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|1 hour 23 min ago||This Game...||
I think this would be an interesting gam to play with some of the notable members of the MGoBlogerati actually, espcially those that are well-versed in the history of the program. I like to think I am at least well-informed, but that I would do even better at a version of the game which probed why the power might be out in a given neighborhood.
|2 hours 34 min ago||Could Be Worse...||
As disturbing as that was, imagine morphing someone into Mike Mangino. In another universe, if he were still at Kansas and this happened, we would probably be saying, "Drink until you are neurologically unable to process visual information", although the Weis morph cam disturbingly close.
|3 hours 7 min ago||A Bit Of A Grind...||
For the most part, KSU's defense is not making this easy for Auburn - the Tigers are getting a shade under 5 yards per play on average right now. This is the first team they've run into that has some ability to, you know, get in front the play and stop people and take them out of warp, if you will.
|3 hours 35 min ago||Getting It Now...||
So, anything with a Smurf in it involves a short screen, Batman can dictate run depending on his position on the poster and Spiderman means that Malzahn will gyrate on the sidelines imploring the center judge to spot the ball so "super tempo" can proceeed unabated. I think I am decoding this right.
|3 hours 53 min ago||Inner Ditka...||
I think you have to respect Gus Malzahn for channeling his inner Mike Ditka with the sweater tonight. It definitely allows him to dance up and down the sideline finding innovative hand gestures to say, "EVEN FASTER!" with a freedom that sleeves would not allow.
|4 hours 46 min ago||Similar Message...||
To be fair, the comment about "true fans", in my understanding (and I could be reading too much into it - I just didn't get the sense that it was the sort of slam some people thought it was), was far more about the unnecessary attacks players were experiencing on social media, so while the use of "true" was perhaps not the best here, I think he was trying to put the responsibility squarely on the staff, much like he is doing here. Hoke has been very consistent - really from the beginning - in this message that public criticism should be directed at him and his staff, not the players. I don't mind coaches trying to stand up for their teams like that really.
|6 hours 38 min ago||Ferry Field...||
Well, I knew about Ferry Field because we spent a week this summer getting conduit runs out of there and rerouted in advance of the area being regraded and paved, so the University was perhaps banking on some of this work happening regardless. Still, it all looks very nice - as WD mentions about, I think there was an article when all this was initially proposed that made it out to be a 7-year, $250 million series of renovations if the whole package were to be approved.
|8 hours 6 min ago||Looking At It This Way...||
I was hoping someone would lay it out like this actually as it is condensed somewhat, and yes, there are a few games that aren't there, if you will, which will hopefully reduce overall stress on the road somewhat. Wisconsin at the Kohl Center is playing on the event horizon of the black hole from basketball cannot escape, so not going there is a bonus.
|10 hours 17 min ago||In Addition...||
I believe the Museum has actively campaigned to preserve at least a portion of the plant for the new permanent home of the Yankee Air Museum, and judging from a drive-by a few days ago, they are ignoring one part of the plant as they demolish the rest of it. I don't know if that's a temporary stay pending adequate funds for purchase or if they actually have secured that portion of the old facility though.
|11 hours 46 min ago||I Don't Know...||
If the Rutgers we're talking about here is the Rutgers that played a Penn State team with an anemic offense and lost 13-10 in part thanks to Gary Nova's 5 INTs, then it's very difficult for me to see that game as a loss right now. We can talk about a less-than-great road record for Michigan recently, and perhaps much of this is me being more sensitive to statistical comparisons than just win-loss records, but on most metrics, Rutgers is....not good to middling at best. No road game is easy, but from a statistical standpoint, Rutgers and Northwestern are the easiest remaining road games given what we know right now.
|13 hours 47 min ago||Very Cool...||
The last #Eating campaign was pretty awesome, and I certainly will donate to it again. I was actually kind of amused by how they drew out how many backers they were looking for relative to gameday attendance - that was great way to put what the needed level of support is for the project.
Now, the question is - do I jump at the opportunity to teach Vincent Smith chess or do I go for the kayaking down the Huron?
|1 day 2 hours ago||Scope...||
It depends on the scope really - if it is just Michigan games, then the stats archive goes back to 1949, I believe, but ESPN has gmes going back to the early 2000s if you search them. Most of the team pages are still active in their original format, I believe, so if you needed stats, you could copy and paste from their site like that. I think the team pages go back for several years as well.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Other Lornes...||
Wolverine goalie Lorne Howes registered 46 saves in the final to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
Voted for Michigan but mainly because of other people named Lorne doing good work. We need to stick together, man.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Same Here...||
I am in the same boat. I will be 46 and 49 respectively when these game are played, but I am pretty sure I could muster the energy to hang about for a night game if one of these came to be one. Like someone said though, it is a bit of a shame that these sorts of meetings between storied program haven't been all that common recently, and now we have to wait for them...as in, a decade or so for them.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I Bet They Are Tired Of It...||
Other students said they were tired of Winston's off-the-field behavior. Tyler Wendlend, a freshman, said Winston should know to lay low.
