things go poorly
|2 hours 1 min ago||Scope...||
It depends on the scope really - if it is just Michigan games, then the stats archive goes back to 1949, I believe, but ESPN has gmes going back to the early 2000s if you search them. Most of the team pages are still active in their original format, I believe, so if you needed stats, you could copy and paste from their site like that. I think the team pages go back for several years as well.
|6 hours 55 min ago||Other Lornes...||
Wolverine goalie Lorne Howes registered 46 saves in the final to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
Voted for Michigan but mainly because of other people named Lorne doing good work. We need to stick together, man.
|9 hours 3 min ago||Same Here...||
I am in the same boat. I will be 46 and 49 respectively when these game are played, but I am pretty sure I could muster the energy to hang about for a night game if one of these came to be one. Like someone said though, it is a bit of a shame that these sorts of meetings between storied program haven't been all that common recently, and now we have to wait for them...as in, a decade or so for them.
|9 hours 39 min ago||I Bet They Are Tired Of It...||
Other students said they were tired of Winston's off-the-field behavior. Tyler Wendlend, a freshman, said Winston should know to lay low.
After everything else in which Winston has been said to be involved, I certainly don't blame students for being a bit weary of having the antics of one player serve as a terrible distraction and to have their school be in the spotlight on what seems like a monthly basis sometimes. I imagine the team is pretty sick of it too for the most part, but I do agree with others here - this is more than I thought FSU might do.
|11 hours 38 min ago||Some Other Numbers...||
It's difficult to say much based on the fact that the Utes have played only Idaho State and Frenso State. On the surface, their rushing defense in two games would look impressive:
Yards per rush - 1.4
Rush attempts per game - 40
Rushing yards per game - 55
That really says much more to me about their competition to date being awful at this aspect of offense. The passing defense stats:
Yards per pass - 7.1
Pass attempts per game - 40
Pass yards per game - 283
Those are actually closer to bottom tier - granted, that's two games, so average of two numbers, strength of conclusion...blah blah...
|12 hours 8 min ago||Can Confirm...||
As Manager, Detroit Region Coping Beverage Distirbution & Mixing, I can definitely confirm that there have been periodic demand spikes throughout the last couple seasons. The only upside is that the crews hoofing it from tailgate to house to tailgate with those drinks do get tons of OT in, so the checks aren't bad.
|13 hours 9 min ago||The "Joe-Out"...||
The "Joe-out" is not sponsored or associated with Penn State University, and Stannell said there's no veiled message being sent by the fans.
Other than the message that they either cannot or do not care to understand why this is not a good choice (not to mention an insensitive and thoughtless one) under any circumstances and that the cult of personality surrounding Paterno still persists despite its focus being deceased, right? "We are..." indeed. *facepalm*
|13 hours 20 min ago||In Addition...||
I believe I heard that McDonalds and Visa have since registered similar complaints about the handling of this situtation - and other recent situations - by teams and the NFL, and of course, Raddison suspended their sponsorship of the Vikings (understandably so) after seeing their name in the background of that oh so awkward press conference.
The NFL (and now the Vikings, Ravens, etc...) definitely missed one of the most important lessons of managing in a crisis like theirs - try to get ahead of the story and be honest (well, as open as you can) so as to blunt the reaction as much as possible - you won't succeed entirely, but do tell your story before others can frame it for you. The NFL didn't do this, not that it could have in any way justified what some of its players have done, but now their nightmare is that much worse.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Great To Hear...||
That's excellent news for him and hopefully he builds himself a nice career from here on out. Hope to see more of these....
|1 day 8 hours ago||Nice Article...||
Very nice read, and thanks for sharing.
I remember perhaps a year or so ago that someone posted an article which mentioned that Miller was related to Jim Leyland, but in general I do like these sorts of pieces because you get to know them and get to know why they dedicate themselves as they do and to see how hard they work on and off the field. Very interesting to see that he got some of the inspiration for his work ethic from "Uncle Jim" too.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I Thought About This...||
Sitting in this conference as I was today, I thought more about this - could you achieve a meaningful synthesis using average plays per game but also account for time of posession (probably through simple division) to get a plays run per minute metric? I think this would consider at least the attempt at tempo regardless of success rates on completions (although that would be an interesting transformation as well, to separate out pass / rush).
|1 day 9 hours ago||Not Shocked About Ann Arbor...||
Ann Arbor topped the Life Evaluation subindex, mainly because this is the one - if I understand this survey correctly - that basically measures how happy you are with your current state of affairs and how you rate the future. Like someone said, it isn't obviously perhaps on gamedays, but as a community, Ann Arbor is definitely at ease with itself and optimistic in general.
The one that is very strange is that a quick trip east on I-94 puts you in my neck of the woods, the Detroit-Livonia-Warren (i.e., the tri-county area) triangle, which is one of the worst in overall well-being.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Plays Per Game...||
Per TeamRankings, we are a comfortable 117th when it comes to offensive snaps per game at 64.7 so far for the season. Not that it is much slower, but Army gets about two less than that at 62 snaps on average, which is good for 125th. The fewest? Florida Atlantic at 57.7, but I think this is perhaps attributable to many drives that are brief and end badly in their case. The fastest Big Ten team on their metric is Northwestern - ranked 17th at 84 plays on offense per game on average.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I Might Try This...||
I have to spend the whole day at some Leadership Conference, so in the middle of one of the sessions, I think I might actually try this - I just hope that I do not get trucked like that on the way up from my faux dead position, that's all. Good lord, this is hilarious - Miami perhaps figured that, him being supposedly dead, there's no point in stopping the play to help. Too bad that dude figured it out after they did.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Interesting, But...||
I'll up the ante on this one and take on a future Purdue-Rutgers game, but only because moderating a live blog between fans of a terrible team that are very well-meaning and fans of a terrible team that are already perfecting the art of "classless asshole" should make for a game where everyone is banned by the midpoint of the third quarter.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Not Really...||
I don't think it does really, but remember that those five houses saw, as their first live BTN event telecast, some school from North Carolina play a #5 Michigan team and, well.....*drinks*.
In all seriousness though, I don't think Comcast (my provider) resolved their BTN contract much before 2008 or so.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I Agree...||
If I've got something going on Friday night, the 3:30 PM starts actually seem to work better because I am not literally rolling out of bed and into the game like it seems sometimes - I used to be able to do that without blinking as a student, but about twenty years later, it's a bit taxing. Also, the 3:30 PM starts work better if the family is coming because I find it is difficult sometimes to convince two elementary-aged children and a wife whose obsession does not reach your level to get out the door quite that early.
|2 days 9 hours ago||For Now, Of Course...||
For now, of course, it's a mere prediction and we can still rest relatively easily about that, but if it ever were in fact announced as an actual bowl game, I do have a feeling that the room where the server for this blog is would, well....
|2 days 9 hours ago||1995 Vs. MSU....||
I believe it was in the game against Michigan State in 1995. As I recall, Carr and Biakabatuka got the rushing TDs that we scored in that game. That might have even been Carr's longest run in that role too - it was perhaps 3 or 4 yards on the score.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I Liked It...||
I think Hurst's high school team used him like that too, as a short-yardage / goal line FB, but yeah, I was immediately reminded of the days of William Carr when they put him out there on that play. As I recall, Carr was about 6'0'' and 270 pounds, and Hurst is a smidge bigger than that, I believe, so if we need someone who can eliminate hazards, if you will, with his own force as he or others cross the goal line, I am OK with that.
|2 days 12 hours ago||CFT's Take...||
Even worse, it's all on tape too. CollegeFootballTalk has their own article going here as well - LINK
Video surveillance from the casino shows Rawls entering a casino eatery with two other men, observing an abandoned purse in a chair, and sitting on it, according to an affidavit requesting arrest warrants filed by a Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police officer. After sitting on the purse, Rawls hands it to one of his companions, who places it in a bag before the pair leave the casino, the officer said.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
That was actually a pretty interesting piece, I thought. Thanks for sharing.
I'll be honest - I never really thought about USA Basketball as that sort of a marketing opportunity for folks like Krzyzewski, but then it wasn't something I necessarily mulled over at great length. The end of the piece actually is what made me sit and think about what is really happening here perhaps:
So the NBA stars climbed onto the podium on Sunday night at the Palacio de los Deportes, and there was Mike Krzyzewski making his move to the far end, framing himself with the gold medalists.
Yeah, I think I can guess who will - in the long term - get the most mileage out of that photo opportunity. That being said, if you can do this - and you can - why would you not?
|2 days 13 hours ago||Alright...||
There was my reaction to the PSU-Rutgers game...
|2 days 17 hours ago||Full Wardrobe...||
When asked if any more color combinations were in the works, Whittingham noted that the Utes now have white, red and black gear.
