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|1 week 1 day ago||Michigan||
Michigan has the hardest route being considered, because it involves beating Ohio State. That will count for something, but maybe not enough:
[Let's assume Clemson and Alabama are not upset.]
 The CFP is not leaving the Big XII out for a second year in a row if they have an undisputed champion with only one loss.
 As a result, the only way Michigan (and Stanford, obviously) has a shot at getting in is if ND loses.
 If ND loses, then Michigan has a shot, since Stanford's path to winning out is not as daunting as Michigan's (I believe Michigan would "jump" Stanford by beating Ohio State -- don't underestimate the value of winning that game -- Stanford beating ND is not even close to that).
The nightmare Pac 12 scenario is not Stanford -- it is Utah winning out and USC losing again (Utah does not control its own path to the conference championship).
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes||
For me, that was the big takeaway -- he acknowledged experiementation with filling the hole in the rotation left by Ryan Glasgow. The answer about Poggi and Strobel basically said that.
Like you, feeling good about them finding answers as long as Hurst and Henry are available.
|1 week 2 days ago||I saw that as subtext||
I saw that as subtext for "we're still alive in the B1G championship hunt so we feel good" -- also sounded like he's not exactly thrilled with the possibility Michigan could win it and still not be in the CFP -- I would have to agree -- it's all a conspiracy to get casual fans to watch regular-season games in other conferences that they normally would not give a crap about.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Best parts||
Best parts of that are the fu manchu guy who sees it coming (look for his legs) and runs until he can get between them. And #75.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||To state the obvious,||
good luck with that secondary against OSU in Columbus.
I can do it (pull for OSU in that game), but I don't think my Ann Arbor-born wife can. So I'll have to remain quiet, or we simply won't watch. Maybe it'll be at the same time as Penn State, so problem solved...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, sort of||
Just in principle these comments are brutal, just stupid. It is a comment board. You're supposed to give your opinions. It's a given that the coaches know more than we do. So instead of arguing with you, this person just states the obvious. Incredible that 16 additional people (as of now) actually thought that was worth doing.
That said, I really like ndhillon's "Yep. Guilty." comment above about just going into full unquestioning acolyte mode -- I might try that...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Except||
Except he wasn't on Syracuse's campus, at least not as a student, not yet. He just committed there. Probably visited recently, whatever, but he couldn't have been enrolled.
The UCLA thing was strange, no question, but we don't know what actually happened there. Regardless, this thing with Syracuse is not the same, not even close.
He will need to make a decision soon, though. Virginia?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Shutout||
I would say something like "Michigan is playing with house money" but that isn't quite right -- Michigan isn't where it is (i.e., favored in this game) because of luck -- it's where it is because it has worked hard and earned it on the field.
The question isn't whether or not Michigan should win. MSU has not played well enough to have earned that, and if they don't believe that, then they are sure to lose. But I think Dantonio will have them ready, and inside the locker room they understand that they will have to improve to beat Michigan. The real question is, will Michigan shut MSU out?
It's unlikely, because it's really hard to do against anyone, and MSU has a decent offense. But there's nothing wrong with talking about it. Three in a row, two against ranked teams.
It's rare. Enjoy it!
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Fortunately||
Fortunately, Seattle doesn't play the Saints this year. Or we might have been sucked into some sort of Fred Jackson vision-meets-reality comparison black-hole event horizon.
Maybe comparing their performances against common opponents would not be too dangerous...
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Dantonio will love that||
He would have had to stretch to keep his "we're being disrespected" mantra going. But his team has bailed him out.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||MSU ... blah blah blah||
You posted this in the wrong thread.
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||Possibly||
The best user name and avatar ever? +1
|7 weeks 1 day ago||2008||
But the 2008 defense wasn't really broken until Rodriguez forced Shafer to run the 3-3-5. As I remember it, before that the defense folded only after the offense gave them no help and continually left them defending a short field, with little or no time to regroup between drives, turnovers, and assorted special-teams disasters.
It's hindsight, and I'll admit to having wanted Shafer gone, but it seems pretty clear that Shafer might well have been okay if Rodriguez had left him alone. The 2008 defense still would have badly underachieved, because no defense can hold up under the kind of pressure the 2008 offense put on it, but there might have been hope once Rodriguez got his offense in place and Denard happened, if Shafer had been allowed to build his defense (and his staff) over that time.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||See above||
Linemen can head downfield as long as the pass itself stays behind the line of scrimmage.
EDIT: too slow
|7 weeks 2 days ago||He's 22||
He's 22 years old. There's always room for improvement at that age.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Glasgow pursuit||
The best thing about that Glasgow pursuit play/GIF is the hapless double team frantically chasing after him, shouting, "HELP! HE'S GOING TO KILL THE TAILBACK!"
Absolutely beautiful job on this today, Brian. Here's $50 beveled guilt.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Gambling||
Well, talking about gambling has always had a presence here, mainly jamiemac. It was interesting and informative, even for someone like me who finds it interferes with my superstitions and thus does not partake.
And I'm too old to give a shit about fantasy sports. So I just kind of ignored the Draft Street stuff and just mined the strange posts where everyone is picking fantasy teams of B1G players for information about, you know, Michigan's opponents.
