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|1 week 4 days ago||This was my thought too||
It's a win-win for all involved. Great for the athletes, obviously. Great for the coaches, especially the small-school guys. And not coincidentally, great for us -- Harbaugh knows that when he succeeds in Ann Arbor, his staff's gonna get poached quite a lot by other schools w/HC or coordinator jobs open. This is just another way for him to network with other up-and-coming coaches and ID talented folks who he might want to join his staff someday. Brilliant stuff.
|1 week 4 days ago||Can't have a posbang w/out Alison||
Where's The Mad Hatter, anyway?
Happy Friday everyone!
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Smith's currently our best RB, which is slightly frustrating||
Another thing this analysis brings home to me: It's a little frustrating that out of our current stable of RBs, the one who seems to have the best instincts, balance, toughness, and vision -- Deveon Smith -- is also the one with the least speed, quickness, and burst. (I'm withholding judgment on Ty Isaac b/c I haven't seen him enough yet.) If you could put those qualities of Smith's in Green or Isaac's body, that would be a dangerous back. But Smith's pretty good, when you also consider his ability to keep getting positive yards after contact. He's not going to bust any 70-yard TDs, but if the guys up front get the job done, he can be a very nice Chris-Howard style back for us.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This posbang needs more Alison||
One banger above provided some Alison, but where is Mad Hatter? He's usually early on the Alison Brie beat.
Anyway, here she is, looking for some upvotes!
Happy Friday to all, and Go Blue.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Most interesting thing to me is the QBs||
This draft seems to confirm what we saw in that practice report the other day -- Morris is in front right now, with Malzone close behind, and Speight clearly #3 at this point.
Let's hope all these data points mean the lights have finally come on for Shane.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Tweak or tear, this is still grim news||
Some guys' bodies just aren't built for high-level athletic competition; for whatever reason, they are "injury-prone," even when they take care of themselves properly and rehab the right way, etc. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I've seen this phenomenon w/Sean Lee -- the guy is a terrific linebacker: smart, hard-hitting, great instincts, makes plays all over the field, a natural leader. But he also can't manage to stay on the field, and had the same problem when he was at Penn St.
I wish Drake the best and hope he gets past this, but it would be wise for all of us to re-calibrate our expectations for him as a Michigan WR from "future superstar" to "any meaningful contribution will be a pleasant surprise."
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Splitting coaching the staff, probably||
That's what I remember from watching videos of the spring game drafts he did as Stanford -- Harbaugh acted as the master of ceremonies, if you will, announcing the choices, but the rest of the coaching staff was split up into two separate rooms and actually drafted the teams.
Another interesting tidbit, re: just how good Andrew Luck was/is -- in one of the videos, one team (probably as a result of a coin flip) got Luck as the first pick, and Harbaugh gave the non-Luck side the next THREE picks to compensate.
Here's the one from 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ivcSnXiPTA
(Drevno sighting at 1:45, btw)
|6 weeks 4 days ago||MGoBlog, where you get ...||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Let's do this...||
Put a little "spring" in your step, MGoBlog friends.
But she reminds you this is a BEWBZ-FREE posbang:
Happy Friday to all!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You can never have enough Alison in the posbang||
Happy Friday, everyone.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That's a hell of a downvote he's giving there...||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Sideline sightings||
Devin Funchess looking on from the sidelines at around 2:25, I believe. (Would've been interesting to see how he would've responded to Harbaugh & Co.'s coaching...) And is that Jack Miller taking things in from the sidelines in street clothes at 2:57?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Yes -- coaches on the board, weigh in, please||
Showing them how to transition quickly from receiving a shotgun snap into a throw? Something else?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'll see your Alison Brie pic, and raise you a gif||
Chugga chugga choo choo, get your Friday rolling down the tracks, my friends.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Hail to the Bangers||
Happy Friday to all, and may winter end soon.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for reminding me, State Street...||
... why I avoided Greek life like the plague when I was a student in A2.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Students in general, maybe||
Michigan students in general, sure. Students in student government? Not so much...
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Let me add some more Alison Brie to the SFW posbang||
Agree w/you re: Brie over Upton, M-Dog.
Here's some more non-bewbz Alison cuteness for everyone...
Upvotes for all on a Frigid Friday! (It was 1 degree when I left my house in N. Virginia this morning! Thought I'd left this weather back in A2 when I graduated...)
