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|10 hours 40 min ago||SMU-Baylor...||
As we've come to expect, Baylor is one of those teams that will make a defense look rather bad, but SMU says, "That's OK, because your defense is pretty bad too, Baylor."
Also, we're halfway through the second quarter and Baylor not having anything to show for seven minutes is very un-Baylor. Well, un-Baylor against a team like SMU anyway.
|12 hours 32 min ago||Incorrect...||
Per the guidelines that were posted, Friday and Saturday drinking threads - especially because they are semi-associated with football and quasi-traditional - are allowed. It was the midweek random ones which were given the axe, although if you had just ingested something which is absolutely amazing and the board needs to know, use your best judgment (if possible, depending on the beverage).
|15 hours 13 min ago||I Don't Know...||
Even if that is the case (and I tend to think it isn't), it was a very small part of a much larger issue. You can have talented running backs and it may very well not matter if they suddenly find themselves in a scheme not suited to their strengths or in an offense that cannot do what they need to support their production consistently. There is also the problem that the recruiting of this position was up-and-down for a stretch.
We have had several players at RB, at least in my opinion, with the potential to be incredibly productive in the last seven years even if they weren't Harts and Wheatleys and Thomases, but other pieces simply weren't there or weren't functioning in a manner which allowed the backs to succeed in a lot of cases. I don't know how much of it is clearly on Jackson - if any is. It seems a much more dynamic issue to me, at least in the context of that period.
|16 hours 58 min ago||To That Point...||
To that point raised in the OP's last paragraph, I don't know that there's enough data yet - there is none at the college level really - to say whether or not Peppers is best utilized on offense. My guess right now is that either any sets on offense which involve Peppers are not something you want to experiment with in the first game of the season, at least if they have been using him in practice on offense in some scenarios, or right now they feel he contributes much more to the defense.
Either way, I don't think it is one or the other with Peppers and it may never be so long as he is here, at least ultimately - if you have and can develop a player with that athleticism to excel on both sides of the ball, then I think you roll with that and have Peppers on defense and in situational snaps on offense. I'd rather they did that than diminish his potential contirbutions to one side by placing him there and nowhere else.
|17 hours 9 min ago||Beyond Salvage...||
My legit favorite buckeye
I get what the OP is trying to do in posting about the lesser known acts of well-known player, but at this point the thread is beyond salvage.
|17 hours 41 min ago||As Well As...||
As well as this little factoid - granted, 76 rushing yards across 29 attempts is not impressive numerically, but that net of 76 comes from a raw positive total of 78 yards, or in other words, "Yards -" was only -2. That's improvement too, even over last year, which was itself a major improvement over 2013 in this regard.
|19 hours 23 min ago||Except That...||
Let's try not to fall victim to looking at one data point and drawing too many strong conclusions, eh? It seems rather clear to me that this is Rudock's job to lose even with that performance, which I would say just based on his time at Iowa is an anamoly that we can reasonably assume will not recurr. I don't mean to sound abrupt, but I never understood how people could go from zero to "put in the backup" in one game, particularly under a new staff.
|19 hours 47 min ago||Less Than Ten...||
I don't have the speadsheet on the machine I am at right now, but it was less than ten and none were calls for Harbaugh obviously. A majority of them were people who wanted to see Al Borges fired...again...still, even though clearly these drives - INTs aside - were much too coherent to have been concocted by Borges really.
|20 hours 4 min ago||Interesting Article...||
It was the type of tough, pounding game Harbaugh craves, and that's probably why he was upbeat afterward. He knows his team is missing key elements, such as explosive playmakers, and he knows he'll need Rudock to perform.
That's something you could see in the offensive gameplan last night, attempts to compensate for some performance gaps particularly as the game went on, and that's another reason to believe that it gets better from here really. As he says, they showed promise and flaws and I think that's what was expected, but part of the promise - in my mind - also came in the preparation he mentions. There were times last year where I was honestly not sure we were prepared for, well, anything.
|21 hours 8 min ago||For Some Words...||
For some words in particular, I have to do the manual count because people also have swearing in their tag lines, so as a result, it's actually kind of easy to pick up regional variants (if people in fact type them as they sound, rather than the word itself) along the way. Those normally get included actually. Indeed, in a thread last year, cussing in a foreign language (it was French, which I actually can read) counted too.
|21 hours 12 min ago||The MGoBoard...||
Traditionally, this has just been the MGoBoard as it provides some of the most creative and "colorful" commentaries on games. People have also asked about the liveblog and perhaps tracking that too - the analytics suite on Blyve is sort of pricey, but it would provide all the information I would need actually. Of course, that would probably rope me into hosting the liveblog which.....yeah, I will leave that to others.
|21 hours 29 min ago||Absolutely...||
It was absolutely distinguishable from a Hoke-coached game on many levels. Others have mentioned this, of course, but on offense - though we can talk about the 3 INTs and the run blocking and so forth - those drives looked calculated and designed to compensate for things they knew may not work so well. Sometimes, the execution was not quite there, but there was a definite strategy. It's one game, but I get the sense that this is a better-coached team now that is looking at the field, making adjustments (we made those - 2nd half was played better than the first, IMO) and staying in the game at all times.
|21 hours 40 min ago||As A Sidenote...||
Although I've been to the Dexter and Ann Arbor locations, I had the opportunity to eat at the one in Traverse City a few weeks ago - on the Mission Peninsula right near Bowers Harbor. The food doesn't lose a step going four hours north of Ann Arbor, but you can't beat that location for the outlooks, I would say.
|21 hours 45 min ago||Coming Down...||
Chances that Shane Morris starts week two?
