“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
|46 weeks 4 days ago||"Turnovers, which are||
"Turnovers, which are critical to explaining past outcomes but poor at predicting future outcomes. The second is special teams. As Brian noted in the previews, special teams are funny because a lot of the value is derived by the presence or absence of big plays. Like turnovers, these are obviously key plays, but they make predicting future performance a challenge because they show up in very inconsistent ways."
Doesn't this mean that football games between relatively evenly matched teams are extremely hard to predict, and predicting the point spread even harder?
|47 weeks 1 day ago||keep_em_honest a.k.a.||
keep_em_honest a.k.a. RollDamnTide
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Got there after kickoff...||
...but got into section 26, went up to the top row under the press box/suites, then scooted over into section 25. Ended up about 20 yd. line, solid view.
Have meetings until 5 pm for UTL II, am terrified where I'm going to end up. The problem will be like at a sold out movie--lots of single seats here and there, but not enough for a group.
Also, you know when its packed you pretty much have to stand sideways. Without an actual seat, how does one squeeze in now? I'm expecting chaos next week.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||This display of bad judgment...||
...is augmented by the fact that Thomas hasn't exactly been Troy Polamalu so far in his Michigan career. If a younger player steps up, Thomas may be Wally Pipped right out of a shot at the NFL.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||And in one fell swoop....||
...Dave Brandon turns all Ross graduates off from wanting to work for Kraft.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Ohhhhhhhhh...||
...so that's how to create the future. I get it now. Thanks, Dave!
|47 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|48 weeks 2 days ago||I've always gone crazy...||
...about pure red zone %, as you have, and cannot stand not accounting for FG v. TD. After all, when a defense is defending the red zone, allowing a FG is considered success.
That said, I don't think PPT is good, either. Football is a field position game, and is as much about consistently getting the ball into the opponent's red zone more often than you allow them into yours.
For example, Arizona only scored 4.82 PPT, significantly less than Michigan. However, Arizona made 78 (!) trips to opponents' red zones, and thus averaged 38 PPG. Michigan made a measley 46 red zone trips in 2012, so even if we scored 8 points on every single trip, that would've yielded 368 red zone points compared to the Wildcats' 376.
On the flip side, Wisconsin yielded 5.375 PPT and was dead last in FBS in defensive red zone efficiency with opponents scoring 94% of the time. However, they only allowed 32 trips to the red zone, which equates to 172 points allowed. Bucky gave up 19 PPG last season.
Perhaps red zone total point differential, or even simply the difference in the number of trips, would be more indicative of red zone success or failure. For example, Alabama made 62 red zone trips while allowing a paltry 29--a difference of 33 trips. Even if the Tide scored 3 on every single one of their possessions and allowed a TD on every one of their opponents, that's only a deficit of 17 points for the entire season.
Over 14 games, Alabama scored 352 points in the red zone while allowing just 120; a difference of 232 points total and 16.57 red zone PPG! (As an aside, Alabama allowed just 153 points all season, meaning they gave up on 33 points from outside their red zone, or 2.36 PPG. Talk about limiting big plays.)
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Cover 2 done correctly||
Against 4 verts the secondary mans up on the verts. The corners should widen the SEs and (since it's zone) open inside and then look up #2. He will continue to run with and stay on top of #1 as long as #2 doesn't come outside.
Yes, it puts pressure on the safeties, but not as much as 4 verts v. 3-deep/3-under.
Additionally, most teams will run the option route with the slot to the field, so the safeties should cheat accordingly--field safety can hedge inside while the boundary safety can play normal technique.
Moreover, the 2-high look gives the QB a quicker read, so that field safety can cheat even more.
From a coverage standpoint, man-free is the most sound, assuming you can match-up. 1) Every zone and every receiver is covered, 2) 8 in the box v. run, and 3) deep middle is secure; i.e., no easy PAP post for a big play.
The reason I like the 2-deep fire zone is b/c I take away the quick zone beaters. Generally speaking, a QB will throw "hot" to an underneath route. Cover 3 gives those throws to the offense, but cover 2 does not. Since it's a blitz, as a D-coordinator I've done my homework on the pass protection schemes and my blitz will get home before any intermediate throws can be made; e.g. digs, comebacks, curls, and seam throws.
Of course, if you're playing Saban shuffle match, those quick throws are jumped no matter the coverage.
Bottom line is, if you blitz and still allow the QB time to set and throw on time, you're coverage is extremely vulnerable unless you're playing man and have a collection of future NFLers in the secondary.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||It would be a good idea...||
...to mix in some form of cover 2 when we bring 5, and not just go 1-high (man-free or cover 3) every time. Spurrier knew that, and that's why it was verts, verts, verts.
Of course, since JTF was out and we had to play a lot of young guys, that's probably all we could master at that point.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||While I think it's fine to break down the individual plays..||
...I think it's a bad idea to have "heroes" and "goats" sections when you have 17 out of probably 100 or so plays, especially when (as you pointed out) the film is a close-up on the ball.
