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|6 days 15 hours 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?
|6 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Hail to the Bangers||
Happy Friday to all, and may winter end soon.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks for reminding me, State Street...||
... why I avoided Greek life like the plague when I was a student in A2.
|1 week 1 day ago||Students in general, maybe||
Michigan students in general, sure. Students in student government? Not so much...
|1 week 6 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...)
|2 weeks 19 hours 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 15 hours 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."
|3 weeks 2 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Upvotes from Alison for all the late pos-bangers||
We can't all pos-bang at 6am... Happy Friday to all!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Here's an upvote, fellow late-banger||
Leaving work early today to celebrate the Mrs.' birthday -- bang me!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Somebody give this man a "NOBODY!"||
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Obligatory here...||
|4 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 6 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).
|4 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Jack Miller, Countess, and Morgan||
And Countess and Morgan wouldn't be back if they hadn't had redshirts due to injury -- they both played significant time as true freshmen.
Let's hope the Hoke/Harbaugh transition class we welcome next Wednesday pans out better than the RichRod/Hoke transition class...
EDIT: I see someone beat me to this just below.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of factors at play||
Doubtless a huge part of it is mental, and the mental side is such a huge factor at the level of PGA Tour pros. The hooker scandal definitely knocked him off stride.
Another part of it is physical. Tiger's always had a violent swing, and all that torque has clearly wrecked his left knee and his back; it's pretty hard to play great golf when those two key body parts are messed up. I kinda doubt Tiger ever did PEDs -- by all accounts he's just a workout nut who is a little obsessed with Navy SEAL workouts, etc. I seem to remember one of his swing coaches warned him to back off that stuff, fearing it was putting too much wear and tear on his joints.
Rick Reilly (who's not always my cup of tea) had a pretty good column last April contrasting Tiger with the man whose records he set out to chase from the beginning, Jack Nicklaus. Reilly said the big difference between the two was "balance":
I don't think Tiger surpasses Jack's 18 majors now (he'd need 5 more); hell, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't win even one more. His body and his brain aren't in the right place, and there are too many other talented guys out there. Can you really see Tiger going toe-to-toe on Sunday at a major with Rory McIlroy anytime soon and coming out on top?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Any rumors on who the 2 assumed OL transfers/medicals are?||
If Bosch wasn't one of them, who is it?
Can't imagine Kugler is one of them, right now he's your first back-up at center and presumably takes over that job with 2 years of eligibility left after Miller graduates next year.
Maybe some of the guards like Bars or Samuelson who are a little more buried on the depth chart now since Glasgow became a starter and Magnuson moved inside from tackle b/c of Mason Cole?
Commence uninformed (or better, informed) speculation...
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Good luck to you, Russell!||
No QB should have been thrust into the situation he was when Denard went down in that game against Nebraska. Bellomy also had an ACL tear during spring practice at some point, if I recall correctly. Glad he's getting his Michigan degree and hope finds a place where he'll play some meaningful snaps this fall.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||ESSS-EEEE-CEEEEE||
Re: Texas athletes not choosing UT over A&M (or Baylor, TCU, or LSU for that matter) -- this is where A&M's move to the ESS-EEE-CEEEE is proving shrewd. It's allowed them to put a little distance b/w themselves and UT (it was a very similar Little Brother-Big Brother dynamic as UM-MSU), and they get to pitch playing in arguably the toughest conference to Texas kids.
Austin's a great town, certainly more fun than College Station. I'm a Michigan alum but my father and grandfather both went to A&M and I have other relatives who work there today, so I know A&M can seem a little strange to some people -- it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea. But the people who go there LOVE it; I'd put Aggie alums up against alums from any other school for the level of sheer devotion, loyalty, and love they have for their school and its traditions and the experience they have there. In Kyler Murray's case, his dad's an alum and was a star QB there in the '80s, so he's seen some of that firsthand. Not surprised he would choose A&M -- plus, Sumlin's offense is the perfect fit for him.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Bangs ... and bangs||
Good Lord, I need something to get out of my head that bizarre, disturbing Miley Cyrus chicken image posted above ...
So here's the lovely Zooey again, sporting bangs and banging with some toy guns. Happy Friday to all!
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||WEBER, just to send a message to Urban/OSU||
I can see the case for Marshall or Clark as "bigger splashes," and they play key positions (esp. Clark for what Harbaugh wants to do on offense). But to me, getting Weber back to UM would be an important first punch in Urban/OSU's nose from Harbaugh. Messages sent:
* The best players in Michigan go to Michigan, dammit.
* It sucked losing Damon Webb to OSU -- getting Weber back says we aren't going to let Meyer maintain a recruiting beachhead at one of our most important feeder programs. We're keeping the best Michigan players, and we're coming after the best players in Ohio.
I think it's important to score an early victory on the recruiting trail against Meyer, and this is Harbaugh's best chance to do it in the short timeframe he has for the 2015 class, since the kid had already committed to us earlier. (Not to mention, beyond the Green/Smith/Isaac/Johnson quartet, our RB cupboard needs stocking, and Weber looks like a special talent.)
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||Anyone know if it's the same knee Butt had the ACL tear in?||
Just wondering if this is a sign that the knee is still not 100 percent after the ACL injury.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||I think Maisel's just trying to dampen the "going national" talk||
As noted by commenters above, Maisel admirably does point to contradictory evidence (Harbaugh's Stanford), and elsewhere in the piece lays out all the reasons why "recruiting nationally" does makes sense -- it's a lot easier w/today's "travel, technology, and media" as well as summer camps for programs to evaluate and reach out to talent outside their "footprints." I think he's simply trying to pump the brakes on this notion that using a "national brand" to "recruit nationally" is a substitute for ensuring you kick ass at recruiting in your own backyard.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Kawakami is killing them on Twitter||
I know, the guy's a tool, but at least he's directing his tooliness in the right direction now (and to be fair, he's chronicled quite well for over a year the 49ers' ownership/front office's efforts to undermine Harbaugh).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Good pick-up if we get him||
And I say this as someone who is as high on Alex Malzone as anyone -- I love his competitiveness and his leadership and think he's going to be a great one at UM before it's all said and done. Still, you can never have enough competition at the most important position on the field (a lesson Brady Hoke has learned the hard way), so I like that Harbaugh wants a second QB for this class, and Gentry fits the bill nicely.
I'm still kinda amazed Kyler Murray might flip from A&M to Texas. His dad is Kevin Murray, a QB legend for the Aggies in the mid-'80s who's since become a QB guru in TX. Maybe the kid wants to get out of his father's shadow a bit...
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Late to the posbang, but for a good reason||
Spent some "quality time" w/the Mrs. before heading to work this morning. So you might say I've had my posbang already, and this is just gratuitous banging at this point, but I'm here anyway.
And here's my weekly "bang" gif for y'all.