"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Ain't nothing "micro" about||
Ain't nothing "micro" about Harbaugh.
He's a macro dude. :-)
|1 day 2 hours ago||You know what else is good?||
You know what else is good? Butter, damn it. Real freakin' butter. :-)
|1 day 5 hours ago||Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE||
Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE ... he'll be able to tell you what was. :-)
|3 days 5 hours ago||Likely and ST coverage||
Michigan played a bit with fire, giving him a couple of returnable punts, but nothing seemed particularly dangerous, and he never got close to really breaking anything even on kickoffs.
Credit the special teams coverage unit. Watch them stay in their lanes, mirror Likely's movements, and not overcommit on pursuit. The clips I've seen are things of beauty.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Special Teams||
There's a slice from the video where it shows our punt coverage team containing Will Likely. He gained a few yards, but no more.
Here's what caught my eye -- the coverage team was disciplined. The white uniforms arrayed out to cover the run lanes. Likely tried to juke right and the Michigan players shuffled with him; he then tried to juke left and the Michigan players shuffled back with him. Likely had no where to go, so he tried to run through the Michigan players, and that got nowhere.
It was a beautiful thing to see.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Let it go.||
Let it go.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Interesting recipe ... the||
Interesting recipe ... the peanut butter and sriracha almost puts this into Thai-like territory. I wonder if coconut milk with this would move the needle even more in that direction?
|5 days 5 hours ago||The big news is Nick's avatar||
The big news is Nick's avatar picture change!
I like his pick. I think the score will be in that neighborhood.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Pfft ... a real geek would||
Pfft ... a real geek would have done that in pen. :-)
|6 days 3 hours ago||Wow ... shutouts are great,||
Wow ... shutouts are great, but predicting them takes stones. Well done!
Drink is Speight comes in and throws a complete pass.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Hey, wait ... what?! :-) (We||
Hey, wait ... what?! :-)
(We do get remnants of tropical storms that come off the Pacific. Lots of rain and flash flooding.)
|1 week 1 day ago||Michigan has a long way up||
Michigan has a long way up the rankings to make top 4 for the playoffs.
Still, we can dream, right?
|1 week 1 day ago||Maryland and Northwestern||
Maryland and Northwestern will be good tests of Michigan's ability to win games they should.
Circle the MSU game. That's where we'll see what this team is made of and is capable of.
I suspect Dantonio is going to put a massive chip on his team's shoulders for that game. Michigan has enjoyed a lot of pre-season and early-season publicity. MSU is going to come to Ann Arbor looking to knock Michigan down a few pegs.
I suspect also that the unspoken fear up in East Lansing is that Michigan *is* back, and we're entering a period where UM ascends and MSU fades into the background a bit. MSU will be looking to delay that at least for another year.
MSU is the game that will take a good measure of what this Michigan team is all about. I can't wait.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think this is spot on ...||
I think this is spot on ... the character of a team is seen when facing adversity on the road.
This much is clear in my mind -- I have a bunch more confidence in Michigan doing that under Harbaugh than in the past.
|1 week 3 days ago||Harbaugh: "Keep a humble||
Harbaugh: "Keep a humble heart and grind on."
|1 week 3 days ago||Every coach ever has talked||
Every coach ever has talked about this.
I honestly believe Harbaugh doesn't give two shits about what Utah did to Oregon as it relates to Michigan State three games from now.
Doesn't cross his mind. At all.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is why Harbaugh's||
This is why Harbaugh's outlook is so healthy ... he disregards all talk like this and says the only thing in his mind is what's in front of him. So right now, it's Maryland. Then Northwestern. And then we'll see how good Michigan State is.
|1 week 3 days ago||I've been saying for some||
I've been saying for some time now that Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X factor.
It gets better from here. Each game he continues to tune the machine. Bwahahaha.
|1 week 3 days ago||Reflexive on my part ... my||
Reflexive on my part ... my wife went to "UVA" but hails from West Virginia. For the past 25 years with her we've referred to the state of West Virginia as "WVA."
|1 week 3 days ago||:-) I've heard more than a||
I've heard more than a few coaches speak of yards gained on first down being a key stat.
It makes sense ... 2nd and short creates a very different set of play-calling options than 2nd and 10. Or worse -- 2nd and 12.
I painfully recall all the 0 or negative yards plays on 1st downs in 2013 and 2014. We seemed to always be facing 2nd and long.
I don't have the same sense this year. I don't have easy access to the stat on yards gained on first down. But I'd be willing to bet it is much improved this year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Do you track Michigan's||
Do you track Michigan's production on first down?
I'd be willing to bet that stat is much better this year.
And I'd bet it's getting better game by game this year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Re: the "3rd down yards to||
Re: the "3rd down yards to go" ... first down production.
That's a function of the offensive line.
2013- 2014 ... our RBs getting hit behind the LOS; now they typically get to it and beyond.
WVA is an intriguing team this year. Let's see how they do full season. But for now, they're on my "hey, let's keep an eye on this team" list.
|1 week 4 days ago||Michigan #2 in total defense,||
Michigan #2 in total defense, according to CFBstats:
|1 week 4 days ago||Didn't Harbaugh mention this||
Didn't Harbaugh mention this in the post-game press conference? Someone asked him about watching the NFL, and he said he still does watch and in fact gets good plays from the NFL. He mentioned Michigan ran one. The pass was blocked, but the play itself came from Baltimore, Harbaugh said.
|1 week 4 days ago||It don't mean nothing until||
It don't mean nothing until we face off against our in-conference rivals and beat 'em all, damn it. :-)
|1 week 4 days ago||1976 ... Michigan travels to||
1976 ... Michigan travels to Columbus to face 8th ranked OSU ... and pastes them 22-0.
Afterwards, Woody Hayes says that was the finest football team they'd faced all year.
|1 week 4 days ago||By my count, 124 yards||
By my count, 124 yards offense in second half; 58 rush, 66 passing.
1st half -- 324 yards offense; 196 rush, 128 passing.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mattison has said we have to||
Mattison has said we have to "earn the right to rush four."
Am I correct in saying that we're there ... or very close?
|1 week 5 days ago||Second half lack of||
Second half lack of production is a bit concerning (or at least a bit curious). Harbaugh ease up? Or did BYU defense adjust? Or did Rudock revert to some bad habits?
|1 week 5 days ago||Go Blue!||
|1 week 5 days ago||Absolutely ... cold pumpkin >||
Absolutely ... cold pumpkin > warm pumpkin.
