|19 weeks 2 days ago||IIRC Michigan law requires UM||
IIRC Michigan law requires UM to take more classes from CC. I took a summer course at schoolcraft while I was an undergrad at UM to take advantage of that. Might be wrong though, this was a decade plus ago.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Snape would be a tremendous||
Snape would be a tremendous hire, even if he is a Newcastle fan. Great guy and a great coach.
I was a fan of the Daley hire (not Burns getting fired), but I can't see how you can justify him staying considering his results.
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||38-3 Doctors Without Borders||
Doctors Without Borders
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Won't you think how hard it||
Won't you think how hard it is for coaches making millions of dollars worrying if a 17 year old will change his mind?
|29 weeks 2 days ago||No, schools do not have to||
No, schools do not have to give a scholarship. Schools can take it away for any non athletic reasons, like 'violation of team rules'. Funnily enough, some players who didn't meet expecations at Bama and Clemson suddenly got booted for that.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Not to take anything away||
Not to take anything away from your work, but I've really enjoyed rtsportsupload's channel. It seems to be an automatically generated play by play of the game with only game action. The cool bit is that it's up the night of games. After missing the entire football Saturday because of work it was a lifesaver. Watched the MSU-Wisc, UM-PSU, and Standford-UCLA games in ~an hour.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Intent is basically||
Intent is basically irrelevant because the rule says, "When in question, it is a foul."
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I played for Snape. He's a||
I played for Snape. He's a great guy and a great coach, especially for the offensive minded players. Didn't realize he was having so much success at Butler. Bringing him home isn't quite the right word, because he's an Oakland alum, but bringing him back sounds great to me.
Love Burns too, but I can't imagine just jumping back in to coaching after so many years gone.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||How is this so different from||
How is this so different from steeplechase obstacles or hurdles?
|36 weeks 18 hours ago||now let's get 275 done please||
now let's get 275 done please
|37 weeks 3 days ago||It'd be most helpful to host||
It'd be most helpful to host the games in cities that didn't have to completely upgrade or add new infrastructure. The international competitions that lost a lot of money and left many abandoned buildings were held in cities or countries that simply weren't ready for what a modern major international competition demands. I'm thinking Athens, South Africa, UAE, Brazil (WC), Brazil (Olympics), and so on.
More established cities and countries have had far less problems hosting these events.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||WAR actually does measure||
WAR actually does measure versatility. Your worth increases the more you can play harder to replace positions. Furthermore, Romine is a shortstop. Every shortstop in the league can play every other infield position. I'd be shocked if the vast majority of them can't play CF at Romine's defensive level, which has actually been shitty (UZR -23 runs (-2.3 WAR) per 150 games). It's not some special attribute that only he possesses, we just use him in a different way.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Who is being super critical||
Who is being super critical of Romine? This article is praising him for finally getting his season numbers above the replacement level. It's not impressive.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I hate these kinds of||
I hate these kinds of articles. No, the guy who is worth 0.1 WAR is not an unsung hero. He's just a generic dude on the team. Are we going to talk about the unsung hero Anthony Gose (0.2 WAR) or unsung hero Kyle Ryan (0.3 WAR)?
It's the ZOMG DONG KELLY all over again, and it's pure BS.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think this is going||
I don't think this is going to be a problem. They're doing a very good job of limiting his innings already.
If it does hit his limit though, you have to shut him down. You have him under team control for the next five years, and should not risk him getting a major injury that ruins his career.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Missed an obvious one: End||
Missed an obvious one:
End the red card plus pk for non intentional last man fouls. The punishment is too severe
|1 year 6 days ago||MLS has been a massive boon||
MLS has been a massive boon for the youth development process that Pulisic took part of. The USMNT falling a bit is due to a lot of key players getting older and not good enough to play in high european leagues, not because you suddenly get worse playing in the MLS.
Pulisic also already got 7 appearances under his belt for a champions league squad at 17 years old in one of the best leagues of the world. I don't think you have to worry about him going to MLS anytime soon.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||BME 400 level fluids class||
Was that the BME 400 level fluids class? We'd get these take home exams that required these obscure trig identities to solve these diff eqs. The exam took like 40 hours of work to do and you often ended up with absolutely nothing because you just kept hitting walls. The year after us in 2009 decided to "collaborate", and apparently all got some minor punishments for cheating.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||FYI most drunk driving||
FYI most drunk driving checkpoints catch very few drunk drivers, but do cite a lot of people with minor violations... and those people just happen to more likely to be poor or a minority.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||TWIS will be great regardless||
TWIS will be great regardless due to this game to a neutral. Either at our expense or their's. This is the way things are and should be.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I live in New Orleans. Cooter||
I live in New Orleans. Cooter Brown's is not a Michigan bar. It's a general sports bar with really good oysters. It is a good spot to catch the game but you'll have to deal with a bunch of other games on around you. Prytania Bar is the closest thing to a Michigan bar in the city. The alumni group has gone there a few times. I've been there on non-game days, but never for a game. I prefer to watch games huddled by myself in the dark waiting for pain.... might have to revise that policy a bit.
As for sports bars closer to the quarter.... Manning's is pretty good right by Harrah's. That's all I really got for ya, I don't really end up in the quarter watching football. I'm usually near black out drunk watching the absurdity that is bourbon street or hitting up frenchman.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Can we under-react right now?||
Can we under-react right now? I don't think so.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I'm not a huge sports bettor,||
I'm not a huge sports bettor, but I'm pretty sure being right 53% of the time vs Vegas would be pretty good long term.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Sigh just stop careless||
Sigh just stop careless passes? Man that's absurdly shallow.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||You only get 9.9 scholarships||
You only get 9.9 scholarships per team, there are really stupid substitution rules, and the best players don't play college ball.
