this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|13 weeks 1 day ago||No, not in terms of the||
No, not in terms of the worthiness of the relative activities. I understand that some people will enjoy one and not the other. That is perfectly fine by me, no argument there.
It is confusing to me that someone who thinks it is worth their time to watch other people play an athletic game on tv think it is dumb to watch a competitive esport on tv. Reading this thread it seems there are a lot of them.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Indeed. It is also odd to me||
It is also odd to me that being a nerd is still seen as a bad thing by some people. Is not Game of Thrones, an epic fantasy, not essentially the most popular show on television right now? And isn't every other major blockbuster a superhero movie these days (not that I support that trend).
It seems so mainstream. Odd to me that video gaming still has that stigma attached while it is now relatively "normal" to enjoy nerd content that was once seen in the same light.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Cracks me up that so many||
Cracks me up that so many sports fans think it is weird that some people like watching competitive video games. How is it any more useless of an activity than watching other people play real games? The validity of watching esports is exactly the same as watching real sports. It is just a matter of preference or what you enjoy.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Even more crazy is that some||
Even more crazy is that some schools give people scholarships to run around on a field with a ball. Then pay an old guy millions of dollars to make the kids the best at it. Can't get my mind around this nonsense.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Before he got there, the||
Before he got there, the farthest VCU had ever made it in the tournament was the round of 32, and they had gotten there 5 times EVER. He made it to the round of 32 or farther in 3 of his 6 seasons.
His system won't work at Texas? Pitino runs an awfully similar system at Louisville and he seems to be doing just fine.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||People put too much weight on||
People put too much weight on NCAA performance when judging a coach. Yes he has had a couple bad exits in recent years, but his teams have consistently performed at a high level during the regular season. The tournament wins will come.
Texas isn't a basketball school but they are always able to get some great athletes who will be able to run his system effectively. I think this is a great hire personally.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Advice||
Shane to Denard: Denard! The defense keeps catching up to me when I try to run with the ball. What should I do?
Denard: (thinking)..... I can't say I have any experience with that conundrum Shane.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||His major problem has been||
His major problem has been hamstrings. That doesn't sound like something caused by football. I doubt basketball would make his hamstring problems go away.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes! Much appreciated.||
Yes! Much appreciated.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||This is somewhat tangential||
This is somewhat tangential to the article, but I don't know where else to ask.
A while ago in one of his numerous Brandon criticism pieces Brian referenced something (an article? a book? I can't remember) that talked about how modern companies have begun to focus on short term financials rather than care about the quality of their product. This is hurting the long term viability of these companies because eventually their product is crap and they can't compete even though they maximized profits for a few years.
Does anyone know the source that he was referencing? I have seen this trend in a number of areas and I would love to read the full article (or whatever it is). Any help would be much appreciated.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, you reveal your||
Ah, you reveal your age.
Plymouth Salem is now Salem (not Plymouth) and their mascot is a rock indeed. Canton is still Canton. There is now a third high school which is called Plymouth High school, whose mascot is a Wildcat.
Fun fact, the winner of the community vote for Plymouth's mascot was "Plymouth Predators". Due to the negative connotations of "predator" it was changed at the last minute to the ever generic wildcat.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I am not the person in my||
I am not the person in my avatar.
Internet fame and glory to the first person who successfully identifies the person in my avatar.
I shall release further hints if no one can identify him based on current information.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Someone please inform this||
Someone please inform this young man that 'round these parts he shall be know as John O'Maize.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I don't have any gifs, but||
I don't have any gifs, but I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that Clark committed to a Brady Hoke Michigan team but then didn't commit to a Jim Harbaugh Michigan team.
I wish him well, but, uh....it makes no sense. Everything I ever knew about logic is failing me right now.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I've always theorized that||
I've always theorized that Capn Crunch Peanut Butter is made with fine bits of fiberglass that slice up your gums allowing for direct injection of peanut butter into your bloodstream.
It is this fleeting but powerful high that keeps you coming back for more rather than the taste.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||If the price of Jim Harbaugh||
If the price of Jim Harbaugh is a slightly underqualified Tight Ends coach, I say we did alright.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Brian, thanks for this||
Brian, thanks for this analysis but I was actually hoping to get your opinion on the PSI of the footballs used in the Patriots-Colts game...
Just kidding of course. Interesting stuff. I know this is probably wishful thinking in the modern college game, but I really hope they try to get Peppers involved in the offense as well. Seems like even using him as a slot guy that only runs a handful of plays would be extremely dangerous. I doubt there are many college DBs that can run with him.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||That's absolutely ludicrust.||
That's absolutely ludicrust.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I wouldn't be so quick to||
I wouldn't be so quick to take the loss. Don is looking at the coaches retrospectively and not their attractiveness at the time of hire, which is unfair. I would say from that perspective this staff compares favorably with that one. It is quite possible Drevno, Durkin, Wheatley, and Harbaugh the younger go on to have glorious NC winning careers.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Their play styles aren't even||
Their play styles aren't even remotely similar. Manziel is an improviser/scrambler type while Mariota is much more of a pure runner/system passer.
Mariota won't be a successful traditional NFL QB (just like Manziel won't) but if any NFL team decides to try a college style spread Mariota would be the number one choice to run it.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I am really hoping he falls||
I am really hoping he falls to the eagles and allows chip kelly to build a true spread offense with a dual threat quarterback like he had at Oregon. I might actually watch the NFL if that happened.
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||Despite not being a prolific||
Despite not being a prolific poster, I was actually a regular lurker during the haloscan days. Took me a couple years to finally get an account, and I still don't post much.
I feel like I've pretty much seen it all, though.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||"remain calm"||
I just sold all my possessions, drank the kool aid, and ran around my street naked. Under the circumstances I think this was a fairly calm and measured reaction.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||One of the cool thing about||
One of the cool thing about coaching searches is that you learn about other people/coaches to root for. I started investigating Stitt after Brian brought him up and followed him on twitter.
He seems like a genuinely fun guy and a really smart coach. As silly as it is I will probably follow the rest of his career and cheer for his teams. Stuff like that is part of what makes college football so much fun.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||This was Dave Brandon's||
This was Dave Brandon's resignation speech to Jim Hackett.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||This is a good point. The||
This is a good point.
The biggest variable in everyone's evaluation of Mullen is how you take the quality of his competition into account versus other candidates. Even most advanced models have a difficult time taking into account how bad the teams he beat were and how good the teams he lost to were.
So to bring it back to your point, the pro Mullen crowd would disagree that he has a history of okay coaching. I'd say he pretty solidly outperformed MSU's historical average. This year put him on the map as a guy who could make it big, but I think he was already a solid candidate before this year.
Besides, look at the other plan B's that are popping up. Does anyone really want Schiano or Addazio over Mullen. Like, really? I just don't see the need for having that debate. The only real debate in plan B's is Mullen versus Les.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Here is my opinion on the||
Here is my opinion on the Harbaugh yes/no pendulum:
Harbaugh hasn't made up his mind. Friends/colleagues/acquaintances are constantly asking him about the Michigan job. He gives his thoughts without giving a definite answer. The people asking are left to read in between the lines because "He hasn't decided" isn't buzzworthly insider new. So they give their personal spin on it.
Most NFL guys read into his indecision as a "no" because they believe no one would ever leave the NFL if they didn't have to (as Brian keeps stating). Most Michigan guys read into his indecision as a "yes" because what michigan guy wouldn't want to be the new Bo? They are just defaulting to their own current bias on the situation.
So really, we just have to wait until Harbaugh makes up his mind. All this crap is just people who don't know shit giving us their opinion about Harbaugh's indecision.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Joke's on you, Jim Harbaugh||
Joke's on you, Jim Harbaugh is the evil twin.
Jim Haarbaugh is actually a wonderful person.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like this will be||
I feel like this will be Beilein's most three heavy team yet, and I don't think that is a bad thing. When you have as many shooters as we do you might as well take advantage of it.
|38 weeks 23 hours ago||He doesn't know his HP lore||
He doesn't know his HP lore very well. Hermione was born to muggles (insultingling called "mudblood" by voldermort's ilk). Harry was neither born to muggles nor was one himself.
BOOM you just got told and I'm just going to go away now let's all forget we had this conversation.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Personally one of the things||
Personally one of the things that I am enjoying the most is how juvenile DB's writing style is. Maybe I need to voice my displeasure in a way that he would understand:
Hey Dave....thanks for sharing about the "miscommunications" over the noodle, seat cushions, cokes, Shane Morris incident, etc. So much misinformation!! It is just that...your incredibly blatant disregard for the fanbase is wearing a bit thin, we can only take so much!!!!!
