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|5 hours 32 min ago||I Hope He Does...||
I always liked Toussaint as a player and was always optimistic that he could carve out a niche for himself in the NFL based on what we saw in Ann Arbor. The game is just ending now, but his 17 carries for 103 yards stands, with the longest being a 23-yard run. Hopefully, he does make it onto the Ravens' roster. Good to see him out there.
|5 hours 46 min ago||We Can Only Assume...||
You know, I was a little disappointed when the Air Raid was being stunted a bit and the 4th down play didn't quite make it, but Gary Nova made it all better somehow by throwing it right back. We can only assume he felt bad about the situation and wanted to give WSU another shot at this, so it's a shame that they might squander it.
|6 hours 32 min ago||So, About That...||
So, I believe the question before us this evening, MGoCOmmunity, is this - would Steve Spurrier eat his visor flame-broiled or sauteed, or perhaps Memphis-style BBQ? I think this is an important question to have answered before the presser.
Incidentally, the final damage - South Carolina gave up 680 yards over 99 plays, or 6.87 yards allowed per play on average. Kenny Hill was 44-for-60 with 511 yards passing.
|6 hours 47 min ago||Nice, Very Nice....||
Ha. I actually played this one a few times - very funny indeed.
Glad to see commercials like this come back as part of the beginning of the season as well. I will say that, during some of the more morbid moments of fandom, things like this have given me a good laugh.
|8 hours 30 min ago||Exquisitely Big Ten...||
Several of the series in this Minnesota game so far - especially between the second Eastern Illinois turnover and Minnesota's need to get to 3rd and goal before running it in successfully - have been exquisitely Big Ten. It is nice to have this back really.
Mitch Leidner getting a chance to show off that arm too - 1 for 4 and a grand total of 2 yards in the air right now.
|9 hours 24 min ago||From The Conference Room...||
Well, not really a storm anymore - actually, it was a really nice day.
When I get home, I plan to switch to something else, but for the time being, we're half-listening to the Minnesota / E. Illinois game as we wait for people to call in their findings in the field. It's not a bad slate for an opening Thursday really, and as I am off tomorrow, I have plenty of entertainment late into the night.
|9 hours 28 min ago||Timeline...||
According to virtually every source, they are definitely out for at least this Saturday, but the timeline is sketchy after that, it seems. Kelly did indicate in a Sun-Times interview that there was supposed to be a meeting sometime in the coming week with Swarbrick about where the investigation stood, so I bet the next major update to this story comes perhaps this time next week.
|11 hours 52 min ago||ESPN's Story...||
Here's ESPN's short piece on the whole thing - LINK
Here's one of the quotes from Sarkissian regarding Brown:
"He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn't want to play anymore. It's a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us."
He goes on to mention that he encouraged him to continue playing and getting healthy too, but that it was Brown's choice not to do so. I suppose we'll hear more about this story at some point as well. Rough week for USC football.
|12 hours 1 min ago||Moving Forward...||
Going through the known games for the next few weeks, a fair number of the SEC Network games are going to be on WatchESPN, so it seems like if the sidebar content does not interest you at all and you only want the odd game, there's not a whole lot of point in getting the SEC Network outside of the southeastern US perhaps (where I imagine its is simply part of your provider package).
|14 hours 1 min ago||Some Massey Stuff...||
For the Big Ten teams playing tonight -
Rutgers is only getting 20% for a projected win probability against the Air Raid: Part III with a projected median score of 37-24. Minnesota, on the other hand, is getting 66% against Eastern Illinois with a projected median score of 34-28.
For the inaugural game for the SEC Network, South Carolina is the favorite in this one - 62% projected win probability for that one.
|14 hours 38 min ago||I Like It...||
While sometimes I feel that perhaps the hits are underrepresented and we spend a lot of time talking about the misses - oh, the glaring misses - in the world of uniforms, I have to say that this is one of the hits, in my opinion. Very simple, clean and sharp, and as someone said, it would be fun if Navy could find a way to triple option OSU to death somehow.
|16 hours 31 min ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
I've kept up with these throughout the summer, but for those that have not, I do highly recommend these posts. Very thorough and informative, and I have never NOT learned something new (several things actually) in these pieces.
Thanks for posting this. Definitely some nice review material for this week here.
|16 hours 58 min ago||The Flaw In The Plan...||
"Now, with the players and the assistant coaches in the locker room flustered and bewildered, Freeze walks in. He looks over his team and begins to speak, "Okay guys, this is it. This is one of those All In moments. We have to protect Coach Jackson. We're going to bury the body, and we're going to bury the shovel."
I can almost see one player raising their hand, "But what about the shovel we used to bury that shovel? What should we do with that? Then, what about the shovel used to bury the shovel that was used to bury the original shovel? I think I've spotted the flaw here..."
|18 hours 20 min ago||Necessary Roughness...||
I admit that I always have enjoyed "Necessary Roughness" if for no other reason than I want to see this actually called before I pass on:
|18 hours 26 min ago||About That...||
Team chemistry has definitely been a common theme in the offseason and in the CTK videos, but after some of the action items that came out of interviews back in December and January, I think we would be concerned if this WASN'T being talked about every day and every practice. I've said it before, but this is a team brimming with talent just about everywhere, and getting them to play as a team can only mean good things for the season.
|18 hours 34 min ago||Compliment To The Board...||
I was going to mention this at some point, and this is as good a time as any, but the board did a very nice job of switching into Non-OT mode and the content really has been quality so far this week. It is probably the smoothest that this transition has ever been in my time here anyway, so thanks to everyone for that. Good work!
