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|10 weeks 5 days ago||So proud of Gardner and all||
So proud of Gardner and all the players. The administration and coaches and injuries and bad luck and everything going wrong all year can't keep the players from just not giving a fuck and playing their asses off.
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|16 weeks 5 days ago||LET'S GO GET IT||
You put your best against our best and let’s ride out -- lets go get it.
-Jourdan Lewis, 2014
Brian, i just, i.... Thanks man.You make me so happy I'm a Michigan fan.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I sooooo||
I sooooooo want this to be true.
If Borges was ALL the problems and Funk is a great OL coach we must have enough talent to field a cohesive line.
The scrimmage was designed for them to fail and put pressure on them. The veteran defense doesn't need such a challenge.
Pretend the preview's OL rankings are 3's, and we're coming off a disappointing OL performance from last year, but not nearly the tire fire we, and Devin's ribs, had to experience.
Now picture how do our expectations change for this season? I know they're young, but if they could just be a unit that could be mentioned in the category of average come conference play?
Not a ringing endorsement, I know, but that's all we need for a special season in my opinion. The defense is poised to dominate. We have good to great playmakers at skill positions on offense. All we need is middle of the road Oline play.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I CAN'T DO LAST YEAR AGAIN
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Auction this Sunday||
We have our auction draft this sunday.
Main thing I have to focus on is what 3 guys to keep from last year.
I'm contractually obligated to keep Stafford for 1 more year at $6, before my buddy gets first right of refusal on his $7 contract next year. (this was a crazy deal - which makes our league fun)
I'll also be keeping AJ Green for $6 (i'll have him his whole career probably)
Now it comes down to who I can get the best value for of the remaining options:
TY Hilton $4
Keenan Allen $10
Leveon Bell $10
Calvin Johnson $27
It is a 10-team $100 auction league. Contracts raise 10% (rounded up) to keep a guy the following year. You can keep up to a max of 3 guys each year. My 3rd keeper is real tough for me to decide. Comes down to Hilton/Allen/Bell and how much I'm saving on them, if anything. Trying to guess what they'd go for at auction. I probably can't keep Megatron for that price, but I'll be happy to pay $24-$25 for him at auction.
What say you guys? Do I need a RB? Will Keenan be that much better than TY?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Auctions are Awesome!||
I would NEVER go back to a snake style draft. Auctions are so much better. I've been the commissioner of an auction league for the last 8 years. Although it's tougher on a commish if he's running the auction and trying to draft for himself as well, I still personally prefer it over snake style drafts. They are so boring after having done an auction.
Some general strategies I've used (or gone in to auction planning on using) in the past:
1. Be the last guy with a few dollars and a few roster spots left to fill. The people who use up all their money early are going to have to wait til everyone is out of money (or out of roster spots) and then whoever has roster spots left will fill in their rosters via snake style drafting. If you have the last $3 and 3ish roster spots left, you can fill in your roster with the best 3 players available (Unless you have a $200 auction with $2 minimum player cost - do the math and figure out based on your league what you need to have left at end for this strategy).
2. Figure out what your starting bankroll is (most leagues do 100 or 200), then divide that by number of QB, RB and WR starters to figure out what you will pay for really good but not great top of line guys. My league we have $100 and 1 QB, 2RB, 3WR.... So with 6 spots for $100 I try to spend approx $15 on those 6 spots and have a deep productive reliable starting lineup - then fill in the rest with a few bucks at end of draft and a couple snake picks. You won't be the guy paying $40 for AP or Manning, and you also won't be the guy who ends up making the most critical mistake you can make in auction drafts....
3. Never end the auction with excess cash reserves!!! (Barring the $3 for 3 players strategy listed above) If your team is filled out and you have $15 left, you either got the most amazing values on players all over your team, or you were entirely too conservative and did not adapt to whatever crazy crap ended up happening in your auction and your team sucks.
4. We have an auction keeper league. You can keep up to 3 players from your previous roster for 110% of their auction cost the previous year. There are pros and cons to this, but overall it is awesome and makes league even more fun. Only reason I mention this is if you do indeed have some type of keeper system in your league, the values on rookies and potential breakout players change drastically. Imagine having Aaron Rodgers for his whole career because you picked him up at $1 at end of auction before Favre retired.
On a sidenote - most auctions work like this... everyone pays $X to join the league and gets either $100 or $200 in fake money to do auction with. I was thinking about finding a good way to do something where everyone shows up with $100 real cash and when you buy a player you are actually going over to auctioneer and paying him the cash value for player. If you leave the draft with $, that's $ in your pocket. There would be some downsides to this with variable cash pools for paying winners. Has anyone done auctions more like this where I could learn from you how it went?
|48 weeks 7 hours ago||Love Cold War||
Love Cold War, but he's no NBA prospect evaluator.
|48 weeks 7 hours ago||He's white||
He's white and good at basketball. Get over it.
I have no other plausible explanation for why you wouldn't be surprised if he's a 4 year player. That is insanity.
This is his last year playing college ball - enjoy it.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Good question.||
I would be interested in the answer as well.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||curiosity||
is killing me here...
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I think||
that is AJ Williams, and thank goodness that did not get called.... he is the last one on the field hustling on at the end (why was he not with everyone else running out?) and didn't get set in time with the rest of the line because of it.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Consider||
Consider your ass sniped before you get to me.
Haha jk I don't play but if I did I would be a sniper and my friends and I argue about what is best: Sniping vs. Crazy Insane Run Around Shooting Everything Dude - if there was no inbetween that you could choose. Anyways, TGFJ (Thank Goodness For Jabrill)!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||TGFJ||
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Probably||
That is humbling.
Y EVERYTHING SO TERRIBLE LATELY?!?!?!?!?
Please commit to the University of Michigan, Mr. Hand. Breath life back into MGoBlog!
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Not trying to be||
Not trying to be argumentative and I agree with everything you said, except I didn't go to Michigan, nor have I ever lived there, and I'll be damned if I'm not a Michigan Man. Honestly this is probably hard for someone who did live there/go there to understand, and I totally ger that. But I live and breathe Michigan sports. Just wanted to throw in my .02 - thanks.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Wha?||
Some people are annoyed that breast cancer gets so much attention
People are "annoyed" that corporations overflowing with riches are capitalizing on a terrible disease and killer of our women and not doing things that would actually help get to a cure quicker that don't help to line their pocketbooks.
Breast cancer, and all cancer, as well as diabetes, MS, etc. "deserve attention". The disparity of attention for the diseases that aren't breast cancer is "annoying" and the fact that the reason for it is "telling people about those other diseases doesn't make us as much $" - is sickening.
Don't even get me started on the most recent stuff about Komen/NFL not giving much at all to actual cancer research, and the tons of $ being wasted by Komen to litigously defend their "brand" instead of putting it towards a cure.... etc.
Do your own research. I've only recently started.... and i am disgusted.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I would||
I would be really interested in reading some info on this if you have anything credible that you trust please pass along via email. (i'm assuming you can get my email address since i think you're a mod or whatever)
Not being a sarcastic dick - totally serious. Hard to know what you can believe on the internet these days when i'm researching stuff.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||That's||
That's quite the thing to say with nothing to back it up.
If you have ANYTHING to add, we're waiting....
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Holy Shit Indeed.||
Holy Shit Indeed.
What % of people do you think are completely unaware of this? I was in that % until threads on mgoblog the last 2 days (this link and the Oregon pink helmet thread yesterday).
The problem is, who is going to spend time/$ trying to make people aware of what Komen foundation is/isn't doing? It's a PR nightmare cause no matter how you frame it you look the guy fighting AGAINST breast cancer awareness.
The only way is to spread the word about other ways to be charitable where your $ goes directly to research to cure the disease, whatever it may be, including breast cancer.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||There's a Fire Mattison||
There's a Fire Mattison bandwagon? Tha Fuck is goin' on around here lately?!?!?!?!
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Do they not trust Devin to do||
Do they not trust Devin to do this?
It seems as though we have the WRs, and the consensus is this line can do adequate in pass pro. Even when they don't, Devin is very capable of escaping the pocket when it breaks down. If it seems like the best idea, and there's evidence of Borges doing it not only in his career but at his last job, then what on earth is going on? Could they possibly not see all this? Could this really be a Hoke philosophy thing? A Brandon marketing thing? (wow i just came up with that and i don't think i've heard it before. As crazy as that sounds, we know how Brandon is with his branding/identity stuff - i could never actually believe this though lol)
Sorry, I guess I'm not asking you, but you're observation about his airing it out in the past is just driving me nuts. It's almost more sickening they've not deployed it yet. And the more I think about it the more I'm starting to lean on it being more than a Borges thing.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I forced myself to,||
from fear of evaporating into my screen through some crazy wormhole portal. Call me crazy, but I wasn't taking the chance!
|1 year 9 weeks ago||You||
You clearly were not around here paying much attention during the GERG days.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Were Bear||
Were Bear Bryant and Nick Saban born as elite football coaches?
Did you consider Nick Saban an "elite" coach when he was at Michigan State?
I don't know if Hoke is an elite coach. But I give him just as good a shot as anyone else in this spot in their career to become elite or prove he is elite. I know he's a damn good football coach.
I also know there are a ton of idiot posters coming out of the woodwork now saying stupid shit who obviously don't know much or haven't paid much attention to anything.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||No||
You're worried about the defense, and more specifically, the Defensive Line right now?
Where have you been the last few weeks?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Prediction:||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||That's right||
- As soon as I saw your post I was reminded of his shoulder (?) injury. Not sure when he's expected back from that.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I get what||
I get what you're saying, but you have to realize that with better game planning/better play calling/willingness to adjust and take free yards/better OL coaching (the main things everyone has been fretting over since the PSU game) then we would not have been in the situation to need a fg or have a PI call hurt us. We leave Happy Valley with a 10 point win and we know we're not great but happy we have an OC who gives our guys at least a freakin' chance to be successful and compete for the division. Instead we're left where we are, pointing fingers that need to be pointed.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Prayers to your family. And||
Prayers to your family. And thanks for sharing these stories.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I disagree||
I don't want to start an argument or anything but I disagree.
You say they are already being fairly compensated but that could not be further from the truth. If you make the university literally millions of dollars off your name and likeness alone, and then you receive maybe $100,000 in scholarship/living expenses, etc. I would not call that fairly compensated. Especially considering that your teammate who never plays and noone knows from Jack is also receiving that same $100,000 just for showing up to practice every day.
And, financially speaking, cash in hand is vastly UNDERrated.
I am also tired of the whole thing though and look forward to a positive resolution for all.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Melvin||
Melvin Gordon III is an absolute beast.
Outside of that, they've run the same offense for a decade + and most of their OL are corn fed redshirt juniors before they're seeing the field replacing the redshirt senior that was all big ten the year before.