this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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- At the Big House, which has been all kinds of loud this year and where Michigan has beaten the spread every game so far.
- Michigan has played better than Ohio State thus far this season.
- The QB edge. We have a junior QB who was a fringe Heisman candidate last year, while they're probably going to start Braxton Miller who is not all that different from 2008 Terrelle Pryor, i.e. scary on the five rollout runs but also very hesitant and freshman-y.
- The defense keeps getting better every game.
- The offense is just plain good.
- Hoke "gets it" stuffy stuff. They're saving packages, doing the psycho things that you do to overprepare for a rivalry.
- OSU has little to play for and a lame duck coach loses his team as the season goes on.
- Karma. It's been building up inside-a-me for oh I don't know how long.
- Sander Levin: Univeristy of Chicago, Columbia
- Justin Amash: University of Michigan (Economics 2002), University of Michigan Law School (2005)
- Candice Miller: Macomb Community College, Northwood University
- Fred Upton: University of Michigan (Journalism, 1975)
|3 years 37 weeks ago||More like I read the last||
More like I read the last f-ing thing blaming Zetterberg I could stand then tried to prove or disprove all sorts of prevailing theories. It's not just that shooting percentage is down, it's that shooting percentage is basically down in a vacuum. Everything else is clicking along except some guys aren't making shots.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Yes. By 2014 I expect to be a||
Yes. By 2014 I expect to be a shotgun gif of pump-fire-reload.
Signature will be "In offseasons I point offscreen and pull the trigger"
|3 years 37 weeks ago||(No subject)||
(but in a friendly way)
|3 years 37 weeks ago||This information should have||
This information should have been in your conference integration packet.
I figured Nebraska fans would be a little perplexed by this particular derogation. We often use you guys as an example (ie "would you tell the whole state of Nebraska they can't root for the Huskers?) when explaining why the concept is so silly.
I expect some Spartan fans now are trying to back off that concept because it makes their fanbase come across as petty, but I doubt it will work--it's far too ingrained. They're a great university, the paragon of the Morrill Act schools, yet share the state with the Harvard of the Midwest. The unfortunate effect of this is to create a fanbase for MSU that is justifiably oversensitive about the perceived denigration of their rightful place among universities. To hear it from a Michigan alum they call it snobbery; to hear it from a non-alum they call it hypocrisy. "Walmart Wolverine" is the latter.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Technically you should be||
Technically you should be blaming the The Mathlete.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Lol at this (emphasis||
Lol at this (emphasis mine):
O RLY? Ask any player if they would rather have Brian Cook UFR-ing their play or Mike Valenti saying they suck?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I think it's 50-50||
I think it's 50-50 because:
Michigan's one loss this year came at the absolute worst time, but that was a very competitive game despite Michigan having Denard throw a billion back-foot duckies in a trash tornado. At Michigan State is a tougher game this year than Ohio State at Michigan.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||It's 21 -- just hard to see||
It's 21 -- just hard to see on the image they copied for it.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||yeah, I redacted that part||
yeah, I redacted that part 'cause I don't think there's much of a connection between those dudes -- not fair to mention them together.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||The Four||
Only two of the four Michigan reps with perfect attendence have U-M degrees:
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Good to see the Fords'||
Good to see the Fords' incompetence is still alive and well.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||So much for my defensive HTTV||
So much for my defensive HTTV prediction, though that prediction (better CB play around him) could apply just as well to Thomas Gordon. I 100% blame Steve in PA for his mesmerizing avatar that had me convinced Carvin was one of the few dudes on D who could actually make a decisive attack and tackle.
I'm still makin' good on my offensive prediction of Junior Hemingway, which beats Brian's pick of Hopkins/Demens.
The rest of those:
Kryk: Hopkins, Blake Countess
Ross: Kevin Koger, Marvin Robinson
Elkon: Kevin Koger, Craig Roh
Nobody's really got it called. I give the nod to Kryk so far for calling Countess.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I think you're being||
I think you're being contrarian for the sake of it.
Like how you said you read the Decimated Defense series yet don't seem to know what it said (which is that you can have Penn State-like recruiting or Alabama-like attrition but not both). It didn't say anything about the 2008 defense and Carr wasn't called to task any more than RR -- it did say there were some major holes in defensive back and linebacker recruiting that would not have been a problem but for major, nobody-at-fault style attrition before and after Carr left. It applies to 2009, when half of the dudes you just mentioned were already graduated. And besides, it said anything that happens to the D-line is RR's fault -- D-line was fine.
