also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
|2 weeks 5 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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?
|5 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 3 days 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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?
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|13 weeks 4 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 2 days 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
|21 weeks 1 day 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.
|22 weeks 3 days 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?
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|36 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 2 days 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.
|38 weeks 3 days 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).
|38 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 4 days 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.
|39 weeks 4 hours 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.
|39 weeks 4 hours 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.
|39 weeks 9 hours 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.
|39 weeks 10 hours 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.
|39 weeks 12 hours 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!).
|39 weeks 5 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|40 weeks 9 hours 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.
|40 weeks 1 day 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.
|41 weeks 1 day 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.
|41 weeks 2 days 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.
|42 weeks 5 days 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.
|44 weeks 5 days 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.
|45 weeks 3 days 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.
|45 weeks 4 days 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?
|47 weeks 1 day 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.
|47 weeks 3 days 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.
|47 weeks 3 days 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.
|47 weeks 3 days 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
|51 weeks 6 hours 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.
|51 weeks 3 days 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 3 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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.
|1 year 6 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.
|1 year 7 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.
|1 year 8 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).
|1 year 14 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.
|1 year 16 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.
|1 year 19 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:
|1 year 19 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.
|1 year 19 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.
|1 year 20 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.
|1 year 24 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.
|1 year 26 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.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 30 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.
|1 year 31 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.
|1 year 34 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?).
|1 year 34 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.
|1 year 34 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.
|1 year 36 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.
|1 year 37 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.
|1 year 40 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.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I second this guess.||
I second this guess.
|1 year 48 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.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Absolutely love that this is||
Absolutely love that this is a regular feature now. Thanks for keeping it up guys!
|1 year 50 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.
|1 year 50 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.
|1 year 50 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.
|1 year 50 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 2 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.
|2 years 6 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.
|2 years 6 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.
|2 years 6 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.
|2 years 14 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?
|2 years 47 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.
|3 years 22 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.
|4 years 11 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.
|4 years 17 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.
|4 years 17 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.
|4 years 18 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.
|4 years 20 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.
|4 years 22 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)
|4 years 22 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.
|4 years 22 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.
|4 years 23 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.
|4 years 27 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.
|4 years 27 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.
|4 years 27 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)
|4 years 29 weeks ago||To distinguish myself from||
To distinguish myself from the 0517 petereds before me
|4 years 29 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.
|4 years 29 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.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||haha, I awkwardly misspelled||
haha, I awkwardly misspelled unawkward which would have been awkward because unawkward isn't a word.
|4 years 30 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.
|4 years 30 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.
|4 years 30 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.
|4 years 30 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.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||And yet I give out Mgopoints||
And yet I give out Mgopoints like candy every time I see them.
|4 years 31 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.
|4 years 31 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.
|4 years 32 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.
|4 years 32 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
|4 years 33 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.
|4 years 34 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.
|4 years 34 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.
|4 years 35 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.
|4 years 36 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...
|4 years 37 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)..."
|4 years 37 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)
|4 years 37 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.
|4 years 38 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.
|4 years 38 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.
|4 years 38 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 40 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?
|4 years 40 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?
|4 years 40 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.
|4 years 41 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.
|4 years 41 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.
|4 years 42 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.
|4 years 42 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.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||negged for being that||
negged for being that annoyingly logical guy.
|4 years 42 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.
|4 years 43 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.
|4 years 43 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.
|4 years 43 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.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I have seen him on campus a||
I have seen him on campus a few times. My estimate is about 5'9". A true 5'9" that is, not the fake exaggerated kind. In other words, he is definitely taller than Mike Hart or Kevin Grady.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Ah yes, I passed the freshly||
Ah yes, I passed the freshly churned field and thought to myself, "A mud bowl this soon be."
I actually don't talk or think like that, I just wrote it that way to make my thoughts sound more interesting.
For real, though, how do you get the University's permission to basically destroy the grass, and how does it get regrown each year? Is that actually frat property?
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Why is this always the first||
Why is this always the first response to someone who offers up an idea that relates to personell decisions?
I mean, the guy is just offering up an opinion as to what might work. In restrospect it seems quite likely that putting in Denard earlier would have been a good idea against Iowa. So as much as the coaches are very good at what they do, it doesn't mean they always have the best solution.
And I don't see how offering up an opinion suggests they know more than the coaches. It is possible to have a good idea without having intimate knowledge of a situation.
ok, rant over. I see you already got negbanged for it and I feel no need to contribute to that, but lets try to wait until a poster actually suggests they know more than the coaches before accusing them of knowing more than the coaches.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Is it just me or does the||
Is it just me or does the idea of Robinson running that edge pitch with the option to run make you salivate?