Thanks for the "e-mail" and I hope you have a nice life......doing something other than ruining my beloved Michigan Wolverines.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I really can't understand why||
I really can't understand why anyone would be offended or upset at the publishing of Brandon's e-mails.
Given the highly prolific nature of Brandon's actions this year, we the public are already forming opinions of who he is as a person. That isn't always fair, we don't always get the full story and don't know the full explanation for why things happen the way they do.
What better and more fair source for judgement of Brandon could we possibly have than direct communication between the man himself and concerned fans. Yes they paint him in a negative light, but there is no one to blame for that except the asshole who wrote them. There is no possible interpretation or media spin that can possibly twist this around, it is just a man and his words.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed.||
Having to wade through the constant hyperbole is like dying a thousand deaths every time I go on the internet.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||You met a sprinter and he was||
You met a sprinter and he was laid back, which to you is evidence that Myofascial Self-Release is key to athletic performance? You don't have any clue what his training regimine is. Same goes for Usain Bolt. You can't use laid back people as evidence of the efficacy of a training method that you don't even know they use.
While I don't doubt that flexibility/mobility is a big part of athletic performance, the entirely of your evidence is scientific sounding bullshit and anecdotes. Come back when you have actual science and/or statistics to share.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||He's been a solid kick||
He's been a solid kick returner and is a regular contributor on offense. Maybe not a superstar but most certainly a player who was worth offering a scholarship to.
Not that your asshat post deserved a response but just in case you were wondering.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Proof doesn't matter to most||
Proof doesn't matter to most of the Mgoblog community who already knows the type of person Brandon is. I think it does matter to outsiders who don't have the familiarity with our program, though, and the e-mail would just be more bad press for a person we want out.
Anyway, we all know this is going to be proven true and then Brandon will claim that it was an intern who checks his e-mail that sent it.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Brian confirmed in the||
Brian confirmed in the mailbag thread that he is trying to confirm the WD "find another team" e-mail from Brandon.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Incompetent <> bad person,||
Incompetent <> bad person, hence you have a poor argument.
I see my browser update was very slow and I ended up looking like a parrot who repeats what those before me have said. I do give myself credit for using <> instead of != to indicate not equal to. I feel like a hipster for the first time in my life.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Saying Hoke can save his job||
Saying Hoke can save his job if he finishes 7-5 is like saying petered0518 can be a professional athlete if he can be as fast as Denard Robinson.
Sweet hypothetical dude, while I'm here let me tell you about my top coaching candidate, Bill Belichick.
|40 weeks 2 hours ago||I know this site is known for||
I know this site is known for great analysis and reporting, but HOLY SHIT ALL I WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW IS GOSSIP MY ASS OFF. THANK YOU FOR THIS BRIAN I NEEDED TO HEAR IT.
I'm like a middle school girl talking about her favorite boy. Just saying the names Long and Harbaugh get me giggling and smiling and writing secret love notes.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Given what we know now about||
Given what we know now about Hoke and staff's ability to field an offense, I don't think Denard's struggles post RR era reflect all that poorly on him. Coaches are the ones who teach the qbs to read defenses and not a single UofM QB under Hoke has shown that ability.
|41 weeks 7 hours ago||There is a rather disturbing||
There is a rather disturbing trend of poor talent evaluation developing for this staff (in addition to many failures already outlined in other places). Any individual item from the following list could be written off as a fluke or coincidence, but taken all together I think it represents a massive failure of the Brady Hoke era:
- success of Josh Furman and Thomas Rawls after transferring.
- Constant Oline shuffling last year.
- Bellomy over Gardner (I know they moved Gardner to WR, they should have known that Bellomy wasn't ready)
- Shane Morris over Gardner for Minnesota game.
- Countess starting over Lewis to start this year.
- Jake Ryan to middle linebacker.
- Quest to replace Thomas Gordon last year despite him being one of our most reliable players.
- AJ Williams over Hill or receiver.
This is all just off the top of my head, I am sure others can think of more examples. I am starting to come to the conclusion that Hoke and staff base their personnel decisions off of quaint and intangible notions like "toughness" and "physicality" rather than actual effectiveness. Their track record of identifying the best man for the job is pretty horrifying in my opinion.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sorry, but any criteria||
I'm sorry, but any criteria that compares Schiano and Patterson and ends up prefering Schiano is screwed up.
Schiano is widely disliked, had a track record barely any better than Hoke at Ball State/SDSU, and already said no to us once. I just don't get it, why would anyone want this guy?
|41 weeks 1 day ago||On one hand, yes the Franklin||
On one hand, yes the Franklin timeout was worse on the surface. EXCEPT, if the PSU staff called a regular punt originally and the players weren't looking to the sideline since they already had the play call. In that case, the timeout is actually necessary since PSU couldn't afford to kick it off at that time.
Still terrible communication but at least there is a scenario where a timeout is needed.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||He will definitely be in the||
He will definitely be in the league that long. He just needs to find the right team, hard to judge how good any individual player on the Jags is. I check the box score every week and while his stats are usually poor, none of the running backs on that team are finding any success at all.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Bet you a dollar it was an||
Bet you a dollar it was an unverified second hand story he heard.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Norfleet Dakich dance off.||
Norfleet Dakich dance off. Someone make it happen. Call in a few favors, abuse your power, I don't care. Just MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think they have given||
I don't think they have given up on Hoke, but I also don't think that is grounds for keeping him. Winning is part of the coaches job in addition to developing his players.
Almost every functional sports team develops a family mentality, especially when a guy like Hoke intentionally fosters it in his players. That is one of the really cool things about being part of a team and I think it is great that the players defend each other and their coach. But that mentality also makes it so that their opinion on the competence of Hoke is heavily biased and shouldn't be a factor in evaluating a coach.
Anyone objectively analyzing Hoke's coaching acumen during his tenure at Michigan has to be coming to the conclusion that he is in over his head. There is no other explanation for our inexorable decline over the last three years.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Do we really need more losses||
Do we really need more losses to terrible teams in order to convince people that this staff needs to go? I mean, if the games against ND, Utah, Minnesota, and Rutgers weren't enough...I just don't know man. I don't think anything could bridge that segment of the fanbase's disconnect from reality. If you can't see what is right in front of your face you are never going to see it.
Given the inevitability of getting punched in the face by our biggest rivals and having 6 losses on the season, Hoke's fate is sealed. Let's cheer for some wins to get the player's confidence back up and salvage some dignity (however infitesimal it might be).
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I believe he was quoted in an||
I believe he was quoted in an article as saying he would be willing to be an OC. Maybe I am getting him confused with someone else.
|42 weeks 4 hours ago||Interesting thought. I agree||
Interesting thought. I agree that median may be more predictive of the outcome of a future rush, but that isn't necessarily the only insight you wish to get from a rushing statistic. The fact that a super fast running back is more likely to break an 80 yarder is better reflected in the mean, and it could be argued that mean is a better indicator of the ability of a running back based on his chances of ripping off a big one. Mike Hart probably looked fantastic based on median but only average based on mean. The ideal answer of how to measure a running back is somewhere in between the two (I don't know the actual stats for Mike Hart, I was just using him as a theoretical example).
In the end, mean is simply easier to calculate, which is the real reason it is used in online stats.
|42 weeks 5 hours ago||Only fair to note that||
Only fair to note that Gardner's YPA is 7.6, which is much more reasonable. Still hasn't been very good for what was supposed to be the strength of our offense.
|42 weeks 5 hours ago||Here here! Or is it hear||
Here here! Or is it hear hear? Always uncertain about that one.
Either way, I think our Oline has been solidly average this season, a far cry from last year. Yes App state is inflating the YPC a bit, but every team in the country has played at least a couple of cupcakes. Add in the fact that Minnesota had no respect for Shane Morris and personally I feel pleased with the progress the line has made.
In fact, the real tire fire part of our offense has been the passing game. For the season we are sitting at 6.5 yards per attempt. I am at work and don't have the time to put that number in perspective, but I am pretty sure that is a dismal, depressing number. Especially in the context of having a 5th year senior QB and a future NFL draft pick at WR.
Sigh, I always end on a depressing note even when trying to say one part of our team isn't as bad as people think. #thanksDaveBrandon
|42 weeks 8 hours ago||Call me crazy but I am firmly||
Call me crazy but I am firmly in the Tom Herman camp (assuming Harbaugh money dump truck idea doesn't work).
He has had success everywhere he has been, he has had the opportunity to observe a current top 5 coach (painful to admit but obviously true), excellent recruiter, connections to both the CA and TX areas from playing/early coaching days.
