|8 weeks 1 day ago||Seems to be running a bit too upright||
though I'm not a RB coach. Any expert opinions?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||This wasn't your point, but||
a NYD bowl in Marquette would be awesome.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||If an SEC team (LSU, say)||
that lost two out of its last three games and finished third in its division made the playoffs, it would be an outrage.
The Orange Bowl is fine. Good chance to play a big name team and hopefully end the season on an up note.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Are you saying...||
we had subs, it was crazy?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||If he's healthy, Spike could make a run for||
B1G sixth man of the year - he'd be the second Michigan transfer to achieve that... in a row.
|20 weeks 15 hours ago||Verdell Jones||
As an IU fan, I watched (sometimes through my fingers) during the first couple of Crean years, when Verdell was IU's primary point guard and scoring threat. He was... an ok B1G player, and a nice (and starting) piece as a senior on IU's 2011 Sweet 16 team. But the dude wasn't cut out to be the go-to scorer and ballhandler, which was the situation his first couple of years. Lots of turnovers and many questionable decisions led to significant inefficiency.
Frankly, that seems to be where OSU was mired last season - a young team with some talent but little identity or experience playing together, with an underclassman guard trying to do it all. That almost never works out. So, Lyle may end up, like Jones did, as a critical cog on a team with multiple offensive threats - a guy who, when he didn't have to be the everything guy, could be quite solid, though not all-B1G level.
But that'll depend on Matta's ability to actually build a team. The massive roster churn OSU has been experiencing may make that difficult to accomplish. IU has had a pretty quiet year-plus now on that front, much to my relief. Can Matta bloom again, late in his career? Or are his best years behind him? I'm hoping for the latter.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||One suggestion: how about App Programming?||
MIT has a pretty slick programming environment to get non-programmers doing creative things with their Android smartphones. It interfaces with the phone's various sensors, and is pretty cool. You don't actually have to write code, and the videos and examples are pretty straightforward. I used this to get my then 7th grade daughter interested:
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Warren Central was phenomenal that year||
I was a HS senior that year, and my school had the misfortune of hosting Warren Central for our homecoming. They were a lot more than Jeff George. Big line, great RB, good, tall receivers, and an outstanding defense. #1 nationally all season long.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Here's why the line increased||
Michigan was expected to be an improved team this year. Ohio State was ending nearly an entire class to the NFL. Consequently, the national betting scene was more uncertain about Ohio State's prospects in the summer than about Michigan's.
Evidently OSU reloaded just fine. Hence the line sliding down, even with Michigan having a good season. Other than the magnitude of the beatdowns, the Wolverines were expected to be undefeated at this point.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Good grief, it's not Mordor||
It's a Michigan town full of Michiganders. There will be thousands of M fans there. Many families will have fans of both programs in attendance.The tailgating scene is a lot of fun. You probably don't want to sit too close to the student section. That would go for any B1G venue, though.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe I spoke too soon||
Lions recover the funble in Eagles territory. Over 2 to play, down 2.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||It's what they do best||
Same ol' Lions.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||It's never good||
when the cannon goes off prematurely.
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||Indiana under Bill Mallory||
beat Earl Bruce twice. One of those was the origin of Bruce's "Darkest day in Ohio State football history" quote. That's the last time the Hoosiers have won against the Buckeyes.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||A water tower in Ypsi||
in case you really weren't sure. It's right on Washtenaw Ave by EMU's campus. And yes, it's the world's most phallic erection.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Well, you have to pick your battles||
And you have to know when to stop digging!
|27 weeks 6 days ago||You can pick your threads||
and you can pick your nose,
but can you pick your thread's nose? Wait. Let me try that again.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Well, the poster a ways up||
did say Rudock came out today. This board need to work on phrasing!
|32 weeks 6 days ago||In-state U of M is on par with||
really good private schools. Michigan was the most expensive option of my daughter's 4 choices by a substantial margin: Stanford, Carleton, and MSU were all thousands of dollars less per year.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I'll chip in on elite private schools bit||
My daughter will be a freshman this fall. She got into Michigan (in-state), but despite being awesome, received basically no support. Cost of attendance would be about 27K. Again, that's in-state.
She was also accepted to Stanford. Cost of attendance there would have been 19K. Stanford and most other top private schools carve deep discounts. I make just over 6 figures and don't consider myself low-income at all, but by the standards of Stanford and the Ivies I guess I am.
That said, my kid did exceptionally well in HS, and I was very fortunate financially as a result. With two more coming along, though, we may have to move to plan B or C.
|33 weeks 8 hours ago||Plenty of people in the South make cider and graff||
I assume using bottom-shelf apple juice from the grocery, so it's still drinkable! And you'll have a really interesting wort to include - the graff recipe seems pretty basic on this. Your strategy of concentrating your runnings down seems like an excellent idea..
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||Probably a graff would be most welcome on this thread||
I've never brewed a beer (I've helped others from time to time); however, I'm in my third year of cidermaking. One of my recipes is for a malted cider commonly called graff. The foundational recipe and megathread at HomebrewTalk has plenty of info if you are interested in trying this once cider season really gets going in a few months.
Some modest suggestions from my personal experience, if you are interested in trying this out:
1. If you can, use good, late season unfiltered cider from an orchard. Most grocery store apple juice comes from China and won't add anything interesting. Here in Michigan, October and November juice makes better cider than September juice. More sugar, and more complex flavor. I've used cider yeast and S-04 yeast, and have been happy with both.
2. Cider making is a lot like winemaking, I gather. Throw yeast in a carboy with juice and wait a couple of months before bottling or kegging - there's no boil. Once I sanitize, brew day lasts about 5 minutes for straight cider - the basics are much simpler than beer. Someone getting into this from beer will really have no problem - sanitation, fermentation, and bottling methods are all about the same.
3. Graff is a bit trickier than straight hard cider only because you will boil a gallon of wort (I do 3-gallon batches, so my personal recipe is about 2.5 gallons of juice and a bit over half a gallon of wort. Handling that on the stovetop is pretty straightforward). But it takes time for this stuff to condition nicely. Give it at least two months in the carboy. You won't be sorry.
4. So what is the result like? My favorite graff (I've made 5 separate batches now) is amber and clear with a modest head. Dry (it will ferment dry, down close to 1), but with a thicker mouthfeel than straight cider due to the malt, and tart/acidic cidery flavor - if you've had craft dry cider, like that! The finish is a bit herbal/hoppy, and I imagine would depend a lot on the choice of hops. Personally, I think it's easy to over-hop cider - just a quarter-ounce of Tettnang in a 3 gallon batch is enough, IMO. If aged less than two months it will be a little rougher to drink, but mine gets very smooth by 3 months - I have a batch on tap that I started back in November, and it is tremendous. Graff seems more like a beery cider than a cidery beer, if that makes any sense. Alcohol content will be around 6-8%, so I don't exactly drain multiple pints of it at a sitting.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Far more than the Browns||
Check this link out (aplogies for bleacher report, but I found this one pretty informative). The bigger question is, how devenfise backfield get pragnent?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Washing down a sandwich||
with a rhubarb cider I put together last summer. Dry, fizzy, solid rhubarb finish on top of a good apple base. Mmm.
