Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
|1 week 1 day ago||Looking forward to it Paris||
Looking forward to it Paris Roubaix too, not only the race, but it usually marks the beginning of my own personal cycling season. Seems to be around this time every year that the weather gets better and the trails dry out enough to ride (edit, although with all the snow this winter, we're a little behind ATM). I usually start bike commuting around this time too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Any reactions from Lindsay||
Any reactions from Lindsay (the former AL center?). Also, what's his timeline to make a decision, both in terms of his personal timeline and general timeline for grad transfers(i.e. is there a NSD equivalent)?
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't think this was the||
I don't think this was the author's starting line up based on performance as much as the actual depth chart based on who took what snaps during the Spring Game.
If I were doing starters based on Spring Game performance alone, on offense it would be
QB - Morris
FB - ??? (Did we even use a FB?)
RB - D Smith
TE - Heitzman
WR1 - Funchess
WR2 - Canteen
RT - Braden
RG - Kalis
C - Kugler
LG - Glasgow (I thought Bosch had a pretty rough day out there)
LT - Magnuson
|1 week 5 days ago||Anyone know if any of the||
Anyone know if any of the scrimmage after BTN cut out will be available anywhere? That was such BS that they showed 1:15 of drills and then cut out before the scrimmage part was over.
|1 week 6 days ago||DL looked great, even with OL||
DL looked great, even with OL caveats. I thought we had a good mix of slashing quick guys in Strobel, Wormley, Godin, etc and some planetoid beasts in Mone, Henry and Hurst. I think Mattison will have the tools he needs to sub in the right guys in the right situations unlike last year. If Pipkins makes a full recovery, we should be pretty set here.
LB were ok. Filled holes and made reads. I like JMFR at Mike. If he can make the reads correctly, he'll be a nightmare to deal with for opposing teams.
Backfield: Hard to tell with the camera angles, but the corners seem to be a lot less passive. Lewis is going to be pretty damn good. Despite the penalties (one deserved, one kind of ticky tacky) he was step for step with his guy most plays. Stribling looked tight in coverage as well, but again had terrible luck. Wilson was in position the couple times they needed him to be and read and came up for that nice PBU. He had a nice blitz "sack" IIRC too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kalis was fine. I didn't see||
Kalis was fine. I didn't see a bust by him all day. Remember, this is a different blocking scheme. They're not going to be blowing guys off the line anymore for the most part. We'll see a lot of lateral blocks that create creases. That stuff isn't going to be as visually impressive as pancaking a guy 5 yards down field, but it doesn't mean he's not doing his job.
|1 week 6 days ago||Spring's when you want to||
Spring's when you want to dick around with different combinations and get guys reps with the 1s that might not otherwise, just to see what they can do and if nothing else keep everyone motivated and engaged. If they don't pencil in a starting line-up fairly early in fall camp, then I'll be worried. I hope we don't get any more last minute swaps like the last two years, certainly.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't forget Devin was on||
Don't forget Devin was on crutches for months after the OSU game, it's not too surprising his timing and accuracy seem off. What I am encouraged by is he looks physically back to 100%. I almost forgot how dynamic he was at the beginning of last season before the hits started piling up and taking their toll. Shane looks very good, but doesn't have the pocket presence yet. He got happy feet a few times. No doubt about his arm though, kid can get away with forcing it in places most guys can't.
RBs looked good. Smith was a complete beast out there. Green looks like a totally different player, showing the acceleration that made him a 5 star and some shake and bake too. Hayes adds a speed and shiftiness dimension that'll be a nice change of pace too. All 3 need to keep working on blitz pick-up, there were some attrocious attempts to shoulder check rushers.
WR: Hard to tell from the camera angles, but I think we'll be just fine here. Funchess looked smooth and fast, more like a pure WR now. He dropped a couple he shouldn't have though. Canteen hype is real, the guy isn't just quick, he's plain fast too. Really excited to see him run circles around LBs trying to cover him in the slot.
FB/TE.. meh, Didn't seem to play much of a factor today.
OL: *sigh* I actually didn't think it was too bad. Not sure I see the Cole hype, he's got talent sure, but definitely looked like a freshman and physically overmatched. I thought Kalis, Braden, Bosch, and Kugler did pretty well considering it's spring and it's a new system. I see improvement in blocking assignments and getting push in the run game over what I saw last year (at least they weren't going backwards). Pass pro was a little better too when all starter type guys were out together. Not too many busts from what I could see. Kugler especially impressed me, he was comboing downfield and picking up blocks on LBs consistently. G Glasgow looked pretty bad at RT, not sure if that's part of his punishment or what, but I don't think that's a good spot for him, He doesn't have the quickness. The projects (Bars, Dawson, LTT, Samuelson) all looked pretty raw still.
|1 week 6 days ago||Honestly, the starters and||
Honestly, the starters and first off the bench type guys looked ok. Not ready, but standard 15 practices in type issues. Actually Glasgow actually looked the worst of the starters, but he spent most of the day at RT, so not too surprising. No one got put on skates like last year, everyone looked like they knew where to go. There were a couple pass offs in protection that got screwed up, and slants were still tripping up combo blocks but those sort of things fall firmly under "gelling" which takes time for any team.
Back ups were just awful, not sure what they see in Cole but he was clearly not ready . Really no one that wasn't one of the 6 or 7 guys we already knew about really emerged. LTT, Dawson, Bars all looked very raw. EDIT: I forgot about Kugler. He actually looked very good, better than Miller in fact.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'd love to have him come in,||
I'd love to have him come in, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with Kugler for most of the scrimmage.
|1 week 6 days ago||BTN, step into my office||
BTN, step into my office 'cause you're fucking fired.
|1 week 6 days ago||First rule of MGoBlog:never||
First rule of MGoBlog:never miss an opportunity to bitch.
|1 week 6 days ago||Smith's got a little Mike||
Smith's got a little Mike Hart YAC in him.
|1 week 6 days ago||The guys that are penciled in||
The guys that are penciled in as starters actually look ok. The 3rd stringers and back-ups are, predictably, getting owned.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jake Ryan knifed into the||
Jake Ryan knifed into the backfield like a laser beam. I can see why they moved him. If he can make the reads, he'll be a nightmare to contend with for opposing teams.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not all that surprising, he||
Not all that surprising, he was on crutches for a couple months.
|1 week 6 days ago||Beyer TFL is vintage OL play||
Beyer TFL is vintage OL play from last year. Ugh. They had a few plays before that that actually looked pretty good.
|1 week 6 days ago||G Glasgow as RT, interesting.||
G Glasgow as RT, interesting.
|1 week 6 days ago||Gardner looks not very good,||
Gardner looks not very good, but everyone else on offense is better than I expected (yay, lowered expectations). I know the defense is pretty vanilla, but the O Line seem to be getting their assignments way more than I remember them doing last year.
