fair point that
|2 hours 13 min ago||All By Myself....||
As I am all by myself this evening - mother-in-law has the kids and my wife is at work - I went with the Guinness Extra Stout. I must remember not to have the beer replace dinner, of course, even though the "meal in a bottle" concept is not a bad concept with any beer.
|2 hours 17 min ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
Here's the TeamRankings comparison for the discussion:
|4 hours 14 min ago||That One Story...||
We then spent 10 minutes calming the kid down, but in the middle of it the kid asks me "why cant we win good?" To which I also had no answer. I went to my car and grabbed a toy that my niece left in the car. I gave it to him and told him to cheer up, but I couldn't help but feel for him.
Although I hate to chuckle when you hear about kids trying to process a loss like that, the fact that this guy volunteered a toy that didn't belong to him in an effort to calm down this kid made me laugh for some reason. It might as well have been a wrapper with a half-eaten BK Tendercrisp in it - "Here, will this help?"
|4 hours 33 min ago||Terrible News...||
I had heard of the Mirror Lake jump leading to injuries before, but never death - that's the one thing you never want to hear, especially when it is something like students who were engaging in a campus tradition, turning a happy moment into a horrifying one. Very tragic and sad. Condolences to the family and friends of this student.
|4 hours 41 min ago||I Laughed...||
As I got to that part, I broke out laughing in the background of a rather serious moment in a show that my wife was watching in the family room, so I sort of had to explain myself that time (definitely not the first time I had to explain seemingly inappropriate laughter). However, I would actually be disappointed if Jim could not pull that off honestly.
|7 hours 14 min ago||Agree With This...||
There are a few things I could probably name that stand out, but this is also one of them. The fact that the playcalling is intelligent and has led to these nice, methodical drives on offense and to a defense that can change its face and adjust to whatever is in front of it has been a nice surprise. Add to that the fact that the adjustments throughout the game are directed and the staff has turned weakness into strength through some of the playcalling, and you have to say that the overall playcalling has been very fun to watch overall.
|8 hours 42 min ago||Question...||
I've been actualy wondering about how much of the Indiana film you believe that Ohio State might be scouting - it seems like the game they might actually try and pull ideas from, that and Minnesota. Do you foresee them trying, for example, zone stretch with Elliott just to see if they can get away with it?
|9 hours 51 sec ago||Now I Am Intrigued...||
OK, now I am intrigued. I am curious to see where you believe the banner fits into the alleged incident allegedly involving Craig James and five hookers. I am assuming this is going in the direction of it being used either as a mat to avoid spillage on a floor or as a wrap for the deceased, but I find your take interesting.
|9 hours 6 min ago||I Will Say This...||
I will say this, that for the times that I have been down there to watch Michigan play at Columbus, it seems like Bob Ufer was indeed correct if you wander around the stadium - you see about 10,000 alumni / alumnae and 74,000 truckers. Granted, the place is far larger than it was when he said that - it's more like 94,000 truckers now.
|12 hours 8 min ago||Today And Tomorrow...||
Today, I work in the AM only and then I basically get to drop my kids off with their grnadmother at 3 PM and I will have the remainder of the day to myself as my wife is working until late.
Tomorrow, pretty much the same tradition - family arrives just in time for some part of the dinner to be running a bit behind, but then everyone eats while the Lions play and then wakes up just in time to see the final score.
|12 hours 14 min ago||Good Stuff...||
I have had some run-ins with real life myself in the course of this year - the largest one is that my father's battle with Parkinson's is starting to become a true battle on a daily basis and we had our first real scare when he had a small stroke in June. It puts an intriguing spin on holidays like Thanksigivng and - soon enough - Christmas because now I have begun to think about how many more of these will he be in my life for, but I also am learning to appreciate those moments more than I have in the past.
Through it all, MGoBlog has been a refuge of sorts for something about which I have always been passionate - Michigan athletics, the University, and the community surrounding it. Not just Ann Arbor, the city that basically raised me, but this highly engaged subset of the Michigan fanbase on MGoBlog that has, through the years, raised the bar on sports discussion with just the right hint of highly educated wit and obscure pop references to keep me coming back each day.
My thanks to the community was to take on its most thankless job, of course - being a mod. That might say a lot about my sanity and very little of it is likely promising, but it is my way of saying "Thanks" to everyone.
|21 hours 4 min ago||Same Here...||
I was in the midst of elementary school at the time, but my parents took me - primarily because I was already of the opinion that seeing Ohio State defeated was a nice day-capper. I definitely have a clear memory of this for one of the reasons some have stated - the place went absolutely nuts, was incredibly loud, but what a play indeed. We were near the Michigan bench, so that might have been the first good view I had of our now-coach.
|21 hours 18 min ago||The Exception...||
The MAC is one of those rare exceptions where I almost never check Massey or TeamRankings or any other site with predictive statistics before the game actually kicks off. I offer into evidence the fact that at this very moment, the Bobcats happen to be up 13 on the Huskies.
|23 hours 4 min ago||Full Rankings...||
Full rankings to help with the discussion:
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
18. Ole Miss
20. Washington State
21. Miss St
|23 hours 26 min ago||I Don't Know...||
"But I just think he needed to get this team more grounded. I think that train left long ago. I think the culmination was a mess on Saturday in Columbus.”
I am going to have to agree with others here - until there is a consistent pattern of game plans that turn out to be wet farts and player behavior which turns wet farts into something even more detrimental, it might be a smidge early to pull the alarm in Columbus. Of course, it may happen in time if we're going to use Florida as the basis for the assumption, but we're probably not there quite yet.
|23 hours 37 min ago||Other Reports...||
According to this article from 247Sports - LINK - Mullen is also thought to be a rather serious candidate for the Virginia Tech job, and I would think that he would be an interesting replacement for Frank Beamer if indeed that materialized (we know so little right now, of course).
|23 hours 51 min ago||The Snap Totals...||
He has played a total of 809 snaps so far this season, an average of more than 80 per game, with 635 snaps coming on defense, 150 on special teams and 24 on offense.
I actually didn't realize the average had been consistently that high all year, although with the opening of the "Peppers The RB" portion of the playbook (as well as all the work on special teams), it makes a lot of sense. You definitely can't say he is not one of the hardest working players on that team - he definitely is.
|1 day 2 min ago||I Will Say...||
Hopefully, I am not the only one who would find having a wide receiver named McDoom on the roster rather an awesome thing. Probably one of the more appropriate names for a wide receiver in recent memory.
|1 day 5 hours ago||I've Got One...||
I've got the blue version of the shirt with the maize Ohio and lettering - actually, the only interaction that the shirt has ever caused was one that was rather amusing and a conversation I had to excuse myslf from so I could laugh. I wore it into work on storm one time (I spent a lot of time dispatching from a conference room, so no one cares how I dress in this situation) and I was walking over to get coffee and heard, "What do you have against West Virginia?"
I looked around, not even thinking someone could misidentify Ohio.
"Your shirt, Lorne..."
"Oh, no, that's Ohio...."
|1 day 6 hours ago||I Can Do This...||
This is an improvement definitely. The most startling revelation from last week's crew is that Huard and I apparently had the same or very similar sweater vests. My sweater vest has since been burned in the hope that a better set of announcers might be possible and it seems like that was achieved.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Top Four...||
If I had to guess the top four right now:
Clemson, Notre Dame, Iowa, Alabama - not necessarily in order - and that Iowa could be in that picture despite having an SOS that probably is the statistical outlier among the four is interesting.
Next four -
Ohio State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma - big guess there. Bedlam is going to be a huge game for relative final position, I assume.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Interesting....||
So when he took the job at Michigan, it makes complete sense that he'd go right back to the relationships he built while recruiting for those programs. While at Stanford, California and Texas were primary recruiting territories.
