FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
|10 hours 52 min ago||The Best Thing...||
The best part about this, as others have already alluded to, is that recruits in other sports for which the BBQ is not specifically aimed still commit on the weekend of the BBQ. That is what you call recruiting momentum, I would think. That being said, welcome to Ann Arbor, Jack Bredeson!
|15 hours 43 min ago||Only Made Better...||
This would perhaps only be made better if he did a few go-arounds around and above Ann Arbor in a maize and blue wingsuit. I think that would complete the picture, and it probably would be a pretty cool and unexpected addition to the BBQ. Of course, not informing the school of one's intentions beforehand might lead to a mixed response, but caution to the wind, eh?
|18 hours 57 min ago||Interesting Thought There...||
"Michigan says it wants to start him out at nickel corner, but both Hoke and Mattison have also said they're going to put Peppers wherever they need the most help in the back end."
Specifically, the article mentions free safety as a possible place for Peppers to start at the present time with Countess maybe being the nickel corner. I was admittedly intrigued by that as it seems like it would provide a boost to pass defense, which was middling last year. I like the idea of Peppers' speed back there, although I would think CB is his ultimte destination. It will be interesting to see Mattison and Hoke experiment with the backfield in camp, that's for sure.
|20 hours 28 min ago||Nice Read...||
It has been great to watch the approach of commits actively talking to and selling Michigan to potential recruits, especially when it seems to aid in success as it has with Brian Cole. I don't know that this same sort of thing happens or reaches the level of maturity that it has if this staff didn't create the family-style atmosphere that they have in Ann Arbor. I know we, as a group, are perhaps mostly in agreement that a good season this year is essential to sustaining that sort of recruiting momentum, but the culture of this program definitely does not hurt our chances with any given player.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Quiet Night Before Storms...||
We're supposed to get the shitty weather tomorrow here in the Detroit area, so that will be fun as I sit around in the afternoon listening to my phone and pager go off with all sorts of alerts and warnings. For the moment, however, it's a Barefoot Riesling and my laptop on the back porch watching the fireflies put on a rather nice display out in the backyard. In the distance, I can hear the dude from the thrift shop around the corner picking up the last of the furniture I placed on the curb this afternoon - our renovations / modernizations keep him in business apparently.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Additionally...||
I could be wrong about this, but wasn't his visit to USC just within the past day or so, perhaps even yesterday? If that is the case, it could very well be post-visit "wow", if you will, but I suppose we won't really know for some time more than likely. As people have said, there's time yet definitely to see what ultimately happens.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Seems Like A Good Line...||
I don't have the historic data for the other BBQs, but something tells me that 2.5 is probably a pretty good line for this particular event. My recollections of others, which could always be skewed, make me think that we usually end up with 2-3 either at the BBQ or following it. This year, I am going to optimistically go with the over if we include residual commitments.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Luck Indeed...||
I have always held the view that luck is simply "probability taken personally", as it was once put to me. It always seems like there are a fair number of people that claim there is a predictability to the unpredictable, an error in reasoning which is sort of central to the gambler's fallacy.
I have also observed people who seem to believe in "luck" also erroneously try to causally connect events which occur in sequence, something which may or may not be true but when dealing with random events - like rolling dice in craps - your roll of a six did not cause your roll of the eight on your next turn.
I've also seen people attribute "luck" simply to things which are beyond their control, like a condition or place of birth, which always makes me wonder why one would use the word at all then except for its accepted literary value in such descriptions.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Well, I was hoping to be rewarded with good news after nearly three hours of assembling furniture from Target and having to use some of my own screws in the process because I personally can't have nice things. It is great, however, to see that Michigan can have nice things - welcome to Michigan, Brian Cole!
|1 day 15 hours ago||Nice Read...||
While Ross is a sound tackler with solid athleticism, he's a bit on the slim side at 227 pounds. In the past, Mattison has used Ryan (and often Beyer and Cam Gordon in this spot) and put them on the line in pass-rush situations to help get pressure on the quarterback.
It might be just me, but I sort of like the idea of Ross as an SLB in the 4-3 Over that they are supposedly going to run here with Ryan handling things up the middle. As I understand it, you basically look to the MLB in the 4-3 Over to stop inside plays with a secondary responsibility to scrape to the outside when needed. I can see Ryan excelling in such a situation. In pass defense, I think you want your best LB on short to midrange stuff too. To me, this theoretically sets up well.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Embed Of The Vine...||
....and the point of Rayburn's existence, summarized in one attempt at throwing:
|2 days 7 hours ago||Between This And The Tigers...||
Although I removed the old iron cage which used to surround the fire pit and made it a more natural pit, I did actually burn some branches and miscellaneous lawn waste in there this evening and did so with an Angry Orchard Crisp Apple in hand. Eventually, I will have enough ashes that my gardens will be....well...probably be covered in soot at the first decent wind.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Paul's Boutique...||
I am going to admit that sometimes this particular Beastie Boys album is in the mix for my commute music, and while my commute is only about nine miles, I will say that "Johnny Ryall" among other songs is not the worst way to wake up when you're pretty sure that you've not had enough coffee. I think this was the first album from their post Def Jam era too, although I might be wrong there.
|2 days 10 hours ago||The Colbert Piece...||
I'll embed the Colbert piece....it's hilarious....
|2 days 14 hours ago||I Had Thought...||
I had thought that Patrick Beilein had interviewed for the Marist job too sometime last month as well, so it has been nice to see the apples not falling too far from the tree, as they say. Working with Trey is definite bonus though - best of luck to him on the start of the NBA leg of his career.
|2 days 15 hours ago||That Was A Good One...||
Actually, for history's sake, let's embed this one here -
|2 days 15 hours ago||Minor Additions...||
I believe that Strong dismissed two additional players during the Longhorns' spring session as well, which would up the total to seven dismissals since he took over. In addition, BurntOrangeNation mentioned that Overstreet and Collins are repeat offenders when it comes to whatever rule was indeed violated, so there is that as well.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Happy Birthday...||
Well, allow me to say "Happy Birthday" then and hopefully you have a good time in Ann Arbor today.
As for the schedule, I might actually be in Ontario around the time of the exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier, which is a bit of a shame in terms of location as the game will be in Ann Arbor and not Waterloo. Interesting selection though, as I don't think I've ever seen them on the schedule before, although I could simply not be remembering them being on the schedule in the past (entirely possible).
|2 days 20 hours ago||No Problem...||
Not a problem. That's the sort of stuff I am here to do.
As for the video, as someone with a daughter who has some interest in football and partially because of Michigan (and she's only 8), I thought this was pretty cool to watch. As someone said below, the fact that it is Michigan's camp too makes this even better. I think about it though - my daughter said something about being a linebacker, and based on her ability to close the doorway and stop her brother's run, I could see it.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Quite Possibly...||
....although I seem to remember it like this:
|2 days 21 hours ago||"Kidbits"...||
I think it was actually "Kidbits", but I would actually wake up early on Saturday to catch this on WDIV and then beg my parents to take me down to the Detroit Science Center, which had a hand in the production. Actually, come to think of it, I wonder what happened to the host - Gary Ed Mach - as he was sort of Detroit's answer to Don Herbert (aka "Mr. Wizard").
|2 days 23 hours ago||A Much-Needed Weekend...||
My weekend officially begins at 1 PM today, and after taking care of a couple things, it will essentially be me and my son for most of the weekend as my wife has three straight days of afternoon / evening shifts and my daughter is going with my mother-in-law for a mini-vacation to the west side of the state. This presents an opportunity to watch sports and various movies with relatively little interruption save for answering the door when the pizza shows up and running outside to check on the grill on occasion. In other words, I am hoping for a father-son sort of weekend of sorts.
First, however, I sort of have to muddle through work until a smidge after lunch. There are no meetings to struggle through today, at least, so I will be able to actually produce what I call "The Friday Batch" of reports with relative ease unless the phone starts ringing.
|3 days 8 hours ago||More Or Less...||
As a minor note, there is actually a species - just one, if I rememeber correctly - of palm tree that is native to the Los Angeles area, although few of them actually grow in the city itself (you have to go out into the mountains to find them, usually near watershed areas). You're basically correct though as far as I know - virtually everything that lines streets and adorns yards in and around Los Angeles was not something you would have found there before development, if you will. It is, at heart and before a city was there, a semi-arid grassland with sage scrub and the odd tree grove.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
I will freely admit to standing up and singing along to "Varsity" - my wife now wants me to leave the room so she can watch the rest of "Dominion" without singing so-called "weird football songs" at the top of my lungs. I may have to have a chat with her later about those songs and why they are important - she is not a sports person sadly. Naturally, the transition to the last 30 seconds didn't confuse my rhythm at all.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I Wondered About This...||
"One of the cool things about the trip is that they didn't treat me like the 'Make-A-Wish Kid' they were serious about it," said Loszewski. "A lot of the conversation with Mr. Hoke was serious, like the responsibilities of the position I will be playing, which would've been rush-end. A lot of itt was what he would actually say to a recruit. He talked to me as someone who would be playing in August."
I was actually wondering about details like this, and knowing that they stuck to how the actual process would potentially go and make the experience as genuine as possible makes me even more proud of this staff and team. I did like his description of the locker room - I actually didn't know about the Michigan State sign, but I like the motivation tactic.
I still have the image of his dad watching Stephen put on the winged helmet and it still awesome.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Let Me Put It Like This...||
If your son / daughter comes to you and says that, as an incoming member of the bad, you have been given a nickname which is likely sexually suggestive, perhaps even offensive (REF: the report linked in the article) and that, at the discretion of the upperclassmen, you are asked to perform "tricks" which relate to this nickname (in one case, a girl was asked to act as if she was having an orgasm thanks to a vibrator, per the report), you wouldn't raise an eyebrow and see that something was done about this right then and there?
