it's a major award
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Totally not seeing that.||
Totally not seeing that. Kerridge is 1 on 2 against the end and the backer. Whoever he doesn't block is there for the tackle no matter where Fitz goes.
Watching this play live, I thought it was a misread by Gardner all the way, and I don't see anything in the clips above that says otherwise. He pulls, Kerridge blocks one guy, Fitz blocks the other and Gardner probably gets the edge if Funchess manages to occupy his guy for more than a second.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Math||
Ace was born in 1987? Jesus, I'm old.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||This wins the internets||
This wins the internets today.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||No chance||
Illinois tried to hire him last year and he said no. A guy who turns down Illinois isn't going to want a gig at Northwestern.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||CLARK SMASH!!!||
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Co-signed||
There is no way that Maryland's travel costs are doubling. On average Maryland is only ~150 miles further away from Big Ten schools than ACC schools. And for football, the schools in the Big Ten East division will actually be closer than those in the ACC Atlantic division.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I really hate this No-Heart||
I really hate this No-Heart crap. As if the team was insufficiently interested in winning a Big Ten title or would have won the game if they'd just tried a little harder. This despite the obvious problem that they don't know how to play good defense. The No-Heart Theory says that they know how to play defense but just can't be bothered, which I think is really insulting to a bunch of kids who work harder than any of us probably know.
(Yes, I know Burke said it. He was angry and said something pat get his inteview over with. I'll bet he's taking it one game at a time and is just glad to be here too.)
|1 year 36 weeks ago||FSU||
There is almost no chance that FSU would be invited to the Big Ten. It's not a good school, isn't in the AAU and is a distant 2nd banana to Florida in their own state.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Agreed.||
It was a block. Given the way blocks are called now, which is to say that the defender cannot moving laterally at all. It wasn't immediately visible from the main game camera but when they showed it from a different angle, Burke got to a spot and then tried to slide a little more to his left because Berggren had seen him and was going to get by him.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||schtick||
I'm not a fan of Rafftery's schtick either, but he at least has some honest-to-god basketball smarts and can actually say informative things that add to my appreciation of the game. Vitale's logorrhea is comprised of almost zero substance beyond the blindingly obvious.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Vital = brutal||
His mindless jabbering is proverbial nails on a chalkboard for me.
Robert Montgomery Knight? Everyone DRINK!
|2 years 1 week ago||Crazymaking||
This was a completely crazymaking game from a offensive playcalling standpoint. MSU was well-prepped and knew exactly what was coming on many plays. Probably a dozen times I thought, OK, fake the inverted veer and toss it to the slot on a slant. Please please pleeeeez. But no.
|2 years 1 week ago||There's conservative and then||
There's conservative and then there's just being stubborn or lacking imagination or something. Conservative is refusing to take silly chances chucking the ball around (which Michigan kinda did anyway - Denard threw 29 times). Conservative is not running a QB draw right into MSU's obvious double A gap blitz for like the 4th time in the game.
|2 years 1 week ago||Field Rushing||
I was on the field as a student once. I can't remember exactly when - I think it was Iowa in 1986. It also seems to me that it was vaguely half-assed. We ran around whooping it up for a couple of minutes and then scrambled back over the wall and went home.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Agreed||
I'm a barefoot 6'3" and Novak is definitely not shorter than me. He's slightly taller, although 6'5" might be stretching it.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I don't see Brian claiming||
I don't see Brian claiming that he should be the one to pick out the music.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Rule #1||
Rule #1: Football Is King
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Who peed in your Cheerios?||
Who peed in your Cheerios? Wishing a kid (and we are talking about kids here) good luck doesn't mean that you hope that his team beats Michigan.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I've seen that "do you want||
I've seen that "do you want to play Alabama" thing a couple of times now, and it never occured to me that it would be in any other context than what you propose. I'm actually having a hard time figuring out what other context(s) could even make sense.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Exactly. Thomas doesn't have||
Exactly. Thomas doesn't have to be Denard. He just has to be not-John Navarre. As long as he can run somewhat well, he's a constraint on the D and they have to defend him as a runner.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Yes. There's zero in the||
Yes. There's zero in the article that says Meyer is planning to do anything different beside run his offense faster, which is where the Oregon comparison comes into play.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||The only thing the article||
The only thing the article says about Oregon is that Meyer wants to run his offense faster - like Oregon. It doesn't say that Meyer is changing his offense to be like Oregon's, as the headline stupidly suggests. Miller says that's he's going to run the triple option because that's Meyer's offense. It's the same offense he used at Florida. It's not Oregon's offense.
I didn't say that it would be like Okie State. I said that in as much OSU's offense will be "modelled" on Oregon's in the form of up-tempo, they might as well have said that it's "modelled" on Okie State's also very up-tempo offense.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Terrible headline||
Nothing in that article suggest that OSU's offense will be "modeled" on Oregon's. In fact the only thing about Oregon's offense that seems relevent is the uptempo no-huddle nature of it. They might as well have said it's modeled on Okie State's offense.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Req'd for all mascot threads||
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Also, '89 was when the||
Also, '89 was when the Pistons finally beat the Lakers and won their first championship. Michigan was the basketball capital of the US for a while.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||would have been there||
I lived on Church St at the time and would have been in the middle of it, except that I had a paper due the next day and wound up pulling an all-nighter to write it after I watched the game. I do remember watching news the next and being surprised about the chaos. I also remember being a little dubious as to the events' status as a "riot" because one of the pieces of video evidence presented by Channel 4 was a clip of an overturned newspaper box.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Middle-Earth is/was a couple||
Middle-Earth is/was a couple of doors down. I think at the time the building to the east of China Gate was occupied by a place that sold posters.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Huh?||
Huh? It has literally never occured to me that it meant anything other than "someone who is already a sophomore and is getting increased attention". c.f., "his stock is rising".
