|6 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately||
Unfortunately that hurts the delicate feelings of those who think he's a good guy.
Obama could take it -- "Thanks, Obama" was funny and didn't really get under anyone's skin. Definitely not the man himself. But making fun of Trump is political, because the guy has the thinnest skin of anyone I've ever seen in the public eye.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||The point was to not show up||
The point was to not show up and thus leave empty seats. But if they were to show up in their OSU gear, then I can think of 31 reasons why that would be fun for the crowd and 0 reasons why not.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||BINGO!||
Yep, you win.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I blame autobench||
I've got a new job and I haven't seen many games much this season. Is autobench still in effect?
For me, that was always something I didn't quite understand. How can young players learn how to avoid fouls (and be effective with fouls) if they are not in the game? I mean, I'd just let Wagner foul out until he learns not to foul and how to play with fouls.
If autobench is not in effect (due to Donlon and a change in approach), then maybe that's part of it -- most of this team doesn't know how to play with fouls? Might be a tougher mental transition than we can see.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||'Bama classes don't start until the 11th||
That's why the claim that he changed his ticket to go to Birmingham directly was always baloney.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||No, you're right||
The US Army game is Saturday the 7th -- players are expected to arrive earlier in the week. Harris is still on the roster for the West team. So you're right, he's busy this week.
If he is coming to Ann Arbor, he will arrive next Sunday?
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||But||
To semi-disagree with myself, when I wrote the above I was not aware of his commitment to play in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio next Saturday, as noted by ReadYourGuard, below.
So if he and Michigan were planning this, it seems likely that everyone would agree that it's a bad idea to show up in Ann Arbor and then immediately turn around and leave for three days. Better to arrive after the game.
Technically, my "by the end of this week" statement still stands, just barely!
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||This is likely correct||
The idea that NH would wait until after classes start to arrive on campus is far-fetched. The drop/add deadline doesn't matter. Why would he do that? Anyone who is motivated enough to graduate early is going to show up on time. If he's not in Ann Arbor the end of this week, he's not coming.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Last 10 vs last 5||
My first thought about your suggestion was that it should be the opposite, and the stat shown (% of shots taken after 25 seconds) is even more remarkable given the shot clock change (to 30 from 35). There should be fewer shots in the last 5 seconds compared to the last 10 seconds, simply because the latter includes the former. Instead there are more.
On second thought, I think you're onto something, though I'm not quite sure what it is. It would be useful to know if Michigan is an outlier, or if this holds throughout the NCAA.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Don't know, but yes?||
His going public with this earlier than most probably means he just graduated (instead of in the Spring), and thus he won't be part of Spring practice, but he can still play in the bowl if he wants to.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember most potential 5th years participate in the Spring -- the "firm handshake" happens after that. Isn't that what happened last year?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Offers||
I doubt we'll see late flyers this year. The current offers are it -- if there are a few spots left due to missing out on guys they really want, I think you'll see them look for grad transfers that can provide depth short-term, opening up scholarships for the 2018 class.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Summary||
For newcomers, consensus down thread and earlier is as follows:
TRAIN: (the "#Blueprint17 Express")
1 - Ambry Thomas (Detroit King) [crown] [colors]
2 - Tarik Black (black present) [colors]
3 - Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cass Tech) [colors]
4 - Cesar Ruiz (key lime pie) [colors]
5 - Deron Irving-Bey [?] Royal blue is wrong for Flint Southwestern, but close enough, I guess.
6 - Jordan Anthony (Jordan = Jumpman logo)
7 - Drew Singleton (Paramus Catholic = "Livin") [colors]
8 - As others have pointed out, there is another present under the tree...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
It's true that the Sun Bowl is one of the older ones, but it was always a consolation bowl and now even that bit of meaning and value as something earned is lost when there are 41 "bowl" games that exist largely so the gambling industry and ESPN can make some extra money over the holidays. It's hard to fault a player for walking away from such a meaningless competition.
I'd love to see a 24-game bowl system that is automatic based on conference results. I'm okay with a committee choosing the matchups and ESPN et al. picking the dates and times. But you should have to finish in the top half of a P5 conference to go to a bowl, with the remaining spots going to the best of the rest. Then maybe team (and conference) pride and loyalty could play into it again.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||That||
That's where the Iowa loss helps, I think. They've had one game since that was, as Harbaugh put it, a "playoff" game. They started out tight, but then relaxed in the second half.
Re: Ohio State, they are good, but they've also had two games go down basically to overtime. They won them both, but the fact remains they don't always play as well as they should.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Feels like M||
Feels like M will need four long drives that result in points to have a shot at winning.
I mean, OSU wore down the Wisconsin defense in the second half. Michigan has better depth on the line and will hold up longer, but I worry about the fourth quarter in Columbus.
I kind of think it comes down to OSU's defense. I have a harder time getting a sense of where they are, exactly. They held PSU to seven points through three quarters before the football gods laughed and rolled their dice, and Wisconsin only had seven points in the second half. OU put up 24 on them, but again only seven in the second half. So they are good. But how good?
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Brave man||
If they are lifelong fans who know about football and its history, you should be fine no matter what happens. They will understand your pain.
The problem arises when you have opposing fans in your home who are "cheering" for the other team but don't know shit. They think it's a social event, that everyone's supposed to have fun. It can get quite awkward, because they don't understand why you're upset.
I think I would ask them about it before the game starts -- "Were you football fans as children?" "How did you become an Ohio State fan?" -- at least you can get some sense of how they will respond.
I mean, my father went to USC and would pace around outside the house during games. He was too nervous to watch. We kids would go out and update him on what was going on. The only team he hated to lose to more than Notre Dame was Stanford. So I get it. I'll probably watch most of Saturday's game standing outside the doorway to our living room. But if you've never been exposed to that, you won't understand it.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Adjustments||
O'Korn is a different style, a different sort of threat from Speight. Plenty of quick-to-run, scrambling quarterbacks have been successful, especially in college football. But the offense has to adjust to it -- that's what we were seeing against Indiana. Maybe also a bit of the dawning realization for the coaches that O'Korn was not going to be able to replicate Speight's knack in the pocket -- he is going to have to be himself. He's got a different sort of knack.
I've no idea if enough progress was made last Saturday in adjusting to a very different sort of quarterback. There was some, but was it enough? O'Korn's big run could, let's hope, turn out to be his signature. Some early success scrambling, and OSU's secondary will have to respect that possibility more than Indiana did early on.
You can bet your ass Harbaugh and Drevno are planning to use O'Korn's style to their advantage. It would be better if he had been to Colombus before, but at least he's older -- he's in his fourth year as a player -- there shouldn't be any problem for the coaches in getting him to understand what he needs to do. Whether he can execute is another question. Rust never sleeps.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Brian||
Here is Brian's UV update on this question:
"On Speight. Yesterday we reported he'd be out for the regular season; someone asked Harbaugh if he was out for the season and he said no. Those aren't the same thing, obviously. You should still expect O'Korn for the next two weeks. Beyond that we'll see. [...] I've gotten some additional reports that it's a shoulder issue, not the collarbone. The upshot is the same. [...] I can't say we'd do anything differently given the provenance of the information. [...]"
|18 weeks 8 hours ago||Tight||
Let's not forget that this was the first "win or go home" game this season -- like all of the remaining games will be if they keep winning. So the whole team being tight should have been expected even with a healthy Speight.
Actually "win or lose control of your destiny" but you get the idea. Nobody wants to be sitting around next Saturday after beating Ohio State in Columbus, hoping Dantonio can take down Penn State.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Only 8 seconds left, IIRC||
No time for a field goal after a completion. Little chance for a TD, not worth the risk of an interception return.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Thanks for this reminder||
The wind was a big factor before it started to snow.
Watching at home, it seemed like the wind died down when the snow began and both teams became more of a threat to pass, thereby opening up the scrambling/running game for O'Korn/Smith.
Don't know if the booth talked about it -- we had it on mute after the first half.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes, thanks||
First, zero interceptions, zero fumbles. That right there is job one for a backup taking meaningful snaps late in the season. And let's not forget -- this was not a low-pressure situation. Michigan's season was on the line in this game. A loss and they are depending on MSU to best PSU.
Second, took them a while to adjust to the pressure they were getting. He made some frustrating mistakes, but by the second half the Indiana defense started to wear down and he started to remember his footwork and that led to finding his ability to run. He's a classic pocket scrambler, very different from Speight.
If he has to play Saturday, he will be improved and the offense will have a better idea of what they are trying to do. They will need to. But people using words like "disgraceful " and "despicable " for this performance against a defense that has played well in college football's toughest division are clueless.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||On Wilson||
One thing that struck me last year when he made it back and started getting into games was that the upperclassmen on the floor seemed really happy for him. Irvin is the one who sticks out in my mind, but it was the whole team, including the bench. They seemed especially pleased for him, watching him, wanting him to succeed, if that makes sense.
In retrospect, maybe it was something more than DJ just being well-liked and overcoming injuries -- it was also a sign of respect for him on the court -- hidden depths.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Road trip!||
B1G play could be interesting.
But otherwise the Clemson game might be shaky, and USC seems to be improving fast -- Washington will be tested. Unfortunately, we won't see much of that one...
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't see it||
Mo Wagner only played 15 minutes with no fouls. Huh? Has to be a good sign, right? That they are confident about him, and thus experimented with other things in this game.
Keep in mind that even though much of the team is back, there are still big changes going on. New defense. At least one freshman who will play a lot. Changes to the offense.
