|1 week 1 day ago||Lemmings||
Many years ago I read something about the economics of crowd behavior, and there was a quote I thought was amusing: "I've never actually seen a lemming, but when I do I'm certain I'll see more than one."
/pointless contribution of the day
|1 week 2 days ago||Emma, Alison ...||
Between Emma Stone and Alison Brie, I am one conflicted fella ...
... crap, I forgot about Jessica Alba.
|1 week 3 days ago||Holy Grail||
I smile every time I see that picture, or other references to Holy Grail.
Very few movies make me laugh out loud. The first time I saw Holy Grail I was literally on the floor, clutching my sides, gasping for breath.
"Supreme executive power is derived from a mandate from the masses ... not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wo, wo, wo ...||
Wo, wo, wo ... feeelings!
Shit, I'm old enough to remember when that was on the air when it first came out.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You used the word "there's"||
You used the word "there's" ... which is "there is" ... which is present tense ... which means you're correct! :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||1992-2008||
(I've been to their HQ in Bentonville, AR ... interesting place.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If memory serves, there was||
If memory serves, there was at one time ... if not an explicit hyphen, there was a star or some other emblem between "Wal" and "Mart."
EDIT: Ah ... Wikipedia to the rescue:
(I must have locked that in my brain from back then because even today I think of it as "Wal-Mart" ... muscle memory, I guess.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Oliver Martin||
Every year there's some player I latch onto as the guy I'll keep an eye on. Usually it's some under-the-radar guy ... typically a FB or a TE ... for example Sione Houma a few years back.
This year it's Oliver Martin. There may be no greater satisfaction in the world that getting 1st down on a 3rd-and-15. It crushes will of the opponent. Which is good.
I love the squirrely posession receivers ... the guys that give up 50 pounds to some poor LB trying to cover said squirrel. Squirrel for the win.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I gave zero thought to that.||
I gave zero thought to that. Seriously.
I thought of Abbrederis because I recalled watching several Wisconsin games and hearing his name come up again and again and again. 3rd and long situations, QB running for his life, wild-ass throw ... "Abbrederis for 18 yards and a first down!"
I like that kind of receiver. It's good to have a clutch go-to guy.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Does anybody recall Jared||
Does anybody recall Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin a few years back? The guy ran routes, got open, and always caught the ball. Hoping Martin is something similar.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Or will eventually. There's a||
Or will eventually.
There's a very real risk in killing the goose that laid the golden egg. If college football devolves into a small handful of teams that dominate year after year, then national interest to start to taper off.
It'll take more than a few years to see this effect. My opinion is we're already seeing the front edge of this.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ernie Harwell was the best||
Ernie Harwell was the best baseball play-by-play of all time. Period. I won't brook discussion on this.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Holy amrap! Hiya, hiya,||
Hiya, hiya, hiya!
Pluck your magic twanger, Froggy!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That is a ... compelling GIF.||
That is a ... compelling GIF. Wow. :-)
(It reminds me a little of Megan Draper singing Zou Bisou Bisou to Don Draper on his 40th birthday.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||CBS Saturday Night, 70's||
When I was a kid we had All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and Carol Burnett all on the same night.
If memory serves, "The Jefferson's" was also part of that lineup, between All in the Family (8:00pm) and Mary Tyle Moore (9:00pm). What a lineup. Fantastic television.
Then at 11:30 on Channel 50 would be "The Ghoul". Now there was some high-brow television.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||When you post the picture,||
When you post the picture, the little image wizard thingy lets you set the size and aspect ratio.
That is one creepy photo.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think football is a sport||
I think football is a sport where the sound-deadening headphones could work.
(As opposed to, say, baseball where the sound of the ball meeting mitt is used to determine safe or out on close calls at first base.)
Might have to insitute a timeout official on the sideline to hear for and react to coaches calling TO.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Hey ... I'm an old man with||
Hey ... I'm an old man with little more to live for. Michigan football and being that guy who has boring shit to say on an internet blog. #cliffclaven :-)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Your reaction is probably a||
Your reaction is probably a lot like recruits who visit from greener places. It's like visiting the moon ... it's totally different. A kid from Florida, or east Texas, or southern California is going to have a hard time seeing Tucson as his dream spot to play ball.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Sure ... no problem with||
Sure ... no problem with Rodriguez living there. Lots of people do.
Tucson is an interesting place. It's really spread out. There's not much of a "downtown," and what little there is mostly courthouses and banks. The original growth went east, then it turned north. U of A is located just east of downtown Tucson.
Growth to the north eventually reached its limit with the Catalina mountains. Hence the neighborhood there called "Catalina foothills." From there it went northwest, up the I-10 corridor towards Phoenix.
The place was hit really hard by the real estate crash of 2008. Real estate prices are still recovering from that.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It was early here in Tucson||
It was early here in Tucson ... or spell check ... or something . :-)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I saw one. I was at a cigar||
I saw one. I was at a cigar shop and when I stepped out there it was. Agree they may not be as thick on the ground as Ferraris and Porsches, but I saw one.
Down in Tucson, not so much. Lots of late-model Buicks and Oldsmobiles in Tucson ... retired folks living here who have cars from years ago. Nothing rusts in Tucson.
Oh, and pickup trucks. Lots and lots of pickup trucks. :-)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||To a point ... ... I visited||
To a point ...
... I visited the Roger Pensky museum up in Scottsdale, which is part of Roger Pensky's larger high-end car dealership. They had a used Bentley on display. Used. A quarter million.
Like Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction -- "That's a pretty good milk shake, but it's not worth five dollars."
To each their own, I guess.
The Indy cars on display in the museum were cool. Those things are tiny.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Catalina Foothills||
Disclaimer: I live in Tucson, but I don't follow the local sports that much.
Rhett went to Catalina Foothills, which is on the north side of Tucson. That's the Bloomfield Hills of Tucson ... very nice homes up there, lots of Mercedes and BMWs**. I don't live up there. I drive a 10-year old Hyundai.
Googling around, I found an article that raised a bit of an eyebrow at Rhett getting a scholarship when he could have been granted PWO and received a tuition waiver because his father (RR) is an employee. The article was written before the 2016 season where speculation was ripe about RR going to another program.
2017 is going to be a very interesting year for UA football. They did not fare well in 2016 (3-9), and others in the PAC-12 seem to be outpacing them (Washington, USC, a potentially revitalized Oregon). Another down year like 2016 and I suspect the drums of change will sound. UA football fans are not that demanding ... 8 wins, beat ASU ... but will grow discontent over time.
** As opposed to Scottsdale, which is just northeast of Phoenix, where you see lots of Bentleys and Lamborghinis. That place is crazy-rich.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Transition||
A critical performer in a time of transition for Michigan.
There were many players who carried over from Hoke to Harbaugh, but in many ways Peppers was the rope that held it together. A top recruit coming to Michigan even when the shine started to come off the Hoke star, he stayed put.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Catholic||
Bob Ufer had many children as well ... can't recall how many, but north of 4 I think.
He used to joke, "No, not Catholic ... just careless."
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Accuracy of CB?||
Has anyone ever calculated the success rate for these "crystal ball" ratings?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Dallas||
Particularly given the outcome. And Blake Countess's injury.
I've heard getting to and from that stadium can be a problem unless you have your own car and a known parking space. Assuming you'll get a parking space if you just drive there is a dicey thing, and taking a cab to the stadium means you'll wait a long time to get a cab back.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Teams Nationwide||
I've been thinking about this topic for a little while now ... what programs truly are in a good position, what programs are on the fence, what programs are receding, and which are just tire fires.
Alabama is clearly the cream of the crop. They're a win factory at this point.
Ohio State, despite their loss yesterday, is in a very good spot.
Clemson probably is, depending on how they transition after Watson. Dabo Swinney is doing a great job there attracting talent.
Florida State -- they'll compete each year. Fisher is a good coach.
Washington -- as long as Petersen is there, they're the new Oregon in the Pac-12.
Michigan -- I'd rank them with FSU and Washington ... challengers to Alabama regency. Not yet there, but working towards it.
Florida -- I'm not so sure McElwain is the guy. Maybe, but the jury is out in my mind.
LSU -- Good, but not great; will live in Alabama's shadow.
Georgia -- will play second fiddle to Florida, Alabama.
Miami (YTM) -- I like Richt, he'll do okay, but won't challenge for the top.
Texas -- Herman is a good hire, but he's got a mess on his hands. We'll see.
Oklahoma -- I sense Stoops is a spent force. 10-2 ceiling in a poor conference.
USC -- no shortage of talent, but man what a mess that program has been.
