finally people are complaining about us
|5 hours 14 min ago||Down A Trillion...||
While the correspondence between the severity of the offense and the number of points deducted sometimes isn't exactly high, the stories behind the people who inhabit the last 2-3 pages of the list of "Users By MGoPoints" are rife with cautionary tales, flame wars that almost brought real flames and things which in other context (spoken to another human being right to their face) probably would lead to misdemeanor convictions at the very least. I'll put it like that.
|7 hours 9 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
The link to the tweet no longer exists. Not sure if it was snuffed by Shaq later or if Twitter is having one of it moods.
The bit they did on GameDay for him a couple months ago was a great piece, but really the entire story - which is difficult to capture on GameDay - is incredibly moving and a tribute to the strength of man on so many levels. In this case, one man who has lost so much and been told that he may not be able to do the very thing he is now doing. It's hard to not see it as heroic really.
|9 hours 1 min ago||The Shot Clock...||
Do this, of course, and you risk destroying the highly advance Theory Of The Possession Vortex as first postulated (then later perfected) by Bo Ryan, defined as an envelope from which none of the opposing team's possessions can ultimately escape. Actually, if this means Wisconsin has to go through a season or two of awkward transition to adjust, then it might very well be worth the effort to make the change.
|9 hours 8 min ago||Studied Rosters...||
I studied the rosters at dinner while I think I was supposed to be interacting with everyone, but yeah, I shall go with Maize just based on my opinion of starters by position. As for score, I would take a guess that the Maize team wins this one by a TD or so, but to be fair, there's a lot to like on the Blue team too, particular on defense.
|11 hours 8 min ago||In Table Form...||
|12 hours 47 min ago||Just A Guess Here...||
Without anointing a start necessarily, I would agree with others that this definitely raises the floor on this season, at least in my opinion. My guess based on very little data right now is that the floor just moved to 8-4 with the addition of Rudock. Looking at the roster, the ceiling is a rather high ceiling - I'll put it like that - perhaps something like 10-2. I haven't even run numbers using Massey yet for the season, but it wouldn't mean much based on available data (which includes last year). Yesterday, I would have had the floor at 7-5, but I think we get a couple back having Rudock's experience there.
|13 hours 44 min ago||Happy Birthday To Bo...||
It was actually one of Bo's better known quotes that had kept me going in these last several somewhat trying years of being a very loyal Wolverine:
"In times of difficulty, those brave enough to stay the course will be victors in the end."
I would repeat that to myself quite a bit, especially this past fall. I like to think that we've begun that upward tick described in the end of the quote too.
Happy birthday, Coach Schembechler.
|14 hours 46 min ago||All The QBs...||
Rudock would be a nice addition and it really is nice to see depth being constructed at this position after lacking it for quite some time. Part of me would like to see someone on the roster now still emerge as the primary QB because that would speak volumes as to where the position is headed now, but I still would like to have Rudock's experience and leadership among the names at that position. Very beneficial on the field and on the sideline, I think.
|15 hours 41 min ago||National Weather Service...||
From the National Weather Service forecast for Friday and Saturday:
Friday: Rain and snow likely after 3pm. Mostly sunny, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon, with a high near 52. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night: Rain and snow likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
I guess it depends on the model you use. The expert forecast opinion at White Lake shows the possibility for it to get higher than 44. Actually, early April and sunny - we might get into the mid-50s at least.
|15 hours 53 min ago||Years Ago...||
I pulled one that I had to begin about a month before.
As it turns out, there are places where you can get word scrambles which have no solutions in the English language, so I actually put one on a announcement board in our lunch area and wrote under it "Find the hidden word and will a prize - correct answers eligible for prize drawing on April 1st", asking them to submit the answers to me. This was about three weeks before April Fool's Day, and I expected little participation - I managed to get about 100 replies in an office of about 170, including people a couple levels above me.
April 1st comes and I send an e-mail to the whole workgroup to meet in the lunch area at about 11:30 AM. I thought ahead - the prize was Easter candy and I bought enough for everyone because no one won and I knew it. Everyone gathers in and I begin to pass out candy to everyone, then I stand at the head of the room and thank everyone for their participation but I also mention that everyone who won now has their prize because, "....as you may have suspected by now, the puzzle has no solution in English."
People enjoyed the candy at least. To this day, I have not been asked to organize many events.
|16 hours 46 min ago||As We Have Seen...||
As we have seen, death is not necessarily an obstacle to football. Effective play of said football, on the other hand...well...you can only keep trying.
|19 hours 55 min ago||Strange Rule...||
"I think the SEC coaches last year made it clear that we'd like it to be that way throughout the country," Malzahn said. "That was a stance after our last spring meetings and I still feel the same."
You know, it reminds me of being younger and walking past the house of a kid who was grounded and couldn't leave the yard. Did you feel bad for him missing out on the baseball game the rest of you were about to play? Yeah, a bit. Did you play the game in the park he could see from his backyard? Yeah, you did. Was it ultimately his issue? There's that too.
Sorry, Gus - this very strange rule of the SEC's is not anyone else's problem.
|1 day 4 hours ago||The Comments...||
The comments on the ESPN piece are pretty much standard stuff for any article on that site - uninformed, uninsightftul, etc... - so there really isn't a reason to be upset much less care about it really. That, and, Chris Webber - member of the Fab Five and five-time NBA all-star - probably is looking at things that nearly all of the people currently engaged in a flame war with him are not and likely would not.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Same Question...||
I had a similar question actually - I don't get the tie-in that the poster is making here. It is known, I believe, that Adidas has shifted its marketing strategy to get individual endorsements (not team - Adidas has mentioned that they will be exiting the team-level endorsements) in the NBA in their 5-year plan which was recently discussed on the board. They want to double the number of individual agreements that they have by 2020, but that doesn't mean anything really at the collegiate level, of course, or at least I am missing the connection as well.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
It is moments like these where I am reminded about how pissed I still am at NBC for moving "Quantum Leap" to the timeslot of death, thus leading to its eventual cancellation. We never got to see the episode where Sam was able to leap into Lloyd Carr and decide to call it a day in 2011, wherein the program is handed off to Jim Harbaugh, thus putting right the timeline, hence the current timeline.
|1 day 8 hours ago||The Best Part...||
The best part about this is that it looks synced for the most part (even if it is just random clips), and that there is really no other muppet than Gonzo that this song would fit really. The two things things simply collide to create a rather awesome combination.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Yeah....||
Yeah, if you could go ahead and not create apparent "I told you so" threads and then poll the board for their thoughts on said thread, that'd be great.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Quite True...||
“Do you ever think that sometimes the Michigan communications staff gives the media too much access?”
There are a few on the list that I swear I've seen spoken in earnest on this very site, but this one....yeah, I don't think anyone has complained about how the media runs rampant in the halls down on South Campus.
|1 day 10 hours ago||The Very Last Thing...||
The very last thing Brandon launched at Domino's was one of the things that brought it out of the market share gutter - the "new" formula, moving away from that infamous carboard sort of quality of the crust and the "are you sure this is cheese?" quality of the cheese, so there was that. The performance overall was mostly flat overall from the IPO to his actual departure. I still remember the self-depreciating ads which gave you the impression that perhaps they were trying. For a long time, Domino's was dead last in its market in just about every category.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yikes...||
If the news will indeed be bad (we probably won't really know until there's been a full evaluation, which I haven't seen unless I missed something huge), hopefully there is something that can be done so that Harris can at least contribute on a limited basis if not more. It seems sad for someone who really wanted to play here to be sidelined in this manner, so we shall see.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Interesting Quote...||
"There are guys out there right now that (some will look at and say) 'oh, that guy will never see the field,' and he'll be on that field (this season). There's a guy that you don't even know his name that's going to make a play this season, and I don't know his name either. - Coach Baxter
This is what I like about how they seem to be going about it in spring and then eventually into August camp. The manner in which they are coaching and the way they are creating the competition at positions makes me think that the first gameday roster we see will have a few names that make you think, "Where did THAT come from?" but yet it will work somehow.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
I was at this game and admittedly have only seen bits and pieces of the telecast through the years (even though I know the entire game has been posted here before), so this was actually pretty funny to watch. I especially liked how Jackson introduced that, "Well, I think it's time...", right after the Wheatley TD.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I Will Admit...||
...that I have always wanted to be The Dude in meetings.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Just Heard...||
I actually heard about this before I left work from someone who has participated in this in the past and was planning to do so this year - she was rather bummed. Reading the release, however, I do think I understand the decision. The focus on getting the program in shape seems like it has been the driving force from go in the Harbaugh era, so hopefully once this is achieved to their satisfaction, things like the WFA come back.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Sophomore Stats...||
Per MaxPreps, his sophomore stats - take them for what they are worth, of course - were 1,405 yards, 13 TDs to 9 INTs and a 59.8% completion percentage in ten games, which is still good for an equivalent NCAA rating of 144.3. If you assume that he threw at close to the same clip as a junior (on a per completion basis) and even account for the slight decrease in completion percentage, it would be in the 160 range in his junior year. Not really that bad on a rating basis - probably top quartile of Division I most weeks. Of course, whether that actually would translate to the college game is a totally different matter.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Good News....||
Nice to see these camps popping up in very important and strategic areas when it comes to football recruiting and talent as well, and probably a great way to market Michigan there too. Indeed, one day we might see the United Federation Of Planets, but for now it is the United Federation Of Harbaugh from the look of things. Perhaps the former will also be formed as a result of Harbaugh.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Salaries Way Up...||
I think that the year before the overtures from Texas A&M, Schembechler's base salary in 1981 was something like $60,000, the equivalent of a little more than twice that in today's terms. He managed to get a 40% raise to stay at Michigan too. By the mid-1990s, Moeller was making $130,000 or so and maybe 7 or 8 years after that, Carr broke the $1 million per year plateau at Michigan. The progression has been interesting to watch certainly.
