at least it's not just us?
- Member for
- 1 year 42 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|1 week 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.
|2 weeks 9 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.
|2 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Responded to Another, Deleted Comment||
Not happy, just proud of the players' effort.
|2 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)
|3 weeks 7 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.
|3 weeks 8 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.
|3 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So...Ben Cherry, Just A||
So...Ben Cherry, Just A Shooter
|3 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.
|4 weeks 1 hour 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.
|4 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)?
|4 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.
|4 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
|4 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!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Where was the foul? These||
Where was the foul? These refs are frickin terrible
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Spike got undercut, and no||
Spike got undercut, and no fouls
|4 weeks 5 days ago||No chance we stay this cold||
No chance we stay this cold all game, only down 1 with how we're shooting, not too bad
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Isn't the entire point of a||
Isn't the entire point of a sign to be seen? So overt placement is something of a necessity for it to fulfill it's primary function. And, regarding the "goodwill with the neighbors," ever since the locals started calling in noise complaints against the houses on State and Packard on gamedays in '09 (don't know if they still do, but that's the year I remember it starting), I don't really care about their complaints about the university around which their town is centered.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||They aren't starting Beyer||
They aren't starting Beyer over Clark. Clark is at WDE and Beyer is now at SDE. Also, Clark had a good game against MSU.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||This should be on the front||
This should be on the front page
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Good to see that you are||
Good to see that you are still here and insightful as always
|6 weeks 3 days ago||First, as has been said, two||
First, as has been said, two fifth year seniors and two redshirt freshman is not equivalent to 4 juniors, although based on your averages system, they would be. Second, a better look would be at the experience of all of the O-linemen on the team, not just the starters. This is because a freshman starter who beat out a junior or senior is more likely to have truly earned the spot than a freshman who beat out other freshmen, meaning the competition was not as good. Also, doing analysis in this manner would prevent skewing by one or two guys, which is the current problem with your analysis.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Given how much people have||
Given how much people have ridiculed Brian Kelly around here for his antics, it seems like there is no way to please people. We like that Hoke doesn't do/say things that embarrass the program (outside of the results on the field this year, which have been embarrassing), but then when we lose, we ask him to show some fire during a press conference, which would undoubtedly end up embarrassing the program. I have no problem with him giving non-answers and not being emotional on the sideline or in the pressers, so long as he shows passion in the locker room. Unfortunately, whether or not he actually does this is pure speculation, but if he is not (and from our performances, he clearly is doing something wrong), then changes need to be made.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Mainly throwback screens to||
Mainly throwback screens to the RB and he will occasionally use his "tunnel screen" (I think that's what he called it) where, instead of dropping back a yard to receive the screen with another WR or two in front of him for blocking (the bubble screen), the receiver's will move straight toward the QB a yard or two before receiving the pass (although many people always seem to call this a bubble when he runs it, it is not the classic bubble screen). Maybe "multiple" was an overstatement, but he will call one or two per game, and considering that it is a constraint play, even the most prevalent users of screens don't use it all that often. You could argue for more needing to be called, but that becomes a debate on how many screens becomes too many before it becomes predictable.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I assume you only mean bubble||
I assume you only mean bubble screen when you say screen, because Borges does multiple types of screens during every game, he just generally does not use the bubble screen.
From, that, I have to say that this is the one game where Borges is probably right not to use the bubble screen though. MSU's tight coverage is designed to jump plays like that, so a bubble screen would likely result in either getting blown up for a loss or an interception (and interceptions on bubble screens end up in the end zone)..
|6 weeks 6 days ago||A play that works.||
A play that works.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Wait a sec||
1) How is Meyer that much better at hiring his staff? Name me one guy on his staff on par with Mattison. And, I'd say Borges v. OSU D-Coordinator is a draw, given that their defenses have seemed to underperform their talent (from what little I've seen)
2) Wearing a headset doesn't matter.
3) Recruiting on a national basis? Jabreel Peppers and George Campbell would like a word.
4) You don't need to flip recruits when you are getting your primary targets, and when Hoke hasn't, I remember him having flipped recruits from Illinois, Penn St, Iowa, and even OSU (if he was the one to flip Kalis, which I think he was)
5) As for game day coaching, superior talent that fits the scheme can make a coach look better. I'm not saying that is not true, just saying it is too early to tell.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I mean, on 3rd and 20, you're||
I mean, on 3rd and 20, you're kinda locked in with what plays are likely to get you a first down. I think that's what he's talking about, certain game situations where the coaches are relatively certain with what the defense is going to do and don't want DG to overthink the play (also, that they know better than him what will work in that situation, which I think is a reasonable belief to have, as long as it is very situation specific). I may be giving him too much credit, but that's sure what I hope he's talking about.