Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Older perspective||
Anything with Ali MGraw. And I always thought she was an otherwise beautiful person in every way. Just not acting.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||best guess||
1. Nowhere near the zika mosquito, which rules out Africa, South America, Central America and SEC states.
2. Agree with others -- not Europe, BTDT.
I'm going to go with an Alaskan or Canadian cruise or excursion.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||What he said, except shorter||
Yes, there is intelligent life, undoubtedly vastly superior intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. But, so what since we will never meet it. The end.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I seem to recall..||
Marilyn Turner's son played Hockey for Michigan. Am I wrong?
EDIT: I am correct. He played for Michigan in 76-78 and then a journeyman pro. Later, he and mom got into a legal fight.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Bailey?||
I think you're confusing Baylor with BAILEY and his circus partner Barnum.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||https://www.youtube.com/watch||
1967 VW Hatchback. Dustin Hoffman.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Agree/disagree about TWJ||
Yes, Ty Wheatley can play DE. But I am so psyched to see that kid play TE. I feel like he's going to be special.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||... like||
Knowing that first we're going to have to read the Carlo Kemp review, because Brian will surely save RG as the last DL.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Not really.||
I just didn't use any. If I knew how to format bullet points I would have. I believe in that case, punctuation is optional.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Disrespect||
Dantonious must be feelin it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Depends on the sport||
Musberger doing anything involving opening his mouth and creating sound
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Long, impressive career path||
I didn't realize until I searched it this afternoon that Runyan had decided to walk away from a third term holding a U.S. Congressional seat due to, I will be PC here, respectable political reasons. Regardless of party affiliation, it takes a lot for a guy to acquire that position and then concede that the profession just simply sucks.
Kudos to Runyan for forging a new, hopefully more rewarding path.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||This is so easy||
Mad Max Fury Road. Not really fair here because I only watched the first ten minutes during which nothing happened except hyper violent rapid wtf did she say there. And so forth.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Kittens after the horror||
No words, just kittens immediately following the loss to App State. Good thing I had already started taking paxil.
That was 2007 and Brian was way ahead on the kittens-on-the-internet meme. Two weeks later, after both Michigan and ND started off 0-2, the next best post was two kittens having a little tussle on a newspaper. In walks a third, which promptly barfs at the sight of the other two.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||unintended consequences||
A few years after they lowered the field, sometime in the LC era, somebody thought it would be great to go back to grass. Problem was, the field was now below the water table -- there's an aquifer or something running under the stadium -- and so that grass was a mess. There's more to the water story going all the way back to Yost at the time of construction, but I'm fuzzy on it.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Silly point totals||
Posbangs are the reason so many users have ridiculous point totals. They are strokefests in which the stokers's only purpose is to increase his/her point totals. I don't know why they think this is an important thing.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Key question||
Do girls notice when guys old enough to be their father are staring at them? Just curious.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||ad revenue||
They also get revenue from advertising and, I think, a level of support from their big media parents that independent blogs like this one can't take advantage of.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Brilliant||
That's an excellent qualifier. You must kill at 20 questions.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Oooookay!||
So much to work with here. I grew up in Oakland county and moved to Chicago after graduation. It's a great town with something for everyone! Oh, never mind.
That seemed weird so I'll go laundry list
The Bean, where selfies were invented
|15 weeks 3 days ago||nope||
Shaw said nothing like that. he basically said he didn't care about satellite camps. And then he buried a punchline by saying, basically, he wouldn't be able to find any mouth breathers in SEC territory who could get into Stanford anyway.
|17 weeks 12 hours ago||yes, and no||
Agree that this is a smart play by Saban. However, my understanding is that "top kids", if they go to camps at all, typically do so for only a day -- kind of a cameo appearance -- so there'd be time for them to go to both camps.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||perfect timing||
I'm down to my last six-pack at my weekend house. Love the stuff but oddly only when consumed there in Michigan -- not back here in Chicago.
It just seems proper that way.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||As I always say,||
You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||wish I could figure out how a||
wish I could figure out how a "market" gets to be 5-6 trillion dollars.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||first time Hockey commentor||
I used to know a lot about Hockey. Now, not as much, but I hope enough to comment.
I remember being a Penguins fan in the early 70s (why a pisant expansion team and not the Wings would require too much explanation) and Red and his Blues dominated the expansion side of the league. He was a hell of a player and team leader; I'd give him a YMRMFSPA of Jonathan Toews. I only vaguely knew Red had been a SA at Michigan and I was a student before he returned to be Head Coach. But I've been rooting for Wolverine hockey teams ever since I was in High School. (I was at Olympia Stadium when UM lost to Wisconsin in OT in the NCAA final. That sold me.) After all these years, it's hard not to look up to Red as an essential part of Michigan.
So, I just wanted to say here, today, that Red Berenson should occupy the Mount Rushmore of Michigan Athletic legends if said Mount could accommodate a few more than four heads:
Harbaugh (if not too soon, then consider it my prediction)
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Bernie Lincicome||
Bernie was a cranky, get-off-my-lawn columnist when I moved to Chicago and started reading the Tribune thirty-two years ago.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Morris||
Is Shane Morris still with the program? Just curious.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I couldn't make it past.||
I couldn't make it past.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Spoken like a true Crane!||
Aim High back to you, sir. (C1977).
|24 weeks 1 day ago||not going well||
Bettencourt is T104 through 6 holes. Coach is helping the team though to T70 but we can't tell what his individual score is.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||here's what's going to happen||
Bettencourt is going to shit the bed on the front nine tomorrow, but Harbaugh will do his magic. MB will be better on his back nine, and better in his second round than he was in his first. Coach has a way of making things like that happen.
Generally pairings are the luck of the draw, although big AT&T business partners will get preferential treatment somehow and big time celebrities (think Bill Murray or Jack Lemmon) tend to develop a relationship with a particular pro and do repeat performances over the years. I remember one year Tom Brady played in the same foursome with his dad which was cool.
