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|5 days 23 hours ago||I was at a party once, well||
I was at a party once, well into my cups, and saw Chuck Winters--the guy who didn't bat the ball down. I told my friend that I was going to ask him about that. She told me, if I did that he would kick the shit out of me and no one would help me. So, now we will never know.
|6 days 21 hours ago||With 5th years there is||
With 5th years there is always the possibility of the firm handshake.
We will always have this play.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is a classic. The type||
This is a classic. The type of game that lead to the pining for RichRod.
Michigan got up 2 scores in the first half and then played fiddle faddle missing FGs and running the clock. The defense throttled Utah until late in the 4th quarter when they finally broke through for the inevitable TD. So a game that Michigan seemed to dominate was suddenly very close. Then the offense couldn't finish the game and it was white knuckle time until the final INT.
I especialy love this post game quote from Carr.
"I'm very concerned,'' Carr said. "I don't know what else to
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Every time I watch one of||
Every time I watch one of these Rudock videos I marvel that this guy has been criticized for checking down and dinking and dunking.
Iowa fans needs to watch a Nussmeier offense if they think this is dink and dunk. I've seen more balls over the top from Rudock in the few videos I've watched than Michigan attempted all of last year.
It is sad that any downfield passing amazes me now.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Of course you are right that||
Of course you are right that one season is too small of a sample size to judge from. But this is the internet where instant judgements are made. People were already complaining about Borges after his second game. Which Michigan won.
I will say this. If either Hoke or Nuss thought that installing inside zone was going to revert the offense to near 2008 levels of incompetence--with all that experience--then hiring him or taking the job was a horrible decision. Both of them had to think it was going to work pretty well because otherwise everyone gets fired.
I am sure if given enough time, Nuss could have developed an offense that could actually get into the redzone and not look completely ridiculous. But reading what Alabama fans were saying when he was there and after he left and observing him in 2014, I get the impression that if his base running plays don't get 4-5 yards routinely and the play action isn't working really well there is no Plan B. Without the awesome play action, he has no way to create explosive plays and is content to inch down the field hoping to get 10 yards every 3 plays.
Which is exactly what we saw in 2014. Just look at the OSU game--inarguably Nuss' best game and a pretty good one. Michigan had 27 first downs but only 370 yards. That's 13.4 yards per first down. OSU and Michigan in 2013, for comparison, had 20 yards per first down. That comes out to 5.2 YPP, which oddly enough was also their season average and ranked them at 72.
But anyway. Good talk.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It was just an example but||
It was just an example but Denard's troubles with the zone read did not start with Borges. RichRod had 2 seasons to teach it to Denard (2010 was Denard's sophomore year) and for whatever reason it just never worked. As you noted, the 2010 offense moved away from the zone read to QB draws and off tackle and what not. At that point, mgo conventional wisdom was that Denard was not good at the zone read. It was all over the UFRs.
It does not invalidate the dragonchild's original point, but I do not think you can blame Borges for Denard's issues with the zone read.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Selfishly, I was hoping this||
Selfishly, I was hoping this would have a strong dose of Nussmeier hatin.
Because, I am honestly over hating on RichRod for his time at Michigan. I have pretty much forgotten most of the crazy-making stuff he did but not quite enough to wish him back. My interest in Borges hate was exhausted long ago.
What Mgoblog has really lacked was any real Nussmeier hate--possibly because everyone was so focused on hating Hoke and Brandon and why can't the running backs hit the proper holes. It seems to me that the really truly stupid offense arrived with Nussmeier. This is backed up by various stats both here and found elsewhere. At least Borges looked interested in scoring and even did so occassionally. Even the gains in the running game under Nuss were inflated by the decrease in lost yardage from sacks which was caused by avoiding spending any time in the pocket which meant no long passing. Which meant a lack of explosiveness and no scoring but OK stats. Whatever improvement there was in the running game never lead to an improved result.
I guess I may have to follow some Florida blogs to get my fill of Nuss hatin.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||While I am totally||
While I am totally flabbergasted that Tennessee hired DeBord as their OC. I am LOVING it.
Because. If I had to choose a disgraced, National Championship winning Michigan OC to watch again, I would take DeBord over Nussmeier every day of the week.
AND NOW I CAN WATCH THEM FLAIL AWAY AT EACH OTHER SAFELY IN ANOTHER CONFERENCE THAT I DO NOT LIKE.