|2 days 14 hours ago||The Full Rundown...||
...courtesy of ESPN - LINK
Harbaugh received 115 votes for president in total, including 82 votes for “Jim Harbaugh,” another 18 simply for “Harbaugh” and four for the joint ticket of “Jim Harbaugh and Diag Squirrel.”
Other voters were more creative with their write-in submissions, with the tickets “Jim Harbaugh and Jabrill Peppers,” “Jim Harbaugh and His Khakis” and “Jim Harbaugh and Jesus Shuttlesworth” receiving one vote each.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Late Request...||
Peppers goes #1 overall, Malzone first QB drafted
It was brought to my attention that a couple things were shared in here that maybe shouldn't have been - they (the department) are trying to have as little out there regarding the teams apparently, so I was asked to remove this thread by others.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Then Again...||
Then again, April Fool's tends to be one of the more hilarious days around these parts, as we have had threads which sent the site into a temporary downward sprial as a result, forcing people to come clean before chaos erupted. On the flip side, we've also had obvious fabrications which serve as a cautionary tale to the OP on the standards expected for wit as well. Either way, no one trusts anyone around here for one glorious day.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Good Information....||
I am going to shoot ofr getting there as the gates open - being that I never have been much of a morning person even though work forces me to be one, it is probably the best I can manage anyway. I am curious to know if there are any specific blog-related MGoMeetups, but I seem to recall that they've been sporadic for the spring game so I won't hold out a lot of hope. I can definitely find things to do all the same before the game anyway.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Nowhere To Hide...||
And, again, he posted the results. No one was given the luxury to hide, and over-achievers were singled out on every level -- until, eventually, his roster was filled with them.
Transparency creates competition and drives results. We've run with that at work through reporting monthly on task and field completions with personnel and it has created a great atmosphere of high achievement. Everyone knows precisely where they stand in relation to others and it has driven many to do better even if they were doing well to begin with.
If there is something that was missing in the last regime, it was precisely this - the full knowledge of where you stood in relation to your teammates and the knowledge that this might be a decent predictor of how often you saw the field. I can see this paying dividends even this season.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Slow Times...||
Slow times for furniture that has reached the end of its useful life, but one couch fire was reported a few days ago after MSU beat Oklahoma by WLNS - LINK
Indeed, couches might be on edge, but the folks at the Art Van Clearance Center in Grand Ledge probably see "commission" when things like this happen and there is a shortage of freely available sofas.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Slap Shot...||
I like this list - "Slap Shot" definitely belongs on a list of classics too.
"This is a serious game! Not a freak show!"
|3 days 8 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, we did have a "Hello-ish" post for football just the other day (granted, it was more of a formality than an actual announcement), but yeah, it has definitely been a while for basketball, as I recall. A "Hello: Jaylen Brown" post, if there was ever a need to post such a thing, would definitely be welcome and probably be the cause of one of those famous protracted 502 / 503 periods on the blog.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Congratulations To Them...||
Congratulations to them, and if I am not mistaken, the UCLA-St. Mary's game is in progress right now. As you may know, one of those two will be Michigan's opponent on either Wednesday or Thursday if I remember the bracket correctly. On the other side of the WNIT bracket, West Virginia will face the winner of Middle Tennessee and Temple. The survivors (hopefully Michigan is one), will meet on Saturday in the WNIT championship.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Louisville....||
Louisville is playing like they just rolled out of bed and onto the court so far in the second half, simply not matching MSU's energy, getting handled easily in transition, things they should be able to deal with. If they win this game at this point, it is despite themselves on a lot of levels. Go ahead, Rick, pass out some 5-Hour Energy....something....
|3 days 12 hours ago||Now I Am Intrigued...||
If nothing else, I have to hear the story that is behind the name Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn. They promised to tell it at some point.
It has only been 4 minutes, but the anticipated plodding start to this game definitely materialized.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 18 hours ago||Great Game...||
I still remember that one pretty clearly - excellent game indeed. Webber and Rose were about half of Michigan's points, as I recall (with Chris Webber garnering almost 30 by himself, as I recall). It was Dale Brown and Jamal Mashburn that came up big on offense for the Wildcats in that game, with some contributions from Travis Ford (that I can remember who played for Kentucky over 20 years ago is sad somehow).
Actually, the man who coached that Kentucky team shall be coaching the other majoy in-state team today.
|3 days 18 hours ago||If I Remember...||
The last episode had some pretty funny exchanges too, like when Lana asked Archer if he grasped his own mortality and in what would seem to be a classic Archer reply, he said something like, "Lana, no one can."
The whole idea of being miniaturized and injected and needing to get into Dr. Kovacs' body to destroy the clot sort of gave me a flashback to Innerspace (except Innerspace worked on a vastly different premise, of course - the pod was injected into Jack Putter simply to get rid of it so that a rival scientist could not have the technology).
|3 days 19 hours ago||Yes, But...||
Yes, but then you also didn't handle the situation terribly well yourself when people pointed out that there were better ways that the user could have handled his statements, up to and including taking some personal swipes at a couple users. I agree that the thread didn't need to exist (lack of good access to the Mod Sticky on mobile might be a gap that needs work, to be fair), but making the problem marginally worse by not handling the flack you received all that well didn't need to exist either.
By the way, your points are back - just try to remember that it is presentation, not content, that was the issue and presentation definitely matters. It is perfectly acceptable to expect some decorum.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Opinions...||
It isn't about particular opinions, but more about their presentation. It's fine to criticize the play of a given player, but getting personal and then being rude to others on the blog when they disagree with you, that's a deletion of the comment chain and in some cases Bolivia when it is caught. No one is asking people to not say anything, but merely to give a thought to how you say it and who you might say it about. Surely this is not too much to ask.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Boddington's...||
Some Boddington's and hoops....it's a nice, quiet evening....
|4 days 6 hours ago||Rosters...||
Part of me wants to know the rosters that Durkin and Drevno put together in the draft, part of me wants to wait until next Saturday but either way, it will be interesting to see who ended up on which team. It is hard to put a lot of stock in something like this in terms of development and where players are right now, at least in my opinion, but you like to think there was a measure of confidence involved in the selections. It seemsl ike just another part of how the staff is driving competition, and by all accounts, the players were excited about this.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Wisconsin Fouls...||
I still chuckle at the look on the faces of Wisconsin players when a foul gets called on them. They tend to throw their hands up and glare as if to say, "That was NOT part of the arrangement, man!" Of course, that may simply be a jaded, slightly paranoid me, but the idea that they genuinely do not understand why this is happening is amusing all the same.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Very Funny...||
This meme will probably be in millions more threads yet, and as it should be. Well done with this particular Facebook post -
|4 days 10 hours ago||Last Few Games...||
Much of this might be attributable to the weirdness of tournament games in general, but in the last three games or so, Kentucky's defensive PPP has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.71 or so. The actual spreadsheet with my information is at work on that drive sadly, so I am working from memory, but on a statistical basis, it definitely dwarfs, say, Wisconsin or Ohio State, for example.
|4 days 11 hours ago||They Are Not...||
You would be correct, in my opinion - they are not cool. Actually, I think it would come to a point where you would see a helmet cluttered with "I Will" and probably just tell the player, "Don't tell me you will do it....go out there and just do it. Stop stalling." It might very well be the case that those send the incorrect message.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
"We want everyone to have access to the equipment that they would have to pay a lot for or they would only have that access if they did compete in collegiate or professional athletics," Roth said. "We go through the proper channels to get you there."
If I am thinking of the right area along W. Stadium, you also get access to a Subway and a liquor store, so there is that, but more seriously, hopefully this takes off and is successful. I would imagine that there are probably people who are curious as to what the regimen is like and would give it a go at least.
