|18 min 48 sec ago||I Am Curious...||
I am curious about this - were you going to compare the results to those of established algorithms like Massey Ratings to see how far fan estimates would fall from those? I ask because it would be interesting to see any results you get from this put up against some of the more accepted ways of generating probability estimates for these games.
|33 min 19 sec ago||Duplicate Thread...||
Depth Chart On Twitter
Although this one a smidge better visually, we will run with the now well-entrenched depth chart thread, now released for public consumption.
|42 min 20 sec ago||Put That Way...||
You know, put that way, it definitely gives me a whole new appreciation for "Mentos: The Freshmaker". Fresh indeed, but if you want anything to smell good, I suppose...
Actually, this might be a marketable idea in other segments of the economy too.
|54 min 42 sec ago||"Official"...||
Let's just remember that the "official depth chart" might not be the "official depth chart" per se. Often in the past, there's been the one for media consumption and then there's what actually transpires. In the case of Harbaugh, I have to think that there will definitely be times where - if there is a released chart - we still get surprised by the time we see the formation for the first snap.
|3 hours 15 min ago||Idea For This...||
"When I said 'When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts', I admittedly was not thinking about people like Dave Brandon who are in fact nuts." - Larry Ellison
You could have a lot of fun with this concept actually, even incorporating actual quotes and CEOs struggling to understand Brandon.
|3 hours 27 min ago||That Moment...||
It could very well have been one of those awkward moments in life when you discover why certain species eat certain things as an emetic.
In all seriousness, the buzz on Twitter is that he is fine and will be at practice later on today, so it doesn't sound serious, so definitely some good news there.
|5 hours 6 min ago||Indeed...||
If the KhakiCam provides at that level, then we might very well be halfway through the season before Ace even finishes making GIFs of reactions from the first game. We might see something like "Friday Recruitin' Is Looking For New Video Capture Software" or something along those lines by the time October rolls around.
|7 hours 23 min ago||Agreed...||
Even though only about 7% of the book has been released in exceprt form, I've had this thought myself - if Bacon simply made copies of the raw notes, put them into something resembling chapters and then bound and printed that, I am sure nearly everyone here would still read it simply becasue the story about how we went from last October to now essentially has been as fascinating as it has been thrilling and the season is still three days off.
|8 hours 49 min ago||I Can See That...||
It's clear to me that the intangibles of Harbaugh really are hard to fit into these projections because we have such limited information on what precisely the effect has been in practices, but I think this is probably a huge part of it, what you said. I think back to that story that came out in the spring where he was shouting "This is where you quit!" at various points in the practice, seemingly indicating that he'd watched the film from last year and was trying to light that fire which will indeed help a team to not lose games they should on paper win.
|11 hours 25 min ago||Same Here...||
I am in the same boat - my copy of "Endzone" will be here tomorrow and I am quite eager to read it, although thanks to my wife the book will arriving in conjunction with about $30 of canned cat food. I am hopeful that no one along the way will confuse the two, but then the cats would probably eat either with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
|11 hours 32 min ago||Interesting...||
This could have been so much better if the user had actually made it seem to meld into the actual article rather than tack it onto the end of a paragraph, and after it already establishes certain facts about Harbaugh's past and present. Still, we can dream that such a scenario unfolds, eh? Texas State with Urban's "power spread" looks, if you will, could become quite the program.
|23 hours 41 min ago||Have Fun...||
There are a couple people at my office who will actually be leaving Wednesday afternoon for Salt Lake City and cheering on the Wolverines. I am rather jealous actually. Hopefully, we show well at Rice-Eccles. I think we've even got a few people on this board for whom this is almost a nice walk down the street, which I take as proof of what a force the Michigan fanbase is.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 2 hours ago||Interesting Read...||
"I think Harbaugh is a type of coach that will bring you at least six or seven wins," former Michigan receiver Desmond Howard said during College GameDay's football preview show. "He's the type of coach that is very demanding, he's a great evaluator of talent and he does a tremendous job of developing his players."
I do like Desmond's idea on the floor here - I think you actually are talking about more rare company than some might realize when you estimate that this is the worst someone could do in their first season, although the transformation here is as much cultural as it is schematice or personnel-driven. Given that no games have been played yet, and his prediction last year, I get why he said this, I think, but perhaps his estimate as well as those of others take a positive turn if Thursday goes well.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Not This Time...||
Although it is easy enough for the embed to be placed here, we can run with both this time around. As we roll into the season, if we run into this situation again, I will probably combine the two (or we can simply run with the embed if it available in a timely fashion) as we technically shouldn't have two threads for the same topic - there was just a delay in the embed being available plus a question as to whether it could in fact be done. We now know.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Give It Time...||
I think we have to give it time - Utah is fairly new to the world of football trolling and needs to at least get some of their experimental work out there before they begin to settle on working strategies. An Alex Smith head kind of has a "Wow, that's some souvenir" (obvious sarcasm is obvious, of course) feel to it, but eventually they will get this right.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Was At This One...||
.....and I believe we're in for the TD, yes.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
So there is context, here's the embed - it was a joke essentially, of course, one that most of us have probably thought to ourselves. Of course, it is true that the relative lack of stability really has only served to undermine the progress of, well, a lot of people.
|1 day 20 hours ago||A Brief Note...||
If there are replies which now have no context or seem out of whack in terms of the posts to which they are ostensibly responding, it is because someone was caved for essentially failing to live in the 21st century, not to mention failing to present the face of a useful human being. The problem has since been resolved.
The posts might still show on mobile - quirk of the site / interface sadly. The account has been caved.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Chance Find...||
Yeah, Friday and Saturday drinking threads are quasi-traditional during the season. Actually, the last few seasons, they've been a rather needed coping mechanism in the fall. All the same, the neighborhood purveyor of alcoholic goodness got his hands on some Taylor's port wine, which I am now enjoying as I watch the Seattle-San Diego game move towards halftime.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Like Just Now...||
That TD rush just now was nice. I mean, 6'6'' and 230 and you get a QB with some veteran RB moves? I think Wentz plays on Sunday based on the few NDSU games that I've seen. Maybe that's not a big enough sample, but I think the NFL scouts wouldn't mind that for their respective teams one bit.
|2 days 5 hours ago||MLive Piece...||
There's a short piece on MLive here - LINK
I don't know that we ever really got information on what was repaired, but I certainly didn't know the extent until I saw this:
Albrecht's first procedure came on April 8. Performed at U-M Hospital, two-hour surgery included three incisions, shaving down a portion of the ball-and-socket hip joint and repairing a torn labrum. For good measure, a fracture in the hip was also discovered. After the surgery, Albrecht said the fracture was the result of "basically me trying to self-repair -- just from all the pounding, it basically broke itself."
Hopefully, we get to see him before long - I assume there is a bit of a road ahead to get him back to court-ready though.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I am going to guess that 13 refers to the number of Big Ten Championships during the same period, since the previous two figures refer to Bo's time at Michigan.
Also, in keeping with the theme of the replies thus far:
|2 days 9 hours ago||You Know...||
You know, no Michigan player who has worn #5 has been an All-American to date, at least insofar as I recall. Perhaps there is a #5 on the team right now that can eventually be the first, eh? We shall see as his career here begins in earnest this season.
Sorry, that was a random observation that just struck my caffeine-deprived mind.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Noon Games...||
I don't have a terribly strong preference for a game time addmittedly - I'll adjust somehow to whatever life throws at me football-wise, but if we are playing at noon, my sole request is some sort of respectable coffee concession because I am not a morning person and inherently morning tailgating is a physically taxing thing for me. Bearclaw was at the Spring Game and had something with actual espresso in it - that would be nice for a noon kickoff if you're otherwise good for not much before noon anyway.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Already Posted...||
Illinois fires Tim Beckman
Already on the front page. We don't miss much in the way of Big Ten news around here, although it probably felt awesome for Illinois to fire Beckman one more time for good measure.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Watching Now...||
I liked how we backed up the unnecessary roughness call with a pass interference call. I try not to take too much out of the preseason, but I would hope the Lions passing defense gets some extensive discussion after this game. Lots of "Yeesh" moments unfortunately so far in this one. Run defense is looking pretty good though - we're not making this goal line stand easy and there have been some other flashes
|2 days 22 hours ago||Over At Niners Nation...||
Even Niners Nation isn't really putting a lot of stock in this:
As for Davis's comments, it is hard for me to take this too seriously. Prior to his current NFL Network gig, he served as the 49ers radio color analyst. He is part of the NFL apparatus, and I am inclined to think he might be more likely to defend the 49ers in this case.
