good luck with that
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Has anyone been asking||
about the preperations for Rutgers? Questions like, "Have you spent the usual time preparing for Rutgers as usual?", "Has there been any distractions over the past 48 hours?", "Have you had any added responsibilities or committments that have taken up time?", "How have the players reacted, practiced, etc.?"
I would be curious to hear him try to answer any of these questions.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The first play looks||
to me like it was a "read" issue. Everyone in the box is accounted for. The slot LB is tight to the line pre-snap and may leave his assignment and rush back field. It looked to me that if someone--maybe fitz, Garnder, Lewan, etc.--reads that LB and Fitz bounces outside he should get lots of yards.
I don't know whose responsibility to read these things are and I don't know how hard it is to read these things. However, as far as x's and o's are concerned I don't think that it was a badly ran play. However, if the offense is just lining up and snapping the ball without reacting to the defense that seems like an issue.
I don't know if it is difficulty, badly coached execution, or just a mistake--but when I watched that play I thought it should have gone for more yards with just one change.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Close||
But you are off by one.
|2 years 1 week ago||I could be||
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Did I miss something,||
all I think of is Fatboy Slim and Christopher Walken:
|2 years 12 weeks ago||If the Yankess somehow||
get rid of A-rod's contract the entire baseball world (not wearing pin-stripes) will explode in violent rage. The Yankees would be able to lure arguably the best player in baseball, at the time, with one of the most rediculous contracts in baseball. The one sollace for MLB fans was the fact that the Yanks would be stuck paying out an obscene amount of money to A-rod in his twighlight years.
A-rod is an injury ridden, poor preforming, toxic nightmare--but flashing monumental cash in his face is how the Yankees got him. This is what NY paid for and to somehow get out of the deal when it is finally slanted against them would be totally unjust.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||They are probably||
left out for readability's sake, but do you have any error analysis for these stats?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||My two cents are that||
FFP isn't inherently wrong, but in its current form it is doing more harm than good. Firstly it is rather toothless. Yes it can go so far as to ban clubs from international competition, but the violations clubs need to commit (ex: too much funding coming from owner) are easily skirted by the richest of owners. (ex: family members becoming sponsers, etc.)
The penalties need to be progressive in my opinion as well. That is, I think the financial penalties should scale with the financial size of the club. Otherwise, when one of the giants breaks a rule--the deep pockets of their owner can get them out. However, if a little club breaks a rule, it can paralyze the club for quite some time.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Marking this offtopic||
because I am sure you must be talking about some other game.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I'll try not to incite||
anyone, but there are two reasons I see folk in my personal life pile hate upon her.
1) As others have mentioned she was basically Britain's equivalent to Reagan; a very decisive figure. A lot of people hold her up as an ideal, a lot of people look upon her as the mother of almost all today's economic problems in the United Kingdom.
2) (as a soccer supporter I'll try not to let my colors show through) The Hillsborough Disaster. (great read on it by the BBC) Basically there was a stadium disaster at an English soccer match. Many people, 96, ended up dead. The police investigated and layed blame on the drunk and unrurly fans. High ups in the police and Thatcher herself let the matter end there and refused to ever look more into what happened. For over 20 years people were upset with this and didn't believe the reports. Recently evidence has come to light that the fault of the disaster really lay at the fault of the police and that there was a MASSIVE police cover up, smear campaign, and propaganda push. A lot of people put blame on Thatcher for being complacent with the incident and not pushing to find out what really happened--i.e. disrespecting the 96 people who died and whose families were smeared by police and media. This is why a select group of English soccer fans hate her and don't want you to buy the fucking Sun.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||It has been pointed||
out to me three reasons that nothing should come of this. (I say should because you never know with FIFA)
First, the game looked like it was going to be called off, but both sets of players appeared to be protesting and advocating to the head official for play to continue. The announcers pointed out several times that the final say is down to the official--and he gave in to requests and allowed play to go on.
Second, teams/countries routinely take advantage of their home climate to get the most out of a home field advantage. In the USA's last game against Honduras--which the USA lost--it was reported that Honduras changed the kick-off time so that the game would be played during the sweltering 100+ degree temperatures during the day. This type of tactic, trying to get the most out of a homefield advantage, is not that uncomon. It is also notable to mention the USA didn't change any kick-offs to take advantage of the snowstorm.
Third, as I have heard many others say: this is what CONCACAF soccer is all about. Water-logged fields, huge dirt mounds, uneven ground, rough play, and generally shitty playing conditions. This, the history of bad game conditions, might not be the best reason to allow the game to stand, but it does set precident.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||The short linked article||
mentions that Minnesota lost this money due to paying for things like increased security and hiring additional workers. They also mention that about $30,000 was spent in one-time only expendetures and henceforth they expect a profit next year.
