|9 hours 43 min ago||Yeah that article is||
Yeah that article is ridiculous:
There is so much wrong with this but let's start with Francis Scott Key. If you look at (some of) his work--not just the stuff he wrote while working for anti-abolishionists but the stuff he personally believed--he would seem like an awful person by modern standards. In his time though he was considered almost exactly mainstream, or a little bit left of it, since he was one of the most expensive lawyers in the country who nevertheless represented former slaves against their former owners for free. Judging historical figures by modern standards is so wrong it drives historians nuts like anti-vaxxers drive pediatrians nuts, but there's limitless fodder there if you're a sanctimonious writer from the future out to prove your moral righteousness.
That's a common mistake though. Casting the U.S. (if you know anything about Madison you'll know how ludicrous this is ) as expansionists is when this goes from dumb writer to blithering idiot who should be shouted off the internet for trying to poison the well of discourse.
That war was foremost about impressment, not Canada. Great Britain was in the midst of fighting Napoleon, and were therefore always short of manpower. So British ships were pulling American ships over on the high seas, claiming the Americans serving on them were British subjects, and forcing those men to serve in British ships. Many others they captured were taken to prison hulks (old navy ships), and then this hellish prison they built for them in Somerset in the middle of swampland.
At one point (the Leopard Affair), a British ship fired on the Americans after they'd pulled over, causing a major loss of life and limb. The British justified it because they said British sailors were joining American crews. Some were (my ancestor might have crossed over at Sault Ste. Marie this way), but that didn't exactly justify arresting another country's naval vessels and stealing soldiers (then forcing those solidiers to fight their own countrymen).
The U.S. invaded Canada but that was strategic, not expansionst. The U.S. Navy didn't hold a ball of tallow to the British fleet*, but Britain knew they were vulnerable in Canada. A successful invasion there wasn't meant to annex Canada but to force the British to sue for peace and sign a treaty to respect the national sovereignty of a neutral country on the high seas. American international expansionism wouldn't come until much later--the U.S. expanded into the frontier, obviously, but again, in their minds they had purchased that land from France fair and square.
* But our oversized, specially designed frigates made of American Live Oak could beat up anything that could catch them, and run away from anything they couldn't beat up.
|17 hours 49 min ago||Single tix are always cheaper||
Single tix are always cheaper than a pair together. You can probably find a $20 or even $10 ticket outside on Saturday. If you're trying to put her near where you sit though definitely go online. I bet Friday night through Saturday morning there will be a bunch of singles that go up for $40-$45. People get sick.
|4 days 13 hours ago||[Fmr OSU player] videotaped inside [a retail establishment]||
Let's not post every time Joshua Perry goes to Lowes.
|4 days 13 hours ago||We won all four years I was||
We won all four years I was there, and Michigan Daily's got an 11-0 streak going. State News however is 2-0 against potlucks.
|4 days 14 hours ago||(No subject)||
|4 days 15 hours ago||Should be fine now. Sorry I||
Should be fine now. Sorry I left "FTP" instead of http:// as the lead.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I pulled one play from that||
I pulled one play from that game for a future Neck Sharpies but Wormley did great on that one. I thought Henry and Hurst were getting abused by this because they were going upfield without affecting the blocker.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Yeah but we're not going to||
Yeah but we're not going to teach all the intricacies of zone combo blocking. This post is not meant for the coaching types, obviously. I imagine a pure reach block is rare indeed--you always get a little help from your friends because in zone you have to read the gap the defenders are attacking. As someone else mentioned, if the DT slants Braden has to take him and Cole can release on the MLB.
I just don't want to super confuse people. As Michigan's blocking gets more skilled they'll execute more interesting stuff and we'll be pointing out this or that guy is good because he reached a dude. That's what this is for.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Glad you like it. 1. Usually||
Glad you like it.
1. Usually they are strategic. In the case above Michigan is blocking like it's a zone-read but rather than optioning the DE they are reach blocking with Cole to seal that DE and DT both with one block, and blocking the rest like inside zone. A zone stretch might try to reach block with everybody on the line, and then each OL combo make tactical decisions based on how the DL lines up and reacts to blocking.
2. He can try. Once Glasgow has thrown the guy off balance and a yard away though that guy's dead.
3. I think I might address that in the future with an article on slanting. If the DL slants playside you can't really reach block him. If he slants under you then really your reach block just did him a favor since he intends to be on that side. This is one of those times where offensive linemen have to think on their feet and know what's happening to them. A really good offensive lineman who runs a lot of Zone will instantly recognize the slant and either quick seal or bury the guy coming into him, or ride the slanting DL out of his hole. At that point you are just using the DL's momentum against them. Still that proper reaction just puts you back to rock in rock. You called scissors and then had to abandon it because they called Rock. RPS-1
All these videos are on either my account or Brian's except for the tutorial. Brian did a lot of these articles back in 2007 and 2008 and those articles are pretty much dead now because the links are all dead and we can do so much more with video now in higher-quality. If we have to write these again in 8 or 9 years that's the internet.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Jake's mom buys HTTV every||
Jake's mom buys HTTV every year.* She didn't change her name.
*Yes compliance, she pays what everyone else does.
|1 week 5 hours ago||BRING THE PAN||
BRING THE PAN
|1 week 8 hours ago||Weirdly for Michigan, none of||
Weirdly for Michigan, none of those teams had a linebacker who'd really make a huge difference.
Are we supposing the player was on the team last year, or are we plopping a guy into this offense as a special Michigan State eligibility 9th year grad transfer scenario? Gardner with a year under Harbaugh would be special--Space Coyote's ass had a point or two but I think the overall argument sucks as much as Devin Gardner didn't.
Gardner's legs are better than Kaepernick's, and that changes the dynamics. Plus, we saw the Ohio State and Notre Dame games in 2013, when Gardner was making pre-snap calls and running simple plays and most post-snap reads were all "did Gallon stop there?" Harbaugh's offense isn't nearly as complex as Borges's, and most of the reads and calls are made pre-snap, something Gardner was much better at than the Borgesian post-snap progressions.
Gardner after 2014 was a mess though, and it was going to take at least a year to clean that game up. So if we're taking the grad transfer definition, it's Lewan. I trust Harbaugh will get a QB ready by the time we need one, and while Molk was a better college player, keeping Cole at center makes up the difference.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Great defensive line but can||
Great defensive line but can be exposed by a halfway decent aerial assault.
|1 week 4 days ago||As in if we do this one more||
As in if we do this one more time the peons will quit.
|1 week 4 days ago||The '70s ended?||
The '70s ended?
|1 week 4 days ago||It was a "we prepared it,||
It was a "we prepared it, let's use it" call.
|1 week 6 days ago||This is an awesome avatar.||
This is an awesome avatar.
|1 week 6 days ago||Most of my part of this||
Most of my part of this week's post I wrote from the backseat of a car on my android. Kinda--I'd already written up Ricky Jones and waited until slot receivers were coming off the board to spend the draft pick on him.
My time commitment to this (which might have, say, plausibly gone to a Neck Sharpies) was mostly watching Nebraska footage. In the process I gained a better feel for MSU's linebackers, Wisconsin's offensive line situation, and how Iowa calls offensive plays. This was all on "off hours" since my daytimes are mostly managing the site's business, clientete, and events.
The reason we are so prepared to talk about teams Michigan hasn't seen in years is because we put in that time to scout. For me personally, I would have spent that time playing NCAA 14 rather than watch Nebraska games if I wasn't motivated to solve my rush end problem when Ace jumped on the guy I was targeting. If you read this article and pass along to a friend that Newby is a really good player on Nebraska, and he blows up for 20 TFLs this year, you'll look pretty smart. If you'd done the same last year after I did even more scouting on Joe Schobert (for the same problem) you'd be hanging that prediction over your friends' heads right now.
And if you don't care, just don't read the post. There's an early jump and other stuff to read here.
|1 week 6 days ago||Look where Wilson is starting||
Look where Wilson is starting though. His bad angle made it worse, but you can't possibly expect him to come from 20 yards back to fill this before it's gone 8 yards. That's why it's an RPS play: Michigan is sitting in their base cover 1 with Wilson so far back he's not able to help.
|1 week 6 days ago||Brian does earn money when he||
Brian does earn money when he does the OSU UFR, since it brings readers and readers bring pageviews and pageviews translate to cold hard cash.
It was the contractual obligation, not the money.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah these picks were mostly||
Yeah these picks were mostly July 16-17, with Ace's final pick in this round (and his first pick of the next) on July 20.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Depends how happy you are||
Depends how happy you are that this was published. Matt bought in on this explicitly from the beginning demanding completeness. How many years has Brian skipped the OSU UFR?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Every player thinks about||
Every player thinks about transferring
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The link in question was a||
The link in question was a video that I watched 5 minutes of and didn't sense any effort. Nothing about making it a video made the content any more useful; it just had guys talking so the audience is more captive. If there was good info in there that I missed from someone qualified to generate it, I suggested the OP summarize and repost.
