no, YOU'RE off topic
|46 min 40 sec ago||Very Nice...||
I am trying to imagine a scenario now where the picture switches but not the audio and you get Joe Buck's play-by-play on top of the porn. I am sure that's not what happened, of course, but I can only imagine sending the clip as a memento to Buck later on.
|1 hour 47 min ago||Good Luck To Him...||
For Bellomy, particularly with the way things are evolving now, this is probably a very sound move. It is a shame that it did not work out better for him at Michigan though you can tell he worked extremely hard, but he gets his degree from Michigan (huge plus) and hopefully a shot at some extensive playing time somewhere. Good luck to him in the future.
|3 hours 16 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 hours 22 min ago||To Alum96...||
The volume and depth of these updates, both here and in the diary section, have been phenomenal, informative and very much appreciated. Thanks for putting the time and effort into these. It is one of the things that makes this blog a cut above anything else out there really.
|3 hours 24 min ago||This Past Month...||
It is this first month which helps me remain somewhat excited to see how the class for 2015 shakes out on Wednesday. The energy and drive and the level of organization that has been apparent in the last 30 or so days, which has allowed much more than I expected to get accomplished, is wonderful to witness even from this far vantage point of being a fan and alum of the school. The ceilling seems high again and the atmosphere is, well, youthful and electric in a way that I don't know it has been in a long time.
|3 hours 34 min ago||If You Had Asked....||
If you had asked me before me morning meeting what I would come back and see, it would not have been in me to guess all 120 or so downvotes of this:
Just when you thought things were going Harbaugh
....and please don't ever do that again, especially not on a Friday. You go to your room and think about what you did, as my parents were known to say.
|6 hours 23 min ago||Made It To Friday...||
Well, we made it to Friday with very few bumps and bruises around here, so well done, everyone.
Not a big weekend planned here - everyone in the house has been getting into or out of some stage of the latest stomach flu or whatever it is (my turn was on Monday into Tuesday), so the place is pretty much trashed and you could build a shed with the Vernors cans sitting on the counter in the kitchen at the moment. To that end, the weekend is pretty much devoted to correcting that trend.
The National Weather Service is waffling on Sunday's forecast - the quick summary says 1-3 inches of snow, but the expert forecast opinion that they published for SE Michigan opens the door to much more than that. We shall see. I have shovels and salt and, more importantly, additional labor that people call "children" from time to time - I've tried to involve them in winter cleanup this season too.
|7 hours 48 min ago||Mentioned Above...||
....but also consistent with the best guess put forth on Burnt Orange Nation - LINK :
Florida State quarterback commit Kai Locksley would probably be more likely to commit now given the even more open depth chart without the possibility of earning early playing time next fall.
There are also updates on the rest of their class for this cycle, if you really are into Texas recruiting.
|17 hours 53 min ago||I Wrote A Check...||
I don't really need to write checks anymore, but until a few years ago, I wrote one per month because of an argument with the bank that used to own my mortgage (that somehow changed too in the intervening time). I wanted to take advantage of the auto-pay feature on the site for my mortgage, but they wouldn't let me do it unless I had a checking or savings account with them, something which seemed asinine being that Bank Of The West's nearest branches are about an hour west of Chicago (at least when I last bothered to look), some five hours west of me. They would not budge on this minor detail either. At the time when this tiff occured, my credit union did not have an app for "circumventing" that issue quite yet.
|18 hours 3 min ago||Drinking Indeed...||
I probably shouldn't go too far into drinking as I do have to face a lot of Continuous Improvement meeting type stuff tomorrow, but then it is things like that which occasionally inspire drinking. To that end, I have a pint of Boddington's sitting here as I casually listen to basketball. It definitely made be less grumbly when I went outside a bit earlier to scrape about an inch of wet snow off the driveway.
|20 hours 37 min ago||Already Posted...||
OT: The Best Football Prospect Nobody Has Ever Heard Of
This same article was posted this morning. Easton Bruere hopefully gets a look from someone because of this publicity.
|20 hours 42 min ago||What Would Happen...||
You know what would happen, of course. Somewhere in the middle of the letters coming in, someone would pull a fax off the machine and read dramatically, "Jamaica for as low as $99 per adult per night for four nights. Call (800)-213-4567 for more information on this incredible offer......oh......*sound of crinkling paper*"
|23 hours 53 min ago||Here He Is...||
....absolutely glistening in a halftime interview:
To be fair, the man was very "into the moment" and lively all game usually.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Well Done Indeed...||
Harbaugh is very much set up for success. After four years under Hoke, anything that resembles watchable football has to be considered progress. The fans will be unusually willing to accept a few losses if the offensive line starts knocking guys off the ball and the quarterback doesn't look irreparably broken because of systemic issues largely beyond his control.
Ace said it much better (and more briefly) than I could right here - this more or less encapsulates my expectations, particularly for this first year.
Well done and an excellent interview from both sides, I thought. It is nice to see the staff getting recognition.
*goes back to sure-to-be bestseller "Chronicles Of A Mod"*
|1 day 2 hours ago||Supplemental Stuff...||
TeamRankings does advance bracketology odds using their own algorithm, and the results of their latest simulation for Michigan are interesting.
Right now, they have us at 8.7% for making the tournament at all actually, and note that the estimate here of an 18-win team getting in today is 5.8%, but if we were to pull out 19 wins (before we talk resume), it jumps to 37.1%
By their model, if we do make it, the most likely seed would be 12th at this point (2.2% estimated probability).
|1 day 4 hours ago||Another Thing Maybe...||
"That's impossible to measure and doesn't take into account a success story like Stanford, which must recruit nationally because of its academic standards. The Cardinal team that won its second consecutive Pac-12 championship in 2013 included players from 30 states and three countries."
I would ask Maisel then about programs that recruit nationally because they are sitting in traditional dead zones, if you will, for native-born talent. Oregon's roster, for example, is rather dominated by Californians with a smattering of players from all over the US (Mathis Dior, I believe, is from Detroit, for example) - I don't think there are more than 15-20 natives of Oregon on the entire roster. If we want to talk about a less successful but comparably strict school academically, I think Northwestern's roster has roughly a third of its players coming straight from Illinois.
As someone mentioned, so many confounding variables.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 7 hours ago||To Be Honest...||
This blog is resourceful enough that I would not be at all surprised to open the blog to find a thread with a webcam fixed on the fax machine which will be accepting the letters of intent. Of course, all the better to potentially watch some pleasant news come off the fax machine if a few of these late pushes end up going our way.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Just Visiting...||
I was just visiting Couzens one time (I lived off-campus for most of my time at Michigan) as a friend of mine was an RA and we had the pleasure of listening to two people in an adjacent room go at it during one point in a conversation, complete with exclamations of "OH GOD!". At one point, one of us broke in with a loud, "YES, I AM HERE..." and the noise from the adjacent room suddenly halted. About a minute later, a door opened and shut nearby and there was some stomping down the hall.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Who Knows...||
Who knows, but if you're Tony himself, any time that your daughter can write a letter to Burt Reynolds and he shows up and signs a hot dog bun, you're probably doing something quite right. I do enjoy eating there whenever I take in a game at Fifth Third in the summer, although my wife is partial to the Spaghetti Warehouse up the street a bit.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Fixing The Embed...||
Remember to switch to plain text mode before pasting the code into the reply box:
|1 day 22 hours ago||Some YouTube Clips...||
Video was made this past fall, so fairly recent...
|1 day 22 hours ago||Caputo...||
My general disdain for Pat Caputo goes all the way back to his days doing Tigers' pregame on PASS (remember PASS, fellow metro Detroiters?) and "Caputo's Corner". Even twenty five years ago, the constant droning and lackluster analysis was just too much and now when I am driving on weekends, I will pass right by 97.1 during the middle of the day because of him.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I'll Be Honest...||
I actually thought that was a rather creative way to approach the impending decision, and it may have even helped him deal with whatever stress he is feeling better in some ways by just encapsulating it into a teaser. I will say that part of me tends to believe that the drama around recruiting and NSD has been inflated beyond reason with the rise of social media and 24/7 reporting on such things, but another part of me admires the creative way some of these kids approach this subject.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Yes, Indeed....||
...and to add to this, in five of our nine conference games to date, we've held our opponent to under 1.00 and actually have won all five of those games. The sole exception among the wins was Penn State, where we allowed 1.05 PPP.