LOL the hot takes.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Correct||
Ferentz knows there is more to Brown's defense, but Michigan hasn't needed to try anything more advanced than what they've been doing every week. That's unlikely to change tomorrow night.
Defense isn't like offense. Brown doesn't need to roll out packages to establish tendencies in the same way the offense does. Brown is the cat, not the mice. He needs to have things ready to use when adjustments have to be made, but with only a couple of first-quarter exceptions this year Michigan hasn't needed to do so.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Not ideal, but||
Let's say multiple surgeries take two weeks or so, followed by two weeks or so of rehab. So not too hard to get to 5 weeks.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan||
A still-unbeaten Michigan has by far the most difficult final two games to make it to the CFP. OSU is OSU. Wisconsin is a good team and rematches are always tricky. See the NFL.
'Bama has a tough game loomimg against Auburn, but the SEC championship game probably won't pose much of a challenge for them.
Clemson's season is over, they only have to get past the ACC championship game. Could be a problem for them, but not because the competition will be exceptionally good.
Washington is hard to say with much-improved USC coming up, but if they make it to 11-0, then they face WSU and then probably Colorado. Not comparable to Michigan's likely gauntlet.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||And||
And a big reason why they improved was because they lost to Michigan. Especially Penn State -- that offense and especially the QB learned a lot from that loss.
Michigan schools you, you have two choices. You can learn from it and get better, or you can whine about it, pretend it was closer than it was, and not get better. Exhibit A: Penn State; Exhibit B: Michigan State.
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes||
That look is the dawning realization somewhere in his lizard brain that if he had spent more time this season studying the faults of his own team, instead of studying Michigan's, he might not be in quite as deep a hole. It's hard to feel sorry for him.
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||IIRC, 24-3||
Right? With N entering the red zone. Good chance if TAJ doesn't go out, it is 24-10 at the half, with seven of that 24 basically spotted to OSU. N likely would have still lost, and the outcome would never have been in doubt, but it wouldn't have been the bloodbath that it was.
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||Did MM go back in after the injury?||
I don't remember seeing him, but I wasn't looking. Bush got some good experience.
Thought it might be a knee bruise -- not sure why most of these guys don't use knee pads these days.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Oregon?||
I mean, the Ducks don't care about longevity. As the Nike flagship, if he gives them five good years they can go get someone else.
I doubt he touches Baylor.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, well put!||
It's likely they will show one of the passing components of the package before Ohio State, as a reminder that he has that rifle arm.
I think Space Coyote or one of the MGoBloggers said that they basically thought the package was successful so far, that Michigan had gotten what they wanted out if it. So now it's time to go a little deeper into the permutations and give the defense something else to think about as they prepare.
The whole thing makes me nervous as hell, but I take that as a sign of Speight's progress -- I'm much less nervous when he's in there.
EDIT: I see that Space Coyote has weighed in, below.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Here is how I was trying to expalin it to my brother, who doesn't watch sports much (despite having been in a national-championship rowing boat). I had told him he needed to see this defense play, telling him how historically good it has been. So he came over to watch. [And yes, you can blame me for this game.]
So we're sitting there and you can imagine my chagrin. The way I ended up explaining it was that Michigan State has better athletes than most of those Michigan has faced. They're not a good team, but they have more than a few good players. The problems were more about finishing -- the defender was where he needed to be, he just didn't make the tackle, and so on.
But it was fun watching the goal-line stand after the INT. That was a season-defining moment, IMHO.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||No?||
He could have been down 6 while hoping a Michigan player would be stupid enough try to advance the onside kick (and then fumble). Instead he opted to try to be down 5. It makes no sense no matter how much time is left on the clock. By taking the risk he did, he only introduced the possibility that what happened might happen: he would end up down 9 and his chances after the kick would be zero instead of near-zero.
No, if there had been any chance of getting a play in after the onside kick, he wouldn't have gone for two at all. That would have been epic malpractice. This was just some weird disrespect-projection thing. Ask MIke Hart about that. Going for two there was just disrespectful of Michigan. It risks getting someone injured, and it's not fun.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm||
Yes, numbers 1 and 2 probably say something about what he thinks about his team's capabilities, but 3 is just weird.
He knows the game is over because they can't advance an onside kick and Michigan won't risk a fumble. I'll guess it is some permutation of the disrespect thing. Maybe we can call it "Lose With Disrespect" or "Lose With Cruelty" ???
EDIT: This is a reply to JoeFink, above.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||No question it was bumpy||
But the outcome was never in doubt. The defense will be fine -- this game will take them to a new level when it comes to containing an opponent with nothing to lose at the end of the game. You can't really reproduce that in practice -- especially the influence of the refs. They will be improved the next time they face it.
The bad INT caused problems on offense. I think they must have thought that throwing to running backs coming out of the backfield would work after halftime, but it looked like MSU was expecting it. Not just the INT, also that end-zone play where they threw to Smith.
My pet peeve this season is everybody knows Morris is a threat to throw -- you're not going to fool them into thinking otherwise no matter how many times you run that damn play. All it does is knock Speight and the regular offense out of its rhythm. Strangely enough, the Peppers wildcat doesn't seem to have the same effect. It's like one wildcat package can be absorbed, but two of them is a bridge too far.
|21 weeks 4 hours ago||One way||
One way to answer to that question is to say it must have been like Woody Hayes' "Because I couldn't go for three" in 1968 -- except that Dantonio wasn't up by 40 like Woody was.
Does anyone know if Dantonio answered the question?
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes and no||
Agree with your last statement, especially with respect to the defense, but I can't say I ever felt the game was in doubt after the offense exposed MSU's defense early on. There were plenty of goddammit moments, but also things of beauty, like stuffing them seven plays in a row at the goal line.
But I never found myself standing outside watching through the doorway like I did during the Wisconsin game.
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||Heh||
I like this theory. MD's subconscious is likely a scary place.
But seriously, I think it was a comment on Harbaugh somehow. Most likely about when JH went for two with the trick play using the holder, and the other time this season they did something like that (I forget the details).
But that just shows how little Dantonio understands his opponent -- in both cases Harbaugh made those calls because his team had practiced them all week and he had promised to use them if the weakness they were designed to exploit ("we saw something") fell into place. Following through on that, even though the games were not in doubt, is all about having fun playing football. Dantonio's chip-on-shoulder approach to team motivation just doesn't get that.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||OTOH||
On the other hand, it's a good thing that all the remaining games are against teams that are decent enough, or at least well-enough coached (in the case of MSU), to be meaningful games. I mean, Michigan is rightly favored in all of them, but none of them are trap games. There will be no loss of focus.
However, after running this gauntlet there will be a sense of relief going into the B1G championship game -- that game is the reamaining trap for this team. Survive that, and barring injuries I like this defense against anybody.
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||Anything that shakes their||
Anything that shakes their confidence and sense of dominance is a good thing, IMHO.
|22 weeks 5 hours ago||On the glasses||
Forget about the style of the glasses -- the takeaway should be: "You mean JH has needed more than just reading glasses? He can see the field more clearly now?" Can only be good.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Especially||
Especially if that Pac 12 South winner were Colorado.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Agree. Only way||
Only way Wisconsin wins is if that QB has a breakout day -- it's possible at this point in the season after a bye week but I wouldn't bet on it. I think the light will come on for him and he will have a good career but tomorrow probably isn't the moment. OSU will move the ball -- if the Wisconsin defense is on the field the whole game because their offense keeps stalling out, it will be a long game.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||We'll see||
Interesting how he talked about Saddi Washington and Oakland's "post offense" -- I didn't know Saddi was hired to coach the post players.
Sounded to me like at least one of the freshman bigs will be rotating in, maybe even both of them.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I was trying to be nice||
You're right. I first wrote "Cromulent's neocon worldview" and then changed it. The flaws in your understanding have little to do with hyperbole.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||The more you know||
The US response to this attack is a major incident, front page NYT and so on. So it is politics, though for SRK it's not. Anyhow, here's an antidote to Cromulent's hyperbole, from Michigan's own Juan Cole:
I'd suggest anyone really wanting to discuss the politics of US involvement on the Arabian penisula do it there. Since this (the response) broke overnight, you can still be the first poster!
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Like others, but||
I'm like others, but I think my appreciation of college sports has gone up as I've gotten older. Maybe some of it is being a professor and watching students come and go, passing through the university (not UM). For me, the teams represent the students -- I can root for the kids in a way I just don't for the pros.
I still follow the Red Sox (raised in Boston) on MLB TV and of course this season I'm hoping Tom Brady is so successful that Roger Goodell's head actually explodes. But that's more about hanging onto childhood dreams.
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||Through the looking glass||
Dawson was playing nose tackle at the end. Maybe Nordin got in at Safety?
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||Will be interesting||
Will be interesting to see if he starts Terry for the next two games, before M in three weeks.
Looks like he may have given up on O'Connor being ready by then.
They don't have a bad loss, in the sense of a loss to a bad team. Their losses are all to half-decent or better teams. Just means they are not half decent.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Me too||
Feel for that dog. Owner probably doesn't walk him/her enough.
Triple post! Do not repeatedly hit "Save" on your phone.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Me too||
And the botched-snap drill on the fourth after point. Priceless.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Me too||
Best part of the game was the slow start by Michigan's offense due to the pouring rain. Just ugly enough to give false hope to those whose only time watching Michigan was the Wisconsin game.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||60-0 MICHIGAN|
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Be careful!||
You might actually send the message that Speight might actually know a lot more about playing QB than all of these people talking about floors and ceilings and whatnot.
