Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
|2 days 14 hours ago||I found me some Krishna spam||
|6 days 14 hours ago||Henson was mostly a backup in 1998||
He did get some playing time against Notre Dame and Syracuse, but only after those games got out of hand.
|1 week 8 hours ago||I want the passion of Brian Kelly!||
|1 week 2 days ago||I thought he meant the 2003 game||
At the time we were undefeated (although that ugly loss to Oregon was the next week).
|1 week 3 days ago||Denard over Gardner until Denard was hurt in 2012||
And then Garder over Morris last year.
(Must I use /s? Okay, okay. /s it is.)
|1 week 4 days ago||Largest mass murder in US history dates to 1927||
I'm bringing it up mostly because it occurred in Bath Township near Lansing (link).
|1 week 5 days ago||Georgia should handle Notre Dame in 2018-9?||
Based on what?
The only players on either team likely to be around for that game are whichever freshmen redshirts between now and then. The vast majority of the players for both teams in 2018 and 2019 haven't even been recruited yet. Both teams could have entirely different coaching staffs.
Don't tell me it's based on historical records. Georgia has been up and down over the last decade, as has Notre Dame. There's no way to tell where either team will be in 2018 and 2019.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Cone and crew performing at spring game||
I like that one. It's funny, it's plausible (if far-fetched) and it doesn't have me cursing MGoAprilFools like many of the others would.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He's just decided to live up to his name||
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Good||
Nothing worse than getting turned away at the door with your camera. (Sure you can go put it back in the car, but it is a pain in the ass.)
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"Timeout while they change the goalposts"||
I think just moving the PAT attempt back would be a lot easier.
Edit: or are you suggesting having two pairs of goalposts at the same time?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||For those who don't know the story||
Aikman actually started for Switzer in a move to a pro-style offense that lasted about three and a half games into the 1985 season. He broke his leg in a loss to Miami (YTM). Freshman Jamelle Holieway took over as a wishbone quarterback, and the Sooners won the rest of their games (including an Orange Bowl victory over Penn State) to finish no. 1 in the polls.
Aikman transferred to UCLA and Switzer ran the wishbone at Oklahoma until he retired after the 1988 season.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||That's typical for Indiana under Wilson||
Looks like they've had 12, 7 and 13 fumbles in the years since he's become head coach at Indiana. (I wish I had the time to look at this in more detail.)
When do turnovers happen? Either at the beginning of a play (bad snaps, mishandled ball exchanges), when the ball carrier is hit by the defense (tackle by defensive player, sack, etc.) or when the quarterback throws it to a defensive player.
Arguably tempo could make the first more common, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the case at all for Indiana. I don't see how tempo by itself is more likely to make a player drop the football when tackled, or to make a quarterback make bad decisions.
One thing those Rodriguez teams definitely did badly was handling kick returns. I don't even want to think about how many punts they fumbled.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Like Indiana had all those turnovers last year, right?||
Wait, speedy Indiana only had 12 fumbles and 14 interceptions. By contrast, slow Michigan had nearly twice as many fumbles (22) and only slightly fewer interceptions (13). Michigan played one more game but Indiana ran more plays.
I realize that's a small sample size but CUMONG MAN.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||He's entitled to his opinion||
We're entitled to mock it.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Clearly||
That's why he didn't take the job in 2011 when it was open.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Gibbons didn't even play in 2009||
Jason Olesnavage was the primary place kicker.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||It was crazy, we had subs||
Too bad you missed it
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin supports that idea||
The UW-Madison is clearly the biggest school in the state, but some of the other schools in the UW system also field Division I teams in at least some sports. The ones I can think of off the bat are UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. Those would be equivalent to the directional schools.
I believe all of the universities outside the UW system are private (e.g., Marquette).
|11 weeks 5 days ago||LSU fans and Nick Saban||
LSU won the BCS championship in 2003 under Saban (although USC was no. 1 in the AP poll).
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Unproven||
That's how I'd put it.
On the one hand, he took Vanderbilt to three straight bowl games. Vandy has historically been terrible; they've only been to three bowl games in their entire history before Franklin. On the other hand, his best wins were over an injury-ravaged 8-5 Georgia team and 8-5 Houston in their bowl game.
Having said that, based purely on his record as a football coach I think he deserves a shot at the next level. (I still think Penn State was crazy to hire him, largely because of his alleged involvement in an apparent rape coverup. He should be radioactive in State College.)
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Rawls has one year of eligibility left||
He played in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (even if it was just one carry).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Variation on the little brother theme?||
Doesn't really work for me, though.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is good until 2024 or so||
Monthly is way too often.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Not a great example||
Moeller had three terrible seasons at Illinois before coming back to Michigan for ten years before Bo retired. If Moeller had been successful at Illinois, I don't know if he'd have been hired to coach at Michigan.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||He may have more freedom at Michigan||
Since the rumors are that he was heading out the door at Alabama, I suspect he was butting heads with Saban. Saban does have a reputation as a control freak. Hoke may give him more of a free hand to do what he wants.
That may also be why he didn't go to Notre Dame. Kelly is an offensive coach, so Nussmeier may have felt that Kelly would want more control over the offense than Nussmeier would have liked.