Unless you're an invited guest of the sponsor, the entry fee for playing in a pro-Am can be gag-inducing. I would expect the AT&T, the Rose Bowl of Pro-Ams, would run over $20,000.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I get that||
It's not about raw # of players.
Still, he credits Rudock for all of his passing production without crediting any of his teammates for same. It's what I hate about fantasy football. And by teammates, I'm referring to all of them, not just the ones that catch passes. That o line did a phenomenal job of pass pro in 2015 but the machines treat them like bodies occupying uniforms.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||53% of Michigan's offense returning?||
Obviously, the QB and in our case, Rudock's production carries more weight than the average position/player. But 53% returning on offense I don't quite get. To be specific, M loses Rudock, a platoon TE (Williams), the whole FB platoon (Kerridge/Houma) and Glasgow. Call it 3.5 starters, which is about 30% of 11. So the loss of 30% of the starters somehow carries the weight of 47% using Bill's factoring. Seems like a stretch.
|25 weeks 38 sec ago||You will not fuck my daughter-in-law||
She works for DHS/State Department in Passport Security. She's a smart, dedicated, responsible public servant who also happens to be a wonderful human being.
So, Fuck you.
|25 weeks 25 min ago||The most unpredictable position||
Mike Hart and Drake Johnson, 3 stars. Kevin Grady, Derrick Green and Ty Isaac, high 4/5 stars.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Time will tell||
I also read the trib regularly and would agree that Teddy is not a bad writer. I don't think he's particularly good either -- generally kind of anodyne. But I think newspaper guys tend to get lazy as they get older and establish a steady base of readers and job security.
I put Rick Telander in that category. When he worked for SI he was an outstanding columnist, a bit like Albom in that you felt like you knew the guy personally because he shared personal stories as part of his writing style. I think he got tired of the travel so he dropped SI and went full-time with the Sun Times in Chicago where he'd always lived and I think still does. The downside of that for him was it kind of put him in a rut and he's gotten bored and lazy. I can't remember the events, but he did a hatchet job on Rodriquez, basically just piggy backing on the Freep's coverage of Stretchgate without making any effort to check the facts.
I hope Teddy doesn't follow down the same path of complacence, boredom and hackery.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, yes||
Nobody had Harmon committing to Michigan... until he did.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I agree it's dubious||
I agree it's dubious; just trying to have some fun with it. Still, he could know a reporter and is working with a tip that an huge announcement is coming out tonight, without actually knowing what it's about.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||based on all of his clues...||
I'm going with a major media (like ESPN or SI) blockbuster story that blows up recruiting violations at either OSU or MSU.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Print edition||
I still buy the Sunday trib dead tree edition because my wife has never been able to get out of the habit of doing their puzzles. Neither of us spend any time actually reading the paper. It goes straight to recycling. Wasteful I know, and at $5, expensive too.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Strange||
Crystal balls tell an interesting story about Swenson. Naturally, for two years he's 100% Michigan until he decommits. The he gets two to Wisconsin and one to NU. Then suddenly, a chorus swings to OU immediately proceeding his commitment.
Of the four teams, OU is the academic outlier, the least stringent in terms of acceptance. Swenson takes zero OVs until his last stop in Norman is described as Official.
Partridge's tells TVH "you have to hold up your end of the bargain both academically and athletically". All of this makes me wonder if the issue with Swenson was never that he wasn't good enough, but that he maybe didn't have the grades to go to M or UW or NU.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||who?||
You made me google Jessica Szohr. Having read her Wikipedia page, I still don't understand what she has to do with Michigan or any of this.
still, she's a leader and schwing best it appears.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I Object||
As a "businessman", I object to the implication that unethical conduct is my default setting. I also object to the assumption that Harbaugh and staff are acting unethically.
This is all about the whether or not recruits are being communicated to honestly. We don't know and will never know the answer to that because the staff can't discuss it. But the OP, and Teddy Greenstein and a lot of others assume the staff is being dishonest, based on little more than the tweets of 18 year-olds.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Yep. Groundhog Day all over||
Yep. Groundhog Day all over again.
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||Obviously. I'm just trying||
Obviously. I'm just trying to establish the worst case scenario.
|27 weeks 8 hours ago||are you sure?||
Are you sure he never visited, even unofficially?
|27 weeks 8 hours ago||how much harm has this been?||
I get that at a minimum, the Michigan staff is guilty of creating some pretty bad optics for themselves and us, the fan base to apologize for. And, yeah, if you take Swenson's word on it, the staff handled it genuinely badly. But, what keeps sticking in my mind is, how much harm has this done to Swenson? If he wanted to play football in the big house on Saturdays, the staff was basically telling him that would never happen and he should go elsewhere. If playing was what he really wanted he should go find it. Telling him the truth was doing him a favor.
If getting a scholarship to a premiere Big Ten institution is his goal, well that's going to be satisfied by either Wisconsin or Northwestern. So, really, how sad is Swenson's story in the end?
|27 weeks 10 hours ago||Thanks||
I did not know this because I don't really care much about the no fun league. Thanks also to mgo2017.
Really wish we could have it for college games.
|27 weeks 10 hours ago||Depth Chart Transfer?||
First off, congrats to Gant for getting his degree and looking forward. Always good to see.
Now, about that depth chart. After Gedeon there are zero players with meaningful snaps at LB, with the names Furbush and McCray displayed as projected starters. For Gant to decide to move on is kind of bizarre. If I'm not mistaken, he got more snaps at LB than the rest of the roster combined. I wonder if this means the light has gone on and/or health issues for Furbush and McCray have resolved. Just wow.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Full 22?||
How the hell does this guy get full-22 film? Is NFL F22 easier to access than NCAAF?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe another word?||
I agree that we are going to see a lot of starters depart and that will be sad. But I don't like the word "attrition" in this context. That's a negative and doesn't honor the four or five year athletes who've given it all up and, hopefully, graduate.
