so much for that
|4 min 3 sec ago||Could Be Wrong...||
At last report, the most likely order would be Magic, Bobcats, Cavaliers then Suns for the first four. If I am not mistaken, the lottery actually has not been won by the team with the worst record since 2004, when - oddly enough - the Magic used this pick on some dude named Dwight Howard.
|35 min 6 sec ago||Per A Quick Web Search...||
Per a quick perusal of the Internet, Adidas apparently has 71 facilities which do work for them in the United States, with major ones being located near Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Fayetteville (North Carolina) and a few in Florida. If it was one of those facilities, not only are they not from Ohio, they were made well away from Ohio. I admit to having disagreements with Adidas, but facilitating the addition of this entertaining dimension to the rivalry would not be one of them.
Your move, Columbus.
|3 hours 46 min ago||Congratulations!||
Congratulations to you and your wife on becoming MGoParents!
Hopefully the little ones are out of the NICU and you are home as a family soon. If I may also say it, I really like the names.
|5 hours 3 min ago||Regarding The Second Point...||
When Rutgers and Maryland joined the conference back in November, the purely hypothetical figure that was discussed in the unlikely scenario that the BTN should get into all 15 million available homes in the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and NYC belt was about $200 million to the conference. That would also take into account a subscription fee which would be as high as $1.25 per month.
Obviously, it likely will not be in 100% of homes in those markets, especially to start, possibly because there is little about Rutgers, for example, that says, "I must write my cable provider and demand the Big Ten Network." Even if it is a $100 million windfall, it's still enough to sustain the projected payouts for schools literally zooming towards the $40 million mark over the next few years between this and the renegotiation of the ESPN contract.
In time, I imagine that the increased exposure and the benefit of enhanced resources probably changes Maryland and Rutgers athletics for the better, but it will take several years to come to fruition, I would think.
|6 hours 39 min ago||This As Well...||
"Robinson’s captivating debut featured the following stat line: 11.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.0 SPG and 57 percent shooting from the field. His offensive rating of 128.4 was ranked 10th nationally per KenPom.com (regardless of possessions used). "
Looking at his season averages as well as his drive to be even better this season makes for a situation that is awesome to contemplate really since Robinson will likely get even more chances to score. Some of the potentially overlooked items from his work last year - Robinson accounted for almost 1/5th of the rebounds and had the highest effective FG% among starters, as well as an assist-to-turnover ratio that, as I recall, may have been second only to Burke.
|8 hours 1 min ago||What Might Make It Interesting...||
One thing which could make this move interesting is that part of the Big Ten's heavily revised approach to bowls is that the conference has rescinded the independent authority of the bowls to make independent selections, giving the conference a say in who goes where. They also plan to stipulate that non-BCS bowls select different teams (five different teams in a six year period was the proposal, I believe). If that goes into effect, the matchup for the No Longer Little Caesars Bowl could at least occasionally be intriguing.
|8 hours 25 min ago||As A Sidebar...||
Related to this point and as a sidebar to the diary I posted yesterday, I actually did Notre Dame's before and after attrition Rivals star averages, and the 2012 class alone went from 3.53 to 3.18, which is huge and does weigh on their recent average considerably. Actually, with attrition, Notre Dame has lost about half of its 5-stars and slightly over 20% of its four-star haul in the last 5 classes. Eventually, that has to hurt - they only signed 2 DL recruits in 2012, I think, so losing Vanderdoes poses a huge problem for them.
|23 hours 23 min ago||Alrighty...||
I don't see where people offering prayers and good vibes for a natural disaster that has affected people here per the content of the thread is the action of, as you termed it, "selfish assholes". I also don't see where you get the idea that this is a "Good Samaritan jerk fest" when a couple people have already inquired where they might donate to help the people in Moore. Blanket ad hominems are typically frowned on in the MGoBlog community.
Bolivia. See you in the waning hours before the season.
|23 hours 51 min ago||Yahoo! Story...||
According to this, two elementary schools - Plaza Towers and Briarwood - were leveled and as many as seven children have died at Plaza Towers with about two dozen trapped in the rubble of the building.
Sadly, this is not the first time Moore has been hit, and indeed, it has seen a few incredible tornadoes in the last 15 years or so. Thoughts and condolences to the people of Moore, OK.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Hilariously Enough...||
His name somehow made it into an IMDB listing for the 1976 Rose Bowl - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614938/
Not sure what the editorial rules are on IMDB, but someone was trying to make this look like a thing anyway. Now, if he had pretended to be Pete Johnson, who I believe scored Ohio State's only TD in that game....
|1 day 5 hours ago||Ask And You Shall Receive...||
You got me curious actually...
I whipped this up quickly now that I have a base template for doing the comparison. Pardon the thumbnail link to the actual graph - these are not all that legible when scaled down to only 400 pixels wide. Of course, take this for what it is worth as they are also being compared to Big Ten conference means here.
Notre Dame's recruits tend to be rated rather highly by Rivals, but their average star rating for the period 2002-2013 is 3.50, which is slightly lower than Michigan and Ohio State. This is the case despite their 2008 class, which averaged a 4.04 rating.
The distribution of highly rated recruits (4 and 5-star) is similar to Michigan and Ohio State as well. In that space, Notre Dame recruited 17 five-stars and 108 four-stars based on Rivals data.
Here is the three-way comparison between Michigan, Ohio State an Notre Dame:
|1 day 7 hours ago||A Different Approach...||
Oregon State does this by actually producing a map every so often which highlights the approximate location of Oregon State coaches in their recruiting travels. For example:
...and yes, it is called the "Beaver Barrage". From the SBNation piece:
"One gets the sense of Riley sitting at a great, orange #beaverthrone in the #beavercommandcenter, moving his #beaverchess pieces around the #beavermap, receiving #beaverintel from the field and adjusting #beaverbattle plans."
|1 day 9 hours ago||Hudl.com Highlights...||
Here is the Hudl.com video (LINK)
According to this, last season he had 83 tackles, 14 TFLs and 11 sacks. The video highlights a fair number of the tackles for loss and the sacks, but they all look pretty good overall. Brown seems like he could dominate up front.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Year-To-Year Distribution||
Here is the year-to-year distribution:
What jumps out to me is the trend in the columns for 3-star and 2-star recruits actually. By comparison, the 4-star column seems almost stable. The overall number of rated recruits sits almost invariably in the 255-280 range for the conference (again, including Nebraska for comparison here).
|1 day 12 hours ago||Game 6 In 1988 Finals...||
I still remember watching on TV when Thomas stepped on Cooper's foot and sprained his ankle, thinking in my 10-year old mind that this might be it for the Pistons. It was great to watch him come right back in the game (a minute later, maybe even less) and score 43 points in the game - including 25 in the 3rd quarter alone - despite being in visible pain. That was a very dramatic game in a very dramatic series.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Can't Turn Up Much...||
I haven't been able to turn up much either, but it should be noted that in his NFL career, he was the third WR behind Lynn Swann and John Stallworth even after his very notable Michigan career, during which he was an all-American in 1976, if I am not mistaken. With the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL, he was a consistent top producer on offense for the three seasons he was with them.
|2 days 11 min ago||Comeback Indeed...||
I would agree with that. Peralta already has over 40 hits this season after having only about 130 in 150 games last season. He's already got about half of his total runs from last year and about 1/3 of the home runs already. As I recall, keeping him was not a popular thing in the offseason among those who frequent the sports talk shows and other sorts of popular outlets, but so far it has paid off. It is nice to see.
|2 days 12 hours ago||"The Scream" Guy...||
"I get it now....use the styptic pencil BEFORE the Lagerfeld. THE BURNING!"
Also, jaw-drop guy:
"Good lord....jockeys DO exist...."
|2 days 23 hours ago||Sipping Glenkinchie...||
Per the earlier thread, sipping some Glenkinchie - a nice, smooth Lowland single malt.
That passed ball and the Sanchez throwing error sort of loom large after that home run sadly - for the moment anyway.
As for happenings, the Romulus City-Wide Garage Sale is this weekend, so we merged with my mother-in-law's sale, took our stuff there, and made a day of it. We even made burgers and hot dogs at lunch and made money off of that as well.
|3 days 28 min ago||Fairly Confident....||
We did pretty well in the initial seeding per the Facebook Poll. The admittedly unscientific Legends Division results were:
Michigan - 723 votes
Iowa - 349 votes
Nebraska - 251 votes
Michigan State - 240 votes
Northwestern - 57 votes
Minnesota - 24 votes
So, Michigan took 45% of the Legends Division vote initially. Michigan helmet fans were definitely showing up.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Here's The List...||
The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978 (the third winner of the Triple Crown in the 1970s), which means the Belmont Stakes which Affirmed ran would have been about a month before I was born. It would be fun to see the first one in my lifetime too.
Here is the complete list of Triple Crown winners, along with the Kentucky / Preakness Doubles (meaning the horse did not win the Belmont) as well as other close calls (LINK).
I still would like to see a horse named "Do The Pose".
|3 days 4 hours ago||Glenkinchie...||
I will have a sip of the Glenkinchie tonight in celebration, which my friend at the liquor store managed to find for me. Very nice Lowland single malt and perfect to toast a Wings (and hopefully Tigers) victory later.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Additional Information...||
Here is Eastern Michigan's official announcement - (LINK):
The entire description for the $5,000 donation level:
"Skydive with Coach English! If we hit or exceed our overall goal of $60,000 in fundraising efforts (between our IndieGoGo campaign and Golf Outing), Coach English will be skydiving and you can join him! You'll be able to ride with him from Ypsilanti to Skydive Tecumseh, compliments of LaFontaine Buick GMC of Ann Arbor and spend the day and jump with coach! Your on site training, jump and equipment is all included and you'll get to ride in the plane and jump out of it with Coach English. In the event we don't reach the $60,000 goal, you'll still get to ride with the coach to Skydive Tecumseh, spend the day with coach and participate in the skydive. "
Skydive Tecumseh is a pretty cool experience, to be fair, so there is that if nothing else. Beautiful view of Ann Arbor from 18,000 feet too. Here's his indiegogo.com site (LINK) - with 22 days left, the campaign has managed $100.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Tribute Video...||
This is the tribute video that Jim Nantz made for Ken Venturi's induction into the World Golf Hall Of Fame this year actually...great video and very appropriate now as it highlights Venturi's career on and off (but really still on) the course.
One thing that I did not know - Venturi had the longest career as a lead analyst of any broadcaster in any sport.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Stories With Some Quotes...||
The Chicago Tribune had a direct quote from Alex Bars (HERE):
"I thought about it real hard for like the last month," Bars told Irish Illustrated. "Pressure started coming on and spots started filling up. I just realized that was the school for me."
The ESPN blog (HERE) has a little more too. Bars had said that he knew about a week ago, but his parents encouraged him to wait and make sure he was going where he really wanted.
