there would have to be some to wash away
|51 min 43 sec ago||It's Been Building...||
I try not to be super-critical of the staff in public for a lot of reasons, but I will say that the Utah game and the presser afterwards stand out to me as the point where it now simply looks a bit sad when you have the same platitudes being put forth against the results on the field - not just the score, but the way it looked from a technical standpoint, and against a Utah team that still doesn't have a realistic shot in the Pac-12 right now.
I think that started building last year really when it became clear that the offense was completely out of sync (say, during the second half of the Akron game), so we hired Nussmeier and that should hopefully be a good move given time, but there are still a lot of things that look, well, "out of phase" about in-game leadership to me, and I think we're right to look to Hoke for that and wonder what the nature of it is.
|1 hour 31 min ago||That Sort Of Work...||
I often tell people that there is a little-known clause which is part of just about everything that we do - at least in most situations - which more or less reads "we have the right to maintain the system". Especially if it is an immediate hazard, sadly there is no time for pleasantries in those cases. Hopefully, you weren't out too long. Equipment fires for us can be bad news really quick.
|1 hour 55 min ago||Interesting Article...||
At this stage of his career, his accuracy and mastery of the system are unlikely to improve. But the more often he’s able to tuck and run in a non-breakdown, non-panic scenario, the more room he and the receivers are likely to find downfield.
It's an interesting thought really, and in combination with a rushing attack that shows signs of being serviceable so far, I wonder if the staff has thought about doing this a little more than they have. It could be that he is injured or that the foot injury robbed him of some mobility, but I keep thinking about Chip Kelly-esque stuff - some inside zone looks but with a mobile QB - and wonder if they have considered emulating it (obviously, we're not Oregon, so no one should expect that sort of explosiveness) on a scaled basis (say, a few times per game) to at least to get into the head of the defense that it might happen.
I don't know, wondering out loud really...I don't presume to be the better judge or to know what the staff sees that we don't. I suppose this is a question I had after Saturday though.
|2 hours 33 min ago||Aside From That...||
Didn't Kiffin have a loan or two brokered with the help of USC as well? I seem to remember reports that USC was willing to go in on his house with him when he first showed up on campus, so I wonder how much he still owes if that's the case. It's a wash from a cost standpoint, but at least we would know that Kiffin would not be getting his own paycheck for the most part.
|2 hours 40 min ago||Tuesday Morning...||
Rich Rodriquez for next Michigan HC
The playful trolling is fine now and again, but I think the Lane Kiffin one might be all we can handle right now, and I am not sure some are handling it too well even at that.
Hoke for Head Coach
There is only one man for the job(s)
I know people are venting, trying to be funny, but we do need to try and not clutter the board too much more than we already have with such things.
DG To Wide Receiver?
I don't know that this is going to go the way the OP thinks - it's been discussed at length, I believe, every time Gardner has had a less-than-stellar game.
|3 hours 2 min ago||How Things Are...||
Things are going rather well at the moment - just got out of what will be my last meeting today, so there is that. Not being a fan of too many meetings but having too many scheduled, I revel in these light days, as I call them, since it means I can get actual work done. Real, actual work. It also means more time spent with my eyes wandering over to the other monitor, where I am right now talking about how things are and....oh wait...
|6 hours 42 min ago||I Think So...||
I can't rememeber exactly which station it was, but I do believe he spent a little time as a sports programming guy at another station. I do remember him being canned from 97.1 sometime in the 2005-2006 timeframe for some reason. I think he might have been pretty close to the guys who put on "Deminski & Doyle" too, when that was around on WXYT, but again, it has been a while since I really thought about Henson's days on Detroit radio.
|7 hours 2 min ago||This Ended Well...||
Don't Go to the "game" this weekend
I go to bed a bit early (for me) and, yeah, this thread probably ended precisely as you might think. As we've established in other threads, a lot of folks around here are a bit more engaged than to sink to a level where burning tickets, as the OP suggested, would even be a consideration.
|15 hours 6 min ago||There's A Limit...||
Be careful what we wish for...
No offense to the OP, but there are plenty of threads for this on the first few pages by now. At some point, enough really is enough with these sorts of threads. We left quite a few to try and stem the tide of further threads, so please read over other threads before posting these things.
|15 hours 28 min ago||Perhaps Domino's...||
To provide a little insight into where the marketing / branding thing comes in, he did help build Valassis when he was CEO there in the 1990s, so when Michigan tickets start appearing in your weekly circular like RedPlum or some of the affiliate brands in the Valassis umbrella, there may not be much shock at this point, it seems.
|18 hours 3 min ago||Team FG Percentage...||
TeamRankings lists Michigan's team FG percentage as 57.14% as well, so as Wile has gone, so have we as a team on this metric, or so it seems. Actually, while a bit paltry, several Big Ten teams have had a more difficult time than we have at least to this point. According to them, we average 1.0 FGs made per game, but so do about 40 other FBS schools right now so it isn't especially telling.
|18 hours 22 min ago||Maybe It's Me...||
I am probably in the "highly engaged" category that the OP mentions, I would think. Obviously, the last several years have been filled with frustrating, even infuriating moments, but barring personal commitments such as family events which have prevented me from being at or watching games here and there, I continue to go and watch despite walking away annoyed sometimes (sometime a lot admittedly). It's easy to wade through it, in my opinion.
Maybe I just have an extremely long fuse, or maybe I adore my alma mater a bit too much, but I don't ever want to be indifferent to Michigan and Michigan athletics. I may bitch about it, post numbers that I personally dislike and know could be better, but I do it because I care about the results. I can compartmentalize my feelings on games pretty easily (maybe this is not healthy), but I don't foresee not tuning in when I can do so.
|19 hours 52 min ago||Posting The Photo...||
I am not sure if you can post it directly from the phone - did it come with a link or something which denotes origin? We could try to find it for you if you can provide the reference.
Otherwise, you could perhaps e-mail to yourself, upload it to a photo sharing site and share it by placing the HTML code they provide in post (while in plain text mode) and then resizing it appropriately. Let me know if you need assistance.
|20 hours 12 min ago||To Add Perhaps...||
Like you said, this is how Spurrier is and I think - in the conference and environment in which he has to operate - this works and it is pretty amusing in that context.
I don't know that a similar shtick goes over quite as well up here in this neck of the woods, and that's only because - if I might borrow from the Five-Tool Coach thread below - there would likely be blowback from some elements about this being the prevailing nature of a prominent face of the institution. I could foresee cultural problems in that sense, that's all, or at the very least - if we were to be looking - it would make for a harder sell.
This is just an observation, of course. If we do end up looking at some point here, the school may need to expand its horizons, but personally, I don't mind that Hoke tries - even if it doesn't come across well to some - to stand in front of the team and take flack for performance.
|21 hours 33 min ago||This Was Interesting...||
Jeter could convert his rarefied experience as a marquee subject of journalism and publicity, plus his credibility with other star athletes, into a vehicle to deliver “inside” access to other players.
I will admit that I am interested to see how Jeter Publishing, as it was called here, pans out because I could see some interesting and insightful media coming out of such a project if done correctly.
|22 hours 7 min ago||The Outlier Perhaps...||
Minnesota is definitely the outlier when it comes to the mix of pass and run in their offense with respect to the Big Ten. Many teams in the conference is somewhere within 10% in either direction of being balanced. Minnesota has run 252 plays, 187 of which are rushing plays or 74.2%. Indeed, 945 of their 1,344 yards of offense, or about 70.3%, has come on the ground.
|22 hours 38 min ago||No Specific Policy...||
As far as I know, only the ACC has anything akin to an organized injury reporting procedure like the NFL's and while there has been talk in other conferences, there is no overarching policy regarding this at the college level.
The Big East toyed with something like this a few years ago but never implemented it, so it stands that, in most corners of FBS, coaches and programs are not obligated by any external regulation to tell anyone who is injured, how they were injured and for how long. That being said, individual policies by program tend to vary greatly in my understanding, although no one is too eager to say too much, and it seems like many schools do get some information out there with waivers and selected communications between teams and the sports information staff. The point is that there is no real standard.
|22 hours 53 min ago||Good News Indeed...||
This is probably one of the more refreshing threads in the last 24 hours or so actually, and indeed, it is very good news. Glad to see Molk (and any past Wolverine) get a shot like this even though it comes under the sad cloud of an injury to one of his teammates.
|23 hours 33 min ago||Other Interesting Stats...||
The funny thing about the situation that drives like these have been creating for Michigan is that we are in the upper third of Division I teams when it comes to yards per play (6.1, per the stats I got from TeamRankings), but comfortably in the lower third on points per play (0.36, which is good for #76 in FBS play right now). They also track a nice metric - yards per point - which is an interesting mesaure of how hard you have to work to score - we would be #96 at 16.8 yards per point.
|1 day 5 min ago||From A Numbers Angle...||
Without speaking to win probability, of course, it is important to note that they are losing 51% of their net rushing production so far her against someone who was getting 38% of the carries to date. It's a significant loss for them...highly so. It probably helps us from a strategic standpoint in that we could just go with a "get Nova" sort of emphasis on defense.
