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|1 day 1 hour ago||Dierdorf and Brandy did an outstanding job--||
much better than any of the TV announcers. I plan to sync all the broadcasts.
But I am concerned about how a group of Michigan fans could sync with delayed radio while watching together in a bar. I thought that the radio broadcasts this year were not supposed to be delayed. What happened?
|1 day 1 hour ago||I think he missed the first two preseason games, then did play.||
But I can only guess what is happening with him now. Gallon may think he has a better chance to make it on other teams. The Pats squad is stacked. Or maybe Gallon now sees that he could get injured for little benefit on a practice squad and wants to hold out for a real roster opening. That could come at any time due to injuries. If the Pat's Amendola gets injured as has been usual, I wouldn't be surprised for the Pats to take him back. Occasionallly, they have filled roster spots with players not currently under contract with anyone. Or, as you suggest: Gallon may not be making a rational choice in the immediate aftermath of a let down.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I read "won't sign" as offered but declined||
Given that at least a dozen other cuts were not mentioned as having declined the practice squad, I assume that those not offered a spot would not be mentioned. Also, the Pats will not finalize their 10-man squad until Monday. So, unless Gallon declined, I would assume that he would still be in the running for a spot until the final squad was chosen. Also, everything I had read here in Boston was that the Pats wanted to keep Gallon --he would have been a perfect backup for the often-injured slot receiver, Amendola. It appeared that the Pats hoped he would clear wavers and sign with the practice squad. That way, they could have gotten a better look at him, since they had not had much time to evaluate him while healthy. So, it's hard for me to imagine that he would not have been offered a spot.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Gallon declined practice squad on Pats||
Apparently, the Patriots wanted Gallon on the practice squad but he declined. As a Pats fan, I am disappointed. I think he would eventually have found a role on the team. But he is very talented and probably has some better prospects elsewhere.
FYI Mallet was traded to the Texans.
|1 day 3 hours ago||DG passing efficiency||
DG passing efficiency 267.4 #2 in nation—very close to #1 and way ahead of #3.
(although name not listed because he had one less than the 15 attempts required for listing).
|5 days 18 hours ago||National rankings in the Sagarin poll archives||
The 2007 App State team was ranked 5 spots higher than the 2011 Ohio State team.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Fake Fan Alert||
This poster, 991GT3 has been masquerading as a UM fan to stir up negative discussion. He has previously demonstrated support for Ohio State and Urban Meyer; he has called UM mediocre and likely to fail. Now, with an astonishingly short memory for his repeated prior posts that try to set Hoke up for the chopping block, he claims to support Hoke. But the fact that he quotes the local Ohio State newspaper betrays his allegiance and intent He is just trying to stir the pot and stimulate more hot seat discussion.
Just read a few of 991GT3’s posts:
Negative comments about Hoke
“ If Hoke has a similar season to last year, DB has a hug decision to make….To give Hoke another five year contract after a 7-6 or 8-5 season with no B1G championship will indicate the program is accepting mediocrity. “
991GT3 seems to lie when he says: “I desparately (sic) want (Hoke) to succeed.” But this lie is only to set him up, as 991GT3 next says: “He now has his horses and it is up to him and his staff to get the job done. No excuses.”
Support for Ohio State and Urban Meyer
991GT3 occasionally slips and reveals that he is disappointed in the loss of Braxton miller and are rooting for the new Oh St QB: “I would have preferred to play him early in the season. He will get better but is no BM.”
In a thread on Urban Meyer’s negative recruiting of UM, you defend Meyer: “all this negative talk about Michigan is a direct result of its on field performance. No one will argue the fact the the program is on a downward trajectory and unless there is miraculous turn around this season the criticisims of the program will only grow”
Negative comments about the UM program
991GT3 argues: “The rankings do matter. They are indicative of how far Michigan football has fallen…those in the "know" (say) Michigan football is at best mediocre…If anything we have regressed and I am not optimistic about a quick turn around.”
only reminded me about the sad state of MIchigan football. Viewing the NFL numbersonly reminded me about the sad state of MIchigan football.
Given these comments, one has to question the sincerity of 991GT3’s advice: “Using Peppers on special teams would not be wise.”
|5 days 21 hours ago||A bad loss, yes. A Horror, no.||
A Horror is when you lose to a horrible team. If we lost to Akron or Uconn last year, that would have been horrible. But App St was not horrible. I repeat once more: The 2007 App St team was ranked nearly ten spots higher than the avg B1G team that year. It was ranked five spots higher than the 2011 Ohio St team.
|6 days 22 hours ago||It is true that facts can be useful in understanding events.||
The alternative is to ignore the facts, which I am sure that most of the pundits on TV will do to overdramatize the event..
Yet, according to purely objective rankings, the loss was less remarkable than a loss to 2011 Ohio St would have been.
