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|14 weeks 5 days ago||Vintage Base Ball||
We just got a club started last summer in Kalamazoo and finally have the funds to order our uniforms. The order should be placed by next week and we should have them by April. I'll be working on some more fundraising as well and getting our equipment ready for year #2.
Plus no football means more weekend time for grad school homework.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I mentioned this in Brian's column yesterday but I||
I mentioned this in Brian's column yesterday but I think next year's WR corp is the best group since 2007. I think we'll see more PT from the 2014 group largely bc of Canteen and Harris enrolling early. Canteen potentially splitting time with Jones at the slot and Harris should see more PT than York/Dukes bc of his superior athleticism.
I might actually be more excited about the group next year if York or Dukes plays over Harris as this should mean that one is more advanced than expected. Either way, I love the size of the whole WR group and think the increased size will pay dividends.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I can admit to maybe being||
I can admit to maybe being overly optimistic, but I think the potential is there. Next year's WR group is the most talented group since 2007 and while you can't be sure there is a Mario Manningham in the bunch, it's not unrealistic for there to be a Jason Avant (earlier time, I know) or Adrian Arrington. What I like is the fact that there should be greater competition next year for the receiver spots, especially with Harris and Canteen enrolling in the spring.
While we have to rely on hype and recruiting rankings for most of the WR's, it's not like we are replacing several hugely impactful players. Gallon will be tough to replace, but an improved Funchess, Chesson and the return of Darboh should help as passes are spread out more among the receivers. And I don't think it is crazy to think that Dukes/York/Jones/Harris/Canteen/Ways can provide at least two contributors equal to what Dileo and Jackson/Reynolds provided this past year (26 receptions 314 yds 2 tds).
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I had something longer typed||
I had something longer typed out, but it got lost in the nether regions of the internet. Here is the abridged version:
I am quite optimistic about the offense next season, largely because of the WR depth. Michigan will have more talent at WR next year than they have had since 2007. I look for Funchess/Darboh/Chesson/Harris to be the top 4 WR's and to perform admirably, with a potential quality player coming from York/Dukes/Jones/Canteen/Ways.
Borges will be under heavy pressure to perform so he either A) can run the ball next season making the offense much more effective or B) knows he can't run early in the year and goes to a heavy passing attack to save his job. This has been successful when they have turned to it in the last 1 1/2 years and should be even more so with the WR corp Michigan will have next year.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||how will coaches use him though?||
From the get go I assume he's in on nickel packages and probably returning punts. But the coaches showed no creativity this season to get the ball in the hands of Norfleet - a special player in space w/o a position. I truly wonder how they can/will gameplan him in on offense based on the Norfleet experience, especially considering that Pepper's - unlike Norfleet - will be learning the defense as well.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Bright side...||
Although the insertion of two brand new Olinemen in the middle of the year is not good, could this signal that Borges will abandon the power run scheme for more spread? Both Bryant and Kalis have not proven up to the task on the stretch plays run so far - and clearly not in the power run game either - so the insertion of lighter, more agile players would make sense if we see more spread looks and runs.
With that said, I reserve the right to change my mind if Borges runs MANBALL to start the game tomorrow.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Barring new testimony, you||
Barring new testimony, you have to feel bad for him. To proceed to trial you would imagine the prosecutor would have some evidence of a physical assault or direct life-threatening verbal threats from Furman towards the victim, but if what the witnesses testified is what actually happened you know all spring he had to be thinking "I'm missing spring ball for THIS?"
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I liked his acceleration, but||
I liked his acceleration, but what I liked most from the video is the fact that the 5'9'' kid ran hard, didn't always bounce outside and seemed to always want to move forward. On many of the inside runs he did a good job of staying behind his pads and getting everything he could out of the hole that was there. Very little start, stop, bounce and outrun everyone to the sidelines.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||In the same blog entry I was||
In the same blog entry I was a little surprised to see the mention that scouts considered Hardaway Jr. a "marginal pro prospect." Apparently through just a few games now that sentiment has grown to thought of him as a "potential late first-round pick."
