and... i like them? I think I like them.
|12 hours 32 min ago||It's an interesting point.||
It's an interesting point. From an EV point of view the question would be what is the average shooting percentage from a corner three as opposed to a wing or top of the key three.
My guess is that even in college it is higher (certainly it's higher in the NBA because of the shorter distance, which the Spurs figured out before anyone else), but this might be because of the drive and kick game. That is, if a G breaks down the defense and gets into the lane, it's easier for him to draw a defender from the corner and kick to the man in the corner, thereby creating a more open shot.
So it isn't that the shot is intrinsically easier the way it is in the NBA, but rather that it's the place that more open threes come from.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I don't really like the||
I don't really like the baby/bathwater solution you suggest, but it is pretty tedious to watch excessive fouling. Hack-a-Shaq, end of game, whatever.
I will say that the solution is to make your free throws, but also another thought is to trim the shot clock to 30 seconds. This would give teams marginally more possessions to come back and might reduce the need for excessive fouling. My logic comes from the NBA, where teams will play it down to a minute or so before starting to foul, since up until then they have so many more possessions to come back without fouling.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Even though it's a good idea||
Even though it's a good idea I can't figure out why there isn't more support for fewer timeouts oh wait a lot of money is made okay then carry on.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Hand went to Bama because||
Hand went to Bama because Saban did the Nae Nae.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Man. I know nothing, of||
Man. I know nothing, of course, but coming out in THIS draft after two moderately successful (for individual stats) years...
Hopefully he'll go in the first round. No more Manny/Darius bizness.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Da fuq?||
|6 days 11 hours ago||Yeah, it was probably his||
Yeah, it was probably his superego.
|6 days 13 hours ago||"You are correct, Sir!" -||
"You are correct, Sir!"
- Leslie Miles, Toshiba Weedeater and Dustsucker Family Football Coach, University of Michigan
|1 week 4 hours ago||The ultimate warrior is||
The ultimate warrior is LOLing... er, DOLing at this.
|1 week 8 hours ago||I'm from Milwaukee so||
I'm from Milwaukee so "bubbler" was all they needed to ask.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I think "OT" in this case||
I think "OT" in this case refers to "only topic." Like Denard is the only topic any of us should ever be considering, except not completely, so therefore "semi-OT."
/ best I got
|1 week 2 days ago||What if you really, really,||
What if you really, really, really believe they aren't employees? Then are they not employees?
|1 week 2 days ago||Il allé. / French||
|1 week 2 days ago||This is never not necessary.||
This is never not necessary.
|1 week 4 days ago||We so badly need a shop of||
We so badly need a shop of Fitz in a Johnny Reb uni with a giant handlebar mustache
|1 week 4 days ago||I dunno, but The twerk is a||
I dunno, but
The twerk is a type of dancing in which an individual, usually a female, dances to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.
The twerp is a small or puny person; one regarded as insignificant, contemptible.
The teak is a tropical hardwood tree species Tectona grandis. The species is placed in the family Lamiaceae. Tectona grandis is a large, deciduous tree that is dominant in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface.
|1 week 6 days ago||Still not getting an El Jeffe||
Still not getting an El Jeffe MGoPoint.
|1 week 6 days ago||Incredibly tardy Jeremy||
Incredibly tardy Jeremy Gallon reference does not earn an El Jeffe MGoPoint.
|1 week 6 days ago||First mention of Jeremy||
First mention of Jeremy Gallon gets an El Jeffe MGoPoint.
|1 week 6 days ago||Just to be a bit||
Just to be a bit argumentative, I think this is the problem with Michigan fandom. I under no circumstances expect that we will win the B10 next year. I aspire to it--I think that is the goal, no doubt. But if we don't, I won't think it's a failed year. Expectations should be based on reality, not blind hope (not saying that's what you were saying).
I just always find the "We're Michigan, fergodaskes, we should win every year" to be a hollow claim. There are a lot of other good teams out there and all of them are trying as hard as Michigan is to win. So then the difference is Jimmies, Joes, X's, O's, and luck. I think our Jimmies and Joes are young in many spots (OL!), and it remains to be seen whether our X's and O's are on par with Meyer's (on offense), Narduzzi's (on defense), and other coaches'. I also think we got a bit lucky in 2011 (recovered fumble %) and a bit unlucky in 2012 (Denard's elbow, etc.).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To me it's the indirectness||
To me it's the indirectness of it that just kind of smells bad. Like, somebody hired Gene Smith, and it is his or her job to hire good people, who then hire and oversee coaches who coach players. So whoever hired Gene Smith should get a performance bonus.
On a different matter, sometimes I don't understand how rich people think. If I were Gene Smith I would take that money and help fund a non-athlete scholarship. What's he gonna do with it, buy a used Buick LeSabre? That money would be much better used on good PR for the athletic department.