It doesn't matter if it that parent is the first to formally complain (I somehow doubt it for some reason), I can't fathom just telling one's kid something which amounts to, "Well, you know how it is in Marching Band..." That it happened at all is unacceptable really, but that the culture was encouraged by someone supposedly in charge is appalling to me. Sorry, the argument from tradition is a fallacious argument.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Holy Crap...||
Some of the things in the report are mind-boggling when you try - in vain - to comprehend what in blazes went through Waters' mind on a day-to-day basis. For example:
"Each new Band member (traditionally called a “Rookie”) is assigned a nickname by upperclassmen. Multiple witnesses noted that many such nicknames are sexually explicit or have an implicit sexual meaning. One witness said that in 2013, all three new members of one row had sexual nicknames: “Captain Dildo,” “Barker,” and “Pat Fenis.”"
The report lists some nickname that are extremely demeaning, even outright discriminatory. The so-called "Tricks" performed - either on command or at the leisure of the individual - were typically related to the nickname, according to the report as well. There are also mentions of "rookie introductions", which involved sexually explicit questioning and there was even an instance described where someone was made to use a dildo as a microphone.
There were publications as well which floated around which included disparaging things about various people in the band as well as "The Songbook", which as mentioned in the link, included sexually explicit (by some accounts, misogynistic) lyrics written around various school fight songs, even their own.
Much of this is mentioned in the article, but the report has more detail and individual accounts which mke you hope that Mr. Waters never has the opportunity to work in education or near students again. To that effect, Mr. Waters' views on the nicknames:
When asked to estimate how many current nicknames are sexual or offensive, Waters responded that “fifty percent” probably were “questionable.” When asked whether he thought such sexual nicknames are appropriate, Waters answered, “No.” When asked why he then tolerates such sexual nicknames, Waters replied, “Good point.”
|3 days 18 hours ago||And With That...||
NBC ended their article with this bit of appropriate sarcasm:
"But perhaps more poignantly, he’ll be back on the field by October, when the NFL wraps itself in pink to remind us how valuable their female customers are to them."
Just a wonderful, strange world down there at the NFL office in New York. Potential year-long ban for pot, the threat of hefty fines for wearing the wrong cleats (the whole Brandon Marshall thing), but two games for a violent assault on someone. Roger Goodell hasn't perchance visited small terrestrial planet known as Earth, has he?
|3 days 21 hours ago||My Wife Took This...||
...after the Eastern Michigan game in 2011, and I didn't notice at first that in frame was the dedication stone for Varsity Plaza, which happens to contain a very kind year to the program and my sophomore year at Michigan. Myself and my trusty binoculars - my wife had my notebook with plays, drives and some sundry calculations.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I Like It...||
It's a move that needed to be made - a healthy Soria is a pretty dominating late-inning pitcher, but then I saw the names that we parted with to get him and, because of how highly regarded they were, I admit to wincing a little bit. I like the move and the emphasis placed on being successful in the present, but it was a hit on the future potentially.
Soria's present deal, so everyone knows, was a 2-year, $8 million contract with a club option for a third year and $7 million. There was also a $500,000 buyout in the last contract as well.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Suggestion...||
It starts in late September, which obviously cuts into the footbll season, but I would definitely recommend a trip to the real Oktoberfest in Munich if you have never done this. It actually lasts about two weeks and we stayed only a fews days because it was a multi-leg trip, but it was arguably the best party (if you want to think of it as such) that I have ever attended in person at one point.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Time To Go Perhaps...||
Taylor Lewan only 1st Round (yet to sign)
Phrased a little differently and with a little more meat, this probably survives in most cases, but "thoughts?" pretty much opens the door to a minor negbang and a thread which - while funny - is not in any sense the discussion the OP was probably aiming to have. As of this morning, Justin Gilbert hadn't yet signed either, but he did so earlier this afternoon.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Some Information...||
For those in need of some film to view on Marcus Lewis, his Hudl page is right here - LINK
His offers in the Big Ten include Michigan as well as MSU, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Indiana and Rutgers. Beyond the Big Ten, the list includes Oregon, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (YTM), Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and perhaps a dozen others. It's an impressive and eclectic list of schools, to be sure.
|4 days 21 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, while neither Coke nor Nathan have put together a string of superb performances this season (let's put it that way), Nathan still outperforms Coke on a few rather telling metrics such as K/BB ratio, batting average against and Nathan even sports a slightly lower WHIP than Coke as well. That being said, when the WHIP of your closer is 1.53, you have some interesting issues in the bullpen, to say the least.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Wow, Just Wow....||
Oh wow. I don't get misty-eyed a lot, but I did here - this was an incredible piece and it makes this alum very proud of the team and the fanbase that we have.
The moment where he started to suit up is when I got rather choked up, and to have his father there watching him do something he had dreamed of doing...no words. Just "wow".
Thanks for posting this.
|5 days 12 hours ago||CBS Article...||
I didn't see it posted - here's the CBS article on this very thing (LINK).
He shall be playing for the Guangdon Southern Tigers, according to this, and it might not hurt his chances of coming back here if he does well - Gary Parrish is saying that he is a consensus Top 10 pick for the 2015 NBA Draft all the same right now.
Here's the interesting tidbit, albeit a bit offtopic for purposes of this thread:
But multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Mudiay's actual motivation for bypassing a year in the AAC is rooted in the fact that he was facing eligibility concerns -- both amatuerism concerns and eligibility concerns -- and that the odds of the 6-foot-5 guard ever being cleared for freshman eligibility were slim, at best, mostly because he spent two years at Prime Prep Academy, which a source told CBSSports.com has never actually had a class accepted by the NCAA for the purposes of initial eligibilty.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Yeah, About This...||
We're going to try not to have too many of these threads moving forward, because after a while, it would get very....well....anyway, tonight on "It's The Mind", we examine the phenomenon of deja vu...
|5 days 15 hours ago||Just Delete..... I sort of||
I sort of got the idea of what this was about from the context of the thread, but no matter, the thread is deleted at the request of the OP.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Well, I just watched that before I was about to step over to my manager's office to get my midyear review, and not only am I a little more hyped about the prospect, I find myself a little less patient now regarding the start of fall camp and football.
Also, If I heard Ferrigno correctly, he was talking about "higgy lessons". As long as we're not talking about Bobby Higginson, I am intrigued.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Listening Lately...||
It's probably not quite hype video worthy, but I have been rediscovering my rather impressive collection of Tangerine Dream albums lately, as well as Yellow Magic Orchestra. Definitely dated stuff by today's techno / progressive rock standards, but these two groups were innovators back in the day. I actually had Tangerine Dream's 1981 album "Exit" playing a little bit ago...
|6 days 8 hours ago||Very Refreshing In A Way...||
I will say that it is nice to have a good array or Wolverines to watch in the summer league thanks to the staff that has assembled under Beilein. Do I worry about their summer league stats? Not particularly as this is a system which is beginning to churn out a nice volume of NBA talent on a regular basis. That being said, thanks to the OP for the stats - it does give everyon reassurance that not only is Beilein sending people to the NBA but sending contributors to the pros.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Very Strange...||
I will say that I am not terribly perturbed by this development, but I will credit the comments attached to the MLive article for representing the weird elements of the fanbase certainly. There are strange people commenting on that article that seem to earnestly expect that there should be zero attrition in a class that is essentially theoretical. Very strange people indeed.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Actually...||
I actually meant to pull something someone said in response to you which was sort of borderline conspiracy and accidentally pulled that whole chain by mistake. Hit the right radio button at the wrong level of the conversation. If I could undo that, I would do so as I didn't think your comment was the problem per se. Sorry about that :-(
|6 days 14 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Very cool photos - thanks for sharing these! Glad you had a good trip as well.
Minor, possibly interesting fact I found out on a guided tour once - the Livingstone Channel is at least partially manmade. It was widened and deepened via a couple rounds of dredging about 100 years ago - that part of the river was extremely shallow and almost unusable for a boat of any respectable tonnage back then. Those ships had to take the lengthier voyage around the east side of Bois Blanc before then.
The smaller channel on the west side of Grosse Ile - Trenton Channel - looks the way it does mainly because of the turning basin for the power plant there. We dug much of the north end of it during plant construction in the 1930s.
|6 days 15 hours ago||This As Well...||
The second half of that sentence made me wince too:
"...and uncommitted four-star receiver Christian Kirk of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, said that fans of multiple schools have called him at all hours of the day and promised him money and girls if he would commit to that school."
Not only is this an awful and unethical thing for a fan to do, never mind that it is against the rules for a second, but in this case, you have to think that a fair number of the people making such "promises" have neither of these things. I imagine people my age or older trying to entice people half their age or less to come to their school through these means and it makes me shudder in disgust.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
“It’s a lot of fun. This is something you only do once, so I’m going to enjoy (the recruiting process) while it lasts,” Matthew McQuaid said in a phone interview a few days ago. And, yes, Wolverine fans, McQuaid is open to playing at Michigan, which has an offensive system that fits his style of play.
I've heard recruits say this before, and I do agree - they should give themselves the opportunity to enjoy the process and learn everything they can about the various schools that are recruiting them, so it is definitely a respectable stance.
Based on what has been written, of course, I would agree with Erik In Dayton - "do want" is a good label here. Per CBS, he wowed folks at the LeBron James Skills Academy with tremendous outside shooting, including a game or two where Jeff Borzello of CBS claims that McQauid did not miss a three.
As for SMU, I think that leaves them with one guy for 2015, but they'll also have a transfer that is eligible that season, I believe, so technically two new faces for that season.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I'll Answer...||
I see that I have been beaten to the punch on deleting the post, but to answer your question, it is specifically a mod function to delete posts, but you can edit them provided no one has yet responded to your post. Once someone responds, the content is locked in.
As a mod, I can edit and delete my own stuff at will, but that's what that particular level of access affords. If everyone could do it, the continuity in threads would be haphazard at best and in more contentious threads, well....they would likely be impossible to follow. In essence, it would be an unmoderated setting if everyone had the ability to alter the content - if you can delete your own stuff, you get that access for all. That's how the Drupal module for this works, I think (I could be wrong about that).
