chance of bowl: 13.6%
|2 hours 51 min ago||Another Angle....||
Here's a Florida writer who is also a little hesitant to jump on the Mullen bandwagon - LINK
Basically, this guy talks about Mullen's less-than-great record against ranked teams as well as other teams in the SEC West (the normal obstacles, of you will) before this year as the primary reason to perhaps go a different route. That being said, he fronts Mullen as well as Gary Patterson as "safe" choices for Florida with Rich Rodriguez being his more bold selection.
|3 hours 4 min ago||That Game...||
This was actually the first game that my wife and I went to as husband and wife (we were married in April 2004, as soon as the NCAA Tournament was over, of course). We were supposed to go to a reception after the game, and if it had ended on time, we probably would have been there long before people were beginning to cleanup. Around the beginning of the 4th quarter, my wife began nudging me and saying we should just go, and I still remember turning to her, "You don't just leave in these situations!" and I think the look on her face at that moment was when she realized the depth of my MGoObsession. Also, silly friend for having a wedding and reception ON THE DAY OF the Michigan / MSU game.
|12 hours 28 min ago||Regarding The "Title"....||
Apparently, Ford has a better idea....
|12 hours 43 min ago||Where Is ABC When You Need Them?|
|14 hours 46 min ago||More On Growth...||
A little more on Domino's recent resurgence is in this WP article - LINK
One of the things that I found amusing is that certain locations are now introducing the "pizza theater" concept, where you can dine-in and position yourself so you can in fact watch the entire process from start to finish. The actually mention as well that 45% of their orders are online orders now (Domino's did get the technology piece spot on) and the tab size is increasing on those orders.
That being said, the OP's apparent inference that Brandon did nothing at Domino's....well....many of the foundations of their recent success began under Brandon's watch. It's more that he is in some ways a fish out of water, as it were, in the college athletics world.
|16 hours 33 min ago||I Don't See It...||
He said he and Burbridge text back and forth, wishing each other luck each week, except this one.
I admit that I got a chuckle out of that. I actually had forgotten that Funchess and Burbridge both went to Harrison. It's also a minor bit of evidence that he treats this game a little differently than others, but in all honesty, I don't think there's a reason to get upset over this because I don't see this as an indication that they aren't preparing - in a strictly mechanical sense, it IS just another game before we apply our own feelings on this rivalry to it, and I would rather they focused on the mechanics even in a rivalry week.
|16 hours 50 min ago||These Can Go...||
Jim Harbaugh Recruiting at UM, and assistants....
To paraphrase a line from the movie "Dragnet"..."These threads seemed merely irritating at first, but were quickly gaining notoriety through their growing freuquency and naked brazenness..."
Wolverine fans want it more than the UM players?
Basically a comment on the thread containing quotes from Funchess currently on the first page. This could have easily gone in there.
|18 hours 18 min ago||Good News....||
Good to hear that Branch will be back at it and in a position to help the Patriots. That NESN was a pretty interesting overview of Ayers and Branch in different defensive alignments, incidentally, even getting into the possibility of the Patriots being creative and going to a 3-3-5 in the nickel.
As for the photo the OP posted, I am pretty sure Anthony Morelli only recently got up from the hit, as it looked that painful and jarring when it happened.
|18 hours 57 min ago||Too Many Cooks...||
You also have a mod that happens to bear this last name (guess which one), so there is that as well. Too many Cooks spoil the broth indeed.
On a more general note, congratulations to Alex on this endeavor! Looking forward to this year's hoops coverage.
|20 hours 59 min ago||Not Sure About The Game...||
Although I am not sure about the game per se, there are some instances of Michigan and Michigan State being in the Top 10 of at least the AP at the end of the season per a few sites:
1950 - MSU #8, Michigan #9
1956 - Michigan #7, MSU #9
1999 - Michigan #5, MSU #7
There are numerous other instances of one or the other being in the top 10 and the other team being somewhere in the teens. That site for historic year-end AP polls is here - LINK.
I believe that we were #3 going into the MSU game in 1999, and State might have been #10 or #11 in the poll that week. Not sure about that though.
|21 hours 24 min ago||Also From Shapiro Undergrad...||
Not related to this slam, but their feed really is quite funny and pretty spot on. Another example....
|1 day 2 hours ago||Coming Back To Bite Perhaps...||
I think that, by the rules of "juju", the culprit's next exam will have a section where the answer is either "Bobby Williams" or "John L. Smith", depending on the painful (for them) moment in Spartan football being described. Their next bluebook will be the answer to this - explain the following: "That's a dang coaching mistake."
|1 day 3 hours ago||Don't You Know Me...||
Offray, a backup cornerback, will have to pay an additional fine for hampering the investigation by attempting to use his friend's name at the jail before quickly admitting his real identity -- and thus dodging a felony.
Wow, there's a friend you want to have in Offray. Anything more serious and he's probably throwing Mike Gundy under the bus. Actually, he should have tried that here just to see how well it would go over. Go big or go home in these situations.
|1 day 11 hours ago||The Time Is Past...||
"I've been called the N-word so many times this year," Gardner told the Detroit News. "One guy told me I was the N-word, and said, 'I know N-words can't play quarterback.' And I was like, 'Are we not past this?' Say what you want about my skill, but come on."
Like someone mentioned, this sad phenomenon is not unique to this fanbase, but let me just reiterate that anyone who states a similar racist belief on this blog will be sent to Bolivia, then banned, and then have his/her belongings peed on by a horse with the runs. It is incredibly sad that in 2014 there are still such a**holes out there and worse that they have had access to social media.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Ah, Yes...||
This was the second game I took my wife to actually - the first was Braylonfest.
Another classic Mike Hart performance, of course - 36 carries, 218 yards and 1 rushing TD. As I recall from the boxscore (for some reason I remember it), Chad Henne accounted for the other half of the offense that day with something like 3 TDs. I believe there was one pick too. Two week later, if I remember, was "TOUCHDOWN MANNINGHAM!"
|1 day 15 hours ago||Even Though....||
Even though you used the sarcasm tag, the answer probably actually involves some stats, just not necessarily football stats. Life's weird like that, even taking into consideraton, well, stats.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Massey Simulator...||
The base matchup (i.e., if you played a random game) on Massey's simulator actually slightly favors the Royals, but if you keep running the best of seven simulator the Giants actually win most of the time in their simulations interestingly enough. As for me, I would tend to lean with the Giants based on the numbers (probably in six), but part of me is at least interested in seeing if the Royals can chuck the numbers and pull it off.
|1 day 16 hours ago||At Least Before...||
My own take on this involves my own acculturation into Michigan fandom really, but growing up, the order for most everyone I knew was OSU, ND and then MSU and it was pretty unwavering save for the years that ND went on the odd hiatus (now a long, odd hiatus of course). It seemed to match the perception of the teams at the time - OSU was virtually always neck-and-neck with us in the conference, ND was the premiere OOC game most years and MSU was a game with a team that was occasionally competing basically.
Without ND, I think it becomes - by tradition - OSU and MSU, but it seems like it has been a 1A and 1B relationship in more recent years.
|1 day 20 hours ago||10 Years, Eh?||
I am thinking that this deserves some sort of catered affair with an open bar as well, along with speeches from regulars both past and present plus a presentation of completely made up awards by the staff to various MGoDenizens.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Run Its Course...||
At 29 downvotes and descending, I think this is another CC thread that has run its course when it comes to the usefulness of the replies and it would be difficult to salvage anyway...
CC: Any Chance John Harbaugh comes to UM and keeps Brady on Staff with Mattison?
|2 days 13 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, there was not a whole lot of reason at the time to believe that things would be any different for MSU, so there is that - Dantonio was not exactly a name at the time. You can't really project the last seven years back and say that it was not a reasonable conclusion when in 2007 we were absent those seven years of data at the time. Hindsight is always 20/20, right?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Offensive FEI...||
I saw this thread and looked up offensive FEI numbers for explosive, methodical and value drives and the rankings are as follows over the last couple years:
The value drives are the drives which begin in Michigan territory, in this case, and at least get to the opponent's thirty yard line. The methodical drives are the drives which last more than 10 plays. The explosive drives are drives where the plays average 10 yards or more.
I'll be honest - I can live with being third quartile in explosive drives so long as you can manage the other two on a semi-regular basis, but I wonder...
|2 days 17 hours ago||Optimism...||
I think a fair number of people here were in the 9-3 or 8-4 camp (with an undercurrent of 7-5 and 6-6 folks), and based on what the general consensus was at the time regarding the schedule and the optimism about a new OC and - dare we dream - development on the OL with a dedicated scheme in place, it was a pretty reasonable guess. That's just the data - the smidge of data - we had at the time.
