|1 day 4 hours ago||This is great ... I'm at a||
This is great ... I'm at a conference this week with some downtime in the middle, so this will give me something football-related to read. Thanks!
|3 days 34 min ago||Sometimes the little things||
Sometimes the little things do add up -- the tempo, the attention to details, the tracking of competitive progress, the drumbeat for merit and against entitlement.
Yes, the real proof will be in the way the teams plays and wins this fall. A given.
But there's a difference with Harbaugh -- (1) his intensity appears to be genuine; (2) he surrounds himself with other hyper-achievers like himself; (3) the message seems consistent, which means it will work its way into every corner and crevice; and (4) they are taking a wrecking ball to the notion of seniority. Plus -- (5) Harbaugh has had true success at every level, so there's a method to his madness.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Nice! This is the kind of||
Nice! This is the kind of football nuts-and-bolts I love to read. Thanks!
|3 days 23 hours ago||Go over to his site ... he||
Go over to his site ... he has 7 criteria he grades 1 to 7 ... so top score is really 49, but he throws in a 1-point kicker to round to 50.
I think a 49 point scale is kinda-sorta cool ... the 1-7 x 7 criteria model is eye-catching.
|3 days 23 hours ago||In your criteria you include||
In your criteria you include "footwork". With respect to the offensive line, what are some examples of bad footwork, typical footwork, good footwork ... and what offensive lineman (playing anywhere -- HS, college, pros) has great footwork? And why?
I suspect that varies by O-Line position. I would guess tackles need really good lateral. Not sure if Centers require that as much as maintaining base.
Anyway ... I'm just curious what "footwork" translates to specifically.
|4 days 39 sec ago||Of all the coaches I'm||
Of all the coaches I'm digging Drevno the most right now. There's something about him -- some focused intensity thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||But if I'm that poor, I'm not||
But if I'm that poor, I'm not spending $120 on tickets.
If I'm really that poor -- and I was back when I was in college -- I don't buy football tickets. Instead, I work on Saturdays ... and Sundays, and any other day I can get hours.
|1 week 2 days ago||human endeavors that go||
human endeavors that go beyond our ability to replicate or understand using binary code
Indeed. This is why, for example, IBM Watson does not operate on a if-then-else rules design, but more of a word/phrase/sentence tree mapping algorithm. It attempts to "understand" -- meaning: draw conclusions from -- what humans have put down in word format. It is, however, very reliant on humans having put down meaningful information in the first place. It doesn't "think" beyond the information given it.
There's some fascinating work going on in quantum computing where the computing is not merely 0's and 1's, but states between "on" and "off." I don't understand all that. I applaud those who do. But even still, I'm not sure that by itself will create true AI (I doubt it), or merely provide for more efficient -- and therefore, faster -- computation.
|1 week 3 days ago||Pulling the topic back to||
Pulling the topic back to Michigan football for a moment ... we have very sophisticated simulators for many things, most notably flight. Is there any reason why the same technology could not be applied to training and practicing football?
The graphics are far enough along that a simulation could be used to give QBs a "game like" experience at least for reading the defenses.
But what about more fundamental things like blocking? Could computer simulation and robotics effectively be used to simulate a really good offensive lineman so D-lineman could practice getting around or through them?
|1 week 3 days ago||There's something more to||
There's something more to human thought and consciousness than processing power, but I can't prove that or even define it. The boundary is, I think, at the point of creativity. A purely programmatic system can play chess, but it couldn't conceive of the game out of nothing. Similarly, it could replicate the Mona Lisa, but not create it ... or a well-crafted poem that appeals to the core emotions.
One could argue that the human mind is simply far enough advanced to make creation appear like something more than a programmatic response. I tend to think the human has something more than mere neurons and biochemicals. But that's a topic not allowed on this site. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||By the way, I spoke with one||
By the way, I spoke with one of the lead architects for the Watson "Jeopardy" system ... one of the sources for its information repository was Wikipedia arcticles. As a source of general knowledge required by the game "Jeopardy," it was good enough ... as evidenced by the fact the system won the competition.
For medical diagnostics it'll be all about correlating bits of information from an ocean of medical journals looking to tie together patterns related to symptoms and test results.
Re: Jeopardy ... apparently the algorithm designers for the early Watson prototypes did not anticipate how Jeopardy statements are sometimes stated in the negative, which requires the participant to seek the opposite. That was corrected, but it shows how the "thinking" was only as good as the algorithm controlling it. Watson performed fairly poorly in early testing before things were ironed out.
|1 week 3 days ago||Boiled to its essence, this||
Boiled to its essence, this is the "I think, therefore I am" concept. That is not a wholly satisfying statement, though ... what does thinking really mean?
I don't know. But Harbaugh does! Harbaugh!
|1 week 3 days ago||I am pessimistic by nature||
I am pessimistic by nature ... but I rank AI fairly low on the scale of things I'm pessimistic about. There's a bunch of things that will spell our doom before Computer Overlords take control.
|1 week 3 days ago||Chess||
IBM's "Deep Blue" chess program that beat Kasparov was "brute force" -- it calculated out millions of potential moves into the future and assigned value weighting. It was, for its time, a leading example of massive parallel processing to calculate out the moves and weighting. Not "intelligence" per se, just a whole crap-ton of processing horsepower thrown at the problem.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's no question computing||
There's no question computing devices are doing more and more amazing things. Quite often that is the result of brute-force processing done very quickly.
IBM's "Watson" technology is essentially a massive unstructured text processor -- it can be programmed to understand (and "learn") answers lying buried in oceans of unstructured text data. The Watson system that won "Jeopardy" did so because it could quickly process through all the pre-loaded reference text and derive a confidence measure for an answer. It did so more quickly than the human competitors.
Very good technology -- watch for it at a hospital near you (it will absolutely, definitely be used in medical diagnostics in the future) -- but it is a far cry from anything like a self-aware, self-activating sentience. I'm personally skeptical we'll ever see devices that take on a truly self-aware understanding. They may appear to be such, but my guess is even the most savvy of AI devices will be, compared to the human brain, still fairly limited.
|1 week 3 days ago||This reflects my thinking ...||
This reflects my thinking ... this is not isolated to the NFL.
As others have commented, the NFL cares about the character issue only insofar as it affects their business bottom line. Individual NFL owners or executives might care more, but collectively the NFL self-interest is in their business success. Ditto Wall Street; ditto the movie industry; ditto practically everything.
Re: the OP comment about people needing to take responsibility ... agree, but in contemporary culture that message is at best obscured, and at worst contradicted. Sadly, there's a rather strong overall message of disconnecting consequences from actions.
Individuals (such as some football coaches) try to teach responsibility for actions, but they are fighting against a very, very strong headwind.
|1 week 3 days ago||Tucson here ... trucks for||
Tucson here ... trucks for sure. I've seen my share of Dodge ... but also Ford, Chevy, Toyota and Nissan. But at the end of the day ... trucks.
|1 week 3 days ago||As well as crowded. Holy||
As well as crowded. Holy cow, there'll be -- what? -- five QBs lining up for reps?
