Mike Lantry, 1972
|9 hours 14 min ago||Keep gettin' dem checks,||
Keep gettin' dem checks, Chad!
|9 hours 25 min ago||Are Derrick, Caris, and Zak||
Are Derrick, Caris, and Zak doin' The Dakich?
|9 hours 29 min ago||That's what I said, J-Mo >||
That's what I said, J-Mo > RVB.
|9 hours 32 min ago||Welly, welly, welly, welly,||
Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well... To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising question?
|9 hours 38 min ago||(No subject)||
|12 hours 41 min ago||J-Mo == RVB||
J-Mo == RVB
|12 hours 46 min ago||Michigan will (lightly) whip||
Michigan will (lightly) whip the competition?
|14 hours 52 min ago||Too soon.||
|1 day 16 hours ago||The ball KNOWS!!! - Dakich||
The ball KNOWS!!!
- Dakich and Dakich
|2 days 3 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.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Or just one (French cinema||
Or just one (French cinema edition).
|3 days 10 hours ago||I'm starting to think you||
I'm starting to think you don't care for this "Rich Rod" fella.
|3 days 10 hours ago||...6'11" enigma Nnnanna Egwu,||
The extra "n" is for extra... um... Not rebounding?
|5 days 12 hours ago||Rain down.||
|6 days 2 hours ago||Why do I feel the sudden urge||
Why do I feel the sudden urge to drink a cup of hot tea?
|6 days 2 hours 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.
|1 week 16 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||TWSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!||
|1 week 1 day ago||Man, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck||
Man, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck Duke.
|1 week 2 days ago||Remind me: are all weight||
Remind me: are all weight gains or losses good or only some?
|1 week 2 days ago||Depends. Is Fred Jackson of||
Depends. Is Fred Jackson of this earth?
|1 week 2 days 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?
|1 week 3 days ago||Pretty sure future Michigan||
Pretty sure future Michigan players/infants with superhero names are not OT.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||*Raises hand sheepishly*||
*Raises hand sheepishly*
|1 week 4 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?
|1 week 4 days ago||Obligatory.||
|1 week 5 days ago||And?||
|1 week 5 days ago||This is crazy.||
This is crazy.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's what was so amazing||
That's what was so amazing about it!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So what's your opinion on||
So what's your opinion on RR--pro or con?
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well... Bye.||
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||OP lost me at Picked up a 6||
OP lost me at
A six for the weekend? Are you Amish (NTTAWWT)?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Like I said, I'm drknu.||
Like I said, I'm drknu.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||ck!!! Damn, it's really hard||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Lol correcting Danish just as||
Lol correcting Danish just as I posted.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Lol autocorrect Danish.||
Lol autocorrect Danish.
|3 weeks 3 days 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.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Speaking of his mother, that||
Speaking of his mother, that guy's gonna maker thons of money.
/ try the veal
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Especially when you misspell||
Especially when you misspell "hope" as "hoke," which, Freud.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Man, fuck Alabama. Was that||
Man, fuck Alabama.
Was that the reaction I was supposed to have? Because that was my reaction.
|4 weeks 2 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Inside NU catches up with||
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Obligatory.||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Clark—who attends the same||
You had Magnus at Mike Cox.
/ fifth grader
|5 weeks 1 day 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?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Indiana’s offense is just||
I believe you misspelled "excreting." Pls make a note of it kthx.
|5 weeks 4 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.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Duh, his "basketball pole."||
Duh, his "basketball pole." What did you think he was talking about?
See? Basketball pole:
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Are we sure it was a table?||
Are we sure it was a table?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||DEATH TO PROCESSES (and||
DEATH TO PROCESSES
(and backboards. Still backboards)
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Bawitdaba da BANG a dang||
Bawitdaba da BANG a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy!
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm here for the... You||
I'm here for the...
|6 weeks 3 days 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?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||DB thought process:||
DB thought process:
|6 weeks 3 days ago||2:37 NJAS DRINK!||
2:37 NJAS DRINK!
|6 weeks 4 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.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||5 stars out of 5. Would watch||
5 stars out of 5. Would watch again.
|6 weeks 5 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.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not one but two posbang||
Not one but two posbang threads???!!!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKK||
Nik, show 'em what you got, big fella!!!!
