|7 hours 58 min ago||In That Case...||
In that case, I have to assume that Zook would allow the guards of the various armored cars to get within 35 yards or so of the vault, order them to punt the money, and then take a chance on a teller to be able to get the money out to mid-lobby. At that point, Zook would order a couple depsoits that would get him into range of the teller window, but then he would inexplicably punt the money back to the armored car guys.
|8 hours 7 min ago||Let's Just Say...||
...it is my sincere hope to be able to tweet this to Rapoport in a couple days:
|9 hours 15 min ago||In Addition...||
The Golden State Warriors are just down the road from the Raiders (sort of anyway) at Oracle Arena, of course.
You don't think Jim would want to try his hand at basketball, do you?
|10 hours 55 min ago||Meanwhile...||
....in Tropicana Field's stately upper deck concourse...
|11 hours 4 min ago||Continuing The Drinking...||
I started the Blue Moon train at the Westland Red Robin after some shopping, and I've decided to continue the Blue Moon train at home with the Bitcoin Bowl while my wife watches "Torchwood" on the Kindle. No kids tonight, football and shows starring John Barrowman it is apparently.
|11 hours 20 min ago||Self-Upvotes...||
I know you can self-upvote your own thread - at your own risk, of course - but you shouldn't actually be able to self-upvote your own posts, or at least, that functionality was turned off soon after the old voting system was restored (you could do it for a few hours). Then again, there are known troll accounts which are the brainchildren of others users which, well, sometimes it seems they might get used for that very purpose - self-upvoting, but not "yourself" per se.
|11 hours 29 min ago||About This...||
The fan and alum in me is terribly excited if all this happens.
If this happens and people start actually posting these threads, the mod in me says, "OH GOD NO!"
Not that I would be able to get onto the site to delete duplicates anyway, of course.
|11 hours 34 min ago||In Light Of This...||
I will see if I can get photos of the MGoServers as they sit right now, because I have a feeling that they might very will be dividing by zero - either for good news or otherwise - in a few short days now. If it is good news, the location of the servers will also be the location of the celebratory BBQ because that's all the equipment will be good for at that point.
|14 hours 55 min ago||Matchup Stats...||
TeamRankings is still doing work on these games...
|15 hours 39 min ago||Over At "The Smoking Musket"...||
Their article was primarly a collection of the tweets regarding this - LINK
What was very cool was the sendoff they gave him at the end:
"What we need to do right now as a fan base is thank Clint for his efforts on and off the field and wish him the best in both his future coaching career and, most importantly, his health long-term. Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer."
I thought that was well put.
|16 hours 14 min ago||It's...||
....Monty Python's Flying Circus.
|17 hours 44 min ago||Agreed, But...||
But for a defensive back in today’s pass-happy NFL, Woodson’s longevity, versatility and consistency are so remarkable that there’s an argument to be made that he has proved to be the better player pound-for-pound.
To do what Woodson does as a defensive back in the league and do it for as long as he has truly does make him a special talent, but we all knew that he was long before this article was written, of course. I almost feel that this paragraph needs his stats and his NFL honors attached to it just to underscore the point.
|17 hours 51 min ago||Regarding The Limit...||
As a general point, raising the point threshhold does come up quite bit, particularly in the last couple months and mainly due to the extraneous CC threads. The best way to voice your concern on this one is to e-mail Brian or Seth directly. We as mods don't have the necessary permissions.
That being said, I did wonder when threads like this would come about again. I am actually impressed that it took until early afternoon.
|18 hours 15 min ago||I Don't Know...||
I went into this season sort of thinking that this was going to be a "make or break" year for Hoke in that a decent performance kicks the can down the road a bit but a dismal performance would likely make this year his last. Like other people, I think his position became irrevocably untenable after the Minnesota game and subsequent performances made it very clear to me that, even if we managed 6-6 and a shitty bowl, that Hoke would not have survived it - the evidence of needed development and improvement simply was not there. I do agree that Hackett, in that scenario, probably would have removed Hoke officially but let him coach a bowl and continued showing the respect and dignity that has been shown to Hoke despite this.
In short, I think we'd still be at this point in some form.
|18 hours 59 min ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, if there were any school that I would put at the forefront and explore the possibility of having the world's first cybernetic head coach, Michigan would be it among a few select others. The difference in our case, of course, is that we're still technically in the market for a coach and motivated to do the development, worst case scenario.
|19 hours 15 min ago||By All Accounts...||
As far as I am aware, in the process of the tweets being deleted, it seems someone decided that this was not sufficient and the entire account ended up going the way of the dodo. It was very sudden and very intriguing at the same time, I will admit. I personally am still not sure what exactly to make of it, but the way this went down made me wonder if in fact he was hearing things that were indeed happening.
|21 hours 39 min ago||My One Wish...||
My one wish this morning is that we also jumped on the Boxing Day train so I didn't have to eat eight hours of vacation to stay home today. Other than that, it's the normal craziness here - the kids are slowly getting bored of certain toys, deciding which ones will make the semifinals of Christmas, etc...and we're still sitting around with one load of dishes in the sink that no one wants to really do after yesterday.
My son woke up way early this morning and is quite wound up, although a switch to VH1's "Totally 80s" and a playing of "Going Back To Cali" followed up with some Blue Oyster Cult and he seems a little more calm. Not sure how that works, but it seems to work. Little do the kids know that they will be spending the night at their grandparents because their grandparents seem to like doing this on occasion.
Hopefully, everyone had an excellent holiday!
|1 day 1 min ago||Shopping Around...||
You may just need to shop around - if someone isn't trying to offload one on, say, eBay or some such site, if you live in Metro Detroit, you can try out places like The Old Ball Park in Commerce Township or Play Ball Sports in Westland. There are other shops like that around the area, and sometimes they manage to have things like that (usually because it was sold to them, so expect a markup), but there are definitely places to try.
|1 day 12 min ago||Confirming Rumor...||
I am pretty sure this rumor has made it to the board from other sources a few times already, but I personally will wait until we hear from the person who in fact saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. That is, unless we already have and I missed that thread, in which case someone please refresh my memory and report the title of that thread, if possible.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Not Really...||
Unless I have non-relations over (I do have Spartan, Buckeye, Irish, etc... friends), then this is never really an issue for me. My family is all Michigan and my wife's family is not really into sports, so my wife's family will basically just sit there and listen to my family bitch about the season and talk about how nice it would be to land Jim Harbaugh. I should say that this is in fact what has happened in fits and spurts from last Friday to earlier today.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Merry Christmas...||
Hopefully you're having an excellent Christmas as well.
I wish I could go to SkyZone tomorrow, especially as I am about 15 minutes from there, but previously laid out plans made it difficult. The kids would have a blast though (especially my son, who seems to be able to spend hours on trampolines), so if there's anything like this in the future, let us know!
|1 day 17 hours ago||YouTube Embed...||
For those that did not see it live....
It almost could have even done with a dash of "THE BAND IS ON THE FIELD!", but then there were not enough people in the stands to competently portray a band.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Doing The Math...||
A little research reveals that Rick Astley's estimated net worth is $8 million, and of course he is not currently under contract by Michigan (or indeed, any record label, if I recall), so I would have to believe that if he were offered similar terms, we're probably in "two Cokes" range in terms of what it would be worth over six years for football - music might be different. Might.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Walking it back a bit
Yeah, the more I read it, the more I think this "rumor", as users pointed out, is completely inconsistent with tampering rules. If Jim's agent wanted to ensure his return to college, tampering would probably be the way to do it, albeit an incredibly expensive way. Not sure that we can leave this up in good conscience.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Not Panicking...||
Eh, I wouldn't fault his agent for at least trying to figure out what else could be out there - it is his job to do this, of course. The ultimate decision is Jim's, but I am inclined to trust the feel that Hackett & Company seem to have for this situation. Like we've said all along, if we started to see things moving quickly prior to the end of the NFL season, that's our answer, so the lack of action on this front makes me believe they are still confident that Jim might decide to come home.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Small Stuff Mainly...||
Just a couple things for me really - a new zip up hoodie and some Michigan beer glasses. Got the kids some Michigan-themed cases for their new Kindle Fires too.
