"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I kind of like "Samuel Zell &||
I kind of like "Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies"; has a nice ring to it. But unfortunately that's already taken.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||A comment:||
"ESPN has the advantage of still being a monopoly, but if the product was the only reason you could charge Y dollars you would not be able to get every song ever made for ten dollars a month."
ABC/ESPN is very much NOT a monopoly. They bid for sports rights alongside CBS/NBC/FOX (oligopoly). The money does not all go into their pocket. The sports leagues (ex.-Big Ten gets BTN revenues) get a big cut of that. And by the way they are pretty true monopolies if you look at any of the recent lock outs.
Other examples, Boxing and UFC are pretty much all Pay Per View. NFL Sunday Ticket is a pretty solid financial success. In continental Europe, other soccer leagues are required to be broadcast free over air by regulation, keeping cable prices down.
If you're waiting for sports TV prices to come down, don't hold your breath.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Context||
"Adidas’s North American sales rose by a currency-adjusted 7% in the quarter ended March 31, the company said Tuesday. The uptick in the world’s biggest and most influential sports market came after Adidas significantly reworked its approach to the U.S. last year."
"For months, Adidas has been telling analysts that internal changes, including shifting top management and design resources to its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon, would bring growth beginning early this year. It also said its margins in the region would be helped by a shift toward American sports, rather than soccer, and the launch of more America-targeted marketing campaigns."
"Adidas’s position in the U.S. market has eroded in recent years. American consumers have seen the brand as off-mark, with the wrong products. Adidas last year fell to third place behind industry newcomer Under Armour and longtime rival Nike in U.S. retail sales of sports apparel and footwear."
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Well he did to the||
Well he did to the commencement speech at only one of these two schools
|18 weeks 1 day ago||+1 for Silicon Valley||
+1 for Silicon Valley reference.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||They are different schools.||
They are different schools. Let's take other states as an example:
UCLA and Cal Berkeley? Both U of California, right? No one thinks that. To say nothing of UC - Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside, etc.
University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) vs U of I (Urbana Champaign)? Different schools.
IUPUI? (Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis) Claims 2 Big Ten programs, but its not the same.
Alabama disbanded their football program!!!!!! (At Birmingham, UAB).
And a dozen others just like it.
They are not the same school.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Basically it's 1a. Saban 1b.||
Everybody else is WAY down the list from there, who knows how to rank them. It's debatable.
IMO, Stoops is too high, Les arguably #3 based on track record but not where I would take him in a "coach draft".
Guz Malzahn too low. Richt/Spurrier too high. Briles and Patterson should've been Co-Champions of Big 12 Coaching just to troll Baylor & TCU.
12. Brian Kelly
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Woo Hoo||
"Game Manager", so Jake Rudock = Alex Smith?
Now Harbaugh has what he needs. Yes!
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Depends a lot on the cycle /||
Depends a lot on the cycle / size of analyst classes when you come out, but yes true IB is likely going to take ~10-15% of the class (30-45 out of 330ish students). Then you add the top tier consulting offers, but you're right... most will not make that money.
(Though you can surround yourself with ONLY those people if you so choose).
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Ross||
Wall Street Oasis ranked Ross #3 for undergrad to Investment Banking.
Go talk to current BBAs and get their opinions.
Take some initiative and do some research to figure out what it's like and whether it really is right for you. Then write about that action you took.
You don't want to lie, but you don't want to write what the truth is right now:
"you don't know why",
"you just heard its good for jobs",
"you don't want to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, so you're here by process of elimination"
Demonstrate you can take some initiative. They are looking for self starters that will take advantage of all the opportunities at Ross and represent the school well in a few years when it comes to recruiting/job performance.
|26 weeks 15 hours ago||CHL||
Just logged in to say we don't know enough about CHL teams real budgets to be that judgemental. Sure never trust management/ownership, just like pro teams that want arenas built and the NCAA, but I just want people to consider it before they jump to the conclusion of "they're making all this money off those poor kids".
4,000 fans a night at $25 a pop is 100k, times 32 home games is ~3.2m. You've got to pay to operate your arena (EXPENSIVE for hockey), travel budget, equipment (lots of sticks & skates & pads & pucks), all your necessary marketing that actually got people to show up (Dave Brandon style because Michigan Football the CHL is not), training staff/health insurance, room & board, pay your coaches... it adds up.
There's no TV money. There's no revenue sharing. This is not college football. It's not a cash cow (unless you're in some of the larger Canadian markets).
Paying ~20 players $8/hr for 40/hrs per week (which is a low hour number, plus all the taxes), even if for only say 40 weeks / year is roughly $250k. That's about 8% of the total ticket revenue. A significant amount. It's totally plausible that margins aren't that high (not that you can take the owner's word for it).
|28 weeks 1 day ago||On What Criteria?||
Always look at the methodology, a fair amount of this one seems like gobbledygook:
Factors: The following 19 factors determined the overall score for each public university or college. All were the latest available statistics, generally from 2013 unless noted otherwise. Each is followed by its category, share of the overall score and a definition:
1. Admission rate (selectivity, 5 percent): The percentage of first-time undergraduate applicants who were admitted to the school. (Keep in mind that many students who were admitted to a given school chose to attend different institutions.)
2. Admission test score at the 25th percentile (selectivity, 5 percent): The score on college admission tests that outranked 25 percent of the scores for all first-time enrolled undergraduates. The Business Journals converted ACT figures to the 1,600-point SAT scale, then averaged ACT and SAT results according to the percentage of students who submitted scores from each test. (A few schools do not require applicants to take admission tests. Their overall rankings were not penalized.)
4. Retention rate (advancement, 10 percent): The percentage of first-year undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2012 and returned to the same school in the fall of 2013.
5. Four-year graduation rate (advancement, 10 percent): The percentage of undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2007 and graduated by 2011.
6. Six-year graduation rate (advancement, 5 percent): The percentage of undergraduates who began college in the fall of 2007 and graduated by 2013.
7. Rankings by Forbes, Kiplinger's, U.S. News and World Report, and Washington Monthly (prestige, 15 percent): The school's performances in the latest rankings by these four publications, converted to a 400-point scale. (The top-rated public university or college on each national list generated by each publication was awarded 100 points, the next received 99, and so on. Some lists did not include 100 public schools. Scales were reduced for regional lists generated by each publication.)
8. Quality-affordability ratio (costs, 10 percent): The published in-state tuition, fees, room and board charges for 2013-14, divided by the sum of the school's raw scores for selectivity, advancement and prestige. (The best scores in this "bang for the buck" indicator went to schools that had strong academic records and relatively low costs.)
9. Average net price for full-time undergraduates receiving grants or scholarships (costs, 5 percent): The average annual cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board for a student receiving grant or scholarship aid, once the value of the grant or scholarship was subtracted.
10. Median monthly off-campus rent (costs, 5 percent): The median rent for all rental properties within the metropolitan or micropolitan area in which the school is located. (If it is not in a metro or micro, the figure for its county was substituted.)
11. Share of undergraduates with out-of-state addresses (diversity, 5 percent): The percentage of full-time undergraduates whose home addresses were in other states or countries.
12. Racial diversity of student body (diversity, 2.5 percent): The Gini-Simpson index for the student body, a measure that indicates the likelihood that two randomly selected undergraduates would be of different races.
13. Racial diversity of faculty (diversity, 2.5 percent): The Gini-Simpson index for the instructional staff, a measure that indicates the likelihood that two randomly selected instructors would be of different races.
14. Gender diversity of student body (diversity, 2.5 percent): The difference between the percentage of male undergraduates and the male share of all U.S. 18- to 21-year-olds (51.26 percent).
15. Gender diversity of faculty (diversity, 2.5 percent): The difference between the percentage of female instructional staffers and the female share of all 25- to 64-year-olds (50.59 percent).
16. Share of young adults (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of all residents who were between the ages of 25 and 34 within the metropolitan or micropolitan area in which the school is located. (If not in a metro or micro, the figure for its county was substituted. The same holds true for the remaining factors.)
17. Unemployment rate for young adults (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds in the civilian labor force who were out of work.
18. Share of young adults with bachelor's degrees (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who held four-year degrees.
19. Share of local jobs that are classified as management, business, science or arts jobs (community, 2.5 percent): The percentage of the local workforce (workers of all ages) who held white-collar MBSA jobs.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Daishon, Even though you||
Even though you "don't want to go to Michigan" you should totally apply anyway, you know, just to prove that you can get in. (Just like we did!) Definitely lose that acceptance letter though, no point in keeping that old thing; people will have no problem taking your word for it.
Every MSU student ever
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I have confidence in Coach||
I have confidence in Coach Harbaugh to pick a good candidate, Michigan alumni or not. Stanford had plenty of rushing success. It sounds like you think we should've hired Bielema (Wisconsin / Arkansas references).
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Tyrone Wheatley is coaching||
Tyrone Wheatley is coaching in the NFL because his boss got hired out of Syracuse:
He could be awesome, but I wouldn't argue he's got some long term track record blessed by "The Shield".
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe you are John||
Maybe you are John Harbaugh?