I was one such person, and that's fine really. Having seen the season play out to date and to see our estimated prospects of bowl eligibility currently sitting aroung 15% per Massey's new numbers, yeah, obviously the outlook is quite adjusted with game data now insertable.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Saving His Job...||
Others have touched on it, but at this point, I don't think any landmark hire necessarily equates to forgiveness in the case of David Brandon. The problems are larger than just the performance of the football program and things like the monetization of tradition, the disrespect that comes from longtime season ticket holders and others being treated merely as consumers, and what amounts to rather cold attitude towards the people who cheer for this program are symptoms of a bigger disconnect in the department. There's no guarantee that this changes even with a big name hire short of Brandon either being effectively neutralized as a director somehow or simply let go.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The Methodical Drives....||
Actually, the rankings for Explosive, Methodical and Value drives for Michigan State seem to pain an interesting picture. They are #86 in explosive drives at 0.161, which is the percentage of drives averaging 10 yards per play or more, but #3 in methodical drives at 0.016 - that is the percentage of drives averaging 10 plays or more. MSU is also in the top 25 in value drives, or the percentage of plays that at least reach the 30 yard line. If there is a weakness in there, and we saw it in the Indiana game, it is the odd explosive play. Our chances are not great, of course, but there are avenues to make it interesting perhaps anyway.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
Back in the day all the way down to Brandstatter and Lane doing this game....
|3 days 3 hours ago||The Projection....||
Well, if nothing else, the projection over at Massey has us scoring a couple times anyway despite giving us an estimated 8% probability of winning this game. They are going with the 35-14 median projected score based on their simulation. I think the Sagarin ratings might have painted a similar picture of a potential 3 TD underdog too.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Great And Popular...||
Not only a great event, but a popular one as well. I believe the HOCR regularly draws a few hundred thousand now, bolstered some by the fact that there is typically some international representation in the regatta as well. Does anyone know if we've we got a team in the Head Of The Schuykill as well?
|3 days 14 hours ago||Looking At Highlights...||
It seems like 22 carries, 127 yards and 1 TD in the modern NFL running game is doing it to an Ohio team with authority, and so much the better. Glad to see him starting and immediately being the impactful player we knew he could be. If the change in the athletic department came with that smile, well, who has been able to argue with that smile?
|3 days 16 hours ago||Like Kirk Said....||
"I...HAVE HAD...ENOUGH OF..YOU!"
|3 days 17 hours ago||Playoff Picture...||
ESPN's estimate of the playoff picture is here - LINK
In their opinion, if we started the playoff today, 3 SEC teams and 1 ACC team (guess who) would be in it. The 3 SEC teams would be Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss. The next four out would be Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon and Michigan State. Interestingly, the resume ranks on ESPN are quite varied, to say the least.
|3 days 20 hours ago||I Miss Denard Too...||
I particularly miss "finding a gap" looking more or less like this....
|3 days 22 hours ago||For Anyone Interested...||
I'll just respond to this but it is a general note to the board - if anyone is in fact interested in the scholarship limitation for official sports at NCAA member institutions for both men and women, that listing is here - LINK. It also makes the disctinction between head count and equivalency sports towards the bottom of the page and explains how the distribution works.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Morning Cleanup...||
There are two threads which are not going very well and probably will continue to not go well just based on the reaction they are getting for the most part....
ND loss Schadenfreude
What ever happened to the Big Ten I used to know?
|4 days 1 hour ago||Interestingly...||
I would just like to be on record as saying that - quite interestingly - this is the second time someone has created a "CC: Lance Leipold" thread. I believe that he had brief stints at FBS schools as an assistant at some level (I think Wisconsin was on of those schools), but the fact that a DIII coach has now come up twice like this is a very MGoBlog moment.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Crafty Indeed...||
A crafty exchange of punts in the FSU-ND game, but it is OK because the two dudes covered in glitter are single-handed providing illumination to their entire section. Someone is definitely getting some sort of poisoning in the student section tonight down in Tallahassee.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Comprehensive List...||
Your 8 PM and beyond games games -
Florida State / Notre Dame - ABC
Washington / Oregon - Fox Sports 1
Iowa State / Texas - Longhorn Network
Nevada / BYU - ESPN2 (10:15 PM Eastern)
Stanford / Arizona State - ESPN (10:30 PM Eastern)
Hawaii / San Diego State - CBS Sports (10:30 PM Eastern)
That last one has huge playoff implications in an alternate timeline.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Some Answers...||
I can't really speak for whoever in fact removed that diary, but there informal parameters that have nothing to do with the content of the opinion per se. Many times, you'll see a diary which is contrarian but well-constructed and makes its point quite well and while those may get downvotes because some merely use the mechanism for anything they don't like, it will also get respect even from its detractors.
Having now read the diary entry again, I dare say it didn't really meet the parameters / standards of something that should have been in the diary section (again, it's more about how you say it, not always what you say there).
As for the other question, if a user is caved, then their account and posts both disappear. If someone is merely blocked, they cannot posts but their history remains.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I Have To Ask...||
I have to ask now if Kevin Sumlin thought "WE'RE GONNA DIE" was a viable way to approach the Alabama defense, because if that was the overarching theme for the Aggies, it's working really, really well.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
...and Connor Cook throws a dart right to Indiana's LB Scales and now the Hoosier's have somewhat short field even after a rather inane penalty. Of course, Tevin Coleman grills the defense and puts Indiana right in front from the original spot before the foul.
Wow. Diamont on the keeper and TD Hoosiers.
Can we try out this gameplan for ourselves maybe? Should we ask Kevin Wilson nicely?
|4 days 17 hours ago||Should Be Gone...||
I had to delete the entire chain, but it should be fixed now. Actually, I didn't see the video at all on this end but I could get the audio for some reason. I wonder if that was a laptop / phone format difference.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Switching Now...||
I switched away from WVU-Baylor to Michigan State-Indiana for a bit. Seriously, there is a realizable shot at 300 combined penalty yards in Morgantown - I am honestly impressed that self-facemasking, not washing one's hands after using the facilities and bowing to the inevitable have somehow not managed to get yellow flags in that game.
|4 days 18 hours ago||As They Once Said...||
By Big XII standards, the Bylor-WVU game has turned into a real slobberknocker, as some used to call the slow, plodding games, I believe. Actually, my father enjoys this term in particular, not sure about others. In any case, Baylor has all of 161 yards of offense right now despite the 20 points - definitely the un-Baylor on the field today.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Not Insane At All...||
There's still plenty of game left, of course, but anyone looking for some insane numbers in the Baylor-WVU game will be disappointed - no one is at 200 yards yet, and indeed, only 307 yards gained between both teams.
Of course, plenty of good vertical threats in both WR corps, but the fact that neither secondary has had the chance to show how truly subpar they are yet is a little disenheartening.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
I don't think that the "Once In A While, Cough It Up" strategy is a good one to use if you are playing Baylor. This definitely hurts you less against an Iowa or better still, an SMU team that has to always go for it on 4th down because there is nothing else that has been working. Against Baylor, basically handing them possessions seems like a bad way to go.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Not Sure...||
I found the adjustment to his points made at 1:24 PM yesterday, but no reason given. It might very well have been the diary that sent him over the edge, if I had to guess though. I didn't do the deed this time and I don't think that JGB did either though, but that diary....yeah....
|4 days 22 hours ago||Hard To Get Through It...||
I got as far as #19 before GQ started trying to get me to buy things, but #19 happens to be Ohio State as home of the "Excessive School Pride Douche" by GQ's figuring. Actually, we managed to get an honorable mention in this category as well, along with Penn State, Texas and Duke. Speaking of Duke, that's #2 - "The Original Douche". I can see that.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Wife Day...||
Even though I am married and have two kids, today is going to be pretty low-key and rather football-filled. As my wife actually works later today, there isn't much time to do anything spectacular, though we will be taking the kids to the rededication of our neighborhood park (which the city stopped maintaining in the recession and it has been a point of contention since then). It won't be flashy, of course - a hot dog and "Here, try out the not rusty swings" - but it is an improvement that only took five years of constant bitching on the part of myself and others.
|5 days 2 hours ago||We Played Dickey...||
Per the stats archive's numbers for this game, B.J. Dickey was 8-13 for 147 passing yards and 2 passing TD. On the ground, Stanley Edwards ran for 139 yards on 24 carries, but it was one Butch Woolfolk who accounted for the sole rushing touchdown in the game somewhere in his 20 yards and 9 carries. Both Dickey and Wangler had some minor contributions to the ground game themsleves.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I Saw This Thread...||
...and I was just hoping we could fill it with random moments like this....
|5 days 16 hours ago||When I Was Younger...||
When I was younger, the outcome of Michigan's games basically would determine the emotional footing of the next few days afterwards. When I have skin in the game, the outcome is still important to me in that it is a matter of pride as it is my alma mater out there, but I am pretty good at analyzing the game, processing my feelings and moving on in a matter of mere hours now. Being all of 36 years old, I have found the time it takes to deal with losses decreasing by the year now.