But, cheesecake > pumpkin
And good apple pie > cheesecake.
Blueberry pie rules the whole kingdom!
|1 week 5 days ago||Cheesecake||
I love cheesecake. Plain ... nothing fancy, no toppings ... just cheesecake.
Back in the 7th grade I had to compete with Donny Osmond for the affection of the girl behind me in history class. I didn't care for the Osmonds then, and time hasn't changed my outlook.
|1 week 5 days ago||The only way Michigan loses||
The only way Michigan loses this is if they make mistakes.
Ball protection, block-and-tackle ... Michigan has more horses than they do ... M win.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why the /s tag? Definitely||
Why the /s tag?
Definitely NOT the day's most intriguing match-up, but there is an interesting dynamic there.
Both are proud programs with rich histories. Both are trying to lay the cornerstones for their rebuilding projects. This game is big for both teams.
Now, if it turns into mistake-filled crap-fest, the both need to revisit their project plans.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||So the D-Line is better than||
So the D-Line is better than last year.
How much of that is attributable to age, maturity, and more reps?
And how much of it is because now it's only Mattison, not Mattison+Hoke?
I'm not ripping on Hoke ... just curious whether the HC doing duty on the D-Line might have been a distraction.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very excited to check out||
Very excited to check out your school and stadium.
Be sure to breathe deeply several times before walking into the stadium.
Because the first time you walk into the stadium it will take your breath away.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I liked the Chesson sweep ...||
I liked the Chesson sweep ... this team lacks edge speed from the RB position, so utilizing Chesson's speed in that way was cool.
At this point it's pretty certain teams will cheat up and challenge Rudock to beat them over the top. I have to think there's *some* plays that can exploit that don't involve a 40+ yard heave down the sidelines.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He also says Rudock is by far||
He also says Rudock is by far the best QB on the team, it's not a small margin.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you. And if that's||
Thank you. And if that's what happened, then very good for Isaac for predicting a hole and taking advantage of it.
Plays don't always unfold as designed, and reacting to opportuniites -- planned or unplanned -- is part of the game. I was just struck by the divergence of views and was wondering what might have been planned vs. what actually happened.
Harbaugh is clearly in a mode of trying to achieve execution as close to plan as possible. That's likely where his comments came from. In other words, "Love the effort, love the TD, but next time I want to run it exactly as planned."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No. See my comment above.||
No. See my comment above.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not confused about||
I'm not confused about Isaac's comments. More about Harbaugh's.
Harbaugh could easily have said in the press conference that he was glad Isaac got to the second level and scored. Harbaugh didn't have to elaborate on the missed blocking. Yet he did. Why?
As for Isaac, if the play was broken and he knew it, he could easily have said, "I'm just happy I had a hole to run through and had the field in front of me."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"Everybody got to their||
"Everybody got to their assignments and did their jobs" -- Isaac
I'm confused. Didn't Harbaugh say in the post-game press conference that the play was not blocked properly, and that he (Harbaugh) thought it would end up as a loss? Harbaugh gave credit to Isaac for finding a way to turn it into a long gain and score, but it was clear Harbaugh was disappointed the play did not unfold as designed.
(On the radio play-by-play, Dierdorf was very complimentary of the play design and execution, giving particular credit to Glasgow's downfield block and Isaac's patience waiting for Glasgow.)
So again ... I'm confused.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Radio play-by-play||
That's a bit harsh. He's not the best, nor is he the worst.
I listened to the game yesterday. My observations about the play-by-play:
That's all correctible stuff.
Play-by-play is not easy; and having seamless interplay between announcers is extremely hard to get right. Brandstatter and Dierdorf can get better; they just have to see where the the problems are and work to correct them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wait ... what?! That's||
Wait ... what?! That's unforgiveable. Shameful.
You're an accountant?! :-)
j/k ... fine profession ... very challenging profession.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Look professional and be seen||
Look professional and be seen as professional.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Meh ... we have an able||
Meh ... we have an able captain with a steady hand on the wheel.
When it becomes evident to recruits Harbaugh has turned the ship in the right direction ... they will come. That evidence builds up, game by game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, memories of 1976 when||
Oh, memories of 1976 when Michigan shut out opponents five times ... including Ohio State!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Okay, I'll come in here to||
Okay, I'll come in here to share a story. 1997 ... in for a vasectomy.
Prep nurse arrives to do her thing. She's smoking hot. Drop dead gorgeous. To make matters worse, her scrubs top is falling away and she's wearing this lacy bra. I'm doing my best to think of anything but what's right before my eyes. I'm imaginging going into surgery with a woody. Not good.
As you say, one moment you're aware, the next you're not. The last thing I recall was being in the OR, and the surgeon yanking my johnson this way and that in prep for the procedure.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm no expert, but I've read||
I'm no expert, but I've read that some pretty remarkable strides are being made in automating the anesthesiologist's role. More monitoring / fine-tuning of drug administration, etc.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That has to be an all-season||
That has to be an all-season thing, right? It sounds gruesome.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Tucson||
There's a craft brewery here called Dragoon Brewing:
In the back of a light industrial park. :-)
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||This reminds me of a||
This reminds me of a "National Lampoon" magazine from back in the 1970's.
It asked: "What's the funniest thing in the world?"
Answer: "An erect penis, but we can't show that. So we'll show the next most funny -- tits and a clown."
And that's what they did ... a photo spread of tits and a clown.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||And staying with the Kubrick||
And staying with the Kubrick theme ... after that? ...
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Hell, even if he did look||
Hell, even if he did look them up I'd give him props for knowing about that word.
The only reason I went to dictionary.com was because I'd never seen that word before!
So in a surreal thread with an epic upper-case rant I learn a new word.
Yea! Sports! :-)
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||This is a word-for-word||
This is a word-for-word copy/paste from the linked article.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||According to dictionary.com,||
According to dictionary.com, it's "pseudepigrapha" :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I had "Score, obviously" in||
I had "Score, obviously" in my post.
But points allowed is too coarse a metric. Example: a team could gash the Michigan defense but have some untimely unforced turnovers. They don't score or not much. Is that because of Michigan's defense? No.