Good luck to Van Bergen in this venture.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Larkin In Football...||
I believe Larkin was a starting safety on those Moeller teams of note in the late 1970s / early 1980s, but I am remembering that from an article from a few years ago, so I could be wrong there. If that is the case, Barry Larkin as a safety would have probably been an interesting sight at Michigan, especially in a Bo-coached team. Either way, I think the decision to play baseball definitely worked well for Larkin.
|4 days 12 hours ago||First And Foremost...||
First and foremost, congrats to the OP on turning 21 years old.
Second, as others have mentioned, the residential areas on the other side of the bridge have decent parking usually (not nearly as much traffic as an actual game, not usually anyway) and it isn't a bad walk to the stadium from there.
I hadn't heard much about events though - I plan to wander between tailgates / gatherings and pretend to know someone at each one, just to see how many beers I can get that way.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
It's difficult for me to speak to something over which we wouldn't have any control regardless. I guess my broader concern is what they would look like in relation to the helmet itself. As Jerry Hinnen over at CBS said in an article about this yesterday, the winged helmet is "a stone-cold classic" and I think care should be taken with both the design and the application to avoid creating clutter on the helmet. I never had strong feelings on the return of stickers, but I would like them to consider aesthetics somewhat since it is happening now.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Still Watching...||
I am through my fourth pint of Guinness and still trying to mentally piece together the UCLA-Gonzaga game, which really had moments where, well....blech.
Duke-Utah isn't getting off to anything that might be mistaken for a fast start either, but then there has been a lot of that in this particular tournament.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Very Nice...||
"Attention-Grabbing Ad" and "Apologetic Nationals Fan' were pretty funny exchanges too. I might be on this site for a while actually, but it is OK, for I can get back to Duke-Utah at any point. Well, then again, some of these exchanges are rather intricate, so perhaps I will pick it up at halftime instead.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Over Here...||
I've got UCLA / Gonzaga over here, where there has been a minor offensive explosion after a six-minute stretch that could only be considered offensive if you enjoy, you know, making buckets. On the other hand, my sister's husband - who is a Wolfpack fanatic and NC State grad - has left specific instructions not to be bothered this evening.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Very Cool...||
I still remember my sophomore year when the petition went around to make Jones the official voice of CRISP, which would have naturally brought the number of people who dared to press 7 to disenroll to zero, or at least there may not have been living witnesses to the contrary. In any case, I was part of that unsuccessful effort.
Nice to see the list of famous alums - athletes and otherwise - coming to see what's been going on in Ann Arbor lately and stopping in to see Jim Harbaugh.
|5 days 11 hours ago||The Argyles...||
Yeah, but I think they would limit the options for shoes if you're going to coordinate for work or something like that. Maybe a medium brown, but I can't see them with black. Either way, I am pretty sure they are something that my wife would make mysteriously disappear in a purge for Salvation Army items if I did indeed purchase them, and perhaps rightly so.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Great News....||
"Caoch" was one of my many "will not miss unless dire emergency" shows back in the day and I was really into it from day one as was the rest of my family. Like others, I have been rewatching it periodically on Netflix and even introducing my wife to it, although her reply was, "You WOULD like this show..."
Great to see this one being revived in some form actually.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Good Ol' ESPN...||
An ESPN story Wednesday indicated Miller quit "over concussion concerns," but he said that was not the message regarding his decision he hoped to convey.
Either ESPN just assumes that this is the overwhelming reason people leave football or they can't be bothered to get it straight. I had though Miller made it rather clear that burnout was in fact the reason in a few articles, but they are evidently slow to get the message in Bristol.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Banging Indeed...||
I see we wasted almost zero time with the posbang thread, which is fine except that those of us who had to go to bed due to the unfortunate malady of not having Friday off end up a little behind. No matter, of course, as this is an energetic group and I am sure there is some banging left in the thread yet.
The good news is that I have managed to rearrange a few things and will be at the spring game and probably in search of a tailgate. Not that I expect to find one, of course, but if someone of unimpressive build in Michigan gear complains about the weather and asks politely for a beer, be kind to him.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Maybe...||
Maybe, but still much better than a poor man's Steve Alford, as that is in fact Steve Alford.
Either way, welcome to Michigan, Wayne Lyons. Very interested in the makeup of the secondary, or at least moreso now with this addition.
|6 days 7 hours ago||My Picks...||
My own picks, which now reflect only two of the pools I am in - the two I still have some hope in when it comes to winning some cash....
- Notre Dame (I had a pregame tossup feel about this one though, but not so much now)
Having now revealed my actual picks in those brackets, someone goes down. That seems to be the way that goes for me.
|6 days 7 hours ago||The Old Campaign....||
This thread reminds me....
|6 days 9 hours ago||If I Could Play...||
If I could actually in fact play basketball at a level which could not be described as "comical", I would probably go with:
1) John Beilein
2) Gregg Marshall
3) Steve Alford (just for kicks, for one game to see what that experience is like)
4) Mike Krzyzewski (not a Duke fan at all, but intellectually there would be interest due to name alone)
5) Sean Miller
|6 days 12 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
As for myself, I do agree with the people that are saying the old configuration had a nice, clean look about it - especially in aerial shots - but I also believe the renovations were much needed and that the atmosphere enhancements that came with that are positive, particularly the noise level now, which works much more in our favor, I think.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Great Gesture...||
That's an awesome gesture from Smith, and consistent with who he was widely understood to be as a person, I would think. The simple instructions he left - "enjoy a dinner out, compliments of Coach Smith" - we pretty nice, and hopefully a fair number of those players raise a glass to their former coach.
|6 days 12 hours ago||You Know...||
I saw the orginal title going into a meeting, was uneasy and a little perturbed throughout the meeting, and then came back to see the edit. First and foremost, thank you to the OP for changing this so that there was not mass panic...well, more mass panic anyway. Second, definitely be careful about reporting injuries of any kind - we've had some problems with such threads historically. Rare but significant issues, we'll say.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Great Work...||
First and foremost, excellent work, SpaceCoyote.
Above the technical details, I actually liked the brief lookback to Tressel (I didn't think about the fleeting philosophical connection before), and it is relevant really because I believe that - like Tressel - Jim Harbaugh has been / is good when it comes to getting the defense to respect the entire offense and have to worry about the entire width of the field.
They have said they'll tailor the offense - by which I assume they mean the distribution of playcalls from the broader playbook - to whoever stands out ultimately at QB. It would be interesting to see how the same basic philsophy expresses itself in that regard.
|6 days 14 hours ago||The Previous Offers...||
Taking a look at his Rivals page, and there was until just now basically a distinct lack of high-end offers. Among those listed (and this is not updated to accommodate the OP's new information) are Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Illinois State, UC Davis and a couple others. Nebraska offered him as well, according to this.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Nice....||
The celebration put on my Hardaway after that sinks is fantastic, in my opinion. More players should develop something like that for threes or otherwise difficult shots.
To the OP, well done on a first thread - like someone said, some recent game history and a little more detail and you're right there. Good work.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
“We sent him film and talked for a while, and then it finally came about,” Andrysiak said. “I’ve just been watching practice with (Mattison) and he said he wants me to come in at 215 and we’ll go from there. I don’t know, he must have liked something.”
Sounds like Mattison did indeed like something. Welcome to Michigan, John Andrysiak.
Actually, I believe his father is a Cabrini grad (Allen Park), which isn't too far up the road from where I live.
|6 days 20 hours ago||By Mid Week...||
By midweek next week, they are actually talking about temperatures in the mid-50s here in SE Michigan, so hopefully the trend holds into the weekend. Actually, perhaps it gets even warmer than that, although when it gets too warm in early April, usually we get sheets of rain and the odd tornado later. Oh to be in Michigan now that spring is here indeed.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Wayback Indeed...||
I am at a point where the Nike stuff - what remains of it in the closet - fits again and I have admittedly dragged some of it out as the weather has warmed. Of course, given years and wear, there is not much which is in gameday shape but whatever. As bright as the Adidas maize looks on television (especially after my wife has decided to eff with the brightness and contrast), I do still prefer the more subdued but much more noble Nike version. If that came back, it's definitely not a bad change at all.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Cute And All...||
OT: Zayn Malik Transferring
I do have my doubts about a One Direction thread - or rather, a thread announcing changes which would send them in another direction - would go very far on the blog. If there is more interest than I am giving the blog credit for, I can always put it back. I somehow doubt such a request will come, of course.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Only Asking...||
So, I am assuming that this is considerably more dramatic than when George Michael left Wham! because he essentially wanted to go in another direction? Alternatively, is this like those times when Black Sabbath would up and fire Dio? I guess I need to know how to process this.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
"Drake is like my coach out there, he's like my assistant," Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley said earlier this spring. "He's pointing out who made a mistake, who did what wrong. It's also keeping his mind sharp. As we call it mental reps, he gets the mental reps and is basically my second set of eyes."
