I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|1 hour 47 min ago||In Any Case...||
Well, in any case, Boise State fans were quite prepared with this - HERE - "The Complete List Of Ways To React To Chris Petersen Job Rumors".
Here's a snippet from ESPN's constantly updated story:
"Petersen, who met with Washington on Thursday, felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source."
It will be interesting to see what the contract looks like - Whittingham at Utah makes about $2.5 million, I believe, and I have to wonder if Washington puts him near or right at this level at least. It would be interesting to know what Sarkisian will get at USC and what David Shaw makes as well for possible comparisons / guesses.
|2 hours 35 min ago||Embracing Gee...||
Over at WVMetroNews, they've already come to embrace Gee (again, as he was at WVU once before). One Hoppy Kercheval writes:
"Along the way, Gee will probably say or do something that will cause folks to cringe. After all, he’s the college president who rode the mechanical bull at a bar during one of WVU’s bowl trips. But Gee’s quirkiness is not malicious; it’s part of his unique character. And, when he keeps his foot at least a short distance from his mouth, it’s part of his charm."
|11 hours 24 min ago||The Deal Is...||
The 10,000 foot view of the rule is "yes, we are", BUT....and there is a but....some (by this, I mean a few) of their writers do produce content which is reasonably inoffensive and those things do tend to stand on the board. Another typical exception is when they simply post a video with some short writeup - these usually stay because it is difficult for them to be problematic, rather like what the OP posted. The exception exists, but it is monitored.
|12 hours 6 min ago||A Bit Nostalgic...||
Well, before this game, a few outlets were talking about a defensive struggle, but there have been over 700 yards allowed between both teams so far. In any event, the Bearcats last drive sort of reminded me of how Denard Robinson used to accelerate the offense when they went over 70 yards in 2 plays. That was pretty awesome when it did happen.
|14 hours 3 min ago||Question...||
You would hope that such a pace could be kept up at the collegiate level (maybe not likely), but MaxPreps had some of his stats from his high school career (nothing for this year) and the 36 TFLs and 139 tackles in the last two seasons seem pretty good for a DE even if it is high school. Does anyone know what his defensive stats look like this year?
|14 hours 20 min ago||Not Easy...||
Cincinnati has already run 28 plays, but only for 113 yards so far, which is basically just a shade over 4 yards per snap. Louisville is not going to make this terribly easy, but then they are basically putting out a typical performance on a yards per play allowed basis here.
|14 hours 25 min ago||My Mistake...||
When I posted, I thought the note at the bottom referred to Goslin, but it is about David, so there is just the one. My bad.
|14 hours 46 min ago||Question I Had...||
I had thought that Andrew David was coming here as a kicker, so that would make two kids that will play baseball while being on football scholarships, correct? I actually think this is pretty awesome and an example of dedication that is to be admired really. Welcome to Michigan, Collin Goslin!
|14 hours 53 min ago||I Like Bridgewater...||
It isn't Teddy Bridgewater. It's ESPN commentators covering games passively while the go on about just one person, which seems to happen sometimes in games such as these.
|14 hours 59 min ago||And So It Begins...||
Well, Cincinnati managed five yards before the interception - on three play, if I counted correctly. Four plays and sixty yards later, it is 7-0 Louisville. Repeated success like this might make it a long night of Teddy Bridgewater hyping.
|17 hours 12 min ago||RIP Nelson Mandela...||
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
He was remarkably quotable, but this is one of my favorites. In the modern era, Mandela really was one of the handful of individuals in the modern era whose very life and work made us a better planet and a better people. I still remember his release from prison being broadcast live all over the world and only realizing later (I was 12 at the time) how significant an event this was for the world at large - a great cruelty was about to end, one that Mandela fought to end many years before. He is widely considered "the father of South Africa", and rightly so, for he took what seemed like two separate worlds and helped unite them.
|17 hours 52 min ago||Refreshing Read...||
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
|18 hours 41 min ago||Defensive POTY...||
The pick of Chris Borland, just from a performance standpoint, is a good one, I think. He's fourth in total tackles and tackles for loss in Wisconsin history and I think he has more forced fumbles than anyon in Wisconsin history. Just this year, he had 108 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 TFLs for 31 yards, as well as 4 sacks and 5 QB hurries. He really was a force for the Badgers in his time there (I believe he is a senior now, so the bowl game will be it for Borland).
|20 hours 38 sec ago||I Would Agree...||
One thing that is interesting to me about Missouri's path to this moment is that they were in fact trending upwards in their final years in the Big 12 - from 2007 to 2011, they didn't do worse than 8-5 and had won 10 or more three times. Their introduction to the SEC in 2012 was a bit jarring, but they seem to have adjusted very well as evidenced by the fact that they will be in the SEC Championship Game in their 2nd year in the conference.
I would think something similar can be said for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, and indeed, Sumlin took over as Texas A&M was embarking on its SEC adventure. He took a middling team in the BIg 12 and has led them to a very good record thus far in the SEC.
If that's the basis for judgment, I would probably agree - the fact that two average to above averge (i.e., historically not world-beating) teams can join the conference and adapt to it and do well makes me wonder just how good the SEC actually might be, although I never really believed that it was so many miles above everyone else. That being said, they do perform at an impressively high level as a conference.
|20 hours 50 min ago||Tomahawk Nation Commentary...||
Tomahawk Nation (HERE) wrote a rather long commentary on the subject this morning, and it is a pretty interesting read. It also includes a link to a tweet from late in November, referencing a statement in which the Florida State Attorney said that they would want to be sure of a reasonable chance of conviction before they filed charges, if indeed they were to do so. The implication seems to be that their assessment of the evidence did not meet that particular criterion.
|23 hours 55 min ago||As A Note...||
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.
|1 day 13 min ago||Only One Miss...||
The only Big Ten team to miss the top 50 was Indiana, if I read this right, which I could have probably guessed. The Big Ten teams in the top 25 in addition to Michigan and Ohio State are Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State.
The conference ratings have appeared on various sites for a few years and I am pretty sure that they've been fairly consistent with the SEC and Big Ten having significantly higher ratings than every other conference, but then it seems like these two conferences find their way onto ESPN and ABC most often. It would be interesting perhaps to break down conference versus network and time slot perhaps.
|1 day 36 min ago||A Couple Suggestions...||
Although the wait can be a wee bit long during events, the Pegasus Taverna in Greektown has pretty good Hellenic food at reasonable prices, if you're into this particular cuisine. A little closer to Ford Field, there is always the Elwood - I've never had a bad experience there either, but again, it can get pretty cramped when there is a game or event nearby.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Not A Bad Start...||
If anyone is interested, NBA.com actually does an excellent job of charting player stats. Trey's profile is here - http://stats.nba.com/playerProfile.html?PlayerID=203504
So far, he's averaging about 27 minutes per game, and in that time, 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. According to NBA.com, in his 8 games, he has accumulated 101 points, 26 rebounds and 33 assists. Not really a bad start to an NBA career.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Disconfirmed...||
Rumors Swirling-Saban to Texas. Recruit sway?
From the sound of things, this was a joke started at an Austin radio station and there is no basis for the rumor. Even though it is not about Michigan, as the disconfirming information was posted in the thread, there doesn't seem like much point in keeping the thread now.
Saban to Texas rumors
See above note. Also, read this story here for more background on the lack of legs regarding this.
|1 day 12 hours ago||This Study...||
One of the things about this study is that it affirms in a way something that I rather admire about my own wife. As you will note in the link, Illinois is one of the more profane states and my wife - born and raised Northsider that she is - often contributes in her own way to that statistic. It is one of the reasons that I love her actually. Call me strange.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Massey Predictions...||
Granted, it is early in the season, so these estimates should be taken as quite approximate, but here is the estimated win probability and median predicted score for the remainder of the schedule (away games in bold):
|1 day 14 hours ago||Nice Spread...||
All of that looks delicious, and indeed, it makes me wonder what I was doing having chicken and a small salad as well as a probiotic yogurt for dessert this evening. I could have cooked with a little more effort.
