I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|48 min 27 sec ago||Ah, 1997....||
1997 was my sophomore year at Michigan and it still is perhaps the one of the best sports years in my life to date. As for the football team, I believe that we had 3 All-American selections and 10 players on the all-conference team, which was great praise for that season and how special that was. Went to every home game plus Michigan State that year - I ended up with some pretty good seats at Spartan Stadium through some connections and had a great view of a certain beautiful one-handed grab by one Charles Woodson.
|7 hours 56 min ago||The Pinstripe Bowl...||
Whatever people might think of Notre Dame, the prediction for Notre Dame and Rutgers could very well be pain, and if the stats are any indication, it is rather unlikely that Rutgers will be the team inflicting the pain. Indeed, Massey would give Rutgers all of a 7% predicted win probability in such a game. Of course, for some reason, such statements tend to be somewhat inaccurate in boel games.
|10 hours 14 min ago||Why Not....||
Your very preliminary "Where does Kansas St. stand in FBS play?" preview courtesy of TeamRankings:
|10 hours 30 min ago||Yikes....||
Ohio State is going to have so much fun with Tajh Boyd perhaps, and by fun, I mean watching passes zing through the air on the way to open receivers, if indeed Boyd bring his top game. His passer rating is pretty good at 166.6 and Ohio State has one of the worst passing defenses in FBS play. On paper, this could be a tragic matchup.
|11 hours 25 min ago||Per His Bio...||
Per a bio that I found a while back, he is indeed a native of New Haven, so this would be something of a homecoming for him. I believe he also spent most of the 1990s as an assistant in various capacities at Rhode Island as well. I actually wonder if he would seriously consider going back to his old stomping grounds, now that I think about it.
|11 hours 28 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
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|11 hours 54 min ago||Way Too Soon....||
If you're going to post a Michigan / MSU comparison, there are several existing threads that have - through some fault of their own - turned into that, so this is probably better off as a post in one of those for the time being. We really can only have so much of this on the board, and we've reached the cap on it for today.
|12 hours 11 min ago||Funny, But...||
On second thought, let's not go to East Lansing - 'tis a silly place.
Nothing against the content, but generally, if it is a diary, it doesn't need to be repeated on the board just because there isn't much point in having the content repeated in two different place which are, for now, both on the front page. I realize the board gets more pageviews, but unless the powers that be (or are above me) rule the diary itself to be below the diary bar and move the content to the board, one instance is enough.
|12 hours 20 min ago||K-Stated States...||
If anyone is interested, here is the K-Stated analysis of its own potential bowl fate - (LINK). Not sure how current their update is, but they list their possibilities as the BWW Bowl or the Holiday Bowl, so basically either a Big Ten or Pac-12 opponent. Supposedly, there was some scuttlebutt that they might go to the Holiday Bowl - per their sources - but they would now at least concur on the BWW possibility.
|13 hours 1 min ago||Interesting Detail...||
One detail that I suppose might be interesting about that schedule is this - if you used the current Sagarin numbers, the average rating for those teams is 68.24, which would sandwich it between Toledo and Maryland. In other words, if you were to play that schedule right now, playing teams that average 71st in the ratings isn't a bad way to go about a season if you want a decent record. Having said that, of course, these numbers aren't terribly telling because of the lack of 2014 data basically. If I wagered a guess - a shot in the dark, as it would be right now - 9-3 is probably a good "way too early" guess.
|13 hours 18 min ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
"M-Cubed-2 is a replacement for the original M-Cubed satellite – launched as part of ELaNa III in October 2011 – which failed to return useful data after becoming magnetically attached to another satellite – the Montana State University’s Explorer-1 [Prime] Unit 2."
I think this calls for scheduling a home-and-home with Montana State to see if we can get our proverbial pound of flesh for this catastrophe.
In all seriousness though, this is pretty cool news. Thanks for sharing!
|15 hours 33 min ago||It's Interesting...||
This is actually something that I've thought about as well in that I did wonder about the question - "Did MSU see our gameplan against Ohio State and say to themselves, 'That.'?" We will never really know - maybe coaches do the "let's try what they did" thing sometimes, but it is hard to say how much that influences in-game decisions because it isn't their game against you.
Without going back through the entire body of passing yards allowed on Ohio State, I would think that our performance and MSU's performance (451 yards and 304 yards respectively) might be right up there when it comes to sad displays by Ohio State this year. As of today, in fact, theirs is now the #115 pass defense per TeamRankings. Other teams had showed Ohio State as exploitable in the air, but we might have done the most surgical job of this.
Interestingly, Ohio State also put up 273 yards on the #1 rush defense - a shade over three times what State would typically give up in a game.
|16 hours 2 min ago||Over At SBNation...||
|16 hours 56 min ago||Despite The Snow...||
I am impressed that there has been even 225 yards of offense in this game between both teams. There are 4-6 inches on the field apparently, depending on where you're standing. The level of play in such adverse conditions has been fairly impressive, at least to me.
|17 hours 6 min ago||Where It Was Left...||
Oh, several people in the thread gave some rather compelling reasons about why it should go, although more by their behavior (this includes you) than by the content of the replies per se. As JGB said, it was toxic, negative and geared to pick a fight with the board. Per Friday's directive, such things will not stand. I left the remarks in the thread, which I then removed. That's the beauty of it.
|17 hours 56 min ago||Minor Note But Intriguing...||
Not that it really matters at this point, but Ohio State actually did get individual votes as low as 12th, 13th and 15th. The low end of Michigan State votes was 7th, 8th and 9th. Interestingly, in both cases, the same person is responsible for the lowest ranking among all the votes.
|18 hours 3 min ago||Here's The Image...||
....and it is actually pretty funny.
|19 hours 5 min ago||Well, Not Quite That...||
It won't get quite that treatment unless it is a way over the top remark, but what I have tried to do off and on throughout the day - in the background - is delete such complaining in certain threads, especially when it not relevant to the intent of the thread. Repeat offenders may get thumped - I do keep a spreadsheet of names.
|20 hours 33 min ago||Using Massey...||
All things equal, Massey would predict Michigan to have 32% against Georgia and 39% against KSU, although the Georgia matchup may have a practical edge because of their injury situation. The predicted median score for the theoretical KSU matchup would be 34-31, so possibly a close and manageable game there as well. Either might prove interesting.
|20 hours 39 min ago||"Several Cycles"...||
Admittedly, part of me is going on a sesne of, "It took forever to get this far, so we're stuck with it for a bit", but I would be willing to give this a fair shot - just to see the quality of the selections (there's something that will be an interesting debate this time next year) - because I would like to see how it goes even if I would probably prefer the 8-team model myself.
|20 hours 55 min ago||I Realize...||
Oh, It wouldn't be at all an effective strategy, nor would I expect anyone to listen. The problem with burning treated materials like that are simply the first thing that come to mind for me, but then I make no claims about being a normal human being either, so there is that. It is just that when you read the tables for toxicity from off-gases created by the ignition of things like stain treatments or thermal insulation, it would dampen the joy for me. Perfectly happy with others celebrating as they will.
|21 hours 14 min ago||May Never Know...||
It may not add much here, but there is a special writeup on the OSU athletics site for Hall - obviously done long before this year's iteration of the game - called "Changed Man", which highlights Hall's struggles with school and earning a starting spot on the roster. When Meyer talks about Hall not being that person, maybe there is something to that in the grand scheme.
I had thought, however, that it was the double bird that clearly irritated Meyer more than the result of the fight even. If there was a deciding factor, it might have been that. He's not obligated to share his rationale for keeping Hall out of this game (save for a few snaps - I thought I saw him at one point, but I could be wrong), so we may never really know.
|22 hours 6 min ago||So Much Fail Probably...||
That there is a photo gallery of such a thing is somehow sad in itself, but I believe that photo 5 of 9 in the gallery - shirtless man carrying a torch - seems like it is something that likely happened moments before a corresponding FailBlog submission. Actually, many of these photos do, including the burning of a random shirt because shirts obviously make a nice starter for the larger fire.