Also, we're 5-1 in the games where we manage better than 1.00 PPP on offense. The sole loss in this subgrouping was Wisconsin, where we achieved 1.13 PPP. That includes OT as well, of course.
|2 days 32 min ago||In The Late 1990s...||
Wasn't David Alan Grier a semi-regular at least on SNL in the late 1990s, a couple years after "In Living Color" went by the wayside? I don't think it was for more than a couple seasons, but he hosted and was also in several sketches in that time period, I believe. I think he might have done the one episode where they lampooned Bryant Gumbel - for some reason, that stands out to me.
|2 days 1 hour ago||About Those Names...||
I am going to go ahead and call it now - congratulations to Ausborne for having one of those relatively rare names where if you search it in Google, there is no one other than you in the results for at least the first 10 pages or so, and you don't even need to put quotes around the search to specify exact matches.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Here's The NCAA Handbook...||
Well, here is how they put it anyway, if you're interested in the official definitions.
13.02.5 Periods of Recruiting Activities.
13.02.5.1 Contact Period. A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
13.02.5.2 Evaluation Period. An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
13.02.5.3 Recruiting Period—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, a recruiting period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations. (Adopted: 10/27/11 effective 8/1/12)
13.02.5.4 Quiet Period. A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution’s campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
13.02.5.5 Dead Period. A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 18.104.22.168 for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 22.214.171.124, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective studentathlete during a dead period. (Revised: 1/11/94)
Note the revision date on the definition of "Dead Period". I chuckled over that - I don't think I've sent a formal, handwritten letter in nearly 15 years or more.
|2 days 4 hours ago||If It Comes To That...||
If it comes to that, it is entirely possible that PeterKlima will not have any points left inside a week or so. I actually thought about making that adjustment myself yesterday, but he promised to be done after what he seemed to believe would be a number of posts sufficient to illustrate his point, whatever that point was (I honestly have no clue).
As a general note, hopefully people keep the Greek bashing or marginalization of the behavior or anything that has created tension in similar threads in the past week out of it entirely (ideally) or at worst to a minimum. It's news, it reflects on Michigan, but most of the threads on this topic have been painful reads because of some ill-conceived remarks.
|2 days 7 hours ago||In another message,||
In another message, Fitzgerald says: “I really want to challenge you to come out to support the Wildcats as we move forward to getting back to a championship level ... you’re part of the solution. We need you to continue to be a season ticket-holder and find a friend or two -- or 20! -- to be season-ticket holders, too.”
I actually really like this one in particular because it gives fans a sense of shared ownership in the program and its ultimate success, which makes it much more personal. It's an appeal to emotion, sure, but a pretty positive and effective one if you're a Northwestern fan / alum, I would imagine.
|2 days 15 hours ago||The MLive Piece...||
The MLive piece can be found here - LINK
In Weaver's own words:
"After conversations with my family and God I am announcing that I will be reopening my recruitment and decommitting from the university of Michigan," deWeaver wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to everyone who supported me and still supports me through this decision. #GodBless."
Per other tweets, he met with some position coaches at Kentucky today actually.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Great Moment...||
As I recall, our conference record when that game began was something like 1-6 and we finished the conference schedule at 9-9. In the grand scheme, it seems sort of "meh" on the surface but it was a 8-3 run and Michigan basketball, at the moment of that three, seemed to find something that it had not had in years to that point - a confidence and a "can do" sort of attitude that seems to resonate even today.
EDIT: Bah, I say "when that game began" and proceed to quote the record when the game was over. Thanks to snarling wolverine for pointing it out. Corrected.
|2 days 16 hours ago||As A Note...||
As a minor note, we talked a bit about this in my podcast (well, the one I am getting off the ground) last week - a 12-16 seed in the tournament going back a decade or so has anything from 16-20 wins depending on the overal quality of the field that year. An 11-7 conference record stands a realizable chance if you can pick off some top conference teams, although a deep run in the tournament might be a different discussion obviously, at least by the numbers.
|2 days 17 hours ago||My Hope...||
I hope we beat them. It kind of feels like this....
|2 days 17 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
eFG% - 54.35%
OREB% - 25.00%
FTR - 17.39%
TOV% - 20.79%
eFG% - 34.69%
OREB% - 22.22%
FTR - 28.57%
TOV% - 15.35%
|2 days 18 hours ago||Funnily Enough...||
eFG% - 52.27% (this is an actual calculation, not a guess)
OREB% - 15.38%
FTR - N/A
TOV% - 21.43
PPP is 0.88 and the A/T ratio is 1.17.
eFG% - 29.63%
OREB% - 25.00%
FTR - 14.81%
TOV% - 9.45%
PPP is 0.68 and the A/T ratio is 1.67.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Comparison Stats For The Board...||
Make your own Walton-less adjustment, of course....
|2 days 19 hours ago||As A Result...||
|2 days 20 hours ago||Mr. Spots...||
Now that would be a nice scene at Mr. Spots...two generations of Wheatleys with steak hoagies, or perhaps the Philly Original. Maybe some cheese fries too. Great, now I am hungry too.
Sure, they deliver, but would they deliver all the way to Romulus from S. State?
|2 days 22 hours ago||Just A Guess Here...||
Just a guess here, but I believe the appropriate reply is:
|2 days 23 hours ago||Welcome Back....||
I am glad to see that we've decided to come back with a non-Harbaugh handle this time, if indeed you are "_________ For Harbaugh". The general disdain for everything is what gave it away, I think.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Frank Gallgher is apparently gone.
|3 days 49 min ago||Good To Know...||
I'll have to get it off the iPad when I get home - I hardly ever use it anyway, especially now that I am convinced that the in-game highlights to which it occasionally links will now include video of locker room attendants going to the bathroom on their way to deliver equipment. That aside, this has a very NFL feel to it - nice enough on the surface but something incomprehensibly dumb just beneath it.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 1 hour ago||Pretty Quiet...||
I don't think that very many players said much during the search other than at certain points near the end of it when it was fairly clear that Harbaugh was happening, and there really hasn't been a lot of chatter since unless I've missed something.
I am sure more news along this front will start to trickle down as we head towards Spring Practice, but I will admit that I am enjoying the calm and the occasional bits of recruiting news for now. NSD might be interesting around here, but the fact we're in a rather quiet stretch is something I take as good news really.
|3 days 1 hour ago||That Last Point...||
That is the question I was going to chime in with actually - I do not understand PeterKlima's vitriolic stance when it comes to this topic at all. It's allowable discussion here and I think we care because it gives the University a bad rap even if it was the actions of a few, as you-know-who would so strenuously remind us.
I've actually fielded some requests to clean this thread up a bit, but it is such a confused thread at certain points because of some rather strong feelings on the subject that I am honestly not sure how I would approach that.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Indeed He Is...||
He is indeed the President of Youngstown State, and actually, I think we might be coming up on his first year anniversary in the spring now, and he might have been in the position sooner had YSU not had the brief tenure of Randy Dunn sandwiched in there - there was a rumor that Tressel was the favorite initially to replace the President (I forget the name) who was retiring in 2013. He was up for the same position at Akron too.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I Will Admit...||
I will admit that I had a chuckle at the expense of the NFL (this happens a lot lately) when it turned out that they spent money and manpower investigating someone who, as it turns out, had to simply use the bathroom. If the inflation of that poor dude's bladder is worth the NFL's time, then I can show you an organization that has zero perspective on what is important.
|3 days 4 hours ago||The Kicker...||
These are more or less the thoughts I had as well. Buried in that tirade were legitimate criticisms of the NFL and its policies towards various things and its lack of policies on a few other things, but I had to pretty much stop taking it too seriously when she started equating the removal of a paid appearance and now the lack of the Pro Bowl MVP award (and associated truck) equates to "shitting" on someone who makes a ton of money as it is.
