|5 years 1 week ago||I also just got into the show||
I also just got into the show having watched Season 1 on Netflix (in the U.S.). Unfortunately S2 is not available on Netflix here, or at least wasn't a couple of weeks ago. You can either pay for S2 or if you're so inclined you might find a sharing / streaming site with it available. Last night's episode was S3E1.
I agree that S2 was not as good due to so much down time at the farm, but it's still a good show and watching the descent of Shane has been entertaining.
I think the best actor in the show is Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl. I can't wait to see if his brother shows up some where down the road.
As far as what was whispered to Rick at the CDC, it can't have been about Lori's pregnancy. My guess is that the virus was man-made and got loose from the CDC.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Win Probability||
Look at it like win probability in ball game. There are 2 options: team 1 wins or team 2 wins. So either team winning is a 50% proposition, right?
In the recruiting realm it's very common to use a percentage estimate of probability, indicating either that a recruit is leaning toward a school or that there are data suggesting that he might be.
Speaking of which, the 24/7 recruiting guy on XM College Sports about 30 minutes ago was asked about DOB. He offered up 55/45 in favor of Michigan, but said he wouldn't be surprised at all if Danny went to UT. But he didn't give much rationale for why he felt that way.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Nice Trailer||
Well done. Thanks for posting and I look forward to watching the series.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Interesting||
Great post. Thanks for doing this.
Right now Wisconsin appears to be by FAR the best team in the conference. Russell Wilson has been superb and gives them the double-threat on O they've often lacked. Now they can MANBALL you all day long with that huge line, then play-action or drop back and torch you through the air. The D looks good, if not great, as well. To my eyes, they have as good a chance as any team to be playing for the MNC.
Illinois might be the second best team in the conference, though it's unclear how good the competition has been. Personally, I think they'll stumble, but time will tell.
Nebraska is the other team that has been impressive. While the "black shirt" D hasn't appeared to be as good as expected, the offense has been efficient, if a bit one-sided towards running. Martinez has shown some flashes in the passing game, but, not unlike UM, they'll need to keep the running QB healthy. If they do, I think they'll show they're the true second best team in the B1G.
After that, questions. Was Sparty a pretender, or were they just undone by a road game against an ND that was much better than its first 2 games indicated (turnovers)? Can Michigan continue its rebound, despite the lack of running game and over-reliance on DRob, and will the D and ST's improve quickly enough to get them above .500 in conference? Is PSU as awful as they appear to be so far? Is karma real and is Ohio unravelling? Will Iowa improve on D enough to challenge for the division? How good can NU be with Persa back?
It will be fun to watch the season unfold to see how things play out.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Kick Coverage||
The ST's overall are much better, but as has been stated, Kick Coverage has been pretty awful. It's amazing to me that this can be so bad. It doesn't seem like an overly complex discipline (though I'm admittedly ignorant on the subject so school me up experts if I'm wrong).
Do we have a coach dedicated to this? We're losing the field position battle horribly on punts and KC. Punts should get better when Hagerup returns but KC has to be a matter of coaching, doesn't it? Surely we can find 11 athletes to stay in their lanes, run down there and make a tackle?
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Good Decisions||
Gallon has consistently made good decisions on special teams. Keep it up, young man.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Going into the season I||
Going into the season I figured we would drop 1 of the non-conference games. SDSU will be a challenge, but we have a good shot of starting the B1G undefeated. And we seem to be improving, slowly but surely. If we can just come out in the spread and use the threat of #16 running to open up the passing and RB game, I think we'll win it. If we come out and try to establish the Power game we'll likely start slow again and it will be more 4Q drama.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Except...||
Except that we seem to be pretty awful at said MANBALL.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Denard's Wrist Band||
On this picture of Denard:
You can just about make out the plays on his wrist band.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Coach Kovacs?||
Listening to / reading his answers, combined with the "great football IQ" that we've heard of so many times (evidenced by his uncanny ability to show up in the right place on the field) I can see this kid coming back some day as a football coach. What an inspiration he is and could continue to be.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||It did sound like they were||
It did sound like they were trying to stir up some controversy among the players. These kids are great, though, and nobody took the bait. I love the attitudes on this team.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Defensive Wheel of Fortune||
Mattison is not yet throwing the proverbial kitchen sink in his defensive alignments / plays but he's getting close. I suppose it would make us hard to scout. He has to be thinking that the talent is sub-par so he has to make up for it with schemes and unpredictability, banking on the likelihood that the average college QB can't adjust quickly enough. High risk? Of course, but thank goodness we have him. Just be glad we're not facing Wisconsin's offense this year. They've been IME the most impressive B1G team by far.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Blitz Adjustments||
I was thinking the same thing on the blitzes. Is Mattison setting something up here for the future? I sure hope so b/c we showed them so early and clearly that the audible adjustments not only negated them but turned at least a couple into big plays. Shouldn't our D leader (Kovacs?) be adjusting to the adjustment?
|5 years 23 weeks ago||41-21 Mich ---- Yes!||
|5 years 23 weeks ago||ND||
Ever since Spartan Bob and his shenanigans (is that an Irish word?) I always root against Sparty. I might forgive them on my death bed. We'll see.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||#1||
I was thinking about the AC versus Braylon issue for jersey #1. I agree with you, blueindy, that AC was the most deserving. But for generations that don't remember AC, they associate the jersey with Braylon. Braylon also endowed a scholarship linked to the #1 jersey, so it might be difficult not to include him as a Legend. I'd guess that #1 will end up representing both AC and Braylon.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Looked Great, But ...||
I thought they looked great. The players and recruits seemed to love them. The game, atmosphere and outcome (despite the many issues we clearly have) were all superb.