The B/R rule came about because Bleacher Report was blatantly ripping our stuff, and because they're the industry leaders in SEO and #content over content. Every once in awhile I check back in to see if they've decided to use all that capital to add something valuable, and have yet to find it. But the door stays open.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/pi|
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I already answered this|
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is just awful news.||
This is just awful news. Let's stay in touch re: the NY Union game so we can help promote it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Censorship is about||
Censorship is about controlling ideas--moderating is about controlling noise. The point is to have a board that doesn't annoy and turn off readers. If you're coming to MGoBlog every day and finding:
a) Drew Sharp claiming Harbaugh is washed up
b) Chatsports claiming Tom Brady did copious amounts of heroin at Michigan, and
c) A Bleacher Report clickbait slideshow of the 10 Guys We Could Think Of
...then you will shortly be a) pissed off, b) malinformed, and c) annoyed.
Then say you found a substantive article on Rivals and want to post it because they got a quote from a Michigan coach that totally refutes something I wrote in the last Neck Sharpies, and don't notice that it was posted 4 hours ago already because it's been shoved off the radar by all that crap.
Our value proposition to readers is you should come here expecting to find high-minded Michigan content that takes a lot of effort to produce. A lot of other sites' value proposition is they can use psychology to trick readers into giving them clicks for minimal effort.
I doubt you'll find a site more open to our conclusions being challenged. Most cries of "censorship" around here come from someone who gets a negative reaction from saying something incredibly dumb. Por ejemplo this actual exchange:
Note that nothing of his was deleted until he went into "I DON'T NEED A POINT I HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE SHIT UP!" mode. When the only good thing we can all agree on about your opinion is that you have the right to have one, you lose the right to annoy everyone with it here. We'll put up with, and even try to reason with, just about everything up to that point.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||don't have to report spam||
don't have to report spam posts you delete. Readers can report them here when they see them. Typical spammer lasts an hour.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's fine. Also once this||
Also once this thread falls off the front page feel free to go through and delete all the "daww, why can't I turn off 10% of your readership?" comments so we don't have to scroll through them all year.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||watched first 5 minutes and||
watched first 5 minutes and thought it was so awful it motivated me to finally post this year's mod sticky. But if you want to summarize and repost I'll let it stand.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bleacher report on Michigan||
...was predictably vapid.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||New Sticky||
On to 2016!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Summary||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||They have him back at LB on||
They have him back at LB on the roster.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||I don't know how I can hint||
I don't know how I can hint it better but he's not going to be taking over Taco's spot next year.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Long ago. We finished||
Long ago. We finished drafting weeks ago, except Ace still hasn't made his final pick.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Good call. That might be||
Good call. That might be Salim Makki.
But where's Cheeseman then? He and fellow LS Bradley Deeg are both #38 on the roster.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Embed|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Team photo weirdness||
People have noticed the two guys rumored to be involved in an off-field incident this summer aren't in the photo. There's a few others missing too, which I would not read much into. When I was trying to pull photos of the 1964 team for my opening graphic of the '64 article in 2014's HTTV I couldn't find one of the players I wanted and the Bentley guys said usually if there's a guy missing it's because he had class that day.
And I couldn't match two guys wearing #66, one in the 6th row, 5th from left:
and 7th row, 13th from left:
Here's my best attempt at matching names to those faces.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||He's not a receiver. He has||
To be eligible as a receiver TWJ has to have a number between 1-49 or 80-99.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There's a zero percent chance||
There's a zero percent chance of them not.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Also Adam Rittenberg and Todd||
Also Adam Rittenberg and Todd Howard. And MC'd by yours truly.
Somebody please remember to ask Todd in the Q&A how many kickoff return touchdowns he'd have had if he got to return kicks all four years. Remember:
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That would appear to be a||
That would appear to be a good sign. Either he's playing on defense or both he and Taco will be on special teams. Since he was originally projected higher as a SAM type and we never heard of him progressing at running back this is probably a good sign that he's not just going to be an injury loss.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Uh huh. Reminder that some of||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There are a handful left if||
There are a handful left if you order soon:
Or you can find them at any UGP store in Ann Arbor, Moe's, or Literati until they run out.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||We considered Boles but||
We considered Boles but "They'll never catch Tony Boles" kinda says it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure which thread but I||
Not sure which thread but I didn't sell advertising to them so if they were promoting something it probably got pulled for trying to use the board for free ads.
We don't have any deal with MDen currently other than covering them editorially because they're Michigan's official provider.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Rashan Gary's Mom sends out great tweet||
Board post links to aggregator site post that was just an embedded tweet of a screenshot of a tweet from a mom of a player who says her son is awesome.
Even in the depths of offseason this is waaaaaay past the marker for what's important enough to push another board entry down, and I say that with full knowledge that the thread it was preserving is "Nike to Make Harbaugh's Khakis."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Have you emailed me--(my name||
Have you emailed me--(my name at mgoblog.com)?
One of the reasons we sold out is I've had to replace so many copies that didn't come or came damaged and the kickstarter backers take priority.
I've been responding to what comes--usually within 24 hours.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah that tape is just him||
Yeah that tape is just him running through gaping holes. He has surprising acceleration for his size but his vision was never good. A lot of those highlights he cuts away from the his blocking then spins out of a tackle attempt by a high schooler. That did not translate well to college.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No, that's just a troll job.||
No, that's just a troll job. 11w guys still believe this is Ohio State's
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Not a terrible idea.||
Not a terrible idea.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||On a scale of max +5 (among||
On a scale of max +5 (among best coaches in football) to -5 (one of the worst) with 0 being an average Power 5 coach.
Not counting expansions (which saves us from having to consider two first-time head coaches and Mike Riley for whom I'd call my -1 generous, I have 1999 at +18 and 1998 at +20 over 2016 in this TOTALLY SCIENTIFIC (not at all scientific) comparison.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Couple things good and bad||
1981 also had Lee Corso at Indiana. But Jim Young, Muddy Waters, Joe Salem, Dave McClain...the bottom was baaaaaaad. Disqualified.
1984 Was considered a down year for the conference. Ohio State lost to Purdue and Wisconsin and won the Big Ten. Michigan was injured to hell. You've got Mike White on the list for '81 but not '84, when they finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten, and were coming off the 10-2 year when they swept the conference. I would count him for '84. However on the downside Purdue was in its third (and only bowl eligible) year under Leon Burtnett. And McClain is still dragging the conference down from Madison. So '84 is ahead of '81 but still not great.
Plus fuck George Perles. He was a career .500 coach who ran the dirtiest program in the conference and left State 0-11 and under sanctions. His "legacy" with the Steel Curtain was just teaching defensive backs to hold and get away with it. His one true skill was keeping guys who should be in jail on the football field. One of the most overrated coaches and underrated dickheads in state history.
1998 still wins so far.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Cam.||
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Illinois got Ron Turner at||
Illinois got Ron Turner at the end.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Correllation/Causation and||
Correllation/Causation and all but my article in 2014's HTTV covered the discrepency in SEC and Big Ten coaching hires and the conclusion was that the SEC was swinging for the fences with big money and hitting 50% of the time while the Big Ten was mostly going inexpensive and coming up with a 12% hit rate.
Proximity to talent matters, but head coaches matter A TON in college football, and like with recruits, a 5-star is no guarantee and a 3-star may end up great, but the investment in 5-stars pays off dramatically due to their much higher success rate.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||1998 or 1999||
1999 was probably as strong as the conference ever got. Almost every team's coach was one of the best coaches in that program's history, and a lot of them ended up Hall of Famers. Just look at this lineup:
If you go back one year you can substitute Ferentz for Hayden Fry(!) and Randy Walker for Gary Barnett, so 1998 has a good claim. Like the WORST guy on that list is a Bo Schembechler assistant who became a longtime NFL OC, onetime NFL HC, and is currently the OC for an SEC power program.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, part of the reasoning||
Yeah, part of the reasoning behind getting this article out this year was to have a tribute to Mac, and get his Michigan memories down before they're gone.
He's been dealing with memory issues for some time now but fortunately it's come along slowly.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I want to thank Belkin,||
I want to thank Belkin, makers of the , which just saved my forehead from being split open by repeated impacts with my desk.
Thank you Belkin.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||¯\_(ツ)_/¯||
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Glossary||
Love this thread. Note: we do have a glossary I try to keep up to date, if you ever have suggestions for things to add to it.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Keep in mind the round I just||
Keep in mind the round I just posted actually occurred around the 4th of July.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe Brian should have||
Maybe Brian should have ordered his entire staff to obsess over this YMRMFSPA for SIX weeks instead of the three we all spent watching old RB tape and trying to talk ourselves into comparisons that weren't correct.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Only Cazzie's number is||
Only Cazzie's number is officially retired; the others in the rafters are being honored but can still be assigned. Duncan Robinson wears 22 for example.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||PFF admitted their safety||
PFF admitted their safety ratings, like Brian's UFR numbers, are not very useful. Nate Gerry is a very good example of that because he wracked up pass pro points by getting targeted a lot, and lost a lot of them by being terrible at tackling. And he regressed last year.
The best safety in the conference may well be whoever is the new starter at Ohio State but we hate taking guys in position battles because it ends up looking bad if your player is on the bench.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||We've got Axel on the case.||
We've got Axel on the case.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Until we launch the new site||
Until we launch the new site (still in production) we're not going to make any substantial changes to this one.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The same way the Tigers, Red||
The same way the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions left WJR: they were dicks. Bill Martin was negotiating with them in good faith when MSU sensed an opportunity and offered to give WJR everything they wanted if they'd dump Michigan right away. I don't think Martin even got a chance to respond. Then he had to go to CBS hat in hand, and the current radio structure was born.
WJR thought they were naturally the kinds of sports radio in this town, so IMG went around proving them wrong. The Tigers and Red Wings were the biggest deal, because that gave the station 200+ games to broadcast all year long. Once that happened, 97.1 became the station Detroiters listen to for sports.
Sparty got their petty moment; WJR is now a wasteland. Since the deal comes up every 5 years this was Michigan's 2nd opportunity to take advantage of the shift and try to reposition themselves in the radio market as the big kahuna. The biggest thing standing in the way of that is 97.1 is full of Sparty slappies.
Sports talk's format lends itself well to hot takes and the morons who love them, so it's not too much of a surprise that Michigan State fans are a better fit. However it also means that if you're either a Michigan fan, have a functioning human brain, or both, you have to live on fuzzy bits of Sam & Ira or stream it.
Or download the MGoPodcast.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||My 2-year old will come up to||
My 2-year old will come up to me and go "Okay Daddy, I say 'Go' you say 'Blue'" and then we do the Go! --> <---Blue! pointing cheer. But she constantly messes up and starts saying "Go" so then I switch to "Blue."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||https://docs.google.com/sprea|
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Depends who you follow. I'm||
Depends who you follow. I'm mostly interested in Michigan recruiting and a few players that go to rival schools who are so good we'll have to face them more than once. I would personally prefer a site that gets an A in Michigan recruiting and averages a C across the country than get B Michigan coverage from a nationally B average site.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Nationally I would agree but||
Nationally I would agree but their Michigan scouting has, by the measure of finding starters, exceptional.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Miss by ESPN, who had him||
Miss by ESPN, who had him pegged for the kind of career that ends with only a few starts and no NFL. Rivals and Scout said he was a 4-star TE, the kind of guy you get multiple years of starter quality from. They were correct.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You have to judge these on||
You have to judge these on the actual ratings though. For example Hemingway was pretty good but not the first rounder they pegged him as.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'll send em to you when i||
I'll send em to you when i get a chance. I'll also edit that chart with a duplicate
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. The second book is||
Yes. The second book is signed and comes with the shirt.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Different. The book is||
Different. The book is painstakingly edited to convey the information succinctly. The previews come right before the season and Brian blurts them out with video links and tables--things the Internet is good at. The preview before the season will end up a lot longer actually.
But i do notice Brian will repeat or build on themes.
HTTV aims to be definitive; the late August previews aim to be thorough. Also they are in late August.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||I ordered the spreadsheet for||
I ordered the spreadsheet for printing the labels and stuffing the mags by:
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||We're not going to be||
We're not going to be motivated to research this nearly as much if it doesn't have the competitive aspect. And that research informs the rest of the season.
I've thought long and hard about Beilein's autobench policy and I believe he does have a rationale behind it: I think it's a program motivational tool. The players know about the policy, so if you're Spike Albrecht behind Trey Burke, you know that it doesn't matter if it's literally the National Championship game: you have a shot to get on the court. As fans we can sit back and say that's silly: Spike ought to be motivated regardless. But as I can attest personally with Draftageddon, that isn't how a human brain works. Competition and the chance to show up your comrades is a helluva drug, and every year it gets me to give up time with my family watching film, which serves you not just in a better Big Ten preview but as the year progresses with better information.
Anyway good points. Unfortunately you called Draftageddon a fantasy draft so I'm negging your ass for repeating the Draftageddon comment equivalent of "Caris is soft."
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||I skipped a Beathard photo||
I skipped a Beathard photo and went with my favorite of Glasgow.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||3 1/2 days in college.Awoke||
3 1/2 days in college.
Awoke Wednesday 8 a.m. with my usual 6 hours of sleep: History classes tended to have two semi-term papers and a big term paper, so the second half-term papers and the term papers were all due the same week, the week before finals. And I'd fallen behind in a French class and had some of the papers from that to make up to finish the class. I spent the week before putting together one big term paper, then did all the French ones boom-boom-boom-boom-boom from my last class (1pm) through the night.
24 hours awake: French class was 9-10. I chugged down cigarettes then accompanied my smoking friend to the top floor of the Union. She was the leader of a Native American group on campus that was occupying Michigamua's secret rooms that week and since I was curious to see the rooms (and yes of course I had a crush on her) I did that.
So I didn't get back to my place until about 4pm, kicking myself for wasting precious paper hours. It took me a few hours to get caffeinated and settled in, and I spent too long on one of the mini-papers. It was already 10pm and now I had two big papers and one little one still left to go. I gave myself an hour to do the other small one. It took me until 2 a.m.
48 hours awake: The first crack of sunlight gave me a second wind, so from 6am to 8am I had made up all the ground I'd lost staring at the screen and reading too much of the coursepack for quotes overnight, and finished one of the big papers at precisely 8 a.m.
That was due at 10, the other one at 4, but I didn't have it in me to start the last paper. I emailed the professor to say it would be late and attached/alluded to some research with an explanation that we'd only covered the period I was writing about at the very end of the course. Shit excuse, beating myself up.
I went to the Union, bought a rice bowl from the really crappy chinese food place that used to be down there, tried to get upstairs, couldn't get in, and then I dropped the contents of the rice bowl on the Angell steps. I went to class, and found there was no class--just a note to put the paper in the professor's mailbox.
This was a miracle--between that class and the section I didn't have to go to, I'd gotten back 3 hours to finish the last paper. I went home, downed another 2-liter of Coke, and typed the shittiest paper I'd ever written. My professor responded to my email around 2:30 that he wouldn't take it late so that free 3 hours saved my college career. I was still 20 minutes late to class, but I had the paper (it got a very undeserved C).
That class session was a Final review. I zoned out, and either dreamed or hallucinated a polar bear walking in and eating a Klondike bar. That ended around 6pm. I hadn't ingested anything but pop for all this time so I broke my No-Wendy's rule and ate Wendy's, incidentally meeting Shantee Orr in line (you'd have no idea he played DE; he was shorter than I am, and built more like a running back). Then I walked home planning to crash, but at this point i was so wired up with caffeine and cigarettes I couldn't sleep--just stare at the TV for hours with a blanket on.
Around 11pm my friends made me get up because they were having an epic awesome drinking time one floor above me, so I kind of sat on the floor in there like a rag doll. Drinking while that tired gave me a weird high and the night descended into one of those nights we still talk about: a sermon on the evils of Swedish fish and "flippin' fornication material" (futon chairs). One friend lost his poli sci girlfriend when she got fed up trying to argue politics with the one guy you shouldn't do that with. We broke into and ran around Michigan Stadium, which had a section torn up for repairs. We wore beer boxes on our heads. We mixed RC Cola and Richard's Wild Irish Rose. NEVER DO THIS!
36 hours awake: The sun rose on us as we were on the train tracks. I kept thinking various dark spots in the wood chips were good places to lie down. My cargo shorts were weighed down with something heavy I'd found that was cutting my leg with every step. Then one of the guys mentioned Fleetwood. We had two hard and fast rules: You can't bring up Fleetwood before 4 a.m., and if you bring up Fleetwood we all have to go. That morning, sitting outside at Fleetwood, was the day I became a coffee drinker.
