|6 hours 43 min ago||Belichick is a very good||
Belichick is a very good coach ... nobody is arguing that.
But to say that what Belichick has done at NE is so clearly superior to what Saban has done at Alabama isn't necessarily a solid argument. Saban loses a chunk of his roster each year, including QB at times. He has to constantly rebuild. And yet he wins. In a very tough conference.
Belichick is a master at adapting to things and getting the most out of his available talent. But there's been one constant in all of it -- Tom Brady. That is a simple fact. Saying that does not diminish Belichick's abilities ... but it does point to a reality that makes the NFL>College argument a little more difficult to make.
|6 hours 50 min ago||Clearly success is the||
Clearly success is the premise to this discussion. That's why I qualified my statement with "provided one achieves the success." My use of the Lions coach was to illustrate that point. No success = no fame. My use of the Cowboys coach was an illustration of a different sort -- they're relatively successful this year (11-4) and yet I doubt many know who the coach is. The illustration there was that NFL does not necessarily equate to fame.
The original post was about whether success in the college ranks can be thought of on par with success in the NFL. It's not as cut-and-dry as you want to make it out to be.
Let's make it apples-to-apples -- Saban vs. Belichick. Both are excellent coaches. There's a good many people who look at what Saban has done at Alabama and marvel. College rosters can change radically year to year, where a pro team's roster can stay relative stable for a period of time.
Again, getting back to the main point -- is college coaching clearly inferior to pro coaching? It's not as obvious an answer as you want to make it.
|7 hours 19 min ago||It's the condescending tone||
It's the condescending tone of your post that's creating the negative votes.
The OP's question is not as obviously stupid as you want to suggest. Whether it warrants a separate thread (MGrowOld's point) is another matter. But the OP's original discussion point about NFL vs. College coaching prestige is an interesting one.
Yes, the NFL is the pinnacle of the sport. But the playoff structure for college -- which will soon go to 8 -- is going to create a great deal of honor and prestige at that level as well. Now the question is this: do the lines eventually cross? Does the NFL elevate to new heights, and if so how and why? Will the college playoff be what kills the golden goose?
I would guess right now more people know who the coach of Alabama is than know who the coach of the Cowboys is. If fame is the objective, then the college ranks can give that ... provided one achieves the success. But that's true in the NFL as well. When was the last time anyone spoke in hushed tones about the Detroit Lions coach?
|8 hours 55 min ago||And OL ...||
And an OL coach that creates 5 human implementations of this:
|9 hours 25 min ago||Purely a timing thing ... a||
Purely a timing thing ... a "race condition" between me and mgobleu.
(You are correct -- once replied to a post can no longer be edited)
|10 hours 10 min ago||My bad ... still relatively||
My bad ... still relatively early here in Tucson and my coffee has not yet fully kicked in. See below for repost of my original. You're not crazy ... I may be, but you're not.
|10 hours 14 min ago||I originally posbanged the||
I originally posbanged the use of the word "sidled," then I went back in and edited when I (mistakenly) thought I'd put the reply in the wrong place. I guess what I got for Christmas was a case of the idiots.
dictionary.com has second meaning for "sidled" -- "to edge along furtively." I like how that perfectly describes going to work the day after Christmas.
|10 hours 17 min ago||Football||
A few football games today ... all dishes from yesterday cleaned up. +1
|1 day 3 hours ago||I stream many of the games||
|1 day 3 hours ago||I stream many of the games||
I stream many of the games since I don't have Big 10 Network. I use the sites listed above. Works okay most of the time. Adblock is required because I found the sites are really ad-intense. Check them out ... test other sports and see how it works. Good luck and good watching in the fall!
|2 days 4 hours ago||Random LSU fans||
I get worse that that from random LSU fans without even talking about LSU.
That made me laugh out loud. :-)
|2 days 5 hours ago||It's happening! I've now||
It's happening! I've now heard it from two people (M-Dog and you)!
|2 days 7 hours ago||Tattoo||
Nah ... we simply make that mean "Oh how I love Michigan so much more!" :-)
Not sure what to do with the Buckeye leaf ...
|2 days 7 hours ago||>> what was Barrett's||
>> what was Barrett's injury?
Broken ankle. Don't know how much hardware they had to put in there to fix it.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Agree this seems like a good||
Agree this seems like a good fit and first-stop for Narduzzi in the HC role.
There's a part of me that wishes the B1G had chosen Pitt/WVU rather than MD/Rutgers to expand. It would have been a little more geographically compact, it would have preserved the "Backyard Brawl," and it might have meant a renewal of Pitt/PSU.
But alas ...
|4 days 6 hours ago||My chili recipe is something||
My chili recipe is something I got out of some "Michigan Living" magazine some 25 years ago. It was titled, "Michigan Bell Chili" ... not sure if the "Bell" refers to the bell pepper that's in it or the old phone company.
At any rate, the kicker is I use London Broil ... when that really cooks down it becomes fork tender. I then pull the chunks of London Broil out and fork-shred it down and then put it back in the chili.
Today I cooked it in a pressure cooker. I find any soup or stew is better when pressure cooked ... there's something about the pressure that really gets herbs/spices to open up.
Making the chili is as much fun as eating it.
|4 days 8 hours ago||It's the Heisenberg||
It's the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle applied to sports -- the closer we look at this, the less certain anything is.
I'm going to go make some chili ...
|6 days 3 hours ago||When the doors opened, two||
When the doors opened, two tumbleweeds blew in
Once when I was on I-10 near Phoenix on my motorcycle a tumbleweed blew right in my path ... smashed right into the front of my motorcycle. Scared the hell out of me.
Know why I didn't crash?
|1 week 5 hours ago||I spit up water on my||
I spit up water on my keyboard over that. Bravo! :-)
|1 week 1 day ago||Not ridiculous at all ...||
Not ridiculous at all ... just leading edge.
This is the new world of top-tier college football. Within a few years there'll be a half dozen other coaches pulling similar amounts.
The arms-race is on. Bring it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Make things even better||
Make things even better --
|1 week 2 days ago||Expectations||
I've been thinking about the expecations thing for the last few days.
I have very little doubt Harbaugh will bring an immediate renewal of focus and intensity to the football program.
Consistent 9+ win seasons is the floor for a program like Michigan. I think Harbaugh can achieve that.
The issue is getting to the next level -- which is where Urban Meyer is, which is where Nick Saban is. That takes:
As I look at that list, I'm struck by how Hoke (sadly) failed at #2 and #3. Meyer and Saban seem to hit on all cylinders. Harbaugh's time at Stanford suggests he's capable of all three cylinders firing as well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Amen! I too wear the pleated||
Amen! I too wear the pleated pants on occasion.
I'm 6' and run 175. And I'm 55 years old.
The only way a 55 year old man can look good in clothes meant for a 25 year old is if the man is really fit. I'm talking really fit. Then he can maybe pull it off. Otherwise, he looks like a 55 year old man trying to look like a 25 year old.
Plus, pleated pants provide a little more room, which means comfort. And at age 55 I have learned that comfort trumps style every single time.
|1 week 6 days ago||The day here in Tucson dawned||
The day here in Tucson dawned ominous -- dark clouds, then heavy rains.
It's clear now ... just as there'll be better days for Michigan's BBall team as the season progresses.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Watching TCU ISU right now.||
Watching TCU ISU right now. Mood here in Tucson a bit somber after last night's game. My wife's annual Christmas cookie exchange is today. I rescue the husbands who attend by having the games on. The ladies gather on one side of the room, while the guys huddle around the TV.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's pretty tough to||
I think it's pretty tough to leave the undefeated defending champions out
I hear you ... but I think there's sentiment in the committee to cast a wary eye at FSU for their play this year. In previous years an undefeated FSU would be ranked #1, but with this year's mechanism they're #3.
A FSU loss to GT will push them out of the playoffs ... unless a lot of other losses take place.
