I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|2 days 9 hours ago||I've got a high tolerance.||
I was never very bothered by those guys. M-Wolverine read and posted on everything on this site, so of course things had meaning to him. He also came to every MGoEvent, bought every MGoThing, and participated in as many MGoActivities as we'd let him.
Mejunglechop wrote some good diaries in the day and I don't remember him being an outright asshole to me ever, or to anyone else ever except about the Brandon Brown shit.
If I could pick any guy to not ban it's chitown. So what if most of the time he posted with quibbles; his quibbles were very informed and more often than not when he chastised me (his favorite target) he was right and it made the post better for that.
Brian makes these calls, not me. But my main concern with sending the committedcontrarians on their way is we're giving up on anything they contributed, which wasn't nil.
Various people had problems with me--especially since I was one of the first to detract from the site being all-Brian--and gave me shit in the comments. Those worth answering I answered cordially and took their concerns seriously, and eventually even guys who hated me (jg2112 comes to mind) seemed to get used to me and could appreciate what I posted.
People have been shits to Brandon and BiSB--and I've been telling those guys to just ignore the shits as sad internet people and treat the good people being shitty as such. I guess banning is an answer. The best answer with non-useless people is to win them over.
|2 days 14 hours ago||try hitting refresh. links||
try hitting refresh. links get loaded badly occasionally. it seems to be working for me.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Dammit. I wish I knew it was||
Dammit. I wish I knew it was my fraternity playing; I would have been there (not that I know a single person in Phi Psi now, and if they're competing in the Mud Bowl they're probably nothing like the collection of stoner-intellectual-comedians I joined, but still: dammit).
|2 days 17 hours ago||They're still a pretty awful||
They're still a pretty awful company. 99% of the time if you see it on BR it's been stolen from somewhere else. ALWAYS check to see if you can find the same article or video elsewhere first. They don't attribute so it takes a little googling, but not that much.
|2 days 17 hours ago||when did you graduate W&M? I||
when did you graduate W&M? I have a bunch of friends who went there '98-'02 ish
|2 days 17 hours ago||Ah, that glorious day on||
Ah, that glorious day on campus every year when the co-eds emerge from their long hibernations under North Face jackets, and play with frisbees.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Because doing the same thing||
Because doing the same thing we've done the last 18 times in a row is so insane it's the absolute LAST thing they'll expect us to do!
I got nuthin' man. Sometimes our offense does things that are really stupid.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Because 98% of plays (and||
Because 98% of plays (and 100% this year) that guy's job is to accept a snap and quickly have it down right before the kicker arrives. That's hard to learn, and Michigan's backup quarterback this year is a freshman whose time is better spent learning the offense. Last year the backup quarterback was a receiver.
Why not Cleary (or last year: Bellomy?) Because Dileo asked for the job and was good at it, and those guys were just trying to move up the QB depth chart.
I think most teams have a QB in there not because you really need a guy to be a passing threat, but because you need a guy with large, good hands and a sure temperment to not screw up holds, and that's a lot like a quarterback. FG fakes should get a guy wide open out of surprise, since it's a terrible formation to pass out of if the other team is expecting that. And finally you'd be surprised how many of the other guys can actually throw pretty accurately--they are major athletes after all--even if they've never developed the ability to read defenses, etc. This isn't a play where you need to read a coverage and pick apart a defense; it's one where you need to lob it to a tight end.
Michigan probably doesn't do much fake field goal-ing because their edge blockers aren't big receiving threats. If Jake Butt wins a job on the field goal team maybe we'll do that more, but this year the eligible receivers in our field goal formation are Joe Bolden, AJ Williams, and Brennan Beyer (the last edge guy is Schofield, who's ineligible by number). None are going to quickly out-run a safety or be particularly likely to catch the ball even if they're open.
By the way, if Dileo wasn't the holder they never would have gotten that play off at Northwestern. He was the far side receiver, and that was important because he only had to run half the field instead of all of it.
|4 days 12 hours ago||98 kid? Jesus we're talking||
Jesus we're talking about the college destination of a kid born when I was in college.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I'd like to get a deeper||
I'd like to get a deeper response when I got the time but wanted to mention quickly that I had to narrow the scope of this by taking out a lot of how the bubble game affects the regular running game. They've found running room from the same formations.
So I don't mean this to be an indictment of all the things they do. Just that it shouldn't take 20 times doing a thing and getting bashed before bringing out a constraint. I love that they are repping the base play because it is a great fit for them. But a constraint to it is really easy for them since they've done more pass patterns than anything.
I did wonder if this is a post-snap read.
|5 days 10 hours ago||No. And by the way it has a||
No. And by the way it has a name: the "Transcontinental." It's a play they pulled from the old Lloyd days, back when Charles Woodson or Steve Breaston was the receiver-quarterback.
I looked at it and that was out of a completely different look than they've been using to run the bubble game. Only similarity was that the receiver stepped back like he's getting a bubble screen, but only after taking a step forward to get the defense backing off. Ultimately the action and situation didn't seem to match the downhill bubble game--it was closer to Michigan's shotgun passing game where Borges bunches lots of receivers to one side then runs triangle rouotes and floods with them.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Taylor Lewan||
Some of the greatest
|6 days 14 hours ago||Okay I changed the wording||
Okay I changed the wording around because people apparently found this confusing.
1. If you go to Amazon you can buy ANYTHING and we will get some $$$ as a referral.
2. If you go to the MGoStore you can buy anything for 20% off today.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I've asked insiders. Next to||
I've asked insiders. Next to zero. He allows his coaches to coach--he makes suggestions to them. Except interior DL where he is very very involved. Most of the Heininger Cetertainty Principle can be traced to Hoke's personal positional coaching.
I asked a guy who would know directly whether Hoke's MANBALL comments were a demand on the coaches, and the answer came back (too late for the article) a major "no." Borges discusses what he's doing and Hoke trusts him to make that call.
However redshirting decisions go through Hoke. He was the one who refused to let them burn Kalis's shirt last year.
|6 days 15 hours ago||That IS generic Amazon. You||
That IS generic Amazon. You can buy anything on Amazon and we get credit for sending you there. It's their way of advertising w/ us. 11 Warriors has a similar thing up.
|6 days 16 hours ago||In an hour or so we'll have||
In an hour or so we'll have the MGoStore cyber monday thing set up.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Jeremy Gallon||
Where did you come from
|6 days 18 hours ago||I'd say it was about 3 yards||
I'd say it was about 3 yards short.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Anyone else=Bryan (Blue in||
Anyone else=Bryan (Blue in South Bend), Brett (Mathlete), Brandon (Coach Brown), Chris Cook (server wrangler) and the mods and liveblog mods and the community.
|1 week 1 day ago||I made a reference to this in||
I made a reference to this in dear diary yesterday. They changed up the strategy from one stupid thing to another. This year:
CMU/Akron: 2/3rds under center, 1/3 shotgun, try to establish manball.
ND: Spread it out, 20% pistol. (THIS WORKED WELL THEN WAS ABANDONED)
UConn: Back to CMU/Akron strategy until that wasn't working, then back to ND strategy but Gardner had an awful day.
Minnesota/PSU: Response to Devin's bad day is panic and go to that Tackle-Over crap. PSU adjusted.
Indiana/MSU/Nebraska/NW'ern: Changed up O-line, tried to do max protect, using lots of AJ Williams and Joe Kerridge blocking and going to very simpleton blocking that puts more emphasis on everyone doing their jobs. Indiana left Gallon open, MSU and Nebraska and NW'ern blitzed their safeties like crazy, taking advantage of the blocking schemes to make Lewan and Schofield irrelevant.
Iowa: Tried to make a game out of that bubble/zone paired play but never showed a counter and shotgun 3-wide passing. Day of receiver dropsies and bad downs/distances from tiping the under-center stuff hid the effectiveness of the 3-wide game.
The Iowa gameplan was the best since ND, with the caveat that there were about 50% of downs burned by totally tipping things the opponent has on tape, and there were zero counters to opponent adjustments, so once Iowa saw what we were doing it was dead.