Attrition is more about leaving because there's somewhere else to go and play at the college level, or just stop playing or drop out of school.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Bonds?||
Tough month for us boomers. Is you avatar Bill Bonds? Awesome.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
For the reminder.
|28 weeks 7 hours ago||Peters||
Without a doubt. He might even be the #1 ahead of Gary.
|28 weeks 23 hours ago||Not the pretzel bell||
They can call it the Pretzel Bell. But it won't be anything like what I experienced and loved in the 70s and 80s. It's just not possible.
Just a few examples: they served pitchers of beer, the best of which might have been, I don't know, Heineken or Lowenbrau. And, it had phone booths and maybe one 19" TV.
We're talking 30 years since it closed and 40 since its prime. I just think I will walk into this place next fall and think yeah, it's a contemporary college town sports bar.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||good one||
My diet coke just came out of my nose.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Debbie,||
You are very down. Take a Valium or something.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Featured on David Feherty's show||
Over the weekend I watched a repeat of David Feherty's Golf Channel interview show with Nick Saban. I think the interview took place last summer, before August camp.
Feherty is quite entertaining, even if you're not into golf. And he's a great interviewer. The Saban episode is pretty good -- I recommend it to anyone reading this topic.
I think Nick was trying really hard to make Nick look like a nice guy.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I know.||
Hopefully, the day will come when social stuff will just get automatically embedded into everyone's consciousness.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||But not that||
I would never ask Olivia to Yost West me against her will.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Uh, one question||
How does Don Brown handle having an NFL guy hanging around consulting? If this happens it'll make me wonder if Brown is as awesome as he's hyped up to be around here.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Huh?||
What is the parallel you see between Ole Miss and Illinois? I don't get it.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||See what you did there||
Team 137. Clever.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Sure, but...||
I get your point, but isn't he at most the #5 TE too, behind Butt, Bunting, Williams and Hill?
(Not to mention Wheatley, Poggi and Winovich.)
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Curious...||
As the other half of the duo, are you referring to Wheatley or Bunting?
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Kenpom?||
Kenpom is usually uncannily close to the actual result. This game, not so much. And in reading the preview, I couldn't understand how he wasn't calculating a higher margin. YSU showed no evidence of being prepared to be even be close. And they weren't.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||That's cool||
I like the stretch for #6 from Wheatley in the 90s to Walker in the Teens.
WD: who else has worn 6 on the offense in those years?
Edit: I checked for myself on mgoblue.com as far back as rosters are kept. Here's who's worn 6 on offense since 97:
Not a popular number, but a nice one for a RB.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||so, still "piss poor"?||
Just looking for clarity here... last night you made seemed to presume that UM would hire a piss poor charter. Is that still your opinion?
|33 weeks 4 days ago||here, here!||
Let's focus on the other priorities to build on one heck of an awesome first season -- as if we have any impact whatsoever and our focusing will get 'er done.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||our votes are not that consequential in this thing||
The voting panel is 16 football writers and former players. The winner of the fan poll gets one vote in a total of 17. So, we the fans get to play "Justice Kennedy" only if the panel is split 8 to 8.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||What time's your dental appointment?||
|34 weeks 4 days ago||thanks.||
did not know that.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||"Spring Semester"?||
Sorry, Ace, but I'm old. Since when does UM have a spring semester starting in April? And would Elliot not be the first football enrollee to start then?
|35 weeks 2 days ago||the kind of humor that's||
the kind of humor that's right over my head...
|35 weeks 3 days ago||what's stopping you?||
what's stopping you?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||is TTB and MGoblog on the||
is TTB and MGoblog on the same farm? I thought there was something wrong with my connection when I was failing to connect to both sites at once.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||beat me to it||
I don't understand the thinking of anybody who reads this site feeling like they're entitled to uninterrupted service AND an explanation whenever it breaks.
Brian and Co. have no contract with us, the readers. If you're "dying" out here because you couldn't access the site for a few wee hours, go find another blog.
|37 weeks 15 hours ago||49-17 Michigan||
|38 weeks 9 hours ago||I wouldn't rule out Peters||
Peters is starting school in January and he seems to be M's best QB prospect since Mallett or Henne. From what I've seen and read, he's also a camp rat and is really serious about developing his skills.
Whoever it ends up being, QB play should be an upgrade from this year.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||OTOH||
He could have found out by seeing him on the field. That's how I knew. I watched the game on the TV and saw a Michigan jersey with the name "Newsome" on the back. Haven't checked my Twitter feed since Friday.
|39 weeks 11 hours ago||Free?||
If you have to put money down in order to get past the paywall, it ain't free, even if said money is refundable.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||If ifs and buts were candy and nuts||
But we knew going into the season that M did not have a great WR that's not a freshman, and freshmen are by definition, not great WRs. I felt like, other than maybe kickers, WR was the weakest position group on the team. Kickers turn out to be good+. WRs have turned out to be mediocre at their best.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Careful with the hands though...||
Either Adam didn't transcribe it exactly correctly or Jackson didn't get the phrasing right: "we're going to have our hands cut out for us". That would be bad, even if their eyes are focused on the right keys.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||I'll raise you||
I don't see the 2016 team being as good as 2015. There, I said it. The Offense will be the same show without two excellent contributors at fullback and Glasgow. Poggi/Shallman and Kugler are not as good as those guys. Rudock and sparing snaps from Williams are a little more easily replacable with comparable or better players currently on the roster. What remains are good but not great players at the tackle and guard positions, WRs, RBs by committee, and great TEs. None of that's going to change; I can't see current roster veterans or freshmen pushing those guys.
On Defense, it's worse. Losing Morgan, Bolden and Ross all at once leaves a gaping hole for Gedeon, Gant, McCray, Winovich (if he doesn't compete at FB) and Furbush to fill. Again, can't find anybody else or any superstar recruits (yet) competing for those spots. Losing Wilson will hurt too, and yeah, Lewis and/or Wormley and/or Henry.