Our secondary is impressing me, I think a few of the young guys are going to be pretty good. They're playing a lot tighter coverage for sure.
|1 week 6 days ago||Speight just looks like a||
Speight just looks like a Michigan quarterback.
|1 week 6 days ago||I really hope they re-mix the||
I really hope they re-mix the coverage for the 8pm broadcast. Whoever is directing the program is doing a terrible job. Why would you switch away just before a snap to show someone standing on the sidelines?
|1 week 6 days ago||So, did they cut in late?||
So, did they cut in late? Looked like it was the tale end of actual 11 v 11 scrimmaging right when they cut in.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke's response to the||
Hoke's response to the coloring book jab "we try to stay inside the lines" is.... actually pretty awesome. Witty, not too serious, and maybe even a subtle jab at at Urban's history of fast and loose discipline style.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Repost, Freep link||
Repost, Freep link
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Hey! What's all this laying||
Hey! What's all this laying around shit? Why are you all still laying around here for? What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Cause when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who's with me?
What the fuck happened to the <MGoBlog> I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest <season> of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, we might get <our hearts broken>" Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. <Notre Dame>, he's a dead man! <State>, dead! <Ohio> DEAD!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||that's THE Oiho State||
that's THE Oiho State University to you.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That was a charge.||
That was a charge.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I wish someone would overseed||
I wish someone would overseed my lawn.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/un||
It became the site banner shortly after until the football season last year
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I hope Gardner develops the||
I hope Gardner develops the same mind meld with Funchess as he had with Gallon last year. With Funchess's size and athleticism, if they get the timing routes down, he will be damn near undefendable.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This guy has one year of||
This guy has one year of eligibility left. I think most of the recruits understand that they need a little more time to develop. I'm sure it'll be a fair competition as well, I don't see these coaches playing favorites.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wow, was that a punch?||
Wow, was that a punch?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||For 35 minutes, it was a||
For 35 minutes, it was a clinic. We dismantled them. Gotta clean up those 5 minutes though, can't be letting teams back into it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Getting a little too cute,||
Getting a little too cute, passing up some good looks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Defense is starting to slip a||
Defense is starting to slip a little.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Keep pouring it on guys!||
Keep pouring it on guys!
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||You could definitely hear it||
You could definitely hear it on TV, they were going to commercial to it a couple times.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||MARCH MADNESS BABEEE!!!!||
MARCH MADNESS BABEEE!!!!
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Dammit Stanford.... lead down||
Dammit Stanford.... lead down to 2 with 24 to go
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Tennessee out to a 11 pt lead||
Tennessee out to a 11 pt lead early.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Should just about do it.||
Should just about do it.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||At least she fixed that||
At least she fixed that little head bob tick she had. "This is Rachel Nichols" *head bob* "ESPN News"
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Damn. We're gonna have||
Damn. We're gonna have problems boxing that dude out.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||What we need is 13-16 good||
What we need is 13-16 good players and good young men who are going to sign in February.
Obviously, but recruiting is also a momentum game. We seem to be lacking that right now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I just haven't been||
Maybe I just haven't been paying as close of attention this year, but it seems like even though the number of commits is the same, we seemed to be leaders or close to it for a lot more kids last year, where as this year I get the feeling that we are at best in a top 5 with stiff competition, if not outright trying to make up ground. Losing Harris and Campbell certainly didn't help with the feeling of a negative trajectory, and I'm sure the abysmal season last year has some chilling effect on recruiting. We need a "Hello" post in the worst way right now.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||HAIL! (phew)||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think knowing the extent||
I think knowing the extent and severity of the injury, plus the success level of the surgery would be pretty good predictors. ACL tears are common and I would think the rehab process and timeline would be pretty well understood at this point, barring re-injury or other set-back.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||It's not because he's Asian.||
It's not because he's Asian. As an Asian myself, I kind of cringe when he and others have suggested this. The dude is a generally unlikeable guy. He comes off as cocky, arrogant and a total spaz. The way he mashes the answer button repeatedly, argues with Trebek about answers, cuts him off before he's done prompting for the next question, etc, etc... the guy's mannerisms are just annoying plain and simple. The guy is definitely smart and his strategy paid off for him, but he's easy to root against.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry||
No, it's not. Ohio fans are widely regarded as terrible and Tom Izzo is, objectively, a whiny douchebag.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||What's our rooting interest||
What's our rooting interest for staee v ohio? Can't make up my own mind who I hate more.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Beilein response to warning:||
Beilein response to warning: "DO YOUR JOBS!"
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Physical fucking contact with||
Physical fucking contact with a player and no T. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Fuck, should be tied if not||
Fuck, should be tied if not for these god damn refs.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Right? Oh.. what are you guys||
Right? Oh.. what are you guys famous for?
Dancing, with knives strapped to our feet, on a sheet of ice
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I think it has more to do||
I think it has more to do with not messing with the Center position now that they have something that works in Glasgow than Kugler not being ready, but that's just my speculation. If it's clear through Spring Camp that he's clearly better, I think Glasgow get's bumped out to guard.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't know if you can jump||
I don't know if you can jump to that conclusion yet. The nature of randomness is such that you're just as likely to have a lot of events bunch up as having them spread evenly. One season for one team is still a pretty small sample size. That said, the S&C staff should definitely re-evaluate what can be done to prevent future injuries. I'm guessing they've already done that.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Glasgow: I'd like to see him||
Glasgow: I'd like to see him stick at Center. As you said, the only real issue he had was snapping the ball, which he cleanded up. Maybe he had issues with line calls, but I don't think a RS FR coming in in Kugler will do much better. By all accounts, he seems like an intelligent guy and the trial by fire will be invaluable going into next year. My suspicion is a lot of the problems on OL last year started because of the mid season Center change and the lack of chemistry that resulted, and kind of spiraled out of control from there. I'd like to see them roll through both spring and fall camps with some continuity at this position.
Kalis: Some information came out after the season that seemed to suggest his issues were injury related. He looked ok in the first few games until Penn State, and after getting back on the field towards the end of the season, he looked better again, so I think there's something to that. I think he'll come out this fall a little closer to living up to his recruiting hype
Magnuson: Yes he's switching positions again, but it's to his natural position. He seemed to handle the switch last year pretty well, so I'm not that worried. The worry is his new position is SO important to keeping Gardner alive. He's also replacing 5th year Sr Lewan, so there will obviously be a step down. I think he'll be serviceable but give up frustrating sacks in key situations when the defense throws something a little different at him.
Bosch: Was a true freshman, played like a true freshman for the most part. I think his strength and athleticism carried him as the mental aspect seemed to be overwhelming for him. It kind of seemed like he actually faded a little as his time went on. I wonder if it was because he lost some confidence. Like Magnuson, I expect him to be serviceable but still make frustrating mistakes and get beat by better DL. I think he'll be a good one in the end though.
Miller: I hate to say this, but I don't think Miller will see the field. If all the hype about Kugler is true, he'll probably pass Miller on the depth chart based on athleticism alone.