For a long time now, the prime recruiting territories per capita have been in the west and south anyway, or so it seems. I can remember places like Ohio and Illinois being big 20-25 years ago, but each year since it seems like the relative scope of schools that go there that aren't right there, if you will, decreases. That being said, I don't think this staff would simply overlook it - they do seem to have eyes everywhere sometimes.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Yeah...||
The biggest issue over here is that we are still doing some cleanup work associated from the outages caused on Saturday evening and once in a while between the gluts of dispatching people, there are down moments. Without a functional MGoBlog, those tend to be very down moments indeed. On the upside, I managed to get real things done.
|1 day 8 hours ago||About This...||
Even without the rain, it could be problematic. The snow on Saturday fell with the ground still being warm-ish, so even though there are folks like me who watch 6-8 inches fall and stick during the Penn State game, it may has well have rained from how wet it is beneath right now. The rain definitely will not help that. Fingers crossed though, as I planned to utilize the course myself.
|1 day 20 hours ago||There Are A Few...||
There are actually a few who post here with varied degrees of a regularity, and many who just lurk (I've talked to a few on Twitter actually). There is at least one regular, in fact, who played concurrently with Jim Harbaugh, come to think of it, or so I would understand from the discussions I've had with him.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Made One...||
In another group at my office, there is indeed a Buckeye, a very nervous Buckeye at the moment, but we did make a small wager all the same. If Ohio State wins, I will buy him a nice lunch at a restaurant of his choice (within a reasonable distance of the office, of course, but that was his choice), and if Michigan wins, the buyer and benificiary are simply reversed. Oh, and the loser in each scenario displays the flag of the other school in their office for a week too.
|2 days 20 min ago||Bad Sign...||
It's definitely a bad sign for Mark Richt when he's lost control of silent commitments, meteorology and the dialogue regarding his own future within the span or a year or so, not to mention two of those in the same day.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Great Call...||
|2 days 4 hours ago||Incredibly Sad...||
I saw this come across Twitter and my heart just sank - very heartbroken for the Carr family.
I can't even imagine...and it just is not fair. Thoughts go out to the Carrs in this difficult time.
Cancer can fuck itself.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Exactly...||
This is a group that was witness to Michigan football at its most disjointed and tumultuous on many levels and they stuck together and stayed here and are seeing the beginning of a bright future for their team. I can't think of a better way for them to go out than with a win over Ohio State - that was be a fitting "thank you" in its own right.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
Yeah, it seems like the gist of Harbaugh's statement is that they are going to find more ways to fit him into situational offense schemes, which is great, but I still like the idea of him being primarily a defensive player because we really do need his speed and athleticism in the secondary in conjunction with Lewis and others. It will be interesting to see as they continue to develop the offense next year how Peppers gets used in it and how often though, although I tend to think how often would be governed largely by opponent.
|2 days 5 hours ago||The Matt Frantz Stuff...||
I read it a bit earlier, but I'll agree with this writer - the Frantz stuff was great:
|2 days 6 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Not that I would have needed much urging to be hyped for The Game, particularly this year as well as things have gone in the first year of the Era Of Harbaugh, but that video definitely did increase the hype quite a bit. Well done indeed.
I did like the tagline - "It's not just a game. It's The Game."
|2 days 6 hours ago||I Remember Now...||
I had nearly forgotten that they used to be HDNet. Watched a fair amount of hockey on that station in the early-mid 2000s actually.
They've had the tournament for four years now though, the Battle For Atlantis. That I did not know. Interesting.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I Laughed...||
Miles' teams don't win like Nick Saban's do, but that goes for just about everybody outside of Alabama. They're more fun, and so is Miles himself. Please don't deprive everyone of a head coach who explains out of nowhere that he roots with all his power for Costa Rica's soccer team, LSU.
It's worth keeping Miles for reasons like this alone, never mind the record for a moment. If nothing else, you can walk away from the pressers and interviews entertained and even knowing things you might ot have wanted to know.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Potential Replacements...||
There is already some theorizing on potential replacements, of course.
|2 days 7 hours ago||To Help Out...||
To help people out, here's TeamRankings matchup stats for The Game:
|2 days 8 hours ago||Efficiency...||
The MSU game was not our most efficient obviously, but it is interesting all the same that 3.96 yard per play and about 0.4 points per play were enough to win had that one particular fluke not happened. In recent years past, that would not have cut it against Michigan State generally.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Interesting...||
I actually would take either of those if they panned out, playing Notre Dame or Stanford in a New Year's 6 bowl. After all, there needs to be some way to get the last laugh on Notre Dame and it would just be interesting to see Harbaugh's current team play Harbaugh's former team, which has a very similar philosophy.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Actually...||
Actually, unless there has been a change that I am forgetting or am not aware of, you should be able to start threads now that you are over the 100 point threshhold. If this is the content you want to post, of course, I would suggest posting linked article or anything else substantive that you have on this to bolster the discussion. Things presented as mere rumor here typically won't last long.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Very Cool...||
I hope we get one of these with this weekend's game in Ann Arbor actually - this is pretty cool and it would give me a chance to finally tag myself in such a photo. I've found myself in a couple that they've done at Crisler, but haven't really looked at any FanCam footage from Michigan Stadium.
|2 days 22 hours ago||He Was In...||
He was in there - 2 tackles, both assisted, half a TFL for 3 yards and half a sack for 3 yards were the official stats. Probably not enough to factor much into the PFF grading, but he was definitely in the game.
|2 days 22 hours ago||The Heroes Trophy...||
It has only been a Big Ten rivalry of the true variety for a few years now, but even before they were both in the conference, it seemed like this game never went the way you thought it would historically. Last year's in particular was a pretty crazy game in which Iowa choked it away throughout the 4th quarter and so on into overtime, so it would be interesting to see a crazy game this year too, especially as Nebraska is fighting for its bowl eligibility here.
|3 days 18 min ago||Nice...||
The story about the victory cigar was hilarious - 30 seconds still left on the clock and Evashevski lights up in celebration of a win over Ohio State in 1939. IF only you could get away with something like that today and not be read the riot act by just about everyone in sight of you.
|3 days 2 hours ago||NOLA.com Article...||
NOLA.com is reporting rather voluminously on this story naturally - LINK
Something I found rather interesting:
Miles met privately with athletic department officials last week to discuss his future, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Potential termination options and strategies were discussed, including the possibility of Miles' retiring after the 2016 season.
It doesn't sound like a lot of Tigers fans have that sort of patience, to wait for him to retire after next season, but as others said, I don't think he's short of other opportunities however he leaves LSU.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 3 hours ago||About This...||
I've done it here and there but admittedly I've not been particularly vigilant about it - we can change the timestamps on threads to something closer to the present and put it back on top or near the top. That's about as close as we get to pinning as we get, but I plan to try this out with the OSU game just to see if it helps further.
|3 days 3 hours ago||His Twitter Feed...||
His entire feed is basically stilted discussion of sports or indeed stilted discussions on a host of other issues. The tweets posted by the OP, however, are probably some of the most laughable among them. It's basically like watching someone build a box around themselves which will protect them from actual life and actual information.
|3 days 5 hours ago||1998 Pick...||
Terry Fair was our first round selection in 1998, if memory serves.
We drafted a lot of defense in the first couple rounds in the 1990s, particularly in the late 1990s, or so I remember.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Coin Toss...||
A lot of the algorithms have had the Michigan / OSU game coming down to a point or two in either direction for a couple weeks now, so there's been a lot of talk about how - perhaps for the first time in a while - this game is essentially a coin toss from a betting standpoint. Like so many things about this season thus far, walking into the OSU game 9-2 and all that, I can take that.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Not Sure...||
It always seems like The Game is one of those contests that hardly ever correlates to the direction of a particular team's season, but I do wonder if yesterday's loss was so jarring to OSU that they would be walking into Ann Arbor at a psychological disadvantage. It seemed apparent from Elliott's comments and the comments of others that all may not be well in that locker room - sometimes a loss only helps things unravel further in those situations.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
Would you root for MSU in CFB championship?