The one thing that really worries me is that most couches are loaded with treated materials, so because burning polyurethane - for example - produces trace amounts of hydrogen cyanide (among other toxins), it isn't exactly a smart thing to willfully do.
|23 hours 4 min ago||Other Models...||
I believe it was Business Insider in an article last month that posited a model for an 8-team playoff wherein you had the conference champions from the power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Pac-12) plus three at-large bids which would come from wherever basically (probably runner-ups, other conferences, etc...). All of it would be committee-driven anyway, so the bids for at-large spots could be a fun debate in themselves. It would be intriguing, in my opinion, but I am also in favor of waiting to see how the first several cycles of the new format play out before we start clamoring for an expanded playoff.
|1 day 15 min ago||He Gets His Wish...||
Well, at least Jim Delany got his expressed wish, so I will perhaps give him this. He finally got (on his third attempt, no less) a Big Ten Championship game that a lot of people were watching because of the implications it might have on the NC picture. For the first two years, he actually did say that the Big Ten was merely working with what it had in an interview, but this one was being talked about on a much broader level.
|1 day 35 min ago||As A Thread Note...||
As a minor note in this thread, if some of the comments seem a little out of place with regards to what the person above them said, it is because a certain user was shown the door for being way over the top with negativity and general ill will towards their fellow MGoBloggers.
When it comes to the game itself, like others, I simply watched this game with the fan in me mostly unplugged, but I will admit to having cracked a small smile when MSU scored for the second time in the 4th quarter.
|1 day 42 min ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Gus Johnson just called MSU "little brother" on national TV
A little early morning cleanup here - as amusing as this was, this might not be the best meme to have on the board right now, for as some of the comments indicate, it brings up some old gripes with Mike Hart, life, etc...
"Burn the couch" fan sign
Nothing too terrible about this one, but making an executive decision to keep some more generalized content on the front of the board for now. That, and there is now a thread reporting the actual fallout from the win, so if someone wants to repost the picture of the sign, you could probably do so there.
Marcus Hall didn't play. So now what does the MGoBoard say?
Yeah, this should probably come down now that Section 1 is starting to cross the line and get personal with people. I apologize, but it was generally combative in its approach as a thread and I think enough has been said in there at this point that it can come down. I left it so the error could be explained to the OP, and I believe it was done sufficiently - you can't call out the board and then feign superiority. Such a thread will never go well.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Interesting Moment...||
Langford's run makes me think that, if Ohio State should be too proud to accept the lead and opt to return it on this drive, there would be something rather laughable about that predicament.
...and I'll agree with Fox here - Dan France pretty much minimized the opportunity to get a first down. If they go for this first down, it will be an interesting pivot point in the game certainly.
...and wow, Cook keeps on the option. First down MSU.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I Did See It...||
As with most veteran users with otherwise clean records, I will have an offline chat with them if they are amiable to such a thing. Because this thread might invite similar replies and should probably come down to help make the board "feelings neutral" for now, I will do this too.
More Obnoxious Fanbase - Ohio or Lil' Bro?
This is the thread in question, for the record (and because the bosses want to see such things).
|1 day 8 hours ago||And There We Go...||
That's run blocking for you....rushes of 18, 6, 24, 3 and 8 yards with a pass in there to boot with the result being a TD. Nice little drive indeed, I will give Meyer & Co. that anyway. The consequence here is that Michigan State is only 32 yards from giving up 300 yards, which for them would be rarely traversed territory.
|1 day 9 hours ago||This Game...||
So, Duke had 94 yards of offense on 36 plays, which is probably somewhat in line with what people thought may happen, but perhaps the zero points are something of a surprise. Surely, Duke could have had an FG somewhere....anywhere? No?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Slowing Them Down...||
Not a lot of teams could say that giving up 6.60 yards per snap was a subpar performance, but that's what MSU is doing right now on defense. As a result, the Ohio State rushing attack has been slowed to only 111 yards at the half, which is probably about what most of us expected would happen with a very stingy rushing defense up against them.
|1 day 10 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Your matchup stats:
|1 day 11 hours ago||Interesting Result...||
How does this get called - "good punt, handled badly, Mizzou ball at about the 3 yard line" ? Something like that. In any case, it doesn't seem like six minutes and some change means anything in this game anyway.
|1 day 11 hours ago||1,057 Yards...||
1,057 yards of offense after three quarters. I am calling "barn burner":
|1 day 12 hours ago||And Now...||
The bands will now demonstrate mitosis...
|1 day 13 hours ago||Just Got Home..||
Settling into this game after being out for a couple hours. To this point, 369 yards on 37 plays for Auburn, or basically about 10 yards per snap. They are also getting 0.757 points per play, so as someone above said, it seems like 277 yards of rushing would basically warrant the "Holy Rushing Game!" exclamation.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Things Like This...||
What do you consider unacceptable next football season?
Yeah, we need a break fron threads like this for a while. Once again, this is what I took Brian to mean when it came to things which seek to get people in a negative frame of mind, and the OP - in my view - set a negative tone. Maybe this is a little too harsh of me, but I think we all need a mental break from the whole "acceptable" / "unacceptable" / "what needs to happen" stuff.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Very Nice...||
The clip where Crawford sort of Marcus Ray'd someone had me chuckling admittedly - this kid looks like a force to be reckoned with in the backfield. Indeed, in the whole body of clips, he seems like a force just abount anywhere they put him.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Just Caught Some Of It...||
Admittedly, I only caught the last several minutes of the half, but I saw the box score - if you calculate it, our effective FG% is 82.35% right now. It would be nice to keep that up certainly. We also have twice the total rebounds with a defensive rebound rate of about 85% right now as well. Not a bad start at all.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Nice Little Drive...||
This is not a bad drive at all by Oklahoma State - rushes of 6, 7 and 23 yards, passes of 10 and 12 yards, then a few more chunks just now. Their rushing statistics were sort of middling throughout the season, but they are doing a nice job of it here.
So close to the end zone - that overhead view was not the best though.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Further Explanation...||
Sorry if that came across as a bit snarky - here's what I should have said:
I could be wrong, but I think threads like this are part of what Brian what alluding to in yesterday's front page posts. For a long time now, threads that try to place blame in general - coaching, recruiting, on the staff here, etc... - just have not gone well in general. Many of them have only helped fuel the flames of the pervasive negativity of late. I might be misinterpreting Brian's intent for the direction of things, but I didn't see a likely scenario where certain folks wouldn't take this into areas where it probably shouldn't go if we're going to keep with the "new tenor", if you will.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Let's Try This...||
Catchy introductory sentence.
Summary of idea claiming to be different than previously posted idea.
Chart which clarifies previous chart.
Bar graph which relates data as a function of cheese.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Of Minor Note...||
Massey is giving Florida State a 97% estimated win probability with a median projected score of 45-20. I have to say, I would be surprised if Duke scored 20 points in this game, but I would tend to agree that the chance of an upset here would be exceedingly remote. That being said, it would probably cause the ACC to implode somehow if it happened.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Possibly...||
You're actually not the first person to mention this, and I have actually considered posting a 10-15 minutes warning for such things save for threads which are so offensive that they need to come down as soon as possible. Sorry about that.
|1 day 19 hours ago||If I Had To Guess...||
Possible Recruiting Defections: Whose Fault Is It?
This is probably not a good thing to contemplate on the board, and indeed, it may not be a particularly good question to ask as it invites a rather divisive discussion.
Hey, David Dawson still came, right?
Apologies to DCAlum here - it was a good thought to combat the negativity, but now that some of the other threads are being taken down to minimize the recruiting emo and try to keep the board in as neutral a state as possible.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Just Reading The News...||
...on a cold Saturday morning....
|1 day 23 hours ago||Down For Now...||
Staff changes coming?
A little early morning cleaning here. It turns out that all this was is indeed what the OP sent - a link to one sentence sent to him on Twitter. No one porivded any more details, and without such details, the thread is simply more baseless speculation.
|2 days 7 min ago||There Is That...||
I could be mistaken, but didn't Ohio State offer him during the latter half of Iowa week (well, Iowa week for us), so although he might visit, I don't know if there is much cause for worry right now. That being said, this thread is so far calmer than I thought it would be when I first opened it, so there is that.
|2 days 9 hours ago||The Falcons At Halftime...||
The Falcons have 381 yards of offense across 36 plays, which is good for 10.58 yards per offensive snap on average. That's also good for a very nice 0.861 yards per play, which means they've been exatly what you've seen - opportunistic and efficient. The second half, well, I am curious now...
|2 days 10 hours ago||Good Idea...||
In the interests of content management, and because I don't foresee a big problem with commentary becoming too confusing, it is so sanctioned. :-)
|2 days 11 hours ago||All That Is Certain...||
Per the ESPN story, Meyer's approach to when Hall would be in the game was a "we'll see" approach, whatever this means to Meyer, but what is certain is that it means Pat Elflein - who filled in for Hall - will start tomorrow.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Matchup Stats...||
TeamRankings provides this comparison:
|2 days 11 hours ago||Nothing To Say Really...||
Even though we were told by Hoke that he anticipates the entire staff returning and, in response to a question as to whether or not it was a "we'll see situation", he responded in the negative, I have to think that this is still the more likely scenario. Without any confirming information, it would be next to impossible for this blog to rationally speculate on what if anything is going on. It could very well be nothing.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Oh, I Don't Know...||
"If you care about Michigan athletics, it’s scary to think what will happen when the players inevitably fall short, and the fountain of fan money starts to dry up."