|2 years 38 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Changed||
I changed it slightly to remove the ambiguity.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I actually am related to||
I actually am related to somebody on West Virginia's football team.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Lewan||
That's gotta be Lewan.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Counterintuitive||
Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||+1000||
+1000 for Jorge Luis Borges reference.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Yes, please!||
Yes, please! Love, love, love kids who play O-line like that - lock up on your man and just keep driving until you mash him into the ground or the whistle blows.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Love the chickenshit end of||
Love the chickenshit end of the Molk segment. Molk is already off line, and they run with "With all due respect Dave..." Pretty sure that Molk could execute a verbal reach block on that if they gave him a chance.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||In Watson's case, Denard||
In Watson's case, Denard should have been visible to Watson, braking in the back of the end zone. In a more general case, players can't know and that's why there aren't flags on short yardage touchdown. The rule is one thing but the on-field interpretation is something else.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Steve Watson late hit||
I rewatched the Steve Watson late hit call, and the hit and the whistle were almost simultaneous. However, I think that it was a technically correct call because, if I understand correctly, NCAA rules say that the ball is dead the moment someone is in possession of the ball in the opponent's endzone, not when the ref blows the whistle. So even though the ref hadn't blown the whistle when Watson started his hit, Denard was 5 yards over the goal line and the ball was dead. Ergo, late hit.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||That's the Campus Safety||
That's the Campus Safety Services Building AKA the Kipke building. The UM police are in there with Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and storage facilities for one of the archaeological museums and the paleontology museum.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Blake Countess is not more||
Blake Countess is not more talented that Ray Vinopal? Good gravy, man.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Denard Jet Sweep||
Co-signed on the Denard Jet Sweep comment. I just do not understand the fascination with this play. As it's been run so far, it has 2 possible execution paths: a) Denard runs the sweep, or b) it's play action and Devin passes. If Denard isn't catching the ball or throwing the ball out of this formation, then its utility is no different than just lining Denard up at QB and running the same play with Fitz (modulo Denard magic Hermes feet). Even worse, I think you could at least make an argument for this play if Devin were a dramatically better passer than Denard, but he's not (and IMO is actually less good).
The magic of having Denard run as the QB is that he's the 11th man, which forces defenses into all sorts of pretzely positions they don't like given that they're used to defending only 10 men. When you make him a standard (non-passing) RB, he's just the 10th man. So what's the point? If you want to run him, run him from the QB and take advantage of the extra blocker.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Which is my point. So if||
Which is my point. So if there really is a difference between the seats you get for seasons and the seat that the package deal people sit in, there shouldn't be any complaint about paying more for the season ticket seats. If someone thinks that there isn't any difference in the seats and doesn't like paying more for the season ticket seats, then they should stop buying season tickets and get the cheaper seats from the package deals.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||If your seaon tickets are||
If your seaon tickets are fungible with the tickets available in the deals, why are you paying for seasons?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Jerry Sandusky wasn't a||
Jerry Sandusky wasn't a coordinator in 2002 at the time of the shower rape. He was a "coach emeritus" or something, having been forced to retire after the 1998-99 season. It's not clear to me exactly how he fit into the Penn St athletic department hierarchy, but I don't think that he reported to Paterno. I'd guess that Sandusky was part of the AD's purview.
None of which is an excuse for Paterno not contacting the police directly.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Throwback||
Brian has that charted as a "throwback screen". Looking at the video I would have identified it as a tunnel screen. So, hell, I dunno. The only difference I can see from what I think is a tunnel screen is that Gallon actually goes downfield a little before coming back instead of running towards the middle of the field parallel to the LOS. And instead of simply stepping back and throwing to the WR, Denard turns to his left for play action before spinning to throw back to Gallon. Maybe that's enough to make it a throwback screen instead of a tunnel screen. I guess that's why Brian is doing the UFR, and I'm a typing monkey on his blog.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I just looked through all of||
I just looked through all of Brian's UFRs for this season, and he only has 3 tunnel screen charted: 1 against WMU and 2 against EMU. They gained a total of 2 yards (1 wasn't executed properly and turned into a 14 yard Denard scramble).
There were a couple of other WR screens involving linemen that he has charted as reasonably successful throwback screens.
So I'm not misremembering the lack of tunnel screen success going in the Purdue game, although I could have sworn they'd run it at least a couple times a game. I'll be interested to see what the Purdue UFR has to say on the subject.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||The tunnel is definitely a||
The tunnel is definitely a great blitz-beater because if the blitz is coming from the playside and the blocking is executed correctly, your WR is running free through space vacated by blitzing backers and safeties. But I don't think that it's exclusively meant to be a blitz beater.
And, you're right that bubbles are good for taking advantage of soft outside coverage.
I don't recall a tunnel screen scoring a TD against ND. If you're thinking about the V Smith TD, that wasn't a tunnel.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||It's quite possible that I'm||
It's quite possible that I'm remembering only the times that it doesn't work because I have a tendency to focus on what's wrong instead of what's right.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Also, throwing the bubble||
Also, throwing the bubble forces the defense to bring their DBs closer to the LOS which gives your WRs more chance to beat them deep.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Bubble screens involve WRs||
Bubble screens involve WRs blocking for each other. In the picture posted above, there are 3 WRs to the left and only one DB within 10 yards of them. If 1 or both of the 2 outside guys blocks the DB and you flip it to the slot guy, you've got 5 yards for free.
In a tunnel screen the playside tackle pops out to block the DB over the WR. The WR gets the ball running parallel to the LOS with the idea when the tackle blocks the DB, he'll turn upfield and have room to run.
I wouldn't characterize the tunnel screen play this year as a success at all. The tackles have had a hard time getting outside and getting good blocks. The one example I can remember from the Purdue was moderately successful because the Purdue DB helpfully fell down.
Why Borges seems so dead set against bubble screens, I have no idea. I mean FREE YARDS, YO!
|3 years 5 days ago||I'll consider buying seasons||
I'll consider buying seasons if the holodeck is open to the public.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||This.||
This. Sometimes the other team is just better. No amount of introspection, finger-pointing or second guessing will change that.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||They don't call it a||
They don't call it a Cleveland Steamer for nothing, ya know.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||In the poorer parts of||
In the poorer parts of Applachia, the rural south and Florida there are huge numbers of low-rent pill mill pain clinics where doctors make money by cranking out oxy scripts to anyone who comes through the door. Oxycontin is a time release pill but you can easily get around that by crushing the pill and snorting or injecting it like herion.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I suspect that we'll see that||
I suspect that we'll see that V Smith screen from SDSU against somebody else with over agressive blitzing. It ended up that Smith was tackled by a guy that Hemingway couldn't quite keep blocked, but he was out there with Molk, Schofield and Omameh all trucking at full steam 25 yards downfield looking to roll some safeties. I'll take that any day.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That Gallon play was a tunnel||
That Gallon play was a tunnel screen, which they've been running all season to little effect. Tunnel screens need the playside tackle to pop out and block the DB over the receiver, so the receiver runs back toward the QB. Takes longer, requires an athletic tackle, and send the receiver back towards the middle of the defense.
