I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|11 hours 51 min ago||I think winning creates the||
I think winning creates the desire to win more.
There are some programs that have been below-average for so long that a 7-5 season is a big thing. But string several of those together and suddenly it's no good any more ... then the expectation is 8, then 9, etc.
The key there is consistency ... an occasional winning season with a reset to historic average means the program remains content with merely good.
In my mind the jury is still out with Arizona (and I live in Tucson so I see up-close how the team is embraced). I just don't sense that much buzz -- good or bad -- with two straight years of 7-5. I think RR could bubble around 7-5, 8-4 and people here would be perfectly happy. Give them the occasional win over ASU and a Rose Bowl every 10 years and people are fine. The buzz about town mid-season was more about the upcoming basketball season than football. The stadium here is rarely sold out; tickets are readily available and advertised on billboards ... in short, Arizona is a program that's relatively happy with 8-4.
Now, give it two or three years of 9-3 and I'm sure the expectations ratchet up to "let's win 10."
|12 hours 48 min ago||I agree there are barriers to||
I agree there are barriers to a new governing structure. Nobody is going to accomplish that without a lot of agreement among some really big players.
Perhaps another thing to ask is this: given the pressure, will the NCAA morph to become this new model for the super schools? In a sense we've seen that -- the severity of penalties seems to have ratcheted down of late (OSU, Miami, Oregon).
|12 hours 59 min ago||All-in||
Let's say the pressure for some schools goes sky-high ... how do those programs respond to the pressure? We're already in a kind of arms-race over facilities at the top programs.
I've often wondered if we'll see a tipping point where the big programs go all-in ... most notably by rejecting NCAA governance and setting up their own standards. Then how many programs will join ... and how many will be allowed to join? (That is, is there the possibility of a single super-conference forming of just the very top elite teams, with everyone else left out?)
nmumike wrote: "what is better, to have sky high expectations, or to be like Washington?"
Play the various scenarios out and that really does become the question, doesn't it? Some programs won't be able to afford to play the game. Do they just accept that and move down into MAC (or AAC) status?
|13 hours 31 min ago||Years ago I recall watching a||
Years ago I recall watching a NOVA program on PBS where some physicist was talking about dropping a stone, which would fall half way, then half again, etc., etc. I recall him saying something about the time increments becoming so small that it would form a black hole and suck in everything around it.
So yeah ... BiSB banning himself has that potential.
BiSB, keep your finger off the banhammer button, please.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Money Quote||
Oh man ... this.
The Internet is an odd place. It's provided a lot of positive to the world ... and a whole pile of bad things, most notably a forum for anonymous people to mistake rudeness for "being real."
Still, I enjoy many things about MGoBlog.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Agree ...||
MSU earned the respect this year ... they upped their defensive game and they came up with a reasonable offense despite all the question marks to start the season. And they did all this with a minimum of chest-thumping trash talk. They just went out and did it.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Interior DL||
As has been said by many above, OSU's running game was at the expense of our interior defensive line. Hyde is a big back and has to be stopped by equally big guys at the line. He gets to the second level and he's getting 5+ yards a carry easy. It's tough to beat a team who can do that consistently.
Now for OSU's real tests:
I think OSU beats MSU, but it'll be another game where OSU's weak links are exposed.
I think FSU torches OSU.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Paraphrasing Full Metal||
Paraphrasing Full Metal Jacket -- "Inside every reasonable OSU fan is a Michigan fan trying to get out." :-)
Nice post ... to my eye there are few things better than a hard-fought game with shows of personal generosity like you point out. That's why I think post-game handshakes are a good thing. Not everyone here agrees with that, but I believe it.
|6 days 4 hours ago||At that point in the game,||
At that point in the game, I'm not convinced Gardner could have rolled out. He seemed to be limping and hopping around on one leg pretty badly. I wonder if the play calling -- and the decision to avoid OT -- was based in some large part on Gardner's inability to move around?
|6 days 4 hours ago||I think Lewan is saying stuff||
I think Lewan is saying stuff here ... Hoke signalled 2 right after the TD, and Lewan would have been on the field at that point. I don't see how Hoke could have polled the seniors -- Lewan included -- at that point.
My guess is Lewan didn't form his comment well ... what he meant to say was that the seniors agree with Hoke's decision; that is, if they'd been asked, they'd have said yes.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Agree||
I agree with you. But I'm presently engaged in a debate on another site with someone who insists its a set-in-stone rule that a team never goes for two at home in that situation. That person then cites the Auburn win over Alabama as proof of that. The two situations not being comparable doesn't seem to matter. It's a cosmic law, I guess.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Not even 50/50||
Given all the factors you cite, I think Michigan's odds in OT are more in the low double digits. It would have required a mistake on OSU's part and near perfect play on Michigan's.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Jake Butt||
+1 on your first bullet point. And from what I understand, incoming freshman Ian Bunting may be even better. Let the O-line mature and put a QB back there that can hit those guys on their TE routes (Gardner, Morris or Speight) and look out.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Quadruple post -- OK, what's||
Quadruple post -- OK, what's going on?
What?! Is Al Borges your post coordinator? Why didn't you go for five!!
|6 days 6 hours ago||"If my whole life is riding||
"If my whole life is riding on whether my team wins on a Saturday, I've taken a wrong turn somewhere."
Amen to that.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a real funk because of Florida's season. He was spoiled during the Tebow years, and since then he's been expecting Florida to bust out and win it all just like before. It's not happening, and he's really bummed out by it.
Earlier this year I decided to let go of my 40-year obsession with Michigan football needing to win every game. I'm 54 years old and you know what? It just doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If on my deathbed I say the best thing in my life is the outcome of some football game, then I can say with all sincerity I have failed in life.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Freeze the sign-up process to||
Freeze the sign-up process to keep new trolls from coming on ... and then yield a viscious ban-hammer for miscreants. That'll clean things up pretty quickly.
I can say this because (a) I'm already registered, and (b) I'm a choir boy, all sweetness and gentleness. ;-)
|6 days 6 hours ago||Green||
I find myself relishing a small thing I saw in today's game ... Derrick Green got the ball and took a step towards the line, then he held up for a half tick. Then in a blink of the eye he took off through a hole that opened up. That hole wasn't there a half tick earlier. He anticipated the blocking and saw the hole before it occured.
It was a beautiful thing. It was as if I was witnessing a glimpse into the future.
|6 days 9 hours ago||From Tucson ...||
I'm in my living room in Tucson, watching the Alabama / Auburn game and anticipating the upcoming Clemson / South Carolina and Arizona / Arizona State games.
I hate Notre Dame ... can't stand watching them. Doesn't matter the opponent.
I have no dog in the UA / ASU game, but beware the Sun Devils ... they're pretty good. I suspect UA is going up to Tempe (100 miles north of Tucson) and is facing a pretty tough game.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Grow and get better||
We had 158 yards total offense against Iowa just one week ago.
We had 603 yards total offense against Ohio State this week.
My, oh my ... they grew and got better in a damn hurry.
|6 days 12 hours ago||No trust||
"Unless he calls games like this, yes."
Do you trust him to not revert to his old ways?
Neither do I.
|6 days 12 hours ago||"Catch-22 for Borges. He has||
"Catch-22 for Borges. He has to explain why he didn’t do this all year."
He'll come up with some double-speak to justify. But it's all BS.
He called this game as if he had nothing to lose. It showed the potential this team's offense has had most of the season. They play this kind of game and they beat Nebraska and Iowa.
|1 week 4 days ago||Time will tell||
I'm not trying to argue that Hoke is superior to RR, or that RR is bad or anything of the sort.
I'm simply saying I don't believe RR is going to achieve anything approximating national significance at Arizona**. I could be wrong, but I suspect I'm not. This weekend's game against Arizona State is going to be interesting, and will be a test of how good Arizona is at following-up on a big win.
** I live in Tucson ... and it's hard to describe the level of indifference there is to this football program. I barely knew last weekend was a home game. It wasn't the best weather day here, but the stands were half-empty for the biggest game in the Rodriguez tenure. USC and a newly ascendant UCLA will suck the talent out of California, and a resurgent Arizona State program is going to compete hard for what little in-state talent there is. UA has never been a football power, and without a Phil Knight or Boone Pickens benefactor I just don't see how UA maintains its position within the increasingly hostile arms race that is top-tier college football. But again, time will tell.
|1 week 4 days ago||Two ways to approach||
Two ways to approach this:
From Glanville's perspective it may just be that he wishes to get back into the game in a low-profile sort of way. He may entertain no illusions of building EMU into anything more than competent. He may simply be doing it for the love of the game and the opportunity to coach up young players. If so, then good for him.
From EMU's perspective the calculus is a bit more dicey. To take on someone like Glanville could signal that EMU views their football program worthy of a placeholder coach only. That may well be exactly what EMU thinks of their football program, but to imply it so strongly is risky. On the other hand, if Glanville does pull a miracle and EMU becomes a solid 8-4 type team then when Glanville decides to step away EMU's in a better position to bring in a young up-and-comer.
|1 week 4 days ago||There's a tremendous risk of||
There's a tremendous risk of opening up the whole RR debate here, which I don't wish to do.
My basic argument is this -- beware the tendency to rely too heavily on what once was, because what once was may not be effective in what now is.
Hoke seems to look back to his days at Michigan back in the late 90's and see a pattern for today, but that's a mistake. Today is what today offers, not what 1997 looked like.
Al Borges seems to look back to his formative years learning the "West Coast Offense." There's a reason almost nobody is running that offense in the form it was from back then.
Rich Rodriguez's mistake was thinking the spread model he had at West Virginia translated exactly to the Big 10 or into the future. The game is changing; it's not 2006 any more, the WVU model with Pat White was great but isn't the game-changer today that it was then.