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||My limited experience||
suggests that we have tremendous flexibility in integrating beer concepts with cider. There's a whole gradient of possibilities.I'm excited to experiment some more this fall.
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||So you're saying||
that Jacksonville is your sleeper pick?
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||Something I know about!||
I did 24 gallons of cider this year. Living in Michigan I find myself surrounded by great apples and sweet cider, and figured I'd try it out.
Of course this means I don't need to boil, though there is a nice malted, lightly hopped cider called graff. I made 9 gallons of the stuff this year. Beer people seem to prefer it over my straight cider, and I like it just fine. That requires under a gallon of wort for a three gallon batch. It is pretty straightforward to make using the usual pots and pans.
All this means I don't have really cool equipment, since basically I need to ferment and let the stuff sit around for months before kegging/bottling. Since I haul carboys from the basement to the kitchen and back, I only brew in 3-gallon batches. I have one 5-gallon glass carboy for primary and three three-gallon glass carboys. Unlike most beer brewing, I have to condition cider for months. That means filling those 3-gallon carboys nearly to the brim to avoid oxygen issues.
I brew straight-up dry cider, I also do add-ins (cranberry, rhubarb) to dry cider. I have a semi-dry that I serve from kegs (the ladies love that stuff), and I also make graff.
I do have a chest freezer in the basement with three three-gallon corny kegs, but I also bottle. So I have the usual autosiphons, funnels, and tubes.
Anyone in the Ann Arbor area (or elsewhere, since they have a significant online presence) should check out Adventures in Homebrewing in Dexter.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Good call||
Michigan was 14th in the 2006 preseason AP poll; by week 3 they were in the top 6, where they stayed until the year-end poll. Friday before the 2006 OSU game marked the high water mark for Michigan football in the aughts - and through today.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Well shoot, I was looking forward to||
the lowdown on Kansas. Will they get a B12 win this season?
|37 weeks 1 day ago||That may well be true||
Certainly last year's draft was more balanced, and I can't really name too many guys across the B1G who haven't been drafted. I guess I was hoping to learn more about those guys I can't name, and it ain't happening!
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty homerific||
Evidently Michigan will go undefeated, since the talent gap is so yawningly enormous. The bottom ten schools have combined for 10 picks, while Michigan has 11? the backups in Ann Arbor are that much better than the starters in Lincoln, Madison, Columbus, and East Lansing?
A suggestion for next year: hold a separate draft forMichigan guys. It's just too difficult to take this seriously as an unbiased look across the conference.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Losing LeVert and Albrecht obviously hurt||
on both ends of the floor. Michigan also decided to show Max Bielfeldt the door. I have to believe that negatively impacted interior defense and rebounding: Max has been a crucial asset for Indiana this season, with the best steal rate (!) on the Hoosiers and one of their best shot blockers. He is an excellent offensive rebounder: Michigan shoots very well but basically never gets a rebound on that end; that's surely partly scheme but also reflects a loss of scoring opportunities.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||IU alum and fan here||
Going into that game I was cautiously optimistic about Indiana's chances. That optimism eroded away over the first 10 minutes, but then the doors came off. There seemed to be a couple of factors:
1. Jimmys and Joes: IU had better players across the board. There wasn't one matchup in which I didn't prefer the Hoosier.
2. Coaching: Beilein let IU's run go from "concerning" to "galaxy-obliterating" without appearing to do anything to staunch the bleeding. Crean did some nice things. I'm saying that grudgingly, not being a TC fanboy.
3. Mentality: After some Indiana defensive adjustments (and IU is not a great defensive team) Michigan found itself playing hero ball and forcing 12 foot contested jumpers. (Again, where was the time out?) The team was unable to get back in transition time after time, or to pick up on IU's scoring threats. Mental toughness is one of those qualitative, BS-laden terms, but wow, there was a huge lack in that game at least.
At the end I wasn't sure how much of the win was due to Indiana's outstanding play (and some of it was outstanding), and how much to the top-to-bottom collapse of Michigan's game (because that was a comprehensive failure to execute). But Beilein certainly needs to take a hard look at the program this offseason.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||There are two formulas - being serious now.||
The first, as linked above by Football Heaven, describes the mans by which he develops the ratings themselves. That link is a bit cagey about details of course.
Once you have the ratings, some variant of the log5 approach can be used to estimate win probabilities for any matchup, and this is what Pomeroy uses, as he explains in that link. In fact, you can use log5 with any ratings system. The results of course are only as good as the rating system, but it is not hard to implement in basic form. It gets a little more complex once you try to factor home court/field advantage in, but you can do it in a spreadsheet or with a little coding in some other system.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Besides being a decent high school hoops player,||
OG was the dude who blinded Polyphemus.
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|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'm a bit late getting back here||
Your take is certainly right. I certainly didn't mean to imply that the movement wanted this outcome... nor do I think any reasonable person could have guessed that the backlash would result in the virtual abandonment of Detroit most spectacularly, but significant pockets of nearly every other American city as well. And indeed, many aspects of the Dream passages are reality today, at least for many people, and that's something we can be proud of.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Really enjoyed this post||
I was born in southeast Michigan just a week after MLK was assasinated, so I'm half a generation younger than you. Still, my early 70's memories of Detroit were vibrant and colorful ones: as a kid perhaps I didn't appreciate the white flight, the economic disinvestment, the crime, and the complex cultural and racial issues that were splintering the city - and, to a lesser extent, the country. I struggle sometimes with the civil rights movement's unintended legacy: that this country is if anything more divided geographically and economically along old racial lines, even if those lines are more blurry than ever before.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Really interesting idea||
I watched a lot of IU football this fall, and Redding in terms of style doesn't seem that similar of a RB to Smith. Smith is bigger, slower, and moves the pile better, while Redding is quicker, especially to the edge. He's got some shifty to him, but he also usually goes down on contact. Neither is particularly good or bad at spotting the hole. They are serviceable B1G running backs, not all-conference types. It could be, stats-wise, that they get things done at an equivalent level, and perhaps that's basically what you're trying to do here.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Vincent Smith doesn't remember it||
I try not to remember it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||IU fan here. The Hoosier's defense is certainly bad||
However, I will also say that Iowa's offensive line was hands-down the best I've seen all year in the conference. They suppressed IU in ways that MSU's and OSU's OL simply could not. Even in spite of that, Iowa suffered multiple negative plays in the running game. Indiana was often incapable of stopping the third and longs that they faced due to those negative plays, but getting the Hawkeyes behind the chains was a huge factor. Frankly, if Ferentz had not turned a gimpy Beathard loose in the second half (he passed a lot), Indiana might have taken that game.
Unless the Hoosiers have packed it in this year (certainly a possibility, as they are winless in conference play), I expect that Michigan will be punting on Saturday. There will be some big, busted plays - it's the IU defense after all - but there will be more effective run defense than what Ace saw in the Iowa game. Frankly, if the IU offense shows up and Rudock is not effective downfield, I think Indiana has a real chance.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Yankees jersey,||
That completes the trifecta.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||It was a Lion King joke||
Lots of that floating around the site since Harbaugh's reference to it in the press conference.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Actually IU was up 25 points||
late in the 3d quarter. Rutgers missed a two point conversion and an extra point during the comeback, so they actually scored 4 TDs and a FG as time expired to get the win.