In all seriousness though, it is nice that the coaches do take advantage of the opportunity to make such visits.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Remember That Tweet...||
...and my YouTube favorites can top it even for out of touch:
|1 day 16 hours ago||Expanding The Podcast...||
I think that the podcast might be an even better platform for the other feature I am in the early stage of developing - "Focus On Facepalms". It would be about the state of the board from a modding standpoint, talk about Bolivia and bans and why those things happen and a few other things. It should make a good occasional diary once I am ready to roll it out, but the podcast would be a fun platform.
|1 day 17 hours ago||If You Did Not Know...||
If 247Sports is correct, Malik's recruiter is none other than Fred Jackson. Terry Samuel is the MSU recruiter and Bobby Williams is the person trying to get him down to Tuscaloosa. I always find the recruiters to be almost as interesting as the recruited in these situations when you have highly-touted prospects.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Rumors...||
Sharing a Drake Harris rumor, unsubstantiated of yet
If it is unsubstantied, then it really doesn't have a place on the board. If something is confirmed, do feel free to post it, but most every thread that starts with a rumor or hearsay simply hasn't ended well.
|1 day 18 hours ago||As I Recall...||
I know OSEH is in that area of South Campus - my mother-in-law works for that particular department. Security is headquartered around there too as well. As for parking, I've borrowed the orange tag before to be closer to the stadium / Crisler, but I admit to wondering why it was necessary to pay for said tag when you work on that part of campus anyway.
|1 day 19 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
I am never big on such exercises because it is a whimsical thought experiment that makes me revisit a disappointing outcome, but I suppose that if I were to choose, I think that you would have to go with the outcome that would probably be less likely in a given year (not that either of them are terribly likey) and choose the basketball game. The reason would be that it is a performance that seems harder to repeat overall.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Other Announcement...||
An announcement of general interest to the board given the mood it seems to be in lately:
|1 day 19 hours ago||Questioning Things...||
More assertive: Courtney Sims or Glenn Robinson III?
Questioning a player's "effort" and "desire" in a board post is probably not the best thing to do, especially because these are things that we couldn't possibly know about. In-game stuff is fine as always, but this probably should come down as is.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Other Names Include...||
The Seattle Times was theorizing on some of the other names involved in the Washington coaching search. Among them, former Washington assistant (now with Saban in Alabama) Doug Nussmeier, as well as Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State and even Gary Pinkel at Missouri. As it now seems to be standard for such reporting, James Franklin makes an appearance on their list of those "possibly intrigued" by the job too.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Can't See It Here...||
The button is not in Google Chrome either, or at least not the version I am using. Come to think of it, I don't think it has been on the site for much of this year, although I could be mistaken. Perhaps it was either the server migration or the last tweak of the banner / appearance, but I don't even know if the link exists anymore.
|1 day 22 hours ago||May Help Folks Here...||
One thing that might help folks here can be found (well, downloaded) on this page - (LINK).
It is the NCAA Transfer Guidelines, written more or less in summary format and geared towards students who may be thinking about transferring. Hence, it is a pretty clear and concise guide.
You can download the PDF and view the booklet - the sections on transferring from 2-year to 4-year schools (2-4 transfer) begin on page 15. It also runs through how this is different across divisions as well, if you want that sort of comparison.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Matchup Stats...||
Over at TeamRankings, they list Ohio State as a 5.5 point favorite with a Vegas-implied (not sure what algorithm they use here) score of 28-23.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Pretty Amusing...||
This actually made it to the Scout boards, I thought, a few days ago. The suggestion there was that the Maize Rage now shout "Three Times The Steak!" every time Albrecht sinks a three, and I will admit that I found that to be pretty amusing after seeing the commercial.
|2 days 12 hours ago||So, Anyway...||
So, some summary stats for Michigan...
FG percentage - 30.77%
effective FG% - 32.69%
Off. rebound rate - 15.00%
Def. rebound rate - 66.67%
Same for Duke...
FG percentage - 41.94%
effective FG% - 48.39%
Off. rebound rate - 33.33%
Def. rebound rate - 85.00%
|2 days 12 hours ago||So Far Anyway...||
It is not as if anyone is really shooting impressive right now, but by the numbers early on, we're doing it at half the pace of Duke. Our 20% FG percentage is basically half of theirs.
Also, how does the shoe not get called for a flagrant there? The refs need to be consistent.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Very Strange...||
Dick Vitale is not calling this game while being body surfed up and down the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium? I have to say that this sounds weak to me.
...and apparently Duke is occasionally going to pull the basketball equivalent of Iowa's offense and sort of lounge about then do something at the last possible moment.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Off The Front Page...||
Tigers sign Joe Nathan
It is off the front page now, but this did make it to the board earlier today. Interesting news and not a bad deal, to say the least, but alas too late for MGoBlog purposes.
Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan to 2-year contract
This was discussed yesterday. One thing that might be helpful for people posting threads to consider is that there is a a sizeable group of Tigers fans here and team news makes it here almost as fast as Michigan news.
|2 days 14 hours ago||The Linebackers...||
Well, I think that is fair to say that our LBs were productive over the course of the season. They account for:
- 36.94% of total tackles
- 42.42% of tackles for loss
- 44.44% of TFL yards
- 45.65% of all sacks
- 47.95% of sack yardage
I would think that these quick overall stats indicate a reasonably effective linebacker corps.
|2 days 14 hours ago||As Far As I Know...||
I haven't looked at the original theoretical foundation document in a while (this all started back in the late 1990s actually), but it does take into consideration ability to score points and predictive power ratings (strength), so I imagine that this sort of accounts for injuries as the current season progresses albeit not in a comprehensive way perhaps.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Trying To Be Proactive...||
....and it might be early, but....
OT: Detroit gets judge's OK to proceed with bankruptcy (one party will appeal)
Threads have appeared before about the various stages of this story and nearly all of them have ended up sliding downhill. Not saying that it isn't a significant event for those of us that live in SE Michigan, but I am trying to be safe here, not sorry.
|2 days 16 hours ago||On The Board...||
Really, we need a change from the defeatism and downtrodden attitude that seems pervasive in some threads. We'll start with this:
|2 days 16 hours ago||Even So...||
Even so, having just under a third of your 2014 in the Top 250 and having a class with a mean ranking among stars of 3.38 so far really is not bad news at all. The future still definitely seems rather bright, in my estimation.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Matchup Simulator...||
Massey's simulator would give us an estimated 33% chance versus Georgia with a predicted median score of 40-34. Interestingly, the one prediction of OSU-FSU in the Championship game would result in an estimated 17% chance for OSU, complete with a median score of 43-31. In the same simulator, Wisconsin would actually be favored against South Carolina - 59% estimated win probability, median predicted score of 24-21.
|2 days 17 hours ago||All We Can Hope...||
"I'm so disgusted right now I just want to puke and crawl in a hole. If anybody wastes their hard earned money on this team to watch them play in the Liberty Bowl....go to the mental hospital." - an Ole Miss fan
All we can hope, I suppose, is that he did not puke in the hole before he crawled into it, although this sounds like something that could happen in the SEC for some reason. In any case, there was some pretty good stuff in that and the Alabama threads too.
|2 days 19 hours ago||As Well As...||
There were a few stories that seemed to indicate that Kerry Coombs at Ohio State was, at least for a time, being considered for the positon. In any event, that will be an uphill climb in the beginning, I think, since it is coming on the heels of an 0-12 season which had followed two 4-8 seasons under Treadwell.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I Hate To Say...||
I was instantly reminded of this campaign when I saw the thread:
|2 days 20 hours ago||Clarifying Question...||
As a clarifying question, are we considering "top-ranked" to mean, for example, the upper third of Division I, or would you think it is more fair to show relative level of competition and do, say, the top 5 in a given conference (whichever one he was affliated with in a given year) as well as OOC teams in the top third? It doesn't have to be divided like that - I was just providing a random example of how it could be done.
Also, I don't if wins and losses mean as much in such a comparison as yards per play, conversion success and a few other metrics.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Approaching Milestones...||
Because my parents read this blog, the secret might get out, but whatever - I will likely go with some form of jewelry as a lead-in to plans for wedding anniversary #10, which will be in early April. I will probably also get her some merchandise for her obsession with the CW show "Arrow", because for the moments when I am checking in and writing / modding, she will at least have something which reminds her of / depicts Stpehen Amell.
|2 days 20 hours ago||My Question...||
"We continue to drink the “Most Wins in College Football History,” “127 All-Americans,” “42 Big-Ten Titles” Kool-Aid even as we rush for negative 48 yards and get utterly steamrolled by cross-state “Little Brother” Michigan State."