(Morris, Speight, Malzone, Gentry and now Korn ... assuming Korn can practice but not play.)
|1 week 5 days ago||Secretariat winning the||
Secretariat winning the Belmont in 1973. His winning by 31 lengths was absolutely stunning.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Spring practice can't arrive||
Spring practice can't arrive quickly enough.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I like the combination of||
I like the combination of extra crunchy peanut butter and yellow mustard.
Seriously ... it's great.
Hate, hate, hate mushrooms.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I caught the first two||
I caught the first two episodes. I like it. But it's a lot like Breaking Bad in so many ways.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Citizen Kane suuuuuucks Agree||
Citizen Kane suuuuuucks
So many of the "great" movies are just awful -- Citizen Kate, On the Waterfront, From Here to Eternity, Giant. They are labeled great by people who remember an era and look fondly on it through their rear view mirror.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Whoa. You are missing out.||
Whoa. You are missing out. But to each their own.
I've never seen "The Wizard of Oz." Never.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Spaceballs" is the worst||
"Spaceballs" is the worst piece of crap movie of all time. Not. Funny. I walked out halfway through.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Karen Carpenter's is the best||
Karen Carpenter's is the best female voice I've ever heard.
Absolutely ... the no-talent hacks on "American Idol" can learn a thing or two by listening to Carpenter. Hint: vocal control is more important than hitting the big notes and trying to gospel-warble everything, damn it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's just like the reaction||
It's just like the reaction to the late 70's Disco and Bubblegum ... Punk emerged (Sex Pistols, Clash).
By the late 80's the hair bands and the synthesized pop stuff was big ... and Grunge emerged (Nirvana, etc.)
New things are almost always in response to existing things.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Beatles were influential,||
The Beatles were influential, but that's not the same thing as good.
It's like the movie "Citizen Kane" ... on so many lists as the best movie of all time ... and the reasons they cite is how groundbreaking the cinematography was. Well, maybe ... but the movie itself is crap.
Stones/Who >> Zeppelin >>>> Beatles
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Also, the Eurythmics. Annie||
Also, the Eurythmics. Annie Lennox is amazing.
Re: The Pretenders ... Chrissie Hynde is one of the best female rock vocalists of all time.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I got to the "get off my||
I got to the "get off my lawn" stage of life pretty quickly
If you're 25 and already have that mindset, then you are well on your way to elite curmudgeon status. Dream the dream, young man.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I am not much of a fan of the||
I am not much of a fan of the Beatles.
I'm old enough to be a Beatles fan from when they first hit the scene ... I just never developed much of a taste for their music.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Pitbull and The||
Pitbull and The Carpenters.
That's about as extreme opposites as you can get. :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Overall, I'd agree. But some||
Overall, I'd agree. But some of their stuff is great.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, you're going to go all||
Oh, you're going to go all base-16 on me, huh? :-)
I can't see hex and not think of my very early days in the IT industry ... reading 3270 datastreams for the old green screen terminals ... x'F5C3114040' ...
Back then it was all about preserving network, since that was an expensive resource. In today's world of "free" internet, few remember how much it used to cost to have a dedicated 56KB line from AT&T. In the thousands per month.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Which position group do you||
Which position group do you think will see the greatest relative improvement?
Pure speculation, I know ... but that's what February is for.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I have high hopes for Jake||
I have high hopes for Jake Butt ... I think he's going to be something special.
The big question mark in my mind is who steps up in the LB corp to fill the shoes of Ryan?
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||The use of slow-motion film||
The use of slow-motion film backed by dramatic music to capture football action was genius.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I swear ... there's more||
I swear ... there's more enthusiasm on this thread about beer than there is on football threads!
Good to know we have our priorities straight! :-)
I love a good hoppy beer. Gives me heartburn. But it's worth it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Smith||
When I graduated college in 1984, I moved to Raleigh, NC for my first job.
Those were the days of Dean Smith, Jimmy Valvano and the early days of Mike Krzyzewski. Basketball was the religion, and UNC, NC State, Duke was the trinity of the ACC.
I remember in those days the name of Dean Smith spoken of reverentially by UNC fans, and respectfully by NC State and Duke fans. He was every bit the face of UNC as Schembechler was UM. A giant of a man in those parts.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Regret||
Moe Greene -- "I don't regret slapping Fredo around."
First ... +1 (and I did posbang you) ... I laughed out loud at your post.
Second ... I believe Michael Corleone introduced you to a little dose of regret.
Finally ... the baptism scene in "The Godfather" is one of the finest pieces of cinema of all time, if not the finest. Superb filmmaking there.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Acting in their own best||
Acting in their own best interest is a trait of any entrenched institutional bureaucracy, not just cartels. Cartels (or bureaucracies) exist up to the point where a need for change is acknowledged and a viable alternative presents itself.
The NCAA's days are numbered ... certainly in the realm of control over major college football. The Power 5 -- and more importantly, the powerful top-tier schools in the Power 5 -- will create their own organization. The NCAA is going to cling to other sports best they can.
However ... don't think for a minute the new boss will be all that much different from the old boss. They too will "act in their own best interest." History is littered with this same story, over and over again.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Because I laughed out loud at||
Because I laughed out loud at it.
The OP has a certain WTF? feel to it. That post I commented on expressed it perfectly.
Meyer's photo in context makes no sense. StoneRose's comment tying in Stalin makes no sense. (The uniform doesn't look Soviet, the moustache is not particularly Stalin-esque.) None of this makes any sense.
The confluence of senseless commentary merged ... I laughed ... I posted.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||+1000 ... you win the||
+1000 ... you win the internets for today. :-)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My sentiments exactly. That||
My sentiments exactly. That was one of the finest pieces of writing I've seen in a long time. I can quibble with a point here or there, but I can't quibble with the piece as a whole. Absolutely top-notch writing. Top. Notch.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Excellent write-up, Seth ...||
Excellent write-up, Seth ... as always.
The recruits are finally starting to get wise.
Signing Day is a total boondoggle. Recruits who have any sort of leverage should never sign a LOI, and should never feel pressured to commit on Signing Day.
Agree, and it's one more log on the fire of my concern that we are witnessing the front-end of the eventual disintegration of college football as we know it. The playoff system is an accelerant for this.
College football is not going away. There's too much money in it for that to happen. But I believe it will very definitely split into a set of super-teams and a bunch of have-nots. Yes, that's already taking place ... it's going to pick up speed.
This is why the Harbaugh hire was so critical ... there's probably a five year window of time in which schools either commit to a strategy of competing in the super-team tier, or resign themselves to being in the next level down. By hiring Harbaugh, Michigan is signaling they are going for the former.
Ohio State is clearly in the super-team tier. Teams like Illinois and Purdue are going to slip back. Michigan State is doing well now, but the next five years are going to be very telling. The retirement of Dantonio will mark a transition where we'll see MSU's intent. We've seen one school drop football (UAB), we'll see more in the near future.
