|1 day 3 hours ago||Michigan's first AD, in fact||
Michigan's first AD, in fact maybe the greatest AD of all time and also perhaps the first AD in the nation, donated the money to build it because he felt bad leaving the job to take over his in-laws' banking empire in K.C.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Mom and baby are sleeping and||
Mom and baby are sleeping and they left me alone with the birth certificate form so we will see.
|4 days 27 min ago||Estates, man. Like an idiot I||
Estates, man. Like an idiot I gave out the attorney's email address to all the beneficiaries for my grandma's estate without alerting my family members that we get billed every time he has to answer a question. My aunts were on pace to clean out the estate before I learned of it.
|4 days 36 min ago||Wonder if "File sent to Judge||
Wonder if "File sent to Judge Ball" was some sort of exculpatory evidence. Holmes wouldn't apply unless the big charge was dropped.
(I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet)
|5 days 6 hours ago||The plan was to put it in||
The plan was to put it in Lake Michigan but Wisconsin complained.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Anyone else think the refs had the UM v Minny Game Fixed?||
thread below it is the same topic, minus the tinfoil.
|1 week 2 days ago||That write up is literally||
That write up is literally already written, and mentions a sponsor, and the sponsor has already approved the language we used. So it'll go on the front page soon enough--I guess by the time Brian was ready to go with it we were a half hour out from Ace's scheduled basketbullets post, and that was a friday afternoon, so better to wait till monday.
|1 week 2 days ago||Naw||
Just a day. I started drawing it out in my shower Thursday morning, was thinking about it on my drive to and from Ann Arbor for the basketball game, and I added Iowa and Indiana minutes before posting.
Only change is I decided it would be in bad taste to keep the original thread that leads to ND and PSU:
Refs/Young Lads/The Big Ten
|1 week 2 days ago||Many times. That Harbaugh||
Many times. That Harbaugh edit I made that's in the upper right of the blog's banner is one of them.
|1 week 2 days ago||In Chicago's defense, they||
In Chicago's defense, they waited until AFTER they got rid of their football program to build the first nuclear reactor under their football stadium.
|1 week 4 days ago||I was watching this game on||
I was watching this game on my phone that I was holding in my crotch while at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert in this massive cathedral in Bloomfield Hills. When this happened I couldn't contain myself and fist-pumped. Then I looked around the transept to see how many black suits the sports-watching dude in a brown blazer had offended, and instead found three other guys who had to have been either watching or had a score tracker update.
This was before we had company Slack chat so Brian, Ace and I just had a gchat that was always open, and neither of them could do the muppets (or planned on having to, since who could imagine Michigan winning in the Trohl Center?) So I posted the muppets from my phone (had to copy the html directly from a football muppets and change the wordsy parts). I missed out on the marital credit one gets from going to a DSO concert, but it was totally worth it.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'll pass that along but to||
I'll pass that along but to me that stuff's all whiz-bang popitude. I sat in with the site developers at our last meeting and it was mostly Greek to me. But the part I understood was that we're going to launch with a pretty barebones version and add some of the features in as we go. We might have a beta site going during the season to try those out.
|1 week 4 days ago||No way was that traffic||
No way was that traffic volume. First of unless you're literally a blog about Apple products there's no way 80% of your users are accessing you from an Apple product, let alone a smartphone. Second, not even a blog about iPhone apps would be able to get 80% of their readers to download their app. A college football blog that reaches a large demographic? No fucking way. If 5% of readership was coming from one app that would be a huge number.
I don't know very much about how this stuff works, but my (not at all trustworthy) guess is the HD App was regularly pinginig our database when the user was logged in, trusting our server to handle the load so the app users would be able to access the information more quickly.
Imagine we're the company that makes Tickle Me Elmo. We produce the Elmos and put them in a warehouse with two truck bays and have a deal with a couple of retailers, each with their own truck, to sell the Elmos and share the profits. They're so popular though that an unaffiliated guy opens the Tickle Me Elmo HD Store which promises to always have Tickle Me Elmos in stock and sell them at cost. He does this by sending a fleet of trucks to our warehouse to grab Tickle Me Elmos as soon as they get into the warehouse, leaving us a couple bucks for each one to cover the cost of production. Sometimes our own trucks can't even get in, and our retailers can't keep them in stock, because Tickle Me Elmo HD is hogging all of our resources. People love the Tickle Me Elmo HD store because they can go in and always get a Tickle Me Elmo for the lowest possible price, and they love the dude who made the store because he's not even making a profit off of it. So when we shut that thing down, people are mad. When we shut him down without an explanation and told them to go to another store which marks Tickle Me Elmo up to retail prices and can't keep them in stock, they're livid.
|1 week 4 days ago||At this point it has to be||
At this point it has to be from the ground up and expensive, and that's what we're up to.
The front page in January was just under 90% of our pageviews, because most people who use the site aren't contributing in the forums. But trusting those numbers ignores how a blog's community works. The forums are massively important to us because that's our core readership, and having that strong community is a big part of being the #1 blog for our niche. They're the people who will come to our events, who will exchange tickets with each other, who will use the services of our primary sponsors because they feel like part of that community. (Also they're the people who will be most likely to provide feedback). So yeah while there are 9 pageviews (and probably 30 uniques) who come by for the front-page articles to every 1 who's on the board, I treat it like the front-page-only folk are coming because the heavy users think this is the place to be.
|1 week 4 days ago||I hear ya.||
I hear ya.
|1 week 4 days ago||You said to stop spraying it||
You said to stop spraying it with Windex, and I have. What more do you want?
|1 week 4 days ago||That sounds an awful lot like||
That sounds an awful lot like going over my boss's head. I really like being able to write for MGoBlog for a living.
|1 week 4 days ago||MGoBoard: come for the||
MGoBoard: come for the bitching, stay for the deep cut Band of Brothers quotes.
|1 week 4 days ago||FWIW we've had several people||
FWIW we've had several people approach us that I've been cc'ed on. We're in the process of a total site revamp on Drupal 8 and Brian has already thrown more money at it than he pays me, so it's definitely somewhere between MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE UNIVERSE and having a guy to manage all of the advertising and podcasts and relationships and write nerdy articles about cool plays and databases, whatever that's worth.
|1 week 4 days ago||Dude, we're operating with||
Dude, we're operating with IAB's 2008 ad sizes and our main sponsors are shoved into positions that nobody has ever had to support. I've done the numbers: just being able to serve 300-pixel-wide ads instead of the 160x600 skyscraper would double our passive revenue. If we were all about money we would have had 8 site revamps by now.
The server is top of the line, co-located, and just a year old, but was getting destroyed by the HD App, which was making ridiculous demands on it and blocking everyone else from getting in.
As for the site's look and functionality, we were mid-way through an upgrade when a new Drupal came out, then we were midway through an upgrade when the guys we'd paid an enormous amount to got really really slow and the football season started. And now we're with new guys and just getting started, but it's still going to take some months because we refuse to release something that hasn't been beta'd to the ends of the earth or lacks the functions our core readership expects.
|1 week 4 days ago||Brian said he had to kill the||
Brian said he had to kill the HD App because it was causing a massive server load and people couldn't get into the site at all. I have nothing to do with the apps, but I do have to keep us above water and dedicating 60-80% of our year-old server's bandwidth to an unaffiliated app with zero revenue tied to it was unsustainable. We keep this site free because it's paid for with advertising.
We're a small operation of people who care more about 4-3 defenses than business things, but that's always been the case here. If that's "poorly run" I guess it's fair, but I've been to a lot of better run sites who don't care as much about the content and I think that shows too.
I think we need to be more open about what's going on with the site revamp, because we've literally been at this since 2012 and just now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can't explain why Brian hasn't addressed it on the main page--we've all been telling him he has to do so.
The thing that bothers me about your post is "disdain for the readers." I'm the guy here who's supposed to be looking out for our mercantile interests, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms that we've got our readers--advertisers sliders set all the way to the left.
I can see how in the absence of information it might come across like killing the HD app was an incremental revenue decision of the kind that drove us nuts when Dave Brandon was all about that stuff. But it couldn't be further from the truth. Despite growing exponentially from the small, bookish community of Michigan fans it started as, this blog still writes for that tiny demographic. We don't badger you with a front page post just to say Michigan has 14 combine invites and another because Harbaugh tweeted a footrace at practice. We don't insult your intelligence with misleading headlines, or throw stuff written by advertisers into editorial spaces (when one comes in for a mention we write it ourselves and don't give sponsors a say in the final wording). And we skipped that entire era of video advertising despite my network partners literally screaming about the money we're leaving on the table, because we couldn't figure out why you'd want to wait through 30-second ads and a minute of a talking head to get at information we could write in two sentences.
