"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
|9 hours 50 min ago||Alison is within an inch of||
Alison is within an inch of becoming a meme here.
And that's a good thing. ;-)
|9 hours 51 min ago||I laughed out loud at that||
I laughed out loud at that scene -- "It's a bingo! Is that how you say it, 'it's a bingo?"
"Ya just say 'bingo.'"
|1 day 1 hour ago||Okay, I'll respond to the OP||
Okay, I'll respond to the OP ...
I don't know if there's any way to quantify what a "fan" is ... most likely not.
"Fans" fall on a spectrum of enthusiasm and commitment, from casual to ardent.
Some programs have a deep base of ardent fans. I'm thinking Nebraska here.
Other programs have a less deep base, and the attendance in the seats or enthusiasm is more a function of how the team is doing lately. I'm thinking Northwestern.
With respect to the AD's job being "sustaining the enterprise" ... that's a somewhat complex formula involving time, past success, recent failure, and competition for the fans' attention.
I would consider myself a fan of Michigan football at the above-average level of intensity. Still, my patience was sorely tested in 2014 as I saw Michigan not merely lose games, but lose games while appearing uncompetitive. I still followed every game -- TV, radio, or live-streaming -- but I was plumbing the bottom of my fan tank for some of those games.
Does this make me some "fractional fan?" Maybe. Truth is, it's not something I think about too much. I think about Michigan football and I hope for signs of a return to a team that plays every game smart and hard.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Sorry ... I had to do it.||
Sorry ... I had to do it.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I'd bet heavily on the eye||
I'd bet heavily on the eye roll.
That was my thought as well ... and I can fully appreciate Harbaugh's response to that.
If a young players is going to act like they know what's best, then they damn well better play like they are the best. One mistake and they deserve all the retribution that comes to them.
|1 day 8 hours ago||"That Look"||
"I'm just telling you the right way to do it. If you want to look at me like with that look, then go (expletive) somewhere else."
Wow. I wonder what the "look" was -- angry look, or worse ... a dismissive eye-roll look?
Either way ... not smart.
Speculation starts now on what (expletive) was. :-)
|1 day 10 hours ago||College football is the||
College football is the greatest sport of all ... and these figures show that fan enthusiasm knows no season. I can't wait for the fall!
|5 days 11 hours ago||If true, then (a) a||
If true, then (a) a disappointment, and (b) I don't really understand the administration's thinking on this.
Re: (a) -- the UTL games have been great for Michigan's image. People still talk about the UTL where Michigan beat ND on that last play. Night games make for great TV, and the vast majority of the audience for college football is TV.
Re: (b) -- the stock answer is probably "safety concerns" but I'm not sure I buy that. Somewhere deep in their thinking is cost. It's always, ultimately, about cost.
|6 days 9 hours ago||From what I understand, the||
From what I understand, the concussions are mostly from rapid deceleration of the head. The brain continues to move inside the skull. Brain meets bone.
Would soft padding on the outside of the helmets eliminate the rapid deceleration of the head and thus reduce the movement of the brain? Maybe? I think it depends on the padding. I would imagine someone has looked at this. I don't know the results.
|6 days 9 hours ago||The theory is the extra||
The theory is the extra protection gives players a false perception of safety. Reduce the padding and armor and the athletes play with a degree less intensity and a degree more caution.
This only succeeds if there are corresponding rules changes. We can't just take helmets away and play the same game as today. Certainly not with the athletes we have today, who are so much bigger and faster than in the old days of no helmets or leather helmets. Certainly not with the incentives to win and get to the NFL we have today.
The rules will need to change to reduce or eliminate a great deal of the contact.
The end result will be something resembling touch or flag football. Some contact, but not the kind of contact we see today.
I'm not arguing against player safety. I'm simply saying if player safety is truly the objective, then do what's necessary to achieve that objective.
|6 days 9 hours ago||It's called flag football.||
It's called flag football.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm happy he's coming to||
I'm happy he's coming to Michigan, but I feel kinda sorry for him ...