RT: This one is the one that worries me the most. It's a total unknown right now. Hopefully Braden truly didn't play last year because he just isn't a guard, and not because he isn't good. With how bad our options at guard last year were, I find that hard to believe. If it's not Braden, things get a little desperate... we'd be relying on guys that, when we last saw them as recruits, were very very raw.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Congrats on making the switch||
Congrats on making the switch to kegging. I think I made it one batch before I couldn't take it anymore.
Check ebay and amazon for this type of stuff.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||In 2011 both Denard AND Fitz||
In 2011 both Denard AND Fitz broke 1000 yards, so there's that. 2012, in hindsight had all the makings for a bad OL, I'm kinda surprised people didn't see it coming. We didn't have a solidified starter line up until the first week, so no chemistry. Yes, they were all upper classmen, but Barnum and Mealer weren't exactly proven all stars. Neither had played much except in back up roles. Add in Schofield making a position change back to tackle and it wasn't pretty. This year was a wholesale change on the inside. Where's the player development? Well we didn't exactly have too many guys that had much time and opportunity to develop yet on the inside. It's been a revovling door for 3 years.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There's a whole range of||
There's a whole range of subjective vs objective judgement critiria, and another whole spectrum of athletic vs artistic. Ice dancing falls towards the subjective and artistic sides, but clearly isn't exclusively so. Debating what is and isn't a sport is kind of silly because there isn't some precisely defined point on each of those spectrums where sport becomes something else.
That said, my complaint isn't whether ice dancing or figure skating is a sport or not, but the disproportionate coverage of it compared to everything else. It seems like between the team competition, men's and women's, pairs, ice dancing, long program/short program, figure skating has taken up 25% or more of the prime time coverage, where awesome sports like ski jumping, freestyle, luge and skeleton only get a small time slot each night.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||We don't have the players in||
We don't have the players in the position that takes the longest to develop players. A coaching change isn't going to make that fact one iota better.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||If all this shit meant||
If all this shit meant cheaper tickets, I'd be all for it. Sadly, the opposite will probably happen.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I hate to be Debbie Downer||
I hate to be Debbie Downer here, but I'll believe it when I see it. Borges didn't run a hoge poge because he wanted to, he did it because the personel issues dictated it. He probably did a shitty job of adapting, sure, but on the other hand I don't think it's as easy as bringing in a new guy and having him install a new system that all of a sudden makes sense. Nuss will probably still have an OL that'll struggle to do basic things well, consistently. Magnuson being out for spring ball certainly doesn't help.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||That's on the AD and Hoke for||
That's on the AD and Hoke for not providing another opportunity. On the other hand, NSD is the culmination of a long, sometimes grueling recruiting process for both the players and coaches. I can completely understand not wanting to detract from what they were there to talk about, which is the new class.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||They got asked the same||
They got asked the same question 3 times prior to that. It sucks for the new kids to have their signing day ruined by reporters trying to get a scoop on another story. Yeah, the AD hasn't been exactly forthcoming about the Gibbons incident and I'm not happy about it either, but there's a time and place.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Tough situation for the kid,||
Tough situation for the kid, as someone who didn't see eye to eye with my folks growing up (i.e. first gen immigrant parents), I can certainly relate. Yeah, we all hear the stories about MSU but for a college athlete, there's no college in the country where you couldn't live up the party lifestyle if that's what you want to do, I really think her bias against MSU getting her kid in trouble is a bit overblown. That's pretty crazy if the stuff about Dantonio is true though, can't say I've ever heard of a coach get on a parent's bad side enough to get kicked out of then in home.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||I don't really care if we go||
I don't really care if we go no huddle or not, but for god's sake, figure out a way to get to line in time to change the play if necessary.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Brian Banks begs to differ.||
Brian Banks begs to differ.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||My cousin (in law) is||
My cousin (in law) is currently applying from out of state. She's not nearly as qualified as you and I still think she's got a shot. My wife worked in admissions and helped a lot with her application. She really stressed a strong, original, and passionate essay about why you want to go there. She also wanted her to really squeeze every last bit of relevant extracurricular experience into the application to show that she was really involved, ambitiious and out going. I do think you could probably improve your ACT score with some training, considering your grades. There's a lot of "gaming" the test strategies that can get you a couple points without really knowing more.
Your grades and scores are such that you'll almost certainly clear the first cut, so those extra details can really separate you from the crowd.
I don't believe Michigan limits out of state students AFAIK, in fact, anecdotally most of my friends and roomates in college were out of state. Either way, you never know until you try. There's no downside to applying.
I can't really help you with financial aid. It'll depend strongly on your financial status obviously.
As far as college life... really just be motivated to explore and find things you're interested in. You'll have all these options around you, but at the same time absolutely no one nudging you to get off your ass either. Get season tickets to Football (obviously) and hockey, even if you don't like hockey. It's awesome... best sports experience at Michigan IMO.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The funny thing is he was||
The funny thing is he was ready to commit to UofM over a year ago, but his parents talked him out of committing early.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I would argue the players||
I would argue the players that were the heart of their team this year were in recruiting classes that at least equaled ours in the same years. Maybe in terms of stars we had a small edge, but in terms of building a complete team and not having gapping holes at multiple positions they definitely did a good job.
I take your point that you need to develop the guys you recruit, something they've done well, but recruiting does matter and this narrative that Sparty won with a team of castaway scrubs just isn't the whole truth.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||A sample of Sparty's||
A sample of Sparty's reaction:
|12 weeks 2 days ago||This probably has a lot more||
This probably has a lot more to do with Damien Harris than it does any staff evaluation and subsequent decision to stop recruiting him. We had room for 1 RB, took the best available and stopped recruiting the position. Now that guy decommited so we start recruiting again.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Strong... to very strong?||
Strong... to very strong?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||My thoughts exactly.||
My thoughts exactly. Wrestlers turned NT have worked out pretty well for us before.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not that I disagree, but his||
Not that I disagree, but his primary tie to the school just got sent packing. Short of a head coaching change, the kid is as entitled to decommit and re-evaulate as anyone.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||At least it's not sweater||
At least it's not sweater vest
|12 weeks 6 days ago||He needs devil horns. Make it||
He needs devil horns. Make it happen internet.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Too many games where we don't||
Too many games where we don't slam the door shut on a team when we've got a big lead. We really need to find that killer instinct that doesn't let teams back in. But man, does this team have some offensive firepower. Nik Stauskas has ice water running through his veins... that through the leg dribble 3 and subsequent 100% free throw shooting finally put it away.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with Seth, the worst||
I agree with Seth, the worst may still be to come for Penn State. Remember how excited we were in 2011 with the immediate turn around, and how the recruiting hole of 2010 came around to smack us over the head a year or two later? That'll be Penn State but worse. Yes the sanctions have eased, but the effects tend to lag by the average time it takes a recruit to develop into a starter: 2-3 years. If Franklin can win, it's all moot, but if he doesn't the fanbase will become restless and he's fiery personality will become a lightning rod for criticism from all angles. BoB maybe saw some of this coming and decided the honeymoon period, if there is such a thing in there situation, was coming to an end and it was time to leave while his reputation was at a peak.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I'd rather they hire Al||
I'd rather they hire Al Borges, there I said it.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I wonder how Bo's my way or||
I wonder how Bo's my way or the highway tough nosed style of discipline would play in the current time. It seems like the "players' coaches" that are fun to be around (Pete Carroll) seem to be more successful now a days.