It's this kind of thinking that has catapulted me to the 45th percentile of my chosen occupation, I realize, but still.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||fistpump.jpg||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||These findings also provide||
These findings also provide statistical support for the 5-12 and 7-10 "upsets" every year.
Any idea why that is? I mean, why the committee keeps underrating the 10s and 12s and overrating the 5s and 7s?
Also, any idea why there is asymmetry in the overperformance of 11-seeds (0.041) and the underperformance of 8-seeds (-0.116)? The other two matchups--7/10 and 5/12 are pretty symmetric w/r/t over- and under-performance.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't get it. Aren't we||
I don't get it. Aren't we your "clients"?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Please be getting the joke.||
Please be getting the joke.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Perspective, people.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Man, fuck Kentucky.||
Man, fuck Kentucky.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||2014 NCAA Basketball Swag||
2014 NCAA Basketball Swag List:
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Iowa made the tourney? Also,||
Iowa made the tourney?
Also, Godspeed, Patrick.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||But what if, instead of||
But what if, instead of bonking his head every once in a while, he flew at the pole with legs splayed and racked his balls repeatedly against the pole. Does that change the applicability of the metaphor at all?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm becoming increasingly||
I'm becoming increasingly excited about this class. Because I suppose one commit in 6-7 months will have that impact. And it looks like it'll be exactly the same as the typical Hoke class (in terms of when kids commit). Plenty in the early part of the cycle leaving not much at the end.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Brian and his 72,061||
Brian and his 72,061 MGoPoints want not your charity.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Holyfuckingshithowdidweloseto||
That is all.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||TWSS!!!!!!!!! *high-fives||
*realizes everyone has moved on from this thread*
*walks slowly away with hands in pockets, kicking pebble in road*
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is the only proper way||
This is the only proper way to celebrate anything having to do with anything Irish, IME.
The game is OVAH!!!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is the correct analysis.||
This is the correct analysis. You have to assume that to have any chance at all, our offense has to click. I kind of wish we were built to lock teams down on defense (the loss of McGary patrolling the paint is particularly acute here), but we're not. So then, would you rather play an offensive juggernaut like Duke or a defensive juggernaut like OSU? The only logical conclusion is the latter.
I will also argue by anecdote that the path to the final four last year led through three defense-first teams (VCU, KU, and UF) and we got tripped up by the crazy shooting of Luke Hancock et al. in the final.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Swedish fish?||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't it likely in an Occam's||
Isn't it likely in an Occam's Razor-y kind of way that the variability in opponents' FT% is due neither to random chance nor to crowd looniness, but rather to some other factors, like shooting background? I mean, it might still have something to do with the gym, but not the crowd.
Send out the Mathlete Bat Signal!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Beilein wasn't COY?||
Beilein wasn't COY?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Oh crap, Dakich is||
Oh crap, Dakich is Skynet?
Well, at least he'd be a pretty fun Skynet.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I like Bielfeldt and Donnal||
I like Bielfeldt and Donnal (right?) in the Caris baseline dunktacular/Dakich bobblehead one.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Tom Crean looks like he just||
Tom Crean looks like he just saw Chris Hansen walk into the kitchen.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Except when the defender||
Except when the defender (Morgan) slides under a leaping offensive player (the guy from IU). I thought they were going no-call on that since the IU dude had lost the ball, but that was an atrocious call. Block/charge is soooooooooooo busted.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Absolute chills.||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||And by "feels like" you mean||
And by "feels like" you mean "is exactly the same as."
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I second that emotion.||
I second that emotion.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||+1 MGoBlog six months ago||
+1 MGoBlog six months ago
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Is there any chance NBA||
Is there any chance NBA scouts don't know what the Wooden Award is?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||In before||
In before dele--
Wait, why did I stop typing? Why am I typing my thoughts now? I should just say "in before delete," hit "save," and get the free MGoPoint.
I'm still here! What is wrong with me? Why can't I ever finish anything? God, I need help. Help me Brian and Ace and BiSB and Seth and Heiko, wherever thou art, and Brandon!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Keep gettin' dem checks,||
Keep gettin' dem checks, Chad!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Are Derrick, Caris, and Zak||
Are Derrick, Caris, and Zak doin' The Dakich?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||That's what I said, J-Mo >||
That's what I said, J-Mo > RVB.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Welly, welly, welly, welly,||
Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well... To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising question?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||J-Mo == RVB||
J-Mo == RVB
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan will (lightly) whip||
Michigan will (lightly) whip the competition?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Too soon.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The ball KNOWS!!! - Dakich||
The ball KNOWS!!!
- Dakich and Dakich
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||That is a totally farfetched||
That is a totally farfetched idea.
