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|6 hours 59 min ago||I Will Say This...||
Late night football and Colores Del Sol malbec is an interesting combination indeed and I plan to stick with it. Later on, possibly more wine but a movie or two. The kids are at the in-laws tonight, so there is considerable free time in the schedule this evening. At last, a chance to see "Guardians Of The Galaxy".
|9 hours 23 sec ago||Meanwhile...||
Kawakami has at least part of the summary of his thoughts here - LINK - and some of his interpretation of events in non-tweet form. His summation of the reason for York's tweet:
The only logical reason: York wanted to prepare 49ers fandom for major changes ahead, and let's all assume that York's main focus is on Harbaugh's future. York and general manager Trent Baalke set this up, intentionally or not, by tacitly suggesting that this was an all-or-nothing season for Harbaugh.
|9 hours 47 min ago||Michigan History...||
I realize that your knowledge of the Michigan, the Big Ten and its history might not be completely up to speed, but I would hope you would delve into that history a little more before making statements like this. Granted, Hoke's record against our rivals is not impressive, but we have beaten them plenty of times over the passage of time, thank you. Of course, the problem has been doing this consistently (or frequently) lately.
|11 hours 7 min ago||Not An Arena...||
Actually, I don't think it is an arena at all except by appearance. They've mentioned it once or twice - that is in fact the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort. What is fascinating to me is that this thing is big enough that, when converted, it can seat almost 4,000 for basketball games apparently. As long as you don't make some high Hail Marys or high passes, you're pretty much set there.
|11 hours 11 min ago||Very Interesting...||
I will say, the lightsaber with the hilt on it actually was cool and something I wish had been used in the previous films. The last three films were way too clean in their appearance, so it will be interesting to see how Abrams approached this - it looks like it has an appearance more analogous to the first three films, which in itself is refreshing.
|15 hours 3 min ago||Double The Derp...||
If Nebraska somehow manages to dumb this down to an FG attempt here, they will be one step closer to being fully assimilated into the Big Ten. Get within mere yards of the goal line, holding call takes it back, drive momentarily stalls and eventually you run yourself into chipshot range.
....and then the FG is blocked, but the ball remained behind the LOS, so at any moment the Huskers could have redeemed themselves by picking it up and running. Special teams derp again.
|15 hours 58 min ago||Another INT...||
It is almost as if the spirit of every Big Ten game ever has converged in Iowa City today...
Tommy Armstrong throws one up and it gets picked off, then Iowa promptly fumbles. The strategic exchange of turnovers as is customary in Big Ten play.
....and Nebraska makes Iowa pay for being all butterfingers. Abdullah nabs one in the back of the end zone, free of the constraints of the Iowa secondary.
|16 hours 32 min ago||Details, Details...||
That was a phenomenal pass by Tommy Armstrong except for the part about it getting tipped, caught by Loudermilk and then returned for a pick six. Other than this, I am sure Nebraska totally meant to do that.
|20 hours 53 min ago||The Interface...||
The interface for modding, which is just an enhanced version of what other users have available (we have read/write access to all comments, diaries, threads, etc...), sadly doesn't allow for something like that, but I actually do agree that it would be nice for purposes of maintaining some cohesion in comment chains. When you cave a user, their comments disappear but the replies remain, which is why - at least I do this - try to delete the entire chain inside a thread to prevent things from getting out of context.
|21 hours 1 min ago||Cyber Monday...||
I usually wait until Cyber Monday - arguably one of the least productive days of the year workwise for me - because the thought of a mall, or a Target, or a Walmart or any such place right now makes me want to...
|21 hours 8 min ago||I Don't Know...||
Probably better as a comment in another thread somewhere. This does not really have the steam to make it as a thread, I believe, since it only restates Gardner's passing stats from last year's Ohio State game without further analysis
|21 hours 11 min ago||This Camp...||
Someone from this camp is going to have to explain why they believe it is acceptable that, if we fail to land a Harbaugh, that we would naturally be forced to live with Brady Hoke for 2015 because I don't understand why anyone would believe that necessarily. That is, unless some people have hyped up the possibility of Jim or John so much that anything else to them would be confirmation from the university that this level of on-field performance was OK, which is something I personally don't see.
|21 hours 26 min ago||I Don't Know...||
The reason I was wondering this was that I kinds like what Kill is doing over at Minnesota- and i got to thinking: "wow, think of what he could pull off at UM with its resources"
I think that wondering things like this might be part of the reason we're not quite there yet. There are some programs that, for example, underachieving though they are have this wonderful problem of brand equity. Indeed, there's one near and dear to all of us here that is hoping that this very thing can snag them certain names to fill a spot soon to be vacant most likely.
There are probably a surprising number of teams that are a coach or coordinator away from being really good, but then there are still more that seem to have an artificial cap on their performance, usually created by the relative level of investment in the program by a school
There are also teams which have been consistently competitive for an extended period that continually build their "brand" and therefore the quality of incoming classes, and conversely, there are a few teams on the decline.
