i like 'em both
|47 sec ago||Wait until midterms and see||
Wait until midterms and see which MSU students failed their blue books. There's your list of suspects.
|1 min 38 sec ago||My favorite part of Infinite||
My favorite part of Infinite Jest was when DFW wrote out that list of things you learn in a halfway house. My favorite among them: awful people don't think they're being awful; they believe everyone else is.
I've known Brian long enough to be certain of the fact that his strongest political partisanship is anti-partisanship. There certainly are people who let their poltiics dictate everything they think, and these are the people you hear constantly ascribing partisanship as someone else's motivation.
The lesson here--and you seem like somebody in particular need of it--is the bad things we think about people tend to be more applicable to ourselves.
|18 hours 31 min ago||Well the OT isn't eligible||
Well the OT isn't eligible but that is only because he is wearing an ineligible Number.
It's not distance. You are allowed to have only seven men on the line of scrimmage, no more no less. The other four are in the backfield. Everyone in the backfield is an eligible receiver. It doesn't matter if that guy lines up next the sideline or right next to the quarterback. You are also allowed to have one guy in the backfield go in motion before the play although he can't move toward The line of scrimmage unless he plays for Air Force.
The two men on the ends on the line of scrimmage are also eligible receivers although in all other ways they have to follow the same rules as linemen. For example if they budge before the snap it's a false start. Again it doesn't matter if they are next to the tackles or lined up wide. If you have a wide receiver on the line of scrimmage and a tight end on the same side also on the line of scrimmage, the tight end is not an eligible receiver.
When I label my diagrams I try to keep the X (split end) and Y as guys on the line of scrimmage and the Z (flanker) and slot back in the backfield.
On the play that you asked about, they had to cover the slot receiver (Y) in order to have the Z receiver be allowed to go in motion.
|4 days 13 hours ago||At the link is the breakdown||
At the link is the breakdown and my explanation of how I scored those. I just tried to copy that for you and screwed up my file. But those things are separate from wins. Longevity, familiarity with Michigan, likely to leave, ethical, good person.
|5 days 19 hours ago||All of our ads are either||
All of our ads are either Google (doubleclick) or networks or direct sales, and none of those should be running popups. We have ton of system security (having survived direct attacks) that Brian can speak to. From an ads standpoint though, I've never sold nor been paid for anything that pops up or does anything but sit in its ad spot.
|1 week 14 hours ago||You got to write the||
You got to write the basketball preview.
|1 week 1 day ago||I used my username||
I used my username
|1 week 2 days ago||How not to meet a football player||
I had a creative writing class where we broke into tables of 4 and everyone had to read each others' papers and comment on them, except the first week of that my table had 3 because someone missed class.
This just happened to be the period when I thought I had to challenge myself by writing about types of people I wasn't familiar with. So for this I wrote short story about a poor black Detroit high school quarterback whose highlight reel was due to secret magical powers that he barely knew how to use and which made him ravenously hungry relative to how big of a thing it was he did. It was an awful story made putrid by my some of my attempts at characterization actually being really bad stereotypes.
The fourth person at my table showed up the day I had to share my story with them. Since it's in this thread you can probably guess where this is going. DeWayne Patmon kindly took my story from my mortified hands, and returned it for the next class with a lot of thoughtful criticisms and insights, including a bit of good advice I've kept since: write about what you know.
(His story, passed around a couple weeks later, was about characters in a massive tornado and I don't remember the rest because its plot got jumbled in my mind with that of Twister)
|1 week 4 days ago||Why did you think I would||
Why did you think I would take offense to this post? I thought was a pretty good response to most of the bad reasons people are giving against protesting. The point I raised that I don't think you addressed is that most of the tickets in that stadium were purchased long ago at much higher prices than they are right now. Brandon knows this. So you're not going to see the same effect as if, for example, this was an NFL team and people suddenly didn't buy tickets one week. The statement becomes "I bought this ticket, but I'm just not going to use it," and that gets lumped into a rather large group of people Who actually good just stay home because they don't care to watch a bad team.
The way everybody finally got the Ford family to listen with Millen was The protest downtown, wearing orange to games, the signs in the stadium, and chanting a lot.
Wearing a specific color might do the trick. But the question is which color? Dark colors like blue are hard to see and don't give any effect. Maize is taken. White is Penn State. Red is the enemy (Indiana and Md and OSU). And orange are the #Chadtough shirts this year. Everyone wear pink? Sky Blue? Taupe?
|1 week 4 days ago||Good point. That and a||
Good point. That and a visible protest aren't the same, but your point does undermine what I was saying pretty thoroughly.
|1 week 4 days ago||They're boycotting||
They're boycotting kickoff.
|1 week 4 days ago||They took a false start, not||
They took a false start, not a delay of game, I thought, and that was the point. The rule says the clock stops if the leading team takes a hold or false start or other run the clock penalty inside a minute, but technically if there's 1:25 left or whatever it was it's okay. This rule needs to be changed; Rutgers apparently used the loophole to get an extra play's worth of clock run down.
|1 week 4 days ago||DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary. Say||
DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary.
Say it RIGHT!
|1 week 4 days ago||Brandon don't care. His||
Brandon don't care. His response to all criticism so far has been 'they're just dumbfuck fans; let the rabble rabble.' His latest was "They don't know me; I'm a good guy."
He is deaf to empty seats. He and Martin are the guys who looked at 300,000 season ticket wannabe holders for a stadium that can sell 109,000, and leveraged that into 92,000 season ticket holders at 3x the price. Empty seats are a sunk cost; he'd rather have one guy paying 5x as much as your family of four.
This administration can't be embarassed because they can't fathom they they're anything less than perfect unless the dollars drop. Schlissel is an unknown but if he's a rational person he's looking at a fanbase he already knows is pissed off, and weighing it against whether another guy can convince the big money donors to stick. Brian and I went back and forth a few weeks ago on gchat about whether Brandon's incremental revenue is replaceable and I'm still not so sure.
In the meantime, I want to beat Penn State and Indiana and Maryland and Northwestern, because losing gets us nothing. I want to beat MSU and OSU too but I'm realistic.
I think if anything can sway Schlissel's opinion, it's not fans standing outside; it's fans inside screaming for Brandon to be sacked just as loud as they are for Hackenberg. I think that's the best way to demonstrate our vision of the athletic department: that the fans are passionate to support it out of our good will without the necessity of Dave Brandon to pry it from us.
|1 week 4 days ago||Jerome Jackson||
|1 week 4 days ago||Idiot fans call for the||
Idiot fans call for the backup quarterback, the backup goalie, the fourth outfielder, the 5th man, the rookie wing, etc. ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
Here's my quarterbacking the week BEFORE Minnesota:
Is that good enough that I can question the decision now?
Coaches are expected to do the right things with their players, because they have way more information about those players than the fans do. So even if fans were clamoring for Sugar Shane after Gardner's worst back to back performances of his career, the coaches can absolutely be judged for it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not much. Ace Williams level||
Not much. Ace Williams level is something special, though: he's a kid who literally just goes around making shit up he think will get attention, and is only able to do this because there are cynical websites out there that don't believe in credibility at all.
Gregg Henson is just a bad journalist. BiSB and I got into a twitter argument with him about sourcing and it was like arguing with some dude from Fox News:
Here's the thing: anyone who's "plugged in" or "knows a guy on the team" or speaks often with program people with internal knowledge is going to come across lots of stories that sound like insider dope. People like to show off that they know more than they really do. Picking out what's fact and what's, e.g., some former player's opinion is not easy, so a good journalist will err toward caution and not print things he gets from just one source.
Why is Henson getting this? I'm taking an educated guess that the pissed off player he's speaking of is the same pissed off former player who's been sending letters to lots of meda people and contacting other former players a lot, and included Pittsburgh sports radio because he lives there and listens to the local sports radio. There is according to JUB a letter--contents unsure--that was signed by several hundred player alums upset about the program in general. From appearances, Henson heard about the letter, got this vitriolic missive from a certain former player, and published it in full, tried to make it appear like this letter and the signed one were the same or at least derivative, and has since been stomping around with his tiny special bit of access everybody else got and nobody else thought was worth publishing, trying to prop himself up as an insider who's hearing things lots of fans want to be true, when really he's hearing a handful of things his source wants to be true.
I'd love to believe Dave Brandon is under siege from every program person from Al Renfrew to Jordan Kovacs, but the reality from available information--publishable and not--seems to be that there are lots of opinions from lots of people who matter, and nothing like consensus among any group or clan. I think Henson is going all in on Brandon getting fired and Hoke following him out the door because Gregg's got no credibility to lose, low risk of anyone with credibility risking it by overlapping, and everything to gain by setting himself up as the one dude who's got the REAL dope.
I suggest you ignore. If half of the things he said are true and half aren't, you've really got zero factual information.
|1 week 5 days ago||I talked to some of the||
I talked to some of the players organizing this a few weeks ago when they got the idea. Many of them played for Hoke when he was an assistant here, and a good many were here when he became head coach, so don't hold it against them that they're 100% behind Brady.
Most of their purpose is to resell the team on Michigan. During times like these as they damn well know, there's reason to coast to the end of the season and transfer after it. With a bowl game unlikely now, the players do need to find motivation, and the former players can do that. Maybe this was organized by dudes who were here for the national championship or were recruited shortly after, but those organizers have been contacting the hell out of guys who stuck through the Rich Rod and Hoke transitions to talk to the players about keeping the team together, keeping their faith in their coaches, and keeping their focus on that week's opponent and Ohio State and graduating.
Also understand: public displays against Brandon come with consequences from the athletic office. When you have special access, you can also have it taken away. So don't expect a "we are for the players but not the guys in charge!" rally to come from them, and certainly don't discount the possibility that they feel that way because they're not chanting.
If you want to do some digging it's not hard to find that sentiment anyway. You know someone was emailing some Pittsburgh radio dufus a vitriolic list of Brandon crimes, and you've seen a certain name come up in this effort. I'm skirting the edge of a promise here, but connect the dots, yo!
