|1 day 12 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/wh||
|1 day 13 hours ago||Plenty since: a) The||
a) The sponsorship is for the length of the season.
b) The extended segment was to introduce her as such.
c) You have to be as entertaining on air as Liz Crowe or your introductory segment will be 2 minutes, and most of that Brian vamping while trying not to look annoyed.
Seriously though I've been looking for the right sponsor for our Podcast for a long, long time, and when Liz left the beer company she was working for to break out as a consultant and real estate agent, I approached her specifically for this, and made the price a secondary concern because she's the right kind of sponsor. She is, like Harbaugh, herself at full volume all the time, and part of the fabric of the Ann Arbor and Michigan Athletics community. With most of the things I sell we're just helping them market their thing because we have the right audience to market their thing. But this is one of those things where it's more like the sponsor wanted to help us and can justify it if a handful of MGoBloggers use her as their real estate broker.
The podcast is a marketable thing that a lot of our advertisers have been interested in; it's not like it took us this long to find a sponsor; it took us this long to find Liz.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Brian used to go out there||
Brian used to go out there once a year around now for the alumni association's thing; I don't know if that event was discontinued or he just didn't get asked this year. We are doing other things with the alumni association (announcement to come). We also did an event with Todd Howard the night before the 2013 Northwestern (firedrill field goal) game that I put together. We had planned on doing that again, and had the venue chosen and everything, but Michigan was so unwatchable leading up to M00N that we canceled it.
Maybe we'll do one after the season. Anyway if/when we do it'll be the second the Chicago Alumni Association Club asks us because they are an excellent group to work with. I think they're coming into town for Northwestern (homecoming) this year.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Why didn't you tell us? I am||
Why didn't you tell us? I am willing to move the event to your bachelor party.
|3 days 7 hours ago||This is for that guy on the||
|3 days 10 hours ago||One of the keys to all of||
One of the keys to all of this is Nebraska isn't leaving the Big Ten; everybody is joining the Big Ten, formerly known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, so that for the sake of TV rights and whatnot all the powers are negotiating as one entity, and scheduling each other.
I know it's a pipedream. What I don't want to see is the organic method of growing from a bunch of conferences into a league, because all that does incentivize the current conferences to snatch up any program bigger than a MAC school in a colonial land-grab, which is exactly how we found ourselves in a 7-team division with Maryland and Rutgers while Iowa and Wisconsin and Purdue come around less often than Utah.
The conferences grew organically well enough when television was regional and limited to four networks, and declaring a national champion was just a nerdy postseason excercise between professions that have to pay half attention. Today conferences are billion dollar corporations with their television networks, yet theyr'e still functioning under a system that expects them to be faculty representatives from elitist, non-profit educational institutions. The NCAA had their chance to become a true regulatory body, but instead chose to act more like an industry trade organization*.
The best thing for college football right now would be to acknowledge that the regional conferences that grew out of the 20th century are anachronisms worth preserving, like historic neighborhoods or whatever. Without that familiar structure the whole enterprise is at risk of becoming too desaturated, i.e. an NFL-lite, which is a crappier product fewer people will care about. When ESPN inevitably defaults on whichever round of promises it has to make to secure the TV rights to the last bastion of un-DVR'able entertainment, the BIG SIX or POWER SIX or whatever you want to term it will be in perfect position to cut Fox and Disney out of their revenue stream and make what they're making now by charging $5/month and selling ads themselves on a streaming college football channel.
The Big Ten is just the body out of convenience; the organizing structure of any major conference is sufficient to expand to include the 60-64 schools that operate truly professional-level (i.e. highly profitable) football enterprises. Technically everyone joins the Big Ten, or joins a new conference that handles all the "conference" stuff for the group, and is such a tour de force in college athletics that the NCAA has to kowtow to it.
I have no problem trying to fit Baylor and TCU into this (TT might be a stretch since their school's athletic budget is MAC-like despite the school's history). I only left them out because I thought a Texas-based mid-major conference would make for some rockin' good regional football.
* Specifically, one for mid-19th century cotton growers
|3 days 12 hours ago||Those take a long time to||
Those take a long time to make. This damn draft takes enough of that as it is.
|4 days 5 hours ago||done.||
|4 days 5 hours ago||link to the 200 post?||
link to the 200 post?
|4 days 9 hours ago||This is college football not||
This is college football not the pros. I think it's more important that everyone in every division plays each other every year.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Part of that is I hate to||
Part of that is I hate to break up some great Texas rivalries. You can build one helluva mid major conference out of Baylor and TCU SMU Texas Tech and Rice. Fill the bottom with UTSA maybe North Texas maybe Tulane. Historically Texas and Texas A&M refuse to go anywhere without their little buddies.
|4 days 9 hours ago||I removed the section on||
I removed the section on relegation. These schools have long traditions against each other even if they were not competitive. I would hate to lose Indiana even for a year just for the sake of recognizing 1 or even 5 good years out of say Bowling Green.
Rather I capped the conferences at 11 and left spots open for expansion. If the Big East wants to add Rutgers or the Pac Ten want to add Utah there's a mechanism, but that is their only expansion and it forces their teams to all play a 10th conference game instead of an out of conf opponent.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Don't reply to the spammers.||
Don't reply to the spammers. Just report them to LSAClassof2000.
We are working on a system where anyone logged in to account we mark as spam is ported to our old-old-old server that runs a superslow copy of the site except with an ad service that only runs invasive ads, and there's zero virus protection, so anyone who tries spamming us ends up having their spam computers locked into 50-minute load times and a gazillion software attacks.
I probably got the idea from Ernest Cline.
|1 week 5 hours ago||And Bo shouldn't be over Yost||
And Bo shouldn't be over Yost unless we're taking racial prejudice into account. Leach beat OSU 4 times but every other QB on that list is a better passer. This is pretty much opinion. But yeah, Hart over Harmon and Wheatley as a 2...?
|1 week 9 hours ago||Ernest is friends with my||
Ernest is friends with my brother too. I see your criticisms of Ready Player one, but I was actually sick of all the references after the midway point but then I thought the story took off, and I was impressed that he managed to actually bring the "your dream comes true" theme to a satisfying conclusion. I think the deux ex machina was self-aware; the whole point is it's a game and meant to function as one. I'm 50% through Armada and I think Cline was so disappointed by people not understanding this that he's making it too obvious (or perhaps the entire point) in this book.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Yep. That's why I said "two||
Yep. That's why I said "two quarterbacks." I've really been trying to not complicate stuff.
|1 week 1 day ago||We never really figured that||
We never really figured that out. I went with "plays as they would on your team" because I think it's more interesting to draft system guys for a system and whatnot. But here in the early rounds it's just a grab for superstars because at the end of 2014 nobody's saying "well if Hackenberg played behind Brian's offensive line..."
|1 week 1 day ago||They have had him for||
They have had him for awhile. He's a tight end. He's awful.
|1 week 1 day ago||But we've made that||
But we've made that explanation like 10 times in the last few years. In fact I think I started leading off these posts with "THIS IS NOT A FANTASTY DRAFT IT'S A BIG TEN PREVIEW" last year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Every fan of every team makes||
Every fan of every team makes all of these same statements about why their school is better, and totally clean too.
Fact is the athletes are picking between heavens. Most campuses are beautiful. Most support staff are top notch. FBS coaches are among the top 200 in their profession. NFL talent comes out of so many schools that which coaches develop a position best has to mean less than what that individual player is made of (not that it doesn't matter, especially w/ quarterbacks). A little something extra makes a big difference because there isn't much difference between schools.
As for fans, this site's existence when every other indie team site but 11 Warriors can't support even one blogging career speaks to something unique about Michigan fans' dedication. I have a hard time imagining there could ever be a Grantland for Just Clemson.
Depending on what section you sit in though I'm sure you can encounter some pretty quiet old farts in Michigan Stadium. We even have a name for them: Blue hairs.
|1 week 2 days ago||Labels man. Ask yourself||
Labels man. Ask yourself this: what do you call a guy who took money from some school then signed with Michigan anyway? Think that never happened with someone on the roster right now? Cut every "cheater" who broke an NCAA rule and there won't be many athletes left.
