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|4 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome Mr. Johnson!||
Hybrid OLB/SS type player, like Stevie Brown, but a bit bigger?
Also, DYTARIOUS! I can hear it now: Dytarious the Terror.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||What is Intelligence?||
How do you define and measure intelligence?
I guarantee you I could never have done the kind of things on a football field that Anthony Carter, one of my contemporaries, did. I also guarantee you he could never have solved vector calculus partial differential equations that describe fluid flow like I did.
The ancient Greek ideal of healthy mind and body recognized physical prowess on par with intellectual prowess. We know enough about brains today that, what AC could do, and what I could do, both had to do with specific neurological abilities, which I argue can, therefore, both be called intelligence.
Or Beethoven could do with the piano.
Or Van Gogh could do with a paintbrush.
For a University that supposedly embraces diversity, they sure don't include people with athletic intelligence.
And to illustrate Brian's final point, I met people like Marlin Jackson and Vincent Smith at the charity tailgate MGoBlog emceed prior to UTL III. Both are outstanding men who didn't fit the snootified mold.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||offer timing||
He didn't get an offer when he threw for Nuss because others had yet to throw. He knew the offer would come, or not, after everyone threw. If they offered others who turned them down, I think we'd have heard about it. So I take it this means he's their favorite of the group they wanted to see throw.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||ACI||
I was in school 77 to 82 (BS & MS) and got to see him live. The first time AC touched the ball as a freshman, he ran a punt back 72 yards for a TD vs Northwestern. The crowd instantly started the AC chant as he ran off the field. A legend was born.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Welcome to M, Reon!||
Work hard and do what coach Mallory says. He's a superb coach and will help you to reach your potential.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||You're analysis is superb!||
That's why I called my comment a "tweak". I've just been paying alot of attention to Braden since he was recruited, because I really liked his recruiting film. It's equally likely someone else was overrated, and balance it out. But I remain optimistic about these two classes at OL.
Have you ever heard Coach Hanlon speak regarding any interactions he's had with Coach Funk, and his opinions of him?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||It's hard to project stars for gargantuan people||
Well-known fact. Given that and this excellent analysis, I have one tweak. I think Ben Braden blew up his senior year of HS, after he committed to M, and so didn't get the hype he deserved. If the practice reports are accurate, he's more on the 4-star path. If you write him down as a 4-star, the 2012 class looks just about as good as the 2013 class, which paints a bit rosier picture in 2014-2015? Just a thought.
I'd really like to know what Coach Hanlon thinks of these recruits, and of Coach Funk. Coach Hanlon was the architect of pretty much all of the great OL units under Bo.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||10 and 20 yard sprints||
I remember reading an article a long time ago asking Anthony Carter about his speed, and he said QB Steve Smith was faster in a 10 yard sprint, that they were even at 20 yards, and AC had him beat at 40. That showed that Smith was quicker out of the blocks, but AC was faster in top end. This result makes perfect sense for an option QB vs a receiver, given what each position does for the team.
I don't know if they still time Michigan's players over the shorter distances, but they did in Bo's day when they were running the option.
Comparing Denard to Bolt is like comparing a Formula 1 car to a dragster. They're a different kind of fast. One is faster, but can't turn worth a darn, the other doesn't have as much top end, but turns on a dime.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Senior QBs||
Just list the last 50 Big Ten champions and the class of their starting QB. I bet it is dominated by Sr/5th year Sr.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Ann Arbor can handle it||
The NHL scheduled the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium hoping to get the largest hockey crowd in history to attend, with potentially half the attendees being Toronto Maple Leafs fans coming from Ontario and needing hotel rooms and RV parking.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Doh!||
|3 years 11 weeks ago||OL numbers||
OL numbers run 50-79, regardless of position, since they frequently change position through their career. I think 72 would be a great choice for someone who hopes to be ending up at OT, since Dierdorf wore it. Been a while since I've noticed that number on a starting OT.
I agree Kalis with 67 and Braden with 51 are mortal locks.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||bracket is out||
M plays Cornell in Green Bay. Other half of regional is Ferris vs Denver.
