alternate headline: man does job
|5 hours 11 min ago||Well, I like it. So there.||
Well, I like it. So there. Harbaugh!
|7 hours 38 min ago||Data Visualization||
Is one of the best data-visualization charts I've ever seen. That's frickin' brilliant.
I do this kind of thing for a living (kinda-sorta), and I sit here humbled and just a little discouraged that this is something I would never have thought of.
Bravo ... that's brilliant.
|4 days 1 hour ago||What catches my eye is the||
What catches my eye is the way some teams under-achieve relative to recruit success (LSU, Notre Dame) and some over-achieve (Michigan State, Stanford, Oregon).
Alabama is a football factory. Success breeds success. They are pulling the classes they are because they are the most likely -- based on recent history -- to turn the talent into championships and NFL draft picks.
I am hopeful we are seeing the first fruits of success breeding success in this year's recruiting class. But man-oh-man, how important it is to keep the trend line going upward in 2016.
Nice write-up. No analysis methodology can perfectly correlate recruit rankings (an imperfect value to begin with) with football success (which is subject to so many variables). But as you say, a start ... and a basis for conversation.
|6 days 2 hours ago||The top teams with Superbowl||
The top teams with Superbowl appearances is fascinating.
I wonder how that would change if it was only last 30 years? 20 years? 10?
|1 week 4 hours ago||btw, where are you in||
btw, where are you in AZ?
Down in Tucson.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It doesn't have to drain the||
It doesn't have to drain the soul of the man.
I do a lot of things for my wife (of 24 years), and I find I enjoy doing things for her.
She's a good woman and if she needs something or wants something I try my very best to provide it for her. That does not drain my soul.
The foundational premise here is the two are compatible and have mutual regard for what is right and good for the other. If that is not present, then yeah ... just slogging through obligatory duties would be draining.
There's an aspect to Harbaugh's advice that really should be abided by -- do not sweat the small stuff ... or, stated another way, pick your battles. Resisting and arguing about little things is a recipe for unhappiness.
|1 week 10 hours ago||I was always a fan of "Harlan||
I was always a fan of "Harlan Huckleby" ... he was a kick-ass running back, and his name flowed beautifully. I can definitely hear Keith Jackson saying that name ... putting the emphasis on the first syllable of the first name and drawing it out ... "Haaaaar-lan Huckleby."
|1 week 11 hours ago||Like others have said, I thnk||
Like others have said, I thnk we'll see him inside initially, then he'll move to outside as the situation presents itself.
This has me thinking, though ... imagine you're an opposing OC looking at Michigan -- "Well, I can't just run straight at that DL. Screen passes? Nah ... Peppers blows that up. Over the top? Crap ... Lewis is out there." What a nightmare.
Also, picture Onwenu getting a chance to play NT in a goal line, with Mone, Glasgow, Hurst ... Mattison must be the happiest damn DL coach in the country.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Re: college vs. pros ...||
Re: college vs. pros ... there's also the element some seem to really enjoy and draw personal satisfaction from, which is the opportunity to teach, coach and shape the lives of young people.
I think it was Larry Brown (in the realm of basketball) who said the most satisfying job he's ever had was as a high school coach. He went from college coach to the pros, and now he's back in college.
I suspect that rings with Harbaugh as well. I suspect he truly, truly enjoys the opportunity to help young people get their feet down solid and their head on straight. That's pure Bo (who got it from Woody), and it rubbed off on Harbaugh.
So Harbaugh is in Nirvana ... top program doing what he loves to do.
|1 week 1 day ago||I love me a good, consistent,||
I love me a good, consistent, reliable, cardiac-avoiding kicker.
I am hoping Nordin is that guy.
While I'd love him to be that guy who hits an occasional 60+ yarder, I'd much rather have him be the guy that can nail it consistently from 40 to 50+.
If he's that guy ... then I'm on board 100% with a scholarship for him.
|1 week 1 day ago||Me! Me!||
I'll sheepishly raise my hand to this question. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||Pressure is being unprepared||
+ 1 to the sentiment expressed there.
It applies not just to football, but to pretty much every aspect of life.
It's a current pet peeve of mine that in my line of work I run across so many people who seem to take preparation for a sales call or meeting to be wasted time. They seem to think it is somehow better to "wing it." They are almost always proven wrong. Often the result is wasted time by everyone else in attendance at the poorly prepared meeting.
Lou Holtz is a good man, no doubt. I don't care for his Notre Dame homerism, but that's because I despise Notre Dame. If Lou Holtz was a homer for, say, Minnesota, I would merely smile at his homerism.
|1 week 5 days ago||We'll see how things pan out||
We'll see how things pan out going forward. I acknoweledge the points you're making, but I truly think we're entering a new phase. Teams without a historic base to stand on will find it harder and harder to get ahead. Those with a history (Texas) can regain some standing, but the longer they're down the harder it'll be to get back.
The playoff means it's even more important to be very good, which means more emphasis on getting top recruits. The craziness we've seen this cycle will intensify. In the B1G it'll be OSU and Michigan and the rest will struggle to keep up. Iowa got lucky this year and was embarrassed by Stanford. With a playoff system the cream rises, is rewarded, and the rest diminish in stature.
Which is why I'm happy we have Harbaugh now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Matter of opinion ...||
... and of course everyone has their own view of things.
There are two elements to this -- who has been successful historically, and who has the chance given their current circumstances to keep up. The second part of that is key because with the playoffs we are now in an all-out arms race to be in the "top 4" discussion.
(Incidentally, this is why I think the Harbaugh hiring was so critical -- the window is closing on programs to step to the next level or fall back and never recover.)
B1G: I have my doubts PSU will ever really recover. Wisconsin is faltering, as is Iowa. Nebraska can't keep up in the new arms race.
ACC: Florida State and maybe Clemson, but we'll see whether they have longevity. Miami is a tire fire. And nobody else matters.
Big 12: Mostly OU. OSU, Baylor, and TCU have been good recently. We'll see if they can keep up. Texas may never recover.
Pac 12: Stanford, USC, and we'll see if Oregon regains its legs. Washington is a work in progress. WSU and Oregon State are perennial has-beens. I doubt Arizona will ever be in the discussion. ASU has Todd Graham, and he's an idiot.
SEC: Alabama, LSU if they can learn how to recruit and coach a QB, and a healthy Florida (maybe). Georgia is a "we'll see." Ole Miss and MSU are outsiders always looking in. Arkansas is limited by Bielema. A&M and Missouri are fading. UK and Vandy are jokes.
Bottom line - I think we're entering a new age of college football where those with muscle are going to flex, and those without muscle are going to get squeezed out. There are teams who have historically had some national success, but I suspect their days are over. We align around a set of powerful teams that are in the discussion (20, and okay ... 30, but that's tops) and all the others fade from the discussion.
|1 week 5 days ago||"I'm so old school that I||
"I'm so old school that I read it in newsprint"
I laughed out loud at that.
I remember actual newspapers. Hell, I remember going to the comic page and reading Dick Tracy, Nancy and original Peanuts.
Shit. I'm old. ;-)
|1 week 5 days ago||Agree right back at you. When||
Agree right back at you.
