|5 days 20 hours ago||These are almost not worth||
These are almost not worth posting. I imaging it has to be really frustrating to be one of those reporters. There will never be another Heiko / Borges...
|1 week 1 day ago||Me, too (as an executive masters student)||
Me, too (as an executive masters student)
|1 week 1 day ago||The entire trajectory of the||
The entire trajectory of the OSU game changed last year when he got hurt. Saying he's not in the same stratosphere of two guys he clearly outplayed last year makes no sense.
|1 week 5 days ago||Seconded. Not appreciating Happy Gilmore is just wrong.||
Seconded. Not appreciating Happy Gilmore is just wrong.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||stretch||
To say they've all been one sided games in this stretch is going a little far. Other than Rodriguez's two trips to Columbus and the Chad Henne rubbar arm game, they have all been competitive games. Not denying the point that you have to actually start winning some of these games, but to say that the actual games have all been one sided is inaccurate.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||There's a Chris Rock thing about that from 20 years ago.||
There's a Chris Rock thing about that from 20 years ago.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Not that the exact thing||
Not that the exact thing would have played out, but I feel like Donovan buries the shot that Wondo missed against Belgium
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Fair question, I am capable||
Fair question, I am capable of changing a tire. But, with a rental, I felt like going into DIY mode wasn't the best choice.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with you and the OP.||
I agree with you and the OP. Tweeting strangers with your opinion of what they should do is pretty insane.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Favorite Randy Johnson moment||
Favorite Randy Johnson moment was when John Kruk was terrified to face him in the all star game.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||There are two sides of this||
There are two sides of this that are pretty easy to argue and have merit. I'd just say make sure you would apply the exact same logic you apply here to Nick Saban, Les Miles, Urban Meyer or Mark Dantonio.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Brighthouse in Livonia was||
Brighthouse in Livonia was awesome. I moved over to Northville and have gone through ATT and Wow and have not been satisfied.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes. I have no problem with||
Yikes. I have no problem with the players having fun and getting fired up. One of the worst things about baseball is all of the macho bs and unwritten rules. It's never cool to just be a dick to someone, but getting fired up when you strike someone out should be fine. If you don't want to get "shown up," don't give up home runs and don't strike out.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I hire for a job that has a||
I hire for a job that has a very set starting salary. I don't think I'd pull an offer, but I would vs worried about my ability to keep someone long term who wanted that much more than we are offering.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I am with the people who||
I am with the people who brought up the western Wayne county area (Livonia, Northville, Plymouth). Good schools, easy location with access to AA, Detroit, DTW (and Dearborn). Your price point probably dictates doing northern Livonia or Plymouth township.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I was 16||
And I'm with you. Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are classics. My wife and I still call the day that her People magazine comes "Nudey Magazine Day."
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I'm surprised Raymon Taylor hasn't gotten a bite at all.||
I'm surprised Raymon Taylor hasn't gotten a bite at all.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
McDonald's Coke is the best. So good.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||As I said, from a perspective||
As I said, from a perspective of administrative cost. Not going anywhere near the political debate, just saying that the amount they spend on administration as a percentage of their overall budget is very low.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Trying to stay away from||
Trying to stay away from politics, but you're paying more to essentially subsidize people with low incomes and to bring the quality of insurance across the board up to a minimum standard (whether that is right or wrong is a whole different and substantially political conversation). Government run entitlements like social security and Medicare are actually incredibly efficiently run from an administrative cost standpoint.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Me, too||
All I remember MSA doing was passing resolutions about things they had no impact on, so the guy with the board seemed as well qualified as anyone.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Point 1||
I actually would go the other way on point one. Not enough small fouls are called. If they called all the grabbing and bumping (especially off the ball) the game would flow more freely and there would be more of an emphasis on skill, whcih I think would make it a more pleasing product to watch.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||NIT||
I agree that in general there's really not much left to prove, but I honestly think this team could win the NIT. Would be nice to have a banner for a fourth straight year.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I get where you're coming||
I get where you're coming from in general, but I think it's a fine line. If we're talking about rules like don't kill, be a decent person, take responsibility for your actions and such, I'm with you.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm||
Unlike the guy above, I don't think this makes any sense at all in regards to setting standards and teaching. I think what you teach by dogmatically sticking to rules that go against reason is that you are stubborn and that you can't be fully respected and taken seriously. Maybe it's the whole nurturing parent vs stern father thing, but sticking to non-sensical things just because you are the boss is a sign of weakness or lack of intelligence.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting. I'll have to||
Interesting. I'll have to look into that.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||That's not necessarily always||
That's not necessarily always true. Unless I'm not smart enough to figure it out (which is possible) I don't know how I could avoid it in my situation. I have a rental home that I'm able to depreciate each year. All of my taxes are taken out of my check from my regular job. When the depreciation hits my income, I owe less. I am not sure how I could convince my employer to take less out of my checks.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
Rahkman spent almost the entire game one on one with Russel and did quite well for himself. Huge factor in the game.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I happened to bring up||
I happened to bring up Nevermind the other day. It got overplayed, but it's incredible.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree||
I think height does matter. I have seen Spike and Trey struggle to inbound enough from under the basket to think it does matter. Beyond height, the downside of having your PG inbound is that you are putting your quickest player who is most likely to shake free and get open out of bounds with the ball.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||cost / benefit||
I don't think you can afford to be so rigid. As Brian always says, all of these guys average well under 5 fouls per 40 minutes. It's one thing when you are brining in someone who is a roughly equal replacement. When you are at a point where you only have 4 legitimate options for 4 non-big spots, you probably need to roll the dice.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. Beilein has been a||
Agreed. Beilein has been a 99% positive, but having a 6' pg in bound (Burke, Walton, Albrecht) and the two foul auto bench have been consistent mistakes on his part.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||The game against a team that||
The game against a team that lost to Illinois at home and Michigan took to OT on the road?
|29 weeks 12 hours ago||There are a million correct||
There are a million correct ways to raise a kid. I hope my girls are self motivated and kind people.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||congrats!||
Get a job in someone's lab. Good experience and references. Look for summer intensive programs at other universities. Take advantage of career services (resume writing and interview practice). The UM degree is worth a ton, but you still have to learn to present yourself.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||seconded||
Biased as I live in Northville, but I think it's a great area. Good schools, relatively reasonable real estate prices (though on the high end) and great access (30 minutes to Detroit, 30 minutes to AA, 15 minutes to DTW).
