“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|5 days 4 hours ago||Never ever ever...||
I am as likely to even CONSIDER this question of World Cup over UM Football as I am to watch the Tour de France.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Lighten up, Francis.||
It's what we do here. Debating whether a certain win is "muppet-worthy" is a time honored tradition here.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Compelling argument||
By "compelling" I mean "nonexistant". Perhaps I was too obscure in my analysis. I believe that we should not be excited about making the round of 16, beause a nation of our resources and economic power should be in the top 16 in this game. To repeate my original point, I am not saying we shouldn't be excited about the novelty of this step, but muppets are reserved for very special accomplishements, and this is not a special accomplishement.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||.||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"equivalent to the sweet 16"?||
I don't see it. I'll say it again. To get into this round we had to to surpass these two nations:
This would be like the Patriots storming the field after having a .500 season, or the Yankees celebrating a 90 win season by popping champagne, or Michigan beating Indiana in football. It's a nice accomplishent, but Muppets, man. Muppets.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||No Muppets!||
Although I hate ties, I understand the round robin format, so save your "stupid american" blasts. I am very glad we made it through. I am enjoying watching this team grow up and develop before our eyes. I watched this game, and I will watch the elimination games.
But no freaking way does the USMNT making it to the round of 16 earn Muppets. It's like beating Indiana or getting into the NCAA tournament as a 10 seed. Muppets are for excellence. This is not excellence, it's nice progress. We finished ahead of Ghana and Portugal. A little perspective here would be nice.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Soccer Fans...||
...can one of you please explain why I shouldn't be pissed that the mysterious "extra time" clock went from "4-ish" minutes to "5-ish" minutes? And we gave up the pivotal goal at about 4:30? What is so hard about having a person on the clock who stops it during injuries and substitutions, and a clock that everyone can see that shows exactly how much time is left?
I'm not being a smart-ass, I just can't undestand how I can go to a 4th grade basketball game and there is a scoreboard clock that can be relied on by the players and coaches, but in the biggest tournament of the most popular game in the world, we have to rely on one guy with a stopwatch in his pocket?
And how is there not regularly conspiracy theories about how the games end?
Also one more question - what do they do in the final game for a tie after regulation? They obviously can't have two champions, right?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||In person assessment||
I happened to see both Gardner and Malzone play an entire HS football game in person. Gardner was a talented freak with a very strong, albiet incredibly irratic arm, but didn't look like much of a QB to me. Looked more like a WR or TE prospect if not for our Denard situation and talent vacuum at the position at the time. Obviously he's grown into a good QB, but I still contend he'd have been better utilized elsewhere.
Malzone, however, was all pure QB. Rice played a spread in the game I saw (state championship game at Ford Field) and was throwing the pill all over the yard, scrambling, incredibly accurate and decisive. I LOVED the guy, but had never heard of him before the game, and when I got home looked him up and was astounded that he was a fringe 2 or 3 star at the time. I was just amazed, since what I had just watched looked like a prototype 1995-2005 Michigan QB. I'm reallly glad we got this guy, even if he was our 3rd choice (or later). Hope my gut on him turns out the be right.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||A color is not trademarkable||
except in very VERY rare cases. This is not one of them - it has to have an exclusive market implication as to a product or brand. And even if it was, there is no way that Nike could own the trademark... if anyone owned it it would be the University, since the color is associated with the athletic department and existed many years before Nike existed. If suckiness in uniform design could be trademarked, however, I am pretty sure Adidas would hold the rights.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||In other news...||
...Bernie Madoff has some suggestions on how to improve the regulatory effectiveness of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please...
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Downvote for "euchre" misspelling...||
Commence "downvote for being a spellchecker on a sports blog" thread below...
|23 weeks 4 days ago||New favorite phrase||
The phrase "mildly psychoactive taco" is a new fave of mine. A tee shirt at MGoStore would be fabulous...
|46 weeks 5 hours ago||Comparoni on the "Huge Show" right now attempting to explain||
And failing miserably. The gist of his explanation is that he "thought he was only talking to 300-or so hard-core spartan fans". As if sometimes that makes it OK. Several years ago some guy from a major oil company - Exxon maybe - was busted saying ridiculously racist comments in a board room. I don't remember the "I didn't think anyone was listening" defense worked then... or now. Loser.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Perfectly stated||
My comment below expands on this a bit, but the skill set for a wolf and FS are blending together... Kind of like a Will and rush end are as well. The widening variety of offensive sets and the infiltration of spread concepts in every system makes versatility on D of paramount importance.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||"The strength of the pack is the wolf..."||
Very nice work up, Seth. I could read this stuff all freaking day. This is what truly makes this blog unlike any other...