The top recruits will hold out as you say; teams undergoing coaching turmoil will fall further from favor in the eyes of recruits; the top teams will spend more and more to improve facilities and attract the best; those who can't keep up ... won't.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Stop that. I'm prone to||
Stop that. I'm prone to getting ear worms based on songs titles I recognize! :-)
Crap ... there it is ... "Do you know the way to San Jose? Doo, doo, do-do, do do do-do doo ..."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The article says they'll work||
The article says they'll work him at nose tackle first. He'll be raw at first, and they more or less admit that:
"We normally require a two-gap player that can be big enough to handle both A gaps,” said coach Bronco Mendenhall. “He might be a three-gap player. Maybe we’ll just have him lay sideways off the snap and block the whole thing out"
This is this generation's "Refrigerator Perry".
|3 weeks 4 days ago||A letter of intent doesn't||
A letter of intent doesn't give the student athlete anything, though. It's only binding on the student athlete, not the school.
If memory serves, you're a lawyer of some kind, right? So your statement here is from a legal perspective.
Interesting ... I did not know this about letters of intent and who is bound by it.
So the school's obligation between signing day and financial paperwork delivery is really just moral / ethical? I say that because I can't recall a case where a student who had a signed LOI in was turned away. Perhaps the game is they don't during that period ... they wait until later and then play the tricks they do to clear headcount away from the scholarship limit.
What a tangled-up world we've created.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Why stop at the top 100?||
Why stop at the top 100?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||When I was younger, the||
When I was younger, the neighbors up the street had a last name of "Morgan."
They named their son "Morgan." His name was "Morgan Morgan."
Never did learn his middle name. They moved shortly after this.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I appreciate you taking the||
I appreciate you taking the time to compile and publish this.
That said, at this point my mind is telling me to get past the recruiting fireworks and focus now on spring practice, the spring game, and the prospects for the fall.
I can't wait to see how things unfold this fall. I can't wait to see how key elements of the team show improvement year over year.
I'm particularly geeked about the offensive line play ... I caught Tim Drevno on the streaming coverage yesterday, and was really struck by the guy's focus.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I love Harbaugh. The focus,||
I love Harbaugh. The focus, intensity, and sincerity of him during this press conference impressed the hell out of me.
Also, Tim Drevno is awesome. I saw him on the streaming coverage. Also impressive.
Wow. Just wow.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Live stream||
I'm watching the live stream.
If I had an ounce of good sense I'd stop trying to do real work and take a vacation day.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||If we've reached the point||
If we've reached the point where committed recruits have announcements to affirm their commitment ... well, then I don't know what to say.
But the more astonishing thing is why anyone would want to play at Iowa. Iowa football is like a hot dog with nothing on it ... yeah, it's okay, but just okay.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I swore I would take a||
I swore I would take a peaceful, zen attitude about this year's signing day.
I lied. I'm geeked. I'll get up tomorrow, brew a big-ass pot of coffee, and watch the fireworks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The 24 x 7 thing might be why||
The 24 x 7 thing might be why a lot of recruits say they can't wait for the process to be over. It's got to be a lot of pressure on them having so much focus on their decision.
Some really like the attention, obviously ... but for others it must be a grind.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||REALLY small samples Boldly||
REALLY small samples
Boldly go, Seth ... boldly go. :-)
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||I'm going to guess||
I'm going to guess ...
I have nothing to go on in saying any of that ... just a hunch.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||This is good stuff, Seth ...||
This is good stuff, Seth ... thanks for crunching the numbers!
I wonder ... is there a position or a position group where stars seem to be more predictive of performance?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The first step is sincerely||
The first step is sincerely realizing there's a problem. Let's hope he's sincere.
I recall when Manziel was entering the draft, and some were comparing him to Russell Wilson because of height and size. The big difference between the two is what's between the ears. Wilson is a smart*, hard-working young man; Manziel less so.
* Play to end the game yesterday notwithstanding.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You're to be applauded for||
You're to be applauded for your effort with this and other stuff you post! Very nice work!
I think our best approach is to set our expectations to "average" and just let tomorrow happen. I doubt a home-run day is in the works, nor a complete strike out. Something in the middle ... then we turn our attention to spring ball!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||:-) Wouldn't that be||
:-) Wouldn't that be something.
There's a discussion thread in this somewhere ... what allows a great athlete to transition to being a great coach. And whether Tom Brady has that in him.
A lot of the great coaches played their sport, but weren't superstars at it. And a lot of great athletes can't translate what they do to other players of lesser natural talent. I'm sure there are books on this somewhere.
I myself don't have a clue ... I'm neither athlete nor coach.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||True ... results are more||
True ... results are more often a result of preparation rather than luck.
"Fortunate" might have been the better word, but that word and "lucky" are often used interchangeably nowadays. (It's like "eager" and "anxious" are often inter-mixed.)
Brady is a hell of a QB ... they speak of the game "slowing down" for the good QBs ... to Brady it must all be in slow motion ... he sees it all and reacts to it in near perfect time.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ah ... my bad ... a||
Ah ... my bad ... a distinction I glossed over when scanning that table.
He may not have won a Super Bowl, but he's still my all-time favorite player.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, you're old! :-) Who was||
Wow, you're old! :-)
Who was the first Michigan QB to throw a touchdown in the NFL? Harbaugh?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Where's Rob Lytle in the||
Where's Rob Lytle in the table at the top? Didn't he score a touchdown in Super Bowl XII?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I used to like snow. The||
I used to like snow. The occasional blizzard was a good time. Then I got older.
Air travel is fine when the system works. Air travel sucks when there's a major disruption to a hub city like Chicago. Disrupt two hub citiies (Chicago and Phoenix) and ... ughh.
Screw it ... I canceled the business meeting in Chicago. Probably the right thing anyway since it was downtown and a lot of people would be coming in from the 'burbs. Likely a mess driving for a day or two.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm watching from my living||
I'm watching from my living room.
I should be on a plane from Phoenix to Chicago, but those plans got hammered by (a) snow in Chicago, and (b) both Tucson and Phoenix were completely fogged in this morning.
My heart is with the Patriots because of Brady, but I think Seattle has the mojo going.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I love track and field. Back||
I love track and field. Back in middle school I ran the 100M and pole vaulted. I sucked at both. But I had fun for a year.
The event I am in absolute awe of is the high jump. How in the hell do those guys get their entire body that high up in the air and over that bar? It boggles my mind.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
I would amend slightly and change "arrogance" to "confidence". But the main point stands.
I was thinking about this the other day. There was someone on this site claiming to not care what he said, did, or how he acted because he was his own man, or some such stuff.
As I noted in my post above, I've got 31 years into a large multi-national. I've seen a lot of technical people try to pull off the arrogant posture. Few succeed.