The crowd spoke on this one.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I'd Take It...||
Although I don't know how the now vastly changed BTCG picture factors in entirely, I would take the Rose Bowl if it somehow worked out that way. It would definitely still sit well above what seems like a very conservative estimate of lilkely bowls made back in August, along with record and other predictions. Who would have thought in year one, eh?
|3 days 8 hours ago||Of Course...||
Of course, they would agree....well, their fans would....
|3 days 10 hours ago||OddsShark...||
OddsShark does have the line summary yet, but their matchup summary to go with it is already up, at least most of it - the summary stats for each team are available anyway - LINK
The predicted score on their site favors OSU by only one point. I would imagine the line opens a little broader than that (as others have said, OSU -3 or thereabouts), but on a lot of algorithms, this game seems to be turning out to be a tossup. I would take that.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Thought This Too...||
I will admit, the first reply to that tweet is rather what I was thinking....sarcastically, like the person who said it:
"the first snow penis of the season is always so special"
There was even on Spartan fan (assuming so from their avatar) who thought that Cedar Village should be razed. Who shall build the snow penises then?
|3 days 10 hours ago||The Game Plan...||
The fact that OSU fans are actively shopping Tim Beck for available vacancies this morning speaks volumes about what they thought about that particular game plan too, and I have to say as a third party watching that game, I don't exactly blame them. Why Beck would go so conservative at such critical points was unimaginable to me having seen Tom Herman find ways to get everyone involved on offense in previous years? I mean, on a couple plates late, they went to an offset "I", something that MSU could defend in its sleep really. I would love to know why.
|3 days 21 hours ago||There Is Drinking Involved...||
While it would have indeed been nice to see an OSU win for purposes of our BTCG chances and for no other reason (you might have a problem if there is another reason you were wanting this scenario), they did choke and we actually opened a bottle of champagne here all the same. That was a couple hours ago, of course - now, it is Spaten Oktoberfest.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Embed Of The Tweet...||
Here's the embed with the video - looks like he had possession all the way inbounds. Wisconsin got fucked there.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Not Yet...||
Les Miles Fired
This was an unsupported story...at least for the time being. Man, LSU lately though....I wonder who they would want in such a scenario all the same.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Just An Estimate...||
Well, it may very well trend downwards after the site has updated, but the estimated chances of a PSU win next week stand at 20% on Massey Ratings right now. Granted, football is a weird sport sometimes and maybe Hackenburg finds some rhythm and exploits MSU's secondary, but it isn't terribly likely. Even less likely now, I bet.
|3 days 22 hours ago||TCU-Oklahoma...||
Going to spend some time with TCU-Oklahoma in a bit. Matchup stats from TeamRankings:
|4 days 20 min ago||Overlapping...||
This one didn't seem like it was going to go much of anywhere, and there's plenty of other football news / views that covers this topic on the board right now.
|4 days 27 min ago||They Weren't Kidding..||
They've spent rather a lot of airtime in the last 15 minutes of so of regulation talking about how costly errors have been in this game for MSU (turnovers responsible for both OSU TDs), but one thing that is more on display rather than explicitly being discussed is Ohio State's somewhat vulnerable rush defense - 39 carries, 149 yards, which is 3.82 yards per carry, but several were for 10+ yards.
|4 days 38 min ago||Brock Huard...||
The "cereal box" throw comment was the one that put me over the top when it came to the abysmal quality of the announcing. As someone on Twitter rightly said, Huard's basically taking his commentary cues from Cards Against Humanity - it just does not work in football, in my opinion, particularly if you don't have the personality to carry it off.
|4 days 43 min ago||I Shall Be There...||
I traded a relative for these tickets because they will be out of town, and in exchange, I gave up my chance to see us play Rutgers. I will definitely say that I got the better end of the deal - out of someone else's necessity, mind you - but still, I wouldn't miss this one for anything. Who would have thought we could be 9-2 walking into this game back in August?
|4 days 47 min ago||On 54 Plays...||
Even better, 207 yards on 54 plays, or only 3.83 yards per play on average allowed. That's a little more like it, I would say. Buried in there are only 70 rushing yards on 22 attempts for Penn State, or 3.18 yards per carry allowed. That's definitely a little more like it.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Some Numbers...||
Once again, the headline on offense was the passing game - Rudock was 25 for 38 for 256 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. That's 10.24 yard per completion or 6.73 yards per attempt.
The running game...30 attempts, 87 yards, or 2.9 yars per attempt on average. The biggest contribution was from De'Veon Smith - 13 for 39 yards, or 3.0 yards per carry.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Considering...||
Considering the vast majority of predictions on the board the other day, I will take that 1st half, but these games still take months off my life.
Also, hopefully there was a discussion about the offside penalties - can't keep doing that, especially when you end up giving away a first down as a result.
|4 days 7 hours ago||About This...||
Whatever people may believe about Corso's value to College GameDay, I do admire his tenacity in the face of an event that does in fact sideline a lot of people for good. There was an Orlando Sentinel article written upon his return to GameDay following the stroke, and he basically doubles down on preparation insomuch as he can, even practicing sets of words out loud to avoid confusing them. He may retire soon anyway, but by appearances he was not going to let his medical status make the decision for him if he could avoid it - I do respect that.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Imagine Though...||
I opened MGoBlog this morning - about 10 minutes ago - and was mindlessly scrolling through this thread and happened to stop hitting the down arrow on this photo. As a result, I am putting Bailey's in my coffee so that the haunting is minimal. After all, there is football today, and worse, I have to face family.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Halftime Stats...||
Here are some of the notable stats at halftime -
Michigan eFG% - 57.69% / Xavier eFG% - 50.00%
Michigan OREB% - 26.67% / Xavier OREB% - 33.33%
Michigan FTR - 34.62% / Xavier FTR - 56.67%
Michigan TOV% - 16.69% / Xavier TOV% - 5.07%
Also, Michigan is operating with a 1.14 on PPP, Xavier is at 1.37.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Minor Cleanup...||
The 1897 Ohio State Buckeyes sucked
Probably won't go much of anywhere...
Ohio State basketball loses to Texas Arlington
Already covered now...
|4 days 22 hours ago||Philosopher's Song....||
Let's treat ourselves with a little alcohol and Monty Python....
|5 days 34 min ago||Interesting...||
You’ll notice that the goal of the policy isn’t to prevent or disallow employees from exploiting inside information, but simply to “limit” them.
You know, that was probably the most striking thing about it. We're not going to say that you can't do it, but try to use disrection of some kind when exploiting this information. It kind of sounds like the reason that they gave for not using all the information from Enigma during WWII - that would have given the game away. Be right strategically, and pretend you know nothing on other occasions.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I Would Agree...||
I would agree - whereas when MSU fans hold signs about us, something about that says volumes about how irrationally focused on us they are, to the exclusion of seeing value in their season beyond that game. When an OSU fan does the same thing, I smile because I know that after all this time, they still care and in some weird fashion it is a compliment.
|5 days 1 hour ago||The Key...||
Even Miamisburg, ohio. Even in my circumstances where a good result may end with a Michigan win, and my brother in law being silent (for the first time since he got his face punched in high school) on the way back to the house.
