Mike Lantry, 1972
|1 week 18 hours ago||EDIT||
Jesus, nevermind. Should have Googled first.
Apparently Ashley Schaeffer is an entity who existed before this post.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ha||
This was the perfect response. I laughed.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wow||
The WLA schtick got pretty tiresome for me back in the days when dex was still posting here ... but reading that post makes me wonder what I was missing.
|1 week 2 days ago||If you really mean that||
If you honestly think the coaches should take the no. 98 back from Gardner, you're really just kind of a dumbass. There's really no way around it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Jesus man||
That was an incredible pass by Levert - the fact that it didn't get picked off, period, required something close to perfection.
|1 week 2 days ago||Exactly what I was thinking||
The most important fact here is that PeeWee did not blow back up to planetoid status. There is hope yet.
|1 week 3 days ago||Facts||
Are for pussies.
These changes just feel wrong, and if there's one thing I know about Brian, it's that he likes to approach things by checking his gut feeling, not with all kinds of stats and objective analysis.
If there's a second thing I know about him, it's that he treasures consistency.
|1 week 3 days ago||Mmm hmm||
I prefer to place my faith in anyone who can rack up an average of two conference wins per year.
But that's just me. YMMV.
Also, is this post evidence of you edging back to your White Goodman persona where you become obsessed with fat jokes? Dark times indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is silly.||
Yes, yes. And I'm sure that if Hoke and co. were aiming for 'head of department' by stocking the team with gritty three-stars, you and everyone else would be applauding his pragmatism, not retching at his acceptance of mediocrity.
|1 week 3 days ago||Fuck. I'll bite.||
How does one get forced into poor recruiting choices?
|1 week 3 days ago||E.G.||
To my knowledge, you literally just named the only two JUCOs at Michigan in the last 20 years.
|1 week 3 days ago||So you think Hoke should have||
So you think Hoke should have scrapped his entire defensive staff?
|1 week 3 days ago||That is one of the more||
That is one of the more convoluted ways to spin 'fired Borges because the offense was bad and hired Nussmeier' I can possibly imagine. Kudos.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think Mattison and Hoke||
I think Mattison and Hoke want to have an aggressive, dominating defense, and they're going all in to make that happen. Especially because the prospectus of the OL next year is dark and full of terrors, I don't think standing pat with a bend-but-don't-break type of outfit is a good idea, and I'm glad things are being shaken up.
If the defense was a bit of a tire fire last year and these moves were being made, I'd be more anxious about them. They are, instead, being made from a position of relative stability and strength, so to me there's little sense of flailing.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yup||
Any sense of crisis begins and ends with the OL, to me.
But if we can find more reasons to be nervous and scared, why not drill into those seams for all they're worth in the meantime, right?
|1 week 3 days ago||Harris||
Everything I've heard is that Michigan is recruiting Weber fairly intensely at this point. Where did you hear that we promised Harris he'd be the only RB?
|1 week 3 days ago||Gedeon||
I'm totally with you as a Gedeon booster. I think he's gonna be a star. But if the coaches wanted Ryan and Gedeon on the field at the same time, I'm not sure why they wouldn't just keep Jake where he was at and slot Gedeon in as MIKE.
At any rate, I think Brian's stuck in an emo rut on this point -- perhaps the stated reasons for putting Ryan in at MIKE are actually, like, thought out and stuff: they want taller players at MIKE to be able to see into the backfield and read plays better; they want more athleticism at MIKE to be able to cover sideline to sideline; teams had been scheming away from Ryan and this will get him more involved in every snap. While Morgan is solid, he's generally not much of a playmaker (and yes, I remember the interception). I'd think the coaching staff would be in for more criticism if they were willing to stand pat with a B/B+, run-stuffing type guy at MIKE than trying to Adapt to the New Spread Reality, but hey, I'm probably just an apologist.
|1 week 5 days ago||What now?||
That's window pane, son! Bad color on Nuss, though.
|1 week 6 days ago||Maybe I'm dense ...||
But I'm totally failing to understand why medals per capita is so obviously the proper metric. America's a big, populous country. This gives it an advantage, in that there are greater chances for genetic combinations that make for good athletes. But why does it make sense to try to set that advantage aside?
Sort of reminds me of arguments I used to have with my buddy about Shaq in his heyday. He used to argue that if Shaq was, say, 6'4", he'd barely be able to play college ball. But he's not 6'4". He's a damn battleship. That's why he was so good.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||EDIT (Double post)||
Me and Blue Bunny messed around and got the rare triple-double combo post.
You done got out-executed, MGoBoard.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Good post,||
But I think it's Garry.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I dunno||
I had got back to assuming wins in those games in 2012, which is why flirting with the Toledo Nightmare Zone last year was such a painful fucking experience.
I really, really don't want non-boring cupcake games 'round here no more.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||"Through with him"||
Just make sure you let him down easy. You know he's gonna be plenty broken up about it as it is.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||PREACH||
Tony Dungy will join the staff as DC.
He's from Jackson, ya know.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||What scares me ...||
What I'm hoping it doesn't mean is that Ryan still hasn't -- and potentially won't -- get back the explosiveness he had pre-injury.
Of course, it doesn't seem at all unlikely that on obvious passing downs Ryan will be turned loose in a non-traditional MIKE/full-on QB murderin' type of role. So let's hold on to that.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Maybe I'm being thick here||
But isn't Gedeon at SAM an ideal solution if Ryan is the new MIKE? My understanding is that he's athletic enough to either rush the passer, get to the sideline, or drop in coverage. And he's big. Are they just trying to keep him at MIKE so he's as ready as possible to step in next year? I hope not, because I don't think holding anything back -- at all -- this year makes sense.
Personally, I think Ryan and Gedeon are the two most talented players in the LB corps, so I'd like to see both of them on the field. But I'm no expert.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Let me answer your question with another question||
Did you try to actually compare the, you know, statistics to those from other teams?
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Work on it||
Even within your little logical structure here -- which I think is flawed -- how does moving Mark Smith to DL coach mean that he's being demoted? He only had two of the three LB positions last year, and we've heard time and again how much Hoke and Mattison (rightly) value DL play. So maybe the idea is that Mattison was spread too thin, and Hoke thought Smith could actually inject more aggressiveness into the DL.
Overall, it's kind of a shit contribution.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The more you know||
The more you know ...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Phil Sims||
Is the dumbest motherfucker I've ever heard call an NFL game. Try to find video of him watching clear evidence that a call should be overturned, then jabbering for two minutes about how you still need to see the play in 'bang-bang time' to make a conclusion. I hate it when a game I want to watch is on CBS.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||OK||
So you're just yelling things about Rodriguez even if they don't have anything to do with the offensive line, then.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Statistics!||
Yep, from 3-7 wins in only three years. Improvement!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||(Unless your comment is satire)||
/dismissive wanking motion
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You can use caps all you want||
Offensive line depth post-Rodriguez = crater. Indisputable.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I might be missing a fairly||
I might be missing a fairly subtle joke, but Middlebury's, like, a really good school.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Holy shit||
Those two remind me of the fucking Bluths, man. That picture is an instant classic.