That's purely speculation, though.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're reading too much into this||
Nussmeier might have been on the way out. That doesn't make him a bad coach. It may mean he butted heads with Saban, or that Saban felt he needed a sacrifice to placate the highly demanding Alabama fan base. It may mean that Saban didn't agree philosophically with his approach and wanted to go in a different direction.
Assistant coaches tend to change jobs frequently. That's just how it is.
Mattison may have been on his way out the door at Baltimore, but so what? Look at the turnaround in the Michigan defense between 2010 and 2011. It's true they struggled this year, particularly at the end, but keep in mind that this defensive unit was very young, without a lot of talent on the defensive line and without its best player at full strength. I think it's a little early to give up on the man.
This isn't to say I see Nussmeier as the savior of the program. I think he's going to benefit from reversion to the mean next year. But he's young, he can recruit and I think he has a lot of potential upside (more so than Borges did).
|15 weeks 2 days ago||The 1962, 1934 and 1936 teams would like to have a word||
On the other hand, those were probably the three worst teams in school history.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||He was right; it was UCLA||
Michigan played at Oregon when Navarre was a senior. The UCLA game was in 2000, when Navarre was a freshman and Henson was hurt.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Ross had Sanders for two years||
Which includes 1997, which was probably his best year (2053 yards and 6.1 yards per carry). Link.
I think Barry just hated Ross and was unhappy with playing football by the end of his career. I don't think Ross gets enough credit for destroying the Lions; few of his draft choices worked out and he helped drive off Barry Sanders. I think Charlie Batch was his best pick, and Batch was a career backup after he left Detroit.
There's no doubt Millen finished the job, though.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I hate myself for liking this idea||
But like it I do. Consider this:
(Obviously this does not work for Michigan fans who are not Lions fans. Odds are good these peoiple will end up happy, though, considering the Lions track record.)
|18 weeks 1 day ago||As DC for whoever Texas hires||
Not that I think that will happen, but that's the only scenario I can see where Narduzzi ends up in Austin.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I think he meant the 2007 team||
OSU lost to Juice Williams and Illinois in November but still made the BCS championship game in 2007. Like you said, the 2006 OSU was (sigh) undefeated in the regular season.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||We can only hope the ending is the same||
But I don't think we'll be so lucky.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Those were the days||
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I'm rooting for Sparty to win 4-3||
A Spartan victory is the least worst outcome. I don't think Dantonio would be able to capitalize on a Rose Bowl appearance the way Meyer would on a BCS championship appearance.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Urban should punch Christian Jones||
Or one of the other linebackers. After Miller throws an interception.
|20 weeks 6 hours ago||Meijer to USC? No, but I could see Walmart take that job||
Seriously, there is no way Urban Meyer leaves Ohio State for USC at this point in his career.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||The offense under Tom Brady actually did struggle in 1998||
Look at October of 1998, where they averaged 15 points a game against 3-8 Iowa, 3-9 Northwestern, 4-7 Indiana and 5-6 Minnesota. Looking at the box scores, that 15 points per game includes three safeties.
As a whole that team managed to score more than 30 points against exactly one team with a pulse (Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl, and the 45 points against them included two defensive touchdowns).
While the line on that team had a lot of talent (e.g., Steve Hutchinson), I believe three of the starters were redshirt sophmores (including Hutchinson).
|21 weeks 2 days ago||He blew out his left knee as a rookie||
And his right knee the next year. Then he ruptured a disk in his neck when he came back from that. Hard to say what would have happened if he had been healthy.
As a rookie he did intercept a Dan Marino pass and return it 90 yards for a touchdown.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I still like Ryan Leaf||
Even if he was taken at #2.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Q: How does what he wear take away from his focus?||
A: It doesn't.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely true||
For example, the New York metropolitan area is #4 in your first link. While it's a natural grouping, it also includes a good chunk of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I guess it depends on how you define "city"||
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Mexico City isn't even in the top 10||
It is #1 in North America, though.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Guys like Carr or Tim shouldn't be in the conversation||
At least not for worst no. 1 pick.
They were both busts, but they showed enough promise to start multiple seasons in the NFL. Carr was basically the only starter in Houston for five years, and I think Couch lost the starting job in his fifth year. They weren't successes, but they weren't clearly over their head, either.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Rodriguez stays at WVU until after the BCS championship game||
By that time, Martin would have already selected somebody else.
I really can't see Rodriguez leaving before his team goes to a BCS championship game. Regardless of the support he gets from WVU, it may be too late in the year from him to get the class of job he wants, and if he does leave it's after the 2008 regular season.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Field goal||
After recovering an onside kick, I believe.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||1979 Gator Bowl||
Ahead 9-0, John Wangler was injured by North Carolina's Lawrence Taylor and he wasn't quite the same afterwards. Not only do we end up losing that game, but Wangler doesn't start the following year until the third game. This includes a heart-breaking 29-27 loss to Notre Dame, in which Wangler didn't come in until Michigan was down 14-0. The next week they lost to South Carolina at home in a game in another close game.
With a healthy Wangler playing all year and getting in full practice time, I think Michigan wins all of its games in 1980 (in addition to the Gator Bowl in 1979).
