i mean seriously he was just as good this year
|39 min 27 sec ago||Mod Observation...||
It really has had an immediate impact on the relative amount of trolling in the last few days. Some of the people who were very good at walking the line in that they trolled but not in a banhammer sort of way are getting what they likely deserve now. There are a persistent few, but there are some familiar names that I have not seen as much or at all in a few days now.
I will say, the "karma" system made trolling apparent in that you would look for masses of grayed out posts as a place to start reading, but it didn't really punish anyone unless they were caved or sent to Bolivia on a temporary basis. The advantage to this system is that it forces people to think a bit about downvoting (as it costs a point), but it does punish the trolls in a more precise way and limits their ability to vote and even post at all to some extent.
|1 hour 46 min ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Congratulations to Taylor Lewan on some well-deserved honors here and adding to the stories that some of those who have worn #77 have brought to Michigan. Of note, the #77 jersey has now been worn by five All-American selections in Michigan history - Jon Jansen, Jake Long, Paul Seymour and Arhtur Walker are the others.
|2 hours 33 min ago||Double Posbangs...||
This calls for the "Doublemint Twins" for some reason....
|2 hours 38 min ago||This Analysis...||
The Per Capita breakdown at the end of this article is pretty illuminating really - a couple places that we may not consider as normal sources of talent (or at least not mentioned with the same frequency as states in the southeastern US, for example) are putting out quite a bit of talent as a function of their population. What is also sort of intriguing is that, analyzed this way, only 13 states have a per capita rate higher than the calculated national average.
|3 hours 2 min ago||Things Happening Today...||
I am not a big believer in the Friday the 13th superstition either, but my windshield did get a nice chip thanks to an overloaded gravel hauler this morning, so there is that. Other than that, the day has otherwise been well.
Actually, as I recall, there is very little mention of any unluckiness about the day until sometime in the 19th century, but I do know that separately, 13 has historically been considered unlucky and I believe Friday was traditionally considered a bad day to travel, which also sucks because I am supposed to go to a party tonight and we're looking at a good snow here.
|4 hours 35 min ago||Amusing Indeed...||
So this is what they meant when I got an e-mail that said our office was now part of the company's "Workplace Transformation Program". Much better than what I had in mind certainly.
|14 hours 59 min ago||Shaping Up...||
I would agree. It is rather encouraging - even if it is early and a long time until 2015 NSD - to see two five-stars and two four-stars in a group of six. It isn't much for now, but the prospects seem very high for this class so far. People say it often here, but I really do like where this is headed.
|16 hours 1 min ago||I Am In...||
I joined and have already submitted my picks. I am hoping to do better than the 40%-ish percentile this time around - I sort of overthought last year's picks, but this year it is a mix if Sagarin, Massey and gut feeling, so we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the opportunity, incidentally.
|16 hours 41 min ago||Some Stats For The Discussion...||
The matchup stats for tonight's game, courtesy of TeamRankings:
|16 hours 53 min ago||Something Like This...||
I believe this is more or less what it has always been taken to mean, although we should always be cautious when interpreting coachspeak. I seem to remember that the statement itself goes back to the Schembechler years as well.
Jim Herrmann has said in interviews recently that he actually uses "the expectation is for the position" in his duties coaching LBs for the New York Giants. As I recall, he explains to them he tells them it isn't about the person but indeed the position, or rather, go and do what a linebacker would do for the Giants, in this case, on Sunday. He ties it into the notion of getting guys to play as a unit and function better as a team. I thought that was a pretty decent way to look at it myself.
|20 hours 12 min ago||Pretty Funny...||
"We will graduate our players, well not really because they’ll all be leaving early for the NFL"
This is good stuff. I saw something about this earlier today - I think he actually got a standard reply from UND's HR department on how to formally apply for the position too. Even if it was a form e-mail and this is not in earnest, it would be awesome to see this guy at least attempt to go through the process.
|20 hours 24 min ago||I Wondered About That...||
In reference to this, does the referee come out to the middle of the field before the coin toss for this matchup and announce, "The 2014 Orange Bowl is scheduled for one fall..."
|21 hours 39 min ago||Even More Interesting....||
If you sort the USA Today table by conference, Mattison and Borges would be #1 an #2 in the conference respectively, although Borges is tied with Tim Beck (OC at Nebraska). The next on the list, making $95,000 less than Borges and Beck, is Luke Fickell and then you need to lop off another $30,000 to get to Everett Withers. Much beyond these guys (Tom Herman and Pat Narduzzi are the next two down), assistant salaries take a dive in the Big Ten.
|22 hours 51 min ago||Very Pretty Shot...||
Even though the goal doesn't count for points or standing per the NCAA, there is nothing stopping it from being awesome. We at least have this highlight, and it was nice to look at. What was really cool in a way is that even though this shootout doesn't officially matter (I don't understand the NCAA sometimes - looked like a win to me) , both teams seemed to relish every moment of it from what I could see on TV.
|23 hours 8 min ago||In The Same Boat...||
Although I am in the same boat, of course, we do at least get to sit on the Subcommittee Of MGoFate and recommend people for parole potentially. I wonder if there is some sort of MGoHalfway House where the people currently observing the conditions of their parole could stay. I am sure that it would be appreciated, especially since Bolivia may not get indoor plumbing until the spring (supplier issues).
|23 hours 50 min ago||Sounds About Right...||
This sounds about right. The charter for our company's board says that they meet "as often as necessary", but it usually seems to end up being about 4-6 times per year. Here anyway, they are compansated half in cash and half in equity, but the amount of total compensation puts it around $50,000 per meeting per person. Funnily enough, Dave Brandon is actually on our board of directors here.
|1 day 7 min ago||Far And Above...||
To Alabama, Saban is probably worth the 20.77% raise that this would roughly be. From nearly all accounts, they are willing to keep him the highest paid college football coach as well, and indeed, a quoted Alabama source in Jerry Fowler's article:
"He's been at the top of the market and we want to keep it that way"
What is interesting about is that it would mean that, among his SEC peers, he would then be making almost $2 million more than the next highest paid coach (Bret Bielema, according to USA Today's data) and that the bump would move the SEC average salary, which is now about $3.3 million, up about 3% overall.
|1 day 2 hours ago||One Possibility...||
It isn't the NHL, of course, but I believe Chris Tamer has coached youth teams for several years in the Detroit area now that he is retired from the pros. I think he might even be affiliated with the leagues that play at Compuware in Plymouth, but I am not sure exactly how active he is in that. I know I have seen his name listed as "Coach" at Compuware in the recent past.
|1 day 3 hours ago||The Resource...||
I believe it was fellow MGoBlogger elaydin who was primarily responsible for the app in the first place, so he might be the best resource on this one. I don't think he posts very frequently, however, so the best bet might be to contact him through his website (Elaydin Tech is the name, I think - he offer support for everything he has developed there) and ask. I know several people asked about this in Brian's front page post yesterday, so there is definitely a demand.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
I didn't even really think about it before until Hageman was brought up in the article, but most defensive tackles are indeed several inches shorter than McDowell. That being said, he has been pretty effective for Minnesota in the last couple season and it would be nice to have that sort of size and speed up front.
Thanks for sharing, Magnus.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Comprehensive List...||
Here is the comprehensive voting, courtesy of Sports-Reference.com:
|1 day 15 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
What is sort of interesting here is that Brian Kelly said earlier in the week that while he did not endorse lateral moves for his coordinators generally, he did encourage them to take positions of leadership. If Diaco is going to UConn, that would leave both coordinator positions open at ND as Chuck Martin took the Miami (OH) job.
I believe Diaco is a New Jersey native, so this would be sort of a homecoming for him (on a regional level, I suppose it would be). One article somewhere even had Tom Herman's name attached to this opening as well.
|1 day 15 hours ago||From CBSSports...||
...as they also seem to be spending the evening covering coaching hires - (LINK). Creighton said in a release:
"It is both a huge opportunity and responsibility and I am fired up about it. My vision is to make playing football at Eastern Michigan one of the most incredible experiences of our players lives. I cannot wait to meet the team and start a new journey with them."
We sort of joked about what a national search at EMU might entail, but on the surface, this seems like the sort of hire they needed to make, someone rather successful at lower levels of NCAA football who wanted a challenge.
|1 day 16 hours ago||CBSSports Is On It...||
Here is their story - (LINK)
"The 37-year-old Harsin, who will leave Arkansas State to return to his alma mater, succeeds Chris Petersen who left Boise for Washington last week. Harsin compiled a 7-5 record in his one season at Arkansas State, and led the Red Wolves to a berth in the GoDaddy Bowl."