The 2007 App State team was ranked 5 spots higher than the 2011 Ohio State team.
|1 week 3 min ago||The horror= mispercption. App St nationally ranked+10 vs B1G av||
I get it that UM was expected to easily beat a then-FCS opponent. But the degree of horror in the loss tuned out to be based on a big misperception.
|1 week 1 day ago||As noted below||
the waiver was denied but is being appealed (per an "insider board" thread title that is visible to nonsubscribers).
|1 week 2 days ago||Presuming that the eligibility appeal is denied,||
I would have to scratch my head again about the NCAA. Here, an unpaid player would be ordered to sit out a year—and potentially delay a lucrative NFL career-- as a penalty for transferring to be nearer his sick mother. Yet, his former USC coach, Lane Kiffin, lies to recruits about his likely departures, then repeatedly changes schools at the drop of a hat, and gets paid millions.
I also have to scratch my head over some other, very different eligibility decisions by the NCAA. Remember this? “In 2008, before Pryor started at Ohio, questions about his eligibility were raised due to the fact that he was getting money from Sarniak, a man who accompanied Pryor on recruiting visits and who certainly exchanged money and items with Ohio boosters in his Columbus area businesses. The NCAA ruled in favor of Pryor, saying only that Sarniak could no longer provide money, meals, tickets, presents or a cell phone to Pryor.
3 years later, Pryor was in the process of leaving Ohio and needed a reason for entering the supplemental draft—ie to prove he was NOT eligible to play at Ohio.
“Pryor met confidentially in May with the NCAA and provided financial records….Pryor had acknowledged that confidant Ted Sarniak had provided him and his mother with cash after he enrolled at Ohio State over and beyond the memorabilia scandal that created the five-game suspension. An attorney for Terrelle Pryor, seemingly inviting the NCAA to ask new questions about improper benefits, said: Pryor .. and his mother received cash and assistance with car payments from Ted Sarniak.
Ohio claimed ignorance of these payments even though: “Tressel said he repeatedly reached out to Sarniak over the years….and Ohio State compliance director Doug Archie stayed in regular contact with Sarniak."
If I remember correctly, the NCAA not cite this information in explaining Ohio’s penalty of a one season bowl ban. Perhaps then questions would have arisen about the NCAA's own shoddy review of Pryor's 2008 eligibility. Questons would arise about how soon the payments to Pryor resumed, whether their eligibility decision was incorrect, and why they did not follow up to see if it was violated after Pryor was admitted.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes, but we were talking about Meyer and Hoke||
Apparently, you now agree with me about point spread being valid but want to change the subject.
OK, let's change the subject to performance in the last decade or so under Ohio and UM's third-to-last coaches (conveniently igmoring the decade before than). But you want to start counting Tressel's record, then you have a point numerically---but not ethically. We all know how Tressel got those wins....how he locked down the state...how many of his star recruits admitted taking money, no show jobs, academic improprieties etc. If the NCAA were doing its job and actually talked to Clarret in 2002--and who now publicly admits he was getting paid more at Ohio than he gets paid in the pros---then that entire decade should have been vacated by Ohio.
Personally, I don't feel any burning desire to pat them on the back for it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Actually, there is reason to||
Actually, there is reason to argue that Ohio has not dominated UM in recent years. As noted above, their average margin of victory in the last 3 years is ZERO!
In the last four years, they have recorded only two wins (let's not forget that they paid for their cheating by forfeiting an entire year of wins--also that most players Meyer used get his measly two wins were recruited by a coach who admitted lying and cheating to the NCAA).
|1 week 5 days ago||A close win is often just luck. Here, the points don't lie.||
First, the stat which is most predictive of future wins or losses in computer systems involves the point spread, not just Wins or Losses.
Also, last year, a one point Ohio win in regulation occurred because UM did not kick the extra point to go into OT (because we lacked our FG kicker and our QB had a broken foot). I am not sure how much closer you can get than that. As I recall, the 5pt UM loss in Cbus could have gone either way; and the 6pt UM win at the Cap one bowl was not as close as the score would indicate. So, I think my point is still valid. In no way can you say that Meyer has dominated UM. His average margin of victory is ZERO.
|1 week 5 days ago||In terms of point differential, like Meyer, he is even||
|1 week 5 days ago||In terms of point differential, he is only even||
-6 +5+1 = 0. Not exactly the kind of "domination" claimed unless ties all go to Meyer.
|1 week 5 days ago||#murders by his former players > #NC's||
|1 week 6 days ago||Rumor proven false||
Contrary to a rumor that their top 2 players were cleared to practice on Mon, all four players remained out.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Re: MSU misspellings on the green locker room door poster||
Why does the MSU AD seem unencumbered by the rules of spelling, grammar or—for that matter, football? Was their poster produced by delirious delusional MSU grad who could never learn to type “acurately?”
But there may also be another explanation. A new recruit recently told us that MSU is now a “collage.” Accordingly, the poster may have been intended to be a random assemblage of various magazine and newspaper clippings, and texts glued atop one another onto a canvas---resulting in a surreal combination of egregious misspellings, infantile font changes, and unintelligible run-on sentences. Rumor has it that the same approach will be used to replace the usual MSU diploma. The degrees depicted on the canvas will be chosen randomly, which explains why some freshmen commits now believe they are working on master's degrees.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The Patriots cut Hoyer||
because he had become the #3 QB on their roster.
