landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
After finally making it back to Arlington,Tx from that epic game at the Big House, I realized it was time to move on to the next week's game (even though my heart and mind continue to relive that wonderful night.) I wasn't planning on doing more wallpaper as I hate mediocrity and feel like the feeble attempts I make are just not worth it. Of course this week I doubt monuMental will sweep in and save us like he did for UTL since he has much more important things to do than worry about Eastern Michigan.
My 11 year, the homer that he is, swears that his daddy's wallpaper was better anyways (I do not see eye to eye with him on this) and wants me to pick up where monuMental left off until the game against MSU. I thought of a couple things to do for the week's look before I got frustrated with the attempts and decided to just pass on it. Then the 5 year old comes along. That's the one with those deep blue eyes and dimples that have already landed him a new car and credit card at such an early age. He looks at me and says, "dad Michigan did not give up when they were losing to the flower team (that's four leaf clovers to normal people.) How could I resist?
So the process looked something like the following. I thought about using an oversized birdcage to put Eastern's mascot, Swoop, in. I couldn't create the right look in the limited time so I moved on to more of a cell-block look. This would give the idea of a jail bird or just an oversized bird cage. This is kind of where that ended up at...
It just didn't really seem to have the pop I wanted and seemed cheesy. This is about the time my 5 year old convinced me not to give up but try something else.
I then thought more about a real eagle since I didn't have a great shot of Swoop and didn't have enough time to re-create him. Of course Swoop is a bald eagle which is probably one of my favorite animals. When I started to consider placing such a great bird in a cell or cage it caused some inner tension. Blast those people in Ypsilanti for having such a fine species as their rallying point in sports. Against the inner turmoil, I went ahead and considered some options. I took the bald eagle and placed him in a cell. Some writing on the wall and the right lighting allowed me to find a concept I liked. Now it is extremely raw and not the shadowing I really wanted. When I really step back and take a look it seems like I threw it together. Oh wait, I did.
I may try to tweak it some more but since the weekend is just around the corner I thought I would throw up the concept on this fine MGoBoard and take the beating and criticism like a man. Hope I don't embarrass the photoshop family too much. Even if I do, at least I have an 11 and 5 year old that goes to school and says "my dad can photoshop better than your dad." Yeah they get beat up a lot.
Who do you want to lose more? MSU or ND?
What's your final score?
State - 31
Domers - 28
...a heartbreaking gamewinning FG by MSU to win the game after ND throws an INT trying to get into FG position to win the game. Kelly's head literally explodes.
Anybody else sick of this guy.
This guy needs an attorney letter from Shemmy Hall.
Brian politely took down his designs based on trademark (broad def) in the MGoBlog Store last year. Chatsports is out pushing a Denard shadow dreads t-shirt complete with winged helmet.
This is futher proof he is not an insider. No insider would blatently rip off UM trademarks for their own benefit because they would know where their bread is buttered.
For the most part, we take for granted the service provided by the volunteers of the Red Cross First Aid Support Team at University of Michigan sporting events and activities around Ann Arbor, as well as the local EMS. For what it is worth, here is a quick thank you for those who participate with the American Red Cross, for those of you who serve in other EMS capacities, to the University of Michigan hospital staff and to the bystanders who thought enough to get CPR and first aid training.
Thanks to user Feat of Clay for helping name this segment. This one comes with lots of fun numbers to look at from an instant classic but also with lots of question marks. Will get to the good stuff first.
Win Percent Added
Let’s go straight to the chart:
Pretty nice job by BlueSeoul in his estimate on this. Michigan saw two steady descents in win probability over the first three quarters with only the first bomb to Hemingway to nudge the numbers up. It wasn’t until Michigan pulled within a field goal that the odds got above 30% for the first time since the opening Notre Dame drive.
The WPA graph shows the flow through time but has a lot of approximations. Since this game was so spectacular, I decided to go back to all of the major lows then highs to see what the odds of winning were for each specific situation based on the last 9 seasons (the numbers will differ slightly from above in some cases):
Notre Dame scores first (0-7): 29%
Notre Dame extends lead to 14 (0-14): 9%
Michigan gets on the board (7-14): 28%
Half-time (7-17): 17%
Notre Dame Scores Again (7-24): 6%
Michigan scores to start the 4th (14-24): 13%
Michigan cuts it to a field goal: (21-24): 21%
Denard throws a pick in the end zone (21-24): 17%
Michigan gets the stop (21-24): 28%
Michigan completes comeback #1 (28-24): 77%
Michigan allows comeback #2 (28-31): 8%
Epic comeback #3 (35-31): 99.999% (allowing for Stanford-Cal)
Since 2003 I have 38 cases where a team was down 3 with the ball with less than a minute left and first ten at their own 20 (give or take ten yards). Of those 38 cases, 35 times the team failed to score or lost in overtime. In 3 of those cases, the team was able to kick a field goal and win overtime, including Dooley Premature Handshake Pt 2 last year against North Carolina. Michigan is the only team that was able to win in regulation under these conditions. The closest I could find were three times when teams received the ball down by 3 with 1:15-1:20 left on the clock and went on to score.