Kind of an interesting way to keep Johnson thinking about the role as he recovers and gets back into it actually. I am hoping that we get to see some more Drake this year personally - it was only four games, but those were some nice contributions indeed in those four games.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Here's The Article...||
...from whence the story comes, if anyone is interested - LINK
"We signed a release, basically, with no strings attached," Ferentz said on the first day of Hawkeyes spring practice. "... Bottom line is I want him to be happy about the opportunities in front of him."
Ferentz also added that Rudock was in the "exploratory process" of this, but hopefully the Big Ten doesn't bungle this one.
|1 week 12 hours ago||NBC Sports...||
The NBC article quotes the relevant sections of the NCAA Handbook - LINK
From a supplemental document called "Compliance Information", you get this -
A common problem for student-athletes is in the area of implied endorsements. Remember that if you demonstrate a product on behalf of a company, and/or provide a comment or interview about a product, service or company, you are jeopardizing your eligibility. Please be cautious about these types of circumstances and contact the Compliance Staff BEFORE engaging in any type of activity.
I would doubt anything really comes of this, but it is noteworthy all the same. If compensation was involved, I believe you are not eligible until the appropriate restitution is made, at least under current rules.
|1 week 12 hours ago||The German-Speaking World...||
.....is amusing in this regard. For example, there is a village in Austria named, well (said "foo-king", of course) ,....
|1 week 16 hours ago||Definitely Interesting...||
There is something weirdly compelling about the prospect of seeing a doctor whose name and title happens to be Dr. Wallop Promthong, although I would admittedly be wary of the notion that quite possibly their clientele might not necessarily be in the office for typical ailments. Names like Infinite Grover sort of make me think of "Sesame Street" in a different, decidely psychadelic light and Dallas Ennema sounds like something you might see Dr. Promthong about.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
These graphics are pretty interesting - I really didn't think about this before, for example, but Gonzaga really does carry the West Coast Conference on its back when it comes to being the main source of income for their Basketball Fund (to the tune of 60% or so). Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and Kentucky are the top overall earners, which isn't shocking at all given the stretch of time being studied.
Very interesting stuff, OP. Thanks for sharing.
|1 week 1 day ago||If Nothing Else...||
If nothing else, at least it was later in the day and it was 43 degrees. It was 19 degrees on the drive into work this morning. Still, those games in late October and into November can be pretty damn raw from a weather standpoint. Darboh did a nice job of putting that part in perspective, I thought.
Thanks for sharing this - these do help with the relative tedium of spring on the board.
|1 week 1 day ago||He's Worth It...||
In my own opinion, Jim Harbaugh is worth the comfort that Michigan football is perhaps now headed in a positive direction and the confidence that the ceiling just got much higher for the program and that's before the money really. In other words, he's definitely worth the money for what this potentially means long-term and the transformations that seem to already be happening.
|1 week 1 day ago||By Volume...||
Actually, believe it or not, on a sheer volume basis - including the number of bans / trips to Bolivia - it would be 2013. I think a lot of that had to be the growing impatience and disillusionment of many here, and indeed the threads during the Penn State game and the utter collapse of the Iowa game were epic and not exactly in a flattering way for the MGoBoard.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nothing Formal...||
There's nothing really formal written anywhere, but it sort of works out that I am more active during the day (as time permits for me) and JGB catches some stuff later in the evening. There's a 6-7 hour graveyard shift which is largely unmanned where the board is typically on its own. I've sat down in the morning to some interesting beer-fueled threads.
|1 week 1 day ago||Guinness...||
Sitting down with a Guinness and trying to catch up with the board mainly. The thread on the dirtiest coaches certainly got intriguing to say the least, up to and including the odd unnecessarily histrionic reply, but such is MGoBlog.
As soon as my daughter is done with whatever that is on the family room TV, Wings it shall be over here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Line...||
I went to Coach Harbaugh, expressed my feelings and was met with nothing but respect for my decision. I suspect that a man who has passion flowing through his veins could understand me wanting to find the next exciting part of my life.
I would think that there is no one in the program that would understand this decision and the reasoning behind it better than Jim Harbaugh actually, especially as with all the avenues that would have been open, he came back to his alma mater for the next exciting part of his life.
|1 week 1 day ago||They Could...||
They could do that, as you mention, and indeed Red himself has said in interviews that if he ever felt he was in the way of this team succeeding, he would graciously step aside. At this point, of course, with one year left on his present contract and retirement looming more than likely after that, it is probably safe to assume that his statement means he'll take one more crack at this or has been cleared to do so. It's hard to imagine a scenario where Hackett would do anything.
|1 week 1 day ago||Funny Indeed...||
Max did a pretty good job there, and indeed, trolling Bruins fans needs to become something of a tradition but I am not sure how that would be achieved.
As for the burger itself, I would definitely give it try. That combination on a burger actually sounds quite good.
|1 week 1 day ago||Larry Brown And Moving...||
There is something a little uncommon about the fact that someone who has coached a team at some level since the late 1960s as Brown has to have such a lengthy resume of short stops (Kansas might have been his longest, and that's only 5-6 years, I think), but at the same time, he is thought of generally as one of the great teachers and turnaround artists in the game recently and has had success in that regard (well, OK, the Knicks....but in most other cases....).
What's interesting is that Brown played for Dean Smith, who in turn played for Phog Allen at Kansas, who in turn played for James Naismith himself. When Brown left Kansas, he was replaced by Roy Williams, who of course is now UNC's coach. Funny how it works out.
|1 week 1 day ago||Possibly...||
Supposedly, improvements have been made to combat the site meltdowns which have occured in the event of good news (or terrible news, depending on the thread), but just in case, as Ace sometimes does, it would be a good thing to have your own contribution to the thread written in advance so that you can say what you would like and weather out protracted 502 and 503 periods.
|1 week 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 1 day ago||Preferred Source...||
I typically wait for these to appear on MGoVideo as the native player on MGoBlue seems to buffer and stall ad nauseam even if you're on a machine whose video processing capability could in no way be challenged by MGoBlue. You would think they could figure this out and do something different with their media.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good Book Indeed...||
As a lifelong area resident, but as someone who has spent time working in and near some of the places that he describes in the book, it is a little chilling in some ways because a lot of what he says does ring true. There is an undercurrent of recovery, which is great to see in the pockets where it is taking place, but the book touches on a lot of issues which are not endemic to the city specifically, but regional as well. If you live around here, it's pretty relevant, I think.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
"The defense came out In a traditional 3-4, and only moved to a four man front for a Nickel package that was similar to a 4-2-5"
The Henry-Glasgow-Wormley front sounded interesting to me. I know we had a thread about the defense earlier, but I am interested to see the multi-dimensional angle that Durkin seems to be adding to it.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
It is significant enough news that we can probably afford to have a thread dedicated to this end of the discussion, especially considering the other one was not specifically focused on it. Now that it is here, of course, anything which comes after this will probably come down relatively quickly as then it is clearly redundant.
|1 week 2 days ago||"You Go, We Go"...||
"We weren't an ordinary high school because we had so many good players," Smith said. "Jake and his center came up with this (motto). They said, 'You go, we go.' (Rudock) pointed to each guy and said that, 'You go, you go, we go.' That's up in our weight room now."
That's actually quite the impression to leave, in my opinion, and a pretty cool slogan actually. Definitely would be nice to have that sort of leadership on the team as well as around it.
|1 week 2 days ago||ProFootballTalk Article...||
They had some additional information on ProFootballTalk - LINK
From the sound of this, part of the change is to move the extra point to the 1-yard line from the 2-yard line:
From the 2-yard line, where extra points have been since 1994, two-point conversions are successful slightly less than half the time. But from the 1-yard line, two-point conversions would likely be successful more than half the time. That means that most of the time, going for two would have a better expected payoff than kicking the extra point.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Clip...||
That clip of O'Reilly having a meltdown over a malfunctioning teleprompter as well as television jargon (WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? PLAY US OUT? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS) never gets old, in my opinion, especially when he finally gets it right and proceeds to toss his jacket as they pull away and fade out.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nice Development...||
Seeking the input of the enduser? There are still companies out there that could stand to do that more often really, but I am glad to see Hackett tweaking the culture at Michigan a little bit again by doing this here. It would be interesting to know how it ultimately breaks down by brand and/or sport, I think, if the resutls are ever made public.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
I always was ambivalent to the stickers per se, but then I always did like the notion of a player being able to somehow wear recognition of their individual, unit and team achievements. That probably limits you to helmet stickers and not much else when it comes to football and how the structure of the uniform. I can roll with it.