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Happening||
For what it's worth, mgoblog broke it to me. I really really tried to keep my expectations in chek, but when the "It's Happening" post came up, I gave in and celebrated. That, to me, is the value of credibility. I have followed mgoblog for 5+ years now and Brian has been connected and correct enough that for me, I was only going to believe it when Brian said it, so the actual timing of other reporter's tweets is irrelevant to me.
|33 weeks 20 hours ago||I ain't never been to jail.||
I ain't never been to jail.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||We had debated getting rid of||
We had debated getting rid of ours. The bad football was certainly a factor, but the price relative to the market was the biggest factor. Unless you are really tied to your exact seat there is very little tangible benefit to paying more than twice market value. We never intended to stop going, just to stop getting gouged.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa||
I am kind of shocked anyone noticed any of my comments. Crazy...
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Why?||
I get that they were wrong, but I think it's pretty unlikely that they're maliciously trying to make UM look bad. I don't think this passes the bar of important work. Reminds me of when reporters get all pissy with each other about who got something first.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Jay||
The only thing that I think is really conclusive is that Jay had something to do with it because he knew where her car was. I suppose it all could have gone like he said, but that just doesn't make any sense to me. I think the most likely thing is that Jay and Adnan did it together for some reason (still not clear) and Jay figured his best bet was to get this deal and stay out of jail.
The total lack of physical evidence is the thing that keeps me second guessing whether Adnan was involved. Hard to believe that a 17 year old would be that good to leave no physical evidence at all.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||If nothing else, it would||
If nothing else, it would make the next few games a little more interesting to watch. You know what you're getting with this set up, might be interesting to see what Nuss would do with total control.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Countess||
It's not apparent in this (unless I overlooked it), but I am pretty sure Countess was benched for the entire second half. Taylor and Lewis were the corners almost exclusively and Hollowell came in as the nickel. I don't think Countess took another regular snap at corner after the TD. I realize it was a great throw and a tiny window, but that was the fourth straight TD on Countess' man.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Customers||
The current environment in college football has turned fans into customers.When TV and ADs work to maximize revenue, they do that at the expense of fan loyalty. If I am a customer (I paid over $2000 for two tickets this season) my opinion is relevant to the situation as a whole. Without the support and money of the fans, there is no football. Hoke's attitude of defensiveness and combativeness with the media and fans opinions has obviously trickled down. We are not mindless and emotionless sources of money.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||3-9. McGuffie and Shaw over||
3-9. McGuffie and Shaw over Minor and Brown. Sheridan over Threet. Losing to Toledo and 4-8 Purdue. 18 point loss to Notre Dame, 14 point home loss to MSU, 35 point loss to OSU. All of this BEFORE the whole freep thing. The negativity and attitude were at least partially derived from this awful line.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Bill Martin was the AD when||
Bill Martin was the AD when Rodriguez and Gerg were hired. Brandon said immediately that they needed to pay salaries on the same level as other big time schools and he backed that up.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Give me a break. Hot takes||
Give me a break. Hot takes everywhere... Rodriguez didn't get the job done at michigan so he got fired. All of this whining about the university and tradition is ridiculous. As the head coach you are paid to be responsible for all of it. Good luck to him, but he failed at Michigan and anyone who thinks it was about to get better is nuts.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
Look no further than the last three games under Rodriguez. Wisconsin ramming it down their throats, not competitive at OSU, then run of the field by a mid to low level SEC team. I agree that UM in general didn't treat him well, but there's no reason to think it was going to get any better.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||plot||
That plot is hilarious. The r-squared has to be about as close to 0 as I've ever seen.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
I think you make all good points. I am just uncomfortable with some of the postings that seem to take personal pleasure at this. I think if a personal revels in someone else's misfortune (even if they brought it on themselves) that is a bad look.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Think it through...||
I'm not advocating that anyone does or does not sign this petition. Just make sure you read it and think through what you are signing your uniqename to. This is requesting that someone lose their job and have a major black mark put on their career. I just ask that you don't get caught up in a lynch mob and act without truly thinking the whole thing through.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I was there too, didn't see||
I was there too, didn't see Harabugh get hit from a sideline view. Maybe you're just better at watching football than I am.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Like I said, I didn't see it.||
Like I said, I didn't see it. I don't know if they showed it, but I didn't see it and none of the 7-10 people around me saw it. I'm just saying that Bando's assertion that 80000 people saw it is a bit of hyperbole and it's definitely possible that Hoke and Nussmeier didn't see it.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||easy now...||
Let's not get too caught up in revisionism, this is bad enough as is. From section 22, row 41, I did not see the hit live. I, like I assume nearly everyone who watches a football game, stopped watching Morris when he released the ball. Maybe I'm a bad fan, but I'm not sure I've EVER seen a late hit on a QB live while watching a game. It's just not natural to keep your eyes there after the ball is out. I also don't remember seeing them replay the hit on the board. Not a single person around me mentioned a helmet to helmet hit live in the stadium. I am guessing that when you're trying to get the next play call in, most coaches are not watching replays of the last play (assuming they actually replayed the hit on the board).
Point being, there is a lot to be upset about in this whole situation, but saying that they're lying about not seeing the hit live is over the top and almost certainly wrong.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Slightly against the grain||
I agree that the timing of this is really a bad look.
But, I don't really have a problem with the content of the statement. From field level when trying to call in plays, it is believable that Hoke and Nussmeier didn't see the hit. If they already had feedback from the orthopedic people that he had a leg injury and didn't know he'd taken a shot to the head, it is not unreasonable to assume he was staggering / limping due to the leg injury. From my removed view in row 41, section 22, it was clear he wasn't right and that seems to be the vantage point that the neurology staff had. So, at face value, if the coaches knew he had an orthopedic issue and didn't see the hit, I can understand why they wouldn't take him out directly after the hit if they'd already made the (questionable) decision to let him keep playing on the bad ankle.
They admit to having a significant communication problem in game and lay out a solid seeming plan to address that in the future. So, on face value, this is a reasonable explanation of the in game decision tree and a good plan to avoid it happening in the future.
But, there are obviously issues that this doesn't address.
1. How can they not get Hoke the whole story asap? If neurology was involved, there's no excuse for Hoke not to know that before his post game press conference. And not telling him by 12:30pm Monday that the docs had diagnosed a concussion on Sunday? That one is really mind boggling.
2. How does a neurology staff who has a physician quoted on the American Academy of Neurology's statement on sports related concussions not have a better system in place to begin with?
3. Why isn't it in the protocol (like it seems to be almost everywhere) that a player's helmet is taken away when a concussion is suspected? I believe the neurology people probably assumed that there's no way that he gets put back in, but they should have taken steps to make sure it didn't happen. (As the lawyer who deposed me a medical legal case said about 500 times, "what is the downside of communication?")