They managed to give older fans something they would enjoy, (I doubt this is changing students' drinking habbits) and they are going to be able to turn a small profit in the end. I am not sure why we are making fun of them...?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||While I don't||
totally disagree with you, it is hard for me to separate the Patriots success as an organization vs the success of Tom Brady.
Is Brady winning despite the organization?; Is the organization putting Brady in the best position to win?; some combination of both?
In recent years (since maybe 2005-2006) the Patriots have been pigeon-holed as: high flying west coast passing offense with a very limited run game and a porous defence.
The Patriots have been lampooned for trading away draft picks, not being able to bring in wide receivers and tight ends (there have been 10-20 utter failures for ever Moss or Welker, ditto for Gronk and Hernandez), and their defense has really gone down hill since "spygate".
I think the new rookie wage contracts are prompting the Pats to be more aggressive with the draft, and I think Belicheck's long defensive makes up for spygate, but I still can't make up my mind if the Pats are a leader of franchises, or a follower of Tom Brady.
(the owner, Bob Kraft, seems like a great dude though. He stays out of the football decisions, tries to build relationships with players, and had a heavy hand in ending the last lock out. Stand up guy it seems.)
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Kept the||
Ravens offense off the field for 90 minutes.
Ravens had just ran a record kick-off return back for a touchdown and gone up by 22.
I dunno, I feel like if the 9ers come back, this one is tainted.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Ray Lewis||
has spent 17 years in the NFL (how many do this?) and has spent all of it in Baltimore (how many do this?)
He led the team to their only (and Baltimore's only over the past 28 years) major sports championship.
He has twice been a defensive MVP of the league and a superbowl MVP. He has numerous records for linebackers in the NFL (wiki)
He is beloved in Baltimore. Absolutely adored. Him getting to go out on the field for the victory formation of his final home game is as much for the fans as for himself.
The Ravens do a weekly official captain assignment, but Lewis is definitely looked upon as a captain. He holds film sessions at his home and is a big influence to many on the team. (whether you like his methods or not)
I don't really understand this criticism. On the field, who are his peers?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Cameron has been||
around a lot of good QB's, but they tend to get better once he leaves...
Most would argue the both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers had their least productive years under Cameron in San Diego.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I don't see this one||
in particular overused that much.
However, I cannot stand incredibly short gifs like this. I have to watch it 12-15 times just to figure out what is going on. Then, after I read the words, I stare at everyone's mouths to see if anyone is actually saying "come at us bro". But of course, the gif loops too quickly and I can't quite be sure. Then I get frustrated and keep watching to try to figure out what is going on....and then I just realized I spent 15 minutes trying to decipher a gif.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I don't know||
where else he would post this on MGOBlog, but if he is truely giving away the jersey for free...I don't really mind this. It would be nice if there was a non-board place to put stuff like this.
But please, no selling...
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I'm sure that are many||
sports fans associated with Michigan that would love to see more money being put towards the non-revenue sports. Michigan could start a varsity women's lacrosse team, men's water polo team, men's crew, men's volleyball, etc. The money could be put towards improving the coaching, equipment, and facilities of varsity sports that already exist but don't generate revenue.The money could be put into promoting the non revenue sports to drive up their followings, get games put on tv (or BTN), and get involved with the community.
I also agree that as other programs around the country continue to grow Michigan needs to continue to keep pace. Even if atheletic facilities, gear, and coaches are top notch--there are still many good places for the money to go: tutors for atheletes, imrpoved study centers and resources, post-playing resources, job training, alumni support for former athletes, community outreach, etc. etc.
Hell, if the athletic department is really swimming in useless cash they could turn it over to the University; give it to a scholarship program, specific related departments (like kineseology or the medical school) or even improve atheltic facilities for the student body.
I don't think that decisions about "how to make a better product" should boil down to "how to make as much money as possible"...but even if this money is used for athletic related reasons--there is a glut of other places it could go and do a lot of good.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||They absolutely||
won't change the name. This conference is about tradition. If the Big 10 actually changes it's name it will just be the tip of the ice berg; I'm talking about spread offenses, conference expansion, even mascots.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||The rise of||
other "super"-conferences and the end of our Notre Dame series are both making it much harder to schedule good OOC games. Scheduling two good OOC games a year is becoming much much more difficult. Hopefully we can counter this by playing one more good BIG team each season.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I'm gonna have to disagree that||
Georgia Tech is much better for academics. Both schools (Maryland and Georgia Tech) receive very similar rankings from most college rating systems.(Like USNWR) Both are AAU acredited schools, but Georgia Tech just received this rating two years ago. Maryland has been an AAU school since the 60's (link). Both are large research institutions and very comparable, but there are plenty of things were one school out preforms the other academically.