For me, the most reassuring intangible is his sense of leadership -- the team looks to be behind him 100%. You don't have to have Brady's fire or Montana's calm to lead a team well. You just have to be yourself. This interview makes it sound like Wilton is just about there.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Mostly the pick||
He threw into coverage with so many defenders around his target that the deflection had a good chance of being caught. Without that, he's probably okay?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||OSU||
We will know more about Ohio State when they play at Wisconsin. They haven't played a team with a top-tier defense -- OU is okay, but not as good as the Badgers at home with a bye week.
I'm not saying Michigan will shut Ohio State down entirely like they did Wisconsin, but I am saying that we don't have a clear idea of how far along Speight will need to be to beat them.
One thing is certain, though -- Speight can't repeat the kind of mistake he made when he was intercepted. He will learn from that and sooner or later he will stop throwing into multiple coverage around Butt. His errors are mental -- timing, decisions, and maybe also a bit of frustration. It was a tough game -- losing his LT and then the penalties, game closer than it should have been, and so on. The experience will make him stronger.
This was a test. Speight passed, and next time he'll be better prepared. You can even argue that he improved during the game -- the TD to Darboh being the evidence -- Speight made a good decision there -- if Harbaugh can be believed, Butt was the primary target on that play.
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Mone got in||
In the first half, I think. After the first two missed field goals, though, they were taking no chances on defense. Incredible performance.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Love these early-riser threads!||
Not quite as early as for noon games, but still... Somehow the thought of people getting up in the wee hours to drive to Ann Arbor makes me feel good!
I predicted 20-0 in the win-stuff thread. Gotta root for the shutout, and otherwise old-school, low-scoring game.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||What the hell||
This way I can wholeheartedly root for the shutout. More fun than all you folks picking realistic scores.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||From what I could see||
I was watching on TV, but from what I could see it looked like they had Furbush participating like he was part of the rotation, even though he didn't get into the game until late. I took that to mean they were preparing him for more playing time in the future -- he was getting experience with knowing where he needs to be on the sideline and during timeouts and breaks between plays, hearing what he needs to hear and basically being ready to go in.
Not sure when I first noticed him. Maybe at the start iof the seond half? He's easy to spot with the hair. Maybe they told him at the half that he would play and to participate accordingly.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
It happened in time. But his previous redshirt year has to have been injury-related. I believe that is the case, so yes, he can get a sixth year.
Whether he takes it or enters the draft probably depends on how his recovery goes?
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Happening||
I think that is happening -- steady improvement each game. Plenty of "teaching moments" but he's getting there.
No idea if it will be enough, but I tend to think yes. The surest way to lose to a good team is to commit turnovers, and the things that are causing these shaky throws are all things that can be learned. I don't see a lot of things that need to be unlearned -- it's more that his footwork has not caught up to his decision making -- if that makes sense. He will learn to mind his footwork -- early on, he's been focused on decision making -- the next step is to execute.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Griese||
Suggested the problem there is footwork. Which makes sense, as the footwork is different for those little sideways and angled throws.
They will have him working on that. His footwork and movement has already improved by leaps and bounds from week one.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Deja vu panic for the OL?||
When Speight got hit and seemed to lose his edge, I thought he would work through it, and I guess he did. Maybe a more established starter takes himself out for a series or two, but I can understand his desire to stay in the game.
But it was the OL that seemed to react the worst to the sack and fumble TD. It was almost like it reminded them of the past, when they couldn't protect Devin Gardner. I mean, three-fifths of this starting line were thrown into that fire three years ago. There are scars, no doubt.
Surely, with a week to prepare and gather themselves, they can put it behind them. But you have to worry that it could happen again -- something goes wrong and the line falls apart. Cole seems like the key -- he's a transitional player between the two periods, so he understands the seniors, but he doesn't have as much baggage. He's got to step into Graham Glasgow's role from last year.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||What?||
What does this mean?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||6||
Given his role in blitzes, a fumble return could also be in the cards.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Kind of a wildcat variant||
Using Morris instead means Speight/O'Korn don't have to learn that package or practice it, and can focus on running the regular offense.
Also, in the original Arkansas wildcat, the running back (Darren McFadden) was a real threat to throw. By bringing Morris in with Jabrill, the defense still has to respect the pass -- indeed with Shane's cannon, they have to worry about the deep ball.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Non-M||
Best thing non-Michigan for me was ND hanging in there, when MSU should have put the game away. Made me think MSU has got some problems.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||5||
If you read them, the 5 work well. I might experiment with changing "general observations" to something like "opponent and schedule"
|27 weeks 12 hours ago||Yes||
CU would have converted more 3rd downs than they did without him, but Michigan was getting to him and would have continued to do so. Game would have felt different with Liufau in, but Michigan would still have been in control.
I think the thing that makes it less satisfying as a comeback win is that when Liufau went out, the game was over. We didn't get to see what would have happened with him in. The minute he went out, the game turned into a Rorschach test. You see what you want to see.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunately||
Unfortunately, if Peppers is on the same track as Devin Gardner and others, he will graduate after three years (and three summers) this year.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Sure||
I would enjoy that, but it's probably better for Michigan if it's close, because then when ND goes on to have a decent season outside of the B1G while MSU struggles inside of the B1G, it helps the B1G champion.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This ^||
A heartbreaking loss to ND and then pastings by Wisconsin, Michigan, and OSU, along with a loss at home to a bad team.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This||
Your thought about a redshirt year being a transfer year. For some of these guys, it's not so much a burned redshirt as a shelved redshirt. Look at Morris. He chose to stay and compete (and graduate), but he could have used his redshirt last year to transfer for playing time with two years of eligibility left. Others who are buried on the depth chart after two years are going to use their currently "shelved" redshirt to transfer.
This seems like another case of Harbaugh being ahead of the curve on something -- here it is the reality that you are preserving a redshirt for a player by not using it. This has to be part of the conversation with recruits about playing time -- "We're not going to redshirt you just because we can -- if we think you are ready to play, we will put you on the field and preserve your redshirt for you. How much playing time you get depends on how you well you do, and if you're not happy with that, you can still use your redshirt to transfer."
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Mental||
There's also a concentration/focus/visualization aspect to it. That was my immediate thought when he dropped that punt snap. Seems they are looking for someone who can reliably do the kickoffs so Allen doesn't have to think about/prepare himself for that.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||The reason they can't change it||
The reason they can't change the outcome is the opposite situation, where a rules error results in a game not being extended when it should have been. How do you remedy that, after the fact? You can't. You don't know what would have happened.
You can't have it both ways.
|28 weeks 2 hours ago||Seconded||
He is #55 -- I don't think he played week 1, and I don't remember seeing him yesterday.
Might be hurt, but if not then that means he's not in the 2-deep. I don't think they've played the 3-deep on the OL, which needs as much work as it can get at this point.
If he's healthy, then he'll play later in the year to relieve the 2-deep as the season wears on. But this probably means he's never going to play much. Still, I'll be surprised if he doesn't get a 5th year (if he wants it) next year, since they will need the depth and the incoming class is already crazy big.
|28 weeks 5 hours ago||I can't find where I read this, but I believe||
Saban told him to take a knee and he ran a play instead. I'd be pissed too.
It was somewhere on ESPN's site.
EDIT: Found it -- it is in quotation marks as the link to the video in this article (at the bottom of the page, under "Best Moments"):
The video occurs with the clock stopped at 46 seconds, which is right after the Hilltoppers had scored in three plays following a Bama fumble on a second-down running play that began with 1:34 left. So Saban wanted to run the clock down, maybe expecting the WKU coach to cooperate and just let the game end if there was any time left (a few seconds at best) after fourth down. But Kiffin ran a messy play and the shit hit the fan.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Won't help them||
When UT loses to a mediocre VT team, the venue will be blamed. So no joy in Mudville tonight.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Travis Dickey||
For those interested, "CO C 345 MG BN 90 DIV" means Company C, 345th Machine Gun Battalion, [180th Infantry Brigade,] 90th Division.
The 90th was deployed in the First World War, in 1918 and 1919 in France and Germany. Comprised of men from Texas and Oklahoma, they relieved the 1st Division (the first Americans deployed in the war) and saw a lot of action.
The machine guns of the 345th get a page to themselves at one point in the history of the division, and the casualty lists bear that out. November 2, 1918 was a particularly hard day in this guy's life. No doubt he never forgot it...
Anyhow, a proud old vet!
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Thinking about it||
Not a stretch to cut that Michigan team a bit more slack wrt that game, with hindsight. I knew it was Kelly's offense, but didn't realize it was his first year there. So Michigan kind of in the wrong place at the wrong time, historically. Not easy to prepare for that.
Also not a stretch to argue that game led to the Rodriguez hire.
And then, since UCF runs the same offense, a defensive shutdown against UCF would be yet another beacon marking the end of that era. Not terribly meaningful, but somehow symbolic.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, probably||
I don't know -- I missed that
|28 weeks 3 days ago||2007 Oregon OC||
OC was Chip Kelly, in his first year there. Kelly hired Frost in 2009 as WR coach when he became Head Coach, and Frost became OC in 2013 when Kelly left for the NFL.