I still have the bit of Michigan Stadium concrete though.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Braden got a horseshit||
Braden got a horseshit holding call on 1st down.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Hey Julian, yeah there||
Hey Julian, yeah there is.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Such is life in screen city.||
Such is life in screen city.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm leaving this thread up||
I'm leaving this thread up just so I can refer to its existence sometime in the future.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||They're very different. A 5th||
They're very different. A 5th year you just have to convince your conference that he was hurt one year. But a 6th year requires you to submit a formal case to the NCAA and have a special committee review your case to waive their 5 years to play 4 rule. That case has to show the player was too injured to play both seasons, and the rules specifically say a redshirt year cannot count, and use the example of a player performing on the scout team for when a player is not eligible.
Clemons got a 5th year the same way Gardner did--he played then they made up an injury. The way they got a 6th year was by submitting contemporaneous medical reports claiming Clemons was too hurt to play for all of 2011, and they had those because they had already pulled a Devin Gardner to get him eligible LAST year. Ironically this is what made the 6th year possible.
With Ed Davis they're going a huge step further since medical records would have to be forged long after the fact to turn his redshirt year into a medical hardship year, and there is ample evidence on their own friggin website to show he was able to play all year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I think they're counting on||
I think they're counting on the fact that a lot of schools (yes including Michigan) do it to get 5th years on freshmen who played a few snaps early in the year. Until Brian Cole left the program Michigan was going to get one of those fake injury medicals on him if you want a recent example. Gardner is the classic example because yeah right back injury uh huh.
However I don't think anyone's tried this gambit with the NCAA before. Getting a 5th year is an informal process of having the conference approve it, and the conferences generally want to keep the players eligible. But submitting falsified documentation to the NCAA is a big gamble since you don't know how used they are to looking sideways at such transgressions. And it's a committee that doesn't necessarily want you to have those players.
It's the difference between telling your local police officer that you were going the speed limit when you got in your accident versus telling the FBI you were going the speed limit when you damaged a military vehicle. Both are crimes but your local cop is likely used to letting drivers off, but who knows how the Feds will react if they find out you're lying.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||It's B.S. but fortunately just the usual B.S.||
So....Clemons wasn't really hurt in 2011. Here's an article from the bowl practice that season where Narduzzi is talking about the true freshmen they're redshirting:
Dantonio also brought up Clemens in late January as a guy competing on DL, again with no hint of an injury that would have held him out that season: http://alumni.msu.edu/newsarticle.cfm?id=431
However there's a mention in a 2012 rivals article that Clemons played against CMU in 2011 "but retained his redshirt." That means they came up with an injury that year, which is a common enough practice. The NCAA let themselves be made rubes in using that as a basis for a 6th year, but at least they're going with a precedent. It also means MSU was prepared back in 2011 to present a medical case for Clemons being unable to compete as a true freshman. So it wouldn't require fabricating new records long after the fact like it would for Davis.
That means this ruling doesn't signal Ed Davis will get his 6th year, but it suggests how MSU is going to try: ironically to get the 6th year of eligibility they have to show he PLAYED in 2011 The problem is there is no evidence Davis played a snap in 2011, and since Davis was just normal-redshirting they would have had to have had some major foresight to fabricate medical documentation.
If they did, it suggests they were doing that for a lot of players, which is not only a MAJOR major violation, but the conspiratorial nature would up it to nuclear levels. I twittered today with a D2 compliance guy who writes on compliance issues and the gist of that conversation was that MSU's liability if caught making up injuries and presenting them in a 6th year case is "huge." The ol' play him them shelf him gambit is common, but getting caught would be more than a Tressel-level offense.
This whole thing is still very weird but unless Davis is actually cleared for a 6th year in fall it seems it's still just the usual weird.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||Michigan State's old helmets||
Michigan State's old helmets
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||I bet 2008 me would read who||
I bet 2008 me would read who got selected and the writeups on Michigan guys and one or two players I've heard of. Then one day I'd be in the men's room on vacant 4th floor and read like the entire 14th and 15 round on my phone and spend the rest of the season saying intelligent things about Nebraska OL.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||If we ever get PFF's numbers||
If we ever get PFF's numbers we might use them to judge it. Who won last year was too obvious to have a vote.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||<---this guy right here.||
[click makes big]
Lotta injuries last year but I waited to draft my front four until late while focusing on putting together the best offense by far, and then all those DL plus Schobert blew up. Meanwhile State's secondary imploded, and the carnage took out all my competion.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||I got tired of arguing the||
I got tired of arguing the same points, particularly the nonsense about this being just some guys' fantasy draft. I read this site for years while doing real work and skipped things I didn't feel I needed to know. Some people like it, and for those who don't it's free content they can skip.
For one, we're not going to stop doing it because it's the kind of thing we'd want to read and that's always been the guiding principle.
For two this preps us to cover the upcoming season, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I wouldn't put a quarter of the effort into it if we weren't doing it publicly. FFFF and Opponent Watch and opponent previews and Neck Sharpies all year are informed by the research we do in the offseason while trying to win the fake title of most informed MGoBlogger.
Skipping it is fine. Whining about getting this instead of Neck Sharpies is self-defeating, because I learned a lot of what goes into those posts while doing this.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Interested to know where Neck||
Interested to know where Neck Sharpies, Dear Diary, FFFF and the rest fall in this graph.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Oops. He wrote them up||
Oops. He wrote them up together so i was trying to splice and missed a spot.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Email me. All I can tell from||
Email me. All I can tell from you posting on here is your email address, which does not match any kickstarter orders. THere are 5 people whose credit cards were declined whom I tried to contact.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Soon. I was nearly done but||
Soon. I was nearly done but the opponent preview boxes were illegible and adding a good meg and a half in memory. So I have to rewrite all those, but I took yesterday off and spent today trying to track down addresses (and mowed my lawn).
|10 weeks 2 days ago||seth at [this site]||
seth at [this site]
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Well, you're getting just a||
Well, you're getting just a signed copy so I'm not needing your address yet. If you filled out that google form you're good to go.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Why yes there is, totally||
Why yes there is, totally unscripted person asking for a link to my product.
You can get the book pre-ordered for $15 or the digital edition now for $5.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Forward it. Seems fair.||
Forward it. Seems fair.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't. No no no I don't||
No no no I don't believe you.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I skip right to my article,||
I skip right to my article, find a mistake we missed in 10 read-throughs, and torture myself over it for 365 days.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||FYI this will only affect a||
FYI this will only affect a few people who downloaded it super-fast but I thought the opponent at a glance boxes were illegible at the resolution I printed it at so I've replaced those pages. It added about a MB and a half to the PDF. If you redownload it now you'll have the higher res version.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Pre-sale for print copies is||
Pre-sale for print copies is on now: http://mgoblogstore.com/collections/frontpage/products/ttv-2016-football-preview-magazine
We'll put the digital edition for sale early next week. Kickstarter backers get it first.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||email me. [my name] at [this||
email me. [my name] at [this site]
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Kickstarter only today. We'll||
Kickstarter only today. We'll make the digital edition purchaseable on the store next week but those who backed us get it a weekend early in gratitude.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Please proceed in an orderly||
Please proceed in an orderly fashion to your nearest inbox.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||For now, kickstarter people.||
For now, kickstarter people. I'll put the PDF for sale at the same time as the e-Book, which I just finished tonight.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Book is donw so once i put it||
Book is done so once i put it together, the PDF version of HTTV will be in inboxes for all the kickstarter backers, probably tomorrow.
Mentioning it now so people know when to expect it.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Dude...||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Hahha sounds right.||
Hahha sounds right.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes and I found it humorous||
Yes and I found it humorous that this is how his assistants refer to him.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||Ohio State Shamelessly Using Tebow in Promotional Material||
Like Harbaugh uses Alex Smith?
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||My sarcasm meter may be on||
My sarcasm meter may be on the fritz. This is sarcasm, right?
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||I think it's fair to hold||
I think it's fair to hold Rivals and us too accountable for printing quotes that misrepresent the state of things. Recruiting is a subject matter that requires a lot of room for error, but it's still our job as journalists to try to pry out the truth, not just relay things verbatim without context.
Sometimes a player says something that is very exciting if you take it standing alone, but in context of his actions (visits, communication, tenor of his social media, whom he follows, whom he talks to most often, whom he's talking to at that moment, etc.) it conflicts with what the reporter ought to know the reality to be. You can still share the quote, but note that this is the first indication that Michigan is a contender, and as of yet it shouldn't be taken at face value. And it's not worth a headline--it's a throwaway comment that you include in a roundup and say "we will let you know if and when we think Michigan's really in it."