In addition to your examples, when you live on a street with a lot of auto employees who had to endure the pain of large corporate bankruptcies, layoffs and in some cases, having to move or lose their home (some of these houses remain vacant six years later too), your perspective on what it means to get shit on changes a little as well.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I'll Admit...||
I will admit that I get about as adventurous as Coke Zero and haven't had a bowl of ice cream at all in about five or six years now. Of course, the affection for beer probably negates most of the health-related moves I have made over the last 10-15 years or so. I try to look at that as somehow having a small slice of bread with my dinner, but then sometimes I find myself several "slices" in after dinner now and again.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
|3 days 7 hours ago||We'll Leave It...||
Being that it is a relatively slow time around here, I suppose we can leave it - don't worry about it, OP. That being said, I don't know that I would ever have the courage to eat one of these with my family's history of heart issues, so if anyone can down one and not feel like they've just put their life in jeopardy, more power to you.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Perhaps He Did...||
Perhaps he did, but then again, it must be very difficult to decide which outift to wear to an MGoEvent generally, particularly if you're one of the resident trolls / less-than-useful posters. I mean, do you show up dressed as a Borg, or Spock, or Voltron.....the decision is a difficult one I am sure. My personal vote is Voltron. He needs to come dressed as Voltron so we know at an MGoEvent.
|3 days 17 hours ago||In SE Michigan...||
In my home in SE Michigan, living about a mile or so south of the main tower at Metro Airport, it is 17 degrees, clear for the most part, and rather dry. Indeed, we're not expecting measurable snow until Thursday here. For the MGoCommunity on the eastern seaboard, stay safe, don't go out unless there's nothing else for it, and drink and stay warm in general.
|3 days 19 hours ago||About This...||
If we're going to talk about favorite memories of recent note, this would definitely be among them for me. It might very well stand as the one of the more amusing highlights of the 2010-2011 season, at least in my own estimation. More importantly, the swagger that emerged during this particular MSU game was very, very nice to see. They won and they seemed to know they would too.
Also, who would dare to forget....
|3 days 20 hours ago||Well...||
Well, I was hoping to help by having the embed display the tweet itself, just to spruce it up a bit for the OP. Apparently, getting social media to work in the OP is trickier than I first thought, so sorry about that. My bad.
It seems like the signs point to him staying with Nebraska, although this is another case where I would not mind my gut being wrong. Of course, having a stomach virus at the moment, my gut is all sorts of wrong anyway.
|3 days 22 hours ago||On Hand...||
On hand was Willie Brown too....
|3 days 22 hours ago||Embedding Tweets...||
It's pretty simple if you're looking to just embed tweets. Under the tweet you wish to post there should be an ellipsis, which is actually a drop-down menu. Select it, select "Embed Tweet" and then copy the code that appears. After that, come back here and switch your reply box to "plain text mode", then paste the code into the box and add whatever additional information / title you want and then hit "Save".
|3 days 23 hours ago||Odd Situation...||
You know, if the ACC had not shot down the idea of going to the nine-game conference schedule, this may not be quite the dilemma that it seems to be now. That being said, this "non-conference" game also fulfills the ACC requirement of having the Power 5 team in the OOC schedule too, except that if this catches on it will probably sink each team's SOS...but then it IS UNC-Wake Forest, so we're not talking perennial playoff threats.
|4 days 1 hour ago||He Did Add This...||
EDIT: Beaten to the punch - posted above.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Moving Around...||
ESPN’s CFP contract mandates that the games are carried on ESPN — not ESPN2 or ESPNU, sources say. Plus, cable sources say that some of ESPN’s affiliate deals contain language that would prohibit the network from putting either the CFP championship or an NFL playoff game on ABC.
I like that the NFL can work its ego into a contract, but I think we're seeing where it hamstrings everyone if indeed conflicts were to arise. I mean, would it have made strategic sense if they allowed the odd game to get dumped to ABC or ESPN2? I think so, but apparently it is easier to ask college football to please take white-out to its contract with the network.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Saline Grad Here...||
Saline grad here (class of 1996) - I know that around the time I was there, we would send what seemed like boatloads in the direction of Michigan (well, a significant percentage of a graduating class that was running 250-ish at the time). I would imagine that they still send quite a few perhaps.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
When the commit came through, Maize'n'Brew linked the Hudl film on this kid - I was rather impressed really. He does a pretty good job of beating defenders off the ball and he was even flattening guys outright sometimes. I can see where Drevno and Harbaugh might like him as an addition to the line they would probably like to build.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Or Conversely...||
..or conversely, it is on MGoBlog, sometimes it has not been officially announced yet, but the information provided later turns out to be correct. We've seen that happen in the past as well. Of course, that's when duplicate threads tend to be a real pain to remove too as people try to beat the person who called it hours ago to the punch.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Stoops To Iowa...||
While it would make the Big Ten much more interesting and probably add another perennial contender to the Big Ten West if all went well, and as much as Iowa fans would probably love to see their school write that $13.3 million or so check for Kirk's buyout as it would be now (and even throw in the $525,000 longevity bonus he'll get on Friday), it is exactly what that Photoshop is - a hope, likely a vain one at best.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I See...||
"We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him." - from ESPN's statement
It surely must be the other Chad Ford at ESPN who also analyzes and predicts NBA draft prospects and their draft order. They might do well to ask him, I guess.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Consequences...||
A fair number of the threads mentioned in the mod sticky have come with consequences for their originator up to and including a ban in several cases. As for this one, it still was not what I wanted to wake up to this morning and its existence (rather, the supposed need for its existence) troubled me, to be honest. I may not be done here.
To WD (and I hope he sees this) - misunderstandings happen but we really don't need to advertise them in a separate thread unless perhaps there is some very rare instance of multi-camp bickering that requires board-level resolution. Even on the Internet, these things are probably better handled in as personal a setting as you're going to get, which is the thread where it started.
|4 days 7 hours ago||About This Thread...||
Apologies for the misunderstanding re: IncrediblyBLUE
This probably could have been resolved in the thread where the problem arose, or at least this apology could have been posted there.
|4 days 17 hours ago||From The Handbook...||
As others have brought it up....
126.96.36.199.1.1.1 Exception—Noncoaching Staff Member with Sport-Specific Responsibilities. A noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities (e.g., director of operations, administrative assistant) may participate in organized activities involving only the coaching staff or may perform administrative duties (e.g., attend meetings involving coaching activities, analyze video of the institution’s or an opponent’s team, track statistics during practice or competition).
Essentially, as long as you do not participate in actual coaching, you can do the "analyst" thing per the handbook.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Note To OP...||
It is bad form to paste the entire article into the text box. Give us a summary and the link, or a select quote or two and the link to allow people to click through and give the original author reads if they so choose. As a courtesy to other journalists, do preserve their ability to get some views on their own pages and at their own newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc....
|4 days 20 hours ago||Holy Crap...||
Good luck to the MGoCommunity and beyond in the Mid-Atlantic and New England. This is the same system that, if this cold front poised to make Michigan a frigging ice bucket for a few days hadn't been so swift, would have brought us 2-4 inches today. We've been fortunate here that it has been a relatively dry winter to date, but 20-30 inches? Wow.
|4 days 22 hours ago||In Any Case...||
This GIF from earlier in that famous scene, but it is rather how I look waiting for these "Hello" posts when they come....
|5 days 1 min ago||More "Hello"...||
Just when people began to wonder when the "Hello" posts would begin to reappear, so they begin to reappear and it is nice to see and a welcome development. It is pretty cool really to see the recruiting blitz start to pay dividends relatively quickly in what seems like mere moments after this staff got here. Here's to a hopefully a few more of these before NSD.
Welcome to Michigan, Nolan Ulizio.
|5 days 53 min ago||The Top Photo...||
At one point during the time Glen Rice was indeed at Michigan, I owned the ten-year old sized equivalent of those shoes - I sort of miss the style, to be honest. Still, I can't claim to have ever had quite that inside presence, the one where you appear to be sitting on the opposition as you go up for the shot.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Michael Everywhere...||
Yeah, there were many hours on MTV in its formative years where a significant portion of the hour featured selections from "Off The Wall" (pre-MTV, but videos existed for a few songs), "Thriller" or later on, "Bad". Having grown up being babysat by MTV sometimes (it was one of the few stations my parents knew I would just sit down and watch), Jackson weighs significant on memories of television time for me.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Wondering The Same....||
I am wondering the same thing honestly - considering how the last 13 seasons or so have gone in Milwaukee, an aggrieved, vindictive Bucks fan just doesn't seem like more than a remote possibility. In any case, calling an injury to a player "karma" is rather immature and inappropriate, but it came from about the last fanbase that I would expect in NBA terms.
|5 days 6 hours ago||And Of Course...||
Among the pending replies to the Deadspin story is the first question which might naturally come to mind here:
Alabama fans have internet access? Who allowed that?
