I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|22 hours 31 min ago||Assault||
Well, sexual assault, like any assault, is defined in part as an "unwelcome touching." So, the real question in this and in most scenarios is.... was their consent and was the lack of consent conveyed?
|23 hours 43 min ago||There is one inside Ford Field too||
|23 hours 53 min ago||More money?||
I wonder if that's true.
|23 hours 58 min ago||I like this...||
Very solid idea
|1 day 22 hours ago||I would rather not be that program either...||
I tink RichRod got no where barking at players and being hard on them. I think it only works if the players know it is done "out of love" or something like that.
Regardless, I would rather not be a program that prides itself on calling players names, etc., but at the same time IT IS NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL...and it definitely isnt enough to make me think anyone should even have their wrist slapped.
I mean I guess I would rather be a program that had handsome and good-looking caoches and equipment managers, but I don't care enough to think that have a couple big uglies is somehow wrong or worthy of an outcry.
This kid had a LOT of growing up to do.
|1 day 23 hours ago||With all due respect...||
The story isnt about which coachig style works better. We know Hayes and probably Schembechler LAID INTO KIDS verbally and it worked for them. it doesnt work for others.
The story....the whole point....is that the guy should be fired or disciplined for being mean to the player.
I don't care whether it works or not (deends on the kid IMHO), but you should be able to TAKE a tounge lashing without weeping.
Maybe its because the kid really is soft....
...and so are people who think being mean is actionable.
|3 days 22 hours ago||The split||
I don't think its a parent vs. non-parent split. I think it is a matter of maturity.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Two weeks ago....||
I got into an argument with a few posters on this board. They thought Devin was regressing and it was Borges' fault.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Right on||
No one is excited about losing. They are excited about the team playing well after many weeks without that. We are happier about the direction of the program, which is very very important.
|6 days 13 hours ago||You troll too hard...||
Tone it down a bit and it might work for you. Enjoy watching your Spartans or Buckeyes in the BTCG. Congrats.
|1 week 24 min ago||Nowhere near a good defense?||
Hyperbole and anecdotal games aside, it is a solid defense and a good one. Not sure OSU's offense is better than IU's offense. OSU has played some horrid defenses. As for PSU, that was three pvertumes. You think this game is going to overtime? What about the Nebraska game or NW? The MSU game was held together by the defense. It wasn't until late in the game that MSU blew up. In fact, our defense only seems to struggle once the game gets out of hand.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Upset next year?||
Let's wait until next year before we decide who will be favored. Pretty weak thing to assume about your own team at this point.
|1 week 1 hour ago||My realistic prediction||
We will see a couple plays that are saved up for the OSU game.
|1 week 1 hour ago||60?||
That isn't realistic against our defense.
|1 week 2 days ago||Of course....||
Of course I would take it back. Think of all the benefits:
1. I would never had to have read this post.
Okay. That's it.
BTW- I think we should consider whether we would takeback Lloyd's NC and all of Bo's winning because it set expectations for our program too high ad makes me disappointed. Hell, if this was Indiana football, Hoke would have a statue by now.....
|1 week 5 days ago||OL shuffle||
The offense was so much better before the interior OL shuffle. Do these numbers correspond to changes in the OL?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||1. Specifically disclaiming||
1. Specifically disclaiming something and then relying on it, does not abslve you of your logic sins. "I know you can't rely on this type of data, but (here I go relying on it). Anyway, PBUs is not the story here, it is about interceptions.
2. I never said the NW secondary was great. I said they were great at getting interceptions. Didn't Michigan (and every other team) play back-up QBs this year? You can't throw those out just for NW and say they really weren't great at interceptions. In fact, even if you start throgin out certain interceptions just for NW and not other B10 teams, they still lead the conference. Stop nitpicking one point about one stat and then say it is critical thinking. In order to look behind the aggreate number, you have to delve into advanced stats by looking at each teams INTs and the propensity of the QBs theyintercepted to throw such balls, the strength of schedule, how many pass attempts they face, etc. Unless you want to do a REAL excercise in critical thinking, don't just undercut part of the stat. You have to use the wholestat for everyone.
3. I was wrong about Denard? People were right about that? Really? Please point out who looked at what type of challeges a spread QB faces and how they over come them. Please explain this post a few games into last year (before Denard's injury).
Hmm... that seems to indicate progression. But, please keep assuming I am "clearly wrong."
I am not.
4. Ah, the eye test. Love it. You cant argue with something you just "feel."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Dead on.||
I think this is dead on. He had all the physicalskills, but needs to mature and show mental fortitude.
He gets so up and down based on his own play. A QB should be even-keel and a calming influence as a leader.
He doesn't see things (or see them fast enough).
I hope he can develop the mental side of the game more in the future. It is looking like the experience is helping though.....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I ahte to tell you....||
...but Devin was NEVER a consistantly good QB.
ND = Awesome
UConn = Horrid
Indiana = Awesome
PSU = Not good.
More recently that that, he has been running for his life behind the current line, but he has not multiplied that with more INTs. that is progress to a degreee.
You cant just presume Gardner is getting worse.
This is what Brian said in the Nebraska UFR:
"The season progression here is remarkable: three TAs in the first five games, 17 in the last four. This is cutting down on the interceptions in the last couple games at the same time it cuts down on the offense."
Brian finished the section by saying "Given how much pressure he was getting and how a large number of those TAs seemed like plays on which there was really no one open, I'm actually fine with Gardner's performance."
That is the same guy who made us blow chunks against Akron and UConn.
That is progress EVERYONE here wanted this year.....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||To me, the jury is still out on AB||
I am trying to figure it out. Has he had enough time? I am not sure. But, I am offended when someone shoves an opinion down your throat that essentially says "both Gardner and Denard regressed under AB" based on....
...an interpretation of "potentially picked" passes against a defense that is really good at picking passes.
Talk about DG's INT rate over the year, talk about his decision-making....but let's ot jump to the overly broad conclusion he has necessarily regressed and then start to analyze AB.
Its just dumb.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I applaud you....||
....you have cited more support for your conclusion about "regression" than Brian did in his post.
A real discussion can be had, but factors such as YPA, change in offensive play calls, etc. ned to be explored.
I will wait for a real analysis before concluding that either Denard or Devin regressed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Um...||
I am not selecting INTS as the operative stat for this discussion.
Brian did that. So, what is relevant is how good NW is at INTs and what INTs show about Gardner and Denard's alleged "regression."
I did not shae the discussion, I just kept the discussion to that topic (since nothing else is relied on for such a broad end conclusion).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Surprise||
One of the big Anti-Borges guys is out here defending the post.
As for NW's defense, the only part about their seconadry that is at issue here is their ability to intercept the ball. They likely do gamble on picks and get a lot, but get burnt too. The non-INT part is not part of Brian's post, so not sure how it matters????