As for Threet, we saw him as a (RS) freshman at Michigan and we have seen his career at Arizona State, and no, he is not a BCS-caliber quarterback. I thought Threet was better than Sheridan, but he was nowhere near serviceable. Guy couldn't throw a screen. He also would get thrown off when under pressure and that O-Line wasn't built to keep a QB clean. The O-Line was in the middle of rebuild mode no matter who took over the program; DeBord was shifting to a zone blocking scheme at the time (Molk and Huyge were recruited for it) and after whiffing on all of their best candidates in 2007 they were going for broke in the 2008 class (Mealer, Wermers, O'Neill, and Khoury were already in the fold when Carr retired). However this still meant a line in trouble with the graduation of Long and Kraus. Ciulla and Mitchell were terrible in '07. The loss of Boren didn't help matters, but it was really the injuries to Zirbel and Moosman that took the line from mediocre to bad.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Innocent after proven||
Innocent after proven innocent, I always say. The only thing Rodriguez did that got Michigan put on probation is be the guy that Rosenberg and Snyder disliked enough to make accusations.
That story brought the investigators in here with an army of combs and all they turned up were a form that only Michigan used and which the coach was not supposed to be involved with, and the stretching thing for which the university was waiting on guidance from NCAA. In college football this is about as clean as it gets.
I've been through environmental inspections and safety inspections on the rare and rarer occasions those federal agencies actually send out inspectors (like NCAA, it only happens after there's a story). Or like your mother visiting your college apartment--even if you're the neatest kid on campus there's always something to find.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Don't leave out the fact that||
Don't leave out the fact that leaving was the right move for Ryan Mallett, if not for the team. Guys who stuck by their teammates should be praised, but it's not wrong to do the right thing for yourself. He had future teammates and his hometown school to stand by and made his decision. Since that had as much to do with who was coming in at Arkansas as who was coming in at Michigan, I don't think Mallett leaving, considered from his perspective, is that crazy of a thing.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I didn't mean to do that,||
I didn't mean to do that, suggest it's Boren versus Ryan Van Bergen and that's that.
Every team is going to have their spread. Damn straight Mike Hart was likeable. Henne was a hell of a team leader. Jake Long was toughness made flesh. Steve Breaston is the Curtis Granderson of the NFL. LaMarr Woodley is one of the most motivated and motivational people on the planet. Carr left his successor with a roster that included genuine personality all stars BG, RVB, Steve Schilling, Moundros, Cone, Marell Evans, Kevin Koger, Terrance Taylor, Ohene Opong-Owusu, Zoltan Mesko, J.T. Floyd, and Troy Woolfolk, among others. However there were an equal number of harder to like guys it's not worth naming. This wasn't a bad group of guys; it was a typical Michigan team worthy of the name.
I think the Barwis-izing, the attacks on the program and its coach, and more than anything else the personality of Rich Rodriguez helped create a group more extraordinary that usual. Under such heavy fire, those who didn't have an extraordinary amount of loyalty to their teammates and their program got out. There's no way to prove this without lining up personality types but we have more than enough program insiders who remark on so many of the current guys that it's more likely to be true than not. In another environment does Brandon Graham become the consummate teammate? Does Denard Robinson find his voice? Is Ryan Van Bergen the face of the program? Every team probably has one Molk or Roh or Martin or Lewan, a Vincent Smith and a Roy Roundtree making Donald Duck noises from the corner locker. But all of them together?
It's a guys you went to war with syndrome I think. I think in another situation, without the pressure and the attacks and the leader they had, a few of the guys who stuck around, and a few of the guys who came in, would have had more space for their uglier sides to come out. The passage about Mouton and Molk's socks was a little throwaway to prove how much they liked the socks, but that's also mild bully behavior there, which in a different environment might maybe become a very different thing than a throwaway joke about sock theft (don't take this as a thing about Mouton -- it's a very slim example about a person I've never met or know much at all about). You witnessed all that went down with Forcier; imagine what he would have been somehwere that didn't hold him as accountable?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||1. While he was head coach at||
1. While he was head coach at Michigan, there we no scandals, and had they turned a Rosenbergian witch hunt on his program nothing more than the same CARA reports, only minus a few months, would have been found. He spoke out against the 12th game and 4-round playoff systems that would have kept kids from their final exams. He was one of the few in the game who genuinely believed his players should leave with good educations.
Also, even though he doesn't come off well in this book, Lloyd didn't take the opportunity to defend himself, and hasn't yet. To declare that a sign of guilt would be to make the same mistake people made when RR wasn't allowed to stick up for himself. There's another side of the story that must be told before we hand out certainties.
2. Yes we have. The people who turned on the program are no heroes, but they're part of the same family, just as the nutball politicos trying to undermine this president or that one are still Americans, still votors, still people doing what they think is best. Learning to drown them out with praise and loyalty to the program is an important step.
3. It's imperative to separate Hoke from the reprehensible actions of a few select people who wanted Hoke. There were some dirty, dirty people with some really underhanded tactics working on behalf of Abe Lincoln in 1860.
