a terrible blight on our fine country
|3 hours 7 min ago||Wow.||
Not good on a lot of levels.
|3 hours 11 min ago||Narduzzi...||
Identified and coached these kids until last year.
It will be interesting to see how their development works with him no longer in the picture.
Sparty apologists were quick to give Dantonio credit for that defense when Narduzzi left but I'm not certain of that at all.
|4 hours 4 min ago||C'Mon Kid||
Sweeping indictment is a bit strong there. I am plainly not buying the Arjen Colquhon, Demetrious Cox etc. talent identification. We'll see.
|5 hours 20 min ago||Heh.||
I like recruiting but the Laquon Treadwell Ole Miss recruitment...
|5 hours 23 min ago||Raw Talent + Development||
|5 hours 25 min ago||Respect the Kid's Privacy||
If it's legit it will come out sooner or later in a public respectful way.
|5 hours 27 min ago||IDK...||
I believed that when Narduzzi was evaluating/coaching them up...I'm not so sure watching them now.
It's not like Hoke/Mattison couldn't identify defensive talent and you can reasonably argue that last year's Michigan defense was pretty damned solid. The offense well, obviously.
With elite level coaching the Hoke recruited secondary looks just fine. I'm sure Harbaugh/Durkin/Mattison can identify elite talent at least as well as Mark Dantonio. See: Sherman, Richard.
|6 hours 27 min ago||Weird Offer Sheet||
Wisconsin, Kentucky and Sparty followed by Navy, Tulane, Florida Atlantic and Iowa State.
Naturally, committed to the Bulls of USF. I mean, WTH?
|6 hours 29 min ago||Hmmmmm....||
Andrew David has *years* ahead of him to work out his form. Expectations that a freshman kicker is going to dominate at the college level by the fanbase are not warranted.
That said, competition makes everyone better and Nordin would be a good pick up. Looking at the train wreck that is Penn State under James Franklin (gonna get victimized again next year by my Temple Owls also) it makes sense for either of them to jump ship and get a spot at Michigan while they still can...
|19 hours 29 min ago||@Bando||
Logged in to agree.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Hmmmmm....||
Florida kid. Now Florida looks good again and Judson decommits from tOSU. I do not think this coincidental.
2017 is a long ways off.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Jeebus.||
These two predictors are idiots. Michigan will do better than they are believing.
That said, I am most amazed by their take on my Temple Owls who hold quality wins over Penn State (via epic beating) and Cincinnati (at Cincinatti, the same Cincinnati who just beat Miami YTM). Temple runs the table with only a possible loss at home to Notre Dame and with that defense I'm certainly not conceding that...
|2 days 22 hours ago||Well played.||
|2 days 22 hours ago||Who has run on Michigan this year?||
This is Vegas thinking. Michigan's defense is, to this point, as good as any of us have seen since 2006 or 1997. They give up 100 total yards a week to P5 teams (not normal). NW running back is solid but not perceived as better than Hine from BYU, preseason, for example.
Thinking back to Vegas, Michigan gets 3 to 3.5 points as the home team and Vegas then added +9 as margin (thus the +12 line). This will probably get bet down to 8 or 9 by game time but it's difficult to bet against a defense playing that elite.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Yeah...||
I'd prefer Chad get off my lawn.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Hmmmmmm....||
I'm an old school 12 noon man myself.
While I suspect the student opinion might be 8 I'm not sure that would reflect the 80k donors/alumni/season ticket holders etc.
Will be interesting to see how Hackett navigates this thing or if it even matters, really.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I logged in.||
To say "this".
|6 days 16 hours ago||Hmmmmmmm....||
It's still OSU always for me also...because regardless of what happens that somewhow always screws up something for Sparty.
That said, you're right, driving to the UP recently I have never seen so many jacked up Sparties with their new S license plates, their Spartan alumni stickers and hats.
Ten years ago there was little of this...of course, they take it badly when I point out that for all their "success" they have won a total of two Rose Bowls since 1989, no MNC and lost to Central in there somewhere.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Okay...||
Michigan 28 - Maryland 3
Michigan 24 - Northwestern 13
|1 week 17 hours ago||Bruh...||
Program wrecker, vilified miscreant and generally hated persona non grata among the MGoBlogosphere...the cautionary tale that is David Brandon is not OT
He's a lesson.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Jeebus.||
Let me get this straight...
Tata Consulting Services
|1 week 1 day ago||Heh.||
This one made me laugh out loud, really.
|1 week 1 day ago||Upvoted.||
|1 week 1 day ago||You'd be lambasted for the right reasons||
because MSUck would suck as a comment.
|1 week 1 day ago||Here's the Problem BJR||
You are apparently the only member of your fanbase willing to acknowledge that. The rest of the sycophants and apologists on the Olentangy don't see 9 cupcakes and Michigan/Michigan State as anything of an issue.
|1 week 1 day ago||Heh...||
Remember the part about him not being a good coach.
Or their wide receivers coach asking Jedd Fisch if he was "mad bro" and tweeting about his ring collection (that he obviously made happen).
Michigan's receiver development and other player development is novel to them.
|1 week 1 day ago||Heh...||
As if Harbaugh and Drevno probably aren't on to this potential strategy...
I'm very confident Harbaugh would have something interesting/innovative to deal with those issues. Teams determined to stop Toby Gerhart the same way at Stanford.
Also, who says Michigan doesn't relentlessly wreck on an 8 man box anyway?
3 yards, dust, repeat.
|1 week 3 days ago||Development in Harbaugh's system||
Nobody around here has seen much player development in years (except on defense under G. Mattison, of course)
It seems so novel on offense. Harbaugh will make Rudock better in his system over time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Heh...||
You must be just down my row.
Guy behind me: "Come on Rudock, focus, get your head in the game".
Michigan up 31 - 0...
|1 week 5 days ago||Proud Owner...||
Blogdom Endurance Badge.
|1 week 6 days ago||Cool.||
Different AA arrangements this week but I'm making this before the end of the season.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Now Now...||
I'd blame the guys at "Chase Winovice Campaign Headquarters" for that oversight.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I say 8||
Reserves judgement on Bowl Game...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
Our defense will continue to improve and will be wrecking teams by the end of the year (which is good since Ohio State is at the end of the year). Durkin knows what he is doing as does Mattison. Wormley will continue to be a revelation and the secondary will get better.
Harbaugh has a track record of improving teams over the year (it's called developing talent). We haven't seen much of this developing of talent over the last half decade or more so people here are less inclined to acknowledge it's impact going forward. Bottom line, offense will get better.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Upvoted. Preach on good sir.||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Based on the tenor of the projections||
It's not a 2 point conversion...
Rudock obviously gives up 4 safeties. On each ensuing free kick Michigan recovers for a TD (accounting for 28 special teams points)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmmmm....||
A two step open Armara Darboh does not throw the ball to himself.
It's not his problem he's wide open.
Rudock is okay on the short/mid range throw but the timing on the deep ball has not been good this year. That's not on the open receiver though...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Srsly?||
Debacle seems a bit strong bruh.
Have you watched our quarterback play the last few years?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Meh.||
I like this whole win the games you are supposed to win with ease thing that Jim Harbaugh has going on.
Anyone who was there for the most recent Akron game, for example, would appreciate that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||IDK...||
Any play with the center pulling is going to be slower in developing. It looked to me like Isaac waited out his blocks like designed...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||srsly?||
When was the last time anybody ran 79 yards on this team except when "competing" in practice?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bruh.||
Some things are not spoken of here.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Row 25 man myself||
IDK, having sat many games 40/40 I am a converted South End Zone guy now. I cannot tolerate not seeing the play develop (which is the sideline experience).
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Amen.||
Believe me, it's going to be really enjoyable to watch effectively coached teams against MSU.
This will silence the Sparty apologists.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Not an issue||
By the MSU game your OL will be wrecking people. The Oregon State outcome wasn't luck...it was Tim F'N Drevno and his expectations versus a lot of clapping and crappy OL coaching the last 3 years...
Sparty is going to get punched in the mouth and is not going to like it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Heh...||
SEC and Intelligence
(inserts superflous Arkansas fans with SEC welcome banner for snark effect)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Rockets!||
Bert looks pissed.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmmmm....||
Still a chance for the Hogs...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yep.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Jeebus.||
Apparently for Arkansas all of your horrible injuries are belong to us...damn.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmmmmmm...||
This is not a loud Arkansas crowd...at all.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||ESS EEE CEE||
The announcers on the ESS EEE CEE network are surprisingly complimentary to the Toledo Rockets. Razorback fans look just bent with 45 seconds remaining.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||About the Same - Concessions Worse (if possible)||
Michigan continues to gouge the loyal $6.50 for a hot dog, $7.50 for a brat, $5.50 for the box of maize for the kids, $4.50 for a 24 oz. soda...
They are getting my money on the donation, the tix etc. They would still makes *lots* of money with more reasonably priced items and I'd feel less screwed over.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Condolences to his family||
He was a good player. I remember him as really consistent and thinking Michigan could have used a guy like that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This.||
Yes, just that.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Small Wolverines?||
Dammit. I had these in mind...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Upshur.||
Note he is visiting my Owls tho.
Also inserts gratuitous image of Christian Hackenberg getting sacked by a TU defender.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Quattro||
You cannot be serious.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yep.||
I bet he was easy to spot for the police tho...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Jeebus.||
Temple's defense is a bitch. As good as advertised and as good as Michigan I'd venture. Maybe better.
Michigan has nobody on their roster the calibre of Tyler Matekevich as a player. For that I am sad.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Srsly?||
Harbaugh or any remotely competent via h us not going to the bullpen in the first game of the year with the score anywhere in reach.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||@73||
Kinda small sample size bruh
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Congratulations||
First "regression" mention of the Harbaugh era to my knowledge. Statement of observed regression being the hallmark of the truly devoted M fan.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This is the most elemental MGoBlog Question ever...||
What, indeed, do the stars mean?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Jim Harbaugh...||
Trolls me, trolls you, trolls the media, trolls Utah, trolls Kyle Whittingham...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Jeebus.||
"in the seedy parts of the list next to Temple"
Damn, Brian Cook...no need for name calling.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for that.||
Hit the high mark on this thread for MGoSpeculation ranging from a) giving he kid a medical after one year all the way to b) not honoring his scholarship and back to the ethical debate of those situations. Amazing.
Maybe awaiting clarification would be cool.
Also, get well soon Matt Falcon.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Zach Smith...||
Oh yeah, I remember that guy. Coached at Temple under Addazio before joining Urban Meyer staff at tOSU.
IIRC isn't he the seemingly insecure Receiver Coach Savant that got into it with Jedd Fisch on Twitter?
Seemed like a tool.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Srsly OP?||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||blast of cocaine?||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmmmm....||
I was always kind of skeptical of that Laquon Treadwell recruitment....
|7 weeks 2 days ago||In your eyes...||
I am complete
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Good Luck Dan Samuelson||
That's a classy exit. He'll have success in life.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Meh.||
At which point the South End Zone expansion suddenly becomes feasible...
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||@harbindarbin||
English...do you speak it?
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Hmmmmm....||
Jeff Moss should be careful about annoying a 19 year old with his own god damned logo...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Jeebus.||
Not this narrative again. This is the type of thinking that led Brady Hoke to apologize because a spike got planted on the field at MSU. Its tiring. Jim Harbaugh not going that way. Bottom line, until Sparty wins the next 35 in a row then I, as a Michigan supporter, will continue to talk all day, all the time as indicated.
As to these ongoing Sparty threads. Dammit OP. When does the season begin, anyway? I said it last week and I'll say it again...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This.||
i'm standing on the UP just now. in all my years of quite regularly being in this area for summer I rarely encounter Sparties and never Wisconsin fans. Go to any sporting goods store its mostly M.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmmmm...||
Waiting to see if on TSN/Sportsnet or at worst upgraded Bell NCAA season pass...
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This.||
Anyone who would (sincerely and not /s) complain about accessibility improvements because they reduce able bodied capacity is a jackass.
Bottom line is that we are all going to get older and most disabled in some form or another. As one who has attended multiple events with disabled colleagues (basically enabling them to now enjoy Michigan Stadium when before they could not) these improvements make a ton of sense.
Dignity is worth 2000 seats.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Best site, you say?||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||7x...not 6x or 8x...exactly 7x||
Srsly. When does the season start.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Jeebus.||
National Championship coach. B1G titles. Graduated his players.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Bang.||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Srsly.||
Brass balls on a middling prospect (despite the past frothing of the Sparties). Why don't you just continue parroting the RCMB party line of "we can do better" and "we're elite in recruiting now" etc. etc.
Call me when he runs off a player with ranking.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Not buying...you mean the "Darrell Hazell Seal of Approval"?||
Srsly? WTF has Darrell Hazell accomplished in his career that leads me to believe that his offer would somehow validate a Michigan offer made by Jim Harbaugh after an evaluation camp combine and film evaluation by this staff?
Nonetheless, let's take a couple easy examples of your theory and look at offer validation (though I don't think it necessary):
Victor Viramontes (3 starz) Quarterback/Athlete. Probably does not play Quarterback at Michigan.
Offers of Note: Wiscy, Nebraska, Ga. Tech
I don't see the issue here if Harbaugh has a) seen his film and b) run him through a combine environment. This is how the NFL does it.
Or another, more difficult one:
Kingston Davis (3 starz) Running Back.
Offers of Note: Florida, Louisville, Miss State, Nebraska, Ole Miss Bag Men
Harbaugh was in on Davis early and we see the outcomes.
It is possible the guy knows what he's doing...
|10 weeks 5 days ago||IDK...||
What other coach ran a combine (I mean er...Summer Swarm Tour) over multiple sites nationally to identify this talent? The is the way it's done in the NFL (in-person evaluations combined with film analysis) and how players from smaller schools like D2/D3, Canada etc. are often found.
Harbaugh has changed the narrative on recruiting, somwehat, with this combine system (I mean Summer Swarm Tour) and going forward it will be interesting to see a) the impact off this on the services who might have to work a bit more and b) the impact of this on other coaches/programs and how long it takes other schools to implement something similar. That said, Drevno could be right and maybe not all coaches have Harbaugh's ability to project talent.
FWIW, I also think the earlier poster crabbing on about STARZ and rankings and 12 players nobody wanted is ridiculously off base. Athletes like Vic Viramontes, for example, with Ga Tech, Nebraska and Wiscy offers aren't exactly nobodies...
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Jeebus.||
I was going to go all TL/DR on your 17 paragaph missives but you apparently have missed the 7 year war around here on STARZ, stats and relative merit.
Here's the thing. Starz are complied by recruiting service analysts who get paid to identify talent but mostly to sell their services. Similarly, Jim Harbaugh and his staff are paid to identify talent but not so much to sell you a service but, rather, to win games and ultimately keep their jobs. As a supporter of the program you can choose to buy the services analysis of players or you can choose to buy Harbaugh's analysis of players. They are quite exclusive.
Your read on stats re: starz and related analysis is certainly simplistic. At the bottom line, however, you basically are going to trust Harbaugh (Superbowl coach, NFL talent evaluator, combine...I mean summer swarm camp...facilitator) to identify talent or you are not.
Clearly you don't and put far more faith in Allan Trieu et al.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Heh...||
I had always thought you were the old guy next to that Big Nut guy.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with your sentiment.||
It pains me, as Mick is among my favorite posters, but negged for stud use:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||IDK...||
I just want the best players. Full stop. Doesn't matter where they are from...
Moar satellite combines (I mean camps, of course)
|12 weeks 3 days ago||well...||
I guess we can agree on something after all.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Upvoted. @RationalBuckeye||
I find your analysis typically rational, indeed. However, I can never square your name with my personal experience in meeting and/or general knowledge of Ohio State fans...
or this idiot
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Who's got it better than us?||
Harbaugh can recruit.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||I'd have preferred...||
That he ask him to quit drinking first.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||heh...||
Bruh. OP compared Peters' performance in light of Deweaver's apparent failings at today's Elite 11. Unnecessary Sparty like analysis.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Jeebus Sparty...||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||This.||
Any focus on DeWeaver is unnecessary and consistent with RCMB. You expect better here.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmmmmmm....||
Good for Brandon Peters who, I hope, turns into a great player at Michigan.
Don't enjoy this focus on DeWeaver's failings OP. How Sparty, indeed.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Jeebus.||
The first rule of tOSU is you do not talk about O$U
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Srsly.||
It's just about championships.
You play to win the ....
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Translation:||
"I don't like Jim Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh did not give me access to him or his coaches like I wanted so I'm going to write this article criticizing his and his coaches technical acumen and game management. I understand that these are the same coaches who schemed a pathetic and lost franchise to a Superbowl and multiple playoff/NFC Championship appearances. Nonetheless, this new guy, Tomasula has changed the landscape for my work environment. As a shill to hm and the York family who welcome me into their facilities I shall now write this lamentable slagging of Jim Harbaugh.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I'm here for the Posbang||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||just an aside...||
But if you look at the trajectory on Nolan Ryan's early career and Verlander they are not that far off in many ways. Ryan, however, was able to lock it down mid career as a consistent 12 to 15 win pitcher. If Verlander can learn to manage with less velocity he can be that guy and perhaps get it to 250 wins.
Mark Buehrle's career trajectory from power pitcher to control and command pitcher comes to mind and Verlander could do a lot worse going forward than running 200 innings a year for (so far) 14 years.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing to see here...||
|13 weeks 5 days ago||@Go Blue 1984||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||So what do I get....||
If I buy a couple of Cokes?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just glad that apparel debate is back on the map...||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||@mgrowold||
As a Cavs fan, I'd say you got all of that one in your response..
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Windsor Speed?||
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You know why this guy is smiling?||
He's got plans for 6th year quarterbacks from BYU...
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Heh...||
WD, were you even alive when the nWo was a thing?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Just run him off||
Patience on this is admirable from the mods. but calling out specific players as "busts" early in their career is pathetic.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Srsly?||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||UP||
I am all about the UP.
Recommend Tahquemeon Falls for hiking/camping.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||...........||
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||Heh...||
He'll have a lot of catching up to do...
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||/smh||
68 - 34 and goddamned 5
Sparty can chirp all they want but none of them will ever see even a .400 record against Michigan in their lifetimes.
Oh, and that light at the end of the tunnel they see? It's the train.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Good point.||
I did not see that.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Tahquemenon Falls State Park||
About 40 miles of trails there.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||Well, this is entirely incorrect.||
All of the football schools recruit in Canada; it is certainly competition for athletes. Over the past decade Laval, Western Ontario and McMaster, for example, have dedicated significant resources on that end. While university football here does not occupy the same public attention as it might in the US it is still a big deal for alumni, alumni pride etc. Players in any varsity sport in Canada can earn scholarships for tuition and it is quite competitive, the recruiting.
The most elite players do tend to go to the US but not always depending on what they want to study in school.
Note that in Canada you can also, apparently, sign gigantic classes with no issues.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||He will have to go to CEGEP for a year||
This is a prep year in Quebec prior to university attendance
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Value...||
This is kind of subjective.
You keep on keeping on.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Meh.||
Nothing like the NHL adding some random crap to something that doesn't need it. Bettman.
This sort of move doesn't impact Canada, at all, which is why they signed off on it. Canada could send two full teams that would both contend for Gold while still sending a bunch of under 23's.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||It' called "Ignorance Ale"||
If you drink any you have to intentionally look the other way.
They are also developing a beer for Penn State fans called "Sycophant IPA"
|15 weeks 2 days ago||But. But. But.||
He only has four starz.
OP negged for blaming a player for making a life decision.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This.||
I can't blame Adam Biggers for his employer being a joke.
He does a good job.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Wait...||
There is a board view? What's the point of that, anyway?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Seconded.||
If it aint broke...
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'd say Karate Rap gives Sponge Bob a run...|
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Negged for "Stud" use||
I mean, srsly, brah.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||MGoBoard Translation:||
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Upvoted||
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Heh...||
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Coaching Bruh.||
We'll see how they develop when Akron's new Offensive Line coach is no longer coaching them...
I think you may be guilty of some premature evaluation.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Mike Hart.||
Despite anything said in past, was god damned right.
Let the hate flow.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This.||
Hannibal has been running this same troll act on this for a while now. Where he sees negativity I see Harbaugh's manipulation of the NCAA as being crazy like a fox:
Harbaugh came from the NFL where he was used to using a combine for player evaluation with the GM and other coaches in Indy each winter. College football does not have such a combine complicating application of such an approach...
What to do?
Harbaugh sets up his own travelling combine. Sees a ton of players and offers a very small number of these who are lower ranked based on his in-person assessment and evaluation.
Random blog posters freak out.
So you either trust an in-person evaluation from the HC in a combine (I mean camp) or you don't.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Heh...||
He has the coveted Temple offer.
My beloved Owls have actually done an excellent job in identification of quality defenders over the previous (that evil Steve Addazio) and current (Matt Rhule with Phil Snow DC) coaching administrations. Matt Rhule is hardly an offensive genius but their defensive recruiting has been very reasonable.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Here's a thought...||
Brandon Peters 4 starz =/= Andrew Luck 4 starz?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmmmm....||
I am completely enthralled/perplexed/amazed with Harbaugh's approach on recruiting. Clearly he does not give a crap about recruiting sites, starz, national analysis, rankings, February championships or any of it. He is, of course, also, compellingly, the first coach to set up a multi-site, multi-state, ten day combine (I mean Michigan Summer Swarm tour) for player evaluation and recruitment (I mean, for skills development and coaching).
The results of this strategy of using an professional combine approaches (NFL/CFL) and applying the knowledge he used in the NFL probably won't be known for a few years. It is interesting that Harbaugh has not shied away from elite talent (Peters, Swenson, Onwenu, Falcon, Evans etc.) but has offered several "off the board" candidates that he has seen in this combine (I mean camp) environment.
My sense is that the guy was paid to evaluate talent at the professional level and obviously had some say in personnel in SF. I think the combine (again, camp) idea is genius.
Saban has to be kicking himself he never thought of this...then again, if he did, we'd all be pitching a fit in AA.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Let the hate flow...||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||@1987||
I'm not sure you understand statistics if you use the term "statistical fact"
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Heh.||
He could put a Superguide together about women and marriage then...
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Heh. Photo B.||
Dantonio to off camera figure: "...you guys brought the ski masks, right?"
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Browns fan.||
Hoyer did not get jobbed in Cleveland. I followed the hope that surrounded his tenure in Cleveland and, bottom line, while he seems like a really good guy, a decent citizen a good father/parent and team representative he was just not that goot at quarterbacking and was injury prone.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah...||
...like every day.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||IDK...||
"Good" is a relative thing. Cook may well have a nice upside in the league.
Cousins and Hoyer are basically the same player...not good enough for even my beloved Browns (who were offered Cousins and refused...while drafting Johnny Manziel?!?) and they then let Hoyer walk. My sense is that Dantonio develops conservative game manager level qb's who fit his system. Good enough to get to the next level but not exceptional. I think Cook will be that also but time will tell.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||@corkycole||
If we are talking 20 years you have to cite the great Elvis Grbac also...Superbowl winner, Elvis Grbac.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Srsly Brah?||
Everybody knows I wear blue colored glasses. Troll on kid.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmmmmmm....||
All of this is kind of subjective. Michigan wasn't chasing Kirk Cousins either. I dislike Sparty but I can't be dismissive of their ability to develop quarterbacks. Obviously, Harbaugh has a better record of identification and development.
It will all sort itself out on the field.
I do feel kind of uncomfortable criticizing a kid who decided Michigan wasn't for him when some site ranks our new guy ahead of him. How Sparty that.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||He's in heaven||
...deliverin' a clubberin' to the angels.
|17 weeks 4 hours ago||Meh.||
|17 weeks 5 hours ago||Heh. Well Played.||
I'm getting old. It sounded like that in 91 or 92 when I was listening to it at my cottage and drinking. That's my memory of it. I'm not a lyricist, my friend, just working the meaning.
That said, I was ClarkiefromPhilly for quite a while.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||Upvoted||
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||Sure we could talk politics...||
But I come to MGoBlog to talk 'crootin and defensive scheme and swag Mattison etc.
Lots of sites to talk politics.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||Maybe.||
"Every generation is always dumber than it's parents"
- The Tragically Hip
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||This.||
People use offensive and derrogatory language in many contexts that has nothing to do with alleged "PC" violations. It has to do with them being complete donkeys and inconsiderate or worse about other humans. If I go see an "edgy" commedian, play, visual arts display or spoken word I know what I might run into. It's art and the potential is there.
You're right about the whole "PC" defense. It's weak.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||Seinfeld may be right...||
But then again, in the paleozoic era of the early 90s when I first attended university there was lots of "political correctness" and/or ease of offense. When you are 18-22 and first leave your parents house nobody else (particularly adults) knows crap from good chocolate in your view. Surrounded by dozens and with access to a student newspaper to complain about "injustice" however you see it causes this foment. Welcome to every university everywhere.
Modern era, this is magnified by social media and ease of messaging on FB or Twitter but it's the same deal.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||So I guess now it's a reasonable offer?||
|17 weeks 1 day ago||That was awesome||
Lot of memories there.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Srsly.||
What did he leave at Stanford? The guy took on the bully that was USC and Pete Carroll and punched them in the face. He left a completely rebuilt program that has continued on a solid trajectory under (former Harbaugh OC) David Shaw.
What was the trajectory when he took the 49ers job for Stanford? Look at their trajectory before he showed up.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Heh...||
Winston and crabs makes me laugh every time...
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmmmmm....||
Things seemed to work out okay for Harbaugh in talent identification in past. He had a stronger (then) rival than tOSU...
|17 weeks 2 days ago||@Fred||
Fred, I am a scientist and I can confirm for you that the recruiting services data points do not constitute "empirical data" in the purest sense and certainly not in a way that could offer experimental validation. You could argue that the services data is knowledge acquired by observation which would be definitionally accurate but your assertion that because they have those data sets (even 247's composite which is just collecting several other sets and putting them together) they show they work is inaccurate.
I kind of look at the services like a "guide" that offers an interesting insight about a potential target (thus the variance across services often) provided by several observers. The money question is if you trust more the services observers (Trieu, Beaver etc.) or Michigan's highly paid coaching observers. Basically, it's trust the coaches vs starz from journalists/experienced observers.
Obviously, one set have a lot more on the line but each of us has to make a choice on who to trust.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||"That hasn't happened here since Bo"||
Lloyd Carr's record and National Championship legacy would disagree
Mo was solid also
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Again, smh.||
You can talk philosophically all day about this but at no point do you acknowledge the disrespect that use of that term has for people with developmental challenges or their families.
Again, I hope once you have kids you never run into this type of issue. Then again, maybe you can engage those offending you in a philosophical discussion on linguistics. Good luck with that.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Did you say...baller?||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||/smh||
"The people arguing not to use retard have won"
Yeah, medical and psychiatric professionals who diagnose, work with families and children with these conditions and try to be respectful and not stigmatizing to those individuals. Wow, respecting people at a principle level has been successful. Damn.
It's easy to thoughtfully argue at a philosophical level, as you have about word meanings. It's a lot different to look across the table at a family whose child is developmentally delayed and discuss with them the implications of that diagnosis and how their young person will be treated.
I hope if this ever happens to your family (or Magnus who began this debate) that people will have the kindness not to label your child or relation with such language but, rather, to treat your family with respect choosing person first language. Perhaps ypu should look up that term and/or the impacts of stigma on child development.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Jeebus.||
It's not tangential. Respect for people who have disability is not a tangent and, bottom line, Magnus and his defenders can plainly do better here. This isn't about language policing or political correctness, it's plainly about respect.
For the people who have a child, a son or daughter, a loved one with a developmental disability use of the term "retard" is hurtful, offensive, stigmatizing and cruel. And for the many posters I have read on here defending Magnus' use of the term "retard" they ignore the decades of accrued social meaning for those families and their children who are not, in fact, "retarded" but are through no choice of their own (unlike Minnick) developmentally disabled secondary to neurological differences which occur in fetal development.
The use, or in Magnus' case, misapplication of the term "retard" speaks, regrettably, to his insensitivity and dare I say, ignorance, in this matter. He can cheaply parse it with precise dictionary definitions all he wants but the societal application of the term "retard" since it's introduction just after 1961 into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual has related to stigmatizing a population group due to their illness then termed "mental retardation" (which itself, sadly, was an alleged improvement on feeblemindedness, idiocy and mental subnormality). To call someone a "retard" then and now contained stigma and a contextually negative social meaning. To ignore this just further stigmatizes that group.
Over the past two decades medical, psychiatric and other professionals have abandoned this term due to it's negative implications toward a population group who are developmentally disabled. The term has been removed from the DSM (as of DSM V) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
I often enjoy Magnus' comments and insight on recruiting. He has some talent in those areas but in this one he can do better. Regrettably, his use of the term "retard" is plainly offensive and ignores the social and historica context surrounding that term. Magnus can do better and respect those families impacted by this issue.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmmmmm....||
Mo was an excellent coach and it's regrettable that, like many of us, he got ridiculously drunk at one point and acted the fool. Worse, I suppose, because he was head football coach at Michigan under an AD who wasn't having any of that.
I commented about Moeller because, plainly, Minnick's issue in 2015 is at least as egregious (moreso if you consider that Moeller was not about to drive) but in the modern era he gets the pass.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmmmmmm....||
I imagine Gary Moeller would have a legit gripe in 2015.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||IDK...||
I watched the Cavs a lot this year (in my market) and Tristan Thompson has looked great in the playoffs. They are not the deepest team but this is not Michael and the Jordanaires by any means.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Cavs in 7||
Matthew Delladova is a quality player
|17 weeks 5 days ago||He is a 4 star and a 5 star||
First ever 9 star recruit. The triple Vinopal.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||fan resentment?||
Yeah, I resent an article apparently ghost written by Dave Brandon.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Upvoted OP||
|17 weeks 5 days ago||It's Ralph Lauren||
Hackett just waiting to announce...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||No need to worry||
These guys are actual Adidas executives. Not a one of them has even heard of the word 'swag'
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Project Swag?||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmmmm....||
This might be okay if their games weren't also ridiculously buggy and limited in story/scope like New Vegas. That was horrific.
I like their games but Bethesda does annoy.
|18 weeks 3 hours ago||I'll buy it.||
But Bethesda always delays the crap out of their releases. So annoying.
Still grinding Destiny. House of Wolves is a significant improvement.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmmmmmmm...||
I don't really get this sentiment. Dantonio and Sparty will continue to be a bother to Michigan going forward (hell, Lloyd had his losses to Sparty) but Jim Harbaugh will, bottom line, cause significant problems for the football program in East Lansing.
Pete Carroll can attest to what it's like having Harbaugh as your rival. This is Dantonio's future but with less talent than at USC.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Not a first timer...||
But a first time to have the tickets in my name. Moved over one section (from 14 to 13) and down 25 rows (from 50 to 25). Can't complain at all.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||He can throw to this guy. Harbaugh thinks of everything.||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW||
I don't really know if the Indy 500 really made the sport tick or not. With the change came a loss of most premier drivers to NASCAR and relegation to god damned versus. Sure, he had a keystone but the value of it slipped through his hands like sand...much to NASCAR's benefit.
If soccer had two competing world cups but one had most of UEFA, the US, Korea, Australia, Brazil and some of South America it would not kill the sport. Media markets and sponsors run that deal. Nike, VISA, Adidas etc. would go with wherever the major media markets and tv went...that's not with FIFA.
Blatter has to see the writing on the wall and wonder what the hell to do...
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Jeebus. This is not accurate.||
Tony George's seceding from CART was a clusterfcuk of epic proportions leaving two groups of owners with very different visions (CART being more road racing vs. IRL/IndyCar as ovals mostly) competing and splicing the sport for years. What it led to was, essentially, the death of open wheel racing in North America (save for the periodic competing F1 appearance anually in Montreal and for a time at Indy). Indy Racing League (IRL) and now Indycar took a competitive series with varied set ups/power/drivers/powerplants and consolidated with crap designs they uniformed for every team. Oh, and they were competitively corrupt...look up Paul Tracy and the Indianapolis 500 and see what happened.
Bottom line, Tony George's power play didn't really work out as it splintered the series and has left Indycar (once a regular feature on ABC) with only one major tv date and shown on Versus/NBCSN or, god help me, CNBC if rodeo or something more popular is available. The split in Indycar coincided with the rise of NASCAR (a network darling). In the modern era NASCAR matters...Indycar, sadly, doesn't.
I don't know much about soccer either (except to support England and ManCity). Sure, Tony George recognized CART wouldn't survive without Indy but, bottom line, what the hell does he have left? Four weeks in May and a sport Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart (among others) left for NASCAR. Open wheel is a shell of what it once was...and as a fan that sucks.
I do think UEFA could succeed vs. FIFA but for different reasons. UEFA would take a significant number of the top 30 teams in the world. IRL, in splitting with CART did not...they just took the vest venue. Big difference in what you're referencing.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||We Shall See...||
I have, for many years, bought my seasons' tickets from a family member (out of state); this is the first year they are in my name. So, I'm moving somewhere else...we'll see where that is...
FWIW, I really enjoyed the view at that level and I think you will also.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely Higher||
I was in Section 14 Row 50 (exactly) the past few years and it was a fair ways down to our seats.
A more knowledgeable member of the MGo Community would know better but I can say without reservation that Row 50 is not entrance level.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Re Sparty Thinking:||
|18 weeks 6 days ago||This.||
Re Mike Valenti:
|18 weeks 6 days ago||No, not at all.||
This guy got suspended for urinating off a balcony, not sharing urine in condoms...right?
|19 weeks 1 day ago||This.||
I'll take that kind of "regression" all day. Kid wasn't a press cover guy but doesn't mean he isn't talented or "regressed" as the earlier poster indicated. That's just silly.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Analysis OP||
I'm not going to worry at all about recruiting until about the day after the tOSU game in November.
It's interesting reading for me and I like not being surprised by the names but bottom line, if and when the wins come the recruiting and Harbaugh! effect will occur.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Ten Letter Mneomonic on that number||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Negged for "Spartoons"||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||This why those who got season tix this year are wise imo||
Winning will bring people back in droves. Those who boiught in this year (on the 3 pack deal from last year or for $150 in April) have bought low. There will be demand. An MNC in the next 10 years and you have to be looking at 120k
|19 weeks 6 days ago||That's just silly.||
Peruse the comments section during the Olympics when my fellow Canadias were *definitely* going to lose to a) the Americans; b) the Russians and c) the Swedes. The pressure on the head coach of the Canadian team is unbelievable and, unlike the American team which is an interesting anecdote on the sporting landscape, the analysis of the Canadian team (inclusions/exclusions/coaching staff etc.) is a months long media exercise.
Babcock's Canadian team won with ridiculously effective defensive play in the last Olympics. That was application of his systems. He got buy in from the best players in the world to stop their usual roles and embrace defensive hockey (see Jamie Benn, Ryan Getzlaff and Corey Perry on a 2nd line and Patrick Marleau, Jonathan Toews and Jeff Carter on the checking line). Players win games. They won at the Olympics, handily, using Babcock's system.
Canada hasn't won gold at every Olympics despite having enough talent to send an a, b, and c team. Coaching matters. Canadians respect Babcock's efforts, believe me.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||IDK...||
Pat Burns owned Toronto. I don't see any reason why Babcock can't have the same sort of impact and/or relationship with the media. Burns was at turns surly and irritable yet he won games and was beloved by the fanbase.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||It is a smart move.||
The guy is going to get paid a zillion dollars in Toronto. If he wins a cup in Toronto he'll be sainted, schools will be named after him and he'll get his own postage stamp.
It's hard to describe the impact that winning a cup in Toronto would have professionally for him. Babcock is, I am sure, a confident guy. He could see where winning a cup in Toronto and ending the streak of horror would place him in the hockey pantheon. If someone is going to pay you like that to try, why not?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||.................||
I'm sorry I didn't clarify that Les Miles did not become our coach. The "new Carr Les Miles" meme was a constant in the 06/07 MGoEra with the feelings of many in the fanbase along the lines of "we can do better" than Carr (having of course been in the conversation for a MNC game in 06).
The meme led to joyous celebration from many (I was admittedly hopeful) about RR. New isn't always better. But good luck replacing a Stanley Cup winner with your minor league championship coach.