But, enough with the "throwback" jerseys. These things were never worn before. If they had just not pretended these were from another era it would not have bothered me.
/Get Off My Lawn
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Texts||
I just texted my ND friends this:
"We've stolen your lucky charms...."
For some reason that seemed to tick them off.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Pressure?||
I didn't follow him that closely, but I don't recall BK getting this worked up last year. Perhaps we're seeing signs of the strain and pressure in the position, and the expectations at ND. These jobs must be so stressful. Between the time commitment, lack of sleep, pressure from fans, alumni, etc., but especially due to the reality that you can't control the result. There's an element of randomness (injuries, bounces, etc.) that must drive these type-A personality types near to breaking when it goes against you in the pressure-cooker of nodern CFB.
Either that, or he's just an A-hole.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Not scoffing||
There's not a lot of scoffing here. RR makes a valid point. He just approaches the game from a different philosphy than the current staff (e.g., impact of the type of O you run on your own D, both in practice and in game). M tried his philosophy. It worked very well last year on O (albeit with a once-in-a-lifetime athlete at QB), but the other elements were horrific. Hence change. His comments are of interest but not very relevant.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Favors M||
I'm a lot more concerned with ND's passing offense than its rushing game. Rain should favor M.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Surely, THE KNOWLEDGE knew||
Surely, THE KNOWLEDGE knew that THE KNOWLEDGE would receive notes casting aspersions on THE KNOWLEDGE's predictions, being able to transcend the temporal dimension that restricts us lesser beings.
Similarly, THE KNOWLEDGE no doubt has already seen what weaker minds will perceive this coming Saturday night.
THE KNOWLEDGE thus already knows that I will predict this, but I will still proceed with my feeble attempt, absent the ability to bend time and space:
UM - 31
ND - 28
Fearless bonus prediction: game will be decided in the 4Q (no OT). Oh, and it will be night time.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Kalis||
That is a glowing endorsement of Kalis.
Come on Mr. Dunn, you want to run behind this line in the winged helmet.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Agreed||
Yeah I noticed that too and was going to post it. Also on that play, Molk pushes a defender almost through the back of the end zone. Not sure it impacted the play, but it was great to see those guys bashing donkeys.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||I know I look real big on HD.||
Great line. Hoke has an amazing way of deflecting questions he doens't want to answer, and there's often some self-deprecating humor in there. I'm glad this guy's our coach.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Nice job||
Informative and entertaining. Barring derps and yacketysax on ND's part (please, please), this looks to be a very tough challenge on both sides of the ball.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Adaptation||
Solid game plans and adaptation to what happens on the field? Amazing.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Nicely done.||
Kudo's for giving some well-deserved attention to Kovacs. I know it took me, like many others I'm sure, a long time to realize that his contribution is hugely greater than what one could expect from his high school recruiting rankings.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Well Done||
Great choices for today, and a great job with the entire "There Are" series by Denarded and his Team.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Too Bad||
This kid would probably transfer back and play for Hoke tomorrow if he could. Too bad the NCAA doesn't allow kids to return to their original school without sitting out a year or any other penalty. I wish we had him right now and hope he has a good career.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Top Notch||
Very nice blending the echoes of the past with the excitement of the coming season. Hail!
|5 years 26 weeks ago||A Keeper||
How do I bookmark this thread so that I can pull it up for every meal?
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Felt it very clearly in DC.||
Felt it very clearly in DC. A colleague in a 5th floor office had her file drawers pop open during the shaking. My office got rattled pretty thoroughly (though I'm happy to report that my aircraft models all came through unscatched).
No power outages or traffic jams that I could see. Everyone was turfed out of their buildings for about an hour while they checked for gas leaks etc. Got back in a short while ago. Seems to have been relatively minor here, which I think is only about 120 miles or so from the epicenter near Charlottesville.
I noticed the local bars filling up pretty quickly. I'm headed to one of them now.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||In between?||
Or perhaps he'll take off at Dilithium speed, while keeping his eyes downfield (I just can't bring myself to add "and his head on a swivel"). Perhaps just before crossing the LOS he'll float one to an incredibly wide open receiver who will then score.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Agree with Misopogon||
I'm inclined to agree with Misopogon. Mostly because of the brilliant use of "Fuck-all". But also on the substance.
Fan excitement notwithstanding, and despite the evidence that the number of returning starters is one of the best indicators of improvement, and ignoring the brilliance (and sheer, unstoppable Mass) of Hoke, Mattison and the rest of the staff .... we have holes. Big holes. Giant, gaping, truck-wide holes that nearly produce event horizons. We are thin. So thin. Wafer thin.
Though even a wafer thin wafer can sometimes cause a glutton to explode, amiright? Can these guys Point and Iron Will these players into 9 wins? Aaargh I don't think so. But please let me be wrong. Please let Mania and Manball and Tremendous Tradition steamroll over other actual football players lined up across from us.