So, eventually, Utah is going to have Oregon's problem if this keeps up, of course, although to be fair to the Ducks, only having to wear the same uniform once every 3-4 years (or once and then never again, depending) may save a bit on laundry.
Here's the embed of the OP's video of their introduction, incidentally:
|3 days 1 hour ago||Likely Not...||
The "new old system" went away due to some malware issues, as I recall, and the karma system was the replacement which fit most comfortably within Drupal, as far as I understand - actually, there is a module which basically has all that programming in it. However, the current system was always slated to return, and now it has, and as far as I am aware, this is how it will be in perpetuity.
Now, if we're talking about whether or not it is possible to do this in the current system by number of upvotes, that might not be a bad Brian question.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I'll Be Honest...||
The thought of the Heart Of Dallas Bowl sort of makes me....
|3 days 6 hours ago||Possible Solution...||
I will say that I wouldn't be upset if we took a setup like this and placed it in front of the opposing bench, then at some point, sending over some assistant to check the locks on the cages after which he would look at their bench with a worried look and say, "I'll be back in a little bit..." The idea, of course, is that they would never return and the opposing team would spend the entire game focused on the question - "Will I be eaten by a Wolverine?"
|3 days 8 hours ago||Big Ten In The Sagarin Ratings...||
Here's how the Big Ten shakes out in Sagarin's ratings -
Overall rank / Team / Overall Rating
8) Michigan State, 90.25
10) Wisconsin, 88.10
18) Ohio State, 84.31
26) Nebraska, 80.43
39) Penn State, 76.81
49) Michigan, 74.83
54) Northwestern, 72.72
56) Indiana, 71.73
58) Iowa, 71.28
60) Maryland, 71.21
69) Minnesota, 69.01
82) Illinois, 66.18
90) Rutgers, 64.51
118) Purdue, 59.18
|3 days 8 hours ago||About The Jacket...||
I had always ssumed that, like many business, you would begin to get the catalog at your five-year anniversary and then every so often after that, and that like most such catalogs from which to choose your anniversary gift, it would come down to the alarm clock that also displays the weather or the pen that also can be used as a laser pointer. If there is a jacket involved as noted above, I think that trumps both of those things, especially if the jacket can tell you the weather or also be used as a laser pointer.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Lions Take The Lead...||
It was most kind of Jed Collins to comfort the ball on that touchdown and thank it for its cooperation by patting it on the "back", if that's what we're going to call it now. Still, nice drive and the Lions go up 7-6. Definitely wouldn't mind another score to get a little breathing room.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Minor Victory...||
Well, holding Carolina to an FG here is something of a minor victory here despite the fact that it puts the Panthers on the board, but it still doesn't make me want to put some sort of adhesive on Bell's gloves all the same - that fumble still stings a bit.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Massey Prediction...||
Here's what the latest predictions for our remaining games look like over at Massey Ratings, complete with estimated win probability and median score.
|3 days 13 hours ago||It Is Quite The Turnaround...||
Actually, when you consider that wet had only 1,634 (per the stats archive) net rushing yards last year and, in three games this year, we're at 729 net yards, that's actually quite the turnaround. That's 44% of last year's production in just three games - an OC and scheme change and compared to what it had been, the results are encouraging. This is especially true when, as Brown Bear mentions, we weren't doing this almost regardless of competition last year.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Actually...||
Actually, that number above is with those sorts of things omitted already. There were 42 specific instances of "tire fire" or uses of "fire" in a sense other than a call for someone losing their position. That also accounts for people who have the word in their signature line, which right now is a fair number of posters.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Well Done...||
Glad you were able to go to the game, Darker Blue, and well done, Seth!
The MGCommunity here definitely stands out in the volume and manner of its giving, and it is great to see stories like this posted from time to time.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Also The Timing...||
Supposedly, the announcement was made only about two hours before kickoff too, and sometimes (not all the time) when teams do that, it turns out to be just for one game, but then that's not always the case depending on the offense. Either way, hopefully it isn't something serious because it looked as if Rawls was going to settle into a nice season here, even being named MAC player of the week last week, I believe.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Poor Tim Beckman....||
...because his answers at press conferences are going to start to sound like this before long:
|4 days 1 hour ago||A Couple Things...||
To Raoul's post above, Mgo-Bo is indeed MGoGone now. When one's hot take involves calling someone a "cocksucker" and telling someone to "fuck off", yeah, that would be the sort of poster we could do without.
Calling out fans for leaving early
That thread probably will not lead to much in the way of constructive discussion, so it will be pulled before the OP gets too much grief for it.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Now That 2004 Is Mentioned....||
It's a minor sidenote, to be sure, but I think the video games medley was done during the ND / Michigan halftime show in 2004. I do remember particularly enjoying that as it allowed me to spend a few minutes reliving my childhood, so well done. To your point, however, I believe you're right - they have employed a guitar before. Didn't they also do it -perhaps very briefly - in 2007 when they did a medley of songs found in "Guitar Hero"? I could be wrong, but I think somewhere in there was a guitar too.
|4 days 3 hours ago||And Rutgers Scores...||
Well, Gary Nova did rather untraditional Gray Nova things to make that rushing TD, and indeed, a quick check of the stats confirms it is only the second time he has run into the end zone himself. Of course, it is a good thing the TD signal is obvious or the mic problems would have perhaps accidentally rolled into a situation where this was reviewed for intentional grounding somehow.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Meanwhile...||
Meanwhile, if the referee is to be believed in Piscataway, hjgprggjps was called against gjrgjprwrkg, number kdlghlgg on the offense, and it was apparently 10 yards (holding, yes, but you had to see it because the mic is inadequate). Probably should have the mic checked at some point.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Well Done Indeed...||
Considering some of the limitations of MS Paint (and perhaps I say that because I suck at it), this is really high quality, I think and if you don't mind, I am going to make it the background on one of my work monitors. Very good work!
|4 days 4 hours ago||Perhaps It Is Me...||
Perhaps it is me, but it seems that there's still a lack of meaningful data on Shane Morris when it comes to this facet of his game, although I will say the two that he threw today were rather catchable. If that's where this is going, I agree that he looks a bit better each time we see him.
I did like the run he made - if that's part of his game when he is in charge of the offense at some point, then that's definitely a strength and something that we can definitely employ. I believe the depth chart at QB is pretty much as you see it for the year, but the moment, Shane does slide up to #1 when Gardner leaves, this offense should probably be in good hands.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Wow Indeed...||
Well, if Iowa State had to win something, it may as well be the CyHawk. It's rather a shame that it was redesigned, because I liked the idea of a trophy which depicted a man and his family looking as if they were going to throw up in a bucket of corn.
|4 days 5 hours ago||The Defense...||
We held Miami to 198 yards, so like others have said, we did pitch a pretty good game on this side of the ball as we might expect. Actually, it was 198 yards on 59 plays, which comes out to an average give of 3.36 yrds per play. In the case of Miami almost all of this was passing yardage, of course, so buried in there is 1.4 yards per rush allowed. Running on our defense is...difficult, which I like.
|4 days 5 hours ago||The Brief Breakdown...||
The brief breakdown is like this:
460 total yards of offense (184 passing, 276 rushing).
Devin Gardner and Shane Morris combined for 13-22. Shane was 0-2, but Devin was 13-20, so 9.20 yards per attempt and 14.15 yards per completion.
Those 276 rushing yards were spread across 45 carries, so we managed 6.1 YPC overall. Roughly half of this, of course, was Derrick Green.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Stat Of The Half...||
Well, the stat of the half is that we've gained 215 yards (120 passing, 95 rushing) to Miami's 88 yards (87 passing, 1 rushing), and yet some untimely miscues make this a mere 7-point game in our favor. If there is a minor upside, 4.3 yards per rush is the average right now, but mostly because Green rage - when we've seen it - looks rather nice.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Lost It...||
I might have been off here - I honestly thought I was in for a second, but only my rambling appears. I tried turing filters on and off to see if that would kick it into motion, but it seems like it is non-functional for me as well.