This is why I blame the NCAA first and foremost. Whenever you find a thriving black market for something there's always a shitty someone making the regular market not work.
|1 week 2 days ago||In certain cases it's pretty||
In certain cases it's pretty clear. This is one of those cases. Clemson is one of those schools. Be mad at Michigan for not playing the same game as everyone else or be mad at the players who take liquid love over a minor preference in school choice, or be mad at the NCAA which creates all this madness. Pretending it doesn't happen is just naivety for the sake of sanctimony.
|1 week 2 days ago||The charter schools are||
The charter schools are taking a few students. But the bigger effect is we built for a temporary population disruption.
In the 1960s, 85% (that's ridiculously high) of Bloomfield Hills homes had school-age children. Today that's under 50%. Those numbers were repeated ad nauseum in the local paper/e-newsletter (Patch) during the merging of their high schools.
Farmington won't be exactly like that--iBloomfield Hills was built almost entirely after the war and immediately filled with vets starting families, whereas Farmington was a thriving farming town for a century before it became a suburb. But that illustrates why, despite the population not being as hard hit as most of Michigan, these districts are still downsizing.
A bit of school funding history: up until I was in college (and Engler was governor) your property taxes went right to the school district. Communities like Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Farmington voluntarily raised their property taxes to create elite schools. The rule itself though ultimately created an effect of really good schools in affluent areas and awful schools in poor areas, which isn't really fair considering the state should be providing a good education to all of its citizenry. So the state pooled everybody's property taxes into the state fund, shifted half of them to prisons, and doled out the rest evenly. In response these communities started passing regular bonds. Every few elections there's a bond issue on the ballot, everybody winks at each other, and we pass it, and that money can't be touched by the state. But it does raise the price of living here, because paying off the "bonds" is effectually a permanently increased property tax. It means if you're planning on sending your kid to private school, you can save money by buying a house in another suburb.
School choice is a politically charged thing that affects everywhere because there are parents who prefer privitized institutions everywhere. I don't think it's a primary effect in this particular case because the #1 reason people live in Farmington in the first place is the public schools. West Bloomfield is right smack in between Farmington Hills and Bloomfield Hills, but WB has relatively crappy (read: "just pretty good") schools, and far lower taxes because they don't pass school bonds.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm not advocating. I'm||
I'm not advocating. I'm trying to explain what's going on in my community.
We have half as many kids as when all four schools were built, and one routinely has the air conditioning break down and leaks all the time. We pay out the nose in taxes for school bonds to make sure our schools have a huge flow of money, but we've been falling behind Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills lately even though we all do the bond thing to pay for public schools that equate to private schools. That's because they've downsized. BH went to one high school. Birmingham renovated both schools and sold off a big chunk of Groves (my alma mater) to be a Michigan State satellite. The competition for young families in these burbs is fierce and school quality is #1 on the list. So that's why this is coming up.
Like anywhere in the Midwest there are some poorer and some richer neighborhoods, but on the whole we're talking about a pretty affluent, education-obsessed suburban community that built for the baby boom and has been a bit oversized ever since that ended.
There's a social component, since over time the schools have tended to become somewhat racially and economically segregated. When we do inevitably downsize to three schools, I imagine it will be a good opportunity to undo that.
|1 week 3 days ago||I live in the Harrison||
I live in the Harrison district; most of the families in our neighborhood send their kids to North already. Harrison's football program is great, but you can move a football program pretty easily. As for a dilapitated building that looks more like a prison...
|1 week 3 days ago||I couldn't take any more||
I couldn't take any more Buckeyes. All of our teams are going to have some of those stains on them--mine included--but at that point I needed to infuse the draft with some maize and blue, badly.
Also keep in mind the people drafting have some access to practice reports, and lots of practice hearsay. Not saying practice equals game, but the more the coaches and other players keep telling friends, family, and anyone in earshot this guy is for real, the more I tend to believe it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I picked up the look a little||
I picked up the look a little bit. In the future we will add the quick spreadsheet to show where the teams are at by the end of each round.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||When most of the games were||
When most of the games were at noon, and a few were still at 1? Hell no. I was a nice drunk like the rest of college students, but even I respected the "wait until you don't taste your toothpaste anymore before you have a beer" rule of morning drinking, and by the time the day was day enough to start imbibing you almost had time to finish two drinks before walking down to the stadium.
The flasks (or in my case a bottle of coke that was 75% not coke) were the only way to get a buzz unless you were a truly committed drinker, and to be honest, we are all still University of Michigan students.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It wasn't from 9/11. I think||
It wasn't from 9/11. I think 2004 they banned them. I remember a bunch of people sent in complaints (damn these people I thought at the time) after the 2003 Ohio State game.
This one flag was pretty high up near the 35 yard line and was on a very long pole. I don't know why that game brought complaints--maybe the wind was up so the pole was being held lower than usual.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Toilet PaperGetting on TV||
Getting on TV was still a relatively new experience, and affecting what so many people were watching was kind of a thrilling thing. You'd see the rolls of toilet paper flying down after the first touchdown of the game and think to your young self "wow it would be so cool to be the guy who threw the toilet paper roll."
It really did look festive, like instant confetti or ticker tape. Anyway they stopped when I was 8 or 9 so I never got to throw a roll of TP.
I was definitely around for this tradition. It was 99% college students being inebriated (sneaking alcohol or a joint into the stadium was pretty easy pre-9/11) and wanting to throw something harmless. A lot of the mallows went at other students--friends sitting a few rows down and a section over, or a group of girls you walked in with.
But there was a mini-game of trying to disrupt the TV crews and the opposing band with them. You tried to aim it so your mallow would pass as close to in front of the camera as possible to screw up their shot, or once they started to bring clear plastic shields, you tried to thunk it off the shield or lob it over. Also by the late '90s the TV crews had these big sound-catching clear plastic radar/dome things, which were as tempting as an opponent's sousaphone. I don't recall there being any real point to the marshmallows. Just a bit of goofy gameday atmosphere.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes but the last I put down||
Yes but the last I put down for six months, and then again for over a year when I got fed up with how abominably boring it was. And then Sam waited at the Old City which was an old city and kind of like Oxford. And he waited longer. And then there came a boy with a name you'll confuse with the 1,000 other characters, and the boy took Sam upstairs, and an old man said something cryptic. And then there was an old scholar talking about how the Iron Islands were going back to the old gods and would have an election, and then we talk about Kraken politics a lot, and then there's a king's moot and people give longwinded speeches, and a guy we've never met wins, and then another guy we've never met has a meeting with a side character about all this, and then there's a battle between the whodafucks and the whaddafucks, and meanwhile there are battles in places a main character came through 3 books ago and ewwwww gross they put their decomposing king's corpse on a horse I have no idea who these people are or what they have to do with the story, is this Lemoncloak what happened to Lemoncloak, oh wait that's one of the guys who killed Breanne because that's what Lady Deathwhisper (or, you know, whatever they're calling reanimated Catherine who's amazingly even more of a bitch now that she can't speak). I'm way off. I think this is one of the people who were traveling on that swamp riverboat with Tyrion and OH HEY THIS GUY'S A KING NOW TOO YAY MORE KINGS I'm not sure if this is even the plot now or if I've switched to stuff my nephew tells me about World of Warcraft.
Then every character you know dies, and the side characters with house banners that are painfully described all take over the story, but now you are totally lost except all of these people are even less likely to give a damn that there's a zombie army about to attack from Scotland . The end.