Stanford -- Will dwindle.
Notre Dame -- They seem to be drifting aimlessly. I see chaos in their future.
Michigan State -- Done.
Wisconsin -- Meh ... B1G west but who cares.
Nebraska -- May compete for B1G west occasionally, but otherwise they're done.
Beyond that ... a bunch of programs that may occasionally do okay, but their trend lines simply does not project solidly.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||Netflix. Point taken ... but||
Point taken ... but with more people cutting the cable subscription and people opting for alternative entertainment, it will be interesting to see where all this goes.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Lytle?||
OP: Rob Lytle was sort of a bad man... I didn't realize how bad.
Please elaborate. Lytle is my favorite player of all time. #41 ... any time I've had the opportunity to pick a jersey number (bball, softball) it's always been #41.
OP: Honestly I've never heard of Gordon Bell
Smallish back (5'6 - 5'8" ?) ... quick as lightning, could changing direction on a dime. Bob Ufer liked to say, "Little Gordy Bell ... he could run 15 minutes in a phone booth and never touch the sides!" He'd run "Like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund" (More Ufer). It was a beautiful thing to watch ... in a split second he'd dart through some tiny crease and would pick up 10 or 20 yards.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Sponsorship||
The fact that these companies that sponsor bowls seem to want the exposure at the expense of attendance or even a quality game
At some point the economics of this will catch up with the sponsors. At some point the money teams will demand to travel and play will be greater than the value of the sponsorship. This will affect the lesser bowls first, then the bigger non-playoff bowls later.
(As an aside, I've been searching around for attendance stats for some of these bowl games, and I'm coming up empty. I wonder if that's a case of "Nobody cares, so why bother reporting it?" or "It's embarrassing, so don't report it.")
EDIT -- so I found an article on attendance (link here). Numbers are not horrible, but I suspect the reported attendance is somewhat more than the actual butts-in-seats. There seems to be a trend to creating "regional bowls" so "local" teams play to boost attendance. That may be the best way to continue these lesser bowls.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Agree that nominally it||
Agree that nominally it should not make a difference. But it's a different era now than even 10 years ago, and the playoff structure has really focused things on the top four and the three games those top four play.
Just a gut feel ... I tend to be a bit cynical, so I may be wrong about this. But my gut tells me we've turned the corner and we're heading towards a focus on the playoffs to the exclusion of everything else.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Lesser Bowls||
The "lesser" bowl games matter for the players and fans.
As the famous line from Jerry McGuire goes: "Show me the money."
(If I were motivated I'd dig into lesser-bowl attendance over the years, team payouts, etc. I'm seeing a lot of very empty stands at some of these bowl games. For example, the Sun Bowl in El Paso was stunningly empty.)
I agree that for now the lesser bowls hold some interest. Let's revisit this in five years.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Big Program Exposure||
Well, that's true of any big program. Focus is drawn to the blue-blood programs, and really good talent there tends to get hyped.
Look at Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. If he had played at, say, Wyoming, there's no way he'd have been in the Heisman discussion. Hell, I'd argue that if Texas A&M was still in the Big 12 for that year Manziel would not have won the Heisman. It was being in the SEC that propelled that hype train.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Meaningful Bowl Games||
Man, ain't this the truth. When the dust settles from this bowl season the realization that will settle in is the playoffs are rendering the other bowls less and less meaningful.
It's sad to see because eventually -- not this year, not next, but eventually -- the other bowls will wither away and we'll be left with college football where a few powerful programs will be competing for the playoff spots, and everyone else will be left standing on the sidelines watching.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh vs. The Field||
Saban is Alabama's coach and will be until he retires.
Meyer is OSU's coach and will be until he retires, or the Notre Dame job opens and he feels like punishing himself for some past wrong.
So the question is not whether Harbaugh is better than those two, but whether Harbaugh is the best for Michigan. And the answer to that is: yes. Because seriously ... if not Harbaugh, then who? Dead serious question: who?
Now ... for Michigan to get to the level of play that Alabama or Clemson plays they do need a few more pieces to the puzzle -- (a) speed across the whole defense, (b) some playmakers on offense, and (c) I think Harbaugh will need to honestly look across the college landscape and see what works at places like 'Bama and Clemson and blend some of that into his game. Because man ... rewatch what Clemson did on offense today ... it was beautiful.
2017 will be where we see the mettle of Harbaugh. There'll be a lot of new, younger players. I do not forsee armageddon. In fact, I think we'll see some damn exciting football.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Clemson had a great defensive||
Clemson had a great defensive line.
Ain't that the truth ... man, they had one big dude who was nimble as hell. Awesome DL play.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||My thinking ...||
Normally I prefer the B1G to do well in bowls ...
But I did not like how OSU suffered little for their loss to Penn State.
I did not like how rapidly they shot back up the polls so they'd be positioned for the playoffs.
I did not like how the refs were so obviously in their favor in the game against Michigan.
I did not like how clear it was OSU's presence in the playoffs was pre-ordained and engineered.
Therefore, I am gleefully happy they got spanked. Not just lost, but beaten so badly there's no doubt whatsoever that OSU had no business being in the playoffs at all.
The hell with OSU.
I'd like to see Iowa beat Florida.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I have never cheered against||
I have never cheered against a B1G team as heartily as I am here.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Washington||
Older gentleman in my church is a former AD at Washington. (He was AD at Auburn as well. He's 94 now, so that was quite some time ago.) So go Huskies!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh||
Anyone who thinks we'd be better off with another coach is delusional.
Fact: Harbaugh is one of the top coaches in the game. Michigan is damn fortunate to have him as our head coach.
Fact: Harbaugh is recruiting very well, and he's recruiting atheticism and speed. Anyone who thinks it's easy getting top talent out of Texas, California, or the deep south to come to MIchigan is fooling themselves. But Harbaugh is starting to do just that.
College football is entering a perilous period where the field is going to separate into those schools that will compete, and those that will fade away forever. This separation started several years ago, and Michigan came within one more bad coaching hire of finding itself on the outside looking in. Programs that are teetering on the edge: Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, USC, Florida, LSU.
The playoff structure is rapidly rendering non-playoff bowls meaningless. The risk of injury in these meaningless games will mean more and more NFL-bound players will opt out of playing, rendering the meaningless bowl games even more meaningless. The need to be seen as a program with playoff potential is more important now than ever. There's only a handful of active coaches that provides that. Harbaugh is one.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Filters||
I think two filters were invoked in Harbaugh's brain:
I would think #1 was a brief flash in his head, and #2 was the bright red light that directed Harbaugh to answer how he did. I imagine Harbaugh's focus is 100% football right now, and anything that doesn't map to that is set aside.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||He handled it exactly as he||
He handled it exactly as he should.
Without commenting on the question, he turned it around and made the questioner the awkward party.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||2014||
Well, they beat Michigan in 2014, so there is some precedent. But that's pre-Harbaugh.
A top talent in NJ has a rough time of it if they want to stay close to home. Rutgers may be the highest-profile football program in the state, and that's only because they're a member of the B1G. Otherwise, it's Princeton and I'm not sure who else.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Flipper||
They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!
For those of us at a certain age ... the theme song is now stuck in your head.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Going differently||
That's because you're a grandmaster troll that enjoys opening the door to the dark cellar of our souls ...
(Just kidding ... love you man ... Magnus / Thunder or whatever the hell your name really is.)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Harumph||
You strike me as an exceptionally gifted curmudgeon. I like that.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Fussy Pedanticism||
Particularly on a freakin' sports forum.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Delaney||
I'm missing something ... why is calling Delaney a bureacratic bitch not P.C.?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Angelique's article is a good||
Angelique's article is a good read. Glasgow's comments about trying to move Onwenu in practice gives me hope for the offensive line.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Fisher||
I find myself liking Jimbo Fisher. He accomplished a challenging thing by following a legend and being successful. He seems to be an intense competitor, but knows not to take himself too seriously. There are parallels between him and Harbaugh.
I like the video of him discussing the upcoming Orange Bowl with Michigan. When asked what he thinks of Michigan's "old school" style of football, Fisher quickly corrected that -- "It's not 'old school,' it's real football. It's what's played on Sundays." The look on his face conveyed the seriousness with which he meant that.
Regarding each having a beef with the officiating ... I'm not one to put on the tin-foil conspiracy hat quickly, but I do raise an eyebrow at how fast both OSU and Clemson went back up the rankings after their respective losses, and how both seemed to enjoy a certain ... um ... assist from officials in key games they likely would have lost otherwise.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Meyer and the NFL||
I can see Meyer one day going to ND, if the circumstances lined up just right (1)
I can't see Meyer going to the NFL. The downsides (2) outweigh the upsides.
