|38 min 48 sec ago||Others Are...||
There are a number of people on the NDNation board calling him out as perhaps taking this a level or two over where it should have gone, but Rochester Domer expands a little on the driving portion of the story here - LINK. If this is how it went down, then the driving portion was done basically because he was simply that pissed apparently.
I called him when I got the letter, and he brushed me off with something along the lines of "I have office hours at XYZ time if you'd like to stop by, but I'd rather not discuss this on the phone." When I replied "I'll be there tomorrow" and hung up, I was stuck. I'm not suggesting it was the best thing to do, but i didn't exactly go Lisa Nowak on him.
|1 hour 6 min ago||Specific Prediction...||
I will stand pat with my prediction from last year: 9-3 overall, 1-2 against rivals with one more loss that no one can readily explain and that creates Snowflake threads that, when printed out, accidentally create a masterwork of existential angst. That thread will later briefly appear on the New York Times bestseller list.
Also, THE_KNOWLEDGE finally meets up with his foil THE_IGNORANCE and a colossal rift is formed which accidentally sucks Notre Dame into another dimension where it must play Wake Forest for every game....forever.
|2 hours 34 min ago||Ratings...||
I don't know if Nielsen necessarily breaks things up by team, but they do go by market certainly. Actually, I think in recent years, many of the top markets for college basketball have been in ACC-dominated areas, but the Big Ten as a conference I think has the second-highest average viewership among basketball fans based on the data that I am aware of. If there is something more recent, I will find it or someone can always post it here.
|4 hours 13 min ago||The Full Perspective...||
Other analysts that had us in the top 25:
- Heather Dinich, #25
- Mark Schlabach, #25
The complete lists of all 13 voters for ESPN are here - LINK
If the list continued formally, we would have been #31 overal at 22 points, if I read this right. Big Ten teams ahead of us - in order - Ohio State (6), Michigan State (7), Wisconsin (17), Nebraska (22) and Iowa (would be 26).
|5 hours 40 min ago||I Admit...||
I will admit to chuckling at the audio - the situation is made even better by the fact that Calipari had just been on the show too, in my opinion (it's a shame that Calipari revealed himself so early in the call - spoiled the joke a bit too early, but still funny). I am rather interested to see Francesa get his crack at "Phil From Saline (possibly Dexter, or was it Ypsilanti? It might have been Plymouth....)" now, although I imagine there are many such characters that make the rounds.
|6 hours 56 min ago||It May Not Be A Mansion...||
"It may not be a mansion ... but it's definitely going to be a functional living space." - Bielema, describing the program he is building
I am going to start thinking of Arkansas as the SEC's tasteful suburban ranch. It might be great inside, but it may often get passed up as it looks like a fair number of the other houses on the street except for the skid marks on the curb left by a mishap involving its previous owner.
|7 hours 31 min ago||I Thought This Was Interesting...||
“He is looking for kids who will both academically be successful and whose character is strong enough to participate in Big Ten sports and represent the university very well,” Spencer says. “I’m very pleased with the kind of young men he is bringing to us. I give him an A-plus in that area.
That quote above is from Admissions Director Ted Spencer, and I think it is actually great to hear that level of praise from such a corner of the university given to the head football coach. Actually, I don't know that we would expect any less at Michigan, and to know that we are getting kids who are set up well athletically and academically is just part of the reinvigoration of "Michigan culture", if you will, that Hoke has helped to spur.
|8 hours 3 min ago||For The Latecomers...||
For those arriving late to this thread and who might like to listen to the segment, it looks as if WTKA has now got the roundtable up, albeit broken into its various segments. The link to the listings is right here - LINK - and it should be the top few on the page. Very good to see this back again and a good show today indeed.
|8 hours 35 min ago||Posbanging...||
We'd probably let the semi-tradition Friday posbang go, but the ones which are cute but ultimately frivolous would probably end up going. Post-victory posbangs are welcome as always, and perhaps special events, but it would have to be a very special event indeed, like your dog's anal glands finally being cleansed in full.
|9 hours 22 min ago||The Accountability Thing...||
Chesson seems pretty well-spoken and he did make a point that makes me confident that this renewed push to drive accountability on this team is actually making great progress. He talked about "playing for others" and how when you feel you're playing for others, you don't want to let the other person down. We frame safety like that at work and it seems to work very well, and it does drive people to push that much harder for better results. I thought Chesson actually framed it better than we typically do.
|9 hours 29 min ago||Very Interesting...||
It's always interesting to see these things in graphic form like this, even if it doesn't shock you too much (e.g., that a majority of the recruiting hotbeds are in the southeastern US). I also always found it interesting that a great deal of the most remember former (and most discussed current) coaches come from NE Ohio / Eastern Pernnsylvania (with a smattering from Chicago and new York), whereas the player maps were very different.
Also, Miller as Wisconsin's signature beer? Come on, Badgers, you can do better than that.
|20 hours 12 min ago||Other Information...||
NFL.com talks a little bit about this as well - HERE
"Iceland's Meteorological Office has detected more than 2000 earthquakes in the Bardarbunga area since Saturday. Scientists see earthquakes as an early warning that a volcano might erupt. When magma moves deep down, the pressure breaks rocks and the earth starts to shake."
There's a DeutscheWelles article linked in theirs if you want slightly more detailed observations on this particular volcano. They also talk about how this has not helped with the general stress of getting equipment to the gme and through customs, something I thought ws intriguing. From the sound of it, they've gotten the list down to even helmet screws, so definitely detailed.
|21 hours 43 min ago||Naturally...||
Naturally, "Behind The Steel Curtain" is all over this story for you - LINK
If you were wondering how this might possibly affect them on the field should Bell and Blount somehow find themselves off of the field for this particular incident (at least for some time), they've got a concise answer for you:
Bell and Blount comprise of approximately 100 percent of the Steelers' game-experienced running backs. The Steelers did nothing in the offseason to replenish any further lack of depth that was partially filled by Blount.
|1 day 2 min ago||About This...||
When that quote about not having to identify a MIKE emerged, I spent a little time on Twitter talking about that with people. It seems that there was never any time to make what might have been vital formation reads last year, nor was there a lot of time for anyone to really get set on a few occasions. It's encouraging to hear that there is stress being put on reading the defense and adjusting to it, something I know we hoped was going to be part of this change.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Not Quite...||
BYU Added to 2018 and 2019 UM Schedule
This turns out to be about a game that BYU has with Washington, not about Michigan's schedule, so this will come down to avoid further confusion.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Even At That...||
Dylan Burkhart will hopefully have the box score up soon - we went 38-67 from the field in the second game, so I am sort of interested in the stats for this game in particular. Granted, it is an exhibition and it doesn't mean anything statistically towards the season, but the novelty of the games is there for me all the same. Maybe there is a diary in it, albeit one which in no way speaks to season implications, but a fun one.
Friday, it is the Mantova Stings, which I think is the only professional team that the Wolverines will see on this trip.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Embed Of A Great Moment...|
|1 day 3 hours ago||Plans Indeed...||
Traditionally, my last football-free weekend is spent finalizing the logistics for weekends with football. If you have kids, sometimes this is not easy, but we're more or less set for the season with who is watching who and how various games will work out for us.
If my yard gets a chance to dry out, I may need to take care of that as well. It's typically Michigan when for weeks, you have no reason to mow it in its half-dead state, and then you get about seven inches of rain in one week and the yard refuses to dry out.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Measured Improvement...||
It could just be me, but there are a few that seem to think that the OL requires a mircale turnaround or we risk mediocrity when indeed even some measured improvements - not necessarily huge improvements - could get us to something around 9-3 potentially. Given last year, I would imagine most would see that as some evidence that the decisions being made (new OC, dedicate scheme, etc...) are good decisions. Actually, there is not much that we know for certain about where the OL is at until we start playing actual games, especially now that we have a new OC and scheme.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Sort Of Missing It...||
This October, a weekend in Toronto coincides with the Penn State game for me, or rather, I am being dragged to a "Supernatural" convention there by my wife wherein I will probably miss significant chunks of football coverage, including possibly our game (although I am going to sneak devices in and out of various events so I will probably occasionally show up on the blog all the same).
In this case, it isn't so much a "miss" as....well...."it will be difficult to watch in its entirety", which in my mind is essentially a "miss" because the narrative of the game is lost at that point, at least until I get home and watch the replay of it (which I may do on Sunday morning before we leave Toronto since the AM panel is the one I said "no, just no" to).
I suppose it is fair. Mrs. LSA has put up with my obsession with football for over a decade now.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Same Here...||
You know, we gave our kids reasonably unique names so that mixing them up would not really be an issue and we still do that all the same. Even last night, in one embarrassing slip, my daughter was in fact my son for two sentences before I relaized what I was doing. The only thing that salvages this strategy is that they are indeed the only kid with their respective first names in their elementary school.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Right Up There...||
This is right up there on my list too - my office at the time was in Ann Arbor (our Ann Arbor Service Center off of Wall St.) and I was on my way back from a training session downtown when they broke into the press conference at Providence Hospital and announced that Bo had died. I was somewhere along M-14 in Plymouth at the time, and I pulled over and cried for a bit (it was pretty close to noon at the time, I think). That, in addition to the loss in The Game, made it a rough weekend emotionally.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Sad News...||
Here's the article from The Tennessean - (LINK), which has some quotes from the video and some other information.
"I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, coach James Franklin and the Penn State football team, and my Clarenceville (Michigan) community. Let's do this."
I wish Shaw the best. As someone said, the name is well-known in Metro Detroit HS football history and rightly so.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Regarding Ross...||
Maize'N'Brew talked about him a little bit in their assessment of the defense - HERE
James Ross has been good to great for two years now, but again, his competition is more athletic and rounding out his mental game. I don't seen the 'loser' of the Bolden/Morgan battle stealing this position simply because Ross and Jenkins-Stone are both more suited to taking on lead blockers and making the physical play, meaning whoever wins between Ross and Jenkins-Stone will play for quite some time.
|2 days 17 min ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Thanks for sharing this, JGB.