As an IU alum, this was a brutal loss, but not that unusual - the Hoosiers choked away a 25 point lead against Northwestern 4 or 5 years ago.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Hey, it's in the past||
It doesn't matter.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||He's very nice in the hospital||
visiting sick children too. Maybe take a less tribal view and appreciate that there are really good people that don't wear maize and blue on Saturday?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I know, right?||
I mean, he's only a local kid who went to the local university, won a national title in the most watched finals ever, was the iconic NBA guy before Jordan, played and excelled at every position, remains a top-10 all time basketball player 30 years on, was instrumental in the normalization of HIV, and has continued to engage in mid-Michigan as a highly successful businessman post-NBA-career.
Like, who would ever put a statue of a guy like that on his university campus? Hell, I want to go dump paint all over it right now, just thinking about that!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||UCSB has some great research programs||
They've poached top scholars from across the country (and planet), so I suspect they look good on those metrics. However, it's a major undergrad party school. Back when I was there in grad school it was also the whitest UC campus with the wealthiest parent base. When a 19 year old has to decide whether to attend their 9am class or go surfing, and the beach is as close as the lecture hall... well, the classroom suffers.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Tighty Whities?||
Do NOT Google that.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Wake is down, IU at 4-0. Ohio State on deck||
Everything is going according to plan, Captain!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Great views from mid-Michigan||
A blood moon!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||IU would need to beat Wake Forest on the road||
and that's certainly not a foregone conclusion. But if they are 4-0... why not? It would be an outstanding choice, if only because IU gets to 4-0 about once every half generation, and because this is the last rodeo for Lee Corso.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Dead eyes||
Being a kangaroo, it wouldn't waste much time at all catching any of us.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Take care, Jaimie,||
and enjoy the game!
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Perhaps he's just a bit less fully aware, though.||
Just a thought.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Notepad begs to differ||
That thing hasn't changed much in 30 years. I am not exaggerating. It's not the operating system, but Notepad has been bundled with the OS since 1983.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||And the lovely saloon owner/manager across the street||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Completely unfair comment||
It is a rivalry, but Tom Izzo is a great coach who does right by his players and the community. Izzo does not need to show up at the hospital to keep his job - he's doing it for the right reasons, just like Beilein is. No need to smack talk the guy at an event like this. There's any number of snarky things we could say about Roy Williams too, but I'm not saying any of them in this thread.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Peters throws very, very consistently||
if not super accurately. I watched 25 passes and the ball's in the same place every single time.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Out of state as well: the 1986 Marion Giants||
That team featured Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones, co-Mr. Basketballs who went on to play together at Indiana. They won three straight titles - the only other school to do that was Franklin in the early 1920's. Even Oscar Robertson and his great Crispus Attucks teams couldn't manage that feat. 7 other guys on the team played college ball. Great coach, too.
My HS beat them during the regular season in 1986 - probably the biggest win at North Central in the single-class era.
The author's original post mentioned Plano West. Plano East features in the best HS sports video I have seen. Check this out; well worth 5 minutes of your time:
|1 year 51 weeks ago||That's Norfleet "defending" the pass?||
The scene reminds me of this old recruiting photo:
One of these linemen is Ben Braden. Another just earned his accounting associates from community college.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||The last super positive vibe I recall from a spring game||
was in 2009. A freshman trotted onto the field and largely picked the defensive secondary apart. He was to be the next Michigan legend. His name: Tate Forcier.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||This is a truly enjoyable series||
The B1G is "down" this year, and every team has serious flaws, aside from Wisconsin (but then, their defense is not exactly top-drawer). This list (parts 1 and 2) includes plenty of flawed gems, and a couple of pretty flawless ones as well; all are great reasons to watch conference games. While this B1G season is not as great as 2013's, I've really enjoyed the ride. Thanks for clarifying some of the reasons why.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Thanks Alex, I'm looking forward to it.||
I also appreciate you're not trying for a "best of" list here - as a result it is a lot more interesting.
Troy is a very intriguing player, but, like many individuals and teams across the conference, is at once exciting, talented, young, and flawed. Yogi makes Troy a lot better by getting him the ball in the perfect position.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I'm an IU fan and therefore biased, but||
the most entertaining player in the B1G this season is Yogi Farrell. His offensive game is extraordinary: his ballhandling, passing vision, and ability to create his own shot inside and out make him nearly a complete offensive player. I was trying to think of a better offensive point guard for the Hoosiers, and had to go back to Isiah Thomas.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||It's worth looking at WHY college is so expensive||
as this is unfortunately a huge part of the OP's issue. The fact is that a good college education is expensive, and it has to paid for somehow. Has the growth in administration salaries been problematic? Absolutely. Are professors not teaching enough? Possibly (disclosure: I am a professor), and even probably if your primary concern about universities is their ability to teach young people.
But ultimately, this problem boils down to a shift away from public (e.g. state government) financial support of higher education. The following graph shows this shift at the University of Michigan over the past half-century:
Arguably, Michigan is barely a public university at this point. Revenue from indirect (the fees universities charge funding agencies) are increasing, as is the pressure on faculty to pursue research dollars. If I bring in 100k from the National Science foundation, my university gets an additional 54k. But the major revenue is from tuition and fees. I don't have Michigan data at my fingertips, but at MSU, current in-state tuition is $440 per credit hour. In 1986, my freshman year at Indiana University, MSU charged $45 per credit hour. I am sure the changes in numbers are similar at every public university.
In short, from the time of public university expansion post WW2 until the 1990's, higher ed was readily affordable for most Americans. Indeed, like many of my peers I earned enough to pay for my tuition at IU by working over the summer. That is a laughable idea today.
So, what's the future? Let's consider a "business as usual" strategy: states continue to disinvest in higher ed, and students will bear the brunt of the cost transfer. Schools with smaller endowments and less research dollar opportunities will suffer, raising tuition above levels that can be borne by their middle class students/families. Those schools will either close or shrink drastically. Schools like the U of Michigan will strongly consider privatizing as the annoyance of being beholden to the State outweigh the very small financial benefits. The U of Oregon threatened to do this about 5 years ago! The very rich will continue to attend these schools, and some form of financial support -based on endowment or Federal dollars - will maintain a degree of diversity. Perhaps community colleges will partly fill that gap for the poor and middle classes.
Or... something else has to happen. I hope it does, as my vision above paints a bleak future for American higher ed.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Williams can't really shoot from distance||
but he has the rest of the offensive package. He was a step quicker and a foot higher than anyone else today on the court. When IU is clicking, there are 3 or 4 guys who can nail the three and Troy Williams lurking inside waiting for a feed. It's a very dangerous offense.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||IU's post defense is awful||
This was the first game back for Hanner Perea, the only center-like object on IU's team. He's been out a month with a knee injury. He was rusty and didn't play much. Consequently Doyle was the biggest and tallest guy on the court. IU also switched on high screens, leading to people like Yogi Ferrell trying to guard Doyle in the post.
