|1 week 3 days ago||Am I the only one disappointed||
that Magnuson under center, even for one play to take a knee, was not seen in the Rutgers blowout?
|1 week 3 days ago||Odds of a "news" story this week with the headline||
"Jim Harbaugh is crazy.. crazy like a fox" appearing somewhere in a regional or national publication? 99.5%
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My take||
- a lot of play action crossing routes, relying on the play action to suck up hyper aggressive LB's and hoping that Butt / WR's can beat their man off the line to get into the crossing lanes before the LB can re-react
- I think you'll see rolling pockets as well to try and simplify the reads for O-Korn while giving him the freedom to go after the sticks with his legs
- On the running attack, I figure to see a lot of FB / H-back leads to try and wipe out the first level LB and hope to get our RB against their free hitting DB (as opposed to a free hitting LB), i.e. Smith trucking a DB or Evans hitting the hole faster than the DB can get there. Not too much zone reads as the DL's will be shooting so much as to disrupt zone running lanes. I also think you're not going to see a lot of misdirection unless they find that the LBs are overrunning to the inital read. We should see that within 2 series of offensive plays.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||From what I've seen||
Lockwood looks like a huge surprise.. an actual quasi-power forward that can generate scoring chances that we haven't had in a long time. I think our goal scoring might be OK in that we're not going to have a dominant #1 line, but it might be death by a thousand cuts type of distributed scoring. I've also been impressed overall with Piazza. Didn't think he was a top pairing type of D-man, but en total he's played well. I don't think we're in the top 2 in the conference, but I think we're solidly the 3rd or 4th team, which will mean we will have a realistic chance to play our way in on the last weekend.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Analysis I read from an NBA shot guru type||
was that the defenders in the NBA are generally faster at closing out on perimeter shooters than in college, so that ended up altering Stauskas's stroke because he was trying to compensate for the slightly increased speed of the defenders. I'll try and find the link to the article because they had a video clip in which they showed frame by frame that Nik's rhythm on shots was off between his college shooting and NBA shooting.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You could swap out other fishy white meats||
I'd go with alligator chunks, or a really meaty white fish like a mahi mahi. Or just plain ol' chicken (but you'd have cook it for longer obvs)
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The only reaction to this||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Classic bend don't break defense||
Wayne Fontes would be proud.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Jeff George was the prototype upon which||
Rex Grossman was created in a vat. George famously called his own plays in Oakland against the wishes of the head coach, Jon Gruden, which caused Gruden to re-use the famous Bull Durham quote in a press conference, describing George as having a "Million Dollar Arm, Ten Cent Head"
|7 weeks 2 days ago||If you want a factual football movie, transition off the||
big screen to the small screen
PED use, domestic abuse, bounty systems, pain killer abusing QB, maniac HC without game management skills..... Yep, this is YOUR N*F*L
|7 weeks 2 days ago||And by few good hockey movies, you mean....||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||How has Brian not seen:||
Major League 1
The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh
(the list goes on and on and on.. the joke is getting old)
|7 weeks 2 days ago||No question hands down||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly at this point||
LSU could do worse than Da Coach O. Considering the lack of top flight candidates and the fact that Auburn, Miss St and maybe Ole Miss may be changing coaches also, LSU could keep DACOACHO, he'll keep the 5-star recruiting pipeline going for at least 1-2 years, keep LSU winning 8-9 games a year, and leave the cupboard full for when LSU decides to go all in on the next hot thing coach (maybe after Saban retires). You keep Coach O knowing he's a placeholder that probably won't set the program on fire as long as you keep a bevy of quality assistants around him.
And I say this having lived through the Hoke years.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Hermann at Oregon is a real possibility||
You've got the unlimited resources of the Nike checkbook, none of the psychotic behavior of Texas alums, they'd be open to Hermann's offensive philosophy, and Hermann's Texas ties can be used for recruiting to Oregon. Add in that the Pac-12 may be ripe for the taking with USC & UCLA possibly in turmoil. I think it's overreaction by the talking heads that discount Hermann going anywhere besides Texas or LSU.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Nagelvoort looks scarily bad on Union's 3 & 4 goals from Fri||
Like, whoa bad. If that's what can be expected from a Sr goalie, then give the ball to the frosh. I'll be paying attention this weekend to see what happens against Ferris.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||To take issue with the OP||
this is NOT *Exactly* like the PSU and Baylor situations at all. Here, Leach is openly admitting his players are involved in a legal issue and is basically saying he's going to let the legal system play out. In both Baylor and Penn St, unviersity administrators and athletic officials were actively concealing criminal behavior under the guise of "internal athletic dept matters" in the case of Baylor, or pressuring employees to not cooperate with law enforcement personnel in the case of Penn St.
I have NO problem with a coach basically saying that he's going to let his players play out while they go through the legal process as long as said coach is not interfering with the legal process or obstructing / obfuscating evidence. There have been enough anecdotal evidence over the last couple years that players are sometimes unfairly accused of crimes and then put through character assassination by media and fans who want "immediate justice".
|7 weeks 6 days ago||This was the football version of||
The "to the pain" monologue from Princess Bride acted out as performance art.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||We can all agree that Urban's Death Star is fully operational||
but they made the fatal mistake of building their defenses for large scale assault and ignoring the threat of small, one man fighters....
Indiana, they're calling your name.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The payouts themselves are OK||
It's just that most bowls now don't subsidize the team's travel expenses, many times the bowl imposes a mandatory minimum ticket sold requirement on each school (hence unsold tickets are eaten by the school at full cost), and if you want auxiliary activities like marching bands and comp'd alumni / administrators, that comes out of the school's pocket as well. So in the end, if you're a middling team with a small active alumni base and you get invited to a bowl game with high travel costs and an unreasonable minimum ticket purchase guarantee, you can easily be in the red as a school.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wayne Fontes is offended by your comparison to Jim Caldwell||
Wayne-o still has more playoff wins than the 14 or so HC's after him, combined.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Don't forget||
This year's Tigers had *48*(!) starts from Pelfrey and Sanchez. If you don't change a thing from this year's team except to replace those 48 starts with 48 from Boyd / Norris / Zimmerman, I'm pretty sure we don't lose the wild card position by a game.
The real question to me is could you package Norris or Boyd with V-Mart to get a inning eating vet starter and shed V-Mart's salary. Upton showed with his second half he'll be alright, JD Martinez for a full season and you need a platoon in CF better than Maybin & (cross fingers). Add in hopefully another step forward in development for Castellanos and you still have a contending team with a 1-2 year window before you need to really take things down / transition. Cabrera & Verlander deserve at least one more run from the ballclub before you start trading away veteran assets.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Not to be morbid||
but does Newsome's injury potential chage the calculus for some top rated tackle prospects, either from the recruit's, *or the coachs'* perspective?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||We are long enough removed from the original Tacopants||
so that we may now be in the era of Son of Tacopants. He's a legacy recruit.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||You're forgetting the most important Dragoon||
The Daring Dragoon was he!