So yeah, it's the same offense.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Don't know, but||
Don't know, but it's worth noting that Ace had Speight as the QB in the Hawai'i preview. Like other position battles it was seen as a guess and didn't draw any comments (IIRC), but probably he knew. Just couldn't say.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
I hope Frost understands this (common opponent with Houston) and doesn't take it personally -- Michigan will be looking for a shutout, so Houston can't do better in that respect.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||May see him soon||
Terry is listed as the starter along with O'Connor on their preseason depth chart, with an "or" between their names. I'm dubious, but IF this analysis is right, then Terry could be starting by mid season. Dantonio tends to stay with his choices and let them learn as they go, but he may switch to the Junior (Terry) over the 5th-year (O'Connor) more quickly than he would otherwise.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Biggest problem with trying to do your own analysis is the lack of the full field views that the coaches use to see what happened. Brian has talked about this -- he often can't really see what he needs to see.
One of the great things about the Premier League coverage on NBCSN is their "Extra Time" app where they provide two views of selected games each week, one is the regular broadcast, the other a full-field view where you can see what the players are doing away from the ball. It is revelatory. Like watching a different game.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Redshirt||
So basically an academic redshirt, then. A good way to handle it, though there might not have been much choice if he flunked something. Still the right thing to do. I think Harbaugh said all freshmen took Summer classes -- a good way to catch academic problems while there is a still a window to teach the skills needed.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Mute||
We watched a lot of the game on mute after a while. But from what I heard, you're right -- it's all about trying to create fake controversies to talk about and drive clicks.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Keepin' them honest||
That deep throw was the first play in a drive and designed to make the defense respect the deep routes. That's why Butt didn't even get a look. Speight needed another second or two for the route to develop, but a linebacker broke through the protection up the middle and he had to throw it early. He will learn to throw that away deep or move in the pocket to buy time. In short, a mistake, but not a problem, methinks.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||He may have a different motion||
He may have a different motion due to his height, but using a single photo of what looks like a short warm-up toss from last year and comparing it to photos of shorter guys winding up for relatively long throws in games is not the way to go.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Not so much underthrown||
As thrown too soon. Linebacker [?] breaking through up the middle -- he had to get rid of it early, before Darboh broke and got the step.
Nothing to worry about. He will learn to throw that away (deep, so no IG), or maybe to move in the pocket, risking a sack to gain a second for the route. They ran it as the first play of the drive, just to keep Hawaii honest. Otherwise, they didn't show anything deep, surely by design.
Biggest problem on the play was the pass protection breakdown, but even that would have been good for most other routes.
Play is at 17:04 in the MGoVideo 2nd Quarter clip. Ignore the commentary.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Pac-12||
The real question is what Colorado will do in Pac-12 play. That's the only way they can help Michigan. Would be nice to have a win over a ranked (at the end of the season) non-conference opponent. Hard to see them getting more than five wins in conference, though --playing at USC, Stanford, and Oregon. Even a halfway decent team is probably looking at 7-5 if they lose to Michigan. More likely 5-7.
So they have a lot at stake in Ann Arbor. The first game in a brutal away schedule. Weird sort of trap game for Michigan.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Yikes!||
5 AM and site is already under pressure. Can't edit comments. Was going to add to mine to say to start upvoting early risers with the guy posting at 3:02 already on the road for an hour...
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Upvotes for all early risers||
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely not OT||
Exploits of former Michigan players are not OT. This isn't specifically in the Board FAQ but historically it is okay and I'm pretty sure I remember Brian et al. stating it is on-topic. It's not a grey area. Just use good judgment in terms of the frequency of your updates and you'll be fine, with only one or two dumbasses complaining when you post them. I think there were people who complained about a thread celebrating Denard's first NFL touchdown or some such a few years ago!
|32 weeks 3 hours ago||Ugh||
Most people will not want to think about this with Fall camp underway.
That said, you would have to be out of your mind to think that 2017 will not be a step down from 2016. After all, one decent quarterback and no major injuries and Michigan pretty much controls their own fate this season -- I mean that the 2016 team will be the better team on paper in all of their games but one. They will have to make mistakes to lose all but that one game.
2017 depends a lot on how the 2016 team does, because it will affect the 2017 recruiting class, from which maybe three solid contributors could make a big difference. The other big thing you're likely to see Harbaugh do is bring in some grad transfers next year to fill that experience gap. Think OL and DB.
So, yeah, it's too early to say much of anything other than they are probably set at QB and everything else is a question mark.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
They don't really match the ones on the back, which are bigger, brighter, more detailed, and better-proportioned. It's as if the jerseys were made with numbers on the back, but then Michigan had to make their own numbers to sew onto the front.
Different material, too, as you can see from difference in how the front and back numbers aged in the two jerseys shown (both from eBay, but likely authentic -- the 1931 jersey had provenance back to the player's family).
The 9, like the 6 and the 3, and even the 2, are great. I can understand why they didn't bring the funky heavy serifs back for those numbers, but it's still awesome.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Another note||
Notice the 5 and the 2 in the Ford-Ward crop from 1934. The 5 still has the middle-serif thing I tried to point out in the diary, while the 2 is just a basic 2.
The next year, 1935, they bring back the serif at the top of the 5 and bottom of the 2, but drop the middle-serif thing in the 5, making them upside-down mirror images of one another:
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Notes||
I edited this out, but for sticklers here's a comment on the 1946 team photo. It features Bump Elliot (#42) wearing an angled 2 along with a non-serif 4.
My theory is they ran out of the new numbers, so Bump (in his first year at Michigan) got one made from old numbers? There are two others in the photo without the new numbers. One of them is Gene Derricotte (#41), also a newcomer and the first man known to wear a facemask at Michigan:
Both players received new jerseys in 1947, with numbers matching the rest of the team.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Definitely a throwback jersey||
The MGoBlue photos show the hockey white jerseys here:
Click on the cropped photo to see the full image of each. Also in the hype videos, especially the second "Focused" one, which shows the sleeve stripes:
Pause it at EXACTLY 9 seconds. The sleeve is gone a second later.
I think someone else found a photo of the maize hockey jersey, but I can't find that. Basically the same as the white, but maize. [EDIT: See Baxter immediately below.]
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, hmm||
Okay, so switch Pittsburgh with Penn State and Navy with Virginia Tech? That would help mitigate the service academy problem, and Navy is a good fit for the ACC. And Pitt is a better fit with Northwestern and Michigan than Penn State, which is a great fit with the Hokies.
|35 weeks 30 min ago||Good luck!||
Admire your principles. But you kill far too many traditional rivalries, like Texas-Oklahoma and many others. Here's a far better arrangement (replaced Fresno State with UNLV), IMHO:
NORTHEAST: Pittsburgh; Notre Dame; Syracuse; Rutgers; Army; Connecticut; Boston College; Navy; Maryland; West Virginia
MIDEAST: Michigan; Ohio St.; Michigan St.; Penn St.; Indiana; Purdue; Illinois; Northwestern; Wisconsin; Minnesota
ATLANTIC: Virginia; Virginia Tech; Duke; North Carolina; North Carolina St.; Wake Forest; Clemson; Georgia Tech; Miami; Florida State
SOUTHEAST: Alabama; Auburn; Georgia; South Carolina; Kentucky; Tennessee; Mississippi; Mississippi St.; LSU; Florida
MIDWEST: Cincinnati; Louisville; Vanderbilt; Memphis; Missouri; Nebraska; Kansas; Kansas St.; Iowa; Iowa St.
MIDSOUTH: Arkansas; Oklahoma; Oklahoma St.; Texas; Texas A&M; TCU; SMU; Houston; UCF; USF
SOUTHWEST: Air Force; Arizona; Arizona St.; Colorado; Colorado St; Utah; BYU; Boise St.; Texas Tech; Baylor
PACIFIC: SDSU; USC; UCLA; UNLV; Stanford; California; Oregon; Oregon St.; Washington; Washington St.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW||
I don't know the answer to your question, but there was speculation when Harbaugh arrived that he might try to address the severe imbalance in class numbers. It seems pretty clear now that he's not interested in that, and he will take as much talent as he can get in these huge classes and let the future take care of itself.
That's the voice of experience -- you play the hand you're dealt. I mean, you can't really predict what will happen with attrition -- it's folly to think that you can. Maybe later on, when you're winning and have a steady flow of top recruits, then yes, you can mess around, but right now, given the shitstorm on the horizon in terms of recruiting numbers, you need to plug as many holes as you can and hope for the best.
In short, I think he's trying to outrun it -- godspeed.
I think most coaches would be stupid to purposely run an imbalanced recruiting program. Harbaugh is doing it because that's where Michigan is at -- but it took a decade of exceptional circumstances to get here. Again, you just can't predict attrition (and not just players, but your staff -- think Jerry Montgomery), and most coaches can't really expect to have a job if it all goes to shit and one or two of those off years are really bad.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Just for the record:||
Don't try to wiggle out of this. Here is what you said to Ace above:
You stated it like it was a fact, which implies you "agreed with the notion."
Just say "my bad" and move on.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||I don't get it||
Does Board #5 have some special process that means everything posted there must be true? It looks like a pretty standard Internet hodgepodge of people posting about whatever floats their boat. Like I said, there is no evidence for the theory, and there is some evidence against it -- here's Tim's recruiting update from July 2011:
Basically, Mauk, Coney, and Kiel were pro-style prospects still very much being pursued that month -- two months AFTER Shane's commitment. As I noted, Fuller was in the mix until October.