... you see, Michigan will not need to punt the ball once this entire season!
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree! I'd never heard that||
Agree! I'd never heard that before. I listened to it on YouTube. It's raw ... and very, very good.
|1 week 4 days ago||That was a great podcast.||
That was a great podcast. Thanks!
|1 week 5 days ago||Numbers||
I can imagine this conversation:
Player: "Coach, I think I've earned the right to wear #77."
Harbaugh: "What difference does a number make? Will it make you play better?"
Player: "Well, some great Michigan offensive linemen have worn #77."
Harbaugh: "Are you those players?"
Player: "Well, no."
Harbaugh: "I ask again ... what difference does a number make? Are you the kind of player that needs a certain number to play your own personal best?"
Harbaugh: "Is there anything else?"
Player: "No, coach. No.
My point -- I have a hard time believing Harbaugh gives a rat's ass about who wears what number. I doubt he cares one bit about the #1 or #2 or #77. The only thing he seems to care about is each player do their very best, and to be improving every day.
|1 week 6 days ago||Microwaved tofu dogs ...||
Microwaved tofu dogs ...
|1 week 6 days ago||Participation rates||
My understanding -- I could be mistaken -- is the law has been interpreted as meaning the male/female participation rate must mirror the male/female ratio of the student population. Hence some schools with a higher percentage female population dropping some male sports as a way to align the participation rate with the population. Alternative is to encourage greater female participation, but if the interest doesn't materialize then dropping male participation makes the math work.
|1 week 6 days ago||Seriously. I like steak, but||
Seriously. I like steak, but I can tuck into a plate of pasta and be very happy.
From my childhood (1960's) list of most-hated things: frozen asparagus (now love fresh grilled), glazed carrots, those awful pickled beets, and frozen okra.
If there's a difference between frozen okra and boogers, I can't see it.
|1 week 6 days ago||If we can have only one||
If we can have only one dominant position group, I'd pick the D-line.
But yeah, better to have more than just one ...
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Ball hawks ... preferably||
Ball hawks ... preferably while the ball is still in the backfield. :-)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I met my wife in May of||
I met my wife in May of 1990.
I married her on April 3rd of 1992.
That was 23 years ago today, and she's still my wonderful girl.
(I watched Michigan play in the final four game the day after our wedding, and on Monday I watched Michigan play for the championship from the hotel room in Hawaii where we had our honeymoon. I have my priorities.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||>> Interior DL I doubt the||
>> Interior DL
I doubt the Spring game will show us much, but this is what's on my mind.
I remember a day when Michigan's DL could be a disruptive force. But it's been a while.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I did treasure the quiet buzz||
I did treasure the quiet buzz of anticipation 45 minutes before the game ...
Ah ... I remember that well. It's been over two decades since I've been in the stadium, but I do recall getting there early, and feeling the energy build as kickoff approached.
I do not like loud piped in music. Diamondback Stadium in Phoenix has that for baseball and it was loud to the point of painful. That was four years ago and I've not been back since.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Drevno sure has the||
Drevno sure has the coach-speak down pat.
That said ... I love this guy. He strikes me as the perfect complement to Harbaugh. It would not surprise me to read that Harbaugh doesn't need to give much direction to Drevno at all ... Harbaugh thinks it and Drevno does it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||September can't come soon||
September can't come soon enough ...
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Agree...||
... I checked around and the 'official' sites seem excessively high.
I was considering going to the game (from Tucson) ... but not for those prices.
Maybe as the date draws closer and some decent Southwest fares come up ... then maybe.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I love ice cream sandwiches!||
I love ice cream sandwiches!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think Villanova would like||
I think Villanova would like to be part of that conversation as well. ;-)
That Villanova v. Georgetown national championship game in 1985 was one of the most stunning things I'd ever seen. David vs. Goliath ... nobody expected Villanova to hang with Georgetown.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My question in return: "How||
My question in return: "How much money does the top talent at ESPN make?"