It seems like the pitch wasn't a read, just an automatic play, but I could easily see that turning into an option play.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||I think one vastly underrated||
I think one vastly underrated attribute in these little guys is strength and balance. It seems like everyone wants to just look at their speed and acceleration as though that is the only thing that matters.
Hart doesn't look amazingly fast, but he seems much stronger than your average slot ninja, and with amazing balance.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||You must have been part of a||
You must have been part of a high school marching band. I know this because the only reason people harbor anger towards plymouth-canton is that their band is much better than any in the area, is in fact one of the best in the country.
I went to Salem and I too didn't like the band when I was there, since it demanded so much time and money for the members. Now that I am gone, I enjoy that people don't like us because we are very good at something. I guess my time at Michigan has made me relish that feeling.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Tim, on the annarbor.com||
Tim, on the annarbor.com website they include more in depth stats for many of the high school games. For example, Jeremy Jackson had something like 5 catches for over 100 yards or something like that, the exact stats are up. You probably already know this but Jackson's numbers aren't listed so I thought I would mention that just in case.
And now for my crazy based-on-way-too-little-evidence theory, I personally think Jackson is better than Miller. I have seen Jackson play in person, but not Miller. Still, when watching their highlights, I think Jackson is much more fluid of an athlete, and has at least an inch on Miller. Speed looks pretty similar, and Jackson looks stronger now than he use to.
Could be entirely wrong of course, but just my inconsequential prediction.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Whoa whoa whoa. I am in LSA||
Whoa whoa whoa. I am in LSA and I had to write a paper once, and I had to take three freaking years of spanish (passed by the slimmest of margins) and I do all this hard math stuff.
So yeah, obviously LSA isn't weak...
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Rich Rod has consistently||
Rich Rod has consistently shown that he won't throw in someone just because they were highly touted and we need depth at the position. Think JT Turner or Vlad Emelien, if you aren't ready he won't put you in, especially in a big game against Iowa.
So even if he didn't do great, it speaks a lot about how far Big Will has already come for him to be playing.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||I agree with the sentiment||
I agree with the sentiment that Denard should have seen the field sooner. Our passing game thrives off of the unpredictable nature of our run game. Iowa's DBs are obviously very well disciplined and it looked like the receivers really weren't getting open. Might as well put in a more dangerous run threat and maybe even loosening up the passing game some.
All that being said, you have to go with Tate on that last drive. There is just no sensible reason for Denard to be in there at that point. First and foremost because Tate has already proved he can step up, but also because Denard's at his most dangerous when the other team presses the line to stops the run game. They obviously aren't going to do that when just one or two run plays that aren't first downs equals the end of the game. So to me it was not only not fair to Tate, but a bad strategical move.
Still, as much as moral victories suck, our defense has shown consistent improvement and Denard has shown consistent improvement and Tate seems like the type of guy that will work even harder after being benched. We are making a bowl game this year and the possibility of having a Notre Dame esque(multi year) down period seems highly unlikely at this point.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||just wondering, but where do||
just wondering, but where do you think he would play on defense?
I saw him play last year and he struck me as being more of a finesse, passive guy. I don't know, it is just hard for me to imagine him playing defense.
If I had to guess it would seem like he has DE or middle linebacker size, but I think he is staying at WR.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I am not trying to be snotty||
I am not trying to be snotty at all, but from a probability standpoint that is not the correct way of looking at the game.
For example, when a basketball player steps to the free throw line, you don't assume that he has a 50/50 chance of making it or not just because there are two outcomes, make or miss.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||M. Robinson will be playing||
M. Robinson will be playing linebacker. I am predicting this for a few reasons.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I understand the emotions||
I understand the emotions after a game, but I think it is way premature to start calling for putting in Khoury.
How is a redshirt Frosh with no game experience going to be that much better at snaps than Moosman? UFR suggested that besides snaps Moosman was not that bad, and he showed noticeable improvement from last week to this week.
I was frustrated with the snaps too, but there is just no easy fix for this one. Unless we play Denard all the time and bad snaps are more of a strategic play rather than mistake.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||That along with the botched||
That along with the botched fake punt were the two worst points of the game for me.