Some historical commentary - the strong safety or "boundary" safety is internally known as the "wolf" in Michigan Bo/Lloyd/Moeller/Herrmann lore. ("the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack")
Back in the 90s and early 2000s, there was a clear distinction in the position in terms of skill set - the wolf's general job description was to support the run, cover a tight end/RB/or slot in the passing game, and be able to shed a pulling guard. He was a faster linebacker, bulky and strong, and not as fast (i.e. Shonte Peoples). Incredibly rare was the day you walked an OLB out onto a H back in the slot. That was the wolf's job. The free safety was a faster, leaner athlete that could cover the post or pole route and run down a backside RB in a screen - a stronger corner... (i.e. Trippe Welbourne or Corwin Brown).
This is not news to any of our intelligent MGoBloggers here, but the reason it has evolved is due to the complexities of the offensive schemes we now face, and the fact that the safeties are more interchangeable because they need to cover the run more and the wolf no longer is as specialized because he might face a flood of recievers/RB/TEs in the flat, or a running QB on the outside. So I guess my point is that there is less specialization because the safeties, "free", "wolf" or whatever, need to be large corners instead of fast linebacker.
All I am saying is that if you asked Mattison who the wolf is, he'd still tell you he was the safety to the strong side. It's just that offenses use more field now, and are less predicated on purely formation strength. So 90% of the time in today's offenses the strong side is away from the boundary, regadless of formation.
To test my theory, I'll be watching us against a conventional offense like MSU. I bet you'll see a conventional defensive alignment of wolf and FS, sometimes into the boundary when the formation dictates...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Nope...||
The guy to the left of Lloyd in that pic was a strength and conditioning assistant coach by the name of Ed O'dowd. I was a student manager on staff a couple years later.
Of most concern to me is why I have a playtex banner add on the MGoBlog page. Someone is getting ripped off for their advertising dollars. Playtex - the official feminine hygeine product of Michigan Football. What's next, MGoTampon? MGoMidol next?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Physicalness||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Bo Hat||
I can live with the evolution of Maize. I can barely live with yellow letters on yellow uniformZ, but the embroidered block M that's forbidden is the Bo Block M hat logo. What possible reason could there be for not allowing one of the most hallowed traditions in Michigan Gear History?
Depresses me just seeing it there, like a great dream you wake from wishing you could go back to...
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Wow. This must be bumped.||
Great, great work... It really brings into focus the mysterious, blurry world of the B1G's logic. At least now I know there might actually be some, even though I might disagree with it to some degree. We always hear phrases tossed around like "academic fit" and "research university" regarding expansion, but only a handful people understand that like you clearly do. Well done, sir. Well done.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||One and done...||
...is the dumbest thing in college athletics. What a shame for this kid, who could be getting paid for rehabbing if he was able to play in the NBA this season.
Actually I take that back. "One and Done" is the SECOND dumbest thing. It was just passed in the rankings by the first name "Nerlens". Yes, Nerlens is the dumbest. Definitely.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||81-72 Meeeeshigan||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Tap the brakes...||
We are still watching one of our best teams ever, I believe. But mostly we are watching one of the best coaches in the business... Sans Beilen, I would have watched this game with disgust assuming that the mental errors were a sign of immaturity and me-first NBA mentality garbage that would send us spiraling into a 3 game losing streak we've all seen so many times after a UM team with a promising start loses their first major test of the season.