As far as basketball goes Maryland has been a very good school for the past 10-20 years at least. They have a national championship to their name from 2002. I think many would argue that they have been the better program over the past decade or so.
Although I will sede that Georgia is a good TV market, I also think it is incredibly dominated by the SEC when it comes to college football. The College Park park area is ripe for a new college football TV market. The only succesful nearby teams are PSU and Virginia Tech; both many hours away. Plus there is not one consistantly decent football program in Maryland. This could begin to bring and entire sports crazy state (Ravens, Orioles, local lacrosse all have phenominal following) into the fold of the Big Ten.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I think Maryland could fit in academically.||
Sports wise they would be a big pick up for basketball competition. On the football field they have a loooooooooong way to go to catch up to an average Big Ten school. However, having them in the conference would help bring in more Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvannia recruits to the conference.
I think eventually the NCAA is going to fall into four super-conferences: the Big Ten, S.E.C., PAC, and one other. Eventually I will see the Big Ten needing/being able to add two more schools to the conference. This could be a reasonable step in that direction.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I don't mean to be too harsh but||
coaches know jack about teams that they don't face. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but does anyone honestly think a head football coach, after all his game planning, after all his practices, after all his scheming and preping, after all his recruiting and booster duties--really goes home and watches film from teams that he will never face this year?
I just don't understand the rationale behind the coaches poll.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Oh god,||
the BTN doesn't even realize that sports other than football and basketball get played in the Big 10. I would venture to say that 80-90% of their programming is nothing but football and basketball. I understand that these are the "money making" sports, but they consistantly and constantly forgo airing other sports live to bring us supposedly "classic" football and basketball match ups. It's quite irritating.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Are you sure||
it isn't something else?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Please tell me||
that you read definition 3a. Does my sarcasm meter need a tune-up? You could have even read definition 3b at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decimate and you would find another example of a definition not based on the definition. Hell, in the example section they use "decimiate" in the same fashio as Ace. Seriously though, where do you even get a sarcasm meter tuned up: auto-mechanic, head shrink, or do I just go home and watch Seinfeld?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Oh man||
this. Could never stand the Maize and Blue deli. I couldn't stand Zingerman's either (or their roadhouse). I actually felt bad when I took my parents there and they paid 50 bucks for 2 and a half overrated sandwhiches and pickles.
I am a firm believer in good ingredients, but I think these two shops are just thriving on the size of AA. In a decent sized city where you can find delis, bakeries, butchers, and even cheese shops--it put's the AA deli's to shame. Plus they are almost never as crowded as Zingerman's.
The one thing I miss most about Ann Arbor is the food, and I have never felt a longing for either of these two shops.
edit: Oh and I forgot, who the hell at Zingerman's decided sandwhiches were supposed to be that small? It's one thing to be rediculously overpriced, it's another to be rediculously overpriced but sell small portions so you force me to go wait in your line from hell and get more food.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Came to read about||
RVB and Long's parents getting together to produce mutant super babies that would be brothers to both players. Am disappoint...
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Do you have magic fingers?||
Is your internet coated in unicorn blood? Do you dance with the devil in the pale moon light? I've been following round 7 like a hawk and somehow you beat me to the post.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Why does he||
always get the wrap that people avoid him like the plauge? (re: Harbaugh, Marshall, Manning, etc.)
|3 years 25 weeks ago||I don't think||
that's how coach of the year works. If you look at football, basketball, or any pro-sport--you'd know that the COY award goes to the coach whose team has the best players, best record, and best statistics.
Coaching, strategy, improvement, and development are explicitly not considered.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Gahh||
And I just finally droped him from my fantasy team!
But in all seriousness, I hope he is doing well. Not a lions supporter, but I like watching Best run the ball.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I do feel a little bad||
about that, you did lose 3 years of football. We on the other hand went 12 years without a team when the Colts up and ditched Baltimore.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Seriously,||
I would like to know what they think Hoke should be doing better? I guess some people will say he should be beating MSU, but what else: nat. championship in year one; number 1 recruiting class in year one, pooping gold?
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I think it||
was in terrible taste and not very well edited. That said, I think the reason ESPN is so quick to punish is because they, along with the NBA, are desperately trying to maintain a hold on their asian fanbase. Since Yao Ming retired there have been a lot of news stories about the NBA. (see this as an example.)
I think this was an incredibly dumb thing for ESPN to do, and I think they are desparately trying to move past this so they don't hurt themselves in asian markets.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I don't watch as much basketball||
as I probably should. Can someone clue me into the hype on Sullinger? So far he seems to me that he just has a physical advantage on most players.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Admittedly||
I grew up a fan of the Avalanche and I am biased.
