shocked gambling establishment etc
|39 min 43 sec ago||So, About That...||
So, I believe the question before us this evening, MGoCOmmunity, is this - would Steve Spurrier eat his visor flame-broiled or sauteed, or perhaps Memphis-style BBQ? I think this is an important question to have answered before the presser.
Incidentally, the final damage - South Carolina gave up 680 yards over 99 plays, or 6.87 yards allowed per play on average. Kenny Hill was 44-for-60 with 511 yards passing.
|54 min 21 sec ago||Nice, Very Nice....||
Ha. I actually played this one a few times - very funny indeed.
Glad to see commercials like this come back as part of the beginning of the season as well. I will say that, during some of the more morbid moments of fandom, things like this have given me a good laugh.
|2 hours 36 min ago||Exquisitely Big Ten...||
Several of the series in this Minnesota game so far - especially between the second Eastern Illinois turnover and Minnesota's need to get to 3rd and goal before running it in successfully - have been exquisitely Big Ten. It is nice to have this back really.
Mitch Leidner getting a chance to show off that arm too - 1 for 4 and a grand total of 2 yards in the air right now.
|3 hours 31 min ago||From The Conference Room...||
Well, not really a storm anymore - actually, it was a really nice day.
When I get home, I plan to switch to something else, but for the time being, we're half-listening to the Minnesota / E. Illinois game as we wait for people to call in their findings in the field. It's not a bad slate for an opening Thursday really, and as I am off tomorrow, I have plenty of entertainment late into the night.
|3 hours 35 min ago||Timeline...||
According to virtually every source, they are definitely out for at least this Saturday, but the timeline is sketchy after that, it seems. Kelly did indicate in a Sun-Times interview that there was supposed to be a meeting sometime in the coming week with Swarbrick about where the investigation stood, so I bet the next major update to this story comes perhaps this time next week.
|5 hours 59 min ago||ESPN's Story...||
Here's ESPN's short piece on the whole thing - LINK
Here's one of the quotes from Sarkissian regarding Brown:
"He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn't want to play anymore. It's a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us."
He goes on to mention that he encouraged him to continue playing and getting healthy too, but that it was Brown's choice not to do so. I suppose we'll hear more about this story at some point as well. Rough week for USC football.
|6 hours 8 min ago||Moving Forward...||
Going through the known games for the next few weeks, a fair number of the SEC Network games are going to be on WatchESPN, so it seems like if the sidebar content does not interest you at all and you only want the odd game, there's not a whole lot of point in getting the SEC Network outside of the southeastern US perhaps (where I imagine its is simply part of your provider package).
|8 hours 8 min ago||Some Massey Stuff...||
For the Big Ten teams playing tonight -
Rutgers is only getting 20% for a projected win probability against the Air Raid: Part III with a projected median score of 37-24. Minnesota, on the other hand, is getting 66% against Eastern Illinois with a projected median score of 34-28.
For the inaugural game for the SEC Network, South Carolina is the favorite in this one - 62% projected win probability for that one.
|8 hours 45 min ago||I Like It...||
While sometimes I feel that perhaps the hits are underrepresented and we spend a lot of time talking about the misses - oh, the glaring misses - in the world of uniforms, I have to say that this is one of the hits, in my opinion. Very simple, clean and sharp, and as someone said, it would be fun if Navy could find a way to triple option OSU to death somehow.
|10 hours 38 min ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I've kept up with these throughout the summer, but for those that have not, I do highly recommend these posts. Very thorough and informative, and I have never NOT learned something new (several things actually) in these pieces.
Thanks for posting this. Definitely some nice review material for this week here.
|11 hours 4 min ago||The Flaw In The Plan...||
"Now, with the players and the assistant coaches in the locker room flustered and bewildered, Freeze walks in. He looks over his team and begins to speak, "Okay guys, this is it. This is one of those All In moments. We have to protect Coach Jackson. We're going to bury the body, and we're going to bury the shovel."