Full bracket at www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/icehockey-men/d1/2011
|3 years 17 weeks ago||number color not = wings color||
I think they want the helmet number color darker than the wings because that's how they looked back in the day. Check out the old photos. The whole idea was throwback as a tribute, even if it meant a non-matching helmet number color.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Origin of helmet/shoulder/sleeve numbers||
With the advent of television coverage, sports uniforms changed.
In football and hockey, teams usually wore their "home" jerseys all the time, until black and white TV came along, spreading the use of white "away" jerseys for easier TV recognition. For example, you will never see a photo of Tom Harmon in a white jersey. Look at his final regular season game in Columbus - blue jersey.
INSERT 1: Since almost all TV is color today, wouldn't it be cool to have both Michigan and Ohio in home jerseys every year, regardless of where the game was played? I think the color match-up would be striking!
Another thing that evolved was adding helmet, shoulder, or sleeve numbers in football. This helps quickly identify a player in the predominant TV view of the day, taken from the side of the formation (way fewer cameras than used today). The use of "side" numbers might have been instituted for this purpose by the NCAA and NFL, but I don't know for sure. Sometimes, old-timers even refer to these as "TV numbers". When Michigan had the helmet numbers in the 1960s, they didn't have them on the sleeves. When Bo arrived, they stopped putting numbers on the helmets, and used sleeve numbers instead. Penn State made the same change at some point, while Alabama has kept the helmet numbers and has never added the sleeve numbers.
INSERT 2: For a long time, Michigan has had small helmet numbers in the back, low on the right side, so players can quickly identify their un-donned helmets on the sidelines. (Many teams do similarly. The Steelers have them on the front and back, for example.) For Michigan, the retro side numbers replace those and serve that function.
There is a lot of variation in photo evidence that is due to variation in exposure, lighting, and processing. In some photos, the maize shade of the numbers looks to match the wings and stripes. In others, it doesn't. This happens in both color and black and white photos. Live at the stadium, they don't match on today's helmets. In photos from the 1960s, I see some that look like they match and some that don't. This variation is likely because the wings and stripes are painted, and the numbers are stickers, combined with variation in the lighting and how it interacts with the colors and surface finishes of the different materials (paint versus stickers). Auto companies have people with medically certified color vision who color match among the various materials and surface finishes inherent among various components. Imagine trying to match the color of leather seats, with natural grain and reflectivity, to soft plastic arm rests and hard plastic door sills, some molded in color and some painted, and getting them all to match. It's not easy. (I'm an automotive engineer, so I know this is true.)
Yeah, way too much info, I know, but hey, I want to contribute where I have some knowledge.
My vote: LOVE the helmet numbers! Would like them to ditch the sleeve numbers and go even more retro.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||NT||
Bold prediction: Aaron Wellman will bulk Heitzman up into the team's squat king and he will end up being the 6'3" 300lb nose tackle we crave.
Keith, start eating burgers...LOTS and LOTS of burgers!
|3 years 51 weeks ago||weight||
I enjoyed the statistical analysis. The number of returning defensive starters is a contributor to what one could predict as an overall win/loss record, which is all that matters regarding on-field results.
I would like to see a similar statistical analysis, covering only the Big Ten over the last decade, regarding what we should expect as a win/loss record based soley on the average player weight for the whole team, i.e. a single-variable linear regression:
%wins = A * average player weight + B.
You could call it the beefy Wellman manball effect.
For really low-sample fun, though, nothing beats projecting what happens with a 2nd-year-starter dilithium QB, but in a new offensive scheme. Which has been the favorite topic of debate ever since we knew Denard was staying. From my point of view, as long as #16 is our QB and leader, it is going to be fun to watch, easy to root for, and never hopeless. Lord how I will miss him when he's gone.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||The case for a patch||
Michigan is supposed to be different, but all too often we are the same. Like we need money to fuel good things, including expanding our number of varsity sports to include lacrosse. New revenue streams, like selling special jerseys, are helpful to that end. That means is not eggregious in and of itself. However, in this particular case, the execution is hideous.
We will forever wish to have celebrated this event in our traditional uniforms, with perhaps a tasteful and discrete commemorative patch, a la the 100th game vs tsio. That would have been cool. People would buy those and wear them proudly. If they sold jerseys with 100th game patches now, people would buy them.
Why is this not a win-win? Why wouldn't his make the athletic dept., adidas, and the fans all happy?
Kids are welcome to run on my lawn, but not to take a dump on it!
|4 years 6 weeks ago||MOAR Horace Prettyman||
I want the front of the jersey to have Horace Prettyman's junior year photo in the way cool "U of M" sweater.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||if it's 22||
If Tom says 22 kids, here's my guess: on defense 3 DB, 3 DE, 2 DT, and 4 LB, and on offense 5 OL, 2 TE, 1/2 WR, 1 RB, and if only 1 WR, either FB or QB.
I think Morgan & Gant will go blue soon and close out DBs. Same for Wormley and Pipkins to finish the D-line (I think Godin bulks up to play DT). Jones being soft on PSU is a wildcard in this now. I'd gladly give up an offensive skill position in this class to make room for him. Not so much so to make room for another DB.
It looks like we are good for Diamond, and I'm hoping Magnuson. If we get too many commitments on defense, it could trim what we do on offense, but I don't see us going with less than 5 OL. So I think one more OT-type is likely to be a priority, unless that's really Williams. If his academics are fixed, it looks like Burbridge at WR is likely. I'd like to steal Dunn away, then get either Fatu, another WR/TE, or Kiel, in that order.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Ayn Rand Novels||
"Anthem" (very short, almost down to being a short story), "Fountainhead", and "Atlas Shrugged" are all essentially the same story. I read the 1st two. Anthem is the basis for Rush's album-side-length epic song "2112", where the storyteller finds a guitar instead of whatever he finds in "Anthem", which I can't remember.
Even though I hate tOSU with the fire of 1000 suns, red is one of my favorite colors and I wear it a lot, but never, NEVER on a fall Friday or Saturday.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||tackle-type objects||
holy pantz - we need OTs & DTs!
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I can concede the football points||
But The Son of Man would mold the 85 young men better, being the Only Son of The Living God and all.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||snake oil||
Which is bigger snake oil, steaing another Purdon't commit, a QB none the less, or pinching a coach from Indiana 3 weeks after they hired him? BH has the mojo.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Tom/Tim/Brian||
"The effort put forth by TomVH, Tim, and Brian to cover Michigan recruiting is beyond measure. Their accuracy of information far surpasses that of the NSA. Their speed to press is so fast even a million computers operated by Husain Bolt couldn't calculate it. Their love of Michigan surpasses even that which shines down from football's Valhalla from Fielding H. Yost and Bo Schembechler."
- Fred Jackson
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Fred Jackson's perspective||
It would be very interesting to get Fred Jackson's perspective on the HCs he's worked for at Michigan, how intense the practices were, what kind of leaders they were, what they emphasized, etc. However, if he was asked, all you'd end up getting is that they were all only slightly less wonderful than Jesus Christ.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Thomas Rawls||
If Thomas Rawls was an astronaut (which he could be one day, he works that hard), he'd be like Neil Armstrong ... only faster!
|4 years 22 weeks ago||yes, play the service academies||
In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we played the service academies, at least Navy, several times. Right now, they are pretty good teams. They always play hard and never give up because, you know, they are trained to fight hard and never give up WHEN PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING AT THEM. They bring in TV audience from all over. They are classy and also lend to the air of "an event" beyond just a football game. They are academically excellent. They will not burn couches. Juggalo ratio is near zero. Air Force was the best of the academy teams this year. They have cool uniforms with lightning bolts. Guaranteed flyover. I hope the crowd does not boo them. We will be game #3 in importance for them, behind Army and Navy, which is kind of weird for us.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||day 110||
My son-in-law says count is since Sparty beat us, so today is actually 110 already.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Bite me, Sparty!||
And only 2 days until your hockey team loses to Michigan...again!