The only way this could get better would be if one of those teams got paired with Arizona in a bowl.
|20 weeks 23 hours ago||The first thing you have to||
The first thing you have to do is learn styles and breweries.
From scanning this thread, it sounds like you like IPAs and hoppier stuff rather than roasty or malty stuff. So, start with those. Church Key has a listing of "hoppy" to make it easy.
Walking into a bottle shop or beer bar can be very confusing because there are so many options. Truthfully, a great many of those options aren't very good and you will be fooled by marketting. Gravitate towards certain breweries (suggestions below) and ignore ones you don't know. Or better yet, remember the name and look them up later.
I use beer advocate to look up beers and breweries. I rarely buy anything w/o knowing about it first. My rule of thumb is if it is not close to a 90 (like 88 and up) on the 100 scale or a 4 on the 5 point scale then I will ignore it unless there is some other reason for buying it. Tons of breweries make beers that rate in the mid 3's or low 80s. Ignore those breweries until you know more.
There is a ton of beer and breweries that you can and should just ignore.
Price is not a reliable indicator of quality.
Luckily for you, there are two local-ish breweries that do great things with hops. DC Brau is in the District and has four great beers with increasing taste--The Public, The Citizen, Corruption, and then the famous rain maker On the Wings of Armagedon (OTOWA is the shorthand). All of those but the OTOWA are readily available in cans around the District. Three Stars Brewing is also local and good but they don't do hops as well as DC Brau. They have a beer called Madness out right now that is awesome. But it is dark and silky and maybe not what you prefer. Right Proper Brewing is not far from DuPont and good. It is a destination place. I don't think they sell beer in stores yet.
The other suggestion I have is Dogfish Head. It is easily available. Again in increasing flavor, 60 Minute, 75 Minute, 90 Minute, and then the weirdo 120 Minute. You can use those as a scale to see what you like. The Dogfish Head IPAs have more of a malty backbone than some others that increases with the number so you can use that to rate your interest in malts.
If you got to Nats games, they have stands that sell beers from all the local breweries (DC Brau, 3 Stars, the Fox one--Sly or Mad?--Port City, etc.) Try those.
Other breweries that are easily available and pretty reliable are Founders, Bells, Lagunitas, and Stone. That should get you started.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed. Mocking the student,||
Agreed. Mocking the student, calling him names, posting his picture, and name. Calling for him to be expelled, even in a joking manner.
Not a good look.
This will certainly result in an amplification of harrassment for this particular student that otherwise would not have occurred.
Because he was participating in student government and had an idea about a song.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Really? Either things have||
Really? Either things have changed dramatically or we went to very different parties.
I went to college and graduate school in the 90s. I went to a MAC school for undergrad and pretty much never saw drugs of any kind--which was probably a little odd because I saw a lot in HS. When I was a grad student at Michigan, I would see people even faculty smoking weed at parties but that was it. I'm sure the med students were doing other drugs but not out in the open.
I am not some kind of monk but I have never been aware of anyone doing coke anywhere that I was.
It is funny how divergent people's experiences at the same university can be.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||I am really interested in||
I am really interested in what happened to Nuss this last year. I really wish mgoblog had done more analysis on this.
Looking back at Nuss' career, I wonder where you are getting this idea that he develops guys specifcally in year 2. I do not see much improvement from Jake Locker from year 1 to year 2. Keith Price had very nice passing stats in year 3 but I assume some of that apparent improvement over Locker is not taking into account Locker's running success. I don't see much improvement in AJ McCarron during Nuss' time at Alabama either. The team certainly did not do any better either.
I haven't looked it up but I doubt Mark Bulger improved much from year 1 to year 2 when Nuss was coaching him with the Rams because they all got fired.
So, where are you getting this idea?
Nuss did a great job in the running game but the passing game was histotically bad. They were also pretty historically bad at scoring.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||As always, thanks for your||
As always, thanks for your input. It seems to me that Nuss was hired for his expertise in the running game where he acquited himself quite well. It is also becoming increasingly clear to me that he lost his job because of his passing game. I am sure it looks awesome on paper and works super well if the team is either extremely experienced and smart or can routinely out-athlete the opponent.