(1) I can't see Meyer bolting from OSU straight to ND. But if he pulls another "stepping away from the game" thing and is out of circulation for a year or two when the ND job opens, then I can see him slipping in there (his "dream job," reportedly). If he wins an NC there he'd absolutely be in the conversation for best of all time.
(2) If Chip Kelly had stayed at Oregon (and continued to do well there), he would be considered one of the greats. As it stands now, he's tarnished ... his move to the NFL, and his implosion at Philadelphia and San Francisco will be hard to overcome. He can come back to the college ranks, but unless he goes on a Saban-like tear and wins several NCs, he'll continue to be seen as the guy who went to the pros and failed.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Donovan||
Is it just me, or is the first name "Donovan" a particularly popular first name this year?
We seem to run through cycles on that. A few years ago it was "Devin."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||29-3 final. Scrappy game in||
29-3 final. Scrappy game in bad conditions. Football!!
|9 weeks 1 day ago||McElwain||
If a buddy of mine is any indication, Gator Nation is still in a wait-and-see on McElwain.
Nussmeier as OC is a thumbs-down, however.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Net||
What would be interesting is the net cost per win ... (revenue-cost)/wins.
Michigan's "cost" per win would go negative. So would many of the larger schools.
(A pet peeve of mine is when people cite a college coach as the "highest paid public employee in the state," ignoring the fact the coaching salaries are usually paid out of Athletic Department funds and not the general fund. The schools with the eye-popping coaching salary numbers typically run in the black.)
|9 weeks 3 days ago||S&C||
Setting aside the "late game fade" issue -- because I don't know how to gauge whether that's a true problem -- let's look at what the quote above said:
... one player Harris personally knows at Michigan became very out of shape, and it was off-putting.
It would be interesting to know who that player is simply to understand context a little more. I'm sure all programs have some players that are workout animals and some that might slack off a bit.
Harris is a workout freak and Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran may be the best in college football.
That begs the question where Kevin Tolbert falls in the spectrum of S&C coaches in the top-tier of college football. Tolbert has a long history with Harbaugh, so Harbaugh knew what he was getting.
Didn't Michigan get a weight room upgrade back when RR was here? Is the S&C facilities something where programs leap-frog each other? Beyond a point, is there much more than can really be added?
Final pondering question ... would it be acceptable within the rules to say to a recruit, "Come to Michigan and you can be involved in designing the next generation of S&C facilities?" I would imagine a top athlete would love to have a say in that.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Never Stop Improving||
Now find the ability to be 1% more more positive! :-)
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ... the eyebrow arch||
Agree ... the eyebrow arch thing is mesmerizing ...
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||1973||
10-10 tie and the Big Ten puts a frickin' knife in our backs. Bastards.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||1976||
Any Michigan roster that has a "Lytle" and a "Dufek" is awesome.
I remember that year very well. Michigan looked unstoppable. Until Purdue.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||PepperQB||
Peppers should have had 4-6 plays in the playbook as a RB only. Not as a PepperQB.
I will forever wonder if Peppers has much ability to throw the ball with any accuracy.
If yes, then why in the hell did we not see that during 2016? That would have messed with DC heads, big time.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Pride||
He won't ... because pride ... it's a powerful thing with guys like him.
The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps. -- Marsellus Wallace, Pulp Fiction.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This is just face-saving||
This is just face-saving gesturing by Delaney. He's compensating for a small ...
$10K is nothing compared to value of the discussion that's been kicked up by this. I think the general weight of consensus is tipping in Harbaugh's favor. It won't change the outcome, but more and more people will view the results of that game as suspect.
We do not want to go to the Big 12 ... that conference is a freakin' dumpster fire. Stay in the Big 10 and win ballgames.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Jay Harbaugh||
Impressive young man. Glad he's one of our coaches.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||"It's a Palindrome!"||
No it's not ... the palindrome of Bolton is 'Notlob!' :-)
|14 weeks 6 days ago||UVa Football||
I wish for them that their football was better. It's well supported given its tepid results.
My wife attended UVa back in the very late 70's and early 80's. She said nobody had any expectations about the football team doing well. It was really more a reason to get dressed up** and attend a game as a social function.
She was also a member of the UVa "scramble band," which can barely be called a marching band. She reports it was all great fun.
** Yes, dressed up -- back then, and to some extent still today, men wear sport coats and ties to the game, and the women wear dresses. It's a southern thing, I guess.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||"Barbequey Bad"||
This is a hugely, massively, barbequey bad matchup for Maryland.
I like that phrase -- "barbquey bad" ! Nice!
|15 weeks 4 days ago||102 Defenses?||
... he [Rashan Gary] might have played in a scheme where he had two defenses the entire year, and here he might have 102.
Is Mattison being facetious here with the number 102? Or is it possible the Michigan defensive playbook has 100+ different "defenses" in it?
I find it hard to believe a high school defensive playbook would have only "two" defensive alignments. But maybe?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||balance||
Money certainly acts as a lubricant to the process ... but it still has to be done. So to the point that Harbaugh does a nice job balancing ... it's because he sets out to achieve the balance.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Goalies are weird||
Goalies are weird
First thought that came into my mind:
|15 weeks 5 days ago||PBP guy||
But I don't want a generic PBP guy
I'd rather a good generic PBP guy than a not-very-good one with sincere schtick.
This fall I'm forced to listen to the games on Sirius radio, and when Michigan is on the road I have to listen to the home announcers. Plus, I listen to other non-Michigan games. I've listened to my share of announcers. They're all miles better than Brandstatter.
A good PBP guy will make the game 'come alive' in the mind of the listener. A good PBP guy will feed the information about setting, context, and down-and-distance in a seamless way.
I have nothing against Brandstatter as a person, but he is simply not good at PBP.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Speight||
Speight is on the verge of becoming very good
There's a life-lesson in this for young people willing to take notice ...
Harbaugh gave Speight a dressing-down in the huddle in that practice that was being filmed. Condensed version: "Listen to me or go away."
Lesson #1 -- If someone in authority and with superior knowledge is trying to teach you something, take note and learn. If they didn't have some faith in you to begin with, they would not bother with you.
Speight took note and listened, apparently.
Lesson #2 -- When a highly qualified person is teaching you something, you return their investment in you with focus, attention, and hard work in response.
It's a feedback loop: the mentor directs energy to the mentee; if the mentee leans into the guidance and works hard, the mentor amps it up. It is not always pleasant, but it is nearly always beneficial.
There are some places in this world where a person can be protected from harsh realities, but they are few and far between. When a Harbaugh comes along into your life, grab hold and don't let go.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Fair point. If it was Meyer's||
If it was Meyer's objective to avoid Saban altogether he would have stayed in his broadcasting role, or taken an FCS job.
Still ... who walks away from the Florida job ... and why? It's one of the top five or so jobs in college football, and he'd won two championships there. It's in the most talent-rich areas in the country, and he was a virtual god-among-mortals there.
His reason -- he'd lost track of the importance of balance in his life, and his health and family suffered. So he stepped away. Fair enough. Good for him.
He claims he learned his lesson and is applying those lessons to his role at Ohio State. If so, then more "good for him." I don't wish hardship on anyone.
But man ... he still looks tightlly-wound. I hold to my original hypothesis that Meyer is one of those guys that sees anything less than perfection as failure. And that will eat a man up. By contrast, I see Harbaugh as hyper-competitive but able to compartmentalize.
(I think I heard somewhere that Meyer holds an opt-out clause in his OSU contract in the event the Notre Dame job opens up. Not sure if that's true or not, but if true, and if Brian Kelly flames out at ND ... then I hope Urban Meyer thinks twice before taking that pressure cooker job. I hope that for his own sake, and for Michigan's -- I think a decade or more of Meyer and Harbaugh cheerfully slugging it out at the top of the college football pile would be great for Michigan, Ohio State, the Big Ten, and college football.)
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Meyer||
At worst, he'd have to play Saban/Alabama once per season
That's right ... first Saturday in December in the SEC championship game. Lose that game, and the whole season is gone.
Look ... I started my post above freely admitting I was speculating ... so it's not like I have some locked-in knowledge of anything. I'm just sayin' that based on external appearances, Meyer is a guy wound tighter than a drum**. Hell, he admitted to that post-Florida, and he waved his arms about how he vowed to change his ways at OSU. Well, has he? Time will tell.