I can almost see one player raising their hand, "But what about the shovel we used to bury that shovel? What should we do with that? Then, what about the shovel used to bury the shovel that was used to bury the original shovel? I think I've spotted the flaw here..."
|12 hours 27 min ago||Necessary Roughness...||
I admit that I always have enjoyed "Necessary Roughness" if for no other reason than I want to see this actually called before I pass on:
|12 hours 33 min ago||About That...||
Team chemistry has definitely been a common theme in the offseason and in the CTK videos, but after some of the action items that came out of interviews back in December and January, I think we would be concerned if this WASN'T being talked about every day and every practice. I've said it before, but this is a team brimming with talent just about everywhere, and getting them to play as a team can only mean good things for the season.
|12 hours 41 min ago||Compliment To The Board...||
I was going to mention this at some point, and this is as good a time as any, but the board did a very nice job of switching into Non-OT mode and the content really has been quality so far this week. It is probably the smoothest that this transition has ever been in my time here anyway, so thanks to everyone for that. Good work!
|23 hours 20 min ago||Yes Indeed...||
It will probably be one of the most basic things you can see in an inside zone scheme. I envision single back as well, or perhaps something with an FB to align for anyone unblocked, such as a linebacker (depending on the read) and then a handoff to the RB for a couple yards. I seem to remember the first series or two more often than not being run-heavy, but my memory is dealing with beer right now.
|23 hours 42 min ago||Quick Question...||
Is it a fair statement if we say that both teams did everything in their power to lose this game, but in the end, it seems like Abilene Christian just tried that much harder in the end? That is, of course, if Georgia State makes this relatively innocuous chipshot.
|1 day 22 min ago||Brief Observation...||
It's Sun Belt versus Southland so perhaps it gets a pass, but in most other conferences, having pass defenses the likes of either Abilene Christian or Georgia State would be more or less fatal. That, and both teams are remarkably good and converting 3rd downs, but mostly because the other team is not very good at turning them away.
|1 day 33 min ago||Something Like This...||
Granted, it has everything to do with emotional investment, but I find that I really don't pay very much attention to voices and instead much more to the information (if any) being relayed if it is Michigan and I am watching on TV rather than being at the game. Watching the many other games that I might on a Saturday, I find myself noticing who and the quality of the call a lot more. To that end and to speak to the OP's original content, from a live broadcasting standpoint, I find Mowins better than Ward at this.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Just so everyone is aware, we did send a message into the space / time rift into which THE_KNOWLEDGE last disappear. The rub in doing so, of course, is that the message may have arrived a good century or so before he arrived depending on the specifics of the distortion. We will see if he responds yesterday, I suppose, but I do see the concern - time runs short...or long.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Massey Numbers...||
Believe it or not, there are some Massey numbers for this game - Georgia State is favored (67% projected win probability) with a 35-28 projected median score (across a few thousand simulations).
I'll be watching it for sure - we're still buried in service restoration here at work and I do have the luxury of cable in the conference room where I am sitting.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Michigan Tech...||
The last group of summer students we took on here actually had a large Michigan Tech representation. We recruit that school for engineers quite heavily, although we get a ton of Michigan and MSU people as well in here. Actually, quite a few firms here in Metro Detroit go up there to scout the future, I believe.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Very Good Article...||
My son had been born about three weeks before the 2007 game, and the Appalachian State game - which I also mistakenly thought would be a no-brainer as I walked into the stadium - was the first outing my wife and I went on since perhaps the middle of July (my son was an emergency c-section, and there had been issues since mid-July).
I don't know that it could be said much better than this article really, although seven years later it is still a bit difficult to get through. Actually, this right here sums up the psychological change that I think most of us experienced than this passage after Jane's remarks about the Dennis Dixon Show in the second week:
The floor for Michigan football, which was once "6-6 and a shitty bowl game," dropped out. Then RichRod happened, and losing to Toledo happened, and the stupidest NCAA violations ever happened, and the "Michigan man" thing happened, and everything just… changed.
I really don't think that "Michigan fan" has meant quite the same thing to me since those first to weeks of 2007, but I am one all the same.
|1 day 8 hours ago||If I Read This Right...||
It sounds like the initial ruling came late last week - LINK
"The waiver got denied initially, and we've appealed it," Hoke confirmed Wednesday. "(We appealed) probably last week, mid week."
As I understand it, the rule is generally that the school must typically be within 100 miles of the student-athlete's home city for the waiver to pass muster. Typically. That being said, I don't really mind this - I think we might get an even better Ty Isaac if he has a year to develop outside of games.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Shocked Frankly...||
After what we discovered about the news strategy for developing longsnappers in the Sugar Bowl, I am shocked that no one said Scott Sypniewski. After all, in a pinch, the LS is good for some short receiving yards, right?