There's also some rumbling that Harbaugh may have wanted to institute a code of conduct but was rebuffed by 49ers management. Not sure how true that might be, but the implications made by Davis definitely ring hollow. The 49ers fascination with making Harbaugh the go-to answer for their numerous issues is incredible....and sad.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I've Seen It....||
I've never had this happen in either Chrome or Firefox on the laptop, but I've been taken to the iTunes store (and other places - not porn, not yet anyway) when reading the blog on my iPad.
As for some items mentioned upthread - clearing the cache (which I sometimes forget to do) managed to mysteriously fix the search function, although it is still occasionally buggy. If it gives 404 errors even after some memory clearance, then I am not sure what it might be. The paging buttons seem to work during lower traffic moments (early morning, later evening on a non-event night), but otherwise you basically have to open a new tab to see the next page.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Great Read...||
"There's few things in life that get to last 150 years that have people tied to it. You can make a list and cross off the things that don't make it -- companies, countries, architecture. For an athletic department to function within a university for that long, it's a great endorsement for how powerful it is. It's something that can last."
It is an interesting thought and it is something that is easily forgotten as we move from season to season - there are indeed nations, corporations and buildings that have come and gone in the time Michigan has had an athletic department. To me, that is one of the things that makes it truly special and such a deeply integral part of the university's culture.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Yikes...||
Thomas said he learned of efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries. He also said in some instances student-athletes were treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.
Yikes. If nothing else, at least Bill Cubit is apparently playing with a full deck.
Actually, Illinois probably traded up a smidge just by promoting Cubit - Cubit can beat MAC teams.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Related To This...||
Bold prediction to play off that...
BIll Cubit gets promoted and ends up being the better hire of the two to the surprise of very few people. Call me crazy, but that's what I would do if I am Illinois right now.
|3 days 4 hours ago||So It Is...||
It is, and as most folks around here know, it is more of a narrowing of focus rather than an absolute prohibition. Actually, this thread really is not OT (Stitt got rather a lot of mention back in the CC days of last fall), but more on the outer fringes of on-topic since college sports in general isn't automatically OT - it is in the "gray area" per the official FAQ (in other words, use your best judgment). In this instance, the tag is not quite accurate.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Well, We Know...||
Well, we know how those get handled around here...mostly anyway. I know because I am guilty of it.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Not Bad At All...||
Last season, the Orediggers averaged 89.9 plays per game, which was more than Baylor, Oregon and West Virginia averaged in the FBS.
I think they averaged north of 500 yards per game too, so you're getting into the neighborhood of nearly 6 yards per play on average, and also something like 0.4 points per play if I am remembering their average socring right, which isn't bad at all at any level. You could make the argument "Division II....level of competition....available talent....grumble grumble", of course, but on paper the numbers aren't bad at all and would give one hope that - if he took a Division I job - he would probably do well if he could implement some version of his system.
|3 days 7 hours ago||The Main Draw...||
The odds against Harbaugh's return really were astronomical -- but when a stunning series of departmental mistakes inspired a grassroots effort for reform, bold leaders stepped in to remove each obstacle, one by one. That it all happened just in time for Michigan to offer Harbaugh the chance to come home completed a chain of events that would have been impossible for anyone to predict even six months earlier.
That is probably what the main draw for me is, the opportunity to get some insight into how this went from "Yeah, right..." to "IT'S HAPPENING" in a matter of months, and in the case of smaller obstacles, weeks on occasion. The changes necessary to achieve the goal of getting Jim Harbaugh to come back to Michigan happened in what seem like moments now, but wading through them, it seemed like forever.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that I was a little miffed that North Carolina didn't really go all the way with argyle, including argyle socks and some very sensible Johnston & Murphy shoes to complete the uniform. That would have been stylish, although maybe bad for football. Can you find wingtip cleats, or perhaps a nice loafer with some spikes? That's a good question.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Depth Chart Guesses...||
Logic says the edge likely goes to Rudock, who was second in the Big Ten last season in completion percentage (61.7 percent) and had 16 touchdowns to five interceptions. Morris, who emerged from spring practice, before Rudock had transferred, as the frontrunner, has made two career starts. The strong-armed lefty has said repeatedly the starting job has been his to lose.
I will definitely agree with Angelique that logic and inference from the very limited information out there would tend to say Rudock, but part of me remembers how depth charts have been at Michigan - particularly in the last few years - and thinks for a moment that it might be Garrett Moores, but I trust Jim Harbaugh to approach such things in a more considered manner.
In all seriousness, I would be surprised - but not in a bad way honestly because I would then be a bit impressed - if it was not Jake Rudock. Whoever rises to the top in the sort of environment Habaugh seems to create gets your respect.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Hard To Believe...||
When I woke up roughly 90 minutes ago, it dawned on me that by this point in next week, we will be talking about football that has been played rather than football that will be played, and finally we will have out first actual data point in the Time Of Harbaugh at Michigan. As fun as the summer has been, I've been anticipating this for a long while - indeed, since maybe a few minutes after the first presser last December.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Clarification...||
First, a mod note:
Yeah, the scope of OT narrows considerably in the non-OT season - it is not an absolute prohibition, and certainly consideration will be given to an NBA legend like Darryl Dawkins. I apologize if anyone took the transition too literally, but yeah, this stays.
To that end, RIP Darryl Dawkins. I will watch those named dunks, such as the "In Your Face Disgrace" in his honor tonight.
|4 days 3 sec ago||I Was Thinking That...||
I was thinking that - I almost want Popular Mechanics to call a game against me a "cupcake game", then I can act mildly insulted for a few days and be assured that cupcakes will show up at my office. I don't see how this is a bad deal at all really, but then my colleagues probably wouldn't let this go without some sharing being part of the deal.
|4 days 54 min ago||The Wisconsin Thing...||
Paul Chryst might have been an uncreative hire for Wisconsin (he was on staff there for many years, so it isn't unfamiliar though), but they did keep Dave Aranda, who seems to be a pretty decent DC and Chryst probably retains the system for which Wisconsin has recruited for centuries with little variation.
The also draw Rutgers and Maryland and probably still make a decent showing in their own division, so I wouldn't underestimate their ability to be Wisconsin almost regardless of who is coaching.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Very Good...||
I think these are excellent choices really, and indeed, if under Harbaugh and the environment he has supposedly created these two arose as leaders than it says much about them as competitors as well.
I will say, however, that it is difficult to believe that they are in the waning days of their eligibility - I remember when they got here and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, if you do a quick search for the bio, you also find out that someone over at SuperSportsTees.com has already been all over this as the image exists on their site:
|4 days 5 hours ago||Agreed...||
I honestly did not expect to be able to take away as much as I did, and while much of it is still high level and leaves one to do a lot of inferring, there was some actual information in this one (more than I was expecting).
Of course, all of it makes me that much more eager to see how this plays out on Thursday as we start this first season under Harbaugh.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Massey Estimate...||
Take it for what you will given that we've not played a single game yet this season, but the base estimate from Massey, which of course includes zero data from this year, is as follows for those games:
Michigan State - 16%
Ohio State - 9%
It is important to note, of course, that the six games in from of MSU - if we do well - will probably result in some upward adjustment of that, but how much depends on how MSU does. Similar story with OSU, of course, which is four games distant once the MSU game is concluded. Once the season begins, the beauty of this algorithm is in the fluctuations week to week, in my opinion.
It's just an estimate based on past performance, but the notion of "right now, don't count on it" seems sound enough using available statistics. Of course, the optimist in me knows anything is possible (even if it isn't probable) in football and we could steal one of these games.