In bubble screens, the outside receiver blocks and the slot runs parallel to the line of scrimmage and gets the ball going away from the middle of the field. Theoretically, you (quickly) get your slot guy one on one with a DB. Works even better if the DB's are lined up 10 yards off your receivers.
I have no idea when Borgess insists on running tunnels when, given UM's receivers, they seem inferior to bubbles. The only thing I can come up with is that he thinks that the tunnel with the receiver facing Denard is an easier completion than the bubble when the receiver is running away. Still Denard successfully made bubble screen throws all last year, so I have no idea.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||The stupid, it burns||
"i say just cut him". Perhaps the single dumbest thing I've ever read on MGoBoard. Either that or the most magnificent troll. Or maybe it's both. At any rate, taken at face value, it displays a boggling ignorance of college football.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Don't bail on BWC just yet||
Don't bail on BWC just yet. He hasn't been the soul-crushing monster everyone expected but he's had some moments this season that make it seem like the light might be coming on. Also, keep in mind that he should be just a redshirt soph right now (thank you, Angry Redshirt Wasting Gods), and might actually be following the normal development arc for a college lineman. Which is to say that he might actually be serviceable next season (in what should be his redshirt junior year - grrr).
|3 years 5 weeks ago||also mathematically untrue||
It's also just straight up mathematically untrue. Rodriguez's non-2008 classes were comprised of a *higher* percentage of Midwestern kids than the average Lloyd class. As much as Rodriguez cooked his own goose, memes like this drive me crazy because they're such willfully wrong-headed groupthink.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||ATTN: People moderating the||
ATTN: People moderating the above as "Flamebait"
It's sarcasm. It's also very funny.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Seriously?||
Seriously? People are still flogging this thoroughly debunked horse?
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Agreed||
The Big East seems almost certain to survive as a basketball conference. Cincy, Louisville & USF will decamp for someplace that has a home for their football like a newly reconfigured Conference USA. The Big East would probably then expand by poaching the best programs from the A10, probably Xavier and Temple. You could maybe throw in St Joe's or UMass or maybe even a Horizon League team like Butler.
And if the Big East continues, ND's basketball can certainly live on there. Even a complete Big East collapse doesn't really compell ND into a major conference because one of the 2nd tier conferences will take their non-football sports. And their just nuts enough about their legendary independence to ship their hoops off to the Horizon League or whatever.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Rutgers == no one cares||
I lived in NYC for many years. Outside of maybe some alumni no one in the tri-state area gives a rat's ass about Rutgers. I'd bet that most people don't even realize that it's the state university of NJ. It'd be like the ACC bringing Wayne State aboard to capture the Michigan market. Just about the only thing Rutgers has going for it is its membership in the AAU.
UConn at least has some cachet, but they seem like a better fit for the ACC - more basketball-centric, more East Coast, etc.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||And?||
And? Somebody said that UFR is informative for him and helps him understand the game better. I certainly find that to be true for myself also. It's a tool. It doesn't have to be perfect or flawless for it to be useful.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||expectations management||
It's also important to remember that the defensive players have only had a couple of months worth of learning Mattison's schemes so far. And not only are there a lot of young, inexperienced guys, but what experience a lot of them have is the complete clusterfuck from last year. Before everyone runs around in circles shrieking OMFG MARVIN ROBINSON, they need to remember that he's a true soph whose freshman experience consists of Gerg's Hair telling him: you're a safety no just kidding you're a linebacker now go do some sexy prison abs crunches somewhere not on the field.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I don't think you do understand||
I don't think you do understand because profitgoblue didn't say anything remotely like that.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Beyer's not a guy who's||
Beyer's not a guy who's coming on the field instead of BWC or one of the the other DTs. He's a backer or a DE.
If you want to talk about interior D-linemen, look at Heininger and even Brink playing DT to give Martin and RVB a blow. That tells me that BWC, Washington and Ash are some combination of a) injured and b) really, really bad.
Regarding Herron, I'd wait until Brian's UFR comes out before labelling him a playmaker. I think we're going to find out that he had the very unusual luck of being in the right place at the right time not once but twice in a game and that on the whole his play was average or mediocre.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||BWC||
Did BWC even get on the field in a non-special team situation in the first half? I watched the game twice (and pretty closely at that), and I don't recall seeing him playing defense until the second. This includes the obvious goal line and short yardage situations in the first half was a theoretically immovable 330 pound object would have some utility.
When he finally came in the second half (or at least the first time I saw him), some sort of zone blitz was and he actually dropped into pass coverage. And my draw dropped to the floor.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||4 out 5 dentists recommend||
4 out 5 dentists recommend it!
|3 years 8 weeks ago||It's the left guard #67, BTW.||
It's the left guard #67, BTW. The complete brazeness of it is really kind of amazing. The ball is snapped and the guy just dives straight at Martin's lower right leg while he locked up with the center. Completely intentional and completely dirty.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Demens roommate during the||
Demens roommate during the year in which his rent situation arose: Boubacar Cissoko. That kid was just completely toxic.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Correct||
Correct. JB Fitz is a 4th year senior, and Demens is a RS Jr.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||"Steve" sold the business to||
"Steve" sold the business to the Rich JC people probably 6 years ago. I was honestly actually upset when I walked over there for lunch one day and realized that changes were afoot. Had to happen eventually, but it was still a major bummer. Rich JC isn't bad (and hey - you can get a side of Jesus with your bi bim bap) but it just isn't the same.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Amen||
Damn but I miss that place.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||A2 has to have one of the||
A2 has to have one of the highest Indian-restaurants-per-capita in the country. Off the top of my head I can think of 7 or 8.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Sports bars||
There are plenty of sports bars. They just all suck. I know this empirically because instead of going to one of the local sports bars I'm actually willing to go sit in BW3 and pay for shitty food and too-cold beer in a soapy glass during the first week of the NCAA Tourney.
Someone else wrote that this isn't a sports bar kind of town, and that strikes the metal spike fastener squarely on the tool interface. In the old school places - Arena, Cubs AC, Fraser's, Banfield's - it's 1985 and the selection of games is limited to 2 being broadcast over the air by Detroit network affiliates and shown on projection screens so dark it's like you're watching through the smoke from a tire fire. OK, ok, that's hyperbole. But they've got a long way to go to be good sports bars. Which will probably never happen because they've got a locked in clientele of townies and are happy to keep shuffling along.