One site I found lists Cowherd's annual salary at $2M.
Now I ask ... is that "too much?"
My answer: "No ... not if the numbers show that he brings in revenue to support that salary."
Ditto college football coaches.
Kirk Ferentz is the outlier here.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||From the article, making||
From the article, making reference to Harbaugh's first year at Stanford: "No one was given the luxury to hide, and over-achievers were singled out on every level -- until, eventually, his roster was filled with them"
"No one was given the luxury to hide ..."
That makes for a brutally transparent environment ... but I'm sure that's what it takes to win at this level of collegiate football. So good for Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Plus, 1969 was quite a||
Plus, 1969 was quite a different era from 2015 ... there was a prevailing sense of "Do your own thing, man ..." in the air. It was a time of of anti-establishment, anti-discipline ... and Bo's approach would have seemed out of place to some.
But ... those who stayed were champions.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||1-Holy||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||My Big 10 bones call me to||
My Big 10 bones call me to root for MSU.
Can't not like the Gonzaga story ... plus, they look pretty good ... not just lucky.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm a minimalist ... a small||
I'm a minimalist ... a small maize circle, 3/8" or 1/2". Just a maize circle.
More than the design, what I'm curious about is the criteria for getting a sticker. I hope they are somewhat rare, and I hope anyone with enough stickers to really notice them is a true bad-ass.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take more of that 1950||
I'll take more of that 1950 Blue team, please!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||My introduction was Denny||
My introduction was Denny Franklin in 1973. Leach, Lytle and Bell cemented the deal. I've been a rabid Meeeeechigan fan since.
I can still recite the starting defense from 1976. :-)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||On the winners in a||
On the winners in a competition having to do the extra PT:
"And then we watched the defense run, and at the end when we broke we were like, 'That didn't feel good standing there watching,' " Darboh said. "You kind of feel guilty. You lost, and we're just standing there. The next practice we made sure we came out and won."
Harbaugh is like some mad scientist Dr. Phil out there ... he's using double top-secret reverse psychology ... and it works!
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Wow ... 9 replies deep and no||
Wow ... 9 replies deep and no mention of the fact B/R was part of this!
It's a new era. :-)
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||How about yellow jackhammers!||
How about yellow jackhammers! :-)
On a more serious note ... I'd love to see a mock-up of small, plain maize footballs. No bigger than 1/2". Put about 30 to represent a standout player and see what that looks like.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The Highlanders ...Somewhere||
The Highlanders ...
Somewhere in the deep recesses of my old and tired brain flashed a memory of my high-school days in Howell.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I love this photo!||
I love this photo!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The NFL is to Michigan like||
The NFL is to Michigan like Mt. Brighton is to Mt. Everest.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||+1 for the classic Monty||
+1 for the classic Monty Python reference!!
Brought to you by: Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. :-)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||In my case it would be Bennie||
In my case it would be Bennie Oosterbaan ... and no, I really don't have much of a sense for what he meant during his time as coach. I know about him. That's all.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's great that Harbaugh is||
It's great that Harbaugh is all in with Michgan athletics overall. That's great stuff.
I look at this picture and I think -- "Those student athletes weren't even born when Harbaugh played there (1984), and not even born when Bo last coached there (1989)."
To me -- a card-carrying old fart -- I remember those days. But to a younger person I wonder what goes through their mind. Yeah, "Harbaugh!" ... but I suspect Harbaugh's stature is more from the 49ers (at this point) than his 1980's playing days. And what about Bo? Do young people today** have a sense for the prominence of Bo during his tenure as coach? Or is he just a guy who has a building named after him?
** WD, you don't count ... you're a freak of nature when it comes to Michigan history.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Broke my collar bone falling||
Broke my collar bone falling off my bike in college.
