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|1 hour 22 min ago||Slower Game...||
It likely would slow it down a little bit, and really, I see a very controlled passing game from Diamont - Indiana averages about 170 yards per game in the air this season, I believe, and even that's going down a bit as Diamont gets more time. Long story short, I have to think the basic mission of the defense this weekend will be to stop Tevin Coleman.
Strangely enough, Indiana is dead last in the conference in converting third downs - 35.6% at the last compiling of the numbers, which makes me worry more about the big plays than anything else. If we can make them plod down the field, which is not an Indiana thing, we're doing OK.
Indiana on defense? At least in terms of average yards allowed, they are 12th at 451.3 yards per game. Only Maryland and Illinois are worse. Indiana averages 168 rushing yards allowed and 170 passing yards allowed, but more intriguing is that they are second-to-last in the conference in pass efficiency defense - QBs rate 135.5 against them. Gardner could very well have a decent day.
|2 hours 16 min ago||Depending On The Bar...||
My thought here would be that, depending on the bar and its clientele, he would have rather a lot of experience with requiring good pad level. If that's the case, I think we could probably arrange this somehow through the blog's newfound prominence. The IT portion simply means this will be a forward team as far as integrating technology into the sport, I assume.
|3 hours 19 min ago||Not An Entry...||
One of the crazier things that I did - while not entirely sober, mind you - was start a water fight at Liberty Auto Wash. To this day, I am still unsure whether or not those of us involved gave each other a proper waxing. Perhaps next time, when the neighborhood isn't standing around and telling us to GTFO.
|3 hours 38 min ago||Looking At It...||
Well, if you went strictly by averages going into the game, per TeamRankings anyway, we allow 68 snaps per game and Indiana gains an average 6.1 yards per play, so the baseline expectation is about 415 yards, but I would think that we can hold them something a little less than that. A nice round figure of 350 yards seems reasonable and something in the range of 24-28 points for Indiana.
It's definitely a winnable game - if you look at efficiency comparisons on offense, we have advantages in 3rd down conversion percentage, red zone scoring (when we are fortunate enough to be in the RZ), and a few other areas (not that many). On defense, we essentially outclass Indiana on paper.
|4 hours 59 sec ago||Fixed It...||
Whoops. That's what happens when your paper notes / edits do not make it to the typed copy. Fixed it, forgot I did and left it out, and fixed it again just now. Thanks for the catch.
|5 hours 16 min ago||Walking Lines...||
This is more or less what I was thinking in regards to how Angelique put the portion regarding MGoBlog. For the paper's purposes, this is a very tactful way to simply report that those e-mails appeared and were reported on here without making any specific swipe at Brandon or the athletic department, which they wouldn't want to do anyway for access reasons.
|7 hours 20 min ago||Similar Message...||
This is actually eerily similar to the response I got to my own e-mail to the President, one where I expressed cocerns about how the behavior of the athletic department was not consistent with the larger mission and values of the University and how a culture change was needed. I will say, however, I found the P.S. asking why in blazes I would delete his thread about Brandon to be curious.
|16 hours 55 min ago||Not Even Two Cents...||
It rather boils down to position and/or position group, in my own estimation. To that end, probably Malzone - who likely wouldn't go anywhere else anyway - and Newsome for some additional OL depth would be the likely candidates for me. I would rather simply keep as many as possible, but I think that building depth on offense might be a tad more adavantageous in the near future for Michigan.
|18 hours 54 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|19 hours 54 min ago||Not In Front Of Me...||
I don't have the file on me at the moment, but I can say that in the times myself and others have poured through the rankings here, it's always very interesting to see Michigan essentially trailing Ohio State in terms of average rankings (I use Rivals just because of the ease of getting their data), usually by a few tenths at the most but generally even closer than that. Michigan State, on the other hand, oftern sits near or even slightly below the conference average on a year-over-year basis, and yet if you look at recent success...well....the directions of both Michigan and MSU are pretty distinct.
|20 hours 7 min ago||It Was...||
It was taken down the first time because the poster tried to tie it directly to Peppers not being on the field for Michigan, and there really doesn't seem to be a connection between this investigation and that. The only clear thing is that Peppers is injured, though the full details beyond that are sketchy because "we don't talk about injuries", of course. This thread is a little more clear in that respect and asks the question without trying to make the connection, so it can stay - it really is all in how one puts things sometimes.
|22 hours 59 min ago||He's Hurt...||
Potential explanation for Peppers not playing
He's hurt. I am not sure why some believe that there are more things afoot in this regard, although I suppose a bit more transparency from Schembechler Hall might not be such a bad thing now and again.
|23 hours 4 min ago||Pretty Much...||
"I come to Ann Arbor to remember the days that I lived there, that I went to games with friends, that I remembered cheering for MY team. If I wanted a corporate culture, I'd just go to an NFL game."
This one strikes a chord for me. I find myself increasingly dismayed that the environment in and around the stadium and the program is becoming all the things that we went there to attempt to evade for a few hours. This person is pretty much spot on - if I want my timeouts sponsored and my concessions to be only slightly cheaper than The Earl, there are many places I can go in the Detroit area alone for that.
|1 day 56 min ago||Even So...||
Even so, an account which nearly perfectly walked and talked like David Brandon would probably end up being one of the better troll / parody account ever to inhabit the blog. I can see his presence in a posbang now:
"I am here for the negbang tonight, so I appreciate you showing up, but that's not why I am here."
|1 day 1 hour ago||Actually...||
I sort of like how they worked in the faux stitching....
|1 day 3 hours ago||The Question To Them...||
Most of us work very hard to conform to the standards imposed by our regional accrediting agencies and the federal government. If falsified grades and transcripts for more than 3,000 students over more than a decade are viewed as anything other than an egregious violation of those standards, my response to the whole accreditation process is simple: Why bother?
While it is hard to foresee UNC-Chapel Hill actually losing its accreditation outright (even though, yeah, they sort of treated their accreditation like a sanitary wipe), it would definitely be a good time for the folks in Chapel Hill to ask themselves the question posed here and answer honestly, I would think, because the solution for them might be in the answer.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Spotting The Loony...||
"I'm here to get an award tonight, so I appreciate you showing up, but that's not why I'm here," added Brandon, who alongside a handful of staff members represented the U-M athletic department as recipients of an award recognizing the department for its key roles in tourism and its impact on Ann Arbor's economy.
Oh, I love it. Looked at another way, he's there to represent the University and its interests but yet not at the same time. Sort of a Schrodinger's AD scenario. Definitely someone who would have been pointed out on Monty Python's "Spot The Loony" sketch.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Still Say...||
I still believe that we need to have one of these in a cage which we roll out and place near the opposing bench for each home game. Sometime in the first half, we send an assistant over to ostensibly check the locks, and he will assume a concerned, urgent face and tell the opposing staff, "Um. I'll be back in a moment...". They run away, never to return and the other team plays the game with one eye to the cage for the remainder.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Awaiting The Reply...||
Both the report and the silence that followed from Brandon's office Tuesday is yet another public relations disaster for a man who was pitched as a whiz in that field when he left his job as Dominos Pizza CEO to become Michigan's athletic director.
I would love to know what Brandon has to add really, if anything - it couldn't be anything which would put this in a context which would diffuse the bigger issues. I can't imagine he'd ever say anything like, "So, I am a bit of a jerk...", but the response to E-mailgate would be an intriguing one if it ever came.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Certainly an interesting ranking for the top four, but of course I am curious as to how exactly they weight the data they use as well as what data they emphasize. I wouldn't mind for them to be transparent about it, although I don't think they are obligated in anyway to tell us. If it is me, I wouldn't bitch abou t the top four all that much, but the first five or six after that are interesting to me.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Just Heard...||
This suddenly was all over my Twitter feed - very sad to hear. Sending good vibes to Gordie Howe and his family this evening and hopefully he is able to recover from this. We're pulling for you, Mr. Hockey.
|1 day 19 hours ago||In The Gallery....||
It seems as if someone just saw the GTech-Pitt game....
|1 day 19 hours ago||Not A Bad Showing...||
Not really a bad showing for the Big Ten on top...
6) Michigan (as mentioned)
11) Ohio State
22) Wisconsin, Minnesota
After that, it looks like Rutgers at 43 and Purdue at 51, then Penn State at 63 and - again as mentioned - MSU at 68, tied with Iowa.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Welcome Back...||
Welcome back to regular posting!
It really did feel like something was missing without the coverage of less discussed teams and even - dare I say - the fashions of our teams whether slick or "meh" or even...well...we know what happens when it goes there.
|1 day 23 hours ago||In Reality...||
Slowly but surely, the culture of Detroit and Wayne County politics is changing and moving past figures like Brandon for the most part, but it is worth mentioning that he is on the Board Of Directors at places like Herman Miller, Kaydon, my own employer (DTE) and perhaps even others. He makes six figures just voting on boards alone, I would think.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Also Mentioned...||
In the email that Brian linked as 'Longer Exchange 3', Brandon replies by saying he 'measures the direction of Michigan Football', by several things including 'reviewing game films with the coaches'.
In addition to other sources, I believe he mentioned it in passing in a quote taken for an article last year, and I still remember thinking about how strange this is to have an AD that sits in on these sessions in any capacity really. I have since wondered how often he does this and if there are any other ADs of note in the Power 5 that also use this as a "means to review".
|2 days 1 hour ago||Free To Post...||
For those who did not know, Wolverine Devotee was never formally punished by myself or the other mods or anyone else, so no formal MGoReprimand other than a community negbang in the thread where Jon06 revealed that his own FOIA request had been turned down. At that point, his forced removal was requested by a few people, but we didn't have the heart to do it. Glad to see that front page post like everyone else, of course.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Similar Conclusions...||
It's because the job requires more strength and savvy than Hoke can muster, and being a good guy who cares deeply about the program isn't enough.
What I find morbidly amusing about this passage is that it is essentially the same conclusion that large segments of this board have had as well. I personally agree myself - this year in particular has shown me at least that Hoke simply seems like someone out of his element at this level of the game, as it were.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Humping Legs...||
Let me just say that my mental imagery for Northewestern (I'll be watching from home) and Maryland (I'll actually be there) have now become forever warped, but at this point in a season like this, for some reason imagining this seems almost preferable to the alterantive. Even so, I think these still might be games in which we do compete.
|2 days 16 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
Wolverine Devotee is still an active user actually - he was neither sent to Bolivia nor banned, but he has kept a very low profile since Jon06's request was apparently denied, so he may indeed be lurking for the moment. In other words, if indeed tomorrow's post yields legitimacy, he is alive to see the moment.