What I think we're seeing is a slightly different set of teams edging into the upper tier of FBS, but they a fair number of them do it the same way some of the old guard have done it for some time - by clubbling the bottom feeders and the middling teams, a large group which has been relatively stable in its composition, I would think.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Not A Thread By Itself...||
This could easily have fit into the existing Thursday NFL thread or the daily Harbaugh thread. I know there is a fair contigent of the blog that is highly invested in Jim Harbaugh as the potential coach here in Ann Arbor, but let's not go overboard with threads, please.
|1 day 8 hours ago||You Know...||
There are two football threads that have been created in the last few minutes, and normally this would be my cue to consolidate things, but it is a holiday and I have beer and whatever. I might clean up the place later on the backend, but I am watching LSU / TAMU at the moment.
EDIT: OK, if people are going to complain, I altered the titles to remove the question of redundancy.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Black Friday...||
By far, the most amusing story that I saw in the Detroit area was the dude in Roseville that was employing his brothers to camp out in shifts at the Best Buy nearest them. Indeed, he was interviewed on Channel 7 here and supposedly he had tickets to the Lions game, so I wonder which brother got that shift in the tent while he was at Ford Field. I believe Best Buy has been open for two hours or so now, so hopefully, this guy got back in time to get what he wanted.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Don't See It...||
"I think he'll be back," Kaepernick said Tuesday on a conference call in advance of Thursday night's game between the 49ers and Seahawks at Levi's Stadium.
It's an interesting day indeed when something you would totally expect a player to say regardless of his own assessment of the future becomes a rumor somehow. Did I miss something in the article?
|1 day 16 hours ago||The Pre-Game...||
I would like to point out that the kid who sang the national anthem....that was rather impressive indeed. Well done.
...and just like that, two runs and a pass that don't go much of anywhere and we're punting. Hopefully, this isn't the trimmed down playbook.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 21 hours ago||Broyles Press Release...||
The site for the award posted the comprehensive list of finalists yesterday - LINK
Other Big Ten coordinators on the list - Dave Warner (MSU Co-OC), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota DC), Tom Herman (OSU OC), Bob Shoop (PSU DC) and Dave Aranda (Wisconsin DC).
|1 day 21 hours ago||Dave Pasch...||
I think he did Detroit Vipers games back in the IHL days - anyone else remember when we had an affiliate for a Florida hockey team in Michigan? It was weird. Anyway, aside from ESPN, that's the only other place I can remember his name appearing. It's actually strange to watch a football game and hear Pasch's name for that reason, but perhaps that's my own issue.
|1 day 22 hours ago||My Bad Poetry...||
Although our chance on paper
Is rather slim indeed
Our excitement does not taper
We hope we take the lead
At best, we win and shock them all
And limp on to a crappy bowl
This staff has a nice curtain call
For a season that took its toll
At worst, we lose and stay home
A coach we may replace
For he added to the program's tome
Another "not in the face"
|2 days 9 hours ago||No Bleacher Report...||
Ohio State RB's WCW Is Michigan Player's Girlfriend
How about we go through our holiday with no Bleacher Report? Thanks.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Derrick Walton, Jr. Is...||
Some of the particulars in the games to date:
19-41 overall from the floor, good for a 46.3% FG%
8-17 from three point land, good for a 47.1 3FG%
Those combined make for a personal eFG% of 56.1%
His 27 rebounds is second overall on the team, and Walton is also 3rd in assists on the team. His A/T ratio is a solid 3.0, good for second on the team as well. His average contribution of 13.8 points per game is also third most on the team and he is one of only three players with a PPG average over 10.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Here's The Image...||
...for those who would prefer the visual:
|2 days 16 hours ago||MGoBlue Writeup...||
MGoBlue had a statement with some photos of Brendan Randoplh with the team as well - LINK
After attending a team lifting and conditioning session, Randolph, along with his mother JoAnne and father Chris, was the main attraction at a press conference held at U-M's Crisler Center Media Room. Alongside senior attackman Mike Francia, the team's community service liaison, the lifelong Wolverine fan then signed his letter of intent to become a Wolverine.
Awesome move indeed by the team and by Coach Paul.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Jake Ryan is another player that I will miss a lot - I know we debated his role in the 4-3 Over quite a bit here, but it seems to have panned out in the 3nd half of the season and yet again, Ryan is in the discussion of top collegiate LBs. We will always have, among other Ryan moments, trying to tackle one dude with another dude...
|2 days 22 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
I spent a few terrible minutes trying to figure out how ESPN reasoned that an epic struggle to sustain drives and play fundamentally sound football at the end of the Ohio / Miami (OH) game could be more entertaining than a hoops game which promised to be (and was) competitive. I just couldn't comprehend a game-winning FG on a Tuesday night couldn't be moved to ESPNNews instead.
|3 days 4 hours ago||End Of Game Stats...||
For Michigan -
eFG% - 47.27%
OREB% - 21.21%
FTR - 9.09%
TO% - 16.13%
For Villanova -
eFG% - 50.98%
OREB% - 25.81%
FTR - 25.49%
TO% - 18.65%
Neither team was above 1.00 points per possession - Michigan had 0.91 to Villanova's 0.98. Our A/T ratio was 0.909 and VIllanova has an A/T ratio of 0.615.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Some Stats...||
eFG% - 37.04%
OREB% - 21.05%
FTr - 0.00%
TO% - 20.59%
eFG% - 50.00%
OREB% - 29.41%
FTr - 7.41%
TO% - 20.07%