"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Yes I have conciously decided||
Yes I have conciously decided to tone down my involvement. Last night I kept waking up with the deep throw to Robinson (one with Stribling guarding him) playing in my head. This level of distress over something I have no control over is clearly unhealthy. So I have made a simple decision - I will still be involved in Michigan atheletics - but I will not watch live. I will record all games and will make a decision post-result whether I want to watch it. I hope this will lead to a more calmer association with Michigan sports.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Calcutta Laundry?? As someone||
Calcutta Laundry?? As someone who has been to Calcutta several times, this makes no sense to me. A quick googling did not resolve the issue. Any pointers?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I believe Braden was||
I believe Braden was challenging for a Guard spot, not Tackle. Magnusson has been ahead of Braden for the Tackle position - and now that Braden could not get ahead of Glasgow or Bryant for the Guard position - he is clearly not as much a contender for playing time as Magnusson is.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||20-50 times is not excessive.||
20-50 times is not excessive. The beauty of DVR with the 30-second-back button is that it does not take long. There are so many moving pieces that one probably needs that many viewings to figure out much of what is going on.
I am sure Brian watches key plays 20 times or more for the UFRs.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Kalis not Kugler. For a||
Kalis not Kugler. For a minute I was worried a bit - it is not this coaching staff's style to burn redshirts of OL. Even last year when we were really hurting on OL, we preserved every single RS.
Its good to see Magnuson out there. We will need him next year - its good that he seems to be panning out. We need another OT to show up strong and we will be pretty well positioned on the OL for several years to come.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I second this. Berthillon is||
I second this. Berthillon is great. More than the ice cream though its just the general vibe of this area. Go there late at night, get a table outside and see the world pass by.
As far as cafes go, there are couple very popular ones on Blvd. St. Germain. There are some awesome street foods in the Blvd. St. Michel There are to two Moaz outlets in there with excellent Felafels - among the best vegetarian food your will find anywhere.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Here you||
Here you go:
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Of course we are all reading||
Of course we are all reading too much - but my takeaway is that as long as what we see on early video is not overtly negative (e.g. interceptions, stuffed runs, edge issues) - its fine. I don't see much to be concerned with right now. We have depth issues at lines and those are being addressed, we have TE talent/depth issues and those are being addressed as well. The established pieces (QB, RB, DBs) are working as well as they did last season - so overall - we are good. Spring can continue to get better.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Nice. Stuff I loved: 1. Throw||
Nice. Stuff I loved:
1. Throw on the run by DG. He has some arm!
2. Option run by Denard. Old magic continues!
3. Snaps not being fumbled (one was a little awry - but okay). C position is fine!
4. Rawls - once he has momentum, he breaks tackles.
Need moar of these... Sept is so far away.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||It is not "ominous" - we tend||
It is not "ominous" - we tend to read too much into every word out of coach's mouth. Bryant is a rFr - he will be part of the rotation - he may not win his position outright at the spring ball right after his redshirt freshman season.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Yay - Now eagerly waiting my||
Yay - Now eagerly waiting my street-cred-establishing-T-Shirt and my intellectually-stimulative-handsigned-HTTV. Awesome!
|3 years 10 weeks ago||I don't mind DG taking some||
I don't mind DG taking some snaps at WR as long as it is part of specific packages and not a complete position shift. DG is a great dual-threat-QB talent and he should be developed as such.
I remember T. Pryor catching ball for a TD. Tall backup QBs could have a role as a surprise WR.
BTW - Any news on DG's redshirt status?
|3 years 10 weeks ago||All three scholarship players||
All three scholarship players are significant losses. We needed Khoury for depth at C, Robinson was contributing on special teams, Cox was providing depth at RB and as could have been useful on special teams. It would have been better for the team if they had stuck around - but they are graduating and since it is unlikely that they have a future in pro-football, it makes sense for them to start with their post-football lives.
Best of luck to all of them.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||If not an offer, the kid||
If not an offer, the kid should surely have received enough interest from Ohio to keep him engaged at this point in the recruiting cycle given the pedigree. We don't know whether McCray did or did not receive enough interest from Meyer - but it is pretty good for us if he is going after national talent and making things easier for us to pick midwest talent.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Great pickup. I have added M.||
Great pickup. I have added M. McCray II to 'Depth Chart by Class" as an SLB. We are thin at SLB - so the positioning makes sense.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||By all accounts Miller is||
By all accounts Miller is doing well and Khoury will be a fine breather. So barring injury we might be able to squeak through this season. After this season - we are all good.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||We need to make sure that we||
We need to make sure that we don't burn too many redshirts out of this OL group. Considering last year's haul, we should be able to readshirt everyone except Kugler - if Khoury is not adequate in supporting Jack Miller.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Center needs to be really||
Center needs to be really technical. Kugler fits. We are done for OL this year.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Projected RedShirts||
It would be helpful to show which Fr players are projected to redshirt - may be a @ after the name? We can then update the projections as players burn their redshirts in maddeningly unanticipitated ways.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||It's awesome! This shoud be a||
It's awesome! This shoud be a required reading in Stats courses!
|3 years 26 weeks ago||The key is to come out strong||
The key is to come out strong and put Ohio in a two score hole so that they are forced to pass. After that it is a sack-fest. If Ohio feels comfortable with the clock and continues running - then we open ourselves up to long runs by Miller/Boom. Our best bet is to sell out against the run, take out Posey with bracket coverage and let Miller float interceptions/incompletions against an aggressive zone blitz attack.
Home crowd will be the key. Shugart is false-starting at key moments - need to put them under pressure right away. The longer they hang around, the more confidence they will gain.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I know Michigan fans are||
I know Michigan fans are supposed to be "arrogant" - but I think we, as a fanbase, are quite reasonable and well behaved. Although I am sure there are enough stupid sentient beings as well.
