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|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think watching a game at a||
I think watching a game at a country club sounds lovely.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed.||
Walton is a talent. I would be shocked to see him here as a senior.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed.||
Kid has a long way to go before he can compete with Finnish products, like Angry Birds, Nokia phones, and Linux.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Yup.||
Pretty sure it is Yosef on the helmet. But with the colors INVERTED!
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I hate to defend Lunardi, but...||
The NCAA rule is that If teams only have played once previously, they can be bracketed to meet as early as the “third round” (i.e. Round of 32). I belive that Michigan only plays Maryland once (away) next year.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||This is the best Spring Game content so far.||
I love breakdowns like this, where we get to see exactly what was intended and how each player did. If you want to do any additional plays that might give us a look at the Nussmeier offense or the new "over" defense, I woudl love to see them!
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I am an old person who will||
I am an old person who will happen to be in Ann Arbor on business tomorrow. Where should i go to watch the game without getting swarmed by drunk undergrads?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||It's only a statistical||
It's only a statistical fallacy because there is no evidence that being "due" changes the probabilities. But that just means the evidence is "due." It'll stop being a fallacy any day now.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||If that was your point, you||
If that was your point, you didn't provide any evidence for it. Instead, you compared Harris to Stauskas, who also made the list.
So what does a Harris vs. Petteway comparison look like? Using your own criteria:
Shooting Percentages? Harris .421 vs. Pettaway .429
Defense? Harris 2.0 spg; 0.4 bpg vs. Pettaway 0.9 spg; 0.8 bpg
Low-efficiency, high-volume shooter?
Harris has shot the ball 376 times this season with 158 made baskets. Petteway has shot the ball 382 times with a 164 made baskets.
Over the course of the season, Petteway took 6 more shots and . . . made 6 more shots.
Oh yeah, Petteway's team: 18-11. Harris's team: 23-7.
This is totally thread worthy.
|31 weeks 53 min ago||Who said anything about||
Who said anything about "best" teams? This is a pre-season ranking. It is basically a predicton of the final rankings of these teams, which is heavily influenced by schedule difficulty.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I agree||
I agree, and that's perhaps the best part of this transition for me (though I am excited about Coach Nussmeier). I never joined the "Fire Borges" contingent because I strongly believe there are many worse options. When I first saw that he had been let go, I had a sinking feeling that we'd witness a lengthy search and end up with an uninspiring replacement. But seeing that Coach Hoke and/or Dave Brandon had a strong replacement already lined up has bolstered my faith in both of them. Well done, Michigan.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Good points, eric.||
Assuming Kalis, Mags, and Glasgow stay in the starting lineup, I expect that the new additions to our offensive line will likely come from Braden (Rs. So.), Bosch (So.), and Kugler (Rs. Fr.). But I suppose there are a lot of others still in the mix.
And just to be clear, I meant that my previous "optimistic" season was 9 wins including the bowl game. I agree with others that a 10-win season (including the bowl game) is a good season, and one we should be happy with. I'm not sure it's likely, but with the possibility of a new offense I no longer think it's entirely out of reach.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Speculation?||
Given the history of improvement, would a conservative estimate for next year's offense be in the neighborhood of 2011 Washington/Michigan?
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with you about Al||
And I also want to see what happens with the position coaches. That will have a significant impact on our success next season.
I am skeptical that Nuss is a long-term hire. He's a bright young coach on an upward trajectory, and if he has the kind of success here that fans are clamor ing for, I think he will be in contention for HC positions sooner rather than later. While that would be great in the short term - it means success for us - I generally like coaching stability and loyalty. It is heard to be emotionally invested in a coach who feels a bit like a hired gun.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||A Little.||
Unlike many, I had little optimism for next season. The schedule breaks poorly, and we are replacing two NFL-caliber tackles with guys one year removed from high school (and this following a season where we already couldn't run the ball or protect our quarterback). Nine wins was my hope.
I was - and still am - hoping for a change in OL coach and potentially a change in RB coach (though I appreciate all Fred Jackson has done here and am happy to let him retire on his own terms). I think Borges is a good coordinator, and I saw no need to fire him unless Hoke/Brandon already had an upgrade lined up. When I saw the news he was let go, I was initially disappointed and concerned about who we might bring in.
Coach Nuss seems like the best possible candidate for the position, and I am happy that he was swiftly retained (though as I write this, it is still not official). If he is able to bring in an experienced OL coach and/or a RB coach of his choosing, I might be able to raise the ceiling on my optimistic season to 10 wins.
But we still have a lot of talent and experience issues, so I expect next season to more closely resemble the offenses Nuss had at Washington than his offense at Alabama - the team's numbers should be comparable to Borges' average at UM. Borges was trending in the wrong direction, and a change in coordinator can often energize the team, so overall this seems like an upgrade. But it's not a panacea. We're still not a legitimate Big Ten title contender. Right now, I just hope that the team has enough success next year to keep Hoke off the hot seat, and to keep Nuss and Mattison together as the team's coordinators for a little while longer.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I never thought I'd someday||
I never thought I'd someday be #5 in the "get off my lawn" parade, especilaly here at Mgoblog. But I desperately miss the old system of bowls + voting. A national championship was a reward for a stellar season, but rivalries and conference titles and bowl wins all had so much more significance.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||If winning your conference is||
If winning your conference is all that matters in your system, why even play a non-conference schedule? It's basically pre-season football.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Jones was not the first offer.||
We've been seeking a RB for the 2014 class for a long while now. We offered Jonathan Hilliman and Kalen Ballage and Elijah Hood and Vic Enwere and Joe Mixon and Jalen Hurd and Leonard Fournette....and probably others.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Agree about recruiting||
Yeah, I'm not trying to knock Michigan's recruiting, nor am I saying that 5-star recruits need to come in and dominate from day 1 (far from it, in fact). I just thought it was odd that the OP decided to lump players in 5-star and 4-star buckets when the truth is that most recruits have a fair bit of divergence across sites. It's not at all clear who the OP is counting or why he chose to count some guys as 5-star recruits and not others.
Frankly, I get rather frustrated with the recruiting emphasis in the comments on this site. We are recruiting a lot of solid prospects, whether 5-star or 4-star or whatever. I'm interested in watching them develop and eventually play for Michigan. Players being annointed as team saviors before they even step on the field at the Big House (Peppers, Green, Kalis, Pipkins, Gardner) seems a little silly, and it only sets everyone up for disappointment.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I liked that call.||
I was a fan of the 4th and 1 call against MSU in 2011. It was a fake off a play that they had run many times before in similar situations. When I saw them line up, I thought they were going to run the same play as always and I feared they would get stuffed up the middle. To run the fake off it was a solid call, in my opinion. Sucks that it didn't work, but that's football.
I also liked the Vincent Smith interception against ND in 2012.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||5-Stars?||
Which site(s) are you getting your stars from? You list us with two 5-star starters, but don't mention who you are counting. None of our players were 5-star recruits across the board.
Devin Gardner received 5 stars from 1 of 3 sites.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I also agree with this. What||
I also agree with this. What the "free market" would pay these kids is very much the product of the University's brand. If Denard Robinson had gone to Indiana State and Tate Forcier had stuck around for four years, Tate would be the valuable one. If Russell Bellomy had the game of his life against Nebraska and Devin Gardner stayed at WR, their market values would be drastically different, despite having the same innate talents.
To put it another way, I have never once tuned into a football game to watch good football players. I tune in to watch whatever team Miichigan fields, whether national champions or Big Ten cellar dwellers.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I miss the upvote. :)||
I miss the upvote. :)
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Even-Keel||
For me, the primary frustration in the analysis is that the highs are too high and the lows are too low.
Using your own example, after 28 games at Michigan, Borges is hailed by Brian. He writes:
"I love this staff's feel for the game. Michigan plays high offense and low offense games correctly; in this one Michigan could not feel particularly confident in a four-point lead so they went and got some more."
Yet, today (after 32 games at Michigan), Borges is described as a man trying to ignite rocks with his shoe. Brian writes:
"I'd like to think this is a come-to-Jesus moment, but Michigan has had, what, eight of them in the last three years? They've never been inclined to look at either stats or, you know, their team and decide that we have to wait on the manball stuff."
It just feels a bit too much like revisionist history. Coming into this season, 10-3 or 9-4 were likely predictions. Coming into the season, most everyone knew we would drop a game we shouldn't, probably on the road. From where I'm standing, we seem to be on pace.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||When you write "So you||
When you write "So you 'think' we'll make it to the Elite 8, because it has your highest likelihood," who, exactly, are you talking to? Was there another comment that got deleted? It looks like you are replying to me, but I said nothing of the sort.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Math||
If anyone is "expecting" a Final Four run, they are nuts. Even if we were the best team in the country, the odds of reaching the Final Four are <50%.
If you think that there is a greater than 50% chance that Michigan will even make the Sweet 16 (where you think they will "land"), you're still very optimistic about the quality of the team overall.
Expectations seem to be the bane of fanbases everywhere. We will have a good basketball team. We will get to watch lots of good basketball against other good basketball teams. Hopefully we will make the NCAA tournament. Hopefully, we will get to experience the joys of winning an NCAA tournament game or two. But honestly that's all just gravy.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||MANGUN~!||
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Sanity check||
One way to sanity check numbers like these is to convert the probability of winning in the expected spread (or vice versa). Your predictions would be roughly the following:
UM -5 vs. Ind
MSU -5.5 vs. UM
OSU -19 vs. UM
Is that more-or-less what you are expecting?
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Wholeheartedly agree. This||
Wholeheartedly agree. This fanbase is insane.
We're not a great team this year, but we're a good one. We lost a game on the road in triple overtime where we were a 2 point favorite going in. It was always going to be a close game. It was a close game. This time we lost, but them's the breaks. Until we start losing games we have no right to lose, I'll take Hoke, Borges, Mattison, and Funk every single time.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Really?||
Why is there not something better than A? You really believe that no sensible Michigan fan can argue that last night's game management was poor?
My answer is - Yes, Hoke is the right man for the team. We lost one game. Big whoop. We aren't a great team this year, and despite that fact this staff will take us farther than we have any right to go. I was fine with how the game was managed and while I would have preferred to win, I can't fault the coaches for the fact that we didn't.