Hash tags can't be monetized, so that part of it would never happen.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Or just one (French cinema||
Or just one (French cinema edition).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm starting to think you||
I'm starting to think you don't care for this "Rich Rod" fella.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||...6'11" enigma Nnnanna Egwu,||
The extra "n" is for extra... um... Not rebounding?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Rain down.||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Why do I feel the sudden urge||
Why do I feel the sudden urge to drink a cup of hot tea?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, I sort of agree. I'm||
I mean, I sort of agree. I'm not a huge fan of throwing any M player or coach under any bus. But if RR is viewed as a colossal failure on this board after three years, Amaker has to be considered way more of a failure after 7. Being one of the 65 best teams in 'Murica for 7 straight years just isn't a very high bar. And many of those teams had late season swoons that were pretty demoralizing.
But let us come not to bury Amaker but to praise Beilein. Hail.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Also, in re I'm just trying||
Also, in re
I hope he understands that real does in fact recognize real. So there's that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||TWSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!||
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Man, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck||
Man, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck Duke.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Remind me: are all weight||
Remind me: are all weight gains or losses good or only some?
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Depends. Is Fred Jackson of||
Depends. Is Fred Jackson of this earth?
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||*pushes old-timey professor||
*pushes old-timey professor glasses up on nose*
If you waive a tiny flag, does that mean you wave a large flag?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty sure future Michigan||
Pretty sure future Michigan players/infants with superhero names are not OT.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Meh. Did not demonstrate||
Meh. Did not demonstrate proper follow-through, best achieved by standing still with hand cocked in air. Do not want.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||*Raises hand sheepishly*||
*Raises hand sheepishly*
|7 weeks 2 days ago||What? Izzo is like a cross||
What? Izzo is like a cross between Mother Theresa and Sherman T. Potter with how he's tending to the wounded, crippled, maimed, syphilitic, and necrotic roster that is MSU's 2013-2014 basketball team.
Or let's say this: Miles/Beilein for CoY, Izzo for beatification. Fair enough?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Obligatory.||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||And?||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This is crazy.||
This is crazy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||That's what was so amazing||
That's what was so amazing about it!
|8 weeks 1 day ago||So what's your opinion on||
So what's your opinion on RR--pro or con?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I, like Fearless Leader and||
I, like Fearless Leader and Fearless First Mate, hate such HOT TAKES tropes as WANTING IT MORE and TOUGHNESS and EFFORT and GRIT, but man. It's hard to look back on that first half and not dip into that well, especially when compared to the second half.
Part of me thinks JB is a little too much of a left brainer and we need some more right-brained bug man Iron Mountain something or other. I dunno. All I know is that whatever it is, Caris has it right now and Nik doesn't have it. We need some more of it.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Well... Bye.||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||OP lost me at Picked up a 6||
OP lost me at
A six for the weekend? Are you Amish (NTTAWWT)?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Like I said, I'm drknu.||
Like I said, I'm drknu.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||ck!!! Damn, it's really hard||
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Lol correcting Danish just as||
Lol correcting Danish just as I posted.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Lol autocorrect Danish.||
Lol autocorrect Danish.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I mean, I get being||
I mean, I get being frustrated with the first half effort, but cumong, game thread posters. Sometimes the team responds at half. They did against MSU and didn't against IU and Iowa.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Speaking of his mother, that||
Speaking of his mother, that guy's gonna maker thons of money.
/ try the veal
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It seems pretty clear that||
It seems pretty clear that responding to the other teams' Stauskas Plan is already and will continue to be a high priority for JB. So far we've seen
In terms of likely success, I doubt #1 will feature much. That just isn't a big part of M's non-McGary offense. #2 is kind of limited, though it does help as a pressure release. #3 just doesn't seem to do much, since M doesn't have a Pittsnoglian pick and pop guy that can punish the D for having the screener's man sag off.
Which leaves 4 (1A and 1B). Here I think JB needs to ride or die a little with Nik, much as he did with Trey. I think Nik just has to cut hard to get open off the screen or handoff and then just try to force the issue a bit.
Another possibility would be to have Irvin be the screener and then the pick and pop is a real threat.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I shaved my ass and sat in a||
I shaved my ass and sat in a bowl of everclear. It was delightful. Then I made the mistake of watching ESPN from 2-4 EST and I doubled over in pain.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Especially when you misspell||
Especially when you misspell "hope" as "hoke," which, Freud.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||Man, fuck Alabama. Was that||
Man, fuck Alabama.
Was that the reaction I was supposed to have? Because that was my reaction.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Not to pile on, but throw||
Not to pile on, but throw K-State on that fire, though without Devin I give us a bit of a pass.
I'd say we were a "conditional dumpster fire." As in, conditional on the talent on the team, we were a dumpster fire, unlike a team like Miami U (NTM), who were an unconditional dumpster fire.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||It may have been a typo. I||
It may have been a typo. I think that MM, like Beyonce, is "up early on the grand."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Inside NU catches up with||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Obligatory.||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Clark—who attends the same||
You had Magnus at Mike Cox.