(Please, nobody cite the Arizona win over Oregon ... it was one game, Oregon is beat up and dispirited, and Arizona is hardly a dominant force ... and probably won't ever be. They may well be better than Michigan, but that's something quite different from better than Alabama, FSU or even OSU.)
The common pattern is that all three seem to look back to what might be called glory days thinking that success today can be had by repeating things from the past. The great coaches don't fall into that trap. They adapt and take what the present affords.
My hope is Hoke wakes up and realizes the folly of chasing a ghost from the past.
|1 week 4 days ago||History||
"Because there was no Florida 40 years ago."
Those eight words pack a profound truth.
Michigan is rightfully proud of its legacy, but such a thing can become a blind spot. And it has.
The blind spot is not so much the Yost years -- that's ancient history; a nice bookend at the start of things, but too far removed to be a hinderance.
The blind spot is the Schembechler years. Those were good years, but they are in the past. They should be properly remembered, but not revered. Misplaced reverence is a blind spot.
The game of football is fluid, and the good programs move with the current. But the Michigan program seems to hold a stubborn eye on the picture of the Schembechler years, and that is hurting the program.
Place the picture of Schembechler in Michigan's hall of fame. Pay it proper homage. Then turn and face the reality of now.
I've been following Michigan football for 40 years now. I've seen ups and down. I was supportive of the transition away from the previous coach for the same reason I am now concerned about the present -- a stubborn insistence to cling to what was.
That's the off-season challenge for Hoke -- prove that he's not a man who has the stubborn insistence gene in him. I'm not calling for Hoke's dismissal; I am hoping for an indication he understands the problem.
|1 week 5 days ago||"I don't envy his current||
"I don't envy his current position"
Hoke's head coaching mettle will be tested this week, that's for sure.
Best he can do is minimize lingering damage from previous games and get their focus on the upcoming game. Win or lose, if they play with intensity and focus then Hoke will have succeeded in that goal. But if they play as if they don't care, then Hoke will have failed in that goal, and that will be a very big problem for Hoke.
|1 week 5 days ago||Full Throttle Shoot Out||
The strategy of keeping the ball out of the hands of the OSU offense depends on Michigan getting first downs ... which they're awful at ... so that strategy won't work.
Borges's best hope is for a shoot-out. Gardner is more comfortable in that kind of game anyway. So go wide-open and live or die on that. Any other approach fails.
(Predictor: if we see Gardner under center even once, game over. I'm totally serious.)
Go down swinging.
PS -- Am I the only one on this site who sees every click result in "Connection Timeout" ... every action requiring 30+ seconds of waiting and retries? It's almost unusable lately.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah, agree ...||
At some point both Hoke's and Brandon's job comes into jeopardy if this is allowed to continue. Both are going to be motivated to do something to at least appear like they're trying to right the ship. The question that remains is when that might happen. Carrying Al Borges into next year puts the target squarely on Hoke's back if we see more of the same in 2014.
|1 week 6 days ago||Maybe ... but I wonder||
Maybe ... but I wonder whether that matchup makes sense from a fanbase point of view.
Which bowl are you thinking of? Where it's held will determine how many fans will travel to it.
The lesser bowls are mostly interested in getting as many people in the stadium as they can and providing a decent matchup. Michigan and Arizona are on opposite sides of the country. If the game was held somewhere on the east coast it's unlikely AZ fans would travel, in any number, to the game. Ditto Michigan fans traveling the west coast for a bowl game.
(Did you see the stadium shots for the Oregon game? Many empty seats. Bad weather here in Tucson today, but the problem is mostly a largely apathetic football fanbase. Most homegames are undersold, and there's absolutely no buzz about town on gameday.)
|1 week 6 days ago||76?||
If I added things correctly, that comes up to ... (gulp) ... 76 TFLs.
|1 week 6 days ago||Okay, disappointment over||
Okay, disappointment over Iowa set aside.
I turn my focus to Ohio State.
I hate Ohio State. I was just starting my Michigan fandom in 1973 when the 10-10 tie occurred and OSU went to the Rose Bowl rather than Michigan.
Then Michigan lost to OSU in 1974. And 1975.
Then Michigan beat those lousy rat bastards 22 to 0 and I was happy.
Now that Ohio State has their unbeaten streak going they've become insufferable rat bastards.
How sweet it would be for Michigan to pull out a victory ... ruin their damn unbeaten season ... crush any pathetic hopes they have for a national championship ... and send them to some consolation bowl.
I hate their livers and guts.
|1 week 6 days ago||Okay ... I never said or||
Okay ... I never said or implied anything to the contrary.
He can care all he wants. It is results that he's being paid to produce.
He's not producing results. No objective analysis of the season's offensive statistics -- and in particular the trend of those statistics -- would yield any other conclusion.
My point is that to the extent he exhibits symptoms of stress, it's because he is trying very hard to hide the fact he's simply not an elite OC.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think we are going to be||
I think we are going to be more competitive than people expect against Ohio State, but we still lose by two scores.
I hope you're right; I fear you're not.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Guy seems to put a lot of||
"Guy seems to put a lot of pressure on himself"
Probably because he knows he's a fraud and he's afraid of being exposed as such.
I'm totally on the anti-Borges bandwagon after this game. 158 yards total offense. Sheesh.
|1 week 6 days ago||Borges fools people into||
Borges fools people into thinking all his technical football talk means he's a good offensive coordinator. That was the buzz on him when first brought to Michigan ... he's an "offensive genius." Like hell.
Borges can't possibly survive into next season. If he does, then Hoke is banking his career on Borges. I don't think that's going to happen. I think we'll see Borges step away, and I think that'll be the last time he coaches at a big-name school. It's lesser schools from here out for Borges.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm exchanging texts with a||
I'm exchanging texts with a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's just besides himself with anger over being bad, and for losing to Georgia Southern. I offered him Borges for Muschamp. He said he'd take my cat for Muschamp. My cat is a worthless cat. That's how bad it is there.
|1 week 6 days ago||Absolutely true||
And for that he should suffer in OC hell ... in his case Borges should be forced to spend eternity doing squat-thrusts while a tray of glazed donuts is just out of reach.
|1 week 6 days ago||Gardner is a good athlete and||
Gardner is a good athlete and a decent QB but is being horribly mis-used.
Any other halfway decent coach would be happy to have Gardner, and they'd make use of his natural talents. Borges doesn't make use of his talents. For that sin alone Borges should be fired.
|1 week 6 days ago||This||
That was the leading indicator. Michigan should have man-handled them, and they didn't. After that game I argued against the "a W is a W" argument ... because it wasn't. The way that W was achieved was a loud warning signal that something was very, very wrong.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree ...||
The occasional mistake can be put on the shoulders of a player; a systematic regression across nearly all fronts is on the coaches.
|1 week 6 days ago||158 yards||
That stat right there should shame Al Borges out of town.
|1 week 6 days ago||Who? Seriously. Who?||
Who? Seriously. Who?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||OSU||
OSU has shown vulnerability to being out-muscled. Alabama would do exactly that to them.
OSU prides itself on athleticism and speed. Their version of it pales to FSU.
Either way, OSU gets schooled.
Alabama / Florida State is the game. I just hope neither trips on the way to game taking place.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Fantasy Football||
I had a 44 mesh "Michigan" jersey that I would wear outside to pretend I was playing against Ohio State. Mom didn't like it when I did it in the snow.
Moms sometimes don't understand, do they? :-)
I used to imagine I was Mike Lantry and attempt field goals up against the side of the barn. I didn't have a jersey -- or his leg -- but it was all good fun. I had stones laid out as yard markers, and I had chalk marks on barn siding to indicate the uprights. I kicked wearing Timberland boots -- straight-on style. 37 yards was my best.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Chuck Heater and Single Wing||
"This is all a bunch of single wing stuff."
That reminds me of a Bob Ufer bit from way back in 70's. Ufer was talking about tailback Chuck Heater (1972 - 1974), and Ufer mused about Fritz Crisler looking down and saying, "Wouldn't he be great in the old single wing!"
Chuck Heater, #44
... yeah, I'm that old. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Alternatives to "Fire"||
I wonder is this community is just a bit more corporate savvy than most, and the word "fire" (which is way out of vogue in the corporate world) is being replaced with other more HR-buzzy words?
In my company the phrase is "resource action," or "RA" for short. For example, "He was RA'd back in January."
So re-run your numbers and look for "RA Borges" or "Resource Action Borges" please. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||In the short term ...||
Design game plans suited for our offensive line and offensive skillset. Trim the playbook back to a handful of plays that Gardner is comfortable with and can get rid of the ball quickly. Play to Gardner's comfort zone and this offense's few strengths. Put the "power" project on hold until our QB and the offense has its legs back.
Long-developing plays don't work because the offensive line can't sustain the protection and defenses know this. Google "how to stop Michigan offense" and you see a highlight film of the Michigan State game. Nebraska is not stupid ... they did the same thing. And it worked. NW will try the same thing, as will Iowa and OSU.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||^^ This||
I'm fully on board the "Fire Borges" bandwagon now.
It's not just the playcalling, as mentioned here. It's that he's shown he has no idea how to use available talent to best effect. Gardner is not and never will be a pocket QB. So don't use him as such.
The fact that Borges continues to think he can mold Gardner into some rock-steady pocket QB convicts Borges of gross incompetence.
Gardner shows flashes of what he could be when he runs out of the gun, rolls out and hits short passes. Borges either doesn't see that or he refuses to see it.
In either case, fire him.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||I could go into a detailed||
I could go into a detailed rant about how Stanford's defense has jack-fucking-shit to do with "manball,"
It doesn't. Good defense is good defense. Period.
That said, Oregon has, over the last few years, shown itself vulnerable to opponents with a defensive line that can control, get penetration and disrupt the offensive backfield. Auburn did that in the national championship game, USC did it a few years ago, and Stanford has shown an ability to do that as well.
But that vulnerability extends to any offensive scheme.