Plus, the points allowed metric doesn't tell much on a game-to-game basis because it doesn't take into account the opponent's offense. If Michigan shuts out UNLV but allows 28 to Ohio State, does that mean our defense is getting worse? No, not necessarily.
I'd bet dollars to donuts Harbaugh and Durkin have all manner of defensive metrics they track game to game. I thought it'd be fun to bat the ball around a bit on the topic of defensive metrics.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Efficiency||
If we stick to defense (the focus of the OP), then I tend to focus on:
I'm torn on YAC for a defensive stat since it implies a catch. I'd rather no catches. Maybe a better stat of defensive efficiency on passing is completion percentage, but that number gets a bit cloudy since so many factors can enter into an incomplete.
I don't know if there's a stat to measure effectiveness stopping the edge rushes and screens. So far we've been okay, but I'm not sure we've faced a truly fast edge team. I love our LB corp, but I think LB speed is an issue.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Re: stickers. Harbaugh wants||
Re: stickers. Harbaugh wants them, the players love them. What's more to discuss?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So let's turn this into a||
So let's turn this into a discussion ... what game metrics would we like to see to indicate progress from "good" to "great?"
Score, obviously ...
But order your preferred metrics:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Extrapolation||
It's a long season but based on a two game sample size ...
Hey, extrapolation based on two data points is what we do here. So draw that line! :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agree ... that 44 yarder had||
Agree ... that 44 yarder had the distance, it was just a bit to the right. But had plenty of leg to it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||From the article: Allen||
From the article:
Allen hasn't made a field goal longer than 40 yards, but said he's kicked a 65-yarder in practice.
"My range that I am comfortable with is probably 55 to 57 (yards)," said Allen.
Interesting. We'll see if Harbaugh is willing to let him try one from outside 40.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Given Playboy, I wonder what||
Given Playboy, I wonder what kind of "musical events" they had in mind ... 50's beatnik jazz?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It must say something about||
It must say something about my age ... but the first thing that came into my mind was this:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That fist-bump between||
That fist-bump between Harbaugh and Drevno should send shivers down the spines of every defensive coordinator in the B1G.
My second favorite is the Harbaugh Huddle. He's surrounded by 42 tons of humanity and he's jumping up and down and punching guys. Who wouldn't get juiced after that?
I pity every receiver who's waiting for a ball to come to him and Peppers is somewhere in the same ZIP code.
Oh, and Bunting. That reminded me of those nature films where two rams butt heads. Except in this case it was one against two ... and the two fell down.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Some of my best memories are||
Some of my best memories are of buying Michigan tickets on the street. This would have been back in the 1989 - 1993 time frame.
Back then people hawking tickets on the street was a common thing. Not sure if it's still that way, or if local authorities have clamped down on it.
I can still hear it -- "Tickets! Who needs tickets!" :-)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Tradition||
Glasgow's words suggest that in 2014 Michigan's football tradition was dying.
It's fair to say that it was. It wasn't just the losses; it was the fact there appeared little competitive fire. Michigan was at risk of becoming Purdue. Hoke played a role, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Good heart; insufficient ability.
It was the hope of change that sustained. Had we been assured there'd be no change for a dozen more years, I think the memory of the tradition would have faded into the background.
Harbaugh could not have come at a more critical point in time.
Right now, Texas is at some risk of slipping into a tailspin. They too have a long, rich tradition of football, but with each year of keystone cops play the tradition dims in relevancy.
Tennessee seems to be on a good path back to some relevancy. Time will tell there.
Nebraska -- once a powerhouse -- seems relegated to permanent "good but not great."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yost Playbook||
1905 playbook is cool.
I'll bet the fullback on those teams had his pick of the campus ladies ... BMOC, for sure.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Wouldn't it be considered||
Wouldn't it be considered part of the field of play ... like one of the refs? Or, like the massive jumbo-tron thing in the Dallas Cowboys' stadium?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In the battle of Gulo vs.||
In the battle of Gulo vs. Castor, Gulo wins!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, using that logic then||
Well, using that logic then people should go to Kettering or Michigan Tech. :-)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I have a huge man-crush for||
I have a huge man-crush for Coach Drevno. Not ashamed to say so. Dude is going to do great things for Michigan.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh - Drevno fist bump||
Harbaugh - Drevno fist bump ... may we see many more years of those!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And with the current exchange||
And with the current exchange between $CDN and $US ... even worse! :-)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Cat||
I scared my cat with my hootin' and hollerin' at the TV.
In other words, a good game!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It means game reps doing run||
It means game reps doing run blocking. Practice makes ... better.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Heard that. Quite an||
Heard that. Quite an indictment of previous staff.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||O line looked better. Can't||
O line looked better. Can't yet tell if due to competition or technique. UFR will tell.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Back in the mid 70's I worked||
Back in the mid 70's I worked a bit at a full service station. When it got busy it was pretty hard work. Pumping gas, checking oil, washing windows, checking air pressure ... sometimes with three or four cars in process at the same time.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe it is. Let me Google||
Maybe it is. Let me Google that ...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh is like the director||
Harbaugh is like the director who came in after filming completed. He can't reshoot everything. So he has to take what's already shot and get creative with editing. He's using as much good footage as he can (Butt, Lewis, Peppers), he shot a few new scenes (Rudock), and is doing his best with the scenes that feature Kenau Reeves (the offensive line).
It will get better.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||People ask me if Harbaugh can||
People ask me if Harbaugh can turn things around. My answer is always the same -- "If we can't win with Harbaugh, we can't win at all."
Harbaugh has the unenviable task of cleaning up 7 years of mismanagement. That takes more than a coat of paint.
2015 won't be a great year, but it will be a year where Harbaugh cuts out the rot and begins to repair. I really believe that.
|4 weeks 47 min ago||I'm sure if the long snapper||
I'm sure if the long snapper did whatever LTT did, then the answer is yes.
But I think your point is that the LS is a scholarship slot better given a "real" player.
Ditto Andrew David, a scholarship kicker third on the depth chart.
Again, I don't know what LTT did. But it's clear Harbaugh isn't putting up with it ... whatever "it" is.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||I have no idea the cause||
I have no idea the cause behind this action.