But I still cannot believe Bertuzzi was allowed to continue in the NHL after this hit. Jump ahead to 6:56 to get a slowed down replay of the incident. (sorry I had trouble copying the video URL at that specific time)
It only made it easier to root against the wings when they picked up Bertuzzi.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||whoever||
is anouncing those highlights is fantastic!
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I think the||
issue is about the current approach to developing a class of WR's. This starts with recruiting. Although there are dynamite 5-star players on both extremes--good hands vs good spped--you can't bank on that during recruiting. Most coaching staffs are going to rely on bringing in players with just decent hands, or just decent speed. They'll then develop the attributes that they like the best, will work with the scheme, etc.
Getting the guys who are sure-fire "great hands" or "great speed" doesn't always work out. You have to develop a lot of this, and it starts with recruiting.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I think it's okay to be||
a fair weather fan--to a certain extent--as long as you don't rub people's faces in it. I for one have rarely missed a Michigan football game in years, but I am not a rabid basketball fan. If the team is having at least a decent season, I root for them, I watch games here and there. I always cheers them on, but I by no means follow the team fanatically. But I would never (and don't think I should) go around talking trash about Michgan and other basketball programs: I AM a fair weather fan of the sport. That being said, whenever I have had the chance to actually attend games, I go! I don't think I should be mocked, insulted, challenged to a fight about it.
Even if it's not your favorite sport, most people can enjoy almost anysport being played well. Just don't be a prick about it.
*None of this applies to family: Even if I have never seen a game of cricket in my life. Even if Michigan doesn't have any sort of affiliated cricket team. I should be allowed to trash-talk any MSU, ND, OSU, etc. family members about our cricket rivalry.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Anyplace||
to follow a boxscore? I don't have BTN and ESPN doesn't have a boxscore going.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Although||
I think most people would agree that college football has one of the most meaningful regular seasons, I think they would also agree there is still room for improvement. I think most look at this years LSU-Alabama debacle/games/awesomeness/etc. as the reason why we should also be looking to improve the situation. (the WSJ article didn't mention anything about this)
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Since nobody has||
been brave enough to say this yet.
But isn't dropping to 14 going to KILL our chances with Kozan!?!1!?
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I see||
seven games (Ohio, Notre Dame, Boise, Michigan, Wisonsin, Iowa, and Nebraska) that are by no means gimmes. Even Northwestern, with Persa, could be dangerous. Even though most of these games are favorably at home (seven home games is fine, eight would be rediculous) I think it's bold to call them for only 2 losses.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Couldn't have||
said it better myself. Next time someone says something rediculous like this I will remind them to bring a towel...you wanna get high?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Can you add the||
positions for the recruits in the original post? I have not been keeping as abrest of recruiting info as I should.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Is anyone||
not moving to TE next year?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Let me guess||
Charles Woodson but with jumping ability and better hands. Nice try, but we all know Fred Jackson secretly wrote that.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||It's another era||
but do you include the players who paved the way and now have team awards named after them? For instance, Roger Zatkoff for linebackers and John Maulbetsch (halfback).
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Special teams in general||
I think Breaston could make it as KR/PR unless Howard and Woodson are gonna double down on those positions.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Martin||
looks to be taking on a double team almost every play. He also looked to come off blocks nicely when runners came his way.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Who is the||
south center playing right now? That was 3 bad snaps in a row.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Just tuned in||
Russel Wilson does not appear to be making a lot of smart decisions.
Edit: none of the quarterbacks seem to be making good decisions...
I know this is just with a week of preparations, but a lot of them are missing their throws and pitching it right to a defender.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||As a||
Ravens fan, I am getting sick of this. I am supremley happy that Mattison is at Michigan, but c'mon. This is 5 defensive coordinators getting head coaching gigs in 10 years. It's getting rediculous. I just want a stable and progressing defense. Imagine how good the Ravens defense could be with more than two years (average) under a coach.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I think the Colts||
will cut Manning--to save boatloads of cash--draft luck, and...pick up a veteran quarterback in free agency. There are a lot of targets: Flynn, Orton, Gerrard, Brees (probably too expensive). I think they will start there rebuilding process now and go out and spend the Manning money on as much new talent as possible.
I think they start the veteran quarterback for the first year (maybe two?) while the team is in severe transition. This gives the organaziation a chance to rebuild, time to bring in new players, and--most importantly--time for luck to develop and learn a system.
And I hate all this because I root against the colts.
On the other hand, maybe they think Luck=$ and they just throw him in the fire...
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Maybe I'm biased.||
Maybe I'm from Baltimore.
Or maybe I want the Ravens to crush the Pats with defense. When Mattison walks into the door of a recruit's home he can say, "I coached that. I wanted to come back to Michigan."
|3 years 32 weeks ago||This is||
the first topic I've seen on this site where I have vehemetley disagreed with the opinion of the status quo. I loved my time at Michigan, I loved my classes, I loved the people I met, and I loved going to sporting events. But I do agree with most of the points in the NYT article. I pour over this website daily to learn about recruiting, read postgame analysis, and just bathe in the rumor mill. But, I know that this is just a hobby for me. (one that I love)
To me, most of the people on this site have always come off as intelligent, passionate, and successfull. This is one of the reasons why I love it here. But I don't think we are necessarily the norm of college sports fans. Maybe my frustration is more geared toward the culture of drinking, maybe it is about the people who--as others have said--were going to blow off academics anyway, but I think sports can be an unhealthy outlet for a lot of people. In my time at Michigan, I met many people who aren't where they wanted to be today.
Some of me feels like the Times article was unfairly putting the blame on just one activity. (even if that activity controls an ungodly amount of money, which...I'm not going to touch this one. This can of worms is big enough to eat me.) But when I am on college campuses I often find myself looking around at people in bewildermint. If you aren't going to go to class, won't mainly focus on school, and don't want to take advantage of the academics--why are you here? Why are you spending 4 (more?) years and huge sums of tuition money to be here?
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Okay I give up||
the top stats are definitely Robinson. Who is the bottom? (Michael) Vick?
|3 years 32 weeks ago||You sir||
are a gentleman and a scholar.
Why is this the first time I have ever heard someone discuss something like this! It sounds so...appropriate.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||The frustrating||
thing to me, is that the NCAA could already be doing this. They passed down sanctions on Ohio a month ago! Between then and now they have suddenly decided to get more serious about punishment? I dont understand why they didn't put forth these punsihments towards Ohio a month ago and say, this is the direction we are going.
I understand that you don't want a system where you can change the price of something after it has been bought. However, if the NCAA feels that theses are the appropriate/fair responses to infractions, I think they would have some grounds of enforcing them now.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I must||
admit I really also hate Notre Dame, but I feel this has nothing to do with Michigan. In fact, I have to think ND is one of the most hated schools in the country. (at the very least one of the most polarizing) I hate them because of their undeserved clout, their endless line of homers, and their preferential treatment. (recruiting, TV contracts, scheduling, etc.)
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I'm not a||
native Michigander, but my time at UofM solidified much of my hate. I played (club) sports at Michigan, traveling and interacting with fanbases really shaped these oppinions.
1. Michigan State University
2. Ohio Football
3. Mark Dantonio
4. Michigan State University
5. The rest of OSU
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I just went to||
the link. I immediately felt regret for giving the author a hit on his article. But then I read the well composed comments and responses. Which one of you mgobloggers did that? (cheers)
|3 years 33 weeks ago||This made me think||
Are Woodson and Brady the two best Michigan football products ever? One dominated the college game and went on to be a successfull superbowl winning pro. The other had a successfull college career and went on the dominate the NFL. Would any other Michigan player be in the conversation with these two?
|3 years 33 weeks ago||This is a bad,||
bad, BAD loss. The kind of loss that keeps a bubble team out of the tourney.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||This is||
one of those times I'm thankful I'll never be a collegiate coach. I wouldn't know where to begin...
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I hope you didn't||
get the wrong impression, your article rocks. I just thought that since Seth wrote an article on such a similar topic (although I don't think you are covering the same ground), and it covered the same year span, that I would link to it.
Good job, I am looking forward to the next few years.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||This is good||
I really like the detail.
A month ago (exactly) Seth posted a very good story about 1998-2011 to look at which post season format would have been most benificial. (plus-1, BCS, etc.) It was also very good and very well written.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Rumor is||
the Colts are looking at Sam Bowie.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I think a lot of||
programs (college and NFL) are going to start moving towards your "synthesis" idea. Some old school coaches are probably set in their ways, but I am sure many younger coaches are gonna say, "if it works, let's do it". Plus, as you mentioned it is going to ease transitions to the pros, and even from high school.
I think what I am trying to say is that if "synthesis" works it leads to:
Stage 4: profit
|3 years 33 weeks ago||because||
someone has to:
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Wow, thanks||
this is great. I was interested in this very topic a few weeks ago and started doing some google-digging. I stumbled upon an article (It's from a Louisianna paper, not national, and is 3 years old) that focused, specificaly, on which conferences NFL starters had come from. (Linked here) The general gist was that the S.E.C., Big 10, and P.A.C.-12 are all on about even footing. Each conference led in various positions.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Florida||
|3 years 33 weeks ago||But we||
didn't like the team that got picked specficially because it seemed to ignore the regular season. Alabama played an easier schedule than most of the one loss teams. Alabama already lost to LSU. Alabama did not win their conference. Oklahoma St. played a much tougher schedule and just suffered one loss away. I think many people are mad because the decision to thrust Alabama into the title game sent the message that regular season preformance is not the most important thing.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Yes||
Yes it was.(Sorta) They lost their division and they lost to LSU the first time around. This was essentially a two team playoff. The downside was that no team with an offensive pulse got a shot at the title. This year's regular season was like seeding for a two team playoff: doing well, winning games, and winnging your conference didn't matter as long as people thought you were good.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||He still led||
this team-with his (over)recruits-through an undefeated season, played an incredibly difficut schedule, won the S.E.C., and-this game not withstanding-had a pretty good year. I think people will still love him.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Still surprised||
nothing has been said yet. I would think if something horrible happened, people not affiliated with the university would be involved, know, and be talking.