I had my suspicions about Oregon and was interested to see how the Stanford game played out. I'm not convinced Baylor is top-tier since OU has a history of choking in big games. I still like Alabama / FSU as the top two and would like to see them in the NC game. That would be an interesting matchup.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Sports Radio||
I prefer my sports radio personalities to be level-headed. And halfway intelligent.
That would be an interesting discussion ... sports radio personalities we like and why.
Trouble is, there's no way to fence that so it stays "like" and not degenerate into "sports radio personalities I hate and here's a 3000 word epic rant on the topic."
At some point in time I really should do work my employer pays me to do.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||...||
Anterolateral ligament is to ______ like [ verboten sports author ] is to ________.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||...||
So, Ace Williams, Drew Sharp and Jason Whitlock walk into a bar ...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||...||
I hear tell our fellers are gonna play those cornhusker fellers this weekend. Did ya hear about that? Seems a better thing to go a-talkin' about then what some other feller wrote in the paper.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||*sigh*||
I saw this thread and thought it applied to games tonight. Well today is Wednesday. But I thought it was still Tuesday. Which means my mind is all gummed up. So, *sigh*.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Tuesday||
Damn it, there's just someting wrong about college football on a Tuesday.
Fridays? Yeah, okay with that. I'm even willing to stretch to Thursday. But Tuesday?!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ignore Whitlock for the||
Ignore Whitlock for the moment.
By Hoke's admission, echoed by Borges and Mattison ... there is a problem with execution.
That's not necessarily equated with "lack of character" or a sign of "softness." But it is a sign of something wrong. The coaches acknowledge it, but have no stated explanation of it.
For my part I tend to agree with Whitlock's core point -- that Hoke's teams do not typically suffer from these things, and that Hoke will do what Hoke does and get to the bottom of it.
I've written in other posts that I saw something in the eyes of Hoke at the MSU post-game press conference. I can't accurately describe it ... it was something different. A switch has gone off in his head, I think. Let's watch how the rest of the season unfolds to see if we look back on the MSU loss as a turning point.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Often being a thoughtful,||
Often being a thoughtful, results oriented person gets frustrating when [ fill in blank with chosen activity] means nothing if you can't "play the game."
That's pretty universal, not just in politics or congress.
There's simply a whole bunch of ass-clown stupidness in this world. Thoughful, results oriented people have a limited capacity to put up it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Along those lines, I've||
Along those lines, I've wondered if Borges ever asks Mattison about the upcoming opponent's defense and ask: "What can you tell me about how they run their D, and what weaknesses are inherent in it?" Just inside shoptalk stuff.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Question, not statement||
all I am saying is that if the answer is that our quarterback can't throw a wide receiver screen or a quick hitch, have we not found a signficant source of the problem.
For the record, I didn't say Gardner can't ... I asked if perhaps that was a contributing factor.
I tend to ask questions here because (a) I like to stir up discussion and (b) I don't for a moment think I have the answers.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Smartass reply||
No, clearly it isn't. Maybe Borges truly is a stubborn horse's ass who can't see the obvious in front of his face. Or maybe he's not, and he's working with player limitations we aren't aware of. Or maybe I don't really have any clue whatever. Yeah, I like that last one. It feels right.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Sure ... why not?||
I'd like to see it. The redshirt is gone, so we may as well work Morris in more. We saw a bit of him in the MSU game when Gardner was hurt. If memory serves, his first play was a rollout left and an underthrown pass into the flat.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Do we have evidence Gardner||
Do we have evidence Gardner is very good at this quick pass?
Serious question. Maybe the issue is they've tried to implement this but for whatever reason Gardner requires a tick more time to get rid of the ball. Not every QB is equally good at the quick release.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Very nice article on MnB||
I posted my comments over on the MnB site. It's a great read.
As I noted in my comments there, my hope is the MSU game will serve as a learning experience for the young offensive line. They saw the best. They got blown up by the best, but they saw what it looks like.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Green||
but is the general consensus on Derrick Green's ability going forward not high?
My sense is he'll end up being pretty good. Yes, he's vulnerable to ankle tackles. And my guess is the game is faster than he's able to deal with right now. But with some more game time, some blocking up front, he'll be getting into the second level of the defense where he'll be a load for safeties to take down. I doubt he'll ever been the 80 yard speed burner. But I think he'll become a good 20+ carry, 100+ yard back soon enough.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Hanlon||
That's the name from the past I could not remember, and I was too lazy to look up.
I agree Hoke should be having consultations ... and he and Funk no doubt are. I would find it very hard to believe they're holed up and not seeking answers from others they trust.
Now, with respect to Hanlon ... his 1991 season is 22 years ago. So I re-ask the question: who's recognized as a great coach at that position today?
That's not a stupid question. It is directly related to the calls some are making to fire Funk. Because if Funk is fired, the very next question is who to hire in his place. And to answer that one needs to understand who are the great offensive line coaches and, failing to hire one of them, then hire someone like them.
So, who are the contemporary great offensive line coaches? And which would Michigan have a realistic shot at getting?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||+1||
+1 ... thank you.
In my other post in this thread I ask what criteria one might use to evaluate how well an offensive line coach is performing. I expected to see responses like, "Results on the field!" And while that is true in general, such an answer does beg the question about Funk in 2011.
My sense is the same as yours ... this interior line is likely going to take a leap this year to next. All the hand-wringing over the interior line performance against MSU is a bit overdone.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Interior||
but your line is only as good as your interior
This is consistent with what Mattison said from his perspective on the defensive side of the ball. Earlier this year, when asked about his defense's pass rush effectiveness, he said (paraphrase): "It all starts on the inside. If you get good pressure on the inside then the outside line can free up and get to the quarterback."
Interestingly, Michigan is not the only team with offensive line troubles ... Florida's problems stem largely from the same thing. Word from my Florida buddy is the Florida boards are exploding with "Fire Muschamp!" calls.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Funk as O-Line Coordinator||
Echoing others ... thanks for pulling this together. It lends context to the debates of late.
Now I'm curious. Offensive line coaches work in the background for the most part. Has there been an offensive line coach, Michigan or otherwise, that's generally recognized as a great coach at that position? I would think the really good ones rather rapidly move up to the OC position.
I'm wondering what makes a great offensive line coach good at that role. It must be more than just knowledge of the positions. From what I can gather it has something to do with "realizing potential," but how exactly is that done ... and how much of that is the result of the coach and how much of it is the natural maturation of a gifted player?
I'm neither anti-Funk or pro-Funk, because I honestly have no way to accurately assess his qualities. Hence my questions ... I'm trying to understand the framework one might use to assess an offensive line coach's contribution.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Watching Saban on 60 minutes||
Watching Saban on 60 minutes coaching up his players only served to remind me of the pathetic state of our coaching staff and football program.
Really? What exactly did you see on that 60 Minutes segment that was so inspirational?
I'm curious because I've seen several clips of Saban coaching and it's pretty much like footage of any coach. I have tremendous respect for Nick Saban and his accomplishments, but I doubt very much 30 seconds of footage on 60 Minutes was really all that telling ... of either Saban and Alabama or Hoke and Michigan.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Composure||
Losing one's composure is not the mark of a skilled coach
I'll amplify -- losing one's composure in a press conference is not the mark of a skilled coach.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Pressure||
This actually puts some pressure on Michigan. Nebraska is not known for defense this year, so Michigan's offense should have some freedom to produce. And without Martinez on the field then Michigan's defense should be able to contain and stop the Nebraska offense.
Michigan should be able to take care of business this Saturday. Let's see if they do.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||A somewhat long post, but||
A somewhat long post, but some good points made.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Stop it! Stop it! Mom, he's||
Stop it! Stop it! Mom, he's doing it again! Make him stop it! :-)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Shocked if we land Hand or||
Shocked if we land Hand or McDowell after Saturdays debacle
One game would not likely make that much difference. Besides, a recruit could look at that game and think, "I could really contribute there ... I could see the field early."
The risk is if a perception settles in that Michigan is stuck at some halfway-good, halfway-bad state. Some here might argue we've reached that point; I would not argue that yet. 2014 is going to be an important year for establishing trendlines.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Your post is freaking me out||
Your post is freaking me out ... it's like holding a mirror up to another mirror and seeing infinity. Ack!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Spirals||
"we all know what a program clearly spiraling out of control looks like ... it [Michigan] isn't a program spinning out of control"
This I agree with. The current Michigan program is very much removed from situations like Kiffen at USC, Dooley at Tennessee, or even Zook at Illinois.
That said, I do suspect Hoke looks at 2014 and understands it will be an important year for him. The key will be some clear sign of the program taking on a solid footing and starting to grow in the right direction.
the faithful to have a Kiergegaardian struggle
Quick spelling check: Kierkegaardian.
I knew of Kierkegaard but wasn't clear on what you were referring to here. I Googled it and found (a) that your MGoBlog post was already in the Google index, and (b) a hit on the "struggle for faith." Nice reference ... apt.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||OSU||
OSU is looking every bit the BCS title contender that folks had them pegged as coming into this season.
I doubt OSU will get a short at the championship game. And if they did, I doubt they'd make a good show of it. Alabama or Florida State would kill them, each in their own way. My mind is still not quite made up on Oregon ... this weekend will tell that story.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Coaches||
There are all kinds of head coaches with his demeanor, who don't yell at their players on game day.
Nick Saban being one ... Mark Dantonio being another. I can't recall too many instances where Urban Meyer was yelling at players on the sideline. All three of those coaches seem to send their signals without theatrics.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Ditto||
Ditto ... very nice post ... well written, lots of variety, and very entertaining.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It looks like we're going to||
It looks like we're going to redshirt "crap."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||+1||
Okay, +1 for spotting that. I guess I read too quickly.