Anyway, with mod control over that, some of the context in such situations can be preserved. Actually, a bit like this situation.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Regarding That...||
I am going to go out on a limb and say that "Glen Rice" regardless of generation might be one of those names that gets a free pass around here, even if Glen Rice Jr. himself went to Georgia Tech.
I believe he spent most of his time in the D-League last year at Rio Grande and as I recall, he put up some decent numbers, so it is nice to see him get off to a good start this year. Hopefully, it leads to some more substantial time with the Wizards.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Thanks For The Link...||
Thanks for providing the link - it seems that lately, sometimes simply pasting the link doesn't quite work as was the case here. Another thing for the programming to-do list, I suppose.
I was sort of disappointed that there wasn't photo of Nik in their gallery shots of the Las Vegas Summer League, although they were at least kind enough to mention that he wore Hyperdunks. I have seen them on the Foot Locker site - the generally available version is pretty cool actually.
Glad to see Nik getting some deals like this done already. He is definitely poised to build a great future.
|1 week 9 hours ago||If Only...||
"It's not like I would be getting it at home plate," Milovich said. "I'll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up."
Oh, if only Bob Uecker were available for a little color commentary on this particular occasion, it might even go viral despite being an uncomfortable watch.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Looking Good...||
The concepts look great and I really think that this could do at least some small wonders for a part of the near-downtown area north of I-75 that could use a little sprucing up. That area between Cass and Woodward north of the freeway is pretty underutilized. I also like that they are going to take on Cass Park and make it the anchor for the area. I wonder if this will bring a little more business to the Masonic too.
All in all, this is great news for the area. Not sure how many people it would actually attract to live in the city, but it certainly doesn't hurt their prospects for at least slowing a decades-long trend.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Very Nice....||
Well, congratulations to your brother on this new chapter in his life and, if you react like I might to having everything on that list, we shall look forward to your return towards the middle of the week, right? Sounds like an awesome time though.
As for myself, I am awfully late to this party but we had the kids' joint birthday party yesterday and, although beer and wine were not on the menu initially, we did make a beer run later and came back with some Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard, Guinness and a couple others because monitoring kids in a bouncy house and hoping that their running all over the place doesn't result in the trampling of vegetable beds does this to you.
|1 week 1 day ago||Who To Take...||
Well, if we were going to answer the question posed by the OP from the perspective of historical stats for both players, then in both - in an average year, that is - you're more or less getting the same closer. Granted, Valverde seems to have had a more protracted down period via the old eye test, but not really by most metrics - at least discounting his brief stints with the Tigers last year and the Mets this year. So, I suppose the answer that I have is this- by th numbers, it doesn't seem like it would matter much. That being said, you're talking about two guys who have established reputations as serviceable closers, but right now one isn't playing at the other is in a rather ill-timed funk. Still, I suppose you go with the person who is fresh and indeed, try to get someone like Soria to help out there.
|1 week 1 day ago||Something Like This...||
At least in my opinion, one of the reasons that the philosophy of Beilein works so well is that one of its primary tenets is to maximize the strengths of the players that Michigan does bring in. I think part of that is taking largely unheralded players that fit the scheme and getting the most out of them, but also having players take on a fluid role and actually gain skills on their trek to the pros (if that is where they re bound).
|1 week 1 day ago||The Other Thing...||
Bleacher Report also has a terrible habit (which not ll of their writers share, but it seems pervasive) of not giving proper credit to their sources when they do pull stuff from other sites. I believe they've taken information from MGoBlog once or twice and not properly credited the work, but it has been shown that they've stolen material from other sites. That's merely one of the reasons they are "site non grata" around here (with a rare exception - it has been allowed a few times under unusual circumstances).
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Move...||
"Bolden's presence immediately bolsters Eastern Michigan's depth at the position, and gives the coaching staff a second player at the position with some experience."
Yeah, from the games involving Bolden that I've watched, I am going to go ahead and say this is most definitely true. It is sort of interesting that he came home to find this sort of opportunity too. Certainly not a bad find for Eastern Michigan at all.
|1 week 1 day ago||Should Not Be A Problem...||
Michigan gear in Akron in July? Like someone mentioned, you're probably just as likely to hear a "Go Blue" than anything else, and if this board is an indication, Michigan representation in NE Ohio is fairly significant (a fair number of our current and former players are from this part of Ohio anyway). I don't think the parade currently being held for LeBron James stops until it is time to discuss his contract again, so if standing out is a concern, the best bet for anonymity would probably be one of those "Forgiven" shirts.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Shall Assume....||
I shall assume that this was meant as a comment in the drinking thread, as that might have been the most logical place for it on the board. What bothers me is that we were never told where the OP went on vacation, so it isn't as if we could have had a nice thread going on places to stop along the way or places to visit once they arrived.
|1 week 2 days ago||Cheese With My Wine...||
I am in fact enjoying some cheese with my wine. More specifically, some Roquefort with a good cabernet. Much of this is in preparation for the kids' joint birthday bash tomorrow, which will be a nice stressful occasion despite all the smiles. My offer still stands, of course - we will have a bouncy house and I need to justify what I still owe for the rental, so if you're looking to have some midday fun, feel free to crash it.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Agree With This...||
I also found his approach to the situation rather reassuring, and I especially liked how he seemed to want the input and to gauge the feelings of many people on the issue before really deciding anything. One thing that I thought was very notable is that he asserted his authority among the other statements, which I found rather significant even if it seemed to be done in passing. My hope is that this means there will be some good discussion on establishing the balance that he seeks.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks For The Heads Up...||
I deleted the comment and put this person in Bolivia pending further action, which given their history will likely come soon. It is actually the second incarnation of this user and they apparently have not learned how to be a contributing member of the blog, or rather one who actually wish to have constructive discussion. All the same, you're right - the comment was distasteful and implying something not good, and the user being reprimanded obviously has some growing up to do.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not Only This...||
Not only this, but considering that Caris is coming off of foot surgery that took place in the middle of May, as I recall, he seems like he has still managed to grow noticeably, so I would assume that the healing process has gone quite well for him. It's just nice to see players putting in this extra time so they can be that much more effective in the coming season - and these three were pretty damn effective as it was.
|1 week 2 days ago||Great Article...||
Great article. Thanks for sharing that!
I've found that John Beilein probably embodies the very basic philosophy that was put forth back in the wild west days of Continuous Improvement - "everyday, a little up". He has made measured improvements over time to turn Michigan from a program that was stagnating at a level below its own expectations and turned it into an increasingly self-perpetuating power. I don't know that there are many coaches nowadays that can claim that they fundamentally changed a program like Beilein.
|1 week 2 days ago||The End Of The Week...||
Well, this morning I find myself in downtown Detroit at our headquarters waiting for a meeting which should take me to lunch, and then as I took a half-day anyway, I will be heading straight home - save for some errands - after the meeting. It's a busy weekend at the house with the kids' birthday party being tomorrow - we have the parties together since their actual birthdays are five weeks apart (well, that strategy works for now).
Sunday is going to be the midsummer planting of a few more crops. For some reason, my soil favors beans, but then when I drive a few miles to the south of me and find bean fields which are doing quite well this year, I suppose that makes sense.
This coming weekend, despite the stress of a party, is needed - it has been one of those weeks that wears on me. Speaking of stress, hopefully the bouncy house we rented for this party helps with that.
|1 week 3 days ago||Late Night Here...||
Going with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple here - nothing terribly fancy, but I really do like this particular cider. I am enjoying a late night watching / reliving the 1997 Michigan / OSU game on the Big Ten too. My sophomore year was very, very kind to me from a football standpoint. I even remained sober for much of it unless it was after the game, then I can honestly say that aftergame memories are sketchy.
|1 week 3 days ago||Generally Speaking...||
Multiple diaries just on this blog (and probably others) have shown that the correlation (down to R-squared values) between average or composite ranking and many statistics that might indicate success tends to be highly variable at best depending on the specific metric. That being said, however, if you try to link it to a broader view and not necessarily specific on-field statistics (although there are some that correspond well to average star rankings), the rankings do tend to accurately estimate overall success and when used as an input to team success, I know we've shown here that sustained higher average rankings in classes do correspond to sustained team success generally, although there are confounding factors like overall profile, size of class and whatnot.
|1 week 3 days ago||Regarding The Shirt...||
I actually have one like it myself, as the OP mentioned. I like it personally.
Welcome to Michiganm Zach Werenski!
|1 week 3 days ago||More From MLive...||
MLive has some additional coverage here - (LINK)
One minor thing that I found intriguing was that the margin on the vote was 4-3 against for Miami, but 5-2 for Penn State. I have no idea why it was a closer vote for the Miami game really, but I found the difference interesting.
Laurence Deitch was perhaps the most vocal opponent, if the article is any indication. In his own words:
"I am a fan. I have religiously attended Michigan football games for 50 years. I can honestly tell you that I have not been wanting due to that lack of fireworks," Deitch said.
Deitch also objected to the rather small amount of liability insurance that the company that would have done the display happened to have - $5 million.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Wondered About That...||
As a general note for the thread, the Telegraph is updating its coverage and what is known / confirmed here - LINK
According to reports coming from the area where this happened, local residents apparently reported two loud bangs before the crash. Further, there has already been an effort to divert flights around this area and, according to the Telegrph, there is some confusion on whether or not this was an unsecured area for aviation given the conflict on the ground.
Regarding what has been said above, I wondered about this - it seems like the typical "out-there" group in the world would not have this sort of sophistication to shoot down a commercial aircraft (having a trasponder signal which would identify it as such, of course) at cruising altitude. I could be wrong here, of course.
|1 week 3 days ago||The General Thing...||
It seems to me the basic move that football teams are making here (the Pac-12 is studying the MLS as well) is probably one of the wiser moves that it has made as whole in the last several years. They probably could and hopefully will learn much from sporting executives who have never really had the luxury of just assuming (rightly, for the most part) that people will show up regardless. I believe that, on a cultural level, college football - at least major conferences within it - are reaching that stage where they are simply there, so finding ways to reinvigorate fanbases can only help.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even Better....||
Although not varsity, of course, we've actually had one for about four years now. They've got an event coming up at the Saline Library and tryouts are in September, I believe. They even compete for various cups with other schools - I believe Michigan State and a few other Big Ten schools have quidditch teams, for starters. It's amazing to see the impact of the Harry Potter books and films on pop culture really, where we've managed to reimagine and even play (and develop a league for) something devised for literary purposes.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Article...||
"The real question is how many of those top-level recruits choose to go to Ohio State based on just the negative talk and I-Pads?"