Well, again, we run into this rather fantastic problem that Michigan has regarding brand equity and the relative inelasticity of demand for its product. It is rather the reason that I don't understand - at least not at this juncture - how anyone who believes that their refusal to purchase Michigan tickets, merchandise, etc...is in any way hurting the bottom line in a significant manner.
Barring an extended period of mediocrity by Michigan standards, whatever the fans believe those are (mean peformance in the last 30 years is 9-3), then the seats will be full and the shirts will be difficult to find at the M-Den store near the south endzone pretty much regardless. We are fortunate in that respect, that performance does not portend attendance necessarily - for now - but the question as to when such a thing might happen is intriguing. I dare say we have a while.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Pimp Fluttershy...||
I really thought I did well here too, if I may say so. There is something intangibly awesome about the pimp version of Fluttershy. No, you will not find such a thing in the actual show, of course.
|2 days 14 hours ago||This Weekend....||
Aside from my daughter's dance recital tomorrow, this weekend is a pretty quiet one full of making stews, drinking beer and the usual obsessive dose of sports for me. This will be intermixed with a healthy does of family - for the first time in a while - now that the heat of the regular season is off. That rolls into a promise I made to my wife - a mini-vacation next weekend, overnight stay at the Inns At St. John because we will probably be too tipst to drive home from her work Christmas party anyway (it is also there in Plymouth).
Drinking? Pretty simple tonight. It will be me and some Blue Moon for the MAC Championship Game, which I have no stake in but will watch anyway because football *wife just saw that and rolled her eyes*. Tomorrow, I will watch the Big Ten Championship game with a rum and Coke, because mellow sounds good for some reason.
|2 days 15 hours ago||This Scene, Of Course...||
|2 days 15 hours ago||Posted Yesterday...||
UM the second highest watched team. Alabama is first.
Very interesting topic, but it was posted yesterday. I think we need to consider some sort of "blackout period" if a topic like this has been posted before the next thread is allowed to stand. Not sure what that would be / how that would be monitored.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Interesting Question...||
It is an interesting question, to be sure.
If I had to guess, I would think that teams which perennially vie for their own conference championships and typically (at least in recent history) have found themselves in the BCS discussion probably will consider making an extra push - somehow - to get them in regular contention on the playoff system. That probably doesn't cover a lot of programs, of course.
Now, there's another layer of programs that could - with some minor modifications, if you will - be in that top tier as well, so they might also double their efforts as best they can. One thing that I have thought may come out of the new system is some informal stratification of expectations as the playoff system evolves as teams see what the first several years are like. There might be a small group of teams that expect to be within reach of one spot, say, 2 out of every 3 or 4 years, another wider group that knows they could do it now and again, and then an even wider group that could compete in their conference but would see a playoff trip as something special indeed. This is a guess, of course, but it is something I have thought about.
|2 days 16 hours ago||But Here Again...||
The problem never was disagreement itself though. There have been many of those around here which were considered and ended in some manner of understanding if not agreement on something that was said. The problem - especially in the last several months - is the outright refusal of some to understand the position of people on various topics, and the conscious effort by others to be uncivil if not vicious in their remarks. That's the sort of stuff that has been either taken down immediately or quietly deleted once the dispute in question begins to ebb. As a mod, I probably removed about 35-40 people (maybe more, if I include some newbies and the famous "day of game" accounts) just this past half of the season for launching personal attacks and simply being insufferable to others.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Banning People And Things...||
I am not sure if it is different at the Brian / Seth level, if you will, but at least when JGB and I do this, there is nothing preventing them from creating another account. Actually, that's what was rather famously demonstrated by the "GhostOf(NameHere)" phenomenon, which seems to have died down but I know iterations still exists. A few people who were banned over the course of the season have returned, some using variations on their original name. I believe - and Brian would know more than I would - that IP bans are possible but perhaps not the easiet thing to do.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Interesting Trivia...||
There was a tweet this morning from someone who provided what I find to be an interesting factoid - the Mariners may very well spend more on Cano than on all signings combined in the last 5 or 6 years (I believe that was the timeframe given). That shows a rather interesting change of stance on investment by the club, if that is indeed the case.
That being said, there are also a few tweets from Tim Brown at Yahoo! and others which read that the Mariners also will confirm anything at this time (interesting). That, and if you search Cano's name on Twitter, the things Yankee fans are saying are as unreal as they are inappropriate.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Some Highlights....||
These came across my Twitter feed, courtesy of @MGoFish:
|2 days 18 hours ago||In The Manual...||
I believe that the section on materials - recruiting, official, non-athletic, etc. - is 13.4 or something in that range in the manual. As I understood this, and I could be wrong here, the school cannot buy space for advertisements or promotional material such as this, but it doesn't stop outside parties from doing so or a magazine like SI from making recruiting or scouting previews. In turn, it seems like it is within the rules for the school to turn around and use that material for their own purposes provided it is generally available, and SI would almost certainly fall in that category.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Can Only Imagine...||
One can only imagine what "uptempo offense" might have looked like in this game, or indeed, what things such as zone stretch concepts would look like on skates.
Actually, where is Horace Prettyman? He - or someone with his photo as an avatar - visits this site from time to time, and I believe this was one of his teams. We could get an excellent account of the experience.
|2 days 22 hours ago||In Any Case...||
Well, in any case, Boise State fans were quite prepared with this - HERE - "The Complete List Of Ways To React To Chris Petersen Job Rumors".
Here's a snippet from ESPN's constantly updated story:
"Petersen, who met with Washington on Thursday, felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source."
It will be interesting to see what the contract looks like - Whittingham at Utah makes about $2.5 million, I believe, and I have to wonder if Washington puts him near or right at this level at least. It would be interesting to know what Sarkisian will get at USC and what David Shaw makes as well for possible comparisons / guesses.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Embracing Gee...||
Over at WVMetroNews, they've already come to embrace Gee (again, as he was at WVU once before). One Hoppy Kercheval writes:
"Along the way, Gee will probably say or do something that will cause folks to cringe. After all, he’s the college president who rode the mechanical bull at a bar during one of WVU’s bowl trips. But Gee’s quirkiness is not malicious; it’s part of his unique character. And, when he keeps his foot at least a short distance from his mouth, it’s part of his charm."
|3 days 8 hours ago||The Deal Is...||
The 10,000 foot view of the rule is "yes, we are", BUT....and there is a but....some (by this, I mean a few) of their writers do produce content which is reasonably inoffensive and those things do tend to stand on the board. Another typical exception is when they simply post a video with some short writeup - these usually stay because it is difficult for them to be problematic, rather like what the OP posted. The exception exists, but it is monitored.
|3 days 8 hours ago||A Bit Nostalgic...||
Well, before this game, a few outlets were talking about a defensive struggle, but there have been over 700 yards allowed between both teams so far. In any event, the Bearcats last drive sort of reminded me of how Denard Robinson used to accelerate the offense when they went over 70 yards in 2 plays. That was pretty awesome when it did happen.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Question...||
You would hope that such a pace could be kept up at the collegiate level (maybe not likely), but MaxPreps had some of his stats from his high school career (nothing for this year) and the 36 TFLs and 139 tackles in the last two seasons seem pretty good for a DE even if it is high school. Does anyone know what his defensive stats look like this year?
|3 days 10 hours ago||Not Easy...||
Cincinnati has already run 28 plays, but only for 113 yards so far, which is basically just a shade over 4 yards per snap. Louisville is not going to make this terribly easy, but then they are basically putting out a typical performance on a yards per play allowed basis here.
|3 days 11 hours ago||My Mistake...||
When I posted, I thought the note at the bottom referred to Goslin, but it is about David, so there is just the one. My bad.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Question I Had...||
I had thought that Andrew David was coming here as a kicker, so that would make two kids that will play baseball while being on football scholarships, correct? I actually think this is pretty awesome and an example of dedication that is to be admired really. Welcome to Michigan, Collin Goslin!