But it's starting to look like Harbaugh is willing to endure some pain this year to form a better team next and beyond. If sacrificing some OL depth was necessary, then so be it.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||No kidding, right?! :-) But I||
No kidding, right?! :-)
But I think he gets to the answer there with this:
If with that he's accurately reflecting his father, then it makes some sense -- during Jay's upbringing Jim had moved on to other things and was focused there. The "time and place" for nostalgia wasn't there.
I rather like Jay's answer there. It indicates a focus on the present, which I think is fairly healthy.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Jay||
He seems like a well-grounded young man.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||At some point in the game||
At some point in the game their Bolden is going to run up against our Bolden. :-)
Here's hoping our DL gets penetration and disrupts. I want to see their backfield in a state of chaos all afternoon.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||But ... Paul Johnson is||
But ... Paul Johnson is Faygo.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Platter||
My favorite quote:
Vanderbilt Football: Because Every Platter Needs A Head
That sums up the feeling of many fanbases, including Michigan at times.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||There'll be six or seven more||
There'll be six or seven more threads like this before Saturday.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty empty piece. It||
Pretty empty piece. It strikes me as a vehicle for Cowherd to express what a straight-shooting, no-nonsense guy he is. Harbaugh is merely a prop in the story.
But that's Cowherd's schtick -- he's the only 'brave' man in the room; everyone else is at least a little phoney.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wide open||
Good point ... when that wide open the burden falls on the QB.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Which came first -- pass or slowdown?||
Edit -- my previous post was TL;DR.
Question -- when Chesson was at the 15, was the ball already in the air or not?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||There seems to be an||
There seems to be an either/or argument here ... either Rudock overthrew or Chesson underran. It's possible it's a combination of the two.
That's what Harbaugh spoke to in the press conference.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||taking a half step to be in||
taking a half step to be in the middle of the end zone was the right move
I don't understand that. Help me.
To my eye it's better to catch the ball and miss being inbounds than to slow down and not catch the ball at all. The receiver goes to where the ball is coming down. The ball landed in the endzone, which is something quite different from landing beyond the endzone.
I'm not disagreeing the ball was long. But assuming the ball was catchable -- and maybe it wasn't -- but assuming it was, then Chesson has to go get it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||OL leverage||
I posted this in another thread, and I'll post it again here:
The problem of offensive line leverage is illustrated quite a bit in the breakdown of some of the plays. On a couple of plays they stop the video and speak of how high the OL's helmets are.
What's a little disconcerting here is that this is supposed to be a semi-veteran OL on the cusp of gelling and being pretty good.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Chesson||
... and if you squint on a replay it certainly looks like he downshifts slightly once the corner bites on his out route
At the 12. About two steps, then back to high gear. The ball is likely already in the air at that point. To my eye Chesson mis-judged the ball. By the time he realized his mistake it was too late: he couldn't catch up.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Upward||
My hope ...
Seriously ... just improve in all facets of the game ... every game get better.
Good things will follow.
EDIT -- over on MGoVideo there's an excellent "chalk talk" breakdown of some of the plays of the game:
Some of the problems needing correction are highlighted there. Excellent video and commentary.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh on Grant Perry: "He||
Harbaugh on Grant Perry: "He had some blocks that were things of beauty."
Want to bet every other receiver is now going to try extra hard to be better at blocking?
Also on Grant Perry: "and some not precise route running"
Want to also bet that Grant Perry is now focusing on his route running?
Harbaugh: "There’s a bad taste in our mouth when you lose a football game and there’s only one mouthwash for that, and that is winning a football game, so that’s what we’re going to make darn sure on what we’re going to focus on.”
The helmet stickers, the grading out each player, making those evaluations public knowledge within the program, the no-excuses attitude ... scorched earth reforming of culture. It'll pay dividends.
I love the man. Truly, I do.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ace is like Ed McMahon to||
Ace is like Ed McMahon to Brian's Johnny Carson, only better.
(Kinda-sorta serious ... the interplay is well done on these podcasts. I really enjoy them.)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I would agree with you,||
I would agree with you, though some on this site might disagree. Considerable hand-wringing over recruiting stars ...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||So a different question -- is||
So a different question -- is there any chance Harbaugh abandons, at least in part, his offense so he can take advantage of lesser talent? Or does he stick to his guns and go the route of trying to get the talent to make that offense go well?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Okay, fair enough. I won't||
Okay, fair enough. I won't argue X's and O's because I'm not equipped to do it.
The original point was whether Harbaugh will prove to be the kind of HC that can adapt as needed to elevate Michigan to the level of competitive on the national stage. The OP expressed at least some questions about that, given Harbaugh's stint at Stanford. My point above is that Stanford was 5 years ago, and my belief is that Harbaugh can adapt as needed to do what's needed to win.
That's where the "adaptive" thread came in. I cited Meyer and RR simply because the OP made mention of those two.
FWIW ... I stand by my preference of coaches if I was the AD ... regardless of the school. A good portion of that is based on Meyer's ability to win the big games when he has to. Rodriguez has yet to show that. Pittsburgh 2007; any of the rival games at Michigan; Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game; Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||We may have a different view||
We may have a different view of the word "adaptive."
I use that term to apply to all facets of being a HC, and to doing what's necessary to win given whatever change is taking place in the game today.
That's a different definition from being offensively "creative."
You say that Meyer "recruits bigger guys and actually pays attention to defense." The "bigger guys" part of that is the adaptive change I was thinking about when I wrote what I did.
The championship game shocked me ... Ohio State went out, took Oregon by the throat, and punched them senseless. Ohio State was every bit as fast as Oregon, just a whole lot more physical. That's college football in 2015. Big and fast. Not just fast ... big and fast.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just a gut sense. I watch||
Just a gut sense. I watch Arizona today and see a lot of what I saw at WVU. And at the highest levels, the game has changed.
I think when history of college football is written, we'll find Rodriguez credited with helping create the early spread offenses, but Meyer credited with being the adaptive genius who wins big with them.
I'm absolutely not looking to get into an RR argument. But objectively Meyer's success is greater than Rodriguez's. Success is the outcome one gets by adapting to all the factors that influence the outcome. Meyer is inarguably the best at this in this era.
Imagine you're the AD of some school ... let's say LSU when Miles steps away. You have your choice of Meyer or Rodriguez. Who do you pick?