Just based on my casual interaction with people, Ohio fans come across as abrasive/drugged/drunk, Spartans always behave true to the inferiority complex, Badgers are quite self absorbed (in a good way, don't much care for the rest of the world, except Minnesota), Northwestern behaves true to a superiority complex (academics). Have not come across enough of other fan bases in Chicagoland area. Just my personal impressions.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Thats Awesome||
MSM recognition for our Mathlete and a linky think for MGoBlog as well. Awesome. Congratulations Brett Thiessen aka Mathlete!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||"Y U No Fall Down Like||
"Y U No Fall Down Like Me"
Excellent work BlueSeoul. You are on the verge of taking over the title of the most anticipated mid-week content. Weds especially are awesome with FFFF, You and UFR-D - and this week TWIS also!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Even a hobbled Persa is||
Even a hobbled Persa is better than Lindley I think. He is pretty accurate and he only needs to use his legs to find extra time in pocket. Ebert though is not on the same level as Floyd (who is?). Loss of Trumpy does not make their offense one dimensional - they have capable backups and the backup QB is a good runner as well. I think they will provide a good test of our defense.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Yup - its good for the coming||
Yup - its good for the coming Saturday. What is unfortunate is that just last year that was us.
Nothing is making me more positive about the future of Hoke-Mattison-Borges regime than the improvement in defense.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I believe its the opposite,||
I believe its the opposite, they have a much better pass attack than run (especially if Persa is not 100%). The outrage in blogosphere after the IL game is mainly because they did not use their passing game enough and went to run for killing clock which was ineffective.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Ohio State != Cartman.||
Ohio State != Cartman. Cartman rulez, Ohio State sux. That is all.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||So I googled "Glen Mason's||
So I googled "Glen Mason's Hot Wife" and turns out she is part of the MGoCommunity!
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Awesome||
Pretty awesome - I hate it when I can' figure out which number is which player. Now I have the handy reference. Thanks - please keep doing this for the rest of the schedule.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Lowest Yards Allowed?||
I have not been able to cofirm this - but 236 yards allowed could also be lowest yards allowed in a quite some time. Last significant barrier again seems ND 2007 - 79 total yards!
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Personnel vs Scheme||
Makes sense to me. You turn your head if you have the speed to stay with the receiver and can afford the split second head turn. If you are hanging on for dear life to not give away two steps of separation and hence the TD, then you forget about the ball and stick to WR's chest and raise your hands when he does.
ND tried to do this too (GG hardly ever looked back) - however - this is when the underthrown ball helps - its easier to stick to the WR in straight line run, much harder when the WR makes an abrupt stop for the underthrown ball. Herbie might have been right about the underthrown balls being intentional.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I hope they will not change||
I hope they will not change the scheme "radically". Last two years, the bye week radical adjustments have been killer (aarggghhh the Penn State game /aargghhh). I guess they will try some personnel shifts, include new wrinkles but hopefully refrain from making wholesale changes.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I Am Encouraged||
Overall I can't say I am not pleasantly surprised by this year's defense so far. We have faced two very good offenses and have done enough to keep things within reach of our offense. We really can't expect much more than that.
Plus - if this is the baseline and we will improve from there then we will be in pretty good shape. Playmakers are emerging - Hawthorne, BWMFC, Ryan; established players are holding their own - MM, RVB, Demens, Kovacs - and players regressing have capable backups - Roh. If we take BG out of the equation - this will clearly be the best defense of post-Carr era. Thats not saying much really - but that would be sufficient and exceed expectation this year.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Awesome||
Stevie Brown = Bet Over Wins!!!
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Defense RPS||
I think defense still lacks pieces to completely counter someone like Floyd with just personnel matchups. So they need to take some risks in defensive alignment - sometime they work (the Kovacs interception) and sometimes they don't (last TD, MM dropping back). However, I am all for it because that makes the defense high variance - and you need a high variance defense to stop drives when you don't have personnel.
When you have low variance defense AND no personnel - then you get the Illinois game of last year - sustained drives after drives. This way we will give an occasional big play but we will also kill drives. Now, it is up to the offense to use those opportunities when we do manage to kill drives.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Interesting. This is a||
Interesting. This is a Michigan sports blog, Freep has done malicious, ambush reporting on Michigan sports, hence it is in our best interest to discourage our very popular platform to channel clicks (and hence revenue) to the said malicious entity.
It has nothing to do with freedom. People are free to post links to Freep - as I am free to show my displeasure at it - as you are free to argue that people are not illiterarte hence it is fine. I am just saying you are wrong and OP could have created the same discussion without providing reveue to parties who do not have our best interest at heart.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Ah - Thanx. Couldn't see the||
Ah - Thanx. Couldn't see the blue in my save-the-battery-keep-brightness-to-minimum state.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||No Link to THAT Rag||
Since when have we started posting links to that excuse for a news publication?? Please don't give them your click-cents.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Link to original post on NDN||
Link to original post on NDN please?
|3 years 37 weeks ago||I love these picture pages -||
I love these picture pages - here, at BWS and also TTB. For somebody who grew up in football is round world, I have learnt more about football from these posts than everything else combined (including Football for Dummies, one of the first books I read after landing in this country :-)
I do share the optimism regarding the D-coaches. It also helps that we returned much of the defense from last year - so they are no longer bumbling, underdeveloped true Fr. I am sure there will be defensive lapses in ND game tomorrow but the defense will also contribute by killing drives and/or creating turnovers - both of which were so sorely missing last three years.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Strength of Schedule||
That year is already crazy - lets not try to fit in another stiff opponent. Playing full speed evert Sat is hard - playing it against top competition is something you can only do for so long before breaking down. We need our guys fresher - we have enough SoS rest of the year - get a MAC team and be done with it.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Head Coach Hire||
Based on limited information, I think Indiana got a nice HC - a proven offensive commodity with midwest roots. I am not sure about the credibility of his DC - but if that works out then Indiana may have some hope of not being perennial cellar dwellers.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||PAC 10/12 Commissioner||
The Pac 10/12 Commissioner seems to be a smart guy. He almost had the coup in the last re-alignment round, managed to get two decent teams and a championship game and now this TV contract. Thats a good run.