A FSU win keeps them in the playoffs ... unless the win is just horrible. I'm not talking close. I'm talking GT trying their best to hand the game to FSU, and FSU acting like they don't want to win. It's unlikely ... a win by FSU pretty much assures they're in the playoff of 4.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There's some truth to this.||
There's some truth to this. Ohio State has not been invincible. Michigan could have won in 2012 - 2014 with better coaching and better game management. If we were looking at Urban Meyer three years in with two or three losses to Michigan, the Urban Meyer narrative would definitely be different.
Still, that said, he's a really good coach. That can't be denied. Is he the greatest coach of all time? No.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A win will almost certainly||
A win will almost certainly get the Buckeyes in the College Football final four
That's a bold statement. A win is required for the Buckeyes to be in that discussion, but a win doesn't assure anything.
One playoff slot is locked up (Oregon). Of the other three (Alabama, TCU and FSU), all three are favored in today's games. (But watch out TCU, Iowa State is tricky in these late-season games!)
Ohio State's playoff chances require: (1) a good win over Wisconsin, and (2) a loss or really sloppy win by FSU.
I can't see any scenario where Urban Meyer is not retained by Ohio State. As others have noted, he's definitely a top-tier coach. He stays at OSU as long as he wants to stay at OSU.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sloppy conditions and two||
Sloppy conditions and two nervous, uptight teams ...
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||That's what you think he||
That's what you think he thinks you think he wants us to think. :-)
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||On the scale of 1 to 10,||
On the scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is pure manball .. I'd put Mullen at 3 or 4. Just my two cents.
I'm no X's and O's guy ... but what my eyes see is that a dominating defensive line can disrupt the hell out a pure spread team. And the SEC is full of really good defensive line players. So I would think Mullen has learned to adapt a bit. Hence my "3 or 4" answer.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I should have been more clear||
I should have been more clear -- I wasn't irritated with what you wrote. As you say, you're just reporting what was mentioned elsewhere.
My "irritation" is with false-choice arguments in general. They seem the staple in modern day debates. I see it come up in this football discussion frequently -- it's either Oregon spread or 1970's Michigan manball. Nothing inbetween. When in fact, there's plenty inbetween.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||None of us can answer that,||
None of us can answer that, of course ... but I would imagine any competitive tier-one coach would bristle at being seen as a second choice.
That said, lots of things enter into a decision, and when the calculus is done a yes might be the answer.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||14 candidates!? Thorough,||
Thorough, perhaps. But excessive.
There's the list, then there the list.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I read that as a signal to||
I read that as a signal to current players that they'll still have a role. In other words: don't transfer, please ... stay put.
I don't read that as a signal that we'll necessarily get a three-yards / dust type of coach.
The false-choice positioning of manball vs. spread is irritating. Plenty of programs have elements of both.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I like the idea of Harbaugh||
I like the idea of Harbaugh as first choice because I think this program needs a swift kick in the ass ... a no bullshit ass-whipping to get talent onhand to play. Plus, as others have noted, Harbaugh vs. Dantonio and Harbaugh vs. Meyer is some real drama. It'd be great.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||UCLA vs. Arizona?||
but he still doesn't seem like the guy who could beat Urban consistently
He was able to beat Rodriguez and Arizona. Held Arizona to 255 total yards.
Not trying to start a Rodriguez debate (seriously, I'm not) ... but if Mora is capable of that it seems he'd be capable of beating Meyer.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Go big or go home ... what's||
Go big or go home ... what's life without extrapolating hypotheticals out to infinity?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's Bill Belichick. And||
It's Bill Belichick. And he's bringing Tom Brady with him. They rooted around Brady's records and he has two years eligibility left.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agree ... that's one of the||
Agree ... that's one of the funnier GIFs I've seen lately! :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I suspect this is a||
I suspect this is a definitional thing ... the definition of "turned around."
The record shows that at both Ball State and SDSU Hoke had increasingly more wins up to the point he departed.
Is your view of "turned around" more comprehensive than that? If so, what criteria would you use to determine when a program has been turned around?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't feel like doing any||
I don't feel like doing any real work today (rainy and gloomy here in Tucson), so I'll play along.
Helfrich -- that's a new name in the hat. Interesting. Current players at Michigan are not quite in the Oregon mold. But if Helfrich believes the skillset determines the offense (as Chip Kelly does), then maybe this could work?
I doubt we'd hear about this as soon as this weekend given Oregon is at present in the playoff, pending outcome of Friday night's game.
Gundy -- all I've read about him is he's dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoma boy and would stay OSU.
Malzahn -- this is a bold speculation. Saban may be practically the governor of Alabama, but Malzahn is not far behind. Passions run deep in Alabama, and for those who aren't 'Bama fans (and there's a lot who are not 'Bama fans), the competing passion is Auburn.
Of your three, the Helfrich name is the one that made me stop and think, "There's a name I'd not considered before."
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If true, this strikes me as||
If true, this strikes me as Florida hoping McElwain is a little like Meyer coming from Utah.
The parallel is not quite perfect ... but this is definitely something different from hiring on an established big-name coach like Mullen.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That's the case the folks at||
That's the case the folks at ESPN made about Chip Kelly and either Florida or U-M ... "Go to Kelly and make him say no."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||If Harbaugh is hired, and if||
If Harbaugh is hired, and if we don't see improvement ... then it's time to test the water in Ann Arbor to see what the heck is going on.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This. Exactly. If the||
If the objective is to get as many wins as you can with the talent that's available to you, then a spread-oriented offense tends to do that. If the QB is relatively competent at passing and is a credible run threat, then it makes defending the offense harder.
A pro-style offense could dominate, but there's just not enough elite-level players that fit that style. Getting them all to one school is getting harder and harder. A moderately talented pro-style team is less effective than a moderately talented spread-style team.
The thing I can't understand is why so many think it has to be either / or ... as if it's either a hundred slot-ninjas running spread-n-shred or it has to be a lumbering two-TE with three in the backfield. The two styles can be blended. Look at OSU, FSU ... heck, Belichick and the NE Patriots run spread elements along with TE sets.
I like what Chip Kelly says: "You tell me what skills I have to work with and I'll tell you what offense I'm going to run." Mold the offense to maximize the skill assets on hand.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The new normal.Wait until||
The new normal.
Wait until they expand the playoff from 4 to 8, and the pressure really falls on programs to make the 8. The war for talent and coaches is going to heat to red hot.
(We're seeing the pressure to get to the top 4 now, but only a small handful of teams have a legitimate claim or hope for that. But with an 8 team playoff the number of programs that can hope/reach goes to 12 or so ... and I think we'll see about that many programs step up the arms race big time to be in that super-group of 12 competing for a slot in the 8.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Memories of high school math||
Memories of high school math and Venn diagrams come to mind :-)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Just don't be a dick. Good||
Just don't be a dick.
Good advice for life, not just football games.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I like this||
I like this formulation.
Minnesota has been a nice "feel good" story of 2014. I like what Coach Kill is doing up there.
In thinking about the OP and parity in college football ... I suspect there are several "tiers" in college football -- elite, good, fair, and poor. Minnesota has achieved "good." Michigan is mired in "fair." Indiana and Purdue is wallowing in "poor".
Up in the "elite" tier I think there's a fair degree of parity. On any given Saturday we might see the ball bounce one way or another. The "elite" tier is perhaps 8 to 10 teams in size. (Which is why we'll see an 8-team playoff very soon.) I think the parity up at the "elite" level will continue, and it will become increasingly difficult to crack into the elite level as time goes by and the playoff system makes staying "elite" a true arms race.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||From the commentators in||
From the commentators in those clips -- "... all he needs is a little crease."
(a) That line was giving him gashes
(b) Even when the holes were smaller, he was making them
(c) On a couple of those runs I could see Biakabutuka going to a spot where there was no hole yet ... but by the time he gets there a crease opens up and he's through. Great anticipation.