To succeed at that, you'd better be good. And I mean freakin' awesome good. So good that your crap is put up with because of the value you provide. Most people aren't that good. I've seen maybe two or three in my 30+ years. And the dirty little secret about life is that no matter how good a person may think they are, there's likely someone equal or better somewhere near. Piss them off and it's battle-on. Want to be the baddest bull in the pasture? Be ready to fight ... and lose.
What I have seen a lot of are really good people who exercise the two points above. They do very well. They establish networks of people who will help them succeed. Even those better than them.
In short ... don't make enemies unnecessarily.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||i was hoping for||
i was hoping for discourse
Okay, I'll take you at your word.
What are we attempting to discuss here? What is the central point around which we'll conduct this discourse?
You state that your main point "is that the denigration of our non alumni fan base is from those that have no academic pride."
I'll admit I'm not sure what you're getting at there. I think what you mean is the following:
If true, then:
Therefore, your question seems to be:
Do people denigrate non-alumni MIchigan fans, and if so, what is their motivation?
There could be quite a discussion around that open-ended question.
But at the end of the day it's very likely not worth pursuing. Because (a) there's no clear answer, and (b) who cares?
I don't mean (b) to be dismissive. Seriously ... why would anyone care? There are so many more important things to worry about than this.
Such as ... it's Saturday afternoon and I'm taking the time to type all this. Don't I have anything better to do with my life?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I have to confess a degree of||
I have to confess a degree of sincere admiration at your posting restraint. 4+ years as a member of this board, and one of your very few posts is on peanut butter at Wal-Mart. And better still, the post is perfectly in line with the tone of the original theme.
Well done sir ... well done! :-)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm one of those MSU alum you||
I'm one of those MSU alum you speak of. I applied to both UM and MSU and was accepted at both. I attended MSU because (a) I was paying my own way and could not afford the additional cost of UM over MSU, and (b) at that time MSU was the premier school for supply chain and logistics management.
I'm a Michigan fan because I was a fan since I was a little boy. Those allegiances do not die simply because of the school I attended. At MSU I was still a Michigan football fan, though quietly so. I remain a Michigan football fan to this day because of my being a fan from a young age.
Every university has their particular area of excellence. I know many on this board want to think MSU is without any academic merit, but they'd be wrong. MSU's veterinary school is top-notch; they have a suprisingly strong nuclear physics department; and every time you sit at a table and have a meal you should thank agricultural schools like MSU for what they provide. And by the way, I'm 31-years deep into a career with a large multi-national based on my MSU degree.
I love Michigan football. I don't much care for the theme of the OP.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Plus ... offseason? It's not||
Plus ... offseason? It's not offseason until Harbaugh says it's offseason.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This happened here in Tucson||
This happened here in Tucson a few years back during the Super Bowl -- someone at the local station that was carrying the game hit a switch that cut away from football and to some hard-core action. It stayed on for about 20 seconds, then cut off and back to football.
You can imagine the local news stories after that incident.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, tough spot and bad||
Yes, tough spot and bad weather ... but as my memory serves, Bellomy was not helped by his receivers. There was at least one quite catchable ball -- his first pass, I believe -- in the flat that was dropped. Outcome of the game didn't hinge on that, but his confidence could have used that catch at that point.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He seems like a good young||
He seems like a good young man with a good attitude. He may never play pro football, but I think he'll do well in whatever he pursues. Best of luck to him!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I went to college from 1977||
I went to college from 1977 to 1981. Not Michigan ... was accepted, but could not afford the cost delta over where I went. My weekly discretionary spending budget was $5, and that included Sunday dinner and laundry. I worked every hour I could get, and pretty much any job I could get. All money went to funding college. I received no money from the parents because they had none to spare.
Was I excluded? Not directly, and never intentionally or with malice. But when people went to the bar, I declined. I could not afford it. Pizza? Nope ... a poor value for the dollar. Dating? A real challenge. I didn't resent those with more, though I'll confess some moments of envy.
(High school -- small town -- different matter ... definite social exclusion based on family status there.)
But you know what? No regrets. I'm a better man for it. It taught me some valuable life lessons about hard work and thrift. Bottom line ... the tapestry of life. What was, was. What is, is.
Oh, and HARBAUGH man. Yeah. Harbaugh.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Recruiting nationally may not||
Recruiting nationally may not be a guaranteed formula for success.
But that does not mean one should not seek quality players wherever one finds them.
Recruiting does not need to be a "local vs. national" binary. It can be a blended approach, and most top-level programs attempt to do just that. It's just a question of degree.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nice Pulp Fiction reference||
Nice Pulp Fiction reference there! Nice.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Two things ...||
a) There are empty seats in that second photo ... is that typical?
b) I remember that game from my childhood ... it was called "Mousetrap."
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Same with Pipkens. Bingo ...||
Same with Pipkens.
Bingo ... I was going to say on the defensive side Pipkens is who I'd focus on.
The ability of the DL to get "push" is going to be something to watch this fall. The DL has been pretty good, but the truly great DLs are just disruptive forces. That starts in the middle and works out. So watching Pipkens this year will be interesting.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Braden is an interesting||
Braden is an interesting choice ... particularly when I focus on your "out of necessity" comment. If Braden can be good, then it suggests those with more natural talent can be even better.
It's kinda-sorta the "weakest link" analogy ... focus on the player with the least natural abilities and chart them. The strength of the chain will be indicated by that link.
That said ... if Braden = Good, but everyone else = "meh" ... we have problems. But I don't see that scenario playing out. Improvement should be across the board. Some players more than others, but overall an upward slope.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's an interesting take||
That's an interesting take ... or rephrasing of the OP question -- "Which player's progress will serve as a proxy for the overall team development?"
Kalas on the OL is a good choice for that. It all starts there. If the OL does not get better, then all the other talk of QB, WR, FB development pretty much diminishes. Kalis is a good OL proxy ... because against expectations he's under-performed a bit.
(As opposed to, say, Mason Cole, who over-performed a bit.)
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's a fascinating||
That's a fascinating article. I don't understand all the math, but I like the pretty pictures! :-)
Seriously, cool article. Thanks for the link.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I feel for the guy ... he had||
I feel for the guy ... he had locked onto a dream and held onto it through all the coaching change turmoil. His tweet has a certain -- what? ... sad? poignant? -- feel to it.
The good news -- he's got a year to find another team where he can live his dream. I suspect he'll land on his feet. Best of luck to him.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Will miss the Gary Wright||
Will miss the Gary Wright references, though.
It took me a moment to see what you were getting at there.
Then memories of that song from my 10th grade flooded into my brain.
I recall that was a favorite "handle" for people back in the CB craze of the mid-70's.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If the NFL just let guys out||
If the NFL just let guys out of it without fines then no one would ever show up.
There'll always be players who crave being in front of the camera or microphone. The few who don't like it won't be missed. Let Marshawn Lynch have his peace.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've traveled to Brazil on||
I've traveled to Brazil on business in the past. It's no myth ... the ladies there are quite pleasant to the eye.