|3 days 11 hours ago||I Like Bridgewater...||
It isn't Teddy Bridgewater. It's ESPN commentators covering games passively while the go on about just one person, which seems to happen sometimes in games such as these.
|3 days 11 hours ago||And So It Begins...||
Well, Cincinnati managed five yards before the interception - on three play, if I counted correctly. Four plays and sixty yards later, it is 7-0 Louisville. Repeated success like this might make it a long night of Teddy Bridgewater hyping.
|3 days 13 hours ago||RIP Nelson Mandela...||
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
He was remarkably quotable, but this is one of my favorites. In the modern era, Mandela really was one of the handful of individuals in the modern era whose very life and work made us a better planet and a better people. I still remember his release from prison being broadcast live all over the world and only realizing later (I was 12 at the time) how significant an event this was for the world at large - a great cruelty was about to end, one that Mandela fought to end many years before. He is widely considered "the father of South Africa", and rightly so, for he took what seemed like two separate worlds and helped unite them.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Refreshing Read...||
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Defensive POTY...||
The pick of Chris Borland, just from a performance standpoint, is a good one, I think. He's fourth in total tackles and tackles for loss in Wisconsin history and I think he has more forced fumbles than anyon in Wisconsin history. Just this year, he had 108 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 TFLs for 31 yards, as well as 4 sacks and 5 QB hurries. He really was a force for the Badgers in his time there (I believe he is a senior now, so the bowl game will be it for Borland).
|3 days 16 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
One thing that is interesting to me about Missouri's path to this moment is that they were in fact trending upwards in their final years in the Big 12 - from 2007 to 2011, they didn't do worse than 8-5 and had won 10 or more three times. Their introduction to the SEC in 2012 was a bit jarring, but they seem to have adjusted very well as evidenced by the fact that they will be in the SEC Championship Game in their 2nd year in the conference.
I would think something similar can be said for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, and indeed, Sumlin took over as Texas A&M was embarking on its SEC adventure. He took a middling team in the BIg 12 and has led them to a very good record thus far in the SEC.
If that's the basis for judgment, I would probably agree - the fact that two average to above averge (i.e., historically not world-beating) teams can join the conference and adapt to it and do well makes me wonder just how good the SEC actually might be, although I never really believed that it was so many miles above everyone else. That being said, they do perform at an impressively high level as a conference.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Tomahawk Nation Commentary...||
Tomahawk Nation (HERE) wrote a rather long commentary on the subject this morning, and it is a pretty interesting read. It also includes a link to a tweet from late in November, referencing a statement in which the Florida State Attorney said that they would want to be sure of a reasonable chance of conviction before they filed charges, if indeed they were to do so. The implication seems to be that their assessment of the evidence did not meet that particular criterion.
|3 days 20 hours ago||As A Note...||
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Only One Miss...||
The only Big Ten team to miss the top 50 was Indiana, if I read this right, which I could have probably guessed. The Big Ten teams in the top 25 in addition to Michigan and Ohio State are Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State.
The conference ratings have appeared on various sites for a few years and I am pretty sure that they've been fairly consistent with the SEC and Big Ten having significantly higher ratings than every other conference, but then it seems like these two conferences find their way onto ESPN and ABC most often. It would be interesting perhaps to break down conference versus network and time slot perhaps.
|3 days 21 hours ago||A Couple Suggestions...||
Although the wait can be a wee bit long during events, the Pegasus Taverna in Greektown has pretty good Hellenic food at reasonable prices, if you're into this particular cuisine. A little closer to Ford Field, there is always the Elwood - I've never had a bad experience there either, but again, it can get pretty cramped when there is a game or event nearby.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Not A Bad Start...||
If anyone is interested, NBA.com actually does an excellent job of charting player stats. Trey's profile is here - http://stats.nba.com/playerProfile.html?PlayerID=203504
So far, he's averaging about 27 minutes per game, and in that time, 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. According to NBA.com, in his 8 games, he has accumulated 101 points, 26 rebounds and 33 assists. Not really a bad start to an NBA career.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Disconfirmed...||
Rumors Swirling-Saban to Texas. Recruit sway?
From the sound of things, this was a joke started at an Austin radio station and there is no basis for the rumor. Even though it is not about Michigan, as the disconfirming information was posted in the thread, there doesn't seem like much point in keeping the thread now.
Saban to Texas rumors
See above note. Also, read this story here for more background on the lack of legs regarding this.
|4 days 9 hours ago||This Study...||
One of the things about this study is that it affirms in a way something that I rather admire about my own wife. As you will note in the link, Illinois is one of the more profane states and my wife - born and raised Northsider that she is - often contributes in her own way to that statistic. It is one of the reasons that I love her actually. Call me strange.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Massey Predictions...||
Granted, it is early in the season, so these estimates should be taken as quite approximate, but here is the estimated win probability and median predicted score for the remainder of the schedule (away games in bold):
|4 days 10 hours ago||Nice Spread...||
All of that looks delicious, and indeed, it makes me wonder what I was doing having chicken and a small salad as well as a probiotic yogurt for dessert this evening. I could have cooked with a little more effort.
In all seriousness though, it is nice that the coaches do take advantage of the opportunity to make such visits.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I Remember That Tweet...||
...and my YouTube favorites can top it even for out of touch:
|4 days 13 hours ago||Expanding The Podcast...||
I think that the podcast might be an even better platform for the other feature I am in the early stage of developing - "Focus On Facepalms". It would be about the state of the board from a modding standpoint, talk about Bolivia and bans and why those things happen and a few other things. It should make a good occasional diary once I am ready to roll it out, but the podcast would be a fun platform.
|4 days 14 hours ago||If You Did Not Know...||
If 247Sports is correct, Malik's recruiter is none other than Fred Jackson. Terry Samuel is the MSU recruiter and Bobby Williams is the person trying to get him down to Tuscaloosa. I always find the recruiters to be almost as interesting as the recruited in these situations when you have highly-touted prospects.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Rumors...||
Sharing a Drake Harris rumor, unsubstantiated of yet
If it is unsubstantied, then it really doesn't have a place on the board. If something is confirmed, do feel free to post it, but most every thread that starts with a rumor or hearsay simply hasn't ended well.
|4 days 15 hours ago||As I Recall...||
I know OSEH is in that area of South Campus - my mother-in-law works for that particular department. Security is headquartered around there too as well. As for parking, I've borrowed the orange tag before to be closer to the stadium / Crisler, but I admit to wondering why it was necessary to pay for said tag when you work on that part of campus anyway.
|4 days 15 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
I am never big on such exercises because it is a whimsical thought experiment that makes me revisit a disappointing outcome, but I suppose that if I were to choose, I think that you would have to go with the outcome that would probably be less likely in a given year (not that either of them are terribly likey) and choose the basketball game. The reason would be that it is a performance that seems harder to repeat overall.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Other Announcement...||
An announcement of general interest to the board given the mood it seems to be in lately:
|4 days 16 hours ago||Questioning Things...||
More assertive: Courtney Sims or Glenn Robinson III?
Questioning a player's "effort" and "desire" in a board post is probably not the best thing to do, especially because these are things that we couldn't possibly know about. In-game stuff is fine as always, but this probably should come down as is.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Other Names Include...||
The Seattle Times was theorizing on some of the other names involved in the Washington coaching search. Among them, former Washington assistant (now with Saban in Alabama) Doug Nussmeier, as well as Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State and even Gary Pinkel at Missouri. As it now seems to be standard for such reporting, James Franklin makes an appearance on their list of those "possibly intrigued" by the job too.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Can't See It Here...||
The button is not in Google Chrome either, or at least not the version I am using. Come to think of it, I don't think it has been on the site for much of this year, although I could be mistaken. Perhaps it was either the server migration or the last tweak of the banner / appearance, but I don't even know if the link exists anymore.
|4 days 19 hours ago||May Help Folks Here...||
One thing that might help folks here can be found (well, downloaded) on this page - (LINK).
It is the NCAA Transfer Guidelines, written more or less in summary format and geared towards students who may be thinking about transferring. Hence, it is a pretty clear and concise guide.
You can download the PDF and view the booklet - the sections on transferring from 2-year to 4-year schools (2-4 transfer) begin on page 15. It also runs through how this is different across divisions as well, if you want that sort of comparison.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Matchup Stats...||
Over at TeamRankings, they list Ohio State as a 5.5 point favorite with a Vegas-implied (not sure what algorithm they use here) score of 28-23.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Pretty Amusing...||
This actually made it to the Scout boards, I thought, a few days ago. The suggestion there was that the Maize Rage now shout "Three Times The Steak!" every time Albrecht sinks a three, and I will admit that I found that to be pretty amusing after seeing the commercial.
|5 days 8 hours ago||So, Anyway...||
So, some summary stats for Michigan...