Kudos to LSU for squashing that one rather promptly. As Magnus points out above, "people are dum"...indeed, so "dum" sometimes that it isn't worth the "b" at the end.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
eFG% - 49.07%
OREB% - 34.38%
FTR - 22.22%
TOV% - 13.18%
PPP was 1.13 and A/T ratio was 0.889.
It should be noted that this was the the second most "efficient" performance in the conference schedule this year. Excellent work indeed despite the "L"
eFG% - 53.92%
OREB% - 29.03%
FTR - 37.25%
TOV% - 11.18%
PPP was 1.20 and A/T was 1.50.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Gratis Work...||
What I do here - help with the moderation of the site - is gratis work. Fortunately for me, what I do professionally is not gratis work and it creates a situation where I don't mind modding for fun really.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
eFG% - 47.83%
OREB% - 35.71%
FTR - 8.70%
TOV% - 17.31%
PPP is 0.97, A/T ratio is 0.40
eFG% - 58.33%
OREB% - 41.67%
FTR - 8.33%
TOV% - 19.43% (UNHEARD OF)
PPP is 1.16, A/T ratio is 1.17
|5 days 19 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Well, welcome to Michigan, Reuben Jones!
The Harbaugh era of recruiting officially gets of the ground with the first Hello post having only two duplicate threads, incidentally, so a tastefully understated start to what will hopefully be a whole slew of duplicate threads on various players. At least if it is good news, the cleanup is a nice problem to have.
|5 days 19 hours ago||It Would Be Nice...||
We're getting into a very unforgiving portion of the schedule, to be sure, and putting this game in the "W" column would be significant and provide tons of momentum going deeper into the Big Ten schedule certainly. That being said, the projected odds are about 20% or so depending on the site you want to use, but the fan in me remains forever hopeful even if I am mentally prepared for this one to not go our way.
|5 days 20 hours ago||As For This...||
Man, Nairn had to almost ankle tackle Pettaway to get the foul.
Generally, you won't go to Bolivia for posting "upset threads" that end up being "as expected" threads, but whether or not you personally believe in jinxes (I never have), just keep in mind that the memory of MGoBlog is a long one and people remember threads like these.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Per User Request...||
Asking for a HUGE MGoFavour-MODS DELETE
Per the user's request, this will come down as their dilemma has been resolved for the evening.
|5 days 20 hours ago||That Expression...||
It might be just me, but Adam Schefter's seemingly nonplussed expression here is, on some levels, rather disturbing. To be fair, of course, he did correctly predict the fall of the Eastern Bloc in 1989 in 1995, so there is a modicum of credence that should be given here as he does seem to know about things after they happen.
|5 days 21 hours ago||We're Going To Do This...||
I think we're going to try to see what happens with a one DeflateGate thread per day rule for now. I won't stop all discussion, but this thread can now stand - for whatever it is worth - as the repository for any further hot takes or discussion on the subject for today. Most of the other major angles have been extensively covered in the last few days, so for anyone who is looking to post on this - first, don't today, and second, do make sure that it hasn't already been discussed.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Limit Imposed...||
Pats - Belichick presser
We're going to go with on DeflateGate thread per day for now because it really does tend to clutter up the boards with hot takes on a non-story otherwise.
|5 days 23 hours ago||This Right Here...||
I don't know that you could truly effectively get quite as successful as Harbaugh has without really having this trait in some form or quantity, but you're right, he really does seem to enjoy being on the lighter side of things and he seems to be able to have a good laugh at his own expense. It is definitely a strength that some people - some in similar positions to him - seem to lack.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Here's The Vine...|
|6 days 1 hour ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I remember this actually, and it was originally recorded and broadcast in 2009, but it was great to see again as it is highly entertaining, especially the interplay between the Harbaughs. The late great Steve Sabol is sitting at the head of the table, I believe.
|6 days 2 hours ago||The Hatch Segment...||
I really did like the segment they did for Austin Hatch as well as the interview afterwards. It really has been great to see him make it here - to this place he wanted to be - after so much adversity.
Also, it took a moment for me to realize just how nuts that stat they threw out there really is, that in all the time Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke, 53 coaches have come and gone in the ACC. I honestly would have thought it was a little less than that.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Hoping For "Hello"...||
I will say that I do miss the clustered "Hello" posts in particular, and although we may never get to the reaches of February 2012 and Commit-a-palooza for some time yet, just to see a few - or even two in a single day - would be very encouraging.
Also, yeah, Jason Higdon was sounding a little terse when it came to Zach Gentry, although I assume that he's probably only answering the question for the millionth time this week. Either that, or he's expecting something to not happen regarding Gentry and Texas, if you will.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|6 days 6 hours ago||The Sun-Times...||
...naturally did a wonderful piece on this sad event - LINK
From Darwin Barney:
“It always felt like he was the face of the organization. Wow, it’s so sad,” former Cubs infielder Darwin Barney said Friday night. “He was a leader in the clubhouse even though he was 40, 50 years removed from the clubhouse. But when he was around it was a different presence in the clubhouse. He meant so much to the organization."
The story also points out that he was voted "Greatest Cub Ever" during the 1969 season, and not one person has questioned it since. That in itself is a wonderful legacy to leave.
RIP Mr. Banks. Condolences to his family and friends.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Official Mod Ruling...||
|6 days 18 hours ago||For The Board's Reference...||
TeamRankings has you covered for matchup stats....
|6 days 20 hours ago||"Manos: The Hands Of Fate"...||
We're in the midst of Pizza / Movie Night here, and my daughter - who has excellent taste in MST3K episodes, has chosen "Manos: The Hands Of Fate". Of course, even as it is a funny episode, it is taking a few Blue Moons to get through the notion that it is still....well, Manos: The Hands Of Fate.
The Blue Moon will rool into hockey in a bit here.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Former coach Brady Hoke had a fund of $3.49 million last year for his nine assistant coaches and the strength and conditioning coach.
Even if Harbaugh's pool is closer to $4 million than $5 million right now, that's significant and reiterates just how all-out they were willing to go and how much they were willing to accommodate everyone. I like the incremental increases in the third and fifth year. That seems to indicate that they are willing to try and keep it together if it works, I would think.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
It's rather a tribute to his longevity to see this graphic and then think about just how long he actually has been around in the league. I am pretty sure that if I had suffered all these over time, I would probably just sit still for most of the day and not dare to move, but Kobe has come back well enough more often than not.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Yeah, But...||
Yeah, but look at the dates on many of those reviews and compare to the timing of Stretchgate and you can very easily see what is going on there. A large portion of those reviews are written as reprisal for the story that Rosenberg ran in the late summer of 2009.
As an aside, look up the reviews for "How To Avoid Huge Ships" - not one of those people likely read that book, and perhaps no one ever has because it looks boring as hell, but the reviews are actually hilarious in that instance.
|6 days 23 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
If I had to choose between the two options in the OP, I would probably say Josh Smith only because Darko really was very much hyped at the time he was drafted and it would have been someone else if not Dumars making that selection and possibly having the same story to tell at the end of it. He was also part of the trade which got us a pick from the Magic, which in turn turned out to be Rodney Stuckey, as I recall, so he was useful enough in that respect.
Josh Smith? Did we ever get that bag of balls in exchange? Was it asking too much even then?
|1 week 2 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
OK, the kid in me that grew up in the 1980s chuckled (though I was much more partial to McGyver). It really has nothing to do with "DeflateGate" though.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Sound Methodology...||
By using the sound methodology of squeezing the football while asking it to cough, they correctly concluded that referee Walt Anderson did not in fact have a hernia as first suspected. This definitely sounds like it could happen in an NFL game. They really do need to write about the good news that comes out of these incidents now and again.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Just A Guess Here...||
With an over/under set at 2 suprise commits on SD, what would you guess?
If by this we mean players that we recruited but would have put the odds of them choosing Michigan at - just for kicks - 1 in 4 or worse, then I would probably take the push on this one and say 2 might be realistic. That being said, the manner and speed at which Harbaugh and this staff have been working almost make me want to take the over.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Not A Big Deal...||
With the seemingly ruthless efficiency that this staff has when it comes to hitting the road, making visit and extended offers right now, I really don't consider this a blow to us, particularly because he said he has had contact with Harbaugh and it hasn't moved him to change his mind. It's hard to argue with that really.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Wow, 12:28 AM...||
....as the creation time of this thread. You do have to respect the crowd that wastes little time when it comes to banging. I am almost sorry that I was asleep at the time, but then for practical purposes, some have to bang on a slightly different schedule due to work considerations.
