it's a major award
- Member for
- 3 years 42 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|7 hours 52 sec ago||Steve Mariucci?||
The Lions fan in me could only come up with...
|7 hours 9 min ago||Yikes...||
There is only one game show on which this man will ever be allowed....
|7 hours 29 min ago||Good To Hear...||
It's still a little troubling to me that this was even a rumor that people thought credible, especially after it came to light that he was clearly hurt, but I will say that it is nice that he came out personally here to clear the air. Hopefully we get to see a 100% healthy Jabrill next year, as I don't think the anticipation to see just what he can do has died out, and that's a good thing.
|10 hours 15 min ago||The Theory...||
To answer both you and the poster below, there actually is a Bayesian correction built into the ratings and predictions which the model calculates on his site, as I recall. Although he states that the basis of the measure is past performance, which it would have to be anyway really, using the numbers to estimate outcomes usually turns out pretty reasonable results.
|10 hours 26 min ago||To Be Fair...||
The announcement that Lewan would take a deal and the reporting of his actual day in court are probably distinct enough events that they can exist separately as threads. This is especially true when the announcement was about a week ago and those who may have missed it are getting the luxury of speeding straight to the conclusion. Actually, as a rule, even if a thread is completely redundant I will let it slide if it has been a week or more depending on other factors - usually these are announcements or various news items.
|12 hours 30 min ago||Interesting Quote...||
“I’ve never felt since I’ve been at Arizona that this was going to be a job that you could [use to] vindicate yourself,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve always felt this was going to be a great job to build a program and enjoy doing it.”
The strange thing is, even given how things went here for him, I never thought for a moment that Rodriguez took the Arizona job because he felt like he needed a shot at redemption. It always seemed more like he felt at home coaching and wanted to do it in a place where he could just pick up and run with it essentially. The problems during his tenure here were dynamic in nature and the sources were multiple - I'll put it diplomatically.
|12 hours 53 min ago||What It Means...||
What I took away from that is that obviously this was an intense and thorough study of possible flight risks in the college coaching world, but also deeply personal and painfully awkward in some ways. After all, how else would the author know about the condition of Helfrich's banana?
I will put away my inner 12 year old now...
|15 hours 1 min ago||Slower Game...||
It likely would slow it down a little bit, and really, I see a very controlled passing game from Diamont - Indiana averages about 170 yards per game in the air this season, I believe, and even that's going down a bit as Diamont gets more time. Long story short, I have to think the basic mission of the defense this weekend will be to stop Tevin Coleman.
Strangely enough, Indiana is dead last in the conference in converting third downs - 35.6% at the last compiling of the numbers, which makes me worry more about the big plays than anything else. If we can make them plod down the field, which is not an Indiana thing, we're doing OK.
Indiana on defense? At least in terms of average yards allowed, they are 12th at 451.3 yards per game. Only Maryland and Illinois are worse. Indiana averages 168 rushing yards allowed and 170 passing yards allowed, but more intriguing is that they are second-to-last in the conference in pass efficiency defense - QBs rate 135.5 against them. Gardner could very well have a decent day.
|15 hours 55 min ago||Depending On The Bar...||
My thought here would be that, depending on the bar and its clientele, he would have rather a lot of experience with requiring good pad level. If that's the case, I think we could probably arrange this somehow through the blog's newfound prominence. The IT portion simply means this will be a forward team as far as integrating technology into the sport, I assume.
|16 hours 58 min ago||Not An Entry...||
One of the crazier things that I did - while not entirely sober, mind you - was start a water fight at Liberty Auto Wash. To this day, I am still unsure whether or not those of us involved gave each other a proper waxing. Perhaps next time, when the neighborhood isn't standing around and telling us to GTFO.
|17 hours 17 min ago||Looking At It...||
Well, if you went strictly by averages going into the game, per TeamRankings anyway, we allow 68 snaps per game and Indiana gains an average 6.1 yards per play, so the baseline expectation is about 415 yards, but I would think that we can hold them something a little less than that. A nice round figure of 350 yards seems reasonable and something in the range of 24-28 points for Indiana.
It's definitely a winnable game - if you look at efficiency comparisons on offense, we have advantages in 3rd down conversion percentage, red zone scoring (when we are fortunate enough to be in the RZ), and a few other areas (not that many). On defense, we essentially outclass Indiana on paper.
|17 hours 39 min ago||Fixed It...||
Whoops. That's what happens when your paper notes / edits do not make it to the typed copy. Fixed it, forgot I did and left it out, and fixed it again just now. Thanks for the catch.
|18 hours 55 min ago||Walking Lines...||
This is more or less what I was thinking in regards to how Angelique put the portion regarding MGoBlog. For the paper's purposes, this is a very tactful way to simply report that those e-mails appeared and were reported on here without making any specific swipe at Brandon or the athletic department, which they wouldn't want to do anyway for access reasons.