As for the legends jerseys, I tend to agree with the people that say that with better execution, this could have evolved into a neat little tradition, keeping revered numbers in circulation and keeping the history in present conversation. I think they might have been sold to players and the public in a less-than-ideal way though.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Weather...||
The long-range forecast I saw this morning had mid-50s for highs by the middle of next week (10-day forecast...margin of error....I know), which if that held would be about typical for the time of year. Combine it with a possibility of some sun and April sun and mid-50s wouldn't feel too bad honestly. Of course, we've had some of our worst ice storms in the late March / early April timeframe too, along with the odd severe thunderstorm. Either way, football weather we've experienced at Michigan Stadium at some point in the last ten years.
|1 week 2 days ago||As Expected, I Think...||
And while players have had to make adjustments this spring to Durkin's new multiple-scheme approach, they haven't exactly been blindsided -- as the installation they're going through now feels a lot like an extension of what Mattison started last spring under former coach Brady Hoke.
This is honestly what I thought would be the case on the defensive side of the ball, but it is good to hear officially that it is more about tweaks and additions to the playbook (like using multiple frons but in earnest this time) on the defense, whereas the offense seems like it is essentially a near-total rebuild in comparison. As others have mentioned, keeping Mattison seemed to be the big clue to where they believed the defense was at and that was a good sign in itself.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
Obviously, this thread is in jest but I think there is some interesting discussion potential all the same on the subject, although it's a near future (not that near) scenario, I believe.
As I recall, Red has said numerous times now that this last extension - which lasts until the 2015-16 season - would more than likely be his last and that at the time he would definitely step aside, but he has also said that if at any point he felt he was getting in the way of hockey succeeding, he would do it then. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that Michigan might very well let him retire on his ostensibly stated terms at this point if Berenson himself doesn't pull the trigger before then.
That's just the impression I get. I could be way off.
|1 week 3 days ago||Multi-Year Contract...||
As I recall, the extension came on the heels of the 25-9 season in 1997-98, but of course the next three seasons after that were pretty bloody rough. It might be just me, but the last bullet point in this portion of his LinkedIn profile makes me a little irritated for some reason, but more the word "stability" than anything. I realize that's nitpicky perhaps.
|1 week 3 days ago||Meanwhile...||
Just when I began to think Oregon would manage to keep themselves nipping at the heels of Wisconsin despite being a much smaller team, Wisconsin begins to do the things which make Wisconsin basketball so infuriating despite Bo Ryan and company being up only six at the moment. With only a couple minutes left, of course, it may has well be a twelve point gap.
I am still 4th and 5th in two separate pools (in six total), so I am not giving up complete hope on my own investment, but I shall be tweaking "the model" again in April, to be sure.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
Funchess / Freep
Providing no context or link and asking the rest of the board to do the legwork typically is not a good setup for a thread. Combine that with the fact that the supposed error came from the Freep, and the thread probably will be beyond help very soon (it sort of is already anyway).
|1 week 3 days ago||Duke / SDSU...||
I've since decided to start drinking and watch Duke / SDSU, as I have Duke here and early on, it looks as if that may just hold unlike my prediction of of Virginia over MSU (in only three brackets though, but god, why did I even do that in any scenario?). I actually didn't realize Steve Fisher was the third oldest coach in Division I basketball now, nor that he turns 70 this week, if I heard correctly. Happy early birthday to him.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll Admit...||
In three brackets, I have Virginia winning this game, although now I am a little shaky about those prospects admittedly. Virginia is probably lucky that they can get offensive rebounds at a decent clip or it would not even be as close as 38-32 right now. They have at least managed - at points - slow the game down to that agonizing, almost dead pace they enjoy though. That helps some as well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Today's Lineup...||
...versus the Braves, per MLB Gameday:
3) V. Martinez
|1 week 3 days ago||Two Cents...||
I'll put it like this - I would have been pretty disappointed if the outcome had been different and Harbaugh stayed in the NFL, even in some weird, contrived scenario where the Lions (the team I cheer for) were somehow involved. My love of things Michigan far outstrips a lot of things in my life, including my Lions' fandom. So, as others have said - Michigan, and there's not really a contest here.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Can Only See This...||
It's interesting, although with our luck, it will be marketed by S. Frog, of course, who was once part of this conversation:
Now, let's have a look at the sales chart. When you took over this account Frog, Conquistador was a brand leader. Here you introduced your first campaign, 'Conquistador Coffee brings a new meaning to the word vomit'. Here you made your special introductory offer of a free dead dog with every jar, and this followed your second campaign 'the tingling fresh coffee which brings you exciting new cholera, mange, dropsy, the clap, hard pad and athlete's head. From the House of Conquistador'.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hard To Say Indeed...||
247Sports doesn't seem to have a listing for him either, so it is difficult to track down indeed. NJ High School Sports had some of his stats from 2014, but like MaxPreps and other sites that collect information on high school players, it seems less than complete - it lists 10 sacks and 27 tackles across only 5-6 games, which doesn't strike me as right somehow. I could always be missing something here, of course.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Will Say This...||
The part of me that is a professional writer and has made money doing it bristles somewhat at some of the things mentioned by the OP, but the mod in me bargains with that half and tends to think that as long as the thread titles don't look like this, we're doing OK:
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed Of The Tweet...||
....that Harbaugh favorited:
|1 week 4 days ago||Congratulations...||
Congratulations to Coach Plocki and her team on being both the regular season champions and conference champions! I believe they had a perfect record in the conference too, so even better.
I will say, I do enjoy these threads when they do appear - great to give a shoutout to everyone that comprises Michigan athletics.
|1 week 4 days ago||Wait A Minute...||
Harvard? There's someone whose mind sees basketball in an interesting manner.
I still can't believe I managed 280 out of 320 after Friday. This weekend should fix that, I bet.
|1 week 4 days ago||Another Fun Afternoon...||
It has been a fun after of basketball yet again so far - rather nice to see UCLA find a spot in the Sweet 16 when they were a controversial pick to be here at all, and although I can see Kentucky likely pulling away in this one, this seems like a tougher matchup for them (though Cincy doesn't really have the size and isn't quite that physical) so it should be interesting all the same.
Speaking of Kentucky, they are winning right now with a 37.93% eFG% right now, less than Cincy's 46.15%. The difference statistically has been that Kentucky has been to the line 11 times and made nine of them.
|1 week 4 days ago||It Will Be Interesting...||
...so many that might be amusing to see at least once. Here, it looks like it gets worse when whatever penalty is explained:
|1 week 4 days ago||Could Be Wrong...||
Well, I am pretty sure that - like you and I perhaps - nearly everyone around here probably holds the winged helmet up as the definitive iconic football helmet. It might very well be that this poll did appear initially late Wednesday and it was also the Elite Eight poll at that time, I believe, so the flack being directed at the OP stems from the redundancy in that regard. To be fair, of course, for those who didn't see it then, here it is.
|1 week 4 days ago||Perfect Bracket...||
Whenever I hear about perfect brackets - even anecdotally - I always want to talk to those people and listen to them expound on their method so I can (very likely) be ashamed of the possibly unnecessary complexity of mine. I was reading an article about last year's $1 Billion Challenge the other day, and I had thought someone made it rather far into the tournament (maybe the Elite Eight) before the last remaining perfect one was busted. I wouldn't mind talking to that person too honestly.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tonight...||
I believe tonight's championship game is on at 8 PM on BTN. If you're going to be somewhere other than your own family room, BTN2Go is definitely your friend provided you've got cable or access to someone's login information for their provider.
|1 week 4 days ago||Charlie Gehringer...||
My parents actually took me to the ceremony in 1983 when both Gehringer and Greenberg had their numbers retired by the organization (I want to say we were playing the Indians too, a club that Greenberg had worked for in his later years in baseball), but what still stands out is that - at one point when we were shuffling off to use the facilities - somehow we walked right past Gehringer and his family (at the time, my only clue as to who this 80-year old guy was had been in fact my dad's "That's him!") and my dad managed to get his program signed, and to this day, it is framed and hanging in his family room.
|1 week 5 days ago||As For Drinking...||
....it's a little of this and some basketball tonight:
|1 week 5 days ago||Also This...||
"FOUL! FOUL! THE NETS COME DOWN REGARDLESS!"
|1 week 5 days ago||Out Of All This...||
The charges coming about were expected, I think, and hopefully it forces some accountability from those involved as I believe the chapter was - at least initially - less than willing to provide full cooperation and disclosure.
Out of all this, the most curious story was the one which came out at the beginning of this month which quoted the letter sent to the various groups involved by Laura Blake Jones (Dean Of Students) which termed the damage as "not malicious". Given the scale of what was done at Treetops, I am not sure how it could not be seen as anything except malicious. Maybe I am missing something there.
|1 week 5 days ago||Double Bang...||
Oh, why not indeed....they sort of did it in the 1980s, after all.
|1 week 5 days ago||Kansas-NM State...||
Strangely enough, we've got Kansas / New Mexico State on in one of the meeting rooms right now. I mean, someone has to make it to the weekend at least in the BIg XII, right? As it is, I am sure that Bob Bowlsby pees submissively when he hears the word "postseason" at this point.
|1 week 5 days ago||According To This...||
Here's the link to Google Play, in the event you want to e-mail the developer - LINK
According to this, the last update was in April 2013, so I wonder if it is even being supported anymore, if that's accurate. I know the developer occasionally posts on the board, so perhaps he sees this and can provide some more information.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Development...||
The Orange can only use 10 scholarships per year for a four-year period. Prior to the transfers, Syracuse had 11 players scheduled to be under scholarship in the 2016-17 season. The departures of Johnson and Patterson now could enable the Orange to recruit another player in the current junior class.