Realistically, however, like others I have a suspicion that the first TD will coincide with the first opportunity to shout, "ALL OF THE DEVINS!"
|1 day 10 hours ago||OT Season Is Indeed Over...||
OT-Chase clears up Sopranos ending (spoiler)
...as well as...
OT - States Ranked by Beer - Michigan ranked #4
I really shouldn't have left the beer one, but admittedly I was amused - I was also trying to get crews out the door, so there wasn't much time left for actual considered modding. We'll remove both in keeping with the fact that OT Season really is, in fact, over.
|1 day 11 hours ago||No Trouble Here...||
I am on an HP latptop running Windows 8 (sort of), and I had no issues downloading and opening the PDF. Of course, the settings on the corporate firewall have been pretty lax since they opened us up to social media and even streaming video, so I don't know if other people are having permissions issues or not.
I went to the game prediction section first admittedly - the Miami (OH) one gave me a chuckle. I didn't realize that they'd only lost one of their games by only 1 TD. You have to wonder if there was simply a miscommunication and Treadwell just didn't specify where the "end zone" in fact was.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Plan Meticulously...||
I can say that even though mine are now 8 and 7, we're still not quite at a point where we make it through a whole game, but we do make it through much of the game if we keep them fed and reasonably entertained.
You might maximize the amount of time by keeping them entertained / distracted inasmuch as possible - so plenty of walks around the concourse are probably in order. We didn't even attempt a game with the kids until a couple years ago but if you plan it like you would a normal daytrip, although even at that, as others said, it ultimately depends on the kid.
|1 day 15 hours ago||When I Am Not There...||
Living only about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, if I can't be at the stadium, usually there is some pressing reason (typically, it is because my wife is working a shift and it is only myself and the kids, but work has gotten in the way for me too). On those occasions when I cannot attend, assuming I am at home and not working a storm somewhere, I will just make some sandwiches and vegitate in front of the TV and the blog while the kids watch (or don't watch). For 3:30 PM kicks, I'll grill something beforehand and have an early dinner while I watch.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Duplicate Thread...||
Garrett Taylor Tears ACL
This is a duplicate thread, the original now relagated to the second page but still only about 18 hours old. All the same, wishing Taylor a speedy recovery.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Solid List...||
With regards to the OT here, it probably should be outside the bubble, as it were, but the OP did tie it back to the Big Ten in some fashion ("kinda sorta", as they say), so we'll leave it for a bit.
Going through the links, Bell's Oberon made their list of 23 beers to try before you die as well, and that list as well is a mostly solid list, I would think. In any case, I might have the "Michigan native" glasses on, but I would have been shocked if we weren't at least Top Five on such a list. As for Nebraska being last among Big Ten states, the author might have nailed this one:
Luckily, the Cornhuskers’ 22 spot in the preseason AP poll is the only ranking this state really cares about.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Trolling Aside...||
Just as a note, I have been quite tipsy and managed some level of moderating on the board, so this does not excuse the OP from posting a link to the article at the very least. This is the sort of thing which really needs to stop as we slide into the season, in my opinion, the posting of select quotes without the citing of thee larger work. If the OP will post the link to the article, this thread can remain.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I Might Be Wrong...||
I might be wrong, but it seems like a summary of what a fair number of analysts might say if pressed. We don't really know the waivr status until it is announced, of course, but it doesn't seem like we would be significantly hamstrung if Isaac had to sit out a year. I think we might be OK at this position and I don't know that anyone would freak if Isaac had to sit out. Maybe this is just me though.
|2 days 2 hours ago||About This...||
This will probably coincide more or less with the O/U on thread deletions as we're quickly getting to a point where the grumbling about why and how this game came to be should realistically be usurped by our need to, at the very least, win the game. Now that we are within about four days of the game, there is indeed little use in reliving the past.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I Like It...||
I like this. I definitely need to keep this on the second monitor at work (vertically oriented) so I can remind myself when I will suddenly be unavailable for weekends should there be weather like there was this evening here in metro Detroit. I will just have to remind myself that I can sleep in a little bit for some kicks as I believe you're using your home time zone (Eastern Time here)
|2 days 5 hours ago||Well, That's Awkward...||
Oh, Tennessee, what are we going to do with you....
|2 days 5 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
I actually really enjoyed this simulation last year even though I didn't exactly do much more than break even (approximately) in the end. It was a neat exercise that, when it was over, made me feel like a fool for not buying up all of the Seminole stock and retiring to the Cayman Islands under a clever MGoPseudonym.
|2 days 7 hours ago||MGoCatharsis...||
I suppose these things are healthy once in a while:
- Despite my avatar, I am neither cyan in hue nor do I have wings.