I am surprised that conferences are getting locked into multi year contracts rather than pursusing BTN type arrangements when BTN has now been shown to be quite a success.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Destiny||
I keep thinking how circumstances outside one's control shape the outcome. Hoke has everything going right - all the way up to OSU's pojected implosion. RR never got any breaks. I am sure RR did enough things wrong too - but it seems like the Universe just wasn't in favor of him at UM while Hoke seems to be had a full swig of Felix Felicis. I am not complaining - anything that helps UM win is fine by me.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Slowly warming up to Hoke||
I was quite disappointed with Hoke hire and really wanted RR to have another year and succeed. However, stars seem well aligned for Hoke and I am sure he is working very hard to get things that way. However much we dislike the idea, but the first step out of our self-dug-ditch is to beat MSU consistently - and taking in-state kids helps that cause for weaking MSU's talent pool. The next step is ND and then OSU. Lets hope all this momentum carries us that far. For this year - I will be happy with step 1 - beat MSU convincingly. I would be veru happy with MSU and ND - and will absolutely name by first born Hoke if we get MSU, ND and OSU.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Agreed||
I agree with you.
I wasn't aware of the tragedy - just looked it up. Its terrible.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||I don't think this will be received well||
but I am not sure we should be aspiring to be a program that lies - there are enough Saban-type coaches in the world and the programs that celebrate them. We are not that. We are better - or at least we should aspire to be. If Devin actually has an injury - then fine - but if it is being made-up to extend his playing time then - well - we might win a few more in Devin's rSr season - but at the cost of losing a bit of integrity at the core of the program.
I hope there actually is a minor injury that allows a medical redshirt but heals in the offseason. I am disappointed that we are actually celebrating the *wink* Devin has an "injury" *wink* idea.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Plus Demens Will Mature||
With Ezeh, we have the final product - he is where we is going to be for his college career. However, Demens is still young and has several years of college football left in him. He will benefit from experience and coaching - and if (pls God almighty!) he turns out to be consistently good - then we will get a good defensive boost for next couple of years.
So - Demens over Ezeh - the decision is clear.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Scheme is not the problem||
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with 3-3-5 as the base set as it is flexible enough to allow you to shift to 4 down linemen when you need it. Issue right now is execution - if we have an MLB that is aggressive in run support and adequate in pass support, another CB that does not always need to give 10 yards cushion and a Safety that is not a first-year-position-switcher-starter, the same scheme can work pretty well.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Probabilities||
The better way to think is that we have perhaps a 40% probability to win the game. That does not mean that we will surely win - but if our guys cut out their mistakes, a couple of blown assignments or duck throws by OSU, a fortunate penalty or some other combination of luck - and we will have an upset.
I think for an away game against a senior laden, talent infused OSU team, I would happily take a 40% chance of winning.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||College Football is demanding||
College Football is demanding on the players. It demands dedication and selfless hard work - egos usually stand in the way and hinder development. After the Pryor recruitment saga, I was convinced that his amatureness (this word is pure win!) will stop him from making the next leap. Talent alone is not sufficient and he has not yet shown that he can make use of the God given talent as much as the best college football players.
The light may still switch on in his head - but I don't think it will. He will go early to NFL, make some good money the first couple of years and then fade away. He is turning out to be the classis waste of talent. I am not saying his is a bad player - just that he is not even close to the player he can be.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Position of More Impact||
I think a talent like Zettel should be used at a position where he can make the most impact. OG is an important position - but not a game changing one. A great DE on the other hand can destroy offenses single-handedly and get recognized for it as well (case in point - #55).
If Zettel and the coaches think that he can do equally well in both OG and DE position - I hope they will take a shot at DE first. It would also be great from a depth point of view - although OG is not too stacked either, but need is greater at DE.
As far as Ray Ball is concerned, its not a great loss - good recruit but replaceable.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Awesome||
TWIS always brings up the smile - even after as bad a Sat as the last one was.
I was surprised to not find an NDNation link there - they always seem to end up in TWIS whether ND wins or loses.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Let's get to 7 or 8||
I second the motion!
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Kinard||
I am so happy to see Kinard's name up there. I know this has been discussed before - but it is great that he continued to work hard to get into the team. We are getting an experienced LB at a position of need - its like getting an additional year of eligibility - no need to redshirt.
I wish C. Jones could have made a similar progress as Kinard.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Thank You||
I enjoyed reading the excellent compilation of statistics.
Suggestion: Is it possible to make the tables sortable, so that I can sort by Total Yards rather than the current sort on Rush Yards (in the 1000/1000 table)
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Only Way to Compete with OSU||
is to beat OSU. We are not going to pull elite players out of Ohio or stop OSU from raiding our pipelines if we can't stand up to them on the field.
Everything is cyclical - when we turn the cycle over and bring OSU's winning streak against us to end - we will be able to get out recruits. Same goes for MSU. Whether they lose against somebody else is really not that relevant here.