Best of luck to Alex Bars.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Taped Coverage...||
If you're like me and not near a TV at the moment, per the Sporting News (HERE) and confirmed by a quick search of the ESPN listings, the Combine will be aired on ESPNU at 4 AM and 9 AM tomorrow as well with three further re-airings this coming Wednesday.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Nice To See...||
This is pretty good news even if it is ESPN really, and it is interesting that it should come now that I am working on a diary about recruiting rankings. I've been using Rivals data, but the last two classes (2012 and 2013) have the average recruit at 3.5 stars or better, which is far above the conference mean. Right now, the average for 2014 is at 3.44 stars, but that's with only nine commits to date.
Within the conference, even Ohio State has not strung together three straight years at 3.5 or better in my own research, so it would be great to be the first to do that. It's also a good situation when your seven remaining targets are all in the Top 100 per their list anyway.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Great Story...||
Detroit Western really does have some great people behind their program. Juan Sanchez has been a large part of efforts to build better baseball facilities and promote the sport in southwest Detroit, and it is great to see baseball start to make this sort of resurgence in Detroit (I had no idea it hadn't been since the 80s that someone from the PSL had signed a letter of intent - the PSL has churned out MLB talent in the past).
This is a great story and thanks for sharing this, Raoul. From the sound of it, he has an incredible work ethic which will serve him well regadless of his path, whether it is Michigan or the pros. I believe Hector Gutierrez pitched an 18-strikeout game against King last month too - there was a spread about that game in the paper then.
|4 days 12 hours ago||On The Flip Side...||
There is this entry from ESPN on ACC bowl tie-ins moving forward (LINK).
Right now, the ACC has eight tie-ins even with the expansion to 14 teams, and due in part to the agreement with Notre Dame, they've apparently been looking to expand the number of tie-ins to as many as ten. Over the past several seasons, they have averaged eight eligible teams and would have hit this number last year if not for the issues at UNC and Miami.
So, if John Swofford has a say, Notre Dame and the ACC will be accommodated somehow.
|5 days 2 min ago||And We're Tied....||
A rather nonchalant breaking pitch finds its way to the seats. We are tied 1-1.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Granted, This Is Gene Smith....||
One ofthe linked articles had an interview with Gene Smith (HERE).
Obviously, this talk about a division with different legislative guidelines is vague at this point, but in the interview, Smith points to his theory that "60-70 schools" (presumably, the most successful half of Division I, by and large) are different in nature. He specifically mentions recruiting, pointing out that it is a very different thing at his school versus, using his example, Middle Tennessee. Of course, the gripe would seem to be that you have the schools from lesser discussed conference voting on any legislation with the same relative power as a Big Ten or SEC school.
|5 days 7 hours ago||The Marchex Blog...||
The full results are here in their blog - (HERE)
The study also looked at the most curteous and least curteous states, and indeed, Ohio again ranks among the bottom five in courtesy as well.
No specific rankings are given for the state of Michigan, but according to the graphics, we are "occasionally profane" and "usually courteous".
|5 days 7 hours ago||Here's The Press Release...||
The Big Ten's press release is here, and it contains some information on the formula going forward. It certainly doesn't excuse the 2014 home slate, but it helps to explain it, at least in part.
It seems like 2014 and 2015 are essentially being considered transitional years between the addition of Maryland and Rutgers and the run-up to the 2016 start of the nine-game conference schedule. The essential formula is that a given team will play the other six teams in their division plus two from the other for 2014 and 2015, and then that will expand to three teams from the opposite division in 2016. I believe that confirms what we suspected anyway.
Here's where you can find everyone's schedule - (LINK). As for our 2014 home slate, Indiana on the day after Halloween somehow makes me think of Charlie Brown saying, "I got a rock."
|5 days 8 hours ago||Brand Equity...||
I would agree. I don't think Brandon left a significant possibility that this would happen, given how he phrased this. He definitely realizes that, above any other portion of the uniform really, the winged helmet is perhaps the most significant contirbutor to brand equity for Michigan football. Actually, and Brandon touches on this, it really goes beyond that in the sense that the helmet is also identified with the university itself on some levels, so there is also that consideration. Michigan actually gets specific mention in a lot of brand management studies as an example of, by and large, "doing it right", and I would assume Brandon knows this too. Beyond the numbers in 2011 and the Outback Bowl matte helmet, I would think anything more drastic would be a long, long discussion, if anything came of it at all.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Pretty Amusing Interview...||
I had to chuckle when he opened by saying that he almost didn't call, but he didn't want to "chicken out". I really thought his answers about the ND-Michigan rivalry were great - he seemed quite genuine in his disappointment, and using UTL's atmosphere as example of what it could be worked well to illustrate that.
|5 days 23 hours ago||What Gus Bradley Said...||
"Asked after the session whether that makes Robinson a “quarterback” or a “Wildcat” option, coach Gus Bradley laughed and said, “We don’t have to tell you,” according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union"
I assume that, even in Jacksonville, the starting QB job would be Gabbert's to lose despite the numbers, but you can't blame Gus Bradley for trying to figure out how many volumes he can add to the offensive playbook because of Dilithium. It really would be fun to see him take some snaps as an NFL quarterback in addition to his other duties, even if it is purely situational.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Rather Unfortunate...||
It's sad to see these stories of players with quite a bit of promise and NFL potential ending up with either extremely short careers, all the while embroiled in problems. He won a few conference and national honors in his time at Alabama - I think he is only one of two Crimson Tide players to win the Butkus Award actually.
I wonder if we'll hear about a comeback attempt somewhere down the line (three credited seasons in the NFL Pension Plan, but I believe he wouldn't be able to collect until 55), but even then, it is unfortunate for McClain that any second shot will be substantially more unlikely than the shot he just gave up.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Purely Informational...||
I was sitting here listening to the game and perusing StatSheet (fitting in some work around these things) and saw that the Tigers, as of today, are the top team in the MLB for batting average (.284), hits (385), runs (201), and RBIs (197) while being 17th in home runs. Interestingly, they are in the Top 10 for extra base hits too - 10th in doubles and 8th in triples.
They are also first in WHIP (1.19) and strikeouts (374) and 3rd in ERA (3.37).
|6 days 7 hours ago||The Rationale...||
I didn't see it in the thread, but 247Sports had a little bit about the rationale behind setting the date as he did (HERE).
According to his coach, he simply doesn't want his choice to be a distraction going into their summer practices and then into his senior year. In all the material that we've posted here, you get the sense that he's a very driven, focused kid, so that makes complete sense really.
Peppers would be a phenomenal get, of course, and for anyone who hasn't seen his highlight reel (that would be very few here, I am sure), it is highly recommended.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Spectacular Dunks Indeed...||
Seeing Darryl Dawkins get in on this was particularly awesome, and I can only imagine what nicknames Dawkins would give to some of Ryan's dunks. "Rim Wrecker" and "In Your Face Disgrace" were taken over the years, but surely there are some as-yet unspoken names.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Maybe Some More Information....||
I haven't seen that the SI story is out yet, but the Times-Tribune (Scranton's paper, I think) provides some information about what might possibly be in there (LINK). There is some discussion apparently of Tim Bream's actions:
"But the allegations against head athletic trainer Tim Bream were perhaps the most damning in the article. Several unnamed sources told SI that Bream administered several drugs to players -- the anti-inflammatory Voltaren -- without physician approval. Bream does not have a medical degree, according to the report. In addition, former walk-on receiver Garrett Lerner told SI that he suffered to burns on his right leg when Bream misused an electrical stimulation machine while treating him."
It also mentions that there have been investigations into the allegations against Bream for some time, but the conclusion of those interviews and inquiries reportedly did not find evidence or reports of overstepping the bounds of care.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Regarding The Pinstripe Bowl Anyway...||
"The New York-based Pinstripe Bowl also appears certain to join the Big Ten’s lineup.The bowl’s current agreement matches the Big East (renamed American) with the Big 12. That bowl likely will pit the Big Ten against the ACC at Yankee Stadium."
When the Pinstripe Bowl was conceived, as I recall, the Yankees' management envisioned a bowl for at least one team within a few hours drive of NYC. When it was started, that was easy enough in the old configuration of the Big East. It's interesting that conference realignment may have first put this bowl potentially in jeopardy when it came to feasability and fan accessibility, but then realignment has also come along and helped to save it really, if the Big Ten and ACC in their soon-to-be configuration will face off in this bowl.
|1 week 16 min ago||Strangely Enough...||
It has an entry on UrbanDictionary.com - (HERE)
According to this, it is a derogatory term for Michigan and and Michigan fans, although I admit that I had honestly never heard it until this thread. If this blog turns out to be largely unfamiliar with it, then it can't really be all that needling as insults go. Well, actually, it is pretty stupid regardless.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Single Draws...||
BTN has the list of single draws for the entire conference (HERE).
Iowa gets a pair of games against Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, but a single draw with Purdue, Nebraska, Penn State and Indiana. That sounds sort of brutal for them if they face the 2nd through 5th place teams in this past season's standings twice.
|1 week 3 hours ago||The Jumps...||
If you use the data in the USA Today database, the jumps in revenue for Alabama's athletic department are rather substantial. Overall, from the final year of Shula and through the first five years of Saban, there was 45.6% increase, with two years of decreases but three years of 20%-plus growth in department revenue.
Interestingly, scholarship expenses are up 44.16% in that same period, and money spent on coaching staff is up 45.18% too. Profit from rights and licensing is up 53.97% since Saban as well.
|1 week 7 hours ago||With That Addition....||
I think this now makes for six commitments for Kansas for 2013 - 3 five-stars and 3 four-stars per Rivals, if I remember the rankings correctly. Not a bad haul for Kansas at all - they've jumped from having the 29th-ranked class (I believe that's what it was in 2011) to the #2 class in two years by Rivals rankings. Wiggins also had an offer from Ohio State apparently, although in reading through articles, there likely was not much danger he would have been a Buckeye.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Addendum To This...||
Courtesy of MWolverine.com, we also find that Leach, Henson and Henne combine for a 2-2 record against Notre Dame (this is more for historical note, considering the current state of that rivalry) and 8-1 versus Michigan State. Some great names, and per the MLive story, Morris will keep the number when Gardner moves on.
|1 week 1 day ago||It Has Been Fun Indeed...||
"They're still gonna play Michigan State, they're gonna play Purdue, but they don't want to play Michigan," Hoke continued. "I don't know how they made that decision ... I really do ... But anyway, that's a great national rivalry game. It's a great game." - Brady Hoke, in the article
I suppose Notre Dame will always have these two stalwarts of the Big Ten, and to think that they'll be able to add Wake Forest or perhaps Boston College more often now. Maybe they can alternate Purdue and Indiana so they can have a real scare once in a while.
If there is any interest in these numbers, now that the alliance is in place, ND is 84-32 against the ACC lifetime - the only two teams that they have losing records against are Florida State (2-5) and they lost the only game they played against NC State. In the Big Ten, they have losing records against three teams - Michigan (16-23), Nebraska (7-8, although all those were played when Nebraska was in the Big 12) and Ohio State (2-5).
