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|1 hour 4 min ago||Even At Games...||
Even at their football games, it is just some dude in a mostly unpadded uniform with the headpiece on, but I would think that he could have at least gone with the uniform. This is sort of like the Oregon Duck showing up with just the headgear and everyone wondering who in blazes invited Lee Corso to the party.
|1 hour 21 min ago||Spot Cleanup....||
Mack Brown Forced Out At Texas?
This was the thread from earlier in the day. Now that we know perhaps a little more - a little, very little - we'll let that one stand and let this one go.
|4 hours 8 min ago||Dallas Morning News...||
Well, before this recent turn in the Mack Brown saga took place, the Dallas Morning News was hard at it, as you might expect - (LINK).
Nothing about this as it was written earlier, but interesting stuff in the article, particularly how Brown's fate might be partially tied the employment prospects of Bill Powers, the UT President, as Powers found himself and his future an agenda item at a Board Of Regents meeting supposedly.
They did ask an intriguing question that might get some discussion going here:
"If Saban goes off the board, is there a no-brainer replacement for Brown who would be realistic, attainable and an upgrade?"
|4 hours 33 min ago||Neat Trailer...||
Just based on the trailer, consider my attention captured. I would probably go see this when it comes out in May. I sort of like how they kept Godzilla somewhat shrouded in the dust and debris in the clips that they did show - that was one of the things that grabbed me about this.
|4 hours 59 min ago||Very Sad News...||
I believe his is also an inductee in the Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame as well as an inductee in the University's Hall Of Honor. The Ann Arbor News did a spread on him about four years ago and there were quite a few of his former players talking about how they still get together every years and they did so because they were united in their love of their former coach, who would also attend. One of them even said that every member of the 1962 baseball team graduated, and they credit Don Lund for setting them down that path.
Very sad news indeed.
|5 hours 30 min ago||If Anyone Is Interested...||
Here's how the voting went in 1997:
|6 hours 22 min ago||Nice Read Anyway...||
Washington has gone from a player who could hardly speak publicly, to one of the more insightful, quote-worthy players on the team -- as Michigan's sports information department routinely made Washington available to reporters this season.
As I recall, sometime last year perhaps, there was a very moving, lenghtier article about Washington's struggles and his work to overcome them. His story really is one of the more pronounced achievements of this revamped culture around Michigan football and Michigan athletics in general. To end his career at Michigan with an MS in social work, a leadership role on the football team and hopefully with a bowl win seems maeks for a successful story.
|6 hours 31 min ago||The Yearning....||
I still yearn for the days when the Beef O'Brady's Bowl was simply known as the Magicjack.com St. Petersburg Bowl. The same goes for the MicronPC.com Bowl now being the Russell Athletic Bowl, but alas it was the Blockbuster Bowl before any of these. There was just something so unobtrusive about corporate sponsorship back in the day.
|6 hours 54 min ago||I Like This...||
I like this signing as well, just perusing the stats page at Fangraphs. Perhaps most notably, I like the idea of having someone who can get on base and is a realizable threat to steal a base or two. I don't think we've had someone like that for a while in the lineup - it is a nice added dimension to any offense.
|12 hours 20 min ago||Buyout Amounts...||
If all this has indeed happened or is about to happen, then it definitely stands out as one of the more paltry buyouts in recent memory, I would think. It seems like a fair number of coaches get anything from 50%-70% of what they are owed on their contracts (I don't have exact figures with me - just going from memories of recent example), with some notable exceptions being Danny Hope and Tom O'Brien, who I believe only managed to get very small percentages of their buyout.
It would be interesting to see if there are additional stories about this today. There was some buzz on Twitter last night that the meeting between the AD and Mack Brown did not go well, but nothing really firm.
|19 hours 59 min ago||This Year...||
In seven games, Ryan had 26 tackles (22 solo) with 4 TFLs for a total of 8 yards with one pass broken up. At least for tackles, if you projected a full season total based on this year's average (which isn't the best way, but might make for a reasonable estimate), you would have a Jake Ryan with about half of last year's total tackles. I think, however, that Ryan plays the position with such skill that a Jake Ryan that is perhaps not 100% is still an effective, feared linebacker.
|21 hours 47 min ago||As You May Guess...||
As you might have guessed, OregonLive is all over this story. For example -(HERE)
There were a couple players who were not there who did try to step up and represent the team. Per the above article, Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu did take time to apologize for the behavior of their teammates on Sunday. Indeed, Grasu is quoted as saying:
"It's just unfortunate that there's tension with the football players, and students and the university and the teachers but I'm glad no one got hurt or there was serious damage," Grasu said.
|22 hours 54 min ago||As You Are New...||
As you're new, ben ji, I'll just let it go at a polite warning - these sorts of trolling / insulting posts are basically the quickest way to making you an ex-user here. If you are a KSU fan, that's great and welcome to MGoBlog, but don't start off like this. It doesn't add to the discourse and it only makes you look as if you don't wish to thoughtfully contribute.
|23 hours 31 min ago||This Story...||
For some reason, Billy Cannon's story is oddly compelling:
"Cannon, who followed his football career with a very different career as a prison dentist, loaned his Heisman Trophy to a restaurant in Baton Rouge called T.J. Ribs, where it sits in a revolving glass case."
I would actually be interested in more of the details about how being a prison dentist and this restaurant combine to make this happen. Call me strange
|1 day 43 sec ago||It Bears Repeating...||
It has been said much here, but to hear this makes it bear repeating - I don't think there is any doubt that Gardner played his heart out for this team in sometimes very difficult circumstances. He gave his all this season, and hopefully, he's well enough to be a leader yet again in the bowl and takes that momentum into 2014.
|1 day 35 min ago||Along Similar Lines...||
Along a similar vein of thought, how much is the Fossil watch and how much is left over for this shopping trip to Belk Department Stores? I was sort of curious about that particular one, oddly enough. They are apparently aiming to provide the full Belk experience down in Charlotte.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Now That You Say It...||
That' actually how Massey basically sees this game as well, giving Arizona only a tiny edge at 53% for an estimated win probability and a projected median score of 69-68. On paper, Arizona may have an edge on defense but the offensive are, from a production standpoint, rather comparable. Granted, limited sample size qualification applies there as we aren't far into the season.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Not Much Of A Prediction...||
Well, Massey's simulator gives us about a 40% probability by their algorithm, and I believe we opened as 3.5 point underdogs, which I would take. I think it is a relatively close game (if we get a rhythm on offense, it may not be so close, of course - we have seen what we can do), but on paper, I would like Michigan's chances in this game. On a yards allowed basis, these are both Top 30 defenses too, so that could make things interesting at points. I could foresee a win.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Good Games (For The Pac-12)...||
Some of these might not be bad games for the Pac-12, in my opinion. In most of these, I would think the Pac-12 teams is the favored team. In the Holiday Bowl, I would go with ASU over Texas Tech and I would think UCLA is favored in the Sun Bowl by maybe a score, going off instinct there. I imagine Oregon stands a decent chance of beating Texas too.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
This is a very interesting article and thanks for sharing it.
I don't know if the figures ever made it to the board here (they might have), but I wonder if a similar article was ever done for Denard Robinson, because I have to think that the figure would dwarf Gardner's value.
It is an interesting phenomenon when one player has this sort of impact on revenue through their media exposure. The comparison of the marginal revenue for an average NFL player versus Gardner was pretty illuminating, I think.
It does say something that we might have guessed - the exposure peaked during Notre Dame week between early Heisman talk, the "98" jersey and the general buzz about UTLII. Cool to see it graphed though.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Other Signs...||
Someone had one on GameDay that is not in this partcular article, but I swear that someone had a sign that said, "Bama Wishes They Had Mike Tomlin On Their Sideline". I thought that was a pretty good one myself. I liked the one in the background of one of those stills, using Marcus Hall's double bird as the "H" in "The Ohio State University". That was pretty clever, I thought.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Smart Football...||
Smart Football had a piece last year - which I found again - that gives some anecdotes and background on Bill Snyder as well. It isn't very long, but it does give you some additional insight perhaps on how dedicated he is to football and even the lenghts to which he has gone to maximize his own time on daily basis. One of the better quotes, which tries to illustrates the level of detail in his thinking, is from former fellow Iowa assistant Barry Alvarez:
“Bill would’ve described a play for about two minutes, and he wouldn’t even have reached the point where the quarterback releases the ball,”
|1 day 10 hours ago||Agreed There...||
That's sort of where I was headed wit that thought but didn't quite get there. I actually do think that perhaps they do watch what other teams do, but coordinators and coaches look more at players and behavior and what they have or do which can exploit a matchup. It might be inspired by something another team did, but it may not be. It could be also inserting Player X instead of Player Y up against a CB, for example, and creating opportunities based on what you saw from the film on that CB.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Ah, 1997....||
1997 was my sophomore year at Michigan and it still is perhaps the one of the best sports years in my life to date. As for the football team, I believe that we had 3 All-American selections and 10 players on the all-conference team, which was great praise for that season and how special that was. Went to every home game plus Michigan State that year - I ended up with some pretty good seats at Spartan Stadium through some connections and had a great view of a certain beautiful one-handed grab by one Charles Woodson.
|1 day 19 hours ago||The Pinstripe Bowl...||
Whatever people might think of Notre Dame, the prediction for Notre Dame and Rutgers could very well be pain, and if the stats are any indication, it is rather unlikely that Rutgers will be the team inflicting the pain. Indeed, Massey would give Rutgers all of a 7% predicted win probability in such a game. Of course, for some reason, such statements tend to be somewhat inaccurate in boel games.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Why Not....||
Your very preliminary "Where does Kansas St. stand in FBS play?" preview courtesy of TeamRankings:
|1 day 21 hours ago||Yikes....||
Ohio State is going to have so much fun with Tajh Boyd perhaps, and by fun, I mean watching passes zing through the air on the way to open receivers, if indeed Boyd bring his top game. His passer rating is pretty good at 166.6 and Ohio State has one of the worst passing defenses in FBS play. On paper, this could be a tragic matchup.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Per His Bio...||
Per a bio that I found a while back, he is indeed a native of New Haven, so this would be something of a homecoming for him. I believe he also spent most of the 1990s as an assistant in various capacities at Rhode Island as well. I actually wonder if he would seriously consider going back to his old stomping grounds, now that I think about it.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
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|1 day 23 hours ago||Way Too Soon....||
If you're going to post a Michigan / MSU comparison, there are several existing threads that have - through some fault of their own - turned into that, so this is probably better off as a post in one of those for the time being. We really can only have so much of this on the board, and we've reached the cap on it for today.