When it is someone else's game, I watch merely for the enjoyment of football, but without the investment, I do tend to focus more on playcalling and statistics than I might during Michigan's games, partly because there is no real undercurrent to me to the story being told by the numbers in the game.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Back In 2012...||
I don't rememeber precisely - I think it was 2012 when someone from the Ann Arbor News asked him point blank about it and Beilein basically said that he didn't see it happening again, stating it was not his "favorite thing to do" (I believe that's how he put it). As I recall, he sort of ceded this particular battle to his counterpart in East Lansing (who once dressed up as Iron Man, I believe).
|5 days 22 hours ago||My Own View...||
We were about to do a sticky for these, but the volume of these died off to a point where it is manageable for now, I think. It is still in the works as an option though.
Actually, I don't believe relative probability is a primary consideration for the "CC" threads genrally, but some of the candidates put forth do have some quirky schemes that are fun to discuss all the same. Stitt is one such person, in my opinion.
|5 days 22 hours ago||How Much It Means...||
A few months ago, when the regents fired the first public warning shots across Brandon's bow, pouring cold water on his plans for fireworks shows at two football games, Schlissel deferred to the regents. A former Ivy League provost at Brown University, he said he didn't have a full understanding yet what athletics — and particularly football — truly meant at Michigan."But he does now," Bernstein said Thursday, laughing. "He does now."
In a way, I rather feel bad for Schlissel because this is how he gets to learn just how much football and the success of the program mean at Michigan in addition to its academic standing. That's probably not the training ground he would have liked, but it seems pretty clear after yesterday that the discontent is widespread and open at many levels, so hopefully between that and his hint at a "reset" of the culture, we might eventually see the change that is needed.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Good Timing...||
This bye weekend comes at a great time, because I don't mind saying that I need a recharge and that my attitude towards modding this week was rather...
|6 days 11 hours ago||On A Broad Level...||
A few people sort of stole my thunder here, but on a broad level, I would like to see the department come to Earth a bit and be just a little more accessible in the sense of being a bit more affordable and a bit more interconnected with the university. I get the whole need to remain in the black and to carry on with the things that make our athletic department such an expansive endeavor, but there must be a way to do it without becoming what it has become.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Meanwhile In Pittsburgh....||
Virginia Tech, in a move which will shock no one, successfully manages a field goal to cut their deficit to 7-3 in the second quarter. This is everything you had hoped that a Pitt - VTech matchup would be, if indeed you are watching it.
|6 days 13 hours ago||A Few Cents...||
If I had to choose something, then like others, it would be the committment to making the entire offering of Michigan athletics modern and well-supported by the University. In other words, the work that has been done for the benefit of less celebrated non-revenue sports is noteworthy and should be preserved, in my own estimation. That commitment was needed and it is something that was done correctly, I would say.
The night games and the willingness to open the pocketbook to get first rate hires (not just in football either) would be a nice legacy to continue as well.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Still Waiting...||
I am rather anxious to see the Sagarin and Massey ratings, which probably won't be out for a bit, as I prefer the numbers which have some predictive value (although that's limited in the preseason as there is nothing but historic data in the calculation). That being said, the #23 seems consistent with some of the in-conference predictions only in that several folks had us as the 4th or 5th team in the conference - I see this as simply the expanded version of a similar prediction.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Sites Galore...||
"I know there was a website here at Mississippi State to fire Dan Mullen last year. Now there's probably one to keep me here," he said.
Much respect to the person who creates a site that states, "I am ambivalent to the presence of Coach X" because that could make for great satire.
In any case, he's having an excellent season and clearly doesn't want the distraction of being the hot name (well, one of the hot names) right now, which I can respect. I rather liked his comment about respecting what people put into a program, though I wouldn't think those Florida fans are doing this per se - just admiring the success, which is giving props to the effort in a way, IMHO.
|6 days 17 hours ago||YouTube Embed...|
|6 days 18 hours ago||Alternatively...||
(LINK) - Here is ClickOnDetroit's feed, if anyone wants another option. I have had a little better luck with theirs actually.
Nothing will happen right now, of course, but the tenor of the meeting makes me think that Brandon's days are numbered. I could be wrong, of course.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Nice To See...||
"It's unbelievable that Michigan has given us this presence and recognition. The fact that we get to play on the same field as Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson and Tom Brady is an unbelievable feeling."
I was taken to the second game in 1981 because my parents - in particular, my mother - wanted to go and could not find a babysitter. They couldn't find one, of course, because our usual babysitter happened to be at the game as well, so there was that.
In any case, it's great to see these kids stoked to play in Michigan Stadium and hopefully Slippery Rock can put one in the "W" column on Saturday to top off what for them should be a memorable weekend.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
It will be interesting to see who else is part of this group really. I think that Atlanta is probably one of the cheaper teams when it comes to total valuation (my guess based on the rest of the NBA), but we're still talking close to $500 million, I would think. I would be curious to know what the asking price would be definitely.
|6 days 22 hours ago||The Membership Limit...||
Under another policy change, membership in the band is limited to five years for both playing members and student support staff.The band's directing staff is given the explicit right to "suspend, dismiss, or replace a band member'' for reasons including poor marching and/or playing performance, poor rehearsal attitude, or overall improper behavior.
I suppose I didn't realize that you could actually be considered a full member of the OSU Marching Band long after your actual graduation potentially, but then I am guessing this is meant to keep such a "culture" as the one they are trying to change from becoming ingrained again.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Already Posted...||
SIAP Slippery Rock to avoid Sparty uniforms for game Saturday
This was indeed already posted.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Jogging The Memory...||
Didn't she have a recurring role for a few seasons on JAG too? The name is familiar and I admit to watching the series when it was on. I think she played Rabb's girlfriend for a few seasons but I could be wrong there.
|1 week 15 hours ago||A Guess...||
If my guess is right and I am not reading too much into this (which I could be), some of what this and Bacon's tweets about this meeting seem to mean is that donors probably won't stand in the way of any change if it occurs. If that is the case, then that's huge, I would think. If I am reading the signs correctly, there may not be much of a fuss made if certain people are asked to pack up their offices.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Probably Not...||
I would hope that everyone learned the culture lesson a few years ago really, but it seems like Graham is in a good spot at ASU given that he signed an extension, so I don't know that he would even consider it right now. To be fair, he did good things at Tulsa and is doing good things at ASU right now (he even got Rice to a bowl game in his one year there), but I don't know if Michigan would quite go down the road of under-the-radar names this time around. Graham just doesn't fall in the pool of names that I think would be Plan A in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Just The Potential...||
I hope it isn't inappropriate of me that I actually smiled ear-to-ear just at the possibility of this actually being the case that the interest of replacements is being gauged potentially. It rather breaks my rule about not taking any pleasure in seeing someone dismissed from their position.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Nebraska...||
The Nebraska love has been interesting ever since they sort of reached back and found that other gear sometime around the beginning of February last year. Aside from us, of course, this is one of the teams whose season should be rather interesting, I think. It's difficult to really have a spat with a preseason poll because it isn't really based on more than opinions, but I do snicker at the apparent underestimation of Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||Of Minor Note...||
Right now, Massey ranks our strength of schedule as 9th in the conference and 54th in FBS, which I find rather interesting actually. In their estimation, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue and a few others have a more difficult road than we do.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, their game is graced with better weather than what we're experiencing here in southeast Michigan right now. We've got a nice downpour going here south of Metro Airport.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Conference Blurb...||
If anyone is interested, here is the SEC's official blurb on the subject - LINK
Some of the information in the ESPN article comes from here, of course, but it also gives a little information on family, his education (he's an Ivy League guy actually - I didn't know that), as well as other career highlights:
His impact has been felt far beyond the footprint of the SEC. The founding commissioner of two conferences, he was also the founder of a law firm which assisted NCAA institutions in compliance matters, a Director of Athletics and a member of numerous leadership committees during the course of his career. More recently, Slive has helped craft the new College Football Playoff and is a leader in the historic effort to reorganize the NCAA for the purpose of creating a governance structure that provides maximum opportunities for student-athletes
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Interesting...||
I was actually just looking at the Field Position ratings on Football Outsiders, where we rank #77 overall. On average in non-garbage possessions, we leave 69.7 yards between our opponent and their end zone while having to travel about two yards farther on average when the field is flipped.