/ fifth grader
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This post has been up for||
This post has been up for over an hour and I still don't have in my possession a picture of that frog with shopped wings on its... cheek... thingys.
Why even bother having an internet at all?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Indiana’s offense is just||
I believe you misspelled "excreting." Pls make a note of it kthx.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Not if you do it because of||
Not if you do it because of your heart and guts and gristle and throbbing will to win and turgid grittiness.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Duh, his "basketball pole."||
Duh, his "basketball pole." What did you think he was talking about?
See? Basketball pole:
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Are we sure it was a table?||
Are we sure it was a table?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||DEATH TO PROCESSES (and||
DEATH TO PROCESSES
(and backboards. Still backboards)
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Bawitdaba da BANG a dang||
Bawitdaba da BANG a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you for your||
Thank you for your contribution. And if you're going to slag a kid, at least have the decency to spell his name correctly.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||I'm here for the... You||
I'm here for the...
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Are Fist in the Air Guy (in||
Are Fist in the Air Guy (in long-sleeve maize shirt two rows up from Max and Spike) and Fist in the Air Lady (just to his left) Nik's parents?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||DB thought process:||
DB thought process:
|12 weeks 1 day ago||2:37 NJAS DRINK!||
2:37 NJAS DRINK!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Count me in as an early||
Count me in as an early joiner of the WHAT IS HAPPENING WHERE IS STAUSKAS AAAAAH club.
I thought Beilein scored an 11.9 out of 10.0 in coaching in that game, but leaving Stauskas on the bench (and apparently waiting for the under 8 timeout) pushed it down from 12/10.
I mean, Stauskas needs rest and energy and all, but that's what timeouts and Red Bull are for.
Still in all, a fantastic win.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||5 stars out of 5. Would watch||
5 stars out of 5. Would watch again.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not to take anything away||
Not to take anything away from Michigan, but was anyone else less impressed with Wiscy than they thought they'd be?
I mean, they definitely have some nice shooters, and I guess they missed more shots early on than they normally would. But I didn't see anything really terrifying about them, compard to, say, teams like Arizona (athleticism) or Syracuse (that GD 2-3 zone).
Anyway, that was my first time seeing Wiscy and I guess I imagined they'd have something in their offensive sets or their defense (a la the Dick Bennett years) that would make me go "holy crap, that's gonna be a hard team to beat."
Rather, it turned out how it turned out--we made some shots and played solid D and got the win. A GREAT win, no mistake, but it just surprised me that our best home win in decades was against that team.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not one but two posbang||
Not one but two posbang threads???!!!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKK||
Nik, show 'em what you got, big fella!!!!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure why this is getting||
Not sure why this is getting negged. There is an EW Shrine Game thread literally two threads below this one.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously, how much||
Seriously, how much eligibility do Brust and Gasser have? When Bo Ryan is in his torture dungeon brewing elixirs of despair and despoilment in his human fetus Mordorcauldrons, does he take short breaks to figure out how to skirt NCAA bylaws?
Fucking hell, man.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, but when I read||
Yeah, but when I read Magnus's I imagine that Brandon Graham is schooling me. When I read yours, I imagine a hat. Hats are not as cool as Brandon Graham.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||This "Charles Woodson" fella||
This "Charles Woodson" fella seems mighty popular amongst the younger generation. Anyone have any idea as to his whereabouts? We might think about getting him on staff.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||git·ty [git-ee]adjective,||
adjective, git·ti·er, git·ti·est.
1. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
2. of or pertaining to the Jack Nicholson character Jake Gittes in the Roman Polanski film “Chinatown”
See also: "mind-bottling"
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Hey, no relig-- Oh fuck it.||
Hey, no relig--
Oh fuck it. Repent!!! REEEEEEEPEEEEEEENNNNNNNTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I was thinking the same thing||
I was thinking the same thing last night. That's one of the many subtle (or maybe not so subtle) consequences of the loss of Burke--the pressure he put on teams by getting into the lane and the direct or hockey assists that wound up going to Stauskas.