The books suck, especially with the last book GRRM has given up on plot almost entirely to masturbate to his world. Benioff and Weiss are geniuses for turning that mess of series written by a creep of a man into something highly entertaining.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very good reporting. If you||
Very good reporting. If you get a chance to talk to these recruits again, please ask them about how long they've been in contact with Beilein, how often they have heard from Michigan's staff as opposed to any other, how they'd be the best fit in Michigan's system, and whether the shade of maize affected their decisions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Onion doesn't take||
The Onion doesn't take submissions, unfortunately. Otherwise yeah this would fit right in.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The books suck. The show is||
The books suck. The show is awesome.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||precisely.||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah I think that was during||
Yeah I think that was during the segment.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Battle committed to Michigan||
Battle committed to Michigan precisely so Langford wouldn't. Battle was preserving his own option by lying to Michigan about whether they were his only choice. This protected him in case the sanctions at Syracuse ended up worse than they were. That, to him, was more important than playing straight with Michigan. That was the only dishonesty I was talking about, but I put it in the context of how many basketball coaches, the majority I would guess, do not play straight with recruits. Battle acted no different than most of college basketball acts all the time in recruiting.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Putting a soccer game in||
Putting a soccer game in there was a tight fit--they had to raise the field several rows up to get a big enough pitch size. That cuts into both the bottom line and the available seating. And as we've seen it's not a good venue for hockey or basketball, since the gentle slope on top of the large playing surface quickly puts over half of the seats in a bad view.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry that's short for "Nike||
Sorry that's short for "Nike t-shirts."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Regarding the old||
Regarding the old photo:
You are seeing letterman sweaters, not uniforms. In 1891 the players wouldn't really have a uniform; they would wear what George Southworth in the front-far right is wearing, and sew an 'M'. The "uniforms" weren't really uniform; player would get a new thing to wear once a year (a jersey, a a striped sweater, a vest, whatever) and might play in any one of them. I don't think we have any 1891 action shots but here's the team playing in 1894 vs Cornell:
(click for big)
If you're wondering where the hell they're playing, that's the old Detroit Athletic Club Field on Woodward/Forest/Cass/Canfield, where the Whitney and some Wayne State University buildings now stand. In the background is the Old Main Building of Wayne State. Yes, off-campus football games were a thing back then.
Anyway those sweaters in the photo weren't maize; they were white. Bentley has one. The 1891 team all got them the day of team photos and they are the first known use of the Block M.
Another thing about this photo is James E. Duffy isn't present despite being one of the best players on that team.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||There isn't much difference||
There isn't much difference between Iowa, official Michigan, and Nike. As I pointed out they're all of a hue on the orange side. Even the faded yellow of Woodson's time was that hue, just with less saturation. So there's a clear difference between the three bright yellow options and the rest who want something 10 or so ticks in the direction of gold, and that's an 80-20 split. This is spectral, and there's a clear gap; drawing the line where I did makes the most amount of sense.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The majority like the Iowa||
The majority like the Iowa yellow or Michigan's stated official color. There must be a lot of hideous polyester orange couches in Michigan right now
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Only the first 250 of them,||
Only the first 250 of them, 190 or so of which went to the official color. Since then the Iowa yellow has come back but the most popular remains the official color.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I took down the before and||
I took down the before and after. The only difference is a lot more votes have gone to Iowa--people are naturally moderates and that's the middle choice. I bet most people didn't realize Michigan's maize is darker than Iowa's, officially at least. On the football uniforms we've been lighter for quite some time.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe it should be noted that||
Maybe it should be noted that besides the fact that your screens are all tuned differently (unless you like me recently tuned it for print publishing standardization). If you've got a new iPhone replacement screen you're seeing a really washed out version. If you've got an older monitor chances are you're seeing a really orange version.
And your eyes are all different. Genetically it's impossible that everyone is seeing the same colors, though that may or may not affect how you feel about them. You have little red, blue and greed photoreceptors in your eyes that let in just that color and your brain then remixes them to form an image. No two eyeballs have the same photorecptors or the same tuning. Colorblind people often lack an entire set (usually red, which was the last one to develop in primates so we could see fruit against trees).
Dogs, by the way, don't have red receptors so they see the whole world in maize and blue. Gotta love dogs!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm looking into this now but||
I'm looking into this now but Nike started the lightening and didn't make any big leaps except apparently between 1999 and 2000. However they had darker colored everything except on the pants.
What Adidas apparently did was increase the lumenance.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh?||
Okay more choices:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I can't even moderate this in||
I can't even moderate this in good conscience because it's certainly on topic.
Let every neg count for a "nay" vote.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hi Oregon!||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Good call. For the record||
Good call. For the record there were 196 votes for the official one before I changed it.
People can see what they voted for after they vote.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Without getting too deep into||
Without getting too deep into pantone stuff you're missing the point by focusing only on whether the yellow should be "Gold" instead of whether it should be "not neon".
Maize is a color. It's not gold but it's between yellow and gold. What Adidas has done is not just go to the other side of yellow--the realm between yellow and neon occupied by highlighter yellow and lemon--but they've also been raising the luminence. Luminence is brightness, not whiteness.
Michigan has a pantone official maize that is more orange and less luminescent than straight-up yellow:
The ask is that they use that, and resist the temptation toward greater luminence/
As Brian mentioned, it's the difference between Texas's feel-good orange, and Tennessee's WE'RE ORANGE! orange.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Did you not google "Harbaugh||
Did you not google "Harbaugh pyramid of greatness?"
(click for big).
Yes we are trying to make this a t-shirt but it requires Harbaugh's approval. I imagine he is personally editing it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The mailing house is in||
The mailing house is in Minnesota. Biggest in the Midwest so they could get the biggest batches out. Better to have everyone get it Monday than have some get it weeks late.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||send me a photo of these. we||
send me a photo of these. we are insured against that stuff.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||that's fair.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Most of the really hideous||
Most of the really hideous stuff was on Brandon for approving it, but Adidas isn't blameless since they designed it in the first place. I put the incompetence things and the highlighter creep first because those I attributed those to Adidas.
Nike will probably be as bad or worse about the uniformz unless Michigan is very good at not letting them be. However we complained about the crappy gear when it occurred and I think that will go away.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well that was a Nike sweater||
Well that was a Nike sweater so maybe they'll bring it back now. I imagine Adidas was loathe to bring back something from the Nike era as a throwback, and there might have even been some rights issues around it. Anyway with so many alternates already i wasn't too bummed about not having one more.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||seth @ mgoblog dot com||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah. I'm gonna make a .mobi||
Yeah. I'm gonna make a .mobi you can download and put on your device. That's seems to be the only way.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||fit is the last noun.||
fit is the last noun.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This game will be played on||
This game will be played on September 5th. If it's rainy it will be 70 degrees and rainy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks OP; this thread is||
Thanks OP; this thread is making my spamsweeper go ballistic.
xkcd, edsbs, twitter, umhoops, and lately I am obsessed with checking how HTTV is doing on amazon.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||oy.||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's one year since my father||
It's one year since my father died. I plan to sleep in late and go to bed early to make the day as short as possible. For this and likely for the rest of my life I just want to get through it so the wound can scab again.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/ha||
I put a link to the FAQ at the top. Get ye to your mailbox.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's a rule to prevent Saban||
It's a rule to prevent Saban from packing his classes with walk-ons then being like "Oh, YOU earn a scholarship" to all of them on August 30 to avoid class limits.
A walk-on cannot take an official visit to the school, and cannot officially join the team until later in the season. The point is to cut out some of the gray area between scholarship players and walk-ons (grayshirts, blueshirts, etc.) It doesn't.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||incumbent trike||
clean up the OT it's getting bad again.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers is super fast for an||
Peppers is super fast for an HSP. Most of those guys are tiny linebackers. He's ranked against Kovacs, Chesson is ranked against Devin Smith.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Morris: I'm ranking him||
Morris: I'm ranking him against all QBs. I think the "dual threat" and "drop back" distinctions are overrated. Connor Cook has enough legs to be a part of the offense. So does Hackenberg and Morris. Speight doesn't, and Rudock isn't a statue but neither is he going to win a lot of 1-on-1 battles with safeties. When I saw Speight he looked exactly like Navarre.
(Who once juked a guy remember?)
Green is an interesting case: his top speed isn't that great but he can accelerate really fast for a guy his size. That's what made him a 5-star and if he knew where the hole was that would be a major asset in this offense.
For Kerridge, if Houma was still healthy that would show who I'm ranking him against. Also going against Northwestern superbacks and whatnot. B.J. Askew is a +3.
I'm NOT comparing them against guys who play the exact technique they play. I'm saying for an average dude at that position they're X. So Wormley is a 5-tech in an under and maybe he's a -2 then because yeah he does have some get-go, but that rating is against Shilique Calhoun.