I suppose my guess at an answer is "less than perhaps they would like to believe". If the presentation described in the article is that over-the-top about Michigan, then it probably is well past the point where good salesmanship ends and into "unintentionally comical" territory. The way it is described, it is almost the presentation an overzealous fan might give, and if coaches are trying to project that image, be it on their own head - I suspect a lot of recruits would rather hear them talk about the sort of experience they will have at your school and not sit through a PowerPoint which pushes the potential for schadenfreude and a contrived message that, in the end, may only be effective if you felt that way about Michigan in the first place.
|1 week 3 days ago||Per The Article...||
Promoting the longtime club sport to varsity status would present a couple of issues. First is Title IX, which could require the school to add another men’s sport to accompany the addition of women’s varsity hockey.
If we did this at some point, I would actually not mind if they did it in a fashion similar to what the article mentioned regarding Ohio State's program. As described, it has definite logistic obstacles despite having two rinks (we would need to build the second one), but from the sound of things, they've made a go at developing it all the same and are willing to invest in good equipment and efficient travel (as OSU has to travel quite a bit and a team in Ann Arbor would as well) in the knowledge of the revenue issue. In other words, they have attempted to set the team up for success down the road, and that's how I believe we should go about it if we can get this off the ground.
|1 week 4 days ago||If We're Going To Do It...||
I think they need to do a retrospective of a very unique but very interesting director. I would think an evening of Sidney Lumet films might fit this bill - perhaps "12 Angry Men", "The Pawnbroker", "Serpico" or other ones to make it the largest attendance at a film retrospective ever. That would be interesting. That being said, someone above probably got closer to the truth - "MacGruber" might be it.
|1 week 4 days ago||WV Metro News...||
THe WV MetroNews has some reaction to this, of course, as well as a writeup with some various sttements both by local writers and a few scouts. Here's their piece - LINK
Some of the comments are interesting, including this one optimist:
Maybe things are getting better. We actually got a QB recruit that other big schools were interested in.
As someone mentioned, Sills might fit into Holgerson's offense, just based on my own study, so it may not be a bad situation at all for either the Mountaineers or Sills.
|1 week 4 days ago||As For Myself...||
I just spent about $1,000 on a new television, wall mount and a spare HDMI cable for the Blu-Ray, so right now I am making a late dinner of salmon, red potatoes and asparagus and drinking a Mike's Hard Lemonade with plans to switch to a nice pinot grigio at dinner and then take the wine train from there.
|1 week 4 days ago||Wondered The Same...||
I actually wondered the same thing when I saw this particular reply - OSU has put together some decent classes in the recent past, I believe, so you think they would be here. All the same, the schools that you would expect to be represented are here, and I will say I wondered if anyone from Maryland would crack the list as they don't do too badly themselves in basketball generally.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Distribution...||
I tend to be able to work with just about any start time myself given sufficient warning (minimum three days due to the kids, I tell people), but so far - if anyone is interested - the distribution of known start times is as follows:
12:00 - Appalachian State
3:30 - Miami (OH), Indiana
7:00 - Rutgers, Penn State
7:30 - Notre Dame
I would guess that the remaining games are mainly split between 12:00 and 3:30, so in terms of a modern football schedule, a fairly typical distribution of start times.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good Luck To Him...||
“He comes from a wonderful family and is very bright. He has a familiarity with the MAAC, having played two years at Manhattan, and has been tutored as a player and coach by Coach Beilein for the last seven years. Clearly, he has the total package to make an immediate impact in our basketball program.” - Mike Make, discussing Lee
It is interesting to see the Beilein coaching tree now extending out from Ann Arbor now, so it will be very interesting to see how things go for Lee at Marist. I would think, however, that the experience gained in Ann Arbor is some excellent experience - student, player and basketball staffer under Beilein, if you will. Good luck to him in Poughkeepsie.
|1 week 4 days ago||Internet Access....||
I had a Prodigy account when I was 11 years old and even then, most of the forums were strewn with images that my parents would have rather not crossed paths with my retinas, so in this respect perhaps few things have changed - merely the speed and sophistication of the platform. Well, also the egregious download and access fees and the Hayes 4800 baud modem too. Those were pretty interesting limitations. Broadband was a godsend went some new fangled company called Comcast brought it to the street in late 1996. As for cell phones, I had my first one in 2000.
|1 week 4 days ago||Stafford In High School...||
Maxpreps had Stafford's high school stats still up, or at least some of them. As a senior, he also threw 209 completions in 322 attempts, which translates to 64.9% completion percentage. He averaged 19.7 yards per completion and 273 yards per game as well. There was no data on INTs, but his stats translated - by their calculation - to a 147.9 QB rating (NCAA calculation).
He actually put up 8 rushing TDs as a senior as well, according to Maxpreps, gaining 212 yards on 42 attempts.
|1 week 4 days ago||Regarding These...||
Yeah, seeing these posters definitely puts ours in perspective, I would think. I actually don't mind ours at all, but then I look at Indiana's and for some reason expect to see "A Film By Jerry Bruckheimer" somewhere in the text lines above the schedule, and as for Purdue, I was thinking more "Catch Boilermaker Fever....Then Tell Precisely Where You Caught It"
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreeing With Will Here...||
“We talk about being leaders and best, where better than Michigan to pioneer something like this?” he said. “In five years, every other school is going to be involved in this. This area, wellness or whatever you want to call it, is going to be huge in terms of resources being poured in. ... The main focus is developing successful people.”
We've talked about Heininger's work with this before on the board, but it is something that we probably should discuss periodically because even we as fans, alums and the like throw around the notion of how programs should ideally prepare these players for success on and off the field. At least in my opinion, you're not really doing that as well as you could if you are not addressing the mind, so Heininger is absolutely right - part of developing successful people should be this sort of support.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
By many metrics, the Lions schedule for this year is somewhat middling if you base it on their performance on 2013, so while it is rather difficult to project with much accuracy what they would do in 2015 right now, if you had to use the most current data, I would think that 2015 is in the upper half of difficulty on the NFL spectrum. That doesn't look terribly easy based on 2013 data.
|1 week 5 days ago||This Week...||
This is likely not comprehensive, of course, but Discovery has some of the future episodes and some of the players they will highlight here - (LINK)
According to that, tomorrow's episode will follow some of the work that Barwis did with the Lions' own Ndamukong Suh. The episodes after that, if the site is correct, will feature the likes of Nick Swisher and Shawne Merriman (in addition to others, I assume).
|1 week 5 days ago||Same Here...||
I have a nice alternating mix of Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner Weissbier going right now. Seems about right for a sort of September-ish evening in the middle of July. I am actually sort of alternating between the All-Star game and a few other things right now, and as everyone else seems to have turned in a bit early this evening, well....I am not complaining about the current state of things.
|1 week 5 days ago||All Of The Devins...||
I would tend to agree with them. It will be interesting to see what the Devin-to-Devin connection looks like this year with this scheme now being installed, I would say. I know we saw flashes of the offense working on all cylinders last year and when it was all there, the Devin-to-Devin performed at a very high level. Even more of that this year really could be a very pretty thing to watch game-to-game.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Golf Course....||
Well, all I can say is that we have the preliminary landscaping plans at work and the University actually wants us to do an estimate (for budgeting purposes) for rearranging the existing underground distribution which feeds the existing structures at the course based on them. As the University makes aesthetics a priority, that's why we managed to get those plans before anything else. They are very interested in doing this if they can get the formal funding, to say the least.
|1 week 5 days ago||Small World Indeed...||
I actually just fixed the in-text link for the OP and he stole my thunder all the same. Figures :-) #ModLife
In all seriousness, it would be neat to see this particular Pinterest page continue to grow as the whereabouts of Michigan alums and their innovations in Metro Detroit are something I try to keep tabs on and even, on occasion, visit to support fellow Wolverines as well as our economy around here.
As for the one in Royal Oak - Taste Love Cupcakes - there is some good stuff in that shop that I should not eat but do without hesitation regardless. I would recommed it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Well Done...||
Very well done, moving piece, Seth. Once again, let me express my deepest condolences for your loss.
It stirred a lot of feelings for me because while I have not experienced this yet, I am in the process of watching my father slowly lose control of his life to Parkinson's and a few other things which, in combination, now visibly drag him down. As someone above said, the thought of the day when I can't call him and complain about strategy in a game is a thought I dread.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful and insightful entry with us.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Was Compelled...||
This comment compelled me to look through the ACHA site and as I thumbed through the standings for different divisions, Arizona State University is in the same division - the WCHL - as Oklahoma. Both the University Of Colorado and CSU are in there as well and even UA fields a team. At other levels, West Vriginia, Navy, Delaware, San Jose State (Div. II) and Boise State (also Div II.) field some decent teams apparently. Definitely a random assortment indeed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Sad News...||
This sad news made me remember that, back in December, someone released a brief piece that they made about Red Klotz called "The World's Best Loser", and it a nice little video indeed, featuring him talking about his life, showing off some photos and gear and yes, even playing a little hoops.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Chuckled...||
I actually had to chuckle at what this resident quoted at the end of the article said, because just based on my own experiences, this is probably true depending on the game and/or the proximity of your home to the stadium:
"A few fireworks at the end of a game," he added, "is probably going to be the quietest part of game day, to be honest."
|1 week 6 days ago||Kuhnhenn...||
It's about an 40 minutes from where I am in Romulus, but the runs up to Kuhnhenn on Chicago in Warren are definitely worth it. On the occasions that I've been able to end my day downtown, I have run up there before heading home and I find the Anneliese Amber Ale is one of my favorites. If anyone here is in the Detroit area, I would definitely recommend this and some other beers in their particular array.
|1 week 6 days ago||Visage...||
As a sidenote, although the New Romantic / New Wave movement of the late 70s and early 80s is perhaps an acquired taste as music goes (I am a fan), Visage was probably one of its more innovative acts. Probably best known in the US for the song "Fade To Grey", they did actually cover this song in 1978 as a single, I believe, and with some modest commercial success.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually...||
Actually, I am pretty sure that Herm will either be extremely Herm indeed by then or, if fortune should not be so kind, formerly Herm. I do admit some interest in seeing what the former might be like though - I don't know if I would quite be there myself though, as I will be 47 and 48 respectively in those years.
|1 week 6 days ago||CBS Sports Piece...||
Here's the CBS story - LINK
According to this, he will go pro overseas and forgo college altogether - but not for academic reasons, as someone mentioned above. Here's the quote from Mudiay himself:
"I was excited about going to SMU and playing college basketball for coach [Larry] Brown and his staff and preparing for the NBA, but I was tired of seeing my mom struggle. And after sitting down with coach Brown and my family, we decided that the best way for me to provide for my mom was to forgo college and pursue professional basketball opportunities."