PS - I am truly sorry, WolverSwede - your post, hilarious as it was, precipitated an HTML nightmare. Multiple attempts at fixing individual replies weren't working, so I had to delete the post and reply chain to fix the thread. Feel free to post it again though.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good Luck To Mike...||
MGoBlue lists Mike Jones as a resdshirt senior, which would mean potentially that he is in a position to graduate this spring and has one year of eligibility left, if he wanted to play (and start grad school) somewhere else. Regardless, hopefully his Michigan degree grabs him some success and best of luck to him in the future.
|1 week 1 day ago||What They Apparently Get...||
"We will send a pizza to Michigan's football offices if you win again. Wait, wait, isn't that sending coals to Newcastle, sir? Oh, not when Brady Hoke's around." - from the initial EDSBS article for this year's Charity Bowl
Everybody definitely wins in this scenario, if they'll be getting free pizza down at Schembechler Hall. Good work, Wolverines!
|1 week 1 day ago||Best Of Luck To Him...||
As I recall, Marvin Robinson started UTL in 2011 and put together a pretty good performance with seven tackles and five stops. He also had his first fumble recovery against Ohio State last year, so in his limited time on the field, he has come through. We will always have those moments, of course. Best of luck to Marvin Robinson in his future.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Data...||
If I went through this right, the average base salary for Big Ten presidents is just a little north of $550,000 and that accounts for an average of 76% of the total compensation, and this is excluding the peculiar situation with Graham Spanier. In essence, it averages about a $770,000 or so per year job in our conference.
For comparison, as it has been discussed here - the Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran an article last month with reported salaries for basketball coaches, and the Big Ten average here is $2.13 million for the known salaries (not all schools report data), and this is before their bonuses for tournament appearances and the like.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Yahoo! Story...||
The Yahoo! story (HERE) has a few quotes from his former high school coach who is (quite correctly) worried and said (also correctly) that football was simply out of the question and it has to be about getting his life in order. The sentence that Yahoo! ended their piece with expresses this very well:
"Young needs a lot of help (or some time away from general society), and he needs it very, very soon. Stories like this don't generally get better -- they tend to end in tragedy."
|1 week 2 days ago||Rivarly Potential...||
Here's the Oakland Press story from a couple days ago (LINK).
Considering that Detroit once blocked a previous attempt by Oakland to join the Horizon league about ten years ago, there might be some interesting rivalry potential.
It also makes a lot of sense for Oakland, as per the article, travel to Summit League games has a substantial price tag attached. In any case, the exit fee from the Summit League and the entrance fee for Horizon League will be paid by "external resources" according to the AD, so it will not affect the athletic budget.
|1 week 2 days ago||Mother's Day Festivities...||
For the moment, I am sort of overseeing the manufacture by the kids of homemade Mother's Day gifts, including the decoration of a card with what appears to be no less than 3,000 Monster High stickers.
Later on, I'll have to give my own mother a call since the parents are currently at their cabin up near Hillman, MI experience a couple inches of lovely May snow (per my father's e-mail yesterday).
Despite the chilly weather, there is more wood chip distribution to do - part of my gift is apparently going to be continued relandscaping. Dinner will be grilled tuna and mixed vegetables. Pretty sure that means the kids will opt for mac and cheese, but we'll have a fun-filled Mother's Day all the same.
To the OP - I will definitely use that photo.
|1 week 2 days ago||Questions? Answers.||
I am drinking some Angry Orchard hard cider at the moment - it is pretty good actually. It has a taste reminiscent of Mott's cider, so perhaps this is what it should have been. Downing this while watching the Tigers.
When it comes to macaroni and cheese, I am definitely a Kraft person, although I will admit to adding a pinch of basil and a teaspoon of olive oil for flair.
|1 week 3 days ago||Scholarship Reduction...||
I found an old NYT article (January 1991) on this very subject....
The reduction was gradual - 95 to 92 in 1992-93, then to 88 in 1993-94, then finally to 85 in 1994-95. Your point stands, however - actually, in 2006, I think we played seven freshman at various points during the season. Even going back to Ricky Powers, who only started one game as a freshman but accumulated 789 rushing yards in 1990, we've relied on freshman in key positions from time to time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Excellent News...||
This is excellent news, of course, and only a day after we get a #3 overall ranking for the class to date from ESPN. That makes for nine commits for 2014 already, I believe, and that Michigan is an in-demand place for top talent is a tribute to how the staff identifies talent early and then recruits talent.
Welcome to Michigan, Lawrence Marshall!
|1 week 3 days ago||It Was Suggested Years Ago...||
....by Mad Magazine, but I think we have the innovative spirit at Michigan to make a go of it.
Here is a link to the original explanation of the game (LINK) - anything that starts with someone shouting "Mi Tio es infermo, pero la carretera es verde!" has to be a winner.
Failing that, of those listed, I would say Men's Volleyball - it's an exciting game.
|1 week 3 days ago||Great To Hear...||
Will's story and turnaround under Hoke and Mattison is a great one, and it was awesome that he took on a leadership role with the defensive line as well - he even led the film sessions with his position group. Always great to see Wolverines get their shot in the NFL - I wish Campbell only the best and much success at the next level.
|1 week 4 days ago||Quite Possible...||
"Honestly, the Wolverines may not be an underdog all season. They may be vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 7 vs. a Fighting Irish squad that figures to have a strong offense but reworked defense. If the Wolverines beat ND, they may be 7-0 entering their bye week on Oct. 26."
Actually, if you were to use the Sagarin numbers from this past season, Notre Dame would be the only game in which the Wolverines would be a decided underdog, and then only by about 1 TD or so - and that's not accounting for addition and attrition, if you will. There are a few tossups (Penn State, Michigan State, and one or two others as I recall). If we use this as a basis, however, there wouldn't be any game in which they would we at a huge disadvantage (indeed, in most, we would be at a distinct advantage) by the numbers available anyway.
|1 week 4 days ago||$40.34...||
Thanks for the reminder.
I just added to the Michigan lead. I believe the prize offered by EDSBS was sending pizza to Schembechler Hall, and I am all for people getting their fair share of free pizza.
I don't know if my employer will officially match, but I did send the appropriate link to all the known Michigan grads in my division just now.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Still Have That Paper...||
I still have a copy of that in my office at home - that would have been the middle of my sophomore year at Michigan. I actually travelled to the game, stayed with family and had to call my parents in Saline to pick up a few copies of the next morning's Free Press regardless of the outcome. It is one of the first things I see when I walk in there.
As for the interview, that was a pretty good listen - hopefully, Woodson gets an opportunity somewhere this year, but even now, it has been a pretty good career for Charles Woodson. He's already been to 8 Pro Bowls and has been a seven-time All-Pro selection, if I am not mistaken. Further, he's been the AP defensive player of the year twice, and the NFL's interceptions leader twice.
To the OP - thanks for sharing this interview.
|1 week 4 days ago||Raking And Seeding...||
The raking and seeding was pretty brutal in the portions of the yard done so far. A major portion of that is that my part of Romulus (not sure if this is the case elsewhere in the city) has the clay literally right at the surface, it seems. When it has been dry like the past several days, raking that soil is sort of like raking bare rock after the first inch or so.
This also contributes to the drainage problem, of course, so there are strategic dry wells in the yard to help with that. I probably nearly died twice trying to dig and fill them myself several years ago, but they work.
|1 week 4 days ago||Where It Goes...||
We have the problem of living near a marsh as well as in an area with poor drainage, so unfortunately, so it makes the situation with mulching and composting interesting. We almost have to do this every year because we have a problem with certain pervasive weeds which creep in from the marsh from time to time, and putting a layer down helps to mitigate them for a while anyway. We also can't put too much down anywhere either because we need water to evaporate fairly quickly (if possible) where we are or else it will start collecting in spots, and this of course brings on the mosquitoes.
As it is, we turned our outside sump pump line into an irrigation system for the beds nearest the house (which are much drier) because during and after rains, we see so much water. I sometimes feel like leaving notes on do-it-yourself land reclamation for the the next house of my house.
|1 week 4 days ago||Big Plans...||
Well, at the moment, I am drinking the substance which passes for coffee here - whoever brews it is not a fan of strong coffee, so it has no effect on me sadly.
As for the weekend, cooler weather or not, this is the weekend that the sizeable pile of wood chips, which shall be delivered literally any time now and much to my wife's chagrin, will be distributed around the yard. The only thing right now which makes that problematic is that I found out my wheelbarrow had a flat tire last night, so I shall be repairing that when I get home.
We shall also hold the semi-finals of reseeding entire sections of the backyard. I finally distributed the last of the mulch pile, which sat under a tarp for a few years and killed a about a 50 sq. ft. portion of the yard near the fence that separates us from the woods. Last summer baked that pile rather nicely. My wife wants to have the kids' birthday party at the house this year, so I was given the directive in April to make the backyard not look like the ongoing project that it is.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice Work...||
Florida's would definitely win for the most uneasing - I can only imagine having to play 60 minutes of regulation with the eyes of Will Muschamp fixed on you at all times. For some reason, I saw Oregon's and imagined a game call where they would describe Marcus Mariota, battling typhoid, as fording the line of scrimmage with 1000 pounds of offensive linemen in his wagon.
|1 week 5 days ago||First And Foremost...||
First and foremost, welcome to MGoBlog, and thank you for the update.
It is great work that you are doing - seeing players who gave so much to their school on the field give so much to their community in turn is definitely at the core of "the Michigan Difference".
|1 week 5 days ago||The Formal Rebuttal...||
Dr. Saturday has a formal rebuttal here (LINK).
Here's the passage I enjoyed in particular:
"This comes down to a pretty simple math problem. For all SEC games, there has to be a .500 record at the end. If Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina, LSU and Georgia are all among the top 10 or so strongest teams in the nation, as they were last year, and Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Ole Miss get into bowl games, as they did, some teams are eating a lot of losses. No, coach, the entire conference can't be good at once. It's mathematically impossible."
I was rummaging through the CFB Data Warehouse, and if I am not mistaken, Stoops is 3-3 agains traditional SEC teams like Alabama, Florida and LSU, but 19-4 overall against his former conference compatriots Missouri and Texas A&M. If you're Bob Stoops, apparently the worst teams in other conferences are just materially better than the current cellar dwellers in the SEC.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Will Muschamp, himself a Big 12 assistant at one point, rang in on this:
“I’d be saying the same thing if I were in the Big 12,” he joked. “I said it for three years.”
|1 week 5 days ago||Took A Look At It...||
It's bad, but I didn't wince either. One of the pitfalls of the utility industry is that we get to see the results of accidents either in person or through reviews and safety bulletins sometimes. We had a line clearance contractor that did this very thing to his arm last month - the photos were distributed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Some Background Perhaps...||
A few people have touched on the circumstances, but here is the related USA Today story which outlines them, in case anyone was interested (LINK).
The story basically reports that Bielema did say that he would consider Mitchell at WR, but it also says that this was news to Brandon Mitchell, hinting that he may not have known offhand that he was out of the running at starting QB. It also mentions that Mitchell had some difficulties in adapting to Jim Chaney's offense.
Here is what Mitchell said, presumably before the transfer and while still fighting for the starting QB job:
"With the competition not being over at quarterback, I'm just focused on strictly quarterback," Mitchell said at the time. "I don't even want to consider anything else right now. My mind's on quarterback."
|1 week 5 days ago||Not Bad At All...||
This will come right after the home-and-home with Arkansas (2018 here, 2019 there), I believe. Cincinnati comes to Ann Arbor in 2017 too, I believe. It will be interesting to see how the future schedules fill out with the expanded conference schedule, but I like the major-opponent home-and-homes.