As for draing conclusions based on ONE STATISTIC, that is what I am railing against. A case might be made about Gardner, but citing his (dropped) INT numbers against one team is NOT DOING IT.
If Brian wants to look at only INTS, his conslusions are basless based on looking at Denard and Devins INTs. If he wants to make a broader point about regression (like he does), he has shown no support.
The post was Rosenberg-esque.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You have a keen eye for...||
... important details.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||as a supporter of this blog, I am disappointed||
I expected this to be a revalation about how many of Gardner's passes were actually near picks.
It turned out to be another venue in which to try and indict Borgess:
To wit, the following erros:
1. Brian to equate batted balls as almost picks. His presumption about them being better off batted may be true, but to equate that as an almost pick is ridiculous. A QB often throws in a window and just because it is a tight window, the presumption was always pick. Theonly way a batted ball would not have been a pick would have been if the WR was WIDE open. Why make that leap in conclusion, unless there is a thesis to prove?
2. "Gardner did in this game, and this is against a Northwestern secondary that is not particularly good." Actually, going into the game NW had BY FAR the most INTs in the conference. Even after the game, they still have a very healthy lead. Apparently, they are very good at picking off balls. But, let's just call them "ot particularly good" in a vague way because, aside from their propensity to pick off passes -- the topic of this post --, they are not overall good.
3. Let's also just conclusively say Denard regressed. never mind that Denard's INTs got better from year one under Borgess to year two. Never mind that prior to his injury against Neb. last year, his INTs were improving throughout 2012 as well (not just year over year).
4. Finally, let's just take this opportunityto conclude Gardner has regressd overall based on perceived dropped picks in one game. Ignore the fact that He was throwing INTs at a rate of 7% per attempt early in the year against the likes of CMU, ND, Akron, etc. And that over the last four games his INT rate is somewhere around 1% while playing the meat of the B10 schedule.
A conclusion of "regression" based on an interpretation of a game in which he threw no INTS against the single best team at getting INTs in the conferenceis "weak sauce."
I guess a case could be made for not progressing enough, or even some type of regression to some degree and in some way, but to this post doesn't even try to be fair or complete.
It was written to add to the ammunition of "Fire Borgess!!!!"
I am disappoint.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I am looking forward to the day....||
... that "news"" like this stops being mentioned.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||With him, Chesson and Darboh, I think we'll be okay at WR.||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Presumably,..||
...the blood look was intentional.
There is a reason you dont see this much. Its dumb. The sentiment is nice though.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Essential part of the Preview was omitted:||
How can this preview not be about the War on America?
We are fighting AGAINST THE U.S. FLAG!!!!
It is our patriotic duty to let them tackle us in our own backfield. Who can block the greatest country in the world?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You are crazy to think about this...||
It was never an academic decision.
We know that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Well...||
...it is Brian's blog and it's full of his followers. Plus, Brian recently trolled his own forum and seems to be taking this year personally (maybe it is his way of coping with losing his fan enthusiasm).
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Um....||
I think they averaged almost 5 YPC and finished in the top 35 in the country in rushing... and that was playing FIVE of the top 20 rushing defenses in the country (Bama, ND, MSU, OSU and SCar). And, the worst game totals came when Fitz got hurt and/or Denard got hurt.
I think they ended up in the top 10 advance offensive metrics....without a passing game.
They were pretty darn good rushing the ball last year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I just cant believe||
some people are laying the most blame at the feet of play-calling.
Some people justlove to watch the football and scoring points...they don't know that the game is defined by the lines. They think that saying is just lipservice tothe "big uglies" that need more love.
But, the fact remains, offensive line -- especially the interior -- is of HUGE importance to an offense.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
The offesnive line is as terrile as 2008. They are young and inexperienced, just like that year. In fact, the interior of the OL in 2008 was probably more experienced than this year. Molk was a RSfrosh, but the rest were RSJr. that helped out.
Now, we have a true frosh, a RSFrosh and a RSSo..... all with noe experience at their current positions up until about a month ago. They didnt cut their teeth on the light teams of the OOC schedule.
Also, year 3 means diddly when your interior OL has only been there for one or two years.
I really hope you are smart enough to know that talent in the backfield is virtually meaningless without a good OL. The examples of great skill players floundering behind a bad OL are so numerous....and the converse of great skill players thriving behind a terrible OL so rare.... that you would have to be an idiot to think the talent of the skill players can overcome a bad OL.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||FIRE BORGESS!!!||
he keeps calling the same play call, play after play.
Idon't know anything about football, but I knows enough that if sumtin aint working...dont do it!!!
Why doesnt he just run different plays that get us more yards?
So, isnt it weird that the run game (which was bad to start the year) got appreciably WORSE around the time a true frosh and RSFrosh from another position were forced into the inerior OL?
Just a weird coincidence that Borgess' play-calling got that much worse at that same time.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I actually agree||
I am making an important distinction between play-calling and the other parts of coaching.
IMO - The play calling is not really the issue. Thejury is still out on the day-to-day coaching and development part though. It may be bad or good and they need a little more time to determine that (in light of the youth and the QB recruited by a different system). And, Devin even looked good even before the OL mix-up the last few weeks.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting read from the history of the blog||
This was written when RichRod was hired:
Michigan fans have complained for years on end about the predictability of Michigan’s offense. Whenever Michigan replaced its starting receivers, it was a guaranteed run. Whenever a tight end lined up at fullback, it was a guaranteed pass. Fullback shuffles were 90% runs to the side of the shuffle, and the few times it wasn’t didn’t justify the expense in yards and downs expended to launch the surprise.
This differentiates them from zero fanbases nationwide. Hell, West Virginia fans had a field day decrying the “predictable” offense Rich Rodriguez ran after his departure. Seriously:
In a way, it was predictable: you run 70% of the time and a hefty chunk of the passes are bubble screens. In another way it obviously wasn’t. Touchdowns don’t score themselves.
ITS ALL ABOUT RESULTS!! and that is based on execution.....
RichRod's offense looked bad here until he got his scheme implemented. When he was dealing with young guys, just learning the system, he had problems. He had to run the same plays over and over for Threat and the OL. The UFRs for the PSU and MSU game offense his first year show that.
Here, Al is dealing with an OL that does not know the plays and a first year QB with questionable decision-making under pressure. He has to dumb down his offense for Boasch, Glasgow and Magnuson. They just don't know what they are doing and they are young. They have not been in the system for many years and each only recently started getting experience under fire.
I just cant believe Michigan fans are so devoid of analysis that they go to the old fan stand-by of "fire the coach because the play (usuing inexperienced players) didnt work." Sometimes when the coach has proven capable in the past and is forced to play new guys because of injury, etc....well sometimes its just on the players execution (of course, they are young, so I dont blame them).