Running into stacked boxes wasn't the only problem. It was one problem. There are many, and a good number of those are Borges's terrible playcalling.
|1 week 2 days ago||Weird. You can also go right||
Weird. You can also go right to http://atimetohelp.org/ and click on things to start an account.
|1 week 6 days ago||Um...this team is under||
Um...this team is under construction; we thank you for your patience.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well there's one way to get||
Well there's one way to get mentioned in TWIS
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wrigley||
I will take that, Mr. Iowa football man.
I have no words for your offense.
Did he really just run two reverses in a row?
Yes, I am forsaking your teams and going back to root for the Cubs. At least they can score more than 3 points a game.
This is my squeaking toy. There are many like it but this one is mine.
CHEW ALL THE TOYS!
I'll come back to the living room just as soon as the defense is back on the field, buddy.
I'm sorry I ruined the screen.
Oh...wait...you meant the other kind of screen. What was I talking about? Oh, nothing. Just that tunnel screen. Yeah.
I love yards too.
This is a Purple Burrito Human. We are pulling Lewan right and running left. The entirety of existence is invalid.
Shedding? I do not shed on your couch. Those are your hairs that you pulled out when Borges ran into another 9-man front; don't you remember?
This is my bed. It is MY territory. I want you to think of the edge of my realm as a goal line and you are Michigan's offense.
You SAY it's to stop me shedding, but I know you are just building a giant stuffed Borges suit that you will stuff Heiko into or something. I am on to your schemes.
Ha! A baby petting a puppy. I bet the defense won't be prepared for that!
I will protect this house.
I am not napping; I am reacting to a fumble.
Is it safe to come out now?
I am done.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It was me in Chicago, Nick,||
It was me in Chicago, Nick, not Heiko.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very hard to get full-length||
Very hard to get full-length video of those games.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Suggestion: build a sample||
Suggestion: build a sample out of recruiting data. Take the teams that have appeared at least X amount of times in Rivals' Top 25 recruiting classes since 2002 and use just those teams in your study. You'll end up with some variance (Alabama and Illinois will both be in there) but not so much as that between Bama and Illinois. And then at least you're working with a sample of athletes who are relatively close to each other in expectation.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think Pervis Ellison is the||
I think Pervis Ellison is the standard you gotta beat here. Was injured most of his career.
I am trying but having trouble summoning much sympathy for this for two reasons.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I've been asking around a lot||
I've been asking around a lot the last few weeks to see if anyone can figure out whether Borges is trying to embiggerate this offense all on his own or if he feels he has a mandate from Brady to do that.
The consensus so far is it's just Borges.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||With Dileo: Normal downs:||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah. That's a future thing.||
Yeah. That's a future thing.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well dammit -- THAT video? I||
Well dammit -- THAT video? I gave up on it after 30 seconds. Ungh.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||After turning up nothing on||
After turning up nothing on the initial searches I thought maybe the "Well Jim" was a clue that this was actually a bunch of Michigan Replay videos (Jim being Brandy of course) but I came up empty.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Very few high school coaches||
Very few high school coaches out there are teaching good technique, and various coaches have subtle differences in what they teach. My brother had excellent technique coaching in high school and that was the secret to his team beating far more talented ones until they ran into North Farmington which then and now does a great job of this.
Also 300 pound high schoolers often fall into bad habits (like getting high, or taking over large steps) because against high schoolers you can get away with that by being 300 pounds and moderately athletic. OL take development because there's a lot of fundamental coaching they need to pick up, not just to know it but to ingrain it so they can instead spend plays adjusting to what the defenses do.
Another big factor is that good DL technique is rare to see in high school, so when they face smart defensive linemen like MSU and Nebraska have, young OL are likely to get beat by that.
And finally strength. Even overgrown kids who play offensive line in high school increase their bench and squats dramatically between 18 and 22 because that's when human bodies are best at adding muscle. These guys will be better at man blocking when they're bugger.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Why, when I agree with you?||
Why, when I agree with you?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's hyperbole. There is no||
It's hyperbole. There is no enzyme. It's a joke theory. It's just as much a subtle dig at Brian for trying to over emphasize the strategy part because that's his wheelhouse. Allow that I think neither is extreme, just that biases are a contributing factor. And I'm trying to be lighthearted about it so readers will stay open to both points of view rather than forming divisions.
If we all take the position that we have no biases and those don't affect our opinions, then common ground is impossible. Saying "execution" at a repetitive problem is a very football guy thing to do. I won't ask you to admit Kerridge has demonstrated he's not good enough to make that block to the point that his OC shouldn't be asking him to, and I won't ask Brian to admit that repping power o as much as we think they have should have prepared everybody to do that. I do want you both to recognize you're more likely to identify one thing or another based on your different experiences.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not a shot at all. I think||
Not a shot at all. I think it's been clarified. I think I need to find a better way to explain myself when I suggest that different people think different ways and that both are valid and admirable.
I've been communicating with SC through this whole argument in twitter's direct message system; I'm pretty sure he knows what a hight regard I have for him.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I mean that they've had the||
I mean that they've had the concept of personal culpability bludgeoned into them to the point that they're now far less likely to sympathize with whining. Casual observers retain the ability to see that a job was kinda hard; football coaches in my experience believe that a job's difficulty is not important as the fact that you took the job and it's now your responsibility to get it done.
It's an admirable trait on the whole. The negative side of this outlook is it gives you less patience for bad execution.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||1. Spartans are the only||
1. Spartans are the only people in the world who think it's not okay to root for a school you didn't attend, and that's only because it angers them that people who didn't attend Michigan adopt Michigan's superiority complex. Eff the Walmart crap; if you're one of us you're one of us. Your ticket costs the same as mine, and my history degree isn't doing the team any more favors than your degree from wherever.
2. WE DON'T HATE FULLBACKS! This is important: the complaint about fullbacks is that their primary use--blocking a guy--can be accomplished by spreading out a receiver. If you have a fullback who is awesome at blocking a guy and maybe block two guys, well that's a better weapon than putting a receiver out there to force the defense to put a defender out there, because you've got a guy direclty at the point of attack and his block can HURT and he might block two guys or wall off the defense from pursuit.
We hate playing fullbacks when they're far less useful than other guys. Kerridge isn't a good blocker; Drew Dileo is an excellent slot receiver. So we'd rather Dileo be on the field accomplishing the same goal.
That said, great diary!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||yes that was the reference.||
yes that was the reference.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||me. my name @ this site .com||
me. my name @ this site .com
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm associate editor and||
I'm associate editor and business manager dammit! This is my job!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||One thing that we've been||
One thing that we've been yammering on and on about is to spread the field. Imagine if instead of Kerride lined up in the backfield playside and tasked with making a difficult (I'm siding with Brian here) block, you had Dileo line up on the numbers on the backside of the play. Nebraska has to put a guy out there, and that guy is now effectively blocked.
What Borges would rather do is put hats on those guys, because if you have great blockers then you are both erasing defenders with them AND punishing them AND making them play worse against the pass. There is value in blocking with your body instead of by alignment.
The primary complaint is that Borges won't recognize that he literally has nobody in the backfield who's a plus blocker, and therefore must resign himself to the pussy method. If you have Aaron Shea back there I'd be ALL ABOUT running this play this way (except for putting Funchess in line--everyone agreed that was just silly). Because chances are Shea will make a block that erases one guy and maybe more than that. Our guys aren't Shea. They're likely to biff those blocks and ruin the play. Biffing those blocks is execution, but there's no execution necessary to just spread the field and keep the defenders out of the POA.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You will find them in the Big||
You will find them in the Big XII. Currently they are wringing their hands and wondering whether Baylor in a BCS Bowl is a sign of the Apocalypse.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Was this off of my UFR||
Was this off of my UFR database? Be careful when using the raw data since I've had to go back and fix a lot of things in there. I'm trying to figure out a way I can group base plays with their counters.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Now you're just making us do it.||
Obligatory "she" equals "your mom"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Even more egregious: I've||
Even more egregious: I've been working for MGoBlog since 2009 and been in charge of its business management since 2010, and WE STILL CAN'T RUN A SIMPLE 300x250 AD ANYWHERE ON THE SITE!