Given the current list of candidates, I really feel like he is the guy. While our current personnel doesn't fit his offense...that is true of almost all top college candidates. I'd prefer to make the right choice rather than trying to fit our current team to the coach.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||The egregious part of it was||
The egregious part of it was that Shane wasn't even properly checked for concussion symptoms. Even if it turns out he doesn't have a concussion, it is ludicrous to risk it by throwing him back in there.
So no, whether or not a concussion actually occurred is irrelevant. It was a negligent and irresponsible thing for Hoke and his staff to do.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||CONFIRMED, MORRIS BETTER AT||
CONFIRMED, MORRIS BETTER AT HANDING OFF THAN GARDNER. MICHIGAN OFFENSE IS SAVED.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I think he is hesitating from||
I think he is hesitating from a lack of confidence. Overthinking a throw can really mess with your mechanics.
Maybe he is injured, I certainly wouldn't be surprised. Based on what I have seen I think he is pressing since he started the game with a few nice throws, but who knows.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||The correct call is to start||
The correct call is to start Gardner and utilize his mobility rather than trying to force him to be a pure pocket passer (assuming he isn't injured of course, which I don't think he is).
Since that is obviously not going to happen with this staff, I say go ahead and give Morris a shot. Might as well see what he can do since Gardner has really struggled so far this season. I have no faith that it will go any better, but at least I won't have to read idiotic comments about how everything will be fixed when we put in our sophmore backup.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||While I appreciate Brian's||
While I appreciate Brian's work, I feel like he is just setting me up for disappointment. If (when) the coach profiles start coming, he'll put together an exciting list of offensive innovators that gets me dreaming. The crash back to reality will be that much worse when we hire Cam Cameron or Scot Loeffler.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||It isn't bad on weekends when||
It isn't bad on weekends when I drink it throughout the day. On weekdays I usually only drink about half to three quarters of a gallon because I only start after I get home from work. Early on when I was doing a legit gallon a day I was indeed very gassy at night when I had to chug to finish the whole gallon.
It works, though. For context I was a complete beginner, never lifted weights in my life. I started at 6 ft 140 lbs (I know, I am naturally extremely skinny without trying to be). In about a month I gained 35 lbs and it was most definitely not all fat.
In relation to this article, I think Rippetoe is the absolute gold standard for a beginner. His book is detailed and explains the lifts very well imo (though they are far longer and wordier than needed). I don't think he is a good source for elite athletes, though. All of his experience has been getting novices to lift heavy, not to fine tune the genetic elite.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I'll say off the bat that I'm||
I'll say off the bat that I'm following Rippetoe's starting strength program, so I am a fan of his.
I did a lot of research before starting a weightlifting program, and there some common standards amongst the most respected weightlifting coaches (though of course there are a lot of differences as well). Then I check out some youtube videos of D-I college weightlifting programs and they seem to have terrible form. At least, based on what the weightlifting coaches teach.
Check out this video of USC from 2012:
Starting at 1:35 they have a minute and a half of guys doing power cleans, and they are just all over the place. I can't imagine anyone actually teaches cleans like that.
Then at 3:05 they show some guys doing squats. They aren't even close to hitting proper depth, which every respectable weightlifting coach I found teaches is bad for your knees and less effective for strength building.
There are plenty examples from other schools. It just seems like there is a huge disconnect between what I read about weightlifting from actual lifters versus what I see from the college programs. I don't agree with everything Rippetoe writes in that article (dynamic work seems pretty important to me, at least for athletes), but I think he might have a point about college weightlifting coaches not necessarily being that good.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Weightlifting is one of those||
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Weightlifting is one of those||
Weightlifting is one of those areas where it is very hard to say for sure who is right or the best. The research in that field seems to be very inconclusive and hard to interpret, hence the perpetual disagreement about the ideal way to train. So it makes perfect sense that strength coaches can be making 6 figures without actually knowing what they are doing. Not saying that is for sure what is happening, but seems like a very real possibility to me.
Rippetoe is for sure abbrasive and dismissive of other methods, but to me he generally has far better logic behind his methods compared to most of the "experts" out there.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||MSU's reply, "Make fun of us||
MSU's reply, "Make fun of us all you want. Whereas we will we will be strong."
|48 weeks 4 days ago||The one word analysis is too||
The one word analysis is too good to stop at just the Big Ten. Interesting ones from the SEC:
Alabama’s Nick Saban: Untested
as in, untested for mysterious ailments that automatically qualify you for medical hardship scholarships. Tests to be completed after the season, you will be informed of your status once we know how many five stars are committed.
Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason: Audacious
Just in case everyone in the SEC didn't think they were academic snobs already, he decided to use a word that none of the other fanbases would understand.
LSU’s Les Miles: Unknown
No, for real. He really can't remember who is on the team at the moment.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Watched his video and it||
Watched his video and it looked pretty solid. But I have to admit I had trouble focusing because my mind was all like "DAT PEPPERS" in most of those highlights.
|52 weeks 8 hours ago||I won't believe Smith is||
I won't believe Smith is ahead of Green until I see his OMG shirtless thread. How else can we know how good at football he will be?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Aaaaaaand Contador is out.||
Aaaaaaand Contador is out. At this point Quintana has GOT to be kicking himself. Even if he lost some time to Nibali on the cobblestone stage (I hate cobblestone stages so much), he would have had a huge opportunity to take this tour. I have never been overly impressed with Nibali and I still have no reason to to think he is any better than Froome, Contador, or Quintana.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||While I respect his decision||
While I respect his decision as a good career move, I am sorely disappointed that Quintana rode the giro. Adding a third contender and one who can blow things up in the mountains at any time just adds so much excitement to the race. I see him like a Pantani figure going forward (minus the dope and drugs of course) leading the Columbian charge.
I had figured that this would be another race for second like last year, but Froome is showing some weakness so hopefully we have a good race. I believe that Contador is in a much better place than last year and he is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and unpredictable stage racers ever.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||What annoys me the most (side||
What annoys me the most (side note, it is dumb to get annoyed by Top X lists made a news organization) is that they peg the start of Burke's career as the point when Bielein truly found success. This completely undersells the amazing work he did to get us back into the tourney and make us respectable enough to steal the players he is finding success with now.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I would finish storm of||
I would finish storm of swords. Absolutely fantastic in my opinion. I'm not a show watcher so I can't comment on any sort of comparison between the two, but if you have read the first two I highly recommend finishing the third.
Fourth is indeed bit of a slog, fifth I thought was pretty solid, not as good as 1-3 but still worth reading. If you are looking for a book cutoff point, though, end of third is definitely it.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I apologize for making an off||
I apologize for making an off topic reply that addresses the content of your post rather than its up/downvote merits, but I think sixth man is selling him short.
I agree that he isn't a likely superstar, but I think that he a nearly guaranteed starter based on the extreme value the NBA places on shooting these days. Any team with a strong penetrator or scoring big man needs shooters to spread the floor, and there are ways to cover a mediocre to bad defender.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I am at work and can't view||
I am at work and can't view whatever image/video you posted, but I have a strong feeling that it is Trey Burke hitting the shot versus Kansas. Yes/No?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||The commentary on the sports||
The commentary on the sports world's obsession with confidence/heroball is absolutely correct. "MJ would have taken that shot," or "he doesn't have that fire," etc. Miles of bullshit that leads to hilarious end game scenarios where teams double team Kobe rather than cover open shooters because they know that Kobe cares about being the kind of guy that takes the shot more than actually getting a high percentage shot.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The success of a quarterback||
The success of a quarterback at any level is a combination of a huge number of factors. Coaching, system fit, Oline/WR talent, etc. I feel like we can't dismiss every QB who hasn't had success in the pros as necessarily a bad player.
I personally feel Henne is a below average NFL QB, but that opinion isn't based on his inability to lead the dolphins or jaguars to successful seasons. I don't know if any QB could make that happen.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I don't doubt that there are||
I don't doubt that there are racial influences on how players get described/evaluated. That being said, this tool would be far more meaningful if categorized by position.
You yourself pointed out an obvious flaw, "arm" being a white word most likely indicates that there is a greater concentration of white quarterbacks compared to other positions, not an inherent racial difference.
EDIT: also, "nasty" and "level" is used more often to describe white players. Easily predictable since there are generally more white offensive lineman compared to black.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||In the MGoBlog economy, Brian||
In the MGoBlog economy, Brian is the 1%. Gotta stick it to the man, make sure to downvote all his posts.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Easy solution to our recent||
Easy solution to our recent woes; give all our players manly Turkish names.