FG percentage - 30.77%
effective FG% - 32.69%
Off. rebound rate - 15.00%
Def. rebound rate - 66.67%
Same for Duke...
FG percentage - 41.94%
effective FG% - 48.39%
Off. rebound rate - 33.33%
Def. rebound rate - 85.00%
|5 days 9 hours ago||So Far Anyway...||
It is not as if anyone is really shooting impressive right now, but by the numbers early on, we're doing it at half the pace of Duke. Our 20% FG percentage is basically half of theirs.
Also, how does the shoe not get called for a flagrant there? The refs need to be consistent.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Very Strange...||
Dick Vitale is not calling this game while being body surfed up and down the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium? I have to say that this sounds weak to me.
...and apparently Duke is occasionally going to pull the basketball equivalent of Iowa's offense and sort of lounge about then do something at the last possible moment.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Off The Front Page...||
Tigers sign Joe Nathan
It is off the front page now, but this did make it to the board earlier today. Interesting news and not a bad deal, to say the least, but alas too late for MGoBlog purposes.
Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan to 2-year contract
This was discussed yesterday. One thing that might be helpful for people posting threads to consider is that there is a a sizeable group of Tigers fans here and team news makes it here almost as fast as Michigan news.
|5 days 10 hours ago||The Linebackers...||
Well, I think that is fair to say that our LBs were productive over the course of the season. They account for:
- 36.94% of total tackles
- 42.42% of tackles for loss
- 44.44% of TFL yards
- 45.65% of all sacks
- 47.95% of sack yardage
I would think that these quick overall stats indicate a reasonably effective linebacker corps.
|5 days 11 hours ago||As Far As I Know...||
I haven't looked at the original theoretical foundation document in a while (this all started back in the late 1990s actually), but it does take into consideration ability to score points and predictive power ratings (strength), so I imagine that this sort of accounts for injuries as the current season progresses albeit not in a comprehensive way perhaps.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Trying To Be Proactive...||
....and it might be early, but....
OT: Detroit gets judge's OK to proceed with bankruptcy (one party will appeal)
Threads have appeared before about the various stages of this story and nearly all of them have ended up sliding downhill. Not saying that it isn't a significant event for those of us that live in SE Michigan, but I am trying to be safe here, not sorry.
|5 days 12 hours ago||On The Board...||
Really, we need a change from the defeatism and downtrodden attitude that seems pervasive in some threads. We'll start with this:
|5 days 12 hours ago||Even So...||
Even so, having just under a third of your 2014 in the Top 250 and having a class with a mean ranking among stars of 3.38 so far really is not bad news at all. The future still definitely seems rather bright, in my estimation.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Matchup Simulator...||
Massey's simulator would give us an estimated 33% chance versus Georgia with a predicted median score of 40-34. Interestingly, the one prediction of OSU-FSU in the Championship game would result in an estimated 17% chance for OSU, complete with a median score of 43-31. In the same simulator, Wisconsin would actually be favored against South Carolina - 59% estimated win probability, median predicted score of 24-21.
|5 days 14 hours ago||All We Can Hope...||
"I'm so disgusted right now I just want to puke and crawl in a hole. If anybody wastes their hard earned money on this team to watch them play in the Liberty Bowl....go to the mental hospital." - an Ole Miss fan
All we can hope, I suppose, is that he did not puke in the hole before he crawled into it, although this sounds like something that could happen in the SEC for some reason. In any case, there was some pretty good stuff in that and the Alabama threads too.
|5 days 15 hours ago||As Well As...||
There were a few stories that seemed to indicate that Kerry Coombs at Ohio State was, at least for a time, being considered for the positon. In any event, that will be an uphill climb in the beginning, I think, since it is coming on the heels of an 0-12 season which had followed two 4-8 seasons under Treadwell.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I Hate To Say...||
I was instantly reminded of this campaign when I saw the thread:
|5 days 16 hours ago||Clarifying Question...||
As a clarifying question, are we considering "top-ranked" to mean, for example, the upper third of Division I, or would you think it is more fair to show relative level of competition and do, say, the top 5 in a given conference (whichever one he was affliated with in a given year) as well as OOC teams in the top third? It doesn't have to be divided like that - I was just providing a random example of how it could be done.
Also, I don't if wins and losses mean as much in such a comparison as yards per play, conversion success and a few other metrics.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Approaching Milestones...||
Because my parents read this blog, the secret might get out, but whatever - I will likely go with some form of jewelry as a lead-in to plans for wedding anniversary #10, which will be in early April. I will probably also get her some merchandise for her obsession with the CW show "Arrow", because for the moments when I am checking in and writing / modding, she will at least have something which reminds her of / depicts Stpehen Amell.
|5 days 17 hours ago||My Question...||
"We continue to drink the “Most Wins in College Football History,” “127 All-Americans,” “42 Big-Ten Titles” Kool-Aid even as we rush for negative 48 yards and get utterly steamrolled by cross-state “Little Brother” Michigan State."
In many other threads, we've mentioned that Michigan's brand equity does do a fair bit to prop it up sometimes and it is very fortunate in that regard. It seems to me that, historically, demand for Michigan tickets is far more inelastic than it is for other programs, and that for us, performance is not a great indicator of attendance necessarily. Very few programs could say that, I think. What I wonder is when do we pass the point where attendance does measurably decrease - are we years and years away or is it closer? I think it is an interesting question.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
I know - that's why I sort of wish Football Outsiders would embark on a project to take their ratings back at least another five years so most teams could see the variation over a more meaningful period (and indeed, over a few coaching regimes in a lot of cases).
At least for me, I think one of the advantages to these numbers is that they've always seemed to illustrate just how nebulous the boundaries of coaching changes can be when compared to performance. That's just one things I've seen in them though.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Some Allow It...||
I could be wrong or misremembering this, but I thought there were some stories perhaps 5 or 6 years ago where LSU, Florida and perhaps a few other schools will actually allow people to have their remains scattered on the field or even have a brief service inside the stadium. It seems more than a little morbid to me, but apparently there are more than a few people that are this devoted to the program for which they cheer.
|5 days 17 hours ago||I'll Bite Here...||
Not to be nitpicky, but I think the better phrasing for this is "What do we wish to see?" because the decisions are not ours in the end and any standard set by this blog is arbitrary by default. If we are aware of this, of course, then that's excellent.
That being said, I would merely be curious to see how the experiences of this year - good and not good - crystallize and get carried into next season. Because this really is the first year we went "full Borges" (2011 and 2012, though under Borges, represented a hybrid philosophy and serve as a shaky basis for comparison to this year), I would actually expect the oft-discussed "second-year jump" to happen next year. Quite a few things mentioned by the OP should improve naturally - theoretically, of course.
I don't know if I attribute predictability strictly to Borges' "limitations", as the OP says. If indeed you do not have confidence that certain sections of the playbook will not be well-executed with the players and experience out there, you probably won't use them much if at all. If it makes a limited number of base plays that much more frequent and therefore predictable, it's still a problem but a dynamic one that I think is simplified if we just hang it on Borges and assume his vision is limited. We don't really know this.
As for blitzes, I think this ties into execution and coaching. If they can read defenses better next year and we start to see the ability to check in and out of plays based on formation a little more frequently, they might be able to mitigate the problem somewhat.
|5 days 18 hours ago||A Bit Of A Shame...||
It is a shame that the database does not go back farther actually - the NCAA archive actually has some of the summary information displayed here, such as FBS rank. For that at least, we can go back into the Carr years:
For fun, we'll just go back to 2003. For total offense and defense for Michigan, per the NCAA archives:
2007 - #68 offense, #24 defense
2006 - #38 offense, #10 defense
2005 - #55 offense, #36 defense
2004 - #46 offense, #33 defense
2003 - #15 offense, #11 defense
|5 days 19 hours ago||Here It Is...||
Brian's tweet from the early part of September regarding these....
|5 days 19 hours ago||No Definite Conclusions...||
Well, if you used the Sagarin numbers right now to predict 2014 - which is a not the best thing to do because of the lack of 2014 data, so take the conclusion for what it is worth - we could likely be 2-3. We would be favored against Rutgers and Northwestern, a slight underdog against ND and a sizeable underdog against MSU and Ohio State. Again, that's based on present data, which may or may not mean as much in 2014. There's still much we don't know.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Interesting...||
I wonder if he was talking about total yards, because the average was 382.83 yards with a standard deviation of 170.40 yards, which basically means were were all over the place. If you normalize the rushing and passing totals, the z-score for rushing for MSU is -2.057 and for Nebraska it is -1.747. For passing, the two lowest were Connecitcut (-1.348) and Iowa (-1.339).
|5 days 22 hours ago||I Have Always Wondered...||
I have thought about this before, about how the selection of music is relatively narrow in its scope and I would be curious to see if the athletic department is open to exploring less common situational accompaniment, if you will. For some reason, Mozart's "Rondo alla turca" comes to mind as somewhat appropriate for in-huddle music, just as an example of what I am talking about here.
|6 days 1 hour ago||The Hurdle...||
The hurdle is still perhaps one of my favorite moments of that game and it just seems to underscore what a nightmare he is for defenses. I sat there near some OSU fans who muttered, "What the hell?" and could only say, "Trouble getting open? Just jump over the defense. Simple."