Also, did anyone else go to the overflow channel - 692 on Comcast for me - to find the Maryland game as well? It's like they want me to watch this one short of bringing up BTN2Go on the iPad here.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Even Better...||
It could be just me, but there is not a lot of enthusiasm in the liveblog right now either in terms of attendance. The photos being tweeted out of sections less than half full are starting to make me think that this might be relatively quiet affair today, but I could be wrong there.
|4 days 9 hours ago||On That PI Call...||
I will say that you don't often see pass interference calls which basically look like a 10-yard attempt at pantsing the receiver, but as Maryland's secondary has, for the most part, shown as much ability to stop a play as the drizzle in College Park, I am guessing they'll take what they can get here.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Twitter Embed...||
|4 days 10 hours ago||For Those Who Missed It...||
Strangest play of the day so far, courtesy of BTN and SBNation. I can confirm that this is indeed a valid call for a fair catch and an interference penalty per the rules (after a few sessions of read, then watch, then read again).
|4 days 10 hours ago||Whoops...||
Was that a weird way to play numbers a bit on defense? Was Maryland saying, "We know we can stop them, but what harm does an offside call on 4th and 1 do anyway?" No matter, West Virginia plugs away for another series, I suppose.
...and suddenly some actual opportunistic play from Maryland's secondary. Very odd.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Still Watching This One...||
C.J. Brown has already found six recievers (seven if you count Daryl Worley, who happens to be a Mountaineer), so if you put aside the lack of ultimate productivity so far, he is fairly adept at hitting targets. West Virginia's pass defense has some signature Tony Gibson in it so far, though they have held Maryland to 2 FGs.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Watching Maryland....||
It would be fair to say that Maryland is settling into its role of a Big Ten team rather well so far - C.J. Brown dropped back about one Orlovsky (this is a measurement I think needs to be a formal measurement for QBs) and threw a complete pass back to the LOS, thus completing the drive which looked good but didn't go much of anywhere in reality.
|4 days 15 hours ago||That Meeting...||
Is that what that meeting was? They told me it was book club focusing on 17th century French literature, so I went but found it very odd that, when I stood up to deliver my thoughts on "Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur", everyone seemed a little perplexed and acted like I was in the wrong place altogether. Hopefully, they've corrected the misleading language in the Student Guide by now.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Ending The First Quarter...||
Well, at 9-10 and 197 yards passing in just a single quarter, Bryce Petty has more or less been throwing lasers and Buffalo has been an excellent non-refractive medium through which the beams may pass unaltered. If the game was a simple physics experiment, it would already be successful, I would think.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Ah, Football...||
If you include this drive, Toledo is actually within earshot of breaking 200 yards of offense right now despite not having any points to show for it as yet. Cincinnati already has 311 yards with 244 of those coming in the air.
...and Toledo gets a TD, and I think this was because Cincinnati was stunned by the idea that the Rockets could accidentally put a drive together. This seems to be a common theme when MAC teams are involved.
|5 days 4 hours ago||I Tried It Too...||
I made them this past weekend actually as I had no lights - a few houses around me got involved and we had a little gathering and my neighbor let me appropriate his smoker for a little bit. They turned out wonderfully and we actually made extra for the lineman who came all the way from Tennessee to fix the primary behind our street. They enjoyed them too, and their foreman, a raging Vols fan by his own admission, may introduce the recipe down in Knoxville.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Point Of Contention...||
I am going to politely disagree with this - if you suspect that something like what AP has done to his kid is going on (i.e., straight up abuse), that IS your business and as a fellow human being interested in the welfare of the community at large, you should bring such things to the attention of the right people. I really don't care how others were raised, but that is NOT how you teach anyone (a child or an adult really, because modeling violence has done SO much for people) a "lesson" or, to extend this thought, to function well in society, no matter anyone's protestations that they "turned out OK".
|5 days 5 hours ago||Comfortable Win...||
Massey and TeamRankings and other sites are predicting a game which Michigan has about a 98%-99% chance of winning and the confidence level is quite high. I find myself agreeing with that really - we do what we should do tomorrow. I would have to say that I predict a much easier Saturday on MGoBlog and a win that is at least 4 TDs in its size.
|5 days 6 hours ago||CBS In Minnesota...||
CBS Local in Minnesota has some descriptions of the injuries as they were described in the initial reports, as well as some photos of the scars left - LINK
Very brutal indeed. Supposedly, during his questioning by the grand jury, Peterson regarded this as a "normal spanking" and did not seem to think it was excessive.
|5 days 6 hours ago||And To Be Honest...||
To be fair, of course, we do occasionally throw the odd black tie dinner around here as well, but the problem that we've found is that often people will show up in a black tie and nothing else....well, wingtips as well on occasion. All very tasteful, of course. It's just another thing that separates us from other blogs, right?
|5 days 6 hours ago||Looking At The List...||
Is it possible that the Kansas one can be Charlie Weis sitting next to Mark Mangino frozen in carbonite with Turner Gill simply standing off in one corner looking solemn? I think that would sell well enough.
If you had asked me if Star Wars and football would ever intersect like this earlier today, I probably would have said, "Not in the near future anyway". So much for my predictions.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Some Of The Questions...||
I must admit that I didn't understand why someone would ask the question about Ryan possibly moving back to SLB because I thought the one of the potential advantages to going to the 4-3 Over was having someone like Jake Ryan up the middle. The arrangement makes sense, I think, and I do agree (now that I've had time to actually sit and watch so I can better grasp some of the discussion) that he looked effective there.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Not Sure....||
I have little knowledge of Buckeye Empire, but from a brief poking about, it is unremarkable as fan blogs go. In any case, there is a lot of chatter on Twitter - so take it for what you will - that Noah Spence might have failed a subsequent drug test after serving a suspension, at least that is what it sounds like right now.
|5 days 15 hours ago||At Long Last...||
Well, in the past week, I have been without power from Friday night to late Monday, worked the equivalent of an extra week inside one week and even patrolled a circuit or two aside from my own as we were that strapped for people at some points. Needless to say, it was great to be told moments ago - on a Friday, no less - that you're on standby and you can *gasp* do normal work. This was one of the larger storms in the company's history, and while I like the checks, I haven't seen my kids save for 30 minutes in the last four days and I look forward to weekend with the family and Michigan football.
|6 days 48 min ago||Note To UMxWolverines...||
Just as a note, let's try not to start posts with "you're seriously hopeless", because really what that means in essence is that you have no intention of considering an alternative viewpoint and such things only make threads go downhill as things escalate between folks digging in their heels. I suppose I am simply asking proactively for people to word things in a more considered manner before exchanges become totally unnecessary shitshows.
|6 days 2 hours ago||BYU Rolling...||
Well, it's obvious that Houston came to play....canasta perhaps.
Houston's -31 yards of offense sort of set the agend for the remainder of the game for the Cougars - that is to say, to do something which actually manages to move the ball towards the correct end zone. Simple enough in theory.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Meanwhile...||
Almost 22 minutes of regulation passed before any scoring in the Louisiana Tech / North Texas game. At this rate, the Bulldogs' TD might have put the game out of reach, so there goes my second half bet on who would get the winning safety.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Off The Wall Suggestion...||
I suppose if he goes through with challenge on BHGP, I would take Adam Jacobi but only if I can wear a horse head for the entire game just to make sure he pays attention to the game.
|6 days 5 hours ago||The Correlation...||
It's perhaps on the mild side (although an R-squared of 0.61 is quite good as the relationships among football stats go), but here is what they look like graphed together:
|6 days 8 hours ago||I Think I Know What Happened...|
|6 days 8 hours ago||Just A Bit Late...||
Grantland article on Hoke/mediocrity
Beat by a single thread, and yet, this one had more discussion, though much of it was how this was a repeat thread. Few things are more MGoBlog.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
On the subject of Hoke’s future, Cook feels he’s “two standard deviations above the patience mean” compared to the rest of the fan base, in part because he doesn’t see any viable successors on the horizon.
I was intrigued by what Brian said here because as much as I gripe privately - and publicly, the little bit that I allow myself - about certain aspects of what is going on, I sort of find myself here feeling that way as well. We've had these coaching change threads throughout the week, most of which grope for the improbable or pose disingenuous hypotheticals, but they all tend to miss what Brian said in the end of quoted passage. Another transition when there really are not realistic viable alternatives would be a willful cratering, which I am sure no one wants.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
As a baseline for a future power ranking, I would take 10th given the nature of the metric. I am interested to see what TeamRankings and Massey come up with for these same numbers later in the fall. If the thinking is that it could be a dogfight in the Big Ten between Michigan, OSU and MSU, I could definitely live with that and I think we're set up well to face that challenge too.
|6 days 13 hours ago||As A Mod...||
Speaking for the mods, I get a little flustered at the unnecessarily narrow definition of "No OT" people chirp about in these threads, and perhaps it is a communication issue though the rules do get posted and reposted on occasion. There are indeed "OT" things which can stand during the season - the difference is that the definition narrows somewhat. This thread, for example, is indeed within the guidelines of "allowed OT" as it is a major international sports headline, or major enough perhaps. Pistorious is a well-known name, so it definitely qualifies as "allowed OT".
|6 days 14 hours ago||No Solutions...||
Post ND lineup changes.