Unless, like me, you walk into a door while admiring. I literally walked smack into a door. :-(
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||She (Giselle) isn't special||
She (Giselle) isn't special at all to me personally.
Ditto for me.
That's not to say she's un-attractive ... just doesn't have that "it" for me like other models do.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||I was having a down start to||
I was having a down start to me day ... I was feeling uninspired ... then I saw this.
I am now motivated! Damn it, if that bird can overcome explosions and some stacked magazines, then so can I!
Hoorah. Damn the torpedoes ... full speed ahead!
(This GIF is great!)
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||I really hope Harbaugh buries||
I really hope Harbaugh buries this idea that a number is what a player should strive for.
One of the worst things to come out of the Hoke / Brandon years was this obsession with numbers -- "legacy" numbers, or the #1 or #2 jerseys, or whatever.
I wish Harbaugh would tell the players -- "The hell with the damn number ... go out there and make people talk about you, not the number on your jersey."
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||The "arm strength / wrist||
The "arm strength / wrist flick" thing is what struck me about Cardale Jones in those games to end last season ... he'd just flick his wrist and the damn ball would go 50 yards.
If Gentry is like that, then me likes. A lot.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||If Malzone is a true||
If Malzone is a true competitor, then he is thinking Gentry will bring out the best in him.
Didn't Speight tweet something to that effect -- that Michigan was loading up and he (Speight) was eager to strap up and do battle?
It's going to be an interesting spring and fall camp. Can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||But minus Forcier/Robinson in||
But minus Forcier/Robinson in which Forcier disqualified his own self ...
I still shake my head at the shame of how that unfolded.
We know Robinson was a tough-as-nails competitor. Can you imagine if Forcier had his head screwed on straight and the two of them pushed each other to get better and better? It could have been something really special.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I was thinking about that as||
I was thinking about that as well. One of the things I saw in the OSU / Oregon game was the Oregon tacklers trying to take Cardale Jones down by upper-body tackling him. It did not work. In the second half they finally started leg tackling.
Hopefully Gentry is something similar -- a beast to get down, and he's going to gain at least a few extra yards just because of his size.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||"Better than your mama ...||
"Better than your mama ... and your mama's not bad!" -- Sgt. Cowboy, Full Metal Jacket
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The man is a public-relations||
The man is a public-relations genius. I love it.
My wife plays flute and piccolo. Get a sound is not hard. Getting the right sound is difficult.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||These are the moments that||
These are the moments that make us pause and reflect.
It's like the day Ernie Harwell died. A part of my childhood -- wrapped up in warm summer nights listening to Harwell on my AM radio -- went with him.
As I get older I become more sensitive to these milestone moments. It's part of getting older, I assume. Still, these things are poignant reminders of chrerished memories.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I understand the sad part but||
I understand the sad part but don't see how the love of Michigan fits.
I do ... it's captured in this one sentence:
I've said that 90% of my formation occurred during camping trips to the western edge of the UP and in Section 10, Row 70, Seats 21 and 22.
That rather poignantly speaks to the bond between father and son during the shared love of camping, and the shared love of football.
Those are the kinds of memories we cherish.
Very nice story. Thanks for sharing.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That would be nobody. :-) But||
That would be nobody. :-)
But what came to mind first -- do we even care any more? Perhaps the polyurethane coatings make that old rule moot? I honestly don't know.
I'm a curious guy ... I wonder about things.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||After watching what OSU did||
After watching what OSU did to Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon ... it made me wonder if we were seeing the "future" (next five to ten years) of college football -- a blend of spread and pro elements.
Meyer didn't invent the blend ... but he sure showed how it could be done successfully.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Street shoes?||
Somewhat OT question -- in the article Harbaugh is on the basketball court in street shoes! When I was a kid doing that was as heinous a crime as could be committed.
So, a question -- is the old rule about "no street shoes on the basketball court" obsolete now because we have more advanced surfacing technologies? Or was the rule way back then bunk? Or was Harbaugh granted immunity because ... HARBAUGH?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||That "81%" number ... all||
That "81%" number ... all from the Indianapolis area, per chance?
This "scandal" is so stupid ... it makes me wonder if it's all not some made-up PR stunt to gin up buzz and mouse-clicks.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Fielding Yost's train||
Fielding Yost's train pulled into Ann Arbor, and the first to greet the new coach was Fred Jackson.
"Welcome to Meeechigan!" Fred said, as he shook Yost's hand.
"Meeechigan? I like the ring of that!" Yost said.
"Let's go meet this young fellow named Heston ... Willie Heston." Jackson said, as he led Yost by the arm off the platform and towards campus.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||"Barry Alvarez can't jump!"||
"Barry Alvarez can't jump!"
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's a proven fact -- buy||
It's a proven fact -- buy some crap you don't need for $20, marked down from $100 ... you've made $80 and can now afford a nice dinner out.
/s ... so very, very /s
|5 weeks 6 days ago||We really need some||
We really need some recruiting news to chew on ...
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||My wife is right 100% of the||
My wife is right 100% of the time. :-)
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Now you have me wondering ...||
Now you have me wondering ... of all the college OT games, are most won by FG? Or are most won by one team scoring TD and the other failing to match?
Anyone have a sense for this? I don't ... not a clue.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Logic? Reason?||
@alum96 ... now I'm going to have to ask you to stop this reasoned thinking thing you're doing. We're in the midst of "wild specuation" season! :-)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Also, inner-city and||
Also, inner-city and intelligent are not mutually exclusive.
I know you didn't say that directly ... or even necessarily imply it ... I'm just saying it's possible that what Harbaugh is after is players with a good head on their shoulders. Football is a lot athletic, but also a lot intelligence.
I think he'll take those players wherever he finds them. Does not matter if inner-city, suburb, exurb or country ...
|6 weeks 3 days ago||That's an awesome||
That's an awesome GIF.
Nature is a cruel bitch.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I know what you're||
Yeah, I know what you're getting at ... but my guess is coaching is in Hoke's bones. Just banking the money and taking it easy isn't in him.
He'll be out of coaching a year and pop back up somewhere. I'll be happy for him and happy for the young men he has the ability to influence in a positive way.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||However, the way he left in||
However, the way he left in 2007 probably means that ship has sailed.
My mother-in-law (from WV, lived in WV) never forgave RR for leaving her Mountaineers.
Based on that one data point ... sentiment not favorable.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Love the picture of Drevno as||
Love the picture of Drevno as an OL player. Put that on the locker room wall
I so want to be a fly on the wall in the staff meetings. I want to see how a staff so loaded with strong personalities is managed by Harbaugh, and how the energy these guys all have individually is channeled into the collective whole. What a freakin' study in leadership dynamics.