I think that might be key and one of the things that makes the Michigan fanbase a great one - no matter where you are, if Michigan wins, you feel a connectedness and the Ohio State people in the room can be silenced.
|5 days 6 hours ago||You Know...||
You know, the funniest part of this is that this mistake was made by WLNS in Lansing, of all places. You would think that if there were ever a media market where some care would be taken to avoid #disrespekt, the Lansing media market would be it. Apparently, no one will ever get it completely right, and that's just fine if you ask me.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Supposedly...||
Supposedly Valenti's agent is out there with this interesting tidbit, found at the end of this tweet and in the Carin's article in the link. Mort Meisner - the agent - claims that the Lions would frequently call CBS' Detroit market manager to attempt to rein in Valenti:
|5 days 7 hours ago||I Suppose...||
I suppose if it is me, you let the game be played - hopefully to a conclusion which suits you as a team - and then the ship in orbit can do its thing at 0:00
|5 days 9 hours ago||Oh, Not My Fun...||
As there will be 14 other people i nthe house, all of whom really don't invest nearly the time I do in sports or indeed even care, it's more about them having fun. I'll be the one in front of the TV freaking out and pacing at various points if it gets close or there some BS call or whatever. I definitely won't be in a state to have fun per se.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Banging Indeed...||
Thanksgiving is a two-week ordeal at my house usually - it begins tonight with prep for meal #1, which is tomorrow with a fraction of the family. It is at my house, the Penn State will be on despite the protests of the kids and fun will be had in lieu of a Michigan victory hopefully.
So, between freaking out about cooking and needing to do a few things around the yard before the snow, a bang would definitely help. I promise turkey snadwiches if I can keep my family from picking the damn turkey to the bone.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I Asked....||
I actually asked my wife via text to reply to this thread - she knws my login as she had shadow modded in the past, if you will - but she declined sadly. It might have something to do with the fact that at 8:15 AM, which is when I sent the text, the kids were probably having those last-minute emergencies that are normal before you face school, like lost shoes that are right in front of you or the location of a four-volume set of Minecraft books.
Typically, however, she will ask how I am doing (she knows the "loss groan") and pat me on the back and tell me to Bolivia a bastard if it helps.
|5 days 21 hours ago||You Know...||
Thanks to this photo edit appearing this season, I now imagine Mark Dantonio walking around every day with a bag or two of Lay's or Ruffles or something along those lines epoxyed to his shoulder. For some reason, it puts the last eight years of his life and coaching career in a fascinating and compact perspective.
|5 days 21 hours ago||UCF-ECU...||
I'll be honest, I kind of tuned into this one just to see if it could live up to some abysmally low expectations that I had and the fact of the matter is that, yes, it can even fail to meet those in some respects.
That being said, Justin Holman is having a nice enough game for UCF - he is responsible for 117 of their 163 yards of total offense and threw the pass which accounts for their only score so far.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Nowadays...||
I used to be a borderline wreck after losses, but once our "Long Walk In The Woods" began in earnest in 2007 (some might agrue it truly began with the death of Bo), I learned to put losses in a broader context. Yeah, they are saddening, and I drink - sometimes more than I should after them - but I've learned to be stoic about them. Catharsis helps - "The State Of Our Open Threads", for example, is actually easier to write after losses because it is me venting, and I feel better and able to face my Sunday after that.
Also, I would rather my kids see the me that realizes "yeah, it sucks, but you have to pick yourself up and go at it that much harder next week"
|5 days 23 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
As much as I am a little miffed (well, a lot miffed) that they have so far not gone totally outside the camp to make these hires, part of me is a little more interested in any coach and GM hires. I can live with a Rod Wood if the understanding is (and we're talking about the Fords, mind you) that the football decisions are made by those less immersed in the current managerial culture in Allen Park.
That being said, to me this means the premium on the coach and GM hires (I am presuming Caldwell is no more after this season) is now quite high, in my own opinion.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Actually...||
If you live off of Southfield Road, your best bet might be Southfield south to the freeway portion and then to hit I-96 west from there and avoid 696 and 275 altogether.
An example of how useful the Southfield can be - from where I live in Romulus, we take I-94 to the Southfield to the Lodge to Telegraph to Lone Pine to take the kids to museum at Cranbrook and we can get there in about 35 minutes in decent traffic.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Already Covered...||
Big Ten SEC Challenge in football?
Like many topics, you have to get up rather early in the morning to be the first to post on MGoBlog. Actually, you may have to monitor the Internet constantly and forget sleep to do this.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Disrespekt...||
More Disrespekt - from ESPN
I think we just need to agree as a group that MSU is Judge Smails in this scene:
|6 days 6 hours ago||Same Here...||
I have one that keep large portion of his display up throughout the year, part of the reason being that whatever he did a few years back necessitated the stapling of entire strands to trunks. TO be fair, I see the labor saver aspect here in that he now just has to run extension cords back and forth across the yard, but the day one of those strands physically breaks is going to be an interesting day on the street.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Great Article...||
Everitt was instantly popular. His attitude and back story were a tailored fit for an otherwise gritty football town. While playing center at Michigan, he broke two teeth, his thumb, a foot, his jaw and hand. After breaking the thumb on his right hand, he snapped left-handed and played on.
I still don't think to this day that you could completely destory Steve Everitt. On the field, he was toughness in human form and definitely a favorite player of mine as well. I still remember my father commenting on how he only took one game off after breaking his jaw and I could only say, "Everitt, man." I don't think further explanation was required.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Voted...||
Definitely glad to count myself as contributing to the fan vote on this one as Peppers really has shown himself to be an immediate difference-maker regardless of where he is on the field basically. It will definitely be interesting to see how the other 16 votes go this year - I think he'll win this outright at some point.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Never Understood That...||
That was one of the aspects of the narrative pushed so hard by the NFL beat writers that I never understood, especially since Harbaugh has turned recruiting here into the social media savvy "Michigan Experience", if you will, or at least he has been instrumental in that shift. The improvement seen in all his college stops so far would hardly be possible if Harbaugh found recruiting to be a drag.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Interesting...||
Mullen smarter than you guys think. He let bama win so they can get a NC. Mullen knows Saban gonna leave bama after he wins another one. We just setting ourselves up for longterm success vs bama. Saban playing checkers. Mullen playing chess
If only that were the actual thinking, Mullen probably would be heralded as the most brilliant person that happened upon the SEC. Lose strategically, allow Saban to become bored with the status quo and near annual dominance. Saban leaves, and Mullen is a strong player in the ensuing revolution. If that's the case, I like where his mind is at here.
|6 days 23 hours ago||That Last Point...||
Right now, though, after three below-average performances in their last four games, it is going to be tough for them to get the momentum back that they once had. But that doesn’t mean they are ever going to stop trying. They could finish 0-2, 1-1, or 2-0, and in all three scenarios none of it is going to be easy for the opponents.
By the numbers, the current chances of us going 1-1 sit around 41% or so using Massey, so that's the most likely scenario, but the larger point of this final paragraph is significant in that it is being noticed by rivals - this team does not quit, even if it looks...not good on various series. We do put up a fight.
|1 week 44 min ago||Interesting Idea...||
The Maryland-Vanderbilt game that would surely ensue would go down in history as the only game that ended in mass blindness being the result. "Do not look directly into this inside run....", they said. The crowd did not listen. They were warned, for the fine print on the tickets listed the appropriate protective gear.
It is an interesting idea, in all seriousness. I would love to see an SEC team wonder why there was so much dandruff blowing around in a Big Ten stadium, only to hear, "No, no it isn't dandruff..."
|1 week 2 hours ago||Just For Giggles...||
...a better view of the jump:
|1 week 3 hours ago||A Few Years Ago...||
That seems like it was only a few years ago really, but then again the last time I can remember The Game being before Thanksgiving was 2009, so it has been a while. Actually, I remember a few threads here about the change because it did throw the schedule for the week into turmoil, as I recall.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Some Possibilities...||
"The Battle For A Really Long Stretch Of I-95"
"The Old Bay Seasoning Cup"
"Cellar Dweller Bowl"
"Northeast Corridor Showdown, Presented By Amtrak"
|1 week 5 hours ago||Like Others...||
There are so many ways that Penn State is NOT Indiana nor have they any hope of being Indiana on offense that this game feels like a 24-17-ish type Michigan victory.