When I think of a college playoff system, I think about how many teams at the start of a season are really in the discussion for such a playoff.
You cite 50-something teams that might be part of that discussion, but I'm thinking the number is closer to 25 to 30. If that. And I think as the years go on and the separation of the haves from the have-nots continues, the number shrings to 20 or less.
If we stick to just the P5 conferences, 20 teams is (on average) 4 from each conference. For the B1G it's OSU, Michigan, MSU and ... well, now we start reaching.
We could go through the other conferences, but the point is ... there just aren't that many teams that have a historic or recent claim to being seriously part of the playoff discussion.
Which is why I'm not a fan of the playoff, because I see it further eroding what once was a great game with regional rivalries. But that's a soapbox for another time.
|1 week 5 days ago||He (Greenstein) likely||
He (Greenstein) likely experienced a little blowback from his earlier article, and I don't mean just from Michigan fans. The blowback probably took the form of, "C'mon man, get real ... this is what the top programs do." So he's backpeddling a bit to regain a bit of credbility.
I'm of the thinking that the college playoff has racheted up the intensity of things quite a bit. The top programs have gone to their higher gears, and the lesser programs are left wondering what the hell is going on. I suspect it's unsustainable for the lower programs ... they will eventually give up trying to pretend they can compete at the highest level. They'll field teams, but it'll be like Purdue or Iowa State ... they're happy with 7-5* and don't expect much more.
* Purdue would be elated with a 7-5 season.
|1 week 6 days ago||I really like||
I really like Magnus/Thunder's site. And I echo the sentiment to rate the PWO recruits. Even if it's cursory reviews, it'll be interesting.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree ... this one will go to||
Agree ... this one will go to the Panthers, and while it won't be a blow-out it won't be in doubt.
Cam Newton's head finally caught up with his body. He's going to dominate this game.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Reporting from Tucson...||
Arizona girls are nice, but ASU is crawling with them
ASU is well known for it. Second only to Ole Miss ... which beats all, hands down.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This creates more problems||
This creates more problems than it fixes.
It also assumes Harbaugh wants Swenson ... and Swenson wants Michigan.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan isn't in this||
Michigan isn't in this situation because it's evil or untrustworthy, but rather because it's been disorganized and sloppy.
I did not think we'd ever see "sloppy" in a sentence related to Michigan and Harbaugh.
There's a part of me that would like to think this is just Harbaugh getting his system up and working as he wants, and these are regrettable hiccups along the way. But as I was reminded on another site, Harbaugh had 4 years at Stanford and knows how these things work.
I am somewhat perplexed by it all.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||This was a very enjoyable||
This was a very enjoyable podcast to listen to ... lots of good points made back and forth on this issue. I'm way out of WTKA's broadcast range, so this after-the-fact podcast post is really nice.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Okay, I'll confess my||
Okay, I'll confess my ignorance ... who is that?
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Things just don't get handed||
Things just don't get handed to you.
This is why I think this settles out as a net positive once the dust settles.
The message Harbaugh seems to be sending is the expectations for competitive improvement are ever-present ... and just because a recruit commits does not mean they can relax.
That will drive some recruits away from Michigan. But that will also draw the hyper-competitive recruits to Michigan. And by all accounts, it's the latter type that Harbaugh wants. In time, the hyper-competitive and naturally talented will come. And that will be awesome.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||That's a very well-written||
That's a very well-written article by Spath. Highly recommended reading.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||That's the first thing I||
That's the first thing I noticed too. ;-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think it was Brandon||
I think it was Brandon Graham.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Or Mike Lantry. (That's||
Or Mike Lantry.
(That's something old guys like me will forever remember.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||What?! You've changed your||
What?! You've changed your avitar!
There's too much change. I need a hug. :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you, sir! :-) So, a||
Thank you, sir! :-)
So, a quick story ... I work in IT technical sales, and a few years back I was working with a large railroad company. The image of railroads is one of gritty switching yards and miles of lonely track, which is all true enough.
But the guy I was talking to from the railroad company told me they have a lot of PhD's per square foot at their headquarters trying to come up with railcar routing algorithms to maximize revenue per ton-mile based on a long string of factors.
The math boggles my mind.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think you should come up||
I think you should come up with a five-variable linear programming model for this. :-)
There's no way to project the effect of all this, and there's likely no way to measure the effect after the fact. But it makes good fodder for a sports blog discussion.
(And by my typing out "linear programming" I just transported my memory back to 1979 and I shuddered.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with being addicted to recruiting news, or news about kickers ... or kickers for that matter. :-)
For what it's worth, I would love to have a kicker that's a lock to put up 3 anywhere inside 60.
Whether Nordin is that guy, I don't know. But if I could wave a magic wand and create such a guy, then hell yes I want him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not mocking "optics" ...||
I'm not mocking "optics" ... it is a very real and ever present aspect of things.
I had an uneasy feeling about the Swenson de-commit, but the more time I've had to process the less I am bothered by it.
Is there a certain ruthlessness to it? Yeah, I think so. But I think that's the message Harbaugh is trying to send about the culture at Michigan. It's quite a departure from the Hoke era.
I could be all wrong ... it could be this blows up in Michigan's face. And if Swenson goes out and becomes All-American and Spanellis languishes on the bench ... well, you can bet it'll be brought up every time there's a question about things.
Mostly I'm just typing out my opinion at 8:40pm here in Tucson. I'm in no position to judge the OL technique of Swenson or Spanellis.
But I do like Drevno. I think he is to OL what Harbaugh is to QB.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm of two minds on whether||
I'm of two minds on whether the Swenson thing is good optics or bad. And I'm leaning to this being more and more a "good" optics when the dust settles.
I think the narrative that's emerging (and will likely stick) is that Swenson did not improve over his Jr. and Sr. year. That runs counter to Harbaugh's "always be improving" motto.
So the message is loud and clear -- Harbaugh is not f*cking around. I think in the end that serves to draw the players who have a deeper competitive fire.
I don't think we'll see this as a common pattern. I don't think we'll see Harbaugh grabbing a bunch of early commits to hedge bets, then jettison them later. I think what we're seeing now is part of the transition from Hoke to Harbaugh.
Going forward the message is -- "Commit early if you want, but understand the competitive pressure is never off you. Do not think your commitment means you can take your foot off the gas."
Harbaugh is building a freakin' bonfire of competitiveness here. The next several years are going to be intense ... and epic.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ace: "Turns out it's||
Ace: "Turns out it's difficult to ignore 15 minutes of stellar senior film."
Print that on a T-shirt. The new MGo-axiom.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Y'all are going to have tired||
Y'all are going to have tired fingers from typing up "Hello" posts. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What they lose on every||
What they lose on every gallon sold they can make up in volume.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Morris||
Shane Morris has not seen the playing time he no doubt hoped for, but in every other way he has carried himself with a lot of grace and class. I admire the young man.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||My boy has more fun pulling||
My boy has more fun pulling wipes out of the box and playing with half empty water bottles.
I smiled at the word picture you painted here. That's wonderful.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The flip side of that is||
The flip side of that is two-a-days in August ... deep south vs. midwest.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Jackhammers never stop.||
Jackhammers never stop.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Miss America||
I have a buddy from SEC territory. The joke down there about the surplus of lovely coeds at Ole Miss is: "Ole Miss redshirts Miss Americas."