Ryan playing all game doesn't surprise me all that much. The substitution thing is a bit of a surprise given Mattison's earlier declaration of principle on the matter. Now I'm curious ... is that because he's beginning to settle on his desired "core" defensive players? Or because he's had a change of heart about the merits of substitution at the rate he was doing earlier?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Bear Crawl||
Something like, "Who does the fastest bear crawl?"
LOL ... back in grade school (Redford Township Volney Smith, now gone) I used to be awesome at the bear crawl and the backwards crab crawl. If I tried it now I'd hurt myself.
I've often wondered if Borges consults with Mattison on the upcoming team's defense. Something like, "Greg, what do you see in their defense that you think is a weakness?" Certainly Borges himself can spot weaknesses, but I'm wondering if Mattison lends his DC eye to the question as well.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Press Conferences||
First off, I very much appreciate Heiko's efforts in transcribing these press conferences and posting them.
That said, I'm becoming less and less interested in them because the exact same things are said week after week. It almost doesn't matter the question.
This seems to me different this year from last and the year before. I recall a bit more meat on the bones back then. Maybe I'm just longing for earlier times. Dunno.
It makes me wonder what kinds of questions could be asked that might yield some interesting responses. Clearly any question that would reveal upcoming game strategy won't be answered. I'm at a loss to conjure up a hypothetical question that might actually be answered.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Foster||
"...he wants to coach football and ride his tractor and drink beer."
Not that there's anyting wrong with that. :-)
You point is absolutely valid, and applies to a lot of people in a lot of professions. My employer (large multinational) is littered with people promoted above their competency. And if Bud Foster knows where he wants to be, then kudos to him.
Narduzzi may be that same kind of guy ... but my sense is he'd like to at least try the HC role if the right opportunity came along.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Don't say dumb shit.Truer||
Don't say dumb shit.
Truer words have rarely been written.
There's this tendency in today's modern world to think that "being honest" (or "being real") gives license to say dumb shit. It doesn't.
Exercising good judgment and good manners is good for its own sake, and it pays dividends in the long run. I'm 54 and have been in the professional business world 30+ years and I can't count how many people I've seen say dumb shit where later it's come back to burn them.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||"I always felt than I was||
"I always felt than I was extraordinarily lucky to play at Michigan and have my education paid for me."
Bravo ... that's the admirable way to put it.
I went back and re-read the linked article in the OP to get the context of the "slave" reference. My sense is it was written as slightly overheated rhetoric ... as a way to lash back at the unruly fans who don't understand or appreciate the effort that goes into playing the game at the level Oregon plays it.
Or at least that how I read it. If it was truly meant to imply he and his teammates were little more than slaves to the football machine ... then I concur with you: "nonsense."
|5 weeks 2 days ago||There is a general decline in||
There is a general decline in civility in all phases of life ... here, football games, in traffic, you name it. It's a sad reality of today's existence. Best any one person can do is try their best not to participate in the incivility. I'm reminded of a salmon swimming upstream ...
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ...||
If we can get a quick stop on D or pick up a first down or two early it will be huge.
I think that's correct. That won't guarantee a win, of course, but I think it'll go a long way in settling Michigan into the game. And if they can settle into the game, then I think Michigan has the advantage. Slight, but an advantage.
No turnovers, of course ... turnovers that lead to opposition points are hard to overcome.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||*clap* *clap*||
Holy crap on a cracker ... I loved that rant. Well done!
Maybe I should take a break from these boards
Please don't. I suspect you have more fans than you realize. I learn a lot from your posts.
The wave of stupidity and ignorance mixed with unentitled arrogance that has washed over the board is overbearing.
Don't forget dismissive ad hominem attacks and pointlessly repetitive snarky posts. Oh, and reflexive contrarianism. Lots of that bubbling about.
Bravo for your post. This board member applauds you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan is solidly on the||
Michigan is solidly on the better side of middle of the pack. It is what it is.
The question is ... what does the trend line look like? I'm hoping up. I'm guessing there's too much variation in the data points to accurately say.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I was being tongue-in-cheek||
I was being tongue-in-cheek.
Right now I think there's one elite team (Alabama) and two that look really good (FSU and Oregon). The rest of the Top 10 are well behind those three.
Ohio State would get crushed by Alabama, and probably crushed by FSU and Oregon.
I don't really care what the polls show, or where Michigan falls in the polls, or how the Big 10 is doing in the polls. I don't care whether the SEC gets too much credit or the Big 10 not enough. All that matters is the next Michigan game. Win or lose the sun comes up the next day and life goes on.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Top 10||
Alabama -- because they're a legitimate #1 at this point unless someone can beat them.
Oregon -- because (a) ESPN is touting the Pac-12 as being an "almost SEC" conference, and (b) they're the darling spread team, and (c) they're undefeated and look pretty good.
Florida State -- because (a) they're an undefeated state of Florida team, and (b) they look really good ... maybe better than Oregon in my opinion.
Ohio State -- because of Urban Meyer. Otherwise, they'd be 6th or 7th.
Baylor -- the pollsters love the up-tempo stuff. Next week against OU will indicate whether this is legitimate.
Stanford -- see reason "a" above under Oregon. Next week is shake-out week.
Miami -- because (a) they're an undefeated state of Florida team, and (b) they beat Florida earlier in the year. Next week they play FSU.
I didn't realize how many good games are on tap for next weekend! :-)
Auburn, Clemson, Missouri, LSU, Texas A&M ... because at this point in the poll nobody really has a clue what team is better. So they threw in the towel and mopped up the SEC teams, and threw in Clemson to keep FSU company. Their new-found love of the Pac-12 goes only so far.
You know what all this indicates? It indicates the half-life of the 4-team playoff is about 2 years ... then we go to 8.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Agree ...||
The one-man show is fine when it works ... but it doesn't always work. Witness OSU and Mississippi State in 2010, or ND in 2012.
I think this offense is shaping up to have some really nice balance and potential. Manage the offensive turnovers and settle the line and we're in the top of the B1G.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Peppers||
I think we may well see Jabrill Peppers in at WR is some instances as well.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Interjection / Adjective||
"There was a relatively even split between the interjection "fuck" and the adjective usage of the word."
As I was reading your OP I was thinking about this ... then you answered my unasked question! Brilliant! No, not merely briliant ... fuck, it's fucking awesome!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||D-Line||
"There's only so much you can do for it when your Dline doesn't get very good penetration to begin with."
This game takes on a completely different feel if the defensive line was able to get pressure on the Indiana QB. Do that and suddenly throws that were on target become slightly off target and dropped; slightly off target balls get picked; third down conversions missed and Indiana punting more.
"It all starts up front" is not an empty cliche.
If Michigan can find 4 that get push and couple that with the secondary talent that's in pipeline, this is going to be a very good defense.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I am prepared to be proven||
I am prepared to be proven wrong about this ... but I have a more positive sense coming out of this game.
Yes, the defense gave up a lot of plays, yards and points. But the young players got a lot of game-time reps and they saw a lot of real-life things that should remain in their minds going forward. I can't help but think if the Michigan defensive line had been able to get more pressure from the front-four this would have been an entirely different game.
My sense is the offensive line is much improved. The UFRs will tell the story. Even if Indiana's defense is not great, if the UFR shows Michigan executing properly across the O-line then that's a positive that we can hope carries into MSU.
I also wonder if the PSU debacle finally woke Hoke up to go back to what seems to work for this offense -- more of a spread look, with Gardner in shotgun. Manball may be the dream, but the reality is spread and the future is now. If that's what happened, then great.
Is Michigan ready to beat the top teams? Hardly. But will we look back on 2013 and see this Indiana game as an inflection point with the trend line going up from here? I think so. That's my sense.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Upvote||
Consider this an upvote to your post ... "insightful".
|7 weeks 3 days ago||OC?||
There must be some up-and-coming OC from a mid-level school out there. But I'm not sure that's a guarantee of success ... Brent Pease went from Boise State to Florida and it's not like he's burning up the SEC.
The shame of all this is Borges could probably do really well if he'd allow himself the humility to accept where his approaches aren't working. He's capable of calling a good game (Notre Dame this year), but for reasons unclear he's decided to retrench.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||"it's better to be honest||
"it's better to be honest with oneself than aspirational"
That's a very good line ... and a very good assessment of this team.
It seems to me Mattison understands this better than do the offensive coaches. He seems to do what he can with what he has.
I think Borges capable ... just stubborn. Which is a shame.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
After a depressing morning reading post-game accounts ... this thread was a relief. Thanks.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||1st and 3rd Down Production||
The UFRs will be really interesting for this game. Until then, I went by the play-by-play data to chart Michigan's production on 1st down, and their production on 3rd down.
1st down because I keep hearing how important it is to get production on 1st down so the QB isn't digging out of a hole; 3rd down because moving the chains is the key to this game.
Michigan 1st Down Situations
Michigan 3rd Down Situations
Again, the UFR will provide far greater detail and context.
1st Down -- A bit of feast-or-famine going on ... still, only 3 for negative yards.
3rd Down -- 10 for 13 is a nice rate. Seeing Gardner for some but not most is a good sign. Funchess' name pops up with a lot of double-digit gains. :-)
Edit - in browsing around other box scores I see Oregon held Colorado to 0 for 15 on 3rd downs. Ouch.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Agree ...||
An encouraging move in the right direction ... if they continue to build on the improvements game over game. Any regression will become very problematic against better teams.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||From what I understand, yes.||
From what I understand, yes. Yost invented the linebacker position.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Kudos||
I was reading through this post and thinking about all the other detailed content on this site. This really is a remarkable destination for Michigan sports information, particularly football. My understanding of the game in general, and the teams in particular is light years beyond what it was prior to joining this site.
Nice job, Ace ... very nice write-up.
Now Go Blue! Grind Minnesota like a perfectly tuned and well-oiled machine. Nothing fancy, just good execution, ball control, and relentless, soul-destroying movement of the chains.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||+1||
Very nice write-up and summary! Thanks!
