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|13 weeks 2 days ago||Cheerleaders doing the handstand race||
I dont think they do that anymore. It was always fun rooting to see if they could make it all the way across the north end zone.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||hmmmm?||
Where is the Babel fish when you need him? By the way looking at 2012 and now at the 2013 Kate in the SI swimsuit edition, she has put on some weight in a nice sort of way. (Maybe it was advised given the shoot was in Antarctica. BRRRRR!)
|20 weeks 5 hours ago||Air Force with its option scheme at better than 80% on 4th down.||
They also look to have one of the highest attempt rates on 4th. Wonder what is going on there? There is evidence that you should always go for it on 4th down especially any time you are across the 50. The yardage gained by punting is rarely worth the lost opportunity to score if you do convert the 4th down in your opponents territory.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||To which the Dude replies as he is led to the door...||
"I am just leaving to find a cash machine."
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I thought this was too OT for the blog.||
When I read the series I thought that it would be interesting to post the Custer quote but thought it was too OT to post. Thanks for the courage to post it. It is a great series of short articles that contains some nice insights that surprised me even though I have read quite a bit about the Civil War and Gettysburg in particular. For example that Custer wore a red bandana around his neck and his men were worried that it would single him out so they all began to wear red bandanas to protect him.
The series is also interesting because he invited other experts to comment on his writings blog style and some of those comments were also enlightening. "Come on you Woverines!"
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I suspect many of us have MGoBackgrounds||
My brothers and I grew up in a household with both parents who were Michigan grads. All three of us have Michigan degrees. My father was a friend of Bump Elliot and had meet and greet parties for him at our home in Lorain,Ohio, I remember going to Michigan football games as a kid. I know that I saw Bob Timberlake play and win at the Big House though I am not sure who we played that day. My brother and I still sit in seats that our parents had for years. All three of my children are Michigan grads and my 31 year old son still comes to some games every year although he lives in Chicago. This blog is a great place to share our legacy and love of the U of M with others. Thanks to all on this blog who contribute and continue to enrich my own experience by sharing their thoughts and experiences. Thank to those whose posts educate me about the U of M and the sports I love. I am a better fan and alum because of it.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the links. Best trash quote from pre-game= Horford||
"Brandon Triche is a nice young man," the forward deadpanned. "Nice young man. And I would love to have tea with him to discuss matchup issues.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||The videos are very helpful thanks to those who posted them..||
The Syr/Lou game video shows some of what Izzo talks about in his coaching vid. Louisville has a couple of plays where someone sneaks in behind the zone and several drive and kick plays similar to what Izzo is talking about. .What also is apparent from the game video is that the Louisville center has a nice 15 foot shot if the zone backs off him. Also the center makes lots of key passes as the offense seems to run a lot from an entry pass to the center at the high post. I hope that our bigs will have excellent shooting touch and passing savvy next Saturday.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||This post deserves to be in the MGoHallOfFame.||
I want to be able to go back and enjoy it and share it forevah!! Thank you Ace.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Jumping up and down behind the right end of the KU bench ...yup||
|37 weeks 3 days ago||That smile on Beilein||
He is just so proud and happy for the kids. It is about them not him. May he coach our team, our team, our team... forever.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Different Flashback comes to mind||
We lost twice to an outstanding Illinois team in 1989 before beating them in a thrilling national semifinal in 1989, We then went on to win the title against Seton Hall with Rumeal Robinson making the key free throws at the end. This is the flashback that came to my mind.
Maybe this is our year to beat Indiana in the semis and beat whoever makes it through in the final game. Much like this year, we were undefeated in pre conference play with all our losses occurring in conference play. There were multiple Big Ten teams in the tourney in 89 as expected this year. Indiana won the Big Ten but lost twice to Illinois and recieved a #2 seed with a #1 going to Illinois even though they came in second in the conference. We were a #3 seed that year. Iowa and Minnesota also made the tourney that year. GO BLUE!