He played QB at Boise State and was an assistant on the staff for close to a decade, so he is coming home. According to the article, the next coach will be Arkansas State's fifth in about three years too.
|1 day 16 hours ago||By Conference...||
Some of the representation across both teams by conference, if anyone is interested:
ACC - 13
SEC - 10
Pac-12 - 10
Big Ten - 6
The rest is split between the MWC, the MAC, the Big 12 and the AAC, it seems.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Done And Done...|
|1 day 18 hours ago||Last Game For A Bit, I Think...||
Should be a good game. Actually, if you follow Michigan hockey, this is your last chance to get a fix until after Christmas, if I am not mistaken, so turn out - either in person or in spirit - and support the Wolverines.
Incidentally, Massy predicts a tossup basically - 51% esitmated win probability for Ferris State with a predicted tie actually. Interesting indeed.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Many Thanks...||
First and foremost, many thanks to Brian for bringing the old system back. Hopefully, this makes the lives of everyone on the site a little easier now that it can self-police a bit, just like it used to back in the day. Christmas came early to MGoBlog, it seems, and it is indeed a nice present to us all.
|1 day 19 hours ago||How It Would Be Different...||
I can only imagine how different that analysis would be had this system never gone away. A fair portion of the people who contributed so thoughtfully to our MGoCussing probably would not be here to enjoy this moment. Actually, a good portion of them did not make it to the day when they could be sent to Bolivia the natural way.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Hooray...||
This calls for something by John Philip Sousa -
|1 day 21 hours ago||Confirmed...||
I voted on some random comments in the diaries and point totals did not change. I wonder if this is going to be one of those stepwise restores, if you will. Either way, nice to see it back in some form.
EDIT: I can now see voting for all comments on Chrome.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Here's An Article...||
As you would undoubtedly assume, Burnt Orange Nation is updating stories by the hour at this point as this Board Of Regents meeting tomorrow approches. Their coverage to date is well-summarized here - (LINK).
Of note, Brown does have to be in Austin for a 10 AM press conference regarding their bowl game against Oregon, but as they say in this article, it is almost a certainty very little of the questions will probably be about the game. According to their story, ESPN is also saying that - if anything happens - he wants to tell the players first, but Regents meeting isn't until later in the day, I would assume based on this.
They also talk about the growing discomfort that some Alabama officials apparently have with Saban still having failed to sign his extension.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Yeah, I Know...||
The fan in me that grew up with the original films (Wrath Of Khan was the first movie my parents took me to see, and I was 4) took over and just couldn't stand it. It wasn't exactly a rational response, but I couldn't reconcile myself with this version of events. Perhaps that's just me.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Another Go At This...||
A few more from me:
- I like the movie "Clue".
- I cannot comprehend anything which says "decaffeinated" on the label
- I do not care for most of the Disney films made while Walt was alive
- I actually walked out of "Into Darkness" when they stole lines from "The Wrath Of Khan".
- I am a huge fan of the band Devo and own my own Energy Dome.
|1 day 23 hours ago||SBNation's Article...||
They are running with this over at SBNation (LINK)
If the tweets they posted from FootballScoop have merit, the issue might have been over assistant pay. Reportedly, the package offered was overall "aggressive", whatever that means in "I just got an offer from UConn" terms. The rest of the article is mainly a rehash of Narduzzi's career highlights.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Confession, However Minor...||
Try as I have through the years, I still cannot stand bananas or anything with banana in it. Yes, it has created situations where I have had to politely decline things like cake through the years.
I also don't like fish sticks of the prepackaged variety, but yet fresh seafood I will eat all the time. I have the same quibble with chicken nuggets - Tyson brand? Awful. McDonald's? Awesome.
|2 days ago||Interesting That You Say This...||
According to this related story in Syracuse.com, the 7-on-7 version is more or less what they would seek to implement. Supposedly, this is not the first time an attempt has been made to do this either - according to that same article, it was a demonstration sport in 1932.
For the board's education, here is the IFAF announcement. Needless to say, they are most grateful for the provisional recognition that they are getting here. They reperesent teams (not all tackle, but also flag and beach football) in 64 nations, so there is some interest, it would seem.
|2 days 13 min ago||Still Have A Thread...||
ESPN reports UT Coach Mack Brown Stepping Down
Even though the title of the previous thread (still on the first page) presents some confusion due to the state of the Texas situation yesterday, we still do have a thread for the developing news in Austin towards the middle of the front page.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Credit Where It Is Due...||
Here is Chantel Jennings' article, undoubtedly the place from which the OP got his quotable material - (LINK)
Hoke basically says that they are going to be cautious but that he expects Devin to be OK for the bowl game, which is reassuring. The extra practices hopefully will benefit Morris and Bellomy (assuming he is at least near 100%) as well.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Regarding This...||
I could be way off, but I believe they had an interview with Lloyd Brady last year in which he hinted at uncertainty regarding future attendance and relative frequency because of the potential for an out-of-state move for him. He had said something to ESPN (the interviewer, in this case) about looking fo work in finance or something along those lines.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Great News...||
As a reminder, other people that said they would be there include Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov. For anyone that grew up a Red Wings fan, this could be a great thing to see, I believe. Great to see that he is taking some time from being the builder of Canada's OIympic team and his duties in Tampa Bay to reunite with former teammates.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Even At Games...||
Even at their football games, it is just some dude in a mostly unpadded uniform with the headpiece on, but I would think that he could have at least gone with the uniform. This is sort of like the Oregon Duck showing up with just the headgear and everyone wondering who in blazes invited Lee Corso to the party.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Spot Cleanup....||
Mack Brown Forced Out At Texas?
This was the thread from earlier in the day. Now that we know perhaps a little more - a little, very little - we'll let that one stand and let this one go.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Dallas Morning News...||
Well, before this recent turn in the Mack Brown saga took place, the Dallas Morning News was hard at it, as you might expect - (LINK).
Nothing about this as it was written earlier, but interesting stuff in the article, particularly how Brown's fate might be partially tied the employment prospects of Bill Powers, the UT President, as Powers found himself and his future an agenda item at a Board Of Regents meeting supposedly.
They did ask an intriguing question that might get some discussion going here:
"If Saban goes off the board, is there a no-brainer replacement for Brown who would be realistic, attainable and an upgrade?"
|2 days 22 hours ago||Neat Trailer...||
Just based on the trailer, consider my attention captured. I would probably go see this when it comes out in May. I sort of like how they kept Godzilla somewhat shrouded in the dust and debris in the clips that they did show - that was one of the things that grabbed me about this.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Very Sad News...||
I believe his is also an inductee in the Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame as well as an inductee in the University's Hall Of Honor. The Ann Arbor News did a spread on him about four years ago and there were quite a few of his former players talking about how they still get together every years and they did so because they were united in their love of their former coach, who would also attend. One of them even said that every member of the 1962 baseball team graduated, and they credit Don Lund for setting them down that path.
Very sad news indeed.
|2 days 23 hours ago||If Anyone Is Interested...||
Here's how the voting went in 1997:
|3 days 29 min ago||Nice Read Anyway...||
Washington has gone from a player who could hardly speak publicly, to one of the more insightful, quote-worthy players on the team -- as Michigan's sports information department routinely made Washington available to reporters this season.
As I recall, sometime last year perhaps, there was a very moving, lenghtier article about Washington's struggles and his work to overcome them. His story really is one of the more pronounced achievements of this revamped culture around Michigan football and Michigan athletics in general. To end his career at Michigan with an MS in social work, a leadership role on the football team and hopefully with a bowl win seems maeks for a successful story.
|3 days 37 min ago||The Yearning....||
I still yearn for the days when the Beef O'Brady's Bowl was simply known as the Magicjack.com St. Petersburg Bowl. The same goes for the MicronPC.com Bowl now being the Russell Athletic Bowl, but alas it was the Blockbuster Bowl before any of these. There was just something so unobtrusive about corporate sponsorship back in the day.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I Like This...||
I like this signing as well, just perusing the stats page at Fangraphs. Perhaps most notably, I like the idea of having someone who can get on base and is a realizable threat to steal a base or two. I don't think we've had someone like that for a while in the lineup - it is a nice added dimension to any offense.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Buyout Amounts...||
If all this has indeed happened or is about to happen, then it definitely stands out as one of the more paltry buyouts in recent memory, I would think. It seems like a fair number of coaches get anything from 50%-70% of what they are owed on their contracts (I don't have exact figures with me - just going from memories of recent example), with some notable exceptions being Danny Hope and Tom O'Brien, who I believe only managed to get very small percentages of their buyout.
