Hey....at least it's a super nice pic of me with the tragic hero.
Yay recruits! I have no idea who these people are! /Upchurch
It's ours again, the title they don't give you for having the best recruiting class three months before the previous season begins. Yes, other classes are going to finish strong once a lot of five-stars make their decisions, you know, eight months from now. But like Notre Dame's September Heismans and OSU's November national champs, being in the top spot is better than not being there.
You know those Big Ten recruiting roundups Ace does? EGD did the same for our non-conference opponents in the years to come. Hello again Notre Dame…
|247 Rk||Team||Guys||5*||4*||3*||Scout Avg.||Rivals Avg.||ESPN Avg.||247 Avg.||Overall Avg.|
He's keeping it updated. Make it a weekly, guy with the Hail to the Thief logo. No Virginia Tech because even if the 2014 guys redshirt they won't be around for 2020. Good to see Bielema is still recruiting the Wisconsin way despite the move to the SEC.
Blueheron took a look at recruiting over the back end, in how many NFL draft picks Michigan contributed over X period. This was always going to be the case once we went to a spread offense but yeah 2009-'13 wasn't our best period. Relatedly Chris Brown of Smart Football asked for crowd-sourced data on conference contribution to NFL rosters and whether there's a difference for guys in the league less than 5 years. I responded with a chart (click it for full size)…
…and put the Excel doc in the public realm for anyone whose idea of a relaxing Memorial Day weekend is pivot tables. Meantime I saved the Big Ten comparison just for you:
So we've got more old dudes (even with Hutchinson and Backus retiring) left from the middle Carr years, but since Rich Rod we've had a Sparty-like contribution. I expect this will change with the NFL types now working their way up the roster, and in five years you'll look at this chart and see Michigan next to OSU (with maybe a residually small yellow portion). Really, Michigan is the difference between the B1G being just as much an NFL factory as the SEC, and being something between that and the Pac12.
In other people who probably love Pivot Tables, The Mathlete looked into the recruiting of Maryland and Rutgers to see where they get their players and if getting into those markets might help Michigan and co., kinda like how we went into Pennsylvania in the '90s and snatched up Rob Swett, Damon Denson, Will Peterson, Dave Armstrong, Marlin Jackson*, Scott McClintock, Tim Massaqoui, Steve Breaston, Ryan Mundy, Chad Henne, Marques Slocum, and Marques Slocum's pet Fuck Lion.
*[Marlin could count for Ohio, since Sharon is just the Pennsylvania suburb of Youngstown, but then PSU still felt that one sharply. Speaking of PSU fans, if you know any tell them to get the Penn State version of HTTV (3 days left on the kickstarter).]
Getting Nebraska didn't come with the same windfall, rather the Huskers and their Ohioan of a coach are probably damaging Michigan State and Iowa and Illinois rather than opening up new territory. On the other hand D.C. and environs have a lot of talent which, unlike Nebraska, concentrates in a certain geographic area. Nudging Virginia Tech out of there would be nice. As a follow-up maizeonblueaction looked at how the SEC has fared in the Midlands since adding Texas and Missouri. Answer: very small uptick, but I disagree that you can tell from 2012 numbers since those kids were mostly at the "down to five schools" phase when A&M was announced. If there's an effect, it's probably the opportunity to play close to home sometimes, and to be on TV at home, which means kids in the Dallas region aren't going to go to Mississippi now because they'll get to travel to A&M, but Houston kids might.
And finally LSAClassof2000 downloaded the Rivals database and WENT. TO. TOWN. on charts of average star rating for B1G teams and comparisons to Michigan. I take two:
Arrested development. Speaking of recruits who didn't necessary pan out as well as we thought, hey did you see this year's hockey team? MGoBlueline did a comparison of the stats between the beloved 2011-'12 squad and the begrudged 2012-'13 guys. There's a mass exodus of defensemen from here and, guh, the streak. By the way his inspiration was Ron Utah's thing back in January that I know you didn't click on in January because I track those links – his does the same thing with the last two football teams.