I'd personally like to see J. Ira added to the Lloyd Brady Photoshop Pantheon.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Weird for a football coach||
But this phenomenon has been around for a while in the form of endowed professorships.
EDIT: Shit, late to the party. Spen too much time looking for a list of endowed professorships at UM before hitting the save button.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Our program||
Should cut down on carbs, and be mindful that strength training is as important as cardio.
I want our program to look respectable in yoga pants in 2-3 years, TOPS.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Ha||
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||FOOTE||
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Hey you||
You can take all your 'perspective' and 'knowledge based upon experience' and stick it straight up your ass, chief. We here on the MGoBoard understand that the prevailing mood on Michigan-themed blogs is what makes or breaks coaching staffs.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Agreed||
Brian has adopted this line, which can be used as a stick to beat Hoke with no matter what he does. What evidence is there that Brandon has anything to do with football decisions? The fact that he's on the sideline and fucking loves getting his mug in front of cameras? The notion - similarly founded upon nary a piece of identifiable evidence - of the undying loyalty for Borges that Hoke developed in five years? (And no, the fact that Hoke said he 'did not anticipate staff changes' is not evidence that he wasn't looking for a replacement OC after the season).
Hoke has to continually tell people he's in charge because the media, including Brian, have a struck upon a narrative and, terrier-like, they're not gonna fucking give up their new toy until a newer and squeakier one comes along. What do you want him to say when the question comes up? No comment?
This shit is happening because of 7-6. End of. Hoke was just as much in charge in 2011 as he is now. Brian is dipping his toe into sports talk radio territory here, likely because for him anything involving Brandon has become an irresistible red cape at which to charge.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Good to anticipate arguments||
But you really, really do like to talk about MSU.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||In this metaphor||
What, then, is Jabrill Peppers?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wow.||
If you're gonna go there, go in with both feet.
The comment. I mean the comment.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget||
The Sheep Teaching and Research Institute.
Which begs the question: what, exactly, are they teaching the sheep in East Lansing?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Beseech the media||
I didn't hear any excuses or pleading out of Hoke in this presser - in fact, one reporter seemed to want him to pin some lack of development on individual players, and he unwaveringly said that everyone they've recruited is the right kind of player for Michigan (the point being that nothing they've done since coming here has made that any different.)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Word||
We really should have helped Terry Richardson and Delonte Hollowell grow a few inches. Where is the improvement from year to year with this coaching staff?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yup||
Brady sure is stubborn about not playing those younger players.
I mean, right?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The credibility of the military numbers is||
The credibility of the military numbers is dubious, as they are generated by an entirely internal process. To take at face value the military's numbers about military sexual assaults as determined by military tribunals is either credulous to the point of being the slow kid in class or willfully ignorant. You didn't do any damn research worth the eight letters in the word - you found one hack article from one disreputable rag and picked one bullshit statistic out of it. But killer job finding one anecdotal example and pretending it supports your whole argument. You win this month's Recruiting Rankings Don't Matter Because Mike Hart Award. Bonus points for doing it in the service of casting doubt upon rape victims, obvs.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I question your conclusion||
... or at least your memory. Beyer did an admirable job, but he had nowhere near the impact that Ryan had in 2012, IMO.
|5 weeks 42 min ago||Yes||
The credibility of numbers matters not. Any numbers advance a discussion in a helpful manner.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||Now this||
Is a well-thought-out, carefully constructed, insightful comment.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Pathetic||
Mealy-mouthed hand-wringing. That article, which I'm conflicted about having clicked on, flies in the face of all credible research regarding the miniscule percentage of false rape accusations. By the military's own estimation, there are relatively many unfounded accusations of sexual assault? Well fucking paint me green and call me Gumby. I can't tell if you're willfully ignorant about this or if you're just that fucking gullible.
Also, the Washington Times is your source? The fucking Moonie newspaper? What did the National Enquirer say? I'm just not comfortable with this unless we hear from the Executive Intelligence Review, either. Can we make sure this is corroborated by Scientology News?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Don't get me wrong||
Me neither, man. I was just arguing semantics. I'm fully glad that this is a roadblock that Gibbons would have to overcome with some seriously persuasive explainin'.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
I'm not saying Lewan* is pure of heart or anything, and maybe he would've said the same thing to the victim he did to her friend.
What are these multiple first-hand account, and how did you come by them?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with you that Gibbons||
I agree with you that Gibbons should have been at the very least handed a yearlong suspension in 2009.
But I think it's somewhat unfair to suggest that Hoke should have come in, re-opened an investigation into an incident that did not occur during his tenure as coach, and then disciplined Gibbons following his own investigation. I would go so far as to say that no coach in the country would have done so.
Which makes the case distinct from Bullough's. It's misguided to suggest that, once the ball was dropped in 2009, the coaching staff was responsible for taking any action until the new developments of 2013.
Also, it sure seems to me that Bullough's been shielded from the legal system much more effectively than Gibbons ever was. And, important as the Rose Bowl was for MSU football players, expulsion is still a more severe punishment. MSU sure did a better job from a PR perspective, though, admittedly.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I actually do think it makes||
I actually do think it makes a difference, to be honest.
It's an awful thing to say, but here's what I think is the difference: if Lewan* said this directly to the victim, it would be almost impossible to conclude that he was not trying to directly intimidate the victim and dissuade her from pressing charges. Not to mention the fact that it would be considerably more traumatic for the victim to hear this directly from Lewan.
Having been made to the friend, it's possible to interpret Lewan's* words to be an utterly loathsome expression of anger and frustration, but not necessarily one meant to threaten the victim.
To put it another way, I find it much less likely that it would be taken as a credible threat if it were delivered to the victim by the victim's friend, but if it were said by Lewan directly to the victim, it would be a different matter.
*I still haven't seen anything apart from Doug Smith's individual assertions that show Lewan made these threats. Can anyone point me to a better source?
EDIT: I should note that, if Lewan actually did issue the threat to the victim's friend, I think he should have faced a lengthy suspension at the very least. It just kind of bothers me that everyone seems to be just taking Doug Smith's word on this.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know||
Even if he were to be reinstated, I'd think this whole thing would have made it pretty tough to get a job in social work.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe others have asked you||
Maybe others have asked you this, but I don't see it.
How do you know that the victim attempted to pursue a complaint and was not allowed to do so by the university?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Again, I'm not defending||
Again, I'm not defending Lewan, just trying to make sure I know what's going on.
What, precisely, was reported to the University by two football players? Do we know that these two football players reported threats made by Lewan? How do we know about this report and the contents thereof?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Is there a police report||
Is there a police report which says that Lewan issued the threats? I remember going to the Washtenaw Watchdog site and seeing no mention of Lewan in the report, even though the dude put a footnote next to his statement that Lewan threatened the victim.
Maybe I'm not current on what has been disclosed.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||To be fair, Bullough's||
To be fair, Bullough's situation was a much more straightforward situation, where a kid fucked up and was suspended by the team. In Gibbons' case, he didn't play because of an investigation into an incident from 2009.