That said, quality effort that you can hopefully repeat with full data and better camera angles.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Something to think about||
Big plays happen in football when the defense is fooled. Either a player is mis-reading his keys, or the defensive scheme is "solved" by the play (every defense has a weakness). It would be good if you could incorporate into your metrics how "failed" plays set up big plays. The hard part is, sometimes they're set up from previous weeks' outcomes and game preparation, sometimes they're set up on previous series, sometimes they're set up on the previous set of downs, and sometimes they're set up on the previous play.
I would guess that trying to incorporate set-up plays as "successful" would be damn near impossible, and/or take a shit-ton of experienced film study. But if you can do it, it's definitely going to add value to your metrics.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Could be just they're working on zero-width flank||
When we line up against a "nub edge" (no WR to a side), we'll bring the SS down as the overhang player and send the corner back to play "safety." I'm not saying that's the case for sure--he certainly could be getting reps at safety to provide depth, especially if he has those skills already from previous assignments--but it could easily be the case of, "Okay, Courtney, when we play against a nub edge, Thomas comes down to the corner and you go back to the safety alignment."
Not sayin' I'm correct, just a possible explanation.
--The Artist Formerly Known as Steve Sharik
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Missed opportunity||
defined that season. Elvis threw the ND game away with the pick in the end zone, the pick that set up their tying FG, and the colorblind pick to end the game.
And of course every year during the Moeller era there was at least one "WTF was that?" game per season, and in 1992 it happened to be Illinois. Tie #2.
Ironically, Moeller played for the tie himself at Ohio State. After being pretty wide open offensively all year, was extremely conservative at the 'Shoe. Tie #3.
|50 weeks 5 hours ago||Blimpy's should take this opportunity...||
...during their hiatus to think long and hard about customer service. Now that there's Five Guys and talk of In-n-Out expanding nationally (btw, way to sit on your butts while Five Guys took all your business), Blimpy's is doomed unless they do a 180 on customer service. Five Guys and In-n-Out taste just as good (better to some people, worse to others, but generally equivalent), but they are clean and the people are friendly--two things I can state factually that Blimpy's are not.
If I owned Blimpy's, I would consider us out of business and, therefore, all employees are let go. When a new location is determined, bring the same food concept but redo customer service model.
Not taking customer BS is one thing; being rude and mean is another. The fry lady, especially, needs to go way away. She once yelled at my buddy's three year old. C'mon, man!
P.S. I scoff at the judgment skills of anyone who waits an hour in line or pays $100 to eat there.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||IIRC||
The knock on him was he didn't learn his playbook well. I also recall him going the wrong way on a couple runs.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||The shirt under the jersey||
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Um...||
Doesn't this belong in a diary?
|51 weeks 2 days ago||They probably have a student manager...||
...or some grad asst. monitor web sites to see if there's sentiment out there that their players read which might hurt said players' confidence, or they might find something to help motivate (doubtful), but to game plan? Hell, no.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||South Carolina at #7?!||
I guess the voters are the ones scared of Clowney.
So, if we don't bust a coverage and give up a long ball at the end of the bowl game, are we ranked #7 right now, and them #17?
God, these polls are stupid.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke:||
|52 weeks 5 hours ago||(No subject)||
|52 weeks 6 hours ago||I saw you with a score of 5||
So I moderated your post as "underrated."
|1 year 1 day ago||wow, some of you are all like, "omigawd" and:||
|1 year 3 days ago||Can't say as I blame Will.||
If I had a great opportunity at an internship (which are usually 12-week appointments) and wasn't going to play this fall, I'd take the internship and show up when classes start, too.
Shoot, the NFL is full of kickers and punters who were selling Lady Kenmores at Sears and just tried out for a spot and became life-long starters. Being a great college punter/kicker doesn't seem to be a prerequisite for a job at the professional level.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||GIFSoup|
|1 year 8 weeks ago||As told in Ken Burns' "Baseball"||
Before 1920 or so, they used one ball a game. So, it was similar to giant softball that is played in Chicago, among other places, in that the ball is hard and round to start the game, but after a while becomes dirty, misshapen, and soft. (Hence the term, "soft"ball.)
Pitchers would also load the ball up with tobacco juice, etc., so even Mark McGwire would've had trouble hitting home runs. Furthermore, before 1910 or so, the parks didn't have outfield fences or bleachers, so one would get a home run by hitting the ball b/w outfielders and it would roll so far that the hitter could circle the bases before the fielders could relay the ball back home.
Since the ball was "adapted" during the course of a game, pitchers could put a crap-ton of movement on the ball. Add to that the fact that the ball was harder to see from it being brown, parks didn't have lights, and the ball being so soft, one had to be a "slap" hitter to be successful.
So comparing Cobb to Cabrera is really apples to oranges. Or should I say, peaches to beer?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||RIP||
Coached against him and his younger brother. Tragic loss.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Maybe||
Unfortunately, he didn't spell it correctly.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Of course it was, Mo.||
It was three of the best years of your life because you went to one of the best universities in the world for free and got paid good money to play B1G hoops.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|1 year 13 weeks ago||You can get every single student to sign...||
...and it won't make one damn bit of difference. As students during finals week, I would think you all would have much better things to do with your time.
A good stadium seating cause would be to double the width of the aisles and have bench seating. They certainly can afford it, and it would make the game experience much more comfortable.
Worried about largest attendance? Add a couple rows to the top.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Dumb||
All unranked teams are not equal. If a team starts the preseason at the top of the "others receiving votes" (i.e. #26) and then goes 4-7, it is unreasonable to call that "zero difference" b/w preseason opinion and actual results, nor to see that as not being overrated.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Okay, going to be hard to top 1947-48||
Football: B1G and national champs
Basketball: B1G champs
Hockey: no conference yet but NCAA champs
Baseball: B1G champs
|1 year 14 weeks ago||If you're getting your degree next year...||
...revel in what will be an unbelievable year of Michigan Athletics. There's a good chance of a B1G title in every major sport for the first time since...maybe ever. (Well, especially hockey since there's never been a B1G, but you know what I mean.)
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Whoever negged this "Redundant:"||
Check the time-stamp first, please. Sheesh.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Attention, Seth:||
"My favorite coverage was one named Rolex..."
We didn't call it "Rolex," but we ran this coverage a lot. Use your mod powers and email me if you're interested.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Ricky green supporters||
Gary Grant was better.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||I saw that...||
...and it is perhaps the dumbest look ahead I've ever read.
So, we lose one player and bring in #12 recruiting class and are...not top 25. Sparty loses one player, brings in a nothing recruiting class and are...#3?!? Kentucky loses in the first round...of the NIT, and is preseason #1? Until those freshmen show up and play, not buying it. Their freshmen this year were supposed to reload, as they were preseason #3.
Okay, Burke was POY, but Spike + Walton only < Burke, not <<<< Burke. And when you factor in our current freshmen making their biggest improvement, plus the overall effect of replacing the value of Burke, Vogrich, McLimans, Akunne, Person, and Bartlestein with Walton, Irvin, and Donnal, I just don't get how you drop from the 2nd best team in the nation to around #30.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||To the OP's point||
Two of Hancock's four straight 3-pt. buckets came off offensive rebounds.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Not even close||
PG Spike Albrecht
SG Spike Albrecht
SF Spike Albrecht
PF Spike Albrecht
C Spike Albrecht
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Pics or it didn't...||
|1 year 16 weeks ago||It's smh territory...||
...to think that a lot of fans were calling for his head...in his third year here, with no facilities and no tradition to relate to high school talent.
It was so bad it got to a point that Dave Brandon was asked about it, to which he replied, "I'd have to go hire another John Beilein."
All those impatient, ignorant jackholes should come out and admit they were dead wrong. And I do sincerely wish it were all.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Yes||
Rankings are updated as games are played. Our fire-bombing of them dropped them from #1 to #2. All the rankings I listed are current.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Show me the money!|
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I would go with Payne...||
...but I'm surprised no one suggested Gary Harris, or the frosh. center from Purdue.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Brian, we have another one...||
Beilein, referring to team doing "Harlem Shake" on the bus:
"We had dancing on the bus. It was wonderful."
Doesn't fit the pattern, but might be funnier: "It’s tough to do the Harlem Shake sitting down."
He might as well have said, "Pimpin' ain't easy."
|1 year 16 weeks ago||JR...||
...wins it like this b/c he gets his lead foot (in this case his right) planted in the ground, while Gibbs's lead foot (his left) is in the air at point of contact. Basically, JR just beat him to the punch really badly.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||What I'm most scared of...||
...is a team with quick guards who are good off the dribble. They've been causing us a lot of problems with our help defense. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that would leave me to believe 'Ville is the toughest match-up for us. Does Syracuse have this as a strength? When Southerland sat with 4 fouls against 'Ville, 'Cuse went away.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Give Beilein 4-5 days||
I like our chances of getting shots, just have to hit them.
Here's some ideas from Izzo:
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Dear Sparties, Bucknuts, and Tom Crean:|
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Pretty bad job by UCLA AD||
If you're going to get rid of Coach A, you'd better be 100% sure Coach B is a) better than Coach A and b) promised to take the job.
If there's a University AD 101 class out there, I'd be willing to bet UCLA and UNM would be case studies on how not to hire/fire coaches.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||You've gotta be super pissed...||
...if you're the UNM AD, though. The reason for the extension is to ward off the UCLAs of the world. In fact, if I were the AD, I would've started the extension talks with, "What would it take to keep you here instead of going to, say, UCLA?"
|1 year 17 weeks ago||If I were a Spartan...||
...I'd be more embarrassed by my base's reaction to, and obsession with, "scUM" and at all the reprehensible behavior (dirty players, off-field incidents) than at any game results.
Sparties always brag about how their fans are only MSU alums and their families. Yo, Sparty, there's a reason for that which goes beyond the "bandwagon" excuse you always fall back on.
I've always found most Sparties to be good people--likeable and friendly...until it comes to Michigan, at which point some severe psychological issues rise to the surface.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||No.||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Fucking.||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Way.||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Making 30 footers...||
...with a 6-8 guy in your face helps.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Pretty hard to win when:||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Wear these tonight, plz, adidas?||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Hmmmm...||
I can see whether or not Walsh would draft offensive players being interesting insight, but I don't really see how his "insight" on defensive players would be very good. Parcells, maybe.
There are a lot of voices that go into how players are evaluated by an organization. Guys like Walsh and Parcells may make the final call, but they were still being provided scouting reports by other people who use subjective opinions to form their analysis.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||As high as everyone is on us now...||
...that's how down on us they were coming into the weekend.
Admit it, the teams we played were a great fit for our style. They liked to run, and we kill teams in transition. What gives us trouble? Slow tempo, inside game, and great rebounding teams. SDSU and VCU were anything but. GRIII and McGary went nuts b/c there was no inside presence to turn them away. GRIII is our 4 and he didn't have to go against a 6-9 B1G bruiser, so he excelled. McGary got his lunch handed to him by Zeller and Payne/Nix.
Kansas, Florida, etc. will be very tough for us. I pray that Kansas won't try to slow the game down, and we should pack the paint against them. If we box out, we in. If we don't, we lose.
ESPN doing their ESPN brilliance thing again, re-seeding us #2 overall b/c we beat a low-major and a mid-major with no size on either team.
I think we can beat anyone in the country, but I'm not going to be thinking we're the shizzle now just b/c of 2 games in which we beat small teams who tried to run with us. Our issues have not magically gone away nor have our problems been solved.
With the exception of @MSU, no one has blown us out, and I think the game(s) will be close, but expect some frustrating moments next weekend.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||/sigh|
|1 year 18 weeks ago||If only...||
...I were more tech savvy then I could put this video to "Harlem Shake."
Throwin' the request out there.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Jackrabbits||
They play 7 guys and suck at defense. Guard the 3, box out, and then run them into submission. We may hang a hundy on these guys.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Nice D in the 2nd half, fellas||
Wisconsin 51 points in a half.
17-28 FGs, 6-9 3pt FG, 71% eFG.
13 layup/tip/dunk attempts by Wisconsin in the half.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Denny Felsner||
162 GP, 139 G, 122 A, 261 Pts
Top Goal Scorer in CCHA History...by 12 goals; only player in CCHA to score over 100 goals in CCHA games.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Obviously, these are hideous.||
Also, they could be worse. And the players chose, so fine.
The problem I have with this is that when uniforms become this big a focus, and the players are caught off guard, and then have to choose, they're thinking about their god damned uniforms instead of what they have to do on the fucking court.
It's just a distraction we don't need. I'd rather we think about boxing fucking out.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||TOs||
Minny had 17; Illinois, 5.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Minny||
just scored a total of 2 FTs in the last 6 minutes of the game. Blech.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Ewwww....||
Illini now 4-19 from the floor this half. This team is like a squad of Carmelo Anthonys. If they're on, very dangerous. If not, ugliness ensues.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Thanks||
My first year as a student at Michigan was 88-89. We won the Rose Bowl and the National Championship in basketball. I thought this would be the norm, not realizing at the time how amazing it was.
I'm optimistic we'll soon see a day when we pull a 06-07 Florida and win both national titles, and hopefully go a step further and get a hockey title the same year. I don't think a national title in more than two major sports has ever been done.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Word||
Anyone can find out by clicking the "voting details" tab, but in this case they deserved to be called out.
polometer, Kapitan Howard
These members have just north of 100 points in over 3 years of membership, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt in hoping they did it by accident.
Otherwise, negging posts like this is more reason to tempt the banhammer than some of the things that have gotten Bolivia'd, imo.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||You're not harshing my Denard mellow...||
...you're harshing my humanity mellow. It's a freakin' message board, man. You're being a little ignoble here.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Dude||
Not much gray area in, "I blame Beilein...."
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I appreciate your effort, Ace.||
Though all it really took was, "Watch THJ, GRIII, Stauskas, and Burke choose not to box out here."
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'm a former coach...||
...and I can say for certainty that you should attend a few practices before making those statements.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Yeah||
GRIII and McGary seem like good candidates. Don't think we'll see Stauskas, eh?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||You mean||
Beilein wasn't all like, "In case you haven't heard, I don't do 'assistant coach.'"
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Wait a minute.||
Where's Florida? New Mexico? Arizona? Oklahoma State?
Can you do those? (Thanks for doing this; I know it's a lot.)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This is about record vs. top 25, then vs. top 50, then last 10.||
So, without looking here would be my S-curve:
This turns out to be:
Which would make regions:
|1 year 20 weeks ago||To suggest Beilein doesn't teach boxing out...||
...is the dumbest thing I've read on here in a long time, maybe ever. He can teach all he want, but he can't make a guy do it.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Please||
Seek professional help.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||We played man the whole game...||
...and Oladipo had seven offensive rebounds. That has nothing to do with how many bigs are on the floor. No big would ever be assigned to Oladipo. If you did so just to keep him from getting offensive rebounds, he'd drive and dunk all game long.
Nobody has mentioned this, and I love the kid, but THJ is just not a good player. Shoots a low percentage, takes way too many bad shots, gets beat off the dribble like nobody's business, causing a lot of our defensive woes this year, and wouldn't box out if he worked for UPS. Oladipo was Hardaway's man today. FAIL.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Exactly.||
When the zebs huddled I turned to my wife and said, "They're discussing how to explain how it wasn't intentional/flagrant b/c if they call it, the game's over. And they just don't have the balls to do that."
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Methinks...||
...Wisconsin just shot to the top of kenpom's "luck" factor ranking.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Who's player's dad is that?||
Oh, wait, it's Greg Oden.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Who I'd take:||
In the Bracket Matrix, about 8 of these teams make the field, and that's with no "spot stealers:" teams that win their conference's autobid who would not have made the field otherwise, and their conference's best team is good enough to get an at-large berth. So, I'm taking 7 teams, and if it goes down to 6, b-bye St. Mary's.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||IMO||
...it's about the number of top 25, top 50, and top 100 wins, when we're considering bubble teams. By their very nature, bubble teams will either have lots of quality wins and lots of bad losses, or few of either. Bubble teams won't be playing bad teams, so the question becomes, can you beat good teams? I think it's pretty obvious the 2013 Kentuckys of the world can't, and, therefore, shouldn't be in the tournament.
When good teams have a bad day, they don't cover the spread, play teams too close, or pull a Michigan at Penn State. These games are almost virtually ignored when it comes time to select the field and seeds. But when a bubble team has a bad day, the consequences are enormous. I think too much so.
At the end of the day, can you beat good teams? What you don't see (and what I'd like to see) is record vs. top 25, 50 and 100 teams away from home (neutral or road).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wait. What?||
Just a few posts up, you said we need this win "bad." Now it's "just a gimmick?"
Is this the new "No Spin Zone?"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Request||
Will you please do the same (with the blind quality win/bad loss suggestion) for teams fighting for #1 seeds?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I would rather...||
...you title your thread properly so I can better tell whether or not to read it. Are you getting a percentage of the google adwords revenue on this page?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Watched this one live when I was a 10-year-old||
living in Blacksburg, VA.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||If we couldn't stay in front of Newbill...||
...and that's how they got all those open looks, how the hell can we stay in front of Appling?
It might make sense to go box-and-1 on Harris and pack it in against Payne/Nix.
The problem I have is we have zero confidence right now, coming off a demoralizing loss, and they've had an entire week to prepare.
Everyone just visualize being extremely happy after the game and pray for the best.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Wow||
His offenses at LSU have been garbage. Then factor in what type of talent he gets, and his offenses have been inexcusably horrid.
Not to mention the guy's an ass hat...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I've scrolled through this thread about a half dozen times...||
...and I've lol'd at this every single time. Really needs to be front paged.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Those are the best uniforms...||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Dude's not built like GRIII||
He has dead legs, wasn't a plus defender before and his once-automatic 3-pt shot has regressed--short on a lot of them. A physical specimen like GRIII can log a lot of minutes as a freshman, but Nik has been on the court too much...don't understand why Matty Vogrich couldn't have gotten some minutes.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Of course it's time to nag you.||
You are trying to watch a game when you could be cleaning the bathroom, giving her a foot rub, or generally planning ways to make her happy. Who the hell cares if you are?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Death From Above||
Yeah, that's about right. Never has a thread been more appropriately titled.
Evan Turner, John Gasser, Ben Brust...
Add Jermaine Marshall to the list. 31.5% 3pt shooter goes 6/10 against us.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Never...||
...has a thread been more appropriately titled.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Also||
Remember the 2010-2011 team winning down the stretch in Breslin with the Stu dagger?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||/drumroll||
Houghton Gremlins...another U.P. entry. Bessemer Speedboys as well.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||P.S.||
Get a life.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Go eat a dick||
1. I didn't use photoshop.
2. I guess the word "awful" isn't in your photoshop dictionary.
3. You're a douche.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|1 year 23 weeks ago||That opponents' FG% chart...||
...should be front-paged ASAP.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Just how bad is our D?||
From umhoops.com preview:
PSU today: 44% 2pt, 33% 3pt, eFG = 54%, 1.05 PPP
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Consistent theme since Indiana:||
Opponent getting way easier looks than we are.
And this is the best it's been in a while...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Good question||
Please go back to bed.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||In this situation...||
...I would've played full-court press, 1-2-1-1 formation where you allow the pass into the near corners and then trap the ball. Foul any pass by the player being trapped. You give up the long ball b/c a layup can't beat you.
Either that or you put McGary on the ball and play 2 deep, 2 under, football-type zone pass D. Break on the underneath throw and foul before he can get into a shooting position. Never trail a player. Anticipate where he's going to be so he has to radically change direction to get into a shooting (throwing) position.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Hmmmm....||
Davers gonna Dave.
How do you reconcile this:
Excuse me, but I'm going to yell.
If you're concerned about both these things...THEN DON'T EXPAND THE CONFERENCE! If it doesn't make sense...THEN EXPANDING THE CONFERENCE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!
If you do the money dance, there's going to be fall out. You made the bed, now lie in it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||They didn't win, we lost.||
13 missed layups to 3, not fouling at end of regulation = L.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||The ONLY way you don't win...||
...is allowing them to take a three.
Fucking foul him, LeVert.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Give it!||
Give the foul here.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Where is the GD foul?||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||BOOOOM!!!!||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||If Burke tries a step back 3 at the buzzer here...||
...I may burn my house down. No, the neighborhood.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||BOX||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||No doubles...||
...guard the 3-pt. line.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Gotta get GRIII and Nik...||
...some more rest down the stretch of this season.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Somebody slap that kid...||
...two missed bunnies and a jack-up.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||WTF||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||GRIII...||
...has hit the freshman wall.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thanks...||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Quit taking 20-ft. 2-pt. shots...||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||STFU||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Goddammit, Nik||
And totally a charge.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||How the fuck...||
...do we give up an uncontested 3 as the shot clock expires?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Not even...||
...close to being set there.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||They haven't had...||
...to take a tough shot yet this half.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||We make layups this half...||
...and we win going away. Seven missed layups in the first half.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Sorry about the double post||
Though most of you don't seem to mind.
Yeah, didn't seem interested in "Michigan makes the cover of SI," as SI is almost irrelevant. If it werern't for the swimsuit issue, it would be. Funny, when I was in grade school (pre-ESPN) SI drove sports news.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Hello||
Recalibrate thy meter of sarcasm.
Moreover, even if I was serious, one doesn't neg someone simply for disagreeing. I don't know who it was, just sayin.'
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Basically...||
...he's trying to get all the B1G coaches to get on board with oversigning.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||12 layups or dunks by OSU tonight||
Play some god damned defense.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Get your own phrase, asshole.||
GTFO Crean. That one's copyrighted, bitch.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||The blue version of this...||
...would look pretty sweet.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Rickey||
is actually the guy in the dead middle of this picture.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Debbie Downer Alert||
Not only is our record at IU horrible, it has almost always been that whatever can go wrong, will do so in Assembly Hall. I just hope we play well.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Here are the four NCAA champions:||
Out of the four, three of them were clearly the class of college hoops the entire season. So I'm sayin' there's a chance.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||It's not all about the Fab 5||
I think it would be best if every player who had wins vacated came back. Yes, the Fab 5 was the overwhelming driver of value, but those important role players who had absolutely nothing to do with the sanctions got screwed, too.
Why is it automatically a Fab 5 reunion? What about Rob Pelinka, Eric Riley, James Voskuil, Dugan Fife, and all the other players not in the Fab 5? Without Riley, the Fab 5 doesn't make the Final Four in 91-92. Without Voskuil, they don't beat Cincinnati and make the title game that same year. Etc., etc., etc.
I love the Fab 5, and I was one of those students who filled Crisler to the rafters back then. But let's have some more respect and recognition for the other guys on those teams who busted their butts for Michigan.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Wow||
Nice to meet you, Mrs. Gardner. You did a fine job raising your son.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Just when you thought...||
...there was an NFL coach who understood expected values, Belichick punts from the Ravens 35, 34, and 45 (on 4th and 2) in the same game. Two of the ensuing drives were Baltimore TDs.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Minny-IU||
This one's a bruiser--they're lettin' 'em play and it's like football out there. Hopefully that will take some steam out of the Goofers, and Beilein has thoroughly out-coached Tubby in the Barn since '09.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I've been watching since the mid-70s...||
...and I count four players who caused me to hold my breath every time they touched the ball:
And that, in my opinion, should be the modern-era Mt. Rushmore of Michigan Football.
The only teams that made me that confident/excited were the '97 defense and the '00 offense. (And, honestly, this year's hoop squad and the '97 hockey team.)
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Leaders and Best||
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Pullin' hard...||
...for 'Bama to take ND to the woodshed. If ND has a scoring drive of more than 4 plays I'll be stunned. If 'Bama avoids the big play, Irish don't score. Their O is garbage and Saban's had a month to prepare.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Done||
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Magnus...||
...also thought Mike Cox was a beast.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I sure am enjoying...||
...the Spartan Puntfest 2012.
Sadler's going to need a starting pitcher type ice wrap after this one.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||This is almost comical.||
Sparty On, Brahs.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Wow, Maxwell.||
And Delvon Roe was ripping on our QB?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Too easy solution||
Move to corner of State and Packard, where the failed Packard Pub was.
Blimpy at that location = gold mine
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Bielema:||
"No, I'm the biggest douche in college football, fergodsakes!"
|1 year 34 weeks ago||WTF||
I'm sure Delany loves seeing all those empty seats.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Honestly...||
...this is the kind of thing that B1G schools need to start doing with their football programs. About 5-10 years ago, the league started hiring a who's who for hoop coaches, and look where it is now.
When the Purdues and Illinois of the world go big and hire guys like Peterson instead of Danny Hope, that's when it will get back to being one of, if not the, best conference in the country. With BTN dollars, schools certainly should be able to open the bank and give top coaches a virtual blank check.
Seriously, if Peterson was willing to go to Arkansas, why wouldn't Purdue go to him and say, "Name your price. Ohio will be up there, but there's no reason we can't be a Wisconsin, and Penn State's headed toward irrelevance." Now, there's certainly good reasons for a Peterson to pick Arkansas or Tennessee over a Purdue, but that shouldn't stop Purdue from trying. Look at Arkansas. They went after Miles, and while it was never going to happen, it was verified by Les as legitimate, which probably made the job a little more attractive.
So when Purdue gives Kevin Sumlin a $5M/yr. offer, and when TA&M matches it, it opens up the eyes of top coaches on the market.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Three keys to winning:||
Pass efficiency is also strongly correlated with rush yards per carry and 3rd down conversions.
Usually, if teams have two of the three and aren't horrendous at the third, they win most of their games.
So, if Gardner is top 10 in pass efficiency, Mattison continues to do his thing with a deeper, more talented roster, and we can get back to the plus side in TO margin, I believe this team is a sleeper for the BCS title game.
The key is going to be the OL being able to generate a good ypc and protect him in the pass game to put Devin in a higher probability of success.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||MEA||
|1 year 34 weeks ago||What is written on the bottom of Mitch's shoe?||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I couldn't disagree more||
From tackle to tackle, every OL in college football runs zone and gap schemes. Not to mention that inverted veer is power except there's no FB kicking out the DE, the DE is influenced outside by the sweep action and it's a read. From tackle to tackle, inverted veer is power.
The main difference b/w this year and last year is we had the Rimington Award winning All-American at center, Schofield at guard, and Huyge at RT. That takes out an All-American and a reliable run blocker and replaces them with Mealer and Barnum.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||ND...||
...better summon all the power of Christianity they can muster to pray for Georgia to win the SEC title game. If ND played 'Bama next week I doubt they'd score, but Saban with a month to prepare for a true freshman QB?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Good job Sparty||
Picking Dantonio over Kelly.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Good thing for you...||
...that Butthurt in South Bend isn't a mod anymore, or you just would've been sent to Bolivia. You wouldn't have deserved it, but it would've happened nonetheless.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||MGowtfdude||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Duh||
This is why you don't run fucking iso in short yardage--or ever, for that matter--with this team. Yet there we were, in the biggest game of the year, doing it over and over in the 2nd half.
The only conclusion I can come to is that Borges is diabetic and he forgot to check his blood sugar.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||If the current mods...||
...were like you, you'd have just lost all your points, Hypocrite in South Bend.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Two words:||
Greg Fucking Davis.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Are you serious?||
Why would he bother politicking?
1. He's Urban Meyer.
2. Do you remember 2006?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||If...||
...ND loses to USC and Ohio beats us, be ready for that always-enjoyable Urban Meyer politicking for the national title.
Frankly, it's a strong argument. Not bulletproof, but strong. The only thing holding them back is a signature win due to the weakness of the B1G and their soft non-conference slate. They've always had at least one strong non-con, and I bet when they scheduled Cal they were a top-10 program, but they can't point to anything other than being undefeated. However, being the only undefeated team is a strong argument.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Blazefire!||
You just won the internet! What are you going to do?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||And thus...||
...a nickname was born.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Nice bubble screen as smiley face avatar||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||The students arrive late...||
...the lame-o wal-marts, profs, and alums leave early. I don't see much of a difference.
Yeah, the empty seats paint an unflattering picture, but so does an army of middle agers bolting for their cars to beat traffic in the middle of the 3rd Q against Iowa in 2010, a game in which Tate almost lead a miraculous comeback.
FIFO is a good idea, but reducing the size of the stadium that generates the most noise is not.
If we're going to penalize students for arriving late, shouldn't we penalize 40+ year-olds who leave early?
Also, I've been in favor of having pro-style, individual chairs w/cup holders for years now. It may not make sense in the student section, simply b/c it makes it way more dangerous when trying to rush the field. And whether there are no seats at all or a collection of barca loungers or a Marine battlefied instructional course, students are going to rush the field after a huge win.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Yes||
Pretty much any win against FBS competition.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Fayetteville...||
...somewhat nice. Don't stray too far out of town. Some good BBQ joints near campus.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||When you go from..||
...the Rimington Award Winning NFL guy to a guy who's never started before (except maybe spot duty), yeah, there's gonna be just a little dropoff there.
From Brian's 2012 OL Preview: (http://mgoblog.com/content/preview-2012-offensive-line)
"Rimington winner and reach-block fiend David Molk exits, and Michigan will feel that loss. How keenly depends on how senior Ricky Barnum adapts to center."
Um, yeah, not so much.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||It's too late to do it now...||
...but if Denard is, as Magnus says, "a running back playing QB," and Gardner looked like a better decision maker (plus being 6'4" doesn't hurt) at QB after only one week of practice, and if our RBs aren't doing well....
Imagine the power read (what Brian calls inverted veer) with Devin at Q and Denard at RB influencing the DE.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Shane's numbers||
...are cautionarily pedestrian, given his 5-star rating and the level of HS talent around him. Even when he plays outside the Catholic League Central Division, he doesn't light it up like one would expect.
Yes, Shane has good mechanics and throws a great ball, but we have no idea how good of a decision maker he will be at the D-1 level or if he will crack under pressure on the big stage. Let's not annoint the kid until we've seen him play a few games for Michigan.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||He was the starter.||
There's an interesting discussion of this on "The Schembechler Years" video. (90 minutes, must-own, imo.)
|1 year 38 weeks ago||This is what I think he means:||
"Some of the things told about Russell..."
Okay: "Jeebus Bellomy sucked in this game."
Not Okay: "Bellomy sucks, he doesn't deserve a scholarship."
Once there was a Michigan QB who was a redshirt soph. starter and had 2 starts under his belt. Then he went out to UCLA and played terribly and Michigan lost. If he had played even average football, Michigan wins. The next game Michigan went to Illinois and this QB played even worse before a super talent came in reserve, played on one wheel and rescued the Wolverines.
Terrible things were said about this player pretty much up until he was set to finish his career at Michigan, basically re-writing the QB record books at Michigan. His name is John Navarre.
The point is this: while it's fine to criticize an individual's performance, let's not: a) criticize the individual; b) jump to conclusions about his abilities and/or potential.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Especially||
...since Gasser is still eligible at Wisconsin.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Mainly for 2 reasons:||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Keep in mind that...||
...generally, journalists don't know jack shit about football (or any other sport, for that matter).
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Paging Section 1...||
...Paging Section 1. Your presence is required in the Freep thread, please.
(Does he really need to be paged to show up here?)
|1 year 41 weeks ago||He won't...||
...miss out on being on good football teams if his new list is any indication.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Whatever||
you say, damefan1.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||No||
A team defending the pro-style running attack only has to defend one threat, not two. Furthermore, spread-option makes you defend multiple runners on each play. Sure, pro-style has play-action and such, but so does spread option, giving you everything the pro-style does. And I don't buy that spread option teams aren't good passing schemes. I think it's largely b/c it's extremely rare that a dual threat QB is a good passer. When it happens, you get RGIII. When it doesn't, you get Denard and Braxton Miller.
By the way, go check the NCAA rushing statistics and tell me what schemes are the best running the football.
Hmm, notice a trend there? Gee, where's the pro-style?
In fact, find me a pro-style offense in the top 25 in total offense.
The only reason spread option isn't in the NFL is they:
But it's slowly starting to make it's way to the league (RGIII, Colin Kaepernick).
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I have a problem with this:||
"...we don’t do a heck of a lot of home position running, you know, under center -- we do a little bit of it, not like we will in the future and like, you know … so in that regard because you’re doing a lot of gun running, you kind of pick which guy you want to defend..."
In other words, in the future you won't make the defense pick which guy they have to defend? I mean, that's what "home position running" is. That's why spread option is the best offense in football: you make the defense pick their poison.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Mmmhmmm...||
...he was there for only 6 months.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Well played, sir.||
"[h]e's going to get top dollar when he goes to sell his books back."
Haven't lol'd at a post in a long time. You are a credit to your craft.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yeah...||
...'cause kids don't go to FUMA for football at all.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The funniest part might be...||
...that the only day he doesn't love is Saturday--game day. I bet Urban loved that one.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Some questions for you||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||ahem||
"Maybe WVU will always be cursed with having bad DB coaching...."
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The only non-white people...||
...at the Minnesota-Iowa game are on the field and sidelines.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||WVU||
Including the 41 yard punt return, WVU has allowed SIX plays of 20+ yards in the first half.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Holy Sieve, Batman!||
WVU defense = optional