"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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|1 week 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 22 hours 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|7 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.
|7 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?
|7 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.
|9 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.
|10 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.
|12 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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
|17 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.
|18 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?
|21 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.
|24 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.
|32 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.
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 2 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).
|34 weeks 3 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.
|34 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.
|34 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.
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 3 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.
|35 weeks 4 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.
|35 weeks 6 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!).
|35 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.
|35 weeks 5 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.
|35 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.
|36 weeks 4 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.