It would be interesting to see if there are additional stories about this today. There was some buzz on Twitter last night that the meeting between the AD and Mack Brown did not go well, but nothing really firm.
|3 days 14 hours ago||This Year...||
In seven games, Ryan had 26 tackles (22 solo) with 4 TFLs for a total of 8 yards with one pass broken up. At least for tackles, if you projected a full season total based on this year's average (which isn't the best way, but might make for a reasonable estimate), you would have a Jake Ryan with about half of last year's total tackles. I think, however, that Ryan plays the position with such skill that a Jake Ryan that is perhaps not 100% is still an effective, feared linebacker.
|3 days 15 hours ago||As You May Guess...||
As you might have guessed, OregonLive is all over this story. For example -(HERE)
There were a couple players who were not there who did try to step up and represent the team. Per the above article, Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu did take time to apologize for the behavior of their teammates on Sunday. Indeed, Grasu is quoted as saying:
"It's just unfortunate that there's tension with the football players, and students and the university and the teachers but I'm glad no one got hurt or there was serious damage," Grasu said.
|3 days 17 hours ago||As You Are New...||
As you're new, ben ji, I'll just let it go at a polite warning - these sorts of trolling / insulting posts are basically the quickest way to making you an ex-user here. If you are a KSU fan, that's great and welcome to MGoBlog, but don't start off like this. It doesn't add to the discourse and it only makes you look as if you don't wish to thoughtfully contribute.
|3 days 17 hours ago||This Story...||
For some reason, Billy Cannon's story is oddly compelling:
"Cannon, who followed his football career with a very different career as a prison dentist, loaned his Heisman Trophy to a restaurant in Baton Rouge called T.J. Ribs, where it sits in a revolving glass case."
I would actually be interested in more of the details about how being a prison dentist and this restaurant combine to make this happen. Call me strange
|3 days 18 hours ago||It Bears Repeating...||
It has been said much here, but to hear this makes it bear repeating - I don't think there is any doubt that Gardner played his heart out for this team in sometimes very difficult circumstances. He gave his all this season, and hopefully, he's well enough to be a leader yet again in the bowl and takes that momentum into 2014.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Along Similar Lines...||
Along a similar vein of thought, how much is the Fossil watch and how much is left over for this shopping trip to Belk Department Stores? I was sort of curious about that particular one, oddly enough. They are apparently aiming to provide the full Belk experience down in Charlotte.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Now That You Say It...||
That' actually how Massey basically sees this game as well, giving Arizona only a tiny edge at 53% for an estimated win probability and a projected median score of 69-68. On paper, Arizona may have an edge on defense but the offensive are, from a production standpoint, rather comparable. Granted, limited sample size qualification applies there as we aren't far into the season.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Not Much Of A Prediction...||
Well, Massey's simulator gives us about a 40% probability by their algorithm, and I believe we opened as 3.5 point underdogs, which I would take. I think it is a relatively close game (if we get a rhythm on offense, it may not be so close, of course - we have seen what we can do), but on paper, I would like Michigan's chances in this game. On a yards allowed basis, these are both Top 30 defenses too, so that could make things interesting at points. I could foresee a win.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Good Games (For The Pac-12)...||
Some of these might not be bad games for the Pac-12, in my opinion. In most of these, I would think the Pac-12 teams is the favored team. In the Holiday Bowl, I would go with ASU over Texas Tech and I would think UCLA is favored in the Sun Bowl by maybe a score, going off instinct there. I imagine Oregon stands a decent chance of beating Texas too.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Interesting Article...||
This is a very interesting article and thanks for sharing it.
I don't know if the figures ever made it to the board here (they might have), but I wonder if a similar article was ever done for Denard Robinson, because I have to think that the figure would dwarf Gardner's value.
It is an interesting phenomenon when one player has this sort of impact on revenue through their media exposure. The comparison of the marginal revenue for an average NFL player versus Gardner was pretty illuminating, I think.
It does say something that we might have guessed - the exposure peaked during Notre Dame week between early Heisman talk, the "98" jersey and the general buzz about UTLII. Cool to see it graphed though.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Other Signs...||
Someone had one on GameDay that is not in this partcular article, but I swear that someone had a sign that said, "Bama Wishes They Had Mike Tomlin On Their Sideline". I thought that was a pretty good one myself. I liked the one in the background of one of those stills, using Marcus Hall's double bird as the "H" in "The Ohio State University". That was pretty clever, I thought.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Smart Football...||
Smart Football had a piece last year - which I found again - that gives some anecdotes and background on Bill Snyder as well. It isn't very long, but it does give you some additional insight perhaps on how dedicated he is to football and even the lenghts to which he has gone to maximize his own time on daily basis. One of the better quotes, which tries to illustrates the level of detail in his thinking, is from former fellow Iowa assistant Barry Alvarez:
“Bill would’ve described a play for about two minutes, and he wouldn’t even have reached the point where the quarterback releases the ball,”
|4 days 4 hours ago||Agreed There...||
That's sort of where I was headed wit that thought but didn't quite get there. I actually do think that perhaps they do watch what other teams do, but coordinators and coaches look more at players and behavior and what they have or do which can exploit a matchup. It might be inspired by something another team did, but it may not be. It could be also inserting Player X instead of Player Y up against a CB, for example, and creating opportunities based on what you saw from the film on that CB.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Ah, 1997....||
1997 was my sophomore year at Michigan and it still is perhaps the one of the best sports years in my life to date. As for the football team, I believe that we had 3 All-American selections and 10 players on the all-conference team, which was great praise for that season and how special that was. Went to every home game plus Michigan State that year - I ended up with some pretty good seats at Spartan Stadium through some connections and had a great view of a certain beautiful one-handed grab by one Charles Woodson.
|4 days 13 hours ago||The Pinstripe Bowl...||
Whatever people might think of Notre Dame, the prediction for Notre Dame and Rutgers could very well be pain, and if the stats are any indication, it is rather unlikely that Rutgers will be the team inflicting the pain. Indeed, Massey would give Rutgers all of a 7% predicted win probability in such a game. Of course, for some reason, such statements tend to be somewhat inaccurate in boel games.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Why Not....||
Your very preliminary "Where does Kansas St. stand in FBS play?" preview courtesy of TeamRankings:
|4 days 16 hours ago||Yikes....||
Ohio State is going to have so much fun with Tajh Boyd perhaps, and by fun, I mean watching passes zing through the air on the way to open receivers, if indeed Boyd bring his top game. His passer rating is pretty good at 166.6 and Ohio State has one of the worst passing defenses in FBS play. On paper, this could be a tragic matchup.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Per His Bio...||
Per a bio that I found a while back, he is indeed a native of New Haven, so this would be something of a homecoming for him. I believe he also spent most of the 1990s as an assistant in various capacities at Rhode Island as well. I actually wonder if he would seriously consider going back to his old stomping grounds, now that I think about it.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
In the event that you do not want to create another tab:
|4 days 17 hours ago||Way Too Soon....||
If you're going to post a Michigan / MSU comparison, there are several existing threads that have - through some fault of their own - turned into that, so this is probably better off as a post in one of those for the time being. We really can only have so much of this on the board, and we've reached the cap on it for today.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Funny, But...||
On second thought, let's not go to East Lansing - 'tis a silly place.
Nothing against the content, but generally, if it is a diary, it doesn't need to be repeated on the board just because there isn't much point in having the content repeated in two different place which are, for now, both on the front page. I realize the board gets more pageviews, but unless the powers that be (or are above me) rule the diary itself to be below the diary bar and move the content to the board, one instance is enough.
|4 days 17 hours ago||K-Stated States...||
If anyone is interested, here is the K-Stated analysis of its own potential bowl fate - (LINK). Not sure how current their update is, but they list their possibilities as the BWW Bowl or the Holiday Bowl, so basically either a Big Ten or Pac-12 opponent. Supposedly, there was some scuttlebutt that they might go to the Holiday Bowl - per their sources - but they would now at least concur on the BWW possibility.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Interesting Detail...||
One detail that I suppose might be interesting about that schedule is this - if you used the current Sagarin numbers, the average rating for those teams is 68.24, which would sandwich it between Toledo and Maryland. In other words, if you were to play that schedule right now, playing teams that average 71st in the ratings isn't a bad way to go about a season if you want a decent record. Having said that, of course, these numbers aren't terribly telling because of the lack of 2014 data basically. If I wagered a guess - a shot in the dark, as it would be right now - 9-3 is probably a good "way too early" guess.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
"M-Cubed-2 is a replacement for the original M-Cubed satellite – launched as part of ELaNa III in October 2011 – which failed to return useful data after becoming magnetically attached to another satellite – the Montana State University’s Explorer-1 [Prime] Unit 2."