I go with Meyer. And it's not even close.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I really like the way you||
I really like the way you crafted this analogy.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The last time Harbaugh||
The last time Harbaugh coached in college was 2010. There seems to be an assumption that the college Harbaugh we saw there is what we'll see going forward.
Maybe. But I'm not yet convinced of that.
Two spread-oriented coaches are mentioned above: Rodriguez and Meyer. Of those two, I would say Urban Meyer is the most adaptive; Rodriguez less so. As the landscape of college football changes**, I have more confidence in Meyer leading the change than I do Rodriguez leading the change.
The $64,000 question is: "Will Jim Harbaugh participate in the evolution of the game?"
My gut tells me yes, and my reason is this -- Harbaugh is a competitive opportunist. He seems willing to take advantage of whatever is available to gain an edge. If my gut is right about this, then what we will see is a Michigan program that adapts. It may not be the vanguard of change, but neither will it be a clinger to the past.
For 2015 I fear Harbaugh is simply working with what he has; trying his best to maximize based on available resources. The ceiling is limited in the near term. But that is something different from the mid- and long-term ceiling for the program.
** I'm no X's and O's guy, though I wish I was. That said, I've watched my fair share of college football, and to my eye the model Rodriguez runs at Arizona is not the future. I am more impressed with the dominating nature of Meyer's style at Ohio State and, after this past weekend, what I see out of Alabama. For a time speed trumped the physical, but the physical has gotten faster. And physical wins when speed is equal.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Depends. Were you smoking a||
Depends. Were you smoking a pipe and wearing a tweed jacket when you typed that? Because then it would be really calm. Extra points if you speak with a British accent. :-)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I remember watching thst game||
I remember watching thst game live! Brett went ape-shit. Beyond what this clip shows.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Solar Panels||
From the article:
... two 100-watt solar panels, which will supply enough power to charge his cellphone and laptop, light the home and provide fuel to power for his cook-top in the kitchen.
Set aside the issue of gray winter skies. Assume good sunshine.
Would two 100-watt solar panels be enough to power a cook-top? The lights and recharge of phone and laptop I get. The cook-top I don't. Any EE majors who can weigh in on that?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The article says he's getting||
The article says he's getting use of land and use of some household amenities such as water and laundry, but it doesn't say how much he's paying for that. I'd be curious to find out.
HGTV runs a show on "tiny houses," and it's funny to watch some fo the participants talk about "living simply" while worrying about whether some 150 sq. ft. place can "hold all their stuff." Concerns about closet space don't align with the tiny house movement, people. :-)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wow ... no kidding. I would||
Wow ... no kidding. I would have had some serious heartburn over that. Hell, I wasn't keen on brother Bob.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for helping me||
Thanks for helping me understand! I appreciate your answers! I love football but some of the schematic things aren't always clear to me.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This is what Ohio State runs,||
This is what Ohio State runs, right? It looks similar.
Is this relatively new for Bama? I'm wondering if this is Saban's response to losing to OSU in the playoff.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So how would Alabama's||
So how would Alabama's offensive scheme be descibed? They run out of the shotgun almost every play. But they don't look spread like Oregon. What is this? Other than 'very good,' I mean.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think the talk was his||
I think the talk was his brother Bob from Oklahoma for the Michigan job.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Man, Alabama looks pretty||
Man, Alabama looks pretty good ...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There is something unsettling||
There is something unsettling watching UCLA football. The endzone stands are empty, and the bright sunshine and stark shadows is 180 degrees opposite midwest football Saturday weather.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Very close game until into||
Very close game until into 4th quarter. Same as last year.
Arizona is a streaky team. 10 - 2 in regular season, then get killed by Oregon and show up flat in bowl.
We'll see what 2015 is like. 2nd year for QB.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||NW and Minnesota ... don't||
NW and Minnesota ... don't look past either.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Stanford players look like||
Stanford players look like they've given up.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgers dismisses both||
Rutgers dismisses both starting corners.
Early in the game, Norfolk has 75 yards passing and 0 rushing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||What a goat rodeo.||
What a goat rodeo.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thursday night is the time||
Thursday night is the time for conferences and teams that desperately need national attention because they can't get it on Saturdays. That's not Michigan.
I'm going to play devil's advocate here for a second ... I'm not trying to be reflexively contrarian.
Let's imagine that Michigan won that game, and did so convincingly. Wouldn't you rather have had that happen on an relatively uncrowded Thursday night of opening weekend than a crowded Saturday slot? There was a lot of focus on the game because it was one of the first significant games of the season.
Going back to the big-people table analogy ... Michigan's not at that table**, and to get there requires we get back to the spotlight and beating good teams. In that respect Michigan's Thursday night game against Utah was a good stage with a good spotlight for that.
Sadly, the outcome wasn't what we wanted.
** It would be an interesting discussion/debate to list the programs that are at that table. And what programs are just outside making noise to get in.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||People respond to incentives||
People respond to incentives ... imagine that! :-)
Agree on the big people table analogy. Right now there's a handful of programs at that table, and Michigan isn't one of them. Do what's necessary to get there.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'm of two minds here ...||
I'm of two minds here ... yeah, I'd like to have the tomato can opener as a tune up. But then again, as Harbaugh himself says, it's better to be at the big people table. Other programs do this sort of thing and win. Hell, Boise State has made this sort of thing their trademark.
We'll get there. First game under Harbaugh (!) ... iterative improvement begins now.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Utah is a good team. I'd||
Utah is a good team. I'd rather have the W, but losing to Utah is less bad than losing to, say, Toledo.
There's a couple of interesting Pac-12 South games today to keep an eye on -- UCLA vs. Virginia, and (more significantly) ASU vs. Texas A&M.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||San Jose State ...||
Watching Gameday got me reminiscing about things past. File this under "Whatever happened to ..."
San Jose State is where Borges, GERG and Dan Ferrigno landed.
They dispatched New Hampshire fairly handily ... 43-13. 707 total yards offense to 186, 422 yards passing coupled with 285 yards rushing.
Everyone eventually finds their level. Good for all of them.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nice||
I like this format. I'm looking forward to seeing this after each game. So keep it up!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||First game ... shaking out||
First game ... shaking out the cobwebs.