Some people call football a violent sport. In reality, it's beautiful how good players do the things they do to make the plays.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||In a battle of best names for||
In a battle of best names for Michigan football players, it's tough to choose between "Tshimanga Biakabutuka" and "Harlan Huckleby". Both names have a wonderful sound to them; both players were awesome!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm going to watch this game,||
I'm going to watch this game, just as I have every other Michigan v. Ohio State game since 1973. Still, I approach this like I do yard work -- I'm not really looking forward to it, but I know I'll feel better when it's over.
Hoping for a victory is a bit of a stretch. Hoping for Michigan to play a good game and put the fight to Ohio State is what I'm rooting for. If Michigan pulls off the upset then I'll be giddy with delight.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We often see Ennui the||
We often see Ennui the Otter's face in this kind of situation.
But there's another word -- one, interestingly enough used in the James Bond novels to convey a sense for the mental state Bond** was often in -- accidie.
accidie - spiritual sloth; apathy; indifference
I think this gets to a deeper level of emotion than ennui does. It gets to the very heart of what Michigan football means to many of us. The current state of the program has wrenched us to a part of ourselves that leaves us feeling a sense of vacant disinterest ... "Whatever."
This has been a turbulent year -- cautiously lofty expectations early, dashed hopes against Notre Dame, the further crumbling of hopes against Minnesota, the whole Brandon thing, the impotent showing against Northwestern, and the last gasps of dying hope against Maryland.
Dreams do not die well. But sometimes they do die.
** For those who have only seen the movies but never read the books, I would encourage reading the originals. The picture of James Bond portrayed there is of a man quite different from the Sean Connery or Roger Moore versions. The Daniel Craig version is closer.
Bond was never a religious man. The accidie Ian Fleming was getting at was more a spirtual apathy caused by the absence of meaning in Bond's life. His life of espionage helped him cover up and cope.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Same here. That game sparked||
Same here. That game sparked and fueled my 40 year Michigan obsession.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I'm partial to the 1976 team.||
I'm partial to the 1976 team. 5 shutouts, including 22-0 over OSU. Plus, Rob Lytle was a beast.
Damn Purdue spoiled the perfect regular season.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I love a good port. Port||
I love a good port. Port pairs well with a good cigar. So there's that.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So, yeah, it was a pretty||
So, yeah, it was a pretty quiet thread
That's what despondent resignation looks like.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If I lived near Ann Arbor,||
If I lived near Ann Arbor, I'd definitely try to go. Some of my best memories of MIchigan football are the miserable weather games where I sat in glorious misery screaming my head off for Michigan.
See my signature line. Football here in Tucson is not right.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I get it perfectly well.||
I get it perfectly well. Re-read my post.
I stated the process of change starts with intent. Intent implies a deliberate desire to change. Generating the desire to change is possible with some people. Not all people, but some. There are numerous testimonies from ex-alcoholics, ex-drug users, ex-abusers.
The post I responded to was making the case that we are programmed robots, reacting to internal decision processes beyond our control. I disagreed with that.
Nowhere did I imply that someone who has no desire to change -- your sociopath example -- will suddenly change, or can be made to change. But change is possible given a true and sincere desire to change.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The problem is Clark didn't||
The problem is Clark didn't have a choice
Completely disagree. People do have a choice; people can change. Even at the deepest level of anger in the moment. It's not necessarily easy, but it is possible. To achieve such change requires a deliberate intent to change, and then exercising the means of change.
I have some personal experience in this area. The change is slow and often painful. But it is possible.
I have compassion for Frank Clark and the spot he now finds himself in. But I do not believe for one moment that he was a helpless victim, swept along by an internal decision making machine over which he has no control.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The perfect weather for a||
The perfect weather for a football game, in my opinion. See my signature line.
(I went to a U of A game here in Tucson once ... 95 degrees at gametime. It wasn't right.)
But I agree with you ... if cold/wet, then empty seats. Lots of them.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'll be home watching or||
I'll be home watching or listening to the game. After 40 years of following Michigan football it's a little hard to change.
This weekend is the "Tour de Tucson" -- a bicycle event where 9,000+ cyclists converge on Tucson and ride a 100 mile + course around the city. The roads are tied up every year for this event, and the best thing to do for a non-cyclist is to stay home and watch football.
Which is precisely what I am going to do.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||it's obvious he can develop||
it's obvious he can develop other QB's
Serious question -- what makes you say that?
I ask because really good natural athletes do not necessarily translate to good coaches.
Does Brady have some history of grooming QBs that go on to other success? And do we know Brady had a hand in that grooming? I know Matt Cassell went on to have some success, but I'm not clear how much involvement Brady had in his grooming.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I drank my age of Stroh's at||
I drank my age of Stroh's at age 15 at my cousin's graduation party.
Puked my guts out in the women's bathroom of my grandmother's senior center.
Not sure whether to put :-) or :-( after that.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Not a hunter, though I can||
Not a hunter, though I can appreciate the sport and wish all who do hunt the best.
Down here in southern Arizona there are deer ... but they are smaller and gray. Get up in the higher elevations of Arizona and there's other deer and elk as well.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Michigan and hearing the sound of hunter gunfire in the distance. Cool, crisp late autumn days in Michigan are the best.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If the first rule is to not||
If the first rule is to not allow rumors to circulate too long, then the second rule is to not say things to create rumors in the first place.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The Boilermakers were||
The Boilermakers were becoming a formidable rival.
Those rat bastards beat Michigan in 1976, ruining a perfect regular season.
I will never forgive them. :-)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Punch Cards||
If they did, it was a mainframe, and they probably had to use punchcards.
The original Twitter ... limited to 72 characters per card (the cards were 80 column, but 8 were reserved for control characters so 72 was what was available for programming).
The use of punched cards long ago faded away, but their legacy lives on -- there's still a lot of 72-column JCL (Job Control Language) and COBOL programs out there. Still running and doing their thing.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||1975 NW||
By the 4th quarter, there were plenty of seats.
I was there ... a gloriously miserable day for football. Cold, rainy, windy and wet.
I loved every minute of it. Stayed to the very end.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Crash Davis: "Come on, meat,||
Crash Davis: "Come on, meat, show us that million-dollar arm, 'Cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours!"
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I like a good BBQ bologna||
I like a good BBQ bologna sandwich.
Admitting that may offend the foodies in the room ... but there it is.
I like SPAM, too. :-)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It can be a real issue, and||
It can be a real issue, and it's not isolated to just athletes.
Depending on how well a student has been prepared for college academics, the step from HS to college academics can be an eye opener. It was for me 35 years ago. I received nearly straight A's in high school, but I did not know at the time how soft my high school was. When I hit college everything quickened -- the pace, the expectations, the work needed. It took me a term and a half to get my head wrapped around it all.
Add to that the first taste of independence and freedom college freshman have and the temptation to party and do non-academic things. The combination can make mastering the "going to class" thing difficult. For athletes facing obligations of practice and training as well ... ooomph, I can imagine it's quite a shock.
More than a few college freshmen don't get the hang of it before the damage is done. For college athletes I'm sure there are people in the department to monitor and offer help where needed. For your average non-athlete freshman who thinks college is just like high school ... they're in for a shock.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I would think quickness is||
I would think quickness is the key ... particularly for short routes. Receiver runs route and defenders think the velocity is constant and defend as such. Then suddenly the receiver spurts and in one or two steps has 2 or 3 yards on someone. Bam ... with a properly timed ball that's a completion and yards.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This is my interpretation as||
This is my interpretation as well.
Another way to look at this -- just because someone is a world-class sprinter does not necessarily make them a good receiver. A slower runner can be a better receiver by running the route crisply and getting momentary separation at the right moment.
Below a point of slowness no amount of route execution helps. Blow a point, slow is slow.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Muschamp is still toast, but||
Muschamp is still toast, but good to see the Gators playing well. Feeling good for my Florida buddy Eric.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Radio||
Listening on radio ... sounds meh ... how does the game look? The same?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I've seen the Java update||
I've seen the Java update redirect myself.
The bad gateway messages, the funky formatting ... those aren't so much a concern.