** And I say this as a fan who has a great deal of respect for Urban Meyer. I think he's a helluva coach, and will clearly go down at one of the greatest in the game. His record everywhere he's been speaks to this. He's just tightly wound.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Meyer ...||
I can only speculate as to what mental demon Meyer is wrestling with ... but speculation is what gives life zest, so here goes ...
... I think Meyer's objective is the victory, and anything short of winning every game just eats at him. At Florida he saw the handwriting on the wall with Saban: Alabama was going to prove a tough slog every year. The circuit breaker popped, and he left. I'm not sure he truly learned the lessons he claimed he did prior to taking the OSU job. He's a 20amp breaker dealing with 19.99 amps right now.
Contrast that with Harbaugh ... who I think strives for victories every bit as much as Meyer. The difference is, I think, that Harbaugh enjoys the process of achieving victories more than Meyer ... and, frankly, more than almost everybody. Plus, Harbaugh has this remarkable ability to put losses into a box, seal it up, and move on.
Saban is a bit of a mix of the two. He's built an absolute monster of a program with talent to burn, so for the most part it's a question of not doing dumb things and he'll win most of the time.
|16 weeks 19 hours ago||Consistency||
>> Mark Dantonio is a great football coach
>> What in my Dinosaur brain was I thinking
A bit of consistency issue ...
|16 weeks 2 days ago||MSU is not good this year||
MSU fans gonna claim it's because their team sucks.
This is the logical quandary they're in -- to say it's because they're not good this year implies a follow-up question: "Is this a temporary dip, or a 'new normal?'"
If the answer is "temporary dip," then there must be some evidence that a pipeline of talent exists. "Rebuilding" years happen; but it's only a "rebuilding" year if there's material on deck to do the building. It may be there ... but I doubt it.
They will never answer "this is the 'new normal'" because ... well, that's their worst nightmare. Their nightmare is, I think, reality -- with Meyer in Columbus and Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, they are going to have a very tough time getting regional talent. They don't have much of a national presence.
They have had a heck of a ride the last five or six years. For a time they had things working in their favor: Tressel at OSU allowing Dantonio to take some Ohio talent, and a coaching mess at Michigan, which gave them freedom in the state of Michigan. But things change. For MSU, change means a return to what they have historically been: an okay but not great football team.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I was listening to West||
I was listening to West Virginia sports radio yesterday and they were talking about what's behind the Mountaineer's turnaround this season. Answer: "A 180-degree change in philosophy from up-tempo spread to more of a power running approach that controls possession and keeps your defense off the field."
I'm convinced Harbaugh was ahead of the curve at Stanford, and now he's showing the game what the "new" offensive approach looks like. It's not Woody Hayes, and hit's not Mike Leach ... it's a little of both, and a whole lot of other things thrown in as well. Dana Holgerson took note.
(Time of Possession may not correlate to victories, but it is not, itself, a bad thing. The key assumption is that points are made at the end of a possession. Thus: protect the ball, make first downs, capitalize on red zone opportunities.)
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Headset Communications||
"In the Rutgers game, I think there was a play where Jim said he wanted Wilton to take off and run but when he said ‘What’s he doing?’ you said ‘Throwing a touchdown.’"
That's a question from a reporter ... and I'm left to wonder where the reporter got the question from Harbaugh and Fisch's answer. Lip reading?
Which leads me to this -- if Michigan had a charity fundraising thing where I could listen in on a real game's headset communication, I'd pay some serious coin for that. It would be fascinating to watch the game from the pressbox and listen in on the communications.
Harbaugh has said it is a running conversation about the game ... I'd love to see how that works.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I am looking forward to this||
I am looking forward to this game in a way I haven't for several years now.
I soooo want Michigan's defense to absolutely stomp them. I want the domination to be complete ... I want no room whatsoever to argue that the Michigan victory was for any reason other than Michigan is simply a far, far better team than MSU.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Buck68 was obviously hammered||
Buck68 was obviously hammered when he wrote that.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"well, I've always been a||
"well, I've always been a Michigan fan, but I didn't go to Michigan because of XYZ"
Wow! It's like you know me!
I've been a huge Michigan fan since 1973, long before I went to college.
When the time came to pick a school I weighed a lot of different factors.
But at the end of the day, I couldn't ignore the importance of XYZ.
ABC and DEF were up there ... but XYZ tipped the scales.
* * *
Look, I get the broader point you're making, and I am in general agreement that being an alum creates a greater degree of attachment to the school than mere sports fandom.
Being an alum makes you ... an alum. It does not make you a better football fan.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Great minds ...||
... think alike! :-)
I'm happy to see others saw Ufer as more than a goofball homer. He truly was great at radio play-by-play. He does not get the credit he deserves.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ufer as an announcer||
You know, aside from all his memorable quotes, Ufer was also an excellent play-by-play announcer. Back then Michigan wasn't on TV most every week like they are now. Seeing them on TV was something special ... most weeks it was via radio.
And listening to a game broadcast with Ufer was like watching a fine painting being made ... he'd describe the setting, the mood ... everything leading up to the kickoff. And then during the game he'd do an oustanding job describing the down-and-distance and play set. During the play he'd typically maintain good composure and stay right in stride, continuing to describe the play and the results. Simply outstanding radio.
He was quite a departure from the other play-by-play announcers at the time. Being such an open fan of the team wasn't considered ... right ... or something back then. So most would play it right down the middle. Ufer was unabashedly pro-Michigan, but that did not stop him from also being an excellent, excellent radio play-by-play announcer.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ufer Poem ...||
They came to bury Michigan, all wrapped in Maize and Blue.
The words were said, the prayers were read and everybody cried.
But when they closed the coffin, there was someone else inside!
The Bucks came to bury the Wolverines, but Michigan wasn’t dead! And when the game was over, it was someone else instead!
Twenty-two Michigan Wolverines put on the gloves of grey, And as Revelli played ‘The Victors,” they laid Woody Hayes away!
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"Little Gordie Bell ... he||
"Little Gordie Bell ... he can run 15 minutes in a phone booth and never touch the sides!"
"Runs like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund!"
"Fritz Crisler must look down on Chuck Heater and say, 'What a great back in the old single wing!'"
"... and they're tearing down the M-Club banner ... oh, they will meet a dastardly fate for that! But the M-men are getting the banner back up ... and here they come! ... take it away 105,000 fans!"
And what I grew up on: "Two tight ends and a balanced line ... Huckleby deep and Davis close ... Ricky Leach under center ..."
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Source of funds||
Or people grumpily say it's a sad testimony that the "highest paid state employee is the football coach," or something like that. Those people do not realize the head football coach is not paid out of state funds, but rather from athletic department funds.
Then again, a lot of people are faily unaware of basic accounting or economics.
But grumps will be grumps.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||From "Hudson tips punt" ... I||
From "Hudson tips punt" ... I like how he wiggled away from contact to avoid any hint of roughing the kicker.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I love this picture: The sea||
I love this picture:
The sea of winged helmets ... warriors ready to do battle ... it's beautiful.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Fullback||
From the article: "He is obsessed with the fullback position, although it has been a somewhat irrelevant position in modern offenses."
Agree with you, amichfan2 ... I read that and thought, "Tell that to Khalid Hill."
It shows the writer's ignorance. The writer is probably one of those people who think that a running back is irrelevant -- go five-wide all the time and if you run the ball, have the QB do it.
What separates Harbaugh from the others is a willingness to use what techniques will allow him to win. If the FB position was ineffective, Harbaugh wouldn't use it. But it has proven effective. So it's used.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||How long before we see other||
How long before we see other teams use this?
|17 weeks 10 hours ago||Re: Firing Meyer, Dantonio||
a) It's silly talk
b) For OSU, it's really silly talk.
c) If Meyer became available, Texas, Notre Dame, USC, and several other schools would send semi-trucks worth of cash to Columbus
d) The interesting year for Dantonio will be next year. Another year like this and we may see him retire. He seems tired.
e) I do wonder whether Meyer is growing weary of the "have to be perfect" expectations.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Agree ...||
I think this is the likely outcome at Oregon -- unless a miracle happens, Helfrich is gone after this year and so is Hoke. There's too much money behind the Oregon program to endure years like this. Change is a-coming.
If Hoke wants to continue coaching, his best avenue is either HC at some lower school or D-Line at some bigger school. If I were him, I'd take the latter. More and more I'm convinced football success for a team starts with the D-Line. A good D-Line solves a lot of problems; a dominant D-Line is a beautiful thing to behold. At a big school with good recruiting resources, he can be fairly successful in that role.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||1976 Game||
I will never forget that game. It was down at Purdue, and I was listening to Bob Ufer on the radio. We were in the car. Michigan lined up to kick a FG to win the game.