I understand if our defense struggles, and unlike Brian I think we do have the potential to get better this season, but if I am coach I bench Mouton for a few series because of that one play.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I think that Roh needs to||
I think that Roh needs to teach our secondary how to cover tight ends; did you see that pass break up in the endzone? Totally clutch and amazing athleticism.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||So will this mean higher||
So will this mean higher quality diary posts or more useless comments from people trying to get to the minimum?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||For a minute I thought we had||
For a minute I thought we had an up and coming linebacker named Noone. Thanks for getting my hopes up.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||This really was a tough game||
This really was a tough game too. I personally think playing on grass was tough on our speed players, that in addition to the whole host of already mentioned caveats for this game.
We play that one at home I think we not only get the win but don't get outplayed for most of it either.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||MSU plays on grass. I don't||
MSU plays on grass. I don't think Brown or Denard will have big days since the slow, wet grass will work against their speed advantage.
Minor gets a workout, lots of short passes.
on defense MSU has a big first half, pushing around our D-line a bit and our linebackers struggling as usual. As the game goes on our d-line takes over(I think the strategy behind playing Heininger and co. early on so much is to really dominate the second half)
Final score: M-31, MSU 27
|4 years 46 weeks ago||This is how it starts. Soon||
This is how it starts.
Soon you will skip homework to read UFR and wonder why your grades are slipping.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Don't know why you got negged||
Don't know why you got negged for that because I think you are right. I saw him play on special teams. Maybe there is a certain number of plays he is allowed to be in without using up his redshirt, I don't know, but I definitely saw him out there.
Of course I have no idea why he isn't playing safety. GERG does seem to be a conservative DC, so maybe he trusts Kovaks to not get burned deep more so than Emelien.
Still, would have been nice to get a guy who will most likely be a started next year some playing time against worse opponents(EMU)
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Yeah, Robinson likes to make||
Yeah, Robinson likes to make his blitzes count. He only uses them occasionally. I think that he does this so that it is very hard to scheme against, since there is very little indication as to when the blitz is coming.
Robinson is here to stay. Look deep into his magical white hair and say this to yourself, you will be happy in no time.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||can't claim to have||
can't claim to have researched the topic myself, but there is an entire book on this topic.
It is called "The Search for God and Guinness"
Actually, I read the description of the book and maybe it was about the faith of the Guinness family, which may have had nothing to do with his beer brewing.
Either way, I will be enjoying my guinness tonight.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Not that this is relevant||
but Arthur Guiness was actually a christian guy who was distraught with the drunkeness in Ireland(shocker)
So he invented a beer that is lower in alcohol content and thicker so that you can't get so drunk(at least not as fast)
The more you know...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I entirely trust that||
I entirely trust that Rodriguez knows what he is doing, so I am not trying to bash him or the decision that was made.
I just don't understand why they would adjust two positions(Huyge and Moosman) to replace Molk when they could stick in one of the redshirt freshman and keep everyone else at their normal spot. Maybe it is a lot easier to change OL spots than I thought, but in my uninformed mind, it makes a lot more sense to stick in a guy who might struggle some, but keep the continuity for everyone else.
Thoughts from someone who knows football better than I?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Right now I am envisioning||
Right now I am envisioning the coin toss.
The coin hits the turf; it comes up head, just like Cone predicted. On cue, Toney Clemons, who has returned for just this moment, plays a mad beat over the loudspeakers. Cone calmly pulls out the microphone he carries at all times, swaying to the music.
David ends it all with his trademark move, a spray of febreeze(that's febreeze, yo) which he had for just this moment.
This is my dream.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Some advice||
My comments frequently get negged as well.
I have chosen to follow the bouje model of success: perseverence and posting comments faster than they can get negged.
In all honesty, though, bouje is a good poster, but also seems to be the type of guy that is fun to tease (I've been there before).
|4 years 47 weeks ago||No, the RB probably won't be||
No, the RB probably won't be obsolete in the near future.
Still, I have always hoped to see offenses really try something crazy, like having all of your skill players be dual threat quarterbacks, and do some crazy misdirection play with the ability to throw any time.
That sounds crazy, but I am sure it sounded crazy to pass 75% of the time during the 3 yards and a clowd days. So who knows.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||the real question is||
Is he a pirate or a ninja?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Why is accusing other posters||
Why is accusing other posters of having too much time to post on the board one of the first defenses of a person feeling threatened?