Thanks for putting this together, DGDestroys.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Already Covered...||
2013 All-Big Ten Teams Announced
This was already posted as a thread, which was in turn bumped to diary status. The diary is still on the front page of diaries, so we shall allow that to stand for now.
|6 days 8 hours ago||If I Am Not Mistaken...||
Well, if I tallied it correctly, the Detroit Lions got it right 63 out of 75 occasions, if the bot is indeed accurate. I would consider an 84% rate of "Good call" on that algorithm rather good, if some other random teams that I've looked at are representative of the NFL as a whole.
Interesting link. Thanks for sharing this.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Not Necessarily Related...||
This is not necessarily related, but on the chance that someone who reads this thread might wonder about this, the Bentley Library does maintain a list of Michigan athletes who have participated in the modern Olympics by year. The link is (HERE) - it is current to 2012 right now, of course.
|6 days 10 hours ago||As You May Guess...||
As you might have guessed, AL.com is all over this (HERE).
According to this, the victim's sister (there is a link to more detailed information in the story above) had an account of the story which went as follows:
" Neketa Shepherd said her sister was an Alabama fan, but even more than Alabama, she loved The Miami Heat. After the game ended, she and her sister were joking around, not about Alabama's loss, but about the Miami Heat. Briskey, Neketa Shepherd said, apparently took their joking the wrong way and became mad that they weren't more upset over Alabama's loss."
|6 days 11 hours ago||Perhaps Confirmed...||
Per this CBS article here - LINK .
Mike Axisa writes:
"Washington has been looking to bolster its rotation behind Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez this offseason while Detroit was shopping a starter in an effort to free up cash and a rotation spot for Drew Smyly. Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projected Fister to earn $6.9 million in his second trip through arbitration."
It is a developing story, so they ask people to "stay tuned", if you will.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Seems Legit...||
....because the story is on their athletic department website here (LINK). From that release:
"Going forward, the popular logo will be known as "Victory Yosef." The logo will be prominently featured on merchandise available at outlets throughout the region during the holiday season, including Appalachian State's University Bookstore and Sports Fanatic in the Boone Mall."
|6 days 12 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Welcome to Michigan, Cooper Marody!
I like the photos side-by-side - if that is any indication, this is definitely a place he has a connection with. Glad to see that he will have an opportunity to be here as a player rather than a visitor.
|6 days 12 hours ago||The Gallon Thing...||
I suppose I don't get the WR selections - well, I get Allen Robinson, but Jared Abbredaris was less prolific than Gallon as a WR statistically. He was Big Ten Offensive POTW twice, second in Big Ten receiving yards per game, I believe. I wonder what the rationale was for this decision, because I don't see where they were going with it.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Basically Duplication...||
Big Ten Awards: Lewan & Funchess Win OL/TE of the Year Awards, +others
Nearly all of the information in this post is covered in the post that was just below it, so the OP is welcome to fill in the blanks in that thread. Seems like one should be enough.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Friendly Reminder...||
Do not resort to calling people "dumb".
I know that this topic is a passionate one for people, but we need to try and refrain from personal insults and gratuitous abuse as a substitute for considered opinion. This goes similarly for the divisive "apologist" talk and all the other nonsense put forth on the board lately.
|6 days 13 hours ago||The Exchange...||
The exchange was deleted and names are being taken down as I type. I had a feeling that some people would likely lose their crap / lunch / savings over the news, but man, this thread escalated quickly...
|6 days 13 hours ago||Nice Article...||
Very well-written piece, and like Erik In Dayton, it makes me want more Michigan football right now. Indeed, if I could watch games as entertaining as that one and there wasn't a work / money thing in life, I would probably do that. That being said, my wife likes that I try to climb the corporate ladder, but the whimsical me is willing to entertain football-related suggestions that pay what I make now.
|6 days 14 hours ago||This Is An Excellent Question...||
....and I believe the appropriate reply is this:
|6 days 14 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
The great thing about the mod powers is that I can delete my own double posts.
*waves wand, which is really a martini mixer*
|6 days 15 hours ago||I Believe I Get It...||
Without making any evaluative statements about the staff, I don't know if anyone here could be wholly shocked at this development, but perhaps I am wrong in this. It obviously does not thrill some people, but at no point was it out of the realm of possibility that zero changes would be made.
As for me personally, I wasn't completely enthralled with the performance of the offense this year like many, but I understand - from a continuity standpoint - why they might take this direction and give the staff another year with these same players (plus 2014, assuming there are some early contributors) and this year of experience, good and not so good. They've had a down sort of year, the first year where they were free to go "full Borges", if you will, and I don't mind seeing what the second year of "full Borges" looks like.
If 2014 has similar stumbles, yeah, there would be some pretty pressing questions for this staff, but my theory - which may be totally insane as the rest of my theories are - is that you just saw 2011 if we had never had Dilithium, or some apporximation of that scenario.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Interesting Indeed...||
I believe this means we will face Froholdt then when we play Arkansas in the OOC schedule in a few years. I would be curious to see how he looks with a couple years in the system down there, because the film on him looked pretty good, I thought. In any case, good luck to him down in Arkansas.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Not A Shocking Choice...||
As others said, there was a rather brief, largely unheralded statement this morning that Chris Petersen had withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, and indeed, only an hour or so ago, the only reports were still about Sarkisian interviewing for the position. There was also a report from ESPN that James Franklin was in the running, but that proved to be untrue per Bruce Feldman.
This is something I thought USC might do - get someone with ties to the program. As I recall, Steve Sarkisian was an assistant, QB coach and even OC under Pete Carroll for two separate stints.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Very Well Done...||
Very well done! I wonder if BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock would have been a good Tarkin.
"Enough of this! Delany, put down the money!"
...or later on...
"Would you prefer another conference, a non-AQ conference? Then name the team!"
"Boise State. I want Boise State."
"There, you see, Mr. Delaney, he can be reasonable...continue with the selection process, you may announce when ready."
|6 days 20 hours ago||My Experience Here...||
Fortunately for me, I have a hyper-organized wife who strategically filled my Amazon shopping cart yesterday, so that is essentially what my Cyber Monday experience is when it comes to gifts for other people. Now, I have the day to shop for myself - probably with like $10 given the size of my wife's cart.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Parent Here As Well...||
My kids are 7 and 6 and are really only now developing an interest in playing / watching sports (i.e., in the past year or so), but any general crabiness or disdain I felt with losses had begun to moderate before my kids were born, and for their sake, I accelerated the process of learning how to neatly compartmentalize those feelings and look at losses three-dimensionally (with context, in other words). Disappointed that we lost, but very pleased with the heart and pride that Michigan displayed, especially when a lot of people wrote this off as a beatdown.