If I were Jay Harbaugh, I'd be buying Drevno beers and begging him for TE coaching insights.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I can see him as a pretty||
I can see him as a pretty good WR ... he's big, he's athletic, and he's got that shifty / deceptively quick running style that may leave defensive backs playing catchup. Plus, I have to believe as a former QB he understands the whole QB/WR relationship thing.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||There was a story somewhere||
There was a story somewhere -- can't remember which story -- that spoke of Harbaugh's doing this kind of thing at Stanford. The players at first thought it was just a goofy coach thing, but when it was clear it was a 24 x 7 thing from Harbaugh and he meant it ... they started to buy in.
From the OP: "For those who like this type of stuff"
Count me in. I love this stuff. I love his intensity.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||TE Coach||
Yeah, the hiring of his 25-year-old son to coach TE made me cock my head a bit.
But three things:
There's a method to this madness ... we just don't see it yet.
(Or maybe it truly is just a pure nepotism hire ... in which case I'd be very surprised. There are lots of roles he could have hired his son to do. A relatively high profile offensive position coach didn't have to be one of them. Again, see #3 above.)
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I went to a U of A game here||
I went to a U of A game here in Tucson a few years back. 94 degrees at 8:00pm. It didn't feel right.
I have fond memories of freezing cold, miserable weather games in Michigan Stadium.
Loved it. That's football. :-)
That's where that signature line came from.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||QBs||
Your post made me curious ... so I grabbed some stats:
Russell Wilson - 5'11" 206 Marcus Mariota - 6'4" 219 Johnny Manziel - 6'0" 210 Andrew Luck - 6'4" 240 Tom Brady - 6'4" 225 Peyton Manning - 6'5" 230
I see your point about Mariota relative to Wilson ... he has 5" on Wilson but only 15 pounds.
Mariota is closer to Brady in terms of physical stature. I'm saying nothing about football ability.
I had no idea Luck and Manning were so big.
Still, I like the Mariota package ... there's just something about him that suggests a better possibility for NFL success than, say, the trainwreck-that-is-Johnny-Manziel.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes I think there's||
Sometimes I think there's still a part of football-watching America that loves to see two heavyweights strap up and go at it.
The OSU-Alabama game felt like one of those games. A renewed Michigan-Ohio State game will definitely be that.
"Three yards and a cloud of dust" is dead. Speed and strength are not mutually exclusive.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I like Mariota's chances in||
I like Mariota's chances in the NFL. He seems like he's got his head screwed on right. He remind me a bit of Russell Wilson -- quiet, unassuming, smart and hardworking.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Being from Duluth, I would||
Being from Duluth, I would imagine you have some experience with being a bit distant from big-city action. Duluth is a place I'd like to one day visit ... just to say I'd been there. That and Thunder Bay, Ontario. No particularly reason, just because.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you! Exactly! 1969 is||
Thank you! Exactly! 1969 is ancient history. It is one dot in a very broad pointillist picture. Focus too closely on the one dot and you lose sight of the picture.
Today's culture is oriented todays the now. It can honor and value the past, but not in a specific way, but more a broad, abstract way.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Take advantage of the||
Take advantage of the situation -- go into a bar, find some sloppy drunk Buckeye fans, act like you give a shit about OSU football, then drink as much alcohol as they're willing to buy.
My job is done here.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||(No subject)||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Decent class||
I think we'll see a decent class ... not top 5, but decent.
The banking scholarships concept has its opponents and proponents. I'm not really sure I understand what the pros and cons are.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I would love to hear what TW||
I would love to hear what TW said. Seriously.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I read Magnum PI's comment as||
I read Magnum PI's comment as sincere. It was a great story you gave. I really like stories of fathers passing on lessons of character and integrity.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Helmet radios?||
What the heck is the rule on that?
The technology is obviously there. Even having just the QB have a radio would be great for coaches to give the QB up-to-the-second information pre-snap. Imagine all the players having receivers and the QB being able to audible without having to yell.
I have to figure it's not allow ... certainly not in college, but pros as well?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Chug||
b) What are they ... about 15 or so?
c) If I did that I'd have to pee every 5 minutes for the next two days.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||He old like me; he shares a||
He old like me; he shares a name like me ... but I am but a speck next to his awesome curmudgeonly-ness. :-)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That's freakin' mesmerizing!||
That's freakin' mesmerizing!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Bell||
I loved watching him block for Gordie Bell
"Little Gordie Bell ... he could run fifteen minutes in a phone booth and never touch the sides!" -- Bob Ufer
"Gordie Bell ... running like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund!" -- Bob Ufer
|7 weeks 4 days ago||My Favorite Player of All Time||
Rob Lytle was the player I latched on to during my early, formative years becoming a Michigan fan. He is still my favorite player of all time. Why? Just because.
Love the way his helmet is all beat up and scratched -- now that's football. :-)
In college I wore #41 for my intramural basketball jersey. I still recall the referee holding up four fingers on one hand and one on the other and shouting out my number for a foul.
I did not do Rob Lytle honor playing with his number ... I suck at basketball.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The Clash absolutely killed||
The Clash absolutely killed with their version of "I Fought the Law" that night.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You clever vixen ... well||
You clever vixen ... well played. Well played. :-)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Great album ... second only||
Great album ... second only to Quadrophenia, in my opinion.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||October 1981 - The Who at the||
October 1981 - The Who at the Silverdome.
I was there.
As I recall, The Clash left the stage early because the audience was restless for The Who. Pity ... The Clash were great.
Great concert ... one of the two best concerts I ever attended ... the other being Frank Sinatra at Joe Louis ... but I can't recall what year that was. Somewhere around the same time. Sinatra was a master showman.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I kinda agree with this.||
I kinda agree with this. Plus, the offense needs the focus more. So I'm hoping we can see a bigger relative jump in their performance.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Is that Chuck Heater, who||
Is that Chuck Heater, who used to be a running back in the early 70's? Wow ... that's a name from the past. I recall Bob Ufer speaking of him, imagining Fritz Crisler longing for Heater in the old single wing ...
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Someone *please* invent a||
Someone *please* invent a cloaking device so I can sit in on all the staff meetings.
Damn ... how I would *love* to see how the inner workings of something like this operates.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Politely disagree ... if Rich||
Politely disagree ... if Rich Rod had voiced an anti-B1G sentiment people would have been screaming from the rooftops.
Ditto Hoke, but I couldn't see him going counter to home conference. Silence, perhaps, or pro-B1G. But never anti-B1G.
I have no problem with Harbaugh saying this. It shows (a) political savvy, and (b) confidence.
That said, *I* am rooting for a certain aquatic fowl to win ... :-)
|7 weeks 5 days ago||$250 is a bit pricey for a||
$250 is a bit pricey for a jacket in my book, but I like the look.
Still ... here in Tucson there's about 3 days a year I'd need a jacket like that. The rest of the year it would sit in the closet along with all my other coats from earlier days living in colder weather.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Say "Hi" to Willie Heston for||
Say "Hi" to Willie Heston for me, okay?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Derp!||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'll play my broken record --||
I'll play my broken record -- yes, improvement in the W/L tally, but also obvious and visible improvement in the facets of the game.