They're not doing this to support the status quo; they're doing it to keep the team together, and because they think it's the best thing they can do for Michigan.
|1 week 5 days ago||I had Barnes filled in then||
I had Barnes filled in then unfilled him.
The story goes he was their SAM and a few years ago was a Jake Ryan-level menace at that. You remember WDE and SAM are similar from 4-3 under school. However Barnes was so not-good last year that he lost a lot of playing time, first to nickels and then Olaniyan. So he was less of a starter last year than Ross is now. I finally decided to leave him white because Ace had.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oh, but Morrissey is okay?||
Oh, but Morrissey is okay?
|1 week 5 days ago||1. Be the Brian Cook of||
1. Be the Brian Cook of another Big Ten team.
2. I gave him 7286 points. Get it?
|1 week 5 days ago||Jamie's been sick. DK's doing||
Jamie's been sick. DK's doing the second $1 million pool this week. I'll see if I can get you an MGolink...
|1 week 6 days ago||No on Hart. From left:Front||
No on Hart. From left:
Front Row: Martin Vloet (UM photographer and owner of MGoPatio), Brian Cook, Jerome Jackson, Zia Combs, Brandon Williams and his son, Heiko Yang, Bryan Fuller, BiSB, and Chris Perry.
Back row: LSAClassof2000 (aka Lorne), David Underwood (in the teal polo), Marlin Jackson, Eric Upchurch, Ace Anbender, Seth Fisher
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||main announcement is up.||
main announcement is up.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I think that would be the||
I think that would be the safest time ever to make your feelings known, since the guys who were coached by Hoke when he was an assistant will be there and any one of them can kick any blogger's ass.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Misopogon. Emperor||
Does nobody follow late antiquity anymore?
Yeah 2011 season I think I changed it.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||June 2013 power outage?||
June 2013 power outage?
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||BiSB and Adam and Fuller just||
BiSB and Adam and Fuller just had babies too. Just sayin...
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Yes and no. It's a zone which||
Yes and no. It's a zone which includes spying the QB. Maybe some of the coaches (Sharik? SC?) can weigh in but I was told by a coach that the concept of a "spy" as understood by fans is incorrect. A linebacker usually has a zone to cover, and part of that zone can be threatened if the quarterback comes up. Mattison has said he doesn't like to have one player just sit on the QB.
It all amounts to the same: Taco has the frontside A-gap in a run fit and is covering a short zone in a pass fit. If the offense brings the TE across the formation Taco would have to cover that since Wilson is back..
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I had to grab all of this off||
I had to grab all of this off my brother's DVR (we can get screen grabs but there's some sort of protection that we haven't worked around to get video) since the torrent isn't available yet, but MGoVideo has the full game up: http://mgovideo.com/2014-michigan-vs-rutgers/
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Usually it's people mistaking||
Usually it's people mistaking me for Brian. Part of that I'm sure is Dear Diary is kind of written in a similar style to Unverified Voracity, since they're both links posts and both ape Jon Stewart.
I think this is the first Ace and I got confused but that's understandable given he usually writes the postgames.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Totally. First time I've ever||
Totally. First time I've ever seen a touchdown awarded for "nagging."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just for clarification||
This is the rule as amended last year with relevant parts bolded:
For it not to be a catch the refs would have to argue that shifting the ball to under his arm, taking two steps downfield, then reaching it out for the first down marker did not constitute any "act common to the game." IE the refs are saying Darboh was only doing those things in order to make the catch.
Anyone arguing that wasn't a catch is 100% WRONG, and you should assume their sanity, their intelligence, and/or their credibility has been comprised.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We should change your name to||
We should change your name to Sextuple-D.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not Ace. Ace took the day||
I'm not Ace. Ace took the day off because he wanted to enjoy football, and by doing this I was allowed to leave my in-laws' early tonight.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Because of incompetence? The||
Because of incompetence?
The guy thought he could call Bill Cowher out of retirement. He thought he could give LSU a heads up they were interested in talking to Les Miles, then go sailing for a weekend before talking to Miles. He thought Schiano would say yes so he asked him publicly. He then got marginalized as MSC ran the search that settled on Rodriguez.
Martin was a lot of things, good and bad. I would definitely not hold him up as a model AD and would not want him back.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I have posted things from WD||
I have posted things from WD so often I didn't think to check it beyond seeing the date of the pic was recent. I've updated.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Seems to be a browser issue||
Seems to be a browser issue with the new iOS and Drupal sites. We're looking into it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||i said it nicer.||
i said it nicer.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Coach Carr retired. He wanted||
Coach Carr retired. He wanted to be done a year earlier and Martin and his players talked him into coaching another season because they thought they could win it all in 2007.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That thunking you hear in the||
That thunking you hear in the background when Dakich is talking is Brian's forehead banging against the desk.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Peggy is the real deal.||
Peggy is the real deal.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Well said SC. Thank you.||
Well said SC. Thank you.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||I meant to ask this too; it's||
I meant to ask this too; it's kind of the discussion in the next roundtable.
I would prefer not senior day. Considering Des Morgan probably gets a medshirt, it's Gardner, Ryan, FClark, Beyer, Hayes, Wile, Hagerup, Ray Taylor, and Hollowell.
The reasoning is patience: give Michigan a reasonable amount of time to respond and make their move, thereby rendering the threat moot.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I've fought this particular||
I've fought this particular bit of misinfo a number of times.
Stating again: the taste test that really caught Domino's attention was in Aug 2009. Dave Brandon was part of/involved with/physically did things in the company's radical decision to overhaul their core product and commence an ad campaign saying they're doing so.
That campaign launched in December 2009. Brandon took the Michigan job in January 2010.
He deserves credit where due. That was a major shift for the company and was done exactly how we would want businesses to conduct themselves: listen to criticism, improve their product, market with honesty.
The state of the company Brandon took over is also relevant. We covered Monaghan a lot when I was on the Daily because he was quite the eccentric, and he ran Domino's with a lot of those eccentricities. Brandon reformed that company into a successful IPO, and it is a fair assumption that he had to remove a lot of old people and established traditions in the process. From a buisness standpoint, his leadership would be considered, by and large, a success, so long as your measurement is how much he increased its profitability. I have no doubt that Brandon's experience at Domino's shaped his goals and his methods at Michigan. The main disconnect isn't Brandon's ability as a CEO; it's Brandon's treating Michigan like a publically traded company instead of a publically owned institution.
Also: a big reason for their profitability since 2010 is their CFO foresaw the four years we've had recently of very low prices for wheat and played the market brilliantly at the time, and since.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So that's their answer? After||
So that's their answer? After two days and seeing the video he says everybody did the right thing. Apparently he and his entire staff saw only an ankle injury and Shane waving them away as he walked it off, and the medical folk were doing their jobs by keeping silent as he wobbled around. Apparently everyone else in the country is insane for seeing a head injury. Apparently remorse is reserved for people who make mistakes, which he surely didn't.
What. The. Freaking. Hell.
Answers to questions we had:
Do you teach your players to come out when they have a head injury?
Did Nussmeier and you discuss Shane's head health?
Did medical personnel do anything to determine if Morris had a head injury before he re-entered the game?
Do you feel bad that Morris played after taking a headshot, and what steps are you taking to ensure it doesn't happen again?
No, and none.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke Press Conference Livestream||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No nothing nefarious. It was||
No nothing nefarious. It was more that Grbac was known to be a very good QB and some fans at the time appeared to favor Grbac and a presumably more wide-open passing offense he represented. Simple surface shit which from Michael's point of view could have been given more meaning than they deserved.
Grbac played, and magnificently, when Taylor was hurt, and Taylor had to win his job back. While that whole period was a footnote to fans, it was a focal point of Taylor's life, since being the starting quarterback of the University of Michigan was a massively important thing to him.
The reality of the situation isn't necessarily going to match the experience of guys who lived through it, and the veneration of Bo today wasn't as established--we forget that fans at the end of Bo's career were clamoring for "modern" passing offense and more wide open gameplay, and that Bo fought it, sticking to his option offense and heavy/Wing T formations. And it was also the heyday for racial quarterback stereotypes: the white guy with the arm versus the black guy with the legs. Before Taylor was hurt a lot of fans wanted Grbac, largely for what he represented. When Taylor got hurt, the offense did indeed get more passy, and was apparently successful, and that shaped opinions. So when Taylor won his job back, there was a portion of the fanbase who didn't want him to, and he knew it, and he understandably resented it.
There was nothing nefarious there. It's all about one guy's perspective, because it's likely that MT's perspective on the Gardner/Morris controversy was informed by his perspective of events back then.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Ross on||
Ross on Brandon: Duplicate
Gregg Henson gets the Assclown tag: I tried to establish Henson's credibility, even reached out to him on Twitter. The guy is getting emails from one former player passing along the suite of dubious stories, and is trying to use that to become the MC for the downfall of this administration. I've decided to just not bite. Treat Henson stories like Drew Sharp et al.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Look, I don't believe||
Look, I don't believe huddling or going Manball is a fireable offense. It was just the wrong offense for the personnel that they had, and that problem was exacerbated by going to extremes.
The thinking behind "if they tried to go faster than a snail right now..." is incorrect. Going faster in practice makes you better able to execute when you're going slower, but not vice-versa. Bo consistently used high tempo in practice to get his players more reps, and then they could block and run and pass better because they'd had more reps.
That's a practice issue. The game issue is that the inability to manage tempo has consistently stalled drives, burned timeouts, and forced Michigan to snap the ball before they've had time to ID the defense and coverage. It has also made it nigh impossible to come back from deficits. That Michigan was outgaining Utah and Notre Dame demonstrates that, minus extreme plays (turnovers), more possessions would have favored Michigan, yet Michigan lost several possessions by letting the clock slip away once they were down.