It was probably not a good idea to leave it up as long as I did, and yes, it has descended into the normal panic and groping for solutions not supported by any real evidence. Time for it to go.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Probably Fearmongering...||
Even though the announced attendance and the actual attendance will always vary (probably because the announced attendance usually include everyone within a four-block radius, like most venues), I still don't know that we've yet reached the point where demand for seats at a Michigan game goes elastic and attendance starts to drop like that - the program still has that wonderful problem of brand equity, recent performance aside for the moment. So, yeah, I think it would take a bigger calamity than it would at most institutions before the 100,000 mark was in serious jeopardy.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Negative Punishment...||
If you're going to frame this as a punishment of sorts, then I have to ask - can you think of instances where other teams have done such a thing and it has led to what you would consider a statistically acceptable performance? If possible, post in the form of your baseline expectation and compare both pre- and post- benching performance and, if possible, show trending in the results so we can see how many times this must be done before the benchmark is reached. I am genuinely curious as to why you think this is a good idea.
Now, if you meant the odd spot replacement of a QB in certain situations, teams do this for many reasons not necessarily related to performance. Still, I do not understand the "start Morris" crowd right now, especially those who provide no real statistical / scientific explanation for why they think this is a good idea.
|6 days 17 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
The deeper issue, of course, is the severe credibility problem of the NFL and Roger Goodell. If indeed they had access to the tape a few months ago and simply could not be bothered (for whatever reason, intentional or not) to watch it before rendering a judgment in Rice's case, then in my opinion, that is organizational incompetence of an unforgivable nature.
One of the functions of the NFL is to set guidelines for appropriate conduct and to take appropriate action when those are violated, but they also must investigate in each case, and it seems - per the AP article - that they had more than sufficient evidence that a player physically assaulted someone and either forgot about it somehow or chose to ignore it. Neither is acceptable, and the backpedaling done after protest by Goodell isn't acceptable either.
If these sorts of things can happen when Goodell is in charge (and not just with regards to Rice, but everyone who has merely had their wrist slapped for domestic violence charges), then I think we have to question why he is in charge.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I was also there from 1996-2000, and they were indeed awesome years, but at the same time, I do understand what the OP is trying to do and ask people to embrace the history of not only the program but really the culture of the Michigan program as well as that of the university which fosters it. I am as concerned as many about the direction of things right now (and like others, I don't find it entirely acceptable), but does it make me any less proud of the program and the school? Not in the slightest. I think that's where the OP was coming from. If so, I agree.
|1 week 9 hours ago||The Shocking Thing...||
I almost fell out of my chair at the Buckeye fan who said he would take Bollman calling the plays on offense, because watching the same dive play eventually result in the same 3rd and 7 situation was working so well on offense the last time around, right?
|1 week 11 hours ago||Not OT...||
Actually, I have always wondered if questions regarding high profile MGoBloggers weren't bordering on META territory, but yeah, I think it has been a while since he posted at all really - perhaps as much as a year. In any case, hopefully he'll drop by as his diaries were rightfully legendary works around these parts.
|1 week 14 hours ago||This As Well...||
Thoughts on Butch Jones?
The OP said that it could be deleted, and in reality it probably should be but only because these threads are almost invariably inflammatory (well, the comments are) even if that isn't the stated intent of the OP, especially as we're not actively looking for a coach.
Hypothetical Coaching Staff in-Waiting
This thread, while I see the humor in it, probably is not going to get the responses that the OP was hoping for.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Many Thanks...||
No need to thank the blog, as others have mentioned. I often joke offline about modding being sort of like being on the front line, but I remind myself sometimes that braver people than me actually are there.
Instead, let me say thanks for your service to this nation and hopefully you are already on your home from Baltimore to reconnect with your family again.
|1 week 1 day ago||The 2007 Oregon Game...||
I try to shy away from saying things like "worst" when it comes to losses because different metrics of low performance will produce different results in that respect. If we were to talk about the game that changed my perspective on my own fandom forever perhaps (if "worst" can be "most psychologically jarring"), it would be the 2007 Oregon game. That is the game - the pantsing, if you will - which knocked the complacency out of me more than any game and made me ask finally (and now continuously) why we do the things we do schematically / strategically as a program.
|1 week 1 day ago||Trolls / Guests...||
I guess from a modding as well as personal standpoint, I welcome the inclusion of rival fans who provide their perspective and are willing to have an intelligent discussion on the blog, and there are several here who do just that. In my opinion, that sort of exchanged should be welcomed. It is the "quick hit" people or that obvious trolls that get exiled, so if you do see those, definitely report those. We will do our best to get those folks off the boards.
|1 week 1 day ago||Oh Dear...||
Hypothetical John Harbaugh Availability/Question
I do not foresee this one going particularly well, and while a few threads here and there on position discussions have slid (likeOL discussions), it seems these coaching hypothetical threads generally are non-starters.
|1 week 1 day ago||Perhaps....||
You may very well have kids, but to be fair, my youngest will be graduating high school in that year and I believe a fair number of people on the board would fully expect to be grandparents by this time.
That being said, I would love to have a home-and-home with Texas really, particularly if by then we're talking about a game which is nationally relevant and a marquee matchup of the weekend.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
The look on Geno Smith's is pretty amusing - "Really? Really?". I chuckled.
As others have said though, he's an amazing ahtlete and it is great to see him still doing Woodson things at, well, my age basically.
|1 week 1 day ago||Speaking Of This...||
Because I'll be working storm possibly forever from the sound of things right now, I might need to ditch my tickets for this weekend. This is especially true if tomorrow's weather is as some forecasts are predicting. I am going to try a few family members first, but you may see some tickets posted on the spreadsheet later this week.
|1 week 1 day ago||Of Minor Note...||
I actually looked and I was a little surprised that Massey took his algorithm and applied it to college hockey as well. No updates on the site yet as the season has not begun yet (they usually reset to the current season a week or two before the season starts), but it will be interesting what the algorithm makes of the Big Ten at least initially.
|1 week 1 day ago||Removed At OP's Request...||
Meet Paul from Toledo
This was removed at the OP's request as it reiterates current front page content.
|1 week 1 day ago||Preseason Baseline...||
I don't know that I measure it based on "what would staisfy me" as much as I do on "what is an achieveable target", possibly because that's simply how what people like me who get paid to invent metrics think. That being said, as disappointed as I am about Saturday's result, I still think that this schedule still permits a reasonable shot at 9-3 for the moment. Like some others, I see the rivalry games remaining as the most difficult hills to conquer (not insurmountable, but the most difficult), but the rest of the games are definitely winnable games for us.
|1 week 1 day ago||More Or Less This...||
We do monitor how many of these threads appear, of course, but a couple a day is a volume we'll generally let slide because there is a need to vent and as long as it doesn't get vicious, they will get left alone by the mods anyway. It's something on the order of 20-30 per day when it becomes an issue - when such threads are crowding out relevant news, yeah, we do get "selective" about what stays.
|1 week 2 days ago||My Oddball Effort...|
|1 week 2 days ago||After Three Quarters....||
Let me say first that it is nice to be able to watch the last quarter of this game on my own TV now that I have power again.
Second, the Lions' offense - 291 yards passing from Stafford, 18/27 for 2 TDs both of which were caught by Calvin Johnson, and while there are only 34 yards rushing, the one rushing TD belongs to Stafford. This is a nice way to end my Monday - with power, and a probable Lions win.
|1 week 2 days ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall from reading the notes on Ohio State practices a few weeks ago, he was limited at some point because of a shoulder injury, but there was no other definite mention past the middle of August and no indication as to the severity of it. If it is serious enough to stop him from playing, that's sad - hopefully, he builds himself a great future all the same.
|1 week 2 days ago||Removed This...||
OT: Giants vs. Lions game thread
This one was taken down in favor of the more developed thread above it (well, it was above it until this post).
|1 week 2 days ago||Embeds...|
|1 week 2 days ago||Agreed...||
I think the posting of the tweet sort of gave the context away really - that is what gives me the idea anyway that he was talking more about the attacks that were flung in the directions of players. I suppose you could argue that perhaps the word "true" makes the statement unnecessarily divisive, but I really didn't see him as calling out the fanbase as a whole, nor did it seem like he was "hiding" behind the players - Hoke has usually been fairly direct about terrible results being on the staff.
|1 week 2 days ago||Right Now...||
Going 2-2 out of the gate with the two tougher OOC matchups being the losses would likely not bode well for the conference part of the season - with that, I think I would agree. Actually, right now, Massey has our game with Utah as essentially a good each-way bet, if you will - 50% projection for Michigan with a projected 31-30 score. Again, it's a model that is still relying some on past data, so hopefully, the game is a little more decisive (in our favor, of course), in reality. I think most of us would feel much better comparatively about 3-1 heading into conference play.
|1 week 2 days ago||ESPN Links...||
Here are the links to the polls - ESPN has both the AP and Coaches' up and I believe they are current now
We did get 2 votes in the Coaches' poll, so...well...yeah...
|1 week 2 days ago||There's That...||
I believe there had been a few people floating the theory that Nussmeier could be the coach-in-waiting when he was hired in Janury, and I will be honest about this - I do not know where anyone got this idea really. It was fairly clear at the time that the most pressing issue as the staff and department saw it was the offense, hence the hire. It would be difficult to believe, at least for me, that there was more to it than that.
|1 week 2 days ago||That Last Point...||
We've been through this multiple times on few subjects going back to last season, but reading too much into what is not said to the media is not generally a good idea and should be interpreted as....well....nothing. Just because Hoke (perhaps at the direction of the department) is circumspect about injuries (I'll put it like that) does not really mean much more than he either wishes to or is told to provide limited information. We can't justly take away anything more than this.