Have I been jaded by the last 3 years, or am I simply trying to view this team rationally? Time will tell but I'm hoping for jaded.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||NCAA12||
They definitely seem to have lifted a lot of the look from the NCAA12 series. Life mimics art? Well ESPN isn't really life I suppose.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Very good news||
So glad to hear a positive update.
Thinking of them singing The Victors is so uplifting.
Best wishes to Austin from a former Saginaw boy and Go Blue!
|5 years 26 weeks ago||WWL||
If you can bring to the WorldWideLeader the same quality you've brought here they will be better off for it. Thanks for all your insights and especially the dignified and respectful manner in which you seem to deal with the recruits.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Welcome||
You can't spell Heiko without Hoke. Welcome.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Welcome||
Welcome, Ace. Recruiting is such a huge part of the CFB landscape now. A great opportunity to you and I look forward to getting your insights over the years.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I force myself to watch every||
I force myself to watch every minute of each game no matter how painful. My hope is that will no longer be punishment.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||The Senator||
Could Tressel come across as any less "senatorial"? It amazes me that image in this transcript is so removed from the image he has carefully cultivated as being intellligent, articulate and a man of great judgment. Is this simply another act he is rolling out for the NCAA? Or is he a stammering dolt?
|5 years 31 weeks ago||The Opening||
When I first heard about the Opening, I thought "what a great idea for Oregon... get all those elite kids in there and they'll fall in love with Oregon." Now from what we're hearing it sounds like it was a great recruiting event for ... Michigan. Our commits recruiting other elite prospects at another school's event? Love it. I know I'm exagerating, and I'm sure other schools (including Oregon) benefitted from it, but it does sound like the event worked out well for us.
On another note, I'm very impressed with the quotes from Bisnowaty, and relieved to hear that our commits won't be taking more visits. Thanks much for the info, Tom.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Japanese Translations||
I work with Japanese clients. For some reason translating English to Japanese produce some incredibly funny moments.
Here is one.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Dude||
You stole my Kipling quote....
.... glad to see you appreciate it as well.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Henne vs MSU||
The url for the photo shows that it's 2005 vs. MSU so that's definitely Henne.
The picture would have been taken in East Lansing on 10/1/2005 during Michigan's 34-31 OT victory.
Henne went 26 of 36 for 256 yards. Avant caught 10 passes for 96 yards and a TD. The TD was UM's second and occured on its second possession, with Avant making a "leaping, 2-yard catch in the corner of the end zone." Mike Hart ran for 218 and a TD in his first game back following a hamstring injury.
The game was won on a 35-yard Garrett Rivas field goal in OT.
This followed the 2004 game in EL in which Sparty blew a 27-10 lead with 8:43 left before losing in triple overtime.
"When Michigan State is ranked ahead of you and you're Michigan, it's not good. That's pressure in itself," Hart said. "We were 2-2. That's pressure within itself. We don't ever lose three games a year. If we lost three, what would that make us look like? We knew it was a must-win."
Hoke WILL bring us back to that place again.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Brady & Avant||
Great choice of pictures for Avant. I love that celebration shot with him and Brady. I think I see green in the background as well so that might be at Sparty?
|5 years 34 weeks ago||PS3 Demo||
I played a couple of games last night. It looks good visually, but IMO only marginally better than last year. They seem to have spent an awful lot of effort on the pre-game presentation for each team, which is nice but mostly fluff.
The blocking and tackling definitely seemed more realistic. But I was able to get 7 sacks on All-American playing agains Texas. With 2 minute quarters. Something's definitely wrong with the CPU's line protection and will need to be tweaked.
I hadn't heard about the Road to Glory changes. These actually sound really good. It will be fun to play through and entire high school season. I hope you can change quarter lengths in that mode because that was annoying in the past.
I agree about progression in Dynasty. Are we sure it wasn't tweaked?
Other things that will justify for me the added expense: coaching carousel, custom playbooks, dilithium dreads streaking through decimated OSU defense.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Pipkins?||
I'm hoping that Pipkins is a silent commit and O'Brien is bing told "only one more spot" because that would make two. Hoke has talked repeatedly about the imporance of the "guys up front" on both sides of the ball, so it's hard to square that plus 4-3 D with only one of the 2 being taken if they both want to commit.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||I wait||
I usually wait 2 weeks or so because I don't like playing without decent rosters and I don't to take the time again to create them myself (done that too many times!).
So I'd also go for this type of preorder if someone finds one.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Quarter Length But....||
Quarter length is the issue. But if you want to get your guy the Rimington, just use Player Lock and lock in on your OL. You can then flatten the guy across from him. I get tons of pancakes that way, particularly in short yardage and goal line situations.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Cue the IRS||
$40K in undisclosed income (allegedly) can be pretty serious. If the IRS investigates more could come out. Feds from multiple agencies fact-checking with subpoena powers could shine some much-needed light.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||NCAA12||
Can't wait to update the NCAA12 roster when it comes out to remove TP and everyone else who's gone by season opener.... That will be a truly enjoyable task.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Dreads?||
Did I see dreads?
Oh, hell yeah!