Morgan I have a few plays in coverage he's made that made me upgrade him to average for a linebacker. You don't see it that often because he's fighting blocks more often than space, but watch him turn and go with a TE running a sluggo route and you'll see what I mean.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not yet anyway. The one||
Not yet anyway. The one consistent thing in all the inconsistent medicaled scuttlebutt on the premium boards is that Drake has time left to heal. The scholarship crunch for next year doesn't apply to this year so it's just a matter of whether he can play without danger.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's totally subjective,||
It's totally subjective, yeah, but I only rated guys we've got film of relative to each other. Speight I'll give you is a tough one since he might have had a groin pull when I saw him lugging around in a couple spring practice videos. Hackenberg is fairly athletic--I'd say average. Speed is hardly the only important thing about a player--this isn't a fast offensive team, but neither are the Patriots.
Jourdan Lewis's speed is off the charts and it's the key to what makes him such a good cornerback. He'll be 10 yards off a guy and recover. I didn't mean +3 to be unpossible--if Denard was here still i'd have to push the extreme out to a +4.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not going to the 'stones but||
Not going to the 'stones but thanks for reminding me the Pistons actually get a draft pick this year, and didn't have it taken away in a Dumars gamble that went sour.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||table.tableizer-table||
Just to kinda show what I think Brian's talking about, here's my feels on the team speed of Michigan's current two-deep, compared to what I imagine should be average for the conference. +3 for a slot receiver means you're Percy Harvin, -3 for a wide receiver means you're probably close to the average tight end.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||lol||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah I immediately went there||
Yeah I immediately went there too.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Well blow me down||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||He was lightning fast. I||
He was lightning fast. I forgot he was a highly ranked recruit.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||STAY AWAY FROM THOSE||
STAY AWAY FROM THOSE COMMENTS!
I think that is pretty damn clear. I don't understand you people. You probably read Ace's Ohio State preview too. Is there a way to communicate that this is something you should not do other than saying so in plain English? THEY HAVE THREE HEISMAN-CALIBER QUARTERBACKS AND A DEFENSE TO MATCH GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||this is important about||
this is important about Woodson: other guys have had his talent. Watch Antonio Cromartie in high school. Or Donte Whitner. if you give me time I'm sure I could think of a few others.
What Charles Woodson has is not just ungodly talent plus size; he is also the hardest worker in the NFL and one of the smartest guys to ever play the game. he studies offenses the way a famous professor studies his field. this comes from public analysts and guys who played with him and after him at Michigan. his physical abilities are truly amazing, what makes him truly uncanny however is his brain and how he uses it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Errors and counting||
They've plated the print book so all errors are locked in to haunt me forever.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||^this guy's going to get to||
^this guy's going to get to the roundtable and not think that.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||You're right; I was being||
You're right; I was being overly cynical to prove a point. As EGD mentioned though, whether I say it or not, that's the business they're in.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||I give Harbaugh credit for||
I give Harbaugh credit for consistently finding good college players from guys who don't have the stars to show it, but ABSOLUELY NOT Woodson.
Woodson was the best running back the state of Ohio had seen since Rob Lytle. Better. They didn't have national recruiting rankings back then as they do now, but Woodson was right where Jabrill Peppers was: a super duper can't-miss prospect everyone had heard of within three states.
The only guys with anything like that hype coming in were Tyrone Wheatley and Drew Henson, and both of those guys it was partly because they were also academic superstars, and home grown ones at that. Woodson turned himself into one of the greatest players ever but coming in he was already one of the greatest athletes Michigan had ever recruited, and there was a national consensus on this.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Nope, but this (and the rest||
Nope, but this (and the rest of the Napoleon Wars) were pretty much their final hurrah, and most of the 74s in service were probably 30+ years old.
The War of 1812 played a key role in British bluewater shipbuilding because they finally witnessed the efficacy of, and got their hands on, the cross-beam construction the Yanks used beginning with the original frigates. If you know your Master & Commander well remember how clean the sides look. This is that ship (the HMS Rose) when not gussed up for film. The ship is a fair replica of a 1760s British frigate still in service in the Napoleonic Wars:
Now look at the walls of the USS Constitution's gundeck:
That framing got passed into British shipbuilding soon after the War of 1812 (to '14) and gave rise to the 90-gun ships they favored up until the steamships and actual iron-sides.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||"Nevermind maneuvers; go||
"Nevermind maneuvers; go right for them."
Nelson's strategy was pretty basic but also sound: put an overwhelming amount of force in one spot and force the enemy to come to action. It is MANBALL all the way. It also got a lot of his generation and the next killed.
The American strategy (as deployed under Secretary Jones, who basically ran the entire government while Madison was sick for a third of 1813) was a lot like spread philosophy: get some playmakers and put them in space to force the enemy to cover all of it, turning the enemy's size advantage into a speed hindrance.
The British response is also telling: they razeed (chopped the top deck off of) a bunch of old ships of the line to create ships with similar sailing properties to the American large frigates. Likewise, defenses have responded to the spread by going with various types of hybrid space players.
Of course they didn't have live oak to build with, and the war ended before they could be engaged, but you'll note the British soon after started building the "blackwall frigates" and, hilariously, copied the cross-beam design of the 44'ers but attributed them to Robert Sepping because they still didn't want to admit the Yankee shipbuilders had created a superior bluewater ship of war.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Some RCMB people figured out||
Some RCMB people figured out they can do this a few years ago. It still happens but it goes straight to trash.
Welcome to being important enough that the lowest class of the lowest internet fanbase wants to annoy you.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Correct.||
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah that'll go on sale on||
Yeah that'll go on sale on the MGoStore soon. I want to make sure the Kickstarter backers all get theirs first.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||Don't be that surprised.||
Don't be that surprised. Remember there are at least five state universities in Michigan with higher academic standards than the bulk of the SEC*
* Nisi Vanderbiltum
|7 weeks 2 days ago||no but I read those all over||
no but I read those all over 2 years in early adulthood. I am reading a book about the war of 1812. my family all shares a Kindle account, and I found the book my dad had been reading before he died. the first I just picked up where he was out of curiosity, but now I'm just reading it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Those are not assigned||
Those are not assigned numbers; those are numbers they wore at their previous stops only.
It's pretty common for guys to lose their numbers to incoming players. There's an unstated pecking order no coach would ever admit to even though it's true across probably every college or pro team. Quarterbacks recruited by Texas will always be above wide receivers with CMU/Bowling Green the next best programs to offer.
I have heard nothing that would suggest either Houma nor Jones is transferring or whatever. Regarding Houma we don't even know or necessarily think that'll be the incoming punter's number; he has had injuries in the past but he's not among those who get named among the medicals who keep getting leaked.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I believe they keep their||
I believe they keep their numbers but the patches are going away. This is just from seeing what they did in spring.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||For now yes. We put all of||
For now yes. We put all of those into a spreadsheet (actually Dave did) and the whole point of the Web forms is to generate a spreadsheet.
I have your info so you should be good.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Naw, it's give and take. They||
Naw, it's give and take. They charge a lot for providing a minimal service (South Park has an episode on this) but every year we look at doing it through our store and every year we end up going back to the Kickstarter because it's a smooth-ish ride.
The complaint on my end is there's no easy transition if you don't want to use Kickstarter's own system for fulfillment, and we much prefer to fulfill through UGP because our shirts are already there and they know our customers and they will warehouse the books and sell them in their stores. But that means getting people to use the same email there and then filling out their info over here. And manually porting the two databases into excel and updating. Yada yada. Kickstarter is good for what they do; eventually we will probably outgrow them because we duplicate efforts and we get zero backers from anything that's not our own promotion.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Pre-order|
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Weirdly I don't have an||
Weirdly I don't have an answer for this yet. Dave spent yesterday going through all of those emails and putting them into a spreadsheet so I have all of those easily accessible now. So I'm guessing you're good from here.
I may have everyone who emailed me fill out a form, or Dave and I may just do it for you. But it's just a clerical question now; I have your addresses and only I send the list of addresses to the printer for shipping those books.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Hey sorry your logic is||
Hey sorry your logic is incorrect. I never ever ever see the address you put into Kickstarter. That address is to confirm your credit card is yours, and I don't ever see your credit card information. I pay Amazon a hefty portion of the Kickstarter so I don't ever have to deal with that.
