in re: is GRIII on a tear
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|5 days 17 hours ago||NEW BEST IDEA YET||
Throwing this idea out there as something different compared to what's been stated (or so I think).
1. Get rid of kicking the extra point.
2. Get rid of the two point conversion and instead...
3. You have to line up in goaline on the 2 as is currently done. If you get it in the endzone you get that 1 extra point to get to the traditional 7.
Now we see more actual football, extra points now achieve that 50/50 area that is exciting, and they also become much more critical to the outcome of the game. It's like after the third overtime of college games all the time.
I think that would be fun to watch. Getting one point, especially to tie or win would become dramatic as hell.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||If you are going that route,||
If you are going that route, take a look at lsa.umich.edu/biology/. On the site they'll have details about CMB:BME. They have a five year masters type program called Cellular Molecular Biology: Biomedical Engineering (CMB:BME). First four years are liberal arts styled coursework (with lots of math, physics, and chem of course) with the fifth year being a master's year. An interesting blend that might interest you looking at the fields you're considering.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I can actually give you a||
I can actually give you a good bit of information about this though most of it has sort of been covered.
The biggest question I have for you is what college are you aiming to get into? Your marks and extracurriculars give a great shot at getting into LSA (liberal arts) though being out of state always throws a little uncertainty in there. I can tell you that right now the latest pool of admit data has the average ACT score of an engineering student at 31 with average Math ACT scores as high as 33. Engineering admittance is extremely competitive.
I was admitted to the University ten years ago with essentially the exact same test scores and GPA as you and I know people that have gotten in with lower marks. Again, this was ten years ago, but the freshman classes have also been growing in total admits year over year. Two years ago was the biggest class ever I believe.
Financial aid is just a crapshoot. The University does a decent job with need-based aid and if you have a work study award finding a job is usually pretty easy with decent pay for not difficult work. Your family's financial situation and FAFSA info will be the real determining fact. I will say that despite the high cost, U of M was pretty good about figuring out a package for my financial need to the point of not needing private loans.
Bottom line, I'd say you have all the marks you need in general. If aiming for Engineering then upping that ACT score could help. All you can do is apply and find out.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The issue is so big and||
The issue is so big and complex. Following Brian's example--trying to stick to the tactic and not the implicit politics--I do not see how this is going to work for the Northwestern student-employee-athletes. I may be sitting up in the cheap seats but it seems to me that there is not another interest in this be it the NCAA, colleges, atheltics departments, etc. that would have anything to gain by this. Or more to the point, everyone everyone else but the students "loses" should this work.
I find the whole thing interesting as hell though.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Ya know, for all your||
Ya know, for all your chastising of Brian for not highlighting the social issue here, you're doing a glaring lack of it yourself.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Speaking of nob-hopping, I||
Speaking of nob-hopping, I painted the end of mine with the winged design. Not only does it look quite tasteful, it's always fun to announce occasionally that, "the Michigan D is getting GREAT penetration."
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, I'd be more crushed||
Honestly, I'd be more crushed to lose Harris than Campbell. They both seem fantastic. But if we're really going the manball route I feel the need for a quality RB really makes more of a difference.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I think we need to just calm||
I think we need to just calm down and see if we get any development out of Hoke recruits. Those recruits are still young, and we do seem to be improving in a number of spots while the offense was very Jekyll and Hyde.
I mean you look at Dantonio over at MSU. He's been there seven years, and not every season was sparkling awesome. He got a Big Ten championship in his fourth season, and then 2011 was another solid year followed by 7-6, and then this most recent championship. This stuff takes time and they aren't always going to be winners. The RRod recuiting years were not kind to us at all and were built for a different system.
Florida State we've been told has been on the brink of awesome with great recruiting for YEARS and they've just finally broken through.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||All that first part is||
All that first part is totally true. As well as the second part, but injuries happen out there as well, even if they are smaller defenders. We lost Denard for the rest of the year as a QB from a rather benign looking hit against Nebraska.
Their season was absolutely good. But I don't think they'll get all the breaks next year like they did this year.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||While I would love to run as||
While I would love to run as well as Auburn, the reasons why we aren't there yet both schematically and experience wise has already been touched upon. A few other things jump out at me though.
1. Auburn's QB stayed healthy it seems and played well. He ran just a few touches less than Gardner did this year. And Gardner was anything but healthy for half the year. That is our OLine's fault to a large degree. But if Marshall takes just one bad hit Auburn's run game could have been derailed in a big way. They luckily avoided such catastrophe.
2. While they ran a FBS leading 335 yards per game, they were ranked 107th in passing. For our own team I would hope for more balance, but whether balance is even all that important could be debated as well.
3. Auburn was very much 2011 Michigan. Scraped by a number of teams for a record no one expected. They could have lost to TA&M, and got insanely lucky against Georgia and Alabama. They also didn't exactly handle Washington State or Miss. St., who they only got 120 yards rushing against.