Devin Gardner: Unflinching Iron Ribs
Jake Ryan: Dauntless Viking
Devin Funchess: Manly Jumper Endless
|1 year 17 weeks ago||With regards to TN's KenPom ranking||
I am no expert in KenPom's rankings, but do they include any sort of performance variance variable?
Consider two teams that have very similar per possession statistics, but lets say team 1 has very high variance from game to game (can lose to anyone, can blow anyone out) while team 2 tends to play very consistently (adjusting for quality of opponent, of course). Would it be fair to say that team 2 is a better team? I'd be very interested to see if there is any predictive value for including a component like that.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||For those of you who have||
For those of you who have read Ender's game, I feel like the media is sometimes playing the role of Colonel Graff in relation to the "star" player, who is Ender in this case.
When Ender gets to battle school, Graff intentionally and excessively hypes Ender in front of all his peers. This has the calculated effect of making his peers hate him and causes additional adversity that Ender has to overcome at Battle School.
The media tends to latch on to certain players and hype them far beyond thier actual talent level (departure from the analogy since Ender actually deserved the hype). Every time they seem shocked at the inevitable backlash towards the player that has been so forcefully shoved down our throats. Do they not realize (as Brian points out) that they are the very engine of our hate towards said player?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||That article totally ignored||
That article totally ignored how tiring it is to move around with all those crutches and casts. Not to mention how missing a few games in the middle of the season completely devastates a 20-year old athlete's conditioning, making him more tired when he comes back. Typical scUM bias.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Personally I think Stauskas||
Personally I think Stauskas was just tired and was checked out a bit. It happens. I have to imagine that it is super difficult for a college student to stay focused and pumped for every game in a season. Sometimes you just have an off day and that is that. As much as I was in the same boat of "GIVE THE DAMN BALL TO STAUSKAS," he wasn't hitting his open looks and on the relatively difficult shots he was missing badly.
I am not overly concerned. Maybe it will be a thing, but for now the most likely explanation is that Stauskas had a couple bad games.
On the other hand, I fully agree about GRIII. I feel bad for him mostly, but it is quite apparent that he isn't the player we all thought he would be going into the year.
A question for those who know more about basketball than me (most of you): How much is a player's ball handling/driving ability an inherent skill versus something you can practice and get better at? I mean, GRIII looks like he should have the athletic ability to be a great penetrator, but his handle is quite bad and he often simply loses the ball. Is this due to not enough practice or is it mostly likely just a fact of his game at this point? If it is mostly a practice issue then I still have hopes of GRIII being a star. If not I think he will peak as an athletic role player.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I find the premise of||
I find the premise of "unacceptable" somewhat silly, but there is no question in my mind that next year is decisive year for the future of the current staff.
If we can't put together a 9-3 team in this conference with next year's team, I strongly suspect big changes will be made. Either Hoke (unlikely) or Borges and most of the offensive staff (very likely) would get canned in that situation. Just my take on the situation.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The play in the highlights||
The play in the highlights where he shoves the D-lineman 10 yards down the field straight into the referee is gold. Both for the dominance and comedic value.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Les Miles strongest points as||
Les Miles strongest points as a coach are recruiting and a willingness to go out and get the best coordinators out there.
Hoke is also already a fantastic recruiter and has half of the "go out and get the best coordinators available" going for him already. Fire Borges, hire a well established, experienced OC and I am excited for the future. I foresee Hoke essentially being a Miles style coach but not as shady in the oversigning department (and less crazy).
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Bleh, feel so bad for the||
Bleh, feel so bad for the guy. I just tweeted an encouraging message to him, then felt dumb because it is probably meaningless coming from a random fan.
Either way, just hope that he keeps plugging away. He had a rough game, but without him I truly believe this is a 5-7 season at best.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Gerg's units were||
Gerg's units were statistically worse for sure. In my opinion, though, Gerg was working with less talent, didn't get his own offensive staff, and probably had more meddling from the Head Coach than Borges does. Taken in context, I think Borges' management of the offense this year to be on par with anything Gerg threw out there.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||This is the classic||
This is the classic disconnect between potential and on-court production. Not that Stauskas is not athletic enough for the NBA, but the draft will see GRIII's measurables and draft him higher anyway. I too think Stauskas is a much better player, not just now but in the NBA as well.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Yes, and it tests their||
Yes, it tests their discipline when they have the slightest worry of actually needing to defend the run. I don't complain about PA on 1st down ever, and even second and long is fine by me. 3rd and long, really? It doesn't test DBs discipline because they have absolutely no concern for a run.
Watch the safeties on any given third and long play action against us. Do they show even the slightest hint of biting? Why would you ever have a QB who is struggling making the right reads take his eyes off of the downfield coverage to waste time faking something that no one is ever biting on? It is nonsensical.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I understand that audio||
I understand that audio transcripts don't always make the most sense when written down, but Hoke's answer to the play action question definitely sounds like he is squirming a bit. Test the DBs discipline, really?
And please tell me you asked a similar question of Borges. I am dying to hear the justification for play action on long third downs just so I can laugh at it.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||1. No need to be a dick. 2.||
1. No need to be a dick.
2. Given the inexactness of subjectively assigning percentages to unquantifiable metrics, it looks like space coyote just rounded everything that was small into a 5, and he has defended his Borges opinion exhaustively in other locations.
3. seriously we all know this season has sucked let's not be dicks.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Pie charts||
My work browser is ancient and doesn't work well with MGoBlog comment thing. Hopefully this edit works:
The main issue with Pie charts is the difficulty in comparing two charts with different info because the location of the slices changes. Look at Mathlete's massive Rodriguez hate. If I want to compare his Denard hate with Seth's, the slices are now in different locations. Yes the color is the same, but sameness of location is far more important for easy comparison than color.
Also there is greater error in estimating the exact value. Quick, what is Brian's value for Funk? I'd guess the average error making that estimate is +/-3%, which is too high imo.
Finally, labelling is a major issue. You can either put the label in the slice and have awkward, sideways labels or put them outside with arrows, which is messy and hard to track.
In conclusion, pies are for eating not for displaying information.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Great content, but pie charts||
Great content, but pie charts are the worst. If you truly care about people making meaningful conclusions/comparisons using your data, don't use pie charts.
Looks like the consensus (outside of Space Coyote) for Borges is around 25%, and I think that is about right, maybe a bit too much in my mind but it works.
However, if we were to take a more forward looking perspective, that one skies above all else as the major program concern and why I spend the most time fretting about it. Given the way Hoke is recruiting and (barring epic meltdown) the stability he should bring over the next few years, pretty much all those problems go away. Maybe not the universe but we are in the Big Ten, after all.
I'm still not convinced that Borges is the right answer going forward. He does a lot of stuff that just seems like nonsense to my untrained eye, and his disdain for understanding and learning from popular college football trends just seem worrisome to me. I'm willing to give it another year, but if we don't show significant progress in the cohesion of our offense next year, Borges is dead to me (dead!).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I was becoming progressively||
I was becoming progressively more horrified about these possibilities until you got to Denard stops smiling, at which point I knew it was all an impossible nightmare and all is going to be ok.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Mgoblog is the Saban of the||
Mgoblog is the Saban of the Blogosphere....so we are going to be talking about Texas soon?
Hook 'em horns I guess, I go where the money goes.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Thought exercise to make you||
Thought exercise to make you feel better.
Let's say that Hand commitment happened earlier in the year and instead it was Jabrill committing today. We are all happy about getting a top 5 player and are positive despite the team seemingly going backwards.
Personally, I think Peppers is a much better player than Hand anyway. Obviously I can't prove that I felt this way before Hand announced he is going to Bama, but I did.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||In fairness to Brian, Space||
In fairness to Brian, Space Coyote jumps into every single analysis thread Brian puts together and then refutes the main conclusions of said analysis. While he is very polite in what he says and I do believe he is a nice guy, it can come across like he is determinely trying to refute Brian at every opportunity. If you read SC's blog there is a strong sentiment of "Brian did some elementary work to get us started, but here is a more complete analysis...".
Still, the direct call outs probably weren't warranted. If it makes you feel better Brian I completely agree with your conclusions, but my opinion means less than both yours and SC's because I only watch the game once and then bitch about it afterwards.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I really enjoy and respect||
I really enjoy and respect your posting SC, but I feel like you are not addressing the bigger issue many of us have with Al Borges.
We all agree there is an execution issue with the above play, no disagreement here certainly. The question is, why can't Michigan execute a fairly straight forward inverted veer? Something they should have mastered long ago if it really is one of their "base plays."