This is like going to a strip club and calling everyone there perverts after you find out they don't like you.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||mcfarlin||
who is this "mcfarlin" you speak of??? is he some sort of legend around here or something? sorry if this is "bad" to talk about but i am new around here.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The play looked pretty good,||
The play looked pretty good, but I was confused because there were no flames coming from denard. more flames please.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Just you wait, soon this||
Just you wait, soon this music will be piped in through the speakers at the big house.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I'm so glad that I am first||
I'm so glad that I am first so I can share my insightful opinion.
He is fast.
Also his problem isn't his throwing ability but his reads, which will improve with time.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I suspect that you are right,||
I suspect that you are right, but they just showed the replay again, and it looked like the ball wasn't stripped until after he had fallen as well.
Anyway, I think you are right about the rule.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||The original poster was||
The original poster was matching physical characteristics and stats to extrapolate the career of Cissoko. This is very common practice.
Still, I think that the original poster is correct in trying to make correlations with past players. For example, if it is a consistent trend that small slow cornerbacks don't perform well, then it would be reasonable to assume that if we currently had a small slow cornerback he probably won't be very good.
So yes, it does matter if he is 4'3" and runs a 5.3 40, because then we better be seeing JT Floyd pretty soon.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Back to the original topic, I||
Back to the original topic, I highly highly doubt Tate will be leaving early. Or, if there was a draft right now, I am willing to bet most NFL teams would take Barkley over Tate.
The reason I say that is that the NFL has proven over and over that they value physical stats over college production. I think it is stupid, but that is the consistent trend.
For the record I would take Tate in a heartbeat, and that is an entirely unbiased, non mancrush opinion.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Don't even have to post my thoughts anymore||
because that sums them up pretty well.
In addition, you only compare height and weight, excluding 40 times(fake though they may be) and agility drill times(forget the name of that one). I would argue that those stats are almost as important as height in comparing the potential physical abilities of a corner.
We also have no idea of the coverage types. Cissoko was left on his own for much of the game. If a corner has safety help over the top he is free to be more aggressive leading to more pbu's and interceptions.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I made this comment on||
I made this comment on another thread, but to my untrained eyes it seemed like there was a lot more safety help for Warren rather than Boo Boo.
He did play soft but without safety help I think you need to play soft. He got burned a few and also had a few great coverages (including that BS pass interference, still pissed about that one)
My guess is that Gerg gambled by letting him cover one on one a number of times. Lost a few times but also won a number of those.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I think Pryor would make a||
I think Pryor would make a great spread quarterback. Unfortunately for him and OSU, he is being used as a pocket passer, which is a real shame (joy).
But if Pryor had chosen to come here, I truly believe he would be utilized much more effectively than he is at OSU.
I hope that came out coherently, my mind is still reeling from the game.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Cissoko struggled at times,||
Cissoko struggled at times, but he also made a lot of big plays.
I heard a lot of students railing on Boo Boo but I thought he fought really hard and played well. Seriously, I don't even want to imagine what those receivers would have done to Floyd.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Very fair analyses. ND||
Very fair analyses.
I applaud your level-head response.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts about weiss because it is hard for me to imagine ND still wanting him. Not because of this game necessarily but the body of work.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||John ; 16:3 No one would know||
John ; 16:3
No one would know if I was a Tebow wannabe who is just that stupid or if I was actually wanting people to read that verse.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||He is also arrogant and||
He is also arrogant and annoying.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||If this is way off, please||
If this is way off, please correct me, but I always thought Sam Young look rather ponderous and slow. Not that he is bad, but I could see him having a really hard time handling Graham and Roh.
I will predict M-31, ND-28
|4 years 49 weeks ago||He sure does give a great||
He sure does give a great interview.
Tom Brady and Mike Martin will have to scoot over to make room for a third man crush.
by the way, is three man crushes getting to be over the top? That question will probably need to be adjusted soon anyway because Shoelace is fast approaching man crush status.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I saw that too. Seriously? I||
I saw that too.
On a side note (I know rankings are dangerous ground around here) but I noticed he was recently dropped from the rivals 250. Does anyone know the logic behind this? I don't care how high he is ranked, but I am wondering if he had a bad camp performance or something that I didn't know about, because I see no reason for such a massive drop.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I wondered why I regularly||
I wondered why I regularly get plus then negged within 1 minute
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Neg anyone that disagrees||
Neg anyone that disagrees with my well thought out e-pinions and +1 thos who are kind enough to agree.
No, of course that is a joke. I personally neg for people who are overly douchy. I don't mind if you have a dissenting opinion, but I just don't see the need to make it into an attack rather than a thought. I sometimes neg for hideously stupid opinions, but I do try to avoid doing that.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||For me that was probably the||
For me that was probably the most special moment of the game. I have spent plenty of time defending Rodriguez and it was great to see how many other M fans are together on that one.