In many other threads, we've mentioned that Michigan's brand equity does do a fair bit to prop it up sometimes and it is very fortunate in that regard. It seems to me that, historically, demand for Michigan tickets is far more inelastic than it is for other programs, and that for us, performance is not a great indicator of attendance necessarily. Very few programs could say that, I think. What I wonder is when do we pass the point where attendance does measurably decrease - are we years and years away or is it closer? I think it is an interesting question.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
I know - that's why I sort of wish Football Outsiders would embark on a project to take their ratings back at least another five years so most teams could see the variation over a more meaningful period (and indeed, over a few coaching regimes in a lot of cases).
At least for me, I think one of the advantages to these numbers is that they've always seemed to illustrate just how nebulous the boundaries of coaching changes can be when compared to performance. That's just one things I've seen in them though.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Some Allow It...||
I could be wrong or misremembering this, but I thought there were some stories perhaps 5 or 6 years ago where LSU, Florida and perhaps a few other schools will actually allow people to have their remains scattered on the field or even have a brief service inside the stadium. It seems more than a little morbid to me, but apparently there are more than a few people that are this devoted to the program for which they cheer.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I'll Bite Here...||
Not to be nitpicky, but I think the better phrasing for this is "What do we wish to see?" because the decisions are not ours in the end and any standard set by this blog is arbitrary by default. If we are aware of this, of course, then that's excellent.
That being said, I would merely be curious to see how the experiences of this year - good and not good - crystallize and get carried into next season. Because this really is the first year we went "full Borges" (2011 and 2012, though under Borges, represented a hybrid philosophy and serve as a shaky basis for comparison to this year), I would actually expect the oft-discussed "second-year jump" to happen next year. Quite a few things mentioned by the OP should improve naturally - theoretically, of course.
I don't know if I attribute predictability strictly to Borges' "limitations", as the OP says. If indeed you do not have confidence that certain sections of the playbook will not be well-executed with the players and experience out there, you probably won't use them much if at all. If it makes a limited number of base plays that much more frequent and therefore predictable, it's still a problem but a dynamic one that I think is simplified if we just hang it on Borges and assume his vision is limited. We don't really know this.
As for blitzes, I think this ties into execution and coaching. If they can read defenses better next year and we start to see the ability to check in and out of plays based on formation a little more frequently, they might be able to mitigate the problem somewhat.
|2 days 21 hours ago||A Bit Of A Shame...||
It is a shame that the database does not go back farther actually - the NCAA archive actually has some of the summary information displayed here, such as FBS rank. For that at least, we can go back into the Carr years:
For fun, we'll just go back to 2003. For total offense and defense for Michigan, per the NCAA archives:
2007 - #68 offense, #24 defense
2006 - #38 offense, #10 defense
2005 - #55 offense, #36 defense
2004 - #46 offense, #33 defense
2003 - #15 offense, #11 defense
|2 days 22 hours ago||Here It Is...||
Brian's tweet from the early part of September regarding these....
|2 days 23 hours ago||No Definite Conclusions...||
Well, if you used the Sagarin numbers right now to predict 2014 - which is a not the best thing to do because of the lack of 2014 data, so take the conclusion for what it is worth - we could likely be 2-3. We would be favored against Rutgers and Northwestern, a slight underdog against ND and a sizeable underdog against MSU and Ohio State. Again, that's based on present data, which may or may not mean as much in 2014. There's still much we don't know.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Interesting...||
I wonder if he was talking about total yards, because the average was 382.83 yards with a standard deviation of 170.40 yards, which basically means were were all over the place. If you normalize the rushing and passing totals, the z-score for rushing for MSU is -2.057 and for Nebraska it is -1.747. For passing, the two lowest were Connecitcut (-1.348) and Iowa (-1.339).
|3 days 1 hour ago||I Have Always Wondered...||
I have thought about this before, about how the selection of music is relatively narrow in its scope and I would be curious to see if the athletic department is open to exploring less common situational accompaniment, if you will. For some reason, Mozart's "Rondo alla turca" comes to mind as somewhat appropriate for in-huddle music, just as an example of what I am talking about here.
|3 days 4 hours ago||The Hurdle...||
The hurdle is still perhaps one of my favorite moments of that game and it just seems to underscore what a nightmare he is for defenses. I sat there near some OSU fans who muttered, "What the hell?" and could only say, "Trouble getting open? Just jump over the defense. Simple."
Thanks for putting this together, DGDestroys.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Already Covered...||
2013 All-Big Ten Teams Announced
This was already posted as a thread, which was in turn bumped to diary status. The diary is still on the front page of diaries, so we shall allow that to stand for now.
|3 days 11 hours ago||If I Am Not Mistaken...||
Well, if I tallied it correctly, the Detroit Lions got it right 63 out of 75 occasions, if the bot is indeed accurate. I would consider an 84% rate of "Good call" on that algorithm rather good, if some other random teams that I've looked at are representative of the NFL as a whole.
Interesting link. Thanks for sharing this.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Not Necessarily Related...||
This is not necessarily related, but on the chance that someone who reads this thread might wonder about this, the Bentley Library does maintain a list of Michigan athletes who have participated in the modern Olympics by year. The link is (HERE) - it is current to 2012 right now, of course.
|3 days 13 hours ago||As You May Guess...||
As you might have guessed, AL.com is all over this (HERE).
According to this, the victim's sister (there is a link to more detailed information in the story above) had an account of the story which went as follows:
" Neketa Shepherd said her sister was an Alabama fan, but even more than Alabama, she loved The Miami Heat. After the game ended, she and her sister were joking around, not about Alabama's loss, but about the Miami Heat. Briskey, Neketa Shepherd said, apparently took their joking the wrong way and became mad that they weren't more upset over Alabama's loss."
|3 days 14 hours ago||Perhaps Confirmed...||
Per this CBS article here - LINK .
Mike Axisa writes:
"Washington has been looking to bolster its rotation behind Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez this offseason while Detroit was shopping a starter in an effort to free up cash and a rotation spot for Drew Smyly. Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projected Fister to earn $6.9 million in his second trip through arbitration."
It is a developing story, so they ask people to "stay tuned", if you will.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Seems Legit...||
....because the story is on their athletic department website here (LINK). From that release:
"Going forward, the popular logo will be known as "Victory Yosef." The logo will be prominently featured on merchandise available at outlets throughout the region during the holiday season, including Appalachian State's University Bookstore and Sports Fanatic in the Boone Mall."
|3 days 15 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Welcome to Michigan, Cooper Marody!
I like the photos side-by-side - if that is any indication, this is definitely a place he has a connection with. Glad to see that he will have an opportunity to be here as a player rather than a visitor.
|3 days 16 hours ago||The Gallon Thing...||
I suppose I don't get the WR selections - well, I get Allen Robinson, but Jared Abbredaris was less prolific than Gallon as a WR statistically. He was Big Ten Offensive POTW twice, second in Big Ten receiving yards per game, I believe. I wonder what the rationale was for this decision, because I don't see where they were going with it.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Basically Duplication...||
Big Ten Awards: Lewan & Funchess Win OL/TE of the Year Awards, +others
Nearly all of the information in this post is covered in the post that was just below it, so the OP is welcome to fill in the blanks in that thread. Seems like one should be enough.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Friendly Reminder...||
Do not resort to calling people "dumb".
I know that this topic is a passionate one for people, but we need to try and refrain from personal insults and gratuitous abuse as a substitute for considered opinion. This goes similarly for the divisive "apologist" talk and all the other nonsense put forth on the board lately.
|3 days 17 hours ago||The Exchange...||
The exchange was deleted and names are being taken down as I type. I had a feeling that some people would likely lose their crap / lunch / savings over the news, but man, this thread escalated quickly...
|3 days 17 hours ago||Nice Article...||
Very well-written piece, and like Erik In Dayton, it makes me want more Michigan football right now. Indeed, if I could watch games as entertaining as that one and there wasn't a work / money thing in life, I would probably do that. That being said, my wife likes that I try to climb the corporate ladder, but the whimsical me is willing to entertain football-related suggestions that pay what I make now.
|3 days 17 hours ago||This Is An Excellent Question...||
....and I believe the appropriate reply is this:
|3 days 18 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
The great thing about the mod powers is that I can delete my own double posts.