Marvin Wilson's recruitment has been trending south forever, and one quote printed without context is bad journalism for the sake of clicks.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know how much insider||
I don't know how much insider access there is to give. Reid came on the show with us once I guess? He does sell a very specific thing, so getting his name out there doesn't necessarily turn into instant business. But he's been around a while now, and will keep being around, and he's a good dude who intends to be part of this Michigan community for a long time, so it's a good fit, and I do think it'll see a payoff eventually. Still, I ask him every time "are you getting business from this?" and he's always "nah, I'm supporting the blog." I don't think any other advertiser is like that, really. Reid's the shit.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||There are a ton of charities.||
There are a ton of charities. It would get ridiculous if people just posted them. So even that we ask that it's run through us.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Just contact me. My name @||
Just contact me. My name @ this site dot com. The simple and short answer is advertising is a thing you have to buy.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Today's email went to the||
Today's email went to the Shirt+ levels and the signed copies.
If you're just getting 1, 2, or 10 books I used Kickstarter's survey system, so that went out a week ago.
Also 2/78 "SIG" backers, 40/328 "THE SHIRT" people, 14/68 "THE PATRON" people and 6/18 "THE SPEECH" folks filled out surveys despite being told not to.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||All that means is you won't||
All that means is you won't be able to get back into those links if there's a problem with your order. You'll have to email me or use your browser history or...I dunno...phone a friend or something. Mwuahahahahahahahah u are peeyooonished.
Did you at least select Monkey Rodeo?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Asbergers (or as the latest||
Asbergers (or as the latest DSM terms it, being on the spectrum) is very different than what this hack is suggesting. The spectral metaphor is a good one because an enormous chunk of humanity are a little bit tinted that way, but not enough that their socialization can't smooth it over.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||It was bound to pop up again||
It was bound to pop up again and again so I just debunked it in the title and OP.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Yes and you owe me a||
Yes and you owe me a sentence. Cumong old, you're holding up the whole Thank you page!
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Shit. I bumped Misopogal up||
Shit. I bumped Misopogal up to a moderator status so she could do it, but you're right, it's plural. NOW what?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Florida was not a very tough||
Florida was not a very tough offense.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||Not even a comparison.||
Not even a comparison. Patriots.
If GS goes out it'll be more like the 1996 Red Wings.
|14 weeks 17 hours ago||The kinds of things you point||
The kinds of things you point out to lay folk in an article like this are not at all helpful to an opponent. This is all elementary. The coaches go into way more detail at coaching clinics that everyone goes to.
That is especially true for this article. Brown defends this about the same way Dantonio and most everybody does. I even showed you how the three basic things defenses do are the same exact things he wrote in his playbook. You tell Urban Meyer that Michigan recruited a high-acceleration, highly intelligent future WDE as a spread beater and he'll be like "Uh, well darn, I guess we have to play football." Might as well point out to the political campaigns that this ad or that is trying to excite the base. It's like Duh.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Shuffle by the DE made the||
Shuffle by the DE made the handoff not a sure thing. Quarterbacks will naturally trust themselves more than their RBs. One of the things that made Pat White so effective is he would really let the play develop.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||I thought so too until Rich||
I thought so too until Rich Rod corrected someone else who thought that. Lemme try to find the quote.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||THIS sunday? I don't think||
THIS sunday? I don't think all the articles will even be in. In fact I'm almost sure they won't be.
(they were due a month ago but, you know...)
July 4 weekend for kickstarter backers is the goal. PDF version of the actual book will come out before that for kickstarter backers. I'll have a digital edition on Kindle and iBooks soon after.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Take this as my opinion,||
Take this as my opinion, though one formed by now 8 years of being in the same business: Sam and Steve are vastly underpaid.
Sam makes most of his living off of WTKA. Lorenz ought to have a nicer house than me. The subscription model is about equal to the be the biggest site and sell ads model as far as bringing in dollars. The reason 247 and Scout are able to kick ass right now is because they have the best players under contract for far less than they're worth.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Since we've been||
Since we've been self-publishing:
2012: Denard Robinson
2013: Taylor Lewan
2014: Jake Ryan
2015: Jim Harbaugh
Until last year we always had a current athlete. As WD noted, every publication that covers collegiate athletics puts players on their covers. The fair use argument for using a photo of a person you are writing about is on extremely sound footing. HTTV will have Jabrill on the cover as long as I'm the editor of it.
As for the Kickstarter image, let's just say I don't have any relationship with Disney, so if they decide they have a problem with it I won't hold back.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Typically if I see a||
Typically if I see a political bumper sticker on your car I will think less of you. But there's a guy in my neighborhood with a '72 vette and a vintage McGovern-Shriver sticker on it. I thought that was pretty cool.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I think the argument is||
I think the argument is football is worth it. I think you have to weigh the pros vs the likely cons. It's not just head injuries--football players deal with injuries their whole lives after. They're also generally more successful in life because of the things football instills in you. It's a decision that should be made with all the information, and on an individual basis, and made from scratch at every level, because those risks increase with each step.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Oh they're still around, but||
Oh they're still around, but they're hanging out in the Hail to the Victors team previews these days:
If you want 'em you've got one week to get them.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||To catch you up I wrote an||
To catch you up I wrote an article last year on redshirting decisions at UM dating back to the 1993 class (data are here) and Lanknows argued some in the comments then wrote a full diary, so I fisked that in Dear Diary and then we got into it in the comments again.
Original is here: http://mgoblog.com/content/h4-burned-redshirts-order-argh
To summarize the better parts of arguments as I understood them, Lanknows said there's value in not auto-redshirting because of competition, and I agreed; and he said there's value in getting snaps if you're going to play soon and I agreed; and he said clearing out players faster gets you more recruiting opportunities and I disagreed.
At this point we are just really arguing about what to do with the players who aren't going to get many snaps and aren't going to affect more than 1 or 2 plays a year. And not QBs or OL. Like we'd probably disagree on EMB this year--I don't think he's arguing for Brandon Peters to play this year, and I already said in this article that at least two of the receivers ought to play.
To the first two points I said that's a value judgment you make on an individual basis and I think he agreed. To the last point, I said a redshirt is an option you can only exercise once, so there's value in retaining it as an asset. If you get to Year 5 and the guy can't play, you can send him off with a handshake and offer the next worst player on your recruiting radar.
So that's where we went off the rails. I had an exhaustive list of 5th year seniors who contributed, and he wouldn't accept the stock option analogy, and that took 40 rounds. I do think this is the first time he's brought Urban Meyer's honesty into the equation.
There's one more point he should have made, which is a 5th year guy is usually able to grad transfer, so when you make your decision on cashing in your asset remember he could potentially leave and play immediately for anyone else that year. But that's a rarity. Usually if you have a 5th year player in line to start and you're still the guy coaching him, he's going to play for you.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't disagree with any of||
I didn't disagree with any of Harbaugh's redshirts last year. Did you? I mean:
Often a coach's first class will play early because of greater attrition and getting guys he wants to fulfill a certain role, and this was conservative by the standards of the last three Michigan coaches. They got redshirts on Malzone, Gentry, Wheatley, Ulizio, Runyan, S.Johnson, R.Jones, Washington, and even the kicker, Andrew David. They even got a redshirt on Shane Morris! And when Brian Mone was available for Florida (and chomping at the bit to play vs OSU) they held him out then too so he'd get his full medical year.
I can't complain about any of those decisions. Newsome maybe a little more now that he had such an awful spring game but it's not fair to use my perceptions from now when at the time I thought it made sense.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Well shit if Urban Meyer says||
Well shit if Urban Meyer says a thing it must be true, even if he immediately belied it.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not going 40 rounds with||
I'm not going 40 rounds with you on redshirts again. You are still wrong:
|15 weeks 4 days ago||40 frames hast the moment of||
40 frames hast the moment of zen.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon was fully embraced in||
Brandon was fully embraced in the middle of the losing, when he pimp-handed the NCAA. We started getting very loud noises coming from inside the department before 2011, but around the time of The Process, opinion had begun to shift on Brandon.
Even before that, in 2010, Brandon wanted to move Michigan-Ohio State to midseason. The idea made it rain angry emails, and Brandon fired back the first of the responses that ultimately ruined him. He floated that awful cartoonish mascot. He played Pump Up the Volume over the band. He scheduled Appalachian State.
This is all in 2011, before the team had played a down under Brady Hoke. If App State was the shift point in public opinion on Dave Brandon, you can't really argue it was about the winning. By the time Michigan finally ended Ohio State's streak, we'd already gone to war.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yes and no. The guys who get||
Yes and no. The guys who get that info, particularly Lorenz and Sam, are what's valuable, not the sites themselves. If the subscription model collapsed, we'd snatch those guys up and print the same stuff for free.
I ran into TomVH yesterday and we talked about how different the business is today than when we both got started here. Blogs used to be on the outside looking in, and every site was out there trying to outdo each other in the tiny morsels that fell to them.
Now it's an ongoing conversation as we try to piece the puzzle together from all these different sources, with the subscription sites still publishing whatever they brought to the table, but with better insight into what it means, and a better shot at ferretting out the bogus stuff. Rivals hired both guys we ever tried to give Tom's beat, but by not competing in that sphere we don't have to compete for info, so we get all of it.
