further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|16 hours 3 min ago||wow||
Judging by the way that we were outshot, Cal only going 2-11 on free positions and us taking 48 penalites (!) I am surprised we won. Looks like we played really smart on offense, and good for the team to take a road win. Tough to get those wins on the west coast.
|21 hours 44 min ago||Movement||
I've seen plenty of movement in prior games. Not sure if we were trying something new last night or not, but I have a feeling the lack of possessions really got us out of synch.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Jax||
They definitely have some guys we would have taken. The recruiting process is very early in lacrosse, . But I would think that their upper classmen should be on par with our upperclassmen by now (KJ, Hernandez, Logan, etc.). It's also not a surefire as football/basketball, and plenty of guys develop late.
This team has historically struggled away from home and outdoors, and tonight they just looked off in a number of respects.
I wouldn't say I'd be ready to throw in the towel on the team or the staff at this point. In lacrosse these types of games happen. If you run up on a match up that doesn't stack up well for your style or personel, that team can give you plenty of trouble.
This is still a "young" team in that they still have to learn how to win these types of games. Win road games, close games, games against top notch opponents or games where faceoffs or penalties don't go your way. Last year we just started to learn to win the easy ones. Now we need to learn the tough ones.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yep||
Started with the face off penalty in the 2nd quarter, then the inability to win a faceoff in the 3rd really hurt them. Faceoffs have been trouble all year, and is really something that could have helped stop the runs in the 3rd quarter.
Beyond that we don't seem to winning any of the 50/50 balls and too many careless turnovers on offense. The guys need to learn how to play up tempo without the turnovers.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Yes||
If he's playing in the NFL, I'd prefer he play for the lions rather than against them, assuming he's affordable.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not bad||
Could be interesting as a "practice helmet". The lacrosse team uses practice helmets, and gets a new design each year. The winged helmet is only for special occassions such as game days.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fan voting||
Never underestimate the power of Michigan fans to vote for Michigan in online polls! Although only 1 other player had 8 points last weekend, so pretty darn good regardless.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||tickets||
Yep, I agree, you should be able to get tickets, but definitely plan on arriving early. I was there 50 minutes early yesterday, and we got some of the last sideline seats. There were seats behind the goals.
Game will not be televised. The building is too small to put a camera up high. An upset could be possible if this team gets hot and plays well, which they are capable of in that building. Notre Dame is traditionally pretty good on defense and ball control, so I'm excited to see how we measure up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
The Ohio state game will be on ESPNU. I think some games might be on BTN too when the big ten schedule starts.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I went||
Seeing it in person really made me believe in this team. I wasn't sure if last week was a fluke since I only saw the score, but Michigan was clearly better today. This team is a significant step up from last year. We are dangerous on offense, and not just one or two middies but all 6 guys. Great ball movement, athletes able to reliably draw a slide and more stick skills than we've ever had. You will see quite a few pretty goals in the highlights.
The defense looked markedly better too. 6 goals, but 1-2 were on EMO and a couple were just mental lapses on cuts near the crease. Our D middies and poles held up really well and often times didn't even have to slide.
We are still young though, and haven't played top 20 teams yet, so I will be interested to see how those games go later this year. Face offs started well but then Detroit seemed to have an advantage. Consistency there will be important.
This should be a fun year to watch this team grow!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great win||
This was a big win for this team. Great job pulling away in the second half and winning the 3rd quarter. Scoring from quite a few different guys and a nice improvement over last year.
I'm excited for the UDM game next week. Taking my wife on Valentine's day. And what a huge win for them today too, beating Ohio state. This might be a pretty evenly matched game next week.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely important||
They are by far the most readily available. Employers use them when recruiting (they can't go to every school). High school students use them to determine where to go to college, and thus more qualified/accomplished students end up going to those higher ranked schools.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Yes||
Yes, Lax was added because the lacrosse alumni and parents paid for it to be added. Most of the money came from just a few donors, but enough money was raised to endow the program. The athletic department "matched" the donations by adding women's lacrosse. Donors also funded a significant portion of the new facility, although I have much less insight into that. Some of the money probably came from the Stephen Ross donation.
Playing in the big house is pretty cool, and the guys will still probably get a chance to do so once per year after/before the football spring game, but the lax facilities are expected to be the best in the country. This helps with recruiting, as the team is starting to haul in some top-10 classes. The kids believe the university is committed to this new sport and they are putting their money where their mouth is. For such a new program, recruiting classes that highly ranked is an incredible accomplishment.