I think this calls for scheduling a home-and-home with Montana State to see if we can get our proverbial pound of flesh for this catastrophe.
In all seriousness though, this is pretty cool news. Thanks for sharing!
|4 days 21 hours ago||It's Interesting...||
This is actually something that I've thought about as well in that I did wonder about the question - "Did MSU see our gameplan against Ohio State and say to themselves, 'That.'?" We will never really know - maybe coaches do the "let's try what they did" thing sometimes, but it is hard to say how much that influences in-game decisions because it isn't their game against you.
Without going back through the entire body of passing yards allowed on Ohio State, I would think that our performance and MSU's performance (451 yards and 304 yards respectively) might be right up there when it comes to sad displays by Ohio State this year. As of today, in fact, theirs is now the #115 pass defense per TeamRankings. Other teams had showed Ohio State as exploitable in the air, but we might have done the most surgical job of this.
Interestingly, Ohio State also put up 273 yards on the #1 rush defense - a shade over three times what State would typically give up in a game.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Over At SBNation...||
|4 days 22 hours ago||Despite The Snow...||
I am impressed that there has been even 225 yards of offense in this game between both teams. There are 4-6 inches on the field apparently, depending on where you're standing. The level of play in such adverse conditions has been fairly impressive, at least to me.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Where It Was Left...||
Oh, several people in the thread gave some rather compelling reasons about why it should go, although more by their behavior (this includes you) than by the content of the replies per se. As JGB said, it was toxic, negative and geared to pick a fight with the board. Per Friday's directive, such things will not stand. I left the remarks in the thread, which I then removed. That's the beauty of it.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Minor Note But Intriguing...||
Not that it really matters at this point, but Ohio State actually did get individual votes as low as 12th, 13th and 15th. The low end of Michigan State votes was 7th, 8th and 9th. Interestingly, in both cases, the same person is responsible for the lowest ranking among all the votes.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Here's The Image...||
....and it is actually pretty funny.
|5 days 36 min ago||Well, Not Quite That...||
It won't get quite that treatment unless it is a way over the top remark, but what I have tried to do off and on throughout the day - in the background - is delete such complaining in certain threads, especially when it not relevant to the intent of the thread. Repeat offenders may get thumped - I do keep a spreadsheet of names.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Using Massey...||
All things equal, Massey would predict Michigan to have 32% against Georgia and 39% against KSU, although the Georgia matchup may have a practical edge because of their injury situation. The predicted median score for the theoretical KSU matchup would be 34-31, so possibly a close and manageable game there as well. Either might prove interesting.
|5 days 2 hours ago||"Several Cycles"...||
Admittedly, part of me is going on a sesne of, "It took forever to get this far, so we're stuck with it for a bit", but I would be willing to give this a fair shot - just to see the quality of the selections (there's something that will be an interesting debate this time next year) - because I would like to see how it goes even if I would probably prefer the 8-team model myself.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I Realize...||
Oh, It wouldn't be at all an effective strategy, nor would I expect anyone to listen. The problem with burning treated materials like that are simply the first thing that come to mind for me, but then I make no claims about being a normal human being either, so there is that. It is just that when you read the tables for toxicity from off-gases created by the ignition of things like stain treatments or thermal insulation, it would dampen the joy for me. Perfectly happy with others celebrating as they will.
|5 days 2 hours ago||May Never Know...||
It may not add much here, but there is a special writeup on the OSU athletics site for Hall - obviously done long before this year's iteration of the game - called "Changed Man", which highlights Hall's struggles with school and earning a starting spot on the roster. When Meyer talks about Hall not being that person, maybe there is something to that in the grand scheme.
I had thought, however, that it was the double bird that clearly irritated Meyer more than the result of the fight even. If there was a deciding factor, it might have been that. He's not obligated to share his rationale for keeping Hall out of this game (save for a few snaps - I thought I saw him at one point, but I could be wrong), so we may never really know.
|5 days 3 hours ago||So Much Fail Probably...||
That there is a photo gallery of such a thing is somehow sad in itself, but I believe that photo 5 of 9 in the gallery - shirtless man carrying a torch - seems like it is something that likely happened moments before a corresponding FailBlog submission. Actually, many of these photos do, including the burning of a random shirt because shirts obviously make a nice starter for the larger fire.
The one thing that really worries me is that most couches are loaded with treated materials, so because burning polyurethane - for example - produces trace amounts of hydrogen cyanide (among other toxins), it isn't exactly a smart thing to willfully do.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Other Models...||
I believe it was Business Insider in an article last month that posited a model for an 8-team playoff wherein you had the conference champions from the power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Pac-12) plus three at-large bids which would come from wherever basically (probably runner-ups, other conferences, etc...). All of it would be committee-driven anyway, so the bids for at-large spots could be a fun debate in themselves. It would be intriguing, in my opinion, but I am also in favor of waiting to see how the first several cycles of the new format play out before we start clamoring for an expanded playoff.
|5 days 5 hours ago||He Gets His Wish...||
Well, at least Jim Delany got his expressed wish, so I will perhaps give him this. He finally got (on his third attempt, no less) a Big Ten Championship game that a lot of people were watching because of the implications it might have on the NC picture. For the first two years, he actually did say that the Big Ten was merely working with what it had in an interview, but this one was being talked about on a much broader level.
|5 days 6 hours ago||As A Thread Note...||
As a minor note in this thread, if some of the comments seem a little out of place with regards to what the person above them said, it is because a certain user was shown the door for being way over the top with negativity and general ill will towards their fellow MGoBloggers.
When it comes to the game itself, like others, I simply watched this game with the fan in me mostly unplugged, but I will admit to having cracked a small smile when MSU scored for the second time in the 4th quarter.
|5 days 6 hours ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Gus Johnson just called MSU "little brother" on national TV
A little early morning cleanup here - as amusing as this was, this might not be the best meme to have on the board right now, for as some of the comments indicate, it brings up some old gripes with Mike Hart, life, etc...
"Burn the couch" fan sign
Nothing too terrible about this one, but making an executive decision to keep some more generalized content on the front of the board for now. That, and there is now a thread reporting the actual fallout from the win, so if someone wants to repost the picture of the sign, you could probably do so there.
Marcus Hall didn't play. So now what does the MGoBoard say?
Yeah, this should probably come down now that Section 1 is starting to cross the line and get personal with people. I apologize, but it was generally combative in its approach as a thread and I think enough has been said in there at this point that it can come down. I left it so the error could be explained to the OP, and I believe it was done sufficiently - you can't call out the board and then feign superiority. Such a thread will never go well.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Interesting Moment...||
Langford's run makes me think that, if Ohio State should be too proud to accept the lead and opt to return it on this drive, there would be something rather laughable about that predicament.
...and I'll agree with Fox here - Dan France pretty much minimized the opportunity to get a first down. If they go for this first down, it will be an interesting pivot point in the game certainly.
...and wow, Cook keeps on the option. First down MSU.
|5 days 14 hours ago||I Did See It...||
As with most veteran users with otherwise clean records, I will have an offline chat with them if they are amiable to such a thing. Because this thread might invite similar replies and should probably come down to help make the board "feelings neutral" for now, I will do this too.
More Obnoxious Fanbase - Ohio or Lil' Bro?
This is the thread in question, for the record (and because the bosses want to see such things).
|5 days 14 hours ago||And There We Go...||
That's run blocking for you....rushes of 18, 6, 24, 3 and 8 yards with a pass in there to boot with the result being a TD. Nice little drive indeed, I will give Meyer & Co. that anyway. The consequence here is that Michigan State is only 32 yards from giving up 300 yards, which for them would be rarely traversed territory.
|5 days 14 hours ago||This Game...||
So, Duke had 94 yards of offense on 36 plays, which is probably somewhat in line with what people thought may happen, but perhaps the zero points are something of a surprise. Surely, Duke could have had an FG somewhere....anywhere? No?
|5 days 14 hours ago||Slowing Them Down...||
Not a lot of teams could say that giving up 6.60 yards per snap was a subpar performance, but that's what MSU is doing right now on defense. As a result, the Ohio State rushing attack has been slowed to only 111 yards at the half, which is probably about what most of us expected would happen with a very stingy rushing defense up against them.
|5 days 16 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Your matchup stats:
|5 days 16 hours ago||Interesting Result...||
How does this get called - "good punt, handled badly, Mizzou ball at about the 3 yard line" ? Something like that. In any case, it doesn't seem like six minutes and some change means anything in this game anyway.
|5 days 17 hours ago||1,057 Yards...||
1,057 yards of offense after three quarters. I am calling "barn burner":
|5 days 18 hours ago||And Now...||
The bands will now demonstrate mitosis...
|5 days 19 hours ago||Just Got Home..||
Settling into this game after being out for a couple hours. To this point, 369 yards on 37 plays for Auburn, or basically about 10 yards per snap. They are also getting 0.757 points per play, so as someone above said, it seems like 277 yards of rushing would basically warrant the "Holy Rushing Game!" exclamation.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Things Like This...||
What do you consider unacceptable next football season?