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Even with the title in '96||
the 1997 team not winning it all after blasting everyone in their path up to that BU game was a damn tragedy, up there with the undefeated Patriots losing in the Super Bowl to the NY Giants. Funny thing was it set up the unexpected run in 1998 with all the freshmen.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||True for the full service PS Vue service (Home only)||
the PSV Mobile app runs anywhere but with live tv restrictions.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The fact that the over the air live broadcasts||
of local channels 2, 4, and 62 are what is gonig to sway me to tge PS Vue service over Sling TV. Also with Vue you get local Fox Sports network, so in Detroit area that means with a Vue account you get:
All Red Wings games (Fox Sports Detroit, NBC Sports and NHL Network)
Most Pistons games (FS Detroit and WatchESPN for ESPN & ABC broadcasts)
All Lions games (Fox 2 and CBS 62)
Almost all Tigers games (FS Detroit)
All Michigan football (Watch ESPN and BTN, BTN2go)
Almost all Michigan basketball (BTN, BTN2go, WatchESPN)
Almost all Michigan hockey (BTN, BTN2Go)
So for me, that's a winning proposition
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Question / clarification / correction||
I've been reading up on this topic, and my understanding per the Vue website is that if you have a streaming device that is running the full on PS Vue app (NOT the PS Vue mobile) then you can watch it with full functionality. From the hardware side, this means a PS3, PS4, Amazon Fire TV box, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku 3 or 4, Roku stick (2016 version). The advantage of the boxes is the larger on board memory vs the sticks which allows for smoother streaming (since there's more of a buffer).
Any stick device that requires you stream content to it from something else (phone, tablet, etc) will require the Vue Mobile app and that does NOT have the same functionality as the Vue App.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Did the lifetime membership on discount||
Had an offer this fall for a lifetime member ship for the wife and I for $499. Normally it's $1400, so I jumped at the chance. Got the two fleeces, discounts, yadda yadda, but the real benefit to me is that a good chunk of your dues if you're in an out of state alumni association goes to a student scholarship fund for your area, administered by the local alumni club. When I was in Dayton, we would usually give $4-5k in cash scholarships to local incoming freshmen.
Self-servingly, the ability to get on the Radrick Farms eligibility list was a big benefit as well.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
Grantland was first and foremost a sports website that had auxilliary content that made it greater than its initial parts. The Ringer is basically a Bill Simmons-endorsed political website with some sports thrown in. Plus, the writing on The Ringer just isn't as good as as Grantland's, outside of some carryovers. Seems like a lot of the new writers have a case of "let's end a piece on a single sentence that I think is thought provoking but is really just pretentious"-itis. Not as much analytic coverage as Grantland in the actual sports articles either. It's still on my daily click through list, but I probably actually read about 1/3 less articles than I did on Grantland.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||That's not a rumor.||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Double post||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I can rest easy now||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Um. Peppers was out for the bowl game, right?||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't change a thing off your second plan|
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I volunteer for the republic! I mean MGoBlog!||
I still have my wristband of plays from my two time championship Flag Football juggernaut, The Polish Armada. A little more West Coast offense than spread for Brian's taste, to be sure, but effective. Deadly effective.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I won't be that guy too much, but...||
Cook also missed 1.5 games, had a competent defense and run game, and frankly, played his best in clutch games for Mich St. The comment that he and Burbridge basically kept MSU in the game against us single handedly is subjectively true. This is where statistics can lie.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Boycotting buying Big House stadium concessions||
until the cider mill donut and hot apple cider stand re-opens! That was my go-to pre-game concession purchase.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Any comments on fit of these shoes?||
Are they typical Nike's in that they're mostly for narrow feet people?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||"Someone had a great comment in the helmet-specific thread, "||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't call the helmets "matte"||
I'd go with semi-gloss or satin. they have a little sheen to them (see the photo of the Jourdan Lewis mockup), but they're not the clear-coat high sheen / new-car-finish seen in previous years. The bowl year matte helmets were definitely matte... they had little to no shine on them, even in bright sunlight.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Actually no||
The branding on the uniforms themselves is very subtle and NOT huge and loud. Single jumpman logo over left chest numbers on shirts, and jumpman logo on sides of pants, just below waist. Very classy.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Yes and no||
Blues have shoulder numbers. Whites appear to not.
Numbers are solid colors with no trim (blues have maize #'s, Whites have blue #'s).
No obvious sublimation patterns either. White socks.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Quick summary||
Home blues look very traditional. Jumpman logo is really understated on the jersey and pants.
Aways are all white again with maize/blue trim on sleeves and down length of pants.
No obvious changes to helmets. WHEEW
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I am very good with this, surprised it didn't happen earlier||
Lions weren't going to replace Calvin Johnson with one guy. Boldin gives them the big strong receiver that can outmuscle a smaller CB, Jones has the speed on the outside, and Tate is still running around in zone holes made by the others. I expect a lot of 3 WR sets for Stafford to throw from this year.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Suzy Merchant, Tom Izzo, Tom Anastos||
Cue Sesame Street's "One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same..."
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Mixed bag||
Good in the sense that we probably have a bunch of players who aren't threats to leave after Year 1 or 2, but bad in the sense we don't have that dynamic scoring frosh that can carry the team for periods of time like we had the last two years. That being said, we're probably looking at a class with a starting level goaltender and a bunch of 2nd / 3rd line forwards, and at least a solid 2nd pairing defenseman. Good class if you have a lot of scoring depth already or have a hyper offensive recruit coming the next year. For this team, right now, it's probably a net negative in comparison to what we lost for next year. We will need improvement from multiple returnees and maybe the frosh goalie to steal the starting job to be a B1G title contender next year.
We very well may be looking at the abyss of a Pre-season Conference Favorite.... Penn St Nittany Lions.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The United Kingdom is an association of individual "countries"||
or kingdoms that operate as a single political entity for most international purposes. The countries of England and Wales are united by an annexation of Wales into the kingdom of Great Britain which was formed after the conquering of Scotland by England (and the associated Acts of Union). The Kingdom of Northern Ireland has the same monarch as Great Britain, so the formal title of the soverign state is the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
FIFA recognizes individual nations within a confederation or soverign state concept but not incorporated territories, hence England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all having individual teams. The Olympic Commitee recognizes Soverign states and federated territories only, which is why Great Britain competes at the Olympics (not England), but Puerto Rico and the USVI are allowed separate Olympic teams from the main US team.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||One of the Men in Blazers said it best||
"Is it really a great idea to have an English team comprised mostly of Tottenham players?"
England in Euros 16 = So Spursy.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Was it that much of an embarassment?||
Seems like Bale put it perfectly bended around the wall and at the corner. I'd give credit more to Bale than blame to Hart.
The Welsh Black Knights have come to play.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||As a former member of the nation's intelligence community||
I am highly disappointed in Coach Harbaugh's misuse of classification markings. I will volunteer to assist him in this effort.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand the Wondo fascination at this point||
Sure he can score goals in MLS, but he's shown time and again he's just not a world class striker. Morris, even at this age, seems to have that dynamic scoring ability shown by world class strikers. Sure there's a different skill set, but unless Wondo is there specifically to replace Dempsey in case of injury / fatigue, Morris's skill should have won the day.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Aw nuts||
I thought I saw Morris was re-added because of an injury (Altidore's?) Oh well.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Because of the US depth at striker / forward||
I expect Klinsmann to demand the forward corps run ragged and press knowing that he has Morris, Pulisic, and Nagbe ready to insert. Because of the development of Brooks & Yedlin, substitutions won't have to be wasted on defensemen. I expect a fast attacking counter set performance, and I frankly wouldn't be surprised is USMNT wins its group.
OTOH, if the injury bug pops up and Guzan sucks / Tim Howard has aged noticably, we could be out without winning a game. Highly variable outcomes for me which makes this tourney interesting.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||FauxPellini for Baylor HC||
College football without Bo Pellini stalking the sidelines is less of a magical world to me.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Also:||
he smells like lutefisk, spoiled beef jerky, and Miller Lite. Not kidding.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Only if the player is NOT wearing broomball shoes||
Huge advantage. Huge.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I am deeply offended by the author's lack of knowledge of the||
sport of kings, Broomball, as evidenced by this post.
Former 3rd line checking right winger on UM's National Championship Winning Club Broomball Team, 1999-2002.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||The Aztec functionally was ahead of its time||
It just looked bad from the outside, but it had all the features you'd possibly want in that class of vehicle. Same with the Pontiac Vibe. They both suffered from some poor exterior finish choices and, sadly, the Pontiac nameplate.
If you want an example of the same thing, but the other way, look no further than the Ford Flex. As my aunt says, "as long as you can get past how it looks on the outside, it's a FABULOUS car and the best ride I've ever had in a crossover vehicle"
|28 weeks 5 days ago||From an economics standpoint||
I (a 38 yr old male) would take my two oldest kids (aged 6 & 3) to see Star Wars, Zootopia, or Space Jam. I would not take them to see Invincible, Race, or the high school football movie. If I'm Michigan I'm hoping for either Star Wars (widest, most passionate fan base hitting both townies and students still in town) or Zootopia (hoping for more drag along ticket sales from all the families in the area with a relatively newer popular kids movie).
|28 weeks 5 days ago||5th graders from 1993||
with their clones in tow.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||^^ THIS||
* What's with all the marble sea lions / seals near all the bathtubs / jacuzzis? Me thinks there's a fetish diagnosis there waiting to happen
* Notice how all the stuff "normal" people would want to highlight like trophies / awards, gold ball plaques, etc (and I bet his diploma) are in the small drop ceiling "basement" room. The "office" areas in the upstairs are perfectly manicured from a presentation point of view with NO personalization / character (I bet even the books are perfumed with an artificial mahogany & leather odor). Perfectly staged... just like Brandon's life.
* And along with that, there's SO MUCH GLASS in that house. Form the windows, to the artwork, to the cabinets full of glass ware and sculptures. I couldn't live there in a million years even if I had the money because I have three kids. Again, me thinks the person who lives there has a "fragile" personality...
* I'm not a civil engineer by any means, but with that house on that much of a slope near a steep drop off to the river, that place seems like an erosion disaster waiting to happen in 20 years...
* and finally, the listing said a "2 story" garage.. I only saw one. Unless the 2nd floor garage is the one that backs right up to the master bedroom suite. So that Brandon can act out his Batman fantasies.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||So then||
Let UAA, UAF, Simon Fraser, Arizona St, Air Force and Army play together in the same conference. call it a "Great Western Conference" or something.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||They're the Simon Fraser||
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Hockey dominoes||
Yep, I think Bentley is the hidden dog in this fight. Anything Hockey East can do to make the conference even more tied to Boston's public transit system the league will be in favor of. You've got 7 schools right now that are on the MBTA system either by subway, bus, or commuter rail. You add one more in Bentley and I'm sure they'd jump at the reduced travel costs / room & board costs for their premier D-I sport. The only that makes more sens geographically would be Harvard, but no way they're leaving their Ivy League brethren.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, you mean to tell me||
that someone got noticed for their playing ability after going to camps that were not located at university facilities? Where was his hudl and Youtube videos though?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Conference is to announce the newest hire to the Michigan AD||
Pep Guardiola cancelling his deal to go to Man City since they won't be playing in the Champions League next year, coming to coach Michigan Mens Soccer.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Morrison, Comrie, Connor, Madden||
Morrison was the best player I've ever seen in a Michigan uniform. He was damn near unstoppable. Next on skill was Comrie, then Connor, and then I'd put John Madden next. Madden sacrificed a lot of offensive stats to be the defensive stallwart on the 2nd line with those Morrison teams, but he was able to show off his offensive skill on the PENALTY KILL. Madden was an absolute weapon shorthanded. It got to the point in his senior year that teams on the PP were passing away from his side and not even attempting cross ice passes when Madden was out because they knew he'd pick off the passes and score. His NHL career was not too bad either.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Do you have an opinion on Cole, regardless?||
or are you going to cover non D-1 coaches in a separate post?
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks Canadian||
After reading through all three parts, to me, we have Mel Pearson, and then a short list of young candidates. Leaman, Bennett, and Bergeron in that order are my preference. I like that Leaman cut his teeth at Maine when they were still a national power and recruiting the high level skill hockey guys instead of the 23-24 yr olds. I'd have to dig into Bergeron's record and history more to see what his recruiting has looked like at BG.
I also think that Gadowski would be an absolute home run of a hire, but that there's no way we're prying him from Penn St. Blasi and Jackson aren't leaving their current digs.
No love for Danton Cole, though? I'd think he'd be a short list of guys that Manuel would talk to, considering he's got the local, recruting, and NTDP ties, and has a track record of a successful in-game coach at a high level. The Sparty connection is there however, and in conversations I've had with Jeremy Dewer from the MSU Hockey blog, he thinks that *if* Anastos gets canned this year, Cole would be their #1 target.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||OK, I'll play`||
How do you pronounce her first name?
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Folks, make sure you check the UM Alumni Club in Dayton website||
I'm a former officer of the club and the current regime is big on hosting game watching parties and helping folks who travel from out of town into the area. Support them. website is: http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/dayton
And for the folks asking about football watching parties, the UM Club of Dayton routinely hosts football watching parties in the Oakwood area... Flyboys Deli has been a popular option in recent years.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Comment thread over||
Any of the baked pancakes at Pancake Pantry / The Pantry on Van Dyke south of 14 Mi Rd. Apple pancake with extra glaze FTW.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||The park across the street from Saban's lake side house||
|42 weeks 4 days ago||So I'm coming to the conclusion that Racine doesn't close his||
arms fast enough. He's vulnerable under the arms if you get him moving.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I miss Senor Save||
Wish he had stuck around for one more year...
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Way too depressing a piece||
Yes, the defense has huge holes, but looking at the entirety of college hockey this year, Michigan is actually a Top 10 team legitimately, bordering on Top 5, as scary as that sounds. Last weekend, 3 of the top 10 teams in the USCHO rankings dropped a game, and #1 Quinnipiac tied and won. MSU always plays us tough, especially at JLA, so I don't see why this is so surprising. I'm encouraged overall that the team beat MSU on the road after dropping a tough one on Friday night. If this was last year, they would have lost on Saturday as well. They didn't, Racine had two good back to back games, and we're still tied with Minnesota with games against them coming up. As long as we sweep up Wisconsin and Ohio St the rest of the year, a couple wins against Minnesota will likely get us the B1G regular season title and a nice position for an at-large if we lose in the tourney.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||We've now crossed the threshold from CHAOSTEAM to HOCKEYBAYLOR||
There's enough sample size in now to say that we are going to outscore our opponents more than we're going to give up unreasonable amounts of goals. This will not preclude the inevitable heartbreaking loss or two, but I'm now convinced we'll win the league. If we can win the regular season and get to the conference tourney championship, we may stay in line for a 1-seed.... sheesh.
And the CCM Line is legit scary. This line is Zetterberg-Datsyuk-random 3rd guy in their prime scary with how fast they go from forecheck to offense-possession-shot.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Manuel's first weekend is the last week of regular season hockey||
Courting of Mel and others won't start until after the tournament run we'll be engaging on, so don't expect any news until April at the earliest.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||EN=empty net, EX = extra skater||
|45 weeks 3 days ago||We have entered the singularity||
This team, I mean, this is straight BigXII / 90's era Pac-10 football version of hockey. I'm now convinced we're going to outscore everybody to the conference title, we'll get an at-large since our OOC is helping our PWR, and we'll flame out spectacularly in the 1st or 2nd round. If Racine can keep his GAA under 4, we'll win the conference by a big margin.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||And even better||
Our OOC opponents are holding their end of the deal. BU, Rensselaer, Union, Robert Morris, Dartmouth, Michigan Tech, and Northern Mich are all Top-30 in PWR. Penn St & Minnesota will be the only chances for conference bonus point wins. This bodes well for a potential At-large bid if we stumble in the B1G tourney (provided we win the reg season conference title by a healthy margin)
|47 weeks 4 days ago||So 7 players need to leave / be dropped from recruiting?||
Looking at the list, I guess I can see that...
No schollie (special teamers / walkons): (3) Allen, Sypniewski, David
Not asked back: (4) Strobel, Bars?, Gant?, Richardson?
Possible transfers: (4) Green, Taylor-Douglass, a QB, McCray?
That's 11 right there, not counting any recruits on the board as committs that end up not in the class. You'd like to give Allen a schollie I'd think, but would Harbuagh not renew Bars or Gant with the depth at those positions? It'll be tight, especially if some of those transfers don't come on, so there might be some grayshirting in the recruiting class to make numbers.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Huge win this weekend for many reasons||
Michigan picked up at least 1, possibly two OOC bonus wins for PWR in the GLI if Northern can get their shit together and become a team under consideration. In the weaker (than last year) WCHA, that's possible. Not playing State in the championship is probably the best thing that could have happened, PWR wise. Racine looked, dare I say, good?, and Kyle Connor is continuing his Larkin-esque debut. Also this holiday break, Robert Morris won their holiday tournament, so that'll boost their resume and potentially add another OOC scalp for our PWR sheet.
If Michigan can win the B1G regular season, we probably will be an at-large team going into the B1G tourney with a championship game loss to burn.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||On a happy note||
Robert Morris and Mercyhurst are keeping their head above water (RM just won their holiday tournament with a couple of upset wins) and Union is holding strong as a ranked team. Only Dartmouth has really fallen off the map as far OOC opponents go. Beat Michigan Tech in the GLI final (them winning was about as good a result as we could hope for-- another game against Sparty just doesn't help us at this point), and our OOC may actually end up being a plus for us instead of a negative. WCHA is looking weak unlike last year, and Bowling Green just lost a key member of their team to Canadian Juniors right before break.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||From what I can tell from Miami guys on the 'nets||
There was a bit of a fools gold aspect to Blasi. Once he lost the ability to rack up points on lesser regional opponents in the old CCHA, and lost some of his recruiting cache of playing "Michigan, Ohio St, and Michigan St every year" (instead now having to sell Midwest and eastern Canadian recruits on playing NoDak, Denver, Colorado College, etc), recruiting has gone down, his technical acumen behind the bench has been exposed, and he's not gotten any breaks in scheduling in the new NCHC. This is why some of the BC Hockey bloggers are scared that Brad Bates is going to pick the next hockey coach after York retires since they think he'll try to get Blasi (who actually was hired by the guy before Bates). It's confusing, I'll grant you.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I will not get excited until I see him between the pipes in Yost||
The OHL fuck train does that to people.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Holy fucksticks can we just put a complete weekend together?||
Minnesota still has a lot of talent and good coaching so you knew they were going to be back and ready on Saturday. The third goal was just sloppy all around. Poor defense play at the line, compounded with a poor recovery effort, compounded again by giving up a soft one from a side angle. Great Jeebus, get your ass on the post and cover the side- you have two defensemen(!) covering the middle...
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Lets be honest||
I odn't know if any COY would know what a rotary phone ring actually sounds like...
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Is anyone else surprised that by the end of their careers||
Kampfer and Hunwick might arguably have had a better career than JMFJ? I really thought Johnson was going to have a monster Al Iafrate / Chris Pronger like career, but he just can't seem to put together 2 good seasons in a row. Kampfer meanwhile is turning in a very solid NHL career and Hunwick is a near all-star quality stay at home defenceman
|51 weeks 2 days ago||I have on good authority that on that campus||
Brutus Buckeye gets laid regularly... in costume.
In all seriousness though, how does a college player have the funds to pay for such a service?
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Agree with Save us Mel, it's E) all of the above||
but if you want to point to a specific tactical thing we could do better to try and get some immediate improvement, it's that the defensemen are going in to dig the corners on dump and chases with poor body position and a poor first pass. If the coaching staff can get the defensemen to go harder into the corners and then either just skate around the back of the net to get more room for a better outlet pass, or trade a couple more icing calls per game into stronger clearing attempts, that may help.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Well, we're entering Loyola Marymount territory||
Those of a certain age will remember the 90's era Loyola Marymount teams in basketball, where they'd score 120 pts/game in a college game, but also give up 100-110. I think we're at that point with this team this year. It's outscore or bust, and it doesn't seem that Red and staff have the tactics / teaching acumen / motivational skill at this point to correct it. Might be time just to go all out into "score more than the other guys" mode, hope you can rack up enough points in the B1G to win the league handily (which even being a crap league, our OOC performance probably has enough juice to get us an at-large bid with a B1G regular season title) and whatever happens in the B1G tourney, you get in as a 3 or 4 seed and become that "team that no one wants to play" in teh first round, but expect no farther than a 2nd rd appearance. After this season, it's all hands on deck Harbaugh-hiring-style to bring Mel back to Ann Arbor.
|1 year 4 days ago||THIS^^||
Hawaii has no money for recruiting and the facilities are less than most big football CONUS state high schools. Add to that a NFL sized stadium that doesn't really have a good game day vibe, a place that's really expensive to live (and visit, and travel to/from home), and that all their games are at least 2 hours behind the closest mainland... yep, Hawaii has issues with fielding a consistent, winning football team.
|1 year 4 days ago||If Hawaii football exists past 2020||
as a FBS program, I will be surprised
|1 year 1 week ago||So once again||
shitty goaltending and ineffective defensive clears blew a game we should've won. Huh, wonder where I heard that from?
In the happy news, the split with BU probably gives us enough OOC juice to get an at-large provided we win the B1G but don't win the tournament. The WCHA isn't going to have the large number of bubble teams like last year, so that should open up 1 or 2 at -large slots.
|1 year 1 week ago||With the way the rest of ooc worked out up to this point||
A split with BU would be very nice, provided we can take care of Dartmouth next weekend. Who's in net tonight?
Edit- just looked, its Racine.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||There are two hopes for this team||
(1) The #1 line with Connor and Nieves turns into a Kevin Porter-2008 scoring juggernaut that can't be stopped and tires out the opposition's defense / backchecking
(2) The energy line with Morody turns into a Grind Line like forechecking terror
If both these happen, we'll win the B1G, perhaps easily. If not, it's struggle-humping defensive breakdowns wait-until-the-B1G-tourney-championship-game misery.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Anecdotally, I'd say||
RB, DL & QB are most likely to go early. Those are the three positions that usually have multi-year starters by Jr year that are considered positions with shelf lives and are drafted highly by NFL teams traditionally to put more pressure on a player to come out early. The RB decrease the past 5-10 years or so in the NFL I still think is a blimp more than a new trend. .
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Fielding and Fritz||
Fielding's the big original one, and a coat of paint this offseason to add some helmet stripes to the little one can be Fritz.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Serious response||
You have a couple options:
1) If you have, say 20 hours to kill, watch the movies in this order: IV, V, I (optional), II, III, VI. It has been called many things on Internet boards, but I like to call it "The Godfather" mash-up. You get all the back story in a context of emotional up and downs that preserves the twists and reveals of the stories.
2) If you prefer the visual methodolgy, but don't have 20 hours, find "Star Wars Droid Tales" on either the Disney XD app or some streaming service. 6 episodes, 30 min each. The last episode aired this week. It's basically Lego Movie-like animation of the entire Star Wars movie canon (including post-movie release material that is now considered canon like The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels) in 30 minute chunks that give you the recaps of the major plots of the movies and characters involved in humerous segments. Good if you're a parent who has to bring up to speed some youngsters on the entire Star Wars universe and don't have the aforementioned 20 hours + to spend in front of the TV, but want them ready to understand the new movie in front of you.
3) If you're a more reading type, and you're already familiar with the general Ep 1-6 movies, read the new books "Aftermath", "Lost Stars", the 4-issue comic book series "Star Wars Shattered Empire", and find a wookiepedia entry on "The Battle of Jakku". That will get you up to speed with who a lot of the new characters are and set the stage for The Force Awakens text crawl on Dec 18. Basically fills in the gap between post-Return of the Jedi and the new movie coming up. Ignore all the "Star Wars Expanded Universe" stuff written from the mid 90's up until now. That, for the most part, has been deemed as non-canon "Legends" material which the new movies will not be subject to. If you hear people complaining in the theater why there's no "Mara Jade" or "Thrawn" in the new movie, it's because those were popular characters from the Expanded Universe novels that Disney has decided to excise from the "New Canon" in order to make new movies and TV shows / books / comics under their purview fit together consistency wise. The people complaining likely spent hundreds of dollars and hours in previous years reading and following all the Expanded Universe storylines, only to have the House of Mouse tell them its means NOTHING. Kind of like Michigan fans who spent hundreds of hours learning intracacies of spread offense philosophies to then learn that Brady Hoke was hired.
Hope this helps. Can't wait for 18 Dec!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||CAVEAT||
I think Claeys is a real candidate for Minny as well. He's basically got a 5 game tryout. If Minny makes a bowl game, I think he gets the job. Minnesota's hoping they have a Pat Fitzgerald and not a Bobby Williams.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||PJ Fleck to Minnesota||
Illinois will inevitably screw up the hire, Minny will jump in, be a consistent 7-9 win team in the B1G West, and he'll eat that trophy scalpin' shit up full bore for Minnesota. The Gophers are probably the most EPL team out there in that they play for trophies more than division titles (The JUG, The PIG, The AXE)- they're basically Everton.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Well.....||
Open now or with interim not expected to get final job: USC, USoCar, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Miami FL, UCF
Expected to be open at end of year: Purdue, Rutgers, Houston (Tom Herman's going somewhere), K-State (credible rumblings the Old Wizard has decided this is his final year)
Still could be open and would change calculus entirely: Georgia, Auburn, Texas (although that seems to have been tamped down for now)
Other P5 jobs that could be open if flame outs occur / NFL jobs open: Boston College, Indiana, Penn St, Nebraska, UCLA (NFL move), Arkansas, NC State, Duke, Ga Tech
So even just that open now list has a lot of "quality" jobs that will cause other movement in lesser schools (see Toledo, Bowling Green, Temple, Western Michigan as lower tier schools likely to lose their coach to a higher position and cause shuffles). I'm not sure if this in unprecedented, but there's a lot of churn going to be happening.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Narduzzi would be ideal||
Stays in B1G footprint, his style is conducive to Minnesota success, doesn't have to face Dantonio every year with long breaks in between, goes to weaker of B1G divisions in terms of blue blood programs to compete with. I agree that Claeys deserves the shot, but if Minny decides to go big name to try and build on what Kill established, Narduzzi would be it.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Damn||
This sucks for Gophers-- Kill is a supremely competent coach and seemed to be exactly what the Gophers needed after The Tim Brewster Experience. Huge loss for Minny.
Obviously, Claeys will get the chance to prove himself for the head job, but would Minnesota be considered a better job than some of the others?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Understood||
I was just trying to use some shorthand with points to describe potential results without havnig to go through all the possibilities.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Agreed on non conf importance||
Michigan escaped with the barest "good" result out of this weekend with a tie and win. Same or better results this weekend, and I'd be happy with a split in Boston. The bigger games for me are Niagara and the series with Dartmouth. We need at least 5 points out of those three games. Anything better than a win and loss against Boston is going to be padding for the resume.
As for the B1G, smoldering ashes *is* probably a better description that tire fire, since a tire fire at least will explode. Only Michigan and Penn St seem to have legitimate D1 offenses, so its going to take defensive meltdowns of 2013-2014 proportions to really shit the bed once in the conference season. Unfortunately, I think that's still possible, especially with the uncertain goaltender situation.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I wonder what will happen though||
when the major broadcasters stop showing the content that is driving the pirate sites. I'm pretty sure eusportz4free.adhit.eu doesn't have production crews.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Also||
read the Vanity Fair piece this week on the death of Grantland. That was already a money loser, and so is 538, and The Undefeated is an unmitigated disaster. The biggest click baits on their website are fantasy sports articles. I'd imagine we're probably going to see less studio shows with high priced "commentators" and more aggregated fantasy sports coverage, live sports that don't have outrageous rights fees, and the like.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||DPS EM is in charge||
of everything to do with the school district. King parents organized a protest at the DPS offices. DPS had rented Ford Field for the championship game, so there likely would be a DPS financial hit (not sure how real and if the Lions would refund it anyway) if the game was not played. This is well within his scope.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I saw||
Minnesota had 5 freshman skaters and only 4 seniors on the roster, so when you include they have to replace Wilcox in net, yeah, it's going to be a rebuilding year. But they're going to be a candidate for one of those teams to improve by the end of the year. Michigan has to bury them in early season matchups.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Unfortunately||
with the way the PWR work, no it's not too early. These early season games where most of your OOC record comes from weigh disproportionately heavily into the PWR process.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Goaltending||
Taking this weekend with the Toronto game, I'm not confident about Racine. His positioning looks off and he doesn't look like he knows what he needs to do in terms of holding versus playing a puck. Naglevoort didn't look like Patrick Roy, but he at least was smarter about playing vs holding the puck, and seemed to hold his ground on the odd man rushes better.
Also, not shown in your recaps since you only cover goals, but I thought our D / point men on the PP were atrocious. They kept passing up wrist shot lanes when skating across the zone, and almost to a man all took bad slap shots that were deflected.
I have great hope for Connor and Nieves. And as I said in my diary, the B1G may be so bad this year, we may be able to outscore our opponents into a conference title.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Jamie isn't on DFN||
probably should've inserted a comma or something.
"WDFN, and 97.1 now,.."
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Well||
I guess we'll be doing "speed trick-or-treating" as a family this year....
|1 year 6 weeks ago||No way is Kill on hot seat||
the Tim Brewster Experience is still too fresh in Minnesota fans minds. Kill has them at respectability and if they get a couple breaks, they'll be a yearly contender for the West division. Multiple Gopher fans I know are remorseful for the way Glenn Mason was booted out, and are more than willing to give Kill a chance so long as the program is clean, and there's annual bowl trips coming.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The old Stoney & Wojo||
is still the gold standard for Detroit sports talk radio. Jamie's shows on WDFN and 97.1 now are probably the best thing going today for wide ranging topics.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Drew's show||
was a weird hybrid of trying to recreate Drew & Mike but with more sports. Ended up being Drew's ramblings about baseball or uninformed HOT TAKES most of the time, interspersed with Drew doing his good funny interview segments or tired BOOBZ prank calls. There were times I'd be entertained, and other times I'd just switch the channel immediately. The last couple months, it was more of the latter, increasingly so.
I miss the good ol' days of WDFN. Jamie Sammuelsson in the mornings with Henson were a good pair, Stoney & Wojo were entertaining on the drive home, Dery was kept behind an update desk, and Caputo was exiled to Saturday afternoon slots. I even liked Baligean occasionally. Sad to say that worst parts of Old WDFN are the only thing left, and 97.1 will be the leftover. Thank goodness I live in an area with good 1050 AM reception so I can hear Sam & Ira in the am at least.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Agreed||
I have no idea what this is trying to say. Are we comparing the benefits of going to college versus celebrities that don't? Are we comparing Kobe Bryant to Grant Hill? are we comparing James Earl Jones to Paul Newman? What is the point?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Point of fact||
Dantonio did have a national interview today, on the "Tiki & Tierney Show" on Fox Sports radio. He got salty with the interviewer (Brandon Tierney, frmly of WDFN Detroit) when asked if he prefers the rivalry when Michigan is an elite program again. Dantonio responded with 'Is that a serious question?'; the host repeated it and then asked if there was a point where Dantonio thought he resigned himself to the loss. Mork clammed up and went into coach speak mode. the interview did not last much longer.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I retract my previous||
Comment about us getting g horse fucked by the refs.
We are getting *royally* horse fucked.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I believe the french term for the officiating||
Is "horse fucking"
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Was there||
* freshman scoring looms lethal. We are not going to be short of goals or shots
* racine did not look good to me tonight. Poor angles, not covering up contested shots after a long shift. Nagelvoort looked so much better to me against Toronto- anybody know if he was hurt? If not guessing we see him on Sunday.
* all d besides werenski looked slow, I won't go to lazy.... Yet. Poor clears and not winning battles / races to corners. I doubt mercyhurst has nhl level power forwards on their roster.
* boo Nieves may finally be getting it. He looked in control and wasn't afraid to take rushes across the line and at the goaltender.
* crowd was sparse at start but by 5 minutes in, was filled in pretty good except for corner section at southwest. Good atmosphere for real home opener. Goals by mercyhurst took some jump out of crowd.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Already some shakeout occurring||
* If Utah & Stanford continue, the Pac-12 CG will be a playoff play-in game
* As long as MSU/OSU/Michigan don't shit the bed, a 0 or 1 loss B1G champ is in the playoff
* Baylor / TCU will probably be a play-in game as long as the winner doesn't gack a game like last year
* This means that we are left with a real probability that with Operation: SECCHAOS in full effect, a 2-loss (or even 1-loss???) SEC champion is well within possibility and will not get in the playoff if the ACC produces an undefeated champ in Florida St or Clemson.
Please dear God be true.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I've got to think||
we're going to see a heavy dose of split out TE / FB formations to try and take those LBs out of the middle and try to blocking scheme our way to a respectable MANBALL 3.5-4 ypc. I think Harbaugh will take 3rd & 2 or 3rd & 3 all day if he can get it with keeping Rudock clean and frustrating the hell out of the MSU DL with Wham and Trap blocks. Turn Calhoun into a modern day Mike Cofer (late 80's Lions reference) and it's profit time.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I seriously||
just walked behind him and his family as they left the football offices when I went to pick up my hockey tickets for tonight. Looked like a happy entourage, and dad (?) was texting away while walking.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Eh||
It was better in the original Klingon.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||They couldn't rake the lawn||
that's a 6th yr elective in the "Masters of Shrubbery" program at Michigan's Agricultural College.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Can I "that's what she said" my own comment||
I'll allow it. +1
|1 year 7 weeks ago||^^ THIS ^^^||
I'd much rather have flyovers than unrealistic "we have hologlobez and satellitez" BS TV ads.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||If my former service wasn't such f*heads in acquisition||
The Super Hornet would be what we're flying cross service instead of F-22 / -35s. But NOOOO! We're the Air Force! We can't fly a Navy plane. Harumph!
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Going tonight, went for U Toronto game||
- Nagelvoort's mechanics looked worlds better last week.. competition, first game, lets see how he does against Minnesota, granted. But I will say I was watching his positioning and play tracking, and it just looks better.
- Our offense this year will be as good as last year, and we will be rollling 3 scoring lines. Raback it.
- At tonight's (FRI) game, Little WInEx-ette will be riding the zamboni between 1st & 2nd period. She really wants to throw her shoes. Please do not taunt Happy Fun Ball, err Little WInEx-ette.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'll take this one||
We've got two things going for us on the DL issue:
- Peppers really is erasing the screen and spread game that is notionally used to exploit aggressive DLs
- Morgan has done a good job of cleaning up when the DL gets pressure but overpursues
Plus, our use of stunts and not having to blitz lots of LBs gives us #s advantage at point of attack where running plays develop.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I dunno||
I'm thinking we're going to see a lot of running away from Calhoun (or using run plays that force him to overrun the gap, i.e. counters and draws) and at McDowell, using Malik's tendency to go all out to completely mind fuck him with traps and whams, forcing Calhoun to use a lot of energy trying to track down running plays from the backside. Either that or we're going to screen the shit out of them and force their inferior DB's and replacement level LB's to make a lot of 1 on 1 open field tackles- force Calhoun to take a step back every snap instead of rushing to ensure a screen isn't coming his way. I think this game is entirely on Jake Rudock making the right reads at the LOS to take all the easy yards we can get.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Don't worry about the paradox||
Because I'm The Doctor.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Old football adages never die||
You win in the trenches. Michigan is winning in the trenches. If MSU doesn't have a reasonably healthy O-line, Michigan will win in the trenches and it'll be time to start rolling out the barrels of Pringles at half time.
Connor Cook gon' die.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'm guessing||
Polish or Irish?
In my family (100% Poles), funerals are treated like family reunions and basically the "refreshment room" at a funeral parlor, typically turns into "Ciocia Babs's kielbasa & kraut emporium" with a healthy dose of beer hidden underneath the cans of Diet Coke in the cooler. Minimum 2 card games going on.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Robbed from EDSBS commentariat||
Spurrier: "You want me to pick something? well I don't know too much about picks, you know who knows a lot about picks? Peyton Manning, ain't that right Charles?"
Woodson (sitting next to him): "Mm hmm"
The HBC getting one glorious, fitting, and in character dig at Tennessee, Peyton Manning, and just being the HBC would be glorious
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I just want||
after a win this weekend, for there to be a gigantic bowl of potato chips on the table in the interview room where Dantonio/Cook/RandomMSUPlayer will speak. Or for someone in the stands to hand Jabril a can of Pringles on his way off the field.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Maize with the blue outline||
for the win.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Please please please||
be true. I want full on HAS unplugged.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Can someone make me||
a sandwich? Get me Hamm on white, hold the Mayo.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Not to mention||
Cole holding up from blocking a guy in the back after Chesson had already beaten the guy up the field. Sloppy special teams play would've had 1-2 blocks in the back on that return.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Also hoping for this after Saturday||
Tweet from Coach Harbaugh: "@GrumpySpartyMark Remember these words of wisdom "I was so upset, I forgot to be happy"- Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh. Inspriational. Find something happy to think about, maybe take up knitting. SYIF- JH"
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I was hoping||
for more Disney wisdom. Sorry.
Tweet from Coach Harbaugh: "These are good folk around here, who care about one another. I don't want them putting their trust in someone they can't count on. - Doc Hudson, CARS. Good message. Good car."
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I did||
and only because I used to work with a USAF Major that was a Va Tech grad and he had a bunch of vintage VT stuff at his desk, including a pennant with the "Fighting Gobblers" logo as seen above.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||The classic Miami||
Sebastian the Ibis logo as shown above is one of the legitimte, unique, university appropriate logos in sports. Love that:
- The Ibis has popeye like arm muscles beneath the sailor's sweater,
- He already has a band aid on his head, like "bitch, I've been in a brawl already, I'm ready to drop again"
- The anger steam coming out of his pipe
- The pipe
- The sailor hat is actually appropriate for the logo, and slightly tilted forward-- again, this bird is ready to rumble
Any attempts to "modernize" it or make it more streamlined just look dumb.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Wolverbear||
for hockey jerseys! YES!
Dream hockey jerseys:
WHITE: Current "Red Berenson" era throwbacks with the arched "MICHIGAN" in blue over a smaller number on the front, just a plain 'M', not outlined with Maize, neck laces, Block M shoulder patches
BLUE: NY Rangers styled diagonal text with "MICHIGAN" in Maize letters with white outline, the block M with crossed hockey stick logo on the shoulders. Alternate would be the classic big ass block M front and center
MAIZE: Script "Michigan" a la 90's era with WOLVERBEAR shoulder patches. Shiny maize fabric.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||At this point||
I believe "Infinite Anger Machine" should be treated as a proper noun.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Agree with mgobrad||
Maryland is probably setup better than Oregon to make a vault because of all the things said above (better inherent recruiting area, big shoe company money, willingness to exploit themselves for national clickbait, etc). However the big hurdle that Maryland has that Oregon didn't during their climb was that with Oregon's rise, yes they had to contend with the pac-10, but at the time they really jumped up (btw- this was not whem chip kelly came, it was mike belotti's time) USC was still pre-Carroll and alternating 1 yr rose bowl runs with tire fire coaching situations, Arizona & Arizona St declining from early 90s runs, Washington was going through a rough patch, and Cal and UCLA weren't setting the nation on fire. Maryland today from the start has to contend with perennial Michigan and Ohio St, a solid Mich St as long as Dantonio is there, and the ghost of Penn St. So right there without even considering the other division, they're at best 3rd, and more usually 5th at the starting gate. If Maryland wants to make a Oregon leap, they're going to have to hope that Penn St continues sliding down, Dantonio leaves MSU and doesn't have a viable replacement waiting, and even then, hope for Ohio St or Michigan tobhave a couple of off years.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||No||
I have it on good sources that he played the victory march from "Patton" as his entrance song.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Another option||
is if you're driving back right after the marathon, the UM Club of Dayton has a pretty good group and has started a weekly watching party. Check their website http://alumni.umich.edu/clubs/dayton
|1 year 7 weeks ago||BUT BUT BUT||
Countdown clocks are what Michigan State and Ohio State used to focus rivalry hate. Don't you want to be like MSU and OSU? WHY ARE YOU DISRESPECTING MARK DANOTNIO AND URBAN MEYER'S USE OF COUNTDOWN CLOCKS??? GARRGGFGHGGFDSAPSSSSSSTTTFFFTTTT
<reporters face melts off to show it's really just Mark Hollis in an intricate robotic suit made to make him look like Wojo>
|1 year 7 weeks ago||SoCar needs a local||
hire, someone who knows the area and can go head to head with SEC & ACC recruiters. I think some one like Stoops @ Kentucky (UK is used to losing successful coaches to other SEC teams in football), Ruffin @ ECU, or Muschamp if he wants to get back in the HC ranks. My dark horse - clarevoyant pick of the week is Mike Leach leaves Wazzu after leading them to a bowl game to take the SoCar job. Swing your Sword off the Palmetto Coast!
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Re: former players on sideline||
I've been wondering after finishing BLL, has the AD corrected the mistreatment of lettermen now? Were there a lot of former players on the sideline with passes?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Mulitple things||
1- I was most encouraged this weekend that the offense finally had mulitple "easy throws" for Rudock to make and he aced them. Those outside wr cross/slant routes are just so easy for a qb.
2- I watched the msu/Rutgers game. Cook gonna die. That's all.
3- We're now working in Worf references? What the hell type of universe am I living in?
4- end state aside, this team is just feeling like Return of the Jedi when the rebel fleet is all excited because they're going to go blow up the still-under-construction death star, and they jump out if hyperspace, and OH SHIT, the death star is fully operational. I can hear Dantonio now, "its a trap!", and Luke Skywalker ain't walkin through that door in a green and copper get up.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||His cotton pickin maize and blue heart||
Grew three sizes that day
|1 year 7 weeks ago||For you||
I'd go with one of the doctors. If you have hair, pick your favorite. If you don't, go as Chris ecclestons doctor. Black trench coat, black pants, colored button up shirt, glow stick with some duct tape for your sonic screwdriver.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Tardis||
Dishwasher box from a Lowes/appliance store (ask at the delivery area). Worst case is head to your local uhaul store and buy a large moving box. Then you either tape it up and cut a hole for the head, or go with dollar store suspenders. Blue spray paint, white masking tape, and have your daughter wear a blue knit cap with a glow stick on the top. Max cost about $15, she'll love it.
Btw- my 6 yr old is going as Sabine from Star Wars Rebels, she's making the whole family dress up. I have to decide between kanan, zeb, or chopper. Nerd daughters. Love em.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||"THE_KNOWLEDGE is from a future of a parallel universe"||
No truer words have been spoken, perhaps in the history of the English language.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Difference this year||
We are seeing development out of the DB's and the DL is actually a 2-deep without a senior laden lineup. I attribute that to better coaching. In '06 you had a senior / upperclass laden defense that was basically 1-deep.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||One of the great blessings I had||
growing up was having 3 out 4 grandparents alive, active, and involved in my life on a regular basis, all the way through graduation in college (and 2 out of 4 all the way through getting married). Grandparents are a great resource as they can provide a lot of the love & support, but also can give you the kick in the ass you need without lording over/micromanaging like parents do sometimes. I was initially pretty pissed at Glasgow for his bad decisions earlier this year that almost cost him a dream opportunity, but after this article, I'm happy for him and hope he can continue his recovery and development.
Plus as a lineman, you think he's eating bad with an Italian grandma cooking for him everynight? Graham needs to invite Drake Harris over for dinner weekly pronto!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure||
that on the topics of basic market economics, economics of athletics, or comparative compensation, I'd do OK in a debate against her, mmkay?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||It's called||
The Brandon Effect (mirror universe version)
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Or I posit,||
A grasp of fundamental free market economics. Maybe her MIT isn't "Massachusetts", but "Moscow". I hear they had a great economics program that was all the rage in the 1970s.
I await the next tuition raise at Wisconsin during a down football year.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||In the most Canadian way possible,||
I respectfully disagree. The color scheme is better and the logo is a classic play on the Avro heritage. The old Jets logo just looked confused. I also, for spite's sake, enjoy that they got the Maple Leafs to agree to let them use a maple leaf on their jersey. Suck it Toronto.
Now I will sit back down and politely wait for your counterpoint while offering you a box of 10 Timbits.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Agreed||
but I think the addition of Steve Shields as our full time goalie coach is going to prove to be a remarkable upgrade. Raback it.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Slight correction||
The original Winnipeg Jets were a WHA team that moved to Arizona and became the Coyotes. The current Winnipeg Jets moved from Atlanta where they were a late 90's expansion team called the Thrashers. For records purposes, the records of the original Jets were absorbed into the Coyotes records books and the new Jets carried the Thrashers records with them.
For the record, New Jets logo / jerseys >>>> Old Jets logo / jerseys
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Thank you||
I feel like the kids in the religious revival video with the laser light show whenever I see these entries pop up.
BTW-- Did the 7-minute ribs this weekend and they are now my favorite rib recipe. I used Stubs dry rub and then at about 5 minutes basted both sides with sauce (Stubbs original on half the ribs, another competitor that my daughter loves on the other half), let carmelize on the top rack of my gas grill for aboht 5 minutes. DELICIOUS!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||This||
may be the most out-of-the-box but potentially successful idea yet. I like this better than my Ruffin ONeill idea above. Cut blocks and triple option for EVERYONE!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Hide yo wife, Hide yo daughters||
Dino Babers is coming to a downtrodded Power 5 team near you soon.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Leach wanted the Maryland job||
and the UA founder who's a Maryland alum wanted Leach since they had formed a relationship from Leach's Texas Tech days (TT was an early adopter of UA's football equipment / uniform package). Maryland's administration scuttled the idea because Leach was still in the afterglow of the scandal with the Son of the Guy Who Allegedy Killed Five Hookers at SMU and thought he was toxic.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||^^ THIS ^^^||
As a closet BC fan, I would LOVE for Kelly to fail in the NFL and come back to college at BC.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||If Dantonio||
leaves Mich St and Penn St continues to flounder, I could see Maryland challenge for 3rd place in the division. It wasn't that long ago that Mich St was a tire fire. If Mark Hollis leaves Mich St, Dantonio has another health event and there's not a ready-built replacement in the wings, Michigan St could easily drop back down in quality.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I hope not||
Pelini for all his wackiness, I still think of as an above average college coach. He could go to a place like Louisville or UConn and make them into a 10 win/yr team. Maryland would probably be a dream job for him as he could go 8-5 / 9-4 consistently, turn into a modern day Glenn Mason, and the Maryland media/fan base wouldn't be on his ass every day like the Nebraska folks.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Read some of the||
WaPo or other regional blog articles about Edsall's contract. They bascially had to fire him before Dec or something, or else his contact extension modifications kicked in and made the buyout in the multi-million dollar range (I think one estimate was as high as $7.5M! depending on when they actually fired him).
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Maryland candidates||
B1G East is not as appealing as B1G West jobs unless it's Michigan, Ohio St, or Penn St (probably can lump in Mich St at this point-- Dantonio's got the program built). If you're Maryland, Rutgers, or Indiana, you're looking uphill from Day 1. Maryland's going to need either :
(1) An alum with emotional ties that can absorb down years alternating with good years (see: Pat Fitzgerald at NW) and is a lifer. Maybe see if Frank Reich (current SD Chargers OC and Maryland alum) is interested?
(2) Hot shot lower level coach / coordinator that can recruit the bejeebus out of NJ, Eastern PA, Maryland, NoVA, and DC. Pragmatically, being African American probably would help recruiting in DC/Baltimore/NoVa. I'd go hard after Ruffin McNeill from ECU (except he's an ECU alum) and basically tell him that unless the program goes over a cliff, you as AD would be behind him as long as academics stayed up and bowl games were frequent.
They're not going to get a proven winner at a big name school unless its a Georgy OLeary / Mike Leach / Tommy Tubberville type of retread who's just looking at Maryland as a way to get back to a big Power 5 program. The Stoops brother who went to Kentucky would have been a good fit.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||It could get worse||
Mack Brown could be caught on video in a three way with Brian Bosworth and Barry Switzer with an OU ball gag.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||This is actually my fear||
That Charlie strong actually ends up at Nebraska and resurrects that program with a burning desire to find a way to play Texas OOC and smoke them.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Horribly horribly disappointed||
that Texas is not featured this week.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Calling Brian, Calling Brian||
Why no first hockey game write-up / preview? Is Ace's Skaband mystery taking up all the time to talk about hockey?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I wouldn't trust any sweeping generalizations||
of the Pac-12 this year, especialy with Arizona's key LB being hurt / recovering. The Pac-12 is going to be a bloody mess by the end of things.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||And since Woodson||
is still in the NFL and is recently kicking ass, this is all the more important. He understands what the younger players in the locker room like, and that will translate to the high schoolers and middle schoolers of today.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||This just confuses me||
I really thought Tennessee had righted the ship when they hired Butch Jones and now it seems like he's ready to make UT a bigger tire fire than Dooley's tenure. What the hell? And I HATE Tennessee with a passion due to Manning, but Jeebus, this is flat embarassing.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Cringe?||
I found them facinating insights into Canadian consumer culture.
"Kick save, and a beaut!"
Or how about the Gretzky Ford Canada commercial where the new Taurus's played the HNIC themesong with their horns?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'll tell you||
Mel Farr Superstar, that's who!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||What? No love for the Lighting Boutique?||
Or how about this classic from 90's CBC Channel 9 in Windsor:
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Obligatory||
Question for UM Alums from Chicagoland:
If two hurricanes ran into each other which one would win? The complicating factor is that one is named Hurricane Ditka, the other, Hurricane Harbaugh.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I thought Power was boring||
If you're Tom Coughlin, yes, it is. If you're Harbaugh, not.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Politics aside||
I'm a hard core right winger and I always appreciated when dingell would do an interview on paul w Smith's show on WJR. I disagree with his politics but he was entertaining in an interview and you never doubted he was sincere and cared about his constituents. I'd listen if Brian and ace interviewed him.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||OREGONOFFENSE||
OREGONOFFENSE has a broken MARIOTA. You have no spare MARIOTAs in the wagon. Do you?
A) Attempt to trade for a new MARIOTA with other pioneers passing by?
B) Walk back to the previous fort to buy a new MARIOTA?
C) Attempt to mend the MARIOTA with a VERNON in the wagon?
Your attempt failed. You must wait until other pioneers are willing to trade with you.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Jackson||
looks like he "runs tall" to me-- for some reason I keep having visions of Eric Metcalf when I see him run. He just looks skinny in the legs and I doubt he'll be able to run through tackles. I'd put dollars to donuts NW tries to run a lot of misdirection toward Ojemudia's side to see if his replacement(s) take the bait and get Jackson some free runs into the second level.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'm also really liking||
that the defense is showing sound principals and "smart" playmaking. Examples are from the last two games, watching how the defense is reacting to screen passes. There was one screen pass from this game where the DL ID'd the screen almost immediately from the snap, they all disengaged from the OL and found the RB, but by the time the QB threw the screen pass, there was a LB, a S, and Peppers in his hybrid spot all there to wall off forward progress while the DL was screaming toward the RB leving him no place to go but backward or out of bounds. It was like a classic flanking maneuver from some historical Napoleonic era battlefield. When the RB caught the ball, you could just see he was thinking "I'm dead". Previous years good defensive play seemed to me to be a product of superior 1 on 1 play (i.e., "Jake Ryan/Mike Martin/RVB/Frank Clark completely blew that up"), not a defense schematically and tactically schooled up to kill all the fools like we're seeing this year.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Exactly||
This is why you have "constraint" plays. If the normal stuff isn't working, you're still setting up the opposition to be hit with a single play that can bust for big chunk gains. Whether its on a 12 play drive or a 2 play drive, 7 points is still 7 points. People talking about "if you take out X play from the stats" remind me of Lions fans who complained about Barry Sanders and "if you only took out his 3 runs of 60+ yards"...
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Dantonios NFL time is expired||
His (legitimate) health concerns would scare off NFL guys, and he's not leaving MSU unless he wins a national title, and even then I don't think he leaves. I think he's a lifer.
Urbz, James Franklin, and Brian Kelly I would think are all more likely than Dantonio.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Drake is running||
like a classic Denver Bronco from the Shanahan era RB. One cut and boom into the second level. That gif Brian highlighted in the writeup is a perfect example. No surprise he's 2nd string now that it looks like he's gaining confidence in the knee holding up.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||OMG NOOOO||
Brian, why, why??? WHY DID YOU GIVE DANTONIO SOMETHING TO FEEL DISRESPECTED ABOUT???
"Damn Internet bloggers complaining about our fans staying at the game in obstinent weather... I'll show them. They can't DISRESPECT SPARTAN PRIDE! Pride comes before the Fall, which is when we play football. Yeah, I'll get that scummy SOB before he leaves his mom's basement" - Mark Dantonio, after hearing second hand that MGoBlog has criticized MSU fan attendance at last weeks game against Purdue
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Sounds like full season if successful||
DetNews article just posted indicates Wings are going to waive Daniel Cleary to make room. That to me indicates that Larkin isn't just holding a spot until Datsyuk comes back. Blashill also said in the same article that plan is to put him on the #1 line with Zetterberg and Abdelkader for now.