"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
|6 hours 58 min ago||I'll Put It This Way...||
My avatar would like to disagree slightly with your assessment of rainbows...
|7 hours 36 min ago||Asked about the incident,||
Asked about the incident, Texas coach Charlie Strong didn't confirm that Boyd retweeted the tweet in the locker room at halftime, instead saying his players shouldn't be in position to access social media during a game.
I suppose it is very difficult to stop TCU's wide receivers when you're busy retweeting people, but such things say a lot about the state of the Longhorns' locker room right now. It definitely is not a happy place and I have to wonder if Strong is going to have to orchestrate an considerable salvage operation to still be their coach this time next year.
|8 hours 42 min ago||Regarding TCU...||
How about we discuss Texas on defense versus TCU?
|10 hours 41 min ago||Over On ESPNU...||
No one will believe it perhaps, but Eastern Michigan is putting together a drive of sorts against LSU, down 14 as the clock starts to wind down on the first quarter.
...and as I say that, there's a sack which makes it 2nd &19 for Eastern.
|13 hours 57 min ago||Already Created...||
Ojemudia injury long term--probable Achilles tear.
I threw the new information in the other existing injury thread- I think we can run with the one for now.
|14 hours 3 min ago||From Twitter...||
Possible nature of the injury -
|14 hours 26 min ago||Don't Worry...||
IBM has us covered when it comes to making calculations based on that box score:
|14 hours 34 min ago||I Will Say...||
If the defense is going to continue to do this, then I think serious consideration needs to be given to resurrecting the "Time To Make The Donuts" campaign and redress it to suit Michigan. I wonder if Dunkin' Donuts would be willing to sell the rights? Well, probably not, but I still would buy that shirt.
|14 hours 39 min ago||Observations...||
Like others, I am very concerned about Ojemudia - the crutches are normally a bad sign indeed, so hopefully we get some news soon.
A quick number - although the game seemed like it was dragging on second by agonizing second at points, Maryland managed only 105 yards on 62 plays, or 1.69 yards per play allowed, driven primarily by the wall that is our run defense - 1.12 yards per carry for the Terrapins this time around.
|14 hours 43 min ago||On The Ground...||
Although you definitely feel the effects of no De'Veon Smith, we got some good moments from Drake Johnson, I thought. Final line on Johnson was 13 carries for 68 yards, a shade north of five yards per carry. Actually, we got 134 of out 198 yards of rushing from two people, which could be interpreted in a few ways, some of which relate to some bad run blocking in the first half. I would have been interested to see some less vanilla plays, but there was no reason to bring them out really.
|17 hours 7 min ago||Quality Standpoint...||
From a quality standpoint, what the BTN camera crew is doing here makes me wonder if I am watching games from, say, 15 years ago when it comes to coverage and image quality overall. Maybe they should have some interns do this just for comparison.
|18 hours 15 min ago||Those Helmets...||
When I see Maryland's helmets for today in certain lights, I keep thinking about what discounts I might get if I scanned that QR code.
Meanwhile, we manage to get Caleb Rowe to talk himself out of a drive, then Craddock shanks one, so we get better field position than we otherwise might.
|19 hours 12 min ago||That Catch...||
I still watch that catch a couple times each day. Simply awesome.
|20 hours 58 min ago||Curious Myself...||
Back at the ranch in Michigan myself, but I would be curious to know how the time change has affected the makeup of the crowd, or if indeed it has at all. I imagine that a lot of people were hosed because of the change, so it will be interesting to hear reports about how many are there and what the rough Michigan / Maryland mix might be.
|22 hours 2 min ago||Very Nice...||
Ha! Very nice indeed.
I very much doubt the Terrapins were "built Harbaugh tough", if you will, especially as at this very moment, there is a meeting that Randy Edsall will claim to know noothing about at some point. Also, this is what you get for muffing an extremely famous movie quote.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Just So You Know...||
There is some disagreement about what actually happened, per sources (see Eric Branch tweet above). I personally believe that this guy is simply trying to ruin a good thing - the best coaches have their signature lines, and it only seems fitting that this would be Tomsula's line.
The appropriate Vine:
|1 day 10 hours ago||Watching Memphis-USF...||
I just want to mention that South Florida's uniforms suddenly remind me of recent visits to various BP stations. The color scheme is eerily similar and makes me wonder if indeed USF will come out claiming they now have "Invigorate" in the mix. Not that they need a lot of help - Memphis has spent a few minutes each quarter so far machine gunning themselves in the foot.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I Can See It...||
The outside expert is aggressively reviewing this situation in full cooperation with relevant authorities, including the NCAA. The university notes that the publisher has provided sparse detail to date and repeats its request for additional detail in order to further the thoroughness of the investigation.
I can see it now - "You'll like this guy, but he's very demanding - anything you can give him, Coach....video, diagrams, audio tapes, annotated versions of the book, live demonstrations....because he'll want to make a thoroughly informed decision for Louisville."
|1 day 15 hours ago||Saw That Too...||
I tuned in for a little of it, and it honestly took me a moment to hone in on Borges because he looked that different and noticeably thinner. It's definitely not easy as you get older - my father embarked on the weight-loss crusade in his 60s finally and lost about 80 lbs - but it is doable if you're dedicated to it and kudos to Borges for it.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Other Numbers...||
In Michigan’s corner is an upperclassman-heavy unit that is not only one of the most experienced in the country, but also one of the best. Whereas Maryland gave up 491 passing yards against Bowling Green, the Wolverines have given up 487 passing yards all season. The Terrapins probably won’t pass much in the storm Saturday, and that is the right decision.
Maryland is averaging 282.7 yards allowed through the air per game, which is good for a solid 100th in Division I football, and even more interesting, they are #107 in opponent pass attempts per game. They are #117 in rushing yards allowed at an average of 243.8 per game too, so I feel good about this game, rain or no rain.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I Am Curious...||
"Paper tickets will eventually go the way of printed boarding passes, but Hackett thinks there can be even more innovation than tickets on smart phones. He says, "Maybe we can do some things that they haven't thought about. Again I don't want to go too deep into that, but we do have some really cool ideas there."
I would be interested to see where this goes actually. Being able to have the ticket on your phone would be an excellent way to streamline the process, but now I am intrigued by what the other ideas are.
Actually, I just enjoy having an AD and a department that wants to surface these types of issues and solve them for the benefit of the fans and students. Another significant culture shift from the previous administration.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Advice Indeed...||
The advice for the team might be the same advice for anyone else, even with the improving hurricane forecast - waders and some sort of serviceable watercraft if you plan to be near small streams or in areas with poor drainage. Some forecasts are still talking about 4 inches or so of additional rainfall from the other low pressure system in the area.
|1 day 23 hours ago||It's The Weekend...||
This has been a rather hectic week over in this neck of the woods, so yeah, Friday is welcome and I even get to end my Friday at a place other than my office today, although it is simply someone else's location that I will be leaving from. I had an idea of skipping this meeting, but it is something that I promised I would help with, so I suppose I will go.
Although the time change for the game does slightly eff up my Saturday, I shall be on the sofa for Hurricane Harbaugh coverage like other MGoBloggers around the country. Hopefully, we can get some reports on the weather from the folks that will be there, especially since the picture seems to improve with each forecast.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
And the NFL has moved two games to Ford Field in the past five years because of heavy snowstorms: the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game in 2010, when snow caused the Metrodome's roof to collapse, and last season's New York Jets-Buffalo Bills game on Nov. 24, when Buffalo was snowed in.
Purely selfish thing to say perhaps, but as a resident of the area, I do not mind Detroit being the NFL's "Emergency Headquarters", if you will, but also it is nice that our weather has been stable (if butt cold, like it was was for the Minnesota-Buffalo game) enough that we can help in a pinch.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I had to laugh at Cincinnati||
I had to laugh at Cincinnati snapping the ball with 29 seconds left on the play clock while Miami was still waiting for complete instructions from the defensive staff on the sideline. Never change, Tommy Tubberville, at least not in that regard. That was just eleven guys shouting, "FUCK!" basically.
|2 days 11 hours ago||If I May...||
If I may say, many thanks to those of you who listen to the content on Wolverine Sports Radio, which includes the one I actually co-host - "Wolverine Wanderings". If there's anything you would like to have covered potentially, people you would like to hear interviewed and the like, feel free to let me know here or on Twitter.
Also, The MGoPodcast and the WTKA show with Brian and Ace are great, as is Michigan Insider and many of the other ones already mentioned.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Interesting...||
I wonder how the TV contracts work in these situations - the noon game on BTN was supposed to be Minnesota / Northwestern, so I don't know if they would swap them or if this means our game might bump something on the midrange of the ESPN slate. Maybe not, since it was already established that it would be BTN, but now I am curious. Does anyone know how this gets handled?
|2 days 18 hours ago||At User Request...||
Dave Brandon: Toys R Us and Outsourcing EDIT: Mods, delete
Removed at the request of the OP. Yeah, I think there was a thread about this the other day that didn't go all that well actually.
|2 days 18 hours ago||To Add To The Discussion...||
Vice Sports engaged in a similar exercise actually - LINK
Some of the better ones, I thought:
LEGENDS OF THE FALL: "I just saw this film and we are changing our mascot to the Bears because you do not want to fuck with Bears."