So, I'd say Beilein intended to make interior offense a priority in this game do to the mismatches evident there, and it worked. It'll be interesting to see if Michigan continues to work on that in future games.
As an IU fan, I found it pretty painful to see the Wolverines score as effectively as they did on the inside. This Hoosiers defense needs a lot of work before Purdue and Iowa come to town.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Bob Knight ranted about this 25 years ago||
Late weeknight televised games are a violation of whatever remains of the battered 'student-athlete' concept the NCAA likes to promote.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I, er, heard good things about wizywig||
and was sad when they disappeared. Many of those streaming sites - I've heard - are just a mess of popups and gross ads. Frontrow is awful.
That said, I've, uh, heard good things about stream2watch.me
Like OccaM suggests above, get popupblocker and you are all set.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Teach them to make breakfast as early as possible||
Shoot, they might make YOU breakfast if you are clever enough. It worked for me!
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Fred Jackson will be coaching somewhere like Michigan...||
|2 years 15 weeks ago||A note on OR% and DR%||
If there's a big difference between a teams offensive and defensive rebounding numbers, it is often due to strategy rather than weakness. Crashing the offensive boards hard can mean giving up transition baskets. Arizona may be choosing to get back defensively at the cost of some second chances on offense. Bo Ryan's Badger teams are very typical: they famously don't allow the other team to get offensive boards, and they rarely collect any themselves.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||John L. just threw his hat into the ring.||
Then he tripped on his boa trying to leap in after it. Keep your piss warm, JL!
|2 years 15 weeks ago||LES MILES DOESN'T DEVELOP KICKERS AND LONG SNAPPERS!||
It's amazing how people can justify their positions without recourse to reality. The data are pretty clear.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||As an IU alum and fan||
I appreciate Michigan's efforts to make me feel better about the Hoosier's loss to Eastern Washington last week. It worked. Now if Eastern Kentucky can just knock off Calipari's Wildcats, my hoops weekend will be complete.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||The backup for IU QB Sudfield||
ALSO had a season-ending injury, ALSO against Iowa. Indiana had three B10-caliber QBs on the roster last January (all three started multiple games for IU over the past two years), and two of them transferred. Counting those guys, IU's current QB would be 5th on the depth chart.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Shoot, and I thought Depression was...||
... the Michigan Difference.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I'll be in my bunk||
First he teases with that little short out action, than he goes soooo deep.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I don't agree with your main point, but upvoted you anyway||
This is a thoughtful, well-written post and I appreciated the perspective. I suspect Michigan has a student code of conduct which would preclude Frank from returning to take classes, live on campus, etc. At the same time I hope Hoke does reach out to help in whatever way he finds appropriate. That might fit the spirit of your position.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||The point may be,||
that we have a passionate but seemingly non-dangerous blogger who thoughtlessly committed an act of violence. That's the equivalence. Not that the type or target of violence was equivalent, but that the thoughtless, stupid reptile-brain decision to lash out was an experience he did have in common with Frank Clark.
That's my interpretation obviously. I too have purposefully hurt people for no good reason. Just being wild, just being irritated playing basketball. Thankfully I didn't do worse than tweak a guy's ankle, but hell, I meant to hurt him. Felt awful immediately afterwards, and apologized - the guy never knew I meant to come down hard on him, but what I did has bothered me occasionally late at night for 20 years.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I'm enjoying a Shorts Autumn Ale right now||
tasty, easy to drink, a surprising finish. What's not to like?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Yes, Wayne State, MSU, and Michigan||
all have statewide votes for 'Governors', 'Trustees', and 'Regents'. Everyone can vote, whether they attended the school or not, or whether they loathe one or more schools.
It's a hell of a way to determine the executive council for a university.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Domers?||
Pretty sure the Fighting Irish aren't paying squat for Michigan scholarships.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Trust me - you don't want to wear that.||
The smell alone will really bother most people, let aloe the sight of it....
|2 years 21 weeks ago||170 might be generous||
He's a pretty small guy. Very, er, striking, but not exactly your standard-sized QB.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Hell, I think he lost the stake, too.||
Now the darn tent just keeps falling over.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||That was in 2005 under JL Smith||
and it was a dick thing to do, but they did it after winning the game. As opposed to before a contest in which they were a big underdog... and proceeded to lose by more than the spread.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I suspect Dantonio is thinking of the GoBlue skywriting||
which is pretty clearly on the AD. Yes, even Mark Dantonio wants Dave Brandon gone.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Actually the top program in the nation in couch burning is||
West Virginia U. Gotta go to Morgantown if you want to truly learn at the feet of the couch-burning giants.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I no what u mean!||
Speling and Capitalization drime me crazy as well - does that bug u 2?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Narduzzi typically starts in the booth||
and then comes down to the field at some point in the second half. I'm sure the obvious answer is you get a better view of what's happening on the field from the booth, and a better feel for how your team is doing on the sideline. The answer to this apparent conundrum is simple: the coordinator should be wherever he'll get the most information to help him make the right calls.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||And even if it does||
they have internet access inside the fence, WD. Just don't tick any of the guards off and you can keep posting during your time there!
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Besides, Hoke doesn't want to play elven men anyway||
Ferrigno: I don't think we have eleven men on the field.
Ferrigno: There aren't eleven men on the field!
Hoke: ELVEN MEN?
Ferrigno: Yeah, we'd better call time out.
HOKE: WELLL, WE DON'T WANT EM.
Ferrigno: We don't want time outs?
Hoke: ELVES. SLIGHT BUILDS. QUICK, I GRANT YOU THAT, BUT TOO QUIET. I NEED TO HEAR FOOTBALL. I CAN'T HEAR FOOTBALL WITH YOUR ELVES, DAN.
Hoke: MAYBE THAT SORT OF THING IS OK AT OREGON OR NEVERLAND, BUT THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSSAKES. MANBALL! MY MEN - M E N - ARE ON THE FIELD!
|2 years 25 weeks ago||You must be a very flexible person, then!||
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Shoot, Michigan may be a bigger tire fire than...||
Kansas, after this past weekend.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||You can only cast one vote, Saunders||
this ain't Chicago.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Plane tracking!||
This plane has just landed at a university town airfield. But which one? Apologies for the grainy quality....
|2 years 26 weeks ago||DB's claim to fame is selling shitty pizza||
to millions, which he did for years and years. He's obviously a cocky guy who believes in his abilities. While almost everyone here sees the rest of this season as a horrific problem to be solved, DB probably sees it as an opportunity that closely mirrors his experience selling pizza. This is to be his finest moment: convincing thousands to show up, wallets open, for the football equivalent of cheese on cardboard.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Those tickets are all sold||
I doubt gate receipts on Saturdays are a major part of the ticket revenues. Demand for next year's season tix is presumably cratering right now, but the financial cost of 60K failing to show next home game is probably just concessions sales drops.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||And to the mighty Ypsi tower you chose as Avatar||
Could it be the proudest erection in southeast Michigan? It could.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Pretty sure regent candidates are picked by each political party||
From the little that I know about them, official support for a candidate can be handed out as a reward for party loyalty. Do they appear on the primary ballot? I'm struggling to remember. Brian may have to snuggle up close to the party elite of his choice to have a shot at the nomination.