I wonder if Strong is going to see a big backlash from these new rules. Those who stay and all that, but I think the possibility is real that a lot of their stars don't stay.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||One of those games where you||
One of those games where you enjoy a pummelling of a weaker opponent, zone out and do something else and realize from the tone of the announcer's voices that they're no longer just trying to make small talk and it's actually a game again. Except it happened twice. We really need to learn to play a complete game without slow starts or let ups. Hopefully we'll rise to the occasion at Wisconsin.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Pistols at dawn||
Pistols at dawn
|13 weeks 3 days ago||The man is a liar and a||
The man is a liar and a cheater.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Poor Luke Fickell if the||
Poor Luke Fickell if the co-coordinator thing is true. The guy may get handed a can of pesticide and find his desk moved into the basement soon
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Everytime I hear "Rossi" and||
Everytime I hear "Rossi" and racing, my blood boils at the thought of M. Rossi from Forza
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I hope the Bronco's close||
I hope the Bronco's close this one out, I'd love to see the Manning vs Brady duel one more time. It's amazing that both these guys are still playing, let alone both still at the height of their abilities.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough. Again though, I||
Fair enough. Again though, I think a lot of that is a product of the OL issues. We were letting multiple guys through so the RBs often had to make a quick decision on who to block. We also went to slide protections which left the defense's best pass rushers 1v1 with RB which is a tough match-up for anyone. Keep in mind he coached Vincent Smith too, who is pretty much the best pass blocking RB I've ever seen.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I really don't get how Fred||
I really don't get how Fred Jackson got lumped in with Borges and Funk. Short of not teaching the RBs how to teleport, I don't see how the rushing issues can be put on him. Even so, Green looked, to my eyes at least, to be much better at the end of the season than in the beginning.
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||What would he possibly gain||
What would he possibly gain by shitting on his predecessor's results in his opening press conference though? Maybe it's time for both you and your avatar to stop beating that poor horse.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Fickel is ohio's fanbase's||
Fickel is ohio's fanbase's Borges. They will never forgive him for 2011 and no matter what he does, they'll pounce on every mistake he makes, real or perceived. I don't see why he'd want to stick around in that situation, it's not like he and Urban have a relationship.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I think Brandon pressured||
I think Brandon pressured him, and I don't have a problem with it either way. Hoke looks at the pure X and O's perspective while Brandon has way more of a pulse on the fanbase and donors. It's natural for them to disagree, I don't think it's a sign of dysfunction at all. Above all else, the availability and interest from Nussmeier was probably the biggest catalyst. This definitely feels like a we found someone better situation vs fire first and figure it out later.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Best: 2011 against a hapless||
Best: 2011 against a hapless Minnesota, debut of the several crazy formations (Fritz?). UTL I had just happened, Brady Hoke was still shiny and new, and the sky seemed to be the limit for our offense with Denard.
Worst: 2011 Iowa. Losing at State was disappointing a few weeks prior, but there were mitigating circumstances. Iowa was soul crushing to me and shattered the "we're back" illusion for me completely. IIRC the BIG championship was on the line still too, even with the 1 loss up to that point. We did absolutely nothing all day and showed no signs that we could. If that wasn't bad enough, we flipped a switch and whipped down the field like it was nothing, only to have our hopes dashed by back to back questionable calls. Not only did we suck, we showed late in the game that sucking was a conscious decision by the guy calling the plays and we didn't have to (and ok, Iowa's porous "prevent" defense also helped us at the end)
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Credit goes to everyone||
Credit goes to everyone involved for making this quick and smooth. Old guy out with a firm handshake and a sincere thank you, new guy in before the rumor mill can get going and recruits start getting cold feet. If a large check was needed to make that happen, I'm glad it was provided. This hire has a lot going for it even besides the potential for a better product on the field offensively. Young energetic guy, good recruiter, experience as a QB coach, and as much as I hate to admit it, the brand recognition his former job brings.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||The guy came into a tough||
The guy came into a tough position for which he was ultimately incompatible with. No need for any animousity towards him, especially now. Best of luck in the future and thanks for the hard work, even if it didn't work out on the field.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||An OC doesn't have to be||
An OC doesn't have to be actively involved in recruiting to impact recruiting though. As many of the interviews alluded to, what kind of system they run and the prospective player's role in that offense do matter. No TE is going to be happy if the OC doesn't use TEs for example. Fortunately, things seem to be fairly compatible between our personnel and recruits and Nussmeier. The Alabama name recognition certainly doesn't hurt.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||First thing I thought when I||
First thing I thought when I heard the news was, "I don't know much about this guy, but riding Alabama's coattails isn't going to hurt recruiting." Since recruiting was one of my biggest fears with a change (other being yet another transitional year where people learning a new system from scratch), this is a very positive development.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||If he runs that system with||
If he runs that system with our line, people will be begging for Borges to come back.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Oh good, the unrealistic||
Oh good, the unrealistic expections are already being set for the as of yet unnamed new guy.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I agree there are systems||
I agree there are systems that will work fine with the guys we have, but there are also lots that won't. "Spread" is a broad term, yes. My fear is we go a way that doesn't work well with our roster.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I would say a lack of a line||
I would say a lack of a line that could block anyone had a little to do with it.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Are hiring him back tomorrow?||
Are hiring him back tomorrow?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||What's the damages as far as||
What's the damages as far as what we still owe him contractually?
As much as going to an uptemp spread would please the MgoStaff, I'm not sure it's a great move for the program. By the time we have mature recruits for that system again, we'll be going on a decade without an offensive identity. I think there will be fall out in the form of attrition and decommitments if that were the case.
Other than that, yay I guess. Hopefully the transition is a smooth one, Despite my personal belief about giving him another year with older guys, one thing that I guess isn't debateable was that the guy was a lightning rod for ire and criticism and it had become pretty toxic to the program. Hopefully we get a little bounce in excitement like with the Hoke hire and not much in terms of transition costs.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Come on down!||
Come on down!
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Apply Brian's||
Apply Brian's critical-by-nature correction factor and you probably are closer to the truth. Skyrim is a great game, but ultimately not as deep and engrossing as other RPGs, even their own Oblivion, IMO. The world is fantastic and huge, and there surely isn't a lack of things to do, but the variety becomes lacking. The do anything and everything, anytime game play is liberating at first, but also makes your decisions seem completely irrelevant and robs the experience of any emotional weight. Decide to kill someone or befriend them, ultimately it makes zero difference. There isn't anything remotely approaching a poignant moment through the entire story and you never have much of a relationship with really anyone enough to like or hate them. There's a sweet spot in the game where your character is between a totally broke ass weakling and an all powerful god like figure with near limitless wealth that is pretty interesting and fulfulling, but before and after is rather tediouls.The game is well worth the money and I would definitely recommend it, but Brian isn't totally off in that it's somewhat hollow.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Coaching changes tend to lead||
Coaching changes tend to lead to exoduses though. That's my fear about labeling 2014 as a make or break season like everyone seems to have done. Should there be a coaching change, we might be shooting ourselves in the foot just as the roster is returning to stability.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Mone's clip looks like||
Mone's clip looks like illegal hands to the face too... but his quickness and power is very exciting. Hope he takes full advantage of the extra semester and camp and at least gives us some quality depth next season.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, I don't think any||
Honestly, I don't think any make significant impacts, at least until late in the season. Mone is probably the most needed right now with Pipkins a question mark, but that position is a tough one for a freshman to jump in at due to s&c required.