Broke the same damn collar bone playing softball a few years later.
We were playing softball in a farm field full of ruts and furrows. I was playing CF ... running full speed to catch a fly ball ... dove for it ... landed on the ground and started to slide ... only to have my shoulder drop into a rut. I didn't slide any further. Snap.
Collar bone breaks are a bitch because (a) they hurt, (b) they can't be set very easily, and (c) it's impossible to reach down to tie the shoes. Impossible.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yet another data point that||
Yet another data point that indicates Harbaugh isn't playing patty-cake here ... he's freakin' all in with respect to football, academics and the students' lives. What I read above is great ... Baxter sounds like a positive, enthusiastic man with a lot to teach young people.
Hell, I wish I had someone like him in my life back when I was 18 years old.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm surprised this isn't the||
I'm surprised this isn't the norm already.
Reading that article, I'm left wondering what the heck was going on last year on special teams. Baxter seems to imply he's having to throw away everything from before and rebuild from the ground up.
Thought exercise -- if you could wave a magic wand and have Michigan specials teams be good overall, but awesome in one phase ... what would that one awesome phase be?
(It's a question designed to get at what might be considered the most critical component of special teams play within the overall special teams.)
I'm thinking defending when Michigan kicks off or punts. But I'm torn ... because nothing is as demoralizing for another team as taking a punt or kickoff back for a TD ... so maybe blocking on Michigan returns.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, okay. My question is||
Yeah, okay. My question is kinda serious. I've seen that in various football practice videos over the years and I can't see what value it provides. It must have some coaching / training purpose. Just something to acclimate WR and RB to running into and through resistance?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ah ... but the video also||
Ah ... but the video also showed Harbaugh coaching up Morris, but not Speight or Malzone. So if we operate on the inverse coaching formula, it's Speight/Malzone, then Morris! :-)
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Can someone tell me what that||
Can someone tell me what that contraption is at the 1:39 mark in the video? It's the plastic arm thingy that receivers and running backs run through. I'm not sure what the point of that thing is. Anyone know?
Edit: Section 12R embedded a picture of it above.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||+1 ... and if memory serves,||
+1 ... and if memory serves, he's wearing black socks and shorts.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Whose rule is it? The||
Whose rule is it? The NCAA's?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think it seems less foolish||
I think it seems less foolish when it's in the context of EMU getting to play some relatively equal competition in maybe their only chance to play in a tournament environment.
I understand that argument ... it's along the lines of what WD was suggesting about expanding NIT to include pretty much everyone not invited to the NCAA.
But more to the point ... if EMU (as an example) can't seem to ever do better than 10-20 for the season, then they're in a conference that's above their abilities. The division split idea you brought up comes into play.
What I can't align with -- and you're not saying this, but there's a thin implication of this bubbling around -- is the idea of every team, regardless of season outcome, playing in some tournament somewhere. That doesn't make any sense to me. The CBI as yet another tournament after NCAA and NIT seems to fall into that camp in my mind.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think you can't decline||
I think you can't decline NCAA bids anymore.
I can see the argument that nobody in their right mind would decine an NCAA bid.
Are you saying teams are bound by conference agreements to go if they receive a bid? That I can see ... and it's related to being in a right mind category.
I had never heard of the CBI prior to some of the discussions on this board. NIT, yeah ... but not the CBI. Frankly, I think the idea of a tournament beyond NCAA and NIT to be foolish. But there's always someone who thinks they can make such a thing fly. More often than not, they don't.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The CBI is -- what? -- third||
The CBI is -- what? -- third in order ... behind NCAA and NIT?
That's a long way from the spotlight.
Heck, the NIT is essentially a consolation tournament. Given the choice of NCAA or NIT, nobody chooses NIT. But if no NCAA, then teams settle for NIT.
CBI is a further step down. If the college senior is really good, then the CBI is an insult. If the college senior has no real chance of going to the pros, then going to the CBI is just a waste of time.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||... never had enough players||
... never had enough players for a spring game.