Not sure if anyone has this info at hand, but I would love to see the % of Stauskas's FGs (both 2 and 3) that were assisted last year vs. this year. I bet it would be something like 60% last year to 30% this year.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Obligatory: Magee was a||
Obligatory: Magee was a highly successful OC, assuming you believe he did more than shuffle papers for RR. Michigan was #3 in offensive FEI in 2010.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Assuming it wasn't a snarky||
Assuming it wasn't a snarky rhetorical question, I think the OP asks an interesting question. Most of my answers have been stated, but I'll just reiterate a few here, in no particular order
|13 weeks 6 days ago||2014 is the year of the Wolverine in the Chinese||
2014 is the year of the Wolverine in the Chinese zodiac. True fact, look it up.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Yay!||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Here's hoping he still likes||
Here's hoping he still likes to hit people really fucking hard.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||This is factually the correct||
This is factually the correct answer. Commence thread lock sequence.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Pos||
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||We can haz base and||
We can haz base and constraint playz?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||a lot of people on here will||
I know that this is your opinion, but it's wrong.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Right, the RR calculation is||
Right, the RR calculation is more efficient if you know what NPS and PS teams are. Otherwise you get more measurement error (false positives and negatives) which gives you big confidence intervals.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Other than the offense,||
Other than the offense, defense, and special teams, I saw nothing in Michigan's performance in the Buffalo Wild Wings Toshiba Kleenex Softique Depends Disposable Diapers Poulan Weedeater and Brushwhacker Bowl that would engender criticism; hence, Spielman is biased against Michigan.
/ A certain kind of Michigan fan
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. What I'd like to see||
Agreed. What I'd like to see is the relative risk (RR) of being a non-pro-style offense in the top-25; that is, relative to a pro-style. That would be
RR = (NPS25 / NPS) / (PS25 / PS)
This would tell you how many times greater (or theoretically less) the probability of being in the top 25 for rushing would be for non-pro-style than for pro-style offenses. Now of course, you might not care so much about rushing, because perhaps pro-style offenses are still better for overall offensive efficiency. So you could do the same calculation with offensive FEI or something.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I wonder if NWU is going to||
I wonder if NWU is going to get a good ROI out of their new coach. That is to say, I wonder if they will get their Chris Collins' worth.
/ will be here all week
/ tip your waitresses
/ try the veal
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I probably got it more from||
I probably got it more from this post, but you're right, in terms of sheer nightmare fuel faces of death, McCaffery is a cuddly fluffy puppy dog compared to Bo Ryan.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The many face of Fran McCaffery||
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Not to mention they made the||
Not to mention they made the final four in 2000 as an 8 seed.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I'm here for the pandering||
I'm here for the pandering picture of precious puppies in precipitation posbang!!!!!!!!!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||For those of us who spend all||
For those of us who spend all day on their laptops instead of their iPhones, AS THE LORD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF HATH DECREED IT, we thank you for your post.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||http://lmgtfy.com/?q=coconut+|
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, me neither. That seems||
Yeah, me neither. That seems incredibushleague. How 'bout we climb all the way to .500 in the B10 before engaging in that sort of thing?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, what budding offensive||
Yeah, what budding offensive coordinator in his right mind would want to take lessons from Rich Rodriguez?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||ORLY?||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I thought it was a joke--like||
I thought it was a joke--like MSU hit DG so hard and often that in a game he isn't even playing in they would only hit him 8 or 9 times. But maybe it was just a BiSBBC (BiSB Brain Cramp).
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||Nice analysis, Ace. I'd||
Nice analysis, Ace. I'd actually be more interested in video of GRIII's off-ball, non-shot activity. My impression is that he does three things
As for (1), either his spot isn't the best for getting shots or he isn't aggressive enough (unlike Stauskas or LeVert).
As for (2), um... This is the problem when you lose the best player in the damn country. I would love to see the % of high pick and roll possessions last year vs. this year, especially ones that end in the paint. Stauskas and LeVert could be decent at getting into the paint (esp. LeVert), but they ain't no TB. The fact that "who is?" is the answer to this question doesn't change the fact that it's hurting GRIII's best shot--the weak side baseline flash for a massive dunk. (EDIT: second-best shot last year--the weak side corner three).
As for (3), he's doing okay there, I bet. I think maybe once our D gels a little he'll get more opportunities.
So then, it seems to me, JB has to figure out how to get GRIII more shots in the regular half court sets, if in fact that's what he (JB) would like.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad they have that||
I'm glad they have that little yellow arrow or I would wonder if that behemoth of a man ragdolling offensive linemen and then obliterating ball carriers was McDowell or not.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I hear they have purple swag.||
I hear they have purple swag.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||These games are stupid. There||
These games are stupid. There oughta be a law!
|18 weeks 4 days ago||This seems to be one of those||
This seems to be one of those things where none of us has nearly as much information as Brian. Like:
I confess I have fairly low standards for internet message board discourse, so things didn't seem so bad to me, relative to, say, espn.com or whatever.
As for M-Wolverine, I was always of two minds about him (I assume). He made a lot of thoughtful, well-reasoned posts, but he also was incredibly argumentative and omnipresent, so you just couldn't get away from his point of view. I don't really see that as a bannable offense (having so little of a life that you could accumulate 41,000 MGoPoints), but then see points (1) and (2) above.