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||In the Trenches||
I love the "In the Trenches" videos.
Doug Skene is excellent at explaining what's going on ... what went right and what went wrong.
My only complaint is they're too short. I want a breakdown of the whole game! :-)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hurdles||
I'm no expert in this, but I know a few things ... if the guy is doing it right the motion over a hurdle should be fluid and not that much more jarring that sprinting.
(Any motion not fluid is wasted motion to a hurdler. Ever see the really good ones? It's freakin' poetry the way they stretch / step / step / step / stretch ... rinse, lather, repeat.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder how Harbaugh would||
I wonder how Harbaugh would do in this coach's corner thing?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This coach's corner thing is||
This coach's corner thing is pretty cool.
McElwain is talking a lot.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Back in 1984 I purchased this||
Back in 1984 I purchased this new-fangled device called a "CD player."
The very first CD I purchased was David Bowie.
Suffragette City is one of the best balls-to-the-wall rock songs ever.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That's a fair and honest||
That's a fair and honest answer. I can understand that without necessarily agreeing with it.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know Sweeney at all||
I don't know Sweeney at all ... all I know of him is what I see on TV.
I'm not sure why people say he gets on their nerves, or he's douchey. Sincere question -- what about him triggers that?
He's enthusiastic, and that can come across as "too much" to some.
He wears his faith on his sleeve. Maybe there's the source?
He seems to be viewed as a generous and considerate person ... in that sense he's a lot like Mark Richt of (formerly) Georgia.
Sweeney strikes me as goofy, but in a somewhat likeable way. But I don't have to be around him much.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Drevno||
Drevno's career body of work is evidence that he is a master teacher of the offensive line
Drevno is my favorite coach under Harbaugh. Ever since I saw his introductory video I was hooked. The famous Harbaugh/Drevno fist-bump gif sealed it.
Huge man-crush on my part. I want Drevno to stay around a long, long time.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Agree. When they went for||
Agree. When they went for one, I yelled out loud -- "That doesn't make any sense!" An ASU fan in front of me turned his head and nodded.
As I wrote elsewhere -- fun game to watch; but terrible football. Really sloppy game. Took forever, too ... over 4 hours wall clock time.
Oddest thing as well -- in the 4th quarter they did not stop the clock to reset the chains on first down.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||+1 ... I can totally see||
+1 ... I can totally see that.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This is an interesting||
This is an interesting question.
What strikes me is that if the defense is really good, then they'll force a three-and-out and the other team's offense won't be on the field very long either. What's TOP in that case? I would think it would wash out to basically even with a really lop-sided score, like 76-0 or something like that.
But to your point ... if the offense scores really quickly, then the defense doesn't get much chance to rest. So the question would be whether a really good defense degrades over time in that scenario. Maybe some metric that tracks plays-per-possession for the opposing offense to show if they start well (lots of three-and-outs), but tire and start giving up the plays, yards, and scores?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||For what it's worth ...||
For what it's worth ... reporting from the ground here in Tucson.
The rumblings of discontent started after the Stanford loss. They started 3-0, then lost to UCLA 56-30, then to Stanford 55-17. That's when the local sports talk shows started to openly question what was going on. The back-to-back-to-back losses Washington State , Washington, and USC (45-42, 49-3, 38-30) really lit the fire. Sports radio had hostile commentary for the first time since Rodriguez came here.
UA finished 7-6 with a win over New Mexico in a bowl game nobody here in Tucson cared about.
Is Rodriguez better than Stoops? Clearly. Is he immune to local criticism for not fielding a decent team? No.
But, that said ... I was at the Cactus Bowl for ASU vs. WVU ... you should have heard the angry boos by ASU fans over Todd Graham's poor clock management to end that game. Ouch. So fan discontent is a thing here in the Copper State.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Here's Arizona's "scoring||
Here's Arizona's "scoring defense" standing nationally year-by-year:
Reading some of the local Arizona sites, the meme of the "defense regressing since Casteel joined" is common. The numbers -- scoring defense, at any rate -- support that. But the underlying cause -- Casteel or something else -- is not necessarily obvious.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||he's proven he's got good||
he's proven he's got good hands
This is the cherry on top of everything else. Put the ball to him and he'll catch it, then he'll likely get good YAC because of his size, strength and running ability.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Cleats||
He's not wearing cleats in that picture! :-)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Cactus Bowl||
I was at the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix. It was played in Chase Stadium, which is where the Diamonbacks play baseball. The roof was closed for the game, but open for pre-game when four paragliders dropped through the hole in the roof to bring the game ball and official coin.
It was a fun game to watch; it was not a good game of football. Extremely soft pass coverage the whole game ... the stats show it: 532 yards passing for WVU, 418 for ASU.
Todd Graham's end-of-game clock management had the ASU fans around me spitting fire with anger.
Decent crowd, but to be expected for what was, essentially, a home game for ASU.
I was rooting for WVU (wife has ties to West Virginia). I was sporting Blue and Gold in a sea of Maroon.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Proximity to home. Mama||
Proximity to home. Mama wanted it. The only reasons I can see.
What I don't get -- and I'm deeply biased -- is why any OL recruit would turn down the chance to play for Drevno, who coaches under Harbaugh. The entire offensive philsophy hinges on the OL play. Plus ... Drevno, who I have a huge man-crush on.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a little "footballed-out"||
I'm a little "footballed-out" after the past two days ... but football is football!
I'll be at the WVU vs. ASU game tonight. Driving up from Tucson to Phoenix. My wife has ties to WV, so this is a fun little detour from the everyday stuff. Go Mountaineers!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Stanford's band is a||
Stanford's band is a less-formal "scramble" band. It is like Virginia's before they went formal.
My wife went to UVa and was in the scramble band. She says they took pride in their anti-formality attitude. They played well enough, but the idea of precise uniforms and precise formations was something against the grain of their philosophy. All that ended when Virginia received funding to form a "proper" marching band.
Stanford's band is like what my wife described -- rebellious, and proud of it. And the TV announcers commented how the Stanford band "lives for" being booed like that.
If I were the Iowa fans I'd worry more about the state of their football team than I would about what the other team's band is doing.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||I like this prediction ... it||
I like this prediction ... it seems right after what I saw today.
Clemson has game. They'll put points on Alabama.
But in the end I think Alabama wins.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||2011 ND||
That ND game was over by the end of the 1st quarter. Seriously ... by the end of the first quarter of that ND game it was so painfully obvious Alabama was toying with a very overmatched ND team.
Tonight's game was plausibly close until the 3rd. Alabama wore MSU down. But it took more than a quarter to show it.
Maybe the 2011 Alabama team was that much better. But if I compare the two games, MSU put in a better showing at first, but fell apart in the 2nd half.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||My uncle -- a big IU fan --||
My uncle -- a big IU fan -- hates Coach K. With a burning passion. Says he's the biggest hypocrite in all college basketball. He plays the choirboy role, helped by a fawning media, but in reality is a nasty, foul-mouthed man.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The Miami-Washington St. game||
The Miami-Washington St. game ("Sun Bowl") has some interesting twists to it -- Miami with Richt incoming but not yet there; WSU with Leach, who seems to be getting his legs under him there.