Our receiver corp could use bolstering but this staff seems pretty averse to playing freshman there due to blocking issues. Cateen probably has the best shot to play at slot, but considering Norfleet and Funchess's moonlighting stint at slot, the need isn't dire, even with Dileo graduating.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Thought we were fairly||
Thought we were fairly fortunate northwestern is terrible at shooting. It probably didn't matter too much in the end, but i thought we looked one step behind on defense far too often, giving up nice looks with regularity. A good team will sink a lot more of those. I thought GR3 looked as aggressive as i've seen from him and stauskas continues to impress as not just a shooter.
On a personal note, this was my first game at the new Crisler and the place looks fantastic. The whole athletic campus looked storybook in the fresh snow.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||Well, since they use an||
Well, since they use an upside down W, I think that'd be us by default.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||4 years from the crater that||
4 years from the crater that was 2010 sounds about right.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||I'm pretty sure no one said||
I'm pretty sure no one said that about Tom, certainly not here. That said, it was somewhat frightening that they didn't seem to lose anything with Bullough out. Still though, they need lock down guys in the backfield to be as agressive as they are and they'll be losing a bit part of that.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Let the downvotes do their||
Let the downvotes do their work.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||My guess is starters will||
My guess is starters will be
Magnuson, Kalis, Glasgow, Bosch, Braden
....which is, surprisingly, actually not that terrifying. All have starts except Braden. Magnuson has to slide to a new position, but it's the one he's supposedly more naturally suited to so there's room for optimism. Braden is a huge question mark... I thought he looked damn good in spring and fall camps, I wonder if we'll ever get the story on that other than "he's not a guard." (Even though he looked fine as a guard and it's not like we had that many quality options).
I don't like putting another RS FR in at center, especially now that Glasgow seems to have cleaned up his snapping issues a bit. Kugler getting on the field gives you some flexibility with the guards, but center is just way too complex of a position to risk pulling a guy who seemed to be doing ok for a shot that someone new who might be better at this point.
Whatever they do, I hope they decide at the end of spring camp and roll with it so they can get some chemistry established.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||I'd be pretty surprised to||
I'd be pretty surprised to see Kugler at C. The coaches gotta be pretty wary about another change at that crucial position, especially when it's another RS FR that's never played before.
I think the line will be
LT - Magnuson
LG - Kalis
C - Glasgow
RG - Bosch
RT - Braden
Hopefully there will actually be some garbage time next year to get depth guys some experience in games. Not having that this year is going to hurt us next year and beyond unfortunately.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||OU's ends were owning AL's||
OU's ends were owning AL's tackles all night long and pretty much getting free runs at McCarron without getting kicked way upfield like our ends often do. The tackles also got push with straight bull rushes and didn't have to rely on stunting and trying to slice into the backfield like our guys because they're woefully undersized. McCarron also isn't the fleetest of foot, so that helps.
You could definitely tell the difference in strength and speed to our guys. Hopefully Clark continues to improve and Charlton and Ojemudia come on. Add Jake Ryan to that list too I guess. In the middle, we really need Pipkins to come back at 100% and for Hurst to come in off RS strong. I expect improvement but it'll probably incremental (shakes fist at Da'Shawn Hand)
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||With the exception of Q Wash||
With the exception of Q Wash inexplicably getting yanked, everyone did look better. Clark may never reach his hype, but he was much improved. Pipkins played meaningful snaps and was showing good signs until he got hurt. Willie Henry had a hell of a first year for a RS FR. Black and Beyer did what they could, but they were both forced into positions that they were woefully undersized for.
We also lost Campbell and Roh, two solid, if not spectacular players. After Pipkins went down and (I'm assuming) so undisclosed issue happened with Q Wash, we were left with a complete lack of beef in the middle of the line and it absolutely killed us against the run and we didn't really find much pass rush with the theoretical increase in speed.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||This is some bullshit||
This is some bullshit
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Incoming||
|15 weeks 1 day ago||There are definitely some||
There are definitely some question marks about the staff. When you don't win, that happens. That said, I think a lot of the "trend" has to do with the RR disasterous 2010 recruiting year, with 2009 and 2011 both not great either. The issues with depth and youth at certain positions can be attributed directly to those classes, especially OL. It lines up too well to be coincidental. You would hope to see the 2012 and 2013 guys step up to fill the void and some guys not doing so may be coaching, but IMO it's still too early to tell. 2014 will be a huge swing year in telling this staff's ability to run a competitive game.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Wait, he's a MSU fan but||
Wait, he's a MSU fan but didn't go to the school? Doesn't that make him a walmart spartan or something?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||You have to be step for step||
You have to be step for step with your guy to turn and look for the ball. If you're a step behind, knowing where the ball is doesn't do you any good if you just watch it fall into the receiver's arms. The best bet in that scenario is to run as hard as you can to the guy and put your arms up and hope it hits you. We seem to be in the latter situation a lot more often, especially against the elite receivers.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||They also have CBs that can||
They also have CBs that can single cover a guy if the blitz doesn't get home right away. We don't.
That said, we weren't stopping them with "inside and in front" anyway so maybe we should have tried something else to create something, but it's a high risk proposition.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I believe this is the right||
I believe this is the right answer. Jamming disrupts quick routes, but opens you up over the top if A) the line can't get to the QB or B) the safeties don't come over and help. Seeing as we aren't very good at A) or B). I think the coaches elected to play a bend don't break philosophy overall. Bend don't break will keep you in a lot of games, but it's like Homer Simpson's boxing career, eventually you go up against a Drederick Tatum that's not going to just wear themselves out. Drederick Tatum in our case was Tyler Lockett.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Ok, sorry, I definitely took||
Ok, sorry, I definitely took that wrong. My response was probably overly harsh anyway. Going back to work after 2 weeks off's making me cranky apparently.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||You say that like Hoke is the||
You say that like Hoke is the first guy to be around .500 before landing a big time job. The fact is Ball State and SD State are lucky to be 0.500 and quality coaching is required to get them there. Ball State didn't have a winning season since 1996 prior to Hoke, and SD State since 1998. \
The other way to look at it, probably the more contextually fair way, is Hoke took terrible programs and turned them around, going 12-0 at Ball State and 9-4 at SD State, both banner years for each team.