About those cases, my son - who is all of 7 years old - made the grave mistake of misidentifying the block "M" as "Michigan State" at first, but a little quick correction and we're clear on things now.
What I said: "No, that's Michigan."
What I thought: "NO. JUST NO."
|1 day 23 hours ago||Good Question...||
At least in my opinion, if we're going to measure this in terms of state of program versus upside of potential hire, then I think I might give a slight edge to Chad Morris at SMU. You have there the potential to take an offense that would have to go for it on 4th downs because it was either turn it over on downs or face the prospect of using your special teams, an offense that would need to improve to be derelict (I know, we're familiar...) and giving them a guy with a great scheme that could, in a year or two, make SMU a much better team on paper. That's best case scenario perhaps, but if Morris can successfully install his offense, SMU can do much better than 1-11.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Merry Christmas...||
...and happy holidays to everyone from LSA's strange family.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
That was pretty cool, and I have to believe that if you have a talent like Woodson, there is pretty much no way that such a tribute avoids being made. He is still the guy that took away entire quadrants of space, more or less, and limited plays to a very narrow band of the field. Even then, he hangs around. It has been great to watch Woodson do Woodson things - in college and the pros - for nearly two decades now.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Just No...||
The simple answer to this is, "NO, JUST NO" unless we're talking about how one side of the bench suffers from uneven legs and we need something that is otherwise completely useless to prop it up. If that is the case, I totally support the hiring of Greg Robinson, but he needs to be aware that the terms will allow us to grind him down until the bench is in fact even.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Wonderful Video...||
That was a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing it.
It was very moving right out of the gate when you hear the sadness in Still mentioning that next Christmas is not guaranteed, and it gets only more moving from there.
You know, sometimes people kick up dust and cat dander around here and my eyes water just a bit....
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Speech...||
Enos is going to have to give the Chips "The Speech" at halftime...
|2 days 18 hours ago||Already Out There..||
There's some interesting speculation about staff for Narduzzi already flying around too. For example:
|2 days 18 hours ago||FYI...||
You can get some high-level traffic data on the site here - LINK
It does at least show, if you zoom out a little bit, the gradual increases in traffic from the beginning of December to now. For the month, page visits and page views are both up 30% or more, if I read it right.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Wonders Never Cease...||
A negative yardage play? I had already given up on the notion that there would be such a thing in this game. Wonders never cease when you've got two behemoths like CMU and WKU.
...and of course, the Hilltoppers give up a first down despite having CMU at 3rd and 14.
|2 days 19 hours ago||That Being The Case...||
That being the case, I'll go with the scalloped then, assuming someone is bringing them to the party later. Otherwise, ham and corn casserole and passing on the potatoes is a situation I could still cope with for Christmas Eve dinner. I will concede the mashed potatoes.
|2 days 20 hours ago||One Possibility...||
The information that the OP mentions was alluded to on the Big House Blog yesterday, after a little research, but perhaps not surprisingly, the source was ThoseWhoStay7, now known as HeWhoWent7 after what appears to be a bit of scrape with whomever didn't want some information out in space. It has been posted in other places from the look of things as well.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Handling It...||
There will be some mod coverage from yours truly, of course, but like other users, there will also be a bit of...
|2 days 22 hours ago||Merry Christmas...||
|2 days 23 hours ago||Already Covered...||
Jason Gay from WSJ impersonates Harbaugh in Ann Arbor
This was covered yesterday - "Faux Harbaugh Sighting In AA" was the thread, I believe.
SI: Nussmeier to take Florida OC job
This was also posted yesterday.
CC: This article should give us concern
Pretty sure Tim Kawakami isn't saying anything shocking here, and much of this has already been covered in various threads.
Harbaugh: Man With Fire in His Belly, and Blood on His Face ***MODS DELETE***
This was posted yesterday, although the source was different.
|3 days 16 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
For those who missed it on ESPN Classic and have never seen it before...yeah, that holding call on the fake punt...
|3 days 8 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
D.J. Durkin always intrigued me. Part of it was that he is approximately my age and holding jobs liked defensive coordinator at this level and I am not, but also because his scheme, as I understand it, is flexible and allows for decent adjustment. I haven't seen many Florida games, but he tends to go with a 4-3 base with situational 3-4 looks - I could live with that. We have the personnel to make such a thing work.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Not Quite...||
The second thread on this was the one that ended up being removed, but then only because it was duplicate content. One of the most puzzling things about the coachign search in particular has been the rush to break news actually - like I tell people, if it has been out there for a good 10-15 minutes and it pertains to Michigan, someone has probably posted it.
|3 days 11 hours ago||About This...||
He's been connected with the Michigan job since before Brady Hoke was fired, and if he wanted to leave to take over the Wolverines, the 49ers would reportedly not ask for any compensation to let him out of his contract early.
Yeha, I would think the only reason the 49ers would ask for nothing - not even a portion of the buyout - in this case is if this is precisely what they would rather Harbaugh did if he were to leave. Like others have said, they have no reason to let him go elsewhere in the NFL and potentially make them regret it.
|3 days 12 hours ago||For Convenience...||
This is for the convenience of those who just want to see the exchange posted by Wiley...
|3 days 13 hours ago||I Will Say...||
After the Miami Beach Bowl yesterday, the fact that no one has yet scored in the first six minutes or so screams disappointment so far. Then again, we have to assume that the bowls gradually get better as bowl season progresses, right? Actually, no, don't assume that.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Regarding This...||
One of the shortcomings of this - the old voting system - is that the downvoting of the thread itself does not affect the OP, although the reputation for starting threads to which people generally react negatively does follow various users across the board and throughout their time here. That being said, complaining about the reaction and/or the points is one of the top five mistakes around here, so I am a little disappointed that the OP - a veteran by "joined" date - didn't recognize that.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Let Us Adjust This...||
Only five coaches make $5 million or more per season.
