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|15 hours 15 min ago||They'll be dangerous right away||
I don't think there's a team on the schedule that can afford to overlook Michigan or Harbaugh will make them pay.
But in terms of what will do Michigan in, I'm not quite sure what to expect. The coaches said they're trying not to overwhelm the players, so it's not like they'll have their own 300-play playbook to start the season. But simplicity means predictability, so it'll be tough to balance growth with consistency.
So all bets are off, but I'd guess what we'll see in this team is growing pains. Some days it'll look like they're executing but there aren't enough weapons. Other days they'll botch the play. Overall, the team just won't be able to do it all right away.
The one thing I expect WON'T happen is for Michigan State to just march into Ann Arbor and punch this team in the mouth. Goddamn I'm so sick of seeing that. They're still the heavy favorite, but this is what Harbaugh does to teams that overlook his players:
|17 hours 19 min ago||Here's the thing||
I'm sure someone' here is going to take this the wrong way, but they may not be improved from last year. Not for any reason other than the coaches are flipping the whole team upside down and rattling them like a bag of shake n' bake. Baxter in particular is on record saying he's completely breaking down ST and re-building from the ground up. Which, mind you, is a VERY BADLY NEEDED overhaul, but FFS he didn't even let the kickers kick field goals during spring practice. Drevno is probably ditching IZ and converting to a gap-blocking scheme which throws the OL back a couple years. We're doubling down on press coverage but with Peppers' move to FS (which is -- to reiterate -- a great move) there's like one proven guy on the roster who can execute that (though I'm hoping Watson gives us two). We're recruiting CBs like crazy but they won't be available this season.
The pattern I'm emphasizing here is that I'm ecstatic about all the changes the coaches are making, even as I'm aware most of them will set the team back until it adjusts. I think this team will be more fun to watch than last season's. That said, I expect it to start out raw.
I mean, if they win 10+ games I'll be right there with everyone dancing in the street (or more likely posting here with a silly grin on my face), but my excitement for this team isn't in the results but the changes. I'm willing to put up with some ARGH ARGH moments in September, but at least they'll be playing to win instead of looking like they're trying.
|18 hours 49 min ago||Eh||
I don't think it's going to be "brutal" in any way that'll get dudebros salivating. It's football, not SEAL training, and while Harbaugh is crazy, I don't think he's a sadist.
What I expect to see is expectation. One thing I thought Hoke was particularly wishy-washy about was what he expected from the players. At times he talked about toughness but then he treats QB more like a rite of passage than a competition.
Here's the thing -- Harbaugh wants to know who wants to play footbaww. He doesn't need to crack the whip to find that out. He just needs to make it clear that the players' effort will decide who plays, and from there it'll be clear enough who really wants to be out there. How? Well, for starters, he added like a half a dozen QBs to the roster. Harbaugh doesn't need to lift a finger to get Shane Morris to try. Starting this week, that's what Jake Rudock will be doing.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Yep||
Class of '99 here, and one of the years I was in MMB the "roster" was 420.
235 march in pre-game; they add a few extra ranks (8/rank, rather similar to an Army squad) for halftime, but I was never sure of the exact numbers. I always assumed that depended on the show.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Most likely||
I think you have to be high to eat Beggin' Strips.
|3 days 21 hours ago||No joke||
American drivers are bad. The bar for getting a license is ridiculously low.
I drove for a year in Japan and (as I learned to drive in the U.S.) the first few weeks were terrifying. Everything's closer together, sight lines are short, you can't break your concentration for half a second. I come back to the states and I'm bored while everyone around me is terrified. What, I'm giving you a whopping foot of space; that's not enough? Why the hell do you need nothing within 15' of you? In some parts of Japan the STREETS are 15'!
|4 days 7 hours ago||At the same time||
When it comes to black suspects, there's a whole lot of "I can't trust what cops say" in the news lately.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Or||
|4 days 17 hours ago||Well, that was a depressingly||
Well, that was a depressingly predictable response.
I thought I made it quite clear why it happened. It was a cultural adjustment. Again, it wasn't a problem when I lived overseas. People in most countries generally don't bubble-wrap their kids to the extent we do.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Can we draw a line here?||
"It's just insane that grown men contact these KIDS! "
Um. . . OK?