Actually, one of the weaknesses of the approach is that it doesn't appreciate the intangibles of the Harbaugh era to date, so it will be interesting to see how accurate these estimates, well, may not be in the case of a re-energized MIchigan.
|4 days 6 hours ago||The Sense I Get...||
So, based on that - which is not at all shocking - I do get the sense that the depth chart may not really be the depth chart much at all this year, which is fine and especially so against our first opponent so no one gets an advance idea of what they plan to roll out there. I was assuming that, after all this time in the submarine, that we would simply end up being pleasantly surprised anyway, and it sounds like that's the case now.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Depth Chart...||
I have this suspicion that, if we get one for public consumption, it won't necessarily reflect the one that is forming in the mind of Jim Harbaugh, but then that is most coaches really. I personally try not to get too excited about depth charts for that reason, but in this case, so little is known that I would probably peruse even the public release, no matter how much it reflected reality.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
"As far as how quickly he can get it turned, he's already gotten it turned with momentum, and that's something that was difficult for Brady at the end because people turned on him and media were more difficult for him,"
Obviously the games have not happened yet, perhaps the one thing we definitely want to see next, but he's right in the sense that the culture of the program and the passion around the program have been revamped and made better by everything that Harbaugh is done. It also helps that he did inherit some talent that just needs someone to develop it - that for me will be one of the things to watch in the coming weeks, to see how many players look markedly better and look like they are now in positions where they can excel.
|4 days 7 hours ago||According To Bentley...||
According to the information in the Bentley collection, Demetrius Brown wore #6 all four years that he was at Michigan. Michael Taylor wore #9 during that same period.
As it is seven days before the season, it is worth noting that Ken Mouton wore #7 during the mid-1980s.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Clarification...||
Correct. It is probably more fair to say that the scope of OT narrows considerably, so yes, threads regarding significant events in college football or sports, significant news like whatever finally happens in the semifinals of Brady / Goodell, and the like will very likely stay for the news value.
|4 days 18 hours ago||OT Cleanup....||
You are advised not to take the deletions personally - this is merely a baselining of content for the non-OT season. Moe to come tomorrow, assuming there are some stragglers.
OT - What Will Happen with the Tigers in 2016 and 17?
OT: Best Knee/Bone Doctor Nominations
Last Day of OT: What's your go-to joke?
OT - What new TV shows are you looking forward to watching?
OT: Time to Repent
Some early morning additions -
OT: Fantasy Sleepers
OT: What Underwear Do You Plan To Sport During the Utah Game?
|4 days 19 hours ago||I'll Say It...||
I suppose I will say this as I happen to agree with a few folks upthread - this doesn't bother me and I really don't see how stretching the nearly instant goodwill that Harbaugh brings to the Michigan football program really hurts. It probably helps by keeping it at the forefront, simply in a different manner and an admittedly offbeat one. I agree with people that the wins need to come next, but there is never harm in ushering in a new era with someone of Jim Harbaugh's stature involved in this manner - especially in this time and place at Michigan, IMHO.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Minor Note...||
I would have maybe gone with Richard Dreyfuss as Schlissel - a dye job and a beard away from being able to do it, I would think, even at 67 years old, but it is a minor quibble, of course.
As someone mentioned above, Rowan Atkinson as Dave Brandon would be....strangely appropriate actually. I did like that suggestion.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I Ate One Too...||
I ate one too, of course, and I am here to bear personal witness to the notion that a practice lemon is invaluable if indeed you had never done this before. I personally had not but actually found the experience very interesting. Hopefully, there is a Lime Challenge this year as I believe I would participate as long as no one minded the tequila that would accompany it.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Awesome Stuff...||
This brings back a lot of memories of growing up watching football on Saturday.
I still really enjoy the early 1980s CBS theme and the ABC theme from the late 1980s and early 1990s. ESPN admittedly has done a good job revamping their own introduction music for football as well.
I may watch this a few times this evening.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Good Summary...||
I would tend to agree with this tweet....
|5 days 1 hour ago||I Still Remember...||
I still remember his riveting "I'm like the big buck that's in the field..." speech during a presser. Fontes did have a way of making people wonder which dadaist poet he was attempting to channel when he answered certain questions.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Fair Enough...||
It is hard to win when you have a staff and department that seem to have an attitude like this:
|5 days 3 hours ago||Awesome News...||
This is great news and congratulations to your dad for getting to live his dream of being a Michigan student.
This is further evidence that it really is never too late to do these things, and I wish him only the best in his time at Michigan.
|5 days 5 hours ago||No Problem...||
As I mentioned below, there will be a cleanup beginning this afternoon, but this one will probably stay since it highlights the University doing some good in the community. Brightmoor took it on the chin more than most neighborhoods in Detroit due to the decline of the auto industry in the 1970s as well as other factors (the neighborhood was built specifically to attract Southern migrants to the then-booming auto industry in the 1920s). It is nice to see groups like Brightmoor Alliance and others try to bring it back.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Subdirectories...||
A forum format which supported subdirectories or something like that would be very useful generally actually, even on the on-topic side of the house. Basketball news is going to start intermingling with football soon enough, and then in the late winter, you'll see baseball and softball and basketball on the forum simultaneously, as well as hockey through several other seasons. Being able to split it by sport would hopefully mitigate a lot of the giriping (usually expressed in the form of serial downvoting) that a vociferous few do about non-revenue coverage here, not to mention the "you didn't have to click on it, damnit" discussions.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Agree With This...||
Although my cable / Internet service screams bloody murder when I do this sometimes, I will usually go with a setup similar to what is mentioned above - the game I want to intently watch is on the big TV, then I'll have one streaming on my iPad and one on the laptop. It typically works out, especially later in the season when multiple meaningful games are going at once.
|5 days 9 hours ago||One Moment...||
"I know, I know," he said, with a resigned grin. "They [the Buckeyes] called a time-out and we come back with the same look, the same play. When you see them set up, you knew they were ready for us. I'm pretty sure the only person who didn't know they knew was Al Borges. That's the only way they covered it so well."
*walks out into parking lot*
GOD DAMNIT, AL!
*walks back inside building*
|5 days 9 hours ago||Actually...||
I actually thought that THE_KNOWLEDGE had produced this year's preview last year because that would be more in line with his capabilities, but alas I didn't see anything posted around this time last year other than his normal musings from the future. Space-time is funny like that, it seems - slingshot around the wrong star and who knows when or where that thread ended up. I suppose I could check for 2014 posts on the old Blogspot site.
|5 days 20 hours ago||So Everyone Is Aware...||
....there was a show about this problem:
|6 days 7 min ago||You Know...||
There are times each day I wonder if people just randomly drive by Dave Brandon and just, well....
|6 days 2 hours ago||I Suppose...||
I suppose I could repent for admittedly letting the threads which fell on the wrong side of "Too OT Even For OT Season" pile up at times, only to nuke them later in a moment when I was admittedly more sober. I am mentally preparing myself for the season in terms of board mindset, so hopefully things go a little more smoothly.
How shall I repent for it? Well, the cutoff date for OT season was announced and is firm, so I sort of did already. That makes it easy.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Myself As Well...||
I would also like to thank Jim Hackett for giving us something that look a lot more like a functioning athletic department on a cultural level, one that looks a lot less like this:
|6 days 3 hours ago||Interesting...||
According to the terms of the contract he signed when he became Rutgers head coach on Jan. 31, 2012, Flood could be terminated for cause or disciplined without pay for "willful misconduct, act(s) of moral turpitude, conduct tending to bring shame or disgrace to the University as determined by'' university officials, or in "violation of university regulations, policies (or) procedures.''
If this is in a clause in a contract signed and on file at Rutgers, then Flood may have to try a lot harder than e-mailing a professor if we're talking about canning him. He's way behind on the "shame and disgrace" curve as it is there right now. Of course, it is Rutgers, so judgment and scale are out the window here.
|6 days 5 hours ago||What The Hell...||
Dave Brandon wanted to pitch a 16 team Big Ten, but broken down in a way that would nuke the idea of an actual schedule. From the book: " ..Dave says, "I've got this great idea! Expand the Big Ten into 16 teams, eight a side, and break those down into groups of four, A, B, C and D, that just play each other. After the third game, you reshuffle the deck, and the top teams play each other, and the second teams play each other, and so on."
I think this is one of those "I remember my first beer..." moments, because holy crap, what a terrible idea. I can almost see the extreme of this, where we lost to ourselves in the confusion.
Like others, I didn't think it was possible for me to loathe the man more, but yeah, I believe I do now.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
If you want the embeds, Maize And Blue News had them -
|6 days 7 hours ago||You Know...||
You know what happens then, of course - ESPN will pick up Psychology Today's piece and then suddenly the headline of their summary will be "Can Sexually Inadequate Utes Rise To Occasion?". After that, Bleacher Report picks the ESPN story up and then it really goes downhill from there.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I Was There...||
As I recall, it was in the low 90s with an oppressive dewpoint at gametime, but the loss of water weight was worth staying to see an incredible finish to the game and a great start to the Carr era at Michigan.
|6 days 11 hours ago||MrMario86...||
If we added a "Where are they now?" section to the profiles in the HOF, his would basically detail how not to get an MGoCareer on the board off the ground, but on the flip side, it would be the blueprint for giving that same thing a spectacular ending if you wanted to flame out and - by all accounts - never return. That last thread of his, as I recall, was supremely bad and full of angst-ridden nonsense.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Just Mentioned...||
They were just featured briefly on Fox Sports Detroit - the Khaki Army is taking in what will hopefully be a Tigers win at Great American Ballpark, and they also showed the footage of the bus pulling up to the stadium to a few nonplussed Reds fans. I assume the looks indicated that they were at best indifferent to Michigan football, but I could have been misreading them.