Gibbons has been expelled by the university. Bullough had to miss the Rose Bowl, but isn't facing any discipline from the university itself, so far as I know. The two situations are really not analogous.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I really don't see where||
I really don't see where Swazi said he would've been okay with Gibbons playing if he wasn't hurt.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||One point||
I think people are exaggerating the degree to which the 'family issues' explanation really elicited sympathy for Gibbons. Any time there's a vague answer like that I personally assume the player is dealing with something embarrassing; my guess with regard to Gibbons would have been a drinking problem, to be honest.
It was a dumb thing to say, but the standard answer of 'violation of team rules' may have been awkward as well, since it wasn't really a violation but instead an administrative decision made by the university regarding a violation which occurred four yeats earlier that was at issue.
'Personal issues' would probably have been better, but I wouldn't find it hard to believe that's what Hoke meant to say. I don't know if you guys noticed, but he's not exactly a fluent user of word-type utterances in those press conferences.
Gibbons should have been kicked off the team in 2009. The major concern with regard to Hoke and the athletic department is whether they tried to impede the OSCR process so as to maintain Gibbons' eligibility. However, I find this to be extremely unlikely, and I don't know what means could have been at their disposal to so impede said process. Also, sitting him for the OSU game doesn't really seem like a win-at-all-costs type of decision. To me, this seems much more like an ugly PR fuckup than a failure of morality and institutional control.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Jayru from the top ropes||
Ace, I get that you're trying to curb people being mean to high schoolers in a general sense, and that's certainly noble ... but hoping Campbell 'sorts through his issues' just sounds mealy-mouthed and silly. Do we also hope that Corey Troop and Glen Winston just get in touch with their best selves and find inner peace? This is not a kid being a kid and making mistakes.
Also, the proprietor of the site just made a pretty decent stab at MSU for this very incident, so there's a bit of dissonance here.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Terry Foster's Safari Planet||
Terry Foster is not an accredited journalist, nor does he hold an advanced degree in any of the humanities or social sciences. He is simply an enthusiastic young man with a sixth grade education and an abiding love for the sound of his own voice.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
Let's blame Fred for the fact that he didn't produce any NFL-caliber backs from 2008-10, for starters.
Toussaint's failure to learn how to pass block seems to be the most obvious thing to point to when you're talking about Jackson's shortcomings, but if you think back to all of the backs we've had who were great pass protectors, it calls into question whether Toussaint simply didn't have what it took, for whatever reason. I'm guessing that in a year where there was more depth than two freshman (one of whom was on the pizza milkshake diet plan coming into camp) Toussaint would've been on the bench early on for his blocking ineptitude.
The most obvious strikes against Jackson in the past few years seem to be his failure to do much with Carlos Brown and Mike Shaw. They were both solid 4-star guys, but I'd argue that a RB who's built like a slot and goes down easily even in high school is tricky clay out of which to mold a productive back. YMMV. Also, Rawls hasn't progressed, but he wasn't ever very highly regarded out of high school (except by Fred and his son, but we all know the drill there.)
On the positive side of the ledger, Jackson turned 3-4 star FB Brandon Minor into a very productive back. He also maximized the talent of Vincent Smith, I'd say. Poor Damn Toussaint improved drastically as a runner until the OL disintegrated. And Drake Johnson, whom Ace deemed unworthy of D1 football while at Pioneer, was supposed to have made huge strides before he tore his ACL in camp.
In conclusion: Jackson may not have set the world on fire the past few years, but I'd say there have been more successes than failures. And over the years he's coached some really great players. Everyone shitting on him around here lately is really starting to irritate me.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Damn||
He makes Peppers look foolish on that long TD run.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||God have mercy on your soul||
Have you watched any Michigan football aside from the BWW bowl?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Carpetbaggin'||
It's also possible that Nussmeier wasn't a huge fan of the Deep South, for whatever reason. Looking at his resume, he's mostly bounced around in northern climes, with the exception of his stint with the Rams.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Women||
I heard their periods attract bears.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||250 words||
Of unadulterated pissiness.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hey guys!||
I'd burn some couches for a title, amirite?? 'Cause we had a shitty year, ya know?
Oh - I'm the 12th person to make that comment in this thread? My bad.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||State of the site||
If Brian's going to start banning more freely, I'd hope your trollin' days are numbered.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||U r very wise & I rly appreciate ur||
U r very wise & I rly appreciate ur insights
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||Brandon Minor||
Was a three-star fullback. Hes pretty clearly in the success column for Jackson's coaching.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||Science||
If you self-flagellate enough, it actually starts to feel good. Just make sure you don't let up.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||Huh||
Given relative talent and experience, I sure thought Urban got his ass resoundingly outcoached a week ago.
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||Oy.||
Going to a blog that's moderated like the military? I don't think that's precisely the image the proprietor wants to cultivate here.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||False||
Pizza delivery guys were legitimately terrified of BooBoo.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about the competition level overall,||
I don't know about the competition level overall, but there's at least one clip in Way's highlights where the CB (playing right up on the line!!) looked like a 12 year old. I think he's good, but that type of production against high-level competition would make him a 5 star.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Also||
Grady was drunk most of the time. So there's that.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Dude||
I've got some concerns about Jackson, though those have somewhat receded based on the performances of Smith and Green.
But man, you're really out to get him. Hart didn't improve much from day 1? That's because he was really damn good from day 1. What's Fred gonna do, teach him how to be fast? Vincent Smith was 5'6" and weighed 170. I think his talent was maxed out. And don't let the Double Jackson Hype make you believe that Rawls was more than a three star guy.
Shaw and Tousaint might raise some flags, but Smith is to Jackson's credit. And if Green continues to improve his balance, I'll be saying Fred Jackson is like Bo, but more charismatic.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Driving me nuts||
As a coachin' guy, can you explain something to me? Why, all of a sudden, could our back pick up blitzes on Saturday? Even Fitz! I seen it! Honestly, how does that just suddenly happen?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||IS UNACCEPTABLE||
I reject this mediocrity! I do not accept it!
It is unacceptable.
I will not embrace it in a tree, or in the rain, or the sleet or snow. Or anywhich way.
David Brand-on might accept our irrelevance, our Notre Dame slide obscurity bolivian, but I Will. Not. Accept.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Not knocking Smith||
Knocking the wisdom of running him into a stacked line on short yardage plays, which Rodriguez used to do.
(Note: Borges also did this in The Game 2012, which caused me to throw a fucking hat at the TV, scream "IT'S FUCKING RODRIGUEZ FUCKFUCKSHIT" or some such like a lunatic, and throw my Gorgeous Al Borges t-shirt into the trash.)
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Goddammit||
Brian's profits would suffer if the content wasn't free.
Profits. Like, the money he makes from the blog.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Passing strange||
Also, looks as though 'zona was stopped on three different 4th and 1s in that game. Weird. If only Rodriguez had a big, bruising mooseback to just plow ahead and pick up the first down. You know - like Vincent Smith.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Is this satire?||
I have no idea what you're trying to say. It's like a pastiche of several talking points that have become well-worn over the past few weeks, but without a unifying point. Was that the idea?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Free||
I like MGoBlog. I like Brian.
But if he didn't give people the content for free, my guess is he'd make a lot less money from the blog.* (Spoiler: this is Brian's job. As in he earns a living from the money it generates.) It's not an act of kindness to make the blog free.