After everything else in which Winston has been said to be involved, I certainly don't blame students for being a bit weary of having the antics of one player serve as a terrible distraction and to have their school be in the spotlight on what seems like a monthly basis sometimes. I imagine the team is pretty sick of it too for the most part, but I do agree with others here - this is more than I thought FSU might do.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Some Other Numbers...||
It's difficult to say much based on the fact that the Utes have played only Idaho State and Frenso State. On the surface, their rushing defense in two games would look impressive:
Yards per rush - 1.4
Rush attempts per game - 40
Rushing yards per game - 55
That really says much more to me about their competition to date being awful at this aspect of offense. The passing defense stats:
Yards per pass - 7.1
Pass attempts per game - 40
Pass yards per game - 283
Those are actually closer to bottom tier - granted, that's two games, so average of two numbers, strength of conclusion...blah blah...
|1 day 12 hours ago||Can Confirm...||
As Manager, Detroit Region Coping Beverage Distirbution & Mixing, I can definitely confirm that there have been periodic demand spikes throughout the last couple seasons. The only upside is that the crews hoofing it from tailgate to house to tailgate with those drinks do get tons of OT in, so the checks aren't bad.
|1 day 13 hours ago||The "Joe-Out"...||
The "Joe-out" is not sponsored or associated with Penn State University, and Stannell said there's no veiled message being sent by the fans.
Other than the message that they either cannot or do not care to understand why this is not a good choice (not to mention an insensitive and thoughtless one) under any circumstances and that the cult of personality surrounding Paterno still persists despite its focus being deceased, right? "We are..." indeed. *facepalm*
|1 day 13 hours ago||In Addition...||
I believe I heard that McDonalds and Visa have since registered similar complaints about the handling of this situtation - and other recent situations - by teams and the NFL, and of course, Raddison suspended their sponsorship of the Vikings (understandably so) after seeing their name in the background of that oh so awkward press conference.
The NFL (and now the Vikings, Ravens, etc...) definitely missed one of the most important lessons of managing in a crisis like theirs - try to get ahead of the story and be honest (well, as open as you can) so as to blunt the reaction as much as possible - you won't succeed entirely, but do tell your story before others can frame it for you. The NFL didn't do this, not that it could have in any way justified what some of its players have done, but now their nightmare is that much worse.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Great To Hear...||
That's excellent news for him and hopefully he builds himself a nice career from here on out. Hope to see more of these....
|2 days 8 hours ago||Nice Article...||
Very nice read, and thanks for sharing.
I remember perhaps a year or so ago that someone posted an article which mentioned that Miller was related to Jim Leyland, but in general I do like these sorts of pieces because you get to know them and get to know why they dedicate themselves as they do and to see how hard they work on and off the field. Very interesting to see that he got some of the inspiration for his work ethic from "Uncle Jim" too.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I Thought About This...||
Sitting in this conference as I was today, I thought more about this - could you achieve a meaningful synthesis using average plays per game but also account for time of posession (probably through simple division) to get a plays run per minute metric? I think this would consider at least the attempt at tempo regardless of success rates on completions (although that would be an interesting transformation as well, to separate out pass / rush).
|2 days 9 hours ago||Not Shocked About Ann Arbor...||
Ann Arbor topped the Life Evaluation subindex, mainly because this is the one - if I understand this survey correctly - that basically measures how happy you are with your current state of affairs and how you rate the future. Like someone said, it isn't obviously perhaps on gamedays, but as a community, Ann Arbor is definitely at ease with itself and optimistic in general.
The one that is very strange is that a quick trip east on I-94 puts you in my neck of the woods, the Detroit-Livonia-Warren (i.e., the tri-county area) triangle, which is one of the worst in overall well-being.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Plays Per Game...||
Per TeamRankings, we are a comfortable 117th when it comes to offensive snaps per game at 64.7 so far for the season. Not that it is much slower, but Army gets about two less than that at 62 snaps on average, which is good for 125th. The fewest? Florida Atlantic at 57.7, but I think this is perhaps attributable to many drives that are brief and end badly in their case. The fastest Big Ten team on their metric is Northwestern - ranked 17th at 84 plays on offense per game on average.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I Might Try This...||
I have to spend the whole day at some Leadership Conference, so in the middle of one of the sessions, I think I might actually try this - I just hope that I do not get trucked like that on the way up from my faux dead position, that's all. Good lord, this is hilarious - Miami perhaps figured that, him being supposedly dead, there's no point in stopping the play to help. Too bad that dude figured it out after they did.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Interesting, But...||
I'll up the ante on this one and take on a future Purdue-Rutgers game, but only because moderating a live blog between fans of a terrible team that are very well-meaning and fans of a terrible team that are already perfecting the art of "classless asshole" should make for a game where everyone is banned by the midpoint of the third quarter.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Not Really...||
I don't think it does really, but remember that those five houses saw, as their first live BTN event telecast, some school from North Carolina play a #5 Michigan team and, well.....*drinks*.
In all seriousness though, I don't think Comcast (my provider) resolved their BTN contract much before 2008 or so.
|3 days 6 hours ago||I Agree...||
If I've got something going on Friday night, the 3:30 PM starts actually seem to work better because I am not literally rolling out of bed and into the game like it seems sometimes - I used to be able to do that without blinking as a student, but about twenty years later, it's a bit taxing. Also, the 3:30 PM starts work better if the family is coming because I find it is difficult sometimes to convince two elementary-aged children and a wife whose obsession does not reach your level to get out the door quite that early.
|3 days 9 hours ago||For Now, Of Course...||
For now, of course, it's a mere prediction and we can still rest relatively easily about that, but if it ever were in fact announced as an actual bowl game, I do have a feeling that the room where the server for this blog is would, well....
|3 days 9 hours ago||1995 Vs. MSU....||
I believe it was in the game against Michigan State in 1995. As I recall, Carr and Biakabatuka got the rushing TDs that we scored in that game. That might have even been Carr's longest run in that role too - it was perhaps 3 or 4 yards on the score.