"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|5 hours 33 min ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say right now is that if you enjoy defense and enjoy ball security which limits the amount of derpitude, you will not enjoy what is going on over at ESPN2 right now. If you want a good chuckle now and again, please dial in and watch ESPN2 right now.
|7 hours 11 min ago||About This...||
The flashbacks are terrible. Awful. Northwestern has "Northwesterned" each of the past three contests against the Wolverines, but they have to be due for some luck eventually, right? Right?
It has been said in HTTV and on the board, but it is the case throughout recent history, because they are Northwestern, they can beat anyone, but because they are Northwestern, they can also lose to anyone. I am personally betting on the latter Northwestern myself.
|8 hours 29 min ago||At This Point...||
JaQuan Lyle spoke to NCAA investigators this week. He allegedly told investigators about a recruiting visit to Louisville that he made in June 2013, and confirmed "the gist of allegations" involving paid escorts during his trip to the school. CBS Sports cites an anonymous source close to the investigation as source of the information.
I am just waiting for someone to mention that even though he was not yet employed by Louisville at this point (June 2013), Bobby Petrino seemed to always have a table or reserved spot at the places in question in the book. Somehow, that would make certain things seem even more logical.
|9 hours 32 min ago||Other Measures...||
A 16-ish point win against Northwestern would be nice, I will say that. A lot of other sites - obviously, different predictive mechanisms - are actually a little more conservative in their estimate. TeamRankings, for example, has Michigan by a predicted score of 21-14 (rounded, their mean estimate was 21.2-13.8). Massey has their score prediction where some of us perhaps jokingly put it earlier in the week 10-7 in fave of Michigan.
|13 hours 19 min ago||That Works Too...||
I believe SnappyTV has publishing settings that allow you to prohibit direct embeds, which might explain why the button for the code was doing nothing. Very rarely do a lot of folks disallow embedded tweets, although you can on that site, even if they provide the exact same content, which is semi-amusing as it makes the other setting useless basically.
|15 hours 21 sec ago||Interesting Stuff...||
And for the most part, sources said, the current players like Edsall personally. But he lost their support with his program-wide rigidness -- at times he's taken names off jerseys and banned baseball caps, 'do' rags, untrimmed facial hair and earrings in efforts to stifle selfish individualism -- along with his refusal to play more aggressively and tendency to blame them for losses.
That part I didn't realize about Edsall and the manner in which he runs that program - between that and the losing, it's a small wonder that players are beginning to simply tune him out as the article mentions.
They also talk about Maryland's relative lack of big football donors, which when combined with their financial state and trying to cobble together the funds for a new stadium, makes them quicker to listen to those donors. It doesn't help them that they don't have more than sporadic success throughout their history in the sport either.
Yeah, Randy Edsall would have to find some way to essentially gut punch Urban Meyer and walk away with a win to buy another week perhaps.
|15 hours 20 min ago||Cleaning Up...||
Now that I have a chance to be reflective this week -
OT: Cubbies Win POSBANG!
Posbangs should be used sparingly outside the stated bounds from the "End Of OT" post in August.
OT: Drunk UConn student refuses to leave dining hall without bacon jalapeno mac and cheese, acts like douche, gets arrested
Funny as it was (that's why it stayed up as long as it did), I think we can move on now.
MIght add more later.
|15 hours 31 min ago||From the Journal-Sentinel...||
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article:
The amount of annual cash compensation made under the existing contract with adidas varied from $750,000 in the first two years of the deal to $800,000 in the last three years. Under the proposed agreement with Under Armour, UW will receive an annual cash contribution of $4 million.
I am going to say that the over $3 million extra in additional contributions might have been a big draw to the Board Of Regents. Adidas has been out there saying that their branding strategy was changing a bit at the college level, but losing schools is a strategy, after all.