Ufer: "The kick is up ... it's ... it's ... no good ... no good ... no good."
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I see ... thanks for||
I see ... thanks for expanding on that.
To compound the dilemma, the technology used for video games or film editing is likely to morph and change over time. Just keeping up with the changes will be challenging enough; mastering them is another level up.
The Surface Pro approach sounds like a good enabler of further exploration. Perhaps let him get his hands on a video recorder that he can bring the video into the computer and start practicing with edits. You could participate by working with him to shape the creative aspects of the finished videos. Help him understand that the creative process has a lot of false starts leading to a better finished product.
Best of luck to you and him in this adventure!
|17 weeks 5 days ago||That reminds me of the Family||
That reminds me of the Family Guy episode where Stewie mentions having a "sexy party":
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I have a child who has||
I have a child who has genuine interests that are so foreign to me in terms of execution that I almost can't contribute to his learning.
I'm curious ... what are those areas of interest?
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I think it is genuine||
I think it is genuine frustration that the public school system is lagging so far behind the reality of our society.
That's a different can of worms from the earlier proposition that certain things are over-relied upon to turn things around. It's also one fraught with potential argument, so I won't go there.
... could possibly lead to him being employable or able to generate income after graduation
Sometimes I think the number one thing to teach a kid is to understand how to work hard at something to completion, and to do so with a good attitude. Throughout my life I've seen it true that those with a good work ethic and a good attitude are sought out; those with a poor work ethic or poor attitude are avoided (unless they are really good at something, and I mean really good at it).
But then again, that's a lesson best learned at home. Some of that can be taught by the schools, but it's best taught at home, and by example.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Not to sound like an old fart (I'm 22)||
Your post did not read like an old fart. Your post read like a damn sensible person for 22 years old. Kudos to you.
I'm 57 years old, and I've seen wave after wave of unchecked enthusiasm for this and that. Hell, I recall someone going on and on that the little wheel on the mouse would revolutionize computing. Was it helpful? Yes. Was it fundamentally transformative? No.
Ditto for a lot of what passes for "can't miss" solutions to problems today.
Sometimes I think we deliberately overlook time-tested and unsexy answers simply because they are ... well, time-tested and unsexy.
Now that's an old fart talking.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||1st Grade Coding?||
My daughter is in 1st grade. She took her first coding class last summer.
Really? That's fascinating. What's that like -- what do they code, what language is it in, etc.?
I can imagine a really high-level language that could be used to code simple stuff -- adding numbers, building strings, etc. -- that would reinforce logical constructs.
Years ago -- circa 1985 -- I was doing some work in REXX, and I recall thinking at the time that parts of that were so simple it could be taught to children. I doubt your daughter is working in REXX, but perhaps some other simple, interpretative language like that.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Nebraska back to Big 12?||
I've seen this offered elsewhere, but I don't see the logic of it.
Right now, the Big Ten is relatively stable while the Big 12 is at some risk of collapsing.
What's the motivation for Nebraska moving? I don't see it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||TV appeal||
This makes a fair amount of sense. I was listening to a radio program in WV where they were talking about Big 12 expansion, and beyond Houston, the teams mentioned were UCF and BYU. And Houston is not guaranteed to be good post-Herman, and Herman is almost guaranteed not to be at Houston for his career.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I wasn't sure if "Big Uglies"||
I wasn't sure if "Big Uglies" was a Keith Jackson or John Madden thing.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Rutger Reitmaier||
That sounds like one of those names the great announcer Keith Jackson would have fun calling out when discussing the "big men" down in the trenches.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||"Face of Mercy"||
That is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life! :-)
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Yea, but don't be that guy to||
Yea, but don't be that guy to break off the bottom and threaten anyone with it. It won't matter that the bottle was thrown at you ... breaking the bottom and threatening with it will bring a world of legal shit you don't want.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||advise my son not to mouth||
advise my son not to mouth off to any spartans before or especially after the game
Avoiding that in any situation will serve your son well through life.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||If sun, parties, and coeds is||
If sun, parties, and coeds is the goal, then Tempe is the destination. ASU has them all in spades. Tucson is a backwater by comparison.
|19 weeks 7 hours ago||"Arizona is a tough job"||
As a resident of Tucson, I agree.
Recruiting -- it's hard to get talent to go to Tucson. Tucson is a long way from anything, and there ain't much there. What little talent Arizona has gets vacuumed up by ASU, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon ... and now Washington, no doubt.
Support -- I am forever astonished by how little excitement there is around Tucson on a football Saturday. True, Tucson is more than just a small college town ... but holy crap, there have been Saturdays I was out around town and didn't even know there was a game going on. It's a basketball town, not a football town.
|19 weeks 7 hours ago||^^^ This||
The football world has moved on from 2006-era read-option spread. I'm not sure Rodriguez has.
Look at the successful coaches -- Saban, Meyer, Harbaugh, Petersen -- they're all incorporating elements of spread with elements of power. They adapted as styles and techniques evolved.
There's a reason no pure-spread team has made it to the championship; either in the later BCS years or in the playoff years -- defenses have adjusted to it. Nick Fairley and Auburn killed Oregon by getting into the backfield and disrupting plays; Cardale Jones and OSU grabbed Oregon by the throat and punched them as hard as they could. It's a physical game, and the team that can play physical and fast ... wins.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Team stats are definitely on||
Team stats are definitely on W's side ... but not egregiously. Oregon lost a fumble. I wonder what the story is in that game ... some great field position for W with capitalization?
(I'm not able to watch that game)
|19 weeks 4 days ago||"Randomness is the enemy of all favorites"||
I found Seth's argument compelling. And enjoyable to read ... I always enjoy Seth's stuff.
The "comfort" I can rely on is that Michigan moved the ball against Wisconsin's very good defense ... the issue was capitalizing. That game's score should have been something more like 21-7 or even 28-7. But alas, it wasn't.
Point being -- Michigan's offense is not quite so ineffective as we may think. It's not nearly as good as we wish, obviously. But maybe -- just maybe -- if the offense can capitalize a bit better on its opportunities, then a slightly better cushion can be built, then the "one play" concern on a defense is somewhat mitigated.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||^^^ This. Rushing had no idea||
Rushing had no idea where the ball was.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Situational stats||
I'd be interested in a breakdown by situation ...
I ask because while listening to the game** it seemed we were in 2nd-and-long a lot, particularly early in the game, and those missed FGs came about because when we needed yards to move the chains we couldn't get them.
Average YPC is fine, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
** I'm getting on my soapbox again: seriously, Michigan should consider replacing Jim Brandstatter as play-by-play. Bless his heart, he's all-Blue but he's just not that good at calling a game. I was screaming at the radio all during that game: "What's the down and yardage?!!" It takes forever to get the meaningful result of a play from him.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Badgers vs. Wolverines||
The two are different Genus and Species, but they merge at the Family Mustelidae. They're both known to be rather fierce little buggers. But it's clear to anyone paying attention that in a fight, a Wolverine would kick a Badger's ass. Therefore, we win this weekend.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Two things ...||
... claim his defense is "aggressive." Don Brown actually means it. Through four games, Michigan has recorded 44 TFLs, 17 of which are sacks.
This got me thinking ... is there a way to statistically measure the net-effectiveness of an aggressive, attacking defense?
(I understand that the scoreboard ultimately yields the true measure of the effectiveness.)
I guess what I'm getting at is the numbers above are raw numbers, and it's possible -- though not the case with Michigan this year -- but it's possible those TFL and sack numbers could be matched against big plays made by opposing offenses. That's the "downside" to an aggressive defense -- when the defense's aggressive attack does not quite get home before a QB scrambles for a long gain, or a blitz misses its mark and a receiver gets the ball for a TD.
So, in the spirit of the "rational" tag above ... I'm wondering if there's a way to capture the "net" effectiveness of an aggressive, attacking defense. Sacks / blitz? Some other ratio that balances attempts to results?
... even stripping in anger
This turn of a phrase caught my eye. I like it ... it seems to convey an extra degree of anger ... but I've never seen it used before.
I googled around and found some references to infants who will "strip in anger" -- remove their clothing in a display of rebellion and frustration -- and I'm wondering if that was the genesis for your use of that phrase?
|20 weeks 6 days ago||UM fans who graduated from MSU||
I thought this was a thread about UM fans who graduated from MSU. There are a lot of us.