To back up something said upthread as well, past Thursday, Harbus coverage may be condensed if there is substantial football coverage to be had, so everyone is aware.
|1 week 45 min ago||I Wonder About This...||
The sport lucked into the perfect season lid-lifter. The Most Intriguing Coach in the country makes his Michigan coaching debut on Thursday night, on the road, against a quality opponent. And that quality opponent could reveal a stealth Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Devontae Booker.
I will be intrigued to see the ratings on this one - there's definitely been enough hype that even those who profess intense hatred of Michigan will probably sit down and watch this one. That is the Harbaugh Effect at its finest.
|1 week 58 min ago||Tradition...||
I am curious to see if we get the traditional thread after the first or second game on the burn count for redshirts. I have a suspicion that it might not be as impressive as in recent years, but then I could be wrong about that. It is just another one of those tiny details about life in the first year of Harbaugh that I am wondering about.
|1 week 1 hour ago||This Quote Struck Me...||
"I will never know what Brandon's motivations were," Anson told me, "but it seems clear to me that Dave was so insecure that he needed to be the big deal and could not countenance a strong personality as Michigan's head football coach.
I could totally buy that and it angers me actually, that mere ego would be the insurmountable obstacle in the case of David Brandon, that he couldn't stand to be in the background as he undoubtedly would have been had Harbaugh come back to Ann Arbor in late 2010. In the end, as others have mentioned, maybe this was the time, under an administration willing and wanting to let Jim be Jim.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Interesting Stuff...||
One of the things that struck me as I read this is that I am not sure there would be an audience for a book like this among many college football fan bases. Bacon has acknowledged repeatedly, in previous books and on Twitter, one of the fundamental notions of Michigan fandom: There is a segment of this fan base that isn't happy unless it's unhappy.
There are probably several other fanbases facing similar dilemmas, although to his point, I don't know that they would come together with the sort of characters that ours did and in the sort of moment that ours did. If they are out there, other fanbases may even see different ends to their frustrations, but I can think of a few fanbases that might be interested in the base issues raised.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Looks That Way...||
Here's the synopsis from IMDB - LINK
According to the listing, he will be appearing as himself. I clicked on his profile, and what I didn't know (or remember, as I did watch the show) was that he was in an episode of New York Undercover back in 1996. The things you learn.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Actually...||
I usually find small ways to do this around the office actually just because the setting lends itself better to some friendly trolling. For example, there are no green, white or red magnets on any of my whiteboards, and "Go Blue" banner is readily seen from the entryway to my office. Unless it was someone else, I am not using green or red dry-erase markers either, and black is used only because no one can apparently see maize (well, yellow...thanks for not taking my suggestion seriously, marker people).
|1 week 10 hours ago||Interesting...||
This is some impressive long-haul submariner work by Harbaugh and the team really - we are only a week and a half out from the first game and only now do we get what looks like our first and only shot at some substantial statements (maybe) from anyone on the staff. I kind of thought the sub might surface a few times more, but it doesn't matter - I respect this approach all the same.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Very Nice...||
You know, at one point, Cutty Sark's slogan used to be "Don't Give Up The Ship". I don't think they still use that one, but it would be fun to listen to drunk Sark screw up that quote by, say, a letter at the end and then work it into a the rest of the speech.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that part of me wishes that this isn't a home address because I would hate to see anyone harrassed because a fanbase happened to be on the losing end of a decision. Looking at video and the offer sheet though, someone is going to be rather pleased, wherever he lands. Hopefully, it is in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Depends On The Meaning...||
I think I get what you're saying in the sense that Michigan - as a university and for many years as a football program - had that wonderful problem of brand equity in a similar sense to what certain corporations have enjoyed. I don't think it ever lost a step on the academic side, but the football brand was damaged in a very perceptible way by Brandon and it showed in both the goodwill and the results. Granted, the goodwill and results aren't corporate-type things in the case of an athletic department, but the problem was evident certainly.
I don't think anyone here isn't a fan of the brand in the broad sense, but the brand was definitely damaged under Brandon.
|1 week 1 day ago||Per NBC Sports...||
Per NBC Sports, these were remarks made at the Rookie Symposium for the NFL and indeed Carter has apparently already been invited to speak next year, so everyone can just sit back and wait for some further deep musings from Cris Carter, right?
Among some of the money quotes:
“If you all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew,” Carter said. “If you all have a crew, one of those fools got to know, he’s the one going to jail. We’ll get him out.”
Supposedly, the video of the entire speech is at NFL.com, so the league may very well see it as practical advice.
|1 week 1 day ago||If I Had To Choose...||
This one gets asked every August, it seems, and my answer never changes - if I had to choose just one, then it is football. Ideally, it would be both, but football has the more storied tradition and hopefully we're on the way to seeing that restored in a huge way under Harbaugh. Actually, some of the things that I remember being great growing up - at least culturally - seem to already be back.
|1 week 1 day ago||In Addition...||
It's likely the only sports-centric site where ponies are allowed to A) moderate and B) have regular postgame scuffles with the customers that are sanctioned by the management, so the yes, the standards are a bit different...
|1 week 1 day ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, WXYZ generally does a pretty good job with high school sports in the Detroit area and really does OK as far as giving a broad-brush type view of what is going on with local college and professional teams. If that's all you were interested in, it works out. I personally don't go to the local affiliate for that level of information because, being obsessive and data-driven, I want better information.
|1 week 1 day ago||Like Others...||
Like others, there are moments in the last couple years that I've missed Kovacs definitely, but I believe that he's been back with Miami for a year now (I think he was in Philadelphia for a short while but released) and has been seeing action this preseason too.
Speaking of #11 bearers, a couple years ago, a colleague of mine found a rare photo of the Wisterts in a consignment shop in Tecumseh (I think that's where he said) for about $30. He said he took it to someone he knew at Michigan and it turns out it was a university photo taken by the team photographer at the time and worth considerably more than what he paid.
|1 week 1 day ago||And With This...||
And with this, I have this feeling that a thread devoted to defining "Brandonization" - in a moment of unmitigated board-level catharsis - will be one of the last OT threads we see this OT season. Well, not entirely OT as it would have a definite connection to Michigan but OT in the sense that no one really wants to think about the particular connection.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
This is evidence of what this blog has become for everyone, now that we have embedded reporting at student-only practices such as this one, and indeed, apparently a practice where there were some rules regarding phones. Nice work indeed on getting this out there - now we wait for other perspectives to start flowing in as people get home.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sitting Here Now...||
Sitting here now, along the East Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay after a long day of trolling the Mission Peninsula wineries, we're enjoying something from Black Star Wineries, which was the last one we stopped at while working our way from the lighthouse south. As the sun descends on the beach, we've just opened their Pinot Noir.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Nice...||
Props for a very appropriate use of what is likely the single most famous image from Scanners.
I will say, however, that the guy who kept setting people on fire was pretty creepy too...
|1 week 2 days ago||Drinking Threads...||
There is a curtailment of drinking threads, of course, typically to Friday and Saturday only and only one per evening. They are allowed usually because there's enough football going on around them - ours and other teams - that if you wanted to ignore it, the thread will likely be off the first page before long anyway.
I know that we let some random ones in during the OT season on non-traditional evenings - during the season, it better be something truly spectacular that you are drinking that the board simply must know about - if you want it to survive on, say, Wednesday. I will put it that way.
|1 week 2 days ago||On The Perimeter...||
Questions about where to buy certain gear would probably be OK although try to post such things only if you're really stuck on something during the season. Otherwise, you'll see a fair number of "let me Google that for you" memes and GIFs, which probably is not the response you would want.