But I don't think they have what it takes to beat Oregon. I think Oregon clocks them in EL.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Games of some interest to||
Games of some interest to me:
My wife has accepted the fact Saturday is my day for college football. She's a keeper.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Improvement Metrics||
I think Michigan wins. What I'm also interested in is seeing if Michigan can improve in certain key metrics in the process.
Obvious key metrics -- final score, turnovers, rushing and passing yards.
Metrics I'm very interested in -- first down production, third down conversion rate.
Last year Michigan was horrible with first down production ... resulting in lots of 2nd and longs. Against Utah Michigan did a little better. Sadly, Utah did better than Michigan.
I have a debate raging in my mind about which, ultimately, is the more important metric -- 1st down production or 3rd down conversion. A good 1st down rate suggests an offense that moves well; a good 3rd conversion rate suggests a team capable of sustaining drives.
Anyway ... I'll be watching for Michigan to improve its 1st down production rate. Fewer 1 yard or -1 yard runs. Fewer INC passes on 1st. More 5 to 8 yard gains on 1st, please.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||No ... in front of my TV in||
No ... in front of my TV in Tucson.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I like this format. It's a||
I like this format. It's a creative way to offer game commentary. Nice!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I get that your premise is to||
I get that your premise is to go off of just last night, but yeah, its early.
Agree, it's early. And thanks for understanding the post and playing along.
The thing about Green is he's had plenty of time to establish himself ... and hasn't. New OC, new RB coach, new HC ... and he's down the depth chart. That does not bode well.
The thing about David is he's a scholarship kicker. That's a scholarship slot I'm nearly certain Harbaugh would love to get back. That's the particular pressure David is under.
Morris -- yeah, I wasn't serious about the one camera shot. But put yourself in his shoes. He has to be wondering when or if he'll get his chance. Next year he has to face another transfer in O'Korn, plus Gentry. And did anyone happen to notice the similarities between Utah's QB Travis Wilson and Zach Genty? Both tall, agile QBs.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||When did I say it was based||
When did I say it was based on last night's game only?
You didn't; I didn't imply that. I was suggesting a thought exercise.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||this game felt like an NBC||
this game felt like an NBC Notre Dame game.
Ouch ... that'll leave a mark.
NBC Notre Dame games are unwatchable.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting thought -- which||
Interesting thought -- which players, based on nothing but last night's game, do the tea leaves bode ill?
Derrick Green -- reasons cited above
Andrew David -- scholarship kicker is third on depth behind two walk ons
Shane Morris -- brief camera shot of him on sideline showed one upset young man
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Last night's result was||
Last night's result was disappointing; it was not discouraging.
That is well put.
I'm sure that is exactly the mindset the coaches are taking into the film room and practices this week.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, a loss. But in a loss||
Yes, a loss. But in a loss can be seen the seeds of future good.
Just like -- in the opposite -- the win against Akron in 2013 showed the dark shadows of what was to come. "A win is a win" people said. True, but the signs were there about how bad 2013 and part of 2014 was to be.
If Michigan comes out and lays eggs against Oregon State, UNLV and BYU, then I'll admit I'm wrong. But right now, I'm seeing things that indicate success later.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm guessing you're not a||
I'm guessing you're not a plumber.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Some random positive||
Some random positive thoughts:
o No sacks given up ... when was the last game we had that?
o Walk-on kicker Allen boomed kickoffs out of endzone, and even his missed FG had distance.
o O'Neill only punted three times, and he looked really good each time. (ST play on that punt that pinned Utah deep was a damn thing of beauty ... even fooled the cameraman.)
o I think Peppers came to a point in 2H last night where he relaxed and said, "Fuck it, I'm just going to play football." Jabrill playing loose is going to be quite something to watch.
o I love the fact Jourdan Lewis is out there quietly being superb.
o After the pick-6 Michigan didn't quit. That's a testament to the team, and to the coaches.
o I have no doubt whatsoever that Harbaugh and staff know what to do, and we'll see some really good improvement game 1 to game 2.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agree ... Kenny Allen did not||
Agree ... Kenny Allen did not look horrible. That missed FG had the distance, just off by a bit.
His kickoffs were all out of the endzone.
He gets some confidence under his belt and he may be okay.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The second one looked||
The second one looked catchable to me. Not by diving, but by Chesson staying in high gear and getting under that ball. To my eye it looked like he took his foot off the gas the last few steps as the ball was coming down.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I could definetly see an||
I could definetly see an identity.
Agree. The word that kept coming to my mind was "coherent."
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Great" is a bit much. But||
"Great" is a bit much. But at times, good.
Three interceptions isn't acceptable, but as others have said, two of those are as much on the receiver as on Ruddock.
The first overthrown deep ball was Ruddock. Probably jitters.
The second I'm not convinced was uncatchable. I thought I saw Chesson slowing up his last step or two. If he would have reached for his top gear as the ball was coming down he might well have gotten under that.
Ruddock's completions were for the most part quick and decisive. Except for the deep balls he put the ball where it was supposed to be. Plus, Ruddock stood in the pocket. And unlike Gardner, he kept his eyes on the field as he dropped back.
I think Harbaugh exhibited a lot of class in the post-game press conference by accentuating the positives and being honest about areas where more work is needed.
This team has all the markings of a team that will progress across the season to its natural ceiling. It's natural ceiling is *not* great, but it will be pretty good.
We are in way better shape than we were this time last year.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Prior to last Michigan TD I||
Prior to last Michigan TD I thought to myself, "Here's where we see if they fight, or give up."
Last year they would have given up. This year they did not.
I'm convinced Michigan could win this if they played again next week.
Very unfortunate first game mistakes. Clean those up and this becomes a good team. Not great, yet, but good.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Jourdan Lewis continues to be||
Jourdan Lewis continues to be solid
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Mike Pererra reminds me of||
Mike Pererra reminds me of Bill Kennedy at the Movies.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Are you at the stadium? Is||
Are you at the stadium? Is that your photo?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||A former girlfriend was a UNC||
A former girlfriend was a UNC graduate and pretty snooty about it. That was 25 years ago, but I will never forget her attitude. So, Go Gamecocks!
(Spurrier looks ... disinterested, or tired, or something.)
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||"No cortical function is||
"No cortical function is required to cheer when the ball moves forward and boo when it does not."
I like this. Quick ... get this on a T-shirt.
"I almost don’t care if Michigan wins or loses."
I hate you.