Frankly, using popular statewide elections to choose regents/trustees is a lousy idea. The average voter knows nothing about university issues, let alone each candidate's position on them. If the voter is a Michigan State fan, s/he is likely to vote for the stupidest name on the ballot for Michigan, and vice versa. Or simply the stupidest candidate: I'm convinced George Perles (Perles! The guy landed State on probation and subsequently sued the university over his termination!) was elected to the MSU board of trustees by M fans. Is it any wonder that we endure awful regents/trustees in this state?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I dunno - those jerseys are selling like hotcakes.||
I kind of think that Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry....
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Aah, it's not that hard||
just wait a bit - Gary will turn it over hilariously and head for the sidelines.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Anthony Carter's winning TD reception against IU||
was a play action pass. Everyone knew it'd be a throw in that one, too. I seem to recall exactly this point: Michigan's longer passes were all PA, and you can't just remove the run fake from the play.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Good to hear there's a short-field punter||
wouldn't be BIG TEHNNN without a short field punter.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Really good looking Miami team here this afternoon||
Nice unis, solid play on both sides of the ball. Play with passion and smarts. Not sure why they've lost their last 18 games, because they've got it together today.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Bell almost never lost yards||
He played behind some poor offensive lines, too. People'd make contact in the backfield and he'd wiggle/run through/drag his way 3 or 4 yards closer to the end zone. Great consistency.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Several of those "years coaching" numbers are just wrong.||
Ferentz is in his 16th year, Wilson is in his 4th year. Here's what I came up with, in order:
Iowa - Kirk Ferentz (16th)
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Intriguingly enough, Iowa was playing...||
Ball State. BSU is actually pretty good. Their head coach is Pete Lembo. He has gone 26-14 in three-plus years in Muncie. That's a very successful record for a Ball State coach, as we know. In 13+ years as a head coach, Lembo is 114-50. That is, his teams have won substantially more games than they've lost. Most major-conference athletic directors will tell you that this is an important criterion when you're hiring a coach from MAC and MAC-like conference.
All academic of course, but interesting to consider.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Quinn might not||
Man, he got beaten down in that game. So much turf dripping off the helmet. It's a pity the field is no longer grass.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||And big noodles parked outside the stadium!||
There is a WOW! factor today that was simply missing during the first decade of this century. It's an apples and oranges comparison.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||The technical term for that game was...||
Yakety Sax Yards (Youtube link). Click and enjoy!
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Schools get in hot water not over the initial violation...||
but when they break more rules trying to cover it up. If this really just broke at the end of July, and ND complies with whatever rules apply, then there will be no real damage to the program. Whether those guys remain on the team is of course a different issue.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Not enough Athletic Dept level creativity in this thread.||
Those AD guys are imagineers, people! "Major" has a different meaning to the kids today! Think of the Appy State rematch - that's the kind of excitement we're trying to generate here!
So, with that in mind, I present:
Ball State and West Virginia
Think of the back story for both of those games! Brady Hoke goes back to Muncie! Cardinals vs. Wolverines! It's gonna be a Thursday night MACtion to remember, with great new one-off uniformz for both teams under the lights!
But don't overlook that WVU game while you contemplate that first matchup: just imagine the welcoming hospitality Morgantown will offer to Wolverine fans! You know that football program has Michigan ties, right? Don Nehlen was a Bo guy! That'll bring the dinosaur M fans in droves. Be sure to take a spare couch on that road trip, and of course drive safely across Ohio!
|2 years 32 weeks ago||The word on Kasongo - the unadmitted Duck -||
is that Oregon does not accept online class credits on HS transcripts. He's evidently eligible by NCAA standards, test scores, all that stuff. Or so various internet sources tell me... it's hard to get solid information. Evidently he's down to LSU or IU.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||DiNardo should know a bad OL when he sees one||
His IU teams won 3 conference games in the three years he was coach. The Hoosiers generally had some solid skills position players, but they did not have much talent and no depth along the lines.
He's just not going to say anything negative here.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I thought those were live streams only.||
Can you watch a game later from that or other sites?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Some college Barry Sanders flavor||
Youtube of the 1988 Oklahoma St - Nebraska game. Yes, every second of it. Barry gives you that Denard feeling every time he touches the ball. He could run sideways faster than most backs could go straight ahead, so many of his highlights feature three or more missed tackles. Sanders averaged 7.6 yards a carry in 1988. And he got a ton of carries.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||We ain't got no Alabi?||
Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all weekend. It's really a blessing he's going to Ohio. Imagine the headlines when he's kicked off the team!
|2 years 35 weeks ago||He looks kinda out of it in that photo.||
I don't think Muddy was losing things in '82 - seems like he was active for years after that - but maybe he had a few too many drinks at lunch that day.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||thanks for confirming...||
I only saw maybe two Illinois games featuring White.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Seems like it's 1982||
Front row: Dennis McClain (Wisc), Denny Green (NW), Earle Bruce (OSU), Lee Corso (IU), Bo (Mich)
Back row: Leon Burtnett (Pur), Smokey Joe Salem (Minn), Muddy Waters (MSU), Mike White(?) (Ill), Hayden Fry (Iowa)
Mike White images online don't look like that Illinois guy, but... that's who it must be, right?
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Big Ten Coach photo - 1981 or 1982?||
I'm planning to use this for trivia at lunch. Pretty sure it was either '81 or '82. I recognize five, maybe six of those guys, but have to track down the rest... Can anybody name the back row? I'm guessing that's Muddy Waters in the middle, and of course Fry on the right.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Marcus Ray wasn't too shabby opposite Woodson, either||
He had more opportunities, since QBs tried to avoid throwing towards Woodson, but Ray certainly made the most of them. Those LBs could play a little football, too.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I was at that race! Inside of the third turn!||
Mears got passed by both guys on the same lap - I don't recall if he had some car problems. There was a yellow flag very late, but they went back to green and Rahal passed Cogan with a lap or two to go, and stayed just ahead to the line. Great finish, not that it was easy to follow in the stands - some guy sitting near me had a radio, but of course no video anywhere, and mostly everybody just saw the three drivers with a chance to win for a couple of seconds each lap. Watching a big race like that is almost entirely unlike watching football, hoops, or most other sporting events.
I was a HS senior, just graduated. It took longer to get home (Indy's northside) than it took Rahal to drive 500 miles. I had an attachment to Rahal because he was such a nerd - former teacher, big glasses - but not the kind you had at 9. My cup-eating sports moment was the phantom touchdown Rose Bowl. We lost, and it wasn't fair - a brutal experience for an 8 year old.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Or, in short,||
Indiana made more off bowl games last season than Michigan. Hm.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||This video sums it up for me||
I'm glad to see the issue really gaining traction. And, I'm sorry to see people confusing this with 'sissification' or 'just PC'.
This was the powerful ad shown during the NBA finals.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I've been off cable/satellite for several years||
at a savings of, well, thousands of dollars. Netflix streaming and discs for family stuff, so the only thing we miss on is sports. I watch football and basketball, and I couldn't justify that expense.
