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|1 hour 35 min ago||RIP Nelson Mandela...||
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
He was remarkably quotable, but this is one of my favorites. In the modern era, Mandela really was one of the handful of individuals in the modern era whose very life and work made us a better planet and a better people. I still remember his release from prison being broadcast live all over the world and only realizing later (I was 12 at the time) how significant an event this was for the world at large - a great cruelty was about to end, one that Mandela fought to end many years before. He is widely considered "the father of South Africa", and rightly so, for he took what seemed like two separate worlds and helped unite them.
|2 hours 16 min ago||Refreshing Read...||
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
|3 hours 5 min ago||Defensive POTY...||
The pick of Chris Borland, just from a performance standpoint, is a good one, I think. He's fourth in total tackles and tackles for loss in Wisconsin history and I think he has more forced fumbles than anyon in Wisconsin history. Just this year, he had 108 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 TFLs for 31 yards, as well as 4 sacks and 5 QB hurries. He really was a force for the Badgers in his time there (I believe he is a senior now, so the bowl game will be it for Borland).
|4 hours 24 min ago||I Would Agree...||
One thing that is interesting to me about Missouri's path to this moment is that they were in fact trending upwards in their final years in the Big 12 - from 2007 to 2011, they didn't do worse than 8-5 and had won 10 or more three times. Their introduction to the SEC in 2012 was a bit jarring, but they seem to have adjusted very well as evidenced by the fact that they will be in the SEC Championship Game in their 2nd year in the conference.
I would think something similar can be said for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, and indeed, Sumlin took over as Texas A&M was embarking on its SEC adventure. He took a middling team in the BIg 12 and has led them to a very good record thus far in the SEC.
If that's the basis for judgment, I would probably agree - the fact that two average to above averge (i.e., historically not world-beating) teams can join the conference and adapt to it and do well makes me wonder just how good the SEC actually might be, although I never really believed that it was so many miles above everyone else. That being said, they do perform at an impressively high level as a conference.
|5 hours 13 min ago||Tomahawk Nation Commentary...||
Tomahawk Nation (HERE) wrote a rather long commentary on the subject this morning, and it is a pretty interesting read. It also includes a link to a tweet from late in November, referencing a statement in which the Florida State Attorney said that they would want to be sure of a reasonable chance of conviction before they filed charges, if indeed they were to do so. The implication seems to be that their assessment of the evidence did not meet that particular criterion.
|8 hours 18 min ago||As A Note...||
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.
|8 hours 37 min ago||Only One Miss...||
The only Big Ten team to miss the top 50 was Indiana, if I read this right, which I could have probably guessed. The Big Ten teams in the top 25 in addition to Michigan and Ohio State are Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State.
The conference ratings have appeared on various sites for a few years and I am pretty sure that they've been fairly consistent with the SEC and Big Ten having significantly higher ratings than every other conference, but then it seems like these two conferences find their way onto ESPN and ABC most often. It would be interesting perhaps to break down conference versus network and time slot perhaps.
|9 hours 1 sec ago||A Couple Suggestions...||
Although the wait can be a wee bit long during events, the Pegasus Taverna in Greektown has pretty good Hellenic food at reasonable prices, if you're into this particular cuisine. A little closer to Ford Field, there is always the Elwood - I've never had a bad experience there either, but again, it can get pretty cramped when there is a game or event nearby.
|12 hours 50 min ago||Not A Bad Start...||
If anyone is interested, NBA.com actually does an excellent job of charting player stats. Trey's profile is here - http://stats.nba.com/playerProfile.html?PlayerID=203504
So far, he's averaging about 27 minutes per game, and in that time, 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. According to NBA.com, in his 8 games, he has accumulated 101 points, 26 rebounds and 33 assists. Not really a bad start to an NBA career.
|13 hours 2 min ago||Disconfirmed...||
Rumors Swirling-Saban to Texas. Recruit sway?
From the sound of things, this was a joke started at an Austin radio station and there is no basis for the rumor. Even though it is not about Michigan, as the disconfirming information was posted in the thread, there doesn't seem like much point in keeping the thread now.
Saban to Texas rumors
See above note. Also, read this story here for more background on the lack of legs regarding this.
|21 hours 4 min ago||This Study...||
One of the things about this study is that it affirms in a way something that I rather admire about my own wife. As you will note in the link, Illinois is one of the more profane states and my wife - born and raised Northsider that she is - often contributes in her own way to that statistic. It is one of the reasons that I love her actually. Call me strange.
|21 hours 49 min ago||Massey Predictions...||
Granted, it is early in the season, so these estimates should be taken as quite approximate, but here is the estimated win probability and median predicted score for the remainder of the schedule (away games in bold):
|22 hours 34 min ago||Nice Spread...||
All of that looks delicious, and indeed, it makes me wonder what I was doing having chicken and a small salad as well as a probiotic yogurt for dessert this evening. I could have cooked with a little more effort.