Fortunately, it promises to be a quiet Friday for me. One meeting, two reports to update and then I will have to fill the rest of the day with some sundry activities that never, ever seem to get done. After that, Wisconsin tomorrow and then - if the forecast holds - shoveling on Sunday. Might need the bang just to warm up for the shoveling.
|1 week 16 hours ago||As A Minor Point...||
As a minor note, the quadruple (indeed, the repeated posts of 15 or more) posts have been some pronounced lately, so I would like to remind people to not hit "Save" multiple times if indeed that is what is going on. After all, some of us have paid our water bill three times by accident - well, I have anyway.
|1 week 16 hours ago||What Is Interesting...||
What is interesting here is that this dragnet of sorts that a newly assembled staff has thrown out there is apparently on its way to hopefully producing some interesting results, even to the point of this and having players decommit from other schools. I fully expect them to recruit some kids up to NSD, but when you hear that someone has decommited and will visit Michigan, you start to wonder if there is indeed a "Harbaugh Effect".
|1 week 20 hours ago||Did Not Hear That....||
Displeasure on the part of Gentry regarding the pursuit of other quarterbacks wouldn't even be fear of competition for the New Mexico product, it would be the result of the staff not entirely keeping its word to him.
I actually wondered what the about face entailed, but if the Longhorns indeed said to Gentry that he was the only QB they would take and then promptly went away to scout alternatives, then I see where this kid resents the lip service paid to him. On the surface anyway, at least to me, it seems like a very strange thing for a recruiter to promise, but I've never had to sit in a living room and convince a kid to go to my school.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Fixed It...||
I fixed the embed for you - just remember to switch to "Plain Text Mode" before pasting the embed code into the reply window.
I am assuming that this staff will probably continue to recruit Kelly up to NSD and see what happens. Definitely time yet, and they seem very interested.
|1 week 23 hours ago||I Can See It...||
I could see that even though he works on a suppsed grander scale at SI now, but if there were ever a person in journalism at whom I would laugh maniacally if they hit "post" on something and instead sent the world a link to his favorite place to peruse explicit videos a la Gerry Hamilton, it would be be Rosenberg. Just being honset about my own feelings there.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Funny...||
There is a part of me that actually could see Roethlisberger throwing his hands in the air and shoting "Fun Town!". It seems like something Ben would do to spice up a random Steelers game.
Also, the coke dealer exchange.... I laughed out loud in my office. Fortunately, I had headphones on so no one knew what was so funny.
|1 week 1 day ago||Already Covered...||
Snoop & Son in M Uniforms
MGoBlog definitely has your back on this one - the Cordell Broadus thread from yesterday covered this quite nicely.
|1 week 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Kind Of Belichick...||
"Tom’s personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide.”
Well, Bill has just made Tom's presser much more interesting and perhaps not in a good way as it drags out what really shouldn't be a huge story. To a point made in response to this, yeah, I assume Brady knew Belichick gets asked this question, but the answer does squarely direct people to Brady as the technical expert of sorts on this one. If he wasn't sure how much he'd have to speak to this at his presser, Tom has a good idea now, I bet (seeing how the media is eating this up, it was going to be the dominant topic regardless).
That aside, Belichick might very well be less familiar with the particulars of this portion of pre-game - I wouldn't think he would typically fret over this detail of the preparations, but I asusme that at this stage of his career he knows the high-level summary at minimum.
In the end, it underscores the need for outlets to cover something else - this story seems like it has been blown up to about 100,000x its needed size as it is.
|1 week 1 day ago||From The Handbook...||
From the Division I handbook:
14.4.1 Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements. To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at that institution as determined by the regulations of that institution subject to controlling legislation of the conference(s) or similar association of which the institution is a member and applicable NCAA legislation.
It goes on to list what is considered progress in the eyes of the NCAA in terms of credit hour requirements, but only for eligibility for competition. Much of the final word on the matter beyond that sits with the member institution. As for JUCOs, it is entirely possible, it seems, at a school like Wisconsin - and Michigan too - that you get in and find that the gap between transferred credits and fulfilling credit hour requirements makes maintaining eligibility a hassle, to say the least, if not impractical.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not Really...||
I am more worried about the possibility of some outlet somewhere in the world effing this story up and reporting it as "Belichick's Balls Underinflated, Study Concludes". That would make for an interesting aside from the main event here. As for outrage over this, you won't find any eminating from me - that's just the smell of this raspberry lemonade loaf cake on the desk.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, To Be Fair...||
Well, to be fair to that fan, our chances our not zero, but then by most ways of modeling the season, our chance right now would sit in the 8%-10% range too, so it still isn't a flowery picture. We talked about this some on my podcast last night, that over the last decade or so a fair number of 14-16 seed teams had anywhere from 16-20 wins, so there's a precedent for limping into the tournament, if you want to call it that.
Possible? Yes. Probable? Eh, right now, I'd say "not really".
|1 week 1 day ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say is that you can't really go 5-27 as a QB coach really, or at least it won't be your name which comes up when the record comes up in sports media, but then he was a QB coach/OC with San Francisco when we came calling, I believe.
That aside, it's interesting how coaching is a small community - Trestman will be with the Ravens as well, of course, and that is who Mornhinweg replaced as OC at San Francisco in 1997.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hudl Highlights...||
His senior season Hudl highlights are here - LINK
For some reason, and it might just be my weird setup post-podcast, but I am not getting music or sound from this one, but the video provides some nice highlights certainly.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Dakich Quote...||
As much as this team has been through and undoubtedly will go through this season, it is great to see quotes like that from players. There really is a great atmosphere in that locker room and it seems like they really do feel accountable for one another and want to be up when someone else might be down. It may even lead them to do things we may not expect - who knows - but it is a trait that makes Beilein's team infinitely interesting.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Nice...||
The string of excellent publicity for the blog gets better and better every day. We are really one of the few sports blogs where the discussion on "DeflateGate" could turn into a discussion of physics really, and it is a great asset to this place.
Once again, well done, MGoBlog.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not The Best Forum...||
Anthem issue. Father booted from games for a year.
Yeah, let's not go with topics that might cause some political tension around here.
|1 week 1 day ago||To Be Fair...||
I would have to think that the recruiting rankings on the site that Hamilton posted are absolutely phenomenal and very compelling, but I also am thinking that it is possible ESPN might be short a recruiting analyst sometime soon, worst case scenario in terms of fallout. Not sure how you recover from that completely, even though he did delete the tweet and reassemble it with the link I am sure he meant to send. Still, Hamilton's Pornhub Top 300 will make for good "reading", I bet.
|1 week 1 day ago||5. Brian Schottenheimer, St.||
5. Brian Schottenheimer, St. Louis Rams: A couple of years ago, many people predicted he'd be a head coach by now. Instead, he is heading to college to become the offensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs. Not sure that was the right move to help increase his odds at becoming an NFL head coach. - from the "Biggest Losers" section
The moment this particular hire was announced, college football Twitter snickered for a good hour, so it will be interesting to see how this goes for Georgia. I did not see a lot of Bulldog fans jumping for joy certainly.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes Indeed...||
Tomsula was the defensive line coach for both Singletary and Harbaugh, and I believe he even coached - as an interim - one game in 2010. Before that, he was an assistant for several teams around NFL Europe and was the head coach of the Rhein Fire for a year. I think he was the DC for a World Bowl team one year - the Berlin Thunder, I think. Storied career indeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||About This...||
It's funny that you bring this up because in August I had asked myself if this was something that might need to happen for football season because for three months we will get a similar thread 2-3 times per week, and there are enough people on the site who go cable-free that a central repository for the common alternatives might be in order. I asked myself this but never answered it, I should say.