Edit: although speculation started going wild on the above blog
|3 years 33 weeks ago||A combination||
might be possible. Something along the lines of posbang/negbang, plus senior overlords. This could be where the average poster could posbang/negbang all they would like. However, senior posters--with let's say above 1500 points--could correct the situation or give points as is done now. This way all the fun of banging, but the free speech security of old people.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Wow, thanks||
Why does unyeilding hate towards Michigan get people jobs? I would assume any school has a large opposing fan base that loves to read smut, but how did this land this guy a job with SI? To be fair, I don't like or read SI, but I am still suprised people wanted to pay Rosenberg.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Can someone give me a||
run down of Rosenberg's past with Michigan? I have been reading this blog for over a year now, but I don't think I have ever heard of the past incidents. I don't usually read his stuff because, like most people who write for ESPN/SI, his stuff offers little insight or interesting info. But, what is the stroy with him and Michigan?
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Didn't we have||
an extensive diary look back as to which systems would have benifited CFB over the past decade? If I remember correctly, the conclusion was that the 4 team plus one was the most viable. Does anyone have a link?
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I'm surprised||
none of the major sports news organizations have picked this up yet. I mean ESPN doesn't even...haha I couldn't even finish writing that without type-laughing.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||While||
I agree with you, that everything on the offensive is ultimately Borges' responsibility--I think you have to look elsewhere for improvement on execution. I think the people who have the opportunity to have the biggest impact on execution are the position coaches, Hoke only takes care of the quarterbacks. (You could argue that Denard's execution in this game was poor, but I think he was forced into a lot of bad situations from other people dropping the ball)
|3 years 34 weeks ago||to your point||
The slowly developing part of the play is what I think hurt us the most.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||The first throw||
was definitely risky, but Hemingway's second TD was an amazingly well thrown ball. Robinson threw away from the defender, to Hemingway's back shoulder, and it was just high enough that if Junior didn't catch it--it would have gone out of bounds. Fantastic throw and catch.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||This just reminds me||
there is a TON of hate on the internets for us. It seems like every blog, site, or comment stream I've looked at over the past 24 hours loathes Michigan's existance. They are all filled with VT fans who think we cheated, MSU fans who call us names, and tsio fans that call us names. Have we always been this hated?
(I know it seems like just 3 schools, but it also seems like a lot of people are going out of their way to show us some hate.)
|3 years 34 weeks ago||please delete||
sorry i had two tabs open and posted to the wrong one.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||What's up||
with the "double hand-off/QB Keepers" we keept running. It looked like we ran some version of this play A LOT last night. There would be someone in motion--the ball would be hiked--then Denard could give it to the guy in motion, the tailback, or keep it. I don't remember seeing this much in the regular season. (I could easily be mistaken) But we ran it a ton last night and never had much success with it. It always looked like VT had collapsed on the play by the time a runner was established and tried to start moving with the ball.
(I don't really think it was a bad play, I'm just currious as to why we kept running it?)
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Does anyone||
have a linke or a source for the NCAA rules on how something like this is determined a catch?
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Junior||
made two great touchdown catches, but I was secretly hoping someone on the defensive line or one of the linebackers was the player of the game. Despite being on the field for most of the game, they really held the top player in the ACC (Wilson) and a hulking QB in check. Great job boys, GO BLUE!
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I am still||
shocked that the end of that game was never discussed. (It probably was here, but I was a naive freshman back in those days) To this day I sometimes log on to espn hoping that they might have finally sorted it out, or at least addressed that it was in some way controversial.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||After this game||
Wilson (QB), Toon (WR), Byrne (TE), Oglesby (OT), and Zeitler (OG) all leave. What do you think the chances Ball (RB, jr) leaves as well?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I don't mean to jack||
the thread. But, speaking of high quality games, why are there NO games tomorrow? (New Year's Day) I mean, no college football on January 1st. Is it because of the NFL? Whatever it is, it makes me feel a little dead inside.