I'll be honest, I've talked to people at work who are now scared of the Penn State game because of Indiana, and all I can ask is - "How many times do you foresee Penn State going no-huddle and running zone stretch with an RB?"
That being said, we might see echoes of the Indiana strategy on offense here - a pass-heavy game until we can establish the run, if we can. Whereas Indiana was pouring personnel in to stop the run (we probably could have put up some nice rushing numbers if they hadn't been so focused on that), Penn State can actually defend against it reasonably well without the extra hustle and effort.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Watching Kansas-MSU...||
What I don't get is that Tom Izzo is still reluctant to get out there and play some help defense - that's usually what he would be doing from the box, that insanely large box that he seems to believe exists, in these situations.
|1 week 19 hours ago||And Then....||
And then when one of these fine young gentlemen asks the same question in their own group, I can only think the answer ends up being something like, "Yes, it was the person with the 8 painted on their chest. Why this is the case, we can't tell you, but we are fairly certain he definitely, well....you know..."
|1 week 19 hours ago||Quick Estimate...||
More will be known next week, but if you use Massy to baseline the estimated chances of us winning out, they sit at 21.42%, whereas the chances of us beating PSU but falling to OSU sit at 41.58%. As winning out is tied to our playoff hopes should they materialize, I suppose I would take a 1 in 5-ish estimate going into the final two weeks of the season. Definitely above what I thought in August.
|1 week 23 hours ago||As A Rule...||
As a rule, your appointment calendar for the day of The Game needs to look something like this:
|1 week 23 hours ago||Depth Chart...||
It has been said much on the blog but it is quite true - the depth chart may or may not be the depth chart. The one released for public consumption may or may not be the one that actually reflects the proposed in-game strategy. After all, there is honesty and then there is excessive honesty.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Nice...||
At the end of the semester, perhaps you could post the UFR of the class for us so that we may all at least get the gist of the discussion you are currently having. You could do "Syllabus Watch" as well as you move throughout the discussion and required reading. There is no reason that any class cannot be made into a living embodiment of this place.
|1 week 1 day ago||Carr Moments...||
Some of the Carr moments that I can remember were particularly epic when it came to reactions to questions. Actually, the on-field incident in 2003....I think he was being interviewed on the way to the locker room at halftime by Todd Harris and Harris asked him about his use of timeouts at the end of the half to extend a drive or something like that and that was the famous "Why would you ask a stupid question like that?" incident.
|1 week 1 day ago||About This...||
I think Meyer's offense is predicated on an ability to have a faster gear and go uptempo, no-huddle should they need to do that, but they don't do it all the time or even most of the time from what I've observed - I will say that I expect OSU to try Indiana-esque things though, mainly because they can. Penn State might try to rush an individual play here and there, but there is no way they try to revamp their entire scheme just for us. Like every team they've played thus far, it will be more about which Hackenburg shows up.
|1 week 1 day ago||In The Back...||
The Indiana secondary may have been overmatched talent wise, but there is no excuse for the amount of fakes the Indiana defense bit on and coverage busts they had on the back end. The main culprits were cornerbacks Rashard Fant (-5.7) and Tyler Green (-2.5). The duo allowed 99 and 134 yards respectively through the air and three combined touchdowns.
Our ability to basically make them forget we had a passing game (or perhaps they stubbornly refused to respect it) really was chuckleworthy. Several times in that game, they simply forgot about receivers, and fortunately, at moments when it mattered.
|1 week 1 day ago||Although...||
Although a fair number of those same sites want a CC number anyway and swear up and down that you will not be charged for the first 30 days of football and can cancel your football any time before the 30 days expire without penalty. They hope you don't do this, of course, and instead opt for the premium football package where you can download unlimited football from their alt-binaries group.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Stuff...||
“I’m gonna die leaning on my staff, too,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I trusted Jedd, what he was seeing, and the rest is history.”
You can tell that the level of communication and input - all of which flows through Harbaugh at some point - is just phenomenal, and it is part of what is translating into results, I would think. The message and the strategy are being discussed and reinforced together in games and in practice and that is much more than we can say about previous years, at least recently.
I do like that Niyo points out the FG before halftime against Indiana - the clock management on that really was superb, I thought.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Remember It Well...||
I was actually on my way back to my office in Belleville from downtown when I heard the news on the radio back in 2006. I had actually taken I-75 south towards downriver to check out a jobsite in Taylor (and to catch lunch at home since I live in Romulus), but the moment I heard, I pulled off at the nearest exit - Northline Roard, so at least I made it to Taylor - and went to the parking lot of the downriver WCCC campus and began to tear up a bit. It took longer than I thought to get the composure to drive again - I will put it that way.
|1 week 1 day ago||FEI Defense...||
#2 to #7 in FEI defense seems like a rather significant fall in two weeks. Really, it is rather a significant hit, but all the same it is very nice to see that despite Minneosta and Indiana being lackluster performances for the defense, we're still a top 10 team in this metric. I have to think the Penn State game might help this one a little bit, especially if we do well.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah...||
A run on 3rd and 17? Ryan Tannehill is not impressed as he was once asked to run a draw play on a 2nd and 24 at Texas A&M.
...and the Bengals attempt to answer only to have J.J. Watt smother and remove Dalton from the equation on that play, but nice rebound to get 1st down there....two straight actually.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nice....||
"Do you call him Dad?"
"No, I don't call him Dad, I'm older than him."
I laughed. Very cool interview.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not Sure...||
#Chadtough has a very similar feel to Bo's Passing in 2006
I am not sure this is the most apt comparison (and the crowd spoke on this as well), but I get what the OP is attempting to say, I think.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, the MGoPodcast is not the WTKA show which they do each Monday, so this thread and the front page post are referring to different things. Usually, a great number of users come to the board first anyway - the MGoBoard thread is more of a general "as it happens" thing, in the event anyone wants to post during the show.
|1 week 2 days ago||Other Names...||
In the event you missed it, Testudo Times theorized on replacements last month - LINK
The more amusing part of the article comes at the bottom, when in a true-to-B1G fashion, they include the list of MAC flavors of the week and coaches who are currently in need of a job. Names in the MAC list include Dino Babers and Matt Campbell, names on the "need a job" list include your regulars like Schiano and Hoke.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I can't think of anyone in the Rutgers game or this most recent game against Indiana that had their redshirt burned. Could you be thinking of Grant Newsome perhaps? He came in late in the Minnesota game, I believe, and I could be missing a player somewhere, but him and Karan Higdon are the most recent ones insofar as I know.
|1 week 2 days ago||Congratulations To Them...||
I would have been shocked if one of them at least weren't in the running for this recognition this week, but it is nice to see them both get recognized for a very, very nice game on offense indeed. Actually, it has been nice to see Michigan players figure regularly in these discussions over the last few weeks in particular.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that the rash of disruptions lately has put me in a position where I am attentive in all these meetings and trainings and I am not sure that this is how it is supposed to work. MGoBlog is supposed to be the salvation in those situations and there have been times - including this morning - where I have participated in work-related activities and been productive. It puts me in a weird place.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Right Here...||
Particularly in the later rounds of the draft and among the UDFA crowd, it seems like we see quite a few players who were forever backups or playing behind someone and getting spot duty who get their chance to show you what they can be in the pros, which is what I am thinking Rawls' story may end up being here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Already Covered...||
Who else is going to State College?
There's already a "Happy Valley Trip" thread, so we'll use that as the place to discuss this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Looking At These...||
Texas Tech and Texas A&M in a bowl together? I don't know that you even bother to bring your DC to this one as nobody will defense particularly well. If it came into being, a Louisville-Indiana matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl would probably be in a similar boat as a "last team with the ball" sort of game. Bowling Green and Willie Fritz' version of the triple option (which has spread elements, I believe) would be another defense-free game maybe.
|1 week 2 days ago||Caught It...||
I did indeed catch this live, and it was an awesome moment. Thanks so much for sharing it so that we could in turn share it with you as a community. That's one of the things that I think makes this blog special.