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Waitress?||
It could be that I've been working too hard this week, but it appears to be a busty waitress serving up a delicious milkshake.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Order is Being Restored?||
"...Michigan has plenty of talent in the pipeline"
I had to stop and read that a few times. Then I read it again. There was a time, no, an era, when we would not only have thought nothing of those words, but would have littered our measley blog posts with outrage and doom if it were ever not the case. But this has not been true for quite some time now. To read this suggests the possibility that order is being restored.
Thank you, Brady Brunch.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||But.. Denard will be throwing more||
If UM's 2011 offense looks more like SDSU's 2010, one could expect Denard to throw more like 375-400 passes.
Even if you assume his INT ratio will be lower (not at all a given due to the change in offensive philosophy, and reduced number of incredibly wide open receivers moving from spread offense), it seems reasonable to expect more, not fewer INT's.
Lindley, for example, threw 14, compared to Denard's 11.
On another point, what the statistics Brian references seem to say to me is: from a big picture perspective, TO margin is essentially random year to year. Or at least behaves as though it were random. Of course, coaches still need to coach it, and we all will discuss it. Just don't get too carried away in predicting it.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Individual Players||
It's still useful for assessing the performance of individual players, which is the main reason I read the UFR. Most of these guys will be back next year and it helps to have max info on their performances when forecasting the date of their transfer or injury.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Repression||
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Outmatched||
I don't ever recall seeing a Michigan defense so outmatched (though it's distinctly possible that I've sublimated worse performances, just as I will repress the trauma of this performance immediately after the season is over and hope once again futiley taunts me).
I expected their offense to have its way, and it did. Wisky's O-line simply dominated, and its big backs pounded away at our undersized D. Tolzien picked us apart methodically, just enough to keep up the pass threat.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||It will take an upset of OSU||
That's a great comparison and shows that by any objective standard Denard should be in the mix (as he was, indeed the front-runner in many minds, early in the season when UM was undefeated). The overall team success is the issue, and IMO it will take an upset of tOSU, and a great game by DRob, to put him back into contention.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Amazing||
Denard surpassed Rick Leach's senior season TD production in his first year as starter. With 2 games to go.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Executions?||
Harsh, but perhaps fair.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Blocked||
dmarco, you got UMG'ed.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Michigan 52 BG 30||
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I feel the same way...||
This is priceless. Well done, sir.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Zettel||
Skipping an official visit to Iowa to watch M on TV. Awesome. I'm just glad he doesn't have a Tivo.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Mike Martin||
I don't think I've seen an NT perform like this guy at Michigan since, hmm, Rob Renes maybe. I expected Martin to be a beast, indeed, but he is exceeding that. Playing nose in a 3-man front and not just clogging the middle, in and of itself, is an accomplishment (maybe the 3-3-5 stack is different?) but this guy is making plays. Huge plays. BG-ish plays.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Texts from my ND friend||
ND Fan. First Quarter: "Crist + TDJ = God is on our side"
ND Fan Fourth Quarter: "Did u c that rainbow? Told u."
ND Fan Fourth Quarter: "My God, my God, y have u forsaken me?"
ND Fan post-game: "2 years in a row. I hate u (Denard is a WMD)"
|6 years 23 weeks ago||BK at end of first half...||
It was probably a mistake for BK not to take the safe 3 at the end of the first half, but I can see the rationale to be aggressive there. It was definitely a mistake IME to throw the ball with Montana running well and throwing like, well, someone not named Montana.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Great post||
I'm going to this game (traveling from DC) primarily to see Brock lead the team out. That is a moment that I would not want to miss for anything.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Lame||
Brian, I think it's time to organize an MGoCampaign against this travesty.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Little Confused on X Receiver's Location||
Great stuff. I'm loving the series so far.
But I'm a bit confused with the location of the "X" receiver in some formations.
E.g., when you switch from I Right to I Left, the X receiver is switched to the opposite side as the Y receiver. I suspect if you actually audibled to reverse the play, one receiver would back away from the line, and one would step forward, switching their roles on the play, right? But is it necessary that they do that, or could you leave the strong side receiver (lined up on same side as TE in Y position) on the LOS? Is there some rule that makes that receiver have to back off the LOS if you flip the play's direction?
Also, in the Ace, the X receiver is off the line. I assume it's because with the H receiver you now already have 7 on the line, but is the X receiver still the X if he's not on the LOS (see your definition of the X receiver)?
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Comedy gold||
There's comedic gold at the end of that rainbow. +1 to you, sir.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Great kid||
Seems to have a little Belushi in him.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||If it lasts...||
If it last for more than 4 hours seek medical attention.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Seconded||
Countdown to Kickoff, now Dilithium charged.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||I agree||
Maizenbluedevil, I totally agree with your post. I'm banking my points, though, so sorry but I'm not going to upvote you. Instead I'm posting this substance-less message to point out that I totally agree with your post. In short, I agree.
(Okay I think you get the point)
|6 years 28 weeks ago||True but...||
That could be achieved by making negs cost points but allowing posbangs to be free. Personally, I think that would be a more fair solution to the ~200-point types (ahem, cough, cough).
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Blogenomics?||
Honestly as someone who works a "normal" job, I have almost literally no idea of the economics of blogs. I've assumed that the business case for blogging is weak for most people and that it's done as an act of creative expression / hobby. But that for a few sites that really capture a lot of eyeballs the economics can become attractive due to, I assumed, compensation from click-throughs. I'm not asking for any inside info, but is the Coach's premise based on reality? Does a blog like this really depend to a large extent on voluntary donations?