Edit: I just saw the other Board post, my apologies for jumping the gun.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||This confuses me||
Did they really only give up basically a tenth of a yard more than Michigan? This makes me wonder, did they allow a ton more plays? In other words, could their defense not get off the field? I mean, if you get 3.4 yards per play on offense, you score on every drive. If you get 3.3 yards per play, you are probably going 3 and out each time.
The only thing I am sure of is all these stats confuse me. Well, I can usually follow where the stats come from, but their usefulness is normally lost on me.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I wonder||
if they could figure in the PAC12- BIG games into the BIG championship game? (and the PAC championship as well) Since both of the conference winners are going to most likely play each other--or the runners up in NC years--it would be great if this interconference play factored in. I'm not sure if you would just want to count this game as a conference game, but maybe involve it in tie breaking procedures?
I'm not sure, but it smells like awesome to me.
Edit: even if the overall conference preformance just determines the "home" team in the Rose bowl, I like it. I think this could be a great partnership.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I am||
salivating for the BIG/Champ game always being played at an outdoor site. Lambeau would be nice, but maybe just rotating through northern outdoor sites. (Soldier Field, maybe Heinz Field)
All I am trying to say is--outdoor football in December rules.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||My bones||
tell me that the Ohio game should always be at the end of the season. I want that game when it counts, when national championships hang in the balance. I want the end of the game to mean tears for someone. Still, I could imagine a future where playing it the second to last week of November could be exciting. Especially if there is a rematch in the BIG/Championship game. The week inbetween could be filled with must-win situations to set up a re-match. Plus, I'm just not sure how I feel about playing the same team two weeks in a row.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Clicked it||
OH GOD, make it stop!
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I don't||
mean this in the a-hole way, but
I'm curious to know what (and more importantly why) things are judged to be good strength of schedule indicators. I always feel like there are big factors that are missed--like rivalry games.
When Michigan was ruining tsio's bowl dreams in the 90's I don't think our team was always a strength of schedule boost, but the wolverines sure played their hearts out.
Edit: you could probably say the same thing about the MSU squads in recent games against Michigan.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I am||
a Michigan alum, my dad is a Michigan alum, and my brother is...a Virginia Tech alum. I have actually had this conversation with my dad. Both our feelings are that while we usually root for VT, the Hokies success has little impact on Michigan. This makes it easy to root for them. However, if the two teams were to ever play, we would just root for a good game. (obviously including a Michigan victory)
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I like your||
top two. Altough I am slightly more passionate about Michigan football than the USMN(soccer)T, the USA winning the world cup would be a bigger deal for me. Michigan has a history of college football success (winningest program, national titles, Heisman winners, and many more), but the USA winning the world cup seems just out of this world. Only EIGHT countries have ever won a tournament that starts off including hundreds.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Ugh||
I don't care what the topic is. It's been a month without liveblog--I NEED my fix.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Is anyone||
on top of the Big Ten rules? Can Ohio still play in the Big championship game if they are serving a bowl ban?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||/s||
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Love||
almost everything about this. Except that the soldiers look like they are wearing Spartan helmets...
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I believe||
the 5 scholarship proposal worked as follows:
1st year--the entire program must be 3 scholarships under the NCAA limit, i.e. at 82
2nd year--the entire program must be 1 scholarships under the NCAA limit, i.e. at 84
3rd year--the entire program must be 1 scholarships under the NCAA limit, i.e. at 84
over 3 years, this seems pretty worthless of a reduction
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I think||
Ohio's choice not to use their old coaching staff to do recruiting is an important step in the right direction. The old staff is tainted by the allegations and misgivings. For Ohio to go ahead and use a new staff for official football buisness is a sign things are moving in the right direction.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Legitimate question?||
Is Alabama allowed to go around and tell this to recruits? Although I doubt it has much effect anyway. I consider myself a pretty well-read CFB fan, but I didn't know this. Are coaches/Universities allowed to just go around and lie to people? (Especially if it manipulates people to their advantage)
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Is anyone else||
Salivating and on the edge of your seat? The overlly political comment to blow up this post is coming--I can taste it. It's like watching a drunk guy fight a brick wall: you know he's gonna knock himself out, its just a matter of time.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Kudos to Molk and Martin!||
But, what are the rules for coaches helping graduating players prep for the NFL? It seems like a lot of people are pegging Martin to be a possible DT in a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4. Either way, it looks like he'll probably have some adjustments to make technique-wise and scheme-wise. As luck would have it coach Hoke (D-line coach) and coach Mattison (NFL defensive experience) are just the people I would want helping me prepare for the NFL. Are they allowed to help Martin prepare/adjust?