Arizona State actually came close, scoring in 31 seconds and giving the ball back to Purdue with 43 seconds left in the 2004 Sun Bowl, but they had more time if they needed it. Strangely enough, the other two times were both done by Arkansas State in 2006 and 2007.
Factoring in fumble and interception returns, Michigan is currently first in the nation in turnover PAN with 14.4 pts/game net between the offense and defense. This is obviously unsustainable. Last year UConn finished first overall with a season average of +4.9 points per game in turnover value.
The good news is obviously that Michigan is generating a lot of points off of turnovers through two games. The bad news is that it is unsustainable and Michigan will need to find other ways of generating points than what they have so far.
The turnover-prone Irish sit at –15.2 PPG through two games. It should be noted that for all the mileage gotten out of mocking the Irish’s turnover failures through two games, Michigan has been nearly as strong to the positive. Neither trend can continue at their current magnitude, but let’s hope they do.
Eastern Michigan Preview
Eastern Michigan is one of four teams that have yet to play a game against an FBS team this season. All numbers for them will be based on 2010. Michigan’s numbers for 2011 are still not opponent adjusted.
Michigan Rush Offense:
Michigan 2010: +6
Michigan 2011: +3
E Michigan defense 2010: -4
Michigan Pass Offense:
Michigan 2010: +3
Michigan 2011: +6
E Michigan defense 2010: -8
E Michigan Rush Offense:
Michigan defense 2010: –3
Michigan defense 2011:
E Michigan 2010: +0
E Michigan Pass Offense:
Michigan defense 2010: -3
Michigan defense 2011:
E Michigan 2010: -1
Michigan 2010: -2
Michigan 2011: -2
E Michigan: –3
Prediction: Michigan by 21, 98% chance of victory (although my numbers typically underestimate blowouts)
Luckily for Michigan they have three games in a row that are at home and against teams that they should be able to win while working out some kinks. As you’ll see in my Big Ten team rankings below, the numbers are not kind to Michigan so far. The bad news is that the offense is down, the defense hasn’t show much bounce on a down by down basis and they are heavily dependent on an unsustainable turnover margin.
The good news is that they have Denard Robinson, are 2-0 and have two accomplished coordinators behind the wheels of the offense and defense. It will be critical to come away from the next month with wins in hand and a lot of holes fixed. If the coordinators live up to their reputations Michigan should be looking at a strong first year under Hoke and a stepping stone to a high expectations 2012. If they don’t it could well turn into 2009 Part 2 with a quick start thwarted by an offense that is good but incapable of hitting Ludicrous Speed and a defense that is undermanned.
Denard Owns The Irish: Denard has almost a thousand yards in two games against the Irish. The number one yardage total for one player against one team in my DB is Dan LeFevour at Central Michigan against Ball St with 1,575 yards. Brady Quinn against Purdue is second. Adam Weber at Minnesota holds the top two within the Big Ten with nearly 1,200 yards against both Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Rush Defense by half (via @MeanChuckieB): Big swing from first half to second half. –4 in the first 30 and +4 in the second 30 minutes with a couple of big 3rd down stops.
Short Drives (via @drboud): Michigan’s longest drive of the day was 5 plays. 15 teams have done that in a game since 2003. Of them, only four have scored more than a single touchdown with Michigan’s 35 points far exceeding the previous high set by Boise St against Hawaii in 2003. Coincidently, the only other time the 5 plays or less on every drive has happened this year was also in Michigan last week with Michigan State’s domination of Florida Atlantic.
ND offense 2011 vs 2010 (via @doughelmreich): Eliminating the turnover portion and this year’s version of the Irish offense is far surpassing last year’s performance. Without adjusting for opponents and removing turnovers, last year the Irish were +5 and this year they are at +13. Most of the jump has been in the passing game with has gone from +4 to +10. They are identical to last year on first down, but significantly higher on 2nd and 3rd downs, especially in medium and long yardage situations.
My Top 5: 1. Oklahoma … State 2. Alabama 3. Boise St 4. Oklahoma 5. Wisconsin
Rest of the Big Ten: 9-Nebraska 13-Ohio St 14-Michigan St 23-Illinois 42-Penn St 58-Michigan 77-Northwestern 79-Iowa 88-Purdue 100-Minnesota 106-Indiana
Thanks to MaizeNBlueJ for recording this. If you want to keep it forever and ever, the torrent is on mgovideo.