Failure of this magnitute--EVERY website in the country on our level has at least a 300x250 and probably one that expands to 300x600--is INEXCUSABLE!
Or wait a few months when we roll out the new site, rip on all the changes because it'll be so vastly different from what you're used to, and then call to FIRE SETH!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Given how often you must||
Given how often you must refresh this site, you probably burn through the ads I sold in minutes (they don't want to have all of their impressions go to the power readers so they get spread out), and burn through my first two lines of networks shortly aftter. I would guess that 99.999% of the ads you see therefore are fed by my lowest network, which is Google's AdSense that's plugged into things you've been browsing in the past. So you have nobody to blame for the ads you're seeing but yourself.
What were you reading that brought up DiscoverTheForest.org?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is a lot of words||
This is a lot of words concerning an argument that boils down to should you expect Kerridge to make a damn block. Brian wants Space Coyote to concede the point that Borges consistently called plays that were doomed by Nebraska calling the perfect thing to stop them, and he should. Space Coyote wants Brian to concede that this is the base offense they've been saying they want to install for three years and are finally installing now and that given how much they run the same blocking formation the players really ought to be good at it now, or at least not awful at it.
Ultimately it's six and half a dozen because both points are already conceded. The real argument then is should Borges see that his players suck at this and do something different (Brian), or should he go out and get a different positional coach who should be able to teach this to these players (Space Coyote)? And the answers are YES OBVIOUSLY and YES OBVIOUSLY.
Ask a football player or a coach and he'll probably say it's Kerridge's fault because football players are wired to put the responsibility on themselves. If you ask a football player about the Michigan-Alabama game last year, they'll say they were upset because Michigan's players didn't execute.
"Nobody knows what's wrong with themselves, and everybody else can see it right away." --mad men
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You're Right||
That was pussy writing.
I tried using POWER words in previous posts, but the readers said they were too predictable and got me nowhere, so I tried to get more in the read zone. I fully embrace the fact that my writing in this article was repetitive--I really only used a small handful of well-practiced and easy-to-deploy sentence structures rather than try to get fancy--and I would submit that I didn't at all consider toughness when I went to employ rhetorical questions as my base sentence structure, and I made much use of passive voice, which isn't considered very manly. I also sped up my sentences to score points more quickly, rather than drawing out my reply and keeping the other writers off the field.
But I had limited time to write it and thougth my job was to get as many points across the goal line as possible, so that's what I did. Just know that I still understand that this is Michigan and therefore nothing is worth doing if doesn't include a fullback blocking. From now on, I am hereby hiring Kevin Dudley to run around hitting people whenever I post something. Kevin? I have a check for $10.00 U.S. with your name on it if you will do this for me.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Designing ads for Victoria's||
Designing ads for Victoria's Secret is an option?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Good to see he at least let||
Good to see he at least let Heiko ask more questions than other reporters, and answered with basically "yes I understand constraint theory; we keep derping the constraints."
There's still a massive problem here in that they shouldn't be derping so damn much. And he's seemingly forgetting all the times Nebraska stuffed the box against his obvious run formations and he ran into that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Why do they have to do it||
Why do they have to do it with a FB in the first place?
Why can't they line up 4 wide and force the damn defense to not stack everybody to the gorram playside so you have to execute incredibly difficult fullback blocks with your fullback who sucks at blocking, and a difficult on-the-fly adjustment followed by the play's key block from your true freshman tight end who also sucks at blocking?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I can't believe you actually||
I can't believe you actually had to ask if it was alright to post this. This is a FANTASTIC post. I'm reconsidering a lot of what I've been complaining about.
I do think that this adds to the mounting evidence that Power blocking is the exact opposite of what these players are good at. Take a look at the assignments each guy had (tell me if I get anything wrong):
Lewan: protect the backside and slow the DE trying to flow down the line. (Easy)
Bosch: Pull and find the MLB in the B gap before he gets in the backfield.
Glasgow: Recognize the over shift and position of the DE (Difficult) and call out assignments. Snap it to the shotgun (needs more practice) and block down on the backside DT (Easy)
Magnusson: Recognize he's got the frontside DT, block down on him (Easy).
Schofield: Recognize that the alignment has made the SAM the option defender and that kick won't be there by alignment, so he's got to mind-meld with the U-back to know that they need to combo this guy. Execute said combo block and get leverage. (Super hard).
Butt: Same with Schofield: recognize alignment has killed the playcall's blocking assignments and work with the T to either double team the frontside DE or combo him and move down to a safety. (Super hard)
Kerridge: Recognize the safety isn't buying the covered Funchess threat and is blitzing, and block that guy streaking into the play (Hard because of the playcall/RPS -- unless you can see what the defense is doing and be ready for it, all of your reps are telling you your block is going to be a filling guy waiting for you outside to show up after the give, not a streaking athlete going hells bells for the mesh point.)
Funchess: Occupy a safety without going downfield as an ineligible receiver. (Wait what?)
Gardner: Identify the correct option read between three defenders hovering around the POA, make the correct read on that defender.
There's a lot of weak points in the play call versus Nebraska's play call, and you're basically asking the hard, on-the-fly decisions to be made by the freshmen. I think we agree on this: they're not repping this play enough to be able to make those on-the-fly things, and they're not experienced enough to see them as they come, and the guys they're asking to make key blocks (Butt, Kerridge, Funchess) are just not good blockers.
So I think my primary crticism stands: the coaches' answer to what teams are trying to do to stop their Power O offense is to put another blocking-type out there, but they don't have any blocking types. This is why we're begging for them to spread the field. Instead of a fullback, put Dileo spread out to the backside of the play, and Nebraska will have to put a defender out there. And start Funchess in the backfield so it looks like you're trying to get him a free release and the defense has to react to the possibility that you're going to pass to him.
Running a Power O offense is obviously the end goal, but it's just as obvious that this team's personnel is THE WORST at running that offense, even after doing this stuff for three years. Whether Borges's playcalls are insane or they're just 2008-ing it right now while they wait for their recruits to mature, right now they're putting their players in a position to fail. The playcall is part of it because they're persistently trying to get blocks from bad blockers that they could get for free by running out their best players.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fixed.What if they decided,||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"Head coaches, like||
"Head coaches, like governments, ought to be overthrown every three years in a violent Revolution, just to keep things fresh."
--Thomas Jefferson, I suppose.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||sent in email. I'm gonna||
sent in email. I'm gonna close the thread if you don't mind
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's not updated -- UFR||
It's not updated -- UFR database is what it is. It's actually on three different spreadsheets. But I'll try to consolidate what I have if you want to add the latest UFRs to it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Look at the 2008 offensive||
Look at the 2008 offensive line. It was a mess, and a lot of those guys were upperclassmen and very bright individuals. Without Molk they couldn't move the ball, really. That was on the absence of a quarterback of course. And they did manage to get rushing yards. But it wasn't such a smooth transition as all that. Remember Moosman and his snapping problems at center when Molk got hurt? Remember John Ferrara? Remember all the wailing and gnashing of teeth at the painfully long time it took Steve Schilling to settle in somewhere and be effective despite his 5-star rating?
That offensive line didn't start performing in the plus margins until about mid-way through 2009, when Omameh came in at guard, and the line settled into Ortmann/Schilling/Molk/Omameh/Huyge, but we were not very happy with it at that point. They could never get Mealer or Khoury to be an effective player; the backup situation was always pretty dire. We always wanted Huyge replaced by somebody.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Still on probation.||
Still on probation.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've been through the process||
I've been through the process (as of 2001, so...) and been told it was different elsewhere (as of Michigan State 2002, so...), and I've used that as my basis--plus that Michigan doesn't get transfers and JUCOs--to justify the theory that Michigan's transfer system sucks for athletes.
What happened to me is I dropped out of my pre-approved study abroad program (which placed me in a grammar class with a bunch of Chinese kids) and got accepted for a semester into the actual school, which was awesome but created all sorts of hassles for me once I came back with a transcript in French, grades on a 20-point scale that never awards higher than 16, and classes that translated as "Looked at Buildings."
First you submit your transcripts from your other school, as well as the course descriptions (this was a pain in the ass before they put that sort of thing online and publicly available.)