Being prompted to perform a Java update from a website that is *not* Oracle is another matter. Definitely something suspicious there.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||"It was Barzini all along."||
"It was Barzini all along." -- Vito Corleone.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This||
Three supremely hard-assed coaches all in the same conference and in the same division.
The forced smiles and the paper-thin cordiality before games would be great to watch.
Plus, the football would ratchet up a notch or two as all three of them would go into hyper-competitive mode and seek to do nothing other than beat the crap out of the others.
Great stuff. Bring it on.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||The mood here at Michigan is||
The mood here at Michigan is gray.
Harbaugh wore a gray shirt.
Connect the dots, dude. :-)
|8 weeks 3 days ago||A sure sign the lawyers have||
A sure sign the lawyers have taken the reins. There will be no comments from anyone until a very carefully crafted comment is ready to issue.
Large organizations are either run by finance, or they're run by lawyers. In some things the lawyers just take charge. Right now they're in charge. Silence is preferable to comment.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Also 55, and also have spent||
Also 55, and also have spent a lifetime in corporate America. Concur 100%.
It could be Brandon attends film reviews for no more malicious reason than he misses the game of football and enjoys being near the inner-workings. But his mere presence -- your point -- affects the outcome. The properly self-aware CEO would know this.
Or it could be Brandon attends to deliberately set course and direction ... which is far more damning. What coach -- other than one whose lifelong dream it was to coach Michigan -- would submit to that?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Getting to the top level is||
Getting to the top level is not for the weak or meek-minded. It's a cut-throat business, whether a pizza company or a major university.
That kind of environment tends to favor the aggressive. But aggressive and arrogant are not the same thing. It is quite possible to be aggressive and maintain professional decorum at the same time. Some of the most effective leaders I've seen are very measured in their responses.
That said, the aggressive and arrogant do get through. They tend to get their come-uppance eventually. Top-level people have enemies; the good top-level people minimize the ammunition they give to their enemies.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, well put. There's||
Yes, well put.
There's nothing wrong with devotion to a storied legacy. But it can be taken too far.
The football tradition of Bo and the 1970's is not coming back. Those are bygone days, just like Bennie Oosterbaan's 1949 Wolverines was a bygone era to Schembechler in 1969. Just like Yost's days were bygone to Oosterbaan.
Michigan should have its trophy cases. It should pay proper homage to the past.
Then it should move into the present and look to the future. Not live in the past.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Reading that has made me more||
Reading that has made me more depressed than I already was about this team.
Nussmeier spoke words that add up to ... nothing.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||My point -- not well made, I||
My point -- not well made, I admit -- was this: this is more than Ross simply getting out of the way. Ross knows what's going to happen and when, despite statements to the contrary. This is a deliberately engineered story designed to disconnect Ross's name from the events Ross knows are going to take place, and disconnect Ross's name from future discussions about coaches or ADs.
This is not Ross throwing Brandon under the bus, or stabbing him in the back ... it's Ross doing what smart billionaires do, which is make sure their name is associated with good things and not associated with bad things. And it's never managed carelessly. It's always managed with deliberate intent.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This is Ross pre-emptively||
This is Ross pre-emptively removing himself from the Brandon dismissal discussion.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||S&C coaches are all over the||
S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject.
If the evidence was clearly in favor of the benefits of "Myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and other methods of tension reduction" then I would think the S&C community would move in that direction.
It makes me wonder if the evidence is not quite so clear. Hence the observation that S&C coaches are all over the map.
I'm not trying to be a contrarian dick here ... it's an honest question. S&C coaches are like anyone in a competitive environment -- they seek anything to stay competitive or become more competitive. If the benefits of tension release were so obvious, I can't see why any S&C coach would hesitate to employ them. Unless the argument being made here is that Wellman and others are stubbornly clinging to past ideas despite clear evidence to the contrary.
That would explain Wellman and Michigan ... but what about others on the map that are in the same neighborhood?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Muschamp looks like a guy who||
Muschamp looks like a guy who knows his goose is cooked ... he has the blankest look in his eyes every time the camera cuts to a close-up of him.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||And a pick-6 ... My buddy||
And a pick-6 ...
My buddy from Virginia, who's down in the Swamp right now, has gone very quiet on Facebook. I'm guessing he's not enjoying his trip so much any more.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||There's a parallel, for||
There's a parallel, for sure.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a world of hurt over the Gators. I gently remind him that bad as it may be in Gainesville, it could be worse ... like what's going on up in Ann Arbor.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Rooting for FSU because ...||
Rooting for FSU because ... because I can't root for ND under any circumstances.
Interested in the Washington / Oregon game. Records are even ... are teams? We'll see.
Keeping an eye on the Florida / Missouri game.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Alabama is putting on a||
Alabama is putting on a clinic.
Ohio State, Michigan State, TCU taking it to their opponents.
I've watched a fair amount of football today, and this is clear: Michigan's play isn't even in the same league. The contrast is stark.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||closing down the cottage Ah||
closing down the cottage
Ah ... the annual ritual ... I know it well.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Local Hero||
+1000 for the avatar with Burt Lancaster from the movie "Local Hero." That is an under-appreciated gem of a movie. The music score is by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and is excellent.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||...and home in time for the||
...and home in time for the good games.
I admire a man who knows how to keep the important things in the equation!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Four words: Happy wife, happy||
Four words: Happy wife, happy life.
I have traveled on business to many countries around the world. It does not matter the culture ... a small joke about keeping the wife happy yields knowing smiles from the men and women. It's a universal thing.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Allow an older man to offer||
Allow an older man to offer some advice: Yes.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Tolerant wives||
Second, for many of us, our wives are incredibly tolerant of the fact that our Michigan obsession dominates much of every fall Saturday.
Plus, being thoughtful and considerate to my wife is not the same as being dominated and whipped. I want to be thoughtful and considerate to my wife. That's what marriage is all about.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||A nice write-up, and an||
A nice write-up, and an interesting tour of that position.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and asked this hypothetical: "If you could have the body and the talent to play any football position, and you played purely for the joy of the sport, which position would it be?"
For me I think it would be defensive end. Not exactly sure why ... just something about rushing the edge appeals to me. Perhaps it's a throwback to college intramural touch football days.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Another perspective -- if he||
Another perspective -- if he thought USC was going into a football dry spell because of sanctions and ND was in an ascendency, then going to ND makes sense from an exposure point of view.
That has some merit. ND and its players normally get a bit more positive exposure than it merits (because it's ND). If his objective is the NFL, then ND gives him a good stage on which to sell his wares.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||A lower slope is more||
A lower slope is more consistency
This is where we are ... we root for the slope of Michigan's QB.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||On a positive note ...||
On a positive note ... there's a Tim Horton's every 20 feet along that route.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Broken collar bones are a||
Broken collar bones are a bitch. Mostly it's immobilize the arm and be careful of sudden movements. Also, get slip-on shoes because it's impossible to reach and tie the laces.
I speak from experience.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly correct. The||
The behind-the-scenes of all this is like a big, complex chess match.
I hope Michigan understands the piece that looks like a horse isn't called a "horsey."
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Hey, this is a family blog||
Hey, this is a family blog ... :-)
MSU looks thoroughly legit.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with Molson Canadian! Not sure which province, but it doesn't matter ... I love Canada. Beautiful country, wonderful people.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Grimaldi's||
I love Grimaldi's (here in Tucson), but I acknowledge it may not be to everyone's taste.
It's not really traditional NY by-the-slice pizza. It's less cheesy and less parmesean.
My wife grew up in NYC and has spent many years seeking out the perfect non-NY NY pizza. She likes Grimaldi's very much, but even she admits it's not NY street pizza like she knows it.
And for fans of deep dish pizza ... Grimaldi's is 180 degrees from that.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Hamilton||
Former five-star Darius Hamilton seems a little undersized for a DT spot at 6'4, 255 pounds, but he so consistently slashes into the backfield that doesn't matter much.