If spit and polish matters more than that stuff, I mean, you should go where you like. But please don't do it over a misunderstanding.
|1 week 4 days ago||Harbaugh is like Obama||
I thought it was fine: national newspaper using Michigan's coach for what boiled down to a civics lesson, was gonna get reposted 6 times if we took it down, and standard operating procedure is to post the link and lock the thread. But these aren't normal times. A few of the protesters were banished for trolling.
|1 week 4 days ago||META: Political Posts||
Gripes go here. I know some people are very sensitive about politics right now so we are being vigilant but our policy has not changed.
|1 week 5 days ago||I considered that. There's a||
I considered that. There's a way to break it.
The teams in a pod all play each other already so they would never end up playing each other weeks 6-8. So the way this home-away thing becomes a problem is if 4 teams with the same home-road schedule who don't play each other.
5 home games: OSU, NWern, PSU, Minn, MSU, Indiana, Nebraska
4 home games: Mich, Illini, MD, Wis, Rutgers, Purdue, Iowa
When scheduling weeks 3-5 the Big Ten just has to make sure it always plays two games within those groups. If we get rid of the pick-your-poison deal the Big Ten could mostly innoculate itself from this scenario by how it rotates those matchups.
That leaves only eight combinations of top four teams that could cause a crisis:
In that case I say give the top overall team an extra home game I guess?
|1 week 6 days ago||Via my psychologist wife it's||
Via my psychologist wife it's VERY common for victims of abuse to themselves become perpetrators. The domino effect is one of the main justifications for treating child sexual abuse as a particularly heinous crime before the law. The abuse doesn't just damage the victim while it's happening--it fucks up peoples' wiring for the rest of their lives, and often leads to more people's lives getting fucked up.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is a great synopsis.||
This is a great synopsis. Part of the problem was Lemming never learned how to have friends help him. He is kind of a kook and has a difficult time getting people to like him personally, so his whole business did not translate well to the kind of business where you need to have hundreds of scouts scouting thousands of players. Superprep started to go down that road, but their staff got folded into Scout. You can see a remnant of that in how Scout still primarily ranks players by region, a relic of the old superprep regional network.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I keep asking Brian to||
I keep asking Brian to explain. He said he'll have a grand update soon.
Anyway we had our first meeting with the new company doing the site redesign.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No the issue was that some of||
No the issue was that some of the podcasts had a space in the filename and Apple couldn't deal with that. Then we couldn't be sure that was the problem because they take up to 3 weeks to refresh their cache when you update your feed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ouch, man. I can't speak for||
I can't speak for anyone else but I think I participate quite often on the board.
As for the other guys, I mean, where do you think we get the ideas for content? If you read the main page or listen to the podcast I think you'll find there's a ton of thoughts responding to or mentioning the board. I don't think we'd get any work done if we all responded to every thread, but the community is a huge deal to all of us. It's the first stop to gather the Michigan zeitgeist. When you read Brian's bolded alter-ego, that is basically a distillation of what's on the board.
What I haven't done much lately is Dear Diary. That's because the diaries don't come as often and the board is often a thread of news that's already posted.
We've never been much for divulging or discussing info on the boards that wouldn't go on the main page. I think that's the sort of thing the services do well, and if we started doing so it would be stepping on their toes. Putting insider info behind a paywall is one thing, but having it on a free site isn't a good idea I believe. Let Rivals and 24/7 and Scout do what they're good at, you know?
I also think we ease up at certain times of the year, this being one of them. I've got the new HTTV on my plate and we're putting the new site design together. Brian takes a step back after the football season to recharge. Ace probably gets into the comments the most often, but I know he gets depressed at the level of a lot of the basketball commentary.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know why you needed||
I don't know why you needed to post this. Doesn't everybody have this memorized? Or am I the only one?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Our moderating goals strive||
Our moderating goals strive to meet a standard best described as "fair asshole." My standard operating procedure is to ban a poltiical poster for the length that their offending post is relevant. So like a regula reader goes off on the president, they could get sent to Bolivia until the next inauguration day. Or if it has to do with an election they get banished until after the polls close.
If they're new users they'll just get caved.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I was at the kickoff meeting||
I was at the kickoff meeting with our new site redevelopers. Sorry, we have a few moderators who work for free and then those of us who work here chip in when we can. I figured getting the ball rolling on MGoBlog 3.0 was a higher priority.
Also stopped by Bentley Library to play with 1880s photographs and memorabilia, and tried a new Korean place for lunch, and put up today's softball article.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Boliviated. Points return Jan||
Boliviated. Points return Jan 20, 2021--I'm sure he's got a countdown clock already.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Post anything you see in the||
Post anything you see in the Moderator Action Sticky and we'll do our best to handle it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Most of the thinking happened||
Most of the thinking happened in the shower. My wife got me a pad of Aqua Notes (paper you can write on when it's wet) and I filled them with mock seasons. Note to married men: don't cover your shower with Aquanotes--wives who are 9 months pregnant tend to react poorly.
The 2-year-old stays home with me but she goes to nursery school and naps so that's when I can work--sometimes she plays on the floor while I'm writing.
Anyway I guess both of our bosses are paying us to be on MGoBlog in the middle of a work day, although I should point out mine is doing it on purpose.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Except as we showed this||
Except as we showed this year, Conference Championships are stupid. They throw out non-conference games, and often generate champions who just happened to win a bad division but clearly played a worse season than other competition.
Michigan and Ohio State both emerged from the Big Ten with stronger claims to be in the playoff than the Big Ten champ, and there have been many champions with way worse resumes than Penn State's last year. You don't want to ruin the national championship by leaving out schools because conferences made arbitrary division choices and throw out vital information. You don't want a season where Notre Dame is just an exhibition.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW I think you talked me||
FWIW I think you talked me into at least replacing those "Pick your poison" games with pre-scheduled rotational opponents.
We can do that and keep the rest: 3 games in Weeks 6-8 to play teams on your level so that all of the potential conference champs play each other, and a conference showcase to mop up the last games that weren't played. Conference championship goes to the team that comes out of all of that the strongest.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||2016: Ohio State was clearly||
2016: Ohio State was clearly had the best season in the conference, losing only a fluky rain game at Penn State and not going to the conference championship because their 2-loss opponent lost their other game to a non Big Ten school and the Big Ten is that weird conference who values head-to-head over overall record in determining tiebreakers. Wisconsin won their division but had the 4th best resume in the conference.
2015: Michigan State won a fluky game against OSU in the rain and even flukier game at Michigan (not to mention catching Oregon quarterbackless, and nearly losing to Rutgers and Purdue). They skipped Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa (until the B1G CCG). West division champ Iowa went 12-0 and played only one ranked team (#23 Northwestern), skipping Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. Ohio State again was held out of the B1G Championship by the head-to-head rules despite being the best team in the conference.
2014: Ohio State played Wisconsin. This was fine.
2013: Ohio State went undefeated into the B1G CG. In a down year for the conference MSU didn't play a ranked team until they got to the B1G CG, missing Wisconsin and OSU during the regular season.
2012: The top two teams in the Leaders Division were ineligible for the postseason so Legends Division champ Nebraska played 8-5 Wisconsin in a rematch (ick). OSU and PSU also would have been rematches FWIW.
2011: Wisconsin won a down Leaders Division without playing Michigan, setting up a rematch with Michigan State who beat up Michigan and also won a football game against us.
So since we created the divisions only once have we gotten a Big Ten Championship that wasn't a rematch or involved some team that got there by dumb luck and circumstance rather than competitive play. That's a systemic problem (nothing against the teams who went). And it's easy to solve by simply not creating arbitrary divisions or placing too much emphasis on any one aspect.
The thing I like about replacing the CG game with showcase games is every year we'll get to see interesting matchups that we didn't see already. The thing I like about having 3 weeks at the end of the season for a mini-playoff is it lets you wait to see which teams have earned pole position and play the crucial games you'll need to determine a champ.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Huh?||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is sort of like||
This is sort of like relegation but without the icky parts. Relegation tells fans of one team "You have no chance this year--go play some other sad sacks for the chance to be good next year." Because recruiting is a big deal in football, a few bad seasons early in the system would create a heavy institutional disadvantage, especially since other conferences don't relegate. Indiana and Iowa State tend compete for a lot of the same players--if Indiana doesn't have even a structural chance to win in the near future it'll hurt them in those fights.