So today it's less like the old journalism model and more like colleagues in an academic field, where the archaeologists are publishing their findings and the professors write secondary sources, but everyone (or most everyone) is talking behind the scenes to get it right. If you're a serious student of that field, you pay to get at the primary sources. If you're casual, you download the podcast, which inevitably makes you desire more info so you buy the primary sources. I think it worked out better for everyone, except those who decided to keep going it alone.
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||We're aware but can't fix. It||
We're aware but can't fix. It works on the mobile app apparently
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||moved up because we were getting thin||
We are getting thin so I'm moving the response up here.
What if Michigan was discovered by Ponce de Leon
Southern schools would benefit too from satellite camps. FSU should hold them in Ohio and LA and Houston, or join another big time program who does. If the SEC was smart they'd band together and do a satellite tour of their own, and drag ESPN along for the ride. Just because there's more per capita talent in the south that hardly means all the football is there; not even half of it is.
If's are dangerous--demographics and economics and history put things where they are. That said, if you transported Ann Arbor to Jacksonville, it still comes with Jim Harbaugh, and he'd almost certainly be pushing satellite camps as well, because Michigan still has more money and a harder working coach, and satellite camps are one way to use those things to Michigan's advantage. He'd still have a camp in Saban's backyard.
Don't forget one of the biggest and oldest satellite camps in the country is Sound Mind Sound Body, which is a camp Michigan and Michigan State put together. This didn't start as a raid on Southern talent; satellite camps have been a Michigan thing for awhile. What turned them into a national issue was James Franklin dabbling his toes in the "we don't take kindly" region, and Harbaugh blowing the doors off. To the rest of Americans, selling your thing elsewhere in America is just America: state to state, no papers. At the core of the issue, there's nothing here except the South is offended at the idea of fancy pants (or ahem Wal-Mart khakis) carpetbaggers comin' down and pilfering their precious footballers. In MI America, that happens because you deserve it.
The relative value of the status quo to Florida
Why should Michigan care if the value of satellite camps are higher to Michigan than, say (using an example we probably both hate) Florida? Fuck Florida. Michigan wants to beat Florida for recruits, stomp 'em in bowls, and oh yeah we play them soon too. This is a competition, not a beautillion ball (I actually don't know how beautillion balls work so I may be totally wrong about that).
The "relative" value is that Florida merely exists in closer proximity to more talent than Michigan. Florida relatively benefits from a system in which you can only hold camps within 50 miles of your campus, because they have a wealthy 50 mile radius. Florida also relatively benefits from a rule that states only Florida can have camps, period.
Those relative values are meaningful only to Florida. That is why Michigan's argument for satellite camps is all about what the players benefit.
Mere proximity doesn't give Florida a right to first dibs. If Michigan holds a camp at Disney World and runs off with Mickey and Minnie's son, well, Michael Mouse Jr. goes to a better school that was a better fit, Michigan gets a better player than the scholarship would otherwise have gone to, and boo hoo Florida has one less spot in their class filled.
It's all the same whether Michigan or Florida gets better at football, but Florida's advantage happens to coincide with the players' disadvantage, while what Michigan wants and what the players want are in alignment. Nobody cares, Florida. Nobody cares, Michigan. The players benefit from the camps; that's what matters.
No Papers vs. Freeze's summer vacation
When you say "current model" it's unclear what other model you are talking about. There's the one Hugh Freeze put forth where you can invite sub-Power 5 schools but not Power 5 schools, but that again just cuts off the value to the players, and serves only the interest of regional schools afraid they won't be the local kids' only choice. So there are two models without banning satellite camps: the AMERICA I WILL BUY A WINNEBAGO AND DRIVE STATE TO STATE NO PAPERS? NO PAPERS. model, and the THINK OF HUGH FREEZE'S CHILDREN model. If there's another, by all means propose it.
As for proliferation, you just saw how that works when Rutgers called Ohio State and tried to hold a camp the same day as Michigan's in NJ. Result: the parents are pissed. That is not ideal, and since the sensitivity of those parents matters to the schools tha puts a cap on how many camps can be held. As markets do, this will settle out, probably with Michigan in good position for being the early adopter, and whatever school figures out how to make them more valuable for the players also in good position.
Money is not equal, nor does it have to be
The free market isn't perfect, but it should remain the default. What needs defending is not the liberty to spend your money on stuff you want--freedom is the base assumption, and any limitation on freedom has to have a much better reason than protecting unfair advantages in the status quo.
I'm already tiptoeing around politics here by talking about free markets and such, but the general American consensus when it comes to buying stuff with your money is you can buy whatever you want until it affects the rights of another. If the result of Michigan spending what Florida can't afford is that Michigan finds more kids who wanted to go to Michigan, okey dokey. You're allowed to use money to compete.
I will be the first to admit that college football is royally unbalanced. Eastern Michigan has a 0.00000% chance of ever winning the national title they nominally compete with Alabama for every year. There are only a handful of elites sitting on ungodly gobs of money, and a bunch more bourgeosie spending themselves to bankruptcy to keep up the fiction that they're also nobility.
By your own admission, satellite camps aren't going to change that. What they do is provide a small advantage for a super wealthy school with a coach willing to put in the time. Effect on the market: nil. Eastern Michigan remains Eastern Michigan.
What's Best for College Football (read: Hugh Freeze's kids)
When you get into "what's best for college football" are you asking what is best for parity? Because Michigan has a gap to close with Ohio State, Alabama, and an unfair disadvantage with a host of other schools because we have a compliance department that's actually functional (I won't claim perfect, but it's closer to that than to Ole Miss).
This may seem off topic, but we're talking about the same regulatory body here. If the NCAA was the EPA, they'd be letting coal-fired power plants ignore all the laws on the books, then hammering a solar company for giving away free solar panels to coal power customers. Different issues, certainly, but coal and solar are competing for the same electric bills, and the arbitrary enforcement is changing the dynamics of the market for reasons unrelated to the public good.
What's best for the majority of D-I schools is access to a wider pool of talent. That's why the SEC had to play Floridian politics to get the ban passed, and why it got overturned entirely by a body that usually rubber-stamps such things. There's only a small minority of flagship state schools in talent-rich states who are better off if they could prevent access to out-of-state schools. They happen to be the same schools spittin' coal dust and telling the rest of us to choke on it, so fuck 'em.
College football is totally fine as long as they can put it on TV and keep the money (a whole different argument). In fact it is more than fine. It is so spectacularly awesome right now that small schools dump most of their other men's teams then charge fees to their students to have way more college football than they should be able to afford.
Work in JULY? What is this, America?
As for the coaches who have to work harder because June and July is suddenly part of the "recruiting calendar", those are the same guys who have been the primary beneficiaries of all this wealth. I just wrote an article about how ludicrous it was that Texas A&M offered Bo a quarter of what is now average for a mid-major head coach. Assistants even make over $1 million.
The kids themselves would prefer satellite camps to any other part of the recruiting process. You spoke earlier here about blue chips not wanting to attend. You probably don't know many blue chips. Those I know are all manically competitive. They got to be the elites because they can stretch their talent further. Jourdan Lewis is one of the best corners in the country, and he was a 4-star as a high schooler, but he got that 4 stars by going to camps and competing his ass off. The camps aren't just about the 2017 kids--they are often the place where a sophomore or junior gets noticed for the first time.
I'll let you fall on your sword when the 5-stars do show up to camps, but once again Donovan Peoples-Jones, one of the best WRs in his class who could go anywhere, was the recruit at the center of the player movement to overturn the ban.
What the satellite camps replace are the 7-on-7's that have been proliferating since the 1990s. Those are run by often less than savory dudes, and the coaching instruction is sub par. Power 5 coaches are some of the best in the country, comparable only to the NFL guys, and then a lot of the NFL coaches are long removed from when they had to spend a majority of their time drilling fundamentals. They're who are setting the demand for these things, and any restrictions have to first demonstrate that they're not just screwing those kids out of something there's no reason they shouldn't have.
Don't be shortsighted
Your faux concern for Michigan's ROI is well noted. Thank you for caring. What is the address of your place of business so we can send the thank you for caring card?
I admit I have an ulterior motive for wanting your address: if you happen to work for a tradeable company I may want to short your stock, since you don't seem to have put much thought into long-term investment or real value.
You harped on 50% (give or take) of every championship team being built of 4- and 5-stars..."blue chips." First of all who's to say that 15-year-old DE throwing his barely pubescent body at registered voters won't be Rashan Gary in a few years?