Actually, I find it amusing that half the Big Ten appears in the span of about 15 positions on the list. There are some interesting similarities between some teams in the conference on some measures.
|1 week 1 day ago||But Here Again...||
"The other things that's changed a little is the defenses, how people are playing defenses - the movements, the different fronts you may see during course of the game. Someone is always trying to recreate defense."
Again, of course, a lot of other teams don't seem to have a huge problem adapting to what gets thrown at them in terms of defense up front. It still seems to come back to coaching here. That being said, this is the first year walking through the land of Nussmeier's inside zone, and the offensive line play, while hardly superb, has not hit tire fire 2013 levels. There has been improvement on some fronts, but it isn't a complete 180 certainly.
|1 week 1 day ago||A Good Bet...||
Without good predictive data, of course, it's difficult to make much more than a guess, but then that is precisely what Quinn did. In any case, without assigning specific rank order, I would say Michigan in the top three or four - which I would consider the teams to have a realizable shot at winning the conference - is a pretty good bet. I'll admit that I am kind of curious to see how Nebraska does this year actually - theirs is an interesting developing story, I think, especially after they found that other gear in February.
|1 week 1 day ago||Complete Gallery....||
Here's the link to their complete gallery, including the players posing and modeling these a little bit... (LINK)
As others have noted, the sleeves on the compression shirt are "meh" but otherwise this is a pretty solid effort, I think. Nice to see them hyped enough to do special uniforms for this game actually - wasn't expecting that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Additional Perks...||
I think you forgot the part about opportunities for teambuilding activities, like going just over the border to navigate the QEW in January. It teaches perserverance and reinforces hard work as you attempt to get around the lake to the Don Valley Parkway in driving snow and wind. Survivors get the "Surf Lake Ontario...In A Blizzard" t-shirt, I think.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not You...||
Actually, unless I miss my guess, Livonia Wolverine was formerly Joba and Clark Griswold and it did involve numerous violations of policy in a signle post in his case. As for your case, I've not heard back - I didn't do the deed that time, and as I have said, if the post was deleted, the reason will be almost impossible to discern unless someone answers (I did ask around).
|1 week 2 days ago||One Experience....||
There were a few times in 2012 and 2013 where I seemed to end up within hearing distance of this one gentleman - older, probably 65-70 or so - who apparently could only discern or acknowledge the I-Form when it came to offensive formations. We could have four wide, trip stacks, two-back sets with a TE, and so forth and mere seconds before the snap, we heard, "They're gonna run the I-Form...". Once in a while, and in the Minnesota game last year, he was correctly for most of an entire half, but when the playbook varied, he did not. Very amusing in a way.
|1 week 2 days ago||Imagining Fisher...||
"We could make them not have any fans from that standpoint and not sign for anybody. That's what it's going to come to, and that's a shame for college football, that somebody exploits a kid. Now if they're getting paid for it, then I don't have any knowledge of that. I don't believe Jameis did." - Jimbo Fisher, in the article
Did anyone else imagine a sarcastic, indignant Jimbo Fisher when reading this passage? Actually, if you can see that, the image becomes almost funny in a sad sort of way. Clearly, in his considered opinion, he should be able to sign away, unless he is paid, in which case Jimbo knows of no such events currently scheduled.
|1 week 2 days ago||Five Minutes Away...||
It so happens that I live about five minutes from it here in Romulus. It is at the corner of Goddard & Shook in what there is of a downtown Romulus. It's right across from a grocery store and near a bank and a pharmacy, so it sort of becomes one-stop shopping in a way. It was closed for a while last year, I think, after a bust, however it is a historic building (the old Romulus train depot) and our heritage must continue.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pretty Sure...||
I am pretty sure LSA looks a lot like this....
|1 week 2 days ago||Very True...||
This is quite true, of course, but oh how the story changes when your season does in fact get derailed a little bit by injuries and you spend part of the most pivotal section of your schedule having to switch people around and play some weird guys in crucial games.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Development...||
We actually flipped on some projections like Massey to being a slight favorite against Indiana just based on the update to the data, but the revelation about Sudfeld definitely makes this game even a little less concerning than it had been even this morning. Coleman is a scary good rusher, but yeah, I think the run defense can at least give us an opportunity to get something going on offense.
|1 week 2 days ago||As You're New...||
As you're new (although the last sentence was a staple of someone who has been banned twice) let me just say right now that responding to posts with "change your tampon" will not get you very far (again, if my suspicion is correct), even if the post you're responding to has some MGoSnark.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Good Article...||
I actually do like these pieces written from the perspective of someone who is really a disinterested observer (a Buckeye fan, in this case) because typically the reviews of Ann Arbor seem to come out quite positive with regards to game day atmosphere. Further, he was rather complimentary of the culture of the fans as well, which is always nice to hear especially from someone who shares in the tradition of The Game, if you will.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Village...||
Now that Sparty has flipped the script and become the dominant in-state program
I think the village more or less spoke here. I honestly wasn't sure where this was going myself and neither were a lot of people, it seems.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Works...||
Due to a family committment (a luncheon for my mother's 70th birthday), this time works a lot better for me as I will also be tuning in. Well, I may need to listen to the first quarter on the radio on the way home, but other than that, this makes things a lot easier football-wise on that particular day. Then again, my mom - also an alum - will probably force my sister to watch the game anyway (as my sister is hosting this thing).
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting...||
I need to eventually correlate start time to thread size and efficiency. Less than two seasons isn't really a good sample size, but if I went back a few years and capture all this using the same parameters, I imagine that this is more or less what you would see.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good Call...||
We used to celebrate both when I was little - we would go visit my relatives in the Toronto area for Thanksgiving, and about a month later, they would come and visit us for our version of it. The upside of this is that in the span of about 5 week or so you can get two turkey-induced comas, so it isn't at all a bad experience.
Indeed, we ran into Thanksgiving in Toronto as people would, without prompting, say to us "Happy Thanksgiving!". We responded in kind, of course. I will say - the fact that this originates from Martin Forbisher's not dying as a result of trying to find the Northwest Passage makes this very...interesting.
In any case, Happy Thanksgiving to the MGoCanada folks, and thank you for allowing my wife and I to get buzzed in the wonderful Harbourfront district in Toronto this weekend.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Tried It....||
I tried to emulate this very dance at the West Lorne ONRoute stop about two and a half hours ago on the way home from Toronto. Judging by the looks, it was best that I just depart Ontario at that point, but I was still upbeat about last night.
Off topic but still interesting, you haven't lived until you've been stuck between semis on the 401 westbound all the way from about Ingersoll to London. That was something.
|1 week 3 days ago||Regarding This...||
All I will say is that I am glad he - and really this whole team - gets the bye to heal up and hopefully get a moment to sit down. Devin Gardner in particular has shown that he really is willing to give until he can't anymore repeatedly throughout the last year or more, so hopefully he is full steam when we face Michigan State.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dropping Quotes...||
He is dropping quotes, of course. Per the DetNews story from Angelique Chengelis...
"It's been very tough for everybody, everybody affiliated with the program," Brandon said as he followed Hoke out of the room. "It's not just about me. It's been tough for Michigan athletics, for everybody, and our kids. It's a big win, we're very happy."
|1 week 3 days ago||I Will Say This...||
I managed to get as far as Steve Addazio and then began to wonder - as is customary - if Mark Richt had lost control of this list. The funny thing is, a fair number of these names have actually not come up in CC threads and I am impressed by that frankly.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Think So...||
Although they mean nothing towards bowl standing now, I believe they will still get calculated for the proverbial shits and giggles, if you will, or perhaps for committee consumption.