All of the above is the fallout from a relatively unimpressive 2015 recruiting class.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Correction||
First, Ferns left the program in January.
Second, you're leaving out Poggi, who's basically been a fullback
Third, you're missing Furbush.
All of that said, it doesn't look good next year in the FB and LB ranks.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Aggregation of call differentials in the same drive||
Seth, I'm too lazy to do the math. If there were consequential missed calls on the same drive, did you aggregate the differentials?
Oh, and awesome analysis. Maybe your best ever until I read the next awesome one. Love you, man.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||and continuing our conversation...||
TennBlue, hello again. I'm still unconvinced that contact was made between the two rushing DLs and their respective opposing "guards", Gedeon and Morgan. My eyes don't see it after reviewing both the sideline and endzone angles in slow motion many times. You can't really tell if Gedeon reaches his man and I'm pretty sure Morgan does not. (FYI, for your heart's sake, I recommend focusing on the skirmish and stopping the clip before the really bad shit happens.) What's not debatable is, as Seth points out, they both made contact with Spyniewski within 1 second of the snap.
I wish we had higher definition and more angles to view to see clearly that there was prior OL/DL contact but we don't. So be it, forget about it. Nonetheless, I think what's lost in this debate is the rule in its current form doesn't go far enough to protect the snapper. If Spyniewski wasn't hurt on that play, he's lucky and really flexible.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Funny||
|40 weeks 4 days ago||thanks||
Thanks for the 1/4 speed tip. By "convinced", I'm not sure which way you're leaning. I did find an endzone view. Gedeon is lined up as the "left guard" but there's a huge separation between him and Spyniewski. Morgan is the right guard, with an equally large gap. The defenders are closer to Spyniewski than either of the guards by a long shot and they're exploding at the snap. I still can't see either Gedeon or Morgan getting even a hand on either of the defenders before they hit Spyniewski.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||endzone view||
I wish I could, but I can't find an endzone view. I understand the argument against me here -- if the defenders rub against the guards before shooting the gap then there's no penalty for contacting the center.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||there's nothing in the rule about how you line up||
The NFL says the D can't have a true nose tackle on the LS, that they have to line up outside the center's shoulders. Not so in College. They can line up anywhere they want. They just can't touch the LS until a second has elapsed.
And "pushed into the snapper"? Which one of the two guys that bowled over Spyniewski in a split second off the snap was pushed? I just can't see what you're talking about.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Don't know how you can see that as "not a foul".||
The D is prohibited from touching the LS for a full second after the snap. Spyniewski gets plowed over by not one, but two DLs -- violently and dangerously -- before the clock even reached 9 seconds.
I know, I know... it doesn't matter. But, it's a call the refs absolutely missed. It's as if they figured, like everyone else in the house, that the game was over, and just took the play off. The intent of the rule is to protect long snappers from having exactly that happen to them. You'd think anytime there's a LS on the field, one of the zebras should be responsible for that protection.
Throw the flag, first down Michigan, game over and there'd be no legitimate argument over the call.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||No streaming allowed||
I'm pretty sure the software behind Gogo Inflight blocks video streaming. Sorry. I would use one of the popular web portals -- ESPN comes to mind -- and "watch" the game play by play as it unfolds. The beautiful thing is that mgovideo has been getting up full game within 24 hours and Every Snap within 48.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Great||
Assuming you know the maths, thanks. That's fast.
Also, you forgot the caveats about not pushing out of a starting block and having razor shades.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
Well done. I've been poking around at stats trying to see this but don't have nearly as much dedication as you. Specifically with regard to how opponents have done when not playing Michigan. You nailed it. OTOH, S&P pretty much bears out, I think, how good Michigan is: #3 in the country. So, in some ways this analysis is only about confirming what we know from a stat guy that's worked even harder at it on every team in the country.
Edit: sorry, Bambi, that sounds Dickish. I really do appreciate what you've done here.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||more questions/comments||
Re the opposing teams' successful opening drives. I'll never forget what the buckeyes did to Oregon in the championship game. The Ducks sped down the field for a 2 minute touchdown to start. After that, OSU absolutely shut them down. Obviously, Meyer doesn't just want to let them score, but at the same time, maybe he was committed to showing a straight-up defense to see what they're trying to do to start the game and then implement adjustments on the next and subsequent drives. Whatever, it was brilliant.
Re the Liesman loitering on the field thing. Could it be that his presence or lack thereof is part of the defensive signaling mechanism? i.e., if he's on the field, we're going to do X and if he's not, we're going to do Y. If that's true, it's not something that can be sustained. But I suspect signals change regularly anyway. I noticed Liesman against NU, but that's the only game I've attended. Be interesting to see if they use him that way again.
Re playcalling. I have a guess as to how it works, based on no experience whatsoever. After the whistle, JH quickly decides on and announces the play type, and then, based on that, either Fisch or JH/Drevno calls in a play to the signallers. This extra step would in theory only take maybe an extra 3-5 seconds -- the time needed for JH's decision -- time when the players are just regrouping anyway.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Ron Johnson||
Ron Johnson (the one from Muskegon that went to USC) really fried me and made me realize that the process of 18 year olds picking a college sometimes just doesn't make any sense.
Also, Myron Rolle and Dashawn Hand come to mind as guys that said they were looking for great academics and then picked FSU and Alabama.
So, yeah, I've learned to just say "whatever".
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Northwestern||
Not that I think they deserve a #1 ranking anywhere, but I'm really disturbed by the way so many people seem to be looking past them to sparty.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||You Beat me to it||
That was a great example of just terrible color commentary. Diarrhea of the mouth. Absolutely thoughtless. Unoriginal. Idiotic.
|43 weeks 17 min ago||Ridiculous||
For Trey to be that high as a 6 foot defender.
|43 weeks 21 min ago||Much obliged||
For your level of restraint and very clear explanation for why you have it. This kind of caveat is sorely needed in stories like this.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||wtf?||
the forecast has the eye of the hurricane a few hundred miles south on Saturday afternoon and prediction of "light rain" throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. What's all the fuss?