College soccer is full of stupid variance. Give Shaka a chance. It sucks what happened to Burns and I owe a ton to him... but we can't just turn back the clock. I doubt he'd want to do anything that hurt the program he built from the ground up.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||'Migraines' that cause you||
'Migraines' that cause you not being able to move frequently end up being seizures... both can be a signal of some sort of head trauma. This is a big deal. Get well soon cardale, you didn't come to school to play hospital.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||@TheD_Zone Khalid Kareem is||
|2 years 4 weeks ago||hedging man. you can easily||
hedging man. you can easily guarantee a very tidy profit if you can get the liquid capital.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||European teams simply have||
European teams simply have full pro youth academies. You can get schooling, but you don't play soccer at a top youth level for any university. There are a lot of leagues/teams out there, but this is in reference to the major ones.
These kids also can get paid and whatnot.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Sigh I had no idea about how||
Sigh I had no idea about how Burns was let go. I owe that man a lot, and it's tough to see how the program has kind of stumbled. I thought Daley was a great hire at the time, but had no idea how Burns was let go. I also think you guys are overselling how poorly Daley has done.
However, it's important to note how fucking insane mens college soccer is. The fact that you only get 9.9 scholarships per team means parody rules way more than other sports. Very few kids get full scholarships. Add in the absolutely fucking stupid substitution rules and you get a crappy ass product. There's going to be a lot of variance.
College soccer is going to fall into even further irrelevancy if things don't change so that they allow for the pseudo-minor leagues that other sports provide. If the NCAA doesn't make moves to allow for more scholarships and not allow re-entry substitutions that allow for higher quailty soccer, the MLS will further develop their youth academies to the point where college soccer is pointless.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||fyi univision is carrying the||
fyi univision is carrying the game in english and spanish both online and on tv.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||This is a silly way of||
This is a silly way of looking at things. If two things, when done correctly, both work but one is much easier to do correctly than the other, the easier one is far superior.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||When the hell does this: "I||
When the hell does this:
"I find the react posted by thosewhostay7 to be pretty credible; people have been questioning whether I still buy it. I'm not saying it's gospel, but it is a data point, one that agrees with other stuff I've heard: Harbaugh is just now seriously considering his future, Michigan wants this done by January 1st, and that even if an NFL team promises him the moon the fact remains that he has an owner who is likely to meddle"
= Vouch for?
come the fuck on
|2 years 20 weeks ago||#thathappened (no it||
(no it didn't)
|2 years 20 weeks ago||This sounds good at the||
This sounds good at the surface, but the problem is that it's very difficult to do one scheme well, and nearly impossible to do two. Furthermore, a proper scheme has contingencies for adjustments and is capable of keeping a defense off balance.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I call bullshit. Tressel is||
I call bullshit. Tressel is still under show cause. He'd face a 5 game suspension and wouldn't be allowed to play in the post season. Nebraska would face penalties for simply hiring him.
If they do hire them, send all the lulz to Nebraska.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Thread doesn't say to wish||
Thread doesn't say to wish him the best of luck, it says to say thank you. I'm not saying thank you for the terrible job Hoke did.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||It's not really about how||
It's not really about how long a coach gets, it's that the team is getting better until they reach an acceptable level.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Gonna link my own old diary||
Gonna link my own old diary here
Michigan got better every year under richrod.... and was fired. Your laughable excuse of it didn't work at Michigan is just wrong. We didn't work for richrod. The stupid people around the program and in the program actively destroyed him. We are where we are now because of our collective failures, not his.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I wonder if watching the Star||
I wonder if watching the Star Wars trailer on repeat will keep the sads away.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Wow that table is pretty||
Wow that table is pretty insane. I'm sure the schedule dictates they can't actually jump up to second without everyone else tying and Maryland losing, but they will have a fighting chance in the tournament to get a NCAA spot.
Winning this game actually has pretty big implications. The tournament is at local sites this year (a change), so being #1-4 gets you a home game. Semi finals go to the highest seed as well, so every spot counts.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I have to seriously question||
I have to seriously question any methodology that presents the lions as 39% to get a bye, but like the post regardless.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Hmmm 2 dollars for a fist||
Hmmm 2 dollars for a fist deposit? Think I'm worth at least a jackson for that service.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Talent doesn't always win out||
Talent doesn't always win out is a super bad response shows a fundamental lack of understanding how probability works. If 10 teams play games that they're 95% to win, one loses about 40 percent of the time. Upsets happen 'all the time' in college football because of the number of games played far more than anything else.
There may be some sort of magic for getting an upset somewhere, but it sure as shit isn't going to have anything to do with press conference statements.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Doing well in calc 3 really||
Doing well in calc 3 really hinges on you being able to work in 3D more than anything else. Do that and it's easy. If you can't do that, you're going to have a bad time. IME that's what hung people up in the class.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Doing this at michigan is||
Doing this at michigan is really really dumb. Do it at a community college and save all the money. No one gives a damn about where you took calc 3 in high school.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||That problem isn't really||
That problem isn't really applicable here. A football game can be played in just about any soccer stadium.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Tigers pitchers||
Tigers pitchers rankings:
1) Sanchez - Better FIP and xFIP. Would have higher WAR if not for time lost due to injury
2) Scherzer - Pretty damn close to Sanchez, but if you're using wins to measure his season you're doing it wrong. Scherzer is getting a crazy amount of run support, and he's only responsible for a few of those. Would be fine with either of these guys starting game 1.