Should we be grateful that, say, si.com generously gives away so much free content?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Biased||
I fucking hate when my students say that someone or something is 'biased', especially without further explanation. It ends up being a totally vacuous way to say 'I don't like it.'
|13 weeks 6 days ago||You don't understand!||
They were making sacrifices for the greater good! They are the warrior poets who dared stay home and complain on the MGoBoard! They are heroes!
YOU NEED THEM ON THAT WALL*
*At home. The wall at home.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That's completely fucking false.||
Was a nice play though.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||True||
Do you want to see OSU fans crowing about Meyer going undefeated through two full seasons and winning a national championship?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Damn||
Dude closed the discussion! Killer tactical move, bra!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Know what?||
This is the best way to put it. Lately, MGoBlog has made a really fucking joyless season even harder for me to take. It's some kind of weird self-flagellation for me to read it -- especially the comments.
Does it make me a fairweather fan to take a break? Does it make me fickle? Will it make me realize just how fucking insiginifcant my little act of protest might be in the grander operation of the blog? (Looking at you, Staying Away from the Stadium Freedom Fighters.)
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Hey||
This guy's a lawyer. Just wanted to make sure you caught that.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I mean ...||
It's a good idea ... but I don't know if it's that good.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||SCIENCE.||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||BUT PAWWWLL||
He was just runnin' Rich Rod's offense!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Edit||
I'd only written one rather bland sentence, but having scrolled down I realize that any direct response is more than dude deserves.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Truth.||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Five Star-Struck||
I see you, Whitlock.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting thought||
I think Backus-Jansen is the fairly clear leader ... of guys who've played in my lifetime. I know Deardorf and Paris were noted badasses, but I don't know anything about Muransky or Harpring. Anyone with memories of those guys?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||He's absolutely right||
At this juncture, a bunch of people who know at best very little about offensive line play have already passed a verdict upon Funck.
So whatever this Lewan fella is talking about is probably just a bunch of bullshit.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Aw, hamburgers||
Maybe this is an archaic attitude -- gender equality and all that -- but I was hoping this would be a recruit for a men's team so I could feel better making the obvious Deadwood joke (Wu).
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||I like it when people use the 'sheep' metaphor||
Because then I know they are usually really smart and independent thinkers.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||So help me god||
If Hoke's out on a sailboat, I'm going to develop a huffing problem.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Thread closed. Winner declared.||
I really want to believe that this is one of the best trolls ever conceived. And that the 'I'm gonna get killed for this' is just one more layer of genius on top of an impossibly light and fluffy troll cake.
But if not, holy fucking pants. Everything Kiffin has touched since USC has turned to shit. Everything. His last employer hated him so much they all but got a restraining order and had security throw him out onto the sidewalk.
This board is on FIYYAH.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||This||
Is what can happen when you run two-man routes and max protect. Sometimes, it takes a while for two bracketed receivers to get open.
Also, I think the sense that they've essentially cowed Gardner by emphasizing turnovers over everything else -- as Brian said, I think Gardner the gunslingin' turnover machine is actually better than Gardner the tackling dummy (somewhere in between would be extra rad, of course).
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Perfect||
Whitlock's horseshit about Lewan was bad, but it at least had the barest nugget of 'fact' in it - Lewan did, indeed, forego the NFL draft to play another year for Michigan.*
But I'm 99% certain the Shane Morris jab was oulled entirely out of one of the folds of Whitlock's expansive ass. I feel like he did a Google image search, saw Shane's yearbook photo, and felt ready to drop some knowledge.
*Which looks pretty much like Clowney's situation, if you just squint a bit and hold your breath until you pass out.
|18 weeks 4 hours ago||Yikes.||
I want to say about 95% of armchair fans come up with exactly the same suggestions you just did. Press more! Blitz more! Rattle them QBs! It's so simple I can't believe he doesn't see it!
Mattison moved Michigan's defense from the triple digits to top 20 in one year. He's one of the best DCs in the game. I want to say that there's a bit more to coaching a defense than "PRESSURE!".
|18 weeks 4 hours ago||Witvoet?||
I actually have always thought that he has a bit of a soft spot for Michigan. Pretty sure Penn State fans put him at the forefront of the Grand Wolverine Officiating Conspiracy.
|18 weeks 4 hours ago||I like this guy||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with this||
What worries me about Green is not just that he's failed to pull up trees when playing behind ... less-than-stellar run-blocking. It's that the same flaws that were apparent but overshadowed by that sweet, sweet size-speed ratio are predominanting now. If you look at his HS junior-year highlights, he had noticably poor balance. Like worse-than-Carlos-Brown balance. This improved by his senior year, but was by no means elite. Now, maybe this means he can continue to improve year by year, but I think that might be optimistic - RBs don't usually seem to be able to fix central flaws like 'speed' or 'agility' or 'balance' just by training harder.
I just think about the IU game - on one zone play, he bounced outside and IU had - by rights - lost contain. I'm not worried that Green wasn't fast enough to simply run past the DE/LB to the corner without being touched - dude's a big boy, and not everyone can be Ty Wheatley. But I am worried that the slightest of contact with his feet made him come down like a ton of bricks. Green's highlights seemed to me to be those of a really fast, big guy, with relatievly quick feet, who usually went down with first contact unless he was hit really high. That's been borne out so far in my estimation, so let's hope it's a sample size and conditioning-based issue and not a real and abiding weakness to his game.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||There's no way I'd put Gallon behind Toomer and||
There's no way I'd put Gallon behind Toomer and Manningham. Maybe in terms of raw physical talent. But in terms of actual footbaw production, I don't think it's very difficult to put Gallon first. Manningham, for one thing, did much of his damage in offenses where he was much less a focal point than Gallon has been since Gardner took over.
And Toomer was/is kind of a dick. So there.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||My snowflake:||
Big John needs to get Stribling a jersey that allows him to raise his fucking arms above his head.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Gardner||
I was with you until the second half, when somehow, some way, Gardner flipped a switch and looked like the guy who played against Notre Dame. Which, of course, makes it even more inexcusable that the coaches acted like the absolute worst thing in the world would be to out the ball in his hands in OT. Great way to build confidence, that.
|20 weeks 1 hour ago||Word.||
I don't know enough (read: anything) about the specifics of O-line coaching, so I'm only making vague inferences here. But at the moment, the only truly successful O-linemen under Hoke have been players who matured under Greg Frey - Lewan, Schofield, and Molk. I understand that part of the issue is a transition in scheme, and some of this may be related to Al flailing about wildly in terms of the running game. Much of it, certainly, relates to the youth at the position.
Still, the results so far have certainly given some cause for concern, and the performance of Kalis raises a red flag for me. A kid with all the plaudits in the world - based not only on upside, but on physical readiness and superior technique for a HS kid - struggling this badly in his second year in the progam is troubling, OL recruiting uncertainty be damned.
Next year, there are certainly enough bullets in the chamber, recruiting wise, that some grouping of five of them should be at least serviceable. If not, we're going to quickly begin to resemble Sparty East, only with about 3x the raw talent on offense.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Half right||
Only an asshole like Travis -- a petty, not-all-that bright asshole -- would seize upon such a minor typo in response to this level of truth bomb. This is because he is indeed, as so wonderfully diagnosed above, an infected boil on the ass of college football. Now, 'exploit you for' in a comment solely devoted to grammar pedantry ... that's something which eliminates credibilty. Just a thought.
