"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|1 day 5 hours ago||see the front page article.||
see the front page article.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I.... doh.||
|2 days 10 hours ago||State overloaded the||
State overloaded the receivers to one side to make Eli Apple an edge defender. They did best going to the offense's left, since a) Bosa's side has all the stars, and b) Conklin, and c) easier to pass the othe other way, and d) Apple is soo soooooo bad at run D.
Late in the game OSU adjusted and State just went up the middle on the NTs because Allen could carve a huge hole.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Gardner.||
|3 days 8 hours ago||What is Tlargetfing?||
What is Tlargetfing?
|3 days 20 hours ago||Ohio State made it clear they||
Ohio State made it clear they weren't passing (AGAINST THAT SECONDARY ARGH!) so they loaded up on run defenders and played cover zero and stuff.
They also just rip upfield like mad dogs and they have the DL to do that with. I've known the main guys for awhile but there are some DL down the depth chart on MSU who really impressed versus Ohio State.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Agreed. Though the way the||
Though the way the college game is called these days you really need to be engaged with the guard to get those calls. For that reason I see a lot of middle FBS teams shifting away from that aggressiveness and just having the DTs play grabby vs zone teams. The big schools who can get those super-twitch monsters on DL don't want to do that though. They want to wreck stuff. That was a good identity for Michigan until Glasgow went down, but it may behoove us to have a couple guys down the roster who can play crafty.
|3 days 21 hours ago||PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWLLLL||
|4 days 48 min ago||I saw that, and understood||
I saw that, and understood why Bolden wasn't able to shoot his gap; that play is still mostly about Henry getting cut because that's an easy read for the RB. Still Bolden is shuffling instead of high-tailing after the handoff, and either way I'd like him to realize there's a huge hole and start mitigating the damage.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Someone emailed me asking||
Someone emailed me asking where this Q&A is. Bacon's had it mostly done for awhile but there was one question about the typos that his publisher had to be the one to answer. Since "are you going to fix those?" also means "is there going to be a second print?" that couldn't be answered right away.
There is an answer now, but OSU week is jammed so expect this to come in the offseason.
|5 days 5 hours ago||I posted this yesterday as a||
I posted this yesterday as a diary because I just needed to vomit some words out without interrupting the schedule.
|5 days 8 hours ago||The UM press agent came down||
The UM press agent came down the box when Rudock was around 215 yards and told everyone that if he hits 250 OR 300 that only freshman Henne, Senior Brady and Senior Navarre had done it.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Thanks for replying here '87.||
Thanks for replying here '87. I did consider you've been a fine member of the community for a lot if years but it was also a really bad idea for a post that caused some problems for us as we are trying to collaborate with some good OSU fans on this week's content.
The points will come back on March 1, and I didn't set you back so far that you can't get back to plus before then. You can still reply but I thought it fair to make you earn your way back to being able to start threads after that.
|5 days 13 hours ago||why do I read the comments||
why do I read the comments under such tweets?
|6 days 4 hours ago||We don't like to ask for||
We don't like to ask for money. We don't mind selling you something.
|6 days 7 hours ago||We bought new servers last||
We bought new servers last year. The site redesign was completed but Brian hasn't gotten to it yet and that causes a lot of the problems. Live blogging got way too expensive.
Feedback is appreciated, though this week of all weeks is probably the least effective time to bring it up. Just getting the core content out on Thanksgiving week is a crunch and it's Ohio State week.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Yet another reason OSU and it's fans suck||
Make sure this stuff gets moderated immediately. Boliviating the OP. Talking shit to a rival is one thing but a thread just to call all fans of the rival losers is a bad look.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Thanks Yard Dog! I've heard||
Thanks Yard Dog! I've heard that PSU and ND in particular like to put the parents as far as possible from the action; for Notre Dame at least there's really no bad seat in the house. I've also heard that Michigan is very accomodating; they get seats in the first section above the entrance at the 50 yard line. Sometimes you can tell a lot about a program by how they treat people who are unlikely to be able to do them a favor in return.
Please keep reproducing!!!
|1 week 1 day ago||That question was about PSU's||
That question was about PSU's defensive line more than our RBs' vision. In our pre-chat Jared literally laughed when I started to talk about finding holes in their run defense.
|1 week 1 day ago||I find it disingenuous to use||
I find it disingenuous to use less descriptive terms for what I want to say about a player. I think it's fair for me to crticize things I'm confident about a guy's game, just as it's fair for you to criticize my writing. Where is it written that we can't criticize each other for our crafts?
Also how many times have I talked about De'Veon Smith's astounding pain tolerance? I've had the foot injury he's playing through and I couldn't walk on that. And then he was stood up by four Hoosiers so a fifth could come flying in to give him a headshot. And he came out of that just mad.
The great backs don't "see" holes; they intuitively feel them opening, the same way Gretzky could feel when his winger was coming open. Smith just doesn't have that. Whatever words we use to say it, it means the same thing. Better I think to use honest words than dance around it. PC has its place; it's never been this site's thing to expand it to football talk.
Trust me, there's an awful lot we see that doesn't get published.
|1 week 1 day ago||Different kind of player||
Different kind of player entirely. It's hard to find a good comparison for Michigan because we haven't had that many tall, top-heavy 5-tech types who were that athletic (if you say Pat Massey I'll shoot you down). We've had big dudes, but they're usually in the mold of Wormley or RVB with a low center of gravity.
Closest comparison on this team is you could say Matt Godin is a very poor man's Nassib. Good burst, very hard to block when he shoots a gap, holds up well to TEs and OTs, but because he plays so high you don't want him going against guards and centers that much.
The other comparison is if you supersized Jake Ryan. Actually let's go with that: a 6'7/300 lb Jake Ryan is exactly what Nassib is.
|1 week 1 day ago||He didn't have time to get to||
He didn't have time to get to all of them. For the record they were what's PSU's favorite coverage, are they going to stunt a ton with the DL, and how are you at stretch zone running?
|1 week 3 days ago||He made it clear he intends||
He made it clear he intends to graduate from Michigan. So granted he doesn't win the job (he won't but being fair) I think he'll be around next year at least. I would guess he would stay on for 2016, when he's a redshirt junior, get his degree, then go wherever he pleases as a grad transfer.
|1 week 3 days ago||Also we took our Wolverines||
Also we took our Wolverines later than it seems, when it was time to reach into a pile of guys who do a thing well. We probably overrated Dawkins (Valentine and Shields are the only wings taken after him) and Irvin, though we've seen Irvin take the team on his shoulders late last year. As for the rest Spike is justifiable in the last round, and so is Ricky Doyle as the 8th center taken. Walton was the 4th PG to go. LeVert went 2nd overall but a lot of drafts might have had him go first.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed. I was too caught up||
Agreed. I was too caught up in not wanting to have to root for Valentine and Trimble as they hogged all year. No idea how one of them fell all the way back to Ace but blah.
|1 week 3 days ago||I've maintained since Hill||
I've maintained since Hill went out this year that if he does play college ball ever again I think it'll be Michigan, but the chances are not that likely that he plays college ball again. If his health wasn't a huge question, he'd be in the NFL draft.
If he comes he's the presumptive starter.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's gut check time for our linebackers Morgan, Bolden, and Ross||
Put it in the snowflakes thread.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The thread devolved into||
The thread devolved into angar at the chart for being impossible to read if you're color blind. So I made the chart have no red in it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I took out the red. Then I||
I took out the red. Then I took out a long thing about my war hero grandpa who could spot camouflaged German tanks from the air because of his colorblindness.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think I was one when Carter||
I think I was one when Carter graduated.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My pre-Wolverine Historian||
My pre-Wolverine Historian knowledge of players from the '80s was limited.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I like it. And I love the||
I like it. And I love the Cleveland alumni association club so we could make a trip work probably.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think that game would be a||
I think that game would be a 92% Michigan win. So there's a chance. Also I had selfish reasons for that pick since I have some friends who graduated from W&M (the trip where I took that picture was one of their weddings).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not really since Brian's the||
Not really since Brian's the only guy who can do that. I don't know Drupal at all. And these don't take much time to write--they're more something to do with all the scouting we're doing pre-season so we can properly cover the team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah. Remember how last year||
Yeah. Remember how last year they were one great player and a bunch of guys? That one great player is now gone. The guys include a 6'4 center. The nicest thing I can say about one of their players is that John Beilein really wanted KBD.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There are a lot of good fours||
There are a lot of good fours available and Robert Carter takes a ton of mid-range jumpers. I can't speak for the other guys but I'm playing catchup on hoops, which I barely watch until football is over, and after the amount of shit I took for my double-post gambit in the first turn I've been trying to avoid things that will make my picks easy targets for ridicule.
Plus I needed a PG, and Layman's very good.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I figured with hoops there||
I figured with hoops there are so few guys just saying "TEAM: Bryant McIntosh (PG, NW), Jake Layman (PF, MD), Diamond Stone (C, MD), AJ Hammons (C, PU)" will do the trick.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nope. Because we use a lot of||
Nope. Because we use a lot of body language to deal with them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We should call Lorenz's||
We should call Lorenz's segment "Crooked blue line analysis with..."
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I think referring to him as||
I think referring to him as such while assuming everyone knows who that is was all the respect.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The database is missing a lot||
The database is missing a lot of guys. Late-joining walk-ons weren't always listed. The Opong-Owusu family has their names written like 8 different ways.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So the thing about a computer||
So the thing about a computer engineer being the guy who does UFRs is...
...is that these things get pushed into the future. Along with the entire site redesign for the latest version of Drupal. This site is outdated; like a stadium that's way past its prime and is waiting for the new one to be built, some of the paint is gonna come off.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||More to the point they don't||
More to the point they don't employ anybody of any worth.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN stirring the pot again because they continue to be the wors||
every time some media person proposes Harbaugh for an open NFL job we don't need a thread, especially not in the first damn year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I agree that a pass wasn't an||
I agree that a pass wasn't an awful call. But the one type of pass you don't want to call there is a fade. What makes those plays a good idea in the context of a game is to keep the corners backed off your short passing/outside run game, and they're low downside (an INT is basically a punt) with high upside (long pass completion). The most likely outcome is burning a down.
In that situation the other 30 yards after the first 10 are not very valuable. A 1st down is game over. Forcing M to use timeouts gets you significantly closer.
It wasn't that it was a pass, but the type of pass.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I've been getting those two||
I've been getting those two confused since the 90s. In fact this was the first time in years that I didn't double check, figuring by now I've got it. So of course...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The fake seemed academic. I||
The fake seemed academic. I don't think he was doing any reading.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Johnson is coming open at the||
Johnson is coming open at the end since he's running at the unblocked DE like he's got a kickout block. May be the point was in all the confusion to get him to run by the DE into the open space left by Butt clearing everyone out.
Anyway Minnesota played it well.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||To the IRS Brian and Ace are||
To the IRS Brian and Ace are employees and I'm a contractor. I get a monthly pittance for writing and other stuff, and commission on ad sales, and own 30% of HTTV. But we all three make this our livelihoods.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||1. I think this has been||
1. I think this has been covered thoroughly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Grantland was a subsidiary of||
Grantland was a subsidiary of a gigantic corporation that is itself part of a giga-corp that is publicly traded. Its was suffered to exist because Bill Simmons made them money before and was allowed to go work on his baby. To ESPN it wasn't anything more than a branding element, a thing to say they have highbrow stuff for the highbrow so they can remain the sports leader rather than be pigeonholed into the "Sports for Dummies" site.
To Disney it was lines on a balance sheet. When someone at Disney who reports to the short-term stock price had to do something to justify his position as a C-level person in the face of the first wave of the eventual collapse of the cable industry his company is built on, he made a company mandate to cut jobs everywhere. ESPN had to get names off the balance sheet and the person in charge of there had an axe to grind with Simmons, so he axed Grantland in the shittiest way possible.
MGoBlog is working on an entirely different decision tree. Take the radio. This began with a conversation with UGP when Brian and I were meeting with Rishi regarding Hail to the Victors. We agreed the Huge Show is terrible and that's a prime slot, and he said he'd find it valuable enough to sponsor and that other sponsors would as well, and how much cooler would it be for Michigan fans to have an MGoBlog radio show instead of the Huge Show leading into the coaches show at Pizza House? So we checked out the price to do that, I got enough advertisers onboard to basically cover the cost of it, and now we can talk about Michigan on the radio, and we have good clients with an investment in the Michigan community whom we can help by saying their names on air, and as long as we can keep justifying the cost we can keep doing it.
That's the key difference: the money to us is a means to having jobs where we put out the content we want to. For Disney, the consideration is how few jobs do we need to make the cheapest possible content in order ot maximize the profit margin?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||John Skipper is an||
John Skipper is an asshole.
There, no more worries.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I got as far as a writeup on||
I got as far as a writeup on both of them at the 4th and 5th picks. Then I realized I didn't like any big options that would make their way back to me at the turn, and didn't think Brian would take a second PG, leaving Melo to Ace and Walton finding his way to me next round. That didn't work out.
At least I don't have to spend a year being happy every time Denzel Stupidface Valentine goes off.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||For future reference, call||
For future reference, call the M ticket office and explain. They'll void your tickets and issue you new ones.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Let's leave off of that. I||
Let's leave off of that. I saw the Bucknuts post but the rumor was wrong. It was a beat up 2003. If his car was a brand new freebie from the dealer lot it was probably Maurice Clarett's.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||it's the first one.||
it's the first one.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think your friend was||
I don't think your friend was the only one who knew Speight was considering transferring. I take issue with the idea that this would be an attitude problem. Michigan brought in a lot of quarterbacks with a lot of eligibility to cover the duration of Speight's eligibility. If he transfers it seems like it would be one of those where both sides respect the decision. Not all these QBs can play.
I should also note that virtually every player I have met in this job was seriously considering a transfer at some point. That is not just a reflection of all the shit Michigan has been through, which was harder on the players than the fans. Unless you are starting as a freshman and starring as a sophomore, I think everybody wonders if they'd get a better shot elsewhere. Most players who start process do not finish it. Most players who do transfer do not succeed at their new schools. Humans just naturally believe there's more opportunity on the other side of the hill.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Except that one County where||
Except that one County where they only have one type of pop.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||If you want a dry recap you||
If you want a dry recap you can find those. I don't think that has ever been the kind of thing we post here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Man everybody had shitty||
Man everybody had shitty expectations for Speight. I would put his play as noticeably worse than Rudock but better than Morris v Minn or Bellomy v Nebraska. You could tell he has had much better coaching. But he was pretty awful until the last drive. The two-point conversion play was excellent. I don't know what else we are supposed to expect. He didn't look like a future starter. But he did look like a better option than Morris.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You don't say.||
You don't say.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No changes. I was going to be||
No changes. I was going to be home, sober, and watching with my father in law after we took my kid trick or treating, so earlier this week I offered to let Ace enjoy one of his few remaining Halloweens as a 20-something.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Watch ESPN appears to be working||
It's on pregame.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Not serious according to guy||
Not serious according to guy who emailed us, should be back next week. Take FWIW.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||dammit.||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You have to alter the html||
You have to alter the html code and use the old style of it. Say, for example, you want to skip Adam Sandler and want to get right to After School Special's song, you take the FULL LINK of the Youtube address of the video. I use an auto encoding tool someone put online:
THEN you have to add "&start=[seconds into the video you want it to start]" in both places it has the link.
So for the Ace video we generate some code. Unfortunately it turns "&" into the code for ampersand. I get rid of excess code and add "&start=7" to wind up with the following:
And the video looks like this:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He is totally supposed to||
He is totally supposed to block Murray. But one thing that was consistent from both teams is their blockers are coached not to fight losing battles. I think Murray beat him by leaping outside as soon as he read the speed option. At that point the receiver had no angle and had to leave Murray for the ballcarrier. They're further apart than it looks from the pressbox angle we have; it's still an awful block by the WR and the announcers chewed him out for it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Surprised there are still||
Surprised there are still zeros left.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Nobody else even mentioned||
Nobody else even mentioned that. I didn't want to pile on the kid so I let it stand for what it was, but damn. He's bad enough that the old adage about passing is actually true.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It was discussed||
It was discussed
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He has one.||
He has one.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He is well aware that he's a||
He is well aware that he's a 1st round CB except for his size, which isn't going to change. He's also aware that the NFL will be there in a year but he won't ever get an opportunity to play for Michigan again. This one's pretty strong.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||When I got approved to||
When I got approved to interview George W. Bush in 2004 I ran around my office shouting like a teenage girl. I don't care what politics you are: the President of the UNITED STATES!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The thing about Falk is he||
The thing about Falk is he won't say anything that could get someone in trouble. He said in the book he supported Rich Rod 100% because as far as Falk is concerned the head coach at Michigan gets it his way and the staff at Michigan are responsible for carrying it out. He also said that every new coach was an adjustment. Those are the best answers you will find in the book.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||bluetooth. carry on.||
bluetooth. carry on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'd hate to take money out of||
I'd hate to take money out of his pocket or anything but I read the hardcover and there are bunch of pictures in it, but they're black and white and printed on the page (not glossy inserts). Kindle will have them I'm betting. There's one I snapped a photo of with my phone of him and Lloyd that I liked a lot, and one of him with Steve Everitt at Everitt's home in Florida that's pretty badass, and one of Falk on his first day on the job at Michigan that's funny to look at.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||"Safe" to say? Absolutely||
"Safe" to say? Absolutely not.
But that's a good question to ask the coaches.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think these coaches know||
I think these coaches know what they're doing. Gedeon looks good on the field but multiple players have told us that Bolden makes everybody else look good on the field by calling out things he says about the offense. It is a running thing now that he is going to be a coach someday. There is more to the game than what we can see in a UFR.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||2003 was the most epic game||
2003 was the most epic game certainly, but my favorite moment was Brady Hoke breaking out the Fritz formation to eviscerate them in 2011. That was the point when I started to think this Hoke regime might work out. Silly me.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Please stop trolling our||
Please stop trolling our boards, Big Ten replay ref.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I used MSU boards to find the||
I used MSU boards to find the plays they were complaining about, and asked another Sparty to mention anything that I'd missed. The selection of plays comes from our boards, their boards, coach reactions, and things I spotted going through every play.
I also thought I made that clear. I believe I've sufficiently accounted for selection bias.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan basketball won the||
Michigan basketball won the national championship right before they came to campus.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||A. Yes, I was already||
A. Yes, I was already thinking about this post by the 3rd quarter and was decided on it after the facemask. Losing almost made it not happen, because until I started hearing from the Sparties and remembered what utter douchebags that fan community encourages, I was afraid it would be a bad look. I hate you a little bit now for thinking I'd be so shallow as to only write this to bitch after a loss; my body of work until now should give me more credit than that.
B. It's cumulative Expected Points, not "we should have had 24 more points!" It's only a measure of referee fuckup. I thought I made it pretty clear this wasn't a "Michigan should have won" argument but a "how atrocious were these refs and how badly did it affect us?" post.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||1. Find me a Spartan blogger||
1. Find me a Spartan blogger who would take that on. I did everything I could to check for biases, including visit places on the internet where nobody but the Spartans with serious emotional issues hang out (IE the Red Cedar Message Board) to spot the plays they were talking about. You can see those plays included above.
There are no level-headed MSU bloggers who would attempt something like this because if you are a level -headed Spartan you are Chris Vannini and you graduate out of the Spartanweb, or you just figure every fans' blogosphere is as bad as yours and just give up on trying to have reasonable discussions about sports with internet strangers.
2. There's a reason I haven't done a previous game and hope to never write this article again: This game really was a once-in-a-lifetime one-way jobbing. I know we're all trained to say "well everyone always thinks the refs are against them" but the whole point of this exercise was to stab through that carpet disqualification and actually show EVERY play that both fanbases were bitching about.
3. A quality or lack thereof of the referees was all I was going for. I totaled the EPs but they should be taken as EPs.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Haven't enough refs been paid||
Haven't enough refs been paid this week?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That guy who did that to||
That guy who did that to Rudock is Chris Frey. Ohio State stopped recruiting him for reasons that popped up on a message board and seemed really bad. He was thrown out of last year's game for a seriously dirty hit. Stuff I get personally from MSU people confirms that he's a guy who probably should not be playing college football. Remember his name because I bet you it will end up a stain on his school eventually.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Well that was that time||
Well there was that time Michigan kicked a field goal to win in Columbus and the officials called it no good. The Buckeye who was standing down there in case he could return it said he saw the ball go right over his head, began to walk off the field, then saw the call and kept his mouth shut.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Texas-Oklahoma State is the||
Texas-Oklahoma State is the comparison. That one ultimately had about 5 atrocious calls that went 4-1 against Texas.
Basketball is hard to measure because officials have so many calls to make. Every basketball fan should be able to name 10 times that bad calls went 10 - 1 against them. And then you have the times when the NBA was literally fixing games, or win the Big East had officials on the take. Basketball is an officiating nightmare, period.
In my own fandom, its the Sun Belt refs in the Alamo, and the 2009 Red Wings-Penguins finals, especially the last two games. At least for both of those the sports world was in agreement that the officiating was a wholesale disaster to the point where it nearly overshadowed the contributions oppa players. Or that game Michigan hockey played against Miami. Hockey is also difficult because of the flow of the game.
Most of the time when people talk about a ref screwjob they're focused on one play, probably at the end of the game, which apparently altered the conclusion. Those tend to bring up all of the questionable calls from the game and conclude that the officiating was not perfect. I would guess that the worst of the worst are hidden in blowouts or games that were closer than they should have been but ended correctly and were forgotten.
Interestingly one example of the latter was when this same crew last called a Michigan game, that vs Oregon State. Michigan got pretty badly hosed, though not to this degree, and the game ended comfortably enough that the officiating was a side note.
I very seriously hope that crew does not get to officiate a Michigan game again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I stand by my earlier||
I stand by my earlier assertion that the Big Ten should fire you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah but I'm only showing the||
Yeah but I'm only showing the difference between position a and position b. Each event is given two possible outcomes and I measure the distance between them.
So being on the 1 yard line on 1st and goal is 6.6 or whatever expected points (on my phone so I can't look it up). If the snap goes over the quarterback's head and he runs it down to the 50 to collect the fumble, it is now second down and 50 which is let's just say 0 expected points. That drive does have the potential to score points. The offense just lost 6.6 expected points. But say the defense was erroneously called offsides. So the effect of that bad penalty was ultimately to reward the offense with 6.6 EP. That figure is independent of the actual drive. It is only a measure of the effect of a bad call. When the offense resumes on the one half yard line, they still have the same potential.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Okay so I was in a rotten||
Okay so I was in a rotten mood yesterday when I responded to you and I just realized you probably meant safety as in of the players (face masks etc) as opposed to safety as in that one uncalled hold that didn't affect the play.
So I owe you an apology for the tone of my response. I was out line. I still wholly disagree with your take.
I defend my percents as what my expectations are from watching football a lot. And those were meant to be a check on the high number at the end. But it's still just scratching, not scientific. I wouldn't make the claim that EP totals equal the number of points the refs gave MSU. Just a very rough approximation of the degree of bad in the calls.
I had a coach tell me that his team never commits personal fouls. This was coach speak; he means all fouls are team fouls, because football is a sport of controlled aggression. Getting out of your lane or hitting a guy after the whistle amount to the same thing: a loss of control. I imagine that is how most coaches approach what you called safety fouls. And in a football game they have the same effect. That's how I justify counting them all together. Again this is not a study in EV. That would need to be comprehensive. This just looks at all of the questionable calls to go against either team.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||You nailed the problem on the||
You nailed the problem on the head. The limited times I've been able to question an official (high school refs pretty much) they don't want to undermine another.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I get what you're saying. I||
I get what you're saying. I think that's valid for making a total, not the individual plays. But a total doesn't say anything more than how it swung on the 10 plays included. To make it recursive I need all the data right? That's just beyond the scope of this. I will grant you that simple addition doesn't give a perfect answer. Neither does using a two dimensional tool.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I asked some guys that I||
I asked some guys that I know. Thing is nobody really wants to get into this. I wasn't kidding at the end when I said I wish I had thought of doing a Lewis and Burbridge matchup first. I did this because I want to know I'm not crazy. But you know what people are interested in less than really bad officiating? Really bad officiating that doesn't affect your team.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not doing the entire game||
I'm not doing the entire game though. These are base EP so they have built in drive opportunity.
One drive can have more than 7 pts worth of scoring opportunity because successful plays lead to more drives. There are calculators that take game time into account but for this exercise I preferred not to let end game scenarios warp the importance of things.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Or perhaps all of that||
Or perhaps all of that rational analysis that I checked against a Sparty homer (and I mean a HUGELY BIASED Sparty homer) actually merely documents one of the most lopsided referee screw jobs in the history of sports?
The hypothesis that we walked out of that stadium with was backed up by evidence, and you're saying there's a methodology problem?
Perhaps you're underestimating a typical hose-job. Like I bet you the distribution on this lumps the majority of games between +/- 7 points, i..e more than the spread in most college football games. Referee incompetence that isn't balanced is a natural part of sports. This one live felt like a spectacular outlier, and the numbers represent that. There are huge calls--things that turned a stalled drive into chances for points--that either resulted in points or had those points wiped out by spectacular things (like Michigan holding on some fourth downs). By that context I was suprised the numbers were so LOW.
Frankly I'm not interested in a Sparty attempt because I don't know any Sparty who'd put this much effort into being correct and not biased. I would very honestly love it if you found me one.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||No fucking chance. UFR does a||
No fucking chance. UFR does a good enough job catching that with refs-2 and whatnot. This article was brutal to write and I did it for the reasons stated above, which again are to fix the errors floating around and document one of the most unholy officiating screwjobs to ever not involve a racist host nation.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||We're already due this but||
We're already due this but they should swap the Michigan State game to a home game in Ann Arbor next year (swap the out-of-division one) so they're not on the same schedule as OSU.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That's not how expected||
That's not how expected points work
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I knew that guy was coming.||
I knew that guy was coming. Hello there, that guy!
I didn't even count the safety play in the count but you made it the crux of your argument. I clipped every single play that was controversial, either way. I appreciate you trying to check me, but I find your argument absolutely lacking in any validity whatsoever.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Agree that you'll rarely get||
Agree that you'll rarely get that call but the clip didn't show the finish when Wormley got spuno around by his pads. The obvious part came after the ball was away but was also pretty obvious. Anyway I didn't count that one in the total.
For Henry watch the clip. He's in the air when the whistle goes.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Good call. I didn't know this||
Good call. I didn't know this part of the rule. Glad I didn't count it in the total then.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I wanted to avoid tickytack||
I wanted to avoid tickytack defensive holding specifically because both teams are handsy. Again, if the refs aren't calling it more than 50% of the time it happens, let it go.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||One of the main things going||
One of the main things going into this was not to start clipping and assessing every hold. If it's a call I'd expect the refs to make less than 50% of the time it's not worth getting upset over, either way.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I make fun of Notre Dame fans||
I make fun of Notre Dame fans all the time for arguing "inconclusive!" on that one time their guy stepped out of bounds (was it Golden Tate? It was Tate right?)
I watch reviews as independent of the call on the field unless the guy on the field had a unique angle, e.g. when a sideline judge is calling a TD for a ball breaking the plane, since there's no video (in college--they have those cameras in the NFL) with a direct horizontal view that guy has.
I'm more certain, independent of the call on the field, that his foot was down and that's a catch. Once I'm at that point, arguing that the video is inconclusive is arguing they should have gotten the call wrong.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Very fair.||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||YESSSS! Dennis from the OC is||
Dennis from the OC is on the line.
I will murderdeathkill anyone who bitches about him this time.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Monday 5-7||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's WTKA's antenna. It cuts||
It's WTKA's antenna. It cuts out at about Orchard Lake Rd.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||nobody wins||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Prefer they're eithera) This||
Prefer they're either
a) This year or,
b) I haven't seen them before (e.g. the above).
Also I'll judge AFTER Halloween.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It really isn't fair. People||
It really isn't fair. People go to Michigan for the Daily, which is one of three main feeders for the major media outlets (Princeton and Northwestern the others these days). MSU has a journalism program that puts its graduates into low-level copywriter jobs. The State News is pretty typical of an American collegiate student paper while the Daily is as elite for its field as the B school.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Drew Stanton||
Loved watching him play at Harrison despite rivalries. Was great at MSU running an early-ish spread offense. Took being drafted by the Lions like a man, and is involved in every volunteer thing still.
Also he works for one of our sponsors now.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Nope that came from||
Nope that came from Craigslist.
They pop up and go while the higher priced ones have remained on there for a few weeks (as long as I was looking). A couple posts appeared yesterday asking if there are any more.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||There was a tweet someone||
There was a tweet someone threw up on slack yesterday that Penn State...
...has the best passing game OSU has faced yet this year. I guess facts are facts but daaaaaaaaaamn.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||It's a point of pride between||
It's a point of pride between Chesson and Peppers who is faster.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Ace is checking out how often||
Ace is checking out how often MSU goes 3-wide (ie how many plays Michigan would be in their 4-3/Ross personnel) when he does the FFFF viewing.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That's cool.I have a whole||
I have a whole post on this going tomorrow.
But...that's...pretty wizard...I guess.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||By using a win likelihood calculator||
The chance of converting those 3rd and longs was actually not very good for Michigan's favor, but the 70 seconds run off the clock on 1st and 2nd down did marginally improve Michigan's chances of winning. Given how good Michigan's defense was that year, it's hard to point to any 40 second runoff with zero yards that would be more valuable than Michigan's base offensive performance.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Then count number of plays||
Then count number of plays run from scrimmage, not time of possession. Indiana when they still had first- or second-string quarterbacks alive would demoralize opponents by scampering to the line and running another play at ludicrous speed. That doesn't eat up a lot of clock but it has a significant football effect. So does making the other team's offense stand on the sideline for 15 or 20 minutes while you keep getting 1st downs.
Why not use it as a proxy? Because it sucks as a proxy. And other things you can measure are better as a proxy than Time of Possession:
The top one would need a season's worth of stats before the noise starts to leave the numbers, but it would also be of use in assessing a team's ability to limit possessions for the other team after a lead is established.
Measuring success at limiting possessions (whether to salt away a game or to keep your defense from having to run too many plays, or to raise the variance of the game if you're an underdog, etc.) would have some value, even if it's not as predictable (meaning good at predicting future success) as stats like yards per play or points per drive or percentage of available yards gained or turnover %. For example Michigan may have planned on 4 really cool blitzes that they thought would work against the team they're playing, and the fewer plays the defense runs the larger % of total plays are those special ones they drew up (which won't be as effective once they're used up). The more plays a defense faces, the greater % of those plays are going to be the base defense, and the more comfortable the offense will be with defeating it.
In Michigan's case I think our amazing depth everywhere but linebacker has made our defense especially capable of performing even as long drives persist. How many times this year has a drive gotten a key 3rd down conversion or something due to dumbass luck or a crappy penalty or whatever, then the defense shuts that down too? Our players don't get as tired because Michigan has the luxury of guys to rotate in who can perform as well as the starters.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Correlation does not imply orange||
You are making the classic blunder of those who use TOP as a metric: you're supposing that the cart is pulling the horse.
Teams that win time of possession consistently win football games for a very good reason: being ahead by a multi-score margin for most of the game means teams will try to burn clock as part of the strategy to limit possessions and therefore opportunities for the other team to score. Teams that are behind will do the opposite: they'll try to get either chunk yardage, out of bounds, first downs or incompletes in order to preserve clock and maximize possessions.
Put it this way: if you're down two touchdowns, do you try to "win time of possession" by going for 4- and 5-yard runs and letting the clock run down so your defense is fresher? Only if you're Kirk Ferentz. Time of Possession is therefore a mostly useless stat, since it is just measuring which team was trying to run the clock out, which is almost always the winning team.
You COULD create a statistic of use that is situational, however. IE you could track how much time a team runs off the clock when they're up by two or more scores in the 4th quarter or, like, at least 21 points before that, as a measure of their ability to put games away. But that should be separated out from other stats and used only to judge a team for when it's trying to salt away versus when its offense is operating normally.
It would be interesting to know things like how much time off the clock in a 4th quarter scenario is equal in value to a touchdown immediately. But since the value of a possession that starts on your own 25 is far less than that of a touchdown, the number of possessions you would have to remove from the game to make it equal to a touchdown would have be to rather large. I bet if you're up 17 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter, a 12-minute non-scoring drive or a 10-minute field goal drive is about equal to a touchdown drive that scores immediately. In other words, scoring points wins games, not playing keepaway.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I mean seriously||
MSU? OSU? TCU? Very rich people?
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||Subjective and not definite.||
Subjective and not definite. I've been tweaking since.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The one downside to losing||
The one downside to losing Dave Brandon was that was our one shot at ever naming it the Molly McGannon Memorial Student Section.
If we'd raised the funds this could have totally happened. The dream is dead.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||And is there a name more fun||
And is there a name more fun to say than "Clint Copenhaver"?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Something like that. And to||
Something like that.
And to the other guy: Gold played behind Sword for the most part. I wrapped his snaps into that.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Is your handle giving Ezeh a||
Is your handle giving Ezeh a score?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's a statement about how||
That's a statement about how good Glasgow has been. Also Renes was even better in '98.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||How to Score A+: Best||
Nobody on the '97 defense scored lower than a B except nickel, which they barely used. I thought I was pretty fair.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The highest possible GPA you||
The highest possible GPA you can have is a 4.0,
Woodson scored a 4.3.
We're done here.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||willing to trade msu pair of tickets for ohio pair||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This would make a good diary.||
This would make a good diary.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Accessory after the fact||
A reader had a legal question, was referred to legal people who probably know way less about football than us.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Why LTT was dismissed from team||
Posted on the front page with locked thread so board thread was superfluous. Prefer not to have anyone know we have readers who think this shit is okay.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I wrote an epic on Schobert||
I wrote an epic on Schobert when I drafted him. I want some damn recognition for finding this guy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The MGoBloggers Will Be There||
Brian, Ace, me, Adam, the photographers, maybe David, not sure who else.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||derf. fixed when David||
derf. fixed when David noticed it.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I wasn't aware that's a||
I wasn't aware that's a secret. Like I think it's in his introductory post.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Man I called it a wham and||
Man I called it a wham and then got "corrected" by a certain former lineman who shall remain nameless.
It's hard to tell with this play but I think your analysis could be correct except I disagree about whether he's reading the NT. Maybe he should(?) be, but he's definitely watching the MLB because that's whose eyes he grabs, and that's whom he stuttered out of the hole.
And it makes sense from a play design angle. The NT could stunt or shoot into the wham block to cause all sorts of ruckus, and given he's lined up in a zero tech in a real 3-4 you're not going to get a lot of information about what gap he's going into--it's likely he has both of them and is just responsible for controlling his man.
On the other hand if as you say his first read is the gap he chose, he can watch to see if the MLB follows the center's pull (because that's a common enough key). If the MLB ignores the pull hit the backside; if he bolts to the backside you've taken care of the MLB. Instead he created option c: make the MLB do a stupid thing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||We have it.||
We have it.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Nice work! JZ and I got this||
JZ and I got this far and found their album "The Mean Streets of Ace Deuce" last night in the studio but all the sites had them taken down.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Ace was not in Donkey Punch.||
Ace was not in Donkey Punch. DP was big on campus when I was in school; Ace would have been in middle school then.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Working on that.||
Working on that.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This should not be happening||
This should not be happening anymore now.
When it happened before it was because one of the ad networks we run had some of these redirect ads in the mobile version. I paused them until they assured me they had found the problem and cleaned it up.
I've paused them again. Let me know if it keeps happening after 11 am today.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I think you're coming from a||
I think you're coming from a perspective that's shared by most in the college athletics world and many in the business world, but is not the perspective of most, and nor is it, I would argue, the right perspective.
Whether to speak out is ultimately an ethical question, right? On one hand, being part of an organization grants you access and a unique perspective. An enemy of that organization could use that perspective to damage the org. And one perspective inside is probably not a complete picture, so if one guy is talking and everyone else is mum the public will end up with a skewed perspective. That's why it's unethical to share secrets about the goings on of your company, your school, your program, etc.
However there is a higher level of ethics than that, and here's the disconnect. The people you're arguing with are speaking to these higher moral imperatives: that when your organization is diseased to the point where it's doing harm to itself and those who are part of it, the ethical thing to do is blow the whistle.