That asked, I'm all for both ideas (donation day and sponsored tailgate event).
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Spartan Bob||
LOL BiSB good one.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Yes, Cullen will save us.||
Yes, Cullen will save us.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Chants||
Never attend an academic institution that uses the word "weagle" in its chant.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||I had a vision....||
Well, actually it happened in NCAA11 on my PS3.
October 8, 2011. Michigan is 4-0 going into conference play versus Wisconsin at Camp Randall.
Senior John Clay is breaking quite a few tackles, leading Wisconsin to a 24-17 lead half-way through the third.
Michigan features Fitzgerald Toussaint at RB and is using Stephan Hopkins as the short-yardage power back. Robinson at QB.
Toussaint goes down for the game with an injury on a bone-jarring tackle. In comes.... number 32 true freshman Dee Hart. Robinson and Hart lead UM to a come-from behind road upset against the undefeated, #10 badgers. Hart picks up 80 yards, including a 52-yard burst down the side line on the stretch play for the game-winning TD, and 4 catches for another 25 yards. His play keys the victory, setting him up for an amazing career.
Dee, I have seen it. You should have seen the crowd go silent, the only sound some of them cursing your name under their breaths. You should see yourself in the winged helmet, like I have, streaking down the sideline. And when you're back in the Big House, you should hear 110,000+ fans screaming for you, and for the restored glory of Michigan Football. I've heard it, and it's a beautiful thing. Make it real, Dee!
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Slots||
This offense can also take advantage of the speed of the slot receivers (and as mentioned the QB's). There will be no shortage of speed.
I really like Hopkins as power back though. I expect the kid to pound the rock into the end zone quite often from short yardage (no more Illinois wtf ugh's).
|6 years 28 weeks ago||The Main Thing||
RR and DB are righting this ship, boys. Believe it. Remember 1969.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||YMRMFSPA||
Mouse over it.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Hmm||
1. Never had this issue (I'm on PS3)
2. Yup. That's been true for a long time. It was horrible in NCAA10. It's actually much improved this year. You can also tweak it via the new slider that controls the variance of player speed.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||I'm totally for it..||
... but only if it also creates a glowing neon aura around the ball.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Wow||
That's some Jackie Chan shit.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Living up to his potential||
I'll never forget the young BG dominating at the end of the PSU game in what if I remember correctly was his sophomore season. From that point forward he stayed the course, put in the hard work, said all the right things and really lived up to his potential as a college player. Now it sounds like he'll do the same in the NFL. Can't wait to watch it.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Still not clicking||
I doubt they have the technology to classify stories as "positive to UM" or "negative to UM" then analyze the clicks on those stories. I'll play it safe. No click for me.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Desmond||
I was hoping that Desmond would speak up and let his colleagues and the audience know that Dee is considering Michigan. Maybe he didn't know?
|6 years 30 weeks ago||Yes!||
Awesome commit. Welcome aboard KJ.
Please, please, please just one little video of the family singing the fight song. In this era of the ubiquitous camera, it simply MUST be true that someone filmed this.
|6 years 30 weeks ago||Think you mean...||
Fo net ix
/boggle at the irony of not calling it "Hooked on Fonix"
|6 years 30 weeks ago||11-40-4||
Why do they hate us? See the above numbers.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||The problem with prognosticators...||
... is that they keep making predictions about the future based upon the past.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Summary||
My approach is working well (Varsity). Similar to what's been posted but here's a summary:
- Week 1: Offer every prospect of your target caliber that has you as #1. One or more will likely commit on the spot.
- I don't think it matters much how many prospects are on your board, but you'll only be able to actively recruit 12-16 or so or you'll spread yourself too thin. I keep a larger board just to be able to move kids up when I drop others. For some reason, some players don't seem to build up a lot of negative points even if you ignore them, so you have a chance to pick them up later.
- Use your initial calls to identify interests. Change topics as needed to move away from weak pitches for your school. Save your promises until you're out of Change Topics and are stuck with a weak pitch. (I haven't figured out yet what happens if you break promises though. Is there an "Integrity" score for coaches like there was a few years ago?) If you wind up with a bad topic for you and can't avoid it, find someone else on their list that is worse than you and compare, so at least you get some net positive result.
- If I'm getting behind on a prospect that has other offers, I'll go ahead and offer even if I'm not #1. If I'm hanging in there, I'll try to hold off on the offer.
- Schedule visits for rivaly games (MSU game in A2 is awesome for visits) for the bonus. Schedule the visit when you have an unfavorable pitch come up as another means of avoiding talking about weak pitches for your school. I like to offer in advance of the visit so there's a chance of the on-the-spot commit.
- If you get behind by 400 drop the prospect. You are not likely to catch up (unfortunately you can no longer spend more than 60 minutes on any one prospect like you could in the past).
- If you don't make the cut, drop the prospect. E.g., if they've narrowed down a top 5 and you're their #7 school, it's very unlikely they'll commit (the rumor is that you CAN move into a recruit's Top 10 list before they've narrowed it, but I haven't seen this happen yet).
