that is nice bonus change
|8 hours 15 min ago||As I Was Challenged...||
I will probably post mine sometime tomorrow evening or Wednesday at the latest. We used the last of the lemons in a marinade and I will get some at lunch tomorrow. Because everyone might expect it, I will wear a pony shirt while doing mine. I may also use a spoon because I intend to have a conversation while I do this too.
|9 hours 3 min ago||Louisville TD Drive...||
Louisville's TD drive was almost Big Ten in its development and pace. They took six minutes or so off the clock doing the following:
- Rush for 3 yards
- Rush for 6 yards
- Rush for 2 yards
- Pass for 8 yards
- Pass for 21 yards
- Run for 5 yards
- Pass for 10 yards
- Pass for 9 yards
- Run for 10 yards
- Run for 6 yards
- Run for 2 yards
Then, of course, a pass into the end zone for a TD.
|9 hours 27 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|10 hours 10 min ago||Very Nice...||
I will not lie - I actually like that this might become a thing on the blog, if only to serve as an affirmation that we are not to be trifled with as a community, as I mentioned this morning with regards to Brian specifically. I am beginning to wonder if it might not be a good idea to roll this into an MGoCause, as a few people in other threads have discussed.
|12 hours 3 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully, the OP does not mind the embed. Actually, this is rather impressive.
|12 hours 56 min ago||Where This Is Going...||
I think where this is going is that, at the end of this discussion / controversy, we will have ensured that Brian will never, ever have scurvy even if he does not drink another glass of lemonade or orange juice in his lifetime. Perhaps that is a good thing in the long run, that we have eliminated one potential issue for him.
|14 hours 53 min ago||About This...||
As a note to the OP, it's probably better if you create the thread as the news is released only because changing the title will not change the timestamp on the thread necessarily - that's the thing which would need to change for this to remain near the top. We can do that for you, but it would take one of us remembering this thread was buried somewhere within the first few pages, of course.
That being said, as it was purposed to be a thread for speculation on the results of this investigation and such threads are a semi-tradition here, we'll leave it.
|15 hours 28 min ago||"Best"...||
I was thinking about this a bit too - definitions of "best ever" are going to be wide and varied. If we were going to base it on sheer production and that's all, it's going to be hard for Funchess to catch Edwards perhaps, but I think if we think about it based on pro potential perhaps, I think Funchess has the potential to be right up there anyway. Again, it's a subjective thing to say, but I certainly don't mind a QB having that level of confidence in a WR. It's nice to see really.
|15 hours 51 min ago||Serious Equipment....||
It might take some serious equipment....
|19 hours 59 min ago||Regarding That...||
Damefan was rightfully chased away from here (at least for the time being) some time ago, but he does maintain a blog in which the last post was dated some four days ago. If nothing else, his skills of center justification and semmingly inappropriate emphasis on various words in the middle of sentences are greatly improved from last year.
|21 hours 3 min ago||Good Point...||
You're right, of course, and it was admittedly a bit lazy of me not to break it out, particularly when we're talking about the Air Raid in the case of WSU. I keep forgetting, for example, that some Big Ten offenses traditionally sit in the middle of overall YPP because, with noted exceptions like Wisconsin, some tend to be more or less balanced (with a slight lean towards the run, in several cases, as I recall) .
Actually, 80% passing (56 out of 70) was a smidge higher than their typical ratio from last season too (which was closer to 75/25, which is pretty standard for Leach-style offense, I think)
|21 hours 53 min ago||Very Cool...||
I rememeber that you had posted about the plans for this weekend bout a week, perhaps 10 days ago, and I am glad to see it turned out to be as awesome as it sounded for you. If I am judging the panoramic shot correctly, we might have not been that far apart in terms of where we sat, but there aren't many bad views in that place, eh?
|22 hours 5 min ago||To Add A Little...||
To extend that thought a bit, if the lemon is eaten, then MGoBlog maintains its reputation as a site which tends to keep its arrangements, if you will, and that only makes us look better as a group. Even if it means getting a week's worth of Vitamin C in one sitting, if we show others that we are not to be trifled with and we will eat lemons, I think we gain respect.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Noticed That As Well...||
I had the same thought as LongLiveBo actually - Blake's was a remarkably similar hit to Woodson in the Baylor game in 1997. It is still just one gme, of course, but I've just been enjoying the notion of being rather deep in the secondary and getting deeper with each class. As for Countess, he is hopefully setting up to have a rather nice year out there.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Posted Previously...||
Awesome Charles Woodson Nissan Heisman House commercials (new)
These made it to the board a few days back. I know it is a pain, but remember to open new tabs when searching the first few pages of threads - generally, something like this will make it to the board rather quickly.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Watching Now...||
SMU's QB should have just shouted "500 dead or alive!" on that pass which ended up being intercepted. Awful throw.
It's been reasonably efficient as usual for Baylor - those 31 points are only spread across 205 total yards, but when SMU is begging you to have the ball with excellent field position, it's easy enough to achieve that.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Note To The Board....||
As a general note to the board, DrWolverine19 cannot hear you under that screenname anymore. His license to practice MGoBlogging was taken away due to gross etiquette negligence and blog malpractice. Seriously, when you respond to a warning about concern trolling with concern trolling, it's pretty clear someone is simply too bothered by the stick up their...you know...to even read what you said.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Even Better...||
Even better than this, despite the loss, Washington State outgained Rutgers in that game overall 538 yards to 496 yards. What it means for Rutgers defense on a yards per paly basis, across WSU's 70 snaps, is that they still were averaging 7.69 yards per play allowed. That's still pretty subpar and comfortably somewhere in the bottom two quartiles of overall defense most days.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Concern Trolling...||
In the spirit of fair-mindedness, I have to ask as I have a role in making sure these things are mitigated around here - is your entire repertoire simply concern trolling or would you perhaps be willing to provide constructive insight now and again? If the former, do let me know and I will simply show you the door right now. Friendly warning, if you will.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Seeing Him Again....||
Well, there are several TBD times still on the schedule, of course, but the chances of seeing Galloway again among what is known are probably not great. I very much doubt his team gets the Penn State game, and the Miami (OH) and Indiana games are 3:30 PM kicks which, even if they end up on ESPN or ESPN2, still stand less than a 20% chance since I think 6 or 7 different teams from ESPN rotate through those games.
|1 day 14 hours ago||TeamRankings...||
Team Rankings' model is a bit more aggressive when it comes to the point differential as they give Michigan a 23.6% win probability (based on 2013 statistics, mind you) and a likely score based on simulations of 30-20.
The link to the comparative stats that they use, also 2013 stats, is here - LINK.
|1 day 14 hours ago||A Bit Selective...||
Is the kicking game an area of concern?
I know that I said that we can keep threads that address specific points, but I don't know that there is nearly enough data on the kicking game yet, and I don't know that this is going to add a lot more than what was already discussed in threads.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
For old time's sake, as he's a favorite of mine from the Beilein era to date...
|1 day 14 hours ago||Not Too Impressive...||
The defensive performance of Oregon was "meh" - 370 yards against a team that probably would be completely stifled by other defenses. Actually, the Coyotes ran a few more plays than the Ducks did, so even the tempo of Oregon can be overcome if you can manage over 70 offensive snaps per game (South Dakota ran 73 snaps). It turns out to be an average of 5.06 yards allowed by Oregon.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Regarding Conclusion #1...||
First and foremost, well done OP!
With regards to the first portion of the conclusion, I would like to say that I also noticed this. I believe Hecklinski has said numerous times that they actually run the WR corps through some of the same blocking drills as the OL to instill some of the principles in them as well, and now it seems to be paying off with the switch in scheme (or perhaps it is the dedication to an organized philosophy that brings out this skill in these guys). I was impressed either way.
|1 day 17 hours ago||At OP's Request...||
Funchess for Heisman 2014
Somewhere in mid-thread, the OP requested its removal, and if I might inject my own opinion, we might want to hold back just a little bit on this sort of talk at the moment. The season is young yet, and while I also see Funchess as in a good position to have a nice year, we do a nice little test coming up next week.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Nice Article...||
"Michigan showed spread formations, I-formations and double-tight end looks. But at the end of the day, everything was based on simply taking what was there -- rather than forcing something that wasn't."
This might have been the most visible difference, and it was nice to see. You saw checks into other plays, decisions being made right in the formation, things that were virtually absent last year. Most importantly, that run check mentioned in the article came on one of the many plays where Gardner did indeed "MIKE before the hike", and it worked out quite nicely. I really do like Nussmeier's presence on the sideline - trying to study his players and see how they are doing in realtime and coaching them on the spot. It seems to make a huge difference with this offense.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Context And Usage...||
There's not enough yet to seriously comment right now, of course, but it does get tracked behind the scenes for later discussion. "Excited fuck", "Angry fuck", and a few other major categories are now part of the analysis, and functional usage was added late last season - it was more or less a three-way race between adjective, interjection and adverb. It saw a lot of use as an infix in the Penn State game, especially as overtime wore on.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Not In Earnest...||
Definitely not in earnest, I would say. There was only one reference to firing someone, but it came around the time of the Gardner sack if I remember the time stamp correctly and was part of string of joking (well, semi-joking) statements. That being said, the staff is indeed off the hook for yesterday, if the mood chart (which I didn't publish this week) is accurate.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Well...||
Well, I would hardly say "sweet" in reply to anyone's injury (hopefully, that's not what you meant), and I do wish Collinsworth a speedy recovery. What it does do, of course, is deplete a very depleted defense, and that makes our game next week seem that much less stressful somehow.