Remembering this kid's footage, that's a blow to SMU indeed - he was a huge get for Larry Brown.
|1 week 6 days ago||It Might Just Be Me...||
Perhaps I am bitter about a certain segment of Matt Millen's career as a Lions fan, but I was wholly disappointed that ESPN did not replace that segment with this phone interview:
|1 week 6 days ago||Regarding This...||
I will admit that I looked at the photo and thought, perhaps as a few others did, "So, you grind through a season, get to this game and then win it, and for all that effort you are presented with a giant penholder? Interesting reward."
The OP is right though - this is much better than the CyHawk. Actually, tanking the game which gets you the CyHawk might be better than the CyHawk as it was initially conceived.
|1 week 6 days ago||This Little Fact...||
This struck me as odd about the whole thing, although I don't object to the idea of postgame fireworks at all. According to a couple sites I checked, you're still talking about a sunset of around 7:50 PM for September 13th, so the only way it seems to work is if this is a 5:30 PM game or something along those lines. So far, the official start for this game has not yet been announced, I think.
|1 week 6 days ago||In Addition...||
It was also nice to not only read a bit about Donnal's self-assuredness and confidence that he was doing well enough in practice to be out there, but also to see that it was backed up some by the statement that "he held his own" in practice. If you think about his role to mimic other players in practice and think about who started primarily, that makes me think this could be a very nice year for Donnal potnentially. The additional time over the summer can only help towards that, I would think.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Varsity Club...||
If the OP does go, I would actually recommend the Varsity Club. I thought the food was pretty good and I remember the prices not being at all bad either for what you get. They even had decent service despite the grave distraction that was my Michigan sweatshirt. I was actually with a couple other Michigan fans and outside of the odd snide remark, there wasn't any trouble and it is perhaps 1/3 mile from the Shoe.
|1 week 6 days ago||Also A Good Find...||
The video which the OP posted is very nice, but this one here is also a nice find from the vst collection of WolverineHistorian. Indeed, the 1988 game against Ohio State is worth the view just for John Cooper's "The eff...." reaction to last last TD. I believe that was Demetrius Brown throwing that bomb too (about 5 weeks later, he would best opposing QB Rodney Peete in the Rose Bowl as well).
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
First and foremost, of course, it is indeed mazing that a coyote can engage in a very technical football discussion, but in all seriousness, it is nice to see Space Coyote making the rounds on other blogs. I know he has his own blgo as well as some contributions both here and at Maize'n'Brew, but it is great to see Michigan fans and bloggers have their expertise sought by other fanbases and their broadcasts.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Last Five Games...||
The last five games before today have statistically been one of the nice little runs that the Tigers have had this season, and as always, it has been fun to be around to watch it. In these last five game, they've had a .344 BA with a .378 OBP as well as a .890 OPS and .511 slugging percentage. This also has been a period where the Tigers have averaged eight runs and twelve hits per game as well.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||And With That...||
The former U-M guard rolled around the arc, off a screen and his flashed his hands for a pass. Ray McCallum, his new Sacramento Kings teammate, obliged, whipping the ball to Stauskas.
...and with the made jumper, that is not a bad introduction to NBA play at all, I would say. It will be exciting to see where and how far Nik goes in the legue. Hopefully, this is just the start of a rather nice career for him.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Intriguing At Least...||
Man, I am having a hard time with the A-Train not earning a spot on the RB list, but Wheatley, Hart, Lytle and Johnson were all quite good indeed. The quarterback list actually makes a little more sense to me although Grbac - in my estimation - might have a good argument just from a production standpoint alone, never mind the 4 Big Ten titles.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Angry Orchard...||
I discovered it a few months ago and have enjoyed the odd six-pack ever since. Which one did you get, out of curiosity? So far, my two personal favorites are the Traditional Dry and the Green Apple, although I will say that the Elderflower actually is not bad either - seems like the cider equivalent of a "sipping beer", if you will.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What About "Bob"...||
Being the sort of person that I typically am, I would probably first ask "Bob" if he had seen the game and then if the answer happened to be in the negative, I would probably then ask if would care to know what happened. If not, I will let him figure it out. If they wish to know right then, I will tell them honestly and then offer them the appropriate beverage if theirs was the team that got slapped around.
I don't know that I can promise that I would be consistent in my behavior if "Bob" were A) a fan of a conference rival, and B) a rather inconsiderate neighbor. I think both conditions would have to exist at the same time for me to resort to that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A Place To Begin...||
I think some BTN content is actually available at PlayOn, which is basically a media service that lets your browse and select programming which you can watch over a Wii, WiiU, XBox and even Roku. That might be a place to start anyway. I don't know if it is the comprehensive channel or merely select content though, but I am sure PlayOn added it sometime last year, as I recall.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Vegas Insider...||
Yeah, when I saw the list that the OP provided, I thought of the most recent future odds at VegasInsider.com and the Thunder are at #2 with 6/1 projected odds to win the 2015 NBA Finals, first place now belonging to Cleveland at 4/1 given the events of the last 24 hours there. For reference, the Kings are projected at 300/1, as are the Jazz, and the Knicks sit at 50/1 in their estimate.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This Right Here...||
“I think that (another) thing that made it stand it out was meeting Coach (Hoke), meeting the coach’s wives, and the other coaches. They’re not rushing in and out -- not rushing us from here to there or kind of (trying to) sell themselves. They pretty much let themselves be sold by just acting normal toward us.”
I know it has been discussed before, but it is interesting to see a lot of recruits - particularly some high-profile ones - point this out consistently over the last few yers now. This staff seems to go out of their way to be just people insomuch as a coaching staff can within the rules and I would think this definitely helps us more often than not.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Looked At Another Way...||
Perhaps the only minute consolation here is that, in the row beneath the pair of socks bearing our colors, there is a pair that basically has the same color scheme as the title sequence of "Miami Vice", and somewhere there is a team that might very well - and perhaps literally - run with those socks. Not that it was a bad show - I watched it - but it is definitely...well...no one will NOT notice them. Otherwise, I am again bewildered with Adidas.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Quiet Evening Here...||
There is not too much going on here tonight - MGoBlog, the Tigers game and some Guinness and I am a rather happy camper. I had the house to myself even for a few hours there, although it did not come without a to-do list rife with preparations for a party next weekend. Incidentally, this party will involve a bouncy house and I might need people to make it worth the $140 for the rental, just so everyone is aware.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Building It Up...||
All indications say Beilein & Co. are using these summer months as a clean slate. When I asked Beilein about this during his off-season press conference in early June, he quickly responded, “I think this is a great time to start at ground zero and build everything up.”
I know we've talked about how one of the neater facets of Beilein's system is how it seems to recombine and reinvent itself as players depart or experience injury, but it seems like there is a lot of raw statistical production to replace this season, particularly the absence of Nik Stauskas. I would imagine that "building everything up" is simply a way to describe this "morphing phenomenon", if you will, so I am intrigued to see who steps into the Stauskas, GRIII and McGary (or what a healthy McGary can bring) gaps.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well, That's Done It...||
In a related story, a south Florida artist released this rendition of the seats at American Airlines Arena this coming season...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Some Of It...||
Some of these things are definitely backed with in-game and seasonal data.
Turnover margin, for example, was something I had some data for - 2005 to this past season - and if you do a little quick summary figuring, a typical 10+ win team (which we'll assume is good enough to potentially make the BTCG) has an average in-game margin of 0.504 and an average total margin of 6.560. Only in rare case (2012 Nebraska or 2005 Ohio St. being two) did a team who lost this battle handily obtain an 10-win season or better.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not Delta...||
I have a few Braniff souveniers and some old Eastern Airlines stuff in my home office - actually got them at an auction when they were renovating the North Terminal at Metro Airport. My father found an old TWA Ticket Counter sign too. If he wants stuff from non-defunct airlines, we can't help sadly.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Weekend In Brief...||
Tonight, yard work and some lounging about as I will have the house mostly to myself - my wife is working and the kids will be out with their grandparents until basically bedtime, so for about 4-5 hours, I get to pretend that I am in charge. It is the final portion of my birthday gift, these hours of solitude, so my in-laws say anyway.
Tomorrow, in one final act of celebration of my birthday, I shall make grilled tuna steaks with some veggies and hopefully have the entire dinner ready before my wife goes to work again.
Sunday, given the forecast for Saturday night, I might very well be back at my desk already - only time will tell on this one. Otherwise, the serious push to get the house clean and purged before my kids' joint birthday party begins that day. Also, Sunday happens to be my daughter's actual birthday - she'll turn all of eight years old.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nice Read...||
It can be argued, though, that LeVert’s freshman-to-sophomore improvement was more impressive than that of Stauskas.