Because before this season he hired Thomas Hammock away from Wisconsin, who spent three years there as RB coach and had also been given the "Associate Head Coach" title (and presumably a raise) to try and keep him from leaving.
Of course you can't put it all on Hammock, Wisconsin was good before he came along and its not like Melvin Gordon had a dropoff this year.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Do you disagree with the||
Do you disagree with the Mgoblog position that Fred Jackson has been a disappointment at identifying recruits / developing running backs over the past decade or so?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Few Things||
As Brian often says, the goal here is not to make money. For Power 5 schools with big TV contracts, the goal should generally be to win and break even.
In the expenses column it's not just football. Every sport except Football, Basketball, and maybe hockey consistently operates in the red every year. For 2013, Brandon U-M spent ~$40M on scholarships and team expenses BEFORE coaches salaries. Michigan generally spends its operating surplus on new facilities... of debatable value to fans (particularly for non-revenue sports):
For many of the Group of Five (D I, non-Power 5) schools, this is a business decision for the school. The football program may lose money, but it is a marketing expense for the college.
How many students at Big Ten schools not named Michigan and MSU would readily acknowledge CMU, WMU, EMU as "directional Michigan", but would be surprised to learn that there is a Northern Michigan too? How many would have heard of Bowling Green and Ball State etc. as institutions of higher learning if not for the MAC?
This is known as the Flutie effect (BC), and it happens in basketball too (Butler, FGCU, VCU):
|41 weeks 2 days ago||The panelists are: 1. Ace||
The panelists are:
1. Ace (Sports Writer), 2. Masters Degree in Museum Studies, 3. Masters Degree in Library Science, 4. Law Degree, 5. Sandwitch Baron (Zingermans Founder, U-M History Grad circa 1982).
With all due respect that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsment for the career prospects of a U-M History major. Not to say you can't be successful, but rather that if you are it won't be on account of your undergraduate education, you'll need to branch out and/or get an advanced degree.
Good luck Ace!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||End of the article|
|42 weeks 1 day ago||There ya go||
If OSU did what Michigan has done / is still doing... Jim Tressel would still be there.
Shameful. Fix it.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||My Letter||
I am a proud alumnus (Redacted), but I am highly embarrassed by the conduct of our athletic director, Dave Brandon. His recent handling of the Shane Morris incident is deplorable. He allowed Coach Hoke to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon (2 days after the game), while either willfully withholding information about the events that occurred on Sunday from him, or encouraging him to provide false statements to the press. Anonymous sources within the University medical department have reported that the Athletic Department PRESSURED THEM TO LIE about the medical status of Shane Morris following the game.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Mr. Brandon has persisted in atrocious decision-making that has embarrassed the University over the course of his tenure, and he has consistently hidden behind “corporate” boiler-plate excuses when those poor decisions blow up in his face.
- He banned John Bacon, a Michigan professor and one of the most professional, authoritative sources on Michigan football history, from the press box during football games.
- Last year the athletic department paid for a plane to skywrite “GO BLUE” over Spartan Stadium. I don’t need to spell out for you in further detail what a sophomoric act this was.Estimates of the cost (which were never released) were on the order of $3000, a terrific waste. The statement in response, "There were no locations targeted." – Dave Ablauf (spokesman for AD), is in stark contrast to the stated target of East Lansing by the pilot who did the skywriting.
- He scheduled Appalachian St., to the horror of our fans, so that the national media could have a good laugh remembering our upset from 2007 under the guise of “no such thing as bad publicity”.
- He instituted a ridiculous General Admission policy to the student section that prevented students from sitting with their friends during games. The plan was poorly implemented, universally panned, and reversed the following season.
- Following that fiasco, he increased the price of student tickets by ~25% and claimed “we are not profit motivated” and “we don’t plan to reduce the student section”, but “want to give the students an incentive to show up”.
- Student ticket sales dropped from over 20,000 to less than 15,000. Mr. Brandon has insisted that the drop in attendance is driven by cell phone coverage and competition from HDTV, contrary to tangible survey evidence from students that the price increase and inability to sit with friends were the primary factors.
- The sections that were formerly students have been persistently EMPTY at games this season, despite attempting to resell them on the open market.
- He dramatically increased the price of tickets to non-students, and now thousands of tickets remain available for sale in the week leading up to the game. We are reduced to selling “fan packs” that include a coke, hotdog, and t-shirt. Numerous other giveaways have been employed to fill seats this year, the most embarrassing being the “buy 2 cokes” incident, which Mr. Brandon blamed on a miscommunication.
- There sure seem to be an awful lot of miscommunications going on in our Athletic Department!
- Where does the money go? Well the Athletic department had a $9M surplus this year.
- Millions of dollars are being spent to promote the growth of non-revenue sports, such as making women’s lacrosse a varsity sport and a new field hockey facility.
- Administrator salaries are up over 50%.
- Yet, he refused to pay the $400K to allow the Marching Band to travel to the Alabama game in Dallas.
- “Just because you can charge them more, doesn’t mean you should,” – Former U-M AD, Bill Martin
- “You don’t have to do marketing at Michigan. We have the fans. We have the support. We have a great reputation... You just need to make it as affordable as possible for your fans.”– Bill Martin
- Former U-M president James Duderstadt, referred to the situation as “a House of Cards”.
HOW DO WE FEEL?
- The students at games are chanting “Fire Brandon”
- A rally is scheduled on the Diag for tonight (9/30) to encourage you to Fire Dave Brandon
- As of this writing, more than 6,000 students/alumni/faculty have signed a petition to request that you Fire Dave Brandon
I trust that you will make the right decision to find someone that can adequately represent our tremendous University. It is shameful that the sterling reputation of so many incredible non-athletic endeavors has been allowed to be muddied by this ham-handed Athletic Department’s mismanagement.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Bravo||
A shining example of writing talent undoubtedly nurtured by your Michigan education.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Different One||
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Almost the same?||
First play, cole and Williams were backside; second, they were play side. That's pretty different.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Further Reading||
The general point that many times there is too much emphasis on "speed"/"plyometric" work for teenage boys when they haven't established a baseline level of strength is, in my opinion, accurate and there is some consenus among trainers on that point. The degree to which those mistakes are STILL being made in D1 college football locker rooms... I wouldn't want to speculate on something I don't have first hand experience with; Rippetoe seems to "assume" an awful lot here, and writes like a jerk (which is generally encouraged by T-Nation editors).
Eric Cressey is an elite pro baseball strength coach:
Louie Simmons is perhaps the most famous trainer in truly world class elite powerlifting, his "speed" work is a core component of his philosophy, but its fundamentally different than cone drills, etc., it's about lifting "lighter" than your max fast; but he believes this is a waste of time until you can squat ~400/500 lbs, so "lighter" is still dang heavy to us puny humans.
There is still innovation in S&C, not everyone is doing the same thing. Numerous anecdotes from Chip Kelly & Jimbo Fisher (via WWL) here:
|51 weeks 13 hours ago||Interesting thanks. Though||
Interesting thanks. Though "athlete" is not my #1 requirement for a great LB. Manti Te'o was a heisman candidate and he got crushed at the NFL combine.
|51 weeks 13 hours ago||So Tea Leaves||
So tea leaves imply Texas at the Big House in 2024 and in Austin in 2027 (recall MSU/OSU are @ Michigan in odd numbered years).
What's most interesting though is we have VT and UW in '20/'21, with 9 conference games and 1 open (for cupcake). So in all these other years are we going to double up with P5 opponents or am I missing something?
Brandon seemed to suggest strongly in that article that we don't have room for ND until post-2027.
Part of the ND series falling apart (among many, many other things) is probably Brandon wanting to flip the Home & Home so we are on the road in odd years.
|51 weeks 13 hours ago||Onwualu||
Circa March 2012 (his JR yr of high school immediately pre-ND commitment; recall Onwualu went to same HS as Michael Floyd):
ACE: What position did Michigan offer you for? I know you're listed as an athlete. Do you know what position you'd play if you decided on Michigan?
JAMES: Well, as of right now, they just have me offered as an athlete. We haven't really talked position-wise. Since I've been talking to Mattison a lot of people assume I'm going to be playing safety or corner, but as of right now I don't really know.
ACE: Do you have a preference in terms of where you fit best on the field? Do you prefer offense or defense?
JAMES: I don't know, it could change. Next year I'm going to be all over. We've got a really good running back, [2014 RB] Blake Banham, who's going to be playing next year, so I'm not going to playing as much running back. We've also got a safety, [2014 S] Tim Gordon, so we're going to have to see, I might be playing corner and receiver.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you Stubbs!||
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|51 weeks 2 days ago||Steve, I'm trying to agree||
Steve, I'm trying to agree with both you and space coyote. Your 3-4 works also, but that puts 7 men in the box. You're probably playing a zone against 4 wide then? How do you stop a bubble screen? Or you've got no safety deep?
I guess it depends on if you think you need "superior" players to play 2 gap technique at DT. IMO, you've got to adjust your scheme to your strengths one way or the other (maybe not week to week but rather year to year).
The general point is its tough to defend when the QB is a run and pass threat. You either play man down in the box or you cover without the extra man.
Ties into why mathlete shows anybody can scheme an offense but a good defense requires talent.