It will be very interesting to see where Virginia Tech and Michigan are by 2020.
|1 week 5 days ago||Opposition To The Rulebook...||
"I have a long-standing opposition to the NCAA rulebook (which isn't the point of this column) but like the rules or not, there is little doubt they were violated here." - Dan Wetzel, in this column
Clearly he does, as there is 10.1(c) under "Unethical Conduct", which applies to current or prospective student-athletes which reads:
"Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra benefit or improper financial aid;"
There's also Section 16, which explicitly defines the acceptance of extra benefits (outside of certain obscure exceptions, none of which are applicable here) as illicit per the rulebook. For example:
"22.214.171.124 Unitemized Expenses. A student-athlete may not accept money for unspecified or unitemized expenses from any organization or individual."
Does he merely disagree with these sections or is it the existence of rules that bother Wetzel? I sometimes wonder.
|1 week 5 days ago||Some Odds...||
In the first eight games of MSU's schedule, there is only one team that they play which had a 2012 Sagarin number above 70.00, and that would be Notre Dame. Michigan State also plays five teams in their conference schedule whose rating was below the mean for the conference.
For comparison, we play three opponents with ratings above 70.00 in the first eight games, and only three opponents on the conference schedule with ratings below the conference mean for 2012.
Then again, if it is going to be an interesting journey just to get inside the 20 yard line, as it may be for State this year, I suppose you would want to do what State has done and open your conference schedule with the four worst defenses in the conference per last season's stats for total defense.
It will be interesting to see the Strength Of Schedule ratings come out around the end of July or so (I think that's when they start to appear anyway). As others have mentioned, between the schedule and this being the last year of this arrangement, it might be ages before they have another real opportunity.
|1 week 5 days ago||Minor Programming Note...||
If you live in the Detroit area, the Wings will start on FSD Plus and switch to FSD at the conclusion of the Tiger game per a tweet from Ryan Field.
|1 week 5 days ago||When Is August 31st ?||
It seems way too distant after seeing this video. Excellent work. I really liked the inclusion of the audio from the Michigan-MSU episode of "The Journey" (if I am not mistaken). That really set the tone for it well, and the music was very fitting.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Article Linked Within...||
The article linked within what the OP posted is here - (LINK). Although this is from 2010, I think we've seen the effects of the phenomenon described in it with our own recruiting, and that is the increasining importance of the unofficial visit.
By NCAA rule, of course, those are visits made on the dime of the recruit. That being said, it seems like schools which are in destinations that are, by virtue of location, less convenient or more expensive to visit if air travel is required (as an example) have seen some shifts in their recruiting patterns. I also wonder if that trend gives schools with rich recruiting territory within reasonable distance an even greater advantage.
With regards to Nebraska, it seems to me (and ChicagoB1GRed mentions it) that they've done well enough despite the issue of location. I believe that some of the bigger names and the schools more steeped in tradition will still be able to ultimately attract some of the top talent simply because of who they are and what they offer in the way of football experience.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Remember That...||
I still remember that intro clearly and I still think it is one of the best I have ever heard, particularly his description of Woody and Bo as "the salt and pepper of the series", as well as at the beginning when he says, "...and in your mind's eyes, see the lads who wore the colors.". Excellent words from an excellent voice.
|1 week 6 days ago||For Comparison...||
Here is what Jerry Hinnen posted last month for purposes of comparison (LINK). Actually, Hinnen posted Phil Steele's prediction, which goes as follows:
Top Five, in order - Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas A&M
Five Big Ten teams - Ohio State (2), Nebraska (17), Michigan (19), Northwestern (20) and Wisconsin (24).
Six SEC teams - Alabama (1), Texas A&M (5), Georgia (6), Florida (8), South Carolina (9) and LSU (12)
|1 week 6 days ago||Duplicate Thread...||
Vote Trey Burke for Male College Athlete of the Year!
Beaten by seconds, as the OP notes, but please do precisely what the title indicates in the remaining thread.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great Video...||
On my way downtown for a meeting last month, they had some of the very banners in the video draped across the caging for the walkways above the Lodge (one was near Warren, another near Selden) and a few up and down I-94.
That was a great video with some good shots of the city - I really did like the opening pan of the bridge with downtown as the backdrop.
Thanks for sharing that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Over At Hammer And Rails...||
Over at Hammer And Rails, they are keeping the reporting of the pairings reasonably up to date (LINK). It looks like Iowa gets Notre Dame and Purdue gets Boston College. As of now, that leaves Nebraska, Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois on the board, I think. for the Big Ten.
EDIT: Here's the schedule, per Purdue's site:
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Florida State at Minnesota
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Indiana at Syracuse
Michigan at Duke
Notre Dame at Iowa
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Boston College at Purdue
Maryland at Ohio State
Miami, FL at Nebraska
North Carolina at Michigan State
Northwestern at North Carolina State
Wisconsin at Virginia
|1 week 6 days ago||The Potential Iterations...||
I believe Card had several suitors for the film rights going back the 1980s even, although I don't know how this would have looked with 1980s effects technology - likely not 1/10th of the trailer that Blazefire posted. It looks awesome - thanks for sharing this.
I think Card was interviewed a few times in the 90s about making "Ender's Game" into a film, but as I recall, he would discuss where he wanted to take any such attempt, never committing to anything. I remember hearing once that this film was within earshot of being a go in 2003, and that Wolfgang Petersen was supposed to direct it. That fell apart obviously.
I will echo the recommendation of "Ender's Game" - if you haven't read the book, definitely do so.
|1 week 6 days ago||Pertinent To This...||
To expand the discussion a little bit -
Pertinent to the idea that someone such as Urban Meyer should use recruiting sites to steer their agenda, if you will, is the study mentioned in a University Of Kansas piece (HERE).
What they did here is go to schools that did not have an inherent geographic / name advantage (so no Alabama or Michigan, no Califiornia or Texas schools, etc...) and asked coaches at the schools which fit their criteria a series of questions.
According to the study, virtually everyone they talked to admitted to at least consulting sites like Rivals and Scout, either to compile an initial list of targets or to simply keep up with news about recruits.
"“While the coaches’ answers appeared to downplay the role Rivals.com and Scout.com play in recruiting, their tone revealed the sites may factor into the process more than they admitted…” the authors wrote. “Overall, Rivals.com and Scout.com steer the agenda of recruiting in a multimillion dollar collegiate sport.”"
|1 week 6 days ago||Could Be Wrong...||
"Wonder why they didnt schedule a meeting for football would have loved to see us go against Rich Rods new team just to see how we match up. What do you guys think?"
I could be wrong here as I am trying to remember disjointed articles, but when Rodriguez was hired by Arizona, I had thought there was some speculation that Arizona had offered to put Michigan on the schedule at some point within the first few years of his tenure there. As I recall, most of our OOC slots for a few years out were already taken, so it wasn't likely to begin with, and I believe that Michigan's response to the idea was cool at best. Again, I could be misremembering something.
In any case, this will make for two games against the Pac-12 inside a week - I believe that we play Stanford a week later on December 21st at Barclays Center. Between these and the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, I am liking the OOC slate this coming season.
|1 week 6 days ago||Growing The Program...||
The fact that only 23 programs on this list are running at a profit right now makes Michigan's performance financially even more spectacular. Looking at the numbers, 2010-2012 represents a span of three years of 10% or better growth in revenue year-to-year, with 2011 and 2012 each representing about 12% growth over the previous year. 2010 and 2011 saw 30% or better increases in contributions as well. There has been about a 20% increase in licensing revenue in the last three years as well. Favorable opinion of Brandon or otherwise, I think that as people that contribute to these totals and invest in the program as consumers, this is the sort of financial performance we might want to see.
|1 week 6 days ago||What Mayhew Said...||
"“I didn’t talk to anybody, I didn’t call 32 GMs and try to get a seventh if (draft pick) or anything like that,’’ Mayhew said on Feb. 7. “It’s my job to know what his value is and he didn’t have any trade value.’’"
For Young, that's probably the most telling statement - he had destroyed his value as a player through his own actions, and this statement was made back in February. The Lions saw no point in even trying to assemble a trade.
Getting arrested twice in 15 hours doesn't exactly work to recover any of that value either. Actually, that achievement may very well have shut the door on any useful NFL career period, or at least gone quite a ways to doing so.
The worst part of this is that he does have a family (his son was born last August, I think) - if nothing else, hopefully he can get some help for their sake, although this might require some sort of galvanic revelation that Young obviously has not yet experienced sadly.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good To Hear...||
Rotoworld had a little more on what Caldwell said (HERE) - the situation, per this blurb says that the Jaguars are looking at him to be the change-of-pace back (I assume that means from impulse to warp drive thanks to Dilithium) and perhaps Robinson will even see some time as a slot receiver, according to David Caldwell.
It's a compliment to Denard's camp performance, as this theoretically makes him Jones-Drew's primary backup right now, if I am not mistaken.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Just Checked My Home E-Mail...||
....and sure enough, I have mine as well - CMU and Ohio. As the extra tickets were supposed to be part of a belated 44th anniversary gift to my parents, I will give them a choice as to which game they would like to attend with my wife and I.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||"Class That Never Was" Indeed...||
"Of the 31 QBs ranked as blue-chip prospects, 22 of them bolted to try to play somewhere else. That is 71 percent of those 31 quarterbacks." - from the article
That's a rather jarring statistic to me - I didn't realize the rate of transfer was so high in that class of QBs. In a way, it does make Devin's story one of the best ones in the lot of QBs from the 2010 recruiting class, and I think his work ethic and team-mindedness have definitely contributed to that being possible.
Even better, as someone mentioned, Devin is thriving in a system which is not the one for which he was recruited - he seems to be an excellent student of the game, on top of everything else, not to mention an excellent student in the classroom.
Contrast those numbers with the QBs in 2011, as the article does, and it really is night and day in terms of overall success of the group. Extremely glad to have one of the success stories here in Ann Arbor.
Interesting read. Thanks for sharing this.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||The SI.com Take...||
SI.com has a short synopsis of the contractual side of the arrangement in its article (HERE).
According to the article, the main driver for the CBS-Turner partnership in the first place is affordability and attempting to maintain some sports properties on the networks, fairly similar to ABC shuffling Monday Night Football to ESPN. Essentially it is a contract option that Turner is exercising - the contract itself between CBS and Turner runs until 2024, if I am not mistaken, so you would see some games on CBS at least until then.
The article makes an interesting point though -
"As long as all cable viewers, regardless of interest in sports, continue to subsidize sports watchers, this is how things are going to work. Turner, which already had a very significant stake in this arrangement (explaining the ample use of NBA analysts in studio on their coverage and TruTV being utilized), can now use these additional properties as even more leverage for subscription fee increases."
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||13 Out Of 229...||
If Michigan athletes took home 13 of the 229 available awards, then that's about 5%, if I am not mistaken. It's a tribute to the S&C programs as well as the staff who run them and the athletes who use them. Excellent work all around, and congratulations to these athletes.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Family Atmosphere...||
Nice interview, and thanks for sharing.