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Now that you bring up MSU,||
Now that you bring up MSU, it's looking like a good thing that we play there two years in a row. I can't imagine the horror of a 50% green Michigan Stadium and a likely MSU route...
|1 year 1 week ago||railings||
I'm kind of shocked you can just walk right up to that with no railings or anything. Kind of awesome.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Wow...||
Echoing some of the above comments, that was an impressive amount of nothing. I don't think I'll miss Borges on Saturdays, but the OC press conference seems to have gone from an absolute must read to a "skip on sight" type of thing.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Purdue||
I think the '95 one was worse. Obviously the grass vs turf made a difference, but at least the NW game still went on as a game. I remember the Purdue game just being a slog with no one making any ground toward scoring after the intiial field goal. I also remember watching the Purdue game through a small window under the brim of my hat surrounded by poncho.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Spurs||
More reasons for Spurs...
|1 year 6 weeks ago||From the original article||
It looks like MSU and Wayne hold public hearings on the days of votes and it seems UM does not. UM also had meetings in New York and California which does not allow the relevant public the chance to attend.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The horror...||
|1 year 9 weeks ago||$40||
Lik MGrowOld said, they emailed last week offering up to 4 end zone tickets for App State for $40.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Sub||
I think it is because the US made a substitution after the 90th minute.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Second goal||
Why wasn't Yedlin offsides on the second US goal? He was practically on the end line. Is there some sort of allowance for not being a factor in the play?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Value||
The difference is that your performance as a student teacher isn't generating millions in revenue for your school district. And, no one is telling you that you can't try to get a deal endorsing trapper keepers or TI-85s. Is there a rule that says you can't get paid if some district really needed student teachers?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Distribution||
Does anyone know how they decide how many spots each confederation gets? I am having trouble finding a good link. Was wondering what it would take for CONCACAF to get more spots.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Subs||
(disclaimer about not being an ardent follower...)
It seems that we might have been better off with Donovan, Edu, and Goodson / Evans as opposed to Green, Davis, and Chandler, right? It wouldn't necessarily have affected the starting lineup, but it seems like that gives more realistic options to compensate for late game situations, injuries or cards. It just seems a little nuts that there are three guys taking spots that it seems like you basically can't use.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Well||
Should NFL players take less or no money so there can be a professional field hockey or wrestling league with world class facilities?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Maybe||
These things might come out in waves, but I got the email you copied a week or two ago. The story in Brian's post says a few months ago, so this might be a different communication.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Donovan||
"Are we secretly hoping for a mild but disqualifying injury amongst the attacking players? Maybe."
I admit this had crossed my mind. Do we think he's even the guy who would get the call?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Nice||
I am happy to see this back. My soccer fandom has been evolving lately, and it's nice to get info in a familiar place.
It seems that popular opinion out there is that leaving Donovan off makes sense, but I just can't buy it. I know this is overly simplistic and will probably be slammed by soccer purists, but regardless of your form and commitment or whatever, you win soccer games by scoring goals and Donovan has proven he can score goals.
If the ball is on the spot in the 88th minute of a tie game, who do you want taking that kick? Donovan seems like the obvious choice to me.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||??||
You saying Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Seat Numbers||
The aisles at Michigan Stadium run right down the middle of the section. I think it depends on where in the stadium you are (sideline vs corner vs endzone) but in section 22 (sideline) the aisle runs between seats 12 and 13. I think in general the low teens are always going to be the ones on the aisle. 20s and low single digits will be well into the center of the section and far from the aisle.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Branding||
I'm thinking the derby can be added to the Masters as a good example of successfully branding something without ruining it.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Website||
The website gave me trouble when trying to buy season tickets. Wouldn't let me edit my credit card using Chrome or IE. Finally got it to work on an out of date version of FireFox.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||1997||
My 1997 UM / OSU ticket stub that I kept is for $28, so there's another data point.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||man...||
This train is hard to follow.
So does this boil down to you think that they should not take these guys because it could stop us from getting '15 guys who wouldn't be good enough to beat out these guys as sophomores? Are you suggesting that Coach K and Bill Self promise guys playing time at their historically dominant programs who aren't good enough to beat out 2 star players with one year in a system? To me, it seems that if you don't think the '15 guys are good enough to beat these two out, you don't hold the '15 guys in very high esteem and we shouldn't be getting worked up about it.
Beilein has never hesitated to play younger guys over older guys if they're better (see Stauskas and McGary starting the Final Four over Morgan / Horford and Vogrich). If these particular '15 guys (or any '15 guys) are good enough, they will play, and if they're not then I think we'll be happy we grabbed some guys in this class.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Nuts||
If they're really that high caliber they will beat these guys out. You almost seem to be more interested in winning recruiting wars than actual games. Good thing Stauskas didn't stay away because Vogrich was here.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Club / Country||
I like the idea of club play, but it has been hard for me to really find a team. I cheer for UM because I was brainwashed into it and went to school there and I cheer for the Detroit professional teams because they've been there my whole life and I feel a pride for my home town.
With no MLS team and no history in Europe, it's been hard for me to really get hard core into European soccer even though I've watched it regularly for 5+ years now. I picked Spurs because they were in London (so I felt like there was some prayer of me getting there someday), weren't one of the teams that always won (seemed to easy) and had a sweet logo. I still hope they win and follow them, but it's just not the same. Not sure if it ever will be.
The USMNT on the other hand is a lot more fun for me because I feel like I have a little more stake in it, which I recognize is kind of ridiculous.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Come on...||
"It's not the whole truth, but it's not untrue" sounds like something my 6 year old would tell me when she's trying to get out of trouble. I don't debate it was a no win, but it sure could have been a no lose. Half truths about depth charts and such are really not on the same level as this, and it's not close.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Disagree||
I think there's a middle ground that a lot of people are in here that you kind of ignore or wash away. Saying "family matter" can only be explained by someone at the University lying to Hoke or Hoke lying to the media. There really isn't another explanation. So, if it was unclear legally how to phrase it, I don't think it's unreasonable for them to have come up with something other than an easily disproved lie.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Agree||
I turned it off after about 25 minutes to watch the Tigers. It just wasn't interesting. I noticed on twitter that the scrimmage was starting at 3:15, so I put it back on for a bit, but it really wasn't interesting.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Demand||
I'm happy to see such high demand, if nothing else. It seems inevitable that the World Cup will be back in the US in the next 20 years and hopefully this will show that Michigan Stadium would be a good venue. If they can get the elevated surface to work (and I don't see any reason it wouldn't), you could probably get 100,000 in easily. Perfect for a World Cup final...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||True||
I don't disagree that there's great value to the education, my issue is the lack of voice in determining the compensation.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Overly simplified||
I think that's too simple. If you were good enough, you could have seen which coop out there had the best pay and benefits. It's been 15 years since I was in college, but there were stark differences between interning with Medtronic and doing work with a lab on campus. And, if you're good enough, you can always strike it out on your own before you get a degree (like most of the biggest tech guys of the last 30 years).