Also why Brian get chills about hybrid-space-player (TM) jabrill peppers.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
To play a six man box against a credible spread option (QB run threat) you need players that can beat one-on-ones, DTs that can two gap, etc. If you have those then you're good to go.
To clarify, I mean: to the RB side in 10 personnel, you want either (1) DT with some B gap responsibility (2i / 2 / 3 tech, B gap or 2 gap), or (2) gap exchange, DE takes B gap when OT blocks down, LB takes edge. Basically if you leave your bigger/slower player on the edge (DE compared to LB), you want to minimize the amount of space they have to option him in.
Covering the B gap with an LB is a bad idea, because a) it's an easy down block for the tackle (unless the Guard needs help with the DT), b) the LB is off the LOS, which creates more space on the edge.
In high school we would run veer from 10 personnel under center and just check it to run at the 1/2i Tech.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Re: Spread Option||
Totally agree. You need D linemen in your B gaps. Giving a DE the C gap with LB in the B gap is asking for the OT to block down on the LB and option the DE in a TON of space.
You either leave your DT in the B gap and make the playside OG/OT combo the playside LB (tough combo block), or you gap exchange when the OT leaves the DE (giving DE the B gap) and make the OT block your playside LB when the playside LB knows he has contain (tough for 300lb OT to dive inside the DE and block an LB moving to cover C gap/edge).
You also want to leave a seventh man in the neighborhood, even if he's not in the box. When your DBs are up tight and your safeties deep, you actually have more help sending the run outside (QB keep). When you play your DBs off, you can roll up your SS.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Belly||
On the two belly plays you picture paged I think those need to be RPS minuses for Michigan. A DT slanting A Gap is exactly what you do not want against that Belly (Veer option) play. Looks like the slant was called by Mattison.
When your DTs can win one on ones straight up, slanting them around is too cute by half and asking them to get their momentum used against themselves.
Lots of times Michigan DTs played head up on an App St. guard, Michigan beast-moded that matchup in this game.
(Those DT slants may be good against Inside Zone, but bad against Veer/Belly. Even if its a sound playcall, Michigan guessed wrong.)
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Basic Veer||
This Veer (Belly) was our base run in high school (played OT & LB). It's basic option football.
As Space Coyote said, against 10 personnel (1 RB, 0 TE, 4 WR), you rarely see more than 6 defenders in the box (5 in coverage).
If you can use the QB as a run threat, then you are playing 7 Off in the box (5 OL, 1RB, 1QB) vs 6 Def in the box.
If the QB is Denard-like (run threat first), consider a 6.5 or 7th man in the box, make him beat you with his arm (but with 4/4.5 coverage defenders, be prepared to play man w/ no deep safety or zone and get bubble screen'ed) .
If the QB is Navarre-like (no run threat) you would rather have him keep it (run threat is less athletic, less vertical, and you can make him pay for repeated "correct" QB keep reads).
If the QB is Cam Newton (can run & throw) you're screwed.
Angles work better for the OL when you run this toward a DT in the A gap. While we lined up with a DT (play one: in the B gap, play two: head up on the guard), he looked to be slanting A gap by playcall both times.
App St. likely called this play as a "constraint" to it's base Inside Zone, in order to punish the DT for slanting A gap. It worked so they kept it up. Michigan call a gap exchange probably because it was not App St.'s "base" run play.
A gap exhange (Beyer/DE crash down, close B gap, force QB keep) will also work for the D to an extent, as long as your LB is quick enough to get outside the RT's block. But if he gets a hat on him, you still don't have the #s so you're waiting for a safety/nickel to come make a play.
Ryan running himself out of the play makes the 6 d vs 7 o sitiuation even worse, since the OT doesn't need to block him and keep on trucking toward the safeties.
|52 weeks 20 hours ago||MONTAE NICHOLSON||
Man... either MSU stole one from us this year or the coaches screwed this one up. If we play 2 LBs, 2 Safeties, and 1 Nickel/Hybrid Space player, then why did we take 4 LBs and only one Safety, Brandon Watson in the '14 class? I would gladly trade one of our 4 incoming LB recruits (where we have 2 layers of quality depth) for this guy:
|1 year 1 day ago||25% of MSU students scored a||
25% of MSU students scored a 28 or BETTER
25% of Michigan students scored a 28 or WORSE
Damn proud of our university, but let's not pretend getting into Michigan magically makes you a genius / better than everyone else.
Those of us that went there will remember every class still has its "dumb kids".
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Jumped Out||
QB (Gardner), 3rd string QB (Speight),
DL: Charlton, Poggi, Ojemudia, Pipkins, Clark, Henry, Mone,
OL: Cole, Glasgow
Welp... 7 defensive linemen; OL sounds just great.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||UConn, Cincinnati, and USF||
UConn, Cincinnati, and USF are the only legacy Big East schools left in the American Athletic Conference. In a post-BCS world with conference expansion on hold for now, it's not a place I'd want to be.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||South of the Golf Course||
No alumni are ever going go back and feel like this piece of land is "on campus" or even like main street. It's south of the golf course next to a parking lot and to me sounds more like "down by briarwood mall". It's not a walkable area, so any development is not going to have the character you're looking for.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Math - Part 2||
$9 million / 16.7 acres = 540k / acre. Here's a vacant parcel on the main st side next to the golf course listed for 667k / acre. It's for residential development instead of commercial / mixed use, and it's 1.45 acres not 16.7. I have no real estate background but it seems like $9 mil is reasonable based off of that...
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Math||
The appraised value was 3.1 million and the taxes were 180k (~ 6%, Ann Arbor residents, does this sound accurate?). U-M is offering 12.7 mil. The city would have to match that bid in order to keep it from U-M. In my opinion that means they'd need to sell it to some tax paying user for at least $9mil to make sense financially (lose 3.7 mil and get paid back in tax revenues of 540k per year, ~7yr simple payback period).
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Defense: Back 7||
Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, Tom Gordon, Courtney Avery, (and Jordan Kovacs), all ranked 600+ in their classes. 5 of of 8 starters in the back 7 (nickel).
Major overachievers as a group.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Samir: Hmm... well, why don't||
Samir: Hmm... well, why don't you just go by Mike instead of Michael?
Michael Bolton: No way! Why should I change? He's the one who sucks.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Reference: http://mgoblog.com||
UFR Michigan Defensive Formation # of Plays Charted - 2011 Season
|2 years 16 weeks ago||N||
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Best data set on NFL Draftees:|
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Strategic? Implications...||
Mathlete argues the opposite of this logic that either he or Brian has put forth in the past: "even though the expected return is higher, the (kick) receiving team should not take touchbacks because the variance of the return is lower (zero)".
The offense should be interested in high variance, big play opportunities. The defense should be interested in limiting those opportunities, even if that means sacrificing a modest amount of field position on average.
Also, we don't have data for hang time. I'll bet if you did and you could eliminate shorter punts that did not have superior hang time, the results would look different.
Also to assume a "law of large numbers" approach when you only punt ~40-60 times per season and not account for who you're kicking to seems foolish. Look at the separation in Punt Return Yards (Average):
|2 years 23 weeks ago||A major college football||
A major college football rivalry in the other division of its conference commanding all of the attention? Nebraska has never heard of such a thing.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||They should've signed Quin||
They should've signed Quin Blanding.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Well those are the only||
Well those are the only scholarship & non-true freshmen WRs this season.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Chris Bryant||
No mention of Chris Bryant, he's about 6.5 months off his broken leg. Anyone know if he's participating in spring practice?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||EDIT Request: "Tigers Release||
EDIT Request: "Tigers Release B. Boesch"
Before this turns into a OMG-what-happened-to-Kyle-Bosch-and-why-did-the-OP-spell-his-name-wrong?-thread
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Fail||
And another EA Fail:
"With the victory, Robinson becomes the third Michigan Wolverine to appear on the cover of an NCAA Football title after former Heisman Trophy Winners Desmond Howard (NCAA Football 99) and Charles Woodson (NCAA Football 2006)."
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Wheat Thins > Lil' Wheat||
Wheat Thins > Lil' Wheat
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Spring Game?||
With Fitz injured and Derrick Green/Deveon Smith both not yet on campus, the RB position for the Spring Game is kind of a punt, no?
More Rawls/Hayes (Johnson/Norfleet?)
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Trolling argument: "If the||
Trolling argument: "If the WDE is an "OLB" coached by the OLB coach Roy Manning, then we have 4 LBs on the field, which is a 3-4 defense."
Questions about switching to a 3-4 defense kept coming up last year (because of DL depth issue), and Brian and Co. explained at length over and over again how a 4-3 under is basically the same thing. So no we're not "switching" to a different defensive scheme.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||"I presume this means Hoke||
"I presume this means Hoke will continue with the nose tackles, Mattison will take the SDEs and 3techs, and Manning will be in charge of both the SAMs and WDEs."