Yeah, we need a break fron threads like this for a while. Once again, this is what I took Brian to mean when it came to things which seek to get people in a negative frame of mind, and the OP - in my view - set a negative tone. Maybe this is a little too harsh of me, but I think we all need a mental break from the whole "acceptable" / "unacceptable" / "what needs to happen" stuff.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Very Nice...||
The clip where Crawford sort of Marcus Ray'd someone had me chuckling admittedly - this kid looks like a force to be reckoned with in the backfield. Indeed, in the whole body of clips, he seems like a force just abount anywhere they put him.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Just Caught Some Of It...||
Admittedly, I only caught the last several minutes of the half, but I saw the box score - if you calculate it, our effective FG% is 82.35% right now. It would be nice to keep that up certainly. We also have twice the total rebounds with a defensive rebound rate of about 85% right now as well. Not a bad start at all.
|6 days 10 min ago||Nice Little Drive...||
This is not a bad drive at all by Oklahoma State - rushes of 6, 7 and 23 yards, passes of 10 and 12 yards, then a few more chunks just now. Their rushing statistics were sort of middling throughout the season, but they are doing a nice job of it here.
So close to the end zone - that overhead view was not the best though.
|6 days 23 min ago||Further Explanation...||
Sorry if that came across as a bit snarky - here's what I should have said:
I could be wrong, but I think threads like this are part of what Brian what alluding to in yesterday's front page posts. For a long time now, threads that try to place blame in general - coaching, recruiting, on the staff here, etc... - just have not gone well in general. Many of them have only helped fuel the flames of the pervasive negativity of late. I might be misinterpreting Brian's intent for the direction of things, but I didn't see a likely scenario where certain folks wouldn't take this into areas where it probably shouldn't go if we're going to keep with the "new tenor", if you will.
|6 days 32 min ago||Let's Try This...||
Catchy introductory sentence.
Summary of idea claiming to be different than previously posted idea.
Chart which clarifies previous chart.
Bar graph which relates data as a function of cheese.
|6 days 37 min ago||Of Minor Note...||
Massey is giving Florida State a 97% estimated win probability with a median projected score of 45-20. I have to say, I would be surprised if Duke scored 20 points in this game, but I would tend to agree that the chance of an upset here would be exceedingly remote. That being said, it would probably cause the ACC to implode somehow if it happened.
|6 days 50 min ago||Possibly...||
You're actually not the first person to mention this, and I have actually considered posting a 10-15 minutes warning for such things save for threads which are so offensive that they need to come down as soon as possible. Sorry about that.
|6 days 1 hour ago||If I Had To Guess...||
Possible Recruiting Defections: Whose Fault Is It?
This is probably not a good thing to contemplate on the board, and indeed, it may not be a particularly good question to ask as it invites a rather divisive discussion.
Hey, David Dawson still came, right?
Apologies to DCAlum here - it was a good thought to combat the negativity, but now that some of the other threads are being taken down to minimize the recruiting emo and try to keep the board in as neutral a state as possible.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Just Reading The News...||
...on a cold Saturday morning....
|6 days 5 hours ago||Down For Now...||
Staff changes coming?
A little early morning cleaning here. It turns out that all this was is indeed what the OP sent - a link to one sentence sent to him on Twitter. No one porivded any more details, and without such details, the thread is simply more baseless speculation.
|6 days 5 hours ago||There Is That...||
I could be mistaken, but didn't Ohio State offer him during the latter half of Iowa week (well, Iowa week for us), so although he might visit, I don't know if there is much cause for worry right now. That being said, this thread is so far calmer than I thought it would be when I first opened it, so there is that.
|6 days 14 hours ago||The Falcons At Halftime...||
The Falcons have 381 yards of offense across 36 plays, which is good for 10.58 yards per offensive snap on average. That's also good for a very nice 0.861 yards per play, which means they've been exatly what you've seen - opportunistic and efficient. The second half, well, I am curious now...
|6 days 16 hours ago||Good Idea...||
In the interests of content management, and because I don't foresee a big problem with commentary becoming too confusing, it is so sanctioned. :-)
|6 days 16 hours ago||All That Is Certain...||
Per the ESPN story, Meyer's approach to when Hall would be in the game was a "we'll see" approach, whatever this means to Meyer, but what is certain is that it means Pat Elflein - who filled in for Hall - will start tomorrow.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Matchup Stats...||
TeamRankings provides this comparison:
|6 days 16 hours ago||Nothing To Say Really...||
Even though we were told by Hoke that he anticipates the entire staff returning and, in response to a question as to whether or not it was a "we'll see situation", he responded in the negative, I have to think that this is still the more likely scenario. Without any confirming information, it would be next to impossible for this blog to rationally speculate on what if anything is going on. It could very well be nothing.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Oh, I Don't Know...||
"If you care about Michigan athletics, it’s scary to think what will happen when the players inevitably fall short, and the fountain of fan money starts to dry up."
Well, again, we run into this rather fantastic problem that Michigan has regarding brand equity and the relative inelasticity of demand for its product. It is rather the reason that I don't understand - at least not at this juncture - how anyone who believes that their refusal to purchase Michigan tickets, merchandise, etc...is in any way hurting the bottom line in a significant manner.
Barring an extended period of mediocrity by Michigan standards, whatever the fans believe those are (mean peformance in the last 30 years is 9-3), then the seats will be full and the shirts will be difficult to find at the M-Den store near the south endzone pretty much regardless. We are fortunate in that respect, that performance does not portend attendance necessarily - for now - but the question as to when such a thing might happen is intriguing. I dare say we have a while.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Pimp Fluttershy...||
I really thought I did well here too, if I may say so. There is something intangibly awesome about the pimp version of Fluttershy. No, you will not find such a thing in the actual show, of course.
|6 days 19 hours ago||This Weekend....||
Aside from my daughter's dance recital tomorrow, this weekend is a pretty quiet one full of making stews, drinking beer and the usual obsessive dose of sports for me. This will be intermixed with a healthy does of family - for the first time in a while - now that the heat of the regular season is off. That rolls into a promise I made to my wife - a mini-vacation next weekend, overnight stay at the Inns At St. John because we will probably be too tipst to drive home from her work Christmas party anyway (it is also there in Plymouth).
Drinking? Pretty simple tonight. It will be me and some Blue Moon for the MAC Championship Game, which I have no stake in but will watch anyway because football *wife just saw that and rolled her eyes*. Tomorrow, I will watch the Big Ten Championship game with a rum and Coke, because mellow sounds good for some reason.
|6 days 21 hours ago||This Scene, Of Course...||
|6 days 21 hours ago||Posted Yesterday...||
UM the second highest watched team. Alabama is first.
Very interesting topic, but it was posted yesterday. I think we need to consider some sort of "blackout period" if a topic like this has been posted before the next thread is allowed to stand. Not sure what that would be / how that would be monitored.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Interesting Question...||
It is an interesting question, to be sure.
If I had to guess, I would think that teams which perennially vie for their own conference championships and typically (at least in recent history) have found themselves in the BCS discussion probably will consider making an extra push - somehow - to get them in regular contention on the playoff system. That probably doesn't cover a lot of programs, of course.
Now, there's another layer of programs that could - with some minor modifications, if you will - be in that top tier as well, so they might also double their efforts as best they can. One thing that I have thought may come out of the new system is some informal stratification of expectations as the playoff system evolves as teams see what the first several years are like. There might be a small group of teams that expect to be within reach of one spot, say, 2 out of every 3 or 4 years, another wider group that knows they could do it now and again, and then an even wider group that could compete in their conference but would see a playoff trip as something special indeed. This is a guess, of course, but it is something I have thought about.
|6 days 22 hours ago||But Here Again...||
The problem never was disagreement itself though. There have been many of those around here which were considered and ended in some manner of understanding if not agreement on something that was said. The problem - especially in the last several months - is the outright refusal of some to understand the position of people on various topics, and the conscious effort by others to be uncivil if not vicious in their remarks. That's the sort of stuff that has been either taken down immediately or quietly deleted once the dispute in question begins to ebb. As a mod, I probably removed about 35-40 people (maybe more, if I include some newbies and the famous "day of game" accounts) just this past half of the season for launching personal attacks and simply being insufferable to others.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Banning People And Things...||
I am not sure if it is different at the Brian / Seth level, if you will, but at least when JGB and I do this, there is nothing preventing them from creating another account. Actually, that's what was rather famously demonstrated by the "GhostOf(NameHere)" phenomenon, which seems to have died down but I know iterations still exists. A few people who were banned over the course of the season have returned, some using variations on their original name. I believe - and Brian would know more than I would - that IP bans are possible but perhaps not the easiet thing to do.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Interesting Trivia...||
There was a tweet this morning from someone who provided what I find to be an interesting factoid - the Mariners may very well spend more on Cano than on all signings combined in the last 5 or 6 years (I believe that was the timeframe given). That shows a rather interesting change of stance on investment by the club, if that is indeed the case.