I'm one of 'em ... lifelong Michigan football fan, but went to MSU simply because I couldn't afford the difference in tuition back then. People then -- and now -- could not understand why I didn't switch allegiances. My answer: Meeeeechigan!
I went to many a football game in Spartan Stadium ... because I was one of the guys in the orange vests doing traffic control. I eventually worked my way up to student supervisor of the whole 110-person crew. Officers put a lot of trust in me ... one time even giving me the keys to a police cruiser to go across campus and retrieve something for him. There I was -- 20 year old -- driving a Crown Vic police cruiser with a shotgun locked to the dash! :-)
One memorable game I was given the assignment to be in one of the four upper-deck corners with binoculars and a police radio, keeping watch on the parking lots below. Cold, raw, miserable day ... and I was standing up in the teeth of the gale way up there. Saw a few suspicious things going on in the parking lot below, but nothing that warranted a call in on the radio.
I don't give a rat's ass what college name is printed on my degree from 35 years ago ... when it comes to college football there is Michigan, and then there's the rest. Period.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Narduzzi?||
On the other side of the ball, it’s not a revelation to call MSU’s secondary subpar this year, but without anything resembling consistent a pass rush (only 3 sacks), that secondary is a mess.
I wonder how much of that is because Narduzzi is several years removed from MSU?
|21 weeks 5 hours ago||I met Arnold Palmer at a golf||
I met Arnold Palmer at a golf tournament in Virginia back around 1995 or 1996. He was in a golf cart, and a group of us were nearby. He motioned for us to come over, so we went over, shook his hand, and chatted for a bit. True gentleman.
News of this saddens me. The world has precious few good men like him. We now have one less.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously!||
This looks awesome!
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Drevno||
Contrast this press conference with Brown's ... Brown was very open and talkative about things and Drevno is much more close-to-the-vest.
I wonder how much of that is just the nature of offense vs. defense?
Obviously Drevno can't say: "Well, this week against PSU we're going to use Peppers in situation X ..." And he can't very well say, "The offensive line struggles on run blocking when the opposing defense does Y." For an OC, it's all about being opaque about what's up his sleeve.
For the defense, though, it's a reactive role. Brown can talk all day about athletic responsiveness to play X or play Y. And that's really what Brown's press conference was -- a candid discussion about style and attitude, but he didn't reveal anything about what he may do against PSU this Saturday ... other than be aggressive and go 100mph.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Love these videos ...||
... and I imagine there's a fair amount of work that goes into it: determining what to go over, doing the video edits, recording the audio, cleaning it all up into a finished product.
I love how they replay the same sequence over and over again as they're describing it. It helps reinforce the concepts they're talking about.
Would like it if they highlighted one or two breakdowns on Michigan's part and explain what went wrong. That would show the other side of things.
Morrison is great.
|22 weeks 10 hours ago||From WV||
I'm spending the fall in the backwoods of West Virginia. I have no TV, so I can't watch the games. My internet is satellite, and I can't stream anything very well. I listen to the games on Sirius radio.
The lack of visual football has made me like someone who eats rice cakes chased with a fistfull of Centrum multi-vitamins -- yeah, I'm getting by, but I've craving real food.
This sort of content is what I get by on. I gobble up everything here and over on Touch The Banner. So thanks for your efforts! They are much appreciated.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||What Stats are Kept Inside the Submarine?||
Do we have any idea what sort of metrics are kept by Harbaugh and staff? It'd be interesting to see sorts of things they look at vs. these stats.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||UCF QB Holman||
I listened to the game, and UCF's QB Holman went down with what was described as a non-contract injury ... probably a hamstring, but maybe a hyper-extended knee. After he went out, the backup QB came in.
Was anything ever said later about Holman? Any report on what happened?
|23 weeks 7 hours ago||At work just north of||
At work just north of Washington DC.
It was the day after I had put my 17 year old dog down.
Secretary at work called me out to the hall TV monitor's to see what was happening. That was after the first plane, but before the second. We watched and saw the second plane and the tower come down.
I stayed at work until 5:00pm. The normally jammed Capital Beltway was eerily empty, with the government people having gone home after the Pentagon was hit. Fighter jets were overhead.
I was on an airplane to Canada days after flights resumed. Half-empty plane, people very quiet and subdued.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Because it's a fun thing to||
Because it's a fun thing to do. It's part of our back-and-forth civil joshing of each other. It's what I really love about college football -- I love the friendly rivalalries.
Well, except for Notre Dame. I can't stand Notre Dame.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Camelback and 27th ...||
Actually, I'm in West Virginia this summer and fall. But normally I live in Tucson. The avatar picture was taken near "A Mountain" near Tucson.
(I'm in WV minding the property my wife inherited from her mother back in 2014. It sat empty for over a year, and people started nosing around, thinking nobody lived here. Well, somebody lives here now.)
I wonder if we have MGoBloggers from all 50 states ...
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Awoke at 5:00am here in||
Awoke at 5:00am here in Braxton County, WV ...
Game is now 6 hours away. Will be listening to it on Sirius radio (no TV here).
First up -- some yard work. Hiring the local pastor's son to help ... he's 14 and looking for some pocket money, so it's a win/win: I get some assistance, he gets some money.
Pastor is a big Ohio State fan, and we have a friendly rivalry going about it. In church on Sunday I'm going to present him with a beautiful Michigan T-shirt. :-)
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Seger Song ...||
Your line "Woke up to a clap of thunder" made me think of the Bob Seger song "Night Moves," specifically:
I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
And now it's in my head.
But it's not a bad song to have in my head.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||63-3 erases a lot of bad||
63-3 erases a lot of bad memories.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Time-travel that edge defense||
Time-travel that edge defense to beginning of WWI and it's a take-down behind the LoS, as opposed to running the play out of bounds for a 1 or 2 yard gain.
(WWI turned into trench warfare because both armies tried to outflank each other on the channel side of things. Neither accomplished the flank ... they hit water and dug in.)
That's why the maturation of Speight to Chesson over the top is so valuable -- it'd be like having a troop transport plane back then: get on the backside of the defense to open things up.
Only on MGoBlog would this conversation be possible ... :-)
|23 weeks 4 days ago||West Virginia||
Just for the summer.
Long story short ... wife inherited her mother's place here. It sat empty for over a year, and word started to spread nobody lived here any more. People started nosing around. I took up residence in April, and started hunting ground hogs, so the sound of gunfire was heard on the hillsides. Word is now "someone lives there." Mission accomplished.
Back to Arizona in the late fall, then back here in the late spring.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Playing Freshmen||
In addition to that, we're starting to see more and more guys who just may not be here for 4-5 years, anyway. In those cases, a redshirt seems like a waste of a year.
I recall Urban Meyer saying something along those lines either at Florida, or shortly after he came to Ohio State.
The key point being -- if they're good enough to leave after 2 or 3 years, they're likely good enough to play early. And if the roster is stocked with lots of those guys, then play 'em. If there's confidence in recruiting and keeping the cupboard full, why not?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||In other news ...||
... Al Borges' San Jose State offense managed just 10 points, 287 total yards, and achieved only 53 yards on 32 carries for an average of 1.7 yards / carry. :-)
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Great Post!||
This was an enjoyable and informative read, so I think you for writing it up and posting!
I do not think Michigan is as soul-crushing a team as, say, Alabama looks to be. But I do think the puzzle pieces are mostly there. Michigan dispatched a team they were supposed to beat, and they did it with base plays and efficiency. That's a nice way to start the year.
|24 weeks 18 hours ago||69-0 in 1975||
I was at that game ... it was awesome! Rob Lytle and Gordie Bell had a field day.
Weather that day was miserable ... cold, rainy ... in other words, a great day for football.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Did Khaleke Hudson play?||
Did Khaleke Hudson play?
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Brandstatter||
I couldn't watch the game, so I listened to the broadcast on Sirius.
Brandstatter is a little better this year than last. Not a lot, but a little. He still tends to get too excited on a play and delay telling the audience what actually happened. But there were fewer of those instances today than in the past.
Dierdorf was, as usual, excellent. The two of them -- Brandstatter and Dierdorff -- still have to iron out who talks ... there was a few cases where they stepped on each other's commentary.
The jersey numbers caused a few moments of confusion.
Overall ... listening while I puttered with some home projects while listening to Michigan football was quite enjoyable. The day here in central WV was perfect.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Freshman||
Loved the rotation in of the freshman ... because it sends a couple of really strong Harbaugh-esque signals: (a) to recruits: if you're good, you'll play; and (b) to the rest of college football: Michigan is not concerned about future recruiting ... the future is now ... let's play football.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Up in West Virginia||
I'm up in the wilds of West Virginia this summer and fall and the only internet I can get is satellite. It works fine for e-mail and some short streaming, but for streaming live content it wouldn't work. Oh, and surprisingly there really aren't any sports bars in this county.