I don't understand that thinking. They had enough players to field 22. My guess is either (a) they didn't have enough to do exactly the things they wanted to do, or (b) they didn't see value in a game, and used that as an excuse to do other things.
As for (b) ... I guess an argument could be made that continued work on fundamentals is more important that a "game." I'm not sure I agree with that.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||To that I'd add Mason Cole||
To that I'd add Mason Cole ... just a hunch, but I think he keeps taking his game up and up.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Proudly so, sir ... proudly||
Proudly so, sir ... proudly so. :-)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That is astonishing. I have||
That is astonishing.
I have Pi memorized out to 50 places, but for me to recite it I have clear my mind and just go without thinking too much about it. It's just a number pattern in my head.
But to do this ... wow.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Clinic||
a) This is cool ... inside stuff is great.
b) With a screen name like "Boom Goes the D" along with you being at a coaching clinic like this, may I conclude you are a high school coach of some sort?
c) What does "trust their landmarks" mean in football terms?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Huge||
This is huge.
Everything so far has the look and feel of being all-in. It's as if this conversation took place:
Harbaugh: "If I become HC, I'm going to want to do this right."
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "No, really -- all in. Are you ready?"
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "Okay, let's do this."
And thus it is being done.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This was my thinking ... the||
This was my thinking ... the programs that compete at the highest level must really push the envelope about maximizing practice time.
I always liked Hoke, but I suspect he was a product of the 1990's and his experience with Ball State. Times have changed, but he did not.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||He'll also earn a||
He'll also earn a certification in sales and marketing from Michigan's Ross School of Business.
If he's looking to do direct sales, and if he has the knack for sales, then he should do well.
Depending on the industry he sells to, ex-football players have a natural opening talking point for building relationship. Back in the late 1980's I knew a guy who played for CMU. Big guy -- 6'4", 240 lbs -- and he was a natural around the guys in the auto industry where we were working. Guys like buying things from guys who played football at a high level.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's not quite as pretty as||
It's not quite as pretty as Forcier's was—that thing was a work of art—but it's close. I like it.
Oh for a brain to match the motion. *sigh* ... what might have been.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The feel of this is night and||
The feel of this is night and day from last spring.
I don't mean just how the players look in the film (though they do look good). I mean how the staff is approaching the management of the practices, the coaching and the team. It's all about clear expecations and accountability for results.
Having worked in corporate America for 31 years now, I can say that management systems that have unclear objectives and inconsistent accountability are a mess. Things get done, just not always very well.
I'm convinced football provides the perfect backdrop for analogies about life. Here's another example.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, but I'm not sure what||
Yeah, but I'm not sure what questions would be good. Wheatley seemed not to want to answer anything related to individual players or the backs as a group.
What kinds of questions do you think should be asked? (I'm not being a dick here ... I'm genuinely curious. Given Wheatley's reluctance to offer any substance, what do you ask him?)
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||I thought the series started||
I thought the series started off well. The opening scenes with a very lonely, very despondent Saul working as a manager of a Cinnabon set the mood ... the ultimate fall; the lowest of lows.
All drama is ultimately about fall and redemption ... or in Saul's case, fall (early life as "Slipppin' Jimmy"), redemption (success as lawyer), then fall again (getting mixed up with Walter White). The first few episodes have established the foundation for his redemption story.
Great stuff. And I assert again that the lighting of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is what sets the show apart visually. They do remarkable things using the contrast between light and shadows to set scenes. Breathtaking cinematography.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I recall wrestling in high||
I recall wrestling in high school gym class lo these many years ago. It was exhausting.