Second: JUST FIFTY PERCENT! Where's the other half of your team going to come from? Recruiting stars matter in the aggregate but they also have a huge margin of error. Highlight reels don't show inconsistency, or problem areas. The sites tend to rate guys with early growth spurts who went to THEIR camp higher, then forget to adjust much. Very successful coaches routinely say stars don't matter because coaches don't have the luxury of being half as wrong as stars are.
Their evalutations are meticulous, and often they are looking at things that other coaches aren't, for example Josh Uche, a find out of Miami, probably won't be an NFL defensive end, but he excellent skills that translate to being a weapon against college zone reads. Michigan and Florida both needed that badly--if D.J. Durkin hadn't been at Florida before Michigan would never have known about Uche.
Long-term the benefits are immeasurable; that doesn't mean you throw them out. Meeting coaches, meeting young players who may blow up in one or two years, and even if the local 5-star guy doesn't come his best friend the 3-star nose tackle may.
It is, as many satellite camp opponents have noted with cynicism, a sales tour. Actually I'd liken them more to trade shows. I'm certain in the history of American business, some belt-tightening bureaucrat upstairs thought that trade shows should no longer be necessary now that telegraphs exists. This is still wrong. Every year no matter how much you can learn about gadgets and whizpoppers online, and no matter how recognizable their brand may be, General Electric goes all around the country buying up acres of floor space at things shows, half of which they put on themselves. And every time they do so, some local contraptionamawhatsit company asks why GE bothers to spend all that money just in hopes of selling maybe one small contraptionamawhatsit.
GE thanks him for his concern; will you be at WEFTEC, RemTEC, AWWA, A&WMA, IFAT, The Power Show, World of Concrete, Distrubutech, IPPE, Photonics West, PGMA, IPC APEX, AAPEX, RSA, Aviation Week, JEC, Bio Expo, Semicon, Glassbuild, and Power-Gen? Because we're going. In fact I think we shall buy a pickup truck. And drive it State to state. With no papers.
|16 weeks 16 hours ago||Thanks for making a||
Thanks for making a case.
Regarding ROI: That's up to the schools. Michigan has more money than it can legally spend, so from Michigan's perspective any time money can be used to an advantage, that's a good thing. If it's super expensive that just means we can do it and other schools can't. $20,000 for one or two contributors that would have otherwise gone to non-contributors? Sold.
Regarding the recruiting calendar: If you ask the players themselves, the #1 thing they like about the recruiting process, normally, are the camps. As much as the NCAA likes to pretend otherwise, these are uber-elites who've dedicated their lives to excelling at this one thing, and the chance to show that off live, as well as get instruction from some of the best coaches in the country (and get a feel for their coaching sytles), is eleventy bazillion times more valuable to them than letters or texts or even in-home meetings. Coaches don't necessary like having to work in the summer, but they long ago stopped making teachers' salaries.
Let's be frank about this: the biggest problem Southern schools have with these camps is it increases the nationalization of recruiting, which does not benefit the schools in closest proximity to the most talent.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||My text string with my mom is||
My text string with my mom is 12% me asking her to turn the f'ing phone sideways when she takes a video.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I covered this in Dear Diary||
I covered this in Dear Diary when it came out too. Anyway it's awesome so letting the thread stick.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Blaming the manager in||
Blaming the manager in baseball is like blaming the student manager in football. Yes if he's doing a bad job it can affect the team, but the difference between the best and worst manager in baseball is probably something like a game a year.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||You asked for an example and||
You asked for an example and I gave you the first one off the top of my head. The burden of proof goes both ways and so far I haven't seen you produce one convincing argument other than you "believe" satellite camps are worthless.
if you can build a case for why satellite camps are not worth the effort expended on them, do so, because the world is already operating as if they are, and you've been provided ample evidence for why that is. It's high time you offered some.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Yes dude and you are done now||
He was a QB before the spread had taken root. Next time I talk to him I'll get the full story but the gist is Michigan found him by attending a camp in Pennsylvania and decided to offer then figure out his position later. His ratings climbed over the course of his senior season due to an electric highlight reel.
I think you've been thoroughly answered now. It's not hard to prove that scouting is important in recruiting, or that seeing players in person helps in their recruitment. I have a strong sense now that you came in here hoping to have an argument for your position, not test its validity. I think you should stop now since your horse is good and dead.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Steve Breaston.||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"It all helps" answers it.||
"It all helps" answers it. Every rep in practice isn't the one that locks in the muscle memory that is triggered to win The Game. But every rep could be. Satellite camps expand the pool of players they evaluate and have personal interactions with, including the blue chips. Michigan has gotten camp commits as long as there have been camps. Plenty of them were contributors. The value of this isn't hard to prove, short or long term.
In the short term it also got the SEC and some other schools we compete with to look like lazy anti-student fools. The Big Ten and Harbaugh especially will get to hold that episode over their heads for years. Think Donovan Peoples-Jones feels the same way about the SEC after his mom wrote the petition to reverse their rule?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||it all helps.||
it all helps.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Sample sucks. Map is||
Sample sucks. Map is irrelevant.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah I got so frickin bored||
Yeah I got so frickin bored by that movie. Fortunately never watched the 2nd.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Into the Woods was a play not||
Into the Woods was a play not a book. And this particular play makes all sorts of references to the theater that are lost--along with the point--when translated to celluloid.
The cheapness of the production and awfulness of the characters are intrinsic to the production. There are really three ways to play Into the Woods:
Anyway in all three versions the whole idea is to make the cheap production charming (or at least bearable for parents who have to lose an evening to watching 7-year-olds act). Putting it on screen loses the whole point of it.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||it's not even close||
Only time I've ever walked out of the theater. No redeeming qualities. Also I don't recommend any MST3K movies without the robots. I had that fan moment when I decided I wanted to watch the real film once and OH MY GOD.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||none of us drafted him last||
none of us drafted him last summer when. That was quite the oversight.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||So before the spring game I||
So before the spring game I was standing around the tunnel entrance for 20 minutes trying to track down Kevin from the Alumni Association, who was giving a tour of the stadium. The whole time there was a guy standing around also waiting, but his tag was turned around so I couldn't tell his name. I knew he had to be a former player--he had that mass -- the kind a guy who used to be a major athlete carries 10 years after that's over (e.g. Charles Barkley or Marcus Ray) except he was also a good five inches taller than me.
And he did seem kind of familiar--like one I should know, but I couldn't place him and was beating myself up the whole time for being the idiot who covers this stuff for a living and can't name a friggin former player. Finally someone showed up who knew him and called him "Mike." That didn't help either. After he'd left I asked one of the staffers about who that was.
Anyway that's the story of how I stood for 20 minutes next to Michael Onwenu and didn't talk to him.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I figured you left Thompson||
I figured you left Thompson out because we didn't see enough of him to explore the ceiling. He kinda topped out at a stiff 2-down run stopper with one glorious Wisconsin INT to remember him by.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||it's effective but also||
it's effective but also annoying and I'd rather use up the few annoyances we allocate to sell sponsorship to someone who might offer you a service or good you really want. HTTV is basically the year's fundraiser. And shirts.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Still waiting for his people||
Still waiting for his people to approve it.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Why would you want to miss our ads anyway?||
That's the base ad for UGP. And you'll see deals on there all the time for MGoStore stuff we're trying to unload. You'll also find an attorney who's an expert on Ann Arbor tickets, and a hotel in downtown Ann Arbor that's owned by the son of a former Michigan AD and the recruits all stay when they're on official visits until Harbaugh and Drevno come to the lobby to collect them. And deals on parking. And a ticket exchange where you can sell to fellow readers. And the HTTV counter. And free tickets to see the new Ann Arbor soccer team.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||DUDE! That is amazing!||
That is amazing!
|16 weeks 5 days ago||$1200 and $1100 if i recall.||
$1200 and $1100 if i recall.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Since 80% of these end up||
Since 80% of these end up next to or on a toilet, I'd have to say yes.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Go back to the beginning of||
Go back to the beginning of man and you'll find his homo erectus parents talking about how entitled the little kids with the big heads are these days. It's not good enough to hunt an animal with a hand-axe, they gotta go around drawing their adventures on walls. No accountability! Me! Me! Me!
Every generation produces entitlted shits. They're entitled shits as kids, and when they're older they complain about how kids these days are entitled selfish shits. When you study history one thing that becomes apparent is that people don't change--just their customs and circumstances and technology do.