Indiana-Duke should be a nice matchup. Lots of points, probably.
UCLA-Nebraska ... I would really like Nebraska to beat UCLA at what is, essentially, a homegame for UCLA.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Harbaugh!!||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Boise State's smackdown of||
Boise State's smackdown of NIU was as lopsided a game statistically as I've seen:
35 - 7 in first downs
654 - 33 in total yards (277 to -5 rushing)
43 minutes to 17 in time of possession.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Some of the best sports||
Some of the best sports photography I've seen. You capture the essence and drama of a Michigan football game. It's been 20+ years since I've been to a game, but these pictures instantly bring my memories to the foreground. Well done. A hearty 'well done.'
|7 weeks 2 days ago||So is the spread really the||
So is the spread really the best way to organize an offense?
What I've read (here and elsewhere) is that the spread is the best way to win football games where the availability of talent is limited. The spread is a good way to maximize output given limited means.
I'm no X's and O's guy ... but this strikes me as reasonable. With a decent QB that can read the defense and run when needed, a team can get by without elite players at every position ... unless the opposing team has an elite defense. Then watch out, it'll be a long day.
Where the talent level is rarified (the NFL), those advantages diminish. Defenses are better at disguising looks; and defensive units are simply better and faster as a whole.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||There is nothing wrong with||
There is nothing wrong with the one you most often post. Nothing. At. All.
But ... you rat bastard. Now you've burned another vision of Jessica into my brain. :-)
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You want to kill your||
You want to kill your productivity? Go here:
That's an HTML5 drum machine that's way too much fun to play with.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Alison Brie is a||
Alison Brie is a goddess.
That is not a complaint.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Brown||
I like his first name. :-)
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||I liked Tate. Total||
I liked Tate. Total headcase, it turned out, but I liked his moxy early on.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Harbaugh paid particular||
Harbaugh paid particular attention to how Peters gripped the pen. :-)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I love how that has "Coached||
I love how that has "Coached by Tim Watson" on it ... Another example of Harbaugh giving credit where due. I suspect Harbaugh is going to prove to be really good at building and maintaining the HS coach relationships. It'll pay dividends.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"The Team, the Team, the||
"The Team, the Team, the Team."
It's a big operation with a lot of moving parts. I love Harbaugh's acknowledgement of the whole staff.
I'd walk through brick walls for Harbaugh if I worked for him.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I really don't know. 15||
I really don't know. 15 years ago I used to listen to Imus during drive-time to work in the D.C. area, but I drifted away and haven't kept track since. I think he's still on the air somewhere. But where, and what he's doing ... I don't honestly know.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Born in 1954 and is now 61.||
Born in 1954 and is now 61. Don Imus is 75.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Cactus Bowl||
I am going to the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix on January 2nd ... 6-6 ASU hosting 7-5 WVU.
Why? Because my lovely wife is from the state of West Virginia. So, "Go Mountaineers!
We will be among the few hundred WVU fans in attendance. :-)
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That's a great set of||
That's a great set of snippets on various people's perspective on game-day.
I really miss going to games. Maybe it's my upbringing in Michigan, but there's something special about a chilly autumn day, being bundled up against the cold, and going to a football game. I've been to a few games here in Tucson and it's just not the same.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||This is spot on.I know some||
This is spot on.
I know some around here like to dismiss corporate experience as too ... corporate ... too Brandon-esque. But the reality is corporate executive experience is exactly what an athletic director position is all about. That's why Hackett did such a good job ... he had the prior experience maintaining orderly control over a great many moving parts.
As Donny Osmond once sang, "One bad apple (Brandon) don't spoil the whole bunch, girl."
I hated Donny Osmond. I had to compete with him for the attention of the girl behind me in 7th grade history class.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Pretty much spot on. Primary||
Pretty much spot on. Primary objective -- keep OSU out. Secondary objective -- keep Big Ten in, preferably with Iowa the rep.
I'll add -- USC over Stanford means the Pac-12 has nobody even in the playoff conversation. I heard too much "The Pac-12 is the best conference" crap earlier this season.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||There was a time when the||
There was a time when the Miami / Florida State game was *the* game to watch. They had some great players. Games were fast and athletic. Great football.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||It depends on how it's||
It depends on how it's handled. If it's preachy / judgmental (which is not Richt's style), then it will not end well. But if Richt provides mature guidance and support (which I understand is more Richt's style), it could be a plus.
Keep in mind that a lot of athletes have strong spiritual ties. Denard Robinson's taking of a knee after each TD was an example of that. There are many others.
Harbaugh has a spiritual side to him as well. Different from Richt, but there.
Done properly, it can work ... and work well.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||I prefer cold weather. I||
I prefer cold weather. I think there's nothing better than a cold, crisp day.
Which is why living in Tucson is hell for me. But my wife is happy here, so there's that.
What I did not like about Michigan winters was that stretch in the late-January through early-March where there's 4 inches of dirty slush everywhere, and it's gray and damp.
Cold and dry is great ... cold and slushy/damp is not so great.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||On my list of things to try||
On my list of things to try ... 10 years in, I still haven't. ;-)
|10 weeks 1 day ago||And the stretch of I-10||
And the stretch of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson is definitely the moon.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Because building a football||
Because building a football power in southern Arizona is nearly impossible.
(a) There's very little in-state talent. Recruiting out of state is a must.
(b) There's very little support for football ... seats go empty, very little buzz about the team.
(c) It's hotter than hell here well into late October.
(d) Tucson is not a very exciting place to live.
If he goes 6-6 (or worse) next year, his stock drops through the floor. If he's going to go, now is the time.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget, Georgia is also||
Don't forget, Georgia is also SEC East. So there's some real competition shaping up there.
But I don't agree SC is an inevitable bottom-dweller. UK and Vandy, yes; SC no.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Does not surprise me at all.||
Does not surprise me at all. The 6-6 season left most here in Tucson returning to their normal state about football ... that is, disinterested.
I think South Carolina would be a good place for him. He has roots back east. And he can get the athletes he needs for his system. I think if he gets the offer, he goes.
I was born and raised in Michigan, and I spent a decade on the east coast before moving to Tucson 10 years ago. This place still feels like the moon to me. Yes, it's that different.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Coaching Changes||
This stuff happens all the time. It's part of the business.
True. Can you imagine what it must be like for fans and administrators at coaching incubators such as Bowling Green, WMU, NIU, etc.? Just about the time you think you have something ... *poof* ... they're off.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||4,812 undergraduate 2,779||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||According to Wikipedia, it||
According to Wikipedia, it has about 7,600 students. The campus is 340 acres in size.
They are not very good at football ... 3-9, and second-to-last in the ACC Atlantic.
Still, Tim Duncan ... so #basketball! :-)
|10 weeks 3 days ago||NC State||
Mention of NC State always brings back memories of my first post-college job in Raleigh. That was back in 1984 to 1989.
Four ACC schools are in NC -- UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest.