Also I find value in Michigan playing Purdue and Illinois as often as, like, Iowa. Relegation would create some common opponents among the top and bottom echelons but historic rivalries might never get played. Think of the Jug sitting around for 10 years!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The biggest||
The biggest differences:
Ultimately my plan gets the top games played but helps the middle class look a bit better, leading to more Top 25 and bowl-eligible teams while adding losses to non-bowl-eligible teams.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That system put THE GAME in||
That system put THE GAME in September. My proposal accomplishes everything they suggested but leaves end-of-the-year rivalry games intact.
The other big problem I had with the 538 proposal is that the middle ends up facing the top but the top and bottom never play each other unless they're rivals. So we end up with a similar problem where Michigan never sees Purdue or Illinois, with an additional problem that teams in the middle end up drawing a lot of games against the top teams and each other. The result would be a lot more teams going 5-7 and missing bowl games. I don't think a few blowouts are a problem, and it's better for the conference as a whole to have more more 6-6 and 7-5 teams.
I should add this to the post.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You mean the playoff that a||
You mean the playoff that a review of seasons since the beginning of the BCS era said would be most likely to include all NC contenders while discluding non-contenders?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||But Geographic doesn't care||
But Geographic doesn't care how good you are THIS YEAR. And that's kind of important. Every year we have these travesties where one Big Ten title contender didn't play any of the others, a West team emerges that was already beaten by all the East contenders, or head-to-head vagaries leave out the best teams. And rematches. UNGH. Rematches should be flat-out banned by the NCAA entirely. Plus teams from the opposite division rarely see each other--Michigan plays Rutgers and Maryland EVERY DAMN YEAR, to the detriment of games with far nearer historic enemies like Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Purdue, not to mention the Little Brown Jug rivalry.
Fuck regional divisions--all they do is force us to play more games we have less interest in watching.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I liked having 3 games where||
I liked having 3 games where you pick your poison (the upsets would be incredible because HA HA YOU WANTED THIS!) but yeah the easiest way to simplify this system would be to jettison the pick your poison games and have home-and-homes as you rotate through the season. Then you're only leaving three regular season games (plus the showcase) unscheduled. If you stick a conference-wide bye week in there, that gives fans 2, 3, or 4 weeks to plan their travel.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Uh, this system doesn't care||
Uh, this system doesn't care if you're good historically.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I track the secondary ticket||
I track the secondary ticket market closely during the season; most travel decisions appear to be made starting 2-3 weeks out. More important is having foreknowledge of home games, since fans who live out of town like to plan a week to come. In that case they'll have to content themselves with "it'll be a good game."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Works for me on Galaxy S7.||
Works for me on Galaxy S7. I'm looking into it for you. In the meantime, do all those things that they always tell you to do when an app's not working (restart, clear cache, sacrifice four live chickens, etc.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Niiiice. Can't wait to play||
Niiiice. Can't wait to play with it. Interactive graphs should have been a part of this site years ago.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Tiny Cass Tech corners. Both||
Tiny Cass Tech corners. Both Michigan and MSU want cornerbacks who can play press-man AND help out in the run game, and the coaching staffs didn't think he was going to be big enough to hack it. Someone above said Terry Richardson and I agree. Richardson even got pretty high recruiting grades but he was always too small to contribute on this level.
Penn State already lives with tiny quick cornerbacks and let their safeties get the edges (they have good enough linebackers to have them read and react to multiple gaps.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Brian's brother was working||
Brian's brother was working on it at that point. All we could have done would be to stand over him and tell him to work faster.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||We called him "James Whitley:||
We called him "James Whitley: Future Star of the XFL" and how's THAT for a dated reference?
But let's not kid ourselves; obviously this is about living up to the legacy of Vlad Emilien.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Literally his job is trying||
Literally his job is trying to keep the Lions from falling apart. I can't think of a harder job in the world.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That's definitely Kelli. We||
That's definitely Kelli. We did an Israel trip together, right before her first husband passed away. She and I were the two history nerds they could put in the front of the group to keep the tour guide feeling fulfilled while the rest of the group ambled around behind nursing hangovers.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't know you were||
I didn't know you were friends with Anderson! I don't know him but I'm friends with his wife Kelli from our Israel trip.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, I was just going to sit||
Well, I was just going to sit on this massive pile of evidence I've got here but now that you ask...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No. Fucking. Way.||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||FYI on the book||
I wish that was actually the "surplus". The book is a joint venture between me and Brian. The more books that are ordered the more it costs to make them. Also in 2014 we lost money on those. Anyway we decided long ago that if we are going to ask for Goodwill when we do the books that we shouldn't do it the rest of the year. Our main business is we provide free content that is paid for with advertising. I have never seen a dime from the apps, fwiw, so if somebody reads the blog in a browser with adblock software I still prefer that to someone reading it in any app because then at least you are seeing the blog as it is intended to be seen.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Endeared? I pay close||
Endeared? I pay close attention to our site analytics because I sell the ads around here, and I know we're about 52% Republican and have been as long as I've been in the gig. At most we've upheld the moral expections of less than half the readership, at the risk of annoying over half of it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Stephen we should take this||
Stephen we should take this to email.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The no politics rule is||
The no politics rule is because we don't want the board to be bogged down in political flamewars, which is what tends to happen, oh, every time politics get on the board.
But we don't have an official blog twitter. @mgoblog is Brian Cook's personal twitter account. And he's way WAY better than I am at keeping it on point.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's weird to me that you||
It's weird to me that you sense a double-standard when I've sensed the opposite double-standard. I edit everything that hits the main page and I tend to not even bother most of the time when something gets in that might anger the left. I can't even think of an example of an objection, even though I know I've let a "Bernie Bros" reference slide a few times, and we routinely throw out anti-socialist buzzwords whenever we justify the blog's collective stance on paying college players.
However I watch like a hawk for any tiny thing that conservatives might not like because it'll generate responses in the thread, and sometimes another thread or public call-outs on Twitter (not to mention the always helpful watchogs at the RCMB who're always on the lookout for signs of the MGoCommunist Revolution). When we end up moderating for politics, the right is HEAVILY overrepresented, to the point where we often get yelled at by the banned for doing so on political grounds, even if the thing had nothing to do with politics.
There's of course a very good reason that our conservative readers are more touchy about their political bubbles than our liberal readers are about theirs: most of our writers tend to lean left (those of us who used to be right or centrists have moved there in the last 8-10 years or so), so it's far more likely for an accidental D to slip out than an R. And we're all wired to argue calls that go against us while not seeing the others. So whatever I perceive, I have to act knowing that it's not reality but only my perception of it.
I can't think of any good conservative sportswriters off the top of my head. I know a bunch (see pages of HTTV) who were, but who've flipped in recent years as the lines shifted around them--lotta George Will and Evan McMullen* fans if not outright converts. But then most of the people who cover Michigan are going to be from "TPRo" Ann Arbor so we're hardly a representative slice of America. Gregg Henson is a conservative. Paul Finebaum is a conservative. Oh shit what's his name, the guy who covers Michigan for Toledo radio and fills in sometimes for Grapentine? He's a major conservative. But they're in a different part of the business where they're expected to rile people up, so the same rules don't really apply to them.
But I will point out Frank Beckmann. I mean Beckmann had his own quite conservative radio show for years, but poke any Michigan fan--and you know our reputation--and we all love him, even if that comes with a "but I hate his politics" caveat after.
So I don't think it's just my biases: I think conservatives in general are wired to think more in terms of ideological battles, therefore counterintuitively ending up both the larger oppressors of ideas and the more likely to feel like theirs are suppressed. I think this is human nature: we see our own flaws in others. Also if this is a failing of one ideological faction, I'm sure it's equaled by other failings of the other side.
This again might be my bias talking, but even putting aside certain societal pathways that allow access to a job in sportswriting to begin with, in general journalism almost requires that you be obsessed with empiricism and ethics, and naturally suspicious of faith and loyalty. It makes us good informers, but bad line-toters, too quick to draw lines from facts to conclusions, too quick to judge what we see as immoral or irrational behavior, and less understanding of partisan or religious motivations. That kind of wiring just seems to lend itself to liberal politics, no matter where we started from, and it's something that a good writer has to always be cognizant of.
So speaking to the article's premise, I'm sure you have it wrong: the premise is that sportswriters, who are mostly liberal already and as a class ultra-sensitive to whiffs of rightwing extremism, feel duty-bound to speak out now only because of the extraordinary circumstances. I would guess that this conceit is also part of the author's bias, in order to point out just how not normal things are right now. But the author isn't wrong about our thought processes. I know there's a cost--I've seen it as I lost a few followers--but then the whole point of making a decision out of a sense of moral duty is you have to be willing to accept the consequences.
*[disclosure: I am too]
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I've been wrestling with this||
I've been wrestling with this for 2 weeks. I can get the podcast to work on every platform except iTunes. We have a valid RSS feed. I just don't know what gives? But I'm so frikkin frustrated with apple store right now.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||last year||
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||At 4.87 stars, I have DPJ||
At 4.87 stars, I have DPJ third among M receiver recruits since 1995. Terrell and Walker from my own class of 1998 were higher, but then there were fewer rating services out there. Both were Parade All-Americans and were Lemming's #1 and #2 receivers. The 4th, 5th, and 6th were DiAllo Johnson (and ATH), Mario Manningham, and Tai Streets. Guys rated that highly are as close to can't-miss as you can get in recruiting.
Tarik Black (4.34, 13th overall), Oliver Martin (4.24, 16th overall) and Nico Collins (4.23, 18th overall) are all in a close group that includes Adrian Arrington, Kekoa Crawford, Ahmir Mitchell, Toney Clemons, Aaron Wright, and Junior Hemingway. Guys in this range are about 50-50 to work out, so expect one or two of those guys to wind up being NFL players.
Brad Hawkins (3.93, 28th overall) is a little further down the list, in range of guys who get a 4th star but maybe just miss the top 300 or whatever. Greg Mathews, Ronald Bellamy, Terrance Robinson, Devin Funchess, Dennis Norfleet, Tyrece Butler, Jeremy Gallon, Carl Tabb, LaTerryal Savoy, Jerry Dioron-Johnson, and Steve Breaston were in this range.
I can't find another year when Michigan recruited 5 receivers. This is the closest:
With 96 starts the 2008 class has the biggest contribution, followed by the 2012 class. You may be sensing a theme: a new coach comes in and wants different attributes in his receivers, so as soon as possible he'll grab a lot of them. FWIW the 3rd place team in starts was 2002, with Steve Breaston, Carl Tabb, and Jason Avant. If you imagine adding an Adrian Arrington and a David Terrell to that class, that's the kind of upside we're talking about here.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Brad Hawkins too.||
Brad Hawkins too.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I run a volunteering org for||
I run a volunteering org for young jewish adults in metro-D and we work with lots of other agencies of all denominations or none. Some of my favorites:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||There is no earthly reason we||
There is no earthly reason we can find to explain this.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||We repaired the feed. Every||
We repaired the feed. Every other podcast app in the world works. We will continue to try to get this one to work too. Hopefully that can happen before the last person finally decides that Apple has been making total crap since Jobs died and we never have to deal with their iShit again.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know how much stock||
I don't know how much stock to put in an OSU buddy of mine who tells me OSU stuff on Facebook, but he thought Meyer wanted to do what M is doing: split OL duties between two coaches, and Frey was a natural target if so. However they were waiting for the 10th full-time position to be official before moving on that.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ha. Guess what: IT DEPENDS!||
Ha. Guess what: IT DEPENDS! hahahahahahahah
They're different, and I would never advocate an expert on zone coaching a gap-blocking offense, or vice versa. We unfortunately have two very good examples of this:
However, no offense can get by doing just one or the other these days. If you're gap-blocking all the time, you'll run into under sets and a million slants and two-gapping, planet-sized DL who can't be moved off the ball, and your run game will suck. If you're zone blocking all the time, you'll run into quick 4-man fronts with DL and LBs given single gap assignments who can never be wrong if they just stay in their gaps.
In this light Frey is a good hire for 2017 Michigan because HE can teach the guys how to zone block, and Michigan already has the best gap-blocking coaches outside of the NFL. They can learn things from each other.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think Michigan's||
I don't think Michigan's recruiting Slaton anymoe. Herbert decommitted so there goes the teammate angle that was our best shot, and Slaton only started taking official visits last week, which when paired with rumors seems to suggest he wasn't academically qualified to do so until this past semester. A kid in SEC country on the edge of qualifying by NCAA standards, given the things SEC country does to get a guy qualified when they're in that situation, is 99% not going to qualify at Michigan.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I mean sure, but from the||
I mean sure, but from the running backs' perspective they had Ty Wheatley, who's probably one of the top 10 running back coaches in all of football, and now they're getting the coach's son who's never coached RBs before or played RB. That's a big downgrade however you cut it. They had to know Wheats would move on, but for a time there it seemed like they'd get Mike Hart--who's well established now as a good college RB coach--or Thomas Wilcher, who's run the preeminent football factory in the state for two decades.
This is the right move for Michigan, but not for the RBs specifically.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||well yeah but dragonchild is||
well yeah but dragonchild is right i shouldn't have encouraged what was basically "Why doesn't your breaking news post include a neck sharpies?"
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That sounds like a full post,||
That sounds like a full post, or three, especially since like "spread" and "pro style" those words over the years have acquired extended associations with other offensive concepts that coaches tend to pair with them.
Eye of the TIger used the phrase "Scripted Uncertainty" to describe zone blocking and I haven't found a better. The OL block whatever defender appears, and often use that defender's momentum against him--so if that guy is going hard for the B gap, shove his ass into the B gap and seal him there and see if someone else shows. Then whatever hole appears the RB has to find and take.
Gap blocking is more "We are running into this gap!" and you are put in an advantageous position to do that. So if whatever defender is going hard for the B gap, well, he's smaller and weaker than you are, and you're lined up playside of him, so you use the half second of knowing the play before he does to gain some downfield position and blow his ass back. The RB then charges into the gap with a lead blocker.
Harbaugh runs a lot of gap, and has at every stop except the one bad year at San Francisco when he didn't have the tools he needed to create lots of extra gaps. There's still scripted uncertainty in gap blocking though because lead blockers and pullers and RBs have to adjust on the fly to anything weird the defense throws at them. And there's still a ton of mauling the dude you know you're going to maul in zone blocking, especially inside zone, because usually the way the defense aligns determines whom you're going to block, and getting vertical push on a first-level defender is the best way to cut off second-level pursuit and create big runs.
And nobody runs just one or the other anymore. Not even Rich Rod, who used to be the spread-'em-out, zone-'em-out, big splittiest dude with a running game in football. In fact in 2010 his base offensive play was QB Power, a gap scheme, which sent Denard running into a pre-determined hole with the RB as his lead blocker.
That is a HIGHLY incomplete and unsatisfactory breakdown.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Let me be even more blunt:||
Let me be even more blunt: your friend is lying to you.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||A lot of this is from Steve Godfrey||
1. The kids don't have any reason to turn in friends for getting what they all think is deserved anyway. If you narc you'll be hated in every locker room thereafter.
2. They're good at hiding it in places even real investigators (let alone the incompetent flurbs who couldn't get out of the NCAA five years ago). They usually run the money out of a pool through local churches, who are never going to get investigated. It's 100% a cash and gifts business. They use burner phones. They get to the players early and teach them how to be "smart" about things--most of them LONG before they're signed anywhere.
3. They're good at taking care of the players and their families (especially in recruiting they talk to the family decision makers before they talk to the kids). They don't cut off money to guys who don't perform, or screw players over. The players in turn will protect their bagmen even over their coaches. As far as I can tell lately it has shifted to being more about the families than how it used to be the high school coaches, though it's still customary in parts of the country to give a coach a finders fee for delivering.
4. Local journalists aren't going to turn in their own teams and the boosters stay out of spotlight.
5. They still get caught all the dang time, but the system is the schools themselves are the primary investigators, so any school that has no interest in investigating itself never gets investigated.
6. The more provincial you get the easier it is to stay in touch without technology, which is why it works so well in the south, where the states are smaller with smaller populations and the families are relatively near. These are HIGHLY local operations. The bagmen live near campus and their influence wanes the further you get from there because they have to be reactive.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan offered its degree,||
Michigan offered its degree, plus his high school coach and best friend would be here, and he loved the program the campus and the coaches. Trust me, if he wanted money he'd have gone to Clemson.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ditto. Course the few on our||
Ditto. Course the few on our staff who haven't gotten the hell out of Applestan are constantly pressuring the rest to follow. But we owe it to those of our brethren still trapped in that dictatorship to try to make sure they still receive the same basic services, y'know?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Hasn't been an update in some||
Hasn't been an update in some time.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Huh, that's weird. I've got||
Huh, that's weird. I've got the original file in which the metadata says it was created 1/24/2017.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I figured if WD had a problem||
I figured if WD had a problem with it mkre people would so I made a new thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know what's up with||
I don't know what's up with that--Brian's aware of it.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I feel like we would have all||
I feel like we would have all the same tastes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||COUNT IT!||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Sam Sword, Jarrett Irons,||
Sam Sword, Jarrett Irons, Glen Steele, Ian Gold, Jason Horn, Will Carr, Josh Metellus.
The category name was "Sweat isn't a metal but 'Rob Swett' sounds pretty metal"
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Smoke green Snort white||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It was the "3-9" of the||
It was the "3-9" of the aughts. $49.03 donations were all the rage.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry, "parted ways."||
Sorry, "parted ways."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He is around and reads the||
He is around and reads the blog. When he committed he was told Tom Brady isn't a guy to worry about because he's too scrawny, which, okay he was. Griese was a rather big time recruit due to his bloodlines (Griese was technically a walk-on since his dad could afford tuition and save the scholarship) but neither Griese nor Dreisbach were all that good in '95 so Kapsner thought he had a good shot to compete. He redshirted in 96 and by 98 was behind Tom Brady Plus Drew Henson arrived. So that was that.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Braylon and Hart would be||
Braylon and Hart would be high 3-stars based on their position rankings, so it's not really fair to use them as examples of why every guy who isn't 4 stars or higher could become the best of his generation at his position. They're 3-stars the way Chris Evans or Devin Funchess were 3-stars.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Lemming rated him as an OL||
Lemming rated him as an OL and the best player in the class, but Hutchinson said he wanted to play defense initially so The Insiders (which became Scout) rated him as a middling DL. Today he would have been on the 5-star borderline, inside the Top 50. Kalis level.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Higher 3-star. I think I had||
Higher 3-star. I think I had him a 3.6 but if memory serves he was kind of up and down during the process.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Does an 8-win season next year put Harbaugh in the hot seat?||
No, asking is saying, and someone who's been here for 5 years should know that. Docked 800 points (they won't return) so he can't start threads for awhile.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Scholarship count and||
Scholarship count and hypocricy
Please make a solid case if you think you have something on a rival. Being at 92 at this point isn't that. Normal from signing day to fall is 5-7.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Zach Gentry||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||After promising me he would||
After promising me he would not get mad if PJ Fleck left my one friend who really likes Western Michigan is now really mad at PJ Fleck.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's funny I think I use your||
It's funny I think I use your rosters. Let's collaborate since I always have changes to what you do.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Best I can tell he's legit.||
Best I can tell he's legit.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yes. On approach the planes||
Yes. On approach the planes would be only a thousand feet or so above my house growing up.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||LTT started all year. If it||
LTT started all year. If it wans't for WMU's magnificent pair he'd have been all-MAC.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree. His commitment to||
I disagree. His commitment to Alabama was always soft, as evidenced by the fact that his recruitment from there played out exactly like an uncommitted prospect's would. Michigan was always involved but he was visiting OSU etc. He's also very savvy, and knows that committing to Bama early would get a lot of the crootin world off his back as he went through the process.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||When the hell was that? When||
When the hell was that? When I was in high school Drew Henson skiied for Brighton and everyone in our league was trying to get on the chairlift with him to ask if he was leaning toward FSU or Michigan. I remember an article when Woodson was drafted where he recounted the craziness of his recruiting saga, how fans were writing letters to his hometown paper trying to tell him he should play running back at Ohio State (he also got death threats).
I also remember in 2000 when just about everyone on campus knew Charles Rogers, the #1 recruit in the country that year, was visiting Ann Arbor. People were buzzing all weekend about what bar he went to, was he going to make it academically, etc.
Granted the internet has made access to recruiting a whole different ballgame, and social media took it to another level as fans could interact directly with recruits. But the interest is nothing new, and interest in the top overall players in the country has been over the top as long as I've been paying attention, which is about 20 years.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Your center knowing what he's||
Your center knowing what he's doing is a huge deal to the functionality of an offensive line. I think Ruiz will be a our future center but would prefer he get a year of tutelage next to a four year starter.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That would be stupid and||
That would be stupid and wrong.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I appreciate the help. Some||
I appreciate the help. Some of the stuff widely known at the time didn't get to high schoolers, and I didn't start to follow Michigan well enough to know more than the primary players until circa 1995.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know what you're||
I don't know what you're talking about. Nothing to see here. Move along.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Actually there aren't that||
Actually there aren't that many guys from the 1993-1996 classes we don't know about. Figure anyone who got their degree didn't leave for off-field issues I have a short list of transfers that fell into either Personal or Bad Scouting.
Personal: J.J. Brown, Jon Ritchie, Seth Smith, Trevor Pryce, Jeff Holtry
Bad Scouting: Clarence Thompson, Dana Overton, Earnest Sanders, George Howell, Anthony Williams, Rasheed Simmons, Tim Laws, J.R. Ford, David Bowens, Aaron Wright, Chad Carpenter, Grady Brooks, John Anes, and LeAundre Brown.
Keep in mind that I count "bad scouting" as anyone who transferred because he was unlikely to earn playing time with normal progression, but that could mean a David Dawson who can't unseat mediocre guys ahead of him, or Grady Brooks watching Larry Foote and Ian Gold running around and saying "Man, I could play anywhere else." However freshman who transferred and played for another power 5 school because he wanted to play right away would be "personal."
I marked that "Personal" because Brown was still on a typical track to start as an upperclassman but just didn't believe it. But it could be either. The point is that doesn't seem like there was any off-field thing, just a typical transfer thing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Worse...he was a shield.||
Worse...he was a shield. Projected to be a 1st rounder and the highest rated WR in the country.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Because before I went to work||
Because before I went to work for the Michigan Daily in 1998 I didn't know anybody you could give me inside information about why guys were leaving and there isn't much from the internet from back then so I have to rely on what accounts are available and give guys the benefit of the doubt if I don't know.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||Drevno has a track record.||
Drevno has a track record. Developing OL takes a long time even when it's guys you recruited. OL were a problem across the conference this year to attest to that. Ohio State started a true freshman at LG too and that went as badly as Bredeson. Mags hit his ceiling long ago. Kalis was good at times but that was a long term reclamation project, and what goes for Kalis is true for Dawson. And Drevno did wonders with Braden. And there is a huge gap because the 2014 and 2015 classes were recruited under bad conditions. So the guys that Drevno really could pick put were true freshmen this year. Do you really want to give up on the guy who developed great offensive lines at Stanford and San Diego because this year's performance wasn't up to your standards? That's why I find complaints about Drevno the hottest of takes right now. Right up there with hating on Speight.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||This is cause to worry. I||
This is cause to worry. I understand it from Dawson's perspective, but even if he couldn't crack the starting lineup next year Dawson was at least going to be the 6th OL, with is experience at a premium. Michigan was at least going to invite him back to spring camp and give him first crack at Kalis's job.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think it ended up too small||
I think it ended up too small to notice but I want everyone to know that I did not edit the yaldo eye center logo. They actually make the subtext fuzzy.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Bo's second bowl victory in a||
Bo's second bowl victory in a calendar year (after a decade with zero)!
That Bluebonnet Bowl was a critical juncture in Bo almost going to Texas A&M. First because Bo refused to talk about a new job until he'd beaten UCLA for "stealing" a WR recruit out of Detroit.
After the game however was the beginning of several weeks when A&M made their big recruiting move. Bo even disappeared from the locker room shortly after the game to be with the group of A&M/Cowboys/Oil Money guys who were recruiting him hardcore at the time.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah. But everyone remembers||
Yeah. But everyone remembers it as the Citrus and then they named a second bowl the Tangerine and it got so confusing that the old names aren't any better than sponsored names.
The Outback is a special case because it might actually be an improvement on "Hall of Fame Bowl". Given the length of that deal at this point there's no use fighting it. If they called it the "Outback Steakhouse Bowl" then I'd say just go back to Hall of Fame.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Technically it is. The||
Technically it is. The Bluebonnet Bowl ended in '87 and then they brought it back as the Texas Bowl (with some awful naming rights). There's three reasons I want to keep the Bluebonnet name alive:
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I'll pull my response from my||
I'll pull my response from my 2012 edition of this:
My beef is naming rights are a form of ambush marketing, and become a barrier to communication.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This one has some history.||
This one has some history. Queen City is a nickname for Charlotte--apparently Cincy also claims this title so I may have overestimated how ubiquitous that label is. I'm a total junky for history of the British royal family so whenever I think of Charlotte I associate it with George III's (yes THAT George) wife whom it was named for.*
But the bigger reason I'm a stickler for this name is their first two naming rights were awful. It was the Continental Tire Bowl for just 3 years and then was one of two bowls called just "Meineke Car Care Bowl".**
Belk is a local department store chain that nobody outside of Charlotte ever needs to know about. It's also the third naming rights holder and the fourth name for the bowl, which began as the Queen City Bowl.