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 4 hours 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.
|7 weeks 15 hours 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.
|7 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 6 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"
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Hey, no relig-- Oh fuck it.||
Hey, no relig--
Oh fuck it. Repent!!! REEEEEEEPEEEEEEENNNNNNNTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!
|8 weeks 7 hours 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.
|8 weeks 10 hours 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.
|8 weeks 15 hours 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
|8 weeks 1 day 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.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yay!||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Here's hoping he still likes||
Here's hoping he still likes to hit people really fucking hard.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This is factually the correct||
This is factually the correct answer. Commence thread lock sequence.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Pos||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||We can haz base and||
We can haz base and constraint playz?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||a lot of people on here will||
I know that this is your opinion, but it's wrong.
|8 weeks 3 days 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.
|8 weeks 3 days 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
|8 weeks 3 days 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.
|8 weeks 4 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
|8 weeks 4 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.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The many face of Fran McCaffery||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention they made the||
Not to mention they made the final four in 2000 as an 8 seed.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'm here for the pandering||
I'm here for the pandering picture of precious puppies in precipitation posbang!!!!!!!!!
|8 weeks 6 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||http://lmgtfy.com/?q=coconut+|
|8 weeks 6 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?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Yeah, what budding offensive||
Yeah, what budding offensive coordinator in his right mind would want to take lessons from Rich Rodriguez?
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||ORLY?||
|12 weeks 1 day 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).
|12 weeks 2 days 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.
|12 weeks 3 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.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I hear they have purple swag.||
I hear they have purple swag.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||These games are stupid. There||
These games are stupid. There oughta be a law!
|12 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Meh. Write it to all 12 parts||
Meh. Write it to all 12 parts of La Villa Strangiato and then we'll talk.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I love it when Stauskas hits||
I love it when Stauskas hits the swag button right before launch.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|14 weeks 4 days ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|14 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 3 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Polish hat FTW!||
Polish hat FTW!
|15 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I LOVE THIS FEATURE. Also,||
I LOVE THIS FEATURE.
Also, fuck and fire.
|16 weeks 3 hours ago||Henri, brave otter Lying on||
Henri, brave otter
Lying on your glist'ning back
Much like Fitz in rain
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's "howls" with the||
I think it's "howls" with the Ozzie accent, but + a million for the pull.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Ooh, ooh!The Space Coyote||
The Space Coyote (of Space)...
With the ellipsis.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Whoa, my wise-ass numbers||
Whoa, my wise-ass numbers were pretty close.
|16 weeks 3 days 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.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 92 Michigan's RPI||
Michigan's RPI -55
|17 weeks 9 hours ago||(No subject)||
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 4 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!!!
|17 weeks 4 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.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Man, Brian took the MSU loss||
Man, Brian took the MSU loss hard.
|17 weeks 5 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?
|18 weeks 11 hours 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.
|18 weeks 1 day 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.
|18 weeks 2 days 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.
|18 weeks 2 days 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'.
|18 weeks 2 days 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
|18 weeks 2 days 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.
|18 weeks 3 days 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.
|18 weeks 3 days 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.
|19 weeks 11 hours 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
|19 weeks 15 hours 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.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||McGary shooting a high||
McGary shooting a high percentage from 3?
|19 weeks 2 days 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.
|19 weeks 2 days 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?"
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Godwin's Law (RR Corollary)||
Godwin's Law (RR Corollary) FTW.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Correction: He's 5'8" but he||
Correction: He's 5'8" but he plays like he's 5'9".
|19 weeks 2 days ago||If you do will you adopt me||
If you do will you adopt me too so they can be my brothers?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Can't watch the game but I'm||
Can't watch the game but I'm looking forward to the UFR.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||GIFamy?||
|19 weeks 3 days ago||+1 for proper use of||
+1 for proper use of "nonplussed."
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Just between you and I, this||
Just between you and I, this is correct.
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|20 weeks 3 days 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.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||It feels more like 2007 to||
It feels more like 2007 to me. RR has always started slow and then there was the Sherithreet factor, so I didn't expect much. And not much is what we got.
But 2007 had Henne/Hart/Long/Manningham/Arrington and we ran zone left a zillion times. If we get to some shitty bowl and the handcuffs come off the offense I'll scream.
That 2008 Cap-One bowl offense would actually be perfect here, with Gallon roughly in the Manningham role and Funchess in the Arrington role. And that's not even taking into account Devin's legs.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Replied to lock in MU. / dick||
Replied to lock in MU.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The thing is, the whole point||
The thing is, the whole point of a constraint play is not to base your offense around it but to make the D line up so you can run what you really want to run. So if we threw one, ONE bubble screen or zip screen or jet screen or whatever the fuck Borges wants to call it, then it's quite likely we'd never have to run it again in a game because the D would be forced to bacdafucup.