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Negotiation||
I feel like I'm always saying the same thing here, but to me the difference is that as a regular employee, you can negotiate your conditions of employment. Pro bound football players are barred from the nfl for three years and have no other reasonable option to get to the nfl. If the players had a say in the arrangement then a union wouldn't be necessary.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||if we're being complete...||
They didn't go three times in the last 12 years because they were playing in the national title game.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Agree||
A backcourt of Horton, Dion Harris, and Lester Abram with Beilein and Jordan coaching them could have been amazing.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||well...||
Technically, you are right . Northville Township borders on Plymouth Township, but actual Northville is about ten minutes from actual Plymouth, so you got that going for you.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Couple Points||
I like the general idea, but I agree that it probably could be done in a nicer tone (though I realize Brian has no obligation to do this). A few things...
1. The level playing field. I don't really get why people cling to this. Why do we need to have a level playing field among universities? If GM or Microsoft or Apple want to put a bunch of money into a university's engineering or computer science program, they do it and there is no longer a level playing field. If Nike or Pickens or Under Armor want to put money into facilities or endorsments or whatever to give their schools an advantage, why is that wrong?
2. Seat at the table. I still think this boils down to the basic idea that athletes should be able to negotiate the arrangement for them to play. If they want to get the best deal somewhere, they should be able to. There's no logical reason I can think of to not allow them that power.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Interesting||
I tried that and got Florida over Louisville in the final. But it was pretty crazy in other places, including American in the final 8.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||More...||
a few more health related ones.
Social Work: #1
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Home Games||
One thing that I haven't seen mentioned in the MAC format is that those games last night were on campus, which is why there are no games today as the winners travel to Cleveland. Kind of a cool idea, but I agree it might not make sense for the Big Ten.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||UPS||
I am trying to figure out if there's a downloadable ticket option for the tournament. Everything on stubhub now is UPS delivery, which is a pain. Anyone find any good resources for e-tickets?
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Probably doesn't matter||
I don't think it really matters. Normally, you want to stay away from the 1s, but I don't think anyone on the 1 line is any more scary than anyone on the 2 or 3 line. This is wide open. Personally, as long as Kansas is nowhere near, I'd be fine with the draw.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Florida State||
UM wore the maize as the road team against Florida State in Puerto Rico, so it doesn't seem to be a rule thing. Probably just going with what's working.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Agree||
Give me the Fab Five maize, the '89 Championsiop blue, and the Cazzie white and we never have to think about it again.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||#1 Seed||
Small quibble, but I think the #1 seed is guaranteed unless State falls out of third, which is really unlikely (they'd have to lose out while Iowa or Nebraska won out). In a two way tie with Wisconsin, UM would get the #1 seed because, as pointed out in item 2b below, 2-0 against MSU is better than 1-0.
1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
2. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings (or in the case of a tie for the championship, the next highest position in the regular season standings) continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.
3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.
4. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Ashley / McGary||
I don't think it's really a problem to manipulate it by hand. It makes sense to treat the injuries to Brandon Ashley and Mitch McGary differently than those of Dawson / Payne / Appling. If the entire goal is to predict, you'd be silly not to use that information. Not accounting for injuries (assuming you do it in an intelligent way) is going to make your metric worse.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Some more info||
Here's a table from ESPN comparing some of the popular rankings systems.
They are all best guess ways of predicting. I don't think you can necessarily say the system is crap because it doesn't like Michigan.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Maryland||
Didn't see anyone mention it, but it looks like we don't get Smotrycz's return to Crisler next year. That could have been interesting.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Agree||
It may just be confirmation bias since I started thinking this, but it does seem to be the case. Ira actually insiuated that Beilein intentionally waited to call the TO with 3 seconds left so he could call the lob to Robinson. One, that is insane if true. Two, it's almost certainly not true. It looked like Beilein wanted UM to run it down without a TO, but Lavert was badly floundering, so he called time out.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Agreed||
As much as UM seems to have State's number this year, I wouldn't necessarily like our chances of winning three in a year against them. Wisconsin is still Wisconsin, so I don't want any part of that. My ideal BTT bracket (based on some sense of reality with the standings) would be...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||well...||
I am a member of the reigning Ann Arbor Parks and Rec E league champions. Yeah, most of the guys in that league had only a basic grasp of the rules of basketball, but hey... And of course now that they moved us back up to the D league, we're 1-5.
Oh, and I made the semis of IM bball at UM, but then a team of incredibly fast and well organized Koreans destroyed us.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||#1||
They don't have to be a 1 seed to stay in Buffalo. Just not have two teams above them on the s-curve have Buffalo as their closest / preferred spot. Other than Villanova, I can't think of another decent team in that neighborhood (other than us, theoretically).
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Cult||
I run a cult... awesome.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Gilmore||
I got a kick out of their conversation about Uncle Verne getting residuals from Happy Gilmore.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||??||
I don't get it. Multiple NHL teams share arenas with NBA teams, including the Stanley Cup champs and 4/6 original 6 teams. It's pretty standard. Seattle doesn't even have a basketball team (not sure d the Sonics arena is still around).
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Obvious||
I think this is obvious, but it never really occurred to me before. I'm not sure what that says about me.
But, I agree with this completely. I used to get pissed at my wife for falling asleep when we drove home from things at night. I felt like she should stay up and talk to me or keep me awake. The reality is that she falls asleep immediately whenever she gets in a car and no amount brooding from me was going to make any difference. If I focus on having fun at whatever we do and then having a peaceful drive listening to whatever I want, everyone wins.
Here's my short list to getting students to show up more.
1. Revert to your 1990 policy, full scale. Assign seats, sell your tickets to whoever you want. Kick someone out if they are fighting or causing a real distubrance, but that's it.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||SI||
For what it's worth, I don't think SI is affiliated with CNN anymore. CNN's sports come from Bleacher Report.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Assumptions||
You make a few assumptions about why I said he's a selfish dick. It has nothing to do with him being louder than I'm comfortable with. He was selfish for bringing a personal fued to the head of the coverage of a great team win in a team sport.
I didn't excuse the fan (though I think you're making an unconfirmed jump by implying that he "released a stream of racist profanities"). He should be held accountable for whatever involvement he had, but that doesn't excuse Smart's actions.