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE: "Who you are on the field is who you are in the film room. Never forget that."
JURASSIC PARK: "Animals can only see movement. That's our offensive philosophy."
Well done though, OP. Edsall has given all of us a real gift.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
The moments of relatively coherent images and the best scenes in the "Emanuelle" series of films always seemed to coincide. Yes, I definitely watched for the appreciation of German-Italian collaborative efforts in film, and oddly enough, the idea that the movies may indeed have some wisp of a story - emphasis on "wisp", because no one even tried to conceal the main focus - really didn't matter to me.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Cider Mills...||
Since the kids were little, we've made a point of repeating the same "tour of cider mills" that my parents used to like to do, where we'd take on one each Sunday in October and into November even if they remained open and just enjoy some cider and donuts. This year, we're probably taking them to Erwin's again - they seem to like that one, as well as Plymouth because the animals seem to keep them occupied for a bit and then we have to spend the obligatory hour deciding on the perfect pumpkin - my daughter has exacting standards. Franklin is in the mix as well - my parents' first date in 1968 was at the Franklin Cider Mill, so it has a place in family lore.
|2 days 21 hours ago||To Add A Little...||
Here's how TeamRankings stacks them up:
|2 days 23 hours ago||All The Same...||
Even with the plots for Joaquin changing, they threw Flash Flooding Watches out there all over the DC area, as far south as about Virginia Beach and all the way up towards New York City. The NWS office out of Sterling, VA is looking for four inches - four more inches rather - Friday night into Saturday. Even with Joaquin's weather added to the mix, getting to Byrd Stadium sounds like it could be an experience.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
Kaltt was a camp signee (free agent, as he was not drafted) with the Saints and the Lions in 2006 as well, I believe, and was cut from Saints mini-camp in June and then the Lions' fall camp about nine or ten weeks later. That was the extent of his career in professional football, if I am not mistaken. I think he tried out baseball at one point too, but I can't remember whose organization he spent 15 minutes with.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I Get It...||
Michigan vs Utah Rose Bowl kickoff
I think we just have to deal with what TV gives us....quietly, stoically. In any case, I get it - speculating on kickoff time is ultimately rather futile.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Nothing Yet...||
Like most games in the middle of the season with times listed as "TBD", we won't really know until probably the week previous to that game week (although I think the maximum warining we get is about two weeks per various contracts). If I had to guess, and ESPN may make a fool out of me and others yet, our game against Michigan State probably is a 3:30 PM kick though (and I would guess ABC/ESPN gets it), especially if we do well in the next two weeks.
|3 days 8 hours ago||I'll Wait...||
I'll wait for the official word, of course, but fortunately this is probably one of the few weekends in the fall where there is almost nothing significant going on for all of Saturday, so even if I have to roll out of bed, have the obligatory pot of coffee and watch a game, it doesn't blow up the entire day. Most noon kicks, while doable, are kind of burdensome if you have a family and the associated "to do" lists, I find.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Thinking About It Now...||
Like numerous other people here, I was firmly in the 8-4 camp back in August, but like many guesses based on precious little data - merely tidbits about the improvement seen in practice - I was willing to change my projection and I think I might right now. If they can keep this up, especially on defense, 9-3 is definitely not out of the question.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, this is Maryland's reaction to the defense....
|3 days 10 hours ago||We're Good, Thanks...||
Hurricane Joaquin open thread...
I am just going to go out on a limb and say we're fine for Hurricane Joaquin coverage as it relates to this weekend's game for the time being.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I Chuckled...||
Good news/bad news
I had to laugh at this, only because this is the game I turned on when I got back from a company dinner on Friday night and about an hour later, I had to turn it off because I was beginning to feel awful for Cavaliers fans. Judging from the commentary on Twitter (and I thank my fellow MGoBloggers for being obsessive students of football like me), a lot of people switched to the Stanford / Oregon State game for that same reason. It just became too awful to watch even with no dog in the fight.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
This rise is the reason why Michigan can still find itself in playoff contention come the end of the year. Michigan won’t look past Maryland, but I will. Their next true test comes against Michigan State, a top-5 team in the polls led by star quarterback Connor Cook. But keep in mind that Sunday’s Oregon-Utah game made the earlier results for State and Michigan look a lot different.
Articles like this, when they appear four games into the season and under a new coach - even if it is Jim Harbaugh - make step back for a moment usually. It's a nice thought, to be sure, but there is the entire conference schedule left and if the defense can continue on this track and the offense can continue to improve a bit each week (and be consistent for four quarters in doing so), then especially if it is people ultimately making these selections, you have a puncher's chance like a lot of teams might.
The question to me is this - how likely is it? Difficult to know with eight games left, at least in my opinion.
|3 days 15 hours ago||NWS Site...||
The NWS site more or less agrees - the strike probability cone for Joaquin right now puts landfall at Monday but also puts suburban DC in the risk area for tropical storm force winds. The coastal flooding advisories are already being posted up and down the DelMarVa and surrounding areas as well. We might miss the worst and play the game, but hopefully Michigan gets the heck out afterwards, from the look of things.
|3 days 16 hours ago||That Second Part...||
Um, we're pretty sure that's not what Forrest meant, coach. In fact, the very next line of the quote is, "You never know what you're going to get."
The fact that Edsall misinterpreted that famous movie quote makes the second part of it a little frightening if you're a Maryland fan. Indeed, they probably didn't know what they were going to get when they walked into West Virginia, and I very much doubt that it makes them confident about Saturday. That works for us, but yeah, Edsall is not helping himself out here.
|3 days 16 hours ago||There's Also This...||
This is not so much about Ticket Watch as the ticket threads, but at least from a modding standpoint anyway, because of the partnership with TiqIQ there's been a marked decrease in these and a few of them have even come down. I could be wrong, but the partnership was meant as an improvement so that the spreadsheet and some other things wouldn't be necessary. As for Ticket Watch itself, it is a periodic feature.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Organizational Change...||
“I brought help because the way I run athletics is, really, I don’t make every decision,” Hackett said. “I believe in empowering others with great talent — I should say better than I am in lots of aspects of our business — to hear with me what you’re talking about.”
The near-total organizational change has been a significant part of getting as much done as they have in such a short time, and it is nice to see delgation and empowerment leading to the sort of accountability that makes for a well-run department, especially when Hackett has made it painfully clear that the department is there to serve its programs, its fans, etc...and not the other way around as the previous AD seemed to believe.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Since You Mention It...||
Since you brought it up, I will just say that I've had a chat or two with the person who claims to be behind that account since their outing before, and if what they said is true, you won't find them on MGoBlog for the time being, or at least that was their stance at the time of the last conversation - that may have changed, of course, for it is MGoBlog and we've had a few well-known former users come back in a "redressed" form, if you will.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Vegas Insider...||
Vegas Insider actually has us at 50/1, if anyone is interested - LINK
Other current odds within the Big Ten:
Ohio State - 9/5
Michigan State - 8/1
Iowa - 250/1
Wisconsin - 300/1
Penn State - 750/1
As others have mentioned, of course, we haven't played a conference game yet, so take the odd from different sites for what you will.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Emory And Henry...||
I've seen Florida and South Carolina run the Emory And Henry formation too, at least once in a while over the years, and both times, under Steve Spurrier - I really didn't even think about what that was until someone near me at the stadium actually asked if that is what it was. The larger point here is that I really did like that they were not only running these "less vanilla" plays but running them well for the most part.
|4 days 12 hours ago||About That...||
It strikes me as funny that Edsall would be out there saying he didn't know about the meeting, mainly because the sarcastic a**hole in me sat there thinking, "It's almost as if the players meant this to be a players-only meeting"
Actually, the fact that such a meeting took place created som fun buzz for a while, up to and including people asking if they would now bet their mortgage on a Michigan win. It was tempting admittedly.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I Like That...||
Now there is a Friday tradition in addition to the posbangs that I could get behind. I think the clientele at MGoBlog would probably have endless material for most any idea thrown out there, such as:
"Observations Not Substantiated By Data Open Thread"
"Thread For Discussing Thread Standards"
"Parameters Of OT Threads Thread"
...and one which someone actually created a few years ago, I believe -
"Open Thread Open Thread"
|4 days 15 hours ago||To Get Rid Of Edsall..||
To get rid of Edsall would not cost Maryland an Iowa sum (as Iowa would have to retire 5% of the national debt to fire Kirk Ferentz and that might be only a slight exaggeration), if you will. Per the Washington Post, via Testudo Times:
Should Edsall be fired prior to Jan. 15, 2017 - when his initial contract ends - the school would pay him a $2.6 million buyout ($2.1 million from his original contract with an additional $500,000 coming from his extension).