So basically you're saying we're switching to a 3-4 defense then? /trolling
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Aren't the Canadiens kind of||
Aren't the Canadiens kind of the Notre Dame of the NHL? (Except for the part where Notre Dame was in the Championship game this year)
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Thx DB||
Obviously the 2015 home opener @ Utah deserves the credit for this.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||On that note||
Michigan Top 22 "Avg-Avg" = 3.86
OSU Top 22 "Avg-Avg" = 3.83
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Chris Spielman||
Always seemed like a decent guy. Awesome career. Wound up with the Lions. In one of the Michigan v OSU documentaries he says he told his Dad he wanted to go to Michigan (grew up in Ohio) and his Dad said something like "if you go there, don't come back" so he went to OSU.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Second That||
But it is the offseason, so what else should we talk about? Hockey's Back? Derrick Green again? Harbowl?
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Location||
I don't know if this is possible, but I recommend putting a hyperlink to the Sticky thread on these pages at the top and/or next to the submit button/text box:
And perhaps what pops up when you go to compose a comment in a thread.
I've found this via "Useful Stuff" but I think its a bit confusing and needs to be dumbed down/put in a better context:
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Can I Get A Source For That?|
|2 years 32 weeks ago||The Junior in High School is||
The Junior in High School is always more exciting than the Freshman on our roster that just spent the season redshirting (no matter how highly they were rated).
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Request||
Awesome work Seth. One request:
Could you take a look at the number of Solid Starters you would project based on the roster for 2011 & 2012 (fill in these blanks):
I'd really like to know (1) what the expected change was from 2011 to 2012 (since everyone says it was so terrible), and (2) what the expected change is from 2012 to 2013.
Also one comment: Our 2013 projection if Lewan doesn't come back is 1.87. /shudder. Wooo!
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Early Signing Period||
Best argument for an early signing period is this situation, and kids enrolling early more and more. A school should be committed to a kid at least some period before he enrolls. This doesn't work if signing day isn't until February.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||I think he was starting to do||
I think he was starting to do some interviews & then Tremendous popped up. Brian & Ace (IMO wisely) probably figured the same set of kids didn't need ANOTHER guy harassing them about their recruitment (esp. when all the Tremendous info was freely available).
|2 years 33 weeks ago||On top of the 2012 & 13 DL||
On top of the 2012 & 13 DL classes, landing Hand, McDowell, and Mone would pretty much be the most awesome thing ever. I can only think about our opponents thinking, "uh, not fair".
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Kovacs||
Please stay healthy Tom Gordon. I don't want two new safeties on the field at once.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Speed RBs:||
Name, Height, Weight
Denard Robinson, 6'0", 197
Jahvid Best, 5'10", 199
Reggie Bush, 6'0", 203
CJ Spiller, 5'11", 200
Chris Johnson, 5'11", 191
Lesean McCoy, 5'11", 208
Jamaal Charles, 5'11, 199
Everybody else listed seems to be in the 215-230 range, and consistently under 6'0", with a few monsterback exceptions:
I did read that one scout's opinion, but think a defensive position is silly. Depends on what you think is easier to learn/fits his skill set better: route running & catching, or pass blocking. I think he'll find success as "the Vincent Smith of the NFL".
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Cass Tech||
Coach Wilcher and Company are right down the street aren't they? Hey, can't be any shadier than paying to send a bunch of Catholic high schoolers to play a game in Ireland...
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Others||
With Sims, Bell, and Gholston gone, what impact does that have on Bullough & Dennard? MSU is really lucky that they seem to have held on to Narduzzi, because if he left too it could be completely back breaking to this team.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Dave Brandon will stop with||
Dave Brandon will stop with the alternate jerseys once you buy a regular jersey every time they don't change.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||9-3||
Knock-on-wood, should be good: CMU, Akron, UCONN, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa
Win 3 of 6 against: ND, PSU, MSU, NEB, NW, OSU
|2 years 34 weeks ago||That is Chris Fox who is not||
That is Chris Fox who is not playing due to a torn ACL in his last game.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Not Worthless||
I think there are still cross promotional synergies to dealing with ESPN if you can cut a fair deal with them.
You saw what they can do when they lowballed the NHL offer and it went to Versus/NBC. Virtually no hockey highlights/coverage on sportscenter or otherwise, other than Barry Melrose (probably because he's got a big ESPN contract or something).
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Big 12||
Just "big 12" country, but OK and NE have zero rivals 100 kids the last 4 years
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Empire Building||
The goal may not be "make money", and the university may be "non-profit", but across higher education in the US there is a trend (which everyone can decide for themselves if it is or is not disturbing) of an arms race/empire building for overall prestige.
I think this drives a lot of the
1. make more football money
2. find a way to spend football money, ex. - large amounts of funding going to non revenue sports
3. ... 4. Profit!
Dave Brandon may have influence, but he does not control Jim Delany or the decision to do things like add Rutgers and Maryland to the Big 10.
Really I wonder if undergraduate education has its priorities in the right place when tuition keeps going up at the rate it does and so many grads aren't satisfied with their career prep.
I was a Ross grad w/ an econ minor, but this "Dirty Secret of Economics" article hit pretty close to home and made me think of a bunch of my friends who didn't have a passion for something, just wanted to be able to get a job after college.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||These do a much better job of||
These do a much better job of representing current rosters, but they're not broken out by position group:
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I originally pulled this data||
I originally pulled this data to examine skill position recruiting and recent history and then I expanded it. Looks like I didn't expand it far enough to compare to current rosters, especially for OL. It was more about who has been pulling in top recruits most recently.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Well...||
My bad, underlying data doesn't match what I did with it for current OL quality.
You'd need to include older classes '08 and '09, and weight upperclassmen heavier like the Mathlete does. I only pulled the most recent 4, because I was really only concerned with Hoke/recent history (I know '10 was Rodriguez and '11 was split) + wanted a reasonable amount of years.
Also since OL starts 5 guys, having a lot of 4* depth is probably more important than a couple top rated prospects. Landing 1 of the top 12 WR or 1 of the top 11 RB "should" have a greater impact than 1 of the top 13 OL.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||US Population (2011 Estimates||
US Population (2011 Estimates from Wikipedia) vs % of Rivals Top 100 by region
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Why care about competitive balance?||
Who I want to see us play:
Michigan, OSU, PSU, MSU, NEB, Wisco, +1 (Doesn't matter, let's say Iowa)
Other Division aka Everybody Else:
Minnesota, NW, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Maryland, Rutgers
As long as OSU isn't in a cakewalk division that also doesn't include us, I couldn't care less if the other side has an easier "road to the rose bowl". If they beat the winner of the "tougher" division in the Big10 Championship game, so be it.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Socialism?||
What's socialist about collusive organizations extracting monopoly rents?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Because if there's one thing||
Because if there's one thing the city of Detroit has been saying lately it's "hmmmm, how on earth do we spend all these extra tax dollars that keep piling up in our treasury?"
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Preach!||
Petrino was making $3.7 (million per year), Les Miles was making $3.9 but got a raise to stay at LSU. Bielema was making $1.8 and got a raise to $2.6 at the end of the 2011 season. (Hoke makes $3.0, Urban Meyer $4.3 FWIW.)
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Silver Lining?||
That actually makes for a pretty simple East & West:
Added benefit: still conflicts with our fight song (Champions of the West).
Ohio State's track record over the last 10 years is not "symmetrical" with anyone in the conference, but Nebraska & Wisconsin is (IMO) the best "offset" to Michigan & OSU. (One could argue Penn State, I guess).
Iowa & NW, PSU & MSU: You can't definitively say this slants one way or the other consistently. PSU & MSU may not like being in the same division as OSU & Michigan, but tough luck.
Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois & Rutgers, Maryland, and 2 "Others' (GT, UVA, UNC, etc.)
I don't think anyone would cry tears for having one of these groups over the other.
Final Note: Looking at the SEC, the competitive balance can dramatically shift in a hurry depending on how high Florida/Georgia are vs Alabama/LSU, with Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas A&M making cameo appearances to argue "depth".
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Excluding class size:||
I don't have a problem with the way Ace presents it, here's an alternate ignoring current class size to get a sense of where Rutgers/Maryland stack up:
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Admission: I'm that guy||
$200/season is a very low price to pay to have the option to go to every home game, even if you don't use it. Plus for the many (not all) students who aren't paying their own way, this is a rounding error to put on their parents tab next to tuition/rent and living expenses.
Hell we know that ND/MSU/OSU games can cost that much per game. Why wouldn't you buy them?
I recently graduated and live in Chicago and I had my little sister who is still a student find a pair of kids who weren't going to buy them get them for me. So I bought the whole season and will only make it to 3 games this year. I don't bother with the hassle of reselling the others, because even without doing that it is still cheaper than stubhub-ing the big games that I want to go to.
Even when a student knows they only want to go to a big game or two, no one wants to be the person at the pregame: "hey everybody let's go" Reply: "I can't I didn't buy tickets this year".
(1) Make the face value equivalent to other sections (ex. annual seat donation charges/whatever)
(2) Eliminate validation charges
(3) Offer more single game tickets and set the face values TO THE MARKET (hint: not $65 UMASS & $75 MSU).
(4) I like the idea of losing priviledge to buy if you didn't attend 6 or 7 out of 8 the previous season
(5) General admission would help
|2 years 41 weeks ago||DTs 2013?||
"...at this point I don't think you're going to see the Pip/Washington combo in 2013."
