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|3 hours 15 min ago||How long before we see other||
How long before we see other teams use this?
|2 days 4 hours ago||Re: Firing Meyer, Dantonio||
a) It's silly talk
b) For OSU, it's really silly talk.
c) If Meyer became available, Texas, Notre Dame, USC, and several other schools would send semi-trucks worth of cash to Columbus
d) The interesting year for Dantonio will be next year. Another year like this and we may see him retire. He seems tired.
e) I do wonder whether Meyer is growing weary of the "have to be perfect" expectations.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Agree ...||
I think this is the likely outcome at Oregon -- unless a miracle happens, Helfrich is gone after this year and so is Hoke. There's too much money behind the Oregon program to endure years like this. Change is a-coming.
If Hoke wants to continue coaching, his best avenue is either HC at some lower school or D-Line at some bigger school. If I were him, I'd take the latter. More and more I'm convinced football success for a team starts with the D-Line. A good D-Line solves a lot of problems; a dominant D-Line is a beautiful thing to behold. At a big school with good recruiting resources, he can be fairly successful in that role.
|6 days 23 hours ago||1976 Game||
I will never forget that game. It was down at Purdue, and I was listening to Bob Ufer on the radio. We were in the car. Michigan lined up to kick a FG to win the game.
Ufer: "The kick is up ... it's ... it's ... no good ... no good ... no good."
|1 week 5 hours ago||I see ... thanks for||
I see ... thanks for expanding on that.
To compound the dilemma, the technology used for video games or film editing is likely to morph and change over time. Just keeping up with the changes will be challenging enough; mastering them is another level up.
The Surface Pro approach sounds like a good enabler of further exploration. Perhaps let him get his hands on a video recorder that he can bring the video into the computer and start practicing with edits. You could participate by working with him to shape the creative aspects of the finished videos. Help him understand that the creative process has a lot of false starts leading to a better finished product.
Best of luck to you and him in this adventure!
|1 week 5 hours ago||That reminds me of the Family||
That reminds me of the Family Guy episode where Stewie mentions having a "sexy party":
|1 week 5 hours ago||I have a child who has||
I have a child who has genuine interests that are so foreign to me in terms of execution that I almost can't contribute to his learning.
I'm curious ... what are those areas of interest?
|1 week 6 hours ago||I think it is genuine||
I think it is genuine frustration that the public school system is lagging so far behind the reality of our society.
That's a different can of worms from the earlier proposition that certain things are over-relied upon to turn things around. It's also one fraught with potential argument, so I won't go there.
... could possibly lead to him being employable or able to generate income after graduation
Sometimes I think the number one thing to teach a kid is to understand how to work hard at something to completion, and to do so with a good attitude. Throughout my life I've seen it true that those with a good work ethic and a good attitude are sought out; those with a poor work ethic or poor attitude are avoided (unless they are really good at something, and I mean really good at it).
But then again, that's a lesson best learned at home. Some of that can be taught by the schools, but it's best taught at home, and by example.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Not to sound like an old fart (I'm 22)||
Your post did not read like an old fart. Your post read like a damn sensible person for 22 years old. Kudos to you.
I'm 57 years old, and I've seen wave after wave of unchecked enthusiasm for this and that. Hell, I recall someone going on and on that the little wheel on the mouse would revolutionize computing. Was it helpful? Yes. Was it fundamentally transformative? No.
Ditto for a lot of what passes for "can't miss" solutions to problems today.
Sometimes I think we deliberately overlook time-tested and unsexy answers simply because they are ... well, time-tested and unsexy.
Now that's an old fart talking.
|1 week 7 hours ago||1st Grade Coding?||
My daughter is in 1st grade. She took her first coding class last summer.
Really? That's fascinating. What's that like -- what do they code, what language is it in, etc.?
I can imagine a really high-level language that could be used to code simple stuff -- adding numbers, building strings, etc. -- that would reinforce logical constructs.
Years ago -- circa 1985 -- I was doing some work in REXX, and I recall thinking at the time that parts of that were so simple it could be taught to children. I doubt your daughter is working in REXX, but perhaps some other simple, interpretative language like that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nebraska back to Big 12?||
I've seen this offered elsewhere, but I don't see the logic of it.
Right now, the Big Ten is relatively stable while the Big 12 is at some risk of collapsing.
What's the motivation for Nebraska moving? I don't see it.
|1 week 1 day ago||TV appeal||
This makes a fair amount of sense. I was listening to a radio program in WV where they were talking about Big 12 expansion, and beyond Houston, the teams mentioned were UCF and BYU. And Houston is not guaranteed to be good post-Herman, and Herman is almost guaranteed not to be at Houston for his career.
|1 week 1 day ago||I wasn't sure if "Big Uglies"||
I wasn't sure if "Big Uglies" was a Keith Jackson or John Madden thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Rutger Reitmaier||
That sounds like one of those names the great announcer Keith Jackson would have fun calling out when discussing the "big men" down in the trenches.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Face of Mercy"||
That is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life! :-)
|2 weeks 39 min ago||Yea, but don't be that guy to||
Yea, but don't be that guy to break off the bottom and threaten anyone with it. It won't matter that the bottle was thrown at you ... breaking the bottom and threatening with it will bring a world of legal shit you don't want.
|2 weeks 42 min ago||advise my son not to mouth||
advise my son not to mouth off to any spartans before or especially after the game
Avoiding that in any situation will serve your son well through life.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If sun, parties, and coeds is||
If sun, parties, and coeds is the goal, then Tempe is the destination. ASU has them all in spades. Tucson is a backwater by comparison.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Arizona is a tough job"||
As a resident of Tucson, I agree.
Recruiting -- it's hard to get talent to go to Tucson. Tucson is a long way from anything, and there ain't much there. What little talent Arizona has gets vacuumed up by ASU, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon ... and now Washington, no doubt.
Support -- I am forever astonished by how little excitement there is around Tucson on a football Saturday. True, Tucson is more than just a small college town ... but holy crap, there have been Saturdays I was out around town and didn't even know there was a game going on. It's a basketball town, not a football town.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||^^^ This||
The football world has moved on from 2006-era read-option spread. I'm not sure Rodriguez has.
Look at the successful coaches -- Saban, Meyer, Harbaugh, Petersen -- they're all incorporating elements of spread with elements of power. They adapted as styles and techniques evolved.
There's a reason no pure-spread team has made it to the championship; either in the later BCS years or in the playoff years -- defenses have adjusted to it. Nick Fairley and Auburn killed Oregon by getting into the backfield and disrupting plays; Cardale Jones and OSU grabbed Oregon by the throat and punched them as hard as they could. It's a physical game, and the team that can play physical and fast ... wins.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Team stats are definitely on||
Team stats are definitely on W's side ... but not egregiously. Oregon lost a fumble. I wonder what the story is in that game ... some great field position for W with capitalization?
(I'm not able to watch that game)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"Randomness is the enemy of all favorites"||
I found Seth's argument compelling. And enjoyable to read ... I always enjoy Seth's stuff.
The "comfort" I can rely on is that Michigan moved the ball against Wisconsin's very good defense ... the issue was capitalizing. That game's score should have been something more like 21-7 or even 28-7. But alas, it wasn't.
Point being -- Michigan's offense is not quite so ineffective as we may think. It's not nearly as good as we wish, obviously. But maybe -- just maybe -- if the offense can capitalize a bit better on its opportunities, then a slightly better cushion can be built, then the "one play" concern on a defense is somewhat mitigated.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||^^^ This. Rushing had no idea||
Rushing had no idea where the ball was.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Situational stats||
I'd be interested in a breakdown by situation ...
I ask because while listening to the game** it seemed we were in 2nd-and-long a lot, particularly early in the game, and those missed FGs came about because when we needed yards to move the chains we couldn't get them.
Average YPC is fine, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
** I'm getting on my soapbox again: seriously, Michigan should consider replacing Jim Brandstatter as play-by-play. Bless his heart, he's all-Blue but he's just not that good at calling a game. I was screaming at the radio all during that game: "What's the down and yardage?!!" It takes forever to get the meaningful result of a play from him.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Badgers vs. Wolverines||
The two are different Genus and Species, but they merge at the Family Mustelidae. They're both known to be rather fierce little buggers. But it's clear to anyone paying attention that in a fight, a Wolverine would kick a Badger's ass. Therefore, we win this weekend.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Two things ...||
... claim his defense is "aggressive." Don Brown actually means it. Through four games, Michigan has recorded 44 TFLs, 17 of which are sacks.
This got me thinking ... is there a way to statistically measure the net-effectiveness of an aggressive, attacking defense?
(I understand that the scoreboard ultimately yields the true measure of the effectiveness.)
I guess what I'm getting at is the numbers above are raw numbers, and it's possible -- though not the case with Michigan this year -- but it's possible those TFL and sack numbers could be matched against big plays made by opposing offenses. That's the "downside" to an aggressive defense -- when the defense's aggressive attack does not quite get home before a QB scrambles for a long gain, or a blitz misses its mark and a receiver gets the ball for a TD.
So, in the spirit of the "rational" tag above ... I'm wondering if there's a way to capture the "net" effectiveness of an aggressive, attacking defense. Sacks / blitz? Some other ratio that balances attempts to results?
... even stripping in anger
This turn of a phrase caught my eye. I like it ... it seems to convey an extra degree of anger ... but I've never seen it used before.
I googled around and found some references to infants who will "strip in anger" -- remove their clothing in a display of rebellion and frustration -- and I'm wondering if that was the genesis for your use of that phrase?
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||UM fans who graduated from MSU||
I thought this was a thread about UM fans who graduated from MSU. There are a lot of us.
I'm one of 'em ... lifelong Michigan football fan, but went to MSU simply because I couldn't afford the difference in tuition back then. People then -- and now -- could not understand why I didn't switch allegiances. My answer: Meeeeechigan!
I went to many a football game in Spartan Stadium ... because I was one of the guys in the orange vests doing traffic control. I eventually worked my way up to student supervisor of the whole 110-person crew. Officers put a lot of trust in me ... one time even giving me the keys to a police cruiser to go across campus and retrieve something for him. There I was -- 20 year old -- driving a Crown Vic police cruiser with a shotgun locked to the dash! :-)
One memorable game I was given the assignment to be in one of the four upper-deck corners with binoculars and a police radio, keeping watch on the parking lots below. Cold, raw, miserable day ... and I was standing up in the teeth of the gale way up there. Saw a few suspicious things going on in the parking lot below, but nothing that warranted a call in on the radio.
I don't give a rat's ass what college name is printed on my degree from 35 years ago ... when it comes to college football there is Michigan, and then there's the rest. Period.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Narduzzi?||
On the other side of the ball, it’s not a revelation to call MSU’s secondary subpar this year, but without anything resembling consistent a pass rush (only 3 sacks), that secondary is a mess.
I wonder how much of that is because Narduzzi is several years removed from MSU?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I met Arnold Palmer at a golf||
I met Arnold Palmer at a golf tournament in Virginia back around 1995 or 1996. He was in a golf cart, and a group of us were nearby. He motioned for us to come over, so we went over, shook his hand, and chatted for a bit. True gentleman.
News of this saddens me. The world has precious few good men like him. We now have one less.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously!||
This looks awesome!