The tenor of the commenters on Testudo Times would be that they prefer Edsall out, but slowly and only after the season so that he can experience their hell.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I Was There...||
I was a the 2002 beatdown of Michigan State as well, and it was pretty cold that entire fall in general in Michigan, but especially so that day. Maybe it was a fitting end for Bobby Williams to be depantsed 49-3 on a cloudy fall afternoon despite numerous signs in the stands wanting nothing but job security for Bobby Williams. Nevertheless, it was that loss which paved the way for the long-forgotten and brief Morris Watts era at Michigan State, shining as it was...when he beat Indiana that one time - quite literally that one time too.
|4 days 19 hours ago||I Like This Idea...||
The implications are tremendous - we rough the Terrapins up so bad that they are indeed knocked back to the previous week, only to lose to West Virginia again. Now, does West Virginia knock them back again to relive their triumph over South Florida or do we want to create a "Loop Of Misery" for Maryland somehow?
|4 days 19 hours ago||Similar Experience...||
I've got a great deal of family in Los Angeles and whenever we've visited them and there has been even a small tremor, I typically will tense up and freak whereas everyone else in the house calmly goes somewhere to stabilize a shelf or other objects just in case. When they've come to Michigan and there has been severe weather - intense lightning, wind, even tornado threats - they go into the basement and we'll set up chairs under the awning and watch it roll in. It's interesting how people react to such things when they aren't used to living with them.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Great Article...||
“I think, what people felt was, football in particular and perhaps the other sports were becoming more distant from the campus. That they were becoming more of an enterprise and less of an activity. I think our non-athlete students … felt estranged — they felt like customers."
At least for me, one of the biggest differences is in this statement - your perception of how the department sees you really does infiltrate your game experience on many levels. Last year at this point, I was sure that they saw me as just some dude willing to fork over money for tickets and that was it, but a change in culture later and while I am still paying for tickets, I feel supported by the department somehow as a fan and as an alumnus. Indeed, they even seek out opinions now on the experience. It makes the gameday experience better in a way.
|5 days 7 hours ago||About This...||
I don’t think they are one of the two best teams in the Big Ten East, but I won’t be surprised in the least if they go 1-1 against Michigan State and Ohio State. I still think the offense is very faulty and the defense has individual weaknesses that are hidden behind a remarkable collective strength.
With regards to that first sentence, I would say that like many here, I was a little cautious about my projections for rivals at the beginning of the season. Indeed, I wasn't sure in the days before the Utah game that we would win either of those games, but having seen this team improve each week, even with conference play of any kind not yet in the books, I would not be shocked either if we split those games. My lean right now - based on current performance is that Michigan State might be the more vulnerable team.
|5 days 9 hours ago||For Those Interested....||
Other Maryland highlights, statistically speaking, and their rank among their Division I brethren:
On offense -
Points per game - 22.7 (#86)
Yards per game - 359.3 (#91)
Points per play - 0.349 (#73)
Yards per play - 5.5 (#50)
Same stats on defense -
Points per game - 36.7 (#96)
Yards per game - 531.0 (#117)
Points per play - 0.385 (#69)
Yards per play - 5.6 (#67)
|5 days 11 hours ago||Other Nominations...||
We could also always nominate Oregon - as an inverse to Travis Wilson's performance - as being the most impactful team in that they talked their way out of the Top 25 in some polls and on many ballots and out of the Top 20 at least on many major metrics. All it took was a game where - justly so - they were thoroughly out-Ducked.
|5 days 11 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, there are a few people in wide world of NFL media that sort of make the league look like Dr. Claw when it comes to coaches leaving for college, much less their alma mater and a place they've always dreamed about coaching. Indeed, we'll likel see stories that can be summarized this way for years:
|5 days 12 hours ago||Good Question...||
Actually, you may have just hit upon the basic premise for the highest-rated show of any kind on WTKA ever, if this indeed ever happens. Even if the call is thirty seconds with an open Q&A afterwards, the board - this board, the phone board, what-have-you - may very well melt down, skip more typical combustion and sublimate themselves.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
That's actually really cool and congratulations to him.
I also never understood the attitude some have towards the ushers - they are witnesses to history in many cases, particularly those that I have been around a while. I have even asked a few what their favorite game was, even in the knowledge that they might not have been able to all of it, and the responses are often fascinating.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Come On Now...||
The username that posted that tidbit on Eleven Warriors was "Hoody Wayes"? Contrived metathesis is about as unoriginal as it gets, but then consider the source in this case, I suppose. Also, I didn't have the stomach to read the resulting 76 comments. I was afraid actually.
As for what Spielman said, high praise indeed. I was more in the "we're getting there - maybe not now, but sooner than people think" camp myself, but I think we can graciously accept the compliment for the time being.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Then Again...||
Then again, they have what they apparently seemed to want all along, or at least 49ers management if not the fans and players - the considered, thoughful mutterings of Jim Tomsula, best known for his one-on-one interviews that leave broadcasters wondering what it would be like to just go with dead air for five minutes.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Coming Down...||
"Who's got it better than us?" Chant
In a day when a lot of things seem to be coming out that are at least semi-newsworthy, this thread probably doesn't need to stay.
|5 days 16 hours ago||If You're Interested...||
Using Massey Ratings, we can come up with a decent estimate of how many wins we can expect based on the most recent data in the alogrithm. Mind you, it does weight previous season data, so take these for what you will, but there are 4 games of this season in this as well.
Right now, it would come out to the following:
3 wins - 15.54%
2 wins - 44.68%*
1 win - 22.88%
0 wins - 6.76%
* - this includes the most likely single scenario right now (28.86% by itself), which would be coming into the game against MSU 5-1 and exiting it 5-2
|5 days 17 hours ago||Come Now....||
This is a class establishment - you cannot simply walk around asking random people to bang you, especially on a Monday when many of us are faced with the frightening prospect of checking our work voicemails. You must follow the signs and check the schedule for banging - it is prominently posted on the refrigerator in the break room, right over where someone wrote "CAN ANYONE PROVIDE INJURY UPDATES?"
|5 days 17 hours ago||Same Here...||
I'll be watching this one from the comfort of my family room, but even at that, I like 8 PM starts because I get my whole day if I need to do things around the house or whatnot and then by the time I am ready to sit down, the kids are soon off to bed and it is rather uninterrupted after that.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Mean Wins...||
The estimate in the FBS Mean Wins column for Michigan moved over a half-point as well, which is pretty significant and now places us at a projected 8 wins - for the time being, in line with many of the expectations people had around here. That means, of course, that we would be 5-3 in the Big Ten in such a scenario, and compared to last year, a winning record in the Big Ten would be a success unto itself.
|5 days 18 hours ago||They Did...||
Will Likely had 4 kick returns totalling 65 yards in the game this past Saturday, so like the rest of the Terps' gameplan, it wasn't a smashing success this time around. The longest return for Likely on Saturday was 20 yards. No punt returns for Maryland, however, or at least the box score lists none.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Looking For Updates...||
Does anyone need an injury update?
|5 days 20 hours ago||Already Posted...||
Week 4 Bowl Projections
We've already got a discussion of this up - another topic where I think you have to get up pretty early in the morning to get this past the blogerati here.
|5 days 20 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
It seems like the offensive line was really one of the major points of worry for us as we muddled our way through August and all the speculation about who would be starting there, but as others have said in numerous threads, the progress that they seem to have made - statistically as well as technically - is way beyond what I would have thought at the beginning of the year, and better, they keep making improvements each week. Very, very pleased.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Spotty high clouds are moving through Romulus at the moment, but the trend is towards less coverage, which is nice because we're about to see the peak if I am not mistaken. Getting some great photos in between the clouds.
Very, very cool. I wish more people on my street were out here appreciating this, but then I remember that I have a neighbor that plays Johnny Cash really loudly at inappropriate hours and I get the impression that I might be one of the brave few on the street.
|6 days 8 hours ago||It Is Here...||
Is "It" upon us already?