UNC's campus reminded me a bit of Ann Arbor; Duke is set apart from Durham a bit and is like a campus island unto itself. NC State is nestled up to Raleigh and was a bit shabby relative to UNC and Duke. I never traveled to Winston Salem to see Wake Forest's campus. Pretty country out there, but never saw the campus.
The buzz back then was the movie Bull Durham, which featured the Durham Bulls baseball team. There really is such a thing, and back then they played in the glorious dump of a ballpark shown in the movie. The scene where Crash danced with Annie was filmed in "Mitch's Tavern," a second-story bar across the Hillsborough Street from NC State's campus. Its entry-way was a rather non-descript door between two street-level stores, and a long, creaky stairway that led up to what you see in the movie. Beer only, and 50% of their revenue had to be from food service, so they had decent burgers and fries and cheap beer to keep the ratio on the lawful side.
When I was there NC State had Jimmy Valvano, UNC had Dean Smith, and Duke had Mike Krzyzewski. They were gods among mortals on the local scene. I could not name who was coaching football for any of those schools. It did not matter; basketball reigned, and football was an after-thought.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Last year we lost to Notre||
Last year we lost to Notre Dame 31 - 0. One of the darkest days in my 40+ years following Michigan. Far worse than this recent loss to OSU. Why? Because there was little reason to hope for much beyond beating cupcakes.
2015 brings Harbaugh, steady improvement in many facets of the team, and a sense of hope in the future.
The Ohio State team that showed up last Saturday would have beaten anybody ... Oklahoma, Clemson, Alabama, and certainly Michigan State. They were fired up and seeking blood. We had the misfortune of being next on the schedule.
Lots of roster gaps to fill. But Harbaugh will grind at it until we are back competitive with anyone in the Big Ten.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Fisch?||
Listening to this ... comment about Harbaugh being so good at coaching a passing offense. Which makes me wonder ... what exactly is the role of Jedd Fisch again?
I have nothing against Fisch, just curious what he does vs. Harbaugh.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh!||
Seriously. I'd rather him at the helm than anyone else.
It's now about talent acquisition and development. From that, good things follow.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||First, let me be clear: it's||
First, let me be clear: it's not me calling for a coaching change. I simply mean that if Harbaugh determines a coaching changes is needed, then a coaching change will be made. This is different from Hoke, who held tenaciously to "loyalty."
Agree -- some coaching changes will be due to coaches leaving for their own reasons: promotions to HC, or Jedd Fisch moving on to something in the NFL perhaps. Fisch's role as "passing game coordinator" seemed like a stop-gap thing.
As others have cited, perhaps a new dedicated LB coach to fill the spot of a departed Fisch.
Also, I would not be surprised if Mattison retires after this year. I am not advocating that, but it would not surprise me given his role in 2015 was to provide continuity. Would love for him to stay, but his retiring would not be a shock.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You point about OSU finally||
Your point about OSU finally caring ... agree: OSU was the proverbial bear that was poked (by the loss to MSU) and woke up ... angry, hungry, and looking for something to hurt.
The OSU team that showed up on Saturday would have killed Michigan State, and likely would have beat any team in the country.
The consolation I draw from that game is the demeanor of Harbaugh in the post-game press conference. It was that of a coach very ... unhappy ... with the result. Our bear has been poked. Let's see what happens next.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I repeat -- I am so happy we||
I repeat -- I am so happy we secured Harbaugh when we did.
There are not enough quality coaches -- established or up-and-coming -- to fill all the vacancies. There will be more than a few disappointed fan based next year.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh was not happy,||
Harbaugh was not happy, that's for sure.
And for all those who think lack of focus by any of the coaches is something that will get a pass ... I would wager the coaches got the worst of it from Harbaugh after that loss.
Going forward ... player attrition, a big signing class and some more transfers, and likely some coaching changes as well.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The effects of the playoff||
The effects of the playoff system and the inevitable shaking-out and ultimate separation of the super-conference from the others. Nothing earth-shattering this year or next, but that's the direction.
If you're an AD you do not want to be on the outside looking in when the super-conference is formed. And it won't take a formal announcement; it will first be determined via consensus. Hence all the desperate coaching moves.
This is why I'm happy we have Harbaugh when we do.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Keeping a current list of||
Keeping a current list of coaching openings is a full time job this year! :-)
|10 weeks 5 days ago||This is a profoundly sensible||
This is a profoundly sensible post. Well done.
Survey the college football landscape and ask yourself who you'd rather have as head coach than Jim Harbaugh. And if you're answer is anything other than "Jim Harbaugh," ask yourself, "Really?"
Harbaugh is a transformative coach, and that's a rare thing. Harbaugh took some pretty bold steps (see post above) to carve out the 9-3 we achieved. He's not done, I'm sure. We're likely to see quite a few transfers after this season, and probably some coaching adjustments.
Anyone who thinks Harbaugh is okay with Saturday's loss need only watch the post-game press conference. It was a picture of a man very unhappy with the result, and determined to do something about it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Also, is Southern Cal||
Also, is Southern Cal permanently filled? Or still interim?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||This. Did you watch the||
Did you watch the post-game press conference? Harbaugh was pissed.
Nobody escapes the wrath ... not the players, not the coaches, not Harbaugh himself.
Changes will be made. A loss like this does not simply get shrugged away.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Durkin: “I was not. I was not||
Durkin: “I was not. I was not an Ohio State fan growing up.”
I wonder who his team was? Youngstown is near the PA border ... I wonder if maybe he was a Pitt or Penn State fan?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Terrific write-up. Very||
Terrific write-up. Very nicely done.
And there's not one damn thing wrong with that extra photo. It's like the pinch of salt that's needed in cake frosting ... you just accept that it's a necessary piece and go with it. ;-)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Add to that -- his||
Add to that -- his receiving. He's got 8 receptions for 77 yards. He seems to have great hands for catching the ball. And heaven help the DB who has to deal with him once he gets the ball.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Great article. Peppers is a||
Great article. Peppers is a very impressive young man.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm fascinated by these||
I'm fascinated by these one-on-ones ... they offer a great insight into the game from a player's perspective.
I'm curious: do you (Adam) have to work through the athletic department to get access? Or is this something you arrange directly with the players?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Over on Eleven Warriors they||
Over on Eleven Warriors they have a post about this.
From that article: "It's on now, folks."
Harbaugh is in their heads. :-)
This is awesome. Pure Harbaugh.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Here's your money quote:||
Here's your money quote: "Michigan will win this game."
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Houma!||
From before Houma came to Ann Arbor I've been a fan of his. Don't know why. Just was. And I'm so happy to see him getting playing time and exposure ... and touchdowns!!
Flow, baby ... flow.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Much would be made by the||
Much would be made by the press about such a matchup, but I'd be willing to bet from Rudock's perspective it would just another game to execute and win. That seems to be the Harbaugh mantra -- fight the foe in front of you and do what we taught you to do.
Still ... Michigan in the B1G championship would be epically bittersweet to MSU and OSU.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Over on Maize n Brew (link)||
Over on Maize n Brew (link) they draw out the Frantz angle as well.
Frantz: "He [Bo] was screaming, ‘Frantz, you little s—-, you’re going to miss this kick!’ He was going nuts, and his coaches were trying to hold him back.