So for me it's going to be Sirius radio for the games. I'll endure Brandstatter while I picture the goings-on for the game.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||As I recall Harbaugh relating||
As I recall Harbaugh relating it in some interview once:
Schembechler: "You gonna have a fullback, Jimmy?"
Harbaugh: "Yeah, coach ... I'm going to have a fullback."
Schembechler: "And tight ends?"
Harbaugh: "Yeah coach ... I'm going to have tight ends too."
|24 weeks 5 days ago||+1000 for the subtle||
+1000 for the subtle brilliance of this ... absolutely love it.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Bull Durham||
Also alluded to in the movie "Bull Durham," where the radio announcer was not at the game. He was in the studio, and someone was on the phone getting accounts of the action. He had a block of wood and a small mallet to simulate the sound of the ball being hit.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||So I'm thinking about this||
So I'm thinking about this ...
"Higher ceiling" could easily come with "more variability," and Harbaugh is on record as saying the key thing for his QB is to "avoid the big mistakes." So "high ceiling" is not necessarily equated with "better option."
It could be that Harbaugh is going with a lower-ceiling option that is more consistent within a known range of performance. That, coupled with everything else Harbaugh knows about the offense -- OL, running game, receivers -- tells him his best option is X rather than Y.
The QB will be who the QB will be ... and it's Harbaugh's role to pick him.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Speight||
Can't wait for next Saturday to see how all this shakes out.
If it is Speight, one way to interpret that -- among many ways to interpret that -- is that Harbaugh has confidence in the OL to give Speight time in the pocket to make his reads and throws. If Speight > O'Korn when given time, and the OL is showing itself solid against Michigan's DL ... well, then let the 6'6" dude stand tall and find his targets.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Brown||
I picture Brown as the kind of guy that will push back on Harbaugh when he feels it's right to do so; and I suspect Harbaugh likes having coaches who do that when it's right to do so.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Gee thanks ... ... now I've||
Gee thanks ...
... now I've got the Marvin Gaye song in my head.
Not that there's anything wrong with that ... great song!
What's going on
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Grbac to Howard||
Perhaps the greatest single play in Michigan history. Even better than Anthony Carter's TD to beat Indiana in 1979.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Ricky Leach||
My first game in Michigan Stadium was the opening home game of the 1975 season. It was a 19-19 tie against Stanford. I attended every home game that season as a 15-going-on-16 year old kid (my sister was a student at U-M, she gave me her season tickets).
I will never forget Bob Ufer on the radio during that era -- "Two tight ends and a balanced line ... Riiiicky Leach under center ..."
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ... Michigan has to||
Agree ... Michigan has to show they're on the right track in 2016. A 9-3 season is likely a disappointment; a 10-2 with losses to MSU and OSU (which puts us out of the B1G championship race, most likely) would hurt.
But ... there is also the question of how well players for a team get to the NFL. Winning and that metric are correlated, but not lock-step. If Michigan can become one of those "pipeline to the NFL" schools, then the draw will be there.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||This is a great idea ... I'm||
This is a great idea ... I'm about 2 hours from Morgantown, WV this year. I should check out their schedule and see if there's any ineresting games worth the drive and money.
I went to the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix back on Jan 2nd and watch WVU beat ASU. It was a good time ... but very bad football.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Agree Harbaugh is||
Agree Harbaugh is unconventional.
I thought about the bowl game win over Florida ... but this game is the first game of the season vs. the last game.
I think we'll see the starters in fairly deep into the game. But I think the plays will be intended to reinforce a set of fundamental execution things.
But then I could be wrong -- I often am, according to my wife :-) -- maybe Harbaugh uses this to let freshmen he intends to use this year spread their wings a bit.
What I do not expect is one of those 84-0 routs we see some teams put up against hapless opponents. The only way I see the score going there is if Hawaii is truly helpless to stop off-tackle runs by our second and third string RBs, as jdon mentions below.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||You may be right ... if the||
You may be right ... if the chatter from the submarine is correct, there are freshmen who'll see the field this year for sure ... so if this game is sealed early, they come on and get some game-time reps: Rashan Gary, Chris Evans, McDoom, etc.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||63-0?||
The zero part I suspect is spot on.
I'm starting to wonder about the 63. Michigan is no doubt capable of scoring that many on Hawaii, but the question is will Harbaugh take that opportunity?
There's a part of me that thinks when the game is well in hand, Harbaugh is going to make the game a practice session. Nothing fancy, just extra practice reps for the starters and backups. I can picture something like 35-0 or maybe 42-0.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||De'Veon Quote||
Agree ... that quote caught my eye and I liked it ... a lot.
That's the kind of thing Harbaugh must love to see.
I'll bet things get chippy at times as players are going facemask to facemask out there.
Hawaii is going to think a cement truck ran over them.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Sadly, Sparty fans will be||
Sadly, Sparty fans will be remiding us of the Sparty Fluke forever.
Yeah, but if the final scoreboard shows a Michigan victory, who cares? It's just Sparty relying on "glory days." They milked 1966 for how long? Decades.
(I'm reminded of Springsteen's song "Glory Days," which is, while catchy, not a celebration. It is in fact a biting indictment of people who rely too heavily on what was rather than what is. History and tradition has its place. But you can't live on it.)
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Agree 100%. It was the Akron||
Agree 100%. It was the Akron game where I thought, "Oh shit ... they are not good at all."
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Jake Butt scores 10 receiving||
Jake Butt scores 10 receiving TDs and 3 rushing TDs this year!
And he scores a pick-6 interception TD. :-)
|26 weeks 5 days ago||He played before 99% of the||
He played before 99% of the voters were born
I wonder what the age distribution for registered users of MGoBlog is? Who's the youngest, who's the oldest, and what the distribution looks like?
I'd guess youngest is probably in low double-digits ... maybe 11 or 12?
I'd guess the oldest is in high 70's or maybe even 80's.
Distribution median likely down in the high 20's or low 30's, with a long tail to the right.
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||Double Pasta||
I like pasta! If there was one food I wish I could eat without regard to excess calories, it would be pasta. So double pasta = good!
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||OL Size||
Not as if there's anything wrong with that ... :-)
(Whoever our QB ends up being ... may he enjoy boundless time in the pocket, and may he watch his running backs run through truck-sized holes.)
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||Yeah, I get that part ... the||
Yeah, I get that part ... the Fosbury Flop was a revolutionary approach to the high jump.
But 8 frickin' feet, man ... at my age I'd be lucky to reach up and touch 8 feet, let alone get my arms, butt and legs over that bar as well! :-)
In all seriousness ... I've long been impressed by high jumpers. It has always struck me as one of those events that requires remarkable athleticism.
|27 weeks 10 hours ago||Bribes? I'd be shocked ...||
Bribes? I'd be shocked ... shocked ... if that were true. /sarc
I used to follow the Olympics fairly faithfully back in the 70's and 80's, but my interest has waned. A lot of my disinterest is due to the truly horrible coverage afforded by NBC.
I do like watching track and field, however ... how in the hell do high jumpers put their whole body over a bar 8 frickin' feet in the air? I'll never figure that one out.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Perhaps the further one gets||
Perhaps the further one gets from the major cities, the better it gets ...
Agree on the people -- those that I met were truly open and generous souls.
And the women are spectacular. I literally walked in to a wall in Rio while trying to keep an eye on a young lady walking the other way.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Brazil||
I've been to Rio (once) and Sao Paulo (several times) and I have no desire to ever go back.
I was warned -- "Never get in a taxi unless arranged by the hotel," and "Never walk off the main streets, and never walk after dark." This advice came from Brazillian work colleagues.
They have good coffee, though ... I will give them that.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Hitting People||
So I'm spending the summer in WV ... and there's a kid of about 10 or so who is beginning his football career. The coaches have him on defense. I said, "That means you get to hit people." He broke out in a big smile. "I like hitting people," he said.
The kid is going to be a good linebacker or safety. I can see it in his eyes. :-)
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Hub Cities||
I do a fair bit of traveling for a living ... and this is my #1 piece of advice: "Live in a hub city."
It makes all the difference in the world. Bad things still happen to direct flights, but a multi-segment flight adds to the complexity, time, and potential things that can go wrong.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Agree ... that hire is||
Agree ... that hire is mysterious.
They must have hope that Muschamp's tenure at Florida was a fluke; that he has so much natural coaching ability that with a change of venue it can blossom.