I was actually rather amused by the answer to the second question myself - it's difficult to imagine the manual logistics of signing a golf ball effectively, but I do applaud whoever handed it to him for thinking out of the box certainly. Hopefully, they cherish the golf ball because Denard.
|2 days 26 min ago||Many Apologies...||
Braxton Miller Officially Out for 2014
Apologies to our friend Zone Left, but we've covered this in two separate threads now, so we're going to take this one down.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Various Other Views....||
....including another look at the helmet and the tasteful Baroque undershirt:
|2 days 4 hours ago||Starting Five...||
Here's the lineup to start:
|2 days 4 hours ago||Regarding Potential Redundancy...||
As the first thread was based on a tweet, but now there is confirmation literally everywhere (except perhaps among those among the OSU faithful who may not yet know, so the one dude), we'll let this thread serve as the primary outlet for news on Braxton Miller's injury. It's a fuzzy line on the blog really, but it is big news and probably wasn't going to ever be contained in a single thread. This thread, however, shall stand as the last one for now to ensure there is room for other news.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Great Development...||
Again, student-athletes will be permitted, at no cost to them, to return to the university and obtain their degree at any point in their life. Previously, and as is the case all across the country in every sport, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year scholarships, which were subject to renewal every year.
I think this is a fantastic development and I would hope that this becomes a thing around the country really, at least where it is feasible for the school for as many as possible should have this opportunity available. Actually, as someone said above, it seems like it might be especially valuable for those who left early perhaps so they can be just that much better off once their pro career (if that's why they left) is over. I never completely understood why the rule has traditionally been that you have to use the scholarship you earned all in one shot basically and that it ceases to exist if you leave early - you earned it and should have access to the balance of it should you come back. This change will benefit a lot of people, I would think.
|2 days 5 hours ago||According To ESPN...||
ESPN mentioned that all the assistant pressers as well as player interviews were cancelled today and that there would be no direct media access to the team as well, which might be standard in such a situation but also seems rather ominous in a way, especially now they are indeed reporting that he is out for the season. I assume the MRI is all they needed to see - from scattered reports of what happened in the non-contact drill he was in, it seemed pretty bad. Hopefully, Miller has a speedy recovery.
|2 days 5 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
I realize there might not be a lot of interest overall, but "The State Of Our Open Threads" is something I plan to bring back as a Sunday morning feature during the season. I am debating whether to go with keeping it a thread or making it a diary, but I am planning to add some more things to track and trying to expand the analysis on some other things. Working from last year's base template, much of this is now more or less automatic mostly, to the point where the biggest bear is getting things into Photobucket out of Excel.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Perhaps Just A Typo...||
“J.T.’s stats are not what you would call superstar stats, but it’s the hidden yards that you really can’t see from statistics,” Rider coach Jim Garfield told The Dispatch. “He just kept the chains moving. He kept our defense on the field."
I certainly hope that's just a mistype of a misspeak, otherwise "hidden yards" and "keeping our defense on the field" somehow make sense when put together and "kept the chains moving" is the statement that makes you scratch your head a bit.
In all seriousness though, I think there was an article elsewhere in the last day or so where Herman came out and said that he thought the offense moved better with Barrett in there, highlighting completions on short and mid-range passing and his reads on runs. Herman also did praise the effort of Cardale Jones as well, of course.
Of course, whether or not we see Barrett depends in part perhaps on an announcement yet to be made regarding Miller. We might want to wait for official word on that.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Rough Guidelines...||
If that were the entire scope of one thread, the game predictions alone would make it a thread that would stand. In reality, the odd weekend drinking thread typically stays, of course - there is precedent that Friday and Saturday Drinking threads stay up more often than not, of course. Actually, those threads generate game-related discussions anyway.
Another minor point for the board - the Snowflake Rules will be enforced this year too, with possible narrow exceptions being made should the volume of posts become unmanageable or there is a specific point which is justified in having a separated thread. Those exceptions will be ruled on by the mods as usual. I know these rules are not universally popular, but it does keep the board manageable postgame.
|2 days 9 hours ago||As A Heads Up...||
I'll try to finalize it with JGB, but we're pretty much targeting 8/24 at midnight as the official end as that begins Game Week. To that end, there might be some cleanup that happens a little before then, and we have started to pick off a thread here and there in lieu of this time of the year. In the meantime, however, as the OP states, feel free to get the OT out - hopefully, we have a few good ones before we narrow our focus.
|2 days 9 hours ago||The Clemson Game...||
I had thought that the initial injury was suffered in the game against Clemson (although I think the injury was more the climax of a series of knocks throughout the 2013 season) and he had the surgery early in the spring, as I recall. I believe it was severe enough that he missed all of spring practice and, up until this point, they had been very deliberate about how much action Miller was seeing in fall camp. According to Jeremy Fowler, it seems that Ohio State actually opted for a more urgent appointment for the MRI as news began to swirl about Miller's injury, which I find interesting if that is indeed the case.
|2 days 10 hours ago||As A Minor Note...||
Well, per USA Today, Mike Pettine was not altogether pleased (LINK):
"It does not sit well," Pettine said of the rookie's loss of composure after the Browns' 24-23 loss at FedEx Field. "I was informed right after the game. And it's disappointing to me because we talk about being poised, being focused. You have to be able to maintain your poise. ... That's a big part of all football players, especially your quarterback.
He didn't indicate that this would factor into the ultimate decision as to who will start, but there was definitely some unhappiness from the Browns' staff.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Regarding This...||
I will not name names, but I did have a short chat with the person behind Groot (I have connections, of course - it was a redress of an existing account) and he has said that he will quit this, so I hope that the remainder of the night is Groot-free for everyone. The way things occasionally happen around here, this has given inspiration to someone with less humorous intentions, so we strive to put a cap on such things.
|2 days 20 hours ago||The Finances...||
As you might note here thanks to USA Today (more details within regarding revenue and expenses), Hawaii's finances were a bit unstable long before Big 5 autonomy was even a thing:
|2 days 23 hours ago||Not Too Much...||
I haven't seen too much coverage either - I know that the initial blow took out some teeth, broke the guy's jaw in three places and forced him to breathe via a tube for a bit. I really do hope he is well on his way to getting well again. I also believe, as others do, that this was absolutely the correct call by Hoke.
|3 days 6 min ago||I Chuckled...||
"But here's why this game matters most: it is (shamefully) the last scheduled meeting between two of the four winningest programs in college football history."
That's what Forde ended his comment on Michigan-ND with, so he does at least hopefully seem to recognize that ninja quitting on a rivalry because you were so desperate to play Wake Forest just seems, well, chicken.
|3 days 15 min ago||Homage...||
There's a Bizjournal.com article here which talks about these actually being a homage to Arizona being the most prolific source of copper in the United States, but here's Todd Graham's take on it:
“We wanted to pay homage to this great state while keeping the team’s look consistent,” said Graham. “We are one of the top few teams in the nation with as many looks and combinations as we have, and this plays an important role in building a national fan base and molding Arizona State University into a household name.”
|3 days 1 hour ago||In The Comments...||
One of the more amusing comments, I think, if you were looking for an amusing Ohio State joke in here somewhere:
"At Ohio State, you don't write into Law Review, Law Review writes onto you."
|3 days 2 hours ago||No, We're Not Going Here...||
We are not going to make fun a recruit's name. As someone who grew up with this problem of having a name people took for being effeminate, this strikes a bit of a personal chord with me and we're going to show these kids - who are also fellow humans, in case you thought there was a distinction - the same respect we would demand be shown to us.
Bolivia until the season begins.
|3 days 5 hours ago||General Excitement...||
On defense, I am particularly excited to see how our LBs and DBs do, like a couple others here. We're particularly deep here, and I think between the shift in scheme and experience as well as incoming talent, we have the ability to stop quite a few drives before they really get going. That will be key.
On offense, I am really just excited to see what new look, an actual base scheme and a new OC can at least start to do here. I admit to being excited about seeing some better things from the OL even despite what folks saw in the scrimmage - as I keep saying, we don't need miracles there to do well in most games.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I Can See It...||
Meanwhile, somewhere in South Bend:
"Every single one of the teams on our press release were wrong!"
"EVERY ONE? Those assholes must have stolen the wrong fucking press release!"
(There's a scene in this film for almost every life situation)
|3 days 8 hours ago||Looking At Sagarin...||
Granted, this is last year's data, so it is limited in its usefulness but it is interesting all the same. Consider:
Notre Dame's overall rating = 79.80
Rice = 67.67
Michigan = 75.75
Purdue = 51.65
Syracuse = 70.91
Stanford = 91.57
North Carolina = 75.68
at Florida State =101.9
at Navy = 73.53
at Arizona State = 85.51
Northwestern = 70.08
Louisville = 85.05
at USC =84.55
The average rating of these is 77.82, which comes pretty close to Notre Dame's own score. If you used this as a basis, four games - Stanford, FSU, ASU and USC - are games in which they would be estimated to be about a 1 TD (much more in the case of FSU) underdog. That is on the brutal side. Again, interesting to think about even with last season's numbers.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Good Thought...||
I would lend him one or two of mine, but being that I am 5'9" and he is a bit over 6', I believe, my shirts would end up being possibly the first Michigan golf chemise (or camisole - I can never remember which is which) on Karsch. In any case, a generous thought indeed.
As for a general note on the video, I maintain that losing Darboh last year cut deeper than we might have first appreciated, so I am definitely glad to see him out there and with a chance to get some serious time in.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Saturday Here...||
Mine came on Saturday morning and I live about a 20-minute trek down I-94 to the foot of Michigan Stadium, so there's definitely no rhyme or reason, even within various postal zones. However, I believe the last batch went out just over a week ago, so if at least domestically, folks don't get them within the next day or two, that truly would be strange.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Other Reasons...||
As for Bleacher Report, the narrow exceptions around here tend to be the handful of writers there that actually can write knowledgeably or the odd video post, which...well, they got it from YouTube anyway and if it was Michigan-related, it was mere seconds from being posted by someone.