As much as I am obsessed with sports, over the years it has found a place within my life where the passion has different expression. I became engrossed in predictive analytics, for example, years ago (when I was still an undergrad really) and being bummed after a loss was transmuted into a search for the causes - becoming a serious student of the game helped mitigate my feelings towards my own team not succeeding. For me anyway, being able to intelligently discern why you were not victorious and what could be done next time helps me process the letdown.
|1 week 1 hour ago||In The Past...||
I believe that, in the past, some lid was kept on OT throughout basketball season as well, but perhaps not as strict. That is to say, it was technically "No OT season", but things like Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones threads stayed depending on the sports situation as a whole.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Awesome Moment...||
This is one of those moments that reminds everyone that there are things that unite all of us, and the story of this young man is one of those things. As some said in the thread about this story many months ago, the tumor was an instance where we hoped and prayed that "Michigan" was not victorious. Hopefully, he had an excellent time at the Big House even if some of us walked away a little down. His story reminds us there can be more at stake than game results.
|1 week 9 hours ago||For Me Anyway...||
If I put aside my Michigan fandom and results (it was a heartbreaker, to be sure), I would probably put this game in the top 10 for me, if for no other reason than I was absolutely riveted (save for the moments I was trying to get asignal and monitor MGoBlog) right up until the very end. The statistics on defense may not have been great for us, and the two-point conversion attempt might have been deflating for us, but for entertainment, this was right up there for me.
|1 week 9 hours ago||If It Were Cleaned Up...||
Ohio State won't suspend ejected players from Big Ten title game
If the trolling and general sniping were cleaned up in this thread, there would scarcely be a thread. It's an interesting topic, but this was far too MLive-ish in some respects to stay on the board. I don't think that's what we need here.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Question Regarding This...||
Perhaps someone has found something that I have not, but is there a list of projected honorees anywhere? I thought there might have been a few reasoned articles last year on the subject but I haven't found anything regarding this year's potential candidates. Well, in my travels, a certain site that is site non grata here had a flagrantly biased projection, I should say. I was wondering if anyone had stumbled upon one wherein Ohio State does not win all the awards, if you will.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Giving It A Go...||
Modding Haiku threads
It is difficult to do
Adding to these threads
Often just as hard to do
So many odd thoughts
|1 week 11 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
Yes indeed, and this is why I qualified it, of course - they aren't completely comparable, but the numbers are interesting side-by-side all the same. Florida's situation is rather different, and as you mentioned, they've had this problem for a bit now.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Limited Comparison....||
Granted, this is a limited comparison - SEC vs. Big Ten and other qualifiers apply (like their injury situation) - but so you can see that we are, at least, doing somewhat better than Florida this year:
I only post this in the event anyone was curious as to what the two situations looke like. The rank in FBS play is in parentheses here.
|1 week 13 hours ago||At The Time...||
Possible coaching moves
At this time, unless someone has specific information which they can share freely, please contribute these thoughts to the numerous threads on the first few pages of the board. There is a point where endless theorizing is just not productive unless we have information.
Al Borges must still be fired
The position of a sizeable portion of MGoBloggers is well-understood and can be discussed in about 800,000,000 other threads created over the past month. Nothing new here, and another thread on the subject really is not needed.
|1 week 14 hours ago||For The Highlight...||
This link should take you to the highlight - awesome grab indeed. (LINK)
If it does not work, as some may know, if you find the live update for this game on NFL.com and go to "Analyze Scoring Summary", you should be able to click on the appropriate link.
|1 week 14 hours ago||The Times-Union Piece...||
A couple days ago, the Florida Times-Union did a nice piece on Henne that I happened across as I tried to keep myself occupied on Black Friday. I went back and found it - LINK
When asked about his future, as his contract expires at the end of the season, he said:
He added, “I just want to play my best football these last five weeks and just give myself a shot to stay here and have confidence in the coaching staff and the organization.’’
He seems to be building a life for himself down there, so it would be great for him to land the job long-term.
|1 week 15 hours ago||You'll Pardon Me...||
I hope the no one will be offended if I declare this one of the better examples of hindsight bias posted on the board in recent memory. Having read the piece at 11 Warriors now, I find the claim dubious because the play gave Devin a few options in reality, so they may have practiced the formation, but there is no way they knew exactly what was going to happen. In any case, a defense that is reading an offense like a book does not give up 603 yards to that offense, and the call was a well-conceived one that simply did not pan out. I have to say, I was not looking forward to Hyde and Miller in OT - I would imagine no one on the field for us was.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Just My Guess...||
Others have mentioned this, but on a broad level, the adjustments that need to be made are relatively narrow in their focus - the interior offensive line, for starters. Some better protection up front this year and possibly we get two games back this year, I would think. That's simply one example, of course.
I said it elsewhere - it is difficult at the present time to project records without seeing perhaps how the offseason develops and what the competition for positions looks like once the 2014 crowd gets to campus.
What is important is that quite a few players got a ton of on-field experience before they might have on other teams, and I have to believe the lessons crystallize into something positive and that continued coaching and learning the playbook makes them overall better ideally. This year and its lessons should translate into a team that I would estimate (based on very little data right now, of course) should be a couple games better next year.
|1 week 16 hours ago||The Tumble...||
The effect when it comes to seasonal averages is sort of intriguing - before the game on Saturday, we were the #16 rushing defense, allowing 116.4 yards per game on the ground on average. Right now, we fell 16 places to #32, with the average now being 139.4 yards per game.
Now, the numbers are tight, so it isn't as if there is a lot of separation between most places, but it is a significant hit in our FBS rushing defense ranking all the same. Interestingly, it only drops us in the conference rankings from 4th to 5th (7th best if adjusted to conference games only).
|1 week 18 hours ago||In The AP Poll...||
Among 60 voters, the #2 vote for Ohio State was fairly uniform - 47 out of the 60 voters placed them second in the poll. The remaining votes were 3rd (9 votes), 4th (2 votes), 5th (1 vote) and a vote from one Drew Sharp, who placed Ohio State 8th on his ballot.
MSU had a fairly split opinion across ballots - 7 votes for 6th, 6 votes for 7th, 7 votes for 8th, 13 votes for 9th and 15 votes for 10th. Below that, a hodgepodge of votes going as low as 16th.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Theoretically...||
If you run this through Massey's simulator:
I can't remember precisely, but I think ESPN's prediction of the Texas Bowl (well, one of the two people that do these for them) was another slightly favorable one for us on paper.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I Think You're Right...||
I went back through the film and listened...it is "double turds". It is the priest that yells "Rat Farts!" when he misses the putt. My still not 100% sober mind combined the lines. Apologies.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Partial Answer...||
I was going to address this a little differently in the summary, but actually, the average size for home game threads was 1,283 posts and 1,928 for away games. We were much more "curse efficient" and prolific during away games - 70.06% of all swearing was in away threads.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Alternatively...||
There is that, of course. I will likely include this if I do a basketball verson of this.
Also, I might add "Double Farts!", mainly because Spaulding's background curses in Caddyshack are pretty classic and it is an oft-referenced film around these parts.
|1 week 21 hours ago||At Least Weis...||
Yeah, this would look nothing like the Top 10 that I would have guessed, which is rather the reason I posted it as the perspective over at that site is very different. Weis is doing a subpar job even by Kansas standards, which is not saying much lately, and I am not even sure Bielema is in realizable danger of being a 1-and-out down in Arkansas, although some Razorback fans would probably be OK with that right now. I am not sure how Wilson ends up here myself, unless this is a metric based largely on record, but he seems to be in the midst of turning Indiana into something other than what it has been.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Over At "Coaches Hot Seat"...||
The Top 10 for college football over their is an interesting group. By their figuring, the coaches in the most danger are:
|1 week 22 hours ago||The Fatalism...||
I have to say that statements like this about games which are basically a year away and made with no foreknowledge of how the 2014 team will perform (as it will not be completely the same) tend to bother me somewhat. The road record to date may not be impressive, but we don't really know what the introduction of new players, the maturity in the preferred schemes, the changes in experience and the corresponding changes on other teams will do to next year's results, home or away. These sort of pronouncements, at least to me, simply come across as unconfident at the present time.
|1 week 1 day ago||Could Be Wrong...||
I believe Devin Gardner may have set the bar for the most completions in The Game as well. Just going from memory here, but I think Tom Brady had 30 or 31 in 1998 and Gardner had 32 completions yesterday. I could be wrong, but if it is correct, then it should be a single-game record against Ohio State and likely a top five performance all time for a Michigan QB in this category.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Symbolism...||
I rather like the symbolism here - Marcus Hall definitely went to plaid after the fight had been broken up and may very well have overshot football by a week and a half.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why Not Indeed...||
I will defer to the paid staff if they wish to remove this one, but appreciation for the founder of this blog and provider of this space is definitely not a bad thing to show. Indeed, I am grateful to be able to interact with some of the most fanatical Michigan people on the face of the Earth here, and I am thankful that I am trusted to help defend this blog and its purpose through being a mod.
|1 week 1 day ago||Oh Yes...||
We do, and for some of them, it gets to a point where they are so recognizable or they learn how to dance on the line, if you will, that those people get the "wait and see" approach. Again, I can only speak for myself, but I do keep lists of users and previous suspected / known accounts so repeated trolling can be fished out or at least mitigated.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Say...||
I don't see how anyone can doubt that Devin Gardner is blue through and through and doubt that he gives his absolute best to this team on a daily basis. It has always been clear, and perhaps most clear today, that this is precisely what he does. There were some good performances today, but Gardner did not quit, even when hurt, and produced at an incredible level.
|1 week 1 day ago||One Of The Issues...||
I can only speak for how I work around here, but the removal of the moderation system increased the reliance on reporting and simply happening upon such people in a sea of comments. Many do get removed, some get missed, others create new accounts because they either feel that they were unfairly banned or that it is their mission to troll the boards. If part of the intent here is to do a dump of such people, I am in favor of it and will assist.
|1 week 1 day ago||What Is Sad...||
It is true that a few longtime MGoBloggers have been removed for things posted in open threads and postgame threads throughout this season and we can only get to a fraction of what probably should go. If there is going to be a purge of gratuitous negativity and general "concern trolling", if you will, now is probably a good time to do it.
|1 week 1 day ago||This Is Fine...||
This is fine, and thanks to Brown Bear for putting this here.
