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|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think asking if Harbaugh||
I think asking if Harbaugh "is worth it" is the wrong one to ask. One can clearly show that hiring Harbaugh brought in more money than his salary has cost. In terms of exposure and revenue raised and blah blah, Harbaugh is clearly a net positive even given his large salary.
Probably, a "better" question would be to ask if it makes sense that the highest paid employee at a university, whose mission is education, be a football coach? That the highest paid state employee is a football coach? I don't think those things make much sense. But those are societal questions and not specific to Michigan. I wish that society valued education even remotely on the same level that we value football talent. But I watch football games also (although less than I used to) so I have little room to argue.
Having been an employee and taught at the University of Michigan, I liked to draw a bright line between the academic institution and the athletic department. We both had the same boss and the football coach got paid way more than me. The mission of the university was still education and not football. The football team is a cash cow and PR vehicle that is associated with the university. The football team is not central to the mission of the university.
And yes, seeing games is very different than it was "in my day." I think the changes are very much for the worse. But the stadium is full and people are clamoring for tickets. So, my concerns are little noted. I live hundreds of miles away anyway so I would not be going very much regardless.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Florida wasn't able to test||
Florida wasn't able to test FSU's safeties at all in the passing game;
Did they even try? I don't recall testing the safeties, at least deep, being something that Nussmeier was at all interested in doing when he was calling plays at Michigan.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It is also true that losing||
It is also true that losing on a Hail Mary and losing on a blocked FG for a TD are very different.
So. I guess you are correct. My bad. The games were totally different.
But you appear to support my original point that Borges' awful gameplan was good enough to win a conference road game at night. Which suggests that it probably wasn't the worst gameplan in history despite an unfortunate stat.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I meant it was the same in||
I meant it was the same in the way that both games were at night in Happy Valley and both Michigan and OSU had the game won until the wackiness ensued at the end. Not that individual stats were similar.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Look. I know that 27/27 has||
Look. I know that 27/27 has become a thing. A thing, I might add blown completely out of perspective, for whatever reason. Personally, I don't even think it was the worst Borges game. it was just the one with the easy stat to mock. Those weren't even Michigans final rushing stats. They were Fitz Toussaint's rushing stats. That was a game that Michigan should have won without several flucky things. It was basically the same result OSU got when they went to Happy Valley for a night game this year.
But enough of that dead horse. And I hope this will make everyone feel better. My personal bete noir, Doug Nussmeier, out did Borges in the SEC championship game this year. Florida ran 30 times for 0 yards which works out to a 0.0 YPC.
So. That is bad.
Personally, I would look at the defensive side in some late era Carr games for worst ever candidates. Chris Graham on the slot WR. Or shit, any number of defensive gems from the RichRod Era. Like PSU 2009 when they made a third string RB look like Joe Montana.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Not to switch the topic to||
Not to switch the topic to other backs but I don't think that the absence of Perry or the A-Train on that list can be solely attributed to the Carr offense. Both of those backs took time to develop and only became stars in their final year.
One thing consistent about most of the backs on the list is that they were good immediately. If you look at Wheatley's and Biakabatuka's stats you will see that their averages were pretty consistently good from the beginning. The same cannot be said for Perry or Thomas. In 1999, Thomas had 283 carries and a 4.4 YPC. Previous years have fewer carries but the same uninspiring average. In 2000, the carries remained similar at 287 but the average jumped to 5.4 YPC. The same is true for Perry who had 267 carries in 20002 and a 4.2 YPC. That YPC jumped in 2003 to 5.0 YPC on 338 carries.
Mike Hart is a little different. He was pretty uniform, with a dip in 2005 when he got hurt and offense was really bad. But he was what he was which was not quite enough to get him on this list.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Clearly, the coaches have||
Clearly, the coaches have found an angle that allows for more blocked punts.
Now, the really important question is did Michigan benefit from the aggressive strategy. Failed blocked punt attempts were critical negative points in both loses. Most of the positive results that I recall were not exactly critical to the outcome of the game. It would be interesting to analyze if the positives of this strategy out weighed the negatives over the course of the season.