We also fundamentally disagree on what violence is. Putting your hands on someone and shoving them in anger is violence. I can't really understand how anyone would think otherwise.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||All in the wrong||
Judging by twitter, this is turning into another Richard Sherman type deal where contrarians get on their high horse and over complicate a pretty simple issue. With Sherman, I don't care if he's a Stanford grad with a history with Crabtree or if he's classy or not. He was being a dick and that was pretty obvious. Leave it at that. He acted like a selfish dick.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Stupid||
Not inviting the people who ask the hardest questions really doesn't show well when the spector of coverup and misinformation is in the air. Just stupid on their part, especially when enough former Daily writers are in the national media now and this is bound to get spread.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Lawful||
I don't think we know that they necessarily thought it was unlawful to disclose it. The law definitely doesn't require them to, as far as I can tell. I am just trying to say that (assuming, like we have both said, that this is about a sexual crime that fits the conditions above) people who claim that they couldn't have given more details about what happened are wrong.
There's a legitimate debate about whether they should or shouldn't have. My inclination is that they should have because it was inevitable that it would come out and avoiding it at the time makes it seem like they were hoping no one would ever find out.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Disagree||
By my reading, your explanation is the partial one. The full explanation has been interpreted as:
So since they concluded that he was responsible, they could have disclosed it to anyone based on this. (The obvious herring is that we don't know for certain what specifically they found him responsible for).
From the government's website.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||disagree||
From the second Daily article:
"Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said FERPA does not prohibit the disclosure of the outcome of Gibbons’ disciplinary case because University investigators concluded that he was responsible for behavior that equates to a sexual offense.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Black Eye||
Overall, it's disappointing that this has become such a black eye for the University and that should fall almost exclusively on Gibbons. He is the one who is alleged to have and has been found likely (at least in the OSCR system) of commiting a violation that is universally accepted as horrible.
But, it does seem like from a University perspective, they did what they could given the rules in place and it seems like they got it right, eventually. The timing looks terrible, but after reading everything, it does seem like it was coincidence that it lined up with the end of his eligibility. It can't be easy when you're trying to figure out if you're dealing with a Duke lacrosse or UVA lacrosse situation. I don't envy them.
I's also pretty clear to me that they should have handled the aftermath better. There's just no way they could have honestly thought this wouldn't come out, so they should have either gotten out in front of it or made damn sure that everything they said on it would look right when people started tracking back after it came out. Hoke obviously has been coached in pressers, so someone should have fed him a line or they should have just put out a release. Being expelled and ineligible in the eyes of the NCAA is just not a family matter. That was a stupid thing to say and it makes them all look bad.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Disagree||
He could have (and in my opinion, should have) said that he won't be playing because he is not eligible. From the Daily's articles, it looks like the University could have said he was expelled because of the nature of the incident, but I can, on some level, understand them choosing not to. But to say that he couldn't have been more direct or truthful due to FERPA seems to be a very limited reading of the rules.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||ha||
" I guess I'm hoping the family issues thing was Brandon's idea because I already know Brandon is a liar and I don't want to live in a world where Brady Hoke is too."
I can sign on with that.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||#1||
As linked above, it appears that he was expelled three days before the family matter statement.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||ok||
Your original title said something along the lines of "making things up" so I guess I took it as an accusation.
It looks like the comments from Hoke were in a more informal setting at the Phoenix airport, not a regular press conference, so my wording could have been better.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Disagree||
I guess we just fundamentally disagree. Employees don't tell their employer how to run their company, but in almost all situatiions, they negotiate the conditions of their employment. In almost all situations, there are competitors who force employers to make an acceptable deal with the employees in order to get them to chose to work for them over the competition. But, since there is no legitimate compeition / other option, the employer in college football is allowed to set its terms and the employees have no other course of action. I think this is fundamentally wrong.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||From Slovin and the Daily||
"KICKING IT: Fifth-year senior kicker Brendan Gibbons has played his last game as a Wolverine. Hoke told reporters Monday that Gibbons isn’t on the trip and will not participate in the bowl game due to a “family matter” in his native Florida."
So unless you're accusing Matt Slovin of making up the quote, I think you're off here.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Interesting||
1. Once someone has been expelled, would it be a violation for someone to simply say they are no longer a student here?
2. Is it plausible that three days after the expulsion, Hoke wouldn't have known one of his players was no longer a student?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||agree||
And as the Daily article showed, in the 2010 -2011 school year, zero people were permanently separated, so this is not a commonly used punishment.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||No way||
Hoke gave the family issues reason on 12/23. Gibbons was separated on 12/20. So either Hoke didn't know one of his players was no longer a student or he lied. Based on the timing in the Daily article and the presser when the team arrived in AZ, there doesn't seem to be any other possibility.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||True||
But there were other, much more prominent players involved. Let's not oversimplify.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||But||
But why shouldn't the players as a collective have a seat at the table in determining what that red hot deal is? If it's such a great deal, they should have little trouble getting it through collective bargaining. The ncaa's reluctance to let the players get involved in the conversation leads me to believe that they may know it is a bit one sided.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Good Luck||
Some of the comments are pretty interesting here. I'm always amazed how offended people get with the idea that players might want to get the best possible deal for themselves.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||#8||
I'd be careful with #8. In this era of concussion awareness and the Mike Leach Texas Tech saga, you better walk a very fine line on that.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Who you foul||
I've seen this come up before and someone commented on us fouling guards instead of bigs likely driving this. I looked at the box scores of our four B1G games...
Penn State - Guards 9-11, Bigs 1-2
So, in total, guards are 29/35 (83%) and bigs are 12/17 (70%). I'm not sure if this is really indicative of anything, but I think the high percentage of fouls on guards probably skews it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||4||
I accounted for yesterday and moved them to 14-4. Yesterday was bad, but then again they took MSU to overtime on the road, so maybe Iowa is just that good. We'll see.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||12-6||
The win at OSU would take them to 12-6. The six losses are...
@ Wisconsin (already happened)
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I explained it in more detal||
I explained it in more detal in the original post, but it's a little of both.
Basically, I used gut / non-conference performance to put the teams into 5 tiers.
Tier 1: MSU, OSU, Wisconsin
Then I added the assumption that the home team would win all games unless the visitor was two or more tiers better. (So, Indiana should be able to beat Iowa at home, but not Michigan State). Then I went through everyone's schedules and came up with a record based on that assumption.
As we learn more and see more games, we might have to shift the tiers (like I already did by moving PSU down to 5). I think an argument could be made for moving Illinois down to 4, moving OSU down to 2, and / or moving Iowa up to 1. We'll see.