- Once you get a commit at a position, you might want to ignore other highly-ranked players at that position unless you really need more bodies. Pick up 3-stars without offers for depth. In general, the approach that worked in the past was to go for multiple prospects for any position, with the chance of getting 1 or more. Now, it seems to work much better to target just one key prospect at a position and really focus on that player, then try to add depth later with lower-ranked players (particularly "Athletes").
Hope this helps.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Points||
Click on the recruit. You see his stats on one tab, his pitch interests on another, and his school interests on a third. By each school there is a point figure that shows how far that school is behind the leader. That's how you can tell how far back you are. For some reason, though, on the Online Dynasty website it only shows you % to commit and does not, as far as I can tell, show you the number of points you are behind.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Stadium Steps||
Sounds like the right solution. (It always amazed me that whenever it was reported that players were running steps at 5:30 in the morning, it was also reported that Coach Carr was out there checking up on them at that ungodly hour. Wonder if RR will do the same?)
They need to put a flight of steps in back of the new press boxes/club seating structures just to give them that extra distance to run.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||+1 to you||
+1 for NCAA11 recruiting reference. Is it bad that I dreamed about landing two 5-stars on the same day I beat Sparty to go 6-0 on the year?
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Resembles your userpic||
Resembles your userpic, SchupanBlue.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||No Big Deal but Not Very Funny||
The Onion is usually funny, but this piece was a bit lame. If they're going to target Michigan, I just wish it would be a funnier piece. Satire should be razor sharp. This was stale, fetid and mushy.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Very Impressive Highlight Reel||
In most of the plays on that reel he either delivers the ball very quickly and accurately, or buys time with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield, often making the throw while on the run. On some, he turns it upfield and runs very effectively. We also seem him running the read option. Looks like a great fit for the UM offense. Plus a 3.3 GPA on top of that. Thanks TomVH and Ricardo! Nick, we'd love to see you in Maize and Blue.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Thanks TomVH and Ricardo||
Excellent news re. the new Hart. Dee we love you and can't wait to see you strap it on for Michigan.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Nice Nick||
+1 for your nickname, pee on freep.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Hmm||
I like your idea that the time is coming when the majority of the M fan base accepts RR. I agree that will come with sustained winning, and people seeing what his offense can do with high levels of talent.
I hope you're right that it will come this year. I doubt it will occur on September 4th, though. First, that's a tough matchup. Second, even if we do well, the majority of M fans will discount the success as "it's just UCONN," probably without a lot of understanding that UCONN is a good team.
I think that moment will only come with 9 or more wins, probably only with a Big10 championship, and truly hit home only after a win over Tosu (think Bo 1969). That will happen in the not too distant future. Unlikely this year, but possible next.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||Should be a Big Upgrade||
I'm hooked on the series and have played every version since '03. Like anything else in life, it does of course have flaws, but I think 11 is going to be a big step up.
Overall, the Good list outweights the Bad and Ugly by a wide margin, meaning for me this is a must-have and a fairly big improvement over the prior next-gen offerings.
|6 years 34 weeks ago||The Rage||
It will be interesting to see if his Rage style of play will lead to the same type of injury problems with Da Bears that plagued him in Ann Arbor. I really hope he can stay healthy enough to contribute. Hats off to you, Brandon Minor.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||You only need the thumb...||
|6 years 35 weeks ago||In case you missed it||
The Daily Show did a hilarious bit on the Brits' disdain for US soccer (couldn't figure out how to embed this one).
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Your Tin Foil Hat is Strapped On Way Too Tightly||
You really think that people inside the Michigan Athletic Department are negatively recruiting prospects that M is targeting? First of all, there is absolutely no evidence for your assertion. Secondly, may I refer you to Occam's razor?
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Figure Skating?||
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Agree but..||
I agree that DRob will over the course of the season probably prove to be the best fit for this offense if he can maintain the level of play he showed in the spring game. But I really doubt that he'll be the starter for game #1.
I think Tate's experience, knowledge of the offense and 99 Moxie rating will win out in practice and he'll lead the team onto the field against UCONN. If Tate can play well (great point above about improved line play helping him out) and move the ball, RR will have to find a way to get Denard onto the field even with Tate at QB.
If Tate falters, or looks just average, I think DRob will get his chance to show he can move the ball. Best case scenario for DRob will be starting a game though, not coming in in relief and facing a large deficit, forcing him into a pass-fest. He needs to be able to have a good mix of running, passing and play-action in order to really get this offense clicking the way RR has constructed it.
Here's hoping that DGard can enjoy his season from the side-line and redshirt while watching two productive QB's battle for the starting job.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Mealer||
Agree about Mealer. The way the UM football staff has treated the Mealer brothers should make us all proud. There will not be a dry eye in the house when Brock leads the team out of the tunnel for the UCONN game, with Elliott at his side.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||In NCAA11...||
Try spreading it out first half. Fling the ball around, mixing in some read option and some play action. As Brian pointed out in UV today, the read option now works (I've been testing it in the demo and it really does). The spread will be very effective I think; child's play with a mobile QB.
Get up by two or more scores by half time or maybe the third, then switch to ball control while the other guy has to abandon the run. Go "aggressive" on tempo until you get a big enough lead, then "conservative" to burn clock.
Now, unfortunately this will probably not transcend the video game world and apply in RL, due to the god-awfulness of our defense. In the real world, we'll need to pour on the points the entire game, IMHO. UCONN will be a test. This offense should target in the high-30's in terms of point production every game. I think we're going to need it.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||AC||
Can you imagine what AC would have done in a pass-first offense? He was really a remarkable athlete.