EDIT: Please note that, despite the snark aimed your way, I am not trying to call you a petty, not-all-that-bright asshole. I really only mean that about Travis. The infected boil truth bomb was not aimed at you, so you're not responding to it directly, and therefore don't fall within the bounds of my statement there. I still think you're being really condescending in your comment, though.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Word.||
Bad Stevie Brown = huge busted coverages and touchdowns. Not 10-15 yd completions followed by a tackle.
|22 weeks 4 hours ago||Little OT||
... but it's at least based on the Marawatch link that's actually in the post.
Whoever writes the descriptions on their website needs to realize that the kind of people who click through the content for the Michigan watch do not need stilted reminders like, "'Maize and Blue' is a phrase integral to the DNA of the Wolverine fan." (on my phone; may not be completely verbatim)
If you want to speak to committed fans, speak to committed fans.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Science!||
I just pulled something completely out of my ass with regard to humanity, but it just FEELS right, ya know? It's just like how distance runners are more ... accurate in their strides than long jumprrs or sprinters. Slow twitch, y'all. The most accurate of muscle twitches.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Now this||
... is super creepy. Like, pencil-mustache creepy.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Edited||
U sir wn the intnet
|23 weeks 6 days ago||UNACCEPTABLE||
One third down conversion one too many
Morgan content to go down in a heap at the 12 after that pick? WTF
Can't hold opposing offense to under 200 yards?
Team is 5-7 at best.
Pipkins lacking top-end speed.
Same with QWash.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Just got the yips||
Thinking of how hard Sparty will be targeting Ryan's knee in that game. I'd almost rather he waits another week.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||So ...||
What you're saying is that you want a defensive scheme where the safety can afford not to do his job and the play will still work? Sign me up!
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Pining||
That really depends on how the rest of the year turns out, doesn't it?
You keep carrying that torch, though. Hold it high.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes||
The ol' Forcier Gambit.
Seriously, Borges should tell Gardner he's going to kick him in the balls every time he does that shit.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||This comment||
Has confirmed for me the utter vapidity of the term 'hot seat.'
Maybe just stop talkin' for a while, Champ. Sit the next couple of plays out.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||This||
Just about covers it. Well said.
|27 weeks 1 hour ago||Hype videos||
Man. That first one. There are hype videos, and there are hype videos, and never the twain shall meet.
The combination of what I believe to be music from Friday Night Lights, plus Ufer, plus Hoke's introductory press conference, plus some really breathtaking camera shots ... that right there is a classic. Round of applause for whoever put that together.
Go Blue, y'all.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||What I wouldn't forgive||
for the sake of 30 cents of highly processed food product.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, yes||
Swazi here makes a very insightful observation here - must be a marketing major. Studies have shown that it is strictly the surface area of the advertisement relative to that of adjacent structures that measures the visual and symbolic impact of said advertisement.
And guys, the Big House is pretty big! So until the Fenway Citgo sign is installed WHO CARES! I mean, it's a noodle. It not a swastika, or a big veiny penis (no veins on a Kraft noodle, folks - you know you love it smooth!)
|27 weeks 2 days ago||If you ask me||
The line about the witch is worth your day's paycheck all by itself. Good stuff, sir.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Prize winner||
This is like saying Courtney Avery sounds like Charles Woodson because he played both ways in high school.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||This is true||
Like you say, stranded in London is not the same as stranded somewhere really beyond the pale, like Columbus. The city is definitely great, even though it's so, so expensive.
Go Blue, mate.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Fantastic - thanks!||
Appreciate the response - will get on that right away. I was put off by the fact that the website for the London alumni club was a few years out of date.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I have I only three words||
LOINS OF FURY
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Never fear||
If you're interested in a mooseback/Mack truck at RB, hitch your star to the wagons of the two freshman. Ain't gon' disapoint.
Rawls, as another commenter points out, only looks like a mooseback getting off the bus (and in Fred Jackson's mind, obvs.,) not when he's actually carrying the ball.
|28 weeks 9 min ago||Kwiatkowski. But the OL opetates as a unit with||
Kwiatkowski. But the OL opetates as a unit with the tight ends - I think Lewan would be one of the first to say so.
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||I don't think it's crazy to feel slightly more||
I don't think it's crazy to feel slightly more concerned after seeing that. Gardner looked, dare I say, almost Harringtonian on a few of those plays. But the emphasis is surely on 'slightly' - the mass of positive indications about Gardner's play this summer is ... pretty massive.
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||Of course, Hayes's prevalence on third downs might||
Of course, Hayes's prevalence on third downs might also not mean that much, as it's possible that Fitz is going to figure prominently there. I'm just saying, it sounded like you were predicting more than just 'based on the relative frequency which Hayes appears as a single back in the scrimmage highlights, it looks like he's the leader of the third down back competition.' More touches than Smith and all. Based on the limited amount I've seen of Hayes, though, I'm not really impressed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the proverbial practice buzz gauge seems to be giving out a pretty low reading for Hayes, too.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
I've yet to see a single impressive play from Hayes in these clips. He goes down very easily from what I've seen, and there hasn't been any evidence of remarkable speed or quickness. Maybe he's much better than those few plays show, but I'm not seeing anything that fills me with confidence beyond his recruiting profile.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||To me, Green looks more like the Train, whose||
To me, Green looks more like the Train, whose balance was never a strong suit. Until late in his career, he used to get tripped up at the line with maddening consistency. But his size/speed at the second level made him a force to be reckoned with.
I gotta agree with Brian - hard to think of a better comparison for Smith than Mike Hart but big.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Items:||
1) Those highlights show the five-star QB we thought we were getting in Morris. Hosiest hose in hoseland - looked like a somewhat more athletic Matt Stafford out there.
2) Deveon is a beast. I'll call it again: he'll be a better back than Green when all's said and done.
3) Devin looks pretty shaky here. Big pass rush, small sample size, and the possibility that he must ended up being on the 'defensive highlights' end of the stick apply. But these plays are rough.
3a) What's the point, MGoBlue, of putting a highlight package together that seems to show only good plays from Morris, and mostly bad plays from DG?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Someday, I hope people on this site will realize||
Someday, I hope people on this site will realize that the number of people making sarcastic comments about negative overreactions far outnumber those generating said negative overreactions.
This shtick is old.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I'm with ya||
Hayes really didn't impress me at all there - goes down pretty easy in that video, and there was one play where it looked like he had a big lane for a second, but he hesitated and got bupkus. Smith looked decent on his one carry, but ... one carry, I guess.
Great play by Dymonte on that screen, too.
Oh, and I'm starting to get excited about Chesson.
|30 weeks 16 hours ago||I'm not that old ...||
So I'm basing this off of old highlights.
But this is the first thing that came into my head as soon as Wangler came up with the INT in the first highlight: he runs just fucking like his dad. Same long legs, same almost off-balance looking stride. Uncanny.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with both of y'all. I still have my||
I agree with both of y'all. I still have my doubts about Green. His senior film is significantly more impressive than the junior highlights, but in the latter he went down really easy for a guy his size. Always fell forward, but often on first contact past the LOS.