Finally, and maybe this is just rose-colored hindsight, but it did seem like things were better in the "old days," in that there was less name-calling and ad hominem and more vigorous disagreement about things like whether RR should be fired or not. It's kind of odd that all of this has happened over an apparently far less controversial issue (Borges) than over the whole RR era.
I kind of feel like MGoBlog is a victim of its own success and has to some degree regressed to the espn.com, MLive mean. If the MGoPurge is one step in dragging the blog away from that mean, count me in as supportive.
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||Now I'm imagining Geddy||
Now I'm imagining Geddy freestyling lyrics to that song while playing bass, pedals, and synthesizers and making mulled cider with ground nutmeg. For the holidays, you know.
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||Meh. Write it to all 12 parts||
Meh. Write it to all 12 parts of La Villa Strangiato and then we'll talk.
|20 weeks 15 hours ago||I love it when Stauskas hits||
I love it when Stauskas hits the swag button right before launch.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|20 weeks 2 days ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|20 weeks 2 days ago||And me. I felt this way when||
And me. I felt this way when RR was fired and Hoke was hired. Then I perked up when it seemed like Hoke "got it" and started pooping gold and reeling in four and five stars and such. Now I'm back to that original feeling.
Switching between the Baylor/OSU (NTOSU) and UCLA/ASU games after whatever that was at Iowa made me realize we are playing 1995 offensive football and will be for the long term while everyone else is playing 2015 football.
Yeah, yeah, Alabama and Stanford (and even Wisconsin and *gulp* MSU). Maybe we'll get there. I still have some hope, and I don't have to pay for tickets b/c I have no money to pay for tickets. But still, I feel pretty much the way MDog and you said.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||"El Demonio" is Spanish for||
"El Demonio" is Spanish for "I'm a big ungrateful fucking asshole who doesn't have any idea what I'm talking about and should probably never post on MGoBlog again or I'll make an even bigger fool of myself than I already have and also I suck."
Spanish is weird, man.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Polish hat FTW!||
Polish hat FTW!
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Totally agree. And I spent a||
Totally agree. And I spent a humiliatingly long time trying to figure out how it could be photoshopped somehow to resemble the classic Iwo Jima photo before realizing I know nothing about photoshop.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I LOVE THIS FEATURE. Also,||
I LOVE THIS FEATURE.
Also, fuck and fire.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Henri, brave otter Lying on||
Henri, brave otter
Lying on your glist'ning back
Much like Fitz in rain
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's "howls" with the||
I think it's "howls" with the Ozzie accent, but + a million for the pull.
|22 weeks 18 hours ago||Ooh, ooh!The Space Coyote||
The Space Coyote (of Space)...
With the ellipsis.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa, my wise-ass numbers||
Whoa, my wise-ass numbers were pretty close.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||How awesome would it be if||
How awesome would it be if (1) Space Coyote were our OC next year and (2) he went by "Space Coyote?" That would be bad ass.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan 92 Michigan's RPI||
Michigan's RPI -55
|22 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It seems like this particular||
It seems like this particular story never got much play because it didn't make it into 3 and Out, either because Bacon didn't want to include it or because it happened or he heard about it after press time. I think probably the latter.
And to be clear, I'm not even sure it was Bacon whom I heard this from (though I think it was--in one of those long posts on MGoBlog where he answered readers' questions).
But in any event, it would only explain some of the collapse, not (1) excuse anyone for the collapse, nor (2) make the decision to fire RR any less defensible. I only ask because I think it is fair to accurately portray a Michigan football coach's demise, and not to after the fact argue that an additional bit of ammunition in support of his ouster was that "his team quit on him."
Finally, to totally fucking belabor this point, I guess what I am saying is that it seems like there's just as much (or little) evidence for the "players quit on him" narrative (in the form of players' saying "yeah, we quit on the guy") as there is for the "the players were demoralized" narrative. You discount that narrative because of lack of evidence, but I could just as easily discount the "players quit on him" narrative for lack of evidence, right? That's what I was asking Brian about.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||As I said, I don't totally||
As I said, I don't totally agree with Mat's position. On the other hand, one could imagine a goal of loading up in 2011 (which some recruitniks will probably disavow me of), which would have softened the blow of 2010. In other words, had he not been fired, one would think he would have taken a big 2011 OL class to make up for 2009 and especially 2010. The fact that he didn't have that opportunity is not really his fault--coaching transitions mess things up, after all.
But yes, I think we would all agree that 2010 was a disaster. How much of that disaster was due to the coaching transition (i.e., some of the 2010 attrition was likely due to the transition, as was true of the exits of Arrington, Mallett, Manningham, Clemons, etc. in the Lloyd-to-RR transition) and how much was straight whiffing on RR's part is up for debate.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Oh God none of this matters||
Oh God none of this matters and I hate myself for asking this, but how much of Gatorgeddon do you think was open rebellion (doesn't really seem like Denard or RVB or Molk) and how much was deflation due to certain knowledge that RR was gone no matter the outcome?