BTW - During RR's first year Brian contemplated in the MSU UFR that people would bitch and moan about predictible play calling not working, but that RR's body of evidence as an offensive coach far outweighed what was likely a personnel issue.
I think the same can be said for Borgess. He might now be as prolific as RR on offense, but he as proven over years and years that he knows how to score points and move the ball. Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water just because we are angry.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Weis||
We is didn't fail because of play calling. He was an arrogant ass and wasn't able to motivate or teach kids. His play calling didn't do him in, his lack of leadership did.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Okay||
Try this out:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure if this is right....||
... But it is definitely more likely than him not knowing that the defense is expecting a play.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Two things||
1. Older, stronger and more experienced players, especially those type of guys developing cohesion on the OL.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder if the same can be said....||
... By any player after losing to Bama? By any team that played RichRod's offense?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
People love to bitch about play calling and don't focus on the players. That may even be a good thing at the college level, but it is what it is.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe....|
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Tickets?||
Available through MSU athletic Department website, now?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I will be there||
I am going with 6-7 guys. Only a couple of us are going to the game. Not me. I haven't been in EL for a game weekend against MSU since the 1990s. I assume it will be more heated now.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Right now||
Based on this, it doesnt sound like weather will be a factor.
A 30% chance of rain is pretty low and winds that top out at 10 MPH probably wont matter. The wind listed on weather.com seems to always be at 7 MPH or higher.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Twice||
You missed my point again. Start with the first sentence I wrote ... Read it all and then express your opinion of how I look.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Missing the point||
First, I was not arguing the point of which defense is better. I was just arguing Michigan's d was also proven. Stop trying to overstate my point so you can knock it down.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Only one proven defense||
I can understand if you want to say MSU has the best defenses in the division. That is your opinion. But, clearly there are other defenses that are proven. I think of Michigan's defense for example.
In fact, I think MSU has played worse offensive teams, so that means UM's defense has been more tested.
MSU puts up great defensive numbers against teams without a passing attack. THey are built to stop the run and blitz. (FYI - Michigan may even be better at generating a four man rush than MSU.) Don't be fooled by MSU's hypre-aggressive defensive nautre against mediocre to horrible offenses. THey always end up struggling against a solid offense with a pass game.
On the contrary, Mattison is not hyper-aggressive. He is just working base defense play after play and only getting aggressive when he HAS to do it. He can do it a lot more if he wants.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What?||
How is MSU a media darling? Are they even ranked in the top 25?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Ex-HC||
How can willingham be the first ex-head coach when Alvarez is on there?
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||You're right||
Loaded statement there and not supported.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||What we are seeing IMO||
As you know, Brian's issue with the offensive play calling has been that they run the stretch zone too much for some odd reason this year, despite losing the best OL for it last year.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Add something||
Please use threads to bring insight or add information that others may not know.
Imagine someone starting a thread that said "Jake Ryan to return?" and then the thread just re-hashes that he will return at some point.
Plus, you made it sound informative by saying Bryant is the candidate to move to guard, but Hoke's quote does not say that.
Of course ther is a possible shift in the OL this week. it has been discussed on the front page numerous times. If you want to start a thread to share ideas about it, fine, then premise it as such....just don't make it seem like Hoke indicatedsomething specfici in his presser (like a line of Lewan, Bryant, Glasgow, Kalis, Schofield). He didn't.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Wait||
The OP said that Bryant would be moving to guard, but the quote mentions Joey. Hmmm. And, it states that Miller and Glasgow have both been working at center, which we know they have been doing all year.
If you are jumping to conclusions, fine, but don't make it sound like Hoke tipped his hat one way or another about a possible mix-up. He didn't. We knew everything he said already.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Delete this threadDP||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Delete this thread||
Without any citations to the presser and no other reports Hoke said anything like this....it seems like a weak trolling attempt.
Everyone knows they are evaulating people there, but the names and positions are just conjecture on the OP's part.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||38-6||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly.||
I wasjust logging in to make this point (in some similar way).
Sometimes theseethings happen. It can mean something or not. We don't know yet.
What record would Akron have to post this year to make us feel better? What if they went .500 in the MAC?
Just look at last year, Ohio State would have gone to the NC game (possibly) and might have won the B10 (if allowed), and they barely beat a very bad Purdue team in OT.
The year before that, 11-1 Okie State lost to a very bad Iowa State team in overtime.
In 2009, Big Ten champ OSU actually lost to a worse Purdue team.
Is a 5-7 Iowa State team worse than a TBD Akron team?
I expected better, we all did, butI am nothitting panick just yet. A young team can be cocky and not concentrate on a lesser opponent. That, combined with Gardner's seeminginability to care about the game from a mental standpoint....well...Let's not gettoo worried.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||My summary||
1. The midwest sucks.
2. If you have a southern offer, you are a better player.
I have no problem admitting that the SEC has been the best conference in football and that there are a lot of talented kids down south, but to look at only Southern offers as an indication of being a national recruit is just....weak rationale. It would be nice if it was that simple to determine talent. It isn't.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Your board topic||
A couple things you should know:
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Remember her?||
So, why shouldn't we remember her? I think it is good people are still talking about campus safety issues.
Do we think it is in poor taste because it disrespects her? Is it because we shouldn't mention her name?
I get saying "hi" other is weird, but what if the sign just said her name? Is that inappropriate? Who would be offended by that?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Wait until you hear about...||
The guy who created Mickey Mouse...or George Washington, Truman or scores of founding fathers.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I am watching the game again right now||
And I agree in some ways. Not so sure Miller will get killed one on one, but he fails to get to the second level regularly. He is not a great lineman blocker, but at least he hits those guys. I just watched numerous plays where miller is supposed to block the LB and barely touches him.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Point?||
What is the point of this post? Just go to NFL.com and look up players by university.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It's not about entertainment||
It's about a frightened and weak society that is too dumb to deal with the real threats (heart disease, etc.) and focuses on something that poses little risk when compared to other activities.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
Sorry. I was getting fired up.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I agree.||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||What?||
Millions of amusement park rides a day? There are 400 amusement parks "and attractions" not sure how many of those have "rides" that cause injury, but it is surely a subset.
How many kids play HS football every year? Over a million. And then college and pros. They practice every weekday too.
How about horesback riding? How often does that happen everyday? Any idea? Do people usually do it for multiple hours a day like football practice or just an hour ride?
How about weight lifting? I rarely see anyone weight lifting in my suburban gym and we are a fat nation. How often does that happen?
And mountain climbing? how do you address that? Do you think there are more people doing that?
You can't just write off all the statistics because you don't believe the "amusement park one" ...(despite offering no facts to undermine the stats). try addressing them all.
Try telling me that having your son play football is going to be more likely to lead to his death than teaching him to ride a bike. I just don't see any support for that argument.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Required reading for everyone who gets "worked up"||
Its a shame how little people really want to discuss the facts, and instead want to react based on irrational fears.