Further evidence: someone actually tried opening a sport bar on Main St. I have no idea what the place was like because it set the Main St record for Going Out Of Business Quickly. Whenever I went by it, there was never anyone inside.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Tuptim||
Big thumbs up for Tuptim. Solid food, nice people and relatively inexpensive. Also, the former-Long-John-Silvers-with-a-coat-of-paint ambience is great because it keeps the idiots away.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||North and South. Easy,||
North and South. Easy, simple, obvious, non-stupid.
But my real vote is anything besides Leaders & Legends. Steel & Coal, Corn & Rust, H20 & C55H72O5N4MG-CH3. Anything else.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||"Tom of Finland Thundercat"||
Pardon me while I wipe my Diet Coke off my screen.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||We got creamed by those guys||
We got creamed by those guys in the IM playoffs. I had the pleasure of matching up against Vada. I managed to put up 12 on him, but that was mostly because he was busy dunking at the other end.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Pearls of wisdom||
This is, btw, an excellent example of why I'm totally not getting the whole Bruce-Pearl-will-be-hired-again-soon-because-he's-a-great-game-coach meme.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Jackson not King||
It was Ray Jackson who was CBA MVP who never made the NBA. (Not sure what's being referred to by "Jimmy King's idiocy".)
|3 years 33 weeks ago||privilege||
The lawyer's relationship with Mr Tattoo doesn't have anything to do with Tressel's responsibilities to OSU and the NCAA. The lawyer's request for confidentiality is asking Tressel to cover the *lawyer's* ass but Tressel isn't legally bound to do that. Quite the opposite, he was contractually bound to advise OSU the minute he initially received the information from the lawyer. This is why Tressel is either a liar or an idiot.
As far as the lawyer violating his privilege, it doesn't matter whether or not he was officially representing Mr. Tattoo. Privilege attaches in any sort of confidential communication between an individual and a lawyer, for example, a tattoo parlor owner explaining his situation to a lawyer who the tattoo parlor owner is interviewing for potential representation. (Note: I have no idea whether or not the lawyer actually violated privilege, but if he did, his disbarment will be faster than Terrelle Pryor's 40 time.)
|3 years 33 weeks ago||compromising the investigation||
Tressel's "compromising the investigation" excuse means that he's a) a liar, or b) an idiot. If anyone compromised the investigation, it was the lawyer feeding Tressel the information or whoever was feeding that guy information. I think that Tressel is in a lot of trouble here, but the guy who's really at the center of a serious shitstorm is the lawyer, particularly if he actually was the tattoo guy's lawyer.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Annoying||
Doyle annoys the living hell out of me and clearly worships at the altar of Bill Rafftery. I just cannot deal with all that over-emphasis of random words and forced phrasing. It's hard for me to say that I dislike him more than Bardo because Bardo is just completely inane and adds nothing at all to the game. But at least Bardo doesn't detract from it. I wound up turning the sound way down because I couldn't take it anymore. Probably after the idiot "chest pass" comment.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Bardo||
Bardo is brutal. He does occasionally have some decent insight, but he's frequently bizarrely wrong and mostly completely banal. I had my fill of him by the time he asserted that Sullinger should get more calls his way because he's the most OMG SHIRTLESS player in the country. Holy NBA, Batman. That sounds just like what I want in my college basketball.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Novak||
Novak only took 3 threes and made 1. Stu Douglass had a brutal shooting night, going 3-12 and Morris start 6-8 but missed his last 5.
But OSU won the game at the free throw line where thet outscored UM by 14.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Co-signed||
*What* was Motta talking about there? There was absolutely zero excessive roughness against Sullinger. And he's a freakin' beast and *creates* all sorts of contact. It's actually a little bit like watching Shaq play: he's constantly slamming into defenders to create space and pretty much never gets called for it.
Weird, petulant moment from Motta, particularly in victory after *his* team played kinda crappy.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Basabe||
Basabe surprised the heck out of me. But what was even more surprising was his absence for a long stretch of the 2nd half. I kept looking up at the scoreboard and wondering why #1 wasn't in there because he'd pretty much been unstoppable in the 1st half. I thought maybe he'd had more fouls than I thought, but when he finally did come in, he only had 1. Total headscratcher of a coaching decision, IMO.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||McLimans||
McLimans isn't young, though. He did a 5th year of prep school and then redshirted, so he's actually older than Novak. Douglass is the only contributor who's older than him. He does *seem* really young, though. And inexperienced. Whatever the case, though, he's having a really hard time finding any playing time, which doesn't bode well for a 6'10" guy on this team.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Clusterfiasco||
Hoke very well may turn out to be a fine coach, but this means that either Brandon didn't conduct his promised "national" search or EVERY SINGLE better candidate turned him down. Either scenario is unpalatable.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Mmmmm...||
|3 years 50 weeks ago||So the difference here is||
So the difference here is that Gallon actually caught the ball and then ran with it? Because punt returners give that no-go signal that Gallon gave all the time.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||weird Gallon penalty||
Thank you for confirming that I wasn't losing my mind by thinking that the Gallon delay of game penalty was conjured out of thin air by the officials. The BTN knuckleheads just breezed right over it with nary a comment.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||And according to Scout it was||
And according to Scout it was Florida. ESPN also says it was Florida. Where they run a spread. There are plenty of programs with top 10 recruiting classes over the last few years that don't run a pro-set offense. 4 of the past 5 national champs ran a spread, and, not surprisingly since top players want to go to top programs, those schools have all recruited well in recent years. The idea that spread offense == poor recruiting just isn't borne out by the data.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||My point is that with regard||
My point is that with regard to recruiting, every scheme has pluses and minuses. I'm not worried about losing a Denard top player. I'm just saying that while a pro-set offense is an attraction for some very good players, it's a negative for other very good players.
Anyway, you can investigate your pro -set offense == top recruiting class theory pretty easily. Top recruiting class in 2010? Florida. Who run a spread.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I don't understand where||
I don't understand where you're going with this. What "problem"? I'd love for Michigan to have the #1 recruiting class every year (with the caveat that star rating and class rankings aren't completely determinant with regard to on-field success, blah, blah blah).
|3 years 51 weeks ago||And if UM were running a||
And if UM were running a pro-style offense, athletes like Denard Robinson would go somewhere else.