*waves wand, which is really a martini mixer*
|3 days 18 hours ago||I Believe I Get It...||
Without making any evaluative statements about the staff, I don't know if anyone here could be wholly shocked at this development, but perhaps I am wrong in this. It obviously does not thrill some people, but at no point was it out of the realm of possibility that zero changes would be made.
As for me personally, I wasn't completely enthralled with the performance of the offense this year like many, but I understand - from a continuity standpoint - why they might take this direction and give the staff another year with these same players (plus 2014, assuming there are some early contributors) and this year of experience, good and not so good. They've had a down sort of year, the first year where they were free to go "full Borges", if you will, and I don't mind seeing what the second year of "full Borges" looks like.
If 2014 has similar stumbles, yeah, there would be some pretty pressing questions for this staff, but my theory - which may be totally insane as the rest of my theories are - is that you just saw 2011 if we had never had Dilithium, or some apporximation of that scenario.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Interesting Indeed...||
I believe this means we will face Froholdt then when we play Arkansas in the OOC schedule in a few years. I would be curious to see how he looks with a couple years in the system down there, because the film on him looked pretty good, I thought. In any case, good luck to him down in Arkansas.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Not A Shocking Choice...||
As others said, there was a rather brief, largely unheralded statement this morning that Chris Petersen had withdrawn his name from consideration for the job, and indeed, only an hour or so ago, the only reports were still about Sarkisian interviewing for the position. There was also a report from ESPN that James Franklin was in the running, but that proved to be untrue per Bruce Feldman.
This is something I thought USC might do - get someone with ties to the program. As I recall, Steve Sarkisian was an assistant, QB coach and even OC under Pete Carroll for two separate stints.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Very Well Done...||
Very well done! I wonder if BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock would have been a good Tarkin.
"Enough of this! Delany, put down the money!"
...or later on...
"Would you prefer another conference, a non-AQ conference? Then name the team!"
"Boise State. I want Boise State."
"There, you see, Mr. Delaney, he can be reasonable...continue with the selection process, you may announce when ready."
|4 days 11 min ago||My Experience Here...||
Fortunately for me, I have a hyper-organized wife who strategically filled my Amazon shopping cart yesterday, so that is essentially what my Cyber Monday experience is when it comes to gifts for other people. Now, I have the day to shop for myself - probably with like $10 given the size of my wife's cart.
|4 days 36 min ago||Parent Here As Well...||
My kids are 7 and 6 and are really only now developing an interest in playing / watching sports (i.e., in the past year or so), but any general crabiness or disdain I felt with losses had begun to moderate before my kids were born, and for their sake, I accelerated the process of learning how to neatly compartmentalize those feelings and look at losses three-dimensionally (with context, in other words). Disappointed that we lost, but very pleased with the heart and pride that Michigan displayed, especially when a lot of people wrote this off as a beatdown.
As much as I am obsessed with sports, over the years it has found a place within my life where the passion has different expression. I became engrossed in predictive analytics, for example, years ago (when I was still an undergrad really) and being bummed after a loss was transmuted into a search for the causes - becoming a serious student of the game helped mitigate my feelings towards my own team not succeeding. For me anyway, being able to intelligently discern why you were not victorious and what could be done next time helps me process the letdown.
|4 days 4 hours ago||In The Past...||
I believe that, in the past, some lid was kept on OT throughout basketball season as well, but perhaps not as strict. That is to say, it was technically "No OT season", but things like Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones threads stayed depending on the sports situation as a whole.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Awesome Moment...||
This is one of those moments that reminds everyone that there are things that unite all of us, and the story of this young man is one of those things. As some said in the thread about this story many months ago, the tumor was an instance where we hoped and prayed that "Michigan" was not victorious. Hopefully, he had an excellent time at the Big House even if some of us walked away a little down. His story reminds us there can be more at stake than game results.
|4 days 12 hours ago||For Me Anyway...||
If I put aside my Michigan fandom and results (it was a heartbreaker, to be sure), I would probably put this game in the top 10 for me, if for no other reason than I was absolutely riveted (save for the moments I was trying to get asignal and monitor MGoBlog) right up until the very end. The statistics on defense may not have been great for us, and the two-point conversion attempt might have been deflating for us, but for entertainment, this was right up there for me.
|4 days 13 hours ago||If It Were Cleaned Up...||
Ohio State won't suspend ejected players from Big Ten title game
If the trolling and general sniping were cleaned up in this thread, there would scarcely be a thread. It's an interesting topic, but this was far too MLive-ish in some respects to stay on the board. I don't think that's what we need here.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Question Regarding This...||
Perhaps someone has found something that I have not, but is there a list of projected honorees anywhere? I thought there might have been a few reasoned articles last year on the subject but I haven't found anything regarding this year's potential candidates. Well, in my travels, a certain site that is site non grata here had a flagrantly biased projection, I should say. I was wondering if anyone had stumbled upon one wherein Ohio State does not win all the awards, if you will.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Giving It A Go...||
Modding Haiku threads
It is difficult to do
Adding to these threads
Often just as hard to do
So many odd thoughts
|4 days 15 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
Yes indeed, and this is why I qualified it, of course - they aren't completely comparable, but the numbers are interesting side-by-side all the same. Florida's situation is rather different, and as you mentioned, they've had this problem for a bit now.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Limited Comparison....||
Granted, this is a limited comparison - SEC vs. Big Ten and other qualifiers apply (like their injury situation) - but so you can see that we are, at least, doing somewhat better than Florida this year:
I only post this in the event anyone was curious as to what the two situations looke like. The rank in FBS play is in parentheses here.
|4 days 17 hours ago||At The Time...||
Possible coaching moves
At this time, unless someone has specific information which they can share freely, please contribute these thoughts to the numerous threads on the first few pages of the board. There is a point where endless theorizing is just not productive unless we have information.
Al Borges must still be fired
The position of a sizeable portion of MGoBloggers is well-understood and can be discussed in about 800,000,000 other threads created over the past month. Nothing new here, and another thread on the subject really is not needed.
|4 days 17 hours ago||For The Highlight...||
This link should take you to the highlight - awesome grab indeed. (LINK)
If it does not work, as some may know, if you find the live update for this game on NFL.com and go to "Analyze Scoring Summary", you should be able to click on the appropriate link.
|4 days 17 hours ago||The Times-Union Piece...||
A couple days ago, the Florida Times-Union did a nice piece on Henne that I happened across as I tried to keep myself occupied on Black Friday. I went back and found it - LINK
When asked about his future, as his contract expires at the end of the season, he said:
He added, “I just want to play my best football these last five weeks and just give myself a shot to stay here and have confidence in the coaching staff and the organization.’’
He seems to be building a life for himself down there, so it would be great for him to land the job long-term.
|4 days 18 hours ago||You'll Pardon Me...||
I hope the no one will be offended if I declare this one of the better examples of hindsight bias posted on the board in recent memory. Having read the piece at 11 Warriors now, I find the claim dubious because the play gave Devin a few options in reality, so they may have practiced the formation, but there is no way they knew exactly what was going to happen. In any case, a defense that is reading an offense like a book does not give up 603 yards to that offense, and the call was a well-conceived one that simply did not pan out. I have to say, I was not looking forward to Hyde and Miller in OT - I would imagine no one on the field for us was.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Just My Guess...||
Others have mentioned this, but on a broad level, the adjustments that need to be made are relatively narrow in their focus - the interior offensive line, for starters. Some better protection up front this year and possibly we get two games back this year, I would think. That's simply one example, of course.
I said it elsewhere - it is difficult at the present time to project records without seeing perhaps how the offseason develops and what the competition for positions looks like once the 2014 crowd gets to campus.
What is important is that quite a few players got a ton of on-field experience before they might have on other teams, and I have to believe the lessons crystallize into something positive and that continued coaching and learning the playbook makes them overall better ideally. This year and its lessons should translate into a team that I would estimate (based on very little data right now, of course) should be a couple games better next year.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The Tumble...||
The effect when it comes to seasonal averages is sort of intriguing - before the game on Saturday, we were the #16 rushing defense, allowing 116.4 yards per game on the ground on average. Right now, we fell 16 places to #32, with the average now being 139.4 yards per game.