My grandpa and my dad had a rift that lasted from the end of high school until I was born because my grandpa, who'd grown up in the Depression and fought way more than his fair share of WWII, thought my dad was being an entitled brat by not wanting to go to Vietnam. There's one clear-cut example of when one generation really did get a shittier end of the stick than the one after them, and still: pointing it out did zero good and ultimately hurt everything. And since the current elder generation are those same Baby Boomers who got it better than any generation in history, now is as good a time as any to put that stupid sentiment to bed.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I only ever cared about one||
I only ever cared about one pair of shoes: Reebok Blacktops (in Bulls colors even though i wasn't a Bulls fan) circa 1991-'92. They were great but got overshadowed immediately when Pumps came out of nowhere and that become the thing. But those blacktops were the most comfortable pair of shoes I ever owned. Probably subconsciously put off my growth spurt to make sure I could wear them out.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Working.||
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously thank you guys!||
Seriously thank you guys! Before HTTV let me write about Michigan football for a living I used to help companies improve their environmental footprint while saving money and passing those savings on to their consumers. THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT JOB!
|16 weeks 6 days ago||$2.00 per thousand PVs per ad||
$2.00 per thousand PVs per ad position. Times four ad spots that is $8.00 per month for a dedicated reader.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||We will ask you for your||
We will ask you for your address after it gets funded (in 23 days). We've learned the later we ask this the fewer problems like yours occur.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||de||
can i have your raisins?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||So-so was qualified. Missing||
So-so was qualified. Missing that qualification changes the entire takeaway.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks chitownblue.||
|16 weeks 6 days ago||For our part I'd ask that you||
For our part I'd ask that you just turn off AdBlock for our site. We keep the crap ads away from you, and our advertisers are guys often the guys trying to reach you directly with something you'd value. Like if you're in Ann Arbor or just east of there you'll be getting MichiganLawGrad.com ads right now. This is a dude who reads this site and is an expert at dealing with the b.s. tickets they hand out like candy on Gamedays.
If you do insist on adblock just use Beveled Guilt and include a message that you felt guilty about blocking the ads.
Something like the above won't help us very much because their algorithyms are all off. We produce thoughtful longform content--reading an entire Upon Further Review would get us the same amount of pageviews as Bleacher Report gets for every slide of a slideshow top 10 they put together in 3 minutes. Most sites are calibrated to maximize ad impressions; ours is calibrated to be most enjoyable for the reader while still allowing us to make a living.
|17 weeks 7 hours ago||No guts||
Guy on internet message board with an anonymous internet handle shouldn't call out pac12 coaches letting Harbaugh stay rent free in their heads.
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||The M Den - Tent Sale on May 7th||
I charge sponsors for board posts and often that's to announce a sale on Michigan stuff.
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||I wish I could express how||
I wish I could express how happy I am to see you on the other side of this. We need you back on the front lines, and posting diaries of stats with cats.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||That wasn't brian it was||
That wasn't brian it was catlab.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I saved 1/10th of them: KORK||
I saved 1/10th of them:
KORK COUPONS CAN HAZ HTRS
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the status on back issues.||
We don't carry them in the warehouse so it's about what I have in my personal inventory. That is:
Before that HTTV was put out by the now-defunct Maple Street Press. The last one they wouldn't even call HTTV (and they never paid us for it...stringing us along for months before they could declare bankruptcy). I only have my personal copies of these since I wasn't the publisher--I just copyedited the PDFs back then. But you can always try ebay or whatever. The first one was 2007.
Since I am TERRIBLE at getting to the post office in a timely fashion (it's not even that far from me--I just can't ever get out of the house during business hours), I don't bother putting the back issues on sale. But if you're going to be at an MGoEvent or if you ever want to come by (14 mile and Northwestern in West Bloomfield) I'm happy to do a hand-to-hand cash exchange.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Woikin on it.||
Kickstarter should be up soon.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I remember the shirt--it was||
I remember the shirt--it was a SixZero design that If thewas reused for the iPhone app. If the plate's gone the shirt's gone. I don't know if it was kept. UGP are the guys to email.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||They didn't run much read||
They didn't run much read option in 2011. They did run an inverted veer option, but not correctly, and it didn't really have the option component--they would block the end the real play is supposed to option, and left a linebacker unblocked for Denard to deal with. It worked well because "Denard: I need you to dodge this totally unblocked guy!" actually worked as an offense.
The zone read was in the offense under Gardner, but--and forgive me if this is just reading too much into things--I remember a lot of the time he checked into that, so I imagine it wasn't Borges's intent to call those so often.
Hindsight doesn't matter. In January 2011 the clear move was to retain Magee or if that wasn't doable, retain the offense, which was No. 2 in the country despite every key member of it having SOPHOMORE eligibility or less.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Bullshit. Gray sweatshirts,||
Bullshit. Gray sweatshirts, rattier the better.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Borges was a square peg from||
Borges was a square peg from the get-go. The media always say nice things about the new guy, and we didn't think he would get as bad as he did, but Borges was an adequate OC by 1990s Michigan standards. Like on his way in I'd have said he fits between Stan Parrish and Terry Malone.
But Hoke shouldn't have hired his old buddy nor tried to change the offense. He had two more years of Denard and two of Devin Gardner after that. All he had to do was retain Calvin Magee and let him run the offense. We didn't realize it at the time but Cal said he would have stayed if asked. He loved the players they'd recruited, and wanted to be a head coach one day. And anyone who argues that Magee wouldn't have gotten along with the new staff doesn't know Cal Magee.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Zepplin IV on tape, then||
Zepplin IV on tape, then rebought it a month later on CD.
The CD run was with a bunch of Harmony House gift certificates I got for my 12th birthday (so December 1991). I got IV, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, and Blood Sugar Sex Magik on that trip, the latter two because the girl at the store recommended them as the best new things that year. The gift certificates paid for about 2 1/2 of those.
My friends gave me shit for not getting Nevermind, so we pooled our lunch money (mostly mine) a week or two later to get that and a pack of blank casettes so we could all get a copy.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||ty.||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Step up the anti-spam||
We're not going to have any software solutions while Brian's out so please step up your vigilence. Check old threads you've posted in and see if there's new comments.
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||I would bet that's his||
I would bet that's his instruction too. But in the noise of a night spring game for a guy who's been waiting all his life for this chance to get on the field and prove himself, and who's been cocking it up all night so far, never underestimate how far that instruction might be from his mind at that moment.
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||I'd like Sharik to weigh in||
I'd like Sharik to weigh in since he watched more than I did, but I watched a lot of Brown's D this winter and I came away believing that he's got some 3-4 in his defense. Often you'll see his Anchor playing a soft edge, and most plays you'll note his linemen attack dudes not gaps right off the snap--only then do they control a gap. His playbook has a lot of two-gapping but those are mostly for passing, with a safety or linebacker or CB responsible for the edge against a run.
On this play as best as I can tell the gap responsibilities are as follows:
However the MLB on a power play becomes a help defender once the RB is committed or his gap doesn't exist anymore. The CB is a force defender and the two safeties are help defenders. The MLB clearly had the A gap--the question is just when is he supposed to abandon that gap? I can't think of anyone else on this play who should have been in the backside A gap. Only thing you can "should" is that Godin should have fought to make the gap smaller by pushing a walk-on guard back. What I don't believe is that a basic 8-man front like this doesn't have an answer for the cutback lane.
|18 weeks 17 hours ago||It's a hard play yes but||
It's a hard play yes but remember a 4-3 under (which the defense ends up being after the TE shift) has to work like a 3-4. A free MLB has to read and react, and still control his gap as long as the gap exists.
Mone did him a favor (at risk of a hold) by keeping the guard from releasing and leaving the MLB free to react to whatever the feet of the RB are doing. Technically when the front flipped the MLB became the WLB. He's got to think like one: hold your gap until the RB can't get to it, and stay clean. This guy is fighting to get to the frontside B gap when Isaac is running right by him.
So I'm pretty convinced the guy who's running himself out of the play when everybody else is being useful is the culprit. In fact I thought he was the culprit on a lot of the white team's offense in spring.
|18 weeks 17 hours ago||Ryan Glasgow graduated to the||
Ryan Glasgow graduated to the Blessed Order of St. Kovacs as a sophomore, and might have the order renamed for himself.
Jordan Glasgow was the rover on this play. While he's got the bloodlines and is at a position where depth issues certainly leave room for a walk-on to become a long term starter, he's nowhere near that yet.
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||I said that||
This guy had a rough spring game. Like as bad as I've seen. But what good does it do us to focus on guys who are never going to play? His screwup was advantageous for us since it gave us an opportunity to see things like:
I didn't want to get overly technical but I'm sure Space Coyote will appear in this thread shortly to explain that when you run this against Under fronts you kinda watch the MLB and see if there's a cutback because it makes life hard on that guy (against an over front usually the frontside is where it's at, for obvious reasons when you look at the alignment). This was an over front when the defense put its hands down:
But by the snap the offense's shift has made it an under front. This:
as far as what each player is doing, is basically this:
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Brian already posted a spring||
Brian already posted a spring recap to the front page. It would have been presumptive to post another without him assigning it.