The stats provided actually provide a reather compelling case for this, I would say. When you're talking about in-game averages for FGM, 3FGM, made 2-pointers and the like which jump, in most cases, 8% to 12% year-to-year, that is one hell of an improvement on a season really. I wouldn't expect as dramatic an increase this coming season, of course, but it will be fun to watch how LeVert's game as evolved since April despite the injury.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Thought About This...||
This Book is for the Fans
I thought about this for a while, but the edit of the previous thread and the lack of traction here in comparison to the other HTTV thread makes me think that the conversation might be better served with just the one thread for now. No offense to the OP here, of course.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||New Perhaps, But...||
Just as a matter of note here, although the rule is enshrined in the CBA, it is not a secret that the NBA and the NBPA are generally in favor of changing it to a situation where a player must be two years removed from high school. There have been some misgivings not so much about technical acumen on the court, if you will, but on-court leadership - the proprosed remedy has been mandating the extra year for staying in college or going to Europe perhaps or even the D-League but not the NBA right away.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Tiered System...||
I do like the tiered system actually, mainly because Florida being more or less the Big Ten's destination of choice outside of the Rose Bowl for quite a long time was becoming a bit mundane, in my opinion. To have teams that could rotate through several places over the course of years - something not really possible in the straight ranking, especially if you consistently finished in or near certain spots - seems like it could be a bit more entertaining.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Don't Mind At All...||
One of the people that I supervise brought in a lovely carrot cake for a belated birthday treat this morning, so that was a pleasant surprise and I will have to repay everyone with subs or pizza in the near future. Not a big deal when you can reconcile the expense under "teambuilding activity", right? Anyway, that made an otherwise stressful day for me.
To help, I've come home and am now on the second pint of Guinness Extra Stout and currently trying to convince my daughter that there are other shows that aren't "Victorious" or "Sam & Cat".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Other Candidates...||
Looking at the list, I wouldn't mind the Tilted Kilt Cactus Bowl or the Jobing.com Cactus Bowl if only to do a salute to the time not so long ago when bowls and the tech bubble were virtually one in the same. If we wanted to think out of the box perhaps, we could use one of the NLJ law firms as well - the Snell &Wilmer Cactus Bowl has an interesting ring to it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
Not surprisingly in today's world, I was actually alerted to the fact that the e-mail was going out thanks to Twitter, so I have already sent in my information based on my donation level. I actually am curious as to how quickly we'll get the electronic copy as that will come in handy for meetings and the like.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well, Since There's A Thread...||
As there is a thread on it, I managed to find Tomahawk Nation's take on the whole thing, which you can read here - LINK
Long story short, in the arrest report, it is noted that the scooter, valued at $1,000, had nearly that much in damage due to an accident in which Jesus Wilson had been. WIlson at first claimed to have borrowed the scooter from a student named "Drew" (real owner is one Sebastian Bellini). He initially reported having no contact information for this "Drew", but promised to get it the next time he saw "Drew". Only yesterday did Wilson admit finally to taking the scooter, but he made it clear that he had not intended to have it for long.
So, I guess "Drew" is going to be pissed when he finds out about the scooter, eh?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We Might Get There...||
Assuming no repeats (which there are, but let's run with this for a moment), there are 453 players among all the released lists to date. If we pretended for a second that all 126 FBS teams carried a 125-man roster (just a nice round figure - specific teams will vary, of course), then that's 15,750 players theoretically on Division I rosters. We then have 453 out of 15,750, or 2.876%, so about half after all the lists are released, I agree.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Embedding...||
I don't know if there has been any resolution to this since the last time I checked, but there is some quirk with the site coding, so far as I know, that makes using the old embed code from YouTube (which would start with <object...>) a little less troublesome in the original thread post - not sure if that's a Drupal thing or not. It doesn't matter which code gets used for replies, in my experience.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Other Topics...||
Mark Emmert was grilled on a few topics beyond this actually, in the even that people weren't following this hearing, including a report released by Sen. McCaskill of Missouri that about 20% of the largest public institutions and 15% of the largest private ones apparently allow their own athletic department to investigate cases of misconduct (the examples given were sexual assault cases)by their own athletes.
The full article from the Washington Post is here - LINK
When it comes to scholarships, McCaskill also dropped this one on Emmert:
McCaskill released NCAA records showing that a majority of member schools sought to keep the one-year scholarship limit in place in a membership vote in 2012 that fell just short of the 62.5 percent majority needed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Max Impact"...||
I think we would need to know how this person to whom they spoke defined "max impact" to evaluate this statement a little more accurately. Our offensive line is indeed composed of highly rated talent, but many of them save for the ones who just arrived are experiencing their second coordinator and a new offense as well, so there has been some reset on the learning curve. How steep the curve and how fast the learning? We shall see. The best hope - and other sources make it seem hopeful - is that a simpler scheme and an actual foundation from which to build leads to improvement. I don't know that we need to expect a complete 180 here in the first year with Nussmeier, just a turn in the right direction might do the offense wonders as a whole.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Regarding This...||
I believe that Malzone plays various position in the infield for Brother Rice, and if you watch the video posted in yesterday's update again, his arm mechanics sort of have some "3B / SS" qualities to them, at least in my opinion. That being said, even if there's some adjustment required - and Malzone himself has said that there definitely is - the evidence seems to point to him having a strong, accurate arm all the same.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My Two Cents...||
I am sort of with others here - I've been on a few such trips as well over the years and the best experiences that I've had overall are Wisconsin and Penn State. Both of these are on very cool campuses and have excellent pregame and crazy in-game atmospheres. I would also back up the people that have had only ho-hum experiences in West Lafayette - Purdue fans were very kind, but Ross-Ade is just a sad atmosphere for a game on many levels.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks To All...||
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes both here and on other platforms today.
It does mean quite a bit to me to be part of this community, and to know that people appreciate the efforts to keep it at least semi-respectable. This is a special group indeed, and like I've told a few people, it is something I wouldn't do if I didn't care about you guys. Thanks for being part of one of the better fan sites yet conceived certainly :-)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Happy Birthday To Me...||
I happen to have an excellent reason to drink as I turn 36 today, so I am enjoying a Guinness and some of the funfetti cake that my kids helped make for me. My daughter even said, "We couldn't find 36 candles, but you can blow out these three...", which made me feel old for a moment, but she has the family sense of humor, to be sure.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Amusing Wager...||
Did anyone else see the wager on Reddit that someone placed on yesterday's game, out of curiousity? $20 on the score and a Khedira goal, and well...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Here's One...||
Well, if you run the last set of Sagarin numbers, which is admittedly of somewhat limited usefulness as it is last year's data on teams and superimposing this year's schedule, you would still max out at 9-3 if you assumed - for the sake of the hypothetical - that all positive margins in the arithmetic meant a "win". Not all wins are equally likely, of course, but let's just go with this for a second.
That being said, we don't even need to talk about wholly brilliant things on offense - just visibly better will do if the offense as a whole isn't nearly as discombobulated as a whole this year. If the transition is going as well as folks seem to say it is, then we can manage this and 9-3 is probably reasonably achieveable. Further, with players on both sides of the ball maturing another year and a staff shakeup that we hope optimizes talent (which we have in abundance), then 9-3 is something I could definitely live with given the organizational / schematic shift.
To the OP's question about expecting 10 or more wins, I think the internal shakeups and schematic shifts probably make 10 wins something towards the upper limit of the average prediction for me anyway (for this year), a scenario which plays out perhaps if the learning - particularly on offense - is going better than anyone really imagined, which would be awesome if shown to be true.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Well, The Numbers Work...||
It seems like the numbers work out for Cleveland, if indeed the intent is to bring LeBron James back to the Cavaliers. Per ESPN's story here - LINK:
According to ESPN's Tom Penn, the trade of Jack sheds $9.5 million in salary (Jack, $6.3 million; Zeller, $1.7 million; Karasev, $1.5 million), giving the Cavaliers $21.7 million in cap space.
I could be wrong, but I think the cap hold on James is something in the neighborhood of $20 million, so they may very well have cleared sufficient space just by making that move with the Nets.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Ann Arbor News Piece...||
The Ann Arbor News (or MLive d/b/a The Ann Arbor News, if you prefer) did their own writeup on Malzone's performance at the Elite 11, if anyone is interested - LINK
Their review is quite positive, as you may expect, but the piece does have a few quotes from Malzone himself which people might find intriguing enough, including one which expresses relief that he has resolved the question of where is going and can more easily concentrate on improving his game. I will say though that the clips that OP posted do look rather good - very nice, accurate throws highlighted there.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
It is an interesting list, to say the least Austin's incredibly unlikely and very moving story of unimaginable loss and pressing on all the same somehow...it just tells you so much about Hatch and his strength of character.
One thing I will say about this list, however, is that #1 has a pretty good case for being #1 within the bounds of what is being discussed here, but yeah, I am a little surprised that Hatch is not at least higher on the list.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Rookie Scale...||
The rookie scale for the 8th overall pick comes out to a decent amount of money indeed, if you look at Basketball.RealGM.com. According to them, the 8th pick on this coming season's scale would except to get:
1st year - $2,288,200
2nd year - $2,391,200
3rd year (option) - $2,494,200
I am not sure what it might be subject to, but it sounds like a nice start monetarily in the NBA.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Creating A Role...||
One of the fascinating features of Beilein's offensive philosophy, as it has matured in these past few years, is the ability of players to assume at least a portion of the role of a departing player and, rather than miss a step, actually grow in the role. I see Irvin assuming at least a portion of Stauskas' role on this team and, if the numbers from last year are any indication, doing quite well in the process too. I have to think that Irvin will get some of the looks and plays that Nik did, and if he handles it well, he'll be a dangerous and productive player out there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Double To A Dollar...||
Even if it were to double to $1.00, we're still talking about a lot of Boone's Farm (or something along those lines) to make the conference schedule for Purdue a little more tolerable, which if things continue to go as they have down there seems like a totally acceptable way to cope.