Michigan has been blessed with a large number of truly great receivers over the years. But AC stands above them all for me.
I'll never forget listening to Ufer call the big receptions by Carter. The root of my addiction, right there.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Charter||
She should have chartered her own airplane with that much, um, cargo, to move. Fewer questions asked.
|6 years 35 weeks ago||Proposement?||
This totally should be a word.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Good Info||
I'm also hoping to score 4 or so for this game. Thanks for the info.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Brand||
People are talking about holding onto the brand. Have any of you ever done any branding work? An organization's name is part of its brand, but not the same thing. Many companies have changed names, usually doing so in order to improve the brand. For example, in 2001 Anderson Consulting (a famous name in its sector) became Accenture. In 2002, KPMG Consulting became Bearing Point.
Of course there are many other examples of name changes done in order to distance the company from some prior negative association (Worldcomm to MCI, ValuJet to Airtran, Philip Morris to Altria, etc.).
The point is that when the name no longer fits, it can be changed and if it's done right the brand is not lost. In fact it should be improved.
Having a conference name with a number in it that no longer has any meaning is poor brand management. The conference needs a new name. If I were advising them, I'd suggest choosing one without a number to avoid this in the future. They phase in the new name over time to transfer the brand value to it. Very doable.
By the way, this site lists some of the famous corporate name changes. My favorite is Yahoo, which was originally Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web, and is an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle".
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Operation Sports||
Try posting on the Operation Sports forums?
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Extra Ranch Sauce?||
Could this be the secret to Denardicle's dylitheumness?
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Scholarship Limits||
My understanding is that it's a limitation with the Xbox hardware. Too bad they can't let us PS3 players have 85 (btw we only get 70 on both platforms).
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Sideline||
Yeah I was wondering this as well. It's not supposed to be for audibles, but for the no-huddle. Whenever I've used it though (on the PS3, clicking the triangle at the end of the prior play) I don't see them looking to the sideline. Maybe there's another way to enter the no-huddle mode?
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Custom Rosters||
First of all, don't pay for rosters. There are sites that try to do that (and some have been alleged to have taken free rosters, repackaged them and charged for them without attribution).
A couple of weeks after the game comes out there will be full rosters available (with names and probably some adjustments). The best-known is by Pasta Padre.
Sadly, the roster I use every year is by someone called Buckeye02. Go to the EA Locker, search by that name and d/l the roster file. Then load up that file before starting a game, or new dynasty, or new Road to Glory.
Of course, you can mod it yourself and resave under a new name and have your own custom roster file which you can then share in EA Locker if you wish. I'll post mine when it's done (it will be a modification of Buckeye02's roster most likely) and link it here.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Make it so..||
I love this proposal. The 9th game will be difficult to get done for reasons stated above, but nothing else I've seen comes even close to the balance of this proposal.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||On the playbook||
The playbook has all the same options as before. You just have to go to Advanced playbook. On PS3 I think it's R3 (pushing down the right stick). Also, if you hold down L2 (iirc) in advanced, you can bluff plays and scroll screens of plays at a time, not just one at a time. Takes some getting used to but I don't think it's any less capable than prior versions.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Excellent post on visors||
The only possible exception being the green accounting visor, especially at a poker game.
One of my favorite things in sports is when Steve Spurrier whines and throws his visor on the ground. Always a classic.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Lose the numbers||
They need to get rid of the numbers in conference names in order to promote mega-alliance-reshuffling-conspiracy-theories and associated names and logo's.
They should probably go with the "Great Lakes Conference", but the marketing yahoos would probably come up with something like "the Quizno's Power Smash Bash College Football Conference, sponsored by Samsung" (though I do like the ring of QPSBCFC).
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Goodbye lunch hour.||
If your focus is on dynasty mode, this will be fantastic. Some people sim recruiting, but if you enjoy that aspect of it, web-based recruiting should be hugely better than console-based, if only because the UI will be much more friendly. I'm psyched.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Excellent point||
I didn't forget Nick (because I've never heard of him). But glad to see that name giving Andre a run for his money.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Lucky in Lincoln||
Lucky in Lincoln
I remember it so well
She was a husker
|6 years 37 weeks ago||NCAA10||
You can't in NCAA 10. You can switch spots with another team in Dynasty mode, but not rearrange the conference itself afaik. I really hope they let you do this in 2011 (which ironically comes out in 2010; demo out next week and game out early July).
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Interesting Read||
The article Jedi links is indeed interesting. It posits Jim Delaney as a machiavellian mastermind, playing chess while his opponents played checkers. It suggests that his opposition to the Plus One playoffs was intended to starve the B12 of the revenues it needed to survive, forcing its disollution and the resultant conference realignment.
It begs the question: once the realignment has happened and Delaney has his spoils, will he switch his view of playoffs?
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Yruretagoyena||
It would make me so happy to see that glorious 13-letter name sprawling all the way across the back of a Meechigan jersey, and wrapping around both sides. Would this be the longest name in our football program since Biakabatuka (coming in at a modest 11 letters)?
|6 years 37 weeks ago||The Game||
Isn't this simple? If UM/OSU are in separate divisions, and they each win their division, then the winner of The Game wins the conference. No reason to play it again.
