- Member for
- 8 years 24 weeks
- View recent blog entries
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Penn State
|40 min 59 sec ago||Take everything from the||
Take everything from the hospital that isn't nailed down.
ESPECIALLY the mesh underpants. You'll need a month's supply and can't get them anywhere else, and trust me your wife is going to want them.
But as much formula and diapers and burp cloths you can scamper away with, and don't forget all the pumping equipment.
|4 hours 3 min ago||Man I scrolled a LONG way||
Man I scrolled a LONG way before this inevitable response came up.
One of the internal discussions was what happens when we have to touch on a political subject because Michigan sports are involved, and to go this far before anybody bit the poison apple was at the outer end of our expectations.
Thanks MGoreadership for being reasonable and polite to each other, and for respecting the spirit of the no-politics rule when Brian broke the letter of it. We all have varying degrees of pretty strong political opinions that blind us to nuance or exceptions, and encountering each others' hard points is a quick way to engender awful and fruitless discussions.
|5 hours 55 min ago||Add "or he graduates" and I'm||
Add "...or he graduates" and I'm on board. Guys do get degrees in 3 years and then you're incentivizing the right thing.
The thing Brian didn't mention is that when you add a scholarship to basketball or football you're really adding two scholarships because you have to match with a girl to meet Title IX. A school that regulary has 95 scholarships committed to football would have to either add a 10-person female sport or, more likely, cut a team like swimming & diving (9.9 scholarships) or baseball (11.7) or cross country (12.6) etc.
|6 hours 19 min ago||Adequate||
FS: Kinnel, the elder of the group as a true junior, has played enough now that we at least know what he is. Losing him would be a huge blow since nobody else seems ready to compete with him. Starter: B+, Bench: C-
Rover: Metellus emerging last year makes this way less fearful. Apparently Metellus was leading the Viper sweepstakes but got moved back to Rover because they trust him in coverage more than the other guys. Pencil him in as the starter as long as that holds. As for backups, well those are the guys competing at Viper. They also moved JKP back to Rover for now, so that depth chart appears set. Starter: B, Bench C
Viper/Sam: This is no longer a guy who stays on the field all the time. Against spread teams it's now a two-man race between Glasgow and Hudson, but I think the coaches want to see a lot more out of both of them: Glasgow has tackling issues and Hudson is still very raw in coverage. This battle could go into the season or become a platoon. Starter: C+, Bench C+
They're already platooning with a standard SAM, who is Furbush. Furbush's backup right now is Uche, though since they have different abilities they may be situationally played. Furbush is the guy they'll play against run-heavy teams like Wisconsin and MSU (and Ohio State's 2TE sets). Uche draws in as the 3-3-5 SAM and maybe pass rush specialist. Kwity Paye will be on this depth chart too though he may redshirt this year to get some separation between him and Uche. Starter: B-, Bench C+
Cornerback: We saw plenty of Lavert HIll last year and he looks a lot like a sophomore Jourdan Lewis. There was one play he made in the Orange Bowl that got a hellaciously bad PI flag, but on that play Hill was in the hip pocket of a very good receiver and made an underthrown ball impossible to catch. A guy making that play is ready to play, and Michigan was putting him out there in non-garbage time to get seasoning. He's a lock to play and could be really good.
Practice buzz is never more than 60% right and sometimes 100% wrong so I don't know what to make of the consistent flow of good things about David Long, but that they were totally expected. I wouldn't expect Ambry Thomas to be competing with those two yet, but given the progression of good cornerbacks I bet you'll see a lot more of Thomas by mid-season. Washington played some last year and still looked so unusable as an edge defender we can't even gauge his pass defense. And it should be a year before St-Juste is ready. Watson is a one-trick pony and if the others haven't passed him that's a problem. Michigan will dip into its safeties for the nickel and dime packages before playing too many cornerbacks, but an injury or two in this group could be a big problem.
Starters: B-, Bench C-
Basically we're looking at adequate with a floor of mediocre, but 2009-2010 levels are off the table, hopefully. With a great defensive line you can afford to be adequate in the secondary or the linebackers. Given the outlook is an A defensive line with B linebackers and a B- secondary, I expec this defense to fall somewhere among the Top 25 at least with a ceiling of Top 10.
|18 hours 25 min ago||It was also the floor for||
It was also the floor for last year. :/
|1 day 23 hours ago||It won't ever be the model at MGoBlog||
Our model works though because there are enough readers coming through to support a lot of ads, and for the regular donations to be substantial (and in my case HTTV is a huge deal).
UMHoops is pretty niche, though excellent. I'd rather they go to a sub model than shut down.
|2 days 3 hours ago||points are back.||
points are back.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Rick Leach||
|3 days 27 min ago||Consider their even strength||
Consider their even strength Corsi--a fair enough measure of how a team is playing and particularly how the coach's system is working. They've been Top 2 or 3 in the country the last 4 years in Corsi but haven't had the kind of athletes who can finish. Mel is one of the better coaches in america right now. Bazin is perhaps the best. Then you've got Tony Granato and Jeff Jackson (the Harbaugh and Meyer of college hockey). Then perhaps Jim Montgomery at Denver, then Mel.
Red is uncountable. It's like counting Paterno or Bowden in the last years of their careers.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Pretty sure it's 13. Let's||
Pretty sure it's 13. Let's count:
That's 13. Let's count again.
|3 days 5 hours ago||very welcome||
|6 days 19 hours ago||Hi Seth right after the home||
Hi Seth right after the home loss to Ohio State, this is you of the future. This team will win the Big Ten Tournament and lose their Sweet 16 game by 1 point when Walton misses at the buzzer.
P.S. don't take nova.
|1 week 1 hour ago||What time does Michigan State play?||
This would have been funny if they hadn't made the tournament. Getting knocked out in the 2nd round by a 1-seed is respectable enough that this joke feels lame.
|1 week 23 hours ago||I'm glad you can think about||
I'm glad you can think about basketball right now because I can't stop thinking about you and your girls.
|1 week 1 day ago||I've been trying to gather||
I've been trying to gather data for a Ticket Watch this week but it's hard to gauge this one because as you said the KU fans are setting the market and speculators are all over it.
The tradeout doesn't work in a way that would benefit ticket sharing: a ticket is for one entry and both games. I advise buying a really shitty ticket then sitting in one of the empty seats of a KU/Purdue fan.
The Indy game tickets were sitting at about $130 and moving at under that but there were still a hundred on our partner's site in big groups so speculators didn't sell out. That means there were tickets for cheaper to be had on the ground, but the market didn't translate to online.
Asking parents for their tickets won't work this time--I heard from a parent of a player that their seats are only good for their segment then the other parents will get their seats. This is also true for media, by the way, so if someone wants to give Ace and Dressler (the photog covering this game) their tickets for the other session I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
|1 week 2 days ago||lullvl||
|1 week 3 days ago||Last I looked I'm still in #1||
Last I looked I'm still in #1 among MGoStaff.
|1 week 4 days ago||Going by the first||
Going by the first half...
Also it depends on what kind of team you have. Lville played it right: matchup man to man, play the arc hard, and make Moe beat your endless bigs inside while crashing the boards and hoping to put M's bigs on the bench.
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe they're right? I looked||
Maybe they're right? I looked up the box score for Trey in the 2012 tourney and it doesn't show he was credited for a block. Maybe these photos were staged or something.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's factored in! Those||
That's factored in! Those seats would be $85 or $60 now without the L'ville/Ky bump. The speculators and the Kentucky fans bought up what they wanted, and then there were still upper bowl seats. You can see lower bowl prices are really high--that's the uber fans' market. I figure those who are looking for cheap seats are playing the get-in market, especially since moving up to better seats is always available in these games as fans don't sit in for both sessions.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's a risk but those tickets||
It's a risk but those tickets are basically the ticket version of Uber: they'll put you in touch with someone who's selling and you have to work it out with them. If you are going to be late however that isn't nice to the people whose tickets you're buying.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's factored. Those||
It's factored. Those speculative prices expect to get Louisville and Kentucky.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For some weird reason the||
For some weird reason the whole thing didn't upload. I noticed this morning that the file on my computer is 77.8 mb and the file on the server is 76.5. Uploading it again now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||When you copy it you will||
When you copy it you will find the raw data sheet. Then go on Kenpom and grab all of the % to wins from all these tourney games except not those playing quasi home games. Match that to the differential in efficiency and then you can work backwards to find approximately Kenpom's win% calculation formula from efficiency differential, which you have already. Share with your friends.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I checked my twitter history||
I checked my twitter history and I'm clean. Not even an Irvin dis.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)|
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yay!||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As my frequent 2nd half||
As my frequent 2nd half appearances on TV this year attest, you can already move down at Crisler after halftime, if not officially.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So March 9 really is Mike Dantoni's birthday||
Michigan State really did go 3-9 last year. You didn't hallucinate that.
Also: Notre Dame went 4-8.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I can confirm that the Big||
I can confirm that the Big Ten is saying that. Sam's gut feeling says otherwise.