Continued good vibes being sent in the direction of your son and your family. Please keep us posted.
|1 week 3 days ago||12/15/1991...||
I remember the day this last happened because it was the day that my family decided to have the Christmas party for the extended family that year (can't recall exactly why it was early that year though), but that's what most of us (myself, my father, my uncles, my sisters even....and so on) were sitting down and watching despite the desperate pleas of my mother to actually, you know, socialize and eat the holiday ham with everyone.
|1 week 3 days ago||Makes Sense...||
That's actually pretty consistent with the Sagarin prediction:
12) 85.97 (Michigan)
39) 77.14 (Penn State)
85.97-77.14 = 7.83
7.83 - 2.71 (HFA for PSU) = 5.12 in favor of Michigan.
I'll take that. It will be an interesting game regardless.
|1 week 3 days ago||Marathon OT...||
As I recall, a great majority of the really long OT affairs happened back about 15 years ago, with Arkansas being involved in two games that went to a 7th overtime. Tennessee was involved in one or two of those as well, but I cannot recall anything like that lately. The longest in recent years that I can remember - and I could be missing something - is 4OT (didn't Buffalo have one go to 5OT in 2013 though?) and of course we were involved in one of those.
|1 week 3 days ago||Why It's Important...||
Add panache to the Nittany Lions’ bowl game resume and keep them from slipping to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit (unlikely) or allow them to make a case for not being sent to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. – quite possible, but certainly not a locale of choice for Franklin & Co.
As others have said, this is much more about why Penn State beating us would be important to them, but I will say that it is nice to see teams wanting their game against us for reasons like this again. That being said, if they make it to the Quick Lane Bowl, someone needs to be there with the "Because beating Michigan would have been important" sign.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here's The Tweet...||
|1 week 3 days ago||It Would Be Interesting...||
The potential for track speed off the edge? I don't foresee many complaints about that at all. I certainly wouldn't anyway.
More importantly, welcome to Michigan, Carl Myers!
|1 week 3 days ago||Congratulations To Him...||
After a performance like last night, where Jake really was carrying the day in several regards, this is a well-deserved honor and congratulations to him. I know there were people in the liveblog and on the board last night who were hoping - as the game wore on - that we wouldn't see "Week 1 Jake", as someone put it, but what we've seen week-to-week is improvement, in my opinion, and now some nice kudos for hard work. Well done indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||Sagarin....||
I find that slightly amusing that we come out ahead of Iowa on Sagarin's updates (Iowa is down at #20 on PREDICTOR), but it is interesting that we sit right next to them in Schedule rating.
The Massey number for Michigan surprised me a little bit, and the ratings update also drops our estimated win probability against Ohio State to 33% and against PSU to 62%.
|1 week 3 days ago||At The End...||
At the end of the season, the context analysis on some of the words will come - it definitely is not all negative. Indeed, more than any other year that I've done this, there have been many, many positive uses of the word. I just try to keep it on a higher level during the season because - quite frankly - my family won't let me spend the whole morning on it each week.
|1 week 3 days ago||Brock Huard...||
Brock Huard was admittedly getting on my nerves too, even to the point where I was wishing I could pat him on the back and say, "It's OK, Brock, only most of the country saw that 55-7 drubbing of your Huskies versus Nebraska in 1998, a team you quarterbacked as I recall. We can't always play our A game all the time - you should know that."
|1 week 3 days ago||I Remember...||
The biggest advantage for any conference in having their own network - the Big Ten included - has been the expanded coverage of football, basketball and many other sports on television. We can complain about the folks doing the commentary, but yeah, there was a time not that long ago when we probably would not have seen a few of these games televised even despite the season we're having overall.
|1 week 3 days ago||What's Interesting...||
What's interesting to be but not at all surprising is that we still maintain a slightly higher Sagarin rating than Iowa (#12 versus #16), but we are well below them (#9 versus #22) on Massey. Predictive algorithms are funny like that.
Iowa's porjected SOS was a big point of discussion in Big Ten circles back in August, and missing all the tougher matchups in the Big Ten East really have helped them out in ways I don't think we considered then. In some respects, that 10-0 record might be the lion's share of their current argument, because as others have mentioned, it hasn't exactly been a difficult 10-0.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Could See It...||
I think I agree with the assessment here - last night probably gives us a 1-2 spot bump forward, which sets us up rather well if we can take care of business in Happy Valley. It's been discussed a few times here in the last couple weeks, but in my own opinion (and it's all speculation at this point, of course) winning out - if it happens - sneaks us into the Top Ten at the very least, and that should hopefully make a New Year's Six bowl a lock if nothing else.
|1 week 3 days ago||Close Shave...||
All I can say about that is that it is a very good thing that my son's drum lesson AND my daughter's horse riding lesson should be over by noon, not to mention the fact that both are within a 10 minute drive of the house. I may mutter about noon starts now that I have a family, but sometimes they work out.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I could be way wrong, of course, but the path to a New Year's Six bowl is still pretty open (I would assume right now anyway), however it seems to me now that the path to the playoffs would depend on....quite a bit that doesn't necessarily have a good chance of materializing. I will be interested to see our poll rankings tomorrow as well as Sagarin, Massey and some other numbers just to get the baseline for all this. Much depends on our performance against PSU, I would think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Alabama has a weak schedule lol #2
This one didn't seem to be going all that well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Damnit...||
That line had played so well as a unit that it was almost too easy to forget just how much Glasgow mattered to it, but we saw it today and it does concern me definitely. I have a suspicion we could hold our own against Penn State anyway but it makes the OSU game more interesting to say the least. All the same, hopefully his recovery is full and as speedy as possible
|1 week 3 days ago||Someone mentioned it above,||
Someone mentioned it above, but it should absolutely be highlighted - this Michigan team did not quit, they kept at it no matter how ugly it managed to get, and that might be one of the biggest overall positives compared to last year in particular. We can talk about how this was a.....not good performance from the defense, for example, but the team's ability to put it together when it mattered should not be overlooked.
|1 week 3 days ago||Strangely Enough...||
Strangely enough, I am going to use football - games which don't take months off my life - as a destressor here. Also, the Baylor-Oklahoma game is a perfect time to finally eat dinner as I find myself unable to do that during 3:30 PM games, perhaps the only disadvantage to them when it comes to my routine.
That's all dependent on whether or nto ABC will let me, of course. Like those 2-3 minutes in our own game, I am getting the dance mix of this offensive drive on my screen.
|1 week 3 days ago||If You're Interested...||
If you're interested....
We allowed 527 yards across 89 offensive snaps from Indiana, which translates to 5.92 yards per play and 0.46 points per play when you take into consideration the 41 points.
The 307 yards rushing over 55 rushes is 5.58 yards per carry. Subtract Jordan Howard, and Indiana carried the ball 20 times for all of 69 yards - 3.45 yards per carry.
Sudfeld was 20/34 for 220 yards, or 11 yards per completion and 6.47 yards per attempt.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Numbers...||
Here's the high-level summary, and of course, it is inflated some by the 2OT aspect, but here we go:
33 of 46 for Rudock for 440 yards, which comes out to an average of 13.33 yards per completion and 9.57 yards per attempt.
As a team, we ran it 28 times for 141 yards, or an average of 5.04 yards per carry. Point of fact, however...take out Rudock's 7 for 64 performance on the ground, and it is 21 carries for 77 yards, or 3.67 yards per carry without our QB. Yeah.
|1 week 4 days ago||Matchup Stats...||
For review, here's how TeamRankings compares them:
|1 week 4 days ago||I Will Say...||
I will say, as someone with years of experience at an electric utility, it is entirely possible to shoot out the lights, but when you can do it using only a basketball and some grace like Nik Stauskas, that indicates something special indeed. Very cool highlight.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some Cleanup...||
Anywhere to watch the game on the moon?