Hold on ... if he doesn't have size or weight, then what explains his ability to get into the backfield? Is it this "technique" thing I hear about?
Okay, joking aside ... is there something about his technique that makes him particularly effective? This is kind of a nuts-and-bolts question of DT mechanics.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Chili Cookoffs||
I've attended these in Arizona, my next-door-neighbor competes in them, and I've served as a judge. They're a lot of fun.
The rules here in Arizona are based on a fairly strict definition of "chili" -- no beans, just meat and chili gravy. If the sauce has discernible pieces of onion or whatever, then points are substracted. Only recently have they allowed ground beef. Prior to that it was hand-cubed meat, and the rules stipulated as to size and consistency of the cubes.
At the end of the day it's really more about being at a fun social event. It's fun to walk around the various cook stands and chat with chili cooks. Some of the cook stands are quite elaborate.
The event I judged at was relatively small, so there was only one table of judges. The judging is blind, and the cups of chili are numbered. We give things a rating of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. I can tell you from my experience a lot of the chili settles in around average, with one or two that are clearly better than the rest, and one or two that are just awful.
What constitutes great chili is a matter of personal preference. But bad chili is just bad chili, and the culprit is almost always too much salt or too much heat. Some heat is good, but just heat for the sake of heat makes for bad chili.
So I'd encourage people to go to this if it sounds like something you'd like to do. I was initially skeptical, but I've found them to be quite fun.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Have you considered that||
Have you considered that maybe Brady Hoke would not welcome advice and counsel from others?
My opinion is Hoke is in over his head at Michigan. That doesn't mean he's incapable of having success. But stubborness is a trait of his. I doubt very much he has reached out to the people you cite in your diary. I doubt very much he would accept unsolicited advice, even if offered from well-respected people in the profession.
And that's a shame, because very few people succeed in this world without a least some mentoring from those who went before them.
At this point it's probably too late. But had Hoke come into Michigan in 2010 with a more open attitude about soliciting and taking mentoring from others, he may well have transitioned better to the role of Michigan HC.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||So this is more your style?||
So this is more your style? :-)
|12 weeks 2 days ago||LB||
And Yost invented the linebacker position, fergodsakes!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Turning the corner||
This 2014 team either flat-lines, goes south, or inflects upwards.
If there's a point where it inflects upwards, I'd like to see it.
I would love to see them against Rutgers and think, "Ah ... they're getting it."
Waiting for that moment is getting harder and harder ... but it's not yet impossible for me.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Bravo. Reasoned thinking;||
Bravo. Reasoned thinking; measured delivery.
I'm being completely sincere.
There's been a lot of overheated and poorly resoned posts of late around here. It's good to see a post like this.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Operating on the theory that||
Operating on the theory that a person has a finite number of cuss words in their system in one lifetime ... I will be a choir boy from this point forward. Yesterday I used up every one in my reserve.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Brandon exhibits hubris.||
Brandon exhibits hubris. Hubris comes from excessive pride.
I think Hoke is in over his head and his base emotion is fear; from fear comes many reactions ... stubborness being one. Anger is another, and we've seen some flashes of that from Hoke lately.
Michigan is too big a program for Hoke. No shame in that. But finding a graceful exit is difficult. And after yesterday, an exit is assured; graceful it will not be.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Funk||
Funk - noun (1) cowering fear; state of great fright or terror (2) a dejected mood.
The name is apropos.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||This||
We suck at it. Just suck. I doubt a case can be made there's a schematic advantage in using it. Certainly not how Michigan performs when under center.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Progress?||
The main thing I wanted to see this year was a steady improvement over the course of the this season
Yes, that's what everyone wants to see.
Trouble is, I'm not sure we're seeing it.
We're seeing some general improvement in areas this year over last.
We're not seeing consistent improvement game to game this year.
Today's game against Minnesota will be another set of data points. The final score is really besides the point, provided it's a W for Michigan. Look for signs of fundamental progress on the offense -- no turnovers given, no stupid penalties, productive use of timeouts, first down yard production, third down conversion execution.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Lollygaggin' Around||
All this reminds me of that scene in "Bull Durham" where the manager goes into the shower and heaves a bunch of baseball bats and starts yelling at the players.
It's time someone do that here.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Watching the Michigan State||
Watching the Michigan State game ...
Michigan State just ran a run fake to the left side of the line, then Connor Cook turned around and threw a beautiful pass to catch his receiver in stride in the endzone.
Yeah, Wyoming, etc. Still, a thing of beauty. It was like Connor Cook didn't waste any time looking for his receiver -- he knew his receiver would be where he was supposed to be and put the ball exactly where it needed to be.
Not trying to pump up MSU ... but credit where credit due ... that was a pretty play.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Desmond Howard||
He said, paraphrasing: "When I go to a practice I can tell what guys want to be great. When I went to a Michigan practice I didn't see one guy -- except for maybe Jabrill Peppers -- that wanted to be great."
That's a damning statement.
Desmond Howard could be wrong about this. His impression could be incorrect.
But if true, then it suggests a degree of complacency ... and that's a fundamental problem.
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||Fundamental Technique||
I just feel like there are actual things to complain about, mostly that the team does not look good from a fundamental technique standpoint in many instances
That may be the most damning criticism of all.
What might explain that? Serious question.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Yes ... provided earnings||
Yes ... provided earnings kept up with inflation. Back then they did (more or less), nowadays not so much.
But yeah, they probably bought a house for $20K or less. Back in 1969 my parents bought a farmhouse and 70 acres in Howell for $50K. At that time my father was only earning $13K a year, so it was a stretch. We survived.
I realize my "It was in the Ford administration, not Carter" comment above may have appeared dickish ... refuting a minor point and being contrarian. I didn't mean it to come across like that. I was more recalling a rather vivid memory from my early years. The whole "Whip Inflation Now" thing by Ford was a pathetic response to a real problem and was mocked mercilessly on Saturday Night Live. Carter's handling of inflation was no better.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||However her glasses and quiet||
However her glasses and quiet nature have kept them nothing more than old friends.
Not that's there's anything wrong with quiet women in glasses, of course.
If MaryAnn from Gilligan's Island wore glasses, there'd be a whole generation of men who were way into the look. :-)
|13 weeks 2 days ago||The WIP thing was during the||
The WIP thing was during the Ford admnistration.
I'm old enough to remember it.
My first mortgage was for 13%. That was in 1985 ... the inflation during the Ford administration was bad, but got really bad during Carter's administration. It wasn't brought under control until mid-80's. Still, that first mortgage carried a 13% interest rate. Ouch.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||It's Russ Bellomy time. I was||
It's Russ Bellomy time.
I was thinking about him the other day.
Wouldn't it be great if Michigan goes way up on Minnesota and Bellomy comes in and lights things up even more? I'd love to see that just so Bellomy can have the personal satisfaction of it.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Alabama vs. Texas A&M||
Alabama vs. Texas A&M ...
Alabama had 568 yards total offense, 31 first downs and were 3 of 6 on third downs.
Think about that ... 31 first downs and only faced 3rd on six occasions.
Now that's effective 1st down production.
Further ... 20 for 29 passing, with 10 receivers in on the action, with the highest being 4 for any receiver. Now that's spreading the ball around.
One can dream that will happen here.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I suspected coaches track||
I suspected coaches track these things. We live in a spreadsheet world.
I almost wish Hoke would come out in a press conference and talk a little bit about the metrics being tracked and the progress being seen.
That assumes there is progress in the metrics being tracked. If not ... then ... umm ...
|13 weeks 2 days ago||overlap||
I'm as concerned about things as the next, but that year by year W/L progression is a bit disingenuous. The 4-8 includes losses from the previous 7-6.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Kiffin is exactly what Saban||
Kiffin is exactly what Saban wants in an OC: someone who is terrified of Saban.
If by implication you're saying Nussmeier was not that guy ... then I'm even more pleased Nussmeier is on our sideline.
They don't want to be forced into a situation where they become predictable. That moment comes up when they get behind the chains.