As for the academic fraud investigation, a few articles out there in the Chicago media mainly are making it seem as if we won't get a meaningful update on this until sometime in the middle of this coming week. There is supposed to be some sort of meeting about it between Swarbrick and Kelly and other parties then.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Among The Quotes...||
The Detroit News quoted him regarding this:
“Look at that schedule, if they can win in South Bend, they’re (7-0) before they go to East Lansing, an area they’ve been three or four of the last five years,” ESPN analyst Kirk Hebrstreit said this morning. “This team has a great chance with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, he’ll be able to get them to establish the inside run game, they’ll be able to throw the ball easier throws for Devin Gardner."
It's the high end of the the popular 9-3 pick around here, but going 10-1 into The Game? I don't think anyone here would complain about it.
|2 days 6 hours ago||On The LSU Sideline...||
I imagine the conversations among coordinators and assistants (particularly with Chavis) sound like this about now...
|2 days 7 hours ago||Just Off Camera...||
It was just off camera, but the wall actually held the pocket long enough for a stray brick to get a screen pass off for the first down. Masonry is driving and currently at the EMU 34-yard line.
I had to chuckle at the Chaplin-esque music that ESPN chose just because it seemed to fit the moment in all of its stark lack of glory.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Wisconsin Offense...||
Statistically, at least to this point, it is exactly what you would think it is - about ten minutes into the game, 104 yards of offense, 98 of which are rushing yards. On a mere six attempts, that's a shade north of 12 yards per rush.
...and as I am typing that, Wsiconsin forgets about a guy who promptly takes a nice little pass rather a long way. In fact, to the end zone.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Extra Official....||
I believe the Big XII was the first to do it, and the Big Ten and ACC have since followed suit. It is definitely a conferce-to-conference thing, from what I remember. The NCAA did give the go-ahead to conferences to do this if they wanted. I think the concern was missing things on backside runs, holding calls, possible chops and a few other things.
|2 days 8 hours ago||OK, I Admit It....||
As I tend to be on-guard on gameday in the mod role, I was half-prepared with something like the "Clown Question" meme, but I opened this and laughed. Well-played, sir.
Also, to the person who said "Bellomy" because his stats are, as of this moment, unblemished, good call.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Note To OP...||
The stipulation on the Snowflake Rule always was that if there was a specific focus which couldn't be justly covered with a snowflake post, then the thread would typically remain. For the most part, we'll probably let something like this, which focuses solely on the play at a specific position, stand apart from other threads. A lot would depend on the depth / breadth of the original post.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Granted, It's Rice...||
Granted, it's Rice so qualifiers and the standard "it's one data point in the season" disclaimer all apply, but here are the current stats on Golson:
14 completions on 22 attempts for 295 yards and 2 receiving TDs, good for 13.41 yards per attempt and 21.07 yards per completion.
Notre Dame as a whole has, as of the latest update, 487 yards of offense across 55 plays, which 8.85 YPP on offense. They've held rice to 275 yards across 49 plays, or 5.61 YPP allowed.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Yes Indeed....||
Indeed it is. If you tweet at recruits with the specific intent of enticing them to come to the institution you support, then you are in violation of the rules. Actually, people who do it seem to forget that you do not need to be an alum or booster or someone with a vested connection to the school, it applies to anyone. The remedy typically is for the school to make the NCAA aware of that communication so that they can show that they do not support it and are doing their best to abide by the rules. Schools will also try to get in touch with the offender and request that they stop the practice.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Siemian...||
The Unstoppable Throw God is 5/6 for all of 35 yards right now, and th Wildcats have 9 rushing attempts for 1 positive yards. A sack of Trevor Siemian erased the rest of the rushing yards. So far, this is not a good showing by Northwestern against a team that was projected to still be not good this year.
|2 days 13 hours ago||In Addition...||
According to a few sources, there is supposed to be an update meeting of some kind between Swarbrick, Kelly and other parties in the investigation this week at some point, so I imagine that that we'll know more about the length of the suspension by then. Well, that is unless the update is that there is no update, but I can't imagine that this gets dragged out any longer than necessary.
|2 days 13 hours ago||As I Sat There...||
I sat on my hands just a bit in the run-up to this game, in part due to what I will call fandom PTSD stemming from having been at the 2007 game.
Very quickly, as I sat in my seat in the first half, for some reason Star Trek II and Khan's line came to mind - "Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold...in space..." Very glad that particular game and demon, if you will, is out of the way.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Yards Per Play....||
Appalachian State ran a total of 69 plays for a total of 280 yards, which is good for 4.06 yards per play, but much of this came in the second half when our starters were out. With the starters in, we actually held them to something more on the order of 2.64 yards play, so there is that.
Of note, Appalachian State had only 63 yards rushing on 14 attempts at halftime, which was about 4.5 yards per rush. They gained 90 yards on the ground in the second half on 24 further rushing plays, so 3.75 yards per play. The run defense got statistically a tad more firm as the game wore on, but there were a couple substantial runs mixed in there.
|2 days 14 hours ago||This Was Interesting...||
First and foremost, let me say that setting up the Snowflake threads while being within the vicinity of a heavily-used connection ner the stadium is NOT recommended.
Second, a few people - myself among them - were discussing this on Twitter just a moment ago, and it is nothing more than trivia really, but last year we had 1,569 yards of rushing on the season, and just today we gained 350 yards on the ground. In other words, in one game, we gained about 22% of last year's total. Tougher opponents will slow that down and we still have some issues blocking, I think, but it is encouraging so far (insert strength of conclusion qualifier as it is one game).
|2 days 15 hours ago||Those Yards....||
I will say this - if my stats are right, we only supassed 200 yards of rushing in a game twice last year, and neither time was it higher than 257 yards. On a more interesting note perhaps, we rushed for 1,569 yards all of last year - in this game, we've made 16% of last years total and counting.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Some Sundry Numbers...||
|2 days 16 hours ago||Wizardry...||
Was I the only person that saw a series of positive runs resulting in a first down and wondered for a moment if the correct game was on? That was very refreshing to see for a multitude of reasons. It's the first game, so meaningful conclusions will be few in number, but I could get used to the offense looking like that even if right now Nussmeier might not be showing much.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Incidentally...||
"The State Of Our Open Threads" will return, so if you have words you would like tracked throughout the season, let me know. I won't have good data after just one game, but a short summary thread might appear tomorrow all the same, especially given the chatter about this particular meeting beforehand.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Good For Funchess...||
If you had asked me who a likely candidate was for #1 should it be given out, I probably would have said Devin Funchess, so I am glad to see that he will be wearing it - I happen to think that he stands a good shot at a "#1-style season", if you will. That, and it just seems right when it is on someone who can not only produce but hurdle over defenders. Good for Funchess!
|2 days 18 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that if something like this ever happened with Borges reading MGoBlogger tweets, it would more or less devolve in the same manner that the infamous #AskEmmert did and might end just as well. That being said, it was a funny moment in the annals of sports Twitter all the same.
I managed to catch this segment as they aired - I really didn't think about the Dan Mullen-Randy Quaid resemblence until that very moment, and not I cannot remove the images from my head.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Duplicate Post...||
Quite literally too...