I suppose we'll hear about logistics, scheduling the stadium, advertising, etc. But ffs if they just did it 2 weeks earlier we do NOT need to replay it (unless tOSU won, natch).
|6 years 37 weeks ago||We can do better||
Are their cheerleaders allowed to transfer as well?
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Charts?||
I can't keep all this straight. Who can offer charts? Charts please?
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Check Mate||
I'd add that the quote (I refuse to click to the Yellow Press) is idiotic. DD is "disposable" because he's only "judged" based upon his athletic prowess and not his academic capability? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? This is exactly the opposite of what happened. I think it was the wrong thing to do, but UM denied admissions to this kid from an academic perspective. Academics trumped athletics. Now he complains the kid is thrown aside because only athletics matter? Unless the context of the quote is much different, this is exceptionally dull, even by Sharp standards.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Philanthropy||
PR is a great driver of philanthropy. We all remember LC's great support of Mott Children's Hospital. Does the mgoblogosphere have any info on RR's charitable involvement? Perhaps he needs to make a push in this area. It won't replace "W"s, but it could help and couldn't hurt.
The big difference of course is that Rockefeller was wildly successful in his core job function. He just needed to work on image (PR). RR needs to be successful as well.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||By that logic||
It was sunny for the last 7 straight days, so it can't possibly rain tomorrow.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Food for thought||
I was thinking of this as well. It's clear that the nagging problems within the administration at WVU represented a significant strike in RR's mind. The support the program needed wasn't there. Now this at M.
Let's say he wins 8 and 10 games in the next two years with a BCS bowl and top 10 finish in 2011 (a man can dream). Now the offers will come in for him and -- just when we all want him to stay -- he might remember these slights, especially if they've continued.
I don't know how much control Brandon has over redoubts of the administration that lie outside of the Athletic Department. He might have to go to MSC over those issues, and will she be willing to take on the academic bureaucrats? Time will tell.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Just Imagine ...||
.. the additional hits they'd have if all of us protesting the Yellow Press were visiting their site as well.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Feeling Maudlin...||
This farce saddens, shames us all
End this long winter
|6 years 37 weeks ago||Don got it right...||
The old school media can't hold a candle to the best of the "new school", such as this blog. It's pretty remarkable that major newpapers are relying on blogs as a primary source of info, being scooped by blogs, and being outclassed by blogs by nearly every measurement. The tide is really turning.
|6 years 37 weeks ago||First Time Poster||
Long time lurker here as well (formerly active on the World Crossing site and before that, the freep, may the heavens forgive me). Also yet another alumn with an intense passion for UofM.
The Dorsey situation has also motivated me to sign up and join the discussion, though this has now been my primary source for M sports info for quite some time. First, kudos to Brian and Tom for the great work in general, and specifically on this subject.
Second, re. Dorsey. It seems to me there are 3 possibilities:
1. Admissions is just trying to do its best according to its standards. However, it's been reported that admissions in some fashion supported the move to sign him to an LOI. So what's changed? It's possible that some new information has come to light of which we aren't aware.
2. RR bungled. Because he's intent on shooting himself in the foot at every opportunity, RR pushed it with admissions, signed this kid to an LOI over their objections or, at the least, serious concerns, and now can't get him admitted. This only makes sense if the report that the move was supported by admissions around signing day is false. Under any scenario, though, this is yet another perceived blunder by Coach Rodriguez. I've personally been in his camp from the beginning but he needs to start producing good news out of Ann Arbor, ideally in the form of 8 or 9 wins. Pray that the Michigan Loving Gods stop frolicking in Valhalla and return their attention to our benighted football program this fall, or be ready for years more frustration.
3. There remains an anti-RR component inside the administration, despite Brandon's attempts to eradicate it. At the very least, RR does not have the clout with admissions that it appears other coaches have had. At worst, there are individuals within the administration actively seeking to undermine this head coach and his program (dare one suggest a cabal without being offered a tin-foil hat picture in return?). I'm very confident that David Brandon will continue to flush them out where he can, but his ability to do that is concentrated in the Athletics Department, and he'll also need RR to deliver some wins this fall (I think the magic number is 7 for getting RR to 2011) to continue to protect him.
All that said, I view this through two lenses. What's best for the student athlete? Based on what I've read (acknowleding it's possible that Admissions could have significant info to the contrary) I have little doubt the best thing for Dorsey is for someone to tell him that it's going to be tough, he'll have to work his ass off, but to honor the pledge at signing day and give him his chance at Michigan. If he fails, at least UofM kept its word and he had his chance.
What's best for the University, then? Again, unless there are "character" issues that go way beyond the Yellow Press reports, and undermine the apparent turn-around in his life, hands down the best move for UofM is to honor its commitment, give the kid an opportunity to play. Again, if character issues arise while he's on the team, corrective actions can be taken, as has been done many times in the past.
I too am extremely disappointed by this incident. Yes, I want to see him on the field in the maize and blue. Yes, it's partially because he appears to be an exceptional talent at a position of critical need. But also because of his media crucifixion by the Yellow Press, and the unpalatable idea that my beloved alma mater would fail to fulfill its promises to a troubled student athlete trying to turn his life around.
Thanks for reading my wall-of-text first post. :)