I find that hilarious ... and I can easily see how Harbaugh was influenced by this kind of coaching ... enthusiasm. :-)
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I like the stickers. I wish||
I like the stickers. I wish they were a touch smaller, but I like them.
I'm old-school ... I recall the stickers from back in the days of Bo.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Agree. Almost impossible to||
Agree. Almost impossible to listen to him call a game and not be irritated. He interrupts Dierdorf too often, and he's not good at quickly summarizing the results of a play. Too much talking about other things, and not enough telling me the yards and down.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||and you ate all the||
and you ate all the Kit-Kats
But of course. :-)
For giggles I made a peanut butter sandwich and put a Kit-Kat bar in it. One slice of bread folded over, PB+Kit Kat. Surprisingly good.
Crossing fingers the disciplined Michigan shows up.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I love that stuff. I'm not||
I love that stuff. I'm not much of a cereal guy, but I've had bowls of that for lunch.
And now I'm thinking about a product from the 70's called "Snackin' Cake" --
That had a jingle that's now in my head:
"Bananas and walnuts, or raisins and spice,
Taste the good things that bake ... in a Betty Crocker Snackin' Cake."
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Can't really say with much||
Can't really say with much certainty ... there's the Fox and Hound on La Cholla north of Ina, which has about a thousand screens. But otherwise, I'm not sure ... I don't drink (it became clear my moderation switch wasn't working right), so I don't go to bars.
If there's a UM-oriented bar in town, I'm not familiar with it. Sorry ... wish I could be more help.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Fun Cereal||
My wife sent me to the store to buy "fun cereal."
I asked, "What the hell is 'fun cereal'?"
She replied, "Cocoa Krispies, or Fruit Loops ... it's like having dessert after the bowl of mini wheats."
How do I argue with that logic? Answer: I don't. I picked up a box of Cocoa Krispies.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I can only try to imagine||
I can only try to imagine what it must be like at game speed trying to follow the coaching and doing what's needed based on the play and what's happening.
As these backs move further up the competitive ladder, the speed at which things happen must be staggering.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh -- "I love football,||
Harbaugh -- "I love football, I love the University of Michigan, and I love coaching"
That says it all. Love it.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||If you're in the Phoenix||
If you're in the Phoenix area, Eloy is about 30 or so miles down 1-10 towards Tucson.
A session costs about $120 and lasts about an hour. The time any one person gets in the wind chamber is maybe 5 minutes. When I did this they had a group of maybe 10 people they worked through chamber. All ages, all body styles. It's expensive, but as bucket-list thing maybe worth it.
The fans are actually up in the top of the structure, so the wind is pulled up rather than pushed up. When you're in the chamber and look down all you see is chain link fencing and a concrete pad 20 feet below. Not a massive fan rotating beneath you. :-)
It's loud inside the chamber.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Skydiving||
That video showing the approach to the stadium was awesome!
Here in Arizona, in a town called Eloy, there's an "indoor skydiving" facility that simulates the freefall portion of a dive. It's essentially a giant fan that blows air up:
Skydiving teams rent time to practice their routines. But they also have times where amateurs like me can try their hand at it.
It's remarkably challenging. For first-timers the objective is just to position the body to remain static -- going neither up nor down, nor side to side. Too little drag and you drop to the chain-link floor of the chamber. Too much drag and you shoot up. Move one arm slightly and the body tumbles over to the walls. Most of the amateurs more or less get it, with the instructor close by to grab people if they twitch and start to tumble.
As part of the training, the instructors will then grab hold of the newbies and the two will twirl around, and go up and down in the chamber. The instructor is controlling it all with the most subtle movements of their legs. Amazing stuff.
So when you see skydivers in freefall doing all those crazy things, tip your hat to their skill. It is way harder than it looks.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Well, there was the whole Red||
Well, there was the whole Red Grange thing. But that was a few years ago. :-)
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Did I say that? I simply||
Did I say that? I simply said the natives are restless.
The most likely scenario is no action -- they finish out the year with whatever record they get and shoot for a better season next year.
The next most likely is RR jumps at a coaching opportunity somewhere else, such as Miami.
The least likely, at this point, is RR being fired.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The natives are getting||
The natives are getting restless here in Tucson. It's one thing to lose; it's another to lose so badly. The next three games (at USC, vs. Utah, then at ASU) may prove pivotal for the coaching role here at Arizona.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||>> Would a child of a bama||
>> Would a child of a bama fan really be wearing war eagle gear?
I know some people from down south who have families split like that.
Their allegiance hierarchy -- family first, then the state of Alabama, then their respective schools, then the SEC, then "the south."
Tensions do run high during the Iron Bowl, however. :-)
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Man, nearly in tears: "I||
Man, nearly in tears: "I can't name a single player on their team!"
LOL ... that's terrific!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Tucson Fans||
If the people in Tucson are truly serious about forcing him out, they're delusional.
Not to that point yet.
Sports radio talk on Monday after the loss to Washington State had turned to criticizing the fan base for not being more energetic in its support. U of A football fans are not that fervent.
The next four weeks will be interesting ... at Washington, at USC, home against Utah, then at Arizona State. They're looking at 5-7 (worse case), 6-6 / 7-5. That won't trigger any action, but it'll definitely make 2016 be a year of some scrutiny.
By the way, in general UofA fans don't think of themselves as USC or UCLA. I think they'd be mostly satisfied with 9-win seasons, a win over ASU, and the occasional division or Pac-12 championship. 2014 changed that, at least a bit ... the 10-2 regular season put the taste of national prominence in the minds of some. 2015 is proving to be a disappointment. So a reset back to lesser expectations is needed.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Related ...||
Look at this photo from the Monday press conference:
Do you know what I see? I see a man happy in his surroundings, and enjoying what he's doing.
The NYT and anyone else can wish Harbaugh away, but Harbaugh is doing exactly what he wants to do right now, which is coach Michigan.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Here in Tucson people ask me||
Here in Tucson people ask me if I'm an Arizona Cardinals fan.
I lower my head and admit to growing up in Detroit. I then say, "It's hard to be a Lions fan."
To a person -- and I mean, every single person -- agrees with me and sympathizes.
As mentioned above ... until ownership changes, nothing changes.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Unless, as Brian's post||
Unless, as Brian's post alludes, there's a roll of the dice by Rodriguez.
He may sense the upper limits of the Arizona program. Recruiting to Tucson is not easy (smallish town, desert surroundings quite foreign to those not accustomed to it). Arizona itself relatively light in football talent, with ASU getting some of what is there. A resurgent USC and UCLA, along with Stanford, will suck the talent out of southern California.
I've lived in Tucson for 10 years now. I saw what the local attitude was towards Mike Stoops. I saw the flush of excitement about the Rodriguez hire. I saw the hope and excitement build during the 2014 season. And I'm here to report there are cracks in the veneer this year. Small things, but definitely there ... local sports radio grumbling; mocking jokes about the program being offered around coffee. Nothing big yet. Just small sniping that wasn't there the previous four.