It is upon us - the eclipse and the Blood Moon are nearing peak and you won't see this again until 2033. If you can, enjoy that - not the "it" the OP was dicussing per se.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Yards Per Play...||
On defense, courtesy of TeamRankings, Big Ten only:
1) Michigan - 3.4
2) Ohio State - 3.5
3) Penn State - 3.9
4) Minnesota - 4.4
5) Iowa - 4.4
6) Northwestern - 4.5
7) Wisconsin - 4.6
8) Illinois - 4.8
9) Michigan State - 5.4
10) Maryland - 5.6
11) Indiana - 5.7
12) Purdue - 5.7
13) Nebraska - 6.2
14) Rutgers - 6.7
Granted, four games, some cupcakes for a lot of teams, but an interesting health check on defenses all the same.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Tuning In...||
That last drive makes me think we better start thinking two down territory on just about every single third down. Possibly suicidal? Yes, but then I think about how the last two games have been on offense and I wonder if we aren't hamstringing ourselves in this regard. Looking at you, Lombardi with that famous surname.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Agreed...||
In person, the fact that the student section is basically a large maize entity in the northwest cornet of the bowl is really cool, in my opinion. It's hard to appreciate on TV, but the vastly maize bowl with this one corner that stands out isn't necessarily a bad look at all.
I do agree, however, that for a marquee game, going with one color or the other all over the stadium would actually look really nice, both in person and on TV.
|6 days 11 hours ago||TeamRankings...||
TeamRankings' analysis basically agree with the line right now. The summary stats used:
The line makes sense really, even if we could give them a second week of what West Virginia managed - there's a realizeable chance of that in my opinion too.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Sponsoring Bowls...||
Sponsoring bowls is one thing, of course, but actually letting people view the bowl they sponsor in your establishment - as Michigan fans might know from experience - is decidedly another thing thing altogether. That being said, all we can hope is that they don't sell some of their more spicy sauces in a venue with insufficient restrooms.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
I agree, and I think that's how this staff sees it - the game coming up is the focus.
That being said, I wouldn't really mind giving Maryland its second week of misery - I think they have that coming to them after last year.
As for the rest of the games, I definitely have confidence that we stay competitive from start to finish. After yesterday, I dare say we would have a puncher's chance at minimum in each game if we kept that up.
|6 days 11 hours ago||That Shirt...||
You know, I had that shirt at one point - not in youth size, as it has been a long while since those days and they were before Woodson - but I lost it somewhere down the line. I need to get one of them again, and the nice thing about the video is that it is still true - Charles Woodson still has it covered...handily and by himself.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Nervous Maybe...||
Headset-less Brady Hoke and his short-sleeved shirt have been replaced with hyper Jim Harbaugh and his Sharpie, play card and Mother Goose glasses. It’s a whole new ball game in the Big House. It may be time for the rest of the Big Ten to start getting afraid.
They kept saying during the broadcast that the Big Ten has been put on notice, and that might be a good way to put it actually. I don't know that it is outright fear that I would be talking about at this point, but the confidence and coaching and, particularly as in yesterday's game, the way Michigan just shut down a rather talented squad, definitely make me think the conference should be at least a bit nervous, with some teams being fearful now. We do have the conference schedule - including rivals - ahead of us yet, after all.
|6 days 15 hours ago||This Is Nothing...||
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is nothing - the moment, if it should happen yet this season, that we find our way into the teens, I have a feeling that it might take the better part of an hour to clean up redundant threads regarding the AP Poll. That might be the case with the Coaches Poll as well, if it happens on that one as well.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Rather Interesting...||
It has not been updated yet, but before today's game, it looks like we were #36 in overall FEI with an estimated mean wins at 7.3 and estimated remaining wins at 5.1. It will be interesting to see where those same numbers sit after, say, tomorrow when I believe it will update.
Actually, come to think of it - I think the probability matrix for the remaining games might be an interesting exercise at this point. Off to Massey...
|6 days 16 hours ago||Related To This...||
Perhaps it was as someone said that the Oregon game - being a late one - didn't register with a few voters, but having watched it, it would be hard to say that they still should retain a position in this poll right now. On the other hand, BYU did get some "style points" - if you want to call them that - from one voters, it seems.
This is the poll that I never quite get, the Coaches Poll.
|6 days 17 hours ago||The truth is that Michigan is||
The truth is that Michigan is one of the more improved teams in the country after opening the season with a 24-17 loss at Utah, a top-10 team as we move into October. The Wolverines have run for more than 200 yards in every game since that loss and have given up a total of 14 points in their last three games.
The quote is glowing certainly. As they mention at the end of the commentary for Michigan, it is a winning combination and hopefully it continues.
Brad Edwards had us at #19, as did Ryan McGee of ESPN The Magazine, but #22 and #23 were the most common ranking. A few analysts were being inordinately kind to Oregon by actually ranking them too.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Actually...||
Actually, it isn't - I should have composed a thread with highs and lows earlier, but here are the five lowest "fuck" counts since 2013:
2013 CMU - 17
2014 Appalachian St. - 25
2013 Minnesota - 35
2013 Indiana - 36
2014 Minnesota - 53
By contrast, the highest -
2013 Penn State - 571
2014 Rutgers - 484
2013 Iowa - 482
2013 Nebraska - 307
2014 - Ohio State - 275
|6 days 19 hours ago||Very True...||
That's very true, of course, at least not in the sense that you can in real life. When I saw this thread, I actually found it interesting that the attempt would be made because we do actually see the same phenomenon you might in everyday life on this blog, where some people own up to having said things in a moment of frustration, some even changing their mind a bit about things (as we've seen in some of the Snowflakes from yesterday RE: Rudock).
You also get the group that will bitch no matter what you present to them in the way of evidence to the contrary on performance, people with inherently unrealistic expectations, etc...(something we've also seen in discussions about Rudock). It's not so much real accountability as it is some folks proving that they are best ignored - it might be the Internet equivalent of the phenomenon. Not a perfect distinction, but an interesting one.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Coming Together...||
"It's coming," Harbaugh said Saturday afternoon, less than an hour after his team humiliated No. 22 BYU, 31-0, at Michigan Stadium. "It's coming together."
I like it because this seems typically Harbaugh. His team soundly beats a ranked team 31-0, and it is "coming together". When it comes together then, "wow" potentially, but then that's the idea, right?
|6 days 21 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
I would agree with the OP - my guess for "Tears Of Unfathomable Sadness" might be Texas too. I mean, in the week previous, the fatal blow comes on a field goal - yours, the one you missed. The very next week, the fatal blow comes on a field goal - Oklahoma State's, which they make. Double ouch.
The reactions of Oregon fans seeing Oregon happen to them should be pretty epic too. I am sure they thoroughly enjoyed watching an Oregon-type victory put together by the team they happened to be playing, right? Perhaps our west coast MGoBloggers have preliminary insight into this one.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Quick Tip...||
If it is indeed that first thing, make sure you're not also watching Cinemax by mistake. It's rather common - so I am told - to confuse a long, grinding drive with Cinemax late night programming. Granted, the language in which it being broadcast may not matter so much if that's what you would prefer, but if you're looking for football, definitely follow some of the advice in this thread.
|1 week 7 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, 2007 is quire memorable as it was one of the more amusing wins in Michigan history. It would not be inaccurate to say that Charlie Weis and Jimmy Clausen helped to defeat Notre Dame on that day, exacerbated in a good way (for us, of course) by a rather determined Michigan team coming off two games that the schedule says we played but that something will not allow me to recall.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Casually Viewing...||
Casually viewing Texas A&M-Arkansas as I peruse the late - I have to give kudos to Bielema's offense for being able to accumulate 228 yards of offense yet only have a touchdown to show for it. They obviously work really hard at working really hard to score each week, which will probably work well enough in the SEC until mid-October or so, at least with their schedule.
|1 week 12 hours ago||It Would Be Nice...||
It definitely would be nice if we could help West Virginia give Maryland have two weeks in a row of games they will not soon forget even if they would love to do so. If we can repeat anything like the BYU performance, it might be a very, very long day for the Terrapins next Saturday and I am OK with it because, yes, a definitely win on the road - against a team that beat you last year - would be nice indeed.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Initial Impression...||
My initial impression of this news, as a Tigers fan....
|1 week 13 hours ago||Switching Games...||
I am just going to say it - Maryland's helmets kind of deserve to be down 35-0 with the 2nd quarter now ticking under five minutes.
...and with that, Brandon Ross commits just about the most dramatic touchback we've seen recently, at least where a fumble into the end zone is involved. That is, if they call it as such after the review.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Relegated to watching Texas||
Relegated to watching Texas -Oklahoma State on ESPN3 until LSU-Syracuse ends apparently. I was only glancing at the screen during the wideshot (hard to tell on a small screen, which is what I've got for now), but the stadium looked a bit, well, sparse for a Texas game.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, this needs to be explained again - the term "snowflakes" refers to the flurry of thoughts - potentially threads - that would otherwise clog the board and drown out better content. It is non-judgmental with respect to the quality of the game, whether Michigan won or lost, etc...
I assumed that was clear.
|1 week 14 hours ago||In The Numbers...||
Truly, the numbers say a lot for how we did against a talented BYU team - a ranked BYU team at that. We yielded 105 yards of offense over 50 plays, which comes out to 2.1 yards per play. Specifically on the ground, the Cougars gained only 50 yards on 22 rushes, which is a mere 2.27 yards per rush. Dominant may not do this justice on many levels. Crushing. Something like that.
|1 week 15 hours ago||I'll Take It...||
|1 week 16 hours ago||Halftime Cleanup...||
Because oddly enough, I've figured out how to do this while mobile....sort of...