**Its other nickname is "The Hornet's Nest" because the locals were such a pain in the ass to the British that Cornwallis had to give up on using it as a base of operations, writing home that it was "a hornet's nest of rebellion." Hence the hoops team.
**The other is the Bluebonnet, which is now called the Texas Bowl, but every old college football fan knows the bowl they play in Houston is the Bluebonnet Bowl.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||mea culpa||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's tradition, you haters. I||
It's tradition (see previous), you haters. I put it out every year to bitch about ambush marketing and provide a useful table with:
|9 weeks 3 days ago||We're all presuming that if||
We're all presuming that if Michigan's in the Rose Bowl that nobody's going to sit out voluntarily. Brian put it to us at the beginning: where's the line? I think the less important the bowl, and the more injured/at-risk the player, the more understandable it is.
Also this is about setting demands not disappointment. If ANY Michigan player missed ANY Michigan game I'd be disappointed. If it's starting QB McCaffrey in the Rose Bowl, yeah I'm LIVID because a Rose Bowl is hella special and how can he abandon his team for something that means so much to them and us? If Peppers refused to play in the Orange Bowl I'd be really upset at him. But Gardner got his surgery after the Ohio State game, opting out of the Copper Bowl in the process, and we all understood, even if that meant Shane Morris starting against Kansas State. I feel like I could tell you fairly easily where I'd stand with any given example, but there's a wide range, if that makes sense.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Never assume our minds are||
Never assume our minds are "made up." A good argument sways--it's how we got here in the first place. Also, just from intra-group conversations I'm pretty sure the model all of us favor currently isn't "pay the players" so much as "remove the restrictions on them getting paid." I don't see what's wrong with Devin Gardner getting a free beer wherever he goes on campus. I don't see what's wrong--other that lying to the NCAA about it and the fact that nobody else can do it--with Ohio State's local dealership giving the players free cars. If I'm an Indiana State fan I can tell you the problem with that is there's no Indiana State fans to give cars or beers to Indiana State football players. As Michigan fans we should be all for letting people give free shit to players because we're at a perpetual disadvantage for being one of the few who doesn't do it anyway.
The trouble with the NCAA's report is it's including inflated costs. The cost of a student athlete includes what it costs to coach him, his share of loan repayments on facilities, travel, yada yada. When I got into this a few years ago while doing research for Bacon I learned Michigan pays maximum out-of-state tuition for all of its players regardless of what program they're in or what state they're from. Why? Because the athletic department has gobs of money and thinks spending it on the university is good thing and this is one way to do it in the books.
Also FBS/FCS isn't as different as the Power 5/mid-major divide. Michigan and Eastern Michigan are not in the same game.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||No I mean orange nuggat||
No I mean orange nuggat plebian pesto, or at least that's closer than you got.
The implication is that Michigan (currently, we're all aware of the recent past) is one of a very small number of programs that will only rarely find itself in a bowl game that isn't meaningful.
Until this year Stanford, a school we recruit against often, could also make that claim. Bo used to be able to sell kids on if you come to Michigan you're gonna play in a bowl game. Lloyd used to tell kids you're gonna play on New Year's. Now there's 80+ teams that make it to a bowl, so what's special about it? Well obviously the Sun Bowl isn't the Holiday Bowl, which isn't an NY6 Bowl, which isn't the playoff. So yeah, if I'm recruiting for Michigan right now I'll tell a kid considering Stanford that his last game won't literally not be worth playing. In recruiting, when it's teenagers being asked to choose between barely dissimilar heavens, those little points make you special.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I fixed. I read the wrong||
I fixed. I read the wrong article before that said he was out only for Illinois but he didn't travel for MSU.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think that we can safely||
I think that we can safely assume that McCaffrey has earned every bit of his scholarship and more by this point.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Having Denard Robinson try to||
Having Denard Robinson try to pass his way to Victory at Michigan State during the no-fly zone era in a trash tornado.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||But that meaningless 2pt||
But that meaningless 2pt conversion in the Copper Bowl was pretty sick tho right?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||All Peppers has to do is hand||
All Peppers has to do is hand off though.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||MLB already is getting out||
MLB already is getting out and up so Mags has no chance to block him. What he could have done is start riding that de past the play in hopes of giving Peppers more space to work around the MLB.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||"Block somebody!" isn't the||
"Block somebody!" isn't the problem though. In fact you could say that the reason I drew this up is because football laymen will see this play and think "why aren't they blocking somebody?" when the truth is the players weren't at fault: their fate was sealed when the play was called.
Asiasi and Poggi ARE blocking someone: they're setting up to seal the WLB and CB way outside. If Iowa was running a base "rock" defense and the two TEs get those blocks there's tons of space. In fact the way they did run it, because Mags got to the SAM, there's some room if Peppers can shake the MLB, despite Iowa totally winning the scheme battle. But that's not just any MLB, it's Josey Jewell, who's an excellent player in his own right.
Borges-style "the players didn't execute" complaints are null here: this was a clear example of Iowa's defense coaches winning a rock-paper-scissors versus Michigan's offensive coaches.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||As MGoBru mentioned above,||
As MGoBru mentioned above, recruiting sites (but not the current databases) did in fact exist in 1998 when Michigan got the nation's #1 receiver David Terrell as well as the nation's #2 receiver Marquise Walker. There was plenty of hay made of it in the day.
ESPN would have a list (eventually they hired Lemming), Lemming would put out his, and if you subscribed to Parade they had their All-Americans and ranked them starting in the mid-'90s.
I get annoyed when "GREATEST RECRUIT OF ALL TIME" only goes back to 2002. Following recruiting was a thing at least 10 years before that. The 2002 date is an arbitrary line set because both Rivals and Scout started their public databases with that year, making it the easiest to access for the internet. That is a milestone, but treating 2002 as the start date for public interest in recruiting is like treating Wikipedia as the first digital encyclopedia.
|11 weeks 44 min ago||Meyer wants Drevno Out.||
Let's refrain from publishing anything from Land of Ten's buckeye site for awhile. They've been throwing up some pretty over-the-line unsubstantiated BS for clicks this week and I don't want us helping a chatsports drive.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Lewis's ability is easy to||
Lewis's ability is easy to take for granted, sure, but what's constantly taken for granted is Jourdan Lewis the person. He's one of those rare guys who can cut out all the bullshit (there's been plenty thrown his way) and actually put in the kind of time and effort that most NFL guys only say they do. From the people I know who know Jourdan Lewis, he's an incomprehensibly good person. He's one of those guys you just wonder how the hell can someone be so instrinsically good AND good at everything. Then you meet his girlfriend and go "Oh, well, okay, that expalins some of it."
Make no mistake, you can't be as good as Lewis without superb natural ability. But as for a next-Lewis, yeah Ambry and LeVert have that kind of ability, but Peppers, Woodson, Tom Brady: those are the guys with comparable commitment.
Nobody is going to be Jourdan Lewis. It's not even fair to compare.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Need speed and agility. Few||
Need speed and agility. Few teams have a guy like Hudson, or if they do he's the punt returner.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I thought Michigan actually||
I thought Michigan actually got more interesting late in the game. I had two 3-3-5 blitzes I wanted to draw up at 12:25 in the 4th Q and 1:54 in the 4th quarter.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Running into was a||
Running into was a half-measure because punters are too good at getting contact on nearly successful blocks, and they were drawing 15-yard, game-swinging penalties with bad acting. Note that Jordan Glasgow might actually have gotten away with a running into the kicker above (on replay it appears Jocz was the one who tipped the punt), but also that it was extremely tacky: the punter kept his leg extended and made sure he made maximum contact with Glasgow, who had turned around and stopped where he had jumped.
Really like incidental facemasks they just need to not make running into the kicker a penalty anymore. Roughing has to stay because the punter is prone, but a player who's clearly just going for a punt block shouldn't be penalized, and turning a 4th and 5 into a 1st down is giving the offense a turnover for it. Plus it's encouraging punters to try to get run into. It just needs to go.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Sure.||
|11 weeks 6 days ago||When I do those "What Is" and||
When I do those "What Is" and neck sharpies posts my best friend is Brian's UFRs. I can search for terms in those.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Because Brian doesn't write||
Because Brian doesn't write the bullets. He has me listen to the podcast and write up what I thought you guys talked about, because the best time to post a podcast is 5 hours before he gets up in the morning.