Aside from bashing Macolm Gladwell (again), it makes some compelling points that the super-sensitive among us never think about. It reminds me of the being afraid to fly or afraid to wim in the ocean because of sharks:
The evidence, in sum, while admittedly incomplete, suggests that football is risky but not fantastically so—especially when compared with many other popular sports and pastimes.
Between 2002 and 2012, according to the University of North Carolina Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, there were an average of 3.8 fatalities a year directly attributable to football, fewer than for weight lifting (an average of 6.3 fatalities a year) or even amusement park rides (4.4 fatalities a year). Mountain climbing produces more fatalities—an average of 25 a year. So does horseback riding, with more than 100 deaths a year, to say nothing of bicycle riding, which killed 677 people in 2011 alone, and swimming, which kills more than 3,500 people a year. (Granted, more people ride horses or go swimming than play football, but football players typically spend more time on their sport than casual hobbyists spend on theirs.)
Simply being outside produces more deaths than playing football. In 2012, 28 Americans died in lightning strikes. Driving is even more deadly. Given that almost 35,000 Americans died in 2009 in motor vehicle accidents, a football player is far more likely to die on his way to a game or practice than on the field itself.
Not all sports injuries result in death, of course. And, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, football does produce more minor injuries—sprained knees, bruised thighs, and the like—than most other sports (although fewer than basketball). But football produces roughly as many serious injuries resulting in hospitalization or death as does swimming or horseback riding and a lot fewer than bicycling, exercising with fitness equipment or driving all-terrain vehicles, mopeds and minibikes. The last category produces almost three times as many serious injuries annually as football, but it receives far less public scrutiny.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I liked how...||
Michael Moore did a great job letting us peek behind the curtain of Garrison Keeler. I appreciated that.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||From the title ...||
... that sounds like a "documentary" meant to get a certain view across ,not impartially report.
|15 weeks 1 hour ago||No way.||
We need to start calling this taking an "orange shirt." No one wears red.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||WTF||
David Harris with a late hit on Denard? Probably one of Lloyd's guys having it out for one of RichRod's players.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||What is the Pioneer set up?||
I am bringing my 4 year old to that game. What goes on at Pioneer?
|17 weeks 21 hours ago||I am in that position||
... so thatis why having the real information is important for me. I am not launching a campaign.
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||Okay||
Itis this sentence that is key to me: "Playing fooball as a teenager and above involves risks thousands of times more severe." What is the reeal number on that risk? What is the real number on the severity? No one here seems to know.
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||Me?||
I am far from "sweeping it under the rug." i am trying to keep it out and examine the real risks without a summary conclusion.
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||Sorry for my tone||
The internet makes things seem more impersonal or more personal if peopleare on the other side. Anyway, I hope it gets better too. But, what do I do? I need the real facts and not sensationalizm. For example, did you know you are 10X more likely to die on a bicycle than in a car? ("Ten drivers and passengers die per billion miles in a car; this number goes up to 100 for cyclists.") But, I still want my kids to ride a bike. I still think the other health benefits outweigh that increased risk. So, in football,if it isonly a small risk of anything bad happening and, overall, they will live longerfrom the physical activity, wouldn't it be important?
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||How are you elevating the debate?||
You say the question is "whether a 16 year-old who, in this day and age may be freakishly big and fast compared to what we looked like in high school, should go out and play gladiator with other kids who look and play like he does"...so should big kids play football agasint other kids? And you call it "play gladiator" which is just a conotation that is unsound. It is nothing like being a gladiator, but you make it sound more dangerous that way. The real question is how dangerous...gladiator dangerous or riding a bike dangerous. So how are you being objective? Your other points don't seem to help establish a basis for the discussion either: "1) Football, played properly and by the rules, results in terrible damage to some pecentage of it's participants' brains." That may be true, but the question is whether that percentage is really all that big and what the effects of that damage would be. It is true that swimming, with a buddy and by the rules, results in some percentage of terrible shark attacks. But, it is precisely that percentage and the nature of the damge that we need to determine how risky it is to swim. You also state "2) More advanced play results in more chronic damage." and I think we can all agree with that. Finally, you say "3) Many of those who will suffer injury are/have been/will be minors and will never get paid with money or a scholarship." and once again that depends on the frequency and nature of those injuries and how that fits into risks generally. Look, I know there is some danger involved in football. It is a question of how much danger there is relative to other things. Whether it is worse than other activities is very important to that determination. If you look, you will find that there are lots of studies about irrational fear about things not likely to happen. People thought "mad cow" disease was everywhere. People think flying and/or swimming in the ocean is more dangerous than it really is. It is a matter of human psyche. People get all caught up in the moment and the sensationalizing of the situation as opposed to the facts. I don't know the answers, but the point is no one else does either.... and to go around saying "this kids died because of football" or kids are "dying young in a bloodsport" is just sensationalizing things. None of those people would have guessed that former NFL players live longer than other men on the whole...that maybe the risk is small enough that the benefit outweighs it. Maybe the benefits outweigh raisng a typically obese internet addict?
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||True||
That is what matters. But if we blindly follow that, then aren't we enabling them not to think about it?
|17 weeks 22 hours ago||Woah||
Calling me on the level of a Sparty fan is pretty low. I just want to shake out the facts and not rely on the sensationalizm. I have two small boys and I am not sure if they will play football, but I don't want to make that decision based on an irrational fear.
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||So..||
former players are more likely to die from alzheimers...but are overall more likely to live longer? Thse are the facts that kids are dying younger because of this bloodsport? I would guess that most people would take the overall decreased risk in death if it meant one of the subset causes of death rose. I think the obesity of football players is the biggest health concern. I wouldn't want my kids to try to weigh 325 to play OL (unless they are naturally huge). It is a relatively safe sport. The biggest health issue is overeating. Certainly it is not kids dying young in a bloodsport
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||I have kids||
Did you ever notice how over-protective parents are? Look at any playground. Now,if I told you that your kid could play a professional sport and have a decreased risk of death later on, would you want him to do it? What if I told you it was footall? Scared moms are not the best evaluators of risk.