I rarely have any trouble watching any game that I want. In order:
1. I get some network tv over the air with rather lousy digital rabbit ears. As a Michigan resident, BTN and ESPN are the problem, not the solution - I used to always be able to watch ABC regional and national feeds of B10 football over the air. Now it's more likely the game(s) I want won't be available. But, the quality is usually pretty good when I can get it.
2. Bootlegged sports streams. Sometimes crappy resolution and the sleazy ads are the big issue, but It's not difficult to find them for any game I want to watch. I'm guessing the MGoStaff would rather not see any links to such sites in the thread, but that's what Google is for.
3. Friend's house. I do this a couple times in the fall. It costs me a six-pack and some snacks, much of which I'd consume anyway.
4. Bar down the street. Somewhat expensive, but I spend under $50 a month in the fall watching football in the bar (with wife and or kid/s), which includes beer and wings, and is still way under what I'd pay for cable.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||If he were a bit more clever||
he could have faced the other way next to the H and the I in the end zone and actually started to spell something.
Still, a bold move.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Especially if you imagine that||
R2 is delivering the dialog at the bottom of the screen!
|2 years 48 weeks ago||My sense is the AD is getting blamed||
here for not negotiating a little better about the rivalry game scheduling. Maybe a little less time scheduling the macaroni noodle and the Go Blue skywriting and a little more time on the horn with Delaney to ensure @MSU and @OSU aren't the same year every year.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||If you'd actually read the man's post||
you'd see he meant if RR had brought in his choice of DC in Casteel, who most people seem to think is a capable defensive guy. IF that happened, and IF Casteel had built a competent defense, THEN yes, I think you'd be pretty happy with the program. It's reasonable to assume RR's recruiting would have been better if he weren't on the hot seat from Year One on.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||The UMD AD has serious financial issues||
I'm thinking these guys will struggle in road games, since they'll be taking the bus.
But at home, with half the lights off to save on the electric bill, they'll be a force.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||What airport is IGN?||
The web indicated it's a minor airfield in the Phillipenes, so I figured you meant something else!
|2 years 52 weeks ago||Harrison had a really clear look||
Levert got back out impressively quickly once it was clear Harrison was pulling the trigger, but Harrison had ample chance to eye that shot, unfortunately. We'll never know if he would have hit that shot if Levert was in his business from the get-go, but Harrison definitely was able to set up, eye, and fly unmolested.
|3 years 1 day ago||This is why tourney success is overvalued.||
Last year's top-half of the B10 was pretty clearly better than this one's. And yet only Michigan went really deep in the 2013 tournament. Matchups and the random stuff that happens in a single-elimination tourney winnowed out some really good teams.
So yes, 3 B10 teams in the Elite 8 appears to offer solid support for the conference being the best in hoops this year (and just see how much tougher the league is next year when both UMD and Rutgers join up! Oh boy!), but, if not a one had made it this far, the conference would still have been the best in college basketball.
|3 years 1 week ago||It's the skin lotion he uses||
Smells great, too.
|3 years 1 week ago||I lived down there a long time ago||
and in the early 80's many people in south central Indiana got the Louisville Courier Journal paper - there was a 'southern Indiana' edition with plenty of IU sports news, but it covered UofL sports, too. At that time people in my neck of the woods were about as likely to go to Louisville as Indy when they wanted to hit town, even though both were equidistant. Of course, Louisville as a lot more interesting than Naptown back then.
That said, once you got out of the New Albany-Jeffersonville area just north of the river I don't think many people followed the Cards closely. The hills down there were always pretty cream and crimson. As an IU alum I have long wished the Hoosiers maintained a regular game with the UofL, but I guess it wasn't... in the cards.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||All caps M athlete Twitter king?||
Marques Slocum. And there wasn't even Twitter when he was around the program. Just the concept of a Marques Slocum daily tweet is enough to put him at the top of the list.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I largely agree with this||
As an IU alum, I'm bothered by a number of things about Tom Crean, including how he shuffled people out in his second and third year running the program. Crean has definitely skirted the line on oversigning. However, Brian overstates a couple of things here:
Given his knee issues, Creek probably shouldn't be playing basketball; regardless, he cheered on the team from the sidelines for years and earned his bachelors at Indiana. He did get on the floor last year on a much better team than this one. Crean did not run him off.
Abel was going to be a key piece of the team - Jamiemac makes the case well, and I'd add that Remy hit some ridiculous 3 point percentage before B10 play last year. He was not run off.
Crean certainly didn't run off Luke Fischer, who transferred late this past fall. Luke was in the rotation. A fair question is, why are so many guys who earned minutes on the court transferring? That does concern me at least. But it's not an oversigning issue.
Ron Patterson is the kid who ended up at Syracuse. Due to academic issues from high school, Ron had to take a summer course at IU before his freshman fall semester, and he didn't do well enough to be admitted. That was a university rule. It had nothing to do with the IU athletic department.
Brian didn't bring up the Matt Roth situation, but others have on this site. Matt Roth got his bachelors at IU. Matt got his masters at IU. He spent four years on the sideline and the court, and talked on Senior Day. Like many IU fans, I think the team could have used another year of Matt Roth, but I don't think he was mistreated by Indiana University or Tom Crean. If Matt felt that way, he hid it pretty well, since he came back to help out at basketball camp the next year.
Most of the Tom Crean hate around here, and around the league, springs from how he acts on the sideline, and that he's kind of a weird looking guy. The first is at least somewhat legitimate, while the second is sophomoric at best. There are real issues with oversigning under Crean's tenure, and, I think, real issues with kids not staying in the program, but the past two years are berefit of examples of Indiana running off kids to make room for others.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Randle El was more of a receiver/returner guy in the NFL||
He did complete 22/28 passes (16/18 for the Steelers!) with 6 TDs. Mostly he was a speedy all-round athlete and solid football player. I don't see Miller lining up at receiver much, though - he'd seem to be more a running back kind of guy who can throw some, and I doubt he's prototypical enough to excite a lot of NFL teams in that role.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||His comment had nothing to do with Michigan.||
IU alum here. His comments concerned Jeff Meyer's actions while an assistant coach at IU under Kelvin Sampson. Regardless of what Meyer may have done at Indiana (and I hold Sampson largely responsible for, yes, wrecking our program), Crean should never have confronted him, and indeed he apologized to Meyer right after the game.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Well, from those pictures maybe.||
If we spent some time traveling around Alabama we'd see the proportion of cute in that fanbase is maybe not so high.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||A top choice for camping||
The name says it all. It's in cans, which has advantages in the wild, and yes, you can enjoy it for hours at a time. It's also a good change of pace beer - IPA is not usually my go-to, and my wife is not a fan - but you can mix it in nicely with other things at tailgates and cookouts.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Good catch - I couldn't see what happened there.||
Huge night for Sparty.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||David Boston comes to mind.||
But as a team? No, I think you're on to something here.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Was that George Perlis in an OSU jacket?||
sure looked lik it.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Why play the safeties so far off?||
We had 6 in the box - or 7 when OSU had a loaded backfield - and were playing down a man.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||His nose is pretty big||
for Voldemort, but yes, I see where you're coming from. Wonder where he keeps his horcruxes?