And now, with the advent of effective ad blockers, I kind of accept that this kind of useless advertising post is a reality. But I'd suggest that you all think carefully about drawing some red lines here, especially with regard to when the posts go up (and what they push down or off the front page) -- if I come to this site the day before The Game and find one of these bastards at the top of the front page, well, enough said. I'm not going to drone on about it. I do agree with Blue2000 that it is actually relevant that Draft Street got eaten by something "huge."
Finally, on the issue of gambling -- this is a slippery slope, is it not? At least betting doesn't masquerade as something else:
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No||
State of emergency is an executive order that basically makes money available to fund preparations for the storm, including evacuations if they become necessary. In itself, it doesn't mean all that much.
DC is far enough inland that it would have to be pretty much a direct hit for them to start to evacuate. It doesn't seem likely, but that could still change:
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Bears||
But at least they have one game on the schedule they can win: the Niners.
If St. Louis has a pulse at all, San Francisco could be looking at 1-15 if the Bears can take them. Go Bears!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Cherry on top||
The cherry on top will be when Michigan starts kicking off to Will Likely in the second half because they can and they want to give the coverage team a live-action challenge.
It's cherry because, one, it means Michigan has just scored, and, two, I get to yell "Get him!" at my TV without really being all that concerned about whether he is, in fact, gotten.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||M controls its own destiny, for now||
It was the Utah result @ Oregon that put Michigan into the conversation. When that game happened, you could then say, "Michigan controls its own destiny" ...
Until that game, you couldn't really say that, even as a 12-1 B1G champion. But Utah still has a lot to prove -- the good news is they will have a chance to prove it.
As an antidote to all this, I'd recommend the 538 article today on the absurdity of the speculation about New England going 16-0, just because they have beaten a couple of good teams early in the season:
Now, the NFL is not college football (longer season, more parity) and unbeaten teams happen all the time in the NCAA, and the Patriots do not have the NFL equivalent of Michigan's defense, but winning out (and Utah winning at least one versus UCLA or USC) is still not at all probable at this point, no matter how well the season has begun.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Out||
It's the flying out part that is the problem. There's no way the authorities want thousands of Michigan fans stranded in the area or at the airport on Sunday.
Even now, it's hard to imagine there are many available seats on flights out Saturday afternoon/evening. So I'm not sure a noon game time would solve the problem, since people might still be unable to get home after the game.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Second this||
MGo merchandisers: I would buy this
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Seems pretty clear||
Obviously a deal Michigan signed for that space, and not Brandon, either. The box on Harbaugh's side has an AT&T logo (you can see it in one of the meltdown GIFs), so it's likely their equipment.
Like the OP says, all sideline headsets have advertising logos -- and they have had them since at least the 1990s -- usually it is part of the deal with the equipment provider, but it's not a big step to sell the space to someone else. I don't have a problem with taking that step at all.
And if you're right that this equipment travels with the teams, then other teams will be coming into Michigan Stadium with different headsets and advertising. Though I couldn't find an image of the Oregon State sideline that showed their headsets, so I dunno.
Anyhow, if true, then there's a sort of logic to it that exempts it from whatever policies are in place with regard to advertising in the stadium.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Yes||
I went looking for a shot of the Oregon State sideline to see what headsets they had on, but no dice -- even on the Oregon State blogs/media the only sideline shots I could find were of Harbaugh!
[Full disclosure, I did find one shot -- celebrating their
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
While I don't know with regard to the O line, I'd say there were some genuinely good moments that bode well, even on offense. The two-point conversion, for example. Very fine QB play on that one.
Michigan was supposed to dominate, and it did. Enjoy the feeling.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Was I just not paying attention||
Was I just not paying attention, or did Desmond Morgan not play in the first half?
I said to the wife more than once in the first half that I did not see him.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Ok, thanks, my bad||
So he couldn't transfer to a I-AA program, but DII was okay.
Blame Google abuse for the mistake about Tuskegee being DIII. Should not have searched for "tuskegee DIII" -- which yielded this page first:
Interesting how an Internet search reinforces an error when you search for an error like that. If your error happens to match somebody else's error, then pretty soon we're all going to hell in a handbasket...
|10 weeks 6 days ago||DIII||
For DI to DIII (i.e., Tuskegee) transfers, the only rule is that you have to have been eligible to play at your DI school.
For DI to DII transfers, you also have to have two years of eligibility remaining. So DII was out for Norfleet, since he had only one year left.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Probably simple||
Reading between the lines (including some things that were said when he left Michigan), combined with the fact that a simple equation like NCAA eligibility requirements is not really something Harbaugh could be wrong about, the explanation is probably simple:
Norfleet could have played football, but if he had done so, he would not have been able to graduate from Michigan at the end of the year. [Most likely due to schedule conflicts.] Harbaugh wanted him to not play and thus graduate, while he wanted to play and thus not graduate (i.e., finish his degree later -- that's probably where the "disagreement" comes in -- whether, realistically, that would ever happen).
I don't have a problem with Harbaugh drawing the line there.