|18 hours 7 min ago||Thanks for the Apple note --||
Thanks for the Apple note -- we just missed that one.
I'm not ready to go there with Grant. From watching him play throughout his career, I think he's got the talent to be great, but there are a lot of Big Ten cornerbacks, including our Jourdan Lewis, whom I think have developed much further at this point. CB is one of the spots I'm most likely to trust my judgement, since the former players I speak to are mostly old cornerbacks.
You'll have to forgive me if I don't want to do a comparative study of Cam Johnson to determine if he gets a star or not. I gave one to MSU's Sadler, but that dude's by consensus better than half the guys in the NFL right now. I don't think Ohio State's punting will matter much.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Taking suggestions for new||
Taking suggestions for new names.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Politics stops here.||
Politics stops here.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I've mentioned it before, but||
I've mentioned it before, but if you're not fishing for St. Clair smallies you haven't fished Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||You can't really point at||
You can't really point at David Terrell--one of the top overall high school prospects in his year--and say "wow look how much Lloyd did with so little." What David's NFL vs college careers suggest is that college players weren't able to exploit Terrell's weakness (because every guy has one) but NFL players were, therefore his strengths were able to really shine in college but not so much in the pros.
A metaphor: say a player is a medieval castle. This is a 5-star castle so it's got an impregnable moat around 3/4 sides and front is covered by two massive towers and a big oak door. So long as you're going against coastal raiders, they won't be able to break down that door unless they hack at it for an hour under a hail of your fire, so you can just keep picking them off from the towers all day long and then maybe have to do some bloody work against those who hacked their way in. Against such competition, your castle dominates. But later on this same castle gets attacked by Richard the Lionheart and his well-organized, hand-picked Plantagenet army, and those batards have themselves a battering ram that'll take your door down in one slam. Your towers and your moat are now rendered moot because the enemy will attack you at your weakest point: the door. This castle will thus have a huge disparity in production depending on whether it's facing the Raiders or the Lions.
Chris Perry was a huge recruit too and so was Walker. Braylon Edwards wasn't, but you saw his amazing athleticism. I think it's reasonable to assume that all of those guys would have had a similar measure of success wherever they went, with the caveat that nobody else had Tom Brady/Drew Henson to throw to them. Justin Fargas was in the same class as Walker and Terrell, had the talent to carve out a better pro career than A-Train, and Lloyd got mostly that Northwestern game out of him because Michigan didn't know what else to do but run him off the edge.
I honestly believe Carr had as good of athletes as anybody in college football at the time. Maybe FSU in the '90s, Miami at the turn of the century, and USC in the mid-aughts had better, but find me a program that was as strong as Michigan from 1996 to 2007 in pure talent? We compared favorably to Oklahoma and Nebraska and Florida and Ohio State and Penn State. The 1999 and 2000 and 2003 and 2006 teams were as talented as any roster in college football those years. Carr's staff recruited them well and generally developed them well, and that's what made him a great coach. He didn't particularly deploy them any better than an average coach, largely because his coordinators weren't the kind of strategic battlemasters who do that sort of thing. The castle had a lot of parts, and this article wasn't meant to assess the whole so much as talk about that door.
|1 week 1 day ago||"[Name of superstar] gets||
"[Name of superstar] gets negged" is the basis of everything I'm saying. Yes, great players have bad plays. But I bet you all the mgopoints that Ray Lewis would come out with a monster number of pluses, Suh would break Mike Martin's BEAST MODE record, and Tom Brady would have more "DO" passes than anyone since the UFR system settled into a standard. Play-by-play scoring won't say such-and-such superstar is perfect; it will say "wow, this guy is appreciably better than everybody else." If Peyton Manning comes out of a game with one bad read, three IN's and more CA and DO throws than anyone in UFR history, that is the strongest case you could make for why a few imperfections don't mar a body of work.
UFRs have diagnosed good and bad players in the past. They have been more predictive than things like tackles (I didn't even say tackle numbers are what I use to assess). No, I wouldn't use it as the be-all/end-all. I would trust it more than base stats, and more than the people who vote for players of the week in the Big Ten, because they've missed things that people who take a closer, objective-as-possible look have noticed a lot. Like the fact Mike Hull turned himself from a good coverage linebacker into a seek-and-destroy missile who's still a good coverage linebacker, and that has made Penn State's run defense perhaps the best in the country.
The thing is Ryan's only looked anything star-like this year in the last couple of games, which were against HORRIBLE offenses, not just bad ones. Specicially, the Indiana game made reading as easy as it's ever been, and we saw a performance likenable to the Ryan of old, since he was doing all the stuff in his wheelhouse.
I've been watching him carefully live because I'm looking for that progression. I think there is a great MLB in there, but I also think it's really hard to become one in a single offseason. I promise you, I'll use my best judgment and if I think Ryan is becoming the kind of player Maryland has to scheme around, he'll get the distinction. As of this moment, agree to disagree on whether he's there now.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great coaches all have||
Great coaches all have flaws--they mitigate them with their strengths. Lloyd Carr was a great coach. He had some great assistants whom he promoted until they weren't that anymore because he never recognized this flaw in himself.
NO coach is great in all aspects. The best coach who ever lived won despite some flaws he never got rid of, and covered others up with good help or dumb-ass luck or, as is often the case, lucking into good help.
We should discuss those flaws because they're viable criticisms, and in this case it was a flaw that continues to affect Michigan. The same thing I've been arguing with Magnus and Reader71 this thread applies to you too: don't read criticism of one aspect of Carr's career as a net negative assessment of Carr's career. He was a great coach at Michigan, and we should feel damn lucky and proud we had him.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not bashing him by saying||
I'm not bashing him by saying he's not a star since his move to MLB. I'm relaying my sense from watching every play this year at least twice, and being the guy who has to copy edit (and therefore read closely) every goddamn word in the UFRs.
I trust what I see and what that's saying, which for most of the season was that Ryan was still awesome once he diagnosed the play, but he misses chucks, gets out of his coverage often, and has a handful of plays per game when he's reading and gets blocked when he had somewhere to attack.
That's not bashing him. Middle linebacker is REALLY hard to do. Neither do I advocate replacing Jake, since that means drawing Gedeon into the lineup (since Ross seems solid now at both SAM and base nickel). Ryan had a great game against Indiana, but I didn't respect Indiana's passing game at all, and felt their obvious run bias made things as easy as they've ever been on Jake since the switch. That was the information I had when I made the last FFFF graphic prior to the NW'ern game. I'm reserving judgment until the UFR comes out and I do my second-watch.* Even then, I can only go so far because this was another bad offense we played. The only good one we played was MSU and they picked on Ryan.
I get kinda upset at this accusation because my bias is to give him the star, and I'm fighting that bias with what my eyese and my limited knowledge tell me. I was early to jump on the Ryan bandwagon. And I'm a fan of MLBs. For a year in college I had Larry Foote (and the scores of that year's games) as my wallpaper. David Harris was the first guy I proudly knew was good from my own observations (that was before I even read MGoBlog). Well, him and Manning and Reid. In these pages I've been effusive of Te'o, and Bullough, and Hull. Those are great MLBs, and when I compare the plays they make to the plays Ryan makes I have to honestly assess the difference that I observe, however much I want it to be otherwise. Ryan was a great SAM--better than Vic Hobson (don't kick my ass Vic), maybe in the LaVarr Arrington conversation. I won't say he's a great MLB until my eyes tell me so.
Frank Clark on the other hand was obviously blowing shit up. Obviously that's moot now since he doesn't play for Michigan anymore.
*Which I've been saving for when my buddy's in town later this week because he didn't see it and only knows people in the South were laughing about it and it's called the "M00N' game. If I'm gonna watch it again, I need a fresh face so I can capture the expressions that were probably on mine.
|1 week 2 days ago||There's a series I'd like to||
There's a series I'd like to write in the future: what happened to Michigan greats in the pros and why?
I think a lot of those are just the difference between the speed of defenders in the NFL vs college football. Edwards and Terrell and Walker were all kind of big leapy dudes, not dissimillar from the type Michigan was recruiting under Borges. Terrell had his own issues besides, but both he and Braylon were not used to defenders who could rise with them.
It's the Amara Darboh effect. He just can't get the kind of separation from better corners to make him a big threat. When facing guys who just don't have the athleticism to stay a step ahead, those big dudes are unstoppable weapons because you can't shove them off a route.
With the RBs, again you have dudes who whose flaws were just okay enough that their awesome parts could really shine, and once they got to the NFL those flaws were too exploitable. Mike Hart was small and didn't have great top speed, but against college defenses he was big enough and fast enough that his spectacular vision and technique in blocking made up for his deficiencies. Those deficiencies were exposed the second he had to pick up Ray Lewis.
A-Train and Perry were a similar type of player to Ron Dayne. They also both will admit they played hurt for most of their NFL careers. Anyway A-Train could push a 3-yard run into 5 yards by being a train, and Perry had just enough balance to break through college lines. In the NFL that became 3-yard runs and getting tripped up after 1 yard on draws. Wheatley and Biakabutuka before them had okay NFL careers, but neither tore up the league because of the same thing: big dudes who run high get chopped down too fast unless they're Adrian Peterson/Lawrence Maroney accelerators.
On Lloyd: Who's saying "eh, okay?" I started off with a whole paragraph about how he's great so I could discuss his flaw in detail. There's some dudes in this thread who treat all criticism as insult (and then either get offended or offensive depending on which faction they're in). You're egging them on.
|1 week 2 days ago||He was a grad assistant. I||
He was a grad assistant. I didn't include them because those guys come and go and it's hard to attach them to any one job unless you really knew the inner workings of that year. Technically I probably could do that from about 1998 to present with people I know from those teams, but it would be a lot of work for little effect.
|1 week 2 days ago||Because everything's not||
Because everything's not black and white, man. What's wrong with saying Lloyd was a great coach who had this flaw, then discussing how that flaw continues to have an affect on Michigan today?
Every article about Carr need not be either "he was the bestest!" or "he sucked boo!" The best coaches only find ways to cover their flaws; they all have them.