So you expect Washington/Black, with some Pipkins and Ash in the rotation? Or do you expect others in the class of 2012 (Godin/Henry/Wormley) to beat out Pipkins for time at 3-tech? (I assume Kenny Wilkins is not a factor at this point, until proven otherwise.)
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Coach Funk||
What are our thoughts on Coach Funk at this point in the season? With our recruiting hauls & last season we've been pretty bullish in the past. Anyone rethinking that, or is he blameless here?
Good time to go back and look at this I suppose:
|2 years 43 weeks ago||ISO #1||
Is most like diagram #3 here:
Only the D-Line is shifted "under", so the blocking would have to adjust. I don't think our line has enough experience running ISO against different defensive looks to know how to block it.
Also, I don't think Nebraska is respecting contain on the strong side. Toss/stretch right looks like a pretty safe bet for at least 5 yards if not more.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Option||
I don't think we actually have that "option" in our offense. It looks like it was an attempt to get a gift from the Nebraska defense by running the exact same look that sprang Venric Mark for 80 yds last week. (Only Michigan lined up with twins play side instead of back side).
Unfortunately, Nebraska probably took a look at that on tape and got it fixed on there end. They would be stupid not to. Bo Pelini is competent. Aw shucks.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Ryan||
Does anyone know why Jake Ryan wasn't on the field for the last drive?
|2 years 43 weeks ago||If by just fine you mean||
If by just fine you mean having the same problem that we're complaining about now.
The interior OL may not get worse, but it will still probably be a weak point and is unlikely to be a whole lot better until 2014 when these young guys develop.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||The joke... you missed||
The joke... you missed it.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Some impressive speed by||
Some impressive speed by Micah Hyde tracking down Venric Mark on that breakaway run.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Special Teams Key||
Special Teams Key Matchup: Brady Hoke vs Heiko Spread Punt Formation Presser Questions
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Mostly the same...||
We're a pretty different team at this point. The only guys that are the same are Kovacs, Demens, Roh, and Floyd (who started until he got hurt before the 2010 Illinois game). And they were all much younger (obviously). Avery has been passed (for his every down spot) by Countess AND Taylor, two sophomores who weren't on the roster at that point. C. Gordon has been passed by Ryan who was redshirting. T. Gordon was a RS Freshman who was only seeing limited time. Black was still a depth player.
Granted there's talent here that we no longer have (Martin, RVB), but I'm just saying the personel is different now. No Ryan, Morgan, Clark, Beyer, Taylor, Pipkins; Campbell was lost in the wilderness (due to both youth and coaching), Q. Wash as a RS FR was just switching from OL to DL.
Just saying its different now, but trust me, I'm not defending an RPS (+7,-21). Glad I can laugh about it now, wow times have changed.
Substitution notes, Illinois 2010 (67-65 game): The secondary was Vinopal, Rogers, Avery, and Kovacs the whole way. Fitz and Ezeh seemed to get equal time at the OLB/DE spot, with Cam Gordon getting maybe 80% of the time at spur. Thomas got some snaps. Demens and Mouton went the whole way at MLB. On the line Martin, RVB, and Roh started; Patterson, Black, and Banks spotted them periodically.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||I hadn't refreshed the||
I hadn't refreshed the comments after I read the original post. None of the replies to your first comment were showing up yet. I was about to go in and edit it, but you replied first. Sorry to be redundant.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Apples & Oranges||
Your offense is going to "leave points on the field" due to should've been executed errors 9 out of 10 weeks. You can use that "should've been" 22-30 points, but you have to compare it to "should've been" point totals in other games too. Also there were definitely a few Maxwell deep balls that "should've been" points if they were just on target.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||On the second to last drive||
On the second to last drive we were on the MSU 25 yd line, Denard gets TFL'ed, a false start, and a holding penalty take us out of field goal range. I was going nuts. ND was also like that where we gave up points because the offense went backwards. Hopefully we can get more disciplined on that in the future so that it doesn't cost us another one.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||45 - 0 353 Rushing Yards||
45 - 0
353 Rushing Yards
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Brady Hoke Rainbow||
Not ROYGBIV, -OY-BIV.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Am I the only one who's||
Am I the only one who's mildly annoyed that we're playing a night game on Halloweekend? Oh well, I guess you can file this with all the other comments from people whining about noon vs 3:30 games (which is a fight that I don't have a dog in).
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Disagree||
I just read that Freep article. Coach obviously wants to send as many kids to college on scholarship as possible. Cass Tech has a lot of prospects, including some Michigan won't have room for (esp. if Hoke continues pulling in classes ranked in the top 5). Building a relationship with every school is on his agenda. What's he supposed to say, that he's diappointed D. Finley isn't going to Michigan when he didn't get a scholarship offer? That kids like Deon Drake, Kenton Gibbs, etc. should walk on at Michigan and take out student loans (if they can get accepted academically)?
Also read carefully because that second quote in the article is from Finley not Coach Wilcher:
"It's not like that," Finley said. "It's never been like that. Most of our best guys do end up at U-M, but I believe this can change things. I feel like me going to MSU might open up some doors. More guys might look at MSU, and MSU might recruit more of our guys."
Obviously kids within a year of each other might have interest in playing in college together, but generally I think these "pipelines" are more recruiting spin than anything else. I mean, Farmington Hills Harrison was supposed to be an MSU pipeline, but that didn't stop Funchess and Ojemudia from coming to Michigan (thank goodness).
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Geez||
All I know is I'm sick of people saying Bellomy "can't play quarterback at Michigan" for whatever reason, and that we HAVE to move Gardner back to QB next year or we're DOOMED. (I don't mean necessarily in this thread, but I hear this sentiment from a lot of fans in person during the game.)
Give the kid a chance. He wasn't Aaron Rodgers out there, but I thought he played pretty well especially for a redshirt freshman.
I think the competition between him and Devin over the offseason will be fierce and too close to call. Either will need to improve his play in order to win the job and for Michigan to be sucessful.
"I had assumed that as a Purdue commit, Bellomy didn't have many other options prior to his senior year (he committed in June), but that's not the case. According to Scout, Boise State, Colorado, Michigan State, Minnesota, and South Florida had all offered scholarships, along with a host of MAC/CUSA-level offers.
That's no murderer's row, but Boise State and Michigan State have recent history of QB success, and have done so by developing under-the-radar recruits."
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Good thread idea...||
But I'm confused. You list heights and weights, and then assert none of these guys have "speed" or "freak athletic ability". That sounds pretty subjective unless you're trying to say that big = slow, which is not necessarily the case. You could pull the "fake" 40 times if you want, but we all know those are suspect data..
Being both big AND fast is what makes you elite. Generally speaking, our recruiting ranks are saying that's what these kids are.
For instance, here's Bama's depth chart:
Only 2 DBs in all of the 2-deep are less than 6'0", and they're both listed at 5'11".
The "smallest" linebacker is CJ Mosley @ 6'2", 232. (Of course upperclassmen should generally be heavier as they add good weight in college).
|2 years 45 weeks ago||LOL||
Well at least one person agrees with you.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||2013 Replacing Roh||
Anyone think with Roh graduating and Clark/Beyer/Ojemudia all looking like they deserve to see the field that one of those guys bulks up and makes the same type of position switch Roh did? (Probably not Ojemudia). Or do we think Heitzman/Strobel/Wormley will emerge next season? I was bullish on Wormley, but I'm afriad the injury could delay him another year.
EDIT: Also throughly pleased with Tom Gordon's development.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Polls||
You can justify either Notre Dame at #6 or Michigan Unranked, but after watching that game, it's awfully tough to justify both of those spots at the same time.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Darboh||
Since we've burned his redshirt, I'd like to see Darboh get into the rotation at WR a little more. Regardless of your opinion (+ or -) on Roundtree, we lose him next year; if Gardner wins the QB job over Bellomy, we're looking at a big ? on the outside.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||No Relation?||
No relation to Marcus Lattimore, correct? Considering he's from Ohio not South Carolina?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Impossible||
Impossible to stop, yeah in a way. They will get theirs. The offense will definitely be in the top 15 at the end of the year. But they only beat Maryland 31-21 last week. They're not going to score 70 every week.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I'm wrong||
You're right, Booker is at #110. 47 is his jersey number. Fail.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||#21 is the Desmond Howard||
#21 is the Desmond Howard legends jersey.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||LBs||
Dante Booker, St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, OH = #47, #2 OLB (offered)
Nyles Morgan, teammate of Laquon Treadwell at Crete-Monee HS in IL, = #50, #4 MLB. (No offer yet)
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Thanks||
Thanks to both of you. Sounds reasonable. Went down the rabbit hole on this and found this from a wikipedia source:
"The most significant effects of concussion are loss of awareness and traumatic amnesia [31, 32]. Opinions are not uniform. For example, a questionnaire was recently sent to physicians at 105 emergency surgery, neurological and neurosurgery departments in Austria. Retrograde amnesia was given as the main criterion for concussion by 88, loss of consciousness by 86 and post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) by 81% .
Definitions are generally qualified by the statement that the loss of consciousness can occur in the absence of any gross or microscopic cerebral damage ."