On both levels, we seek Truth. THAT is the moral we are serving when we keep our mouths shut about what goes on in our organizations. What I mean is that silence is NOT an ethic into itself. It is taught as such because it's self-serving; instilling silence is an effective method of protecting your organization from a few facts giving out a false truth, and of saving your own ass.
In this case, the Truth is that things were very wrong inside the Michigan program. And if ANYBODY who was around that program has absolutely proven his loyalty to Michigan and should be trusted implicitly to convey Truth about what went on in there, it's Gardner. We have had some impressive people come through this program, but he stands very high among them. If he throws shade on Brady Hoke, Hoke deserves it. If he throws shade on Nussmeier, it's because it's an open secret that the players did not trust Nuss.
These facts can no longer hurt Michigan; if Gardner spoke out a year ago it could have driven off recruits and damaged the team. But now we should all want to know the Truth of what happened to make Michigan so bad in 2014. Because what we care about more than Hoke's reputation here is that no player has to go through what Gardner did again.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Thickening agent. It makes||
Thickening agent. It makes the sauce stick to the pasta.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Boo 16-team conferences.||
Boo 16-team conferences. There aren't enough games to see your rivals. 16 teams is a league, not a conference. I'm with you on having a separate division for what's now the "Power 5." That in fact is what Division 1 was supposed to be, and they've actually threatened the NCAA to make a "Division 4" with their own rules if they couldn't offer full cost of attendance stipends.
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||I have a toddler. I use what||
I have a toddler. I use what I've got on hand.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I heard it's a fight. TV||
I heard it's a fight. TV wants a night game, and Ann Arbor PD are like no fucking way you're going to have SPARTANS drinking in our city all day.
I'd bet it's 3:30.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||When he sees holes and makes||
When he sees holes and makes holes and gets one thousand yar
|8 weeks 1 day ago||They'll overnight if possible||
They'll overnight if possible or issue an e-ticket. I bought my 2012 MSU ticket from them at 3pm Friday and it was on my doorstep before we left the next morning. I think it added six bucks or something.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||True. Actually I was planning||
True. Actually I was planning on it for early next week initially but the huge swing in Maryland tickets made it more relevant for this week. I had it ready yesterday but we had a flood of content yesterday and I didn't need to bump UFR down any further.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Here's your answer,||
Here's your answer, basically. They're not going to pretend like they're the only place you can buy and sell tickets. They do what they do: aggregate all the not-StubHub sites, and guarantee the tix you buy. If you want to use them for that, great. If you don't it's not like they lost business. They're our friends for a reason.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think of all types of||
I think of all types of gambling it's hardest to lose your shirt on daily fantasy sports. I've lost more betting the guy in the row in front of me that 5 to 1 Peppers takes this one to the house. Peppers isn't returning 20% of punts so this is a bad bet. But I'm not buying the odds nor really trying to make money. I want that moment when Peppers does return one, when I'm high-fiving the whole section for calling it, and the dude is happily handing me $25 for not BELIEVING.
Gambling is dumb. It's also fun as shit.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Well put, and you're right. I||
Well put, and you're right.
I tried for a time of having the DK sponsorships be tied to JamieMac articles. As you know, Jamie got sick. And we weren't paying him (not that he'd take our money) to do it, and he still has a very good job he does a very good job of, so getting stuff in timely was a thing. Frankly there isn't anyone better than JamieMac so replicating that is impossible. But I will ping him now to see if maybe he'd do it again.
Obviously from these responses I need to figure out another way of presenting their content.
As for the visceral reaction: yeah; but I'm asking for what's a better compromise with the readers than "okay Seth you have to drop Draft Kings as a sponsor now because ESPN took $40 million or whatever to let your sponsor eye-fuck everyone who consumes ESPN."
Maybe just label the posts Fantasy Whatever. Maybe there's a better idea. Just know the difference between having DK advertise at their current level is very close to the margin of whether or not I can do MGoBlog as a living.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is the most||
I think this is the most constructive idea so I'm posting my long reply to all the other suggestions under it. There isn't a color code but I can start labeling the headlines. The intent was never to trick anybody. If you don't like fantasy sports then you should skip it. If you do, and you're gonna end up trying daily fantasy anyway, let ours be the ad you click. They're paying us either way; the difference is whether you're playing against other MGoBloggers and that I try to pick a contest that's more fun and less something the people with algorithms are gaming. I am seriously, sorry for betraying you.
Why not just take donations instead of ads? If we start making levels of beveled guilt where you get something everyone else doesn't then that's great for the six-figure crowd to whom $100 or something isn't a big deal, and they don't treat it as a big deal.
But it's jolly rotten for anyone who can't afford that, which is a sizeable population. I've given to and been part of plenty of orgs that run on donations and they're huge sellouts. I can't tell you how many times I had to suck up to Mitch Albom while on the board of Volunteer Impact (and he still doesn't remember my name). The University of Michigan Athletic Department itself has to create special rooms and special meet and greets and throw names up everywhere to keep their donor base giving. It's annoying for the donors because they're constantly bombarded to give more and encouraged to play the game of one-upsmanship. It's annoying for the non-donors because they have to be bombarded with the names of people who can spend the price of their daughter's education on something like that. It's annoying for the coaches who have to smile and glad-hand these big ballers so they can go back to teaching kids to ball. The "let's let the rich pay for it so the rest can have it" model always becomes "let's let the rich have it how they want it and the rest can live in their J. Ira & Nicky Harris world."
But ads annoy. I'm Gen X; I've been inundated with ads since birth and rebeled against them too. But we also have to be realists: for half a century we got to watch TV for free because ads supported them. Michigan Replay would go to a break and you'd just have to sit there for several minutes watching GM parade their cars around before you could get back to the Brandy and Bo. The Buicks were on the same screen as the show. You changed the channel and instead of Bo there was a pickup driving over a pile of dirt and you dealt. It wasn't until cable bundles, and that they forced you to pay for the worst channel ever conceived by a non-fascist or communist nation to get the channels you actually wanted, that it got evil.
There's a transition that is going to have to happen for this to be worthwhile as a career for more than Brian. This blog started as internet obsessives who were just like "I'd rather write for basically free than not write." That was a STEAL if you read the site in 2007-2009, but if you saw Brian's apartment or Brian's car from that time (he still has the car) you'd recognize who you were stealing from. We don't want to ask readers to buy us new cars; we'd much rather earn the money to buy new cars by asking you to give a few seconds of eye-to-brain time to sponsors who won't screw you before you read 11,000 words De'Veon Smith runs.
It is now one of the premier sports sites on the internet, and is the premier site for any one team. We're not going to bring in the money the Freep does, but with far more readers than their sports section it would be nice if our staff writers could be paid like the Freep pays theirs, i.e. enough to have a middle class existence. I made less than anyone who reads this site except the students last year. I have a mortgage and a kid and a busted up driveway that I can't fix, and a widowed mom and grandma-in-law, and would like to have more kids. The model we're shooting for isn't to get rich of this--it's to be only as annoying as we have to be in order to go to bed at night without having to answer "when are you going to be done with this and get a REAL job?"
The best model for free content is to have a bunch of ads. The best way to have ads that have value to the sponsors is that they are not easily skipped. It would be highly unethical of me to take their money and then undercut it by waving readers away. What I can do though is portray them honestly, in our own words. What I can do is select them and know what they do, and only take money from those who are actually worth your while. I can put in the time and effort to translate what they want to say rather than slap them on ever lunch box. That blurs the line of content, but I also find it a more honest way of serving both the advertisers and readers.