Then they take FOREVER to review them. Like months. They come back with a decision on each class, where they've matched it up to the closest course description they can find among Michigan courses.
Then they send you a letter saying you got X amount of credit from them, without a breakdown. Most of your credit is elective X credit, and it is about half of the amount of credit hours that you actually took.
Then you call them and ask for a breakdown of their decisions and they schedule you with an academic advisor.
Then the academic advisor goes through the transcripts you brought with you and the letter you brought with you and asks where you see the discrepency? I DIDN'T GET TO SEE ONE BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE HELL YOU CAME UP WITH THAT NUMBER!!!
Then you circle various classes like a 400-level history course taught at the University of Paris IV, i.e. the Sorbonne, i.e. the Francophone Oxford, which classwas taught in French to French students from France, and you say that should count as a high-level French course toward a French minor. And that one on French grammar should...
And then you don't hear from them in awhile until you go in to meet with your academic advisor because you want to graduate soon and these credits are still up in the air.
And then they tell you that the comparable courses you suggested in your review with an advisor were not comparable so they denied your appeal and you get what they gave you.
Then they suggest if you want to finish your degree you should come back for an summer courses and an extra semester, and they offer to make an appointment with financial aid, because what's another 20% of debt on top of your four years of University of Michigan debt?
I don't know how it is for football players--it would seem to behoove them to have a different advisor than they gave me for my study abroad credit kerfluffle. But given all the options and how easy most schools make it, if a transfer ever came across one of the idiots I did--and I'm sure a few are still around--that would be the end of transferring to Michigan.
Anyway, seriously, it's about the level of school--Michigan thinks their credits are worth more than almost anywhere, so I would guess most of the players who go the junior college route because their grades aren't Division I-worthy are not going to be getting the kind of credit that transfers well to Michigan. Grant Mason transferred successfully...from Stanford. Spencer Brinton went to San Diego State and had a two-year Mormon mission. Steve Threet went to Georgia Tech for a year. Their last JUCO was Austin Panter, who came from Butler and was studying to be a chiropractor. Jonathan Goodwin went to OHIO! for a season before transferring--since he was a 5th year guy it's plausible he started from near scratch.
To find JUCOs before Panter you have to go back to Tyrone Butterfield and Russell Shaw.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The blocking TE can't block.||
Michigan has enough talent to cover for some mistakes, but a combination of them is killing the offense and the season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This has nothing to do with||
This has nothing to do with anything but I met some of the girls on that team once. They were in Ann Arbor and had just parked in the Maynard, and I was delivering a stack of HTTV football books and we walked out of the structure together. They all had warmup gear on and were sneering at pretty much everything, which: yes we do that in Columbus. They asked if I went to Michigan and I told them I graduated a decade ago, and they asked for directions to Main Street.
This gives me zero insight whatsoever into that fight.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think what MSU was doing is||
I think what MSU was doing is irrelevant unless you're the guy responsible for what MSU is doing. Since I doubt Dantonio would discipline his players for dirty behavior I would expect the Big Ten would take action if shown the tape and it's indeed pretty bad.
I'm only judging Michigan's response, so what MSU players were doing is irrelevant.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't have an example. I||
I don't have an example. I knew a kid in high school who had a pretty severe neck injury from a facemask during a play. The other thing I have is a supposition that the better fitting helmets of today are more likely to carry the head wherever the facemask goes--when I was in high school linemen would twist each others' facemasks all the time but it would just spin on your head and make it hard to see--not take your head with it.
Anyway I'm going mostly off of common sense: twisting somebody's neck more than 90 degrees seems to be the kind of thing that spines don't like at all. We probably need a doctor to tell us more.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I think he should have been suspended.||
If I was Hoke I would have suspended him. I believe that Gholston should have been suspended too. When he goes to the NFL if they get tape of that same sort of thing they'll fine him. What's more with the state the O-line is in and with the offensive coordinator and OL coach under fire right now there's every appearance of having OL depth influence the decision to not take away the unit's far and away best player. On the other hand if they did suspend him it would send a clear message to everybody inside and outside the program as to what kind of team this is going to be.
From what I know of Lewan he would have accepted it. And it would be good for the young guys in that unit to witness how an adult takes his due punishment and then comes back and gets back to work.
Most importantly, however, he twisted a guy's helmet after the play was over, and that could have led to the kind of injury that people don't come back from. In a perfect world that would be the only consideration.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||ooooouch.||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||PA is great. But it's about||
PA is great. But it's about fooling the defense and if they're not in a position to be fooled you're just fooling yourself, and also accepting all of the negative aspects of PA without getting the benefits.
It's like if you try to fake like you're going to throw the ball to your dog, but you've never thrown the ball to your dog. He will just sit there and wag his tail at you, and maybe put his forepaws on your knee; anyway you're not going to get him to chase the shadow ball and give you space to operate, and you'll end up with more slobber on you than had you just tried to hold him away from you and not screwed around with the ball.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||actually the editor||
actually the editor (literally, the program I edit in) is broken and the editor (ie Brian) is probably literally sleeping as I try to contact him about it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I agree strongly that there's||
I agree strongly that there's room for the Blockhams.
There VERY few 10-year-olds here though and we'll never really go for their demographic. It's generally a bad idea to go away from what you do simply to expand your audience. People are here to appreciate what we do--I'd rather the 10-year-olds think this is something dad reads that is too much like homework, then come back later in life when he realizes he'd rather be doing this than homework.
What we do have is a lot of fans who don't want to just be really negative and pedantic--they want to root for Michigan and feel good about doing so and feel informed while doing so. The Blockhams is definitely in MGOBLOG's wheelhouse--it's just not in mine.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You can't get kids to come to||
You can't get kids to come to EMU. Not even MAC kids. It was not a great job and English shouldn't have taken it. I've had different people give me very different takes on him, and my eyes had their own conclusions, but nobody can deny his position as Michigan's former DC opened doors that he closed by trying to do the impossible there.
I hope he does well.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I came off as more of a dick||
I came off as more of a dick than I meant to, and would like to apologize to Six Zero for that. I kinda felt the need to explain why I don't always include Blockhams with the other diaries, and let it get away from me. I drink weird tea, is the problem, and I imagine there's others out there who like weird tea too.
The LAST thing I would want to do is diminsh Six Zero and the work he's done for the blog. Like, for example, my favorite t-shirt of all time.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It shouldn't bother me so||
It shouldn't bother me so much that our brains are just wired so differently, but it does. Why I keep clicking on these praying for cleverness and irony and characters who have metaphorical power I don't know. I respect that a lot of people really like this. I don't. I don't like that the dad gives a sanctinmonious speech and the kid is just buoyed and goes out the door.
To risk the ire of everyone who likes this schmaltz, I wish there were two more panels. One where Charlie is at the bus stop with his friend and they're both stowing all the Michigan gear their dads made them wear and they're like "your dad too?" "Yeah: pride, loyalty, character, etc.--yours?" "Mine said 'tradition'!"
And a second once they're getting on the bus and they go "Oh, speaking of traditions, how many kids do you think Spartan Sammy (a huge bully kid we see in the background in MSU gear pounding on some Michigan kid while a pile of other Michigan kids sit bruised around him) is gonna hospitalize this year?"
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I think he figured it helps||
I think he figured it helps me to get the board riled. I'd rather not get into another conversation where I'm trying to say Michigan is different.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Probably 7. Ish. You're our||
Probably 7. Ish. You're our target demographic here so guessing you'll show up when everyone else from Deerfield, etc. do.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Read Dear Diary tomorrow and||
Read Dear Diary tomorrow and all will be made clear. Or opaque.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That's not even Michigan's helmet!||
And who's Lucy Ann?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||In the Iowa vid, the center||
In the Iowa vid, the center does at least impact the DT. That's all Brian's saying I think: if a guy is lined up over you, you need to pop him off the line and release after your buddy's had a chance to get him.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I have access to all MGoBlog||
I have access to all MGoBlog accounts.
