This list is completely arbitrary and not a genuine analysis of the relative merits of state fossils.
Dear Diary and the Senior Hypothesis
By farside286. Please tell me that's a processor speed reference and not your Mo-Jo room number c. 1998-'99 because if it's the latter I'm so so sorry!
When I came to Michigan they had recently started doing these really interesting seminar classes that only freshmen could take. There was one on the Simpsons, one all about spring break destinations, and one on King Arthur that filled up right away since it got around you get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail.* I ended up taking the Psychology of Business, basically an insight directly into the hive mind of management that would have been invaluable to a corporate career if it hadn't also completely turned me off from it.
Club_med, a statistician, mentioned a few of that class's signature readings on "flow" while showing that the team with momentum going into overtime does not have any advantage. He plans to see if other things like 4th downs or turnovers create swings. Hypothesis: if there's a difference at all it is probably a) buried in too small a data sample, and b) an effect of freeing coaches from their lizard brains to take appropriate risks. The ND-Pitt Hypothesis: success in overtime situations is directly correlated to which team is better at playing football.
*I appreciate a discussion on holy hand grenades as much as the next guy, but some of us honestly want to talk Alano-Sarmation Theory, and translate Nennius's list of battles into Welsh to see if it rhymes.
More Statistics Bias in This Week's Read These:
Run charts like running QBs. Please let's all welcome the nerdy and likeable LSAClassof2000 back to the diaries with a quick comparison of Michigan's rush/pass offense/defense over the last 10 years versus that of Iowa. Conclusion: having Denard Robinson or Brad Banks under center makes you good at running:
Whence the Tebowing? The guy who I think graduated from LSA in 2000 also decided to chart up the Denardian career. I don't like that the charts are all on a different Y scale so you can't really compare to each other until…
…arrrgghhhh 2012 Y R U no touchdowns!
Get yer head out of September. The Devin Gardening of the past few weeks has people thinking of 2013 things despite the 2012 things still being very much in play. Gordon put together a great list and discussion on the Big Ten's out-of-conference schedule for next year. Hurrah for the yellow and blue not starting against the Sabanic empire in Jerryworld and thus diminishing the excitement of the season right out of the gate. Somebody remind me to back-link this thing next August.
Hoops in Pittsburgh. I bumped ClearEyesFullHart's preview/obsessing over next week's basketball game at Pitt. And not just because I'm a sucker for Firefly references, even if I'm a hopeless sucker for Firefly references.
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This Week in Things that are Weekly
Best and Worst: My new favorite weekly's third installment was bumped to the front page for bronxblue's high quality analysis of the offense of the future:
But Northwestern was a “real” game, where Borges had to maximize all of the players on the field to win. He threw with play-action, he used the I-form and multiple tight-ends, threw to his TE near the goalline, and rarely utilized some of the read options you saw more heavily with Denard. There were fewer designed QB runs, and whether that was out of necessity to keep Devin healthy or because he didn’t feel that Gardner could run them successfully, it felt far more like the Al Borges offense with a mobility+ QB. In short, it felt like an offense you’ll be seeing for the next 5-10 years.
Also for perspective:
Inside the Box Score. This! This! A thousand times this!
Have you ever seen a defense run a trick play? I'm not talking about zone blitzes or OKIE packages or whatever. That last defensive play was a legitimate trick play, akin to the Statue of Liberty or Halfback pass. From going with a 4-3 alignment all season long, to switch to a 3-4 with the DEs split way outside and then blitzing your two best defensive players right up the gut. That was madness and genius all rolled up in one.
Actually it was a 3-3-5 with Jibreel Black as nose tackle, ST3, but yes absolutely. Offense gets to be tricky because they get the initiative. Defense can blitz and stunt and slant and drop surprise guys into coverage but to really run a trick they have to convince the offense to give up its greatest advantage: knowing what play this is going to be first. The alignment was the bait. Fitzgerald called timeout to look at it and sniff at it and figure out if he can get the cheese without springing the trap. But let's not forget Hoke then called a timeout to ostensibly turn off the trick and let Fitz think a little longer about the cheese. Snap, SNAP! and oh snap.