EDIT: There's no actual math. Just assumptions and rules.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||4th vs. 5th||
I agree with your range for UM's finish. It's interesting to think about whether it's better to come in 4th or 5th. 4th gets you the BTT bye, but 5th gives you another "easy" win. I think I'd take 4th as you're then playing the 5th place team who just played the day before.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||whoops||
Obviously missed the original posting. My bad.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Stauskas vs. Robinson||
I am not yet totally convinced that Stauskas is the alpha dog on this team. He's made great strides and is a complete player, but if we needed one shot at the end of the game, I think I'd want it in Robinson's hands.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Agree||
I think you and the post above have good points. I wasn't totally comfortable with Tier 3. I don't think those teams are all the same, and I think the drop off from Tier 1-3 is bigger than from 3-5. Maybe I'll revisit it in a week or two when we see a little more action.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||NW||
Iowa gets 2 against NW to UM's one, so that was the difference in the prediction.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||ha||
Yeah, I guess so. Once you get to 14 losses, you're kicked out.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||The 5||
15 points and 16 rebounds is great to see from Morgan and Horford. Solid 5 play will be huge.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Agree||
I think this is really the biggest factor in the B1G's issues in football. Local economies are suffering, but the university's athletic budgets have never been better with the BTN money and exponential ticket price increases. I just don't buy that money is the problem.
The ESPN B1G guys (Rittenburg and Bennet) have been talking about this for a while. Go cheap on your coaching hires and it shows. You can add MSU into your chart above as well for football. Dantonio was a successful Big East coach and given the time and resources, he worked out well for MSU. the PAC 12 is a good example too.
USC - PAC 12
On the less successful side, they have...
Cal - WAC
It's similar to the discussion around the Lions now. I support getting Whisenhunt because he's been to a Super Bowl before. In the last twenty years the coaches who have taken Detroit teams to the top have been there before (Bowman, Babcock, Brown, Leyland) so I think that's the model to follow.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Corners||
Do you think Michigan's corners are not physically able to play like this? It seems like we have consistently had smaller corners, so maybe that is part of it. From a risk reward standpoint, what do you think the breaking point is to run this type of defense. In other words, how many long passes can you give up and still come out ahead by shutting everything else down?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Good Question||
The only thing I can think is that if it's bobbled, it's an incompletion instead of a fumble. But, it seems less likely to be bobbled if you just hand it to him, so that makes little sense.
Another downside of doing that is that the runner can no longer throw the ball (can't have two forward passes in one play) so the defense can take off after the runner.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Timing||
It's the timing of the thing that I have a problem with. It was a great idea for a two point conversion and as a one off is probably unstoppable. So... why the hell didn't he use that against OSU to win the game?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||eh||
They were only getting better in that they were so historically bad to begin with. No one who saw the last three Rodriguez games (Wisconsin, OSU, Miss St) could have honestly believed that it was going to work out.
Philisophically, going with someone innovative and outside of the UM family is fine and probably a good idea, but it wasn't happening with Rodriguez.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Agreed||
Get your best guys out there and let them settle in and play.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||2pt||
It speaks volumes that the creative, out of nowhere, two point coversion play comes out down 19 with 1:15 to play instead of at the end of the OSU game.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||congrats||
If nothing else, I've learned something tonight.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Bad||
There is really no objective evidence at this point to say this coaching staff is up to this job. It seems that Denard covered up for quite a bit the last two years. I am disappointed, above all else. I thought it would work out, and it really seems like it won't. This staff has been all bluster and all talk and little to no results.
I don't want to hear about tradition, recruiting, toughness, or any of that bs. They've lost any benefit of the doubt. Quit the crap and do a better job.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Shepherd||
Agree with not wanting Matt Shepherd. He's fine on talk shows, but I have a difficult time following the game when he does basketball. Just not natural at the job.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Lines||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Not a doctor...||
Not a doctor, but I do monitor spinal surgeries for a living. LIke the above said, it depends. If it's just a disc and there's no instability or hardware necessary, it generally isn't that big of a deal. (relatively speaking)
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Bowls||
I am also not surprised that people won't pay to go to these games. The airline prices were nuts this year.
But, as Stewart Mandel tweeted last night, the overnight ratings on the Little Caesar's Bowl were better than the Big East Champtionship basketball game. They will keep having bowls as long as people are watching.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Fouls||
If Morgan and Horford can stay out of foul trouble, I don't think we need Donnal. But, if he can play the 4, it seems necessary to play him. Basically Robinson and Bielefeld are the only options at 4 now.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Edsbs||
Somewhat off topic, anyone know why edsbs hates Rovell so much?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||No||
This was an interesting thread to pop up. It never crossed my mind that UM was getting shafted or anything during the game. Stanford had a few skilled big guys who got great position and were good players. Fouling them wasn't unexpected. At the end of the game, that guy kept blowing by everyone and getting legitimately fouled.
I thought there were some odd calls here and there (looked like Robinson took a lot of contact on that drive at the end of the game, should have been an and one) but I didn't think the refs were too much of a factor.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Games||
Michigan has one open slot in 2018 and 2020. Michigan has two open slots in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. That is a lot of room to work with, in my opinion. If we're going with the assumption that UM is only going to play one major conference team out of conference every year, then we are a lot more limited. I hope that isn't the case.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Agree||
IF that is the only opportunity presented here, which we don't know. But, if say home and home against Texas A&M, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Miami, USC, or someone of that level was possible, I'd prefer that.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Maybe||
That's an interesting way to think about it. You could say that no one wants to play UM because we're not a big draw, but that doesn't seem right to me. Michigan is playing in prime time, national TV games on opening weekend in 3 out of 6 years (2012, 2015, 2016) so there has to be some interest.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Difficult||
I agree that it's difficult. I have to think that a SEC fan base would like to see Michigan in their stadium. Maybe I'm too much of a homer though.
As to the SEC, OSU hasn't played them, but Penn State did get a home and home with Alabama within the last five years. I'm not really stuck on the SEC, I just would like to see big time programs come into Michigan Stadium.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Eh||
I think that's a false choice.
In the last 10 years, OSU has hosted Texas, USC, and Miami (FL).
In the next 10 years they will host Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas.
Seems like it can be done if you want to do it.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Agree||
I think the biggest issue with this team is that it seems to be a great combination of role players without a go to guy. They probably have the best hustle, garbage time big man in the NCAA, one of the best athletic finishers in the game, the best spot duty backup PG in the game, and the best spot up shooter with the ability to take it to the basket.
I would experiement with using Lavert as the go to guy. He seems to have the best combination of shooting and dribble drive on the team. Give him the ball late in the shot clock and let him develop his confidence.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I think you're onto something||
I think you're onto something with this. If you redshirted everyone, you'd only ever be able to have recruiting classes of 85/5 = 17. If you're recruiting at a high level, I think you'd want to be able to have consistently bigger classes than that, so you have to throw some people in. In general, I'd play the top 25% of your class because they're just that good, redshirt 25-75% and play the bottom 25% or so and see if you got lucky.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Bowls||
This chart comes off of something called "Mr. SEC" so take it for what it's worth... But, I think the reason the SEC has the feel of the best is their overwhelming BCS bowl success. You can definitely argue that they are set up to succeed in the bowls based on matchups and locations, but they have done exceptionally well in BCS games and very well overall.