BTW - I think we have a good shot against OSU. We just need a bit of luck and God knows we are due for it.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Setting Up for Future||
We all knew this year is going to be a slog - especially after Woolfolk went down. However, we were not going to win the BigTen this year anyway - so as long as we do enough to develop talent so that we are better positioned for next year, and save RichRod's job - this year is a success.
Now, next year, we will have almost everybody of consequence back (Shilling, Mouton, Webb are the only significant losses). We will have a new crop of RSFr to help with depth - and a new set of Fr - perhaps a couple will blow up there as well. I can see the defense improving next year with added depth, experience, longer in the scheme... and with offense getting out of Sophomore mistake prone plays - we should contend for BigTen next year.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Student Athelete||
How many of the college football players are likely to end up in the NFL? Less than 1% at your average school, less than 5-6% at top football schools like ours. The article illustrates the balancing act that the rest of the student athelete need to perform to balance their passion for football and securing their future through a good education. I think we fans sometimes expect too much from our players without realizing the sacrifices that are being made by the student atheletes.
The Daily is doing great work and putting the MSM to shame with articles like this.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Our Competition Has Slowed Down||
This year, not only are we better, but a bunch of BigTen teams are down - Illinois (no Juice), Purdue (injuries galore) are both way worse than last year, Penn State is struggling with the transition to a new QB, reformed OL and injuries - all three look like ready to flip from an L to a W this year. This itself takes us to 8 wins.
Indiana and MSU are the teams that are showing the most improvement (also NW - but who cares about them this year) - we have already taken care of one and we will know about the other this Sat.
Wisconsin is still strong - but based on what we saw with MSU, we would expect us to have a better chance than previously imagined. OSU is tough - but - with our O, its not like last year where Tresselball was the best strategy for them. They will have to be aggressive and that might lead to lucky bounces like INTs - so its not all hopeless.
All in all - we are on par for 8 wins, have a good shot at 9 wins (convert MSU or Wisc) and a chance at 10 wins. Wow - who among us would not have taken these odds at the beginning of the season.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Thank You||
Thank you for compiling all the numbers in one place - all this information is exactly what I needed to start my morning right. Look forward to you updating these numbers as the season goes and (hopefully) Denard scales a few more of these milestones.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Jones is Pretty Good||
Picture pages seem to show that Greg Jones is pretty good - a fast LB with great instincts. We will have to find an answer to him. I would recommend the Omameh-Pancaking-LBs method that worked pretty well against ND's stud MLB.
In all fairness - Jones is going to get his plays. We have not given a sack as yet - and as long as we continue to hold in that department and limit Jones to tackles on the better side of LoS - we would be okay.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Thanks for the replies||
I don't know whether it will eventually amount to anything but it does seem like our young secondary is at least getting game-time experience. Since we are not losing anybody from the group (except Rogers) - hopefully next year all this experience will bear fruit.
Remember that Denard was also not meeting expectations except a few sparks here and there last year. Players make their best improvement between their Fr and So years - so - well - future does look better on Defense.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I loved it||
as far as how it looked on TV.
We are somehow never quite there in the Big House as far as color coordination is concerned. For example - the white-outs in PennState stadium looks a lot more uniform than a maize-out in our stadium.
For Sept games, we all can do a Maize T-Shirt - not so hard really. Still - what you see in TV is a mess of Maize and Blue that kind of cancel each other. I am sure things look more imposing in person - but surely not on TV.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Everything is Cyclical||
Greatness is not permanent (ask the Romans, English, Mugals...) - everything sooner or later reaches a lean time. What matters then is whether you have the institutional strength to pull yourself out of the hole you are in. Are you willing to make the needed changes and go through the associated pain so as to emerge better - or - are you in favor of status quo - steady decline/stagnation.
If you lost faith in Michigan, that is a shortcoming of your convictions. What you really need to ask is: is the University, the Institution, as strong as it always was. Will the administration put the resources behind the program for the long term. Do we have capable people in decision making ranks. I think the answer to all the questions is yes - so there is really nothing to worry about - let the storm pass and let our inherent strengths assert themselves.
We are going through a transition and I am convinced that it was a required and beneficial one. We will come out of it stronger. However, transitions take time - but we can already see the light at the end of the tunnel (maturity of the offense) - so sit back, and enjoy the ride.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Done||
|4 years 34 weeks ago||E-ink display||
Is super easy on the eye. No backlighting means no glare - almost like paper. You can adjust font size too. You will not regret pulling the trigger on Kindle - especially now with a 139 bucks price.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||
I had not even thought of mGoblog on my Kindle because:
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Looking forward to Indiana||
I cannot wait to beat Indiana and be 5-0 and finally be better than the last year's record so that I don't have to hear again - "Oh you were 4-0 last year too."
Personally I think Shaw getting dinged is a blessing in disguise. It allows us to try out other RBs and get them ready for the upcoming tough stretch of the schedule. With Lewan, the O-line seems well set and ready for coming challenges. QBs, Receivers, TEs, Slots - all good to go as well. I can't believe that I really can't think of any improvement opportunities on this side of the game.
On defense I am confident we will do better than expectations. Return of Carvin Johnson and Herron along with continued maturation of C. Gordon will allow us more flexibility. Indiana's O-line barely held up against inferior competition and we should be able to get enough pressure on the QB to disrupt the rhythem. We have shown to be able to take advantage of bad throws and cause turnovers. A couple of those and the game is over.
I predict that it will not even be close and we will be putting up time eating 80 yeard drives using at least some of our backups in the fourth quarter to preserve a three score lead.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Carvin Johnson||
Shaw and Fitz are not the most important part of the injury report - its Johnson and Herron. With a starter safety and a decent LB back in the defense - we can allow Prison-Abs and Death-Roh some rest and flexibility. Carvin had started well before getting injured and Herron was playing well enough at LB spot for Death-Roh to shift to the line as a DE and pressure the QB.
The key in Indiana game is to defend the short pass and hurry the QB. Return of Johnson and Herron will help us immensely in that.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Penn State||
I expect them to implode going forward. Fr QB, weak O-line and recent injuries all combine to make them weaker and at least put our game with them as a toss-up - even though it is a night game and a possible white-out.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Just that it may mean that||
Just that it may mean that they are looking better than they actually are. So we may have a better chance of winning than what their current national rank may imply.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||PennState to Implode, Michigan will catch fire||
If I have to put my money - I would bet that Penn State will implode and Michigan will catch fire. OSU will perform as per expectation (which includes one loss in their B10 schedule), Wisc will perform marginally below expectation (lose to OSU, lose one more), Iowa will significantly disappoint and Michigan will beat everybody except Wisc and OSU.
This is just my accumulated impression after past four weeks of game action.
First Tier: OSU - 7-1,
Second Tier: Wisc 6-2, Michigan - 6-2
Third Tier: NW, Iowa, PSU: 3 losses, MSU: 3-4 losses
Fourth Tier: Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois - who cares.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Overtime||
You always defer in OT and let the other team take the first shot. That ways you know what you are aiming for (e.g. if they have an FG - the TD wins, if they have an INT, an FG wins and so on).
Given out offense and especially against the run based teams, I wonder whether it would be a good idea to take the possession for first series. If we get a 2TD lead early then we can shift to our efficienct clock eating run game (see UConn) and force the other team to abandon the run - which also works in our favor given our problems defending the run.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Remove Extra Space||
at the end of the link - that is messing up my FireFox at least. Try the following:
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Stanford Dominated ND||
I watched Stanford-ND game - and Stanford absolutely dominated ND - it was not even close. In the end, Stanford was running every down and getting 4-6 yards every time. The prevailing opinion at NDNation is that Kelly seems to be over his head.
Stanford had one guy play both offense and defense and score two touchdowns in 15 seconds - first a rush TD and second a pick-6. It was pretty amazing.
The fact that ND offense did so poorly, at home, when Kelly is known as an offense oriented coach, has to be very troubling for ND fans.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Defense Improvement in 2011||
I expect the defense to improve significantly because - if nothing else - we would not be starting true or redshirt freshmen anymore.
Apart from a few mental breakdowns, out RFr starting FS C. Gordon has been decent and will be good next year. CB situation will be quite comfortable with Floyd and Woolfolk. Experienced talent will return at SS positions. We will lose our starting LBs - but its not as if they were doing too great to start with - so lets hope that there will not be significant drop-off from Ezeh level performance. Last thing - the line - there I am quite happy with players options including MM, Big Will, RVB, Black and Roh (sometimes) - along with developing talents - Ash, Talbott, Paskorz, Wilkins.
So - all in all - I am quite hopeful about 2011 defense.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Safeties - Good Tacklers, Good Angles??||
Look at how far we have come:
Who could have said that for our safeties past two years. Just for this, I going to give Gerg some credit - and if they just keep doing this with some level of competence, I will take my chances against any team as long as our offense remains Denardastic!
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Woolfolk to Return?||
If Woolfolk returns then we have 21, otherwise 22.
Also - I don't think this is probable - but there is a chancee that a fifth year senior may not get a scholarship - that will add to 21. Currently, the following are potential candidates (remote possibility though): S. Watson, K. Leach, M. Williams and B. Herron. All other current RJr seems well set in their spots and will surely get a fifth year.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Magnus keeps a count of||
Magnus keeps a count of eligible players on his site. Here is the link to his latest count:
According to him we have 75 scholarship players on roster right now - so thats 10 free spots. We will be losing 11 Seniors (assuming that our best CB, currently injured, comes back for a RSr season) - so we will have a total of 21 scholarships to give.
I hope we don't have any more attrition - if that is so - then 21 is our cap.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Concentration and Focus||
I think a big difference between a DB and WR is that you can almost never "switch-off" or go-slow - like you can when you are a WR and the play is not designed to come your way. At a DB position - or defense in general - the team is only as good as the weakest link - so as a DB, and especially as a Safety, you always need to be on ON mode - always on attack. Perhaps that is the reason why defenses tire a lot quickly than offenses do.
On offense, 1-2 extraodinarily gifted skill players can cover a lot of shortcomings in others - not so in defense - the weaknesses of everyone is always in displayed in plain sight.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Performance against OSU and Wiscy||
Rather than the overall record, Denard's Heisman chances will mainly depend upon how he does in the last game (OSU) and the second last game (Wiscy). If he continues to maintain his stats until the last two games and gives great performance on the national stage for the last two games - then the Heisman is his - Michigan's record then will only be the secondary consideration.
If he breaks open OSU game with a couple of highlight reel worthy plays - then I think that will take him across the finish like (think how Woodson and Howard sealed their Heisman in the OSU game).
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Keep Calm and Continue the Hope||
I am not only calm, I continue to be hopeful about the future. Before you call me delusional, consider the following:
1. Defense is a situation of being as weak as the weakest link - currently our weakest link is the RFr Position Switch Starter SS. He has made mistakes - but that have mostly been because of over-enthusiasm (going for the interception, trying to take INT to the house) rather than incompetence. This is coachable and will improve with experience.
2. Although we got gashed on runs and short passes, we did not give up big plays. With our offense the way it is, we do not need to shut down other teams, we just need to ensure that other teams score only through long (as in number of plays) drives - which increases the chance of them making mistakes (INTs, Fumbles, Drops) and the drives stalling. We have successfully done this except for two plays in the ND game (for which - see point 1 above)
3. The special teams (FGs, Kickoffs, Punting) is being handled by RFr and True Fr. Gibbons has a huge leg but is inaccurate right now - this is likely to improve with experience. Hagerup has wowed everybody in practice and it is a matter of time before he translates the success on the field.
So - in conclusion - the sky has not fallen yet. So keep calm - and if you believe my rational above (I certainly do) - then continue to hold hope afloat. We will know much more about this team after the Indiana and MSU game.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Match well with pro-style teams||
I think we match well with pro-style teams since their defense is also built to handle pro-style: large, lumbering linemen, strength over speed and so on. Thats why I think we will have success over MSU and PSU.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||UMass Spread Offense||
They do have a spread offense but their QB does not run much... just 7 carries for 26 yards (not adjusted for sacks) in the last game. 2 carries for -14 yards in the one before. However, he is efficient and completes around 65% of his passes.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||FG Kicking||
While we have had serviceable FG kickers in the past few years after Rivas - who was great and very reliable - we still need to find someone who can consistently hit 40+ yarders and has a good chance to hit from 50-55 yard range in special situations.
I think Rivas had a career FG percentage of over 75%. He was money from 40-45 yards. Other similar players that come to mind - Brett Swenson at MSU and Ryan Pretorius at OSU - both close to 80% FG percentage with a range that crosses 50 yards.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Have fixed the typo - it||
Have fixed the typo - it should have said 1st of course.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I would love to||
post this every week - perhaps in a standardized format. Look for it every Monday morning - thats when NCAA updates its database.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Very Thin Depth||
UConn has some serious depth issues:
* Zach Frazer has the reputation for being injury prome - and there is nobody credible behind him at QB after Cody Endres' suspension (Box is an RFr).
* Three of the OL backups are RFr.
* Both CB backups are True Fr.
* Another True Fr is backing up at DT.
They have an experienced starting line-up, but if they sustain injury to their key starters then they don't have good options to plug the holes.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Part of a trick?||
The UConn Blog thinks that the whole redshirt rumor was a trick by Edsall.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Add a column for state of origin||
Hi Tim - as usual great info. I am wondering whether it would be useful to add a column right after the Position column that indicates the state that the recruit is from. It would provide a good overview of the geographical range/focus of a particular school's recruitiing.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||So close...||
I just read through the play-by-play at ESPN and was reminded of how close we were to winning this one. Despite the turnovers - we were at our 38 yard line at 2nd and 5 with one minute to go and a field goal would have won it. The interception then can be ascribed to true freshman QB and I am confident that with the QB maturity that we have now - we would have won it. Although - Minor was effective in that game - and it is difficult to project whether one of our current RBs will rise to challenge as well as Minor did.
Iowa is coming to Ann Arbor this year. I think, in balance, we are better than last year while they would, at best, be as good as last year - so chances are that we will avenge last year's heartbreak.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||State of Origin||
Tim - it might be a good idea to add a column right after the name for the state where the recruit currently resides/plays. it will help readers see the geographical distribution of committs and also fan the flames of the likes of "Dantanio owns MI", "ND recruits coast to coast", "Nebraska's move to Big-Ten will kill them in Texas recruiting" etc crowd.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Star Sports Channel||
I was in India last Dec and I was surprised to find them broadcasting an NFL game. I had never imagined that American Football will be on a live broadcast (I think it may have been a delayed one) in India. There were no College Football games when I was there - but it is not out of the realm of possibility there there may be at least a highlight real there. However, for reliability, I imagine it will have to be an Internet based (slignbox, ESPN3, BTN Stream...).
Bangalore has tonnes of pubs - perhaps the alumni association needs to find one that is amenable to driving the logistics and showing Michigan games. Michigan perhaps has the largest alumni based in India of all the US universities - so it just might work.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||MIS Graduate Program ??||
I have been teaching CS/MIS for a couple of years at a Big-Ten school system and following are my observations. All of this may not apply to you - so pick what you feel fits you.
1. You need to be clear whether you want to be in hard-core technology (coding, system maintenance, network management etc) or you want to be in more of a business-technology area. If it is the second - then you should look at a MIS program in a business school rather than a CS program in the Engineering school. I feel your business undergrad would help you if you choose MIS. Also - there are many MIS MS programs that would perhaps be a better fit for you to add a technology layer to your business/finance undergrad.
2. There is a growing trend of low level CS jobs being offshored while MIS jobs are still holding better. You need to pick an area that is at least somewhat resistant to being offshored (e.g basic coding can be offshored without much trouble, user requirement assessment - less likely).
3. Location is a big issue - there are just too many CS/MIS grads chasing very few jobs in the Chicago/Milwaukee/Madison region that my students are considering. In contrast, many faculty in growing areas (Texas, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon...) or technology industry rich states (California, Washington) tell me that the competition for jobs is less fierce there.
Best of luck to you - it is commendable that you are following your passion and taking steps to bolster your adademic credentials.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The New Ross School of Business Building||
Although I suffered through the construction of it for two years and graduated before the building was open - I recently went back for a conference and was amazed by the new classrooms, cafeteria and facilities for graduate students. It is hands down one of the top five business school facility in the world. If anybody gets a chance, take the tour of the building and go up to the 5th (or is it 6th) floor deck - the view from their is wonderful.
but yah - Dennison sucks! MLB even more so. The good news is that Michigan is one of few Universities that are spending a lot on capital investment even through the recession - so sooner or later the average infra level will improve - although I guess the improvement will first happen for research and graduate education and will trickle slowly into the undergrad parts.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Something wrong with the numbers||
I am not an expert on DoE datasets - but there is clearly something weird going on there. There is no way that Iowa spends more on its football program than Michigan does. I think there might be underlying accounting issues regarding which school counts what item in a certain way or not.