...was a duplicate thread. That doesn't happen too often here.
|2 days 19 hours ago||In Space...||
There are now several instances in this game where UCF has shown us that they are so good at tackling in space that they can, in fact, tackle space. Unfortunately, it's space where no one is more often than not. If "near / missed tackles" (say, for the sake of an admittedly silly argument, "near" means you at least touched the dude) were a stat, UCF would be an early favorite for being the category leader, I would say.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Uptempo And Penn State...||
So, Penn State going uptempo and prevent a review of a catch still looks a bit like someone trying to enter a boat race with an ore freighter, but they got the call all the same - it was questionable to me, however, based on the angle they just showed. It definitely looked like it bounced into the receiver's hands.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Hyped Already...||
Man, I am still working on coffee and waking up. I mean, I know I am older than a fair number of people on the board (though not the oldest by any stretch), but for someone to be this hyped this early and for me to be barely functional right now (having only gotten up 15 minutes ago) makes me feel even older somehow.
|2 days 22 hours ago||The Season, It's Here...||
...and around here, we begin the morning with this (well, this is the version I use for a ringtone, but still...):
|3 days 6 hours ago||Bravo, Sir...||
Now, these are the moments that make MGoBlog stand out among sports blogs. Well done indeed, sir. This one may need to get either bumped back to the top at some point or otherwise enshrined somehow. I would expect no less from this fanbase on a night so brimming with anticipation for all of us.
|3 days 7 hours ago||For A Moment...||
You know, for a series or two, it seemed like Jacksonville State had MSU a little off-balance and not playing quite like they normally would, but all is as you might expect now and the Gamecocks have settled into simply taking their lashings with a side of blown coverage. Incidentally, Michigan State is approaching 500 yards of offense at this point, whereas Jacksonvill State still has 42 to get before they manage 200 yards.
|3 days 8 hours ago||From Another Angle...||
The statistics nerd inside of me would like to say that we computed the observed values and dervied the distribution of our test statistic, and it turns out that p is less than the given significance, thus the null hypothesis - that Michigan would NOT win the championship - can be successfully rejected in this particular study.
|3 days 8 hours ago||A Bit Lackluster...||
So, that was something of a lackluster first half from the Huskies - they gave up 329 yards to BYU, 28 points and 7.48 yards per play on average. For their considerably stunted offensive effort, 158 yards on only 31 plays, which comes out to about 5.10 yards per play. Taysom Hill is coming up big here, comprising about 70% of BYU's yards gained right now.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Not Totally Gone...||
I believe the specification always was that when Rose Bowl was not part of the playoff bracket, which would happen now and again under the system as it is currently devised, the Rose Bowl would revert to its traditional arrangement, which we should know well around here, of course. I believe the same is true of all bowl tie-ins so long as that bowl is not in the playoff rotation in a given year.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Quick Question...||
I do have to ask this - is "HAHAHAHAHA Connecticut" an appropriate reply to turning it over and then yielding the 2nd touchdown of the game as a result of your FIRST offensive play? I found it funny actually, but only because I still think of last year and our game sometimes.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Sidebar Stuff...||
It's sidebar to all this, of course, but TeamRankings looked at projections of Appalachian State's toughest and easiest games (5 of each). Here's their estimate:
|3 days 13 hours ago||Already Posted...||
Elliot Mealer does the most amazing Hoke impression
This one made it to the board sometime yesterday - if you didn't see it though, do so. It is very funny, I thought, and eerily dead on.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I Thought About It...||
Hello: Darian Roseboro
It was originally titled something else and changed after the announcement, but also after the dedicated Hello post had been created. As there was already a thread created for announcement / speculation, we'll run with the dedicated thread though it was the second one created. No offense to 1484, it was a strange situation boardwise.
|3 days 14 hours ago||A Nice Addition...||
Well, if there was a better way for Michigan to slide into its first football weekend, I would like to know what it is. Picking up another highly-touted recruit is definitely an excellent start, a nice addition to the 2015 class. Welcome to Michigan, Darian Roseboro!
|3 days 14 hours ago||Note To OP...||
This will be the announcement / decision thread as soon as the OP changes it, so we'll keep this one for that purpose and then remove further threads as duplicates (save for the obligatory Hello thread, if needed). Don't worry about it, and it is a fair distinction, I believe, between the threads which are more speculative and the threads which cover the event itself.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Had The Same Thought...||
I had that same thought when I read that portion of the release. I am a huge fan of a good chili and some cornbread, having enjoyed it at some tailgates even, but unless there is some very unique way to package it all, it is hard for me to imagine trying to enjoy it while actually at your seat. I suppose I might test one of them for the hell of it anyway, but I do agree that some of the option sound a little stadium-unfriendly.....but they also sound rather good.
|3 days 15 hours ago||The Upvotes...||
I think that once the vote is recorded, it's not editable, or at least that was my understanding of the interface. Actually, I thought Brian removed the self-upvote thing soon after the old system was restored, so if you did that yourself, something is definitely amiss with the permissions around here (don't let that get out though *looks around secret informant style*)
My stories of Romulus Middle School are a bit limited to many of the staff being longtime family friends (I went to school in Northville and Saline), but I know many of them well and we can definitely talk about some of those folks all the same.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I've Seen It....||
You know, I've probably walked by on a few occasions but didn't stop at it, but I might have to do that if I have a moment between trying to keep my son out of trouble and everything else if it is indeed an open invite. If I make it, I promise not to moderate posts in person, of course.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Brighter Side Perhaps...||
Maize'n'Brew is a little more upbeat, at least as of yesterday, if anyone would like a different perspective - HERE
They do post Mike Farrell's tweets in which he seems to indicate that NC State is a legitimate threat to any shot Michigan might have, but they also mention that Roseboro himself has given indications that Michigan has been the favorite for a while. In any case, the only person who really knows will let us know in a couple hours.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Not Quite...||
Meta: page down feature for MGoBoard finally working again NO IT ISN'T!!!
To StephenRKass' point, I also experienced the page down feature working for a bit, but it has only been sporadic for me after that. I know relative success using it, for me anyway, has been correlated somewhat to board traffic. Either way, it doesn't seem like we're quite there yet sadly.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Even Recruits See It...||
You're pretty much right on in the OP - I think even recruits see this in Hoke, that this is who he really is and it is not a pitch or tactic. We sort of throw around "real recognize real" as a joke sometimes around here, but it is something of a truism throughout the culture of the program right now. This trait of Hoke's by itself bolsters the quality of the incoming talent and has while he's been here, not to mention other things about the program and staff.
|3 days 17 hours ago||For Now...||
I've got Chrome on a new-ish HP laptop running Windows 8 and it is working sporadically at the moment. I might try dumping the cache and see if it is just older copies of pages hanging around for the moment. I have a suspicion it is not exactly fixed though.
What I hope it means, once it is fixed, is a slight reduction in redundant threads created since it will be easier to search the first few pages ideally. During the season, the first 2-3 pages is roughly 48-72 hours of threads, which is a fair baseline at least for some topics.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Fixed It...||
Yeah, I didn't think about it when I first saw the thread, but it does open the door to scams from what I understand, so I did remove the photo since the barcode was visible.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Fred Jackson...||
I will say that Fred Jackson writing about his epxeriences at Michigan as well as his earlier experiences would probably be a rather interesting thing to read. His perspective on all the changes that he has seen in Ann Arbor, which I don't think he's ever really talked about but in snippets, would be unique, I imagine.
|3 days 20 hours ago||I Am Here...||
I am here, and today, by here I mean I am at home. I had taken this day some time ago to get into season mode, but it nearly didn't happen because of the storms that rolled through here on Tuesday. Thankfully, we have done well enough with restorations that I was told that I wouldn't be needed and that I could have my 4-day weekend after all.
All the same, I rolled out of bed at 6:30 AM, but not of my own volition. If my son is any indication, a cinnamon waffle is an urgent need at 6:30 AM on a Friday and there is nothing I can do to extend my sleep much beyond dozing at the kitchen table while he eats it and watches YouTube clips of long-forgotten iterations of Power Rangers. Such is my life.
|3 days 20 hours ago||"Ritual"...||
Much of what passes for "ritual" around here depends on whether or not we're going to be at the game.
If we are going into Ann Arbor, then it is basically falling out of bed, downing some quick breakfast and coffee and putting on the gear and it is off to the tailgates / game.
If we're going to be at home, like for most away games, then I'll usually make a full English breakfast once everyone is up and then get my grill ready for a day of good eating, having begun to marinate meats as early as Thursday. There is usually a beer run sometime in the 11 AM timeframe as well, one of the advantages of having the store at the end of the street. The "M" flag will go up usually around 9 AM as well.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Preseason Numbers...||
The preseason projection from Massey, which is based on past data so take it as you will, would predict 6-6 for Washington State, which would probably make them a comfortable ninth or tenth in the whole of the Pac 12. It seems about right, if last night's performance is any indication, but as it is only one game, all the normal qualifiers apply - after all, Massey would have predicted a win for WSU last night too.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Also Significant...||
It was significant actually that both Michigan and ND were starting the year 0-2 when they met in 2007 as that was the first time this rivalry (soon-to-be former rivalry) had ever happened under those conditions. Of course, we overcame the difficulties of "decided schematic advantage" and sent ND out of town, starting their season 0-3 for only the second time in their history at that point.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I Hope He Does...||
I always liked Toussaint as a player and was always optimistic that he could carve out a niche for himself in the NFL based on what we saw in Ann Arbor. The game is just ending now, but his 17 carries for 103 yards stands, with the longest being a 23-yard run. Hopefully, he does make it onto the Ravens' roster. Good to see him out there.
|4 days 6 hours ago||We Can Only Assume...||
You know, I was a little disappointed when the Air Raid was being stunted a bit and the 4th down play didn't quite make it, but Gary Nova made it all better somehow by throwing it right back. We can only assume he felt bad about the situation and wanted to give WSU another shot at this, so it's a shame that they might squander it.
|4 days 7 hours ago||So, About That...||
So, I believe the question before us this evening, MGoCOmmunity, is this - would Steve Spurrier eat his visor flame-broiled or sauteed, or perhaps Memphis-style BBQ? I think this is an important question to have answered before the presser.