For your rumor to be true, then this would all have to be wrong. I mean, even after Mauk and Coney went elsewhere in July, Michigan was supposedly still in on Kiel, a top recruit who had not yet shown himself to be a trainwreck (later commiting to Indiana, then LSU, and then jumping to ND on signing day, IIRC) and Fuller was still planning a visit.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Let's review||
Let's review just how unlikely this *IF* is -- you are saying that Hoke agreed in May 2011 (when Shane committed) to take just one QB in two classes (2012 and 2013).
In his Hello From The Future post, Tim did write, "He probably committed to Michigan with the knowledge that the coaching staff will not pursue a highly-rated passer for next February."
It's definitely possible that Michigan told Morris that none of their top 2012 offers were happening: Zeke Pike (Auburn all the way), Gunner Kiel (early Oklahoma, Alabama offers, ended up at ND), Bennie Coney (ND, FSU, LSU, but ended up at Cincinnati), and since you mentioned him: 3-star Maty Mauk (ND, ended up washing out at Missouri).
It's true that Hoke did not pursue another Bellomy-like substance (late flip from Purdue) in the 2012 class when their QB offers didn't pan out. But Michigan was still pursuing 3-star Devin Fuller (an early Michigan offer who ended up at UCLA) as late as October 2011 (when Fuller dropped Michigan from his list).
To sum up, then: Hoke did not stop recruiting QBs when Morris commited. Thus, you are wrong. This is a classic bullshit, conspiracy-theory rumor that emerges to fit the facts in hindsight.
|36 weeks 9 hours ago||No||
Not at all -- just being helpful, I guess. Historian by trade. Married to a girl born and raised across from Michigan Stadium, with both parents lifelong Michigan employees (academia). She played tennis at Pioneer, in Jim Harbaugh's class (before he moved to Palo Alto). She remembers him -- one of her tennis friends went to the prom with him.
Anyhow, Michigan football was a prerequisite for dating her in New York in 1989 -- so those teams made an impression on me and I remember David Key well...
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Coach Wheatley agrees with you||
See his evaluation here:
"He has the style of an Eric Dickerson, an upright runner with a great gate (sic) with great lateral movement."
Note that "gait" is a term runners use when describing other runners -- so I think we can see this as true respect from TWS.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Yep, you're right||
Instead, maybe: "Like Ty Wheatley, but with better feet" ...
I gather Walker doesn't run track, but speed is one thing the evaluators all seem to agree on.
[EDIT: I'll admit that this is now no longer a true Fred Jacksonism. To be so, it would have to be: "Like Tim Biakabutuka, but with better feet."]
|36 weeks 2 days ago||All I need to know:||
He was given Wheatley's old number.
Will be about the same size, too. So how about TW for YMRMFSPA?
Parts of the descriptions remind me of the elder Wheatley -- though just relying on memory.
So in honor of Fred Jackson: "Like Ty Wheatley, but faster."
|36 weeks 3 days ago||You're welcome||
Oh, and the other guy in that photo is graduate assistant Irv Sigler. Went on to a long coaching career at high schools in Michigan. Now at Hope College.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||19, 21||
#19 is Brian Foster. Safety. Didn't letter until his senior year, 1992. See, for example, the full 1990 team photo at Bentley. [Key is in first row.]
#21 is identified as "Paul Brown" in the full 1990 photo. Definitely him. I can't find him in the roster database, and there's only one #21 listed for the 1990 team (Desmond!). But there he is in the team photos. Must not have been on the team for long? Does not appear in the 1989 or 1991 photos.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||"It should just get better and better"||
Starting next year, your upward trajectory might well be a reasonable expectation, building toward sustainable excellence. But not this year. This year is a kind of perfect storm, thanks to Harbaugh's deft triage of the QB position and junior-senior leadership everywhere else on the team, especially in the most-exposed weak spot -- the OL.
2017 will be more uneven, with larger numbers of younger players on the field. It will stabilize, and things will get better and better, like you say.
But my main point is this: Don't think ahead -- this will be a year to remember -- the players feel it, and you can too.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||No doubt||
But that still doesn't excuse Green. He crossed a line.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||5th year||
Sounds like they had left the door open for a 5th year (experienced backup and special teams player) if he chose to, which has now been slammed shut.
But I'm not sure -- do we know all of Michigan's 5th year decisions at this point? Seems kind of late to be looking to grad transfer...
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Ouch||
Thanks! Should have read it more closely.
Guy behind the site actually does seem pretty smart, even if not quite for the reasons I read into it. Though he is still making money from it...
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Clickbait||
Just in case it's not obvious, most of these stories (including the dead body one from yesterday) are attempts to start urban myths and make some money while doing so (via ads):
So just someone trying to cash in on the Pokemon Go thing. Actually kind of smart, at least until the lawyers show up.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Plus, the leader did the opposite||
It looks like Paterno actively discouraged people from taking responsibility. So not only did he not fulfill that leadership role, but he used his position to obstruct justice.
You're in trouble when you have "John Doe 150" testifying against you. The other 149 have probably already done some damage.
Also, the 1976 claim is interesting precisely because the accuser protected himself by speaking up right away, on the spot. So it's unusual and has the ring of truth.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||^||
Upvoted for giving your dog his/her own last name. RIP
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Princeton||
One of Rutgers' barriers to earning the kind of respect they could, in theory, deserve is the existence of Princeton, with an endowment about 20 times that of Rutgers.
So they do have serious in-state competition, just not in DI athletics. For New York area money, they have lots of rivals. They do a decent job academically, but the idea that they are on the cusp of becoming the flagship for the New York area is just wrong. Maybe B1G membership, in time, will give them a shot at that with regard to the FBS, but in everything else they will always be held back by the fact that there are at least four major universities within spitting distance, each with far more money (Princeton, Columbia, NYU, CUNY).
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Oversight?||
One could argue, though, that this is too basic to be a mistake (if it is a mistake, it is epic) and instead some not-so-bright executives at Google/Niantic thought it was a good idea to establish full access from the get-go, for possible future use. Maybe five years ago you could have gotten away with this, but not now.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Probably won't?||
I doubt that tweet (about dropping Arkansas) is correct. It is pretty clear that Michigan is going to try to schedule two strong OOC games every year. It is all about the selection committee and getting into the playoff over other conference champions with the same record. Adding ND for 2018 and 2019 achieves that, but only if you keep Arkansas.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I don't really see Jon staying||
I don't really see Jon staying at Winterfell. That's Sansa's role for now -- the only question is what place Littlefinger will have.
No, Jon is going to go off to find Bran, once they learn Bran is alive (also Benjen, sort of) -- the producers made a point of having Sansa point out to Jon in this episode that Rickon was the last legitimate Stark male heir, which means they don't know Bran is alive. Look for them to find out in the next episode...
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Probably||
The idea was probably that he's still a child, scared by Bolton, running straight ahead in fear, not thinking. But since they did absolutely nothing to make us understand that, my reaction was much the same as yours.
It's like the Arya sequences where, it seems, she was basically trying to lure the Waif into a fight in the dark. I mean, she must have known that she would not be safe even if she left Braavos. That she would have to face the Waif no matter where she went. Probably she didn't plan to get stabbed, she was just trying to get the Waif to chase her into the dark. Eventually she did it. But none of that was clear to us.
Both surely make sense in the unpublished book, but the show has been forced to cut so much that sometimes things don't make sense when they should.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Sansa||
The only part of girl power that may not be a wholly Martin invention is Sansa's emergence as the Queen of the North. But even that is likely one of the primary stories told in Winds of Winter.
The idea that this is all the "showrunners" (producers) is just wrong. This season is Winds of Winter, a book which is at least half complete, just unfinished -- the ending and cliffhangers are known to the producers.
For me, the strangest thing about this season is the abandonment of Bran and the Tower of Joy. I'm going to guess that also follows the book -- that Bran has not yet seen the truth of that at the end of Winds of Winter.
There were two fairly obvious foreshadows that jumped out at me in this episode. One was Tyrion telling Dany about the wildfire under King's Landing. We shouldn't have to wait long for that reminder to bear fruit. But the other was the Wildling leader's line about Jon Snow not being a king. We'll see about that, but at this point it seems possible that we, the audience, are going to learn the truth at the same time as Jon Snow himself. If they wanted us to know already, we would know already.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Huh?||
Traveling, so not watching and not listening to the broadcast, but this makes it seem like they have looked at it and they think he did cause the ball to move.
But he didn't think he did, and I believe golf has an honor system for that kind of thing. Right?
So if they asses the stroke, then they are saying that he either  was not aware he caused it to move, or  lied about it.
Either way, complete bullshit, because every player doesn't have a camera on him at all times like DJ does. The ruling has to be made then and there. There's no way to fairly implement reviews of the honor system. There's a lot at stake even lower down on the leaderboard. If it's an error by the official in the interpretation of the rules, then yes, that should be subject to review. But not a player's veracity or honesty.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Change the review criteria to employ a two-tier approach||
If I understand it correctly, the way all booth reviews are approached is that the call stands unless there is clear evidence to the contrary. In other words, the benefit of the doubt goes to the official on the field.
That's what happened on the Bolden play -- the booth replay "official" did not think there was clear evidence one way or another, so the call stood. [He was wrong, but that's a different issue.]
The basic problem is that they are approaching penalty reviews the same way they approach non-penalty reviews (in bounds, fumbles, whether a catch was completed, ball spots, etc.). They are inherently different, in that the former considers INTENT, while the latter does not. So the criteria need to be adjusted.