To me, there are two options, 1. Michigan's players collectively are one of the least coachable group of players in D-1 football or 2. Michigan's coaches aren't coaching these simple concepts very well.
Now, obviously that question is harder to answer, but the staggering consistency with which Michigan has failed to execute coupled with the seeming regression over the course of the season suggests to me that it is a coaching issue rather than a player issue.
I just don't see how constant failure to execute is not the coaches fault? Obviously a young team will make a lot of mistakes, but I think it is pretty obvious at this point that the issue goes beyond the players.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Recruiting/stability is the||
Recruiting/stability is the big difference. On field performance is very hard to judge for 1,2, and even 3 year coaches sometimes, depending on personell issues from the previous regime.
Recruiting, however, is not as hard to judge. If you can't bring them in by year 2/3, odds are you are never going to make huge strides in that area (or at least it will take quite a bit longer to establish that trust with recruits). Rodriguez's 2nd year class was quite mediocre and his 3rd year class wasn't shaping up to be any better. Closely tied to that was the fact that large portions of the old school michigan fan base hated him and that scared away recruits even more.
As long as Hoke continues to recruit the way he currently does, he gets a much longer leash than RR.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I am glad that this piece||
I am glad that this piece brought up Lewan's antics, because they were embarrassing to any true UofM fan. It was low class and reeked of childish anger in the face of a superior opponent. I hope they suspend him for at least a half of next week's game, maybe the whole thing.
Personally, I felt the offensive gameplan for MSU wasn't too bad in of itself. The true failing of this offense is the fact that there seems to be no overall vision or coherence to how the offense works. I fully agree with the coaches when they say that "execution was poor." I mean, what else would you expect when our offense has a new identity and bag full of gimmicks to run every week? I don't know, I am no football expert, but it looks like the Oline and Gardner look very hesitant and confused much of the time, and I put that on the coaches.
I really enjoy Space Coyote's breakdown of the game and his analysis of Borges' play calling. However, his logic usually runs along the line of, "Well this playcall should have worked, but the players didn't execute it." I agree college players are going to blow it with some regularity. If you are constantly failing to execute, though, that suggests that there is a bigger issue with the way you are practicing/teaching the players.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||My wife is 8 months pregnant||
My wife is 8 months pregnant for halloween this year, so we are thinking up some creative costumes for the bump. Best I have heard so far is globe and magic 8-ball.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I am no expert in body types,||
I am no expert in body types, but Funchess looks to have a fairly slender frame. Not saying he can't be a tight end, but some guys just don't carry the extra mass particularly well. I am starting to suspect that Funchess doesn't have the body type to carry the extra weight he needs for TE. If you look at Butt, he looks thicker through the trunk and shoulders. Am I just imagining that or does anyone agree?
Besides, he has everything you could want in a dominant WR outside of blazing speed which, like, okay? I'll take that.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||FYI||
Actually, Mgoblog has a system where you lose points if you don't post for quite some time. I was well into the hundreds in the few months after signing up, then stopped posting for quite some time. My points dropped all the way back to zero, so when I started posting again it looked like I had been signed up for years and was just posting for the first time.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||What about that play against||
What about that play against FL in the capital bowl (I think? someone correct me if I am wrong) where they lined up Jake Long in the TE spot and threw it to him? Was the rule not in effect then or would it have been a penalty when if he had caught it?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Look at the way lewan and||
Look at the way lewan and glasgow are blocking the dlineman and the linebacker funchess is going after. Touissant is following the direction the play is supposed to go I think.
yes, maybe he could have gotten better yardage by improvising, but then on other plays he kills it by not following his blocking. I personally prefer for him to follow his blocking and get that sorted out rather than have fitz looking to bounce every single carry.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Ok, uneccesarily angry guy, I||
Ok, uneccesarily angry guy, I was referring to the missed TD catch not the int, though I thought he had a play on the int as well. It was a bad throw but that doesn't mean he couldn't have played the ball better.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I agree Chesson showed why he||
I agree Chesson showed why he isn't quite ready. Looks like a good athlete, but he seems to have the Breaston syndrome of not being good at playing the ball in the air. Hope I am wrong about that one.
I don't get the lack of Tight end targets, though. I feel we need to develop more plays with tight ends as the #1 read because Butt and Funchess can physically outmatch a lot more guys than our receivers can.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I'm all aboard the panic||
I'm all aboard the panic train, but I don't think Touissant deserves blame. He was very good today and by far our best offensive player.
the rest is pretty much what I am feeling though.
EDIT: You know you are slow when you get double ninja'ed
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I specifically remember it as||
I specifically remember it as Kicking Competency as well. So much so that I read over the "Consistency" as "Competency" until I saw your comment.
Who knows, man. Either way it is all about brunettes these days.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Personally, I don't think it||
Personally, I don't think it is much of a limb. Jackson, from what I hear, is the superior blocker and will get plenty of snaps for that very reason. He probably won't be targeted very often on the deep ball, but depth chart mostly indicates snaps not usage.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I don't have insider but I||
I don't have insider but I see Derrick Green's description at the top. "Like Ron Dayne but more explosive." I wonder who they went to for help when doing these player write-ups.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Really? Smith looks pretty||
Really? Smith looks pretty juky to me. what reminds me so strongly of Hart is the way he rarely seems to take a "big" hit. He positions and angles his body so he always has leverage downfield.
Looking back at that last sentence it doesn't really make much sense, but his running style just screams Mike Hart to me. Minor's style produced big powerful hits (him hitting defender and vice versa). Smith slides off tackles rather than driving into them.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||My opinion means absolutely||
My opinion means absolutely nothing, but why follow recruiting if I can't make useless predictions?
I think De'veon is going to have the better career at Michigan than Derrick Green. I know Green has elite speed, size, and strength, but I personally think the camp circuit way undervalues balance. They usually don't allow hits, and how else can you get a sense of a player's balance unless you are really hitting him?
Maybe I am disillusioned by the train of strong fast guys with poor balance (Rawls, Underwood, Grady, Brown), but I just have this feeling that Smith will be the guy next year.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||At least cycling is serious||
At least cycling is serious about finding and punishing dopers. The testing in the NBA, NFL, and MLB is a complete joke. How can you criticize so strongly when the sport you cheer for doesn't even have the balls to find out whether or not its members dope for fear of what it might find? (making the assumption you are at least a football fan given you are a member on the site)
Every sport has it's flaws and yet we keep coming back because we enjoy the drama, storylines, etc.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Best young rider is under 25,||
Best young rider is under 25, fyi. Definitely a big deal. His 5th place finish was with him supporting cadel for the first half of the race. Definitely could have creeped up to 4th with a longshot at third if he hadn't been waiting up for cadel.
I don't expect him to get 5th this year just because the field is quite a bit stronger, but he is definitely the best American hope at a big time stage racer.
Another name to keep an eye out for is Talansky, who has been performing solidly as of late.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||While I am sure the coaches||
While I am sure the coaches would never turn down the talents of a guy like Fournette, I doubt they are going to devote a lot of time and energy trying to get someone who is such a longshot. Mostly because we have the top running back from the previous class and seem to be a lock for one of the top rbs in the next.
Still, why follow recruiting if you don't dream about getting all da 5 starz. To my untrained eye, Fournette looks quite a bit better than any high school running back since I started following recruiting (about 5 years ago probably).
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Please please please tell me||
Please please please tell me that was a short circuit reference. I am just going to pretend it is even if you didn't intend it that way.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I remember in high school a||
I remember in high school a lot of scouts were saying he had much more potential at OLine rather than DLine. Really hope it works out for him.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||better team won didn't change||
better team won didn't change outcome of game yadda yadda bullshit I know it all and I accept it.
But watch this gif over and over if you need any evidence the refs were hilariously terrible tonight:
|2 years 16 weeks ago||The dumbest thing about the||
The dumbest thing about the whole situation is that the guy was out of control, was no where close to making a basket, and we got the rebound.
Do I think it was a charge? No. Would it have been a hilarious injustice to bail out a terrible offensive play based on an extremely subjective call? Most definitely.
I really wish the refs just didn't call anything because then there would be no controversy and the outcome would be the same. I don't see why they feel the need to call a foul one way or the other every time a guy drives to the basket.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||It means both "don't touch"||
It means both "don't touch" and "check out these sexy abs." I like it for both reasons.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Labeling him a "system coach"||
Labeling him a "system coach" is short sighted and poor analysis. He has effectively maximized the talent available to him and greatly improved the performance of the program since he has been there.