Regardless of their current belief, I hope we don't have to worry about that for at least one more season.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Six times inside the MSU||
Six times inside the MSU forty-yard line, 7 points to show for it. There's the difference so far.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Looking at the set up there||
Looking at the set up there are certainly other blitz packages GM can throw off of this similar look. One that jumps right out is instead of sending Gordon off the corner and sprinting Herron out, drop Gordon at the snap and loop both Demens and Herron at the RG. Lots of possible options. Hopefully we see this same package and variations off of the WMU blitzes in this game.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||One of the things I'm most||
One of the things I'm most interested in seeing tomorrow is the play and positioning of the cornerbacks. Either because of poor talent or a bad system (likely both) CB's last year played so far off the line of scrimmage they were off the TV screen sometimes. I want to see if they are still 8-10 yards off the LOS. If so, I'll be concerned. If they play within 4-5 yards to the LOS I'll feel better knowing quick hit passes are not as likely and that Mattison obviously feels somewhat confident that our CB's can handle playing that close.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I'm not sure I'd put them up||
I'm not sure I'd put them up against ANY group, although off the top of my head I have problems naming any other WR in the B1G then McNutt with Iowa. On their own I 'like' the WR's we have, but the lack of size does concern me. I put my trust in Borges to roll Denard out of the pocket or have him throw from the shotgun, but dropping back from under center with shorter (other than Hemingway) WR's is concerning. Their lack of size also presents a problem from the LOS. Given room off of the line to get going I think our wide outs could be fine getting to their spots, but any physical contact could present a problem if they can't fight through the contact and keep their timing.
With that said, from what I've heard I trust that 6 foot Roundtree and Odams/Gallon won't have plays called as if they are 6 ft 2. We'll see Saturday how they've prepared around the collective height issue.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Guess I didn't go far enough||
Guess I didn't go far enough back.
Just a reminder then: start preparing the body for a rousing Jan 1 NFC West divisional showdown at 4 pm this season.
|3 years 2 days ago||.||
|3 years 2 days ago||Most of my experiences would||
Most of my experiences would be from attending Tigers games, as I've only been to a handful of Wings/Pistons/Wolverines/Lions games.
Just to give my number 1, it would easily be Verlander's no-hitter. It was the first Tigers game for my then 3-year old son, and we weren't even supposed to be at that game. I had bought tickets to attend the 2nd or 3rd home game of the year, but it was cancelled because of cold weather and wind. Needing 7 tickets for the parents/siblings/wife/son, I couldn't get the seats I wanted for any weekend games in June, so I chose the Tuesday Brewers game b/c we were flying out of town already Wednesday morning.
I still remember to this day how angry my wife was when she returned in the 7th inning from some time at the ferris wheel with our son and, not being a baseball fan herself, had no idea why people were standing and cheering so much. She kept asking "What's going on? Why won't you just tell me!" I was deathly afraid that her or my sister would figure out what was going on in the top of the 9th and say it out loud.
A great atmosphere, a great story to tell my son when he's a little older, and I still get a little chuckle thinking about how angry the wife was when the game was over and I could finally clue her in on the no-hitter.
|3 years 6 days ago||Should have been more||
Should have been more specific. PokerStars has locked out US-based players, the others haven't done so yet AFAIK. The big one, obviously, is Full Tilt while AP has a much smaller base of players.
But I'm assuming if PokerStars has locked out players, Full Tilt will follow along. Or, which I would like more, is PokerStars opening it back up if Full Tilt continues to allow US players to play.
|3 years 6 days ago||I love me some online poker||
I love me some online poker and am discouraged by this news. But if it eventually leads to legalized online poker and an easier time receiving cash outs without the worry of when the next crack down will be, I'll take it. It just needs to start happening quickly.
|3 years 1 week ago||I really liked the old||
I really liked the old uniforms and helmet design, but right now I'm indifferent to the new maroon and white unis. Hate the black one's though. I just hope that on the random nights when I find an ASU/Wazzu game on late, they aren't wearing the blacks. I'd like to say I would turn the game off to protest the black uniforms, but that would be a lie...