I agree if anyone in the athletic department can be identified as having worked to undermine the program or its coach, they should be fired. However I'm not going to hold a regime hostage until we weed out every non-true blue. That's "Sacred Brotherhood" territory and we're above that.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||1. A ruse. 2. Me too. 3.||
1. A ruse.
2. Me too.
3. Yes he was. That's another moment when we got our cake and ate it too, since he remained in Michigan instead of going elsewhere.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||No, those were my additions.||
No, those were my additions. It's a fair question -- I'll answer when I can.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||At our party friday night I||
At our party friday night I noticed three different people dressed in prisoner garb. I remarked a lot of people came dressed as Spartans this year. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.
Last year a news crew came into the Halloween store when we were getting our costumes. When they weren't shooting I showed them the orange jumpsuit/hoplite helmet ensemble I was considering but it turned out the newslady was a Spartan and unimpressed. I left them out together in case somebody else liked it.
I mentioned this year's MGoCostume in Dear Diary this week: Ron Zook. Powdered my hair white, and wore an Illinois sweatshirt with a dry-erase board and pieces of tape saying "ILLINOIS" and "AWAY" over empty boxes, so people could write the score (and whatever else) on my back. There was some funny shit (and some really dumb shit) written on there by the end of the night.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I mentioned this with some Sparties...||
Part of the problem with the silly way the Big Ten decides who goes to the championship game is this sort of thing is going to happen with regularity. In ten years of this, I expect at least half of the time there will be a higher ranked team left out.
I would rather win a Big Ten Championship and go to the Rose Bowl every year. Realpolitik though says why bother? If Michigan wins out and MSU wins out, MSU goes to Indianapolis. If they lose there to Penn State, MSU is 10-3 for the season, versus our hypothetical 11-1 Wolverines. It's unfair but the team that loses its conference championship always gets dropped in the public eye versus the team that's been winning.
Anyway, if Michigan gets into the Big Ten Championship game, it means MSU has lost one of its four remaining games, which the hardest is Iowa.
We're getting way way way ahead of ourselves. Michigan has yet to face four of the five hardest on our schedule. This year is about beating Ohio State. All else is gravy.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Michigan, 29-18 Next||
Next week: Michigan 30.8, Iowa π
|3 years 39 weeks ago||MSU in 13 words...||
One incredibly hot chick for every 4.5 shirtless meatheads who think they're Leonidas.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Move along||
The article only embarrasses his school and his own intelligence. Unless you're a Spartan fan, in which case you've got plenty else to be ashamed of to pay this guy any attention, it's not worth your time.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||If you do..||
Do not, do not, do NOT speak to any recruits, even those already committed. Do not make signs supporting individual players, or anything extolling Michigan. You can wear your Michigan gear and cheer but cheer for the teams, not the players. Do not try to represent MGoBlog there -- the blog does not condone this.
Something like this is a danger zone for recruiting violations and I advise against having a get-together at all just because one person yelling out "Go Wormley! Go Blue!" or something could trigger a problem. However you're adults and can do what you want. Remember until signing day these guys are recruits, not Michigan players, and anything you do or say to influence them to choose a school is considered recruiting.
I've been to enough HS gamesto know that this rule gets broken all the time (e.g. Buckeye fans getting nasty with players who've chosen to go to Michigan). But if I know any user on here has personally done something that makes compliance's life more difficult I will be murderously pissed.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||14 of 16 fumble recoveries is||
That's not 100% accurate. The ratio is like BABIP (batting average on balls in play) in baseball: it's mostly luck but there's always three groups of guys who consistently come out above-averge: slap hitters with preternatural bat control, 2. guys who play in larger ballparks, and 3. power hitters who force the defense to play back. Conversely the guys who can hit any fastball but spend a few months chunking breaking shit into the dirt end up lower. There's a ton of noise but it's not totally luck.
In fumble recoveries who and where matter: the top seems to find teams whose fumbles occurred in the running game, and among the better defenses. That latter is some coaching. Defense is about getting more guys to the ball -- when those random-ass fumbles occur, if the linebackers have all beaten blocks and swarmed to the ball are in position to recover, if they're a bunch of pancakes strewn about the field, less chance of recovery. A muffed punt is more likely to be picked up by the punting team; a downfield fumble more likely to go to the defense; a fumbled snap or a ball popped loose amidst a mass of blockers most likely to get retrieved by the offense.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||that sounds yummy -- do you||
that sounds yummy -- do you have the recipe?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Three and Out spoiler...||
Just buy Brian a pen and notepad so Rosenberg will answer his questions.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||We don't do the JUCO thing||
We don't do the JUCO thing because other schools' credits don't transfer well to Michigan credits. Michigan's transfer system, at least in my day (and I doubt it has changed) asks you to find the closest course in the Michigan course catalogue or else you get general credits.
This is terribly stupid because taking classes that are not offered at Michigan is the main reason you would want to take classes elsewhere. I took two history classes with the regular students at La Sorbonne (the Michigan of France) and those became 4 "general" credits.
Michigan State has a much more rational policy, and because of it a much better study abroad program, and they can get Rent-a-Plaxicos to join their football team.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Another site seems to||
Another site seems to confirm: