I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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- "During the game, a reporter I follow on Twitter started bitching about the AD having the game sponsored by @Lowes. To which I asked him if he was similarly upset about Absopure ads in the game program. Of course, his response was that his tweet was just a joke. Revenue Derangement Syndrome. A condition in which reporters, bloggers and fans think that athletic departments run on fairy dust, unicorns, rainbows, and properly mic'd marching bands."
- "It always amazes me the length people will go to complain about everyting. The same people who constantly bitch and moan about every effort by 1000SSS to increase its revenue through ticket sales, advertisements, licensing, etc (and don't get me wrong, I disagree with many of the tactical decisions they've made) turn around and complain when a wealthy philanthropist has the gall to make the single largest donation in the history of the University of Michigan and do what every other major donor to colleges and universities have done since colleges and universities started soliciting such gifts -- accept the university's offer to name something after him or her. "
|21 hours 5 min ago||#1||
Because nobody wears #1 anymore, and the longer the number remains unused, the higher the criteria seem to get.
|3 days 14 hours ago||UW||
Sark has actually been recruiting pretty well--including signing a number of former Michigan targets (Shaq Thompson, Sean Parker, and Demorea Stringfellow, for instance). 8-4 may not sound all that impressive, but the team went 0-12 the year before Sarkisian arrived and they play in the same division as Stanford and Oregon.
|1 week 6 days ago||UFRs||
A couple years ago I tried to start a deep analysis blog for the Washington Huskies, since they really don't have anything approaching mgoblog in quality. I gave up after a couple months because it wasn't catching on and I just didn't have the time to devote to it,. But. I did try to do a UFR-lite type thing for just the first couple drives of each game, and it took hours. Just the process of watching and re-watching plays repeatedly to figure out (i) what the offensive and defensive formations and play-calls are; (ii) what each player's assignment appears to be, based on the play, and (iii) how good a job each guy did of executing that assignment is ridiculously laborious and and difficult. But Brian goes even futher and tries to figure out what guys should have done, assesses the play calls themselves for the RPS metric, charts everything with video clips--plus a pretty extended discussion after each game chart. It's really incredible that he's able to put all of this together, week-after-week, and with the consistent quality.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Lemmonier||
Bill Lemmonier is now officially my favorite referee ever (until he screws us on something in the future).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||piped-in music||
The piped-in music is probably the main reason I hardly go to sporting events anymore. I canceled my Seattle Sounders season tickets because of it. It's just not fun when you can't converse with the people beside you.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Offenses||
Just from the eye test, I think it's pretty hard to imagine a worse offense than what we had in 2008. This team is nowhere close to that one, so I think we are well above "historical levels" of futility. The 2001 offense was also pretty awful.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ron English||
English's remark about not wanting kids from female-headed households always bothered me, especially at a place like EMU where you can expect to be recruiting a lot players from poor urban neighborhoods. I guess I would have a lot more sympathy for English if I felt like he was giving chances to a lot of hard-luck kids, since you're not going to win much at EMU anwyay. But ever since that remark I've basically been like "to hell with Ron English."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke||
It's not unrealistic to expect coaches to tweak their schemes to fit personnel. But in college football, unlike the NFL examples you gave above, teams need to recruit, and if you don't settle on a particular type of offense and recruit players who fit that system, you're always going to be in the kind of hybrid limbo that Michigan has been in for 2+ seasons now.
I personally thought Hoke should have hired a spread OC and kept the core of Rich Rod's offense intact. He didn't, and now we are suffering through the transition cost that occurs when you have veteran players who don't fit your scheme (2012) and young players who fit the scheme but aren't ready for prime time (2013). We probably have to just have to accept the situation for what it is and wait it out.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Stanford-Oregon||
Well, if Stanford doesn't get a FG blocked and returned for a TD and then fail to recover an onside kick, the final score is 29-7.
Regardless of what the point total was, the game felt like a beatdown because Stanford controlled the ball and physically dominated Oregon. I don't personally care for the manball approach, but last night's game was a good argument in favor of it.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Best Thursday night schedule ever?||
I can't think of a better one.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Nebraska Offense||
"What makes this especially tough to stop is that Nebraska has a counter for everything; they throw the bubble, run jet sweep motion with their receivers (or, at one point in this game, backup RB Terrell Newby), use the motioning RB as a lead blocker on QB sweeps, and of course utilize play-action. They're going to get yards and points, even with the turnovers and poor line play."
Hmm, that sounds pretty good. Tim Beck might be available this off-season, you say?
(I am not even a big critic of Borges, but that does look like an upgrade)
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Numbering||
I second this. If a small box could be added to the grid to number the plays, it would be a big help.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Secondary||
I'm not really understanding your reasoning here.
Even if we forget about Peppers and Douglas for a minute, we still have four CBs returning next year who all look good: Countess, Taylor, Lewis, and Stribling. But we only have one proven safety (Wilson).
If Taylor can play safety (and I'm not saying he can--but it doesn't seem totally out-of-the-question, particularly with Avery playing there this season), then we can put four experienced DBs on the field--albeit with one guy at a new position--on standard downs and all five of them in nickel looks. If Taylor remains a CB, then somebody who isn't playing now (other than on special teams) will have to become a starting safety while one or more experienced DBs stands on the sidelines.
It seems to me like the question is whether Taylor is a better option at safety than Clark, Hill, Thomas, or any of the other candidates. Taylor is only abut 180 lbs., but seeing as he will be a senior with 2 years of starting experience (though at corner), it still seems like there's a good chance the answer to that question will be "yes."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Taylor||
In looking at the 2014 secondary, It seems like (1) we are going to be loaded at CB, with Countess, Taylor, Lewis, and Stribling, plus Peppers coming in and Douglas coming off RS; (2) we are all set at FS with Wilson; and (3) OMG Thomas Gordon graduates and so does Avery., and who knows what we can reasonably expect out of Jeremy Clark, Dymonte Thomas, or Delano Hill?
Is it possible that the plan might be to move Taylor to S next season?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Athletic department's approach||
Well, you have an astonishing number of mgopoints, so I don't have time to go back through too many of your comments, but here are a couple recent examples of things you've said that led me to form my impression of your viewpoint::
Then, of course, you called Bacon's argument (that big money is threatening to corrupt college football to a point of unrecognizablility) "sanctimonous."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Tim Beck||
How ironic would it be for Hoke to hire a spread OC after all we've been through (and all we would have to go through still for Borges to get canned)? Maybe the Nebraska name alone carries enough manball credentials.
I love that Nebraska offense, but if we landed a Tim Beck I don't know whether I'd be dancing in the streets or whether I'd be shaking my fist at the thought of lost years with Denard & Gardner.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||RB Coach||
I have to agree--I love Mike Hart but Wheatley is the more proven commodity at this point.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||O-Line||
Which would you rather have for an offensive line:
[Sr-Fr-Fr-Fr-Sr.] or [So.-So.-So.-So.-So.]
It seems to me that the latter scenario is preferable. A couple good blocks on the outside doesn't really help you if the inside is constantly busting. Either way, I guess we'll find out in 2014.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||South Bend||
We tend to play well in South Bend? I don't know about that. I'd say M played well in South Bend in 2010, 2006, and maybe 2004; before that you'd have to go all the way back to 1994. We played like total crap there in 2012, 2008, 2002, and 1998.
I do like Michigan's chances there next season though.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Regional rivalries||
I agree, the regional rivalries are a huge part of what makes college football special. Beating Notre Dame is fun because we all know people who attended ND (or otherwise became fans). Losing to Sparty sucks for the same reason. Arkansas may well be as worthy an opponent as ND, but the game won't have that same kind of meaning because who the hell went to Arkansas? (Okay, I do know like one person, but still).
|4 weeks 2 days ago||4th & Long||
Well, I am not surprised you feel that way because you have previously made clear that you are one of the people who doesn't mind seeing college football basically become Saturday's version of the NFL. But Bacon's central point resounds with those of us who became college football fans because we saw qualitative superiority in a game played for reasons other than $$.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Martin||
I found Martin's jabs at Brandon quite amusing. The one about "putting ketchup on cardboard and calling it pizza" was my favorite.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||2014||
You are seriously writing off the 2014 season already when we're only halfway through this one?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Key play||
I think most people stopped doing the key play thing around 2000 or so.
When I was a student I went to a lot of road games and at some schools they did "keys for kickoffs."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Huber Bock||
Huber Bock stands out in my memory as the absolute worst beer I have ever sampled. And yeah, I think we were buying cases of it for around $7 from Blue Front back in the mid-90s when I was in school.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Press conferences||
I guess I just don't understand the idea behind people expecting to get their pound of flesh out of the coaches at these press conferences.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke||
Losing one's composure is not the mark of a skilled coach, IMO.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Wine & Cheese||
Manchego & Sangiovese for me. Beats the hell out of pork rinds & Huber Bock or whatever the hell they snack on in Nebraska.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Nebraska vs MSU||
I think the B1G title is pretty much out of reach at this point, regardless what happens between Neb. and State. We might really be best off seeing State run the table from here, since we are realistically trying to compete with other conference also-rans for decent bowl invitations.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Nebraska||
Ah, I didn't know that. I saw part of Nebraska's game against Illinois when Armstrong played--you can tell he is going to be really good but he's pretty raw still. I haven't seen Kellogg at all.