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry||
For using the second person. Lazy. Less typing. Got me.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Tempered enthusiasm||
Much as I'd love to see an athlete like Gary, after 10 years of following recruiting, I'm weary and leary of the superstar that doesn't want to make a commitment by the fall of his senior year. Either you love Michigan or you don't. And if the latter, good luck to you. We're moving on and we like our star walkon DT just fine, thanks.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Where||
Where were the big words? Just curious. I'd say it's more gritty, natural exposition and emotional outlay.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know||
I think it's kind of gorgeous.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||there, you went and made me||
You wild-ass stat ratio thing there kind of irks me. Now I have to go look it up.
Ok, just the BYU game, rb stats only.
They ran 10 plays for less than 3 yards gained and 3 plays for 10 or more. On those 13 plays they gained 103 yards, for an average of about 7. I'll take those. On the other 29 stupid, mundane non-extreme plays that make, you know first downs and stuff but seem to bore you, they averaged about 3.5. I'll take those too.
Further research indicates Utah running game was awful any way you slice it. But overall, thru 4 games, they're averaging about three 10+ Gains per game, against about eleven 2 or less gains. So the one-to ten ratio you tossed out really only applies to the Utah game and the rest completely negates it.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Amen||
I'm 56. The lions were dead to me in 1982. Hadn't won a playoff game yet in my life up until then. 33 years later... One?
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Lots of apparel||
if you figure the whole department, coaches and athletes, adds up to about 1,000, then the deal affords $5,300 in apparel per year to each of them. Seems like a lot even at full retail. Am I wrong? How many sweatshirts do you need?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Shadow of the goal line||
Ace, I can't tell if you're mocking Brent Musberger here re one of the cliches that irritates the hell out of me. The shadow of a goal line is cast only on the turf upon which it is painted. The original phrase was "shadow of their own goal post", which made sense back in the day when the posts and crossbar were on the goal line. Someone else in this post referred to "shadow of their end zone" which is even more nonsensical. Can we please rid ourselves of this verbal narcotic, at least on this board and leave it to asses like Mussberger?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure about the need for explosiveness||
There's been a lot to read about and film to look at lately with regard to power running offenses. Chris Brown's Grantland article quotes Stanford's David Shaw saying "We live for the 4- or 5-yard gains; the 4- or 5-yard gains are the body blows".
Two games in, I think we're seeing a similar mentality in Shaw's mentor, now coaching for Michigan. And I personally like it. First, the RB must be powerful, a bruiser. If he's elite-level fast, we'd welcome it, but so will every other school.
Conversely, I don't think a 210 lb speedster is going to do as well within this scheme.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Love this hit||
This is the Seattle model. Lead, blast with the shoulder. Good stuff.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Sure, music is an unqualified form of expression...||
... But the guns? Cumong man.
|47 weeks 16 hours ago||Zero.||
|47 weeks 1 day ago||rotation||
I'll start off with a bottle of Duvel or Chimay. After that, I'm going to Glenmorangie, aged in Sherry-oak.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Love this!||
Great effort. That said, I have to think Michigan's defense will be better than you're predicting. You've got them giving up 23 points a game, which would be a tad more than last year and rank about 28th in FBS last year. I think they'll be better than that.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||9-3||
9-3, losses to Utah, MSU, OSU. I know, that's pretty much chalk. But until we see what happens on the field tomorrow night, we're as clueless as we've been since 2011.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Easy.||
But seriously: Butt.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Are we ready for some football?||
This signals that only one major post remains to be written -- Brian's game eve preview.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Nickelback||
Playing a spread offense, you'd think nickel back would be a set piece position, in which case Ross comes out, right? So who's the fifth DB?
|47 weeks 4 days ago||he will appear this week.||
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
Having captains completely defeated is a bad thing.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Benda and Dalimonte||
Nobody's commented on this so I have to.
Q: Jim are there any other long term injuries (besides Mone)?
A: Benda and Dalimonte.
Two walk-ons. A 223 lb linebacker and a 5-9 DB. Two guys who we know and JH knows and all the people in the room know will never see a meaningful snap in a winged helmet.
So, what is he doing here? Those are the only player names he volunteered in the entire presser. Is he being serious, or funny? I laughed out loud. He threw out the same kind of thing a couple weeks ago with Hewlett and Wrobleski. Same thing. Two undoubtedly great kids that he cares about, but we all know are irrelevant to the press corps.
My point is Harbaugh is a benevolent genius, using a platform which he completely disdains to call out a few kids who's names will never be heard from again. And to throw a useless bone to the corps to chew on.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||But, it's not really "game week" yet||
Since the game is next Thursday, game week technically should not start until tomorrow. This would be like starting week 2 game week and doing a game 1 postgame presser before playing game 1.
I was thinking about how practice and meetings would be scheduled today and tomorrow. If they want to simulate as accurately as possible a "game week", tomorrow would be like a Sunday -- they would rest and/or do a light workout and spend a lot of time with film.
Likewise, if today is like Saturday -- game day -- they would have a full, tough scrimmage today with a lot of running around and complete exhaustion.
OMG, why can't I think about anything else!
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Damn||
That kid has got some burst in those legs.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Where is mike McCray?||
McCray is one of those bafflingly yet to be relevant, superb athletic specimen. Throw in Dymonte and Shallman too. Is the light not going on?
|49 weeks 3 days ago||This is Bo-rilliant||
Some poobah in the US Golf Association once said of the U.S. open course setup, "we don't intend to punish the best golfers in the world. We intend to identify them."
Harbaugh stacking the team up in an old, non-AC dorm will go a long way toward identifying those who stay...