The discourse around Michigan's program has been poisoned by just this kind of party hackery: LLOYD'S BOYS vs RICHRODIGANS or whatever you wanna call them. Well fuck factionalism. The point of arguing anything is to reach a consensus, which will necessarily involve whatever praise is due and whatever criticism is due.
You sound like one of the hacks.
|1 week 2 days ago||He'd only be mediocre if he||
He'd only be mediocre if he coached a mediocre offense.
I think I just responded below with the same analogy, but it's like how i was ALL ABOUT Jake Ryan as a SAM, but when they made him an MLB I took his star away because he wasn't an awesome Mike and people got pissed at me.
Jerry Hanlon was an excellent OL coach and general assistant. Brady Hoke was an excellent DL coach and general assistant. Neither showed in that time they could be great at more CEO-type positions.
One of the best coaches in all of college football is Larry Johnson Sr. He is an excellent recruiter. He made PSU's defensive lines great for a generation and just built OSU's into a dominant unit. He has resisted every attempt to make him more than a DL coach because he knows he's awesome at that, and isn't the kind of organizer you need to be to run a program or a unit. I think Lloyd had some guys who weren't LJS but were close enough to produce some excellent units, but Carr promoted them beyond their capacity, and that's what this article delves into.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think a good staff has a||
I think a good staff has a balance. Carr had some excellent assistants, some of whom were in those roles for Bo and Mo, but promoted them to beyond their capacities, thus making them mediocre. It's like having a lot of Jake Ryans and making them middle linebackers.
I don't think every position coach should be a rising star. You should have a good mix of excellent position coaches--if they want to be promoted beyond that you let them do it elsewhere--and up-and-comers you steal from lesser programs and ride on their way to greater things. We had a lot of the former, and way too few of the latter except at DB (which is what Carr knew best).
|1 week 4 days ago||I had to do it||
fixed the spelling, and then while i was in there I put a youtube.
|1 week 4 days ago||I had to do it||
fixed the spelling, and then while i was in there I put a youtube.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not the only school this||
Not the only school this happens at. FSU seems to have been particularly bad of late, but I don't know if they're just under the microscope because of Winston.
Similar thing happened at MSU--cops were supposed to be cool, then couldn't take it anymore--and that set off the chain of events that led to Smoker's dismissal.
MSU isn't the only school in the Big Ten where that happens.
|1 week 6 days ago||Coasting means everything is||
Coasting means everything is going smoothly.
|1 week 6 days ago||This guy||
And Les would be the OL coach under Herman. After Harbaugh retains Hoke as DL coach and Mattison at LBs and Lloyd Carr comes back to coach the secondary, they'll pry Dantonio out of East Lansing to be DC. Urban Meyer will be OC; if he doesn't take the job then we offer it to Mullen.
All of that could happen. And Braxton Miller STILL isn't coming here.
|1 week 6 days ago||You can lose money off of||
You can lose money off of college basketball players too.
Not just this post; the spammers saw our numbers rocket upwards during the Brandon events and have been hitting us hard.
|1 week 6 days ago||Joe got the week off because||
Joe got the week off because no football game this week. But we're talking about making that a more regular series. I miss it too. I mean to make the caveman steaks next week.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Wheelan quote pretty much||
The Wheelan quote pretty much says it. UNC will fix it and the NCAA will issue something silly like games that happened didn't happen or whatever.
|1 week 6 days ago||They play Saturday. Wanted to||
They play Saturday. Wanted to get in the more fun league even though M's not in it.
|1 week 6 days ago||93-47 dick.||
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Larry Foote's Comments About Michigan Football||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We were talking about 2012.||
We were talking about 2012. At Minnesota after the Bellomy game. You're talking about "Fritz"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He's only telling you about||
He's only telling you about the 2nd half. There was a first half that was mostly "oh crap we're gonna lose to Minnesota oh crap we're gonna lose to Minnesota" and that might have been the case until Minnesota left Dileo all alone and Gardner did his Benny Hill thing then actually found the open guy (!!!!)
Mr. Burns photo ensued then Michigan won handily. But until that point...man.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Google Alerts only covers||
Google Alerts only covers stuff that's posted.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Right decision. Once in||
Right decision. Once in awhile if there's a REALLY good response in the thread we're losing, I'll transpose it. That means putting it in, changing the name of the poster, and copying over the timestamp.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It was not a knee-jerk||
It was not a knee-jerk reaction. We were getting almost daily posts from him, then people see the thread posted about what Henson said, and say they heard it on MGoBlog that... and I had to make a call. Before doing so, I tried to have a conversation with him on Twitter (and BiSB chimed in as well), and it was that conversation, where Henson demonstrated he clearly didn't know the first thing about credibility and sourcing, that made the decision easy.
The problem with Henson is he posts EVERYTHING his sources tell him, with no context or filter except what Henson wants to happen. It's also who the sources are. Around Michigan there are sources, and then there's the low-hanging fruit: some former players with strong opinions, a couple of big donors, and then some HS coaches around the Midwest whose players get recruited and hear "things." I personally don't spend a lot of time cultivating sources--most who want their thing known email Brian not me--so I have a fair sense of the people who REALLY want to share something, because I end up CC'ed on the thing to Brian that Brian doesn't post. A lot of what Henson's posting is stuff that we don't put up because we can tell rigth off that it has no good basis.
The guy is a rumormongerer, as designed to promote himself via threads on message boards as Drew Sharp is. We're not gonna play along.
I didn't use the insta-ban rule like I did for Ace Williams posting. People are welcome to throw Henson's crap into threads, e.g. the one about Foote's comments. But no threads just for Henson rumors, because Henson rumors are a dime a dozen and don't meet any reasonable standard of credibility.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Just gonna put this here.||
Just gonna put this here. Even the tagger is making statements:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And "D" for the dunces who||
And "D" for the dunces who believe it!
I wish I could have met Doc Losh. It's weird to think before Title IX there just were precious few women around the athletic department at all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It Seems Larry Hasn't Read Gregg Henson's Latest||
nor should you.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I have a HUGE appreciation||
I have a HUGE appreciation for veterans; they fought in wars so I wouldn't have to. They put their lives at stake to accomplish things that the country at large wants done, whether it's economic or humanitarian or the future of Democracy (they don't get to pick). What more selfless act could somebody do? What good is a better country if they're not alive for it?
I don't get what a "Freedom Trophy" has to do with it, and why criticizing the use of the American flag for something that is extremely tangential to America would have anything to do with appreciation for veterans.
I do think the people who made the trophy don't see what's wrong with arbitrarily slapping universal values on a piece of hardware. The American flag is a symbol of the concept of our United States: that we can take a bunch of sovereign states and unify them for common purpose, and by the colors show that each level will be controlled by democratic rule. They aren't using the flag to represent this; they're using it because everyone likes the flag. Similarly, Freedom is the concept of self-governance, that individuals and groups should be able to make decisions about their lives, and their liberty to so may extend indefinitely except where it might infringe on another person's rights or threaten the integrity of our society. Again, the only part of all of that which is represented in the trophy is the fact that we all like it.
They would create as much meaning if they used ice cream. And it's a denigration to both the flag and the concept of freedom to use them so, because it's suggestive that the actual meaning of those things is irrelevant, i.e. that the important thing about freedom and America is their popularity.
I have the same problem with it as I have with coercing Nick Saban into mumbling some words about "Protecting our Freedom" in that NCAA commercial, for no other reason than the NCAA marketing people know that appearing patriotic is good for business. Feigning appreciation of veterans doesn't increase appreciation for veterans; it scares people into pretending to appreciate veterans, which is not at all the same thing.
That thing, if you can't tell, infuriated me, because Saban was the perfect guy to have a frank conversation about why everyone SHOULD be appreciative of vets, but instead they had him repeat the jingoist lines that make everyone feel they MUST be appreciative of vets. Saban was playing at Kent State when other kids from his hometown who didn't get into college were being sent to the Vietnam War. He and his fellow players were strongly against the war, and attended anti-Vietnam protests on campus. Nick and a teammate decided to eat lunch first before planning to go to one of them, and that's how he narrowly avoided being present when those students were shot.
Why should we care what Nick Saban has to say about vets? Because he was of an age to be drafted into a war the last time there was a draft, but because he was in college, and married, and given an assistant's job when he graduated, SOMEBODY ELSE got drafted in his stead. And his appreciation for how awful war is was such a part of him that he risked his football career in political activism for the cause of stopping an unnecessary war.
Saban's success as a football coach makes him somebody NCAA fans will listen to on non-NCAA topics, even though we really shouldn't because one doesn't have much to do with the other. Fine, whatever. But if they're going to have him talk, there's a strong, convincing argument he can make that won't resonate with those who say "Support our Troops because Support our troops," but will resonate very strongly with those who think "Why is 'appreciate the vets' any different than 'support our troops?'" The dumb people have fallen in line already, and speaking to them is nothing but cynical marketing. The smart people take convincing, and Saban has a convincing argument he wasn't allowed to share because it wasn't as good for marketing.
Likewise, nothing's gained for freedom or the USA by the Nebraska-Wisconsin trophy. All it does is try to capitalize on sentiments that everybody already has, and which Nebraska-Wisconsin can take zero credit for.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Actually sequels and||
Actually sequels and formulaic music are prime examples of entertainment demand. People go see sequels because they liked the original, and are expecting the second move to give them more of the thing they already know they like. They get their music from the same bands putting out albums with the same sound because the fan brain has already okay'ed it.
Truly there is lots of good stuff out there that isn't created by a major label or major motion picture studio. But if it doesn't have access to the mass market engines people won't bother to try it. Michael Bay gets to keep putting out big budget splosion movies because the studios will promote the shit out of those movies, and people are willing to trust that a big budget flick with all that marketing had to pass a threshold of entertainment quality in order to be worthy of all that money.
The exception to the rule are the uberfans, the fetishizers. Instead of thinking "this entertainment is popular, therefore I will probably like it," they are picking out a certain quality that they personally adore, and don't really expect anyone else to care.