OSU has the most football revenue and has the largest single campus (by enrollment) in the country - so it should be no surprise that they spend the most on football. However, I am guessing that other top 10 spenders (which includes Michigan) would be within 10-15% of the OSU level.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Paying Something the Players||
Okay - I agree that the amount does not make sense from the scale and Title IX point of view - but still - I would say that the idea of student atheletes making zilch while everybidy else raking it in is absurd.
Think of it from the perspective of a truly elite talent - if a degree is really that valuable then you would not see such abysmal graduation rates as you see in college football/bball. Elite talent comes to college sports because that is the *only* way to get into the pro sports. They deserve compensation - at least at the minimum level at which they can provide a basic living to their families - then there won't be the huge pressure on them to jump ship at the first available opportunity.
NCAA can set limits so that it does not become a bidding contest - but come on - think of someone who has to rise out of penury based on his/her physical skills? and if you were one of them - wouldn't you take the first cash offer that comes your way rather than gamble with injury/competition/luck - and wouldn't you just hate the system that makes so much money off you and gives you not a penny. Wouldn't you call it unfair?
|4 years 48 weeks ago||First Job||
Think of the time when you were about to finish your degree - how excited were you for your first job - the chance to finally make some money - and how you couldn't wait another day to move from being a penniless student to a well to do professional. Now, imagine that you have tonnes and tonnes of talent and you are being asked to go through a grinder of a work schedule so that other people make money off you while you continue to be a penniless amateur student athelete - wouldn't you want to just have it finished so that you can finally get some monetary returns from your talent.
I think this is the big problem with the whole NCAA Student Athelete system. Coaches make multi-millions a year, University makes hundreds of millions; Game Companies, Sponsors, Apparel Companies makes billions - all based on the talent and hard work of people like Manny and Warren - and what do they get - the pride and glory for sure, an excellent education of course - but I am sure it is often not enough against the more immediate need of improving the financial state of your family by getting some valuation for your talent before it is too late and the vagaries of injuries, competition from other elite talent or just pure luck takes it all away from you.
I think NCAA needs to think about allowing the schools to give the students on the roster a living allowance - does not have to be too much - say $50K - 70K per year so that they don't have to run out of school because the family roof is leaking and they need a couple of thousands to fix it.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||A Fund Raiser for WolverineHistorian?||
Considering that Wolverine Historian provides us with such an amazing service, it is on our interest to make sure that he has the best equipment available. Is it possible for us to find a way to do a fund raiser that generates a couple of thousand bucks that might do the trick as far as HD TV and DVD Recorders are concerned?
Any thoughts or suggestions?
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Hopkins for rush touchdowns||
Considering that Hopkins is going to be the running back for small yardage and goal line situations, it is quite likely that he might lead the team in rushing TDs. Similar to MSU situation couple of years back when they had one bull for goal line and one speedy back for everything else. The speedy one had lots more yards but the bull had the most TDs.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Imagine that you are||
a subscriber of MGoBlog and give that $99 to Brian.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||No way||
This was no way the best Judge Judy. This would not even count as the best case of the day on a good day.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Thank You||
Thank you to all the contributors to the discussion so far. I have also received a few emails with suggestions. The response has been far better than my expectations.
As an impartial researcher, I am intentionally not actively participating in the conversation. I am going to take all the comments in and try to put them in a coherent structure. Once I have a readable summary I will post them for your perusal.
The idea is that once I have enough material/insights, I will formulate specific research questions in the form of an online survey. Insights/conclusions from that survey can lead to a research paper (helps me) and can hopefully help Brian in tweaking the system for the community's benefit (helps all).
Thanks again - and please be assured that even though I am not actively participating, I am observing the discussion take shape with much interest. Please continue sharing your thoughts if you have something to add to this discussion.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Wow! Three Hours of Sleep and...||
Thank you everyone for the replies. I appreciate you taking time out to contribute.
I started the thread way too early central time - go to sleep for three hours and get up to see the thread exploding. Well - it all helps me think through the issue so all comments are welcome. Unfortunately, I have just a few minutes before today's research seminar - so my replies to all the contributions will have to wait for a few hours.
I will also compile a summary of the discussion and post it as the discussion winds down.
Thank you again.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Return trip cheaper than one way?||
Consider this - couple of years back I needed a one-way ticket to Tulsa. The one way ticket was about $500 - however, the return ticket with any random return date was about $250! So guess what I did - took the return ticket and did not show up for the return flight.
More recently, a Milwaukee - Chicago - New Delhi ticket was some 300 bucks cheaper than a straight Chicago - New Delhi ticket.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Nothing - nothing at all - he is here to stay||
RR has had troubles - but I am confident that by the time 2010 ends we will all be laughing about ever doubting RR's success at Michigan.
I have spent last two days watching all possible YouTube clips of RR's teams and I am certain in my belief that He Will Be Successful at Michigan. I am willing to bet my 10 MGoPoints (edited - now 15) on it! :-)
All this bad news is only stoking the fires that will propel RR's team forward.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Something is going well around...||
after all the bad news about Michigan, Midwest and UM - its great that at least something is going well around...
Detroit is my absolute favorite airport. Amsterdam Schiphol is close but too busy. O'Hare sucks BTW. These days I fly out of the tiny Mitchell airport in Milwaukee - and there is something about walking through security in 2 minutes and being able to drink beer next to your gate.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||UM, Detroit, Michigan, Midwest...||
I have a depressing thought... for better or worse, the fate of Univ of Michigan (in all aspects - academics, athletics, reputation..) is in some way tied to the fate of the largest Metro area (Detroit), the state we are in (Michigan) and the region we are in (Midwest) and none of them are doing too well.