Now, speaking to estimated chances - if you're interested at all - it was 68% on Massey's site last week. The Utah adjustment, if you will, brings it to 58% in our favor, so make of that what you will.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Interesting Really...||
RIght now, the cheapest seats are $70 or so in the north end zone if you went through MGoBlue, or at least that's where it was when I last checked early this morning. Similar seats are now going for less than half of that on Stubhub in the same sections. It's not even really an argument pricewise.
|1 day 2 hours ago||False Alarm...||
META: The Side Board Works! - NOT
Yeah, sadly it isn't quite there yet, although I have had marginally better luck with it during lower traffic periods. Unscientific observation, of course.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Similar Feelings...||
If I had to choose in this scenario, I find myself having similar feelings to yours.
It seems like that in 2008, we were undermanned in key places on top of the entire team, under a new coach as it was, being bsically a project. Right now, we are - at least on paper - rather well-manned at those same positions, but we have an offense which - under a new OC - is sort of in "project" mode again. I see it like a workplace scenario - If I am at least confident that I've got the right people (or most of them at least) and it is just a matter of getting them to work together like I need them to do, that makes me feel a bit better.
|1 day 3 hours ago||The Plug...||
Apologies in advance if the thread cohesion now seems a bit variable in this thread (i.e., responses to non-existent things). We had an issue earlier which I tried to resolve without having to eliminate the thread as it poses a useful question for everyone who does access the site routinely on mobile apps.
|1 day 4 hours ago||It Came Down Once...||
Michigan by the numbers...
It came down once before because there were plenty of reminders on the board that the recent past has been...not up to the expectations many of us traditionally have held, I'll put it politely. It comes down again because I really don't want to have this sort of fight with a poster.
|1 day 5 hours ago||They Did...||
They did indeed, and it was a thread called "The Sobering Truth" from yesterday from this very same user, as a matter of fact. I will say, however, that a few of the inaccuracies for which they were originally called out on have either been corrected or removed, so if there is such a thing as "improved redundancy", this would be an example.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Had The Same Thought...||
I actually had the same thought for a moment, and late on a Sunday evening probably would be the best time to do it if that were the case, but then I was reminded that the word now is that the update will come sometime early next year. I don't know if the delay was explained specifically. Seems like it was just planned maintenance or a random outage.
|1 day 6 hours ago||A Little More Cleanup...||
Now that the blog is back up, I think there might be another round of cleanup, this time of "proposed solution" threads that didn't go or likely won't go as the OP intended.
Peppers to Offense??
Morris should start at this point
|1 day 16 hours ago||Preliminary Stuff....||
Courtesy of TeamRankings, the preliminary comparison:
|1 day 16 hours ago||A Specific Point...||
"Signs of moving in the right direction, but not enough to overcome youth and adapting/implementing to a new system (check)"
From a technical standpoint, there is a certain truth to this, I believe - certain things do look better. I think what rattles me a little bit is that there was a lot of talk that installing this was going quite well even in fall camp, and while it looks like we're developing that identity we needed, it is beginning to look like the road is longer than initially thought here.
That being said, having an identity at all is a huge step considering last season, and quite a bit of it might be attributable to the offense again being a project in progress from a personnel / schematic standpoint, but at least a project with direction this time. The biggest disconnect is, well, what it collectively looks like on the field right now.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Not Really...||
I know that the staff - at least over the summer - made passing references to this being a possibility in certain packages, but it seems like right now they are trying to get him experience where he will primarily be used and I don't know that is fair to a true freshman to start giving him additional duties like that just yet. Also, there are other things that need more attention before even such a proposition could be considered effective - to put him out there and fix nothing else is just a random desperation move right now, in my mind.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Estimated Projections...||
Massey has a matchup simulator, and if either of those scenarios materialized based on current data at least if you used his data, you would have:
- versus Pittsburgh - estimated 45% win probability for Michigan
- versus USC - estimated 22% win probability for Michigan
Mind you, there's historic data in the algorithm, but yeah, not inspiring sadly.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I'll Drink To That...||
We're certainly not influential as a source for strategic insight within the athletic department, that's for sure, but this place is influential enough that it makes its own headlines from time to time. Sometimes, those headlines might be something somewhat inglorious like TWIS, but it is sought for its insight and stance on certain things because of the collective knowledge represented here. I think we can raise a glass to being part of group that is at least sometimes heard as a community.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Some Minor Subtraction...||
The Sobering Truth
Between some spot factual errors and the fact that this thread isn't doing anything which hasn't been covered in numerous other threads which were left selectively, yeah...
QB and Hoke
Covered in numerous other threads, so this can probably go.
Would You Take the Michigan Job if You Were a Top Candidate?
Not particularly offensive, but if we're going to speculate, this might be an unrealistic road.
Best time to fire Hoke is now, after the ignominy
I left it up so people could vent a little more, but it seemed like it was doomed from the beginning. The tribe spoke too.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Another Thing...||
One thing I think doesn't get nearly enough airplay in these threads is that reactive management of personnel just isn't the culture of this athletic department, and outside of unusual events which warrant someone's head perhaps, I can't think of any really good examples where they have ever done something akin to what you're suggesting. It just doesn't seem to be their style, and I would submit that - whatever we may think of the situation right now (or whatever Brandon might think, for we don't really know) - they serve themselves better in the long term because it isn't their style, regardless of what ultimately happens here.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I Heard About It...||
Someone mentioned it to me (I suspect livetweeting actually is quite delayed given the cellular traffic at games) and I thought - admittedly, my thinking is not always quality when I have been drinking - if perhaps there might be an opportunity to spin the dissatisfaction into more fun and get Brandon into a dunk tank and give fans, alums and boosters three shots for free. How long could that line get? Possibly quite long.
Now that I am more or less sober, I realize that this was born from my own frustration but I was inspired by the shirt at the time.
|1 day 23 hours ago||A Reminder...||
I'll give the OP some time to fix it how they would like before I go ahead and do it myself, but that is the rule generally. It's a respect issue more than anything else, but the goal is to leave some value in clicking the link and to avoid robbing the author of clicks.
|2 days 7 min ago||I Believe So...||
I believe it was the person who was actually officiating the opening of the Ark who said it, and to be fair, the Nazi dude was looking at something rather pleasant that turned out to be not so pleasant. I can't say that this hasn't nearly happened when reading a few threads in the last 18 hours or so.
|2 days 17 min ago||If There Is One Thing...||
If there were a notable non-football thing to mention here, I did learn that when the wind on the street blows in the right direction, my neighbor's smoker makes the entire neighborhood smell like pork and it is fantastic. He even brought some over to share before the game, and it helped blunt the effects of the beer for a time.
|2 days 25 min ago||Selective Reductions...||
To keep the number of threads about this, that and the many other things manageable, we're going to take down a few which sort of run into existing conversations in the first couple pages:
Show Cause Penalties
Not sure if the suggestion of Tressel will be accused of much more than trolling.
New Coach Vision?
Bielema? Has it come to this?
|2 days 43 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully the OP doesn't mind the embed here, but this is a very awesome moment indeed and thanks for sharing this.
|2 days 46 min ago||The Unity...||
One of the things that I've noticed in the past few years is that really all the sports have bought into the "family atmosphere" and step in to provide this sort of support at each other's games when they can. Perhaps I should say that I've noticed it more in the past few years, but it seems like it is emphasized in a way that it was not before. It's a very nice thing to see some unity of mission within the body of Michigan athletics.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Nope...||
He was there from 2000-2003 and won maybe a dozen games in that time, as I recall. I think the Chips never finished higher than 5th in the MAC West in those seasons too, with 4 games being the ceiling on that performance. I'm OK with DeBord administrating Michigan's Olympic teams like he does right now.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Don't Worry About It...||
I posted this in the full realization it would get some blowback this week for various reasons, which is quite understandable. For myself, it's catharsis as I think my core frustration is similar to many others, right now the "shits" and "fucks" I put out there myself. I suppose this is my odd way of dealing with those feelings.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Reconsidered...||
I went back through the threads that I initially took down - this one can go back up. It was brushed over in other threads but it definitely wasn't fully covered. My apologies, folks.
|2 days 3 hours ago||It Is...||
It is actually, and what I am doing here is reporting the raw data for the game - because there was no liveblog, I actually have the tab for this game highlight and with notes on it for that reason. To not have a liveblog is a rare thing, and I want to tag these to see what the effect is as I am not sure how to modify it or what the modifying factor might be.
