When can I expect "Pipa Hero" to be in stores?
Unverified Voracity Has Its Prostate In A Weird Place
Abbreviated. A few site notes:
- The offensive UFR for Wisconsin is basically done and will go up tomorrow.
- Blog will be off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving; Wednesday will be light.
- I've said I'd do last-game UFRs before and not come through so this isn't a promise, but I do intend to UFR this Ohio State game and I have a vague idea to go back and do the Citrus Bowl against Florida; last year's OSU game can get screwed.
- This UV is abbreviated because I'll be on WTKA from 4-6. Please call in and be sane. 734 998-1050.
So happy together. Misopogon, who you may remember from such
Russian novels diaries as "The Decimated Defense," "The Decimated Defense Part II," and "I Make Crazy Hennecharts" would like to trade in some his accumulated MGoGoodwill for material reward. Because he's a nice guy, he'd like that material reward to go to homeless families in Detroit. There's a diary post up about it; right now the donation system is pretty clunky—you call this nice lady—but I am hectoring them to set up a paypal account so the donations can be easy.
People: this is Mitch Albom's charity. I have a dream that Mitch shows up to this thing and he says "where did all this stuff come from" and Misopogon says "MGoBlog" and Mitch has this Christmas Carol-style conversion where he runs from blog to blog liberally spreading comments and goodwill. Do it for your country.
The Victors on an unusual object that makes noise. The thing on the left is a pipa, and it's pretty cool:
Marching band needs more pipa. Go comment flamewar!
Yeesh. I twittered about this but it bears repeating on the main site: holy mother of God, if Les Miles had done what he did against Ole Miss in a Michigan game blood would be spouting from my eyes and I would be groping my way to Ann Arbor Torch & Pitchfork only to find the shelves picked bare.
For those who missed it: LSU recovers an onside kick and drives to the Ole Miss 31 with around a minute left. Miles doesn't make the classic mistake a lot of coaches do and settle for a near 50-yard field goal from your college kicker, as Randy Edsall did earlier in the day, but wild blitzing from Ole Miss confuses the LSU QB and sacks and whatnot ensue. Before fourth and twenty-two there are 27 seconds left on the clock; there are 9 left when LSU uses its last timeout. LSU completes a bomb and then spikes the ball despite snapping it with one second left; in the aftermath Miles says he doesn't know who called for the spike.
New Les Miles theory: he makes a lot of correct decisions for the wrong reasons. Reasons like "my brain has a vas deferens."
The spike's not even the worst part, the worst part is the inexplicable timeout fiasco. Miles on that:
"Timeouts were being called verbally, but I didn't relate to the official apparently, and that was a mistake. We didn't know [the timeout] hadn't been called."
Has anyone ever seen this late in a game? Sometimes you'll see a coach not get the attention of an official in time—Like (sigh) Jim Tressel on Saturday—but when there's 30 seconds left the official has got to be expecting the TO call and waiting for it. Given the statement about the spike I'm a little leery of that explanation.
Of course, Rodriguez keeps pulling Forcier for Denard Robinson. That was basically waving the white flag on Saturday, but Forcier had coughed up four turnovers at that point. So… yeah, more understandable than whatever that was from Miles.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez survived Bill Martin and Ohio State. He has survived President Mary Sue Coleman. But there could be one more hurdle.
Can he survive disgruntled big time boosters if they decide to withhold cash?
This story is not over. Despite claims otherwise I expect a few more cards to be played before the bowl season begins. The money men and women are not happy with Michigan's two-year record of 8-14. They are not thrilled to see Michigan finish last in a very mediocre Big Ten.
…in unrelated news, newspaper advertising has fallen almost $8 billion this year. There is literally nothing anyone can say that will stop uninformed speculation by Official Journalists about Rich Rodriguez getting fired.
Meanwhile, AnnArbor.com has a positive article on the fans' opinion of Rich Rodriguez. Freaky. Their highly unscientific, 683-vote poll currently has Rodriguez support running 2-to-1 in favor.
Wha happened? Jon Chait has an article on the Wolverine about what happened to the defense that's worth your time, though I disagree that the defensive line was a major problem except in certain situations where Craig Roh was overwhelmed by Wisconsin and a couple other teams. Probably 80% of the team's weakness against the run can be laid at the feet of the linebackers and safeties, as the frequent rotation at the end of the year indicated. No one was pulling Ryan Van Bergen off the field in favor of a walk-on.
Etc.: Jim Leavitt is a weird dude. Eye on Sports Media does a two-parter on Michigan opening up the press box to certain bloggers, including this site. BONUS: part one's title is piratey. Boring details on the AD search.
Chances are low
The number is on speed dial and you know I will! I can't make any promises beyond that, though...
...but he plays too softly for anyone to hear him.
les miles is 100% dipshit.
So Brian was in the press box, not Paul or Tim? I thought he had the nice family seats.
No, it's Tim.
That clock management by Les Miles was terrible. But he has been doing crazy stuff for years. In his national title run he lucked out not calling timeout and then chucking a ball deep to the end zone. That play made me not want him as a coach.