If Brian and/or Seth approve of the addition, I think we could probably do with something along these lines because it does come up quite a bit in the fall and occasionally during baskbetball season as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Signs, Signs...||
"Wisconsin: The Anti-Basketball Basketball"
"Bo Ryan Is Darth Sidious"
...or if you wanted to get real cute:
"Your Sign Here - Call (800)-*insert any non-active number*"
|1 week 2 days ago||A Side Story...||
As an aside to this, one of my father's largest complaints about corporate America (he worked at GM for 37 years) has been the proliferation of acronyms and jargon, and indeed, he often points out that at one point in time - years ago - General Motors actually published a directory of corporate acronyms in common use there, totalling some 240 pages across various departments. I have never asked, but I can only imagine his face whenever my sister or I text using Internet shorthand.
|1 week 2 days ago||For The Record...||
Even Aaron Rodgers has been out there before saying that he's played with footballs that were intentionally overinflated, which by rule is supposedly OK from what I understand, or at least it isn't looked upon as unfavorably as underinflation.
What's funny about this now - sort of - is that the Ravens now suspect that some of the kicking balls used in their divisional game may have been underinflated as well, so I suppose we might have that to look forward to in the coming days.
|1 week 2 days ago||Tpoicality...||
In terms of its topicality, if this is indeed an issue to anyone, it does seem to fall under the general category of "Related to Michigan but not about sports" or however it was phrased, and I think you can make a case for that. Stories like this, even if they paint people who should be representing the University Of Michigan in an unfavorable light, are definitely fair game here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Bleacher Report...||
Bleacher Report predicts starting QBs for next year
Bleach Report has predicted a lot of things. For example, they said it would be 60 and sunny outside my window right now *looks outside*........very convincing imitation of winter, this spring thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Interesting...||
The position as we know it in modern day football was created by Mike Holmgren in 1990 when he was the Offensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Mike needed someone to transcribe the Niners Playbook and copy it to a computer. That someone was Jon Gruden. The job also included analyzing opponents, breaking down statistics, tracking and charting plays during games and fetching coffee. Gruden earned a salary of $500 a month, turned 18 hour days and often spent his nights on a cot in the office drawing up plays on his computer.
You know, for it to grow from this to a point where individual coordinators have their own QC assistants in some cases and that QC coaches are now getting their own agents shows you how indispensible having someone like this can be. I actually didn't think about it much before, but when you see the names who got their NFL start doing this, it makes a lot of sense.
|1 week 2 days ago||BracketMatrix...||
Taking into consideration that not all of the brackets tracked by BracketMatrix are kept current in a manner that makes me wholly comfortable reporting the data sometimes (also, the realiability of various models is an issue sometimes), there is one bracket prediction for the NCAA Tournament that does involve us - TNBracketProject has Michigan as a 10-seed in their prediction. That would be about it over there for now barring updates.
|1 week 2 days ago||On The Few Sites...||
On the few sites that I know that even predict the NIT bracket, you will definitely find Michigan in that discussion depending on the model used. I believe DRatings, for example, had Michigan as a 5-seed in their NIT prediction, although that data does not include games played in the last two days or so, which for us means our data does not include Rutgers.
|1 week 2 days ago||Win Indeed...||
I'll take it. I was was skittish about marching out there without LeVert, and with Wisconsin on the horizon, I still am a bit. However, this team did step up a bit and do what they needed to do when it mattered, in my opinion, and that will definitely be something that they can hopefully replicate and use to walk to a decent conference record. Go Blue, my friends.
|1 week 2 days ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
eFG% - 33.93%
OREB% - 40.00%
FTR - 21.43%
TOV% - 16.38%
A/T was 0.50 in the half, PPP was 0.85.
eFG% - 37.04%
OREB% - 31.58%
FTR - 14.81%
TOV% - 17.26%
A/T was 0.50 in the half, PPP was 0.77.
|1 week 2 days ago||Same Feeling Here...||
I believe I share that - there has been a stretch where it seemed like we more or less knew who was coming on NSD, the faxes came in, usually by lunch or so and that was pretty much that. The intrigue and renewed interest in Michigan that seems to have sprung from the Harbaugh hire and from the staff now assembled has me very interested in what we'll see on the 4th of February.
|1 week 2 days ago||"The baddest dogs need the||
"The baddest dogs need the biggest house" - I like that.
It looks like the 247 page hasn't been touched in a while, but it shows offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Baylor, Notre Dame, LSU, USC, UCLA, Boise State, Cal, Duke and several others. According to this, and it could be dated information now, his only Big Ten offer so far is Nebraska.
|1 week 2 days ago||Liked This Quote...||
"The great thing about that staff -- they have an identity, and they're going to impart it on you. That's something we didn't have at Stanford, and when Harbaugh got there. He said, 'This is what we run, this is how run it, and other teams are going to have to adjust to us.'"
You know, almost as entertaining as the quotes from Harbaugh himself are ones like this from former players who have worked with him and some of the other coaches in the past. It makes me that much more exicted to see how spring and fall practices, things even before the season, will start to pan out.
|1 week 3 days ago||Going Online...||
I shall indeed be attempting to purchase an album today, but only the one that somehow managed to get broken in a scuffle whose circumstances and outcome may never be known. One of my kids managed to break one of the discs which comprise my copy of Kraftwerk's live album "Minimum-Maximum", so I shall be shopping for the replacement later. If you don't have kids yet, all I can say is consider keeping the CDs you may still have off of open tables.
|1 week 3 days ago||As A Note...||
Points reset, post edited to remove unclever references to rival fanbases. As a reminder to all, please try to refrain from "Spartina", "Sharty", "F***eye", "O$U", "Pedo. St." or other such references that really paint this place in a bleaker light than we would like. Someone offline brought up "Izziot", which I did see in a thread this morning - I know people don't like the guy, but come on. We're better than that, folks, and once in a while, we like to attempt to acquire nice things.
|1 week 3 days ago||Meanwhile In Iowa...||
Iowa. Speaking of Ferentz—he’s gone from untouchable to unloved by a growing segment of the fan base over the past five mediocre years. Ferentz is standing pat on staff, which is a roll of the dice. But with a golden contract that runs through 2020, maybe he can afford to.
Wouldn't Iowa owe him something like 75% of his unpaid salary through the term of the contract if they did fire him? I think there's a longevity bonus owed to him at the end of this month too, so that's another - I think it is a half million, perhaps more than that. The Hawkeyes really had him over a barrell with that last extension indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||So People Are Aware...||
....of the official stance here:
|1 week 3 days ago||For Some Information...||
You can follow @MaizenBrew (the twitter account for Michigan's SBNation page Maize'N'Brew) for some information as well. Not necessarily breaking information, but some decent profiles on known Michigan recruits and offers will appear occasionally. They do have writers devoted to this particular sort of coverage, so the updates are fairly regular.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even Better...||
If nothing else, Harbaugh gets to commute to Cypress Falls while it is in the mid-50s and cloudy in Houston right now. It will be a decidedly better drive than the one I just experienced on the way to a meeting in Farmington Hills. As a review, are there specific players we might be looking at from Cypres Falls or is this a general call? If anyone knows, that might be helpful in this thread too.
|1 week 3 days ago||As I Recall...||
I believe the criteria generally are that the injury has to be incapacitating, it has to occur before the second half of a season and that a player cannot have completed more than 30% of the season or three games. I would think they can make a case to get Peppers a medical redshirt given those criteria. Not sure what the timeline is, but I think we waited a while before the Gardner decision.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I am not sure I have ever really understood why people thought it was necessary for Michigan - given its historic patterns of recruiting - to try to dominate recruiting in its home state. We did well enough in the past without this being a priority necessarily. I don't mind shaking their tree for some quality players, but we've got plenty going on elsewhere too.
|1 week 3 days ago||All of this makes me hopeful||
All of this makes me hopeful that we're in for some pleasant surprises when we finally reach NSD on February 4th. If you had asked me a few weeks ago about recruiting, even in the immediate wake of the Harbaugh hire, I would have been more interested in keeping together what we had of a class, but to see this staff assemble so quickly and then reach out like this....I find myself impressed every day now.
|1 week 3 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, when you have a wife that is way into Christmas, tree and decoration removal is a process that extends into January. One of the three trees is still sitting on a table - fortuantely, it is a cheap fiber optic tree that is maybe three feet high. The main tree, however, along with the interior lights, only came down this past Thursday though. It happens.