And I do want to discuss City of Thieves. It's a great book my grandma put on my Kindle then died before I could talk to her about it so I feel cheated.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It does, because if the ACC,||
It does, because if the ACC, SEC, Pac12 and/or Big12 champs make the 4-team playoff this year, there are going to be 2 teams from those conferences in NY6 bowls. We already know there will be at least 2 Big Ten teams (B1G CG winner and OSU).
Simplified version of what I wrote in the article:
So in a nightmare scenario there could be up to 11 teams that get spots before Michigan can even be considered as an at-large. So all it would take from there is one at-large team passing Michigan. The most likely candidates would be USC or whichever Group of Five team (Navy or WMich) doesn't get the Group of Five auto-bid.
This would require the Big XII champ getting into the playoff ahead of Ohio State and the B1G champ. Ohio State getting booted from the playoffs would put the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl if the B1G CG winner is in the playoffs, or bump them down to the Orange if the B1G champ doesn't make the playoffs.
If the Big XII doesn't get a playoff spot they're likely to have just one team in the NY6 (their champ), creating another at-large spot. Ditto the Pac 12 (e.g. if Colorado wins tonight and doesn't get a playoff bid) and the ACC (e.g. if Clemson loses tomorrow to VT).
So Michigan's route to each bowl:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/he||
These are just guys (St Juste the other) who were taking for-fun visits but the staff has been in communication with them constantly.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||You literally just made the||
You literally just made the same argument that two coaches and I were laughing about two nights ago at the bar. But the stats! But what happens when he's lined up as a middle linebacker and he doesn't teleport around offensive lineman! Look at the stats! Look at Scales!
Dude it's not 1950 anymore. The simple fact that Michigan forces teams in the present day to try to rediscover three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust is your answer.
That shouldn't take away from Urban Meyer's excellent offensive strategy or the athleticism of his best players. You can be the best player on the field but you are still just one of 22 and On Any Given play your coach may put you in a position to succeed or you are opposing coach may put you in a position where you can't do much no matter who you are.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan is getting crunched||
Michigan is getting crunched on awesome receivers. I think they feel really good about Nico Collins and DPJ, plus they are including Hawkins in this class. So they're in a situation where either Tarik Black or Oliver Martin, two absolutely excellent prospects beyond Holloman's level, might not fit in this class. Getting four of those 5 is a very good receiver year. We could make a long list of Michigan receivers in history who would not have made it in this class.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Did you see many receiver||
Did you see many receiver screens against Michigan? Isn't that strange against a 4-3 defense? I get the argument that Peppers was a 4-2-5 safety but not that he didn't change the look of every game. Every team we played had to throw out half of their offensive Playbook.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Yeeeeesh. This is correct. I||
Yeeeeesh. This is correct. I misunderstood.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||They don't have enough data,||
They don't have enough data, correct. The SEC was a weak conference so if Bama loses to Florida they could drop out of the top five. It's highly doubtful considering they have a 52-6 non-conference win over USC, but with humans in charge you can never be more than 92% about anything.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think they made that||
I think they made that agreement before the Playoff Committee announced how they're going to do things. The procedure now is vague but seems to only guarantee the Big 12 and SEC champions a slot in a CFP bowl:
In other words they're at the mercy of the CFP Committee until the Alamo Bowl.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Alvarez has to recuse||
Alvarez has to recuse himself.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||If the SEC or Big XII rep is||
If the SEC or Big XII rep is in the playoffs then the Sugar can get an at-large team in there. We're talking extremely rare circumstances but it could happen:
It's not too weird. Imagine a season where Bama, Clemson, Texas and USC are undefeated, Michigan went undefeated until getting upset in the B1G CG by 4-loss Wisconsin, and Ohio State's only loss was by a hail mary in Ann Arbor.
The four undefeated conference champs go to the playoffs, the de jure B1G Champ Wisconsin goes to the Rose Bowl, and then Michigan and Ohio State make different New Year's Six Bowls.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I said it before and I'll say it again: All can still be right w||
I said it before and I'll say it again: All can still be right with the world
...stop saying it. THis has been covered on the main page and on the board; it doesn't need a diary.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||He fell down on a lot of||
He fell down on a lot of tackle attempts and there are a lot of other rough edges in his game. He plays young. Top 15? I guess because there's upside left, but when I was debating that in my head I saw him miss two more tackles and went with just a star.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Fickell isn't really the||
Fickell isn't really the brains behind the defense. He's more of a...how do i put this without making accusations I can't suppo...oh what the hell, he's the bag-man. Don't quote me.
Chris Ash was the de facto defensive coordinator for a time and now it's Schiano, who's a Brian Kelly-level asshole but also a good enough coach that he made RUTGERS good. Larry Johnson has total control over the defensive line and that has been the basis of their voyage to elite under Meyer. The massive talent disparity between Ohio State's defense and the teams they play makes up for the fact that this defense isn't very well coordinated. Where OSU's offense uses its talent every play for maximum efficiency, I think their defense doesn't get all they could out of what they have because the secondary isn't running anything that works in concert with what the defensive line is causing. They bring a cornerback into the box all the time but don't blitz him, so you wind up with a cornerback in the right position with no idea what to do with it.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Rememberberry when Fickell||
Rememberberry when Fickell was the head coach of the Buckeyes that one year?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||^||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||We missed shots. Gotta make||
We missed shots.
Gotta make those shots.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Truck drive-in.||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I decided I would for you,||
I decided I would for you, then the guy right after you got it right so I guess I have to count it!
|13 weeks 6 days ago||He wasn't wrong I||
He wasn't wrong I misunderstood him. He just said the same thing
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||I upload it late at night||
I upload it late at night actually so podcast apps can probably get it at 1 a.m. or whenever. If you set your app (I use Podcast Republic) to auto-download new episodes it should be on your phone when you wake up Monday morning.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||1. wait till seth gets||
1. wait till seth gets home
2. works now
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||Should be working now.||
Should be working now.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||This is a test.||
This is a test to see what happens if i edit a score
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The talent asked for ginger||
The talent asked for ginger ale. They brought me diet ginger ale and some weak spritzer water from Canada that nobody touched.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know if we've argued||
I don't know if we've argued over stuff before so I'm not sure if you're misunderstanding me or, like, trying to be contrarian. "Your statement is false" is pretty hard-line regardless. Defaulting to not understanding, I think it's a given that nobody runs a pure Vince Wilforkian 3-4 unless we're talking about HS freshman teams in leagues where 9th graders aren't allowed to play varsity. Even so I pointed this out. A philosophy is just a set of guiding principles, not religion.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Bubble screens don't work||
Bubble screens don't work against tight man coverage: you're throwing it at a guy who's getting mauled by a cornerback. Tunnel screens can punish hyperaggressive linebackers but the thing about Oliver and Scales is they're aggressive at stepping down but also fast readers. You want to catch them in a blitz or confuse them--the former is doable but there's a high likelihood of these guys sniffing it out.
I'd go into this game with quick outs to Butt, and whams, straps, step-and-seal and pin/pull running plays to screw those guys for getting upfield. Scheme the hell out of them to force the LBs to take on blockers. The same strategies opponents have been throwing at Michigan ought to work well against this.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||where I wellactually your wellactually||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||It's 3-4 versus 4-3||
It's 3-4 versus 4-3 philosophy.
3-4: Control blockers at the line of scrimmage, linebackers read multiple gaps and attack.
4-3: Everybody has one gap and can play aggressively to that gap.
Both work, and both can work with different types of personnel. There are 3-4 teams that are gap teams and plenty of 4-3 teams that two-gap, and everybody mixes in the other ever game and even within a play. For example with the Ravens Mattison would run a 4-3 under where the nose tackle played to prevent the center from crossing him, which is a 3-4 philosophy. But Ray Lewis was the absolute most 4-3 middle linebacker in history--dude even went to Miami where Jimmy Johnson created the modern gap 4-3. So they'd give Lewis gaps all over the dang place, and it would look like they're inviting you to run into this gap where your OL is in an advantageous position but NOPE Ray Lewis just ate you.