 By which I assume you mean "pro-set", since there are very few college teams that actually run anything approaching an offense used by any pro team.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||This is one of the very||
This is one of the very strangest assertions that people make about the Rodriguez offense: that stud athletes are passed over in recruiting for (presumably) less-studly sorts. It makes zero sense to me. If Rodriguez had a choice between some 5-star freak to play, for example, RB, why would he pass on that kid to take some marginal 3-star project? If he really would, then he should be fired within the next nanosecond.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||BTW||
For proof of this, btw, listen to 5 minutes of radio callers moaning about how Rodriguez's offense won't work in the Big Ten. These people *think* that they're complaining about scheme, but they're not because unless they've got their heads in the sand up to their asses, it's obvious that Michigan has a really, really good offense this season. What they're really complaining about is the absence of winning.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Win||
The "fans", with the exception of a small group of grumpy football eggheads, couldn't give a crap about scheme or offense style or whatever. All they care about is winning.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I'm trying and failing to||
I'm trying and failing to remember Ezeh ever delivering a big hit. His tenure at MLB was mostly marked by being in the wrong position or getting knock backwards by one-legged MAC 2nd-stringers. I do wish that we knew more about Demens' early season absence from the playing field. I can only conclude that it wasn't because he couldn't play because in comparison to Ezeh, he looks like DAVIDHARRISSMASH.
Vinopal is a desperation move, IMO. When your free safety is a converted red-shirt soph WR who really ought to be a strong safety or LB, trying to draw a full house by going with a slow, undersized true freshman who was a huge recruiting reach seems like a reasonable thing.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Scariest||
That's the scariest costume I've seen this year!
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I think it just may be the||
It seems to me that the existence of Jordan Kovacs, starter, obviates this question.
|4 years 2 days ago||Qwash||
Qwash - love it. Perfect name for a large, angry man trying to do mean things to quarterbacks.
|4 years 2 days ago||Mike Martin got McGloin' all||
Mike Martin got McGloin' all over the floor. But don't worry!
|4 years 2 days ago||McGloin'||
McGloin' - it's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!
|4 years 4 days ago||Even if you accept the (IMO||
Even if you accept the (IMO dubious) notion that a coaching system is a major component of player success and failure, note that with the sole exception of Ryan Mallett none of the kids who left are succeeding in other non-RR systems.
|4 years 4 days ago||Note that I'm not making any||
Note that I'm not making any argument about Woolfolk's quality as a player. I'm just saying that CB is a position where statistics don't always tell the complete story.
|4 years 4 days ago||Stats like that are a poor||
Stats like that are a poor way to measure a CB. For example, good corners may have fewer PBUs because no one will throw it anywhere near them. JT Floyd makes a lot of tackles because he has to make a lot of tackles - linebackers and safeties aren't making tackles and the defense can't get of the field, resulting in more plays for the opposition offense.
|4 years 4 days ago||He's in the 2009 class||
He's in the 2009 class and outside the scope of Brian's post.
|4 years 1 week ago||locker room||
That's gotta be in a locker room - note the industrial size scale for weighing Very Large Men that's behind Webb's shoulder.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||On one of those runs, Ezeh||
On one of those runs, Ezeh did something totally bizarre by running far to his right to try to fill a non-existent gap between the LT and the TE, who Kovacs was already engaged with. Ezeh wound up turning his hips away from the center of the field, and the tackle just gave Ezeh a shove to continue his momentum. There was an enormous hole that the back sprinted through. Ezeh wound up facing the sideline with his back to the play. Cam Gordon put the cherry on the top by creeping up too far in to the middle of the field and then taking a poor angle that removed any possibility of him making a play.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Mike Martin sprained ankle?||
Are you sure it wasn't "sprained knee"? ABC had a completely clear shot of the MSU kid diving into Martin's leg and Martin's knee bending in a way your knee isn't supposed to bend. If Rodriguez really did say Martin has a sprained ankle, mark me down as a raised eyebrow.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Stu||
Last year Stu didn't have to play the 1 because of Merritt, Lee and Grady. He's clearly not a Big Ten point, and he knows it. He looks really uncomfortable running the offense and trying to bring the ball upcourt against any sort of pressure. He does a little better when he's on the floor with Morris and can play the 2, but his confidence just isn't there due to all of his struggles.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Muting required||
I had to mute the TV in the second half when the extended Bobby Knight jerk-off began. Sweet creamery Jesus, but that was agonizing.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Brutal 1st half||
Man, that 1st half was some brutal basketball. The combined score in the first 10 minutes was less than 20. I'm happy that Michigan did better in the 2nd half and in particular that Manny finally awoke from his slumber in the last 10 minutes, but, dang, they've got to play better and more consistently than that.
Also, what was up with the crowd last night? I couldn't believe how empty Crisler was. I think that there were more people there for Coppin St. Was it the late start? Poor opponent? A combination? It's too bad because there were very few major conference games last night, so ESPN actually showed the game. Big props to the kids for showing up and making a hell of a racket.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Nothing?||
Taking a completely moribund program to the tourney in 2 years (with multiple walk-ons playing) is a significant accomplishment. You can argue whether or not Beilien's performance to date merits a contract extension, but minimizing what's actually happened by saying that he's "done nothing" is silly.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Publicized?||
Was this game publicized in any way? I know that it's on the calendar, etc., but I don't recall seeing or hearing a single thing noting that the game was part of the Big 10-ACC challenge or that BC isn't another sacrificial offering from the Ohio Valley Conference.
Seems even more odd given that I'm being email-bombed by MGoBlue trying to get me to buy ticket packages that include Coppin St (woot!) and all sorts of t-shirt and junk with block M's.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Brutal||
Yeah, that was brutal. His actual underlying analysis was generally OK, but the you-knowing was just horrendous. He had a couple of discussions where there were more you-knows that all other words put together. He even you-know'ed a you-know.
Anyway, he's clearly learning, so I cut him a lot of slack, particularly in a snoozer like Northern vs. UM. He's a really likeable guy, so I hope that he improves and does well.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||The relevant rule is: A||
The relevant rule is:
A player or an airborne player is out of bounds when part of his person touches anything, other than another player or game official, on or outside a boundary line
In other words, being out of bounds has nothing to do with sideline plane-breaking (which is why a player can hold the ball out over out of bounds territory, yet remain in bounds), and officials and players (by which I think it's safe to assume the rule means those officials and players legally on the field at the start of play and not the freshmen chilling by the Gatorade) are in play regardless of where they are on the field.
So, providing that Carlos Brown was only touching in bounds territory and the defender, he was still in bounds when he chucked the ball to Huyge.
Which is all really just to satisfy my academic curiosity since that apparently wasn't actually part of the official decision about the play being an illegal forward pass.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Co-signed||
Watching it on the television machine, I was absolutely sure that they'd rule it a backwards lateral and was really surprised that they called it a forward pass. In fact, I assumed that the decision took so long because they were reviewing the rulebook to decide whether Carlos Brown was out of bounds or not when lying atop a player who was out. (Players and refs on the field at the snap are in play regardless of where they are on the field during the course of play so Brown was in.)