- Though a lifelong Wolverine, I very nearly went to USC just for a change of scenery.
- I woke up on a bench in Allmendinger Park in Ann Arbor the morning after the Baylor game in 1997. I still am unsure how I got there, although the blistering hangover might be a clue.
|2 days 9 hours ago||In The Family...||
Well, at least they kept it in the family since Quick Lane was created by Ford Motor Company to service its vehicles, at least in the beginning. Crain's has some of Ford's reaction to this news here - LINK
“We’re hoping to continue to raise awareness among consumers for the fast service, value and convenience our Quick Lanes deliver,” Frederiek Toney, a Ford vice president who also is president of the Global Ford Customer Service Division, said in a statement.
I am assuming that the halftime show will somehow involve rotating tires and checking the coolant levels.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Deleted The Spam...||
I took out the spam but the formatting irreguralities persist, so I'll check some of the other comments to see if a GIF or video or something was shoved in there crosswise, as it were, bringing chaos to HTML-land. Thanks for reporting that though.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Even In 2016...||
Even in 2016, I don't think we play anyone particularly close by either - Hawaii, UCF and Colorado to town that year. What I do rather like about how the OOC schedules are shaping up in the future is that the quality does seem to be trending upward a bit, at least based on what is available in the way of future schedules to day. To me, the slide into a three-game OOC slate should compel schools in the conference to consider who they put on the schedule a little more carefully.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Hitting People...||
“I just hated it,” Ryan said. “You run a route and then you’re done. You don’t get to hit anyone.” - on possibly being a WR
Even worse, wide receivers don't get the opportunity to use the offense to tackle the offense like in the 2012 Minnesota game, so there's that added perk as well. Here's to hoping we see some more of that this year, right? Actually, we very well might - I like the idea of having Ryan in the middle in a 4-3 Over personally.
Nice article, OP. Thanks for sharing that one.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Testing Addendum...||
We should publish the whole "method of delivery vs. accuracy of the map" addendum just in case to ensure that anyone trying to do live updates can do so with relative accuracy as long as possible. I just had this thought about someone, for example, shotgunning beer and then trying to provide an accurte account of whether of not it was a Michigan bar or a converted basement somewhere.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
For the time being, we'll see what sort of humor we get here, I think....
|3 days 52 min ago||One Idea...||
Ed's on Delaware Avenue might not be a bad bet. It's not a bad place to have a drink or two and it does have a bank of flatscreens as I recall.
As a minor note to the board at large, we're probably not going to let all threads like this stand - there is a reasonably comprehensive map available in the menus, although it has not been updated in some time. Put-In-Bay is a bit off the beaten path, but in larger metropolitan areas...well...it's a judgment call.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Incredible Act...||
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said on Monday. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."
As someone sort of mentioned, this is one of those things that really does put certain things in perspective. Incredible act by this kid and I wish him a speedy recovery. We talk about rankings, but here is a five-star person.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Well, I Thought...||
I almost hate to say this, and perhaps the music nerd in me is coming out, but my first thought when I saw this thread was in fact Aaron Copland because...well....I am still trying to reconcile myself with this other entity which has the name "Appalachian" in it. That being said, the band did a good job at the ND game in 1991, no?
|3 days 3 hours ago||I Promise...||
If it is allowed, I shall redeem myself in my next post by numbering the lines so you can then more easily follow the MLA guidelines for explicating poetry or whatever would suit your requirements best. I mean, I wouldn't want to disappoint someone so discerning when it comes to posting style.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Nebraska / Illinois...||
Between the VERY read alternate uniforms for Nebraska and the wall of orange that will undoubtedly comprise the Illinois bench, there will be very few retinas spared in that game. Sunglasses may be required for that one, even if it is cloudy and raining.
Also, did the ACC conference patch give anyone else the vibe of a cryptic corporate logo from a dystopian future?
|3 days 9 hours ago||Agreed...||
Actually, it would be nice if more people would share these sorts of stories because I think part of what makes this a great community is not only the shared Michigan experience but the passing of that experience to future generations of Michigan fans.