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||What are you talking about?||
Seriously....what?..."we will continue to watch players die young from this brutal sport"? C/mon. As opposed to your hyerbole, let me interject some facts. In 1994, the NFL commissioned a mortality study that found that former NFL players were less likely to die young. In 2012,astudy was plubished following up on itand found NFL players overall had a lower mortality rate (but that certain subgroups, mainly overwieght players had increased mortality rates.) http://www.scribd.com/doc/93080212/Complete-NIOHS-NFL-StudyYou seriously think you are watching kids die young from a "bloodsport"....unbelieveable. If anything, playing in the NFL makes you healthier than the average couch potato (at least whereit counts - mortality).
|17 weeks 1 day ago||That is the direction of a lot of this concern||
Is playing football as dangerous for you as driving in a car? How about as dangerous as being a taxi driver? Or working the graveyard shift at a Detroit gas station? Not even close. Even if there was some causation, which people are trying to figure out. And even if that causation is more than insignificant, when did people become scared of goingout of the house?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
I think that, given how many former players there are that are not paranoid or disoriented, that it was likely more to do with him than with CTEs. In addition, that "disorientation" probably led directly to him having trouble getting out of the woods (which may have been hard anyway). So, this all goes back to his disorientation. Was that caused by CTEs? Was it his own mental problem? Aren't you just guessing? I have heard that CTEs are gnerally not as bad for cllege players. I have also heard that the suicide rateof former NFL players is the same as the national average for men. So, did CTEs play a role in other NFL guys with mental problems? No one knows. The reality is that anyone who is sensitive to it will immediately associate any former football player's mental problems as being caused by CTEs. Its where you want to go, not where the science says there is causation (AFAIK).
|17 weeks 1 day ago||How much of a role?||
Sad, but.... it begs a question. It sounds like he died of pnuemonia.It doesn't sound like they have any idea, what if any role the other things played. Was it a tiny role or a HUGE role? It seems that anytime anyone who played football is found to have CTE, that it is the reason for every medical problem. Who knows?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||FO||
Two of the guys at FO predicted MSU to exceed expectations last year and win double digit games.
The formula appears based on multiple years of data and that is why they seem to still factor in the RichRod years and the Dantoion run of B2B 11 win seasons.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Whore||
That is all
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
That's what I mean. He runs through people, so we wont know anything about him until full contact drills. (I am still feeling burned by Kevin Grady's inability to bring his power running to college football deep down inside.)
|17 weeks 3 days ago||A couple things||
1. How is Fitz still a Junior (according to the video)
2. Countess is called a junior too. I thought we were going to hear before fall camp about his redshirt. Did I miss that?
3. Fitz looks fast. Green was running through people. I expect Green's make or break moments will come with contact. Will he be able to power through college kids or not.
4. I think Lewan is excited about Gardner and doing more pro style. I think it could advantage him if the NFL scouts had any doubts about his ability in the pros based on the Denard-style offense we were running.
|18 weeks 16 hours ago||Text of the email I just received from David Ablauf:||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||The beginning||
I started at the byline/editor page and just got into the player sections (The Team, The Team, The Team) and it has been green on all pages. I have not looked past that point yet. Thanks
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Green?||
The state of my HTTV was fine BUT I noticed the color shading on the stat boxes and bylines are all NEON GREEN and not maize. Was this discussed? It looks a little weird and out of place with the regular and dark colors elsewhere.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Beiber||
Obviously has some mental issues.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Stop being reasonable||
Accept it that we can not be tolerant of Beckmann's mundane musings. We do not live in a society that talks about this stuff openly...we run from it and shoot negative comments at people who feel differently.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Based on...||
The books that study that field of social science. I guess I can reach out to him and ask him, but it is much more complicated than just "I just want people to say nice things."
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Not about discourse||
People here don't care about exchanging ideas, they seem to care about hating people for exchanging ideas that are arguably in "bad taste."
|27 weeks 2 days ago||So many problems with this||
First, you are only promoting this as an issue for Beckmann.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
I was thinking of how many total recruits that held offers from both schools ended up picking one over the other. I feel a lot of UM recruits this year (ferns, marshall, peppers, harris, etc.) had Ohio offers. It seems like Hoke is doing better against Meter overall, but maybe not.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Since you looked it up...||
How about head to head nationally? And overall for Hoke v Meyer? My guess is Hoke is doing better this year.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Your focus is misplaced||
It is not a matter of Ohio kids versus non-Ohio kids. It is not about Urban locking down the state.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Really?||
Hangover 3 makes it a great weekend?
|30 weeks 2 days ago||True||
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree||
Not every school can put together a good/great class.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Off season||
|31 weeks 3 days ago||They don't have a purview||
You can read into what limits you think they have, but I bet that is just your opinion and it isn't shared by the people at ESPN. Nor is it something that needs to be followed strictly even though it is vaguely undefined.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||So||
You can only have an unpopular opinion if no one can hear it?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||What||
Since when do you have to have a certain level of knowledge to have an opinion?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Only fact based reporting at ESPN||
They shouldn't be allowed to comment on social issues (or rather even allow such comment).
|31 weeks 3 days ago||So....||
...lets get rid of the Op/Ed pages of the New York Times?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Needs to remove him immediately?||
Seriously? He can't express his opinion even if you and I don't agree with it? He can't be asked and respond about his religious beliefs?
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Weird||
So, I happen to notice on a MSU recruiting board that their D Co. Narduzzi flew into NJ this morning. I assume he would be planning to visit JBB at some point. Either he already visited today and JBB felt done with the process after that....or Narduzzi was planning to visit and JBB wanted to save him the time and effort.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||More detail?||
I wonder why they changed course. I also wonder if there is a way out.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks:(||
Now is am concerned I haven't gotten an email yet.... When did you get it or was it hard copy?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Sad||
It's sad to me that everyone is so easily offended now.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmm||
Not sure if I should laugh or not.... I mean he is going to be totally fine, so...
|34 weeks 6 days ago||If he was someone||
Who Michigan expected to get or something, then I think it is thread worthy.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||What?||
They think they are better than Michigan?
How dare they.....
I do appreciate the media pulling out the Cuse strategy. I am sure Beilein and co. like to know the other team's game plan.
|35 weeks 18 hours ago||Sorry||
I don't know what his name is.
|35 weeks 21 hours ago||As an attorney...||
Seeing that this guy is very new law school graduate who is super-ambitious, he reminds me of some other lawyers. The type of people who are so pumped to get their name in the paper, they never step back to think about whether they are hurting their reputation long term and/or they just don't realize the real world is morecomplicated.
He seems like another new attorney in Miami:
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah -||
In full disclosure I am bored and I thought the "happy ending" was the best part of the story...
|35 weeks 1 day ago||?||
How can something such as likeability be objective?
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Good point||
I think Hulls had a shoulder injury too and so his shot was off. If IU's best three point shooter is healthy enough to make a couple shots AND Crean has a better gameplan, then IU and Cuse go down to the wire at least.
I think UM's equally good offense doesn't have those two major problems (Stauskus is healthy and Beilein is light years ahead of Crean especially since he knows SU).
I am worried that IU's ability to run didn't Help them too much though.
I think Michigan matches up against the zone well overall. If Louisville and their spotty offense can exploit it and Beilein can study the tap,e we can figure it out too. I would be interested to know how Boeheim does against coaches known as smart tacticians who also have talent.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Wait||
Brady Hoke owns a long sleeve button-up?
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I just watched it....||
I also found it interesting that Griffith seriously wants to make a run for the border. He said he wants him some TACO bad if he was a coach.