The point is that these things hurt the team. ALL coaches do things that hurt their teams or put some guys in bad positions, because coaches have to do what they know and are comfortable with. But the things the coach does well have to compensate for the things he doesn't do well, or else the coach has to improve on the things he doesn't do well. We constantly advocate for Hoke to do the things that he dosn't do well but are easy to learn, and tempo is right at the top of the list. It is a thing Brady CAN do with this team.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Oh that was after. Long after||
Oh that was after. Long after the Les Miles ship had sailed (ha!). Lloyd told Martin in 2006 he planned to retire after the 2006 season, and Martin talked him into one more year. These conversations were happening long before the coaching search began in earnest.
I trust Bacon got that correct, so I amend my statement: Carr had no influence on Miles. Craig didn't mention the contact with RR. The greater point is Carr didn't have any agenda but to help where Michigan wanted him, and to butt out where they didn't, except when he told them his plans to retire he gave two names.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This Brianette would like to||
This Brianette would like to see if the above dude changed his mind this week.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Lizard brain" = Amygdala =||
"Lizard brain" = Amygdala = the native animal programming in every human brain that takes over in highly stressful situations. "Fight or flight" is your lizard brain taking over. All I meant by it is his instincts take over instead of the higher functioning programming that would, say, tell him to read through his progressions.
I was just reading the Iron Druid Chronicles -- author uses it a lot in that context. I think it's a very accurate pyschological phenomena to explain why quarterbacks act the way they do under pressure.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I shouldn't have to ask this||
I shouldn't have to ask this but PLEASE nobody add to it. His job is to talk to the media, and making that job harder won't help anybody, most especially us.
His email address is public on MGoBlue otherwise I would have blacked it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Origins of this statement||
I think you're confused as to whose post this is. The athletic department's communications office sent it to the media tonight and asked us to release it on their behalf. Here's a screenshot of the email they sent in my inbox (thunderbird):
Click for big.
I agree that this statement dodges the main question of how nobody at UM responded properly to what appeared like a concussion, and that it is cynical and obviously not authored by whom they said it was, and just AWFUL on so many levels. But your ire shouldn't be directed at mgoblog; Brian only did as the department expressly asked.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||To those who think Brady Hoke||
To those who think Brady Hoke crafted any part of this missive, congratulations on being one of 103,000 at Michigan Stadium this week.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No Joke It's Hoke||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||They also had Ron Johnson on||
They also had Ron Johnson on and talked about the Vaseline incident.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Dominos was coming out of the||
Dominos was coming out of the death spiral when he left. The core product was so bad they finished (tied for) last in a respectable test, and to his credit Brandon helped react to that by trashing the recipe and rebuilding their pizzas from the ground up, with a marketing campaign that was very post-postmodern: our pizza sucks; we're fixing that. That campaign launched in December 2009; Brandon took the Michigan job a month later.
Also Dominos made a very forward-thinking move in the commodities markets that really drove profitability from 2010-2014. They have a fantastic CFO, and that CFO was there when Brandon was.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Man, you're arguing to argue||
Man, you're arguing to argue again. "Execution" means "that guy can't do that thing" and then it goes to the coaches who asked him to do that thing and other things they could ask him to do.
Please tell me I don't have to explain again the difference between the offensive roster Rodriguez inherited and the one Hoke did, or the difference between hiring the guy who invented the spread offense versus a primarily defensive guy who doesn't wear a headset. Let's pretend I don't and move right to: REGARDLESS OF WHY HOKE WANTED A DIFFERENT OFFENSE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG OFFENSE FOR THOSE PLAYERS.
You can find things players did wrong on every play; I've never seen all 11 guys execute perfectly because there's another football team actively trying to prevent it. Receivers aren't going to get separation every play. The coaches have to answer for putting their players in positions that they're not likely to execute in. If a coach is more comfortable with something that his players are less effective at, that is a negative about the coach; it's not necessarily a killer, just something he has to overcome elsewhere or mitigate by getting good help and letting those guys operate.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's not about what offense||
It's not about what offense or personnel or tempo is BEST -- it's about what's best for Michigan given their personnel. Hoke inherited Denard Robinson and a bunch of fleet-footed zone blockers and brought in Al Borges to run them. He has Dennis Norfleet and a new OC telling him to use him, and they keep putting in A.J. Williams instead despite ample evidence the guy just can't cut it. He has Devin Gardner and doesn't plan any quarterback runs.
Also Gardner is a streaky player--you want to get a guy like that some easy things early on so he can get revved up, yet 1st quarter offense still seems to be focused on establishing inside zone from a 2TE Ace set, with Gardner tasked with converting the 3rd downs.
There are always tradeoffs and no team can be built that makes those tradeoffs easy, but under Hoke Michigan has consistently appeared ready to trade the farm for imagined principles that don't match the team's makeup or abilities.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Take for what it's worth but||
Take for what it's worth but Craig Ross, who's about the only person to ever get Lloyd close to something like on record about all that crap, said in no uncertain terms that this is NOT true. Lloyd's influence on both coaching hires since his retirement has been extremely minimal. To the best of our knowledge, the most Carr offered was to suggest Ferentz or DeBord in 2008.
Here's how I took it: Lloyd has a personal rule against making comments or waves for coaches who come after him, but was apparently so offended by that rumor he slipped out an answer anyway.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They were the Mad Men of||
They were the Mad Men of brokerage.
EF Hutton bought by Shearson to become Shearson Lehman Hutton, which bought more things to be Shearson Lehman Brothers, which was bought by American Express, which sold it to Smith Barney. My dad was at Hutton (Southfield office) from 1986 to when he left to start his consulting firm.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What's his source? Why does||
What's his source? Why does nobody but Gregg Henson have anything like this? WHo the F is this guy?
As much as I WANT TO BELIEVE I will treat as bloviation until there's some sort of fact-like substances to corroborate.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The way My Cousin Vinny's||
The way My Cousin Vinny's fiance knows about automobiles. I come from a family of commodities traders.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe||
The 2003 punt disasters:
1. The Oregon block was from an NFL style formation--it was just an awful block by the personal protector.
2. The Iowa PR that went for a lot of yards but didn't score was just bad coverage. Guys got all sorts of out of their lanes. Shazor ran right past the returner. Also they did a weird pulling action off the snap so only two gunners got good releases. Weird.
3. The second punt vs Iowa the shield blockers LEFT THE SHIELD TO LOOK FOR BLOCKS. I guess that was supposed to be a fake-option where Finley quick-kicks if it's not there. It was partially blocked.
4. They did the same thing again on the next punt which got blocked.
Michigan wasn't even shield punting--they were rugby punting from a shield formation. Weird.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Rumors flying about Branson being fired!||
Sucks for Branson.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||That is all true but I would||
That is all true but I would offer that this is EXACTLY how the SEC characterizes itself, right down to its nominally tougher academic standards (WE MAKE THEM DO MATH!) and recruiting rules (WE SAY 25 AND NO MORE!). The East at the time gave these measures the same level of skepticism we have for when Slive hammers on them.
The big difference is the presidents: they were by and large East-oriented dudes who were often antagonistic to their own football programs (and non-Protestants). The NCAA was primarily organized under the premise that those guys wouldn't eff around.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||I think we have to decide||
I think we have to decide that as a fanbase. We don't have to "cheat" to win; we have to draw a line of what we will or won't do, and have good reasons for it.
The Big Ten in general and especially this Michigan program is very good at drawing lines but they've been arbitrary and nonsensical. Slow pace isn't a gentlemanly thing; it's just tradition for tradition's sake.
The argument isn't whether we should draw a line--it's WHERE. Dave Brandon seems to make these decisions entirely on profitability. Much of the Big Ten seems to be saying "no to paying coaches and players but okay fine we'll look the other way at DUIs and the spread." Michigan and Minnesota have both glommed onto more tight ends and super slow pace as inveterate traditions.
Yeah, a Division I-AA existence isn't the end of the world. But if we're going to do that, we should just do it, not flap around as if we're still Yost's program dispensin justice off in the Old West.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Hard to do not knowing what||
Hard to do not knowing what happened inside the program and without putting an in-law unfairly in the crosshairs of fans. Dig?
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||No sarcasm. Brian seriously||
No sarcasm. Brian seriously doesn't read our shit half the time.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Not really the story of DB at||
Not really the story of DB at Domino's. Brandon came in when Bain bought it from Monaghan, who ran Domino's like a family company that had some weird traditions and funded Monaghan's weird politics. Brandon's job from the start was to make the company function like a corporation, and he had to fight a lot of institutional people to do so. He was undoubtedly successful at this, and I am sure it informed his actions at Michigan as he methodically cleaned out anyone who wasn't on the same page as he was.
DB's baby was the oven baked sandwiches and other non-pizza products, and in modernizing marketing and delivery. The change in recipe was a response to a consumer taste test in 2009, and while Brandon indeed was part of the "our pizza sucks; we're making a new one" response, it was Come to Jesus moment for everybody in the company. DB didn't get to see the fruition of it; they announced the shift in December 2009 and Brandon took the Michigan job in January 2010. He remains a head honcho but not a particularly engaged one.
Domino's recent success wasn't really Brandon's doing. They were extraordinarily smart (or lucky) to have a near perfect response to a shift in the commodities market: Domino's has to carry a significant amount of wheat futures so they don't run into a shortfall, and they happened to sell off a ton of those futures in 2010 right before wheat prices went into a 4-year freefall. The guy mostly responsible for their record profitability was CFO Michael Lawton, who foresaw the glut of U.S. Wheat in 2010. That is still paying off.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't know what Brian||
I don't know what Brian knows. I know about the Adidas thing because my wife's relative owns the company Adidas contracted with to make the thing Falk poo poo'ed.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||That is on me. I still need||
That is on me. I still need to execute.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||The actual reason he was||
The actual reason he was forced out is his story to tell. I can report on things I know happened. I think everyone who knew Jon Falk immediately recognized that he'd never leave Michigan voluntarily.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||We never get marching orders.||
We never get marching orders. I don't think it's a giant leap to guess this column's name will have to change. I used that this time but I'll leave it off until it's no longer relevant.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||I haven't heard it or read||
I haven't heard it or read the comments yet but I know Michael Taylor and people who know Michael Taylor.