So who knows? I doubt Rodriguez goes to Miami, but anything is possible in this crazy year of college coaching.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||FYI ... local sports radio||
FYI ... local sports radio here in Tucson is grumbling a bit about how the Wildcats are doing. Nothing close to calls for dismissal, but some griping about defense and not doing as well as hoped after last year's 10 - 2 regular season record.
The absence of Scooby Wright mitigates some of the complaints about defense, but not all.
Agree a move to Miami is unlikely and unwise.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Have we ever seen a year with||
Have we ever seen a year with so many pre-season and mid-season dismissals? I can't recall anything like we're seeing this year.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||I've seen PB on burgers||
I've seen PB on burgers featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
I've seen it listed on the menu of "build your own burger" places.
I just can't understand it.
I like PB. But I'm not sure I want that flavor mixing with the classic burger flavor.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||OP: "the simplicity of the||
OP: "the simplicity of the MSU offensive attack and the vanilla-ish aspect of Michigan's offensive plan"
I love vanilla ice cream.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||Just because ...||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Yup ... my bad ... I||
Yup ... my bad ... I overlooked the Badgers.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Chart||
The full size chart from the article:
It's only slightly bigger than what's shown in the OP.
The only programs to show "solid green dots" are OSU and Nebraska.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Can't rememeber whether Ufer||
Can't rememeber whether Ufer said it or whether it's part of the JP McCarthy introducting a Ufer clip
Wow ... that took me back into the memory vault.
JP McCarthy was the best morning radio personality ever.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||The review booth refs for||
The review booth refs for this past MSU game would have let that call stand ... *sigh*
(I still have visions of screaming at the TV during that game back in '79 ... it was so clear the refs were trying their best to give it to USC. That's not sour grapes, that's hard reality.)
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Re: your last paragraph ...||
Re: your last paragraph ... credit where credit is due: the Cook/Burbridge tandem had a great day; both are great players. Credit Lewis for keeping that aspect of the game in control. He did his job about as well as can be expected.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Agree, which is why the||
Agree, which is why the Alabama/LSU game is shaping up to be *the* game of that Saturday. I can't wait. It should be good.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||UCLA attendance||
Well, there's always some new sushi restaurant to go try out ... :-)
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Excellent Write-Up||
After a torrent of forum threads about the MSU game, this content was a welcome relief. It was very well done, and I very much appreciate the effort and results. Thanks!
PS -- LSU is my favorite to win it all right now. They seem to have the mojo going.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||My mind has blocked out years||
My mind has blocked out years 2013 and 2014.
Lewis is a JR, so he was around those two years. Help me remember ... was he on the field much, or was he down the depth chart behind Countess and others?
I've read (here and elsewhere) that CB is a position coaches will give to a younger player if he's athletic enough. Was Lewis involved much?
(Getting older and forgetting things is no fun.)
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Stats||
and know he doesn't care about stats
I get your point that Harbaugh doesn't care about making stat like points scored, or yards gained, eye-popping for the sake of impressing people. I agree he's perfectly happy with a score of 28-0 vs. 70-0 if in winning by 28 he does so with crisp execution.
However, I suspect he and his staff track a whole bunch of metrics to get a gauge on where things are working and where improvements need to be made. And he likely has a set of crazy metrics we'd never dream of, but are important to him.
I would love to see the spreadsheets they keep.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's a good move for||
I think it's a good move for them (with me holding my nose as I type that).
Jones is a truck when he runs with the ball, but he makes mistakes. Barrett is more nimble and seems more adept at running the offense.
With Barrett at QB and Miller somewhere else on the field, that's a lot of speed and athleticism. The OSU/MSU game is going to be interesting to watch.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||My cousin, an MSU fan, says||
My cousin, an MSU fan, says "Spartans make their own luck" as a retort to the charge they were lucky to win that game.
I hold my tongue. I wait.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I think this is the core||
I think this is the core issue -- they are afraid of the future and are reacting with anger and boastful talk.
Ohio State is going to bitch-slap them to the stone age down in Columbus.
They know Michigan is a freight train picking up speed.
The recruiting story is all OSU and UM.
Connor Cook graduates and they don't know if that can be easily replaced.
Media attention is all UM.
The thought of dropping back to the shadows of OSU and UM terrifies them. A few seasons of that and Dantonio may well retire. Then what? They have no Harbaugh of their own in the wings.
And in their hearts they know Dantonio's rise was helped by 7 years of Michigan down between 2008 and 2014. A new coach facing Harbaugh and Meyer is doomed before they start.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||An acknowledgement of failure||
An acknowledgement of failure might also establish a precedence leading to a little more care taken next time ... and most certainly in the review phase.
The call on the field is explainable -- things moving quickly, call made in haste.
The review letting the play stand is what is so egregious.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||What's the speculation on him||
What's the speculation on him ... TE? Some backfield role? Defense somewhere?
He seems a pretty versatile athlete. Harbaugh clearly sees something in him. Any ideas?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It looked really good on||
It looked really good on paper.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||About fifteen years ago I was||
About twenty years ago I was in a meeting and someone was moaning about something. My manager pulled a quarter out of his pocket, threw it across the table at the whiner, and said, "There. Call 1-800-Waaaaah." It was priceless.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Hindsight is 20-20, but||
Hindsight is 20-20, but Harbaugh really should have called time out here.
He didn't have a timeout. He used the last one just prior to the play clock expiring on the 4th down leading up to the punt attempt.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Hey ... just because Michigan||
Hey ... just because Michigan isn't playing it doesn't mean there's not some other good football game on!
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan State is simply a||
Michigan State is simply a second (or third) rate university with no national relevance in any field (except couch burning and STD rates).
I'm all for having some fun with respect to sports, but this is absurd.
Sports aside, MSU is an excellent university. They have national relevance in several fields, including veterinary science, agricultural engineering, high energy physics, and supply chain management. The combination of UM and MSU forms the anchor of an outstanding higher education establishment in the state of Michigan.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||See the thread on counting||
See the thread on counting blessings.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh won’t be ducking the||
Harbaugh won’t be ducking the media after a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State in the final seconds of the game Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Of course he won't. Harbaugh doesn't duck; things duck him.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I'm like you ... yes, it||
I'm like you ... yes, it hurt; but the disappointment is held in better context now.
I'm not sure if it's the humility imposed by 2008 - 2014, or the fact that I'm that many years older and thus I've seen a bit more of life. Maybe a mixture of the two.
The OP suggests we count our (football) blessings:
A loss ... a painful loss ... but it is so abundantly clear this team is headed in the right direction. A few more pieces to the puzzle, which Harbaugh is no doubt working on, and games like this don't come down to one play.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I would love to be a fly on||
I would love to be a fly on the wall inside the Michigan team meetings and coaching meetings today.
It would be a lesson is how a true manager takes hold of the leadership ring.
In coachs' meetings -- no whining, no finger pointing. Just identify what happened and take corrective action.
In players' meetings -- look forward, not back; what hurts makes you stronger; onward.
Harbaugh is one of the most focused person I've ever seen.
Our opponents going forward are going to face a hungry Michigan squad.
Prediction -- O'Neill's punting going forward becomes even more awesome.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously. I need a slow||
Seriously. I need a slow motion UFR to know what I witnessed.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Frankie!!! I saw him in||
I saw him in concert at The Joe. 1982 or 83 ... I forget. GREAT concert!