I ask because there was something between a rumor and a Bacon-verified fact going around that Brandon told seniors in exit interviews that RR was gone (EDIT: prior to the bowl game, which, if true, is pretty inexcusable on DB's part and bothers me WAY more than Skywritinggate or Noodlegate or Cushiongate or any other gate). Any further substantiation of that on your end?
On the one hand, it doesn't really make sense b/c then you figure DB would have just fired RR after OSU; on the other hand, maybe just prior to the Gator Bowl he discovered that Harbaugh wasn't walking through the door but Hoke was willing to crawl on his knees on broken crack vials to coach.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||I was as ALL IN for Rodriguez||
I was as ALL IN for Rodriguez as anyone, but I feel like I only 50-70% agree with you. I agree about 2008 and 2009, and perhaps he thought he could essentially take a year off of OL recruiting in 2010 and then 2011 is more on the transition than RR, but it seems like you should never take most of an OL year off. Yes, Pace and Miller, but it seems like what we are learning is that OL is kind of a crapshoot so it's probably best to take, what, 3-5 (?) every year to hedge your bets.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Let's play a totally forced coaching comparison game||
Frieder == Moeller (successful but spectacular flameout)
Fisher == Lloyd (1 NC, other successes, and then a slow decline (2006 football notwithstanding). Of course, the lack of control Fisher had over Ed Martin has no parallel with Lloyd, who was as clean as it is possible to be, it seems)
Ellerbe == Rodriguez (FAILFAILFAILFAIL)
Amaker == Hoke (Great guys, run clean programs, good recruiters)
Beilein == ... Bo?
THE CYCLE REPEATS!!!
|23 weeks 2 days ago||I think the common||
I think the common denominator for OSU under Tressel and Meyer is winning. Honest question--how did those John Cooper pressers go?
To use the Michigan example, Rodriguez could not have handled press conferences more differently than Hoke, and yet he was blasted on this here blog and probably other places for it. Common denominator? Losing.
So, when winning, Hoke's folksiness is comforting and confidence-inspiring. When losing, it's evasive and evidence of a none-too-bright intellect.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Man, Brian took the MSU loss||
Man, Brian took the MSU loss hard.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, all kidding aside,||
Actually, all kidding aside, this kind of data mining is pretty interesting. LSA, if you have any stomach for this at all, is it possible to verify that PSU 2010 was the watershed moment for RR in terms of people calling for his firing?
I ask b/c I noticed that PSU this year seems to have engendered the most rage and MSU seems to have engendered the most firing talk, at least relative to the overall rage-ness of the threads (see normalized values chart).
It would also be interesting to compare the fan rage, controlling for number of board posts or something, directed at RR vs. Hoke et al. Though perhaps that would be somewhat tainted by the increase in MGoBlog popularity, and therefore potential heterogeneity of the posters, over time. I guess you could use a direct standardization method. Are you perchance a formal demographer?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Is there any way Devin can be||
Is there any way Devin can be taught that running forward is never a bad thing on a passing play? Either gain yards or take a sack, who cares? It's the quadruple reverse woop woop woop plays that will be dooooom. I wouldn't mind playing a 5-8 punt game with State (as long as field position isn't destroyed by crazy running backwards sacks) but a -3 TO game is unwinnable for M.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I care so little about||
I care so little about improperly deployed idioms that I'm not going to hold a candle to correct you.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||Whoa, you're right. I stopped||
Whoa, you're right. I stopped watching right as M punted with 9 seconds left. It was shanked, of course, and MSU threw a pass down the right sideline. Leon Hall was flagged in a highly bullshitty way, as you remember, and then MSU (Dave Rayner) missed a 52-yard field goal into the wind with no time left on the clock.
That was some Skin of the Teeth Lloydball right there.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Something I had forgotten||
Something I had forgotten about Braylonfest but remembered after watching the comeback on mgovideo:
M got the ball back, tied 27 all, with one minute left and I believe one timeout, on their own 20, and just ran the clock out. So very Lloyd of Lloyd. I mean, Braylon had just spent the last five minutes going bananas and they didn't even take one shot at picking up some good yardage. It all worked out, of course, but man. That's some conservative ball coachin'.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||Wow, no kidding you're not a||
Wow, no kidding you're not a statistician. Geez, man, leave it to the professionals.
It clearly projects to
|24 weeks 19 hours ago||Forgive the analogy but this||
Forgive the analogy but this reminds me of one of the dominant State teams of the early 2000s, where they had a pass-first PG and a bunch of wing players flying down the court dunking on everyone's faces.
I wonder if some of the minutes logjam will be solved by playing balls to the wall defense and then running running running in transition. We have a legit two-deep now so we can give max effort without worrying about gassing Zack Novak (hallowed be his name).