Incidentally, the final damage - South Carolina gave up 680 yards over 99 plays, or 6.87 yards allowed per play on average. Kenny Hill was 44-for-60 with 511 yards passing.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Nice, Very Nice....||
Ha. I actually played this one a few times - very funny indeed.
Glad to see commercials like this come back as part of the beginning of the season as well. I will say that, during some of the more morbid moments of fandom, things like this have given me a good laugh.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Exquisitely Big Ten...||
Several of the series in this Minnesota game so far - especially between the second Eastern Illinois turnover and Minnesota's need to get to 3rd and goal before running it in successfully - have been exquisitely Big Ten. It is nice to have this back really.
Mitch Leidner getting a chance to show off that arm too - 1 for 4 and a grand total of 2 yards in the air right now.
|4 days 10 hours ago||From The Conference Room...||
Well, not really a storm anymore - actually, it was a really nice day.
When I get home, I plan to switch to something else, but for the time being, we're half-listening to the Minnesota / E. Illinois game as we wait for people to call in their findings in the field. It's not a bad slate for an opening Thursday really, and as I am off tomorrow, I have plenty of entertainment late into the night.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Timeline...||
According to virtually every source, they are definitely out for at least this Saturday, but the timeline is sketchy after that, it seems. Kelly did indicate in a Sun-Times interview that there was supposed to be a meeting sometime in the coming week with Swarbrick about where the investigation stood, so I bet the next major update to this story comes perhaps this time next week.
|4 days 13 hours ago||ESPN's Story...||
Here's ESPN's short piece on the whole thing - LINK
Here's one of the quotes from Sarkissian regarding Brown:
"He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn't want to play anymore. It's a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us."
He goes on to mention that he encouraged him to continue playing and getting healthy too, but that it was Brown's choice not to do so. I suppose we'll hear more about this story at some point as well. Rough week for USC football.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Moving Forward...||
Going through the known games for the next few weeks, a fair number of the SEC Network games are going to be on WatchESPN, so it seems like if the sidebar content does not interest you at all and you only want the odd game, there's not a whole lot of point in getting the SEC Network outside of the southeastern US perhaps (where I imagine its is simply part of your provider package).
|4 days 15 hours ago||Some Massey Stuff...||
For the Big Ten teams playing tonight -
Rutgers is only getting 20% for a projected win probability against the Air Raid: Part III with a projected median score of 37-24. Minnesota, on the other hand, is getting 66% against Eastern Illinois with a projected median score of 34-28.
For the inaugural game for the SEC Network, South Carolina is the favorite in this one - 62% projected win probability for that one.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I Like It...||
While sometimes I feel that perhaps the hits are underrepresented and we spend a lot of time talking about the misses - oh, the glaring misses - in the world of uniforms, I have to say that this is one of the hits, in my opinion. Very simple, clean and sharp, and as someone said, it would be fun if Navy could find a way to triple option OSU to death somehow.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I've kept up with these throughout the summer, but for those that have not, I do highly recommend these posts. Very thorough and informative, and I have never NOT learned something new (several things actually) in these pieces.
Thanks for posting this. Definitely some nice review material for this week here.
|4 days 18 hours ago||The Flaw In The Plan...||
"Now, with the players and the assistant coaches in the locker room flustered and bewildered, Freeze walks in. He looks over his team and begins to speak, "Okay guys, this is it. This is one of those All In moments. We have to protect Coach Jackson. We're going to bury the body, and we're going to bury the shovel."
I can almost see one player raising their hand, "But what about the shovel we used to bury that shovel? What should we do with that? Then, what about the shovel used to bury the shovel that was used to bury the original shovel? I think I've spotted the flaw here..."
|4 days 19 hours ago||Necessary Roughness...||
I admit that I always have enjoyed "Necessary Roughness" if for no other reason than I want to see this actually called before I pass on:
|4 days 19 hours ago||About That...||
Team chemistry has definitely been a common theme in the offseason and in the CTK videos, but after some of the action items that came out of interviews back in December and January, I think we would be concerned if this WASN'T being talked about every day and every practice. I've said it before, but this is a team brimming with talent just about everywhere, and getting them to play as a team can only mean good things for the season.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Compliment To The Board...||
I was going to mention this at some point, and this is as good a time as any, but the board did a very nice job of switching into Non-OT mode and the content really has been quality so far this week. It is probably the smoothest that this transition has ever been in my time here anyway, so thanks to everyone for that. Good work!
|5 days 6 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
It will probably be one of the most basic things you can see in an inside zone scheme. I envision single back as well, or perhaps something with an FB to align for anyone unblocked, such as a linebacker (depending on the read) and then a handoff to the RB for a couple yards. I seem to remember the first series or two more often than not being run-heavy, but my memory is dealing with beer right now.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Quick Question...||
Is it a fair statement if we say that both teams did everything in their power to lose this game, but in the end, it seems like Abilene Christian just tried that much harder in the end? That is, of course, if Georgia State makes this relatively innocuous chipshot.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Brief Observation...||
It's Sun Belt versus Southland so perhaps it gets a pass, but in most other conferences, having pass defenses the likes of either Abilene Christian or Georgia State would be more or less fatal. That, and both teams are remarkably good and converting 3rd downs, but mostly because the other team is not very good at turning them away.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Something Like This...||
Granted, it has everything to do with emotional investment, but I find that I really don't pay very much attention to voices and instead much more to the information (if any) being relayed if it is Michigan and I am watching on TV rather than being at the game. Watching the many other games that I might on a Saturday, I find myself noticing who and the quality of the call a lot more. To that end and to speak to the OP's original content, from a live broadcasting standpoint, I find Mowins better than Ward at this.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Just so everyone is aware, we did send a message into the space / time rift into which THE_KNOWLEDGE last disappear. The rub in doing so, of course, is that the message may have arrived a good century or so before he arrived depending on the specifics of the distortion. We will see if he responds yesterday, I suppose, but I do see the concern - time runs short...or long.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Massey Numbers...||
Believe it or not, there are some Massey numbers for this game - Georgia State is favored (67% projected win probability) with a 35-28 projected median score (across a few thousand simulations).
I'll be watching it for sure - we're still buried in service restoration here at work and I do have the luxury of cable in the conference room where I am sitting.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Michigan Tech...||
The last group of summer students we took on here actually had a large Michigan Tech representation. We recruit that school for engineers quite heavily, although we get a ton of Michigan and MSU people as well in here. Actually, quite a few firms here in Metro Detroit go up there to scout the future, I believe.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Very Good Article...||
My son had been born about three weeks before the 2007 game, and the Appalachian State game - which I also mistakenly thought would be a no-brainer as I walked into the stadium - was the first outing my wife and I went on since perhaps the middle of July (my son was an emergency c-section, and there had been issues since mid-July).
I don't know that it could be said much better than this article really, although seven years later it is still a bit difficult to get through. Actually, this right here sums up the psychological change that I think most of us experienced than this passage after Jane's remarks about the Dennis Dixon Show in the second week:
The floor for Michigan football, which was once "6-6 and a shitty bowl game," dropped out. Then RichRod happened, and losing to Toledo happened, and the stupidest NCAA violations ever happened, and the "Michigan man" thing happened, and everything just… changed.
I really don't think that "Michigan fan" has meant quite the same thing to me since those first to weeks of 2007, but I am one all the same.
|5 days 15 hours ago||If I Read This Right...||
It sounds like the initial ruling came late last week - LINK
"The waiver got denied initially, and we've appealed it," Hoke confirmed Wednesday. "(We appealed) probably last week, mid week."
As I understand it, the rule is generally that the school must typically be within 100 miles of the student-athlete's home city for the waiver to pass muster. Typically. That being said, I don't really mind this - I think we might get an even better Ty Isaac if he has a year to develop outside of games.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Shocked Frankly...||
After what we discovered about the news strategy for developing longsnappers in the Sugar Bowl, I am shocked that no one said Scott Sypniewski. After all, in a pinch, the LS is good for some short receiving yards, right?
Realistically, however, like others I have a suspicion that the first TD will coincide with the first opportunity to shout, "ALL OF THE DEVINS!"
|5 days 17 hours ago||OT Season Is Indeed Over...||
OT-Chase clears up Sopranos ending (spoiler)
...as well as...
OT - States Ranked by Beer - Michigan ranked #4
I really shouldn't have left the beer one, but admittedly I was amused - I was also trying to get crews out the door, so there wasn't much time left for actual considered modding. We'll remove both in keeping with the fact that OT Season really is, in fact, over.
|5 days 18 hours ago||No Trouble Here...||
I am on an HP latptop running Windows 8 (sort of), and I had no issues downloading and opening the PDF. Of course, the settings on the corporate firewall have been pretty lax since they opened us up to social media and even streaming video, so I don't know if other people are having permissions issues or not.
I went to the game prediction section first admittedly - the Miami (OH) one gave me a chuckle. I didn't realize that they'd only lost one of their games by only 1 TD. You have to wonder if there was simply a miscommunication and Treadwell just didn't specify where the "end zone" in fact was.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Plan Meticulously...||
I can say that even though mine are now 8 and 7, we're still not quite at a point where we make it through a whole game, but we do make it through much of the game if we keep them fed and reasonably entertained.