This defense makes sense for Indiana because they have light linebackers who aren't going to beat their blocks, and heavy DL who aren't going to run anybody down in the backfield once they make it there. Michigan State likes linebackers who can get off blocks so they have their DL shoot gaps. Ultimately you have to win football battles somewhere--it's all about picking where those battles take place, putting your strengths where they can do the most good and hiding your weaknesses.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||The tackle and guard folded||
...and NOBODY called me out for this?
Sorry, readers. Iowa had a wrinkle here where the left guard took Taco on the kickout block and the left TACKLE released onto Gedeon.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Oh no worries. I just don't||
Oh no worries. I just don't want to be the guy who bitches about the refs all the time, since I literally wrote an article bitching about these same refs last year. They're atrocious.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Interior blocks have holding||
Interior blocks have holding all the time, and putting a hand on a defensive player's chest then throwing him down is legal as long as you're not using the other hand to, like, tackle him. I chalked that up to the guard being skrong.
If someone else wants to write a "What Is: The Point of Playing Football When the O'Neill Crew is Officiating" they're welcome to do so. This article was to explain the wham blocks that iowa used against Michigan to good effect.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Very OT But would appreciate feedback on Wabco Trading Corp.||
Very not worthy of a board thread but...
|14 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW Brian UFR'd O'Korn's||
FWIW Brian UFR'd O'Korn's games over the offseason and came up with Christian Hackenberg. Who knows what that looks like with two seasons of Harbaugh coaching him, but I imagine the first couple of games won't be his best.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Tickets for this Weekends Game Available||
Yes they are. Board policy is not to gum up the works
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||Win and We're In||
The same pump-up thread was posted just hours earlier
|15 weeks 2 days ago||It's a powerpoint I've been||
It's a powerpoint I've been tweaking.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The MGoBlog crew will all be||
The MGoBlog crew will all be driving in on Saturday and tailgating with Demorest. Keep an eye on twitter--after we get enough beers in him I'm sure we can get him to disclose the location.
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||Yep this is why we're trying||
Yep this is why we're trying to get them out sooner. FYI if you subscribe to the podcast feed you can actually get these when I put them up (this one was at 3 a.m.), so you don't even have to wait for us to post the article on the main page.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I like Oost. He should||
I like Oost. He should comment more often.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||That's a weird take. College||
That's a weird take. College baseball season has shifted dramatically back into winter semester and the reason is the southern teams realized they could undermine the traditional powers by doing so. Big Ten programs have money and fans to support baseball like a major sport, and are only relegated to mid major status recently because they can't play home games until the season is almost over.
The Sun Belt teams aren't the Big Ten's concern. And from a student's perspective, summer, when there are far fewer classes and profs available, is the best time to play.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||It's ining for the FIELDS!||
It's pining for the FIELDS! Craig is wrong. I own a copy of Flying Circus and have watched that one to memory. They're talking about a dead parrot. Parrots don't pine for the fjords.
At least it's clearly fields in my copy. I'm not backing down, despite my google search putting me on edge a bit.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||His stats are good but geared||
His stats are good but geared toward betting. Also they're proprietary so we can look at them to form opinions but not share them directly.
I think Ed works as a foil for Brian--we have two weekly podcatsts to get serious brian, plus all the content here. I like that Ed will rile him up and give him a foil to argue against takes that we hear as fans but Brian has insulated himself from.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||UFR is being written. I think||
UFR is being written. I think that's Brian's purview.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||1) I left this for Brian||
1) I left this for Brian otherwise this would basically be UFR.
2) Here are the holds I saw with the benefit of replay:
3) Ohio State will have different wrinkles. When you put stuff together like this it takes a ton of practice time. I'm sure the Buckeyes have used extensive practice time on stuff just for Michigan, but most teams aren't willing to use up that much of it just to dress up the score against Michigan.
That said, Michigan needs a better heavy response because Peppers as an interior linebacker isn't great.
4) I just said... Brown has a lot of personnel groups that are invisible because Peppers plays so many positions. His 4-4 is called "Tractor" and substitutes a linebacker for the SS--Michigan can get to tractor by having Peppers and Hill play linebacker-like. It's an interesting philosophical question because until now that worked fine against heavy stuff.
I think Michigan should have a 5-3 package ready eventually if their opponent goes with an extra OL, with Rashan Gary replacing one of the safeties. It wasn't something anyone tried against us before, but they'll burn some practice time on it to have an answer.
5) Big RPS play. Michigan went with their 3-3-5 on 2nd and long and blitzed the backside with a zone blitz. Michigan adjusted to the jet with this zone blitz--they had Lewis out there defending nobody and Metellus WAY high. MSU got the matchups they wanted.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Dude they've been hitting us||
Dude they've been hitting us with heavy stuff and jet all the way down the field and flipping formation strength almost every down to put the DEs in the wrong spot, and then they break out Ohio State's bread 'n butter play. Yeah Taco should play the RB as the greater threat, but Michigan's faced this and practiced against it mostly for quarterbacks to be the first run option. In context I thought it was a great playcall.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I'll try to remember.||
I'll try to remember.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Intermission.||
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Not trying to take away from||
Not trying to take away from the AAUM bars. Prof Thom's gets really crazy on a gameday.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I got in at $118, sitting||
I got in at $118, sitting with Bryan Fuller's dad.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||How bad did that get? I was||
How bad did that get? I was going to leave it because a lot of Michigan fans are anxious to see if O'Niell's crew does this game again. We got them for just Hawaii so far.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||MSU Hype Video (apologies to John Landis)||
not really accomplishing anything to have a thread for this.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Pipkins had a disagreement||
Pipkins had a disagreement with team doctors over whether he could play in 2015. Michigan's docs looked at him and said "shouldn't" and he got other docs to look and him and say "football player--nothing unusual."
What Harbaugh should have done at that point is say "I'm not going to push you to give up your chance of playing, but I also can't overrule our doctors. If you stay here we'll keep having them look at you and if they change their minds you can play. Your scholarship is good. If you think another team's doctors will clear you, I will sign the transfer papers. As long as you're a member of this team I'm going to ask you to do what's best for team, and you can expect me to do what's best for you."
What he did do was put a pen and medical hardship in front of Pipkins without his parents present and say "Sign this and get this done." That kind of contract--to my understanding--won't even hold up in court. It appeared like Harbaugh was Saban'ing a player he couldn't use (when Michigan was down to 280-pound Hurst and nobody that proved false).
The best thing for Pipkins was for him to transfer, use the off year to get healthier, and play elsewhere. The next best thing would have been to stay at Michigan, take a medical redshirt, and come back in 2016, however he'd have been buried behind this NT depth chart. So it worked out for both parties anyway--all Harbaugh had to do here was to think of Pipkins's needs as well as the team's.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||1. Wanted to make sure you||
1. Wanted to make sure you caught my apology above. I've seen you around on several boards and should have noticed it was you. I feel bad about that.
2. I think your takes are very wrong. It's frustrating, but understandable, that even someone plugged into the Michigan community wouldn't know an NFL beat writer talking point from what Harbaugh told John U. Bacon, or know that you don't trust stats in a conversation about Peppers's Heisman worth (not likelihood--I agree that Heisman voters who don't understand football are a huge hurdle).
However if you're going to speak for Michigan fans in a forum, particularly THAT forum, of rival fans, I believe you have to have read Bacon, and you have to know what a true hybrid space player does to an offense in 2016. RCMB is like a Fox News community--those tuning in are looking for reasons to back up their beliefs, and react very poorly to someone challenging them. Telling them what they want to hear while wearing the mantle of a Michigan fan earns you points with the trolls personally at the expense of Michigan and the rest of your fellow Michigan fans who then have to put up with State fans repeating you.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I submitted a lot of answers||
I submitted a lot of answers last night when we were supposed to submit answers. Most of the guys submitted answers after we got to 2 p.m. and UfR was not ready to go, so we decided to answer these really quickly and tried to get it out by 3. Then the formatting took us to 4.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||the curve here||
As opposed to a typical RCMB thread regarding Michigan?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||My bad. Apologies to Dizzo.||
My bad. Apologies to Dizzo.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly right. State has been||
Exactly right. State has been doing that a ton this year since their quarterbacks don't look for 2nd reads, so they just get the first one open with OPI. They got two OPI calls against Maryland, one pretty bogus, which suggests coaches have been complaining about it. ND lost in part because there were so many uncalled OPIs.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah. You ask them to come||
Yeah. You ask them to come stand with you in line to get in until the ticket is scanned. There are cops there so if he's selling you a fake he'll not want to do that.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah. You ask them to come||
Yeah. You ask them to come stand with you in line to get in until the ticket is scanned. There are cops there so if he's selling you a fake he'll not want to do that.