That's no guarantee he'll succeed at the highest levels of BCS football of course, but neither is a .500 overall record at MAC and Mountain West schools an indictment of poor coaching.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know why you have to||
I don't know why you have to always frame things in a pro vs anti Borges way. This is the third, totally unrelated comment of mine that you've replied to and tried to make a Borges issue out of.
I try to call them like I see them. Do I have biases? certainly, but at the same time guys getting push at the line of scrimmage and then moving to the second level and actually blocking someone isn't subjective. Guys not putting Morris in the turf every second play isn't subjective. I made my comment because that sort of stuff gets lost in the feeling of doom watching live when K State was marching it down our throats. I could have brought up the struggles of other parts of the team since after all we didn't put up a lot of points, but this is an optimism thread. There are literally 20 threads the last week to piss and moan about how terrible the team and coaches are, why do you feel the need to come into this one and accuse people of blind optimism?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I'd rather see him in the SEC||
I'd rather see him in the SEC if he doesn't end up here, which doesn't look like is going to happen.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I understand your amazement||
I understand your amazement because it surprised me as well. When you played it in slow mo and focused just on the line, they looked pretty good relative to earlier. For one, we didn't really try gaining on the ground without reverses and end arounds, which I felt was a mistake. The couple of times we did try, unfortunately we did have some busts so the consistency isn't there yet. There were positive running plays though that actually looked the way you draw them up.There was a 2nd and short situation that sticks out in particular were we gained the first down and everything was blocked perfectly in terms of combination blocks and getting out to the linebackers. The other aspect that shouldn't be surprising is pass pro was pretty good, not just relative to before, but legitimately good. They kept Morris pretty clean all game.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe. I do concede the fact||
Maybe. I do concede the fact that guys didn't seem to make much improvement mid-season is a little worrying. I guess my point is as bad as we looked this year, it's not time to hit the panic button yet.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Is the free transfer pass||
Is the free transfer pass (i.e. transfer without sitting out a year) for Penn State players still good? I doubt this will effect Michigan either way, but just curious if that's still on the table because it could make a difference in how good Penn State is next year and beyond.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Youth||
I think people tend to underestimate the effect of youth. RS FR and FR literally have not played a snap of football outside of high school. We had RS FR and FR at almost half the spots on offense this year, sometimes more (RB, WR2, RG, LG, C, TE, FB). Watch the guys in the UA All American game tonight. Those kids will literally be the best players about to enter college and yet they will look noticeably less polished and undeveloped compared to even middling MAC teams (and would probably lose to one too). It takes time to make that next step. The young guys on the team will get better, and probably in big chunks.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||My family celebrated||
My family celebrated Christmas on the 28th this year so I didn't get to really watch the game closely live. We got home yesterday and upon watching the bowl game again on the DVR, I feel much better about the offense (and probably worse about the defense). The offensive line made a noticeable step forward. In fact the few blown assignments I noticed were unfortunately mostly on the few traditional running plays we ran, so the rushing stats didn't really reflect an improvement. I actually think if we stuck with running the ball a little bit in the second half after the screens and sweeps had outlived their effectiveness we would have had some success. The pass protection was night and day better and for the most part Morris had a pretty clean pocket to work from. All in all, it wasn't really a bad performance. The thing that kept the stats and score looking crappy was the way K State ate up the clock and only left Michigan with 7 or so actual possessions. There were very few opportunities to score and unfortunately we still weren't clean enough to keep enough of those drives going. Depending on how motivated I feel this weekend, I might do a UFR type thing on the offense.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||They play very aggressively||
They play very aggressively at the line of scrimmage. They'll load up and stop the run and send extra guys to get pressure. The CBs play tight to the line to disrupt timing and prevent quick passes, but also have the speed to keep up deep, but the key to their defense is to prevent deep passes by getting to the quarterback before the route can develop.
I don't think it's purely the system that makes them successful, they have a legitimately talented roster that allows them to play it as aggressively as they do. That said, Narduzzi does as good of a job as anyone making sure everyone is on the same page and ready for every offense they face, and state does a great job finding and developing players to fit their system.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I don't see how the winner of||
I don't see how the winner of the championship game wouldn't be considered the champion, even if it's technically possible for there to be a split. If that were to happen, it's not going to be the least bit controversial who the consensus national champion will be.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||9-3 I actually like our||
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Story of the game for me was||
Story of the game for me was the methodical way k state was able to eat the clock and limit michigan's possessions. I didn't think the FGs were that egregious because it was early on and they hadn't quite established the offensive dominance yet. The punt with 7 min to go was much worse IMO. Why would you give the ball back down that much knowing full well at that point that they were going to take a ton of time off again.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Pro Hoke, meh borges,||
Pro Hoke, meh borges, probably anti funk, not much different than before. Borges called a good first half and didnt have anything to counter K State's adjustments after the half. Spielman hit the nail on the head about when you have no run game you have to resort to ridiculous ways to move the ball with screens and sweeps. It only works for so long.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||As a Michigan fan, I||
As a Michigan fan, I appreciate how much he's contributed to the team. As a objective observer though, I think he still has a ways to go to keep his temper and emotions in check. I hope he doesn't turn into a Suh type player who has incredible talent but keeps hurting his team at inopportune times with dumb penalties. Either way though, I'd take him on my team any day.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Go get 'em kid||
Go get 'em kid
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Assuming no attrition, I||
Assuming no attrition, I don't think we have any spots left. Obviously, the coaches know about or are expecting some attrition and/or non-renewed 5th year scholarships (Don't speculate on who). If we don't fill the 2 spots or whatever it ends up being, we'll bank the scholarship and/or hand it out to walk-ons.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Ok, I misunderstood you then,||
Ok, I misunderstood you then, I thought you wanted to start Morris regardless to get him experience because the season is already lost
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Lighten up Francis, it's the||
Lighten up Francis, it's the off-season. Soon we'll be innundated with threads about video games and basketweaving. Enjoy the football talk while it lasts.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Also, Indiana. I'm guessing||
I'm guessing 2, multiple overtime games didn't hurt either.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||1. Whatever, been through||
1. Whatever, been through this way too many times to rehash
3. Most people outside the program get 12-13 chances a year to form an opinion about a program. It's not like baseball where they play a billion games. Every game has a big impact in forming that opinion. Just look at how much the Ohio game did to boost everyones outlook here. Hell, look at how winning against Florida in 2007 changed the way we remember for Carr's entire career. This bowl game, even if it's "just" the BWW bowl, is the last chance for this team (coaches and players) to make a statement about who they are to the fans and the recruits.