In any case, ESPN looks to be doing their own Playoff Picture snapshot here - (LINK) - and right now, their estimate is a playoff with Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida State and Baylor, which if that held through the end of the regular season (odds say it won't, but let's pretend), would be no one's first guess.
|1 week 3 days ago||-1 Passing Yards...||
The -1 passing yard stat for Bridgewater is fun to look at on ESPN. I assume Christian Ponder is somewhere saying, "Well, I could do that...", to which the reply is of course, "You have done that, Christian..."
|1 week 3 days ago||The Life...||
I think that moment showed me the life that I've wanted to see on the sidelines all year from this team. For over a month now, it just seems like there was some urgency missing from the mix whenever they were out there, but to see Devin fired up and trying to rally people on the sideline last night was exactly what they needed. Once in a while, an "aneurysm of leadership" works some wonders, as we know.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's Why....||
I hate to say this but I think this is something of a poor attitude to take towards this letter really. Personally, I think it is because it is Will Hagerup - the punter who has had his own issues - that it has rather a lot of weight. Here's someone who has fought through adversity - granted, adversity he created - and had his time away and regained a role on the team and has had the opportunity to live the words "you came to Michigan for a reason" in a very interesting way.
|1 week 4 days ago||Kudos Deserved...||
On a night where we were probably going to be in extensive need of Wile's services, it was great to see him come through and not only deliver but be instrumental in a victory. Hopefully, that confidence carries forth and helps him the rest of the season. Excellent job, Matt Wile.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I see the on-field performance more as the catalyst for what really is a larger disenchantment with the current adminstration inside the athletic department though, and part of that is that football does drive the bus when it comes to revenue. I think the problem really is - at its core - the monetization of tradition and the conversion of the culture of the program into a something that a lot of fans try to escape by coming to Michigan Stadium - the modern distractions. David Brandon is the face of a lot of that for many people.
|1 week 4 days ago||This One....||
This one in particular is not a bad shot, I think....
|1 week 4 days ago||Market Saturation...||
You would think that the SEC has fully saturated the market - at least by looking at the Massey Ratings - with 5 of the top 10 schools there being SEC schools and 7 of the top 20 on their system. By contrast, the Big Ten has zero share in the top 10 on Massey and one school in their top 20 as of this morning - MSU.
|1 week 4 days ago||Exactly...||
Precisely, and what's more - I didn't relize he had field access on this level. I think he really needs to share some of the stories that he has undoubtedly been accumulating through the years, perhaps in a series of tell-all diaries about how he was mistaken for Everitt and granted unprecedented access.
|1 week 4 days ago||UTL IV Already...||
Looking at the 2015 schedule, the only one that really stands out as a possibility to me - and I could be off - is Northwestern just because of the time of year and the fact that it isn't MSU. I don't know that they would give this treatment to BYU or Oregon State necessarily because those are rivalries like Michigan-ND was (feels odd to say "was" there) and the next home games after early October don't come until November.
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 4 days ago||I Was Impressed...||
I really was impressed with the turnout as it looked on TV considering all that has gone on and been said in the past month. Much of the frustration, of course, comes from how much we care about this team and its success and I like to believe that, even in these sorts of seasons and however much we complain bitterly, we still support the team somehow, either in person or from afar. Indeed, tonight was a great night to be a Wolverine.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some Trimming...||
Let's trim some of the offerings to maximize other content....
I smell Muppets
Dave Brandon Appreciation Thread
Straight to Ricks
Impact of win on CC?
Nothing terribly offensive, but there was a CC thread of sorts and the rest could stand to go for the evening.
So the offense was awful again.
Snowflake, and someone actually did create these threads while I was at the cabaret, so thanks!
I believe that the injury has been well-established on the blog. He is indeed out with an injury, so there is not much else to see here.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yet Again...||
There have been times where I believe that Gardner is the subject of undue criticism in the sense that there have been a few through last season and into this one that doubted his committment to this team and the heart that he puts into this team. I am hoping that this game was evidence that such questions were and have been unfounded.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Defense...||
I don't think there's a lot that needs to be picked over here - 214 yards of offense is all Penn State got, and while Penn State will Penn State on offense, it was a very nice comprehensive effort overall from the the defense this time, holding the Nittany Lions to less than 5 yards per pass attempt and less than 2 yards per carry on the ground.
|1 week 4 days ago||In Case There Is Interest ....||
In the event anyone wants a quick summary of the numbers, we managed 256 yards of offense on 57 plays, which is good for a "meh" 4.49 yards per play on average, but against Penn State - at least in reality - that's probably good enough, and indeed it was. It came down to 26 pass attempts with 16 completions over 192 yards, so 7.38 yards per attempt and an even 12 yards per completion. The rushing offense....ehh....31 attempts and 64 yards, but then rushing for between 2-2.5 yards per carry was a thing in this game.
|1 week 4 days ago||As A Suggestion...||
In lieu of a sticky, which sort of got put by the wayside because of actual work reasons for the mods this week (I know, actual work...didn't execute...good game plan....), let's nominate this the evening "CC" thread, if that's OK with everyone. I am assuming it is because these have become increasingly unpopular.
|1 week 4 days ago||As A Note...||
Just as an aside, and I know some of you might be thriled about it (that's fine, of course, as I can always clean this up later), there may or may not be Snowflake threads this evening, or if they are created, it might be the case that I am not doing it. The reason is that I have to be at a cabaret put on by the cast of "Supernatural" later and my wife - who is one of its more obsessive fans - is dragging me to it. I hope we're not talking cash bar again like last night. However, I am tuned in to the game at the moment.
|1 week 4 days ago||UGH....||
Oh, damnit. Definitely not the best thing to break essentially just before kickoff.
Best of luck to him in his recovery and hopefully he's back to 100% as soon as possible.
|1 week 4 days ago||Two Cents...||
I don't know about the relative chances of getting Mullen, or rather, I feel it is not my place in my role to get too deep into that discussion, but I will say that I am attracted to some of the things he has done to get the entirety of the organization involved. As was mentioned in another thread, he took everyone that makes Mississippi State work basically and got them on this page they are now on, right down to the people who do the damn laundry. That's interesting, in my opinion. I don't know about that approach at Michigan given the institutional barriers that I know exist, as well as some different attitudes, but I like the style at least.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Amazing Criswell...||
To present the other side of the case, of course, Criswell also wrote a book in the late 1960s, I believe, clled "Predictions From The Year 2000" or something similar to that (I saw a copy in a library years ago, so I can't recall the exact title). In this book, he predicts Denver would be struck by a ray that would cause metal to become more akin to rubber and I believe he even gives an end-of-civilization prediction which I am sure is quite past due now.
So, 22-17 Michigan sounds about right. This time, some 30 years or so after his death, The Amazing Criswell might get one correct.
|1 week 5 days ago||USC-Arizona...||
As a mere sidenote to all this, and in case there is anyone interested in some of the numbers, TeamRankings has the projected point total for both teams combined at 66 points with USC as a 3-point favorite in their model. The projected median score in their simulation was 34.5-31.5 (I would love to invent a scenario in which you could get 0.5 points in football, even if just as an intellectual exercise). If you go by some of the projections, this could be an interesting game certainly.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Think I Get It...||
The obvious question is why, but my second point might hit on that: Debate surrounding the “integrity” of recent Heisman winners has largely defined the award’s current climate.
If that's the reason they did it, then very sadly, I would have to say that I understand why they did it. I can see how they would want to slightly redefine the award's purpose to avoid the inadvertant parody.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tried A New One...||
While at some event here at the Westin Harbour Castle, I actually had the chance to try Steam Whistle, and I liked it. Of course, it was a cash bar at this event and I was hoping I would like it at $9.25 Canadian per bottle, but I had two while I was there. A very tasty Pilsner indeed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just Guessing Here...||
I would think it is important to consider too the different media and employer / employee relationships that existed with Bo and now Brady. Of course, I am assuming the OP is talking more about the contrition in Bo's statement versus the confusion and uncertainty that eminated from Hoke's statement regarding Morris. I think the difference that stands out to me is that I believe Bo had a clear handle on where everyone was at and admitted to an error in judgment in retrospect, whereas it seems like Hoke is not nearly that in tune.
|1 week 5 days ago||This Photo...||
The photo itself is very cool, but just don't post it about 15-20 times as a thread in the span of about 20 minutes. That took about twice as long to clean up. Otherwise, it's a very nice "kitten in a cup" photo, perhaps even the best one that appeared in the now-famous thread as it is a real live situation.
|1 week 5 days ago||You Know...||
Of all the calling outs that have ever been posted in this place, I dare say that this is one of the most well-thought out ones, and also a display of the best use of MGoSnark in a while, I would think. I just got to sitting down here after navigating both 403 and the Gardiner. I needed the chuckle.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cleaning Up Again...||
.....except I am doing it from Toronto right now...
OT: Gregg Henson credibility?
No Gregg Henson.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's Interesting....||
Early on, Mullen called a meeting for everyone involved with football -- faculty, secretaries, staff -- and delivered words that made then athletic director Greg Byrne cringe: “You are part of the problem.” Mullen insisted that the way things had always been done hadn’t worked. “We have to change everything,” he said.
Now there's an interesting tactic, and it seems to have paid off for Mullen. I think we do forget sometimes that there is so much that goes on to make these teams ultimately function and that there is a large group in a lot of FBS programs that have jobs which at least brush their football program in some way. If you really want wholesale culture change - in this case to instill a "Yes, we can do this" attitude - this is actually not a bad way to go about it, to try to get everyone involved in the change.
|1 week 6 days ago||From Afar....||
Well, I shall be cheering on the Wolverines from inside our neighbor to the north this weekend. As alluded to in August sometime in a thread about circumstances which have made people miss games, I mentioned this event now upon me - my wife, much to my initial chagrin, bought tickets for the convention for the show "Supernatural" and that's where I'll apparently be. The upside, of course, is that it is in Toronto, which is a fun place.
Yes, I did have tickets to this game and the proceeds from them will go towards the mad money, if you will, for the trip.
As a result, you might not see "State Of Our Open Threads" until Monday depending on when I get back, and my own ability to mod will be sporadic at times, but I will be around when I can be and you definitely have JGB and others as available resources. We make a pretty solid team as mods, I think.
|1 week 6 days ago||Overnight Stuff...||
Cleaning up a few from the graveyard shift...
I had Pizza
Yeah, but simply saying this is not really a great thread in and of itself, unless it was a truly crazy pizza, in which case you know the rule - pics or it didn't happen.
Schlissel: "Culture change" needed in the athletic department
The comment about "culture change" from Schlissel has been up twice now since it was made, so this one can come down now.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I don't know that this would be an unpopular interpretation, and I would like to think that it is because these former players simply would like to show some organized support for the players that they are doing this. I wish this is something that happened a little more often honestly, because I think any team would love to see those who went before them and hear the experiences that they can share of both on-the-field and off-the-field success. If we're going to be "the Michigan family", this is really something we should have been always doing.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Specific Break...||
This tweet hones in on the specific injury....
Kevin Durant praised his play here: "He's such a great teammate and you want to do as much as you can for him," Durant said Monday. "I love playing with him. He plays extremely hard. He listens. He wants to get better. He helps us get better as well. He's a smart basketball player."
|1 week 6 days ago||TeamRankings...||
TeamRankings is going with overall rankings of #26 for Arizona and #58 for Michigan, so there is that as well. I would think there is a major rankings site that is going to tell a much different story right now.
|1 week 6 days ago||Speaking For Myself...||
I've been in and out of company training all week and now I am preparing for a weekend trip, so I've only been around sporadically. I can't speak for JGB, but this week has been ...full, to say the least. I should be much more on it next week.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Interesting....||
The average differentials from 2013 MSU onwards in this table are interesting, because it seems like it is showing where the slide in performance seemed to accelerate a bit and then carry into this year. Actually, in that time frame - quarter-by-quarter - you would get -3.1, -1.6, -5.1 and -0.7 in order by quarter. I do agree though, this seems like it is more a problem attributable to the struggles of the offense.
|1 week 6 days ago||My Own Way...||
In relating this to Michigan football, and as a lot of us have "given up" on the season and "no longer care about this year," does this make us less of a fan?
I tend to frame in the realm of statistics - the likelihood of a bowl game right now, at least using some of the better predictors out there, is about 8% for Michigan, so while I concede to numbers because they seem sound, I'll continue to support the team and I find the energy to care about every year somehow, even if it seems to linger and generally suck at the moment.
|1 week 6 days ago||Most Importantly...||
Really, anyone that comes after David Brandon needs to do one rather important thing before we start worring about the uniforms or the minutia of the program and the department really, and that is restore confidence in the athletic department to simply do the right thing. The place will only run so well if this is in doubt, and if people who might want to work for it perceive it as an issue, your hires - coaches included - will only be so good. You could argue that the way that you do this is by addressing issues like those brought up by the OP, but it is important that the confidence be restored.
|1 week 6 days ago||By The Way...||
Incidentally, thanks for doing this for the blog for the last several weeks as it really is a staple of game day that is worth preserving for those of us who can't always be there, and it actually probably helps prevent a little bit of unfortunate in the open thread itself as some make comments which never get moderated and thankfully pass into oblivion on the liveblog, never to be seen.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I suppose I am missing something, but I don't quite understand why this really raises any flags as the OP mentions. I don't foresee a scenario where Patrick goes out of his way to ruthlessly grill Hoke on his position or make him come across as an idiot, if that's what the OP's fear is. I would imagine that if Hoke or the AD thought it would go that away, there wouldn't have been any approval on this one.
|1 week 6 days ago||No More...||
Whatever you may believe, I think the boycott threads really do end up being divisive and nasty. No more, folks.
Good article about Hoke being doom from the start of his tenure
No Bleacher Report.
|1 week 6 days ago||Transparency...||
I think the core of all this is the transparency issue, as it permeates many of the others mentioned here. There are quire a few things that would have been at least blunted of not avoided if the AD had chosen to be transparent and admit failure or at least admit that it did not understand its customers as well as it thought. If they could be at least this, then if nothing else there is context for the decisions evne if they still ultimately suck.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Good Response...||
Even though I hah no problem with what he said - I actually laughed, as a matter of fact - I appreciate that he gave it further context do diffuse any controversy. That being said, it is a bit sad that he had to do that. I thought the humor was obvious, but it's a subjective thing, of course. Most importantly, no apology for it and a perfect response, I thought.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Here's The Tweet...||
For anyone interested, I did find the tweet being referenced, I believe...
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||I Had Wondered...||
I just want to go on record as saying that I was wondering when this thread would appear, however unlikely I believe it is that he would ever get a chance to fulfill a statement he made in the early 1980s (I believe that's when he was at Dayton). I am impressed that it took this long to get to Gruden, even in jest (I am assuming we're joking, of course).
That being said, it is pretty amusing that it is in print that, at least at one point, he aspired to be the head coach at Michigan.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Except That....||
The problem with your statement, of course, is that this is a meet-and-greet with questions for candidates basically, and for people not yet on the Board but merely running for it at present, so let's not read too much into leadership issues when we're talking about people who as yet have no voting authority on the Board. So, I am not exactly sure what you're questioning here.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||As Has Been Said...||
As others have mentioned, he did put the big disclaimer out there that it was a guess, so basically we are still in "Wait and see" mode even in an environment of rampant speculation, but I will say one thing about his guess - the guess actually made me smile, and right now, tht's rather an accomplishment when it comes to this season.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Great Article...||
Exceptional institutions like Michigan football are run and maintained by temporary caretakers. That's all university administrators are supposed to be.
Ramzy does stand out among his peer at 11W and this article is evidence as to why - it does illustrate how very easily something like a storied football program and its purported mission and purpose can be perverted, if you will, by a Brandon. While it's a bit painful to see Michigan being used as an example of how NOT to go about things again, this is a good cautionary tale.
Incidentally, I find myself drawn to the above quote because that's what I would think to be the main driver for an administrator in an athletic department with a long and rather nice history. Even knowing the business reality, I would love to see someone post-Brandon who sought to be a steward of a great program, not its COO / CEO / etc...
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Recommended...||
Plymouth, Michigan, holds an annual ice festival. The event features a dueling chainsaw competition, ice sculptures, and lots of winter foods.
If you are a non-resident or non-native and you're here at the right time of the year for this, the Ice Festival is a fun event, and the Plymouth-Northville area actually has some of the better sledding in the immediate Detroit region, if you want to make a day of it and there is sufficient snow. Several parks in the area have at least one or two decent runs.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Like others, I was pretty mild about the idea of Hoke at best, but I always thought that with the right coordinators, this might work perhaps even at that. I think we might have the right coordinators for a very good team - separate discussion for unit coaches, of course. That being said, one of the failings that is now apparent in Hoke's style is the development aspect...and perhaps the actual management aspect that needs to happen in the style of coaching that he seems to have chosen. He's a great motivator and great at engaging people and making them feel involved, but there are things that are missing which hold this team back, in my estimation.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||I Think We've had Enough...||
....of these threads:
Support the team...by BOYCOTTING THE GAME
The atmosphere around here is divisive enough as it is right now, and the other boycott ideas were left so people could vent / propose alternative / skewer, etc... Let's put these threads to bed for a bit, eh?
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||The CEO Style...||
I've thought about this for a while with regrds to the football program, and it seems to me that Hoke probably is an excellent motivator and does well with engagement, otherwise the team wouldn't be reacting to the outside criticism like they have, I think. Where it seems to fall apart is the other areas that hold teams together - the preparation, the organization, the ability to develop alternatives, etc... - the things that make successful companies work as well as successful programs, I believe. You can be a "rah-rah" person all you want, but that alone doesn't make the place function.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||TCU-Baylor....||
I have to think that TCU-Baylor could be a fun game to watch potentially. Both teams are averaging more than six yards per play on offense right now, I believe, which isn't bad at all. Also, both teams are averaging about 0.5 points per play too, so I am thinking that it has the potential to be something of an old-fashioned Big XII shootout.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's A Shame...||
That's rather a shame as the #Eating campaign is an excellent idea and something which exemplifies the "Michigan Difference", if you will allow. In this instance, giving back and making an impact on something about which you care deeply is what that means, at least in my opinion. I actually got that e-mail too, and I was a little bummed that it did not succeed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Getting Out The Broom...||
Yeah, this can all come down now....