I had almost forgotten abut the scholarship reductions but it is interesting that these transfers resolve what may have been a scholarship math problem otherwise. I do wonder if there might be further turnover on the team depending on how things begin to unfold during their period of restrictions / punishments.
|1 week 5 days ago||Brackets, Brackets...||
I did six different brackets this year, and right now, three of them are in varied stages of this...
...so a little banging wouldn't hurt.
|1 week 6 days ago||According To Massey...||
This is a preseason prediction based on historic data, so consider that when reading, but here's their quite preliminary look at things in the AL Central:
1) Royals (88-74)
2) Indians (82-80)
3) Tigers (82-80)
4) White Sox (75-87)
5) Twins (74-88)
The records are obviously extremely rough estimates and with zero current season data (hard as the season has not yet begun), but that's how they lined them up for now.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Don't Know...||
For all we know, it may not even be "OT" in reality, so there's not really a basis for judgment on this one. It could very well be META - perhaps something about a hitherto unknown mirror site that admittedly is a bit budget (as evidenced by the missing "o")and not necessarily about Michigan athletics per se.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
It might be just me, but I think the last 20 seconds or so tend to provide evidence that Harbaugh probably is just crazy enough to suit up himself in instances of dire emergency. He was rather into that demonstration.
Thanks for sharing this. These videos do help in a football-less period of the year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Voting On The App...||
As far as I know, attempts to implement voting have been made in the app code before, but there have been difficulties which prevent it from successfully working. I believe MGoUser elaydin does the Android app (someone correct me if I am wrong) and he mentioned in a thread when voting returned in late 2013 that he's tried and hasn't yet gotten it to work. Not sure if he's made progress since then.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Wish...||
I know this was asked in jest since it is always asked, it seems, but I personally wish someone would quite honestly (or rather, at least allow it without raising a stink), but of course every time someone did it, someone in an office not connected to MGoBlog seemed to get markedly irritated. I understand why, but it still makes sharing this stuff more of a pain than it should be.
MGoVideo will probably have it in the next 24 hours or so, I imagine, and at least that player doesn't show you the video in 10-second segments with awkward pauses.
|1 week 6 days ago||Already On It...||
We're already on it at a few locations around here - just saw Notre Dame walk off with a slim halftime lead. I admit to picking ND in this game in three of five brackets, so I would hate for my brackets to get trashed early, but then actively cheering for the Irish....the very thought makes me ill. Good thing I did this dispassionately and by the numbers (which never seem to matter in the Tournament anyway, of course).
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Nice...||
He looks pretty happy and comfortable in that chair, and as someone said, how better to eat the Sunrise Sampler than in your own personalized chair. Pretty sure that facilities here would take a dim view of me carving my name into this Herman Miller contraption that I am forced to deal with - in some ways, I am envious.
|1 week 6 days ago||Brief Snippet...||
Here's a video with O'Neill briefly describing his life and his introduction to American football, for those interested....
|1 week 6 days ago||Except...||
While Reagan made the quote famous, it is in fact an old Russian proverb. This is a little offtopic, but the story behind his use of it apparently stems from a talk that he had with a writer who had done much work on Russian culture and mentioned to Reagan that the Russians like to use proverbs when describing events and conditions. Reagan latched onto this one to describe US-Soviet relations at the time.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Am Curious...||
Part of me would like to know which of Oregon's approximately 45,000 known helmets were used in this poll that it should by ten percent to Texas, or perhaps it was the general thought of the rather iconic Longhorn helmet versus the whimsical fancy of Phil Knight and his penchant for having situational uniforms (perhaps Oregon even has a different helmet for 3rd and short situations - it seems like it is possible). We might never know.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||I Don't...||
I don't wear them and haven't for many years, mainly because I no longer believe they look particularly flattering on me at 36 - it seemed to make much more sense when I was an undergrad, but now, I can't see myself wearing one . I own a few for collection purposes - I don't have very many, and the ones I do have are framed and signed and will never be worn anyway. For games, the t-shirts and hoodies and street gear will do just fine for me.
Personal view? I really don't care what people wear at games, but I admit to looking at people my age or older wearing jerseys with a somewhat perplexed look.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Interesting Statement...||
Oh, beautiful. If Jed York is to be taken at his word, the team got away from its core strengths playing under Jim Harbaugh. That's going to be a fun line to sell to a fanbase that is clearly facing a rebuilding year. I can only think that a lot of 49ers fans put their heads into the nearest wall after hearing that. There's also this:
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Baseball Has Its Moments...||
In what can be described as the worst impersonation of a daring Rickey Henderson slide ever, I managed to break two fingers on my left hand (which sucks if you're left-handed like me). Apparently, trying to slide your hand under second base to ensure that you are not only safe but in fact possess the base itself is a terrible idea if, just seconds later, you were running full tilt. To this day, my middle and ring finger on my left hand bend in crazy ways - couldn't write for nearly three weeks, couldn't really grip a ball for about a month.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Interesting...||
Stadium-produced video may be used for an Instant Replay review.
That one is rather interesting too, only because I can think of numerous occasions - either when at a game or when watching - where the stadium-produced replay definitely didn't seem to match up with the call, even after reviews sometimes. Once in a while, someone not filming in an official capacity catches something no one else did, or so it seems.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I Wonder...||
I wonder if that coincides with the end of his current contract - I don't have the terms in front of me, but to me it sounded like a polite way to say that when the terms are up, so is Boeheim, and perhaps Boeheim himself wants it that way or had some say in it. I could be wrong, of course.
I do sort of appreciate that this gives Syracuse an opportunity to put some serious thought into where they want to go from here as a program post-Boeheim. It seems like it gives them every opportunity to either groom the next hire in a new culture or get the new hire right so that this doesn't happen again.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||A While Ago...||
As someone mentioned above, it does seem like this was a while ago and even though a few people might quibble with the idea that this moment put Michigan basketball "back on the map", it is hard to deny that it was a significant moment for the program to - in a Tournament setting, no less - give Duke everything it could handle in a game where few really thought much of Michigan's chances as the opening tip went in the air. It is that sort of experience, those sorts of moments - even in losses - that seem to pay off later for teams.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||A Few Options...||
If you can get the CBS Sports app going on an iPad or table that you can set at your desk, that's a pretty solid way to go, I have discovered. That might not be so well-received if your desk is out in the open or in a cubicle in an open area. My office is in a quiet corner of the building, so that works well for me. If you have headphones and can hide it quickly, that helps.
One thing we do - and no one seems to actually mind - is to have the tournament on in a meeting room, whichever game seems to be getting the most attention wins out there, so if it isn't the one you necessarily want to watch, that might be an issue. Worst case scenario short of taking time off is to wander about now and again and stop by the odd desk for "some papers" or "to chat about a project" or something like that. Make sure those people are getting constant updates on scores, of course.
Of course, it is your first job, so be careful
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Last Night...||
Last night when we recorded "Wolverine Wanderings", we actually talked about this loss to Wisconsin being one of the more disappointing moments, but not in any dire way certainly - we played them pretty close, but as they mention, second chance points and some other things endemic to the season come into play and we came up short. We talked about it being disappointing because it had been close for a long stretch and it seemed like we could slay Wisconsin perhaps, just like it did for a time in that OT game in the regular season.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||About Guinness...||
I also enjoy Guinness, although as someone did point out they do have the nitro-infused cans and I would definitely recommend that over bottles. If you can find some near you - and this isn't easy everywhere (I've had to have my beer guy put in an order for it) - Guinness Foreign Extra is probably one of the more solid stouts out there too.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Although...||
Although, if the site "Damn You, Autocorrect" is any indication, the days of autocorrect provide plenty of excuses to apologize for unintended admissions that one would like to do unspeakable things to vegetables or use various body parts in an unusual manner or things like that which can be caused by a misplaced word. Not that there is anything wrong with this, of course, but autocorrect definitely seems to help facilitate such things nowadays.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing Dramatic...||
I might be the boring one here - I would pay off my student loans, mortgage and other things that need to get paid off and then probably renovate the house I am in and invest the rest of the money - perhaps move at some point, but not into anything spectacular as we don't need shit tons of room to live necessarily. If nothing else, it would mean I was working because I wanted to work and some of the stress is gone then. I'd probably travel to places I haven't been in ages or indeed at all.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Worst Part...||
The worst part of that is it was a piece of land that could not have possibly been profitable unless it was used for feed (and even then, not too much) and yet someone mysteriously came by and farmed the damn thing. Of course, at one point, the police station, Saline Public Access and 14B District Court were all in that oh so ghetto building (well, it was then) just down the street.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It Would Take Much...||
It would take much time, but I have always wondered if it would be worthwhile to delve into a study of draft position or round versus average length of career. I was inspired by a discussion the other day with someone about how you can point to examples of teams that have gone to Super Bowls that seemed to make a living between the 2nd and 5th rounds with serviceable (but really good) players. Maybe this summer when I have more time to do things like this.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A Year Ago...||
Didn't Penn State have a sorority shut down about a year ago for posting photos which - put politely - were quite, oh, intolerant of others? I believe the photos were of people wearing sombreros and holding a sign to the effect of "Will mow lawn for weed and beer". Yeah, if you want to be removed from campus, go full tilt and demean entire swaths of humanity in a public forum, no half-measures, I guess.
This incident in the posted article, well, MSNBC mentions some of the comments that went with the photos - LINK.
Members of the group commented on the photos with remarks like “banged her lol” and “Lol delete these photos or we’ll be on cnn in a week.”
Very, very disturbing and disgusting.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fulmer Cup Standings...||
The latest standings that I can find are here on Reddit - LINK
As of the beginning of March, it was not MSU but it was a Big Ten school that was in the lead - Iowa. That is followed by a tie between Iowa State, West Virginia and Ole Miss.
Scroll down for some individual awards as well. A few individual managed several points on the scale all by themselves.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Kentucky...||
TeamRankings more or less agrees with ESPN's numbers, though they are varied somewhat. Here's how they broke down their projected odds of progression at each stage:
Make Round of 64: 100%
Make Round of 32: 98.9%
Make Sweet 16: 88.2%
Make Elite 8: 76.3%
Make Final Four: 60.5%
Make Final: 40.0%
For kicks, compare that to markedly cloudier outlook (late on) for Duke:
Make Round of 64: 100%
Make Round of 32: 97.4%
Make Sweet 16: 79.5%
Make Elite 8: 56.6%
Make Final Four: 33.8%
Make Final: 18.3%
|2 weeks 1 day ago||0% Irish...||
I am exactly 0% Irish, but I will be enjoying the silky smoothness of Guinness all the same when I get home from work today, but this time around, I will try not to be a few beers in BEFORE I do the show. We'll wait until after the recording this time around.
Further, I am in Detroit for a meeting this morning and you can see the celebrations going on from where I am. Rather jealous actually - beer and breakfast over on Michigan Avenue in Corktown sounds good right now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Small Step...||
This sounds like it would be a small step in the right direction - the lack of ESPN / BTN on things like Apple TV is the sole reason I still have cable, and I believe a fair number of people here perhaps are in the same boat. If they were able to throw BTN into such a deal, I would probably be on the phone with Comcast the moment after the contract was signed. Even $30-$40 per month saves me a little bit given the package that I have.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Weapon...||
....well, among the weapons anyway is something that gets discussed here nearly every day - the fact that he is Jim Harbaugh. Being simply who he is manages to get Michigan discussed by someone or some outlet on a daily basis and as this continues, I think the results for recruiting will continue to be a nice net positive for Michigan. The best part about it is that no extra effort on his part is required (again, Jim being Jim) for the results to be seen even at this early stage in the Harbaugh era.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Development...||
"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland told "Outside the Lines." "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."
I know he hasn't been the first to do this in recent years, but Borland is definitely one of the more significant names to make this move and at 24 year years of age too. I do wonder if - as awareness on the subject begins to become a more integrated part of culture in football - a lot more players will opt for shorter careers, especially after experiencing injury.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||About That...||
Well, not entirely gone, but now 100% crowdsourced and of course, free accounts on Blyve have bandwidth / user ceilings, so really, the more I think about it, what you said here, yes. Perhaps one day they will relent, or they might actually realize that MGoBlog is sort of a thing and they should appreciate the traffic.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Brand Strategy...||
That is a concern - warranted or not - in just about every industry now, and I can speak from personal experience that it gets pushed down to frontline and field employees in a lot of industries because there is an obsession with keeping the message consistent, especially if your company dabbles in multiple fields and is essentially comprised of horizontally integrated groups that only meet at a very high level.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Had Thought...||
I had thought that generally anything beyond 0.5 was essentially knocking on the door of lethal levels, or that's what I have heard from people, so exceeeding that in any form - at least to me - is impressive and not really in a flattering way, of course.
As for the discussion here, the MLive article adds:
Per Glasgow's attorney, John Shea, his probation was extended by six months after he admitted guilt in court Monday, and he'll face a more strict round of monitoring leading into his next scheduled probation hearing in July.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Takeaway...||
I think the takeaway from this thread - as I have found in a few others - is that modding on the laptop is fine, but then sometimes I have to whip out the phone to remember why the hell I did something. In some ways, that's a lot like my actual job, where I can work all I want but the calendar on the phone reminds me why I did it.
As for the caution:
The audit does provide a bit of a caution, though, when it comes to what the numbers could look like for next year's final line as ticket sale numbers for Michigan's 2014 football season suffered a sizable drop.
They also cite the ongoing expenses from upgrades as a reason to be somewhat cautious too, but all the same, their total net position increased quite a bit in 2014, so it seems like they are doing well enough servicing the debt.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well, If You Were Curious...||
"We haven't been able to elevate our brand for the basketball consumer that we're targeting," Grancio said. "We ultimately decided that we would change our investment strategy and invest more in players on the court."
The Portland Business Journal article linked in the USA Today story details Adidas' plan, and it is interesting for those interested in business plans. Their five-year strategy is to double its links to NBA players to 140 by then, as well as add more NFL and MLB players to its ranks. They are also shifting more to collegiate and high school teams as well and starting a redesign of its basketball products in conjunction with an "innovation team".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||QB Competition...||
I recall that about a week ago Fisch was out there saying Speight, Malzone and Morris were basically getting equal reps and thus far no clear first choice had emerged then, but he also added that each had left an "impression", as he put it and that the competition will never cease.
It doesn't seem like there's much out there (aside from anecdotal tdbits) to make us assume otherwise, and there might not be even after the Spring Game. I would be interesting to sit in on a practice and see for oneself how the competition for QB is going though. I am rather interested to see if we are actually talking about someone having gained that sought-after "separation" from others after the Spring Game, which seems to be the first data point if even you can only draw limited, qualified conclusions from it (and sometimes not even that).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This Might Be Too OT...||
This may be a little too OT perhaps, but then at least Spirit is apparently trying to drop a heavy hint that they would like you to fly the incredibly friendly skies. I will say, however, that very few airlines could top Continental when it came to throwing themselves at you in advertisements. I mean, this jingle for example:
"If they could see now, we'd like to take a bow
For when it comes to pleasing people, we know how
We'd like the folks who fly to see for a fact
The way our first-rate service will make them come back."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Unfinished Thought...||
We didn't. I was about to put a thought in there about games we won, but scrapped it and didn't delete the entire thing on the first go. It's fixed now.
Actually, when I look at the list of losses and tournment placement, me finding a way to say "Well, at least we beat Rutgers twice" is almost piling on in a way.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It Gets Better....||
Oh, it gets better, of course - and not in a particularly kind way. Arizona and SMU - the other two teams involved in that rather brutal 4-game stretch - are in the NCAA Tournament, as is Villanova (as a #1 seed, no less), the other non-conference loss among the five.
In the conference, our losses and their NCAA Tournament seeding and bracket (if applicable):
Purdue (#9, Midwest)
Ohio State (#10, West)
Wisconsin (#1, West)
Michigan State (#7, East)
Iowa, (#7, South)
Indiana (#10, Midwest)
Maryland (#4, Midwest)
Illinois (NIT, #3 in Richmond Region)
Only Northwestern went nowhere.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Multiple Harbaughs...||
I would lean more towards an "impact" or an "intensity" of Harbaughs, but it is something definitely worth discussing now that Jim is the head coach and we seem to have - by extension - access to multiple Harbaughs. Sort of in the same vein as having multiple Wheatleys might be an "effort of Wheatleys".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||About Embeds Here...||
Save for a few select videos, MGoVideo generally doesn't permit embeds, at least not in my experience - I believe it has to do with the licensed nature of MGoBlue's content as well as probably wanting the traffic to some extent. This stuff used to simply get dumped to YouTube, and then for a time Vimeo, but as I recall (and I could be mistaken) some issues with making this content available in that fashion arose.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||There Is This...||
I will put it like this - the disappointment of not even getting into the NIT is a perfect lead-in for "I Hate Christian Laettner" because I can simply roll that disenchantment into my feelings about one of the eternally punchable faces in sports. It's not much, but it may very well help me through the next couple hours.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This Year...||
This year, I am probably going to pour over TeamRankings and make picks, so my bracket might be a last-tminute entry. Last year, my submission to this was one of my infamous (as in, infamously not all that accurate) "upset" brackets and I apparently do not fare all that well when I de-emphasize the numbers and do an intuitive (well, anti-intuitive) bracket.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As For Me...||
I will say that, at this point, I would see getting into the NIT as further preseason practice for the season to come later in the year, and if we make noise there somehow, all the better. I do like the potential for a Michigan / UConn matchup if that happens. Twelve automatic bids seems like it is normal for the NIT, although I think those represented nearly half the field a year or two ago.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"You don't really think about||
"You don't really think about how big things are really," Jordan Glasgow said. "I'm going to college to play football but I'm going to try to play at one of the most historic programs in the nation with an NFL coach. But I'm trying not to get overwhelmed by the situation. Just think every day you have to work harder than you did last and earn what you get."
