having much to say, and per this study, not much of it was kind.
Most interesting of all to me, 70.06% of all tracked swearing was done during away games, compared to only 29.94% for home games. This is sort of given to you in the average per-game comparison above, but the percentages here really paint the picture, I think. In our collective perception, we were not good on the road and here is further evidence of that perception.
One other question you might have is which games contributed most to the total. You probably would not be shocked if I told you that, by themselves, Penn State, Northwestern and Iowa contributed to 55.40% of all instances of the tracked words. Even though one of those was a win, these three games left us the most perturbed.
THE MOOD CHART
What did the MGoMood look like on a plot? See the Mood Chart below:
Using the normalized values of each major component – thread size and swearing frequency (I used the average of the tracked words), we get a decent handle on the board’s general mood throughout the course of the football season. As you can see, we spent much of it rather upset, although there were noted exceptions. One thing we can hypothesize here is that the people who threatened to check out and said they would be done with this team probably came to say something anyway, because although Nebraska may have left us feeling the most numb per the graph, we still definitely felt something.
[AFTER THE JUMP: WHAT MADE US MAD, other than everything, and the most MGoBlog stat of all time: swearing efficiency.]
Currently stuck in Bolivia? Sean Penn can help you out with that:
It's a smoke and mirrors saga fit for Hollywood, complete with a major movie star, murky reports of a kidnapping and an American fugitive sneaking across the border of a nation unfriendly to the U.S.
Little is being revealed about Jacob Ostreicher's flight from house arrest in Bolivia and into the care of actor-activist Sean Penn.
The New York businessman arrived in the U.S. on Monday after an ordeal that began more than two years ago when he was jailed as part of a money laundering probe into a rice-growing venture.
No one is saying how the 54-year-old fled, or who helped him.
"You'll never find out," Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, said Tuesday. If the U.S. was involved, "it was done through layers and layers of cover," he said.
Not OT, because Bolivia, obviously.
Michigan's recruiting has been an interesting parallel to the actual performance on the football field in particular. Fast promising starts that lead to under whelming and disappointing finishes. Ohio should NOT be out-recruiting us in Football or Basketball but they are. We should not be watching kids like Webb, McDowell and possibly Cole commit to other schools....but we have and just might lose out on the whole trio. We have done a nice job in recruiting but we are now coming to face the consequences of broken promises and misleads. Kids were being sold on winning the B1G and playing for National Titles. We are no where near either of those goals.....and that is what Michigan should always be in contention for. We haven't been a contender since 2006. So when will it change?
The change has to come from a special team. Possibly Team #135. It seems like Michigan is attempting to cheat the process by reeling in 5 star talents to fix the problem before proven coaching and a restored "Brand" is in order. Michigan needs to win and they need to win last year.....the excuses about 2nd year offense this and 3rd year offense that are lame and not what top talent wants to hear. Top Talent wants to win and play top level college football. Michigan is NOT playing top level college football at the moment....and when you retain the entire staff of a POWERHOUSE program that is severely underachieving you are not sending a message to recruits that you are serious about winning.
Michigan needs to win 10 plus football games year in and year out and win rivalry games. Thats what kids see and thats what will convince them to come to Michigan. The recruits that aren't Michigan Kids need another reason besides the Winged Helmet to come to this program. They want to win. Ohio is winning. Bama is winning. FSU and Oregon are winning. These programs can legitimately tell recruits that they will play for conference and National title games. What can we legitimately tell our recruits? Honestly. We need to cut the damn excuses and raise the expectation levels of this program immediately before we judge commits or recruits for looking elsewhere.
The Change starts with the Kansas State game and anything less then a supreme sense of urgency around the program will simply speak loud and clear that we as a program have fully accepted our current and lengthy state of mediocrity. The only thing that can pull us out of this mess is some improved coaching and the members of this football team deciding that they want it to look like Michigan again. It's sure as hell been a while since we've seen some Michigan Football.
We do need a Few Good Men and recruiting will always be paramount. We need to focus on making sure that we have Michigan Level coaches and that they are developing our kids to be Michigan football players. A few 10+ win seasons from now we could be where we want to be....and thats preparing for USC in the Rose Bowl. Anything less is a failure and until we ALL start thinking like that, we will continue to look up to our Rivals in the standings.
It's all in the Process and there are no shortcuts.