Anywho, I generally agree LOC probably means concussion and he probably shouldn't have been back in there after 1 play off. Reluctant to call out individuals without knowing the behind the scenes story though. Also, I don't have a problem with what Dantonio said in the PR; seemed reasonable and generally in line with coachspeak on all injuries.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Serious Question||
I am not trying to troll anyone here, I honestly want opinions. I read the whole thread and I appreciate the takes here of many, including Section1, bronxblue, and also hart20. However there are some comments that are pretty high and mighty.
For those of you who are so adamant on the "if unconscious, then concussion" thing:
(1) could you please direct me (link) to a credible source stating that they're unequivocally linked? (I know there was a bunch of so-and-so-I-know-who-is-a-doctor earlier in this thread, but bear with me).
(2) what are your feelings about boxing and MMA wherein the entire point of the competition is to try and knock your opponent unconcious or cause other material bodily damage. Is that okay because they know what they signed up for? Or just because after they get "knocked out/concussed" they don't "go back in" because the fight is over (dubious, I think repeated trauma is pretty common). Should these sports be banned?
(3) There are various (incongrous) assertions in this thread (ex. - (a) blame the sideline doctors, (b) blame Dantonio, no one listens to the sideline doctors, etc...). I was under the impression that baseline testing was standard procedure and if you pass you can play. It's not just some MSU policy. If people aren't satisfied with that process, blame the process and advocate that stricter standards need to be implemented at the Big 10 or NCAA level. "Saying this is the process, but MSU should have done more,what scumbags!" seems like people are just finding an excuse to throw some vitriol at a rival.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Tempo||
Still hard to believe there were only 7 drives in the 2nd half, 3 of them ours, and 2 of Notre Dame's were 3 & out/4 & out.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Agreed||
Not a great win, but then again I might take Vandy over Cal heads up. It seemed okay looking at how tough they played South Carolina (losing 13-17), but Georgia really took the shine off of it (rolling them 48-3).
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Mean Reversion||
Well at least now we know if our turnover +/- is going to mean revert or not.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Hagerup||
Didn't Hoke make a presser comment that Hagerup was outkicking his coverage too much? Drive punting for distance as opposed to hang time, that is. I used to say what's wrong with the NFL style until I learned that the rules are different. Now I lean spread punt, but I think the punter is important too.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Shrug||
I really just take issue with "have their pick of any job". That's a whiny exaggeration. Varies widely by employer/industry. Agree that decision criteria can be subjective/irrational or based heavily on experiences outside the classroom.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Mgolicious||
Unrelated, but LOL at Mgolicious. No politics?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Imagine||
I know it never really was an option given the state of our program at the time, but I can only imagine how I'd be feeling if Denard had been able to redshirt back in '09 and was currently a RS Junior. Of course, domino effect and then Gardner may not even be here, but hey I can dream can't I?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Um||
"I would also be irritated that these athletes essentially have their pick of any job they want upon graduation due to their status while I stress out over interviews and applications and resumes."
As a recent grad, I for one do not agree with this at all. Many employers couldn't care less what you used to do on Saturdays. Really depends on the job I suppose.
Also when I was a student "at a D-1 school", what irritated me A LOT more than any of those was when Michigan lost a football game.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Refs||
Another advantage of running the option (at levels above high school) is:
Just like the defense is not used to seeing it, the refs are not used to seeing it. A bunch of these funky illegal motion & OL downfield things are unique and thus probably not something refs are normally accustomed looking for/calling.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Third That||
Arena is great if you're looking to really watch games. Also their wings are phenominal. Newer bar: The Packard Pub has a good TVs setup, but I've only been there once so I can't speak to food or postgame environment.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Why?||
"The covered-up guy goes on a magical journey to nowhere, but he's at least occupied JT Floyd."
On the second play:
Why does Floyd follow him if we know he is ineligible? Can he still receive a backwards pass/lateral? If so then I'm thinking he has to honor the "music city miracle" fake.
We definitely get RPS'ed and out executed all day. Think of it this way: 11 vs 11 (because the QB is a threat to run), and you draw it up so you can get a block or coverage responsibilities on everyone except the backside linebacker (look at Tom Gordon in PP2). If it's run either some of your 10 blocked guys have to not get blocked, or TG has to come all the way across the field to make a tackle. Option Pass is a "constraint play" to help your WR/RBs make their downfield one on one blocks all day. Ugh.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||THE BRAND||
The brand, the brand, the brand. None of this "the...state" crap. We are "Pure Michigan".
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I be like dang||
I be like dang
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Six freshmen (RS) at once?||
Uh lemme guess, can somebody confirm?:
Bolden, Ross, Pipkins, Ojemudia, Wilson, Heitzman(RS)
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Wisconsin||
Wisconsin's chant is "Fuck you, eat shit". I don't think "you suck" is classless at all.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Agree||
I don't think it's the D-line's fault, our whole defense (including the secondary) looks soft against the run. Use this hypothetical: what would Alabama's defense look like against Air Force's option run attack?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Top Pick||
Disclaimer: I'm (also) probably wrong about this.
Lewan did not look much like a top 15 pick out there. He's still a really good tackle and a major key to future offensive success, but IMO the hype train may have gotten a little ahead of itself on that. Yes I know that Mel Kiper said so, but still part of me thinks people see #77 in a Michigan helmet and think OMG Jake Long 2.0!!!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Dear Laquon Treadwell||
Please take notice that we have an offensive coordinator that absolutely loves to throw the deep ball.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||How about TE Mike||
How about TE Mike Kwiatkowski?
|2 years 52 weeks ago||Sprocle Quiz||
NCAA QBs (Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC & ND)
I built this so it's not really fair, but even after punching in all the answers to set it up when I came back to it 20 minutes later I was 12/12 on the B1G and got 23/49 overall.
|3 years 4 days ago||As a 2010 grad||
I remember a few people who stopped going to games in 2007 after THE HORROR, but a TON of people stopped going to games in 2008. Honestly I think three years of losing changed the pregame culture on campus for undergrads. And I think that's sad. I don't think it turns around overnight, but hopefully its better this fall.
I'll bet the big house will be packed for the opener this year against Alabama... wait... nevermind.
|3 years 4 days ago||Co-Sign||
Recent grad here also.
Now that people aren't students it's really easy to say, "Yeah let's make the students' tickets General Admission!"
Actually I think that would have the opposite effect, more students would say "crap I'm already late, why would I go sit in the last row when I can keep drinking here and watch the game on my 60" big screen with 18 million camera angles and instant replay (via DVR) whenever I want it? I'm just not going."
G&A tickets might get the first 50% in the door earlier, but it would probably leave the top sections empty the WHOLE GAME.
|3 years 4 days ago||Agreed. http://mgoblog.com/co||
General Excitement Level: AAAAIIEEEE! Man... this offense is McGuffie'sjam, man, and the Church Of Barwis will excommunicate anyone who doubts his his's ability to get up to 200-some pounds without compromising his lightning quicks. Steve Slaton says what.
|3 years 1 week ago||MgoMeme?||
Can we formally accept:
as a new mgomeme? I laugh everytime I read that on here. Not to say it isn't true, but it just gets me every time somebody pulls that statement out again. Sorry hart20, I don't mean to be a jerk. Just had to ask.
|3 years 1 week ago||Okay I'll Bite||
I thought this was a super post, but if you want suggestions on things you could do differently (just spit balling here).
Total Season Count of Plays (ex. 16 plays of "other" to focus the discussion)
% By Formation (Reads: Given the opponent is in a 4 receiver set, we play nickel 72% of the time. Interesting: note there really is not a significant difference between 3 and 4 receiver sets.)
For Game by Game analysis I would do an XY Scatter of (X = % of Plays Opponent was in a 3 or 4 receiver set, Y = % of those plays Michigan was in Nickel) in order to see if we played anybody significantly differently than our 70% average, or if its completely explained by how many 3 and 4 receiver set plays the opponent ran.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||40 yds||
At the 40ydish mark roughly seven of the finalists in the 100m dash are stride for stride (including Usain Bolt): http://www.sbnation.com/london-olympics-2012/2012/8/5/3221941/usain-bolt-100m-video-2012-olympics
This makes me think it seems plausible that there could be a few dozen track guys out there (possibly including guys like Denard & Chris Johnson) that could more or less keep pace for 40 yds. It also makes me think that there probably isn't anyone out there on earth who is significantly (more than half a step) going to beat these guys over 40yds. But as you can see, the 100 is all about the last 60m.
Also, Odoms beat Denard, so there's that too: http://mgoblog.com/content/nebraska-postgame-presser-transcript-players
|3 years 2 weeks ago||RR to Bama...||
Where does Saban go then, WVU? Miami (YTM)? Another year with the Phins? Wow dominoes...
(These links help a lot)
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Obligatory||
"I don't know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended."
- Steve Spurrier
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Second That||
I second the idea to replace "Muesday". I have no idea why, but it just doesn't appeal to me either (sorry nothing personal).
How about "Point of Information:" / "Point of Order:"? (As in parlimentary procedure w/ a Hoke reference).
Content of the posts is great though. Keep up the good work Seth.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I think it's just something||
I think it's just something receivers have to get used to. If your QB gets hurt and you switch from a lefty to a righty mid season or mid game, then it could possibly be a minor issue.