As promised - Main reason for MI's woes
Does not matter here
To be brief, the reason for the flameout and the flameout, in that order.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wait A Second...||
If I might ask, how can you read all of that into what is just a forum discussion with the major party candidates currently running for Regent positions that will be decided on the November ballot? Perhaps I just missed a joke, and if so I apologize, but I was otherwise curious. It's basically just a chance to meet the people would like to be on the Board Of Regents.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For Simplicity...||
I did read the OP, but someone really needs to diagram this...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Informative Actually...||
I know it is a totally different perspective that the players have on this than we do, but I really did think this was an informative piece in the sense that you do see the empathy with the fans here. That is to say, they know that expectations are not being met, theirs included.
That being said, I know we realize that it isn't about players but what most of us see as a failure of leadeship, but I think their emotional investment - living the program every day basically - is far greater, so I do understand their position.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very Amusing...||
I am by no means a Paul Finebaum fan, but I do have to respect him grudgingly for holding back what had to be great laughter because I clearly couldn't - I was giggling from the first "cow turd" on admittedly. So irrational, so over the top, but so Alabama. I have a suspicion the most epic meltdowns were never on the air anywhere, but this was chuckleworthy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Other Improvements...||
One other thing that might indicate some improvement on the line and by extension in the running game is looking at net yards as a % of total positive yards perhaps. I could be off, but this one seemed like it might be interesting for that.
Using the Michigan stats archives, we rushed for 1,634 net yards last yards, 2,144 plus yards against 537 negative yards. That makes net as a % of total positive yards 76.21%.
This year so far, we've managed 1,085 net yards, 1,232 positive yards against 137 negative yards, again per the archives, so now the same ratio - net as a % of total positive yardage now 88.07%.
That seems like a definite blocking/efficiency improvement is hidden in there. It might not be the most telling metric, but I've wondered about different ways you could use rushing yards to show offensive line performance.
Interestingly, we are now at 66.40% percent of last year's total net rushing now, so all goes well in this aspect of the game anyway, we might be on track to exceed - by a bit - last year's total. Small, but visible improvements.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Wish I Could Go...||
I do wish I could go to this, now that I know about it, but alas, I shall be in Toronto watching the game wherever someone will let me watch the game. My wife and her "Supernatural" obsession has sadly superseded football for one weekend. I shall still be on the blog on an intermittent basis, of course, because I don't think I can do two full days of this full tilt as my wife would like.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Getting On Board...||
Like most people here, I would have to say that I believe I have seen all that I need to see in the case of Brandon - he has eroded the cofidence of too many in the department and I don't see how that leads to effective leadership.
If Hoke won out (there's a thread on this already, but this is a different question, of course), he likely stay at least for another year regardless of any reservations I might have. More importantly, however, it would demonstrate an ability to coach and prepare and maximize talent that might warrant another year from the people who make that decision. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing who they could get to do those things, especially maximize talent.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'll Bite Here...||
Admitted, I am being lax in my modding as I am in the first day of a three-day training (I think the board might be worn out on this topic for a while), but I'll bite here -
I think the culture of the athletic department needs to change for such a hire to even be a likelihood, and that culture eminates from Brandon. Even if he were to make sure a hire somehow, I don't know that that he can be effective in his position given the damage that has been done to confidence in the department. When you face students, alums, fans, donors, etc...who seriously doubt your department's ability to do the right thing in situations, how can you be effective? When that has been on public display on all media, who would want to deal with that? I imagine the list is short.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Coming Back...||
In a thread yesterday, we were dealing with Massey numbers and I think it came out to about a 7%-8% cumulative chance or thereabouts of even being bowl eligible, and an estimated 2% or so if we lost to Penn State, at least using current numbers. If Hoke were somehow to come back from something that relatively unlikely, I would imagine that means that he stays. I suppose then the question would become - "So, what was that 2-4 about then?"
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In Other Ratings...||
We're now #80 in the Sagarin Ratings with an overall rating of 66.66, below everyone else in the schedule for us, I believe. We're also #72 in Massey's FBS rankings, which is not terribly encouraging either. TeamRankings didn't even bother with a ranking, just "#" - I suppose that sums it up right now for some people.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Normally...||
Normally, this wouldn't last long on the board, but as we're in an abnormal state, we can perhaps let this stand as significant news. Don't get used to such things, of course, as we are still really in a "not-OT" state where this would - normally - not be allowed. I say that, of course, knowing that fans of certain shows do have a special informal deal with the mods (Game Of Thrones, for example), most of which are on during basketball season, it seems.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
I am sure many of us have the 1994 Colorado game seared into our memories, but here is the ASU Hail Mary being referenced. As Soulfire21 said, "What the shit was USC's defense doing?" I think that's a good question.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Sure Thing...||
I would love to help out. Send a draft to Scotland45[at]aol[dot]com and I will read it!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good News...||
Very good news for Kovacs, of course, and as a note to the OP, news about former players is not OT. I offer as evidence the fact that many of us here still follow Denard's career rather closely and post significant news - same treatment applies to all.
Just based on the few Eagles games I've seen this year, I think it's probably a very good fit for him as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Brand Thing...||
“Michigan,” Bacon wrote in a June blog post, “is all about lifelong fans who’ve been coming together for decades to leave a bit of the modern world behind—and the incessant marketing that comes with it—and share an authentic experience fueled by the passion of the team, the band and the students. That’s it.”
I would also think that the "brand" here grew because, for a long time, it remained a lot of things that other stadiums and programs weren't. A game at Michigan Stadium for a long time, for me anyway, was an escape from the world around me for a few hours to sit down and enjoy a football game in an environment without so many distractions. It hasn't been quite that in the last few years, and I assume for many the on-field woes certainly do not help enhance it. If you really want to tank a brand, make it something fewer people want to experience and worse, something little different than what you could find elsewhere and exponentially more expensive than an afternoon in front of of the television.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'll Start The Afternoon Thread...||
....for cleaning up the board...
MGoBoard Created Thread Volume out of Control thread
We're definitely working on this one.
MIA: Jabrill Peppers
It has been well-covered already, but he did travel and he is injured.
CC: Jon Gruden
Come now. Real possibilities, like Voldemort Pelini or whatever.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Interview...||
I will say that at least the pressers would never, ever be boring....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well-Played, Sir...||
When I first came to the board after doing some actual work and saw the title, I was initially thinking that we had hit the stage where dueling "feelingsposts" were starting to appear, but I opened this and smiled - these are indeed happier thoughts for the board right now, I would think, and we probably needed the break.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Position...||
It's remarkable that anyone lasts until 38 (I believe that's Feely's age) in the NFL really, but it isn't at all uncommon for kickers, I would think. Someone wrote an article - perhaps last year, so thet data might be different now - that about half of the kickers starting in the NFL were over 30 years old and that the average length of service and retirement age for that position was also the highest.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, it's a speedy recovery for Green, although I think clavicle fractures can take months depending on the severity, but I could be wrong. It's nice to see us get some rushing going despite the 2-4 start, and Green really does look good being at the forefront of that attack. Green played hard on Saturday and did well pushing tacklers and driving gaps on his way to yards, so this loss will sting definitely.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Cleaning, Cleaning...||
Sparty Student Section Empty
Already posted yesterday, I believe.
Derrick Green not on latest depth chart.
Looking at the schedule, 2-10 seems probable now
Disproven as possible, but not yet probable.
CC: Paul Johnson
Yeah, we're probably going to devise a sticky system for these, but until then, the least popular ones are probably going to go once the board has had a chance to speak.
The case for positivity
No offense to the OP, and I get where this was going- I am just trying to keep other content on the board.
Mich State AD embarrassed by student attendance
This has made it to the bord twice already. We did leave one, of course.
...and we're going to do some selective editing for the time being of the CC craze...