Now, the numbers are tight, so it isn't as if there is a lot of separation between most places, but it is a significant hit in our FBS rushing defense ranking all the same. Interestingly, it only drops us in the conference rankings from 4th to 5th (7th best if adjusted to conference games only).
|4 days 21 hours ago||In The AP Poll...||
Among 60 voters, the #2 vote for Ohio State was fairly uniform - 47 out of the 60 voters placed them second in the poll. The remaining votes were 3rd (9 votes), 4th (2 votes), 5th (1 vote) and a vote from one Drew Sharp, who placed Ohio State 8th on his ballot.
MSU had a fairly split opinion across ballots - 7 votes for 6th, 6 votes for 7th, 7 votes for 8th, 13 votes for 9th and 15 votes for 10th. Below that, a hodgepodge of votes going as low as 16th.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Theoretically...||
If you run this through Massey's simulator:
I can't remember precisely, but I think ESPN's prediction of the Texas Bowl (well, one of the two people that do these for them) was another slightly favorable one for us on paper.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I Think You're Right...||
I went back through the film and listened...it is "double turds". It is the priest that yells "Rat Farts!" when he misses the putt. My still not 100% sober mind combined the lines. Apologies.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Partial Answer...||
I was going to address this a little differently in the summary, but actually, the average size for home game threads was 1,283 posts and 1,928 for away games. We were much more "curse efficient" and prolific during away games - 70.06% of all swearing was in away threads.
|5 days 7 min ago||Alternatively...||
There is that, of course. I will likely include this if I do a basketball verson of this.
Also, I might add "Double Farts!", mainly because Spaulding's background curses in Caddyshack are pretty classic and it is an oft-referenced film around these parts.
|5 days 52 min ago||At Least Weis...||
Yeah, this would look nothing like the Top 10 that I would have guessed, which is rather the reason I posted it as the perspective over at that site is very different. Weis is doing a subpar job even by Kansas standards, which is not saying much lately, and I am not even sure Bielema is in realizable danger of being a 1-and-out down in Arkansas, although some Razorback fans would probably be OK with that right now. I am not sure how Wilson ends up here myself, unless this is a metric based largely on record, but he seems to be in the midst of turning Indiana into something other than what it has been.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Over At "Coaches Hot Seat"...||
The Top 10 for college football over their is an interesting group. By their figuring, the coaches in the most danger are:
|5 days 1 hour ago||The Fatalism...||
I have to say that statements like this about games which are basically a year away and made with no foreknowledge of how the 2014 team will perform (as it will not be completely the same) tend to bother me somewhat. The road record to date may not be impressive, but we don't really know what the introduction of new players, the maturity in the preferred schemes, the changes in experience and the corresponding changes on other teams will do to next year's results, home or away. These sort of pronouncements, at least to me, simply come across as unconfident at the present time.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Could Be Wrong...||
I believe Devin Gardner may have set the bar for the most completions in The Game as well. Just going from memory here, but I think Tom Brady had 30 or 31 in 1998 and Gardner had 32 completions yesterday. I could be wrong, but if it is correct, then it should be a single-game record against Ohio State and likely a top five performance all time for a Michigan QB in this category.
|5 days 4 hours ago||The Symbolism...||
I rather like the symbolism here - Marcus Hall definitely went to plaid after the fight had been broken up and may very well have overshot football by a week and a half.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
I will defer to the paid staff if they wish to remove this one, but appreciation for the founder of this blog and provider of this space is definitely not a bad thing to show. Indeed, I am grateful to be able to interact with some of the most fanatical Michigan people on the face of the Earth here, and I am thankful that I am trusted to help defend this blog and its purpose through being a mod.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Oh Yes...||
We do, and for some of them, it gets to a point where they are so recognizable or they learn how to dance on the line, if you will, that those people get the "wait and see" approach. Again, I can only speak for myself, but I do keep lists of users and previous suspected / known accounts so repeated trolling can be fished out or at least mitigated.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I don't see how anyone can doubt that Devin Gardner is blue through and through and doubt that he gives his absolute best to this team on a daily basis. It has always been clear, and perhaps most clear today, that this is precisely what he does. There were some good performances today, but Gardner did not quit, even when hurt, and produced at an incredible level.
|5 days 12 hours ago||One Of The Issues...||
I can only speak for how I work around here, but the removal of the moderation system increased the reliance on reporting and simply happening upon such people in a sea of comments. Many do get removed, some get missed, others create new accounts because they either feel that they were unfairly banned or that it is their mission to troll the boards. If part of the intent here is to do a dump of such people, I am in favor of it and will assist.
|5 days 12 hours ago||What Is Sad...||
It is true that a few longtime MGoBloggers have been removed for things posted in open threads and postgame threads throughout this season and we can only get to a fraction of what probably should go. If there is going to be a purge of gratuitous negativity and general "concern trolling", if you will, now is probably a good time to do it.
|5 days 13 hours ago||This Is Fine...||
This is fine, and thanks to Brown Bear for putting this here.
Indeed, this will be the official perspective thread for a while, I believe, since we really only should try to keep one such thread.
Perspective for me - sometimes after losses, I've found myself playing music that was admittedly a little dour lately, but tonight, it "Get On Up", a nice little song from the 1960s by a group called the Esquires. I feel a bit upbeat despite everything.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Probably A Snowflake...||
Ohio knew what was coming on the 2-pt conversion
This could easily be in the coaching or offense snowflake, I would think.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Per Their Site...||
Per their site, if they do have the game, it is typically available for two weeks, so you would have plenty of opportunities to watch if you couldn't do so right away.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Regarding Gibbons...||
I don't remember seeing Gibbons on crutches, but I wasn't in the best position. He was spotted in street clothes - as others have mentioned - during special teams warmup and thus the news that he was out. Supposedly, he tweaked something in practice but I don't think there has been specific information as yet. There were photos floating about on twitter around gametime of him in sweats and his jersey.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Meanwhile...||
Clemson muffs a punt and it costs them a TD - South Carolina is now up 14-7 early in the 2nd quarter now.
Over the SEC, I wonder what Kentucky and Tennessee play for now that they've opted not to play for the Beer Barrel or whatever it was...
|5 days 14 hours ago||Just Wow...||
I am going to guess that Aurburn jumps Ohio State anyway, but wow.....I don't know if there is any other word which sums up the end to that game. Alabama outgained Auburn by a smidge over 100 yards, but Auburn was by far the more efficient team on offense in this game, I would say.
|5 days 15 hours ago||The Iron Bowl...||
- Alabama has not exactly played like a team favored by 10 points or so throughout the entire game. Auburn's #6-ranked rushing offense really has done a good job overall.
- Sewing machines on the sideline in the SEC are apparently a thing. I did not realize the you could have a tailor / seamstress on staff per the NCAA rules.
|5 days 15 hours ago||A Little Cleanup...||
The Hardest Part
Probably could be parceled out and posted in numerous existing threads. Also, if the song I am thinking of is any indication, clearly it was Ned Beatty who had the hardest part.