"Michigan 28, Utah 17"
I love you again.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Choose?||
You're making me choose between the two?! :-)
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||There is nothing like the||
There is nothing like the thrill and drama of a close and well-played college football game.
Nothing. No other sport comes close.
Worth it? Hell yes.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||It ain't a GIF party without||
It ain't a GIF party without Alison Brie. Just sayin'.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Diamond||
AHHHH THROW YOUR DIAMOND IN THE SKY IF YOU FEEL THE VIBE.
Oh, I feel the vibe. But I'd prefer not to throw my diamond in the sky. But thanks for the suggestion.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I am relatively sanguine||
I am relatively sanguine about this position ...
That's one of them fancy words. :-)
I come to MGoBlog for football ... I leave with a better vocabulary!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I will keep half an eye on||
I will keep half an eye on the UofA game, but I suspect this to be all Arizona. I doubt Bellomy will play for UTSA. But knowing something about the game will let me speak cogently at the water cooler the next day.
The other game this weekend I'm curious about is Florida. They're playing a cupcake (New Mexico State), but it's their first step out of the darkness with a new coach. Florida wins, but will we see anything like a glimmer of what might be?
Agree about Pac-12 South. Last year my adopted school to follow was UCLA. I can't bring myself to root for USC ever.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Arizona hosting UTSA is||
Arizona hosting UTSA is interesting, but not compelling.
Interesting because UTSA is where Russell Bellomy transferred to.
Interesting because UTSA damn near beat Arizona last year in San Antonio. This year it's Tucson.
But not compelling because it falls smack against Meeechigan game!!!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Truth||
Amara Darboh == Amara Darboh
Well, that settles it. :-)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Keys||
Stipulate that limiting turnovers is a given.
If we change to this to "keys of the game" ... then:
Offensively I'd love the story to be: "Utah could not stop Michigan's relentless drives."
Defensively I'd love the story to be: "Michigan's front four were in the backfield all night." I'd be okay with our secondary scoring zero tackles if it means it's all happening up front.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Well five or six years ago||
Well five or six years ago you weren't a P5 program.
Exactly right ... there was a time when Utah was not really part of the college football conversation. Urban Meyer changed that quite a bit when he was there; Utah's joining the PAC-12 changed it a bunch.
Still, that said, it's hardly controversial to say that Michigan is not bigger than their Pac-12 rivals. The last time Michigan was part of the top-tier discussion was 2006. It's been a very dry last seven or eight years. But ... Harbaugh!
Go Blue. Let's start the turnaround tomorrow evenin.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That moment when her eyes||
That moment when her eyes lock on the camera and the smile emerges ... priceless.
This never gets old.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Wow ... well, good for him.||
Wow ... well, good for him.
He's also listed on the kick returner depth chart.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan's offensive line||
Michigan's offensive line pushes Utah down the field. The running game establishes itself early. But for the TD it's Ruddock to Darboh, with Jake Butt drawing all sorts of coverage away from the other receivers.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Others have commented on the||
Others have commented on the depth at LB.
Brian hints at addressing the depth issue in part by bringing Peppers in as an LB in spots.
But what about the DL corp? I know with Mone's injury depth is a bit of an issue as well. But I think there's some possibility for our DEs to slip back into LB roles if needed?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh ... my eyes ... they||
Ugh ... my eyes ... they burn. :-)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||My Bad||
My bad ... I read "Rhett" but my fingers typed "Brett".
(Maybe I have Bret Beilema on my mind ... and if so, then someone kill me, please.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||General Information||
First off, good for Brett. I hope he does well and enjoys his time with football.
Second ... that district (Catalina Foothills) is some nice real estate. It is the Bloomfield Hills* of Tucson, so to speak. It is on the north side of town on the lower slopes of the Catalina mountains. It is probably 10 miles or so north of the UofA campus, which itself is just to the east of downtown Tucson. Straight up Campbell and you hit the Catalina Foothills.
Tucson's growth pattern was first to the east, then to the north. The Catalina Foothills area was just desert scrub-land 25 years ago. Growth east checked by mountains; growth north checked by mountains; now it's going northwest (Marana) and now also to the west.
* Or Birmingham, or Gross Pointe. It's not like Plymouth or Canton ... Marana and Oro Valley more fit that parallel. I thought maybe Royal Oak, but that's a much older, more artsy place than Catalina Foothills. Tucson has its artsy locales, but Catalina Foothills is not it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||He's worse than Harbaugh To||
He's worse than Harbaugh
To reinforce your point ... Harbaugh and Drevno.
(I have a major man crush for Drevno. Ever since his introductory video interviews, the guy has struck me as someone I'd follow to hell and back. I've said before: he's Harbaugh's X-factor here. We're going to see good things out of this offense.)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Even Mattison got||
Even Mattison got demoted
Another reading of this -- Mattison willingly stepped back to (a) provide Durkin the role, (b) provide continuity for the staff, and (c) assume a role that is his first love in coaching ... the DL.
At 65 years old it's possible -- even likely -- he no longer wants DC role, but very much wants to remain involved with the DL and coaching the young men who play there. I applaud him.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Reading around on him, the||
Reading around on him, the knocks against his NFL prospects center on his passing delivery (tends to throw sidearm) and his unproven play against top competition. He'll get looks, but I think he'll be a lower round pick ... 3rd maybe at best?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||My wife saw me watching this.||
My wife saw me watching this. She rolled her eyes. "Boys and their football," she sighed. I smiled. Let it begin.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's hard to glean much from||
It's hard to glean much from these interviews. The players are savvy enough to say little, but say it in a persuasive way. But to the extent this reflects a seriousness about focusing on the game and winning ... then great!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I told my wife this is the||
I told my wife this is the last Saturday she has any claim on my time until mid-January.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||"He runs like a penguin with||
"He runs like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund" -- Bob Ufer
|5 weeks 5 days ago||So this got me thinking about||
So this got me thinking about the 10 best years for any coach in college history.
Bo's 1969 to 1978 run was spectacular -- 96-15-1 by my count.
Yost's 1901 - 1910 run was 78-6-6.
Knute Rockne's 1921 - 1930: 84-11-3.
But then I counted up Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma teams 1949 - 1958: 107-7-1. Whoa.
For a 10 year span, that's remarkable. His worst season was 1951 at 8-2.