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe ... but against LSU ...||
Maybe ... but against LSU ... and they're looking pretty damn good this year.
Alabama vs. LSU on Nov 7th is going to be a hell of a game.
Michigan vs. Florida in a bowl would be a great game, and Florida would be no pushover. I like what I'm seeing from McElwain there.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Meh ... pretty harmless||
Meh ... pretty harmless callout to his rabid fans.
In his post-game sideline interview he gave credit to Michigan's play.
He knows the tide has changed. The days of Rodriguez and Hoke are behind us and now he has a coach opposite that's going to give him trouble.
Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh are in his conference division, and both are coaching geniuses. Dantonio's recruiting success in Ohio dried up when Tressel left; and it's going to dry up in Michigan with Harbaugh present.
Hubris is the symptom shown when fear is present.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Insurance Policy||
I said before the season started that Rudock seemed like an insurance policy ... a way to protect against the downside risk of our other QBs playing horribly. And that's what he has turned out to be. He's providing a floor of competency, but that's it.
Michigan 2015 is what it is -- a very good (but not "elite") defense, and a ho-hum offense.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||One small consolation ...||
This is not worse than Bill Buckner bobbling the routine ground ball in the 1986 Series.
But it's up there. This will rank with the "Kick 6" (Alabama vs. Auburn in 2013) and "The Play" (Cal vs. Stanford in 1982).
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Worst Way to Lose EVER||
I've been following Michigan football since 1973.
I experienced the loss to Colorado on the last second hail-mary.
I experienced the loss to Appalachian State.
This is the worst way to lose. An unforced error. Entirely on Michigan.
Things that went wrong:
There's no sugar-coating this one. Harbaugh can't be pleased.
This was a total fuck up of epic proportions.
|17 weeks 9 hours ago||From here in Tucson ...||
... on local sports talk radio I listened to the first questioning of Rodriguez I've heard since he arrived. Not "fire the bum" talk, just some serious questioning about why the team has some of the shortcomings it has this deep (4th year) into the Rodriguez tenure.
I simply report what I heard. I offer no commentary other than what I heard.
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||Or they put Peppers in on||
Or they put Peppers in on offense, fake to him but hand it off to Sioma, who rumbles 77 yards untouched while everyone is focusing on #5. :-)
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||Great pad level!!||
Great pad level!!
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||See your Jessica and Raise you an Alison||
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||Because Friday POSBANG always||
Because Friday POSBANG always requires some Alison ...
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Ain't nothing "micro" about||
Ain't nothing "micro" about Harbaugh.
He's a macro dude. :-)
|18 weeks 2 days ago||You know what else is good?||
You know what else is good? Butter, damn it. Real freakin' butter. :-)
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE||
Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE ... he'll be able to tell you what was. :-)
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Likely and ST coverage||
Michigan played a bit with fire, giving him a couple of returnable punts, but nothing seemed particularly dangerous, and he never got close to really breaking anything even on kickoffs.
Credit the special teams coverage unit. Watch them stay in their lanes, mirror Likely's movements, and not overcommit on pursuit. The clips I've seen are things of beauty.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Special Teams||
There's a slice from the video where it shows our punt coverage team containing Will Likely. He gained a few yards, but no more.
Here's what caught my eye -- the coverage team was disciplined. The white uniforms arrayed out to cover the run lanes. Likely tried to juke right and the Michigan players shuffled with him; he then tried to juke left and the Michigan players shuffled back with him. Likely had no where to go, so he tried to run through the Michigan players, and that got nowhere.
It was a beautiful thing to see.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Let it go.||
Let it go.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting recipe ... the||
Interesting recipe ... the peanut butter and sriracha almost puts this into Thai-like territory. I wonder if coconut milk with this would move the needle even more in that direction?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||The big news is Nick's avatar||
The big news is Nick's avatar picture change!
I like his pick. I think the score will be in that neighborhood.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Pfft ... a real geek would||
Pfft ... a real geek would have done that in pen. :-)
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Wow ... shutouts are great,||
Wow ... shutouts are great, but predicting them takes stones. Well done!
Drink is Speight comes in and throws a complete pass.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, wait ... what?! :-) (We||
Hey, wait ... what?! :-)
(We do get remnants of tropical storms that come off the Pacific. Lots of rain and flash flooding.)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan has a long way up||
Michigan has a long way up the rankings to make top 4 for the playoffs.
Still, we can dream, right?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Maryland and Northwestern||
Maryland and Northwestern will be good tests of Michigan's ability to win games they should.
Circle the MSU game. That's where we'll see what this team is made of and is capable of.
I suspect Dantonio is going to put a massive chip on his team's shoulders for that game. Michigan has enjoyed a lot of pre-season and early-season publicity. MSU is going to come to Ann Arbor looking to knock Michigan down a few pegs.
I suspect also that the unspoken fear up in East Lansing is that Michigan *is* back, and we're entering a period where UM ascends and MSU fades into the background a bit. MSU will be looking to delay that at least for another year.
MSU is the game that will take a good measure of what this Michigan team is all about. I can't wait.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think this is spot on ...||
I think this is spot on ... the character of a team is seen when facing adversity on the road.
This much is clear in my mind -- I have a bunch more confidence in Michigan doing that under Harbaugh than in the past.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh: "Keep a humble||
Harbaugh: "Keep a humble heart and grind on."
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Every coach ever has talked||
Every coach ever has talked about this.
I honestly believe Harbaugh doesn't give two shits about what Utah did to Oregon as it relates to Michigan State three games from now.
Doesn't cross his mind. At all.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||This is why Harbaugh's||
This is why Harbaugh's outlook is so healthy ... he disregards all talk like this and says the only thing in his mind is what's in front of him. So right now, it's Maryland. Then Northwestern. And then we'll see how good Michigan State is.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I've been saying for some||
I've been saying for some time now that Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X factor.
It gets better from here. Each game he continues to tune the machine. Bwahahaha.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Reflexive on my part ... my||
Reflexive on my part ... my wife went to "UVA" but hails from West Virginia. For the past 25 years with her we've referred to the state of West Virginia as "WVA."
|19 weeks 5 days ago||:-) I've heard more than a||
I've heard more than a few coaches speak of yards gained on first down being a key stat.
It makes sense ... 2nd and short creates a very different set of play-calling options than 2nd and 10. Or worse -- 2nd and 12.
I painfully recall all the 0 or negative yards plays on 1st downs in 2013 and 2014. We seemed to always be facing 2nd and long.
I don't have the same sense this year. I don't have easy access to the stat on yards gained on first down. But I'd be willing to bet it is much improved this year.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Do you track Michigan's||
Do you track Michigan's production on first down?
I'd be willing to bet that stat is much better this year.
And I'd bet it's getting better game by game this year.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Re: the "3rd down yards to||
Re: the "3rd down yards to go" ... first down production.
That's a function of the offensive line.
2013- 2014 ... our RBs getting hit behind the LOS; now they typically get to it and beyond.
WVA is an intriguing team this year. Let's see how they do full season. But for now, they're on my "hey, let's keep an eye on this team" list.