I was thinking about this the other day. I have a post in another thread where I was speculating about offensive metrics that could be used to chart game-to-game progress.
Obviously, a "W" is the ultimate metric ... but I'm starting to think "yards gained on first down" may be the metric to chart the growth / maturity / effectiveness of this offense.
As much as I love to see a box score with Michigan being 12/15 on 3rd down conversions, I think I'd rather they not face 3rd down in the first place.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Saban||
Yeah ... I'm not buying the notion that Saban "begged" OCs and they didn't comply.
Saban's reputation is a bit like Belichick's -- tight control over everything.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Ferrigno?||
Might another possibility be special teams coach Dan Ferrigno? I don't know much about him -- we hear almost nothing about him -- but I wonder if he's got something against the spread punt and Hoke -- being Hoke -- is displaying loyalty to one of his staff.
Ferrigno's resume has some stuff on it -- Oregon State, California, USC, a four year stint as receivers coach at Oregon from 2001 to 2005, then two years at California again as a receivers coach. Then a very odd step down to high school HC for one year, then up to Hoke at SDSU.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Data||
But wouldnt a coach be data driven in the end?
You know how some people are analytical and some are intuitive? I think Hoke prides himself on being more of an intuitive coach. Data is okay to a point, but gut feel rules in the end.
Good man but stubborn
Yep ... and unless he comes to his senses on some key points -- and quickly -- it will be his undoing.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Metrics||
Well, you didn't really get to the matter of the metric.
I've got a few metrics in mind as it relates to the offense specifically:
#1, #2 and #3 get to the way the OL, RB and QB are operating.
We are not doing very well right now with yards gained on first down (#1)
#2 is a rough measure of 'explosiveness' ... teams like Oregon don't face many 3rd downs because it's usually 1st down, 2nd down or touchdown for them.
#3 is a measure of the team's ability to get yards when they have to. 3rd and short is a measure of RB+OL production; 3rd and long is a measure of QB+OL production.
#4 and #5 are related ... #5 a measure of the OL; #4 a measure of the effectiveness of the QB either (a) when he has time, and (b) under pressure. The YPP is a measure of aggressiveness (which is a measure of overall confidence) and YAC is a measure of WR effectiveness.
#6 and #7 are measures of maturity. #7 in particular is a number that should get lower and lower as coaching takes hold ... drive killing penalties should not occur with a team that is improving.
#8 is the obvious one.
There are others ... and variations on these ... but this is what comes to my mind.
Bottom line -- show me those metrics are improving game to game and talk of a 5th year becomes palatable. Show me a graph where those lines go sideways or wrong-ways ... nope.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Correct ... the argument||
Correct ... the argument holds water only if we assume Utah represents the bottom and we see game-over-game improvement from here.
Can we expect those game-over-game improvements to materialize?
I think the general consensus is "no" ... or at a minimum people are very doubtful and need to be convinced otherwise.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Performance Metrics||
What needs to happen NOW is to maintain stabililty and continuity, at least IMO.
I admire the tone and reason of your post.
Would you agree that the argument for a 5th year is contingent upon signs of game-to-game improvement in key phases of the game? What metrics would you use for that?
That's a dead serious question.
Imagine this team goes 6-6 to finish the season, but by season's end the gears are meshing and the machine is running much better. We lose to MSU but play better. By OSU time we're hitting on most cylinders and we beat them. Then what? And more to my point ... what specific measures of improvement would you look for as a good sign the machine keeps operating into 2015?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||"Hoke is still a great guy.||
"Hoke is still a great guy. Just not the guy for this job."
It's not that he's incapable of being the guy for this job ... it's that he doesn't seem willing to do what's necessary to be that guy. He needs to let go of his 1990's notions, some or most of his position coaches from Ball State and SDSU, and honestly seek guidance from some steady hands in the top echelons of this sport.
He has most of the puzzle pieces to be a good coach save a few. Get the few.
Failing that ... the program moves on from him. It's that simple.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Ejecting Hoke and keeping||
Ejecting Hoke and keeping Brandon makes no sense ... so that part of this story rings plausible. Beyond that? Who knows.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Ferrigno||
Dan Ferrigno is special teams coach. Why does his name not come up more often?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||This is that Star Trek||
This is that Star Trek episode where Spock has a goatee and Uhura is extra hot ... right?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I like this philosophy. I'm||
I like this philosophy.
I'm going to borrow it and try to do the same.
Of course, when a human is in a vacuum their eyes bug out and they explode ... or so I saw in a movie once. :-)
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Again ... one turnover||
Again ... one turnover through three quarters and Michigan down 23-10. To Utah. At home. And 7 of those 10 points is from a defensive play.
I think there's a more fundamental issue. That issue is an ineffective offense. That's the point.
For Hoke to use "ball security" as a core reason for this game is to show Hoke is not being honest about the fundamental problems. Had there been 3 turnovers in the first half ... then yeah, ball security is a problem. But not with 1 and down 23-10 (really 23-3).
Oh, and remember -- the pre-game analysis suggested Utah didn't have a great defense. So yet another reason to wonder about that 23-10 deficit through 3 quarters.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Gardner would have been||
Gardner would have been better suited in RR's offense ... hence RR's recruitment of him.
He would have run the ball more and taken hits as the ball carrier, but I think that's something Gardner would expect and prepare for. Unlike getting hammered in the pocket from a DE coming out of nowhere.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||He has his "high caliber"||
He has his "high caliber" defensive coordinator at Arizona. Jeff Casteel is DC here ... the same DC everyone claimed would have been the saving grace at Michigan.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Ball Security||
"Hoke thinks ball security is their biggest issue"
Obviously, no turnovers is preferable to turnovers ... but that wasn't the problem in this game.
Michigan had four turnovers -- 3 interceptions and a fumble.
Here's the breakdown:
Interception -- 2nd quarter, 5:58, Utah 15 -- Utah 3 plays and INT
That was in essence an exchange of possessions. Again, better to not throw the INT in the first place, but Michigan got it back 3 plays later.
No more turnovers until the 4th quarter. At that point Michigan is down 23-10.
Then, in the fourth quarter:
Interception -- 4th quarter, 13:37, Michigan 47 -- Utah 6 plays and FG
Utah yields 3 points out of the first Michigan turnover, and no points after that.
One can argue that the three turnovers in the 4th quarter represented 21 points missed, but that assumes Michigan was destined to sustain the drives and score on each of those possessions ... something they were not able to do up to that point in the game.
So again, turnovers = bad ... but turnovers are not the story of this game.
The story of this game was Michigan's inability to sustain drives and capitalize on possessions in the first three quarters of the game.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Soup||
That some leftover chicken, a leftover baked potato, some vegetables and some Knorr chicken stock makes for some right tasty chicken soup.
Oh, and my soul is destined to be crushed by fealty to Michigan football.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Florida||
What do you think Alabama fans would be doing right now?
Don't know about Alabama, but the Florida fanbase is riled up. They want more and Muschamp ain't doing it for them.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Pride||
what is the specific statistical objection to the spread punt?
There's no objection quite so rational. It's just that Hoke is a damned stubborn man.
Hoke is in over his head. Most of his football ideas are rooted in the past**. Rather than realize that and change, he's dug in his heels ... and that will lead to his demise.
** This is my objection to RR as well ... he's rooted in the mid-2000's and is forever looking for the next Pat White. In the meantime, the elite football programs defenses have evolved to the spread, and the better spread offenses are now well ahead of RR's.
There's a reason pride (and stubborness is a close cousin to pride) is one of -- and perhaps the most significant of -- the seven deadly sins.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't this the "robber"||
Isn't this the "robber" concept? I think I read that in Chris Brown's "Smart Football."
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The charitible explanation is||
The charitible explanation is it suggests our players come to no longer fear the coach.
I'm guessing in a way it's the opposite of George C. Scott playing Patton in the movie -- "They'll lose their fear of the Germans. I hope to God they don't lose their fear of me."