Or maybe we'd have to run it twice, fine. But we're not talking about shelving the whole offense and becoming Krazy Mike Leach's Slingapalooza or something.
Finally, imagine what would have happened if we had run a bubble to Funchess in that last TV-shot picture and ended the game on a 25-yard TD pass. The PSU boards would be aflame with how idiotic that defense was, giving up an obvious 10 if not 25 yards.
There is indeed a fine line between clever and stupid.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The only use for it I can see||
The only use for it I can see is if you get in a rubber dogshit fight, which is now my more PC term for "cripple fight."
|20 weeks 3 days ago||lolwutpear.jpg||
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Did anyone else think of this||
Did anyone else think of this while reading this post?
Borges == Denethor
Fitz == Faramir
M fans == Pippin
|20 weeks 3 days ago||So that means we couldn't||
So that means we couldn't possibly lose?
|20 weeks 4 days ago||The sad part of all of this||
The sad part of all of this to me is that M has the players to play a version of what Hoke ultimately wants--ball control offense that doesn't turn it over and keeps the defense fresh. One way to do that is an Alabama-style punishing running attack with enough PA to keep the LBs honest. But it's not the only way.
Put Devin in the shotgun/pistol, run enough QB isos, zone reads, quick screens, counter tosses, passes in the flat to Dileo/Norfleet, and then run PA off of the shotgun/pistol to go over the top to Funchess et al.
I don't really understand the a priori argument for downhill running from under center unless the coaches believe it's the best way to control the clock and keep the defense fresh. But it clearly is not. So while I don't think a valid argument would be to ask Hoke/Borges to scrap the basic goal of the offense and try to become Oregon, I do think it's valid to expect them to achieve it a different way.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I have always maintained that||
I have always maintained that the spittle-flecked RR haters are, on average, WAY more unhinged than the spittle-flecked RR supporters ever were, and here is an excellent case in point.
How on earth did you miss the very next, very critical of RR sentence?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe it's a double reverse||
Maybe it's a double reverse switcheroo and he actually plans on returning all of the punts for TDs?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Lewan donkeys his man if||
Lewan donkeys his man if donkeys were made of bits of cloth and stuffing. TL hates rag dolls also, apparently.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't we decide in another||
Didn't we decide in another thread that if a pass behind the LOS he could receive a pass as long as he's not covered up on the line? So even if he stayed 77 he could catch a pass behind the LOS as long as he's eligible and w/out reporting?
Sending up the Space Coyote signal...
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Sending out the ACL signal to||
Sending out the ACL signal to all MGoOrthopedicSurgeons and kindred professions:
Should we assume that there is no or at least a trivial elevated risk to JMFR to playing this early? I mean, like, if he's healed he's HEALED? I ask because I know nothing about this kind of rehab. I don't want a Gronk-like relapse fergodsakes, so can you all make me feel good about his coming back this weekend?
Questions of his effectiveness are secondary but still concerning of course. But we have Beyer and Gordon for that.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Beat The University of Ohio||
Beat The University of Ohio State University of Ohio.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||How do you know when people||
How do you know when people who disagree with you are SHEEP and when they are just a collection of unrelated individuals who have come to the same independently-arrived at decision that you're a twat?
I'm not saying you're wrong; I'm just curious about how you reached the conclusion you reached instead of the alternative.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||That Rogue Wave song is||
That Rogue Wave song is pretty good. I like the Shins too. It's also the second-best video to depict nerds fighting in armor in a forest.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Neg'd for subtle stellar||
Neg'd for subtle stellar racist homophobia.
Pos'd for everything else.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|21 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|21 weeks 4 days ago||This is like a "How to Play||
This is like a "How to Play the Big" fundamentals film. Keep the ball high on post entries and rebounds? Check. Drop step to reverse layup? Check. Triple threat position on the perimeter? Check.
I shall call him "Less Athletic but More Fundamentally Sound at His Age Mitch McGary."
I suck at making up nicknames, though, so maybe we should just pencil that one in until something better comes along.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||Zack Novak, Stu Douglass,||
Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, GRIII, Mitch McGary, Zak Irvin, Spike Albrecht, and to a lesser extent Andrew Dakich and Sean Lonergan do not approve this message.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska must be psyched that||
Nebraska must be psyched that they're playing two games in a row against SDSU.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Good catch. He goes in the ?||
Good catch. He goes in the ? at the 4 spot. I thought he was a JR but he's a RS SO.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Obligatory 2015 depth chart||
Obligatory 2015 depth chart musings:
* NBA flight risks by then, I realize.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The cutoff title of your post||
The cutoff title of your post made me giggle, in case you were wondering.