Why do broadcast teams always come to the Big House and kiss the other team's shoes?
They do this in a lot of games not involving Michigan too. ABC / ESPN is funny like that.
Snowflake thread masked as not a snowflake thread turns out to be snowflake thread after all. Fail.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Random Observations...||
I was hoping Poggi would have advanced that a few more yards at least - watching BYU attmept to bring him down if he keeps his balance would have been interesting.
It's only been a few plays, but the secondary seems to incrementally improve each week when it comes to just simply being there....actually, being all over when they need to be too.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I Like It...||
We'll have the brass section of the New York Philharmonic at the Northwestern game in a few weeks, as I recall, which promises to be awesome, I think. Gordon Lightfoot belting out a couple of his hits with the band would actually be a pretty cool scene too, although you'll have to hurry as I believe he is preparing for a tour of the United Kingdom soon.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I Caught That...||
I caught that too - I seem to remember that they did a GameDay story on this kid when he was still yet to get the surgery on his right eye, but I could be wrong as that was a while ago now. It was a very moving story though and it is awesome that he gets to live a dream by suiting up for the Trojans.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Even Simpler...||
I don't even know that we need the bicycle - just threaten to put that nightmare in the photo up there and I would think that a great deal of the folks here might be willing to open discussions on curbing the use of that particular meme. After all, we should give the NFL media some room to come up with new material in the second half of their quest - the quest to get enough rumors out there with sufficient traction that people begin to believe that Harbaugh might go back to the NFL.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Aside From Ours...||
Aside from our game, there are a few that have the potential for interesting results at this point, I think:
- USC / Arizona State - team rankings has a slight edge to USC, but then I look at some other numbers and it gets interesting...
- UCLA / Arizona - The Mora / Rodriguez matchup hasn't failed to entertain yet.
- Miss. St. / Auburn - does Sean White's 18-yard pass-fumble combo stack up? We shall see.
- Texas A&M / Arkansas - how many nails in the coffin this time for Bret?
- New Mexico / Wyoming - pillow fight!
- Kansas / Rutgers - will football itself open the skies and smite two teams? I hope so here.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's actually a good point||
That's actually a good point made by the crew - if you know you're going to take a loss on a reception, it's better to feign butterfingers. It drives me batty actually when receivers catch passes in such situations.
Meanwhile, there is a Virginia fan in Charlottesville who is hanging over a wall...again, except after this game, there is probably some vomiting involved.
|1 week 1 day ago||Just Got Home...||
I just returned home from a company function, cracked open a Franziskaner Weissbier, turned on ESPN and see that Virginia is all that I would ever expect from Virginia against a team like Boise State. Granted, Boise State's pass defense definitely has the potential to burn them here, but the Virginia offense would need to....well....not forget how to offense at points.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nice Tribute...||
I could be wrong here, bur his stepfather owned or co-owned Hammell Music in Livonia, as I recall, which was on Middlebelt between Five and Six Mile. I think it moved a bit west of that location and eventually closed, but I remember getting instruments from there back in the day.
The video tribute was awesome - he really was a force in some great Michigan defensive lines. He is still the program's all time leader in tackles for loss, sack yardage and a few other things, I believe.
|1 week 1 day ago||About The Aztek...||
Ah, the Aztek, the only vehicle which had a dealer demo that went like this:
*salesperson opens rear passenger door, throws loaf of bread in Aztek*
*waits for a minute with perplexed customer*
*kicks wheel* GOD DAMN TOASTER! IT NEVER WORKS!
Also, do we dare speculate that anyone - perhaps even Delany - who may have bought Enron stock did exactly that last thing you list when they found out how much it was worth?
|1 week 1 day ago||Being In The Big House...||
I would describe it this way - it is one of those places where you walk in and you're overwhelmed, even moved by the history when you think of the games played there, who has played them and what those games meant for Michigan over the years. Part of it might be the fan / alum combo in my case, but that feeling never, ever gets old and I get it every time I am there. It's a huge part of what makes the place special and a geat component to the entire experience.
|1 week 1 day ago||Same Here...||
The Samsung we bought for the family room is a Smart TV and it is a feature we rarely use save for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and even then, the load times on the apps and the interface in general is pretty clunky and sometimes rather unforgiving if you make a mistake. Strangely enough, there are many days where I seem to live the digital equivalent of my previous analog life and just watch TV. It's easier somehow.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great Article...||
With a dose of contemplation, he adds, "If he ever wanted to reach out to me, he could. If he tried to make an effort to talk to me, I would definitely talk to him."
As someone upthread mentioned, as a father, I don't get the attitude of the elder Hurst at all, and I can't imagine how difficult that must be for Maurice Hurst, Jr. to have grown up with that name in the Boston area under those circumstances. Worse, I can't imagine how that must have felt, that trip to New Orleans, finding no acknowledgement of the relationship in his father's house. Many kudos to Mo and his mom for wading through it all and - by all accounts - coming through it strong. Hopefully, nothing but great things come their way.
|1 week 1 day ago||Here We Go...||
Here we go, folks. Another week fades into the background, bringing us a football weekend and hopefully by this time on Sunday, many of us are asleep because we are tired from the celebrating a Michigan victory (or, in my case, because you stayed up to watch some west coast games).
As for the posbangs beginning just after midnight, it seems like the swing shift on the blog gets first crack at the action a lot lately, but it is a community event (I've often wondered what people along I-275 or I-94 would think of a digital billboard - "It is Friday. Have you posbanged yet?"), so idea is that the community partakes whenever they can, right?
|1 week 2 days ago||Speaking Of Menard's...||
I don't know how many MGoBloggers / Metro Detroiters here might know this, but the Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor, which was once the famed Joshua Doore showroom / warehouse back in the day, is being demolished / renovated (partial tear down, I believe, or that's what thy told us when we wrote the order to kill the service) and turned into a Menard's as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Will Say This...||
Watching Cincinnati run two Borges-like rushes to get them to 3rd and 15 brought back some unpleasant memories, but then if you are the Bearcats, it helps that Memphis cannot defense all that well, particularly if you're going to throw lasers like that.
As for Gunner Kiel, they did mention that he was now being evaluated at the hospital but was responsive and moving all four limbs, so considering the hit, that's excellent news.
|1 week 2 days ago||Watching CFB...||
Tubberville, tapping assistant on shoulder: "Hey, who was he supposed to be covering?"
Assistant: "Covering? You told him to watch out for the ball, and he did. He avoided it completely."
|1 week 2 days ago||Let's See...||
So, if the measurements are accurate, I am 23 years older than this kid, but seven inches shorter and 120 pounds lighter. I clearly drank too much of that candy ass milk that Harbaugh was talking about when I was younger. I feel ashamed in a way now.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Record....||
Does anyone know what the current record is, out of curiosity? I am sure this is out of date, but the last time I heard talk about it wasin 2010 at the Missouri-Nebraska game, which was at Missouri, as I recall. I think it was something like 18,000, which broke Nebraska's record at the time of close to 16,000.
|1 week 2 days ago||About The Tagline...||
Yes, the mods are watching, but it's a slow news day, so things like this happen sometimes...
|1 week 2 days ago||Already Posted...||
The college recruitment of Tom Brady
Granted, during the season, the blog is prone to lapping itself with stories like this, but usually it isn't within hours of the original thread....and using the same title too, save for the lack of capitalization on "college" and "recruitment", as some observed.
|1 week 2 days ago||Awesome Stuff...||
Congratulations to Tyrone Wheatley!
I was reading the article, and of course:
Then it was off to the races for Wheatley, breezing down the middle of the field. Two safeties, the last defenders with a chance, had angles on him. But they didn't have Wheatley's speed and he blew through them as if they weren't there.
I think this was the "Wheatley......Wheatley explodes!.......They won't catch him!" call too, which happens to be one of the better calls in the Rose Bowl, and not just because of who it is, but how you had thie image of a broadcaster trying to find words sufficient to describe the beauty of the play.
|1 week 2 days ago||SI.com (FanSided) Summary...||
To supplement the OP (because, Chatsports....yeah, the aggregators aggregate and occasionally employ he who shall not be mentioned), SI has been on this as well - their summary is here - LINK
The rumor going around the interwebs involves Lane Kiffin and improper relations with the wife of a booster or head coach Nick Saban’s daughter, depending on which random Twitter user you arbitrarily decide to believe.
Unsubstantiated at this time, of course, and we shall see if a credible source out of Tuscaloosa (is there such a thing?) can confirm or deny these things, but if the latter scenario in the above quote turned out somehow to be the case...wow...
|1 week 2 days ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Awesome news, and congratulations to Amara Darboh!