I remember people saying exactly the same thing about Belien and they were obviously wrong. Good coaches use what they have and that is what Smart. He would do well in the Big Ten and any conference in my opinion.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I'll admit, I've made a few||
I'll admit, I've made a few other accounts. 0517 of them actually. You'll never guess what they were named, though.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Things are pointless and||
Things are pointless and stuff and I don't know I'll just shrug it of but why am I oh so sad just kill me now but I like pad thai and everything is pointless so i'll probably just eat cake.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Not that this needs anymore||
Not that this needs any more confirmation, but I also live in Lansing and can confirm that the Spartan's are the most insecure fanbase I have ever seen when it comes to athletic success.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I agree that Lemond was most||
I agree that Lemond was most likely clean (guy had an obscene VO2 max and other distance athlete measurables). However, I believe that health issues relating to the hunting accident also accelerated his decline. I know he had success after that happened, but I still think it was a major contributor.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||You should mention that those||
You should mention that those are Deveon Smith's junior highlights. A player can get a lot better from junior to senior season (as shown by one Derrick Green imo). Not saying he has, just that it should be noted.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Trent Richardson's high||
Trent Richardson's high school tape is much more impressive in my opinion.
In fairness, though, I also remember thinking Marcus Lattimore's high school tape didn't look all that great and he was definitely a great back (too soon to start talking about him as a football player in the past tense?).
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I hate to be the guy to talk||
I hate to be the guy to talk bad about a recruit, but does Derrick Green remind anyone else of Kevin Grady?
He is strong and fast, but he doesn't seem to have great balance, which I think is essential for a great back. I personally think Deveon Smith will be the better back. He doesn't have elite speed and probably won't be an NFL running back, but I thought he had the better tape.
I haven't seen them play in person, though, and I have exactly 0 credentials for evaluation football players. Just my thoughts. I of course would be ecstatic if he comes to Michigan.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||That is a very sparty thing||
That is a very sparty thing to say. While I believe there is heavy steroid use in CFB, I don't see any indication that MSU is more likely to be abusing than most other programs. They perform at a pretty regular level given their recruiting, outside of a couple years where they got a bunch of players that probably would have been at michigan if it weren't for RR's poor in state reputation.
I personally think the SEC has the heaviest steroid use because that conference seems to have the biggest "win at all costs" mentality. That is pure conjecture though, I really have no idea.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||They are taking bad shots and||
They are taking bad shots and hitting them so far. We are looking pretty good still, even though it is tied.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||My theory is that, in||
My theory is that, in general, the low rated recruits(low three star/two star) for major programs tend to be better on average than the entire pool of low rated recruits.
Not to say that every two/three star guy we take is necessarily better than their ranking, but major programs are able to scout more thoroughly than other programs, and usually have their own camps. This gives them better opportunity to find those players who didn't ever get heavily scouted by one of the independent sites and may have ability above their rankings.
That is why a lower rated guy taken early in the process doesn't worry me much. Yes, I realize rankings matter on the whole. The coaches are in a good position to find the exceptions, though. If they are offering at a time when they don't know for sure how the class will end up, it means they really want the kid. You can have your pick of two stars come signing day if you just need to fill up the class anyway.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I very rarely post here, but||
I very rarely post here, but just wanted to say thanks for the effort and time. I'm not really involved in the community but I quite enjoy the game day events, which can only happen because of vigilant mods.
GL with the kid.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I second this guess.||
I second this guess.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I expected this thread to be||
I expected this thread to be like the last day of a nice vacation where you don't schedule anything, go for long walks, and relax. Every talks nicely about their favorite parts of the vacation and rest up before going back to real life.
Instead this thread is like the last day of vacation where the kids whine about their sunburn, the adults talk about how much going back to work will suck, and everyone is generally bitchy.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Absolutely love that this is||
Absolutely love that this is a regular feature now. Thanks for keeping it up guys!
|2 years 46 weeks ago||My own personal thoughts. I||
My own personal thoughts. I am not a footbal expert but I enjoy trying to analyze the game.
Anyway, just my thoughts after watching the video a few times. Feel free to critcize since I obviously don't have a strong football background.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Two things. First, when I||
Two things. First, when I was watching it live it looked to me like they were pulling a guard and blocking the DE, meaning Denard doesn't read the DE and it is a straight handoff with no read. Hence it isn't even the play you are describing, it is a traditional run from the shotgun, as far as I can tell.
Not to say every Smith carry was not a read, but it looked to me like most of them were.
Second, Denard has a history of tending to keep on the read option far more than handing it off. In every game I have ever watched him, he has never handed off more than half of them, especially in tight games.
Not to say that is airtight proof. When Brian analyzes the replay maybe I will be wrong. Still, it did not look like a read option to me when I saw it live.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I know the play he is||
I know the play he is referring to in note 1 and I am pretty sure that most of the handoffs to Vincent Smith were NOT reads, they were called handoffs. For most of them Denard wasn't reading anything it was a called play.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I understand that there was||
I understand that there was probably no way to win the game. However, isn't it the job of the coaches to take their best possible shot at winning every game? Should we have just quit after the first quarter when it became apparent that Alabama had better players?
So, assuming the coaches are trying to take their best shot at winning, do you really think running Vincent Smith as many times as they did (yes those were runs, not read options) gives us the best chance at winning? I mean, historically Denard has had far more success running the ball than smith. Additionally, after about 5 runs we had sufficient evidence that simply handing it to Smith wasn't really an effective play. I trust the coaches to an extent, but carries 6 to however many he had were simply asinine. I mean, maybe they did just pack it in and hope no one else got hurt, but I certainly don't want a coach to quit once he realizes the other team has better players.
So I think Brian and others, who may not be football coaches, are justified in being frustrated with the coaches.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I am no football expert, but||
I am no football expert, but I just flipped back and forth between Strobel's and Wormley's mgovan scout games, and I think Tom is the better player.
He seems to be much quicker and more fluid, which I think you can't really improve on much, as opposed to strength. Just my take, I think they both have a ton of potential.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I am jaded enough to never||
I am jaded enough to never dismiss doping accusations, but this performance isn't unbelievable in my opinion. Wiggins has been on of the better time trialers for a while and this was a long one.
Last year on stage 20 Tony Martin and Cadel Evans had similar gaps from everyone else in the world (including Cancellara) as Wiggins and Froome did today.
As for Miguel Indurain, that is one guy who I think could have easily not been doping and still dominated the way he did. Just read up on the typical tests for great endurance athletes (VO2 max, resting heart rate, lung capacity, etc.) he tested off the charts in every category.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I am starting to wonder why||
I am starting to wonder why Froome isn't on another team as a serious GC contender. If it weren't for the flat on stage 2 (I think) he would be right there with Wiggins/Evans.
I'm guessing he'll have his own team next year.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Great race today. Pretty||
Great race today. Pretty surprised none of the true climbers were able to dump Wiggins and Evans. Further confirms that this is pretty much a 2 man race imo (possibly 3 with Nibali).
Never heard of Froome before but that was an impressive kick to take the win.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Good speed, hips on a swivel,||
Good speed, hips on a swivel, and strong in run support. Magnus disapproves of his showboating, though.
TTB rating: 84
Wait, what are we talking about again?
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I have now seen this||
I have now seen this sentiment in a few places (Denard getting slower) and I can't think of a single play where he has looked slower than last year. If someone can get a clip of him this year where he looked slower then you might have something, but I don't see it.
There was a play against SDSU where Denard ran up the middle, and then cut sharply to the right. A linebacker/safety type who was chasing the play was already moving in the direction that Denard was cutting, and Denard still pulled away from him. I thought it was a pretty fantastic show of speed.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||I think the refs were fair,||
I think the refs were fair, just that they called a tighter game than most Big Ten refs do. That in itself is advantage Duke since they are more aggressive off the dribble and got a lot of free points off of it. Outside of Darius Morris we don't have anyone who can take advantage of the way the refs were calling the game.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||The amount of stars doesn't||
The amount of stars doesn't matter, but how good the player is does matter. Stars are merely a predictive measure that are actually surprisingly accurate.
I think the earlier poster was just expressing his confidence that Rock's true predictive rating for football ability is better represented by 4 stars rather than 3.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||No joke. 50% of my GPA this||
No joke. 50% of my GPA this semester is determined in the next week. I have a feeling SC 2 beta isn't going to help much.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Just preordered. I'll let||
Just preordered. I'll let you know my game tag once I get the beta key.
Do you know if I need to set up an account on Battlenet before I get the key or after?
Also, did you play much of SC1? I haven't been playing for very long, but it is a lot of fun if you have a few friends to play with.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Holy crap, a michigan blog is||
Holy crap, a michigan blog is talking about starcraft.
