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- Watching the game and supporting the team ≠ supporting Dave Brandon and whatever (perceived or real) agenda he had for scheduling this game.
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|6 days 5 hours ago||*||
I'm no S&C professional, but in my amateur studies of the subject I think your critique is mostly correct. Rippetoe is a great read for those just getting into strength training, as others have mentioned his book Starting Strength is a must-read for any amateur weight lifter. However, he's very much an old school guy and I always get the distinct impression that he doesn't care what newer research in Kineseology says. Think along the lines of... Mike Gittleson. Basically, if I wanted to be a professional olympic lifter, I would love for Rippetoe to be my coach. If I wanted to be a professional football player... not so much.
Also, he has a love-hate relationship with Crossfit. I wouldn't say he's a "Crossfit guy." He was all about Crossfit years ago when it was first starting. After its popularity exploded and under-qualified Crossfit coaches became profligate and started getting people seriously injured en masse, he distanced himself from the movement. Not sure where he's at on it now.
|6 days 7 hours ago||*||
I'm going to re-iterate what I said in a comment below - this article's intended audience is not you and me. It was written for those who are not necessarily M fans but are wondering what the deal is with our team. In that respect, I thought it was excellent. Basically it's taking what we all know about the program and giving it a wider audience. This is great in my view, because in the past the national media has reported whatever narrative the Freep or Detroit News was spinning. At least the truth is out there. The fact that the following is in a story that will be read by a national audience is the best part to me:
"The undisputed leader of the online hordes is MGoBlog, which has dominated its niche by remaining equal parts articulate, exhaustive, and irascible for nearly a decade. ... Over time, as [Cook] has cultivated sources within the athletic department to go with a devoted audience, his opinion has gained the potential to shape the hive mind as much as it reflects it."
Thank God we no longer live in a day where Michigan's football hive mind is exclusively the domain of Rosenberg, Snyder and their ilk. The more stories like this out there, the better.
|6 days 7 hours ago||*||
Fair enough, but this article wasn't written for denizens of this board. It was written for Grantland's average reader, i.e. passionate sports fans who like to read the best writing on whatever the topic is. If the topic is Michigan Football, Brian Cook is the guy I'd recommend to the aforementioned reader. Not to mention that Brian and Hinton go way back to at least when I started reading this blog in 2006, if not farther. I thought it was on point and is going to be great exposure for this site... don't understand why people are ripping on it.
|1 week 1 day ago||$$$||
For the low, low price of $74 each. What a bargain!
|1 week 1 day ago||Bets||
Whoever had "before week 3" in the "when will Michigan fans, with no trace of irony, attempt to talk themselves into Todd Graham this season" sweepstakes, please collect your winnings.
|1 week 1 day ago||Uh...||
Agree with you that UM and SMU's lists would be different, but I disagree about Wilson. Wilson = RR 2.0. Fantastic offensive mind for sure... his offenses at OU and now IU have been great. But the guy can't put together a defense to save his life. Think about how bad our offense was last year, then think about how many points we scored on Wilson's team. Yeah, no thanks.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fair Enough||
|1 week 1 day ago||Another thing....||
Another effect of slow tempo that I was thinking about: longer drives (in terms of game clock) obviously shorten the game and the amount of drives each team has. While this can be fine if it's part of your strategy (e.g., against a superior opponent), it's a major problem against teams with inferior talent. Not only are you shortening the game and increasing its variability (thus increasing the chances an inferior team beats you), it also gives your offense and defense less live reps, which are crucial for a young team like ours.
I'd love for us to go quick against teams like App St. and Miami, because that would mean more time for starters (and backup too, ideally) to get live reps, and thus more on tape so the coaches have a better idea of what to correct during the week. So not only is it annoying to go slow against a team like ND, I'd argue that there are just as many, if not more reasons against a slow pace when we're playing bad teams. Think about a team like Oregon. When they play an overmatched opponent, they play so fast that usually the game is well out of hand at halftime (or even in the first quarter at times). But their 1st team has still gotten a solid 6-8 drives in (i.e. as much as our team gets in closer to 3 quarters). This gives their backups significant playing time against live competition and plenty of plays are put on tape for the coaching staff to aid in their development down the line.
I'd love to see someone put together a brief study on how many extra plays a team like Oregon gets over the course of the season compared to a team like ours. A nickel says that would explain a lot of the talent development issues we're seeing...
|1 week 2 days ago||I had this thought, and||
I had this thought, and didn't know where else to post it, so here will have to do. I'd love to hear Brian or Ace expand on this thought...
2014 Devin Gardner as a microcosm of 2014 Michigan football:
Physically looks the part, has been dominant in the past, has that feeling of familiarity, and yet.... the psyche is scarred from previous beat-downs, and everything goes to crap at the first sign of trouble.