My son was barely a month old when we played Appalachian State in 2007, and obviously we couldn't take him (but we were there - my wife and I had tickets and my in-laws graciously babysat for us). This time, it is 2014, and although at 7 years old we may not make it through the whole game, he is going.
|3 days 9 hours ago||There Is That...||
There is that, of course, but also posting such a thread and then only replying sporadically in it minimizes damage to the OP as you only take the hit for the posts in the thread, not the downvoting of the thread itself. The lesson here being that there is a limitation when it comes to downvotes. I've never been sure how well-known this fact is, but here it is all the same.
|3 days 9 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here is the MLive article on this very topic here - LINK
""We've got great leadership in our senior class, we really do, especially on defense and with Devin (Gardner), he's been absolutely fantastic," Hoke said. "But, at the same time, we've talked about leadership throughout the team. Throughout every class. We have a (leadership) representative group that's a big part of what we do."
I could be off here, but I think there is an element of getting everyone to exhibit leadership qualities throughout the team, and it goes hand-in-hand with some of the things that the players themselves have said throughout the month. I believe, for example, there was one interview in which someone mentioned that they are not just playing for their own sake but "playing for others", challenging everyone in their respective unit to be better and to be accountable. I think that has to be a team-wide notion if you want to see maximum success, and it is something that doesn't necessarily require annointed captainship. It is definitely an interesting approach, if this is the case, and best case scenario - it makes the team as a whole that much better.
|3 days 11 hours ago||If That Held...||
If that chart held (as everyone knows, "Depth chart" does not mean depth chart, and it is qualified with "as of 8/25"), then certainly that's what the optimist in me takes this to mean, is that we are pretty well set in the two-deep most everywhere on the defense.
As for something which was posed elsewhere in thread, I am also willing to admit that I did not scan this document top-to-bottom and left-to-right, but did indeed scan middle-out on the offense column, if you will.
|3 days 12 hours ago||As For Editing...||
I think that there is a collaboration feature for Google Maps which allows anyone signed into Google to edit a map, but it would have to be shared via that feature. The way it appears - and the creator of the list can feel free to correct me - it is not, but then the original pass at this was made long before the current version of Google Maps, so there might not have been such functionality then.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Nice Article...||
“It seems like (I’ve been here) a long time, but this is only a small chunk of my life,” Gardner says. “When you come to college, it’s not just to play football. You come to college to become a better man.
Devin Gardner always struck me as someone who had an excellent perspective on his college experience and what he wanted out of it, and indeed, here is someone who seems bound for excellent things both on the field and off it even once he leaves here.
This does provide some great insight into Devin Gardner and underscores just how much he embodies many of the values that I think most of us what the program to hold dear. Thanks for sharing this, OP.
|3 days 15 hours ago||It's Here Indeed...||
I think yesterday may very well have been the smoothest transition to non-OT that we've had around here, or at least in the 3.5 years I'v been around. I don't think a single thread was taken down for non-adherence to the imposed rules. Well done, MGoBlog!
More importantly, of course, football is here at last - we're anticipating a real live game this week as well as a flurry of news about final tweaks to the publicized "depth chart", which of course is not necessarily the depth chart. Surely, this is the best time of the year around here.
As for Peppers, like others, I am very intrigued by the possibility that he'll do amazing things right out of the gate and if so, it will be fun to see entire sections of that stadium smile in unison and turn to opposing fans with that smile still on their faces.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Quick Question...||
I had always thought - just based on reading - that sites like HotspotShield has always had issues when being used behind a router, but perhaps they've overcome those things. I simply remember reading a little while back that some folks trying to use VPNs via an internal network were having a lot of compatability / connectivity issues (some of it was equipment-specific though). Just out of curiosity, is there a way to circumvent such things?
I have to think some ISPs look for "oddball" DNS servers and the like too, but I don't know how diligent most companies tend to be.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Fleetwood...||
This is actually something that my wife and I will do for most noon kicks, and it usually boils down to her getting the Farmer's Omelette while I get the Hippie Hash. It's a good time really, and the great thing about it is you basically stay full until Monday or so and can absorb generous amounts of tailgate beverages with one breakfast from Fleetwood.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Access To Past Coverage...||
I have to say that I rather agree that it is disappointing that with this you wouldn't get some sort of option to get access to past seasons of content for football and hoops, especially when something like that might very well make it worth it. I can only speak for myself, but I would be more inclined if with it I could have access to a library of past content like that. It's definitely a great idea but there could be more than there is rolled into it, I think.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Game Week At Last...||
First and foremost, it is a great relief that Game Week is here at last because a long summer of waiting is finally over and we will finally be talking about actual Michigan football this time next week.