None of this really disputes the final rushing outcome for them this year. But I believe it was a perfect storm of a new system, new coach, and a fresh scheme that needed to be scouted. And of course they... executed. Hah. I exepct next year they come back down to earth both in wins and rush yardage, because football is evil and makes no sense that way.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hah I remember rolling so||
Hah I remember rolling so hard after seing that live. Everyone I watched the game with said I was making it up. I love the slight nod Mattison gives--I can just see the guy he's motioning to doing the samething back in a "are you sure?" manner.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||3DS all day folks. The number||
3DS all day folks. The number of good games it has now is pretty ridiculous, and they aren't all shooters which seems to dominate the home consoles these days. Portable online Mario Kart FTW.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Frankly, I don't hate this as||
Frankly, I don't hate this as much as everyone else. First of all, he does say they can play with anyone at the end. And do you really think the team as a whole has shown up all year? Especially after Iowa? I'm not throwing any specific players under the bus here, but challenging your team to show up is something I'd honestly like to hear from the coaches more often. Unless you think it's preferable for coaches to spill happy talk all the time as they have been to no effect.
I don't like Al really at all at this point. But we look at the UFRs. One time we'll run the play right, another time we'll run the exact same play like garbage. That's on the players I have to say. BUT, there's also the other part where we run a play that shouldn't be run at all in that situation and that's completely on Borges and Hoke's "ok sure" mentality.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Because U of M is a far||
Because U of M is a far superior University but OSU is all they have so they ride that shit hard. Even our more mellow fandom pisses them off, which they accurately recognize as the attitude of someone who actually has more important shit to do.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Their state smells. It has||
Their state smells.
It has two major cities and both of them are lame.
OSU is the one thing Ohio folks can hang their hat on, but they don't know it. Everyone else knows it. In typical bizzaro world fashion they call this, "jealousy."
Their fans are rabid and dumb in most cases, which the entire Big Ten is in agreement about according to all the opposing fans I've hosted at tailgates.
Their heroic coaches are:
1. A guy who punched a kid in the face.
2. Another guy who cheated and then also covered it up.
3. A guy who had "health issues," which in reality meant a disinterest in enduring any hardship.
But hey, "everybody steals, everybody murders." Ohio should plaster that quote up on the toilet bowl. Could be their Tebow speech.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Random thought for Brian on||
Random thought for Brian on the UFRs.
Perhaps this isn't all THAT useful, but I was wondering if perhaps it'd be helpful to have yards to go in parantheses next to the G when we have goal to go? Unless it actually is listed somewhere and I'm being dumb, the difference between goal to go on the 9 (or the 20 as we are capable of doing) and the 2 is pretty huge in the context of play calling.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What? Toussaint can't catch||
What? Toussaint can't catch out of the backfield. That would require reacting to something coming at him even FASTER than a rusher. I want to say I'm sarcastic, but Fitz's blitz pickups aren't him getting run over, they are just flat out fly bys.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Here's what I learned||
Here's what I learned Michigan must do offensively to be succesful:
1. They must run plays that are easier to execute
2. They also must be plays that defenses cannot make adjustments for, or complicate by trying to confuse us.
3. They must never allow the other team to blitz.
4. If the other team might blitz, Toussaint cannot be out there.
5. If the other team might blitz, Green cannot be out there.
6 . If Green/Toussaint are not out there, it must not be a tipped pass play.
7. All throws must come around 3 seconds after snap, to mitigate blitzes or just poor pass protection.
8 Our pass plays must not be predictable.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I know this is not part of||
I know this is not part of the picture pages, but based on Brian's post, Space Coyote's contributions in this post (great stuff by the way. If nothing else I learn lot from yourself, Brian, and others on this board), what is the alternative?
I mean, the play has been nicely diagramed, the concept of the play has been thoroughly explained, I understand it, and they can't do it. If they can't do this, what is this other thing they actually CAN do? I hear all about scheme or how our players can't execute this or its coaching. But is there something both enormously easier for us while not being enormously easy to defend? Space Coyote or Brian could better answer this but from random guy looking at the play I say no. This should be executed. The "not executing" phrase is wearing thin but every picture pages it's precisely what we see. And if the scheme prohibits execution then I would like to know the one that is both easier, more effective, and one that our young guys can actually make happen.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Just watching the play it||
Just watching the play it seems like Kerridge screws this up and that's that. I mean, even watching full speed, there is no confusion about who he is going to block. That's his man, he's running toward him, takes a horrible angle, and then reacts slowly to it. All he had to do was get in the way and he didn't even manage that. He had one job, one guy, and completely missed him. Coaching? Reps? I don't know, but the play call gets some frickin yardage if Kerridge gets there.
I don't want to rag on a kid, but I just don't even know what he's doing. There is plenty of space out there for Fitz if he just nudges this guy.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||Two things have sort of||
Two things have sort of dawned on me from this whole debacle.