Let's put it this way: the guy is PASSIONATE about things. He's been very right more often than very wrong, but the lack of filter has led to some famously silly outbursts. Like he trashed the Mattison hire when he wanted Corwin Brown (this was obviously before Brown had his sad and scary episode). And he was furious that the university wouldn't cover his arm surgery if he didn't have it at UM Hospital. I came across him right about the time that Rich Rod's Michigan career arc was where Hoke's is now, and remember him getting enflamed on the side of RR for reasons that made me reconsider my RR support.
I don't think anybody hates the fans who want to enthrone Shane Morris more than MT does, and he has good reason given the shit he went through when Shane Morris's name was Elvis Grbac.
I'll go check out his comments, but take Taylor with the understand that he's a good guy who gets really flamed up about things from time to time. He is definitely on the list of guys who will sound like they're trashing the program when really he's not saying anything more than what a lot of passionate fans are saying.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The inside guys on the line||
The inside guys on the line aren't allowed to release downfield. So the receiving team can bring pressure without worrying about those guys as passing threats, or back off and not worry about those guys racing past them downfield.
So you're stuck in the NFL with five offensive linemen on the line. If you turn three guys in the backfield into blockers as well you've taken a lot of speed out of your punt coverage.
Also the NFL has some ludicrously good pass rushers all over the place, so the shield is more likely to be destroyed.
One last reason for its popularity in college (doesn't affect the pro): college football had the shield punt a long time ago but teams stopped using it because the defense (punt return) team would have the first guy to the shield just cut (dive at the legs of) the shield defenders. UNLV brought back the shield punt right after the NCAA ruled that out. I think the NFL has a similar rule so that doesn't answer why pro teams don't shield so much as why the shield took all this time to gain popularity in college.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||When Christianity reaches||
When Christianity reaches 5,000 years, they'll have two nights for every holiday as well. It takes a religion about 2600 years before it realizes there are two sides of the family you have to please.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I've had most of my world||
I've had most of my world turned upside down in a matter of months. My dad died. Then his life insurance company proved to be the kind that makes life hell on widows to save a handful of months' in interest. Then my mom had a major injury this week that could finish off any optimism in life she had left. In the interim I got taken for $30,000 by a kickstarter scammer who convinced me to print thousands more copies of HTTV and the Penn State book that he'd sell in stores (he sold less than 150--all he wanted was the print job).
My MGoBlog work isn't half of a career, so since those books were turned from the majority of what I planned to make this year into a net loss, I'm cleaned out, at the same moment my entire support structure came down, and at a time when I was badly needed as someone else's support structure. This has made home life stressful as we've had to give up on doing anything that costs money while fearing the next thing that goes wrong could destroy us.
So what's a couple of 50/50 games that became blowouts in part because Michigan was unlucky and in part because Michigan puts itself at a disadvantage by not doing the things teams on their level do to gain an edge?
I'll watch football on Saturdays, and the rest of the week I'll slowly be putting the shattered pieces of my life back together. Life is brutal, and no matter how much you appreciated the things that are good in it, they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. Bad things happen, and bad years happen, and bad people will continue to profit from not being burdened with how their actions will affect others. You can't prevent all the bad shit; you can try, and you can decide to move on despite it, and appreciate that which is still good.
Today it's sunny out, and my 6 1/2 month old daughter is learning to sit up and had her first solid meal, and she smiles at me. I start the day with that, and then I go back to work.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That was my thought entirely.||
That was my thought entirely. What doomed Rodriguez was bad defense, and what doomed the defense were bad defensive staff choices, and what doomed Rodriguez into making those choices was Martin not offering Casteel more money than he made at WVU.
The guy at the top can undermine everything you do, and blame will fall upon you. Brandon will pay unneccessarily massive sums for your coordinators, but he's also replaced 90% of the people who made Michigan a top program.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Winner. I'll email your||
Winner. I'll email your account email.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry dude. I posted this||
Sorry dude. I posted this from the emergency parking lot at the hospital. Would have gone out mid afternoon if not for the sequence of events that put me there.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Hope you don't mind I edited||
Hope you don't mind I edited your comment--the family asked to not share the family thing on the internet until all family have been told.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Teams figured out Michigan's||
Teams figured out Michigan's signals last year. Whenever we lined up in tackle over opponents would have a guy find me in the stands and if I was punching myself in the face they knew we were running to the double-OT side.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It seems to be much like||
It seems to be much like recruiting, ie the high level prospects have huge success about 50% of the time, and the low prospects only rarely work out.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nice. I had breakfast last||
Nice. I had breakfast last week before the Miami game with Rich Adler, who wrote the Arcadia book on M baseball. Guy is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the team's history and the years when it was the other major sport at Michigan.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This stuff doesn't move the||
This stuff doesn't move the needle for me. I don't pay to go to Michigan's Facebook page.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Did you pay to come here? If||
Did you pay to come here? If we were actually leveraging this site like UM leverages football we'd be a subscription service, and your inbox would be flooded with promos to buy buy buy. We'll never do that because that's not what this site is about.
Sports gambling is something a lot of us do with our sports knowledge, and conversely the best sports gamblers can offer some of the best overhead analysis of those sports because they're not focused just on one team and their biases are stripped away as competitive disadvantages. I went to great lengths to provide content that is relevant to readers. If you've got a problem with JamieMac as a writer for this site then I dunno man; he's been around here longer contributing content that I have.
And we don't just take any client; I tried the various sites and spoke at length to the various dudes behind those sites and chose an exclusive relationship with the one who demonstrated he cared the most about the user experience.
And when we show off new tshirts it's not in your face, it's "have a free tshirt" and one liners about the upcoming opponent.
All this from an actual business that is for profit and pays taxes on that. I probably make less than 99% of our readers, less than any job in the athletic department, so that I can help provide free content that has value to readers. If you find hypocrisy in that when I criticize something like PSLs or interrupting MMB to blare out info on family packs, then I think your cynicism is broken.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||They made Marty their||
They made Marty their resident nerd; it's just two brothers. They wanted us to get together with some other blogs to pay $7500 for stats and i was like: Uh no we will build our own.
SO WE ARE BUILDING OUR OWN
We're now in the parsing stage, where there's all sorts of hellish things to fix like drives that start over because of fumbles and whatnot. We'll have the data first, and eventually pages for every team with sensical stats (SACKS ARE PASS PLAYS!!!). We'll also be doing a lot of things marty (CFBStats) never did, like have the recruiting profiles linked to performance. Eventually. First is getting the PBP data to not suck.
Nate, the guy who jumped on this for us, should be posting soon.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||You're talking about number||
You're talking about number of plays. Long drives accomplish those things. Whether or not the clock is running is irrelevant. Focusing on time of possession overrates running into a wall for 2 yards -- except in very specific circumstances, that is a loss for the offense. An offense should be either trying to score or taking what the defense gives them or setting up the former.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Is that what we're trying to||
Is that what we're trying to do?
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Spread should refer to the||
Spread should refer to the college version. I know people call the hurricane that but spreading out the OL and having a more receiver-ish personnel group, plus the shield is referred to more often as spread.
Just say NFL style and Shield, I guess. Or dinosaur and spread.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||The difference is in who's||
The difference is in who's releasing. Hurricane punting leaves your fullback/tight end/safety types in to catch the edge blocks before they release; often the first guys to leave because they're uncovered are the offensive linemen. In spread punting you've put four wide receivers in position to release immediately, and your last wave are 300 pound blocky dudes.
It can be an up or down decision even if there are good things to recommend dinosaur punting, because it's a net: at the end of the day the benefits of spread punting are greater than the benefits of hurricane punting, therefore the question is black or white.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||Net punting has gone up linearly, about 3 yards across the board||
Although there's a lot of noise in those numbers because offenses have gotten way more successful at moving the ball from their side of the field due to offenses going spread. Mathlete could adjust for that with play by play data but this isn't PBP data above.
Net punting just has so much involved in it that it's not a reliable statistic. What I did notice is that punting length seems to be up (linearly) 1 yard per punt, so the movement in net punting has primarily been happening on returns. In the NFL it's the opposite: net punting is up because avg punt length has gone up by 4 yards, but return length has grown in recent years, so the result has been about 1.5 yards gained in net. This says that punters have gotten better at booming punts, especially in the NFL, and that his has correlated with longer returns in the NFL but not in college.
These data support a hypothesis that punts are longer in general, but that spread punting in college football has been cutting down on the frequency and success of returns.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||They're burning the practice||
They're burning the practice time on it anyway. We've got three practices from this year on record: two for the public and one we had a guy get into, and there was a lot of time spent on punts in those. Because all of M's opponents this year run the shield punt, they were practicing having the 2nd team punt to the 1st team punt returners.
There aren't that many doubles on the units (Chesson, Norfleet, a few others). Anyway, the point is Michigan spends a lot of practice time with 11 players executing shield punts; they just don't have their starting punting team rep it, and don't use it in games.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Without looking (cause I'm||
Without looking (cause I'm doing a hundred things right now) Didn't I link to Mathlete's article when I said that?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||We planned to have the new||
We planned to have the new site launched by now. That's been delayed at least to January. No sense in throwing money at old problems with this version of the site now. Bear with us.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks man. Those were my||
Thanks man. Those were my dad's friend's tickets so that's where I sat for a lot of the games with my father. It meant a lot to me that someone else could have that experience since it was so important to me. You and your dad were a blast to watch the game with.
Let me know what the hell to do in Cadillac.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't think I made that||
I didn't think I made that assumption. I think we pretty much agree except that while the basics of press coverage are easy to understand, GETTING IT DOWN is really really hard unless you're a natural.
