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|4 days 11 hours ago||But they couldn't do anything||
But they couldn't do anything under the old rules (when the incident occurred) because they needed the accuser to bring the charges. It was not until the new rules were established that they could bring them without the authority of the accuser. Therefore, it seems fairly reasonable that they did not think about a 2 year old case the instant the new rules cam into effect. Nothing would have happened if the article had not come out bringing it to light again, because everyone had likely forgotten about it (understandably so, given the number of incidents like this during a given year, it seems absurd to expect them to reinvestigate and try every old case in the ex post facto manner they did here).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Really? Because I remeber the||
Really? Because I remeber the media drooling over Louisville despite them being there last year too. Also, that explanation doesn't explain Dook. I think more so than us being in the finals last year, the issue is that our team goes against the "model" of what good prgorams are supposed to be: great big men, a slashing/driving guard, and good to great D. The great programs are not supposed to be built around three point shooting, which isn't supposed to be consistent enough to sustain a good program. Therefore, the pundits simply brush Michigan off as a team that can easily be beaten by a more traditionally built team, because they can't reconcile Beilein's offense with their preconceptions.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I say that if we are about to||
I say that if we are about to win, our fans should start chanting ESS EEE SEE, if only because their weird level of pride for their conference (even more so than for their own schools, at times) deserves to be mocked. The amount they brag about the accomplishments of their conference is incredibly annoying, especially when it was their biggest rival doing the winning. Maybe I am alone in this, but if OSU had won three out of the last four national championships (as it was prior to this year), I would be pissed, not celebrating the conference, as Tennessee fans did.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I hadn't thought about that,||
I hadn't thought about that, but if you really look at it, Tennessee does appear to be a poor man's MSU. A good pair of big men (Payne/Dawson > Maymon/Stokes) and one great guard (Harris > McRae) with two other solid, long guards (Appling/Valentine = Barton/Richardson). Given the rebounding and defensive mindedness of the two teams, seems like we can use a lot of our experience from our games against MSU in preparing for Tenn.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Here's a scouting report I||
Here's a scouting report I found from a Kentucky site, and since Kentucky fans do know a bit about basketball, it seems pretty good (admittedly, it is a couple months old, but they have all the same, experienced starters, so it seems worthwhile). The things that seemed most advantageous for Michigan is that they said the bigs, Stokes and Maymon, are both fairly unathletic and slow, meaning that GRIII might be able to take advantage and use his freak athleticism on offence. Also, guys like that seem likely to be vulnerable to our high ball screen offense, when we bring Morgan up top to set the screens. Here's the link:
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I'm wrong, but it sure||
Maybe I'm wrong, but it sure looks like Stauskas said "Stop" to Beilein after letting go of him. You know a guy who can say that to his coach while his coach is livid has to have his coach's respect. Stauskas is a great player and has swag for miles, but his ability to settle everyone down and lead when needed is a trait of his that garners far too little mention.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It means that he is retaining||
It means that he is retaining players at a high rate. Which is generally considered a good thing; unless of course you want him to be cutting players like Saban.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I love moving JMFR to the||
I love moving JMFR to the middle if only because the thought of having a super athletic, fast, 6'3" 240 lb middle linebacker reminds me of one guy: Brian Urlacher. If Ryan can manage to roam the field and make an impact like Urlacher did (spying on mobile QBs like Vick, blowing up run plays, and dropping into coverage), then his value at middle linebacker is far greater than it was on the edge.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I've found the same to be||
I've found the same to be true. I tried rooting for another school, but couldn't bring myself to actually care about the outcome of the games because I only have enough room in my heart for Michigan.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I just love how everyone says he's guilty despite||
I just love how everyone says he's guilty despite never having a day in court. We love to tout "innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" until the university uses the standard of proof required for civil cases to find him guilty. Not only this, but the only evidence we have comes from the accuser. I am not saying he did or did not do it, but there seem to be a few due process issues with a public institution conducting proceedings for criminal acts in this way.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Double Post||
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas is proof that||
Stauskas is proof that Canadians are born with ice in their veins. Assaulted all game, but still made the shots when he got the slightest opportunities.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Not positive, but...||
Pretty sure speculating on which current players might transfer is against the rules around these parts.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That's on Borges'||
That's on Borges' playcalling, not Morris
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Also, most Bama fans will||
Also, most Bama fans will proudly tell you they pay their players ("If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'" is a common refrain), unlike Michigan fans, who seem to generally think that Michigan is not or at least should not be paying its players under the current system. There is a reason they have a reputation for it and we don't, even outside of Michigan circles. Based on that, yeah, I will say that it is more likely that Bama plays its recruits.
One thing I will say though is that, even if we don't pay the recruits money, we do use "hostesses" just like every SEC school, the only difference may be that ours our more unofficial (a certain sorority known to be accomodating to recruits, for example), whereas their's are asked to do it by people within the athletic department (they often ask female athletes to serve as "hostess," and generally use the athletes who are also in a sorority). I know this because a friend of mine was often asked to play "hostess" to for football recruits at an SEC school.
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||That may be true, but I still||
That may be true, but I still value hockey signifacntly more than basketball, and football is in a league of its own, meaning that a win over OSU trumps anything other than a Big Ten/National Championship in football.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I want to direct this||
I want to direct this especially at Brent Jones (@dawggoblue on the twitters) who tweeted at Brian: "if you were to quit being a Michigan fan no one would care. Remember that. Get off your soapbox."
I single him out, from all th poeple Brian retweeted, because this guy in particular deserves public shaming. Few have done more to improve the knowledgeability of the Michigan fanbase than Brian, and our fanbase would not only miss but also be hurt by losing Brian much more than losing Brent, myself, or virtually any other individual fan. I probably will never agree with Brian regarding the best offensive scheme (I much prefer a West coast offense predicated on timing routes and setting an under center running game up with the pass to the spread concepts that Brian espouses). However, without what I have learned on this site, I would not be knowledgeable enough to legitimately discuss these ideas. Nor would I recognize that one of the reasons I like the West coast offense is the 3 and 4 wide sets which spreads the defense, thereby serving many of the same functions that the "spread" does; that is preventing defenses from being able to cheat.
tl;dr Thanks Brian, you my boy.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||It's been fun knowing you||
It's been fun knowing you guys. On an unrelated note, there'll be a "We Got Banned" party in Bolivia. Everyone's invited.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Responded to Another, Deleted Comment||
Not happy, just proud of the players' effort.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Fact is, our staff outcoached||
Fact is, our staff outcoached OSU's. The difference is that they have Senior Carlos Hyde and Seniors all along the line, and they just imposed their will on our undersized front 7. However, this game definitely gives me more confidence in the coaching staff for the future, if they stay intact. Admittedly, still wouldn't be opposed to firing Borges, but hard to see that happening now. If only he could figure out how to consistently call games like this (of course, he was helped by the O-line playing much better than they were a few weeks ago)
|20 weeks 9 hours ago||Although that all might be||
Although that all might be true, I just think that it's up to Brian, as the top dog, to rise above the fray and attempt to keep the argument above the level of "no you're dumb" arguments. And full disclosure, I was (apparently one of the few) extremely excited about RR bringing the new age of college football to Michigan, and perhaps due to my initial optimism, much like with this season, I ended up being far more negative about him and his phiosophy than were the people who disapproved of his hiring from the start. I am just now beginning to get over that disappointment and look at his performance more objectively.
Also of note, I recently heard Saban say that the reason Auburn's read option is so difficult to defend is because of the way they run play action off of it as well. So, point to everyone who has been saying that is why the spread concepts that Borges still occasionally uses have not been working.
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||I understand why people||
I understand why people prefer spread attacks, but to say that this will show "manball proponents what manball really is" is absurd and intellectually dishonest. That would be akin to an Auburn fan saying that the Iron Bowl will show which is better, manball or spread, purely based on the results of that game. That is just as big of a spread v. manball matchup. I have no problem with arguing the finer points of either offensive philosophy, but trivializing the viewpoint of proponents of manball with such dismissiveness is just wrong. I expect that type of statement from trolls on a message board, not from someone as knowledgeable and usually cogent as Brian. The fact is, there are arguments and examples in favor of both sides; if there weren't, then no one in the country would be running manball offenses.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||As someone who graduated from||
As someone who graduated from Michigan, I will say: it is insulting.
Here's to embracing the Michigan arrogance reputation. It's truly one of the only fun parts of being a Michigan fan these days.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||So...Ben Cherry, Just A||
So...Ben Cherry, Just A Shooter
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Based on what we've seen, why||
Based on what we've seen, why would Stauskas stay for another year? I'm obviously no expert, by I can't understand why any team would take GRIII over Stauskas. Stauskas is a better shooter and can create more on his own off the dribble. It doesn't make sense to me that scouts are so much higher on GRIII given what we've actually seen from the two players in games.
|21 weeks 3 hours ago||Ace just assumed it had to be||
Ace just assumed it had to be a 3 point win because Kenpom said it would be, easy mistake to make.
Also, great write-up, Ace. I was unable to watch the game so just followed your twitter on my phone to figure out what was happening; it was almost like I was watching the game.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||It seems like the rate of||
It seems like the rate of injury is really high on this list, and that raises several questions. Is that on par with OL injury rates throughout the NCAA? If not, could it be due to them playing at 18/19 when they aren't yet quite physically mature enough to go against 21/22 year olds? Or could their early physical development be causing their bodies to break down earlier in their careers (what little I know about injuries is that larger people generally experience more joint issues than others as they get older)?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||For any enterprising||
For any enterprising individuals with time on their hands, this actually seems like it would be a pretty interesting thing to track and make a Diary about later in the season. Namely, the +/- on how our opponents shoot versus us as compared to their average FG% on the year. Seems like that would be a pretty good indicator of our team defense, as it would take into account Strength of Schedule (if you play better teams, the opposing FG% against you might be higher than teams who play lesser quality opponents, but you might be doing better comparatively, you are just playing teams that have better shooters) and would mitigate a lot of tempo flaws, unlike points allowed.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||If you bothered to look at his pie chart, no he||
If you bothered to look at his pie chart, no he does not
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Lost in that play is him||
Lost in that play is him shrugging off the lineman who tries to grab him near the line of scrimmage. Although the guy is being blocked, I feel like that contact would have knocked Green down earlier in the season. Progress, guy!