We can fight the tide for some time because our reputation and strengths can counter the downward pressure for the time being - but if things do not improve then its only a matter of time before we start getting dragged down.
Lets hope for the Metro Detroit to be better managed, Michigan to get its economy back on track and Midwest coming out of the slump it is in. Midwest Renaissance... where art thou?
PS> All in all I am in great mood today - Sachin Tendulkar made the first double century in One Day International Cricket today. He is my favorite sportsperson for 20 years and he been is very best in last 12 months with 10 international centuries.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Othere Teams and Steroids?||
This is not specific to the Michigan football team as I am sure that RR and Michigan will never stoop to fraud and cheating. However - past few years I have seen some college football players that just scream Steroids! We have heard so much about steroids in Baseball but not as much in Football where I guess increased muscle mass and strength should be more of a factor.
Does NCAA have a stringent drug testing program (random testing I hope) to make sure that student athletes are not pumping themselves until their balls become the size of peanuts?
Have there been any obvious candidates for the "Hey Steroids!" award past few years?
(again to stress - this is not about Michigan - we do extra practice and exercise for our weight gain! :-)
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Laptops Closed in Class Today||
I lot of UM faculty are regulars on this website. A whole lot of faculty from other schools are also in here regularly (I happen to be one of them). Now that you have made your intentions clear so openly - don't be surprised if the word gets out and you get a "Laptops Closed in Class Today" announcement in class today! :-)
|5 years 37 weeks ago||This post...||
... made me so happy!
Nobody ever explained the decision making process of QB this succinctly before.
and BTW - today I wrote a program that solves god-awful-hard Sudokus for me! Yay!! If we beat ND tomorrow then I will put it up on the interwebs for free rather than distributing it on iPhone App store for $0.01 and hence earning more than Brian earns by providing more than the whole front page of sweet content in a single day! Or maybe not - Brian these days have additional revenues from MGoTShirts and all those ads for Evony I clicked on.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Thanks Tacar||
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Tickets for Wisconsin Game||
I am planning to go to the Wisconsin game in Madison this year and was looking around to see if I could buy tickets online. Most prices were outrageous (>$150).
A Madison native told me that tickets are easily available outside the stadium on game day. Would anyone with experience buying Wisc tickets please share their experience on how to get good tickets at a reasonable price.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||2005 - Year of Infinite Pain?||
I just gave a quick looksie to the old MGoBlog (well - Brian puts a link and you click on it - its only polite) - and I smiled to myself when I read the following in the post for Zone Stretch:
Ahhh... Good Times!!
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Link to the article?||
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Coaching Staff's Intelligence||
I guess we all are trying to make sense of the current profile of our recruits - and there are several explanations. The OP presents one point of view. However, the way I see it, you don't get paid multiple millions a year to take a few years to realize what kind of players you can or can not recruit. I am sure RR and his coaching staff has a better idea than most (all?) of us amateurs regarding what kind of talent is available to them and what kind of talent do they want from that pool. This is their bread and butter, their livelihood - and they have much more information available to them than even the recruiting services - let alone fans like us.
Further, if a group of people were smart enough to figure out how to take advantage of a small recruiting base by designing a custom recruiting strategy and offense around that (as the OP suggests), I am sure they can also figure out how to best take advantage of the current larger recruiting base and what kind of offense will best suit this group.
Just hold on everybody - RR and his team are professionals with a proven record - who live, breath and eat football recruiting everyday. They know what they are doing - and as fans - we should hold judgment until we have more definite proof of a coach's ineptness (just in case we have an ND fan reading this - you know what we are talking about) over a period of time.
|6 years 8 weeks ago||Brian - Save this post||
It is already about to go away from the "New" section and will soon be out of sight - out of mind. That will be a terrible waste.
We probably need a MGoArchive for items of great historical interest (like this one). I am assuming (more like begging maniacally) that the MMM (Mystery Mustached Man) is an April 1st thing and will go away. We must not let this go away!
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Depth Chart - prutty puhleez||
I second the request to fix the depth chart under the useful stuff section. Its a favorite past time of mine when I have exhausted all the posts, diaries, comments, MGoBoard and generally refreshing a few times in hope of a new post.
Hate to see Beaver still in there... please fix it so that I can start fantasizing about next years starters, breakout underclassmen and so on...
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Get back to school (if possible)||
Sorry to hear about you losing your job. Its a big blow.
A bit of unsolicited advice that may or may not be relevant to your current situation. In my view, the current downturn is going to last another year and half at least - and even after that manufacturing based skills (since you mentioned tool and die) are not going to be much in demand. Perhaps its a great time to explore grad school with a professional degree that will continue to have traction in the market (choices abound - just in Michigan you have = Michigan Business School, Law School, School of Information, School of Education, Public Health, Public Policy - you might be a great fit for the Business School's Manufacturing focused MBA track or the Master in Supply Chain program). By the time you will graduate - you will have a better job market to take your pick from.
Wishing you all the best. Hope things turn around for you quickly job wise.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Tax Deductible Donations?||
I am not a tax expert - but is it possible for Brian to set up this website as a non-profit entity so that donations are tax deductible. It does not make a difference to me personally (not enough income for tax deductions to matter, and I ponied up already) but I am sure there are enough readers out there who would be more inclined to pay if the donation were tax deductible.
BTW - this is my very first post here after many months of silent stalking of every post/diary/discussion on MGoBlog!