Cult films come from the same place that college fandom does. Rocky Horror Picture Show is a great example. The acting is terrible, the plot difficult to follow, and the cross-dressing theme is certainly not for all audiences. But the film has a cult following that grows every year because of traditions that have sprung up around it, specifically the annual interactive Ann Arbor Halloween showing. I'm a pretty mainstream dude (sports fans usually are, says the marketing information) but I got dragged once to the Rocky Horror thing once and was just enthralled by the sheer weirdness. It's not my particular type of weirdness, but it did make me reconsider my Michigan fandom as its own kind of weirdness, and helped me grow an appreciation for things that are special as oppposed to generally strong in calculated entertainment principles.
I have to be close to my self-imposed weekly Infinite Jest reference limit already, but if you've read that book it has a lot in there about generally pleasing versus personally pleasing. Generally pleasing is taken to extremes: "The Entertainment" which is so universally pleasing that people who view it go insane. "The Prettiest Girl of All Time" has to hide her face as a disfigurement to be treated as a normal person. And drugs, of course, are there constantly to remind you of the consequences of the real-life extremity of manufactured happiness. The successful people in IJ are those who go all-in on something weird. The best tennis player is the kid who has little but love for tennis. Hal's father created a successful tennis academy and The Entertainment itself out of passion for tennis and flimmaking. The Wheelchair Assassins are the most successful group of all, and sacrifice their legs first. Hal, by nature of his fungally induced inability to feel emotions, is a blank slate, while his brothers are two extremes: the popularly adored Orin of popular NFL fame who is going to help the Wheelchair Assassins destroy the world, and Mario, who is physically grotesque yet 100% sincere and beloved by the small circle of people who know him at Enfield. DFW's lesson is severe: entertainment that YOU like is great; entertainment that PEOPLE like is dangerous.
I won't go that far, but I will happily apply this dichotomy to college football vs NFL, and fetish cultures versus mass entertaiment in general.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Coincidentally, the very||
Coincidentally, the very class you were in was noted in the Carty article that precipitated the Harbaugh quote.
Wanna add that Ablauf is THE BEST. If you need to reschedule the integrity in sports speech you could do far worse than him. He's the guy who walked me through all the Title IX numbers when I found discrepencies between how various schools do their accounting. He didn't say a thing about other schools, but knew Michigan's accounting of their participation numbers and public financial records so well that I was able to understand what was what and figure out how, e.g., MSU could claim their women's basketball team generated more than most football teams.*
A thing about journalism is the stories you don't write are as important to establishing your integrity as those you do. Ablauf helped me avoid making a critical error in reporting at a time when I was convinced I had something I actually didn't. I binned my "most schools are overtly violating Title IX" article because once I understood the numbers I understood that wasn't true.
* Donations toward the basketball arena if you're wondering.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Actually i have a pair of||
Actually i have a pair of tickets to the Maryland game to give away, so I may run a basketball one this week.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Insta-ban.||
No, no, and fuck no.
My Penn State odyssey indeed sucked nearly as much as that effin' game but we also had a tailgate with the PSU bloggers that day which I had to track back to from the opposite side of the erector set, and once I got there I had to down a couple of shots because WHY DO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS, while Brian and his friends launched directly from the Michigan section (ie correct side of the building).
For the record, Brian's friend parked right by the hospital (northeast) and I'd walked up that northwest road before calling them to say "just go; I'll catch a ride with the photographers." Campus is one way, but every other direction from Beaver Stadium is complete fucking wilderness.
In conclusion the Jerry thing dies NOW.
And no Brian, you are not getting a Hokepoints analyzing which game was worse between M00N and Penn State-Indiana. In fact I think I will write one tomorrow on the very subject you wanted to to write when you started the blog, but were always too pissed off about it to do so...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I updated it last night||
I thought the banana ought to high-five Frank Clark instead of just flying off screen.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Brian Cook Alex Cook Everett||
Everett Gholston Puppett Cook
Brian Cook (NTBC)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I didn't expect you to get||
I didn't expect you to get moderated. If you're generating the Hokey quotes naturally you need to find a generator. Or become one.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Because Carr was loyal to||
Thanks for the Hokepoints idea. I'll expand in a future week.
The answer is because Carr was way too loyal to mediocre assistants, and that prevented him from doing the kind of rising star shopping to fill his ranks that coaching trees are made from.
Here's the tables from the future article:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Won't know until Wayne Cty is||
Won't know until Wayne Cty is in.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||An interesting side note is||
An interesting side note is to wonder what would become of the career of Lloyd Carr? Passed over as Michigan head coach and unlikely to see Moeller leaving anytime soon, Carr has to become a hot candidate for the coaching jobs that open up. Figuring he'd go to a place where his ties matter (ie not West Coast or SEC), possible destinations were:
1997: Illionis (Ron Turner), Purdue (Joe Tiller), Indiana (Cam Cameron), Minnesota (Glen Mason) and Kansas (just lost Glen Mason). Also Maryland (Ron Vanderlinden) and UNC replaced Mack Brown (Carl Torbush).
1998: Nothing really. Osborne gave Nebraska to a handpicked successor. I imagine however after a national championship defense that Bo's other top assistant would now be among the hottest candidates out there.
1999: Northwestern (Randy Walker) MSU (Bobby Williams), and Iowa but again Ferentz was Fry's chosen one. Oklahoma hired Florida DC Bob Stoops; I imagine he and Carr would have had similar resumes at that point, with Stoops younger and with more recent ties to the Midwest from his KSU days.
2000: Seriously not a lot opens up. At this point Carr is 55, and longevity starts to seem like an issue.
2001: His alma mater Missou opens up (they got Pinkel, who was a lot younger). Ohio State.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That rumor with Les is so||
That rumor with Les is so baseless and yet so persistent, probably because Les just missed becoming Michigan's coach one time. Via a guy who talks to Carr a lot, this one is pure fiction.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||He dominated his level, and||
He dominated his level, and did so in the heart of the PSU/OSU recruiting territory, shooing off lots of DI programs for talent he wanted (thanks to lots of extra benefits that PSU couldn't match but that wasn't ever a problem for OSU).
I wasn't laughing at the time. YSU was a power that I wouldn't have wanted Michigan to face.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rumor...||
Sources close to the situation are telling me that Harbaugh to Michigan is REALLY not a sure thing.
The situation I speak of, of course, is the mess that wasn't entirely contained just now by my daughter's diaper.
And the sources are me talking to myself and my interpretation of the hand gestures just made by the peek-a-boo bear.
But a rumor is a rumor so there must be some truth to it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Google docs will give you||
Google docs will give you embed code if you go to publish on the web
|3 weeks 2 days ago||wud||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Ahem...right...so what I||
Ahem...right...so what I meant was after I go vote/harass some peasants.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interims who made it 1 year||
Interims who made it 1 year (e.g. Fickell at OSU) counted because they technically had their opportunities to win the job permanently.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Again we're in gray realm:||
Again we're in gray realm: Pitt was a bigger program (ie could afford to pay more) than UConn. Certainly the Big East was slipping over the course of the aughts, but I wouldn't expect Colorado to have such significant advantages over Pittsburgh that it could regularly raid its coaches, while there's enough disparity between UConn and Colorado that we'd consider any successful guy at UConn a candidate for most jobs that pop up.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm plussing things like this||
I'm plussing things like this because I plan to change a few of these en masse this afternoon (after I go vote).
So far given the large samples of wins and losses in the study I don't think the conclusions will change.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Actually that has now been||
Actually that has now been added to the article. Again, you'll have to just wonder whether I am inside your head or just really fast at generating research papers.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Gregg Henson's Source Says Gravity May Not Exist||
Or something--whatever; Henson's source is the same former player who talks to everybody and knows diddly doo.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm trying to avoid hindsight||
I'm trying to avoid hindsight with these. There was nothing major about Bielema succeeding Alvarez, and from a guy who knows Alvarez, the grooming and hand-picking is a bit overstated.
Les at Okie State I put as Strong because he was on a lot of radars despite not having the resume of most other "Strong" hires. He was big enough that Gundy (the next candidate for them) agreed to be his OC. I dunno--this is another gray one.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That was one I was on the||
That was one I was on the fence about. He was unemployed but also a hot coaching name in a lot of searches. I could reclassify as "average" if you can find me a weaker "STRONG" hire. The strongest of the "AVERAGE" hires was RR when he was a hot coordinator.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||you have your answer||
you have your answer now.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Game Review||
Belongs in snowflakes thread, not a diary.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||David Foster Wallace. From||
David Foster Wallace. From Infinite Jest:
"That evil people never believe they are evil, but rather that everyone else is evil."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you. Fixed.||
Thank you. Fixed.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What do you mean? Views for||
What do you mean? Views for this article are blowing up today. I'm sure that has nothing to do with what it's sharing the front page with.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Let the man have his||
Let the man have his opinion.
You do realize how much Dave Brandon did for Elliott and his family, right? He's got a good reason to be biased.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||So now you're onto ad hominem||
So now you're onto ad hominem and argument from ignorance. You've been thoroughly answered and presented with consensus statements that don't dispute your primary thesis (that Rodriguez sucked at coordinator hiring and therefore had to go).
I think we're all done here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||By the way I think you can||
By the way I think you can make your argument without getting accusatory and defensive. The consensus on Rich Rodriguez, then and now, was that he deserved to be fired because he made awful hires for defensive coordinator.
The question remained why was he such a failure at Michigan, because that is most relevant to Michigan right now. We aren't hiring Rodriguez back, but we are VERY interested in not making the same mistakes over again.
It does seem that Rodriguez had a hole in his ability in that he couldn't manage a defense well enough even to pick the right coach for it, and he apparently lucked out by having Casteel fall into his circle at West Virginia. It's well to remember that the "Keep Rodriguez" plan circia 1/1/2011 was absolutely to get him Casteel, and give the pair one year to turn it around, but that would have been a year of recruiting with a noose around their necks and a team that had apparently given up on him by the bowl game. So if you're asking me do I still think it was the right move to fire RR at that time: yes. He should have been gone after the Ohio State game.
I think we should recognize that EVERY candidate we could hire has some things he's bad at. Unfortunately for Michigan, RR's was apparently revealed only here, and only when it was too late.
I also think Michigan probably would have been better off had we kept Rodriguez, but that's less of a positive for RR and mostly a damning statement about how bad Hoke was.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||From Three and||
From Three and Out:
That comes from Rodriguez and RR's director of football ops, Mike Parrish.
Madej: I'm searching for the board post now. He brought it up to me and a group of people on a tour of Schembechler after the remodel.
Martin: An interview after 3&O came out asking him about whether various things were true. He said they had Casteel, and for the same contract assistants always got, but then he was flipped by more money. Martin appears to have his facts not entirely straight since $10k probably wasn't as big of a deal as the surety.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You make a good||
You make a good circumstantial case, but this was no myth; it's the story both Rodriguez and Casteel told, respectively, to John U. Bacon and Bruce Madej, and if I could find it I'm pretty sure Martin corroborated it. There was still a sense in 2008 of fighting the good fight to tamp down escalating coaching salaries, and Michigan was certainly capable at that time of the hypocrisy you described above, where they'd pay millions for Rodriguez but not another $50,000 a year for one of his assistants.
With coaching changes you have to leave room for an extraordinary amount of people not acting in a manner you would identify as rational, or perhaps sane. Only in the afermath can some of the ridiculous stuff get sorted out, if it ever can.
Shit happens quickly and with a level of informality that is terrifying to those of us who feel so much is at stake. Casteel wasn't going to uproot at that time unless Michigan offered him a substantial raise, and they wouldn't, and Rich Rod tried to convince him to come anyway and Casteel said no he'd rather not, and people got on a plane.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||We were at 700 S. State for||
We were at 700 S. State for my whole time. I made room 7 into 007.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||The friend is Mike Pettigano.||
The friend is Mike Pettigano. He used to be the Brian Cook for Penn State, now he works for a newspaper that covers Central New Jersey, so he always has stuff for me about Peppers from their sports desk.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||New Jersey Catholic Schools||
New Jersey Catholic Schools are dirtier than Ohio's Catholic League. I've worried that Michigan's CL will start going that direction; until lately it was so dominated by Bo guys (and the Bo-like but non-Bo guy Al Fracassa) that things have stayed fairly clean.
When this stuff started coming out I asked a guy who should know if Peppers might have anything follow him and he said no unless Michigan decides to do something on their own. Basically his old school was PISSED when he transferred, and has been trying ever since to sink him and smear him.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure if serious.||
Not sure if serious.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It was getting too||
It was getting too complicated by separating all those thigns out. So instead I decided to just count all wins and losses as equal no matter what level, figuring if you are in the MAC you do get to play against MAC teams but you also have MAC problems all over your team.
Then I made up the difference by giving bonuses that scale with the level you're at. So Les Miles didn't get big builder points because he inherited a Saban team, but he wracked up 33 points in Power 5 bonuses.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Oops. I thought I gave him a||
Oops. I thought I gave him a 3 in both of those. Maybe I accidentally overtyped it at one point. I'm looking over the metrics again and don't see any other weird things.
Hoke was known for execution. When he came here the positives were all "he teaches you fundamental football." Sometimes the things we think are positives don't translate. I could add Hoke as a candidate for 2015 right now if you like but it won't be pretty.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Capping the top category does||
Capping the top category does damage Miles, but I think it also allows us to draw conclusions from other factors than "has won a boatload of games on this level."
From the start my goal was to reperesent the level to which factors, not specific coaches, weighed on the decision of the new coach. Every other category was rated on a scale, while I let relevant coaching success tally up points until it hit a threshold of perfect.
Miles got a -3 for ethics and a -4 for being too old to be around for a long time. Those are things that people talk about as immediate grounds for disconsideration, and I made them relatively small things. In my ratings Les makes up for being an oversigner and a dirty recruiter simply by being really good at coaching offensive linemen. Because of that he rates a 50--exactly as much confidence as my ratings put on Gary Moeller circa January 1990. It makes him my 4th candidate, which is higher than Brian (not in top 7) and Ace (6th) had him in the podcast.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I tried to show what Bo was||
I tried to show what Bo was coming out of Miami (NTM). Moeller wasa 50, which is really high on this scale, despite our misgivings about the fact that he'd only been a head coach for a tiny bit of time and that didn't go well.
This isn't a "is he a better coach" matrix. It's a "what did he look like as a coaching candidate on the day he was hired" matrix. And here's what it looked like when Bo was hired:
That is Don Canham, AD for all of seven months, with a facial expression that is anything but "I just made the defining coaching hire for the next 40 years."
Rodriguez was FAR more established at his hiring than Bo and his two assistants.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It was a BCS league at the||
It was a BCS league at the time, albeit a weaker one. Winning the Big East of that day wasn't appreciably different than the Big Ten now.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I gave that to RR so I'd||
I gave that to RR so I'd better be as tough on guys I suspect a lot more dirt from.
Herman is Urban Meyer's recruiting superstar, and Urban Meyer is perhaps the dirtiest recruiter in the game other than Freese. Meyer is the master of the well-timed fib.Also, Ohio State escaped the Tressel stuff, but the cars and the apartments that come fully loaded, and the blatant lies have to trickle down to a guy on Herman's level.
MSU's problems are of a different nature. They recruit a lot of guys (not all of their guys) who have problems respecting fellow human beings. The result is a lot of violent and negative behaviors both on and off the field that the football staff ignore or even tacitly encourage. Dantonio, like Tressel, bases his moral code on obedience and loyalty, not right and wrong. He's a damn good coach but not a coach Michigan would have been able to tolerate, and Narduzzi has been there every step of the way.
If either of these guys were to be hired at Michigan, there would be a real fear of either of those program cultures being transmitted here, where you can't get away with that kind of stuff. If we're importing a rival's program by hiring a rival's assistant, we should recognize the bad parts of that program could come too.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||-2 is a "So what." I probably||
-2 is a "So what." I probably should have had a better title for it. I was trying to capture the zeitgeist of the fanbase at the time of his hire. RR recruited a lot of guys to WVa that he couldn't have to Michigan. Rodriguez wasn't a Beilein and we knew it. I wanted to beat my biases on this.
Only a -3 is a problem.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I mentioned to Brian when||
I mentioned to Brian when reviewing this that it needed some context and he said he'd give it later. If Brandon's been firing off one of these hate messages once a week or so since he got here, that's alienating about 300 people, i.e. 1/1,000th of the 300,000-strong waitlist Michigan used to have and has no longer thanks to Brandon's leadership.
Of all the things we have against him, "sometimes gets mad on the internet" is hardly his greatest fault. It absolutely does give a window into his personality when he's challenged.
The thing I find far more appalling is the criminal FOIA dodging by deleting emails. Public employees' work emails are public because the public is ultimately responsible for their employees' actions. Not only is he breaking the law, he's charging more than the cost of the fine to the media the fine is supposed to be paid to.
I would find that grounds for immediate dismissal, and there ought to be a lawsuit against the university that forces it to take fees off of FOIA requests, and pay a punitive fine in lieu of however many potential public records were destroyed. It seems to me a classic case of a public employee thinking he's above the law, and a public institution granting an official the power to thwart the people.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||In Defense of the Emails||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I was CC-ed on the email||
I was CC-ed on the email chain for a bit as we had an outside consultant doing some high-level tracking stuff. I got lost on the details between computer engineers but I think this was a much more involved confirmation than a forwarded email--from a non-computer geek it did appear the original emails had been transferred in some unalterable state, and were being tested with IP pings and such.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I found a way to get us more||
I found a way to get us more tiny flags. There were banners of Big Ten West teams all around Michigan Stadium so i ran up there and grabbed them. Maybe Wisconsin will complain in like 20 years when they visit next but who thinks there will be a Big Ten or football or a world in 20 years?
So: we have tiny flags again. Tiny flag shortage over. Sorry some of them are purple.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||1386...||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Notre Dame has released a||
Notre Dame has released a statement assuring the public that this one is at least 82% real.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If you guessed this is why we||
If you guessed this is why we stopped playing you...don't win because there is no more winning, just the darkness.
|5 weeks 57 min ago||3 Players taking medicals?||
Edited it because crazy speculation from misunderstood context, and I find speculation on players who won't be here next year distasteful.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Well we planned to kill it||
Well we planned to kill it off but now the thread has infinite lives, god mode enabled, holds every item in Castlevania II, and skipped to the last boss.
[EDIT: Okay so on googling I got the castlevania code confused with the fake ending one]
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||ADC: DB-less Domino's on the rise||
We look stupid when a bunch of people criticize Brandon's tenure at Domino's and get key facts incorrect. I've let the threads stick but it's getting ridiculous, and there are not enough people with knowledge of the pizza business around to refute falsehoods properly.
Since it's super OT just gonna nix the thread this time. DB's old business isn't off limits because his success there absolutely has informed his approach to Michigan, but considering all the calls to fire him from the board and this site in general I'd like to at least be able to say we didn't encourage false crap like "Domino's is so great now that he's gone" to be attached to him.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||This is just false, man. He||
This is just false, man. He wasn't forced out. He turned that business from a family-owned business with a too-strong culture (and a nut at the top) to a successful IPO. He brought a professional culture to a company sorely in need of it. It's probably accurate to say that trying to duplicate that success at a non-profit was the key to his failure at Michigan, but you can't argue his tenure as CEO was anything less than anyone with an interest in that company (including as a consumer) would want.
They've got a whole different corporate culture now: instead of being this closed off cheap pizza factory who make their delivery people wear stupid clothes they focus on being super transparent.
Give credit where due. It makes the criticism more believable.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Are you sure he's||
Are you sure he's gone?
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||I'm close to nixing this||
I'm close to nixing this thread because so many others like it have popped up. Also contributing Domino's success to losing Brandon is just incorrect. You know I'd take an opportunity to knock DB if it was worthwhile, but the fact is that Brandon was involved in their decision to revamp the core product and took the Michigan job right after they launched it. As for profitability, that has a lot to do with their CFO (who was there when Brandon was), who is one of the smartest dudes out there. Wheat has been at historic lows for 4 years, and that's helping all pizza businesses but that CFO got way out in front of the market in 2010. There was a WSJ article about it a few months later because it was one of the biggest examples of major futures moving at a long term high.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||IDDQD||
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Fun fact: if you type that||
Fun fact: if you type that into Mike Tyson's garage door keypad he'll come out and fight you.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Just a heads up: if you go||
Just a heads up: if you go into sportswriting you may find yourself professionally bound to watch Appalachian State games that don't involve Michigan, and Michigan State games that do.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/m|
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||the wife and I still show||
the wife and I still show people the 29/31 and "this party took a turn for the douche" videos at like every YouTube-enabled social event.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Well played, internet. Well||
Well played, internet. Well played.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Fooorrrward down the||
Fooorrrward down the fiiiiiieeeeeld....
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Sorry it was me. I shoulda||
Sorry it was me. I shoulda noted it in here. I moved it to the board because it wasn't diary material.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Post||
Let's all talk about how posts are cool. Posts have swag. I'd like it if posts were actually titled with reference to what's in the thread, and not just some player's name you want to talk about.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||They'll support a new guy.||
They'll support a new guy. With Rodriguez some of them (certainly not all) felt their former assistant coaches weren't treated well. Ron English was particularly vocal in his disdain of Rodriguez, and you can't exactly fault all the defensive backs who played for English for agreeing that Tony Gibson didn't know what the hell he was doing.
That situation was handled so badly internally. Rodriguez figured former players were behind him; he didn't realize he needed to reach out to them specifically, and normally he wouldn't have except for other forces working on them.
Todd (and that's who you're talking about) is an awesome dude who wants Michigan to be awesome more than anything. Maybe lighten up on a guy who supported a former assistant he knew and respected personally.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||You're being overly harsh and||
You're being overly harsh and risk giving people the wrong impression. Their CEO gets $400k a year, less than a lot of cancer charities a tenth of its size, and they spend generally a smaller % of their money on administration stuff.
The thing they've come under fire for is they promote early screening a lot more than they give money to research. They specifically got on peoples' bad sides when they temporarily pulled funding to planned parenthood.
They are NOTHING like the NCAA, which is a massive federation of multi-$billion sports leagues that keeps up a pretense of being a nonprofit athletic organizing body for purposes of tax evasion. I agree that teams do the pink thing more to look like they're doing something than the actual doing of things. The charity it goes to, at least, is a B or B+.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||and by "Yes" I mean "Not||
and by "Yes" I mean "Not anymore."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Wait until midterms and see||
Wait until midterms and see which MSU students failed their blue books. There's your list of suspects.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||My favorite part of Infinite||
My favorite part of Infinite Jest was when DFW wrote out that list of things you learn in a halfway house. My favorite among them: awful people don't think they're being awful; they believe everyone else is.
I've known Brian long enough to be certain of the fact that his strongest political partisanship is anti-partisanship. There certainly are people who let their poltiics dictate everything they think, and these are the people you hear constantly ascribing partisanship as someone else's motivation.
The lesson here--and you seem like somebody in particular need of it--is the bad things we think about people tend to be more applicable to ourselves.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well the OT isn't eligible||
Well the OT isn't eligible but that is only because he is wearing an ineligible Number.
It's not distance. You are allowed to have only seven men on the line of scrimmage, no more no less. The other four are in the backfield. Everyone in the backfield is an eligible receiver. It doesn't matter if that guy lines up next the sideline or right next to the quarterback. You are also allowed to have one guy in the backfield go in motion before the play although he can't move toward The line of scrimmage unless he plays for Air Force.
The two men on the ends on the line of scrimmage are also eligible receivers although in all other ways they have to follow the same rules as linemen. For example if they budge before the snap it's a false start. Again it doesn't matter if they are next to the tackles or lined up wide. If you have a wide receiver on the line of scrimmage and a tight end on the same side also on the line of scrimmage, the tight end is not an eligible receiver.
When I label my diagrams I try to keep the X (split end) and Y as guys on the line of scrimmage and the Z (flanker) and slot back in the backfield.
On the play that you asked about, they had to cover the slot receiver (Y) in order to have the Z receiver be allowed to go in motion.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||At the link is the breakdown||
At the link is the breakdown and my explanation of how I scored those. I just tried to copy that for you and screwed up my file. But those things are separate from wins. Longevity, familiarity with Michigan, likely to leave, ethical, good person.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||All of our ads are either||
All of our ads are either Google (doubleclick) or networks or direct sales, and none of those should be running popups. We have ton of system security (having survived direct attacks) that Brian can speak to. From an ads standpoint though, I've never sold nor been paid for anything that pops up or does anything but sit in its ad spot.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You got to write the||
You got to write the basketball preview.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I used my username||
I used my username
|6 weeks 3 days ago||How not to meet a football player||
I had a creative writing class where we broke into tables of 4 and everyone had to read each others' papers and comment on them, except the first week of that my table had 3 because someone missed class.
This just happened to be the period when I thought I had to challenge myself by writing about types of people I wasn't familiar with. So for this I wrote short story about a poor black Detroit high school quarterback whose highlight reel was due to secret magical powers that he barely knew how to use and which made him ravenously hungry relative to how big of a thing it was he did. It was an awful story made putrid by my some of my attempts at characterization actually being really bad stereotypes.
The fourth person at my table showed up the day I had to share my story with them. Since it's in this thread you can probably guess where this is going. DeWayne Patmon kindly took my story from my mortified hands, and returned it for the next class with a lot of thoughtful criticisms and insights, including a bit of good advice I've kept since: write about what you know.
(His story, passed around a couple weeks later, was about characters in a massive tornado and I don't remember the rest because its plot got jumbled in my mind with that of Twister)
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Why did you think I would||
Why did you think I would take offense to this post? I thought was a pretty good response to most of the bad reasons people are giving against protesting. The point I raised that I don't think you addressed is that most of the tickets in that stadium were purchased long ago at much higher prices than they are right now. Brandon knows this. So you're not going to see the same effect as if, for example, this was an NFL team and people suddenly didn't buy tickets one week. The statement becomes "I bought this ticket, but I'm just not going to use it," and that gets lumped into a rather large group of people Who actually good just stay home because they don't care to watch a bad team.
The way everybody finally got the Ford family to listen with Millen was The protest downtown, wearing orange to games, the signs in the stadium, and chanting a lot.
Wearing a specific color might do the trick. But the question is which color? Dark colors like blue are hard to see and don't give any effect. Maize is taken. White is Penn State. Red is the enemy (Indiana and Md and OSU). And orange are the #Chadtough shirts this year. Everyone wear pink? Sky Blue? Taupe?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Good point. That and a||
Good point. That and a visible protest aren't the same, but your point does undermine what I was saying pretty thoroughly.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||They're boycotting||
They're boycotting kickoff.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||They took a false start, not||
They took a false start, not a delay of game, I thought, and that was the point. The rule says the clock stops if the leading team takes a hold or false start or other run the clock penalty inside a minute, but technically if there's 1:25 left or whatever it was it's okay. This rule needs to be changed; Rutgers apparently used the loophole to get an extra play's worth of clock run down.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary. Say||
DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary.
Say it RIGHT!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon don't care. His||
Brandon don't care. His response to all criticism so far has been 'they're just dumbfuck fans; let the rabble rabble.' His latest was "They don't know me; I'm a good guy."
He is deaf to empty seats. He and Martin are the guys who looked at 300,000 season ticket wannabe holders for a stadium that can sell 109,000, and leveraged that into 92,000 season ticket holders at 3x the price. Empty seats are a sunk cost; he'd rather have one guy paying 5x as much as your family of four.
This administration can't be embarassed because they can't fathom they they're anything less than perfect unless the dollars drop. Schlissel is an unknown but if he's a rational person he's looking at a fanbase he already knows is pissed off, and weighing it against whether another guy can convince the big money donors to stick. Brian and I went back and forth a few weeks ago on gchat about whether Brandon's incremental revenue is replaceable and I'm still not so sure.
In the meantime, I want to beat Penn State and Indiana and Maryland and Northwestern, because losing gets us nothing. I want to beat MSU and OSU too but I'm realistic.
I think if anything can sway Schlissel's opinion, it's not fans standing outside; it's fans inside screaming for Brandon to be sacked just as loud as they are for Hackenberg. I think that's the best way to demonstrate our vision of the athletic department: that the fans are passionate to support it out of our good will without the necessity of Dave Brandon to pry it from us.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Jerome Jackson||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Idiot fans call for the||
Idiot fans call for the backup quarterback, the backup goalie, the fourth outfielder, the 5th man, the rookie wing, etc. ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
Here's my quarterbacking the week BEFORE Minnesota:
Is that good enough that I can question the decision now?
Coaches are expected to do the right things with their players, because they have way more information about those players than the fans do. So even if fans were clamoring for Sugar Shane after Gardner's worst back to back performances of his career, the coaches can absolutely be judged for it.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not much. Ace Williams level||
Not much. Ace Williams level is something special, though: he's a kid who literally just goes around making shit up he think will get attention, and is only able to do this because there are cynical websites out there that don't believe in credibility at all.
Gregg Henson is just a bad journalist. BiSB and I got into a twitter argument with him about sourcing and it was like arguing with some dude from Fox News:
Here's the thing: anyone who's "plugged in" or "knows a guy on the team" or speaks often with program people with internal knowledge is going to come across lots of stories that sound like insider dope. People like to show off that they know more than they really do. Picking out what's fact and what's, e.g., some former player's opinion is not easy, so a good journalist will err toward caution and not print things he gets from just one source.
Why is Henson getting this? I'm taking an educated guess that the pissed off player he's speaking of is the same pissed off former player who's been sending letters to lots of meda people and contacting other former players a lot, and included Pittsburgh sports radio because he lives there and listens to the local sports radio. There is according to JUB a letter--contents unsure--that was signed by several hundred player alums upset about the program in general. From appearances, Henson heard about the letter, got this vitriolic missive from a certain former player, and published it in full, tried to make it appear like this letter and the signed one were the same or at least derivative, and has since been stomping around with his tiny special bit of access everybody else got and nobody else thought was worth publishing, trying to prop himself up as an insider who's hearing things lots of fans want to be true, when really he's hearing a handful of things his source wants to be true.
I'd love to believe Dave Brandon is under siege from every program person from Al Renfrew to Jordan Kovacs, but the reality from available information--publishable and not--seems to be that there are lots of opinions from lots of people who matter, and nothing like consensus among any group or clan. I think Henson is going all in on Brandon getting fired and Hoke following him out the door because Gregg's got no credibility to lose, low risk of anyone with credibility risking it by overlapping, and everything to gain by setting himself up as the one dude who's got the REAL dope.
I suggest you ignore. If half of the things he said are true and half aren't, you've really got zero factual information.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I talked to some of the||
I talked to some of the players organizing this a few weeks ago when they got the idea. Many of them played for Hoke when he was an assistant here, and a good many were here when he became head coach, so don't hold it against them that they're 100% behind Brady.
Most of their purpose is to resell the team on Michigan. During times like these as they damn well know, there's reason to coast to the end of the season and transfer after it. With a bowl game unlikely now, the players do need to find motivation, and the former players can do that. Maybe this was organized by dudes who were here for the national championship or were recruited shortly after, but those organizers have been contacting the hell out of guys who stuck through the Rich Rod and Hoke transitions to talk to the players about keeping the team together, keeping their faith in their coaches, and keeping their focus on that week's opponent and Ohio State and graduating.
Also understand: public displays against Brandon come with consequences from the athletic office. When you have special access, you can also have it taken away. So don't expect a "we are for the players but not the guys in charge!" rally to come from them, and certainly don't discount the possibility that they feel that way because they're not chanting.
If you want to do some digging it's not hard to find that sentiment anyway. You know someone was emailing some Pittsburgh radio dufus a vitriolic list of Brandon crimes, and you've seen a certain name come up in this effort. I'm skirting the edge of a promise here, but connect the dots, yo!
They're not doing this to support the status quo; they're doing it to keep the team together, and because they think it's the best thing they can do for Michigan.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I had Barnes filled in then||
I had Barnes filled in then unfilled him.
The story goes he was their SAM and a few years ago was a Jake Ryan-level menace at that. You remember WDE and SAM are similar from 4-3 under school. However Barnes was so not-good last year that he lost a lot of playing time, first to nickels and then Olaniyan. So he was less of a starter last year than Ross is now. I finally decided to leave him white because Ace had.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, but Morrissey is okay?||
Oh, but Morrissey is okay?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||1. Be the Brian Cook of||
1. Be the Brian Cook of another Big Ten team.
2. I gave him 7286 points. Get it?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Jamie's been sick. DK's doing||
Jamie's been sick. DK's doing the second $1 million pool this week. I'll see if I can get you an MGolink...
|7 weeks 1 day ago||No on Hart. From left:Front||
No on Hart. From left:
Front Row: Martin Vloet (UM photographer and owner of MGoPatio), Brian Cook, Jerome Jackson, Zia Combs, Brandon Williams and his son, Heiko Yang, Bryan Fuller, BiSB, and Chris Perry.
Back row: LSAClassof2000 (aka Lorne), David Underwood (in the teal polo), Marlin Jackson, Eric Upchurch, Ace Anbender, Seth Fisher
|7 weeks 2 days ago||main announcement is up.||
main announcement is up.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I think that would be the||
I think that would be the safest time ever to make your feelings known, since the guys who were coached by Hoke when he was an assistant will be there and any one of them can kick any blogger's ass.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Misopogon. Emperor||
Does nobody follow late antiquity anymore?
Yeah 2011 season I think I changed it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||June 2013 power outage?||
June 2013 power outage?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||BiSB and Adam and Fuller just||
BiSB and Adam and Fuller just had babies too. Just sayin...
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and no. It's a zone which||
Yes and no. It's a zone which includes spying the QB. Maybe some of the coaches (Sharik? SC?) can weigh in but I was told by a coach that the concept of a "spy" as understood by fans is incorrect. A linebacker usually has a zone to cover, and part of that zone can be threatened if the quarterback comes up. Mattison has said he doesn't like to have one player just sit on the QB.
It all amounts to the same: Taco has the frontside A-gap in a run fit and is covering a short zone in a pass fit. If the offense brings the TE across the formation Taco would have to cover that since Wilson is back..
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I had to grab all of this off||
I had to grab all of this off my brother's DVR (we can get screen grabs but there's some sort of protection that we haven't worked around to get video) since the torrent isn't available yet, but MGoVideo has the full game up: http://mgovideo.com/2014-michigan-vs-rutgers/
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Usually it's people mistaking||
Usually it's people mistaking me for Brian. Part of that I'm sure is Dear Diary is kind of written in a similar style to Unverified Voracity, since they're both links posts and both ape Jon Stewart.
I think this is the first Ace and I got confused but that's understandable given he usually writes the postgames.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Totally. First time I've ever||
Totally. First time I've ever seen a touchdown awarded for "nagging."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Just for clarification||
This is the rule as amended last year with relevant parts bolded:
For it not to be a catch the refs would have to argue that shifting the ball to under his arm, taking two steps downfield, then reaching it out for the first down marker did not constitute any "act common to the game." IE the refs are saying Darboh was only doing those things in order to make the catch.
Anyone arguing that wasn't a catch is 100% WRONG, and you should assume their sanity, their intelligence, and/or their credibility has been comprised.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||We should change your name to||
We should change your name to Sextuple-D.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not Ace. Ace took the day||
I'm not Ace. Ace took the day off because he wanted to enjoy football, and by doing this I was allowed to leave my in-laws' early tonight.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Because of incompetence? The||
Because of incompetence?
The guy thought he could call Bill Cowher out of retirement. He thought he could give LSU a heads up they were interested in talking to Les Miles, then go sailing for a weekend before talking to Miles. He thought Schiano would say yes so he asked him publicly. He then got marginalized as MSC ran the search that settled on Rodriguez.
Martin was a lot of things, good and bad. I would definitely not hold him up as a model AD and would not want him back.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I have posted things from WD||
I have posted things from WD so often I didn't think to check it beyond seeing the date of the pic was recent. I've updated.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Seems to be a browser issue||
Seems to be a browser issue with the new iOS and Drupal sites. We're looking into it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||i said it nicer.||
i said it nicer.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Coach Carr retired. He wanted||
Coach Carr retired. He wanted to be done a year earlier and Martin and his players talked him into coaching another season because they thought they could win it all in 2007.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That thunking you hear in the||
That thunking you hear in the background when Dakich is talking is Brian's forehead banging against the desk.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Peggy is the real deal.||
Peggy is the real deal.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Well said SC. Thank you.||
Well said SC. Thank you.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I meant to ask this too; it's||
I meant to ask this too; it's kind of the discussion in the next roundtable.
I would prefer not senior day. Considering Des Morgan probably gets a medshirt, it's Gardner, Ryan, FClark, Beyer, Hayes, Wile, Hagerup, Ray Taylor, and Hollowell.
The reasoning is patience: give Michigan a reasonable amount of time to respond and make their move, thereby rendering the threat moot.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I've fought this particular||
I've fought this particular bit of misinfo a number of times.
Stating again: the taste test that really caught Domino's attention was in Aug 2009. Dave Brandon was part of/involved with/physically did things in the company's radical decision to overhaul their core product and commence an ad campaign saying they're doing so.
That campaign launched in December 2009. Brandon took the Michigan job in January 2010.
He deserves credit where due. That was a major shift for the company and was done exactly how we would want businesses to conduct themselves: listen to criticism, improve their product, market with honesty.
The state of the company Brandon took over is also relevant. We covered Monaghan a lot when I was on the Daily because he was quite the eccentric, and he ran Domino's with a lot of those eccentricities. Brandon reformed that company into a successful IPO, and it is a fair assumption that he had to remove a lot of old people and established traditions in the process. From a buisness standpoint, his leadership would be considered, by and large, a success, so long as your measurement is how much he increased its profitability. I have no doubt that Brandon's experience at Domino's shaped his goals and his methods at Michigan. The main disconnect isn't Brandon's ability as a CEO; it's Brandon's treating Michigan like a publically traded company instead of a publically owned institution.
Also: a big reason for their profitability since 2010 is their CFO foresaw the four years we've had recently of very low prices for wheat and played the market brilliantly at the time, and since.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||So that's their answer? After||
So that's their answer? After two days and seeing the video he says everybody did the right thing. Apparently he and his entire staff saw only an ankle injury and Shane waving them away as he walked it off, and the medical folk were doing their jobs by keeping silent as he wobbled around. Apparently everyone else in the country is insane for seeing a head injury. Apparently remorse is reserved for people who make mistakes, which he surely didn't.
What. The. Freaking. Hell.
Answers to questions we had:
Do you teach your players to come out when they have a head injury?
Did Nussmeier and you discuss Shane's head health?
Did medical personnel do anything to determine if Morris had a head injury before he re-entered the game?
Do you feel bad that Morris played after taking a headshot, and what steps are you taking to ensure it doesn't happen again?
No, and none.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke Press Conference Livestream||
|8 weeks 3 days ago||No nothing nefarious. It was||
No nothing nefarious. It was more that Grbac was known to be a very good QB and some fans at the time appeared to favor Grbac and a presumably more wide-open passing offense he represented. Simple surface shit which from Michael's point of view could have been given more meaning than they deserved.
Grbac played, and magnificently, when Taylor was hurt, and Taylor had to win his job back. While that whole period was a footnote to fans, it was a focal point of Taylor's life, since being the starting quarterback of the University of Michigan was a massively important thing to him.
The reality of the situation isn't necessarily going to match the experience of guys who lived through it, and the veneration of Bo today wasn't as established--we forget that fans at the end of Bo's career were clamoring for "modern" passing offense and more wide open gameplay, and that Bo fought it, sticking to his option offense and heavy/Wing T formations. And it was also the heyday for racial quarterback stereotypes: the white guy with the arm versus the black guy with the legs. Before Taylor was hurt a lot of fans wanted Grbac, largely for what he represented. When Taylor got hurt, the offense did indeed get more passy, and was apparently successful, and that shaped opinions. So when Taylor won his job back, there was a portion of the fanbase who didn't want him to, and he knew it, and he understandably resented it.
There was nothing nefarious there. It's all about one guy's perspective, because it's likely that MT's perspective on the Gardner/Morris controversy was informed by his perspective of events back then.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ross on||
Ross on Brandon: Duplicate
Gregg Henson gets the Assclown tag: I tried to establish Henson's credibility, even reached out to him on Twitter. The guy is getting emails from one former player passing along the suite of dubious stories, and is trying to use that to become the MC for the downfall of this administration. I've decided to just not bite. Treat Henson stories like Drew Sharp et al.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Look, I don't believe||
Look, I don't believe huddling or going Manball is a fireable offense. It was just the wrong offense for the personnel that they had, and that problem was exacerbated by going to extremes.
