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|44 min 52 sec ago||Well, We Know...||
Well, we know how those get handled around here...mostly anyway. I know because I am guilty of it.
|58 min 18 sec ago||Not Bad At All...||
Last season, the Orediggers averaged 89.9 plays per game, which was more than Baylor, Oregon and West Virginia averaged in the FBS.
I think they averaged north of 500 yards per game too, so you're getting into the neighborhood of nearly 6 yards per play on average, and also something like 0.4 points per play if I am remembering their average socring right, which isn't bad at all at any level. You could make the argument "Division II....level of competition....available talent....grumble grumble", of course, but on paper the numbers aren't bad at all and would give one hope that - if he took a Division I job - he would probably do well if he could implement some version of his system.
|2 hours 39 min ago||The Main Draw...||
The odds against Harbaugh's return really were astronomical -- but when a stunning series of departmental mistakes inspired a grassroots effort for reform, bold leaders stepped in to remove each obstacle, one by one. That it all happened just in time for Michigan to offer Harbaugh the chance to come home completed a chain of events that would have been impossible for anyone to predict even six months earlier.
That is probably what the main draw for me is, the opportunity to get some insight into how this went from "Yeah, right..." to "IT'S HAPPENING" in a matter of months, and in the case of smaller obstacles, weeks on occasion. The changes necessary to achieve the goal of getting Jim Harbaugh to come back to Michigan happened in what seem like moments now, but wading through them, it seemed like forever.
|5 hours 40 min ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that I was a little miffed that North Carolina didn't really go all the way with argyle, including argyle socks and some very sensible Johnston & Murphy shoes to complete the uniform. That would have been stylish, although maybe bad for football. Can you find wingtip cleats, or perhaps a nice loafer with some spikes? That's a good question.
|6 hours 53 min ago||Depth Chart Guesses...||
Logic says the edge likely goes to Rudock, who was second in the Big Ten last season in completion percentage (61.7 percent) and had 16 touchdowns to five interceptions. Morris, who emerged from spring practice, before Rudock had transferred, as the frontrunner, has made two career starts. The strong-armed lefty has said repeatedly the starting job has been his to lose.
I will definitely agree with Angelique that logic and inference from the very limited information out there would tend to say Rudock, but part of me remembers how depth charts have been at Michigan - particularly in the last few years - and thinks for a moment that it might be Garrett Moores, but I trust Jim Harbaugh to approach such things in a more considered manner.
In all seriousness, I would be surprised - but not in a bad way honestly because I would then be a bit impressed - if it was not Jake Rudock. Whoever rises to the top in the sort of environment Habaugh seems to create gets your respect.
|7 hours 2 min ago||Hard To Believe...||
When I woke up roughly 90 minutes ago, it dawned on me that by this point in next week, we will be talking about football that has been played rather than football that will be played, and finally we will have out first actual data point in the Time Of Harbaugh at Michigan. As fun as the summer has been, I've been anticipating this for a long while - indeed, since maybe a few minutes after the first presser last December.
|17 hours 44 min ago||Clarification...||
First, a mod note:
Yeah, the scope of OT narrows considerably in the non-OT season - it is not an absolute prohibition, and certainly consideration will be given to an NBA legend like Darryl Dawkins. I apologize if anyone took the transition too literally, but yeah, this stays.
To that end, RIP Darryl Dawkins. I will watch those named dunks, such as the "In Your Face Disgrace" in his honor tonight.
|19 hours 24 min ago||I Was Thinking That...||
I was thinking that - I almost want Popular Mechanics to call a game against me a "cupcake game", then I can act mildly insulted for a few days and be assured that cupcakes will show up at my office. I don't see how this is a bad deal at all really, but then my colleagues probably wouldn't let this go without some sharing being part of the deal.
|20 hours 18 min ago||The Wisconsin Thing...||
Paul Chryst might have been an uncreative hire for Wisconsin (he was on staff there for many years, so it isn't unfamiliar though), but they did keep Dave Aranda, who seems to be a pretty decent DC and Chryst probably retains the system for which Wisconsin has recruited for centuries with little variation.
The also draw Rutgers and Maryland and probably still make a decent showing in their own division, so I wouldn't underestimate their ability to be Wisconsin almost regardless of who is coaching.
|20 hours 41 min ago||Very Good...||
I think these are excellent choices really, and indeed, if under Harbaugh and the environment he has supposedly created these two arose as leaders than it says much about them as competitors as well.
I will say, however, that it is difficult to believe that they are in the waning days of their eligibility - I remember when they got here and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago.
|23 hours 38 min ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, if you do a quick search for the bio, you also find out that someone over at SuperSportsTees.com has already been all over this as the image exists on their site:
|1 day 45 min ago||Agreed...||
I honestly did not expect to be able to take away as much as I did, and while much of it is still high level and leaves one to do a lot of inferring, there was some actual information in this one (more than I was expecting).
Of course, all of it makes me that much more eager to see how this plays out on Thursday as we start this first season under Harbaugh.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Massey Estimate...||
Take it for what you will given that we've not played a single game yet this season, but the base estimate from Massey, which of course includes zero data from this year, is as follows for those games:
Michigan State - 16%
Ohio State - 9%
It is important to note, of course, that the six games in from of MSU - if we do well - will probably result in some upward adjustment of that, but how much depends on how MSU does. Similar story with OSU, of course, which is four games distant once the MSU game is concluded. Once the season begins, the beauty of this algorithm is in the fluctuations week to week, in my opinion.
It's just an estimate based on past performance, but the notion of "right now, don't count on it" seems sound enough using available statistics. Of course, the optimist in me knows anything is possible (even if it isn't probable) in football and we could steal one of these games.
Actually, one of the weaknesses of the approach is that it doesn't appreciate the intangibles of the Harbaugh era to date, so it will be interesting to see how accurate these estimates, well, may not be in the case of a re-energized MIchigan.
|1 day 1 hour ago||The Sense I Get...||
So, based on that - which is not at all shocking - I do get the sense that the depth chart may not really be the depth chart much at all this year, which is fine and especially so against our first opponent so no one gets an advance idea of what they plan to roll out there. I was assuming that, after all this time in the submarine, that we would simply end up being pleasantly surprised anyway, and it sounds like that's the case now.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Depth Chart...||
I have this suspicion that, if we get one for public consumption, it won't necessarily reflect the one that is forming in the mind of Jim Harbaugh, but then that is most coaches really. I personally try not to get too excited about depth charts for that reason, but in this case, so little is known that I would probably peruse even the public release, no matter how much it reflected reality.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
"As far as how quickly he can get it turned, he's already gotten it turned with momentum, and that's something that was difficult for Brady at the end because people turned on him and media were more difficult for him,"
Obviously the games have not happened yet, perhaps the one thing we definitely want to see next, but he's right in the sense that the culture of the program and the passion around the program have been revamped and made better by everything that Harbaugh is done. It also helps that he did inherit some talent that just needs someone to develop it - that for me will be one of the things to watch in the coming weeks, to see how many players look markedly better and look like they are now in positions where they can excel.
|1 day 3 hours ago||According To Bentley...||
According to the information in the Bentley collection, Demetrius Brown wore #6 all four years that he was at Michigan. Michael Taylor wore #9 during that same period.
As it is seven days before the season, it is worth noting that Ken Mouton wore #7 during the mid-1980s.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Clarification...||
Correct. It is probably more fair to say that the scope of OT narrows considerably, so yes, threads regarding significant events in college football or sports, significant news like whatever finally happens in the semifinals of Brady / Goodell, and the like will very likely stay for the news value.
|1 day 14 hours ago||OT Cleanup....||
You are advised not to take the deletions personally - this is merely a baselining of content for the non-OT season. Moe to come tomorrow, assuming there are some stragglers.
OT - What Will Happen with the Tigers in 2016 and 17?
OT: Best Knee/Bone Doctor Nominations
Last Day of OT: What's your go-to joke?
OT - What new TV shows are you looking forward to watching?
OT: Time to Repent
Some early morning additions -
OT: Fantasy Sleepers
OT: What Underwear Do You Plan To Sport During the Utah Game?
|1 day 14 hours ago||I'll Say It...||
I suppose I will say this as I happen to agree with a few folks upthread - this doesn't bother me and I really don't see how stretching the nearly instant goodwill that Harbaugh brings to the Michigan football program really hurts. It probably helps by keeping it at the forefront, simply in a different manner and an admittedly offbeat one. I agree with people that the wins need to come next, but there is never harm in ushering in a new era with someone of Jim Harbaugh's stature involved in this manner - especially in this time and place at Michigan, IMHO.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Minor Note...||
I would have maybe gone with Richard Dreyfuss as Schlissel - a dye job and a beard away from being able to do it, I would think, even at 67 years old, but it is a minor quibble, of course.
As someone mentioned above, Rowan Atkinson as Dave Brandon would be....strangely appropriate actually. I did like that suggestion.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I Ate One Too...||
I ate one too, of course, and I am here to bear personal witness to the notion that a practice lemon is invaluable if indeed you had never done this before. I personally had not but actually found the experience very interesting. Hopefully, there is a Lime Challenge this year as I believe I would participate as long as no one minded the tequila that would accompany it.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Awesome Stuff...||
This brings back a lot of memories of growing up watching football on Saturday.
I still really enjoy the early 1980s CBS theme and the ABC theme from the late 1980s and early 1990s. ESPN admittedly has done a good job revamping their own introduction music for football as well.
I may watch this a few times this evening.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Good Summary...||
I would tend to agree with this tweet....
|1 day 20 hours ago||I Still Remember...||
I still remember his riveting "I'm like the big buck that's in the field..." speech during a presser. Fontes did have a way of making people wonder which dadaist poet he was attempting to channel when he answered certain questions.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Fair Enough...||
It is hard to win when you have a staff and department that seem to have an attitude like this:
|1 day 22 hours ago||Awesome News...||
This is great news and congratulations to your dad for getting to live his dream of being a Michigan student.
This is further evidence that it really is never too late to do these things, and I wish him only the best in his time at Michigan.
|2 days 1 hour ago||No Problem...||
As I mentioned below, there will be a cleanup beginning this afternoon, but this one will probably stay since it highlights the University doing some good in the community. Brightmoor took it on the chin more than most neighborhoods in Detroit due to the decline of the auto industry in the 1970s as well as other factors (the neighborhood was built specifically to attract Southern migrants to the then-booming auto industry in the 1920s). It is nice to see groups like Brightmoor Alliance and others try to bring it back.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Subdirectories...||
A forum format which supported subdirectories or something like that would be very useful generally actually, even on the on-topic side of the house. Basketball news is going to start intermingling with football soon enough, and then in the late winter, you'll see baseball and softball and basketball on the forum simultaneously, as well as hockey through several other seasons. Being able to split it by sport would hopefully mitigate a lot of the giriping (usually expressed in the form of serial downvoting) that a vociferous few do about non-revenue coverage here, not to mention the "you didn't have to click on it, damnit" discussions.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Agree With This...||
Although my cable / Internet service screams bloody murder when I do this sometimes, I will usually go with a setup similar to what is mentioned above - the game I want to intently watch is on the big TV, then I'll have one streaming on my iPad and one on the laptop. It typically works out, especially later in the season when multiple meaningful games are going at once.