In all seriousness though, it is nice that the coaches do take advantage of the opportunity to make such visits.
|23 hours 26 min ago||I Remember That Tweet...||
...and my YouTube favorites can top it even for out of touch:
|1 day 1 hour ago||Expanding The Podcast...||
I think that the podcast might be an even better platform for the other feature I am in the early stage of developing - "Focus On Facepalms". It would be about the state of the board from a modding standpoint, talk about Bolivia and bans and why those things happen and a few other things. It should make a good occasional diary once I am ready to roll it out, but the podcast would be a fun platform.
|1 day 1 hour ago||If You Did Not Know...||
If 247Sports is correct, Malik's recruiter is none other than Fred Jackson. Terry Samuel is the MSU recruiter and Bobby Williams is the person trying to get him down to Tuscaloosa. I always find the recruiters to be almost as interesting as the recruited in these situations when you have highly-touted prospects.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Rumors...||
Sharing a Drake Harris rumor, unsubstantiated of yet
If it is unsubstantied, then it really doesn't have a place on the board. If something is confirmed, do feel free to post it, but most every thread that starts with a rumor or hearsay simply hasn't ended well.
|1 day 3 hours ago||As I Recall...||
I know OSEH is in that area of South Campus - my mother-in-law works for that particular department. Security is headquartered around there too as well. As for parking, I've borrowed the orange tag before to be closer to the stadium / Crisler, but I admit to wondering why it was necessary to pay for said tag when you work on that part of campus anyway.
|1 day 3 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
I am never big on such exercises because it is a whimsical thought experiment that makes me revisit a disappointing outcome, but I suppose that if I were to choose, I think that you would have to go with the outcome that would probably be less likely in a given year (not that either of them are terribly likey) and choose the basketball game. The reason would be that it is a performance that seems harder to repeat overall.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Other Announcement...||
An announcement of general interest to the board given the mood it seems to be in lately:
|1 day 3 hours ago||Questioning Things...||
More assertive: Courtney Sims or Glenn Robinson III?
Questioning a player's "effort" and "desire" in a board post is probably not the best thing to do, especially because these are things that we couldn't possibly know about. In-game stuff is fine as always, but this probably should come down as is.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Other Names Include...||
The Seattle Times was theorizing on some of the other names involved in the Washington coaching search. Among them, former Washington assistant (now with Saban in Alabama) Doug Nussmeier, as well as Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State and even Gary Pinkel at Missouri. As it now seems to be standard for such reporting, James Franklin makes an appearance on their list of those "possibly intrigued" by the job too.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Can't See It Here...||
The button is not in Google Chrome either, or at least not the version I am using. Come to think of it, I don't think it has been on the site for much of this year, although I could be mistaken. Perhaps it was either the server migration or the last tweak of the banner / appearance, but I don't even know if the link exists anymore.
|1 day 7 hours ago||May Help Folks Here...||
One thing that might help folks here can be found (well, downloaded) on this page - (LINK).
It is the NCAA Transfer Guidelines, written more or less in summary format and geared towards students who may be thinking about transferring. Hence, it is a pretty clear and concise guide.
You can download the PDF and view the booklet - the sections on transferring from 2-year to 4-year schools (2-4 transfer) begin on page 15. It also runs through how this is different across divisions as well, if you want that sort of comparison.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Matchup Stats...||
Over at TeamRankings, they list Ohio State as a 5.5 point favorite with a Vegas-implied (not sure what algorithm they use here) score of 28-23.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Pretty Amusing...||
This actually made it to the Scout boards, I thought, a few days ago. The suggestion there was that the Maize Rage now shout "Three Times The Steak!" every time Albrecht sinks a three, and I will admit that I found that to be pretty amusing after seeing the commercial.
|1 day 20 hours ago||So, Anyway...||
So, some summary stats for Michigan...
FG percentage - 30.77%
effective FG% - 32.69%
Off. rebound rate - 15.00%
Def. rebound rate - 66.67%
Same for Duke...
FG percentage - 41.94%
effective FG% - 48.39%
Off. rebound rate - 33.33%
Def. rebound rate - 85.00%
|1 day 21 hours ago||So Far Anyway...||
It is not as if anyone is really shooting impressive right now, but by the numbers early on, we're doing it at half the pace of Duke. Our 20% FG percentage is basically half of theirs.
Also, how does the shoe not get called for a flagrant there? The refs need to be consistent.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Very Strange...||
Dick Vitale is not calling this game while being body surfed up and down the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium? I have to say that this sounds weak to me.
...and apparently Duke is occasionally going to pull the basketball equivalent of Iowa's offense and sort of lounge about then do something at the last possible moment.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Off The Front Page...||
Tigers sign Joe Nathan
It is off the front page now, but this did make it to the board earlier today. Interesting news and not a bad deal, to say the least, but alas too late for MGoBlog purposes.
Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan to 2-year contract
This was discussed yesterday. One thing that might be helpful for people posting threads to consider is that there is a a sizeable group of Tigers fans here and team news makes it here almost as fast as Michigan news.