You might maximize the amount of time by keeping them entertained / distracted inasmuch as possible - so plenty of walks around the concourse are probably in order. We didn't even attempt a game with the kids until a couple years ago but if you plan it like you would a normal daytrip, although even at that, as others said, it ultimately depends on the kid.
|5 days 22 hours ago||When I Am Not There...||
Living only about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, if I can't be at the stadium, usually there is some pressing reason (typically, it is because my wife is working a shift and it is only myself and the kids, but work has gotten in the way for me too). On those occasions when I cannot attend, assuming I am at home and not working a storm somewhere, I will just make some sandwiches and vegitate in front of the TV and the blog while the kids watch (or don't watch). For 3:30 PM kicks, I'll grill something beforehand and have an early dinner while I watch.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Duplicate Thread...||
Garrett Taylor Tears ACL
This is a duplicate thread, the original now relagated to the second page but still only about 18 hours old. All the same, wishing Taylor a speedy recovery.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Solid List...||
With regards to the OT here, it probably should be outside the bubble, as it were, but the OP did tie it back to the Big Ten in some fashion ("kinda sorta", as they say), so we'll leave it for a bit.
Going through the links, Bell's Oberon made their list of 23 beers to try before you die as well, and that list as well is a mostly solid list, I would think. In any case, I might have the "Michigan native" glasses on, but I would have been shocked if we weren't at least Top Five on such a list. As for Nebraska being last among Big Ten states, the author might have nailed this one:
Luckily, the Cornhuskers’ 22 spot in the preseason AP poll is the only ranking this state really cares about.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Trolling Aside...||
Just as a note, I have been quite tipsy and managed some level of moderating on the board, so this does not excuse the OP from posting a link to the article at the very least. This is the sort of thing which really needs to stop as we slide into the season, in my opinion, the posting of select quotes without the citing of thee larger work. If the OP will post the link to the article, this thread can remain.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I Might Be Wrong...||
I might be wrong, but it seems like a summary of what a fair number of analysts might say if pressed. We don't really know the waivr status until it is announced, of course, but it doesn't seem like we would be significantly hamstrung if Isaac had to sit out a year. I think we might be OK at this position and I don't know that anyone would freak if Isaac had to sit out. Maybe this is just me though.
|6 days 9 hours ago||About This...||
This will probably coincide more or less with the O/U on thread deletions as we're quickly getting to a point where the grumbling about why and how this game came to be should realistically be usurped by our need to, at the very least, win the game. Now that we are within about four days of the game, there is indeed little use in reliving the past.
|6 days 9 hours ago||I Like It...||
I like this. I definitely need to keep this on the second monitor at work (vertically oriented) so I can remind myself when I will suddenly be unavailable for weekends should there be weather like there was this evening here in metro Detroit. I will just have to remind myself that I can sleep in a little bit for some kicks as I believe you're using your home time zone (Eastern Time here)
|6 days 12 hours ago||Well, That's Awkward...||
Oh, Tennessee, what are we going to do with you....
|6 days 12 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
I actually really enjoyed this simulation last year even though I didn't exactly do much more than break even (approximately) in the end. It was a neat exercise that, when it was over, made me feel like a fool for not buying up all of the Seminole stock and retiring to the Cayman Islands under a clever MGoPseudonym.
|6 days 14 hours ago||MGoCatharsis...||
I suppose these things are healthy once in a while:
- Despite my avatar, I am neither cyan in hue nor do I have wings.
- Though a lifelong Wolverine, I very nearly went to USC just for a change of scenery.
- I woke up on a bench in Allmendinger Park in Ann Arbor the morning after the Baylor game in 1997. I still am unsure how I got there, although the blistering hangover might be a clue.
|6 days 16 hours ago||In The Family...||
Well, at least they kept it in the family since Quick Lane was created by Ford Motor Company to service its vehicles, at least in the beginning. Crain's has some of Ford's reaction to this news here - LINK
“We’re hoping to continue to raise awareness among consumers for the fast service, value and convenience our Quick Lanes deliver,” Frederiek Toney, a Ford vice president who also is president of the Global Ford Customer Service Division, said in a statement.
I am assuming that the halftime show will somehow involve rotating tires and checking the coolant levels.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Deleted The Spam...||
I took out the spam but the formatting irreguralities persist, so I'll check some of the other comments to see if a GIF or video or something was shoved in there crosswise, as it were, bringing chaos to HTML-land. Thanks for reporting that though.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Even In 2016...||
Even in 2016, I don't think we play anyone particularly close by either - Hawaii, UCF and Colorado to town that year. What I do rather like about how the OOC schedules are shaping up in the future is that the quality does seem to be trending upward a bit, at least based on what is available in the way of future schedules to day. To me, the slide into a three-game OOC slate should compel schools in the conference to consider who they put on the schedule a little more carefully.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Hitting People...||
“I just hated it,” Ryan said. “You run a route and then you’re done. You don’t get to hit anyone.” - on possibly being a WR
Even worse, wide receivers don't get the opportunity to use the offense to tackle the offense like in the 2012 Minnesota game, so there's that added perk as well. Here's to hoping we see some more of that this year, right? Actually, we very well might - I like the idea of having Ryan in the middle in a 4-3 Over personally.
Nice article, OP. Thanks for sharing that one.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Testing Addendum...||
We should publish the whole "method of delivery vs. accuracy of the map" addendum just in case to ensure that anyone trying to do live updates can do so with relative accuracy as long as possible. I just had this thought about someone, for example, shotgunning beer and then trying to provide an accurte account of whether of not it was a Michigan bar or a converted basement somewhere.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
For the time being, we'll see what sort of humor we get here, I think....
|1 week 7 hours ago||One Idea...||
Ed's on Delaware Avenue might not be a bad bet. It's not a bad place to have a drink or two and it does have a bank of flatscreens as I recall.
As a minor note to the board at large, we're probably not going to let all threads like this stand - there is a reasonably comprehensive map available in the menus, although it has not been updated in some time. Put-In-Bay is a bit off the beaten path, but in larger metropolitan areas...well...it's a judgment call.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Incredible Act...||
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said on Monday. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."
As someone sort of mentioned, this is one of those things that really does put certain things in perspective. Incredible act by this kid and I wish him a speedy recovery. We talk about rankings, but here is a five-star person.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Well, I Thought...||
I almost hate to say this, and perhaps the music nerd in me is coming out, but my first thought when I saw this thread was in fact Aaron Copland because...well....I am still trying to reconcile myself with this other entity which has the name "Appalachian" in it. That being said, the band did a good job at the ND game in 1991, no?
|1 week 10 hours ago||I Promise...||
If it is allowed, I shall redeem myself in my next post by numbering the lines so you can then more easily follow the MLA guidelines for explicating poetry or whatever would suit your requirements best. I mean, I wouldn't want to disappoint someone so discerning when it comes to posting style.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Nebraska / Illinois...||
Between the VERY read alternate uniforms for Nebraska and the wall of orange that will undoubtedly comprise the Illinois bench, there will be very few retinas spared in that game. Sunglasses may be required for that one, even if it is cloudy and raining.
Also, did the ACC conference patch give anyone else the vibe of a cryptic corporate logo from a dystopian future?
|1 week 16 hours ago||Agreed...||
Actually, it would be nice if more people would share these sorts of stories because I think part of what makes this a great community is not only the shared Michigan experience but the passing of that experience to future generations of Michigan fans.
My son was barely a month old when we played Appalachian State in 2007, and obviously we couldn't take him (but we were there - my wife and I had tickets and my in-laws graciously babysat for us). This time, it is 2014, and although at 7 years old we may not make it through the whole game, he is going.
|1 week 16 hours ago||There Is That...||
There is that, of course, but also posting such a thread and then only replying sporadically in it minimizes damage to the OP as you only take the hit for the posts in the thread, not the downvoting of the thread itself. The lesson here being that there is a limitation when it comes to downvotes. I've never been sure how well-known this fact is, but here it is all the same.
|1 week 16 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here is the MLive article on this very topic here - LINK
""We've got great leadership in our senior class, we really do, especially on defense and with Devin (Gardner), he's been absolutely fantastic," Hoke said. "But, at the same time, we've talked about leadership throughout the team. Throughout every class. We have a (leadership) representative group that's a big part of what we do."
I could be off here, but I think there is an element of getting everyone to exhibit leadership qualities throughout the team, and it goes hand-in-hand with some of the things that the players themselves have said throughout the month. I believe, for example, there was one interview in which someone mentioned that they are not just playing for their own sake but "playing for others", challenging everyone in their respective unit to be better and to be accountable. I think that has to be a team-wide notion if you want to see maximum success, and it is something that doesn't necessarily require annointed captainship. It is definitely an interesting approach, if this is the case, and best case scenario - it makes the team as a whole that much better.
|1 week 18 hours ago||If That Held...||
If that chart held (as everyone knows, "Depth chart" does not mean depth chart, and it is qualified with "as of 8/25"), then certainly that's what the optimist in me takes this to mean, is that we are pretty well set in the two-deep most everywhere on the defense.