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Like the loss to 3-8 Purdue in 1996?||
Most of the losses were to ranked teams, but certainly not all. They also had a couple of losses to borderline bowl teams (6-5-1 Michigan State in 1995, 7-4-1 Wisconsin in 1994).
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Moeller had the best post-Bo record in the Rose||
Which is more of a reflection of our post-season struggles than anything else. 1-1 for Moeller still trumps 1-3 for Carr.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Print out the image; attach to punching bag||
I see some suggestions on the Internet to try an iron-on kit; I have no idea if that would actually work.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Don't be ridiculous||
Everybody knows THE KNOWLEDGE is Drew Sharp.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, how cute||
I grew up going to Michigan football games in the seventies and eighties. I've been to more games than most alumni. I didn't go there for a variety of reasons, but why shouldn't I feel a connection to the University of Michigan?
The idea that only alumni have the emotional bond to be fans is silly. I think he'd have a better case if he argued that only former players can be fans. After all, only they have really shared in the emotional bonding and struggles of an athletic team. What do alumni know? They just paid their tuition.
This would be true for pro sports as well.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Not even the best part||
The play before, the Spartans had blocked Gilette's punt for a touchdown. Somebody had jumped offsides, though, and the play was called back. That would have tied up the game, too.
|25 weeks 5 hours ago||Michigan 23, MSU 22||
You heard it here first.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I like Green's||
Unfortunately I can't get it here (Toronto). I'll have to see if I can get the Harvester beers when I'm in the states for Christmas.
I've heard mixed things about the Omission beers and Estrella Damm Daura from other people with celiac so I'm not that anxious to try them.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||It's not a bad beer if in good condition||
I never used to drink it, though, unless everything else on the beer list was worse.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I've stuck largely to red wine||
Gluten-free beer ranges from passable to awful, but there are a couple I have every now and then as a change of pace. I have not been able to get my hands on one of the beers that have allegedly removed gluten (such as Estrella Damm Daura).
A good, dry cider is also a nice every now and then. Most of the ones I can get are too sweet, though.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||There's no point in remember bowl game names||
The names will change them in a couple of years anyway.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I'm sure somebody out there agrees with him||
But what are the odds they can type a coherent sentence? Pretty low, I would say.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||The FSU offense put up 37 points in that game||
Their defense did return two interceptions for touchdowns. One of them was probably the second ugliest play I've ever seen (although it was on fourth down late in the game and pretty much Michigan's last chance).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Stribling will be making those plays||
Next year or the year after.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Remember that 2010 Illinois game?||
The defense has given up more points today than that team did in regulation.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 45, Penn State 27||
|28 weeks 1 day ago||64||
(Even if I do agree with you.)
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Gardner was 13 of 17 for 76.5%||
He was definitely off on some of his throws, but the receivers still made the catches. Even if three of those weren't caught, he only goes down to 10 of 17. This is good for 58.8%, which while not quite where he was against CMU and Notre Dame is still not bad.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa was a home game in 2010||
Penn State was on the road, though.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Not a good example||
Michigan at 7-6 in 2010 was probably the 5th or 6th best team in the conference that year, behind Ohio State (12-1), Wisconsin (11-2), Michigan State (11-2), Iowa (8-5) and probably Penn State (7-6). All of those teams beat us by 10 or more points.
The bowl game itself is probably something of an outlier, too, as it was painfully clear Rodriguez had lost the team at that point.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 37, Minnesota 20||
And hopefully lots of good run blocking.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||And he still never managed better than 5-6||
I think that merits a spot in the top ten.
Edit: if you include the nineties in the 21st century. God I need more coffee.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||No John Blake?||
I see Howard Schnellenberger upthread, though. He and Blake did a number on Oklahoma in the nineties.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||So why would Purdue players steal that?||
I'm just not seeing it.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Lewan and 4 Lewan clones while NCAA debates eligibility||
The starting lineup would be:
Lewan, Lewan, Lewan, Lewan, Lewan.
The OL leaves the game as a group in a 5-seat bicycle.
|29 weeks 10 hours ago||If only Denard had ended up on an NFL team||
Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging 2.6 yards per carry right now. He's 28 now, which is pretty old for an NFL running back, but still.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Same way they did last year||
Duct tape and paper clips. They hung in tight against Notre Dame last year and took Ohio State to overtime, but every other loss was by at least 16 points. They only managed to get bowl eligibility by squeaking out 3-point wins against bad Iowa and Illinois teams.
I think it may just be that they can put together a maximum of two good games a year against major conference opponents.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Systemic since 2007||
You have to go back to 2006 before you find a Michigan team that averaged less than 2 turnovers a game. 2006 was unusually low, with only 12. Late Period Carr teams (2001 and later) averaged about 1.6 turnovers per game.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||A year and a half||
He started half of last year, and four games this year. It's certainly not out of the question that he makes serious improvement between this year and next.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||The defense was the strength of that team||
At times the offense struggled. Remember, against Ohio State in 1997 they scored exactly one offensive touchdown.Thank god for Woodson and Andre Weathers.
The next year when those two guys were redshirt sophmores, in October the offense couldn't manage more than 21 points against four of the worst teams in the Big Ten (12-9 over 3-8 Iowa, 12-6 over 3-9 Northwestern, 21-10 over 4-7 Indiana and 15-10 over 5-6 Minnesota).
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Too damn stubborn||
Give him a year or two, though. If he has any sense he'll give it a try. It's been a path to the NFL for other quarterbacks (Doug Flutie, Warren Moon).
My fear is that he'll end up on the Argos, mostly because I live in Toronto.
I still haven't made it to a CFL game yet, though.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I assume he's already started on the expensive cognac||
Which is awfully tempting.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I don't see Meyer heading to Notre Dame||
He could have easily had the job after they fired Charlie Weis, and Notre Dame is either a lateral move or a step down. It could happen, but I just think the odds are pretty low.
But that would be hilarious.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 40, UConn 10||
But we'll see.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Marking deleted comments would be good||
Because I thought the same thing.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||He had his best game in the Fiesta Bowl||
Also, his stats weren't eye-popping (link). He ran the option, obviously, but Ahman Green was the leading rusher and Lawrence Philips was just behind Frazier.
If they voted for the Heisman after the bowls that year, though, I think he would have won.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Here's a few examples from the seventies||
These were from Bo's early years, when Michigan was in the top ten and in Big Ten title contention nearly every year.
1970: Michigan 14, 2-9 Texas A&M 10
1971: Michigan 20, 3-7 Purdue 17
1972: Michigan 7, 2-9 Northwestern 0
1973: Michigan 14, 4-7 Navy 0
1975: Michigan 14, 3-6-2 Baylor 14
1975: Michigan 21, 5-6 Illinois 15
1976: 5-6 Purdue 16, Michigan 14
1977: Michigan 14, 5-6 Navy 7
1980: Michigan 17, 0-11 Northwestern 10
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I was there too||
So it was the first example I thought of.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Not always||
1970: Michigan 14, 2-9 Texas A&M 10
1971: Michigan 20, 3-7 Purdue 17
1972: Michigan 7, 2-9 Northwestern 0
1973: Michigan 14, 4-7 Navy 0
1975: Michigan 14, 3-6-2 Baylor 14
1975: Michigan 21, 5-6 Illinois 15
1976: 5-6 Purdue 16, Michigan 14
1977: Michigan 14, 5-6 Navy 7
1980: Michigan 17, 0-11 Northwestern 10
That 1980 Northwestern team was in the middle of its 34-game losing streak and wouldn't win another game until 1982.
So while today's win was an ugly, ugly game, it's still a win.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Stockholm syndrome||
To be fair, maybe he encouraged Golson's study habits...
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Bielema wasn't a Wisconsin lifer||
He didn't really have any ties to the program before becoming Alvarez's DC. He'd played for Iowa, and he was only DC at Wisconsin for two years before Alvarez retired.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Spam user sighted||
|32 weeks 1 day ago||This is a Michigan blog, so let's have a little better pedantry||
Per the American Heritage Dictionary (link): "It is true that none is etymologically derived from the Old English an, "one," but the word has been used as both a singular and a plural since the ninth century. The plural usage appears in the King James Bible... as well as the works of canonical writers like Shakespeare, John Dryden and Edmund Burke.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, it depends on what you mean by "firmly"||
They moved to I-A/FBS in 2000. They're not brand new (like Southern Alabama), but they're still pretty new.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I remember this back in the eighties||
The Bengals under Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet used the no-huddle extensively. During the 1988 playoffs, teams were faking injuries (see link for anecdote) against the Bengals. The Bills adopted the no-huddle after losing to the Bengals in the AFC championship game.
|33 weeks 15 hours ago||It's a matter of degree||
Sure, guys like Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit are biased towards their schools. The difference is that despite this they remain objective enough to still provide interesting analysis at least some of the time. They can usually separate what they want to happen from what they think will happen.
Holtz, on the other hand, is completely incapable of providing any interesting analysis of Notre Dame. Completely. He cannot separate what he wants to happen from what he thinks will happen. As Wolverine Devotee pointed out above, Holtz always picks Notre Dame to win regardless of what their actual chances are. The only suspense is in how exactly he's going to phrase it. As an analyst on Notre Dame, Holtz is useless, boring and not worth my time.
It's too bad, really, because he is a bright guy and was a good football coach. You'd just never know it from his commentary.
|33 weeks 17 hours ago||Notre Dame's actions might come back to haunt Notre Dame||
Michigan may be using the way the series is ending as a motivational tool as well, so it may all even out.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Minor quibble||
The Talking Heads and Devo were both American. The guys in Devo were in fact from Ohio.
Like I said, minor.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||47-10||
Michigan over Central Michigan.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||That game could have been much closer||
Grbac had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and two interceptions in the red zone. Two more drives ended in failed fourth down conversions in the red zone. So while they were definitely outplayed, the game was much closer than the final score would indicate.
The Rose Bowl that year, though, was pretty much a rout (34-14 loss to Washington). The first touchdown was something of a gift, too.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||How many other players from either of those teams||
Are still playing?
I came up with Woodson, Winfield, Tom Brady (who didn't play in that particular game) and Jay Feely.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't read your post but||
I try not to take Detroit guys to avoid that homer bias.
Although I have done well taking Tom Brady, so what do I know?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Correlation coefficients in the social sciences||
Are always going to be lower. The statistical analysis of football games is pretty much a social science.
As a chemist, you typically have a well-defined analyte which can be detected using instrumentation based on well-understood physical principles. You also have well-understood techniques to separate the analyte from its substrate. You can also repeat it easily (as long as the money holds out, anyway).
In the social sciences, you have none of that. The relationship between any two variables may be complex or masked by numerous other variables, and designing your experiments to isolate variables is damn difficult. In many cases, you're stuck looking at statistics taken after the fact that may or may not even be a useful measurement. Your sample size may be small.
This is certainly true in football. You don't have any ability to experiment on the games themselvs, and you have to rely entirely on measurements taken during the game. Many of these are imperfect. For instance, in NCAA games sack yardage is lumped in with rushing yards. The sample size is also relatively small.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Little bastards found me in Paris||
I think mosquitos just think Americans taste better.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||And that was the best stretch||
Of the entire John Cooper era.
God, I miss him.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||I don't really buy that||
Frankly it sounds more like the work of a nut than a terrorist. Keep in mind, too, that the odds of killing a specific player are lower. You could end up getting a utility infielder with a career average of .215 and a security guard. If you're careless you could be the only fatality.
In the stands you're guaranteed a higher body count and more press.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||If the kid had a bomb and wanted to kill people||
He'd have stayed in the stands. Where the people are most tightly packed.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||For older fans 1973 and 1974 Ohio State come to mind||
As does the entire damn 1979 season.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Anybody remember Russell Erxleben?||
He was one of the rare kickers taken in the first round (wikipedia link). While there was some rule changes after his college career (e.g., no tee on field goal attempts allowed any more), he did have a great career at Texas but never did much in the NFL.
As an aside, I had no idea he did time for securities fraud.
This isn't to say a great kicker isn't valuable, but just that it's not always easy to identify one.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I found two since 1969 with the same or larger margin of victory||
2000: Michigan 58, Indiana 0
1975: Michigan 69, Northwestern 0
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I could definitely see this happening||
A team in Hamilton could easily siphon off fans from Toronto's western suburbs. Oakville and Milton, for instance, are about as close to downtown Hamilton as they are to downtown Toronto.
Hamilton itself is close enough to Toronto that I know a number of people who commute from there. It's a long commute, and most but not all of them use the GO train, but there are some who do it by car.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Unforgettable game||
I actually don't remember my first game. I was much younger than you were at your first game, though (probably 5 or 6).
The rest of that year, though...
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about 2008 Wisconsin||
The first half was one of the worst games of football I had ever seen a Michigan team play (at least up until then). I looked at the box score--Threet ended 12 of 31 for 96 yards and about half of our rushing yards came on two plays (Brandon Minor's touchdown and Threet's long run). Despite the win it was pretty clear it was going to be a long season.
I agree completely about those 2009 and 2010 games, though. I thought we'd turned the corner both years (sigh).
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Who won 25 straight games from 1946-1949||
Which includes a national championship in 1948 and arguably one in 1947.
(Just to add some details to your point.)
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Looks like Cardale Jones||
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't see the first one||
For pretty much the reasons you gave.
I'm sure I'll see them all at some point, but I just can't get excited about it.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I think that's a pretty accurate description||
Parts of the UW-Madison campus are lovely (such as Bascom Hill), and so are individual buildings. The campus as a whole? Not so much.
Miami (NTM), on the other hand, has a beautiful campus. I went to school there, and the surrounding town is little more than an afterthought.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||2013 - 47 = 1966||
So his math is perfect if he meant Michigan State's Rose Bowl trip on January 1, 1966.
I agree with the sentiment, but come on.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Well, except for the 1988 Rose Bowl||
MSU 20, USC 17.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Anthony Carter from Florida||
I think from the Miami area, though.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, they're another good example||
Probation even kept them out of the 1979 Rose Bowl.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Not necessarily true||
In the B1G, Illinois comes to mind. They've been on probation a number of times and frankly never had a lot to show for it. I believe they were on probation twice in the eighties, and managed one Rose Bowl trip. In 1983, they were 10-1 going into the Rose Bowl against 6-4-1 UCLA, but managed to lose 45-9.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||There's also the LCBO||
Manufacturers can also sell, but I don't really understand it.
Not a big fan of the system, frankly. I think it's one of the reasons why Ontario's craft brewing industry lags behind the US.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||While I agree with you about Tressel||
I don't think you're being entirely fair to John Cooper. Aside from his well-documented and glorious trouble beating Michigan, he only had two bad years at the end (6-6 in 1999 and 8-4 in 2000). In 1998 he not only beat Michigan and won a BCS bowl but could have made the BCS title game with better special teams play against Michigan State (28-24 loss).
There's no way Ohio State would have fired Tressel after one year, though, without him having done something pretty awful off the field.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Dotty Dumpling's Dowry||
I haven't eaten there in probably 7-8 years at this point, but they used to have great hamburgers, too.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Brady's first pass was against UCLA in 1996||
Otherwise you're right--it was indeed returned for a touchdown in a 38-9 win.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||John Wangler||
If he hadn't hurt his knee in the '79 Gator Bowl my fantasy is that Michigan would have swept the table in 1980. As it was, they started 1-2 but won the rest of their games, including the Rose Bowl.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Sociopaths are often very charming in person||
Not entirely /s
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I was afraid we were going to be nicklerolled||
|48 weeks 1 day ago||It was Quebec or the Newfies||
Not us in Ontario.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Trust me, it was 1972||
We did play UCLA in 1982 (and a second time in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 1983) and it didn't work out nearly that well. Tom Ramsey was the QB on the 1982 UCLA team.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Ernie stayed in Madison||
Per the terms of his probation agreement.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Attending my company's annual sales conference||
Which I dread. I support sales people but am not actually in sales myself.
Because of previous sales conferences I have missed the 2009 Delaware State, 2011 Iowa and 2012 Nebraska games. (The 2010 conference was during a bye week.)
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Bob Ufer died in 1981||
/resisting the urge to zombie Ufer jokes
|50 weeks 2 days ago||It's kind of a tradeoff||
My first name is "Michael." It's not so bad since I moved to Toronto, with its huge population of immigrants, but growing up there were always at least one other Mike in all of my classes and as many as five.
(Now I work with three other Mikes on the same team. Only one of us was actually born in Canada. One was born in the Philippines, another in Romania and I was born in Ann Arbor.)
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Ufer for Michigan games||
Jackson for anything else.
Normally I'm not a big fan of homers, but Ufer was both completely over the top and on my side. I strongly suspect I'd feel different about him had he done the play by play for Tennessee or Minnesota or Texas or (and I feel dirty even suggesting this) Ohio State.
Jackson, on the other hand, was a true professional and brought the same charm and enthusiasm to every game he covered no matter who was playing.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
The Lions do not need another Titus Young.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Grind the weed||
Fit more in the bong/pipe/etc.
I think. Haven't smoked pot in a long time and never really tried to optimize it.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||“We have strict and clear standards"||
“We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors,” Chryst is quoted as saying in the article.
So what, no more than 5 bag of heroin?
|51 weeks 2 days ago||I think Mathieu is self-medicating||
In other words, pot is not the underlying issue. There's clearly something else going on with the guy, which makes me think he's a risky pick.
Not to say he shouldn't be drafted, but that I wouldn't want to pick him up too early.
|1 year 1 day ago||Your odds of getting killed by a terrorist||
Are still dwarfed by the odds of getting killed driving to the stadium. My recommendation is to stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap, since the odds of getting killed in an accident in your house also far outweigh the odds of getting killed by a terrorist.
|1 year 4 days ago||I'm about to do that myself||
|1 year 1 week ago||Because they're evil incarnate||
That's my standard answer for any question involving a cable company, anyway.
|1 year 1 week ago||A territory is pretty much the same in the US and Canada||
Michigan or Virginia is to Ontario as Guam is to Nunavut.
The government of a territory tends to be limited in terms of its influence on the nation as a whole, and is often appointed. Nunavut has a voting seat in the Canadian House of Commons and they elect their premier, but their chief executive is an appointed commissioner. Guam sends a non-voting delegate to the House and its citizens can't vote for President.
|1 year 1 week ago||Nunavut is a territory||
It has a population slightly larger than a third of Ann Arbor's over an area larger than Alaska and Texas combined.
/Canadian stereotypes strike back
/Well, overly pedantic American living in Toronto does
|1 year 2 weeks ago||As a former resident of both Ann Arbor and Madison||
I call bullshit.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Him and Art Schlichter||
|1 year 3 weeks ago||UT's best chance is if they play by Canadian rules||
And we don't. I think Michigan would still win.
Ghana's best chance is if they play by FIFA rules.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Rogers has BTN already||
Bell does not. This is the only reason I've stuck with Rogers.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Hell yeah||
My cousin transferred this year from Arizona State to McGill. Montreal is great.
Academically both schools are a good fit. Athletically... not so much. Culturally, Montreal is a much bigger jump than Toronto.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Will never happen, but I'd selfishly love it||
I live within walking distance of the UT football field. Every winter they put up a big temporary dome in the middle of the field (I believe for golf). Fans walking along the street can see through the fence to the field. They do however occasionally cover up the fence.
It'd be great to see a Michigan game in Toronto, even if it was 73-0 in the second quarter.
Canada does produce the occasional NFL player like former Wolverine Tshimanga Biakabutuka (whose family moved to suburban Montreal from Zaire when he was 4).
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The most teams from one conference in the Final Four||
That I remember was three from the Big East in 1985. Two is pretty common.
Michigan in fact has been in the Final Four three times with another Big Ten team. We lost to Indiana in the championship game in 1976, beat Illinois in the semi-finals in 1989 and did not play Indiana in 1992.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||King's Island is a little closer||
It's north of Cincinnati off of I-71.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Population has to be a big factor||
There are just more people in the south than there are in the north. However, that doesn't hold for a direct comparison of Georgia to Michigan, which have nearly the same population size.
Could it be that many of the athletes that would be FBS athletes playing football in the south are instead playing basketball?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||George transferred from Purdue||
Link. He left Purdue after they fired the coach that recruited him and hired Fred Akers, whose offenses tended to feature the ground game.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||We're not used to that any more||
Bo had a bunch of assistants who later became head coaches (link), but our last two coaches have not done as well at this. I don't (cough cough) remember the name of the last coach (cough cough), but Lloyd Carr's staff just didn't produce as many head coaches as Bo's did. The only two I can think of (and I may be missing some) are Ron English and Mike DeBord.
Assuming that Hoke keeps hiring great assistant coaches, I think it's great.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||You do realize nearly all coaches do this, right?||
You can't find many coaches thse days who spent their entire career at one place. The only one that comes to my mind is Joe Paterno.
As others have pointed out, Brady Hoke coached at other schools, leaving Michigan to coach at Ball State. So did Gary Moeller, who left Michigan in the late seventies for Illinois before coming back.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Those first three championship teams||
I don't think would have won rings if they'd been playing against those Lakers and Celtics teams in their prime.
I think those last three championship teams would have. I don't know about three in a row, though.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Well, no||
They were pulled over in Tennessee.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Nope||
They're a transitional FBS member, and 2012 was their first year in the MAC.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Barry ruined the Lions?||
Yes, I agree that he should have retired at a more appropriate time so they could better prepare, but by 1999 they had signed James Stewart at RB. He wasn't great, but probably the best they could do on the free agent market. I don't think it made much of a difference. Sanders wouldn't have been there for more than another year or two at most.
The Lions went 8-8 and 9-7 the two years after he left (which was better than the 5-11 the Lions had in his last year). The Lions were ruined by first Bobby Ross's poor drafts and then of course Matt Millen's. Blaming Barry Sanders for this is ridiculous.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Brady did start for two years||
He started all of 1998 and 1999. He did split playing time with Henson for the first half of 1999, but Henson played sparingly in the second half of the season. This showed in the final stats; Brady had 341 attempts and Henson only 90.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Wheatley's career itself was a little disappointing||
Mostly because of injuries his junior and senior years. He had 1357 yards and 7.3 yards per carry as a sophmore but because of those injuries and missed games he was never able to top that.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||See this article from SI||
Link. Per SI we had the #2 class, which was pretty close to what I remember as the consensus (for whatever that's worth).
BlueCE actually posted this here in a 2011 thread.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I like the sound of that||
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Randy Moss actually signed with Notre Dame||
They wouldn't admit, though, because of a little run-in he had with the law (I believe he put somebody in the hospital in a fight). So he transferred to Florida State, where he sat out for a year before getting booted off the team for violating his parole (by smoking pot). He transferred to Marshall the last year it was I-AA, so he didn't have to sit out another year.
I saw him play a game when he was at Marshall. They nuked one of the poorer MAC teams, since Marshall was in the MAC at the time. I think it was Akron. Chad Pennington was the QB on that team.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Great game by #40 Ron Johnson against Navy in '67||
Not enough to pull out the game, though.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||How old was that book?||
I believe Chicago might have actually had more championships in 1960, but then Vince Lombardi started winning them and it's been downhill ever since.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Chizik won 11 *total* games after 2010||
He went 8-5 last year and 3-9 this year (including a 49-0 loss to Alabama). I don't know how many wins would have kept him at Auburn, but I know it was more than three and probably 8 or more.
I think Kelly almost certainly does better than that.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||A competent coach?||
If Kelly stays, he's the best coach they've had since Holtz. He seems to recruit well, despite the purple-face-on-the-sideline episodes from last year. True, Weis and Willingham both had good recruiting classes for the most part, but neither of those guys were very good coaches. Look at the tire fire Washington turned into under Willingham.
I don't think it's a given that Kelly goes to the NFL, either. I'm sure he's going to look into it, but he may also use it to squeeze a little more money out of Notre Dame.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Your sig line triggers my PSTD||
I see uncovered receivers everywhere.
(And the two links on the left don't even work. What is this "Maple Street Press" you speak of?)
|1 year 14 weeks ago||They were 35-3 from 2001-2003 with two BCS bowl wins||
And one BCS bowl loss in OT. Any coach with a pulse could have done that? That's still a tough job even with a loaded team.
Now, if you want to disaparage Coker's ability to maintain a program go right ahead.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||That joke of a coach was 12-0 the year before||
I'm not saying Larry Coker was a good coach, but I am saying when he had the talent he knew what to do with it. Those Miami teams started to go downhill after '02, but they were still 11-2 in '03 before falling to 9-3, 9-3 and then 7-6.
The problem was that he apparently wasn't very good at evaluating, developing and/or recruiting talent. Oh, and he couldn't keep his team under control, either.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I'm rooting for Bryan Kelly to spontaneously combust||
Which would require an Alabama rout, so I guess I'm rooting for Alabama.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I think that's the blocked field goal||
Otherwise I don't know what it could be.
Speaking of which, the blocked field goal made me very happy.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||It's been a while, but they have 3 bowl wins this century||
The best was a win over 9-3 Stanford in 2001 in the "Seattle Bowl." Whatever the hell that was.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Fair enough||
To be honest, I thought Pryor would be a backup tight end in Oakland or a second-string quarterback in Saskatchewan. It should be interesting to see how he does, in a Tim Tebow/Ryan Leaf sort of way.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||They're 4-11 and Palmer is out||
What do they have to lose? If he stinks they can put Leinart in for the second half. It's not like Leinart has shown anything in the NFL, either.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||They drafted him, they should see if he can play||
I wouldn't have drafted him, but then again I would haven't Jamarcus Russell either. On the other hand, Pryor was a third round pick in the supplemental draft and Russell was the first overall choice.
According to Wikipedia Pryor was Al Davis' last draft choice.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Oh come on||
The paper is too glossy and isn't nearly absorbent enough. And frankly I prefer my paper a little softer.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I don't think it's entirely wrong||
Three years of a competent defensive coordinator running his own defense would have certainly worked better than what we actually saw. It would almost certainly have resulted in some additional wins.
Having said that, I don't know that it would have been enough to save Rodriguez.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Arizona gave up 425 points last year||
I would probably give Casteel a little more time before putting him in the GERG category.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I know at least half a dozen guys in Madison||
Who bike to work all winter long.
They are admittedly all younger than Riley is, but Riley will be able to afford a house near the athletic complex.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||What was Gary Moeller's record at Illinois?||
Oh yeah, 6-24-3.
18-37 is below the all-time winning percentage (.425 per Wikipedia), but it's Indiana. The fact that he was not a successful head coach does not mean he isn't a good position coach. (We can look at other evidence to figure that out.)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I think his health and age may be bigger factors||
Sure, he put two 11-win seasons together for a program that had won more tham 9 games in a season exactly once, and hadn't gotten any coaching offers. Towards the beginning of the first of those 11-win seasons, though, he had a heart attack. That and his age (56) may be bigger factors than his abilities. If he were ten years younger and healthier it'd be a different story.
I suspect he's also not interested in any jobs except at Ohio State, and I don't see that happening. If he's not interested in other jobs, he's not going to get much of a look.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||We could look at his previous raises||
At the beginning of 2011 Bielema's total compensation was about 1.78 million. He received a raise worth approximately 38% of his salary (link).
In 2009 his compensation package was worth approximately 1.2 million (link), meaning that between 2009 and 2011 he received a raise of approximately 50%.
So it doesn't seem that the raise he received going to Arkansas is out of range with with what he could have gotten at the UW-Madison.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Eh, they were that year||
Didn't play a real tough schedule but still won 12 games in a BCS conference.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||UCLA wasn't that bad, and they had a reasonably tough schedule||
28.3 points per game, and they played six teams with 8 or more wins. They gave Arizona its only loss and lost to a decent Miami YTM team in a game where it admittedly did look like GERG was coaching.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Exactly||
Neither he nor Alvarez managed to get a lot of great recruiting classes into Madison. What they did do was get recruits who fit into their system and then develop them well.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Why would there be scorn?||
Wisconsin is the third-best team in their division this year and struggled pretty badly at times this year. Stanford should be the clear favorite in this one, and Wisconsin is expected to lose. So unless they're just humilated I don't see that.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Huh?||
In 2010 they gave Ohio State its only loss. In 2006 they went 12-1, with their only loss to us (although admittedly they didn't play Ohio State).
He's also been able to recruit decent quarterbacks who work in his system. I believe the only reason why he went with a transfer this year was injury, but O'Brien didn't end up finishing the season anyway.
I'm not a big fan of Bielema, but he's done a good job with the talent he's managed to recruit. Even if he is a horrible game and clock manager.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I would have had I gotten a free ride to MSU||
I took some kind of test one weekend in East Lansing when I was a senior that (had I scored better than I apparently did) would have given me a free ride to MSU. I was accepted to every school I applied to except Northwestern.
A free ride for four years was about the only way I was going to go to MSU, though.
I wound up going elsewhere (Miami [NTM]) for a variety of reasons, though.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||You laugh now||
But they are next to Maryland.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The 1982 game was 24-14||
The 1981 game (which was in Ann Arbor and which I was at) was 14-9. The 1981 team was talented but frustrating, and couldn't recover from a bunch of mistakes on offense.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Northwestern was probably the second best team we played in 1971||
They finished 7-4 and beat Ohio State, which ended up 6-4. Stanford (sigh) was probably the best team.
Northwestern's long period in the toilet didn't really begin until 1972,
It still probably wasn't televished, as of course it wasn't clear in advance.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||That was Ron Powlus at Notre Dame||
Hayes started Schlichter as a freshman in 1978 instead of senior Rod Gerald, who had been the starter the year before. Gerald played at wingback instead Schlichter struggled most of the year, throwing a bunch of picks in losses to Penn State, Michigan, Purdue and Clemson.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yeah, last year was probably the best in school history||
Historically, they were good enough to go to the occasional bowl game. As bowl games became more often, they went more often.
With a few exceptions, they were rarely terrible but they tended towards mediocrity. Their usual ceiling was a 3-loss season. Only last year (11-2 with a bowl win) and in 1984 (10-2 with a bowl loss) were they able to better that.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Michigan 27, Ohio State 25||
Michigan 27, Ohio State 25.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||...and get your wife fired||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I remember reading that Bo put in the fake PAT||
I believe that was in the article on the game in Sports Illustrated. Bo was very concerned with avoiding a tie. After 1973, who could blame him? More importantly, Ohio State had no conference losses and we had the loss to Purdue, so a tie would have sent them to the Rose Bowl.
As it turned out, it hardly mattered as they never seriously threatened.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Kelly has more talent at Notre Dame||
I could certainly see the Irish getting their ass kicked, but it's not a given.