As a general rule (for any thread which is a question to the board), "Kiosk" type questions are usually removed although some of the better ones that require a thoughtful reply are allowed to stay until the question is answered.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not Quite That...||
I wouldn't call it a "second team" per se, but my extended family is overrun with USC grads who are also USC mega-fans, so say what you will about the fanbase, I've always had a slightly softer spot in my heart for USC for that reason alone. I don't own gear or anything like that, but I mind them less than other people might in the Pac-12.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Quote...||
“Jim,” he said, “some jobs are for God and country. For you, this is it.”
This quote is in the title of the piece, of course, but when you combine that with everything said before about the sort of person Hackett had demonstrated himself to be even going back to his days on the team, you get the sense that it could only be Jim Hackett for this post in this place and time, or at least I do. He came right when the program needed someone like him the most - and very desperately.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Didn't Either...||
I didn't see them on the page either, and I am a regular on Facebook because my rather dispersed family basically teleconferences over Facebook sadly.
In any case, it sounds intriguing - I would definitely at least check it out - and I do like to help out fellow Wolverines - I did vote.
Thanks, WolvinLA2, for letting us know.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Laughed Here...||
I actually saw this thread while I was still at a restaurant and began to laugh very inappropriately, or at least according to my wife who had no clue what I was laughing about. The fact that Brandon saw it that way is honestly hilarious to me. I would agree with others though - it is pretty clear who was doing the terroizing, if you will, in this instance and it wasn't anyone here.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nice Quote...||
“He was an ambitious kid,” Stolberg said. “I don’t think much has changed. Bigger and smarter, good guy, very down to earth. Comes in, he doesn’t look for any special favors or anything. Just sits down and gets a haircut.”
That's rather cool though, and more or less how I would imagine it. It's just rather amusing that the descriptions of him as a kid from various people are extremely consistent with the descriptions of him as a 50 year-old man.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Only Ads...||
Is it just me or are there a lot more cookies loading on the site as well lately? A few of them have impeded performance to a point where I've blocked them, but then of course Flash seems to fail at a higher rate. Strangely enough, the ones I've had to block are among the known advertisers and sponsors too, like TiqIq.
|1 week 3 days ago||At Home...||
I'll be at home as tickets to SLC after two August vacations are now probably comfortably out of reach when it comes to personal budget. That being said, an offer I made about a month ago stands - if you're stuck in Wayne County and need a place to watch the game, there will likely be seating available in the family room.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bad Timing...||
I would love to see this thing in person, but the bus is coming just in time for me to be away for the weekend - such is my luck on these occasions.
I expect we'll get a photo essay of sorts from other bloggers though, so that will have to suffice for me. Damnit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Travel Preparation...||
I took today off and will be leaving for Traverse City in a few hours with a planned return of Sunday afternoon, and the bonus is that it will just be me and the wife. This might be the first time in a few years that it has been just us even on a mini-vacation, so that will be refreshing as much as I love my kids.
It has actually been a few years since I've been to Traverse City sadly - used to go at least every other year for a weekend here and there, but work and family mount up to zero time to go to much more than a water park in the summer (or a place where there is a shit ton of water, like Great Wolf Lodge a few weeks ago) sometimes.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Going Well...||
OT: Suck it Lions
Yeah, this is not going all that well and the rekindling of the Redskins team name debate that really drove it over the edge. That one was getting nasty.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here's The Tweet...||
....that contains the video:
|1 week 4 days ago||As For Myself...||
As for myself, I personally think that having a QB depth chart that has to be printed on a plotter is not a bad problem to have, but like someone said, I also kind of like the notion of building a potential fake into the formation.
I did laugh though - August is usually the worst month for depth chart speculation, especially now that we're being given exactly zero meaningful insight into it (and of course, we're never really given insight because the depth chart may or may not be the depth chart).
|1 week 4 days ago||Yikes Indeed...||
So were the following facts: That Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor in May 2013 because he had been kicked off the Boise State team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student; that Ukwuachu claimed after the transfer was announced that Baylor’s coaches “knew everything” about what happened in Idaho; and, as indicated by court documents obtained by Texas Monthly, the two programs had some communication regarding Ukwuachu in which Boise State officials expressed reticence about supporting the player’s efforts to get back on the field.
Apparently Boise State's silence about this being a good idea was too silent for Baylor, but then you would hope that one of the lessons here would be that schools would be totally open about why players are being dismissed from programs, especially for reasons like this. Very disturbing indeed.
|1 week 4 days ago||That Was Awesome...||
That was pretty awesome, and indeed, a very creative delivery too as right in the middle of practice is about the last place where you would expect that to happen. Awesome work, Coach Fleck and congratulations to that kid.
|1 week 4 days ago||First And Foremost...||
First and foremost, that looks like the sort of background that my folks sat in front of while listening to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" back in the day.
That being said, like others, I was kind of fond of Sparky and the maroon and gold look. The helmet needs to go, and the undershirt nod to Arizona's flag seems a bit much, but the uniform top and bottom isn't all that bad compared to other "uniformz" out there.
|1 week 4 days ago||Last Time I Checked...||
The last time I checked, I believe that was true - the NFL average is something like 20, but OTs sat at an average of 26 and centers at 25 at last look. The next two on the list were quarterback and guard, as I recall. The bottom of the list tended to be heavy on defensive positions.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sagarin Ratings...||
I was checking out the starting Sagarin ratings for the preseason, which are loaded with past data now and none from this year, of course, but Michigan is #41 in the base ratings at 77.34. For contrast, that's below Ohio State (89.98), Wisconsin (86.67), Michigan State (85.37), Nebraska (81.03) and Penn State (77.59), but slighlty above Iowa (75.99).
Like any preseason ratings, take it for what you will, but being around the middle based on recent performance probably shouldn't be shocking. The shocking comes later, hopefully in a good way.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Had A Feeling...||
You know you've either spent too much time studying rosters or know your obsession with things Michigan might be unhealthy when you didn't even have to question that it would be "there are Brian Griese days until kickoff". Indeed, Griese days were good days too.
It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks until the Harbaugh era at Michigan officially begins to compile a record.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Nice Work...||
Very nice work indeed.
In a month which will be largely absent substantial information and a month which is definitely going to be absent daily highlight videos from practice, the hype videos probably serve an even larger role than they did last year.
|1 week 4 days ago||Meanwhile....||
As usual, for GIF genius, we defer to Chunkums and rightfully so....
Meanwhile, Purdue works on a version that they are certain cannot end badly.
|1 week 4 days ago||At This Point...||
At this point, in the absence of anything like Countdown To Kickoff and in the absence of an appearance by Harbaugh on BTN today, both of which are completely understandable yet driving the board to the point of madness even before the season actually starts, we may have to allow for the odd motivational post like this as it is likely better than what a good 80% of people were going to post anyway.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Don't Mind....||
This is very consistent with a core statement made by Harbaugh very early in his time here and I am quite alright with it. He mentioned, after all, that he doesn't want to talk about it anymore than he absolutely needs to talk about it apparently, but he wants to be it. Right now, the more time this team spends "being it", the better off we are, I think, especially in this first year.
|1 week 5 days ago||About This...||
A weakness for too long, the Wolverine front finally looks primed for success. And, that’s good news for an offense that has uncertainly at the skill positions.
Yeah, but the better this group plays, the less you tend to need world-beating play at skill positions generally, or at least in my own opinion. That will definitely help as things continue to improve overall.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Fulmer Cup...||
For those that follow other metrics, the Fulmer Cup standings for this latest cycle that I could find were from June, so take it for what it is worth as they might be out of date now, but here's the link - LINK
As of June 19th, the top five in the standings (see the article for offense / point distribution):
4) Southern Miss
5) (tie) Georgia Southern / West Virginia
|1 week 5 days ago||Tickets Claimed....||
OT: Overrun with Redskins v. Lions Preseason Tickets (ALL GONE)
The OP is welcome to create another thread should more become available. For Michigan tickets, everyone should use TiqIq.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's Interesting....||
This is what Harbaugh brings. Jordan himself apparently reached out to Michigan to suggest the partnership, which makes sense considering how Harbaugh has been out there in the world of pop culture. You think Jordan would have reached out to Brady Hoke? Hoke is so Adidas, and that wasn't enough at Michigan.
I somehow missed that, the part about Jordan reaching out to Harbaugh on his own. That's actually pretty cool and probably only adds to the base level of attraction where it concerns Michigan. I mean, there have been a few tweets posted here where some prospective targets have mentioned this specifically, so they were right about the immediate impact.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting...||
If nothing else, you can market it with something like - "Purdue Football - Yeah, it will suck, but this year, it will suck in more vibrant colors."