For me this is like turning on the movie braveheart only to find clips of gladiator taped over the slow parts. Awesome piled on top of awesome.
I was actually just on Teamliquid before coming over here to check brian's latest post. I am revealing how truly nerdy I am, but I have a feeling there are enough engineers here that I won't be left out (amirite?)
What's next, Brian writing a hype post about A Dance with Dragons? Forming a U of M Settlers of Catan team? The possibilities are endless.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||57-43. Somewhere deep in my||
Somewhere deep in my heart I almost felt a twinge of guilt for the hopelessness of Ana Maria's situation.
Then I was like, "FUCK YEAH MGOBLOG" and I did a huge fistpump.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I swear that I am not stupid.||
I swear that I am not stupid. I just always end up sounding so on the internetz.
Yes, I meant that he is short, but very thick (I welcome any and all homoerotic jokes, thank you. I am a very accepting person)
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Yeah, I hadn't looked up his||
Yeah, I hadn't looked up his listed weight and I had assumed that it was going to be a lot more than what he looks.
Also, I think he could be good. The only concern I was trying to voice is that the best part of his game, his quickness/athleticism, might not be the same if he adds the kind of weight I think he needs. I am not saying it will for sure, just a concern.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I have seen Christian Pace||
I have seen Christian Pace around campus quite a few times and let me say, he needs at least two years to get big enough to play.
Side by side with Stephen Hopkins: they are about the same size. Pace has maybe a half inch in height but I highly doubt he weighs much more than Hopkins.
Also, comparisons to Molk cannot start for a while. I also saw Molk when he was a redshirt freshman. Kinda small but still huge. Pace looks small for a linebacker at the moment.
Not saying he can't be good, but a lot of that athleticism might be lost when he adds the 50 pounds he needs.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||He's a 5'7"(approx.) high||
He's a 5'7"(approx.) high school player. I highly doubt he is actually 190 pounds, so I am leaning more towards 165.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||I didn't mind Malley that||
I didn't mind Malley that much, except that I did do rather poorly in that class.
Yeah, I take that back. Malley sucks and he is to blame for my failures in the easiest class at U of M.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||While the material isn't||
While the material isn't nearly as challenging in Calc 2 as other math courses, the reason it is reportedly the toughest class at U of M is because they specifically design the exams to be over the top hard and then adjust the grades accordingly.
So if you are talking simply from a comprehension point of view, no, Calc 2 is not the hardest. If you are talking about getting a good grade or doing well on the exams...I think Calc 2 can make a case for that.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Are you refering to Math 423?||
Are you refering to Math 423? If so I agree. In fact pretty much all financial math classes are that way. Not as conceptually challenging as theoretical math but mind numbingly dull and nuanced(at least in my opinion)
|5 years 26 weeks ago||To distinguish myself from||
To distinguish myself from the 0517 petereds before me
|5 years 26 weeks ago||When did you go to Salem? I||
When did you go to Salem? I graduated from there in 2006.
Do you remember when Canton's all-everything player was a 5'6" guy who weighed 140 pounds? forget his name but no one in the division could stop him, and even he didn't go to a D-1 school.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Hey, he is from my hometown.||
Hey, he is from my hometown. Plymouth is part of the three high schools on one campus mega complex called PCEP(the park). There is also Salem and Canton on the same campus. They have one band for all three schools (that is obnoxiously good) but separate sports teams.
To be honest, the D-1 football in Michigan is not very competitive at all in relation to other football states, as someone pointed out earlier (sorry if anyone is offended). Canton regularly dominates their division and in all my time since going there they have had only 1 FBS level player (Devin Thomas I think his name was, went to JUCO and then MSU)
Still, the guy looked quite good on tape.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||haha, I awkwardly misspelled||
haha, I awkwardly misspelled unawkward which would have been awkward because unawkward isn't a word.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Honestly, it isn't hard to||
Honestly, it isn't hard to predict a resurgence from Michigan. We have been down for only two years, and history suggests that big name colleges rarely stay down for too long.
As long as our recruiting doesn't collapse, we will return to promincence. I believe it will be with Rodriguez, but if not, so what? If we are still down in a couple years we'll get a new coach and things will be alright.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||I too was at Lloyd Carr's||
I too was at Lloyd Carr's first game. My family had gotten tickets but we could only make it to the fourth quarter. Been a fanatical Michigan fan ever since.
I also went to Braylonfest(student section even though I wasn't a student yet). My brother and sister who both attended MSU were also in attendance at that game. No sweeter thing than Braylon soaring over helpless MSU D-backs and knowing that your brother is trashing all of his post games taunts.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||He sat next to me in the||
He sat next to me in the cafeteria and I attempted to engage him (and other early enrollees) in casual conversation without looking like a brainless fanboy.
I was actually struck by how young they all seem. I mean, I know in theory that they are all high school kids, but they look so much older and are, in a sense, famous. I asked Devin something and he seemed almost nervous. It was rather awkward.
Ricardo Miller, Jeremy Jackson, Stephen Hopkins, and Austin White are in my hall, with Christian Pace(I think) and Devin Garnder elsewhere in the same building.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||He may be undersized in terms||
He may be undersized in terms of weight, but his height(6'5" I believe) is pretty good for an NBA shooting guard.
It is true that he isn't a surefire NBA star, but they usually draft on potential rather than on things that can be fixed (like defense and decision making)
I am confident Manny would get drafted if he decides to jump, probably not first round, but definitely drafted.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||And yet I give out Mgopoints||
And yet I give out Mgopoints like candy every time I see them.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||wow, I don't know why||
wow, I don't know why everyone is so quick to bill him as a DE. He certainly looked like he had adequate quickness for MIKE in the highlight video, and if we can keep him there why wouldn't we? When our linebackers have been performing so poorly.
While there weren't a whole lot of them, he still made a few nice open field tackles in the video.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||That list looks about right....||
Except for Joe Boisture. I don't claim to be an expert, but look at those stats. Even if he turns out to be very good, how can he be ranked as a top ten Michigan prospect after throwing four touchdowns in an entire season.
I really don't see this article as being unfair to Michigan, except that I find his write-up to be humorously apologetic. Notice that Devin Gardner's section explicitly states his interception total, 9. Boisture's is not listed, even though most of us know by now, 8.
Since this doesn't deserve its own thread, I will post it here. Ricardo Miller and Jeremy Jackson are living in my hall here at U of M. Austin White has also moved in, and his roommate's name is Stephen, but I didn't recognize him. Is this Stephen Hopkins? I can't remember if he was enrolling early or not.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Why do I always end up||
Why do I always end up reading these threads? I start off and hope the discussion goes somewhere but it doesn't.
Truly, if you (Simi) wanted to make a compelling case that Rodriguez is a bad coach, you would have laid out an argument and given good examples.
If you have a different analysis, great, lets hear it. If you are just going to keep saying that RR is a failure because the team is losing and then misspell "his players" over and over like you are cool/funny, please leave.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Ok, I'll admit it. I have||
Ok, I'll admit it. I have poster envy! Have you ever seen ChitownBlue's posts?!?! I would really like to have Chitown be my poster.
1) He is insightful and witty
|5 years 29 weeks ago||As happens so often on this||
As happens so often on this blog, I go into a post with a thought to write down and someone has already covered it.
There was a time when Buckeye fans wondered when they would ever get back to competing with Michigan on a regular basis, just as we do now.
Take heart in this thought; Michigan is following the current national trend: speed and spread. OSU is content to dominate a currently bad Big Ten conference without adapting enough to compete with the true national powers.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Yeah, Blue Voix already||
Yeah, Blue Voix already covered this but I am comparing Universities and their fans but not states.
And yes, I would mock a Michigan fan if they did the same. But seriously, how many Michigan fans do you know that would do that?
Also, if you want a fun fact. There is a stong correlation between weight and education level in the United States. More educated populations tend to have healthier weights than lower educated populations.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||He wasn't standing up.||
He wasn't standing up. However, the ceremony was open and the reception was invitation only, and he was invited to the ceremony. I am fairly certain that he was in fact related to the groom in some way. So yes, I agree with your analysis.
I didn't even mention that there was another guy who was there that I didn't see until the end that actually had a buckeye jersey on. I don't care what their motives are, I am at the same time angry that they didn't have the respect to dress up for their friend/family member's wedding and amused that they somehow deemed it appropriate in their heads to wear sports paraphenalia to a wedding.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||You are right, we are a||
You are right, we are a wholesome community of Michigan fans. A real Michigan Man wouldn't endorse this kind of.....no, no, NOOOOOOOOO.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||I'm a 4 year dormer myself.||
I'm a 4 year dormer myself.