Holy pants. Brian seems to think GRIII will play the 4 most of the time (even though the coachs say otherwise), but his added muscle and experience and Irvin's length makes that less terrifying against the bullies of the B10 if that happens.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||If I were coaching Stauskas I||
If I were coaching Stauskas I would drill him relentlessly on shot fakes and either putting the ball on the floor or taking one dribble and drawing a 3-shot personal foul (where his expected PPA would be 2.70 (assuming FT% = 90.0) instead of the 1.32 from his usual 3-point shots (assuming 3PT% = 44.0)). He is going to have people bugging out and flying at him this year and if he can't figure out a way to make teams pay for hard closeouts then that would be a huge opportunity wasted, IMO.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Did anyone else think the||
Did anyone else think the format of the story was distracting? I mean, I thought it was kind of interesting, but I felt like it made it hard to get in the flow.
Get off my lawn caveats apply, but sometimes when you've got a great story you just want to read it and not be distracted by the graphical hoo-haa and frippery and 23-skidoo.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||When I read this Everything||
When I read this
I was like eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
And then I noticed that Irvin wasn't even mentioned and I was like
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Totally agree, and not just||
Totally agree, and not just for the reasons you mentioned. If you squint your eyes and thought #21 was #20 and forgot that #20 was not a WR, you would think you were looking at Hart.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||McGary shooting a high||
McGary shooting a high percentage from 3?
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Agreed. I was just trying to||
Agreed. I was just trying to pose the question in terms of ceilings. Is Hoke's ceiling 90% of Saban? 95%? 75%? Not sure what that translates into in terms of wins and B10/NCAA championships, but just as a way to think about what Hoke's ceiling is.
OTOH if M-Wolv is right and M aspires to be Stanford, then it seems like that's a pretty reasonable goal and Hoke could be the man for that job.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||I agree that was a bit of a||
I agree that was a bit of a dopey way to ask the question. I would have asked it more this way:
"If M ultimately wants to be Alabama instead of OSU/Oregon/Baylor, and assuming recruiting continues the way it has been going, then in 3-5 years how close will M be to Alabama, given that (1) it seems like Hoke might not be as good as Saban and (2) Alabama under Saban will probably always at least meet if not exceed M in terms of recruiting?"
|25 weeks 13 hours ago||Godwin's Law (RR Corollary)||
Godwin's Law (RR Corollary) FTW.
|25 weeks 13 hours ago||Correction: He's 5'8" but he||
Correction: He's 5'8" but he plays like he's 5'9".
|25 weeks 18 hours ago||If you do will you adopt me||
If you do will you adopt me too so they can be my brothers?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Can't watch the game but I'm||
Can't watch the game but I'm looking forward to the UFR.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||GIFamy?||
|25 weeks 1 day ago||+1 for proper use of||
+1 for proper use of "nonplussed."
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Just between you and I, this||
Just between you and I, this is correct.
|26 weeks 14 hours ago||I don't really disagree with||
I don't really disagree with any of this. But the complaint from the "take the free yards, Al!!!" crowd is that no one is asking Devin to fit a skinny post into an NFL window. We are asking Borges to "TAKE THE FREE FUCKING YARDS, AL!!!"
Now checking into a TAKE THE FREE FUCKING YARDS play may be impossible because of our huddle proclivities. In which case I rescind my criticism of Borges and place it squarely on Hoke.
To me, that's what it comes down to. Either Borges sucks or he is being hamstrung by Hoke, or worst of all, maybe both.
|26 weeks 14 hours ago||we don't get out of the||
And here, along with the spread punt issue, is where I think we have to be extremely critical of Hoke. Hoke mostly but not entirely alles.
My assumption (and coaches help me out here) is that the reason to huddle is that the QB can explain a more complicated play or formation. Actually, let me stop there. What is the reason to huddle? My assumption was what I said but now I'm not sure.
Anyway, if the reason to huddle is that you get to run more complicated formations and shifts and motion and such, then there has to be some evidence that those complicated formations and shifts and motions are actually doing something to the defense. My untrained eye says that at least PSU said later for that noise and just assumed we were going to run when we were in tackle over and pass when we were in shotgun.
So then I say, if your coach won't go no-huddle, making checks out of bad plays easier, then you are bringing a knife to a gunfight. If this were the pros, that would get you either fired or a stern talking-to from the owner. I'm glad that it is not the pros, but I do wonder what it will take to drag Hoke out of the 1970s.
|26 weeks 18 hours ago||I am of course not expecting||
I am of course not expecting that Borges will collapse in a puddle of mea culpas, but how dumb does he think we are?
I wish he were trolling us but sadly I don't think he is.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I totally missed references||
I totally missed references to The Smiths (I was 15 when the first Smiths record came out, so wheelhouse like whoah).
But I also totally did not miss references to The Smiths.