I don't expect a 12-0 season. I'd be pretty happy with 8-4** if we saw evidence that all the fundamentals were improving -- blocking, tackling, route running, RB play, QB reads, etc. In other words, if Brian's UFRs had little or no "derp" indicators and the bottom line conclusion for each game was that the team played fundamentally well but on that day the better team won.
** Yes, of course 9-3 is better ... and 10-2 better still.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||With 135 pound linemen! And||
With 135 pound linemen! And heavy wool uniforms! :-)
Those must have been heady times for Michigan football. Yost and his team must have been seen as the recent Alabama teams, but even better -- practically unbeatable. Opposing coaches must have watched the carnage and thought, "What in the hell are they doing and how can I possibly stop them?"
|7 weeks 5 days ago||When a man emerges from the||
When a man emerges from the desert after a long period, he is naturally enthusiastic about that first glass of cool water.
The last 7 years is the desert, Harbaugh is our tall glass of water.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You know what? Good for him.||
You know what? Good for him. I wish him well.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I always wondered why that||
I always wondered why that song was the lead-in to the podcast. I figured there had to be some connection. Now I know ... :-)
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You rat bastard ... you||
You rat bastard ... you miserable rat bastard :-)
Of course, I didn't have to hit play.
But I did.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Agree ... or, hate to say it,||
Agree ... or, hate to say it, Gardner and Tom Herman and Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
Gardner had a basket of physical talents ... raw as hell when he first came in, but under the right guidance and the right system he could easily have been something along the lines of Braxton Miller.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Got that damn song in my head||
Got that damn song in my head now ...
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Very nice post||
I am in awe of people who can break down the game like this.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||How do we know his usual||
How do we know his usual lunch isn't a heaping bowl of All-Bran? The look on Saban's face might actually be the opposite of what you wrote. :-)
|7 weeks 6 days ago||First off ... your wife asks||
First off ... your wife asks your opinion of things? Oh were it so with me ... :-)
(Just kidding ... my wife of 23 years is a catch and I wouldn't trade her for anything.)
Second ... since the theme and import of this thread is really pretty low-impact ... what's your typical lunch?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Winston has the physical||
Winston has the physical attributes to be great. He lacks the head.
He might develop the head. I doubt it. But he might.
Mariotta reminds me a little of Russell Wilson -- lacking the physical checkboxes people cite as the "perfect NFL QB" ... but with a damn good head on his shoulders.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm outraged the NFL would do||
I'm outraged the NFL would do a product tie-in.
Not really. It's freakin' paper towel. :-)
Which, incidentally, I find very handy. But it doesn't have to have NFL printing on it. Plain white is good enough for me.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||He's really Wheatley ... the||
He's really Wheatley ... the whole Brandon Graham thing was a cover!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yep ... agree. I think||
Yep ... agree.
I think Muschamp's "coach in waiting" at Texas was thought, by some, to be a proxy HC experience ticket. Didn't quite work out that way.
I'm not exactly clear on what Muschamp's issue was. My Florida buddy had the same complaint we had about Hoke -- good recruits, poor development.
Oh, and a trainwreck at QB.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||Exactly. I have a friend||
Exactly. I have a friend who's a big Gator fan. I asked him about McElwain. He said, "Yeah, he's okay." Nothing more. He waxed poetic about Muschamp when that was announced. I guess the last four years have tempered his expectations about Florida football.
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||Support ... with one||
Support ... with one exception ... "East German Judge" avatar.
The young lady in that picture isn't naked ... but perhaps should be. ;-)
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Leather helmets, dag-gummit!!||
Leather helmets, dag-gummit!!
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Curiosity Questions||
Serious question -- is there any plans (that's you're aware of) to improve the hosting capacity of MGoBlog? Or maybe even update the underlying software?
I know it's a free site, and I'm not complaining ... just curious whether or not there has been internal discussions in this space?
Also -- just because I'm curious about the business model of MGoBlog and other places like this -- has there ever been discussions about making it part free and part pay? Like the "insider" thing other sites do?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The video of Turley||
The video of Turley explaining his approach is awesome. My sense of anticipation for spring ball, fall camp, and the new season just went up even further.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Strong and Quick?||
In the intro video #68 (Jon Giesler) is labeled the "Strong Tackle" and #67 (John Powers) a "Quick Tackle." Anyone know how those designations relate to today's language?
I was thinking Quick = Weakside, but in an offense where they line up with two tight ends which side is "strong" and which is "weak?"
Harlan Huckleby is the greatest MIchigan player name of all time.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Love them. They don't need to||
They don't need to be big or fancy ... 3/8" plain maize football.
It's a good way to signal who is playing bad-ass football.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||This is why I've never||
This is why I've never understood those who were positively inclined towards Hecklinski as a position coach. We have a nice GIF of Chesson knocking down three ND players, but beyond that ... not much. I honestly don't know if the talent is there but under-utilized ... or simply not there.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Fly, meet wall ...||
I would love to be a fly on the wall in Harbaugh's staff meetings when they review and evaluate the roster.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I'll provide counter-root ...||
I'll provide counter-root ... always kinda liked UW and more so now that Peterson is coach.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||QB Development||
This. Herman came to OSU in 2012 when Urban Meyer came in.
Go look at 2011 Braxton Miller and then 2012-2013 Braxton Miller. The improvement was not just age ... Miller learned to rely less on his legs and more on his reads and his arm.
OSU loses Braxton Miller to start 2014. Everyone predicts doom. In steps J.T. Barrett. Dude rips off a hell of a year. Then he's injured. Everyone predicts doom. In steps Cardale Jones. Dude just beat Alabama.
Meyer is a hell of a coach, but I'm not convinced he's a QB developer. Maybe, but not convinced.
So Tom Herman.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I picture Harbaugh in the||
I picture Harbaugh in the office re-watching last night's Sugar Bowl ... and where mere mortals see OSU's strengths, Harbaugh sees weaknesses. He files them into his head. The march towards 2015 Michigan football continues ...
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This game is going to get||
This game is going to get away from MSU if they don't find a way to stop Baylor.
This game "feels" like it's going to open up pretty quickly and end up 55-14 or something like that.
Update: and just like that ... another TD for Baylor.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||First Down Production||
Another stat I think will be telling is yards on first down. I hope the days of -3 yard run on 1st and 10 are over.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||More or less aligned with||
More or less aligned with your picks.
I think FSU/Oregon is a bit closer than you project. Watch for FSU's defensive line to cause problems for Oregon's offense.
I would love to see Minnesota take their game -- what a great season they've had -- but I suspect Missouri will win.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Formally, no. Informally?||
Informally? Probably. I can see Hoke contributing behind the scenes with advice on potential recruits and background on current players.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh specifically thanked||
Harbaugh specifically thanked Hoke and his wife at the conference. It's not like Hoke is a piriaha. But his presence at that conference would have been a major distraction.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Fairley||
Don't forget Nick Fairley ... he was a beast in that game.