They also generally play a weak OOC schedule, so they reduce their chances of bad regular season losses.
Finally, of course, they've won 7 straight championships.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||BCS||
Both the Cotton and Peach bowls are part of the six big bowls starting next year.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||2013 Finals||
This kind of reminded me of how I felt after the Louisville game in April. Upset that we lost, but satisfied that we did the best we could and didn't make any glaring dumb moves to cost us (riding Albrecht too long, play call on the two point coversion not withstanding). That was fun to watch and I wish it turned out better, but I was at least entertained.
I would still like to see a change in OC. There are just too many examples of stinkers to have any confidence that this sort of philosophy will remain. I just don't believe the combination of Hoke / Borges is right for this situation.
I don't buy the idea that OSU knew exactly what was coming on the two point conversion, but we have gone underneath to Dileo so often on third / fourth and medium that OSU had to have that as a thought. I would have liked for us to play off of our tendancies and come out in the pistol, start a speed option while sneaking Butt out of the backside for a pass at the back of the endzone. Hopefully OSU bites on our tendency to run the option from the pistol and forgets about the back of the endzone. And, if they don't just let Gardner make a decision on the keep or pitch.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Hope||
I hope that nothing too crazy happens here. This is a great site and has definitely made me a much more intelligent fan over the last four years. I really try to only comment if I feel like I have something to really offer. Too many people seem to comment just to hear themselves talk.
As an armchair psychologist, I sometimes wonder if Brian would be a good candidate for a sabbatical. I remember reading somewhere that all sportswriters end up hating sports. Turning your passion into your job can be a dicey thing sometimes. Maybe take a season to just watch the games and refresh yourself.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Maybe||
Hoke hasn't said anything that has given me any faith that he was willing to do something with his staff to address what is happening. If you're the boss and you don't think your employees are handling their staff correctly, sometimes you have to step in. I'm not in love with Brandon, but I don't have a problem with him putting this out there.
If Peppers is thinking that there's an issue, I'm sure he isn't the only one. I don't see anything to be gained from pretending this isn't a trainwreck. All signs point to this team getting pounded at home by its biggest rival and the light for the future is flickering. It's a trainwreck and if Brandon putting this out helps steady things, that's the right thing to do.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Fair||
That's fair. Beilein is widely respected as one of the best tacticians in college basketball. Never heard anything remotely like that for Hoke.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Beilein Analogy||
I think Brian is spot on that we're behind OSU and MSU and it's not that close. There is very little to think this is going to work.
But, I think the Beilein analogy is still valid. Beilein had some success with Sims and Harris and got us fired up by making the NCAA tournament and winning a game. Then, things regressed and he had to do some soul searching.
A lot of the focus of the Beilein analogy is on the fact that he cleaned out a few coaches and replaced them with new blood. That is certainly relevant and, I think, necessary for Hoke to survive. But, the thing that is sometimes overlooked and in my mind much more important is that Beilein changed his approach on both ends of the floor. He took advantage of a 6'4" PG and implemented a ton of pick and roll and basically ditched the 1-3-1 for tough man to man to fit the strengths of his team and to match up better with the competition.
I think Hoke can do this, but he not only needs to evaluate and change some of the coaches, but needs to do some real looking in the mirror at some of his basic assumptions on how to succeed at this job. If he's unable to do that, he should be fired, because this current path seems to have very little chance of sucess.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||eh||
I am generally not a big fan of booing. Like people have said, it doens't accomplish anything (other than maybe makes you feel better).
But, drawing some sort of line between this and pro sports is silly. This is a multimillion dollar operation that charges thousands of dollars to attend, pays its administrators and coaches well into the six figure range, and compensates the players with preferential admission and free education (whether or not that is a fair trade is another discussion). If it's ok to boo the NFL, it's ok to boo big time college football.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Nice||
I was thinking about this same idea this afternoon, thanks for putting it together. I think one thing that stands out is that before the o-line shakeup the offense was better than average 4 out of 5 times and won every game. After the shakeup, they've been below average 5 out of 6 and are 2-4. It seemed to be generally agreed that the shakeup was a good idea, but it seems to have backfired.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||$$ and Loyalty||
I hope I am never in the situation where I can't use my OSU season tickets, but I have a hard time getting too upset at people who sell to the highest bidder.
Big time college football (this isn't just an UM issue) has made the conscious decision to maximize money at the expense of loyalty. Michigan sold lifetime Victors Club memberships that were supposed to guarantee people their seats a generation ago. But, as times changed, they just backed out of the deal and made the people who had bought the memberships pay PSDs.
So yeah, it sucks to see the stadium filled with OSU fans. But, if they are the more passionate ones willing to pay a higher price, I guess that's life. I just can't get on board with getting upset with someone who chooses a couple hundred bucks over some sort of one way loyalty.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Thoughts||
I thought Gardner played well. One thing he could improve on is throwing it away when necessary. Against a rush like MSU, he should look to two options, see if he can run, then throw it away. It seemed like he held it a beat too long on a few of those early sacks.
Didn't have a huge problem with the play calling other than the insistance on PA from under center. They don't respect the run, so faking to it only hurts you by slowing things down.
Defense played well, but seems to struggle in key moments. If they could have forced MSU to a 3 and out on their first possession after UM's field goal, that could have started to build some momentum for UM. And getting tempoed on that drive to end the half was a killer. Two big moments where a stop would have been nice.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Delete, replied to wrong comment||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Don't buy that||
This board ridiculed MSU fans for saying the same thing about Gholston in 2011. Very similar to Mouton's punch in that we don't seem to be able to admit when it's our guys playing cheap and dirty. MSU's taunting and cheapshots aren't relevant. Grab a guys facemask and twist it while he's on the ground and you should be suspended at least one game. Call it what it is.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Disagree||
I think that's a pretty solid analogy. Sure, you should learn to hit your driver, but if you currently can't keep it in play, it's insane to keep pulling it out and whacking it into the woods. Would you rather start 15-20 yards behind your peers or be hitting three from the tee when you sliced it into the road?
Use your time on the range and get some lessons to get your driver in order, but when your match and / or money are on the line, do whatever gives you the best chance to win.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Last Drive||
Great to see the offense operating like it did today. It seemed like they put the players in the best position to win. Letting your guys do what they do best is good coaching.