'For a receiver, catching a left-hander’s passes can be tricky. “I’ve had receivers complain that catching a ball from a lefty is different because the spin is different,” Lorenzen said. “If you throw a deep ball, it falls differently.” '
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Why lefties in baseball||
In a same hand dominant match up (ex. - righty batter vs righty pitcher), a curveball/slider will break away from the batter. This makes it more difficult to hit because (1) it is naturally easier to be a "pull hitter" (ex - righty hitting to left field) (2) breaking balls move slower, and if the pitch is outside you also have to wait longer anyway to "let it get back" in your swing in order to hit well to the opposite field.
For a different hand dominant match up (ex. righty batter vs lefty pitcher), the curve/slider will break into the hitter, so even if you are fooled and a little bit out in front of the ball (because it's moving slower) you actually want to be a little bit out in front of the ball (because it is further inside than you thought). It follows that this makes it easier for the hitter then in different handedness matchups.
(Of course the pitcher can try to get a called strike that a guy doesn't swing at on a "backdoor" curveball [starts outside and breaks over the plate] but generally this is tougher for the pitcher than getting the batter to "chase" a curve ball that starts over the plate and breaks outside.)
It then follows that you need lefty pitchers to get lefty hitters out (obviously more important in the bullpen, because a starter is going to pitch through the whole lineup).
/we now return to our regularly scheduled Michigan Football broadcast.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Old big 12 north?||
No disrespect, but if you look at the division Nebraska used to play in, I don't know why anyone would think the big ten is easier.
Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State
|3 years 14 weeks ago||More Conference Games?||
I would be okay going to 16 team conferences if it meant overhauling the schedule & playing 10 or 11 conference games (and all 7 other teams in your division).
|3 years 15 weeks ago||David Harris||
Injuries yes, but everybody thought "we had everybody back" because of Henne, Hart and Long.
A lot of people overlooked the fact that we lost: David Harris, Alan Branch, LaMarr Woodley, Leon Hall, Prescott Burgess on Defense and Breaston and Bihl on Offense. There's seven key starters lost even before injuries.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Isaac Upshot||
What are the odds the coaches are now "done" at RB (Levenberrry/LB style)?
Odds this means we have room for taking 2 more WRs?
Treadwell, Stringfellow, Allen on the board with interest and more offers still going out now. Thoughts?
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Offers?||
I assume "stolen" means any guy they had an offer out to, which... well, good luck with that. Nobody's anywhere close to batting 100% when top kids have like 10 to 20 offers.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Strenuous Objections?||
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Receiver Names||
Keeping the name roll going:
Cson'te, Jaron, Amara, and Jehu
|3 years 16 weeks ago||I'd be interested to know how||
I'd be interested to know how many non-student season ticket holders personally attend all 8 home games. Anecdotally from personal experience I think they are sold/given/shared a lot. Probably easier to get there on time if you're not going to your 3rd or 4th cupcake of the year and know that somebody better is next weekend.
I think it's actually much harder to scalp student tickets because (1) for meh games the $40 validation cost to sell it to a non-student may be above market value for the ticket (2) "you can't put them on stubhub" (not sure how true that is, never tried).
This is obviously by design because if you're a student, Brandon doesn't want you using your option for cheap student seats just to net a scalping profit for the whole year, so barriers are put up to make them harder to scalp. He'd rather sell an additional ticket to a grad for much more.
Another part of the dynamic is the bundling of a whole season and leaving prices WAY closer together than market value. I personally saw UTL tickets going for $350-400, and back in undergrad EMU/Toledo/Delaware State tickets that you couldn't get $20 for.
The real solution (IMO) is just make all the games good ones and people will show up. The big 5 conferences should cut the fat and play zero cupcake games. This necessitates an overhaul of the post-season so that non-conference losses don't hurt your chances or requires a system that coordinates your entire conference's non-conference schedule eliminating individual scheduling freedom. But in the end this would raise the week-in/week-out quality of regular season play. (Cue that devalues regular season/every game counts objection here.) But I would rather play a meaningless game against Alabama than a game that wrecks our chances if we lose against (insert MAC school).
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Attendance Points||
Be careful with this idea. It's kind of self reinforcing. I don't care how big of a fan you are, if you have tickets in the 95th row sometimes you'd just rather watch a crappy weather EMU game on TV. I personally don't think you should punish someone for that. But if you're in row 5, you're probably more likely to show up on time for it anyway.
(Yes I know - at least I think - that's not the type of late/no show most of you are angry about, but if they each counted against me the same in a points system, that's not the fairest way to go about it IMO.)
Also you'd be incentivizing the kids who really are too drunk to be there to show up anyway. I would not be surprised to see a bunch of people show up and leave at half time, or send a batch of tickets with one person to get them all scanned.
Also what about scalping tickets? If I pay to get my ticket validated and sell it for a huge markup to a crazy OSU fan who is there an hour before kickoff, is that good/behavior to be rewarded?
At least the part about tracking the data for a few years before implementing a system is very logical, so plus one for that.
- undergrad class of 2010
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Different reference||
Bob Knight is not here to get his a-- beat on Monday.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Conley||
Putting it in perspective:
Corner Position Rankings:
4. C. Burrows
5. K. Fuller
6. G. Conley
11. J. Lewis
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Every Loss Counts||
While big non-conference games may matter more to voters, the computers penalized the Big 10 last year mostly because of losses like:
Indiana vs Ball State, Indiana vs Virginia, Indiana @ North Texas, Purdue @ Rice, Minnesota vs New Mexico State, Minnesota vs North Dakota State, and Northwestern @ Army
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Tommy Rees: Lacks||
Tommy Rees: Lacks accuracy
Andrew Hendrix: Accuracy issues
Everett Golson: Biggest accuracy issues
Gunner Kiel; Freshman; Lacks understanding of the offense
Denard Robinson: Accuracy issues, especially when throwing off of back foot
Every-college-QB-not-a-lock-to-be-a-1st-round-NFL-draft-pick: Accuracy issues.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Wait, are we assuming Tressel||
Wait, are we assuming Tressel @ OSU or Tressel in some hypothetical future job?
If my kid wanted to go to OSU I'd probably have to go all Chris Spielman's Dad on him:
"You can go play football at whatever school you want. But if you go to OSU then don't come home. Ever."
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Linebackers Question||
Is there anyone who can give me some specific-type warnings to help manage down my expectations on these young linebackers (Ryan/Morgan/Bolden, etc.)? I remember feeling the same way I do now about Kenny Demens a couple seasons back (how he was going to be all-world) and now feeling like his ceiling may be a bit lower than we were hoping. I know we've got great coaches, but I feel like my optimism may be getting a touch carried away with all the hype.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Call me an optimist, but I||
Call me an optimist, but I think Roh and Black each moving inside a slot definitely reduces the "rebuilding" aspect of this year's D line. Both have seen a lot of playing time in their careers. Also everyone seems to be pretty bullish on our edge players (Clark, Beyer, Ryan, C. Gordon). The only riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma is Will Campbell (and depth inside). Maybe against a real manball inside running team they would be undersized, but Michigan's offense is not really that.
Also, most of the plays with the 2s feature some walk ons on the o-line so I wouldn't be surprised at all to see them getting beat. But we already know depth there is bad, especially without incoming freshmen.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||If there are 5 choices and||
If there are 5 choices and you randomly guess, doesn't probability say you should expect to get 10 questions correct?
Am I missing something here?
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Oh noes||
"but you can't really redshirt a 5-star DT when you just graduated most of your defensive line, right?"
No way man, we should totally redshirt Pipkins.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Shallman/Houma||
What are everybody's thoughts on Houma (and Shallman) playing snaps at both FB and TE? Since everyone is in love with the Patriots TEs/offense, I'll point out this is analogous to Aaron Hernandez getting snaps at running back (which happened).
I think there's a fair amount of depth there without a third in this class. That doesn't mean the coaches wouldn't take one, but I don't think they'd reach for one if they miss their top few remaining targets (with so few spots left and so much high profile interest).
/My two cents
|3 years 25 weeks ago||LT vs RT||
I believe I've heard LTs don't always switch to RT for a lefty QB because it's about the match up with the top DE who is more accustomed to playing on a right handed QBs blind side. (Granted the DE can move around more easily if the coach wants to, but then he's technically "playing out of position" too [unless it's an SDE/WDE defense]).
Further I think I heard one other Left-vs-Right factor is that Logan is left handed, which means at LT his dominant hand would be to the outside, which is probably a bonus (debatable whether that is significant, plenty of right handed LTs).
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Mattison||
Kind of like how Greg Mattison is the reason why Ray Lewis and the Ravens' Defense is so good?
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Yeah I'm not sold. They||
Yeah I'm not sold. They suggest to tell these kids:
(1) You won't play as much college ball outside the Big 10, so you won't get at bats against top college competition
(2) We're moving your season to the summer, so now your college and summer seasons overlap so you have to choose one and can't do both like everybody else
If you weren't getting inferior talent before (you were), doing this will make sure that you do get inferior talent in the future.