Second, I am pretty excited to see what Ross can do this year - I think only Ramon Taylor racked up more tackles than Ross last year, so he's definitely a been a nice presence out there. He has a great attitude too, which is nice to see from someone competing for time in one of the team's deeper units.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Over At Buffalo Rumblings...||
Over at the Bills' home on SBNation - Buffalo Rumblings - they provided the following opinion at the end after disscussing Branch's non-attendance for the offseason program and his failing of the team's conditioning test:
"Given this latest development, and Branch's status as a veteran, it would not be surprising at all if he were part of the team's first round of cuts this coming Tuesday."
I know Branch was rather upbeat when he first signed this extension, but he's apparently been buried somewhere in the third-team defense, according to Buffalo Rumblings. I know he didn't come in until late in the 4th in their preseason game against the Steelers, so tht could very well be true.
The Buffalo News has what little Doug Marrone was willing to provide in terms of comments here as well - LINK
|5 days 1 hour ago||Interesting List...||
I would probably agree with your "Hell, yes" category here - among the newcomers to Michigan football, I would probably tage those three as likely to start soon if not in the first game just based on what we've seen and heard around here. Actually, I would not flinch at the possibility of Peppers and Canteen in particular being out there, and I believe we've heard Cole may very well start as well.
EDIT: To provide context to the comment below, I did fix my typo but I also faked my way through a semester of typing classes back in the day, so yeah...
|5 days 1 hour ago||Well, To Be Fair...||
I can't speak for JGB, but to be absolutely fair, I did try out twice and fail spectacularly each time, so there was at least some effort put into the notion of playing football. I think that's rather how you eventually end up being a mod actually, as it doesn't necessary require excellent vision or the quickness of judgment to find gaps between the tackles.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Preemptive Strike...||
I will say, Sam Houston really does have this "preemptive strike" thing down in the defensive backfield, but alas it almost always will be defensive PI if you tackle the receiver a good 5-10 yards from the ball and long before he has a reasonable shot at catching it.
Also, Vernon Adams having some Denard-esque moments there turning a blown play into a long yardage play. Meanwhile, Sam Houston facemasks its way to a 1st and Goal for EWU.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Note To Sam Houston...||
The Eagles are getting close to an average of 6.5 yards per offensive snap, and it's OK if the other team runs to politely ask them to fall down for you. They might not do it, but you can ask at least.
Seriously though, the Eagles are now pushing 8.0 yards per rush after that last drive. We might be in for some Big 12-ish figures by the end of this game.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Drinking Threads...||
Just so everyone is aware, "Friday Night Drinking Thead" and "Saturday Night Drinking" thread type things are usually full of sidebar game discussion and would likely survive the cut in Non-OT Season, so they won't disappear totally. We'll just be on the lookout for, say, the "Wednesday Night Drinking" thread, although if you care to talk about what you are drinking in the MACtion threads in the middle of the week, that's fine. Actually, drinking during MACtion helps things make a little more sense sometimes.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Un-Effing-Believable...||
Wow, someone who has been a member about as long as I have, waits all that time to post and - in what I can only assume is a filter failure of the cerebrum - posts that.
To the person who wished our AD this disease, if you are reading this, I certainly hope you enjoyed your stay here at MGoBlog - do consider another carrier for your next flight as we try our best not to wish anyone ill in this manner.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Watching As Well...||
I suppose it is somehow appropriate that this is Roos Field, being that "Roos" is an old surname in Dutch and Low German that means "Rose". It doesn't get much more red than that.
With that, EWU gets a thirty yard gift from two PI calls on consecutive plays, but sputters a bit after that. They are on track for 160-ish yards in just this quarter if the pace held, but let's see what happens on 4th and 3, right?
|5 days 7 hours ago||Hype For Me...||
That got me thinking about this year– where are our expectations misguided now? Where should we pump our brakes? For the contrarians and skeptics out there, here’s some expectations to think twice about.
