i am glad he is not here. if he had beyond one year of eligibilty - fine, but I want the freshmen qb's to get as much experience as possible this year so that we are not dealing again with a new qb next year.
NOTE: Tim just posted a press conference recap. Don't miss the Actual Reporting.
NEW FEATURE! Registered users can now go into their account and add their twitter profile. Doing this will create a little widget underneath the diary entry forms that will, if left alone, automatically tweet the diary you're posting. BONUS FEATURE/STUPIDITY! Posts also have a "ShareThis" link in case you want to facebook/email/twitter/whatever something that's on the blog. I thought I implemented this a month ago but when I checked to see if anyone used it and there were zero hits I got suspicious. So, yeah: I was the only one who could see it. Smooth.
UPDATE: Amazingly, I did the exact same thing with the twitter module. It's available to all now.
MUSTACHE UPDATE! Well… yeah. Here you go. These, from Don Hammond, are suitable for nightmares, fake facebook profiles, and elaborate alternate universe fictionalizations of all varieties… wait.
Okay. Now go:
God help our opponents. Evil Goatee Rodriguez won't.
TICKETS! Michigan is about to just put some ticket packages on sale, starting at noon. The packages are 2 or 4 seat blocks for Eastern, Delaware State, and either ND or Ohio State. Single game tickets for Purdue, Indiana, and Penn State(!!!) are also going to be available.
PLANES! AND CAMERAS! Reader Michael K. Brown has posted a fantastic set of aerial pictures of Michigan Stadium. One example:
Michael K. Brown
MORE NOISE! The luxury boxes you see above have promised a noisier Michigan Stadium from the instant they were conceived and have spurred multiple mailbags with readers asking if the increased noise reflection will turn Michigan Stadium into Death Valley. AnnArbor.com clarifies that oversized metallic dandelion test from a year or so back:
When Michigan ran tests on the sound in Michigan Stadium earlier this year, it wasn’t done to test how loud the 100,000-plus seat structure could get when the Wolverines’ defense is on the field, but rather to make sure every nook and cranny of the place could actually feel the sound.
“What we were doing is testing out the theory of where the dead spots would be based on the new sound system in the north end zone scoreboard,” Michigan executive associate athletic director Michael Stevenson said. “There was an engineering study more than anything else.”
This might help out with the previous discussed can't-hear-the-band issue, too? It can't hurt. Lloyd Carr, for his part, has grandiose dreams:
"…the stadium is going to be much, much louder this year because the windows are into the boxes and it’s in my judgment based on what I heard last fall and what I see, I don’t think there’s going to be a louder stadium in the country.
“Unless it’s Oregon.”
Maybe I just included that part for inevitable hat tips from Oregon blogs, maybe not. I ain't telling.
TRIPLE OPTION! Smart Football writes on the evolution of the spread offense and highlights one adaptation that Michigan might deploy frequently this year:
On the base zone-read, the quarterback just looks for any crease to the backside.
But if we add a second read to the play, he now seeks out the outside linebacker or backside support player. He will run right at that player’s outside shoulder. If the defender stays outside or refuses to commit, the quarterback will cut it up inside. Depending on how athletic the QB is — think Pat White or Vince Young — this can be a big gainer. If the linebacker attacks the quarterback though, he pitches it to the runningback or receiver swinging around. This player has to get into a “pitch relationship” with the quarterback, usually something like five to seven yards away and one to two yards behind the quarterback. It is his job to maintain this relationship. The quarterback really only wants to pitch it if the defender flatly attacks him; the worst thing is for a defender to be able to bat down the pitch and recover the ball as a fumble.
…The pitch phase from spread is often a bit clunky or obvious, however. Most of these teams don’t base with two runningbacks, and as a result they had to motion a guy in to show it, often tipping off the defense. Plus, one of the points driving the spread is the desire to get the ball to the receivers in space; an offense that ends up compressing itself into two-back formations is, in many peope’s eyes, going the wrong direction.
Michigan might not base with two tailbacks this year but they're going to show it a lot, and they should with the surfeit of good options in the backfield. That will make the triple option from the zone read a viable, consistent threat.
Michigan's has the possibility of being extraordinarily multiple this year: they've got two or three slot receivers, a fullback, two tight ends, three or four tailbacks. Everything from four and five-wides to double TE ace sets to traditional I-form is possible. If it works they can confuse the hell out of everyone. And if it doesn't, they can try something else.
Etc.: Greg Paulus is Syracuse's starting quarterback. God help us if he doesn't suck, though the 180s from local rabblerousers on the matter will be hilarious.
I agree. I don't think I could have handled three consecutive years of new signal callers.
I believe AnnArbor.com is referring to the cannon test they did in the spring. That test was solely for sound system purposes, and the metallic dandelion was a totally separate thing.
tom selleck stache RR looks like a super mario bros character. somebody get that man a mushroom.
I thought it looked damn good on him. Then again, no man looks bad with a Tom Selleck 'stache.
Anyone with mustache drawing skills who can do a Snidely Whiplash on RR?
The RR mustache photo would be complete only if he were wearing a Tigers hat. (Rick and TC would be a bonus.)
All your social media login are belongs to Brian.
Literally. Because it is just a blank page for me right now.
mine is blank too
You set the account up on the "edit" tab of your "my account" page. Brian forgot to make it open to all users, as noted in his update. I think the twitter will show only diaries you post to your twitter, but I haven't tested that yet.
I love all the options we have this year in terms of what formations we can run. It's really going to confuse the defense and can lead to us having a very good offensive year.
I always used to watch teams like UM under Bo, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, and wonder what would happen if one of those triple option coaches ever realized that it was indeed a triple option as opposed to a double option and actually threw the ball out of it. Now, with the spread option, even though it obviously isn't the same offense, we are finding out from a lot of teams that it probably would have worked really, really well.
One of the great things about throwing out of the option is that the QB can be 5-9 and weigh 175 and it really won't be much of a problem at all. I can't wait to see what UM does with a competent QB or QB's this year.
I was interested in this quote from the Smart Football piece:
He will run right at that player’s outside shoulder. If the defender stays outside or refuses to commit, the quarterback will cut it up inside.
To you coach-talkin' guys out there: why the outside shoulder? I would think it would put more pressure on the LB or safety in that second read spot to run at his inside shoulder, thereby requiring him to sell out more to stop the qb, thereby opening up more space for the pitch. I don't get the geometric advantage to running at his outside shoulder.
Agreed, the outside shoulder part didn't make sense to me either.
running at the inside shoulder doesn't open up anything inside - if you run at the outside shoulder, the linebacker will naturally shade outside as well and open up a seam inside. two openings (inside and well outside) instead of one.
i think that's the thinking, anyway.
to be had this late in the year.
I understand that the economy in Michigan is bad, but there have been people on the waiting list for... years you'd think that they would have saved up for the day that they could get season tickets.
I just think it's pathetic that you can still get tickets for OSU, ND and PSU from the ticket office.
Well, I just tested it out for the OSU package, and either the whole thing was a farce to begin with or they (nearly) sold out really quickly. The only thing that returned any results was a search for one single ticket. Groups of two, three and four yielded "no results found" at any price level.
So basically it just looks like they are trying to get rid of those damned single seats that are inevitably left floating around.
It looks like whoever called bouje reaching ZERO this week might have a pretty good shot.
Behold the method to RR's recruiting madness:
"Michigan's [offense] has the possibility of being extraordinarily multiple this year: they've got two or three slot receivers, a fullback, two tight ends, three or four tailbacks. Everything from four and five-wides to double TE ace sets to traditional I-form is possible. If it works they can confuse the hell out of everyone. And if it doesn't, they can try something else."
Recruiting to more offensive positions is the only way to make this happen. More O recruits, less D recruits in general, its all part of the plan.
What you see teams doing is what i had diagramed long ago, with a sink motion from the playside slot.
the slot reciever gets into pitch relations by simply sinking back at the snap of the ball, as opposed to bubling out or stalk/crack blocking...
thats the way you get a triple threat without two backs..
brings a tear to my eye it's so beautiful.
Also noted: the Magnum P.I. song is a lot like the Eye on Springfield theme. Info-tainment
Looking through that photo series kind of lessened my expectations for how much louder the stadium will be this year. Obviously the renovations won't hurt, and if the projections for increased db levels is only half-met, it would still be significant. But seeing the stadium from that perspective just made me think twice. It's still a flat bowl (flat being relative to other stadiums) with a ton of place for sound to escape. We'll see I guess...
Unless they decide to put a glass, sound reflecting panel over the field connecting the two new luxury box concourses, the noise from the crowd will continue, as always to go straight up and out of the stadium. It's not going to be any louder.
I share skepticism that hugely increased levels of noise will be the result, but there's no way it will be the same, either. The new structures will absolutely alter the acoustics, since not all sound generated by the crowd goes straight up anyhow. The hard surfaces of the addition will reflect sound in a way that wasn't physically possible before their construction. The question is a matter of degree. Given the "down in front" nature of a substantial amount of the crowd, it's hard to make sitting on your hands sound louder.
One of the real strengths of this blog and its contributors is the use of hard data, not just general observations to measure performance. So, any possibility that one or more loyal readers will take in noise measurement equipment (sound meters) for the first game? Of course, this would be even more meaningful if there existed equivalent data from pre-renovation days.
Just a thought.
This is why I come here daily. I would NEVER have thought to check on tickets. I always assumed they were sold out. But thanks to Brian, I'm going to the Purdue game!!! Woo Hoo! I'll be taking my family to my first Michigan home game since my dad took me to Bo's last home game. Now that was a fluke. No one knew that was the last time they would see a Bo led team in Michigan Stadium. He announced his retirement between the Buckeyes and the bowl. I asked my dad if people had known that was Bo's last home game, could he have snagged those tickets. Answer: No way in hell. So thank you again Brian for all you do. It is appreciated. I'm already so excited, I won't sleep tonight...