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|19 hours 8 min ago||what's stopping you?||
what's stopping you?
|19 hours 10 min 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.
|19 hours 13 min 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||49-17 Michigan||
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 6 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.
|5 weeks 9 hours 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.
|5 weeks 9 hours 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.
|5 weeks 13 hours 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.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Funny||
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 8 hours 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.
|6 weeks 8 hours 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.
|6 weeks 17 hours 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.
|6 weeks 6 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".
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Ridiculous||
For Trey to be that high as a 6 foot defender.
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 6 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?
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Sorry||
For using the second person. Lazy. Less typing. Got me.
|8 weeks 8 hours 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.