For Targeting, then, just change the rule to require that the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. Unless there is clear evidence of targeting in a player's actions, then the call gets either  reduced to some lesser included charge ("Roughing" or some such) when the evidence is ambiguous, or  dropped entirely when there is clear evidence to the contrary.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Too far south||
They spent a lot of time in this episode setting Randall Tarly (the father) up to eventually see how wrong he was to have belittled his son's news/warning of the real threat from beyond the Wall. Winter is coming!
No, Sam will go to Old Town and quickly learn what little he does not already know (having learned it under the previous Maester of the Night's Watch -- a Targaryan -- the best mentor and library he could possibly have had) and then return to the North and Jon Snow -- another Targaryan -- where he belongs, facing the White Walkers -- where that sword will be used.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Righteous||
Sam may not yet have the strength to wield it, but he took a big step in that direction when he claimed Heartsbane for himself -- it is rightfully his as he is the righteous son, the only member of the Tarly family who understands what the sword is for and who has proven himself to be brave enough to use it when it counts. His father forfeited the sword when he failed to take his son's experience seriously.
I mean, they were boasting about hunting/fighting for sport while laughing at Sam for talking about hunting/fighting to survive. But they lost Heartsbane when they brushed off as childish myth a firsthand account of mortal combat straight from the Wall from the man chosen to become the next Maester of the Night's Watch.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||A gamble for United||
He did some serious damage to his standing with players and staff last year at Chelsea -- it seemed qualitatively different from his past stops. It may be harder to turn that around than he (and the Man U leadership) thinks.
Gotta feel for Juan Mata -- #10 at Chelsea, then the Chosen One sells him to United -- he establishes himself there and then, well, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||You are probably right, but||
You are probably right, and you know more than me about this, but I guess I just think the books are not that hard to write -- the reason the story spun out of control after he blew up the original (trilogy) ending is because it is far too easy for him to churn out chapters.
So I don't see writer's block as being in play. But not giving a shit, as you put it, could fit into it. Having other projects that pay more for less work, too.
The Winds of Winter could be the last book published in the series. HBO is going to stage the finale regardless, and you may be right that after it is completed there will be little incentive for him to finish.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Not just a blueprint||
IIRC, he has said that more than half of the next book is done. The writers were working from finished material up to this point. The books have a sort of pattern -- the first part is where all the loose ends from the previous book are tied up, then everyone heads out to their new adventures. So this episode is that point, the transition where everyone heads out into the unknown.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn HBO made a deal to have this season come out before Winds of Winter. I'm not sure I buy the whole story about him not being able to finish it on time -- I'd say it's a win-win -- HBO makes more money from having these "exclusives" while Martin has more time to tinker with the cliffhangers at the end of the next book, which are integral to the start of the final book, which is what HBO really needs from him now -- not the end of Winds of Winter, but the start of the final book.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know||
I think the Waif (the older girl) has got it right, and Arya will leave them, but not until she is one of them.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Doubt||
Doubt the Children are gone -- Meera will need some help getting south. Benjen Stark is the most likely candidate, but the Children could also be involved, especially if he's been living with them all this time.
But it's also possible that was the last of the Children, driven to extinction by their own creation. If so, it (the origin story of the White Walkers and its consequences) is probably a major thread in the next book.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||You answered your own question||
My kids are grown and none of them ever had the slightest interest in playing football, so I can't honestly say what I would have done if they had.
But you answered your own question when you said "this is not about whether or not football is dangerous" ... Bullshit -- this is exactly what your "question" is about -- the politics of the sport. What you are saying, and I agree, is that the only way football can survive is if parents (and fans) get involved and force the game to become safer. But you are saying it in the most tribal way possible. You think someone who is a fan but wouldn't let their kids play is a hypocrite. Why don't you just say that?
Then the answer can be as follows: I'll let my kid play when the sport shows that it gives a damn about safety, and not just lip service. I love the game, and I support the current players, but I want it to become safer. You want my kid to play? You want me to be a fan? Make the game safer. Make the people who coach my kids' team go through a not-a-joke training program and then maintain their certification as the sport evolves. Take this shit seriously. It starts at the top -- the NFL -- the culture has to change. I believe it is changing, but the pressure must be maintained. The only power parents (and fans) have is to set conditions on their participation.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Pass protection||
For me, the biggest worry is questions about the OL/RBs and whether they can give the new QB time to adjust early in the season without being under constant pressure. It's not just about winning -- it's about giving the QB time to build confidence.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
I didn't realize he had played so little this year. Seemed like he played a fair amount last year (during the regular season) ...
I see they have recalled him from the D-league ten [!] times this season:
I guess that's a good sign? They want to get him playing time, but can't do it without sending him down. [Falls into the category of "good problems to have."] But they also want him up-to-speed with the Thunder in case they need him -- so a lot of shuttling back and forth. You don't do that with someone you don't think is useful, right?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Ironic||
Had same question, looked it up.
Used satirically for a meme that has become cliché.
Brian is saying that he is way too old to have any idea if any particular meme is current, but that's not going to stop him.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Wildlings||
The Wildlings stay at the Wall? Nobody understands the threat better than they. I don't really see them involved in taking Winterfell. But probably I'm wrong.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Three remaining, not two||
Bran's direwolf is still out there, right? So there are three left.
I too hope the Rickon thing is a ruse and that was not his direwolf's head. But remember that all this comes from finished material from Martin (the bulk of the sixth book is finished, including all of the first part, where he always wraps up the cliffhangers from the previous book). This feels like something that is covered in detail there.
But I tend to think, against hope, that Rickon's wolf is dead -- so far, the two confirmed dead are those of non-warg Stark children -- Robb and Sansa. It's known Jon and Bran are wargs, and Arya seems like a prime candidate -- her wolf will almost certainly reappear in the books if not the series. But little Rickon is a bit of a wild card, and so we don't know. But he never really felt like a warg to me.
I still think Bolton is destined to be torn apart by a direwolf, or perhaps a pack of wolves/dogs led by the direwolf last seen here:
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Associated Press||
Has confirmed that PSU settled with the 1971 victim, and the court document suggests they also did so with the 1976 victim. PSU hanging its hat on the fact they settled with these accusers and thus that abuse will always be "alleged" without additional criminal proceedings is, well, disingenuous to say the least.
These both seem to be victims who emerged after the end of the 2012 trial. Likely there are more, but it's also possible the assistants who saw whatever they saw in the 1980s did enough that they interrupted Sandusky's grooming process long enough for some of his would-be victims from that period to escape.
But the bottom line is the hashtag should be simple: #JoeLied
I'm not sure where I stand on the Penn State football program, but I will point out that the B1G is in a position not unlike that of PSU's insurers -- there should have been full disclosure when they joined the conference.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Dunno||
I don't know. I mean I always thought maybe he was hanging on because he wanted his son to replace him or something like that. Or maybe it was all about passing Bryant and getting his name on the NCAA title trophy like he did. There was something selfish about it. It never made sense that it was just about love of the program.
No doubt his suppression of this thing was driven by more than just self interest. But he made a terrible mistake as a younger head coach and then repeatedly, every few years, was forced to perpetuate it even as the culture changed and the excuses (ignorance, whatever) he might have once had eroded away -- and the worst thing is the foundation, with Paterno standing by, knowing what he knew, while Sandusky was given access to large numbers of vulnerable youth.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Another thing||
Another thing that makes more sense in this light is Paterno's hanging on in his position of power, way past the point where he should have retired and taken up an emeritus role within the university. There was always something off about that. But now it makes a lot more sense -- he couldn't give up that power because he needed it to maintain control over the thing he had been suppressing for more than 30 years.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Not coincidence||
These look like things dug up by the insurance company's investigators. They have at least 90 million at stake, so unlike Freeh's preliminary work, they had the time, resources, and incentive to dig into the past and find what anyone with actual experience with these kinds of cases likely knew was there.
Frankly, it all makes a lot more sense now. It never really quite added up.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Review from OP||
Okay, after having mused on this with the fire of an OP, here's what I think are the takeaways:
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Right||
I was going to log in to say I thought football recruits who excel at that level are pretty much the opposite -- they work harder with more drive and focus than most, under close scrutiny -- but you hit the nail on the head.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||More or less||
I think in general it is moving toward each company offering its programming, live or otherwise, in a bundle. Or, in this case, two or three of them banding together to offer it all together.
So to get CBS, you'll still need to get their bundle, since they aren't a part of this deal. Not to mention HBO and the like.
Probably their underlying goal is to end the byzantine, localized negotiations that go on for content -- this is a way to bring the cable/fiber companies into line. Once these bundles exist, you'll still be able to get them through your cable/fiber provider, but basically you'll be getting the same thing that someone licensing the bundle directly gets.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||You have plenty of brains||
With excellent focus and a decent work ethic. Your activity here shows that. You have a lot to learn, but the same can be said for us all.
You maybe have some trouble putting yourself into other people's shoes (like John Beilein's, for example), but that's something most people learn to do in their twenties. If not, they become life-long, know-nothing assholes. No way you end up there. So just relax and enjoy the ride.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||The dogs||
I said this above, but I think they carried it through because they wanted to reinforce the point about Ramsay's relationship with his dogs -- they are central to his character, and most of his cruelty involves them -- and of course to train them to do that he has to abuse them.
I'd look for him to be ripped apart by righteous dogs, preferably his own, but I would settle for pissed-off direwolves.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Mmhmm||
I'll say it again (see below) -- Spike will start at Purdue.