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I've really enjoyed P-CP this season||
thanks guys. Sometimes a dose of non-bayesian modeling is needed to maintain the balance.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||It's so reassuring to see John Cooper on the sidelines||
He's like that mythical father figure. No matter how it's going on the field, when they cut back and you see Cooper over there, you feel warm and secure, with faith that everything's going to be a-ok.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I checked before I posted||
and you are correct. I didn't mean for my post to appear to be sniping at the OP; I'm just grumpy about football lately and was annoyed by the content. Still... Jhon? Really? It's just impractical - everyone must spell that kid's name wrong.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Tahnks for the update.||
I wonder waht plan C is?
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Interesting idea.||
A 'play make' list for the past couple of games would fit on an index card. Seems like it'd be a much easier job.
In seriousness, this might suggest the general mindset - that it's more about minimizing mistakes than rewarding great individual plays. This may boil down to the execution issue. If the right play is called and execution is average, the play ought to gain yards. Great individual plays might spring it, or they might not help that much. But rubbing out mistakes means you get predictable gains. I bet most OCs like predictability more than they like big plays... and I bet Al falls in the first group.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Corgi, isn't it?||
Corgis seem to be this decade's golden retriever. Get one before they're overbred!
|3 years 19 weeks ago||You're right, and it's more than a technical difference||
as it does sometimes come up. Thanks for correcting my off the cuff answer.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Beautiful place, man!||
A little more exotic than N. Michigan, too. I hope your view on the game works out!
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Is Nick's headshot photo taken at Sleeping Bear Dunes?||
the background kind of looks like Glen Lake from up on the scenic drive.
Yes, I am not real into football right now, but am I right?
|3 years 19 weeks ago||You need exactly 7 guys on the line||
The only ones who are eligible are the guys on either end. A covered player is one who is on the line with at least one player outside of him on the line. If Funchess is on the line with another receiver on the line outside of him, he is covered and is not eligible.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Interesting perspective||
I appreciate your post. Having never owned season tickets to anything, I consequently have no leverage with any athletic department. While the average season ticketholder has very little leverage, the actions of many of them will speak loudly.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Great point - whoever had to sit in the film room||
watching the 2013 Michigan offense earned their pay last week. After the first two series I switched over to the IU game, as I don't get paid to watch horrid playcalling.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I remember Demetrious hitting a 60 yard TD||
to McMurtry fot win against OSU. How many TDs have you scored against the Buckeyes?
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I'm grilling up on the roof today||
so I'd say the steaks are... pretty high.
Michigan isn't going to the B10 title game. This is not a Rose Bowl season. That possibility ended in OT against Penn State. And frankly... it's for the best. Do you really, really want to see this team go up against Stanford or Oregon? You really don't want to see that. You don't want the rest of the country seeing it, either.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||It is a good writeup.||
I don't see anything there to disagree with.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Frankly I like Borges' press conferences||
he's a lot more candid than Hoke, and you can get a sense of what they're thinking about for down the road. I also don't think he called a bad game this time around. They moved the ball early, but after State adjusted there wasn't really anything to be had. I didn't see that as a lack of adjustment issue so much as an impossible position issue.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||A friend saw a German Shepard attack a wolverine||
at a remote campsite in the Rockies. The dog went racing up at it, growling and barking - my friend said the dog was half again as big as the wolverine. The wolverine took two swipes.
The first took the dog's lower jaw right off. The second tore its throat out.
Lessons: don't ever screw around with a wolverine. And keep your dogs leashed in the high country.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Eggs Benedict at Angelos...||
mmm. The problem is the damn line to get in there. Glad to see those guys living the dream!
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Jim McKay, Tampa Bay coach,||
was supposedly once asked at a press conference after a rough loss what he thought of his team's execution. He replied, "I'm all for it."
Too bad, since these conferences are all about deflection. "Execution" is a meaningless term.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||There are some similarities to RR's Year Three||
Perhaps the following will be enlightening.
Event 2010 2013
Exciting win over ND Yes Yes
Followup disappointing UMass Akron,
Exciting victory over
After 5 wins to open
Big Ten record four 1-3 2-2
Final Big Ten record 3-5 TBD
*Up to the MSU game, Denard Robinson had been a very efficient passer. Brian identified Denard as the primary culprit for the loss: "We'll see about Denard. I think he'll bounce back but there's a chance it was the early bits that were false. The preponderance of the evidence is still in favor of accuracy, however." How things have changed - here's a line from the offensive review: "Heroes? The interior OL controlled the MSU DL for the most part"
** Everyone knew the OL was not very good, but fan expectations were that Penn State was not up to controlling the line of scrimmage.
There were plenty of differences as well, of course - I don't want to overstate this aspect. Essentially we have two mid-tier B10 teams in 2010 and 2013 Michigan. These are teams that should beat the conference's worst, and don't have much of a shot at the conference's best. The reasons for mediocrity seem partly due to the lack of material the last coaching staff left, as well as problems the current coaching staff has developing and using players. Fans of the 2010 and 2013 teams entered the season with real concerns but also hope. The most insidious snare for a sports fan is to let some early season positive signs inflate one's expectations... but that's what happens to hopeful, emotionally invested people. When those expectations fall back to earth... ANGAAR!
At last I am getting to my key point. I thought firing RR was a bad long-term move for the program: firing almost any college football coach three years in is damaging. I thought hiring Brady Hoke was a step back in every sense. He's not a great coach, as everything about his resume indicated, but he's not a bad coach, either, and like just about everybody, he'll do his job better if he's not up to his neck in boiling water. Hot-seating the guy now is just about as damaging as firing him, and that's on the fanbase and the AD, not on the coach.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||This was going to happen.||
MSU has a great defense. With a poor offensive line, we didn't have much of a shot. I don't get the Borges hate this game, either, and I was screeching at the TV during the Penn State debacle.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Well...||
I'll leave this here (from Maize & Brew) without comment.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Maybe if you're not downtown.||
I saw fans decked out in Maize and Blue at BW3 in East Lansing for the Michigan-IU game last spring, and they had no problem. The many State fans in there were ambivalent, since a Michigan win would give MSU a share of the title.
But for this game? Alcohol and rivalry? I'd try a bar in a non-student-heavy area. Maybe Champps at Eastwood Town Center, or for a less corporate scene, the Nuthouse on Michigan across from Lugnuts Stadium in downtown Lansing.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I could have sworn Mercury Hayes went to Michigan.||
I feel for you. I was born in Ann Arbor, lived 5 blocks from the stadium in elementary school, and became a lifelong fan. Something about being in the crowd as a 7 year old irrevocably sets your allegiances.But, when my family moved to Indiana, I rarely got to watch them (they weren't nationally televised that much in the late 70's or early 80's), and when it came time to go to college, I was happy to go to Indiana University. I was there in the stands the last time IU beat Michigan in football, and grimly watch that game every year, taking no joy in the outcome. At least this year's game was vastly entertaining.