You have emails in the inbox of the email address you used for Kickstarter. Those emails have instructions to follow a link that matches your order to our UGPoGo webform. You put your address in there.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||If you took the correct link||
If you took the correct link to the "DUO" form there was indeed a mistake on the form because it had this picture:
When neither of them are signed. There were a few people who used the link for "1 Signed Copy" who purchased a "DUO" on the Kickstarter and I have them noted. Under my system what it says you get from Kickstarter matters more than what cart you filled out--mostly that is so I can collect address and t-shirt sizes easily, and send confirmation emails. If the Kickstarter says you get 2 books and you filled out the UGPoGo cart for 10 books, 1) you'll hear from me in case you actually want to quinteple your order, and 2) if I don't hear back you get 2 books.
There's a link if you want your second book shipped to a different location than your first book. For obvious reasons I can't put that link here.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||
email firstname.lastname@example.org and have your UGPoGo order handy.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Any orders that filled out||
Any orders that filled out the wrong form I've contacted.
I don't have any record of a kickstarter backer with the email address you used for your MGoBlog sign-in so I have no way of knowing who you are. Email me at [my name]@mgoblog.com and we'll see if we can get you sorted out.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Lawyer: People think they can||
Lawyer for plaintiff: People think they can freely express their opinions in public forums such as the internet without having it come back to them in court!
A Judge (very soon): Yep, we think that.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Barrett's got good accuracy||
Barrett's got good accuracy and especially deep accuracy which made that team lethal last year. The other two are good enough for spread work especially with the running threats they pose.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||EVERY EVERY EVERY fanbase||
EVERY EVERY EVERY fanbase asks this question. The answer is because refs are humans and humans are capable of things like declaring Darboh's catch not a catch and stuff.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I figured I gave a post to||
I figured I gave a post to Haylie this morning, and I'm hoping Driesenga comes back (I think the backup catcher is the only other senior unless I'm missing someone)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||self-negged!||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I've got my classy out on the||
I've got my classy out on the front page and I do sincerely congratulate Florida on a well-deserved repeat national championship.
BUT I'M HERE IN THE NEG THREAD TO ALL-CAPS WTF WITH ALL THE GETTING HIT BY PITCHES YES THIS HAPPENS IN SOFTBALL A LOT BUT THAT WAS RIDICULOUS AND PLANNED FROM THE FIRST BATTER STEPPING OUT OF THE HITTER'S BOX AND ARRRRGH IT WAS PROBABLY ENOUGH THEY'LL FINALLY LOOK AT THIS RULE AGAIN BUT WHY DID MICHIGAN HAVE TO BE THE VICTIM IN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TO GET THAT CHANGED ARGH NEG NEG NEG
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Ask a poet to explain better.||
Ask a poet to explain better. About iambs and matching stress syllables but a poet will know how to say that.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'm 99.9% certain they use||
I'm 99.9% certain they use ASA rules or something closely resembling them. Agreed if the defensive player is holding the ball she can block the path to the bag. In this case she was obstructing as the runner began her slide, made contact with the runner, then caught the ball.
The way I learned to call this was to keep it simple: if the runner is trying to get to the bag and a defender is obstructing BEFORE she gets the ball, it's obstruction. If she gets the ball then obstructs it's fine, but you really don't have to worry about that as much since by that point the defender will be applying a tag.
As an umpire if you're in position like you should be, you will be able to plainly see if the defensive player is making an obstructive move before the ball comes, and she plainly was.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||You mean GlaD.||
You mean GlaD.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks Craig.||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||"Sporstmanlike" is a term||
"Sporstmanlike" is a term that should have been retired in 1870, which is about the time that various aristocracies realized they couldn't remain the only people allowed to play the sports they came up with.
That and children's sports. If I'm coaching a team up through high school JV I agree with you.
Understand the point of trash talk: it raises the competitive level by raising the stakes and how badly you want to beat the other guy. You say something you are honor bound to back that up. You get said to, you are honor bound to step up. Pride is fed to the beast that is winning.
There are levels of sport where you shouldn't sacrifice pride or raise the level of competition. I don't want high school freshman ballers ruining their shoulders for life for freshman ball, and kids that age are not mature enough to properly channel their emotions. The older the players get and the higher the level of competition, the more it's appropriate.
And you're not going to get rid of it. Kids my age grew up on the Fab Five and the Bad Boys, and we'd go out on the cracked asphalt every recess and say horrible things to each other because we were 10-year-old boys following our social coding to compete.
But at highly competitive levels, whining about sportsmanship for jeering is just that.
"Sporstmanship" can still be applicable but "ethics" means the same thing. You don't intentionally injure another player, for example.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't say Romero moved||
I didn't say Romero moved Trey out of the conversation. I said she moved Denard out. I wouldn't have Hunwick in there either, and since I can't believe he didn't win the Hobey Baker I have to remove Porter too. If we're doing this:
Can't tell what would have been with 4 years of Burke but can't credit him for it either. Mikulak has to win this by any measure that I'd include Romero in.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Ironically I wrote that||
Ironically I wrote that paragraph first. The Florida preview was the last bit I hurriedly typed without thoroughly scouting.
Baseball fandom kind of wore me out on the minutiae of game to game events. This person or that person coming through in a big moment is relevant to that person but not to future events. The exception is an exceptional play, like several that LSU's centerfielder made during the WCWS before facing M, and Sierra Lawrence getting around on a tough pitch to score the winning two, then having the heads-up to steal home while LSU was napping.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I was being punny. As for the||
I was being punny. As for the post it was just meandering meta--the policies of the message board already say all that. The mods are doing their best to try to clean up things but to a degree the internet's gonna internet and we just have to live with that fact.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This site is a vending machine||
That was...dare I say...out of order!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I hate it when our vending||
I hate it when our vending machine doesn't give me the snack I paid for. And I know Ace or Adam is going to come along in 30 minutes and see my Snickers hanging there and he'll be all "hey two Snickers for the price of one!" but no that was really my Snickers and now I am not satisfied and somewhere Ace is stuffing his face with MY chocolate and nougat and peanuts and caramel that I PAID FOR.
This was a metaphor for something but really I just think Ace owes me a Snickers.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Is it? IF (did you see I said||
Is it? IF (did you see I said "IF", softball gods?) Michigan wins Game 1 or 2 I figured that to be Muppet-worthy.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||ungh. I was osposting from my||
ungh. I was osposting from my phone and it kept autocorrecting that. Fixed. Brian has to fix our posting mechaniism, since I have to-paste the youtube embed code every damn time.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||We've reached out to him on||
We've reached out to him on several occasions but that never got anywhere. The guy Denard has doing this stuff hasn't been interested and we get permission for everything we do, from that person if it applies to a specific person.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Please not kale.||
Please not kale.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||This softball team has some||
This softball team has some remarkable parallels with 1920s MLB teams. The players are informal--they jeer at each other and stuff and interact with the crowds. Superstars really shine because of a smaller pool of athletes but they also live among the people. The beginnings of all the major sport followings were a lot like this. The allure isn't just a rabbit hole; it's pure sport.
I think what held softball back for awhile is between about 2002 and maybe last year it was such a pitching-dominated game that there were seldom lead changes or baserunners even to get excited about. Games would just coast 7 innnings and be done and you'd talk about the tan you got. Teams with a dominant pitcher would win 1-0 all the time.
I theorize that sports get less interesting the more competitive the leagues are. People say they want to be surprised but really they far more enjoy having their preconceptions justified. Rank the popularity of sports in the US and you'll have a ranking of how likely the better team is to win.
That's why I'm such a Sierra Romero fan. She's like a Babe Ruth for the sport. She generates ridiculous bat speed--like MLB hitter bat speed--and can dominate pitchers who don't have a lot of late movement. Such pitchers are still going to roll through lineups (when Betsa's stuff is going she's unhittable, and Florida's pitcher is like that all the time). But I think hitting has come far enough now that it's just excellent sport. She's so good that you can go to a game expecting her to do something amazing and most of the time she will.