1. This was the kind of thing I was worried about when hiring Hoke/Borges before that first season mirage blinded me.
2. That really, ultimately, this coaching philosophy is Lloyd Carr 2.0 minus the necessary talent everywhere. Which consists of awesome teams losing 3 games every year that they really probably shouldn't because we are daring you to stop us.
Also, myself and a buddy of mine were just making jokes watching the game in order to ease the suffering. We also spent much of the game predicting plays. There are two that we run:
IRP (ineffectual run play)
and Derp. Derp is everythying that isn't IRP. We're making IRP and DERP t-shirts if anyone is interested.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I'd say right now people love||
I'd say right now people love the Tigers more. But if the Lions ever won a Super Bowl, the bedlam in Detroit I believe would dwarf any Tiger World Series championship.
I'm also going with Calvin over MIggy. Calvin is of that Barry/Yzerman mold that people in Detroit love. It's also a shame that Datsyuk doesn't get more love due to the lower popularity of hockey. He's seriously our Barry Sanders on ice.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Mmmm.... oh... wait, what?||
Mmmm.... oh... wait, what? This is about basketball? Sorry, I was busy having a wetdream over the idea of Barry Sanders and Megatron being on the same team at the same time...
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't have any sort of||
Didn't have any sort of opinion on the sign outside the stadium, I pass it a couple times a week. I guess now I do. Never found it distracting or an eyesore. I don't understand people. You're driving, don't look at it. Are we seriously so helpless against its mysterious power that we MUST look at it while driving?
If there's something to complain about, how about starting construction over by Packard/Stone School right at the end of August when you had the entire summer to do this?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Couldn't agree more. Said||
Couldn't agree more. Said something to this effect after Penn State and was told I was an idiot. All three terrible games were three turnover games for Gardner, all of which resulted in some points, 14 in this Penn State game. Short fields, momentum killers, and free points turned this game into a four overtime game when really it could've been a game won comfortably by two or three scores.
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||Gardner helps us survive his||
Gardner helps us survive his own mistakes. He's responsible for 14 of Penn State's points. Clearly that ten point lead in the second wasn't so commanding.
Last week we are super vanilla. Gardner throws zero picks, and we cruise. We could have done the exact same thing this game provided he's doesn't throw balls directly to defenders.
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||Devin Gardner has 13||
Devin Gardner has 13 turnovers this year. Two of them on Saturday were directly to defenders. We have a less mistake prone QB and not only do we win all of our games up to this point, we win them in a more convincing fashion. Cut those turnovers in half, and everything is fine.
The games that everyone uses to point to coaching ineptitude are Akron, UConn, and this Penn State debacle. And what do you know? All of them are three turnover days for Gardner. Our OLine is what it is, and Fitz will never create anything for himself. But Gardner is the one that's killing us, plain and simple.
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||Gardner had three turnovers.||
Gardner had three turnovers. Again. That's the game. Toussaint being run into the pile over and over is annoying no doubt. But Brian summed it up on the front page: Penn State had three drives start around the Michigan 25. That isn't scheme. That isn't poor play calling. Gardner had one unavoidable fumble, and then two picks. Those weren't unfortunate. Those were thrown directly to defenders.
Once again, we have a quarterback who cannot reliably do half the job of his position. Make it easier for Gardner? These turnovers were not on super difficult throws. This was pretty vanilla stuff. How is an OC supposed to pull out anything exotic when teams prepare for any kind of run and any kind of pass on our part has my chest full of fear?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know if he's Woodson,||
Don't know if he's Woodson, don't know what he is, have barely seen him on the college field yet. And since when is what other teams are doing the dicate of what WE are doing?
As for whether or not he can do it better than Chesson or Norfleet, again, who can say? Dymonte's recruiting page on this very site contains mostly offensive highlights, coaches gushing about his explosiveness, and him being an electrifying player. He may eventually do punt/kick returns in Brian's eyes.
Hah clearly I won't convince you. I think its worth trying. If he fails and doesn't do anything on offense fine, he'll have exactly one less touchdown than Norfleet and Chesson combined at this point this year.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||What's this all or nothing||
What's this all or nothing stuff? I want Dymonte Thomas to practice like two plays. He doesn't even need to line up as a RB, you could put him in the slot, break him out, whatever. I don't want him back there for every damn snap, just a Woodson type thing. A change of pace. The sort of thing I'm suggesting is way less of a change than DG. I hesitate to even call it a "change." Hell, maybe Thomas should quit practicing with special teams too, since he really needs those reps at safety. If we need Thomas, the reps will absolutely be important, you're right. But I'm not advocating a total quit on defensive reps at all.
DG already knew the offense, that's true. But if you're concerned about reps, and looking at the season thus far, maybe DG could have used more?
Again, I'm saying a few plays out there. Just to see if he can turn a simple slant into a long TD. NOT a position switch.