I typically temper my reactions a bit in August because ultimately you are basing theories for the season on practice snippets, reviews written by others and very little data overall, not to mention zero game data, which I think most of us value much more in the end. Still, even if you are aware that the accuracy of hype is scattershot at best, it is a fun part of anticipation of the season and fun to speculate about what the high end for the team might be in any given year, even if you are like me and you feel more comfortable watching a few games of the actual season first before making stronger statements.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Even Further...||
Even further, some of the continued attention (and money for ALS research) comes from the fact that some celebrities have also taken it as a challenge to not only spread awareness but get creative with the idea as well, to the point where a few of the videos that I've seen actually have decent production values. If you find the Ice Bucket Challenge of Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, that's probably the best one as he turns his into a quasi-story of someone stalking him with the bucket (and takes 4-5 buckets of ice water in the process).
The larger point being, of course, that people - famous and not so much - are keeping it going and every little bit helps in this case.
|5 days 9 hours ago||As A Minor Point...||
As a minor note to the OP, generally the content of the original post should be a little meatier, if you will, than this. At the very least, some numbers from his projection would have been sufficient, I would think. We try to avoid the one sentence threads whenever possible, and they will be frowned on after tomorrow anyway as we tighten the content standards a bit as well.
As for the Appalachian State game, Massey's preseason model (so, take it as you will), predicts a 98% win probability for Michigan and a median projected score of 41-10, which puts it basically in line with with Vegas right now.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Worth The Embed...||
|5 days 11 hours ago||Sadly Yes...||
Although this falls under the "Circumstances Beyond Control" section of the waiver criteria in the NCAA Division I Handbook, you have to provide sufficient medical documentation even if it is an immediate family member's illness or condition which prompted the transfer. It's quite trifling and unnecessary - I definitely agree with the sentiment here - but that's the rule unfortunately.
Even if it were not medical, like a financial calamity in the family, they would still demand appropriate documentation such, if it came to that, a copy of the bankruptcy filing and other supporting records.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Potential Sources...||
If you scour the corners of the Internet, I am pretty sure that this may have been covered in an unaired episode of "Mr. Wizard" back in the day, the ones that were filmed after Don Herbert had a non-so-well-publicized breakdown. It was the same episode, I believe, that had such classic kid-friendly experiments like "Will Your Head Fit Here?" and "Pants Or No Pants: Changes In Aerodynamics".
I may have made this up, but your question intrigued me all the same.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully, the OP doesn't mind the embed here. Awesome stuff, and thanks for sharing!
|5 days 23 hours ago||He Did...||
He did indeed, and I think the Jaguars used hm sporadically in this role last year as well, at least to the point where I think he had a few tackles on special teams last year. I didn't think it was a bad tackle either really, although I will say I sort of sat on my hands hoping that Denard wouldn't get hurt on special teams coverage.
|6 days 1 min ago||Calling Now...||
We will send a message into the space/time distortion into which he last disappeared
It is as good a place to start as any
|6 days 2 hours ago||Thanks For The Reminder...||
My first week picks are in - I actually let my kids do the confidence points, so hopefully they did a rather good job. They do watch football with me, and indeed, they even go to games with me, but still at this point, the prevailing reasoning was "18 is a cool number. Put 18 there." If I accidentally am ahead in the first week, I will credit them and buy them a pizza, not that I would hesitate to get pizza in general.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Won't Lie...||
I will not lie - I was there for that in 1991 and again with Woodson in 1997, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again with another generation of Wolverines. I had thought that Peppers was being tested with this duty, and I am glad to see that he will get his shot. It gives me more hope that we might be in for a rather nice ride this season.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Clean Sweep...||
This was the professional team among the four, I believe - correct me if I am wrong. I'll be interested to see the stat line from this one as a contrast to the other three games for that reason alone.
All in all, nice to see them complete the sweep in Italy. Going back through the tweets right now makes me very intrigued to see some MAAR in action in the season because the tweets would make one believe he was literally all over the place in a most excellent way.
|6 days 7 hours ago||What Is Interesting...||
Granted, right now we're dealing with last year's data so it is of limited use, but Massey would project 5-7-ish for Maryland right now with a lackluster conference record, but still I think that among the two additions to the conference, they are the one that might be in a position to be a tough customer here and there in games even this year. I have to think that against teams with sketchy pass defenses, they can definitely hang around built as they are.
|6 days 10 hours ago||The Timeframe Confusion...||
NBC also reported that initially Bell had said there was no marijuana in the car, and then there was some confusion on the timeframe:
Bell initially told the officer there was no marijuana in the car, but when asked if they had smoked any, he replied: “It was about a minute ago,” before clarifying that it could have been within the previous two hours.