|20 hours 59 min ago||Similar Message...||
This is actually eerily similar to the response I got to my own e-mail to the President, one where I expressed cocerns about how the behavior of the athletic department was not consistent with the larger mission and values of the University and how a culture change was needed. I will say, however, I found the P.S. asking why in blazes I would delete his thread about Brandon to be curious.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Not Even Two Cents...||
It rather boils down to position and/or position group, in my own estimation. To that end, probably Malzone - who likely wouldn't go anywhere else anyway - and Newsome for some additional OL depth would be the likely candidates for me. I would rather simply keep as many as possible, but I think that building depth on offense might be a tad more adavantageous in the near future for Michigan.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 9 hours ago||Not In Front Of Me...||
I don't have the file on me at the moment, but I can say that in the times myself and others have poured through the rankings here, it's always very interesting to see Michigan essentially trailing Ohio State in terms of average rankings (I use Rivals just because of the ease of getting their data), usually by a few tenths at the most but generally even closer than that. Michigan State, on the other hand, oftern sits near or even slightly below the conference average on a year-over-year basis, and yet if you look at recent success...well....the directions of both Michigan and MSU are pretty distinct.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It Was...||
It was taken down the first time because the poster tried to tie it directly to Peppers not being on the field for Michigan, and there really doesn't seem to be a connection between this investigation and that. The only clear thing is that Peppers is injured, though the full details beyond that are sketchy because "we don't talk about injuries", of course. This thread is a little more clear in that respect and asks the question without trying to make the connection, so it can stay - it really is all in how one puts things sometimes.
|1 day 12 hours ago||He's Hurt...||
Potential explanation for Peppers not playing
He's hurt. I am not sure why some believe that there are more things afoot in this regard, although I suppose a bit more transparency from Schembechler Hall might not be such a bad thing now and again.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Pretty Much...||
"I come to Ann Arbor to remember the days that I lived there, that I went to games with friends, that I remembered cheering for MY team. If I wanted a corporate culture, I'd just go to an NFL game."
This one strikes a chord for me. I find myself increasingly dismayed that the environment in and around the stadium and the program is becoming all the things that we went there to attempt to evade for a few hours. This person is pretty much spot on - if I want my timeouts sponsored and my concessions to be only slightly cheaper than The Earl, there are many places I can go in the Detroit area alone for that.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Even So...||
Even so, an account which nearly perfectly walked and talked like David Brandon would probably end up being one of the better troll / parody account ever to inhabit the blog. I can see his presence in a posbang now:
"I am here for the negbang tonight, so I appreciate you showing up, but that's not why I am here."
|1 day 14 hours ago||Actually...||
I sort of like how they worked in the faux stitching....
|1 day 17 hours ago||The Question To Them...||
Most of us work very hard to conform to the standards imposed by our regional accrediting agencies and the federal government. If falsified grades and transcripts for more than 3,000 students over more than a decade are viewed as anything other than an egregious violation of those standards, my response to the whole accreditation process is simple: Why bother?
While it is hard to foresee UNC-Chapel Hill actually losing its accreditation outright (even though, yeah, they sort of treated their accreditation like a sanitary wipe), it would definitely be a good time for the folks in Chapel Hill to ask themselves the question posed here and answer honestly, I would think, because the solution for them might be in the answer.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Spotting The Loony...||
"I'm here to get an award tonight, so I appreciate you showing up, but that's not why I'm here," added Brandon, who alongside a handful of staff members represented the U-M athletic department as recipients of an award recognizing the department for its key roles in tourism and its impact on Ann Arbor's economy.
Oh, I love it. Looked at another way, he's there to represent the University and its interests but yet not at the same time. Sort of a Schrodinger's AD scenario. Definitely someone who would have been pointed out on Monty Python's "Spot The Loony" sketch.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I Still Say...||
I still believe that we need to have one of these in a cage which we roll out and place near the opposing bench for each home game. Sometime in the first half, we send an assistant over to ostensibly check the locks, and he will assume a concerned, urgent face and tell the opposing staff, "Um. I'll be back in a moment...". They run away, never to return and the other team plays the game with one eye to the cage for the remainder.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Awaiting The Reply...||
Both the report and the silence that followed from Brandon's office Tuesday is yet another public relations disaster for a man who was pitched as a whiz in that field when he left his job as Dominos Pizza CEO to become Michigan's athletic director.
I would love to know what Brandon has to add really, if anything - it couldn't be anything which would put this in a context which would diffuse the bigger issues. I can't imagine he'd ever say anything like, "So, I am a bit of a jerk...", but the response to E-mailgate would be an intriguing one if it ever came.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Certainly an interesting ranking for the top four, but of course I am curious as to how exactly they weight the data they use as well as what data they emphasize. I wouldn't mind for them to be transparent about it, although I don't think they are obligated in anyway to tell us. If it is me, I wouldn't bitch abou t the top four all that much, but the first five or six after that are interesting to me.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Just Heard...||
This suddenly was all over my Twitter feed - very sad to hear. Sending good vibes to Gordie Howe and his family this evening and hopefully he is able to recover from this. We're pulling for you, Mr. Hockey.
|2 days 8 hours ago||In The Gallery....||
It seems as if someone just saw the GTech-Pitt game....
|2 days 9 hours ago||Not A Bad Showing...||
Not really a bad showing for the Big Ten on top...
6) Michigan (as mentioned)
11) Ohio State
22) Wisconsin, Minnesota
After that, it looks like Rutgers at 43 and Purdue at 51, then Penn State at 63 and - again as mentioned - MSU at 68, tied with Iowa.