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Ryskamp. He's a good kid as||
He's a good kid as well as being a good basketball player.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Well, Kalkaska lost All-State||
Well, Kalkaska lost All-State guard Travis Schuba this year to Madonna University and didn't have anyone to replace him. Certainly a rebuilding year for them in the LMC.
As a former sports editor for the Kalkaska paper, I felt it my duty to stand up for them...
|3 years 7 weeks ago||lol These dunks were a||
These dunks were a little less forceful and I'm sure there wasn't as much of a posterization factor. But they were impressive, and expected.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I don't rememer the whole||
I don't rememer the whole story, but he is adopted. On a side note, I played in a few pickup games against him when he was a sophomore. Got dunked over a few times. He had some ups, even at that young age.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||I've always liked them,||
I've always liked them, regardless of what school has the stickers on their helmet. I would certainly like to see it come back and I never felt it clashed with the winged helmet. If it doesn't, though, I won't be too distraught. The re-emergence of a pro-style offense will be enough for me to enjoy for a while.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||I certainly enjoyed the||
I certainly enjoyed the spread as well...for the most part. When the RB's had holes to run through, I really liked the system. But when our RB's had nowhere to go, I really didn't think the system was that innovative and it seems to me that the playbook for some reason shrank as last season went on, especially in the passing game.
Regardless, the quick scoring possibilities were always fun to anticipate. But I think I'll get just as much joy if we can go Wisconsin on somebody next year and run 30+ times straight right at them while racking up a few TD's.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||With GM as the hire, does||
With GM as the hire, does this mean we will see a 3-4 defense next year? I've been itching for a return to the 4-3, but if we can bring a Baltimore/Pittsburg-style attacking 3-4 I'll be happy.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||One of the things I'm||
One of the things I'm intrigued to see about the hire is their background with the spread offense. The team clearly has the offensive players to run the spread, but I'm thinking the removal of Rich Rod could also signify DB's dislike of the spread offense. It's possible Brandon want's to return to a more pro-style offense, but with the personnel we have that may not be feasible right off the bat.
As fans, what would we like to see? For my part, while the spread has been entertaining I would cast my vote in to return to a similar offense we ran pre-RR. I'll be OK if that is a process that evolves over 2-3 seasons, but I think that is the way to go (and my feeling is DB feels the same).
side note: it is entirely possible a comment exactly like this has popped up somewhere on this board over the last few days and I've simply not seen it. My bad if that's the case.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||The way the offense has||
The way the offense has worked this year, I'm quite happy with it. The "read and react" I seem to see a little more than in previous years.
Again, that's where the question comes from. In years past, it seems like the majority of players on the court were hesitant to do anything near the basket (Sims and Harris excluded). I've got vivid memories of Merritt, Lee, Douglass, Novak and Morris last year getting somewhere near the paint and in almost a hurried fashion try to find a way away from the hoop to get back to the outside. I can't imagine it was frustrating just to me to see this happen.
This year, though, I think the athleticism on the team is better than ever. Morris is better than any point guard Beilein has had, Hardaway seems quite similar to Harris in skill set, and Novak and especially Douglass seem more comfortable around the rim. So if this is how the offense should be, I'm quite pleased with it. I just wasn't sure if this is the norm and the past few years have been limited b/c of the athletes, o if this is an exception so far. I hope we can keep this up all year.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Yes, I'm not an expert. But I||
Yes, I'm not an expert. But I do watch quite a bit of basketball and personally prefer an offense that runs through its big men. Feed it down low, run pick and rolls, take shots going towards the basket. Again, just the offense I prefer.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||We all seemed to have the||
We all seemed to have the same thoughts at the same time..........