The one thing that made no sense to me was handing the ball off on UM's last possession. IU had no timeouts and the first down snap was taken with less than 2:00 on the clock. At 40 seconds per play, all UM has to do is take a knee three times and it's over. By handing off, you introduce the possibility of a fumble or some other disaster. Also, by scoring you give IU the ball down 16. Given how quickly they were able to move the ball, it's not totally out of the question that they could have gone TD (2pt), onside, TD (2pt) and tied it. Obviously the probability of either of those things happening is tiny, but why introduce the risk? Just take the knees and get out of there with a 9 point win.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||2018||
It's nice to see that they eased the home slate issue of having MSU and OSU on the road by giving us Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Penn State at home in 2018. It would be nice if they can keep that up.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Link||
The free press has them up.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||well||
Conversly, all of those runs aren't going to work if they don't have to defend the pass. I don't tihnk any sane people are suggesting abandoning the run game, but I think it's pretty clear that the talent on this team is best suited to pass to set up the run instead of the other way around.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Defense||
For accuracy's sae, the defense gave up 21 to Akron and 14 to UConn.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Philosophy||
As someone pointed out above, the CMU game needs to be the blue print for this team. In that game, UM threw to open up the run and it worked. Heck, we even have the example of the PSU game. For the couple good solid drives in the second half, they were spreading the ball out and using the whole field with Gallon and Funchess. Gallon had 100 yards receiving in the second half alone. Obviously Fitz didn't do much, but his few good runs were during the time where UM was moving the ball around.
Maybe it's fear of Gardner turning it over, but I think they have to take that risk. If you are gonig to run power contantly with three TEs in the game, you are making it too easy for the defense. Use all of your talent and the entire field (actually throw a pass outside the numbers) and there will be a lot more room to run.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||15 Years||
They haven't won a national championship in 15 years. I think it's silly to think that doesn't eventually make a difference.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Agreed||
That's probably a top 15 matchup on a weekend. I bought a pair at $60 each. Didn't seem unreasonable.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||StubHub||
I almost bought the family pack for the Houston Baptist game. Would have been $70 for four tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs. Fortunately, I looked at StubHub and got better seats for $7 each ($37 total with fees). I think you'll be able to get all non-conference besides Arizona for next to nothing. Lots of people bought season tickets and won't want to go to all of those games.
I agree with the above comments about the schedule. Man, those are some bad games.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Two things||
My overall point is that in the end, this is still a college football game played by college kids. The college kids should be able to enjoy the game the way they want. It's not up to the rest of us to judge. I was a freshman in '97 and most of the people I went to the games with were only mildly interested in a national championship level team. Everyone just isn't as into it as people on mgoblog are.
The other issue is that with prices as they are (and we have to assume they'll stay that high) the university needs wealthy passionate people to pay those prices. I think they're already losing a generation of young fans (my two kids included) because people can't afford to bring them. Now, alienate and piss off the students (future passionate wealthy fans) and I think a future lack of demand is coming down the road.
So, I think it's the right thing to do to cater to the students and it's also the long term financially correct decision.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Lower Student Prices||
I am with those of you saying they should lower the prices for students. Things have gotten preverse with all of the money involved, but we shouldn't forget that these are students watching their peers compete for their school. The rest of us (alumni, fans, whatever) are just there reliving our glory days or bandwagoning on. If the NCAA is going to continue to claim the student part of student athlete is the most important, they should at least treat the students who want to come watch the games with respect. Students should be the first priority, the rest of us come after.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Interesting||
I think Delaney makes some good points here, but it's a little narrow. So college football and basketball shouldn't be the "minor leagues" or preparation for major leagues. I understand that when you compare it to hockey or baseball, but what about if you compare it to engineering or medicine? Isn't the point of going to college, on some level at least, to gain the skills necessary to succeed as a professional? I've had a nice career as an engineer, but I couldn't have done that right out of high school. I had to go to UM and learn more. Would IBM or Medtronic have hired me and taught me for five years before I was useful to them? Probably not. I don't know if it's the best arguement and there are definitely holes in it, but I think it can be argued that training for professionals is exactly what colleges are for.
Another issue is that the students don't have any negotiating power. A good engineering student can shop colleges to find the best deal, including stipends. It seems wrong to impose one set of rules without allowing people to get the best deal for themselves.
The likeness thing is just selfish hypocrisy in my mind. There's no good reason an athlete can't try to sell their likeness other than the fact that it takes away from what the university can do.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Agree||
I think this started halfway through the ND game. They just kept putting more and more people in the box and UM didn't have a counter to make them back off.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Hipster / Contrarian||
I don't get that comment. I thought Smith looked ok in his small sample size. Ran hard, broke tackles... There's a lot of clamering for Green, but he has gone down on first contact almost every time he's touched the ball. I don't think there's anyone behind Touissant with a good small sample.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||1997 Football||
They oversold football in 1997 (my freshman year). Most of the freshman got 3 or 4 games. It sucked, but at least we got a refund for what we didn't get.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Outside Passing||
I can only think of two passes thrown outside of the numbers in the entire game. One was Gardner lobbing up a throwaway in the first half and the other was an attempted wheel route to Funchess in the fourth quarter. Everything seemingly goes to the middle of the field which has to make it easier to defend and increase the amount of interceptions thrown.
The lack of outside receivers is killing this team. D'Orazio was running simple 8 yard in cuts, boxing out our DBs all day. We just don't seem to have anyone who can do that. I know Devin Lucien isn't getting a ton of time at UCLA, but we really could use someone like that.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||TV vs. In Game Experience||
I agree with your point about the TV experience. I would like to see UM address two issues that would make a significant impact on the in person experience.
1. Do something about cell reception or wifi. Not being able to keep up on other scores or even text your friends about the game is a real downer. I believe the NFL had an initiative on this. Not sure whether it actually worked. (my tip, refresh your twitter or send your texts quickly while the game is going, you can read them later. Trying to refresh during a stoppage while everyone else is doing it is a no go).
2. Improve the scoreboard content. Every single play should be replayed (instead of the Big House Cam). Show us lots of angles on controversial plays. In the NFL, you get to see exactly what the ref is looking at on replays. We're mature enough to handle that. Also, let's see some highlights of other games. MSU and OSU both do this, so it shoudn't be that hard. Listening to the PA guy struggle through 30 minute old scores is useless.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||ah||
Contrast with the other team.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Uniforms||
I wonder if UM's Outback Bowl jerseys would have drawn the same penalty. I'm not sure how contrasting the numbers were in person, but they were illegible on TV.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Outside WRs||
Great game. I share the concern about the outside WRs. Watching ND put 10 guys within 3 yards of the LOS and sending constant blitzes really made me wish for a 6'3" guy to keep them honest.