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Hopefully shades of 1989||
I am old enough to remember the 1989 season where we lost twice to an outstanding Illinois team before defeating them in the national semifinal. Deja vue please!
|41 weeks 4 days ago||The officiating was awful. (TL;DR warning)||
It was totally inconsistent and at times just plain bad. We got a lot of calls early in the second half but then it was as if they were trying to not see the MSU mayhem. This type of inconsistency is the hardest to deal with as a player.
With about 11 minutes left in the game Michigan gets into the bonus. There would be only one additional foul called on MSU over the next eleven minutes while there were six called on us until McGary was fouled intentionally with 8 seconds left. After the game I spent ½ an hour and reviewed the period right after the 11 minute mark going in slow motion at times and trying to be as fair as possible. The refs were just awful to us.
10:46 Hardaway drives to the hoop between two defenders both of them grab him and rip the ball away. No foul. We get the ball out of bounds
9:15 Burke drives the lane and is grabbed and pushed and has to dish the ball to Albrecht who misses an open three.
8:44 Both teams scramble for a missed shot rebound. An MSU player grabs Hardaway by the shoulder and pulls him backward as he positions for the rebound. The ball hits both of them and goes out. MSU gets the ball.
8:08 Burke drives and is fouled once before he get to a massive pick set by GRIII. He gets pushed in the back as he makes the layup. No call.
8:02 GRIII is backing up as Appling jumps into him and attempts a shot which McGary cleanly blocks. I think this is a fair call until during the time out they show highlights from a first half play where MSU did the exact same thing to us and did not get called for a foul (i.e. first defender on the ball bodies up on the drive and the second defender cleanly blocks the shot as it goes up.)
7:08 Burke get fouled on the drive with no call and dishes to Lavert who lays it in awkwardly as Nix throws him to the floor. No call.
6:45 Morgan pulls in a rebound with two player on his back. The as he turn to throw an outlet pass he is fouled again a couple of times by an MSU player trying to steal the ball. No call on either.
6:39 Burke drives and is grabbed and pushed and has to dish the ball. No call.
5:35 Burke is fouled at least three times on a drive to the hoop and makes the bucket anyway. He shouts something at the refs in displeasure which is something I do not remember him doing very often if ever. I guess he was fed up also.
4:36 Burke is fouled at least three times as he tries to bring the ball up the court. Only on the third shove that sends him to the floor does the whistle come. He makes both ends of the one and one. This is the first foul called on MSU in over 6 minutes and the last foul shot we get until McGary is fouled intentionally with only 8 seconds left. I could go on with a description of additional missed calls but we won so now I will just have some cheese with this whine.
3:53 Payne gets a rebound and then walks at least 4 steps after getting a rebound off a missed FT. No call. This was the worst miss of the entire game and almost unbelievable that it did not get called. Enough already!
TL;DR summary- The lack of consistency of calls in this game was shameful. However, this is not happening just in our games but across the board in B1G games this season. (I have watched quite a few non-Michigan games on BTN this year). I have been playing the game myself and watching B1G b-ball since Cazzie and I have never felt the refs were this piss poor. I have also ref’ed b-ball myself so I know how hard it is to be fair and balanced but SHEEESH it’s bad this year.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Their joy = our misery||
Yes it seems that in sports the joy is distributed as a zero sum game. Their joy equals our misery. Yet, joy leans to the positive overall due to our appreciation of the beauty of the game. Mgoblog adds to my joy by helping me to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sports that I follow here with my fellow M fans.
PS I still would rather win.
|44 weeks 7 hours ago||It would be interesting to||
It would be interesting to see if the Rivals rankings regression model matters more for offensive or defensive players or linemen vs skilled players.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Get ready to be (re)f'd||
Per the B1G statistics web site, Indiana averages 27.4 foul shots per game in the B1G so far this year. The entire of the league averages 18.4 per game across all league games. The standard deviation of the league is 3.8 foul shots per game around that mean. This means that Indiana is shooting foul shots at a rate greater than two standard deviations above the mean. This would happen randomly about one in a hundred times by chance (2.37 sd above the mean). The next highest teams Iowa and the Gophers and they are about 1 sd above the mean. Even Wisconsin at the low end is still well under 2 sd from the mean. Here is the....
sd=3.8 free throws/game
Get ready to be (re)f'd at Indiana tonight.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the Bacari video||
Man I would love to play for this guy. I have a new appreciation for the assistant coach(es) contributions to this team.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Magnus should double post more often||
|48 weeks 8 hours ago||Is it passing or rushing that matters.||
Thanks for these posts. They always get me thinking. If you break out the offense and defense into rushing and passing categories does that matter? There are some who believe that the key stat in the NFL is yards per pass attempt. (see Craig Ross "The Obscene Diaries of a Michigan Fan") The team that gives up fewer and gains more per passing play seem to win a lot more in the NFL. How does the college data stack up?
|48 weeks 6 days ago||my probably bogus strategy||
Pick moderately high value players from teams expected to win by a blowout.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Oh my god! A Helen Keller||
Oh my god! A Helen Keller joke. How politically incorrect (and dated). I am going to be brutally honest and admit that I laughed...a lot and repeated it to others. There goes my karma.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||It was in spring practice.||
Two springs ago, my brother and I were at the annual spring coaches clinic. Coaches were allowed to be on the sidelines to watch the first team offense in a live scrimmage against the first team defense. I was standing at about the 10 yard line. The ball was at the 15 yard line of the defense. Denard rolled out toward us on a pass play with several defenders in hot pursuit both in front of him and behind him. As he approched the LOS holding the ball with both hands, he quickly put it up and faked a pass thus freezing the defensive backs and the linebacker who was almost right in front of him. Just as quickly, he pulled it down and blew by the linebacker as his ankles broke and slipped btween two other defenders into the end zone a second later. I was not more than 15 feet from him when he did this. It happened so quick it was astounding. I turned to my brother and said "Holy Shit!." It was not something that I could imagine a human being doing. But, Denard sure is a wonderful human being as many of the above comments and clips prove. It's just that he has Dilithium inplants.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||That was 1887||
The article notes that a couple of Michigan football player taught the game to ND in 1887. ND had been playing for 10 years when this game happened.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with ST3 that Grant||
I agree with ST3 that Grant deserves the closest look. He also raises the issue of All American and All Big status. This would get me to think more about Rumeal, Juwan, Jalen, and Rickey Green (the fastest guard I have ever seen I think). It seems like the Fab FIve guys will never make the grade though.
We do have a couple of interesting Academic All Americans in Zach (the first in a long time). One other name that deserves a look already has the Hustle Award named after him, Steve Grote. Here is some added info on him for the youngsters on the blog.
Steve Grote: A four year starter, Grote was the epitome of a hustle player. He is one of 5 Michigan players to earn All-Conference honors in each of his four seasons. He is also the first player in NCAA history to play in 4 NCAA Tournaments.
Grote ranks 10th on Michigan’s all-time list with 358 career assists.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||AIRBHG||
When I first looked at this acronym I thought it said AIRBAG. Maybe that is what the Iowa coaches should put isnide the running backs uniforms so that they will deploy on conatct to protect the few backs that they have left or maybe they should make them practice in bubble wrap.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Gardner is||
a terrific all aroung athlete. We need him at QB but he clearly would make a great receiver too. Any way to put him on the field is good but we need someone with his talent to back up Denard. There is no way I would let him play receiver and get hurt with only Bellomy as backup to Denard. He is just too valuable as a QB to this team both now and in the future. That said, I would cackle with glee if he come on the field as a wide out once in a while but would be anxious as hell also about his getting hurt going up for a high pass or over the middle.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I was at Cornell when he was the goalie..||
There were bumpersickers around town that said
Jesus redeems, Dryden saves!
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Help||
g g g g g g g g g g g .
|1 year 36 weeks ago||He is going to||
walk while dead.