ALL MGoBlog accounts. Some changes, however, take an hour to have an effect. What do you have against Missouri, Brian?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I am 50-50 on banning the||
I am 50-50 on banning the m'er effer who posts a Valenti thread.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That asswipe also used an||
That asswipe also used an MGoPhoto for his story, without crediting of course.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Just checked in -- yours will||
Just checked in -- yours will go out today or tomorrow. There's a story involved that includes a plate of ketchup and a forehead but you're probably not interested in excuses. you got the digital version though right?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Actually he's my little||
Actually he's my little brother.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Unleash Forman||
I think he meant Furman. To running back. If you think the answer to the running back can't block problem is to put a guy who's never played running back in there, well, no.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That's a good way to put it.||
That's a good way to put it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||They sorta tried with the||
They sorta tried with the XFL; part of McMahon's concept for that was to take the best out of the arena leagues, European leagues, and kids just out of high school who wanted to go pro right away. The thing is nobody really wants to watch James Whitley play football unless he's doing it because he signed up to play for Michigan.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||If you didn't get either your||
If you didn't get either your copy or the digital copy (for those who get signed ones) email me and I'll get it sorted out.
my name at this site dot com.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||unsophisticated? I think||
I think callow captures it: walking into this thing like children, talking out one side of their mouths to the NCAA and then going into the locker room filled with kids whose educations and aspirations you just sold out and expecting something other than disdain.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Marshall||
I took some videos and plan to do a writeup when I get a chance.
McDowell wasn't playing. Marshall was on the sideline for most of Seaholm's comeback.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Let him alone.||
Let him alone. I made a nice ass of myself.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||We looked at those bars;||
We looked at those bars; unfortunately they were already having events since we were coming to this late. I'm happy with Moe's, even if they're not an AA bar.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Jeepers. That whole "nice||
Jeepers. That whole "nice people who end up yelling at each other because of this rivalry" meaning just didn't come across, did it?
We both made asses of ourselves.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That's a private event. We||
That's a private event. We spoke to them about combining before we set one up with Moe's. Ultimately we felt it best to let the lettermen have their thing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on a lot of this.||
Agree on a lot of this. Borges didn't have one of his worst game plans. It's just that his offensive scheme is an inefficient one because it ignores constraint theory. Within the context of Borgesian offense, the game plan was fine.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'll be there. Anybody else||
I'll be there. Anybody else sitting in Section 122?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I wish you'd included the||
I wish you'd included the Spartans' criminal records. Would be most helpful.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I feel you, man!My dad's a||
I feel you, man!
My dad's a Michigan fan who went to State. I married a Spartan, and 4/5 of our combined siblings are MSU grads. All my michigan friends who care about going to games moved to cities across the country; most of the guys I hang out with in town are my brother's roommates from State.
I thought about going to State because of the same journalism program--I was a MIPA all star in high school and the girl they had recruiting me to EL was really really good looking. I went to Michigan because I got in and because I was a hopeless Michigan fan, and justified it because Mitch Albom (was a regular at the restaurant I worked at) told me working on the Daily and studying something other than the craft would be more valuable to a journalism career. Turns out it would have been if I'd stuck with something; once I got onto trade mags it was Spartan grads as far as the eye could see (except that Buckeye in accounting who made the Tressel years so pleasant).
I could be at a tailgate in East Lansing that shares its name with the building it's next to; instead I've had to be adopted by Brian's family on Saturdays. If you'd like to come along sometime, let me know.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Remember when the University||
Remember when the University of Michigan and Cal-Berkeley shared an academic mission and a commitment to both excellence AND affordability.
Good job Cal staying to that mission.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Well all these conversations||
Well all these conversations took place a couple of years ago when the Pitt and Arizona etc. jobs were open. He might take a MAC job, but why go there when he had BCS offers? The right fit is probably a BCS school with a non-judgmental fanbase and a local media willing to paper his mistakes, but not in the SEC (he doesn't want to play dirty).
Wisconsin would be more like it. Can recruit the areas he knows, friendly media and students, an AD in Alvarez who will get him what he wants, and will basically have the easy half of the Big Ten to himself.
Purdue is a possibility.
Anyway, a higher-profile D.C. job than MSU is the same answer as the MAC: he's graduated past that opportunity. He's got a good situation at MSU where he's maximized, and there are few better places to be to land a Big Ten head coaching job--if that's his ambition--than running the best defense in the country with MSU's inherent disadvantages.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I've answered this question a||
I've answered this question a few times before. My answer is getting stale now since all three insights are several years old now. They are:
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I LOVE that about him.||
I LOVE that about him. Passion for informing is the THI*NG when it comes to blogging.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I agree. This was a bone of||
I agree. This was a bone of contention in HTTV.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||They have the wrong answer||
They have the wrong answer for the last one. Beujter played for Illinois.
I got that wrong, and I couldn't figure out where the apostrophe in Hawaii goes.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||boom. 55'ed.||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Rock, Paper, Scissors. In||
Rock, Paper, Scissors. In playcalling it's an RPS+X for how much something our coaches did beat what their coaches did.
Some coaches believe you should call rock every down, and the other team should throw rock as well, and then it's all about who executes rock better.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||AAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHhhhhhhhhhh.....||
The trick is to find the offensive part of the cheer and make sure to apologize for it.
Chump. Dick. Wuss. Dooooouchebag. Asshole. Prick. Cheater. Bitch. Whore. Spartan.
[turns toward alumni]
Sorry we said 'Spartan'.
See, now it's okay.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Well, yeah. In fact they hold||
In fact they hold a lot on both sides of the ball. That's how they play ball, and it is effective. Michigan can still win even if MSU pushes the boundaries of a rule that is notoriously difficult to call straight.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||That's actually a good||
That's actually a good addition to the analogy. Rich Rodriguez's early spread offenses went up-tempo because it was an advantage to screw further with people who never saw his offense before, or up-tempo before. The point is it wasn't necessarily part of the spread to run it at a breakneck pace, but the guys who adopted it were the kind to look for new advantages and try the cutting edge stuff.
Blue eyes are a thing mountainous people maybe developed over generations, but they were a separate thing from the cultural evolutionary traits that gave them an advantage in raping and pillaging.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I also managed to put HTTV||
I also managed to put HTTV hoops-hockey editions in the coaches' hands (Bacari's hands swallowed his).
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The box label is off. I have||
The box label is off. I have OSU pointing at what I think is Nebraka. Sorry--didn't get to edit before I left for wtka this morning. Will fix when I get home.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Drum Line-off: I had no idea.||
Drum Line-off: I had no idea. I heard it and heard it loud all the way down Granger two blocks past Packard--a big part of why I hung around for the fall atmosphere longer than I should have when a room full of people was waiting to start the DVR recording of the Tigers game. College football, man.
How Al Borges Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I told Brian it was criminal when the server contains half a dozen pictures of Borges riding the Dr. Strangelove bomb:
|7 weeks 2 days ago||1914-17: Europe learns||
1914-17: Europe learns everything there is to know about trench warfare.
1917: U.S. announces we're coming.
1918: U.S. mostly training and building while saying "we're coming"; sends a few 'Over There' and gets caught up on the stuff learned by the guys who spent the last 5 years in trench warfare.
1919: U.S. arrives in full force that summer, with machinery. War ends shortly after, but it takes a few weeks to get that message out to everyone so more people die in the fall.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Good point. I deleted a||
Good point. I deleted a paragraph because it was getting wordy and lost the thread. I rewrote. Hope that makes more sense now.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||http://xkcd.com/690/||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You got the mace but not a||
You got the mace but not a single shot of the puke behind Michigan's bench? We've got several more articles coming up on this game and need some lead photos. I could have used some barf.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||It was pulled out of Dear||
It was pulled out of Dear Diary, was the reason for the extra post. I think Gardner looks more distracted in away games and his decision-making suffers for it. Remember that MSU performance was completely counter to everything we heard about him up to that point in practice.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'm so removed from anyone||
I'm so removed from anyone who uses it that way I forgot. now I can't unsee so I changed.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of jinxes, a guy||
Speaking of jinxes, a guy named Phil who disc golfs a lot needs to buy Verlander a hundred beers for last night. Killed the perfect game and then did it again with the no-no.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||i actually prefer this to||
i actually prefer this to "Thanks Obama."
|8 weeks 3 days ago||If I remember correctly it||
If I remember correctly it means if I remember correctly. iIRC
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Oh god yes^ I can't remember||
Oh god yes^
I can't remember an announcer duo more oblivious to what was going on in front of them while they gleefully tore a guy down. Even the NFL guys doing Mike Vick's first games back were kid gloving compared to Patrick and Cunningham vs. Devin Gardner this game.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I put a copy on joomag for||
I put a copy on joomag for the authors to get at and check their articles, then when a bunch of books were late in arriving I gave out the link to some people. I didn't like Joomag very much so I'd rather not go public with a digital edition until I have a platform I do like.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah I wish I mentioned the||
Yeah I wish I mentioned the receivers a bit more. I was jawing about how Funchess to receiver was a good thing and I think he took it the wrong way. Gallon actually had a higher RYPR last year than Robinson.