Well, at this point next week, hopefully we're talking about how this is now six coaches and how Fisher is not at the top of this list. One user in the comments section did ask the money question though - "Will Winston be there all eight years?"
|3 days 14 hours ago||About This...||
If his office is already getting casual on Thursdays, I bet Friday is sheer awesomeness. That being said, if it is the customer-facing side of their company, I can also see Friday being a little bit of a problem depending on the nature of the t-shirts and the length of the shorts. I might be interested in finding out more about this business actually.
|3 days 15 hours ago||It Only Fits...||
It definitely figures now that, when you click on any link to @ThoseWhoStay7 on Twitter, you get only a message that reads "Internal Server Error". From the sound of things, someone definitely had an internal server error and now he no longer has a Twitter account, and I have to think they may not again in the near term anyway.
|3 days 15 hours ago||The Weber's Thing...||
The Weber's shindig is kind of pricey but my wife and I have done that in the past and it was pretty entertaining. We're local though, so we were able to do the dinner and party, which was something like $200, if I recall correctly. I would have to think it is about double that if you're looking to stay the night.
|3 days 17 hours ago||At This Point...||
At this point, I assume that a fair number of the writers whose names have figured prominently on the side of Harbaugh staying in the NFL have written articles to cover all likely scenarios, including "Harbaugh to Michigan" and perhaps a bonus "Harbaugh To Spend One Year In Tibet" just in case. I don't know how exactly you hold them accountable as a consumer other than to not consume their material moving forward.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Only One Explanation...||
|3 days 18 hours ago||What About This...||
We should also consider the possibility of making the message visible from space, or at least have it broadcast universally over a specific band of frequencies so that anyone within range of the source tuning in will hear and understand the message. If only Brandon had more time to implement "The Plan".....oh god, what am I thinking here?
|3 days 20 hours ago||Let's Be Fair...||
Let's be fair about this now....some of us once occupied the finished space above the garage. Of course, that was 15 years ago and to ensure I never came back, my parents did sell the house and move into a condo where there was no spare room. I succumbed to a mortgage about 12 years ago much to my chagrin.
|3 days 20 hours ago||If Nothing Else...||
If nothing else, he would at least be walking behind this rather nasty bit of weather that is supposed to be in southeastern Michigan late Wednesday and into Thursday, so if he really wanted to do that, being behind that storm is probably the most sensible way to go about this. Then again, if he took I-80, you have to walk through Gary....maybe the teleconference is better.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Festivus Cleanup...||
Little-discussed possibility: Is there still a chance Harbaugh stays in San Fran?
I think it has been well established that the possibility of this is exceedingly remote by numerous sources.
I am Maximus...
I don't think this will go over all that well based on the current reaction, so we'll pull it now.
Revisiting Baalke's comments from yesterday
The thread discussing these comments is still on the first page of the MGoBoard. Please revisit them there.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Airing Of Grievances...||
Having been through this fall and now this coaching search, I would just like to put the mod cap on for a moment and say...
|3 days 23 hours ago||After That...||
If someone creates that thread, of course, we'll need the followup thread where someone talks about framing effect and risk aversion as a function of Jim Harbaugh. If there is any sports blog that could competently conduct and publish such a study of its own users, it would be this one, I would say.
|3 days 23 hours ago||On The Way In...||
On my way in this morning, I actually heard someone on 105.1 go out of their way to point this tweet out actually, unless I drive to work in some sort of semi-conscious state and the voices are speaking, a gift well worth the wait could very well come to Michigan football yet. I told my wife that I really don't need gifts, just my alma mater's football team to be in good hands once again. I am pretty sure I am getting shirts anyway.
|4 days 43 min ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I was impressed that someone listed Netscape Navigator as a skill. I mean, to be able to stand using it was but I am not sure that's something resume worthy unless it is still 1994 and I am missing something. Also, I really think that "Aurturo Broomie" screams Big Ten coach just by name alone, and I got a good chuckle out of the one where the most recent employment for the guy was as a caterer and bartender - they wouldn't win a lot of games, but the team meals, man...
|4 days 50 min ago||Good Fit...||
I still maintain that the Pitt job is probably a pretty good fit for Narduzzi, particularly because he's recruited eastern Ohio / western Pennsylvania for a long time, as I recall, and is pretty familiar with the talent pool that Pitt tends to draw on somewhat - not to mention some of MSU's talent come from the same area. I get that some people have wanted the opportunity to stymie a Narduzzi defense, but I am not averse to losing a talent here and there to coaching positions in other conference as it can only help us.
|4 days 1 hour ago||About That...||
Tim Kawakami - by virtue of his existence - provides some credence to the idea that Drew Sharp is a condition that can be diagnosed and, perhaps in time, treated. Only time will tell in such a case, but at least we now know that it is something that can occur in other media markets (that means that there is the potential for Drew Sharp to be communicable, of course).
|4 days 9 hours ago||Did Not Hear That....||
I didn't hear that, but there have been quite a few Georgia bloggers who would really like Mark Richt to consider Nussmeier as an OC. No official word from anyone connected, but there is a very informal push from their blogsphere to at least consider the possibility. If he did end up at Florida, the McElwain-Nussmeier dynamic might be interesting at Florida - 2 former Alabama OCs getting one shot each year against their former HC.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
eFG% - 71.43&
OREB% - 33.33%
FTR - 14.29%
TOV% - 19.04%
For Coppin State:
eFG% - 42.59%
OREB% - 22.22%
FTR - 14.18%
TOV% - 19.57%
|4 days 11 hours ago||Waiting....||
You'll be waiting a long time, of course, as he was banned again then told (and he agreed not to do it, but we shall see) not to create or maintain an account here for a good, long time. It's for the better, of course, but if anyone does see someone that sniffs of this, do let me know and we'll handle this.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Didn't See It Mentioned...||
There were some tweets out there today that Hackett actually asked for player input on the whole Nike / Adidas debate, which if true is a nice change in tone from the AD's office. It would be interesting to know what the players themselves think about it, in my opinion. I don't think the Adidas contract is up for a couple years yet, but I find these developments encouraging.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
But Mendenhall's name is a big surprise, especially given that he could have elected to remain confidential, but chose not to. Without any historical ties to the midwest or the Big Ten, a move to Wisconsin would have been a major surprise.
It would have been interesting to see who Mendenhall brought with him from BYU in such a scenario. Robert Anae as an OC in the Big Ten could have been an intriguing proposition on paper anyway. It would have been a major shock though, I would have to agree.
|4 days 13 hours ago||So, What We're Saying...||
So, what we're saying here is that the pendulum is swinging in the direction of #1, correct? If so, I would welcome our new _________ overlords.
In all seriousness, the pendulum analogy sort of fits the last two weeks or so here in a way. We've thrilled at the "it's happening", been crestfallen at the "it's not happening" news. Soon, it will be over.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Could Be Wrong...||
I could be wrong, but I think Durkin liked to mix it up a little bit - I had thought the base defense in Florida, for example, was a 4-3 but that he threw in situational 3-4 looks. That's how it seemed in the few times I watched Florida this year anyway. If we could get a defensive coordinator that ran a nice hybrid scheme, that might not be a bad thing at all.
|4 days 13 hours ago||That Could Be Fun...||
Now, that could be fun....go all in on 1989 with the throwbacks. We could claim it was "character study" of some sort.
In all honesty, I actually kind of like these, although I seem to remember very similar throwbacks sometime in the late 1990s when I was there.
|4 days 15 hours ago||You're Both Onto It...||
Although I do agree that the statement is devoid of meaning by design, I do also agree that insane isn't bad. Actually, at this point, it's reasonably normal around here as the place officially started to go around the bend sometime during the 2nd half of the Rutgers game by my figuring. We can't even see the bend in the rear view mirror at this point.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
With all that has gone down in this search so far in the month of December, I will admit that 3 PM Monday has been moved to 9 AM Tuesday a few times, not to mention other things being mysteriously switched because of impending announcements or developments. Somehow, I managed to get it all done anyway.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Just Think...||
Just think too....tomorrow we get the Boca Raton Bowl to cap off the Battle For I-95, although if they were really going to do this right, an additional game would be played in Pompano Beach or Fort Lauderdale, I would say.
|4 days 16 hours ago||If That's True...||
...then the servers for this blog will be good for only one thing very shortly:
|4 days 18 hours ago||No Whammies...||
Agreed. It is my sincere hope that we don't get to the point where this search becomes, well...
|4 days 19 hours ago||The Chili...||
You're in luck because I've already mde the chili - yesterday, in fact. Four alarm stuff too, if you're interested. I made enough that there are literal bricks of chili sitting the freezer ready to be warmed and eaten. I felt that the blog probably could use some chili and a beer to help kick off what might be a long holiday week around here.
|5 days 59 min ago||Great Talent...||
It really is nice to see Woodson still doing Woodson things. I don't see any way he's not a 1st ballot HOF guy, but it would be a crowning achievement on what has been a long, spectacular career when he does get in. I will say, every great thing he does in the NFL makes me appreciate the time he spent in Ann Arbor just that much more and like most folks here, I appreciated it quite a bit already. Truly a special talent.
|5 days 1 hour ago||On Its Surface...||
At least on its surface, it's an interesting strategy and probably one you wouldn't pull out unless you were indeed shopping for someone / something, the one which reads "We're so desperate for a coach / player that we're going to start Jimmy Clausen."