That being said, there are also a few tweets from Tim Brown at Yahoo! and others which read that the Mariners also will confirm anything at this time (interesting). That, and if you search Cano's name on Twitter, the things Yankee fans are saying are as unreal as they are inappropriate.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Some Highlights....||
These came across my Twitter feed, courtesy of @MGoFish:
|1 week 22 min ago||In The Manual...||
I believe that the section on materials - recruiting, official, non-athletic, etc. - is 13.4 or something in that range in the manual. As I understood this, and I could be wrong here, the school cannot buy space for advertisements or promotional material such as this, but it doesn't stop outside parties from doing so or a magazine like SI from making recruiting or scouting previews. In turn, it seems like it is within the rules for the school to turn around and use that material for their own purposes provided it is generally available, and SI would almost certainly fall in that category.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Can Only Imagine...||
One can only imagine what "uptempo offense" might have looked like in this game, or indeed, what things such as zone stretch concepts would look like on skates.
Actually, where is Horace Prettyman? He - or someone with his photo as an avatar - visits this site from time to time, and I believe this was one of his teams. We could get an excellent account of the experience.
|1 week 3 hours ago||In Any Case...||
Well, in any case, Boise State fans were quite prepared with this - HERE - "The Complete List Of Ways To React To Chris Petersen Job Rumors".
Here's a snippet from ESPN's constantly updated story:
"Petersen, who met with Washington on Thursday, felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source."
It will be interesting to see what the contract looks like - Whittingham at Utah makes about $2.5 million, I believe, and I have to wonder if Washington puts him near or right at this level at least. It would be interesting to know what Sarkisian will get at USC and what David Shaw makes as well for possible comparisons / guesses.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Embracing Gee...||
Over at WVMetroNews, they've already come to embrace Gee (again, as he was at WVU once before). One Hoppy Kercheval writes:
"Along the way, Gee will probably say or do something that will cause folks to cringe. After all, he’s the college president who rode the mechanical bull at a bar during one of WVU’s bowl trips. But Gee’s quirkiness is not malicious; it’s part of his unique character. And, when he keeps his foot at least a short distance from his mouth, it’s part of his charm."
|1 week 13 hours ago||The Deal Is...||
The 10,000 foot view of the rule is "yes, we are", BUT....and there is a but....some (by this, I mean a few) of their writers do produce content which is reasonably inoffensive and those things do tend to stand on the board. Another typical exception is when they simply post a video with some short writeup - these usually stay because it is difficult for them to be problematic, rather like what the OP posted. The exception exists, but it is monitored.
|1 week 14 hours ago||A Bit Nostalgic...||
Well, before this game, a few outlets were talking about a defensive struggle, but there have been over 700 yards allowed between both teams so far. In any event, the Bearcats last drive sort of reminded me of how Denard Robinson used to accelerate the offense when they went over 70 yards in 2 plays. That was pretty awesome when it did happen.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Question...||
You would hope that such a pace could be kept up at the collegiate level (maybe not likely), but MaxPreps had some of his stats from his high school career (nothing for this year) and the 36 TFLs and 139 tackles in the last two seasons seem pretty good for a DE even if it is high school. Does anyone know what his defensive stats look like this year?
|1 week 16 hours ago||Not Easy...||
Cincinnati has already run 28 plays, but only for 113 yards so far, which is basically just a shade over 4 yards per snap. Louisville is not going to make this terribly easy, but then they are basically putting out a typical performance on a yards per play allowed basis here.
|1 week 16 hours ago||My Mistake...||
When I posted, I thought the note at the bottom referred to Goslin, but it is about David, so there is just the one. My bad.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Question I Had...||
I had thought that Andrew David was coming here as a kicker, so that would make two kids that will play baseball while being on football scholarships, correct? I actually think this is pretty awesome and an example of dedication that is to be admired really. Welcome to Michigan, Collin Goslin!
|1 week 17 hours ago||I Like Bridgewater...||
It isn't Teddy Bridgewater. It's ESPN commentators covering games passively while the go on about just one person, which seems to happen sometimes in games such as these.
|1 week 17 hours ago||And So It Begins...||
Well, Cincinnati managed five yards before the interception - on three play, if I counted correctly. Four plays and sixty yards later, it is 7-0 Louisville. Repeated success like this might make it a long night of Teddy Bridgewater hyping.
|1 week 19 hours ago||RIP Nelson Mandela...||
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
He was remarkably quotable, but this is one of my favorites. In the modern era, Mandela really was one of the handful of individuals in the modern era whose very life and work made us a better planet and a better people. I still remember his release from prison being broadcast live all over the world and only realizing later (I was 12 at the time) how significant an event this was for the world at large - a great cruelty was about to end, one that Mandela fought to end many years before. He is widely considered "the father of South Africa", and rightly so, for he took what seemed like two separate worlds and helped unite them.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Refreshing Read...||
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Defensive POTY...||
The pick of Chris Borland, just from a performance standpoint, is a good one, I think. He's fourth in total tackles and tackles for loss in Wisconsin history and I think he has more forced fumbles than anyon in Wisconsin history. Just this year, he had 108 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 TFLs for 31 yards, as well as 4 sacks and 5 QB hurries. He really was a force for the Badgers in his time there (I believe he is a senior now, so the bowl game will be it for Borland).
|1 week 22 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
One thing that is interesting to me about Missouri's path to this moment is that they were in fact trending upwards in their final years in the Big 12 - from 2007 to 2011, they didn't do worse than 8-5 and had won 10 or more three times. Their introduction to the SEC in 2012 was a bit jarring, but they seem to have adjusted very well as evidenced by the fact that they will be in the SEC Championship Game in their 2nd year in the conference.
I would think something similar can be said for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, and indeed, Sumlin took over as Texas A&M was embarking on its SEC adventure. He took a middling team in the BIg 12 and has led them to a very good record thus far in the SEC.
If that's the basis for judgment, I would probably agree - the fact that two average to above averge (i.e., historically not world-beating) teams can join the conference and adapt to it and do well makes me wonder just how good the SEC actually might be, although I never really believed that it was so many miles above everyone else. That being said, they do perform at an impressively high level as a conference.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Tomahawk Nation Commentary...||
Tomahawk Nation (HERE) wrote a rather long commentary on the subject this morning, and it is a pretty interesting read. It also includes a link to a tweet from late in November, referencing a statement in which the Florida State Attorney said that they would want to be sure of a reasonable chance of conviction before they filed charges, if indeed they were to do so. The implication seems to be that their assessment of the evidence did not meet that particular criterion.
|1 week 1 day ago||As A Note...||
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.
|1 week 1 day ago||Only One Miss...||
The only Big Ten team to miss the top 50 was Indiana, if I read this right, which I could have probably guessed. The Big Ten teams in the top 25 in addition to Michigan and Ohio State are Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State.
The conference ratings have appeared on various sites for a few years and I am pretty sure that they've been fairly consistent with the SEC and Big Ten having significantly higher ratings than every other conference, but then it seems like these two conferences find their way onto ESPN and ABC most often. It would be interesting perhaps to break down conference versus network and time slot perhaps.
|1 week 1 day ago||A Couple Suggestions...||
Although the wait can be a wee bit long during events, the Pegasus Taverna in Greektown has pretty good Hellenic food at reasonable prices, if you're into this particular cuisine. A little closer to Ford Field, there is always the Elwood - I've never had a bad experience there either, but again, it can get pretty cramped when there is a game or event nearby.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not A Bad Start...||
If anyone is interested, NBA.com actually does an excellent job of charting player stats. Trey's profile is here - http://stats.nba.com/playerProfile.html?PlayerID=203504
So far, he's averaging about 27 minutes per game, and in that time, 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. According to NBA.com, in his 8 games, he has accumulated 101 points, 26 rebounds and 33 assists. Not really a bad start to an NBA career.
|1 week 1 day ago||Disconfirmed...||
Rumors Swirling-Saban to Texas. Recruit sway?