I've been married for over 20 years, so you and me both, brother.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I'm happy for Darius, of||
I'm happy for Darius, of course.
But I'm also sad for Darius.
The 76ers will rival their own record for worst record in basketball. Fortunately for them, the Suns, Bobcats, Kings, Pelicans, Celtics, and Jazz (sorry, Trey) are extant.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||God, you're such a RR||
God, you're such a RR apologist. Using facts and logic and the unyielding chronological order of time and all. Why can't you just admit that losing to Sparty made me feel bad at my job because my coworkers made fun of me and so that proves that RR was a terrible hire?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||It's TAY-lor.||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||There is a 100% chance that||
There is a 100% chance that there is a black metal band in Scandinavia with the name that either is or translates to "hell people."
|22 weeks 4 days ago||And Nick Perry, yes?||
And Nick Perry, yes?
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Stauskas looks swoll! /||
Stauskas looks swoll!
LeVert is no longer two-dimensional!
/ That thread about that recruit who looked young to some posters.
Any chance we can get a height/weight change report about the hoops team?
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Serious, non-snarky or||
Serious, non-snarky or hiveminded question: how do you know when you're seeing a hivemind of unoriginal slavish thinkers and when you're just seeing a bunch of people who, after consideration and deliberation, have reached the same conclusion that is not the one you reached?
|23 weeks 2 days ago||I'm wracking my brains as to||
I'm wracking my brains as to why you're not scoring more with the ladies.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Holy shit, a thread with Elno||
Holy shit, a thread with Elno Lewis, dex, AND Other Chris? This is absolutely fantastic. I'm so happy right now.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||I don't pretend to know the||
I don't pretend to know the answer to this, but if the problem with the gameplan is not that it consists of ill-conceived plays per se (like quadruple reverse halfback passes from your own goal line) or THE SAME GODDAMN PLAY ALL THE TIME COUGH COUGH DEBORD COUGH COUGH but rather (1) seemingly sensible plays that (2) the players have trouble executing, then maybe the gameplan should be whittled down to feature mostly plays that the players can execute.
Por ejemplo: if we're staring 2nd and 12 in the face repeatedly because our interior line can't block the perfectly sensible playcalls, then maybe we shouldn't do that as much. Same with Funchess. I know he SHOULD be able to make the appropriate blocks, but if he can't maybe we shouldn't ask him to.
As I said, I dunno. I don't think Borges calls weird plays that have no chance of working, but it seems like he calls a lot of plays on first down that for whatever reason wind up with LBs in Fitz's face half the time. That would be my only (highly ignorant of actual football) critique.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||We're at 149. Come on,||
We're at 149. Come on, people!!!
This should get things going:
Rich Rodriguez was the finest coach ever to have trod the hallowed turf of Michigan Stadium.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||To me it begins and ends with||
To me it begins and ends with this thread:
I always wind up laughing until the tears come when I read this one. Also, remember when Chitown was BOTH a cantankerous old cuss AND had a hilarious and self-deprecating sense of humor?
Where have you gone, Chitownblue2 /
MGoBlog turns its lonely eyes to you /
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I think that era has come and||
I think that era has come and gone, man. With the exception of some Srs. Baby Seal Us, if you don't block people they will tackle you for losses. Our execution blows right now, not our personnel. Or at least,
(Proper technique - Not proper technique) >>>> (Future talent - Current talent)
|23 weeks 3 days ago||If Rodriguez had not sucked||
If Rodriguez had not sucked so badly at the picking of the defensive coaches and the recruiting of the defensive players and the being of the Michigan Man, then he would have been a great coach for UM. Unfortunately...
But back to the issue at hand. I think it's clear that we are still in transition. Miller was Molk Lite. Toussaint is Not Derrick Green. Gallon is Not Campbell or Harris. Gardner is Not, well, frankly, RS JR Shane Morris after that ouch-y back thing gets diagnosed, amirite?
So there are still some square pegs. I maintained with RR that college coaches need 4-5 years before you can rightfully fire them (net of Bobby Petrino-like gaffes) and I maintain that with Borges. But it's clear that Borges does not believe in or know how to run an offense with base and constraint plays. He just has a big ol' bag o' plays, some of which he re-runs when they hit and others... not.