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Why, I hear that fellow Yost||
Why, I hear that fellow Yost is thinking about having some of his defense play back of the line. He calls them fellers "linebackers" or some such thing. Imagine that!
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Fair Point||
That's a fair point.
The key there is the quality of the defenses the athletic QB faces. In college the average quality is spread out; in the NFL it gets much more concentrated.
So in college the athleticism attribute may well be of higher weight than the pure QB attributes. The better a defense the athletic QB faces, the less that advantage becomes. Alabama and LSU showed a fair amount of skill shutting down athletic QBs, including Denard Robinson.
That's why, I think, those athletic QBs see lesser production in the pros ... the defenses are simply that much better overall. That doesn't mean they can't be successful (see RGIII his first year; see Colin Kaepernick; see Russell Wilson). It does mean the game management skills become more important. Couple the two and it's powerful. Russell Wilson seems to be positioning himself as a very smart and very mobile QB. The big question is whether RGIII is really a half-step slower and whether he can now get better at the QB decisions part of the game.
To your point -- in college, sure ... take an athletic QB who's good enough at the passing to keep defenses on their heels.
I worry about the Michigan - OSU game because it looks like Braxton Miller is really becoming a QB with both athleticism and good game management presence. Devin Gardner has all the tools to get there himself. Question is, will he? We'll see.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, my "syllables per word"||
Yeah, my "syllables per word" rating there is pretty good, huh? :-)
|9 weeks 3 days ago||"He said he is leaning to||
"He said he is leaning to agree with Howard's assessment that a kid labeled as a great athlete should raise some eyebrows"
Well, that's not quite what Howard said, and it's not what I presented Howard as saying.
Howard's point -- and I used this word in my paraphrase of him -- was that when a quarterback is primarily known as an athlete, it's a red flag. I did not emphasize "primarily" in my original post, but perhaps I should have.
It makes a difference. All the chatter above about Vince Young and Michael Vick is because those posters are thinking the point being made is a QB who is also athletic. That's not the point. Michael Vick and Vince Young were both athletic and good QBs.
So if we leave proper names out of this -- since it serves as a distraction, apparently -- the question is better phased like this: Who would you rather have -- a really athletic kid who runs around a lot and makes bad decisions? Or a less athletic kid who seems to be pretty good at reading defenses and making decisions?
That's Howard's point. The primary attribute of a QB is first to be a good QB.
Of course one would want both if one could get both. Of course.
But if a recruit is a great athlete but very raw and very mistake-prone at the QB position, then there's a concern. Because a QB has to first and foremost be the QB and lead the offense. If they can't do that it's a problem.
It's like a team whose QB leads the team in rushing. Good thing or bad thing? I'd argue a bad thing. Not because the yards are bad, but because it's an indication of an improper balance in the team's offense. Howard's point, and I tend to agree in principle, is that a QB that is athletic but not good at the QB role tends to rely too much on his athleticism, which is great when it works, but it can be a problem when it fails to work. Mississippi State had that figured out in the bowl game against Michigan a few years back.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||+1 :-)||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||.||
Because there's a strong tendency on this site to reflexive contrarianism.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||>> Would you consider Vince||
>> Would you consider Vince Young to be a great QB? Cam Newton? Michael Vick?
There's a case to be made for the answer "no." Each had success in college that did not translate up as well to the NFL. Lots of reasons for that ... one of which is each thought their athleticism would be enough to win ballgames. It's not.
Now it's time for me to explain what I don't mean:
I am saying that a QB whose primary attribute is athleticism will not be as effective as a QB with good-enough athleticism and good game decision skills.
That was Desmond Howard's point. First and foremost a QB has to be a good QB, and being a good QB is more than just scrambling out of the pocket or keeping on a read option and going to the endzone.
Who would you rather have, Michael Vick or Tom Brady? Cam Newton or Andrew Luck?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||And more to the point about||
And more to the point about this trend starting in the 70's, the Big 10 had only one Rose Bowl win in the decade between 1970 and 1980 ... Ohio State in 1974.
>> If the 49ers were gong to be strictly manball, Alex Smith would still be starting there.
Which is why I am always arguing this "manball vs. spread" discussion is never an either/or proposition. It's a question of balance of the different attributes. That's what Harbaugh is doing. That's what New England has been doing. That's what Borges is doing.
The point of the WSJ article is that the pendulum is swinging back just a bit.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||>> but even with average||
>> but even with average throwing skills, elite athlete QBs can lead you to many wins
I'm no QB coach, but it seems to me throwing skills are secondary to good decision management skills. If a QB has great legs, an average arm, but he tends to make very few mistakes ... that's gold. Mistakes hurt. Mistakes at critical points in the game kill.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Athletic QBs||
>> "The knock is that he is a great athlete, but fairly unpolished as a QB."
Did you see what Desmond Howard said on "Gameday" this past week? He said any time a QB is described primarily as a "great athlete" it's a red flag. He went on to say the job of a QB is first to be a great quarterback.
There was some disagreement from others on the panel about that, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
That's not to say athleticism plays no role, of course. A great QB with great athleticism is a plus, no doubt. (Imagine Payton Manning with RGIII's legs.) It's just that a QB can't be just a great athlete ... there's a lot of examples of how that takes a team only so far.
So the question with all these HS QBs that are "great athletes" is whether they can grow into being a great QB as well. That's probably one of those intuitive things coaches do.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||last second loss to Minnesota||
last second loss to Minnesota at home (inexplicable)
I have a friend who is a half generation younger than me. He wonders why I have this persistent fear close games will swing away from Michigan.
Well ... I grew up on disappointing and inexplicable losses by dominant Michigan teams to lesser teams ... Minnesota, Purdue, etc.
The pain lingers.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||There's that. There's also||
There's also the general home-field advantage enjoyed by west coast teams in the Rose Bowl.
Add to that the lack of good indoor practice facilities at Michigan in that era. The west coast teams enjoyed better outdoor practice weather.
Still, the general point is valid -- along about the 1970's the Big 10 started having a decided disadvantage in the Rose Bowl. The game was swinging towards faster, more athletic players over slower, massive players. What we're seeing now is a swing back towards a new equilibrium, where speed is still valued but balanced with size and power.
In time the defenses will accomodate (unless rule changes simply invalidate football defense) and the game will seek a new balance again.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That was a good read. Thanks||
That was a good read. Thanks for posting it.
The game is seeking the new balance between size and speed. It's possible to have large, physical players who are fast enough to get the job done.
I had to smile when the article mentioned the "read option" being derived from the time of Ricky Leach and Denny Franklin. The player being "read" might have been different, but the concept of a QB keep on an option sweep was the bread-and-butter of Michigan football back then.
Of course, it helped to have the great offensive lines of that time, and a tailback like Harlan Huckleby and a fullback like Russell Davis. :-)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Then the current programs are||
Then the current programs are sufficient for them. If there's no real intent, then there's no need to change a thing. If they fit within the current programs, then great; if they don't, well then I'm sure there's someplace else they could go.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||But that only works if your||
But that only works if your new head coach is currently out of coaching.
Agree ... but I wonder if that too is about to change?
I wonder if we're going to start seeing either (a) secret backdoor deals with existing coaches who remain in their current role until the end of the year, or (b) in-the-open arrangements with existing coaches who remain in their current role until the end of the year. Or perhaps existing coaches just leave their current programs and begin building their new program parallel to some interim coach?
It's an upside-down world ... who the heck knows what conventions will be thrown out the window next?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I agree ... if a political||
I agree ... if a political motive or message was intended, it was muted and secondary to the story of the inward focus of Walter White.
That's the story arc of Breaking Bad from the beginning to the end -- the transformation of Walter White from a outward-focused, giving man to an inward-focused selfish man. He retained a glimmer of the old Walter until the very end, as evidenced by his engineering a way to get tainted money cleansed so his family would be taken care of, the providing Skyler with a tool to negotiate a plea bargain, and by his saving Jesse. Still, the lure of selfish satisfaction is strong, and as the series unfolded Walter increasingly gave into that impulse, regardless of the cost to others.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Light||
I live in Tucson, and I've been up in New Mexico a fair amount.
The natural light there is different from the light in, say, Michigan. Albuquerque is in a high-plateau desert. It sits at an elevation of about 5,300 feet and it gets very little rain (9.5 inches per year). They have very few trees. The sky is big and open and the air is very dry. That makes the light very intense since there's little water vapor to diffuse it. It can get quite cold at that elevation.
They captured the light there perfectly ... both indoors and outdoors. Did you notice how most indoor shot taken during the day showed curtains drawn with intense sunlight evident behind the curtains? The White household shown in daytime scenes was almost always dark inside with the outside light barely held back. It produced a subtle drama in light.
The outdoor light was also nicely captured. The high desert during the day is intensely bright. But morning light and afternoon light tends to be very rich, yellow and warm in color. And the evening light remains longer than back east because there's few clouds and no trees to obscure it. They captured all this beautifully.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The writing was excellent ...||
The writing was excellent ... I can't recall a single episode where I thought, "Oh, that sounds dumb." All the lines rang pretty true.
Do you know what else was outstanding? The cinematography. Absolutely breathtaking use of light, angles and scene framing. Haunting imagery floats through my mind as I recall various scenes from all the seasons.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with that ... so a||
I agree with that ... so a storyline that didn't resolve that would have been awful. Still, it would have been nice if a barrel of money was to be found and he could have driven off with that.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Lydia mentioned to Todd that||
Lydia mentioned to Todd that "they're looking for him" when Todd mentioned Pinkman was helping with the cooking. It's also reasonable to assume Marie (Hank's widow) would have mentioned Pinkman since she saw him in the house.
That might not make him "wanted" (poor choice of words on my part) ... but certainly a "person of interest."
Still, a minor point ... dramatic effect realized ... release and freedom.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Good ending, but not great||
Good ending, but not great ... but it'll do.