To compare him with Brady is beyond absurd.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Ohio not in the top 140||
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Over the past 4 years||
Ohio played in one recorded BCS bowl and lost. Ohio had a winning record 2 out of 4 years.
UM played in one bcs bowl and won. UM had a winning record 4 out of 4 years.
Overall, UM was 33-18, Ohio was 30-10 (or 30-22 if you count vacated games as losses).
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||and the Ohio wins (i.e. the ones not vacated by the NCAA)||
were still using players recruited by a coach who attracted or retained his players illegally and who admitted lyting to the the NCAA.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Today was a recruiting day||
and the recruits need to be concerned more with how the teams will perform in the future (ie not based on the past (an RR-upperclassmen-depleted roster) but based on the future (Hoke's incoming recruiting classes).
|5 weeks 1 day ago||If Ohio wasn't threatened today by Cole's commit||
and the growing intrigue of other developments, they wouldn't be coming on this site. UM now has more highly rated players than Ohio does this year (average consensus rank).
Also, with Ty Isaac's transfer here, we have outdone Meyer's best recruiting year at Ohio
(i.e., the remaining players on UM class from Ty Isaac's year have a higher Rivals recruiting rank than those remaining from Ohio's class).
|5 weeks 1 day ago||there's an old saying:||
If at first you don't succeed
.......................skydiving is not for you.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I was making a different point, but your comments are relevant||
I was writing about the fact that Brown athletics are not the source of huge fan interest, as they are at UM. FB and BB are in no way the same kind of revenue sports and do not attract a huge audience.
In my previous, lengthy post, I did have to leave out an important point you raise. In fact, Brown has put a lot of money into athletics. But, unlike places such as Ohio, where luxurious residences have been constructed for the big money varsity athletes, Brown's emphasis seems to have been on the athletic facilities for students (eg for physical fitness classes, recreation, a huge aquatics facility for swimming as well as facilities for a large number of club sports). During Schlissel's tenure at Brown, a lot of money was raised in donations for these facilties. Maybe that is one reason why UM hired him.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I am not surprised||
that Schlissel does not really sound like a big sports “fan”, since he is coming from an Ivy League school. When I first joined the faculty of another such school—Harvard—I was already a fanatic follower of UM sports. But I learned that many did not share my enthusiasm for sports teams. My boss was showing me around the periphery of the Longwood Medical Area, not too far from Fenway Park. So I naturally asked him if he was a Red Sox fan. He said a somewhat uppity tone: “I am not a fan of baseball. I did play baseball, though, for Harvard.”
I sensed that being a sports fan was not an accepted outlet for competitive instincts in my new environment. But I learned what was. As we walked through the heart of the medical school area, I noticed a dozen or so parking spaces for faculty members. I asked him how to get one. He said “you need a gun”. At Harvard, “a gun” meant very powerful connections. And the “playing field” for competitors was not a baseball diamond or a football field but a parking lot.
Schlissel too may see power struggles in academia taking priority over those in sports, as was the case at his former school, Brown. During the decade I spent there, I never really cared about Brown athletic teams either. But I still cared deeply about UM athletics. Why? That question is hard to answer until you have attended games at the Big House, gone to homecoming rallies, or experienced the week in Ann Arbor prior to the Ohio game. Once Schlissel does that, don’t be surprised if his attitude changes.
Until then, just be happy that he doesn't act like former Ohio president, Gee, who suggested that the football coach was his boss.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I agree that the video was too superficial.||
Also, I am sure the Kings have other "quants" on the staff. However, the “crowdsourcing” “quants” who helped them probably did provide some cogent analyses. Eg An MIT grad, who currently runs a stock fund (Carlton Chin) actually wrote a book on using quantitative analysis to aid sports decisions. To see what kind of input he provided, you really need to look at a graph from a prior you tube video. Since I do not know how to embed a picture, you can stop the video at about 19 seconds and blow it up. Alternatively, let me just explain what I saw.
One graph from Chin (Draft value as a function of pick) showed the estimated value of a draft pick for this year is greater than the average value for other years for each pick from #3 to #14. So, if Sacto were to consider trading their #8 pick this year for another player or a draft pick in some other future years, it would on average need to get more than usual in return. The opposite would be the case, however, if Sacto decided to trade up to the #1 or #2 pick, which this year was lower than in other years.
There are a lot of other factors that the "quants" apparently considered, including computer simulations of ball movement and scoring averages based on whether they draft a shooter or someone more adept in assists or rebounding. Also, some information included graphs of player contribution as a function of year after draft. Such data could help them in deciding how to manage their roster (e.g., unload veterans so that the younger players peak together 4-5 years down the road).
Of course, there is more that mere player development involved in managing the temporal dynamics of the roster. eg I wonder whether the “quants” analyzed the possibility that players on a bad team would have a tougher time attracting the top free agents—as well as lose their own players to free agency. Regrettably, that has been the recent history of Sacto.