The "no visit" policy - again, I don't see how you can reasonably jump to this being born from a lack of confidence. That seems like a rather incredible jump as well. If we're going to say someone is "committed" to a school and they want to visit others, then to me it is reasonable to say they aren't necessarily "committed" by the typical definition. In any case, we're talking about a verbal commitment that can - up until NSD - be terminated without conseuqence, so I have never been sure why it gets played up by either side of the argument really.
|1 week 2 days ago||Something Like This...||
I suppose I don't understand - with all that has gone on in the interim since the search in 2011 - the continued pining for Jim Harbaugh. Four years removed and a relatively successful stint at Stanford and in the NFL later, it simply doesn't seem lke this is a realistic notion, and indeed, I don't even know that it would be universally popular here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Limited Interest...||
B1G Black Saturday fallout at Ohio State
Yeah, I am going to just jump in and say that gratuitous insults thrown at us by Ohio State writers will probably generate very limited interest on the board, especially right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||Please Do...||
These threads were actually fun to break down and for making our own stabs at taking the line or the points and so forth. The discussions used to get rather interesting, as I recall, and it was a neat sidebar to every game week as a fair number of us actually do place the odd bet or two. I would like to see these come back myself.
|1 week 2 days ago||Panic Mode...Not Really...||
While it might be fair to say that Saturday night perhaps underlined some of the ongoing frustrations that many of us have with the direction of the team as a whole, I don't know that this game by itself says to me that I should be panicking. I know others might, and maybe I have a loner road to this state than most. Now, I would say "concerned" is fair for me - I am starting to wonder if there is a performance wall and if it is now a perceptible wall, if you will, but I don't really want to draw any hugely definitive conclusions until we've seen this team in a few games of conference play. If we're still limping through the conference schedule, I might slide into the "rife with anxiety" area.
|1 week 3 days ago||Probably Not Too Bad...||
I would imagine that attendance is not affected terribly by the results of the ND game, at least very little aside from the normal things that prevent people from going to a given game. That being said, I would expect that this game doesn't have the highest attendance, but I think it is more because it is a MAC opponent, and one that's awful on paper at that. We've talked about things like this before, but the demand for Michigan tickets has been rather inelastic even in the not-so-spectacular periods and the after not-so-spectacular losses.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hopefully, I Got It...||
Hopefully, I got that right - I saw a flash of the the original formatting and parsed it out as best I could in the few seconds it was on the screen. Hopefully, I stayed at least mostly faithful to the formatting you had in mind.
|1 week 3 days ago||Perhaps A Small Comfort...||
It is perhaps a small comfort that some of the predictive sites are slightly favoring the Lions, of course, although not by huge margins. All the same, over at Massey for example, gives the Lions a 23-20 predicted median score and a 58% predicted win probability. It's a small comfort, but the stats sites have been kind to the Lions in the run-up to tomorrow.
|1 week 3 days ago||That Middle One...||
The middle one is a bit cringeworthy admittedly.
We've changed OCs (trying not to judge Nussmeier by previous seasons, of course), so it was difficult to know offensively what would happen based on the Appalachian State game (though we did what we should have done in that game), but 289 yards and zero points to show for it is a bit disappointing, to say the least. Not exactly how I would have liked to see this rivalry end. My hope is that this game, at least offensively, was growing pains, but we'll see, I suppose.
|1 week 3 days ago||Back At It...||
I will say that I had to listen to the game between work and having no TV at the moment, so my experience was not visual but it was still painful. That aside, the day I feel nothing after a Michigan loss or worse, a win, is probably a very troubling day really. I somehow doubt people saying such things are truly sincere when they do it otherwise this blog would have a mere fraction of the traffic that it does. We'll mostly be there in Ann Arbor on Saturday, I am sure, the ND game a frustrating memory from which came some venting, suggestions, complaints, concerns, etc...all manner of opinion. My own? Frustrated a bit, definitely concerned, but I've always been one of those people that likes to see the OOC schedule play out first before I decide how much fretting I will do.
|1 week 3 days ago||Supporting The Team...||
As painful as last night's game was, there really isn't anything that will make me feel less connected to Michigan and the university community and make me want to support it any less in its efforts. I was pretty pissed like a lot of people here, but onward and upward in the end, and I assume most of us will be right back at it on Saturday when we play Miami (OH). However we may feel right now and no matter our current assessment of where that team is at (yeah, about that, I know....), we are all rooting for the same team and wish it nothing but success in the end.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even With Radio...||
Even with the radio feed on the iPad (I still don't have power at my house), I found that straight rum was a good fit with this game. That also helped my fall asleep to the noise of generators up and down the street. Perhaps I get my power back today and The State Of Our Open Threads, which will be entertaining, I am sure, can appear Monday or Tuesday.
|1 week 3 days ago||Offensive Stats...||
The one thing that made me go "ugh" more than anything else is that 289 yards was spread over 67 plays (32 passing, 35 rushing, so fairly balanced approach) ends up at a fairly slow 4.31 yards per play on average. Worse, we outgained ND by nine yards.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Cleanup....||
As I was without power last night (and I have been since Friday night), I listened (unfortunately) on a radio feed, and have spent the last hour at work here reading thread as I am able, we're going to do some cleanup here. Not every one of these was offensive or redundant per se, but some are just victims of cleanup for more direct discussions. The following will go in the first round of cuts:
Hoke keeps job if...
Look on the bright side ......
We can all agree on firing Dave Brandon, right?
Just Fire Hoke alreBut the Royals lost!ady
Ever Been Punched By A Donkey?
Potential Replacements for Hoke and Amount AD Has To Pay For Top Notch Hire
"All we needed to do is execute"
Blame App. St.
Eat 50 Lemons, Pluck Your ToeNails Out, or Do this Week's UFRs - Which is Worse?
But the Royals lost!
Complete and Utter Speculation: Jim Harbaugh to Michigan? (NBC Sports)
Lack of creative playcalling
There's only one thing left to say.
Fire Dave Brandon
Let's have a neg-bang!!!
Remember the Spartans
It's Time for a Change
Halftime Lemons, with a chaser
How do I listen to the Michigan Radio call online?
Round 2: Michigan v. Irish
Live Stream website anyone?
To Notre Dame with Hell
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice Indeed...||
"It just so happens, officer, that my friend here is a qualified civil engineer and he was told to test the integrity of the cement. You can see, by the way he passed out and the position he has assumed, that the cement appears to be OK. It will require several hours of unconsciousness to be certain, however."
|1 week 4 days ago||Watching At Work...||
One of the more interesting facts about the Penn State - Akron game right now is that each teams stats are more or less paralleling one another right now. Akron has 141 total yards to Penn State's 152, similar yards per completion, rushing yards, etc..., except that 3-8 on 3rd downs for Akron outstrips Penn State's lack of third down conversions.
|1 week 4 days ago||This Could Be Fun...||
I might take a stab at this myself - I'll have some downtime later since we'll evenatually have crews out the door, so I can definitely find time to start this. It might actually make an interesting thread, to have a contest where people write parodies of the same song and see which ones people enjoy.
|1 week 4 days ago||My Football Day...||
I just hope I get to watch our game tonight at this point - we've been out of power since about 8 PM last night, and being at work right now, it's the only way I am getting some football coverage. I'll probably get to watch some of the noon and 3:30 PM stuff here, but then I get to go home - power or not - and wait to see if maybe I can watch ours.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some Submissions...||
And so it ends now
An old storied rivalry
Finish them once more
I gaze at his face
The purple man over there
Losing to my team
|1 week 4 days ago||You Know...||
I have a good one for this -
You know you spend too much time on MGoBlog when your power has been out since last night and you obsess over the amount of modding that will need to be done once you find a place (my office, in this case) that has power. This actually happened....and is happening.
|1 week 5 days ago||That Punt...||
It seemed like an eternity while that punt bounced for Pitt to choose the right moment, but apparently they came prepard for oddly shaped objects taking strange bounces. BC has to start this drive just short of being pinned against the end zone. Well, they more or less are pinned really.
|1 week 5 days ago||Minor Trivia...||
While we sort of on the subject of the most in something, I do believe that the most played rivalry game is actually a traditional Big Ten matchup actually. As far as I recall, it is the Minnesota-Wisconson rivalry, the prize for that being Paul Bunyan's Axe - something that Wisconsin has used routinely to cut Minnesota off at the knees for the last 25 years.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nice Article...||
He thought for a moment, then said, "An 'A' student." He explained that athletes are unable to pull all-nighters like other students because of the demands on their time. Still, he managed to finish his bachelor's degree in 3½ years, and is working on a master's now.