If it is too late, good. That's at least consistent with the report last night that the Bears are out of the Harbaugh sweepstakes anyway.
|5 days 8 hours ago||If True..||
If this is indeed the case, then insofar as we might be concerned for purposes of getting Jim to Ann Arbor (even though you do hate to see people unceremoniously canned as he might be, I admit to being a bit selfish here).....
|5 days 9 hours ago||Let's Not...||
Tonight's Gregg Henson post says relax and enjoy Christmas.
Let's not go with Gregg Henson this time around.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Shanahan, Eh?||
Furthermore, Cutler’s reputation of being uncoachable will make it difficult to find a new coach willing to come in and take over the situation. However, Mike Shanahan, who was Denver’s head coach when the Broncos drafted Cutler in 2006, is said to be interested in reuniting with his former pupil.
I had thought that Shanahan was owed another $7 million by Washington and that if he found a job while he still would have otherwise been under contract had he not been fired, the difference would be deducted from the amount owed. If he wants a nice payday upfront, maybe it behooves both him and the Bears to be cheap. We shall see how this pans out, I suppose.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Nice Indeed...||
I will say that it is good to see some of these potential avenues of "not Michigan" close up, no matter how unlikely they might have been. The other half of that, of course, is that I may need to take whatever form of stress leave is granted by this place if we are ultimately hiring Plan B. Well, that's my fear anyway.
|5 days 16 hours ago||It Might Just Be Me...||
If the Lions in fact pull this out, it is an interesting reversal of the historic trend where they would get out to this nice start sometimes and then die off in the 2nd half. Now, we seem to come out of the gate dead and then find ways to come to life.
Also, great way by Tate to make a play out of something that nearly nothing before the end of the quarter.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Regarding This...||
I sort of feel bad that the first real in-depth experience that Schlissel had with high-powered athletics was our situation this fall, but so far I do think he's waded through his responsibilities in it rather well. The decision to bring Hackett on board in particular has so far been a great move, and so far we are seeing an earnest attempt to have excellence on the field (by going full in on Harbaugh) and off the field as well.
|5 days 20 hours ago||If Only...||
Oh, if all this is indeed the case, then it is a bloody shame that the FAA doesn't register individual pieces of equipment that are being loaded onto planes. Now, if someone wanted to make the conferencing equipment a functioning system on the plane.....no, that would mean going through the approval process and that puts off Harbaugh by a year or more. Never mind me.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Gone Around This...||
This story rather proves that the NFL folks have officially run out of actual things to talk about or to expand upon, much like a lot of other parties involved for the most part. There's never been anything substantive, as I recall, that showed the job was even offered to Harbaugh in 2011 and that writers are rehashing rumors which are now years old and from a previous search just seems like a "Read me!" ploy.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Great News...||
It is nice to see Gordie getting into a scrap with mortality and, for the moment, coming out on the winning side of it. It seems like there's still plenty of fight in him yet and hopefully his recovery is full and speedy. What is truly amazing as well - aside from Gordie himself - is how fast he was back on his feet and functioning with little to no aid. Awesome stuff.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Nice To See...||
I would have to think that if Dick Vitale is telling you to take a position and it isn't at Duke and it isn't due to the retirement or sad passing of someone at Duke, this is a fairly significant development and should be at least considered as an endorsement of some kind. Now, if you'll excuse him, he has to get back to body surfing with the Cameron Crazies.
|6 days 8 hours ago||My Apologies...||
I forgot to post the daily reminder regarding Harbaugh threads today....
|6 days 9 hours ago||Football In The Future...||
"Terry Bradshaw wouldn’t let his son play. Troy Aikman sees himself blessed not to have to make the decision. Even someone as bold and boisterous on a football field as Bart Scott doesn’t want his son in pads."
I don't know that it would go away or become something comparatively minor like boxing, but it will definitely be different in the future perhaps as a safety culture begins to really take hold in the league, or least as much as such a culture could do so.
It is an interesting article though. I do believe that the awareness of the risks will change the way the game is played quite a bit as we plod through the next decade or two. I can see a lot of kids being steered away from it, and I could see football becoming less popular too, but those who do play will go into it with increasing awareness and that will likely change how they approach the game as well.
|6 days 11 hours ago||In These Moments...||
It is in these moments that I tend to just go with what former MSU football coach George Perles reportly said during a presser in the early 1990s.
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones before their eggs hatch."
If our eggs have hatched, that might be one thing...
|6 days 11 hours ago||Awesome News...||
There's one expression that certainly comes to mind....
|6 days 11 hours ago||Didn't See It Mentioned...||
Per another mod, his account here is no more....again....until he tries to do something different. Actually, he's been told numerous times off of here to just read the board, keep silent and get to know how things flow and then introduce himself as a regular poster, not necessarily to post his content everywhere. You can see how well that went, so for now he's gone.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
Of note, this will now be the third game in a row where our PPP has not exceeded 1.00....
eFG% - 38.89%
OREB% - 19.51%
FTR - 25.93%
TOV% - 18.88%
eFG% - 50.00%
OREB% - 36.67%
FTR - 38.00%
TOV% - 25.52%
Interestingly, SMU's PPP was 0.93 - this is the second game in the last three where neither team has exceeded 1.00 here.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Cleaning Up...||
Man, I come home from a family function....
Anyway, if it is gone, it isn't an indictment on your thread per se, but we're just trying to pare down the Harbaugh a bit...
What would Jim Harbaugh do?
SMU at Harbaugh - Open Harbaugh
CC: Can Harbaugh do to Urban Meyer What Saban Did?
About CC Harbaugh, but not about CC Harbaugh
|6 days 12 hours ago||Pitt And Narduzzi...||
I have to say that, if he wanted to test out the HC waters, this is probably not a bad place to do it because he'd probably be allowed to stay as long as he wants in a program where it seems like they've had no less than 150 coaches in the last 5 years. If he actually took that one, it would be interesting to see if anyone at MSU comes with him too - I have to think he'd want the folks who help work that defense to come along, or some of them anyway.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Something Like This...||
I've felt this way since the Harbaugh chatter started to pick up in earnest - even if we end up without him, they went after him, made the best offer that they possibly could and made him be the one to either accept or not. Like others, I might be disappointed, but if we did everything else right, then I am not even particularly worried about Plan B if it came to that.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Well, this could make things a bit interesting. As it stood, the line implied on TeamRankings had Michigan at -1.5, which to me is about as good a "pick 'em". Getting Kennedy's production back sort of solidifies my opinion that this one might be a good each way bet.