As others have said, I can't think of a better way to celebrate it than to have a very nice game indeed (or "kick-ass", if you prefer) against BYU.
Wyatt Shallman gave him a nice shoutout actually...
|1 week 2 days ago||About Minnesota...||
Strangely enough, Minnesota is averaging 16.7 points per game and averaging 347.4 yards of offense per game, which are good enough for #109 and #93 in Division I, respectively. Turn that into an efficiency metric and run it across their 74 plays per game average, you get an offense that has to work really hard at scoring - 0.212 points per play, good for #115 in Division I. Even if Minnesota wins, they do so in hideous fashion given those numbers.
|1 week 2 days ago||Already Covered...||
ESPN Is The Worst (but we already knew that)
The "Harbaugh To Colts" thing that ProFootballTalk started was really already covered, but I would agree, ESPN is the worst sometimes, especially when it comes to futile NFL speculation that they can turn into an 8-hour news event which lacks actual news.
|1 week 3 days ago||Might Stop By...||
Assuming I can do what I need to do first in the morning early enough on Saturday, I will try to stop by myself. I am always up for meeting fellow MGoBloggers as I think it actually enhances the blog experience if you have met the people to whom you communicate regularly. That might sound strange to some, but anonymity really is a bit of a drag ultimately.
|1 week 3 days ago||About That...||
An embarrassment to our history and our reputation. His bad play calling and cockiness throughout the week singlehandedly lost us this game and the season. Welcome to mediocrity fellows, there goes the bowl streak. - Georgia Tech commenter
I agree with Nanni here - the big miss here is that it fails to incorporate the fact that the game was in South Bend and in a place where - and yes, there is no empirical evidence for this - the rules are conveniently misremembered by officials at critical moments. Such additions could have made this an epic rant.
|1 week 3 days ago||Accidental Omission...||
Probably an accidental omission - I actually wrote "WMU and Oregon" in the original notes (this was transcribed off a legal pad mostly, like most of my diaries written in the middle of the night). Larger point being, of course, that early on they've shown themselves to be vulnerable through the air.
|1 week 3 days ago||Schedule Matters....||
After all, all Illinois had to say to their directional brethren Western Illinois to get them to score exactly zero points was this (with just as intimidating a defense):
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Like others have said, yoga is deceptive - it really is pretty difficult, the farther you go into various schools and classes, and I've already found my wall doing it actually (which I describe as "flexible, but not like that"). It is initially difficult to imagine offensive linemen doing it, or perhaps that's my own preconception of a linemen speaking, but it is pretty awesome that they not only do it, but as a unit.
|1 week 3 days ago||About This...||
The ability to block transfers to the level that schools can has always been pretty absurd, at least in my opinion. Whereas in any other arena of life, chasing an opportunity or relocation somewhere for legitimate reasons of well-being might be seen as a net positive, the NCAA frames these as a breakdown and an opportunity for correction in a way, allowing coaches and schools to pare down options for students, potentially to a ridiculous level.
It never seemed right to me honestly.
Not advocating that transferring at will would be the alternative (that would be chaos), but it seems like schools don't even have to try and understand the reason an athlete might want to transfer, and if they grant the release, the rules allow them to be vindictive potentially even if they are understanding to the face of that athlete. I guess I see opportunities for reform here.
Sorry, rare moment of editorializing from me - this issue gnaws at me for some reason.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here's The Thing...||
See, statements like this bother me a bit because I think they lack perspective on the issue at hand. Even as Harbaugh endorsed Rudock in his presser, you could sense a few folks around here recoiling from that statement, forgetting apparently that we could be miles worse off than we are.
It obviously hasn't been all roses at the quarterback position this year, but then 2015 was going to be the year for baselining this team with this staff and as we've seen, some gaps were filled via transfer. What that says about the state of QBs when Harbaugh arrived is open to interpretation, but when I think about what this start to the season might have looked like potentially without Rudock and having to draw from existing, less developed (and eligible) sources on the roster...yeah, I'll take this 2-1 start even if it hasn't looked pretty during certain moments in games.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Sad...||
As someone mentioned upthread, as well known for his infinitely quotable moments as he is, sometimes it is easy to overlook the fact that Berra was a pretty good catcher and actually regarded as one of the better ones ever to play the game. He played on 15 All-Star teams and in 13 World Series, also managing over 2,000 career hits and 1,000 career RBI along the way.
Favorite Yogi-isms? Too many, but here are a couple that I always enjoyed:
On Sandy Koufax: "I can see how he won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five."
Regarding his kids: "I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
On one of the more talented Yankee teams he played on: "We have deep depth."
|1 week 3 days ago||Quick Question...||
In the extremely unlikely circumstance that we should get an SEC team to actually play a game in Ann Arbor one fall, would it be possible or appropriate even to have them enter the field to Thomas Dolby's "Key To Her Ferrari", or perhaps we could go further back with Mel And Tim and "Backfield In Motion"? Both just seem to fit the ethical framework of that conference well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Then And Now...||
This isn’t the first time the University made history with a Nike contract — the University first signed an endorsement contract with Nike in 1994 for $7 million over seven years. Joe Roberson, athletic director at the time of the deal, said it was “the largest such deal in the history of collegiate sports.”
You know, I remember this (yikes, it was 21 years ago too) and I also remember thinking that it was a lot of money for an apparel contract at the time too. Man, little did any of us know....
What is interesting to me is that it references the surveys and feedback that Hackett sought back in the early spring. There was a lot of speculation at the time that some of the questions involved apparel and it seems now like this deal confirms that. Again, very nice to see athlete and student body input in some of these decisions.
|1 week 4 days ago||Quick Question...||
Were we going for Motorhead levels of unnecessary umlauts on the "e" there or what? Just curious.
Otherwise, I think we might be a bit off the marks here with such names, unless of course this is a response to someone on mobile (which I can't see on the laptop).
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Article...||
He said in going through the process this time, he has matured and understands better what to look for in a college.
All you can hope - if that's the case - is that he lands at a place that suits him and, more importantly, suits his future as he sees it. I assume that "closer to home" probably means closer to the east coast in his case, but wherever he ultimately lands, hopefully he finds a good fit.
|1 week 4 days ago||Great Reminder...||
I know it is quite OT, but Jim Henson's brainchild has given this blog some nice moments over the years.
I actually watched some of my favorites from the original show the other day - Mark Hamill, Peter Sellers, Christopher Reeve and countless other guest stars that helped to make some very memorable episodes. Hopefully, it is as funny as its predecessor from back in the day.
|1 week 4 days ago||This Reminds Me...||
This reminds me of something Brian wrote a few years ago in HTTV regarding Northwestern, and it fits them so well, something like this (not sure of the precise quote) - "Because they are Northwestern, they could beat anyone. Because they are Northwestern, they could lose to anyone too." Looking at their Big Ten schedule, there are some games that could probably go as you describe.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting...||
Starting in 2016, the Big Ten will not allow any league members to play FCS opponents once any future games that were already under contract have been played. The Big Ten is the only FBS league that will not allow its league members to play FCS opponents.
I actually didn't realize we were the only one with such a rule, and I don't mind that we have such a rule either. I am actually just a little amazed that other conferences didn't make a similar restriction once the playoff format was set.
|1 week 4 days ago||Happy Birthday...||
Well, happy birthday, Denard!
As for favorite moment, there are too many to count - there is that run in South Bend where I swear he bent time and space as he approached "c", of course, and as others have mentioned, that very first snap against Western Michigan that showed everyone just how fun he was going to be to watch. To pick a specific moment, man, how many hours do I get to think about this?
|1 week 4 days ago||Over At "Stampede Blue"...||
"Stampede Blue" muses a little on the prospect of Jim Isray going "big game hunting" after the season is done. LINK
They only talk about one name here - Nick Saban - and they freely admit that it is conjecture based on rumors that he might walk away from Alabama at some point (also from PFT, so take that for what you will). They also mention that there could be multiple people that qualify as "big game", but the main point is that Isray seems open to significant organizational change, not necessarily just the head coach.
All that aside, Jim Harbaugh could have had his choice of NFL jobs and came back to Michigan and has done and said much to indicate that he'll be around for quite some time. I very much doubt Isray could lure him to Indianapolis, thus the speculation in the linked tweet is rather pointless.
|1 week 4 days ago||Apples To Oranges...||
Rudock = Andrew Luck
Even though the OP admits to this not really being a comparison, it still ended up framed that way and as a result the thread didn't go all that well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed...||
There always seem to be a few people that take a statement indicating that someone might be the be QB on the roster as the evaluative equivalent of talking about someone like they are the next, say, Joe Montana or something along those lines. What it really means is exactly what was said - they are the best QB on the roster. What that says about the offense in Michigan's case is something we can leave to interpretation, but as for the QB position specifically, it may say quite about the state of affairs when Harbaugh arrived, hence the move towards Rudock.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Don't Know...||
It also means that it's time to stop ignoring Ty Isaac — or anybody who goes 76 yards for a score. The BTN guys were talking about how Jim Harbaugh doesn't think home run plays are super important or whatever, but I had no idea players would actually be punished for them.