As for something which was posed elsewhere in thread, I am also willing to admit that I did not scan this document top-to-bottom and left-to-right, but did indeed scan middle-out on the offense column, if you will.
|1 week 19 hours ago||As For Editing...||
I think that there is a collaboration feature for Google Maps which allows anyone signed into Google to edit a map, but it would have to be shared via that feature. The way it appears - and the creator of the list can feel free to correct me - it is not, but then the original pass at this was made long before the current version of Google Maps, so there might not have been such functionality then.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Nice Article...||
“It seems like (I’ve been here) a long time, but this is only a small chunk of my life,” Gardner says. “When you come to college, it’s not just to play football. You come to college to become a better man.
Devin Gardner always struck me as someone who had an excellent perspective on his college experience and what he wanted out of it, and indeed, here is someone who seems bound for excellent things both on the field and off it even once he leaves here.
This does provide some great insight into Devin Gardner and underscores just how much he embodies many of the values that I think most of us what the program to hold dear. Thanks for sharing this, OP.
|1 week 22 hours ago||It's Here Indeed...||
I think yesterday may very well have been the smoothest transition to non-OT that we've had around here, or at least in the 3.5 years I'v been around. I don't think a single thread was taken down for non-adherence to the imposed rules. Well done, MGoBlog!
More importantly, of course, football is here at last - we're anticipating a real live game this week as well as a flurry of news about final tweaks to the publicized "depth chart", which of course is not necessarily the depth chart. Surely, this is the best time of the year around here.
As for Peppers, like others, I am very intrigued by the possibility that he'll do amazing things right out of the gate and if so, it will be fun to see entire sections of that stadium smile in unison and turn to opposing fans with that smile still on their faces.
|1 week 1 day ago||Quick Question...||
I had always thought - just based on reading - that sites like HotspotShield has always had issues when being used behind a router, but perhaps they've overcome those things. I simply remember reading a little while back that some folks trying to use VPNs via an internal network were having a lot of compatability / connectivity issues (some of it was equipment-specific though). Just out of curiosity, is there a way to circumvent such things?
I have to think some ISPs look for "oddball" DNS servers and the like too, but I don't know how diligent most companies tend to be.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fleetwood...||
This is actually something that my wife and I will do for most noon kicks, and it usually boils down to her getting the Farmer's Omelette while I get the Hippie Hash. It's a good time really, and the great thing about it is you basically stay full until Monday or so and can absorb generous amounts of tailgate beverages with one breakfast from Fleetwood.
|1 week 1 day ago||Access To Past Coverage...||
I have to say that I rather agree that it is disappointing that with this you wouldn't get some sort of option to get access to past seasons of content for football and hoops, especially when something like that might very well make it worth it. I can only speak for myself, but I would be more inclined if with it I could have access to a library of past content like that. It's definitely a great idea but there could be more than there is rolled into it, I think.
|1 week 1 day ago||Game Week At Last...||
First and foremost, it is a great relief that Game Week is here at last because a long summer of waiting is finally over and we will finally be talking about actual Michigan football this time next week.
Second, I am pretty excited to see what Ross can do this year - I think only Ramon Taylor racked up more tackles than Ross last year, so he's definitely a been a nice presence out there. He has a great attitude too, which is nice to see from someone competing for time in one of the team's deeper units.
|1 week 1 day ago||Over At Buffalo Rumblings...||
Over at the Bills' home on SBNation - Buffalo Rumblings - they provided the following opinion at the end after disscussing Branch's non-attendance for the offseason program and his failing of the team's conditioning test:
"Given this latest development, and Branch's status as a veteran, it would not be surprising at all if he were part of the team's first round of cuts this coming Tuesday."
I know Branch was rather upbeat when he first signed this extension, but he's apparently been buried somewhere in the third-team defense, according to Buffalo Rumblings. I know he didn't come in until late in the 4th in their preseason game against the Steelers, so tht could very well be true.
The Buffalo News has what little Doug Marrone was willing to provide in terms of comments here as well - LINK
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting List...||
I would probably agree with your "Hell, yes" category here - among the newcomers to Michigan football, I would probably tage those three as likely to start soon if not in the first game just based on what we've seen and heard around here. Actually, I would not flinch at the possibility of Peppers and Canteen in particular being out there, and I believe we've heard Cole may very well start as well.
EDIT: To provide context to the comment below, I did fix my typo but I also faked my way through a semester of typing classes back in the day, so yeah...
|1 week 2 days ago||Well, To Be Fair...||
I can't speak for JGB, but to be absolutely fair, I did try out twice and fail spectacularly each time, so there was at least some effort put into the notion of playing football. I think that's rather how you eventually end up being a mod actually, as it doesn't necessary require excellent vision or the quickness of judgment to find gaps between the tackles.
|1 week 2 days ago||Preemptive Strike...||
I will say, Sam Houston really does have this "preemptive strike" thing down in the defensive backfield, but alas it almost always will be defensive PI if you tackle the receiver a good 5-10 yards from the ball and long before he has a reasonable shot at catching it.
Also, Vernon Adams having some Denard-esque moments there turning a blown play into a long yardage play. Meanwhile, Sam Houston facemasks its way to a 1st and Goal for EWU.
|1 week 2 days ago||Note To Sam Houston...||
The Eagles are getting close to an average of 6.5 yards per offensive snap, and it's OK if the other team runs to politely ask them to fall down for you. They might not do it, but you can ask at least.
Seriously though, the Eagles are now pushing 8.0 yards per rush after that last drive. We might be in for some Big 12-ish figures by the end of this game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Drinking Threads...||
Just so everyone is aware, "Friday Night Drinking Thead" and "Saturday Night Drinking" thread type things are usually full of sidebar game discussion and would likely survive the cut in Non-OT Season, so they won't disappear totally. We'll just be on the lookout for, say, the "Wednesday Night Drinking" thread, although if you care to talk about what you are drinking in the MACtion threads in the middle of the week, that's fine. Actually, drinking during MACtion helps things make a little more sense sometimes.
|1 week 2 days ago||Un-Effing-Believable...||
Wow, someone who has been a member about as long as I have, waits all that time to post and - in what I can only assume is a filter failure of the cerebrum - posts that.
To the person who wished our AD this disease, if you are reading this, I certainly hope you enjoyed your stay here at MGoBlog - do consider another carrier for your next flight as we try our best not to wish anyone ill in this manner.
|1 week 2 days ago||Watching As Well...||
I suppose it is somehow appropriate that this is Roos Field, being that "Roos" is an old surname in Dutch and Low German that means "Rose". It doesn't get much more red than that.
With that, EWU gets a thirty yard gift from two PI calls on consecutive plays, but sputters a bit after that. They are on track for 160-ish yards in just this quarter if the pace held, but let's see what happens on 4th and 3, right?
|1 week 2 days ago||Hype For Me...||
That got me thinking about this year– where are our expectations misguided now? Where should we pump our brakes? For the contrarians and skeptics out there, here’s some expectations to think twice about.
I typically temper my reactions a bit in August because ultimately you are basing theories for the season on practice snippets, reviews written by others and very little data overall, not to mention zero game data, which I think most of us value much more in the end. Still, even if you are aware that the accuracy of hype is scattershot at best, it is a fun part of anticipation of the season and fun to speculate about what the high end for the team might be in any given year, even if you are like me and you feel more comfortable watching a few games of the actual season first before making stronger statements.
|1 week 2 days ago||Even Further...||
Even further, some of the continued attention (and money for ALS research) comes from the fact that some celebrities have also taken it as a challenge to not only spread awareness but get creative with the idea as well, to the point where a few of the videos that I've seen actually have decent production values. If you find the Ice Bucket Challenge of Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, that's probably the best one as he turns his into a quasi-story of someone stalking him with the bucket (and takes 4-5 buckets of ice water in the process).
The larger point being, of course, that people - famous and not so much - are keeping it going and every little bit helps in this case.
|1 week 2 days ago||As A Minor Point...||
As a minor note to the OP, generally the content of the original post should be a little meatier, if you will, than this. At the very least, some numbers from his projection would have been sufficient, I would think. We try to avoid the one sentence threads whenever possible, and they will be frowned on after tomorrow anyway as we tighten the content standards a bit as well.
As for the Appalachian State game, Massey's preseason model (so, take it as you will), predicts a 98% win probability for Michigan and a median projected score of 41-10, which puts it basically in line with with Vegas right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||Worth The Embed...||
|1 week 2 days ago||Sadly Yes...||
Although this falls under the "Circumstances Beyond Control" section of the waiver criteria in the NCAA Division I Handbook, you have to provide sufficient medical documentation even if it is an immediate family member's illness or condition which prompted the transfer. It's quite trifling and unnecessary - I definitely agree with the sentiment here - but that's the rule unfortunately.