They do have a track record of conveniently not citing the work of others as well, and as I recall, this site has been a victim of that a few times, so there's that. Actually, I think that's where majority of the disdain comes from - generally misguided journalistic behavior historically on their part. Lately, however, this - like the click-whoring - appears to be getting somewhat better.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Alas Twitter...||
@umichfootball provided a decent photo of the event:
|4 days 1 hour ago||Nice Memory...||
I think Beckmann's call (it's been so long - could have been ESPN) was something to the effect of "....to the right, Henne....airing it out for Manningham...in the end zone....HE'S GOT IT!"
I went to that game, and granted, it's just a scrimmage, but seeing a moment like that from Canteen - the way he looks so far - would not bother me one bit. He looked pretty good out there.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Interesting Observation...||
It's an interesting observation actually. Compare that to last year - the top five were, as I remember, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia, with the mix in the top 10 being 5 teams from the SEC, 1 from the Big Ten, 1 from the ACC, 2 from the Pac-12 and Louisville being the AAC representation. It is decidedly different this year.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Great Clip...||
Hopefully, we get to see him do that a few times over on this side of the pond as well. Definitely, it will be a great moment when he first steps onto the court at Crisler just when he comes out with the team, never mind the moment he gets into a game. To think of where Hatch was and what had happened not all that long ago, to see him playing in games and leading cheers for the Wolverines is awesome indeed.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Minor Point...||
"But defensive coordinator Greg Mattison’s unit tightened up, the young offensive line faded and the running backs trudged into the piles they encountered so often last year."
It seems like a fair number of people missed this - Mattison threw a zone blitz, a safety blitz and I believe an LB blitz at that offensive line in fairly close proximity, something you likely would not see in a game situation. The selection and progression of the calls were definitely more indicative of a practice, so if we're trying to get a sense of what the offensive line will look like in the actual flow of game, we didn't see it last night. It's difficult to know where "20 for 33" sits on the spectrum of what the staff has seen in that regard - it's difficult to get worked up about a single data point. Also, we're playing ourselves at this point, which muddles it even further.
|4 days 5 hours ago||A Bit Premature...||
I suppose I have to question the judgment of someone who would call for the head of a unit coach after a couple hours of a public scrimmage. It seems to me that this year is where, with the change at OC, we perhaps remove some important factors that muddled the results last year when it comes to Funk.
Now, that being said, I don't think any of us are expecting a complete 180 with the offensive line, just a nudge in a better direction. If that isn't accomplished under a new OC with new schemes, then I suppose it is time to wonder about Funk and his future, but for the time being, I think we've yet to see what might decide the OP's question, at least in part.
|4 days 5 hours ago||A Little Cleanup...||
...and so it starts: Appy State memory lane begins--thanks, Brandon
I think we need to maintain our composure at least through the first thrid of the season and see where we're at. In any case, we're going to start lifting the bar on threads in lieu of the season beginning today.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Had Fun Last Night...||
They left enough of the Morris bomb to Canteen to preserve the awesomeness on film, but I will say that it looked a lot better in person. In general, the scrimmage was nice cap what had been a long day for me, so I did enjoy myself and the chance to see football-type things.
If that scrimmage is any indication, and all the constraints of limited data apply right now, the defense as a whole looks like it will be pretty exciting this year. I was wondering about what the 4-3 Over would look like on the field, but I think we've got severala couple players in what I think are better positions now, particular among the LBs.
|4 days 19 hours ago||AIRBHG Strikes...||
With all the incidents in 2012, I assume that AIRBHG was pleased enough that he assured Iowa that 2013 would be a relatively quiet year, which it seemed to be by their standards. Apparently, however, another sacrifice needed to be made and sadly, it happened to a played who just earned his scholarship last week and was a pretty good blocker by most accounts. I do wish Adam Cox well in his recovery.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Made It...||
All I will say right now is that changing out of Renaissance Festival (we were up in Holly) stuff and into Michigan gear (in Ann Arbor) in a minivan is a real bitch, but I am sure that the people on either side of our car did not even want to know what was going on.
|4 days 22 hours ago||From Meyer Himself...||
Here's a video from the Plain Dealer's site with Meyer discussing Braxton Miller's situation:
|4 days 22 hours ago||Very Nice...||
"...and some stupid mircale could still happen."
I want someone from an ABC / ESPN crew to say that some day, as well as the remark about spending one's last timeout like "gold bullion". There is definitely some inspiration they could glean from this. That was a pretty cool lead-up and a great call though.
|4 days 22 hours ago||The Origins...||
The Dream Cruise basically started out as a charity fundraiser and of course was much smaller in scale back in the mid-1990s by comparison, but it is worth point this out - it does give back, although admittedly it has become a business unto itself so I don't know how much gets back to charities.
I didn't go this year, but I will take my son, who loves learning about cars, next year - I grew up in a General Motors family and I am a bit of a motorhead myself too.
|5 days 10 hours ago||That Interception...||
I had almost forgotten about the "I'll just take that, thanks" interception by Morgan in the UConn game last year. He followed it up with nearly a 30-yard return too, as I recall now, but yeah, it was definitely a highlight in that game.
Two weeks now....it seems so close now yet these two weeks will probably seem like the slowest of all as I wait for the season to start.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Where I Am...||
FInishing out the Tigers game before moving on to a movie or two, I've just got some Hacker-Pschorr and the vain hope that we keep this 6-2 and get five runs in the bottom of the inning. Other than that, it's typical Friday night chilling / modding around these parts, aside from my neighbor just now deciding that something needs a chainsaw taken to it. I wish I was joking - that is pretty damn noisy.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Not Yet...||
Nothing yet in the hinterlands near Metro Airport either, and I live within a 15-minute drive of the Allen Park USPS distribution center and a UPS sorting facility. I suspect that both of those places hate for the amount of stuff that travels from this house, so perhaps they are hesitant to bring anything TO the house.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Full Day...||
Yeah, this will cap a full day for me - I will be there along with long-suffering Mrs. LSA. My kids will be with her parents, and our first stop tomorrow is the Renaissance Festival, but we are planning to swing down and have dinner in Ann Arbor and hit up the scrimmage before going home. I might try to live mod - we'll see how the iPad does, if it holds a charge throughout the day.
|6 days 1 hour ago||General Observation...||
As far as I am aware, and this is just a non-specific observation, "Rodriquez" is a rare variant - "Rodriques" is a little more common in my own experience. They all basically go back to patronymic "son of Roderick", or rather the Spanish equivalent. Anyway, the error might come from that, but again, it seems like that particular variation is relatively uncommon. I could be wrong though.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Possibly...||
This is quite possible, although Socrates would like to point out that ingesting drinks based on this particular plant can lead to some unfortunate side effects. That being said, I actually focused in on the "Discounted Horror" part and thought that this might mean "mildly jarring" for some reason. I am sure that the athletic department has emergency contingencies in the unlikely event that history laps itself, of course.
|6 days 6 hours ago||What Might Be Sad...||
If the "Daniels" mentioned in the OP is DeVaris Daniels, then it is definitely sad because - if there is something going on here and his name did indeed turn up - this was his second chance actually. He was suspended in the winter for failing to maintain academic eligibility along with ND hoops standout Jerian Grant.
|6 days 9 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, three of the four tackles he has recorded in his time at Michigan have been solo tackles, so now and again he does get to bring out the LB skills to certain extent.
Actually, I had to chuckle at his description of what practices are like for him. Even if it does involve some down time as he mentioned, the work he puts in is no less important to the team's success, I would say.
|6 days 10 hours ago||The Day Is Young Yet...||
Well, my morning starts with the projection of the remainder of a $28 million budget building certain types of work, so there's that. The rest of the day will be spent working on finding out the status of various jobs such as the new tower going in basically on top of Pizza House and so forth because there's a lot of high-profile stuff going on and sadly some of it is on my desk.
My weekend? My mother-in-law will be taking the kids, so my wife and I will probably do some of the things around the house that are difficult to manage when the kids are there. Trust me, it's much easier to replace trim, for example, when someone isn't stealing the nail gun and threatening to immbolize someone else with it, although who knows what I'll feel like after a few hours of chores.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
If the players see the monitoring system mostly as a souped-up speedometer, Florida State's coaching staff knows better. For the coaches, it's the technology that has undercut conventional wisdom by providing immediate feedback on every facet of a player's exertion on the field, opening the door to a new way of running practice and designing a program.
To me, there's tremendous value in all this, and even keeping historic data on your players could clue you into potential issues if you see performance dips beyond certain levels on a day-to-day basis. I would if the software can do that actually, because it would be another way to mitigate issues before they become major problems for a player.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Interesting Move...||
As a baseball enthusiast, part of me was intrigued by the idea of Dave Dombrowski being the commissioner of the sport, but as a Tigers fan, the other half of me in no way wanted that to happen for admittedly selfish reasons. I do find it interesting, if I am looking at this right, that Selig's technical tenure is second only to the first commissioner - Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Oxford Blog...||
Here's the Oxford Blog entry with the announcement - LINK
Not all of them, but a fair number of them from their site:
|6 days 23 hours ago||About Schilling...||
I thought that Schilling actually battled mono through a portion of 2006 which unfortunately coincided with fall camp and he ended up redshirting sometime during the season. In 2007, he started at RT over Perry Dorrestein and Mark Ortmann, although I think he also moved to RG for a few games in that season.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Interesting Read...||
Iowa passes the midseason mark undefeated, manages to lose to Maryland, recovers, and goes on to win 10 games. Kirk Ferentz gets another contract extension. Oceans rise; mountains fall; the world spins on.