He's making a good choice, and Beilein is right in supporting him.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Purdue is similar to Michigan in that they have one returning point guard and an incoming freshman. Difference is that the returning guy (P.J. Thompson), while ostensibly the starter last year, I guess, isn't the kind of undisputed starter when healthy that Walton is. The incoming freshman (Carsen Edwards) is not bad, but not nearly as ready for B1G play as X is likely to be at Michigan. Spike, if healthy, could easily start at Purdue.
Also, it isn't clear to me which member of the recruiting class WD et al. think should have been told to go elsewhere to make room for Spike to come back (before Dawkins left). Is there some evidence that Spike and JB are not good? I find that very, very unlikely. Maybe they talked about it after Dawkins left, but this is what is best for Spike, simple as that. A no-brainer for Beilien to support it.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||It was justice, in my mind||
If anyone was responsible for Ramsay being what he is, it was his father -- who did nothing to make him pay for his depravity, and instead elevated him, just because he needed a "mad dog," as in:
"If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog you’ll be treated as a mad dog - taken back to be slaughtered for pig feed." [Roose Bolton, moments before said mad dog killed him.]
Too little, too late.
The whole reason they kept the second scene was for the "I am Lord Bolton" line -- it's all just a set up for that, and that's why it didn't work for most people -- the line would have been just as chilling without the build up. I think they kept it because they wanted to remind the audience of the abused dogs which are central to his character -- a good bet Ramsay gets ripped apart by dogs in the end, or perhaps a direwolf.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
For articulating this.
I believe they have a manuscript to work from for most of this season, and an outline for whatever is unfinished. The only real question about that is whether he has been able to return to form and put everything into place for the final book, or whether he is having the same problem with Winds that led to rearranging the chapters of Feast and Dance.
I kind of suspect it is the latter. HBO simply cannot wait. They will go ahead and finish the series without anything more than a rough outline of the final book where everything comes together.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Dragons||
I think the idea is that they can now go find themselves something to eat...
Perhaps roasted Dothraki horsemeat will be on the menu...
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but remember all those good players with "offers" who committed but then were rejected by the Admissions office because they had problems with their transcripts or flunked out at mid-season (or were never really serious about meeting Michigan's academic requirements in the first place, and thus were never going to commit) and Michigan was screwed?
Oh, wait. That never happens. I wonder why?
When this happens in the football program, it's not a problem as long as it's not a regular thing. In basketball, even one is a problem.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Bowen||
Bowen actually not a lost cause, as he transferred to a prep in Indiana with high academics, so it seems likely he's waiting for Duke. Also, I see Calipari visited him on March 26.
So MSU doesn't really seem right for him -- if he was set on that he would have stayed in Saginaw. No -- he's waiting for Duke, Kentucky and the like. If those offers don't come, then Michigan has a shot -- it's not like he's never been on campus.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Two at once||
Whatever it was, it is likely something they did together. So some sort of behavior thing, and not academic. And they are off the team, but no mention of their status with the University. And no mention of "team rules" so it kind of feels like there are privacy concerns here, and it is a University-level issue?
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Better question||
Better question is how many players will still be under par after today? Less than started the day, unless the weather improves considerably. Nobody with more than a few holes played right now is under par for the day.
Maybe 20% chance both Spieth and McIlroy hold it together and end up in the final pairing tomorrow? 50% way too high?
Langer seems like he's in a good position -- bad weather good for the old dogs? He's off to a fast start, anyhow.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Hmm||
1. Regular season > Conference tourney
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Ten straight full and half terms||
They stay on campus for both of the Spring/Summer half terms, and while strength and conditioning is a big part of that, they also take the required course loads.
I doubt it is possible to do it without the half terms, even taking maximum course loads. You'd have problems with prerequisites and class schedules.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Alumni||
Current students, the peers of the current team, obviously have a special connection to what's going on right now.
Not to mention professors and other career employees -- the actual "University" -- who watch the Bandos come and go and try to teach them something while they're here. That's a different sort of connection. Does the team represent them, or just the students?
Alumni are in a position to maintain a relationship with the University, and to become part of that larger effort, which really they're not when they are students. Many choose to do so, which is wonderful.
But it's short-sighted to think that your connection as a former student is somehow the deepest sort of connection one can have with a University that is all about people -- the people who work there, who dedicate their lives to it, who pay for it, who make it the great place to be a student that it is. There are all kinds of people, with all kinds of connections to the University. Yours is one of them, one that was special, back when you were a student. No longer. Get over it. When it comes to the sports teams, you're a fan now, like everyone else who is a fan.
I'd argue the only people who have a special connection to the current team are current students. That's why they get their own section in the stadium. Everybody else sits elsewhere. Join the club!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Ah||
Nobody is reading this now, but here's my 2¢. I had completely forgotten why I started reading this thread -- to comment on Austin Davis.
Certainly it would be sweet if he develops into a solid B1G player, or better. There's no doubt Beilein saw something there, underlying the obvious problems that kept everyone else away.
Jon Horford leaving hurt Beilein's recruiting, I think. I seem to remember not-good things being said by his family, if not him. Certainly the team needed him to stay.
Beilein needs one the four actual tall guys on next year's team to develop. There's a role for Donnal, but not starting at center. My guess is that next year it will be Wilson. There's something there and next year will be his third in the program. He seems well-respected and liked -- I can see it happening.
Teske feels like a redshirt to me -- he won't be needed. But I'd love to see Davis play -- he seems like possibly a very good defender -- big, strong, and smart. Wagner too, but I'm not sure "strong" will ever really apply to him. Regardless, Beilein seems headed toward having an array of quality bigs to throw in the game, with 20 or more fouls between them.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Wilson||
I thought his autobench-fueled appearance in the Purdue game was promising, not so much because of his play, but because of the way the other players on the court with him seemed to work harder when he was out there.
So he may have some leadership qualities that we haven't seen yet, which could emerge next season.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not quite off, but close||
An away win over Ohio State tonight and Michigan is off the bubble. Losing to Northwestern at about 100 (with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan) wouldn't be a dealbreaker. So beating Ohio State puts them in, in my humble estimation. A loss tonight and there is still work to do.
What is the origin of "the bubble" expression anyways? I guess it is a reference to the bubble in levels, but it doesn't really make sense when I think about it.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||What he might say to the team||
I don't know if he talked to the team this time, maybe not -- but apparently last time he did, so this is my comment on that:
Seems likely that Beilein would have Bullock there in order to say something about the scandal and his role in it. Hard to imagine that he would be given that kind of platform while ignoring "the elephant in the room" as it were.
Posting from phone for first time. Apologies in advance if it goes awry.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Doyle||
You've got to hope Doyle is the anomaly. It's (obviously) premature to write off Wagner's sophomore leap. Or, to some extent, Wilson's -- that injury last year means if he is going to do that -- get a year of experience and then sort of absorb it over the off-season, coming back much improved -- it will happen next season. He just didn't see the court enough during his injury (Freshman) year.
And I join with others above in secretly harboring unrealistic hopes that Austin Davis will somehow be ready to have an immediate impact.
As for the rest of the team, I think it's more about the loss of the two seniors (Spike and Caris) -- the juniors have not stepped up tolead theteam as much as they should. Some of it may have to do with trying to integrate Robinson. Let's hope next year that will be resolved.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yes!||
First direct mention of the two incoming bigs! Beilein clearly sees the problem, and is recruiting for it as best he can. He will have four players 6' 10" or more on the team next year -- all will be in their first or second year (not counting Wilson's medical redshirt).
Even with a Teske redshirt, he still has three shots at the target next year. If even just one develops and the 6' 9" guys (Donnal and Doyle) are reduced to coming off the bench, then Michigan is easily in the tournament and maybe wins a couple of games.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||That's a big if||
Michigan still has a decent shot at making the tourney this season, let alone next season. Getting blown out by top-ten teams doesn't do a whole lot of damage in that respect. So that's a big assumption.
I tend to think the only way they don't make it in is if CL doesn't come back. Then yes, maybe they don't win the two or three more games they need to win to be in.
I also think it would take more than three straight tourney misses -- he'd also have to have more of the type of painful recruiting misses like the several he 's had. Then, yes, maybe.
But if the young bigs start to develop, and the whole team (minus LeVert) is back next year, they're not missing out in March anyways.
Which was my point. Beilein's tenure is tied to these four players.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Ha! 422 posts and counting!||
Bottom line is Beilein's long-term tenure probably hinges on two guys not yet on campus -- Jon Teske and Austin Davis. Maybe also Wagner and Wilson but mostly the incoming bigs.
Next year he will have four guys on the team 6' 10" or taller (Teske), all in their first or second years (Wilson's injury last year notwithstanding). [Donnal and Doyle are both listed at 6' 9"...] He needs one or two of them to fill out and develop in to an effective physical presence.
If JB keeps missing on bigs, then yes, by the time Teske and Davis are in their third year (2018-19) his tenure will be in question.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yes||
Yes, nice job. Well thought out. Back in the day (i.e., before CFP, and during the rounds of musical chairs) I would begin writing diaries with layouts similar to this (Moonlight Graham's scheme), trying to preserve some semblance of tradition and geography while creating a playoff first round in the conference championships.
I even did maps and charts, but always ended up dropping the effort -- feeling like I was chasing my tail.