After IU I eventually went on to get a PhD and for the past 13 years I've been proud to be a professor in an outstanding department - at Michigan State University. I've lived in East Lansing longer than I have anywhere else, which means of course that aspects of fandom seep in. I like the community, I love the campus, I enjoy tailgating, walking along the Red Cedar on a crisp fall Saturday morning with my kids (who worship Sparty of course) and cheer on the various floats and athletic teams in the cheesy but very genuine Homecoming Parade. I like the colors - I look better wearing dark green than I do in crimson or maize, that's for sure. Clueless blanket comments about MSU on this board and elsewhere tick me off... just like clueless blanket comments about Michigan or IU do.
As a mid-40's guy who left Ann Arbor when he was 8 years old, I can assure you that fandom doesn't really let go, but perhaps you'll find, as I have, that it mellows some. Life is complicated, and fortunately we're complex enough beings to live with the inconsistencies.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||As a freshman at IU in Alford's senior year||
I loved the guy as a player. As a coach, not so much. He's good enough to win in the Mountain West, but he couldn't win consistently at Iowa. The Pac 12 will be a step up. Then there's all the off-the-court stuff in Iowa City. I breathed a sigh of relief when IU didn't pick him up.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||UMass, Memphis... what do these schools have in common?||
both, under Calipari, made the NCAA Finals. Peak seasons for both programs.
both, shortly after Calipari jumped ship, suffered NCAA sanctions and forfeited their deep tournament runs.
Kentucky has the historically dirtiest program in college basketball.
I think it's a match made in heaven.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Dude just got pwned by a cat with a lime on its head.||
Not all who post here are Leaders and Best, that's for sure. Jeepers.
MSU was in the toilet when Dantonio arrived. He whipped what little he had into immediate shape, has consistently recruited decently, and has an unparalleled record in finding diamonds in the rough and developing talent. Oh yeah, and MSU has completely shaken the lack of mental fortitude label. Pre-Dantonio they'd follow up a big win with an embarrassing defeat.
Offensive development has been a problem post-Cousins, but this is an established top-20 program now. A bad year is 7-6. I don't think State is going away anytime soon.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Talk about hiding in the weeds.||
More a mole than a troll, if I have my spy lingo down.
Of course, I live 8 blocks from Spartan Stadium and hold a degree from Indiana University. We could be in the same cell!
|3 years 22 weeks ago||But can a macaroni noodle||
realy run any kind of route OTHER than a wheel? I've been skidding one across my plate for the past few minutes, and "wheel route" basically sums up the trajectory this noodle can take.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Does that rhyme?||
Somebody with the right accent could definitely say that as a couplet.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I figured he was hurt.||
Makes little sense to be celebrating weirdly on a play like that.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||It's those noon starts.||
Way too early for a socially active student body.
Wait. It's a 3:30 start. But it's cold and rainy.
Wait. There's sunshine. Hmm.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||IU alum here.||
I like the cut of your jib. Not many people can rattle off some key Hoosiers from 20+ years ago. IU has a shot if they generate turnovers, as you say. It'd also be interesting if the MANBALL experiment continues. IU had remarkable success shutting down Penn State's rushing attack, largely because it was pretty predictable. Remarkable in part because everybody else has run all over Indiana... which makes me suspect that Michigan will gameplan to do the same.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Blast from the past quote||
I have no idea what [Coach X] is trying to accomplish. This puts me in the same situation as [Coach X].
Brian wrote that in a November 3, 2010 Picture Pages. It's about shoddy allignment in some misguided attempt to gain an advantage that, instead, plays into the hands of the opponent. Sort of RPS -3. Does that sound eerily familiar?
The coach? Greg Robinson, of course. If you can't stand to read Picture Pages from deep in the 2010 B1G schedule, or don't like watching kids get run over by trucks, I'll summarize: it's about Kenny Demens lining up 2 yards from uncovered Penn State interior linemen. This was not Demen's fault. He was coached to line up that way - not just once, or in one game, either. He was engulfed by uncovered Wisconsin linemen, too.
Same with this oddball offensive lineup - it's guaranteed to fail against that many guys in the box. And that's not on the players, or the execution - it's on the coaches. The players were told to line up that way, and had no options but to run it. Makes me think of a 19th century debacle:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Frank Clark for OC!||
Guy deserves the game ball of not more
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Missed. That's our decidedd schematic advantage, right there.||
football is weird
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Penn State had nine in the box||
they knew it was coming. Fitz has a crappy line trying to open a hole against the entire defense. I'm no fan of Fitz's running this season, but he had no chance. None.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||The good thing about playing crappy teams||
is that you can play horribly and predictably... and still get your act together to come back. It's not fun to watch, though, and of course Penn State has a great chance of winning this miserable game, still.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||9 in the box on that run. they are reading us.||
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Yes, but that would have been creative||
This is such an ugly game.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Y U no call TO?!||
Awful, aqful call.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Frank Clark has some moves||
How about going jumbo at tailback?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Indiana will totally handle State this weekend.||
Actually, as an IU alum, I'm petrified about this game. Hope is a dangerous thing.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||No. The correct answer is no.||
Do you and your football-oriented friends really want to go to a wedding shower? If so, great, reschedule now.
If not, here are a couple of protips:
Explain to your lovely fiancee that you would be an annoying presence, win or lose, at this wonderful event, and that you worry that coming in late would be unforgiveably uncouth. Tell her you value your and her friends' relationship too much to spoil this important day for her. And take her somewhere really nice on Sunday.
Also, don't get her a vacuum cleaner for the shower.
She may not be incredibly pleased with this plan, but believe me, she will be way less pleased if you show up late smelling of beer and pissed off, which you are likely to be, because it's going to be a rough game.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Yeah, announcing is pretty critical, but check your remote.||
There IS a mute button on there somewhere. ProTip: Football is more fun to watch with the sound off.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||That Pass Offense vs. Minnesota photo is decidedly ungood||
Devin appears to be throwing to the sun in a motion that looks unlikely to be the mechanics one learns in summer camp. But perhaps more problematic... why are the other three Michigan players running toward him? Aren't they supposed to be facing the pass rush and, well, blocking or something? The shot kind of encapsulates all that's been wrong with the offense this season.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Grabbed his jersey,||
got ahold of his facemask, then tried to kick him on the way down.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I agree completely - this is probably the critical point.||
RR's Michigan offense had what, about 6 running plays? Part of what made (and makes) his system effective is that the guys drill the same damn play over and over again. This is college - the kids have a finite amount of time to practice, and getting the reads right against all the things a defense can throw at you is really difficult. I'm sure Gardner's doing his best, but if he's not keeping when he should, or the line isn't blocking quite right, or if Toussant isn't sprinting to the hole, then the play blows up. We can call that a failure to execute - this whole thread highlights key issues, but it looks to me like a failure to identify the kind of run game the team is going to commit to and then practice the hell out of it.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Pride comes before the fall, eh?||
I've heard that before!
|3 years 28 weeks ago||it was 2 and change...||
so you're right on about that.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||The guy definitely went out of bounds.||
Unless there's a new rule, that should be 30+ seconds still on the clock.