I'm trying to think of other coaches whose 10 year spans might approach that.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Hello, Comcast? Is that you?||
Hello, Comcast? Is that you?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I suspected there was a||
Yeah, I suspected there was a staff helping to coordinate these things.
Still, it just fascinates me to picture myself a fly on the wall. Recruiting at this level has to be a pretty well oiled machine for top programs. I can picture daily update meetings to get everyone on the same page with respect to status, trends, and who does what next.
We watch football on Saturday, but there's just a crap-ton of things that take place behind the scenes.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Outreach||
"I talk to Michigan almost every day between Coach Durkin, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Partridge."
Could that really be the case -- some contact every day?
Any idea how a program like Michigan coordinates this outreach by coaches? Do they have a schedule of which coach calls which recruit on what day? And would there be a time of day the coaches break from other activities and hit the phone banks for this?
I'm asking just because I'm curious how a program manages the recruiting process across so many players.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly ... this is really||
Exactly ... this is really odd timing. There's more to this than just bad coaching.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Nah ... I'm just channeling||
Nah ... I'm just channeling my inner Drevno.
I'm telling ya ... Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X-factor here. I love the guy.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Our offensive line is going||
Our offensive line is going to surprise us. It'll control the line of scrimmage. First downs will occur. Drives will be sustained. Touchdowns will ensue.
17 point victory. I'd say 27-10 or 34-17. Game not as close as the score might indicate.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Plus, Arizona escaped a few||
Plus, Arizona escaped a few games by the skin of their teeth. 10 - 2 could easily have been 8 - 4 or 7 - 5. Still, they pulled off a 10 - 2 regular season so good for them. The post season was a bit ugly, though.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Reporting from Tucson ...||
Reporting from Tucson ... "adore" is a bit strong. To the extent people here really get into football -- which isn't much -- they are happily content with RR. Agree that expectations are reasonable. Football season is the diversion until basketball season starts.
Plus, football in 90 degrees isn't right. It violates natural law. See my signature line.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||You don't bring in a 5th year||
You don't bring in a 5th year guy not to start.
Unless Ruddock is the insurance policy to protect against the downside risk.
Also, is it possible Ruddock is designed to keep a fire under Morris? So Ruddock is reliable insurance policy against bad QB play, and serves as pace guy / competition for Morris. If Morris hits his potential then great ... go with Morris. If Morris doesn't click, then there's Ruddock.
I'm just musing ... I honestly don't have a clue.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I would expect quite a||
I would expect quite a response from the Michigan Stadium crowd when O'Neill first comes onto the field. Of all the new names, there's probably the most curiosity around him and his style of punting. If his first punt in Michigan Stadium is 74 yard thing of beauty, expect the crowd to go nuts. If it's a roll/fake for a first down ... it'll be insane.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm listening to the podcast||
I'm listening to the podcast ... rather than doing any work. :-)
The interplay between Brian and Ace is really good ... the back and forth in a really balanced way. I'm sure that's not as easy as it seems ... so kudos to both for a fine job making this a well-paced and enjoyable show!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I lived in the Raleigh area||
I lived in the Raleigh area from 1984 to 1989. NC State is a bit of an odd case there ... they definitely live in the shadow of their local rivals Duke and UNC. Their campus is nowhere near as attractive as Duke's or UNC's.
They do, however, host "Mitch's Tavern," a local watering hole that was used to film some scenes for "Bull Durham."
As for the patches ... meh, who really cares what some ACC school is doing with legends patches?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||My theory: the white pants||
My theory: the white pants and white jersey is about as basic as basic gets.
What's left? Football. Blocking, tackling ... football.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Limits||
... yet the twitter reaction from the fan base seems to be everyone calling him soft for not being able to handle Harbaugh's practices.
Which not one of the Twitter commenters knows about or could likely handle themselves.
One of Samuelson's stated reasons -- playing time -- helps illustrate a key life lesson that everyone will face eventually: there are limits to a person's talents and abilities. Related: somewhere there's someone better at something than you are. It's just a fact.
Facing this fact is what life is all about. Finding one's place in this world is all about accepting one's limits and maximizing one's strengths. The contemporary notion of "any dream can be realized" is happy horseshit and does more damage than good. Yes, strive for goals; but when reality indicates a change of direction, then take it.
Samuelson seems to realize his limits and is taking a different course. There's no shame in that. I applaud his standing up and facing it square on. Good for him.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Proven Fact||
You’re only going to be as good on defense as you are up front. It’s a proven fact.
Well, ya can't argue with science. :-)
Still, for all the talk about Peppers and the secondary, the position group I'm most interested in is the defensive line. I keep reading that we're strong and deep there (well, before the purported Mone injury) ... but at the end of the day a lot is going to depend on how well this group of linemen perform. We shall see.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||Oh, that is an absolute JOY||
Oh, that is an absolute JOY to watch at this time of year while we wait for the season to start.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hold onto your wallet when||
Hold onto your wallet when that "special pricing" expires.
My Comcast bill runs $230/month for internet, phone and TV. It started out about $100/month less, then when my "special bundle pricing" expired the monthly price increases started.
Still, when it works ... it works well. Pricey, but it works.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Saturday, October 17th. Words||
Saturday, October 17th.
Words are just words. But football is football.
Until then? Chatter.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||You know, that was a hell of||
You know, that was a hell of a throw by Wangler ... he planted his right foot and threw that on a rope ... caught Carter in-stride. Beautiful.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||So that one scene with the||
So that one scene with the green grass? You can't imagine what it takes to keep grass green in the summer here in Tucson. Answer: a whole lot of water.
Go a mile or so outside of town and this is what you see:
But that said, Tucson is one of those cities with a dual water supply -- water for drinking, and reclaimed water for irrigation. So where there is grass (campus, parks) the water is from the reclaimed source.
That has nothing to do with hot gymnasts doing "The Whip" ... but there ya go.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Are those football season||
Are those football season tickets for $20? Wow
Reporting live from Tucson ... season tickets for football can be had for $99. Seats are upper deck on the goalline, but still ... $99 for the full season.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Answer, because it wouldn't||
Answer, because it wouldn't make sense to sort eligibility alphabetically
I'm not sure I follow. In past years they did permit sort by that column. It was a handy way to see the players by class. It makes some sense. But for some reason they chose not to do it.