The Dublin one can stay as it was a legitimate question and sadly the status of the Bar Locator is a known issue, but let's try to limit these to maximize football content.
OT: Connor Cook Injures Throwing Shoulder
Except he's back in for the time being.
|1 week 4 days ago||Over On FS1...||
I've got FS1 on one screen here - it's very kind of them to try and find positive things to say about Kansas. You would think that they'd figure in "You Had One Job" more over at ESPN, but even they shy away from easy pickings.
Meanwhile, Michigan Sate starting early with the defensive PI gifting, and then a little offside call for good measure. Of course, Maryland will have none of this good field position and promptly coughs it up - MSU ball.
|1 week 4 days ago||For Now...||
For the time being, we're just finishing off a pot of coffee here after a morning interrupted only by a riding lesson - my daughter just started those and the first few are covered via Groupon fortunately.
I'll probably ease myself into beer via a bit of pop in a little while - my wife was kind enough to get actual Coke and not Coke Zero this time around, so I am a much happier person than at the end of the last trip to Meijer.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Thread Itself...||
The last post in the thread itself is relatively recent (October 30th), but the map that goes with it was maybe updated once in the 2012-2013 timeframe and then never again. The thread is 335 posts long and contains far more questions than answers (so nothing to put on a map in the first place), so relative effectiveness is an issue as well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Disappointing...||
I was disappointed that this was not a thread about MST3K shorts.
|1 week 4 days ago||You Know...||
You know, by now, Kiffin's family must be getting the impression that his coaching career is going to be a long, meandering version of "National Lampoon's Vacation" where they only stop in any given place for perhaps a night or two befoe packing up and moving on, possibly to College Park in this case, if indeed this somehow became a reality.
It would go towards making the Big Ten East an interesting division indeed, but I suppose we shall see what in fact happens first. Maryland could use an intriguing stopgap hire anyway.
|1 week 4 days ago||Watching Now...||
I turn to stone
On 3rd and long
I turn stone
Turn to stone
On that endaround
What could go wrong?
|1 week 4 days ago||There's A First...||
This might be the first time where the Firday Night Drinking thread, which is of course more or less a blog staple, has been titled with such blunt honesty.
Going with Hoegaarden tonight and a mix of basketball and football, which is a nice mix indeed. It is definitely nice to have college basketball back in earnest now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Get Well, Coach...||
I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that," he said.
Pinkel definitely leaves a positive mark in college coaching between his time at Toledo and Missouri. A MAC Championship, 3 MAC East Championships, 3 times as the Big XII North champion and twice his team was the SEC East champion. He's also been coach of the year in the MAC and SEC. That's not a bad career at all, and indeed, he was the Washington OC before he was at Toledo and certainly did well there too.
Get well, Coach Pinkel.
|1 week 5 days ago||Request...||
We can leave this here because it is major world news and deserves discussion, but I've already had to delete one religiously charged string within this thread and I ask that no one create another. I really would not want to start doling out Bolivia when our thoughts should be with the French and the families and friends of those who are victims of such violence.
|1 week 5 days ago||Further Information...||
NBC News had a few select quotes here - LINK
A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the State Employees' Retirement Board wrongly concluded Sandusky was a Penn State employee when he committed the crimes of indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, which were the basis for the pension forfeiture.
So, it sounds like because he left as an employee in good standing (officially speaking, of course) and committed the crimes of which he was convicted later (after his official retirement date, which I assume is the measure), he is entitled to the money per the ruling. The spokesperson for Pennsylvania's State Employee Retirement System refused to speculate on any further action the state might pursue, but Sandusky's lawyer said he expects the board to appeal this.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cleaning, Cleaning...||
Way OT: Car with body inside, both missing since 2006, was visible on Google Maps
EDIT Super Freakin OT: Risk Strategies
As we have basketball tonight and football tomorrow, we'll clear out a little space to keep more relevant content up.
|1 week 5 days ago||The OT Thing Here...||
The OT thing here is fluid and ultimately a judgment call, but this will definitely stand - hopefully, all goes well at Minnesota next month for your son and good vibes being sent in your direction.
As for the cannon, as someone sort of hinted at, if you can get footage of him with it pointed at Crimson Tide fans, at least being used to hold them at bay somewhere, that would be awesome. I will definitely try to catch this all the same.
Thanks for sharing!
|1 week 5 days ago||Over At TeamRankings...||
Over at TeamRankings, their calculated Vega Implied score - which comes out of multiple runs of the game in simulations as well as from the current lines, as I recall - is something like 35-21 in favor of Michigan, so they tend to agree with that assessment. If Durkin has the defense running on all cyclinders, I don't see Indiana even touching 21, and as bad as the Hoosier defense is, I could see us getting more than 35 potentially.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oklahoma / Baylor...||
On paper, Oklahoma vs. Baylor is going to be a very easy game for you if you're a defensive coordinator because you're not going to be stopping much anyway so you can just sit back, leave everyone in zone coverage and hope the drive lasts at least 3-4 plays so it looks like you tried.
Interestingly, however, Baylor walks into this favored by 2 or 3 points only, as I recall, so this will be an interesting watch in a way that way that Big XII games - no matter how ugly they get - are, well, interesting.
|1 week 5 days ago||It Is...||
What is true of the BTN is sadly true with a lot of other things when it comes to getting certain content, but I have to agree that it is a load of shit and particularly with BTN Plus, I would assume...well...Jemand in den Kopf geschissen und vergessen umzurühren.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Unided"...||
The "unided" thing still confuses me - what could the Spartans possibly have against that particular feature of the Roman calendar? The Ides were an essential feature of that calendar, after all. Perhaps MSU is just more enamored of the Julian Calendar or something.I really don't know.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Get My Weekend...||
As it seems that we're not going to experience the rather hefty number of outages that were previously predicted, it looks as if I will indeed be able to watch Saturday's game from the comfort of my own sofa rather than from the comfort of a conference room at work. I will miss the overtime, of course - it would have been nice after seeing my daughter's final draft of her Christmas list - but at least Michigan football will be a family affair here on Saturday.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
Wow. Nice music at this party.
Not sure where this one was going....but I suppose we could jam....
|1 week 5 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
Some interesting ones in the MACtion department next week too....
On Tuesday, Bowling Green vs. Toledo or Ball State vs. Ohio
On Wednesday, CMU vs. Kent State or WMU vs. Northern Illinois
|1 week 6 days ago||I Remember That...||
I don't think there was a dry eye in that sequence after the end of that game - even Keith Jackson was getting choked up, as I recall, but it was an incredible moment for a father and son. I am pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house where I was sitting at the time either.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Will Admit...||
I will admit that it does create a vision of a scene where some poor player / coach will get in a spot of trouble and you'll hear something like:
"So, do I go before a committee or something?"
"No, you get to see Tokyo Sexwale."
And forgetting who it is, they'll light up with intrigue and say, "Really? Like, right now?"
|1 week 6 days ago||I Will Say...||
It did make me think - albeit briefly - if there is a hierarchy for the phone call in these situations. Do you stick with other players at your position on the depth chart whenever possible? If they do not respond, do you go - in the case of a QB - to the WRs and RBs for a hand? I only ask because I found it slightly amusing too that he specifically said Cardale was picking him up.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Bold prediction about Dantoni leaving Sparty based on recent decommitments.
