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|2 years 1 week ago||Who needs a QB?||
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Purdue||
Purdue had a team in 2005, but I think they failed to qualify. I have no idea about years previous to that, but I can't recall seeing a car from them since. Chances are when the race had a funding crisis between 2005-2008 their team disbanded and never got resurrected.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Blame Lloydball||
Those things aren't mutually exclusive. Hart would burn clock and grind out yards and improve get small positive WPA with each carry. The opposing team's 2 minute offense though would take big chunks of WPA off against our defense, more than offsetting Hart's effort. If our offense had been in scoring mode rather than clock management mode in those close games chances are the overall offense WPA would have been higher and maybe able to offset the negative from our defense.
Short version: Mike Hart was great at grinding out wins, but in some cases was used to burn the clock when we should have been trying to score.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||TOI?||
Do you have time on ice numbers for the different line combinations? I think it would be more interesting to look at the rate each line combination scores at or allows goals at rather than the total numbers. As it is showing that the top line that has the most ice time scores the most isn't really surprising.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Hmm...||
|2 years 49 weeks ago||No, but somebody should||
No, but somebody should definitely shop him into one of the celebration pictures.
|3 years 1 week ago||The name of his forefathers||
He comes from a long and proud line of Bwgrudts, such as Bwgrudt the 1412th who played a key role in the sack of Rome.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||They weren't||
At least most of the video shown on the scoreboard was actual footage from testing. They've been driving it on the road for a while now.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||In my mind...||
I prefer hike-o,
to stay with a football theme.
Five more syllables.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||If you insist||
Heiko, your name is
still confusing to us all.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Look||
This is my serious face.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Excellent Diary||
Here's an extra fun fact about the 1990 race: Sunrunner was the only car to finish the race entirely under it's own power. If I remember the history right MIT's car was faster through most of the race, but broke down in the last day or two and had to be towed to the finish.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Fred Jackson's take||
Fred Jackson describes Lauren as "similar playing style as Mark Ingram, except faster," and went on to praise Kristen as "a shiftier, more leadership focused version of Mike Hart."
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Not bad, but not the best either||
Personally most of my preferences for coverage are based on the commentators, and Mickey and Ken on FSD are impossible to beat when it comes to the Wings. CBC typically has some insightful people too, so I give them the edge over VS by a little bit. NBC/ESPN are the absolute worst.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||...are you AI?||
|3 years 24 weeks ago||One reason||
I think one of the main theories is that not many people play the sport when they're young. In the frozen north and canada you can play it in the winter with just sticks and skates on a frozen lake, but for a large part of the US the only way to play is to join a league and buy pads, which makes it a distictly more upper-middle class sport.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Respondum||
Joining the team is actually pretty easy. You go to North Campus for the meetings once a week and you're added to an email list. Nominally there are around 200 people on the team at any given time.
Of those 200 though only a handful, maybe 40-ish, contribute useful work calling companies for sponsorship, designing, or building the car. At some point, typically before spring break I think, about 20 people are picked by the team leaders to actually go on the race. Those are normally the ones who would skip classes to work on stuff for the team and have all the skills needed to keep the team and car running smoothly during the race.
Think of it like a walk-on program. You don't necessarily need qualifications coming in, but you go to the team meetings, prove yourself, and possibly work your way into going on the race.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||It's correct-ish||
I'm assuming Brian isn't counting the second goal because it was an empty net with under 1 minute remaining and thus isn't really indicative of anything. For the sake of consistency though I would hope any other empty net goals in the chart were also subtracted.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I saw him||
I saw Lloyd Brady in video of the 1948 Rose Bowl. Front row of the endzone, as usual.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Lotus||
Really just pick any Lotus, but the Elise SE or Sport 300 should be good fun to drive.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||HTTP 403 Error Lament||
If I were able
I would pos-bang you so hard
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Awesome||
Definitely excited to have a commitment from Michigan Robot, but has anybody heard if he got qualifying test scores yet? My cousin from the same production line as him said he really struggled with writing. I'm hoping he can make up some ground on the math sections.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Winston-Butler Award||
How about the Winston-Butler Award for excellence in nerd beatdowns?
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Excellent idea||
But where would we find enough Japanese high-schoolers to fight to the death for us?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Oh well||
Nothing we can do now but wait it out in our mineshafts. Or in GERG's case fix a nice drink of grain alcohol and rainwater.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||You can't fight in here,||
this is the war diary!
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Indeed||
I find these comments quite illuminating.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Amen||
My one regret about moving closer to the stadium my final year on campus was that I didn't get to walk by him every week.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Not convinced||
First off I'd like to say I appreciate the reasonable tone of the post. That seems to be a sadly rare trait after a few losses. That being said, I happen to subscribe to the philosophy this diary attempts to debunk and it has not successfully changed my mind. Here's why:
Point #1 - "The Offense is Not THAT Good"
I will concede our offense is not the efficient killing machine of Oregon. Initial impressions of it were a bit overblown based on playing competition much weaker than we thought they were. However, we are solidly good offensively and have been gaining more yards on our Big10 opponents than they typically give up. Were that combined with better special teams and decent starting field position it would likely translate into points. Even as it stands though, we put up 28 points on Iowa and 31 points on Penn State, which for an average defensive team would make those games very winnable.
Also keep in mind that we are doing this with a true sophomore in his first season as starter at quarterback, the most important position in this style offense. This indicates a potential for an Oregon-esque death machine to develop over the next two years.
Point #2 - "The Lack of Hope of Defensive Improvement"
As others have stated, freshmen typically get better as they become sophomores and gain experience. Looking at the 2-deep, there are either true or RS freshmen at virtually every position, and are many of the starters in the secondary. Therefore, almost every position will be better next year than it is currently. How much better? Probably still not good, but perhaps mediocre.
Also, I find the assertion that Rodriguez is incapable of building a competent defense unfounded. There are a number of West Virginia teams he coached that were not ranked last in I-A. He hasn't proven an ability to build a dominant '97 or '06 level defense, but there's no reason to doubt his ability to build at least an average unit.
The attrition on the defensive side of the ball does raise valid questions. One of the key ones being 'have we had epically bad luck the past couple years or is the coaching staff doing something horribly wrong?' Unfortunately the most likely answer is a combination of both, and I have no idea in what proportion.
I seriously didn't mean to write a thesis about all this, but it seems like a valid discussion to have. My general opinion is that we are going to have a better team next year, that this is not Rodriguez's peak. For that reason I'm in favor of keeping him, even after 3 disappointing seasons, for the potential of what his peak could look like. If I thought this was as good as the team can get under Rodriguez then I would be on the bandwagon to fire him, so I can certainly understand where that side is coming from.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Coach Ackbar approves||