You've got it about right. Texas is the big one -- splitting up Texas-Oklahoma is problematic, but something has to give. And I guess the Red River game would still be played, but it loses something if it is non-conference in a world where conference champions are automatically in the CFP. Thus, I might be inclined to switch OU and TCU -- splitting up the two Oklahoma teams is less problematic, IMHO.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Kettles and pots||
Hard to imagine that the HS coaches and advisors like the OP's source are clean themselves. They serve as gatekeepers and wield influence in many cases. They are also the institutional memory -- they remember. His personal experience and knowledge of corruption likely stems from his own end of it (whether or not he himself actually partook), rather than direct involvement in cases where families are seeking money. My guess would be that a different sort of character handles that nitty gritty.
You want "respect" in Chicago? Pay these guys and buy influence. That's what he's really talking about here. Indeed, it almost feels like a pitch, one that is quite practiced. The OP is a fool if he thinks he's the first guy to get this little talk from this "luminary."
|1 year 13 weeks ago||These are "local"||
These are "local" disputes between Dish and media companies that own groups of local TV stations -- if your sister's ABC station is not owned by whichever one of these conglomerates is currently negotiating with Dish then you won't be affected.
I couldn't find anything about a current dispute -- two big ones last year, in August (link) and October (link). Usually these make the news before the blackout actually occurs, partly because the FCC takes a serious interest when this happens -- a forthcoming New Year's blackout would be pretty big news.
And OP, a good outdoor digital HD antenna should cost about $100. IIRC, you need to be within about 50 miles of a tower.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||THIS||
In that I agree with the sarcasm. The guy is a good coach. The two years after 2016 will be a challenge to coach (no matter how highly-rated the incoming players), as the imbalance in the recruiting numbers comes home to roost. Two consecutive maximum-size classes full of young and talented guys with a lot to learn. There will be a lot of teaching going on. Hiring some guy who can recruit well but doesn't have a lot of teaching experience (or just isn't that good at it) is not what MI (nods to thread title) needs.
Also, there's the issue of making adjustments. Brown seems like a guy with an approach that can do that. There was criticism of Durkin after Glasgow went down, as it seemed like the whole defense ran through him, and without him Michigan didn't adjust as well as it might have. So, for me, it looks like Harbaugh was really looking for someone who maybe could have done better.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Michigan||
Michigan has the hardest route being considered, because it involves beating Ohio State. That will count for something, but maybe not enough:
[Let's assume Clemson and Alabama are not upset.]
 The CFP is not leaving the Big XII out for a second year in a row if they have an undisputed champion with only one loss.
 As a result, the only way Michigan (and Stanford, obviously) has a shot at getting in is if ND loses.
 If ND loses, then Michigan has a shot, since Stanford's path to winning out is not as daunting as Michigan's (I believe Michigan would "jump" Stanford by beating Ohio State -- don't underestimate the value of winning that game -- Stanford beating ND is not even close to that).
The nightmare Pac 12 scenario is not Stanford -- it is Utah winning out and USC losing again (Utah does not control its own path to the conference championship).
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yes||
For me, that was the big takeaway -- he acknowledged experiementation with filling the hole in the rotation left by Ryan Glasgow. The answer about Poggi and Strobel basically said that.
Like you, feeling good about them finding answers as long as Hurst and Henry are available.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I saw that as subtext||
I saw that as subtext for "we're still alive in the B1G championship hunt so we feel good" -- also sounded like he's not exactly thrilled with the possibility Michigan could win it and still not be in the CFP -- I would have to agree -- it's all a conspiracy to get casual fans to watch regular-season games in other conferences that they normally would not give a crap about.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Best parts||
Best parts of that are the fu manchu guy who sees it coming (look for his legs) and runs until he can get between them. And #75.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||To state the obvious,||
good luck with that secondary against OSU in Columbus.
I can do it (pull for OSU in that game), but I don't think my Ann Arbor-born wife can. So I'll have to remain quiet, or we simply won't watch. Maybe it'll be at the same time as Penn State, so problem solved...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yes, sort of||
Just in principle these comments are brutal, just stupid. It is a comment board. You're supposed to give your opinions. It's a given that the coaches know more than we do. So instead of arguing with you, this person just states the obvious. Incredible that 16 additional people (as of now) actually thought that was worth doing.
That said, I really like ndhillon's "Yep. Guilty." comment above about just going into full unquestioning acolyte mode -- I might try that...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Except||
Except he wasn't on Syracuse's campus, at least not as a student, not yet. He just committed there. Probably visited recently, whatever, but he couldn't have been enrolled.
The UCLA thing was strange, no question, but we don't know what actually happened there. Regardless, this thing with Syracuse is not the same, not even close.
He will need to make a decision soon, though. Virginia?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Shutout||
I would say something like "Michigan is playing with house money" but that isn't quite right -- Michigan isn't where it is (i.e., favored in this game) because of luck -- it's where it is because it has worked hard and earned it on the field.
The question isn't whether or not Michigan should win. MSU has not played well enough to have earned that, and if they don't believe that, then they are sure to lose. But I think Dantonio will have them ready, and inside the locker room they understand that they will have to improve to beat Michigan. The real question is, will Michigan shut MSU out?
It's unlikely, because it's really hard to do against anyone, and MSU has a decent offense. But there's nothing wrong with talking about it. Three in a row, two against ranked teams.
It's rare. Enjoy it!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Fortunately||
Fortunately, Seattle doesn't play the Saints this year. Or we might have been sucked into some sort of Fred Jackson vision-meets-reality comparison black-hole event horizon.
Maybe comparing their performances against common opponents would not be too dangerous...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Dantonio will love that||
He would have had to stretch to keep his "we're being disrespected" mantra going. But his team has bailed him out.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||MSU ... blah blah blah||
You posted this in the wrong thread.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Possibly||
The best user name and avatar ever? +1
|1 year 24 weeks ago||2008||
But the 2008 defense wasn't really broken until Rodriguez forced Shafer to run the 3-3-5. As I remember it, before that the defense folded only after the offense gave them no help and continually left them defending a short field, with little or no time to regroup between drives, turnovers, and assorted special-teams disasters.
It's hindsight, and I'll admit to having wanted Shafer gone, but it seems pretty clear that Shafer might well have been okay if Rodriguez had left him alone. The 2008 defense still would have badly underachieved, because no defense can hold up under the kind of pressure the 2008 offense put on it, but there might have been hope once Rodriguez got his offense in place and Denard happened, if Shafer had been allowed to build his defense (and his staff) over that time.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||See above||
Linemen can head downfield as long as the pass itself stays behind the line of scrimmage.
EDIT: too slow
|1 year 24 weeks ago||He's 22||
He's 22 years old. There's always room for improvement at that age.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Glasgow pursuit||
The best thing about that Glasgow pursuit play/GIF is the hapless double team frantically chasing after him, shouting, "HELP! HE'S GOING TO KILL THE TAILBACK!"
Absolutely beautiful job on this today, Brian. Here's $50 beveled guilt.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Gambling||
Well, talking about gambling has always had a presence here, mainly jamiemac. It was interesting and informative, even for someone like me who finds it interferes with my superstitions and thus does not partake.
And I'm too old to give a shit about fantasy sports. So I just kind of ignored the Draft Street stuff and just mined the strange posts where everyone is picking fantasy teams of B1G players for information about, you know, Michigan's opponents.
And now, with the advent of effective ad blockers, I kind of accept that this kind of useless advertising post is a reality. But I'd suggest that you all think carefully about drawing some red lines here, especially with regard to when the posts go up (and what they push down or off the front page) -- if I come to this site the day before The Game and find one of these bastards at the top of the front page, well, enough said. I'm not going to drone on about it. I do agree with Blue2000 that it is actually relevant that Draft Street got eaten by something "huge."
Finally, on the issue of gambling -- this is a slippery slope, is it not? At least betting doesn't masquerade as something else:
|1 year 25 weeks ago||No||
State of emergency is an executive order that basically makes money available to fund preparations for the storm, including evacuations if they become necessary. In itself, it doesn't mean all that much.
DC is far enough inland that it would have to be pretty much a direct hit for them to start to evacuate. It doesn't seem likely, but that could still change:
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Bears||
But at least they have one game on the schedule they can win: the Niners.
If St. Louis has a pulse at all, San Francisco could be looking at 1-15 if the Bears can take them. Go Bears!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Cherry on top||
The cherry on top will be when Michigan starts kicking off to Will Likely in the second half because they can and they want to give the coverage team a live-action challenge.
It's cherry because, one, it means Michigan has just scored, and, two, I get to yell "Get him!" at my TV without really being all that concerned about whether he is, in fact, gotten.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||M controls its own destiny, for now||
It was the Utah result @ Oregon that put Michigan into the conversation. When that game happened, you could then say, "Michigan controls its own destiny" ...
Until that game, you couldn't really say that, even as a 12-1 B1G champion. But Utah still has a lot to prove -- the good news is they will have a chance to prove it.
As an antidote to all this, I'd recommend the 538 article today on the absurdity of the speculation about New England going 16-0, just because they have beaten a couple of good teams early in the season:
Now, the NFL is not college football (longer season, more parity) and unbeaten teams happen all the time in the NCAA, and the Patriots do not have the NFL equivalent of Michigan's defense, but winning out (and Utah winning at least one versus UCLA or USC) is still not at all probable at this point, no matter how well the season has begun.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Out||
It's the flying out part that is the problem. There's no way the authorities want thousands of Michigan fans stranded in the area or at the airport on Sunday.
Even now, it's hard to imagine there are many available seats on flights out Saturday afternoon/evening. So I'm not sure a noon game time would solve the problem, since people might still be unable to get home after the game.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Second this||
MGo merchandisers: I would buy this