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|2 days 15 hours ago||I understand, but do this in the first half||
That way, if it is close, you have plenty of time to adjust. Additionally, that game was 33-16 in the first half.
It's a risk, but a small one. Teske brings something to the table (he was 1st team, All-Ohio) and can (I think) help the team this year. He's not going to get better unless he plays more (4-8 minutes a game instead of 0-4 minutes).
|2 days 17 hours ago||Time for a twin towers lineup||
Beilein's (accurate in my view, esp if he actually can shoot) quote, "We have to really find minutes for him" is more reason why I'm annoyed by our game against Mt Saint Mary's: that's a team where there is no reason Zak Irvin should be playing 40 minutes. We should be seeing more of what Teske can, and can't, do.
If Ibi Watson is not ready, sub out Irvin and go with some combo of Wagner/Donnal/Teske for 5 or so minutes at the 4 and 5. Play zone (or whatever you have to do) on defense and then come up with an offense package that works the inside. Get creative. It might be choatic and messy, but I'm not the one who loaded the team with big men. You've got 'em, use 'em.
Also, unless something majorly changes, Wagner and Donnal should not split minutes -- instead of 18 and 18, it should be 20-22 Wagner and 14-16 Donnal (if not more, depending upon results). We need to win now and build for next year, and playing Wagner more (esp since Donnal's supposed 3-pt shooting prowess is not an in-game thing) is the way to do it.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Right - if you have them, consistently, you're in great shape||
...because the 4-star doesn't have to start (typically) as a freshman. Just two examples:
- What QB would we rather have for our system than (4-star) McCaffery? I can't really think of anyone. More importantly, he won't need to start next year, or even the year after that with the talent we currently have on the roster.
- What young TE would you rather have to replace an All-American than (4-star) Asiasi? If he had to start in 2016, that would have been suboptimal. But he should be ready to kick butt (no pun intended), at a high level, next year.
|3 days 10 hours ago||"This was a mediocre group..."||
Er... no. Our defense (the strength of the team) is stacked with high-quality, high-rated talent. It's experienced, which obviously helps quite a bit, but this was not remotely a "mediocre" group.
- Taco: 4 star
|3 days 10 hours ago||You're underselling our class||
I understand your point about 3-stars, but this year's class will be far better than "pretty good." It will be jammed with 4-stars (many on the high side, like McCaffery) with a sprinkling of 5-stars and 3-stars.
A Top 5 class, perhaps Top 3, will definitely give us a base to continue to build upon.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Eh, we already knew they had a great class||
It stinks that Alabama and OSU are putting together some historically great classes, but with so many top programs (Texas, LSU, Notre Dame) in flux, the stable elite programs are cleaning up.
...and that means us, too. While our class won't quite equal OSUs, it will be in shouting distance if we land the recruits that were listed in Brian's post today.
We're going to have an awesome class with plenty of top talent. While it is great (and necessary) to get 5-star talent like Peppers and Gary (i.e., we need to get DPJ this class), our best players this year were people like Lewis, Taco, Butt and Wormley -- 4-stars who I would take over basically anyone in the country. I think we'll have plenty of those folks in this class, so I'm not going to worry about other teams. Harbaugh & co are doing great.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Never is longer than it used||
Never is longer than it used to be.
|1 week 4 days ago||That's funny! I'm sure he did||
That's funny! I'm sure he did that, and I seem to remember that too, now that you say it.
But listening to these clips (thanks Wolverine Historian), he really doesn't say much of an "H" -- if he does, it subtle and not distinct. If anything, Musberger does it more. Regardless, it's great.
For example (2:23 mark):
|1 week 4 days ago||It's not "whatever man"||
I know people who have lost their jobs b/c of the cutbacks. If you think that makes me not as excited about EMU going 7-5, well, you got that right. Because whether they went 10-2 or 2-10, EMU still would be wasting millions.
EMU (and CMU and WMU) need to get real. Spending $20 million, per year, on Div 1A athletics when funding for higher ed is not getting any better is shameful.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hmmm...I think you are right, now that you mention it||
I probably was blocking that out. It also might be b/c I didn't see many of his game when he quasi-unretired in the early 2000s to do west coast games.
Regardless, he was certainly at the top of his game during the Desmond and Woodson years. I could listen to the man pronounce "WHEAT-lee" while Tyrone smashed and zoomed past people in the Rose Bowl for hours.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yep - he was the total package||
- He was enthusiastic, but not over the top (e.g., his wonderful, almost under his breath "Look at that!" when Desmond begins juking people)
- His accent/tone were wonderful (southern, but easily understandable wherever you came from, with a nice tone ala Ernie Harwell)
- He was correct (I don't recall him going through a phase like many older announcers when they frequently misidentified people)
- He was descriptive, but not overly wordy (again, the Desmond clip was perfect).
There are some good announcers today, but he was literally irreplaceable.
|1 week 4 days ago||Here's why I don't like EMU: they waste money on sports||
EMU spent $27.3 million of general fund (i.e., money that could have gone to student services, teaching faculty, etc) on atheltics just in 2015.
It's nice that the team is 7-5; I hope they go to a bowl as a reward for their hard work (as long as EMU is not forced to buy and eat 10,000 tickets).
But I'm not going to cheer on a program that's existence literally has required staff and faculty to be fired over the past few years.
|1 week 6 days ago||I stayed at Good Time||
I stayed at Good Time Charley's the whole day. Still happy with that decision.
|1 week 6 days ago||It even fooled the announcers||
(Shocking, I know)
Wormley was running step-for-step with Redding and if he had turned around (though I'm glad he was focused on covering; expect DB /Jourdan Lewis-level ball skills for a DL is a bit much), he could have picked off the pass; the announcers said Peppers could have done this.
Peppers was in the area, but didn't have a chance at it, and didn't need to, b/c Wormley had it locked down.
|1 week 6 days ago||Are we considering Steve Mariucci high-level?||
I guess so; he did coach in the NFL with some (non-Lions) success.
Other obvious example is Tom Izzo.
|1 week 6 days ago||I, for one, am not going to||
I, for one, am not going to stand here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Throw it....to what open player?||
ESPN's production rarely let us see how the receivers were doing, but one sack (where I also yelled, "THROW IT") on the replay they showed O'Korn was getting ready to throw it to Harris and then Harris trips, so O'Korn has to double-clutch and eat the ball. Besides Harris, there was no one to "THROW THE DAMNED BALL" to.
I am sure there were at least a 2-3 plays where a ball could have been thrown, but our receivers sure did not seem to be getting open.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Great point - the cuts are really showing up||
I had forgotten all the cuts to producers.
There used to be a large difference btw your average ESPN or ESPN2 broadcast and BTN, but now there really isn't --- slow or no replays, missed start of plays, shoddy production. It's too bad.
I'll give one example -- when UM was counting down the seconds to the win, you could see the players were getting amped up & ready to rush the field -- presumably to roll in the snow (which they did). However, the genius producer cut away to a basic field shot of Peppers (who was already on the field), and missed the rush. It was Production 101 -- football viewers love snow & players goofing around in it, and ESPN couldn't get that right.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Recruiting is serious business!||
If grown men can't obsess over the life choices of 17-year old boys, what hope is there in this world?
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes, this is an ESPN problem, not an announcer problem||
Both announcers are, on their own talent, good. I have heard them in other contexts where they've done a fine job. But for this game? ESPN's desire to push "the narrative" and basically any story besides the (close) game we were watching was maddening.
- I like Les; I hope he finds a good job. But he was in the booth *way* too long. I think it was 2 entire series. Thus, there was basically zero analysis or good replays of what was going on on the field.
Overall, a trash production.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Still not sure if serious||
What in god's green makes you think that would work? Have you seen the Pepcat lately? He can't even decide correctly when to handoff, let alone actually throw the ball.
And who would you replace him with on defense? No player can play QB (all game) and defense (all game).
I swear, we get one major injury and people act like they've suffered head injuries.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well, we don't know how Shane would do yet||
Jones had played in multiple OSU games. When he was 3rd string, he was a redshirt sophomore who was 21 years old.
That is not Brandon Peters.That is essentially Shane Morris. Which is my point to the OP, who is foolishly wondering about other options. There are none. It's Shane.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||No backups to O'Korn should provide you with comfort||
They are 3rd string for a reason.
The backup is Shane. He's (obviously) got flaws, but he's been 3rd man in all year, and there is nothing that would change that now.
For example, I don't care how mature Peters is -- having him play, on the road against the #2 team in the nation, in his college debut would have an extremely low chance of having a positive outcome. Plus, you will have burned his redshirt.
Hopefully, O'Korn will be healthy and play at an acceptable level. God forbid there is an injury, it is Sugar Shane time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I have not understood our sub use in blowouts all year||
We have been very fortunate to have so many blowouts, so it's a high-class problem. But frequently at the end of games, even when we are up 40-plus, you'll see Peppers, McCray, Gideon, etc still out there. We have basically zero depth at that position, so if they got hurt then, it would be incredibly stupid and pointless.
An example of this was Peppers fair catching a ball against Illinois late in the 2nd half when it was 38-0 (or whatever). He had room to run, and the staidum audibly sighed when he didn't run, but I was figuring he was saying, "This game is over. WTH am I going to return a ball and risk injury?"
On the offense, O'Korn should have gotten many more reps, considering all the blowouts. Thank goodness he got a few, but unless he is significantly worse than Speight (which supposedly he isn't and we now all hope is correct), O'Korn should have been playing and throwing much more when we were up 35-plus.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yep - and it's mostly playcalling and our OL||
1) If we had a great, or even good, OL -- then you could just say, "Screw it. We are going to run over you, again, even though you know it is coming." We do not have said OL, so that's been a problem for a Bo-disciple like Harbaugh. It's like he is trying to will it to happen.
2) The playcalling is mystifying. Speight was clearly hurt, so it was crazy he was out there on the 2nd and long Pepcat. If Peppers reverses field, does UM want its starting QB who -- at minimum -- has a very hurt shoulder to have to block someone and likely hurt it further? He was useless as a decoy and useless as a productive player. That play should get a RPS: minus-infinity.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good god, no||
If we need to play, let alone start, a true freshman making his debut in Week 12 in an away game at OSU, that would be full blown panic time.
The system would have failed. Let us never speak of this possibility again.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Mostly agree -- except with awful luck for the team||
QBs get injured regularly. Heck Alabama has a different starter (albeit not b/c of injury) than it did at the beginning of the regular season. Wisconsin, MSU, LSU, Texas A&M, etc all have had injuries to the QB. You've got to have 2 of quality.
Awful luck would be if (crosses-fingers) O'Korn now gets hurt. That would be awful luck. But as shown by MSU and Illinois (just to pick two) it happens, and as shown by OSU two years ago, if it does, you can still win big things.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's why you have a backup -- we can do this||
Honestly, I feel bad for Speight -- he worked hard, turned himself into a quality player who rightfully earned the starting job, and performed (mostly) well.
But, as pointed out, OSU and MSU both won B1G championships with their backups. While it would be great to go all 13-14 games with the same QB, that can't be the expectation.
No one will feel sorry for us, and we shouldn't either.
O'Korn came here to play, and win -- now is his chance. Where he doesn't succeed, it will be up to the rest of the team (which has a ton of seniors, esp at WR and TE) to pick him up.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||True...||
...but that UM-Minn game allowed us to fill our required quota of losing to a running QB at least once per year. It's in the state of Michigan constitution.
BTW, while quickly Googling Rickey Foggie, I came across this. Be careful with the "Like" button on Twitter, everyone!
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||So what if there is?||
Aren't there more than one wrinkle possible -- one for Iowa, one for OSU? And don't we want to beat Iowa? Up 2 points with 1:30 left, needing one first down to win the game, would have been a good time to use any non-insane "wrinkle" (e.g., no way should Peppers throw his first pass of the year at that point).
Speight should have still been the QB, so the Michigan "pass / run" option would have actually existed. Instead Harbaugh put up a big "HERE COMES A PEPPERS RUN!" sign, Iowa reacted accordingly, and the play got stuffed. A play completely wasted when plays were at an absolute premium.