There's a huge gap between "has no clue what he's doing" and "isn't coaching his competency." The latter is what I am really suggesting. Stopping a guy like Will Fuller is hard but doable; good coaches and lots of reps and talent make that possible. Roy hasn't developed a teaching system, and probably doesn't feel at all confident yet in pointing out problems as they're occurring. At the very least I think we understand now why Countess was getting passed by guys in spring and fall. I don't think it's such a great leap to think that if Manning is seeing his guys just can't do press that he's not confident enough yet in himself to tell a guy like Greg Mattison "you can't do the defense you want to; you're making the 2nd best cornerback in the conference look like shit."
Criticizing a coach on the internet is tough because so many people will assume you're like "FIRE THIS GUY!" or at the least they should move him. I think the most we should be asking at this point is that Roy is getting some more help. No WAY that guy is going to be a Lloyd Carr or Nick Saban defensive backs coach his first year when he's never played or coached it before. And no, Mallory and Mattison et al. can't be over his shoulder when they've got their own units (and in Mattison's case the entire defense and half of Michigan's recruiting, and being basically Hoke's associate HC in all but name) on their plates.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Winner. Let me get him his||
Winner. Let me get him his tickets and then i will follow up on some of the runner ups. I know one person below offered tickets and I also have a pair to throw in because it looks like there were three deserving candidates.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I already asked her but she||
I already asked her but she had knee surgery not too long ago and has the second knee scheduled so climbing steps isn't really her thing. But nice thought; she's a wonderful lady.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Since Dave Brandon is||
Since Dave Brandon is probably making the discussion 99% about will the fans like it or not every time he has a new marketing initiative like we do, it's weird that he gets so much backlash from it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Our schedule was pretty||
Our schedule was pretty tight; I figured during the day Thursday at least gives people time if they want to pick up ingredients on the way home to do this for Saturday, but during the day has so much football content I didn't want to interrupt it.
Like a radio hour of funk on a classic rock channel, it is appreciated content for those who know to come by in the morning for it, and doesn't fling it in the face of people who didn't come for it.
But I can be convinced to move the schedule around. I don't want to do it for lunch hour because that's just mean.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There were already 13 other||
There were already 13 other people named MichiganMan and you still took that handle?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This has gone on long enough||
We can't have a thread about Raptors all day without this:
|5 weeks 6 days ago||^ That was Ace. But we've all||
That was Ace. But we've all been making that same mistake so much it's canon now. FWIW it was called the spread punt by Rich Rod
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You're thinking of Schutt? I||
You're thinking of Schutt? I don't remember why Michigan turned him away bit I think you are correct that they did.
Day was just outside the 247 composite top 100 so he was pretty highly regarded.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Huh? /search search||
Huh? /search search search
I have been remembering this incorrectly for you have no idea how long.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah Morris and Murray were||
Yeah Morris and Murray were actually the last two picks I made--I draft RBs last because I never seem to get value out of stars except when Adrian Peterson was in beast mode.
Ben Tate: $5,200, and is playing Pittsburgh who is Pittsburgh and thus would be keyed against the run even if the Browns had a quarterback.
Pierce is indeed cheap ($4200)--he's also coming off a concussion and first day back from head injuries tends to be rough.
Morris is $5800 and Murray is $6800. So I guess with the difference I could upgrade Brady to Brees. My line of thinking was I got to RB and still had a ton of cash to blow because I was happy with all my other picks. I think I got some steals with Cooks and Washington.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||It is legal except in states||
It is legal except in states that passed online poker laws--if you're from one of those states DK won't let you sign up. You're not playing against a "house"; you're in league pools.
Before we began advertising with Draft Street (who joined/were aquired by DK this year) I did some thorough research on the business and how they do things, because I feel culpable for your experiences with our partners, and the entirety of the value of this site is in how much faith the readership has in us.
I haven't checked played every competitor's games but I know there's a lot of them because they all contacted us a few years ago and despite our relationship with DK they continue to contact us, and I did try a few at that time to get a feel for the market. There were subtle differences between different things at the time (different draft types, how they valuated positions, etc.) that ultimately didn't change much about the games. The only thing that stuck out to me at all about DK was they seemed to value pitchers more. What stood out about DS's interface was the shit-talk feed.
Among all of these, what impressed me about Larry was the first phone call we had it wasn't about how much money they could spend with us; it was all about how the users' point of view: What games would your readers want? What assureties can we show them? Etc. I've made good and bad business deals, and it seems to me the good ones are usually those who had the most focus on the customer and the quality of the thing the customer gets. At the time I was like "this guy GETS it." Our experiences since then have only reinforced that.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Because they make awesome ice||
Because they make awesome ice cream.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Trying to find the right||
Trying to find the right balance between that and "more free content is good."
I'm REALLY pushing the staff this year (though not the first time) to keep the jumps early so that people don't have to scroll very far to get to the next article if the one on top isn't their thing.
I do keep a posting schedule and there's supposed to be an average of 1.5 hours between posts.
Why is Hokepoints the thing you mentioned though? Dear Diary I get why it's tedious to some, but Hokepoints is the weekly "I'm going to put a ton of hours into a longform thing that addresses something we're all wondering about" post. I won't lie: coming up with one every week isn't easy, but I was under the impression you at least liked that stuff.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Well I don't want to excite||
Well I don't want to excite your molecules too much but yes, the matter which you sugested may cause a change in your state of matter is going to exist.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||On re-watch last night Green||
On re-watch last night Green looked a lot better that I thought live. His acceleration through the hole clearly stood out from Smith's
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||Here's your listening for||
Here's your listening for today:
"Death of Optimus Prime" is the signature dirge of my generation. You play that for Generation X'ers and we'll all be sad, and probably not realize why. And it's on the same album as Lion's solo in the title song, and The Touch, and Dare, and a Weird Al song and...what did we do at that age to deserve the kind of thought and effort that went into this movie?
This was for a cartoon based on a flimsy premise to sell a neat idea for toys, and the cartoon was standard '80s Saturday morning chum (we ate it up nevertheless), probably on par with G.I. Joe in storytelling.
They could have made a 120-minute toy ad and we would have bought it. I imagine a studio today would say "make a 120-minute toy ad and don't put any more thought than that into it."
("...and get that Bay guy with all the explosions").
But they made THIS. It's not just the music. To kill off an icon like Optimus at the start of the movie, then eject everyone into space, created a titanic sense of being totally lost as the plot progressed. The filmography, even, was amazing. Remember in the cartoon you would have a static background and watch characters melt into their car forms from a static shot. This one has a shadowcasting spaceship attack, a view of Hot Rod transforming from the undercarriage, and as he accelerates toward base we get "Dare!"
As they say in that not-famous-enough scene: Holy Shit!
Whether or not the live action version for another generation was any good, the cartoon they made for our generation WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Why is this film not a pop culture icon on the level of Legend of Zelda and Python?zk_w1YAI
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||The DE had come off his block||
The DE had come off his block and was running right at Gardner, forcing a throw on the run. Bad description but the point stands.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Man I don't know how you got||
Man I don't know how you got so many negs because I wholly agree and I thought it jumped off the screen that Smith was better. I fully expect him to come out far ahead in the UFR. He had better balance, better vision, and was especially better on contact. Green got more open holes and finally took advantage of them later on while Smith got every yard that the OL made for him except those from breaking away, something Green couldn't do either.
Smith had his long RRRAAAAGE run right about the TV announcers were talking about 40 times. He got caught from behind then ran in 9(?) yards for a TD the next play when it looked like he had no space to do that.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||THAT is the right number for||
THAT is the right number for Funchess.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone who says they know||
Anyone who says they know where he's going to commit before he commits to Michigan today is lying.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||GURU RATINGS: Scout: 4* #3||
Scout: 4* #3 RB, #24 Ovr
Yes, Scout, you were the first with the rankings again. Congratulations Scout.
Full head of hair. Already 10 lbs and hand-sucking so more college-ready than most of her class. Requsite Coachquote :
Coach sounds excited.
1'10, 10 lbs.
FAKE 40 TIME
Kind of looked around at things for 40 seconds but not sure if she was really focusing on anything and that was reported by obviously biased parents. Four FAKEs out of five.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Definite pinkshirt. Works her way around the house after a year to pick up locomotion.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
With Seth's, Bryan Fuller's and Adam Schnepp's babies already in the 2014 class it's gonna be a fierce competition for playing time behind Upchurch's brood. Business meetings might have to be scheduled during these playing times. MGoBlog appears done with its 2014 recruiting and is moving on to the 2015 class.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely. Thx for bringing||
Absolutely. Thx for bringing it to our attention.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone who's ever gotten me||
Anyone who's ever gotten me to change my mind on something. Agreement is boring; an argument I lose is a treasure.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I caught that but I haven't||
I caught that but I haven't been able to edit it yet. There's another copy edit I have noted to change whenever I get back to a computer. You don't want to see what my phone does to articles.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Navy has a slightly different||
Navy has a slightly different deal with Under Armour than most schools have with their apparel companies, due to the "make us look stupid and we'll blockade the Chesapeake" clause.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I oopsed--that wasn't||
I oopsed--that wasn't supposed to be front paged.
You're welcome Demo!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Wheatley isn't 100% to go to||
Wheatley isn't 100% to go to Michigan. His dad made it clear that he's not pressuring his son, and while he's a Michigan fan he's approaching the process with an open mind. You can't fault him for that.
I'm guessing Roseboro only held off his announcement because it has become customary for recruits to try to time their commitments in the way that maximizes how much Ace is screwed. I'd say hours before the season would be a Level 4 trolling. Half a class agreeing to commit in a 2-day period after a Michigan-Ohio State basketball game is a 10.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Mods weigh in: starring good threads?||
When you're moderating would it be a ton of extra work when you see a thread that's particularly good (good discussion, good photoshops, important news, special analysis) etc. to put an asterisk at the end of the title, and maybe if it's getting pushed down change the posting time so it bumps back up?
The board in-season gets so crowded that I thought the good stuff (e.g. EGD's annual preview) could use some extra glitter. But since you guys would have to be doing it, I wanted to gauge whether that's feasible/worth your time.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Joel Zumaya?||
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||"Don't like feedback"? Find||
"Don't like feedback"? Find anyone in blogging/media who likes feedback more than me.