As budget attempts at Oregon go, this is certainly not the worst one out there. Quite tame really.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Article...||
Even better, O'Neill can do more than loft punts like lob wedges with Mickelsonian accuracy. At Weber State, he proved he could boom kicks as long as 74 yards (18 of his 50 attempts went over 50 yards) and pin offenses deep in their zone (25 inside the 20-yard line).
Consistently giving the defense a long field to work with and offenses a long way to go? Yes, I believe I would take that. Among special teams players, O'Neill is actually the one player I am most curious about because of the Australian rules influence.
|1 week 5 days ago||If I Had To Guess...||
If I had to guess, this is the latest incarnation of BRCE and indeed he has been removed for various reasons over the years. The style is similar - terse statements, endless capacity to be kind of rude...I could be wrong, but the modus operandi fits with some subtle variations.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sources...||
...of which Teddy Blanks really shouldn't be one.
Twitter chatter: Matt Falcon [Ed. False Alarm]
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
With Harbaugh he knows exactly where he stands on the depth chart every single day (he said it's updated every day) and he knows exactly what the coaches want to see in him to improve his standing.
We will probably never see them, but I have always wondered exactly what a wall of charts looks like in a Harbaugh locker room only because I would love to see how the transparency he likes to have translates into performance. This statement sort of reminded me of that wish.
|1 week 5 days ago||Hopefully...||
If nothing else, hopefully the weather holds as long as possible for them - we're looking at a slight risk for severe weather, locally heavy rain and all that fun stuff.
I don't know what I expect from this in the way of content that will generate a lot of discussion, but as we've had basically none so far this month eminating directly from camp, any glimpse will probably be welcomed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Fair And Unbiased...||
Fair and unbiased indeed *vomits*. As I recall from Twitter, this guy wrote for the Duke Chronicle so I am sure his preview of Duke hoops will be objective as well and not have a badly Photoshopped image of him doing things to Coach K that are still not entirely legal in some states. Not at all. Totally objective.
I can see his journalism future now, covering the stories that matter to people:
|1 week 6 days ago||In The Background...||
There are better angles of it, I think, but that body check that Shanahan laid out is still one of the best interceptions of a human being in motion that I have even seen. It was pretty graceful in a lot of respects actaully. As I recall, Deadmarsh and Konstaninov went at it almost immediately after all that happened too and that was just the first period.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Funny Piece...||
The Niners have let everything go to shit simply because they can. They give no fucks. York will show up at games this year in a bathrobe and slippers and piss down your leg.
If someone can make that very scene transpire, that would probably be the funniest thing to happen in professional football in a while. The strange part of this is that I can York doing it too, all while chugging a beer and telling fans what they can do to themselves and what they can use to do it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Same Here...||
Through the years, whether they have been up or not so much, the opener has been the closest thing to Christmas around here - actually, it is Christmas, I believe, to a fair number of people around here. I will probably not be sleeping much on the night of the 2nd either, so I can identify.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Cool...||
That's actually a really cool gesture on their part, and all because of a question that the kid asked too, one which got an answer that was very Harbaugh.
Actually, now that I think about it, I've probably ordered enough pizza from the Jet's in Brownstown Township that I should see what I can do to secure a lifetime supply. I wonder if they would go for it.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Was Hoping...||
When I saw this tweet last night, admittedly my first thoughts involved finding ways to make myself look more like my 20-year old MCard photo, but I would have to lose another 15 pounds, spike my hair and try to remember which Salvation Army came into possession of the Hawaiian shirt I wore for that photo.
That being said, this is a pretty cool idea though - hopefully we get some good observations from those on the board who will get their chance to be "embedded reporters" in Michigan Stadium.
|1 week 6 days ago||As A Sidenote...||
If nothing else, the sketch artist is owning this - LINK
Perhaps the most interesting nugget to come from her interview this morning, however, is when she revealed that she's had over 25 emails from people who want to seriously buy her sketch of the Patriots quarterback. She explained that she owns the rights to the sketch — and not CBS or the court — and that she has it in her apartment.
She joked that the asking price was $1 million, and who knows, she may very well get it. The link to the segment is in the article as well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Or The App...||
It could be the app too - I haven't checked yet, but there isn't really anything in the user's history to indicate that he's a troll of this variety. As many here know, the presence / absence of app posts on the blog is inconsistent and a fair number of the out of context posts around here are products of the web version of half-heard conversations.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Stretching It...||
If you're a Lions fan, you eventually get Stephen Tulloch out of this, although it's hard to call a 4th round pick who ended his most recent pro season with an injury sustained in a celebration a "legend" just yet unless NC State broadens the definition, well, quite a bit.
So, yeah, the list by conventional definitions is pretty damn short for them.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||About This...||
I would agree with that - this may be the cynical half of me speaking, but if we had not gotten The Guy, if you will, then the lack of information would probably be precipitating into not only "Rumor" threads but threads which clarified previous rumor threads with further rumors. By this point in August, up would be down, left would be right and the board would turn at the "No Turn" sign only to be creamed by oncoming traffic.
That being said, I like the submarine approach - it gives Harbaugh maximal time to introduce the style and culture he wants for this team, as well as to learn positions and plays.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||We Could Let It Stay...||
We could let this stand as a Monday posbang, I suppose.
I will mention, however, that we're now definitely in the waning days of the OT Season - right now, projecting that it will end at 12 midnight on Sunday, August 31st, although we could move that up a few days to allow for a full week of football coverage before the start of the season on the 3rd. More to come on the precise cutoff and a normal posting of the rules to follow.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||By statute the Board does not||
By statute the Board does not have jurisdiction over state-run colleges and universities, which constitute 108 of the roughly 125 FBS teams. In addition, every school in the Big Ten, except Northwestern, is a state-run institution.
I believe this was discussed when the story broke that any ruling in favor of the players would by definition have a very limited impact - that is, only on private schools essentially. If it were to happen everywhere else, they'd have to work through in-state channels, I believe - pretty sure that's how it would go down in Michigan in such a scenario. I can see why the NLRB went this route given that really.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
A very interesting observation and thanks for sharing it.
It sounds then like one of the things - something rather important - that seemed like it was missing or at least lessened by some of the accounts that were given under Hoke is being reinserted into Michigan's football culture, and it is that idea that it is in fact "The Team". It is definitely something that can and will help on the field this year.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Felt That Way Too...||
I admit as well that I saw this thinking that Bielema was on his way to usurping Steve Garvey as the butt of the joke the old line, "I haven't seen it this busy around here since Father's Day at ___________'s house" as told on the tonight show repeatedly during the Carson era. Glad to know that it is just about his irritatingly predictable offense.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
Harbaugh coming to Michigan was a mother lode of variable reinforcement, rich with dopamine and adrenaline for the brain.
Indeed yes. Actually, I think I might use this sentence whenever people ask about it now, although I might add "Also, Harbaugh", even at the risk of being somewhat redundant.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
“I think he has improved immensely,” Sarkisian said. “The first two weeks I thought Jalen was doing OK. Today he performed really, really well. He thew a couple touchdown passes and is having fun playing football, which is important. It’s difficult when you’re a redshirt freshman quarterback.”
I haven't found an article that mentions the drop-dead reason, if you will, that precipated this but I would love to know because he decommitted from Alabama to do this, after all. Surely he didn't expect to barnstorm the roster and land at #1 on the depth chart right out of the gate, but I could be way off on that thought.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Well Done Indeed...||
All I can say is "Wow." Well done.
Very nice from start to finish, and I liked how it led in with the official announcement Jim Harbaugh was coming home. I will never forget that moment when half my building huddled into a conference room to watch his presser on December 30th. Awesome, energizing moment indeed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Back In May...||
A couple days before Motor City Comic Con this year, my wife and I were walking through Twelve Oaks Mall and walked right past Dean Cain, who was apparently in town early for the convetion.
This one is more a local celebrity, but on storm one time we stopped to eat at the Kerby's near the Lodge and Evergreen and unwittingly sat in the booth next to Channel 7 anchorman Stephen Clark.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good Luck To Him...||
Short piece from Brendan Quinn can be found here - LINK
"In 2014, Dever appeared in 10 games, making his lone career reception against Indiana, and made his only career start against Maryland."
