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|1 hour 14 min ago||Here He Is...||
....absolutely glistening in a halftime interview:
To be fair, the man was very "into the moment" and lively all game usually.
|2 hours 44 min ago||Well Done Indeed...||
Harbaugh is very much set up for success. After four years under Hoke, anything that resembles watchable football has to be considered progress. The fans will be unusually willing to accept a few losses if the offensive line starts knocking guys off the ball and the quarterback doesn't look irreparably broken because of systemic issues largely beyond his control.
Ace said it much better (and more briefly) than I could right here - this more or less encapsulates my expectations, particularly for this first year.
Well done and an excellent interview from both sides, I thought. It is nice to see the staff getting recognition.
*goes back to sure-to-be bestseller "Chronicles Of A Mod"*
|4 hours 14 min ago||Supplemental Stuff...||
TeamRankings does advance bracketology odds using their own algorithm, and the results of their latest simulation for Michigan are interesting.
Right now, they have us at 8.7% for making the tournament at all actually, and note that the estimate here of an 18-win team getting in today is 5.8%, but if we were to pull out 19 wins (before we talk resume), it jumps to 37.1%
By their model, if we do make it, the most likely seed would be 12th at this point (2.2% estimated probability).
|5 hours 33 min ago||Another Thing Maybe...||
"That's impossible to measure and doesn't take into account a success story like Stanford, which must recruit nationally because of its academic standards. The Cardinal team that won its second consecutive Pac-12 championship in 2013 included players from 30 states and three countries."
I would ask Maisel then about programs that recruit nationally because they are sitting in traditional dead zones, if you will, for native-born talent. Oregon's roster, for example, is rather dominated by Californians with a smattering of players from all over the US (Mathis Dior, I believe, is from Detroit, for example) - I don't think there are more than 15-20 natives of Oregon on the entire roster. If we want to talk about a less successful but comparably strict school academically, I think Northwestern's roster has roughly a third of its players coming straight from Illinois.
As someone mentioned, so many confounding variables.
|7 hours 3 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|9 hours 3 min ago||To Be Honest...||
This blog is resourceful enough that I would not be at all surprised to open the blog to find a thread with a webcam fixed on the fax machine which will be accepting the letters of intent. Of course, all the better to potentially watch some pleasant news come off the fax machine if a few of these late pushes end up going our way.
|17 hours 34 min ago||Just Visiting...||
I was just visiting Couzens one time (I lived off-campus for most of my time at Michigan) as a friend of mine was an RA and we had the pleasure of listening to two people in an adjacent room go at it during one point in a conversation, complete with exclamations of "OH GOD!". At one point, one of us broke in with a loud, "YES, I AM HERE..." and the noise from the adjacent room suddenly halted. About a minute later, a door opened and shut nearby and there was some stomping down the hall.
|17 hours 54 min ago||Who Knows...||
Who knows, but if you're Tony himself, any time that your daughter can write a letter to Burt Reynolds and he shows up and signs a hot dog bun, you're probably doing something quite right. I do enjoy eating there whenever I take in a game at Fifth Third in the summer, although my wife is partial to the Spaghetti Warehouse up the street a bit.
|21 hours 24 min ago||Fixing The Embed...||
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|23 hours 51 min ago||Some YouTube Clips...||
Video was made this past fall, so fairly recent...
|23 hours 54 min ago||Caputo...||
My general disdain for Pat Caputo goes all the way back to his days doing Tigers' pregame on PASS (remember PASS, fellow metro Detroiters?) and "Caputo's Corner". Even twenty five years ago, the constant droning and lackluster analysis was just too much and now when I am driving on weekends, I will pass right by 97.1 during the middle of the day because of him.
|1 day 6 min ago||I'll Be Honest...||
I actually thought that was a rather creative way to approach the impending decision, and it may have even helped him deal with whatever stress he is feeling better in some ways by just encapsulating it into a teaser. I will say that part of me tends to believe that the drama around recruiting and NSD has been inflated beyond reason with the rise of social media and 24/7 reporting on such things, but another part of me admires the creative way some of these kids approach this subject.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Yes, Indeed....||
...and to add to this, in five of our nine conference games to date, we've held our opponent to under 1.00 and actually have won all five of those games. The sole exception among the wins was Penn State, where we allowed 1.05 PPP.
Also, we're 5-1 in the games where we manage better than 1.00 PPP on offense. The sole loss in this subgrouping was Wisconsin, where we achieved 1.13 PPP. That includes OT as well, of course.
|1 day 1 hour ago||In The Late 1990s...||
Wasn't David Alan Grier a semi-regular at least on SNL in the late 1990s, a couple years after "In Living Color" went by the wayside? I don't think it was for more than a couple seasons, but he hosted and was also in several sketches in that time period, I believe. I think he might have done the one episode where they lampooned Bryant Gumbel - for some reason, that stands out to me.
|1 day 3 hours ago||About Those Names...||
I am going to go ahead and call it now - congratulations to Ausborne for having one of those relatively rare names where if you search it in Google, there is no one other than you in the results for at least the first 10 pages or so, and you don't even need to put quotes around the search to specify exact matches.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Here's The NCAA Handbook...||
Well, here is how they put it anyway, if you're interested in the official definitions.