If you're a sports fan, especially a college sports fan, getting into softball should be easy right now, because it ticks all the fan boxes.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Never mess with a streak.||
Never mess with a streak.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||That flag flew over the||
That flag flew over the birthplace of Bo, Woodson, of Desmond Howard, of Horace Prettyman, and Jordan Kovacs.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Ah good catch. Now I'm more||
Ah good catch. Now I'm more confused.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Search mgoblog for "dear||
Search mgoblog for "dear diary sprinkles cheese"
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||That would be an NCAA||
That would be an NCAA violation.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Other categories than worst:||
Let's use all the power words division:
Eagles and America. The eagle is pooping sunshine because the tenacity is greatness.
This eagle wants to have words with you.
First person to move in gets to design the flag division:
Get it? I saw a beaver in the backyard. Also in 1859 we didn't have ruled stencils so...
Me injun, you chief, she squaw. Awahwahwahwahwhawhwah! This is still politically correct right?
In case you thought we meant Washington Irving, though he was cool too.
/looks up /points
Um, you realize we threw off the yoke of the tyrannical British aristocracy right?
Is that like Banana Republic? Do you sell flannel shorts in this establishment? You look like you sell flannel shorts.
Let's all copy New York's Flag Division:
New York's flag:
Good luck guessing who these are without zooming in:
Same as above but good job you put your name on it division:
States already thinking ahead to what the hockey jersey might look like:
A little busy but okay.
Too many teams with those colors already but good logo.
Classiest flag relative to classiness of the state:
I'd invite that to dinner, and would be highly surprised when it doesn't wear shoes.
We're MARITIME SEE?
So you're Scotland?
Flag I secretly admire (it's original and classy okay?!?)
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Worst and there is no other||
Worst and there is no other answer:
You shouldn't be celebrating your history. You can't clean that symbol after it stood for the time you betrayed the United States because your country told you you couldn't keep slavery. You certainly can't clean it up barely half a century after it was the primary one used to stand for segregation, especially considering you AGAIN tried to war with the United States over it.
One of the first images that pop into Americans' heads when "racism" is uttered are the stands of Ole Miss filled with white supremicists waving the stars and bars while the governor played to their hate in his standoff with Kennedy over integration. That is what that symbol will always mean now.
This flag means you suck at being a state. You should probably try to have the symbol of your state mean something else. Or keep it because the first thing anyone really thinks about your state is how much you utterly suck as a state.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||Cabera-like indeed. Her swing||
Cabera-like indeed. Her swing is a lot like his.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||My wife was against all the||
My wife was against all the Michigan references I kept suggesting so we settled on Glennebo.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||And a good thing they didn't||
And a good thing they didn't review and change it, or it would have ruined that whole "Michigan must win a preposterous game by 4 points" narrative we had going since '09.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Good movie. Didn't more than||
Good movie. Didn't more than one of his players say it was all bullshit?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I had like an hour phone||
I had like an hour phone convo with Brandon Williams (who recoverd the punt and ran it in) about that game. Then when it happened again vs Nebraska a couple of years ago I was texting him from the stands "THAT'S YOUR PLAY!"
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I thought the ball was||
I thought the ball was fumbled out of the endzone before anyone had possession in it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||He was a pretty smart guy and||
He was a pretty smart guy and a very nice guy who made a couple of dumb plays. It sucks that he made those dumb plays, but "dumbest guy to ever wear a UofM jersey" has SO so much more competition.
Austin White wore a Michigan jersey.
Robert Traylor wore a Michigan jersey.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Blue shirts are best||
Blue shirts are best understood by knowing what a preferred walk-on is. The pecking order:
1. Is the typical LOI guy.
2. Blueshirt offers are often a guy they want to put on scholarship but work out with him a deal to pay his own way the first semester so they can fit more kids into the class. They're mostly used to get around the oversigning rules but sometimes a school like Michigan could offer a blue shirt to a guy who's like the son of an NFL player and not hurting for cash and plans to redshirt anyway, since that gets you one more scholly for the year. A blueshirt also may take that fall semester off, or if there's space get a scholarship if one of the LOI guys never enrolls and the school is under the 25 cap for the class and the 85 cap for the semester.
Note there's no paper promises here. The player can still go elsewhere and isn't bound by a letter of intent, and the coach can turn around and be like "sorry no scholly."
3. Grayshirt is a guy they promise a scholarship to next year. In theory it's one more sememster than a blueshirt. Really grayshirt was the initial idea and blueshirt was just a way to one-up that in the brinksmanship of college sports recruiting.
4. A preferred walk-on isn't promised a scholarship; he is promised he'll most likely make the team and get into the school, which for many preferred walk-ons is a very nice offer indeed. There isn't much gap between a gray or blueshirt, but the gap between a preferred walk-on and a grayshirt is kinda big, unless *cough* Ohio State *cough* the school is known for offering grayshirts to guys they really only mean to make preferredf walk-ons. Michigan brings more preferred walk-ons than most schools because the offer of admission to MIchigan is kind of a big deal.
5. Special teams players are a side-group among walk-ons because many attended national camps and hoped to earn scholarships, but it's standard practice for big programs to only offer a scholly to the starter, so there's a big market for walk-on kickers and punters and long snappers. They are somewhat recruited, but not exactly preferred walk-ons (some of them are that, usually guys with scholarship offers elsewhere).
6. A "walk-on" is usually a guy the coaches know about beforehand but he isn't promised any help. He comes and competes for a roster spot on the 112.
7. The lowest of the low is a student body walk-on. It's highly rare for a program like Michigan to turn up Jordan Kovacs, and even then that was a specific set of weird circumstances (he was the son of a fmr player and Carr knew about him but his knee was too messed up as a freshman to make the team that year, and then he had a path to playing time because that secondary). A student body walk-on is usually a guy who came out to tryouts, which for many coaches is an excuse to football with guys who aren't as entitled and not really a way to find anything unless you're seriously desperate for a kicker. Some schools turn up more student body walk-ons than others because of the talent they've recruited relative to what the student body is like. For example Duke football finds a lot of them, because admissions for Duke overrates participation in sports on applications, accidentally providing a deeper pool of prep athletes.
The things blueshirts (and grayshirts) have to be careful of is tripping the penalty wires in place to prevent Saban from calling all of his oversignees walk-ons. If you take an official visit and come to the school but don't get a scholly the team gets penalized a scholly for fall and a scholly for spring.
Again NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE HONEST ABOUT BLUESHIRT OFFERS. Nothing gets written down to ensure a scholarship after one or two semester,s and some coaches *cough* Urban Meyer *cough* are notorious liars when it comes to getting more players or preventing a rival school from getting players. If you don't trust the coach don't trust the offer.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Funny you mentioned that. We||
Funny you mentioned that. We have an interview with Hanlon in HTTV where he was asked his greatest regret and right away said how he coached Steve Smith. He didn't say he'd redshirt him, but Hanlon wishes like hell he'd found more ways to use his athleticism in the offense.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||It's a long drive back to||
It's a long drive back to West Bloomfield from ann arbor. Shut up.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't go that far.||
I wouldn't go that far. Tressel was a very good football coach, and the only freshman to be a significant part of the 2002 team was Maurice Clarett, who would have gone to Ohio State regardless because he is the human embodiment of Tressel's Ohio State.
Their 2002 team was lucky, but Henson beating them in 2001 doesn't change anything about it.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Fargas was a good running||
Fargas was a good running back but:
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Kansas. One football game in||
Kansas. One football game in Ann Arbor and a home-and-home in hoops. They'd love to get a team like Michigan on their basketball schedule to pad their RPI (our basketball teams with that one year's exception tend to do worse in the early season than the late).
Too bad we missed the Charlie Weiss era. Anyway they're a fun Power 5 program that probably won't threaten the football team and also will be recognizeable to fans, and would lead to a pair of really interesting basketball games.
Also would like a home and home with any SEC team but the SEC is very careful not to ever let one of its teams play an out-of-conference game in the frozen, 70-degree temperatures in Michigan in late September.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ouch man. I killed that||
Ouch man. I killed that paragraph soon after posting--was trying to say "this isn't about the state" by arguing against obviously false underwritten assertions. But it didn't need the extra layers to make the point.