This one isn't going all that well for the OP, but yes, Dantonio to the NFL would be a pretty bold prediction.
|1 week 6 days ago||To Be Fair...||
It's something we can always monitor, of course, but to be fair, if I go back and look at the sorts of threads being created on or around 11/12/2014, this is actually a very nice discussion in comparison to the ones that were being had around that time. Believe me, you would rather discuss this.
|1 week 6 days ago||You Know...||
You know what happened on this end, eh? Without the ability to moderate, I actually paid attention in two meetings and now somehow feel updated and educated. I don't think that's how it is supposed to work, especially in meetings where I am supposed to be there but say maybe all of ten words.
Speaking of outages, back to monitoring those....well, outages of a different kind anyway.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
You know, when my son was about four or five, he woke up early one morning - unbeknownst to anyone for about 20 minutes - and when we finally heard some stirring, there he was in the dining room with my iPad and his left hand shoved firmly into a family sized box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The echo of my mother inside me would have freaked out, but I sat down and said, "Can I have a bowl?"
He said "No". Smart kid.
|1 week 6 days ago||Bold Indeed...||
There was a "We Want Clemson" sign in the stands at the Western Michigan game. Bold statement indeed.
Meanwhile, Bowling Green is intent on getting this one into rout territory early before the weather we're supposed to have here in Michigan starts rolling through.
|2 weeks 1 min ago||Some Good Stuff...||
Holy shit I just screamed so loud I made the dog piss the couch... fuck!
That was probably the appropriate reaction to Florida finally securing the lead in that game. Finally. Indeed, there were questions on Twitter to the effect of who would tell the story of the Florida-Vanderbilt game, and the best suggestion was to just play 60 minutes of vomiting noises.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||At Least Recently...||
At least recently, here have been a couple teams - a couple of which are noted above - that have come out of the gate flat against Indiana but somehow managed to pull it out. In the Kevin Wilson era as a whole, just for the sake of using newer data, Illinois and Purdue account for 4 of the 6 conference wins that they have in that span, so there are a couple teams - for well-known reasons - prone to even Indiana.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Here's One Of Them...||
Here's one of the tweets with a link to the MLive writeup:
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Just Recently...||
Actually, one of the more surprising incidents in my life came just about a week or so ago when I was finally taking down the Halloween decorations from the front yards and replacing them with the Thanksgiving stuff per orders from my better half.
It's warm-ish, so I am out there in a Michigan shirt and ahtletic shorts, minding my own business and clipping out that wound cotton crap they sell so you can make webs in the trees, when I hear this "Fuck Michigan!" in a squeaky middle-school voice. I look down from the stepladder and it is indeed a 12-ish year-old old kid in Spartan gear, standing about ten feet from me.
Because I honestly don't trust the judgment of everyone on my street, I just go back to what I was doing, and this kid honestly stood there for a minute or so seeming to want a reply. He left, but yikes, he's talking to someone over three times his own age like that. More sad than anything.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Star Tribune Article...||
The Star Tribune, as you might expect, is all over it - LINK
From the interim AD:
"I admire his dedication to their development on the field and in the classroom. Given the improvement of this program, both academically and athletically, and Coach Claeys’ integral leadership role, we have great confidence that he is the right coach to lead this program and our student-athletes."
They went with internal consistency in leadership, which is probably the right move for now at Minnesota as they try to take some tenuous but tangible steps in the right direction as a program. Of course, we've no clue if this will ultimately work, but for the short term it seems like the best thing to do.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Sad News...||
That's very sad news - I cannot imagine what the Carr family is going through right now, but thoughts go out to them in a very difficult time.
Also, cancer can bite the big one. Going to donate to the Chad Tough Foundation again today.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Thank You...||
We actually had a brief stand-up meeting in the building this morning to honor those on the staff who have served as well as those who continue to serve or have served this nation here and abroad. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice and dedication.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Watching Now...||
If the goal posts were about 5 feet or so to the kicker's right, that field goal attempt makes it just inside the uprights. To be fair, it was dead nuts straight from the hash, and therefore wide.
Also, a short jump ball into mild traffic which still somehow gets hauled in is classic MACtion. These games are a welcome distraction indeed.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||ESPN's Summary...||
Here's ESPN's summary page with the rankings as well as AP rank, strength of schedule, strength of record and so on.
Yet again, the highest ranked 2-loss team is not necessarily a bad spot to be in with three games left. If we can keep moving along and winning, it would be interesting to sneak into the Top 10 at the very least....if all goes well.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Trimming Down...||
CFP Rankings Discussion
We'll go with the larger thread that specifically mentions Michigan's position. No offense to the OP - we just don't need two discussions going.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Also Consider...||
It's a difficult comparison to make though as Iowa isn't exactly Michigan - consider that the QB ratings are within a few points of one another (133.5 to 129.7, but different teams and different schemes), which is not a bad tribute to his ability to pick up and learn. Also, he's actually being support by a running game that has been somewhat more productive than Iowa's was last year - Iowa had 22 rushing TDs all of last year, whereas Michigan has 23 of them right now. I guess I would say that the ability to make good statistical comparisons is limited here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If Only...||
If only it had been real, I could have been part of merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Further Information...||
Here's the TeamRankings matchup for our game, which sort of backs up the line really:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Football-Related...||
It's not Michigan, but I believe this is the 31st anniversary of a game between Maryland and Miami in which Bobby Ross wisely replaced Stan Gelbaugh with Frank Reich to start the second half (I mean, down 31-0 as he was, what else can go wrong, right?). Reich then proceeded to be instrumental in bringing Maryland all the way back for the 42-40 win and be part of what was at the time the largest comeback in NCAA football history.
Nine years later, Reich would more or less repeat the performance in a Bills uniform.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||NWS In Marquette...||
The NWS in Marquette has a great feature on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald as well as map recreations (done with modern techniques) to help everyone see just how terrible that storm was - LINK
It also has a feature on advances in marine forecasting - scientific and technological - since that tragic day and how they are being used to help ships traveling the Great Lakes now.
The graphics showing wind and wave heights in Lake Superior during the passage of the storm make you think about how terrible that had to be.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Just A Guess...||
If you peruse Sagarin and Massey and some other sites just to get a feel for projected margins, this would probably open more or less where the OP says, although part of me wants to say Vegas would go with OSU -3.5 if they listened to those estimates (which they haven't, but Vegas). Right now, Sagarin has the projected margin at 0.70 points in favor of OSU, so essentially a coin flip - I would be impressed if any site went with more than -3 or -3.5 by the time of the game, although some lines are wider than this now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||About Muschamp...||
I think what would usually scare Florida fans more, however, at least with regard to Muschamp, is the prospect of another game where you would get a field goal on the opening drive and then watch Will try to run the clock for the next 55 minutes of regulation play because they might never be that close again.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
Daelin Hayes on OSU Visit: Players Offered Six Figure Jobs Because of Opportunities Meyer Presented to Them
Yeah, as some mentioned in the thread, there's nothing wrong with using your university connections to get opportunities once you've graduated.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Long Story Short...||
When the Continental Congress in Philadelphia formed the first two battalions of what would become the Marine Corps, the idea was to have an infantry of sorts that would be capable of furthering the American cause (yes, this is about eight months before independence was formally declared) on land as well as at sea. That's my understanding in a nutshell anyway.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Point Taken....||
Could Jabrill Peppers Play Quarterback Next Year?
Could Jabrill Peppers coach next season ?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That Line...||
It means that Rutgers is not equipped at this time to compete against competence, which is probably why they did so well against the Spartans.
I laughed out loud at that one, right in the middle of an apparently emotional moment in an episode of "The Walking Dead" so now my wife is a bit irritated.
I kind of agree with Tony about PSU and OSU though - creativity is going to be key for us on offense, and if we can channel it, things do get that much easier.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Amazing...||
I saw that on Twitter and could not even process that.
Granted, it takes some time to find and vet a highly rated sofa that you feel that you could develop into a sofa that would be utilized on Sundays, but I cannot imagine being a recruit and having the head coach of a storied program fall asleep in your own home like that.