The fall ball idea might not be as bad, but I don't know much about the details of college baseball.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||From the Walter Football Link||
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State - V
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Land of Giants||
Is it just me or are our 2012/2013 classes exceptionally tall:
Shane Morris – 6’3”
Wyatt Shallman – 6’3”
Jaron Dukes – 6’5”
Amara Darboh – 6’2”
Jehu Chesson – 6’3”
AJ Williams – 6’6”
Devin Funchess – 6’5”
Jake Butt – 6’6”
Khalid Hill – 6’2”
8 Offensive linemen, from which we are worried none may be short enough (and stay short enough/not grow) to play center (6’4”).
Ty Issac – 6’3”
Laquon Treadwell – 6’3”
Good luck little DBs.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Not to threadjack but...||
Can someone please explain what traits "project to center", and why of our 8 lineman (2012/13) only 1 or 2 of them maybe fit that description?
I understand the basics of why tackles are different, but I always thought a center was just a Guard who snaps.
Feel free to start up discussion in a different thread, I don't have enough points to make one.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||22 Spots||
22 Positions on the field O & D (excl. P/K).
Less 1 LB, less 1 Safety. Plus 2 offensive skilled players (RB/WR/TE).
That gets you Brian's projected needs.
Fairly balanced. In theory you'd be a few lower since 22*4 = 88 and that doesn't leave any room for 5th years or P/K. But overall not bad.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Other song||
Did anybody else hear this at the Sugar Bowl? (Picked it up from some undergrads.)
Sorry I don't have audio, but it was to the tune of "the ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah."
He doesn't have to tie his shoes,
He gets the ball we never lose,
He takes the snap and runs for six,
Who the F*** is Michael Vick?
Denard, Denard, Denard, Denard,
|3 years 31 weeks ago||PS - Dave Brandon||
Expect that guy to use the same tired "party line" talking points in public while being much more thoughtful in private. There will come a day when his public opinion seemingly flip-flops in an instant, because he was waiting for the opportune moment to reveal how he really felt (or the opportune moment to start telling you the opposite lie).
The dude is like Mitt Romney's ugly cousin. Think about it.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||From the RVB article:||
"Everyone else, besides the people close to you, will say, 'Oh, you hurt your foot. You probably shouldn’t even give it a try. Maybe it’s a sign,'" Van Bergen said Friday shortly after a six-hour workout at Barwis Methods. "Whereas our attitude, and Mike’s attitude, is, 'We’ll get over this foot thing, bench the house and, when you get a chance to run, we’ll show them what you can do."
Epic. Will miss both of those guys for quite some time.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Yeah #3||
This data is all great, but such a teaser.
I can't look at those scatters without going,
A. "hmm I wonder where Michigan/OSU/ND/Sparty's dots are in there?"
B. "hmm I wonder who that outlier is?"
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Coach Jackson is that you?||
Coach Jackson is that you?
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Receivers||
It's a position where
(1) We need depth
(2) You naturally see guys rotate in for snaps behind starters
(3) "Easier" to learn/transition and you historically see a more guys make an impact as freshmen (S. Watkins, J. Jones). This characteristic is what separates it from D Line.
Next comes Pipkins/Bolden.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Hate the Schedulers||
I also bought from the University. I feel stupid for wasting money, I am only mad at myself.
If - more generally - you're angry because we're not selling out, then blame the bowl system for negotiating a deal to put BCS bowls on week nights. It is probably a better financial deal and very logical/rational (ignoring whose pockets the money eventually winds up in) to do this, because the increased TV ad revenues from having one featured game per night outweighs having to sell tickets on the cheap.
Way more people would be going if they had not already taken the week prior (from Christmas to New Years) off of work.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Good Stuff||
Good Stuff & the commenters too.
IMO, thinking about it this way also makes it clearer as to why the initial reaction is to flip the D-Line when the offense shifts it's strength (something a lot of people complained about early in the season). Plus kids learning a new scheme in general.
I think with experience, the need to flip-flop your linemen when a TE switches sides after lining up goes away. You can just shift down.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Useful, but perspective||
I know it's a different situation w/ the bowl ban & new coach, but just looking at our starters... if you take away all our juniors & RS sophmores here's all you've got left:
and that's it (I guess you could count Hopkins & Dileo but that'd be a stretch IMO).
It's college football, almost everyone on the field at every program is at least an RS sophmore.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Pick your personal (other) top five||
(1. Michigan, honestly the best)
3. Penn State
4. Texas (Best road unis)
5. MSU (NOT pro combat)
Obviously, I like a simple, clean look. The "experts" in the article referred to this as "boring".
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Thanks for the reply. And I||
Thanks for the reply. And I agree with below, happy holidays and keep up the great work Ace!
|3 years 35 weeks ago||So 4 spots left...||
Would the coaches take 2 more OL if Kozan commits and Garnett/Diamond were the "any position best available" for the last spot late in the game?
To me it sounds more and more like Wright (or maybe Reeves), Grant, Kozan, Garnett.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Something Like This||
I agree with your hypothesis Ziff.
It sounds to me like there was a chaotic argument at half time about whether or not Threet was/wasn't hurt and could/couldn't go in the second half. If you stop and think about it, this would involve multiple coaches and multiple trainers. It may have started out on the sideline in the first half or in the tunnel on the way in. It is very possible that even being right there, Bacon would have only heard/seen parts of it.
1. Assistant 1 of the opinion Threet CAN play declares "he's not injured".
(Why would someone bother to say that aloud if it wasn't in question? I guess if he was crying for no reason, but to me the "is he injured?" debate makes more sense.)
2. Assistant 2 of the opinion Threet CAN NOT play goes to Sheridan and tells him to get ready to start the second half (Assistant 2 does not make the final call so Threet winds up giving it a shot. It ends badly, Sheridan comes in.)
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Love it||
DL, DE, DE, DE, DB
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Since the "Annual Christmas||
Since the "Annual Christmas Vacation Warning" yesterday there have been six posts in about 30 hours. I approve.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||What Have You Done For Me Lately?||
Remember these kids are 17. 1st and 2nd round draft picks at QB, last 6 years:
The only people to double up on this list are USC (Pete Carroll gone) and ND (Charlie Weiss gone, and Quinn was recruited by Willingham).
Cam Newton – Auburn
Jake Locker – Washington
Blaine Gabbert – Missouri
Christian Ponder – Florida State
Andy Dalton – TCU
Colin Kaepernick – Nevada
Sam Bradford – Oklahoma
Tim Tebow – Florida
Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame
Matt Stafford – Georgia
Mark Sanchez – USC
Josh Freeman – Kansas State
Pat White – West Virginia
Matt Ryan – Boston College
Joe Flacco – Delaware
Brian Brohm – Louisville
Chad Henne – Michigan
JaMarcus Russell – LSU
Brady Quinn – Notre Dame
Kevin Kolb – Houston
John Beck – BYU
Drew Stanton – Michigan State
Vince Young – Texas
Matt Leinart – USC
Jay Cutler – Vanderbilt
Kellen Clemens – Oregon
Tavaris Jackson – Alabama State
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Down 15||
I think I agree, but one other tidbit to add on Down 15:
You take the uncertainty out of it for you, but you also take the uncertainty out of it for your opponent.
They may call their offense on the ensuing possesion much differently if they are up 7, 8, or 9. Especially depending on the coach, time, and timeouts left.
This is a very good cheat sheet to start from, but I think there is always wiggle room for contingencies. Eg., easier to justify "pinning them deep" if you are shutting them out in the 4th quarter rather than if it's a 50 - 51 barn burner.
What's annoying is when coaches reject this kind of logic as a starting point, and use some other bs justification on it's own.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Already Not Equal||
Why is the exact amount of tuition and on campus room & board at your particular institution considered a level playing field? Just because it's zero cash exchanging hands doesn't mean that they're all worth the same.
A degree from Michigan is ALREADY worth WAY more than a degree from EMU (both explicitly defined as what regular students have to pay, and implicitly defined as the increase in your human capital/future earnings potential).
Adding an additional $2,000/ year in living expenses for playing at Michigan is not going to change that "wealth gap" dynamic one bit.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||If this is all true...||
Which it likely may be, but it really is hard to get a concrete sense of it without "showing us the books".
But anyway, if this is true the one person you can expect to be totally in favor of shaking things up will be our new AD overlord, Dave Brandon.
Say what you will about his other shortcomings, but I don't think anyone can dispute that he is well equipped to make sure we are not wasting serious opportunities to generate revenue.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Reminds me of||
"I think after 20 years we can allow ourselves to stop thinking about what Thomas Wayne would have done."
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Morgan yeah, but Demens too???||
"I wouldn't be surprised to see both current MLB starters see their positions come under threat."
Uh just curious, who are the multiple players you would not be surprised to step up and challenge for MLB spots? Beyer/Ryan moving inside, MOAR freshmen, something else I'm forgetting?
I get that Demens hasn't played like a superstar, but as long as he stays ahead of Morgan I don't see him losing his spot.
Here's to hoping Mattison learns as much from this game as he seemingly did from the WTF call in the 4th Quarter vs Notre Dame.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Charlie Weis||
The Patriots defense won them those Super Bowls. Charlie Weis gets too much credit for the super QB that Brady turned into after Weis left: