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|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yes but||
will the defense lead the conference in Sacagaweas?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||At the scrimmage last night||
I noticed that the RB's were sometimes not patient enough to wait for seams to open up. There were several running plays where a slight hesitation or cut back would have turned 2 yards into 7. Still I felt that the O line had no push against the D line and the LB's and DB's were able to fill. The O line seemed more solid on pass plays and I noticed as Matti dialed up the blitzes that the O was more successful rolling the QB out and making completions. Multiple great catches by WR's with DB's all over them also. My brother mentioned to me after the scrimmage that he remembers Vikings teams from the late 70's that used a lot of short passes to the RB (Foreman) to get into open space and this substituted pretty well for a weak running game.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||yep||
Fun... but the Big Lebowski version of the Big 10 still has me laughing. mgoblog.com/diaries/big-10-meets-big-lebowski
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Indiana?||
Why didn't he get an offer from Indiana?
|24 weeks 3 days ago||There was a true detective thread I see that I missed||
I will have to go back and read the comments since I loved the show.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||For those of you who might be intimidated the books||
I suggest you consider listening to them on discs or on audio books unabridged. The reader (a guy named Dotrice) is spectacular with different voices for all the different characters. If you have a long commute every day or a long trip planned this is wonderful way to make the time pass. I have read all the books and i am now listening to the story at about the same place in the story as the HBO show is now. I love all three and have found that each experience has been exceptional in its own way. HBO has really done an amazing job of adapting these stories to film and as usual on HBO the acting is superb. PS Was there a thread on True Detective? This was amazing TV as well.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||We have depth and talent at every position||
We have a great D coordinator, Defense will keep us in games and give us a chance to win games we might otherwise lose.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||We are very solid at receiver spots||
Yes- Canteen looked great but so did Funchess, York, Chesson, Dukes, Norfleet, and even Wangler who seems to have great hands. Jake Butt is likely to be back early in the season but AJ Williams, Khaleed Hill looked pretty good as well catching the ball. Shallman, Kerridge and Houma all looked good running routes and had some nice catches in practice as well. All the backs seemed pretty effective catching pases out of the backfield although Green was not as sure handed as Hayes. Even Capatina (walk on?) who holds for place kicking got some reps at slot and made some nice catches in traffic. I think receiver is very strong and Harris just adds to this list. The reciever corps may be the strongest and deepest area of our roster right now on offense. Nice to have great QB's throwing to them also.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||one other factor that I see that puts Beilein at the the top||
His players genuinely seem to like each other and support each other and play as a team with very little selfishness. The other coaches had some teams that played that way (especially Orr) but Coach B seems to have created an atmsophere where that kind of team work is the rule not the exception. Also these teams are the most fun to watch partly because of his offensive strategy. If he could get just a little more intensity of defense we could be in basketball Nirvana.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||yep||
Amen to that brother.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Don't you mean||
drive right through defenders?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||maybe||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Earth calling ESPN..||
We have been missing a pre-season All American all year, WTF indeed.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Or..||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I have seen him play here in NW Ohio||
He can shoot outside or come inside with finesse or bang if he has to do so. I agree there is a very positive future for Donnal
|34 weeks 4 days ago||sorry||
The chart came out wierd but you can find the data at the NCAA web site.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||data||
Here is a ...chart.
I took the total number of games played against top 50 RPI by each conference and calculated the winning percentage.
The ACC played 115 games against RPI top 50 and had a .287 winning percentage. For SOS this comes to playing 7.66 games per team against the top 50
The Big 12 (which is actually the big 10) played 141 games against top 50 and won .418 of them. SOS 14.1 games per team against top 50
BIg East played 79 games v. the top 50 and won .266 SOS is 7.9 games per team against top 50
Big 10 (which is actually the big 12) played 119 games agaisnt top 50 and won .370. SOS 9.91 games per team against the top 50.
For those with more ambition than I have, feel free to calculate the winning percentage against the other grouping and compare but this data is enough for me to conclude that the Big 12 (10) is the best conference so far this year. As others have pointed out, the conference playoffs and national tournament will give us a better view of the accuracy of this conclusion.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Crowd sourcing/prediction markets?.||
There are market places for predictions of elections and other future events. I am no expert but doesn't the Vegas line just depend on who is betting and they just try to balance the money on both sides. Is than not somewhat like crowd sourcing/prediction markets?
I found this article (admittedly written by Ohio economists) that suggests that the betting line is not very predictive for NCAA B ball but is better for NFL and NCAA football. They say overall betting markets like the Vegas line are not all that predictive. Hmmmm
|37 weeks 3 hours ago||We must||
win the games!
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Bacari was on the pre game video of BTN||
saying that Caris will want to go back to the Easton Mall next summer being able to say that he beat Ohio! Echoes of the Trey Burke tribute.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Caris needs to see the open guys when he drives||
He draws a lot of attention when he drives. Once he learns to hit the open man when the defense collapses on him, he will be even more dangerous especially on this team with our great outside shooters. As noted, he may not be as careless as he looks and he certainly can be exciting to watch. No one else on the team has that crazy jump stop move.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||The top team in the B1G should be in the top 10.||
THe last several weeks the B1G had three teams in the top 10 and we beat them all two on the road. No way this team (or the B1G) should be without at least one or two teams in the top 10 and thus sayeth KenPom as well.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Wisky used up all of its positive Karma last year||
on the Brust "look what I just pulled out of my ass" miracle shot. May they get lousy officiating ad infinitum!
|1 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks 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!)
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||To which the Dude replies as he is led to the door...||
"I am just leaving to find a cash machine."
|1 year 15 weeks 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!"
|1 year 25 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.