It's sad really that how to account for that was my primary concern during the weather delay.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Interesting Point...||
It's an interesting point and although I've never had the misfortune of having to evacuate due to inclement weather in the stadium's current configuration (just getting horrifically wet at 2012 Illinois), you would think that for emergency purposes there would an auxiliary system which broadcast through the entire stadium. We just fixed a similar issue at work actually - you could hear the building paging system everywhere except the most public areas.
I have to say that, even on a good day, if you're under the seats and in the concession area, it is sometimes difficult to understand the PA sometimes, although that could also be that often I have one or both children demanding those cheese fries which have some mysterious appeal.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Late To This Party...||
I was drunk enough that I just woke up after having hit the beer hard from about the 3rd quarter onwards. There are confused images of other games in my head, so I am sure I made it through the night slate on ABC and ESPN, but then it jumps to about 20 minutes ago when I woke up alone and on the floor.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Minor Cleanup...||
Doing a little minor cleanup now that I am sober and can comprehend things right now...
A few of these fall a bit below the snowflake bar (which is high for now), either because they are well-covered in other threads or we've left venting threads for these things up already:
Though the head coach is incompetent, Gardner is a MAJOR part of the issue
Devin Gardner is not a pro style QB
Poor Special Teams On the Punt Return for TD (Also a good indicator that we should go to the spread punt formation)
Time to ditch the current offensive play book
How about Dan Mullen?
|2 days 14 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 14 hours ago||As An Additional Note...||
I've removed a few of these already tonight, but as a reminder, ad hominems towards the coaches and players will not stand. You can criticize strategy, plays, execution and things which are not personal, but you will not personally insult people in the program if you wish to remain active on the blog (and assuming we catch you). This might be a good thread for that reminder.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I Try To Explain...||
I try to explain what happened to my wife, and can't really find good words - it just looks like:
|2 days 15 hours ago||About This...||
If nothing else, we finally got the overhead distribution out of there so the folks building the student housing by Pizza House can finally position that crane. There shouldn't be too much of a delay logistically in the delivery or pickup of orders now - from this standpoint anyway, Ann Arbor can continue to operate as normal.
|2 days 15 hours ago||About This...||
If nothing else, we finally got the overhead distribution out of there so the folks building the student housing by Pizza House can finally position that crane. There shouldn't be too much of a delay logistically in the delivery or pickup of orders now - from this standpoint anyway, Ann Arbor can continue to operate as normal.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Moderated...||
Like about 15-20 other threads, it was moderated, but of course a number of them - either through reconsideration or discussion - have since reappeared. There might be a need for several vents tonight, I suppose.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Moderated...||
Like about 15-20 other threads, it was moderated, but of course a number of them - either through reconsideration or discussion - have since reappeared. There might be a need for several vents tonight, I suppose.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Drinking, You Say...||
I drank half a magnum of Pinot Grigio as a bracer during the Iowa-Pitt game and now I've got about 10 Blue Moons in me in addition to all that, so tomorrow will suck and modding for the next few hours will suck accordingly. As for the rest of the schedule, we'll see when various predictive sites update tomorrow and on Monday, but I bet those sites hold onto a probable 8-4 or so scenario largely. Whether that is the actual season result, of course....your guess is as good as mine.
|2 days 16 hours ago||I Can Only Imagine...||
"Hey, Jameis, you know how there was a very public announcement that you were in fact out for the entire game and how this was thoroughly debated by sports media around the country until, well, just about this moment? Yeah, I think the pads might have to come off tonight..."
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Particulars...||
Again, in the event this game stands as it stopped, these threads went up...
A few things of minor note - we were pretty balanced at 64 plays (30 passing, 34 rushing) and we gaind 276 yards across those plays. That's good for 4.31 yards per game, so Utah was slightly outpacing us but we had - like in the ND game - slightly outgained them. The telling thing from an efficiency standpoint is the 0.156 points per play on average, which doesn't win you much.
|2 days 17 hours ago||My Biggest Question...||
It definitely is not an Earth-shattering question around here, but I have to ask after the punt which was returned - very quickly - for a TD. I would like to know, beyond the statement of how it "suits the punter better" (which, right whatever), what is the specifica statistical objection to the spread punt? Just from a coverage standpoint, it seems like a well-coached spread punt formation might have had more people on the return man there.
|2 days 17 hours ago||On The Defense...||
Again, I put these threads up now in the event this game does not resume, which given the weather moving through is a realistic possibility. In any case, to this point, we've given up on 261 yards to Utah across 54 plays (26 passing, 28 rushing, so fairly balanced), so that's an average of 4.83 yards per play overall, but only 2.1 yards per play rushing. Again, the defense - save for a few instances - has been doing what we would expect them to do.
|2 days 18 hours ago||This Was Coming...||
Although these threads were probably coming, this one goes...
Fire Brady Hoke
...only because we'll use the "I'm Done With Brady Hoke" thread as the venting thread.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Thanks....||
Thanks for getting something up. I believe there are some issues (personal in nature, I believe) which prevented this from being posted in a timely manner. Although for the time being it has reachd the audience limit per my own screen, hopefully some folks will get a chance to get in there.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Stirring Up Trouble...||
I tried an e-mail and some tweets to stir up some trouble and maybe get one posted. I don't have the know-how / ability to get one embedded in the blog as such. I checked Blyve itself a few moments ago, but it didn't come up as an event for me.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Looking Upwards...||
You will all be pleased to know that Eastern Michigan, for the time being, has positive net rushing at all of 5 yards. That feeds into a total of 78 net yards of offense over 37 plays, 0r 2.11 yards per play on average.
|2 days 22 hours ago||More On Tempo....||
That might have been either the 34th or 35th offensive snap by Iowa this afternoon. I am pleased to see Greg Davis speeding up the game a bit and trying to catch Pitt a little off guard as they have coffee between snaps.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Holy Crap...||
EMU has 1 yard of net offense - 15 passing, -14 rushing. That's across 25 offensive snaps, so an average 0.04 yard per play, or about an inch and a half per play. Wow.
|3 days 3 min ago||Tempo...||
Iowa manages to shave a little under three minutes off the clock on that three-and-out. I believe what we may have just seen is Greg Davis' take on tempo offense, but perhaps with less play action.
As a minor weather note for our game today, it is now quite breezy here in the western portion of Wayne County, about 20 minutes east of Ann Arbor. Kicking of any kind could be interesting.
|3 days 18 min ago||Almost In...||
This could very well be Zeno's Drive and Pitt will keep gaining half the remaining distance to the end zone. This would make it a very Big Ten moment indeed even though they are in the ACC.
|3 days 47 min ago||TD Pitt...||
Pitt gets Iowa to bite on the "Here we are, not running....you don't see this" play for the fifth time this game and promptly tackles the RB forward into the end zone. 7-0 Pitt.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Getting Old, I Think...||
I freely admit to having to look up "fuccboi" to understand that this was an undesirable alternative to going to the game. For a moment, I was thinking "rare offshoot of bok choi" or something along those lines.
To the OP, happy birthday.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Massey Predictions...||
Here's where Massey is at with these with respect to estimated Big Ten chances:
Utah at Michigan - 50% win probability for Michigan
Maryland at Syracuse - 34% win probability for Mayland
Iowa at Pittsburgh - 43% win probability for Iowa
Miami-FL at Nebraska - 63% win probability for Nebraska
Indiana at Missouri - 6% win probability for Indiana
|3 days 1 hour ago||It Will Happen...||
Any moment now, the GameDay crew will have people believing that Jameis Winston is in fact the only player on any roster anywhere and will go something like 25-32 and throw for over 300 yards despite being unable to play.
Also, was it just me or did Paul Finebaum look especially dead today? He normally looks like he died only recently, but today, the face was looking as if it had really been a decade or more.
|3 days 3 hours ago||In The End...||
In the end, that works for me only because I can see at least most of the game before my phone starts coming to life with storm support pages and calls rather than have than happen on the evening before AND lose power like what happened to be before ND.
