this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|15 hours 32 min 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.
|18 hours 13 min 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.
|19 hours 19 min 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.
|3 days 21 hours 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.
|4 days 15 hours 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.
|4 days 16 hours 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. . .)
|4 days 20 hours 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.
|5 days 15 hours 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
|5 days 15 hours ago||Shhh||
Only dreams now.
|1 week 16 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||advice on Michigan items||
I hear he's an experienced babysitter.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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".
|1 week 5 days ago||WEAKNESSES||
- Pad level
- Does not clear the neighborhood
|1 week 5 days ago||So||
Three pairs of Air Jordans and a couple shirts?
|1 week 5 days ago||No||
|1 week 6 days ago||Plus||
There's just something embarrassing about having less variation than Ray J.
|1 week 6 days ago||"great guy"||
Lemme tell y'all what I think of co-workers who always greet you witha smile, bring goodies to work, have a warm handshake, possess infectious sunny personalities, are unflappably polite. . . but the minute some goddamn work needs to be done they're nowhere to be found.
Our RBs last season looked like they weren't coached. At all. Don't anyone gimme crap about how his job was mainly recruiting. I get that you can only do so much with RBs, but one thing you CAN do is teach them to find the damn hole.
There's a huge difference between being a friendly person and being a good person. Someone who doesn't pull his weight is not a "great guy".
|1 week 6 days ago||Silence of the Sonics||
OKC is the Buffalo Bill of the NBA. It puts the money in the basket or else it loses its franchise again.
What I won't do is hold it against the players, though. For them, it's basically a follow-or-fire business relocation some of us are familiar with. So I'm stuck in a weird situation of rooting for the individuals (Durant, Ibaka, Westbrook, McGary) but wanting the team to lose.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kobayashi Maru||
Some tests aren't pass/fail. They're about seeing how people respond. Some try to do too much, some go into a shell, some improvise. The outcome is important, but only in the context that the coaches can learn from them.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I just don't get it||
With Beilein, he ain't just a nice guy. He's a nice guy that's made it to the title game and gets you drafted. So he's a guy who'll A) respect you, B) won't make a promise he can't keep and C) is probably your best bet to overcoach you into a first-round NBA draft pick.
If I was a 17-year-old kid all over again I'd crawl over broken glass to be coached by Beilein. I'd have done it the first time around. It's not just alma mater bias, it's "this guy will make me better and not have to rip my heart out to do it" bias. I really have no idea what the hell anyone can dangle in front of a recuit that's shinier than, "This guy will get you into the NBA and he won't treat you like shit to get you there." Who walks away from that? I just dunno, man. Then again, I've always been derided as old-fashioned, even as a kid, and learned that old-fashioned means "never was".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Congrats on settling "Yellow"||
The official color is Maize, so let's start this damn process all over again.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah but||
Not to worry. We do need depth, but if he's "left alone in an electrical closet with some free weights and several cows", with that kind of life experience he'll be writing like John Steinbeck by his junior year. That's a ton of depth from the DE spot.
Oh, literally. Literally. Literary. I see. Um, never mind.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The long game is good for the individual||
The short game is the business equivalent of a cocaine hit. A guy like DB is great for turning a corporation into a giant peacock to get investors horny in the run up to an IPO, but in all other situations it is basically like having an alcoholic run the household. To anyone who's newly acquainted the guy's antics may be amusing and even endearing, and the energy may be contagious. But eventually it all spirals into hollowing out the homestead, deep public embarrassment and eventually hitting rock bottom with spectacular failure.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No||
My concern with holding a game at IMS is that both offenses will run zone stretch all day.
Play after play after play, the ball and all the linemen making left turns. . .
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If only there was something to reference||
But what could we possibly compare in the real world to an abstract color like "maize"?
. . . oh.
Well, the thing about corn is that it can be bright yellow, orangish yellow or yellowish orange (or black, or blue, or a bunch of other colors but I'm confident I can get a consensus that none of those are "maize").
So the "bright yellow" vs. "yellowish orange" debate is a bit silly in its subjectiveness, because the corn itself won't take sides. Now, as a personal preference I like the orangish yellow that sits between the bright yellow and yellowish orange, but FFS as long as we get away from that girly bedroom pastel crap Adidas foisted on us I can deal.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT||
It really doesn't matter who we sign with as long as we're not taken for a ride. The devil's always in the details.
We could've re-signed with Adidas for all I care, but what I DO care about is that the terms with Adidas were obviously shit. I worked in industry, not textiles but the Deming cycle has nice carryover here. I'm exaggerating only a bit when I say supply chain management works such that you could sign with the most reputable supplier in the business and still fuck it up (if only because your terms were so vague they had no idea what you wanted) or use Guanzhou SlumClothes Ltd. and get top-rate gear because your on-site QA manager is a rock star.* OK, reductio ad absurdum aside, yes it's much easier if you start with a reputable supplier, but in that sense there's really nothing wrong with Adidas as long as you put them on a short leash, which DB did NOT.
The problem with DB isn't that he signed with Adidas and signing with Nike will fix it. The problem is that DB is an upper-class twit who represented Michigan as well as Sparty after a five-day bender.
*Speaking of which, keep this argument in mind the next time your favorite retailer or name brand deflects a scandal by claiming to have no control over their subcontracted processes. They're full of shit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"he could never find a home and fade away"||
Don't you mean "flame out"?
You see. . . "Let it burn". . . burner. . . flame. . . ha ha. . . oh, blame a guy for trying.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Competition||
Indeed. Though the "these kids finally have to work and the wimps will leave" crap here (not you, here = MGoBlog) needs to die. I think most of those posts get negged but FFS I think some jackass here even said that about Countess not long after Jackson specifically praised Countess' work ethic. Yes, he transferred. He's an all-B1G zone merchant on a man press unit. He's also not stupid.
We're going to lose some QBs and RBs and it has jack to do with "toughness". I'm done with toughness as a buzzword. Pretty much every FBS player has the requisite toughness. Toughness alone -- and especially talking toughness -- isn't enough or Hoke would have gone undefeated three straight seasons.
Anyway, my point is that with one QB and one tailback on the field, it's the closest thing to a mathematical certainty that we're going to lose a few, if only because these guys aren't stupid and will look for playing time elsewhere. That's not conceding defeat, but simple math. One on the field with even 3-4 padawan reserves leaves a couple squeezed out, and an upperclassman way down on the depth chart would see the writing on the wall.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Oh, that||
Yeah, that kind of stuff happens from time to time. You learn to live with it.
That's always been part of living there. That kind of weather was fun as a kid. Of course, I didn't have adult responsibilities back then so I didn't have to worry about a falling branch impaling my engine block, or a tree going through the roof. . . I did grow up knowing how to prepare for 2-3 days without power though.