In all seriousness though, it actually will probably enhance the look and atmosphere of Ross-Ade immensely, so it should work out well enough for Purdue.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It Does Stand Out...||
I was almost more taken aback by the early commitment from one kid to East Carolina. That's another thing that you generally don't see everyday, or at least you don't see it on many national lists like this. I am not knocking the decision, of course, as these kids are simply following their dreams and going where they wish to go, but I just can't recall seeing too many commitments to mid-major schools made this early. It might happen more than I realize, of course, so I can't say too much, I imagine.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Those Who Remain...||
Here's how it looks now on FiveThirtyEight for those who remain:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Also This....||
“Number one, I’ll meet with Doug three times a week when we talk about the offense,” Hoke said. “I’ll sit in meetings with the offense. I’ll know what’s going on.”
This was something I found refreshing to read as well. I know that Hoke himself has lamented about perhaps not being hands-on enough, or rather not being as involved as he believes he should have been in retrospect. Not sure how often he had such meetings before, but it is nice to see this continuing especially with the new scheme.It seems even more important now that these continue (if not increase in frequency) with new schemes and a revamped staff really.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Very Sad To Hear...||
Very sorry to hear about your loss, Seth. Deepest condolences in this time for you and your family.
As others have said, don't worry one bit about us or this corner of the Internet - I can try to help with certain things, if anything comes up. Take care of your family. I am all too happy to make a donation as well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Regarding The Embed...||
Sadly, you generally can't embed the NBA.com licensed video directly (at least in my experience, you have to be a licensed provider like Yahoo! anyway), which is a bit of a shame in this case as this was a great assist - I am sure it will appear on YouTube in relatively short order, however. It underscores the fact that McGary will definitely be worth following as he makes a career for himself in the pros, in my opinion. He will definitely be missed this year here in Ann Arbor, that's for sure.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Program Culture...||
I would agree that something like "Program Culture", if you will, is worthy of consideration here as it permeates some of the other things that the OP mentions. At least on this point, I would probably give Michigan an edge when it comes to the day-to-day operations of the program and how things are organized, just based on what I know of the structures of both. There seems to be a stronger atmosphere of personal responsibility and accountability in Ann Arbor, at least overall. Further, I think there is something to be said for the family atmosphere that Hoke has tried to create and I believe it has resulted in a net plus for us on the recruiting front and perhaps to a certain extent in the area of staff as well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not Even Seasons...||
Within the context of one season, you would be right. When we talk about some of the work that has been done on this blog and others and taking that data back 5-10 years, the correlations between the stats I mentioned and overall success are pretty well-documented. I guess I never understood how a game which typically occurs only a few games into the season could reliably be used as some sort of harbinger of success by itself. Maybe that's just me.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Very Much In Agreement...||
I definitely agree with the OP - the outcome of one game in isolation really says nothing meaningful about the season, and truth be told, I am never sure why anyone has believed this to be the case. Hopefully, we don't see too much of this sort of "analysis" this year, eh?
As we have noted at some length on the blog, there are several other things which correspond much better to overall success in games as well as in the season, such as third down differentials and yards per play differentials and even average points per red zone trip.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's Some Background...||
Here's a reprint of the story about Jerry Murrell that appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Alumnus:
More than just a Michigan alum, he is an Alpena native. With regards to his campus experience, he said:
"I only applied to one school," he says. For a kid who had never been out of Michigan, university life-and the shocking array of on-campus brainpower-delivered a life-changing, soul-motivating lesson. "With all these scholars around me, I thought I was out of my league. It woke me up to the competition I was going to face in life and made me humble," Murrell says.
There is also some interesting tidbits about the founding of the business and his background in the article.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sprinkle's Future...||
Eleven Warriors actually had a nice little writeup on how, in the end, Sprinkle is really the only one that will end up suffering as a result of this. When you let your scholarship to a major Division I institution evaporate into space because you had to have it out with someone (and then some) at a place called The Grown & Sexy Lounge (per the police report), you probably don't have much of a future in football at the college level for the foreseeable future anyway - regardless of how good you are. Hopefully, Sprinkle can get it together once all this is behind him and perhaps even regain his footing and play somewhere.
EDITED AS A REPLY TO BELOW - That he wouldn't be any good or never have a future in the sport is not what I meant to imply, hence "foreseeable future". If he can get himself together and make a second go at football, then that's definitely one way to turn it around. Sorry if it was worded poorly before.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Other Lists...||
The story also provides links to the Hornung and Maxwell Award watch lists as well, and at least for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the top offensive player, Michigan does make an appearance. For that award, Devin Funchess and Devin Gardner are on their preseason list of possibilities. The Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player, has several Big Ten players (Venric Mark, Shilique Calhoun and Stefon Diggs to name a few) but no entry from Michigan that I could see.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good Find...||
Watching some of those clips sort of made me think about how much he'll be missed, but it was indeed a nice compilation and really, they do serve to provide evidence of how much fun I think Stauskas will continue to be in the NBA. That first offering in particular, the highlight video from this past season, brought back a lot of smiles indeed.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Great Article...||
This is one of those stories where you always want updates because it is just that compelling, and indeed, it would be great to see a program that was designed just for Brock Mealer at the time become something that helps others with similar injuries regain as much of their mobility as possible. I still remember how great that moment was in 2010 when he made his way onto the field - I don't think there was a dry eye in my section - and it has been great to hear about all the progress since that moment.
That was a great read. Thanks for sharing that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If I Had To Choose...||
Regardless of the era, at least to me, beating OSU has typically been the crowning achievement in a season, or at least in those seasons where it has happened, so I would place that on top. Back in the day, I probably would have said ND was next because it used to seem like this game was much more a thing than even the game against MSU, but with the emergence of a stable and upward trending MSU over the last several years, I would rank the Spartans second here. Actually, I suppose you could make an argument that any game with conference implications are merely shades of the #1 ranking, but for emotional value, MSU sits at #2 for me given the OP's criteria.
As for Notre Dame, they'll be off the radar for the foreseeable future after this season and really, it makes so much sense actually that South Bend, while geographically in the heart of the Big Ten, should sever its remaining ties with that conference and yearn to be on the Atlantic seaboard. That, and as the game has no conference implications, losing it would still potentially leave us in an OK position.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Nice Find...||
The first glimpse I caught was about a minute or so into the piece, but it was nice to see the shoes as they should be again. We always knew, after all, that there is no pair of ordinary athletic shoes that can completely contain Dilithium. Now that he has a definite role in the offense in Jacksonville, I might find myself again seeking out some Jaguars games this year.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Great Article...||
"Bo Burlingham featured Zingerman’s in a book called “Small Giants,” which is about companies that “choose to be great rather than big.” And the owners and employees of more than 1,000 companies have attended ZingTrain seminars to learn more about the Zingerman’s model."
If you've never read "Small Giants", it is a fascinating book and Zingerman's probably is one of the better examples of values-focused entreprenuership out there, focusing on a culture that drives engagement and strives to be the best in its class, but not at the expense of its people. There's something to be said for that, and it is one of the major reasons I will eat at Zingerman's whenever I am able. I've actually met some of the people who do the ZingTrain workshops, and although I have not yet been to one, the description makes me believe that even large corporations like the one for which I work need to hear at least some of this message.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||A Great Match Indeed...||
This was somewhat reminiscent of Federer / Nadal in 2008 when it comes to the scale of the epicness, if you will. Simply an amazing match and like someone said, it is a shame that someone had to lose this one. Congratulations to Novak Djokovic.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Reaching For Content Perhaps...||
I would tend to agree that this seems like a reach for content by ESPN in a typically down period for college football news, but something did stand out to me.
Was I the only person that got an unexpected chuckle out of the fact that the photo of Michigan State's scoreboard was announcing an extreme weather event whereas every other photo seems to at least be running through typical game-type displays?
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||It's Bad When...||
We're eerily close, it seems, to a point in the development of this particular era of the Michigan stadium experience, where one of us will see someone dart past us in the stands and then the announcement will state: "This emergency run for additional sliced jalepenos to go with the stadium nachos is brought to you by your Metro Detroit Fifth Third branches and BP with Invigorate"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Here We Go....||
Something of an eccentric evening here for me. I watched the Tigers game, then some "Fawlty Towers" for kicks and all of this while switching between Guinness Extra Stout and some Boddington's that I picked up earler today. For the moment, I am content spacing out a bit to some Yellow Magic Orchestra as the album "Solid State Survivor" as a nice twilight / evening feel to it:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding Hudl...||
I don't think you can embed anything on Hudl, and I couldn't find much of anything to quite compare to this on YouTube - it is quite impressive though, I will agree. As for his top five, I thought the list on Yahoo! was rather eclectic - including Michigan, there was BYU, Lousiana-Monroe, Southern Methodist and Nebraska, but he also had offers from about a fifth of Division I as well.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ha! Nice...||
This shall likely be filed under:
"Offense, Doing It Right"
...and cross referenced under:
"Getting The Rebound, Doing It Wrong"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Nice To See...||
I will say, this one made me smirk just a bit. Nice to see the confidence coming out at every occasion...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rookie Scale...||
The standard values for NBA rookie contracts are here - (LINK)
According to this, the 21st pick, which is where I believe Mitch went gets the following:
1st year - $1,166,700
2nd year - $1,219,200
3rd year option - $1,271,700
It also gives the percentage increases for a 4th year option and a qualifying offer.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Very Cool News...||
The Deseret, UT paper had a nice spread on this actually, and one of the more intriguing comments regarding wolverine sightings in Utah happened to be:
"I saw one riding my 4 wheeler on the Skyline drive by Fairview last Summer."
The Michigan difference indeed. Obviously, this wolverine spent a bit of time on North Campus, right?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Over At FiveThirtyEight...||
The full estimate for the surviving teams:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Have A Happy Fourth...||
Have a most excellent Fourth Of July, everyone!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yikes Indeed...||
Someone mentioned this above and I tend to agree - the white pullover is probably the only thing in this sampling that even approaches wearable, in my opinion, leaving the other stuff in a category of things where I would probably just cringe and walk away - especially the hats....good lord. My only guess is that Adidas really is not aiming for the MGoBlog end of the market, if you will, but even at that, I really do not understand what is so difficult about creating something that does not look overdone or overdesigned.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Some Interesting Stuff...||
Yeah, the non-analysis of Hoke and hot seat talk definitely inspired an eye roll, but the larger point of the East being the more interesting division regardless probably stands.