As for the game itself, yeah, I think we beat Utah. If we can win before I get dragged into working another storm, that would work for me.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Offer Taken...||
OT: iPhone owners do not read. But I have a One+ Invite extra. Anyone? :edited
If I read this correctly, the offer has already been taken by someone, so this thread can probably go. If I misread that, I can always put it back up until it is gone, but it wouldn't be able to stay regardless.
|3 days 5 hours ago||No Entry, But...||
This game is actually one that might, in the immediate short term, probably would have been easier on me if I had NOT gone to it, strangely enough - I missed all of a friend's wedding and most a reception to attend this game. Fortunately, I was not supposed to be in the party or anything like that, but when I finally walked in on the tail end of the reception, I walked in on a lot of non-sports people who didn't understand how Braylonfest could be all that exciting. It took a while to fully repair that particular relationship, but I never apologized per se.
|3 days 6 hours ago||There's Also This...||
SBNation has some more here - LINK
Supposedly, there are a couple reports that FSU expanded the suspension to the entire game after finding some problems with Wintson's account of his latest lapse in judgment, if you will. Tomahawk Nation said they could confirm that was the reason, but they haven't been able to find out what the actual lie might have been.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 15 hours ago||To Supplement This...||
For help in supplementing this discussion, which I do find interesting, DraftHistory provides the QB-specific data here - LINK - by round, pick, overall position and then name and school. Here is the complete list of QBs that have gone in the first round since 2000:
The most prolific teams regardless of draft position in the same period would be USC, LSU, Georgia and Louisville.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Actually...||
Actually, on a few predictive (not necessarily betting) sites that I've seen, Southern Illinois is the favorite in this game, so if it turns out that Purdue does lose, well, Purdue. Actually, for visual agony, Iowa-Pitt might be a good candidate tomorrow - I have to believe that this game might just cause bouts of hysterical blindness on some series at least.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Massey Ratings...||
If there is any interest at all (I am not fooling myself on the level, of course), Massey has Connecticut in a close matchup perhaps (57% win probability, so not a given, of course), so it could be be about as interesting as an AAC game not involving Tubervile could be, and even then....but anyway.
|3 days 18 hours ago||The Rule, I Believe...||
If I am not mistaken, the rule is that voice communication is the only sort of media communication (e.g., headsets) that they'll allow between the team area and the booth or, where permitted by team management, other designated personnel. Video equipment, for coaching purposes is not permitted in the team area. There is nothing in the college rules, however, which prevents you from being smart enough to figure out which hand signal or placard or whatnot goes with which call.
|3 days 21 hours ago||In Addition...||
There is likely this, of course, but I thought the big obstacle is that UAS aircraft are not currently authorized in Class B airspace, which would mean urban areas and in any area with a dense population of manned aircraft. I believe that was the latest circular, but perhaps it was mainly meant for experimental operations.
|3 days 22 hours ago||The OT Thing Here...||
This would fall under "allowable OT" because pennant races tend to be significant news and there is a large contingent of people on the blog who are also Tigers fans, myself among them. It's not really a "football / hoops" and then "everything else" sort of deal, it just means that more constraints are put on the notion of "allowed OT". No worries here.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Seems Like It...||
When I read that this comment was made last fall, but yet the story comes out in the aftermath of the PSU-Rutgers game, that was my immediate thought too - someone has had enough of the fact that Rutgers basically hired a flaming wreck to guide a flaming wreck out of its financial / philsophical quandaries and the groan-a-minute PR shitshow that has been the result for Rutgers.
|4 days 27 min ago||No Problem...||
E-mail them to cookle[at]dteenergy[dot]com and I will get them posted in just a few minutes.
|4 days 1 hour ago||The Photos...||
The link in the photos goes to an AOL mailbox, it seems. If you can get the photos into a service like Photobucket or whatnot, you can just paste their auto-generated HTML into the OP while in plain text mode. You can rescale the photos within MGoBlog's interface - 400-ish pixels should fit nicely in the box. Let me know if you need some assistance.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I Was Thinking This...||
It seems like one of the larger themes in all this - if you take into consideration P&G, as well as Pepsi, McDonald's, Visa, Campbell Soup, Anheuser-Busch - and the others that are suspending sponsorships or, as most of them are, voicing serious complaints about the league's handling of domestic violence cases involving their players, it is becoming a referendum of sorts on the current leadership of the NFL.
Even if very few sponsors actually pack up and leave as P&G more or less has here, I tend to think that their mere questioning of the league, its cultural direction and their ties to it is a signifiant moment which has far more consequences for the NFL if it is handledly more poorly than it already has been.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Ah, Friday...||
After about three straight weeks of storm work around here, less a day here and there where I got normal things done, this week has actually been a welcome change. Of course, only this morning do I feel like I have gotten my bearings back, but it's Friday so there's only one day of fretting about which tasks I should accomplish first and then there is the weekend.
Sadly, I will not be at the game this week but I will definitely be watching it on TV - actually, I'll have the house all to myself for most of the game too, which is a bonus. My wife and daughter will be at a baby shower and my son is going somewhere with the in-laws, so me, BBQ, beer and football it is......and no phone or pager clamoring for storm support.
The only planned chore this weekend is cutting down all the fennel and parsley which grew a little too well in one bed. I like light schedules like that.
|4 days 14 hours ago||This Game...||
I think this would be an interesting gam to play with some of the notable members of the MGoBlogerati actually, espcially those that are well-versed in the history of the program. I like to think I am at least well-informed, but that I would do even better at a version of the game which probed why the power might be out in a given neighborhood.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Could Be Worse...||
As disturbing as that was, imagine morphing someone into Mike Mangino. In another universe, if he were still at Kansas and this happened, we would probably be saying, "Drink until you are neurologically unable to process visual information", although the Weis morph cam disturbingly close.
|4 days 16 hours ago||A Bit Of A Grind...||
For the most part, KSU's defense is not making this easy for Auburn - the Tigers are getting a shade under 5 yards per play on average right now. This is the first team they've run into that has some ability to, you know, get in front the play and stop people and take them out of warp, if you will.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Getting It Now...||
So, anything with a Smurf in it involves a short screen, Batman can dictate run depending on his position on the poster and Spiderman means that Malzahn will gyrate on the sidelines imploring the center judge to spot the ball so "super tempo" can proceeed unabated. I think I am decoding this right.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Inner Ditka...||
I think you have to respect Gus Malzahn for channeling his inner Mike Ditka with the sweater tonight. It definitely allows him to dance up and down the sideline finding innovative hand gestures to say, "EVEN FASTER!" with a freedom that sleeves would not allow.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Similar Message...||
To be fair, the comment about "true fans", in my understanding (and I could be reading too much into it - I just didn't get the sense that it was the sort of slam some people thought it was), was far more about the unnecessary attacks players were experiencing on social media, so while the use of "true" was perhaps not the best here, I think he was trying to put the responsibility squarely on the staff, much like he is doing here. Hoke has been very consistent - really from the beginning - in this message that public criticism should be directed at him and his staff, not the players. I don't mind coaches trying to stand up for their teams like that really.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Ferry Field...||
Well, I knew about Ferry Field because we spent a week this summer getting conduit runs out of there and rerouted in advance of the area being regraded and paved, so the University was perhaps banking on some of this work happening regardless. Still, it all looks very nice - as WD mentions about, I think there was an article when all this was initially proposed that made it out to be a 7-year, $250 million series of renovations if the whole package were to be approved.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Looking At It This Way...||
I was hoping someone would lay it out like this actually as it is condensed somewhat, and yes, there are a few games that aren't there, if you will, which will hopefully reduce overall stress on the road somewhat. Wisconsin at the Kohl Center is playing on the event horizon of the black hole from basketball cannot escape, so not going there is a bonus.
|4 days 23 hours ago||In Addition...||
I believe the Museum has actively campaigned to preserve at least a portion of the plant for the new permanent home of the Yankee Air Museum, and judging from a drive-by a few days ago, they are ignoring one part of the plant as they demolish the rest of it. I don't know if that's a temporary stay pending adequate funds for purchase or if they actually have secured that portion of the old facility though.
|5 days 51 min ago||I Don't Know...||
If the Rutgers we're talking about here is the Rutgers that played a Penn State team with an anemic offense and lost 13-10 in part thanks to Gary Nova's 5 INTs, then it's very difficult for me to see that game as a loss right now. We can talk about a less-than-great road record for Michigan recently, and perhaps much of this is me being more sensitive to statistical comparisons than just win-loss records, but on most metrics, Rutgers is....not good to middling at best. No road game is easy, but from a statistical standpoint, Rutgers and Northwestern are the easiest remaining road games given what we know right now.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Very Cool...||
The last #Eating campaign was pretty awesome, and I certainly will donate to it again. I was actually kind of amused by how they drew out how many backers they were looking for relative to gameday attendance - that was great way to put what the needed level of support is for the project.