The "Jesse riding off into the sunset" bit bothers me ... he's a wanted man and he has no money. I'm not sure how that works out in the real world.
Still, I've watched Breaking Bad since the very first episode. I will miss it.
Good TV is hard to find ... and when the good goes dark, there's not much to light the room.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I Hate Notre Dame||
You're thinking with your rational brain. I would agree with you 100% if I allowed my rational brain to interfere with my intense hatred of all things Notre Dame. But I don't.
When I put my rational brain into a box and let me irrational brain run free, I feel nothing but intense dislike of all things Notre Dame. By far the most obnoxious fan base in all of college football. I don't like their stadium, which is a rip-off of Michigan's; I don't like their mascot; I couldn't stand the movie "Rudy,"; and worst of all I loathe Lou Holtz.
I'll grant Ara Parseghian was a decent fellow. Old school classy.
But everything else associated with Notre Dame is awful. Everything.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Jackson||
I've wondered this as well.
He must have something going for him ... he's served a long time across several different coaches. One theory I'd heard is he's great at recruiting.
As for his lack of post-Hart success ... could that be due to the shift in offensive philosophy? I'm no X's and O's guy, but with Rodriguez's spread wasn't the O-line all about zone blocking, and might that entail a slightly different coaching technique to recognize gaps and seams? Borges maintained some of this.
Honestly, I don't know ... I'm just guessing.
He's certainly got the talent in house now -- Touissant, Green and Smith -- so I would think we should start seeing some results. Maybe the signs are there but we're just not seeing them? Kind of like Graham Glasgow ... Brian's UFRs seem to reveal he's actually pretty good?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Site Performance Issues?||
I know the site is in the middle stages of an upgrade. So perhaps what I'm experiencing is related to that.
I find long delays "connecting" to see a thread, log on, or make a post. Often I see "Problem Loading Page" errors. Is it just me? Or is this systemic?
If the answer is that others are seeing the same and it's being worked on ... then okay, cool. I'll then stop waving an angry fist in the direction of Comcast. :-)
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Some snowflakes: Cooked||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Zook||
I didn't realize that had happened at Florida. That's pretty unusual. I'm surprised Florida offered that, and I'm surprised Zook accepted that. What a difficult position to be in.
This is shaping up to be a pretty seismic year for coaching changes. When both USC (now confirmed) and Texas (loudly speculated) are in the hunt, that means we're in for some shakeup. Dominoes will fall.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The only surprise here is it||
The only surprise here is it happened mid-year.
Then again ... provided they have a serviceable assistant coach to hold down the fort, this gives them between now and signing day to find the right coach for that program. Rather than a frantic search, this can be a thorough search.
No existing coach is likely to move mid-season, so the hire date will likely be after the season ends. The biggest challenge will be keeping secret whoever they choose.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I like your general idea of||
I like your general idea of providing a program focus on coaching and the deeper details of the sport. I think that could easily be part of an expansion of the School of Kinesiology. I don't think a separate school is needed.
I'm not sure I agree with granting credit for activities related to the sport they participate in. Getting credit for lifting weights or practicing is a leap too far for me. Perhaps I'm worried about the slippery slope.
Fundamental to this discussion is the notion of the student athletes having a true desire to pursue an academic degree. For those who don't have that intent, then perhaps Michigan is not the place for them. Creating a "holding pen" for such athletes is not a good idea.
I know you weren't advocating that ... I was just establishing the other end of the discussion spectrum.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||but when a topic gets to 70||
but when a topic gets to 70 downvotes before a single upvote
It was epic.
But was it a record? Has there ever been a thread with more downvotes and not a single upvote?
Inquiring minds want to know.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I am going to go that way or||
I am going to go that way or just find another site for Michigan content.
There's a bunch of them. Over to the left you can see some of them under "Michigan Blogs."
Many sites have so little user comment activity going that you're likely to be talking to yourself most of the time. Those that have enough users commenting to make it interesting will also have problematic people as well.
Or you could adopt the very sensible strategy of ignoring the MGoBoard content and focusing instead on the main-page stuff ... the UFRs, the recruiting reviews, etc. That stuff is uniquely MGoBloggy. Good luck finding that level of detail elsewhere.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan dominating||
Michigan dominating Miinesota
At which point Borges is a genius again, just like he was after the Notre Dame game.
I'm not so much bothered by the nature of the comments. At 54 years of age I've learned to ignore a lot of things.
And for the record, I think the mods do a fair job of keeping the lid on things without being too intrusive. They could go on a ban-hammer vendetta and wipe clean a lot of the more ... troublesome ... people. But they don't. So kudos to them.
Raising the minimum points needed to start a thread is probably a good idea. 500 point minimum would probably do the job.
By the way, if people think this board is out of control, then they need to get out on the Interwebs a bit more. Motorcycle boards make this place look like the faculty lounge at Oxford University. Seriously. Unbelievably lame threads and astonishingly stupid comment debates.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Games||
I struggle between what I think will happen and what I want to happen.
I want ND to lose ... just because they're ND. And I want to see OSU lose to Wisconsin.
I think ND will lose, but it will be a close game. And I think OSU beats Wisconsin by 10.
I like Georgia in the LSU game. That'll be a hell of a game.
Alabama dispatches Ole Miss. I don't think this will end up close at all.
The game of local interest to me (I live in Tucson) is Arizona at Washington. First real test for the Wildcats. It's uptempo spread vs. uptempo spread. UA's defense with Casteel at the helm is fair. But I think Washington takes this one.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||50-2?||
>> I hope when we beat Minnesota like 50-2 that people around here will relax a little.
My sanity will be restored when Michigan plays a game with no turnovers, gives up no sacks, and some running back gains 100+ yards on 20 carries.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I will never again take a||
I will never again take a cupcake for granted ...
I will never again take a cupcake for granted ...
I will never again take a cupcake for granted ...
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I have agreement and||
I have agreement and disagreement with portions of what you wrote. But it's late. As you say, we'll agree to disagree.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I said up front I thought his||
I said up front I thought his comment was mostly likely a mis-statement. I think Devin meant to say Big 10 championship.
In simple terms -- a team who thinks they're good enough to march to the NC is a team that's likely to overlook a game like Akron. But a team that understands nothing is given to them is a team that goes out and plays every game as if everything is earned and nothing is entitled.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||It's about how prospects||
It's about how prospects project into the future.
I have "generally" in italics because I hope the other games this season prove this game to be an anomoly.
But if, God forbid, we see a pattern emerge, you can bet your bottom dollar people will point to this Akron game and say this was the game that predicted things.
Look ... I said I was frustrated, not resigned. This week's Connecticut game is going to tell us a lot.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I expected him to echo what||
I expected him to echo what Hoke always says ... that is, the team's goal every year is the Big Ten championship. Hoke never addresses the NC question ... he always points to the Big Ten championship. That was my key point.
I suspect Gardner's comment was simply a slip of the tongue.
But ... if it was a reflection of some kind of dream of marching to a NC, then it would have been a telling indicator of some misplaced bravado. And to the degree today's game poured cold water on that, then good. It needed doing.
Hoke's point -- and I agree 100% with it -- is make the goal the Big Ten championship. Achieve that and then talk about the NC. Because sure as hell if you don't achieve the first you won't get to talk about the second.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Tickets||
"aren't comfortable arriving at the Stadium without a ticket in hand"
Yeah, I understand. Particularly with a family in tow.
Back in the 1989 - 1992 timeframe I lived in Ann Arbor and usually it was just me and a buddy. We took the attitude that if we couldn't get a ticket it wasn't the end of the world. I'll confess I did not always hold out for the absolute cheapest ... if some good seats came up for a reasonable price, I normally took 'em.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with the general||
I agree with the general sentiment here.
But, 'Bama did go undefeated in the 2009 NC season. Saban was at the helm.
Regardless, in 2011 and 2012 Alabama's losses were of a different kind that our near-loss to Akron:
2012 - Texas A&M - Johnny football and all that
2011 - LSU in OT - and then went on to (sadly) play them again in the NC game
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Championships||
Going further, Gardner said the team's goals were for the national championship.
It might have been him simply misspeaking after a disappointing showing.
But your point is spot on ... play every game well and wins will follow. Then, if things fall right, the B1G championship follows. Only then can you start talking about NC.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Dashed Hopes||
I definitely had my hopes raised after last week's game ... but this bursts any and all of that.
I've been through almost 40 years of Michigan seasons where I've had my hopes raised and then dashed. My mind goes back to 1976 where Michigan was undefeated and loses to Purdue. Every season it seems there's a game Michigan should have won and played like they did today.
I don't mind losing to good teams in a hard-fought game (Ohio State in 2006). I don't even mind losing to really good teams like we did against Alabama last year. I hate losing to teams we should beat handily (Appalachian State 2007, Toledo 2008).
And barely beating a team we should have man-handled really frustrates me. It's something that should not happen. That it did happen bothers me. I want to invest my hope in Michigan. But games like today -- and ones like it in the past -- sure make that hard.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Leaders||
"It looks like the coaches picked the wrong guys to lead this team."
I'm not sure I'm willing to go quite that far. But I understand where you're coming from.
Next week's game really becomes interesting. Not simply that Michigan beats Connecticut, but that Michigan plays up to the level of sound football they should.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||On-Street Scalping?||
It's been a while since I've attended a game in Ann Arbor. Back in those days it used to be fairly common for games such as today's to score tickets on the street for not much money. Back then (1991) I was able to get "two for $20" fairly often for games like this*, or bad-weather games.
What's the environment like in this day and age for on-street purchases? I would think tickets were available. How much they were going for I can't begin to say.
* The lowest I ever saw was back in 1975 where for a miserably cold, rainy day tickets were going for "two for a buck" and "buy a cider and get a ticket for free."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I understand the point you're||
I understand the point you're making.
I think the reason people are expressing so much unhappiness -- myself included -- is because today's game represents a disappointment at a very fundamental level.