Which of course, is only one data point and not conclusive of anything.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Remembering how the 2006 team||
Remembering how the 2006 team ended the season with the D getting ripped by both OSU and USC is more telling than breaking down individual players. If the pass rush didn't get home the DBs could be abused. The 2006 D got abused twice in ways that the 2016 D has completely avoided.
The 2006 offense was probably more talented but rarely seemed to live up to expectation.
I think the biggest improvement from 2006 to 2016 is in the coaching. The offensive play calling is loads better.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I think this is a tough one||
I think this is a tough one to evaluate from a defensive perspective and maybe it is just the new reality for Hoke.
Oregon was scoring so fast that they got totally dominated on TOP. They faced 80 plays. The game was 33-7 in the second half before things got a wonky for the D.
How much of that is real and how much is being tired and disinterested because you've won the game?
|25 weeks 2 days ago||This is just one of the odd||
This is just one of the odd mgoblog things, with the wife day stuff and what not, about pretending that wives and families keep men from doing what they really want to do which is watch football all day long.
It's not my thing. It's too Married with Children and retrograde for me. But I have no reason to believe that either Cook or Seth are anything but devoted fathers and husbands and plenty of anectdotal evidence suggesting that they are.
So. No worries. Just jokes.
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||The problem with keeping this||
The problem with keeping this debate apolitical is that UC's statement is itself a political statement. Not the part you excerpted but in its entirety.
I think that pretty much everyone agrees that college campuses should be places for "rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement." So, by making that statement UC is disagreeing with no one. Standing against no one. It is the method of creating and, when necessary, policing the "rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement" where there is disagreement. And that disagreement is very political. As you can already see in the responses here.
This debate has absolutely nothing to do with late night conversations in dorms and fraternity houses.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I just watched the highlights||
I just watched the highlights from that Hawai'i game which I had no previous knowledge of and have to say that the rosy impressions I am reading about here in the original post and the comments from that game do not fit with what I just watched.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime.
Then it was tied 10-10 at least halfway through the 3rd quarter.
Then Michigan finally takes the lead for good with a long punt return TD.
Michigan didn't put it away, with the next TD until well into the 4th quarter.
Sounds like a real frustrating white knuckler to me.
This is nothing new though. Ever since I became a Michigan fan in the 1991, I have had a hard time reconciling the legend of Bo with the more modest records in the history books.
I guess you had to be there.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I do not agree with Harbaugh||
I do not agree with Harbaugh or anyone else that football is any better a game to play than any other particular team sport. Nor do I agree with the idea that football instills positive qualities of any sort any differently than any other team sport. My children do not play football because neither my wife or I or anyone my kids know play football or suggested they should play football.
I do believe that Harbaugh and anyone else have the right to have whatever opinion they want about football and to act upon it. If a parent wishes to communicate to their son how very important football and playing football is that is their decision. I prefer to stress academics and sports as a leisure activity that is to be enjoyed. Rather than some gladatorial proving ground.
I don't watch pee wee football. I don't watch middle school football. I don't watch HS football. I watch grown men who are being compensated well for playing football--be it with an NFL salary or a college scholarship. And I don't even watch as much of that any more.
I see no hypocrisy. I only see only an attempt to illegitimize a contrary opinion.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||In terms of 180, it is||
In terms of 180, it is totally Nussmeier.
He went from the Alabama golden boy to breaking the no shutout streak with that trip to South Bend. Was he even interested in scoring or was that game just a well attended practice?
That game punctured so many balloons.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I always look at this type of||
I always look at this type of data with an eye to confirm my disdain for Nussmeier especially in relation to Borges.
It is interesting to see in the "Spreadiness" figure how much variability from game to game there was under Borges. Particularly in 2013 when he was really changing his approach week to week either out of desperation or in response to the opponent. But then in the one year under Nuss the game to game numbers are pretty flat and similar. Nuss seems to have used the same approach with regards to personnel regardless of opponent. I always wondered when Nuss talked about watching video and gameplanning from week to week what exactly he was doing. To my eyes, it looked like nothing ever changed.
If you look at the bubble figures (yards per play by formation), you can see what we already knew about the 2014 offense. Nothing worked particularly well. Not passing. Not running. They all sucked equally. Nothing was particularly explosive.
With the Harbz data, you can see what your eye balls already told you. Harbz swung between modest gains and chunk plays.I'm sure that was by design and someone with more time and knowledge could explain it quite simply.
Unlike the Nuss offense which appears to be based on small incremental gains on most plays rather than explosive plays (regardless of how much he talked about explosive plays), the Harbz offense is about purposefully creating situations and matchups for exploitation and explosive plays. Borges believed more in this approach but was clearly not as good at it as Harbz.
I think it is pretty clear which approach I prefer.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Infinite Jest has so many||
Infinite Jest has so many different vignettes and side stories that reading a sample is not going to be particularly helpful.
The book is full of awesome sections that would read really well as a sample. Then it has just as many bewildering or not so awesome sections.
I read it. I'm glad I read it. I doubt I'll read it again. There's some really great stuff and lots of stuff that makes you want to strangle the author or at the very least wonder if he had any editor at all.
In particular, I am not fond of the assbackwards way stuff gets explained in IJ. DFW goes on for hundreds of pages about stuff that you cannot possibly understand--only to explain it on page 510. I am not fond of authors being so purposefully non-understanable.
I'd say give it a shot but be prepared to power through it. There are some real gems in there. Including a very real discussion of addiction, depression, and overcoming both.
I have read and heard various people, including the author, explain what IJ is about. For me, it is a book about addiction. We know now, what we didn't know before, that all of the rehab and halfway house stuff comes from DFW's personal life.
If you want to work up to IJ, which I didn't, you might start with A Supposedly Fun Thing I will Never Do Again. It is just the vignettes, non-fiction though, without all the purposeful confusion and plot.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||It was Urban Meyer who had||
It was Urban Meyer who had "one good year at BGSU."
Chalk up another win for the tiny little baby. The kid is killing it, no doubt.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I don't realize that. I||
I don't realize that. I wondered that but I have no way of knowing if it is true. That information is not contained within the tweet.
Given my age, I assume that any meme viral enough for me to know is also well known to most teenagers.
Maybe that assumption was incorrect. But without more information, neither you nor I can know that.
(edit for clarity, it is agreed that maybe Pepto Bismol does not understand what netflix and chill means--and if so I apologize for the misunderstanding. It seem likely to me that Connor Murphy knows what it means though.)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||A recruit just suggested that||
A recruit just suggested that he had sex with Jim Harbaugh when he slept over at his house.
None of that seems weird to you?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The comments about how||
The comments about how vertical Florida's offense is and about how they like to take shots downfield (echoed by Glasgow) suggest this offense is nothing like what we saw from Nuss last year.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||This is one of those things||
This is one of those things that Brain Cook built a narrative around and then blew completely out of proportion. In my experience teams either like to use play action or they do not. If a team uses it then you will notice, if you pay attention, that they do it at times that one might assume it will fool no one. Frequently, you will see QBs faking a hand off to no one and not just because the RB went the wrong way.
There are a number of possible explanations--some presented here. The least likely of which is that the coach is a stupid idiot.
I also think there are several misconceptions implicit in this thread.
1. The defenders are out there thinking about everything before they do it and remembering everything their coaches told them. A lot of this stuff is instinctual and based on muscle memory and training--especially the initial reaction. If your best friend came up to you and pretended to punch you in the face, you might flinch, but did you really think your best friend was going to punch you in the face? How stupid are you?
2. It didn't work for Borges. He had a lot of problems but creating big plays was not one of them. Especially relative to his successor, Borges was really good at creating big plays. It was the everything else that was the problem.
I suggest that as you watch other teams--college and NFL--that you look for this kind of thing. I predict you will find lots of teams doing it at seemingly nonsensical times.
In conclusion, why does it matter? Faking the hand off isn't a major thing and only seemed like one when it was normal for defenders to treat the OL like a turnstyle. When that happens, everything seems stupid and impossible.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Do you not recall in 3 and||
Do you not recall in 3 and Out when JUB basically said, without actually saying it so he could say he never said it, that Lloyd Carr was actively undermining RichRod and telling players to transfer? And JUB did this without a single attributed quote--except a widely reported quote from a friend of Ryan Mallett's about what Mallett had told him.
When questioned about this JUB would simply respond that Carr had refused repeated requests to be interviewed for the book.
So. I think Seth has probably, potentially unintentionally, given you the correct impression.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I do think that OL has gotten||
I do think that OL has gotten better. However, I suspect that some of that apparent improvement from 2013 to 2014 (especially in the running game) is a mirage created by a decrease in sacks (sacks are counted against the running game) which was created by a fear of allowing the QB to spend any time in the pocket with the ball which lead to a flat line of the offenses ability to move the ball and score. No downfield passing. No explosive plays. No scoring.
Quite clearly, the running yards went up, the sacks went down, and the offense still got much worse.
But that is more about my dislike of the last OC than it is about things moving forward.
One can reasonably expect that worst is behind us with regards to the OL
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Until Iowa was in trouble,||
Until Iowa was in trouble, Rudock's first down passes were five yard outs as the Hawkeyes endeavored to put together the world's longest drives.
Change "first down passes" to "all passes" and Rudock would have really shined in the Nussmeier offense. He could do that all day and never be asked to throw the ball down field. Ever.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Having this discussion with||
Having this discussion with you is difficult because you have such strongly held non-mainstream views so I cannot assume basic things.
For instance, do you believe in any mental illness? Can they all be cured by "the force of one's own will" in every case? Are you under the impression that alcoholism can always be cured by force of will?
Do you believe in any addiction? Can they all be cured by force of will? Does it matter to you that withdrawal, even from alcohol, can have concrete clinical symptoms not limited to or controlled by the force of one's will?
Is anorexia an illness? Can it be cured for force of will? All you have to do is eat! Everyone likes to eat!
Do you believe that all addicts or mentally ill people are actually just people of weak will and weak character?
Probably this is a pointless conversation.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I don't know what to||
I don't know what to say.
Both of your statements are incorrect.
Section 952 of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act states the universities are allowed but not required to notify parents in these types of situations. You may disagree but that's the law.
And the medical community (and society) very much disagrees with your opinions on alcoholism and addiction. You may disagree but they are the experts not you.
But fine. Go on the internet and state your opinions as strongly as you like.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||This is not a matter of||
This is not a matter of getting in trouble with your parents, or privacy, or being able to fight in a war, or not being responsible for your actions (clearly anyone getting busted TWICE in one academic year is NOT responsible for themselves), or being a regular college student just having fun.
It is a matter of needing help and from where is that help going to come.
If we agree that drinking is a problem in colleges and all the stats suggest that drinking is way up from previous generations then it is not unreasonable that a university would take action to help and educate their students. Especially students that are at risk and could clearly use help.
I was an RA in an all male freshman hall. I never gave out a single alcohol or drug violation. They were very rare and usually limited to extremely intoxicated or disruptive students. Anyone that managed to get two probably had a problem. Referring that person to a conselling or rehab program would be perfectly reasonable. As would informing their parents of the problem that their child is dealing with.
Drinking can be fun but when your drinking continues to lead to run ins with the authorities or others then you have a problem.
Alcoholism is a disease. There is no reason why someone has to "work it out themselves" when there are organizations that can help.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||They lost but 2002 OSU should||
They lost but 2002 OSU should also be a triumph for Navarre. He played an amazing game. Good enough to win and maybe they would have had Braylon not been called for OPI in the endzone. The INT he did throw came on the last play of the game.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||John Navarre is probably the||
John Navarre is probably the greatest player to ever play at Michigan.
God bless you for doing this.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Unfortunately, because I was||
Unfortunately, because I was hoping to read a book about football. A book behind the scenes with Hoke and Borges and Nussmeier. Details about the Borges/Nussmeier transition and the Gardner/Morris QB controversy, the Jake Ryan position switch etc.
I feel like we already pretty much know that Brandon was terrible and everything he did was terrible and he was terrible. And it isn't football.
But, as you say, to each his own.