The guaranteed minimum royalty that the get from Adidas is $100,000. Under Armour is offering a minimum of $450,000.
|15 hours 51 min ago||In The Big Ten....||
So, the line predictions for the two Big Ten games if you used Sagarin would be this
PSU-Indiana - (73.45-70.13)+2.71 = 6.03 in favor of Penn State
Iowa-Illinois - (82.74-74.66)+2.71 = 10.79 in favor of Iowa
The first one agrees with the predicted score of 30-24 for that game via Massey, but Massey then has Illinois as having only a 16% estimated win probability in this game, with a 31-17 predicted score. That sort of feels right for that one actually. Might just be me.
|19 hours 48 min ago||Sad News...||
As much as we make light of the situation in Austin and the misfortunes of Texas lately, this really does have to be a distressing thing for them in the locker room this week, especially given the long history and how well-loved Bevo has always been. Hopefully, Bevo gets well and can represent the Longhorns again at some point in the season.
|20 hours 3 min ago||Except That...||
Except that it is Thursday.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Just A Reminder...||
As a reminder, please tread lightly in these threads - it's perfectly fine to post a thread about Harbaugh expressing an opinion, but could we please:
- not engage in sidebars on the merits of being a represented employee. We do have a few on the site, you know, and besmirching their affiliations and / or trades is counterproductive.
- not speculate on political affiliations of the coaches - that string was deleted as well.
- in general, try not to get political on this issue
|1 day 7 hours ago||Not Sure...||
If I had my way, you probably don't see Peppers this week.
While Northwestern is a tougher test - the toughest one so far - I have to think there are a lot of plays between the most basic formations in Harbaugh's offense and the section of the playbook that uses Peppers on offense. I don't foresee being so in trouble that we feel like we need to go there, if you will. If we see him on offense against MSU (and I don't think he's been taking snaps there lately), I'd much rather it was a surprise, one used in a key situation.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
Michigan's 83 percent win probability against Northwestern might feel high, but Ohio State's (88 percent against Maryland) and Michigan State's (88 percent against Rutgers) do not. The Buckeyes and Spartans should cruise, and Week 7 will be when this race begins to truly take shape.
The fan in me likes hype well enough, but yeah, I feel this is taking a leap over the next two games for us at least. If we somehow get to 6-1 after the 17th, then it seems easier to start saying there might be a realizeable shot, but even then MSU and OSU are also going to have to run into some misadventures here and there to make it happen.
|1 day 10 hours ago||About The Clemson Game...||
I didn't like the way Clemson got to enter the field through the tunnel with the ramp while we were made to shuffle in quietly off to the side. I wish Kelly would have marched the team in right down the middle of that ramp and put the chip on our guy's shoulders and punched them in the mouth like he said we needed too.
This complaint is somehow classically ND. I laughed.
"We had to enter from the visitor's locker room and endure some theatrics that didn't involve us. Not fair."
|1 day 11 hours ago||Great Article...||
Markovits continued, citing a greeting from a dean at American: “ ‘Andy, great to have you! Welcome. So, Harbaugh: What’s gonna happen?’ ” The person helping with his photo ID: “ ‘So, you’re from Michigan? So, what do you think Harbaugh will do?’ ” The person helping with the parking sticker asked similarly about Harbaugh.
This happens even I have spoken to folks at work, at least those who don't already know me - since the beginning of the year, whenever it comes up that I went to Michigan or I am a fan, the second or third question has been Harbaugh-related, regardless of the fan affiliations of the other person. Nearly everyone definitely has "Harbaugh on the mind", even if they are casual fans.
Great article, OP.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Second This...||
The times that we've made the trip (can't this year because of a previous commitment), this is where we stayed and it works out very well. It isn't that far off the Turnpike (I-76) along I-99 if you're coming from the west (Detroit area, in our case) and like you said, it's only another 30 minutes or so up I-99 to get to State College, which is a reasonable distance really.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Scope Of Control...||
It's hard for me to get too entangled in decisions over which I have no control as a rule, so when it comes to the recruiting decisions and school choices being made by high schoolers, I don't normally fret over them. You can be disappointed that perhaps a class didn't round out as you had hoped, or if someone ultimately chooses a school not yours, but as it is far out of the scope of your control, it is merely something to process and move forward from.
I guess I never understood why some people get as invested as they do in a decision which they are not making nor can they influence except through some outrageous act (which is sometimes an NCAA violation unto itself).