On a related note, did Rodriguez call our last timeout after Pryor had run out of bounds on third down with a minute and a half left? It wouldn't have made any difference but that seemed pretty stupid at the time.
pryor went down in bounds
some questionable play calls and clock management maneuvers in his two years at Michigan, however, I don't think any of Rich's gaffes come close to rivaling what Les Miles did at the end of that Ole Miss game.
Not to burst the bubble-dream, Brian, but I've done this with Mitch for almost a decade now, and not once has he wondered where all the stuff came from.
Then again, if all the kids in the shelter are suddenly wearing maize and blue, we may get a nice column about it. Or he'll tell Sharp, and Sharp will write a column about how Michigan fans gave away all of their M schlock to the homeless because we're sick of the program.
Paypal account died with Volunteer Impact. Now it's "call the nice lady because her laptop died this week and I had to edit out all mentions of her e-mail"
20 mgoshirts will be there!
Rock! Thanks Brian!
Just to elaborate on Jonathan Chait's article:
I agree that, in the larger scheme of things, the defensive line was pretty good. If Michigan's secondary and linebackers could have played at the defensive line's level, you're probably looking at an 8-4 or 9-3 football team.
But let us not forget that, before Rodriguez arrived, 9-3 would have been considered a down year. Because there are so many defensive holes elsewhere, we are inclined to look at the line as a bright spot. But Rodriguez has said, "We need to get bigger on defense." Michigan won't match up with the elite teams in the conference without winning the defensive battle in the trenches.
next year? We're losing our best player on defense and it doesn't really seem like we've got anyone right now to step up and fill the hole that BG is leaving? If we can cover anyone long enough next year maybe the dline can generate some more pressure but what about at LB? It would be nice to not see TEs and RBs gashing us up the middle next year.
not because we have more strengths, but because we have less glaring weaknesses.
In this case, mediocre across the board > NFL 1st Day draft pick + freshmen & walk-on's
and would like to add that I think that some coaching stability on the defensive side will go a long way. I wonder if Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton have had the defense changed so many times that they don't know whether they should go or come...and they get blocked in the process of figuring it out.
It was a Hail Mary. If the LSU pass is completed in the endzone, as was intended, Les Miles is seen in a completely different light. I'm just not sure this qualifies as poor coaching.
There is no excusing the 18 seconds that went by before LSU called its final timeout. That was really the major blunder.
The spike on the final play was probably a harmless error. When you have a first down inbounds with just one second remaining, it is usually not possible to get off a play. The ball needs to be snapped literally the instant the officials restart the clock, and it usually can't be done.
But it was an error nevertheless. There were at least 15-20 seconds of real time elapsed with the clock stopped, while the officials and the chain gang ran down the field to reset. It did not take any great insight to realize that a spike is the one thing they absolutely didn't want to do.
the clock ran out a full second before the ball was snapped anyway
My issue is with all the complaining about the spike. You're absolutely right on the 18 seconds running off before the final timeout.
He called for a spike with 1 second left because he didn't have his kicking unit ready. Calling for a spike w/ one second left is why it is such a bad coaching job. Obviously atleast one second goes off the clock when you line up and spike the ball.
I'd reverse them. While the results were opposite, the losing 18 seconds because no one heard was the harmless error, IF LES GOES AND GETS THE TIME PUT BACK ON THE CLOCK. The spike shows actual poor coaching, because with 1 second left, there is absolutely NO chance you get a spike AND another play. The QB has to have something already called and get an instant snap, which might, just might let him throw one more pass.
I'm thinking more and more we dodged a bullet with Les. That's like the 4th "Fuck the heck" Les moment in the past 2 years.
The play calls that put LSU into 4th and 22 were horrendous. Letting 18 seconds elapse before getting a timeout was incredibly bad. All of that was the epitome of poor game management. Even if LSU would've miraculously won, it was still poor game management.
they saying today??? its probably a good thing that i have avoided all detroit MSM since friday.
Maybe stop listening to them and talking about them?
Cool. I'm glad you responded because I'd like to admit to the board that I'm negging you every chance I get in an honest attempt to make sure you reach the almost inconceivable level of -100,000.
that when Les Miles is not winning championships, he's just plain weird?
He's always weird. Did you see him growl after they beat OSU two years ago?
A great Michigan Man does not trash the academic integrity of the school and its athletic department. He also does not spread rumors to recruits everywhere that Lloyd Carr has Parkinson's so they won't go to Michigan. Harbaugh and Miles forfeited their M-Man status a long time ago.
cause you were speaking the same language you used in your post.
Can he survive disgruntled big time boosters if they decide to withhold cash?
Warning, rant below:
Any freaking moron who stops donating to the university based on the football team is a clown. You donate to the university because you care about the facilities, you care about education, you care about the university hospitals, you care about the people working and studying there, you care about making the University of Michigan being the top notch university that it is.
If you stop sending money to the University because BAW FOOTBALL TEAM NOT DO GOOD then I think perhaps the University is better off without you.
What if you're donating money to the Athletic Department? Just sayin'
Then I say to that person good riddance, they were supporting the Ath. Dept. for all the wrong reasons. There's more than one rich alum willing to help out the University.
Call me an idealist or ideologue, I'm fine with that.
"New Les Miles theory: he makes a lot of correct decisions for the wrong reasons. Reasons like 'my brain has a vas deferens.'"
Now I need aspirin after laughing for five minutes at that Terry Pratchett-worthy line.