From the sound of things, this was a joke started at an Austin radio station and there is no basis for the rumor. Even though it is not about Michigan, as the disconfirming information was posted in the thread, there doesn't seem like much point in keeping the thread now.
Saban to Texas rumors
See above note. Also, read this story here for more background on the lack of legs regarding this.
|1 week 1 day ago||This Study...||
One of the things about this study is that it affirms in a way something that I rather admire about my own wife. As you will note in the link, Illinois is one of the more profane states and my wife - born and raised Northsider that she is - often contributes in her own way to that statistic. It is one of the reasons that I love her actually. Call me strange.
|1 week 1 day ago||Massey Predictions...||
Granted, it is early in the season, so these estimates should be taken as quite approximate, but here is the estimated win probability and median predicted score for the remainder of the schedule (away games in bold):
|1 week 1 day ago||Nice Spread...||
All of that looks delicious, and indeed, it makes me wonder what I was doing having chicken and a small salad as well as a probiotic yogurt for dessert this evening. I could have cooked with a little more effort.
In all seriousness though, it is nice that the coaches do take advantage of the opportunity to make such visits.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Remember That Tweet...||
...and my YouTube favorites can top it even for out of touch:
|1 week 1 day ago||Expanding The Podcast...||
I think that the podcast might be an even better platform for the other feature I am in the early stage of developing - "Focus On Facepalms". It would be about the state of the board from a modding standpoint, talk about Bolivia and bans and why those things happen and a few other things. It should make a good occasional diary once I am ready to roll it out, but the podcast would be a fun platform.
|1 week 1 day ago||If You Did Not Know...||
If 247Sports is correct, Malik's recruiter is none other than Fred Jackson. Terry Samuel is the MSU recruiter and Bobby Williams is the person trying to get him down to Tuscaloosa. I always find the recruiters to be almost as interesting as the recruited in these situations when you have highly-touted prospects.
|1 week 1 day ago||Rumors...||
Sharing a Drake Harris rumor, unsubstantiated of yet
If it is unsubstantied, then it really doesn't have a place on the board. If something is confirmed, do feel free to post it, but most every thread that starts with a rumor or hearsay simply hasn't ended well.
|1 week 1 day ago||As I Recall...||
I know OSEH is in that area of South Campus - my mother-in-law works for that particular department. Security is headquartered around there too as well. As for parking, I've borrowed the orange tag before to be closer to the stadium / Crisler, but I admit to wondering why it was necessary to pay for said tag when you work on that part of campus anyway.
|1 week 1 day ago||If I Had To Choose...||
I am never big on such exercises because it is a whimsical thought experiment that makes me revisit a disappointing outcome, but I suppose that if I were to choose, I think that you would have to go with the outcome that would probably be less likely in a given year (not that either of them are terribly likey) and choose the basketball game. The reason would be that it is a performance that seems harder to repeat overall.
|1 week 1 day ago||Other Announcement...||
An announcement of general interest to the board given the mood it seems to be in lately:
|1 week 1 day ago||Questioning Things...||
More assertive: Courtney Sims or Glenn Robinson III?
Questioning a player's "effort" and "desire" in a board post is probably not the best thing to do, especially because these are things that we couldn't possibly know about. In-game stuff is fine as always, but this probably should come down as is.
|1 week 2 days ago||Other Names Include...||
The Seattle Times was theorizing on some of the other names involved in the Washington coaching search. Among them, former Washington assistant (now with Saban in Alabama) Doug Nussmeier, as well as Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State and even Gary Pinkel at Missouri. As it now seems to be standard for such reporting, James Franklin makes an appearance on their list of those "possibly intrigued" by the job too.
|1 week 2 days ago||Can't See It Here...||
The button is not in Google Chrome either, or at least not the version I am using. Come to think of it, I don't think it has been on the site for much of this year, although I could be mistaken. Perhaps it was either the server migration or the last tweak of the banner / appearance, but I don't even know if the link exists anymore.
|1 week 2 days ago||May Help Folks Here...||
One thing that might help folks here can be found (well, downloaded) on this page - (LINK).
It is the NCAA Transfer Guidelines, written more or less in summary format and geared towards students who may be thinking about transferring. Hence, it is a pretty clear and concise guide.
You can download the PDF and view the booklet - the sections on transferring from 2-year to 4-year schools (2-4 transfer) begin on page 15. It also runs through how this is different across divisions as well, if you want that sort of comparison.
|1 week 2 days ago||Matchup Stats...||
Over at TeamRankings, they list Ohio State as a 5.5 point favorite with a Vegas-implied (not sure what algorithm they use here) score of 28-23.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pretty Amusing...||
This actually made it to the Scout boards, I thought, a few days ago. The suggestion there was that the Maize Rage now shout "Three Times The Steak!" every time Albrecht sinks a three, and I will admit that I found that to be pretty amusing after seeing the commercial.
|1 week 2 days ago||So, Anyway...||
So, some summary stats for Michigan...
FG percentage - 30.77%
effective FG% - 32.69%
Off. rebound rate - 15.00%
Def. rebound rate - 66.67%
Same for Duke...
FG percentage - 41.94%
effective FG% - 48.39%
Off. rebound rate - 33.33%
Def. rebound rate - 85.00%
|1 week 2 days ago||So Far Anyway...||
It is not as if anyone is really shooting impressive right now, but by the numbers early on, we're doing it at half the pace of Duke. Our 20% FG percentage is basically half of theirs.
Also, how does the shoe not get called for a flagrant there? The refs need to be consistent.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Strange...||
Dick Vitale is not calling this game while being body surfed up and down the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium? I have to say that this sounds weak to me.
...and apparently Duke is occasionally going to pull the basketball equivalent of Iowa's offense and sort of lounge about then do something at the last possible moment.
|1 week 2 days ago||Off The Front Page...||
Tigers sign Joe Nathan
It is off the front page now, but this did make it to the board earlier today. Interesting news and not a bad deal, to say the least, but alas too late for MGoBlog purposes.
Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan to 2-year contract
This was discussed yesterday. One thing that might be helpful for people posting threads to consider is that there is a a sizeable group of Tigers fans here and team news makes it here almost as fast as Michigan news.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Linebackers...||
Well, I think that is fair to say that our LBs were productive over the course of the season. They account for:
- 36.94% of total tackles
- 42.42% of tackles for loss
- 44.44% of TFL yards
- 45.65% of all sacks
- 47.95% of sack yardage
I would think that these quick overall stats indicate a reasonably effective linebacker corps.
|1 week 2 days ago||As Far As I Know...||
I haven't looked at the original theoretical foundation document in a while (this all started back in the late 1990s actually), but it does take into consideration ability to score points and predictive power ratings (strength), so I imagine that this sort of accounts for injuries as the current season progresses albeit not in a comprehensive way perhaps.
|1 week 2 days ago||Trying To Be Proactive...||
....and it might be early, but....
OT: Detroit gets judge's OK to proceed with bankruptcy (one party will appeal)
Threads have appeared before about the various stages of this story and nearly all of them have ended up sliding downhill. Not saying that it isn't a significant event for those of us that live in SE Michigan, but I am trying to be safe here, not sorry.
|1 week 2 days ago||On The Board...||
Really, we need a change from the defeatism and downtrodden attitude that seems pervasive in some threads. We'll start with this:
|1 week 2 days ago||Even So...||
Even so, having just under a third of your 2014 in the Top 250 and having a class with a mean ranking among stars of 3.38 so far really is not bad news at all. The future still definitely seems rather bright, in my estimation.
|1 week 2 days ago||Matchup Simulator...||
Massey's simulator would give us an estimated 33% chance versus Georgia with a predicted median score of 40-34. Interestingly, the one prediction of OSU-FSU in the Championship game would result in an estimated 17% chance for OSU, complete with a median score of 43-31. In the same simulator, Wisconsin would actually be favored against South Carolina - 59% estimated win probability, median predicted score of 24-21.
|1 week 2 days ago||All We Can Hope...||
"I'm so disgusted right now I just want to puke and crawl in a hole. If anybody wastes their hard earned money on this team to watch them play in the Liberty Bowl....go to the mental hospital." - an Ole Miss fan
All we can hope, I suppose, is that he did not puke in the hole before he crawled into it, although this sounds like something that could happen in the SEC for some reason. In any case, there was some pretty good stuff in that and the Alabama threads too.
|1 week 2 days ago||As Well As...||
There were a few stories that seemed to indicate that Kerry Coombs at Ohio State was, at least for a time, being considered for the positon. In any event, that will be an uphill climb in the beginning, I think, since it is coming on the heels of an 0-12 season which had followed two 4-8 seasons under Treadwell.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Hate To Say...||
I was instantly reminded of this campaign when I saw the thread:
|1 week 2 days ago||Clarifying Question...||
As a clarifying question, are we considering "top-ranked" to mean, for example, the upper third of Division I, or would you think it is more fair to show relative level of competition and do, say, the top 5 in a given conference (whichever one he was affliated with in a given year) as well as OOC teams in the top third? It doesn't have to be divided like that - I was just providing a random example of how it could be done.