|1 week 3 days ago||To The OP...||
To the OP, these are the sorts of questions that MGoBlog actually loves to discuss, so I would say that you've done well here in it comes to topic selection. Hopefully, you get some great answers here - actually, you more than likely will get those. If this is your first thread, this is a pretty good selection for a topic.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Further Information...||
At least some that distribution can be found here, although you'd have to do some work to put it in a more useful form - DraftHistory
You can search by position, school, round and a few other parameters. It would be interesting to put together the Big Ten data for, say, the last 20 years by round, pick and position to see if it were possible to develop a way to weight draft success at the team and conference level.
|1 week 3 days ago||My Parents...||
I would be sort of in the same boat - my parents would be very supportive, and then when they asked me who I had chosen and the answer was "I will do that at the show", I am pretty sure both my mom and dad would work to make certain whatever announcement I made was on public access in the wee hours, right after the video replay of the Zoning Board Of Appeals meeting from last March. Never let it be said that they couldn't find creative ways to set us straight.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yikes Indeed...||
The list of healthy / not so much is impressive and not necessarily in a hopeful way, and it makes my initial impression of tomorrow's game that of a game which could be....interesting, to say the least. Hopefully, we can get some guys to step up, but we'll see who from the "sick" list is well enough to play at least a little Saturday if not tomorrow. At least from that portion, some help should be coming off that list throughout the week, I would think.
|1 week 4 days ago||And Then....||
If you are still wondering why Jimmy Johnson never returned to coaching despite some serious courting over the years, the way he talks about the extreme toll of NFL coaching now is instructive. "You have no life other than coaching in professional football," Johnson says. "In college, you at least have some opportunity to spend some time with your family."
I like how he sort of bristles at the idea of someone possibly getting out of the NFL to return to college - never mind one's alma mater - and then says something which would highlight a compelling reason that one might choose in a similar situation.
|1 week 4 days ago||They Did This...||
They did do this, and I believe the verdict was "busted", which makes sense really because the lighter helium-filled ball would not generate as much force pushing through the air in flight despite reduced drag. Helium-filled balls would fall close to or even a bit short of where normally inflated balls would land on a kick / throw initiated under the same conditions (launched with the same force and in the same atmospheric conditions).
|1 week 4 days ago||The Trip...||
Yeah, you might say the trip has begun. You can question the wisdom of a choice or speculate about a recruit's relative chances of starting (although I cannot imagine why based on no data) at a particular location, but you can't go the "moron" route.
I would think that someone who used an avatar of a character voiced by Sebastian Cabot for Disney would sound more considered, astute, even civil in their observations. Trying to imagine Cabot's voice and that line....it just didn't make sense.
|1 week 4 days ago||Looking At This...||
Looking at these listed as they are, it's a lot easier to appreciate that there are some clusters where some HOF names played each other quite a bit, primarily through the early-to-mid 1970s and late 1980s-early 1990s if I am not mistaken, but even aside from those stretches, it's a fairly storied listing of pro QBs for the most part.
|1 week 4 days ago||Here's Luck's Coach...||
This is the video from the interview...
|1 week 4 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, most folks have said this about Northwestern for the last two decades almost, but it seems particularly true here deep into the Fitzgerald years. Because they are Northwestern, they can hang with and beat potentially anyone, but they can also get curbstomped and lose for the exact same reason. Sometimes, the problem flips quarter-to-quarter in games, sometimes they do something brilliant at the end and sometimes they just fall down and that's the game. If "WTF" were an aura, the Wildcats own it in recent Big Ten history.
|1 week 4 days ago||Landed Badly...||
To what the OP said, it looks like he just landed awkwardly, but I also remember that he was still on the floor as the rest of the team began celebrating, so quite clearly the pain was pretty immediate and immense. I believe it is the same foot he had surgery on last spring too. I wish LeVert a full and speedy recovery and I do hope we see him return 100% next season.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good To Hear...||
I have to say that this is a staff where I do no doubt they could put together one hell of a "this could be you someday" reel to show potential recruits, highlighting how they plan to use various positions on offense / defense, depending on who we're talking about. I could definitely see that working for us...a lot. I like the prospect too.
|1 week 4 days ago||As A Question...||
Just as a general question - have you considered asking this person if they have ever thought about the benefits of perhaps giving their brain to a neurophysiological study of sports fandom even though they are evidently still using said brain? I am sure whoever is running the study would be intrigued by their rationalizations and denial.
|1 week 4 days ago||Somewhat Related...||
Perhaps somewhat related, Kinsmen Arena in Saskatoon will now be The Kinsmen Gordie Howe Arena as of a story from about a week ago or so now. Supposedly, the renaming was not supposed to happen until a bit later in the year but the city moved it up to coincide with Howe's apparently still scheduled visit. Not sure if he still is going, but the city of Saskatoon is hopeful if nothing else.
|1 week 4 days ago||One Of Them...||
Here's one of the several highlight videos which exist for Marshall, in the event anyone has not been keeping current:
|1 week 4 days ago||Good Phrase...||
"We’re looking for a good school for Sam to go," he said. "He’s a passionate road grader, loves the game and does anything that’s asked of him by his coaches.
I will just say that a "passionate road grader" would definitely not be a bad addition to the team, but then I also rather enjoyed how this was put.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Also Wondered...||
I also wondered about this - we utilize the overhead ones seen there in virtually every conference room throughout the company, but I have seen a few desktop projectors that look similar to that which our training group crries from service center to service center in the event that a building doesn't have the "upgraded conference room".
|1 week 4 days ago||I Believe So...||
I believe that is right - Rivals lists Clark at 6'5", so slightly taller but definitely size not to be scoffed at, from the look of things.
It serves as a reminder to me that - at all of 5'9" - whenever I take the kids to events where you can meet the players, I often find myself staring people in the throat when they stand up.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's Adidas....||
It's an Adidas watch - I've seen this one on Amazon actually. It's the "Duramo" model, I believe. Actually, I thought about getting one, but I am at a point where it is hard for me to contemplate pulling the trigger on a watch when my phone tells me the time anyway. Maybe for decoration one day.
|1 week 4 days ago||Like Others...||
Cook himself has a mortgage, a marriage, and a baby on the way.
Like others, I got to this sentence and did a "Huh? What?", but in a good way. Congratulations on the impending arrival, sir!
Very nice article, and it is great to see the blog get this sort of attention and this community get credit for gaining some influence.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Laughed There...||
Oh, how I wish the NFL.com videos had an embed code available because that deserves to be shared directly on the site. Very, very well done indeed there, and kudos to them for attempting to silence the Buckeye interloper, even though I assume it was part of the plan for the segment.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, Damnit....||
Well, damnit....come home from a family thing nd this is the first thread I see.
Hopefully, they can find a way to wade through this and other guys can step up, but this is a significant loss. Best to Caris in his recovery from this and hopefully we see him 100% next season.
|1 week 5 days ago||On Full Cost...||
Actually, at least to me, the SEC support for full cost scholarships isn't too shocking - even Slive himself broached the idea almost three years ago, citing the rather plentiful revenue streams of college football (which you can discuss if you're the commissioner of the SEC). Of course, he did tack on the numbers on the average shortfall from scholarships versus the calculated cost of attendance and framed it as giving students the ability to do day-to-day things like get meals, do laundry, etc...
In that regard, I'll agree with him - I don't know that every Power 5 school is in this boat - likely not - but Michigan and many others funnel a lot of money into non-revenue programs and have the ability to hustle to make up the difference for this relatively easily. I have to think that at least in some places this is little more than a bump tht gets smoothed out in time.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably Should Come Down...||
What is the New Michigan Man?
I let it burn overnight, but it went predictably, so to avoid further grief and fruitless debate, we'll just go ahead and remove it. Actually, I don't think these threads have every really gone that well.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Funny Thing...||
The funny thing about watching this last night was that having all of my feelings about these moments condensed into an hour of television kind of left me drained but still elated that this team got oh so close. It was very exciting as it was happening, and it was still exciting in review. A very nice episode indeed, I thought - and yes, still got chills watching Trey's Trey.
|1 week 5 days ago||Picks, Picks...||
I have this very strange feeling that we're staring a transcontinental Super Bowl in the face this year actually:
Seattle / Green Bay - I'll take Seattle here by a TD or so. Not sure how Green Bay does this - it doesn't seem like a good matchup for them.
