"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
In case anybody's wondering, I'm Chris of Dangerous Logic here, but parkinggod pretty much everywhere else on the web, including YouTube.
(apologies to those who are familiar with MPP from last year; this is for the new folks)
I love Picture Pages, but I'm so obtuse that I usually have to replay the video as I'm reading in order to understand what's happening. Finally it dawned on me that I have the game footage, a video editor, and a little bit of free time, so (with Brian's permission) I have annotated the play with pauses, spot-shadowing, and other kindergarden video effects to make it easier to follow. I notice that Brian has also started including an annotated version at the end of his regular picture pages posts (in this case, http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-how-not-defend-power-part-i), but he points out different things there so I think this is still useful.
Setup: It's second and two on the Michigan 47 on Western's second drive of the day. Western runs a counter out of the shotgun against Michigan's 3-4 front with corners pressing and only Kovacs deep.
Wha'hoppon: The LT ignores Brennen Beyer to double RVB. Beyer crashes into the backfield only to get hit by a pulling guard as the RB runs by him on the counter. Demens steps up into the hole but loses outside contain, and the RB cuts outside and may well have had a TD if Kovacs doesn't make a tackle 25 yards downfield.
...I like your annotated Picture Pages a little better because they clearly illustrate what Brian tries to show in his slide show, but it flows more naturally. Ideally, Brian will contact you when he's making a Picture Pages section so he can embed your video into his post as he's making it, or immediately afterwards.
No, Rodriguez was not fired because of his record. He was fired because Michigan didn't think he could improve the team beyond mediocre.
Very clear and accurate explanation/transcription of what's going on. This helps a lot.
Queston: Is it the pulling guard that indicates a counter play or is it the fullback/H-back at the top heading across the backfield to block Demens? It seems to me like that's something that Demens/Johnson as the Mikes need to read that because Beyer probably can't see the movement from his position...
Beyer messes up because as soon as he's not blocked he needs to know something is up instead of rushing to far down field and taking himself out of the play. He needs to crash inside and take on that guard closer to the line of scrimmage, if he does that theres a logjam in the backfield because the FB wont have a hole to be a lead blocker through.
While I understand that ideally the timi g would be closely coordinated with Brian's writeips, this is definately a case in my mind where they are really useful even if they aren't as timely. I'd personally be happy to see them any time you can find the time. This kind of thing really shows the advantages of a blog like this over other forms of media, in both the collaboeative nature of the work as well as the ability of embedded video.
Thanks for the effort and I hope you find time to do more.
It'd be cool if Brian and I could coordinate these, but I really don't see any way we could do it even if he were willing to. Since MGoBlog is his day job, he's got to put out stuff on his schedule; since my day job is elsewhere, I do these basically whenever I can.