Also, I don't if wins and losses mean as much in such a comparison as yards per play, conversion success and a few other metrics.
|1 week 2 days ago||Approaching Milestones...||
Because my parents read this blog, the secret might get out, but whatever - I will likely go with some form of jewelry as a lead-in to plans for wedding anniversary #10, which will be in early April. I will probably also get her some merchandise for her obsession with the CW show "Arrow", because for the moments when I am checking in and writing / modding, she will at least have something which reminds her of / depicts Stpehen Amell.
|1 week 2 days ago||My Question...||
"We continue to drink the “Most Wins in College Football History,” “127 All-Americans,” “42 Big-Ten Titles” Kool-Aid even as we rush for negative 48 yards and get utterly steamrolled by cross-state “Little Brother” Michigan State."
In many other threads, we've mentioned that Michigan's brand equity does do a fair bit to prop it up sometimes and it is very fortunate in that regard. It seems to me that, historically, demand for Michigan tickets is far more inelastic than it is for other programs, and that for us, performance is not a great indicator of attendance necessarily. Very few programs could say that, I think. What I wonder is when do we pass the point where attendance does measurably decrease - are we years and years away or is it closer? I think it is an interesting question.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes Indeed...||
I know - that's why I sort of wish Football Outsiders would embark on a project to take their ratings back at least another five years so most teams could see the variation over a more meaningful period (and indeed, over a few coaching regimes in a lot of cases).
At least for me, I think one of the advantages to these numbers is that they've always seemed to illustrate just how nebulous the boundaries of coaching changes can be when compared to performance. That's just one things I've seen in them though.
|1 week 2 days ago||Some Allow It...||
I could be wrong or misremembering this, but I thought there were some stories perhaps 5 or 6 years ago where LSU, Florida and perhaps a few other schools will actually allow people to have their remains scattered on the field or even have a brief service inside the stadium. It seems more than a little morbid to me, but apparently there are more than a few people that are this devoted to the program for which they cheer.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll Bite Here...||
Not to be nitpicky, but I think the better phrasing for this is "What do we wish to see?" because the decisions are not ours in the end and any standard set by this blog is arbitrary by default. If we are aware of this, of course, then that's excellent.
That being said, I would merely be curious to see how the experiences of this year - good and not good - crystallize and get carried into next season. Because this really is the first year we went "full Borges" (2011 and 2012, though under Borges, represented a hybrid philosophy and serve as a shaky basis for comparison to this year), I would actually expect the oft-discussed "second-year jump" to happen next year. Quite a few things mentioned by the OP should improve naturally - theoretically, of course.
I don't know if I attribute predictability strictly to Borges' "limitations", as the OP says. If indeed you do not have confidence that certain sections of the playbook will not be well-executed with the players and experience out there, you probably won't use them much if at all. If it makes a limited number of base plays that much more frequent and therefore predictable, it's still a problem but a dynamic one that I think is simplified if we just hang it on Borges and assume his vision is limited. We don't really know this.
As for blitzes, I think this ties into execution and coaching. If they can read defenses better next year and we start to see the ability to check in and out of plays based on formation a little more frequently, they might be able to mitigate the problem somewhat.
|1 week 2 days ago||A Bit Of A Shame...||
It is a shame that the database does not go back farther actually - the NCAA archive actually has some of the summary information displayed here, such as FBS rank. For that at least, we can go back into the Carr years:
For fun, we'll just go back to 2003. For total offense and defense for Michigan, per the NCAA archives:
2007 - #68 offense, #24 defense
2006 - #38 offense, #10 defense
2005 - #55 offense, #36 defense
2004 - #46 offense, #33 defense
2003 - #15 offense, #11 defense
|1 week 3 days ago||Here It Is...||
Brian's tweet from the early part of September regarding these....
|1 week 3 days ago||No Definite Conclusions...||
Well, if you used the Sagarin numbers right now to predict 2014 - which is a not the best thing to do because of the lack of 2014 data, so take the conclusion for what it is worth - we could likely be 2-3. We would be favored against Rutgers and Northwestern, a slight underdog against ND and a sizeable underdog against MSU and Ohio State. Again, that's based on present data, which may or may not mean as much in 2014. There's still much we don't know.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting...||
I wonder if he was talking about total yards, because the average was 382.83 yards with a standard deviation of 170.40 yards, which basically means were were all over the place. If you normalize the rushing and passing totals, the z-score for rushing for MSU is -2.057 and for Nebraska it is -1.747. For passing, the two lowest were Connecitcut (-1.348) and Iowa (-1.339).
|1 week 3 days ago||I Have Always Wondered...||
I have thought about this before, about how the selection of music is relatively narrow in its scope and I would be curious to see if the athletic department is open to exploring less common situational accompaniment, if you will. For some reason, Mozart's "Rondo alla turca" comes to mind as somewhat appropriate for in-huddle music, just as an example of what I am talking about here.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Hurdle...||
The hurdle is still perhaps one of my favorite moments of that game and it just seems to underscore what a nightmare he is for defenses. I sat there near some OSU fans who muttered, "What the hell?" and could only say, "Trouble getting open? Just jump over the defense. Simple."
Thanks for putting this together, DGDestroys.
|1 week 3 days ago||Already Covered...||
2013 All-Big Ten Teams Announced
This was already posted as a thread, which was in turn bumped to diary status. The diary is still on the front page of diaries, so we shall allow that to stand for now.
|1 week 3 days ago||If I Am Not Mistaken...||
Well, if I tallied it correctly, the Detroit Lions got it right 63 out of 75 occasions, if the bot is indeed accurate. I would consider an 84% rate of "Good call" on that algorithm rather good, if some other random teams that I've looked at are representative of the NFL as a whole.
Interesting link. Thanks for sharing this.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Necessarily Related...||
This is not necessarily related, but on the chance that someone who reads this thread might wonder about this, the Bentley Library does maintain a list of Michigan athletes who have participated in the modern Olympics by year. The link is (HERE) - it is current to 2012 right now, of course.
|1 week 3 days ago||As You May Guess...||
As you might have guessed, AL.com is all over this (HERE).
According to this, the victim's sister (there is a link to more detailed information in the story above) had an account of the story which went as follows:
" Neketa Shepherd said her sister was an Alabama fan, but even more than Alabama, she loved The Miami Heat. After the game ended, she and her sister were joking around, not about Alabama's loss, but about the Miami Heat. Briskey, Neketa Shepherd said, apparently took their joking the wrong way and became mad that they weren't more upset over Alabama's loss."
|1 week 3 days ago||Perhaps Confirmed...||
Per this CBS article here - LINK .
Mike Axisa writes:
"Washington has been looking to bolster its rotation behind Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez this offseason while Detroit was shopping a starter in an effort to free up cash and a rotation spot for Drew Smyly. Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projected Fister to earn $6.9 million in his second trip through arbitration."
It is a developing story, so they ask people to "stay tuned", if you will.
|1 week 3 days ago||Seems Legit...||
....because the story is on their athletic department website here (LINK). From that release:
"Going forward, the popular logo will be known as "Victory Yosef." The logo will be prominently featured on merchandise available at outlets throughout the region during the holiday season, including Appalachian State's University Bookstore and Sports Fanatic in the Boone Mall."
|1 week 3 days ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Welcome to Michigan, Cooper Marody!
I like the photos side-by-side - if that is any indication, this is definitely a place he has a connection with. Glad to see that he will have an opportunity to be here as a player rather than a visitor.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Gallon Thing...||
I suppose I don't get the WR selections - well, I get Allen Robinson, but Jared Abbredaris was less prolific than Gallon as a WR statistically. He was Big Ten Offensive POTW twice, second in Big Ten receiving yards per game, I believe. I wonder what the rationale was for this decision, because I don't see where they were going with it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Basically Duplication...||
Big Ten Awards: Lewan & Funchess Win OL/TE of the Year Awards, +others
Nearly all of the information in this post is covered in the post that was just below it, so the OP is welcome to fill in the blanks in that thread. Seems like one should be enough.