What's wrong with this whole thing isn't that grown-ups are contacting kids. It's that the wrong grown-ups are contacting kids for the wrong reasons. If your only business with a kid is to see him wearing your school colors, STFU and GTFO. It's every bit as creepy to me if someone stalks Tom Brady to get him to play for the Jets or whatever (and not just because it's the Jets), but even though the motivations are EXACTLY the same, that's just dismissed as rabid fandom. To me, the issue here isn't age but psychopathic fandom. These people have lives; mind your own goddamn business.
Adults not talking to kids only exists in America because everyone's convinced a grown-up who even gives a kid the time of day outside a classroom is a pedophile. Kids need grown-ups. They're inexperienced, they're vulnerable, they have a lot to learn, and WANT to learn. In fact it's almost heart-breaking when I saw how lost some of them were.
I used to be fearless about age; I'd just as happily converse with someone who's 80 as 8. People were people. But I eventually stopped talking to anyone who didn't look at least in their mid-20s and it was only because I had to start protecting myself. I never once had this problem when I lived overseas. Here, now it's just the creeps who do the talking, because everyone else got tired of being treated like one.
Even if the off-the-charts phobia wasn't an issue, I still don't follow recruits not because they're in high school, but because they're people. Basic respect for others, FFS. Until they're on the roster I have absolutely no business knowing what they do, let alone tell them.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Oh, no problemo||
I reserve all my tweeting, saying stupid things and stalking for MGoBlog contributors anyway.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Is this necessary?||
We still have a number of things to fix, but once that's done, let's do away with this "if it ain't broke, fuck with it" mindset.
Inactivity is a bad thing during a crisis, but neither do you want change for change's sake. You know how to tell when an organization is running smoothly? When the guy at the top legitimately doesn't have much to do. I think Hackett will get us there quickly, at which point I hope he has the smarts to take his foot off the throttle.
|6 days 6 hours ago||We're paying the USMA $1.5 million?||
Michigan is no slouch when it comes to revenue and I get that this is only fair, but paying Army feels weird. Yes, I know federal budgeting isn't straightforward and this isn't to bury this thread in civics, but c'mon. . . their school gets money from the Department of the Treasury. Feels like throwing a Zippo into the Sun.
|6 days 15 hours ago||To reiterate what I said in the last Draftageddon update||
To add a positive note to all the OSU picks, fantasy drafts favor predictability. And yes, OSU's coming off a championship season and UM's coming off a down year. But this is also a Harbaugh Effect. Harbaugh is known to play Mad Scientist with his roster and this is his first year. We don't know who's going to be the RB, the leading receiver just might be Peppers and dammit that guy will put the punter on the D-line if he thinks it'll get him some sacks.
For the team's prospects that's great, and it makes me excited for the upcoming season, but it makes the current roster a toxic radioactive minefield for fantasy drafts.
|6 days 21 hours ago||How does the WWE brand value||
How does the WWE brand value lower in value? It's always been a caveat emptor thing.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Was Lewan that much of a donkey-hater?||
When I think "donkey hater" I imagine Jake Long or Walter Jones. Lewan was the archetype NFL left tackle, excellent in pass pro and solid in run, PWNs lesser guys and battles #1 pick WDEs to stalemate (when he's actually called upon to block them). But IIRC, it wasn't like he was a train plow out there.
I bring up the distinction because whether or not we send runs to the left side will depend on how well our left tackles run block. I know that's bloody obvious, but the thing about left* side runs are:
1) Harbaugh loves 'em (Stanford often ran to the left) and
2) You either got guys you can count on to do it, or you don't.
*With Harbaugh, "left" and "weakside" aren't always or even often the same thing. If he puts two TEs on the left side, it ain't "weakside" anymore.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Yeah||
Article was great for casuals, served to remind me that I gotta cool down.
I'm geeked for this season, even as I expect the team will struggle. The program isn't change schemes so much as philosophies, and in a way that's actually much bigger. But enduring the growing pains will be worth it just to see the team move differently. Over the past several years I've gotten tired of watching so many plays where they left yards on the field.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I hope so||
Are you serious because this would be awesome.
You'd need to ensure a 0% false positive rate, but I think outside the OT threads that wouldn't be nearly as difficult as most forums because the scope is so narrow.
|1 week 3 days ago||So I figured||
Greetings, oh Crazy One. May your hats ever bountifully release mercury fumes.
I've heard "D&D for Sports Nerds" from actual gamers as a sort of nerd revenge, but I think it sells D&D short. If you're playing D&D just to mash stats, you're basically playing a fantasy video game without the help of a CPU. I steer those kids toward Diablo.
That's one thing I don't get about fantasy football, though. Unless you're gambling or something, it strikes me as a more restrictive and more cumbersome version of a video game.
|1 week 4 days ago||See my post above||
At Stanford, Harbaugh's best CB was a converted WR and his MLB was a fullback.
With few exceptions you'd have to be crazy to draft Michigan when the roster's just been taken over by that mad scientist.
|1 week 4 days ago||Keep in mind||
Not sure if you're just being snarky, but if you need some cheering up. . .
Fantasy drafts are the polar opposite of NFL drafts. NFL drafts are more like selective lotteries where once you're past the "sure things" -- the few and often no guys with unquestioned talent, smarts AND elite work ethic -- many of the first-round picks are dreams of highly unlikely stardom hedged by free agent signings. That's why there are so many first-round busts and undrafted starters.
There's no depth to a fantasy draft, so everyone's avoiding risks. The thing about Michigan is that for all the Harbaugh uber alles said with sincerity here, the ENTIRE TEAM is one huge question mark right down to who's playing where. It's very likely as teams OSU will do worse and Michigan will improve, but with the mad scientist running things you could draft Darboh at WR only to find Harbaugh made him the punter. OK I'm exaggerating. Slightly. You get the point. Right now, drafting Michigan is a minefield.
Long story short, this has nothing to do with hope or despair, allegiance or betrayal. July is frankly a very crazy time to do a college Draftageddon, but I think that's a feature here, not a bug. Analytically, it's at best a measure of player volatility, and right now by a HUGE margin no roster more volatile than Michigan's. (But then, that #1 pick. . .)
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree||
I don't see any sharks built like they can handle outside tackle.
They don't drive well, but I like their lateral movement, so I'd put them on the left side of the line. In an unbalanced line they'd be good as a third guard in the middle, so put them in the OMG position on the LOL.
But if you ask me, I think they make better BBQ.
|1 week 5 days ago||No doubt||
I'm in the wrong line of work. How do I get into consulting? I want to be paid a ton of money to be lazy & dumb.
Difficulty: Living with myself after getting on DB's good side
|1 week 5 days ago||Shhh||
Only dreams now.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||For O-line?||
Hells yeah. Not everyone needs to be a star. If this guy is consistently in the right place at the right times and gets in the way of his man, that's one less OL to worry about. This is the encouraging bit:
"He can think on his feet, with the defense a moving object that he reacts to quickly."
It's easy to say in hindsight that a guy should've been a few inches farther this way and his head pointed that way and his feet here and on and on, but that's damn hard to do when everything's blowing up everywhere. The way I see it, you drill the fundamentals, rep the plays, and teach the concepts. That last part is all brain. You don't drill, drill, drill because then once the defense does something you don't expect, you're dead.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||advice on Michigan items||
I hear he's an experienced babysitter.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It could mean we get swag for||
It could mean we get swag for all our programs, whereas other schools might only make sure their high-profile teams are covered. There's also staff to consider. Point is, there's an awful lot of flexibility here.
That said, I think your concern is very justified. I joked about it upthread, but I'd definitely want to audit the apparel side of the contract. $80.2 mil ain't a lot if Nike writes off $1000 for each pair of spikes just to inflate the numbers.
I'm not TOO concerned though. We're not buying anything; as I understand it that's just the valuation of what Nike's giving us as part of what to them is basically a marketing campaign. Also, Hackett so far has shown he's no fool.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||On that point||
The Death Star would in fact be classified a planet because it would be capable of "clearing the neighborhood".
|2 weeks 5 days ago||WEAKNESSES||
- Pad level
- Does not clear the neighborhood
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So||
Three pairs of Air Jordans and a couple shirts?