Even if it were not medical, like a financial calamity in the family, they would still demand appropriate documentation such, if it came to that, a copy of the bankruptcy filing and other supporting records.
|1 week 2 days ago||Potential Sources...||
If you scour the corners of the Internet, I am pretty sure that this may have been covered in an unaired episode of "Mr. Wizard" back in the day, the ones that were filmed after Don Herbert had a non-so-well-publicized breakdown. It was the same episode, I believe, that had such classic kid-friendly experiments like "Will Your Head Fit Here?" and "Pants Or No Pants: Changes In Aerodynamics".
I may have made this up, but your question intrigued me all the same.
|1 week 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully, the OP doesn't mind the embed here. Awesome stuff, and thanks for sharing!
|1 week 3 days ago||He Did...||
He did indeed, and I think the Jaguars used hm sporadically in this role last year as well, at least to the point where I think he had a few tackles on special teams last year. I didn't think it was a bad tackle either really, although I will say I sort of sat on my hands hoping that Denard wouldn't get hurt on special teams coverage.
|1 week 3 days ago||Calling Now...||
We will send a message into the space/time distortion into which he last disappeared
It is as good a place to start as any
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks For The Reminder...||
My first week picks are in - I actually let my kids do the confidence points, so hopefully they did a rather good job. They do watch football with me, and indeed, they even go to games with me, but still at this point, the prevailing reasoning was "18 is a cool number. Put 18 there." If I accidentally am ahead in the first week, I will credit them and buy them a pizza, not that I would hesitate to get pizza in general.
|1 week 3 days ago||Won't Lie...||
I will not lie - I was there for that in 1991 and again with Woodson in 1997, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again with another generation of Wolverines. I had thought that Peppers was being tested with this duty, and I am glad to see that he will get his shot. It gives me more hope that we might be in for a rather nice ride this season.
|1 week 3 days ago||Clean Sweep...||
This was the professional team among the four, I believe - correct me if I am wrong. I'll be interested to see the stat line from this one as a contrast to the other three games for that reason alone.
All in all, nice to see them complete the sweep in Italy. Going back through the tweets right now makes me very intrigued to see some MAAR in action in the season because the tweets would make one believe he was literally all over the place in a most excellent way.
|1 week 3 days ago||What Is Interesting...||
Granted, right now we're dealing with last year's data so it is of limited use, but Massey would project 5-7-ish for Maryland right now with a lackluster conference record, but still I think that among the two additions to the conference, they are the one that might be in a position to be a tough customer here and there in games even this year. I have to think that against teams with sketchy pass defenses, they can definitely hang around built as they are.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Timeframe Confusion...||
NBC also reported that initially Bell had said there was no marijuana in the car, and then there was some confusion on the timeframe:
Bell initially told the officer there was no marijuana in the car, but when asked if they had smoked any, he replied: “It was about a minute ago,” before clarifying that it could have been within the previous two hours.
So, yeah, I don't know that this inspired the officer's confidence that Bell should be on the road. In any case, I would be interested to know what Bell thought the offense might be called...you know, that one where you get pulled over for being under the influence of something.
|1 week 3 days ago||Connections...||
The list of connections in this article for just one game sort of speaks to just how small a world the NFL really is in comparison to the rest of the population, but it will be interesting to see if we can get at least a few series with both Henne and Robinson in there. I will say, however, that I didn't even really think about how many former Jaguars are now on the Lions roster before reading this - interesting really.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here It Comes...||
It seems like it took forever, but football season is nearly upon us again, and indeed, along with it comes come my favorite weather and my favorite team. So far, my wife has still said she will guest mod the Miami (OH) game, so that should be interesting.
My daughter is actually going on a short trip with the in-laws to the west side of the state, and as my wife is working much of the weekend, it will be me and my son around the house and about as well, probably eating pizza and watching sports.
Tonight and tomorrow, there might be a little front-end cleanup of some of the not-so-hot threads from the last few days to maximize the amount of football related content on the first few pages as the deadline passes for OT. I might also make some sort of note in the top OT thread around 11 PM on Saturday night to warn people one last time too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Watching Now...||
For those without the Eagles roster nearby, Molk is #63.
As a general observation, the Eagles' offensive line is looking pretty good right now, getting to the second level and disrupting the Steelers' LBs a bit on several plays. If they didn't just get slapped with an illegal formation call just now, this would be a 37-7 game perhaps with the PAT pending as I type.
|1 week 4 days ago||Note To OP...||
To express our thoughts fairly, I think you're going to have to define precisely what you see as the problem under "leadership" as this is a bit of an umbrella term, especially in team-oriented atmospheres like a football team.
To take a vague stab at it, we can quibble about captains and the comment by Clark at the end of last year where he said, "We lost the will to play as a family", and call that a breakdown - it might have been. Still, the team appears to have done much to re-emphasize leadership through the activities they've put the team through, there is a culture in place with this team that typically encourages excellent leadership thanks in part to Hoke, and when you have a QB that plays a significant portion of a game with a broken foot because the team mattered to him more, THAT'S leadership. I suppose without further information it is difficult to see the problem.
|1 week 4 days ago||The "R" Word...||
Yeah, that's twice in one day and it is a little troubling.
As a general note to the board, if "retarded" is the crux of your argument, do not post your argument because it makes this place look bad, not to mention you. That, and I believe I have established more or less the guidelines on ad hominems. As I said in my most recent diary, do try to run your base reaction past your frontal cortex for proper revising.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Some good clips in there definitely, and overall not a bad video. They did pick some good clips from 2012 Northwestern certainly - I had not thought about how good it felt when Demens stood up and said "NO" on that last play at 4th and 2. The clip from the 2012 Minnesota game where Gardner makes something from nothing and finds Dileo was a great memory too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Already, I Can See It...||
Wow. We get Michigan State and Ohio State at home in February within five days of each other, so I can already tell that will be a slow, slow week around these parts. No matter, of course. If nothing else, we can be reasonably certain that ending the regular season with Rutgers will not be quite like ending the regular season with Indiana.
Actually, I think we play OSU twice in hockey around the same time. I might need to use some of that imaginary stress leave that comes with modding.
|1 week 4 days ago||Others Are...||
There are a number of people on the NDNation board calling him out as perhaps taking this a level or two over where it should have gone, but Rochester Domer expands a little on the driving portion of the story here - LINK. If this is how it went down, then the driving portion was done basically because he was simply that pissed apparently.
I called him when I got the letter, and he brushed me off with something along the lines of "I have office hours at XYZ time if you'd like to stop by, but I'd rather not discuss this on the phone." When I replied "I'll be there tomorrow" and hung up, I was stuck. I'm not suggesting it was the best thing to do, but i didn't exactly go Lisa Nowak on him.
|1 week 4 days ago||Specific Prediction...||
I will stand pat with my prediction from last year: 9-3 overall, 1-2 against rivals with one more loss that no one can readily explain and that creates Snowflake threads that, when printed out, accidentally create a masterwork of existential angst. That thread will later briefly appear on the New York Times bestseller list.
Also, THE_KNOWLEDGE finally meets up with his foil THE_IGNORANCE and a colossal rift is formed which accidentally sucks Notre Dame into another dimension where it must play Wake Forest for every game....forever.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ratings...||
I don't know if Nielsen necessarily breaks things up by team, but they do go by market certainly. Actually, I think in recent years, many of the top markets for college basketball have been in ACC-dominated areas, but the Big Ten as a conference I think has the second-highest average viewership among basketball fans based on the data that I am aware of. If there is something more recent, I will find it or someone can always post it here.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Full Perspective...||
Other analysts that had us in the top 25:
- Heather Dinich, #25
- Mark Schlabach, #25
The complete lists of all 13 voters for ESPN are here - LINK
If the list continued formally, we would have been #31 overal at 22 points, if I read this right. Big Ten teams ahead of us - in order - Ohio State (6), Michigan State (7), Wisconsin (17), Nebraska (22) and Iowa (would be 26).
|1 week 4 days ago||I Admit...||
I will admit to chuckling at the audio - the situation is made even better by the fact that Calipari had just been on the show too, in my opinion (it's a shame that Calipari revealed himself so early in the call - spoiled the joke a bit too early, but still funny). I am rather interested to see Francesa get his crack at "Phil From Saline (possibly Dexter, or was it Ypsilanti? It might have been Plymouth....)" now, although I imagine there are many such characters that make the rounds.
|1 week 4 days ago||It May Not Be A Mansion...||
"It may not be a mansion ... but it's definitely going to be a functional living space." - Bielema, describing the program he is building
I am going to start thinking of Arkansas as the SEC's tasteful suburban ranch. It might be great inside, but it may often get passed up as it looks like a fair number of the other houses on the street except for the skid marks on the curb left by a mishap involving its previous owner.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Thought This Was Interesting...||
“He is looking for kids who will both academically be successful and whose character is strong enough to participate in Big Ten sports and represent the university very well,” Spencer says. “I’m very pleased with the kind of young men he is bringing to us. I give him an A-plus in that area.