Thesis is at the top. Conclusion is at the bottom where it says "Conclusions?"
|10 weeks 2 days ago||He DID have a decided||
He DID have a decided schematic advantage afterall. This is one hell of a scheme.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||They're one and the same.||
They're one and the same. Michigan had several JV iterations before that. Orr jumped on it and packed the roster with whatever he could find. But I'll rework to clarify that.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That march has to have words.||
That march has to have words. I must learn them.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||OT: 2016 Camaro||
OT: 2016 Camaro
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Sometime soon after the||
Sometime soon after the kickstarter is funded we'll send out a link to a webform where you fill out where you want it sent. Just use the same email address so I can match you.
I NEVER SEE YOUR BILLING ADDRESS. That is handled by Amazon through their secure system so you don't have to give billing info to a blogger.
Repeat: I NEVER SEE YOUR BILLING ADDRESS. The address you provide when you fill out the webform on our store is the address it will go to.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||On the other hand I commend||
On the other hand I commend your use of alcohol to erase all memory of Talbott playing dime back in 2010, when opponents saw Michgian's depth chart and decided they'd go 4-wide all day and Michigan had to use Talbott and Avery together on half their downs. This happened. It didn't go very well.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||You should know this||
You should know this Ace!
Bandit: The weakside slot player (counts as a safety), 2/3rds safety, 1/3rd outside linebacker in a 3-4. Like the Spur except doesn't take on tight ends--often tracks down slot receviers in space. Jordan Kovacs played this except when they idiotically made him the free safety a few games in 2009. Furman was recruited to be a Bandit.
Spur: The strongside slot player (counts as a linebacker). 2/3rds outside linebacker, 1/3rd safety. "Meat raw" version of bandit--this means he takes on tight end blocks sometimes. Stevie Brown played this, then it was a rotation of Thomas Gordon, Carvin Johnson, and later Cameron Gordon. M-Rob was recruited to be a Spur. So was Brandin Hawthorne and a few others.
Spinner: The nominal strongside linebacker (counts as linebacker). 50% linebacker, 50% defensive end. This is where they put Roh when they had him in a 2-point stance. They also used JB Fitz here. The Spinner can back out in a true 3-3-5 or often comes down to line up like 4-3 over SDE but GERG didn't know how to use him so he had this guy in coverage all the time. Jake Ryan was recruited to play this. If Shawn Crable had infinite eligibility, or Pierre Woods for that matter, they would have been perfect for it.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||At a bar in Nashville||
At a bar in Nashville visiting my best friend the weekend before a trade show I had to be there for. I think the "Bush Push" happened the same night.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||OT: Faster than the speed of light?||
Your trains would be ripped apart by the pressure of Earth's atmosphere. Ultimately at speeds approaching the speed of light it's too difficult to keep any arrangement of molecules from running into each other and igniting fusion. That's why faster than light and near light speed postulating keeps coming back to warp: fold a bit of space so you're floating in a total 0 Kelvin vacuum while accelerating and creating a very angry ripple all around you (that doesn't accidentally destroy a star system it passes through).
The train theory is close to what they do at CERN except it's magnetic fields instead of trains. There are two "tracks" they accelerate and then they'll merge the tracks along the circle right where their recording equipment.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Too off topic||
Killed a bunch of threads that are way too OT. Let's keep threads to things that would be of interest to people coming to Michigan sports blog. Otherwise things like the Creaning of two more players gets shoved off the list before a lot of people have seen it.
Offseason off-topic: Has to be at least tangentially related to Michigan sports fans interests.
In-Season off-topic: Other NCAA teams, general U-M and Ann Arbor things, B1G things.
Always on topic: Michigan athletics things, Michigan opponent things
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||That's called the "profit."||
That's called the "profit." Brian and I don't pay ourselves--not even for our own writing--from this until all the overhead is covered. We set the kickstarter to cover the general overhead of production. If it makes just $30k we did it for free. That's not exact--each backer creates overhead because books are not cheap to produce or mail and t-shirts are even more expensive. Afterwards we gamble on how many to print for aftermarket sales, and there's still extra shipping costs and whatnot we accrue. Basically the kickstarter covers the things you get in the kickstarter, including producing the book. After that we try to make money because wives get pretty upset when we don't.
FWIW the breakdown is 30% to Seth, 30% to Brian, 40% to the site. HTTV proceeds are most of the capital for ventures like when we bought a new server and now for the grand site redesign Brian will get to one of these days.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I was asked to participate in||
Because we were doing HTTV with that group I was asked to participate in the advance conversations that led to Webber's book. It's going to rival Pete Rose for most fictional biography in sports. You'll note nobody would publish it except the creep who promised to get HTTV in every store to get us to print way too many copies, then let your books sit on the shelves for weeks and sold diddly shit.
Webber is going to end up with a lot of boxes of unsold books at his own expense. The two deserve each other.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The WR depth chart when I arrived at Michigan (1998)||
Split End: Tai Streets (Sr), Diallo Johnson (Sr), Marquise Walker (Fr)
Flanker: Markus Knight (Jr), David Terrell (Fr)
Y-Tight End: Jerame Tuman (Sr), Mark Campbell (Sr), Bill Seymour (So)
U-Tight End: Aaron Shea (Sr), Shawn Thompson (So)
They were pretty good.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Rodriguez||
I wrote an article for MGo when the 2010 receiver class was being assembled called "Whence the Receivers" about how RR planned to make constant 4-verts the next iteration of his spread offense. Instead that happened at Ohio State. FMML.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Well shit.||
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||How would these kids get||
How would these kids get "burned?"
I thought the contempt for the public was rather Brandonesque. That this wasn't meant for the public was part of its charm because the performance was uniquely genuine. And the arrangement seemed meant for this informality--it is after all just Michigan's fight song and chants. Michigan fans loved it and that fact could mean a lot to the students and their department. Certainly we could live without it, but there ought to be a good reason to deny it to the public once it's already been viewed by four times the capacity of Michigan Stadium, not the other way around.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||Have you checked your email||
Have you checked your email inbox lately? MGoBlog is a magical place where things you wish for can suddenly appear.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||BioDIEPsel is my brother and||
BioDIEPsel is my brother and occasionally me. Anyone with "DIEP" in their names are people I play with.
Make sure you yell lots of GO BLUE! and anti-Spartan crap when you find them because they're all Sparties.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||Just a clerical mistake||
Just a clerical mistake because Madej was still live-updating roster data in 2012 when Denard had to play RB, and isn't around now to check off everything licensed for these kinds of mistakes.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone--EVERYONE--is. We||
Everyone--EVERYONE--is. We know theirs, they know ours. There are degrees, particularly degrees of involvement of the coaches (some coaches you have to hide it from, some coaches will turn you if they catch you but won't act on suspicion, some coaches tell you to go talk to Mister X) and the program.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Thinly veiled? I said it||
Thinly veiled? I said it pretty overtly.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I agreed with you that I was||
I agreed with you that I was stunned Brady fell so far, though I wasn't on Montana level. My basis was Griese was an okay quarterback at that point in history, and I knew Brady was way better than Griese. His '99 comebacks (Indiana needed one, and then the Orange Bowl) sold me on him; in '98 I wasn't a fan so I had to come a long way.
Re:Dhani, I thought he'd be great. His name was just always being spoken on TV, or as the tackler in the Big House, or around campus for some poetry thing or whatever. Dhani seemed like the defense's superstar after Woodson. Him or Renes.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||He did well for those around||
He did well for those around him. Remember he centered the best line in hockey for a few years with Naslund and Bertuzzi.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Huh?||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I can't tell you how much I||
I can't tell you how much I appreciate this comment. Thank you.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Where did you see an autoplay||
Where did you see an autoplay ad? There shouldn't be any running.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Only the 2013, 2014, and||
Only the 2013, 2014, and hoops books taste like Jimmy Johns.
The 2012 ones were printed on a recycled pulp that's almost identical in smell and texture to a Subway roasted chicken. We've learned a lot since then.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||We're checking it out; 90%||
We're checking it out; 90% sure they're Gildan Heavy Cotton shirts, unless Underground Printing (who supplies them) has changed up suppliers. My understanding is the American Apparel shirts cost us a LOT more, which would add up quickly when we're doing volume like this. They also don't last as long; part of having an annual shirt that's only for the kickstarter people is that it's supposed to last--you can never re-buy it, and it'll become a vintage shirt by being worn until it's vintage. My Woodson shadow shirt is finally entering this phase of its life cycle.