It also seems like the seniors, espcially Martin, have gotten really close with coach Hoke. I am sure they want his input in preparing.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||This reminds me||
is there any, what-so-ever timetable for an announcement of ANY punishment for Ohio? Or is this just an indefinite TBA thing?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Yeah||
Screw this! Go Detroit Pistons!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||This seems||
like one of the official Michigan-Sugar bowl threads, so I have a question:
ESPN just posted an article (here) in which they write:
"Hoke said after the victory over Ohio State, which ended a school-record, seven-game losing streak in the storied series, that his team was deserving of a BCS bid."
I thought this was a lie...is there any truth to this remark?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I'm confused||
You already have tickets? And you are willing to sell them? This sounds too good to be true!
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Does anyone||
know of any good Virginia Tech football blogs?
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Although I know||
you are trying to make a point. When I read this, I can only smile to myself and think: "who is the winningest program in college football?"
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I'm really hoping for||
Virginia Tech. We RARELY ever get a chance to play an ACC school, and VT has been the class of the ACC for a while. VT is good, with a QB like Miller (but more accurate), and a runner like Heron. They also have a good defense (great coach in Foster) who is used to seeing a mobile QB in practice. That being said, I think we would have a great shot at winning at a neutral site. I think the teams match up well and it would be a hoot.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Defending Michigan||
It seems Iowa is playing a lot with 2 "spies" straight up the middle. One stays closer to the line and waits for Denard runs, and another follows the deep receiver looks for the Denard overthrow.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Caption||
I know I look like coach Hoke, but I can't get this pointing thing down.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Pre-mature||
post game. If this game keeps up with the mistakes and missed plays. If it stays close (no matter who wins), do you re-evaluate what the Michigan coaching staff has done this year? I.e. compare this week, to last week in the wind. Are you more or less impressed? Thoughts?
|3 years 45 weeks ago||edit||
With Ball out and the Wisco O-line collapsing on every passing play I would like to amend my prediction...
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Are we seeing||
the reality of Wisconsin playing inferior opponents most of the year, and State playing as a better team than most of us thought? I still think Wisc. has the edge with their O-line and backs, but it is starting to seem like this might stay close.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Only a few plays||
But Wiscy's offensive line looks really good. They are picking up the blitzs and there is a lot lateral movement to keep the D at bay
|3 years 46 weeks ago||again||
unfortunately this play won't garner a suspension because the LB initiated the contact before the whistle, his actions--although very dangerous--appear to be in an attempt to keep the player from crossing the line, and this doesn't last much past the whistle. But, I can't come up with an excuse or even mitigating reasoning for what Gholston did.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Unfortunatley||
on plays like this, how do you "prove" what happend? Did Breaston jerk, try and kick Kamoku, did Kamoku just jerk but not pull on the leg? The only way this is acted on is if Steve Breaston actually tore up his knee. But Gholston!? Denard can't fake twisting his helmet with his mind, and Lewan didn't magically attract a closed fist. These were slow, deliberate, after-the-play, actions.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Has anyone||
noticed that almost no game recaps are reporting anything about the peanalties: are we over reacting; was this just not that unusual; or is it bad form to talk about these sorts of things?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Don't mean to||
highjack, but where are you getting the postgame?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||If there are||
two things I could get back from Hart:
1) Fumble against Florida. He deserved to go out without another fumble.
2) The "little brother" comment
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Any thoughts||
on the final play? Why was State running the ball?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I am freaking out about||
the offense now. All season Borges has been talking about how he is so excited that with a player of Denard's talent, the playbook is opened up. However, when MSU blitzed and didn't give time for plays to develop, the team had no plan. Michigan could not run simple screens, get a push up the middle, or even hit open receivers. (Basics!) It's not just about play calling, it's also about getting your players prepared for when things don't go as planned. Michigan (coaches and players) had no composure.
On a plus note: with the weather, the fouls, and the lack of success--I was impressed Denard didn't have more picks. That is moving in the right direction.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||If our record||
is 10-2 but we lose to ohio in a similarly embarassing fashion, what will your opinion of the season be?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||A look||
at the boxscore: this game is dead even. Your thoughts on where each team moves their focus in the second half?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||QB Blocking||
This team still does a good job (lineman, TE's, etc.) getting outside and lead blocking for Denard when plays break down. (see TD, Koger = beast!) Does this significantly drop off with next year as we move past RR's recruits and coaching?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Scumbag Defense||
Comes in ranked #1 in the country.
Gives up 10 play opening drive touchdown
But imo, a lot of those plays where close to going state's way. This game should continue to be exciting.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||It happens||
The truth is that every fanbase (yes even tsio) has very intelligent, motivated members. Members who HATE rival schools. If this was really going on--at this scale--at other schools, I would like to think people will know. People wouldn't let these things go. To be fair, I think there is a massive amount of covering things up, bending the rules, and just not having enough proof for the NCAA to care...but the extent to which tsio has made mistakes over the past decade is something special.