The hope that was bruised today is this -- at this point in the Hoke era Michigan is supposed to be a team that beats teams they should and plays competitively against better teams.
Now, before you or others say "But they did win!" ... my response is "Yes. They were lucky."
And that's the point. At this point in the Hoke era Michigan should not require luck to beat a team like Akron. Michigan should have beat Akron and looked like a solid team doing it. Perfect team? No. Solid team? Yes.
So now we're left wondering ... was today a fluke? Or a symptom of a deeper problem? I honestly don't know. I certainly hope it was just a fluke. I certainly hope Michigan plays solid football next week.
Which is why I challenged your post ... not to be a dick, but to express the disappointment in my heart -- not that we won, because clearly I'm grateful for that. But that Michigan seemed unable or unwilling to play the fundamental level of football the talent on the field suggests they should play. Again, at this point Michigan should be the kind of team that handles those teams they should, and plays competitively those that are superior. That's the kind of team Hoke says he wants. I believe him ... or I should say I want to believe him. Today represents a deflation of that belief.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Confidence||
If it did, then they should now approach Hoke with humility and apologize, saying "You were right, Coach ... you were right."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||False Choice?||
I'm going to assume you're not suggesting that the only alternative to your choice is a blow-out today in exchange for a loss to ND.
How about this choice: (a) a scare - but a win - against Akron, or (b) a win - but not a blowout -- against Akron where we played relatively solid football? Because in that scenario I'd take (b) every time.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||"Do you really think Michigan||
"Do you really think Michigan is as bad a team as they appeared to be today?"
No. But what today showed is we're capable of being that bad.
"This was a hangover game from last Saturday."
That's a nice excuse. But it's just that -- an excuse. And not a very convincing one.
Michigan should not have been caught napping on this. Why they were is the big question.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The UFRs on this game will||
The UFRs on this game will prove interesting. And not a little depressing, I fear.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Heiko||
I kinda-sorta side with Heiko here. Mostly because ... well ... he's Heiko, damn it.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||^^^ This||
The objective of a game like this is to hone execution and let backups get experience.
So, no injuries first of all ... then just machine-like execution of fundamentals.
The points will follow.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Interceptions||
A game where some of our LBs or DLs might get in on some interceptions?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Jackson||
Keith Jackson was to college football what Ernie Harwell was to baseball.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||In summary, this is why||
In summary, this is why there's so much emphasis on teamwork.
Football is a complex machine with a lot of moving parts. They have to work in concert or the machine does not perform as well as it could. Players and coaches are part of it.
Agree. There are some who think the spread is, by itself, unstoppable. That's simply not true.
To add to that, there are some who thought that Hoke's return to a "power" football scheme implied two tight ends in an I-formation, with off-tackle and three yards and a cloud of dust. I think the ND game shows that "power" does not have to mean "1970's football."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Hardest Hit||
I voted for "The Hardest Hit DG Took All Game."
Call me a sentimental fool, but I just love the way Hoke shows his feelings for his players and how they respond.
That slap on Gardner's chest was a "I'm proud of you, son" thump ... and the quick look on Gardner's face in acknowledgement just warmed my heart.
The Hoke Shrug will live forever. But the chest thump by Hoke speaks volumes about the character of the man.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||That's an interesting point||
That's an interesting point to ponder, actually.
I wonder what Hoke would say about this being done and made available?
One the one hand it's relatively harmless ... it's not like this was a secret recording of a pre-game strategy session, or a recording of something that would embarrass the university and the program.
On the other hand it could be argued that the experience of running under the banner is reserved for those who have earned the right to be part of the MIchigan team. Swieca has; but your average viewer hasn't.
Then again ... potential recruits may see this and think, "Damn ... I want to do that!"
Bottom line ... I'm glad I'm not a head coach and have to think about all the pros and cons of all this stuff. :-)
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Gameday Experiences||
Back in my day (early 1980's and again in the early 1990's) I experienced both.
In this case it's a comparison of a noon game and a night game. And that's apples vs. oranges. Night games have a different feel about them because of the night surrounding the lit-up stadium.
In terms of stadium settings -- Spartan Stadium is in the middle of MSU's campus, which itself is quite separate from the town of East Lansing. It's very much a "on-campus" experience. Michigan Stadium's surroundings are more "college town" like. Both are preferable to a professional stadium set in the middle of an ocean of parking lots.
In terms of the stadiums themselves -- well, Michigan is bigger, of course. Spartan stadium has the sideline upper decks with relatively smaller endzone seating. One of the things that makes Michigan Stadium feel so big is the fact its a big bowl that goes on an on all the way around. I've never been to Ohio State's stadium, but it holds 100K+ and my guess is it doesn't feel as big as Michigan Stadium. Ditto Penn State and Alabama.
But again, the biggest thing is the noon vs. night factor. Switch the roles and have MSU play a big game against a big rival at night up in East Lansing and compare it to Michigan playing noon against a non-conference cupcake and the MSU night game would come away feeling "more electric."
Now, all that said ... Michigan made certain the UTL II night was extra special. So it's not just that it's a night game ... it's that it was a night game amped up.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Nice!||
Very nice! Love this stuff. Thanks for pulling it together.
Open to a few requests for additional metrics? Pretty please with sugar on top? :-)
Just suggestions. Love the format as it is as well.
* I thought about suggesting the #1 team whoever that may be, but that would be more work. I think it's relatively safe to say Alabama is the team to beat this year. Of course, this week's game at Texas A&M may change that.
** It's not a perfect indicator ... I was thinking about this the other day when looking at the Arizona vs. Northern Arizona boxscore week 1. UofA won 35-0. But time of possession favored NAU 40:16 to 19:44!? NAU was 4 for 19 in 3rd down, and also turned the ball over 3 times. UofA was 4 for 10 in 3rd down conversions. I didn't watch the game, but I suspect Arizona didn't face many 3rd downs because they were scoring on 1st and 2nd. And NAU must have bent UofA's defense but then either turned the ball over or failed to make 3rd after chewing up clock. Oddly, NAU went 4 for 5 on 4th down conversions.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Some from MSU are decrying||
Some from MSU are decrying the "Chicken Song" at the end of the game as showing institutional classlessness.
If we were to point to this (and Gholston's attempt to break Robinson's neck two years ago), they'd claim "That's different!" Then they'd have trouble explaining why.
Others have said it -- they are scared to death. Their football program really is at risk of sliding into low second-tier territory.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Dileo||
My favorite play was Dileo's touchdown to put us up by 11. I loved the way he received the pass and squirted into the endzone with the ND defender wondering what the hell just happened.
I really needed that bit of insurance at that point in the game.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Holtz||
Lou Holtz predicted a Notre Dame victory. I guess there's not much more to discuss.
I'm joking. Lou Holtz drained all credibility from his ND predictions years ago.
For what it's worth, I don't think Notre Dame wins this. Michigan may lose it through mistakes, but Michigan is the better overall team and if they do things the way they've been coached, Michigan wins by 10.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||UFRs||
Love these UFRs ... love them.
I'm hardly a football X's and O's guy ... but I'm learning ... and these UFRs allow me to read and absorb some of the nuances my eye can't catch real-time.
So "ditto!" to all the expressions of gratitude for doing the UFRs ... these are terrific!
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Photos||
I really like the photo of Taylor Lewan (probably) pre-game looking off into the distance. That's featured in the post above.
Also really like the shot of the offensive line and Gardner (here).
Very nice photos!
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Great post! I was a little||
Great post! I was a little lost in the pro-wrestling thing ... mostly because I'm so damned old to me "pro wrestling" means "The Sheik" and "Bobo Brazil."
|13 weeks 6 days ago||MGoVideo seems to work for||
MGoVideo seems to work for me. They have the CMU highlights up right now.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Last year the Manziel story||
Last year the Manziel story was interesting ... worthy of rooting for him.
Now I'm just sick of him. There's a fine line between cockiness and being a dick. He's crossed it.
He won't be an NFL QB.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Needless?||
You know, I don't get the sense that any were "burned" in the sense of being needlessly used. My sense is all were reasonable given depth and skill issues.
I was thinking about redshirts on Thursday watching the Ole Miss game. They were playing a lot of true freshmen. It's just the nature of the game today, I think ... if you have a great freshman talent, use him.
The key is keeping the recruiting pipeline full, and I think this coaching staff has proven adept at that.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||UFRs||
Nice write-up, Ace!
I'm looking forward to reading the UFRs on this. I think I'll learn a lot more from those than I did from watching grainy streaming on my laptop.
My sense is Gardner will be much better passing in the coming games.
I really liked what I saw with Morris. I think we'll be okay at backup QB.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I liked beating CMU 59-9, but||
I liked beating CMU 59-9, but I will feel even better after beating ND next week.
I liked what I saw in Morris. He is far more than a "serviceable backup" like ESPN wrote.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Plausible||
I think there's something to this. I've read that receivers can have some challenges when the ball has a reverse spin.
But ... that can be overcome fairly quickly with practice and reps.
You mentioned Frisbee, but that's a case where you are alternating the spin throw by throw. That would be like an ambidextrous QB throwing either righty or lefty, depending on the situation. If such a QB existed*, my guess is the receivers would have to be trained to focus a bit more.
* Has there ever been a QB that could throw equally well with both hands? Imagine that skill coupled with the ability to throw on the run ... roll right and throw right, roll left and throw left.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Designs||
The University of Maryland uniforms coming in at #1 was no surprise.
The general rule of simpler = better seems to be forgotten in many of these uniform designs. It's as if they are trying to dance up to the line between bold and outrageous, and in many cases waltzing over the line by a few feet.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Numbers||
I'll be either streaming the game or listening to it on Sirius/XM radio.
Post-game numbers I'll look for:
The above numbers will indicate the health of the running game. If the running game is healthy, then Gardner's passing opportunities should open up and those numbers will follow and be good as well.