I must have watched the 2 different shots provided by BTN a half dozen times each, and I honestly have no idea what the officials saw. I'm also a little surprised by the Todd Geerlings quote that it was "clearly" a forward pass because it sure didn't seem like anything was clear about it, and, if anything, the available views pointed towards "insufficient evidence" as opposed to "clearly". Granted, in the booth they could have been looking at something that BTN didn't show.
Speaking of BTN, the announcers were completely dumbstruck by that play. They didn't offer a single piece of insightful commentary on it, including even wondering if Carlos Brown was out (as a significant number of viewers must have been) or explaining why he wasn't.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||They are every bit as bad as||
They are every bit as bad as they look. They gave up 500 total yards of offense to one of the worst offensive teams in the Big Ten, including allowing 2 100+ yard rushing performances and 6.7 yard per carry. Illinois had 2 70+ yard touchdown runs, and several other 20+ yard plays. The safeties and linebackers were consistently out of position, slow to react, and missed tackles. It was a truly horrible performance.
|5 years 5 days ago||What are you Going to Do?||
You can't get worse than Ezeh IMO unless team use power run (Wisconsin, OSU to begin games), so barring that (this week for example), Ezeh should be out of the lineup and replace by Fitzgerald.
There's absolutely no evidence that Fitzgerald is in any way better than Ezeh. Zero. Ezeh and Mouton's play is mistake-ridden and frustrating, but they are the best that Michigan has at the moment.
|5 years 5 days ago||I'm a little confused on the||
I'm a little confused on the Molk timeline. I also thought that he hurt his ankle early and then his knee later (2nd half?). When did he tear the ACL? I assume after he was limping around in the 2nd half because I can't imagine anyone actually playing a single down of football with a torn ACL.
|5 years 5 days ago||throw to Koger||
IIRC, it was high and behind the receiver a little.
Absolutely correct. The ball was slightly above and behind Koger's head, and he had to twist around to even get his hands on it. It would have been nice had he caught it, but it's not like he just plain dropped a between-the-numbers ball.
|5 years 5 days ago||What a shame. I feel terrible||
What a shame. I feel terrible for the kid. I was really surprised he was even out there in the second half. He was limping badly between plays, leaving me wondering how effective he could possibly be. Fingers crossed for him on successful surgery and rehab.
|5 years 5 days ago||Williams == frustrating||
Watching Williams at safety was extremely frustrating. He was out of position, took bad angles and made poor decisions. In some ways he's a 2009 poor man's Stevie Brown.
|5 years 5 days ago||Also||
Also, I'd like to point out to the guy sitting behind me that "Let's Go Brew" isn't the delightfully witty and original piece of rhyme he thought it was nor was it magically transformed into such after the 100th time he shouted it into my ear.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I'm impressed with Brown. I'm||
I'm impressed with Brown. I'm even more impressed with GERG for immediately recognizing Brown's strengths and weaknesses and putting him in a position to succeed.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Tim Tebow was injured? I||
Tim Tebow was injured? I can't believe that ESPN didn't tell us.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Turner is a true freshman who||
Turner is a true freshman who the coaching clearly feel isn't ready yet.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Floyd enthusiasm?||
I don't get all the enthusiasm for JT Floyd. He looked completely lost against Indiana. He's slow, takes bad angles and misses tackles. I understand that Cissoko-bashing is in vogue at moment, but on the basis of the available evidence, I really don't see how Floyd is any sort of upgrade.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||snapping||
The quick snap to catch guys offsides resulted in fumbles a lot because Tate (and Denard) and Moosman don't have the comfort level with each other yet.
More like because Moosman snapped it when they weren't looking.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||RVB is also playing DT so||
RVB is also playing DT so he's close to the center of the DL and probably has a better view of everything that BG, lined almost always lined up outside at DE.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I remember reading that Kiper||
I remember reading that Kiper comment and being befuddled. I still have no idea what he was talking about. IIRC Branch spent most of his senior season crushing various Penn State QBs, stuffing the run and drawing a double on every play.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Marlin Jackson with the gimme||
Marlin Jackson with the gimme pick of Warner.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||"Top what was on the net"?||
"Top what was on the net"? WTF are you talking about? Her privacy was violated in a gross and despicable way, and you think that she might even consider that as a "toppable" event?
Also, nice equating how interesting she is with "super tight tops". As opposed to, you know, being good at her job.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I'm not claiming that Cissoko||
I'm not claiming that Cissoko is good. I am however saying that given the available evidence he's a better option than Floyd.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||What was up with||
What was up with Collinsworth's comment about Branch, though? "Boy, he's sure come a long way since I saw him play in college." You mean since he was first team All-Big Ten and generally terrorizing anyone in an opposition jersey?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Have you actually watched||
Have you actually watched Floyd when he's on the field? Cissoko would have to have his leg in a cast before Floyd starts over him.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I doubt very much that there||
I doubt very much that there will be any freshman corner anywhere in the country that will be able to cover Michael Floyd, let alone one that Michigan is going to just bring in. The guy is a total stud and future NFL player, and the likelihood of some kid who's currently a high school senior being able to cover him is vanishingly small.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Co-signed||
Yeah, I didn't anything in the USC game that led me to believe that OSU is anywhere near ND's offensive proficiency. In particular, Pryor looked awful. Part of that was definitely OSU's bizarre play-calling, but Pryor is also horribly inaccurate and has all sorts of trouble getting it to receivers who aren't standing still and wide open.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||The UFR pretty much confirmed||
The UFR pretty much confirmed my first impressions that the Mouton and, in particular, Ezeh are lost out there. They make poor decisions and are constantly out of position. Obi's particular specialty seems to be following Mouton into the same gap, which is just bewildering to me. I watched him do several times last year, including a few times on short yardage and goal to go situations. I keep waiting for the light to come on and for Obi to transform into a David Harris-like Steamroller of Death, but I'm beginning to have doubts that it will ever happen.