To me, however, it seems way too complicated to be consistent in college and requires too many moving parts for not enough pay off. If tolmichfan is correct about the specific play that I referenced, and I assume he is, then the consequences of everyone not being on the same page are pretty dire. And yet, when everything finally does come together on any given play all you have is the prettiest 7 yard curl ever and not 7 points.
I am also confused by Nuss' aversion to longer passes which he never waivered from all season. You suggest, and I am sure that you are right, that Nuss would have worked in longer stuff once all the shorter stuff was working. Which strikes me as quite a bit too late and pointlessly so.
|33 weeks 15 hours ago||I know that there is this||
I know that there is this idea of being prospective rather than retrospective but I am interested in learning about football regardless of who Michigans next coach might be. I would love to read some in depth stuff about what Nuss was trying to do because I just don't see the big picture with him.
He seemed so risk averse, with regards to sacks and negative plays, that his only option was to try to inch down the field in these 15 play drives that required perfect execution in tight windows. And if that didn't work, his only recourse was to keep practicing until it did work. We have no idea if he would have loosened up if it did work because it literally never did.
Even when the running game was working and the pass protection was decent, the offense was only marginally more efficient because nothing, especially in the passing game, was ever easy or ever had the chance to gain a lot of yards. Even on the rare occassion when Michigan would do something unexpected the defense never seemed to be fooled. Take for example, the second play of the OSU game--2nd and short a sure running down. They passed and the only person who looked confused was Gardner. On the second play of the game Gardner was confused.
I understand the various pieces that Nuss was working with but don't see how they were supposed to fit into a functional offense because even when it worked it didn't work.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||This is certainly a very well||
This is certainly a very well written piece of persuasive writing.
However, once I finished I asked myself what is the goal? What is the problem that is being solved and would this proposal solve it?
If the goal is to increase graduation rates of football players this proposal would definintely solve it because it would give them credit for work they are already doing. But would it lead to better educated football players? I actually think it would do the opposite.
If there were a football degree then as with the music degree football players would be accepted into the department granting that degree which would most certainly be the Athletic Department. I cannot imagine another department would be willing to grant a football degree. So, all football players would now get this football degree which would eliminate the possibility that the exceptional few take advantage of by getting a real degree from Michigan. I do not see what the value of the football degree would be. What job opportunities would it create that simply playing football doesn't already create? No greater educational value is gained from playing or learning about football by awarding class credits for doing so.
If the goal is to end the hypocrisy then it would do that. But it would do it by finally severing the connection between the football players and the academic life of the university--reducing rather than increasing the options afforded the the football players.
Granting a BA in Football might allow fans to feel better about college football by elminating the student athlete hypocrisy and increasing graduation rates. But it would do little to fix the injustice of football players that create huge value for their universities and often end up with little in return.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||30 for 30 is a series on||
30 for 30 is a series on ESPN.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of people wanted a||
Lots of people wanted a Michigan Man -- well you got two of them now.
Your words. Not mine.
Maybe you would like to clarify your remarks to suggest that you are disdainful of Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke because you view them as incompetent not because they are Michigan Men.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||There is no book called Third||
There is no book called Third and Long about Michigan football.
I am also a little confused why you seem to have so much animosity and disdain for anyone associated with Michigan. Can you explain that to me?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I don't recall any of the||
I don't recall any of the Starks being raped.
Tortured... not worth the semantic argument.
But not raped. Never raped.
(This is with regards to the books. I haven't seen the latest season of the TV show.)
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I see the word worst repeated||
I see the word worst repeated over and over.
But regardless, I still don't agree.
In 1991, Michigan got their asses handed to them by Duke in the basketball championship and didn't win the Big Ten. FSU humiliated Michigan on national TV in Michigan Stadium. Steven Emtman ate Michigans OL in the Rose Bowl. And I'm sure the loss in the Frozen Four was terrible also. Personally, I thought it was a pretty good year but I'm not crying about this year either.
So, in this weird view where doing well breeds heartbreak that one takes the cake because all the teams did really but lost.
I'd go with 2007 more though. Because the football team started at #3 and then the whole season sucked except the bowl what with Hart and Henne being hurt and the back to back loses to Appy State and Oregon and then the worst OSU Mchigan game on record. The basketball team was 10-22 and unwatchable. And in hockey MSU won the national championship.
2007 is my real pick but I can't answer for anyone else because my perspective is not like most on here. It feels silly discussing an arbitrary system of quantitation made up by the party that I seem to disagreeing with but if this year's OSU game is worth 15 points then Appy State, Oregon and OSU along with Henne and Hart's injuries are certainly worth a lot of points. At least in my book.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I think the very fact that||
I think the very fact that anyone is even discussing the idea that this is the worst year ever in part because the basketball team lost the national championship game is a perfect example of the worship of negativity and self pity that has a grip on a segement of the fanbase.
That basketball season was one of the best in my lifetime. If you can't see that then I feel bad for you because you will likely always be an unhappy fan and I will probably avoid discussing sports with you. But things are looking up, I'm sure 2014 and on will be much much worse.
Having said that, I think it is clear that 2013 was just another year. There were some pretty terrific highs and some totally normal lows. Nothing terrible happened.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Your first sentence is||
Your first sentence is clearly false.
If Gardner is at a substantially increased risk for a catastrophic injury (a possibility that we have no evidence to assume is true) then he probably shouldn't be playing regardless of the game circumstances.
Otherwise, Gardner is the QB. If he can play and help the team he should play. This game matters as much as any other random game. You can't bubble wrap Gardner and only use him when it is "important." It doesn't work that way.
There is plenty of time to heal in the off season.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Michigan, under Lloyd Carr,||
Michigan, under Lloyd Carr, became one of the most successful programs in college football. When he retired, Mcihigan eventually hired Brady Hoke, who was the DL coach at Michigan before he left to be the head coach at Ball State, and then head coach at San Diego State. I'm sure Michigan is thrilled to have that option, b/c it is a link to their successful past, but Hoke also got good experience elsewhere.
I am much more interested in Michigan winning today than worrying about who will or won't leave and come back 10 years from now.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||The original post says that||
The original post says that Stanford "held Arizona to 14" in the Pac 12 Championship Game.
Believe me, if Arizona had played in the Pac 12 CG, mgo would have burned down.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||In all sincerity, I think the||
In all sincerity, I think the thing that would be best for Mgoblog would be for Mr. Cook to ignore the comments and to instruct his employees, that are bothered by the comments, to do the same. Cook never really engages in the disc ussions and is very clearly bothered by them. This irritation then has a negative effect on his writing and analysis.
Let the mods handle anything that is clearly beyond the pale and ignore everything else.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||It was the same||
It was the same formation.
You don't have any idea if it was the same play.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Jareth Glanda didn't have to||
Jareth Glanda didn't have to catch a pass because the holder was a WR.
He had to catch a pass because most of the unit didn't get the fake call.
But maybe you're on to something. Why not always make a WR or TE the long snapper? Can't be that hard to learn.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I don't know which would||
I don't know which would concern me more;
The idea that I viewed the discourse at my employer's site to be so bad that I preferred my rival's site.
That I thought my arguments were better received by fans of my rivals than fans of my own team.
Although, I am quite sure that the tenor of the discussion at 11W is greatly improved by the fact that they haven't lost in 2 years (and are on a pretty impressive streak against Michigan) and Michigan. Well has and isn't. If 11W had existed in the 90s, I'm sure it would have been a pit of negativity and despair as well.
If you want to find some OSU fans that you don't want to talk about anything with, my Facebook feed is full of them.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I would pick D and||
I would pick D and E.
Although, I would say pretty much everyone played their best offensive game so far.
I did not notice a greater reliance on shotgun passing than other weeks. Or more bubble screens or fake bubbles. There was plenty of I form. Although, this gameplan was less run-heavy than some--but Borges has done that before. The biggest difference was a larger role for Jake Butt. Since he is a true freshman that may just represent natural progression rather than a scheme or philosophic change. Using multiple TEs, Butt and Funch, in the passing game has been a goal from day one.
This was basically the same offense and production we saw agaisnt ND and Indiana.
OSU's D probably didn't play very well but Michigan has been totally incompetent against plenty of really terrible defenses this year. The offensive production seems to be defense-independent.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||When Funchess starts||
When Funchess starts consistently playing like Megatron, teams will start treating him like Megatron.
Putting aside the quibble about one particular route with regards to Funch, he has had his chances and sometimes he makes the most of them and other times he drops easy TDs and first downs.
He is young and improving. His best days, and the potential he was recruited to fulfill, are ahead of him.