I know Harbaugh has said several times that he likes to "possess the ball" and is a fan of those longer, grinding drives that keep defenses on the field and eat clock, but here he might be missing - or not connecting - that there was a lot experimentation going on in the 2nd half, or at least it seemed that way to me. If Isaac wasn't getting the ball for stretches, it was more about figuring out what sort of traction the tosses and reverses and other plays might get theoretically.
|1 week 5 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair here, with Georgetown you would get a team that would inexplicably wither and pass on in the early rounds of any playoff in the game, so there is that as an alternative to "weird guys", but since they don't play in the conference nor are they a rival, it may not be all that satisfying.
|1 week 5 days ago||Now That...||
That was a very, very nice pick on the deflection - they'll review it, of course, but wow...
...and the it was confirmed as an interception, but it really would be nice to be able to turn it into, you know, points.
|1 week 5 days ago||Clemson...||
Clemson plays Wake Forest right before Thanksgiving - if they somehow do not Clemson before then, tradition dictates that they will Clemson this game and with it their playoff hopes if they are still intact.
If Leonard Fournette can keep thinking with portals, portals that sometimes appear inside players on defense, I could see LSU making it potentially.
|1 week 5 days ago||All I Can Say...||
All I can say is that ESPN's projection - if it happened to turn out to be the case in December - would make this site do this:
|1 week 5 days ago||Looking Ahead Then...||
It looks like the switch to the nine-game conference schedule slowly begins to sort itself out in terms of overall quality of opponents in the OOC schedule as we move forward, at least looking at the spots currently filled, but next year is going to be a ho-hum three weeks at the beginning with pockets of "meh" throughout the season in general really.
I hope Bielema somehow manages to hang on until 2019 at Arkansas, just for the potential comedic value.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Remember...||
I remember the Ponderosa out near Huron Parkway and Washtenaw Avenue (I don't think there was another location, but I could be wrong) - if I am not mistaken, that site is now where Chipotle, Biggby's, FedEx Office and one or two other places sit on the south side of Washtenaw Avenue. That corridor has changed a lot in 25 years, I will say that. Years ago, if you were standing where the lululemon and North Face stores are now, right across from Barnes & Noble, you would be scouting out cars in a delaership lot.
|1 week 5 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
The limitation is why I think the yellow on the goalpsts is meant to be highly visible against a filled stadium and really for no other reason.
As a general note to the board, if anyone is curious, here's the rule in case you've never seen it -
Each goal shall consist of two white or yellow uprights extending at least 30 feet above the ground with a connecting white or yellow horizontal crossbar, the top of which is 10 feet above the ground. The inside of the uprights and crossbar shall be in the same vertical plane as the inside edge of the end line. Each goal is out of bounds (see Appendix D).
|1 week 5 days ago||MaxPreps...||
Sometimes, MaxPreps have those, but it seems like it is highly dependent on schools and conferences which players see their stats updated with any regularity. It is definitely hit or miss, though sometimes 247Sports, if the player has a page, will have high-level stats from which few conclusions if any can be drawn.
|1 week 5 days ago||Case Of The Mondays...||
Did you enjoy the game?
I did. What I did not enjoy, however, was this thread, nor did anyone else.
Also, the self-upvote -
|1 week 5 days ago||I'll Put It This Way...||
I will put it like this - I am just lucky that my hair grows. There is baldness on both sides of the family to varied degrees and thus far I have been able to escape it, although I am only 37 and I've got plenty of road ahead. As much as I love all things Michigan, for practical considerations (many of which are work-related - I am pretty sure they don't go for this in meetings where people have titles like "manager" and "director") I am sure that a winged helmet haircut would be a non-starter for me.
|1 week 6 days ago||Oh Good Grief...||
HARBAUGH needs a stylist
I dare say that the OP probably needs to come up with a more comprehensive fashion critique before trying this subject again. Actually, no....don't do that either. Let Harbaugh be Harbaugh.
|1 week 6 days ago||No Whammies...||
...no whammies.....trip to Bermuda......STOP!
Oh, dear, OP....
|1 week 6 days ago||If I Had To Guess...||
If I had to guess, I still tend to believe that a regular season record of 8-4 is attainable, particularly if we can manage a winthis coming Saturday and enter conference play 3-1. I won't predict a bowl game because bowl games are weird basically.
What will be interesting is to see if Massey and some of the other sites that produce predictive results (most of them update on Mondays, so I wait) move at all. Typically, there is some weight given to previous seasons in algorithms, but I am curious to see if there is a "Harbaugh bump" yet. Probably not, but still...
|1 week 6 days ago||About That...||
Speculation aside - I personally don't see this happening, what the OP mentions - the family angle is a rather compelling reason to stay closer to home if possible, especially because it would be a temporary move for him more than likely. I had forgotten that he has a family honestly.
Granted, the article at Vanquish The Foe notes that he would have a seriously upgraded opportunity academically up to and including his MBA, but I don't know that I see us as the most likely place if he decided to transfer.
|1 week 6 days ago||Full Poll...||
The full poll is here - we'll run with the thread generating more discussion.
The distribution by conference now looks like this, if I counted right -
Pac-12 - 6
SEC - 6
Big Ten - 4
Big 12 - 4
ACC - 3
Independents - 2
|1 week 6 days ago||Slow Start...||
80 yards to get to the end zone and Joe Lombardi is your offensive coordinator. It presents an interesting set of issues, to be sure.
I mean, the 20 yard line should just be the line of scrimmage in perpetuity if this is how the rest of the drives are going to be. Hopefully, we start moving the ball a bit.
|1 week 6 days ago||Here are the matchup stats||
Here are the matchup stats from TeamRankings - I know, stats from three games....grumble grumble...
|1 week 6 days ago||Mostly Excel...||
This is mostly Excel-based - a lot of the counts and categorizations are done manually, or mostly manually, in part because the categorizations and context analysis - which usually begin to show up later in the season - needs to be done manually in this case. It takes about an hour to do each time from initial counts to analysis to actually writing the thread, but that's why Sunday morning is perfect for that.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Fire"...||
This year, it has been overwhelmingly "(insert player) is on fire" or mentions of the team being on fire. There were a couple references - in jest, we hope - to "fire Durkin" after the first drive of the Oregon State game, and of course a few people would like to see Rudock fired, although for reasons that should be clear it is unlikely to happen save for emergency.
|1 week 6 days ago||Auburn....||
Auburn's entire Saturday can be summarized right here...
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||About This...||
"Hate Rudock if you want but don't act like it's been better around here the past 7 years."
I will say that people say a lot of weird, emoitional shit during games - just look at the open threads and the liveblog, but I think also that there is a realization among most people that 2015 is essentially baselining the Harbaugh era at Michigan. He's working with what's here and - in his opinion to which we ultimately defer, I think - starting the players that maximize Michigan's chances of a win. What that says about Rudock and the state of the offense is up to individual interpretation (it could and should be better, I agree), but it is pretty clear that the staff believes this is the best road right now. The OP is right, however, in my opinion - what you're seeing right now, even if it looks ugly at points, is overall miles above some of the performances of recent years. I'll take it.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||For Now...||
For now, I am trudging through Cal / Texas - Cal stuck first, but it seems like Texas may not make it so easy, or at least they'll feign some life in the early going here.
If I didn't know better, Charlie Strong is also cracking his knuckles about every 15 seconds or so, but then I would expect a coach worried that the Longhorns could be in for a long season to do that.
...and Texas helps Cal's drive by roughing the passer. Way to go, Longhorns.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Wisconsin-Troy...||
Wisconsin-Troy is everything you want out of a game in which Wisconsin is involved - I-formation until someone dies and a few dropped passes here and there among the odd reception. Joel Stave - apparently unencumbered by lingering doubts - is in. Then again, they are playing Troy and it isn't like Troy has a secondary which can hang with Wisconsin.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Purdue-Virginia Tech....||
If you're Frank Beamer and you have developed an offensive philosophy which has transcended the need to score points measured by mere natural numbers, Purdue has to be a dream matchup for you if you're going to play a Big Ten team - at least the way things are at Purdue right now.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Same Feeling...||
I had the same feeling throughout the game, that some experiments were being run with units and personnel, things you likely wouldn't try next week versus BYU, much less in conference play. I don't mind that necessarily and hopefully they found some plays they can refine and use later - this staff has already shown an ability to improve and adjust.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||My Bad...||
That was my bad this time - I did not catch the timeout.
We're all just lucky I didn't go with "Snowflakes Thread: Punt Porn" - I seriously considered that thread during the game.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||This Intro...||
I like this introduction narrated by Bacon.