It was a 26-yard reception though, so he will always have that as a memory. Sad to see anyone have to leave for medical reasons, but as he is staying on as an assitant, he'll get his degree and he'll have this as well as a line item on his resume that mentions "Jim Harbaugh". Good luck to him in his post-football career.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Like It...||
I like it, and even if it is the first time, it's probably worth a sign for a game at some point. Either that or "Through the maize, you shall amaze" as a more roundabout way to praise success, although I like your version quite a bit. Like someone said, this does rank a bit low on the list of things I am interested in changing, but it isn't a bad change at all.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bit Of Conflict...||
There's been a bit of conflict here, switching between the Tigers game and my wife's review of the Matt Smith era od "Doctor Who", her second favorite doctor after David Tennant. I keep telling her that if Tennant offered to hang out and pay the mortgage, I wouldn't object to the arrangement necessarily, but it was drowned out by the cries of "Shut up, I am watching this."
This is normal, you understand.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Original Request...||
I was authorized to post the original tweet - I do trust the person making the request, incidentally, and they wouldn't make it if it were not legitimate.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||About Skype...||
Skype is what we use for "Wolverine Wanderings" on Vsporto and that works out well, so that's not a bad way to go for that in my experience.
As for blog hosting, there are a few lesser known ones out there like FatCow (yes indeed, that's the name of the parent site) that offer pretty generous packages including unlimited disk space for resonably cheap. It depends on what you want to do ultimately do, but I've had good luck with WordPress too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Have A Suspicion...||
I have a suspicion that it will be like most years and most coaches, where there is this thing called a depth chart which gets released for public consumption which will not necessarily reflect the depth chart as it is understood inside Schembechler Hall. Now that I think about it, I wonder if we are in fact simply surprised for the first game - will the media public get a depth chart to mistake for the depth chart? This could get interesting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Almost Invariably...||
One of the curses of having a blog such as this one is that a fair number of people have a need to be the first, while others simply relay the information as a public service, but either way we almost invariably get multiple posts on news such as this. Of course, the record unadjusted for quirks caused by traffic is thirteen and it was the Michael Ferns commitment back a few years ago. I think the Jabrill Peppers commitment might have been a close second.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Remember...||
I was at that game - Bellamy had five catches for well over 100 yards and two of the receiving TDs were his, as I recall. A rather nice day indeed for him. If only MSU had been so brave as to stick with the innovator that was Bobby Williams. I suppose we will never know what could have been.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Football Saturdays...||
All I can say about the looming prospect of another season of football Saturdays is "finally". Even better (not normally, but for football I will forgive him), my son is not a huge believer in sleeping in and is usually waking me up at 7 AM insisting that the Internet is slow, never mind the eight instances of YouTube that he already has open on his tablet. That way, I am about a pot of coffee or so into the day by the time coverage starts.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nooner Pilsner...||
I've got some Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner and the Tigers game on here and the house all to myself for once in a rare while. I am set.
Even better, I have the house to myself for most of tomorrow too - my mother-in-law is taking everyone except myself to the beach....in St. Joseph. If you're downriver, feel free to stop by, I guess.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Wonder About This...||
You know, I had wondered when someone would post a thread like the one below this one which made someone's recruitment sound like a John Le Carre novel. This thread is probably the appropriate reply to it, so carry on.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About This...||
Hoke did not get into any detail about his overall conversation with interim athletic director Jim Hackett, who fired him Dec. 2, but did say he believes he left the program in fine shape for Harbaugh.
If you look at it from a talent standpoint, the baseline was pretty high, I would think - I agree with him in this respect. The thing that seemed lacking is the thing we are pretty sure we'll get out of this staff, of course, which is the coaching and the development to get that talent to maximize their potential. I think that's the thing (well, one of them) that burned me most in the end - so many names and the previous staff had trouble maximizing their potential.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I Watched It Too...||
I watched it too and noticed the same thing - it was pretty clear that Cordell was not really all that enthusiastic about the recruiting process or indeed the prospect of playing at the college level. As others have mentioned, people do quit football (and other sports) for various reasons, and lack of passion for it is as good a reason as any - as you said, maybe he thought he could, but realized that it wasn't him that wanted this. I definitely don't fault him for wanting to pursue other interests.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Random Fun Fact...||
At least as far as I remember (for it has been many years since I read anything Wayside School-related), "Louis The Yard Teacher" is a reference to Louis Sachar's time helping out in a Berkeley, CA elementary school as that is what the kids in the class would call him when he helped supervise recess.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed...||
Although this may seem a little nitpicky, I believe they forgot the hyphen - I had thought his last name was Your-Name - and he better change his number before the season begins as anything which is preceded by zero is not allowed per the rules. I would hate to see his first snap get shot down due to a uniform violation.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, he was cleared to start running back in March, so hopefully his recovery has gone well enough from there that we'll see him on the field pretty soon. I am interested to see what a season full of Drake Johnson contributions would look like after his performances late last season too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Great News...||
I always wanted to see stuff like this on Sundays from him as well:
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Friday Arrives...||
Well, it should be a nice Friday indeed - not expecting anything terribly stressful at work, there are no meetings scheduled insofar as I cared to check anyway and as we have a fair number of people who work 4 10-hour shifts with Friday as their off day, it will be quiet and I can get stuff done.
This evening, it will be just me - my mother-in-law is keeping the kids overnight and my wife is working, so naturally I will probably mow the lawn and continue the process of cutting down past-peak perennial beds as well as harvesting herbs from the garden. After that, beer and pizza.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As For The Lions...||
I'll catch the Lions preseason game, at least some of it. Granted, it means little sitting here in the living room and is more an evaluative tool for the coaching staff, but I am always intrigued to see at least a few snaps in which the rookies participate - probably most interested in seeing Ameer Abdullah play a bit this evening. Again, no conclusions will be drawn (none can be drawn from the preseason - those of us who are Lions fans know this painfully well), but it's a preliminary glance at least.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hopefully...||
With any luck, we're getting some good runs in this one so he can use, "And the runner....BANG!" in a new way. To see him work in some of those signature phrases would actually be a fun exercise indeed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||About This...||
I believe the most recent Oikos ads have featured Cam Newton - he may take over for Stamos in the campaign, but he shall never replace Stamos. After all, how do you top a spokesperson who showed off boxers in an Oikos-themed print on Good Morning America? I don't know that you do really.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||NESN Mentions It...||
NESN makes a mention of the rumors here - LINK
Of course, there’s no actual evidence to suggest any of these rumors are true. But it seems Brady has more than just opposing defenses on his mind as he enters his 16th NFL season.
They make a reference to OK! Magazine, which I only know of admittedly, but everything that OK!'s source claims (that things are "strained" and have been for a while) seems to fly in the face of what is transpiring on social media and other communications, at least according to the story.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes...||
It's not good...actually pretty awful, to be sure, but it doesn't quite get to this level of awful:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
“Say you have this guy pursuing you and he’s in love with you, but he’s just admiring you from afar. You’re dating this big macho guy who gets all the ladies, but he doesn’t treat you right. And you finally decide to give the other guy a chance, and that’s when you realize it’s a match made in heaven. And you ask yourself, ‘Why didn’t I go out with this person 10 years ago?’
An interesting way to put it actually, the whole "feeling the love" thing.
It's kind of strange to think that there was a comedy of technological gaffes / inconveniences that could have potentially gotten in the way in those final hours. Glad there was trust on the part of Harbaugh's lawyer.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A Couple Things...||
I was raised as and still am a Star Trek fanatic - I have many of the "technical manuals" that were put out through the years as well as the compendiums with notes regarding the series and movies as well. I even once built a recreation of the bridge of the USS Excelsior (as designed in ST VI) out of Legos merely because I was bored one Saturday.
Also, I am a huge fan of the SimCity franchise - I've played them all to death since the first one came out in 1989 and even have a usable copy of SimCity 2000 to this day which can be run through an interface to make it work on newer machines. I am similarly addicted to the Civilization series as well.
I have most of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series on some form of media, and I am also a huge BBC nut - from "Monty Python's Flying Circus" through shows like "The Good Life" and "Yes, Minister" and all the way up to the current series of Doctor Who, if it has been on the BBC then I have likely watched most or all of the series.