Your feedback just sucks, is all. This site won't ever be a "Top Ten Reasons Brady Hoke's Job is On the Line" place, and nuck-nucking has been part of its id since its inception. It's also free, so if you don't like something, you can move on, and if you don't like an image you can move onto the paragraph beneath it.
Criticism implies you know something about the thing you're critiquing. You can't even accept the premise that the "pretend fantasy team" was just a vehicle, and now you're bitching about a graphic that a lot of people did like, which occurred after a jump, which article started with "If this isn't your bag skip this article."
I considered your criticsm; I find the premise of it so wholly disproved that I've chalked up your defense of it to stubborn whininess.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||IT'S NOT A.... Screw it. If||
IT'S NOT A....
Screw it. If you don't care about other teams at all that's fine, but portraying this as a series about fantasy teams is so wrong and SO GORRAM IRRITATING to those of us who spent all the time and effort to put it together.
It says right on the cover it's about previewing the best players of the Big Ten. It said it right on the top every time. And with this one there is hardly a mention of who's on what team until the very bottom.
This wrap-up was literally written with the people who didn't want to read the entire series in mind. And still you complain with a complaint that demonstrates you couldn't read or completely ignored the FIRST SENTENCE of the article you're commenting on.
I don't get irritated very often with readers, but your remark is just bullshit. Things like the fact that there aren't many good linebackers in the Big Ten are things most readers will find useful in their converstations about football this season. If you just don't want to know about any team but Michigan and who Michigan plays this week that is totally cool and I commend you for finding your limit.
Just please stop barging in with your "hey guys nobody cares" shit because it's insulting to the time we put toward it for the sake of providing really in depth information on relevant things for free.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||If anyone gives a damn,||
If anyone gives a damn, somebody wanted to republish this and I patched up some of the mistakes I'd made in the family history, is why there was a recent update.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Can't use Michigan, can't use||
Can't use Michigan, can't use anything that involves a player or anything Michigan might think belongs to them.
The CLC's rules are arbitrary and really come down to "I might want to make that t-shirt so you can't" or "that might offend Notre Dame because everything offends Notre Dame." The standard isn't what's copyrighted; it's what a bunch of rich, litigious hypocrites might want to be copyrighted in their wildest dreams because they can push a button any time and ruin us if we don't play by their rules.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Thing 1: CFBStats is no more.||
Thing 1: CFBStats is no more. Marty sold out. The new cfbstats will be....MGOBLOG. We're building the data now and will release it early this season as a part of the site. We've scrubbed a bit better, for example I went through all the "Superbacks" and labeled those who are tight ends (Northwestern) or slot RBs (Arizona) as such.
Thing 2: I figured out a really handy way to deal with fumbles: there's a 51% recovery rate for the offense on those. So we can conveniently assume that any fumble is "half a turnover" and treat it as such.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah the statistics ruling||
Yeah the statistics ruling should be fine to cover this. We also use players' names on this site without paying them for it, because talking about people is free.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't want to confuse||
I didn't want to confuse things with hots, but YES, as you and another poster pointed out, having an RB try to read three potential attackers is a recipe for bad, and in this case the offense should have hots programmed in.
Hot reads have their own problems of course. Another way coaches deal with multiple defenders is during re-MIKEs a receiver might become a blocker instead. 2008 is a horrible example of good offense but RR did a lot of that in 2008. His RBs were terrible blockers, so rather than have them try to read, they'd switch a guy's route into blocking. This was part of how RR rediscovered TEs, since he could put Martell Webb or Kevin Koger into slide pro and actually get a guy blocked, something Minor/Brown/McGuffie/Shaw couldn't do.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Lewan talked about that play||
Lewan talked about that play a year or so ago, said the way they were blocking power for that game was not to combo--they would MIKE and then the first uncovered guy to playside had him. When SC came out in an under they MIKE'd to the MLB.
The purpose was to get downfield and blow up the Mike (hopefully creating a mess for the pursuit in the process), and let Omameh deal with the first thing he sees--I'm guessing they saw as much of Omameh dragging ass out of his stance as we saw and figured the most they would get out of him is a kickout.
Having AMR solo Clowney probably seemed as ludicrous to AMR as it looked. But my understanding of Lewan's explanation is there was no combo, and it was straight-up man, not gap blocking.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Well yeah the point of the||
Well yeah the point of the article wasn't that this is why Devin got sacked; it's explaining what ID'ing the MIKE is.
Though there were lots of missed slide protections. There's the famous example:
Michigan was running Power-O against an under. With the MIKE ID'ed in the C gap, Lewan had the MIKE and the TE next to him (Alex Mitropoulus-Rundus, who had played like 8 snaps all season) should have had the 5-tech, Clowney. That was a bad MIKE, compounded because the puller, Omameh, ran right by Clowney as well.
I know that was 2012 but the OL issues didn't start in 2013. The OL haven't played well but a major source of the problems Michigan's had with pass blocking was the TEs and RBs not slide protections correct, and oppponents doing lots of things to take advantage of Michigan's trouble in that area. Given that, I'm displeased that the coaches were installing all these little trick offenses but never bothered to have Devin, the leader of this offense since the Minnesota game of 2012, learn the protection scheme.
A reader above pointed out Vince Smith was MIKEing when he double-pointed. That's the last backfield player Michigan has had who's made those calls correctly.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I told Misopogal to put it in||
I told Misopogal to put it in her calendar because we're going and staying in Seattle with my cousin and his kid the same age as ours. She asked what I wanted for dinner, but I said I can't think that far ahead right now.
Figure they'll be 7 year olds by then so they'll be old enough to enjoy it.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Read your HTTVs...||
Michigan got THE WAVE from Michigan-UW.
I love this series. Dave Brandon earns a pass for the next dumbfuck thing he schedules.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Incomplete list of things in the works:||
Some other stuff too but where we have contract negotiations going on
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan isn't going to be in||
Michigan isn't going to be in the fooling people business this year. They need to get to mediocre at a base thing, and most practice time expenditure is on that. Every opponent has seen base stuff. The intelligence stuff will be what they install week to week--wrinkles off the base thing. Right now there's nothing an enemy will see that helps them.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Brian prepped an unverified||
Brian prepped an unverified voracity to post later and since he's working remotely he posted the thing instead of putting it in the hopper. That was at 10 so when I went to post the 10:30 article I saw the 10am post and removed the 10:30 one for half an hour.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||1. That's me. 2. MGoBlog||
1. That's me.
2. MGoBlog can't afford Photoshop. They won't even let you buy it anymore; you have to rent Photoshop from Adobe for a ridiculous business price. It was GiMP'ed.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Ah yes, the draftosnark||
Ah yes, the draftosnark images. That was the Aceconsin Cheesebenders and Brian Cook's Flyin' Zooks if I recall.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Their DL was pretty damn good||
Their DL was pretty damn good last year, but young too. Consider: Bosa was a true freshman and Spence and Washington were in their 2nd year out of high school. When you add normal progression for young guys like that, plus about 60 lbs between them, to Bennett who may be the best DT in the country this year, it gets really scary. They couldn't really use Washington as much last season because he was too small to be a 3-tech, so they had straight pluggers like Joel Hale with them.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Stop downvoting him; we||
Stop downvoting him; we should have had these to you a month ago and he has every right to be pissed about it.
Blueak: I'll email you to see if we can try to track down your book order. If you filled in the form and everything you should have it by now.
UPDATE: The email address associated with your mgoblog account seems to be dead now. Can you email me then? seth@ [this site]. I need to know who you are so I can track down the order.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Drew hasn't been in the press||
Drew hasn't been in the press box lately.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||"Lotta folks who ain't sayin'||
"Lotta folks who ain't sayin' "ain't" ain't eatin' neither."
Ain't got no problems with "ain't." Language is for accurate communication. If ain't accomplishes that, you're doing it right.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty much have to be.||
Pretty much have to be.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Thx. Fixed. It's||
It's here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-resource-reminder
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Publicly Gay on a College Football Team, and Other Hard Things||
My own take is so uncomplicated it's hardly worth repeating: don't hate. Having a take on an issue is cheap and easy. The point of discussing your take is to put your take on trial; if you're going in expecting to change others' opinions more than your own, you're doing it wrong.
The best way to really understand where you're coming from, where you sound like you're coming from, and where you shouldn't come from, is to understand a completely different way of thinking.
I've been supremely lucky to have discussed this particular issue--specifically, an out gay man on a major FBS roster--with a former college football player who profoundly disagrees with me.
He's a man who came from a terrible background, where 99% of the choices given him were bad and easy, and there was just one lifeline, one path from darkness to righteousness, one institution that was down there with him to offer a hand up, and the patience to keep offering it when he turned it down the first eight times. It's not an institution I would ever subscribe to but for that guy Christianity's rigid road was the difference between a life drowned in gangland, and a four-year starter at Michigan who's still in the NFL, and uses his fortune to put an extraordinary amount of good into the world that tried its best to throw him away.
He's learned not to discuss his views on teammate homosexuality in public, yes because any 140 characters extracted from his take will come off as narrow-minded at least and quite likely as bigoted, and that turns away fans. But it doesn't come from hatred, nor from an unwillingness to understand other people or accept other peoples' natures; it comes from seeing one code of morality, specifically a dogmatic Christian code, as absolute, and all deviation from it as temptation. This man faced temptations, and many times he chose the *only* other path. He remembers those who didn't take that path, and can't scorn them because so many are dead or good as. He mourns them and their choices. He sees everything a person is and does as this choice: the good, and the not.
Put aside who hates whom and who's trying to push whose definitions on each other and look at the players: many are profoundly, dogmatically religious Christian, because football and Christianity are two institutions in this country with such an appetite for talent that they'll scour the darkest places for human gems. But this sample grants them, as best we know, small if any immunity from the 4% of people who gay. There are 112 men coming down that tunnel. What are the odds?