What do you think? Too Bill Simmons-y?
Looking forward to listening to the pod.
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That's also what a late hit looks like. Refs flagging Jake Ryan, take note.
|1 week 2 days ago||.||
He also threw a rope on a far-hash out route which had the announcers salivating. I think it has much more to do with Devin's vision (i.e staring down receivers, not seeing others that are wide-open) and his mortal fear of getting obliterated once the line allows even a teensy-bit of pressure.
|1 week 6 days ago||Glad you prefaced your thoughts on RBs||
...as "feelings-ball," becuase my feelings after rewatching the game are the exact opposite. Smith seemed quicker out of cuts, had better footwork, and was all-around more dangerous to me. His top-end speed is clearly lower, but he doesn't caught by the shoelaces like Green and has super-human balance, like you mentioned. Smith's "ponderous" run showed excellent vision and patience, I thought. His cutting and footwork remind me of Brandon Minor (plus the #4) while his balance is Hart-esque. I will say that Green does look much improved from last year... will be interesting to see how they run against better defenses. I have a feeling that Green's difficulty breaking tackles will put him back at #2 on the depth chart once we start facing teams that don't allow RBs yards downfield before touching them. Trust your quantitative data Brian!
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||First blogpoll, now this...||
Two of my favorite features from Brian :( bummer. Can't blame him though.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||*||
Heiko, you should keep in touch with Al and let us know his whereabouts and what he's up to. I worry about that guy.
Also, this was awesome. Thanks guys.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||*||
Saw these on twitter earlier and had the same reaction. Fantastic uniforms.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Thanks||
Thanks for doing this, love your work. Just out of curiousity - where are you pulling the Vegas win O/U numbers from?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Every time I finish a position preview...||
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|3 weeks 6 days ago||Enjoying the article then realizing it was by Rosenberg:||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||*||
This never gets old. ever.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||*||
Low blow, dude. I'm as bummed as anyone that my copy of HTTV didn't show up when I expected, but you should probably read about what happened and reconsider your stance.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||*||
The AD keeps making stupid decisions, and should continue to be made to look stupid for these stupid decisions. Keep on keepin on, Brian.
It's kind of amazing, really. The more pressure mounts on the AD for their tradition-destroying money-grubbing, the more money-grubbing they become, all while trying to pass it off with increasingly thin veneers of "but.. but... but... the people want this!!!"
|5 weeks 1 day ago||*||
Then have the game in Chicago as a one-off, not a replacement for a rivalry league game at Yost.
Some math and logic that apparently never crossed Brandon's mind.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||*||
You're missing the point... there's nothing wrong with a one-off in Chicago. As you mentioned, there are many positives for having a game at Soldier field.
The problem is DB is doing what DB does - alienate his fanbase and then, down the line, be shocked (shocked!) that fans aren't turning up. He'll no doubt chalk it up to some stupid reason reason, like HDTV, rather than his own air-headedness.
If you want to keep your fans happy, you don't make them pay for a season ticket at an increasingly high price, then strip one of the premier fixtures off the schedule once you have their money. For real, people are OK with this? If I were in Brian (or any other Hockey season ticket holder's) shoes I'd be heading for Ann Arbor torch & pitchfork.
The more stunts like this DB pulls, the more his complaints about lack of fan participation and pleas for people to buy tickets ring hollow. At some point, you are who you are, and DB is a corporate automaton with no sense of how fandom works.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Nice work, OP||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||My reaction on hearing this news||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||*||
6th Place! Alll righttttttt
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I will check these out,||
I will check these out, thanks!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||*||
I co-sign with all who said they would read a USMNT blog written by you, Brian.
In line with that- anybody have other soccer blogs they recommend? USMNT-centric is preferable but not required. Here are the blogs/pods I frequent:
Men in Blazers - a couple funny English blokes that happen to love the USMNT. they've been a big hit during this WC providing content and comedic relief for ESPN. They've had a podcast for Grantland since 2011 that primarliy covers the EPL but also the USMNT and anything going on worldwide. Great if you like British humor, pop-culture references, and not too serious soccer analysis // meninblazers.com
Zonal Marking - my favorite blog about tactics. great to read for previous/recaps of games to see what the coaches were thinking and how their strategy work (or didn't). Seems to be one of Brian's favorites too // http://www.zonalmarking.net/
Howler - long form blogging that probably most closely approximates what Brian does for U of M sports. they also produce a quarterly magazine. similar to what Brian Phillips used to do at runofplay.com before Grantland snatched him and turned him loose on less interesting stuff, like tennis. the artwork is really neat too // http://www.howlermagazine.com/blog/
So, what else am I missing that's good out there? I've heard Yanks are Coming (http://www.yanksarecoming.com/) is good and I've seen Brian reference them. What else?