Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|2 hours 13 min ago||Hardaway and Burke||
I will confess that I have watched way more of last year's tournament on BTN this year than I should have, but in addition to McGary I've noticed how many steals Burke got (and how well he seemed to stay in front of his man) and how well Hardaway (with the exception of defending CJ Fair, an admittedly tough matchup) played defensively, especially in help defense. I'm definitely not an expert, but I think that missing a third-year player with an NBA body has to hurt, and Burke is stronger than Walton.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Agreed - Morgan and Horford||
Agreed - Morgan and Horford started being much more effective once McGary went out.
|1 week 1 day ago||"We are the World" was not||
"We are the World" was not the song of the year.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||No mention of the Blue Front||
No mention of the Blue Front Persuaders?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This is just cruel...Steve's||
This is just cruel...Steve's was where I learned that grease cured hangovers...
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Greg. Oden.||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||As usual, Deadspin is all||
As usual, Deadspin is all over this...
He's playing a part, getting coverage, causing all of us to endlessly worry about how his behavior holds up to other standards from bygone eras. The game is played at such a high level, at such intensity, that it's hard for us to understand sometimes...
And for what it's worth, I just fell even more in love with Erin Andrews, because she asked an actual follow-up question, deviating from her script in order to ask about something he said...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The most popular player||
The most popular player (among fans) on nearly any team is the backup quarterback, especially when your starter is not named Brees, Brady, Manning, Unitas, Marino, Montana, Moon...ya'll get the drift...
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes. I'm hoping this is the||
Yes. I'm hoping this is the Beilein-after-the-third-year move that we've been waiting for...
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Any April Cleveland Indians||
Any April Cleveland Indians game in the old stadium.
I did see a game in a snowstorm in Green Bay in 1986(?) - Packers versus Tampa. The Packers were loving it, drawing up plays in the snow in the huddle, while the Buccaneers just wanted to go home. In the stands, there were excellent snowball fights and free hot chocolate (with rum chasers for those of us with flasks), so while it was cold as anything and we got what felt like a thousand inches of snow I had a blast.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||It looked to me as if the MSU||
It looked to me as if the MSU secondary played more zone than I had previously thought they did - the interception by Waynes was either an amazing read/reaction or a zone...
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Chudzinski was the new GMs||
Chudzinski was the new GMs hire...
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Bingo...it feels like he has||
Bingo...it feels like he has to be the smartest man in the room...
Sorry - misplaced - this was to StephenKing's comment about Borges's inability to develop a sound base offense...
|14 weeks 1 day ago||First of all, calling him the||
First of all, calling him the Tracy McGrady of OCs was brilliant...
Second, I'd like to see an offensive line that is less clueless - I felt for Lewan and Schofield trying to hand off the stunting defensive end only to watch the guard follow his man and lose the hand-off, resulting in Gardner eating another shot to the ribs...
Third, I'd like to see Green and Smith become a dynamite pair of runners, Norfleet be used as a legitimate slot threat, and Gardern continue to improve as a quarterback.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I second this one. It was my||
I second this one. It was my junior year, last home game versus Ohio State, and I remember being in awe watching all those points being put on the board, thinking that maybe Bo had gone soft...
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks - that's the sort of||
Thanks - that's the sort of name I was looking for.
In my mind the Borges offense is the football equivalent of hero ball in basketball - desperately hope that your playmakers are better than their playmakers. Brian and Ace and Seth have noted it all year - where are the very obvious counters that the offense can run to take advantage of what the defense is doing? Mattison talks about being unable to take away everything, and yet defenses look like that's exactly what they're doing against the Michigan offense.
I also get frustrated with the 'execution' meme. The former coach at the place I teach was big on that - it's a 70's/80's mentality in my mind, and resulted in the other defense often calling the play based on formation. I had players in my class (we're a very small school), and they talked about how frustrating it was to hear that (and with no audible options, but that's another conversation).
I heard Dana Holgorsen talk about this at halftime of the WVU- Texas game. The announcer asked what they had to do in the second half - he said "they have an extra man in the box. We have to get him out of there. That's on the coaches." Notice no mention of execution...and no hero ball, assuming your player can somehow by sheer triumph of will (or something) run through three defenders.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||So, who's the new Malzahn?||
So, who's the new Malzahn? Rather than around the standard names (flightracker says GRUDENCOWHERPARCELLS) who is the cool new OC that Michigan can hire in order to experience a Malzahn-like effect?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Enjoy the cold oblivion of||
Enjoy the cold oblivion of space.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Why has no mentioned throw||
Why has no mentioned throw bubble screens?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I hear you in some ways, but||
I hear you in some ways, but I still watch because I feel for the players. I couldn't get the first half of the game on the radio as I was driving home from a conference, but the ESPN announcers kept talking about the physical courage that Devin Gardner was showing (for instance). They're right - he is. In my mind the least I can do is root for him to succeed even when the coaching he receives is ridiculously bad. He might be a horrible person - I've never met him or any of the other players. But they're playing for my school, representing as best they can, and I won't give up on them, even if I only listen on the radio while I do other work because watching on the teevee is too painful...
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmm...I'm not the sharpest||
Hmmmm...I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but is the implication here that Borges is not running Borges's offense? Instead, Hoke is forcing Borges into an offense that he hasn't exactly run, and that if Borges had his choice Michigan would be running something much more wide open?
Recalculating "Fire Borges" meme...
|17 weeks 58 min ago||The Singularity FTW!||
The Singularity FTW!
|17 weeks 2 days ago||General William Tecumseh||
General William Tecumseh Sherman.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||All you coaches, and||
All you coaches, and especially SpaceCoyote -
A huge thank you for taking so much time and educating this line play moron. This has been incredibly enlightening and part of what makes me keep reading MGoBlog.
Your point about the teaching methods and techniques used hits home. It's a complex blend of confidence in the larger scheme, confidence in themselves, and confidence in their teammates' abilities to understand what they need to do that has to condemn the current coaching staff. Watching Lewan come over after the second series, point the young ones to the bench, and scream WTF is happening at them was brutal.
I'm just wanting to put back on my rose-colored glasses...
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely. They seem to be||
Absolutely. They seem to be anticipating that they will screw up. It's tough to watch, because we want them to do well and succeed.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Are there still Borges||
Are there still Borges apologists?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone who doesn't value||
Anyone who doesn't value their ego more than they value putting the ball in their best player's hands in position to make plays...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed (about Meyer running||
Agreed (about Meyer running up the score). tOSU fans also find themselves in the unusual position of having to root for both Michigan and MSU to win out in order to boost their own resume (assuming they win both those games, of course)...
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Hah - I just finished (I||
Hah - I just finished (I guess) another post asking this question...
Thanks for the optimism, OP - here's hoping you're right...
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I haven't yet seen someone||
I haven't yet seen someone bring in Brian's comparison between Beilein and Hoke. In my mind, Hoke is similar to Cooper, in that he coaches the coaches (except, of course, that he gets the rivalries). He thus depends upon having great assistants, and unlike in previous years it seems that Brandon will pay well to make sure that that happens. In that case, will Hoke do what Beilein did after year 3 and bring in new assistants? Or will he stay loyal to Bourges (in particular - I'm not ready to get rid of someone who has made UM's defense relevant again)?
I'm also not ready to throw Funk under the bus. As much as I think Bourges has called a couple of brilliant games, his mind-set is so old-school (use this to set up that, depend upon great athletes making great plays rather than schemes) that I'm not sure any OL can succeed. I'm old, but I love the Art Briles, we-try-to-score-on-every-play mentality, and I think that the OC can create an environment that makes everyone successful.
In my mind, the PSU game was a huge out-coaching - they were ready for the extra tackle, for instance, and UM kept trying to run it. This game wasn't being out-coached - MSU has gotten better all year, and they have found a quarterback who's not horrible.
If Hoke agrees to let Gorgeous Al Bourges retire, then we definitely know something about him - he wants to take this program to that proverbial, long-sought-after, perhaps-mythical next level.