It is nice to see the family culture of the program come up consistently in interviews as one of the primary drivers for recruits and signees. This and the tradition, which Hurst also mentions, make us that much more attractive, I would say. Most importantly, Hurst - and others have mentioned it - they trust the staff to put them in positions where they can succeed.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||His New Chapter...||
"But if you are talking about heart, if perseverance and dedication mean something, then Jordan Kovacs is off the charts. "
In my mind, you cannot help but cheer for someone like Kovacs who refuses to be overlooked and will fight for his shot at getting on the roster, and even better, will do everything you want and more in order to earn it. I would think any team would want everyone to have that sort of work ethic. It would be great to see him get some playing time and be successful.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Quite The Difference...||
I think this is what must happen when you're in the tier below ABC / ESPN, because compare that list to some of the primetime Big Ten games already on the sechedule for the ESPN family of networks:
September 7th - Michigan vs. Notre Dame - 8 PM
September 28th - Wisconsin vs. Ohio State - 8 PM
October 5th - Ohio State vs. Northwestern - 8 PM
October 12th - Michigan vs. Penn State - 5 PM
The Purde / Notre Dame game is also a primetime game to be on an as yet to be determined ESPN network, but so far, Purdue, Wisconsin and Penn State are the only Big Ten teams that are not Michigan or Ohio State in the ESPN listings.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Quite The Jump...||
"If the amount from the BTN is accurate, schools will have collected $42.5 million from the venture over six years. Athletic departments have benefited as the network’s revenue increased 57 percent from its first year on the air through the end of 2012."
As I recall, around 2008, the average payout per school (from sources aside from the then fledgling BTN) was something in the neighborhood of $18 or $19 million from ESPN/ABC and others. The BTN was profitable in its second year of operation and is largely responsible for what about to about a 30% bump in revenue per school over the last four years or so (mental math warning).
None of that might have happened - not like this anyway - if ESPN hadn't tried to lowball the conference on contract renewal about nine years ago (link to old Chicago Tribune story). Now, they are talking about revenue per school in the neighborhood of $40 million once the ESPN contract is renegotiated too, per a Pete Thamel SI.com article from last fall.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For Reference...||
For reference in this discussion, here is an article from NBA.com which contains portions of the Pistons' formal press release on the subject of hiring Phil Jackson as an advisor - LINK
"“Phil’s role is to advise Joe, Tom and the ownership team, not to assume a formal position inside the Pistons organization,” Barnhill said."
That quote would seem to fit with Jackson's plan to re-insert himself into the NBA, at least to date. There's also been some discussion about Jackson at least listening to the Toronto Raptors about their Basketball Operations position here - LINK
"Jackson, 67, is not actively seeking a return to the NBA as a coach, but rather would covet a leading role in shaping a franchise from the coaching staff to personnel decisions. According to the person familiar with Jackson's plans, he is keeping his options open but seems to prefer a role similar to Jerry West's advisory role with the Golden State Warriors over a team presidency in the Pat Riley mold."
Nobody really seems to know. There is some vauge speculation that teams as diverse as Charlotte and Minnesota have at least inquired, or tried to do so. Phil Jackson mentioned in a San Fransisco Chronicle article that he has been approached by a few teams to be their operational head.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing Yet...||
I actually applied despite having season tickets as it is in the hope that I could get a couple extra tickets to a game and take my parents one Saturday as a belated anniversary gift. I haven't heard anything yet either - if they do select your application in the lottery process, I think you get two weeks to purchase from the time you get the e-mail.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Going Norman...||
My friend at the liquor store found a case of Cidre Bouche, made by Domaine Dupont in Normandy. French ciders are actually quite good and if you can find them, I do recommend them highly. Well worth the price indeed. That being said, the Dodgers-Giants game is likely not the best way to enjoy this, I am finding.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||On To Other Things...||
As for the home runs - Fielder, Pena, Dirks and now Infante gets in on the long ball action. This team is so much fun to watch.
As for the circumstances under which this thread arose, this will now be the Tigers - Astros Open Thread. The line on Verlander is still great - 7 innings so far, 9 K's, 2 BBs and 2 hits.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This Went Up Yesterday...||
...on eBay (HERE) although it seems to be from a collectible site, so who knows if it is related to the Craiglist entry. They want $3,300 for a 2008 Big Ten Championship ring with #99 on it, although I could have sworn Thomas wore #98 on the 2008 Buckeyes (closest number I could think of). Other searches show some Ohio State stuff that has gone up in the past two days from just a few people, so maybe this guy is indeed listing these items there as well.
As I recall, Posey, Pryor, Thomas, Adams and Herron all have to give back over $1,000 or so of what they received anyway, so they not only sold their memories, they were then asked to repay a substantial portion - if not all of it - per NCAA rules. As to BlockM's post, it might very well be that the best thing to do is return these rings to Mordor.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Regarding Geno Smith...||
It may even run deeper than Smith apparent aloofness, from the sound of it:
"Reports surfaced Tuesday that Smith fired agents Jeff Nalley and Eric Burkhardt of Select Sports Group. While Smith has publicly denied that it had anything to do with his falling out of the draft's first round last week, there are indications to the contrary." - from the Geno Smith article
I have to wonder if these sorts of demonstrations perceptibly impair his chances of being a starter in the league, as between this comment and what seems like a kneejerk firing of his agents due to bruised ego, it doesn't exactly show one of the more important intangibles you might want from a QB - someone who can sift through and lead amidst adversity and still not flinch. That's rather an important trait to have if you really want to be a quarterback.
I don't know how many teams are really in the market for a QB who, at the first missed reception, fires the wide receivers and goes back to the bench to check Twitter and phone messages.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||September 28th...||
At least for September 28th, we'll be in Chicago visiting some of my wife's relatives. Supposedly, they have secured tickets for the White Sox-Royals game that Saturday already, and it will be a good opportunity to start the kids on a journey I have worked on myself over the past decade or so - see a game in every MLB park. I've been to only 12 so far myself though, but there's plenty of time yet.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||All The Re-Uploads...||
All of the attempts at re-uploading have been quashed too, or so it seems based on a Twitter search. There was an MGoVideo2 and evne 3 account for a bit, but those are gone as well, from the looks of it. It definitely will be a while, if we're going to have such a comprehensive library such as MGoVideo, at least through conventional channels, it seems. Very sad, as a lot of sweat undoubtedly went into that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Unless I Missed Something...||
Unless I missed or forgot something, the Alumni Association Club Of Downriver did not have anything going this weekend. I will definitely bring it up to the President of my chapter. At work, we actually volunteer at Gleaner's in Taylor every quarter and spend an afternoon packaging food boxes, so perhaps it could be something like that as well. Awesome work, Toledo alums.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Congratulations To Them...||
Congratulations to Denard and Devin. One ends his journey at Michigan today sadly, but one continues his - both have been exciting players, of course. Very impressed with Gardner completing his undergraduate degree in 3.5 years while playing football - he has an incredible work ethic, as we have noted in numerous articles posted here. Of course, so does his predecessor at starting QB. Both Robinson and Gardner are examples of how managing time well and giving your best effort to all pursuits yields success on and off the field.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Gratuitous Name Calling...||
If you have a point to make, trublue616, then "dumbass" and "tool" are not really the best way to communicate that point. We're better than gratuitous name calling around here. Points return in a month.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Development...||
I have to think that now, if you're a prospective hire of the Pistons, this move sort of lets you know the quality of the hire that the Pistons would like to make. I think this move trims at least some of the potential BS out of the process, which is nice to think about as a Pistons fan. I also wonder if it means that our chances of getting someone off the Jackson coaching tree - Brian Shaw perhaps - just experienced an appreciable increase.
In any case, it isn't the first time the Pistons actually have done this under Gores' ownership - I believe they used Dave Checketts (who was an executive with the Knicks at one point) as an advisor for some hires in the past. Not sure if they were coaching-related though.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Also In This Tweet....||
Coach Brown mentions the absence of Ohio State (thanks to spartanfan123 below for the correction there). I like this. I am sure Meyer was never really interested anyway despite the brief commitment - it only makes sense somehow.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations To Denard...||
What makes this even more meaningful, I believe, is that this will be the fulfillment of a promise he made to himself and his family and even in the midst of all the NFL-related activities, it is one that he would always say he fully intended to keep. The education came first through all of that, it seemed. I seem to recall that even during his recruitment, he was very clear about this promise too, and now that day is tomorrow.
I think that not only future students and student-athletes should take note of this, but also his teammates on the Jaguars - this is one highly motivated, high-character individual who has managed his time and priorities exactly as you would expect a professional in their field to manage them.
It is the effective end of Denard's journey at Michigan, but the beginning of a new chapter and I wish him nothing but success.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Here's An Alternate Model...||
Here's someone (their Twitter handle is @HuskerMath) that did this slightly differently but arrived at some similar results to the ESPN article (HERE). In this model, they also had Michigan at 7-5, but this one also displays some of the probability tables used and explains the method in at least some detail. Like the ESPN one, it is based on past performance.
Others have said it, but I also agree that 7-5 with our schedule seems like the worst case, one where perhaps there are numerous injuries. Hoke and company have built a well-rounded, deep team (at several positions where depth was needed to boot) and I think this year, they will be able to do some of the things they've wanted to do stylewise since they arrived and move closer to what the long-term plan was anyway.
Like the alternate model I linked here, it seems like anything which is based on past results that pulls from scoring offense and scoring defense might spawn interesting predictions for Michigan depending on how many years of data they used. Even if the defensive production stays at a similar level to last year between not having Ryan right away and other changeouts, I still see 7-5 as not terribly likely (many unfortunate things would need to happen, I think).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Avatar Issue...||
If you're using an older version of Internet Explorer, this occurs, at least from what I can recall - the issue came up in a separate thread ages ago. I believe it has to do with how older version of IE dealt with background transparency on PNG, GIF and other files. It doesn't happen in any other browser that I am aware of, and it doesn't happen in IE8, which is what I have to use at work.
As for Roundtree, it is nice to see him get a shot at an NFL roster - there's always a team that needs depth at WR, so I hope to see Roy out there on Sunday one of these days. Always nice to see our guys at the next level too.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Quite A Few...||
I was taken to games sporadically when I was little (1-2 times a year going back to 1985), but I was making it to at least three per year in high school (mainly because my dad had a connection at work and we lived seven minutes from the stadium - he also enjoyed those time when we weren't in the house).
I only missed five home games as a student, and I have had season tickets since 2005. The only years I actually didn't go to a game were 2002 and 2003 because I had actually been laid off in late 2001, so I didn't have the extra funds between getting new work, getting married and life happening all at once. Throughout my life, I have to be closing in on 100 games at Michigan Stadium.
Since 2008, I have been to the entire home slate in 2009 and 2011. I missed UMass, Michigan State and Iowa in 2010, and last year, I missed Illinois and Iowa. I missed Toledo and Northwestern in 2008. I was in Ann Arbor during the 2008 Northwestern game, but at a dinner with a portable radio next to me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Full Release...||
Here is the NCAA's press release, which has a little more information (HERE).