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yes... let's make this a chance to exercise some creativity||
Doesn't take much thought to post pictures of HAWT BEWBZ (though I like 'em as much as anyone). Time to raise your posbang gif game, MGoBloggers. Think of this as a chance to creatively abide by the rules.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Four day weekend posbang||
Four day weekend because I'm home sick today, alas.
On the plus side, my wife loves to play nurse, and also believes Valentines Day is absurd. She's the best!
Happy Friday and stay warm, my friends.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Surprised Beilein's "sit w/2 fouls" not on Brian's rant list||
Beilein's non-negotiable policy of sitting players with two fouls in the first half, no matter the circumstance, has always been a big pet peeve of Brian's (and is maybe the only possible thing for which JB can be justly criticized). Very surprised it didn't make the list of his "top rant subjects in recent times."
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Thanks SC and Magnus for clarifying this||
Thanks for clarifying, especially on the differences b/w the split-back and I-form versions of the West Coast offense.
The emphasis on the fullback in the passing game is one thing that has always intrigued/puzzled me about the WCO; I remember Tom Rathman catching tons of passes as the 49ers' fullback in the late 80s. On one hand, it seems a great way to attack defenses who are more focused on other skill players and consider the FB an afterthought in the passing game. On the other hand, if the intention is to have, as SC puts it, "quick, easy throws with the intention of getting the ball in space and stretching the field laterally," wouldn't you rather have the more explosive and elusive athlete (i.e., the tailback), getting those passes in space rather than a lumbering FB? That might be the difference b/w a nice 5-10 yard gain and a nicer 15-25+ yard gain... Just curious why this I-form version of the WC offense places such emphasis on making probably the least athletic/elusive skill player on the field such a focus of the passing game. If you've got a Rathman or Moose Johnston, OK, but those guys are hard to find.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Upvotes from Alison for all the late pos-bangers||
We can't all pos-bang at 6am... Happy Friday to all!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Here's an upvote, fellow late-banger||
Leaving work early today to celebrate the Mrs.' birthday -- bang me!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Somebody give this man a "NOBODY!"||
|12 weeks 6 days ago||According to that site, they hired Aaron Wellman, too||
They posted this on Monday -- sorry if this has already been noted on MGoBlog:
"Notre Dame: Former Michigan director of strength and conditioning Aaron Wellman has joined the Notre Dame staff as assistant director of strength and conditioning."
The Hoke/ND marriage is a strange one, considering how much smack he (rightly) talked about them for weaseling out of the series w/Michigan. Will be interesting to see what his role is there. For all his faults as a head coach, Hoke is a very good D-line coach and an excellent recruiter, especially in the Midwest, so not necessarily a bad pickup for Kelly's staff.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Obligatory here...||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, Gardner was what I was getting at, Magnus||
At that point Bellomy was a redshirt frosh, a 3-star guy who was a last-minute addition to the RichRod/Hoke transition class of 2011. It's asking a lot for a guy that green, with that pedigree, to come in on the road in Lincoln and succeed in that environment. Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but they should've been better prepared to play Gardner as Denard's backup if he got hurt. Just my two cents.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||So, who's the greatest ever - Tiger or Jack?||
(BTW, I'm setting Bobby Jones aside for this discussion -- different era, way different equipment.)
I'm assuming Tiger keeps playing for a while, maybe even wins a few tournaments if he's lucky, but never sniffs another major.
Peak Tiger was something to behold. When he was on, he was so utterly dominant. Winning the 2008 Open at Pebble Beach basically on one leg was one of the greatest competitive feats I've ever seen. I'm too young to have seen the Bear at his peak; I have childhood memories of him winning the '86 Masters, that's about it.
As things stand today, I think you have to give the nod to Nicklaus; while his peak might not have been as dominant as Tiger, his sustained his peak for much longer. And you can argue that Jack's rivals during his peak -- first Arnold Palmer, then Trevino and Player, then Watson -- were stiffer competition than what Tiger faced when he was racking up many of his majors (no Rory yet, Mickelson still getting his act together, David Duval flaming out spectacularly after his brief run of greatness, Sergio never living up to the hype).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Good luck Keith - not sure why he didn't play more TE last year||
Given AJ Williams' continued struggles w/blocking, and the Hoke regime's insistence on running 2-TE packages pretty often, I'm surprised Heitzman didn't get more time as the blocky-TE over Williams last season.