I suppose the questions that arise are these then - does the next contract extension put him past the average lifespan of an adult male? Would Iowa, in such a circumstance, go with a year-to-year format for the contract after that? If Kirk Ferentz passes on, does he still get to coach out the season or is this a clever way of getting another extension?
|1 week 3 hours ago||This One Here...||
While not slow, Purdue's needs to be shared:
|1 week 3 hours ago||I Share The Concern...||
I'll be honest - each time I refresh the blog as fall camp rolls on, I do so with a small part of me hesitating to read thread titles in the even that it is something like this. That being said, it really doesn't matter which team, you feel bad for these guys everywhere who put the better part of each day into practice only to have their season end before it begins because you know all they want to do is get out there and compete.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Posted Yesterday...||
ESPN Super Tuesday Michigan Games
This made it to the board yesterday, but with the quick buildup of various hot takes and incoming news about football this week, it was admittedyl very quickly buried. The general rule I try to abide by, so people know, is to let a few days at least pass before I consider it "not duplicate", taking into consideration some of us do not spend vast amounts of time here.
Speaking of what I said above...
Former Lions QB Scott Mitchell weighs 366 pounds, reality show looms
This appeared late last week, and I am going to start being a little selective about the stories that should perhaps appear twice, at least those that aren't Michigan-related, as we slide into the non-OT season soon.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Support From His Coaches...||
This is also in the article, and in my opinion, worth sharing because it is nice to the support come from the staff and that they work to create an accepting culture. Many kudos to Todd Graham for standing behind his player:
"We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual's commitment to the Sun Devil Way," he said in a statement. "Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master's student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff."
|1 week 8 hours ago||"Lockdown Ray"....||
I have a feeling we're going to see a lot of good things from the CBs this year, and yes, I would definitely like to see some "Lockdown" Ray Taylor in all that as well. I like the confidence coming from him in that statement actually.
One thing that is a common theme in these interviews this year, which is nice, is that they talk abount pushing the guys in their unit and trying to make everyone better. It definitely seems like the turnaround that they've been making from the culture of last season is working well in camp.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Still Absent...||
My copies are still not here, but they should show up soon. I do have the PDF copy, so mine is more for review / refreshment than much else, but there is also the prospect of something that doesn't often happen - having rather a lot of time to actually sit and read as my kids will be at my in-laws. I certainly wouldn't mind something to gaze at as the wee hours pass on, being the resident insomniac here.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Alas Too Late...||
Venric Mark Transferring
We shall use the previous thread on this subject, which also includes information on WR Christian Jones, to run with this particular story.
|1 week 22 hours ago||That Is Odd...||
There were articles not even a week ago about how he had been suspended for two games, but in interviews, he gave no indication that this was in the cards. He actually said that he was hurt by it but dealing with and even, in the Chicago Sun-Times report, expected the Wildcats to be 2-0 by the time he returned, in his words. This is definitely an interesting twist, if this story is related to what is now happening.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Well Done Indeed...||
I actually had the whole family rocking to that one. First thread I open after we get home has set a nice tone for the rest of the evening. Perhaps like others, I do find it increasingly difficult to wait for the season as August wears on, but that's been every year for as long as I can remember. Well done, OP.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great Story...||
"Hatch walks through the Crisler Center every day and reminds himself where he was three years ago. With that comes the realization of where his work ethic might take him down the road."
There is no doubt in my mind that Hatch is headed places, and if not at the next level of basketball, then someone with that much determination and inner strength will go far in the business world and probably become a skilled leader. In the near-term, I am simply excited to see him get a chance to finally be here in Ann Arbor and playing basketball after all that he has gone through.
|1 week 1 day ago||Building It Up...||
It sounds like the defense is developing a similar camaraderie that has been talked about among the units on offense, which I think is an excellent thing. The closer these guys are to one another and the more trust there is there, the better they will do most likely. I say that too knowing that I am talking about a very talented corps on the defensive line as it is too, so if this is the foundation being laid, I do think these guys surprise us pleasantly this year.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Visualization...||
For those that are reluctant to link through, the visualization of this is pretty neat. You can limit it to one conference and then click on individual teams to see the interconnections between conferences (OOC schedules basically) which comprise the whole of the SOS ranking essentially. If you're not so much into the numbers per se, this might be a great way to look at it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting News Indeed...||
If you're interested in seeing what there is of future schedules for Michigan now and wager a guess as to where they might fit them in as well as who it will be, that link is here - LINK
Florida State and LSU would probably be the two that I am most intrigued to see right now. We have Oklahoma, UCLA, Arkansas, VIrginia Tech already in various future schedules. The next two on my list might be Stanford and USC.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Considered That...||
Yeah, I thought about that, and it is definitely the biggest limitation of the exercise, in my opinion (hence numerous subtle disclaimers in the diary). Still, it's interesting to me even if a fair number of players drafted nominally to play a certain position in fact never played there, or in some other cases that I can think of, they were drafted and saw very few if any actual pro snaps. The problem becomes trying to tie this to some sort of "success rate" or other metric - that's an interesting problem indeed. I wonder if we could develop it here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Northern Rockies...||
If anywhere, I believe the only remaining populations in the Lower 48 are in the northern reaches of the Rockies. I believe there was a thread about it, but one was actually spotted in Utah earlier in the year as well, and it was the first sighting in that part of the country since the early 1980s, the article mentioned. At last report, some of the most stable populations of wolverines were to be found in places like Sweden, Finland and, closer to home, parts of Ontario.
|1 week 1 day ago||Regarding Hatch...||
Beilein and his staff have done so much more for Hatch than I think a lot of staffs would perhaps, and the great show of class and warmth through the entirety of Hatch's recovery from both injury and loss has made me very proud of that program and the team. Hopefully, we get to see Austin on the court at Crisler this season too - I bet the cheers will be awesome, and indeed, they would be well-deserved.
|1 week 1 day ago||Manage The Issue...||
"In the buildup to Seattle’s first preseason game Thursday against the Broncos, NFL officials visited the Seahawks training camp and called penalties according to the new guidelines. That meant more penalty flags were thrown for clutching and grabbing than might have been the case last season, said NFL referee Craig Wrolstad."
In the comments of the Football Outsiders article is the Seattle Times article from which I lifted this, and I did it because I found the strategy intriguing. I don't know that they would keep up that pace of calling defensive holds and illegal contact and the like, but the approach of teaching your team to proactively mitigate such things in the first place by having your own drills run and called against the rules is a great way to manage the issue, I think.
|1 week 1 day ago||Regarding Beards...||
As a note, there is a certain amount of facial hair among the mod ranks as well, although mine pales greatly in comparison to Magnuson's beard. I highly doubt that I could ever get one to grow out quite that splendidly, and I have no hope of getting to Mealer status with a beard.
One thing he said actually doesn't sound "corny" (as he put it) at all - I think a group like the offensive line on any team really does play better if they are closer to each other as people. It seems to be one of the units where that sort of bond means that much more for performance.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Development...||
Yeah, there were rumors of some impressive contracts being offered this morning (a five-year, $60 million one being among them), but Monroe was very quick to quash the rumors via Twitter actually. Not exactly sure what that might mean in any sort of new-look Pistons scenario under Stn Van Gundy, but it seems apparent that, long-term, it could be the case that Monroe is perhaps not involved in it. Supposedly, a couple teams were willing to sign Monroe to a max deal, but couldn't work out a sign-and-trade with Detroit.
|1 week 1 day ago||Massey Predictions...||
The Massey algorithm for the MLB (or as applied to the MLB) is something I was looking at during some downtime on our short little stint of storm duty today, and the current prediction would be something along the lines of an 86-76 for Detroit if the game-by-game predictions for the remaining games more or less held. So, a bit above .500, but I wouldn't be comfortable about the postseason with such a record if it came to pass - maybe it's just me overreacting to numbers.
|1 week 2 days ago||P.J. Dozier...||
I believe Dozier is scheduled for a visit sometime in late September, if I remember the known schedule from UMHoops correctly. Also in the same article, Dylan mentioned that Dozier's top five where Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgetown and South Carolina. Rivals actually considers him somewhat underranked in their own evaluation - from their piece via UMHoops:
“A tall and skilled guard, Dozier looks to be pretty close to 100 percent with the rehab of his surgically repaired knee. He found great confidence in July as both a playmaker and scorer. Given the tools and skill he has to go with his size, he is currently under-ranked.”
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
You know, what stood out to me in the second article was how the vriability between the studied publications over 5 years was eerily similar on average. Nearly 12 spots of variability (with a 9.5 spot median error) is pretty significant as well. Actually, this is probably a good article for anyone who posts some of these rankings to read beforehand, even though I think many here are aware of the pitfalls.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Believe So...||
I think you can get the stickers at student will call by Section 9 (I think it is Section 9) in the stadium itself too, but yeah, wherever you get them, it is the student that has to present their ID and pay the fees as far as I understand. The validtion prices are usually buried somewhere in the football site but I wouldn't think they've been announced yet.
|1 week 2 days ago||As Late As 2012...||
I didn't see one last year that I recall, but I was in line behind someone in a similar suit in 2012 at the M-Den store inside the stadium fence, so they definitely do make an appearance from time to time. I also thought that in 2011 there was a team effort with one guy in maize and the other in blue.
|1 week 2 days ago||Minor Note...||
Another minor note, I believe that in 2016, Northwestern and Minnesota vanish temporarily and we pick up Illinois and Purdue for a couple years, so there's that as well. One of these days, I am going to try to build the scheduling algorithm, but then I think my efforts would be discovered and we'd get stuck playing Rutgers nine times one season as a punishment.