It makes me wonder what sport requires the most caloric expenditure per average minute of activity? Swimming must be high on the list, as must wrestling be as well. I'd heard boxing is really taxing as well, which is why boxers are in such incredible shape.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Because you're not only old||
Because you're not only old (55, like me) but a dirty old man to boot. +1 ... good for you!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||18 Antonio||
He's going to move to slot ninja Nose Tackle.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||This place sounds awesome. I||
This place sounds awesome. I love hole-in-the-wall bars with food.
Two pound burger? Holy smokes ... in my earlier days, maybe. Now? Ugh.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Could be ... I've been out of||
Could be ... I've been out of Michigan since 1994. I'm an old fart.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Miller's Bar in Dearborn has||
Miller's Bar in Dearborn has pretty darn good burgers.
The Arizona listing mentions "Monkey Burger" in Tucson, which I've never been to (yet). My wife, who loves burgers, tends to be a purist. I tend to agree ... basic toppings and make the meat speak for itself. For me: tomato, pickle, raw onion, mustard and ketchup. Cooked medium. Yummy.
|7 weeks 1 day 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!
|7 weeks 3 days 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.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Nice! This is the kind of||
Nice! This is the kind of football nuts-and-bolts I love to read. Thanks!
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 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?
|8 weeks 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. :-)
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 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!
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 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.
|8 weeks 4 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.)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Secretariat winning the||
Secretariat winning the Belmont in 1973. His winning by 31 lengths was absolutely stunning.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Spring practice can't arrive||
Spring practice can't arrive quickly enough.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||"Spaceballs" is the worst||
"Spaceballs" is the worst piece of crap movie of all time. Not. Funny. I walked out halfway through.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Pitbull and The||
Pitbull and The Carpenters.
That's about as extreme opposites as you can get. :-)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Overall, I'd agree. But some||
Overall, I'd agree. But some of their stuff is great.
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 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.
|9 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?
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||The use of slow-motion film||
The use of slow-motion film backed by dramatic music to capture football action was genius.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||+1000 ... you win the||
+1000 ... you win the internets for today. :-)
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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 ..."
|10 weeks 5 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".
|10 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Why stop at the top 100?||
Why stop at the top 100?
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|10 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.
|11 weeks 1 hour 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.
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||REALLY small samples Boldly||
REALLY small samples
Boldly go, Seth ... boldly go. :-)
|11 weeks 6 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.
|11 weeks 7 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?
|11 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.
|11 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!
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 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?
|11 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?
|11 weeks 2 days 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.
|11 weeks 2 days 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.
|11 weeks 3 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.
|11 weeks 3 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.
|11 weeks 3 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?
|11 weeks 3 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! :-)
|11 weeks 3 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.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Plus ... offseason? It's not||
Plus ... offseason? It's not offseason until Harbaugh says it's offseason.
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 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!
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Nice Pulp Fiction reference||
Nice Pulp Fiction reference there! Nice.
|11 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."
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 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.)
|11 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.
|11 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.
|11 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.
|12 weeks 3 hours 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.
|12 weeks 4 hours 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. :-(
|12 weeks 6 hours 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.
|12 weeks 8 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!)
|12 weeks 1 day 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."
|12 weeks 1 day 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.
|12 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.
|12 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.
|12 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.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||"Better than your mama ...||
"Better than your mama ... and your mama's not bad!" -- Sgt. Cowboy, Full Metal Jacket
|12 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.
|12 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.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 4 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?
|12 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.
|12 weeks 6 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.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||"Barry Alvarez can't jump!"||
"Barry Alvarez can't jump!"
|12 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
|12 weeks 6 days ago||We really need some||
We really need some recruiting news to chew on ...
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||My wife is right 100% of the||
My wife is right 100% of the time. :-)
|13 weeks 22 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.
|13 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! :-)
|13 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 ...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||That's an awesome||
That's an awesome GIF.
Nature is a cruel bitch.
|13 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.
|13 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.
|13 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.
|13 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.
|13 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.
|13 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.)
|13 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.
|13 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.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 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.
|13 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.
|14 weeks 36 min 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.