As for how interesting things are in the West Division, the author probably could have marked this as the most telling statement regarding that:
Iowa? The biggest news from the “319” this offseason was Kirk Ferentz’s recruiting coordinator resigning so he could open a Culver’s. He’s spending the summer at ButterBurger University. (Not a joke. It’s a 16-week training course in Madison, Wisconsin.)
We knew that, of course, being a resourceful blog, but I do agree - when you have a division where few people know exactly who coaches the Badgers and Iowa has a coordinator who thought Culver's was a greener pasture, an outsider would definitely get the impression that it isn't terribly interesting because, well, it isn't.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Some Quick Numbers...||
Some of you might occasionally use StatSheet and hopefully you find some of the current numbers interesting. The Tigers summary is here - LINK
They do a quick comparison of various stats against the MLB average, and as of end of business yesterday, the Tigers are:
- #2 in batting average (.276)
- #3 in hits (789)
- #6 in runs (378)
- #8 in home runs (87)
- #5 in RBIs (370)
- #9 in stolen bases (56)
That last one is a stat I really find refreshing for this team.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, If Only....||
If he had only been there to tip this one...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||BBC Preview...||
The stage-by-stage preview from the BBC is here - LINK
The English stages sound like some pretty awesome rides actually. In order:
- Leeds-Harrogate (190.5 km)
- York-Sheffield (201 km)
- Cambridge-London (155 km)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||For The Sake Of Comparison...||
Although I am not entirely familair with their metrics, CoachesHotSeat.com makes out the top five in the Big Ten to be - in order - Darrell Hazell (he just got to Purdue - I don't get this entirely), Tim Beckman, Bo Pelini, Brady Hoke and then Randy Edsall (we can include him officially now). All five of them are fit that site's definition of "hot seat" territory, with Hoke being #21 nationally in their opinion. On the cusp, if you will, or "edge of hot seat" as they term it, would be Kyle Flood and then Kirk Ferentz among the Big Ten coaches. Not necessarily agreeing with the order, of course, but it makes for an interesting comparison.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Then Again...||
Then again, of course, when you are West Virginia and you're looking for your fourth defensive coordinator in as many year, you might very quickly work down to the level of asking someone like Tony Gibson if he would like the job, even if you were horrified when he said that he would like it. Just think, however, that this is their chance to have a "never forget" sort of moment in the backfield.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Nice Weekend Indeed...||
At least this morning, I have to fill the time. The best part about this "Friday" for me is as follows:
A) I am leaving at noon or so.
B) The retirement reception (we have a lot of these around this time of the year) had Bob Evans catering, so I have eggs, sausage and biscuits at my desk right now.
C) The storm is more or less done.
I even get to spend the Fourth by myself - my wife works and my kids will be spending the night with my in-laws.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Per The Lansing State Journal||
"The suspects - a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman - were being held in the Ingham County Jail and could face formal charges on Thursday, Michigan State University police Sgt. Paul Kuckek said."
I would hope that they face punishment. It doesn't matter who or where, things like there are NEVER EVER even the slightest bit humorous, if that is what they were going after.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Some Cleanup...||
No More Soccer/Celebrate America Posbang Thread
I really don't think minimalizing the interest in soccer and thereby insulting its audience on this board is really the best premise for a posbang thread, even if you try to mask it with football and patriotic sentiments. Certainly, you can do better than this.
Hoke hot seat
I struggled with this one, but I think it is probably better for the board if this goes as it is bringing out some unnecessary sniping and a lot of very tired arguments regarding something that may very will get discussed often enough during the season, I am sure. Also, it's a holiday week, folks.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Possibilities...||
If he did indeed transfer ultimately, then it should be noted perhaps that his other offers included the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa State, South Florida and CIncinnati. According to the Elkhart Truth, he visited Syracuse in December before deciding to go to Notre Dame, although that perhaps means nothing without first hearing the actual reason he is leaving the team and what his definition of a "better fit" might be. If nothing else, it is a curious thing to leave a team within weeks of arriving.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||See, I Disagree...||
I think what you might be forgetting here is that you do have to consider the individual recent histories of programs in order to wager a guess at these sorts of things.
Granted, a slideshow is an awful format to present these arguments, so this article probably shouldn't be held in any sort of meaningful esteem, but Pelini is on this list, in my opinion, because the recent history of Nebraska football does not include the same sort of instability that Michigan's has.
Pelini has done well by the record, but I think the popular perception is that Nebraska football is entering stagnation under his watch and I would theorize that this is why he would be on such a list. This year might be somewhat telling for Hoke perhaps, but in college football, I don't think there could be uniform criteria for determining who is or is not on the "hot seat".
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The Switch To Over...||
I think that the more I read, the more the switch to the 4-3 Over makes sense to me, so when Don above made a remark about Mattison not saying they would be more aggressive, it reminded me that they are sort of saying that very thing with this switch if I am interpreting things correctly. I could be wrong, but I think the switch to the Over mitigates the spacing issues that I think existed a bit last year and the flip of LBs actually resolves some matchup problems potentially. I am just thinking of theoretical alignments right now as we will not know much for another 5-6 weeks, but the scheme adjustment is perhaps speaking louder than the coaches in some respects.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's The Video...||
Here is the video poriton of it anyway...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That Last Point...||
I thought the last thing that the article brought up was rather interesting, regarding the timing of Appalachian State's official entrance into FBS play versus the conference into which they have gone. It seems like they should be good enough to do OK in the Sun Belt, but you wonder if their recent slide and the performance hit that some teams take from the shock of entering FBS play (or even just changing conferences sometimes) will affect them significantly.
They are right, if you look at their stats from a few years ago versus the stats of the better teams in the Sun Belt, Appalachian State might have even been in the discussion to win that conference possibly (admittedly, my Sagarin calculations are chicken scratch on a circuit map right now).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||For Some Background...||
The Sooners official site provides a little more insight into the reasoning behind the uniforms, at least as they describe it. The full piece is here - LINK
With regards to the white version of the helmet, the article reads:
Nike’s white helmet design pays tribute to Wilkinson’s squads that captured national championships in 1950, 1955 and 1956. Those Oklahoma teams wore white headgear with a signature crimson stripe from crown to base.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If I May...||
Let me pull what I believe to be one of the most compelling things in this article:
That goals above average stat was interesting too. He takes fewer shots than Ronaldo, but his typical shot is also an average of about six yards closer to the goal. I admit to not being as in tune with soccer stats as I am with those in other sports, so this relationship was interesting to me.
Very cool analysis actually. Thanks for sharing this.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Noticing This...||
The fact that we now seem to be out of the running to get Matt Niskanen seems to lend much credence to the notion that the brand equity of the Red Wings is not what it has been recently. The Wingin' It In Motown blog had an article Sunday about how they would pursue Christian Ehrhoff as well, but it seems like the list of good defensemen is a bit short when it comes to UFAs this year. I could be wrong about that though.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Tidbit -||
Survivors by group as of now:
Group A - Brazil
Group B - The Netherlands
Group C - Colombia
Group D - Costa Rica
Group E - France
Group F - Argentina
Group G - Germany, USA
Group H - Belgium
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Especially because I am in a room by myself, processing crews and nervously waiting for the game at 4 PM, thanks for sharing this very good interview.
Hearing him speak confidently about what he believes is possible is pretty reassuring actually, but from the sound of what the players have said, the scheme is being installed in about as smooth a manner as can be managed.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The Tracker...||
Here's the NBA's official free agency tracker, if you are interested in close to real-time updates for everyone available - (LINK)
Some of the more interesting tidbits so far - Ray Allen is reportedly mulling retirement, Shane Battier reportedly is retiring, Billups' contract is not being renewed and Tim Duncan did exercis his option.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Checking The Numbers...||
I've got a little downtime in the midst of storm duty here, so I was looking at the numbers - Silver is giving Argentina a predicted 77% win probability against Switzerland, and Belgium is getting 59% in our game, so a bit closer. I know that it will definitely be the only thing anyone is allowed to watch in the conference room all day here, because if I am stuck with storm, you're watching soccer.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Have An Excellent Day...||
To our friends to the north (or indeed to the south if you happen to be in Detroit), have a most excellent 147th anniversary of the Constitution Act (as it has been known in more recent times), which I believe joined the colonies into their current federal dominion and basically set the structure for the government. Momentous act in Canadian history indeed.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Why Not Indeed...|
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
It's hard to imagine a more dramatic fashion to honor the 1984 team than a walkoff grand slam, so that was rather awesome on several levels. Well, there's also this clip of Gibson's homerun in 1984 with some on-field audio too....
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Of Minor Note...||
One thing that happened a few days ago that I found very intriguing was that the charges against the professor who had been charged with fraud initially might now get those charges dropped. The reason that the prosecutor's office gave - per a Bloomberg article - was that Nyang'oro has been very cooperative in the continuing investigation into academic fraud, so this development might be worth watching.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Some Interesting Stuff...||
It would be nice to see what Doug Karsch and Greg Mattison were talking about translate as they hope it will, and not just the on-the-field performance but the leadership aspect as well. I think the defense - less affected by changes - probably started out on more solid footing in both regards. I know we speculate much about how the offensive and the switch to inside zone is going, but I am equally curious about the move to a 4-3 Over.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not Necessarily....||
You likely wouldn't have a lot of luck at that level in Ann Arbor, but there are a few houses around me that rent out for about that and I live in a reasonable part of the downriver suburbs of Detroit (southern end of Romulus), so they do exist, although they mainly exist in areas with persistently depressed values, it seems.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Great Game...||
It's still fascinating to me that, at the point of this game, I was engaged by not yet married and had neither kids nor a house, and by the time Michigan would beat Ohio State again, I would be married and have two kids and a house. A lot happened in those intervening years indeed.
In any case, this was a wonderful game - I think Braylon and Chris Perry had the brunt of the offensive yards in this one and accounted together for four of the five TDs as well.