In other words, this is a very 2014 thing to happen, as someone mentioned. Still, hopeful that the team has had some time to get refocused and put this one in the "W" column.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Ultimately...||
I am rather with the people that wouldn't mind seeing what a clean break from everything looked like, but at the same time, I don't think I would necessarily complain if Nussmeier were retained in some capacity. I guess my reason for saying that is that a lot was already hosed about development and skill when it came to the offense when he came and part of me says we don't have a lot of data on what he might be able to do with a different boss, position coaches, etc... Ultimately, I think that makes me indifferent to the prospect - it wasn't impressive, but there are certain things Nussmeier may have been too late to fix.
|6 days 23 hours ago||What They See...||
My wife and her family - none of whom are sports people - see this awkward man who checks Twitter and MGoBlog with dizzying frequency for any morsel of information regarding the future of the football program of his alma mater. My family - rife with Michigan people and quite into sports - see nothing unusual. Indeed, they don't see me at all because they are doing the same thing I am.
|1 week 5 min ago||Speaking Of This...||
Seeing this reminds me that we are definitely coming up on Christmas now and Don Criqui has not seen that signal yet and is probably rather disenheartened at this point. If someone is able, it might be a good idea to stop by the stadium and bring him a snadwich and some coffee, then wander down to the field and signal "touchdown" so he knows that he can go home now.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Cleaning Up...||
Who knows what Bo would do? We're probably beyond the point of useful speculation here.
This was sort of going downhill, but if I was harsh in removing it, we can talk.
|1 week 9 hours ago||The Look Says It All..||
I mean, seriously, people....who cares....
|1 week 11 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
I thought they had used this for a while now, but it is cool all the same. Congratulations to the newest Wolverines!
|1 week 12 hours ago||The List As It Stands...||
The list as it stands serves as a reminder that our search is ultimately in this form:
|1 week 14 hours ago||Already Drinking....||
Los Cardos Malbec - it was on sale at Meijer and I picked up a couple bottles. Not bad.
The rest of the night is basically my parents stopping by to drop off some gifts and visit and then a lot of nothing after that aside from wine and modding. Tomorrow, the first of many Christmas gatherings, but fortunately my brother-in-law home brews so it will be alright.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Something Like This...||
My understanding is that this more or less points to capacity problems causing a failure of content being called from the site - network problems, router failover, dropped data or too many of us waiting for the next Harbaugh rumor basically. The number of connections is simply too damn high, or something like that.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Someday...||
I am starting to get the feeling that - whether this happens or not in the end - all of these sources will have to get together on stage and tell the story of December 2014, the NFL and Ann Arbor in a sort of reunion show format. If nothing else, it would be extremely engrossing (and painful, if it doesn't go the way we would rather it did).
|1 week 15 hours ago||Oh, Why Not...||
Harbaugh, please return
To Ann Arbor in this time
A void I think you could fill
To rebuild this place
|1 week 15 hours ago||Harbaugh Fever...||
I will put it like this - as long as we made the best, most organized effort that we could at Michigan, then I might be disappointed for a few days but I do give the new administration being built by Hackett enough credit that Plan B - if it comes to that - will be someone at least most people would get behind. I can't promise that I wouldn't drunk mod the first night after a "No", of course, but I am sure I'd be OK after that.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Yeah, ChatSports is a source in the same way that brake fluid makes an excellent marinade for your favorite meats.
A few threads have been cleansed of ChatSports, one had to be deleted because of excessive ChatSports, but anyone seen posting ChatSports may find themselves spending bowl season in La Paz, where it is currently 72 degrees and partly cloudy.
|1 week 19 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
I saw the folder for the Method Of Service we will usually develop for various commercial customers, and indeed Ruth's Chris is setting up a location in Ann Arbor. Now, I am not one for reading tea leaves for fer that, in situations like a coach search, I would get lost in a tea field, but if a location is opening in Ann Arbor and Harbaugh is Ruth's Chris....hmmmm....
|1 week 19 hours ago||Wishing Him A Speedy Recovery...||
I still think about how he was more or less put into games late in the season and was immediately effective, even to the point of this being one of my bones of contention with the staff and measuring talent. I really did enjoy Johnson's contributions to this team and his flashes of Mike Hart-ish second effort and movement.
Hopefully, his recovery is full and speedy and we get a chance to see more of him next year.
|1 week 19 hours ago||The Impression...||
The impression I had all along of how this is being pursued is basically the last part of Bacon's reply here. If Harbaugh ultimately declines, they don't want it to be because the offer was not up to snuff, if you will. It would have to be for reasons that Michigan could not compensate him, less tangible things.
|1 week 20 hours ago||About This...||
I was putting together the yearly summary for football as of this morning, so if I get time over the weekend, at least that could be done early next week.
As for this idea, I honestly hadn't thought about it, but I think that if I get sufficient time over the holidays I could probably piece something together. I probably would only take the most recent 2-3 weeks of threads, and I haven't necessarily bookmarked everything. It isn't too hard to go back and find it, however.
I'll outline it and see what we can arrange on this one.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Thought About That...||
I thought about that too, but then there have been a couple threads in the last day which were mainly devoted to his tidbits. If someone wanted to post that, he's not on the auto-removal list, so there wouldn't be any fight from me. I was just more concerned about the people reiterating Chatsports and then the long reply chains after each one. I started deleting them, but then the thread lost a lot of cohesion, so part of it was my bad in that sense.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll Leave This Here...||
Because this is happening in a few threads, I'll leave a comment - ChatSports is not to be used or posted on this blog as it violates the "no Ace Williams" rule. I know that new folks probably wouldn't know the history, but Mr. Williams is essentially the worst sort of rumormonger, even to the point of making things up altogether, and "breaking news" on his site should in no way be confused with responsible reporting.
|1 week 1 day ago||Happy Friday Indeed...||
Wow, this one is earlier than normal, but definitely not as early as the posbang a few months ago that was created 40 minutes after midnight on Friday.
All the worst of the year-end craziness is now behind me and I look forward to a half-day today and then two striaght five day weekends for the holiday weeks. I don't really anticipate much happening, and indeed, it is in time for the parade of Bad Bowls and Games That Should Never Have Happened, or at least that's how I've come to know it in recent years.
Of course, it also means being dragged to various houses for holiday festivities. In essence, by the time Christmas comes, I've celebrated it 3-4 times and need it to be done because I am usually struggling to find space for all the new shit in this small-ish 1960s ranch.
Happy banging today indeed.
|1 week 1 day ago||Cleanup...||
Late night Harbaugh rumors open thread:
The OP didn't specify the chatter, then the thread became polluted with Ace Williams. Not worth saving.
Harbaugh likes chocolate ice cream & Garth Brooks
I felt a little uncomfortable leaving something that seemed a little over the top as Harbaugh threads go.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, Ace does not mind me posting this tweet, but it is great news...
|1 week 1 day ago||Now Obligatory...||
|1 week 1 day ago||I Believe So...||
There's actually a Michigan A Cappella Council that has existed for a decade or so, I think. There are a dozen or so group that I am aware of. They even have a collective YouTube channel too - LINK
|1 week 1 day ago||Someday...||
OT/CC: The Sarah Situation
Someday, someone will have to explain this thread to me.
|1 week 1 day ago||Slight Addition...||
Needs the music too, because these threads are our soap opera in away...
|1 week 1 day ago||For Steve Addazio...||
....a "Thank You" card.
Please continue your stellar work to make Boston College the best 7-5 team it can be.
|1 week 1 day ago||As Folks File Out...||
....he could always recreate this. It is the holiday season, after all:
|1 week 1 day ago||Or Perhaps Better...||
This should start at the time indicated by BLUEyouout
|1 week 1 day ago||So, What We're Saying...||
So, what we're saying here is that we DO have embedded reporting capabilities on the blog now and that Brian is in fact at the facility in Santa Clara right now? This is a banner day, folks.