One interesting item in here is that the Board of Directors actually declined to change its position on a proposal which would prohibit the live scouting of opponents, even though it also received more than the needed number of override requests. This one will actually go to a full vote.
As for the recruiting legislation, it seems that the direction they want to go with this is to develop a comprehensive model for recruiting practices rather than piecework legislation now, or at least that's the sense I get from the release.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Something He Said...||
Something about that "Real recognize real" statement is just another really I really, really like how this staff operates. Without doing much of anything other than being who they are and introducing them to the players and the culture that the staff has created, we have recruits - highly rated ones at that - giving Michigan glowing reviews. It's just another example of how creating this atmosphere as they have can indeed attract the some of the best like Jabrill Peppers. That's probably the most sound way to build a foundation for sustained success.
Also, the prospect of Peppers bringing pain in the secondary is not a bad thought at all.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||On The Grant Of Rights...||
I'll start with this from the Washington Post, which I thought was interesting - LINK
Essentially, there is a hearing on May 23rd which pertains to the lawsuit over the ACC exit fee, which Maryland does not wish to pay, of course. One of the arguments that may come up actually is the grant of rights as well as the additions of Louisville and Notre Dame (sort of anyway). The idea here, it seems, is that the ACC is not really in a position to claim much financial injury from Maryland's exit, other things considered, or at least that's how the state of Maryland would like to approach it. The grant of rights here, in the case of the ACC, might very well bring down or mitigate other disincentives to exit, if that's what a team really wanted to do.
It seems like even if a grant of rights were to stick, and the precedent became that conferences could enact them (there is a feeling some of these agreements might get challenged in court), I still think the major conferences are in position to make moves based on perceived future value.
Of course, there may not be a lot of teams that have sufficient future value to the major conferences to get a sniff, if you will, so perhaps it makes realignment a slower, more deliberate process with far more legal potholes potentially (such as negotiating the reacquisition of media rights, which would be pricey, I would imagine), but I don't see it ending necessarily. I have a feeling there might be some moves at least studied to make television contracts more lucrative in the next few years.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||For Further Information....||
SBNation included the network's already extant FAQ page as well as the ESPN full press release on this page (HERE).
Among some of the more interesting revelations inside the FAQ is that ESPN will be selling the advertising and sponsorship as well as represent the network in the Corporate Sponsor Program. It also seems like there will be no streaming of games on school sites anymore either, if I am reading this right. Conference staff, however, will not have airtime supposedly, so "The Mike Slive Variety Hour" is a non-starter fortunately.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||As An Aside To This....||
Chad Ford posted something which will run through various lottery scenarios based on the NBA's current formula (HERE). It will show the current chances for each team and the available picks, and if you hit "Play Lottery" it will run a random draft scenario and show the potential order of selection for each pick. I ran it several times and the range in which Burke kept falling was the third to sixth pick based on the algorithm Ford used. It's an interesting exercise all the same.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nice, Very Nice....||
"This good 'Melo...that bad Melo...Doug Marrone, oh please don't go...the Bills won't know"
Thanks for sharing this, Blazefire. I needed to find a way to excuse myself from this meeting and chuckling uncontrollably is a good excuse.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Fantastic work, sir.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||KHOU Story...||
KHOU had its own story on television apparently. Here's the (LINK)
The price tag involves rather a lot of work beyond the addition of seats - it is an extensive renovation. G. Rollie White Coliseum will be torn down in the process and the expanded stadium will have its field moved 18 feet south of its present location, per the story. Some concept images are in the accompanying video.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Pylon Ads...||
"It’s not all bad. The NCAA is now kind enough to allow a manufacturer’s logo or trademark to appear on each pylon." - from the Sporting News article
I suppose you can't have everything, but someone will manage to create a situation where we will eventually hear, "The end zone pylons used on the field today are sponsored by Stouffer's.....Stouffer's, where every touchdown should feel this good."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Great GIF...||
This is a pretty cool GIF, and it would be awesome if it were possible for Morneau to strike out on simulatenous pitches in real life. It really does highlight Justin's amazing control.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Even Better...||
If you looked at the full presentation on Scribd, linked here, it will have adaptable VIP Suites for a "made-to-order VIP experience". One design also has a full 360-degree board for what it calls the "immersion" experience. The concept design for the monitor placement in one slide sort of reminds me of all those times I would put my face right on the TV when I was little so I could physically see individual pixels on screen. You might be able to do that without trying in some of these designs.
All in all, these are very interesting though - they actually take natural outdoor ventilation into account for temperature control as well. The "Pantheon" section shows the proposed operation of the "Occulus" roof.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations, Wolverines...||
Congratulations to the Class Of 2013, and welcome to the fine ranks of University of Michigan alumni / alumnae. You have access to a valuable resource - your fellow graduates and alums - and with some work, you can definitely go places. It has helped me move up where I am certainly.
Best of luck in all that you do, and forever and always, Go Blue!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||One Thing Of Note...||
One of the things that makes the ratings of this class to date relevant to how well recruiting has gone and how we should be able to do in the Big Ten in particular is that the Big Ten only claims 14 of those ESPN 100 players. Those 14 players are split among only 7 of the 12 teams, and the only team in the conference that has more on the list than we do is Indiana. It's just something else that says to me that we firmly intend to be in the conversation, as they say. Like others, I am completely amazed - in a most excellent way - by the talent we're getting and Beilein's ability to develop said talent.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Reading Section 15 Of The Bylaws...||
I saw this thread and read through Section 15 of the NCAA Division I Handbook, which governs financial aid and the circumstances under which it can be provided.
Long story made short, Purdue would be explicitly prohibited from providing aid to a student attending another institution (if he transferred), but further, even if he did stay but not in his present scholarship, he would not be eligible to play except under certain conditions (i.e., the aid comes from his family, from a non-athletic scholarship or from certain types of grant programs).
In essence, if he is released from his current athletic scholarship, it seems like Purdue can do almost nothing so long as that is his status.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Grounded Approach...||
"I'm serious about schoolwork so when things start affecting that it's time to cut that part of it off. I just want to focus on keeping my grades up and getting my team a national championship."
I really do like his attitude towards this - he seems very focused on "doing", if you will, and the present and wants to do just as well now as he hopes to do in the future, both academically and athletically. It seems like he has found a nice balance for himself now, a grounded approach which will definitely help him in both arenas later.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Some Of The Other Blogs...||
Some of the other blogs that are occasionally cited here:
11W = 11 Warriors (Ohio State)
BHGP = Blackheart Goldpants (Iowa)
Rarely seen, but they have been used by various posters a few times:
ITH = Inside The Hall (Indiana)
LTP = Lake The Posts (Northwestern)
TOC = The Only Colors (Michigan State)
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||As A Refresher...||
Per the site where the voting took place, this was the official description:
"Representing the ascent of teams to the playoffs, two gold brackets surround a 'virtual' football, and allude to the championship trophy."
For some reason, and it might be the nerd in me, I will now always think of NCAA headquarters as Isengard and this is their Eye Of Sauron. Thanks, College Football Playoff.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Some More From UMHoops...||
About halfway down the page (HERE) is their scouting summary from the Michigan Invitational on Justin Tillman from that event.
Here you can see what UMHoops saw, in slightly abridged form (as these are just highlights), of course:
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||To The OP's Concern...||
Just so the OP is aware, the feeling on paywalled articles is to basically leave the article itself some value and not to copy and paste large portions or the entire thing. That's where the problems arise.
What you have done here is spot on, I would think, in taking carefully selected portions of the information.
As for these names, it seems unlikely that we land them all, of course, but even half of them would still contribute in a great way to what is looking like an amazing class so far.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Fascinating Story...||
That was a fascinating delve into history. The presidential history buff in my thanks you for sharing that.
It seems to me that one of the takeaway messages here is that David Kellogg Cartter likely spent the entire war having to telegram a Captcha password before every dispatch and he often asked if someone with enough points would send important messages.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Duplicate Thread....||
....albeit with a different title.
Michigan's involvement with Adidas settlement
All the same, it is a fascinating topic, but this thread was a few hours too late sadly.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||As A Supplement....||
As a supplement to the discussion, here is the lawsuit filed by the University Of Wisconsin last July (LINK).
One of the more interesting portions of the filing asserts that Adidas indeed also broke Indonesian labor laws in the process. As of the time the suit was filed last summer, that they had been the only company that employed the facility to not contribute towards the government's calculated total compensation for the 2,700 employees (some $1.8 million of $3.4 million at that point in time). I assume that the settlement means this lawsuit eventually gets dropped (per the article), but it is still an interesting read.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Well, That Stinks....||
...and what a valuable resource we've lost because of that. Terrible news. Hopefully, MGoVideo is able to exist again somewhere. Immediate reaction, of course....
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Indystar.com Article...||
Per the Indystar.com article (HERE), he also talked to Purdue and Butler. Here's what they had to say:
"Dakich may never start a game for the Wolverines, but he knows how to play and will be a solid addition to every Michigan practice. He loves to play the game and understands the big picture of what it takes to be successful in a walkon’s role at a Big Ten school, just as former Purdue players Dru Anthrop and Bobby Riddell did."
Like those Purdue players mentioned, they were part of depth at the guard position, which is something we definitely would prefer.
Welcome to Michigan, Andrew Dakich!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Second Time In A Row...||
I could be wrong, but I think we were near this same spot in the rankings which appeared about this time last year, so it is nice to see that they seem to believe that we are holding steady, if nothing else. Even with the loss of Burke and Hardaway, the retained and incoming talent should definitely aid in making this upcoming season another nice one, from the looks of it. One thing of note is that in McGary and Robinson, we are returning almost 40% of team rebounds from this past season and about 25% of the scoring between them, with Stauskas providing another 15% or so percent of that - improvement on these already significant contributions sounds pretty good to me.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So Far Anyway...||
Here's the complete schedule for the ESPN networks (as well as ABC) to date - (HERE)
Another thing that makes it interesting if you look at the entire schedule regardless of conference is that, of those games picked up by networks to date, there is one 5:30 PM game - the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game (Virginia Tech vs. Alabama), but our game against Penn State is the only 5 PM game so far.
Here's the week 7 matchup listing per ESPN (HERE). It would be interesting to know which one of these games - if any - ends up being the lead-in for ours.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Some More Stuff...||
Here's Juwann Bushell-Beatty's Hudl.com page - (HERE)
That site lists him at 6'6" and 315 lbs., so we're not just grading roads - these are freeways we intend to build through defensive lines in the future. I like that approach.
Welcome to Michigan!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The Projection Makes More Sense...||
"The nine-game schedule begins in the fall of 2016. Not coincidentally, the Big Ten's current TV contract expires after the 2015-16 academic year. The league will have 63 conference games to offer to network executives for the next contract instead of the current 48."
I believe this is also around when the jump to something just north of $40 million per year in revenue for each school was projected as well, so perhaps part of the estimated figure was the move to a 9-game conference schedule all along, or at least the assumption was that it would happen by this time. Obviously, not sure about that, but it makes me wonder how the Big Ten was breaking that down and what the components were.