And since the board's been pretty calm in these OT days, a quick…
COMPANY CHEATS, GOOD GUY CHICKENS OUT, MUST BE TRESSEL-RELATED
yUP. mGrowOld had that dinner with Tressel he won for his company winning an award and him being a good employee who never posts pictures of his hot wife on the internet or spends time during the work day on message boards. But they pulled the bait 'n switch at the last minute and stuck the big sponsors instead of the promised winners at the keynote's table. GrowOld also chickened out about asking Tressel whether he was embarrassed, like at all, AND chickened out about the tie. Still a good read.
LIKE LITTLE YOU PEOPLE
MGoParents saw an opening when we didn't moderate an "OT: I Just had TWINS!" post and made an MGobaby thread, which became an all your kids thread. All the Aunt points in the world to julesh for crocheting a winged helmet for her brother's kid—you can tell your brother his laziness in not instantly getting a photo of the kid in the hat when duty called has cost his son a chance to be seen by thousands of strangers on the internet. Victor of the thread would still have gone to ems78, who produced* this:
Three weeks old and already has the song down.
* [Double entendre!]
ETC. Urban's secret: telling recruits he likes big butts, and he cannot lie—okay the other brothers are calling on the lying thing and say they deny—completely and utterly deny. And in the thread about the Penn State thing that SI was trying to make a thing but really wasn't a thing at all, this appeared and I wow'ed:
Origin? Previous thread? Did I miss a photoshop thread somewhere of Branch going on a destructive rampage of all sorts of famous photography? SIAP, but can we have one?
Your Moment of Zen:
Don't. Step. On. Our. Banner.
Hey....at least it's a super nice pic of me with the tragic hero.
choice for the moment of zen!
Why did they cut the end of the video off? At the end there was some kind of race between South Dakota State and Maryland. Anyone recall who won? I was at the Michigan - Ohio game that day so I never saw this video.
The Game ended in a tie. It was also when Ohio was voted to go to the Rose Bowl instead of us. Michigan got sent to the Orange Bowl.
I was thinking as soon as they said, "They have to go for the Extra Point for the tie" that we should go for 2 [Remember no overtime back then].
EDIT: Michigan went no where, the Orange Bowl was the following year. For a moment of zen, the reminder of how we got screwed makes me angry.
Yeah I know. Actually it was Kryk's article on the 1973 duking in the fartbox (and in general three great teams that didn't get to go to bowls because the refs didn't count a field goal that was good and because the Big Ten didn't go to non-Rose Bowls back then), that got me thinking of that play. Forget everything that came after, and think of how the big house was ROCKING after that TD.
of that play. Michigan subsequently missed two field goal attempts (one a 58-yarder), so the choice of kicking the extra point was the correct one.
Is a pet Fuck Lion?
"marques slocum's fuck lion" is one of those things everyone ought to google for themselves one time. I recommend the EDSBS link.
Great stuff as usual, but...
I like to poke fun at ND as much as the next guy, but September Heisman?
I'm pretty sure that between Tate and Denard we have a few of those trophies sitting around somewhere.
I was originally thinking I could do updates about 1-2 times per month, but will try to do it weekly. Also, thanks for reminding me about my avatar. I've been meaning to update it with a Brandon-approved M.
Your avatar kicks ass.
I believe the two recruits on the far left of the picture are bballers Walton and Irvin.
Hopefully we can get back to the top of that graph of NFL players. Will take a couple years, but we'll be there.
it looks like Rutgers and Maryland slot in behind the "powers" of the B1G, but ahead of the trash, meaning they might work out OK enough.
Loved that video of the 1973 game. But who were those strange men talking?
There's only one legitimate announcer call for that play ... Ufer: "Touchdown Denny Franklin! Touchdown Denny Franklin! Oh my goodness, he fooled the entire Ohio State team!"
Yeah but a tie is like kissing your mother-in-law - especially against that university down south.
It was my 3rd year of being a big Michigan fan, I was only 10 but remember watching. Seeing how old the video clip looks makes me feel really old. This game was only 2 sometimes 3 of Michigan games televised. Most of the season I had to listen to Ufer, in fact I would turn down the sound and put Ufer on the radio during the televised game. I didn't even realize Franklin had broke his collar bone at the time, it look like he just got shook en up a bit.
Bo made the right decision going for the tie at the time. Lantry just missed a nearly 60 yard field goal but missed a last second, almost chip shot for him ( I think 33 yards, FG with just seconds left.
Of course most of the Big 10 athletic directors voted for OSU to go to the Rose Bowl due to Franklin's broken collar bone.