The thinking behind "if they tried to go faster than a snail right now..." is incorrect. Going faster in practice makes you better able to execute when you're going slower, but not vice-versa. Bo consistently used high tempo in practice to get his players more reps, and then they could block and run and pass better because they'd had more reps.
That's a practice issue. The game issue is that the inability to manage tempo has consistently stalled drives, burned timeouts, and forced Michigan to snap the ball before they've had time to ID the defense and coverage. It has also made it nigh impossible to come back from deficits. That Michigan was outgaining Utah and Notre Dame demonstrates that, minus extreme plays (turnovers), more possessions would have favored Michigan, yet Michigan lost several possessions by letting the clock slip away once they were down.
The point is that these things hurt the team. ALL coaches do things that hurt their teams or put some guys in bad positions, because coaches have to do what they know and are comfortable with. But the things the coach does well have to compensate for the things he doesn't do well, or else the coach has to improve on the things he doesn't do well. We constantly advocate for Hoke to do the things that he dosn't do well but are easy to learn, and tempo is right at the top of the list. It is a thing Brady CAN do with this team.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Oh that was after. Long after||
Oh that was after. Long after the Les Miles ship had sailed (ha!). Lloyd told Martin in 2006 he planned to retire after the 2006 season, and Martin talked him into one more year. These conversations were happening long before the coaching search began in earnest.
I trust Bacon got that correct, so I amend my statement: Carr had no influence on Miles. Craig didn't mention the contact with RR. The greater point is Carr didn't have any agenda but to help where Michigan wanted him, and to butt out where they didn't, except when he told them his plans to retire he gave two names.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||This Brianette would like to||
This Brianette would like to see if the above dude changed his mind this week.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"Lizard brain" = Amygdala =||
"Lizard brain" = Amygdala = the native animal programming in every human brain that takes over in highly stressful situations. "Fight or flight" is your lizard brain taking over. All I meant by it is his instincts take over instead of the higher functioning programming that would, say, tell him to read through his progressions.
I was just reading the Iron Druid Chronicles -- author uses it a lot in that context. I think it's a very accurate pyschological phenomena to explain why quarterbacks act the way they do under pressure.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I shouldn't have to ask this||
I shouldn't have to ask this but PLEASE nobody add to it. His job is to talk to the media, and making that job harder won't help anybody, most especially us.
His email address is public on MGoBlue otherwise I would have blacked it.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Origins of this statement||
I think you're confused as to whose post this is. The athletic department's communications office sent it to the media tonight and asked us to release it on their behalf. Here's a screenshot of the email they sent in my inbox (thunderbird):
Click for big.
I agree that this statement dodges the main question of how nobody at UM responded properly to what appeared like a concussion, and that it is cynical and obviously not authored by whom they said it was, and just AWFUL on so many levels. But your ire shouldn't be directed at mgoblog; Brian only did as the department expressly asked.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||To those who think Brady Hoke||
To those who think Brady Hoke crafted any part of this missive, congratulations on being one of 103,000 at Michigan Stadium this week.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||No Joke It's Hoke||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||They also had Ron Johnson on||
They also had Ron Johnson on and talked about the Vaseline incident.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Dominos was coming out of the||
Dominos was coming out of the death spiral when he left. The core product was so bad they finished (tied for) last in a respectable test, and to his credit Brandon helped react to that by trashing the recipe and rebuilding their pizzas from the ground up, with a marketing campaign that was very post-postmodern: our pizza sucks; we're fixing that. That campaign launched in December 2009; Brandon took the Michigan job a month later.
Also Dominos made a very forward-thinking move in the commodities markets that really drove profitability from 2010-2014. They have a fantastic CFO, and that CFO was there when Brandon was.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Man, you're arguing to argue||
Man, you're arguing to argue again. "Execution" means "that guy can't do that thing" and then it goes to the coaches who asked him to do that thing and other things they could ask him to do.
Please tell me I don't have to explain again the difference between the offensive roster Rodriguez inherited and the one Hoke did, or the difference between hiring the guy who invented the spread offense versus a primarily defensive guy who doesn't wear a headset. Let's pretend I don't and move right to: REGARDLESS OF WHY HOKE WANTED A DIFFERENT OFFENSE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG OFFENSE FOR THOSE PLAYERS.
You can find things players did wrong on every play; I've never seen all 11 guys execute perfectly because there's another football team actively trying to prevent it. Receivers aren't going to get separation every play. The coaches have to answer for putting their players in positions that they're not likely to execute in. If a coach is more comfortable with something that his players are less effective at, that is a negative about the coach; it's not necessarily a killer, just something he has to overcome elsewhere or mitigate by getting good help and letting those guys operate.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||It's not about what offense||
It's not about what offense or personnel or tempo is BEST -- it's about what's best for Michigan given their personnel. Hoke inherited Denard Robinson and a bunch of fleet-footed zone blockers and brought in Al Borges to run them. He has Dennis Norfleet and a new OC telling him to use him, and they keep putting in A.J. Williams instead despite ample evidence the guy just can't cut it. He has Devin Gardner and doesn't plan any quarterback runs.
Also Gardner is a streaky player--you want to get a guy like that some easy things early on so he can get revved up, yet 1st quarter offense still seems to be focused on establishing inside zone from a 2TE Ace set, with Gardner tasked with converting the 3rd downs.
There are always tradeoffs and no team can be built that makes those tradeoffs easy, but under Hoke Michigan has consistently appeared ready to trade the farm for imagined principles that don't match the team's makeup or abilities.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Take for what it's worth but||
Take for what it's worth but Craig Ross, who's about the only person to ever get Lloyd close to something like on record about all that crap, said in no uncertain terms that this is NOT true. Lloyd's influence on both coaching hires since his retirement has been extremely minimal. To the best of our knowledge, the most Carr offered was to suggest Ferentz or DeBord in 2008.
Here's how I took it: Lloyd has a personal rule against making comments or waves for coaches who come after him, but was apparently so offended by that rumor he slipped out an answer anyway.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||They were the Mad Men of||
They were the Mad Men of brokerage.
EF Hutton bought by Shearson to become Shearson Lehman Hutton, which bought more things to be Shearson Lehman Brothers, which was bought by American Express, which sold it to Smith Barney. My dad was at Hutton (Southfield office) from 1986 to when he left to start his consulting firm.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||What's his source? Why does||
What's his source? Why does nobody but Gregg Henson have anything like this? WHo the F is this guy?
As much as I WANT TO BELIEVE I will treat as bloviation until there's some sort of fact-like substances to corroborate.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The way My Cousin Vinny's||
The way My Cousin Vinny's fiance knows about automobiles. I come from a family of commodities traders.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe||
The 2003 punt disasters:
1. The Oregon block was from an NFL style formation--it was just an awful block by the personal protector.
2. The Iowa PR that went for a lot of yards but didn't score was just bad coverage. Guys got all sorts of out of their lanes. Shazor ran right past the returner. Also they did a weird pulling action off the snap so only two gunners got good releases. Weird.
3. The second punt vs Iowa the shield blockers LEFT THE SHIELD TO LOOK FOR BLOCKS. I guess that was supposed to be a fake-option where Finley quick-kicks if it's not there. It was partially blocked.
4. They did the same thing again on the next punt which got blocked.
Michigan wasn't even shield punting--they were rugby punting from a shield formation. Weird.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Rumors flying about Branson being fired!||
Sucks for Branson.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That is all true but I would||
That is all true but I would offer that this is EXACTLY how the SEC characterizes itself, right down to its nominally tougher academic standards (WE MAKE THEM DO MATH!) and recruiting rules (WE SAY 25 AND NO MORE!). The East at the time gave these measures the same level of skepticism we have for when Slive hammers on them.
The big difference is the presidents: they were by and large East-oriented dudes who were often antagonistic to their own football programs (and non-Protestants). The NCAA was primarily organized under the premise that those guys wouldn't eff around.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think we have to decide||
I think we have to decide that as a fanbase. We don't have to "cheat" to win; we have to draw a line of what we will or won't do, and have good reasons for it.
The Big Ten in general and especially this Michigan program is very good at drawing lines but they've been arbitrary and nonsensical. Slow pace isn't a gentlemanly thing; it's just tradition for tradition's sake.
The argument isn't whether we should draw a line--it's WHERE. Dave Brandon seems to make these decisions entirely on profitability. Much of the Big Ten seems to be saying "no to paying coaches and players but okay fine we'll look the other way at DUIs and the spread." Michigan and Minnesota have both glommed onto more tight ends and super slow pace as inveterate traditions.
Yeah, a Division I-AA existence isn't the end of the world. But if we're going to do that, we should just do it, not flap around as if we're still Yost's program dispensin justice off in the Old West.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Hard to do not knowing what||
Hard to do not knowing what happened inside the program and without putting an in-law unfairly in the crosshairs of fans. Dig?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||No sarcasm. Brian seriously||
No sarcasm. Brian seriously doesn't read our shit half the time.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Not really the story of DB at||
Not really the story of DB at Domino's. Brandon came in when Bain bought it from Monaghan, who ran Domino's like a family company that had some weird traditions and funded Monaghan's weird politics. Brandon's job from the start was to make the company function like a corporation, and he had to fight a lot of institutional people to do so. He was undoubtedly successful at this, and I am sure it informed his actions at Michigan as he methodically cleaned out anyone who wasn't on the same page as he was.
DB's baby was the oven baked sandwiches and other non-pizza products, and in modernizing marketing and delivery. The change in recipe was a response to a consumer taste test in 2009, and while Brandon indeed was part of the "our pizza sucks; we're making a new one" response, it was Come to Jesus moment for everybody in the company. DB didn't get to see the fruition of it; they announced the shift in December 2009 and Brandon took the Michigan job in January 2010. He remains a head honcho but not a particularly engaged one.
Domino's recent success wasn't really Brandon's doing. They were extraordinarily smart (or lucky) to have a near perfect response to a shift in the commodities market: Domino's has to carry a significant amount of wheat futures so they don't run into a shortfall, and they happened to sell off a ton of those futures in 2010 right before wheat prices went into a 4-year freefall. The guy mostly responsible for their record profitability was CFO Michael Lawton, who foresaw the glut of U.S. Wheat in 2010. That is still paying off.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know what Brian||
I don't know what Brian knows. I know about the Adidas thing because my wife's relative owns the company Adidas contracted with to make the thing Falk poo poo'ed.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That is on me. I still need||
That is on me. I still need to execute.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The actual reason he was||
The actual reason he was forced out is his story to tell. I can report on things I know happened. I think everyone who knew Jon Falk immediately recognized that he'd never leave Michigan voluntarily.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||We never get marching orders.||
We never get marching orders. I don't think it's a giant leap to guess this column's name will have to change. I used that this time but I'll leave it off until it's no longer relevant.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I haven't heard it or read||
I haven't heard it or read the comments yet but I know Michael Taylor and people who know Michael Taylor.
Let's put it this way: the guy is PASSIONATE about things. He's been very right more often than very wrong, but the lack of filter has led to some famously silly outbursts. Like he trashed the Mattison hire when he wanted Corwin Brown (this was obviously before Brown had his sad and scary episode). And he was furious that the university wouldn't cover his arm surgery if he didn't have it at UM Hospital. I came across him right about the time that Rich Rod's Michigan career arc was where Hoke's is now, and remember him getting enflamed on the side of RR for reasons that made me reconsider my RR support.
I don't think anybody hates the fans who want to enthrone Shane Morris more than MT does, and he has good reason given the shit he went through when Shane Morris's name was Elvis Grbac.
I'll go check out his comments, but take Taylor with the understand that he's a good guy who gets really flamed up about things from time to time. He is definitely on the list of guys who will sound like they're trashing the program when really he's not saying anything more than what a lot of passionate fans are saying.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The inside guys on the line||
The inside guys on the line aren't allowed to release downfield. So the receiving team can bring pressure without worrying about those guys as passing threats, or back off and not worry about those guys racing past them downfield.
So you're stuck in the NFL with five offensive linemen on the line. If you turn three guys in the backfield into blockers as well you've taken a lot of speed out of your punt coverage.
Also the NFL has some ludicrously good pass rushers all over the place, so the shield is more likely to be destroyed.
One last reason for its popularity in college (doesn't affect the pro): college football had the shield punt a long time ago but teams stopped using it because the defense (punt return) team would have the first guy to the shield just cut (dive at the legs of) the shield defenders. UNLV brought back the shield punt right after the NCAA ruled that out. I think the NFL has a similar rule so that doesn't answer why pro teams don't shield so much as why the shield took all this time to gain popularity in college.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||When Christianity reaches||
When Christianity reaches 5,000 years, they'll have two nights for every holiday as well. It takes a religion about 2600 years before it realizes there are two sides of the family you have to please.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I've had most of my world||
I've had most of my world turned upside down in a matter of months. My dad died. Then his life insurance company proved to be the kind that makes life hell on widows to save a handful of months' in interest. Then my mom had a major injury this week that could finish off any optimism in life she had left. In the interim I got taken for $30,000 by a kickstarter scammer who convinced me to print thousands more copies of HTTV and the Penn State book that he'd sell in stores (he sold less than 150--all he wanted was the print job).
My MGoBlog work isn't half of a career, so since those books were turned from the majority of what I planned to make this year into a net loss, I'm cleaned out, at the same moment my entire support structure came down, and at a time when I was badly needed as someone else's support structure. This has made home life stressful as we've had to give up on doing anything that costs money while fearing the next thing that goes wrong could destroy us.
So what's a couple of 50/50 games that became blowouts in part because Michigan was unlucky and in part because Michigan puts itself at a disadvantage by not doing the things teams on their level do to gain an edge?
I'll watch football on Saturdays, and the rest of the week I'll slowly be putting the shattered pieces of my life back together. Life is brutal, and no matter how much you appreciated the things that are good in it, they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. Bad things happen, and bad years happen, and bad people will continue to profit from not being burdened with how their actions will affect others. You can't prevent all the bad shit; you can try, and you can decide to move on despite it, and appreciate that which is still good.
Today it's sunny out, and my 6 1/2 month old daughter is learning to sit up and had her first solid meal, and she smiles at me. I start the day with that, and then I go back to work.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That was my thought entirely.||
That was my thought entirely. What doomed Rodriguez was bad defense, and what doomed the defense were bad defensive staff choices, and what doomed Rodriguez into making those choices was Martin not offering Casteel more money than he made at WVU.
The guy at the top can undermine everything you do, and blame will fall upon you. Brandon will pay unneccessarily massive sums for your coordinators, but he's also replaced 90% of the people who made Michigan a top program.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Winner. I'll email your||
Winner. I'll email your account email.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry dude. I posted this||
Sorry dude. I posted this from the emergency parking lot at the hospital. Would have gone out mid afternoon if not for the sequence of events that put me there.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Hope you don't mind I edited||
Hope you don't mind I edited your comment--the family asked to not share the family thing on the internet until all family have been told.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Teams figured out Michigan's||
Teams figured out Michigan's signals last year. Whenever we lined up in tackle over opponents would have a guy find me in the stands and if I was punching myself in the face they knew we were running to the double-OT side.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It seems to be much like||
It seems to be much like recruiting, ie the high level prospects have huge success about 50% of the time, and the low prospects only rarely work out.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Nice. I had breakfast last||
Nice. I had breakfast last week before the Miami game with Rich Adler, who wrote the Arcadia book on M baseball. Guy is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the team's history and the years when it was the other major sport at Michigan.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This stuff doesn't move the||
This stuff doesn't move the needle for me. I don't pay to go to Michigan's Facebook page.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Did you pay to come here? If||
Did you pay to come here? If we were actually leveraging this site like UM leverages football we'd be a subscription service, and your inbox would be flooded with promos to buy buy buy. We'll never do that because that's not what this site is about.
Sports gambling is something a lot of us do with our sports knowledge, and conversely the best sports gamblers can offer some of the best overhead analysis of those sports because they're not focused just on one team and their biases are stripped away as competitive disadvantages. I went to great lengths to provide content that is relevant to readers. If you've got a problem with JamieMac as a writer for this site then I dunno man; he's been around here longer contributing content that I have.
And we don't just take any client; I tried the various sites and spoke at length to the various dudes behind those sites and chose an exclusive relationship with the one who demonstrated he cared the most about the user experience.
And when we show off new tshirts it's not in your face, it's "have a free tshirt" and one liners about the upcoming opponent.
All this from an actual business that is for profit and pays taxes on that. I probably make less than 99% of our readers, less than any job in the athletic department, so that I can help provide free content that has value to readers. If you find hypocrisy in that when I criticize something like PSLs or interrupting MMB to blare out info on family packs, then I think your cynicism is broken.
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||They made Marty their||
They made Marty their resident nerd; it's just two brothers. They wanted us to get together with some other blogs to pay $7500 for stats and i was like: Uh no we will build our own.
SO WE ARE BUILDING OUR OWN
We're now in the parsing stage, where there's all sorts of hellish things to fix like drives that start over because of fumbles and whatnot. We'll have the data first, and eventually pages for every team with sensical stats (SACKS ARE PASS PLAYS!!!). We'll also be doing a lot of things marty (CFBStats) never did, like have the recruiting profiles linked to performance. Eventually. First is getting the PBP data to not suck.
Nate, the guy who jumped on this for us, should be posting soon.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||You're talking about number||
You're talking about number of plays. Long drives accomplish those things. Whether or not the clock is running is irrelevant. Focusing on time of possession overrates running into a wall for 2 yards -- except in very specific circumstances, that is a loss for the offense. An offense should be either trying to score or taking what the defense gives them or setting up the former.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Is that what we're trying to||
Is that what we're trying to do?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Spread should refer to the||
Spread should refer to the college version. I know people call the hurricane that but spreading out the OL and having a more receiver-ish personnel group, plus the shield is referred to more often as spread.
Just say NFL style and Shield, I guess. Or dinosaur and spread.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The difference is in who's||
The difference is in who's releasing. Hurricane punting leaves your fullback/tight end/safety types in to catch the edge blocks before they release; often the first guys to leave because they're uncovered are the offensive linemen. In spread punting you've put four wide receivers in position to release immediately, and your last wave are 300 pound blocky dudes.
It can be an up or down decision even if there are good things to recommend dinosaur punting, because it's a net: at the end of the day the benefits of spread punting are greater than the benefits of hurricane punting, therefore the question is black or white.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Net punting has gone up linearly, about 3 yards across the board||
Although there's a lot of noise in those numbers because offenses have gotten way more successful at moving the ball from their side of the field due to offenses going spread. Mathlete could adjust for that with play by play data but this isn't PBP data above.
Net punting just has so much involved in it that it's not a reliable statistic. What I did notice is that punting length seems to be up (linearly) 1 yard per punt, so the movement in net punting has primarily been happening on returns. In the NFL it's the opposite: net punting is up because avg punt length has gone up by 4 yards, but return length has grown in recent years, so the result has been about 1.5 yards gained in net. This says that punters have gotten better at booming punts, especially in the NFL, and that his has correlated with longer returns in the NFL but not in college.
These data support a hypothesis that punts are longer in general, but that spread punting in college football has been cutting down on the frequency and success of returns.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||They're burning the practice||
They're burning the practice time on it anyway. We've got three practices from this year on record: two for the public and one we had a guy get into, and there was a lot of time spent on punts in those. Because all of M's opponents this year run the shield punt, they were practicing having the 2nd team punt to the 1st team punt returners.
There aren't that many doubles on the units (Chesson, Norfleet, a few others). Anyway, the point is Michigan spends a lot of practice time with 11 players executing shield punts; they just don't have their starting punting team rep it, and don't use it in games.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Without looking (cause I'm||
Without looking (cause I'm doing a hundred things right now) Didn't I link to Mathlete's article when I said that?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||We planned to have the new||
We planned to have the new site launched by now. That's been delayed at least to January. No sense in throwing money at old problems with this version of the site now. Bear with us.