I totally understand why Draft Kings is bringing this to the surface, because they're spending hundreds of millions right now to hit you in all the places you go for content where you can't actually talk to the dudes who sold it. I ask that you keep that in perspective. Find me another Draft Kings-sponsored media outlet who will explain why and how and from whom they're taking this money. ESPN's app makes you scroll past "Daily Fantasy" in the menu bar to get to "College Football." Grantland has videos where they're drafting entire teams. Our radio ad for Draft Kings starts: "Ace, this is an ad break in a sports-themed show, what does that mean? It means Draft Kings!"
As for Homesure Lending sponsoring UFR, that is a guy who is breaking even on his advertising and who only advertises in one place: MGoBlog. Matt is a friend going way back to when he and my brother played football together at Seaholm. He put his time in at a retail lender, saw every way they hose their clients, and built a business that works exactly not like that. He offered to sponsor UFR because he was sick of there not being UFRs when Michigan loses to Ohio State or in a bowl game. He came up with the idea of football eve because the night before the first game of the season he's so damn jittery his family has to just about throw him out of the house. He saved me more on my mortgage payment than his ads make for me.
Run down our list of advertisers. Matt. There's Kevin from the Alumni Association, who is best friends with Ira, and wants to send HTTV to every member, and who told me in his first converstation that his goal is to make Michigan Alumni association membership the best deal in the Big Ten. There's Taylor from Park n Party, who does what he does so he can live next door to the stadium and buy burger meat for Peg Canham's barbecues. There's the guy who wants to make Michigan watches, the guy who wants to make Brown Jug replicas, and the guy who wants his new coffee shop to be the place where people congregate to talk about how Beilein's frontcourt is up to 240/250 pounds each. There's TiqIQ, because they hired Jared Cooper who used to run the now-defunct Sporst Power Weekends. There's Stubbs, whose head dude is an MGoBlog fan, and their "ad" was basically to make Joe Pichey available. There's Reid and his boutique local law firm he has to fight the ways old people get screwed. There's Kenny Magee, who wanted to turn his collection of Michigan memorabelia into a shop so he can share it with people and spend his days talking to other Michigan obsessives. And of course our first and longest sponsor, Rishi from UGP, who if you were to try to build the kind of guy you want running a business from the ground up this is precisely what you'd come up with. He is also the benchmark I use to decide who we'll take money from.
Note that CokeZero, the Draft Kings of last year, is not on that list. They came to us with a dumptruck of money, but they also didn't get who you are or how to make something valuable to you. The previous year's big spender, CBS, is also not on that list. Coors isn't on that list. Volkswagon isn't on that list.
With DK I work with Larry Axelband, who has come on here and interacted any time there's been a problem with an account. He also made it $5 cheaper to get HTTV after the Kickstarter every year. He was the guy at his own daily fantasy site, and now he is one guy with a little compartment of a huge daily fantasy site. I would like to continue taking his money and making it worthwhile to him, because we are sports fans who like to play fantasy sports, and even my threadbare shirt is impossible to lose betting $3 on a team I've assembled that has a very small chance of winning. Drafting the team is the fun part anyway. If you're down with all this, seriously, I am very open to suggestions of how I can make it not suck.
Thank you for the feedback. The lines are open.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||No it is the new don't||
No it is the new don't upgrade your iOS, or don't forget to wear sunscreen or look both ways before you cross the street or don't eat yellow snow. It is sage advice that can protect you from horrible things, and therefore whatever civilization you live in will emphasize it to the point where becomes cliche.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||No but Utah had an Aussie||
No but Utah had an Aussie punter too.
These diagrams are meant to show the matchups. Kickers and punters largely play against themselves, and returners play against entire teams. I show the offense and defense of Michigan just so you can see who's up against whom.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I get you. But the first||
I get you. But the first sentence of the post says...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Only if Dave Brandon let you||
Only if Dave Brandon let you into Michigan Stadium for free.
Long before DK went ad blitzing they were supporting us, and they continued to do so when half the readership bolted because who wants to read about a puttering out Brady Hoke team after ND did to Michigan what Michigan just did to BYU.
We're sports fans here--fantasy sports is a no-brainer sponsor. Before we had one we had these rooms popping up on board threads. But I've been extremely careful in how we do it. We have ONE sponsor from that market. Before it was DK it was Draft Street, which Larry Axelband--our contact guy--built from the ground up. He sold that to DK and oversaw the incorporation of his play database into their system. Compare the player rating system of DK to FD one day and you'll see how effective that was.
I play these all the time but I prefer the two times a month or so when we have an MGoReadership game and I can recognize all the handles. If you think I can offset this better let me know; I wil incorporate it if I can or unless I have a very good reason not to. I think we've been very clear when Draft Kings is sponsoring that we do a thing, which is more than I can say for Grantland.
DK isn't shy about the fact that they've been in a war with FanDuel, and you're well aware of the outcome. But you should also note that while leaping from obscurity to ALL THE ADS, the only uptick in DK ad frequency on this site is they're now sponsoring a segment on the radio show.
We're trying to have our living and have our longtime sponsor, and have our readership not annoyed and have our site free. I can control what we put on this site and how, but I think it'd be unfair for us to stop doing the thing we've been doing for four years because our sponsors got huge.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Agree.||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||That was my call and he's||
That was my call and he's still hurt.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I always do. It's the kicker||
I always do. It's the kicker and kick returner on the offense and the punter and punt returner on defense.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||dangit. That got past both me||
dangit. That got past both me and the DK guy twice. Fixed
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I asked. They can't because||
I asked. They can't because the contest has already started. The M players are still in the late games but I checked with DK and the M players can't earn points there so no reason to have those games.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I reinstated it. I like that||
I reinstated it. I like that fans think this is the place to come to start new traditions.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I'm too lazy to scroll up and||
I'm too lazy to scroll up and plus you but thanks.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Sure. Though some I keep not||
Sure. Though some I keep not erasing because I miss them.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah we were just talking||
Yeah we were just talking about it. The UNO player deserved it. He tried to choke Porter.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||1 million MGoPoints to||
1 million MGoPoints to whoever can find us a recording of Ace's ska band.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||BOOOOOOOOO! Just for that I'm||
Just for that I'm calling that guy right now and getting him back on.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Because you can't blow your||
Because you can't blow your nose or sniffle on the radio. So you grab some TP and clean up.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||David and I made our own||
David and I made our own lists. I had 7-0 over the Avs in 2002. The last game of that whole rivalry, the follow-up to the Statue of Liberty. Chasing Roy right out of Colorado.
David had 10-1 last CCHA 2008 quarterfinals. Porter's final game. Last night of Old Yost.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Gimmicky Top Five: Most Fun Blowouts||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|8 weeks 5 days ago||So I have been doing this.||
So I have been doing this. Not as a chant but a little section 18 tradition that's now 3 games old. As time is winding down on a win I have been standing at the top of the section by the exit and yelling at the top of my lungs, "Who's got it better than us?" and about 30 people respond.
I don't think would work as a stadium chant. But so far people seem to like it as a circumstantial tradition. It also gives me a chance to really cut loose with my voice because I have a rather loud set of pipes
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Beautiful, man.||
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Well motioning a wide||
Well motioning a wide receiver inside can only be as old as when receivers lined up outside, so we're already into the last half of the 20th century.
I think what he was pointing at with "modern" is really "as opposed to how Lombardi blocked it." The Packers liked to swarm you with a tight end and a fullback. Most offenses aren't going to commit that many players to the backfield, so then either you line the receiver up on the opposite side (and limit your passing attack) or find a way to get him involved in blocking.