I will say that the fact that we barely run anything but inside zone out of the pistol is pretty damning. My understanding of the Borges offense was that it was a set of plays that are run out of a million sets, so everything is the same to the offense but dizzying to the defense. I honestly don't understand what his philosophy or our identity is now, except "run some stuff and when it works it's awesome and when it doesn't it's UConn."
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Pellini Grimsrud: Where is||
Pellini Grimsrud: Where is pancakes house?
Frazier Showalter: What?
Pellini Grimsrud: We stop at pancakes house.
Frazier Showalter: ...what're you nuts? We had pancakes for breakfast. Gotta go to a place I can get a shot and a beer, steak, maybe, not more fuckin' pancakes, c'mon.
[Pellini stares at Frazier]
Frazier Showalter: Oh, come on, man! Okay, here's an idea; we can stop outside of Brainerd, I know a place there we can get laid. Whaddya think?
Pellini Grimsrud: I'm fucking hungry now, you know!
Frazier Showalter: Yeah yeah Jesus, I'm sayin' - we can... stop, get pancakes and then we'll get laid, alright?
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I feel like the rhetoric and||
I feel like the rhetoric and playcalling from Mattison has changed over the years from much more aggressive and multiple to much more "inside and in front" and vanilla. Any thoughts on this? Since you asked, I have three (non-mutually exclusive):
Thus far the strategy has worked against a horrible team when the offense is playing well and a good team (ND, probably, right?) when the offense is playing well, and has looked problematic against a horrible team when the offense is not playing well.
I wonder if the Akron experience will lead Matiison to rev things up a bit as a hedge against future anemic offensive performances, or whether he will wait until the return of Ryan.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I think you and I agree--I||
I think you and I agree--I was reacting to the Mathlete's comment (my emphasis) that
I guess I interpreted that to mean "this style of offense more than another style," which may not have been his intent.
And then I was noting that during the RR tenure many posters dismissed the spread on the grounds that it didn't score a bajillion points against really good defenses, which always made me want to cry for the future of our country and logic.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The prime example is||
Mathlete, I know you threw in the sample size caveat, but there's another issue--good defenses cause problems for all offenses, don't they? This is what drove me figuratively insane during the RR years--people kept saying "sure, the spread puts up a lot of points on crappy defenses but then it can't score against elite defenses."
BUT THAT'S WHY THEY'RE ELITE DEFENSES THEY'RE HARD TO SCORE AGAINST!!!!1!!1
Ahem. I'm not suggesting you made that argument, but I would like to see if you can dip into your bag of data and figure out whether, ceteris paribus, spread offenses do worse against elite defenses than non-spread offenses.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||It probably doesn't matter||
It probably doesn't matter much one way or another in terms of doing better the next time, but I roll my eyes so hard they almost fall into my brain pan when I hear coaches take 100% of the blame for shitty performances. I mean, cumong, man.
I prefer honesty and not treating fans like they're slavering 7 year olds who don't understand anything about anything. I know there is difference of opinion from reasonable people on this, though, and I also don't see any reason to call out individual players.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||For all the people who say||
For all the people who say they don't like pro basketball, I urge you to read all of Zach Lowe's columns and then give it another try. He is a fantastic analyst, IMO. Or you could continue to love college basketball and read Drew Sharp.
BOOM FALSE DICHOTOMY'D
|24 weeks 3 days ago||In before dele--||
In before dele--
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I think he was being what do||
I think he was being what do you call it oh yeah ironical. Brian was expressing angst that, although he would like to believe that past events (awesome Devin vs. ND) predict future events, they in fact did not in this case (horrible Devin vs. Akron).
|24 weeks 4 days ago||It's obviously a silly,||
It's obviously a silly, purely academic exercise, but what I mean is that the game remained close on the basis of a number of plays that I don't think would all go against M very frequently in repeated trials--the horrible interceptions and fumble, and two long passes Akron completed near the end.
I have no doubt that in repeated trials the mean of the distribution wouldn't be nearly as comfortable as we'd like, given the lacklusterness of M's play and the general, historical horribleness of Akron. But, as others have said, M basically gave away 13 to 21 points. Now, you could argue that the tipped Countess interception and the escorting of Jehu to the end zone and the complete lack of tackling on Funchess's TD balanced that out to some degree.
But in terms of highly repeatable issues, I would predict that the mean of this imaginary repeated trials game would be something like 38-17 M. Not an epic blowout, suggesting all of the things Lewan was pissed about, but not a nail-biter either.
Again, silly hypothetical exercise caveats apply.