... And those who know they're never going to play or aren't sure they want to be on a football team anymore are gonna say screw this bullshit... and won't stay.
Gotta believe this culture explains the departure of Samuelson and Miller -- and no offense or discredit is made to either of those guys -- they made good choices for themselves.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
Appreciate the chart work, thanks. Especially like the full schedule vs Power 5 comparison. As for analysis and construction, stay in school for a couple more years and keep up the studies and practices.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Eh||
As excited as I was to see Mone mature into an every down player, I don't think there's a huge drop off in the personnel on the interior. We're still looking at Glasgow, Henry, Hurst, Godin, Pallante and it's nice to know all but the last of those has experience. I think the interior will be fine, and next year, with all of them returning, Katy bar the door!
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Running back||
I've liked Wyatt from the day he committed. I just thought he could do so many things with that frame. But I honestly did not expect him to stick at RB. We shall see. Such a crowded position. And with Isaac, you basically have two guys with the same dimensions.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Good memories||
I was a student in the early 80s and was able to carry in a 12-pack on my shoulder every Saturday. The middle aged alums made a habit of carrying in too. My impression, of the students that drink now, is that they get obliterated before they enter the gates. Sure we drank a few before the game, but if we wanted to get drunk at least we could pace ourselves to make it through four quarters without falling down.
So, I guess I would say no, don't sell it in the stadium but also go back to letting people carry in.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Missed that game||
Because my sister had to marry a complete asshole on that day.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||"Wrobleski and Hewlett"||
Could be the funniest non-answer he's made yet.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Wow.||
Boy do I like this guy Rudock. He acts like he's been there before.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Lots of noise||
HARBAUGH's going to make it hard for us to keep any semblance of an unofficial depth chart. Not a clear distinction between his FBs, flex TEs and inline TEs, and there are a dozen guys who kinda sorta fill those roles. Winovich and Poggi are wild cards, but so are K. Hill, Shallman and even Pallante. Add to them the "incumbents": Williams, Butt, Kerridge and Houma, and then throw in Bunting and Wheatley.
Like everything else about this team, we just won't know until we see it.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||"R"||
It's Navin R Johnson, to be precise, and he has a Special Purpose!
|51 weeks 3 days ago||nary a man||
No returning players were named even All Conference "honorable mention" last year. Butt seems like the only possibility to make this ESPN list.
But the important lists are the ones in December -- All Conference and All American. I think Butt, G.Glasgow, Lewis, Morgan and Bolden have a shot for All Conference. It's also plausible that one of the 5th year transfers might make it there.
|1 year 1 day ago||correct||
That's why I just listed them all in order of position with no editorial. Anybody spending any time at all on this site and others knows who've contributed and who haven't out of that group.
|1 year 1 day ago||This can only mean a lot of firm handshakes next spring...||
Either JH is lying, which I doubt, or he's expecting to non-renew a lot of 5th year guys next Spring, given the 20+ class he's building.
From the Depth Chart by Class, there are 15 of these coming up:
D. Johnson, Darboh, Chesson, Magnusen, Kalis, Braden, Bars, Godin, Henry, R. Glasgow (assuming scholarship), Wormley, Strobel, Gant, Richardson, Clark
(Hoke deserves credit for retention of players, but should also be dinged for failure to develop. About half of those guys won't be starters this year and probably not next year either.)
I was expecting to see omissions in the Fall Roster, but apparently not. BTW, anybody know when that roster first gets published -- Media Day maybe?
|1 year 2 days ago||Howard/21 No!||
If you retire 21, then why not 2? I don't think either should be. Those, and maybe #1 and #77 are the modern-era legends jerseys and should be assigned to players worthy of them and appropriate to them. I tend to agree with Braylon on this distinction... and obviously, #4 should be added as well!
|1 year 4 days ago||Thank-you||
|1 year 1 week ago||Wish him the best||
I feel for the guy and the tough decision he had to make. May he score a touchdown!
|1 year 1 week ago||Lake Michigan||
The lake is very high this year so beaches tend to be a little more confined than in years past. I'll just throw out my own local knowledge of the New Buffalo area... Rent a house in Grand Beach or Union Pier/Lakeside. Prices vary based on proximity to the lake. You can get a reasonable rate 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the beach but definitely stay on the lake side of Red Arrow Hwy/12.
|1 year 1 week ago||about Forbes||
I've worked for over 30 years in Advertising Media -- Strategic Planning, Negotiation, buying, etc. and have a lot of experience with Forbes properties. (That experience includes being entertained on the Boeing 727 named "Capitalist Tool", sailing on the yacht, visiting the museum in NYC, attending parties, etc.)
Forbes Magazine and its companion website are not the most upstanding in the industry. In fact, in the early days of digital advertising when traffic monitoring was basically one-dimensional, Forbes was paying people to click on ads. That's right, using a bank of computers in some third world country, they were fraudulently representing that Forbes readers were engaging with Forbes advertisers.
Also, as a reader, I don't ever recall an article that stuck with me.
All I'm saying.
|1 year 1 week ago||The silverdome||
Basically a utility shed with 80,000 seats and AstroTurf. Times have changed. My dad transferred his lions season tickets from Tiger Stadium. I remember reading in the game day program, first season, that the silverdome was completed much more cost efficiently than other contemporary stadiums, most notably the Superdome. Pontiac was basically bragging about being cheap, which would not be a positive attribute now. No wonder the lions only used it for 27 years.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||"So you're saying... There's||
"So you're saying... There's a chance."
|1 year 2 weeks ago||careful...||
I have bad plantar fasciaitis and I believe it was triggered late last summer by a number of trips to the beach (New Buffalo). Yzerman, you must have good strong arches, otherwise the instability of the sand surface puts a lot of stress on the fascia. Just saying to flat-footed people like me, don't go barefooted on sand.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Hate it||
MM/Harrelson were so damn good together. This screenplay leaves me confused and bored. Watched the first episode twice, which was customary last year. Watched the second episode and just kind of gave up. Why do directors have to make it so hard to follow a plot?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Good idea||
I didn't use a driver for the first 10 years I played and worked my way into the low teens handicap because of it. Admittedly, drivers got a lot more forgiving at some point which made the graduation easier.