I think Deveon might be the more productive back. And if we've got enough big play potential with Gardner/Morris and the receivers who are going to be coming up the ranks, it might be better to have a Mike Hart I Will Get You 5 Yards Guaranteed type of guy in the backfield. Time will tell if Green can grind out those tough yards too.
Oh, and I'm admittedly a huge fanboy, but I think Hart coulda been a productive NFL back for a long time if it weren't for injuries. In the very limited time he wasn't injured, I remember him looking good, and I recall some buzz about him coming from Colts training camp.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I'm no expert||
But I remember a lot of people questioning Green's level of competition, too. That OFAAT of him destroying that safety is sweet ... but the dude on the receiving end looks like he's about 160 lbs. DII Ohio football may be just as good as Green's in Virginia - someone correct me if I'm out of line here.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Area for Improvement: Strength||
Mark D's lacking the bulging quads, but the Sparty grimace suits him just fine.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know, man, those||
I don't know, man, those things seem to pretty naturally slot into a hierarchy of ridiculousness, to me.
Your theory seems to be "anything outside of football competition that creates buzz for a football program is inherently ridiculous, and equally ridiculous to any other such instances." Which is pretty lazy, intellectually.
As is "any reaction is a successful one." Tommy Tuberville walking out on a check that was coming from a recruiting dinner sure created some buzz, but I'm not sure Cincinnati would agree with you that it was "successful."
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Ha - I just thought it was||
Ha - I just thought it was funny to say that a recruit who wears khakis and tennis shoes must by definition be an upstanding character. I don't think there are any clothing choices that would confirm such a conclusion.
On the other hand, I do think there are clothing choices that might indicate poor character: say, shirts that say "cop killer," or "fuck Jews," or "you say tomato I say fuck you."* Or a Borat-style unikini.
*I worked at a warehouse one summer and a guy wore this shirt to work. It's probably the only shirt in the genre of 'bitchy/self-centered things in large font on my t-shirt' that I've ever found funny.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||A reliable metric?||
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, Jabrill Peppers - the||
Yep, Jabrill Peppers - the kid whose goal is to be the second primarily-defensive player to ever win the Heisman *as a freshman* - is worried that he just wouldn't get playing time outside the cozy confines of the Glick fieldhouse. He's just lacking a bit of confidence, and Urbz don't have time for that shit.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Nope, you're giving the guy||
Nope, you're giving the guy too much credit. I can see why you'd want to give te benefit of the doubt, but he's pretty unequivocal in saying that OSU is not so interested because of this lack of personality compatibility.
|40 weeks 20 hours ago||Effective height||
Also, I think that at least 9" of Navarre's height was neck. He might have been functionally 6'6" as a soccer player, but his shoulders were actually only like 5.5 feet off the ground.
|40 weeks 20 hours ago||Lawn-stepping||
You are using this (drastically overused) metaphor. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Guy above is saying you sound like an old guy trying to sound like one of the cool kids. He's not complaining about how the cool kids talk. Not every damn thing that involves a) complaining; or b) old guys has to be met with 'get off my lawn.'
You goddamn kids.
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||Tremendous||
I cannot stop smiling while thinking of that image now. Well done.
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||I never saw/heard it first hand||
But legend has it that Eisen once called a David Terrell TD highlight thusly:
"Who's got the bomb? David Terrell's got the bomb."*
Eisen also used to come by the Daily offices to shoot the shit periodically.
*For those who don't know, legend has it that Mr. Terrell, while engaging in amorous activities in his dorm room, repeatedly queried his partner as to who got the bomb-ass dick.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously||
That was the one of the more depressing sports-related videos I've ever seen. It's the least happy I've ever seen Denard. Seems incredibly disappointed. Guh. (Link.)
|44 weeks 6 days ago||This||
The only possible silver lining for this is that Denard gets to be close to home. Jacksonville is hardly ever on TV, and they're just an awful franchise. Not to mention the uniforms - Denard has to make the transition from the best uniform in sports (totally unbiased here, guys) to ... teal. With lots of flair. Overall, I'm pretty bummed about this.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Sweet Jesus||
You'll still get into the damn game. As many have pointed out, you might not get into the first 30 rows, but does that really justify this kind of embittered e-martyrdom?
That said, I will wholeheartedly agree that something will need to be done re: the logistics of lining up for football. It's one thing to let that shit happen for a basketball game, but it seems to me there would be a real public safety danger if they went all laissez-faire for football.
Not sure if it will take gating, or handing out wristbands an hour or so before kickoff, or some combination thereof, but the mad dash to the gates is something that will have to be avoided. Of course, we don't have any real indication that the AD isn't going to address this (other than the basketball precedent, which hopefully is recognized as so different in scale as to be altogether unlike the football situation.)
Note: I'm speaking here as someone who would almost certainly have gotten in a fight with line-cutters as an undergrad. I fucking hate those self-centered mongoloid fucks who think the rules don't apply to them. Fucking undermining the fabric of society, they are. Seriously. Not being sarcastic. Fuck you if you cut lines.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Word||
Every time this argument comes up, some current student exasperatedly explains that s/he might have work to do before the game, and you probably don't understand, and don't you care about academics?
For some reason, the current cohort is the first to have 'course-work' as something that might eat up valuable Saturday pre-gaming time. I'm just sure glad no one came up with that shit in 2000-04.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||'Bama ... making sense?||
Someone posted earlier in the thread that Alabama's system give you one point for every time you're not in the stadium by the time of kickoff. I'm not sure if there's an extra penalty for never showing up or not. Anyway, once you get to three points you can only buy a partial season ticket package the following year.
This sounds eminently reasonble to me, and would allow for a couple of missed games due to travel, illness, whatever. If you're missing more than two games, you shouldn't have bought season tickets in the first place.
One modification - which would certainly ticklet the cockles of Brandon's MOAR PROFIT heart - would be to impose a monetary penalty for folks that amass three strikes - you can buy full season tickets the following year, but it's going to cost you an extra $100 or something.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Fair or not||
As a non-Greek alum, I'm pretty confident in speaking for the group when I say that the distinction between Greek and non-Greek as it might apply to your friend would be totally lost on damn near everyone outside of your frat (or potentially a broader group of frats/sororities ... I'm not sure how that works.)
|45 weeks 3 days ago||This is a very fair point.||
This is a very fair point.
By my scoring, you still made a dumb assumption based on lack of careful reading above, and then I did the same damn thing.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||The athletic department is already in the black.||
The athletic department is already in the black. They have been for years. Why the fuck do we have to keep making more money? Repeat: they were already in the goddamn black.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Losing your grip||
I'm a bit of an outside observer about this little back-and-forth, but I'll point this out: you were doing a decent job of establishing the moral high ground and making a case against broad streotypes.
Then you fell back upon 'people who criticize sorority girls are probably just uggos who wish we'd have sex with 'em.'
So ... I'm thinking you've lost this particular argument, sweetie.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Jesus||
You poor, privileged soul. Pretty silly to assume that everyone who went to UM had it paid for by their parents. This dude, in particular talked about working while in school and being low on cash - seriously like three posts above yours - which would seem to indicate that he may not have been quite as lucky as you in the financial birth lottery.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Matt Trannon||
Despite being a top-25 basketball recruit and a top-50 football recruit*, Trannon was distinctly underwhelming in both sports. So if anything, he's a cautionary tale as to why one shouldn't play two sports.
* I only discovered this via Wikipedia, and was utterly amazed - I remembered him as a pretty terrible football player and a nearly anonymous basketball player. I also remember that, every year, Sparty was convinced they had an unstoppable matchup problem on their hands. Too bad he had hands of stone.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Hurdlin'||
On that last Justice Hayes run (about 5:30 into the Miller interview), Schofield was running about 15-20 yards downfield - ahead of Hayes - and picking up DBs. And he looked pretty damn smooth doing it. Taylor might be the best offensive lineman in the country, but I'd say we've got an All-B1G guy at the other end, too. Hell of an athlete, that guy
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmm||
Why doesn't this happen with bowl games or hockey?
Bowl games: are held at the beginning of January. It's cold, sure. It's also winter break.
Hockey: most people just don't care very much. Seriously, if peoplpe rioted after a Frozen Four loss, most bystanders would have to ask why they were rioting. (Note: it probably isn't always possible to get a clear answer from a rioter to the question, 'so, what's this riot about?'
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Great piece, Ace.||
Echoing other comments, this is excellent.
A quibble about the refereeing, though: yeah, that call on the block was atrocious, but there were others in UM's favor. There was also Gorgui's first block early on, which was definitely goaltending. But there's always missing points for both teams, as you say.
BUT one call changed the game: that bullshit where Burke flew past Hancock - and didn't even touch him - but because Hancock was playing for the contact all along he threw up an off-balance piece of grabage and the officials just assumed Burke must have hit him.
That's two point on thos foul shots; it might be balanced by other calls going the other way. But it was also 14 minutes without Burke, including the last few of the first half when Spike was starting to let the game get away from him.
Burke had 24 points 11 shots in 26 minutes. What would have happened in 14 more? Don't know.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Communist?||
No one calls someone a communist without irony any more, do they? If you weren't joking at all, I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter to see what else is going on in that noggin.
I don't like Thatcher a bit. I'm also just saying that I also don't agree with the sentiment that everyone who dies is automatically afforded posthumous respect.
It doesn't really do any good to celebrate her death, anyway. Depending on your point of view, it may have done some good if she'd died in office, but I can't see how it matters much one way or another now.
Also - mods: I'd suggest that, if you're going to allow threads like this (news re: political figures) to be posted as announcements, you immediately lock the comments. These are always, always going to become political.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Great post||
I was wondering how the hell to summarzie Thatcher in a way that would allow me to leave the house in the next hour. This pretty much nailed it - and it really doesn't include any editorializing at all. That quote accurately sums up her philosophy, whether one agrees with it or not.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Won't openly celebrate||
But I'm not going to pretend that I'm sorry for her passing. I'm not sure why you're is supposed to be reverent even when someone dies whom you don't respect at all while living.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Dudeness/White Goodman||
He's also obessed with fat people, which compounds his Magnus fixation (assuming he's right in claiming that Magnus is fat; I always just picture him as smiling Brandon Graham).
|50 weeks 3 days ago||In defense of ... shit, seriously?||
So despite all warnings to the contrary (because of them?) I went and watched that ESPN clip. Know what? Bayless actually comes across, in the main, as someone trying to remain professional in the face of personal attacks. Clearly a sign of the End Times. Also clearly a sign that, as smart as Richard Sherman appears to think he is, he damn sure wasn't smart enough to recognize the TV Troll game that Bayless is paid to play.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Walkin'||
While no one walks across the stage at the big graduation ceremony in the Big House (except for the PhDs, right?), aren't there smaller ceremonies for each department? That's how it worked for me - the History Dept. had a thing in Angell where we did indeed come up and walk across the stage.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Finley||
Yeah, but dude was so busy he didn't even have time to tweeze his eyebrows.
|1 year 1 week ago||This did not work for Joey||
This did not work for Joey Harrington.
|1 year 1 week ago||Don't look at me||
I've been preaching for a while now that the only thing that makes Denard look like Desmond is the megawatt smile. He does, however, bear a striking resemblence to (hypothetically) skinny Kenan Thompson. Clear as day.
Disclaimer: am white.
|1 year 1 week ago||A good defense||
My remaining point of disagreement is that the ability to stay calm and read defenses is, to some degree, innate. He was so quick to resort to scrambling, and so consistent in the ways in which he did so, that I think it's sort of inappropriate to assume that if he'd worked a bit harder at learning the offense he would've looked something like the prototypical WCQB. From what I recall, he did the same shit in high school, too.
In other words, Forcier to me is very much more early-vintage, gun-slangin' Brett Favre than Brady or Montana. He was fairly accurate, but I still don't think he ever showed any evidence that he could be calm and composed when protection broke down. At least in 2009, I didn't really see any examples of good defenses that he really excelled against, as I remember ND's outfit being pretty mediocre. What I remember is that his rollout move was quickly accounted for by well-coached defenses like Iowa's and Ohio's, and nigh completely shut down. I've already spent way too much time looking at old stats to try my hand at 2010, though, so I'll take your word for that. Finally, since it seems to be the consensus that Rodriguez's offense can make QBs look much more efficient than they would under a WCO system, this might skew results a bit.
The final point I'd make is that I don't think you're accounting for height nearly enough. Having watched Rex Grossman and then Denard over the past several years, I've come to believe that there's a damn good reason NFL GMs treasure QBs 6'4" and taller. It's much easier to look calm and composed when you don't have to nimbly duck between Land Yacht linemen or vacate the pocket entirely in order to see downfield. There are the exceptional cases, of course - see: Brees, Drew. But Montana was 6'2" in an era when linemen were, as you point out, not as tall as they are today, and Brady is obviously a pretty tall dude. Forcier's height would be a major mark against prototype status, IME. I might go with (Sexiest Man Alive) Grbac, of whom I have admittedly fuzzy memories as being accurate, and who had a career completion percentage of 62.5% according to Wikipedia.
|1 year 1 week ago||Standing by my original arguments||
1. Like I said, Forcier's accuracy may be something one could point to. But he threw a lot of picks. Hence the reference to the intended receiver catching the pass.
2. Forcier was relatively successful with his rollout schtick until he came up against better defenses, who proceeded to shut it down with relative ease. He absolutely did not have pocket presence - at the hint of a pass rush, he tended to immediately roll out to the side, rarely making the subtle moves that would allow him to keep his eyes downfield. Again, his preferred move to avoid the rush was to literally turn his back to the line as he rolled out. And the loaf of bread thing was not merely a pet peeve - he lost more than a few fumbles that way, IIRC even a couple of times on his own, without a defender having touched the ball.
3. Yeah, I guess nervousness, as an emotional state, is axiomatically subjective. The Denard comparison, though, is a slam-dunk straw man argument, since there is no suggestion at all that Denard would be Bill Walsh's pick over Tate. I actually implied this when I said that Seth must have picked Forcier as simply the most Walshian QB since Henne. Anyway, I still can't believe that someone could interpret Tate's play as exhibiting calmness in the face of duress, but hey, maybe I'm in the minority there.