Oddly enough my decision had less to do with pussy and more to do with cooking, cleaning, and location.
But you must have been an honor student to have been in SQuad as a freshman, so I probably don't like you(totally jk, I swear)
I am actually in my third year of SQuad. My freshman year was Markley, which is why I now think SQuad is so great...
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Tom, do you happen to have||
Tom, do you happen to have the equivalent of a "gut feeling?"
Just wondering. It could be good career advice. I mean, Sam Webb is quite popular for saying things in code that he is not actually allowed to say.
Maybe you could be like, "I might just be pulling this out of my ass (wink wink nod nod everyone knows my ass is very smart)..."
|5 years 34 weeks ago||AHHH DICK ROD IS DRIVING ALL||
AHHH DICK ROD IS DRIVING ALL UR PLAYERS AWAY FIRE HIM!!!!
Amazing the way similar situations are treated differently based on a coach's reputation (mallet and udoh w.r.t rodriguez and belien in this case)
|5 years 34 weeks ago||You are no doubt making a||
You are no doubt making a hilarious joke that I just too tightly wound to appreciate, but I will neg you all the same.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Negged on principle, nothing||
Negged on principle, nothing personal. I am honor bound as a math major to neg math bashing.
Actually, I don't feel bad. You are probably one of those cool kids. Well guess what, nerds can fight back too with some negbangin.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||You know that it is common||
You know that it is common practice on MgoBlog to neg people who make repeat posts.
This is why I will neg every post you make about Rich Rod being a bad coach. You have posted about nothing else for the last month or so. We have heard your opinion. Some agree with you. Most think you are being stupid(or are stupid). Either way, we get your opinion, and you don't need to post it in every thread.
So please, shut up unless you have something new to add.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I don't detect any sarcasm in||
I don't detect any sarcasm in your post, but I still have to ask.
I am usually try not to be mean, but this is one of the stupidest things I have read on this blog. I don't care if I get negged for being an asshole, but you seriously have must have no ability to analyze a game if that is your conclusion.
Pryor is an all world athlete with all the tools to be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and yet in his second season as the quarterback of a more experienced team he has less passing yards, a lower completion percentage, more interceptions, less yards per attempt, and a lower rating than Tate Forcier.
You honestly read Brandon Graham's comments and say that he "went rogue." Are you implying that Boren is a good guy for "saying nothing" when he attacked the program that had given him a scholarship and a playing spot. You honestly think that Tate Forcier is good because of his athleticism. You honetly think that smaller faster players can't excel in the Big Ten when they excel in every single conference besides ours(the ones that keep winning national titles).
I am just rambling now but I can't get over the stupidity of the thoughts you just posted. I am sorry someone threw a bottle at you, because that should never be done. But still, please don't post if this is the best you have to offer.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||wow, you are a young||
wow, you are a young senior....
Still, I kept my promise and I enjoyed myself. I am admittedly not the loudest fan most of the time, but today I made sure to yell until my voice hurt.
We sure haven't seen the success that other graduating classes have, but we sure as hell had a lot to cheer for.
OSU is going with what has worked for years. Big fucking deal, they are happy with winning the Big Ten and nothing else. We are attempting to modernize, to emulate the teams that have been winning national titles rather than Big Ten ones.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Tate, even though he came in||
Tate, even though he came in very prepared, is poised for vast improvement if he hits the weights. I really believe that a lot of the throws he misses are largely because he doesn't have a college ready body right now. For example, the trick pass play to Denard(not really that tricky) was a throw that I think Tate puts on the money once he gets stronger. That right there was about as far as he can throw I think.
The O line should be at least as good as they are now. Moosman at center will be replaced by a healthy Molk(please stay healthy) which will be an improvement, and whoever Ortmann's replacement is will probably not be much worse. There is, however, a lot of room for big improvement if one of the redshirt freshman stands out. I would expect that one of Taylor Lewan, Micheal Schofield, Quinton Washington, or Ricky Barnum makes a push to replace one of the current starters.
On defense, I think the overall talent level will go down, but having a DC for two years in a row should help.
My very early prediction for next year is that we improve slightly, to around 7-5, and go to a bowl game. The year we start seeing a dominant Michgan team, though, is two years from now.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||best play of the game today:||
best play of the game today: second down of the goal line stand that was not to be. Pryor gets outside the pocket and sees lots of space. There is one DE closing in, but how many DEs can close on Pryor and take him down.
The answer is at least one, Brandon Graham closes and brings Pryor down authoritave. That was one of the jump up and down and go crazy until you fall of the benches plays. Not to mention that this came right after he busted up their RB for a TFL on the previous play.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||If Rodriguez is fired right||
If Rodriguez is fired right now, who will be running the next coaching search? Not Martin, he won't want to go through that again, not right before he retires. Not Mary Sue, she doesn't want that pressure or responsibility.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||I wouldn't say that Ray Rice||
I wouldn't say that Ray Rice is stronger. I personally believe it all goes back to the speed difference.
Rice is fast enough and shifty enough to put the tackler in a bad position, making it look like he breaks out of more tackles. Hart can't really juke top defenders and needs to outmuscle almost every defender. He could do that against most college defenders, but it just doesn't work in the NFL.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||actually there is no way you||
actually there is no way you don't not redshirt him next year, so how about that?
|5 years 37 weeks ago||You are right. If only we had||
You are right.
If only we had Charlie we could have Golden Tate instead of Darryl Stonum. We might also lose to Navy with a Junior Quarterback, veteran Oline, and Golden Tate, but who cares about those things?
|5 years 37 weeks ago||since we have only ever had||
since we have only ever had good defenses when we got the #1 and #2 recruits.....
ok, looking back maybe you mean the number 1and 2 recruits left that are still considering michigan or something like that. I agree that those would be huge pickups but I don't think we are completely sunk if we don't get them. Right now I am more interested in getting depth. Sign a whole bunch of low four start, high three star players and we will still improve from where we are now.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||I don't understand why no one||
I don't understand why no one actually works through the potential scenarios.
We were down by 8 points with about 4-5 minutes left. We will most likely have only one or two more drives for the game, meaning that we need to get at least one touchdown.
If you go for it, you have two, maybe three if you are lucky, chances to get the touchdown.
If you take the field goal, you only have one chance to get the touchdown. I don't have probabilities to back everything up right now, but I am fairly confident that he made the right play and it didn't work out. At least I believe that it was the right call.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||the recent outbreak of charts||
the recent outbreak of charts to describe our attrition is very informative, and these too are well done.
I think at this point, though, what would be more helpful would be to compare normal attrition versus recent attrition.
I mean, I can look at your charts and say, oh, that looks bad. But if I don't have normal year comparisons, I can't really tell how much worse than normal it is.
Just a thought. Still, great work. The charts tell me that we shouldn't be this bad for a while, assuming that there aren't mass defections/dropouts.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Hey, he is such a good||
Hey, he is such a good athlete...why don't we try him out at receiver? He would be so good there. With his athleticism he would see the field right away.
Or maybe we could have a three quarterback system with Tate, Denard, and Gardner all in the....sorry, I can't keep it up. This is too much even for sarcasm.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||People have also been negged||
People have also been negged a lot worse than you have on this board.
Follow in the footsteps of bouje. Drop the subject of points, post your thoughts about michigan sports and you won't be in the negative for long, assuming that you follow the simple rules that others have already outlined.
Also, sharing your thoughts about sheridan starting is fine, but the way you say it matters. Most Michigan fans won't appreciate calling a certain player's efforts garbage, expecially when said player has obviously done his best and played hard in a bad situation. Even if he was bad, at least give him some respect.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||negged for being that||
negged for being that annoyingly logical guy.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||I was thinking about starting||
I was thinking about starting a whole thread on this topic. While there was a lot to be disappointed about in that last game, out O line really struggled pass blocking. Tate can moxie up some great plays, but he is at his best when he gets in a rhythm, which is hard when you have no time.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||As much as today was ugly, we||
As much as today was ugly, we are still big favorites over Illinois and at least slight favorites over Purdue.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||I'm sensing these negstalkers||
I'm sensing these negstalkers are the next step in mGoCommunity evolution. I predict that soon, people will boast that they were important enough for someone to spend hours negging them.
If I am ever important enough to get negstalked, I plan on starting a thread saying that I have become a real man. I will tell my kids someday that the truth of their dad's words inspired true passion.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Ben Cronin goes to my church.||
Ben Cronin goes to my church. He is a really nice guy. Also, he was 6'4" at twelve years old. True story.