Groove your irons first, then move up.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Play!||
This is something I guess I just don't appreciate about being A Head pro, that you can't play a round at least once a week. Or maybe it's that you don't want to play when the not particularly attractive opportunities arise, I..e, with an annoying club member or current student. I feel for you.
My best was a 79 at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL. Don't remember which tees.
Shoutout to the Pro that I'm currently hooked up with (golf, you perverts), Steve Dell at Whittaker Woods in New Buffalo. It's a great track, run to be respectful of golf and fun.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Actually,||
No, concussions are bad and playing a kid who may have just had one is unacceptable. hoke is certainly responsible and to blame for the post-concussion snap, but it was not a conscious decision. Not having enough adults on the sideline was why every event in that series took place and that lack was a conscious decision of a head coach putting together a program badly.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||A little harsh||
Hoke was guilty of ignorance, not bad judgment. So, I tend to forgive him for that one snap Morris took. What I don't forgive is that his staff and sideline organization was so inept that Bellomy couldn't find his fucking helmet when he was next in. That and too many or too few men on the field for special teams play -- basically the same problem.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Continuity||
Not posted yet on this thread. Whenever I read about an OL unit excelling, the first thing mentioned is continuity. Then, the next sentence talks about Trust. I'd love for one of our football wonks to chime in on this (looking at you Magnus). Specifically what is it that one player does to engender trust in another? And how does trusting one another make for better unit performance?
Because they've now got a fair helping of experience together, My answer to Kass would be that the state of the OL will be strong in 2015, like improving from a C to a B or better. And I'm keen on this particular post because I think it's the most important unit on any football team. I think the 2015 unit will be a big part of pulling out 9 wins. I'll hang up and listen.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Or...||
Went through the pockets of an unconscious guy at a bar.
Isn't it fun to make things readable?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Jones, Houma||
Jones loses his number to a sure-to-redshirt freshman QB. Houma loses his to a grad transfer punter. Should we not be elevating these two on the potential attrition list?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||McGary in the stands||
Did anybody else notice the shot in the stands framing none other than Mitch McGary cheering on his alma mater? His usual big, enthusiastic grin.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Same place as The Kordell pass||
Straight away from the pass in the north end zone. The two plays are my most indelible moments of winning and losing in the stadium.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||a similiar curiosity||
I've posed this to several people and a clear answer has never been arrived at. A car is travelling behind a flat-bed tow truck that's got it's ramp all the way down to the road level. The truck is traveling at 30 MPH, the car, on cruise control, is going 31 MPH. Eventually, the cars front wheels hit the ramp.
When the drive wheels (front or rear) hit the ramp, what happens to the car? Does it lurch forward and slam into the cab of the truck?
If it's RWD, do the front wheels instantly decelerate from X # of RPMs to near zero? Is that mechanically possible?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||You forgot||
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Almost political||
The polarity of the Cutler debate is very strong. I don't get why some Bears fans DO like Cutler. Those of us dissatisfied with him aren't comparing him to former Bear QBs. We're comparing him to ten other current NFL QBs that are better and get paid about the same or less. The Bears paid way too much for a guy that thinks he can just wing it on raw talent.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'm with you, Don||
Norfleet's body of work as a returner didn't hold a candle to what Steve Breaston accomplished for Michigan. I don't even think I'd put him in my top 5. I loved Norfleet's enthusiasm and colorful demeanor, but I never thought of him as a big-time player.
Best wishes to him. Moving on now.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||no argument there||
no argument there.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Jayru Campbell||
Hard to believe he's even showing up on a field to workout after all the trouble he's gotten himself into.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Just do it||
I was a spoiled kid. My dad got me a $8/hour job with a bar buddy who owned a fly by night construction company. I'd just finished my freshman year, so I was invincible, stupid and lazy. My coworkers were two 40-something career laborers with union cards. problem was, this wasn't a union job, so they were working for $5/hour. Those two guys taught me a lot.
We were tasked with a particularly miserable job, working down in a hole trying to scrape and shovel out mucky, thick dirt and pass it up in a bucket. I was convinced this was an illogical task that required a more clever solution. One of the guys put his hand down for me to grab and he yanked me out of the hole, and then proceeded to dress me down by simply saying, "there ain't no use in talkin about it. You need to get back in that hole and just DO THE JOB." But instead of letting me go back down, he did it himself, just to show me what a prima Donna I was being.
I think of it regularly and often.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||An idea||
I live and work in Downtown Chicago and I'm sick of the NFL draft before it's even started. So, I'm a little jaded right now about the boss of pro sports. That said, I've always thought Ohio North and Ohio South would be great names for the Browns and Bengals.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Thanks.||
I knew there had to be a few. I think the MSU pipeline from BR has been pretty well established over, ok, 30 years, similar to Cass Tech and Wilcher for Michigan and Glenville and Ginn for OSU. Always a few exceptions to the rule in each case, but I think the exceptions are fewest when it comes BR and the stonewalling of Michigan.
Oh, and Waggle, you didn't really just come to the board today did you?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Brother Rice||
Aside from getting this commitment, I think the best part of this news is that the Fracassa-to-MSU pipeline seems to have gone dry and Brother Rice is now a school in play for Michigan. It's about time! Can anybody name any player from BR to come to Michigan and have any success in the last 40 years?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Corrected||
I stand. Thanks.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Comcast, Trammell||
I actually think that Comcast is more important because of the sheer humanity involved. 10s of millions of customers have to overpay for services delivered by the worst effing company in America. That's important.