I don't think this is going quite how the OP had hoped. Also, I didn't think people would panic about the QB situation quite this early and only after one data point. The chances of Morris starting right now are probably not worth writing home about.
|23 hours 51 min ago||Interesting Note...||
First, in general, although a lot of people went on about run blocking, at the end of the day we did hold Utah to 3.5 yards per rush as a team, so really not a bad performance at all for a first game and all the jitters than undoubtedly come with it.
As for Travis Wilson, the rushing stats - 12 attempts for 53 net yards - amount to 4.4 yards per attempt and this was actually better on a play-over-play basis than what Booker was managing (just a shad over 3 yards per rush, in his case). It will be interesting if when they do play Gentry in the future (whenever this might be) to see if they use him like Utah used Wilson.
|1 day 3 min ago||Not Like Last Year...||
It really didn't feel at all like last year in all the areas that matter, at least not to me. We can talk about 3 INTs, for example, but those drives for the most part look coherent and, if they had not ended in the manner they did, they looked like they might very well end in points. I don't know I had the same confidence in Hoke's staff to manage even that. The run blocking - we can talk about this too - but field position was being won by Harbaugh really and the defense had a lot of room to work with, much more than most games last year.
There was a lot to like - clearly there's a road ahead on some things, but I think we knew that. I hope we knew that.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Some Minor Stuff...||
We were 6-15 on third downs, which you know, 40% on conversions is a bit better than we had been managing in many games last year. I'll take that out of it anyway.
The entire rushing game - 76 yards on 29 attempts, or 2.6 YPC. I'll try not to take much from one game under Harbaugh and this system. Run blocking may be something we see improving markedly in the coming weeks, at least as much as it can at the moment. Encouraging items within this performance all the same though.
Numbers on Rudock - 27-43 for 270 yards. That's where 3 INTs seem to hurt me the moment, given that they were the blemishes on an othewise good statistical performance.
|1 day 10 hours ago||It's Time...||
I can't believe that I've had to wait since December 30th for this era of Michigan football to officially begin, but yet here it is. Let's do this, Wolverines.
Very excited right now....and here we go, folks. Go Blue.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Wait A Second...||
I am pretty sure that no one was supposed to know this save for some of us, but now that it is out there, the cover is $5 and the management is not responsibl for anything which may be lifted from your person if you are passed out on the floor. That's been a bone of contention in the past, but considering that security also participates in the drinking, it became a necessary disclaimer.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Some Comparison Stats...||
....based on last season's results, of course, for the non-Michigan Big Ten matchup here:
|1 day 12 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
...of the video in the article:
|1 day 13 hours ago||That Explains It...||
I had noticed that MeanJoe07 was not particularly active today, and indeed, almost a non-factor - at least in the threads I have seen - in the last several hours. I am assuming that this explains it and future MeanJoe07 posts are from someone acting on his behalf.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Alarmingly Easy...||
Indeed, you should have been here for the display our own RedGreene put on this morning - that got into the 25-30 and it is definitely not the record. That might be the "Mike Jones" thread from about four years ago, but I am probably missing one or two in there. In the annals of MGoBlog, the triple post is never dreaded - your post literally becoming the thread due to duplication might be, however.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Interesting Idea....||
Using some of our special teams guys as a serviceable surface-to-air system? I like where your head is at with this one actually. It would indeed mitigate any drone issues.
I am sure Jim could and would do the work himself but he does have to coach the team.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Embeds...|
|1 day 16 hours ago||1985 Maryland...||
I was in third grade and my parents landed tickets from our then-neighbor in Northville, enough tickets so that I go could as well. We actually did go early and hang out at some of the tailgates - my mom is a Michigan alum and even ran into some old friends from those days.
The feature of that game - aside from the 20-0 win over the venerable Bobby Ross - that stands out now but seemed kind of inconsequential to the kid that I was at the time? Jim Harbaugh was the Michigan quarterback. Yes, my first game was a Harbaugh-led game.
|1 day 16 hours ago||To Quote Python...||
"Why is it that nobody remembers the name of Johann Gambolputty... de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle- dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz- ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein- nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut- gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?"
Johann for short, I think.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
Barnwell is at the center of the investigation of Flood, with the university looking into whether the Rutgers football coach broke school policy by contacting a professor regarding Barnwell's grades. The junior cornerback was declared academically ineligible in the spring, according to two school officials.
Now isn't that kind of interesting that the same player that Flood supposedly was checking up on was involved in this as well? I found it so anyway.
"Hey, Kyle, remember how you wanted to know if Barnwell was eligible or if there was some way he could be made eligible? It turns out that the potential for jail time makes this discussion touch-and-go at best and a non-starter at worst..."
|1 day 17 hours ago||Drinking Indeed...||
I will probably break into one of the packs of Guinness pints (I hoard beer - my wife believes this to be a bad thing) in the basement fridge and go from there. I am pretty sure that I might be in no condition to do more than show up tomorrow at work regardless of the outcome of the game because I am that excited, but maybe I will call it a day after the two meetings I cannot get myself out of.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Great Article...||
At Bivouac, the near-campus store selling outdoors gear and lots else, 24-year-old Anthony Huhn might help you pick out backpacks and say, “Everyone who has been hiding in their basement has come out, and now they’re saying, ‘Football, yay.’ ”
Well, if you were hiding in the basement, there are few better stores in Ann Arbor to help you with the long-term survival prospects of that than Bivouac, but what a long, lonely wait it was regardless of where you were, it seems. I've been in that "Football, yay" mode myself, especially now that it is finally near (as in hours now).