As for the point Bennett made about Michigan State being in the West to balance out divisions, even Delany himself said (or at least seemed to say) in interviews yesterday that when they were down to considering performance (the "third consideration", he said), it didn't seem to matter as much to the Big Ten (not in comparison to Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio State, etc...) where MSU landed.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||For A Total Of...||
Five strikeouts for the Braves this evening, bringing their total for this series to 32 K's. All weekend, we have had some pretty solid pitching against the team with the best record in the NL to date. Then again, the Braves lead the NL in strikeouts too. It's like a whole team of Dave Kingmans and Reggie Jacksons from that standpoint.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Some Quotes From Delany...||
Adam Rittenberg had some quotes from Jim Delany on the rationale for some the placements, if anyone is interested. The full blog entry is (HERE).
The last sentence of his quote on why Michigan, Ohio State and/or Penn State or even Michigan State were not in the West, aside from geography, is intriguing:
"Michigan State's a good football program, but it wasn't going to make things equal competitively. It may have had an effect. It depends upon what you think Michigan State and Purdue will do over the next decade."
So, it may not matter which division State is in apparently, or at least may matter less in the mind of the Big Ten. Actually, competitive balance was the third priority this time, according to Delany, and he als describes the process in the first attempt as well where it was the first priority. They seeded teams and then split them based on recent history to form the Leaders and Legends initially. It seems like they made a similar consideration this time, but also Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State were very strongly in favor of a straight geographic division.
In the entry, he also talks about the debate between 9 and 10 game conference schedules as well, which apparently was an issue at various meetings. Interesting stuff.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Regarding The "Cheating"...||
If someone really wantedto do a service while trying to alter anything, they should have at least given the public a fifth option to lessen the chances of one of the other four designs winning this contest, or even a "none of the above" option. If you're going to tinker with this particular contest, at least do it sensibly.
Even my son, who is rather easy-going, took one look at the page and said simply, "No."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Good Luck To All...||
Good luck to all the Wolverines competing today! Go Blue!
It really is great to see this many of the varsity sports achieving at a high level at the same time. They all contribute to the overall success of Michigan athletics.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Related To That...||
I was going back through the hockey databases after the game was over - it really is a wonderful run. The last time the Red Wings failed to make the playoffs, I was in 7th grade, and in my entire life to date, they've only missed the playoffs seven times (only twice since I was 5 years old). I don't know how many teams could claim that overall level of performance for that long, even with the relatively varied level of success in the playoffs. Truly an incredible run for the Red Wings.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Great To See...||
All of these players have weathered changes in Ann Arbor and stuck together all the while. It is great to see these players get their shot at the next level - I wish them nothing but success.
For Kovacs, it would be a great story to see him basically live the NFL equivalent of his Michigan story. He refuses to be overlooked and works as hard as anyone.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Congratulations To Will....||
Will's renaissance and willingness to not only work hard (to the point where Hoke wanted him to put weight back) but take on a leadership role by sort of taking charge of the defensive line by helping to conduct film sessions and so forth will be part of his Michigan legacy.
Good luck to Big Will Campbell! I wish him the best at the next level.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Here's Some Of The Data...||
I didn't see the article, but to this point, ESPN did have a fairly currently table of this year's NHL attendance figures (HERE - hopefully the sort by percentage holds in the link). The lowest is Columbus at 87.6%, which is slightly lower than their previous season average of 88% (data going several seasons back is available on the page). Detroit's went up from last year - 98.7% to 100.6% this year. Phoenix actually experienced about a 5% increase, which is fairly substantial, I would think.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Real Challenge...||
Mississippi State's letter to Ferns is a classic because it is simple and to the point, of course, and I agree that we should probably make a Photoshopped Mississippi State offer part of the "Hello" post. For contrast, North Carolina State, not to be outdone by the likes of the SEC....
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Congratulations To Denard...||
It's been said in various places on the board, but it is worth repeating - any team which picked him up was getting a great athlete, a hard worker and someone who can step into a leadership role on a team. Anytime you get all three of these in a player, you've just upgraded. Like others, I will admit to having watched a handful of Jacksonville games before now, but as a Michigan fan, how cool will this be to watch Denard at the next level? Pretty cool, I think.
Congratulations to Denard Robinson!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"The Journey"||
I think that "The Journey" is one of the better offerings among the regular shows on BTN, but I had not seen this one before and it was awesome to rekindle the memories of being there to see it in person.
I saw the replay on BTN the next day - I think their call of game-winning FG basically captured what was going through a lot of minds in the stadium: "Gibbons.......GIBBONS.....IT'S GOOD"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||When Film Is Involved...||
If you're going to be filming and editing anything, then as others said, it has to be Apple MacBook without a doubt. To add to that, if you're serious and want some good software for touching up your videos, Final Cut Pro all the way.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Only Two...||
Only two Braves managed to evade putting up a "K", and they were both in-game substitutions - Tyler Pastornicky and Jordan Schafer. Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman and Juan Fransisco accounted for 11 of the 18 strikeouts by Tigers pitching.
My work group had the suite tonight too, and I couldn't go last night, but this was just as fun to watch on television.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||These Highlights...||
There was one clip towards the beginning where he was lined up at CB and they ran a beautifully executed blitz. Peppers was in the backfield in the QB still had no chance. I really do like that speed. As others have mentioned, his RB highlights are a bit reminiscent of Denard's runs - his ability to just get away and evade tackles is awesome.
Thanks for including this here. This is a nice refresher on Jabrill Peppers.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Lions...||
My hope was that the Lions, at least in the beginning, would go with straight needs-based picks and do so in a logical order. It seems that they have done just that, and that at least is nice to see as a Lions fan, I think.
Overall, I think the upside for Ansah is potentially huge - they'll have to really work with him if they want him to be an immediate impact player, I believe, because of the experience deficit. Still, for a team that needed an effective pass rush, someone of Ansah's stature and athleticism at DE is an upgrade. I liked the Darius Slay pick - a good, fast and physical CB is something that Detroit needs desperately. Larry Warford looks like someone who will fit well in the OL here in Detroit.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Deal!||
I will bring a laptop loaded with the latest SPSS and Excel software and some football or basketball data and the beer is on me. Word of warning - I am a southpaw, so the first hour might involve me hunting for a suitable ball.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||For Comparison...||
Brent Yarina posted the breakdown of the Big Ten in last year's draft (HERE) at its conclusion. The link also contains a breakdown by school and position, but round-by-round, it was:
1st round - 4
2nd round - 7
3rd round - 3
4th round - 5
5th round - 6
6th round - 7
7th round - 9
That makes for a total of 41 players from the Big Ten last year, with 73% of them being drafted in the 4th round or later. In 2011, only 29 players from the Big Ten were drafted, and if anyone can find the distribution, please post it so there is more data (many of the links I found seem to be dead) It will be interesting to see what the dirstribution is this year regardless of the number.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not A DS...||
...but my kids were given iPad minis by my parents because they want their grandchildren to be exactly like I was when my father brought the Apple IIe home those many years ago - absolutely transfixed and unavilable for things like picking up their toys or helping with stuff around the house.
That, or my parents are looking for someone who will play networked games with them since no one in Canada Creek (up by Atlanta, MI) seems to have the knack.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Bowling...||
First and foremost, happy birthday!
I actually took my team bowling this week for a nice pizza lunch / decompress the other day. As expected, I am the worst bowler in the group, so my grandfather's skill did indeed skip a generation. That being said, it may very well have been the first time I broke 100 in two straight games. I did, however, kick butt at Pac-Man in the arcade on the way out. I set a terrible example for my team admittedly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Took This One Down (At First)...||
Sadly the Ferns-Bunting Miss State letters seem like frauds
I think it has been up long enough - the Bunting letter is indeed Photoshopped.
EDIT: I looked at it again this morning - I missed the OP's rather amusing self-deprecating reply. I put it back up. Sorry for that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Weekend Plans...||
On Saturday, the kids have a party - their own, this time. We're hosting a small gathering for their school friends at Pump It Up in Taylor. After that, we're taking them to Build-A-Bear at Twelve Oaks for a toy of their choosing. After we get home, I plan to burn my MasterCard.
On Sunday, it's yard work and beer mainly. Because I live near woods and therefore leaves - dead or alive - fall throughout the year, I have to rake out several flower beds. I do plan to start with mainly yardwork and make the gradual shift to beer as the afternoon wears on.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The Ansah Pick||
On one level, this could be the pick (or one of them) that plays some telling role in the ultimate legacy of Mayhew and Lewan because they have taken a risk on a dominant athlete with the potential to be an excellent pass rusher, but someone who also lacks the resume that you would want from a DE in the draft when it comes to experience.
According to Kevin Seifert, it is his understanding that the Lions worked on trading down as soon as tackles began flying off the board, which leads me to believe that Ansah may not have been their Plan A after all. At the same time, it didn't seem like they had shied away from him, as the Lions defensive line coach actually expressed his approval of Ansah, I believe. I have to think that Washburn saw something he believes he can work with. To me, the question is this - how quickly could he help the 2013 campaign? I don't know if there is a clear answer to this right now.
If it works out, the upside is potentially huge, but it was anything but the conventional pick at #5.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great Idea...||
This is actually a really great idea with a world of possibilities. There are probably enough players for each letter that you could even have a couple examples for each, as some of my own children's pictures books had (sadly, they were not Michigan-themed picture books).
"W", you might think
Is an uspide down "M"
But tell that to the Wisterts
Or Wheatly or Woodson
Or any of these men.
"H", rife with talent, almost too much
From Hammerstein to Hayes
And from Harbaugh to Hutch
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations, Sheepman!||
As my MGoGift of congratulations, you have been awarded 500 MGoDoctoralPoints (in lieu of a drink on me or something along these lines)!
Welcome to the wide, wide world of Michigan alums!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Doesn't Sound Right....||
I thought it was Mark Dantonio just a few days ago that said, regarding other teams in the division / conference, that it was their problem and they would have to deal with it. He seemed all too eager to take on all comers. I don't know if you can have it both ways, if indeed Michigan State is the school that is unsatisfied.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Welcome, Mo!||
Welcome to the Michigan family, Mo!
Mo Targets, Mo Possibilities. *my submission*
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This E-Mail...||
For some reason, I thought of Ted L. Nancy's (well, really a guy named Barry Marder) "Letters From A Nut" series the whole time I was reading this e-mail. It's a little less subtle than the letters in those books, but it is basically as funny...actually, a bit moreso in some ways.
Also, in skimming through responses to the e-mail, it appears Alison Haislip (of "Attack Of The Show!" and "The Voice") did her own version, and it was fairly close to how I imagined this being read by the author (of course, link only as NSFW).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Through Five Innings....||
Justin Verlander is up to 78 pitches, if I have been counting correctly. Fifty-six of them, or about 72%, have been strikes.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||QB Draw, But Also...||
The QB draw would have been good there, yes. I would think that if Renner really wanted be a sport about it, however, he should have just taken a knee for what would have been a loss of 3 or 4 yards on the play and brought back briefly the Bunting-Davis era of football at North Carolina. He also could have arranged for someone to come off the sideline with an open umbrella to flush him out of the pocket, or what remained of it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Calculator...||
It seems that a shade over a quarter of my yearly "sports bill", if you will, goes to the NFL, but $33.70, or 41.2% of the $81.70, goes to college-related items, including the $0.02 for the NIT.