I also was mystified by Cissoko's stranding. After watching him get torched again and again by manbeast Michael Floyd, I finally assumed that the idea was to completely take away one of ND dynamic duo by committing all available resources to Golden Tate and hope that Floyd wouldn't be able to beat Michigan on his own. Which he almost did. Frankly, I thought that Floyd hurting himself was the 2nd most important play of the game for Michigan, after the Tate-to-Matthews winner.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||continuum transfunctioner||
You could even hear the continuum transfunctioner booting up in the background while Brian was being interviewed by Drew & Mike. Which was a terrific interview, btw.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||It's true. They've repainted||
It's true. They've repainted the place and make some upgrades but the menu is basically still the same.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Red Hot Lovers||
RHL recently reopened under a new name (something like "Ray's Red Hots"). The new owner is a former manager. I haven't been there yet, but I'm told that everything remains almost the same.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Bummer||
OK, so this is a bummer, but, really, if Michigan cannot beat Western without Minor, we should just give up on hoping for anything better than a 3-9 season again.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Thank god at least one person||
Thank god at least one person gets it. Paulus has only said that he's been "offered the opportunity to compete". That does not mean "offered a scholarship".
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Also, it really can't be||
Also, it really can't be stressed enough that one of the reasons that Beilein is here is that he's *not* Huggins or Calipari. Those guys are "great" recruiters, but they also bring all sorts of exposure to the seamy underbelly of high school and AAU hoops. After Ed Martin, Michigan specifically does not want that, not even so much as a whiff of that.
Beilein will be fine. He'll get good players who will come here and represent the university well and maybe even make some noise in the tournament along the way. But if you think that we're going to wake up one day and find an entire squad of future NBA lottery picks roaming around Crisler, then you need to seriously recalibrate your expectations. It's not going to happen, and that has as much to do with what the university and the AD want as it does with Beilein.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||The MLive concept is left||
The MLive concept is left over from the late 1990s when everyone was trying to be a "portal".
Advance Publications, who owns Booth and thus the AA News, as well as a bunch of other papers, uses the exact same format for its other papers - the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is cleveland.com, the Newark Star-Ledger is nj.com and so on.
I've never really understood why they thought that, when it came to the paper's online presence, it was a good idea to chuck out a strong brand like the AA News in favor of something as tepid as MLive.com. Maybe they were trying to differentiate between the kinds of content available in print and online - which seems to me to be mostly a distinction made by media industry people and not by consumers.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||lmao||
"Oklahoma, possessor of the most terrifying quasi-ginger manbeast* in college basketball lo these many years"
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Those 10 different pass plays||
Those 10 different pass plays didn't consistently fail because there weren't 10 other pass plays. They failed because of poor execution, inexperience, lack of ability, etc.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||The answer to your question||
The answer to your question is "Shaun King", who gunned the ball all over the field and put up huge numbers at Tulane.
There's ample evidence that Rodriguez is well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his players and will work within his offense to put them in the best position to win.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||scratching my head||
I am completely at a loss to explain why Harris was on the bench for the entire overtime. Beilein's explanation that Harris's game was off makes no sense. Yeah, his game was off. But he's your best freakin' player! And even if he couldn't throw it in the ocean off a rowboat, maybe he could have played a little defense, an aspect of the game which completely eluded Michigan during the overtime when Iowa's *2nd string* point guard carved them up like a fatted Christmas goose.
And while I agree that Big 10 officials suffer from a mysteriously inability to blow the whistle in his favor (that charging call mentioned above was hilariously bad), Harris doesn't help himself with his poor shot selection and his lack of a mid-range game.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||The Wire. Best teevee ever||
The Wire. Best teevee ever made. When you're done with The Wire, watch The Shield because it's fantastic.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Love the idiot quote from the||
Love the idiot quote from the professor in which he compares the excesses of college coaching compensation to "excess that we had in the general business environment in the U.S.", by which I assume he means the excesses which created the mortgage crisis and subsequent liquidity crunch. It's hard to take in the full stupidity of that quote.
On one hand, you have a college football coach making lots of money. His position is one of the most highly scrutinized jobs around and has one of the most easy to analyze returns on investment in the form of salary vs. record - lots of wins = good vs. lots of loses = bad.
Then on the other hand, you have the mortgage industry, which was populated with creative bankers and brokers making lots of money. They had almost zero job scrutiny and intentionally hid their malfeasance in an almost impossible to analyze fashion.
Yep, those two are exactly alike. Fantastic comparison. Someone get that guy tenure STAT.
And, big thumbs up to the News for reporting that some academic somewhere thinks that college football coaches make too much money. Pulitzer quality stuff there, for sure.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I can't read that as anything||
I can't read that as anything but absolutely dripping with sarcasm.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I'll beat that Tebow gets all||
I'll bet that Tebow gets all the "t's" he wants.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I was lucky enough to be at||
I was lucky enough to be at the game today. Best Michigan hoops win since... I'm not sure. Maybe the Fab Five era?
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Any decent rating system will||
Any decent rating system will allow individual users to set their own threshold for the filtering of content. If you want to view all of the content, you just turn off the filtering or set it to a minimum or whatever.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Mallett looked like a true||
Mallett looked like a true freshman. I don't think that makes him questionable.
Can we please dispense with the idea that Henne's freshman performance is a threshold for good true freshman quarterbacking? Henne's 2004 season was a remarkable achievement that's going to be very rarely duplicated.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I'm completely unable to find||
I'm completely unable to find anything that says McGuffie got a concussion on that catch against Toledo. Additionally, he did play the following week against Penn State, and although he didn't get many snaps, the fact that he got any snaps at all doesn't support my notion that he was concussed the previous week. So, unless further evidence comes to light, I'm withdrawing my McGuffie Three Concussions Theory.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Yeah. Mea culpa. I claim an||
Yeah. Mea culpa. I claim an awful Monday and lack of caffeine.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||English was also the guy||
English was also the guy whose defense gave up 34 to a Div II school the week before giving up 39 to Oregon.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Your MVP is a guy who barely||
Your MVP is a guy who barely played in half the games?
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If you're referring to the||
If you're referring to the hit that McGuffie took again OSU, his running style had nothing to do with it. He got hit from the *side*. From both sides, in fact. Simultaneously. If he made any mistake there, it was probably underestimating the closing speed of the OSU special teamers. In the same situation in high school, he probably just pops right between the two defenders and is off to the races.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||The Freep article quoted||
The Freep article quoted elsewhere says:
Though there are no scheduled/necessary surgeries, there is concern about McGuffie, who suffered another concussion against Ohio State. Rodriguez said multiple concussions for McGuffie would result in a further medical evaluation.
The term used for his injury in the MSU game was a "slight concussion".