There is more, but I am eating lunch.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Terrifying...||
They just said on the news here that this explosion was in fact perceptible from space, so massive indeed. Absolutely terrifying footage too - I cannot even imagine what these numbers will look like in short order since they are saying that worker dormatories were leveled nearby as well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very Nice...||
The Desmond one stands out because it really does remind me of "He went for it all!" on the call for that game (which I had to see later on that next week because I was at the game). Awesome catch indeed, and as I recall, MVictors had the recording from Moeller's headset where he second-guesses this play call for a bit but obviously ultimately goes with it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good Move...||
The lone dissenter is right now working on a compelling speech with lines like, "The selfie mode on my phone's camera is to the best of my ability" or something along those lines. Can't imagine a compelling reason to have a selfie stick at a football game honestly unless you really didn't give a flying you-know-what about the people around you actually trying to watch football.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting...||
The image fades to a closeup of some Buckeye chestnuts and dares me to answer the nagging question - "What can I put in the Dumpster?"
Among other things, I would not object to putting Buckeyes in the dumpster this coming November. I would be amenable to such a scenario.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Rumor: Bryan Mone Broken Leg and Possibly Out for Year
Can we cofirm before we post rumors?
EDIT: Orders from above - thread reinstated.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Prediction...||
As I recall, Raymond James uses natural turf, so at least Les could have a light snack although I believe it is Bermuda grass (or some hybrid version) and I am not sure what the extent of Miles' taste for grass may be. That being said, if we did get to the Outback Bowl, that would be a sign of a very nice showing indeed for the first year of Harbaugh, I would say. New Year's Day Bowl? Sign me up if it indeed happens.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Also This...||
Somehow, this ends in "He chose....poorly."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||First Of Many...||
Oh, that dude's was but the opening volley, I am sure. I was actually wondering when the concern trolls as well as the other sorts of trolls would slowly begin to create accounts and start trickling into the discussions here. I was thinking it would have been sooner given all the hype in the offseason, but mid-August seems about right all the same.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Lessons Learned...||
Those of us 30 and older should know that you always close the back door, otherwise you end up in a scenario like this...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Overly Prepared Perhaps...||
In Chesterfield County, South Carolina—population 46,000—the sheriff requested a vehicle that could withstand both roadside bombs and a type of machine gun round that can shatter concrete.
After all, you never know what those folks across the border in Anson County, North Carolina will do if provoked. Obviously, they just want to be prepared for everything that could possibly happen in a county of 46,000.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||From Nick Baumgardner...||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sources...||
Moss has such a reliable in, after all....
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
That’s a lot of words, none of which directly answer the question. It’s obvious that the league doesn’t want to answer the question, because there is no good answer. But that doesn’t excuse the chronic failure to address the situation directly, or to investigate the leak that became a report that turned a curiosity into a hashtag.
It was a lot of words that did nothing indeed, and at this point, I think the only way this question or one similar to it gets answered is if someone like Judge Berman asks it, gets a non-answer, and then tells Goodell where he might spend the night if he fails to answer it. Part of me almost wants to see the league try non-answers in front of a federal judge just to see what happens. Popcorn, you understand.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'll Be Honest...||
I have a few shirts from the mid-90s myself that still see airtime, if you will, and I am in the same boat - I don't know exactly who authorized them and I am not sure I care really. One of the pitfalls of having one of the more highly engaged and passionate segments of the fanbase is that we become ensnared in debates / discussions that perhaps other segments of the fanbase don't necessarily, but we all signed up for that when we made accounts here.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Similar Thought...||
I still remember the flurry of threads around the time he left in late July of 2011, and to my recollection, the actual reasons were never fully explained - and at this point, they don't really need to be. He landed on his feet and has been productive in each place he has been. Hopefully, he does well at Wisconsin.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||About That...||
Yeah, the Bleacher Report rule is not an absolute - there are threads which have survived just fine with their articles. It depends a lot on the writer in a lot of cases when it comes to Bleacher Report. Generally, it is not the blog's preferred go-to source (I screen them anyway just in case), of course, but there are sources far lower on the list in "he / they who shall not be named" territory.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Tight Ship Indeed...||
Space is pretty limited too, so it encourages throwing lasers and being able to run incredibly precise routes, so from a training standpoint, the submarine has certain advantages, I would imagine.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Always Assumed...||
I always assumed that "backing it up" would be one of the end results of "being it" rather than "talking about it". By all accounts so far - and there have been a few at least - we are doing rather well at "being it" despite this only being camp. Mostly a cultural thing at this point, but I am hopeful that it will spill onto the field.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Thinking Long Term....||
I am assuming that by using the players themselves to light the field in this manner that the long-term strategy is to try and make Autzen Stadium one of the larger structures to date that has been rendered energy neutral by no longer needing the stadium lights. The next step is to take the heat generated by the players and turn it into mechanical energy which is used to provide climate control in the stadium interior, but I am sure Nike is on that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's The Article..||
Here's the ESPN article - LINK
It also mentions that Brady was not at practice today and it wasn't injury-related. The interesting quote, something I missed in the transcripts (which I did read...mostly):
Although Wells asked repeatedly for Brady's cellphone, the investigator also testified: "I did not tell Mr. Brady at any time that he would be subject to punishment for not giving -- not turning over the documents. I did not say anything like that."
Both sides seem to have their heels dug into the ground - rightly so in Brady's case, I think - so it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Might Be There...||
I may very well get my dad's 1968 Firebird and take it to the Cruise, or at least near it. I say near it because if you don't leave after a certain point on Saturday, near it is about the best you can do. We shall see how things pan out. I actually know a fair number of people who live on the Woodward corridor who - for good reasons - choose this coming weekend to go on a short vacation.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Can Only Imagine...||
If this is the level of bad press that is following 49ers management into the season, and rightly so really, I can only imagine how many notches this will get turned up if the season gets off to the as-predicted slow to non-existent start. Not sure what it would take to happen or how long it would take, but York and Baalke might casualties of this shitshow they started ultimately.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Harbaugh, not surprisingly, opened with an allegory. This Michigan team, he told the players, was going to build a keel. Confused eyes scuttled back and forth.
A great beginning to an opening meeting indeed, and probably the right allegory at the right time too. It tends to confirm what I think a lot of us assumed, that the founding idea (or one of them) was to make as clean a break as possible from the last several years.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Liked This Quote...||
We’re all competitors,” Johnson said, per The Providence Journal. “We don’t want to see New England without Tom Brady. If you’re a great football team and a great football player, you want to have them at their best. It’s like me saying, ‘Larry Bird, please, (NBA), disqualify him and make him sit down!’ No. I didn’t want that. I wanted Larry Bird, I wanted (Kevin) McHale, I wanted (Robert) Parish, I wanted (Dennis Johnson), I wanted (Scott) Wedman off the bench, I want (Cedric) Maxwell, I want M.L. Carr waving that damn towel around. I wanted everybody.
In addition, count Johnson in the camp with others who believe there was no appreciable effect on the game due to the underinflation of balls. He said that he believe players decide these games ultimately, not balls, videos, etc...
As a note to the OP, I can totally see Johnson feeling this way about it, Spartan or not. I don't really think there are that many fellow athletes that couldn't rise above rivalries on this issue.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Later On...||
We're down at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky and that rain came through here about 5:30 PM or so yesterday. For about 30 minutes, it was a pretty good downpour, but then it trailed off and the sun was back out not 45 minutes later, so that front must have dumped a considerable portion of its load in central and SE Michigan (my in-laws said downriver had about an inch and a half, at least by us).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, But...||
All Michigan State has done is finish with at least eleven wins in four of the past five seasons, beat their arch-rivals six of the past seven meetings and become the only team in college football to finish in the top five in the polls each of the last two seasons.
Yes, but in a lot of essential ways, their attitude even in success is no different than it was, say, 25 years ago in the waning days of the Perles years (you could go back further than this to find good checkpoints too). An electromagnetic storm could accidentally switch the satellite feed from their game to ours and they would blame Michigan, their complex is that deeply rooted in their concept of their own place in the Big Ten and in college football at large. At this point, part of being a Spartan fan - typically - seems to be an irrationally expansive hatred of Michigan and things Michigan. Whatever to that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||About That...||
“I can’t think of anybody on their defense that jumped out at you, where you thought, ‘Hey, that guy can really play.’”
That's true. Not jumping out at anyone on the offense is how you give up 456 yards per game on average. Maybe that was the problem.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||In A Way...||
Actually, at the behest of the players, there is a Financial Advisor Registration Program which the union and league have a hand in administering. Basically, they will screen and register advisors in a database with relevant information - services provided, service territory, etc... - and make those listings available to players on a site internal to the NFLPA. Those advisors also receive continuing education on the ins and outs of typical pay structures and contract incentives to better plan for individuals.
It's not perfect - there's an SEC no-action letter so it isn't regulated at that level, but there are requirements and the applicants for the database are checked out.