Now, the question is - do I jump at the opportunity to teach Vincent Smith chess or do I go for the kayaking down the Huron?
|5 days 15 hours ago||Scope...||
It depends on the scope really - if it is just Michigan games, then the stats archive goes back to 1949, I believe, but ESPN has gmes going back to the early 2000s if you search them. Most of the team pages are still active in their original format, I believe, so if you needed stats, you could copy and paste from their site like that. I think the team pages go back for several years as well.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Other Lornes...||
Wolverine goalie Lorne Howes registered 46 saves in the final to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
Voted for Michigan but mainly because of other people named Lorne doing good work. We need to stick together, man.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Same Here...||
I am in the same boat. I will be 46 and 49 respectively when these game are played, but I am pretty sure I could muster the energy to hang about for a night game if one of these came to be one. Like someone said though, it is a bit of a shame that these sorts of meetings between storied program haven't been all that common recently, and now we have to wait for them...as in, a decade or so for them.
|5 days 22 hours ago||I Bet They Are Tired Of It...||
Other students said they were tired of Winston's off-the-field behavior. Tyler Wendlend, a freshman, said Winston should know to lay low.
After everything else in which Winston has been said to be involved, I certainly don't blame students for being a bit weary of having the antics of one player serve as a terrible distraction and to have their school be in the spotlight on what seems like a monthly basis sometimes. I imagine the team is pretty sick of it too for the most part, but I do agree with others here - this is more than I thought FSU might do.
|6 days 44 min ago||Some Other Numbers...||
It's difficult to say much based on the fact that the Utes have played only Idaho State and Frenso State. On the surface, their rushing defense in two games would look impressive:
Yards per rush - 1.4
Rush attempts per game - 40
Rushing yards per game - 55
That really says much more to me about their competition to date being awful at this aspect of offense. The passing defense stats:
Yards per pass - 7.1
Pass attempts per game - 40
Pass yards per game - 283
Those are actually closer to bottom tier - granted, that's two games, so average of two numbers, strength of conclusion...blah blah...
|6 days 1 hour ago||Can Confirm...||
As Manager, Detroit Region Coping Beverage Distirbution & Mixing, I can definitely confirm that there have been periodic demand spikes throughout the last couple seasons. The only upside is that the crews hoofing it from tailgate to house to tailgate with those drinks do get tons of OT in, so the checks aren't bad.
|6 days 2 hours ago||The "Joe-Out"...||
The "Joe-out" is not sponsored or associated with Penn State University, and Stannell said there's no veiled message being sent by the fans.
Other than the message that they either cannot or do not care to understand why this is not a good choice (not to mention an insensitive and thoughtless one) under any circumstances and that the cult of personality surrounding Paterno still persists despite its focus being deceased, right? "We are..." indeed. *facepalm*
|6 days 2 hours ago||In Addition...||
I believe I heard that McDonalds and Visa have since registered similar complaints about the handling of this situtation - and other recent situations - by teams and the NFL, and of course, Raddison suspended their sponsorship of the Vikings (understandably so) after seeing their name in the background of that oh so awkward press conference.
The NFL (and now the Vikings, Ravens, etc...) definitely missed one of the most important lessons of managing in a crisis like theirs - try to get ahead of the story and be honest (well, as open as you can) so as to blunt the reaction as much as possible - you won't succeed entirely, but do tell your story before others can frame it for you. The NFL didn't do this, not that it could have in any way justified what some of its players have done, but now their nightmare is that much worse.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Great To Hear...||
That's excellent news for him and hopefully he builds himself a nice career from here on out. Hope to see more of these....
|6 days 22 hours ago||Nice Article...||
Very nice read, and thanks for sharing.
I remember perhaps a year or so ago that someone posted an article which mentioned that Miller was related to Jim Leyland, but in general I do like these sorts of pieces because you get to know them and get to know why they dedicate themselves as they do and to see how hard they work on and off the field. Very interesting to see that he got some of the inspiration for his work ethic from "Uncle Jim" too.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I Thought About This...||
Sitting in this conference as I was today, I thought more about this - could you achieve a meaningful synthesis using average plays per game but also account for time of posession (probably through simple division) to get a plays run per minute metric? I think this would consider at least the attempt at tempo regardless of success rates on completions (although that would be an interesting transformation as well, to separate out pass / rush).
|6 days 22 hours ago||Not Shocked About Ann Arbor...||
Ann Arbor topped the Life Evaluation subindex, mainly because this is the one - if I understand this survey correctly - that basically measures how happy you are with your current state of affairs and how you rate the future. Like someone said, it isn't obviously perhaps on gamedays, but as a community, Ann Arbor is definitely at ease with itself and optimistic in general.
The one that is very strange is that a quick trip east on I-94 puts you in my neck of the woods, the Detroit-Livonia-Warren (i.e., the tri-county area) triangle, which is one of the worst in overall well-being.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Plays Per Game...||
Per TeamRankings, we are a comfortable 117th when it comes to offensive snaps per game at 64.7 so far for the season. Not that it is much slower, but Army gets about two less than that at 62 snaps on average, which is good for 125th. The fewest? Florida Atlantic at 57.7, but I think this is perhaps attributable to many drives that are brief and end badly in their case. The fastest Big Ten team on their metric is Northwestern - ranked 17th at 84 plays on offense per game on average.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I Might Try This...||
I have to spend the whole day at some Leadership Conference, so in the middle of one of the sessions, I think I might actually try this - I just hope that I do not get trucked like that on the way up from my faux dead position, that's all. Good lord, this is hilarious - Miami perhaps figured that, him being supposedly dead, there's no point in stopping the play to help. Too bad that dude figured it out after they did.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Interesting, But...||
I'll up the ante on this one and take on a future Purdue-Rutgers game, but only because moderating a live blog between fans of a terrible team that are very well-meaning and fans of a terrible team that are already perfecting the art of "classless asshole" should make for a game where everyone is banned by the midpoint of the third quarter.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Not Really...||
I don't think it does really, but remember that those five houses saw, as their first live BTN event telecast, some school from North Carolina play a #5 Michigan team and, well.....*drinks*.
In all seriousness though, I don't think Comcast (my provider) resolved their BTN contract much before 2008 or so.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I Agree...||
If I've got something going on Friday night, the 3:30 PM starts actually seem to work better because I am not literally rolling out of bed and into the game like it seems sometimes - I used to be able to do that without blinking as a student, but about twenty years later, it's a bit taxing. Also, the 3:30 PM starts work better if the family is coming because I find it is difficult sometimes to convince two elementary-aged children and a wife whose obsession does not reach your level to get out the door quite that early.
|1 week 22 hours ago||For Now, Of Course...||
For now, of course, it's a mere prediction and we can still rest relatively easily about that, but if it ever were in fact announced as an actual bowl game, I do have a feeling that the room where the server for this blog is would, well....
|1 week 22 hours ago||1995 Vs. MSU....||
I believe it was in the game against Michigan State in 1995. As I recall, Carr and Biakabatuka got the rushing TDs that we scored in that game. That might have even been Carr's longest run in that role too - it was perhaps 3 or 4 yards on the score.
|1 week 23 hours ago||I Liked It...||
I think Hurst's high school team used him like that too, as a short-yardage / goal line FB, but yeah, I was immediately reminded of the days of William Carr when they put him out there on that play. As I recall, Carr was about 6'0'' and 270 pounds, and Hurst is a smidge bigger than that, I believe, so if we need someone who can eliminate hazards, if you will, with his own force as he or others cross the goal line, I am OK with that.
|1 week 1 day ago||CFT's Take...||
Even worse, it's all on tape too. CollegeFootballTalk has their own article going here as well - LINK
Video surveillance from the casino shows Rawls entering a casino eatery with two other men, observing an abandoned purse in a chair, and sitting on it, according to an affidavit requesting arrest warrants filed by a Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police officer. After sitting on the purse, Rawls hands it to one of his companions, who places it in a bag before the pair leave the casino, the officer said.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
That was actually a pretty interesting piece, I thought. Thanks for sharing.
I'll be honest - I never really thought about USA Basketball as that sort of a marketing opportunity for folks like Krzyzewski, but then it wasn't something I necessarily mulled over at great length. The end of the piece actually is what made me sit and think about what is really happening here perhaps:
So the NBA stars climbed onto the podium on Sunday night at the Palacio de los Deportes, and there was Mike Krzyzewski making his move to the far end, framing himself with the gold medalists.
Yeah, I think I can guess who will - in the long term - get the most mileage out of that photo opportunity. That being said, if you can do this - and you can - why would you not?
|1 week 1 day ago||Alright...||
There was my reaction to the PSU-Rutgers game...
|1 week 1 day ago||Full Wardrobe...||
When asked if any more color combinations were in the works, Whittingham noted that the Utes now have white, red and black gear.
So, eventually, Utah is going to have Oregon's problem if this keeps up, of course, although to be fair to the Ducks, only having to wear the same uniform once every 3-4 years (or once and then never again, depending) may save a bit on laundry.
Here's the embed of the OP's video of their introduction, incidentally:
|1 week 1 day ago||Likely Not...||
The "new old system" went away due to some malware issues, as I recall, and the karma system was the replacement which fit most comfortably within Drupal, as far as I understand - actually, there is a module which basically has all that programming in it. However, the current system was always slated to return, and now it has, and as far as I am aware, this is how it will be in perpetuity.
Now, if we're talking about whether or not it is possible to do this in the current system by number of upvotes, that might not be a bad Brian question.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll Be Honest...||
The thought of the Heart Of Dallas Bowl sort of makes me....
|1 week 1 day ago||Possible Solution...||
I will say that I wouldn't be upset if we took a setup like this and placed it in front of the opposing bench, then at some point, sending over some assistant to check the locks on the cages after which he would look at their bench with a worried look and say, "I'll be back in a little bit..." The idea, of course, is that they would never return and the opposing team would spend the entire game focused on the question - "Will I be eaten by a Wolverine?"
|1 week 1 day ago||Big Ten In The Sagarin Ratings...||
Here's how the Big Ten shakes out in Sagarin's ratings -
Overall rank / Team / Overall Rating
8) Michigan State, 90.25
10) Wisconsin, 88.10
18) Ohio State, 84.31
26) Nebraska, 80.43
39) Penn State, 76.81
49) Michigan, 74.83
54) Northwestern, 72.72
56) Indiana, 71.73
58) Iowa, 71.28
60) Maryland, 71.21
69) Minnesota, 69.01
82) Illinois, 66.18
90) Rutgers, 64.51
118) Purdue, 59.18
|1 week 1 day ago||About The Jacket...||
I had always ssumed that, like many business, you would begin to get the catalog at your five-year anniversary and then every so often after that, and that like most such catalogs from which to choose your anniversary gift, it would come down to the alarm clock that also displays the weather or the pen that also can be used as a laser pointer. If there is a jacket involved as noted above, I think that trumps both of those things, especially if the jacket can tell you the weather or also be used as a laser pointer.
|1 week 1 day ago||Lions Take The Lead...||
It was most kind of Jed Collins to comfort the ball on that touchdown and thank it for its cooperation by patting it on the "back", if that's what we're going to call it now. Still, nice drive and the Lions go up 7-6. Definitely wouldn't mind another score to get a little breathing room.
|1 week 1 day ago||Minor Victory...||
Well, holding Carolina to an FG here is something of a minor victory here despite the fact that it puts the Panthers on the board, but it still doesn't make me want to put some sort of adhesive on Bell's gloves all the same - that fumble still stings a bit.
|1 week 2 days ago||Massey Prediction...||
Here's what the latest predictions for our remaining games look like over at Massey Ratings, complete with estimated win probability and median score.
|1 week 2 days ago||It Is Quite The Turnaround...||
Actually, when you consider that wet had only 1,634 (per the stats archive) net rushing yards last year and, in three games this year, we're at 729 net yards, that's actually quite the turnaround. That's 44% of last year's production in just three games - an OC and scheme change and compared to what it had been, the results are encouraging. This is especially true when, as Brown Bear mentions, we weren't doing this almost regardless of competition last year.
|1 week 2 days ago||Actually...||
Actually, that number above is with those sorts of things omitted already. There were 42 specific instances of "tire fire" or uses of "fire" in a sense other than a call for someone losing their position. That also accounts for people who have the word in their signature line, which right now is a fair number of posters.
|1 week 2 days ago||Well Done...||
Glad you were able to go to the game, Darker Blue, and well done, Seth!
The MGCommunity here definitely stands out in the volume and manner of its giving, and it is great to see stories like this posted from time to time.
|1 week 2 days ago||Also The Timing...||
Supposedly, the announcement was made only about two hours before kickoff too, and sometimes (not all the time) when teams do that, it turns out to be just for one game, but then that's not always the case depending on the offense. Either way, hopefully it isn't something serious because it looked as if Rawls was going to settle into a nice season here, even being named MAC player of the week last week, I believe.
|1 week 2 days ago||Poor Tim Beckman....||
...because his answers at press conferences are going to start to sound like this before long:
|1 week 2 days ago||A Couple Things...||
To Raoul's post above, Mgo-Bo is indeed MGoGone now. When one's hot take involves calling someone a "cocksucker" and telling someone to "fuck off", yeah, that would be the sort of poster we could do without.
Calling out fans for leaving early
That thread probably will not lead to much in the way of constructive discussion, so it will be pulled before the OP gets too much grief for it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Now That 2004 Is Mentioned....||
It's a minor sidenote, to be sure, but I think the video games medley was done during the ND / Michigan halftime show in 2004. I do remember particularly enjoying that as it allowed me to spend a few minutes reliving my childhood, so well done. To your point, however, I believe you're right - they have employed a guitar before. Didn't they also do it -perhaps very briefly - in 2007 when they did a medley of songs found in "Guitar Hero"? I could be wrong, but I think somewhere in there was a guitar too.
|1 week 2 days ago||And Rutgers Scores...||
Well, Gary Nova did rather untraditional Gray Nova things to make that rushing TD, and indeed, a quick check of the stats confirms it is only the second time he has run into the end zone himself. Of course, it is a good thing the TD signal is obvious or the mic problems would have perhaps accidentally rolled into a situation where this was reviewed for intentional grounding somehow.
|1 week 2 days ago||Meanwhile...||
Meanwhile, if the referee is to be believed in Piscataway, hjgprggjps was called against gjrgjprwrkg, number kdlghlgg on the offense, and it was apparently 10 yards (holding, yes, but you had to see it because the mic is inadequate). Probably should have the mic checked at some point.
|1 week 2 days ago||Well Done Indeed...||
Considering some of the limitations of MS Paint (and perhaps I say that because I suck at it), this is really high quality, I think and if you don't mind, I am going to make it the background on one of my work monitors. Very good work!
|1 week 2 days ago||Perhaps It Is Me...||
Perhaps it is me, but it seems that there's still a lack of meaningful data on Shane Morris when it comes to this facet of his game, although I will say the two that he threw today were rather catchable. If that's where this is going, I agree that he looks a bit better each time we see him.
I did like the run he made - if that's part of his game when he is in charge of the offense at some point, then that's definitely a strength and something that we can definitely employ. I believe the depth chart at QB is pretty much as you see it for the year, but the moment, Shane does slide up to #1 when Gardner leaves, this offense should probably be in good hands.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wow Indeed...||
Well, if Iowa State had to win something, it may as well be the CyHawk. It's rather a shame that it was redesigned, because I liked the idea of a trophy which depicted a man and his family looking as if they were going to throw up in a bucket of corn.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Defense...||
We held Miami to 198 yards, so like others have said, we did pitch a pretty good game on this side of the ball as we might expect. Actually, it was 198 yards on 59 plays, which comes out to an average give of 3.36 yrds per play. In the case of Miami almost all of this was passing yardage, of course, so buried in there is 1.4 yards per rush allowed. Running on our defense is...difficult, which I like.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Brief Breakdown...||
The brief breakdown is like this:
460 total yards of offense (184 passing, 276 rushing).
Devin Gardner and Shane Morris combined for 13-22. Shane was 0-2, but Devin was 13-20, so 9.20 yards per attempt and 14.15 yards per completion.
Those 276 rushing yards were spread across 45 carries, so we managed 6.1 YPC overall. Roughly half of this, of course, was Derrick Green.
|1 week 2 days ago||Stat Of The Half...||
Well, the stat of the half is that we've gained 215 yards (120 passing, 95 rushing) to Miami's 88 yards (87 passing, 1 rushing), and yet some untimely miscues make this a mere 7-point game in our favor. If there is a minor upside, 4.3 yards per rush is the average right now, but mostly because Green rage - when we've seen it - looks rather nice.
|1 week 2 days ago||Lost It...||
I might have been off here - I honestly thought I was in for a second, but only my rambling appears. I tried turing filters on and off to see if that would kick it into motion, but it seems like it is non-functional for me as well.