The American Apparel shirts are the shirts UGP prints the defunct sports team etc. shirts on--I designed the Bandwagon '89 shirt specifically for the American Apparels, but every other shirt we've done has been the Gildan heavy. We've always done the Gildan heavy for HTTV.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||When I got to talk to Marcus||
When I got to talk to Marcus Ray for a bit at one of Marlin's events last year I asked him about young safeties and communicating and he was adamant that it's not about youth: football at his level forces kids to grow up early, and there are guys who are confident and communicative and guys who are hesitant and will always be that way, and sometimes there are guys who are way too aggressive but that's rare. He was way more down on Jarrod Wilson than anyone on MGoBlog. But he also brought up Jamar Adams as an example of the right kind of guy and I'm like "they're exactly the same player, down to the uniform number!"
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||If you have a nice-ish table||
If you have a nice-ish table (no glare) and a smart phone just take a picture. Just take a long breath and hold your hand steady when you take it.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||yes||
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Can't use just anything we||
Can't use just anything we find because if the author comes forward and says "don't use that" I can't reprint or make it right. Everything has to have the rights tracked or given personally.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Way ahead of you. Dooley is||
Way ahead of you. Dooley is nearly done w/ his article; I have Sap's helment already in this article (by Kryk).
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||What about the guy whose||
What about the guy whose adult life began in the middle of the Great Depression, who scratched and clawed all his life to give his children a stable life in Ann Arbor, and took them to football games at Michigan Stadium every fall Saturday since 1950 while saving money to one day send two grandchildren to the University of Michigan, and was attending a Michigan softball game with them when I met him last week?
I appreciate your measured response to my calling you a name. I'm still putting you behind that guy.
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||MGoshirts||
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||I agree that the NCAA had||
I agree that the NCAA had little under the actual auspices of the NCAA to go on when instituting those sanctions. But this is one of those things--like a vigilante killing a murderer who got off on a technicality--where the actual method of justice disgusted me, but the punishment itself was just.
The NCAA's credibiilty in assessing punishment to Penn State was dubious; that Penn State deserved what they got--and didn't deserve to be let off the hook--is not.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||How to WiFi Before WiFi||
Dr. Labes was the next door neighbor (nice guy, big M fan). So my brother and I decided we'd name the new dog "Doctor Labes." The afternoon of fun we got from this was totally worth the Saturday raking leaves on his lawn afterwards.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Cool story bro: My brother||
Cool story bro: My brother and his roommates in late college had a wifi named "The Sugar Mines." That's a cute name, but the problem is I'm still friends with all of these guys and whenever I go to their houses they all still have the same WiFi as my brother, and they all believe in changing up their passwords often. None of these people are willing to change the name of their networks after having it for a decade+ and Apple still can't figure out how to solve the "linksys" problem of affecting all networks by that name when you forget one.
Cooler story bro: Mine is Go Go Gadget Internet.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||The word has a particular||
The word has a particular meaning that includes all former students, not just graduates. That's why we have another word for graduates. You're a University of Michigan alum. Go Blue.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||ah that makes more sence.||
ah that makes more sence. easy fix.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Red is Hoke, Orange is||
Red is Hoke, Orange is Harbaugh.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Did I? That would obviously||
Did I? That would obviously be an error.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I'm totally hoping to revive||
I'm totally hoping to revive this thread I discovered while looking up stuff for today's column formerly known as Hokepoints.
Best athlete I grew up with was Matt Ishbia. He was one of the shortest kids in our grade, and a MASSIVE Michigan fan and because he basically ran recess the rest of the class all became Michigan fans. He lived on my block and bought me the Michigan football we used every recess until the Bad Boys and Fab Five switched us to basketball.
Ishbia ended up being the Andrew Dakich of Michigan State's 2000 Championship team. He took over a department of his dad's company and made it bigger than the company so he's doing well for himself now.
Close behind Ishbia was John Whitledge, a guy who moved here from California and rooted for UCLA. Whitledge was faster than Ishbia by just a little, and had model looks. Last I heard he was a clothing designer.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Ask Joey if he remembers Cat||
Ask Joey if he remembers Cat Rychlinski. She married one of my best friends--has twins plus a newborn and lives in Kentucky now.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||When someone applies the||
When someone applies the adjective "real" to "fan" my eyes climb into the tippytoppomost of my skull. There they'll remain they can be coaxed down with promises of things either the sun or the daughter are doing.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I got far enough into that||
I got far enough into that game to reach a quest where you have to choose what to do about a pair of friends you discover have been hooking up. "Tell on them" is the answer that leads you to the most light points. There's your contrast between my view on the moral ambiguity of sex versus George Lucas's Paulish take on the same.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||yeah. Also expect a question||
Also expect a question in to YOU soon on an article about HSPs.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||From the podcasts. Brian||
From the podcasts. Brian calls them that all the time.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Close. You found the||
Close. You found the abandoned port-a-potties at base camp 1 in the foothills.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately, like||
Unfortunately, like quarterbacks, OSU has so much fan goodwill they can afford to burn off a ton without effect.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Wrong on all accounts. The||
Wrong on all accounts. The sentiment around here is has long been we need facilities, and are glad Michigan has the very best, and need recruits, and seem to be getting some damn good ones, and we need spring attendance, and are really happy that this one had it.
And lest you forget the movement to remove the guys who thought we'll win because we're MIchigan began here.
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||Let's let Beilein recruit||
Let's let Beilein recruit 3-stars and J.J. Abrams submit his take on Star Wars before bringing in the amateurs.
That I could come up with a far better plot than George Lucas for the prequels is an indictment of George Lucas more than anything else.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||It's contracts. 7 years is||
It's contracts. 7 years is the max length of a rookie contract, or how long he'll be restricted as a free agent. Guys who don't have it will peter out as teams give up on them, but teams will tend to hold onto assets they control; a guy who's just hanging on at the conclusion of that is less likely to be retained.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I've got a question in to||
I've got a question in to Battier, who's a facebook friend, to see if I can get him to pop into the thread and reminisce.
I've never actually met him in person (just seen him in Birmingham) but our mutual friends hit some critical mass a few years ago and he was reading my posts.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||People said C-Webb's DCD team||
People said C-Webb's DCD team was unbeatable but when I was in high school they had Shane Battier and a handful of other guys who went to D-I schools. They won every game like 100-12.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||For his era he was the best||
For his era he was the best hitter of any shortstop except Ripken* and the best fielder except Ozzie Smith. Trammell was as consistently good in every facet of baseball as Barry Larkin, and better in every single facet of baseball, at a more important position, than Ryne Sandberg. In a pitcher's era Tram was on pace for 12 years to finish over .300 until injuries decimated the last handful he stuck around for. Ironically if he'd done steroids like half the league and 75% of the guys his age still in baseball by the mid-'90s there'd be no question right now.
Of the players to go to the Hall since Trammell's first year on the ballot, I'd only put Maddux, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, and Cal Ripken again of Tram, though I wouldn't disclude the rest. Tram just happened to hit the list when people who hadn't watched him were doing most of the voting and this bullshit "good but not GREAT" label got slapped on him. What's a great shortstop then? Like four shortstops ever had better careers by the standards of the Hall of Fame than Alan Trammell. If a guy you're reading has a vote and doesn't give it to #3 he knows nothing about baseball and you should tell him you're not reading him anymore.
(And Halls of Fame are just museums to celebrate history of the sport and thus irrelevant in the scheme of things unless you're the kind of person who gets really upset over the disclusion of apatasours from dinosaur exhibits that claim to be comprehensive).
* Unless you want to count Yount as a SS but he split betweent that and OF
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Have you READ MGoBlog? I do a||
Have you READ MGoBlog? I do a fair enough job of keeping my rant on Alan Trammell to BlessYouBoys but surely you've noticed a rather hefty number of mentions of a certain slot receiver/cornerback/returner who gets like six snaps per game.