Indeed, this will be the official perspective thread for a while, I believe, since we really only should try to keep one such thread.
Perspective for me - sometimes after losses, I've found myself playing music that was admittedly a little dour lately, but tonight, it "Get On Up", a nice little song from the 1960s by a group called the Esquires. I feel a bit upbeat despite everything.
|1 week 1 day ago||Probably A Snowflake...||
Ohio knew what was coming on the 2-pt conversion
This could easily be in the coaching or offense snowflake, I would think.
|1 week 1 day ago||Per Their Site...||
Per their site, if they do have the game, it is typically available for two weeks, so you would have plenty of opportunities to watch if you couldn't do so right away.
|1 week 1 day ago||Regarding Gibbons...||
I don't remember seeing Gibbons on crutches, but I wasn't in the best position. He was spotted in street clothes - as others have mentioned - during special teams warmup and thus the news that he was out. Supposedly, he tweaked something in practice but I don't think there has been specific information as yet. There were photos floating about on twitter around gametime of him in sweats and his jersey.
|1 week 1 day ago||Meanwhile...||
Clemson muffs a punt and it costs them a TD - South Carolina is now up 14-7 early in the 2nd quarter now.
Over the SEC, I wonder what Kentucky and Tennessee play for now that they've opted not to play for the Beer Barrel or whatever it was...
|1 week 1 day ago||Just Wow...||
I am going to guess that Aurburn jumps Ohio State anyway, but wow.....I don't know if there is any other word which sums up the end to that game. Alabama outgained Auburn by a smidge over 100 yards, but Auburn was by far the more efficient team on offense in this game, I would say.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Iron Bowl...||
- Alabama has not exactly played like a team favored by 10 points or so throughout the entire game. Auburn's #6-ranked rushing offense really has done a good job overall.
- Sewing machines on the sideline in the SEC are apparently a thing. I did not realize the you could have a tailor / seamstress on staff per the NCAA rules.
|1 week 1 day ago||A Little Cleanup...||
The Hardest Part
Probably could be parceled out and posted in numerous existing threads. Also, if the song I am thinking of is any indication, clearly it was Ned Beatty who had the hardest part.
What a Turn of Events for Bucknuts
We have one or two threads which - when combined - cover this particular topic. Not a bad idea though.
|1 week 1 day ago||As Of Now...||
At last report - and this will likely get updated in the next day or two - ESPN's prognosticators had us either in the Texas Bowl versus Texas Tech or in the Gator Bowl versus Georgia. As someone mentioned, as of right now (subject to normal Sunday update), Jerry Palm has us in the Gator Bowl versus Vanderbilt.
|1 week 1 day ago||Could Be Wrong...||
Since it is a conference game, so BTN2Go should have it after midnight - I believe that is the agreement they have with ABC / ESPN. I am not quite sure when ESPN would have the replay. If you have a participating provider with BTN, however, you should be able to see it tomorrow if you did not see it today (or if you were there and wanted to see it on TV).
|1 week 1 day ago||If It Updated...||
If it is updated, Gallon only needs 43 yards to pass Amani Toomer on the all-time list and become third there. The company is not bad as it is - Braylon Edwards, Anthony Carter, Amani Toomer, Jeremy Gallon and David Terrell in the top five right now. The next few are Manningham, Roundtree and Streets.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sad Behavior...||
It seems like most every fanbase has a contingent whose expectations for the behavior of their compatriots are both warped and unrealistic and these same people have a low tolerance for perceived unorthodxy, such as being a human being in the case of Herbstreit. It once again illustrates the idea that, if sports are this core to one's being, there is someone who needs to stay home for a game or two and read a book.
|1 week 1 day ago||Realizable Chances...||
Without knowing what exactly the thoughts of Hoke (and perhaps to some extent, David Brandon) are, it would be impossible to say. If I had to guess at anything, I would say that there was perhaps a realizable chance that Al Borges was not in serious danger regardless, but then he still does have to navigate the yearly sit-down with his superiors and we could be shocked still (some by his retention, others by his removal). I guess sometimes I find these threads an odd exercise because we're not the ones who have the power to make the call.
|1 week 1 day ago||Possibly...||
Obviously, we'll know tomorrow, but I have to believe that if Alabama wins handily here, then between that possibility and Florida State having more or less mauled Florida (because we were expecting different, right?), Ohio State is probably still on the outside looking in when it comes to the championship game. Again, I could be off here, but the way the model seems to work, it seems possible that Ohio State gets shut out of it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Regarding The Fumble Call...||
I think Ace has a great still of his knee clearly being down, which is what every other angle that I have seen shows - there were a few good angles on this really. Yeah, that was a rather terrible call.
|1 week 1 day ago||Can't Question It...||
I personally don't see how anyone can question the heart of Devin Gardner - he went out there hurt and was still producing at a remarkable level. The final line is 451 yards of passing, 32 of 47 or 68.1% completion ratio, 14.09 yards per completion and 9.60 yards per attempt. Through the air, it was good for 4 TDs and 1 INT that really doesn't count (as it came on the 2-point conv. attempt - not officially an INT) . He came to play and he played incredibly well.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hard To Quibble...||
Absolutely the right call in that situation. Even I was standing there (at home, having left early to take care of a situation) listening and holding two fingers up. I don't see how you do anything else given the dynamics of that situation. I would have have loved a better outcome, but I think it might be hard to quibble with that.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Defense...||
It's difficult to watch one of the best rushing defenses in FBS allow 393 yards of rushing, but Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde have made many a defense look rather lost throughout their time at Ohio State. Of course, Ohio State is the #5 rushing offense in the country - I don't think we've faced anyone quite that good on the ground this season.
Statistically, it was not the best performance by any stretch - we allowed 8.62 yards per snap. Really liked what Gedeon was doing out there, and there was some good play by Ryan, Countess and a couple others. Adopt, adapt and improve, I suppose. Still hard to be mad about anything in this game.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Offense...||
Well, after a few weeks of what might be considered troubling production, we managed to get 7.35 yards per offensive snap today as well as 4.3 yards per carry, both of which were excellent numbers to see out of this unit in a game where they were predicted to not be able to manage much. They gave the Buckeyes one hell of a game right to the wire. I don't know that I would have more than minor quibbles with playcalling. Pulling out all the stops got us 603 yards against a serviceable defense. Hard to complain about that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, There Was That....||
Well, it looks better than anyone thought, I think....hopefully, we can keep it up:
|1 week 1 day ago||The Word Is...||
The word from Twitter is he tweaked something in practice. It looks as if Matt Wile will be taking on his duties today. As you said though, Kenny Allen is warming up too.
|1 week 1 day ago||In That Event...||
"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as running inside for realizable yardage and a first down to let us know that the world hadn't ended."
It's a terrible paraphrase perhaps, but it seems to capture one of the greatest concerns of this board. The Dark Knight Rises is pretty quotable.
To the OP - excellent work!
|1 week 1 day ago||We've Been There....||
This became evident to me in the prediction thread that began yesterday. A great number of us (myself included admittedly) were definitely hoping for a Michigan win, but if you go back there, you'll find that the overwhelming majority of picks are for the Buckeyes. Based on likely scenarios, it isn't an unreasonable prediction either, and yes, the feeling blows.
Still, for a few hours - screw predictive analytics and Go Blue. Yes, I said this.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good Idea, But...||
26-24 Michigan. **** -Hio.
There was a prediction thread only recently pushed off the first page, and there is a "BEAT OHIO" thread already. Because we're going to need to manage other content later, let us keep these things in those threads, folks.