13.02.5 Periods of Recruiting Activities.
13.02.5.1 Contact Period. A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
13.02.5.2 Evaluation Period. An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
13.02.5.3 Recruiting Period—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, a recruiting period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations. (Adopted: 10/27/11 effective 8/1/12)
13.02.5.4 Quiet Period. A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution’s campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
13.02.5.5 Dead Period. A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 220.127.116.11 for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 18.104.22.168, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective studentathlete during a dead period. (Revised: 1/11/94)
Note the revision date on the definition of "Dead Period". I chuckled over that - I don't think I've sent a formal, handwritten letter in nearly 15 years or more.
|1 day 6 hours ago||If It Comes To That...||
If it comes to that, it is entirely possible that PeterKlima will not have any points left inside a week or so. I actually thought about making that adjustment myself yesterday, but he promised to be done after what he seemed to believe would be a number of posts sufficient to illustrate his point, whatever that point was (I honestly have no clue).
As a general note, hopefully people keep the Greek bashing or marginalization of the behavior or anything that has created tension in similar threads in the past week out of it entirely (ideally) or at worst to a minimum. It's news, it reflects on Michigan, but most of the threads on this topic have been painful reads because of some ill-conceived remarks.
|1 day 9 hours ago||In another message,||
In another message, Fitzgerald says: “I really want to challenge you to come out to support the Wildcats as we move forward to getting back to a championship level ... you’re part of the solution. We need you to continue to be a season ticket-holder and find a friend or two -- or 20! -- to be season-ticket holders, too.”
I actually really like this one in particular because it gives fans a sense of shared ownership in the program and its ultimate success, which makes it much more personal. It's an appeal to emotion, sure, but a pretty positive and effective one if you're a Northwestern fan / alum, I would imagine.
|1 day 17 hours ago||The MLive Piece...||
The MLive piece can be found here - LINK
In Weaver's own words:
"After conversations with my family and God I am announcing that I will be reopening my recruitment and decommitting from the university of Michigan," deWeaver wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to everyone who supported me and still supports me through this decision. #GodBless."
Per other tweets, he met with some position coaches at Kentucky today actually.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Great Moment...||
As I recall, our conference record when that game began was something like 1-6 and we finished the conference schedule at 9-9. In the grand scheme, it seems sort of "meh" on the surface but it was a 8-3 run and Michigan basketball, at the moment of that three, seemed to find something that it had not had in years to that point - a confidence and a "can do" sort of attitude that seems to resonate even today.
EDIT: Bah, I say "when that game began" and proceed to quote the record when the game was over. Thanks to snarling wolverine for pointing it out. Corrected.
|1 day 17 hours ago||As A Note...||
As a minor note, we talked a bit about this in my podcast (well, the one I am getting off the ground) last week - a 12-16 seed in the tournament going back a decade or so has anything from 16-20 wins depending on the overal quality of the field that year. An 11-7 conference record stands a realizable chance if you can pick off some top conference teams, although a deep run in the tournament might be a different discussion obviously, at least by the numbers.
|1 day 18 hours ago||My Hope...||
I hope we beat them. It kind of feels like this....
|1 day 18 hours ago||Four Factors At The End...||
eFG% - 54.35%
OREB% - 25.00%
FTR - 17.39%
TOV% - 20.79%
eFG% - 34.69%
OREB% - 22.22%
FTR - 28.57%
TOV% - 15.35%
|1 day 20 hours ago||Funnily Enough...||
eFG% - 52.27% (this is an actual calculation, not a guess)
OREB% - 15.38%
FTR - N/A
TOV% - 21.43
PPP is 0.88 and the A/T ratio is 1.17.
eFG% - 29.63%
OREB% - 25.00%
FTR - 14.81%
TOV% - 9.45%
PPP is 0.68 and the A/T ratio is 1.67.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Comparison Stats For The Board...||
Make your own Walton-less adjustment, of course....
|1 day 21 hours ago||As A Result...||
|1 day 21 hours ago||Mr. Spots...||
Now that would be a nice scene at Mr. Spots...two generations of Wheatleys with steak hoagies, or perhaps the Philly Original. Maybe some cheese fries too. Great, now I am hungry too.
Sure, they deliver, but would they deliver all the way to Romulus from S. State?
|1 day 23 hours ago||Just A Guess Here...||
Just a guess here, but I believe the appropriate reply is:
|2 days 1 hour ago||Welcome Back....||
I am glad to see that we've decided to come back with a non-Harbaugh handle this time, if indeed you are "_________ For Harbaugh". The general disdain for everything is what gave it away, I think.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Frank Gallgher is apparently gone.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Good To Know...||
I'll have to get it off the iPad when I get home - I hardly ever use it anyway, especially now that I am convinced that the in-game highlights to which it occasionally links will now include video of locker room attendants going to the bathroom on their way to deliver equipment. That aside, this has a very NFL feel to it - nice enough on the surface but something incomprehensibly dumb just beneath it.