Whatever arguments over a specific "gay gene" are semantic; it's practically undeniable at this point, given only the staggering number of people who identify as such, and homosexuality's incredible persistence through human history despite such ardent efforts against (they used to kill you for it!), that the gay trait is innate, and as far as innate human traits go, pretty normal.
So odds are an extremely close cross-section of men who play high-level college football are going to be more openly dogmatically religious than the norm, and at least someone on that field is, and can't help but be, gay. The odds are somebody is going to get trampled on.
We've been over this before in a hundred different skins: in this society, the will of the majority is less important than right of the individual to follow his nature, so long as that nature isn't harmful. It's not so hard to look at those two sides—the religious and the gay—and decide which should put his thing aside for the other.
It is hard to summon the requisite gratitude for him when he does. Being wrong for the right reasons doesn't make being wrong feel any better. Having it your way for centuries and then having to live with it going the other way is a hard thing to do, and those who do it with at least a measure of grace, however fumbled or misjustified, deserve gratitude for their forbearance, not scorn for their narrow-mindedness.
At this point in history the upset victory is so assured that pressing perfect agreement out of those who believe in a universal, religiously defined moral code, is merely running up the score. Either kneel the clock out (i.e. pump a fist at the passage of another inevitable yet still remarkable step forward, and move on), or else avail yourself of the generally intelligent, generally well-meaning people who disagree with you, and you may discover some incredible value in a different type of thinking.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You are?!??!11??!? Email me||
Email me (seth@[this site) about that!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That's when they left the||
That's when they left the printer. At that point they were supposed to be heading to a mailing house we picked out because it's only a few miles from the printer. Instead they arrived in Ann Arbor several days later.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||We'll have limited||
We'll have limited distribution--- I don't know where yet.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||All my supplemental picks are||
All my supplemental picks are Buckeyes. C'mon Angry Seth's Offense Hating God. Do. Your. Worst.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||The last of the pile goes out||
The last of the pile goes out tomorrow. Stand by your mailbox.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I suddenly really like||
I suddenly really like Wisconsin fans.
(still hate you bug people basketball)
|10 weeks 1 day ago||PLEEEEASE tell me the next||
PLEEEEASE tell me the next sentence from Holgo began "Take Urban Meyer, for example..."
|10 weeks 1 day ago||At this point the most likely||
At this point the most likely to bust among them seems to be:
Kalis is in every configuration except the one tweeted out, and he still started much of last year. Green is in the mix but before he breaks out he has to differentiate himself from Hayes/Drake Johnson.
Dymonte Thomas just can't cover for whatever reason. I pray they get a sophomore redshirt on him and see if they can salvage something.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I take back what I said about||
I take back what I said about not caring about uniformz.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Some time in the recent past||
Some time in the recent past the quarter of my caring about uniformz was pushed over the edge by the mountain of other 25 cent worries. I find I can't summon outrage for it anymore--just annoyance the day of. Unless the numbers and names are completely invisible (again) or they come out looking like white-legged bees (again), don't really care no more. The minor annoyance to a large number of people is probably less important to the university than the money they'll get from stupid people who buy them. Since Michigan having money instead of stupid people doesn't really harm my interests, I'll take the annoyance.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This shit swings back and||
This shit swings back and forth through every fall. I had one inside guy say Kugler's really going to work out, and mentally put him ahead of Miller without any other confirmation.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Wow. I fixed that before you||
Wow. I fixed that before you could even post the comment (by 1 minute according to the respective timestamps).
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Answering for myself||
Are any changes coming to MGoBlog? If so, what are they?
Moving up to the latest version of Drupal and redesigning the entire site. Magazine layout. Related articles when you're in an article. Special pages for recruiting, football, basketball, hockey, and statistics (we're building our own database that we plan to make free on the web). Three new staff members (Adam's the new Heiko, David is a back-end guy who is helping us with business-running operational things, and Brian's looking at a new recruit-whisperer).
Will there come a time when the identity of upvoters and downvoters will become known to the person whose posts have been voted on?
The time is now. The place is here. The points level to view it is attainable.
Has the Fort Schembechler approach to media access made it easier for people to criticize Michigan’s athletes, because it’s rare that we get to hear them speak or read about their personal stories, so it becomes harder to empathize with them and understand what they’re experiencing?
It probably makes it harder to criticize; that's why they do it. Rich Rod granted unprecedented access to the media, and immediately there was #1 jerseygate, and uses-bad-words-gate, and soon enough there was Practicegate. EVERYONE bitches sometimes about their endeavors, especially when those endeavors take over their lives to the degree that playing football at Michigan does. You'll notice programs most notorious for refusing access to the press (MSU is a good example) get ridiculously good press. They do it because it works.
Are there any off-field, off-court or off-ice feature stories that you’d want to report on further, but that you’ve been prevented from doing so because you and your staff have been denied access? If so, what were they?
There are off-the-field stories we've all heard that we don't report on, but that's because we don't choose to report on them, and usually we don't have enough information to report on them--if you're going to damage somebody's reputation, especially a student-athlete's, you'd better make damn sure you "have it." Even when you do, a good journalist knows when a story is not worth the ink to print it. You have to be cognizant of the reaction to the story, not just put it out there. Say (just pulling this out of my ass here) that two recruits at a Michigan camp have a fight because they were both trying to hook up with the same girl; one of those recruits loses interest in the school the other is committed to, and someone at the camp passes the story along. What do we have but a rumor repeated by everyone we know at the camp, which we can't substantiate, and if it's true and we print it, it subjects those kids to derision by stupid useless people who get uppity about the sex lives of high school football players. The only stories I know that I don't print are stories I hold back because it would make me an awful person to print them.
There was only one time when someone from the university warned us that what we write could affect our access, and that was when we were tearing down Borges after the OSU game in '12 and Heiko wanted to get an interview with Borges. We tore down Borges anyway, and Heiko got the interview anyway. There was also an incident right after the Gibbons shit broke when they decided to only have "friendly" reporters come to an "informal" discussion with the coaches. That was a really stupid play by the university that made the Gibbons thing even more blown out of proportion than it was, because the Daily immediately called them out for it.
Any follow-ups or features planned on:
Stephen Loszewski's "My Wish" Experience at Michigan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bgK2Svlmao
Not that I know of.
Hunter Gandee (middle school wrestler who carried his brother 40 miles to the Michigan campus to raise awareness of cerebral palsy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvOygdtQK9Y
Not that I know of.
The Hope for Pahokee Campaign/#Eatinghttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1021358459/hope-eating-from-garden-to-table-season-one
Not that I know of. They don't respond to direct emails so I let them do what they will on the board and leave it at that.
Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and The Michigan Hoops Revival
Of fucking course.
Alan Oaks (homered off David Price in NCAA Baseball tournament to help Michigan upset Vanderbilt in the regionals) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGMIde6FpOs
Not that I know of.
The Mealer Brothers
Probably. We get updates directly from Barwis and indirectly from former teammates. I don't feel the need to push the story; this one has told itself, and when it rings a bell we bring it up again.
Samantha Findlay (10th inning homer helps win NCAA softball championship for Michigan) http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7964621
I covered softball at the time it was on.
Soony Saad (Big Ten Freshman Soccer Player of the Year, helped lead Michigan to Big Ten championship and now playing fr Sporting Kansas City in MLS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfOncvDYRTg
As news dicates.
Michigan's Olympic Ice Dancers
As news dicates.
I don't believe in forcing stories just because they're positive ones about the thing we cover; journalism is about providing accurate and interesting information in thoughtful context. When there's information that people care about it's shared to a degree dictated by the context. A lot of the things you bring up most people just go "huh, that's nice." I'd rather spend my time dissecting the football team's new base play because we're going to see it probably 100 times this year at least, and there are a lot of Michigan football fans who would like to know what makes it tick and what's going on when it's run.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Nobody in this thread has||
Nobody in this thread has pointed it out yet so I want to make a quick distinction:
There is NO valid argument whatsoever over whether the egg or chicken came first. It was the egg, and no amount of talking egg- and chicken-heads given equal time by Stephen A. Smith will ever change that.
Eggs were around for millions of years before chickens. They are older than vertebrates. Your direct ancestors laid more eggs than there have ever been chickens.
But if you define an egg as an organic vessel containing a modern chicken (ie a "chicken egg,") then...the egg still wins. Because the very first chicken was just the offspring of a not-a-chicken chicken ancestor. If you follow chicken evolution, you will find a phasianid (ancient pheasant-like bird) population in (probably) southeast asia that was broken off from the rest of its species, and reproduced a bunch until the sample of genes in their pool minus those selected against in that particular environment were combined in subsequent generations to produce the embryo of the very first bird to possess all of those traits which we now reckon belong only to chickens, i.e. the very first chicken. And it is a certainty that this embryo, the offspring of two not-chickens, came out of the very first chicken egg. Egg wins.
There is no conceivable truth that matches the fact on hand concerning eggs and chickens that could in any way suggest a chicken existed before an egg.
Except one. There's a possibility that the last morphological difference in modern chicken eggs that differentiate them from not-chicken eggs came about in a mutation that occurred after the last mutation to produce a chicken (meaning the first completely anatomically modern chicken hatched from a basal form of chicken egg). That would be legit. But it's not the case; gene shift happens so ridiculously faster in animals' immune systems than it does in their eggs, so it is an almst total impossibility that the last chicken mutation occurred after the last egg mutation.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||no clue. Write to the DetNews||
no clue. Write to the DetNews and ask them.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Lots of folks have, solicited||
Lots of folks have, solicited and otherwise, suggested a membership fee. Let me say it again:
It. Will. Never. Happen.
MGoBlog seeks to be the place for the best content on Michigan sports for free, and our entire business model is built on that. That's who we always want to be. If you feel like you should pay for this stuff, or that you're really happy you didn't have to pay for this stuff when you used to not have money and now you do have money, hit up Beveled Guilt, which revenue goes directly to paying for better content.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||When did Cass Tech's cheer||
When did Cass Tech's cheer become "We ARE!" "Cass Tech!"?
It used to be "Go Cass!" "KICK ASS!"