I don't agree with that assessment, by the way ... I think they have their appropriate fear/respect of Hoke. I'm just saying that may be what was meant by the post by cigol above.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com,||
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com, perhaps?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with you for the most||
I'm with you for the most part ... time is needed to (a) get some seasoning under the current team, and (b) build the pipeline.
That said, I think the Hoke might benefit greatly from seeking and taking advice from some seasoned coaching veterans about big program head coaching. My sense is Hoke could be pretty good at this if he lets go of some of his smaller-program approaches to things.
One such thing is position coaches. Do we have the best the Michigan budget can buy? I know he has a special relationship with Wellman, Funk, and perhaps some others. They may be perfectly good coaches for Ball State or SDSU. But maybe not the level of Michigan.
Another is an over-reliance on seniors as leaders. Leaders are who they happen to be. Seniors or juniors or even freshmen if they step up.
The book "Smart Football" by Chris Brown speaks of Urban Meyer having several seasoned coaches as professional mentors. I wonder if Hoke has anything like that? Or is he in slightly over his head and in need of some good coaching of his own?
Michigan doesn't feel like a big-time program headed by the firm grip of a big-time coach. Not saying Hoke can't be that guy. Just not sure if he's struggling right now and could use some help getting there.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||That's right ... Arizona has||
That's right ... Arizona has to get there as well. Pac12 looks good. UofA looks only so-so.
Their cause is aided by (a) UCLA QB hurt, (b) ASU QB hurt, (c) not playing Stanford.
Time will tell ... let the season unfold.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Let us collect more data||
Let us collect more data points.
It's possible we are in the dim early stages of an inflection to an upward trend line.
The Miami game did not clearly indicate that. We hoped that it would, but it did not. Nor did it confirm a downward trend. It confirmed very little.
So we gather more data. And we anxiously wait to see how the trend line plots.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Next weekend will be very||
Next weekend will be very telling.
Indeed ... as will the UFR for this game.
If the UFR shows continued improvement at the individual level, then maybe -- just maybe -- this game represents a jerky step in the right direction. But we won't really know until the next data point is registered.
So yeah ... next week will be telling.
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||That's a cool story. I love||
That's a cool story. I love the part about half the room being full of 5th grader stuff. That's terrific. This made me smile. Thanks!
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||Chip||
I think Michigan will come outwith a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
I hope so. I hope they come out looking like guys focused on going to work and getting the job done.
|15 weeks 6 hours ago||UFRs||
I am going to be really interested in the UFR for this game.
I like how the UFRs gauge the performance of the individual players at their positions.
I'm hoping the UFR shows that we're getting better at each position and player ... that despite the level of competition, each player is doing what they should do.
That will be a sign that perhaps we're turning a corner.
A UFR with lots of negatives for poor execution will make me cry.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||"Miami is a trainwreck, and||
"Miami is a trainwreck, and UM should roll them without breaking much a sweat."
I think so too ... but I'm worried all the same.
My worry is not about the final score ... my worry is about whether this game is going to expose problems related to team cohesion, determination and focus.
We talk of whether Hoke has control of this team ... whether there's fire in the belly of the team. Well, Saturday's game is going to be an indicator, I think.
Good sign: the players come out pretty focused ... not joking around ... but looking like a team with a job to do.
Bad sign: the players come out and seem too loose, with too much joking around. If we see little things like being slow coming on and off the field, missed arm tackles, silly penalties, or players on the sideline not paying attention to the game ... then I get worried.
After the ND game last week ... and the -- let's be frank, the embarrassment on the national stage -- this team should come out with a look in their eye like they have something to prove. Not with flashy plays and hot-dogging ... but with that cold, relentless focus on execution that mark the better teams. If I see that, then there's fire in the belly and Hoke has this team in the right direction.
That's my worry. I hope we see Michigan come out and destroy them in a way that Brian's UFR is mostly +'s with only a few -'s. But I worry that maybe we won't.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Wikipedia is a remarkably||
Wikipedia is a remarkably accurate reflector of group sentiment about such things. I promise you if "Miami of Ohio" was as incorrect as suggested, then someone would have corrected that line. Pronto.
I know because I've created Wikipedia articles on various technical topics and I was always amazed at how quickly, how thoroughly, and in general how accurately corrections are made. Typically anything that smells of unsupportable opinion is scrubbed. Quickly.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||"Miami University"||
"They're called Miami University, not Miami of Ohio."
First, from Wikipedia: "...(also referred to as Miami U, Miami of Ohio, or simply Miami)"
Second, Google "Miami of Ohio" (with quotes) and stand back ... a lot of hits, all in reference to Miami University.
Third, all of my life (I'm 55) I've heard sports announcers and others refer to it as "Miami of Ohio," and never "Miami University." Even Bob Ufer referred to Schembechler's coaching stay there as "Miami of Ohio."
Finally ... I'm guessing you're the kind of guy a lot of people turn away from and roll their eyes.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I think Michigan beats Miami||
I think Michigan beats Miami of Ohio.
I am very interested in seeing how they beat them. The final score is of less interest to me than the UFR of the game. What I would hope to see if a trend line developing where the + numbers trend up and the - numbers trend down. That is, improvement at the point of execution.
If Michigan comes out unfocused, sloppy, and treating Miami as a joke of a game ... then I get back on the ledge.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||This is better than Notre||
This is better than Notre Dame ... it puts us deep into talent rich Texas. A home-and-home with Florida or FSU would also be good.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||They probably will blow them||
They probably will blow them out. 40+ point differential.
What I'm going to be interested in is how they do it. If I'm to believe Michigan learned something from the ND game, then Michigan should slice Miami apart in a methodical, machine-like way -- no turnovers, no dumb mistakes, close down Miami's offense pretty much in total, show good push and good technique on both the O-line and D-line, etc. The score differential is not the story ... how the score differential was achieved is the story.
However, if what we see if a 35-21 slop-fest ... then I'm sorry ... like last year when I argued the Akron close-victory was a bad sign of things to come, this year I argue that Michigan's victories need to be clean, precise and with a margin of victory in proportion to the opponent's skill. Bad teams should be taken apart like a cheap suit; good teams beaten in good, well-fought contests; and the better teams fought hard even in loss.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||The Spurrier and Meyer years||
The Spurrier and Meyer years at Florida were relatively recent, and it's created a certain arrogance in its fans. The Muschamp experiment has been a bit humbling for them.
Florida plays Alabama next week. Some of the smugness generated by the EMU victory will get filed down, I think.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Back when I lived in Ann||
Back when I lived in Ann Arbor (1989 -1992) it was these kinds of games I used to enjoy picking up tickets on the street and seeing a game on the cheap. I suspect there'll be a fair supply on the street with people seeking to get whatever cash they can get for them.
Back then there was a vendor outside the stadium sellng hot dogs for a dollar each. I'd load up on three or four and go into the stadium and just enjoy the hell out of it.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||"In that hole that Yost dug,||
"In that hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted, and Schembechler fills up every Saturday." -- Bob Ufer
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Mustard is yellow, which is||
Mustard is yellow, which is close to maize! Mustard it is!!
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I love you, Heiko. But no.||
I love you, Heiko.
But no. You're wrong. Nussmeier on the sideline keeps things settled, even if ND manages to rattle Gardner a bit.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||It's been an enjoyable game||
It's been an enjoyable game each year, mostly because my hatred of all things ND burns bright.
But my life will go on if ND is not on the schedule.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||>> Simple or not it||
>> Simple or not it works.
That 780 was against UNLV, which is hardly in the league of Oregon, USC, UCLA, or Arizona State.
>> (JT4104) "it seems like a stone age spread offense compared to what you see at Auburn/A&M."
I'm thinking something similar. This season and the next few will tell the story, but my sense is RR's offense was revolutionary in its day, but defenses have caught up. Other offenses are leading edge now. I'm not smart enough in football X's and O's to explain why, however.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||>> You two hang out? Yeah,||
>> You two hang out?
Yeah, we're "bruhs."