I maintain THE best defense against the spread is really good penetration by the DL. If a play can be disrupted before it can develop, the spread is neutralized.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ditto ... I love how they||
Ditto ... I love how they show up every game.
A few years ago I was up in Boise ... stadium was open ... got to go down on the famous blue turf. :-)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||"Interesting" avatar ... if||
"Interesting" avatar ... if my memory from that era is correct, that's Ron Jeremy, 80's porn star.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||21-7 now ... Arizona showed||
21-7 now ... Arizona showed some life. That offense is capable of scoring a bunch pretty quickly. So it's really now how Boise State responds. If this becomes a shoot-out, then starting out 21 points up bodes well for BSU.
|9 weeks 33 min ago||Will RR be the forgotten||
Will RR be the forgotten chapter of Michigan football history?
I noticed the omission as well. It was likely just an oversight, and if deliberate I doubt that it was intended as an insult.
Harbaugh's comment about previous coaches was in context to lineage going back to the foundations of Michigan football. Rodriguez is an outlier in that context ... but to be fair so was Schembechler. The argument would be that Schembechler personified the same principles as former coaching greats ... whatever those principles are said to be.
At the end of the day I suspect Harbaugh was looking to be as uncontroversial as possible for this first press conference.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Someone please ask him --||
Someone please ask him -- "Coach, are you going to have a fullback? Are you going to have big tight ends?" :-)
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||Re: selling Michigan ...||
Re: selling Michigan ... "That won't be a hard job."
Harbaugh's style shines through ... he's going to be a recruiting rock star.
Smart not to offer red meat to MSU or OSU in this press conference.
Love, love, love how he gave credit to Hoke earlier.
We are in good hands.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||Stickers||
Because they're a terrific motivator for the players.
Rather than contrived "legends" patches, a bunch of helmet stickers clearly indicates the player is a bad-ass. More stickers = more bad-ass.
Edit: Amani Toomer twitter:
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Return and Eliminate ...||
Return: helmet stickers.
Eliminate: the whole "legends" thing and throw-back uniforms.
Never speak of again: who has "earned" the #1 and #2 jerseys. I'd rather players focus on playing solid football rather than what number they wear. A receiver can be just as great wearing #27 (or whatever) as #1.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Get out ... now that's just||
Get out ... now that's just crazy talk ... :-)
But a momentous day that was ... for after all, had Michigan not hired Crisler, then Michigan Stadium might not be paid for:
"In that hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted and Schembechler fills up every Saturday!" -- Bob Ufer.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||1969||
Agree ... though I think that's a view made in hindsight. I was all of 9 years old when Bo was hired, but from what I understand Bo's hire -- at the time -- was not universally acclaimed. Who the nay-sayers thought should have been hired, I don't know.
In a sense the Harbaugh hire is a renewal of what was started back in 1969. That's unlike, say, when Rodriguez came in 2008 ... that felt like it was going to be a seismic shift to "modern football," but of course it did not turn out that way.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||I've heard Blue is||
I've heard Blue is awesome. Never had it myself.
Given topic ... Go Blue! :-)
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Part of me likes the||
Part of me likes the workman-like way this is being done. Less show, more focus on the job ahead.
Not disagreeing a halftime event would be awesome ... just thinking a quieter press conference and then down to business is more in keeping with Hackett's and Harbaugh's style.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||And we will spend weeks||
And we will spend weeks slicing and dicing every delicious nugget of football information. We will extrapolate single data points into full blown trends.
It will be great!
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Fullback||
Blur your eyes and look at the whole football landscape and all the trends.
Okay ... what do you see as the future of the position? Does it enjoy a comeback? Does it morph into some hybrid role? Or does it fade into obscurity?
This relates to the OP and your post. Michigan has a good inventory at FB. Harbaugh's old-school credentials (Bo legacy) likes the FB. But over the next ... oh, say 5 years ... do we anticipate Harbaugh maintains a focus on the position? Or might he shift focus in response to broader trends?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ... but if you had to||
Agree ... but if you had to guess, does he re-enter as HC, coordinator, or position coach?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Why would anyone want to||
Why would anyone want to coach the tire fire that is Oakland?
Yeah ... buckets of money. But beyond a point ($8M) is it worth the nightmare it would end up being coaching there?
Seriously ... I can't picture someone like Harbaugh selling himself into a cesspool like the Raiders. Am I missing something?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||He's also had to do all the||
He's also had to do all the other AD things at the same time.
Some like dismiss CEO types as overpaid suits, but the good ones get to that level by being really good at managing complex situations well. In Hackett it looks like Michigan was blessed with a good CEO type at the right time.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Belichick is a very good||
Belichick is a very good coach ... nobody is arguing that.
But to say that what Belichick has done at NE is so clearly superior to what Saban has done at Alabama isn't necessarily a solid argument. Saban loses a chunk of his roster each year, including QB at times. He has to constantly rebuild. And yet he wins. In a very tough conference.
Belichick is a master at adapting to things and getting the most out of his available talent. But there's been one constant in all of it -- Tom Brady. That is a simple fact. Saying that does not diminish Belichick's abilities ... but it does point to a reality that makes the NFL>College argument a little more difficult to make.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Clearly success is the||
Clearly success is the premise to this discussion. That's why I qualified my statement with "provided one achieves the success." My use of the Lions coach was to illustrate that point. No success = no fame. My use of the Cowboys coach was an illustration of a different sort -- they're relatively successful this year (11-4) and yet I doubt many know who the coach is. The illustration there was that NFL does not necessarily equate to fame.
The original post was about whether success in the college ranks can be thought of on par with success in the NFL. It's not as cut-and-dry as you want to make it out to be.
Let's make it apples-to-apples -- Saban vs. Belichick. Both are excellent coaches. There's a good many people who look at what Saban has done at Alabama and marvel. College rosters can change radically year to year, where a pro team's roster can stay relative stable for a period of time.
Again, getting back to the main point -- is college coaching clearly inferior to pro coaching? It's not as obvious an answer as you want to make it.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's the condescending tone||
It's the condescending tone of your post that's creating the negative votes.
The OP's question is not as obviously stupid as you want to suggest. Whether it warrants a separate thread (MGrowOld's point) is another matter. But the OP's original discussion point about NFL vs. College coaching prestige is an interesting one.
Yes, the NFL is the pinnacle of the sport. But the playoff structure for college -- which will soon go to 8 -- is going to create a great deal of honor and prestige at that level as well. Now the question is this: do the lines eventually cross? Does the NFL elevate to new heights, and if so how and why? Will the college playoff be what kills the golden goose?
I would guess right now more people know who the coach of Alabama is than know who the coach of the Cowboys is. If fame is the objective, then the college ranks can give that ... provided one achieves the success. But that's true in the NFL as well. When was the last time anyone spoke in hushed tones about the Detroit Lions coach?