|1 week 2 days ago||The LB Corps...||
Even with Ryan out for a portion of the year, Joe Bolden was still part of a very productive linebacker unit for Michigan. Indeed, as a unit, they were responsible for or involved in nearly one-quarter of all the tackles made by the defense (including assisted). With a healthy Jake Ryan and the switch to the Over among other things, I think Bolden and others in the LB corps are set up well for this year.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Article...||
"“His consistency, his staying to the gameplan, his demanding that everybody in this program play Michigan football, his graduating of 69 out of 69 seniors -- that’s unheard of,” Mattison responded." - Mattison on Hoke
I know people talk about the record as tangible evidence of progress, but what Mattison is talking about is the progress that does quite a towards achieving the record that everyone wants in the long-term, I think. In any case, it is great to see the staff upbeat about the upcoming season, and in the case of Mattison, I will say that I also have a feeling that, given what we've heard / seen thus far, we may very well like what we see from this defense.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Version As Well...||
This alternative version was also tweeted out:
|1 week 2 days ago||Twitter And Alcohol...||
Ah, but Twitter and alcohol have also led to some hilarious moments both in sports fandom and in other areas of life if you know the right people, and in any case, it actually is a great networking opportunity (I know, we all heard that phrase back in the dotcom days) if you communicate professional information (as I sometimes do) using it. That, and I use it in the mod role to get information about what goes on around here sometimes.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Was Wondering...||
I was actually wondering how they would work this out because the Hockey City Classic is going to be a doubleheader with Michigan / MSU and then Western Michigan / Miami (OH). I haven't seen information yet, but I wonder if there is some sort of discount or exchange (because some of us already have the tickets debited to our cards, Dave) that would come with this game - or as a result of it. It certainly wouldn't be a bad thought, in my opinion.
|1 week 2 days ago||That Scene...||
That particular scene in "Good Will Hunting" makes me break down every time I see the movie. You're correct, this was an absolutely phenomenal performance and a wonderfully done film. I believe WIlliams won in 1998 for best supporting actor, and it was absolutely deserved.
|1 week 2 days ago||Such Sad News...||
I don't even know where to begin with this one - "The World According To Garp", "Dead Poet's Society", "Mrs. Doubtfire" and many others, even going back to "Mork & Mindy", he was an incredible talent and even an inspiration for some of my own stylings in shows through the years. Growing up, I would watch him perform to get ideas. By 10 (the age I was when this came out), I could, and still can, do all of his radio bits from "Good Morning, Vietnam", I was that in awe.
A terrible loss indeed. RIP Robin Williams.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wishing Him A Speedy Recovery...||
Hopefully, he can play at least some of the season - he was one of the more productive freshman TEs in the conference really, and that TD against Wisconsin that the article mentions was admittedly fun to watch on a highlight reel for that game. As someone mentioned, the Nittany Lions are deep at TE and this opens the door for a few guys, but you hate to see seasons shortened like this before they even begin for players.
|1 week 3 days ago||Done As Well...||
I chipped in as well as well - excellent cause, plus my avatar would like to see Adam Jacobi riding a horse as well. I thought the floor overlooking the stadium so that patients could look inside and watch Iowa play football is a great feature of this hospital in particular. I wonder if they can get enough that Jacobi might ride the horse across the field, bedazzled shirt and all.
|1 week 3 days ago||This As Well...||
"The broader context of Holgorsen's remarks would appear to be about the nature of college football recruiting as a sugar-coated pitch that accentuates everything positive about a school and covers a program's blemishes better than Avon. But rival coaching staffs aren't beholden to proper context."
That goes back to what he said in the one tweet about "becoming a salesman", and indeed, there is truth to that and some disconcerting honesty surrounding the bigger issue that Holgerson was discussing. I don't think we would disagree on the whole that excessive honesty would probably not be the best approach if you were trying to sell an idea and that advertising the limitations of it could be disastrous for you. It will be interesting, however, to see what the fallout is from this as it certainly won't be spun as a strangely apt description of the process by everyone.
|1 week 3 days ago||Similar Thoughts...||
Yeah, I will echo the vote for Devin Gardner and Jake Ryan. It seems to me that these two in particular represent the character and drive of this team particularly well and are good at motivating those around them to give as much as they can to the team. I would agree with others as well that, if there is a third, it should probably be Frank Clark, though I do like the idea of Blake Countess in that role as well.
It seems like we usually don't know who it will be until late in fall camp. I will definitely be interested in the selections this time around.
|1 week 3 days ago||Under The Radar...||
"Under the radar: Dennis Norfleet. The diminutive Norfleet is one of—if not the—fastest wideouts on the team. He often gets overlooked amid hub-bub about Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson, Freddy Canteen and Devin Funchess."
I won't lie - I really like the idea of always having Gallon-esque "thinking with portals" potential within the receiving corps. I would be interested in seeing Norfleet get some time in this capacity definitely.
|1 week 3 days ago||In Case No One Said...||
In the event this detail was missed, Maize'N'Brew has you covered somewhat here - LINK
Per this article and I believe one or two others, the decision (which is probably still more like a draft of a proposal) on the first string offensive line is supposed to come sometime this week. That being said, Nussmeier did mention this, and I do agree:
"The sooner you can answer that question (starting OL) the better off you're going to be," said Nussmeier.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Options...||
I don't know about seeing it same-day just because of the TV agreements and how they work, but I could be missing something there. I believe the Big Ten Network site has a list of hotels in the conference's approximate geographic area which carry the network, so that may help a little bit. If you have cable and your provider also carries the Big Ten Network, you should be able to get access to BTN2Go, which usually has the games as soon as they end if they were on BTN, and as soon as midnight on Sunday if the game is on ABC/ESPN. The problem with UConn last year was that there was no reciprocating agreement with the AAC, so BTN could not show the content.
|1 week 3 days ago||As A Note...||
This one (with the same article as well) actually made it to the boards yesterday but did not get very much attention relative to the threads that were also being churned out at the same time (rather a lot of news due to Media Day). I suppose we could leave it for those who may have missed some rather relevant news about our former center.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Last Revision...||
The last revision to the page was in February of this year, and although the person who did it left no organized notes as to what was removed (tsk tsk, as there is a comments section on the Revision history), I believe that was one of the sections that was on the block potentially. Sadly, they also no longer post here, so we might never know what the ultimate plan was. That being said, the section on McFarlin still lives, of course.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
I would tend to agree with the assessmen that we are perhaps set up best in terms of stability and depth and linebacker. As for the defensive backfield, I can agree with the ranking here as well, particularly if we factor in potential now. If both of these units are doing what we think they can, we're definitely in good shape overall on defense.
As for the offensive line, the OP alludes to it, but it is worth repeating - even a mid-range OL this year probably could get us a win here and there in closer games if the offense if otherwise humming along. It has been my feeling that some of the errors mentioned here in regards to Devin Gardner were more "forced decisions" (therefore, explainable) from our problems up front. We don't need miracles on the OL this year, just a measured improvement.
|1 week 3 days ago||This Right Here...||
Somehow, this made me miss Mitch that much more admittedly:
“We had a greater emphasis on nutrition [with McGary], because the kid can eat,” Sanderson says. “Caris and Nik can get away with it, but Mitch could be a WWE superstar. He’s like the Undertaker. He’s a big, physical guy, who could be a massive human being. We could get him to 300 pounds and under 10 percent body fat if we really wanted him to get there. He’s that special of an athlete."
I don't know that I've ever heard McGary described like that, but somehow I totally believe it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ah, 2011....||
The best part of the 2011 game for me was that I finally had the chance to be told off in person by an emotional Ohio State fan sitting near me. After the Avery interception which closed the door, I turned to him, extended my hand and said, "Well fought, sir...", to which the reply was, "Fuck off". It had been a while since I felt that proud at that point.
As for drinking tonight, a nice bottle of Goats Do Roam tonight.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good To Hear...||
“Not this fall,” he regarding future visits. “I’m just focused on the season. I haven’t really talked about going anywhere else. For now I’m just focused on the season.”
Walker would definitely be a nice get, and I am glad he enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor (chose a great time of the year to come here certainly), but I do have to say that I admire that he is focused on the present like this. Actually, I think Peppers did something similar and just focused on his game at that point in time and then made his decision later. If he does choose Michigan, I think we get just that much better and more focused a player then...sort of like Peppers. It's a nice thought indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Agree...||
It isn't just Ross Douglas, but the other players who have experienced shifts under this staff really do exude a team-oriented attitude and are willing to do what it takes to best serve the team. That's one perk of the atmosphere surrounding this team and this staff. I also like to hear these things from players.
As for his shift, I do find it interesting, but then we don't know a lot about the extent of the evaluations that will occur with the shift to inside zone. I have a feeling that we might see an offense which, from a personnel standpoint, is decidedly unlike last year in a few places, that's for sure.
|1 week 4 days ago||Now, Now...||
We have many Wolverines in many sports, and not all of them are football and basketball. Perhaps if you look at it as our school simply being able to attract top notch talent across the spectrum of competitive sport, that might help. This blog definitely serves to honor all of our athletes doing well for themselves and competing on bigger stages. It only helps Michigan in the long term.
|1 week 4 days ago||Regarding Gardner...||
Just so everyone is aware, and assuming about 300-ish attempt at about a 60% completion rate (just a hypothetical), the given stats for the over/under would produce a QB rating that, by the NCAA's calculations, would be around 156. That is typically good enough for an upper quartile most years in Division I, and from Devin, I think we could get upper quartile quite easily if some other things fall into place.
|1 week 4 days ago||Regarding WR...||
One of the things that seems key to me is Darboh coming back, because it is one of the primary reasons I like how the WR scenario might set up here. If this is in any way similar to what actually pans out (and accounting for the depth chart not typically being the depth chart), the idea of Funchess, a healthy Darboh and Canteen out there seems like a nice way to tell a defense "Good luck with this..."
|1 week 4 days ago||The Opportunity...||
I had wondered where Molk went after San Diego, if anywhere, and indeed, it is great to see that he is hanging around in the NFL and with a decent shot to make another roster (being a back-up now), albeit under some unfortunate circumstances (you never want to see a player injured, epscially to the point of needing surgery). Hopefully, he gets into games and does well though. Molk was always a favorite of mine as well.
EDIT: Tipped off by the OP, re-read original post - edited reply appropriately. Thanks for the clarification.
|1 week 4 days ago||This Was Interesting...||
The Flint Journal is updating their notes live, but I found this very intriguing:
"Hoke talking about GPS tracking technology the teams uses to track progress. I believe he meant that they're using it to see how far guys go during practice, especially the guys who need to take it easy due to offseason injury."