Indianapolis / New England - The whole Luck / Brady dynamic here should make it interesting, but the Patriots edge this out in the end.
|1 week 5 days ago||Now, Now...||
Even in better football times, at least for as long as it has been a formal thing, we've had snowflake threads for football win or lose. We never really organized a similar treatment for basketball, but it is an easily transferrable concept in that regard and such threads do help keep the "hey look at me and my totally unique insight" factor down on the board.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Can Only Say...||
I can only say that it is threads like these where we discuss the attributes of a "Michigan Man" that I wish so badly that Bill Frieder had sprung the ASU thing the day after the tournament ended, however it would have ended if he had still been at the helm. It's an irrational wish, of course, but it would help to curtail the debates which we might see here.
As a note, I say this only because Yost's quote from the 1940s (his departing speech as AD actually) about "Michigan men" and spreading the culture of the University and a belief that there is no better place provides a more nebulous but perhaps more inclusive view, if you must use the term.
|1 week 5 days ago||Four Factors At Halftime...||
eFG% - 50.00%
OREB% - 40.00%
FTR - 10.34%
TOV% - 16.52%
PPP is 1.06
eFG% - 48.15%
OREB% - 22.22%
FTR% - 29.63%
TOV% - 6.15%
PPP is 1.10
|1 week 5 days ago||Get Better...||
Get better, Spike. If it is the same crap that's been going around, it definitely isn't fun and it will lay you up for a few days at least. We passed that one around over the holidays actually, and it definitely sucks. Hope to see him out there as soon as possible.
|1 week 5 days ago||Over At Rivals...||
He has a somewhat lengthy offer list - in the Big Ten, at least insofar as what is listed now, he has one from Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers and of course Wisconsin. In addition, it lists offers from Boston College, Pitt, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisville, West Virginia, Miami (YTM) and several others.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sledding On Trays...||
It might have been just me, but sledding on trays did tend to get a little frustrating due to the lack of control on certain surfaces / hills / types of snow. Laundry baskets, on the other hand, did provide those vital 0.000001 extra seconds of protection in the event of tree or vehicle collision in a road or parking lot.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah, There's Drinking...||
Going cheap tonight - there is a bottle of white Merlot in the fridge that no one ever managed to consume, possibly from the holidays, and I suppose now is as good a time as any. It's not the best, but it does serve as a bracer for the basketball game and whatever might come after that. If I run out of that, there is always the beer on the porch.
|1 week 5 days ago||Already Covered...||
Scoreboard: Jimmy Football - 1, Ralph - 0
It was the MLive story posted yesterday, but the Ralph saga was posted yesterday all the same.
|1 week 5 days ago||USA Today Story...||
The USA Today story has some of the quotes from players who made some rather impassioned statements both for and against the 4-yar scholarships - LINK
One of the more compelling ones to me was from Northwestern soccer player Nandi Mehta -
And Nandi Mehta, a soccer player from Northwestern, said if scholarships could be taken away from players for underperformance, "how then is a scholarship any different than a salary? I think that's the road voting 'no' to this proposal takes us down."
There was a Pac-12 athlete who asked a good question as well which I am sure no school would directly answer to the effect of why would one take away an opportunity such as the one they get via a scholarship simply based on on-field performance.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Like This...||
I am actually rather excited by the idea that the staff is, by and large, younger than the previous one and also a little more hip to social media and modern communication in general. Done the right way, I think that alone is a huge benefit for them really.
To the OP's point, I still remember not being able to fully believe that Hoke did not touch e-mail. It is difficult for me to fathom that, even in 2015, there are still people who are latter-day Luddites.
|1 week 5 days ago||Looking At Rivals...||
It may not be any of these, but a quick search of Rivals reveals some of the higher-ranked QBs currently committed to Big Ten teams, at least for 2015, include:
Brian Lewerke - Michigan State
Michael Dare - Rutgers
Elijah Sindelar - Purdue
Tommy Stevens - Penn State
Joe Burrow - Ohio State
Austin Kafentzis - Wisconsin
Those are some of the names at the top of the pro-style and dual-threat lists.
|1 week 6 days ago||More Than Probably...||
The ESPN site is now officially listing this at a 7 PM game, so that's what it shall be. Actually, we have quite a few games which will start at 7 PM EST or later coming up, from the look of things, starting tonight with Northwestern and this 8:15 PM tip. BTN really likes to pretend I have nothing better to do on Saturday night - sadly, they are correct in the case of this Saturday.
|1 week 6 days ago||People Forget...||
I think people forget that this particular office is decidedly less efficient when the Director Of Tautological Statements is out. The staff tends to lose their edge, goof around and do whatever when they don't have to go to the meeting to discover the purpose of the previous meeting meeting.
|1 week 6 days ago||Speculation Ahead...||
Of course it's too early to know for sure, but we can make a reasonable, comparative evaluation based on our coaches experience and previous level of success.
I don't think you can do this and make it a really good comparison - it is a different staff walking into a different situation. If you're going to compare this to Harbaugh's experiences at San Diego or Stanford, you'd have to overstate Michigan's level of general moribund, if you will, by a mile or two, and that's just for starters. Also of significant note, Pioneer League is not the Pac-12 is not the Big Ten in 2015. Here, Harbaugh has assembled what - in theory - is a great staff to coach a talented buy vastly underperforming team, but let's at least get into the season (actually, perhaps the second season as well so we have a basis to compare improvements with the same staff too) before even contemplate this speculation.
|1 week 6 days ago||USA Today...||
USA Today had little more on the nature of the charges he'll likely face:
Lt. Kelvin Cusick tells The Associated Press that Anthony was arrested at 5:46 p.m. on Friday. He said Saturday that Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that's punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
He has also since been released.
|1 week 6 days ago||Uh Oh...||
You do know what happens when you run out of coffee, right?
|1 week 6 days ago||Definitely Coffee...||
I have been up all of 20 minutes, so the coffee just finished brewing, but the plan was deifnitely coffee. It might be just me, but I usually need a cup or two in me before I can even contemplate making / eating anything for breakfast, so eventually coffee will roll into actual nourishment of some kind. For now, it is Channel 7 News with my son's Spanish language immersion a la Kindle Fire in the background.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Look Alone...||
The look alone makes me want to show off my complete and utter lack of bowling skills more often at Colonial Lanes. We haven't taken the kids there to see me mock the sport lately, but if that's what they can potentially offer in terms of surrounding now, I might have to change this.
|1 week 6 days ago||Well...||
....this was completely effective lesson for Penn State indeed. Thanks to the NCAA and the cult of personality that surrounds a dead former coach.
|1 week 6 days ago||Drinking, You Say...||
I decided to go with the Blue Moon that has been sitting valiantly on the porch through this cold spell, partially because it is only fitting for a beer which has weathered the storm but also because I didn't have time to stop on the way home and it is all that I have at the moment without leaving the games on the TV right now. You pick your poison, but beer is an excellent poison.
|1 week 6 days ago||Typically...||
I would say that it typically is, at least judging by the fact that there is a cluster of similar threads to this around the time of the tournament. That being said, I made the weird decision of having mine done around the time of the All-Star Break going on five years ago, so my memories of the 2010 Home Run Derby are very, very different and perhaps considerably more entertaining (but also much less lucid) thanks to medication.
|1 week 6 days ago||They Should Have...||
They should have hired this guy - it's a better interview anyway:
|1 week 6 days ago||Nice Article...||
"And I don't know what happened. I don't know if he got tired. Stepped in a hole. Whatever. But he went to the ground. And then, I said 'you just made your first tackle.' ... Then I started checking body parts to make sure nothing was broken. ... 'You tackled Ralph.' "
In a sense, this rather describes Stanford's play under Harbaugh in games that they were not expected to win, including the one described in th story. Not giving up, holding on, trying what you can until it happens. I will enjoy watching a team with this man's tenacity behind it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Further Information...||
According to SI.com, part of the Notice Of Allegations involves similar problems with the men's golf team at Southern Methodist as well. As I recall from the report, they fired their golf coach rather suddenly in August, so I have to think that the reason could be wrapped up in all this somewhere. Either way, not the sort of distraction you want for your 13-4 team at the moment.
|1 week 6 days ago||In Addition....||
I also believe that several schools, when releasing lists of secondary violations involving social media exchanges that they know of, have on occasion taken the step of sending written communication to people reminding them not to contact recruits and then send copies of those letters to the NCAA to prove due diligence. It's pretty much all they can do, but still there is always the one person who is hell bent on flipping that key linebacker to a rival school or whatever because that's the sort that they are sadly.