4. Agree with Morris not being auto loss, but a true freshman playing his first game isn't going to give you the best chances. If Gardner is cleared to play, he should play. He's earned it.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||On the other hand, they have||
On the other hand, they have (comparatively) crappy facilities with ads all over their stadium. There's probably a happy medium somewhere, but at the same time Brandon's focus on maximizing cash flow does buy some nice things.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||It might not matter for you,||
It might not matter for you, but I bet it matters a great deal to the players. Winning a bowl game would carry some positive momentum into the offseason and get some of the bad taste out of their mouths for the players, not the least of which Devin Gardner. Winning their last game in a winged helmet probably means a lot to the departing seniors. Lastly, winning a bowl game would be a strong closing statement to the recruits going into NSD that this program, while still rebuilding, is headed in the right direction.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah 606 Packard, right by||
Yeah 606 Packard, right by Jimmy Johns.
|18 weeks 16 hours ago||Ha, yup, been to both a bunch||
Ha, yup, been to both a bunch of times. My roomate was Dan Reagan.
|18 weeks 16 hours ago||What year were you? I wasn't||
What year were you? I wasn't on the team, but my roomate was and I knew (and played flip-cup with) most of them around 2002-2003.
|18 weeks 16 hours ago||All the bitching about not||
All the bitching about not wanting to watch Michigan games anymore during the season that I did seem so stupid now that the season is over and I just want more football. *sigh* Don't know what you've got til it's gone, even if it's dong punching, soul crushing, miserable excuses for football games. Can't wait for the bowl game.... and then the long darkness of the offseason.
Are we doing a MGoBlog bowl pick 'em?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure if serious||
There's even a tag and term describing the track record of developing underrated guys into productive contributors.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|18 weeks 1 day ago||LEEEEEROOOOY MMMM||
LEEEEEROOOOY MMMM JAAYNKINS!!!
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The prerequisite for someone||
The prerequisite for someone questioning the sustainability of your success is to have success in the first place. :)
I wouldn't call a 4 year span (with one pretty miserable season) sustained quite yet, especially when it conicides with a down period for it's biggest rival (and to a lesser extent to Ohio) which probably gave them a boost in recruiting and weaker schedule. It'll be interesting to see where they are next year with (probably) Narduzzi gone and some of the key guys on defense leaving.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||This is my feeling too, I||
This is my feeling too, I really like Reddit's system because the best comments get elevated above the noise and it's really useful because there may be tens of thousands of comments.
Here, it's pretty rare to get a topic over 200 comments and most of those are threaded replies to other comments so it really doesn't make too much sense to rank them. The other big threads are live game threads, which you want to be sorted by time so again, not worth the effort.
By the way, the way reddit does it is really ingenious, they actually weight by score AND time, so that new comments always get a brief chance on top and even high scoring comments eventually fall if the voting isn't sustained. The formula is:
Where n is the score and t is the time stamp of the post, in seconds from an arbitrary date. Newer posts have a bigger t and will therefore rank higher, but older comments effectively move forward in time and become "newer" according to the log of the upvotes.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if the BIG gets blanked this year in bowls. I have a nagging suspicion we, as a conference, are extremely weak this year. Michigan State seems to be the only consistently legit team, but then again their offense still seems like it's a few steps away from moving the ball on a quality defense like Stanford's.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not entirely convinced||
I'm not entirely convinced their success is sustainable year in and year out just quite yet. There's no question Dantonio has brought an identity and a competency to their program. They'll continue to be a thorn in our side, as they've always been, but I just don't see them maintaining an elite defense like they have this year, especially with Narduzzi with one foot out the door. Most years, if we're good enough to beat Ohio, we'll be good enough to beat everyone else.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The way I think about the||
The way I think about the 2012 and 2013 class is that these are guys that should have been signed in previous classes, We banked a lot of schollies and had a roster full of holes. As such, it's not too surprising so many ended up playing.
Burning Da'Mario Jones's redshirt doesn't seem too bad to me, not really much different than all the others that only saw special teams time. If anything, Dymonte Thomas seemed like a worse choice given his supposed up-side (no offense to Jones and others). I think you're right that many of these guys missed out on playing time because there were no blow outs.
Bosch... *sigh*. That one hurts, but if you go back to the situation at the time, it's kinda hard to be too upset. The OL was in absolute free fall, we started Burzinyski and Magnuson for Indiana. When Burzinyski got hurt, Kalis was probably the only option left. I guess you could have put Bryant or Kalis back in, but it's tough to bench a guy and then have him right back in there. I'm also not so sure both those guys were healthy since they seemed to have a dramatic drop-off against Penn State. Long term, I think that does hurt us pretty bad since we probably really wanted to space out the huge OL classes in 2012 and 2013 as much as possible, with smaller classes in '14 and '15.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, that would work too. I||
Yeah, that would work too. I have no idea how much work mod pre-approving posts is, so mods should definitely decide that.
One other quibble. Looks like you can up-vote your own posts, which somewhat negates the "cost" of the downvotes.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Sure, but that doesn't mean||
Sure, but that doesn't mean having an engineering major available to him wasn't a big factor in picking between two top football programs though.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I mostly agree with this, but||
I mostly agree with this, but his comments in 2011 about how unfair it was that Michigan got to play in the sugar bowl despite watching from the couch during the BIG championship game struck me as prototypical Sparty sour grapes. Not saying he's not a good guy, but he did lose a lot of my respect after those comments.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I like the part that it costs||
I like the part that it costs something to downvote.
Another idea I've been thinking of pitching is having a new user's first 10 posts or so be moderator approved before posting to the board. It'll cut down on repeat offenders that make new accounts and help set a standard for conduct for legitimate new users. The downside is it adds work load to mods.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I know this is going to sound||
I know this is going to sound hopelessly naive and idealistic, but hopefully a culture of people who value quality dissenting opinions over crappy ones, even if they agree with them can take root here. It's not without precedent, Reddit (more so in the earlier days) has a lot of sub-reddit communities that are very good about using the voting system in that way, so it can happen if everyone buys in.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Wait, how do you know about||
Wait, how do you know about the old system with a '13 join date? BUSTED!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Looks to be affecting point||
Looks to be affecting point totals, just not "live." If you refresh, the points update.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Done. ;)||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Well, deserved: :)||
Well, deserved: :)
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Also, it doesn't seem to be||
Also, it doesn't seem to be hiding negged comments below any threshold, which was one of the stated goals of the system. Hmm.. a work in progress I guess.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Looks like I jumped the gun a||
Looks like I jumped the gun a little, it's only available on diary posts right now. OP has been edited.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||It damages the FUTURE of the||
It damages the FUTURE of the program. If wringing your hands over the each current season and the W's vs the L's, sure, it doesn't matter, but if you're worried about long term goals, it's dumb to needlessly speculate on the HC's tenure based on some arbitrary record in the next years. Those future seasons inevitably become the current season and you can get yourself pretty quickly into a cycle of never being satisfied with the current coach as he's struggling with the consequences of replacing his predecessor. Criticising coaches is fine, talking openly about forcing out a coach if they don't hit your personal W/L threshold is counterproductive.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, let's talk more about if||
Yes, let's talk more about if Hoke will be fired or not. That will surely boost recruiting.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||This deserves an embed||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I think we'll have (relative)||
I think we'll have (relative) success on the ground again and begin to see a clear trend that the OL is improving finally. Gardner will be healthier and more dynamic running the ball, will probably throw for a lot of yards too, but also have INT issues once again.