What a Turn of Events for Bucknuts
We have one or two threads which - when combined - cover this particular topic. Not a bad idea though.
|5 days 15 hours ago||As Of Now...||
At last report - and this will likely get updated in the next day or two - ESPN's prognosticators had us either in the Texas Bowl versus Texas Tech or in the Gator Bowl versus Georgia. As someone mentioned, as of right now (subject to normal Sunday update), Jerry Palm has us in the Gator Bowl versus Vanderbilt.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Could Be Wrong...||
Since it is a conference game, so BTN2Go should have it after midnight - I believe that is the agreement they have with ABC / ESPN. I am not quite sure when ESPN would have the replay. If you have a participating provider with BTN, however, you should be able to see it tomorrow if you did not see it today (or if you were there and wanted to see it on TV).
|5 days 16 hours ago||If It Updated...||
If it is updated, Gallon only needs 43 yards to pass Amani Toomer on the all-time list and become third there. The company is not bad as it is - Braylon Edwards, Anthony Carter, Amani Toomer, Jeremy Gallon and David Terrell in the top five right now. The next few are Manningham, Roundtree and Streets.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Sad Behavior...||
It seems like most every fanbase has a contingent whose expectations for the behavior of their compatriots are both warped and unrealistic and these same people have a low tolerance for perceived unorthodxy, such as being a human being in the case of Herbstreit. It once again illustrates the idea that, if sports are this core to one's being, there is someone who needs to stay home for a game or two and read a book.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Realizable Chances...||
Without knowing what exactly the thoughts of Hoke (and perhaps to some extent, David Brandon) are, it would be impossible to say. If I had to guess at anything, I would say that there was perhaps a realizable chance that Al Borges was not in serious danger regardless, but then he still does have to navigate the yearly sit-down with his superiors and we could be shocked still (some by his retention, others by his removal). I guess sometimes I find these threads an odd exercise because we're not the ones who have the power to make the call.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Possibly...||
Obviously, we'll know tomorrow, but I have to believe that if Alabama wins handily here, then between that possibility and Florida State having more or less mauled Florida (because we were expecting different, right?), Ohio State is probably still on the outside looking in when it comes to the championship game. Again, I could be off here, but the way the model seems to work, it seems possible that Ohio State gets shut out of it.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Regarding The Fumble Call...||
I think Ace has a great still of his knee clearly being down, which is what every other angle that I have seen shows - there were a few good angles on this really. Yeah, that was a rather terrible call.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Can't Question It...||
I personally don't see how anyone can question the heart of Devin Gardner - he went out there hurt and was still producing at a remarkable level. The final line is 451 yards of passing, 32 of 47 or 68.1% completion ratio, 14.09 yards per completion and 9.60 yards per attempt. Through the air, it was good for 4 TDs and 1 INT that really doesn't count (as it came on the 2-point conv. attempt - not officially an INT) . He came to play and he played incredibly well.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Hard To Quibble...||
Absolutely the right call in that situation. Even I was standing there (at home, having left early to take care of a situation) listening and holding two fingers up. I don't see how you do anything else given the dynamics of that situation. I would have have loved a better outcome, but I think it might be hard to quibble with that.
|5 days 18 hours ago||The Defense...||
It's difficult to watch one of the best rushing defenses in FBS allow 393 yards of rushing, but Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde have made many a defense look rather lost throughout their time at Ohio State. Of course, Ohio State is the #5 rushing offense in the country - I don't think we've faced anyone quite that good on the ground this season.
Statistically, it was not the best performance by any stretch - we allowed 8.62 yards per snap. Really liked what Gedeon was doing out there, and there was some good play by Ryan, Countess and a couple others. Adopt, adapt and improve, I suppose. Still hard to be mad about anything in this game.
|5 days 18 hours ago||The Offense...||
Well, after a few weeks of what might be considered troubling production, we managed to get 7.35 yards per offensive snap today as well as 4.3 yards per carry, both of which were excellent numbers to see out of this unit in a game where they were predicted to not be able to manage much. They gave the Buckeyes one hell of a game right to the wire. I don't know that I would have more than minor quibbles with playcalling. Pulling out all the stops got us 603 yards against a serviceable defense. Hard to complain about that.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Well, There Was That....||
Well, it looks better than anyone thought, I think....hopefully, we can keep it up:
|5 days 22 hours ago||The Word Is...||
The word from Twitter is he tweaked something in practice. It looks as if Matt Wile will be taking on his duties today. As you said though, Kenny Allen is warming up too.
|5 days 23 hours ago||In That Event...||
"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as running inside for realizable yardage and a first down to let us know that the world hadn't ended."
It's a terrible paraphrase perhaps, but it seems to capture one of the greatest concerns of this board. The Dark Knight Rises is pretty quotable.
To the OP - excellent work!
|6 days 8 min ago||We've Been There....||
This became evident to me in the prediction thread that began yesterday. A great number of us (myself included admittedly) were definitely hoping for a Michigan win, but if you go back there, you'll find that the overwhelming majority of picks are for the Buckeyes. Based on likely scenarios, it isn't an unreasonable prediction either, and yes, the feeling blows.
Still, for a few hours - screw predictive analytics and Go Blue. Yes, I said this.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Good Idea, But...||
26-24 Michigan. **** -Hio.
There was a prediction thread only recently pushed off the first page, and there is a "BEAT OHIO" thread already. Because we're going to need to manage other content later, let us keep these things in those threads, folks.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Saw This As Well...||
I was there when Brock led the team out of the tunnel in 2010. I really don't think there was a dry eye around me. I know someone was cutting Vidalias in my vicinity anyway...either that or the pollen in the air was getting to me. Either way, it was very moving.
I do agree with the sentiment as well - there are some things larger than rivalries or sports and this is a most excellent example of something we should all be able to rally around as human beings.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
One of the more interesting aspects of this is Pelini's wide-eyed look at points, almost as if he's staring at shiny objects off-camera or he has forgotten where he is. Probably the latter, given what he is saying in this presser.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Normally...||
Normally, I try to maintain a little detachment despite being a raging Michigan fan so I can effectively help to manage this board on a day-to-day basis. Today, however, I shall be doing this with my "Worst State Ever" shirt on, however, because my alma mater - in a few short hours - is about to play a team from that very state in its house. Go Blue!
|6 days 12 hours ago||The Full Release...||
The full release is here - LINK
The summary of their accomplishments is nice:
"The Wolverines close out the season having set or tied multiple program bests, including highest finish in both the Big Ten Conference (second) and in the NCAA Tournament (Elite Eight), while tying the single-season record for wins (18). Led by seven seniors, U-M won 34 matches over the last two seasons, the most in a two-year stretch in program history."
Congratulations to the team and Go Blue!
|6 days 13 hours ago||The Alan Major Eagle...||
I believe the Alan Major is the logical progression of the more ubiquitous Thad Matta (after all, Major spent nine seasons in the same aerie in Columbus). The hairline is related but an adaptation to the peculiar conditions at Dale Halton Arena.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Now That You Say It..||
There was a comment from an Arkansas blog in TWIS that was hilarious. It was something to the effect of how Bielema, in his introductory presser, had promised to take Arkansas football to places it had not been. Now that he has accomplished this - they have the longest losing streak in program history and they are now winless in the SEC for the first time ever apparently - he has been declared a man of his word.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Massey Prediction....||
Well, if Massey is to be taken as an indicator, Michigan has a 99% predicted win probability with a median predicted score of 87-57. Two notable stats for Coppin State - so far this year, they are giving up an average of 86 points per game and their opponents are averaging an effective FG% of 56.2%.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Some Protest...||
I just find it interesting that they have called it "Scarlet Letter Saturday" and opted not to celebrate the works of Nathaniel Hawthrone instead.
"Urban wanted—what some coaches want throughout life—a season that should deeply touch him, and thus humanize and make him capable of sympathy.”
|6 days 20 hours ago||Good Job Indeed...||
Way to go, Pelini. You just cost your own team another 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. Spectacular dispaly of self-discipline in the face of officiating adversity.
We'll call that FG the "Bo Pelini Memorial Field Goal", I think. To be fair, however, perhaps he was confused and was going to mark the spot where he thought he left the field of play, thereby becoming ineligible as a receiver.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Pelini And Questions...||
Bo Pelini is just the best halftime interview ever....if you want your questions answered in a rather terse, hostile manner. How about we ask him how he feels about the turnovers after the game if Nebraska falls, eh?
|6 days 21 hours ago||Among The Highlights...||
If I am not mistaken, the Woodson punt return came with about 4 minutes to go in the second quarter, in the event anyone would like to skip ahead a little bit. I wouldn't, however, as I witnessed this one in person (sophomore year) and I still count it as one of my favorite games.
|6 days 22 hours ago||The Accuracy Is There...||
In the early going, Ron Kellogg has thrown a couple excellent short passes to Hawkeye linebackers. The accuracy is certain there, if nothing else.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Our Pass Offense...||
To be somewhat fair, our pass offense is 4th in the conference (64th in FBS, so there's perspective on the conference) with an average of 234 yards per game. Ohio State's pass defense is 10th in the conference (99th in FBS), giving up 238 yards per game on average. I suppose if they are exploitable, this is an area where we could make something happen.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Does anyone want two free tickets to today's hoops game?