I would be intrigued to know exactly what they use and what the parameters are. I know that this staff and the athletic department in general have been among the first to implement a few things like this, but I hadn't heard about this improvement.
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
...because "UHF" is a cult classic among cult classics.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Am Tuned In...||
The self-sack by Orlovsky is an interesting move by NFL standards. I have to wonder if that catches on actually. Probably not, but I compliment him for seeing the problem and folding before anyone had a chance to proactively implement a less desirable altenative. This is where the NFL yet again intersects the corporate life.
|1 week 5 days ago||Joke Or Not...||
Whether it was a joke or not, it wasn't at all funny and it seemed clear to me that it was meant to troll / be inflammatory towards the board. As you know, I try to do a decent job of not letting such people exist for any longer than they absolutely must. Indeed, this user is in Bolivia and blocked until the last bowl game, at which time the case could be brought to appeal. I understand our MGoAppellate Court doesn't meet all that often, and when they do, it is at a Tiki bar and they usually don't discuss work.
|1 week 5 days ago||And With That...||
Jabrill Peppers tears ACL. Out for the year.
No. Just no. This was perhaps not great execution of such a thread (note: no such thread is worth executing) and at the worst possible time - fall camp. As they say, you are awarded no points and, well....you know the rest, I am sure.
The MGoUser shall sit out the season, but he is also blocked and thus not a problem now.
|1 week 5 days ago||My Own Guideline...||
I admit to being one of those people that tends to do it more the farther away I am from home (SE Michigan, only 20 minutes from home base anyway, if you will). Around here, I would be saying it all day most days, so I will limit it to people I know socially. Most other places, I will say "Go Blue!" and will respond to same. Yeah, you get the odd "Go Blue....oh, THIS shirt...." look, but it is worth the risk, I think.
|1 week 5 days ago||Beer Selection Tonight...||
Well, on a more uplifting note, we just got back from about four hours poolside at Willow Metropark near New Boston, and while I let the Solarcaine penetrate my shoulders, I am going to have a Sam Adams Boston Lager (nothing particularly fancy) and then sip on the pinot grigio I am putting in this sauce for tonight's dinner. I did, of course, pick up the Tigers game on the radio, so yeah....there's that involved in this beer, I admit.
|1 week 5 days ago||This Could Be Fun...||
I went with Indiana like a couple other people as a sort of conference-centric pick, although I do suspect that Duke is going to carve out an impressive empire in this vote for some reason, something similar to what Texas managed to do on the football map. I didn't see the football poll which was mentioned in a thread the other day - I wonder if it was in a similar format.
|1 week 5 days ago||Liked The Intensity...||
Somewhere in the 2:30-ish range, we get to see Pipkins successfully take out two players plus several other things within about a 10-foot radius, or damn near. Either way, I like the intensity of everyone in this drill. This is something that hopefully translates into game time - I would enjoy seeing these guys play like they are on a mission this season, as it were.
|1 week 5 days ago||Family Movie Indeed...||
I might have to pass, but not because I can't go or that I wouldn't go - I definitely support things like this. It is rather simple - thanks to my son and on-demand viewing, I've seen this film no less than 3,517 times since it was first released, although if you have not seen it and would like to do so with your family in an interesting setting, it does come highly recommended. It is a very funny movie really.
|1 week 5 days ago||I May Have Goofed...||
You know, the same article was posted a couple hours ago, but dressed as a repeat of last night's discussion, which is quickly where it headed and why it is gone now. This, however, emphasizes the more important part of the piece, I think - that nothing is quite set in stone yet, if anything ever really is. Perhaps a minor mod goof on my part, and apologies to Double-D there.
It's hard to extrapolate much from isolated tweets of what are little more than proposed lineups which might very well change within hours at the next practice, so hopefully it is the case that the competition has been good as Hoke says. Between that, the shift to an dedicated scheme and some of the cultural changes they've tried to implement (ref: Terry Richardson thread yesterday), we see some measured improvements.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yikes...||
The overall vibe of the comments over there, of course, were perhaps summed up best by the person who titled their post:
So many words, so little alcohol.
In all seriousness though, that's rough and hopefully Rose-Ivey and Jackson are going to "kill this rehab", as Ivey's tweet claimed (see comment thread on CornNation). Best of luck to them in their respective recoveries. As for Alexander, CornNation got a hold of an e-mail -
"Nebraska sophomore defensive back LeRoy Alexander has been suspended from competition for the 2014 football season. Alexander will remain on scholarship as a member of the Nebraska football program and will be allowed to practice with the team. Coach Pelini and the Nebraska Athletics Department will have no additional comment on this matter."
|1 week 5 days ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Very nice use of that speech indeed (Versus used to be the best way to watch the MWC, right?) and it creates the right tone for 2014 on several levels, I believe.
I enjoyed that - it was a nice way to start my Saturday, a day which will soon be filled with football again. Well done, OP.
|1 week 5 days ago||Covered Yesterday....||
Major shuffle on the O-line
This was essentially covered in a thread from yesterday evening which is still on the first page of threads for the moment. For those who are curious, look for a thread called "Hoke Revealed First String O-Line Today" and remember that there is the depth chart and then the depth chart.
Denard scores GW TD run in Jaguards Preseason Game
The "Touchdown Denard" thread covers this topic and is still on the front page.
|1 week 5 days ago||About That...||
Being a mod, I can only say that I am posting right now because they are reapplying linseed oil to a few of the items in the room, not to mention that it turns out that the breaks are fairly standardized. They are, however, providing coffee and light pastries for breakfast, but we were told to be back and "hard at it" at 9 AM sharp.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Nice...||
This is where I wish some of these had audio, because this one needs some Carl Spackler, I think:
This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere. Former greenskeeper and now about to become the masters champion.
Followed, of course, with "IT'S IN THE HOLE!"
|1 week 5 days ago||For Now, Birch Run...||
As much as I enjoy Birch Run and the ability to sing "Climb Every Mountain" several times as my wife wanders from store to store buying things I am pretty sure we don't need or really want, my new favorite will be the one they are looking to build right here in Romulus, assuming the plans to FINALLY use the vacant land north of Metro don't fall through. This way, we can save gas, or indeed, I can just stay home and fret over what I think the bill might be.
|1 week 5 days ago||My Two Cents...||
Well, Pflugard may have gotten the job over names like Brent Pease and Dave Doeren, but I have to think that, for the purposes of Montana's reputation as an institution, they (meaning the University Of Montana) are more comfortable being an OK team (now, after a 5-6 season in 2012) under Mick Delany than a rising star under Robin Pflugard. Now, the statement remains - this is the first thread in, well, ever, that made me think about Robin Pflugard.
|1 week 5 days ago||Watched The Whole Thing...||
I watched the entire thing, and me being me, I was cautiously optimistic that the Tigers could pull this one out of their you-know-what if they drove themselves to do it. Indeed, the 9th inning was superb and although Nathan makes it look like a puzzler sometimes, he still mostly manages to get these sorts of things done. Not exactly a stress-free game, but I'll take it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not Too Worried...||
"Is it a nagging thing? Some people have those. We've got to think a little bit about what we can do to help besides just rest. They know much better than I do, though."
I think that we're set up well enough at WR that this doesn't worry me too much and I think Harris can have all the time he needs to get to 100% and ready to go if indeed he was slated to play (nd not redshirt), so hopefully he heals and is back at practice as soon as possible. I am sure we'll hear more soon enough, but hopefully it is only a minor setback.
|1 week 5 days ago||Minor Observation...||
It looks like, at one point there, Nussmeier came within about a foot or so of tipping a pass from Gardner, so yeah, we either are looking at some questions at QB or some good depth at defensive OC, particularly up the middle. It's hard to tell from a video that doesn't even last for two minutes though.
|1 week 5 days ago||Perhaps Wise...||
Like others have said, there are three weeks of practice left and this is subject to change perhaps as early as tomorrow afternoon for all we really know, but more important, it is important to remember that - at any given moment, either in practice or in the season - there is the "depth chart" and then there is the "depth chart", and they are rarely the same thing. One is for public consumption / conversation, the other is not basically.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Opinion...||
SBNation has there own take as well as an embed of the full opinion on their site - HERE
One potentially important note:
"However, the NIL rights ended up being the entire focus of the ruling. While schools will not be forced to pay athletes a certain amount of money above the full cost of attendance — that nuance could have a major impact on smaller schools with tighter budgets — the NCAA cannot stop them from doing so below $5,000."
So, the cap is uniform for now, and as they mention, this could be problematic for schools outside of the power conferences (and perhaps for a few schools IN those conferences). Skimming through it myself, the market didn't open up like some people thought it might, but the days of players making nothing at all seem over. for the moment (pending any successful appeal, of course, but no stay will happen, it seems, so for now this stands).
I think the Kessler suit is probably the one that, if it doesn't go in favor of the NCAA, forces the NCAA to reinvent itself or ceast to exist essentially.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I do like these things. Thanks for sharing this.
I am all set up now as well. With any luck, I can streamline my process of going through odds and ratings this year and yet not end up overhinking this in the same way that I tend to overthink March Madness (although I did much better on that pool this year).
|1 week 6 days ago||Beer And Pizza...||
Tonight is the traditional beer and pizza night around here, so Jet's it is and some Franziskaner Weissbier to go with it. To boot, I am sitting out here on the patio because it is a beautiful evening here and I need some time to just chill after a rather hectic week of doing my work plus the work of two people on vacation.
|1 week 6 days ago||And So It Goes...||
Interestingly, CBS said that this particular legal battle didn't cost the ACC all that much because they still had the firm used on retainer dealing with some other issues and just sort of tacked this onto whatever business was being conducted. Smooth indeed.
As for this, I am sure they are both glad it is done - $31,367,788 was the final damage, which is rougly 60% of the original amount sought. No one really seems to take a bath on this one, but I think just from a long-term picture standpoint, Maryland will not be hurting long about money, although let's face it - Maryland was frightfully honest about why they joined the Big Ten, and it has a lot to do with the budget hole mentioned in the article.
|1 week 6 days ago||My Expectation...||
My expectation - and do feel free to tell me if this is lofty - is that you, as someone who purports knowledge of the sport, would present your opinions in a constructive and non-abrasive manner. If someone disagrees, I expect them to do the same and I expect that your reply - if you choose to provide one - be in kind. If you can't agree with the other person, "eh, whatever", but try not to come off as "I am right and the rest of you can suck it".
What I don't expect - and what could eventually get you a ticket out of here - is what you're still doing in this this thread, albeit to a far lesser extent. I don't expect you to come in here and belittle people who may not have as much technical knowledge of the sports as you claim to have. If that's the approach you take as a teacher of the game, I have to question why you are in such a position.
|1 week 6 days ago||To Embed...||
To get this to show up here, you'll have to upload the photo to a sharing service and then use their embed code. Every service will generate it automtically now, I believe, so you can copy and paste that in the comment box, but before you do that, make sure you're in plain text mode. Also, you can use the tools available if you right-click on the image to resize it as needed to fit in the comment box (400-ish pixels for width).
EDIT: The link for the photo points to Google Mail, so you know.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Second Half...||
Almost as important as the chemistry quote posted by the OP was the second part of it. Richardson continued...
"When you do that you raise the level of play throughout the whole team and it builds that camaraderie every day in training and summer workouts. We had team activities that were amazing -- TWO of them --and we never did that before so that was a good deal."
Part of building chemistry on any team - sports or not - is challenging notions and encouraging people to get better for the benefit of the team. If you aren't doing this, then you will very quickly hit a wall and aside from spot exceptions, your performance will likely not break down that wall. Even the most talent collection of people will underperform if they are not working towards team success. It is great to hear that the players get that, because I felt - as other did - that this is part of what we were witnessing last year, that it was a very talented collection of players.
|1 week 6 days ago||Ramp Closures...||
I think the entire I-94 Business Loop improvement plan was supposed to wrap up in November, but it was our understanding (I say "our" because it affects some work that we do here) was that the ramp closures were not supposed to be for the entire duration of the project, so hopefully they open up relatively soon.
|1 week 6 days ago||A Couple Things...||
First, let me say that the parody in this thread is something I would expect from this blog and did you ever deliver on it - I was almost rolling on the floor at my desk in the middle of a very large office area.
Second, the secondary is one group that I will most interested to see in terms of the supposed depth chart (note: supposed, because "depth chart"...) later this month. We're at a point, I believe, where we are rather deep here, so I am intrigued to see who the projected starters and #2 players will be at each position. For me, part of that is just curiosity about where Peppers fits in at the end of camp, but I do believe that we are looking at a position group that will do well this year.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Don't Know...||
It would be difficult to manage - this being a diverse blog, we all work different shifts and, in some cases, have different "Fridays", if you will. Typically, it has just been easiest to make sure that the Friday Posbang thread does not show up on Wednesday afternoon, for example, but even if it came around at 3 AM this morning, best let our graveyard shift bloggers get an early word in, I would say.
I do understand where you are coming from though - today it showed up before I had even really had coffee, so here I am, bleary-eyed and barely comprehending my work e-mail when I see "posbang" on the board and think to myself, "Huh? Who's banging who now? Oh...."
|1 week 6 days ago||The Weekend...||
As I have been doing the work of three of my fellow supervisors this week, I have almost literally been at the center of every minor controversy regarding work being done in this particular region of the service territory, so needless to say, a weekend which may only involve mowing the lawn and grilling is quite welcome right now.
As for the multiple posbang threads, in case you were interested in the general rule on duplicate threads of any topic, about 99% of the time, the first thread by timestamp stays, but if the mods don't get to it right off the bat, we tend to go by which one is generating the most discussion, which is not always the first thread created (especially during the season).
|1 week 6 days ago||Of Minor Note...||
It might be just me, but I also like to look at passer efficiency ratings as a fairly decent measure of how a QB is in fact doing, as TD and yardage and a few other stats tend to be beholden to things like scheme or various in-game decisions / adjustments. That being said, at least with overall season stats, Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner are #1 and #2 respectively with ratings of 158.1 and 146.1, both of which are good for the upper third in Division I, I believe. Connor Cook is actually #6 in the conference at 135.5. Someone mentioned Hackenburg - he's right behind Cook for 2013 stats at 134.0
|1 week 6 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
I suppose that if MGoBlueLine needs someone to do field / scene reports while he does the pressers, this might be a good opportunity for this kid:
|1 week 6 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
Well, as they say sometimes, it never rains but it pours, except when it comes to recruits to bolster programs, I don't think you would necessarily want the umbrella, and indeed, a little rain never hurts but will hopefully help things grow and prosper. That being said, a welcome addition indeed - as Beilein said in the UMHoops article:
“It’s a thing we’ll continue to work on, but I don’t plan on changing at all. It would be nice to have a huge shot-blocker who can change games, but that will come through either in guys we have now or guys who are coming in, like a DJ Wilson will be able to block some shots.”
Welcome to Michigan, Jon Teske!
|2 weeks 25 min ago||FEI Defense...||
It's difficult to gather a lot of good, direct comparison data when Narduzzi has had much more time to develop his philosophy and install a system than Greg Mattison, but the FEI Defensive numbers for years when they were both in the Big Ten as a DC are below:
2011 - Michigan State = -0.542 (6th), Michigan = -0.414 (16th)
2012 - Michigan State = -0.683 (2nd), Michigan = -0.338 (26th)
2013 - Michigan State = -0.733 (2nd), Michigan = -0.201 (37th)
I anticipate a nice jump for us this year, and you're right really, OP, considering where the defense was in 2009-2010, the overall turnaround has been remarkable.
|2 weeks 36 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
I am guessing (and I could be wrong) that South Dakota hates Iowa because one of the Dakotas has to hate someone, and it might as well be South Dakota, and indeed, why not just hate Iowa for proximity reasons.
Of course, that's just a guess. I note that the state of Nebraska still has the Big 12 history fresh in their minds as well. Indeed, that's a nice little empire of hate that Texas has carved out through the years.
|2 weeks 49 min ago||That's A Big Kid...||
To use an expression, "Mother of god"....
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Alright, Alright...||
Well, I think we've let this go on long enough, eh? You're not exactly helping yourself out by, for example, tell people to "fuck off" and getting generally combative - dare I say abusive in a couple posts - with the community at large. To that end, Bolivia until the end of the month and please try in the future not to turn threads that are supposed to be relatively jovial and innocuous in their conversation into borderline shitshows.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Probably Nothing...||
I think Mike Slive, quoted in the article (from a conference last month), basically lays that out right here:
“If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will need to consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can enact the desired changes in the best interests of our student‑athletes.”
I don't know that it is something you say outright like this unless you know you could - if necessary - walk away from it. I could be wrong there, but the rhetoric seems to indicate that there isn't much fear in simply walking away.
Whether or not there would be a mass exodus from the NCAA is something I am less sure of (but I am inclined to think that, if they feel all avenues lead to deadends, they will go), but I wonder if there would be a relatively quick move to at least attempt to form "Division IV", which would allow them to do what they are asking to do but nominally remain under the NCAA umbrella. It would definitely be the last resort for the Big 5 when it came to the NCAA, I would think.
If they went that route, they could simply take their current base Division I requirements (per Bylaw 20 of the Handbook) and add to / subtract from them at will and become an entirely different division in theory. Of course, if that became a bear to even contemplate, I don't see that there would be much choice but for the "Big 5" to go it alone and form an entirely separate governing body.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||The Podcast Segment...||
Here's the link to the podcast mentioned by the OP - (LINK). Hopefully, the link straight through to StationCaster works.
As I recall, one of the things Roseboro talked about a lot during his visit was the family atmosphere and how the coaches simply acted as they were and didn't try to "sell themselves" ("down to Earth" was another phrase used, I believe). Indeed, I believe he even met the wives of a few coaches as well as most of the football staff, which if his DetNews interview was any indication, he found quite refreshing.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Some Figures...||
Here's NBC's piece on the subject - (LINK)
Per Adrian Wojnarowski - "Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
The value of a max contract, per the article, will not be officially known until we actually know the salary cap figures for the 2015-16 season, but per projections, it is about $108 million.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||To Answer, In Part...||
Believe it or not, there is actually an answer to this question - "yes". I can still see the unpublished material (I deleted the thread which had no comments) and Duval Wolverine retains all points gained for the creation of a thread. Actually, if you post in a thread that it is later axed, you get to keep the points. I suppose it is sort of the virtual equivalent of a "participatn ribbon".
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Other Way Around...||
Actually, if you have seen film of Peppers, the much more logical use of his talents is at corner because, at least in the film that is available, he's pretty much everywhere the ball is. I rather like the idea - if it happens to be the case - that Peppers would become the starting NB because having a true freshman as your #3 corner says much that is positive about his ability. Peppers on offense? I know they've hinted that he might find himself in certain situations on offense, but more one-off type stuff and not every down.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Interesting Point...||
Average size= 6ft5+ 304.2 lbs
This being the case and if indeed your projection is the starting offensive line, you definitely wouldn't be able to say we were hurting for size at this position in such a scenario. That's another reason we need to see larger samples of what Nussmeier's scheme looks like with these guys in place (or as large as you can get for a first-year OC still trudging through his first fall camp at Michigan), as it seems like size and even mere modest improvements (not expecting miracles in the first year) in footwork and blocking in the zone scheme would do wonders for this offense.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Live Blog...||
I am trying to talk her into doing the live blog - I showed her the format on Blyve via another chat and she seemed to like it. I told her that all she had to do was treat people humanely but also like me when I've commited some hitherto unknown transgression. It was the statement that she could more or less say whatever and have control over which comments were approved that she liked the most though.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Starting College...||
Well, at 36 years of age, with two kids who are deep into elementary school, and multiple degrees from Michigan, I should hope I would have started college already ;-) No matter if you though I was someone else though.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||I Think I Get It...||
My wife - at least from August to April - calls this blog "that thing that he discusses at dinner aside from work and I can't fathom why". No matter, I plan to have her guest mod during a game, something to which she grudgingly agreed. Now we have to decide on which game it will be. I am sure everyone will enjoy it - she is far more colorful with profanity than I am.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Nice indeed. Staff and player commits in multiple sports within the span of just a few hours - it has indeed been a nice day and those that are able should have a drink or three in celebration of this addition.
Welcome to Michigan, Mike Weber!
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Welcome Aboard...||
Well, well.....we picked up a good one and a noted diarist in MGoBlueline to cover this most important connection in the MGoBlog world. Welcome to the front lines of the MGoWorld, Adam!
If they give you mod powers (which they likely will), remember that I have a stockpile of YouTube vidoes and various avatars which can be used as irreverent replies to people should you have occasion to need them.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Presser Coverage...||
I really don't know much, but supposedly interviews are underway for this - I think this is something that the blog needs to know as our connectivity to the program is somewhat affect by the presence / absence of someone in this position. I don't know about any timeline for a hire, but I do know that people have been interviewed for Heiko's position.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Record...||
The record (before mod cleanup) still stands....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||As A Minor Point...||
Someone posted the NYT article on this vote this morning, but that one did not include much in the way of individual perspectives from the coaches themselves, so we can definitely keep this here for some supplemental discussion, I would think.
The most interesting feature of the proposed autonomy legislation was discussed around here a while ago, in my opinion, and that was the notion of "permissible legislation" and "actionable legislation". Permissible legislation would be something - like full-cost scholarships - that the power conferences would vote on themselves and then the rest of the NCAA members could either adopt it or not, almost like an upper house / lower house, it sounds. Actionable legislation would be the sort that all conferences would still have a say in, but it was not clear how it would be be determined what proposal takes what path.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fixed It...||
Remember to switch to plain text before posting HTML...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Similar Injury...||
I also had a similar experience some years ago - not my pinky, but my left ring finger, which I mangled during what as supposed to be a friendly game of touch football. Between the pain killers and the splint and a couple sutures, and considering I am in fact a southpaw, it was a long four weeks of making even the simplest chores seem like performance art.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well, To Be Fair...||
To follow the strictest interpretation, it isn't technically an impermissible benefit if it is something which is generally accessible or otherwise available to the student body as a whole. As we only saw one room, we cannot be certain that Coach Anderson didn't have the required 40,000 or so Wisconsin bucket hats (one for each student on the Madison campus) stowed elsewhere. If we don't see a campus full of bucket hats come September, it might be cause for concern definitely.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||FEI Offense...||
Here are the FEI Offense +/- from 2009-2013:
2009 - Borges (SDSU) = -0.278, Nussmeier (Washington) = 0.109
2010 - Borges (SDSU) = 0.424, Nussmeier, (Washington) = -0.007
2011 - Borges (Michigan) = 0.472, Nussmeier (Washington) = 0.306
2012 - Borges (Michigan) = 0.267, Nussmeier (Alabama) = 0.553
2013 - Borges (Michigan) = 0.173 (sad face), Nussmeier (Alabama) = 0.551
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Sun That Day...||
I was at this game as well, and I managed to get some burns on my arms and face myself, but what I always thought was the cruelest joke of them all regarding The Horror is that it was, as I recall, one of the first live game telecasts (it may very well have been THE first) of the Big Ten Network, which went live on the air only two days prior (on two carriers, so not a large audience to start). Folks tuning into the BTN for the first time perhaps that weekend got to see that game as it unfolded.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Proposed Model...||
Here's the proposed model and the vote distribution between conferences as linked in the article, as well as the two ways a given proposal could be approved:
Apologies for the size, but the original slide is huge. It's interesting really - 15 students, three per conference, plus 65 votes distributed somewhat (not totally) evenly. I wonder if reason for the numbers is population-based or some other factor.
This rather follows up a discussion had yesterday too - one of the things the Big 5 would like to do is liberalize the rules regarding borrowing against potential future earnings to get disability insurance, so that was a timely thread really.
Thanks for sharing this one, OP.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Glad This Is Over...||
I am just trying to imagine how a school would - in the worst case scenario - demand that they should be compensated for icing, Funfetti and possibly a few chocolate chips in a manner which would satisfy the requirements of other bylaws. I will say, however, that I admire South Carolina for at least making sure that awesome desserts were OK with Mark Emmert.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good Luck To Him...||
I actually heard about this some time ago but was wondering when there would be an announcement of some kind (as it is not my place to make them). There is something to be said about a site that attracts writers rising through the ranks and then sends them to other outlets. That speaks to the overall quality of the users and the readership here, I would think, as this is a demanding audience typically.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Avila Thing...||
I would more or less agree with this sentiment - it may not look the best all the time, but on many other metrics (not just the ones you mention), Avila tends to sit somewhere near the MLB average for the position. That is just fine by me, and when you consider that his WAR and dWAR are both north of 1.0, I am not sure what more fans expect in this context. I would think that, for the Tigers, Avila serves just fine. Actually, his offensive runs above replacement (oRAR) is positive, so by many statistical measures, he is contributing positively. Those things being considered, even including the rather streaky offense, I personally would rather Avila was out there than a lot of other people.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If There Is Interest...||
If anyone is interested, Tomahawk Nation has coverage (obviously) at their site including some quotes from Auden Tate which give some insight into his reasoning (LINK).
"That's one of the few visits that I really liked," Tate said. "The coaches didn't promise me nothing, and told me I could come work for a spot. At receiver, they do real good with spreading the ball around."
They also have a short discussion on how Tate can fit into FSU's offense and mention that the Seminoles were targeting 3-4 WRs in their 2015 haul.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Supplemental Stuff...||
UMHoops ran an article this morning - centered around Zak Irvin in particular - about some of the other things coming out of Camp Sanderson as well. (LINK)
"Irvin’s offseason strength gain – he’s up 15 pounds to 215 — was obvious according to observers at the Adidas Nations camp in Garden Grove, California. Irvin reflected on his physical development after participating in a game with other college stars from across the country."
Irvin also said that he's been working more on getting to ball screens as well as his own ball handling. It also mentions that LeVert is up 15 pounds himself to 185 as well, so there is some serious gain (good gain) happening here.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Another Reason To Like The Spurs...||
One of the things that I've always admired about the Spurs' organization is that they are not afraid to do these sorts of things and are very open to finding good players and personnel in corners of basketball that other teams won't even touch typically. The great thing is that the Spurs' find exactly what they wanted more often than not, and bringing in a player with a nice resume like Hammon's definitely doesn't hurt in the least. This is a team that is very much about keeping the goal in mind and they look good doing it too, which is a bonus.
Here's Gregg Popovich working with Hammon earlier in the year:
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Looking At The Results...||
Man, they set Howard Twilley up for failure in this bracket, didn't they? I remember the thread from yesterday and the ones that I thought might be close were indeed that - Dorsett / Rozier and Woodson / Thomas. I think the trouble for me was voting based on a snapshot and trying to exclude the body of work, but then actually used overall productivity (my opinion of it anyway) to make the determination.
As for Schlabach, as I believe he is a Georgia grad, I can only guess that he is at least pleased that Herschel Walker won comfortably over Tim Tebow, so there is at leas that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
This is now on the laptop on which I happen to be working. Actually, it is a laptop that often gets used in presentations here, and one that - if the signout for it is correct - will be used this afternoon by the resident Spartan in the building, so I might very well leave it for trolling purposes. I will also put it in my own rotation on my personal machine. Awesome work!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Insurance Stuff...||
As for medical coverage, member institutions actually have to certify their own medical coverage for "recognized events" per the NCAA bylaws actually, so in essence if you play in a game in a recognized sport, technically you are covered - at least in part - by the school, or that's how I remember it being laid out actually. I think there is another bylaw which also says that the amount of coverage must be greater than or equal to the deductible of the NCAA's base injury program and can either be paid out by the student's medical coverage if they are on their parent's plan or by the school itself.
The bylaw covering "loss of value" policies more or less says that an individual can borrow against future earnings potential from an accredited lending institution provided that a third party is not involved in securing the policy (or loan if it is cash). While the university can't be directly involved, what they are specifically allowed to do is appoint a designate to assist in the process.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Liked This Quote...||
"I'm thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football," Wilson said.
I rather liked this quote here because it shows you (again, in the case of the article) just how well-rounded Wilson's perspective is and that he knows that there are so many things he can still yet do and hopefully will do. I imagine no one is more disappointed than Wilson himself, but as he mentions he played out the alternatives in his mind and like he said in the OP's quote, he gets to "dream another dream and live that too". He was an exciting player when he was out there and I wish him the best in his post-football career.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Acurate, Yes...||
You know, reading this sign, the only conclusion that comes to mind is, "Well, nearly accurate passes anyway...I mean, definitely within reasonable reach." Also, this could easily be broken up into a few sentences and the message might even be that much more digestable and acurate. Other than that, it gives me a headache to read it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Still Blows Me Away...||
One of the things that still blows me away about this game, the amount of disarray in the defense aside, is that between ourselves and Illinois, there were 1,237 yards of offense in this game. That's perhaps twice, sometimes close to three times what we see in a game now under a different staff these days - typically, that is. Strangely, we gave up 561 yards to Illinois in the 2010 match, but 572 to Indiana last year, although there really isn't a meaningful comparison between the two games.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Most Fortuitous||
Considering that this also happens to be my son's birthday and he is a rather huge Michigan fan (I can't think where he picked this up), I can't think of a better father-son outing, although he is not the most patient kid in the world and there will obviously be lines. Best show up early, I suppose. Well, that and my daughter could get her shot at meeting her favorite player - Jake Ryan.