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hard To Say...||
It's hard to derive the overall game strategy from this sample, but it looks like they loaded the box to sell out against the electric slide, but in reality it was just a series of simple gives to the RB with a Mike Leach-style fade route towards the end. Maybe they work out those communication problems this week in practice.
|1 day 20 hours ago||It Does Seem Like It..||
I does seem that way really, that it is very controlled, but I tend to think a lot of that is the staff understands the abilities and limitations given the personnel and the stage they are at in the process of installing the system. We can talk about the lack of big plays and the number of trips to the red zone, but if they can take what they have right now - turn it into something that is very efficient when it is running on all cylinders - and grind it out, all the while with a defense that ensures you don't need to score impressive amounts of points to win, I don't mind that at all. As I said, it seems like the staff understands what it has, where they are at, and is even turning some deficiencies into strengths in some respects.
|2 days 4 hours ago||At Work...||
Just yesterday, I came out of a meeting only to be confronted by one of the resdient Spartan fans who asked, "What does it feel like to have a real team again?", and the only reply that came to mind was, "Let's talk about that in a couple weeks."
I am suddenly hopeful about that game for some reason...
|2 days 4 hours ago||Another Thing...||
In one of my summertime meanderings that turned into a diary, it turns out that a great majority of defensive backs in general get drafted in the 3rd to 5th round, with a small percentage going in the second round. If history across teams is any indicator, if Jourdan Lewis gets a good look and continues to do Jourdan Lewis things, that is where he may very well fall.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Tannehill, after a couple of||
Tannehill, after a couple of practice squad players forced turnovers, Tannehill made negative comments toward them, including saying: “Enjoy your practice squad paycheck, enjoy your practice squad trophy.”
You know, Tannehill was the same QB who, during his travels through college, was once asked to run a QB draw on 2nd and 24. If you're going to be pissy and bitter about something, be pissy and bitter about things like that. Who the hell thought you would get 24 yards on that play?
|2 days 8 hours ago||Looking At Stats...||
I went to Ohio University's site to catch up with Heitzman - as someone said, Ohio University doesn't really play too many teams that might give us a good insight into just how effective Heitzman could be at TE (I think he could be rather good myself), but he is their 3rd most prolific receiver in terms of total yardage thus far right now - 11 catches for 169 yards and 1 TD, averaging 42 yards per game.
|2 days 10 hours ago||For Reference...||
Here's the rule for a valid signal as it appears in Rule 2, Section 8 -
ARTICLE 2. A valid signal is a signal given by a player of Team B who has obviously signaled his intention by extending one hand only clearly above his head and waving that hand from side to side of his body more than once.
Of course, it defines an invalid signal as anything that fails to meet this requirement or is given after a catch or after a kick strikes the ground or a player.
|2 days 11 hours ago||This Right Here...||
If you consider the teams that generally use the 3-3-5 or variants of it - aside from Arizona, for example, Boise State has been known to fall back into it, as has TCU (as a variation on the 4-2-5 flex), and even BYU once in a rare while has used it situationally - it is to better defend spread offenses, which some of these teams face quite a bit.
I tend to think some teams will utilize it because they are a bit undersized and can instead use speed to create assignment issues to confuse offenses. I could be wrong about that observation, but it seems common among teams that run a 3-3-5 even only part of the time. It opens the door to a wide variety of zone blitzes since it is mostly used in zone anyway, but to manage any of that, you need high-level, physical, tough and pretty swift personnel on defense. If you don't have that, it seems like it is hard to run the 3-3-5 even in a situation where it IS probably a sensible counter to the offense presented.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Disagree...||
While Rudock hasn't been the Unstoppable Throw God in the passing game or indeed what some people would like to see at the position ultimately, he's been good enough and at least has the requisite in-game experience, and he's able to manage the game in a way that I doubt the available backups could right now.
I'll trust the staff here - Rudock probably is the best QB available on the roster. That's not necessarily saying he's fan-effing-tastic in all aspects of the position, and what that might say about the state of things before Rudock arrived is something we can leave to individual interpretation.
I still don't understand what people expect right now necessarily - I had thought we knew that 2015 was going to be a bit of a transitional year on the offense, QB included. If you want the best chance to win games and make that 8-4 to 9-3 prediction that a lot of people had come to fruition, Jake Rudock is the guy.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Some Nostalgia...||
One of the cooler commercials on TV as I was growing up, I always thought -
...and for those of you who ever traversed a Highland Appliance -
|2 days 14 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
One of my favorite non-Michigan shirts:
|2 days 15 hours ago||For #4...||
For #4, I think there are services like Unblock-US.com where - for a small fee - you can get the ability to do some IP spoofing and make networks act as if your machine is in the United States. I know that this is how some folks abroad get American Netflix content anyway, but I assume that there are other services / methods for doing it.