At the request of the OP (for the tickets have now been claimed), this will come down now. Have an excellent time, MGoBlogger ryholly!
|6 days 23 hours ago||Via TeamRankings...||
If it helps at all, the matchup stats over at TeamRankings:
Interestingly, Massey is going with Michigan having an 18% predicted win probabilty, so not great at all, but they have a median score predicted at 42-31. TeamRankings has a prediction more in line with something I could see happening (if we can get a couple good drives going), which is 36-20 Ohio State. That being said, nothing is impossible (merely improbable) in football, and I would love to see my alma mater win.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Not Sure Where I Saw It...||
Someone will have to do some searching as I only glimpsed at them the other day, but I thought I had seen 10% off coupons for the M-Den online. As a general note, if there is anyone local reading this, the Briarwood Mall location opened an hour or so ago.
|1 week 14 hours ago||End Of The 1st Quarter...||
I think Case McCoy might have quadrupled his passing yardage in the game to date just on this drive. Texas had barely 40 yards of offense before that little drive. It is also sort if interesting that Texas Tech has realizable rushing yardage already, but then Texas doesn't have a great rushing defense.
|1 week 16 hours ago||All I Know...||
It sort of makes sense that it would make a list of some kind - if not Deadspin, then somewhere else certainly. I believe "Fickle" managed to get close to 550 replies from bloggers here alone, and who knows how many anonymous reads from other people. That was definitely bound to reappear somewhere.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Go Lions...||
I was at a family event but able to watch the game - that was a huge victory. Stafford went 22-35 for 330 yards with 3 passing TDs. Nice contirbutions from Bush and Bell on the ground as well. This hasn't happened since I was 25 years old, a Lions Thanksgiving victory - it made today just that much nicer.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Interesting Survey...||
That was actually an interesting way to get input on the subject and try to gauge where the board might feel the issues lie and on whose shoulders they sit. I would be interested in seeing some sort of summary of the results later. "The State Of Our Open Threads" was designed to capture the vitriol / passion of the fanbase, but this delves into perceived accountability and opinions on program benchmarks. This could be intriguing.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Minor Notes...||
I was at this game as well.
As a note on just how much of the game for Michigan was Tim Biakabutuka, he accounted for 313 of Michigan's 381 net rushing yards. Williams and Hayes were the only other players with more than 10 yards rushing. Griese went 9-18 for 103 yards, so Biakabutuka accounts for almost 80% of the offense for the Wolverines in this game. An icredible performance indeed.
|1 week 1 day ago||For Reference....||
The spreadsheet is here (LINK) and has a wide selection of tickets available, ranging from about $80 to $400 roughly. Some say "negotiable" or "OBO", but I assume you'll be in that dollar range more or less regardless. For those that have never used this, you can filter by game, price and many other things to get down to whatever you're looking to purchase.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thankful Indeed...||
Even though I did this in a diary, I have no hesitation in reiterating that I am definitely thankful for this place, these people and everything and everyone who is associated with Michgian and Michigan athletics.
Have a most excellent Thanksgiving, MGoBloggers.
|1 week 1 day ago||Minor Note...||
One interesting thing from the stats for this game is that Howard's punt return (93 yards) almost matched his total receiving yardage on the day (96 yards on 3 receptions). The only other Michigan player to have more than 10 receiving yards on the day was Yale Van Dyne.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well-Phrased Indeed...||
"They are only trying to hurt the program and the progress our coaches and student-athletes are fighting to make on Saturdays. Sometimes that progress takes a little bit longer than we all like, but we know the long-term success that it's going to bring."
It is a rather interestingly phrased statement (I'll put it that way), but I do like how he addresses this in particular regarding recent unfounded rumblings, if you will. It seems to me that sometimes the people who clamor and carry on about the need for progress end up being the very people who sabotage it in the end. Clearly, patience is being called for and I don't necessarily have a problem with giving it personally.
|1 week 1 day ago||Here We Go....||
|1 week 1 day ago||Pretty Much...||
Although there are a rare few programs that have made an art of the idea of being always in transition and somehow winning at a reasonable pace (not a great one) with a group of players that are typically someone else's players, most fail miserably at it and there is no compelling reason to be that program. I would have thought it was a foregone conclusion that Hoke stays - indeed, there is a realizable possibility that the staff remains intact too (even if many wouldn't be thrilled with that), and that really isn't even a bad strategy for many good business reasons. That is to say, at the end of the day, I would assume that the reasons Brandon and Hoke have to maintain some continuity (recruiting and building the roster come into play here) are far more attractive that a canning rampage.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Fitting...||
This is a wonderful way to honor someone who has given so much of his life to Michigan football and hopefully we can go out there and help him end his career here on a good note. Go Blue and good luck in retirement, Jon Falk.
|1 week 1 day ago||Get Well To Both...||
"If either injury is long-term, it would be a significant blow for the Wolverines. Stauskas is currently playing 85.3 percent of available minutes and is also the team’s highest-usage player, finishing 23.6 percent of Michigan’s offensive possessions according to Kenpom."
I've been just now catching up on my basketball trackers, but I actually didn't think about just how much of the offense Stauskas has been until I saw this. As the article said, having Robinson in there as a stretch four has been a great asset as well. Hopefully, these two get some time to rest and heal and are back at it as soon as possible.
|1 week 1 day ago||Indeed Yes...||
Part VI was "The Ghost Of The Aragon" and Game #6 was Penn State. Oh, the fun we could have inserting lyrics into some of the parts. That being said, I think they have inserted words into snippets of the entire work in live performances, or so I have heard from people.
"Hemispheres" is a great album. Good job, OP.
|1 week 1 day ago||To Answer You...||
Without manually deleting things, there's no way to stop people from posting in such a fashion. Typically, however, spot deletions get reserved for those times when folks discover spambot or if there has been a chain of trolling / flamebaiting that can be removed without too much problem from the remainder of a thread.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
Interesting read. Thanks for sharing it.
I will say this, however - that burger from the Thurman Cafe looks outright fatal, but I know that Blimpy will end up being essential in shaving years off of my life, so there is indeed a similarity in good (and fatal) food, it would seem.
I definitely agree with the conclusion, of course.
|1 week 1 day ago||There Is...||
You have to select "Old Embed Code" when copying the HTML out of YouTube and then it should work in the actual thread header. Not exactly sure why that is - I would guess that whatever Drupal module runs this portion of the site is not exactly friendly to certain versions of HTML.
|1 week 1 day ago||Cratering...||
Hindsight: Would you take back the Sugar Bowl win?
I believe there was a call for us not to extend the nadir of emo on the board, but in any case, the tribe spoke on this one.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Bad Fan"...||
I hate using the term "bad fan" with anyone because people are simply trying to envision scenarios which would suit their perception of the program's needs. However, what I believe you are asking for here is something which would not happen regardless of the outcome on Saturday (strategic changes perhaps, but not wholesale changes). To that end, it makes this an urealistic wish if nothing else.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Terrible Thing...||
The terrible (and at the same time brilliant) thing about this is that it is one of the more realistic things that has been said in the last few days. I am actually shocked that there hasn't been a fight over sandwich preferences thrown in with everything else.
As for not renewing tickets, people saying it purely because they are upset with the on-field performance I tend to simply ignore because they may or may not once they calm down and whatever they decide is just that. People who do it for considered economic reasons, that's a choice that nobody could argue. In any case, they aren't my tickets and I don't really care about what other people do with them - the fact of the matter is that Michigan tickets have fairly inelastic demand and the seats will be filled regardless more than likely.
|1 week 1 day ago||It Would Be Nice...||
....if we could allow Urban Meyer the opportunity to leave Ann Arbor saying, "I hate those guys..."
|1 week 2 days ago||I Would Agree...||
I also read them regardless of the outcome of the game. As someone who likes to study football as well as watch it, I find the breakdowns very well done and informative, even illuminating. Actually, particularly with losses, I find that this is a way to sort of be fair to yourself and your understanding of what you saw on television. If nothing else in such cases, it will help give context to frustration.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Wes Welker One...||
I thought the Wes Welker one was pretty much dead on...
|1 week 2 days ago||Ah, Wikipedia...||
I guess to me it is also amusing that the George Campbell mention randomly sits - in true Wiki fashion - between items about a Sudanese newspaper and a bridge in Scotland. It is also nice to see that such things come from "new and recently improved content" as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yikes, People....||
Schofield's dad comments about offense
No Ace Williams. I really do think that we've made ourselves clear that stories written by unbalanced high school students with an axe to grind have precisely -1,000,000% credibility. I am starting to think temporary Bolivia is going to happen if these posts keep showing up.
|1 week 2 days ago||That Day...||
One of the great things about this game is that it was a sunny, warm day for late November. Once I left the stadium (after spending some time on the field), I went home and took the family to the Toledo Zoo lights, all of us proudly wearing our Michigan gear. It was an awesome time.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Jordan Lynch Thing...||
So, the Broncos take away the post route but not the whole "Oh, crap! Jordan Lynch can run!" thing and it allows NIU to go up 14-7 with about nine minutes still left in the half...
|1 week 2 days ago||Definitely...||
Any moment now, someone will come in here saying that we should aspire to be the Northern Illinois Huskies and then we would spend 75 posts arguing about how we could be the MAC West champions if we had a better OC. It might happen yet.