Here's a sampling of stats against decent defenses in 2009 (note that the inclusion of Notre Dame and Illinois are rather generous.) To my mind, they don't demonstrate much Walshian mojo at all. Now you might say that, indeed, Forcier was but a freshman that year. Great - but that's the only real year we've got. So maybe the mythical, clear-headed and experienced Senior Forcier looks like Joe Montana - but that is a figment of the imagination and nothing more.
0 sacks; 1 fumble
25-42; 226 yards
2 sacks; 1 fumble
16-24; 188 yards
4 sacks; 3 fumbles
13-23; 257 yards
5 sacks; 1 fumble
13-30; 140 yards
8-19; 94 yards
2 sacks; 1 fumble
23-33; 240 yards
17-32; 223 yards
15 turnover-ish events (INTs + fumbles whether recovered or not) or 2.1/game
14 sacks; 2/game
56.6% completion rate
|1 year 1 week ago||Navarre||
At least until his senior year, Navarre regularly threw to Tacopants on medium-range passes over the middle of the field. Gave me heart palpitations every time. He also had the nearly inexplicable habit of throwing the ball directly into the turf about once a game. He was quite good as a senior, having minimized the ocurrence of these snafus, but let's not make him into something he's not.
|1 year 1 week ago||Not trying to add a log to the fire||
The rest was indeed very good. Also, I realize now that the little burst of pissiness by those who carefully measure the amount of humor deployed on their favorite sports blog seems to have pervaded the comments to some degree. I don't care about that, I think the overall style of the blog is great, and this is just as well-written and informative as most of the things Seth writes. (I'm kind of with people in terms of ignoring 'Dear Diary,' but that's because of it's inherent nature as 'second-tier of the blog digest', which may be something of a flawed concept.)
|1 year 1 week ago||I'mma let you finish ...||
Well, I'mma let me finish, but I just couldn't do it until I gave written expression to the wave of incredulity that washed over me when I read this:
"Walsh's Favorite Wolverine: Tom Brady, obviously. Tate Forcier."
This is not me being a smartass: I'm honestly not sure if you're being funny here. You might be able to argue with a straight face that Forcier was accurate, though Walsh's emphasis on "passes being caught ... by your intended receiver" would seem to put the lie to that. But something ol' Tater resolutely did not possess was the ability to "handle progressions and broken plays with grace as opposed to a sense of urgency", still less to escape from pressure in a manner that "seems calm, not rushed." Unless you think turning your back to the play and wheeling around 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage with the ball hanging out to the side like the proverbial loaf of bread was just a particularly idiosyncratic way to display calmness.
Again, maybe you were trying to be funny. Regardless, I'm confident that the rest of the piece is quite good. But unless you're saying that Forcier was the best West Coast prototype, like, since Chad Henne, I think you've been watching way, way too much of the spring practice 2009 "Weapon of Choice" hype video lately.
EDIT: Just returned to reading and saw this one: "Doesn't make you nervous." I'm now about 70% certain I just missed the joke.
|1 year 1 week ago||Nice work, one quibble||
Overall, this is a very interesting comparison. I do think you probably err on the side of optimism with regard to the future prospects of Michigan's recruits, but I suppose that's understandable.
One thing that really jumped out, though, was this on Poggi: "Worst case scenario ... Poggi is Ryan Van Bergen." I dig the enthusiasm, but saying that the floor for a high school kid iwho hasn't proven anything s honorable mention All-B1G and a team leader ... seems a bit breathlessly excited.
Pause, think of illustrious names such as - I don't know, Gabe Watson? - and realize that both the floor and the ceiling are subjects of complete conjecture at this point for all 18 year old kids. Also, show RVB some respect for a very good Michigan career.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||That's fine - I'm not saying||
That's fine - I'm not saying that Ojemudia has all-conference written all over him for next year or anything like that. I just think it's silly to pull 'Ojemudia is at least 1.5 years from contributing' out of one's ass as though it's some kind of expert prognostication.
I would still say that, on balance, the production he had as a freshman outweighs his inability to push his way into the starting lineup in terms of factors predicting future success. One would expect a freshman playing an entirely new position might have some trouble with consistency and knowing the defense, and hopefully that will be corrected. On the other hand, having the innate athleticism to make those plays is something that can't be taught. Still, like you say, time will tell.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||What's the basis here?||
Very confident assertion regarding Ojemudia - what the hell is it based on? Kid saw the field as a freshman and flashed the ability to make plays in that time. Are you basing your prediction on his recruiting rankings and high school scouting rather than what he's done on the field at Michigan?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Look||
Maybe you're mostly responding to Butterfield, but if you look at my post I am in no way outraged by what Dawson said, either initially or in his backtracking statements thereafter.
I'm not saying he's a born liar, or that he'll never be able to stand as a true Michigan Man or any of that bulllshit. I'm just putting the fact that he's making up some bullshit about what his quote meant in the same category as the initial comments - he's just a kid, he talks without thinking, and that's all.
If anything, I just felt like I was taking crazy pills because so many people on the board were acting like this completely cleared things up and he was obviously just misunderstood. I was never outraged at all by Dawson, just flabbergasted that so many people bought what he was selling in the explanatory comments.
But once again, because people are very, very quick to jump on their high horse on this one: I really don't give a shit about any of his comments, and don't think they reflect on his character in a signficant way at all.
Addendum: In explaining this fiasco to my wife (she's a patient woman), I re-read the entire apology and was struck by how bad the kid felt. He probably fibbed about his real meaning in part because so many people were jumping down his throat, and because he felt genuinely sorry about it. So I should say that, on balance, the whole affair reflects well on his character, rather than not at all.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||First of all, let me express||
First of all, let me express my agreement with the notion that Dawson is 17 years old and it doesn't really matter too much what he says about Ohio State. If he's still talking about being a Buckeye fan in a year or two, I'll be a bit concerned. Kids will be kids, indoctrination runs deep in the Worst State Ever, etc., etc. No big deal.
But is no one else going to say anything about the fact that his explanation is completely full of shit? Did I miss an intermediary clarification that the quote attributed to him was inaccurate? Dawson talks about being a Buckeye fan until he dies, and specifically references playing Ohio State, so there's no chance in hell that what he really meant was that he loves the State of Ohio.
I like the sentiments about Coach Hoke and becoming a Michigan Man. But it's another example of being 17 and not knowing when to stop talking that he tries to completely explain away his comments as a misinterpretation.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I think it's possible that||
I think it's possible that the coaches are just pretty adamant about redshirting offensive linemen, but maybe we're as little star struck by Kalis. Totally agree with regard to Gallon, though - apparently no one will give him credit for his ability as a downfield threat until he grows four inches.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Hayes is six feet talk, no?||
Hayes is six feet talk, no? There was also talk of him moving to the slot at one point - he's a very good receiver. So if he can block, he'd make a lot of sense as a third down back.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Slap?||
Why is everyone talking about a slap? What I saw was a really hard elbow to the side of the head, which is far more dangerous. Seeing how Robinson's head jerked sideways on impact, I was surprised he wasn't knocked out. If fouls like that aren't flagrant - where the safety of the player is at issue - what's the fucking point of the rule?