"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 weeks 2 days ago||All the best, Ace||
Great to hear that you're doing better, and thanks for providing us with an update.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Re: Yost||
Yost would also be turning over in his grave if he knew we had a black quarterback. I'm not terribly concerned about conforming the program to his standards.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||"M" = thousands, "MM" = millions||
I believe it's a banking convention. By using "M" he meant thousands of dollars.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Durkin wasn't the DC then||
He was a DE/Special teams coach, so he wasn't the DC at Stanford. There's a post on SB Nation's Florida blog that looked into Durkin's tenure at Stanford, and talks about how strong the special teams were under his watch.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||FYI||
I'm almost certain Todd Graham is a defensive guy. It's odd to think that, because his success seems to have been predicated on the strength of his offenses (at Tulsa and ASU), but he's actually a defensive guy who just hires kick-ass offensive coordinators (similar to Bob Stoops' hiring of Air Raid disciples).
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Value of doing this UFR||
Was that this really, really needed to be said...
"Morris had no business playing against Minnesota. Inserting him at all is malpractice and leaving him in past halftime is all but throwing the game."
...and while this may have seemed obvious to many of us while watching the game, taking the time to UFR this game helps provide meaningful evidence to demonstrate that this was the case.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Uhh...||
Samardzija's last two years at Notre Dame were 77-1249-15 and 78-1017-12. I'll take that and worry about defining positions later.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Drake reminds me of Andre Cooper||
Cooper was a dual-sport guy who played WR at Florida State in the late 1990's and was deadly on jump balls. Had 15 TDs one year at FSU.
Hopefully Drake gets over these nagging injuries.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Huge fan of this series||
There have been some dissenting views on this, so I wanted to outwardly support the series. Lots of fun.
And, yes: that Venric Mark pick was BY FAR the worst of the entire draft. Calhoun at least has ideal size and athleticism for his position and no durability issues, so there's a decent chance he breaks out and justifies the hype. There is no universe in which Venric Mark over Melvin Gordon makes any sense, given the information at our disposal at this time.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||EDSBS Bowl donation||
I donated $80.79, for the final score of the 1989 NCAA Basketball Championship game.
Yes, wrong sport, but WHATEVA, I DO WHAT I WANT.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I am so damn happy for that kid||
I have zero opinion about him as a player or whether we should have offered him or someone else. And right now, I don't care.
All I know is there's this kid that has always dreamed of playing QB for Michigan, and his life-long dream came true today. We can all relate to that.
Congratulations, Alex. All the best.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Two quick things||
First of all, this is really cool analysis. Two items:
(1) What's Coach K's rank in the final (best and worst removed) metric?
(2) Oliver Purnell is now at DePaul.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Bravo||
Excellent work, Ace.
One tip: I think it would have been more instructive to show the plays that led to Stauskas getting fouled, rather than showing his actual free throw makes.
But that was really excellent. The pick-and-roll section was great - you could really see how difficult it is to defend him on the P-and-R. He beat so many different types of P-and-R defense.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Winning without class?||
How would the Sparties respond if someone on the team - let alone the coach - said "We've beaten them 5 out of 7 times, so where's the threat?"
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Re: Free whiskey||
Brian, I like whiskey as much as you do, but free whiskey would be a terrible idea. Whiskey-makers wouldn't have any incentive to make a high-quality product, and so all the free whiskey would be of terrible quality.
Unless you, as King, forced them to make a small batch of top-shelf stuff just for you ... but then it wouldn't really be free, would it?
|2 years 1 week ago||Yes!||
I included Utah as one of the 5 teams I can watch on NBA League Pass Broadband for just this reason. I'm looking forward to checking out his progress this season.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Fine||
How about last year, when we had 3 fifth-year seniors on the offensive line, one of whom was a budding star under the former regime? If the only problem is experience, why did the interior line suck LAST year?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Winner||
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Most damning quote possible||
Came from Heiko's "counterpunt":
"The next time Michigan executes a proper constraint against an opponent that over-defends a base play will be the first time."
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Packaged plays?||
Watching the game live I thought I saw Michigan run a couple of packaged plays, one of which was a pass completion to Chesson.
I didn't comment here given the rage-storm, but I figured you'd pick it up on the UFR. Was I seeing things, or did we run a couple of packaged plays?
EDIT: Your description of the play was "Inside zone looking play to a pop pass to Chesson". When I watched it live, I thought Gardner was reading a linebacker there.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||RAGE||
Says our Offensive Coordinator: "You guys have been Michigan fans for a while right? You saw what happened before we got here."
Yes. I saw Denard Robinson complete 62% of his passes and account for 4,200 yards in an offense that was gearing up to be a death machine. Thanks for reminding me, jerk.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||???||
Do you really think opposing teams didn't have video proof of how stupid Borges could be until Brian posted this?
(How do you think Penn State knew they could stack the box like they did?)
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Works for me||
Then bulk up Frank Clark another 10-12 pounds for next year and have him replace some of Jibreel Black's reps at the 3-tech.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||That was great, Ace||
And I love that Nix has a sense of humor about all this.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||James Ross||
I'm partial to James Ross completely obliterating Zurlon Tipton so he couldn't recover the fumble.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Argh||
Resisting the urge to think about how much better the interior o-line could have been last year if they'd incorporated more zone running plays.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Phenomenal work, Brian et al.||
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Denard article in HTTV||
Brian - I understand that you may not be totally satisfied with that piece, but it was really damn good. I read it on a plane, and immediately had to take off my glasses to wipe my eyes - all the while looking around and praying nobody thought I was crying over a football player.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||I wish I could "-1" myself||
To answer a question posed by one of the tags, NO, nobody reads the tags.
Well done, Space Coyote. Troll level: MASTER.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||This is satire, right?||
Please be satire.