The ideal is a very low percent of 3rd down allowed, and most of our tackles being made by the defensive line personnel.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Nice report||
That's a great write-up and I appreciate the time and effort you put into it.
My optimism about the upcoming season is on the uptick ... but cautiously. My sense is we'll be in every game, but we may not put a W next to each due to small miscues or just the way the ball bounces.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||1973||
1973 was the year my older sister was a freshman at U-M, and was the year I "woke up" to Michigan Football. I followed that as closely as pre-Internet age would allow. I listened to every game on WPAG with Bob Ufer.
One of life's most powerful sentiments is a connection to history. That's what's behind the "Team 134" label. These 1973 players are not simply some old guys coming back to campus, they represent a link in the long chain the unwinds backwards over a century.
The other day there was a post about the tradition to allow the players to reflect on things in the stadium at night after the last practice. I would imagine one of the thoughts that runs through their minds is how well they'll live up to the history of the program, and how in the future people will look back on them as part of an even longer chain of history.
Denny Franklin's injury was a broken collar bone. I suffered that twice ... same bone. They are very painful. Any movement of the arm or shoulder moves that collar bone and sends jolts of pain everywhere. You can't put a cast on a broken collar bone.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||The story is fairly||
The story is fairly even-handed and balanced.
To say that Gardner is a better fit for Brady Hoke's pro-style preference is simply stating the obvious. That's not a slam on Denard.
I read this article as really more a way to stir up excitement about the upcoming season. OSU's chief rival has a QB that's getting a lot of press ... so they profile Gardner as part of their ramp up of Buckeye coverage. As I said, a decent article; nothing groundbreaking, nothing hostile.
(There's a fair amount of similarity between Miller and Gardner ... both are athletic, smart and go about their business with quiet leadership. I don't like OSU, but I find it hard to stir up much dislike for Miller.)
|14 weeks 6 days ago||SEC-oriented Narrative||
It fits with their "love of all things SEC" narrative.
Here's the upside ... it's a motivation for Michigan offensive linemen to never again allow another highlight clip like that to happen.
It's like in any Clint Eastwood movie there comes a point in the story line where the Eastwood character stops being contained and reserved and decides the time has come to be ... well, to be Clint Eastwood. Ditto Michigan offensive linemen. The time has come to go all Clint Eastwood on opposing defensive linemen.
Roadgrader U, damnit.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Smith||
"he runs with bad intentions"
Love that phrase!
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Does Brady Hoke explicitly||
Does Brady Hoke explicitly disallow red? Or simply not wear it himself?
Serious question. Because my understanding is he doesn't wear red himself, but there's no prohibition on others having a dash of red.
Bottom line -- meh, whatever. It's all just PR. I doubt Meyer really cares. But this gets press, and press is worth money as boosters donate more because of things like this. It's all part of the process.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||Okay, fair point to discuss||
Okay, fair point to discuss ... and it's actually a pretty interesting question.
If I'm reading it correctly, your position is that U-M and OSU have vacated to a degree the states of Michigan and Ohio in pursuit of even better recruits nationally. This leaves good MI and OH players for MSU.
Question 1 -- Numerically, is that true? I guess that would require an analysis of recruiting cycles going back six or so years to see if (a) the number of MI or OH recruits secured by MSU went up, down or stayed the same; and (b) whether the quality of the recruits changed ... and that requires assuming recruiting stars are good proxies for eventual performance.
Question 2 -- Did the relative absence of UM/OSU in the states accrue to MSU, or did other schools take advantage of it? Again, there'd be some number-digging to derive that.
Question 3 -- Did UM/OSU going national result in any change of MSU relative to UM/OSU and relative to other B1G? Assuming UM and OSU were successful in their national recruiting, then I doubt MSU would gain relative to those two schools. Relative to other B1G teams? Maybe? That's a "time will tell" thing.
I guess bottom line is, "We'll see".
I did a little poking around on Rivals and I see that for 2014, at any rate, MSU and UM are relatively close for MI recruits ... MSU went pretty big into Chicago (5 Illinois), while Michigan went more east (NJ, MD, VA)
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||Your mention of "Points Per||
Your mention of "Points Per Trip" (PPT) and scrubbing out meaningless FCS numbers got me thinking.
Is there such a thing as a "Points Per Trip When It Mattered" metric. That is, a metric to measure red zone success when Michigan is either behind, tied, or has an insufficient lead to assure a win.
I guess that's a further refinement of the "scrub out FCS numbers." It would also scrub out B1G games where Michigan has the game in hand.
There's a certain opportunity cost to not scoring when the game is on the line.
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||I agree with this ... we can||
I agree with this ... we can pretty well bank on Morris playing this year.
The recruiting focus will turn to keeping the QB pipeline full. With the way they're recruiting offensive line, RB and WR it's going to be fairly easy to sell a top-flight QB on Michigan.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Dantonio was never Mr. GQ ...||
Dantonio was never Mr. GQ ... but still, I think you're onto something here.
The loss of Tressel, a friend in the ranks of Big 10 coaches, and the arrival of Hoke and Meyer has really put a dent in Michigan State football. Hoke and Meyer are absolutely sucking the oxygen out of the recruiting room for lesser teams like MSU.
The Spartans are running on fumes right now. They had their run in the limelight, but their 15 minutes of fame is about up. They're not going to be able to keep up with the quality and depth that UM and OSU has. Their best hope is to be the best second-tier program in the Big 10.
I'm not trying to be harsh ... I'm trying to be realistic. Look at this from Dantonio's perspective. He's living on table scraps. The 10-year horizon must look grim to Dantonio.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||What's the point, MGoBlue, of||
I'm going to put on my official Fort Schembechler Tinfoil Hat here ... full-on conspiracy mode.
These highlight videos are exercises in manipulation. It's been said earlier in this thread that the first scrimmage showed the offense looking good and the defense only so-so ... now this this shows an almost dominant defensive line and a shakey offensive line. DG suddenly looks less imposing, and lots of footage of a true freshman QB.
What's an opposition (read: Notre Dame) spy to think?
Spy Chief: "What did you find out?"
Spy Minion: "I got nothing. Strangest bunch of intel I've ever seen. Who the hell knows what's going on up in Ann Arbor."
I'll go one step further ... with no names on the jersies you only think that was Smith or Stribling, and you only think you know who was playing along the O and D lines. They were switching jersies to confuse things further.
South Bend is an unsettled place. Panic runs deep there.
/tinfoil hat off
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Romans Go Home||
The greatest treatment of Latin ever:
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I'm always curious where||
I'm always curious where exactly they get their demographic data, and how much of it is direct data (based on information from profiles they correlate to IP addresses), and how much of it is derived, based on IP address relationship to ZIP, and demographics (particularly income data) based on the ZIP.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||In UofA Country ...||
Married first time for 8 years; second time for 22 years now; no kids.
Almost 54 years old
Work at large international computer company in technical sales.
Born in Redford Township (inside Inkster, 7 Mile, Beech and Grand River trapezoid)
BA and MBA from ... (gulp) ... Michigan State**
(Huge Michigan fan from well before deciding on college. Applied and accepted to Michigan, but I simply did not have the extra money required. I did what I had to do.)
Live in Tucson, AZ ... because wife of 22 years loves hot sunshine. I like her. Ergo ...
** My freshman year was a living hell because I was too stupid to keep my mouth shut about my football allegiance. I never wavered in my dedication to Meeechigan Football. I did, however, learn to keep my mouth shut.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||That was a great set of||
That was a great set of questions and some good answers as well.
I'm torn trying to decide what's really going on here ... either the team has issues and the coaches are just telling it like it is, or they're sandbagging a bit and there's a juggernaut about to be unleashed on CMU and ND.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Mone||
Wonderful and touching story of a young man showing remarkable maturity and humility.
I sit here very much humbled by the comparison to my own existence.
There is a relationship -- subtle, and utterly lost on some who posted on the other thread about post-game handshakes -- between intensity on the field and mature respectfulness off the field. This young man Bryan Mone appears to exemplify the balance.
I've been in the professional world 30+ years now, and there's one characteristic I see in successful people ... young or old, male or female -- a strong, competitive nature tempered by a quiet sense of respectfulness. These people can sit quietly in a meeting listening to the various sides of an argument, and with a single sentence can hush the room and bring things to a conclusion. That combination opens doors and gets results. Brash arrogance achieves results only temporarily; eventually the enemies it creates organize against it.
I'm touched by Bryan Mone's dedication to his brother. I am happy such young men exist. I'm happy Bryan Mone is coming to Michigan. I'm happy Brady Hoke values such young men.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'm quite certain Brady Hoke||
I'm quite certain Brady Hoke does not encourage or condone on-field fighting. It may happen on occasion, but that's quite a bit different from it being part of the character Hoke is shaping.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||.||
It's a show of maturity. It's perfectly in keeping with the character Hoke is seeking to shape for the program. Good for both sides to show grace ... in victory and defeat.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I wonder if this can be tied||
I wonder if this can be tied at all to the Darboh issue.
That is ... if receiving corp is thought to be one-degree too thin, might Borges compensate by relying more on his running game? Thus rotate in Green and Smith to offer more punishment on the ground?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I like to think I am||
I like to think I am sufficiently along in life to be immune from pure astonishment. But then there was this:
Color me astonished.
And I laughed out loud at this:
When it comes to Sunday school, they are. Yes they are. :-)
|15 weeks 2 days ago||TEs||
The other day you had the article "Fifty Shades of Shea" (here). That article was written on the premise that Darboh/Chesson was available.
Given this news about Darboh, would you modify that article at all to highlight any particular player whose opportunities have likely increased?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||TE ... and FB||
This is what I was thinking when I read about Darboh's injury.
Just the other day Seth filed a report titled "Fifty Shades of Shea" (here) that spoke to using FBs and TEs. Not deep vertical, but yardage is yardage and first downs are the key.