HOWEVA' in this case, as stated by others, Beilein will take these kids to task for their bad shots, bad decisions, and lack of patience in film session. Watching Coach B speak firmly to Burke on the sideline was reallly illustrative to me. It was like a great teaching HS coach and his star player. Burke was attentive and nodding, and Coach was intense but calm. You just kind of KNOW that there was true learning happening. I don't think I've seen that on a college or pro basketball court in, like, forever. He still made some bad decisions late - the long step back three after a timeout in the second (or third?) to last possession was just mystifying to me - but I think he gets it.
Also HOWEVA' - Someone needs to slap Hardaway. He's the only guy on this team that, at times, just disregards the entire scheme, game situation, or his position on the court, and decides to jack up a three 10 seconds into the shot clock. Repeatedly. Dude is a seriously selfish player. He's better this year than last, but he should know better by now.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||In order of preference:||
1. Meteor. Obviously
2. Tide Blowout - Mostly for selfish reasons to confirm what I've been telling my ND alumni friends - that their season thus far has been essentially a 7-win season with some incredibly lucky breaks that have gone their way to make them undefeated.
3. ND narrow win - Giving the SEC a losing record and at least slightly tempering their god-aweful arrogance.
100. ND blowout - This would be the worst scenario because I'd have to listen to said ND alumni friends rant about how they're back, even though they are clearly not.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Iowa?||
The biggest question raised in my mind after reading this post is "Why is there a town in Iowa called Coralville?" Is there an ocean in the midwest I was not aware of?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Although I HATED the 4th and 3 call...||
...of a inside trap using Vincent Smith, Lewan flat out missed the block of the backside linebacker on the play. It actually would have worked. But not having the greatest offensive player is the winningest program's history sit out the 4th quarter in his last game against the hated rival is, simply, inexcusable.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Never mind the Bulloughs!||
Max is the real deal, the best of the Bulloughs, and the youngest one will not play at MSU (I've seen them all play).
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Rivalry?||
This is EXACLTY why we will never see MSU as a rival equal to OHIO. Can any of you possibly, under any circumstance, see yourself saying the equivalent of "This game doesn't matter" or "nobody cares what happens in this game" about the school down south. No. Never.
Until Spartan fans start realizing this, they can't whine when we refuse to grant them the same level of rivalry of the suckeyes.
Now, then... Back to your end of the pool, Sparty. Go Blue!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Whoa Tater!||
I think Hoke is a very good coach, and the coordinators are outstanding. Not looking for a coaching change. Just analyzing the game, and making a case that we were outcoached in one game. So settle down and take your 7000 MGoBlog points and take them to the counter at Chuck E Cheese and get yourself a rubber tomohawk.
Or you could actaully refute the points I made.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Can someone explain||
the whole Tacopants reference to me? I've been reading this blog for a couple years now, and I still don't know where it comes from. Thanks.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||A couple points on which I disagree:||
1. The screen play was not lucky. It's a great play, especially when you have dilithium and everyone wants to overpursue him.
2. " Michigan ran 61.76% of its plays out of the shotgun. So this is still a 60% spread offense. " I really can't believe the silliness of this comment. Just because a play is run out of the shotgun doesn't mean it a spread offense play. I haven't studied the film, but I know there was plenty of pro-style shotgun plays, which is a very common formation when you have an undersized QB in a pro-style offense.
3. I still don't by that Denard can't run a prostyle offense (with heavy doses of shotgun for sure) We all know he'll never be the Grbac/Collins/Griese/Brady/Navarre/Henne archetype. On Saturday he made some horrific throws. Some of them were bad decisions, and the rest were horrible accuracy, and he got away with more of them than he should have due to great reciever play and lousy coverage (not to mention ND wackiness in red zone). The decision-making problem can be corrected in time, and the accuracy can be improved - of course he'll never be Brees or Brady. His biggest detriment is his height, but he more than makes up for it with his athleticism (this just in...). He has one of those "live arms" that is possessed by only a few men on earth (Michael Vick, Denard, Kordell Stewart, come to mind.). If he learns the reads, makes better decisions, and can improve his accuracy he has the basic tools for greatness. Remember he's not been running this offense very long. Borges has proven so far that he knows what he has. He just needs to coach him up on the offensive philosophy. I would like to see more rollouts to allow him to create and improvise more easily, but that doesn't mean you HAVE to run the spread. By the end of the year he's going to be Troy Smith or Michael Vick (college version).