Most run attacks have receivers block cornerbacks. It's an easy enough block because the CB will run with you on a route and then realize it's a run. But the crack block is a way of getting better matchups, since the receiver is taking out an edge defender and that means the cornerback should meet a fullback or guard. Any power play is about getting those matchups and exploiting them to make space--a guard on cornerback block is going to create a lot of space to run through.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks.||
|9 weeks 1 day ago||OT - I'm Hiring IT People||
Sorry can't use the board as a kiosk, even if you mean well. Hope an hour of blind eye got you a candidate or two.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||University traditions are||
University traditions are cool. I for one would rather see the Mud Bowl continue in some form. The alumni who own the building seem okay with hosting it in whatever format. Get everyone with a stick up their ass out of the room, including IFC, and just make it the annual IM championship game for all IM football teams.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Yep. You'll see ads for this||
Yep. You'll see ads for this starting Sunday.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It goes back to a Utah||
It goes back to a Utah play:
BYU runs a 4-wide passing spread and Michigan will likely spend a good portion of downs in their dime, meaning there are going to be multiple slot receivers testing their seam coverage. I wanted to know ahead of time who's responsible because BYU likes to attack there a lot.
Zordich's answer seems to be saying they defend it the same way Penn State did in Paterno's old "Hero" cover 3, and how Saban's tree does it too (it's a key part of pattern matching). We were wondering if the above was on Morgan for reacting to the screen action, or Wilson or Bolden for not getting over. Rather it seems it was Peppers, who didn't stay atop this vertical release before heading to the flat. Anyway the quick seam in Michigan's scheme is whoever's lined up on top of the guy.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||If you mean the Cover 3 one..||
That was my question to settle an argument between me and Brian.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||He has an event coming up to||
He has an event coming up to promote his book. Might be a good q to ask. He doesn't tell most stories; that's why Big Jon was around to hear the ones he can tell. This isn't a PR guy or a journalist used to sharing information. He was an equipment manager and a friend to everyone who came through his locker room. You're not gonna get many negative stories about anyone from him, partly because he doesn't tell those sorts of tales, and partly because (my opinion) he doesn't seem to notice the bad in anyone.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||1. Harbaugh probably wouldn't||
1. Harbaugh probably wouldn't have worked for Brandon. Look how much effort went into that recruitment for December 2014. The Carr thing was smoothed over but all the captains and luminaries joining in to welcome him home...you'd have needed a very different AD to coordinate what basically some fans and program guys were motivated to do after some crazy circumstances.
2. Fire Red? No way. Berenson has earned his right to go out when he likes, whatever our preferences. If Grandpa brought the family to America and fought in World War II and built the family business and paid for this wedding, it doesn't matter how long the line for the bathroom gets; he can stay there as long as he likes.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||That part I think led to the||
That part I think led to the wrong idea. Brandon did make good money on his stock. He wouldn't have known that the stock would go up because that was mostly due to a crazy lucky (or smart) play by the CFO, who bought wheat futures the extreme low of the market right before they shot up to historic highs for three years. There was a WSJ article about it. That move allowed Domino's to make their product for way less than their competition for several years, and that advantage allowed them to do other things to take market share. No way the CEO from pre-2009 could have guessed the CFO in 2011 would pull off one of the best commodities trades of the century.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Shit. I think my initial||
Shit. I think my initial email got messed up somehow.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Via Falk directly: he didn't.||
Via Falk directly: he didn't.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||As I notioned when talking||
As I notioned when talking about it, a lot of these people have contracts, and a lot of them were 5-star recruits for their jobs. They lost some institutional knowledge but it's not like their only qualification was saying Yes to Dave Brandon. I don't think there's any way to undo this transition. The upside however is that the people we have now are at least competent and were trained by the best. And for the foreseeable future Michigan can still afford them. It's not ideal, and it's not what it used to be, but there are worse situations to walk into.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||One person was crushed to||
One person was crushed to death.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Jay is the ringleader of the||
Jay is the ringleader of the 409s. The other brother has been saying "I was horrified like all Penn State fans. I love my dad and miss him. We should all be thinking about the victims" to anyone who puts a microphone in front of him.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The Lions: bad.||
The Lions: bad.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Which Birmingham?||
inquring people from the one in Michigan want to know.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||We are starting to get close||
We are starting to get close to my political views so this'll be the last bit. I just don't see the harm, so why ban it? I will grant that there is a quite logical argument to be made to expand the definition of gambling to include just about any game where money is on the line.
But to me this should not be an exercise in definitions. It's a question of whether a business is so destructive to our society that it should be banned to prevent that destruction. You can extrapolate my frustration with people who get this mixed up to get a sense of my politics and I'm sorry about that. Anyway that's where my personal feelings on the matter come from. That and my own bottom line and that I enjoy playing daily fantasy games because it's an outlet for all this useless knowledge I have about football players.
Since I am clearly biased on this, and I am clearly not arguing the same question that the state of Massachusetts is arguing, I will hang up and listen from here.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||There is absolutely a poverty||
There is absolutely a poverty issue with gambling in general. I think that argument is weakest in this case. DK takes money from sports fans, especially online sports fans. The average MGoBlog reader is probably in the top 20% of Americans, because we have a lot of grad educations and high-paying professions, and highly motivated, intellectual people. Spend one day trying to track the Draft Kings people down or working through their system and you'll meet a bunch of 20-somethings who know way too much about the San Francisco Giants for an East Coaster, and never sleep.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Is that what Vegas is saying?||
Is that what Vegas is saying? They were told to slow-play because of legality concerns? Because, like, Vegas didn't have daily fantasy games out there too?
I am not as familiar with FanDuel, but Draft Kings was built by buying up the uber fantasy nerds. You'll remember Larry of Draftstreet, who was also Larry the guy who plays with stat sheets. Draft Kings acquired him and his database, and now has him putting projection lines on Baseball-Analysis.com etc. Football doesn't lend itself well to statistical projections or else we'd have a weekly article on it by now.
The focus on statistics is to make the dollar amounts as fair as possible. To me that sounds like a game: create fair rules where people can test their wits and knowledge. What they don't do is set some guys purposefully low to entice people to play, as Vegas is constantly doing with lines for Michigan.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||^ This is why we have these||
^ This is why we have these before lunch.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This happened during spring||
This happened during spring practice. His whole family came to practice so Ian wouldn't have to be separate from them. However the family didn't want to make it public yet. This led to some practice observers who didn't know what happened saying things about Ian looking distracted or not all in or confused--not their fault since he was distracted and Michigan wasn't about to go make a media thing out of it against the Buntings' wishes. One noted his family was at practice and I found the death notice in Chicago. I told Brian and the guys here of course, and Sam and Ira, and Lorenz, but it was hard not screaming at anyone posting negative practice reports about Bunting all Spring.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||You didn't see the names of||
You didn't see the names of the colors until after you voted, man. Only 80 votes, not "nearly half" were in at that point. The Iowa color was very noticeably orangeier than what Michigan has been wearing, as evidenced by photos when Michigan played Iowa. So anyone going Iowa yellow or darker was in favor of darker than Michigan was wearing.
That whole thing made me realize two things: 1) Way more people agreed with me than I thought, and 2) The highlighter mafia exists. Fortunately they changed the color to something close to a consensus and now it's just that minority instead of the bulk of the fanbase who'll be annoyed by it.