As an interesting aside to this, here's the article on the same site regarding ESPN's subscriber fees broken down by ESPN channel and how upcoming contract renewals will affect them.(HERE)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The News-Herald Article...||
The News-Herald article to which the CBS article links is short but does contain a few interesting tidbits.. As I am not terribly familiar with Lee Barfknecht's background, I am not sure how well-connected he is, but here is what he said in regards to expansion talk not being completely dead:
"These people — from conference offices and major-college athletic departments — all agreed that any number of lawyers would be delighted to challenge those deals in court."
He said in reference to some people to whom he spoke regarding the "Grant Of Rights" issue. As you will recall, the ACC's specific deal was outlined in a thread a few days ago. He broaches the possibility of conferences expanding based on future value even if claims on media rights were upheld, which is interesting to consider.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Much Better...||
I believe most of the southeastern United States never stopped calling it the "Peach Bowl" anyway, and rightly so, I would think. In any case, Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta and Peach sound far more congruous than Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-Fil-A (or Sandwiches With A Side Of Fries).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||On Valverde...||
From the tone of articles on the subject, both Leyland and Dombrowski are taking a "one game at a time" approach, which is completely fair and how the "Valverde Experiment", if you will, should be approached right now. As other have touched on, it is early in the season, and the simplest solution to plugging holes in the roster is to find the plug within the organization - in the case of the Tigers, you have a closer who is third among active closers for career saves and one who has converted 93% of his save attempts over the last three years. I would think that the overall resume makes this a worthwhile experiment before you start foraging for prospects in the system that might tempt a team into giving you someone else who can fill the closer role.
It was nice to see him back last night, and back to form - Gordon, Escobar and Butler accounted for half the Royals' hits and 3 of their 5 runs and Valverde got them out in order. Not a bad way to begin a return at all.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nice To See...||
You can never go wrong with a 10-time Pro Bowl and 10-time All-Pro selection on the cover of Madden, not to mention the image of someone who was the NFL rushing champion four times as well. I still have my Sports Illustrated Kids poster of Barry Sanders, which has him standing with an actual Lion. I recall not being terribly cocerned, however, for I knew Barry could outrun it if necessary, he was that elusive.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Per The Original Ruling...||
Per the original ruling last summer regarding the waiver of transfer rules in this case (HERE), as long as it is done before 2013 preseason practice, any player is immediately eligible even if they are prospective (they could be released from their LOI, if I read this correctly). Current players who enroll at another school before the fall term of 2013 would be immediately eligible if they are practicing with the new team before then and are academically eligible.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||In The Comments...||
According to the comments on SBNation (completely joking, of course), it is not the first time Florida has gone with this sort of off-the-wall approach to garnering interest. It's been a while, but I could see this about ten years ago:
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thread Removed...||
....at MGoUser request due to trouble with the original link.
(HERE) - this was the link. The workaround in Chrome (which only worked for me sporadically over several trials) is to "X" out of the digital subscriber sign in then arrow back to the original link. If anyone can repost this with the same or similar link, feel free to do so.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Cheering For Kovacs...||
Kovacs' determination and drive to prove that he could compete for and keep a spot on a major conference Division I team is a great story, never mind achieving things like 331 career tackles at Michigan (good for 12th on the all-time list for us, I think). I really like that he seems to simply refuse to be overlooked and just wants to show people what he can do - hopefully, he finds a spot on an NFL roster. NFL or otherwise, that sort of driven attitude will make for a very successful Jordan Kovacs.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Garden...||
The garden in Miami which they highlighted (I think they filmed portions of it in the other video on the Hope For Pahokee site too) looks awesome, if that's the base inspiration for the layout. I thought that having a section for each housing project in Pahokee was a very cool idea too.
I believe they also applied for a grant from the Florida Department Of Agriculture late last year, but I don't know if there have been any updates on the status of the application.
It is great to see two people who gave so much to Michigan take that same energy and dedication and use it in their community.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||CBS Sports...||
Here's how CBS Sports projects Michigan players:
Denard's NFL.com draft profile (HERE), and half the profiles that I can find, compare him to Antwaan Randle El. Other profiles on different sites seem to believe that Denard Robinson could go as high as the second round, but in my unscientific summary survey of draft sites, slightly more seem to go with fourth or later.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Some Profits To Charity...||
If I am not mistaken, $10 of every bottle sold goes to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital as well as Von Voightlander Women's Hospital, so not only is Woodson an oenophile of sorts, he uses his love of wine as a vehicle for giving back to his alma mater as well.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Per An Article...||
...in a certain Detroit paper, if you will, Leyland's expectations are fairly realistic:
“I just hope that this works out,” Leyland said. “This would be great for the Tigers, it would be great for Jose Valverde. But I’m not going to put the cart before the horse. Let’s just wait and see what happens and see how many days he can go in a row. He never turned down the ball as long as I had him here. He was a true soldier. He was. I think the world of him and I’ll just be glad to see him.”
I rather agree with Leyland here in the sense that we simply need to see how it works and go from there. It would be huge for Detroit and perhaps personally for Valverde if it does, and somewhere in there is a nice little comeback story potentially. According to Dombrowski, the velocity is back and he has got movement on his pitches again, so if the potential upside is getting back the pitcher who has averaged 32 saves per season in his career (36 per season with Detroit), then if you're the Tigers looking at the bullpen now, it seems like a low-risk high-reward scenario possibly. It's definitely an interesting development with the potential to be a timely and great one.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Awesome Story...||
Major kudos to Cameron Lyle for this. Hopefully his donation will buy this person more than a few years too. It would be even better if this meant someone had the opportunity to lead a full life, especially when those chances apparently seemed rather remote in the beginning.
|4 weeks 6 min ago||"College Football Playoff"||
I keep looking at the name - "College Football Playoff" - and can only think that the marketing possibilities of this name are, well, shockingly finite somehow.
There are some interesting quotes in the ABC News story (HERE):
If you are going to call it exactly what it is, you don't get more on point than this name. To quote "Muppets Take Manhattan": "Just say what the product does? No one has ever tried that!"
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Hello, Ian Bunting!||
One of the very intriguing things about how this class is shaping up thus far is that, among the six recruits for 2014 to date, our largest competitors in terms of schools also offering these players are Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Things bode well, and a 6'6" TE is not a bad thing to have. Welcome to Michigan, Ian Bunting!
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||The Los Angeles Times...||
...has a detailed summary with some minor spoilers - (HERE)
It sounds fascinating, given how the article is framed. Essentially, this is about the machinations of the 1983 NFL Draft using material from the diaries of Marvin Demoff, who represented both Elway and Marino.
One thing that stands out for some reason is that apparently the Chargers pretended to be interested in Elway so they could get some negotiations going with Dan Fouts. Also, the Dolphins' Plan B was Ken O'Brien from UC Davis.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Not Just The Cover...||
Not only is the cover rather good, but the game is due on store shelves on my birthday too. I will have to let my wife know that I will forego the normal practical birthday gifts and opt for this.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||MGoBlogStore Perhaps...||
As others have mentioned, Kickstarter rules prevent you from making separate pledges under the same account, but you can usually get copies of HTTV from the MGoBlogStore (last year's is still available, I believe), so hopefully that's true this year as well.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||According To His Bio...||
I was curious about that too, but according to his MGoBlue profile, he did not play in any games in the 2009-10 season, so Blake must have redshirted during his freshman year.
Nonetheless, he was an important part of the senior leadership which got this team to the championship game and that will not be forgotten. Good luck, Blake!
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Very Interesting....||
One of my hopes is that I at least see us get as far as Mars in my lifetime, even if just for exploration purposes. As Stephen Hawking said in his "Into The Universe" series, "Humans would be wise to put their eggs into as many baskets as possible".
As for their requirements, from the sound of the article, being married and a father of two would likely disqualify me, although there are days at work where a one-way trip to Mars would seem comparatively restful.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps Of Interest Here...||
This is a comparatively anicent Internet submission (2002, from the looks of it, but the rules around this haven't changed to my knowledge), but it explains in an entertaining way the 23 way that you can legally get to first base along with some of the background on "stealing first" and why it is no longer permitted.
It's an old ESPN Magazine link, but the question was answered by baseball historian Eric Enders.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||College Football Talk Article...||
Here's the CollegeFootballTalk piece on the subject - (HERE)
According to this, it would protect the media rights through 2026-27, which is the same length as the ACC's agreement with ESPN, as well as the fact that per team revenue should exceed $20 million this year. Some other reports seem to go with this announcement meaning that the ACC Network is on its way as well, as this would probably open the door to some relatively stress-free discussion on the subject for the ACC.
From "The Business Of College Sports":
"Because the value of a school to a conference is the television revenue it can help generate, a grant of rights agreement makes the members essentially worthless to another conference that is looking for new members."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If You Dig Into The Links...||
The conference-specific links list Brady Hoke as the fourth best in the Big Ten Conference. The author's specific statement / criticism is as follows:
"Hard to argue with 19 wins in two seasons, but Hoke’s managing of the quarterback spot last season was bizarre at best. From not letting Denard Robinson run vs. Alabama in the season opener, to not replacing him soon enough with Devin Gardner when it became obvious Michigan needed to throw the ball to win big games."
So, essentially, forget that we put up a better offensive performance than several of Alabama's opponents, or little details like that - we are getting dinged largely on their disagreement with our QB management apparently. This is a list which certainly doesn't look at records three-dimensionally, if you will.
Fitzgerald and O'Brien would rank as second and third in his conference-specific lists, both because of what would essentially be offshoots the broader "doing more with less" argument, albeit for vastly different reasons at each school.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent Work...||
These are excellent backgrounds - thanks for sharing and thanks for the effort. The second Funchess background is now on the desktop monitor here in my office, making me feel far more energized about today than I was.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The Bet...||
In the Kansas Liveblog, joeyb wagered 10,000 points on Michigan winning, hence his current total. In going back through the liveblog, as I didn't want to be wrong, I just noted Brown Bear wagered all of his points. I suppose I could fix that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||All Of Those Numbers...||
All of those numbers are reasons my wife and I are working hard to offload the house in Romulus and return to the area. I grew up near Ann Arbor and it has been a rather profound influence in my life. I miss not being able to stroll through the streets every day.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Per KFYR's Facebook Page...||
They actually did suspend this guy (HERE).
The very cool thing about the comments from locals, however, is that they are generally supportive and would like the station to give Mr. Clemente a shot at redemption.
Still, Deadspin posted his postmortem of the performance from Clemente's own Twitter (now disabled, it seems). He said, "It couldn't have gone any worse."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||MaxPreps Delivers Stats...||
MaxPreps delivers some of his stats for this past season at Woods' school here (LINK).
This confirms that he is listed on the varsity squad, and as a freshman on the varisty squad, he average 19.3 point per game, 4.3 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and has scored 443 points on the season. His individual game stats are on the MaxPreps site.
As for the video, I have to wonder if the O/U on Division I offers will be at 90% of the division. That's incredible.