So, yeah, I don't know that this inspired the officer's confidence that Bell should be on the road. In any case, I would be interested to know what Bell thought the offense might be called...you know, that one where you get pulled over for being under the influence of something.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Connections...||
The list of connections in this article for just one game sort of speaks to just how small a world the NFL really is in comparison to the rest of the population, but it will be interesting to see if we can get at least a few series with both Henne and Robinson in there. I will say, however, that I didn't even really think about how many former Jaguars are now on the Lions roster before reading this - interesting really.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Here It Comes...||
It seems like it took forever, but football season is nearly upon us again, and indeed, along with it comes come my favorite weather and my favorite team. So far, my wife has still said she will guest mod the Miami (OH) game, so that should be interesting.
My daughter is actually going on a short trip with the in-laws to the west side of the state, and as my wife is working much of the weekend, it will be me and my son around the house and about as well, probably eating pizza and watching sports.
Tonight and tomorrow, there might be a little front-end cleanup of some of the not-so-hot threads from the last few days to maximize the amount of football related content on the first few pages as the deadline passes for OT. I might also make some sort of note in the top OT thread around 11 PM on Saturday night to warn people one last time too.
|1 week 18 min ago||Watching Now...||
For those without the Eagles roster nearby, Molk is #63.
As a general observation, the Eagles' offensive line is looking pretty good right now, getting to the second level and disrupting the Steelers' LBs a bit on several plays. If they didn't just get slapped with an illegal formation call just now, this would be a 37-7 game perhaps with the PAT pending as I type.
|1 week 29 min ago||Note To OP...||
To express our thoughts fairly, I think you're going to have to define precisely what you see as the problem under "leadership" as this is a bit of an umbrella term, especially in team-oriented atmospheres like a football team.
To take a vague stab at it, we can quibble about captains and the comment by Clark at the end of last year where he said, "We lost the will to play as a family", and call that a breakdown - it might have been. Still, the team appears to have done much to re-emphasize leadership through the activities they've put the team through, there is a culture in place with this team that typically encourages excellent leadership thanks in part to Hoke, and when you have a QB that plays a significant portion of a game with a broken foot because the team mattered to him more, THAT'S leadership. I suppose without further information it is difficult to see the problem.
|1 week 41 min ago||The "R" Word...||
Yeah, that's twice in one day and it is a little troubling.
As a general note to the board, if "retarded" is the crux of your argument, do not post your argument because it makes this place look bad, not to mention you. That, and I believe I have established more or less the guidelines on ad hominems. As I said in my most recent diary, do try to run your base reaction past your frontal cortex for proper revising.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Some good clips in there definitely, and overall not a bad video. They did pick some good clips from 2012 Northwestern certainly - I had not thought about how good it felt when Demens stood up and said "NO" on that last play at 4th and 2. The clip from the 2012 Minnesota game where Gardner makes something from nothing and finds Dileo was a great memory too.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Already, I Can See It...||
Wow. We get Michigan State and Ohio State at home in February within five days of each other, so I can already tell that will be a slow, slow week around these parts. No matter, of course. If nothing else, we can be reasonably certain that ending the regular season with Rutgers will not be quite like ending the regular season with Indiana.
Actually, I think we play OSU twice in hockey around the same time. I might need to use some of that imaginary stress leave that comes with modding.
|1 week 4 hours 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 week 4 hours 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.
|1 week 6 hours 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.
|1 week 7 hours 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).
|1 week 9 hours 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.
|1 week 10 hours 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.
|1 week 11 hours 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.
|1 week 11 hours 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.
|1 week 12 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 23 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day ago||Embed Of A Great Moment...|
|1 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 1 day 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 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Various Other Views....||
....including another look at the helmet and the tasteful Baroque undershirt:
|1 week 2 days ago||Starting Five...||
Here's the lineup to start:
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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:
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.”
|1 week 3 days 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."
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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)
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||Alas Twitter...||
@umichfootball provided a decent photo of the event:
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days ago||From Meyer Himself...||
Here's a video from the Plain Dealer's site with Meyer discussing Braxton Miller's situation:
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 1 hour 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.
|2 weeks 2 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:
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 5 hours 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?
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||This One Here...||
While not slow, Purdue's needs to be shared:
|2 weeks 7 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.
|2 weeks 10 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.
|2 weeks 12 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."
|2 weeks 12 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.
|2 weeks 23 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 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.”
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This Version As Well...||
This alternative version was also tweeted out:
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 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.
|2 weeks 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.