T3) Verlander/Fister - Unless Verlander has been chillin all year waiting to amp it up in the playoffs, he's obviously a tier below Scherzer and Sanchez, and about even with Fister. Verlander's rate stats (xFIP, FIP, etc) are a bit lower than Fister but Verlander goes deeper into games. Now, maybe the Tigers managment know Verlander has been cruising this year and will amp it up for the playoffs, but he's definitely not a game 1 or 2 starter at this point.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||You know what? I'm not really||
You know what? I'm not really sure. I absolutely hated Ohio state, and we got screwed hard by a bad call in 2007. But the program is so young, and frankly not very good in the beginning, that's its really hard to say.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||This isn't it either, there||
This isn't it either, there are plenty of schools with similar policies. Akron gets a ton of really good players because they get to not only play for a good coach, they get to play for a guy who determines national team appearances.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Northern Ohio isn't that good||
Northern Ohio isn't that good for soccer actually. Illinois and
The reason Akron is good is that porter is the U-23 men's national team coach. That's a pretty damn good recruiting pitch.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||fuck that's advantage you||
fuck that's advantage you stupid ass ref
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Sucks we lost the||
Sucks we lost the toss.
Michigan really needs to focus on keeping it's width. They've been ridiculously focused up the middle and way too direct.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Getting to half 0-0 would be||
Getting to half 0-0 would be a major victory.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Crazy wind, making it hard to||
Crazy wind, making it hard to dribble forward.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||This game is extremely||
This game is extremely important beyond the B1G championship game. As of Nov 6th, Michigan is 28th in RPI and MSU is 60th. With a win over Wisconsin (82nd) and Northwestern (41st) in the B1G tournament, a loss today would probably keep Michigan's RPI ranking around 28th next week. With 26 teams getting at large bids (22 auto qualify), Michigan should be in regardless, while MSU has to win to have a chance.
A win and an autobid is still extremely important for Michigan, because a win would improve their draw significantly, possibly putting them in a seeded position (with a first round bye) and definitely getting HFA for the first game.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||OP, you just used total||
OP, you just used total passing yards, which should essentially disqualify you from ever talking about statistics again. Anyways, there is a data set that measures play by play success accounting for SoS, down and distance, impact on the game and more. We don't have to write 1000 words that don't actually say anything.
This is S&P. S&P measures offensive efficiency. They also break it down into rushing and passing. Michigan was #5 in the overall metric, and only behind Auburn in rushing efficiency. They were #5 passing and the 13th most efficient team in passing downs. Shocker, the passing offense worked pretty well when wide receivers were routinely left uncovered due to defenders freaking out about the run game.
Before you get into 'BUT THAT WAS TATE'! Forcier's YPA was a full yard lower and he had a much higher interception rate. Those numbers above are Denard's.
I think the problem you're having is that you don't quite understand the position of the people who are annoyed that the passing game isn't as effective as it was in 2010. We don't think Denard 2010 is Henne. We think that, in the right scheme, Denard has the ability to be amazingly effective. Yet we simply haven't done that since Borges has become coordinator.
Personally, I don't think this is Borges' fault, he is who we think he is and etc. Yet it's frustrating to watch an opportunity like Denard's senior year not be fully taken advantage of.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Men can't win arguments,||
Men can't win arguments, because even when we are right, we still end up losing overall.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Screenshot here (obv trolling inside)||
The angle right down the line is indisputable.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||SC Has a great screenshot||
Notice how the angle showing him short is much closer to a direct shot down the goal line. Clearly short.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Right, so there's this chip||
Right, so there's this chip in every ball, when it crosses a 55 yard plane, lights up a camera, then we go to review if it's close isn't convoluted?
I never said it was possible, just unnecessary. Goal line cameras are plenty enough.
Nevermind that none of this solves the problem presented by this play.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Eventually someone will come||
Eventually someone will come up with a screenshot. It was obviously short. The ball may have been obscured, but unless fitz was carrying it outside his arm invisibly he wasn't in.
And the shot I'm refering to was as goal line as you get.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||How are you going to sync the||
How are you going to sync the chip to the cameras? You're about to build one convoluted system to attempt to solve something that really isn't a major problem.
Chip in the ball stuff is much better for stuff like soccer, where all that matters is if the ball crossed.
This is really ridiculous. The video got this right. Even with a chip in the ball this is getting called back.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||So here's the only thing||
So here's the only thing image I can find atm:
The video is frozen a bit late, so the ball is a bit further back than it appears. It's also important to remember the plane of the goaline is running diagonal slightly shifting to the left as you go up. That means the goal line directly behind toussaint isn't actually where toussaint is. You need to translate fitz in the same way the goal line is distorted.
This angle doesn't overturn the angle that clearly showed him short.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||How is a chip going to||
How is a chip in the football going to determine when the football player is down?
This is just a silly idea.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||The side that showed he was||
The side that showed he was in was not on the goal line. This created the illusion that he was in.
The side that showed him out was facing straight down the goal line and showed that he definitely not in. This was enough evidence imo to overturn.
The fact that one side showed him in doesn't overturn the obviously superior angle.
If someone could get some screenshots of each one that'd be great.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Pretty hilarious that he||
Pretty hilarious that he describes our offense as a 'jump-ball offense'
LOL sorry dude, we'll be running just a bit more.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||A few things||
Saying Michigan is #19 in FEI is misleading. They're actually 13th. However, the data is so thin that they use projective data to produce less laughable rankings.
The S&P is not, repeat IS NOT, considering SoS yet. They won't until there's enough data available.
Also, as Football Outsiders website says quite clearly, it's way too early to be using these statistics they way you are.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Dammit Brian, the correct||
Dammit Brian, the correct answer is:
Epic moment missed imo.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Bodog isn't leaving at the||
Bodog isn't leaving at the end of the year, they are simply rebranding.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Looking for WMU student||
Looking for WMU student tickets if anyone wants some beer money!
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I for one, welcome our new||
I, for one, welcome our new mgoblog overlords.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||If the marketing director||
If the marketing director says 'Dude, I don't have to do anything', then he wouldn't have a job for very long. Existences have to be justified.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||I took some classes at||
I took some classes at Schoolcraft for summer school because it was cheaper... and this definitely isn't true.
It was nice to take my second semester of physics there though.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Congrats to jeter, but thank||
Congrats to jeter, but thank god I won't have to hear about him chasing 3000 anymore.
Also, congrats to jeter, lol @ the yankees for his new contract.
|6 years 4 days ago||FEI accounts for your||
FEI accounts for your criticisms... you clearly have no idea how it works.
|6 years 4 days ago||Some attempt at normalization||
Some attempt at normalization is better than nothing, and FEI is orders of magnitude better than this attempt.
|6 years 5 days ago||Seems like a much easier way||
Seems like a much easier way of doing this would be to simply look at FEI and S&P rankings. The grunt work here has already been done for you.
SDSU FEI Offensive Ranking is 12th, Defense 45th. Those are SoS adjusted.
For comparison, Mich was 2 and 108.
Jeez those defensive numbers are always tough to take.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||My cousin was on the UM Swim Team||
He set multiple all-time state records in breastroke. He did not receive a scholarship and was All-Big Ten. Michigan recruits kids that swim competitively nationally.
The state record for 50 yard dash in high school is 20.36, which wouldn't be good for the 50th best time at Michigan ever.
I'm not saying to not go for it or whatever, but it's a longshot.
|6 years 12 weeks ago||This trend of bastardizing||
This trend of bastardizing stats to discredit the star system is disheartening.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||The only renovation that||
The only renovation that would make sense is a demolition. The dome needs to go and the capacity needs to drop as well.
Also, with the way the local economy is in SE Michigan, it doesn't make a ton sense for an MLS team to expand here yet. There's a ton of risk, and the MLS is barely profitable as it is.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||It's a good idea, but the MLS||
It's a good idea, but the MLS doesn't want a Stadium like the Silverdome. The MLS wants soccer specific stadiums with reasonable capacities. The silverdome is neither.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Add this to losing Snape (Who||
Add this to losing Snape (Who mainly dealt with the forwards and attacking roles) and Meram and there's a ton of work to do up front for next year.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Ugh, not entirely surprising,||
Ugh, not entirely surprising, but disappointing nevertheless.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||It should automatically push||
It should automatically push an update to tell you there's a new one, no need to F5!
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Just as a warning A bunch||
Just as a warning
A bunch of people did this on another forum last year, and they were charged full price the next year. So, if you do this, keep an eye on it.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||lol It's definitely against||
lol It's definitely against NCAA rules. If you're part of the athletic department, you can't gamble on any NCAA sport, nor can you gamble on any pro games where the sport is also played in the NCAA.
Bodog will also close the action if there's huge movement one way or the other.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Stanford with a 3-3-5 look on||
Stanford with a 3-3-5 look on 3rd down.... doesn't Harbaugh know that can't work in BIG TEN FOOTBAW?
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Que? Wisconsin ran the||
Wisconsin ran the ball an absurd 46 times, averaged about a yard per carry less than their season average. Their YPA was also significantly down. TCU did pretty well.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||This should be obvious, but||
This should be obvious, but those people probably have other reasons for supporting RR that outweigh his mistakes and convince them that RR is best for the program.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Count me in for RR as well.||
Count me in for RR as well.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||If only there was a stat that||
If only there was a stat that adjusted for opponent strength and looked comprehensively at offensive output.
Michigan is #3.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||If only there was a stat that||
Sheesh, what you're describing is why it's bad to sortbytotaldefensebecomeexpert.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Some stats for ya...||
Some stats for ya...
FEI rank, Defense, WVU.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||LOL no. Believe it or not,||
LOL no. Believe it or not, the MLS is a serious thing, and they don't let their players walk out on to a football field just for shits and giggles.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||This Just Isn't True||
"At the UCF game a friend of mine turned to me and said in all seriousness "he's better than Robbie Findley," and I thought to myself "this is literally true." "
Umm no. While I'm not a fan of Robbie Findley's inclusion into the world cup team, the pro and international game is at such a higher level than college the comparison is ridiculous. If Meram manages to play a 100 games at a pro level and score 30 goals he'd be the most successful soccer player to come out of Michigan other than Alexi Lalas.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||The club team, under Burns,||
The club team, under Burns, won national championships in 1997 and 1998.
That 2005 team was sick though, if I do say so myself.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||It's important to note that||
It's important to note that soccer is very different from the NFL in that the collegiate game is not essentially a minor league system. Take a look at the USMNT's roster and you'll see that most players either spent a year or two in college or none at all.
Akron doesn't have 8 of the top 10 pro prospects in the nation, even if you take Ive's list as gold (and he's pretty good imo). Top tier prospects like Andy Najar and Spector play for academies either in the US or abroad until they're ready. Akron has 8 of the top 10 collegiate prospects, which is still pretty crazy if you ask me, but the difference is important.
College soccer is looked down on by the MLS and other leagues, and for good reason. The NCAA has more than a few rules that really hurts the quality of the game because they allow teams to de-emphasize skill in favor of running up and down the field. As US Soccer improves, less and less top tier kids are going to go the college route, and this will be great for the USMNT.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||He'll be drafted. I'm not||
He'll be drafted. I'm not sure if he'll play for a full MLS squad right away.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||NOOOOOOO! First Russia||
First Russia and Qatar, now this? I've had to handle way too many bad internet rumors today.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Right, because a public||
Right, because a public announcement of support isn't normally a prelude to a firing.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Saw this on umgoblog, TELL ME||
Saw this on umgoblog, TELL ME ITS NOT TRUE!
|6 years 21 weeks ago||It's actually chocolate milk,||
It's actually chocolate milk, and fwiw, Michigan athletes have been told to drink chocolate milk well before Barwis was there.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Hmmm who is worse? I||
Hmmm which is worse?
I choose OP. At least RR haters have some sort of argument other than WAAAAH I have to skip past some free content.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Just to be clear, I didn't||
Just to be clear, I didn't make this, the guys on the team did. It ended up on my facebook wall though.
Delightfully terrible is a great description, although Q may not like me describing it that way.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||This is nice, but it's||
This is nice, but it's unnecessary. FEI controls for SoS.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||It's almost like you don't||
It's almost like you don't realize that this is accounted for. Weird.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||You don't need to control for||
You don't need to control for variability in scheduling. The FEI and S&P statistics already do that.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||It's contagious because: 1)||
It's contagious because:
1) It allows you to write pretty much exactly what you're thinking
2) It allows you to change topics quickly
3) It lets a casual reader know exactly what is going in the wall of text you just created
|6 years 21 weeks ago||All Big Ten Awards tend to go||
All Big Ten Awards tend to go to upperclassmen, which is why there's LOLs like Persa coming in over TP and Denard.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Again, I'm not sure what else||
Again, I'm not sure what else there is to say. You just said, "Look at our offense in our 5 losses! It sucked!"
If you were actually looking for some truth regarding our improvement, why are you limiting your sample size as much as possible, using an analysis that doesn't adjust for strength of schedule and then not even comparing the results to years prior? All of the heavy lifting has already been done for you. If you like drive analysis, you should use FEI.
There's a reason that you don't do that, and it's obvious. What you really want to say can be summed up as UNACCEPTABLE, which OK, fine. At least it isn't blatantly intellectually dishonest like the arguments you've made so far.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||I'm sorry, but have you||
I'm sorry, but have you tasted the crust of Domino's pizza lately? How dare you question the man behind that?
|6 years 21 weeks ago||This is done under in the FEI||
This is done under in the FEI part of my diary, and there is a 40 spot improvement.
So yeah, don't know what else someone could really say at this point.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||I don't get it. You're||
I don't get it. You're purporting to be showing a lack of improvement, but then you show a very small decrease that you got only because you cherry picked your data, and then openly show a huge improvement in the second half?
WTF? That makes no sense whatsoever. Look at this 10 pt decrease, pay no attention to the 60pt increase right after. Jeez.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Stopped Early||
I stopped at QB, where you said that starting a guy with next to no collegiate game experience running a new system will be a smooth transition.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||gooooooooooooooooooooool||
|6 years 21 weeks ago||BOOOOOYA||
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Sigh, the finishing, it's not||
Sigh, the finishing, it's not clinical.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||SC defense is clearly scared||
SC defense is clearly scared shitless, they are sagging back way too much.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||ARRRGH PUT THE BREAKAWAY IN||
ARRRGH PUT THE BREAKAWAY IN THE NET!
|6 years 21 weeks ago||In the early moments,||
In the early moments, Michigan is dominating. SC has had nothing but a few hopeful long balls down the sidelines.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Michigan moving the ball real||
Michigan moving the ball real well up the left side so far.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Wow great find on the||
Wow great find on the video!
Thank you very much!
|6 years 22 weeks ago||7-5 is basically what I||
7-5 is basically what I expected.
The team is significantly better from last year and the year before.
The defense has to get better given the youth.
We don't cheer for a douche like Pryor.
Bowling in Tempe.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||WVU||
How much for Casteel?
Maybe we can get a frequent buyer's discount?
|6 years 23 weeks ago||48 Teams make the tournament.||
48 Teams make the tournament. The top 16 teams get byes and home field advantage for the first game. After that round, teams travel to regional sites like the basketball tournament. It's single elimination the whole way.
We'll probably get a bye because our season long performance is pretty solid, we're 'hot', and we just beat 2 quality teams (Wisconsin isn't good). RPI is used as a factor in determining seeds, but it isn't the only thing that is used.
The Big Ten is a traditionally strong soccer conference, but that is based almost entirely on Indiana, which is one of the most successful soccer programs in the nation. They've won 7 national championships, second only to St Louis, and have had 10 players win the Hermann Trophy (think Heisman).
This year, the Big Ten is the #1 conference according to RPI, but voter's haven't given the Big Ten any respect, and they have no teams in the top 25. LOL polls obviously.
If the draw goes like it has in prior years, it will be televised on ESPN News or ESPNU. I'll make a thread or something when I find out what is going on.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Meram goes end to end on a||
Meram goes end to end on a counter after a corner. 3-0
|6 years 23 weeks ago||PSU taking shots at Saad now||
PSU taking shots at Saad now when Saad isn't even on the ball now.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||How the hell is that not a||
How the hell is that not a yellow?
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Screamer by Meram after||
Screamer by Meram after cutting in.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||GOAL Michigan! Soony||
Soony Saad scores after a loltastic goalkeeping mistake. Wolverines hit a hopeful longball, a defensive miscommunication leads to the GK unnecessarily coming out and getting beat to the ball. Soony with a nice finish with the GK out.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||The McDonalds parking lot||
The McDonalds parking lot across from Wrigley seems like a good spot.
Maybe I should make the 10 minute walk, but even I don't care enough about this game.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||It's go time!||
|6 years 24 weeks ago||The quarterfinal wasn't on||
The quarterfinal wasn't on TV. According to the MSoccer Twitter account, it was a 'standard Meram celebration'
So yeah, whatever that means.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure that a win||
I'm pretty sure that a win would be Michigan's first big ten conference championship.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||2 min||
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Everyone probably got a very||
Everyone probably got a very stern talking to from Burns after Meram got a second yellow card yesterday for excessive celebration.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Top prospects in the MLS get||
Top prospects in the MLS get a contract from adidas as well as the MLS, so they end up making >100k.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Got something back now.||
Got something back now.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Wisconsin has successfully||
Wisconsin has successfully killed the game. There's very little creativity from Michigan in the final third at the moment.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||For some perspective on||
For some perspective on Soony, he's already broken the single season goal scoring record as a freshman.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||You have to declare. Peri||
You have to declare. Peri Marosevic did this a few years ago and went in the top 10. Peri had more accolades outside of Michigan soccer though, he was captain of a youth USMNT.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Wisconsin is playing a||
Wisconsin is playing a 4-4-1-1, Michigan is playing a 4-3-3. Michigan is controlling play. Wisconsin is really hanging back, which has allowed Quijano to get high up the field.
Soony has put a ball off the post and put a 25 yarder just over the bar. This is the first time I've had a chance to watch him, and he's special. His ball control, speed and shot are amazing. He's good enough that he should strongly consider going pro as soon as possible.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Yeah Title IX puts Men's||
Yeah Title IX puts Men's Soccer in a tough spot because it limits teams to 9.9 scholarships per year.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||LOL oops on the OP. I'm||
LOL oops on the OP. I'm really excited for the team, a lot of them are friends that were freshmen my senior year. Following the game through the team's liveblog sucked pretty hard. It'll be nice to watch it on TV.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||HEELLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSS||
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Any PCEP Grad From That Time Period||
Will drop Plymouth more than a couple middle fingers. The administration in that school was completely ridiculous when I was there.
Congrats to BB though!
|6 years 25 weeks ago||NCAA Clearinghouse Regs||
Should be good to go.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||I would hope we're going for||
I would hope we're going for as many athletic skill position players as possible, and that Hart has nothing to do with this.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||I'm not embellishing at all.||
I'm not embellishing at all. If anyone is changing the story at all it's you.
The fact he hit someone in the parking lot pokes a mighty big hole in the, 'He was fiiiine, just crossing the street' crap that a MSU fan posted. He was intoxicated enough that he hit something before he got on the road. He fucked up bad.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||Police report states that||
Police report states that Rucker was involved in a hit and run. It only gets better.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||For Those Interested, Here's A Link to the Police Report|
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Not Really a Big Deal||
It's a clear red, but it's one of those stupid reds where no one is gonna get hurt instead of something actually dangerous.
If you want something to make you really hate OSU soccer, check this video out. This is a video from the 2007 Michigan-OSU game that OSU won in OT on a phantom goal. Michigan was basically the last team out of the tournament that year. A tie would have given them a good chance at making it in.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Well, yeah, the win over||
Well, yeah, the win over wisconsin is much more impressive than our win against Indiana
|6 years 30 weeks ago||No one really has any idea||
No one really has any idea what IU is all about this year... Their SoS according to Sagarin is 200th (!).
The predictor has them at 65.99 and Mich at 79.68, so -13.5 doesn't seem too far off.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Because rewarding hard work,||
Because rewarding hard work, no matter who you are, is an important principle to have instilled in your football team. It's worth way more than Gardner's redshirt.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Still Going||
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Read this, come back later||
That is all
|6 years 32 weeks ago||You are right sir. The||
You are right sir.
The college soccer OT/substitution rules are so awful.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Wow amazing.||
|6 years 32 weeks ago||While I'd love to declare||
While I'd love to declare Denard as the best player in the NCAA, I think a better description would be 'the player with the best two weeks in the NCAA'
|6 years 33 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|6 years 33 weeks ago||I don't think you've ever||
I don't think you've ever been to ford field lol
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Thanks for the great content on labor day!||
Extra miler imo.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||I hope they put 8 in the box||
If they do, the bubble screen and short passing game will be open for big gains all day.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||While Drob is obviously||
While Drob is obviously amazing, what impresses me most about the highlights is the offensive line. Almost every big run by robinson has a lineman or two 15 yards down the field destroying somebody.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||There's a reason why Michigan's odds are better...||
And it's because people are more willing to place bets on teams that they support or have a big name. It's why England, the United States, and many Euro teams were both massively overrated in the World Cup.
It'd be pretty cool if we had a 2% chance at winning a national championship, but let's be real, we don't have that good of a chance.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Fangraphs.com scouting report||
Fangraphs.com scouting report says 89-94 mph fastball and a curveball. He's posted great K rates in A and AA last year, but that has fallen off some in AAA this year (His BB rate has improved though). Sample size is pretty small though in AAA.
He's one of the Tigers' top ten prospects, hopefully he does well and someone else gets optioned back down when Galaragga comes back.
|6 years 44 weeks ago||According to||
According to theshinguardian.com, Algeria will be going to a 2 striker system. Who knows if that will be a 4-4-2 or their typical 3-5-2.
Either way, I like staring Dempsey and Holden. If they come out in a 4-4-2, we should play our standard 4-4-2. A lone striker is much better against a 3 man backline because it allows the wings to be exposed better. So if they come out in that, have Dempsey fall back some into an ACM role so that we are in a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 (with lots of attacking midfielders).
|6 years 44 weeks ago||The biggest difference||
The biggest difference between the two is that the iPhone is in Apple's safe little garden while Droid lets you go into the jungle. This leads to the iPhone being easier to use, but certain Droid phones will have features that the iPhone doesn't have.
Also, ATT sucks in Chicago, so that pushed me to Sprints Evo 4G.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||You're banking on England||
You're banking on England scoring two? Not very likely imo. First off, their offense has be awful. Secondly, they have no reason to press for a second goal and every reason to hold back once they get ahead.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||If you look at the group||
If you look at the group standings, Algeria still has a chance, so they will be playing. However, it's very likely that Algeria will have to win by 2 in order to advance because Slovenia has a +1 GD, owns the GS tiebreaker and it doesn't look like England is going to score a lot. Hopefully, Algeria comes to the same conclusion and presses.
Unfortunately for Algeria, this couldn't be better for us, because we are most effective on the counter. Algeria plays a 3-4-2-1 that shifts to a 5-4-1 on defense. Maybe I'll do a diary latter with pics and everything, but the way to attack this formation is to attack the wings, which means Dempsey and Donovan will have a lot of space. This is not good for the Algerians.
A good example of how well we can do against this type of system in this situation is the Egyptian game from the 2009 Confederations Cup. Egypt plays the same strange 3-4-2-1 and wanted to get a win so they could advance over Italy. They pressed some, and we pumped a quick goal in the first half. They pressed a lot in the second half, and we destroyed them after they wore out.
Basically, the fact Algeria needs a convincing win is going to make it easier to expose them in the back. Frankly, we should be able to absorb their weak attack.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||I completely agree that Edu||
I completely agree that Edu was shaky in possession, especially in the beginning of the half. That's to be expected though really. It was Edu's first world cup and I believe his first cap in a full international match since 2008 (He has had a lot of injury problems).
However, it's important to realize what his role is exactly on our team. The best analogy I can really think of is Ben Wallace (before he got old) on the 2004 Pistons. Did anyone care if we was full of fail on the offensive end in 2004? Of course not, as long as he racked up 15 rebounds and slowed down Shaq.
Now, to be fair to Edu, he's not Ben Wallace, he's capable of offensive flair. He scored for Rangers in the Old Firm game (it's a big deal) and he's damn good in the air in set pieces. It's unfortunate that ball didn't go in, because that would have been the biggest moment in his career. Edu took care of his job though, and that is more important than any offensive blunders.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||Of course there's such thing||
Of course there's such thing as a 3-2 draw... didn't you see our 1-1 win?
|6 years 45 weeks ago||England - Algeria result was||
England - Algeria result was pretty much ideal.
Slovenia 4pts GD +1 GS 3
USA 2pts GD 0 GS 3
England 2pts GD 0 GS 1
Algeria 1pts GD -1 GS1
For those of you who don't know, the first two tiebreakers are goal differential (GD) then goals scored (GS).
-Win and we're in
-Lose and we're out
-Tie and we're in IF Slovenia beats England
-Tie and we're in IF Slovenia ties England and England we maintain our GS lead (likely, an England tie is highly unlikely to be 2-2 or higher).
|6 years 45 weeks ago||I think you missed a lot in||
I think you missed a lot in this match Brain.
The substitutions were a big deal because of the change in personel-types and the changes in formation. We opened up the 2nd half in this:
Opposed to the 4-4-2 we had been playing. The Gomez sub pushed us into a 3-4-3.
I can't overemphasize how big of a deal the formation change was. We came out with the idea (myself included) that we would be able to connect around 11 Slovenes, and in retrospect, that was foolish. Switching to the 4-3-3 did two big things. First, it allowed the US to play a much more direct and athletic attack. The plan was obviously to find targets (Altidore mainly, Dempsey secondly) and get runs off of the target in. It also bypasses 6 of the 11 guys in front of the ball. Second, it shored up the center of the field (the 3 in a 4-3-3 is almost always all CMs), covered Gooch and Demerit, and allowed Bradley to be the box to box midfielder he's capable of being.
Also, Edu did fine. He wasn't there to be an offensive force. His job was to keep Gooch and Demerit from being exposed. The lack of coverage from CMs played a much larger role in the goals scored than anything else. Demerit and Gooch simply aren't good enough to be left on an island like Torres did time and again.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||It doesn't matter if the||
It doesn't matter if the Greek embellished or even if the Nigerian made contact. The rule is written in a way that even an attempt at violent conduct (and it certainly was) is a straight red. It was just a stupid moment for the Nigerian.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||'We also need to clamp down||
'We also need to clamp down outside the 18 quicker, they were popping some shots from 20-30 with some of our players just standing idle. Pressure is essential at that distance.'
Against a team that doesn't have a Wayne Rooney this is very true. However, I'm perfectly happy to let someone try their luck at 30 yards out on Howard. That shot doesn't score often, even when Lampard or Gerrard hitting it.
It's a pretty simple pick your poison situation, and our best expectation is give up long range shots instead of breakaways.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||Re: Michael Bradley Our||
Re: Michael Bradley
Our 4-2-2-2 formation is basically this in the back 8:
Against good opponents like Spain/England/Brazil/etc, Bradley sits deep in the empty bucket and tries to shut down the middle of the field. However, against sides like Slovenia or Mexico, he'll be much more offensive and be a true box-to-box central midfielder.
In WCQ, he scored 4 goals (several big ones too), so he's a capable offensive threat. That's just not we needed out of him Saturday.
|6 years 46 weeks ago||The entire budget for a sport||
The entire budget for a sport like soccer (budget ~1 million a few years ago) is going to be less than the amount Nebraska/Texas, and that normally includes 2-3 big trips per year. Adding one more can't be that more than the extra money coming in.
This would be a big plus for soccer because the conference would have more than the 7 teams it has now... the expansion wouldn't go into Nebraska or Texas either because they don't have teams.
Obviously this will be a little different for each sport, but I have a feeling someone in the B10 has thought about this already and determined the benefits will outweigh the costs.
|6 years 46 weeks ago||Quick Comment about Torres and Costa Rica||
He got pulled from that game because he was absolutely terrible defensively, and the CMs have to be responsible defensively in an empty bucket 4-4-2. Torres has looked good defensively recently though. He was going into tackles strong and not pussing out like he was last year.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||While Jozy should be OK, this||
While Jozy should be OK, this is really wrong and you are extrapolating way, way too much from a friendly.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Not actually||
Not actually hospitalized:
U.S. Men's National Team forward Jozy Altidore sat out training today after incurring a mild right ankle sprain during Wednesday’s practice. Altidore’s status is considered day-to-day, and he will undergo a fitness test Friday to determine his availability for the June 5 friendly against Australia.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Bornstein has had a few games||
Bornstein has had a few games where he's done fine, and he's perfect for some CONCACAF qualification matches. Depth is important during the absurdly long CONCACAF WCQ process, but if he's seeing significant minutes in the WC Finals something has gone terribly wrong.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Vuvuzelas in the Big House is||
Vuvuzelas in the Big House is pretty much the worse idea ever.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||"I assume both Dempsey and||
"I assume both Dempsey and Altidore will make way for some combo of Gomez/Buddle/Findley,"
Holden is probably first in line to get subbed out, because Dempsey is one of the fittest guys on the team (you don't score the big late goals like he does if you aren't) and Holden can't be 100% match fit coming off of that broken foot/ankle.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Unfortunately, Bornstein||
Unfortunately, Bornstein really is the 7th best back line defender we have, he's just out of his depth at the international level. The USMNT has come a long way though, because normally Bornstein would be the Jeff Agoos of the backline.
|7 years 11 weeks ago||DR as RB?||
It seems like a waste to keep DR on the bench so much of the game. Could he end up as a RB/WR?
|7 years 29 weeks ago||It is on TBS, so anyone with||
It is on TBS, so anyone with basic cable in the US should get the game. Just in case you didn't realize :)
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Trading him at a time when||
Trading him at a time when we'd get the absolute least value for him seems like a bad idea.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||The chart says go for it! And||
The chart says go for it!
And your example is ridiculous. We don't have a finite number of games to play. We should be trying to maximize our chances of winning each one.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Coaches follow this chart? It||
Coaches follow this chart? It says down 8 with 3 minutes left, go for it if you get in 38% of the time, which sounds about right.
Well I guess some people think about it, but coaches don't have the balls to use it.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||You can use this simple model||
You can use this simple model with your own numbers and see the results. No one figures out the math anyways.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||I won't dispute that there||
I won't dispute that there are other variables at play.
I will submit that for the most part, coaches do not even consider doing this, and that other unknown variables will cancel out over time.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||This is valid at more than 2||
This is valid at more than 2 possession btw, just much simpler
|7 years 29 weeks ago||I looked for evidence who won||
I looked for evidence who won OT more, the tier or the team tied, but found nothing about it. Do you have some you can put up?
I am sure however that the momentum loss after missing a 2pt conversion explanation is not based evidence. I don't think a team will be much less motivated to score a TD down 8 compared to 7, and I'm sure you won't be able to prove it.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Oh and I hope I didn't make||
Oh and I hope I didn't make any stupid math errors for once :)
I am sure about the result however.
|7 years 30 weeks ago||He's going on short rest,||
He's going on short rest, presumably, he'd tire much earlier than that. He'd also not have his best stuff. We'd also risk serious injury.
As for polanco not being a 10m+ player, well, his value from 2007-09 is $21.7m, $13.9m, and 15.1m. I also love how you go from telling me to stay away from stats and how they can be manipulated into anything then cite a stat that has the smallest overall sample. Do you realize how hypocritical that is?
You've completely missed the point of the whole debate btw, no one is disputing that Polanco has been a productive player. However, the Tigers have really dug themselves into a hole with some of the ridiculous contracts we've given out to guys like Willis, Bonderman, Robertson and Ordonez. That is about 50m right there for 3 guys who have no future with the team and 1 guy who is a shell of his former self. Sizemore will cost the team about 400k and has shown that he has the potential to be a solid MLB 2B. Polanco, if we give him half of his worth, would get ~8m. The Tigers may lose some value from Polanco leaving, but they will also shed his salary, which is important for a team that has too big of a payroll in a terrible economy.
|7 years 30 weeks ago||The big ten network wants to||
The big ten network wants to make money so they take the biggest game they can get. I don't see what's wrong with that.
If you can't see where you are then just use it as an excuse to go to a bar with some friends and have a good time. EZ game.
|7 years 30 weeks ago||I like the premise of your||
I like the premise of your analysis, but there just isn't enough data for this to mean much. I wouldn't draw the lines like you did either. Are they trend lines? If so, you should draw one line, probably a curve approaching a asymptote of 6 (or 7 for a td, not sure what you are using).
A few games later into the season and this type of analysis will be much more interesting.