When I talked to them though they were pretty down on PSU.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||There's an OSU fan in that||
There's an OSU fan in that thread who goes on about OSU has the biggest fanbase in the country, based on that thing in the NYTimes awhile ago.*
I think when you consider the vastness that is space-time, it is not just a likelihood but a near certainty that somewhere out there is intelligent life that has also managed to create college football and broadcast it to a larger audience, therefore the Algomobron Nehesofats of Mime College** on Seti Tyrus VI are actually the largest college football fanbase, at least among the Pisces-Cetus Supercluster Complex.
The argument over who has more fans probably will never be solved--before the Mimes everyone thought the Gorkon Paggersnaggers of the University of Gorgoblath--which stadium recently expanded onto a third moon--were the biggest fanbase, yet the bounds of the known universe may not be even a trillionth of the vastness of the whole of reality, and it's likely we will discover other universes with even larger fanbases.
The only thing we can all agree on is that in the entirety of space-time, no matter has ever been formed into such a perfect type specimen of a douchebag as Earth's Clay Travis.
*Nevermind that the study said Mizzou has the same number of fans as Nebraska. The problems with that study were myriad. For one, it only counted the contiguous United States and therefore left out the entirety of Zoltan's dominions.
** Full name: THE Stephen M. Ross College for French Pantomime. Miming has become big business on Seti Tyrus VI ever since they replaced iPhones.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ha. As if SEC fans would ever||
Ha. As if SEC fans would ever rank a non-SEC team #1 or #2 in anything.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||"Go Bucks!" is the "First!"||
"Go Bucks!" is the "First!" of college football message boards.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||SEE? THIS IS NOT FUNNY MY||
SEE? THIS IS NOT FUNNY MY T-SHIRTS ARE FUNNY BUT THIS ISN'T FUNNY I HATE YOU ALL ARRRRRGHHH BUTTHURT BUTTHURT
^but could you imagine if I was like that?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I took the Green runs out of||
I took the Green runs out of the analysis. They're charted in the Google Doc though.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I removed them except when||
I removed them except when Michigan went to goal line in non-short situations. However you make a point: the two goal line plays that didn't get excised by my automation were:
Could go either way with these two. I figured I'd count them and separate them so you can draw your own conclusions.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I should have mentioned in||
I should have mentioned in there: Gardner scrambles are charted as pass plays.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Well people bought it--not a||
Well people bought it--not a ton but enough it was worthwhile and not so many that I won't feel hipster-cool for having one.
Anyway after Countess's interception made it a proper Jug Score I'm done being a whiny bitch about my whiny bitch shirt.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||A good few frames before the||
A good few frames before the knee goes down you can see a "holy shnikes guys I found a football!" reaction from the guy who stripped it.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||yes they're profitable. The||
yes they're profitable. The problem with downloadable--I did an ebook thing for Penn State's football and a couple other blogs have done the same--is with all the pictures they have to be PDFs or similar technology, and that means they're not going to be able to go on Kindles. We tried to shrink HTTV down to the 13-meg limit and got to 46 mbs.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||email me.||
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||I don't like your first name;||
I don't like your first name; change it to Stevie.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I looked this rule up and||
I looked this rule up and talked to some coaches about it after I messed it up in an article. In college Lewan would have to change his jersey to be eligible. Any number from 50-79 is not a downfield eligible receiver. In the NFL you can report before the play and have it announced. The point either way is to take away the potential for trickery.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||What a completely chickenshit||
What a completely chickenshit response, and given my track record with criticism entirely unfair. I'm asking people to stop ragging on it because they don't get the references on behalf of the people who do get the references. As far as I'm concerned you can criticize however you want--if your criticism sucks then I'm also at liberty to tell you so and why I think that. There's no suppression of your opinion going on here--I'm just making a negative judgment about that opinion.
As a lifelong member of minority demographics who find things hilarious that a majority of people don't get, I do get a bit defensive when that ignorant majority acts like only the humor that caters to them is valid. That's what I see going on here, and it pisses me off for the same reason it pisses me off when Rivals boards rag on MGoBlog because they don't get the references.
As for Brian banning the former WLA guys, I had nothing to do with it, I criticized him for it on the front page, and I criticized him further in private yesterday. If you've got a problem with how he moderates his blog, you can email him.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||1. You're not really||
1. You're not really insulting anyone by comparing them to John Belushi.
Saying "you're John Belushi" isn't the joke. The joke is "you are making up excuses like Joliet Jake."
2. Neither John Belushi nor Jake Blues has anything to do with Penn State.
Anchorman has nothing to do with Ann Arbor or Michigan, and yet:
Also muppets, why muppets? The Muppets are from California. They didn't know they were singing songs Michigan's band plays traditionally. And Taco Pants--what do tacos have to do...
3. The kinds of excuses Jake Blues makes in that scene aren't anything like the excuses Penn State makes.
Standard meme for listing ridiculous excuses; stop being so literal. "You shall not pass" works even if you're not holding a rod and wearing robes and have a long beard and are facing a fire demon, because the thing of it is angrily standing in the way. The thing of this scene is making up crazy excuses even though you know that's all you're doing. Penn State doesn't have mud on their faces. We are not holding a blowtorch right now; in fact we are not Carrie Fisher in any way. These things don't matter.
4. There is one recent situation in which Penn State, both as an institution and as a fan base, want to say something isn't their fault.
That is not insinuated and not a part of this shirt in any way.
5. No one under 30 has seen the Blues Brothers.
What about Holy Grail, etc.?
EDIT: Thanks. I think I was cool with it except when you tossed the word "fail" out there--that got me really defensive.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Phillistines||
I'd like people who don't remember a Penn State-Michigan game before 2008, people who haven't seen Blues Brothers, and people who never interract with Penn State fans to stop ragging on this shirt so that the specific demographic we made it for won't be made to feel like mutants. We don't design every t-shirt for every kind of reader; we try to design t-shirts that certain groups of readers will REALLY like. We have a large Pennsylvania and East Coast readership over 30 who don't always get served. Next week there will be a shirt for the Chicagoans which they will get instantly and some of you won't.
Talking shit is a widely accepted part of sports fandom, and this site has made it a policy to find it acceptable as long as it isn't mean-spirited. The goal is "touchee" not to kill a guy's fandom. If you're not ready for a riposte on all the times you've made excuses for Michigan and don't care to learn verbal fencing now, that is fine; just appreciate that other people do enjoy shit talk and have the courtesy to not bring them down a peg, ie.
All the Penn State fans I showed it to (all of their main bloggers whom I worked with when writing a PSU HTTV this year) loved it and thought it was a much more fair and accurate rippage of their fanbase than the things they're usually ripped on about these days. Then they invited me to be on their podcast next week. I find this evidence enough that no line of meanness was crossed.
I think if you don't know any Penn State fans, this shirt probably isn't your bag. If you have never seen a Michigan-Penn State game that Michigan won this shirt probably isn't your bag. That is why the title of the post says "Anyone Who's Ever Known a Penn State Fan." So the fuck what if you don't get it? If you don't get it it's not a shirt for you. There are, in fact, jokes that other people find funny that go over your head.
As for people who don't get Blues Brothers quotes: don't even. History of the World Part I, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Star Wars, Godfather, Princess Bride, Spaceballs, Office Space, Ferris Bueller...you cannot possibly be on the Internet and not have these down. If you don't because you are young and all of your references come from Napoleon Dynamite, Anchorman and Zoolander, it is your responsibility if you want to interract with people outside of your demographic to learn the classics. My generation had to learn Caddyshack, Blazing Saddles, and Airplane, and everybody since 1605 has had to learn Shakespeare, and we are all far better for it. You're not going to de-classify one of these things by laziness--if there's some you miss just shut the hell up about it and let the people who appreciate the consensus great things do so without your negative nanciness.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Bluiett||
Already a Bluitt thread where your opinion can be written like a few threads down. Nothing about this opinion is so important it deserves a single-name thread.
Hypothesis: all threads that are just a guy's name are either badly titled news about the guy (just put the news in the header--we're not HuffPo here), or snowflakes.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||email me and I'll get it||
email me and I'll get it sorted out right away.
[my name] @ [this site]
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Here's a quickie||
For those in dire need:
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Monumental is building our||
Monumental is building our new site. Kinda takes priority.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||99% of the time it's a||
99% of the time it's a duplicate of something that they found was already on the board.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Were you a kickstarter or are||
Were you a kickstarter or are ordering it now? I think we've been using UPS.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Now THAT team knew how to||
Now THAT team knew how to beat up on bad opponents.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Brian nixed my shirt idea a||
Brian nixed my shirt idea a few years ago for a photo of Bob Ufer on one side and a photo of Brian on the other, and one says "UFER!" and the other says "UFR" and one of them has a horn and the other has a cat.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Moeller was the coach so it||
Moeller was the coach so it had to be 1993 or 1994. We killed them and my dad wanted to leave in the 3rd period. Ho hum.
EDIT: it was 1992 (just talked to my dad). Final score was 63-13 according to the internet.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Believe me: they already know||
Believe me: they already know where other teams are attacking. The day a blog posts something that opposing coaches read and say "wow, I can use that to beat this team" is the day before you read in the newspaper that coaches are hiring bloggers to do something other than write press releases and call them blog entries.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Before jumping to||
Before jumping to conclusions, I don't have data on any other teams. From fan memory I'd guess passes toward Taylor are still quite high but consider:
1. Blake Countess is known to be very good, so whoever was across from him would get picked on. The tradeoff for having Countess at nickel is he has been protecting the field corners. Ray Taylor is clearly the 2nd best corner on the roster.
2. Opponents are limiting themselves by surrendering 3/5ths of the field to Countess on a fifth of their plays.
3. We lived with Floyd, and Taylor>Floyd except that one Illinois game.
4. Rees did a lot of the damage by being Tommy Rees. He has good receivers too.
5. UConn abandoned this "Attack Taylor" strategy, and the defense did a pretty good job in that game.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Charisma. That's the RR||
Charisma. That's the RR comparison. RR had very little charisma and that damaged him at Michigan when things didn't go well. Think complete opposite of Jim Harbaugh or Lane Kiffen, or Bo or Brady for that matter. Social graces don't matter until you're the head coach, and then they matter a great deal.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||We have a family friend who||
We have a family friend who is close with MSU's AD and I asked him last year about Narduzzi and why he hasn't moved on to a head coaching job. Caveat: this guy never says a negative thing about MSU, ever, so this isn't a full picture of Narduzzi.
He said Pat is a very good defensive coach who is very bad around people he is not coaching. He will do coaching clinics (I've gotten to see one) and does fine addressing other coaches, but as for being the face of the program he's got the same problem as Rodriguez except more pronounced. He's just not the kind of guy who likes the spotlight.
He does like working with Dantonio, whom my dad's friend credits as the real brains behind that defense--it's not like without Narduzzi MSU's D wouldn't be good anymore--just like Saban's D hasn't struggled to deal with turnover in his staff. They've worked together a long time and probably will continue to do so until the money gets stupid--if Narduzzi goes to a smaller school that doesn't expect so much he'll do fine but the Pittsburgh job (which is what was on the table when we talked about it) was given as an example of the wrong kind of fit for him.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Well I didn't ban anyone and||
Well I didn't ban anyone and didn't discuss it with Brian, and didn't make a single comment in that thread. How did I lose any credibility on the history of liveblogs?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||To the best of my knowledge||
To the best of my knowledge everything you just said is complete bullshit. Liveblogs, old staff (there's only two and the one I know is still quite friendly) grudges, a simple fix for a major module dying... You just made it all up or someone lied to you.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||omigod you can press that||
omigod you can press that button more than once.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||FUCK! Way to wait until a day||
Way to wait until a day AFTER they've plated the page with the writeup on you and the photo of you that your coach sent us. Here's the blurb from Jason Paul in HTTV Hoops-Hockey:
He should have to buy 100 copies of the magazine for making me change this now. Argh. I don't even have a photo for that page.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||answers: a) Lots of them. b)||
a) Lots of them.
b) Hope that wasn't taken as crap because it really wasn't. It was an extention of my twitter talk with dex earlier this week where we were both kind of amazed that people use WLA as a separate faction since MGoBlog lacks any other contrarian faction. It's not "don't listen to those guys" so much as "stop acting like it's just those guys."
b-extended) ...except Elno, whose signal to bitchiness ratio is far lower than any other WLA person's.
c) Internet's gonna internet.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Actually no I'm fine with a||
Actually no I'm fine with a safety, since it means Devin at least took the sack instead of throwing it to a defensive end.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Only you, Brian.||
Only you, Brian.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I would have the second||
I would have the second squirrel say "I can lick my privates--wanna see?" just to keep it in perspective over which mammal really has it all together here.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I emailed you then figured||
I emailed you then figured I'd stick it here too: make one seat an off-color for Mr. Crisler.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||As a returner no. He's got an||
As a returner no. He's got an awesome body to block with but don't know what making the #1 running back in his class into a fullback would do for us right now.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||oh, right.||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||It's doable but not by a mod.||
It's doable but not by a mod. IP bans are a pain. Better to cave and misery.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I've notified Brian. We have||
I've notified Brian. We have @mgoblog addresses so shouldn't be too hard to set one up if he is so inclined.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Because Michigan's kicker is||
Because Michigan's kicker is good enough that they'll attempt coffin corner kickoffs with him; most schools don't have that.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||People harping on that||
People harping on that comment are taking it out of context of the line before:
I think in context it's clear I wasn't talking about "getting production" ie yards/scores but in how much Michigan had a gameplan that helps them get better at the thing they are going to do. Sliding back to zone running is unproductive if they're going to spend the next two weeks practicing man blocking, or vice versa.
If you can't run your base play on 1st and 10 from the opponent's 25 yard line, when the heck do you run it?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Putting this here||
I was really excited when I reverse-engineered a macro to do UFRs. Didn't get it perfect but was close. Here's the test that is now relegated to the secret back pages of MGoBlog:
Even got the chart to build.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I can't defend it. Editing to||
I can't defend it. Thought was that's a maximum but then i failed to write it as such. Editing to something more reasonable.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Maple Street Press, Kickoff 2011||
Reviewing things said in past HTTVs (including when a certain company with less-than-honest business practices changed the name) is totally cool, but this was awfully titled and needed a guy in the comments to decipher it.
Welcome to try again sober.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||His shirt is burned. However||
His shirt is burned. However if he were to suddenly come down with a terrible ouch-y back right now he could apply for a medical redshirt. Sometimes guys play a few downs early in the season in a game that doesn't matter, and then they come down with terrrible ouch-y backs.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||I just got too busy. Also I||
I just got too busy. Also I wasn't the right person to do it ultimately because I run into free tickets too often, and the story wasn't worth the cost of saying no to free stuff.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||[my name] at [thiis site] dot||
[my name] at [thiis site] dot com.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Here's her response: Hi||
Here's her response:
You can't work that closely with Henri and still be excitable about things that happen on the internet.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The Band's March from||
The Band's March from Revelli. Starts half hour before kickoff so unfortunately it's diminished a bit now that the students are herded into the stadium earlier.
Wave variations -- sped up, super slow, both directions, etc.
Fruit-/Poop-Flavored Whistle! -- How we describe chinzy and non-calls by the officials
Hail to the Victors in the Stands -- The band goes around different sections and lights you up
Cowbell cheer -- Still very organic as fans of every section bring cowbells on their own to make this happen.
The Game -- Noon kickoff.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I was a very drunk student at||
I was a very drunk student at that game. I was just a sophomore so my seats weren't very low, but we had some good info on Bellisari's personal life and our voiceboxes were at their peak horsepower.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||He'll probably make Stoops||
He'll probably make Stoops his D.C. and lure Urban Meyer away from Ohio State to be his O.C.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||...and made him a receiver.||
...and made him a receiver. Your argument is invalid.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Izzo actually purposefully||
Izzo actually purposefully targets guys whom he thinks will be good college players but whose ceilings will keep them out of the lottery picks. He likes players who are bigger than their position norm and guards who have enough athleticism to penetrate against college kids but not the NBA. It's a strategy, since those 5-stars are the kids who'll stick around more than a season.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I met my best friend at my||
I met my best friend at my fraternity--if nothing else came of it that was worth it. I can't speak for other houses or other people, but in my own experience it provided a system for a social life, which I had never been too good at creating for myself. I can do this now, but back then I'd never have the courage or enough friends to rent out Yost Ice Arena once a year for a date night, organize a flag football and broomball team, staff a homeless shelter for a day, or have a house to live in with all the amenities and very little rent.
We also had very strong and well-regulated rules about who could drink or be there.
What we offered versus house parties was a safe environment to party--sober people watching the doors, gentlemen who would walk you home, men with large arms watching the dance floor and the hallways, and pledges going around the house throwing out any drink that was put down. I know other houses had all the same precautions and took them to various degrees of seriously; we weren't pretending, and during rush and as pledge educator I made that very clear. We also worked with SAPAC to develop our safety systems and keep the brotherhood apprised.
It didn't work all that well. Frats with guys more comfortable in slacks would be destinations for meeting important people or better looking people, whereas one of the most fun times I had at mine was when we did a hayride/bonfire and a bunch of us took girls from the WISE program, or the time we put mattresses all over the floors and took wrestling nicknames and had a WWF night.
Our house wasn't particularly good looking or rich, and we didn't throw the best parties--we were smart in an uber-snarky way, and poor in a half-the-guys-didn't-pay-their-rent-one-time kind of way. I never cared much for the national organization, and don't have anything to do with the kids in that house now. I bet you most fratertinities exist to use the pretense of being a house like mine to narrow the kind of people they interact with, throw huge parties where they can get away with shit that wouldn't be acceptable at any other time or place in their lives, and have good-looking women come to them with minimal effort.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||You know, Heiko, you were on||
You know, Heiko, you were on the email; you could have just responded there instead of using a fake account.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Duh, Shorry Bossh.||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I haven't--it takes a lot of||
I haven't--it takes a lot of time to do. I welcome someone willing to take it on, or I can revisit later this year. But I did it the first week because that established a baseline with minimal game situation stuff affecting it (both teams in their base, using their dudes, until it was time to empty the bench).
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Museday is my thing. What are||
Museday is my thing. What are they gonna copy next, Michigan Musenesday?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ryan. IE: Beyer and Gordon||
Ryan. IE: Beyer and Gordon can't beat an OT/RB combo.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Why no Butts||
1. It was Akron.
2. It was Yom Kippur, and when you're talking Michigan alums that is a big deal.
3. They tried to package this one with big sellers so there were a lot of people without interest in going to the Akron game who bought it because it was the only way to buy an Ohio State ticket.
4. Noon game=less time to tailgate, less interest.
5. Good home schedule this year. There's still Nebraska and Ohio State and a lot of Big Ten teams that are more interesting to see if you're going to pick a game to attend this season.
6. Week after ND. If anyone was going to make a trip in September it was last week, not this.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||^This!!! Michigan didn't once||
Michigan didn't once try them over the top even though their entire defensive backfield can't catch up to Devin Funchess. I understand wanting to practice beating on smaller teams with power but first you have to put the game away and that means exploiting the other team's weaknesses. They saved Gallon--he got two targets I think and one was the DB had it as much of a shot at it as Jeremy because he never got more than 5 yards from the LOS. He's tiny but he plays like a big guy and Devin needs practice throwing those routes too. The coaches did such a great job of this for CMU but then didnt here.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I reinstated the ticket||
I reinstated the ticket thread since there's another winner who wants to give his away. Don't need to remove it again.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Me Seth robots? I am confused||
Me-Seth robots? I am confused by this. (I am any and all Seths)
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, this is why he's our||
Yeah, this is why he's our advertiser.
Jared really goes all out for his customers. This isn't the only happy Wolverine to have written us.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not related to anything but i||
Not related to anything but i have a legendary videotape from high school of one of our friends completely mangling this joke. She took like 20 minutes to get through it gave away the punchline at least 3 time (depending on if you count "Then the cops came...waitaminute."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Well they ARE cowards||
Michigan will be fine (you never sue someone who keeps an army of lawyers on retainer) but we have to dodge ND's particular litigiousness.
They don't have to sue; they're members of the same organization as the Big Ten teams, so all they have to do is put in a cease and desist for any reason, and if you get that all the other teams (including Michigan) will see it and not care why. ND this year was particularly stringent on message control with anything that had to do with calling them cowards.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||We have been having irregular||
We have been having irregular meetings ever since Brian got a corporate MGoBlog credit card and we discovered it could be used to purchase beer. When it's everybody it's usually Frazer's. When it's just me and Brian we meet at Benny's for lunch and try to put names to the faces of all the athletes who come in.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||There's something in the||
There's something in the works that will answer your question.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Every meeting we have;||
Every meeting we have; literally EVERY meeting, we all agree to put jumps earlier. I can only police it so much.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yes. His full name is Everett||
Yes. His full name is Everett Golson Puppet Cook.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||So I feed you an MGoQuestion||
So I feed you an MGoQuestion and what happens? You let every other reporter ask it the wrong way. Daw.
Oh well I think we got our answer: there was a technique issue with the pass rushers.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Brian's brother is Chris.||
Brian's brother is Chris. I've met him multiple times.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Paul:||
Answer is possibly. If somebody can make stuff like this and weekly chop the games up into plays (about 3 hrs/week during football season) I think we'd be very interested. Fair warning: we pay like shit.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I did one over the||
I did one over the summer: http://mgoblog.com/content/hokepoints-which-safety-which
A Cover 2 is more like a Cover 4 because they split the field in half, making life easier on the safety and allowing you to get a little fancier with the things you do since you just have to worry about the eligible receivers to your side of the field. In a Cov3 you have a center fielder who has responsibilities for both sides of the field, therefore he has to know what all of the receivers are doing in case one is heading toward his zone.
Cov3 is really a changeup for most teams--Penn State under Paterno was (not 100%) unique in running it as a base system for as long as they did because it can get tough on that midfielder if the LBs don't do their jobs.
The way most teams use Cover 3 is to mess with teams that are attacking Cover 2. Cover 2 is the fastball of defenses because it works against most thins and is easy on your defenders and keeps everybody in a decent position to stop the run. You beat Cover 2 or any zone by sending receivers to both sides of the zone. The good ol' fashioned smash (High-Low) route is a favorite Cover 2 beater because it puts that cornerback in a bad spot. You see it all the time when a receiver catches a ball for seven yards near the sideline then a cornerback immediately arrives or a receiver gets the ball 12-15 yards downfield and a safety immediately arrives:
If a team is running smash too much you Cover 3 his ass:
The quarterback expects that corner to be falling back to cover the top of his zone and leaving Z open, but instead he's right there to jump the route for an interception. This was Taylor's interception against CMU: they beat us twice with Cov2 then we went Cov3 and *yoink*.
The tried and true method for attacking Cov3 is four verts.
Again, you're putting receivers on the edges of zone; usually that midfielder ends up with the slot receiver on one side of his zone and the tight end on the other. He's dead. However if you run a Cover 4:
Those guys are totally covered.
Now imagine running that same play into Cover 2:
Notice how everybody is basically covering the same zone except the cornerbacks are deeper? Now imagine the cornerbacks, seeing that there's no other receivers to their sides, follow the outside receivers as if they're in man. It ends up looking just like Cover 4.