That quote above is from Admissions Director Ted Spencer, and I think it is actually great to hear that level of praise from such a corner of the university given to the head football coach. Actually, I don't know that we would expect any less at Michigan, and to know that we are getting kids who are set up well athletically and academically is just part of the reinvigoration of "Michigan culture", if you will, that Hoke has helped to spur.
|1 week 4 days ago||For The Latecomers...||
For those arriving late to this thread and who might like to listen to the segment, it looks as if WTKA has now got the roundtable up, albeit broken into its various segments. The link to the listings is right here - LINK - and it should be the top few on the page. Very good to see this back again and a good show today indeed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Posbanging...||
We'd probably let the semi-tradition Friday posbang go, but the ones which are cute but ultimately frivolous would probably end up going. Post-victory posbangs are welcome as always, and perhaps special events, but it would have to be a very special event indeed, like your dog's anal glands finally being cleansed in full.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Accountability Thing...||
Chesson seems pretty well-spoken and he did make a point that makes me confident that this renewed push to drive accountability on this team is actually making great progress. He talked about "playing for others" and how when you feel you're playing for others, you don't want to let the other person down. We frame safety like that at work and it seems to work very well, and it does drive people to push that much harder for better results. I thought Chesson actually framed it better than we typically do.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Interesting...||
It's always interesting to see these things in graphic form like this, even if it doesn't shock you too much (e.g., that a majority of the recruiting hotbeds are in the southeastern US). I also always found it interesting that a great deal of the most remember former (and most discussed current) coaches come from NE Ohio / Eastern Pernnsylvania (with a smattering from Chicago and new York), whereas the player maps were very different.
Also, Miller as Wisconsin's signature beer? Come on, Badgers, you can do better than that.
|1 week 5 days ago||Other Information...||
NFL.com talks a little bit about this as well - HERE
"Iceland's Meteorological Office has detected more than 2000 earthquakes in the Bardarbunga area since Saturday. Scientists see earthquakes as an early warning that a volcano might erupt. When magma moves deep down, the pressure breaks rocks and the earth starts to shake."
There's a DeutscheWelles article linked in theirs if you want slightly more detailed observations on this particular volcano. They also talk about how this has not helped with the general stress of getting equipment to the gme and through customs, something I thought ws intriguing. From the sound of it, they've gotten the list down to even helmet screws, so definitely detailed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Naturally...||
Naturally, "Behind The Steel Curtain" is all over this story for you - LINK
If you were wondering how this might possibly affect them on the field should Bell and Blount somehow find themselves off of the field for this particular incident (at least for some time), they've got a concise answer for you:
Bell and Blount comprise of approximately 100 percent of the Steelers' game-experienced running backs. The Steelers did nothing in the offseason to replenish any further lack of depth that was partially filled by Blount.
|1 week 5 days ago||About This...||
When that quote about not having to identify a MIKE emerged, I spent a little time on Twitter talking about that with people. It seems that there was never any time to make what might have been vital formation reads last year, nor was there a lot of time for anyone to really get set on a few occasions. It's encouraging to hear that there is stress being put on reading the defense and adjusting to it, something I know we hoped was going to be part of this change.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not Quite...||
BYU Added to 2018 and 2019 UM Schedule
This turns out to be about a game that BYU has with Washington, not about Michigan's schedule, so this will come down to avoid further confusion.
|1 week 5 days ago||Even At That...||
Dylan Burkhart will hopefully have the box score up soon - we went 38-67 from the field in the second game, so I am sort of interested in the stats for this game in particular. Granted, it is an exhibition and it doesn't mean anything statistically towards the season, but the novelty of the games is there for me all the same. Maybe there is a diary in it, albeit one which in no way speaks to season implications, but a fun one.
Friday, it is the Mantova Stings, which I think is the only professional team that the Wolverines will see on this trip.
|1 week 5 days ago||Embed Of A Great Moment...|
|1 week 5 days ago||Plans Indeed...||
Traditionally, my last football-free weekend is spent finalizing the logistics for weekends with football. If you have kids, sometimes this is not easy, but we're more or less set for the season with who is watching who and how various games will work out for us.
If my yard gets a chance to dry out, I may need to take care of that as well. It's typically Michigan when for weeks, you have no reason to mow it in its half-dead state, and then you get about seven inches of rain in one week and the yard refuses to dry out.
|1 week 5 days ago||Measured Improvement...||
It could just be me, but there are a few that seem to think that the OL requires a mircale turnaround or we risk mediocrity when indeed even some measured improvements - not necessarily huge improvements - could get us to something around 9-3 potentially. Given last year, I would imagine most would see that as some evidence that the decisions being made (new OC, dedicate scheme, etc...) are good decisions. Actually, there is not much that we know for certain about where the OL is at until we start playing actual games, especially now that we have a new OC and scheme.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sort Of Missing It...||
This October, a weekend in Toronto coincides with the Penn State game for me, or rather, I am being dragged to a "Supernatural" convention there by my wife wherein I will probably miss significant chunks of football coverage, including possibly our game (although I am going to sneak devices in and out of various events so I will probably occasionally show up on the blog all the same).
In this case, it isn't so much a "miss" as....well...."it will be difficult to watch in its entirety", which in my mind is essentially a "miss" because the narrative of the game is lost at that point, at least until I get home and watch the replay of it (which I may do on Sunday morning before we leave Toronto since the AM panel is the one I said "no, just no" to).
I suppose it is fair. Mrs. LSA has put up with my obsession with football for over a decade now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Same Here...||
You know, we gave our kids reasonably unique names so that mixing them up would not really be an issue and we still do that all the same. Even last night, in one embarrassing slip, my daughter was in fact my son for two sentences before I relaized what I was doing. The only thing that salvages this strategy is that they are indeed the only kid with their respective first names in their elementary school.
|1 week 5 days ago||Right Up There...||
This is right up there on my list too - my office at the time was in Ann Arbor (our Ann Arbor Service Center off of Wall St.) and I was on my way back from a training session downtown when they broke into the press conference at Providence Hospital and announced that Bo had died. I was somewhere along M-14 in Plymouth at the time, and I pulled over and cried for a bit (it was pretty close to noon at the time, I think). That, in addition to the loss in The Game, made it a rough weekend emotionally.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sad News...||
Here's the article from The Tennessean - (LINK), which has some quotes from the video and some other information.
"I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, coach James Franklin and the Penn State football team, and my Clarenceville (Michigan) community. Let's do this."
I wish Shaw the best. As someone said, the name is well-known in Metro Detroit HS football history and rightly so.
|1 week 6 days ago||Regarding Ross...||
Maize'N'Brew talked about him a little bit in their assessment of the defense - HERE
James Ross has been good to great for two years now, but again, his competition is more athletic and rounding out his mental game. I don't seen the 'loser' of the Bolden/Morgan battle stealing this position simply because Ross and Jenkins-Stone are both more suited to taking on lead blockers and making the physical play, meaning whoever wins between Ross and Jenkins-Stone will play for quite some time.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Thanks for sharing this, JGB.
I was actually rather amused by the answer to the second question myself - it's difficult to imagine the manual logistics of signing a golf ball effectively, but I do applaud whoever handed it to him for thinking out of the box certainly. Hopefully, they cherish the golf ball because Denard.
|1 week 6 days ago||Many Apologies...||
Braxton Miller Officially Out for 2014
Apologies to our friend Zone Left, but we've covered this in two separate threads now, so we're going to take this one down.
|1 week 6 days ago||Various Other Views....||
....including another look at the helmet and the tasteful Baroque undershirt:
|1 week 6 days ago||Starting Five...||
Here's the lineup to start:
|1 week 6 days ago||Regarding Potential Redundancy...||
As the first thread was based on a tweet, but now there is confirmation literally everywhere (except perhaps among those among the OSU faithful who may not yet know, so the one dude), we'll let this thread serve as the primary outlet for news on Braxton Miller's injury. It's a fuzzy line on the blog really, but it is big news and probably wasn't going to ever be contained in a single thread. This thread, however, shall stand as the last one for now to ensure there is room for other news.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great Development...||
Again, student-athletes will be permitted, at no cost to them, to return to the university and obtain their degree at any point in their life. Previously, and as is the case all across the country in every sport, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year scholarships, which were subject to renewal every year.
I think this is a fantastic development and I would hope that this becomes a thing around the country really, at least where it is feasible for the school for as many as possible should have this opportunity available. Actually, as someone said above, it seems like it might be especially valuable for those who left early perhaps so they can be just that much better off once their pro career (if that's why they left) is over. I never completely understood why the rule has traditionally been that you have to use the scholarship you earned all in one shot basically and that it ceases to exist if you leave early - you earned it and should have access to the balance of it should you come back. This change will benefit a lot of people, I would think.
|1 week 6 days ago||According To ESPN...||
ESPN mentioned that all the assistant pressers as well as player interviews were cancelled today and that there would be no direct media access to the team as well, which might be standard in such a situation but also seems rather ominous in a way, especially now they are indeed reporting that he is out for the season. I assume the MRI is all they needed to see - from scattered reports of what happened in the non-contact drill he was in, it seemed pretty bad. Hopefully, Miller has a speedy recovery.