That being said, I have to assume that sleeping inside that copier marked "Out Of Service" to maintain cover has to suck.
|1 week 1 day ago||My Two Cents...||
If we put the best offer we possibly could on the table, made an all-out effort to get him to Ann Arbor, and in the end he still declines, I don't see any reason you can really fault Michigan or Harbaugh in that scenario. It will sting, but if in such a scenario the Plan B is a solid Plan B, I would probably get over it and look forward to the future all the same. Harbaugh's legacy as a player in Ann Arbor makes it impossible for me to villify him if he chooses another path than the one presented to him.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Use Facebook Too...||
I often post updates like that to Facebook too. For example:
"Here's what I know about the 'Cookie Situation'
The tin is definitely missing
My son has not said "no" to the question of taking the tin
The information was leaked by my daughter"
|1 week 1 day ago||Colin Cowherd...||
I am still pretty sure that Cowherd is the one of the few people who bloviates at a sufficiently mind-numbing clip that his own show could in fact be used as an anesthetic. Actually, when you look at the network that employs him, it seems like the ability to do that - and over no real information - is a job requirement.
|1 week 1 day ago||To Be Fair...||
I believe that many of us would have at least given thought to what was on those plates before we walked on through too, especially those of us who work in places that are notorious for having people who can sniff out a catered lunch or buffet line at 100 yards. Not sure about the toys....maybe if it was a slow day.
|1 week 1 day ago||Even Worse...||
I've also been told that recent cutbacks will leave coordinators and assistants diagramming plays on a large slab using only a stylus and hammer and that the message board outside the stadium will be replaced with a Lite Brite that has only a chandelier bulb in it. Some of the support staff were also seen at a Western Union office trying to get some important telegrams to recruits too. Tough times indeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Deal...||
Joe Pequeno of CBS5 in Arizona, also citing unnamed sources, said the offer is $49 million over six years.
$8.2 million would be even north of Sean Payton money, if I am not mistaken, so he's be the highest paid coach anywhere in the US in this scenario.
When this information about an offer started to come out, even unconfirmed, I saw the part of "Barbarians At The Gate" where the initial takeover bid for RJR Nabisco was leaked and then every brokerage ever came out of the woodwork wanting in on the deal, or indeed their own deal. I could see a lot of agents seeing what they could get now even though we're still working on Harbaugh.
|1 week 2 days ago||Timing...||
Although the offer hasn't been confirmed by anyone in the Michigan camp, even if it is true it probably doesn't affect the timing of Harbaugh's decision. I don't see him as the sort that would be enticed like that to leave earlier even at that - he seems intent on finishing out this season however it goes. To me, that sort of speaks to the uber-competitor that we know Harbaugh is.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Was There...||
I was at this game and it was pretty funny in person, but this condensation of the "highlights" never, ever gets old. Actually, I would have wondered about the sanity of the board had this not appeared in any thread mentioned a rare Jimmy Clausen start in the NFL.
|1 week 2 days ago||Early Morning Cleanup....||
How Pelini really feels
Feel free to post the story in the existing thread.
How can this get any better?
I feel like this gets discussed each time a non-Michigan CC thread comes up, but if I am wrong, we can revisit this one.
Difficult to discuss without confirmation of the deal, of course.
|1 week 2 days ago||Middle Of The Week...||
What this means to me is that I have four more working days in 2014 now barring storm, so due to that I am not celebrating or drinking to anything in particular. I will, however, raise this glass of Fat Bastard Merlot in honor of a very entertaining run of shitty bowls that will be upon us rather soon. Sadly, we will not be involved, but we can at least marvel in ganes that should never be.
|1 week 2 days ago||6 Years, 48 Million...||
If this is indeed true, I am glad to see my alma mater offer "go to hell" money in the face of what would be some potentially stiff competition for the services of one Jim Harbaugh. I will say, however, that I don't remember any initial rebuff - pretty sure that there hasn't really been an answer one way or the other.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't Blame Him...||
I don't blame him for saying it - Eichorst and company gave him some rather shitty treatment on the way out at Nebraska, and the AD didn't help himself when he let the players know via e-mail to boot. Not sure I would want to work for someone that had that sort of attitude towards the people that work / play for his department either.
I still believe that for this alone Shawn Eichorst deserves to be in the running for the 1st Annual Black & Decker Massive Tool Award, if we can make this a thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Coming Down...||
I know, I am ruining the fun perhaps. Still, I'd like to think we should keep as little of this on the board as possible, even if it is a classic.
No. Just no. Also, why hire someone who still has a show-cause? They disincentivize that for a reason.
|1 week 2 days ago||Whitmore Lake...||
I'll be honest, wouldn't have guessed that of all the places that would be rumored - as this thread was bound to appear - it would eminate from 20 minutes north of campus, so about Whitmore Lake....maybe Green Oak Township....that sort of area. Figured on the real estate thread, but impressed by the first vague geographic descriptor.
|1 week 2 days ago||Removed This One...||
Anyone watching the 49er press conferences?
This was a presser to discuss the Ray McDonald situation, not the normal Harbaugh presser which I believe is also on Wednesday.
|1 week 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 2 days ago||It Makes Sense...||
There are a few outlets now parrotting Kawakami's sentiment - his revised sentiment - that it simply makes sense for Harbaugh to end up in Oakland. I sort of enjoyed how Mike Florio handled it, however, by saying that it does but then for what Oakland might have to give up, you take over a team still tied down by using picks as compensation. Not an ideal situation for Harbaugh at all, I would think.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Cool...||
Actually, this is a really cool idea. It would be nice to honor former players in each sport who have gone onto significant scientific, business and other achievements to better instill that the quality of the athletes and the quality of the students go hand-in-hand and that the department is indeed an extension of the university it represents.
|1 week 2 days ago||Last Names...||
It is an interesting question indeed - last names can be funny like that. I have a friend whose last name is Tedesco, which is in turn Italian for "German", and I once worked with someone whose last name was "English" who was in fact largely of Irish descent. Sometimes odd things happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Going Back A While...||
Quarterbacks have done well most places that Urban Meyer has been, and as others have pointed out, it is the scheme and the ability to get the players to run it, good OLs, and so on. Actually, Cleveland.com had the historic chart via SportsReference in this article earlier this month.
The chart is below:
|1 week 2 days ago||If There Is One Thing...||
If there are indeed positive developments in 2014 around here, one of them probably is the increase in notoriety of this place between the Brandon drama and eventual ousting and now the updates via "Searchbits" regarding where the school seems to be with regard to this search. If I recall correctly, this fall has seen more traffic than ever, and for the folks who run the place, that definitely isn't a bad thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good News...||
Although you feel bad to see someone get the boot a mere eight days before Christmas, I think this is a necessary part of the culture change which seems to be occuring around the department now. Part of reconnecting the athletic department to the university's larger mission, which Schlissel seems to want, is probably getting rid of the Lochmanns of the world down on S. State.
Lochmann's rather tonedeaf remarks the other day about the aversion to sponsors and the block "M" and so forth really didn't help his case to remain, if he indeed was hoping that he might. In any case, I believe he has some experience working in marketing with professional teams, and he's probably better for that sort of environment, so I don't doubt he'll find something.
|1 week 2 days ago||Mochigan....||
Yeah, I saw that last night an came to the terrible realization that I applied to the right school but went to the wrong one, at least by the figuring of one MichBro(insert number). Oh well, it was nice of Michigan to let me hang out, take classes, get a degree or two and all that. Seems like an embarrassing mistake for me to make all the same though.
|1 week 3 days ago||Regarding That...||
I was pretty sure it was Till Zelichick. Not much of a resume when it comes to coaching, but he has a name close enough to someone of more renown that some may be briefly fooled by the hire.
In all seriousness, the lack of apparent action makes me think that we've either got a realizable shot at Harbaugh by best estimates or there are backup plans in place at this point. The timeline kills, but I would rather see desirable scenarios unfold than make a panic hire.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not So Much That...||
It isn't so much that, but the banner for the page doesn't always load now on my end and the graphics-heavy threads sometimes have the word "Save" next to the rdio button "Save", for example. There are other minor potential programming oddities lately as well. People have mentioned this before, but I am beginning to think "smokescreen" on such phenomena.
|1 week 3 days ago||Unofficial, But...||
...Arizona unofficially has an opinion on this move naturally.
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh Very Well...||
If you want an explanation...
At the core, the bans are essentially for your persistently condescending, immature and generally uncivil approach to this "conversation" which you are attempting to have. In all honesty, questioning the reading comprehension of others, calling members of the board "lemmings" and things like that tend to make one the object of scorn, deserved ridicule and and eventually banning around these parts. If you really wanted to talk about this, you wouldn't do those things - it comes across as a patent troll job.
In other words, if you want to hang around and defend the credibility of FootballScoop - whether it is because it is a source of income or whatever - be a nice human being, even if being nice is a mortifying personal dongpunch in your world.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Far Back...||
The Bears have an organization history of patience with their head coaches, typically waiting at least four years before considering making a change. Trestman is finishing up his second season as Bears coach, and the last time the Bears made a switch after such a short period of time was in the late 1950s.
Wasn't that some guy named Paddy Driscoll, whose two seasons were sandwiched between the two halves of George Halas' long tenure? Not sure exactly what the circumstances there, but Driscoll still had a higher win percentage than Trestman does now, I believe.
|1 week 3 days ago||MichBro1 Now...||
....and he was banned (again) a few minutes ago.
It really isn't that often that you see someone apparently so genuinely hurt that you find a source less than credible that they troll the boards - even certain users - in an effort to get them to refute something which, in their mind, cannot be refuted. It's such a useful exercise.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Was Awesome...||
That was pretty awesome. Loved the rocket sled as well as the image of the wrecking ball intermixed with that block too.
For the board at large, the Boston Globe actually did a compilation of what they believe to be his best runs. That article is here. LINK
Here is Brady years ago, for example, juking one Brian Urlacher:
|1 week 3 days ago||Coming Down...||
Semi-OT (Semi CC Harbaugh Related): Dad Pants
Deleted at the request of the creator.
|1 week 3 days ago||My Own Submission....||
Not Michigan-themed, but I was always partial to this -
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Development...||
...and in what will surely be a money-saver for Pelini:
|1 week 3 days ago||Sad News...||
Never like to see kids go, but in a time of uncertainty like this, it seems likely that things like this will happen. It is a shame, as I was rather intrigued by what the ceiling on Ferns might be once we had a chance to see him.
The one thing we will always have, however, is that his commitment spawned 12-13 duplicate "Hello: Michael Ferns" threads. It was an epic event on the blog indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||As A Sidenote...||
I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but we actually had this for our answering machine back in the day. My personal favorite was the rap message, although my parents were partial to can-can one. On the second line (we had one because the house used to have an apartment attached), we had someone singing "Don't Talk To Strangers" on that tape. I hope my dad never gave that line out for business calls....
|1 week 4 days ago||You Had It Right...||
To be fair, you sort of had it right the first time - depending on how you "wit" your job, most likely from the lack of sleep due to being on this site all night, quitting ahead of a less desirable fate for one's career could be in order. Either way, if there is ny meat to what is being thrown about at the moment, hopefully we are indeed on the cusp of having nice things.
|1 week 4 days ago||Already Posted...||
Mason Cole named to ESPN's All-Freshman Team
This made it to the board late in the morning yesterday.
|1 week 4 days ago||Getting The Feeling...||
I saw this thread and the first thing that came to mind is that I actually have to be at my desk in eight hours due to an earyl conference call tomorrow. The second thought I had is that I will be here to pack up my laptop at 6:15 AM to get ready for work now, having foregone sleep. Of course, I will probably catch up with that during the actual call.
|1 week 4 days ago||There It Is...||
It might just be me, but there is something sort of amusing how the Chicago Tribune ran a story about how perhaps Bears fans -well ,a few of them perhaps - were hoping that Gruden may be evaluating his future team on Monday. Apparently, having begun to do this on, well, Monday night, this story breaks.
|1 week 4 days ago||And Now....||
It might just be me, but there is something sort of amusing how the Chicago Tribune ran a story about how perhaps Bears fans -well ,a few of them perhaps - were hoping that Gruden may be evaluating his future team on Monday. Apparently, having begun to do this on, well, Monday night, this story breaks.
|1 week 4 days ago||Decisions, Decisions...||
“As we’ve said many times, when the season ends, decisions are going to be made,” Baalke said. “That’s when that conversation is going to take place.
That sort of makes me think they are still considering the possibility of trading him, trades which I believe he has every right to shoot down. Rumors mentioned above aside, it wouldn't shock me if they held onto Harbaugh until the end of the season even if their ultimate plan was to remove him an hour or so after San Francisco's final game this season. Of course, that would make the next two weeks a crazy two weeks - eh, another crazy two weeks, I suppose.
|1 week 4 days ago||Either Way....||
The server room will basically be like this for a day or two...perhaps longer:
|1 week 4 days ago||Pay Cut...||
A lot of the mid-majors would drool over some of the Power 5 coordinators (a few have indeed left for such position this year, of course), but consider:
In order to one day obtain head coaching jobs in the $3 million per year range, coordinators such as Clemson’s Chad Morris ($1.3 million), Alabama’s Kirby Smart ($1.38) and Michigan State’s Pat Narduzzi ($904,583) are forced with the prospect of taking jobs for less money and with fewer resources.
Like the article says, these are higher salaries than head coaching jobs in the C-USA, MAC and Sub Belt. I found the Narduzzi's quote interesting, where he basically says he doesn't need to be a head coach and implies he doesn't want the headache of a "step backwards". One of the final separations of the Power 5 from the rest of the pack probably is this very phenomenon.
|1 week 4 days ago||Probably Should Come Down...||
CC: Forward to the Future. Coach Harbaugh
I thought about it, but I think the board has already established how this place would react if indeed Harbaugh came back to Ann Arbor.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not Right Away...||
If all this indeed happens and at some point we are looking at Jim Harbaugh at the podium, the first 5-10 seconds before jubilation on this board will look like this guy:
|1 week 4 days ago||Even Further...||
Even further, becasue Kelly is occasionally trending purple-to-red and back again, it creates a situation where, if he were to ever take that job, he would be virtually invisible on the field at different points in any Vikings-49ers game. If somehow he could get the team to develop this natural camouflage, schematic advantage and you avoid the terrible spectre of actually hiring Charlie Weis.
|1 week 4 days ago||Struck A Chord...||
Michigan hasn't been a "tough" football team since a scrappy group of fifth-year seniors demanded as such in 2011. The team looked entitled through portions of 2012 and 2013, and just confused in 2014. But never along the way was anything confused with "toughness."
This sort of struck a chord with me honestly. One of the things that started to dawn on me as early as the middle of 2013 is that reconnecting to the past of Michigan was not being translated well into the building of a future at Michigan, and there were times where I did wonder where the fight was, where the edge was, why they didn't react to being slighted or pushed about the same way that teams in the past would have.
It really began to bother me this year honestly, moreso as the year progressed. It seemed to me that one of the underpinnings of the underachievement of this year's team in particular was this lack of direction and, yes, "toughness".
|1 week 4 days ago||As I Recall...||
I remember that - for about 10 minutes after the BWW Bowl last year - a few "insiders" (who turned out to be not so inside - I'll put it that way) were playing up the idea of John Harbaugh in the then-remote possibility of Hoke's firing. However, it was back in late September or thereabouts when John publicly stated that he had no interest in leaving Baltimore, so he was essentially on the table only in the speculation of others.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
Cole was really one of the reasons that there was some visible improvements on the offensive line this year, and while the overall line play may still not have been up to scratch, it was definitely not 2013 and Cole was a large part of the reason in some games, it seemed. Well-deserved and hopefully he builds on that for next year.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Big Ten...||
Here is the table with just the Big Ten results:
Not that it means much, but the average projected wins would come out to 7.142 against an actual performance of 7 wins, so typical performances were a smidge below expectations. Ours was....blech.
|1 week 5 days ago||In The Presser...||
I caught this quote in the presser, or at least the portion they showed, and my initial reaction to it was that he honestly didn't know exactly how much longer he would be with the 49ers, but yeah, it doesn't really give any indication of where his head is at. Like others, I tend to believe that the longer this goes without a definitive answer from him, the better it looks for us on the surface. To the OP's point, it probably does help Michigan in a strategic sense if they at least keep him until the end of the season, I would think.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Like It...||
"Free beer" and all for the sundry fee of wearing a Michigan hat? Yes, please. In reality, I was sold at "free beer", but I don't mind some minor effort in order to get said beer.
I'll throw in the first 10-15 orders of fish and chips perhaps, if all this occurs. Money well spent in celebration in such a scenario, I would imgine.
|1 week 5 days ago||Already Employed...||
They are, of course, already working in the background as IT support....
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Stat...||
One interesting stat from the San Francisco-Seattle game, if anyone is interested, is that the 49ers only managed to get in 51 plays from scrimmage, which is egregiously low really. Spread across 245 yards, it's about 4.8 yards per play, although it is skewed towards rushing - 140 yards on 32 attempts, or 4.38 yards per rush. Seattle managed 67 plays from scrimmage and that is despite one INT on their part.
|1 week 5 days ago||What's Happening...||
Not much right now. Yourself?
There is the whole playoff picture shaping up in the NFL - Lions in a good position to clinch a spot, the 49ers not so much. Indeed, the latter not at all. If we're reading the tea leaves correctly, things will be interesting for us from here on out.
So, yeah, other than this, not too much.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Lost & Unfounded"||
You can actually get an iBook version of "Lost & Unfounded" still - it's basically a collection of images of the chalk art Zinn has created around town through the years. Hardly comprehensive, but if you've never seen Zinn's work (My wife and I ran into him working on one of these once) until now, I highly recommend the iBook. Awesome stuff.
|1 week 5 days ago||That Bowl Cut...||
So long as Mark Davis has that bowl cut, there are no flattering photos of Mark Davis to be found on the Internet (and even then, it's not likely such a thing exists). Actually, I am surprised that a considerble sum of the Raiders' resources are NOT being put towards tracking down what thoughtless stylist would rcommend that hairstyle and to ascertain how they talked Davis into it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Rooting Interests...||
Being a Lions fan, obviously the Lions. As for the rest of the games, I'll just leave the Massey estimates for a select few here (full list here):
Seattle / San Francisco - 82% win probability for Seattle
Dallas / Philadelphia - 65% win probability for Philadelphia
Green Bay / Buffalo - 50% each
Chicago / New Orleans - 50% each
|1 week 5 days ago||For Some Reason...||
For some reason, the "Grapevine" scene from "Johnny Dangerously" went through my head when I read this reply, perhaps because it is a funny portrayal of the phenomenon currently being experienced on this and every Michigan blog out there basically. Somehow, "Vermin is going to kill Johnny's brother at the Savoy Theater tomorrow night" became "Harbaugh to ________"
|1 week 5 days ago||So Everyone Is Aware...||
So the board is aware, the mods generally won't clean up after people who have died from excessive quiet. The number of a "service" that has a 24/7 on-call guy and a booklet on what to do in the intervening time until they arrive are conveniently posted in the MGoLounge. Basically, you just throw a sheet over the MGoUser and hang out until the "service" arrives.
|1 week 5 days ago||Admittedly...||
It had been a long time since I really sat and looked at the 2001 Hurricanes, but this was a good reminder of just how deep that team was, even though we can definitely quibble about SOS in the Big East at the time and things like that. You definitely can't deny the fact that 38 players on that team went to the NFL at some point, and among those, you'll find dozens of collective Pro Bowl appearances (several players having gone multiple times, of course) and four or five (names that I can recall anyway) players who were on a winning Super Bowl team. That's one heck of a legacy.
|1 week 6 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
A legend in Detroit news was lost today. I grew up watching him present the news in a forthright and thoughtful manner.
|1 week 6 days ago||Blech...||
eFG% - 39.13%
OREB% - 0.00%
FTR - 47.83%
TOV% - 15.23%
Also, A/T ratio is 1.20 and PPP is 0.77
eFG% - 66.67%
OREB% - 0.00% (not a thing apparently in this game)
FTR - 33.33%
TOV% - 17.90%
In addition, A/T ratio is 1.50 and PPP is 1.08
|1 week 6 days ago||As I Recall...||
It does make some sense really - he was the OC at Rice for a couple years, so he definitely is familiar with the area adn the sort of talent you can potentially get. ESPN said Houston rather wants to return to time not to long ago - the Briles and Sumlin times - when their offense put up mammoth numbers. Herman could probably give them that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Worth Keeping....||
CC: Mora and Mullen Leading Candidates (Per Fottball Scoop)
While there's nothing innately wrong with the attempt to provide information, we've shown in a few threads now that FootballScoop isn't necessarily as connected as it seems, or their sources aren't very good in this search. Either way, at 30 downvotes and a fair amount of snark, this thread likely isn't worth leaving or saving.
|1 week 6 days ago||Lance Ito...||
Let me just say that it is an honor - and it somehow figures - that we now have Lance Ito (or someone who has taken on his likeness and perhaps even unassuming persona) hanging out in the Army-Navy thread on a Michigan blog. Such is life around here most days.
|1 week 6 days ago||Coming Down...||
Let's be honest with ourselves. There is an incredibly small(almost none) chance of Harbaugh becoming our coach.
There's being not optimistic and then there is trolling the board.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good To Hear...||
It's great to see Fitz get a shot at starting with the Ravens - I always thought he might be able to find a role for himself in the NFL, even if not as an every down sort of back, but I may tune into this one just to see him play potentially. I know we used the "poor damn" prefix a lot on this board because the line in front of him just couldn't create holes consistently, but it is always nice to see Wolverines get playing time.
|1 week 6 days ago||Ouch Indeed...||
Someone had one that read "Jameis Wrote Navy's Honor Code" - ouch. Could be a wishful, deluded FSU fan even at that, but I seriously doubt it given the composition of the crowd, of course.
|1 week 6 days ago||Fair Enough...||
Just based on the fact that even a horrific 76ers team is centered around some of the more serviceable players to come out of the NCAA ranks recently, you can already see where that is going in a way. I didn't think of it in terms of RPM values though, so it is fascinating that the 76ers roster would be below average entirely, but I can totally believe that using the same methodology would produce an even worse result for an NCAA team - even Kentucky.
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