I know this has happened a few times in Michigan's past, where brothers have played for the team - usually at offset times, of course - but making Michigan football a family tradition in that respect is really quite the feat indeed. Welcome to Michigan, Jordan Glasgow.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As Of Now...||
As of now, since we're probably not going to hear too much about separation between the QBs already in camp for a bit, it would be difficult to say that it is a confidence thing since we don't know enough about the basis for judgment in this case. I would have to think they want to at least have some experience and leadership among those competing for the starting role, and if we get Rudock, perhaps having him in the mix makes others compete that much harder. I just wouldn't assign too much value to this right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, The Money...||
When you look at what Frieder was making at the time he was freed of his obligations to Michigan basketball, you get an idea of how far coaches' pay - but more importantly Big Ten coaches' pay- has come. At the time, I think Frieder made just north of $90,000 and he left for nearly double that as I recall. By the time he left the position at ASU, I think he was making nearly $1 million per year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll Be Honest...||
I am a mod and sometimes I will read what I call a "statistically significant sampling" of comments and I definitely missed this one the first time around. I simply take it as another expression of Harbaugh's intensity and drive though, especially when you see the sorts of people who were removed from the sidelines - not just typical bystanders, as others have mentioned.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ah, Yes...||
It's still fun to think about that run and how special that was on so many levels. No matter what happens today, if by some stretch we end up on the fringes of the NIT or simply calling it a season, we do have this and all of its highs and lows. Thanks for sharing this.
I still remember very clearly going from zero to ecstatic the moment Trey's Trey fell in. My wife only remembers it because she was trying to sleep and shouted, "Will you shut the fuck up out there?" (small-ish house, you see)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Very Nice...||
I am going to try that out in the middle of a meeting this weekend, what he said at the end. All I need a brief, awkward pause and then I will get up and ask, "Have you ever been to a volcano?" I am pretty sure this would get me out of a fair number of future meetings....or get me stress leave. Either way, Bill Walton has inspired me now.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hanging Out...||
I am just hanging out with some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale after watching North Carolina gag and flame out down the stretch in the ACC championship game. Indeed, ND jut won so between this an MSU winning, drinking this evening has not been under the most pleasant of circumstances. I suppose I will plod on somehow, right after this six-pack is gone.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Other Offers...||
In additional to Illinois, per 247Sports, we had also offered as well as Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Northern Illinois and Syracuse. If the Crystal Ball predictions are any indication, most of the people submitting predictions had gone with Michigan, but even Steve Wiltfong and our own Ace have more recent updates / submissions which indicate Illinois, so between the bulk of the predictions from last summer and recently, something definitely changed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Halftime....||
Watching Maryland-MSU here when I am probably supposed to be socializing, but then this is statistically about as even a game as you get right now. Both teams are around 50-ish percent for eFG%, similar rebounding, A/T ratios, etc...
Momentum is funny, as someone mentioned. Honestly thought Maryland might turn a shower into a flood, but alas it did not materialize.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Like This...||
Each staff would make their selections, NFL draft style, and the entire process would be played out in front of the group. Typically, the players who were selected early in the draft were honored for their outstanding work in practice. Once the teams were drafted, the game was played. A score was kept. The winners received a reward, the losers received a punishment.
I really like this idea and hope they get a chance to go through with it. I am curious as to what the punishment for the loss was, of course, mainly because I am curious to see each phase of how Harbaugh fosters and maintains a high level of competition.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BracketMatrix...||
This one is sort of interesting - here's BracketMatrix with their latest projection - LINK
On this one, we're a #7 going against Stanford, and if we won this one, either Vanderbilt or Murray State would face us at that point. The #1 teams on this NIT projection are UCLA, Tulsa, Miami (FL) and Texas A&M, and Tulsa is the #1 they placed in our little corner of their bracket.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Saw This...||
I saw this and thought about posting, so of course I come back from a run and someone already has. You'd think I knew better after over 4 years here, right?
I laughed when I saw it - very Harbaugh and quite an innovative way to do this really.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fortunately...||
Fortunately for me, I shall be at a small gathering later which will facilitate my desire to have pie in celebration of Pi Day, so there's definitely that. I was unable to sell the kids on the idea of moving pizza day at the house back to today in order to add to the festivities, so when we get home, I will just have to settle for leftover pizza...or abscond with one of the pies from today.
I was actually already running at the moment 9:26 AM struck, and yes, that was intentional. Trying to find different ways to recognize Pi throughout the day.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||AED Perhaps...||
I was thinking AED was more appropriate perhaps, partly because the normal cadence of such a device sounds about right for barrelling into the opposing line on either side of the ball - "Shock advised, charging......deliver shock". The only difference is that you sort of have to touch the patient - somewhat violently, and hopefully with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Missed The Party...||
I missed the party here, mostly because of drinking, so there is that at least. I have since taken my normal power nap (my wife refuses to call my 6-ish hours of sleep actual sleep) and switched to coffee while I contemplate the day. I tried to look out my front window to get a view of the fog, but there's too much fog to see it right now.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Article...||
And that's why next year, the situation we saw during the Wisconsin game -- that "how the hell is Michigan even in this" situation -- is never going to cross anyone's mind.
Yes indeed. At least during the regular season, when you consider it as a whole and no matter how it might have look at various points, the average margin of victory / loss was only about 0.43 points. The consumate statistic of a .500 team perhaps, but buried in there are plenty of games where, to a large extent, Michigan was right in it (standard deviation of 13 points, so a majority of the games were won / lost by 13 or less). Even the numbers read like a team that is in a position to now do something - how do I say this - nice potentially.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Learning Something New...||
One other staff note of relevance revealed on Friday is that former Michigan defensive tackle Will Carr is remaining on the staff as a Defensive Analyst. Carr joined Brady Hoke’s staff last year to work with defensive linemen, but it was not publicly known until today that he had been retained by Harbaugh.
I knew Carr had been part of the staff last year but having heard nothing since December about his status, assumed he was elsewhere. Glad to see he is still around. Glad to see Soup back as well.
The one thing that is interesting is the building of the "high school connection" in certain areas via the staff, most notably the addition of Rick Finotti. To have this near-continuous mentorship / teaching mindset around the players should definitely pay dividends.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wait A Minute...||
*checks under kitchen sink*
Damnit, I have Murphy's Oil Soap. I am out of compliance as an alumnus of a Big Ten school.
*gets in car, drives to Meijer to buy all the Libman's there*
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
...of the video in the article:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Indeed...||
The official explanation for why she had to keep changing her Twitter handle was harassment; the more likely truth is that it was simply an excuse to wipe out any proof Presley did not exist and start over from scratch.
The dedication that it would take to keep at this helps to affirm my belief that the South is generally a very strange place culturally when it comes to college football.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Some End-Of-Game Metrics...||
Some summary stuff....
eFG% - 57.69%
OREB% - 15.38% (this stings a bit, see Wisconsin's number below)
FTR - 3.85% (not getting to the line hurts too)
TOV% - 8.64%
Offensive PPP was 1.12, which is above the season average too.
eFG% - 55.88%
OREB% - 44.44%
FTR - 31.37%
TOV% - 10.76%
WIsconsin's PPP was 1.35, which isn't so hot defensively for us.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Good News...||
That is good news indeed, in my opinion.
This plus the experience they have managed to get this season really do bode well for the 2015-16 campaign. Definitely paid dividends for Caris and Nik, and then Zak and Derrick, but to see a fair portion of the entire team dedicate themselves to this is awesome.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Only A Bit Related...||
In other O'Bannon news, this one went unheralded but is rather amusing all the same - LINK
Long story made short, Kingsford Charcoal made a special edition bag with O'Bannon's image on it as well as the #PayEd hashtag (and Kingsford said they will in fact pay Ed), thereby killing any chance of them getting ad space during the Tournament. They don't mind, of course, as you'll note by what they apparently put on the front of the bag: "Lights 25% faster. Doesn't burn athletes."