It still seems so surreal to watch and hear clips from the opening presser - the old feelings came back, feelings I had felt in a long time as a fan and alum..
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||The Phillips Segment...||
I thought the segment on Lawrence Phillips was well done, and I thought they ended it well in particular with the line about how we do want to see guys with so much promise make great choices, and that it is rather sad to see what happens when they don't basically.
I didn't realize that he was being charged with murder though - I knew about the incident that led to his current imprisonment, but not the most recent news. I don't really feel sorry for Phillips, but the segment had interesting insight into his life now.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
Forty percent of those who tested positive were the offensive and defensive linemen who come into contact with one another on every play of a game, according to numbers shared by the brain bank with FRONTLINE.
I know they did an episode in 2013 about the NFL's handling of concussions and the lawsuit, but it would be interesting to see them devote a show specifically to this study so they can break out and expand on it a bit. I have a suspicion that something more than a summary article would help us here.
That being said, that 40% of the players in the tested group were lineman of some variety would not shock me in the least. Like someone mentioned above though, a much broader study, perhaps one done at each level of play, would probably be most appropriate here if only to see the progression of problems and even to see which positions are indeed most at risk.
Frontline has devoted a lot of time to this subject actually - more articles here if anyone is interested, as well as a link to their NFL episode (approx. 2 hours)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I See It Now...||
I think we finally have the quintessential 'harshing my mellow" look from Jimbo Fisher on that missed field goal. This is a slow-ish game for Florida State - 30 plays on offense so far for all of seven points. Meanwhile, perhaps we'll get to see Darius Wade complete a third pass in this game.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We'll Run With This...||
We'll run with this one - a drinking diary would be interesting, but probably something for the middle of June when there's baseball and some NBA draft talk.
This probably saves someone the chore of a separate drinking thread later on anyway, at least if your plan is to watch, say, Idaho State attempt football against Boise State, or New Mexico do whatever it is New Mexico does against Arizona State.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Was Just Looking...||
I was just on the NWS site - it looks like the worst of the rain is expected between about 2 AM and 5 AM with precipitation potential taking a severe dip right before kickoff (estimate is about 20% at noon). If their hourly projection is right, the worst of the wind (gusts to near 30 MPH) will be during the game.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Official Rule...||
Per MichiganEventParking.com, here's the official rule:
The State of Michigan and the School Board of Ann Arbor Public Schools endorse an alcohol and tobacco free school zone. Possession of open intoxicants, the consumption of alcoholic beverages and use of tobacco products or any illegal substance is prohibited on Ann Arbor School District property.
So basically as Mad Hatter mentions, if you're discreet, usually you can get away with it. I have wandered the tailgates at Pioneer myself as well - best to dispose of cups though, take the bottles with you if you've got a vehicle, etc....just to be on the safe side.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||In That Case...||
As I recall, you're allowed to have up to 23 on the active roster and something like 50 players total under contract in the NHL, so a little multiplication and - yes indeed - we have the entire NHL covered and enough left over for thousands of NHL-sized splinter leagues if we wanted to start a few of those.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Belated Congratulations...||
I actually had no idea that John and his wife were expecting a child - congratulations to them!
I will say, the second panel does sound like something Bo might say, even in jest. Very nice edition indeed!
The one regarding helmest stickers and using them for potty training - which I believe was last week's - was rather funny. My kids probably would have gone for that if I'd thought about it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Here's The Video....||
It was done right before the 2013 Notre Dame game, as I recall....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Some Highlights...||
You're right, of course - adjusted for game pace, last year we were actually on the high end of the second quartile of teams when it comes to total defense, which isn't bad really, but it isn't sniffing elite from that position. That being said, the raw numbers had some highlights - per Team Rankings, we were, for example, 6th in average yards allowed (311.3), 14th in plays allowed (67) and 10th in yards per play (4.6). Of course, when you have an offense that was - as in many instances last year - plodding and ineffective and that's all your opposition needs to win, then yeah....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You Have To Wonder...||
You have to wonder if, at this point, UNLV hasn't at least attempted to gauge Randall Cunningham's interest in coming to the game to watch and - if they should need the help - play a few snaps, eligibility be damned. I realize that Cunningham is in his mid-50s at this point, but I asssume that it is their belief that if Harbaugh can possibly do it, so can Cunningham.
In any case, it has been a long week where I've had to be all over the damn place, so I am looking forward to a day or work where I can sit there quietly, be in no meetings, get things done and then leave the building as quietly as I entered it. After that, the normal weekend of football and occasionally asking the kids to "Be nice to each other" as I wave them away from the TV.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Here We Go...||
We've got 90 seconds yet - this is an eternity in which to Clemson.
Dabo Swinney can never rest easy, especially early in the season and usually when they are ranked. I almost feel sorry for him in that regard.
....and then Louisville has to wish for the Supreme Clemson after that, assuming the spot stands.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Will Do This...||
I will bet $25 on Michigan getting more than 450 yards of total offense in this game.
If I win, please donate the proceeds to THAW (The Heat And Warmth Fund), the utility assistance organization which helps low-income families in southeastern Michigan with their utility bills.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Then Again...||
I don't mind the night game on Thanksgiving, if it shakes out like that. I'll be up anyway and will probably want something to transition into after the family leaves (or rather, after I get back home - that holiday is thankfully NOT at my house this year). Fortunately, neither my wife nor I are big into the Black Friday madness, so I don't really have anything going on the next day.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Already Covered...||
Chris Clark (TE) leaves UCLA
You have to get up very early in the morning (or before 1 PM on Sundays after a loss) to fool the MGoBoard.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In Metro Detroit...||
As a reminder for those of you in the Metro Detroit area, speaking of beer traditions that might be soon beginning, construction is starting on the World Of Beer in Canton, due to open next year. The Canton location will also feature food in addition to 600 brands of craft beer, 50 of which it will keep on tap.
Living in SE Michigan, there are definitely places like Arbor Brewing and Grizzly Peaks on my list, and recently, I tried the Black Lotus Brewery in Clawson - that was rather good, I thought. Dragonmead in Warren is OK - someone brought over some of their stuff once, also Copper Canyon in Southfield. If you're downriver, there are a couple good brews at Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park (I know, Lincoln Park - the epicenter of brewing, right?) It's definitely not like the western or northwestern portions of Michigan where there are so many great craft places, but we do have some.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Despite The Turmoil"...||
Despite the turmoil, Athletic Director Julie Hermann expressed her “unwavering support” for the football program at practice Monday as the team prepared to face Penn State on Saturday. The program had no comment on any of the developments Tuesday, spokesman Hasim Phillips said.
I know she probably has to say that, but in light of this and other recent news, you would think that internally there has to be some sort of "what the eff is going on over there?" discussion about the football program every day. The fear I have about Rutgers is that the wrong people seem to be involved in these discussions.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Can't Save It...||
BYU QB Tanner Mangum on front page of CNN
I think this one is beyond saving even with the edits.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You Know...||
As one of the mods, I have to say...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nice Article...||
Like some others, I actually was not aware that Ian Bunting had gone through this - belated condolences to him and his family. Definitely rooting for Bunting - in the time he's been out there, I think he's got a bright future, and even off the field, he seems like he is in the "sky is the limit" group of students from what I have seen.
I am only now beginning to experience my own father having serious health issues on occasion, so while I don't know what it is like to lose a parent in this way at such a young age, at 37 I am finally beginning to value - more than I did - the time I have to spend with my dad.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not Going Well...||
The Michigan Difference
This one wasn't going particularly well, and while I understand where the OP was trying to do, the edit probably made it marginally worse.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About The Embed...||
I don't think you can directly embed - at least not easily - from Dailymotion, although I could be wrong about that and if I am, feel free to post the video if possible.
I wish you could because I watched that multiple times when it was first posted the other day and it game me chills every time. Very, very awesome indeed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nice Read...||
Doc told me no more alcohol
Somebody picked the wrong week to quit drinking for medical reasons. Actually, that sort of game is a medical reason TO drink if you are a Razorbacks fan, I would imagine.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What We Don't See...||
What we don't see here is that the other team is only rushing one, so the dude in the middle, which I assume depicts Hackenburg, was probably on the ground seconds after this photo was taken. You can see that the offensive line has already ran off to parts unknown here.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Cardale Jones Tweet...||
I still remember when that tweet first made it to Twitter about three years ago - I still think the most amusing aspect of the entire time it was actually up there (I believe it was deleted maybe 10-12 hours later) is that very few if any Ohio State fans had the nerve to retweet (probably because they knew it was a dumb tweet too), forever sealing the tweet's fate as ultimately self-mocking.
He has had some "interesting" exchanges with his own fans as wll as others on Twitter, to say the least, most recently trying to tweet his way into a date with Ronda Rousey, if I am not mistaken.