Defensively, I hope to god we get the safety personnel sorted out, because Furman and Avery is just asking to get gashed in the running game AND passing game by that offense. That said, I like our front seven's unspectacular but disciplined style to stop the run game.
Michigan 31 - KSU 27
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Delete||
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Gotta hand it to them, they||
Gotta hand it to them, they took full advantage of the situation at their rivals, developed the talent they were able to play an aggressive style of defense. I don't like some of their on field behavior sometimes, but that defense is legitimately scary. Their offense does enough to win and is low variance, which is exactly what you want to pair with the D. Given the choice between MSU and Ohio, MSU was clearer the better and more deserving team.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Nope, Sparty straight up beat||
Nope, Sparty straight up beat them. Ohio had some moments on incredible individual efforts, and got it going a little coming out of the half, but overall they were dominated on offense more than the score showed.
Sparty did enough on offense to get the win,
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Holy shit, that coaches'||
Holy shit, that coaches' handshake. *cringe*
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Gotta hand it to Sparty, this||
Gotta hand it to Sparty, this defense is legit.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Looks like it's game blouses.||
Looks like it's game blouses. Enough for Auburn to jump ohio if they win ugly?
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Hopefully, he's just sick of||
Hopefully, he's just sick of the process and attention and this isn't a reflection of his feelings about Michigan. All the signs seem to be pointing the wrong way recently though. Too bad considering some of his previous comments from not too long ago made him seem like a lock.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Closest back in the day was||
Closest back in the day was the Naked Mile. After they cracked down on that, I remember most years kinda going out with a whimper as students generally filtered out of town whenever their last final was instead of having a single last hurrah night.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I agree we haven't had||
I agree we haven't had continuity, which is part of why this year has been so rough. In addtion to breaking in new guys, we're running things differently than we have. I just don't think we want to do that again and throw whatever comfort level and experience the young guys got from this year out the window and start all over again. The learning curve is steepest at the beginning.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I'm getting the PS4, here's||
I'm getting the PS4, here's why for me, in order of importance.
1. Pure power. More so than in previous generations, it's actually fairly straightforward to compare the two systems and the PS4 has a significant edge in graphics, both theoretically and in practice (lots of launch games are running at higher res and/or frame rate on PS4 than XBone).
2. My friends are getting the PS4, lots of them are XB360 converts too (like me).
3. Cost. I know the XBone has kinect included which is reflected in the price, but it's just not a feature I'm interested in, especially not for $100. Similarly, I'm just not interested in the entertainment connectivity features, I just want a gaming system.
4. Design. I really like the physical design of the PS4, it's slimmer and has the power supply internal to the device. I also like the fact the hard drive is user swappable.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with most of what you||
I agree with most of what you said except for HW being equal. Many (most?) cross-platform launch games are running at higher resolutions and/or frame rates on the PS4. I agree, that's secondary to most people, but if you do care about how games look there is a pretty clear difference between the two.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree. Taking a number||
Disagree. Taking a number from someone established so they can wear a legends number is one of the biggest things I don't like about the Legends Jersey program. Give it to the young guys as a motivational tool and let them try to live up to it.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||OL||
I actually don't feel as scared about the OL next year. I know we've said it a few times already, but I really think 3 brand new starters on the interior this year will be the bottom for the OL situation. One upside to shuffling so many guys in and out is a lot of guys got playing experience, which is going to be invaluable. Miller, Kalis, Glasgow, Magnuson, Bosch, Bryant all got significant time. There's enough bodies there to get a starting line out of. With another year of S&C and working on technique, they could all be pretty serviceable, if not good. Depth is an issue, but some of the guys coming off of redshirts could probably fill that role, and Burzinyski actually looked pretty decent before injury, if he comes back for his 5th year. If Braden can lock down a tackle spot, it gets even better.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I think most people||
I think most people underestimate how disruptive a OC change would be. Whoever comes in will have a different system they will need to teach the players and position coaches below them. Even if they get another WCO disciple, there will still be a transition. Little things like terminology may seem trivial, but taken in aggregate with all the other little things that have to change, it becomes a big deal. Recruiting will almost certainly be impacted. With a defensive minded/CEO type head coach like Brady, the loss of continuity will be on par with a head coaching change, just on one side of the ball.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I dunno, Ohio will get||
I dunno, Ohio will get points, but if anyone matches up with them it's Sparty. Their ability to leave their corners on an island really frees up the rest of the defense to stop the run game. As much as it pains me to say, state has an elite defense this year and their offense is better than people give them credit for.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Once?||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||You can run with these guys||
You can run with these guys Spike.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think Sparty wins and I||
I think Sparty wins and I want them to. As annoying as the fans will be, I just can't stomach the idea of a school whose coach gets run off for blatant cheating coming back and having a shot at the NC a year later. Fuck Sparty, but fuck the Buckeyes more. The fact that state probably plays in the rose bowl either way just seals it for me.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||My wife explaining pinterest||
My wife explaining pinterest to me was actually what made me realize my 2nd protip above. It's basically a way to collect all the pretty things in the world and "own" them in a way. She said it satisfies a lot of the same desires as shopping does. As soon as she said that, I got why women love it so much.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||4 out of the 9 losses to Ohio||
4 out of the 9 losses to Ohio and 5 out of 5 of the losses to State can be attributed, at least in part, to messy coaching transitions. Wishing for a better product on the field dosn't automatcally and immediately make it so. If anything, constantly chasing short term fixes with coaching changes is what keeps programs in mediocrity (see ND after Holtz).
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I missed any announcement||
I missed any announcement too, but I always kinda assumed this was pretty temporary gig for him. On to saving lives and breaking hearts for Dr. Bubble Screen.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Predictability stems from lack of running game.||
If the OL, TE, FB, RBs etc can get us 2.5-3 yards consistently on whatever the base running play we go with (probably Power), it'll totally change the complexion of the offense. The system we've been trying to implement is completely contigent on that. We have enough weapons to take care of the rest. Another year of 0 and -2 yard runs though, I think we run into some of the same issues as this year with being one dimensional and predictable. I do think, even with continued issues with run blocking, we'll have more receiver weapons (yes, even with Gallon gone) and Gardner won't swing so dramatically from playing too loosely and too tightly with a bit more experience. As for Al, I think he'll have a little better feel for how to handle OL deficiencies should they crop up again. My hope is he'll be able to patch something together a little more quickly should the need arise.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I personally think penalties||
I personally think penalties for verbal stuff and lewd gestures is dumb. It's football, worse stuff gets said and gestured on the play ground. It's bad sportsmanship and we should condemn it but a suspension is way over the top. Save the penalties for potentially dangerous stuff or things that gain an unfair advantage.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||For the guys||
Protip 1: If she has a pinterest account, it's basically like a wishlist.
Protip 2: Men tend to want stuff they can use for something, women often just want pretty things simply to possess them. You might be racking your brain to figure out what she needs, but what you really should be doing is figuring out what her aesthetic style is and buy something that fits that.