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More t-shirts (accepting ideas). One of these is a tshirt I've been wanting forever, based on that Kipling poem in the locker room that all defensive players at MIchigan have been chanting since 1995.
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|4 hours 19 min ago||I didn't want to confuse||
I didn't want to confuse things with hots, but YES, as you and another poster pointed out, having an RB try to read three potential attackers is a recipe for bad, and in this case the offense should have hots programmed in.
Hot reads have their own problems of course. Another way coaches deal with multiple defenders is during re-MIKEs a receiver might become a blocker instead. 2008 is a horrible example of good offense but RR did a lot of that in 2008. His RBs were terrible blockers, so rather than have them try to read, they'd switch a guy's route into blocking. This was part of how RR rediscovered TEs, since he could put Martell Webb or Kevin Koger into slide pro and actually get a guy blocked, something Minor/Brown/McGuffie/Shaw couldn't do.
|4 hours 30 min ago||Lewan talked about that play||
Lewan talked about that play a year or so ago, said the way they were blocking power for that game was not to combo--they would MIKE and then the first uncovered guy to playside had him. When SC came out in an under they MIKE'd to the MLB.
The purpose was to get downfield and blow up the Mike (hopefully creating a mess for the pursuit in the process), and let Omameh deal with the first thing he sees--I'm guessing they saw as much of Omameh dragging ass out of his stance as we saw and figured the most they would get out of him is a kickout.
Having AMR solo Clowney probably seemed as ludicrous to AMR as it looked. But my understanding of Lewan's explanation is there was no combo, and it was straight-up man, not gap blocking.
|6 hours 56 min ago||Well yeah the point of the||
Well yeah the point of the article wasn't that this is why Devin got sacked; it's explaining what ID'ing the MIKE is.
Though there were lots of missed slide protections. There's the famous example:
Michigan was running Power-O against an under. With the MIKE ID'ed in the C gap, Lewan had the MIKE and the TE next to him (Alex Mitropoulus-Rundus, who had played like 8 snaps all season) should have had the 5-tech, Clowney. That was a bad MIKE, compounded because the puller, Omameh, ran right by Clowney as well.
I know that was 2012 but the OL issues didn't start in 2013. The OL haven't played well but a major source of the problems Michigan's had with pass blocking was the TEs and RBs not slide protections correct, and oppponents doing lots of things to take advantage of Michigan's trouble in that area. Given that, I'm displeased that the coaches were installing all these little trick offenses but never bothered to have Devin, the leader of this offense since the Minnesota game of 2012, learn the protection scheme.
A reader above pointed out Vince Smith was MIKEing when he double-pointed. That's the last backfield player Michigan has had who's made those calls correctly.
|1 day 16 min ago||I told Misopogal to put it in||
I told Misopogal to put it in her calendar because we're going and staying in Seattle with my cousin and his kid the same age as ours. She asked what I wanted for dinner, but I said I can't think that far ahead right now.
Figure they'll be 7 year olds by then so they'll be old enough to enjoy it.
|1 day 25 min ago||Read your HTTVs...||
Michigan got THE WAVE from Michigan-UW.
I love this series. Dave Brandon earns a pass for the next dumbfuck thing he schedules.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Incomplete list of things in the works:||
Some other stuff too but where we have contract negotiations going on
|1 day 5 hours ago||Michigan isn't going to be in||
Michigan isn't going to be in the fooling people business this year. They need to get to mediocre at a base thing, and most practice time expenditure is on that. Every opponent has seen base stuff. The intelligence stuff will be what they install week to week--wrinkles off the base thing. Right now there's nothing an enemy will see that helps them.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Brian prepped an unverified||
Brian prepped an unverified voracity to post later and since he's working remotely he posted the thing instead of putting it in the hopper. That was at 10 so when I went to post the 10:30 article I saw the 10am post and removed the 10:30 one for half an hour.