It almost made me write a diary about the all in for Michigan motto, how it is corny and yet entirely appropriate for this year. Then I realized there will be like, 100 new diary posts, so I held off.
But yeah, great stuff.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Stupidest thing I heard all||
Stupidest thing I heard all day was said by me: "We are going to win a national championship"
It is a tradition of sorts for me to make this prediction after two or three plays. Makes me happy on the inside, even if it is stupid.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||So it is many times normal to||
So it is many times normal to take out long runs to see how the run offense "really" did, but that does not always give a more accurate picture.
For example, Rodriguez offenses in the past have been known for breaking many big plays. So taking out long runs doesn't necessarily give a better picture of a run offense if some offenses have long plays more consistently.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I don't have particularly||
I don't have particularly strong opinions one way or the other about the issue of piped in music, but if I had to guess I think that it is here to stay.
The reason I say that is the student section seemed to really enjoy it, even Sweet Caroline. Couple that with the fact that Rodriguez seems to be looking for new ways to get the fans excited and it seems like it might be a regular thing.
Maybe if there is general dislike across the board from fans it won't happen, but my uninformed guess is that most people outside the MGoBlog Community liked it.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Agreed. To me that first||
Agreed. To me that first touchdown was the essence of Tate and hopefully his future.
Scrambling ability to evade the defense, poise and awareness to look downfield, and beautiful touch on the pass. Not to mention the improvise abilities. Really was a beautiful play.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I understand why people get||
I understand why people get annoyed when an unreasonable prediction is made (not going to take the time now to debate whether it is actually unreasonable or not), but it doesn't really make sense.
Why should it have any effect on us if other people think Michigan will be bad?
I don't know, this is a post for myself as much as anyone else, because I get annoyed too, but really there is no reason to be.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||13-0 is a possibility 0-12 is||
13-0 is a possibility
I am optimistic too, but we have had plenty of more talented, more experienced teams who didn't go undefeated. Why set yourself up for disappointment over ridiculously high expectations?
For example, I could expect to win the lottery every time I buy a ticket, but would that really be good for my soul when logically there is very little reason to believe that will actually happen?
Lets set our sights for a more reasonable 8-4 and be pleasantly surprised if we do better.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Your logic about the Kevin||
Your logic about the Kevin Grady getting the most scores is sound, but it feels like he gets hyped in some way every year and he has yet to even come close to the hype.
I would take Shaw or Smith for more touchdowns/yards than Grady. Of course, if Grady does well, I will gladly admit to being entirely and happily wrong.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||It's like Brian is reading my||
It's like Brian is reading my mind. How does he know I usually read the article before watching the videos?
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I heard that their playon the||
I heard that their playon the field was basically even, and the tiebreaker was the name. Roh > Herron.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||You should write for ESPN.||
You should write for ESPN. You and one Pat Forde could bounce ideas off of each other.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||vs. Illinois - tu at Notre||
vs. Illinois - tu
I agree that 9-3 is not out of the question with that soft schedule, but I think these three predictions are off.
a slight favorite against Notre Dame maybe, but not enough to classify that one w instead of tu. Personally I the ND wins that one.
vs. Illinois I guess I could see it being close enough to be a toss up, but I have to believe that is expected to be a win for the Illini, considering they are a much more experienced team.
and absolutely no freaking way is it a tossup with Penn State.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I just don't get why anyone||
I just don't get why anyone would think that U of M's fanbase would turn on Rodriguez if we go 7-5 with a freshman quarterback, first year D Coordinator, and a team that went 3-9 the year before.
Sure there might be some that turn, but most of them already turned after last season.
No, unless we go 3-9 or maybe 4-8 Rod is not going anywhere, maybe not even then.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||agreed, Austin White is my||
agreed, Austin White is my vote.
I would love to hear from someone who is better at evaluating talent than I am, but from the videos of Jackson and Miller, I thought Jackson looked better.
Miller is probably a better blocker, but Jackson looks much quicker in and out of cuts, which should help him get better separation than Miller.
Also, Nick Hill looks like Mike Hart in almost every except that he FUMBLES. Just thought I would throw that out there.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I, for one, had a really hard||
I, for one, had a really hard time trying to read your post. As a math major I desperately wanted to write
My humble suggestion is to find a way to mock Lou Holtz accent in a fashion that is still readable so I can read your comments.