Also, did anyone else go to the overflow channel - 692 on Comcast for me - to find the Maryland game as well? It's like they want me to watch this one short of bringing up BTN2Go on the iPad here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Even Better...||
It could be just me, but there is not a lot of enthusiasm in the liveblog right now either in terms of attendance. The photos being tweeted out of sections less than half full are starting to make me think that this might be relatively quiet affair today, but I could be wrong there.
|1 week 2 days ago||On That PI Call...||
I will say that you don't often see pass interference calls which basically look like a 10-yard attempt at pantsing the receiver, but as Maryland's secondary has, for the most part, shown as much ability to stop a play as the drizzle in College Park, I am guessing they'll take what they can get here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Twitter Embed...||
|1 week 2 days ago||For Those Who Missed It...||
Strangest play of the day so far, courtesy of BTN and SBNation. I can confirm that this is indeed a valid call for a fair catch and an interference penalty per the rules (after a few sessions of read, then watch, then read again).
|1 week 2 days ago||Whoops...||
Was that a weird way to play numbers a bit on defense? Was Maryland saying, "We know we can stop them, but what harm does an offside call on 4th and 1 do anyway?" No matter, West Virginia plugs away for another series, I suppose.
...and suddenly some actual opportunistic play from Maryland's secondary. Very odd.
|1 week 3 days ago||Still Watching This One...||
C.J. Brown has already found six recievers (seven if you count Daryl Worley, who happens to be a Mountaineer), so if you put aside the lack of ultimate productivity so far, he is fairly adept at hitting targets. West Virginia's pass defense has some signature Tony Gibson in it so far, though they have held Maryland to 2 FGs.
|1 week 3 days ago||Watching Maryland....||
It would be fair to say that Maryland is settling into its role of a Big Ten team rather well so far - C.J. Brown dropped back about one Orlovsky (this is a measurement I think needs to be a formal measurement for QBs) and threw a complete pass back to the LOS, thus completing the drive which looked good but didn't go much of anywhere in reality.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Meeting...||
Is that what that meeting was? They told me it was book club focusing on 17th century French literature, so I went but found it very odd that, when I stood up to deliver my thoughts on "Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur", everyone seemed a little perplexed and acted like I was in the wrong place altogether. Hopefully, they've corrected the misleading language in the Student Guide by now.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ending The First Quarter...||
Well, at 9-10 and 197 yards passing in just a single quarter, Bryce Petty has more or less been throwing lasers and Buffalo has been an excellent non-refractive medium through which the beams may pass unaltered. If the game was a simple physics experiment, it would already be successful, I would think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ah, Football...||
If you include this drive, Toledo is actually within earshot of breaking 200 yards of offense right now despite not having any points to show for it as yet. Cincinnati already has 311 yards with 244 of those coming in the air.
...and Toledo gets a TD, and I think this was because Cincinnati was stunned by the idea that the Rockets could accidentally put a drive together. This seems to be a common theme when MAC teams are involved.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Tried It Too...||
I made them this past weekend actually as I had no lights - a few houses around me got involved and we had a little gathering and my neighbor let me appropriate his smoker for a little bit. They turned out wonderfully and we actually made extra for the lineman who came all the way from Tennessee to fix the primary behind our street. They enjoyed them too, and their foreman, a raging Vols fan by his own admission, may introduce the recipe down in Knoxville.
|1 week 3 days ago||Point Of Contention...||
I am going to politely disagree with this - if you suspect that something like what AP has done to his kid is going on (i.e., straight up abuse), that IS your business and as a fellow human being interested in the welfare of the community at large, you should bring such things to the attention of the right people. I really don't care how others were raised, but that is NOT how you teach anyone (a child or an adult really, because modeling violence has done SO much for people) a "lesson" or, to extend this thought, to function well in society, no matter anyone's protestations that they "turned out OK".
|1 week 3 days ago||Comfortable Win...||
Massey and TeamRankings and other sites are predicting a game which Michigan has about a 98%-99% chance of winning and the confidence level is quite high. I find myself agreeing with that really - we do what we should do tomorrow. I would have to say that I predict a much easier Saturday on MGoBlog and a win that is at least 4 TDs in its size.
|1 week 3 days ago||CBS In Minnesota...||
CBS Local in Minnesota has some descriptions of the injuries as they were described in the initial reports, as well as some photos of the scars left - LINK
Very brutal indeed. Supposedly, during his questioning by the grand jury, Peterson regarded this as a "normal spanking" and did not seem to think it was excessive.
|1 week 3 days ago||And To Be Honest...||
To be fair, of course, we do occasionally throw the odd black tie dinner around here as well, but the problem that we've found is that often people will show up in a black tie and nothing else....well, wingtips as well on occasion. All very tasteful, of course. It's just another thing that separates us from other blogs, right?
|1 week 3 days ago||Looking At The List...||
Is it possible that the Kansas one can be Charlie Weis sitting next to Mark Mangino frozen in carbonite with Turner Gill simply standing off in one corner looking solemn? I think that would sell well enough.
If you had asked me if Star Wars and football would ever intersect like this earlier today, I probably would have said, "Not in the near future anyway". So much for my predictions.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Of The Questions...||
I must admit that I didn't understand why someone would ask the question about Ryan possibly moving back to SLB because I thought the one of the potential advantages to going to the 4-3 Over was having someone like Jake Ryan up the middle. The arrangement makes sense, I think, and I do agree (now that I've had time to actually sit and watch so I can better grasp some of the discussion) that he looked effective there.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Sure....||
I have little knowledge of Buckeye Empire, but from a brief poking about, it is unremarkable as fan blogs go. In any case, there is a lot of chatter on Twitter - so take it for what you will - that Noah Spence might have failed a subsequent drug test after serving a suspension, at least that is what it sounds like right now.
|1 week 4 days ago||At Long Last...||
Well, in the past week, I have been without power from Friday night to late Monday, worked the equivalent of an extra week inside one week and even patrolled a circuit or two aside from my own as we were that strapped for people at some points. Needless to say, it was great to be told moments ago - on a Friday, no less - that you're on standby and you can *gasp* do normal work. This was one of the larger storms in the company's history, and while I like the checks, I haven't seen my kids save for 30 minutes in the last four days and I look forward to weekend with the family and Michigan football.
|1 week 4 days ago||Note To UMxWolverines...||
Just as a note, let's try not to start posts with "you're seriously hopeless", because really what that means in essence is that you have no intention of considering an alternative viewpoint and such things only make threads go downhill as things escalate between folks digging in their heels. I suppose I am simply asking proactively for people to word things in a more considered manner before exchanges become totally unnecessary shitshows.
|1 week 4 days ago||BYU Rolling...||
Well, it's obvious that Houston came to play....canasta perhaps.
Houston's -31 yards of offense sort of set the agend for the remainder of the game for the Cougars - that is to say, to do something which actually manages to move the ball towards the correct end zone. Simple enough in theory.
|1 week 4 days ago||Meanwhile...||
Almost 22 minutes of regulation passed before any scoring in the Louisiana Tech / North Texas game. At this rate, the Bulldogs' TD might have put the game out of reach, so there goes my second half bet on who would get the winning safety.
|1 week 4 days ago||Off The Wall Suggestion...||
I suppose if he goes through with challenge on BHGP, I would take Adam Jacobi but only if I can wear a horse head for the entire game just to make sure he pays attention to the game.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Correlation...||
It's perhaps on the mild side (although an R-squared of 0.61 is quite good as the relationships among football stats go), but here is what they look like graphed together:
|1 week 4 days ago||I Think I Know What Happened...|
|1 week 4 days ago||Just A Bit Late...||
Grantland article on Hoke/mediocrity
Beat by a single thread, and yet, this one had more discussion, though much of it was how this was a repeat thread. Few things are more MGoBlog.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Article...||
On the subject of Hoke’s future, Cook feels he’s “two standard deviations above the patience mean” compared to the rest of the fan base, in part because he doesn’t see any viable successors on the horizon.
I was intrigued by what Brian said here because as much as I gripe privately - and publicly, the little bit that I allow myself - about certain aspects of what is going on, I sort of find myself here feeling that way as well. We've had these coaching change threads throughout the week, most of which grope for the improbable or pose disingenuous hypotheticals, but they all tend to miss what Brian said in the end of quoted passage. Another transition when there really are not realistic viable alternatives would be a willful cratering, which I am sure no one wants.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Interesting...||
As a baseline for a future power ranking, I would take 10th given the nature of the metric. I am interested to see what TeamRankings and Massey come up with for these same numbers later in the fall. If the thinking is that it could be a dogfight in the Big Ten between Michigan, OSU and MSU, I could definitely live with that and I think we're set up well to face that challenge too.
|1 week 5 days ago||As A Mod...||
Speaking for the mods, I get a little flustered at the unnecessarily narrow definition of "No OT" people chirp about in these threads, and perhaps it is a communication issue though the rules do get posted and reposted on occasion. There are indeed "OT" things which can stand during the season - the difference is that the definition narrows somewhat. This thread, for example, is indeed within the guidelines of "allowed OT" as it is a major international sports headline, or major enough perhaps. Pistorious is a well-known name, so it definitely qualifies as "allowed OT".
|1 week 5 days ago||No Solutions...||
Post ND lineup changes.
It was probably not a good idea to leave it up as long as I did, and yes, it has descended into the normal panic and groping for solutions not supported by any real evidence. Time for it to go.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably Fearmongering...||
Even though the announced attendance and the actual attendance will always vary (probably because the announced attendance usually include everyone within a four-block radius, like most venues), I still don't know that we've yet reached the point where demand for seats at a Michigan game goes elastic and attendance starts to drop like that - the program still has that wonderful problem of brand equity, recent performance aside for the moment. So, yeah, I think it would take a bigger calamity than it would at most institutions before the 100,000 mark was in serious jeopardy.
|1 week 5 days ago||Negative Punishment...||
If you're going to frame this as a punishment of sorts, then I have to ask - can you think of instances where other teams have done such a thing and it has led to what you would consider a statistically acceptable performance? If possible, post in the form of your baseline expectation and compare both pre- and post- benching performance and, if possible, show trending in the results so we can see how many times this must be done before the benchmark is reached. I am genuinely curious as to why you think this is a good idea.
Now, if you meant the odd spot replacement of a QB in certain situations, teams do this for many reasons not necessarily related to performance. Still, I do not understand the "start Morris" crowd right now, especially those who provide no real statistical / scientific explanation for why they think this is a good idea.
|1 week 5 days ago||My Two Cents...||
The deeper issue, of course, is the severe credibility problem of the NFL and Roger Goodell. If indeed they had access to the tape a few months ago and simply could not be bothered (for whatever reason, intentional or not) to watch it before rendering a judgment in Rice's case, then in my opinion, that is organizational incompetence of an unforgivable nature.
One of the functions of the NFL is to set guidelines for appropriate conduct and to take appropriate action when those are violated, but they also must investigate in each case, and it seems - per the AP article - that they had more than sufficient evidence that a player physically assaulted someone and either forgot about it somehow or chose to ignore it. Neither is acceptable, and the backpedaling done after protest by Goodell isn't acceptable either.
If these sorts of things can happen when Goodell is in charge (and not just with regards to Rice, but everyone who has merely had their wrist slapped for domestic violence charges), then I think we have to question why he is in charge.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Will Say...||
I was also there from 1996-2000, and they were indeed awesome years, but at the same time, I do understand what the OP is trying to do and ask people to embrace the history of not only the program but really the culture of the Michigan program as well as that of the university which fosters it. I am as concerned as many about the direction of things right now (and like others, I don't find it entirely acceptable), but does it make me any less proud of the program and the school? Not in the slightest. I think that's where the OP was coming from. If so, I agree.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Shocking Thing...||
I almost fell out of my chair at the Buckeye fan who said he would take Bollman calling the plays on offense, because watching the same dive play eventually result in the same 3rd and 7 situation was working so well on offense the last time around, right?
|1 week 6 days ago||Not OT...||
Actually, I have always wondered if questions regarding high profile MGoBloggers weren't bordering on META territory, but yeah, I think it has been a while since he posted at all really - perhaps as much as a year. In any case, hopefully he'll drop by as his diaries were rightfully legendary works around these parts.
|1 week 6 days ago||This As Well...||
Thoughts on Butch Jones?
The OP said that it could be deleted, and in reality it probably should be but only because these threads are almost invariably inflammatory (well, the comments are) even if that isn't the stated intent of the OP, especially as we're not actively looking for a coach.
Hypothetical Coaching Staff in-Waiting
This thread, while I see the humor in it, probably is not going to get the responses that the OP was hoping for.
|1 week 6 days ago||Many Thanks...||
No need to thank the blog, as others have mentioned. I often joke offline about modding being sort of like being on the front line, but I remind myself sometimes that braver people than me actually are there.
Instead, let me say thanks for your service to this nation and hopefully you are already on your home from Baltimore to reconnect with your family again.
|1 week 6 days ago||The 2007 Oregon Game...||
I try to shy away from saying things like "worst" when it comes to losses because different metrics of low performance will produce different results in that respect. If we were to talk about the game that changed my perspective on my own fandom forever perhaps (if "worst" can be "most psychologically jarring"), it would be the 2007 Oregon game. That is the game - the pantsing, if you will - which knocked the complacency out of me more than any game and made me ask finally (and now continuously) why we do the things we do schematically / strategically as a program.
|1 week 6 days ago||Trolls / Guests...||
I guess from a modding as well as personal standpoint, I welcome the inclusion of rival fans who provide their perspective and are willing to have an intelligent discussion on the blog, and there are several here who do just that. In my opinion, that sort of exchanged should be welcomed. It is the "quick hit" people or that obvious trolls that get exiled, so if you do see those, definitely report those. We will do our best to get those folks off the boards.
|1 week 6 days ago||Oh Dear...||
Hypothetical John Harbaugh Availability/Question
I do not foresee this one going particularly well, and while a few threads here and there on position discussions have slid (likeOL discussions), it seems these coaching hypothetical threads generally are non-starters.
|1 week 6 days ago||Perhaps....||
You may very well have kids, but to be fair, my youngest will be graduating high school in that year and I believe a fair number of people on the board would fully expect to be grandparents by this time.
That being said, I would love to have a home-and-home with Texas really, particularly if by then we're talking about a game which is nationally relevant and a marquee matchup of the weekend.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
The look on Geno Smith's is pretty amusing - "Really? Really?". I chuckled.
As others have said though, he's an amazing ahtlete and it is great to see him still doing Woodson things at, well, my age basically.
|1 week 6 days ago||Speaking Of This...||
Because I'll be working storm possibly forever from the sound of things right now, I might need to ditch my tickets for this weekend. This is especially true if tomorrow's weather is as some forecasts are predicting. I am going to try a few family members first, but you may see some tickets posted on the spreadsheet later this week.
|2 weeks 8 min ago||Of Minor Note...||
I actually looked and I was a little surprised that Massey took his algorithm and applied it to college hockey as well. No updates on the site yet as the season has not begun yet (they usually reset to the current season a week or two before the season starts), but it will be interesting what the algorithm makes of the Big Ten at least initially.
|2 weeks 21 min ago||Removed At OP's Request...||
Meet Paul from Toledo
This was removed at the OP's request as it reiterates current front page content.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Preseason Baseline...||
I don't know that I measure it based on "what would staisfy me" as much as I do on "what is an achieveable target", possibly because that's simply how what people like me who get paid to invent metrics think. That being said, as disappointed as I am about Saturday's result, I still think that this schedule still permits a reasonable shot at 9-3 for the moment. Like some others, I see the rivalry games remaining as the most difficult hills to conquer (not insurmountable, but the most difficult), but the rest of the games are definitely winnable games for us.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||More Or Less This...||
We do monitor how many of these threads appear, of course, but a couple a day is a volume we'll generally let slide because there is a need to vent and as long as it doesn't get vicious, they will get left alone by the mods anyway. It's something on the order of 20-30 per day when it becomes an issue - when such threads are crowding out relevant news, yeah, we do get "selective" about what stays.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||My Oddball Effort...|
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||After Three Quarters....||
Let me say first that it is nice to be able to watch the last quarter of this game on my own TV now that I have power again.
Second, the Lions' offense - 291 yards passing from Stafford, 18/27 for 2 TDs both of which were caught by Calvin Johnson, and while there are only 34 yards rushing, the one rushing TD belongs to Stafford. This is a nice way to end my Monday - with power, and a probable Lions win.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall from reading the notes on Ohio State practices a few weeks ago, he was limited at some point because of a shoulder injury, but there was no other definite mention past the middle of August and no indication as to the severity of it. If it is serious enough to stop him from playing, that's sad - hopefully, he builds himself a great future all the same.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Removed This...||
OT: Giants vs. Lions game thread
This one was taken down in favor of the more developed thread above it (well, it was above it until this post).