Turnover Analysis and Statistics and FEI Prediction. As predicted, time more than any one correctional game seems to have normalized FEI. Enjoy Life has rolled with the punches. Would you believe Michigan's defense is 19th and the offense is 35th, for 28th overall? Yeah that's disappointing but not, like, crazy. As for turnover analysis, Michigan lost about 8.13 points to the turnover game. Raise your hand if you think throwing an interception on 1st down with good field position when trailing by 3 with three minutes left in the 4th quarter is a bad thing?
Bowl Eligibility and Predictions. Welcome to the weeklies Tauro. He actually did two articles, one to remind you of the affiliations and see who's eligible, and a follow-up to predict who's going where. I want to commend the formatting of these for making them easy to read, but I do request that Tauro start using the non-subsidized names.
Freeroll. Same thing that was on the front page yesterday. In case you missed it, Draftstreet is letting us have a weekly free fantasy game on their site with money for the victors. Dont forget to make your team before tomorrow at noon. You'll note this will move to the diaries after its initial posting. If you're having trouble signing up, you're probably from Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, or Puerto Rico—states that ban online gaming.
Etc. A guy tries to use logic to debate SEC folk in re: how awesome the SEC is. Brian goes to Washington. Memories of Michigan years past continues with 1975, when the defense's ten consecutive three-and-outs couldn't overcome Leach's rough day. Lanyard program's program. Blockhams hit a little close to home—by the way the UMHS cardiac unit is not a floor but an entire building, and they are the best.
Best of the Board
Nothing to see here. Aw, just kiddin' guys. If you've been having a job or a life these last seven days you missed a ridiculous week in board content.
MGOBLOG HATES OPINIONS!
I can forgive you if you did, since finding the good stuff meant wading through a miasma created by mouth breathers who after two games vs. mediocre Big Ten secondaries think Devin is a better quarterback. Here's how this went every time:
Michigan Man Who Wears Popped Collar Polos: I know I'm just gonna get negged because of the GroupThink HiveMind on here by your SAVIOR Brian but Michigan had the wrong quarterback playing receiver this year. Q.E.D.
MMWWPCP: Stalinism! I have a RIGHT to my OPINION!
Mod: Thread locked! /commits seppuku.
MGOBLOG LOVES SPREADSMURFS!
Remember last week when we were all like Odoms! This week: more Odoms! He's tailgating around tomorrow—shouldn't be too hard to spot. He also swears he doesn't like to talk football because he likes to play it so much. So here's my offer, Tae: come tailgate with me and we can talk only about Arthurian legend and how they could have made the Star Wars prequels better, and the Angevin dynasty.
MGOBLOG HATES WISTERTS!
Official Jordan Kovacs Legends Patch bitching thread: we has it.
MGOBLOG LOVES MASSEYS (NNTMs)!
Massey win probabilities for Michigan's last two games: 84% to win tomorrow, 38% to win next week, 9% shot at Big Ten Title game. Boo.
MGOBLOG HATES 4TH QUARTERS!
Time to come clean, non-patch holders. Which games have you, to your everlasting shame, departed early? Please tell me someone else left the 1995 Virginia game after three quarters?
MGOBLOG LOVES PHOTOSHOP
Will Hagerup stuck his tongue out where bloggers could screen-cap. This is generally considered a bad idea. The lead image for this post and more ensued.
MGOBLOG HATES DRI-FIT AND THINGS THAT ARE STRATEGICALLY DESIGNED AND FITTEDNESS AND EXCELLENCE AND WICKING AND EQUIPMENT FOR WORKOUTS IN ANY WEATHER 2.0
Hey the rival's letting their equipment sponsors play ken doll with them again. Point and laugh. Reiterate opinion that both teams in regular home uniforms would be sweet but need to find some way to frame this as "will make money" or else the people who get to make that call won't understand.
MGOBLOG LOVES SPECIAL HOCKEY SNOWFLAKES
Thread started before ARRRGHHH LATE GOALS last night but there is so much hockey win in this thread if you've been falling behind on the pucks.
Your moment of zen:
Posted twice on the board this week so here you go. Hypothesis: we could use another Johnny RBUAS column on this guy right now.