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sitting in my Tucson||
I'm sitting in my Tucson living room watching this game. I'm no more than 5 miles from the University of Arizona. The game, of course, is in San Antonio.
UTSA better do a better job of tackling or this is going to be a long night for them.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not a gambling man, but||
I'm not a gambling man, but this seems about right ... this will either be a close MSU victory or an Oregon blow-out.
Given it's (a) early in the season, and (b) in Oregon ... my spidey senses say the latter.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I understood what you||
Yeah, I understood what you were getting at with your original post on that.
Your point about whether Ufer would be allowed to broadcast today is an interesting one.
Assuming Ufer was coming in as a new broadcaster ... that is, without all the built-up affection for him from his 40+ years of broadcasting ... would his hyper-partisan style be acceptable?
I think the notion of the impartial team broadcaster went by the wayside many years ago. Now I think home team broadcasters are expected to be supportive of "their" teams. The question is then whether Ufer's "over-the-top" style would scare broadcast producers away.
I think probably so for big outlets like WJR. But not for some local Ann Arbor station. I think if Ufer was alive today trying to crack into the business he'd find a spot, but it'd likely be a niche spot initially. Eventually I think he'd move into a bigger role. Yes, he was "over the top," but in a fairly likeable way.
>> "he was also not the world's nicest person away from the booth"
Really? I had not heard that. I was always under the assumption he was well regarded in and out of the booth.
(Ernie Harwell was, I understand, just a total class act regardless of in or out of booth.)
|16 weeks 1 day ago||If Funchess Doubled ...||
This, I think, is the most intriguing element of this game -- assuming Funchess is doubled, who then opens up and how effectively will Gardner exploit it?
I have a sense Gardner will exploit to M's advantage. I see it Michigan 35, ND 17.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||FB||
I read your title and thought, "A fullback is worth a house and a car?"
|16 weeks 1 day ago||1976 Purdue||
Ufer had a similar reaction to the 1976 Purdue game. Michigan was ranked #1 in both polls and was unbeaten. They lost to Purdue 16-14 with Michigan missing a last-second field goal. I can still hear Ufer on the car radio ... "No good. No good. No good."
|16 weeks 1 day ago||>> That guy was nuts. Yeah,||
>> That guy was nuts.
Yeah, but what a lovable nut.
I grew up on Michigan football back in the day when radio was the only way to catch games other than being there in person. The Michigan - OSU game was always televised, but we were lucky to have maybe one other game on TV. Otherwise, it was radio. WPAG Ann Arbor carried Ufer. My little radio could just barely pick it up in Howell. But I'd sit riveted to the game and Ufer's call. To this day I can hear snippets of Ufer in my head, and it never fails to bring my thoughts back to fall days in Michigan and college football.
I find it hard to gin up the same feelings here in Tucson. It was 103 today. :-(
|16 weeks 1 day ago||2009||
I liked that game quite a bit. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Tate Forcier and the promise he showed. He masterfully took Michigan downfield in the closing minutes in that game. Great game, no doubt. Best ever? Well, the whole question is debatable (which is why it's so much fun). Still, great game.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Desmond Howard, "The Catch"||
Desmond Howard, "The Catch" ... 1991.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Good excuse to go to a bar||
Good excuse to go to a bar showing the game on the big screen.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 35, ND 27.||
Michigan 35, ND 27.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'd prefer quality to||
I'd prefer quality to expediency ... if it takes a few days to compose it well, then we wait.
I am, however, looking forward to it. Love those UFRs. Love the breakdown articles in general.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I think Michigan wins their||
I think Michigan wins their game against ND. Not sure if close or comfortable W, but W.
I'm really not sure about the Oregon game. As noted elsewhere, Oregon has shown itself vulnerable to penetrating, disruptive defenses. MSU has to bring its A game to this one. Anything less and I think Oregon takes it; but if MSU brings it, then it can be MSU's W.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're over-thinking||
I think you're over-thinking Hoke's comments. He's praising the HS coach because it's a good thing to do for relationship / recruiting purposes, and he's indirectly praising Cole for taking the coaching as a HS student. For Hoke to really praise Funk at this point would imply a lot of work needed doing, which would defeat the purpose of the praise to the HS coach and to Cole himself.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||This brings up a question ...||
This brings up a question ... has Nussmeier ever mentioned Funk (or any of his position coaches) in his press conferences?
I can't recall. Hoke and Mattison definitely mention position coaches quite frequently. It could be that Nussmeier is just not one to mention names.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||This article is fantastic.||
This article is fantastic. Freakin' fantastic. I'm a football X's and O's wannabe ... and analysis writeups like this are just great. Love it! Thanks!!
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ... hat tip to||
Agree ... hat tip to Appalachian State for showing up and playing hard.
Re: the pointing ... I'm guessing it's a bit of self-reference, a bit for the RBs and WRs, and a bit to signal to the D.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||MIKE||
Love the Gardner "MIKE" picture ... it bristles with football energy.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I watched the Taco Charleton||
I watched the Taco Charleton broadcast loop several times ... that was great! More of that, please ... every game!
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Extrapolation from a single||
Extrapolation from a single data point has never once let me down! :-)
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I think he clearly has the||
I think he clearly has the ability to be exactly that. We'll see if it works out that way or not.
Agree whole-hearedly ... he has the ability to be an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses. The season will bear it out.
If he's double/triple covered every game and other WRs have equally as good stats as a result, does that mean he wasn't as good?
If he's double/triple covered then the other receivers should have stellar years. If not, then there's a bigger problem.
Funchess's stats might not be eye-popping with double/triple coverage, but to be the "best ever" will mean despite the double/triple he has to have some pretty memorable play in there.
This is not diminishing Funchess at all ... I love the guy's game ... it just that I'm a bit protective of the "best ever" tag since I go back to the days of Jim Smith, Anthony Carter and Desmond Howard. They did remarkable things with guys all over them.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Again, it's a subjective||
Again, it's a subjective thing to say, but I certainly don't mind a QB having that level of confidence in a WR. It's nice to see really.
Certainly a nice thing to see ... but I think the flip-side of this is our natural pins-and-needles recollection of last year post-ND. Then it was juggernaut in motion ... only to run into the Akron Zips, who injected a little ... reality ... into things.
So while I like Gardner's confidence in Funchess, and I think Funchess does indeed have tremendous abilities ... my preference would be for a more quiet, determined, workmanlike attitude at this juncture of the season. But that's just me.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||If this is just post-game||
If this is just post-game exhuberance, then okay.
If this is early-onset overconfidence ... then yellow warning lights are flashing.
Funchess is good, no doubt. But "best ever" is a damn tall mountain to climb.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe ... but it's hard to||
Maybe ... but it's hard to see how the coaches could justify moving Robinson out of QB role, given the 2011 results. The howls of outrage would have been deafening.
If Robinson as QB is a given in 2012, then I wish Borges would have fully shelved his West Coast penchant and used Robinson more to his strengths. He did at times, then he'd go back to his preferred playbook to no particular success.
2013 was a mess ... that's for sure. In some ways it reminded me of 2010.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Change||
"My primary worry about Brady Hoke is that he's stuck on a vision of 1990s Michigan in a world that's evolved past that. There was no sign of that Saturday."
I think he was stuck, to some degree, in a vision of 1990's Michigan when he first started.
I think 2012 started to change that. I think he clung to it a bit in 2013. Then he gave it up.
Out goes Borges (a man more stuck than Hoke), and in comes Nussmeier ... a young, energentic OC who barely remembers the 1990's.
A big chunk of my spread zealotry has been the fact that Michigan has made it look unstoppable from the drop.
That was then, this is now ... I think the newness of the spread offense is faded and defenses have caught up. That's not to say the alternative is I-formation off-tackle play after play, but it does mean the spread of the mid-2000's is no longer as formidible as it was then. The interesting question to my mind is whether the mid-2000's spread architects are evolving. We'll see this year with UofA. UNLV was not much of an opponent.