Lacrosse teams carry usually 45-50 kids, and the average kid gets about a 1/4 scholarship. As the incremental cost of having another kid in a classroom is quite low, and the kid is on average paying 75% of the tuition, the scholarships are not quite as expensive to the university as you'd think.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||S.I.||
Good to see SI pick this up, although I wish it was the full story, which you can actually read on mgoblue.com.
The funny thing is that since we are well into 2018 recruiting, I half thought this was serious when they said a 2023 kid.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
Agree completely. The fact that he can't consistently win 50/50 balls makes me wonder about him being ready for the NFL. If he can't do that at this level, I don't see him being a 1st round pick.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Trend||
I was curious if the numbers this team is putting up would indicate improvement over the season, or regression. I'd love to see some stats pointing to this team getting better over the year (maybe yards per carry), and maybe give me some hope for next year.
It does look like if you ignore App State since they are just terrible, that from ND on, there is a slight upward trend. But probably nothing significant if you account for quality of opponent.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Not all||
Some sports had donors set up an endowment to fund the sport. Certainly most though.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Funchess||
I've been saying for a few weeks that his play doesn't merit a 1st round pick. At this point, he hasn't shown much other than being a freak athlete. He isn't a great blocker, has quite a few drops, looks like he takes plays off or in this case doesn't know the play all together.
And what should be a strength, jump balls, just don't seem to get thrown his way. 2 offensive coordinators and almost no jump balls. Borges would just toss it up to Hemingway or Roundtree, but really didn't for Funchess. I actually wonder if he has good "ball skills" while the ball is in the air or if it's Gardner.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Good find||
Glad that didn't turn out to be true. I think the report of "not back next year" was taken incorrectly.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe not so good||
What happens if DB announces he will stay on through the academic year like ESPN is reporting, thus leaving Hoke's future in his hands? Or making it tougher to hire a Harbaugh?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Devin||
Devin has said himself that he is willing to play receiver to give it a go in the NFL. Can't remember where I read that but it was recent.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Too much money||
I would take him for 3-4 years, but I doubt schlissel would approve enough money to pay for him. His comments have been about how athletics need to know their place in the university and about not gouging the consumer. Not sure where the money would come from to pay for an A list coach unless some donors would pay.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Film||
Honestly, If I were Dave I'd watch film with the coaches too. After watching the Borges debacle last year I'd want to know WTF was going through his head and if the problem was Hoke or Borges, and if you had confidence that we'd get better.
It wouldn't surprise me if the coaches watched our film and said "well we just didn't execute but we competed and showed some toughness". If I was choosing between making a coaching change or not, I'd sure want to know what I really thought of the current staff before making a move.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Lawrence Marshall||
Isn't Lawrence Marshall Jr. on crutches at the moment? He's a freshman, but seems like a fairly serious injury.
3 career ending injuries is a lot. No matter who they are that will hurt.
|19 weeks 16 hours ago||Seriously?||
Have they seen him block? Or do they not do that in the NFL? He's got a lot of potential, but I don't think he will even get 1st team all big 10. If he's drafted that high it's a big risk in my opinion.
Right now he is the #69 player in the country in terms of yards. He has 4 touchdowns, with 3 against App State, and is averaging 12.8 yards per catch. He's also been injured and missed game time (which hurts draft stock). I think he's one of our best players, but that seems like a big reach to me.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Non revenue||
I'm a non revenue sport fan myself and i never felt attacked. Some non revenue sports bring in enough money to finance their operations and facilities, but certainly not all. I do worry how the budget balances when we decide to cut 30% or whatever of our revenue.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Jake Ryan||
Happily surprised to see Jake Ryan is leading the big ten in tackles for loss.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||MSU||
MSU is #39 on this list. I think we've got a while before I can put too much weight into these numbers.
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||Excited||
I'm excited to see the team grow this year. The outcomes of last week's scrimmages were definitely positive and what looks like a step forward from last year. I believe we are still a couple years out until the top 25 recruits get to campus, but I like the trajectory we are currently on.
I also can't wait to see Madaisky and Mosko on D. Add some depth on D and a "quarterback" attackman and this team could really make a leap forward.
|21 weeks 22 hours ago||Thank you||
Would love to see how this changes from week to week. I think the early season numbers could be skewed by using having played a couple bad OOC teams, and our BCS opponents having their numbers inflated due to playing a number of bad teams as well. Over time as the conference schedule gets going that should move our opponents average.
But it is good to see some progress quantified, which is about all the hope I have left for this season.