It takes a very organized, very dynamic person to pull off being a player and leader and to stay as committed to their education as Devin has, I would think. It would great to see Devin walk away with a nice season here, but we know he'll walk away with the tools to make an impact in the world either on the field or off....or both really.
|1 week 5 days ago||Current Openings...||
Just for the general knwoledge of the board, here is what is known about Texas' OOC schedule for the foreseeable future - LINK
They've got USC and Maryland in 2018, but they are still reasonably open after that, so it might be possible. Actually, it would be a nice marquee matchup, I think.
|1 week 5 days ago||Congratulations!||
First and foremost, congratulations on becoming an MGoParent!
As others have mentioned, you'll now get to watch a lot of Pac-12 games (or at least those that are on ESPN / ABC) because you very likely won't be sleeping much. Temporary though.
The impact on my Michigan fandom is pretty discernable - it mediated it in some ways because I didn't want to have me kids see me go apoplectic in front of the TV or in the stands, but it also gave me something worthwhile to do and pass on my obsessive Michigan fandom to my children in the hope that they will perhaps go to game, go to events, or indeed, go to the university as I did.
As for indoctrination, I started out from day one, so it is never too early, I think. They won't appreciate or remember the Michigan onesies, but the pictures will come out from time to time. They are at the wearing gear / going to the odd game stage now and they like it. My son can even sing the fight song.
|1 week 5 days ago||Enrolling Early...||
I think FSU stands to lose something around 20 players to graduation or eligibility expiration (between seniors and fifth-year kids, and granted, not all of them starters) after the season, so I imagine they'd be pleased with early enrollees then. I have to think that, if Campbell develops as people think he might, he'll find the field pretty early on perhaps.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Liked It...||
Although this did make it to the board earlier in the week, as it is the day before the game, why not let it appear one more time, right?
The music does sort of say "final battle" in a way, so good choice and the clip selection was great as well. Many memorable moments in two and a half minutes, including Desmond's catch, which is an all-time faovrite of mine (also, the point at which Criqui began his vigil for that signal - another awesome moment).
Thanks for sharing it on the eve of this game, OP.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Relevance Thing...||
But the truth is, Notre Dame and Michigan are groping about for national relevance.
That's probably the sentence that stands out the most to me when I really sit down and think about the recent history of this rivalry actually. On this point at least, it is difficult to disagree with Maisel.
It's still a nationally relevant game in that NBC will probably be neck-and-neck with ESPN's 8 PM offering in the ratings, I would assume, so there is always that. It's definitely relevant to both fanbases and always has been. If we're talking about, as others have mentioned, two teams that - most years - inhabited the upper half of the polls from start to finish, it hasn't been about taking someone down a notch in that regard for a while now, at least not routinely.
Really, in all the ways that matter to the people involved or who have some vested emotional interest (fans, alums, etc...), it's still a relevant game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Interesting...||
You know, I read this and I understand their stated reasons for ending this rivalry even less than I did before, but I do like that their fanbase - at least in this poll - basically confirmed what I believe we already assumed anyway. That is to say, we are indeed one of their rivals in their eyes and that they rather enjoy having the game on the schedule. No matter, of course, because now Jack Swarbrick is free to schedule Wake Forest as often as he pleases, as I am sure that was his ultimate goal.
Thanks for sharing this, OP. Very interesting indeed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Happy Friday...||
For some reason, I find myself sitting ay my desk listening to Queen's "Death On Two Legs" to get a little fired up for the weekend because, yeah, eff Notre Dame, and the song always reminded me of Notre Dame and its two-faced nature.
Of course, regading the weekend, if the forecast is any indication, I stand a decent shot at spending large parts of it right her at my desk (or somewhere in this building) doing my storm duty. Hopefully, that doesn't happen as I actually would like to, you know, watch football.
All I can say is that, if they ever asked for a game in the distant future, having set all their bridges ablaze, we sould send ND a fruit basket with a "Get Well Soon" card inside of it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sure, He's Wondering...||
"I haven't woke up in the morning going, 'Is this the day?' I dealt with this situation when I first heard of it with blinders on," Kelly said. "I focused on the guys I have. I miss the guys. I care about them, but I really have a responsibility to the guys on my team and I've stayed focused on them and coaching the heck out of them. I hope that doesn't come across as callous."
While it certainly is not the first thing that Kelly has approached with blinders on (the image of him literally wearing blinders is somehow poetic), I have a difficult time believing that he has not at least been in intermittent contact with the folks in the know regarding this process or trying to get some idea of when this will happen. Like a lot of coaches, he says what he probably should say here, but considering which team, which coach and which school, the attempt at "team" talk comes across as cringeworthy.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well Done...||
This is how you make a very cool production out of this challenge - very well done indeed, sir. I will say, I figured just based on blog persona that yours would perhaps be the most interesting one to date, and it definitely did not disappoint in the least. Very good work!
|1 week 6 days ago||Of Note Here...||
Of note here perhaps is that UTSA is only down seven while gaining only 194 yards across 44 plays (16 passing, 28 rushing). The breakdown is 101 passing yards to 93 rushing yards, which is good for 4.41 yards per play overall, broken out as 6.31 yards per pass attempt and 3.32 yards per rush.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Dedicated, But...||
OT: NFL Open Thread (GB vs. SEA)
Granted, the other thread is not specifically dedicated to the Green Bay-Seattle game, but there is some discussion of it going already in the previously created thread.
|1 week 6 days ago||Quite Awesome...||
That's a great story and an awesome gesture indeed - thanks for sharing this with the board, and best of luck to your mom in her recovery.
|1 week 6 days ago||Briefly On Predictions...||
Well, Massey and TeamRankings have Arizona winning this one rather comfortably - in particular, Massey is going with a 77% win probability for the Wildcats and a median projected score of 31-21.
Massey has tonight's Seattle-Green Bay game not going the way of the Packers - 89% estimated win probability for Seattle and a median score in simulations of 30-14.
|1 week 6 days ago||SBNation Summary...||
SBNation has some decent coverage of this as well - LINK
At one point, they do mention an interview that the attorney for the accuser did with USA Today, saying that he was pleased with FSU's investigation to date and that he was confident that code of conduct charges would be the result of all this.
One interesting thing here, when it comes to the length of this whole thing, comes in a statement made by FSU. Timing regardless, supposedly they say down with her for over an hour.
"While we cannot comment on any individual case, in general, complainants control the timing in our process.”
|1 week 6 days ago||Mod Ruling...||
As Joan Rivers is an internationally known figure and is interwoven with the last couple generations of comedy and popular culture, it's definitely newsworthy and the thread can stand.
It's very sad that within weeks of one another, two icons of comedy have been lost. Rivers entertained across a few generations and was still very active and performing as well, so even at 81 years old, she had little intention of slowing down.
Actually, although I will probably always know her best as Dot Matrix in "Spaceballs" like some of you (her cameo in "Muppets Take Manhattan" was pretty awesome too), if you've never seen her stand up from early in her career, here's a sample from "The Ed Sullivan Show".
RIP Joan Rivers.
|1 week 6 days ago||We May Never Know...||
I think one thing that is interesting about this is that, as I recall, the suspensions were announced on Saturday afternoon just hours before the game was to be played anyway, so the perception from the beginning definitely was that this was for just one game. This seems like one of those titimes where you want insight into what "team rules" are specifically, as that's the missing information that might provide context to their reinstatement, but we'll likely never know and the tone of Muschamp's reply to questions about it make the question perhaps not worth the grief.
|1 week 6 days ago||Even In Simulations...||
A few sites that do simulations and projections have started to nudge their projections a little towards Michigan although the simulations, which run with some historic data, are still favoring ND a bit. TeamRankings, for example, had us at 24% for an estimated win probability, but right now it is close to 40%, so we're seeing that swinging in models of the game as well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Question Answered...||
...in the following thread:
META - "Mod Action Sticky" not sticky
...and the thread has been removed at the request of its creator. For the board's general information, the link to the sticky within the menus on the site's top bar is current. If you check it on occasion, I recommend keeping a shortcut to it as well if you're looking to see what has been posted and removed.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Sticky...||
Like a2_electricboogaloo mentioned, the link in the menus on the top bar should be current now, and I always keep it as a hot link on Chrome so I can more easily remember to check it periodically throughout the day. I believe the only real effective way to keep it at the top of the board would be to keep changing the timestamp, or at least that's the only way I know to mysteriously reprioritize threads, if you will, not that I've ever done it (I have done it).
|1 week 6 days ago||If There Is Interest...||
FXX does stream events fter they first air, I believe, so last night's episode of The League should be available on the site by now, if anyone is interested in watching (I had planned to do at lunch since we just bide time between storms here, right? Right?). The direct link to accessing it (you need to have a participating provider, of course) is here - LINK
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting Move...||
They drop their series with us, curtail severely their series with MSU, then schedule a home-and-home with Ohio State all while keeping Purdue on the schedule several times in the next ten years or so. It doesn't get much more Notre Dame than that, folks, to keep one of their coastal rivals on the banks of the Wabash.
|1 week 6 days ago||Prediction...||
You know, Massey would give us only a 29% estimated win probability, but of course it is still pulling from past data to make such a prediction and after some of the things that I saw this past Saturday, it's hard for me to fathom that we couldn't win and do so comfortably. What gave me a lot of hope in that regard was seeing adjustments being made at the line and an OC that called a game to emphasize strengths and mitigate weaknesses. I'll go with Michigan, and my gut feeling is something 30-21-ish.
|1 week 6 days ago||Bylaw 13.2||
It's Bylaw 13.2, I believe, tht covers offers and inducements, and cars and housing are among those specifically prohibited, but yeah, the tone of the language would indicate that the goods need to appear for this to be a violation. The closest you can get, I think, is if the institution deems it necessary to rent out extra living space for student-athletes, but that's a far cry from a house and a car.
|1 week 6 days ago||Cleaning Up...||
Confusing Week for Buckeyes?
MGoBrewMom sort of said it all here:
Sometimes it's better to say nothing, if you're going to say something asinine.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Of Minor Note...||
One thing that is interesting in the 1978 clip is that you'e looking at one of the two interceptions of Jerry Meter in his time at Michigan. The other one was against Stanford in 1976. I believe that his 12 tackles in that game were the second most in his career as a Wolverine as well. If I remember correctly, the ND quarterback in this game was some dude named Joe Montana.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||About This...||
Although we've little control over how often accounts are "reincarnated", if you will, various iterations of Damefan - authentic article or otherwise - have been blocked. Of course, he posted so infrequently and he typically goes into hiding even on his own blog if ND loses to Michigan, so it almost isn't worth it in the long term. After all, his level of delusion borders on, and often surpasses, comical.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Probably True...||
The relative silence at this juncture probably means that everyone who has been suspended more than likely will not be playing Saturday, I would tend to agree with that. There were a lot of articles about how there was supposed to be some sort of update / status meeting basically any moment now but the lack of updates is interesting, even if they are being silent on what has happened if anything.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||In The End...||
I thought about it for a while, and about twenty minutes ago, I did block him because I figured there really wasn't much of a way he could recover from that sort of a start. Sadly, some newbies / trolls start so bad that it simply isn't worth it in the end. Perhaps he returns under a new username - there's not much we can do about that - but I do try to at least be fair with people for a time before I go with the more stringent measures.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Very Interesting Data...||
It is very interesting data really, and thanks for sharing it. It does seem to me that, as the fact that the outcomes of games are independent of one another, this is probably the result you would expect - despite what a lot of people seem to think, the outcome of a game in isolation never seems to be telling typically, at least not statistically.
One thing that might also be interesting is to look at seasons where we did play all three games in that timespan and look at overall record at the point we played each team in each year, correlate the percentage at each point to the overall percentage in that year, and attempt to "map" the season using the rivalries as a reference.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Wishing Him Well...||
Hopefully, whatever is happening isn't too serious and he can be back with the team at some point this season. I wish him the best with this.
As a note to Cunning_Stunts above from one of your friendly (if a little mad) mods, if that's how it is going to be your MGoBlogging time can be made tragically short. You're new, so I'll rack it up to ignorance as to the etiquette of this place, but be warned all the same.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||First Go-Around...||
Eh, it's definitely different in its tenor and humor, but I'll give it a few weeks before I make definitive conclusions about the new guy. This was an OK first stab at this, considering how it was before.
In any case, there was this:
Has the new Clemson-ing become quitting when we're getting whooped?
I think it is a good question, and the epitome of streamlining a system really. Traditional Clemsoning involves strategically choosing a moment at which there is an inexplicable lapse or miscue which turns the game around for the opponent. The new method really just involves an arbitrary margin at which you can take your foot off the gas and coast to defeat. Simplified scheme and all that.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Steve Sax...||
Steve Sax suffered from it for part of his career in the middle of the 1980s, as I recall, to a point where he actually led the majors in errors at second base a couple times. I believe he made gradual adjustments to his throwing mechanics and got better over time, and indeed, during his stint with the Yankees, I think he might have even led the majors in fielding percentage at his position.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Rivalry On The Tube...||
I would love to have the historic numbers for this game really - I know it netted an average of 8.65 million last year, and NBC came in with an average of 6.4 million viewers for just our game with ND in 2012. I'd have to go back, but it was something north of 7 million for the first UTL matchup as well. I have to think that going back farther than that, the numbers are comparble most years, so from the standpoint of national interest, this is a game that is a high draw definitely.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
In the event that there is interest, here is the segment to which the OP refers - (LINK). Hopefully, the direct link to StationCaster works.
As a minor note to the OP - "Sharty" and other such forms of unclever trolling are frowned on here, so please try not to use that term (or others in that category) in the future.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||A Different Scenario...||
Jerry Palm hasn't updated his projections quite yet, but to start off, he actually had no Big Ten team in the playoff bracket, instead opting to put Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl and Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. After that, He went with Michigan in the TaxSlayer Bowl and then Iowa in the Outback Bowl, then Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl and Maryland in the FIght Hunger Bowl. Below that line, he picked Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl and Minnesota in the Heart Of Dallas Bowl. Rutgers was conspicuously absent from his preseason projection.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Broken Before It Began...||
Inside NU has a more detailed breakdown (in addition to what the OP's linked article quotes) on an instance where there was some rather obvious confusion right here - LINK
You can look at stills from the sequence in that article as well. I remember watching this part of the game and agree with the formation assessment - Cal was running 2x2 spread formation, Northwestern goes with Cover 4 with seven in the box and some untimely mid-play assignment switching left a receiver in the flat with all day to make a catch basically.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||About That...||
Well, I hope 36 isn't all that old, although I believe it might be at least slightly above the median age for MGoBlog. Either way, perhaps it is the fact that I didn't wear my glasses when I did this. Then again, perhaps the glasses would make me look older. I am so confused now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Reminds Me...||
I have to be in Ann Arbor this weekend, so I think I will stop by the press box and make sure that Don Criqui is fed and has adequate water. After all, he might still be waiting for some dort of signal and - ND homer or not - I think we should do the humane thing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Can't Happen...||
Well, I won't say that such a situation could not happen, but I am fairly certain that my wife of ten years - who was sitting off camera and rolling her eyes the entire time I was doing this - would strenuously object to the idea of having something on the side.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Variable...||
The time between banner changes has historically been...variable, that might be a good word. Actually, I wouldn't be against the idea of taking user submissions and voting on them myself as I think people have posted some excellent ones over time in the hope that it would appear. I've always thought having the banner switch to basketball-themed items once bowl season passed would be nice too, so it is indicative of the thrust of the content.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Understood...||
I suppose it ultimately would depend on the amount of other news really - on a day where there is a lot happening, I would probably be more inclined to take the AP link, move it to the thread below with the Coaches' Poll, and repurpose it. Today? Eh, it's pretty slow, so whatever really.
As for the snowflakes mentioned below, I know it isn't universally liked and I'll take the hit for enforcing the policy. It simply makes managing the board on gameday a bit easier with what I hope is a minimal sacrifice, and threads on specific points which aren't justly covered by a generic "snowflake" thread can stand as always. It's a judgment call.