Too bad Taco couldn't even crack his HS stating lineup. /s
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I think||
I read that he only has incentives for each tourney game (25k) and there is nothing special about making higher rounds or winning it all. Regardless, the consensus is that Brandon will take care of him.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||The irony/inappropriateness of my user name is think||
I am not a big NHL fan although I try hard. It might even be the change in the game caused by Klima and other defectors that soured me at times (like Don Cherry?)
|35 weeks 3 days ago||No. Sorry.||
As a native Detroiter who formerly played a LOT of pond hockey growing up, I have tried repeatedly to get into the NHL. I want to be a fan. But, I just can't seem to do it.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
That book seems to need moe publicity. Too bad the media doesn't want to trumpet it and the fans, intheir hearts, don't want to hear it.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||So....||
...if the NBA is rigged, doesn't it stand to reason that the NFL, MLB, or college sports has something going on somewhere? Why would it be just the NBA? There are the same type of fould calls in CBB. And, a lot of missed, judgment calls in FB.
I can't believe if it is happening that it would only happen in one sport.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||more than that||
I think you would need to measure calls for important plays. Refs can cover their tracks by throwing a couple insignifiant fouls out there. Plus, it may not be the important games. It could be like Toledo and point shaving. The games no one cares about are primed for corruption.
WHile I agree that some people are just bad, you have to think that only helps cover those that have ill intent.
I dont think you can pull off a grand conspiracy across the league. I just think that there is ample motivation and opportunity combined with an inability to really determine if refs are bad or on the take. It seems very very possible.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe||
The NY athletic club that wards the Heisman has done a much much better job at promoting the events, schmoozing the media, having rich members, etc?
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Hkghfgdhsfsf||
|37 weeks 3 hours ago||Seriously?||
You are nitpicking this offense? And using Wisconsin as your shining example. That is just wrong.
|37 weeks 3 hours ago||Worrywart||
You must be a nervous wreck. Michigan wins a game convincingly when their top player is ice cold and you are picking holes in their offense? All because of what VCU might do to them?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||How?||
You worked in the area and don't know it is illegal in California without a prescription, it is illegal under US federal law and Illegal in Mexico? You realize saying you can bribe someone in Mexico still makes it illegal and pushes it to a violent underground, right? If it was in mainstream commerce things would be much different. It's scary someone presumably in charge of enforcing laws doesn't know what is illegal.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||You lived it?||
When did you live it being legal? "Basically legal" in Mexico and "legal" in CA? When?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
You are right. I usually don't care one way or another about drug laws. It just kind if hit me though that banning marijuana is flat out stupid. Since we make the laws in this country (indirectly) I figure some discussion is good to move the dial because Jerald does not deserve what he is about to get. Even though he didn't play much, he was a Wolverine and that makes him sympathetic to me.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||You must be kidding...||
Those things happened because of the mere fact it is illegal. In other words, those things are another reason why making it illegal is dumb. If you think outlawing drugs prevents, instead of encourages outlaw gang violence, then you are an idiot.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Well...||
Seeing as how criminal laws are supposed to be a reflection of a society's morals and protection of each other... I would say its a shame for everyone that something so devoid of bad morals or victims can carry such a significant burden. If laws without any logical basis can be used to throw people in jail...look out.... Something you do might be criminalizes for no reason in the future.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Rough||
Not good for him. But, marijuana possession (even a large amount) is one of the most harmless and victimless crimes that can be considered serious. He shouldn't have done it for his own future's sake, but he did nothing close to morally wrong in my book.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||A problem for Narduzzi?||
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Long time MGoBlog community member||
I am a long-time member of the community. I ave been posting since long before my date activating this account. (The old site had no MGoBoard and you could just post comments on the front page articles. There wass always a race to see who was first to post. I tried to give up the sie once they had a forum like Scout/Rivals because I thought it ould suck up my life. I lost that battle.)
Anyway, IMO this site was built on 2 main things. 1. The in-depth analysis of the UFRs every week, and 2. Brian's writing style/sense of humor.
There used to be such anticipation for new (front page) stories. I would just sit and hit refresh. There were only a couple stories each day, max. (A lot of times I think it was just one.) The scrcity of the articles and the passion they brewed deep inside was intoxicating.
That has alll changed a bit. No one can expect Brian to keep doing it all himself. The other writers are good. They are just not the same level of quirk and whimsy that Brian had early on.
IMO - Brian has also mellowed a lot in the past (ten?) years or so. The pain in the articles was real. There was passion in everything. A lot of that is user geneerated now. I can't bring myself to read each line of the UFR anymore as I have gotten married and matured. Brian probably feels the same way. He still loves it, but that initial drive is bound to lose a bit while the site grew. (See the capitulated war on Special K.)
Don't get me wrong. I love it here. It is my go to site for the whole internet for years and years and is o this day.
I, for one, actually appreciate the way the new guys try to keep up the somewhat obscure references. I like the youth infusion. Its just never going to be the same as it was in its heyday. I am fine with that. I appreciateit for still being FREE and super-informative. The best sie on the internet. Bar none.
Don't be afraid of change......
[EDIT - Woops this should have been a reply to the OP. I hate this site now. It ade me look dumb.]
|40 weeks 5 days ago||A QB coach||
That is all.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Can we please||
.. get a QB coach now? I think we are set at DL.
|41 weeks 16 hours ago||Lord||
This is stupid. I hate the off season.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||...and....||
...the MSU equipment manager knows the OP is a Michigan fan so he tells him somethig ridiculous to pull his leg.
I love the internet. It's like a spotlight on people messing with each other.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||The amount of pizza||
I guess the amount of pizza is kind of a story. Sparty fans are donating a lot. I wonder why?
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't Mitch McGary do this for OSU game?||
I seem to remember UM players doing this for students before the OSU game. I think this thing happens a lot. I am sure it is just as cool when MSU does it, but. Let's not give undue credit to their fans on the Internet. I don't really care about it. I just dont want young kids or the uninformed to think this is something cool Spartan fans invented or something.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I thought Berger had an OSU offer||
And those other guys too? So, what do you know about who is the top of OSU's board right now? Is this Urban Meyer on mgoblog???
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I did this||
About 4 or 5 years ago I have up all Michigan-themed websites and news stories. It was tough. I eventually found there were other things out there. I am far from a religious person, but I feel that doing something like this makes you a stronger person for non-moral purposes. Last year was beer (hard liquor was fine). This year: porn/nsfw stuff.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you!||
I was thinking of doing this exact same research (well maybe not so far back) and I just had too much going on in life. But, I was really curious about it and almost posted a request for someone to do it. Many many thanks. (If I knew how to pos bang on mobile for you, I would.)
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Blue bloods||
Those teams have all been number one recently. They have been there before. This is like the selection Saturday parties at Crisler. A step that a young team should enjoy, but will be common more common as we grow.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Nice||
My phone must have learned that from my recent trips to South America from this board (aka Bolivia).
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Damn phone||
There would only be "inductees"
|45 weeks 2 days ago||I think so||
It has to be on field unless it is something that affects the game or its integrity. Otherwise, if we are just looking at a players potential criminal friends and lack of morals, there would only be n sucres into the NBA and NFL hall of fame every 10 years or so.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||...and the state of Michigan||
Is doing very well financially. Budget surplus and all. And the economy of private companies in Michigan is doing very well.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||?||
What does this mean? Neither the university or state are in shambles financially. What am I missing?
|47 weeks 5 hours ago||So||
You only want to ban youth football. That would solve all your problems. But you have no idea if youth football is played at a size and speed that causes any problems. End of discussion.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Why would you believe that?||
ND, the B10 and the NCAA all seem to have nearly identical academic requirements. Those are general requirements, but aside from the NCAA clearinghouse, none of it is binding. Exceptions can and are made all the time. Who makes more exceptions? Who turns down a kid dying to play there? It happens, but rarely. Demar Dorsey, Randy Moss, Etc. and using JuCo players. There is no way to compare schools in any way that allows you to differentiate between BCS big time programs. Anecdotal evidence abounds, but no reason to draw conclusions. What if I told you my wife tutored ND players that could barely read?
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Are you me?||
I just did the same for the wife and me.
|48 weeks 6 hours ago||But||
Isn't the game at 5 Eastern time?
|50 weeks 4 days ago||How do you define elite?||
Michigan gets four star (and sometimes five star) players at those positions as often as they do at other positions. Aside from the Rich Rod era when recruiting was a bit down across the board, Michigan is doing as well as they always have at those positions. Four stars and occasional but rare five stars.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Nope||
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Yea||
He was too amped up, I just don't know why it bothered you SO much, get over it... Or are YOU are amped up? you can't shut up about it. shut up.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Bad idea though?||
I thought the consensus after the game was that Michigan wouldn't do that again because it was too distracting. I don't know exactly how it played out, but I think you want your players thinking about the game and not distracted by their "cool" new clothes. I always thought that was one of the problems with road games, that players were occassionally distracted a little by things that were unfamiliar that day, like the hotel, lockerroom, etc. It makes you feel a little "out of sorts." (Road woes are about more than just crowd noise).
I guess Michigan is now of the opinion that gameday should be so rouine and practiced that there should be minimum distractions.
So, is it a good thing for Michigan if MSU is a little distracted?
P.S. - I don't think it matters much, but it is somewhat interesting to discuss.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Adding to that...||
S&P+ numbers rank Michigan the 5th best overall team in the country. an explosive offense and defense. We even rank above the team we outplayed, but lost to: ND.
It also shows bama head and shoulders above the rest:
|1 year 8 weeks ago||But....||
I thought these metrics were "advanced" and took into account projected typical output by opposing teams.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||So,....||
Based on the current numbers (40 offense and 33 defense), we have an 82% chance of going 9-4 or better?
That sounds like good news.
I have to think a 10 win season is pretty likely.
BTW - Some of your links take me to outdated BCFToys pages, not the current ones.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||You don't apologize for auto-play ...||
...AFTER the fact. You said it was "in advance" but it was long after the autoplay kicked in.
You warn people in the title, so they don't click.
It's not that hard to do.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Oh thanks...||
I instantly thought it had something to do with our upcoming opponent.
Feel free to delete this thread.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I love...||
...that this has come to a blog near me. I think I will be making some donations to mgoblog if they keep this up. I missed this a quite a bit for some reason. It should be combined with the mini-programs for your pocket.
/get off my lawn.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Confusing...unless you look at the OL...||
Most of the plays that are confusing to chart and are the most troubling involve the OL getting to the second level almost immediately.
It makes the LBs look hesitant and the DL look weak.
If this is truly the best OL that our staff has seen in all of its years of CFB, then we might have to throw this game out.
BTW - I can't wait for all the big-time line recruits Hoke is bringing in to have a similar look one day.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||As a season ticket holder, I disagree....||
I too have broken even the last couple years. I went to the best games and could sell my "off games" at face value. Not great seats or anything.
But, wait....we could lose half our games until the MSU game? Did you really just throw that out there like it is even remotely possible? Wow. The Bama game shook you deeper than most. And, THAT is why you think you will get the tickets for face value or even free. If that is your reason for waiting, you might as well wait because you think you might get hospitalized some day before the game.
Then you say that because you chose to go to the MSU game, that makes it the best of the home games this year? How about it is just supposed to be the best game.
Your post is confusing and poorly worded.... and just strange. Nice to meet you.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||It's probably a scam.||
Generally speaking, if you get a call from someone just offering you tickets and they want to be paid, they are probably just trying to get your credit card number or something. I mean, who just calls people up randomly to offer them tickets?
If this is a friend or someone you know, then why so high? I just scored my friend two tix to that game and gave it to him for face value.
Anyway, to answer your question, I would wait until after both teams play more games (ND games and real away games). The price is not likely to go up much higher if they win, but it could go down.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Weird.||
I was going to post something about this too. I watched the BCSNC game last night. I noticed the Bama offense came out and did the exact opposite of what LSU expected from their previous game. They threw the ball a lot on first down.
Sometimes I think that you use ideas for your team that have caused you trouble on the other side of the ball. Bama's defense won't react as well if we can throw something unexpected at them early. Plus, there are a lot of new players on the Bama defense. The guys in the BCS game were decisive and quick to attack. These guys probably won't be so crisp in the first game and they are more likely to make mental errors (like overcommitting, etc.). EVERYONE is expecting Denard to run and run the ball. (There will be a spy, etc.)
In light of that, I think we need to start out the game passing. they are coming to shut down Denard on the run. The Vincent Smith misdirection screen (from ND game) might be a good first play of the second drive. I think the VERY first play requires an easier pass. Anyway, I say, throw some misdirection at them early and then open up the regular run game. We have an experienced offense (QB, OL and some WR). They can probably execute misdirection/pass plays early in the game better than other teams. It is a risk. But, if it doesn't work, then we go to the run and try it again later. (There is a lot of game time.) If it works, it will build confidence early and get the young bama guys to spend more time analyzing (or cheating and setting themselves up) and less time being heat-seeking missles.
I think Hoke has the b.a.l.l.s. to call those plays early. I guess they don't have to be the very first play, but in the first few series.
P.S. - I couldn't get over how bad the LSU offense looked at times. That could be the Bama D, but LSU looked like they were sluggish regardless of the defense. They came out running the ball (as expected) and their QB seemed dazed at times (and a worse passer than Denard).
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Wow.||
Are these responses for real?
You stay at home.