And I thought that was one of the cooler high school cheers. Mumford's was even better:
"Say what's your name?" "Say Mustangs!"
"Gonna Live and Die for Mumford High!"
"Mustangs in the front" "Hey hey hey"
"Say what's your name?"
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I learned from Brian at like||
I learned from Brian at like 5:30 p.m. last night. Nobody tells me anything!!!
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||We've bought photos off of||
We've bought photos off of UMHoops for HTTV hockey/hoops. Dustin JohnsTon is amazing. But we wouldn't poach him from Dylan.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Early on I think you both are||
Early on I think you both are correct. I got the sense that as backs get more comfortable they see more than easy reads and start adjusting to them. The first read is still the next guy on the LOS after the C on the frontside but I also know that Zone running RBs are always going on about "feel" and they see a lot of things and react instinctually.
I've emailed Vincent Smith since he ran a bunch of IZ out of the shotgun.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||I can tell you exactly where||
I can tell you exactly where your copy is. It's on a truck to a mailing house somewhere between Minnesota and Ann Arbor, probably closer to the latter. From there it's only a matter of time.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||You could do much worse than||
You could do much worse than a Seth and a Cook.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||to the caved one, unless the||
to the caved one, unless he realizes the site's sudden, horrific latency isn't on his end, he'll have no idea he was moderated unless someone speaks up. To him it looks like everyone started ignoring him. This could go on for days. Really he's been moved to a different server that makes a copy of the site and also houses our extensive virus collection.
Please don't interrupt the experiment. If someone gets caved, pretend like nothing happened.
(this may not be a completely accurate description of what occurs but I want you all to believe it anyway)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||A long string of ugly stuff||
A long string of ugly stuff in the York main page comments: deleted. To recap for those upset about losing that thread:
Those were the highlights. So nobody bitch that I killed off all those comments.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I'm wearing Brian's hair.||
I'm wearing Brian's hair.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I remember being soaked to||
I remember being soaked to the bone in the student section, and I was sitting pretty high up (one of our group failed to mention he had freshman status so we were in the 90s) with the wind on us. During halftime a bunch of us huddled under a poncho and smoked cigarettes which in retrospect was probably really dumb.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Except players would have to||
Except players would have to cosy up to sponsors to get anywhere. There are sports that work mostly on a sponsorship basis, and in those sports players are herded out of high schools into prep schools so they can get noticed. The goal is to empower the players, not create an oligarchy.
The whole point of college football is to be the pinko heaven of sports. You can watch the best 1500 athletes play for relatively equally talented teams and be bombarded with ads and massive ticket prices; that's the NFL. College football is the public space: you sit on a bench on publicly granted land on the campus of a publicly owned institution with 111,000 other people sitting on benches, and you watch exhuberant young adults who picked their own schools, and the 92% of those who aren't going to be amont the 1500 best athletes still get to be one of a shrinking group of people with college degrees and good connections and no debt.
My problem is they've privatized the things that make money for administrators and price it like a capital good while trying to maintain the same communist standards for everyone else. So now we've got the prices and iniquity of a free market combined with the corrupt bureaucracy and dehumanizing unfairness of a state-controlled market. Basically they've made it the worst of both worlds.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Were those 4th years or 5th||
Were those 4th years or 5th years? Many students get through 8 semesters and then have to come back in fall for a few last credits. I needed one last class to complete my major but had enough credits to graduate so I took the one class and some BS classes to maintain my full-time student status and further de-weight the grades from my stoner sophomore year. Senioritis isn't reserved for athletes--those guys were at least spending hours and hours at the thing they planned to do after college and lots of money depended on them doing well. I watched a lot of Lord of the Rings and went to see local bands.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||That game has a nickname:||
That game has a nickname: Judgement Day. Yes it was great, but not sure it qualifies.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||This one definitely. It was a||
This one definitely. It was a close game until Woodson's ridiculous interception. Poor Saban.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ungh. I hate Crispin's Day||
In other thoughts, remember when that lady was going around saying Richard wasn't crook-backed, and then they found his bones and he totally was?
That was funny. She was pretty upset about it though.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||In the micro: Lewan played||
In the micro: Lewan played with a "nasty streak" in 3/4 games against MSU, and was a dick in the last. Rubbing a facemask in the ground after a guy tried to break your arm: football. The shit he was pulling against MSU last year: inexcusable, and definitely not football.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||P.S.||
If you did the digital Draft Kings deal a couple weeks ago and are now like "damn I woulda done the print book!" email me.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Because young players||
Because young players progress way faster than old players. And their young players were Spence and Bosa and Washington. And their old player is Bennett. Normal improvement from those guys from last year and things look ugly. Actually things were ugly last season but the defensive line was mitigated a lot by poor secondary play.
Remember when Michigan had RVB and Brandon Graham and Mike Martin and Craig Roh as their DL and we said "this should be a good DL" and then that defense went to crap? It turns out those were pretty good defensive linemen, but the rest of the defense wasn't very good so they could be mostly skipped.
OSU's guys are better than any of the guys above except Brandon Graham. Bennett's a strong candidate be the first DT off the board in next year's draft. Normal progression for Bosa and Spence gets one or both into that Brandon Graham range. And Washington is moving to 3-tech but they liked him there so much they moved a really good space-eating NT to offensive line because he wasn't needed anymore once they saw Washington.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I spent so long trying to||
I spent so long trying to find a good digital release format. Then I had this conversation with Brian:
Ultimately an unprotected PDF can go on pretty much any device--it's just under 10 MB so I even got it on my Kindle, though it's hard to read on there.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Check in with Erik in Dayton.||
Check in with Erik in Dayton. He is having a 2012 edition Latin town crier performance next week I hear.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||yeah. Email me and I'll take||
yeah. Email me and I'll take care of it right away.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD||
Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD WHERE!?!?!?!?!?
(other than forgetting to put The Wave article in the table of contents)?
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||Capital!||
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||Email me. I'll just make it||
Email me. I'll just make it the new address.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Seriously going as fast as we||
Seriously going as fast as we can. There was a stupid problem that shouldn't have happened but I can't get pissed about because I really really need the guys who screwed up to not screw up the next part.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||Exactly.||
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Hey no offense taken--not||
Hey no offense taken--not everything we do is gonna be everyone's cup of tea. You're right we could have used this time to make other content. Since our competitive nature had us using way more personal than MGoTime to do it, we're not talking all that much content. But if you were a drinking buddy of mine AND you don't get anything out of these articles then you really should complain because I've been staying home watching video of Nebraska offensive linemen instead of hanging out or returning phone calls.
I do think you've missed the point if you think this is about drafting fantasy teams. It's not a fantasy league--it's our goofy format for the MGoBlog 2014 Big Ten Preview. You're getting this instead of "Top 20 offensive linemen in the Big Ten this year" etc. You're supposed to walk away able to watch a Wisconsin game and say intelligent things about them.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That's ridiculous. Hollis||
That's ridiculous. Hollis wanted to be in the West with like nobody but that was shot down. From appearances he did go in with an agenda to get MSU fans what they wanted, which you can't fault him for. He was also in a better position since Michigan has another rivalry it needs to protect more, and I don't doubt Rutgers and Maryland were clamoring to have Mich and OSU games.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||You can help me search: it||
You can help me search: it was an interview with Hollis. They were asked to put down what was non-negotiable and Hollis has no idea what Brandon wrote but it's a good guess it was Michigan-Ohio State in same division and playing the last day of the season. Then I guess there was a dinner or something where everyone was told how the decision was to be made and they got to give input on a couple alignments and scheduling plans (9 games, protected crossovers). Then later they got back an a, b, or c schedule and rated them individually. Then they got the resulting schedules. Then Brandon supposedly complained and was told it was too late. It's hard to know what DB did since I only have
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Actually he stretched the||
Actually he stretched the truth there. There were several options and several rounds. Brandon didn't voice complaint until it was too late. That's why Michigan's "thing" is having played both OSU and MSU on the road or home every year, and Minnesota's thing is just having to play two games in a row at Michigan (when Michigan played two in a row at Minnny in '02 and '03).
It wasn't just some firm in Chicago who wrote a computer program. They were given input.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing new. Wojo was picked||
Nothing new. Wojo was picked for this so they'd be assured of softball questions and no follow-up when there was a dodge; at one point WoJo himself repeated the myth that Brandon should be credited for the stadium expansions when those renovations were Bill Martin's. I don't like that WoJo started with the tired coach hot seat shit because it seems like they only did that at the beginning to frame the opposition to Brandon as a reactionary tinfoil hat society. From reading this article it would seem that bloggers' biggest complaints are 7-6 seasons and fireworks. fireworks got three words on the front page of the site. So I'm really disappointed that WoJo was chosen to do this interview because he did the worst possible job anyone could do with the opportunity.
As for Dave Brandon it's his same explanations (eg he's still deluding himself that the fans he priced out and ran off really left for 50-inch plasmas) except the MSU one, where he compared MSU switching to OSU years to Minnesota playing at Michigan twice, though I totally understand this isn't the spot to scream at the big ten's idiocy for hiring "Chicago computer guys"-- Brandon is referencing a conversation that took place far later than his opportunity to do something, btw. He's building a strawman; nobody's claiming it was a conspiracy--the allegation is Dave Brandon was asleep at the wheel and allowed this to happen out of his own incompetence. There were a bunch of options they were given and DB wasn't paying attention according to Hollis.
The life after sports initiative got way too little play. It's not Dave's pet but he's behind it and this interview would have been the perfect vehicle to use it for positioning Michigan as the program that's leading the way in providing lifetime support to its athletes.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not saying he sucks,||
I'm not saying he sucks, though. I'm saying I have a completely different list based on how effective a guy would be in my offense, and on all the video I watched Cobb was a downhill bulldozer who got his first five yards courtesy of Epping more than his own acceleration.
That zero-to-sixty is gold to a zone running offense. By the time I got to Clement all of those guys except James and Elliot were off the board. And to me Clement looked like an exact replica of Tevin Coleman.