I am willing to listen always if people have suggestions though. I just do this because I want to help make it a even better place (and it is a great one as it is) too.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Great Game...||
I was actually at a viewing party that was roughly half ND and half Michigan at a house near Chicago (we were visiting some of my wife's relatives, but I talked my way into a party across the street with the help of one of my wife's cousins). By the time halftime rolled around, the ratio was more 80% Michigan and 20% ND, and it was almost exclusively Michigan by the time the third quarter ended. No amount of Tom Hammond smiling insincerely could console them after a certain point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This Week...||
Because I think we're still getting our bearings on how we want to organize the board this season, we'll let it slide this week - I did change the title. For future weeks, I think we'll probably try to create dedicated threads for the polls to condense the board discussion a bit. After all, they tend to be not terribly different week to week ("tend to be", he said, now daring the poll gods).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For The Music...||
It was slowed down for the music, I assume. Here's the original spot:
So, about a minute was tacked on.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Pat Fitzgerald...||
Part of me sort of thinks that Pat Fitzgerald is going to have this sort of a season....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sagarin Ratings...||
Michigan snuck into the Top 30 in the Sagarin ratings this morning as well - at 30, no less. Strangely enough, Florida also made it at #17 despite having yet to play an official game, although the one or two plays they did run were quality plays. All it really means is that Jeff Sagarin's computer cannot activate SkyNet yet.
In his Top 30, you'll also find - Michigan State (10), Ohio State (12), Wisconsin (16), Iowa (29) and our next opponent, Notre Dame, at #15.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A Minor Note To The OP...||
As a note to the OP, for board management purposes, it's easier if threads like this - particularly when it involves injury - come with the news itself because once it is announced we then have two threads where there perhaps could have been just one. Just a minor point, but the aim is to have as little overlapping coverage as possible to maximize the amount of unique news on the boards.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty Descriptive...||
I will say this - in all the times we've taken I-75 south to the Cincinnati area to visit some of my wife's extended family (the bulk of them being in Chicago), the drive from just south of Toledo to the Dayton area or thereabouts is one of the most hypnotizingly dull stretches of road ever conceived by man. There is, almost literally, nothing to look at. It's almost as if people forgot about this part of Ohio.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||As I Was Challenged...||
I will probably post mine sometime tomorrow evening or Wednesday at the latest. We used the last of the lemons in a marinade and I will get some at lunch tomorrow. Because everyone might expect it, I will wear a pony shirt while doing mine. I may also use a spoon because I intend to have a conversation while I do this too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Louisville TD Drive...||
Louisville's TD drive was almost Big Ten in its development and pace. They took six minutes or so off the clock doing the following:
- Rush for 3 yards
- Rush for 6 yards
- Rush for 2 yards
- Pass for 8 yards
- Pass for 21 yards
- Run for 5 yards
- Pass for 10 yards
- Pass for 9 yards
- Run for 10 yards
- Run for 6 yards
- Run for 2 yards
Then, of course, a pass into the end zone for a TD.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Nice...||
I will not lie - I actually like that this might become a thing on the blog, if only to serve as an affirmation that we are not to be trifled with as a community, as I mentioned this morning with regards to Brian specifically. I am beginning to wonder if it might not be a good idea to roll this into an MGoCause, as a few people in other threads have discussed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully, the OP does not mind the embed. Actually, this is rather impressive.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Where This Is Going...||
I think where this is going is that, at the end of this discussion / controversy, we will have ensured that Brian will never, ever have scurvy even if he does not drink another glass of lemonade or orange juice in his lifetime. Perhaps that is a good thing in the long run, that we have eliminated one potential issue for him.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||About This...||
As a note to the OP, it's probably better if you create the thread as the news is released only because changing the title will not change the timestamp on the thread necessarily - that's the thing which would need to change for this to remain near the top. We can do that for you, but it would take one of us remembering this thread was buried somewhere within the first few pages, of course.
That being said, as it was purposed to be a thread for speculation on the results of this investigation and such threads are a semi-tradition here, we'll leave it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Best"...||
I was thinking about this a bit too - definitions of "best ever" are going to be wide and varied. If we were going to base it on sheer production and that's all, it's going to be hard for Funchess to catch Edwards perhaps, but I think if we think about it based on pro potential perhaps, I think Funchess has the potential to be right up there anyway. Again, it's a subjective thing to say, but I certainly don't mind a QB having that level of confidence in a WR. It's nice to see really.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Serious Equipment....||
It might take some serious equipment....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Regarding That...||
Damefan was rightfully chased away from here (at least for the time being) some time ago, but he does maintain a blog in which the last post was dated some four days ago. If nothing else, his skills of center justification and semmingly inappropriate emphasis on various words in the middle of sentences are greatly improved from last year.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good Point...||
You're right, of course, and it was admittedly a bit lazy of me not to break it out, particularly when we're talking about the Air Raid in the case of WSU. I keep forgetting, for example, that some Big Ten offenses traditionally sit in the middle of overall YPP because, with noted exceptions like Wisconsin, some tend to be more or less balanced (with a slight lean towards the run, in several cases, as I recall) .
Actually, 80% passing (56 out of 70) was a smidge higher than their typical ratio from last season too (which was closer to 75/25, which is pretty standard for Leach-style offense, I think)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Cool...||
I rememeber that you had posted about the plans for this weekend bout a week, perhaps 10 days ago, and I am glad to see it turned out to be as awesome as it sounded for you. If I am judging the panoramic shot correctly, we might have not been that far apart in terms of where we sat, but there aren't many bad views in that place, eh?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||To Add A Little...||
To extend that thought a bit, if the lemon is eaten, then MGoBlog maintains its reputation as a site which tends to keep its arrangements, if you will, and that only makes us look better as a group. Even if it means getting a week's worth of Vitamin C in one sitting, if we show others that we are not to be trifled with and we will eat lemons, I think we gain respect.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Noticed That As Well...||
I had the same thought as LongLiveBo actually - Blake's was a remarkably similar hit to Woodson in the Baylor game in 1997. It is still just one gme, of course, but I've just been enjoying the notion of being rather deep in the secondary and getting deeper with each class. As for Countess, he is hopefully setting up to have a rather nice year out there.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Posted Previously...||
Awesome Charles Woodson Nissan Heisman House commercials (new)
These made it to the board a few days back. I know it is a pain, but remember to open new tabs when searching the first few pages of threads - generally, something like this will make it to the board rather quickly.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Watching Now...||
SMU's QB should have just shouted "500 dead or alive!" on that pass which ended up being intercepted. Awful throw.
It's been reasonably efficient as usual for Baylor - those 31 points are only spread across 205 total yards, but when SMU is begging you to have the ball with excellent field position, it's easy enough to achieve that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Note To The Board....||
As a general note to the board, DrWolverine19 cannot hear you under that screenname anymore. His license to practice MGoBlogging was taken away due to gross etiquette negligence and blog malpractice. Seriously, when you respond to a warning about concern trolling with concern trolling, it's pretty clear someone is simply too bothered by the stick up their...you know...to even read what you said.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Even Better...||
Even better than this, despite the loss, Washington State outgained Rutgers in that game overall 538 yards to 496 yards. What it means for Rutgers defense on a yards per paly basis, across WSU's 70 snaps, is that they still were averaging 7.69 yards per play allowed. That's still pretty subpar and comfortably somewhere in the bottom two quartiles of overall defense most days.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Concern Trolling...||
In the spirit of fair-mindedness, I have to ask as I have a role in making sure these things are mitigated around here - is your entire repertoire simply concern trolling or would you perhaps be willing to provide constructive insight now and again? If the former, do let me know and I will simply show you the door right now. Friendly warning, if you will.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Seeing Him Again....||
Well, there are several TBD times still on the schedule, of course, but the chances of seeing Galloway again among what is known are probably not great. I very much doubt his team gets the Penn State game, and the Miami (OH) and Indiana games are 3:30 PM kicks which, even if they end up on ESPN or ESPN2, still stand less than a 20% chance since I think 6 or 7 different teams from ESPN rotate through those games.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||TeamRankings...||
Team Rankings' model is a bit more aggressive when it comes to the point differential as they give Michigan a 23.6% win probability (based on 2013 statistics, mind you) and a likely score based on simulations of 30-20.
The link to the comparative stats that they use, also 2013 stats, is here - LINK.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A Bit Selective...||
Is the kicking game an area of concern?
I know that I said that we can keep threads that address specific points, but I don't know that there is nearly enough data on the kicking game yet, and I don't know that this is going to add a lot more than what was already discussed in threads.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
For old time's sake, as he's a favorite of mine from the Beilein era to date...