CC: Lance Leipold
CC: Carol Hutchins
It's nothing offensive, folks, it's just getting to a point where other content is disappearing.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes Indeed...||
JGB posted about this possibility in a thread last night, but if we're going to start with the Paul Johnsons and Voldemorts and Snake Plisskens of the world as CC topics, the sticky catch-all CC thing needs to happen, I think. I'll reach out to him on Twitter or e-mail and talk strategy on this one.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Odds Say...||
If you use the current Massey Ratings to build the appropriate probability matrix, you will be pleased to know there is a considerable predicted chance that we do in fact tack on a win or two right now. I won't paste the table in as it is some 64 rows big, but in terms of record for the remaining games, you would get:
6-0 / 0.04% estimated chance
5-1 / 0.87% estimated chance
4-2 / 6.75% estimated chance
3-3 / 21.00% estimated chance
2-4 / 34.96% estimated chance
1-5 / 27.80% estimated chance
0-6 / 8.57% estimated chance
So, I am saying there is a chance, I guess.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Nesting...||
Sadly, that's a Drupal thing, and as someone mentioned below, the comment numbering is also fluid so as to be rather useless - I've had the same experience. One thing that helps a little, if you at least want the outline to be more apparent, is to switch to "Threaded List - Collapsed" in the settings at the top of the thread (under the content box) and hit "Save". The problem here, of course, is that you can no longer see the comments right away if you do that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll Admit...||
When I came back to the board and saw the title, I was all....
...but then I got a good laugh out of it. Well done, OP.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A Few People...||
A few people on here actually FOIA'ed it - there was some behind-the-scenes controversy as well regarding it, but the end of the discussion was that it would stand because there were reports of similar incidents and also in the event was verified, or at least that was my understanding. I admit to being the mod that felt uncomfortable about it remaining up while unverified, but the Mod Sticky gives a brief overview of what happened next.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As You Mention It...||
As you mention it, if you were to use the current Sagarin ratings to predict opening lines (which I do sometimes), then we would be in a position to be underdogs for the remainder of the year, which....yeah, pretend I didn't say that and I totally understand.
That being said, 2 points is more narrow than what the ratings would have predicted (5.02), so that's something, I suppose.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At This Point...||
I would think that, at this point, no one on this site would likely take a "CC" thread personally, although the Tressel and Mack Brown ones did not go well for various reasons. Actually, the former was in jest, but the latter was an actual idea that someone may have had - how they arrived at this conclusion is difficult to ascertain.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The CC Thing...||
The CC tag was only revived to separate these threads out from the other content. It was initially done in the waning days of the Rodriguez years as a measure to preserve the peace, at least on that front, so people would just avoid those thread if they didn't want to talk about the subject. We did it again here, although admittedly the context is different now as a plurality of the board would rather a new coach was hired, so it isn't nearly as controversial now.
As for ADC as a tag, I chuckled, but let's not get too far down the road of tags just yet.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My Two Cents...||
It's a small victory as the offensive line play is still not great overall, but you can see how the dedication to a base scheme has improved them as a unit this season, and I think you saw it in the game last night. At various junctures, the run blocking was actually pretty good (not at all junctures, of course), and there was some decent pass protection on our more coherent attempts to score. It's not in the vicinity of where we need it to be, I think, but as others said, I think this is one of the better OL performances yet this year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed....||
Agreed, and I would add as a general note to the board:
A few people have voiced the OP's concern in the last 4-5 days, but yeah, the best way to do it - and a few have - is to put forth a thread with the parameters of the discussion you want to have being clearly defined. If you do that and someone wants to invade it with "Fire Brandon / Fire Hoke / Fire The Guy Who Served My Steak Medium Well", let the mods know and we can, umm, have a chat with them if necessary. Yes, have a chat.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||More Cleanup...||
A couple more....
I'm blind, mods you know what to do..
There was a combo thread for Detroit sports already up. Normally, separate OT threads are fine, but we will try to work with this one today.
Thank You Notre Dame
The village more or less spoke, but thanking ND for cancelling the rivalry to stave off our own embarrassment in the future seems little over the top.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It Happens...||
That's how a fair number of jobs in upper management tend to get filled, in my experience - the posting sometimes is basically a formality in lieu of making an announcement regarding who will in fact get the position. Of course, I don't think you have to post it in the private sector, but we do for some reason. As mentioned above, as it is a publicly-paid position (the law applies this to anyone who salary is paid either in full or in part by the state treasury), it has to be posted for a week even if it is a formality.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Lemons...||
Agreed. We really do need to stick to our core strength of eating citrus fruits when the unlikely happens, and it is far more humane so there is that. Actually, I would like to include hats...many people have said they would eat their hat if things like this happened. I think that would be an intriguing, if a bit disturbing YouTube video.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Possibly...||
It's quite possibly, although if the traffic wasn't bad on I-287, I would think they could have even made it to Perth Amboy by now. The big question is this - how to get them across the Kill Van Kull and into Bayonne once they get across Staten Island? Perhaps the scrapyard makes more sense after all.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Note To OP...||
This would be "allowable OT", so no worries. It is pro sports, and there is a considerable portion of the readership on the blog that also follow the Tigers and Lions. Thank you, however, for making it one thread as I am sure there will be some interesting threads on the board today that we shall need space for.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Possibility...||
What if the 11th guy is responsible for counting the other 10 to make sure they are out there? It is entirely possible that he became so engrossed in this activity that he simply sometimes forgets to be on the field occasionally. Fundamentals, right? RIGHT?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You're Right...||
You're right, and I forgot about that part of it. Good catch.
I'll go back and revise it for purposes of the final results, though it might not move the efficiency number much (that's volume of posts divided by total tracked instances). There was a lot of swearing for this one after all. Apologies for the oversight.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Learned Acceptance...||
I have this fear that we'll be talking about such a concept a lot if Penn State doesn't go well either. We've talked at incredible length on here about the problems, most of which are out of our scope of control here, so we really don't know the timetable for change despite the speculation. Meanwhile, we wait because it is all we can really do as fans sometimes. It shows in the results of this little study sadly, especially in the aftermath of the Minnesota game.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Post-Moderation...||
For a lot of reasons, the game threads are allowed to burn unfettered for a time, but the counts and the data are actually taken post-moderation. What you see in those threads (Rutgers will come later this morning probably) are basically adjusted counts. It's funny because sometimes they will be still quite high even after the "smoothing out", if you will, and I applaud the board for finding new and creative in-bounds expressions using those words.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In That Case...||
It's one thing to post something which states that you believe Hoke should resign and then give reasons, but that framed it in terms of character via the "Michigan Man" route (so that will go well), which we're not going to do here because that will never lead to useful discussion. Also, it's a bad argument from from the start.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sagarin Ratings...||
Well, Michigan's precipitous drop in the Sagarin rankings makes predicting a preliminary line something of a disconcerting exercise right now, but here we go:
45) Penn State - 75.12
80) Michigan - 66.66
So, 75.12-66.66 is 8.46, then subtract the 3.44 for HFA to get 5.02 for a predicted margin of victory for, well, Penn State. I bet the opening line is in this neighborhood, at least at a few outlets.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Posting Schadenfreude...||
Well, some of it will obviously get deleted, either because it is over-the-top of simply being covered in other threads to a point where there isn't immediate need for further threads, but I have a fear that this is going to be like last week and eventually threads will be conceded here and there as a controlled burn to prevent the hundreds of "feelingsposts", as someone called them.
You're welcome, of course - myself and the other mods do try, and it is a team effort definitely.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||About This...||
Instances of this that I could find last week were simply deleted, but I actually agree with this - let me say as a general warning to the board that if what Don has posted above is your entire argument, then please don't bother. Another aspect of trying to keep the place respectable is to try to avoid arguments that begin with "fuck" in general.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||They Will Always Sting...||
They will always sting for me, but what is interesting for me is how quickly I am able to compartmentalize and store those feelings. I've always had very deliberate, controlled reactions to things (I know, you're shocked), but this season, I've been able to do in about 30 minutes what normally took hours. I think a lot of that, particularly in the last few weeks, comes from expectations being consistently lowered.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Some Cleanup...||
Not really anything particularly offensive, just trying to head off "Feelingsposts" and condense some discussions which are going in other threads. If I made a potential error, let me know and we can talk about it going back:
Snowflakes: Philosophy. No, wait. I'm serious.
FG time run off question
Clock - was there an error?
I can't believe what I'm watching with this MSU Nebraska game
If Hoke were a real Michigan man, he would resign.
Some of this is also discussion that was had extensively last week that probably doesn't need immediate revisitation for the board's own mental health.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not Too Inspiring...||
It does sound all that inspiring, to be sure, and while technically correct it seems to ignore that this is pretty much the only one a lot of people look at when it comes to any sort of final analysis, but yeah, I won't get too irritated with a college WR who is trying to wade through what must be a difficult situation personally and for the team.
EDIT: Good catch, and fixed. I may not be 100% sober right now.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Just One Thing...||
Please don't tell me tomorrow's film session begins with what I think....