|1 day 5 hours ago||Yes Indeed...||
It will probably be one of the most basic things you can see in an inside zone scheme. I envision single back as well, or perhaps something with an FB to align for anyone unblocked, such as a linebacker (depending on the read) and then a handoff to the RB for a couple yards. I seem to remember the first series or two more often than not being run-heavy, but my memory is dealing with beer right now.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Quick Question...||
Is it a fair statement if we say that both teams did everything in their power to lose this game, but in the end, it seems like Abilene Christian just tried that much harder in the end? That is, of course, if Georgia State makes this relatively innocuous chipshot.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Brief Observation...||
It's Sun Belt versus Southland so perhaps it gets a pass, but in most other conferences, having pass defenses the likes of either Abilene Christian or Georgia State would be more or less fatal. That, and both teams are remarkably good and converting 3rd downs, but mostly because the other team is not very good at turning them away.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Something Like This...||
Granted, it has everything to do with emotional investment, but I find that I really don't pay very much attention to voices and instead much more to the information (if any) being relayed if it is Michigan and I am watching on TV rather than being at the game. Watching the many other games that I might on a Saturday, I find myself noticing who and the quality of the call a lot more. To that end and to speak to the OP's original content, from a live broadcasting standpoint, I find Mowins better than Ward at this.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Regarding This...||
Just so everyone is aware, we did send a message into the space / time rift into which THE_KNOWLEDGE last disappear. The rub in doing so, of course, is that the message may have arrived a good century or so before he arrived depending on the specifics of the distortion. We will see if he responds yesterday, I suppose, but I do see the concern - time runs short...or long.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Massey Numbers...||
Believe it or not, there are some Massey numbers for this game - Georgia State is favored (67% projected win probability) with a 35-28 projected median score (across a few thousand simulations).
I'll be watching it for sure - we're still buried in service restoration here at work and I do have the luxury of cable in the conference room where I am sitting.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Michigan Tech...||
The last group of summer students we took on here actually had a large Michigan Tech representation. We recruit that school for engineers quite heavily, although we get a ton of Michigan and MSU people as well in here. Actually, quite a few firms here in Metro Detroit go up there to scout the future, I believe.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Very Good Article...||
My son had been born about three weeks before the 2007 game, and the Appalachian State game - which I also mistakenly thought would be a no-brainer as I walked into the stadium - was the first outing my wife and I went on since perhaps the middle of July (my son was an emergency c-section, and there had been issues since mid-July).
I don't know that it could be said much better than this article really, although seven years later it is still a bit difficult to get through. Actually, this right here sums up the psychological change that I think most of us experienced than this passage after Jane's remarks about the Dennis Dixon Show in the second week:
The floor for Michigan football, which was once "6-6 and a shitty bowl game," dropped out. Then RichRod happened, and losing to Toledo happened, and the stupidest NCAA violations ever happened, and the "Michigan man" thing happened, and everything just… changed.
I really don't think that "Michigan fan" has meant quite the same thing to me since those first to weeks of 2007, but I am one all the same.
|1 day 14 hours ago||If I Read This Right...||
It sounds like the initial ruling came late last week - LINK
"The waiver got denied initially, and we've appealed it," Hoke confirmed Wednesday. "(We appealed) probably last week, mid week."
As I understand it, the rule is generally that the school must typically be within 100 miles of the student-athlete's home city for the waiver to pass muster. Typically. That being said, I don't really mind this - I think we might get an even better Ty Isaac if he has a year to develop outside of games.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Shocked Frankly...||
After what we discovered about the news strategy for developing longsnappers in the Sugar Bowl, I am shocked that no one said Scott Sypniewski. After all, in a pinch, the LS is good for some short receiving yards, right?
Realistically, however, like others I have a suspicion that the first TD will coincide with the first opportunity to shout, "ALL OF THE DEVINS!"
|1 day 16 hours ago||OT Season Is Indeed Over...||
OT-Chase clears up Sopranos ending (spoiler)
...as well as...
OT - States Ranked by Beer - Michigan ranked #4
I really shouldn't have left the beer one, but admittedly I was amused - I was also trying to get crews out the door, so there wasn't much time left for actual considered modding. We'll remove both in keeping with the fact that OT Season really is, in fact, over.
|1 day 17 hours ago||No Trouble Here...||
I am on an HP latptop running Windows 8 (sort of), and I had no issues downloading and opening the PDF. Of course, the settings on the corporate firewall have been pretty lax since they opened us up to social media and even streaming video, so I don't know if other people are having permissions issues or not.
I went to the game prediction section first admittedly - the Miami (OH) one gave me a chuckle. I didn't realize that they'd only lost one of their games by only 1 TD. You have to wonder if there was simply a miscommunication and Treadwell just didn't specify where the "end zone" in fact was.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Plan Meticulously...||
I can say that even though mine are now 8 and 7, we're still not quite at a point where we make it through a whole game, but we do make it through much of the game if we keep them fed and reasonably entertained.
You might maximize the amount of time by keeping them entertained / distracted inasmuch as possible - so plenty of walks around the concourse are probably in order. We didn't even attempt a game with the kids until a couple years ago but if you plan it like you would a normal daytrip, although even at that, as others said, it ultimately depends on the kid.
|1 day 21 hours ago||When I Am Not There...||
Living only about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, if I can't be at the stadium, usually there is some pressing reason (typically, it is because my wife is working a shift and it is only myself and the kids, but work has gotten in the way for me too). On those occasions when I cannot attend, assuming I am at home and not working a storm somewhere, I will just make some sandwiches and vegitate in front of the TV and the blog while the kids watch (or don't watch). For 3:30 PM kicks, I'll grill something beforehand and have an early dinner while I watch.