I can't find a quick link in the amount of time I'm willing to devote to it, but I'm pretty sure that he suffered a concussion in the Toledo game from the hit he took on the long pass completion over the middle.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||English was the great coach||
English was the great coach whose defense gave up 34 to App State last year and then 39 to Oregon the next week.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||McGuffie's had 3 concussions||
McGuffie's had 3 concussions by my count: Toledo, MSU, and OSU. See the discussion on this in Latest on McGuffie?? thread.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Speaking of McGuffie's||
Speaking of McGuffie's concussions, I believe that his most recent one makes 3 on the season, right? Toledo, MSU and OSU. That's getting into the area of concern for lasting health effects. If I recall correctly, depending on their severity, 3 or more concussions over the course of one's life carries significantly increased risk of all sorts of problems like depression, Alzheimer's, and loss of memory. I certainly hope that he's okay and will be able to continue to play safely, whether at UM or somewhere else.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||In what way was Mallet||
In what way was Mallet questionable? Depending on who you listen to, he was either the #1 or #2 QB in the country his senior year. When Henne got injured and there was no other reasonable backup (thanks to Forcier's transfer), Mallett, a true freshman, got put on the field and promptly played like a true freshman. No surprise there.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Try scanning down through the||
Try scanning down through the forum topics. There's been plenty of discussion on this already.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I assert that the mere fact||
I assert that the mere fact that McGuffie is even in the position to get concussed against MSU makes him vastly more tough than anyone posting here.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||#1 feels good? Is this some||
#1 feels good? Is this some sort of scat thing?
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Agreed. Damn near spit out my||
Agreed. Damn near spit out my cheese stick when I read that. Huzzah, Brian.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||I have a friend with that||
I have a friend with that last name. He pronounces it "DIKE-us".
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Additionally, UT might be a||
Additionally, UT might be a better job, but it's probably also a harder job. Whoever takes the UT job is going to have to be a phenomenal recruiter because Tennessee does not have a lot of instate talent and doesn't have too much cachet outside of the Southeast, which means that they have to go up against the other SEC powerhouses who already have a leg up recruiting their own instate talent. It's not exactly clear if Dantonio has that kind of recruiting chops.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Your snarky pessimism is||
Your snarky pessimism is noted.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Butler is not starting. He||
Butler is not starting. He was in on about a quarter of the defensive plays against Purdue.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I thought that Jamison played||
I thought that Jamison played well, at least in the first half. I remember him dominating the LT on several plays. He and Warren led the defense with 7 tackles each, and he recorded 1 of Michigan's 2 pass breakups, so he at least did something.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||The fact that Feagin is the||
The fact that Feagin is the backup QB this week does not mean that "all of a sudden he learned the offense". It means that Michigan is starting a walk-on QB and there is NO other guy to be the backup. What happens if Sheridan gets hurt? Does the offense just go on the field and mill around? Even if Feagin can only run 1 play, he's a better option that anyone else at QB if Sheridan were to go out of the game. This is a horrible situation for the football team. Pretending that Rodriguez and the coaching staff are somehow either incompetent or liars because they're between a rock and hard place and have to list Feagin at backup QB is just ridiculous.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Sorry, I'm having a hard-time||
Sorry, I'm having a hard-time telling actual braindeadedness apart from faux braindeadedness right now. I was up too late.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Ethically? Is there even the||
Ethically? Is there even the remotest smidgen of doubt that it would be totally unethical to put someone with a brain injury into a football game? A tackle football game involving dudes the size of my refrigerator?
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I hope that you're not||
I hope that you're not seriously suggesting that a guy with a concussion should be put into a college football game under any circumstances.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Argh. My brains are leaking||
Argh. My brains are leaking out my ass after reading shit like this.
Feagin is backing up Sheridan because *there isn't anyone else*. Feagin might know only 1 play but that's probably 1 play more than anyone else on the team who could possibly be put in the game. (Notice that Cone probably knows more plays but is clearly just not going to be put in the game.)
This move does not say that Feagin is either good or competent. He's just less bad and less incompetent than all of the other options.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Dude, don't get your panties||
Dude, don't get your panties in such a bunch. Were you thinking that you'd post something on the Web and not have someone disagree with you?
|5 years 51 weeks ago||And if the other option is||
And if the other option is giving up a big chunk of yards or a TD in the same situation...?
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I like the sign on the wall||
I like the sign on the wall that reads "Dress to Impress". Mission accomplished, I'd say.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I saw Stanton play live||
I saw Stanton play live during pre-season. Unless he's come a long way since then, don't expect much.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I also thought that Warren at||
I also thought that Warren at safety was all about keeping Stewart off the field.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||That's a season trend. Check||
That's a season trend. Check out the season to date stats. UM is averaging almost 8 minutes less TOP than the opposition. The offense can't stay on the field. The defense cannot make stop on 3rd down (opponents are converting at a 40% rate).
TOP by game:
Just look at the awful badness of that. The only game in which UM had more TOP that it's opponent was the ND Butter Battle 08. The PSU game was close only because PSU sleepwalked throught the entire first half before shaking off the Ambien and applying the clamps in the second half. Miami (of frickin' Ohio) managed to keep the ball 10 minutes more than Michigan.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Dude. This is all sorts of||
Dude. This is all sorts of awesome.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Just took another look at the||
Just took another look at the box score, and it does say that McAvoy played, although not in what capacity. I can't find whatever I read on Saturday that made me think that only 5 guys played OL the entire game. At any rate, it seems that Ferrara played most of the game, and, obviously, he's won the starting spot.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||What an incredible athlete.||
What an incredible athlete. Just jaw-dropping athleticism.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Did you notice that Siller||
Did you notice that Siller was 21-34 for 266 and 3 TDs? No amount of wishful thinking is going to help Feagin to a stat line like that. It's clear that right now the kid is not the answer at QB. Everyone needs to move on.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||No real surpise there, I||
No real surpise there, I guess. Just reinforces the idea that the OL is a raggedy house of cards.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||That's kinda what I thought,||
That's kinda what I thought, too, Coach. Hey Purdue's putting in some raw athlete kid at QB. He's probably not going to be able to throw all that well and the main danger from him will be his legs, so let's put a nickel man out there to help keep him from getting around the corner. That should slow him... oh, crap - he can throw pretty darn well.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||That OL was something to||
That OL was something to behold the other night. They were just grinding Texas into little bit-sized morsels for much of the 1st half.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||All manner of guys enroll||
All manner of guys enroll early and then redshirt their freshman year. They're still redshirt freshmen. That's *exactly* what Threet is. It's totally bizarre to assert that he's anything else.