|1 day 10 hours ago||1. That's me. 2. MGoBlog||
1. That's me.
2. MGoBlog can't afford Photoshop. They won't even let you buy it anymore; you have to rent Photoshop from Adobe for a ridiculous business price. It was GiMP'ed.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Ah yes, the draftosnark||
Ah yes, the draftosnark images. That was the Aceconsin Cheesebenders and Brian Cook's Flyin' Zooks if I recall.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Their DL was pretty damn good||
Their DL was pretty damn good last year, but young too. Consider: Bosa was a true freshman and Spence and Washington were in their 2nd year out of high school. When you add normal progression for young guys like that, plus about 60 lbs between them, to Bennett who may be the best DT in the country this year, it gets really scary. They couldn't really use Washington as much last season because he was too small to be a 3-tech, so they had straight pluggers like Joel Hale with them.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Stop downvoting him; we||
Stop downvoting him; we should have had these to you a month ago and he has every right to be pissed about it.
Blueak: I'll email you to see if we can try to track down your book order. If you filled in the form and everything you should have it by now.
UPDATE: The email address associated with your mgoblog account seems to be dead now. Can you email me then? seth@ [this site]. I need to know who you are so I can track down the order.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Drew hasn't been in the press||
Drew hasn't been in the press box lately.
|5 days 10 hours ago||"Lotta folks who ain't sayin'||
"Lotta folks who ain't sayin' "ain't" ain't eatin' neither."
Ain't got no problems with "ain't." Language is for accurate communication. If ain't accomplishes that, you're doing it right.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Pretty much have to be.||
Pretty much have to be.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Thx. Fixed. It's||
It's here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-resource-reminder
|6 days 18 hours ago||Publicly Gay on a College Football Team, and Other Hard Things||
My own take is so uncomplicated it's hardly worth repeating: don't hate. Having a take on an issue is cheap and easy. The point of discussing your take is to put your take on trial; if you're going in expecting to change others' opinions more than your own, you're doing it wrong.
The best way to really understand where you're coming from, where you sound like you're coming from, and where you shouldn't come from, is to understand a completely different way of thinking.
I've been supremely lucky to have discussed this particular issue--specifically, an out gay man on a major FBS roster--with a former college football player who profoundly disagrees with me.
He's a man who came from a terrible background, where 99% of the choices given him were bad and easy, and there was just one lifeline, one path from darkness to righteousness, one institution that was down there with him to offer a hand up, and the patience to keep offering it when he turned it down the first eight times. It's not an institution I would ever subscribe to but for that guy Christianity's rigid road was the difference between a life drowned in gangland, and a four-year starter at Michigan who's still in the NFL, and uses his fortune to put an extraordinary amount of good into the world that tried its best to throw him away.
He's learned not to discuss his views on teammate homosexuality in public, yes because any 140 characters extracted from his take will come off as narrow-minded at least and quite likely as bigoted, and that turns away fans. But it doesn't come from hatred, nor from an unwillingness to understand other people or accept other peoples' natures; it comes from seeing one code of morality, specifically a dogmatic Christian code, as absolute, and all deviation from it as temptation. This man faced temptations, and many times he chose the *only* other path. He remembers those who didn't take that path, and can't scorn them because so many are dead or good as. He mourns them and their choices. He sees everything a person is and does as this choice: the good, and the not.
Put aside who hates whom and who's trying to push whose definitions on each other and look at the players: many are profoundly, dogmatically religious Christian, because football and Christianity are two institutions in this country with such an appetite for talent that they'll scour the darkest places for human gems. But this sample grants them, as best we know, small if any immunity from the 4% of people who gay. There are 112 men coming down that tunnel. What are the odds?
Whatever arguments over a specific "gay gene" are semantic; it's practically undeniable at this point, given only the staggering number of people who identify as such, and homosexuality's incredible persistence through human history despite such ardent efforts against (they used to kill you for it!), that the gay trait is innate, and as far as innate human traits go, pretty normal.
So odds are an extremely close cross-section of men who play high-level college football are going to be more openly dogmatically religious than the norm, and at least someone on that field is, and can't help but be, gay. The odds are somebody is going to get trampled on.
We've been over this before in a hundred different skins: in this society, the will of the majority is less important than right of the individual to follow his nature, so long as that nature isn't harmful. It's not so hard to look at those two sides—the religious and the gay—and decide which should put his thing aside for the other.
It is hard to summon the requisite gratitude for him when he does. Being wrong for the right reasons doesn't make being wrong feel any better. Having it your way for centuries and then having to live with it going the other way is a hard thing to do, and those who do it with at least a measure of grace, however fumbled or misjustified, deserve gratitude for their forbearance, not scorn for their narrow-mindedness.
At this point in history the upset victory is so assured that pressing perfect agreement out of those who believe in a universal, religiously defined moral code, is merely running up the score. Either kneel the clock out (i.e. pump a fist at the passage of another inevitable yet still remarkable step forward, and move on), or else avail yourself of the generally intelligent, generally well-meaning people who disagree with you, and you may discover some incredible value in a different type of thinking.
|1 week 5 hours ago||You are?!??!11??!? Email me||
Email me (seth@[this site) about that!
|1 week 8 hours ago||That's when they left the||
That's when they left the printer. At that point they were supposed to be heading to a mailing house we picked out because it's only a few miles from the printer. Instead they arrived in Ann Arbor several days later.
|1 week 8 hours ago||We'll have limited||
We'll have limited distribution--- I don't know where yet.
|1 week 21 hours ago||All my supplemental picks are||
All my supplemental picks are Buckeyes. C'mon Angry Seth's Offense Hating God. Do. Your. Worst.
|1 week 1 day ago||The last of the pile goes out||
The last of the pile goes out tomorrow. Stand by your mailbox.
|1 week 2 days ago||I suddenly really like||
I suddenly really like Wisconsin fans.
(still hate you bug people basketball)
|1 week 3 days ago||PLEEEEASE tell me the next||
PLEEEEASE tell me the next sentence from Holgo began "Take Urban Meyer, for example..."
|1 week 3 days ago||At this point the most likely||
At this point the most likely to bust among them seems to be:
Kalis is in every configuration except the one tweeted out, and he still started much of last year. Green is in the mix but before he breaks out he has to differentiate himself from Hayes/Drake Johnson.
Dymonte Thomas just can't cover for whatever reason. I pray they get a sophomore redshirt on him and see if they can salvage something.
|1 week 5 days ago||I take back what I said about||
I take back what I said about not caring about uniformz.
|1 week 6 days ago||Some time in the recent past||
Some time in the recent past the quarter of my caring about uniformz was pushed over the edge by the mountain of other 25 cent worries. I find I can't summon outrage for it anymore--just annoyance the day of. Unless the numbers and names are completely invisible (again) or they come out looking like white-legged bees (again), don't really care no more. The minor annoyance to a large number of people is probably less important to the university than the money they'll get from stupid people who buy them. Since Michigan having money instead of stupid people doesn't really harm my interests, I'll take the annoyance.
|1 week 6 days ago||This shit swings back and||
This shit swings back and forth through every fall. I had one inside guy say Kugler's really going to work out, and mentally put him ahead of Miller without any other confirmation.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wow. I fixed that before you||
Wow. I fixed that before you could even post the comment (by 1 minute according to the respective timestamps).
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Answering for myself||
Are any changes coming to MGoBlog? If so, what are they?
Moving up to the latest version of Drupal and redesigning the entire site. Magazine layout. Related articles when you're in an article. Special pages for recruiting, football, basketball, hockey, and statistics (we're building our own database that we plan to make free on the web). Three new staff members (Adam's the new Heiko, David is a back-end guy who is helping us with business-running operational things, and Brian's looking at a new recruit-whisperer).
Will there come a time when the identity of upvoters and downvoters will become known to the person whose posts have been voted on?
The time is now. The place is here. The points level to view it is attainable.
Has the Fort Schembechler approach to media access made it easier for people to criticize Michigan’s athletes, because it’s rare that we get to hear them speak or read about their personal stories, so it becomes harder to empathize with them and understand what they’re experiencing?
It probably makes it harder to criticize; that's why they do it. Rich Rod granted unprecedented access to the media, and immediately there was #1 jerseygate, and uses-bad-words-gate, and soon enough there was Practicegate. EVERYONE bitches sometimes about their endeavors, especially when those endeavors take over their lives to the degree that playing football at Michigan does. You'll notice programs most notorious for refusing access to the press (MSU is a good example) get ridiculously good press. They do it because it works.
Are there any off-field, off-court or off-ice feature stories that you’d want to report on further, but that you’ve been prevented from doing so because you and your staff have been denied access? If so, what were they?
There are off-the-field stories we've all heard that we don't report on, but that's because we don't choose to report on them, and usually we don't have enough information to report on them--if you're going to damage somebody's reputation, especially a student-athlete's, you'd better make damn sure you "have it." Even when you do, a good journalist knows when a story is not worth the ink to print it. You have to be cognizant of the reaction to the story, not just put it out there. Say (just pulling this out of my ass here) that two recruits at a Michigan camp have a fight because they were both trying to hook up with the same girl; one of those recruits loses interest in the school the other is committed to, and someone at the camp passes the story along. What do we have but a rumor repeated by everyone we know at the camp, which we can't substantiate, and if it's true and we print it, it subjects those kids to derision by stupid useless people who get uppity about the sex lives of high school football players. The only stories I know that I don't print are stories I hold back because it would make me an awful person to print them.
There was only one time when someone from the university warned us that what we write could affect our access, and that was when we were tearing down Borges after the OSU game in '12 and Heiko wanted to get an interview with Borges. We tore down Borges anyway, and Heiko got the interview anyway. There was also an incident right after the Gibbons shit broke when they decided to only have "friendly" reporters come to an "informal" discussion with the coaches. That was a really stupid play by the university that made the Gibbons thing even more blown out of proportion than it was, because the Daily immediately called them out for it.
Any follow-ups or features planned on:
Stephen Loszewski's "My Wish" Experience at Michigan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bgK2Svlmao
Not that I know of.
Hunter Gandee (middle school wrestler who carried his brother 40 miles to the Michigan campus to raise awareness of cerebral palsy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvOygdtQK9Y
Not that I know of.
The Hope for Pahokee Campaign/#Eatinghttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021358459/hope-eating-from-garden-to-table-season-one
Not that I know of. They don't respond to direct emails so I let them do what they will on the board and leave it at that.
Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and The Michigan Hoops Revival
Of fucking course.
Alan Oaks (homered off David Price in NCAA Baseball tournament to help Michigan upset Vanderbilt in the regionals) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGMIde6FpOs
Not that I know of.
The Mealer Brothers
Probably. We get updates directly from Barwis and indirectly from former teammates. I don't feel the need to push the story; this one has told itself, and when it rings a bell we bring it up again.
Samantha Findlay (10th inning homer helps win NCAA softball championship for Michigan) http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7964621
I covered softball at the time it was on.
Soony Saad (Big Ten Freshman Soccer Player of the Year, helped lead Michigan to Big Ten championship and now playing fr Sporting Kansas City in MLS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfOncvDYRTg
As news dicates.
Michigan's Olympic Ice Dancers
As news dicates.
I don't believe in forcing stories just because they're positive ones about the thing we cover; journalism is about providing accurate and interesting information in thoughtful context. When there's information that people care about it's shared to a degree dictated by the context. A lot of the things you bring up most people just go "huh, that's nice." I'd rather spend my time dissecting the football team's new base play because we're going to see it probably 100 times this year at least, and there are a lot of Michigan football fans who would like to know what makes it tick and what's going on when it's run.