Or they whiffed on their first few coaching targets and settled for Muschamp.
Same division = interesting to see USC v UF game.
In general, I'm interested to see how USC's experiment turns out.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||SEC East||
Of all those teams I have a mild interest in just a few:
Let's play ball.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||27 years||
and 27 years is a long time to hold it too
I still blame him for not fighting for Michigan to get the Rose Bowl nod in 1973.
And the fact that 2016 - 27 does not equal 1973 makes no damn difference.
|30 weeks 20 hours ago||Pulp Fiction||
Pulp Fiction -- interesting choice ... and a challenge for an orchestra, given the score of Pulp Fiction.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Gentleman||
The term "gentleman" was used twice in the OP. So do we now have three levels of players -- guys, dudes, and gentlemen? :-)
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa ... you're talking||
Whoa ... you're talking mountain-top now ... Lytle was the man. :-)
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Not just hyphenated! Jaylen||
Not just hyphenated!
Trademarked as well! :-)
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Cash Flow||
to have steady revenue model
Predictable and steady cash flow is a beautiful thing. Ask any business owner.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||PDF Format||
Bought the PDF. Downloaded the PDF. Read the PDF.
Dear football season ... hurry the hell up and get here. :-)
|33 weeks 6 days ago||If I were a safety and I saw||
If I were a safety and I saw #6 coming at me, I'd curl up into a ball ...
|34 weeks 10 hours ago||I like mustard on peanut||
I like mustard on peanut butter. Really.
And: "Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- puts ketchup on a hot dog." -- Dirty Harry
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Assuming Hoke brings his||
Assuming Hoke brings his D-line focus to the table and he has the talent, then he might have success against spread/tempo teams like Arizona. It's all about getting pressure and disrupting the play before it can take shape. Having talent is key. Gotta be dudes, not Just guys.
Frankly I think he will have more trouble with Stanford and USC.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I can't see the name||
I can't see the name "Peckinpah" and not think of the Monty Python skit ...
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Lonesome Dove||
Upvote for "Lonesome Dove" reference. Four points:
(1) The book is even better than the mini-series. A truly fantastic novel.
(2) That said, the mini-series is one of the best film treatment of a book I've ever seen.
(3) The characters Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) represent two of the finest, and fullest, character developments I've ever read.
(4) That aired back in the late 1980's, and for those who don't remember it was quite the cultural event ... much discussed after each airing.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I can see the logic if his||
I can see the logic if his theme was minimalist ... so Alabama and Penn State would kinda-sorta fit that. But then FSU and USC are not so minimalist. So I don't know.
I like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... they're traditional and they don't mess with it.
USC is nice; not a fan of UCLA. I do not like ASU at all.
And I hate, hate, hate, HATE Notre Dame in every way possible, so eff 'em.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Nebraska||
some of our wonky readership prefer having lives to infinite knowledge about Nebraska OL
Of all the non-Michigan B1G teams, I have a soft spot for Nebraska simply because I remember watching the great OU-NEB games on TV when I was a kid.
(And I know the QB from the 1959 team that upset OU ... Ron Meade ... he goes to my church in Tucson ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Nebraska_Cornhuskers_football_team )
I like this feature. It's interesting to see how an early non-Michigan pick is justified. And it's interesting to see how certain positions are valued over others.
That said, I can't understand why nobody has picked a long-snapper yet!
|34 weeks 5 days ago||1989 Ford Escort. When it||
1989 Ford Escort. When it worked, I loved that car ...
... but the fuel pump went out every 25K miles like clockwork.
(Ford Motor insisted this was 'normal maintenance' despite my argument that if so, then state the requirement to replace the fuel pump in the scheduled maintenance table.)
It stranded me deep in the back country of eastern Virginia.
Tow truck took me a shithole garage out in the sticks. Banjo music ala "Deliverance" ringing in my ears. 4 hours later I called AAA back and agreed to extra charges to tow me back to civilization (Washington D.C.). New fuel pump installed; a week later the radiator broke; fixed that; then a month later the starter motor.
I got good time out of the car ... when it worked.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||"What can't go on forever ...||
"What can't go on forever ... won't."
Eventually this mode reaches a limit and breaks. It's not just Michigan.
We are rapidly approaching the point where the cost of a college education does not provide the return. Some would argue we are past that point. For some majors it's certainly the case.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Roh||
Someone help me on Roh's actual contribution.
Disclaimer: I've got nothing against Roh; this is not a RR thing ...
My faltering memory recalls Roh being just a tick away from sacking the QB; sure, he created some pressure, but he never seemed to get there. Am I recalling incorrectly?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, agree that Hoke was||
Oh, agree that Hoke was successful at relationship-recruiting. No question.
I suspect Harbaugh will have his own success in building relationships, but it will be of a different nature than Hoke's. Less familial, more professional.
I guess what I'm saying is that the success of the relationship model Hoke employed is diminishing. Such an approach now, and into the future, will be increasingly met with, "Yeah, okay ... but what about wins and getting me to the NFL?" That's the nature of today's top-level college football. Top recruits go to Alabama because Alabama wins, and the NFL takes note. No amount of relationship building can overcome a losing record.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||But because it isn't as||
But because it isn't as personal as Hoke's strategy ... I think there is much more risk/reward involved.
Maybe ... but there's a part of me that thinks that the recruiting landscape of 2016 is a lot different than 2010.
as long as he keeps on winning
I think that's more the applicable thing here. In today's culture it's more and more about results today, not later. It's certainly true in business; and I argue it's becoming more and more true in major college football.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||LOL||
I was expecting, you know, a planetary tackle who just does Big McLargeHuge things.
I laughed out loud at this. :-)
|36 weeks 3 days ago||So you like skating I will||
So you like skating
I will confess quite the interest in women's figure skating.
But it has nothing to do with the scoring or the competition ...
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I will never understand why||
I will never understand why the B1G expanded with Rutgers and Maryland.
Oh, I've read the words explaining it. I don't believe the words offered.
If we were going to reach for two schools of that caliber, I would have preferred to pull in WVU and Pitt. Makes more sense geographically, it would mean the revival of the Backyard Brawl, and Pitt/PSU is a natural rivalry.
But no ... Maryland and ... Rutgers.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I went to the ASU / WVU||
I went to the ASU / WVU Cactus bowl in Phoenix.
It was bad football, but an entertaining time overall.
Todd Graham did a horrible job managing the game. Horrible
Read my signature line ... football in Arizona is wrong. Just wrong. :-)
|37 weeks 1 day ago||In my lifetime ...||
I was born in 1959. I'll be 57 this year.
Two athletes stand out -- Secretariat ... and Muhammad Ali,
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Oil||
Russia is so huge that they could have lost Moscow and still won.
Maybe ... but I'm not sure they could have survived the loss of the oil fields in the Caucusus.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||There is nothing wrong with||
There is nothing wrong with visiting a cemetary and reflecting on the sacrifices ... but I agree, it will not provide the full story.
I once talked with a veteran of WWII who fought in the Pacific. He normally did not share his experiences, but in this case he opened up a bit. The picture he painted was ... horrific. His countenance grew quiet and somber as he related it. The conversation did not last long; he gave what he could and the topic turned to other things.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Movies ...||
"Patton" -- because it celebrates honor and courage. Patton was a flawed man in many ways (who doesn't have their flaws?), but his commitment to the cause and his men was solid. The scene where he oversees his men moving north to aid in the relief of Bastogne and he says, "God, I'm proud of these men" is stirring.
"Full Metal Jacket" -- because I'm a huge Stanley Kubrick fan; because Lee Ermey was awesome; and because the second half of the movie was very good also (the lighting and cinematography of the scenes in the second half are stellar ... classic Kubrick visuals).
"Ike: Countdown to D-Day" -- a little known film starring Tom Selleck as Eisenhower, it is a great portrayal of the man and the planning that went into D-Day. No battle scenes, just great writing and great acting. The actor who plays Churchill is awesome.
* * *
"The Deer Hunter" -- fantastic movie, but for me, too depressing.
"The Longest Day" -- good movie, but as I noted elsewhere in this thread, in comparison to the book the movie is like eating unsalted popcorn.
"Apocalypse Now" -- I grant the cinematography is great, but I do not care for the 1970's cynicism that permeates the movie.
"Saving Private Ryan" -- a movie I've never seen. Not avoiding it, just never sat down to watch it.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||The Longest Day||
I liked the movie; I loved the book.
If you've not read the book, I highly recommend it. It provides a more complete picture of the interwoven events of that day.