Yes, I am feeling snarky.
|1 week 2 days ago||There Can Only Be So Many....||
Standards and Hope.
I understand and appreciate the effort, but we sort of have another thread calling for sanity / rationality / less sh*t-flinging.
See above. The exact same thread. Again, we really only need so many of these before they begin to run together.
Honest question to the board (RE: Season Tickets next year)
It could have been an interesting discussion if it had not been sidetracked by condescension and some insults. Seriously, we can't have that on the board this week of all weeks, and we shouldn't have it on the board at all ideally.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fun While It Lasted...||
Borges: "When this team wants to show up, it can play with anybody."
I left this up for a while in the hope that we would get context, but it never came, and it is becoming another toxic presence given how the comments are going.
|1 week 2 days ago||A Thought I Had...||
I'll say this here and gently back away, but to the OP's final point - protest or otherwise, that might very well be what this staff gets to see; a chance to see its first class graduate.
It seems to me that David Brandon probably does not want to be what some other programs have perpetually been. That is to say, the sort of program that is searching for either a coordinator or a head coach every few years. I am going to assume for the moment that he learned a lesson and doesn't want to be the program that is forever in transition and is trying to win with someone else's players. Not that people haven't done this, but stability and patience might very well be the aim here for the time being. I can't speak for other members of the staff with as much certainty, but there the chances that Hoke would be the one to go aren't even worth the bother, and the chances of Borges being fired could very well be lower than what people think.
It may not be anyone's preference, but it stands a realizable chance of happening. I understand the impatience, but it is entirely possible that patience is what is being asked.
|1 week 2 days ago||Self-Flagellation...||
I am going to say this with my mod cap on and a degree of general snark - every other thread this week has made me see the monks from The Holy Grail basically. Quite a few people beating themselves over the head and chanting laments walking about lately. It is rather depressing.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Metric...||
About 80% of the "fire" references for the season have been directed at Al Borges, with about 7 or 8% being directed at Hoke. Hardly enough to start rumors, I would think, but enough to make an outsider to MGoBlog think that we're probably off our meds and require sedation. As others have said, the chance that Hoke would be canned is likely small enough that we need no bother with it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Best Comment, I Thought...||
At his inaugural press conference Bielema said he wants to give the fans something they have never had before. Little did we know he would deliver in his 1st season.
1. First time in history of program we have lost 8 games in a row.
2. First time in SEC we will go winless.
Thank you Coach B, you are a man of your word.
I broke out laughing here. That was a great comment indeed. Integrity in the game indeed, eh?
|1 week 2 days ago||Narrow Exception...||
This video, which is sadly without an embed code so you have to go to BR to see it, probably would fall under the narrow list of exceptions regarding Bleacher Report. There is very little that BR could do to screw this up. If it were part of a larger feature which drew a conclusion about a totally different story than the one they wrote - which is more typical - that might be different.
|1 week 2 days ago||Now, Now...||
I only reserve that for threads that are doomed to failure.
This one may not go much of anywhere, but in addition to everything else, I was fascinated by the revelation that Borges has not read sports stories or a newspaper on a regular basis since 1993. Admittedly, there was a lot to raise an eyebrow at in that presser, if Twitter is any indication right now.
In any case, let's see the text of the presser (or if a link to it is made available) before we dig too deep into trying to ascertain what is meant here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Indifferent...||
It has been said that the opposite of love is indifference. I don't necessarily hate Ohio, but am simply indifferent to Ohio. If the Shoe were to be swallowed whole by the Earth, I would not flinch but instead merely wonder when the river nearby would claim this real estate as a tidal basin. If their fans were to be beamed off the face of the Earth, I would simply wonder who would truck our fresh fruits and vegetables across the Eastern Great Lakes region. If their team were to tear down our banner again, I would only ask the Dave Brandon insist that they make up for it by stitching the replacement with a loom made from their team bus.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nice Article...||
That was a pretty nice read actually. Thanks for sharing this.
I rather liked how Chantel kept going between the past and the present to reiterate just how intertwined the names are with this game and its history. I will admit, however, that I sort of felt how Shemy's son did towards the end of the game - indeed, I did go outside and sit for a while despite the freezing temperatures.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Believe So...||
I believe that is correct. If Pallante is in the 2014 class, then that would make 2 DTs, 1 DE, 4 LBs and 2 DBs (Peppers being in that group), if I am not mistaken. I had thought that there was some chatter about this class could be anything from 16 to 20, but I am not sure. It cannot be too many more in any case, I would think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Probably Not A Good Comparison...||
I am assuming that BlueInLansing's comments are confined to Michigan. Comparing our situation to a different program in a different, decidedly less competitive conference probably isn't the best idea. Because Charlie Strong did that at Louisville doesn't mean he could produce similar results in another conference with different talent / recruiting bases. The situations seem too dissimilar for you to make this comparison.
|1 week 3 days ago||As A Note...||
If you have gotten this far in the thread and find some of the comments out of place, it is because they were replies to comments / posters that have since been removed from the site. I tried to paste the thread back together, and I may come back to this as time permits today.
|1 week 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 3 days ago||So Far, So Good...||
Including tonight, Trey has appeared in four games now and has averaged 18 minutes or so per game, as well as 3-9 on FGs and 1-3 on 3FGs. In those limited minutes, he is also averaging 2 rebounds and 3 assists. A quiet but rather productive start, I would say, to an NBA career.
|1 week 3 days ago||It's A Safety...||
Rather, it is one of Georgia Southern's safeties. Oddly enough, this play resulted in a first down, something of a rarity for Florida of late. Still pretty funny to have linemen on the same team block each other AND some form of planking on the same play. Perhaps it is part of Muschamp's grand plan to keep the line unbalanced (and opponents off their guard) by making the line look unbalanced?
|1 week 3 days ago||Among More Recent Memories...||
It isn't a lot of things in comparison to the past, but 2011 felt special somehow. I was there and I admit going nuts in the stands about here....
|1 week 3 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
Well, good news indeed trickles in from time to time. Glad to hear it as well.
Welcome to Michigan, Erik Swenson.
|1 week 3 days ago||My Only Question...||
You know, Michigan jersey aside and the sleight that is implied, what sort of fool mops the carpet with a shirt? Surely Bryant knows better than this. Further, in what appear to be nice trousers too.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
It seems to me that enough people value the experience of being at Michigan Stadium that the price of the experience is perhaps highly inelastic compared to other programs. In other words, even if there is no change in the staff and despite a "blech" home schedule next year, more often than not, those seats will be filled. I have a difficult time seeing where the effects of protests such as the ones proposed on this blog over the last several weeks will be an immediate concern for the athletic department's revenue picture, or at least, it may take longer for it to be a problem than it might in other places.
|1 week 3 days ago||Much Simpler...||
It would have been much simpler for me if he had said, "I bet Michigan has allowed 419 TFL yards and an average of 9.3 TFLs per game" so I could just shrug my shoulders at the actual numbers and walk away.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Thought Perhaps...||
Have you taken him to the campus? I think seeing where all of the traditions began adds a dimension to fandom that you can't necessarily get from television and/or gear per se. Perhaps a walk around the stadium or even the other campuses in Ann Arbor might drive home why Michigan is a special place. Check out the times on the Sports Museum and perhaps visit that for good measure and see the evolution and history of Michigan football up close. We love the football, but there is so much more to treasure about the institution.