As for Trammell, I too spent a lot of time in consternation over a different snub: losing the MVP award to George Bell in 1984. Granted, this was before advanced metrics, so the writers can be excused for only having the basic stats. But even with basics, Tram's offensive production was close enough to Bell's that, as a shortstop vs a left fielder, he should have gotten it. If the two had been traded/flipped teams at the beginning of the season, no question Toronto, not Detroit would have won the division because the latter would have been without a great shortstop while anybody can hold down left field.
Also, the Tigers won the damn division!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Paul Maturo||
1982 Lacrosse Club. Went on to a cup of coffee with the Detroit pro club.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||What's Plan B?||
Don't get me wrong, I love Peppers and am totally stoked to see him go at it. However, guys like Peppers or Woodson come along once every 10-15 years. No question you build your scheme around such extraordinary talent, but what happens when that one piece is removed?
Am I being an alarmist?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Webber||
To your last point (and I don't claim to know anything about basketball) you reminded me of Chris Webber and how shockingly quickly he could get the ball from below his waist to over the rim.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||55||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Great call!||
I forgot about that as most would, but that was clearly a missed call and if it had gone right I wouldn't have to listen to my partner, a Texas guy, remind me that Nebraska won, at the time, the mythical NC. Never mind that M got more first place votes between the coaches and writers. Nebraska won the coaches poll (UPI or USAT, can't remember) because TomOsbourne was retiring. M won the writers poll (AP). Split NC.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Crable's helmet-to-helmet contact on Troy Smith||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||This seems to be a||
This seems to be a Muppet-worthy turn of events... to me anyway. Why you no like Muppets anymore, Brian?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I liked the way it was||
Before they started un-retiring jerseys. #1 goes to a great receiver. #2 goes to a great cornerback. Forget all the rest of it.
Oh, and get off my lawn.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||
I don't think the U issues Twitter accounts.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Stribling||
Could he have named Stribling so many times to get a point across?
sounds like he's working really hard to challenge Channing. Which can only mean Channing's a big deal. Awesome to read.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I have not seen confirmation||
But, I saw a lot of smoke --
...His awesome mom joining the staff
...The fact that he went to Stanford which would imply he's a good student and would be accepted (also his minority status and Michigan's diversity effort)
...The fact that he was looking for an Architecture degree, a postgrad program Stanford does not have but Michigan does.
Oh, and (Edit): he's on mgoblog's Depth Chart by Class! I should have started and ended with that!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Except for Wayne Lyons||
Except for Wayne Lyons
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Now, that sir, is heroic,||
Now, that sir, is heroic, assuming you put yourself at risk.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Nope.||
Helpfulness is great. Is something like this heroic? Only if you put yourself in danger. Otherwise you're just being a decent human.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Hasn't everyone helped a crash victim on I94?||
Guys, I know this is going to sound like I'm blowing my horn, sobeit. It's just such an uncanny coincidence I thought I had to share. Back in about 1981 when I was a student I was working for the Ann Arbor Inn (no longer in business) driving flight crews to and from Metro. I was returning empty one morning and just about at the exact same place as this accident -- Westbound near State Street -- a woman wiped out right in front of me, T-boned the median and, fortunately, slid to a stop.
I pulled over to help. I ended up moving her car so that it wasn't in traffic and then I gave her a ride into town. It's wierd how you take a moment to take in the situation and decide if you should help or not.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Double post||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Don't get this||
Why would a fraternity have insurance for damages caused by criminal vandalism committed by its members? Why would the fraternity be liable for those individual offenses?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I'll take it. Gimme some||
I'll take it. Gimme some Kevin Dudley, please.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||With The very low ceiling||
With The very low ceiling Pallente came in under, I don't see any position change for him as a negative. Actually, I love the move.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Could||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||They're all there||
I was most keenly looking for Bars, Fox. They're there, as are all the others we've yet to see on the field -- JBB, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, Kugler, Stephenson.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Wither?||
Does wither work better?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Richardson||
I was pretty sure he played ST. as a freshmen and the mgoblog depth chart shows him as a redshirt. I could be wrong on that.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Right?||
That's was the reason for the post. Tom Strobel was touted as some kind of stud and, recognizing that he is probably a fine, young, very large man, what happened?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||No apologes||
Op got a good giggle out of it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Of course, but maybe...||
I get that the evidence is irrefutable, and of course the team was not eligilble. But maybe, if the Little League had vetted the team -- all of the teams-- in the playoff rounds then JRW wouldn't have ever qualified, and whichever team from Chicago was legit would have moved on to the playoffs and probably wouldn't have made it to the World Series.
For the Little League to have failed last summer and then wait until now to rule is atrocious.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Motivation||
I tend to agree that "motivation" is the biggest intangible. A coach needs to get in the heads of his players in such a way that he doesn't intimidate them but does raise their fear of failure. Watch Belichick mic'd up (there are a bunch on YouTube) and you get the idea. Without that, the players are just going through the executions without being intense about it. The Welker/Wally Pipp bit was a fabulous example, in that he was able to apply the needle and find out what Wes was made of -- and know that he should probably let him go elsewhere.
Also, on a different aspect, teaching, I really liked the advice he gave a running back: "don't decide where you're going to go before the snap. Take the ball and go to daylight wherever you find it."
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Hopeful and skeptical at the same time||
There's no doubt Michigan just hired one of the best HCs in the game today, which makes me hopeful. Skeptical, because it's hard to imagine any coach has a monopoly on Guile. I posed the question in an OP a few weeks ago: what is the secret sauce that successful coaches have. Logical, generic answer is the best combination of the highest quality ingredients. We don't know yet whether we've got those.
Great diary post, BTW.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Architecture||
If he wants to continue to study Architecture, that's a good thing for Michigan, because Stanford does not have a post-grad Arch. program and Michigan has a good one.http://archrecord.construction.com/features/americas_best_architecture_schools/2013/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools-2014-1.asp
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Sorry||
But this is definitely TL and I wish I hadn't read through it. The only reason I did is brcause over on TTB Magnus has him going blue. Now, all I am is bored.