IF she goes into labor, you could make it back in time, you could not. But, you will want to be there during the labor and definitely the birth. If you miss the labor when she is freaking out and "needs you" for moral support....well ugh.
Additionally, she may say "go" but I don't think she really wants you to go. She is just being nice and deep down might be a little shocked you took her up on it. Regrdless, her parents and everyone else will give you crap.
Its just a football game. Sure I am spending thousands of dollars myself to go down there for the game. But, you gotta have priorities. You can't risk missing it. I think I just read an article about Hoke remembering exactly what it was like to miss his daughter's birth....
|1 year 15 weeks ago||No one...||
...considers not answering a question to be dishonest.
"You see brushing off questions from someone who has trusted you as the smart idea. Others see it as dishonest in and of itself. Doesn't make either wrong."
If you are talking about "true to one's inner feelings" or something other than honesty, you may be getting to whether Carr had a moral obligation to this HS kid or something. You would be hard-pressed to argue he did.
There is no reasonable way to argue that deflecting that question was "dishonest." It is not a matter of opinion.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Yeah....||
Magnus has said throughout this thread that Carr should have been honest with Wienke and told him to go to Iowa. Magnus then argues the only other thing Carr could have done was to lie to the kid or send him into RR's sales pitch.
That is wrong and he is lying to himself if he doesn't see that Carr screwed up by not deflecting the question. Carr had another path and he failed to take it.
Carr screwed up and Magnus is not man enough to admit it.
As for the transfers, the word of Bacon goes much further than an anonymous poster on a website. Magnus may be playing games with "signing" transfers vs. "recommending" them vs. "approving" them or whatever. He has already shown himself to be a Carr apologist to a fault, so who would you believe?
And, the crappy thing about this whole thread is I really like Carr A LOT. I am a Carr fan. I guess that's why I get offended when other Carr supporters make us look bad by taking overzealous/indefensible positions.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Your are transitioning from a believeable poster...||
...to a blow hard. I believe I will recommend my friends stay away from a blog run by somebody who can't be honest and reasonable.
Good day to you.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Now this I can't agree with....||
....Carr is not the kid's father and he should have deflected that question to someone else. There is a big difference between what Carr did:
1. "You should probably go to Iowa"
2. "As much as I would like, I don't feel comfortable giving you advice on that. You should talk with your coach/dad."
3. "Listen to RichRod."
Carr screwed up. He is human. Stop going to such effort to defend his clear errors. It makes you seem unreasonable and beholden to him or something.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||This is one way to look at it....||
...but not the only way. First, let me say:I agree with you that it is a "non-factor and no one should be upset by it at all.
However, here is another equally reasonable interpretation:
1. Carr offerred Weinke as a QB. He thought he was good enough to play QB for Michigan. Carr sent the kid to play for another Big Ten team and potentially set Michigan up to face a kid Carr thought would be a pretty good QB.
2. Carr didn't have to lie. He could have just not responded. Wienke had other people to listen to and Carr could have just said "firgure it out for yourself" or "I don't feel comfortable giving you advice about where to go now that I am no longer coach."
I agree with you that it is a "non-factor and no one should be upset by it. I just think it is mroe reasonable to acknowledge Carr didn't handle it well even though he was a good coach and good guy. In the end, no harm , no foul....move along.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Probably...||
... spread the amount in small chunks over different homes. In fact, could "Astroturf" foreclose when the primary mortgage is held by a bank? Wouldn't the sale proceeds go to the bank first? I am not so sure they are at a realistic point of losing their homes. Bummer.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||...this is who I am referring to....proud Oxford resident.|
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Just to be clear||
They will not lose their homes because of the football field. They will lose it because they are idiots.
You put a mortgage on your home without any clear way to pay it off? And, a mortgage for something that is completely unecessary. I love sports and football, but you do not need to risk anything to install a new colored-turf for a kids' FB team. It makes no sense.
The only thing I can think of is that these people thought they would get a bailout from somebody once the press picked up the story.
I don't think they deserve a bailout. Morans should live with their mistake and teach their kids accountability.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Me too.||
I would like to know what that means too. Thanks.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||No liquor is a good idea...||
I don't drink much beer now because of how filing it is (and all the carbs too), but I may have to make an exception down in Dallas.
Rather than tailgate, I think we are going to try to find one of the local bars that runs a shuttle to the game. You pay to park at the bar and then you can use that as a credit toward food and drinks.
I am REALLY lloking for a Michigan-friendly bar in downtown (uptown) Dallas for Friday night, so I can watch BSU v. MSU. KNow of one?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Late games||
It is tough as a Michigan fan to go to night games. Our games traditionally start at noon ("when toe meets leather"). As a student and recent grad, that might mean drinking a few beers fast. You were usually awake by 10 am and didn't want to really drink and then left for the game at 11 or so.
But, it is dangerous to take some of those "quick party" traditions to afternoon and night games. If you do that, you run the risk of being "really drunk"...which can lead to being an as@, getting in fights and/or simply forgetting the game.
Personally, I think that effect (forgetting the game) would be even more amplified in a "once in a lifetime" type event like this. (I mean you can only afford it once a lifetime.) I still remember the 97 Rose Bowl vivdly. We didn't party before the game (because we were not in the mood after NYE). It was a great game.
So, without trying to sound like "your mom" or the orange-shirted fun police from the UTL game, I suggest everyone consider a low-key tailgate and heavy partying AFTER the game when we are celebrating knocking off Bama!!!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I explained that spelling thing...||
...back when I was posting BEFORE the MGGoBoard...when I would try to post "first" everytime Brian uploaded new content on the front page. Back when it was only Brian writing here.
So, I guess it's been a while:
It is derived from an argument I had with my brother about the correct spelling. It is a reminder of how I love winning arguments.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||^ This is EXACTLY right...||
THis is all about the upcoming elections and placating alumni who apparently feel it was "similar to 9/11" or some variation on that.
Changing the culture of thick-headed people never goes smoothly.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||You owe me a Coke||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yeeeeee!!!!! Hawwww!!!!!!!!|
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I think his analysis ...||
... is just poorly conceived (and maybe lazy). I don't mind a Q&A by him though. I think you HAVE to post a disclaimer because otherwise people associate you with the author in the title. (i.e. "He's that guy who is always reading or quoting Bill Simmons.")
|1 year 26 weeks ago||So?||
Uncofirmed blogger brags he hacked the passowrds and no confirmation from Linkedin yet? I'll wait to panic.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||The picture in your link made me think of this:|
|1 year 28 weeks ago||In light of this....||
...and the fact I ordered my tickets today, I was wondering:
Is there a Boise State alumni gamewatch in Dallas? I think it would be fun to watch the Friday night game (against MSU) with those cats.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I logged in just to say...||
...this exact same thing. No one cares. The "author" is trying to create something. Good luck, buddy, but all the people you named in the article are too dumb to fall for your off-season sensationalism.